Virat Kohli displayed utmost ruthlessness in both captaincy and batsmanship as India became the first visiting country to inflict a 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka with a thumping six-wicket victory in the final ODI of the series, here on 03 September 2017. In one of the most lopsided bilateral contests in recent history, India have now completed back-to-back rout after humiliating the hosts in the three-Test series, which was also a complete rout.
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s maiden five-wicket haul enabled India to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 238, Kohli for the umpteenth time anchored a successful chase in 46.3 overs with a fluent unbeaten 110. This was his 30th ODI hundred in only his 194th game and is now joint-second in list of most century makers alongside Ricky Ponting with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead of him. Kohli got able support from Kedar Jadhav (63), who redeemed himself after a couple of ducks adding 109 runs with his skipper for the fourth wicket stand.
On a pitch that was bit slower than the fourth ODI, Kohli adjusted his game accordingly, hitting only nine boundaries in 116 balls. Jadhav hit some delicate late cuts scoring his runs off 73 balls with seven boundaries in it. Fittingly, the winning runs were hit by Kohli, who is now growing in strength and stature as the leader of a successful unit. The only people to miss out were comeback man Ajinkya Rahane (5), who was dismissed trying to hook a Lasith Malinga bouncer while Rohit Sharma’s lap shot off a Vishwa Fernando delivery was brilliantly caught at fine leg by Malinda Pushpakumara.
They hosts failed to cross 250 even once during this five-match series, even as Bumrah – with 15 wickets in this contest – earned the record for most wickets in a bilateral series with five ODIs. He overtook Australian Clint McKay’s 14 wickets versus Pakistan in 2010.