Bhuvneshwar, Kohli spark Indian sweep

by Olga Hunt September 4, 2017, 11:26
Bhuvneshwar, Kohli spark Indian sweep

Currently, India will eye their first ODI whitewash since 2013 while Sri Lanka will be looking to end what has been a disappointing home season so far on a positive note with victory in the fifth and final match at the R. Premdasa Stadium on Sunday. Should India win the fifth ODI, then it will be a clean-sweep in this ODI series for team India against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's myriad problems have been endlessly recounted through the tour, but in this match they will at least be led by regular captain Upul Tharanga, who returns from a two-match suspension. They now face an uphill struggle to secure automatic qualification to the 2019 World Cup.

"We wanted to make sure we are challenging ourselves every time we are going out on to the park".

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up five wickets for India. He had taken career-best figures of 5 for 27 in the third ODI in Pallekele, and claimed the Player-of-the-Series prize for those efforts.

It was only fitting that the skipper hit the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 110. "That's not something that you aim for but obviously he's a great player and as batsmen we all respect what these legends have done", said Kohli in the post-match press conference. Then Virat Kohli took a brilliant catch running backwards to dismiss Dilshan Munaweera (four).

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The visitors recovered easily from the early loss of openers Rohit Sharma (16) and Ajinkya Rahane (5) with Vishwa Fernando (1-40 from 7 overs) and Lasith Malinga (1-35 from 8 overs) making early inroads for the home team.

The hosts could only muster 49 runs while losing six wickets in the final 10 overs which left the Sri Lankan bowlers with not enough runs to defend.

Earlier, Kumar made the most of the conditions, reducing Sri Lanka to 40-2 before Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews stitched together a 122-run stand for the fourth wicket to steady the innings. That is one area we have to rectify.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first wicketkeeper to get a 100 stumpings in ODIs.

You will soon be updated with India vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI live score as the match commences at its schedule time. He, now, ranks fourth and trails Australia's Adam Gilchrist (417), South Africa's Mark Boucher (402), Sri Lanka's Sangakkara (383).


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