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Sri Lanka came within winning distance of the only T20 game in the series with India, but did not have a single decent partnership to close it out. India won by 39 runs.

Set to score 156, India’s lowest total in a game in this format against Sri Lanka, the opening pair was separated in the first over, with Pathan’s swinging the ball through the defence of T.M.Dilshan (0). Pathan, in fact, set the stage for the Indian comeback, trapping Mahela Jayawardene (26) in front, and inducing Upul Thranga (5) to nick off a nothing-ball: he claimed three top order wickets in his first, three-over spell. There was no real recovery from there. Ashwin made matters worse for Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne (20) missed a reverse sweep, and was bowled first ball of Ashwin’s spell.

Earlier, India’s in-form batsman Virat Kohli (68), and Ajinkya Rahane (21) put together 74, the highest second wicket partnership against Sri Lanka in a T20 game, to steer the total to respectable155 for 3.

On his way to guiding India, Kohli, who scored his first T20 fifty, surpassed the highest score made by an Indian against Sri Lanka in T20 – 64 that Sehwag got in Mohali in 2009.

India got to a rather indifferent start, losing Gambhir (6) early to the newly-capped Shaminda Eranga. Gambhir would have gone earlier, in the first over itself, if Eranga had caught Gambhir off Mathews in the fourth ball of the innings. Gambhir wanted to lift Mathews over mid-wicket, and ended up hitting the balls miles into the night sky.

Kohli and Rahane brought up the 50 for second wicket in 34 deliveries. Rahane perished in his anxiety to up the scoring – Mendis had tossed one up, and Rahane ended up hitting it back to the bowler. Kohli, who was middling the ball, picked a slower one of Eranga to hoist over mid-wicket. If Eranga had bowled at his normal pace, the delivery might have cleared the ropes, but the slower one ended up in the hands of Thirimanne at mid-wicket.

Earlier, having won the toss, Sri Lanka put India into bat, as a full house watched from the stands. I have never seen Pallekele stadium – built for the ICC ODI world cup this full during the world cup or later.

SCOREBOARD:

India: G.Ghambir b Eranga 6 (8b, 1x4), A.Rahane c & b Mendis 21 (25b, 1x6), V.Kohli c Thirimanne b Eranga 68 (48 b, 11x4, 1x6), S.Raina (not out) 34 (25 b, 3x4, 1x6), M.S.Dhoni (not out) 16 (14b, 2x4). Extras (lb 7, w 3) 10. Total (for 3 wickets in 20 overs) 155.

Sri Lanka bowling: Mathews 3-0-23-0, Eranga 4-0-30-2, Malinga 4-0-31-0, Perera 4-0-34-0, Herath 3-0-17-0, Mendis 2-0-13-1.

Sri Lanka batting: M.Jayawardene lbw Pathan 26 (19b, 5x4), T.M.Dilshan b Pathan 0 (1b), U.Tharanga c Raina b Pathan 5 (4b), L.Thirimanne b Ashwin 20 (15b), A.Mathews c Dhoni b Dinda 31 (29b, 3x4), J.Mendis c Rahane b Yadav 11 (15b), D.Chandimal c Kohli b Dinda 7 (11b), T.Perera (run out) 1 (5b), S.Eranga c Ashwin b Dinda 6 (7b), L.Malinga c Dhoni b Dinda 0 (2b), R.Herath (not out) 0 . Extras (lb 2, w 7) 9: Total: (all out in 18 overs) 116.
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  • hins Thursday, 09 August 2012 01:04 AM

    as long as we have currupted dishonest cricketers in the team we loose..most of these guys are connected to bookies..and they are well looked after by crooks..we are stupid for watching these guys play the dirty game..

    Conrad Nicholas Tuesday, 07 August 2012 06:59 PM

    Sri Lanka - Pathetic Again !!!

    Srilal Tuesday, 07 August 2012 07:25 PM

    With all the training and unlimited matches played during the whole of the year, quite surprised Sri Lanka could not bat twenty overs in home ground....Where's the top order, middle and lower order batting gone....

    farieze Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:41 PM

    include all rounder Mahroof-then see the different

    disanayaka Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:24 AM

    sour grapes!!!!!!!!

    Nodrog Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:34 AM

    ....and the humiliation continues. Whats the excuse this time?

    Kalan Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:50 AM

    There is no player in our team better than Mahela currently, he is the best for us. He should not retire this moment, even he took captaincy since we don't have captain. No solution, only every one has to improve from their role. For that coaches has responsibility.

    ravi Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:09 AM

    Because of Muthiah Muralitharan Sri lanka flourish at internatinal level. Since Murali is retired the orginal form is exposed.

