Sri Lanka trounce India by 112 runs

Some reckless batting from the Indians and some great bowling helped Sri Lanka win the fifth and last ODI by 112 runs.

updated: September 03, 2008 08:14 IST
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Some reckless batting from the Indians and some great bowling helped Sri Lanka win the fifth and last ODI by 112 runs. However, despite the loss, India won the series 3-2 and Indian skipper MS Dhoni was adjudged the 'Man of the Series' for scoring 193 runs and playing a couple of match-winning innings.

Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis claimed four wickets apiece and Dilhara Fernando picked two. Due to rain-interruption, the match was reduced to 44 overs and the target was revised to 216 from the earlier total of 228 runs.

Restricting Sri Lanka for 227, the Indian openers added 38 runs for the first wicket when Gambhir edged a Kulasekara's delivery to the wicketkeeper that was going outside the off-stump and walked back for 11 runs. In his successive over, Kulasekara caught Kohli plumb for 31 runs.

Suresh Raina holed one from Kulasekara to the covers where Dilhara Fernando got under it and Raina went back for 10 runs. Rain followed Raina and stopped the play. After the play resumed Kulasekara struck again and removed Rohit Sharma for just 3 runs. The bowler was given the 'Man of the Match' award for his efforts.

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene soon introduced Ajantha Mendis and the ploy worked as the spinner castled Yuvraj Singh for 17. Mahela's Indian counterpart MS Dhoni, failed to repeat his past performance. Dilhara Fernando bowled him with a fuller delivery that swung in to hit the stumps. Soon Irfan Pathan and Zaheer also trod back as Mendis removed the pacers. Fernando got his second victim in RP Singh while Mendis put an end to all action after he sent Pragyan Ojha.

Earlier, after electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 227 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in the last one-dayer of the five-match series in Colombo.

Lankans felt the first bump in the second over when Zaheer Khan gave India the first breakthrough with Pragyan Ojha taking a catch to get rid of dangerous Sanath Jayasuriya for just 1 run.

Malinda Warnapura and Mahela Udawatte then put on a 77-run 2nd wicket stand before comeback man Irfan Pathan struck twice to remove Warnapura for 30 and Udawatte for 43.

Kumar Sangakkara's ordeal continued as he chased a short and wide one from RP Singh. The ball took a thick outside edge to Gautam Gambhir at slips and he departed
for 1.

Pragyan Ojha joined the party when he had Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene caught by Yuvraj Singh at short cover. The skipper managed only 12 runs. Ojha struck again after 9 overs and got rid of Chamara Kapugedera for 26 runs.

Reduced to 133 for 6 at one stage, Lanka's lower order launched the counterattack. A 94-run partnership between Thilan Thushara and Jehan Mubarak helped the hosts to put a fightable score on the board.

Thilan Thushara (54), who missed out on a well-deserved fifty in the last match, got his maiden ODI half-century while Mubarak remained unbeaten for 47 runs.