india v/s srilanka (26/2/2008)
February 26, 2008 7:51am CST
India claimed a spot in the tri-series finals with a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka played on 26 fbreuary 2008. IT WAS a outstanding victory by the Indian team.India out played SRILANKA in all departments of the game.SRILANKAN ining featured a middle ordercollapse .They were in a strong position after 14 overs.Then suddenly the complexion of the match was changed by a good swing bowler from UTTAR PRADESH named Praveen kumar.Praveen kumar was judged the man of the match. SRILANKAN team is having some difficulties with the opening slot.THEIR OPENERS havent done really well apart from one good innings from Thilakarathne Dilshan against India in the rain interrupted match.Dilruwan Perera and Sanath Jayasuriya were the openers .Dilruwan Perera was out in the 4th over by loosing his stumps to Ishanth sharma. Then Kumar sangakkarahad a very good partnership qith veteran SANATH jayasuriya .Their partnership worth 57 runs of 65 balls .Kumar sangakkara was the 2nd one to dismiss in the Srilankan innings to a beautiful delivery from young fast bowler Praveen kumar.sangakkara was caught by DHONI.Mahela Jayawardene was the next batsmen, he was caught in the point region by Rohit sharma.Then came Chamara silva,he was having a poor Australian tour.He was caught by DHONI.At that time srilnka were 4/81 in 18.3 ov overs. This time SRILANKA were in desperte need of a good partnership. And they want their most experienced player Jayasuriya to rebuild the innings.But he was out in the 19 th over by beautiful del;ivery from Irfan Pathan.Jayasuriya made 34(44).Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chamara Kapugedera were together . Dilshan was dismissed by I Sharma.Dilshan scored just 8 of 12 deliveries.Chaminda Vaas was next man to dismiss. Chaminda Vaas was caught by GAMBHIR of the bowling of I Sharma.At that time srilanka were 7/93 .Then came a good partnership with Lasith Malinga and Chamara Kapugedera.They added 46 runs.Lasith Malinga was caught by R Uthappa of the bowling of I Sharma.Muttiah Muralitharan was the next batsmen.Then came a good partnership with Muttiah Muralitharan and Chamara Kapugedera.They added 40 runs.Muttiah Muralitharan was the next TO dismiss.He was bowled by Praveen kumar.THE LAST wicket fell st the same score(179).Kapugedera showed rare fight late in the innings, making a stylish 57. Chamara Kapugedera was caught by Harbhajan Singh in his own bowling. INDIA needed just 180 runs to victory with less than 4 runs per over .Robin Uthappa and Sachin Tendulkar started the innings.Robin Uthappa was promoted in the batting order replacing out of form batsmen Virender sehwag.Robin Uthappa was the first one to dismiss.Robin Uthappawas caught by I Amerasinghe of the bowling of Lasith Malinga.Even though Sachin tendulkar had a very good test series in Australia he is not performing well in one day intermational.Sachin tendulkar was the highest run getter in the test series against Australia.He also got two test centuries in Australia in the test series playd in 2007-2008 season. In the CB SERIES Sachin Tendulkar got descent starts but was unable to convert them to big ones.Gautam Gambhirand Sachin Tendulkar had a very good partnership of 102 in just 110 balls.Tendulkar was back to his brilliant best as he punished the bowlers, hitting three successive boundaries off seamer Ishara Amerasinghe in making 63 from 54 balls, including 10 fours.Sachin Tendulkar was back in touch. Its a good news for DHONI and INDIAN management. Gautam Gambhir continued his impressive form with an unbeaten 63.In the CB SERIES Gautam Gambhir had scored more than 400 runs.Sachin Tendulkar's wicket fell at the score of 120. Yuvraj Singh looked dangerous with a rapid 36. Yuvraj Singh's wicket fell at the score of 171.Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir lead INDIA to victory in 32.2 overs.The important thing about this victory is that INDIA r in the finals.In the CB SERIES INDIA had 3 victories and three defeats and two rain interrupted matches.