Jadeja and Ashwin saw India home
India were thrilled to end their losing run as they beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the second ODI of the Commonwealth Bank series at Perth.
Sri Lanka, who opted to bat first, were held to a under-par total of 233 as India’s bowling lineup kept taking wickets regularly. Dinesh Chandimal’s 64 and Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 48 was the best of the best from the Sri Lanka’s batsmen.
Sri Lankan Captain, Mahela Jayawardene, felt that the batting could have been better. “We were probably 30-40 runs short” he said.
Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin had three wickets, while giving away just 32 runs. He was well backed up by the other bowlers.
India, set a total of 234 to win, started off in good fashion with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 48, and Virat Kohli smashing 77 runs. However, after the pair were dismissed, Sri Lanka kept taking wickets in timely fashion as India looked to be folding under the pressure.
Angelo Matthews was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, taking two wickets for 31 runs.
However, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and spinner Ashwin, led a counter-offensive, scoring quickly and communicating well. Their 53 run partnership saw India home and gave them a much-needed victory.
Ashwin, who was also Man of the Match, said: “I told Jaddu that we have to bat 60 balls here and that is what we did.”
Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was pleased to finally be back on the winning side. “I always smile whether we are winning or losing, it is good to be on the winning side.”
Captain Jayawardene, who saw need for improvement in the batting, said: “We had our chances but they played better than us. We kept wickets in hand, we did not play their spinners well, we got bogged down in the middle period. We need to get runs on the board.”
Sri Lanka will be looking to gain a victory as they take on hosts Australia in the next ODI at Perth on the 10th of February.