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India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka Level Series

By on December 18, 2009

India vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI - Tillakaratne DilshanSri Lanka 302 for 7 (Dilshan 123, Mathews 37*, Zaheer 3-63) beat India 301 for 7 (Dhoni 107, Raina 68, Kohli 54) by three wickets.

Sri Lanka managed to hold on to their nerves to level the series 1-1 by registering a three-wicket victory over India.

Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan gave Sri Lanka a flying start, chasing a target of 302.
It was offie Harbhajan Singh, who gave India their first breakthrough by sending back Upul Tharanga.

But Dilshan continued to play his shots and the new batsman in Kumar Sangakkara also helped ante the momentum.

Even Sangakkara’s departure could not stop Dilshan from maintaing the rhythm and in the process he reached his century to put the islanders right on top.

Dilshan departed after hitting a fabulous century that put Sri Lanka on top. Lankans were still in command when they lost Mahela Jayawardene. But they found themselves in a bit of a bother as Thilina Kandamby departed.

Zaheer Khan’s twin strike push Sri Lanka on to the back foot but ultimately they managed to prevail.

Earlier, a superbly-paced century from Mahendra Singh Dhoni propelled India to a challenging total in the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Nagpur.

India wobbled at the start, losing Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir cheaply, but recovered with half-centuries from Virat Kohli (54) and Suresh Raina (68), while Dhoni’s innings of 107 spurred his side to 301 for seven.

Dhoni’s decision to bat first looked to have backfired when Sehwag went cheaply, caught behind by Kumar Sangakkara in the first over from left-arm paceman Chanaka Welegedara.

Gambhir was then run out in unfortunate circumstances, a collision with Welegedara ensuring he was caught short of his crease.

Gambhir had pushed a delivery from Welegedara to mid-on, but collided with the bowler and was caught short of the crease when Angelo Mathews broke the stumps with a direct hit.

At 19 for two, India were in a spot of bother, but the home side recovered nicely through Sachin Tendulkar (43) and Kohli.

Tendulkar’s stay was circumspect as he focused on rebuilding. He put on 62 for the third wicket with Kohli but fell while attempting to accelerate the pace.

He walked out to cart Ajantha Mendis over the top, failed to make contact and was stumped by Sangakkara.

Kohli, who initially dealt primarily in boundaries, thereafter played a steady knock as he got the home side back on track.

He added 51 for the fourth wicket with Dhoni, but just when India were beginning to break the shackles, debutant off-spinner Suraj Randhiv trapped Kohli in front, claiming him for his first wicket in international cricket.

Left-hand batsman Raina joined his captain at the crease and, after a cautious start, put Sri Lanka’s attack to the sword.

He hammered four boundaries and smashed three towering sixes, reaching his 13th ODI half-century off just 44 deliveries before eventually holing out in the deep.

Dhoni, off the mark with an edged boundary, was fortunate to have reached his half-century.

He was dropped by Sangakkara on 49, the Sri Lanka captain already having missed an opportunity when the batsman was on 25.

The India skipper was then grassed again by Mendis on 94.

By then, Dhoni had thrown caution to the wind and he reached his sixth ODI century with two runs off Mathews. His second 50 came off just 36 deliveries.

Dhoni fell in the final over, handing Randhiv his second wicket, but by then India had breached the 300-mark.

Teams:

India: V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Kohli, MS Dhoni*†, SK Raina, RA Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, P Kumar, Z Khan, A Nehra.

Sri Lanka: WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara*†, DPMD Jayawardene, SHT Kandamby, CK Kapugedera, AD Mathews, S Randiv, RAS Lakmal, UWMBCA Welegedara, BAW Mendis.

Source: ESPN Cricket

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