Rohit, Kohli centuries take India to 4-0 lead after massive 168 run win

Rohit Sharma (left) and Virat Kohli added 219 runs for the second wicket
Rohit Sharma (left) and Virat Kohli added 219 runs for the second wicket
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India 375-5 (Kohli 131) beat
Sri Lanka 207 (Mathews 70) by 168 runs
Fourth One-Day International in Colombo
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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored blistering centuries as India went on to amass 375 runs and later bowled out Sri Lanka for 207 runs to win the fourth One-Day International in Colombo by 168 runs taking the lead in the series to 4-0.

India won the toss and decided to bat first on what was MS Dhoni's 300th One-Day International. In the second over of the innings, Vishwa Fernando (1-76) accounted for Shikhar Dhawan (4).

Kohli (131) announced his arrival with a hat-trick of boundaries in the fourth over and had Rohit (104) at the other end as India piled 67 for one in the powerplay. The onslaught from Indians continued and with a boundary in the 13th over, Kohli completed 2000 runs against Sri Lanka in ODIs and also went past the 50-run mark.

Rohit shifted gears and struck a six and a four in the 14th over while Kohli hit two more boundaries in the next over as the duo brought the 100 run stand.

Rohit completed his 44-ball half-century and at halfway mark, India amassed 187 for one with the Indian captain completing his 29th ODI century. Just after the 200 run stand between the duo came, Kohli holed out to sweeper cover in the 30th over to give Lasith Malinga (1-82) his 300th ODI wicket.

However, Rohit carry forwarded the momentum and with two boundaries in the 34th over brought his ton as well.

Even though Sri Lanka made a brief comeback through Angelo Mathews (2-24), who removed Hardik Pandya (19) and Rohit off successive deliveries in the 35th over, valiant knocks from Manish Pandey (50 not out) and Dhoni (49 not out) ensured India posted 375 for five in their 50 overs with their unbeaten 100 run stand.

In the chase, Sri Lanka lost Niroshan Dickwella (14) in the third over, to give Shardul Thakur (1-26) his maiden ODI wicket. Sri Lanka soon slipped to 68 for four with Dilshan Munaweera (11), Kusal Mendis (1) and Lahiru Thirimanne (18) all falling cheaply.

Mathews (70) and Milinda Siriwardana (39) tried to show some resilience but Sri Lanka never looked in during the chase and were eventually bowled out for 207 runs in the 43rd over.

Jasprit Bumrah (2-32), Pandya (2-50) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-31) were the pick of the Indian bowlers as they shared six wickets equally between them. Kohli was awarded the man of the match for his fluent century.

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