In Stats: Sri Lanka’s Biggest Defeats, Rohit’s Fastest 100s & More
Take a look at the fourth ODI between India and Sri Lanka through numbers.
India stamped their dominance over Sri Lanka yet again when they defeated the hosts by a mammoth margin in the fourth ODI of the five-match ODI series in Colombo on Thursday.
After opting to bat first, India rode on centuries from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, and an unbeaten century partnership between Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni, to post 375-5. Thereafter, India bowled out the home team for 207 in 42.4 overs.
Together with this win – by a margin of 168 runs, which is Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat at home, India have now defeated Sri Lanka in the last seven ODIs in Sri Lanka.
On this tour of the island nation, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team had already clinched the Test series 3-0 and were 3-0 up in the ODI series before this match. Despite making three changes to the team that won the previous match, there was no drop in intensity in the Indian camp and it made no difference to the end result.
India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the second over, but Rohit and Virat put the innings back on rails with a 219-run second-wicket partnership.
It was the biggest partnership from either team in this ODI series and India’s best second wicket partnership in ODIs in Sri Lanka.
During the course of that partnership, both Rohit and Virat brought up their respective hundreds; Rohit brought up his 13th ODI ton (needing only 85 balls to get to the three-figure mark), while Virat got to his 29th ODI hundred (76 balls).
India lost a bit of momentum in the innings after both batsmen were dismissed in the middle overs. India were 230-2 at the end of the 30th over, but could only add a further 54 runs, while also losing three wickets, in the next block of ten overs.
However, Manish Pandey, who was given a go in the XI at the expense of Kedar Jadhav, and MS Dhoni – playing his 300th ODI, gave the innings impetus at the back end with a fluent unbeaten 101-run partnership.
Both batsmen put consolidation as priority early on – after India had lost three wickets for 12 runs, but stepped on the gas once they had their eye in. While Pandey reached his half-century off the last ball of the innings, Dhoni remained unbeaten on 49 – his third consecutive unbeaten innings in this series.
The pair consumed 44 balls to score the first 50 runs of their association, but needed only 30 deliveries to add the next 51 runs. As a result of their flourish, India finished at 375-5 – their highest total in ODIs in Sri Lanka.
During the course of the India innings, the stand-in Sri Lankan captain – and their bowling spearhead – Lasith Malinga also reached a personal milestone.
When he dismissed Virat Kohli, he became the fourth Sri Lankan bowler to pick up 300 wickets in ODIs.
At the 300-wickets mark, Malinga has the third best strike-rate among the 13 bowlers who have reached the milestone. Only Brett Lee (strike-rate of 29.13) and Waqar Younis (30.45) had better strike-rates than Malinga (32.61) when they picked up their 300th ODI scalps.
It was a largely forgettable day for Malinga and the Sri Lankan team though; while Malinga finished with unimpressive figures of 10-0-82-1, the Sri Lankans were skittled out for 207 – suffering their biggest defeat in ODIs at home.
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