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Centurion Kohli steers India to 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka

Centurion Kohli steers India to 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka”

But, skipper Virat Kohli held the fort at one end. All round, it's been a complete series for us.

In amid of ongoing series between India and Sri lanka, Virat Kohli-led team India got surprised when a couple of girls rushed towards them with water bottles and napkins during drinks break. Shikhar Dhawan's unbeaten hundred in the opening ODI in Dambulla might have denied Kohli the opportunity to reach three figures.

Man-of-the-series Jasprit Bumrah said: "It's my first visit to Sri Lanka and I'm glad I did well".

"We lacked consistency. We didn't bat, bowl or field well".

With the Test and ODI series his bag without much sweat, Kohli now turned his focus on the upcoming limited-overs series against Australia later this month. In Pallekele, when Sri Lanka were on the brink of their seventh successive bilateral series loss to India, things turned ugly.

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Kohli had a good knock of 82 not out in the first ODI, but then had scores of 4 and 3 in the next two matches before scoring 131 in the last match.

Sunday's ton puts the Indian skipper level with Aussie legend Ricky Ponting with 30 centuries each, 19 behind the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Then batting partnership is something that we have also spoken about - where we ask players to give us one 100-plus stand and one 75-plus stand. Dhoni, with the all the other players of the team was seen driving through the entire R Premadasa stadium after securing victory in the 5th and final ODI. Mathews (55) had been involved in a 122-run fourthwicket stand with Lahiru Thirimanne (67).

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga said it was a hard period for his team.

At one stage of the game it looked like the hosts would post a total well in excess of 280 when they were cruising at 185-3 in the 39th over. People can watch and enjoy the live match India vs Sri Lanka in Sony Six and Sony Ten TV channels.

Upul Tharanga (48, 34b, 9×4) played a flier at the start but his partner Niroshan Dickwella (two) fell early. 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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