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Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Trend India: MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli set new records

Trend India: MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli set new records

Despite easing to victory, there are still a few things the Indian think tank will want to work out, such as their best middle-order combination.

Dhoni reached the landmark in his record 301st ODI.

Stumpings for Dhoni in ODIs - the first wicketkeeper to achieve this feat. Any chance of a Sri Lanka comeback was put off by another 109 run stand between Kohli and Kedar Jadhav (63).

India, on the other hand, had lost their last T20I against the West Indies in Jamaica.

On the other side, Sri Lanka have faced some hard times on the cricket field.

There is little doubt about the huge gulf in class between the two sides with India now ranked third in ODI cricket just behind leaders South Africa and Australia, while Sri Lanka are eighth. If India wins this match, it is the second successive time with these countries.

92.45 - Kohli's average in ODIs this year - the highest by a batsman scoring 1000-plus runs in a year.

Probable XI: Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga. There is a one-off Twenty20 worldwide to be played on Wednesday, and that is when the tour formally comes to a close, but a win there will not mean as much as it would in the last ODI of this series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

India could go with three pacers in Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, even though the inclusion of Shardul Thakur seems to be a good option, giiven the importance of the match. Also gaining in the rankings is India s left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who has moved up from 20th to 10th position after finishing with six wickets in four matches.

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga said that his team had failed in every department in the series and none of the plans were executed well. "So, this series win in Sri Lanka should boost the confidence the boys", said the Indian captain. A Test Whitewash followed by an ODI whitewash, all too easy for the Indian Skipper at the moment. India won the fifth and the final ODI at the R. Premdasa Stadium on Sunday, September 3. It is the final game of this ongoing one-day series. In the shortest format, usually one or two players can make a difference.

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