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Sri Lanka tour of India Nov-Dec 2009

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Date Match Venue
November 11-13 Indian Board Preisdent's XI vs Sri Lanka - Warm-up match Mumbai
November 16-20 India vs Sri Lanka - First Test Ahmedabad
November 24-28 India vs Sri Lanka - Second Test Kanpur
December 2-6 India vs Sri Lanka - Third Test Mumbai
December 9 India vs Sri Lanka - 1st Twenty20 international Nagpur
December 12 India vs Sri Lanka - 2nd Twenty20 international Mohali
December 15 India vs Sri Lanka - First ODI Rajkot
December 18 India vs Sri Lanka - Second ODI (D/N) Nagpur
December 21 India vs Sri Lanka - Third ODI (D/N) Cuttack
December 24 India vs Sri Lanka - Fourth ODI (D/N) Kolkata
December 27 India vs Sri Lanka - Fifth ODI Delhi

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India vs Sri Lanka - 5th One Day International in Delhi

Delhi ODI: Match abandoned; Kotla may lose 2011 WC matches (IND-SRL: 3-1|5)

The fifth and final ODI at the Kotla, on Sunday, was forced to be abandoned after 23.3 overs as the pitch was deemed too dangerous to play on. Sri Lanka had toiled on the tricky surface to post 83/5, after being put in to bat in foggy conditions, before play was abandoned. Zaheer Khan provided India a dream start, cleaning up the in-form Upul Tharanga with the first delivery of the match. As the pitch turned nasty, Dilshan was struck on the elbow by Nehra's second delivery in the tenth over. Sanath Jayasuriya was also struck on the shoulder by Zaheer first and then Sudeep Tyagi. Tyagi, who made his ODI debut, finished with figures of 6.3-1-15-1. His lone wicket was that of Kumar Sangakkara who made one. Soon after he was out, Sangakkara decided he had enough and called his batsmen back to the pavilion. There were mild, isolated protests which spread and took a violent turn when it was announced at 12:30 pm that the match has been abandoned.The Board of Control for Cricket in India responded to the fiasco by dissolving its grounds and pitches committee, while the Delhi District Cricket Association apologised to fans and spectators and offered to refund the cost of tickets. Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said that Delhi would not be punished for the abandonment before an investigation was held.
Match abandoned after 23.3 overs; Sri Lanka 83/5 (Jayasuriya 31, Zaheer 2-31) v India

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India vs Sri Lanka - 4th One Day International in Cuttack

Calcutta ODI: Gambhir, Kohli tons guide India to series-clinching win (IND-SRL: 3-1|5)

India won the fourth cricket one-day international against Sri Lanka by seven wickets with centuries from Virat Kohli (107) and Gautam Gambhir (150*). India, in the absence of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, easily chased down 316 in 48.1 overs, even after losing Virender Sehwag (10) and Sachin Tendulkar (8) early, inside the first four overs.

Earlier, centurion Upul Tharanga (118) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (60) laid a solid foundation as Sri Lanka plundered 315 for six.
India now has an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.India: V Sehwag (Capt.), SR Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Kohli, SK Raina, KD Karthik (Wicket Keeper), RA Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, A Nehra, I Sharma.
Sri Lanka: WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara (Capt. & WK), DPMD Jayawardene, SHT Kandamby, TT Samaraweera, ST Jayasuriya, S Randiv, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga, NLTC Perera.
India 317/3 (Gambhir 150*, Kohli 107, Lakmal 2-55) beat Sri Lanka 315/6 (Tharanga 118, Sangakkara 60, Zaheer 2-49) by seven wickets

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India vs Sri Lanka - 3rd One Day International in Cuttack

Cuttack ODI: Sachin, Jadeja star in India's win at Cuttack (IND-SRL: 2-1|5)

Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten 96 led India to a seven-wicket victory in the third One Day International against Sri Lanka in Cuttack, with 7.2 overs to spare.
Upul Tharanga (73), Kumar Sangakkara (46) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (41 off 18 balls) earlier gave Sri Lanka a superb start as they powered to 165-1 after winning the toss. Sri Lanka raced to their fifty off just 3.4 overs, which was the third joint fastest team fifty in ODIs.
Ravindra Jadeja claimed a career-best 4-32 as India's bowlers fought back well to restrict Sri Lanka to just 239 all out. He won his first Man of the Match award for his contribution. Sri Lanka could only muster 74 runs while losing the last 9 wickets.

Stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag (44 off 28 balls) gave India a solid start. After he was out, Gautam Gambhir (32) continued the chase in partnership with Tendulkar, adding 72 for the second wicket. Sachin hit 13 fours in 104 balls, but was stranded at 96 after Karthik (36 not out) hit a boundary to finish the game. India now has a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
India 242/3 (Tendulkar 96*) beat Sri Lanka 239 (Tharanga 73, Jadeja 4-32) by seven wickets

Cuttack ODI: India, Lanka, look to win the cliffhanger in Orissa

Virendra Sehwag will be the Indian skipper as they take on a depleted Sri Lankan side at the Barabati Stadium in Orissa in the crucial third one day International of the Karbonn Cup. The latest Sri Lankan player to be ruled out with injury is Angelo Mathews. The Sri Lankan cricket board said he will return home due to the strain suffered to his right quadricep muscle during the match winning innings in Nagpur. Thissara Perera has been called up to replace Mathews for the third match.

India will miss the services of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, banned from two ODIs for the team's slow over-rate, but Yuvraj Singh is expected to make a return. Dinesh Karthik will be replacing Dhoni while S Sreesanth who has recoved from swine flu will be in the team.
Both teams would look to win the 3rd ODI and take lead. The D/N match will start at 2:30 PM IST. India (From): Virender Sehwag(c), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Sudeep Tyagi.
Sri Lanka (From): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Kapugedera, Sanath Jayasuriya, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedara, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Thilan Thushara, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara.

India vs Sri Lanka - 2nd One Day International in Nagpur

Slow over-rate in Nagpur ODI - MS Dhoni banned for two ODIs

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been banned for two ODIs - with immediate effect - because India maintained slow over-rate during the second match against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. The rest of the Indian players were fined 40% of their match fee for the offence. Dhoni will be unavailable for the games in Cuttack and Kolkata, returning only for the final ODI in Delhi. Virendra Sehwag will captain the side in his absence. Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has been included in the Indian team for next two One-dayers to keep wickets in place of Dhoni. Ishant Sharma has also been recalled into the squad in place of fellow pacer S Sreesanth who is suffering from swine flu. There has been no other changes made in the squad announced by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a selection committee meeting in Chennai. Indian team for third and fourth ODIs: Virender Sehwag (Capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket Keeper), Suresh Raina, Ravinder Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli, Sudip Tyagi, Praveen Kumar and Pragyan Ojha.

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Nagpur ODI: Sri Lanka win to level the series against India (IND-SRL: 1-1|5)

Man-of-the-match Tillakaratne Dilshan struck his second successive century (123 off 113 balls) as Sri Lanka chased down 302 for victory over India with five balls to spare to level the series. Dilshan struck 12 fours and two sixes. He had smashed a career-best 160 in the first match when the tourists fell three runs short.For India, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit 107 - his sixth hundred - to set Sri Lanka a challenging target, after the openers were out cheaply. Virat Kohli (54) and Sachin Tendulkar (43) added 62 for the third wicket to steady the innings. Virender Sehwag fell for 4 and Gautam Gambhir made just 2 before he collided with the bowler and ran himself out.
Sri Lanka 302/7 (Dilshan 123, Mathews 37*, Zaheer 3-63) beat India 301/7 (Dhoni 107, Raina 68, Kohli 54) by three wickets

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India vs Sri Lanka - 1st One Day International in Rajkot

Rajkot ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by 3 runs in high-scoring opener (IND-SRL: 1-0|5)

