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India draws first blood against Sri Lanka, wins 1st ODI by 6 wickets

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 17:40 [IST]
 
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India thrash Sri Lanka thrash 6 wickets

Dambulla: A clinical Team India scored a comprehensive six wicket win over Sri Lanka here today to go one up in the five match ODI series.

Chasing total of 246, Indian strong batting line up lived up to their reputation with opener Gautam Gambhir(62), Suresh Raina(54) and captain Dhoni(61) steered India to comfortable victory against Lankans at Dambulla.

Earlier, India lost the wickets of Suresh Raina (54) and Gautam Gambhir (62) in quick succession. The duo of Raina and Gambhir added 113 runs for the second-wicket. Raina was dismissed run-out while Gambhir holed out to Kandamby at deep mid-wicket off Muralidaran's bowling.

Gambhir's dismissal gave Muralidaran his 501st wicket in one-day international cricket. The off-spinner is just two wickets shy of surpassing Wasim Akram as the leading wicket-taker in ODI history.


Earlier an impressive century from opener Sanath Jayasuriya had helped Sri Lanka set India a target of 247. 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.

Other that Jayasuriya, no other batsman could pose major problems for Indian bowlers as they managed to maintain a leash on the Lankan batsmen.

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.

Other that Jayasuriya, no other batsman could pose major problems for Indian bowlers as they managed to maintain a leash on the Lankan batsmen.

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.

Ishant Sharma, with figures off 3/52, was India"s most productive bowler. Sanath Jayasurya was declared man of the match.

The next game in the five-match series takes place in Colombo on Friday.

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