Kohli-inspired India condemn Sri Lanka to another whitewash


Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who shared an unbeaten 101-run stand with young gun Manish Pandey, is once again expected to add to the fireworks lower down the order against a toothless Lankan attack. We have been playing some good and consistent cricket for some time.

The dismissal of the two set batsmen triggered a collapse that saw the hosts lose seven wickets for 53 runs. BCCI's decision to not name any replacement has thrown open the door for Rahane, who starred in India's last ODI assignment in the Caribbean.

India would aim to cap off their super successful Sri Lanka tour with another ruthless victory in the one-off T20 worldwide here tomorrow. And we will have to give that combination a long run before we settle into the World Cup. The Multix has been built to carry five people but MS Dhoni and boys had different plans, occupying the passenger seats, luggage board, doors and the roof!

Going by what Kohli had to say at the post-match presentation of the 168-run win on Thursday, he was planning on sticking to the same eleven for the upcoming game, but because of a late development on Saturday, he will be forced to make one change.

Besides the record stumpings, Dhoni also registered the most number of not outs (79) in ODIs and also joined the exclusive club of players to have played 300 ODIs.

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In this series, Rohit Sharma is the leading run scorer by scoring 286 runs followed by him, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are in the second and third place with 220 runs and 190 runs respectively.

Apart from most stumping dismissals in worldwide cricket, Dhoni holds the record of being involved in six dismissals in an innings in ODIs. That's a remarkable thing - when you don't have any variation in your bowling and you still don't let guys score - I think it's the height that really helps him getting that extra bounce and the extra pace he can generate.

While anchoring the victory target Kohli became the quickest to the 30-century mark in ODIs. Only Sachin Tendulkar has more ODI hundreds as he accumulated 49 during his illustrious career.

The 28-year-old also consolidated his position of the top of ICC ODI Rankings table when the updated list was released on Monday. Virat Kohli, after his fabulous performance in the ODI series host by Sri Lanka, jumped higher than the Australian player David Warner from 12 to 26 points and now on 887 points. The India captain has made his 30 centuries in 181 matches fewer than Ponting. Asked whether he, as captain, is finding it hard to handle the balancing act, Kohli said: "The best thing about this team is that the players are very sporting and ready accept challenges".

On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah, who had a disappointing Champions Trophy final earlier this year, was at his best and won the Man-of-the-series award as the highest-wicket taker with 15 scalps.