Jayasurya's century helps Sri Lanka set a target of 246

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 13:41 [IST]
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Sri Lanka set 247-run target for India

Dambulla: Sri Lanka scored 246 runs for loss of seven wickets setting 247runs target for India to win the First One-Day International here on Wednesday. .

The limelight of Sri Lankan innings was the magnificent century scored by Sanath Jayasurya under tiring conditions. Jayasuriya's patient knock was studded with 10 hits to the fence and a six.

Sanath Jayasuriya recorded the 28th ODI hundred and 7th versus India. Aged today 39 yrs and 212 days he also becomes the oldest to score a hundred. The previous oldest being England's Geoffrey Boycott (39 yrs 51 days) who had scored 105 vs Australia at Sydney 11-12-1979.

On the other hand, Sanath Jayasuriya also achieved another milestone after completing 13,000 ODI runs

Jayasuriya"s overwhelming impact on the Sri Lankan innings can be gauged by the fact that at the time of his dismissal, off the team"s score of 171 runs in the 40th over, a 107 had come off Jayasuriya"s blade.

Earlier Sri Lanka were open to shocking start as their in-form opener Tilkratne Dilshan ran out as result of the huge mix-up with Jayasurya in the very first over of the match.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed Kumar Sangakkara for 44 runs as Sri Lanka lost their second wicket in the 28th over. Sangakkara's 44-run innings in 86 balls included only two boundaries.

While Sri Lankan captain extended his bad run to another ODI with a patchy 11, Maharoof provided the spark to the innings with a busy 35 run cameo off 27 balls. He hit 2 fours and a six, before Sharma rattled his stumps with a well disguised slow off-cutter.

Some lusty blows by Kapugedera and Thushara, helped the Lankan total swell up to 246 runs in their allotted quota of overs.

Ishant Sharma, with figures off 3/52, was India"s most productive bowler.

In Indian squad Rohit Sharma replaced unfit Virender Sehwag. The dashing Indian opener picked an injury during the practice session which gave Rohit Sharma a golden opportunity to prove himself.

Sri Lanka did not make any change to the side that beat Pakistan in a One-day series.

The 3-2 win last year fresh in mind, India seek to maintain their supremacy while revenge will be on top of Sri Lanka's mind.


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