Written by Bella Dalima
06 Nov, 2014 | 10:22 pm
India extended their lead to 2-0 in the ODI series against Sri Lanka on Thursday with a six-wicket victory.
Batting first, Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow with the dismissal of Kusal Janith Perera, however, Kumar Sangakkara and T.M. Dilshan stabilised the innings with a 51 run partnership.
Dilshan scored 35, while Sangakkara notched up his 87th ODI half century with 61. Captain Angelo Matththews and Sangakkara posted a 90-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Dhammika Prasad and Maththews posted 54 runs for the ninth wicket enabling the Sri Lankans to post a competitive 274 for 8 after 50 overs. Maththews was unbeaten on 92 off 101 deliveries including ten fours and a six.
India lost opener Ajinkya Rahane early for eight, but this did not appear to trouble the top order, as Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu solidified India’s position before Dhawan was dismissed for 79.
A composed century from Rayudu and an explosive innings from Virat Kohli, however, put India firmly in the driving seat, before Kohli was dismissed on 49, with India only 19 runs behind.
Suresh Raina put on a fourteen-run cameo before he was trapped in front. Rayudu finished the run chase with a boundary handing India a six-wicket victory.
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