SL vs IND 4th ODI: Kohli-Rohit tons power India to 375/5
Colombo: With the help of belligerent tons from skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India piled up a mammoth 375/5 on the scoreboard in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa stadium here on Thursday.
Winning the toss, India decided to bat first and suffered the early blow in form of Shikhar Dhawan (4 off 6, 1 four). Kohli, however, did not seem to be bothered by the early jolt and started scoring freely immediately after coming at the crease.
He, along with opener Rohit Sharma, added 219 runs for the second wicket and went on to complete his 29th hundred in One-Day Internationals. He got out after scoring 131 runs off only 96 deliveries with 17 fours and two sixes.
Rohit also completed his 13th ODI century before finally edging a bouncy delivery to the wicket-keeper at the individual score of 104 runs. He took only 88 deliveries and laced his inning with 11 fours and 3 sixes.
The match seemed to be turning a bit towards Sri Lanka in the 35th over when Angelo Mathews got Hardik Pandya (19 off 18, 1 four, 1 six) and Rohit on back to back deliveries, but despite soon losing Lokesh Rahul (7 off 8), Indian batsmen kept their nerves and led the team to a gigantic total.
Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni, who is playing his 300th ODI today, shared the crease in an unbeaten 101-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Pandey completed his half-century off 42 balls with 4 boundaries while MSD added 49 runs off the same number of deliveries and decorated his inning with 5 fours and a six.
Mathews was the highest wicket-taker taking 2 wickets for 24 runs in his 6 overs, while stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga (1/82, 10 overs), Vishwa Fernando (1/76, 8 overs) and Akila Dananjaya (1/68, 10 overs) took one wicket each.
Now, Sri Lanka, which already has lost the five-match series 0-3, will require a huge effort from its batsmen to surpass the 376-run target.