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Virat Kohli scored two centuries in the ODI series © AFP

You must have opened the scorecard and yawned at Virat Kohli’s score. If you watched it live, you must have had the same gesture time and again. However boring it was, the moment was historic, as Kohli equalled Ricky Ponting’s tally of hundreds (30) and is only behind the great Sachin Tendulkar (49).

Well, it was not only Kohli’s day out. His former captain MS Dhoni pouched his 100th stumping, the most by any player in ODI cricket. Tendulkar was so exuberant that, on Twitter, he wrote, “Who said lightning doesn’t strike twice? Today it did for the 100th time!”

In other news, India became the first team to whitewash Sri Lanka in their own, as they won the fifth and final ODI by 6 wickets. It was yet another victory for the hosts, chasing down 239 in 46.3 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had not got a wicket in the series, ended up with a five-wicket haul. “I was happy with the way I bowled today. We knew they were not strong against slower balls. I did not want to prove anything. Whenever I got the opportunity I wanted to do well for my team,” said Bhuvneshwar after receiving Man of the Match award.

Jasprit Bumrah, however, was at his best as well, finishing with figures of 2 for 45. He dismissed Upul Tharanga (48 off 34), who was on course for a long and menacing innings. In addition, Bumrah’s 15 wickets is the most by any player in a five-match series. He was rightly awarded Man of the Series. “I got a good break before the series. I was fresh to come into the series. It has been a long journey with him (Lasith Malinga). I will continue to learn with him. I am not thinking about that. I am just trying to become a better bowler.”

After Tharanga fell, Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews held fort and added 122 runs. Their vital stand took the score past 200, putting them in a position of strength for a big score. All the same, India scripted a terrific comeback as they removed the last 7 wickets for 53 runs.

In reply, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma could add a mere 21 runs between them. In came Kohli and stole the show. Along with Manish Pandey, he added 99 runs for the fourth wicket. Although Pandey departed, Kohli continued his dominance and belligerently marched towards history. This was his 8th hundred against Sri Lanka, equalling Tendulkar.

“It is quite amazing to win the series 5-0. We always thought the limited overs were going to be much more challenging but credit to the guys. Jassi has been outstanding, spinners has been outstanding. Hardik chipping in. We have played some good cricket. The talk was about not having won more than 3 games in a row in limited overs. But now we have 5. In fact, 6. We won one in West Indies as well. Hopefully we can take this form and play well against Australia. Lovely, hospitable people here. They love you, they appreciate what you do. Very chilled out beautiful place. They are always smiling but never intrude in your privacy. We will definitely like to come here again,” proudly said the Indian captain.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 238 all-out in 49.4 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 67, Angelo Mathews 55; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5 for 42, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 45) lost to India 239 for 4 in 46.3 overs (Virat Kohli 110*, Kedar Jadhav 63; Lasith Malinga 1 for 35) by 6 wickets.

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