SL outclass India to lift the Micromax Cup

Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 12:59 [IST]
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SL outclass India by 74 runs

Sri Lanka outplayed India by 74 runs to lift the Micromax Tri-series Cup in Dambulla.

The track was arguably the best strip for the batsmen who had struggled throughout the competition and the sides managed to produce 524 runs in total.

Sri Lanka were the side however who managed to make best use of the track and scored a mammoth 299 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Tilakaratne Dilshan hit a thrilling century opening the innings for the hosts and dominated the first innings proceedings as Indian bowlers struggled to hit the right deliveries. The ton was Dilshan's first century at home.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara also played a gritty innings in the middle order to help Sri Lanka finish off with a challenging total.

Chasing 300 for victory, Indians got off to a worst start possible as they lost Dinesh Karthik in the very first over of the innings of the bowling of Lasith Malinga. Karthik who has had a disappointing series was unlucky though as he was ruled out caught behind by the umpire, though the replay showed that he had not touched the ball with his willow.

Man in form Virender Sehwag however was not the one to be taken aback and was attacking and playing some brilliant strokes. But he perished soon, while trying to wander off his crease just to be cut short by a direct hit from point position.

Virat Kholi unlike his previous two failures did show some form and was playing some good strokes but he eventually was dismissed by Perera who was superb throughout the innings for Sri Lanka.

Most of the Indian middle-order got starts but were unable to convert their good starts, losing wickets at regular intervals.

M.S Dhoni did score a valiant half century but he was eventually running out of partners and he was the last man to fall for India.


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