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Dhoni joins the 300 club

Virat Kohli, India’s captain, chose to bat on a hot and humid afternoon at the Premadasa Stadium, on a hard pitch expected to be full of runs. Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka’s third captain in as many matches, said chasing gave his side a definite chance, having lost the first three ODIs batting first.

With India having already sealed the series, they chose to test their bench strength, bringing in Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav and the debutant fast bowler Shardul Thakur for Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Sri Lanka made three changes too, handing debuts to the opener Dilshan Munaweera and the left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, and recalling the allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga. Chamara Kapugedera and Dinesh Chandimal, who both played the third ODI, missed out with injuries, while the fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera sat out with Sri Lanka opting to go for an extra spinner.

MS Dhoni makes his 300th appearance in ODIs, becoming only the second wicketkeeper-batsman, after Kumar Sangakkara, to do so.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 KL Rahul, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Manish Pandey, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.

Sri Lanka: 1 Dilshan Munaweera, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Malinda Pushpakumara, 10 Vishwa Fernando, 11 Lasith Malinga

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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