Kohli steers India to 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka

Jessica Allison
September 4, 2017

The fifth and final ODI saw India beat the hosts convincingly by six wickets at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, bringing an end to a ideal series so far for the Indians as Kohli terms it as a "complete series" for the Indians in the tour. Should India win the fifth ODI, then it will be a clean-sweep in this ODI series for team India against Sri Lanka.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka did not have the greatest of starts as they lost three wickets inside the first 10 overs.

Kohli was ably supported by spin all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who contributed with a quick-fire 63 as the duo shared a 109-run stand to take the visitors enroute their first overseas whitewash since 2013. They now face an uphill struggle to secure automatic qualification to the 2019 World Cup. And the former India captain celebrated that with yet another feat which takes him to the top of the list among batsmen with most not outs in ODIs. Considering sterner opposition, India previously beat New Zealand and England 5-0 in 2010-11 and 2012-13 respectively, both series' wins coming at home. "Hardik chipping in. We have played some good cricket", Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

It was only fitting that the skipper hit the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 110.

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Meanwhile, Man of the Series JaspritBumrah expressed his happiness with his performance and improvement following every game.

With the series already in their kitty, Kohli might opt to make a few changes in the playing XI and rest opener Shikhar Dhawan or Lokesh Rahul to accommodate Ajinkya Rahane, who has been warming the bench throughout the series. How low can this year go for the Sri Lankan team?

But Thirimanne and Mathews put up a 122-run partnership to help the hosts recover to some extent. We need someone who is set to get a big one. The latest instalment of that came last night when India chose to field two wrist-spinners, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. First, Kumar bowled Thirimanne in the 39th over, and then in the 42nd over, Mathews attacked Kuldeep only to be caught behind by MS Dhoni after mishitting it. He, now, ranks fourth and trails Australia's Adam Gilchrist (417), South Africa's Mark Boucher (402), Sri Lanka's Sangakkara (383).

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