Colombo: Virat Kohli has been raking in all the plaudits for his stunning exploits in limited-overs international cricket this year, but Suresh Raina has been playing his part too, quietly and without fuss.
Raina doesn't have the same impressive numbers - indeed, he has just three career hundreds in 149 matches to Kohli's 12 in 89 - but batting at No.5 and No. 6 as opposed to Kohli's No. 3, he has more than pulled his weight.
Saturday's unbeaten 65, off just 45 deliveries that steered India to a spectacular five-wicket victory, was his third fifty in the last five innings. His last seven scores have been 65*, 1, 50, 12*, 51, 30* and 40*. India have won five of those seven matches, underlining the crucial role Raina has come to play as a finisher in One-Day International cricket.