Virat Kohli turned on the style from the very beginning, smashing boundaries at will on a batting beauty at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday (August 31) and bringing up his 29th ODI century. It put him at third in the all-time list of ODI centurions, with only Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting above him.
With him for company was Rohit Sharma, who for a large part of the innings, bided his time patiently and let his captain inflict most of the damage. He went on to bring up his 13th ODI hundred, and his second in as many games to give India a massive platform.
MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey ensured that the secondary target was achieved with some big hitting towards the end. The pair smashed 101 runs off 77 balls as India ended with 375.
The total would not have been possible if not for Kohli’s and Rohit’s brilliance at the start. Kohli came in after the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan (4) and immeditely started to stamp his authority. He smashed Vishwa Fernando for three back-to-back fours to signal his intentions and continued to plunder boundaries at will.
Brief scores: India 375/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 104, Virat Kohli 131, Manish Pandey 50*; Angelo Mathews 2-24) vs Sri Lanka.