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Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Cricket, Sports | 0 comments

Blistering Indian team pulverizes Srilanka in their first match of Asia cup

A very good start for India in the Asia Cup.The all round performance of India brings the comfortable win in their opening match.Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.Sri lanka rested Malinga in this match.India included Jadeja and Rohit Sharma despite their poor show in Australia.

Gambhir and Kohli running between the wickets during the double century stand

In the sixth over of Indian innings,Sachin out(6 off 19) off a full toss ball.He waited for third umpire decision because of a high full toss.After that Gambhir and Kohli put up a great 205 runs partnership.At the earlier stage of the partnership they did not look to hit the boundaries as India just scored 14 boundaries in 42 overs.The former and the current vice captain scored their 10th century in the same over.Both Gambhir(100 off 118) and Kohli(108 off 120) got out in the same over.

Gambhir after scoring his 10th century

After the loss of two set batsmen,Dhoni and Raina carried the momentum for India.Both played aggressively in the last overs.Dhoni(46 off 26) and Raina(30 off 17) were unbeaten and it took India past 300 runs.Last 5 overs,India scored 63 runs and set the target for SL as 305.

Sri lanka started well as their skipper played aggressively while chasing down the mammoth total of 305.Even after the early wicket of Dilshan,Jayawardane and Sangakkara played some fantastic shots to make Indian bowlers struggle.At one stage it looks like the repeat of the Hobart match(India chased down 320 in less than 40 overs) but India in the receiving side.

Jayawardene sweeps during his half-century

But after the wicket of Jayawardane(78 off 59),the run rate becomes slow and the required run rate moves on to 6.5+ runs per over.Sri lanka needed 109 runs in 15 overs with 7 wickets remaining.Looked like Sri lanka would win comfortably at that stage.But the match changed in the 36th over.In the batting powerplay,Ashwin picked the set batsmen Sangakkara(65 off 87) and Thirimanne(29 off 37) in the same over.In the batting powerplay Sri lanka scored 31 runs with the loss of 4 wickets.Then the Indian bowlers
finished the match inside 50 overs.

The pick of the Indian bowlers in this match is Irfan Pathan who picked 4 wickets and gave only 32 runs in his 8 overs.Ashwin also bowled very well for his 3/39 in his 9 overs.

Match Summary:

India : 304/3 in 50 ovs.
Kohli :108
Gambhir :100
Dhoni :46*
Maharoof : 2/57
Sri Lanka : 254 all out in 45.1
Jayawardaene : 78
Sangakkara : 65
Irfan Pathan : 4/32
Ashwin : 3/39
India won by 50 runs

MOM Kohli during his century

Man of the match : Virat Kohli

pic curtesy : EspnCricinfo

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Aravindhan is a student pursuing his masters in CS at the day time, loves watching cricket and he is an adherent fan of actor vijay. He is the resident cricket consultant for News@Indiandragon. You can catch up with him @aravindh0709