India set a target of 257 for Sri Lanka

Published: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 17:55 [IST]
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India set Sri Lanka testing target

Colombo: Yuvraj scored a breezy 66 before Sri Lanka struck back with crucial blows to rip-off the middle order and halt India at 256 for nine in the second match of Wealthsurance Cup against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.

Yuvraj Singh"s positive knock of 66 runs was ended thanks to a shocking decision. The southpaw, who looked in ominous touch, was given out by local umpire Gamini Silva. Kulasekara"s delivery struck Yuvraj low on the pads but the batsman got a thick inside edge. The fielded side appealed in unision and Umpire Silva raised the finger. It left Yuvraj and the whole of India stunned.

yuvraj and Raina got together after Virender Sehwag"s 42-run blitzkrieg ended earlier in the innings. Having cracked a boundary off Thushara"s bowling, Sehwag creamed the ball through the mid-wicket region and set off for a few runs. He called Yuvraj back for the third and Jayasuriya, who was at the boundary, threw the ball to the non-striker"s end to end Sehwag"s knock. It was a suicidal run-out and put India under immense pressure.

All-rounder Tilakratne Dilshan broke the crucial partnership between Suresh Raina (29) and Yuvraj Singh to get rid of well set Raina with a fine delivery that stopped a bit and held his line to deceive Raina. India lost their fourth wicket as Kapugedara held an easy catch at short cover.

Indian captain MS Dhoni decided to walk even when the umpire did not raise his finger off a delivery that was sliding down the leg side and took a faint edge on its way to Sangakkara. Dhoni scored 23 runs.Pathan scored a quickfire 21 in just 28 deliveries which included four boundaries

India lost senior pro Sachin Tendulkar (6) early on Saturday as Nuwan Kulasekara trapped the master leg-before. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir was going along well when Farveez Maharoof struck to send back dangerous looking Gautam Gambhir (27) as India lost their second wicket just under 10 overs.

Earlier India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first as Virender Sehwag, who missed the first one-day international at Dambulla on Wedensday due to a back injury, was declared fit on Friday.

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