Shikhar Dhawan scores brilliant ton as India clinch ODI series against Sri Lanka
Shikhar Dhawan walloped his 12th century and also went past 4000 runs in ODIs as he and Shreyas Iyer put India on course for a series win against Sri Lanka at the ACA-VDCA stadium.india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 17, 2017 20:48 IST
Shikhar Dhawan had plenty of reason to celebrate at the ACA-VDCA stadium on Sunday, a ground on which he made his international debut in 2009. Eight years ago, he fell for a duck against Australia but against Sri Lanka on Sunday, Dhawan notched up his 12th century off 85 balls and along with Shreyas Iyer, who also hit his second fifty, helped India to a record eighth consecutive bilateral series win. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Chasing 216, India lost skipper Rohit Sharma cheaply for 7 after he was bowled by Akila Dananjaya’s googly but Dhawan and Iyer played cautiously. The left-hander got going with a flick off Dananjaya past mid on for a boundary but he got going in style by smashing Suranga Lakmal straight down the ground and crashing a drive through cover. The aggressive opener capitalised on some loose bowling as he and Iyer hit 35 runs in three overs to take the game away. (SCORECARD)
Dhawan neared his landmark by pulling Thisara Perera over mid wicket and he notched up his milestone in style by slog sweeping Dananjaya over deep mid wicket to bring up his second consecutive fifty of the series.
The left-hander continued to bat with assurance and nearly survived a run-out chance on 61. However, In the 26th over, Dhawan entered the 4000 club by driving Asela Gunaratne to long-off.
Fewest inns to reach 12th ODI 100— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 17, 2017
74 - Quinton de Kock
81 - Hashim Amla
83 - Virat Kohli
90 - David Warner
95 - Shikhar Dhawan#IndvSL
Dhawan became the fifth Indian opener to reach 4000 runs. Sachin Tendulkar is on top, followed by Sourab Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Kris Srikkanth.
Dhawan continued to bat calmly and he reached his landmark in style off just 85 balls by sweeping Asela Gunaratne for a boundary. The left-hander’s brilliant century in the last ODI of the year sums up the team’s dominant performance in a nutshell.