04 September, 2017
The visitors rode on blistering centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma to thrash Sri Lanka by 168 runs in the fourth ODI and will once again bank on their batting prowess to decimate the hosts. "We always thought the shorter format is going to be much more challenging", said Kohli. "Personally, I think someone who is young like that should only be playing the longer version of the game and ODI cricket", he said. "So from the last game in West Indies to now we've won six, that's something that we wanted to address which we did in this series".
In fact, Sri Lanka's dot-ball percentage in this series is even higher than those figures - they have not scored off 57% of the balls they have faced. Earlier in the fourth ODI Kohli and Rohit Sharma, en route to their rampaging 219-run stand for the second-wicket, Virat had smashed his 29th ODI ton, thus surpassing Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya, to stand third on the list of most ODI tons.
"We lacked consistency. We didn't bat, bowl or field well".
Kohli now has an unbelievable average of 281 from successful ODI chases in 2017, hitting four centuries and four half-centuries in India's 10 successful chases this year.
The southpaw was one of India's standout performers in the Sri Lanka tour.
This was the 30th century of Kohli's ODI career.
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2 - This was the India captain's 8th ODI century against Sri Lanka, the most by any batsman against Sri Lanka (on par with Sachin Tendulkar's 8 tons). The final match of 5-ODI series will be played at R. Premdasa Stadium, situated at Colombo. However, Lahiru Thirimane (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) steadied the innings and they took the hosts on course of a big first-inning score. That is one area we have to rectify.
For Kohli's team, experiments and rotation play important role which is build-up for the World Cup in 2019.
Shikhar Dhawan will miss the match as he will be flying to India to attend to his ailing mother. For the meantime, there have been some speculations about Kusal Mendis's workload and if he will be taking rest then it will be making way for Tharanga.
Sri Lanka failed to kick-on after Mathews and Thirimanne's record stand.