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Dilshan's ton helps SL reach 299/8 at finals

Published: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 14:11 [IST]
 
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India require 300 runs to lift finals

Dambulla: Opener Tilakaratne Dilshan's eigth ODI ton and captain Kumar Sangakkara's delightful quick-fire half century helped the hosts put up a challenging score of 299/8 in the Micromax Tri-series finals in Dambulla after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Sri Lankan batting was purely dominated by opener Dilshan(110) who recorded his first ton at home, putting up a good partnership with Jayawardene initially and then later on with Sangakkara to put the Sri Lankans at the forefront as India will come out and try to chase down the Sri Lankan total.

At the start of innings, Dilshan and Jayawardene started off cautiously as Indian pacers were looking for early purchase from the Dambulla strip.

The conditions however didn't seem to offer much help to the Indian pacers and Dilshan slowly came on his own with Mahela at the other end complementing him well and sharing an opening stand of 121 before his Jayawardene was dismissed.

Paceman Ishant Sharma managed to find the first breakthrough for India to dismiss dangerous Mahela Jayawardene after a solid start by the Sri Lankans openers.

Upal Tharanga(6) coming in to replace Jayawardene didn't last long as he fell to spinner Yuvraj Singh while trying to cut the spinner, but just managed to edge it to the wicketkeeper Dhoni.

After the fall of Jayawardene the Indian bowlers did manage to slow things down and bring the Sri Lankan run-rate down.

Despite losing two quick wickets, Dilshan was persistent and went on to covert his good start to triple figure mark with some breathtaking strokes to put the Indians on the backfoot.  Dilshan's innings included 12 fours and one six.

Captain Sangakkara coming in at No. 4 looked in good touch and kept the runs ticking at a good pace. He put together a 85 run stand for the fourth wicket with centurion Dilshan before the latter was dismissed by Praveen Kumar.

Just when the Sri Lankans were nearing 250 score and finding runs at ease, Nehra dismissed Kapugedera as Karthik took a good low catch in the third man position.

Then all-rounder Angelo Mathews followed him soon off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

Captain Sangakkara looking solid at 71 off just 61 balls was the next man to be dismissed off the bowling of Munaf Patel. Sangakkara came down the track and checked his shot at the last moment but just to find Rohit Sharma at short mid-off. Sangakkara hit 7 fours and 1 six in his innings.

Munaf Patel, the only bowler who was impressive for the Indians then picked up his second scalp of Perera in the first ball of the final over of the Sri Lankan innings.

Randhiv after a first ball boundary was the next man to be dismissed while trying to scamper for a single run and take Sri Lanka to 300 run mark.

Sri Lanka eventually finished 1 run short of 300 run mark.

Sri Lanka Vs India, Micromax Tri-series - Finals - Dambulla - Scorecard

Coming into this finals, Dhoni is looking out for his fifth consecutive series win in the Island nation while Sangakkara and his men will be determined to break India's winning streak under the leadership of M.S Dhoni.

India have left aside all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and are playing an extra batsmen in the form of Rohit Sharma.

Both teams have had a tough run throughout the series. They met two times in the preliminary stage and both teams won one match each with India winning the first match and Sri Lanka bouncing back strongly in their last meet.

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