Opener Rohit Sharma scored his second consecutive century and captain Virat Kohli returned to form in style with his 28th ton in 50-over format as India beat struggling Sri Lanka by 168 runs in the fourth ODI in Colombo on Thursday.
It all started well for the visitors as Kohli for the first time in the series won the toss and decided to bat first on a great batting pitch.His decision paid dividend, even though opener Shikhar Dhawan went in the second over, but India did manage to post mammoth 375 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to 219-run second wicket partnership between Kohli and Sharma.
Kohli finished the innings with the top score of 131 off just 96 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes, whereas Sharma scored 104 off 88 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and three maximums.All-rounder Hardik Pandya (50 off 42 balls) and wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49 off 42 balls) also made valuable contributions with the bat in the later stages of the innings.
For Sri Lanka, all-rounder Angelo Mathews was the pick of the bowler, as he claimed two wickets and just gave away 24 runs in six over.Chasing such a huge total, hosts once again had a horrible start to their innings as they lost their first three wickets inside eight over for just 37 runs.
Mathews did manage to put some fight and scored 70 off 80 balls with the help of 10 boundaries, but it was never going to be enough as the Islanders kept losing wickets at regular interval and were eventually bowled out for 207 runs in the 43rd over, giving visitors 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
For India, pacers Jaspreet Bumrah, Pandya and left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed two wickets each.For his outstanding batting performance, Virat Kohli was awarded man of the match.