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India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth one-day international at R. Premadasa Stadium to lead 3-1 in the five-match series.

Manoj Tiwary assumed the role of the main strike bowler for India, taking a career-best four wickets to help restrict Sri Lanka to a competitive 251 for eight in the fourth one-day international.

Tiwary, who was called up to the side for his batting, took the prized wickets of Dinesh Chandimal (28), Anjelo Mathews (14), Jeewan Mendis (17) and Thisara Perera 2 to finish with figures of 4-61.

Opener Upul Tharanga scored the only half-century for Sri Lanka, which batted first after winning the toss. He laid a solid foundation, sharing 91 runs for the opening wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan (42) but Sri Lanka's middle and lower order failed to capitalize on the strong start.

Dilshan miscued a pull shot against seam bowler Ashok Dinda trying to increase the scoring rate during a batting power play and India captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni held a well-judged catch. Dilshan faced 48 deliveries and hit seven boundaries.

Tharanga was stumped off spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin. He faced 73 balls, hit a six and four boundaries. Lahiru Thirimanne, taking the No. 3 spot of injured prolific batsman Kumar Sangakkara, was dropped on 16 but was solid during the rest of his innings, scoring 47 runs without a boundary.

Sri Lanka lost four wickets for 29 runs toward the latter stages of its innings but 32 runs off 18 balls from the ninth-wicket pair of Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga gave the home side hope of competing against a deep Indian batting lineup.

India bolstered its batting by calling up Tiwary after dropping specialist legspin bowler Rahul Sharma. Sri Lanka called in Thirimanne for Sangakkara who picked up a finger injury during the third match. Seam bowler Isuru Udana was dropped and was replaced by Nuwan Pradeep.

Scorers: India 255-4 (Virat Kohli 128 not out, Suresh Raina 58 not out; Anjelo Mathews 1-18) def. Sri Lanka 251-8 (Upul Tharanga 51, Lahiru Thirimanne 47; Manoj Tiwary 4-61, Ravichandran Ashwin 2-46). (Source: 3news)
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  • Nodrog Wednesday, 01 August 2012 01:38 AM

    Lankans have never been good at setting scores, especially now with our depleted bowling attack. The only one who recognized this and played to our strength is Arjuna. Even at the '96 WC final in spite of everyone advising him to bat first he did what he thought was right and created history.

    Simple Simon Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:25 AM

    Simple..without Sanga - our batting crumbles even against part timers ! Hope Sanga would be back soon

    himalayan Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:40 AM

    The comment seems to be suggesting that SL cricketers are not patriotic!! I do not understand when we will stop commenting about other cricketing nations and keep on ignoring our team's failures. Whether Pakistan is a better team than India or the other way round, the fact remains that SLs have lost last three series against India at their home soil irrespective of their losses and SL's wins against their respective opponents.

    Ministry of Crabs Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:42 AM

    Too many extra curricular activities distracting from them playing the game. If they have other interests, which are more important - select players will will die for the country, game and team. Cricket may be a professional sport now - but the passion is seriously lacking in our senior players. Time for Change. Learn from the indian team who dropped big names for youth. we have too many names with no performances. (not to mention the politics behind the sport - but even the BCCI has politics, but the players still perform - so thats no excuse!)

    sach Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:41 AM

    But when losing is the norm, there is a problem.

    sach Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:44 AM

    Also thisara perera could go for opening. he is a fine hitter. Probably the best after J'suriya

    sach Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:01 AM

    i think whatever the pitch conditions, whenever we win the toss against Ind, we should let them bat first.

    Cyclops Wednesday, 01 August 2012 01:58 AM

    It was inevitable but the Sri Lankans should look at the bright side-they could learn how to be resilient from a side that breathes it!

    buwa Thursday, 02 August 2012 08:20 AM

    Agreed. When Jayasuriya was playing how Indians were scared of him. We need a match winning allrounder like him.

