STORY: Indian and Sri Lankan fans geared up to watch the fifth and final one-day international match in Colombo on Sunday (September 03).
The Kohli-led side will be eying their first ODI whitewash since 2013, with the Lankans looking to end what has been a disappointing home season so far, on a positive note with victory at the R. Premdasa Stadium.
Hosts Sri Lanka has been undone by the brilliance of a Virat Kohli-led Indian side, which has bulldozed its way to an unassailable 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma smashed blistering hundreds to help the tourists win the fourth match by 168 runs and in the process handing Sri Lanka its biggest one-day international (ODI) defeat on home soil in terms of runs.
Supporters of both the cricketing sides were seen lining up outside the gates of the stadiums amid slight rainy conditions. Many sported the team jerseys and were enthusiastic about their team’s chances in the final ODI match.
Dressed in the emblem of the country’s flag and sporting legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s name painted on his chest, ardent Indian supporter Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary hoped for India’s clean sweep over the hosts Sri Lanka.
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will miss the match on Sunday as he flew back home to tend to his sick mother. The team’s third opener, Ajinkya Rahane, is likely to replace Dhawan.
The defeat in the fourth match leaves Sri Lanka unable to claim the two victories they needed in the series to ensure automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.
Sri Lanka were also whitewashed 3-0 by Virat Kohli’s side in the test series.