The highlight of the game was the partnership between Kohli and Sharma.
Experienced pacer Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka in the remaining matches looking to re-work plans. He nabbed two wickets in two balls to hand India a massive 168-run win. Those words by skipper Virat Kohli summed up the standing Mahendra Singh Dhoni commands in the Indian team.
There remain two ODIs in Colombo, however, and though the series has been decided, Sri Lanka are playing for a little more than pride.
Butter-fingered Sri Lanka dropped easy catches and misfielded often to allow some easy runs to the Indians.
Malinga has spent some time talking to former India quick Zaheer Khan with whom he played at the Mumbai Indians hoping his viewpoint in the commentary box could provide some insight. Viv Richards also did so in 44 innings against Australia.
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230 - India's score in 30 overs. He had crossed fifty only once, while his highest in the last eight innings in Sri Lanka before this tour was 11.
Besides Kohli, Rohit Sharma also scored back-to-back tons as the opener in his classy and elegant style, timing the ball to perfection completed yet another ODI ton.
2 - Number of bigger second-wicket partnerships for India after losing the first wicket for less than 10 runs.
Speaking ahead of the fourth ODI against India, Malinga said: "As a bowler, I've not been able to get wickets in the last couple of series". He will be 13th bowler overall, and the fourth Sri Lankan after Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Sanath Jayasuriya, to the milestone. He dismissed Kohli for his 300th scalp.
Only Tendulkar (5,490) and Ponting (4,186) have scored more runs in winning chases, while Kohli tops the list of century-makers (Tendulkar is second with 14). Kohli, also added that the three new players, who were given an opportunity for this match, will get another one.
While Sri Lankan player KC Sangakkara and MS Dhoni, both are now at 99 stumps, Dhoni also had an "unbeaten inning" record waiting for him to break with him standing at 72 alongside Shaun Pollock and Chaminda Vaas.