    Cyclops Wednesday, 08 August 2012 01:56 AM

    Sri Lanka is a very good side but they need to be more focused. You cannot win T20 or any matches of any format by scoring '0' and the rest of the time blocking. Take a cue frm Koli and how he played yesterday-focused, determined and resilient. Our hitters should hit the ball to stay 'hit' and over the fence and not let a sweeper say thank you for the catch. Let us hope that Our boys learned something from the likes of Koli, Gambir, Raina and Dhoni on how to focus.Good luck for the next time!

    PremasiriS Wednesday, 08 August 2012 02:32 AM

    Selectors should be blamed for their inability to pick right players at right times for the National teams. A country has to be represented by players, the ones who have maintained consistency throughout their careers such as Samaraweera's, Senanayake’s, as consistency can be maintained only by those who have proper control over their playing skills. In order to keep seniors till the 2015 WC, and find place for their henchmen, (we’ll have to give playing at International level, if these policies continue in this same manner) some people make dubious remarks to demoralize confidence of youngsters. We have youngsters who have excelled well in Youth WCs. They have to be brought straight from school to the 1st XI Team as it happened in other Countries, in kicking out the under-performing seniors & henchmen. The future of SL’s Cricket is more important than the future of individuals. In the on-going Youth WC, none of our youths have any 1st Class experience in contrast to others.

    Oshanda Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:12 AM

    these guys need a breck ...continues tours have toll on them..they need a rest,.

    miri Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:21 AM

    well done india

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:31 AM

    The bitter truth is, our players would not dare to show the same determination and strength to win as they did vs. Pakistan because when it comes to India, IPL money is always at the back of their minds and they dont want to upset the Indians because they know which side of the bread is buttered. One look at Malinga's actions prove this point beyond doubt..

    solico Wednesday, 08 August 2012 03:22 AM

    what is the use of using these useless coaches. nothing for them to show for what they are paid for. idiotic corrupt management has finished srilanka cricket which we loved so much. most of the fans have lost enthusiasam, thanks to corrupt and useless management and officials. srilanka cricket is finished.

    PremasiriS Wednesday, 08 August 2012 03:13 AM

    A country has to be represented by players, the ones who have maintained consistency throughout their careers such as Samaraweera, Senanayake,Bhanuka,Angelo Perera,UmeshK,Rosen,Khausal,Serasin ghe,Manishan,Ashen,Pusghpakumara,…; as consistency can be maintained only by those who have proper control over their playing skills. In order to keep seniors till the 2015 WC, and find place for their henchmen, (we’ll have to give playing at International level, if these policies continue in this same manner) some people make dubious remarks to demoralize confidence of youngsters. We have youngsters who have excelled well in Youth WCs. They have to be brought straight from school to the 1st XI Team as it happened in other Countries, in kicking out the under-performing seniors & henchmen. The future of SL’s Cricket is more important than the future of individuals. In the on-going Youth WC, none of our youths picked have any 1st Class experience in contrast to players of others countries.

    PremasiriS Wednesday, 08 August 2012 03:26 AM

    A country has to be represented by players, the ones who have maintained consistency throughout their careers such as S’weera, Senanayake,Bhanuka,Angelo Perera,UmeshK,Rosen,Khausal,Serasin ghe,Manishan,Ashen,Malinda,…; as consistency can be maintained only by those who have proper control over their playing skills. In order to keep seniors till the 2015 WC, and find place for other henchmen, (we’ll have to give up playing at International level, soon if these policies continue) some people make dubious remarks to demoralize confidence of youngsters. We have youngsters who have excelled well in Youth WCs. They have to be brought straight from school to the 1st XI Team as it happened in other Countries, in kicking out the inconsistent seniors & henchmen, since the future of SL’s Cricket is more important than the future of individuals. In the on-going Youth WC, none of our youths picked have any 1st Class experience in contrast to the majority of players of others countries.

    P W Prera Wednesday, 08 August 2012 03:51 AM

    Whats wrong with SL Cricket.why we can't finish machess.we came closer & then throw it away....

    Muzammil Sedar Wednesday, 08 August 2012 03:55 AM

    Once again we had some experience. Will see next match....Once again we had some experience. Will see next match....Once again we had some experience. Will see next match....Once again we had some experience. Will see next match....Once again we had some experience. Will see next match.... this kind of next match will never ever come....lol

    Potta Sunil Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:11 AM

    As a whole, our team azppears to be poorly trained in all departments. Fire the coaches and the Board before anything else!

    Kalan Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:02 AM

    Irfan pathan improved a lot, he followed Vaasi. We need another Vaasi, can't depend on only with Malinga. Though we have good batting line up now, we are poor in performing. I think Chandimal became another useless Kapugedhara.

