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Kohli's century was his fifth against Sri Lanka

Last updated on: July 31, 2012 23:20 IST

Kohli's century was his fifth against Sri Lanka

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Riding on a fluent unbeaten century (128) by Virat Kohli - his 13th hundred - and a career-best bowling figures (four for 61) by Manoj Tiwary, India beat Sri Lanka with 46 balls to spare and took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series in Colombo.

It was Team India's 400th win in ODIs. 

Kohli's dream run continued and his undefeated fourth wicket partnership of 146 runs with Suresh Raina (58) helped India reach the 252-run target in 42.2 overs at the R Premadasa stadium.

This was Kohli's 13th century in his 89th ODI appearance, a feat hitherto unattained by any other batsman in ODI history. The Delhi batsman, on his way to another three-digit figure, also completed quickest 1000 runs in a calender year with a whopping average of 77.15. 

This was Kohli's his fifth century in last eight matches.



Image: India's Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Colombo
Photographs: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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Tharanga top-scored for Sri Lanka with 51

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Earlier, Tillekaratne Dilshan (42) and Upul Tharanga (51) added 91 runs for the opening wicket to lay the foundation of the Sri Lankan innings. 

Tharanga was cautious to start with but when Dinda was introduced into the attack, the left-hander pulled him for a six. 

The openers added 91 runs in 18 overs before Dinda ultimately got rewarded for his short-pitched stuff as Dilshan's mistimed pull-shot ballooned up and Dhoni made no mistake.



Image: Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga plays a shot during the fourth One-Day International match against India in Colombo
Photographs: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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Tiwary grabbed a career-best four for 61

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However, after being benched for 14 consecutive matches, Tiwary made an impressive comeback into the playing XI, grabbing a career-best four for 61 to restrict Sri Lanka to 251 for eight. 

It was Tiwary whose effective leg-breaks accounted for Dinesh Chandimal (28), Angelo Mathews (14), Jeevan Mendis (17) and Thisara Perera (2) as he knocked the stuffing out of Sri Lankan middle-order after Tillekaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga added 91 runs for the opening stand.

Sri Lanka's batsmen didn't take enough singles in the middle period, getting bogged down against India's part-timers, and eventually they ended on a score which was too small to challenge a lengthy Indian batting line-up. 

Tiwary, who regularly bowls a few overs for Bengal in the domestic circuit was not afraid to flight the ball and also got a bit of turn. 


Image: India's Manoj Tiwary (L) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrate after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal
Photographs: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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Sri Lanka struck early blows but couldn't sustain the pressure

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India were off to a poor start as pacer Lasith Malinga struck in his first over to bowl out Gautam Gambhir (0). 

Virender Sehwag along with Kohli put the Indian chase back on track with a 50-run stand for the second wicket but Angelo Mathews got rid of the opener in the 10th over to somewhat derail visitors' chase. 

Mathews got Sehwag caught by substitute Senanayake after his fighting knock of 34.  

Rohit Sharma's horrible form with the bat continued as Nuwan Pradeep got him for just 4. India were left reeling at 60 for three after 13 overs. It was then left to Kohli and Manoj Tiwary to steady the Indian ship as the duo put on 49-run for the fourth wicket under pressure. 

However, Tiwary did not last long as he became the victim of leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis. The ball pitched middle and went straight on as Tiwary missed the sweep and found himself in line with off and middle stump. 

Kohli again came good with the bat as he scored a fine half-century with a drive towards cover off Mendis. The youngster in the company of Suresh Raina, again started the process of rebuilding the innings from scratch and mixed caution with agression to keep the scoreboard ticking. 

Both went on offensive as the required run-rate came down and pummelled the Sri Lankan bowling attack.


Image: Sri Lanka's Nuwan Pradeep (3rd L) celebrates with his teammates after taking the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma
Photographs: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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