Sri Lanka fail to gain direct entry for 2019 World Cup

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

India on Thursday beat Sri Lanka in fourth One Day International by 168 runs.

Kohli reached his 29th ODI century off just 76 balls with a boundary off Milinda Siriwardana to the square-leg fence as he toyed with the bowling attack. As for Rohit, he made his second consecutive century as he scored an unbeaten 124 in the third ODI in Pallekele. Now they could cleansweep Sri Lanka in the one-dayers as well, as they are already leading the series 4-0. So, we decided not to run any more twos after the sixteenth over.

Vice-captain Rohit Sharma shed his cricket pads and took up the microphone as he turned interviewer for fellow centurion Kohli after the post-match presentation. However, the visitors lost the plot with a couple of quick wickets and the recovery took about five-six overs which is where Sri Lanka chipped in with a couple of maidens.

While applauding his team, Kohli also credited the supports staff in India's domination in the longest format of the game.

Pandey came out to bat at No. 6, ahead of MS Dhoni, and the two added 101 runs for the sixth wicket as India won by a whopping 168 runs.

In the third one-day worldwide, Indian top and middle order once more failed and again it was Dhoni (67 not out) who with opener Rohit Sharma (124 not out) took India home and the visitors took an unassailable (3-0) lead in the five-match ODI series.

Angelo Mathews was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Fernando, Malinga and Akila Dananjaya chipped in with one wicket apiece. The odds are still in favour of Sri Lanka as it will be tough for West Indies to compete against England at home.

India were still scoring briskly but Mathews dismissed Hardik Pandya and Sharma off successive balls to put a brake on the scoring rate. "So it always takes time, and the faster you learn and the better batsman you become and I think that's what I have done", said Pandey.

"I am playing after 19 months following a leg injury".

We all know that conditions in Sri Lanka are mostly very hot and it is very hard from cricketers to play under the heat, sometimes. Perhaps he has to understand how the middle overs go because he always opens the batting and suddenly you are batting after 30 overs, you need some time.

Kohli was awarded the man-of-the-match for his 131 off just 96 deliveries and his deputy could not stop gushing about the former's captaincy.

"We didn't bowl well in this game", Malinga began.

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