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Sri Lanka vs India T20I Report: Kohli blitz helps India remain unvanquished

Thu, 7th, Sep 2017 |
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India completed a whitewash across all formats with a formidable performance in the one-off T20I by beating Sri Lanka at Colombo last night with 7 wickets in hand. 

Put in to bat first, Sri Lanka lost Niroshan Dickwella early trying to play a cheeky shot to Bumrah before skipper Upul Tharanga was removed for 5. However, the hosts through Dilshan Munaweera, fought back bravely. Munaweera's knock was a treat to the eyes with a blend of exquisite shots and class, targeting India's spinners. Unluckily, the right hander found no support from the other end. 

Chahal's leg break beat Mathews in the flight before Dhoni, at lightening speed, took off the bails. The pressure on Munaweera increased after Ashan Priyanjan consumed a lot of deliveries to settle.

Eventually, Munaweera got out in a bizarre fashion - his bat slipped from his hand towards the leg umpire to a  short pitched chinaman from Kuldeep which went on to uproot his timber.

Perera played as irresponsibly as ever, trying to smash every delivery he could but finally chopped one back off Chahal. 3 deliveries later, Yuzi also trumped Dasun Shanaka to leave the hosts in a spot of bother. But Priyanjan and Prasanna through smart hitting lifted the Lankans to 170 from their full quota. 

Chasing 171, KL Rahul got India off to flyer but Malinga from the other end got his Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma cheaply. Rahul's 24 run mini blast came to an unfortunate end when Dasun Shanaka pulled off a stunner at short covers.

But Kohli, as usual, took care of the chase from then on. He mixed caution with aggression and never let the hosts comeback at any point. The Indian skipper grew from strength to strength in his knock along with Manish Pandey who played a perfect second fiddle. 

Enroute a match-winning 82, Kohli also became the fastest to amass 15,000 International runs in his 333 appearances. 

India will return home with a massive 9-0 streak across Tests, ODIs and lone T20I.

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