India beat Lanka by six wickets, win series 5-0

India beat Lanka by six wickets, win series 5-0

India beat Lanka by six wickets, win series 5-0

His earlier thoughts of a "more challenging" contest in ODIs did not materialise as Sri Lanka hardly gave a fight to the Indians but the visiting captain Virat Kohli on Sunday expressed happiness at winning the series 5 -0.

Team India smashed Sri Lanka and whitewashed ODI Series 5-0.

The two teams will play a Twenty20 worldwide on Wednesday at the same venue. But there is always the hope that lady luck is somewhere around the corner.

However the innings fell away dramatically after that partnership as Sri Lanka, as has happened throughout this tour, capitulated meekly to post 238 all out in 49.4 overs. Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, started with a set playing XI and stuck to it for the first three games.

Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI when he whipped off the bails to remove Akila Dananjaya off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling. In Pallekele, when Sri Lanka were on the brink of their seventh successive bilateral series loss to India, things turned ugly. "All round, it's been a complete series for us", said Kohli after the match.

Upul Tharanga, returning to lead Sri Lanka after serving a two-match over-rate suspension, chose to bat first after rain delayed the toss by 40 minutes in Colombo. But he came back strong in the last ODI.

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Bhuvi was at the thick of things again when India needed him the most.

It is indeed a sad commentary on a team that had chased down 322 to beat India in the Champions Trophy in June. Gunathilaka is suffering from a Shoulder injury and Kapugedera is also suffering from Injury.

"We seniors have to lift our games as we have not lived up to expectations", the Sri Lanka allrounder acknowledged.

"MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team". Going by their current form, it is looking certain.

MS Dhoni has so far been one of the best wicket keepers in the history of India cricket. A victory in the second ODI in Pallekele could have been an answer to a nation's prayers, with several payers reiterating that "One win will change everything".

He showed tremendous fitness running between the wicket with Manish Pandey, - Kohli reached his fifty off 53 deliveries with just four fours - in marked contrast to the 38-ball fifty in the previous game.