    Ishan Hannan Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:42 AM

    Should not allow youngsters to play shots which are not in the book at least till they get stabel, as a result SL lost the match yestreday for playing that ugly reverse sweep by Thirimanne....

    ROSHAN Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:50 AM

    One Nation One jersey ) all our players are IPL members)

    criclover12 Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:55 AM

    Congrats India....pls invite kenya or zimbabwe tour in sri lanka...atleat they try ...with this sl team....

    Godagampala Rohana Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:39 AM

    When Mahela captained itself we knew, we are going to lose the match. Why not Mahela retires and give the place to Mathews? Anyway congrats to Indians - played a varity game.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:50 AM

    Our batting was so poor, played kinder garden cricket. Captain is responsible for this poor performance. Sanga should come back and take-over the leadership and Mahela should skip.

    Amarathunga Chandika Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:03 AM

    Very very poor performance by SriLankans. When our guys play IPL they play for money and play well but when they play for our country they drop to zero. SLC should sack all the guys who played for IPL. There are lot of good players are on-line.

    Bikechain Bubbleband Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:09 AM

    Chasing 155 is reachable by our team, but captains wrong decisions caused us the defeat. Taranga & Dilshan are the best openers not Mahela & Dilshan. Rather thank keeping Maliga till the final overs, he should have brought up and captured the vital wickets. Winning the toss and went for fielding is a foolish idea on this particular wicket. All were in mess.

    Jayantha Jayamanne Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:14 AM

    Senior Tom & Harry's should get out from our team and pave way for the youngsters. Our bowling was sloggy, fielding was very bad and the batting order was properly placed. SL Cricket needs lot of changes or we will be worse than Zimbabewe soon.

    Malkantha Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:01 AM

    we did it for 4 games - all those matches we were in it until the last few overs. yestrday also we were in with a chance till over no 15. also umpires too are very low standard.

    Malkantha Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:18 AM

    may be we can lure Dirk Nannes to play for SL :D

    Malkantha Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:19 AM

    where's the form we showed against Pakistan? are we afraid of India?

    Malkantha Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:20 AM

    mate - Zimbabwe are a good side don't use them to compare 'worse than'. They even beat South Africa in a recent T20 tri series.

    Senna Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:29 AM

    Your second point IPL issue will not be accepted by majority of crkt fans.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:21 AM

    Wrong decision on toss caused us the defeat. Mahela & Malinga have become a lunatics after playing for IPL. Better they retire now from cricket.

    Godagampala Rohana Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:24 AM

    Being a SriLankan congratulating the Indians is wrong, but as a true Sports lover, I have to praise the Indians, the way they played and Warn our selecting committee not to take silly decisions. Better consult our World cup winning capatain and get proper advices even now.

    Huna Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:19 AM

    none of the youngsters are playing like professionals, for an example look how Thirimanne and Chandimal got out ? can we call these guys as professional players? and for god's sake drop Tharanga at least now

    Lankan Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:32 AM

    30 runs lead given away... attainable target not achieved as the team got out for batting practice catches.. do you need anymore excuses!!!! MONEY MONEY MONEY... and the poor soul whose redemption is through watching cricket gets robbed again(as he is suffering day to day with his living too)!!! All hail mother Lanka where are you heading too?????

    Huna Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:16 AM

    indeed ,if we have a batting couch then why Thirimanne is still struggling to play the reverse sweep , why Tharanga is still get beaten out side the off stump...etc

    Senna Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:50 AM

    This is arranged status? See the value added results at the T20 world cup, that will be our Trophy, all to smile and forget the past.

    criclover12 Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:10 AM

    REALLY A GOOD COMMENT RAVI.....SO U MEAN A TAMIL GUY NEEDED ???

    mohammed Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:48 AM

    is somebody noted umpiring decisions in the full series?most of the marginal LBWs given against SL and favoring India.are the local umpires worrying about their IPL chances?

    nana G Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:38 AM

    Raja Ram, Seetha Ram... Dhoni G, miss your bunch @ SLPL....

    warra02 Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:00 PM

    we haven't beaten India in a bilateral series since 1997. c'mon this is a shame, wake up sleepy lion. Dilshan, Tharanga get back to your devastating opening batting. and show your self in the T20 WC. "fingers crossed". "pocket rocket" (Kula) you can do it if your still not injured and Malinga you need to improve variation in bowling for certain batsmen who go after you.

    Senna Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:28 AM

    Absolute truth. Well said. Very poor shot selection with poor mindset , no intelligence what to do at crucial times paved the way for defeats in all the matches.

    jamal Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:07 AM

    what happand to Ajantha mendis?


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