Ruthless India whitewash Sri Lanka 9-0 after resounding win in only T20I
India 174-3 (Kohli 82) beat
Sri Lanka 170-7 (Munaweera 53) by seven wickets
Only Twenty20 International in Colombo
Virat Kohli continued his good run with an 82 run knock while Manish Pandey slammed a maiden half-century as India chased down 171 runs against Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 International in Colombo as they wrapped up the tour 9-0 against the hosts.
Earlier, India won all of the three Tests to go with five One-Day Internationals as they blanked the hosts with a ruthless display.
India won the toss and decided to bowl first with a bit of rain delay at the start. Niroshan Dickwella (17) struck three consecutive boundaries in the second over to set the tone for the innings but Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-36) had Upul Tharanga (5) castled in the next over.
Dilshan Munaweera (53) looked in ominous touch as he smashed two apiece of fours and sixes in his first five deliveries and despite losing Dickwella, Sri Lanka ended the powerplay strong at 60 for two.
Yuzvendra Chahal (3-43) struck in his first over, having Angelo Mathews (7) stumped, once again MS Dhoni being quick behind the stumps. With a couple of sixes and a boundary, Munaweera inched closer to his half-century which he completed off 26 deliveries.
However, the spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav (2-20) struck twice each to dent Sri Lanka's momentum but knocks from Ashan Priyanjan (40), Seekkuge Prasanna (11) and Isuru Udana (19 not out) ensured the home side posted 170 for seven in the 20 overs.
Both Lokesh Rahul (24) and Rohit Sharma (9) started the innings positively, taking India to 21 for naught in the first two overs before the latter was removed by Lasith Malinga (1-31). In the final over of the powerplay, Rahul handed a simple catch to cover fielder as India were 42 for two at that stage.
Kohli (82) soon began to take control over the innings and had Pandey (51 not out) at the other end as the duo brought their 50 run stand off just 33 deliveries.
The Indian skipper completed his fifty in the 13th over by the end of which the visitors needed 53 runs. Despite, losing Kohli in the penultimate over, Pandey looked calm and composed as he took India over the line while completing his half-century as well.
Kohli was named the player of the match as India sign off the tour in Sri Lanka with a 9-0 triumph.
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