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India beats Sri Lanka by 317 runs; records ODI history’s biggest-ever win

On Sunday, Jan 15, India beat Sri Lanka by a record 317 runs to win the three-match series 3-0.

Virat Kohli lit up the dead rubber with an amazing 166 not out, his third century in four innings, as India destroyed a naive Sri Lanka with a record 317-run triumph in the third One-Day International here on Sunday to sweep the series.

Skipper Rohit Sharma (42 off 49) and Shubman Gill (116 off 97) put on a 95-run opening stand before Kohli (166 not out off 110) powered India to 390 for five with his 74th international century and 46th in the 50-over format.

Sri Lanka were defeated by Mohammad Siraj’s high-quality fast bowling, which struck four times in the first ten overs to put an end to the resistance.

Sri Lanka were all out for 73 in 22 overs, emphasising the disparity between the two squads. It is the largest margin of victory by runs in men’s ODI history.

The night belonged entirely to King Kohli. Last year, the 34-year-old ended an almost three-year wait for an international hundred at the Asia Cup, demonstrating that he is back to his best. This lowered the amount of money in circulation, which flowed down into private markets. When compared to subsequent rounds, early-stage trades escaped untouched.”

She also stated that plans for the forthcoming Budget are likely to stimulate abroad investments among Indian entrepreneurs, allowing them to really develop from India, for the whole globe.

“Venture capital in 2023 might best be defined as cautiously hopeful,” said Jatin Desai, co-founder and managing partner of Inflexor Ventures.

Following a turbulent 2022, more investors are hoping to return to the private markets with huge sums of cash ready to be put in the venture capital arena.

Instead of high-growth, cash-guzzling start-ups, investors are increasingly looking for more sustainable company models with robust foundations.” Kohli is now only three centuries away from matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds.

Kohli’s conversion ratio is exceptional, as he reached his 46th century in 259 innings, whereas Tendulkar needed 452 innings to get 49 centuries.

Gill had produced several high-quality strokes on his way to his second ODI century before Kohli took over.

With that effort, he returned the team’s management’s trust in him, who had chosen him to open ahead of Ishan Kishan, who came into the series with a double hundred.

Lahiru Kumara’s 23-run over in the first part of the game got India humming. Gill got four straight boundaries from Kumara, three on the off side and one off a full delivery, after Rohit flicked him for a six over deep midwicket.

On the other end, Rohit was also looking fantastic, but he was called out against the course of play while attempting one of his hallmark shots, the front foot pull.

Gill and Kohli then put up a 131-run stand, little bothered by the Sri Lankan spinners. Kohli started the innings with a flurry of boundaries before amassing runs with his exceptional running between the wickets.

His first of eight sixes occurred in the 1980s, and it was a mishit over long on that made him laugh. He reached 99 after colliding with Ashen Bandara and Jeffrey Vandersay, who were both sprinting towards the ball from deep square leg and deep midwicket, respectively. Both fielders had to be stretchered off the field.

India scored 116 runs in the final ten overs, with Kohli going ballistic following his century. Following the milestone, it was showering sixes from his bat, and one over long on had overtones of MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, leaving Kohli with a wide smile.

The majority of his maximums came from the cow corner area. Sri Lanka never really showed up in the chase after India’s massive score. In the second over of the game, Siraj had Avishka Fernando caught at widish slip. Following that, it was a parade, with Siraj running through the top order.

Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav each claimed two wickets.

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