Colombo: India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in final One-day match at Colombo, whitewash ODI series 5-0.
Captain Virat Kohli once again structured the chase for India with an unbeaten century and guided his team to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Colombo.
The win gave India a 5-0 series sweep, the first time a country has won those many ODIs in a bilateral series. Chasing a target of 239 runs, India had a new opening pair at the crease with Ajinkya Rahane opening the batting with Rohit Sharma who has been in tremendous form with two centuries in this series.
Rahane and Rohit could not make most the opportunity as both the openers were dismissed early. Manish Pandey rebuild the innings with Kohli and made 36 runs before getting out. Kedar Jadhav then scored an unbeaten half-century and took India on the verge of victory. He was dismissed with India needing only two runs. Kohli scored the winning runs with two overs remaining.
Earlier, three Sri Lanka players got off to decent starts but none of them converted it into a big one. After a solid stand between Thirimanne and Mathews, the hosts were looking good for a good total but India fought back well in the final overs and bundled them out for 238.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was pick of the bowlers for India as he returned with 5/42. Spinners Kuldeep and Yuzvendra did well in the middle overs to contain the flow of runs in the middle overs and picked one wicket each. For hosts, Tharanga (48), Thirmanne (67) and Mathews (55) played well but were not able to post a big score.