Colombo: Brilliant centuries by Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag helped India to post a massive total of 363 for five against Sri Lanka at Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
India racked up the highest ever total on Premadasa stadium by some distance. It is to be rememberd that no team has ever chased a 300 plus target at this stadium. No team has ever chased a 300 plus target at Premadasa. Sri Lanka will have to bat out of their skins if they're to keep the series alive going into the final two matches.
Pathan's 59 not out from 38 deliveries down the order ensured that any attempt at a fightback from the hosts proved fruitless. Captain Dhoni on the other hand ensured that India were comfortably ahead of the magical 350 run mark. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 35.
Yuvraj brought up his century off just 82 balls while Sehwag brought it up in 76 balls. Yuvraj slammed 17 boundaries and a six in his marathon knock. Yuvraj departed after making 117 from 95 balls
Yuvraj and Sehwag fired on all cylinders after India lost two early wickets as the Sri Lankan bowlers and captain Mahela Jaywardene were left clueless about the proceedings. India took their batting powerplay soon after Sri Lanka persevered with their two spinners in tandem.
Virender Sehwag who looked good for a another marathon innings ran himself out when direct throw from mid off caught him well short of his crease. The batsman did not even bother to wait for the third umpire"s decision as Jayasuriya celebrated a successful throw.
Sachin Tendulkar"s dismal run in the series continued as he was adjudged leg before wicket as a delivery from Fernando struck his pads and caught him on the back-foot. Television replays suggested that the ball was going down the leg-stump, which made it three out of three as far as bad decisions are concerned for Tendulkar in the series.
Gambhir followed Sachin back into the pavilion as he was unlucky to get out after Dilhara Fernando's hand touched the ball on the follow through and hit the stumps at the bowlers end.
Muthiah Muralitharan failed to break Wasim Akram's world record of 502 ODI wickets as he finished his quota of 10 overs with only one wicket.
India are now poised to close out the series 3-0, and also equal their longest winning streak of eight matches, which they last did in 2006.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Kapugedera, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.