Final game in Palekelle on Saturday, a no show:
Kohli 128 and Raina 58 in a stand of 146 steer India to series
A nicely carved out unbeaten century 128 from the consistent stylish
right hander Virat Kohli who was involved in a stand of 146 for the
fifth wicket with Suresh Raina 58 steered India to a six wicket victory
over Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI and with it the series under lights at
the R.Premadasa Stadium, yesterday.
The Fifth one-day to be played at the Palekelle Stadium on Saturday
will now be a no show.
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli plays a
during his innings of 128 not out in the
fourth one day international yesterday. AFP
The Indians bowled tight and fielded well to restrict Sri Lanka to
251 for 8 and then got to the target - 255 losing four wickets.
When Lasith Malinga knocked back the stumps of ‘silent executioner’
Gautam Gambhir in the fifth ball of the first over with a stinging
yorker for no score, it raised the hopes of the home team.
Then a 52-run stand between Virender Sehwag 34 and Virat Kohli for
the second wicket in 51 balls put the batting back on rails and though
losing the wickets of Rohit Sharma 4 and Manoj Tiwary 21, Kohli
continued his good run and along with Suresh Raina took India to
With the score on 112 for 4, there was a confident appeal for a catch
behind by wicket keeper Chandimal off Raina who was on 2 off Rangana
Herath. The close in fielders were confident that Raina got a touch and
appealed vociferously. But umpire Kumar Dharamasena negatived the
appeal. Had that wicket fallen, who knows the story could have been
During the blistering partnership between Kohli and Raina the Lankan
fielding in the air and on the ground was putrid. Kohli’s 128 included
one six and12 fours in 119 balls.
Raina’s 58 had 7 fours and a six made in 51 balls. The 146 run stand
came in just 112 balls.
The teams made changes. Sri Lanka brought in Lahiru Thirimanne for
the injured Kumar Sangakkara and dropped the wayward left arm opening
bowler Isuru Udana and gave Nuwan Pradeep a go.
The accepted norm is that you don’t tinker with a winning
combination. But the World Champions did otherwise dropping leg spinner
Rahul Sharma and further strengthening the batting bringing in Manoj
Tiwary a right hand bat and leg spin/googly bowler who has played six
one-day games with a century.
It was a must win game for Sri Lanka to keep the series alive. For
India a victory would see them pocketing the series.
Captain Mahela Jayawardene again beat Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the
toss and elected to bat.
Sri Lanka would have been yearning for a score of anything over 280
to be competitive. Anything less would not suffice against a strong
Indian batting line up beefed up with the inclusion of all rounder Manoj
But that yearning did not materialize with the home team making only
251 for 8.It would have been even worse had it not been for a slam of 32
runs for the 9th wicket between Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga which
realised 32 runs in 18 balls. Both batsmen cleared the ropes on three
occasions. Malinga hitting two and Herath one which sent the sparse
spectators into raptures. Herath remained unbeaten on 17 and Malinga 15.
Openers Tillekeratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga gave the Lankans a
promising start putting on 91 for the first wicket. Dilshan made 42 and
Tharanga 51. Of the other batmen Lahiru Thirimanne made 47.
Big batting guns Mahela Jayawardene 3, Angelo Mathews 14 and Thisara
Perera 2 failed to help swell the total and so Sri Lanka had to be
satisfied with 251 for 8 in 50 overs.
It was the Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashin 2 for 46 and Manoj
Tiwary 4 for 61 who slammed the brakes on the Lankan batsmen. Off
spinner Virender Sehwag captured the vital wicket of Jayawardene.
S C O R E C A R D
U. Tharanga st Dhoni b Ashwin 51
T. Dilshan c Dhoni b Dinda 42
L. Thirimanne b Ashwin . 47
D. Chandimal c Pathan b Tiwary . 28
M. Jayawardene c Dhoni b Sehwag 03
A. Mathews c Kohli b Tiwary 14
J. Mendis b Tiwary 17
T. Perera c Raina b Tiwary 02
R. Herath not out 17
L. Malinga not out 15
Extras (lb2, w13) . 15
Total (for eight wickets; 50 overs) . 251
Fall of wickets: 1-91 (Dilshan), 2-102 (Tharanga), 3-152 (Chandimal), 4-155 (Jayawardene), 5-190 (Mathews),
6-213 (Mendis), 7-218 (Perera), 8-219 (Thirimanne).
Bowling : Zaheer 6-0-36-0 (w3), Pathan 6-0-27-0 (w1), Dinda 6-0-28-1 (w2), Kohli 2-0- 7-0, Sehwag 8-1-38-1 (w1),
Ashwin 10-0-46-2, Tiwary 10-1- 61-4 (w6), Sharma 2-0-6-0.
G. Gambhir b Malinga . 00
V. Sehwag c sub (S. Senanayake) b Mathews 34
V. Kohli not out . 128
R. Sharma b Pradeep 04
M. Tiwary lbw b Mendis . 21
S. Raina not out . 58
Extras (lb2, nb2, w6) 10
Total ( for four wickets; 42.2 overs) . 255
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Gambhir), 2-52 ( Sehwag ), 3-60 (Sharma), 4-109 (Tiwary).
Bowling : Malinga 8-1-41-1 (w2), Perera 6-0-51-0 (w3), Mathews 6-1-18-1, Pradeep 8-0-52-1 (nb2, w1), Herath 7-0- 44-0,
Mendis 6-0-37-1, Dilshan 1.2-0-10-0.