Sanga's ton goes astray as India win in a thriller
India pulled off a thrilling two wicket win over Sri Lanka in a tense
packed match in their Commonwealth Bank Tri Series Tourney's eighth game
to take a step closer to meet Australia in the final at the Adelaide
Oval in a day/night game yesterday.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni this time assured that India win
with his steam roll batting and kept vigil till the last run was scored.
India had a few anxious moments during the latter stages of the game
when Amarasinghe and Malinga made inroads to the Indian innings, but
Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh batted sensibly to guide them with a fifth wicket
stand of 59 off 58 balls before Vaas bowled Yuvraj with a swinging
yorker which the batsman couldn't clamp down on time.
India chasing a moderate total of 238 in 50 overs achieved their
target with five balls to spare.
Dhoni batted with great care and remained unbeaten on 50 facing 68
deliveries. Sri Lanka got the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar when
Lasith Malinga bowled him for his 20th 'duck' in limited over cricket in
his first over with virtually was an unplayable delivery. But the
Lankans could not press on that early advantage.
India at that stage was 99 for 4. Dhoni arrived to join Yuvraj Singh.
With the dismissal of Yuvraj, Dhoni found another ally, Irfan Pathan
and with him Dhoni added another 58 for the sixth wicket off 75 balls.
Based on those two stands India were cruising ahead, but Amarasinghe
with two quick wickets and Malinga trapping Harbhajan leg before wicket
opened the gate for a probable Sri Lanka win. But Dhoni stood between
like a pillar as he batted with caution and aggression to dispel any
chance of a Sri Lankan win.
A sensational record breaking third wicket stand between skipper
Mahela Jayawardena and his deputy Kumar Sangakkara who were involved in
a face saving 153 run partnership pulled Sri Lanka out of a threshold of
disaster to a position of reasonable strength after losing two wickets
for 4 runs off 8 balls when Jayawardena won the toss and elected to bat.
The Lankans in the quest of winning and securing a place in the final
to meet Australia got off to an inauspicious start in the most unusual
fashion losing Jayasuriya.
Dilshan cover drove the first ball of the innings bowled by Munaf
Patel who opened the bowling for India for 4, and going for a repetition
edged one to Wicket keeper Dhoni.
The situation required a bit more watchfulness in this crucial match.
Sanath Jayasuriya then was run out in the most unlucky fashion when
Sangakkara straight drove one, which cannoned on to the stumps off
bowler Munaf Patel's hand on his follow through.
In eight balls Sri Lanka had lost two of their top batsmen for 6 runs
and the massive repair job of the innings fell on the shoulders of the
captain and his deputy. Jayawardena and Sangakkara paced their stand
well and had added 50 runs in 99 deliveries and the third wicket stand
had to go on and on if the Lankans were to post a match winning score.
The batting to follow was Chamara Silva, Kapugedera and Maharoof who
were not among the runs in the tournament.
With the late middle order looking brittle with the bowlers to follow
it was important the pair not only occupy the crease but also accumulate
a substantial match winning total and two of them got their act
Sangakkkara came in as a virtual opener and Jayawardena who needed a
good innings to boost his confidence was in total dominance. The duo put
on the 100 run stand for the third wicket in 155 deliveries . With both
batsmen reaching accomplished 50s.
Sangakkara had three fours and had faced 88 deliveries and
Jayawardena followed suit facing 74 deliveries and with four boundaries.
The pair batted unblemished except when Sangakkara 54 pulled one to be
caught at midwicket by Robin Uthappa off a no ball off the bowling of
Praveen Kumar who was preferred for Sreesanth when the score was 115 for
2 in the 30.4 over.
Sangakkara and Jayawardena batted splendidly to help the side to
their most spirited display of the tour. Jayawardena showed signs of
switching in to top gear in the 35th over.
He hoisted Inshant Sharma, the most successive bowler into the stands
over mid wicket as the cracks seemed to be appearing in the bowling
sector with India kept in the sweltering heat 38C for the second day
after their gruelling contest on Sunday against Australia.
Jayawaredena and Sangakkara too would have felt he effects as there
were frequent visits by the twelfth man to the field with a supply of
water. These two batting with fine understanding adding 153 runs for the
third wicket off 112 balls and was just gaining momentum prior to
The pair had brought the score from 2 to 6 to 159 for 3. There after
Chamara Silva joined Sangakkara to add a further 73 runs for the fifth
wicket off 63 deliveries.
The run out monster seemed to be haunting Sri Lanka, and in the 38th
over with the total on 159 for 3 Jayawardena was run out in a similar
fashion like Jayasuriya, the ball ricocheted off Praveen Kumara's out
stretched hand in his follow through to hit the stumps at the non
strikers end and Chamara Kapugedera was the other victim.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
T. Dilshan c Dhoni b Patel 4
S. Jayasuriya run out 0
K. Sangakkara c Kumar b Pathan 128
M. Jayawardene run out 71
C. Kapugedera run out 1
C. Silva c Uthappa b H. Singh 21
F. Maharoof not out 3
C. Vaas not out 1
EXTRAS (4lb, 1nb, 4w) 9
TOTAL (for six wickets) 238
FALL: 4 (Dilshan), 6 (Jayasuriya), 159 (Jayawardene), 161 (Kapugedera),
234 (Sangakkara), 235 (Silva).
BOWLING: Patel 9-2-38-1 (1w), I. Sharma 10-0-44-0, Pathan 10-0-44-1 (2w),
Kumar 10-0-49-0 (1nb), H. Singh 10-0-54-1, Y. Singh 1-0-5-0 (1w).
G. Gambhir c Sangakkara b Amerasinghe 15
S. Tendulkar b Malinga 0
R. Uthappa run out 10
R. Sharma c Silva b Muralitharan 24
Y. Singh b Vaas 76
M.S. Dhoni not out 50
I. Pathan b Amerasinghe 31
P. Kumar c Jayawardene b Amerasinghe 6
H. Singh lbw Malinga 3
I. Sharma not out 0
EXTRAS (14lb, 10w) 24
TOTAL (for eight wickets) 239
FALL: 2 (Tendulkar), 33 (Uthappa), 35 (Gambhir), 99 (Sharma), 158 (Y. Singh),
216 (Pathan), 229 (Kumar), 236 (H. Singh).
BOWLING: Vaas 10-0-27-1, Malinga 10-0-37-2 (6w) Amerasinghe 10-0-49-3 (1w),
Maharoof 6.1-0-43-0 (2w), Muralitharan 10-0-44-1 (1w),
Jayasuriya 2-0-14-0, Dilshan 1-0-11-0.