Irfan Pathan grabbed five wickets as India posted a 20-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Pallekele on Saturday to win the series 4-1.
The paceman finished with 5-61, his second five-wicket haul in one-dayers, as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 274 after scoring a challenging 294-7 in the day-night match.
Sri Lanka were struggling at 102-5 before Lahiru Thirimanne (77) and Jeevan Mendis (72) gave India some anxious moments with a 102-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Thirimanne hit three sixes and five fours in his career-best knock before he was run out, and then Pathan removed Thisara Perera (18) and well-set Mendis in the same over.
Mendis cracked six fours in his maiden half-century in one-day internationals.
India earlier put in an impressive batting performance, with opener Gautam Gambhir (88), middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary (65) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (58) all making half-centuries.
India were under pressure at 87-3 but Gambhir and Tiwary propped up the innings with a 110-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Sri Lanka then got three quick wickets to reduce India to 213-6 before wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni and Pathan (29 not out) added 77 for the seventh wicket to help their team set a stiff target.
Fast bowlers Lasith Malinga (3-64) and Nuwan Pradeep (2-63) were the main wicket-takers for Sri Lanka.
Malinga dismissed Tiwary and Suresh Raina off successive deliveries before taking his 200th wicket in one-day internationals when he had Dhoni caught behind. The Indian skipper smashed one six and eight fours.
Gambhir, who also completed 5,000 one-day runs during his 99-ball knock, was caught by Malinga at point off spinner Sachithra Senanayake after hitting seven fours.
Pradeep bagged two of the first three wickets when he trapped Virat Kohli (23) leg-before and bowled out-of-form Rohit Sharma (4) in successive overs.
Sharma finished the series with just 13 runs in five matches.
India made one change from the side which won the last match by six wickets as they replaced unfit Virender Sehwag with opener Ajinkya Rahane.
Sri Lanka rested skipper Mahela Jayawardene and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and brought in batsman Chamara Kapugedara and Senanayake. All-rounder Angelo Mathews led the side.
Sri Lanka and India will now clash in a one-off Twenty20 international at the same venue on Tuesday.(AFP)
G. Gambhir c Malinga b Senanayake 88
A. Rahane lbw b Perera 9
V. Kohli lbw b Pradeep 23
R. Sharma b Pradeep 4
M. Tiwary c Perera b Malinga 65
S. Raina c Thirimanne b Malinga 0
MS Dhoni c Chandimal b Malinga 58
Irfan Pathan not out 29
R. Ashwin not out 2
Extras (lb10, w6) 16
Total (for seven wickets; 50 overs) 294
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Rahane), 2-77 (Kohli), 3-87 (Sharma), 4-197 (Tiwary), 5-197 (Raina), 6-213 (Gambhir), 7-290 (Dhoni).
Bowling: Malinga 10-0-64-3 (w1), Perera 10-0-53-1 (w4), Mathews 5-0-29-0, Pradeep 10-0-63-2, Senanayake 10-0-50-1 (w1), Mendis 5-0-25-0.
U. Tharanga c Rahane b Pathan 31
T. Dilshan c Zaheer b Pathan 0
L. Thirimanne run out 77
D. Chandimal lbw b Dinda 8
A. Mathews run out 13
C. Kapugedara lbw b Zaheer 9
J. Mendis c Dhoni b Pathan 72
T. Perera c Kohli b Pathan 18
S. Senanayake b Pathan 7
L. Malinga c Raina b Dinda 10
N. Pradeep not out 0
Extras (b2, lb14, w13) 29
Total (for all out; 45.4 overs) 274
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Dilshan), 2-61 (Tharanga), 3-74 (Chandimal), 4-89 (Mathews), 5-102 (Kapugedara), 6-204 (Thirimanne), 7-252 (Perera), 8-256 (Mendis), 9-266 (Senanayake), 10-274 (Malinga).
Bowling: Zaheer 9-1-53-1 (w8), Pathan 10-0-61-5 (w5), Dinda 7.4-0-55-2, Kohli 1-0-3-0, Ashwin 9-0-37-0, Sharma 6-0-23-0, Raina 2-0-12-0, Tiwary 1-0-14-0.
Comments - 40
Sammy Sunday, 05 August 2012 05:07 AM
SL need to tie up the loose ends and avoid lethargy on the field. On most occasions they came close to winning but frittered away their chances. They rely too much on Malinga for bowling, General bowling standards have to be improved, to bring them upto the levels when Murali & Vaas were playing.
Fusion Sunday, 05 August 2012 05:18 AM
WOW! What a pile of douche! In 1996 CBK & PA was in power :p Looks like you green goblins are even more messed-up up than I thought.
asoka Sunday, 05 August 2012 05:39 AM
ape un gahana cricket...
Siri Sunday, 05 August 2012 05:27 AM
I like cricket, but HEDJIN spoil our team,why superiors can not understand this pathatic situation.
Kalana Sunday, 05 August 2012 05:51 AM
I think Dinesh Chandimal similar to Kapugedhara. Analyse last 10 innings of him. Waste. Thirimanna much much better
rohit Sunday, 05 August 2012 06:13 AM
srilanka thrashed..its nt bcoz of govt bt bcoz old stalwarts like jaysuriya,murali,vaas hv retired and not enough replacements...cant blame youngsters such grt names are nt easy to replace..indian test team is going through same phase.
