India lead the ODI series by 4-0 © AFP
India lead the ODI series by 4-0 © AFP

India are all set to fancy their chances of completing 5-0 whitewash when they face Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI at Colombo. A victory for India would be their fifth clean-sweep in 5-match series and second against Sri Lanka. It would be the third one for Virat Kohli. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Sony LIV, while the live telecast of the match will be available on Sony SIX and Sony Six HD, along with the Hindi commentary on Ten 3 and Ten 3 HD. In Sri Lanka, the live telecast would be available on Sony Ten.

Sri Lanka are in danger of losing a second successive ODI series to India by a 5-0 margin. The last time these two sides played a bilateral series in November 2014, a depleted Lankan side lost 5-0 in India. Their fortunes haven’t changed much since and another loss would be a serious blow for the hosts in what has been a traumatic phase of cricket. They have already foregone the opportunity to automatically qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup by failing to win two matches in this series. There are no injury concerns and the same playing combination can be expected, with the likes of Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur.

In light of the team’s experimentation and rotation policy, Ajinkya Rahane is the only batsman not to get game time in this series. With Rohit Sharma coming back and scoring runs, and Shikhar Dhawan headed back home, chances are the playing XI will witness many changes.