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Sri Lanka gained revenge against India, after the two sides drew the last time they met, by clinically breaking them down in front of Brisbane fans.
With the 51 run loss, India, who were without regular Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was given a one match ban, dropped to the bottom of the table in the Commonwealth Bank series.
Stand in Captain for India, Virender Sehwag, said: “We missed Dhoni in this game, if we play to our potential it will be easier for us.”
The Sri Lankans batted first and both openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Captain Mahela Jayawardene, showed their class against the Indian bowlers, as they set up a solid platform for the rest of the batting lineup to build from. Dilshan made 51, while Jayawardene chipped in with 45.
Lahiru Thirimanne carried the inning on for the Sri Lankans as he cracked 62 runs from 62 balls, while Angelo Matthews provided a last minute spark, unluckily remaining on 49 not out, as Sri Lanka posted a healthy total of 289.
India’s Irfan Pathan and Ravichandran Ashwin both had two wickets in an attempt to limit Sri Lanka as much as they could.
India, in reply were very sloppy, as Captain Sehwag was dismissed on the second ball of the inning. With continuous wickets falling, India were reeling, until Virat Kohli made his 66 and Pathan, himself, played an entertaining knock of 47 off 34 deliveries. However, it didn’t prove to be enough as they fell short of their target.
Thisara Perera demolished the Indian batting with his four wickets, while Nuwan Kulasekara had three wickets himself. All the other Sri Lankan bowlers kept their bowling tight and accurate as they restricted India from getting anywhere near to their target.
Kulasekara, who was named Man of the Match, was extremely content with his bowling and the teams’ victory. “My strength is to swing the ball, I’m very happy at getting Sachin’s wicket, our bowling attack is very good, seamers and spinners are doing a great job. Malinga is the No. 1 bowler in the world now, I’m very lucky to be bowling with him” he said.
Captain Sehwag, who was hoping for more effort from the team, said: “We didn’t bowl well in the final ten overs, and we didn’t bat well, the way Sachin and Gambhir played in the beginning, I thought we could get a good start but we lost three wickets early.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Captain, Mahela Jayawardene, saw some areas for improvement, but overall was pleased with the team. “We are getting better and better, we played smart cricket, we kept wickets in hand and put up a good score, we are still making some mistakes, hope we don’t make them in the bigger games” he said.
With this victory in hand, Sri Lanka will be hoping to top the table in the series when they meet Australia on the 24th of February at Hobart.