News – Chasing a modest 217 for victory, India rode on an unbeaten 197-run stand between Dhawan, who smashed 132, and skipper Virat Kohli, who made 82, to canter home in 28.5 overs.

Summary

  • Chasing a modest 217 for victory, India rode on an unbeaten 197-run stand between Dhawan, who smashed 132, and skipper Virat Kohli, who made 82, to canter home in 28.5 overs.
  • Kohli averages 75.60 in ODI wins — the best of any player who has batted in at least 20 wins — and 55.22 overall — second to the Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00) among players who have batted at least 20 times.
  • Earlier, the spinners, led by Axar Patel, set up the opening win for the visitors in the five-match series after bowling out Sri Lanka for 216 in 43.2 overs.
  • The partnership between Dhawan, who hit his 11th ODI century, and Kohli made sure India had no more hiccups in their road to victory.
  • “At 139-1 (in Sri Lanka’s innings) we surely had a bit to think about but again the way the bowlers came back into the game and got us those breakthroughs along with our fielding really made the difference,” said Kohli.


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