Tuesday, February 12, 2008

India Scored 195/5 against Sri Lanka

Rohit Sharma hit his second ODI half-century as India set Sri Lanka a competitive target in the rain-affected fifth match of the Commonwealth Bank Series on Tuesday.

In a match reduced to 29 overs a side following heavy rain in the morning at the Manuka Oval, the Indians finished on 195 for five after being put into bat.

Sharma held the Indian innings together, hitting an unbeaten 70 off 64 deliveries that included six fours and a six off Muttiah Muralitharan.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag gave India a good start, putting on 45 runs in just over seven overs before both opening batsman lost their wickets in the space of five deliveries.
Sehwag was the first to go, taken at third man by Muralitharan for 14 off a Nuwan Kulasekara delivery, and Tendulkar followed in the next over for 32 when he struck a ball from Farveez Maharoof straight to Kulasekara at deep third man.

A third-wicket stand of 64 between Sharma and Gautam Ghambir took the Indian total to 113 before Gambhir was run out for 35 at the non-striker's end following a mix-up between the pair.
The Indians put on 85 runs in the final nine overs as Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared a 68-run partnership with Sharma before he was also run out for 31.
Yuvraj Singh made six runs off three deliveries before lofting Lasith Malinga to Muralitharan at wide mid-off for a simple catch in the final over.

Source : espnstar.com