Another valuable century by Rohit Sharma and a significant contribution from Virat Kohli ensured that the match saw as facile an ending as when it began with India beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Sharma hit a second consecutive ODI century en route to India completing the rout against Sri Lanka. It was particularly relevant from the perspective that once again the openers failed to get going.
What was also important that there was another player besides the Indian captain, Suresh Raina, in charge of chasing down the modest target of 242. That was none other than Virat Kohli who gave Sharma good company with a 153 run partnership for the third wicket.
The duo were never really threatened by the opposition attack and all it required was for India to put their head down and quietly go about their business at a steady pace. That Sri Lanka had terribly underscored was a given. But after the loss to Zimbabwe, it was imperative for India to win and stay alive as the Zimbabwe ODI tri series progressed.
With Rohit Sharma providing the steady hand but at a run a ball pace, Kohli eased into his own role as the complementary partner with eighty-two runs of his own as India went past the Sri Lankan total in the forty-fourth over.