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Only T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), September 06, 2017, India tour of Sri Lanka
(19.2/20 ov, T:171) 174/3

India won by 7 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
82 (54)
Player Of The Series
82 runs
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Sri Lanka will be glad the series is over. The Indian players can put their feet up and rest at home for a few days before they reassemble in Chennai for the ODI series against Australia. But the cricket doesn't stop. West Indies take on England tomorrow in a bid to record a rare overseas series win. Australia are in control against Bangladesh in Chittagong. There's plenty of post-match reactions, reviews and much else to follow. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Until next time, this is Shashank Kishore signing off on behalf of my colleague Alagappan Muthu. Cheers!

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his pristine knock. "Very special. It [the whitewash across formats] hasn't been done before. Credit to the boys. The bench strength is coming up beautifully. We tried a few things, the results are amazing to see. Personally, I look to back my strengths and play cricketing shots. I've tried to mould my game for all formats. I want to play all the games."

Upul Tharanga: We were 15-20 runs short. We had a good start. Munaweera batted really well, but we lost momentum from overs 10-14. The way Virat batted was outstanding. He was an example for everyone, especially with his energy and running between the wickets.

10.50 pm India won the Tests 3-0, the ODIs 5-0 and now the one-off T20I as well. Virat Kohli comes down the steps to share hugs with his team-mates and his support staff. Made 82 runs, expending a great amount of energy, running singles and twos like the wind. He's played innings like these before, not least the one against Australia at the 2016 World T20, when after the winnings runs he simply crumpled to the floor. So exhausted was he. So elated was he.

This was a similar innings, albeit against a weaker attack. He allowed only seven dots over 54 balls - securing 30 singles and nine twos. He fell with 10 to get but enjoyed the victory nonetheless, watching from the dressing room as one of his younger players, Manish Pandey sealed the tour whitewash. You'd think there are easier ways to score runs, but Kohli knows his limitations when it comes to power-hitting and compensates for it by picking gaps - there was a cover drive for four that had to beat three fielders and it did so as if it was destined to

Sri Lanka might have gotten to 170, but it looked light considering they had such a blazing start. Dilshan Munaweera made a 26-ball fifty and on the back of that innings, they should have made more than 200. Once they couldn't, India's batsmen knew the run-rate wasn't too taxing.

Perera to Pandey, FOUR runs

launches it over extra cover to get his maiden T20I fifty, and India's victory. Length ball, with width, easy putaway and it's time for the celebrations

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run

full toss outside leg, Dhoni turns it to long leg. One more needed for India's 9-0

Thisara Perera to bowl the last over with two required

Abhinav: "In 5th ODI Dhoni got a not out for just playing one ball and again has got a chance to get one."

end of over 199 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 169/3CRR: 8.89 RRR: 2.00
Manish Pandey47 (35b 3x4 1x6)
MS Dhoni0 (0b)
Isuru Udana 4-0-36-1
Lasith Malinga 4-0-31-1

Sukhvinder sing: "Srilankan batsman hit 104 runs in boundaries,14 fours and 8 sixs But until india hit 13 fours and 2 six And close to the win here "

Udana to Pandey, 2 runs

on the pads, but Pandey clips it cleanly to deep midwicket

Udana to Pandey, FOUR runs

short and wide outside off, Pandey belts it to the extra cover boundary

Udana to Pandey, 2 runs

slices a full and wide delivery to the left of the sweeper

Udana to Kohli, OUT

taken at deep midwicket and Kohli falls. Those wrists, for once, fail him because the slower ball means the length ball doesn't come onto the bad as much as he had hoped. Flick carries all the way out to the boundary though so that should show you the power he can generate with a mis-hit. Walks off with a scowl thudding the face of his bat onto a fist. Apparently 82 off 54 is not enough for him.

Virat Kohli c Shanaka b Udana 82 (54b 7x4 1x6) SR: 151.85

John Smith: "Someone insure Kohli's wrists if they aren't already!! Just pure magic!!"

Udana to Kohli, no run

back of a length and outside off, Kohli tries to upper cut it, but can't reach. Demands a wide, but is denied

Udana to Pandey, 1 run

this is so wide that Pandey has to do the flamingo - his back leg coming up, his hands reaching way outside off to slice it to short third man

end of over 1812 runs
INDIA: 160/2CRR: 8.88 RRR: 5.50
Virat Kohli82 (52b 7x4 1x6)
Manish Pandey38 (31b 2x4 1x6)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-31-1
Akila Dananjaya 4-0-28-0
Malinga to Kohli, FOUR runs

take a half-volley outside off and instead of doing the most logical thing - slamming it over the covers - Kohli whips it to the midwicket boundary with a whirl of his wrists powerful enough to create a tornado and then punches the air in triumph. Or he's showing off.

Malinga to Pandey, 1 run

full and outside off, runs it down to deep third man

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run

full and outside off, drills it to extra cover, but only for a single and Kohli is fiercely upset. Yells at himself, then smashes his bat down on his pads. Lesson in batting. Lesson in self-immolation

Malinga to Kohli, (no ball) 2 runs

full toss, swings down leg as Kohli tries to pull. He doesn't make contact, the swing takes it too far from Dickwella. Called no-ball for overstepping and we will have a free hit next ball

Malinga to Pandey, 1 run

tries to beat backward point, slicing the yorker so very well, but just misses out.

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run

full toss outside off, Kohli steers it to the sweeper. He wants two, but Pandey yells "wait, wait, wait, wait" and holds his ground. Good call. Right call.

Talha Khan: "Manish pandey control % more than kohli ??" ---- That's understandable because Kohli's been taking more risks, and when doing so, some shots go out of control

Malinga to Pandey, 1 run

full and outside off, spears it to the sweeper

India need 23 off 18 for the 9-0 whitewash

end of over 176 runs
INDIA: 148/2CRR: 8.70 RRR: 7.66
Manish Pandey35 (28b 2x4 1x6)
Virat Kohli74 (48b 6x4 1x6)
Akila Dananjaya 4-0-28-0
Lasith Malinga 3-0-19-1

With 1007 and counting, Kohli has the most runs in T20I chases, going past Brendon McCullum

Dananjaya to Pandey, 1 run

down the track to slog a full toss outside off to long-on

Dananjaya to Kohli, 1 run

shortish and outside off, dabs it to short third man

Shiv: "Manish pandey one who has done well whenever he has got chance but still in doubt for next series. "

Dananjaya to Pandey, 1 run

drives to long-off

Dananjaya to Kohli, 1 run

whips a full delivery outside leg to the right of long-on

Dananjaya to Pandey, 1 run

gets inside the line and drives the flighted legbreak on off stump to long-off

Dananjaya to Kohli, 1 run

tosses it up outside off, drives through extra cover

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