Chasing India's record score of 414/7 - the fifth highest in ODI history - Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 160 and contributed in substantial stands with Upul Tharanga (67) and Kumar Sangakkara (90), but still Sri Lanka ended up 3 runs short. Sri Lanka required just eleven runs in the last over on a pitch which already saw 818 runs being scored, but could only score 7 runs - 2 doubles, 3 singles and they also lost one wicket. In the last ball that Nehra bowled, Kulasekara needed five to win or four to tie. He scored one.Earlier, Man of the Match Virender Sehwag hammered 146 off 102 deliveries and featured in century partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar (69 - 92nd ODI half-century) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) after Sri Lanka opted to field in the morning. From a strong position of 309 for one, India slipped to 352 for six, ruining the chance for a score near the 450s. Sehwag and Dhoni added 156 before they fell within four deliveries of each other.

Highest ODI Team Scores

ODI ScoresTeamsVenueSeason
443-9 (50 overs)Sri Lanka v NetherlandsAmstelveen2006
438-9 (49.5 overs)South Africa v AustraliaJohannesburg2005-06
434-4 (50 overs)Australia v South AfricaJohannesburg2005-06
418-5 (50 overs)South Africa v ZimbabwePotchefstroom2006
414-7 (50 overs)India v Sri LankaRajkot2009
413-5 (50 overs)India v BermudaPort of Spain2007
India 414/7 (Sehwag 146, Dhoni 72, Tendulkar 69) beat Sri Lanka 411/8 (Dilshan 160, Sangakkara 90, Tharanga 67) by 3 runs

Rajkot ODI: Injury worries for India, Lanka in ODI series opener

Dashing southpaw Yuvraj Singh might sit out of the first ODI match in Rajkot because of the injury he sustained on the little finger of his left-hand while fielding in the second T20 match in Mohali. Indian Captain MS Dhoni said in a press conference that Virat Kohli might play instead. Local boy Ravindra Jadeja is also being considered to be in the playing XI. India is without the services of S Sreesanth for the first two ODIs, as he is down with swine-flu. The return of Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Harbhajan Singh, who were not part of the T20 team, has strengthened the hosts' batting and bowling line-up. Sachin Tendulkar is all set to become the first player to appear in 600 international games. For Sri Lanka, pacer Lasith Malinga is down with fever. Both the sides will decide their final XI only before the start today's match.India is currently second behind Australia in the ICC ODI ratings. They will need a clean sweep to reduce the gap to four ratings points to Australia's 130.

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India vs Sri Lanka - 2nd Twenty20 international in Mohali

Mohali T20: Sehwag, Yuvraj help India thrash Sri Lanka (IND-SRL: 1-1|2)

A spectacular finish by birthday boy Yuvraj Singh (60 of 25 balls) helped India win the second T20 match in Mohali by six wickets and draw the two-match series 1-1. A dazzling half-century by Virendra Sehwag (64 off 36 balls) set things in motion for India, chasing a mammoth target of 207 runs, thanks largely to Kumara Sangakkara's superb 59 off 31 balls. Sangakkara won the Man of the Series award, as this came after the match winning 37-ball 78 in Nagpur. The match saw India dropping about six catches, and Sri Lanka missing one run-out chance after another. The Indian bowlers also bowled 17 wides in 20 overs. India would have lost this match (making it the fifth loss in a row) but for the Yuvraj - Dhoni partnership which blasted 80 runs off just 6 overs to secure the highest successful chase in T20 internationals.
Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Match award for his 60 not out that included 3 fours and 5 sixes off just 25 balls, and taking 3-23 in 3 overs.
India 211/4 (Sehwag 64, Yuvraj 60*, Dhoni 46) beat Sri Lanka 206/7 (Sangakkara 59, Jayasinghe 38, Yuvraj 3-23) by six wickets

Mohali T20: Sreesanth diagnosed with swine flu, Team manager also in hospital

Indian cricket team manager Mayank Sekhar was admitted to a local hospital in Mohali late Friday night - the evening before the second T20 match - with flu-like symptoms. Pacer S Sreesanth was diagnosed with swine flu on Thursday. After Wednesday's thrashing at Nagpur - India's fourth loss in succession - the former World Twenty20 Champions are looking to win this match to level the series 1-1. Rohit Sharma, who injured his shoulder during India's 29 run defeat, will also miss the game.Teams for Twenty20: INDIA T20 (from) MS Dhoni (Capt/Wkt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda, Sudeep Tyagi, Pragyan Ojha.
SRI LANKA T20 (from) Kumar Sangakkara (Capt/Wkt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muthiah Muralitharan, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Dilhara Fernando, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Chanaka Welegedara.

