Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All-round Sri Lanka trump sloppy India

India fell for the second consecutive defeat at the Commonwealth Bank ODI series Down Under as Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates taking the wicket of Sachin effort Tendulkara occasionally seen losing to Sri Lanka by 51 runs in Brisbane. The result means that India must not only win both their remaining games, but will also be dependent on other results to ensure their place in the final best-of-three.

The loss seemed inevitable after India's top three batsmen were back in the hut with only 54 runs on the board while chasing a target of 290 set by Sri Lanka. Two of these wickets went to the man-of-the-match Nuwan Kulasekara who benefited from sticking to the principles of good line and length.

Captain Virender Sehwag was out for a duck to a very poor shot only the second ball of persecution. Tendulkar looked good to begin with, but only flattered to deceive when he cut the ball into his stumps when on 22. Gautam Gambhir, who despite having two scores in the 90s this series to open the batting, was dropped to number three and again looked in shape before he guided a ball Kulasekera to Thisara Perera in the gully.

Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina did stage a comeback and stitched a 92-run partnership that was helped by a recovery of surface Lanka. Raina has a lucky let off when four as Dilshan failed to hold the off chance Angelo Mathews. Virat Kohli had two escapes itself both Dinesh Chandimal complimentary deep mid-wicket. First 14 Thisara Perera off and then at 32 Lasith Malinga off.

The implementation rate was desired, however, constantly crawling toward the north. Raina departed for 32 after receiving a tip off Maharoof, Kohli and when followed by a 66 overs later, was written on the wall.

Irfan Pathan threw his bat around a Quickfire 47 in a final attempt of some heroism, but a win was not in the cards. The rest of the batting folded easily and India were bowled out for 238 with 29 balls to spare.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. Suspension of a match Dhoni for India's poor rate against Australia on Virender Sehwag was meant for India ahead of Parthiv and have a look at goalkeeper. Ashwin came back to the XI, while Rohit Sharma and Zaheer were 'rested'.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan put in a position of opening 95-run island that gave the nation a solid start and configure the rest of the innings. The pair brought the first 50 races in just 45 deliveries, but the slower rate of implementation thereafter. The Indian pace bowlers were guilty of throwing a ball too short in the early rounds, but then found a better length.

Jayawardene was the first man to go when at 45, he pulled a short ball from Irfan Pathan who was incredibly held on to Sehwag for a dip in the short mid-wicket. India followed with two quick wickets - Ashwin induce a slight advantage of a set Dilshan when he was 51.

Kumar Sangakkara was the man next to be fired as Umesh Yadav sent back to just eight. Sri Lanka however forged another partnership with Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne reach the crease. His management position of a ball-71 had his side to 195 before stumps Chandimal were supplanted by Pathan.

Departure Chandimal not hurt Lanka. Angelo Mathews was quickly into action and started to violence against Indian attack. Mathews scored 49 off just 37 deliveries and co-author of an outbreak in late Thirimanne before the latter was in the penultimate over. The last 10 overs brought 91 runs Sri Lanka and gave India a target of 290 to chase.

The game did see its share of drama, when the gunner Thirimanne (who did eventurally 62) was caught backing up too far, while the non-striker's end. The player - R Ashwin saw it before your own back foot fell and cut the handles off to 'Mankad' Thirimanne. The middle order batsman was out, and technically should have been back in the pavilion, but a brief discussion between the field umpires, Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar requested a postponement.

With the victory, Sri Lanka moved into second place in the tri-series and now with 11 points, three behind Australia and ahead of India.

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