Dilshan shines as Lanka thrash India, level series

Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 23:05 [IST]
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Dilshan shines as Lanka thrash India

Nagpur: Dilshan hit a flamboyant century to power Sri Lanka to a thrilling three-wicket victory over India in the second one-day international here on Friday.

Dilshan hit 123 as Sri Lanka achieved the target of 302 with five balls to spare. Sri Lankan opener struck two sixes and 12 fours off 113 balls and was the dominant partner in the opening stand of 102 with Upul Tharanga, who made a composed 37 to set up Sri Lanka's successful chase.

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Jayawardene (39) and Thilina Kandamby (27) made useful contributions before they fell in a three-wicket burst from pace bowler Zaheer Khan (3-63) that revived India's hopes.

But Angelo Mathews kept his cool and hit an unbeaten 37 to steer Sri Lanka to victory.

With the victory, Sri Lanka drew level at 1-1 in the five-match series after India won Tuesday's opening encounter by three runs.

Batting first, India's innings had got off to a shaky start with Virender Sehwag and Gautum Gambhir going cheaply.

But captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 107, Virat Kohli's 54 and Suresh Raina's 68 guided India to a challenging 301. Dhoni, who faced 111 balls and struck eight fours and two sixes, had the proverbial cat's luck as he was let off on four occasions by the butter-fingered Lanka fielders, thrice by his counterpart Kumar Sangakkara before he reached 50.

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Tendulkar made 43, having hit four boundaries in his 52-ball knock before he was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara as he stepped down the wicket and attempted a big shot against Ajantha Mendis. Kohli struck seven boundaries from 65 deliveries before Randiv trapped him lbw.

Raina hit three sixes and four boundaries in his 55-ball innings as India plundered 102 runs in the last 10 overs.

The two sides travel to Cuttack for the third one-dayer on December 21.


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