Kedar Jadhav and Niroshan Dickwella were making their ODI debut. They became 205th and 161st player to represent India and Sri Lanka respectively.
For the first time in the series Sri Lanka did not lose a wicket in the batting powerplay.
Mathews completed his 1,000 runs in ODIs in the year 2014 when his score reached 77. He became first player to reach this landmark this year (later Virat Kohli became the second batsman to accomplish this feat).
Having already scored 1,044 runs in Test cricket this year, Mathews became only the third captain to aggregate 1,000 runs in a calendar year both in Tests and ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar (in 1997) and Ricky Ponting (in 2005) are the two other captain to do so.
Sri Lanka made 73 runs in last five overs with Angelo Mathews contributing 60 off 20 balls with seven sixes and two fours.
Mathews’ 139* is the second highest score by a Sri Lankan captain after Sanath Jayasuriya’s 189 also against India at Sharjah in 2010.
Matthews hit 10 sixes during his innings, which are the most by a captain in an ODI. Australia’s Ricky Ponting hit 9 sixes against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006.
Virat Kohli (139*) made his 21st ODI hundred – his fourth as captain.
The hundred was Kohli’s 14th in a chase. Only Sachin Tendulkar (17) has scored more hundreds in a chase.
The hundred was Kohli’s 13th in a successful chase. He is now just one short of Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most hundreds (14) in successful chases.
Virat Kohli aggregated 1,000 runs in ODIs when his score reached 85 becoming second batsman after Angelo Mathews to do so.
Kohli has now aggregated 1,000 runs in four consecutive years since 2011 (he missed the mark in 2010 by just 5 runs). Kohli now joins fellow Indian Sourav Ganguly in scoring 1,000 runs for four consecutive years. Ganguly had done so between 1997 and 2000.
The 139 by Angelo Mathews and Virat Kohli is the highest identical score by two batsmen in a ODI. The previous highest was 125 by Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers for South Africa against Sri Lanka at Johannesburg in 2012.
The match provided only the third instance in ODI history of both captains scoring hundreds in the same match. William Porterfield (Ireland) and Eoin Morgan (England) at Dublin in 2013; and Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) and Virat Kohli (India) at Fatullah in 2014 presented the other two instances.
India won the five match series 5-0. The last and only other time India whitewashed Sri Lanka in a bilateral series was way back in 1982 when Kapil Dev led Indian side beat Sri Lanka 3-0. This was the fifth instance of India whitewashing the opponent in a five-match bilateral series. The list:
India white washing the opponent in a 5-match bilateral series
Incidentally it was the first time Sri Lanka lost a series 5-0.