India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI: India complete 5-0 whitewash behind Kohli’s heroics

Kohli celebrates after scoring his 21st ODI century

Kohli celebrates after scoring his 21st ODI century

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India captain Virat Kohli hammered a spectacular 139 to not only whitewash Sri Lanka 5-0, but also lead his side to a three-wicket win in the fifth ODI in Ranchi.

Kohli was well supported by batsman Ambati Rayudu, who scored a lovely 59.

However, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews deserves a lot of credit for his career-best knock of 139.

Mathews would have been pondering over his decision to bat first after debutant Niroshan Dickwella was caught by Rayudu at square leg off the bowling of Dhawal Kulkarni for four runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan made a quickfire 35 before he was clean bowled by Stuart Binny.

Dinesh Chandimal only made five runs before he was caught by Rohit Sharma at mid-on off the bowling of Akshar Patel.

Mahela Jayawardene managed to make 32 runs before he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slip off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne stabilised the innings with a 128-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Thirimanne was caught by Rayudu at long-on off the bowling of Ashwin.

Thirimanne’s excellent knock of 52 came off 76 balls and included two boundaries and a six.

Thirimanne scored a gutsy 52

Thirimanne scored a gutsy 52

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Thisara Perera mustered six runs before he was caught by debutant Kedar Jadhav at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Patel.

Seekkuge Prasanna failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Patel at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Kulkarni for a duck.

Kulkarni struck again just three balls later when Ajantha Mendis was caught by Karn Sharma at mid-off for a golden duck.

Thanks to Mathews’ career-best knock of 139, which came off 116 balls and included six boundaries and an incredible 10 sixes, Sri Lanka finished on 286/8 off their 50 overs.

Mathews was named Man of the Match for his career-best knock of 139

Mathews was named Man of the Match for his career-best knock of 139

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Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Patel and Ashwin snapped up two wickets apiece and Binny chipped in with one.

Chasing 287 to win, India got off to an awful start as Rahane was clean bowled by Mathews for two runs.

Rohit Sharma only made nine runs before he was cleaned up by Mathews.

Kohli and Rayudu steadied the innings with a 136-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Rayudu was run out by Chandimal for 59 off 69 balls, which included eight boundaries and a six.

Rayudu hit eight boundaries and a six during his innings of 59

Rayudu hit eight boundaries and a six during his innings of 59

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Robin Uthappa made 19 runs before he was caught by Mathews at midwicket off the bowling of Mendis.

Jadhav accumulated 20 runs before he was bowled by Mendis.

Binny fared no better as he was stumped by Chandimal off the bowling of Mendis for 12 runs.

Mendis struck again the very next ball when he trapped Ashwin lbw for a golden duck.

Kohli and Patel put together an unbeaten 57-run partnership to carry India to a three-wicket win with eight balls to spare.

Kohli ended up making 139 off 126 balls, which included 12 boundaries and three sixes, while Patel remained undefeated on 17 off 14 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Mendis was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Mathews claimed two.

Mathews, who was named Man of the Match, was gutted to have lost 5-0, and said: “Unfortunately we did not play good cricket once again and India did play very well. It was a tough wicket. I thought I needed to hang in there and build a partnership with Thirimanne and later I had a go and it clicked. We batted pretty well and 287 was a huge score on this pitch. But Kohli batted very well and best of luck to them in Australia. We got to flush this out of the system as soon as possible and need to gear up for the England series.”

Kohli was ecstatic to have whitewashed Sri Lanka, and said: “I was a little worried and a little annoyed (when running out of partners). You have to understand the match situations. There needs to be more application. Akshar played a composed innings, he listened to me. The ball wasn’t quite coming on. It wasn’t easy once the ball got old. I was running out of partners and that is something others need to learn from this on how to maintain composure. If you want to make others do something else, it has to start from me. I played the helicopter and it came off well. Playing it in MS’ hometown, it worked well. You saw the character and composure of some young guys in the series. Rohit’s knock was legendary and it won’t be bettered soon.”

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