India complete series whitewash over SL

Sri Lanka innings (toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
N Dickwella caught and bowled Bhuvneshwar 2 (6) 0 0 33.33
U Tharanga caught Dhoni, bowled Bumrah 48 (34) 9 0 141.17
D Munaweera caught Kohli, bowled Bhuvneshwar 4 (5) 1 0 80.00
L Thirimanne bowled Bhuvneshwar 67 (102) 3 1 65.68
A Mathews caught Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep 55 (98) 4 0 56.12
M Siriwardana caught Thakur, bowled Bhuvneshwar 18 (13) 1 1 138.46
W Hasaranga run out by Dhoni/Chahal 9 (9) 1 0 100.00
A Dananjaya stumped Dhoni, bowled Chahal 4 (9) 0 0 44.44
M Pushpakumara bowled Bumrah 8 (8) 0 1 100.00
V Fernando not out 7 (11) 1 0 63.63
L Malinga caught Rahul (sub), bowled Bhuvneshwar 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Extras: 14 (1 no-ball, 6 wides, 3 leg byes and 4 byes)
SL’s total: 238/10 in 49.4 overs, at 4.79 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 14/1 (Dickwella, 2.6), 40/2 (Munaweera, 6.2), 63/3 (Tharanga, 9.2), 185/4 (Thirimanne, 38.5), 194/5 (Mathews, 41.1), 205/6 (Hasaranga, 42.6), 212/7 (Dananjaya, 44.6), 228/8 (Pushpakumara, 46.5), 228/9 (Siriwardana, 47.2), and 238/10 (Malinga, 49.4)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 9.4 0 42 5 4.34
S Thakur 6 0 48 0 8.00
J Bumrah 10 0 45 2 4.50
K Yadav 10 0 40 1 4.00
K Jadhav 4 0 20 0 5.00
Y Chahal 10 0 36 1 3.60
India innings (target: 239 runs in 50 overs, at 4.78 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma caught Pushpakumara, bowled Fernando 16 (20) 1 0 80.00
A Rahane caught Munaweera, bowled Malinga 5 (17) 0 0 29.41
V Kohli not out 110 (116) 9 0 94.82
M Pandey caught Tharanga, bowled Pushpakumara 36 (53) 2 0 67.92
K Jadhav caught Dickwella, bowled Hasaranga 63 (73) 7 0 86.30
MS Dhoni not out 1 (1) 0 0 100.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: B Kumar, K Yadav, J Bumrah, Y Chahal, and S Thakur
Extras: 8 (1 no-ball, 3 wides and 4 leg byes)
India’s total: 239/4 in 46.3 overs, at 5.13 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 17/1 (Rahane, 4.4), 29/2 (Rohit, 7.3), 128/3 (Pandey, 25.1), and 237/4 (Jadhav, 46.1)
Sri Lanka bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
L Malinga 8 1 35 1 4.37
V Fernando 7 0 40 1 5.71
A Dananjaya 10 0 49 0 4.90
A Mathews 3 0 14 0 4.67
M Pushpakumara 10 0 40 1 4.00
M Siriwardana 4 0 28 0 7.00
W Hasaranga 4.3 0 29 1 6.44

Sri Lanka vs India 5th ODI match report

As expected, Team India completed the 0-5 series whitewash over Sri Lanka with a six-wicket victory in the final ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, for his maiden five-wicket haul (5/42) in ODI cricket, was awarded the man-of-the-match. Jasprit Bumrah, for taking 15 wickets in this series and with a best of 5/27, was awarded the man-of-the-series.

Defending a small score of 238, the imperative for Sri Lanka was to bowl out India or risk being whitewashed 0-5. For India, who have become clinical chasers of much higher scores, the need of the hour was one huge partnership or two sizeable partnerships. They lost two early wickets and inside the first powerplay too, of Ajinkya Rahane for 5 and Rohit Sharma for 16. And at 29/2 in the eighth over, the visitors, you could say, were in a spot of bother. But this is where Sri Lanka needed another breakthrough and particularly of the chase master Virat Kohli.

But the master batsman and expert chaser he is, Kohli lifted India from this trouble and put them on the road to successfully chasing 239. He was quite circumspect at the start of his innings but took full toll of the loose deliveries. The Indian captain wasn’t always picking Akila Dananjaya’s variations and was a touch edgy against this 23-year-old spinner. But on the whole, Kohli was at home and with his playing to type, his batting partners (Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav) felt comfortable too. In actuality, the Sri Lankan bowling, as we have seen time and again on this tour, lacked venom after the initial burst from Malinga and Fernando, who dismissed Rahane and Rohit, respectively, with decent deliveries but didn’t really unsettle any of the Indian batsmen.

