Zaheer helps India limit Lanka to 142

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 13:42 [IST]
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India seamer Zaheer (4/21) spelt doom for Lankans with his initial burstBangalore: Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan produced a superb spell of seam bowling as India skittled Lanka to 142 in the second ODI at the Rangiri International Stadium in Dambulla on Wednesday.

Zaheer eliminated the cream of Lankan batting with his prolonged first spell that read 8-3-11-4. The hosts, who wilted under pressure exerted by India new ball bowlers, were eventually bundled out for paltry 142 in 38.3 overs. Praveen claimed 3/34 while Harbhajan took 2/26.

No. 8 batsman Thilana Thushara top-scored for Lankans with a strokeful 44. He added an invaluable 74 runs for the seventh wicket stand with Kulasekara (25).

India, in reply, got off to a bad start losing two wickets in quick succession. The visitors were in spot of bother at 17/2 in 5 overs at lunch interval. Make shift opener Pathan was the first to go for a regulation caught behind offer to Sanga off Kulasekara. The out-of-sorts Raina came and went in jiffy when he was trapped plumb infront by Kulasekara for one.

Earlier the depleted batting resources with Gambhir adding to a long injury list forced India to opt fielding. However the decision to bowl first paid dividends when the new ball attack utilised the seamer-friendly conditions in a measured way.

The initial burst from Zaheer ripped off Lankan top-order with Sangakkara being cleaned up in the very second over. Then followed Jayawardene, attempting to guide the length delivery to third-man got a faint edge and flew to Yuvraj at slip cordon. Two balls later Zaheer snared Kapugedera caught Dhoni for 2 as Lanka slumped to 3/10 in six overs.

In the following over Praveen sent Silva packing for duck.

Zaheer struck after a lull for six overs. The left-arm seamer swung the ball back from the outside the off stump line to rap Jayasuriya on front pad for a plumb LBW. Lanka lost one more wicket in the shape of Dilshan. The Lankan all-rounder pulled Pathan straight into the hands of debutant Badri stationed at long-leg to leave Lankan innings tottering at 44/6.

Kulasekera joined by Thushara in the middle steadied the Lankan ship with a responsable 74-run stand. Thushara played a strokeful innings 44 off 46 inclusive of seven boundaries while his partner Kulasekara (62-ball 25) a patient one. The duo guided their side past 100 and ensured a fighting total on a two-paced wicket.

Brief Scores:

Lanka 142 all out in 38.3 overs (Thilana Thushara 44, Kulasekara 25, Dilshan 16; Zaheer 4/21, Praveen 3/34, Harbhajan 2/26) Vs India 17 for 2 in 5 overs at interval (Virat Kohli 7 n o; Kulasekara 2/7).


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