India only country to inflict 5-0 on Sri Lanka

India has whitewashed host Sri Lanka 5-nil in One Day International cricket series. Yesterday, in the fifth and final match at Colombo the men in blue beat the host by six-wickets. By winning all games, India became the first visiting country to inflict a 5-0 defeat on Sri Lanka.

Skipper Virat Kohli made unbeaten 110. The stage was set by Kohli and Manish Pandey who scored 36 with a 99-run stand for the third wicket. Kohli got able support from Kedar Jadhav who made 63. Their partnership added 109 runs for the fourth wicket.

Earlier for India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the highest wicket-taker with a tally of 5 for 42. Electing to bat, the hosts were all for 238 in 49.4 overs.

 Virat Kohli scored his 30th one-day international century to lead India to victory in the fifth and final one-day match on Sunday as the visitors won by six wickets to complete a 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Sri Lanka elected to bat and were going steady at 185-4, with Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne notching up half-centuries, host collapsed in the final 11 overs as they lost six wickets for 53 runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar,  was named the man of the match, marked his maiden ODI five-wicket haul as powerful performances from him and spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah limited the hosts to 238 all out.

The opening batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma fell early to leave India at 29-2 but impressive play from Kohli, who scored 110 off 116 balls, and Kedar Jadhav, who scored 63 off 73 balls, led them to victory.

Kohli’s second consecutive century of the series moved him to level with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting for the most ODI centuries. The duo is joint second with 30 centuries each while Indian ace Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 49.

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper to collect 100 ODI stumpings, surpassing Sri Lanka’s retired captain Kumar Sangakkara.

With India whitewashed the hosts 3-0 in the preceding test series, prompting the entire selection panel to resign.

Sri Lanka’s 2019 World Cup participation is now uncertain as they failed to get the number of victories required for automatic qualification.

The two teams will play a Twenty20 international on Wednesday at the same venue.

India had, earlier, also whitewashed the 3-match Test series. They will conclude the tour on Wednesday after the lone Twenty-20 match to be played at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Match will start at seven PM.

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