Chasing 374, Sri Lanka had a dismal start when they lost Avishka Fernando in the fourth over of the innings. Fernando stood tall and tried to play across the line, but ended up getting a leading edge towards mid-off where Hardik Pandya completed an easy catch.
But the wicket of the day came up an over later when Siraj cleaned up Kusal Mendis for a duck. The ball was well pitched up and was not meant to be driven as it came back in sharply to go through the gates only to leave Mendis stunned.
A sensational⚡️delivery from @mdsirajofficial as Kusal Mendis goes for a duck.Siraj picks up his second wicket.… https://t.co/lVDz6Us4RW
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1673354915000
Earlier, batting maestro Kohli continued his good run with the bat and started the new year with a sensational hundred. Kohli, who powered India to 373/7, raced to his 45th ODI hundred in just 80 balls with the help of a six and 10 fours.
It was the second successive ODI hundred for Kohli after ending the year 2022 with a superb 113 off 91 balls against Bangladesh at Chattogram on December 10. And Tuesday’s hundred took his combined international tally to 73.