06/01/2010

Sri Lanka fashion a comfortable win

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India vs. Sri Lanka Tri-Nation Series Bangladesh-2010

Relatively inexperienced Sri Lanka held their nerves and overhauled India’s’ 279/9 with nearly 12 balls to spare.

ODI matches in Bangladesh tend to favor the team that wins the toss and this match once again confirmed the truism.

India’s lackluster batting and inability to inflict damage to the Sri Lanka batting in the initial overs did India in their opening match of the Tri-Nation ODI Series.

Put into bat, India should have made more than 279/9 on an nonthreatening pitch and average Sri Lanka bowling. Nevertheless, it has to be said that Sri Lanka held their nerves to restrict India even when Yuvraj and Dhoni put on 99 runs for the 4th wicket.

Once again, India failed to up the tempo in the final over’s despite Yuvraj's brilliant innings and missed putting up an imposing total.

Though the Indian bowlers were ineffective and struggled with the ground conditions, they did a relatively good job of controlling the match until Thissara Perera smashed 36 runs off 15 balls to seal the contest.

The Indian bowlers also helped Sri Lanka, by predominantly bowling yorkers. Unfortunately, they lacked control and Sri Lanka capitalised on it to fashion a comfortable win.

With this win, Sri Lanka appears comfortably placed to make it to the final. India needs to rethink on their over-dependence on Harbhajan Singh and yorkers.

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