India run away with series
Muralitharan equals ODI record in heavy Sri Lanka defeat
Last Updated: 03/02/09 5:18pm
Muralitharan is congratulated after taking his record-equalling 502nd ODI wicket
Third One Day International
India 363-5 (Yuvraj Singh 117, V Sehwag 116, Y K Pathan 59 no) v Sri Lanka 216 (K C Sangakkara 83, P P Ojha 4-38)
India beat Sri Lanka by 147 runs
Muttiah Muralitharan equalled the world record for one-day international wickets but could not prevent Sri Lanka losing to India by 147 runs in Colombo on Tuesday.
Muralitharan removed Yuvraj Singh, albeit after the left-hander had made 117, to move level with former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram on 502 victims in the 50-over format.
But his day was unceremoniously spoiled by India, who comfortably defended a total of 363-5 to open an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Yuvraj and Virender Sehwag both flayed centuries as the tourists piled up a huge total having opted to bat first.
The pair shared a 221-run partnership - the seventh best third-wicket stand in one-day international history - after coming together at 24-2.
Dilhara Fernando trapped Sachin Tendulkar (7) lbw in the second over and Gautam Gambhir (10) was run out in the fourth when Fernando (1-63) managed to deflect a straight drive from Sehwag back onto the stumps at the non-striker's end.
Gambhir's dismissal united Sehwag and Yuvraj for the match-turning partnership - the ball being dispatched to all parts during 27.5 overs of mayhem for the fielding side.
Yuvraj's 117 off 95 balls featured 17 fours and a six, while Sehwag - who was dropped on 45 and 72 - blasted an equally destructive 116 from 90 deliveries with 17 fours.
Muralitharan (1-60) finally made the breakthrough when Yuvraj cut straight to Chamara Kapugedera at point to become the off-spinner's landmark scalp.
And Sehwag soon followed after calling for a single and failing to beat 39-year-old Sanath Jayasuriya's direct hit from mid-off.
Suresh Raina was stumped off Ajantha Mendis (1-64) for nine to reduce India to 278-5 in the 39th over, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35no) and Yusuf Pathan (59no) ensured the runs continued to flow in the closing overs with a breezy, unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 85.
Sri Lanka lost Jayasuriya - bowled via the inside edge by Praveen Kumar - for a golden duck to the seventh ball of the run chase and, despite a battling 83 from Kumar Sangakkara, eventually fell well short.
Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene briefly gave their side hope by adding 67 off 58 balls for the third wicket, but when Jayawardene (30) holed out to mid-off off Kumar's bowling (2-41) it was the beginning of the end.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha worked his way through the middle order, including the prized wicket of Sangakkara, to finish with one-day best figures of 4-38 as Sri Lanka slumped to 216 all out in 41.4 overs.
The fourth match of the series - also at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium - takes place on Thursday.