Maharoof picks up a hatrick as India collapse

Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 14:28 [IST]
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India allout for 209

Dambulla: Farveez Maharoof became the third Sri Lankan to pick up a hatrick in ODI as he picked up three Indian wickets out of three balls in the 39th over as India were allout for 209 runs in 42.3 overs in Dambulla.

Rohit Sharma's valiant half century and Dhoni's partnership of 79 helped India come out of a possible collapse initially.

But soon after Dhoni was out. Maharoof picked up Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan in three successive balls to put the Indians in a misery.

Earlier, Indian openers had got India off to a catious start. Dinesh Karthik replacing injured Virender Sehwag was opening the batting alongside Gautam Gambhir for India and the duo got off to a cautious start as the Sri Lankan bowlers were keeping it tight and disciplined.

However the Sri Lanka spinners were impressive keeping it very tight for the Indian batting line up.

In the 12th over Suraj Randhi took a blinder of a catch to his right to break the opening pair to dismiss Gautam Gambhir who was trying to pull the ball.

Virat Kholi coming at number 1 was not allowed to settle in by Maharoof.
Virat Kholi who was beaten twice or thrice by Farveez Maharoof got out trying to fish a ball outside off stump. Kholi's footwork was not good on that occasion bringing his down fall, he was playing away from his body.

Soon Dinesh Karthick followed him. He was out leg before wicket(lbw)off the bowling of Herath. After the Sri Lankan players appealed umpire Billy Bowden took about 20 seconds and finally raised his finger. He made 40 runs of 43 balls opening the innings for India.

Raina after a brief innings of 18 off 23 balls before he was dismissed. Raina was caught lbw trying to paddle-sweep the ball.

The spinners were keeping it very tight as Indian skipper Dhoni and Rohit Sharma tried to build a platform for the remaining batsmen. At the halfway mark the Indians were placed at 118/4.

The duo of Dhoni and Sharma were picking up a lot of singles as the pitch seemed to be slow and ball was not coming to the bat. They eventually put on 50 partnership for the fifth wicket and were gradually started to pick up boundaries to up the run-rate.
Rohit Sharma was looking elegant with his shots, playing it sensible as India neared the 200-run mark. Sharma eventually reached his half century off 62 balls.
Dhoni was run-out for 41 runs off 53 balls in the 38th over while trying to sneak in a quick single by a brilliant direct hit by Kapugedera. The partnership of 79 runs was broken finally.

Jadeja the next batsmen in followed him soon as he was out lbw off the first ball, moving across his stumps trapped by Maharoof.
India lost one more blow with Praveen Kumar playing onto his stumps to be dismissed for a golden duck. Maharoof was on the role, with a chance to pick up a hatrick. India had lost 3 wickets in 3 balls. With Zaheer Khan's wicket and hatrick for Maharoof India had lost 4 wickets in 4 balls.

Maharoof picked up his fifth scalp as he bowled number 10 batsman Ashok Dinda. His figures stood 5-42 after his full quota of 10 overs.

Rohit Sharma running out of partners at the other end took the batting powerplay and managed to hit few boundaries before he was run out trying to get strike for 69 runs and India were allout for 209.

Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakarra had won the toss and elected to bowl first against their clash against India in Dambulla in the Asia Cup.


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