Sachin~~s ton puts India in charge, SL needs 305

Published: Friday, July 12, 2002, 5:20 [IST]
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Bristol: Sachin Tendulkar's 33rd one-day international century was the centrepiece of India's 304 all out against Sri Lanka in their triangular series day-night match here Thursday. Tendulkar was in majestic form, his hundred coming from just 93 balls and included one six and 10 fours. He eventually fell for 113, skying left-arm paceman Chaminda Vaas to Upul Chandana at backward point. Tinu Yohannan finished five not out, spinner Thilan Samaraweera the pick of the bowlers with two for 39 from eight overs. India captain Sourav Ganguly, who won the toss, got into his stride with a cover-driven four off Nuwan Zoysa. But it was a different story when Ganguly was hit on the helmet by a short ball from the giant left-armer. Then, on nine, Ganguly needlessly ran himself out. Going for a second run, that was correctly turned down by Virender Sehwag, Ganguly failed to regain his ground and was beaten by Chamara Silva's throw from fine leg to wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara. India were then 32 for one but Sehwag together with Dinesh Mongia, produced some fine stroke play as the Sri Lankan seamers suffered. Sehwag cover-drove Vaas for successive boundaries before he too was run out. Backing up too far at the non-striker's end, Sehwag was out of his ground when paceman Dilhara Fernando, following through, turned and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end. Sehwag's 39 had come off just 40 balls, including six fours, India 73 for two in the 12th over. Mongia and Tendulkar continued to take the attack to the bowlers, sharing a stand of 99 for the fourth wicket. Off-spinner Samaraweera eventually ended the partnership, bowling Mongia between bat and pad, the left-hander's 48 coming from 63 balls. Rahul Dravid (13) was then lbw to leg-spinner Chandana and fellow slow bowler Samaraweera put another brake on the innings when he had Yuvraj Singh leg before for eight, India 210 for five in the 36th over. But Tendulkar remained unaffected, dancing down the pitch before he drove Samaraweera for six over long-on. Mohammad Kaif chipped in with a useful 41 off 42 balls before he holed out off Zoysa, whose 10 overs cost 66 runs. India, already qualified for Saturday's final against England, made changes to the side beaten by Nasser Hussain's men at The Oval on Tuesday. Harbhajan Singh replaced leg-spinner Anil Kumble (calf) while paceman Yohannan was called up for his series debut with Ajit Agarkar rested. Dravid, who missed Tuesday's match because of a hamstring injury, returned as wicket-keeper with Ajay Ratra omitted. Mongia, dropped for the Oval game, came back in at the first opportunity with Venkatsai Laxman left out after one appearance. Sri Lanka, whose four tournament defeats in five matches ruled them out of the Lord's final, recalled Fernando in place of Pramodya Wickramasinghe.

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