Is Sri Lanka vs India series Lasith Malinga's swansong?

Dhoni is still a match winner

The result was Sri Lanka´s biggest ODI defeat on home soil in terms of runs and leaves them unable to claim the two victories they needed in the series to ensure automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. If West Indies can win all the upcoming six matches on 13 September against Ireland and five match series against England from 19 to 20 September, they will not allow Srilanka get a place. The Islanders, meanwhile, are concentrating on winning their next match against India.

Indian middle-order batsman Manish Pandey has said that on the back of his half-century in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, he is looking to cement his spot in the playing XI.

Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma along with KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal clicked a selfie with Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga.

He shared a 74-ball 101-run stand for sixth wicket with the man on focus, Dhoni, who was appearing in his 300th ODI. So it was not too different for me to come back.

In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 207 with more than seven overs to spare.

Centuries from the two had enabled the visitors to take a commanding 4-0 lead in the series as they put on an imposing total of 375 runs after batting first.




Kohli departed for 131 laying a solid platform but Sri Lanka made a mini comeback by removing Rohit, Pandya and Rahul until Manish Pandey (50*) and MS Dhoni (49*) took charge of the proceedings steering India to 375/5 from their full quota.

Angelo Mathews was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Fernando, Malinga and Akila Dananjaya chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Kusal Mendis (1) was run out with the score on 26-2 and Dilshan Munaweera was caught behind for 11, leaving Sri Lanka 37-3.

"If anyone thinks so, they are mistaken and they have another one coming, they are in for some surprises". But, it is just a number. We whitewashed Australia (in a T20 series in early 2016), and I don't even remember which team has ever done that in Australia. It's not easy. Last five matches, we didn't post 250. They need the experience. Nevertheless, Pandey said he had planned to begin batting at around the 35th over, which is exactly when he entered after Hardik and Rohit were dismissed by Angelo Mathews off consecutive deliveries. The surface was wonderful.

"We still go on raving and ranting about the overseas tours, I feel it as a challenge because no team travels well and this team has the opportunity to be that one team that can travel well. But, then how you get up as a team and not as an individual, that is what will define this Indian cricket team and that is what our endeavour is - to have a great relationship", said Shastri, underlining the importance of having a strong bond between teammates.

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