India's calm, composed and talented sports star Mahendra singh Dhoni, who is on field today to fearless Sri Lankans for the fourth One Day International (ODI) match in Colombo, plays his 300th ODI match.
300 - Wickets for Lasith Malinga in ODIs.
Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne steadied the ship after three early blows and put on a decent partnership for the fourth wicket.
Batsman Manish Pandey, left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav and seamer Shardul Thakur may all have an opportunity in this match, with Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar the most likely to make way.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli appeared in his beast form in Colombo as he struck a fiery knock of 131 runs.
India have wrapped up the five-match series 3-0.
The star player also came out a hero after he saved a losing match against Sri Lanka in the third ODI. India won the test series and the ODI series already which disappointed Sri Lanka cricket fans as well as a selecion committee.
The hectic pace of scoring continued as Kohli and Sharma celebrated their 100 partnership off only 76 balls with the latter also reaching half-century off 45 balls.
He also shared 101 runs with Manish Pandey (50 not out) after the visitors were reduced to 274-5. India lost Shikhar Dhawan with 6 on the board, after which Rohit and Kohli added 219 runs.
Before the limited-overs series got underway, Rohit, who was named the vice-captain of the team, recollected his past failures in Sri Lanka, the same team against whom he scored his highest individual ODI score. But Mathews, carrying his injury-ravaged body creakily to the crease and delivering two short balls, dismissed both off successive balls, Pandya picking out the deep fielder with a pull and Rohit cramped for room while trying to ramp him over the keeper.
Colombo hosts the fifth and final ODI on Sunday before a Twenty20 worldwide rounds off India's tour next Wednesday. With 9608 runs from 296 games, the only players above him are Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,221) and Rahul Dravid (10,768).
Sri Lanka picked up another wicket when Lokesh Rahul was caught at midwicket off spin bowler Akila Dananjaya, briefly threatening a comeback.