Lanka rally after Gambhir and Kohli heroics

Published: Thursday, December 24, 2009, 22:18 [IST]
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Gambhir stars, India clinch series

Kolkata: Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli struck a century each to guide India to a seven-wicket victory Thursday in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka.

The duo were involved in a 224-run stand, India's best for the third wicket against Sri Lanka in one-day internationals. The previous highest was 221 between Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh in Colombo in February 2009.

Gambhir finished the match on 150 not out, a knock that included 14 boundaries, and Kohli scored 107 with 11 fours and a six.

It was the highest run chase in a one-day international at Eden Gardens.

This win at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata has also given India 3-1 lead in the five match series

Earlier in the match the Sri Lanka set a target of 316 for the host team. For Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga scored 118 and Kumar Sangakkara 60 as Sri Lanka set the hosts the imposing target of 316 runs in its 50 overs.

Scorecard: India Vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI

Debutant Thissara Perera hit a 14-ball 31 to make the most of the batting powerplay and help the visitors cross the 300-mark.

This is the highest total at the Eden and for the second time a 300-plus total was scored here.

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In the Independence Cup in 1997, Sri Lanka had scored 309 and went on to beat Pakistan here.


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