India Register Convincing Win, Series Whitewash Over Lanka

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The visitors rode on blistering centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma to thrash Sri Lanka by 168 runs in the fourth ODI and will once again bank on their batting prowess to decimate the hosts.

We are already pretty much aware of the kind of following the both has in Indian cricket fraternity. "So from the last game in West Indies to now we've won six, that's something that we wanted to address which we did in this series".

Although Indian skipper ViratKohli was unhappy as hosts Sri Lanka hardly managed to come up with a fight and was not as challenging as he expected, he expressed his delight over a convincing 5-0 whitewash in the just-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series.

"We lacked consistency. We didn't bat, bowl or field well". Virat Kohli (No. 18) came in at three, followed by Manish Pandey (No. 9) at four and Kedar Jadhav (No. 81) at five.

He has not scored an global century since August 2015, and he had only scored one ODI fifty in his first nine innings this year, but during the 80-ball 70 on Thursday, at least, Angelo Mathews seemed to regain a little of his old self. That, at least, was the diagnosis of batting coach Avishka Gunawardene, ahead of the fifth ODI against India.

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The right-hander went on to complete his 30th ODI century, equalling former Australian captain Ricky Ponting's tally.

Skipping practice, however, does not mean that India will be taking the last match of the series lightly. In Pallekele, when Sri Lanka were on the brink of their seventh successive bilateral series loss to India, things turned ugly. It really helped us get those crucial wickets in the middle overs, and at the same time, helped us control the run rate as well. Only Indian great Sachin Tendulkar has scored more centuries in the 50-over game with 49 tons. Kohli got to his hundred off 107 balls with India nearly on the verge of winning the final ODI.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga said it was a hard period for his team. We need someone who is set to get a big one.

Kusal Mendis' recent string of poor scores may be a result of mental fatigue. He, now, ranks fourth and trails Australia's Adam Gilchrist (417), South Africa's Mark Boucher (402), Sri Lanka's Sangakkara (383).