India continued their magnificent run in the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka as they defeated them by a huge margin of 168 runs in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at the R. Premdasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
Chasing a mammoth target of 376, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 207 runs in 42.4 overs.
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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were on fire as they scored blistering tons and helped India to reach 375/5 in 50 overs.
India was off to a shaky start as they had lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over itself. However, Kohli (131) and Sharma (104) took the innings from there on and shared a 219-run stand for the first wicket.
The Sri Lankan bowlers were smashed to all parts of the ground. While the skipper hit 17 fours and 2 sixes in his 96-ball knock, Sharma smacked 11 fours and 3 sixes in his innings of 88 deliveries.
India had reached 200 in the 25th over and at one stage it looked as if the visitors would go on to score in excess of 400. But India lost the momentum in the middle with a couple of quick wickets.
However, the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was playing his 300th ODI, kept his calm and shared an unbeaten 101-run stand with Manish Pandey.