SL suffer biggest home defeat

India innings (toss: India, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma caught Dickwella, bowled Mathews 104 (88) 11 3 118.18
S Dhawan caught Pushpakumara, bowled Fernando 4 (6) 1 0 66.66
V Kohli caught Munaweera, bowled Malinga 131 (96) 17 2 136.45
H Pandya caught Hasaranga, bowled Mathews 19 (18) 1 1 105.55
L Rahul caught Hasaranga, bowled Dananjaya 7 (8) 0 0 87.50
M Pandey not out 50 (42) 4 0 119.04
MS Dhoni not out 49 (42) 5 1 116.66
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kuldeep Yadav
Extras: 11 (6 wides and 5 leg byes)
India’s total: 375/5 in 50 overs, at 7.50 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 6/1 (Dhawan, 1.3), 225/2 (Kohli, 29.3), 262/3 (Pandya, 34.3), 262/4 (Rohit, 34.4), and 274/5 (Rahul, 37.4)
Sri Lanka bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets  Economy
L Malinga 10 0 82 1 8.20
V Fernando 8 1 76 1 9.50
A Mathews 6 2 24 2 4.00
M Pushpakumara 9 0 65 0 7.22
A Dananjaya 10 0 68 1 6.80
W Hasaranga 2 0 19 0 9.50
M Siriwardana 5 0 36 0 7.20
Sri Lanka innings (target: 376 runs in 50 overs, at 7.52 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
N Dickwella caught Dhoni, bowled Thakur 14 (11) 3 0 127.27
D Munaweera caught Dhoni, bowled Bumrah 11 (24) 1 0 45.83
K Mendis run out by Rahul 1 (7) 0 0 14.28
L Thirimanne caught Dhawan, bowled Pandya 18 (27) 1 1 66.66
A Mathews caught Thakur, bowled Axar 70 (80) 10 0 87.50
M Siriwardana caught Dhoni, bowled Pandya 39 (43) 3 2 90.69
W Hasaranga run out by Bumrah/Axar 22 (22) 2 1 100.00
A Dananjaya not out 11 (19) 1 0 57.89
M Pushpakumara caught Pandya, bowled Bumrah 3 (18) 0 0 16.66
V Fernando caught and bowled Kuldeep 5 (4) 1 0 125.00
L Malinga bowled Kuldeep 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Extras: 13 (12 wides and 1 leg bye)
SL’s total: 207/10 in 42.4 overs, at 4.85 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 22/1 (Dickwella, 2.4), 26/2 (Mendis, 5.2), 37/3 (Munaweera, 7.6), 68/4 (Thirimanne, 15.6), 141/5 (Siriwardana, 28.2), 177/6 (Hasaranga, 33.6), 190/7 (Mathews, 37.2), 196/8 (Pushpakumara, 41.2), 207/9 (Fernando, 42.3), and 207/10 (Malinga, 42.4)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
S Thakur 7 0 26 1 3.71
J Bumrah 7 0 32 2 4.57
H Pandya 8 0 50 2 6.25
V Kohli 2 0 12 0 6.00
K Yadav 8.4 1 31 2 3.57
A Patel 10 0 55 1 5.50

Sri Lanka vs India 4th ODI summary

India inflicted Sri Lanka’s biggest margin of defeat at home, by 168 runs, in the 4th ODI, to take a 0-4 series lead, with the final one-dayer to be played on Sunday (September 3). Chasing 376, the hosts were bowled out for 207 in the 43rd over. Indian captain Virat Kohli was awarded the man-of-the-match for his blazing innings of 131 off 96 balls.

Needing a fast but ultimately a good start, Sri Lanka lost Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and debutant Dilshan Munaweera early in the first eight overs, leaving themselves in a heap of trouble at 37/3. The Sri Lankan middle order, led by Angelo Mathews, played resiliently and provided respectability to the scorecard, though the margin of defeat was massive.

Mathews top-scored for the hosts with an 80-ball 70 (10×4) and shared a 73-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Milinda Siriwardana, who was the second-highest scorer with 39 off 43 balls. While these two were in the middle, Sri Lanka seemed like they might make India work hard for the victory.

But after Siriwardana was dismissed by Hardik Pandya, who had delivered the ball with a scrambled seam and was able to find the thick outside edge because the ball straightened after pitching, with the score at 141, the final five Sri Lankan wickets fell for 66 runs and India were able to wrap up their seventh straight victory on this tour, in the 43rd over.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets apiece, while Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur took a wicket each, and two runs outs were also affected by an improved Indian fielding unit.

Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, Team India posted a mammoth total of 375/5 in 50 overs. Virat Kohli (131 off 96 balls, 17 fours and two sixes) and Rohit Sharma (104 off 88 balls, 11 fours and three sixes) struck sublime centuries, their 29th and 13th respectively in ODI cricket, and played a starring role with a 219-run partnership for the second wicket.

The Indian innings wobbled slightly during a four-over period between overs 35 and 38, when they lost three wickets for 12 runs. Rohit, Hardik Pandya (19), who was promoted to No. 4, and Lokesh Rahul (7) fell in quick succession and India, having been 262/2 in the 35th over, were reduced to 274/5.

Manish Pandey, who was one of the replacements for India from the third ODI, and MS Dhoni, who was playing his 300th ODI, shared an unbeaten 101-run partnership for the sixth wicket, to ensure India didn’t squander the launch pad they had been provided by Rohit and Kohli. Pandey, playing his first ODI since October 2016, made an unbeaten half-century (50* off 42 balls, 4×4), while Dhoni finished 49 not out (42 balls, 5×4 and 1×6) and remained unbeaten for the third time this series.

Sri Lanka used as many as seven bowlers and almost all of them, except Angelo Mathews, were on the expensive side, with the Kohli-Rohit duo, in particular, doing significant damage to their bowling figures. Kohli was Malinga’s 300th ODI wicket, while Mathews took the wickets of Pandya and Rohit, Akila Dananjaya dismissed Lokesh Rahul for the third time this series, and Vishwa Fernando struck in the second over of the innings, dismissing Shikhar Dhawan for four runs.

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