Following the clean sweeps in test series and ODIs, India completed a 'tour whitewash' with their 7-wicket victory in the standalone T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo. The achievement saw India became the first team in the history of bilateral cricket to secure a complete whitewash across three formats on foreign soil.
Put into bat first, the Lankans posted a respectable 170/7 on the board in their 20 overs. The Lankan innings was steered by Dilshan Munaweera (53), who smashed his maiden half-century and debutant Ashan Priyanjan (40) who played a useful hand. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/43, while Kuldeep Yadav finished with 2/20.
Chasing a comprehensive 171 for win, Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with a fluent knock of 82 alongside Manish Pandey, who scored a career-best knock of 51 to guide India home comfortably with four balls to spare.
Along the way skipper Kohli also became the fastest batsman to score 15,000 international runs across formats in 333 innings, improving Hashim Amla's record of 336 innings. He also crossed Martin Guptill's tally of 1806 runs to become the third-highest scorer in T20Is.
India now take on the mighty Aussies in a five-match ODI series, followed with a three-match T20 series on their home soil.
West Indies Tour of England
The Windies tour was supposed to be a warm-up for the Ashes series for England. However, an astonishing fightback from the Windies in the second test at Headingly, turned the third Test at Lord's into a series decider - with the Windies eyeing their first Test series win in England after 1988. However, that wasn't the case as the England claimed the Test series 2-1 with 9-wicket victory in the third Test that was dominated by the bowlers.
The Windies were bowled out for 123 in their first innings with Ben Stokes stealing the limelight with a six-wicket haul. But Kemar Roach (5/72) and Jason Holder (4/54) kept the fight alive with an equally good bowling display dismissing England for 194, who held a slender 71-run lead.
In the second innings, seamer James Anderson wreaked havoc in the Windies camp. Anderson bowled an outstanding spell which saw him finish with career best figures of 7/42 and become the third seamer in history to cross the 500 Test wickets tally, after Courtney Walsh and Glenn McGrath.
The Windies were bowled out for 177 with Kyle Hope (62) being the only Windies batsman putting up a fight. Chasing a paltry target of 107, Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley steered England home to seal the series 2-1. The teams will now take-on each other in a single T20 match, followed by a five-match ODI series.
Australia's Tour of Bangladesh
Australia salvaged a series draw against Bangladesh with a victory in the second Test match in Chittagong. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Bangladesh toiled hard to post 305 all out in their first innings. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (68) and Sabbir Rahman (66) formed a crucial 105-run sixth-wicket partnership to keep Bangladesh in the game, after the hosts were reduced to 117/5 at one stage. Nathan Lyon was the pick amongst the Aussie bowlers picking a seven-wicket haul. In reply, the Aussies posted 377 all out on the board. Aussie opener David Warner (123) hit his 20th century supported by Handscomb's supporting knock of 82. Mustafizur Rahman finished with figures 4/87, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz picked 3 wickets.
The second innings saw the hosts crumble to 157 all out. Nathan Lyon ran riot again to pick another six-wicket haul, finishing with career-best match figures of 13/154. The incredible performance saw him surpass Shane Warne's career-best 12 wicket haul. With a meagre of target of 86, Australia hit the accelerator to claim a seven-wicket victory with a day to spare.
The Australian cricket team now face an aggressive and buoyant India in a five-match ODI series, followed with a three-match T20 series in India.