Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That's the end of a one-sided series. Both teams head to more important assignments - India leave for Australia in 48 hours, Sri Lanka have an ODI series at home against England. Only 90-odd days to go for the WC and both teams will have a different make-up there. Thanks for the comments and feedback. It's time for us to sign off. Ciao ciao.

"Little worried and little annoyed (when running out of partners). You have to understand the match situations," Kohli says. "There needs to be more application. The Akshar played a composed innings, he listened to me. The ball wasn't quite coming on. It wasn't easy once the ball got old. I was running out of partners and that is something others need to learn from this on how to maintain composure. If you want to make others to do something else, it has to start from me. I played the helicopter and it came off well, playing in MS' hometown, it worked well. You saw the character and composure of some young guys in the series. Rohit's knock was legendary and it won't be bettered soon."

He also thanks the Sri Lankan team for coming to India on a short notice to play the series and wishes them well.

"Unfortunately we did not play good cricket once again and India did play very well," Mathews says. "It was a tough wicket. I thought I needed to hang in there and build a partnership with Thirimanne and later i had a go and it clicked. We batted pretty well and 287 was a huge score on this pitch. But Kohli batted very well and best of luck to them in Australia. We got to flush this out of the system as soon as possible and need to gear up for the England series."

Angelo Mathews win an award for being the Trusted Player of the match. He is also the Allrounder of the Match - he gets a scooter for this. More importantly he is the Man of the Match for today too. He also shared an award with Kohli for being the top-scorer in the match.

Virat Kohli, however, is the Man of the Series

One superb innings to counter the other! You can say there was not much to pick between the two captains - maybe Angelo Mathews' innings one notch above Kohli's but the second one has won India the match and completed a 5-0 whitewash. It's the first time Sri Lanka have been dealt this bad a blow in a bilateral series.

This was a difficult pitch to bat and both batsmen showed their class and produced high-class innings. Sri Lanka's innings suffered for the first 40 overs before Mathews lifted it. India were in the chase but losing wickets before Kohli lifted them with a late charge. Just for the balance between the bat and ball, this was probably the best match of the series. Mathews had wanted his team to fight one last time but it was him and only him who seemed to be doing everything. He registered his maiden ODI century. In the end, it was not enough as Kohli racked up a staggering 21st hundred.

"It was pretty tough, not as easy as other wicket," Rayudu says. "Enjoyed the partnership with Kohli. Runouts happen. Our understanding will improve as we will play more. But more importantly, he finished the game. It's a good win for us going into Australia and hopefully we will keep working hard."

RK: "Mathews's 139 vs. Kholi 139 - Great performances from both the Captains. Both are equally good keeping the situations both the teams were in. SL 4 - 0 down, India 231 - 7. Good for India as they were tested today."

Anand: "Kohli has now captained India in two bilateral series and won both 5-0 !!! "

suneej: "i feel sorry for sri lankans, they had a decent year till they leave to india with a short notice. They only here for BCCI to cover the revenue loss, at the end getting bullied like this. this will harm their preparation for world cup big time. I still believe they are better side"

aziz: "See you in Australia Mr. Virat. nonetheless a masterclass of an innings. play well outside the and establish yourself and come out of the shadow of sachin and dhoni, "

Manish : "Cricket isn't all about pitches (flat track, green top, dust bowl etc.). You still need the nerves to stay calm under pressure and Kohli possesses this quality. Sign of a champion batsman and a leader!"

Mayank Aggarwal: "Everyone praising Kohli for the staggering 21st hundred but one should keep in mind Rayudu's contribution in the middle order and Akshar Patel's sensible batting giving Kohli company and making some quick runs too without playing any dangerous shots."

Mendis to Kohli, SIX runs, game over! He steps down the pitch and smashes it over long on. Lets out a roar
Mendis to Patel, 1 run, he dabs it to the leg side and looks towards Kohli who was charging down, another tight single taken
Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, picks up a single to short third man with a late cut

Does the helicopter impression after playing that shot. We are in the Dhoni country, it had to make an appearance

Mendis to Kohli, SIX runs, this is Dhoni-like shot! It is the helicopter. It was full, there was not much room , but Kohli stays back and gets under it to smash it over long on

A stroll for India from here. Unless two wickets go down in two balls. Mathews in long conversation with Mendis, who comes in to bowl

48 | 8 Runs | INDIA: 274/7 (13 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 6.50)

  • Virat Kohli126 (123b)
  • Axar Patel16 (13b)
  • Angelo Mathews7-1-33-2
  • Shaminda Eranga7-0-45-0
Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, length delivery outside off, he crashes it to deep backward point for a single
Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, he comes down the pitch, gets a slower ball, drags it to deep backward square leg and scampers for the second run. Completes it easily
Mathews to Patel, 1 run, just marginally short and Akshar plays a short-arm jab towards midwicket for another single
Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, pushes this one to deep cover for a single
Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, shortish delivery, Kohli steps out and flat-bats it to wide long on to pick up a couple. Good work by Prasanna in the deep to cut off the boundary

Captain v Captain.

