Colombo: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma produced sublime centuries as India dented Sri Lanka’s chances of a direct World Cup qualification with a thumping 168-run victory in the fourth ODI here on Thursday.
Kohli (131 runs off 96 balls) and Rohit (104 off 88) made merry on a batting beauty to guide India to 375 for five, the highest total posted by a visiting team in an ODI in Sri Lanka.
The final flourish was provided by comeback man Manish Pandey (50 n.o. off 42) and MS Dhoni (49 n.o. off 42), who achieved a memorable milestone of 300 ODIs.
Sri Lanka never looked like getting close to India’s imposing total and could only manage 207 all out in 42.4 overs with Angelo Mathews’ 70-run knock being the sole noteworthy batting performance.
The heavy defeat was also Sri Lanka’s biggest at home in terms of runs.
India now lead the five-match series 4-0 and look set to complete another whitewash after blanking Sri Lanka in the preceding three Tests.
The Dhoni-Pandey unbroken 101-run partnership for the sixth wicket yielded 101 runs in only 12.2 overs.
Kohli raced to his half-century off 38 balls even as their 50 partnership came off 46 balls.
The hectic pace of scoring continued as Kohli and Rohit celebrated their 100 partnership off only 76 balls with the latter also reaching half-century off 45 balls.
Kohli faced 96 balls and hit 17 fours as well as two sixes while Rohit’s innings had 11 boundaries and three maximums.