India vs Sri Lanka T20I: Lighting MS Dhoni stumps Mathews

A merciless India subjected Sri Lanka to a tour whitewash after fifties from skipper Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey secured their seven-wicket victory in the one-off Twenty20 global on Wednesday. Kohli and Manish Pandey realised 119 runs for the third wicket to guide India to a seven-wicket win in the one-off, rain-affected Twenty20 global at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka barely put up a fight after losing four early wickets for 68 runs, folding up for 207 in 42.4 overs to concede a 4-0 lead to India in the five-match series. On Wednesday, it was his brilliant 2/20 in four overs that pegged Sri Lanka back to 170, helping India win the one-off T20 tie by seven wickets, and sign off their tour in style.

This is the unforgettable tour for India Cricket team, they played their wonderful matches against Sri Lanka. But Kohli and his class of 2017 went a step ahead, whitewashing the hosts 3-0 in Tests and 5-0 in One-Day Internationals and capped off a successful tour swatting the hosts aside in every single clash. The batsman was given not-out by the on-field umpire but India chose to review the decision and TV replays showed the ball had brushed the bat.

"You see how Virat Kohli runs between the wickets". While Kohli had options of Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Yuzvendra Chahal. We played good cricket.

Rohit Sharma (9) was out first, miscuing a hit for a catch to Thisara Perera after being frustrated by some dot balls from fast bowler Lasith Malinga. "If we looked at how we played we were probably 15 short". The lone T20 between India and Sri Lanka proved to be a testimony to just that.

During Sri Lanka's chase in the evening, umpires called for the mandatory drinks break after the first hour.

Pandey remained unbeaten on 51 in the chase.

Speaking after the match at the post-match press conference, Pothas heaped praise on Kohli and his boys and said: "You look at their team and they are very All Black-like".

Pothas said Sri Lanka have some good players but they need self belief to become world-class players.

  • Rogelio Becker