DanielAlexander: "Mathews v Kohli #OneOnOne #LastBattle "

Mathews to Patel, 1 run, tight lines around the middle stump, the batsman pushes it to mid-on and picks up a single to bring Kohli to strike

Another good over for India. Sri Lanka need a wicket. They need it now.

Arun: "Why is Mathews not bringing himself on? "

He is here now Arun.

47 | 13 Runs | INDIA: 266/7 (21 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 7.00)

  • Axar Patel14 (11b)
  • Virat Kohli120 (119b)
  • Shaminda Eranga7-0-45-0
  • Ajantha Mendis9-0-59-4
Eranga to Patel, 1 run, on the pads, Akshar takes a single with a flicks to short fine leg
Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, length delivery outside off, he gets the single he wanted with a dab to third man. Walks it
Eranga to Kohli, FOUR runs, oh superb! This is very wide outside off and Kohli has to really stretch to reach it, but he manages that and then scoops it over extra cover .. beats the man running from deep cover and finds the boundary
Eranga to Patel, 1 run, almost a catch by the bowler! Akshar pushes it back and it wasn't too far from the bowler's right hand but he was going in the other direction in his follow through

Now they have a third man

Eranga to Patel, FOUR runs, he gets the outside edge but this runs down to the boundary! Akshar played inside the line of that - an offcutter - but the third man was in the circle
Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, wider still, Kohli stretches out and punches it to deep cover for a single
Eranga to Kohli, 1 wide, full and wide outside off, very wide. This is the delivery that Malinga delivered with precision in that WT20 final

Eranga is here. 34 off 24

46 | 13 Runs | INDIA: 253/7 (34 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.50)

  • Virat Kohli114 (116b)
  • Axar Patel8 (8b)
  • Ajantha Mendis9-0-59-4
  • Seekkuge Prasanna10-0-42-0

Suddenly after that over, it doesn't look so daunting for India anymore

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, he wrists it away from outside off to deep midwicket to keep the strike
Mendis to Kohli, no run, he bowls the middle stump yorker and Kohli can only dig it out down the pitch, almost a Malinga delivery but at half the pace
Mendis to Kohli, FOUR runs, he comes down the pitch and hammers it down the ground, it's between Mendis' legs but there was no way he could have stopped that. That was slapped back. It runs down to the boundary
Mendis to Kohli, SIX runs, big hit! Big biggiee big! The batsman comes down the pitch, he is not too close to the ball but goes ahead anyway and launches it over the extra cover boundary. Massive hit, both in length and context
Mendis to Patel, 1 run, shorter from the bowler, the batsman drags it down to backward square leg for a single
Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, Kohli drives it firmly to long-on and it's still a single

Kohli still not getting much strike, only two balls in the last two overs, and SL doing well to keep him away. The groundstaff comes out with the carpet to wipe the outfield. Five overs, he has the strike now.

Only four batsmen have been able to play well on this pitch, that tell you it wasn't one of those belters. Mathews' was an excellent one, and so is Kohli's. No wonder it's getting a bit tight here. Big delay as groundstaff carries on wiping the dew off the outfield

OK, back to Mendis now.

45 | 7 Runs | INDIA: 240/7 (47 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.33, RRR: 9.40)

  • Axar Patel7 (7b)
  • Virat Kohli102 (111b)
  • Seekkuge Prasanna10-0-42-0
  • Ajantha Mendis8-0-46-4

Israr: "@Ravindra its probably because a long partnership gives guys in the dressing room a false sense of security and they start feeling things are easy in the middle when they are not."

Prasanna to Patel, 2 runs, full and outside off, the batsman drives it over the infield without much timing but gets enough for a couple

A Ton of Wins


Number of wins for India against Sri Lanka, across formats (83 in ODIs, 14 in Tests and three in T20Is)

Openers gone cheap


Number of years since both Indian openers have been dismissed in single figures against Sri Lanka.

A good chance


India's win percentage when chasing 275-300 targets in ODIs.

A landmark


Number wickets in international cricket for Ashwin - the 13th Indian to the 250-mark. Anil Kumble leads with 953.

A century of wins


If India win this ODI, it will their 100th win against Sri Lanka, across all formats of international cricket.

Whitewash Record


Number of times that India have whitewashed Sri Lanka in a bilateral ODI series at home: 3-0 in 1982.

Something to smile about


Runs scored by Sri Lanka in the first five overs - the most by either team this series.