21/12/2009

3rd ODI Impressions, Cuttack, India vs. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka bat first

In the first 15 overs, the Indian’s did not know where to look. Then in the next 15 over’s it was the turn of Sri Lanka, so much so by the 35 th over they were battling to play the full compliment of 50 over’s.

This turn around in Sri Lanka’s batting fortunes was engineered by Nehra and largely by Jadeja.

Jadeja simply owned the middle over’s by some deft mixture of sliders and top spinners brought the rampaging Sri Lanka batting to its knees.

Definitely, he is a much better investment than the gum chewing elder Pathan.

In short, the Indian bowling attack that was clueless in the initial overs pulled things back to bowl out the Lankan’s in 44.2 over’s.

India chases 239

Updated at 6.00 AM

A facile victory for India.

India needing 240 for a win chased it down without any alarums. Sehwag blasted his way and gave a reasonable start. The other batsmen chipped in with Tendulkar batting through for 96 runs.

Sri Lanka was at the recipient end of some hasty umpiring decisions, however, were it to be upheld, it is doubtful whether it would have changed the result.

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