Sri Lanka bat after rain delay, India make four changes

04 September, 2017, 11:23 | Author: Nora May
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The young side under Virat Kohli has shown an insatiable hunger for success and nothing would please the Men in Blue more than inflicting a 5-0 whitewash on the Lankans after having swept the Test series 3-0.

In the final game of the series in Sri Lanka, the home team batted first but collapsed from 4-185 in the final 11 overs as they lost six wickets for 53 runs. But one thing is sure that the two will have a role to play in the ODI scheme of things as India try to get their strategies ready for the 2019 World Cup in England.

"We wanted to make sure we are challenging ourselves every time we are going out on to the park". By doing this, he has equalled Ricky Ponting's record of 30 centuries who also happens to be second to the highest century maker Sachin Tendulkar.

The spinners are skilful, Jasprit Bumrah is improving, and the batting order is ready to move away from formula: these were Virat Kohli's gleanings from the 5-0 clobbering his team handed out to Sri Lanka.

Dhoni remained not-out in that match and he set a new milestone by remaining unbeaten in 73 innings in ODIs, which is the most for any player in the history of ODI cricket.

"We're doing very well in Test cricket, (but) ODIs we didn't win three games in a row before this", said Kohli when asked what the 5-0 result meant for him.

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We are already pretty much aware of the kind of following the both has in Indian cricket fraternity. Then Virat Kohli took a brilliant catch running backwards to dismiss Dilshan Munaweera (four).

The batting, meanwhile, seemed to be purring, thanks in no small part to Kohli and the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who between them shared five centuries in the series.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga said it was a hard period for his team.

"Getting a Man-of-the-Series award in the sub-continent as a fast bowler is a great thing to achieve", he said. Thirimanne and Mathews had a good partnership. That is one area we have to rectify. India have made four changes - Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav replace K.L. Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Shikhar Dhawan.

Earlier, he was tied at 99 stumping in the 50-over format with legendary Sri Lankan keeper Kumara Sangakkara.



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