MS Dhoni Breaks Another World Record

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To mark MS Dhoni's 300th One-Day International, Virat Kohli presented the former skipper with a platinum-gilded miniature bat before the start of the fourth ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday (August 31). Angelo Mathews scored 70.

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Kohli faced 96 balls and hit 17 fours as well as two sixes while Rohit's innings had 11 boundaries and three maximums.

The islanders, ranked eighth, have copped criticism for going down to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe in an ODI series followed by a 3-0 Test whitewash against India on home soil.

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Including this, Sri Lanka succumbed to their sixth straight ODI defeat and Malinga hoped his team will make a comeback in the next match. "I have had some good times against Sri Lanka and at the same time I have had some bad times against Sri Lanka", he had said.

Rohit made 104 from 88 deliveries at the top of the order and there were handy contributions down the order from Manish Pandey (50 not out) and MS Dhoni (49no) to help India rack up 375-5.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan (4) early after choosing to bat first, but were soon firmly on course for a huge total as Rohit and Kohli made batting look easy. Kohli raced to his half-century off 38 balls even as their 50 partnership came off 46 balls. In the consecutive number more series to go against Indians or team which can give the opportunity to the team Sri Lanka to step towards the world ranking.

Hardik Pandya is Out with 19 runs from 18 balls. The fifth and final ODI will be played in Colombo on Sunday.

Suresh Raina, who has played eight seasons of IPL under Dhoni's leadership, took to Twitter and wrote, "The iconic wicketkeeper-batsman @msdhoni [MS Dhoni] gets ready for his 300th ODI match!" Dhoni will join an elite 300 club that already has the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh.

Although one can't dismiss the fact that a rag-tag Sri Lankan bowling attack, save mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, has failed to keep up the pressure on Dhoni and Co. after making initial inroads.

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