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Sri Lanka stun India in Tri-Series final

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 21:10 [IST]
 
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 Sri Lanka stun India in Tri-Series fina

Mirpur: Sri Lanka rose to the occasion in style as they outplayed India to win the Idea Cup final by four wickets at Mirpur on Wednesday.

Despite dominating the tournament with characteristic ruthlessness, the Indians failed when it mattered most and choked in the final to allow an under-pressure Sri Lanka avenge their league match defeat and run away with the silverware.

India Sri Lanka Finals-Scorecard

Sri Lanka, who were beaten by the Indians by eight wickets in the league stage, made sure there was no disappointment this time as they comfortably chased down 245 and won with nine deliveries to spare.

Their convincing display with the bat was augmented by an unbeaten half-century from Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 71 from 81 deliveries, inclusive of five boundaries. He was involved in two big partnership with his captain Kumara Sangakkara and Thilina Kandamby.

Chasing a modest target, Sri Lanka began on a disappointing note, losing their first wicket (Upul Tharanga) without any runs on board, in just the third ball of their innings.

However, Dilshan (49) and Sangakkara (55) blazed way to a 93 run partnership in quick time. The spinners pulled things back by picking up wickets and keeping the scoring rate down. However, Sri Lanka were never in trouble and they were guided by the experience of Mahela Jayawardene in the end.

Earlier, Suresh Raina struck a gutsy century as India recovered from a horror start to reach a competitive total of 245.

India were struggling at 60-5 following incisive opening spells from pacemen Nuwan Kulasekara and Chanaka Welegedara, but left-handed Raina came to his team's rescue with a superb 106 for his third one-day hundred.

Raina Smashed 10 fours and a mighty six during his 115 ball stay.

Virender Sehwag (42) and Ravindra Jadeja (38) were the other notable run-scorers for India.

Kulasekara was brilliant upfront with the new ball as he claimed four for 48 to trigger the collapse, while Welegedara Welegedara grabbed 3-53.

Kulasekara was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant bowling performance.

Chanaka Welegedara got the highest wicket taker award of the tournament with 8 wickets.
Virat Kohli received the award for being the highest run scorer in the series (275 runs).

Kumar Sangakkara was declared the man of the Series for his outstanding run with the bat.

TRI-SERIES, Mirpur Final Scores

* India 245 all out (48.2 overs)
* Sri Lanka 249/6 (48.3overs)

Sri Lanka won by 4 runs

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