Kohli-inspired India condemn Sri Lanka to another whitewash

Esther Moore
September 6, 2017

Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007-08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Going by what Kohli had to say at the post-match presentation of the 168-run win on Thursday, he was planning on sticking to the same eleven for the upcoming game, but because of a late development on Saturday, he will be forced to make one change.

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With skipper Upul Tharanga making his way into the team, having missed the last two matches owing to his suspension for slow-overate, Dilshan Munaweera, who made his ODI debut, on Thursday is likely to sit out. However, Lahiru Thirimane (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) steadied the innings and they took the hosts on course of a big first-inning score.

It should be noted that Vandersay has not featured in a T20 match for Sri Lanka since the World T20 a year ago despite being one of the team's standout players in that tournament. We lost a few early wickets.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman yesterday shared a century stand to help Bangladesh fight back from Nathan Lyon's five-wicket haul and lead the hosts to 253-6 on the opening day of the second and final Test against Australia. One stage we were looking for 260-270.

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BOWLING: Malinga 8-1-35-1, Fernando 7-0-40-1, Dananjaya 10-0-49-0, Mathews 3-0-14-0, Pushpakumara 10-0-40-1, Siriwardana 4-0-28-0, de Silva 4.3-0-29-1.

On the other hand, the junior spinners like Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have done more than decently in India's 5-0 "Whitewash" against Sri Lanka.

How much ever Kohli does hit however, we as Indians must be proud of the man. We have to improve in all three departments, especially our batting.

"I think the only sort of average day we had on the field was today, apart from that I think our fielding has been sharp in all the four games", he said. We need the tail to fire and that didn't happen in this series.

Kusal Mendis, whom the management feels is suffering from mental fatigue, has been rested as well. Or Kohli could include both at the expense of Shardul Thakur, though the skipper will most probably want the younger one to play. This is the visiting side's chance at an 8-0 sweep, the likes of which it has never achieved overseas in a series comprising a minimum of three Tests and three ODIs.

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