Rohit Sharma Breaks Record, India Smash Sri Lanka
India 404-5 (R Sharma 264, Kohli 66) beat
Sri Lanka 251 (Mathews 75) by 153 runs
Fourth One-Day International, Kolkata
Rohit Sharma set a new world record by scoring 264 as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the fourth One-Day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Sharma became the first player to score a second ODI double-century having previously achieved the feat last year against Australia and then set a new record score as India piled on 404 for five.
In reply, Sri Lanka slipped to 48 for four before half-centuries from Angelo Mathews (75) and Lahiru Thirimanne (59) delayed the inevitable until they were eventually bowled out for 251 in 43.3 overs.
Dhawal Kulkarni, playing just his third ODI, returned figures of four for 34.
With India already 3-0 up in the series, they named a much-changed team with Sharma back to play his first international since August, while Robin Uthappa and Karn Sharma were also introduced.
So too Sri Lanka rang the changes with Dinesh Chandimal, Thirimanne, Shaminda Eranga and Ajantha Mendis all in the side having been drafted in for the last two games.
Nevertheless, despite the many changes, it proved to be more of the same as India carted the Sri Lankan bowlers around at will.
Ajinkya Rahane got things moving with a fluent 28 in 24 balls with six fours and although Ambati Rayudu fell for just eight, there was to be no stopping Sharma.
He struck 33 fours and nine sixes.
Virat Kohli added 66 in 64 balls and as India pressed on towards 400, Suresh Raina fell for a quickfire 11 in five balls and Uthappa made 16 not out.
Finally Sharma fell when he was caught by Mahela Jayawardene off Nuwan Kulasekara from the last ball of the innings.
Sri Lanka quickly lost their way with Kusal Perera (0), Chandimal (9) and Jayawardene (2) falling cheaply as Umesh Yadav (2-38) and Stuart Binny (2-55) struck.
Tillakaratne Dilshan launched something of a counter-attack with 34 in 33 balls before Mathews (75 in 68 balls) and Thirimanne (59 in 69) added a touch of respectability to Sri Lanka's score.
Despite their efforts, they were never seriously in the hunt after their poor start and eventually subsided from 219 for six to 251 all out as India completed a resounding win to go 4-0 up in the series.
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