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4th ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 31 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
375/5
(42.4/50 ov, target 376)207
India won by 168 runs
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Kohli, Rohit smash hundreds in crushing victory

A blistering 219-run stand between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma laid the platform for India to inflict upon Sri Lanka their biggest defeat in a home ODI

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
India375/5(50 overs)
Sri Lanka207/10(42.4 overs)

9.50pm Sri Lanka have come up with a timid batting performance to succumb to their sixth successive ODI defeat. India are 4-0 up. Where urgency was the need of the hour in chase of a mammoth target, batsmen came out swinging blindly without purpose or a plan. Angelo Mathews offered some resistance, but that was no consolation, for it simply delayed the inevitable. As for India, who rode magnificent tons from Rohit and Kohli earlier in the day, this was another proper workout. Shardul Thakur, on ODI debut, was zippy and impressive with the new ball. Axar Patel had a rough day, but with little pressure on the bowlers, India didn't need to look for a Plan B. For fans who demand better from Sri Lanka, this will be another bitter pill to swallow. Where next? I don't think anyone has an answer to that at the moment.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the match for his 29th ODI century. "We spoke about not being complacent at any stage, today was a clinical performance," he says. "We wanted to bat first because we hadn't batted first in the three games. The surface was amazing. It was a good toss to win. We've given opportunities to three new guys. They will get another opportunity. Batting order will depend on the situation of the game."

Lasith Malinga hasn't had a great first ODI as captain. "300th wicket is just a number," he says. " I'm happy, but we lost which is very unfortunate. It's not easy. Last five matches, we didn't post 250. Young players want to perform well, they're all excited but we haven't been able to come up with our best. They need the experience. Hopefully they will do their best over the next few months.

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Right, guys. That brings us to the end of our coverage. This is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Karthik Krishnaswamy. Be well. Cheers! I'll leave you with Karthik Krishnaswamy's match bulletin

Any prizes for guessing who the Man of the match is going to be?

42.4
W
Kuldeep to Malinga, OUT

got him with a big spinning delivery. Landed this just outside off, Malinga went for a big swipe, but could only connect with the humid evening air. Nowhere near the pitch of the ball and lost his middle stump. The plug has been pulled finally. This is Sri Lanka's biggest defeat at home in terms of runs.

Lasith Malinga b Kuldeep Yadav 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Malinga is the last man to walk out.

42.3
W
Kuldeep to Vishwa Fernando, OUT

simple return catch. Kuldeep has deceived him in flight. Fernando looked for a big, booming drive but could only hit it back off a thick inside edge.

Vishwa Fernando c & b Kuldeep Yadav 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125
42.2
Kuldeep to Vishwa Fernando, no run

worked with the spin to square leg

42.1
4
Kuldeep to Vishwa Fernando, FOUR runs

tossed up outside off and bang. Got right to the pitch of the ball and belted this over the infield

end of over 428 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 203/8CRR: 4.83 RRR: 21.62
Akila Dananjaya11 (19)
Vishwa Fernando1 (1)
Jasprit Bumrah 7-0-32-2
Kuldeep Yadav 8-1-27-0
41.6
2
Bumrah to Dananjaya, 2 runs

swung away towards deep midwicket. Dhawan runs across from mid-on to cut that off. Didn't get hold of it

41.5
4
Bumrah to Dananjaya, FOUR runs

slaps this past the bowler. Looks like he expended all his energy behind that. He must have a sore shoulder. The ball just trickles past the boundary

41.4
Bumrah to Dananjaya, no run

swing and a miss. Looked to play a flat-batted pull but the ball got too big on him

41.3
1
Bumrah to Vishwa Fernando, 1 run

that is a rip roaring bouncer. Snaking in towards his arm pit, Fernando was ducking for cover, awkwardly hit on bat handle. Ball lobs wide of Dhoni

41.2
W
Bumrah to Malinda, OUT

helped to third man. This was a short ball, not a very threatening one though. Milinda swayed inside the line of the delivery and simply directed this straight to Hardik Pandya. As easy as they come. The end is near.

Malinda Pushpakumara c Pandya b Bumrah 3 (18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66
41.1
1
Bumrah to Dananjaya, 1 run

fends this skiddy bouncer towards square leg

end of over 413 runs
SL: 195/7CRR: 4.75 RRR: 20.11
Malinda Pushpakumara3 (17)
Akila Dananjaya4 (15)
Kuldeep Yadav 8-1-27-0
Jasprit Bumrah 6-0-24-1
40.6
2
Kuldeep to Malinda, 2 runs

too short, he makes room and crunches this into the gap at cover. Work for KL Rahul and he is up to the task

40.5
Kuldeep to Malinda, no run

wrong'un on middle, squeezed back to the bowler

40.4
Kuldeep to Malinda, no run

swept uppishly but straight to square leg

40.3
1
Kuldeep to Dananjaya, 1 run

rocks back and cuts this short delivery to deep point

40.2
Kuldeep to Dananjaya, no run

squeezes a drive to point

40.1
Kuldeep to Dananjaya, no run

tossed up on middle, defended off the backfoot

Batting PP time. Just a formality, you'd imagine

end of over 401 run
SL: 192/7CRR: 4.80 RRR: 18.39
Malinda Pushpakumara1 (14)
Akila Dananjaya3 (12)
Jasprit Bumrah 6-0-24-1
Kuldeep Yadav 7-1-24-0
39.6
Bumrah to Malinda, no run

thick inside edge to square leg.

Nikhil: "I am quite confused with the Sri Lankan sratergy in this game. When you face a target as high as 376, at least try to win the game.. The focus seems to be on saving themselves from being all out" Net session gone wrong.

39.5
Bumrah to Malinda, no run

sways out of the way of that short ball. This was angled in towards the body

Niraj Kheria: "I still cant get over the fact that Thakur is wearing jersey number 10. Just does not make sense." Why outrage over a small issue? It's not like Thakur is staking claim for Tendulkar's properties in Mumbai.

39.4
Bumrah to Malinda, no run

looks for a yorker, slips in a full toss, worked to square leg

39.3
Bumrah to Malinda, no run

hits the pad, but this didn't do enough to come back. Pushpakumara was playing a shot, so can't be given out. This was a length ball just outside off.

Best performances - batters
Virat Kohli player portrait
V Kohli INDIA
131 runs (96)
17 fours
2 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
flick
39 runs
7 fours
0 six
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Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma INDIA
104 runs (88)
11 fours
3 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
flick
20 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Kuldeep Yadav portrait
Kuldeep Yadav INDIA
O
8.4
M
1
R
31
W
2
ECO
3.57
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Angelo Mathews portrait
AD Mathews SL
O
6
M
2
R
24
W
2
ECO
4
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 4-0
Match numberODI no. 3908
Hours of play (local time)14:30 start, First Session 14:30-18:00, Interval 18:00-18:45, Second Session 18:45-22:15
Match days31 August 2017 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Dilshan Munaweera
Dilshan Munaweera
Malinda Pushpakumara
Malinda Pushpakumara
Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur
Umpires
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Paul Reiffel
Sri Lanka Image
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft