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Captain Virat Kohli century helps 5-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka

A superb century from captain Virat Kohli guided India to six-wicket win in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo as they completed a 5-0 clean sweep on Sunday. Chasing a below-par 239, Kohli hit his 30th ODI ton and remained unbeaten on 110 to help his side chase down the target in 46.3 overs.

India though lost their openers cheaply. Rohit Sharma was out caught for 16 while Ajinkya Rahane holed out for 5. India were 29/2 when Kohli and Manish Pandey joined forces and steadied the innings with a 99-run stand for the third wicket. It was Malinda Pushpakumara who broke the partnership when he got rid of Pandey for 36 to reignite Sri Lankan hopes. However, Kohli found another able ally in Kedar Jadhav (63) who scored his second ODI half-century before being out caught behind with India two short of victory.

With his second successive century, Kohli moved on to joint-second in the list of most ODI centuries along with former Australia batsman Ricky Ponting.
Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar grabbed a career-best 5/42 effecting yet another batting collapse as India skittled out Sri Lanka for 238. Sri Lankan batting once again promised a lot but delivered little, losing as many as seven wickets for 53 runs after they were cruising along at 185 for 3.

A 122-run partnership for the 4th wicket between Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) enabled Sri Lanka to reach a position of safety before Bhuvneshwar led the charge with his maiden five-wicket haul. Jasprit Bumrah (2/45), Kuldeep Yadav (1/40) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/36) were the other wicket-takers.

Dhoni was in business again when he stumped Akila Dananjaya (4) in the 43rd over off Yuzvendra Chahal (1-36). In doing so he became the first wicket keeper to notch up 100 stumpings in ODI cricket, moving one ahead of Kumar Sangakkara who has 99 stumpings. Wickets came in a flurry then, as Bhuvneshwar returned to complete his five-wicket haul.


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