Dominant India face struggling Sri Lanka in 4th ODI


WICKET! Kusal Mendis is run out by KL Rahul as Sri Lanka lose their second wicket.

However, MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey brought India back into the game, making their contribution to India's total of 375. But Mathews, carrying his injury-ravaged body creakily to the crease and delivering two short balls, dismissed both off successive balls, Pandya picking out the deep fielder with a pull and Rohit cramped for room while trying to ramp him over the keeper.

Skipper Mathews did his best to lead a recovery and Milinda Siriwardana added 39, but the hosts' defeat was inevitable long before the match came to an end. Kuldeep Yadav, who was so impressive in the West Indies, may finally get a run.

It was then the two batsmen, Kohli and Rohit, made a 219 runs partnership to push the team to a strong position in the match. Sharma, who hit back-to-back hundreds, now has 13 three-figure scores in the 50-over format. Dhoni rejuvenated Indian cricket and is the only Indian captain to have won ICC World T20 (2007, South Africa), ICC World Cup (2011, India) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013, England and Wales) and to top it off during his reign India also became the No 1 ranked side in Test cricket as well.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan (4) early after choosing to bat first, but were soon firmly on course for a huge total as Rohit and Kohli made batting look easy.

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Because of the third ODI incident, Sri Lanka have a pressure to win the fourth match to cool down their fans.

The first 50 came off 52 balls, but the innings slowly gathered pace as India crossed 100 off just 84 balls. Captain Virat Kohli got to his 45th ODI fifty as he along with Roohit Sharma continued to take Team India ahead.

When Virat Kohli was going great guns, racing to a 96-ball 131, Rohit's knock might have been slightly overshadowed, but the opportunity to contribute big was still there and Rohit ensured he did just that.

300 - Wickets for Lasith Malinga in ODIs.

Thakur, who also played with Dhoni for Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL last season, got his first wicket through a catch by Dhoni, to remove Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella. Dhoni will join an elite 300 club that already has the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh. Vishwa Fernando and Akila Dananjaya shared one wicket each.