In one of Sri Lankan cricket’s darkest on-field days, two of their stars were stretchered off after a severe collision in the outfield, and then their batting lineup buckled under the pressure of the biggest ODI defeat ever. India, which chose to bat after winning the toss, was coasting along at 2-298 when a Virat Kohli pull shot veered off to the mid-wicket boundary.
Sri Lankan fielders Jeffrey Vandersay and Ashen Bandara collided violently and had to be helped off the ground as they tried to prevent the boundary while keeping both sets of eyes fixed on the ball. Similarities between the incident and the 1999 collision between Jason Gillespie and Steve Waugh, which resulted in Waugh’s broken nose and Gillespie’s broken leg, were uncanny.
Two fielders on the ground is never a good sign, according to commentator Harsha Bhogle. There are many joyful sights to behold on a cricket field, but a stretcher is one thing you never want to see.
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The ball dribbled into the boundary, adding salt to the injury. Fortunately, neither player suffered a serious injury despite having been taken to the hospital for scans. Vandersay was replaced as a concussion replacement by Dunith Wellalage, and Dhananjaya de Silva took over for Bandara as a fielding replacement.
A short while later, Kohli hit his 46th ODI century, giving Sri Lanka a huge 391-run victory target. His second-highest ODI score, 166 not out off 110 balls, was hit by Kohli. Additionally, it was his third hundred in his last four ODI innings and second of the series. Additionally, Shubman Gill reached 100 in his second ODI.
Sri Lanka’s response saw them rolled for just 73 runs in 22 overs. The largest victory margin in ODI history was 317 runs. After deciding to bat, India got off to a strong start. Together, Gill and captain Rohit Sharma (42) scored 95 runs for the opening wicket.
The second wicket partnership between Gill and Kohli totaled 131 runs after Sharma left the game in the 16th over. With 14 fours and two sixes, Gill hit 116 runs off 97 balls to reach his century. With Gill, Kohli took only 90 balls to reach his century partnership after reaching 50 off of 48 balls.
Later, he used 85 balls to reach his tonne. The batsman scored his 21st ODI century on Indian soil, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 20 centuries. Additionally, it was Kohli’s 10th ODI century against Sri Lanka, the most by any batsman in this format against any team.
After that, Kohli stepped it up, scoring 50 off 21 balls with six sixes. He made eight sixes and 13 fours in total.Both Player of the Match and Player of the Series honours went to Kohli.
“I’ve been feeling great ever since I returned from the extended break. I don’t feel the same level of urgency to reach a goal. I’m having fun at the plate and doing everything I can to support the team. If you want to know more, click here “Kohli said following the triumph.
For the third wicket, Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli combined for 108 runs off 71 balls. Iyer scored 38 in 32 balls. In response to India’s massive total, Sri Lanka’s batting collapsed humbly as Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami each took six wickets in their aggressive opening spells.
Shami returned 2-20, while Siraj took 4-32. Only two top-order batsmen for the tourists, Nuwanidu Fernando (19) and Dasun Shanaka (11) reached double figures in the lopsided match as the tourists only reached 39-5 after 10 overs.