India inflicts crushing defeat on Sri Lanka in fourth ODI


Butter-fingered Sri Lanka dropped easy catches and misfielded often to allow some easy runs to the Indians. Thakur, who became the 218th player to represent India in ODIs, returned figures of 1 for 26 from seven overs.

Bumrah, Pandya and Yadav picked up two wickets each. To play 300 ODIs is a lot of experience.

Hardik Pandya is Out with 19 runs from 18 balls. "It was a good toss to win, we put up a good score and it was very hard for the opposition to maintain that required run rate". His last 10 centuries were all of scores of more than 120. The pair added 36 before Hasaranga was run out for run-a-ball 22. India have now started sensing yet another victory, after Mathews tried to take Lanka back. Kuldeep Yadav, who was so impressive in the West Indies, may finally get a run.

Earlier, Kohli and Sharma shared 219 runs for the second wicket off just 168 balls after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat on an easy-paced wicket at the R Premadasa Stadium. Angelo Mathews top-scored with 70 in what was Sri Lanka's biggest defeat in terms of runs in an ODI on home soil.

Incidentally, Dhoni got a single off the penultimate delivery of the 50th over as he remained stranded on 49 not out - one short of what could have been his 100th worldwide half-century. Dhoni now has 9657 ODI runs at an average of 52.20 and a strike rate of 88.58. Star Batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul and Kedar Jadhav will try to get back to scoring after putting up a failed show in the previous matches.

Here's a quick recap of the action from the India's innings.

Kohli reached to his 15th ODI fifty off 38 balls and while Rohit too completed his half-century off 45 deliveries.

Rohit Sharma, who was at the other end, got the best view from the opposite end as the opener and formed a solid partnership to put India in commanding position. The former Indian captain has a good opportunity to come up with memorable innings in his milestone match since Sri Lanka have hardly come across as respectable rivals. Dhoni will join an elite 300 club that already has the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh.

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