From 165/1 Sri Lanka end up 239 all out.

The game started as usual. Lanka won the toss and choose to bat. Luckily for India, Yuvraj was in the side. As usual Tharanga and Dilshan started hitting, pulling. But fortunately for India, The Dilshan storm got out even before scoring a fifty. He scored his 41 off just 18 balls when he top edged a bouncer of Ashish Nehra in the seventh over. Even though Dilshan departed Sangakkara and Tharanga kept going until the 100 run partnership broke when Kumar

Sangakkara was stumped in Stand in Skipper Sehwag’s off break. Then on the wicket tumbled as if one cycle is pushed with others in a row. Upul Tharanga was beautifully bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 73. With both set batsmen back in the hut, new batsmen came in. It was difficult because the Indian spinners were attacking from both ends.

The Lions lost Mahela for 3 runs because of his pull which was caught by Raina. After his wicket at 173, Kapugedara and Kandamby put on a 31 run partnership when Chamara Kapugedara was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.

As Mathews flied back home suffering from an injury, Nuwan Kulasekara came NO.7. Ishant Sharma after his starting spell with an economy rate of 15 was introduced into the attack when he took two wickets of Kandamby and Randiv. Kandamby lost his wicket for a walk while Suraj Randiv edged his first ball he faced.

It was last hopes of Kulasekara to take Lanka home with a decent target set for India.But he failed to do so as Ravindra Jadeja bowled on his pads and he a given out plum for 10 of 14 balls.

Mendis and Malinga continued for 18 runs. The most important moment for Malinga was that he scored a six and a four. But this partnership too couldn’t take Sri Lanka home with a 250+ target as Jadeja again hit the timber of Mendis making him walk out to the pavilion for 6. Soon after in the next over Ashish Nehra made the wicket got for a walk when Malinga was clean bowled for 13 in 44.2 overs with 239 on the scoreboard.

Its a kind-of good ask for The Men in Blue. It was not expected that Lankans would go down for 239 from 165 for one. The pitch helped the spinners as India restricted The Lankans for what was to be a 300+ wicket.


About Adithya Ramesh

Yo people. This is Adithya. A student who loves what he does. Has passion for Cricket and is a die hard SRT fan. Loves to photograph and is a travel freak

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