India whitewash shambolic Sri Lanka in ODI series

He reached the hundred mark after he stumped Akila Dananjaya in the last ball of the 45th over in India's fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo. We always thought the shorter format is going to be much more challenging. "Hardik chipping in. We have played some good cricket", Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

Sri Lanka were earlier bowled out for 238 runs.

This was India's second 5-0 whitewash in an away ODI series with Kohli's men having blanked Zimbabwe in 2013.

"The youngsters and the spunk on the field has worked for us".

4 - During India's run-chase in the final ODI, Virat Kohli also became the first batsman to score 1,000 runs in ODIs in 2017. "The Test series was a huge disappointment and then we failed in the ODIs as well".

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The right-hander went on to complete his 30th ODI century, equalling former Australian captain Ricky Ponting's tally.

The home side did not cross the line then because Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in the way, and since then it has been on the hunt for that elusive victory. The 28-year-old brought up his fifty in 53 balls and at no stage of the match did he look out of sorts.

Though Dhananjaya took nine wicket on his own, India's spinners, too, comfortably outperformed Sri Lanka's as a group. It really helped us get those crucial wickets in the middle overs, and at the same time, helped us control the run rate as well. With the Lanka tour now in its last stretch and selection for the upcoming ODI series versus Australia at home looming, a number of players in the current squad would like to make a strong statement on Sunday in order to impress the national selectors.

Third wicket-keeper in the list is also a Sri Lankan and he is Romesh Kaluwitharana, who affected 75 stumpings during his time in the game. Tharanga 48, Thirimanne 67 and Mathews 55 were the top scorers.

Ajinkya Rahane and Yuzvendra Chahal were the reserved players to serve drinks to the team but along with two players few girls gave a shock to the Indian team when they run for serving drinks and napkins. We need someone who is set to get a big one. Such a whitewash would have been nearly unimaginable during the time when the Sri Lankan dressing room was populated by the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tilakaratne Dilshan and a younger Lasith Malinga.

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