Captain Virat Kohli led Team India to register their fourth consecutive victory in the five matches One Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka.
After being whitewashed in the Tests, the hosts are now at the risk of getting whitewashed in the ODI’s as well.
In Colombo, all eyes were on former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who was playing his 300th ODI on Thursday. Now that Sri Lanka has lost the fourth ODI, they have also missed the chance of qualifying directly for the ICC World Cup 2019, which is a big setback for them. India thrashed Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI by a record margin of 168 runs.
A lot of records were broken in the last match, some of them also became world records.
Here are the nine records that were broken in the 4th ODI:
1. MS Dhoni has the most number of not outs in ODI’s
MS Dhoni pipped Chaminda Vaas and Shaun Pollock to register the most number of not outs in ODI’s. He remained not out in the fourth ODI and now has 73 not outs in his career.
2. Virat Kohli is the first player to have double digit double century partnerships in ODI’s
Virat Kohli, who looked good to get to 200, was dismissed for 131, but he strung a partnership of 219 runs for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma. With that combined double century, Kohli became the first player to be involved in 10 double hundred partnerships in ODI’s.
3. Virat Kohli is the youngest batsman to score 2000 in ODI’s
By scoring 131 runs, Virat Kohli became the youngest batsman to score 2000 runs against any opposition in ODI’s.
4. Rohit Sharma becomes the first batsman to score consecutive centuries in Sri Lanka
Rohit Sharma, who scored 104 runs off 88 balls, became the first batsman to score consecutive centuries against Sri Lanka in their own den.
5. Kohli is now the highest run-getter of 2017
Virat Kohli has surpassed Faf du Plessis with his 131 run innings, as he went past the South African as the highest run getter in ODI’s this year. Kohli’s stats now stand: 17 matches- 907 runs at a strike rate of over 100. Earlier the top spot belonged to South African skippee Faf du Plessis, who has 814 runs in 16 matches at an average of 58.14.
6. India posted its highest total in Sri Lanka in ODI’s
The score of 375 is now India’s highest total in ODI’s in Sri Lanka. The previous highest was 363/5 at Colombo (RPS) in 2009.
7. Virat Kohli became the highest scorer as a captain in ODI’s in Lanka
The score of 131 by Kohli is the joint highest by a captain in an ODI in SL. The previous highest was unbeaten 131 by Arjuna Ranatunga at R. Premadasa Stadium in 1997 against India.
8. First time in ODI history two batsmen finished with scores of unbeaten 50 (Manish Pandey) and unbeaten 49 (MS Dhoni) in same innings
Yes, this too happened, something that has never happened before. With the last two balls to go, MS Dhoni was on strike he tried the helicopter but only managed a single, he could have a comeback for the second but that would be suicidal, hence Pandey got the opportunity to get to 50 and remain not out.
9. Highest victory margin by runs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka
The Men in blue beat Sri Lankan Tigers by 168 runs in the 4th ODI. No other team earlier defeated Sri Lanka by such a huge margin on their home ground.