Tri-series: Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene help Sri Lanka inflict 161-run defeat on India

India, chasing a huge target of 349, were bowled out for 187 in 44.5 overs after Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 49 and Suresh Raina struck 33.

updated: July 03, 2013 11:42 IST
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Kingston, Jamaica: A career-best 174 not out by Man of the Match Upul Tharanga and his record-breaking 213-run partnership with Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka beat India by 161 runs in the third match of the Celkon Mobile Tri-Nations Series Cup in Kingston on Tuesday (July 2). India, with poor displays in all departments of the game, were thoroughly outplayed and looked nothing like the No. 1-ranked side that won the Champions Trophy just nine days ago. (Scorecard)

Chasing 349 to win, India needed to fire from the word 'go', but lost Rohit Sharma in the fifth over to a sharp catch by Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan captain, off Nuwan Kulasekara's bowling. While Shikhar Dhawan hit three bright boundaries after a watchful beginning, Murali Vijay, coming in at No. 3, looked uncomfortable as the Sri Lankans restricted the pair to singles, taking the air out of the chase. (Match highlights)

Disciplined bowling backed by agile fielding, in stark contrast to India's performance earlier in the day, meant Sri Lanka allowed India to reach 50 only in the 14th over. The sustained pressure got the better of Dhawan eventually, as the opener, after labouring to a 42-ball 24, tried to force the pace only to pick out the man at midwicket fence. (Also see: Match in pics)

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