The 5th ODI and the only T-20, A Recap!
With India already winning the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the 5th odi was just a formality and India did manage to pull of a victory in 5th odi and followed by winning the Only t-20 as well.
India Vs Sri Lanka ODI Series, the 5th and the final ODI Played at
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, India winning the toss and electing to bat, this match saw some changes in the Indian line up with Sehwag been rested and Rahane taking his place as the opener. Indians lost the wicket of Rahane early for nine runs and Kohli at No.3 this time did not make much impact, he too lost his wicket for 23 runs, but Gauti looked solid at the other end. Rohit Sharma’s poor run continued in the 5th and the final odi as well as he lost his wicket for just 4 runs. It was the time when Manoj Tiwary Joined Gautam Gambhir and they both added 110 for the fourth wicket, Manoj Tiwary scored a well made 65 before he was dismissed by Malinga, followed by Raina for a duck Indians struggled a bit at 5/197, it was the time when the Indian Captain joined Gambhir. In the mean time Gambhir brought his yet another half century and continued his good run against the sri lankans, when the things were just going on well for India, Gambhir lost his wicket for 88. Dhoni made a quick fire 58 of 38 balls and a healthy contribution from Pathan took the Indian score card to 294/7.
Needing 295 to win, the lankans lost the wicket of Dilshan for a duck, though Tharanga was quick in making runs, he was not able to carry on and lost his wicket as well. It was Irfan Pathan on both the occasion. Both Chandimal and Mathews failed to make big scores. It was Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis, the pair added 102 for the sixth wicket partnership and things looked certain for sri lanka and they were marching towards a consolation win before Thirimanne was run out for a well made 77 and in no time the home team started losing wickets and the Indians we spot on taking wickets at the regular intervals, though the run rate needed was 5 per over, the sri lankans have lost all their wickets for 274 in 45.4 overs. India winning the match comfortably by 20 runs. Jeevan Mendis and Thirimanne were the star performers for the lankans making 72 and 77 respectively. For the Indians it was Irfan Pathan bagging the man of the match award for his second 5 wicket haul, he took 5/61 in his 10 overs. India won the odi series 4-1.
The Only T20 - Played at
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka winning the toss and opting to bowl, India did lose the wicket of Gambhir early on, but Virat Kohli was in genuine touch,he was stroking the ball so well and at the point of time, almost every ball he faced, that touched the boundary ropes and he brought his highest runs in t-20 intl making a match winning 68 of 48 ball that included 11 4’s and a six. Raina as usual down the order contributed a quick fire unbeaten 34 along with the captain Dhoni scoring an unbeaten 16 and the Indians batting first managed to score 155 in their 20 overs.
Needed 156 to win, The Lankans once again lost the wicket of Dilshan again for a duck, though Mahela was in good touch, Pathan was too good in removing the top three in quick time. Angelo’s 31 was the top score for the Lankans. All together the home team managed to score only 116 in 18 overs. Dinda was the stand out bowler for India picking 4 wickets for 19 runs, but once again it was Pathan adjudged man of the match for his brilliancy in swinging the ball early on and removing the top order that ensured a win for India in the t-20 game as well. Over all India had a good series with a complete domination over the lankans.
To be noted :
Kohli getting the man of the series for both ODI and the only t-20 as well..
Pathan getting back to back the man of the match award
India moving No-2 in the odi ranking and No-4 in the t-20 rankings.