India stomped over Sri Lanka to beat them by a mammoth 168 runs in the fourth match of the ongoing five match One Day global (ODI) series at the R Premadasa Stadium here today.Winning the toss, skipper Virat Kohli chose to bat first.
Batting first, India posted a mammoth 375/5 with the help of Kohli's 29th ODI century, which came in just 96 balls and Rohit Sharma's 104 off 88 balls.
India's captain Virat Kohli, center, congratulates teammate Manish Pandey, left, after their win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day worldwide cricket match in Colombo.
Angelo Mathews with 70 was the only Lankan batsman played with a goal. Thakur, who became the 218th player to represent India in ODIs, returned figures of 1 for 26 from seven overs.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli appeared in his beast form in Colombo as he struck a fiery knock of 131 runs.
It will be the experience match for the India as they already won the series.
Angelo Mathews stepped down as Sri Lanka captain from all formats last month after they succumbed to their first ODI series defeat against Zimbabwe.
India needed eight runs to win and angry Sri Lankan fans began to throw bottles on the field. From 274-5 in the 38th over, Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined Manish Pandey and the pair added an unbroken 101 runs in 74 deliveries.
The Indian team is now leading the five-match series 3-0, after three successive matches.
With last two matches being a dead rubber, India could test their bench strength by resting couple of big names in the 4th ODI and 5th ODI, which will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday and Sunday respectively. The home side, in the chase, were bundled out 207 in 42.4 overs to hand India a convincing 168-run victory and a 4-0 lead in the five-match series. With 9608 runs from 296 games, the only players above him are Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,221) and Rahul Dravid (10,768).
Although one can't dismiss the fact that a rag-tag Sri Lankan bowling attack, save mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, has failed to keep up the pressure on Dhoni and Co. after making initial inroads.