Shikhar Dhawan's 12th hundred takes India to 8th consecutive ODI series victory


From 136 for 2, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 215 runs, all in a matter of 22 overs. The way Sri Lanka began despite losing a quick wicket in form of Danushka Gunathilaka at the score of 13 might have made Rohit regret the decision at the toss. Dhawan scored a brilliant century back there.

Smith's partnership of 301 runs for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh proved to be decisive as Australia claimed 259 run first innings lead while Josh Hazlewood claimed a five-fer in the final innings to bowl out the visitors for 218 on the final day to reclaim the Urn following wins in all the three games of the series so far.

This was a start of a self-destruction, the Sri Lankan style.

After Rohit won the toss and opted to field fearing the evening dew would make it hard for his spinners to grip the ball, Sri Lanka lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka for 13. How do you do that? Sri Lanka had wasted a good position. They did not do anything.

WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav has done the trick again, as he removes Niroshan Dickwella courtesy a catch by Shreyas Iyer.

Throughout the series or should we say throughout this year, Sri Lanka's problem has not been skills but the lack of self-confidence. Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets for the team India where Pandya took two wickets so far. Dananjaya, with his off-spin, had the Indian captain Rohit bowled through the gate in the fourth over, and with the Sri Lankans throwing themselves around the field at that point, it seemed India still had a game on their hands. There isn't trump card left in the team anymore, who can pick wickets at will. In the 2nd ODI, they used as many as 7 bowlers and in the 3rd, the number increased to 8.

The Lankans were brought crashing down to earth after a good win at Dharamsala as Rohit went on the rampage and their batsmen capitulated under the pressure of chasing a mammoth score. Sri Lanka can end their dismal year on a high and what a better way to do that - beating India in India.

Sri Lanka - 215 all out. Having started the innings with caution, Rohit played the second fiddle to Shikhar Dhawan, who provided the early momentum with a fluent 68-run knock. Kuldeep followed up the dismissal of Tharanga with the wicket of the unsafe Niroshan Dickwella (8) three balls later, inducing an edge that was pouched at slip.