SHUTTER! Lasith Malinga scalps his 300th ODI wicket as he completes the Virat Kohli chip. The Indian captain retires after marking a whirlwind with only 96 balls. The tremendous blow to Kohli, tremendous achievement for Malinga. The captain of Sri Lanka receives a hug from his captain of the Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma.
India 187/1 of 25 overs
HUNDRED! Number 29 in ODIs for Virat Kohli in 76 balls. He has bulldozed Sri Lanka. India is tormenting bowling players from Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, is rejoicing too. Sinister signs for Sri Lanka. India has a realistic chance to score 400. Can Kohli score a double ton as well?
India 132/1 of 17 overs:
Stop them if you can, Sri Lanka! Virat Kohli has continued his attack and Rohit Sharma is charging at every opportunity to hit big as India continues to hit Sri Lanka bowlers. With four and six being hit at will, the execution rate is about 8 races for more,
India 83-1 of 12 overs:
India continued to advance in the match despite losing opener Shikhar Dhawan early. Captain Virat Kohli reached his forty-five ODI fifty as he along with Rohit Sharma continued to take the Indian team ahead.
Virat Kohli has become the leading ODI scorer in 2017.
India 6-1 from 1.3 overs:
India loses its first wicket, Vishwa Fernando strike for Sri Lanka, Shikhar Dhawan goes out for 4 races. Dhawan tries hard on the ball, the ball takes the thick edge and flies directly to the third man and in the hand of debutant Malinda Pushpakumara.
Colombo: Virat Kohli has won the pitch and elected to bat in the 300th ODI of MS Dhoni as India takes over Sri Lanka, led by Lasith Malinga, in the 4th ODI at R Premadasa Stadium here on Thursday.
India has made three changes to its XI game as Shardul Thakur (in debut), Kuldeep Yadav and Manish Pandey replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav in the team.
Sri Lanka has also made three changes to their team as Wanidu Hasaranga, and debutants Malinda Pushpakumara and Dilshan Munaweera are a part of the XI that plays.
The India Team led by Kohli has participated in the tour of Sri Lanka. The men in blue have completely outplayed the hosts by whitening them in the 3-0 series of tests and have now pocketed five ODI series games by taking an undisputed 3-0 lead.
With the last two games being a dead rubber, India could prove its bench strength by resting pair of big names in the 4th ODI and 5th ODI, which will be played at the Premadasa R Stadium on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.
Players like Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur could take a look at the last two games of the ODI series. Kedar Jadhav, who has played well in the last two games, could also give way to Manish Pandey due to backstroke batting strokes with scores of 1 and 0. Pandey, who was touring South Africa with India A team had a good tour with the bat that makes a strong case for a place in the final eleven.
With Virat Kohli already insinuating into the rotation policy, left arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and right arm Shardul Thakur could also look inward. Yadav made his ODI debut in the West Indies in June claiming eight wickets from five games. While he failed to get a place in the first three ODIs, the doll spinner could have a chance in the final two games, instead of Axar Patel or Yuzvendra Chahal. Shardul Thakur, who has been in India for a year, could also make his ODI debut on Thursday. Thakur had been part of the test team but has not gotten a game so far.
Sri Lanka’s list of injuries continues to grow:
Sri Lanka is currently undergoing a poor phase, the team has been unable to find the winning combination for its first XI. Apart from field problems, they have also faced problems off the field, with the selection committee headed by Sanath
The failure of experienced players to deliver when it mattered most and the lack of consistency has been a key element to the failure of this Sri Lankan unit. Adding more problems to existing ones is the growing list of injured players.
Lasith Malinga will lead the team in the fourth ODI with current captain Upul Tharanga was suspended for two matches because of the slowness over the rate will be again to face captain in the ODI final.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Chandimal has been dismissed from the series with a hair fracture on his right thumb after enduring a blow on the third ODI. Another victim is the pattern of ie Chamara Kapugedara who has been ruled out of the rest of the series as well, due to an aggravated back injury. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dilshan Munaweera have been added to the team as tapas. They also have Thisara Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga on the bench. Doni reached another milestone: MS Dhoni would look to carry forward his form with the club in his ODI 300 match that we played on Thursday. When the Blue Men were in danger in 2nd and 3rd ODI, Dhappy wheels
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