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Team India demolishing Sri Lanka on the field, exploring island off it

India Today logo India Today 24-08-2017 Ranit Das
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Team India's good times in Sri Lanka continue as Virat Kohli's men enjoy the emerald island to the fullest both on and off the field.

After a whitewash in the Test series, India started off the five-match ODI series with a bang where they rolled over the Lankans with more than 20 overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead. 

India's dominance in the first one-day shouldn't be surprising as they completely overpowered the hosts in the three-match Test series. Kohli's men dominated all the Tests and came out with results that led to former Sri Lankan great Arjun Ranatunga say that he no longer watches the national team play.

The visitors won the first Test by a huge margin of 304 runs at Galle which was followed by two hammerings at Pallekele and Colombo. In the second and third Tests, Kohli's men outclassed, battered and tore the home side to pieces and came away with innings victories. In the second Test, India beat the Lankans by an innings and 53 runs while in the third Test, the Men in Blue registered an innings and 171-run victory. The wins allowed India to consolidate their position further as the No. 1 Test side in the world. 

Continuing their good run in the limited-overs format, India rode on some brilliant performances from the recalled Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli and battered the hosts to earn their biggest victory in terms of balls to spare while chasing a 200+ target. They did so with 127 balls remaining.

Now, if one looks at the manner of the Indian victories, the side has had a lot of free time. They finished the second and third Tests with a day and two days to spare and the first ODI as well with a lot of time in hand. And they're not wasting their time at all.

Kohli and his troops have been exploring the isle to the fullest. From chilling in the pool to going out for dinners, the players have been making the most of their free time in Lanka.

The likes of Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Dhawan and Kohli were seen enjoying a night out after the second Test got over. The boys also visited the Ashok Vatika, the place that is believed to be where Ravana kept the Sita captive. It is a garden in the Sita Eliya area.

Kohli has been one of the most active person in the trip. He has been posting pictures on his social media accounts from the beginning of the tour. From enjoying his time at the beach and the great view from his hotel to his elephant safari at Kandy, the pictures from Kohli's Instagram and twitter accounts would leave any travel freak crave for a vacation in Sri Lanka.

However, as the date of the second ODI comes nearer, the team has again shifted their focus back to practice and are looking to continue their good run in the remaining four ODIs and the one-off T20I.

The teams next play on August 24 at Pallekele.

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