India v Sri Lanka, Highlights 3rd ODI, Micromax Cup at Dambulla: Sehwag guides India to easy win
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India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third ODI of the Micromax tri-series at Dambulla. Virender Sehwag’s well-played and a matured innings of a an unbeaten 99 saw the Indians through to the win with more than 15 overs to spare and that meant that India got a bonus point as well.
Chasing a total of 171 for a win, the Indians took their time off the blocks. Both, Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik struggled against the likes of Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews, before Karthik cut a delivery from Mathews to the third-man fielder. Then, neither Virat Kohli nor Rohit Sharma got off the mark, before being dismissed to Dilhara Fernando and Mathews, which meant that the Indians were 32/3 and in big trouble.
Suresh Raina saved India the blushes by joining Sehwag and adding 59 for the fourth wicket, and taking India closer to a win. At 91/4, when Raina threw his wicket away, it looked like the win would be difficult, but Sehwag had other ideas. He saw through some initial moments of the partnership with Dhoni and then cut loose to get a move on.
India went on to win the game in the 35th over, which meant that they got that extra bonus point as well. Unfortunately for Sehwag, when he was on 99, five runs were needed for a win, but all five came through extras. This included four byes and a no-ball off which Sehwag smacked a six. But because the no-ball was bowled before the six, the game was over, and Sehwag remained unbeaten one short of 99.
Earlier, India were finally able to get the strong batting line-up of Sri Lanka dismissed for a lowish total in the third ODI of the Micromax Cup tri-series at Dambulla. Sri Lanka were bowled out for a meagre 170 thanks to a concerted bowling effort by the Indian bowlers in the game played on August 16.
The Sri Lankans were jolted off the very first ball of the game when a swinging delivery from Praveen Kumar chipped Upul Tharanga’s bails and sent him back. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene failed to last too long, and when Thilan Samaraweera had chipped the ball to the square-leg fielder, Sri Lanka were 44/4 and in trouble.
Tillakaratne Dilshan ground out for an uncharacteristically slow 45 and for some time, it looked like he would be able to rescue the side in the company of Angelo Mathews. Unfortunately for the Lankans, both fell in succession to be pegged back at 83/6.
It was only some smart batting by tail-ender Suraj Randiv that saw the Sri Lankans manage to dig themselves out of the hole a little and get to 170 in 46 overs before being bowled out. Randiv scored 43, while Kulasekera made 22 as the duo was involved in a 45-run stand for the eighth wicket.
Pragyan Ojha ended with 3/36 while Ravindra Jadeja bowled his ten overs for 34 runs and picked up two wickets.
Watch the highlights of Sehwag’s innings of 99 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Ten Sports.
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