India lead 4-0     AFP
India lead 4-0 AFP

It has been an absolute massacre for Sri Lanka, as they have been outplayed by the ruthless Indians in every department, leading the five-ODI series 4-0. Both teams now gear up for the fifth and final contest at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, on Sunday. While most of the Indian players have contributed to some extent in the wins so far, Sri Lankan players have hardly been able to play with the same edge as that of the Indians, as they aim to play for pride. Let us have a look at the key battles this final ODI can come up with.

Virat Kohli vs Vishwa Fernando: Having scored an impressive 131 in the previous game, Kohli would be hungry for more, as the track at Premadasa is flat. However, things might not turn out to be as easy as it was in the previous game, as he could face stern competition from Vishwa Fernando. Although expensive in the previous game, Fernando has the sheer ability to bowl with sheer pace and can dismantle the entire Indian batting lineup.

Angelo Mathews vs Akshar Patel: Mathews scored a brilliant 70, including 10 fours, at a strike rate of 88. He also managed to claim a couple of wickets, the most for the hosts in the tie. However, he would again be facing rivalry from Indian all-rounder Akshar Patel. Although he did not get the chance to bat in the previous tie, he put up a decent performance with the ball.

Jasprit Bumrah vs Sri Lanka: Yes, it s him against the whole team as hardly anyone has managed to play against his pace-bowling. Apart from being a consistent performer in the entire series, he always has been among the top wicket-takers in the match. As for the Sri Lankan batting order, be it Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana or any other batsmen, all have struggled to score against this very bowler and must do a good homework before taking the field against him.

MS Dhoni vs Lasith Malinga: Along with Manish Pandey in the last game, MS Dhoni contributed a 101-run stand, allowing India to score a mammoth total of 375, which eventually sealed Sri Lanka s fate in the game, as they suffered their worst defeat at home till date in the format. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 49, including five fours and a six, at a strike rate of 117. It is his sheer presence at the crease that allows other young players to support him naturally, and the game turns around from any position in the favour of the Indians. However, he would be facing hostility from Lasith Malinga, who is again the senior-most player in the Sri Lankan side. Although Malinga has struggled with the ball in the past few series and lacks the edge to destroy any batting line-up, he managed to claim a wicket in the previous tie, which was also his 300th ODI wicket. However, he was very expensive as he gave away 82 runs. Although the advantage would be on Dhoni s side for now, it is Malinga s experience that can still get the better of him in the senior-most battle of the tie.