India move ahead in Colombo
India notched up a 33-run win over Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Colombo to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
By Simon Dilger
Last Updated: 24/08/08 7:09pm
Third One Day International
India 237-9 (M S Dhoni 76, S K Raina 53) v Sri Lanka 204 (D P M D Jayawardene 94)
India beat Sri Lanka by 33 runs
India notched up a 33-run win over Sri Lanka in the third one-day international in Colombo on Sunday.
After fine half-centuries from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina set the hosts a target of 238, India's seamers ripped through the Sri Lanka top order with considerable ease.
Mahela Jayawardene's excellent 94 was not enough to stem the tide as Sri Lanka's batsmen collapsed around him - the hosts failing to recover after being reduced to 94-7 after 27 overs.
Zaheer Khan finished with 3-23 while Praveen Kumar (2-62) and Munaf Patel (3-42) also chipped in as the home side were dismissed for 204 in 49 overs.
Virat Kohli (25) and Gautam Gambhir (8) gave India a solid start, but both openers fell in successive overs.
Yuvraj Singh (12) became Nuwan Kulasekara's second victim shortly after as India slumped to 91-4.
But a fifth-wicket stand of 54 between Raina (53) and Dhoni (76) rebuilt the visitors innings, enabling them to finish on a respectable 237-9.
Raina smashed four boundaries and a six during his 80-delivery stay at the crease before he fell victim to a run-out after a misunderstanding with his captain.
Sri Lanka setback
Dhoni was also involved in a 67-run stand for the sixth wicket with Rohit Sharma, who struck a run-a-ball 32.
Spinner Ajantha Mendis, who had conceded 55 runs in his first nine overs, finished with a haul of 3-56.
Sri Lanka's start suffered an immediate setback when the dangerous Sanath Jayasuria became Praveen's first wicket as he miscued to Dhoni for just 13.
Kumar Sangakkara (9) was trapped leg before wicket by Zaheer, who also got rid of Chamara Silva (1) in similar fashion with a delivery that nipped back.
Praveen picked up his second wicket when he had Chamara Kapugedera (12) adjudged lbw, and things went from bad to worse when Tillakaratne Dilshan (16) departed in the 11th over after edging a Munaf Patel delivery to Dhoni.
Jayawardene and Thushara then came together and mounted pressure on India with an 81-runs stand for the eighth wicket.
But Zaheer returned to the attack to end the home resistance, bowling Thushara for 30. Munaf then claimed the key wicket of a tired-looking Jayawardene as the Sri Lanka skipper and his side's challenge faded in the Colombo sun.
The win gives India a 2-1 series lead going into the next game on Tuesday, another day-night match at the Premadasa in Colombo.