Sri Lanka stun India in record run chase

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Angelo swivels into the pull

A clinical batting performance helped Sri Lanka chase down a record score in their crucial Champions Trophy match against India at the Oval. Chasing a massive 322 to win in a must-win game to keep their chances alive in the eight-national tournament, the Islanders shocked their neighbor with a seven wicket win.

Gunathilaka provided the winning platform

Sri Lanka’s remarkable run chase was set up by Kusal Mendis and Danushka Guanthilaka with a brilliant 159-run partnership for the second wicket after losing Niroshan Dickwella for seven. Mendis and Gunathilaka were both cruising smoothly setting the foundation for a crushing win before running themselves out with centuries in their sight.  

Kusal Mendis top-scored with 89

They made 89 and 76 respectively while Kusal Perera (47) together with skipper Angelo Mathews put on 65 for the third wicket before Perera retired hurt with a hamstring injury. Mathews who made his first appearance in the tournament remained unbeaten on 51 while Asela Gunaratne on 34 as Sri Lanka reached the target with eights balls to spare.

Sri Lanka’s win leaves the group B wide open with winners of their last outings will qualify for the semis.

"It's one of the top wins, to beat India. It was a fantastic wicket. The bowlers did brilliantly to restrict India to 321. it's a very chaseable target," Mathews says. “Wasn't easy for Gunathilaka to walk into the side and bat like how he did. Kusal is a great player, and Kusal Perera also batted really well. Those partnerships were crucial. It's a must-win game for all of us in the group. Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us. [Turning point?] I thought the second-wicket partnership. They set us the platform"

 

Dhawan celebrates his 10th ODI century 

Shikhar Dhawan led the India charge with a blistering 125 as the title-holders piled up 6-321 against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy on Thursday. After scoring 68 in India's 124-run victory against Pakistan in their Group B opener, Dhawan overpowered the Sri Lanka attack with another swaggering display at The Oval. The 31-year-old hit 15 fours and one six in his 128-ball innings, receiving strong support from fellow opener Rohit Sharma (78) and MS Dhoni (63).

India's total was the highest of the tournament so far, surpassing the 3-319 they amassed against Pakistan. It was a typically muscular effort from India as they pursue an 11th win from their last 14 ODI matches, and a 15th victory in their last 18 meetings with Sri Lanka. 

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  • chux Friday, 09 June 2017 12:49 PM

    Is India over rated with their huge media backing??????

    nick Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:20 PM

    we showed the world that name & fame of other teams doesnt matter we can beat any teams our players are with no egos they all are down to earth which looked like one glued gel team unlike other team all play for their own records lets pray that we win the next three games & bring the trophy home at least something we can be happy about Sanga too played for us through commentating positive via DM Android App

    Crickett Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:20 PM

    Amazing win by SL.On our day we can beat any team. Hope the Bowlers improve and Batsman remain consistent. via DM Android App

    Ashthak Friday, 09 June 2017 01:05 AM

    well done boys via DM Android App

    Cricket Fan Friday, 09 June 2017 06:04 AM

    Well done Youngsters of Sri Lanka demolished Worlds No 1 team. via DM Android App

    dilip Friday, 09 June 2017 06:31 AM

    What a relief for Sril Lankan fans after horrendous natural disasters . via DM Android App


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