Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Sri Lanka will be glad the series is over. The Indian players can put their feet up and rest at home for a few days before they reassemble in Chennai for the ODI series against Australia. But the cricket doesn't stop. West Indies take on England tomorrow in a bid to record a rare overseas series win. Australia are in control against Bangladesh in Chittagong. There's plenty of post-match reactions, reviews and much else to follow. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Until next time, this is Shashank Kishore signing off on behalf of my colleague Alagappan Muthu. Cheers!

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his pristine knock. "Very special. It [the whitewash across formats] hasn't been done before. Credit to the boys. The bench strength is coming up beautifully. We tried a few things, the results are amazing to see. Personally, I look to back my strengths and play cricketing shots. I've tried to mould my game for all formats. I want to play all the games."

Upul Tharanga: We were 15-20 runs short. We had a good start. Munaweera batted really well, but we lost momentum from overs 10-14. The way Virat batted was outstanding. He was an example for everyone, especially with his energy and running between the wickets.

10.50 pm India won the Tests 3-0, the ODIs 5-0 and now the one-off T20I as well. Virat Kohli comes down the steps to share hugs with his team-mates and his support staff. Made 82 runs, expending a great amount of energy, running singles and twos like the wind. He's played innings like these before, not least the one against Australia at the 2016 World T20, when after the winnings runs he simply crumpled to the floor. So exhausted was he. So elated was he.

This was a similar innings, albeit against a weaker attack. He allowed only seven dots over 54 balls - securing 30 singles and nine twos. He fell with 10 to get but enjoyed the victory nonetheless, watching from the dressing room as one of his younger players, Manish Pandey sealed the tour whitewash. You'd think there are easier ways to score runs, but Kohli knows his limitations when it comes to power-hitting and compensates for it by picking gaps - there was a cover drive for four that had to beat three fielders and it did so as if it was destined to

Sri Lanka might have gotten to 170, but it looked light considering they had such a blazing start. Dilshan Munaweera made a 26-ball fifty and on the back of that innings, they should have made more than 200. Once they couldn't, India's batsmen knew the run-rate wasn't too taxing.

Perera to Pandey, FOUR, launches it over extra cover to get his maiden T20I fifty, and India's victory. Length ball, with width, easy putaway and it's time for the celebrations
Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, full toss outside leg, Dhoni turns it to long leg. One more needed for India's 9-0

Thisara Perera to bowl the last over with two required

Abhinav: "In 5th ODI Dhoni got a not out for just playing one ball and again has got a chance to get one."

19 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | IND: 169/3 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.89, RRR: 2.00)

  • Manish Pandey47 (35b)
  • MS Dhoni0 (0b)
  • Isuru Udana4-0-36-1
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-31-1

Sukhvinder sing: "Srilankan batsman hit 104 runs in boundaries,14 fours and 8 sixs But until india hit 13 fours and 2 six And close to the win here "

Udana to Pandey, 2 runs, on the pads, but Pandey clips it cleanly to deep midwicket
Udana to Pandey, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Pandey belts it to the extra cover boundary
Udana to Pandey, 2 runs, slices a full and wide delivery to the left of the sweeper
Udana to Kohli, OUT, taken at deep midwicket and Kohli falls. Those wrists, for once, fail him because the slower ball means the length ball doesn't come onto the bad as much as he had hoped. Flick carries all the way out to the boundary though so that should show you the power he can generate with a mis-hit. Walks off with a scowl thudding the face of his bat onto a fist. Apparently 82 off 54 is not enough for him.

V Kohli c Shanaka b Udana 82 (54b 7x4 1x6) SR: 151.85

John Smith: "Someone insure Kohli's wrists if they aren't already!! Just pure magic!!"

Udana to Kohli, no run, back of a length and outside off, Kohli tries to upper cut it, but can't reach. Demands a wide, but is denied
Udana to Pandey, 1 run, this is so wide that Pandey has to do the flamingo - his back leg coming up, his hands reaching way outside off to slice it to short third man

18 | 12 Runs | IND: 160/2 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.88, RRR: 5.50)

  • Virat Kohli82 (52b)
  • Manish Pandey38 (31b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-31-1
  • Akila Dananjaya4-0-28-0
Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, take a half-volley outside off and instead of doing the most logical thing - slamming it over the covers - Kohli whips it to the midwicket boundary with a whirl of his wrists powerful enough to create a tornado and then punches the air in triumph. Or he's showing off.
Malinga to Pandey, 1 run, full and outside off, runs it down to deep third man
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, full and outside off, drills it to extra cover, but only for a single and Kohli is fiercely upset. Yells at himself, then smashes his bat down on his pads. Lesson in batting. Lesson in self-immolation
Malinga to Kohli, (no ball) 2 runs, full toss, swings down leg as Kohli tries to pull. He doesn't make contact, the swing takes it too far from Dickwella. Called no-ball for overstepping and we will have a free hit next ball
Malinga to Pandey, 1 run, tries to beat backward point, slicing the yorker so very well, but just misses out.
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, full toss outside off, Kohli steers it to the sweeper. He wants two, but Pandey yells "wait, wait, wait, wait" and holds his ground. Good call. Right call.

Talha Khan: "Manish pandey control % more than kohli ??" ---- That's understandable because Kohli's been taking more risks, and when doing so, some shots go out of control

Malinga to Pandey, 1 run, full and outside off, spears it to the sweeper

India need 23 off 18 for the 9-0 whitewash

17 | 6 Runs | IND: 148/2 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.70, RRR: 7.66)

  • Manish Pandey35 (28b)
  • Virat Kohli74 (48b)
  • Akila Dananjaya4-0-28-0
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-19-1

With 1007 and counting, Kohli has the most runs in T20I chases, going past Brendon McCullum

Dananjaya to Pandey, 1 run, down the track to slog a full toss outside off to long-on
Dananjaya to Kohli, 1 run, shortish and outside off, dabs it to short third man

Shiv: "Manish pandey one who has done well whenever he has got chance but still in doubt for next series. "

Dananjaya to Pandey, 1 run, drives to long-off
Dananjaya to Kohli, 1 run, whips a full delivery outside leg to the right of long-on
Dananjaya to Pandey, 1 run, gets inside the line and drives the flighted legbreak on off stump to long-off

Kohli's landmark


No. of T20Is for Kohli. He becomes the fifth India player to appear in 50 or more T20Is.

Failed capitalizing


Runs scored by SL in the last 10 overs of the innings. In the first half, they were 90 for 3. They scored only 54 runs in overs 11th to 18th and then brought up 26 runs from last 2 overs.

Starting strong


Sri Lanka's run rate in Powerplays in T20Is this year. Only Australia and Bangladesh have higher run rate among top-10 teams.

Home advantage?


Sri Lanka's win-loss record in T20Is at Premadasa, before this match. India have a 5-1 record at the venue.