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India vs Sri Lanka - 1st Twenty20 international in Nagpur

Nagpur T20: Sri Lanka beat India by 29 runs (IND-SRL: 0-1|2)

Man of the Match Kumar Sangakkara hit 78 off 37 balls which included 11 boundaries and two sixes to lead Sri Lanka to a 29-run win over India in the first of two Twenty20 internationals. Sri Lanka raced to 215-5 with help from Chamara Kapugedera (47 not out from 20 balls), Tillakaratne Dilshan (34) and Sanath Jayasuriya (26).Gambhir (55 off 26 balls) gave India a great start, but the middle order collapsed and India finished the 20 overs at 186/9. Ashish Nehra’s 22 in 13 balls was not enough to see the team through. Jayasuriya took 2-19 and Angelo Mathews 2-30.
India's losing T20 streak extended to four with this loss.
Sri Lanka 215 for 5 (Sangakkara 78*, Kapugedera 47) beat India 186 for 9 (Gambhir 55) by 29 runs

Nagpur T20: Srilanka's fight for honor

Recently crowned World Number One Test team, India, will look to assert their supremacy in the shortest format as well when they clash against Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 International in Nagpur today. For India, youngsters Ashok Dinda and R Ashwin are in the team, replacing fast bowler Zaheer Khan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan and Rohit Sharma would shore up the middle-order along with Yuvraj Singh and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After winning the World Twenty20 in 2007, India has not played well in the international arena. In nine Twenty20 internationals since 2008, they have lost six and won only three - one each against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland.The tourists have brought in right-arm sling-action bowler Lasith Malinga, who missed the Test series because of an injury, to strengthen their pace bowling attack. Muttiah Muralidaran, who is nursing an injured finger, might not play.Teams for Twenty20: INDIA T20 (probable team) Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra.
SRI LANKA T20 (probable team) Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Chanaka Welegedara.

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Sri Lanka vs India, Third Test at Mumbai, Dec 2-6, 2009

Mumbai, Day 5: India on Top of the World (IND-SRL: 2-0|3)

Zaheer Khan dismissed Sangakkara, Herath and Kulasekara in quick succession during his morning spell for his 8th 5-wicket haul, to lead India to a sensational victory over Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs. India took the 3-match series 2-0 and now leads the ICC Test rankings chart for the first time ever - with 124 points from 29 matches. South Africa 122 (30 matches) and Australia 116 (31) are in the second and third position.Resuming at Saturday's score of 274-6, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 309. It was India's second straight innings victory over Sri Lanka in the series. Offspinner Harbhajan Singh had Muttiah Muralitharan (14) caught behind to complete the victory.
In India's first innings total of 726/9 declared, six batsmen posted fifty or more for India for the fifth time in Tests - Vijay (87), Sehwag (293), Dravid (74), Tendulkar (53), Laxman (62) and Dhoni (100*). Sehwag was named Man of the Match for his 293. He was also named Man of the Series. It was Sehwag's fourth Man of the Series award, and eighth Man of the Match award.India's overall Test record after the Bombay Test: Played 433, won 101, lost 136, tied one and drawn 195.
Sri Lanka's overall Test record: Played 192, won 60, lost 69, drawn 63.
India vs Sri Lanka Test record: Played 32, India 13, Sri Lanka 5, drawn 14.
MS Dhoni's captaincy record: Played 10, won 7, drawn 3.
Kumar Sangakkara's captaincy record: Played 8, won 4, lost 2, drawn 2.
India 726/9 declared (Sehwag 293, Dhoni 100*, Dravid 74, Laxman 62, Tendulkar 52) beat Sri Lanka 393 (Dilshan 109, Mathews 99, Harbhajan 4-112) and 309 (Sangakkara 137, Paranavitana 54, Zaheer 5-72) by an innings and 24 runs

