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Centurion Kohli steers India to 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka

Centurion Kohli steers India to 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka

"Once we start playing like this and get more confident with the roles that we're given, then we can be more unpredictable", Kohli said. Jadhav hit some delicate late cuts scoring his runs off 73 balls with seven boundaries in it.

Playing in his 133rd ODI, Virat Kohli becamce the fastest batsman to reach 20 ODI hundred when he scored a 114-ball 127 against West Indies at the HPCA stadium in Dharmasala.

Sri Lanka batting coach Avishka Gunawardene says the confidence level of the team is very low after being drubbed by India in the ODIs and emphasised that his players need to work on the mental aspect of the game. If India wins the fifth and the last ODI today, they will become the first team to clean-sweep a bilateral ODI series in Sri Lanka. Ajinkya Rahane is best placed to open the innings along side Rohit.

During the course of his innings, Kohli also crossed the 1000-run barrier in this calendar year.

However, any hope of an unlikely win that the hosts may have entertained soon went up in smoke as Jadhav joined Kohli and the duo proceeded to take the visitors towards victory. The Indian cricket board also decided not to send any replacement for Dhawan.

After Bhuvneshwar Kumar's maiden five-wicket haul enabled India to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 238, Kohli for the umpteenth time anchored a successful chase in 46.3 overs with a fluent unbeaten 110. Ever since making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2008, Kohli has been phenomenal in the limited overs format. He has now picked up 75 wickets from 71 matches in his ODI career.

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Bhuvneshwar returned figures of 5/42 while fellow medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah also performed well with figures of 2/45. Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal took five wickets in four matches, but left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav was perhaps a little more impressive in his two outings, taking three wickets at an average of 23.66.

Post SL failed to reach 250 in the first three matches when they played the same, with a massive total of 375 in the fourth game was just too much for Sri Lanka.

But Thirimanne and Mathews put up a 122-run partnership to help the hosts recover to some extent.

Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga pleaded the fans to back the team when he was asked about poor crowd attendance on the day. He started his 34-ball innings well but was sent back by Bumrah to the pavillion just when he started looking risky. The India skipper now has 19 tons to his name while going after a score.

Malinga, Fernando, Pushpakumara and Hasaranga claimed one wicket each. Dhoni completed his 100th stumping in ODIs when he stumped Akila Dananjaya.


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