Janaki Kalansuriya Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:14 AM
Used to be, my boy, used to be. They are no better than Cricket with the involvement of some big-wigs. Now some Rugby players cannot even be tackled, not because they are so good, but for fear of getting bashed during or after the game. We Sri Lankans are so good at mucking things up with politics.
Donsen Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:24 AM
We won almost all the matches when Chandrika was in Power!
Ashwin Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:27 AM
Rugby is trash.Get lost idiot
dcold Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:46 AM
We blame Politics for all the loses. But did anyone praise politics when we win the matches.?
So we find an excuse in politics to cover the loss.
Players should play for the country. That's it. All they have to do is give the best for 100overs in the ground for the country.
These players think it is a benefit not a responsibility
Imran Hussein Sunday, 05 August 2012 08:04 AM
And Hockey. Now, Cricket is like politics, no class.
sam Sunday, 05 August 2012 08:29 AM
i agree with u. Not onlt in cricket even in politics they fooled our Gong leaders
peeda mossa Sunday, 05 August 2012 09:31 AM
Shantha, that may happen only if have right connections to the people who matter ? Have you ever thought why some guys continue to get selected despite failing match after match ?
Bikechain Bubbleband Sunday, 05 August 2012 10:24 AM
Yes the current rulers have spoilt the spirit of cricket.
Bikechain Bubbleband Sunday, 05 August 2012 10:30 AM
Yes if we go through the History, during UNP's regeime, SL won more matches than now. Those days Politicians never interfere Cricket but now every Tom and Harry in the UPFA are fiddling with SL cricket.
Senna Sunday, 05 August 2012 11:34 AM
We should have tried a new young player as he is not performing at all. Selectors mindset is poluted, may be they have different ideas?
buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:34 AM
When his Keheliya's son going to captain the national team?
Don Saturday, 04 August 2012 06:19 PM
I stopped watching SL cricket after politics leaked into the team and bad management (Eg what they did to Vaas). Im still happy with my decision.
Ganesh Saturday, 04 August 2012 06:07 PM
Well Done Team India....
Win the T20 Match and come home head held high....
Bernard Saturday, 04 August 2012 06:08 PM
Do not support this game it's doomed, Rugby, football are better games.
nimal Saturday, 04 August 2012 06:26 PM
SL cricket is PATHETIC nw!........ :-/
lenkact Saturday, 04 August 2012 06:24 PM
We don't watch cricket, wasting our power for nothing!!!!! you play , you earn and you win or loose, it doesn't matter!!!!
DMirrorFan Saturday, 04 August 2012 06:51 PM
IPL certainly has destroyed Sri Lanka's Cricket. Expect more losses! We should have tough decisions against IPL. Put country before Money.
Feroze Saturday, 04 August 2012 07:12 PM
All the strategies and planning were wrong against the Indian batsman.It was heartning to see a spirited fightback but the end result was not ideal for SL cricket.Always lose to Ind and its demoralising.Wake up SL Cricket
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 04 August 2012 07:57 PM
Chamara kapugedara? Why selected with sooo many failiures.
Senna Saturday, 04 August 2012 09:11 PM
Another good win slipped away at the last moment because some of our key players have donated their Brains.
Kanna Saturday, 04 August 2012 10:14 PM
India will win the T20 CWC
Kanna Saturday, 04 August 2012 10:15 PM
SL will have to face a very big challenge when once kumar sangakkara, dilshan and m. jeyawardene who are all in the very late 30's retire.
New crops are not that internationally competitive. Sl, have to introduce many new comers and test them like how India did and succeeded....
Ken Saturday, 04 August 2012 11:57 PM
Oh c'mon guys..... this is just a game.... be sporty...... we need to accept win & loose.... at the end of the day.
Lanka Shantha Sunday, 05 August 2012 12:48 AM
Like India we too must introduce young blood in Cricket. Include School boy cricketer of this year or last year in the team.
AUTO Sunday, 05 August 2012 01:44 AM
RIP ..... SLC!.
WarElephant Sunday, 05 August 2012 01:55 AM
why in gods name, did they put kapugedara in the first eleven
Kautilya Sunday, 05 August 2012 02:16 AM
Sri Lanka;s POLYCRICKET
weha Sunday, 05 August 2012 02:35 AM
IPL destroyed everything bro. players aren't anymore concerned about the country. they only want to get through to the next IPL un hurt. But you cannot blame the players either. the management should find away to make the players interested in playing for their country, rather than filling there own pockets.
lalith Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:01 AM
kapugedara must be permanently dropped!!!
indeewara Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:12 AM
what ever the results to come by in future kapugedara will be there no doubt
Lalith Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:16 AM
We are providing far too much attention to sports,when there are several important areas such as Poverty Elevation,Industrial Devlopment and to Agro based improvements the Government should pay attention,as much as they are doing a excellent Job in Road network in the country.
Most of these sportsman are only self motivated and not National minded and as long as our crickerters play IPL,they will never be able to beat the Indians as they get excellent Practice with our players !!! So who is fooling who ?
All media,Print and other should heed attention to these factors !
DAN Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:27 AM
Blame the Gov't. We won almost all the matches when UNP was in power
Citizen Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:44 AM
My car My Petrol I use.. it is not any one's buisness.......
Jagath Leanage Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:41 AM
Why did cricket administration field Chamara Kapugedara fielded with soo many failiures in the Past?
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