4th ODI: Kohli century seals series for India

August 1, 2012 | Cricket

There’s a truism with Virat Kohli in ODI cricket. When he scores a century, India win. Spurred on by another dominating batting performance from their man of the season, India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium to take an unassailable lead in the five-match series. It was also India’s 400th ODI victory.

Manoj Tiwary’s career-best figures of 4 for 61, surpassing even his domestic List A figures, helped ensure that India were set an eminently attainable 252 for victory.

But it was Kohli’s 14th ODI century – and fifth in eighth innings – that ensured they won at a canter with more than seven overs to spare.

It was a shoddy performance in the field from Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera, who has been a thorn in India’s side before today, was dispatched for 51 runs in six overs.

Lasith Malinga, after a wicket-maiden opening over, conceded 41 in his next seven with Kohli and Raina tucking into him during the home stretch. There were dropped catches too, crucially a dolly of a drop by Mahela Jayawardene at slip when Raina was on 19 and then when Kohli was on 100.

The key protagonist of the day was Kohli. He walked in to face the sixth ball of India’s chase after Malinga yorker India’s centurion from the previous game, Gautam Gambhir, for 0.

He played second fiddle to Virender Sehwag who hit 34 from 29 balls in a 52-run stand. He looked on as the debutant fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep extracted Rohit Sharma for another single-digit score.

Kohli then dominated a 49-run stand with Tiwary before the latter attempted a needless sweep shot and went for 21.

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