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Pathan's four help India register win over Sri Lanka

Despite Jayawardene’s massacre in the initial overs of Sri Lanka’s innings and a handy 65 from Sangakara, Sri Lanka lost to India by 50 runs in the second match of the Asia Cup.

Jayawardene began the Sri Lanka’s chase in a dominating manner. Praveen Kumar was made to look ordinary, as Jayawardene elegantly lofted him inside-out over the covers for a 4 and cheekily scooped him over short fine leg for a six. Sri Lanka were going well above the 7-an-over mark in the first few overs, with the required run rate being below 6. Irfan Pathan bowled well but lacked support from the other end. He found mild swing and showed variations in pace. Dilshan, in pursuit of runs, pulled a slower delivery to straight to Virat Kohli, who was the lone fielder on the leg side.

Sangakkara then came to the center to join Jayawardene. The duo added 93 runs for the second wicket. Until his dismisal, Jayawardene continued to hurt India with his text-book strokes. His carnage of 78(off 59 balls) included 10 fours and a couple of sixes. He was caught behind when he looked to guide Pathan to third man for a single.

The innings changed completely with Jayawardene’s departure. Chandimal contribute just 13, but when Thirimanne and Sangakarra steadied the innings, things started looking better for Sri Lanka. However, when the batting Powerplay was taken, wickets started to tumble. In fact, the first over from Ravichandran Ashwin saw only 2 runs beings scored for the loss of 2 wickets. That set things up nicely for India. In the end, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 254, falling 51 runs short of the target. Pathan grabbed 4 scalps while Vinay and Ashwin took 3 each.

Delhi lads again put up a 200 run partnership

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl. Their bowlers seemed to justify Jayawardene’s decision by picking Tendulkar in the 5th over. But then, India’s in-form Delhi lads, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, joined hands and put together yet another partnership that comprised of quick singles and timely fours. They both reached their hundreds. Gambhir seemed highly elated after scoring his century, and his celebration seemed like he had been waiting for a while to prove a point to everyone around him. Perhaps missing a couple of  centuries in Australia got to his nerves. Kohli reached his 10th century in his 80th innings to become the quickest player to ever score 10 centuries. Gambhir and Kohli were both dismissed towards the end of the innings though, leaving India at 226/2 at the end of 43 overs. Dhoni, promoting himself ahead of Rohit Sharma, then compiled a blitzering partnership with Raina. Helicopter shots were launced over after over. The duo added 77 runs in just 70 balls to set Sri Lanka a target of 305 which ultimately proved too high a total.

Scorecard:

India Vs Sri Lanka | Asia Cup 2012 2nd
Match Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Result : India won by 50 runs

NameRB4s6sSR
Gautam Gambhirc U Tharanga b F Maharoof1001187084.75
Sachin Tendulkarc M Jayawardene b S Lakmal6191031.58
Virat Kohlic L Thirimanne b F Maharoof1081207090
MS Dhonibatting462661176.92
Suresh Rainabatting301731176.47
Extras(wide 7, legbyes 7)14
Total304(6.08 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Sachin Tendulkar, 5.3), 2-224 (Gautam Gambhir, 42.3), 3-226 (Virat Kohli, 42.5)

BowlingORMWEcon
Nuwan Kulasekara1067006.71 w
Suranga Lakmal1067116.72 w
Tillakaratne Dilshan1054005.4
Seekkuge Prasanna9450051 w
Farveez Maharoof1057025.72 w
Chamara Kapugedera17007

Sri Lanka 254 / 10 (45.1 Overs)

NameRB4s6sSR
Mahela Jayawardenec M Dhoni b Irfan Pathan7859102132.2
Tillakaratne Dilshanc V Kohli b Irfan Pathan791077.78
Kumar Sangakkarac R Jadeja b R Ashwin65872174.71
Dinesh Chandimalb R Ashwin13221059.09
Lahiru Thirimannelbw R Ashwin29370178.38
Nuwan Kulasekarab V Kumar11920122.22
Upul Tharangab Irfan Pathan171620106.25
Chamara Kapugederac V Kohli b V Kumar01000
Farveez Maharoofc S Raina b V Kumar18191194.74
Seekkuge Prasannac S Tendulkar b Irfan Pathan8121066.67
Suranga Lakmalbatting00000
Extras(wide 6, legbyes 2)8
Total254(5.64 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4.1), 2-124 (Mahela Jayawardene, 18.3), 3-152 (Dinesh Chandimal, 25.3), 4-196 (Kumar Sangakkara, 35.1), 5-198 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 35.5), 6-216 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 38.3), 7-216 (Chamara Kapugedera, 38.4), 8-241 (Upul Tharanga, 41.6), 9-254 (Farveez Maharoof, 44.6), 10-254 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 45.1)

BowlingORMWEcon
Irfan Pathan8.132143.92
Praveen Kumar747006.711 w
Vinay Kumar955036.113 w
Ravindra Jadeja431007.75
Suresh Raina534006.8
Ravichandran Ashwin939034.332 w
Rohit Sharma314004.67
Match details
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose Fielding
India won by 50 runs
Man of the matchV Kohli
Umpires Steve Davis (Aus) and Ian Gould (Eng)
Third Umpire Shozab Raza (Pak)
Match Referee David Boon (Aus)

POINTS TABLE:

TeamsMatWonLostTiedN/RPtsNet RR   For     Against
India110004+1.000304/50.0254/50.0
Pakistan110004+0.420262/50.0241/50.0
Bangladesh101000-0.420241/50.0262/50.0
Sri Lanka101000-1.000254/50.0304/50.0
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