SL Vs Ind. 3rd and 4th ODI a Recap!
with series being leveled after the sri lankans winning the second ODI. India has managed to win the next two matches at colombo and it was a series victory as well.
The third ODI: At Colombo, saw the Sri Lankans winning the toss and opting to bat. The openers Dilshan and Tharanga who scored 50’s in their last game failed to provide a good start in the third odi, with Zaheer Khan and Pathan removing the sri lankan top order for just 20 runs on the board, time for Mahela and Sangakkara to do some rescue work. They both batted brilliantly and both came up with the half centuries and took the score till 141 before mahela was out for a well made 65 and once India got the break through they soon found to get another one, the wicket of Sangakkara for 73. Angelo Mathews and Jeevan mendis took the sri lankan score to 286, with a quick fire 71 from the sri lankan all rounder. Zaheer was the stand out bowler for India picking up 2 wickets for 39 runs in 10 overs.
When India chased, Sehwag was too early to fall for just three runs and it was once again upto Gambhir and Kohli, the duo added 105 before Kohli lost his wicket for a well made 38, as Dhoni promoted himself up the order things got slowed down for India, Dhoni too lost his wicket on the very first ball of the batting power play followed by Rohit Sharma the very next ball for a duck, Malinga it was doing the honors on both the occasions. Gambhir stood firm and brought his 11th odi ton before he was run out for a well made 102 of 101 balls. Raina and Pathan took Indian run chase from there and proved the depth of Indian batting line up and won the match. Raina scored an Unbeaten 65 and Pathan remained unbeaten on 34.
Raina was declared Man of the match for his brilliant match saving knock till the end. India now lead 2-1 after this match
The fourth Odi : At Colombo, saw the Sri Lankans again winning the toss and opting to bat. This match had a smart move by Dhoni, with Rohit Sharma already struggling to get his form and there were news that he should be replaced by Manoj Tiwary, he made both of them play in the fourth ODI. As the Sri Lankan openers gave a steady start, things certainly looked like they would put up a huge score in the board,but the indian bowlers fought back really well and Manoj Tiway was truly amazing, he picked up four wickets giving away just 61 runs in his 10 overs and all together Indian bowlers managed to keep the sri lankan score card for just 251 runs, apart from top order batsmen there was not any big contributions made by the Sri Lankan batsmen.
Indians coming into the chase, lost the wicket of Gambhir early on for a duck. Sehwag and Kohli added 50 plus for the third wicket before sehwag was dismissed for 34 and Rohit still struggling to get runs was out for 4,followed by Tiwary, did not last long and was out for 21. Raina and Kohli the future of Indian batting line up put on a unbeaten 146 run partnership, in between this partnership Kohli brought up his 13th odi ton in just 86 matches followed by AB who did that in 121 matches and Raina too brought his half century and India winning this match along with the 5 match odi series as well. Virat Kohli was the man of the match for his unbeaten 128. It’s 3-1 with more one match to go in this series.
Not to forget :
In 4th ODI : virat was the quickest to reach 13 centuries in just 86 matches he has played.
AB has done that earlier in 121 matches
In 3rd odi : No team has bet chasing sri lanka at their home, after the home side posting a total of 250 and above . India has done that for the first time.Chasing successfully.