Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blazing half-century as India completed their rout of Sri Lanka on this tour, winning the one-off Twenty20 by seven wickets in Colombo on Wednesday.
The visitors remained unbeaten in their nine matches against Sri Lanka as they won the Test and one-day series 3-0 and 5-0 respectively.
Chasing 171 for victory, India rode on a 119-run second-wicket stand between Kohli (82) and Manish Pandey (51 not out) to achieve their target with four balls to spare.
Kohli remained calm in a tricky chase with Pandey for company after India lost their openers for 42 runs in the sixth over.
Rohit Sharma fell to veteran paceman Lasith Malinga for nine and Lokesh Rahul was done in by a superb catch by Dasun Shanaka at short cover off Seekkuge Prasanna.
But Kohli took the attack to the opposition with 7 fours and a six during his 54-ball knock before falling to Isuru Udana with India requiring 10 runs to win.
Pandey finished off the game with a boundary that brought his maiden T20 fifty in 36 balls.
Earlier leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal played his part by claiming three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 170-7 after being put into bat first.
Dilshan Munaweera hit a 29-ball 53 before Ashan Priyanjan scored a run-a-ball 40 not out to lift the Sri Lankan total after a middle-order collapse.
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2017
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Virat Kohli’s 30th ODI century helped India sweep the five-match series against Sri Lanka 5-0 at Colombo on Sunday.
The whitewash of the hosts was India’s fifth consecutive bilateral series win in the 50-over format while also achieving a runner-up finish in the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year.
The hallmark of these wins has been Kohli leading by example with the bat as he continues to notch up mind-boggling numbers in limited-overs cricket.
Since the turn of 2016, the 28-year-old has racked up 1756 runs in 28 innings at an average of 92.42.
During the course of this period, the Indian skipper has notched up seven tons and 10 half-centuries as he now lies level with Australia’s Ricky Ponting and behind only Sachin Tendulkar in the list for the most 50-over centuries.
The Indian batting mainstay has also completed 1000 runs since the start of 2017 at the R Premadasa stadium as he guided India home in a convincing six-wicket victory.
The burden of captaincy is one Kohli has carried with aplomb and he has flourished in the role rather than wither under the massive expectations of over one billion people back home.
The Delhi-born batsman was handed the reins of the ODI captaincy from MS Dhoni before the start of the limited-overs series against the visiting England in January this year.
Since then, the Men in Blue have played 18 matches, winning 14 and losing just three. This period has seen India beat England 2-1, West Indies 3-1, Sri Lanka 5-0 and a runner-up finish in the ICC Champions Trophy.
We take a look at the Kohli’s performances with the bat in this golden period.
Series Result: 2-1
Innings – 3
Runs – 185
Centuries – 1
Average – 61.67
Unbelievable. Is there anyone in team sport in the world that is dominating their profession as much as @imVkohli right now? A modern legend
— Stevie J (@StevieJ_23) January 15, 2017
Series Result: 3-1
Runs – 244
Innings – 5
Centuries – 2
Average – 81.33
Runs – 258
Innings – 5
Average – 129
Series Result: 5-0
Runs – 330
Innings – 5
Centuries – 2
Average – 110
Innings – 18
Runs – 1017
Centuries – 4
Average – 92.45
MS Dhoni has been on a record-breaking spree in recent times and he added another feather in his collection on Sunday when he became the first wicket-keeper in the history of ODI cricket to achieve 100 stumpings.
The maverick from Ranchi stumped young Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya in the final game of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at Colombo.
It was only poetic that the record was achieved on Sri Lankan soil as Dhoni overtook the legendary Kumar Sangakkara who had 99 stumpings to his name.
The veteran Indian wicket-keeper had equalled the Sri Lankan icon’s tally in the second match of the series in Pallekele and went one step further on Sunday.
Dananjaya had no chance after he advanced down the track against wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal leaving Dhoni all the time in the world to reach the landmark.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 3, 2017
The 36-year-old now has 386 dismissals in the 50-over format which puts him fourth on the all-time list. We take a look at how Dhoni compares to the other wicket-keeping greats of the game.
Matches – 404
Dismissals – 482
Catches – 383
Stumpings – 99
Matches – 287
Dismissals – 472
Catches – 417
Stumpings – 55
Matches – 295
Dismissals – 424
Catches – 402
Stumpings – 22
Matches – 301
Dismissals – 383
Catches – 283
Stumpings – 100
Matches – 219
Dismissals – 287
Catches – 214
Stumpings – 73