Jayasuriya ton lifts Sri Lanka to 246/7 against India (Lead)

January 28th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin TendulkarDambulla, Jan 28 (IANS) Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya scored an impressive century to help Sri Lanka post 246 for seven in the first One-day international cricket match against India at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here Wednesday.Jayasuriya slammed 107 off 114 balls for his 28th century in ODIs.

After India elected to field, Sri Lanka received an early jolt when in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan was run out without a run on board. Dilshan faced just three balls before a mix-up with Jayasuriya ended his innings.

Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara (44) then rebuilt the innings with a 118-run stand for the second wicket.

The duo took their time to settle down and looked at ease against the Indian attack. They accumulated runs at a steady pace.

Sangakkara fell six runs short of a half-century as he stepped out to hit left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha but failed to clear Suresh Raina at mid-on.

Jayasuriya, who struck 10 fours and one six, also went past the 13,000-run mark in one-day internationals, becoming only the second player to reach the milestone after Sachin Tendulkar.

He added 51 runs for the third wicket with Thilina Kandamby (17) before falling to Zaheer Khan (1-40).

Farveez Maharoof came up with a quickfire 35 in 27 balls with two four and one six to accelerate the scoring rate in the slog overs.

Ishant Sharma finished with a haul of three for 51 from 10 overs.

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