India has shown throughout the test and ODI series that they are the better team in all departments. They whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the test series and embarrassed them yet again in front of their home crowd winning the ODI series 5-0. The Lankans never looked threatening throughout the ODI series and a ruthless India exploited their many weaknesses.
Sri Lanka Fail Yet Again
The Sri Lankans batted first and although they got off to a good start, they struggled towards the end as B Kumar who had gone wicketless all series decided to chip in with a 5 wicket haul. The senior players U Tharanga (48) and A Matthews (55) threw their wickets away just after they got set and as a result, Sri Lanka could not capitalize on their good start and were bowled out for 239.
L Malinga who has looked but a shadow of himself all series struck by removing A Rahane who was opening in place of S Dhawan who had gone on to be with his sick mother. India were 2-29 and in a bit of a bother but captain Virat Kohli steadied the ship like he often does when chasing. He scored his 30th test century and put together critical partnerships with M Pandey (36) and K Jadhav (63) to see India home. Kohli scored an unbeaten 110 at a strike rate of nearly 95 and in doing so equaled Ricky Ponting’s record of 30 ODI centuries and is now second on the all time list of ODI centuries.
Kohli Outstanding All Series
Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 49 ODI centuries and it looks like it will be only a matter of time before Kohli breaks that record. He is young, supremely fit and is one of the best ODI players in the world – arguably the greatest ODI player right now when it comes to chasing down totals.
The Indian captain entered the Sri Lankan series after partying ways with former coach Anil Kumble. There was a lot of criticism directed at Kohli as it was clear that Kumble departed because he could not hit it off with Kohli. However Kohli’s performance as a captain and player has silenced his critics and team India’s performance in both tests and ODI’s cannot be faulted.
India will now play Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 match that will take place on September 6. They will then return home and prepare for a 5 match ODI series against Australia which starts on 17 September in Chennai.