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
Kohli, Pandey lead the way as India complete 9-0 sweep
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.
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."
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 "
on the pads, but Pandey clips it cleanly to deep midwicket
short and wide outside off, Pandey belts it to the extra cover boundary
slices a full and wide delivery to the left of the sweeper
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.
John Smith: "Someone insure Kohli's wrists if they aren't already!! Just pure magic!!"
back of a length and outside off, Kohli tries to upper cut it, but can't reach. Demands a wide, but is denied
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
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.
full and outside off, runs it down to deep third man
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
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
tries to beat backward point, slicing the yorker so very well, but just misses out.
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
full and outside off, spears it to the sweeper
India need 23 off 18 for the 9-0 whitewash
With 1007 and counting, Kohli has the most runs in T20I chases, going past Brendon McCullum
down the track to slog a full toss outside off to long-on
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. "
drives to long-off
whips a full delivery outside leg to the right of long-on
gets inside the line and drives the flighted legbreak on off stump to long-off
|R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Match number||T20I no. 618|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00|
|Match days||06 September 2017 - night (20-over match)|