This Kohli innings was typical of so many of his: without really finding the boundary too often, his strike-rate hovered around the 90 and 100-mark. He ran hard between the wickets and collected the ones and twos with great regularity, so the Sri Lankan bowlers were never really able to put even the batsman at the other end under pressure. Manish Pandey played a largely untroubled innings, but, like Rahane and Rohit had, this Karnataka batsman also self-sabotaged. Going for a sweep against the spin of Malinda Pushpakumara, he top-edged a regulation left-arm orthodox spinner and was out for 36 (53). With India at 128/3, Sri Lanka might have felt that they were given an opening, with Kedar Jadhav, a batsman who had been dismissed for two ducks on this tour so far, walking in to bat.

Jadhav started anxiously but grew in confidence and played with his usual fluidity as his innings progressed. He was, to be very honest, fighting to keep his middle order spot and the anxiety was pretty palpable. He got himself a much-needed score under his belt, scoring his second half-century in ODI cricket, a 73-ball 63 (7×4) and cementing his spot in the side for the next series. With India needing two runs for victory, Jadhav, in trying to glide Hasaranga past the wicketkeeper, edged through to Dickwella.

But he had shared a match-deciding 109-run fourth-wicket partnership with Kohli, who sauntered to his 30th ODI century and 19th in a successful ODI run chase. The Indian captain finished unbeaten on 110 off 116 balls, his innings punctuated by nine fours. He anchored the chase and hit the winning run, with MS Dhoni at the other end. When he completed his 93rd run, Kohli brought up 1000 ODI runs in 2017 and he is leading the ODI run-scoring charts.

In the Sri Lankan innings, the first powerplay was as eventful as it can get, with wickets falling regularly and plenty of boundaries being hit as well, particularly by the returning Upul Tharanga. 64 runs came in the first 10 overs and three wickets were picked up by India, who were fielding first for the second time this series. The Sri Lankan ODI captain was in sublime touch despite missing the last two matches due to suspension, playing dazzling shots all round the dial and showing how different a batsman he is as an opener. Shardul Thakur, though, helped Tharanga’s case by either bowling too full and too wide or pitching the ball short and allowing this stylish left-hander to play shots square of the wicket on both sides.

Thakur conceded 38 runs off his first four overs and many of those runs came off Tharanga’s blade. At the other end, however, India had Bhuvneshwar Kumar not only lending control but also taking early wickets, of Niroshan Dickwella and Dilshan Munaweera, who batted at No. 3, with knuckle deliveries that caught Sri Lanka’s Nos. 1 and 3 clueless. Dickwella was caught and bowled by Bhuvneshwar, while Munaweera was acrobatically caught by Virat Kohli at mid-off, as this right-hand batsman looked to hit the Indian seamer out of the attack with reckless shots. Tharanga was enjoying himself and treating us to superb strokeplay, but a bowling change in the 10th over ended his stay in the middle. Jasprit Bumrah produced an unplayable delivery that pitched on leg stump, squared up Tharanga and caught the outside edge through to Dhoni, the left-hander being dismissed for a 34-ball 48 which was punctuated by nine fours.

Lahiru Thirmanne and Angelo Mathews put together Sri Lanka’s first century stand (122 for the fourth wicket) for any wicket this series and their team needed one badly after Tharanga fell in the last over of the first powerplay. The fact that Tharanga had given a fast, more than a run-a-ball start allowed Thirimanne and Mathews to settle in and didn’t necessitate them to go hell for leather. This was the same pitch on which the fourth ODI was played and though its appearance didn’t change much, the Indian spinners (Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal) extracted plenty of turn. Thirimanne and Mathews had to be circumspect not just because of the situation their team were in but the Indian finger and wrist spinners were bowling well and needed to be respected.

The innings 100 had come in as early as the 18th over but from overs 19-40, the Lankan Lions scored only 87 runs and went into final 10 overs with less than 200 runs on the board (189/4). On the penultimate over of the second powerplay (39th), Sri Lanka also lost one of the two set batsmen, Lahiru Thirimanne, who was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the UP seamer’s third wicket. Thirimanne, despite steadying the ship with his second half-century of this series, didn’t have the desired impact on proceedings, facing 92 balls for his 67 runs.

And then, when the Sri Lankans will have wanted to score big in the final 10 overs, they also lost Mathews on the first ball of the 42nd over. The former skipper too had consumed a lot of deliveries (98) for his 55 runs and his dismissal (194/5) set Sri Lanka back massively. They now had to rely on Milinda Siriwardana’s stroke-making ability and the lower order to take them to about 250, having looked good to post around 270 at the 20-over mark.

As it turned out, Sri Lanka failed to bat out their quota of 50 overs, folding up for 238/10 in 49.4 overs. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took his ODI career-best figures of 5/42 in 9.4 overs (his maiden five-fer in ODI cricket) and he was well-complemented by Bumrah and the three Indian spinners. Bumrah added the wicket of Pushpakumara to Tharanga’s earlier in the afternoon and finished with 2/45 in 10 overs, Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Mathews with a googly and his final figures read 1/40 in 10 overs and Yuzvendra Chahal took a wicket as well (1/36 in 10 overs). MS Dhoni became the first-ever wicketkeeper to make 100 stumpings when he stumped Akila Dananjaya off the bowling of Chahal, going past Kumar Sangakkara’s 99.

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