Colombo, Sep 15: Irfan Pathan's five-wicket haul floored Sri Lanka as India recorded a 26-run win in the first warm-up match played at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Saturday.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, India lost early wickets and moreover faced another huge setback as Gautam Gambhir injured his wrist in the first over of the innings, as it all depended on MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, who added 78 runs for the fifth wicket.
It was indeed another poor start for the Indians, as the top order failed yet again, as they were reeling at 51/4 off 8.3 overs.
Virender Sehwag (12), Suresh Raina (12), Virat Kohli (8), Yuvraj Singh (11) failed to create an impact as India had lost the top order for 51 runs.
Despite of the team's top order failure, out-of-form Rohit Sharma suddenly rose to the occasion and played a vital knock of 37 off 26 balls ahead of ICC World T20, as MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 55 off 42 balls to help India post 146/5 in their 20 overs.
Though he took time to settle down, Dhoni managed to finish it well.
It was Irfan Pathan who stole the show, as he claimed five wickets for 25 runs off 4 overs, as he removed Munaweera (3), Dilshan (1), Perera (10), Mendis (26) and Jayawardene (0) to help India win the first warm-up match by 26 runs.
Harbhajan Singh, making a comeback after almost a year, claimed Kumar Sangakkara's wicket (32) and conceded 17 runs off his 4 overs.
Overall, India's bowling was exceptional, as they defended their total of 146/5 while their batting disappointed everyone as the top order did not play to its potential.
With another warm-up match scheduled on Monday, the big one as they are facing the arch-rivals Pakistan, the team would look forward top put up a good show as that would give them the much needed confidence to start the tournament.