Sri Lanka vs India, 4th ODI Preview: Race against time for Lanka

Sri Lanka vs India, 4th ODI Preview: Race against time for Lanka

Sri Lanka vs India, 4th ODI Preview: Race against time for Lanka

After whitewashing in the test series, India has won the first three ODI matches. Virat Kohli has continued his onslaught and Rohit Sharma is cashing in on every opportunity to hit big as India continue to hammer Sri Lankan bowlers. However, after the two departed MS Dhoni (49) and Manish Pandey (50) made commendable contribution at the last quarter of the match to stretch the innings to a colossal length.

The 219-run stand between Kohli and Rohit became the highest for the second-wicket partnership, bettering a 197-run partnership in the first ODI against Sri Lanka recently, which was involved between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

Sri Lanka never looked like getting close to India's imposing total and could only manage 207 all out in 42.4 overs with Angelo Mathews' 70-run knock being the sole noteworthy batting performance.

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Including this, Sri Lanka succumbed to their sixth straight ODI defeat and Malinga hoped his team will make a comeback in the next match. Kuldeep Yadav cleaned up the tail in the 43rd over as India romped home in style.

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Irate fans have staged protests over the team's poor form and some of them hurled water bottles to hold up play in Sunday's ODI against India at Pallekele. His last two hundreds came in different situations, but the fluidity of his stroke-play remained the same. When Mahi made his debut in global cricket nobody would have expected him to play 300 ODIs or to captain India at the highest level. He made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in the year 2004.

The Indians, who have already taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, handed an ODI cap to paceman Shardul Thakur for the day-night game.

In his 299 one-day matches, Dhoni has played numerous match-winning knocks, taking India to countless victories. If Gunathilake fails to prove his fitness in this game, he will be replaced by either Dilshan Munaweera or Dhananjaya De Silva.

Though India lost too many wickets after the end of Kohli-Rohit partnership, it was former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and young Manish Pandey ensured a 350+ runs total on the board. With 9608 runs from 296 games, the only players above him are Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,221) and Rahul Dravid (10,768).

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