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सोमवार, दिसंबर 21, 2009

Ind Vs SL Cuttack Match Scores, Tendulkar Fifty, Highlights

Things were not hunky-dory for India at the start of the match. Tillakaratne Dilshan blazed his way to 41 from just 18 balls, and with Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara building on that, Sri Lanka were on course for another massive total after deciding to bat first in Cuttack.

But from 165 for 1 after 22.2 overs, they collapsed in terrible fashion, undone by a combination of Indian spin (led by Ravindra Jadeja) , poor shot selection and two wickets in two balls from Ishant Sharma, who had gone for a whopping 46 in his first three overs. They had lost the remaining nine wickets for 74 runs and slumped to 239 all out.

Sehwag's 44 spanned 28 balls, and the run-flow eased temporarily after his exit. Tendulkar was fortunate when an inside edge off Kulasekara missed leg stump on its way for four, but with some lovely strokes being played through the covers and midwicket, the innings was soon back on track.

Tendulkar welcomed Ajantha Mendis with a paddle and a cover-drive for fours.

When he then upper-cut Kulasekara for four more, Kumar Sangakkara brought on Randiv in a bid to emulate what the Indian spinners had done earlier in the day.

He duly got Gambhir, but with Tendulkar well set and Yuvraj Singh finding his off-side rhythm, it looked likely to be no more than a blip.

50 overs Sri Lanka 239 (Tharanga 73, Jadeja 4-32) v India

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