India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in first ODI (Lead)

January 28th, 2009 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin TendulkarDambulla, Jan 28 (IANS) India put up a commanding display to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in their opening One-day international cricket match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here Wednesday.Chasing Sri Lanka’s 246, India’s top order showed maturity to finish off the match with 11 balls to spare. India lead the five-match series 1-0.

Gautam Gambhir (62) and Suresh Raina (54) added 113 runs after the early dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (61 not out) and Rohit Sharma (25 not out) then forged an unbeaten stand of 66 runs to romp home.

Earlier Sri Lanka, sent into bat, rode on veteran Sanath Jayasuriya’s 28th ton to score 246 runs.

India started their chase on a shaky note with Thilan Thushara trapping Sachin Tendulkar lbw for 5 runs in the fourth over.

Gambhir continued his fine form to strike his 14th half-century. His 68-ball knock contained five fours.

Raina took time to settle down as the duo milked singles, keeping the score ticking above the required run-rate.

But both Gambhir and Raina were dismissed in quick succession to raise hopes of a collapse for the hosts.

Muttiah Muralitharan claimed Gambhir to inch closer to reach the milestone of most number of One-day wickets.

Raina was run out after a mix-up with Yuvraj Singh just after scoring his 9th fifty.

Yuvraj and Dhoni added 44 runs before Farveez Mahroof dismissed the left-hander and India were 181 for four in 37.6 overs.

Dhoni took on the responsibility and along with Sharma made sure there was no more casualty. The Indian captain’s composed 65-ball knock included five fours.

Earlier, 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 (107) 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 fours 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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