Sri Lanka in three wicket win
Sri Lanka came back strongly to win the second one day international
by three wickets in a cliff hanger at Vidarbha Cricket Association
Stadium, Nagpur yesterday under lights.
Mathews (37) and Mendis (2) did the near impossible to achieve this
victory and square the series.
Both Dilshan and Tharanga continued their blistering batting display
repeating their performance as seen in the first one dayer, massacring
the Indian bowling and sending the stadium to silence.
The pair brought up the first fifty in 39 balls with Tharanga on 26
Dilshan on 25. After the first power play this was extended to 89 with
Dilshan on 49 and Tharanga on 30.
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni bats during his
century innings on the second ODI (One Day International)
cricket match against Sri Lanka at The Vidarbha Cricket
Association (VCA) Ground in Nagpur. AFP
Dilshan’s 50 followed with 9 boundaries and a six made in 31 balls.
Sri Lanka los its first wicket at 100 in the 13th over when Tharanga
tried to guide a turning ball of Harbhajan and only managed to guide it
to Sehwag at slip. He faced 42 balls and made 37 with four boundaries.
Skipper Sangakkara who came in one drop continued with the aggression
and they added 47 runs for the second wicket in even time. However this
minor blemish ended when Dilshan tried to go for a run and changed his
mind stranding Sangakkara for Raina to do the rest. He made 21.
Jayawardana joined Dilshan and the experienced pair added a run a
ball 66 before the highest score for Sri Lanka Dilshan was yoked by a
Nehra delivery for 123. While registering his sixth back to back ODI ton
he made this score facing only 113 balls. His innings, a treat for the
42,000 crowd had 12 fours and two sixes.
Jayawardene soon joined him in the pavilion after edging a ball to
Dhoni of Zaheer Kan after making 39 in 47 balls with a four.
With the seniors back Mathews and Kandamby had to score 64 runs in
the last ten overs the carbon copy situation in the first One dayer.
History was to repeat itself when Kandambys inexperience was showing as
he tried to pull a short length delivery of Kohli and offered a sharp
catch to Khan. He made 27 off 32 with just two boundaries.
Kapugedera lasted just two balls and he was bowled by Zaheer Khan for
2 to make Mathews to battle it out.
Pressure was to follow Randiv when he was needlessly run out with
substitute runner for Mathews, Kapugedera.
However Mathews and Ajantha Mendis took the home side to a memorable
victory. India helped by a superb century by skipper Mahindra Singh
Dhoni put out a challenging 301 for 7 in the second One day
international at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur yesterday
On a flat track, without much hint of the green, Dhoni decided to bat
first, expecting to notch up a big score.
Lanka made three changes replacing veteran Sanath Jayasuriya with
Ajantha Mendis and introducing Suranga Lakmal for injured Dilhara
Fernando and off-spinner Suraj Randiv for Muttiah Muralitharan, Indian
openers, Dhoni and Raina could not find the rhythm they had in the first
ODI with Sehwag falling to a sharp caught behind to Sangakkara off
Welegedara only the fourth ball of the match after stroking the first
bal for a four.
Mathews then bowled a maiden in the second over to Tendulkar and
followed up his good work with a direct hit in the fifth over to run out
Gambhir for 2.
After the 15th over India were 72 with Tendulkar on 36 and Kohil on
Tendulkar then trying to accelerate was neatly stumped by Sangakkara
to a Mendis googly.
India reached their 100 in the 20th over and soon after Rindiv
justified is selection by trapping Kohli for well complied 50 off 65
balls. Kohli put on 62 runs with skipper Dhoni who was 53 at the time.
Raina who joined skipper then increased the tempo of the match with
boundaries and sixes beginning to flow passing the 200 mark in the 40th
over with both Randiv and Mendis being taken to task.
The pair brought aggression to the Indian innings and added 126 runs
in 119 balls for the fifth wicket before Raina was caught in the deep
mid wicket by Randiv when he attempted to pull Mathews. His 68 made in
55 balls had four boundaries and three sixes.
Skipper Dhoni brought up his 100 in 106 balls which included 7 hits
tot eh ropes and two overs. His majestically played innings was halted
by Randiv just after he added one run when he had him caught at mid
wicked when he charged down the wicket trying a huge hit.
Harbhajan who had to face the last ball was stumped when he went down
the track to Randiv to give him a three wicket tally.
V. Sehwag c Sangakkara b Welegedara 4
S. Tendulkar st Sangakkara b Mendis 43
G. Gambhir run out 2
V. Kohlilbw b Randiv 54
MS Dhoni c Dilshan b Randiv 107
S. Raina c Randiv b Mathews 68
R. Jadeja not out 12
H. Singh st Sangakkara b Randiv 0
EXTRAS (lb7, w4) 11
TOTAL (for seven wickets, 50 overs) 301
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-4 (Sehwag), 2-19 (Gambhir), 3-81 (Tendulkar), 4-132 (Kohli),
5-258 (Raina), 6-300 (Dhoni), 7-301 (Singh).
BOWLING: Welegedara 9-0-53-1 (w1), Mathews 10-1-60-1 (w2), Lakmal 8-0-57-0,
Mendis 10-0-57-1 (w1), Randiv 10-0-51-3, Dilshan 3-0-16-0.
U. Tharanga c Sehwag b Singh 37
T. Dilshan b Nehra 123
K. Sangakkara run out 21
M. Jayawardene c Dhoni b Zaheer 39
T. Kandamby c Kohli b Zaheer 27
A. Mathews not out 37
C. Kapugedera b Zaheer 2
S. Randiv run out 5
A. Mendis not out 2
EXTRAS (b1, lb5, w3) 9
TOTAL (for seven wickets, 49.1 overs) 302
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-102 (Tharanga), 2-147 (Sangakkara), 3-213 (Dilshan),
4-232 (Jayawardene), 5-264 (Kandamby), 6-267 (Kapugedera), 7-285 (Randiv).
BOWLING: Kumar 8-0-48-0 (w2), Zaheer 10-0-63-3 (w1), Nehra 10-0-74-1,
Singh 10-0-58-1, Jadeja 9.1-0-42-0, Raina 2-0-11-0.
Result: Sri Lanka win by three wickets