4th ODI: Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni Help India Humiliate Sri Lanka
At the back of Rohit Sharma's record knock of 264 and Dhawal Kulkarni 4/34, India registered a thumping 153-run victory over Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Celebration time! Ahead of the fourth ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata, both skippers Virat Kohli and Angelo Mathews cut a huge cake to commemorate Eden Gardens' 150 years celebration. (All images BCCI).
Injured pacer Ishant Sharma was seen having a conversation with former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar on the sidelines. He was replaced by Stuart Binny in the Eden Gardens ODI.
Winning the toss for the first time in the series, Virat Kohli elected to bat. His opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were off to a slow start.
Sri Lanka picked up two early wickets as Rahane and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed cheaply.
Despite the early blows, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli came together to give the Lankans a massive headache.
Virat Kohli scored his 34th ODI fifty.
Rohit Sharma started slowly and reached his 24th ODI fifty off 71 deliveries.
With Kohli for company, Rohit began to shift gears and score at a brisk pace. He brought up his 5th ODI century off 100 balls.
With his 5th ODI ton under his belt, Rohit exuded great level of confidence as he went after the Sri Lankan bowlers. In the 46th over, Rohit created history by scoring his second ODI double century off 151 balls.
Rohit Sharma (264) surpassed Virender Sehwag's score of 219 to score the highest individual score in ODIs. His essay included 33 fours and 9 sixes. India set Sri Lanka a target of 405.
After Rohit's 264, Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni followed up with bowling figures of 4/34 to dent Sri Lanka regularly during their mammoth run-chase.
Umesh Yadav (2/38), Stuart Binny (2/55) and Akshar Patel (2/51) chipped in with regular scalps as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 251, giving India a massive 153-run victory and a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.