Warm Up game Against the Host! T-20 world cup is just few days away!
India has won their first warm up game against the host, the Sri Lankans and It was Dhoni and Pathan who came up with match winning performances.
The match played at the P Sara Oval, Colombo between Sri Lanka and India. India won the toss and chose to bat, India’s regular openers Gambhir and Sehwag was not able to provide a good start as Gambhir left the crease Injured and Sehwag lost his wicket for 12 runs. The Middle order, Raina, Kohli and Yuvi did not make an impact and India did lose 4 wickets for just 51 runs. It was again in the hands of our captain Dhoni and Rohit sharma, the duo added runs quickly and put on a 78 run partnership in just 10.4 overs, Dhoni came up with a quick fire 55 not out from 42 balls with a strike rate of 130 and Rohit scored a well made and a handy 37 of just 26 balls with a strike rate of 142. This lifted the Indian scorecard to 146 in the 20 overs losing 5 wickets.
In reply, The lankans were in trouble right from the beginning. Losing both their openers for just 1 and 3 respectively. It was Irfan Pathan who dismissed both the openers. Munaweera who was so impressive in the first warm up game and the SLPL, failed to provide a good start along with Dilshan. Sangakkara scored run a ball 32 and apart from this,there were no big contributions from the sri lankan batsmen. The Indian bowlers did perform well defending a score of 146. Pathan took a five wicket haul and proved his worth again and L.Balaji who made a comeback to the Indian t-20 side was also impressive picking up 3 wickets to his name, The host just managed to score 120, losing all their wickets. All together it was a great match for India. Rohit Sharma is getting his form back and hope he does well when the tournament progresses. Wishing Luck for our team India! hope they win this Trophy.