India won the first three ODI’s batting second and decided to change things up by batting first in the 4th ODI at Colombo. The Sri Lankans had a good start getting the inform S Dhawan for just 4 but that was all that Sri Lanka did good for the rest of the match.
Kohli And Sharma Slam Hundreds
Sharma and Kohli decided to play with aggression and Kohli was in a brutal mood. The two showed no mercy to any of the Sri Lankan bowlers and all of them were dispatched to the boundary at will. Kohli scored a classy 131 which included seventeen 4s and two 6s while Sharma scored his century (104) and hit eleven 4s and three 6s. Both the batsman scored at a strike rate in excess of 100 and took India from 1-6 to 2-225 in just 29.3 overs.
L Malinga was captaining Sri Lanka since their stand in captain C Kapugedera was left out due to illness. Malinga had a night that he would want to forget as a captain and as a bowler sending down his quota of 10 overs for 82 runs and picking up 1 wicket. The Indians finished strong with M Pandey scoring an unbeaten half century and MS Dhoni remaining unbeaten on 49 to take India to 375.
The Sri Lankan’s have struggled to score over 200 in their last three ODI’s, so chasing down a score of 376 was a daunting task. The Sri Lankans never looked like chasing down the score and lost regular wickets. Only A Matthews offered some resistance with his 70 runs but he scored them at a strike rate that was below 100, which meant that the Sri Lankans could not put India under any pressure.
India Experiments With Bowling
The Indians experimented with their bowling attack by bringing in S Thakur and K Yadav and they both delivered. Thakur bowled economically and picked up 1 wicket while Yadav picked up 2 wickets in his spell. India bowled Sri Lanka out for just 204 in 42.4 overs and now have a commanding 4-0 lead in the series.
This was another disappointing display by the Sri Lankans who continue to lose at home in front of their home fans. They went into the 4th ODI needing to win two consecutive games to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup. They haven’t done that but will want to win the final ODI which takes place on September 3 and salvage some pride.