Muralitharan equals Akram’s record of 502 wickets:
India take unassailable 3-0 lead, beat Lanka by 147 runs
Two brilliant centuries from opener Virender Sehwag 116 and Yuvraj
Singh 117 helped India beat Sri Lanka by 147 runs and take an
unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5 match one day series at the R. Premadasa
Stadium under lights yesterday.
In reply to India’s 363 for 5 in 50 overs, Sri Lanka could manage
only 216 in 41.4 overs.
From Sri Lanka’s point of view the only joy was the equalling of
Wasim Akram’s world one-day bowling record of 502 wickets by Muttiah
When the Lankans began their chase for victory and to stay alive in
the series, it was paramount that openers Tillekeratne Dilshan and
Sanath Jayasuriya lay a solid platform if the Indian total was to be
surpassed and victory achieved.
But that was not to be. In the first ball of the second over bowled
by Praveen Kumar disaster struck when Jayasuriya dragged a ball on to
his wicket before scoring and that was the beginning of the end for Sri
After Dilshan went for 31 with the score on 51, Vice captain Kumar
Sangakkara and captain Mahela Jayawardena put on 67 for the third wicket
before Jayawardena went for 30 and then Sri Lanka lost Tilina Kandamby
for 10, Chamara Kapugedera for 2, Farveez Maharoof for 22, Sangakkara
for 83, Muralitharan without scoring, Kulasekera for 3 and Fernando run
out for 19 and that was the end of the line for the Lankans. .
While wickets were falling around him, Kumar Sangakkara stood tall to
make a nicely compiled 83 with 9 fours but to no avail. Left arm spinner
Ohja had 4 for 39 in his 10 overs.
The teams meet again in the 4th one-dayer tomorrow at the same venue
under lights. India’s score is a new ground record at this stadium
beating the previous best of 319 for 5 made by Pakistan against
Bangladesh in 1997.
Conditions were ideal for cricket when the two captains walked out to
toss. Mahela Jayawardena’s longing to win a toss did not materialize
this time too and Mahendra Singh Dhoni sported a contended smile when
the coin turned in his favour and he did not have any hesitation in
batting first for the third time.
The Indians were off to a bad and unfortunate start when Sachin
Tendulkar was once again ruled out LBW by umpire Gamini Silva for 7 with
the score on 9. TV replays showed the ball going down the leg side and
it was not a happy Tendulkar who left the field. Dilhara Fernando was
the bowler who received the benevolence of the umpire.
Then Gautum Gambhir who came in next was run out backing up too much
as a drive from Sehwag touched bowler Fernando’s hand and went on to hit
the stumps. Gambhir made 10.
The most exciting cricket was seen when Yuvraj Singh joined Sehwag.
Yuvraj probably angered by the poor decision that went against him in
the previous game, had his revenge smashing the ball to all corners of
the park, in a wonderful exhibition of power hitting.
The usually dashing Sehwag had to play second fiddle and watch a
masterful batting display by the left hander. But it was not before the
usually belligerent Sehwag got his act on show.
Together they just pulverized, both pace and spin. This time round
the pacemen Dilhara Fernando and Nuwan Kulasekera were not over pitching
or bowling short, but they were being punished for not bowling line.
Singh was first to his 50 with 10 fours in 46 balls playing some
exquisite cover drives and nicely placed lofted shots. Sehwag reached
his 50 in 44 balls with 9 fours with some lovely drives and cut shots.
They hoisted their 50- run stand in 43 balls, 100 in 74 balls, 150 in
112 balls and the 200 run stand in 155 balls.
There was nothing that Jayawardena could do to stop the flow of runs
that was cascading from the bats of these two masters. Yuvraj Singh made
his century which was is 11th in one-day internationals with 15 fours
and one six in 82 balls. Sehwag was not long in getting to his three
figure mark hitting 15 fours in 75 balls.
After a third wicket stand of 241, Yuvraj left when he played a tired
looking attempted cover drive and lofted a catch to Jayawardena in the
covers off Muralitharan which also helped the bowler equal Wasim Akram’s
record of 502 wickets. He made 117.
Then Sehwag left being run out again for 116. Then Dhoni and Pathan
made merry with an unbroken stand of 85 with Dhoni unbeaten on 35 and
Pathan 59. There was nothing much to write about the bowlers, because
they all took a good beating.
V. Sehwag run out 116
S. Tendulkar lbw b Fernando 7
G. Gambhir run out 10
Y. Singh c Kapugedera b Muralitharan 117
MS Dhoni not out 35
S. Raina st Sangakkara b Mendis 9
Y. Pathan not out 59
EXTRAS (nb3, w7) 10
TOTAL (for five wickets) 363
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-9 (Tendulkar), 2-24 (Gambhir), 3-245 (Yuvraj), 4-265 (Sehwag), 5-278 (Raina).
BOWLING: Kulasekara 10-0-68-0 (w1), Fernando 8-0-63-1 (nb3), Maharoof 7-0-68-0 (w3),
Mendis 9-0-64-1 (w1), Muralitharan 10-0-60-1 (w2), Jayasuriya 6-1-40-0.
T. Dilshan b Zaheer 31
S. Jayasuriya b Kumar 0
K. Sangakkara c Yuvraj b Ojha 83
M. Jayawardene c Sehwag b Kumar 30
T. Kandamby c Yuvraj b Sehwag 10
C. Kapugedera b Ojha 2
F. Maharoof c Gambhir b Ojha 22
N. Kulasekara c Tendulkar b Yuvraj 3
M. Muralitharan c Dhoni b Ojha 0
A. Mendis not out 8
D. Fernando run out 19
Extras: (lb3, w5) 8
Total (all out) 216
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Jayasuriya), 2-51 (Dilshan), 3-118 (Jayawardene), 4-132 (Kandamby),
5-139 (Kapugedera), 6-184 (Maharoof), 7-189 (Sangakkara), 8-189 (Muralitharan), 9-189 (Kulasekara), 10-216 (Fernando).
Bowling: Zaheer 8-1-44-1 (w2), Kumar 7-0-41-2 (w2), Sharma 5-0-35-0, Ojha 10-0-38-4,
Sehwag 7-0-30-1 (w1), Yuvraj 3.4-0-14-1, Tendulkar 1-0-11-0.