India win toss, bat against Sri Lanka

India win toss, bat against Sri Lanka

India win toss, bat against Sri Lanka

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka here on Thursday. Kohli also completed 2000 runs against Sri Lanka. However, It's already 3 matches done in the 5 series One Day International Tour Between India and SL. Jadhav has picked three wickets in the series so far. To play 300 ODIs is a lot of experience. With significant contribution from Angelo Mathews (70) the rest of the players were not up to the mark. "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".

Pandya ended the partnership with Siriwardana (39) caught behind.

Mathews continue to fight a lone battle as he notched up his well deserved half-century.

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After the first Powerplay, Rohit and Kohli turned on a steady stream of ones and twos, and manufactured a boundary every now and then to keep the run rate rattling along at well above seven an over. Sharma, who hit back-to-back hundreds, now has 13 three-figure scores in the 50-over format.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made 49 not out, became only the sixth Indian and the second wicketkeeper-batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to play 300 ODIs. In the end, the 36-year-old just fell short of becoming just the 13th player to score 100 global fifties. Also, Dhoni (101.84) has the best average in successful ODI run chases. The ball hit the bottom of Mathews bat and lobbed in the air to Thakur. Kohli is now third on the list of batsmen with most ODI centuries.

The first 50 came off 52 balls, but the innings slowly gathered pace as India crossed 100 off just 84 balls. The highlight of the game was the partnership between Kohli and Sharma.

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This was also their third 200-plus stand as a pair equalling the record held jointly by Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly, as well as Gautam Gambhir and Kohli.

Although one can't dismiss the fact that a rag-tag Sri Lankan bowling attack, save mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, has failed to keep up the pressure on Dhoni and Co. after making initial inroads. "The fitness also is improving, and now I feel really comfortable to bowl 10 overs - I bowl consistently".

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