After crushing the hosts 3-0 in the three-Test series, India inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka with thumping victories in fourth and fifth ODIs of the Micromax Cup. This was the first time ever that the Sri Lankans have been whitewashed at home in a bilateral ODI series.
The fourth ODI showcased the brute batting prowess of the Indian team that notched a huge total of 375/5 in 50 overs. Virat Kohli (131) scored his 29th century while Rohit Sharma (104) got his 13thcentury in ODI cricket. MS Dhoni (49*), who played his 300th ODI, and Manish Pandey (50*) played a vital role towards the end as India notched the highest total by any team in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka.
In reply, Sri Lanka never looked like getting close to the imposing total and could only manage 207 all out in 42.4 overs, handing India a thumping 168-run victory. Angelo Mathews' 70-run knock was the sole noteworthy batting performance. The defeat was Sri Lanka's biggest at home in terms of runs and also dented their chances of a direct World Cup qualification.
The fifth ODI was a familiar story for Sri Lanka as the scoreboard read 64/3 after the first powerplay. However, a 122-run fourth wicket partnership between Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) got the Lankan innings back on track and laid the foundation for the lower order to attack the Indian bowling. But all that came to nought when Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/42) led the charge with his maiden five-wicket haul inflicting yet another batting collapse as India bowled out Sri Lanka for 238. Bumrah - with 15 wickets in this contest - earned the record for most wickets in a bilateral series with five ODIs. MS Dhoni claimed his 100th stumping to become the first wicketkeeper in ODI cricket history to complete 100 stumpings.
In reply, India steamed rolled over the paltry total of 239 runs with 21 balls to spare. Skipper Virat Kholi (110*) registered his 30th ODI hundred and is now joint-second in list of most century makers alongside former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead of him. Kohli got able support from Kedar Jadhav (63) and Manish Pandey (36) to take India across the finishing line.
In other cricketing matches, the West Indies registered a historic win against England in the second Test at Headingley to level the three-game series 1-1. The Windies dismissed England for 258 in the first innings, and went on to pile-up a mammoth score of 427 in their first innings powered by centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite (134) and Shai Hope (147). England fought back with 490/8d on the board to set a target of 322 on the last day. Shai Hope starred for the Windies with an unbeaten 118 while opener Kraig Brathwaite hit 95 runs. Roston Chase (30) and Jermaine Blackwood (41) also supported to help the Windies win the contest.?
Elsewhere, Bangladesh recorded its first ever Test win over Australia by 20 runs in Dhaka. The home team racked up 260 runs on the board before dismissing the mighty visitors for 217. Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers for the home side picking up a five-wicket haul. In the second innings, the home team were 221 all out, with offbreak bowler Nathan Lyon picking six wickets.
Chasing 265 for victory, Australia looked set to win on the penultimate day of the first Test after David Warner hit 112. Australia were still favourites at 158-3, but lost their last seven wickets for 73 runs. Shakib Al Hasan picked another five wickets to finishing with match figures of 10-153 to add to his first-innings knock of 84. The home team's victory comes less than 12 months after defeating England and their win over Australia confirms the Tigers have risen as a legitimate force in test cricket.