Sri Lanka v India ODIs review: How India captured the series - Part II
After the third ODI it was India who was leading the five match ODI series.
Cricket fans were expecting a nail biting contest between India and Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI but it was a one sided game in the end as India won it comprehensively by six wickets.
This time it was Virat Kohli who shined for India with his unbeaten 128.
Sri Lanka, batting first, could only manage to score 251 runs in their 50 overs. India did not face any problems while chasing this target in the lights thanks to the aggressive batting from Virender Sehwag, Kohli and Raina.
Sri Lanka was once again let down by the bowlers and they lost this must-win match. With the lost in the fourth ODI Sri Lanka had lost the series, needing a win in the final game as a token of resistance. That did not happen.
With India already series-winners, the fifth ODI was not of much importance but still Sri Lanka was keen to end the series on a positive note. Angelo Mathews came in to lead the side as Mahela Jayawardene rested.
While batting first India piled up a huge target of 295. Youngster Manoj Tiwari was in the run scorers this time with his half century.
Gambhir and Dhoni also played brilliant innings. After losing some early wickets, Sri Lanka fought back well through their lower-order but failed to come close to a win.
Sri Lanka lost the five match ODI series 4-1. It was a dismal performance by the home side.
The only T20 of the tour offered Sri Lanka a chance to restore the lost pride of winning it. India came out to bat and looking at the batting line up it was expected that they would score around 170.
But the Lanka bowlers were up to the task this time and they restricted India to 155. It was never going to be a cake walk for Sri Lanka but it proved to be more horrendous than their imagination.
After losing quick early wickets Jayawardene took the charge and thrashed Yadav for four fours in an over.
It appeared that Jayawardene would definitely take Lankans home but he soon succumbed to Irfan Pathan.
Three quick wickets by Irfan Pathan put the the last nail in the coffin and Sri Lanka fell 39 runs short of the total.
It was a poor display by Sri Lanka all together as they lost both ODI and T20 series.
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