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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Sri Lanka Clinched Consolidating Victory in the Final ODI against India

Excellent batting from Tilakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakara gave Sri Lanka a 68-run consolidating victory in the final match of the five-match ODI series against India. The host team already lost the series, having lost the first four matches. So, Sri Lanka knew that avoiding a seemingly whitewash could be the best result they would bring out of the fifth match, and they did exactly what was needed to clinch the victory.

Winning the toss, Sri Lanka elected to bat first and piled on a big total of 320 runs losing 8 wickets. Dilshan was unlucky as he missed another ODI century falling short of only 3 runs. Wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakara also played an excellent innings of 84 runs off 80 balls. Jayasuria and Maharoof scored 37 and 32 runs. In reply, India got all out for 252 runs with 7 balls in hands thanks to Yuvraj Singh’s 62-ball 73 runs, Dhoni’s 53 and Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 60 runs. India did not have a very good start to their innings as they lost two wickets after scoring only 9 runs. India lost wickets almost regularly, but kept the run rate up to the mark until Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh were batting. Along with Jadeja, Dhoni added 55 runs in the seventh wicket. Kulasekara, Maharoof, Mendis and Muralitharan all picked up 2 wickets each. Sangakara got the man of the match award for his excellent batting and taking two catches. Yuvraj Singh has become the man of the series.

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