Thatscricket - News - SL sidesteps India on its way to title
Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 3:23 [IST]
Russel Arnold Man-of-the-series:
Detailed match report
Bangalore: Sri Lanka out played India to script a 121-run victory in the final of the Coca Cola triangular series at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. India choked yet again in a big encounter thus retaining the chokers tag. Sri Lanka outdid India in every department of the game and endorsed skipper Jayasuriyas belief that India was not a threat to it. What an irony it turned out to be, the man who Ganguly chose to give a mouthful was the man who was in the thick of things. As though irked and out to prove a point he first played a great knock of 52 at a crucial juncture - when it seemed like India was pulling things back at the death, and then he removed the danger man Sehwag with a brilliant piece of fielding. If that was not enough he then lent a hand in dismissing the man himself (Ganguly). He and Sri Lanka definitely had the last laugh. As for Ganguly he must have forgotten to keep his shirt off.India again missed a genuine fourth bowler, somebody who could support Harbhajan at the other end. Ganguly somehow seems to have his own ideas. On this Premadasa wicket, which has a history of helping spinners, a genuine second spinner would have been a great help. That apart, Indias fielding was a let down as a couple of opportunities went a begging had both those catches been taken things would have been different. To put it in a sentence, India failed to live up to its potential. Once Sri Lanka got on top it never looked back giving India hardly a chance for a sniff back, once again proving why it is such a dangerous team when it comes to One-day cricket. Skipper Jayasuriya proved why he is rated very high he is a big match player, and he reaffirmed that reputation by laying Sri Lanka a solid platform for the final assault with a belligerent 99. Although India did well to reach the finals it will be extremely disappointed that it capitulated in such a fashion making this final a completely one-sided affair.