India's record victory included Kohli, Gill, and Siraj

India put on an impressive batting display in Thiruvananthapuram, scoring a score of 390/5 thanks to tons from Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill. A masterful display with the ball followed, highlighted by Mohammad Siraj's 4-32 as Sri Lanka was dismissed for just 73. The result was Sri Lanka losing by 317 runs, which was the biggest defeat in ODI cricket history.

The Greenfield Stadium's ground appeared to be perfectly suited for strokeplay during the first half of the match, and India's top order made good most of it. A 95-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Gill set the tone. The pair got just 19 runs in the opening five overs as they got off to a cautious start. But Lahiru Kumara's sixth-over delivery let the floodgates open.

Initially, Rohit flicked him wristily for a six over midwicket before handing the ball to Gill, who immediately hit four consecutive boundaries to score 23 and set India on the course they would follow for the remainder of the innings.

Before Rohit lost his balance and pulled Chamika Karunaratne directly to the fine leg on shot number 42, the pair had nearly reached a fifty before shooting shot for shot. But Kohli, who entered the room looking to be in terrific touch, provided Gill with strong support. With his very first ball, Kohli smashed Karunaratne for a boundary through the covers. And then, after driving and cutting him for successive goals, he played around with Jeffrey Vandersay's lengths. Soon after, Gill passed the fifty-mark and maintained his momentum with an additional six off Vandersay.

Although a few deliveries kept low sporadically and Gill managed to avoid an LBW review against Wanindu Hasaranga after gloving it, Sri Lanka was unable to mount much of a fight to either batter. The pitch, however, provided good value for making shots, which were plentiful.

With eight sixes, the most he has ever hit in an ODI innings, Kohli unleashed a barrage of eye-catching strokes, including short-arm jabs over cover, conventional drives, and even a wristy whip over long on for a six.

While Gill lost shortly after reaching his second ODI century, falling to a low-pitched delivery from Rajitha, Kohli assumed the responsibility of advancing the innings after reaching fifty. Shreyas Iyer, who kept the momentum going with a 32-ball 38, provided excellent assistance for Kohli as well. After Ashen Bandara and Jeffrey Vandersay collided at the line, both were stretchered off, and Kohli was left to wait on 99. But as soon as play restarted, he reached his 46th ODI century with a single, which also marked the beginning of a spell during which he went on a boundary-hitting rampage. He scored 66 runs off the final 25 balls he faced, giving India the ideal opportunity to reach a huge total.

When the pacers started throwing with venom under the lights in the second innings, what had appeared to be a good batting surface in the first half was turned on its head. Siraj established the tone by getting Avishka Fernando caught at a cleverly placed wide slip in just the second over. After that, Kusal Mendis edged behind to the wicketkeeper, and Nuwanidu Fernando was bowled for chopping on a nipping ball. As Sri Lanka sank to 39/4 in the interim, Mohammed Shami had Charist Asalanka slicing to point. Dunith Wellalage was brought in to replace Vandersay as a concussion replacement because they already had one less batter due to Bandara's injury.

During this time, India continued to assault nonstop. Siraj bowled an extended stint during which he defeated Wanindu Hasaranga with a delivery that seam-in. Chamika Karunaratne was similarly tricked by Siraj, who used a return throw to catch him just short of the mark when he was still standing after defending back from beyond the crease. Dasun Shanaka and Wellalage were Sri Lanka's last-ditch attempts to avoid embarrassment as they slumped to 39/6. But that was not to be, as Shanaka was destroyed by a turner from Kuldeep Yadav that was delivered through the bat-pad. When he hit Shami to point, Wellalage became the eighth wicket.

As Siraj had three overs at the penultimate pair and Shreyas Iyer and Kuldeep Yadav were bowling from the other end, Shami first bowled a few soft balls to keep the game going. He came near with a few short balls that were awkwardly deflected away and an inside edge that KL Rahul grassed. An LBW appeal was upheld on the ground by umpire J. Madanagopal on the dramatic final ball of his spell, but replays afterwards revealed that there had been an inside edge.

India finally won the match when Kuldeep had Kumara dragging a slog back onto the stumps, ending the created drama and achieving a historic victory and a clean sweep of the series.


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