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Indian bowlers strangle Sri Lankan batting order

Published: Monday, July 1, 2002, 1:23 [IST]
 
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London: Sri Lanka could only manage 202 for eight as India's pace attack strangled the life out of its innings in Sunday's triangular series One-day International at The Oval.

Mahela Jayawardene top scored with 62 but the fact that such a normally fluent player had to face 105 balls for his runs was testament to his opponents' accuracy. Ajit Agarkar (3 for 44) and Zaheer Khan (3 for 48) did the bulk of the damage. Left- arm quick Khan's effort was especially impressive after his first three overs went for 27 runs and no wickets. At the end of 50 overs, Chaminda Vaas was 26 not out and Buddika Fernando four not out. Sri Lanka, after a brisk start on a pacey pitch, lost its first wicket for 42. First bowling change Agarkar struck with his first ball having Romesh Kaluwitharana (21) caught behind by wicket-keeper Rahul Dravid. Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya appeared to be justifying his decision to bat first, the left-hander typically aggressive as the team's half century came up off 56 balls. However, in the 12th over, he could only edge a flashing cut off Agarkar, Dravid taking an excellent head-high catch. Jayasuriya's 36 came off 38 balls, including one six and six fours. But three balls later 65 for two became 65 for three when Khan bowled Marvan Atapattu (7) with the first ball of his comeback spell. Sri Lanka then slipped deeper into trouble when Russel Arnold (6) was caught behind off Agarkar to leave it 78 for four in the 16th over. India's seamers then maintained a disciplined line and length to reel off three successive maidens, Sri Lanka scoring just six runs in five overs from the 16th to the 20th. Captain Saurav Ganguly struck next as Sri Lanka continued to struggle. Naveed Nawaz had just edged the first four since the 15th over when, next ball, trying to run India captain Ganguly down to third man he was caught at slip by Virender Sehwag for 11. Sri Lanka was now 97 for five in the 24th over, Jayawardene and Nawaz having managed to put on just 19 runs in its 50-ball stand. Then new batman Upul Chandana mistimed a hook off Ashish Nehra and was caught on the off-side by a diving Mohammad Kaif for 18. His partnership with Jayawardene was worth 43 runs but it was another slow stand, this time lasting 88 balls. Eventually, Jayawardene's responsible knock ended in the 47th over when he was caught and bowled off a Khan slower ball having managed only four fours. Vaas weighed in with a useful knock but Sri Lanka's total was well below par. India beat England by six wickets in its opening match of the series at Lord's on Saturday while Sri Lanka's tournament started with a 44-run defeat by Nasser Hussain's side at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

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London: Sri Lanka could only manage 202 for eight as India's pace attack strangled the life out of its innings in Sunday's triangular series One-day International at The Oval.
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