Rohit Sharma brings up 13th ODI ton

Phillip Cunningham
September 1, 2017

As the Indian cricket team gears up to take the field in Colombo for the fourth one-day worldwide against Sri Lanka, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni will become only the sixth Indian player to play 300 ODIs for the country.

Riding on the centuries hit by skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India posted a mammoth total of 375/5 in 50 overs in the fourth ODI match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

India's MS Dhoni is also chasing history, needing one more stumping to become the first wicketkeeper to claim 100 in ODIs, while Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga took a slice of history of his own when he claimed Kohli's wicket, becoming the 13th bowler to 300 ODI wickets.

Fighting a lone battle, Mathews eventually fell for 70.

In the coming match, with some experienced player failing to make their mark, Dhoni and Rohit will look to continue their fine form to help the visitors continue their unbeaten run.

Kohli out at 131 runs from 96 balls. They had to register at least two victories in the series against India to seal their berth for the upcoming Cricket World Cup to be held in England and Wales in 2019. "I have had some good times against Sri Lanka and at the same time I have had some awful times against Sri Lanka", he had said. Kohli raced to his half-century off 38 balls even as their 50 partnership came off 46 balls. India lead 3-0 in the series with Sri Lanka.

"Obviously it was inspirational", said Manish Pandey, who added an unbeaten 101 for the sixth-wicket with Dhoni.

Mathews (2-24) dismissed Pandya (19) before having Sharma caught behind for 104.

For India, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be cynosure of all eyes as he will be playing his 300th ODI.

The two teams will face off at the same ground on Sunday when they face-off in the fifth and final ODI.

Before the limited-overs series got underway, Rohit, who was named the vice-captain of the team, recollected his past failures in Sri Lanka, the same team against whom he scored his highest individual ODI score. India was chasing 275 runs with two wickets down for just 22 runs as the top opening pair of the tournament, Sehwag and Tendulkar were back in the pavilion. Vishwa Fernando and Akila Dananjaya shared one wicket each.

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