    Raja Wednesday, 01 August 2012 02:32 AM

    India is facing the weakest SLan bowling attack ever, at the moment due to the ignorance of J&pups who have always preferred henchmen to proven young talents. The 1st Cla Bowling Ave of (the main Bowlers in the squad.) Malinga, Mathews, Thisara, Pradeep, Jeewan, Dilshan, Herath& Senananayake are read as; 30.39, 45.43, 41.09, 38.84, 27.76, 35.13, 25.03 &20.50 respectively. A big idiot only will exclude a proven tall spinner; the class of S’ayake at a time their henchman has given away 208 runs to take 3 wickets in his last 6 ODIs. Interestingly the main spinner that the J,pups & the local media have too much faith on, can’t spin the ball unless he gets a 5th day pitch. How could one can depend on a such bowler, with only one straight bowl as a weapon ?and his fielding too gives immense pain to the eyes of ardent Cricket fans,as he moves around the field like a wounded soldier. By the way there isn’t a single other bowler in the team to support Manlinga.

    lalith Wednesday, 01 August 2012 02:36 AM

    knowing india has a strong batting line up i dont get y mahela batted first.... over the last yr one of the biggest down fall for our bats man has been too many of them repeatedly trying the reverse sweep..... and our fielding is self explanatory

    Criclover Wednesday, 01 August 2012 02:36 AM

    yesterday we are worst in our fielding...

    Longleg Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:41 AM

    Face it guys - no point of blaming A B or C, the indian batting line up is too strong IN THESE CONDITIONS for us. Having said that, disapointed with the pitches SLC dish out. Hambantota 2nd ODI was a wicket with some assitance for the bowlers and same can be said about the Pallekele deck for the PAk test. With a WC in Australia coming up, why on earth are SLC making dumb batting wickets that Indians thrive on ?

    Yo Wednesday, 01 August 2012 03:33 AM

    I don't know what is wrong with the Sri Lankan team; India is an average team to beat. It seems like our players only perform when it comes to IPL. These people should be banned from playing IPL. If you compare, Pakistan team is a better team than India in all departments. If we managed to beat them why they couldn’t do the same to India. It’s all because our players are so scared to upset Indians as IPL is there priority not Sri Lanka.

    Roshan Wednesday, 01 August 2012 04:12 AM

    Nothing to talk about SL team now, I stopped watching matches now. Remember earlier, if Jayasuriya scorred 50 match will win. So we're lacking of like Jayasuriya, Murali & Vasi. Still we cannot forget Jayasuriya though there are alot of controversies.

    Senna Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:35 AM

    Well Said. Quite correct. Everything including including decision taking was sloppy?

    kay Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:55 AM

    well said

    piyal samarakone Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:11 PM

    MAHELA THINKS HE IS VIV RICHARDS
    Mind you you are not even Aravinda de Silva
    Think within your limits -
    Get some advice from Arjuna -
    They way you are batting and manning the men is not worth to think of.

    Aney Machang Thursday, 02 August 2012 03:24 AM

    Mahela's gamble failed miserably, his adventurous scoop very early in the innings is even worst.
    A very irresponsible act particularly when Sanga is not in the team due to injury.
    Poor SL crowd that numbered the best, should be very disappointed with the outcome.

    Chritianity Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:33 PM

    India is the best team at the moment..

    Pad Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:19 AM

    Win or lose take it cool. You can’t lose always or win. Nowadays Cricket is for Money.
    Not like those days. For me is this is only an entertainment .. not more than that.

    Senna Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:38 AM

    SL thnk tank wrong. Not Pradeep, Sachitra Senanayaka would have played considering the wicket. Dhoni was correct to use slow bowlers . Sorry we lost this chance?

    justin Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:28 AM

    It is not the way that Sri Lanka should perform. Lacking of class of Sri Lankan cricket. loosing for 3rd class team like India is not acceptable to our standard.

    Rushdi Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:48 AM

    We are very slow at the start of the innnings. We need to find a very aggressive batsman to open. One that comes to my mind is Dilshan Munaweera. He's still young , give him the opportunity. You guys can check his profile in cricinfo.

