Bhuvneshwar, Kohli fire as India complete 5-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka
India 239-4 (Kohli 110no) beat
Sri Lanka 238 (Kumar 5-42) by six wickets
Fifth One-Day International in Colombo
Virat Kohli slammed his second consecutive century while Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked a five wicket haul as India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth One-Day International in Colombo to complete a 5-0 series whitewash.
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. A decision that backfired with Kumar (5-42) dismissing Niroshan Dickwella (2) and Dilshan Munaweera (4) early. Upul Tharanga (48) looked positive from the outset as seen during his hat-trick of boundaries in the eighth over off Shardul Thakur (0-48).
However, the Sri Lankan captain was dismissed in the final over of the powerplay when he edged to the keeper off Jasprit Bumrah (2-45), falling two runs short of a half-century. Sri Lanka were 64 for three at that stage.
Just when it looked like Sri Lanka were in danger of getting bowled out cheaply once again, Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) showed a lot of resilience bringing their 50 run stand off 65 deliveries.
Thirimanne was the first to reach his fifty off 83 deliveries and soon the duo brought the first 100 run partnership in the series for Sri Lanka. The 122 run stand finally ended when Kumar castling Thirimanne and Mathews too fell in the 42nd over after completing his fifty.
India made a strong comeback in the final overs as they conceded just 37 runs off eight and picked five wickets as well to bowl out the home side for 238 runs. Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a five wicket haul while Bumrah had two.
In the first over of the second innings, Ajinkya Rahane (5) survived a review from Sri Lanka but fell in the fifth over to Lasith Malinga (1-35).
Sri Lanka looked in control as three overs later, Vishwa Fernando (1-40) snared Rohit Sharma (16) but Kohli (110 not out) continued from where he left in the previous game and shared a 99 run stand for the third wicket with Manish Pandey (36).
The Indian captain brought his 45th ODI fifty in the 23rd over and just as India were on course for a win, Pandey holed out to mid-wicket to give Malinda Pushpakumara (1-40) his first wicket. Any chance of a Sri Lanka comeback was put off by another 109 run stand between Kohli and Kedar Jadhav (63).
The Indian captain completed his 30th ODI century, levelling former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and now has only his former team-mate Sachin Tendulkar with 49 above him.
India reached the target in 46.3 overs with six wickets in hand as they wrapped up the series 5-0. Kumar was named the man of the match while Bumrah bagged the man of the series award.
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