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Kohli’s 166 is helping India weigh down Sri Lanka through document 317 runs

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 166 to assist India beat Sri Lanka through 317 runs and document the best possible ever victory margin in a one-day world as they swept the sequence 3-0 on Sunday. Kohli’s 3rd century in his remaining 4 fits and a 116 through opener Shubman Gill powered India to 390-5 in Thiruvananthapuram.

Speedy bowler Mohammed Siraj then returned spectacular figures of 4-32 as India bowled out the vacationers for 72 in 22 overs as India went previous New Zealand’s 290-run thrashing of Eire in 2008. A 131-run second-wicket stand between Gill and Kohli stood out after India elected to bat first.

Gill placed on 95 runs for the outlet wicket with skipper Rohit Sharma, who made 42, to set the tone for the staff’s batting domination. Rohit overlooked out on a fifty after he fell to Chamika Karunaratne however Gill stored up the assault with Kohli and raised his moment ODI hundred, celebrating it with a fist bump.

Gill smashed Jeffrey Vandersay for 4 fours within the over after the ton, however used to be quickly bowled off a slower supply from Kasun Rajitha. “King Kohli” placed on any other century partnership with Shreyas Iyer, who hit 38, and went directly to document the ton along with his hands and bat raised to an applauding crowd.

The ball prior to Kohli were given his hundred noticed an uncongenial collision on the square-leg boundary between Vandersay and Ashen Bandara, with each fielders stretchered off. Dunith Wellalage got here in as a concussion change for Vandersay and batted for the vacationers at quantity 8. Kohli modified gears after his forty sixth ODI century-three at the back of Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time document of 49 — as he smashed Karunaratne for 2 successive sixes.

Kohli, who surpassed Sri Lankan nice Mahela Jayawardene’s 12,650 ODI runs to go into the highest 5 all-time run getters, reached his 150 in 106 balls and completed off with 13 fours and 8 sixes. Sri Lanka had been by no means within the chase after Mohammed Siraj struck 3 times in his first 5 overs together with the wickets of Avishka Fernando, for one, and Kusal Mendis, bowled on 4.

The vacationers stored shedding wickets to Siraj’s tempo and swing and the short additionally ran out Karunaratne with an instantaneous throw that stuck the batsman off guard and out of his crease on the striker’s finish. Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav picked two wickets each and every to flatten Sri Lanka’s batting with 28 overs to spare, with the vacationers shedding 9 wickets and injured Bandara no longer batting. – AFP

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