    Jayantha Jayamanne Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:43 AM

    Now you know all the facts which Arujuna Ranathunga related are true and the disaster for SL Cricket has already started. IPL played its game and our slaves for money are trapped. No recovery again unless Mahela & Malinga step down from cricket.

    Bikechain Bubbleband Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:54 AM

    Bad decisions by a poor captain (Mahela) caused the damage. Malinga can only bowl well @ IPL, what is the logic? Mahela - you are responsible for giving away the series to Indians.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 01 August 2012 06:59 AM

    Really it was our game yesterday, if-not our sloggy bowlers bowling effectlessly. Why our captain did-not allow Malinga to bowl between over No. 20-25 when the opponents were chipping up the score. Anyway poor performance of our guys and all the credit should go to the Indians.

    Godagampala Rohana Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:01 AM

    Mahela shoulld quit Cricket and Sanga should take over the captaincy, then our team will prosper.

    Amarathunga Chandika Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:04 AM

    Our guys were not playing Cricket yesterday, they were playing Mabel game like tiny tots.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:09 AM

    For sure, our players must learn from Indians. Ofcourse, the bowling department is poor of the indian team, but see how brilliently they batted. Sanga should be our captain and the old blocks should retire and pave way to the young - B team players to come in.

    just Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:20 PM

    Why no praise for the way Indians batted, especially Kholi and Raina?

    Sammy Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:22 AM

    Sri Lanka looked a jaded team. Batting has not been consistent and the catching and throw-ins have been atrocious. Bowling resources should be somehow strengthened.

    Siva Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:30 PM

    Well Done India, what a way to win the series !!!!

    huna Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:38 PM

    our guys battered like ladies when the part time bowlers were operating and then later fielded like ladies when the pressure was on

    Thamil Arasan Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:34 PM

    India, you proved that you guys are the Real World Cup Champion, not like our money greedy lazy guys who only shine in IPL T20s.

    Congrats India.

    Ram Singh Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:52 PM

    Well done Virat Kohli. Young indians are realy doing well now. I am sure the next world cup also ours.

    Senna Tuesday, 31 July 2012 07:04 PM

    SL did their best , they were on the way to 300+ but threw their wkts by Dilshan and Upul Tharanga. Mahela dis some changes to power- play overs, but that was not enough. India was great they used their brains. True world champions.

    Kalana Tuesday, 31 July 2012 08:11 PM

    I don't think we can come again like 1996 team, never.

    Bawa Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:57 AM

    won the toss and elected to bat first? this decision is wrong, normally Sri Lankan is best in chasing also during night wet ground and many chances for missign catches, this was happand in both matches. We can not say Sri lankan team is weak, but decision was wrong

    goodguy Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:16 PM

    what's happening to our Cricket team. this is not acceptable - the SL cricket board and selectors and schools have to start planning for our future generation of Stars who will play and win with pride for the country.

    Huna Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:13 AM

    if our Crappy was expecting the pitch to assist the spinners later on then why he had extra fast bowler in the line up? what was the Thinking there? only our Crappy knows

    Azmi Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:31 AM

    Well, no more Game strategy implementation for yesterday match from sri lankan side

    LK Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:32 AM

    @Justin, SL lost to third class team india (3-1 now and staring at 4-1). Wonder which class SL is in then...... Ha

    LK Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:38 AM

    @Yo, The bi lateral series was an opportunity for SL players to showcase their talent and get picked up in the IPL auction. Why would they play like sissies and spoil their image? At this rate none of the guys are going to get selected for the next IPL.

    Roshan Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:10 AM

    Everyone greedy money, who is not? They become Champion due to our poor captancy. As a result we gifted it.

    Roshan Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:20 AM

    Yes, that's is during Arjuna. Even when during Jayasuriya both was capable. But now no speciallity. To win opposition should be got out less than 150 or we should score more than 320. Otherwise just a dream.

    Roshan Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:15 AM

    Then you're not real fan, and not a player.

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:24 AM

    We missed Sanga. Mahela & Sanga is a match winning combination.


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