Kohli, Gill and Siraj shine, India clean sweep Sri Lanka by 317 runs
Chasing India’s target of 391, Sri Lanka scored only 73 runs in 22 overs in front of the sharp bowling of Siraj (4 for 32), Mohammed Shami (2 for 20) and Kuldeep Yadav (2 for 16). Could only score runs, which is the fourth lowest score in the history of the visiting team.
In-form Virat Kohli and opener Shubman Gill followed by hundreds from Mohammad Siraj’s career-best bowling as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 317 runs in the third and final ODI to register their biggest win in history and also 3-0 clean sweep in the three-match series. The previous record for the biggest win in terms of runs in ODI cricket was in the name of New Zealand, who beat Ireland by 290 runs in 2008.
Chasing India’s target of 391, Sri Lanka scored only 73 runs in 22 overs in front of the sharp bowling of Siraj (4 for 32), Mohammed Shami (2 for 20) and Kuldeep Yadav (2 for 16). Could only score runs, which is the fourth lowest score in the history of the visiting team. Ashen Bandara did not come out to bat due to injury. This is India’s 96th win against Sri Lanka, which is the world record for most wins by one team against another. No Sri Lankan batsman could even touch the figure of 20 runs. Opener Nuwanidu Fernando was the team’s top scorer with 19 runs.
Kohli scored 131 runs for the second wicket with Gill (116) and 108 runs for the third wicket with Shreyas Iyer (38), besides playing a career-best second innings of 166 not out in 110 balls with eight sixes and 13 fours. India shared a partnership of 390 runs for five wickets. Kohli scored his 46th ODI and 74th international century, his 10th against Sri Lanka.
He broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar (20 centuries) for most centuries at home with his 21st century at home. Chasing the target, Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and none of their batsmen could stay at the crease. The team lost the wickets of Avishka Fernando (01) and Kusal Mendis (04) only for 22 runs. Siraj caught Avishka Fernando in the slip while Mendis was caught by wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul.
Nuwanidu then played Siraj’s ball on the wickets, while the fast bowler bowled Wanindu Hasaranga (01) to take Sri Lanka to 37 for five in the 10th over. Siraj ran out Chamika Karunatne (01) in his next over while Kuldeep Yadav bowled captain Dasun Shanaka (11) to give Sri Lanka the seventh blow. Dunith Velalage, who came in as a substitute for Wandersay’s concussion (head injury), also got caught by Kuldeep off Shami’s bowling after scoring three runs.
In the 43rd over of the Indian innings, Ashen Bandara ran to deep square leg and Vandersay to deep midwicket to stop Virat Kohli’s fours and collided. Kuldeep bowled Kumara (09) to end Sri Lanka’s innings. Earlier, thanks to Kohli’s innings, India managed to collect 126 runs in the last 11 overs. For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha took two wickets each but conceded 87 and 81 runs respectively.
Rohit Sharma (42) elected to bat after winning the toss and provided a good platform for the team by adding 95 runs for the first wicket with Gill. However, after settling at the crease, Rohit was caught by Avishka Fernando at the boundary in an attempt to pull Chamika Karunaratne’s ball. He hit three sixes and two fours in his 49-ball innings. Kohli looked in good touch from the start. He opened the account with a four off Karunaratne and then hit two consecutive fours off Jeffrey Vandersay. India’s century was completed in the 16th over.
Gill completed his half-century in 52 balls with a single off Vandersay. Gill and Kohli batted smoothly in the middle overs and scored easily. Gill hit part-time spinner Nuwanidu for fours and sixes in successive deliveries and then hit a single to bring up his second ODI century in 89 balls. Gill hit three fours in Vandersay’s over but was bowled while trying to play Rajita’s ball forward.
He faced 97 balls and hit 14 fours and two sixes. Kohli then got a great partner in the form of Iyer. Kohli reached 63 with a four off Karunaratne and moved past Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene to fifth in the list of highest run-getters in ODI cricket. Kohli took the team’s score past 300 runs in the 43rd over with a four off Karunaratne but while trying to stop the four, Bandara and Vandersay collided with each other and got injured.
Kohli completed his third century in the last four ODIs in 85 balls with a single off the next ball. After completing his century, Kohli hit two consecutive sixes, one over Rajita and one over Karunaratne. Iyer then caught substitute player Dhananjay D’Silva off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara. Kumara sent Lokesh Rahul (07) while Rajita sent Suryakumar Yadav (04) to the pavilion. Kohli completed 150 runs in 106 balls with two sixes and a four in Kumara’s last over.
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