Sri Lanka falters in pursuit of India's 417

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Sri Lanka made a spirited attempt at chasing down India's mammoth 414 in the 1st one-day international in Rajkot but failed to complete what may have turned out to be an incredible win.

Put into bat, India scored what appeared an insurmountable 414 for 7. As usual, Virender Sehwag made India’s mammoth ODI score possible. He not only made 146 off 102 balls but also featured in 2-century partnerships, one with Sachin Tendulkar and the other with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Chasing 414, Tillakaratne Dilshan got Sri Lanka off to a scorching start. He smashed 160 runs and Sangakkara followed with another scorching 90.

Sadly, the batsmen who followed succumbed to the pressure and crumbled and India scrambled to a 3-run win.

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Blogger Christopher Poshin David said...

Lanka deserved to win.

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16/12/2009, 12:48  
Anonymous Ottayan said...


There is nothing like deserved to win.Sri Lanka failed to capitalise on its chances and hence lost.

16/12/2009, 16:53  
Blogger straight point said...

i have not seen indian bowlers bowling last 10 overs like the bowled yesterday... 70 odd runs in last 10 overs on that wicket were like a cake walk but superb effort backed well by fielding created the pressure... well done india!

srilanka should be kicking themselves to have slacken the grip again like at ahmadabad test when they were ruling the roost and let go india... its going to be uphill task for them from now on...

16/12/2009, 16:56  
Anonymous Ottayan said...

Well said Pan. The last 10 overs was superbly controlled by the Indian team. As you observed, our fielding and our bowlers kicked in to strangle Sri Lanka.

16/12/2009, 17:23  

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