Mumbai, Day 4: India on the brink of victory despite Sangakkara's ton

Captain Kumar Sangakkara hit 19 fours and a six, during his twenty-first Test hundred (133 not out), but Sri Lanka closed day four in the final Test on 274/6, still needing 59 to make India bat again.Sri lanka started the day disastrously, as Dilshan (16) was sent back wrongly in a mere 8.5 overs, given out lbw to Harbhajan (1-70), with the score on 29. Then Paranavitana (54) managed to make a steady partnership with Sangakkara, bringing the score to 119 runs before he was dismissed by Sreesanth (1-36) in his first over after lunch. Zaheer (2-51) then struck twice in a magnificent five-over spell, in which he conceded just three runs. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (2-84) picked up the last two wickets that fell on day four.
Sri Lanka 393 and 274/6 (Sangakkara 133*, Paranavitana 54) trail India 726/9 dec by 59 runs

Mumbai, Day 3: Dhoni hits ton; Sehwag misses triple

Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a spectacular hundred after Virender Sehwag fell seven runs short of a record third test triple century as India remained on top on day three of the final Test. Dhoni declared India's innings just before stumps at 726/9 - India's highest Test Innings total - as soon as he completed his third 100 by hitting a six that landed outside the Brabourne Stadium. India's run rate was 4.44 runs per over.In the morning, all eyes were on Sehwag, who could add just nine runs to his overnight score before offering a return catch to offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan to be dismissed for 293. Sehwag's overnight partner Rahul Dravid (74) soon followed him to the pavilion but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (100), VVS. Laxman (62) and Sachin Tendulkar (53) - who completed his 97th half century - piled on the agony against a weary Sri Lanka attack.Sri Lanka, who scored 393 in their first innings, were 11-0 in their second innings at stumps, requiring another 322 runs to make India bat again.
Sri Lanka 393 and 11/0 trail India 726/9 declared (Sehwag 293, Dhoni 100*, Vijay 87, Dravid 74, Laxman 62, Tendulkar 53) by 322 runs

Mumbai, Day 2: Sehwag nears fastest triple ton, India lead by 50 runs

India made a mammoth 443/1 in the first innings in reply to Sri Lanka's 393, with the help of Sehwag's unbeaten innings of 284 from just 239 deliveries. The Indians completely dominated the first three sessions after bowlers packed up the Sri Lankan tail within 30 minutes early in the day at the Brabourne.Virender Sehwag looks set for his third 300 - a feat no one has achieved in Test Cricket - after slamming his sixth double hundred. Sehwag's 284 was the second fastest double ton in Test history (168 balls) - fastest double century is by Herscelle Gibbs - and the fastest 250 ever (207 deliveries). It was also the game's third highest individual score in one day's play. Sehwag reached his first 100 off 101 deliveries, and his second took just 67 deliveries. He smashed 40 boundaries and seven sixes in his 239-delivery innings.The only Indian wicket to fall was that of Murali Vijay (87), the partnership broken at 221, just 2 runs shy of what Sehwag and Gambhir added for the first wicket in Kanpur. At stumps Rahul Dravid was on 62 after adding an unbeaten 222 with Sehwag.
India 443/1 (Sehwag 284*, Vijay 87, Dravid 62*) lead Sri Lanka 393 (Dilshan 109, Mathews 99, Paranavitana 53, Harbhajan 4-112) by 50 runs

Mumbai, Day 1: Dilshan's ton gives Sri Lanka solid start

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a century as Sri Lanka scored 366 for eight in the first innings against India at the end of first day's play in the third and the final cricket Test at the historic Brabourne Stadium. The Brabourne Stadium was hosting it's 18th Test match, India's first after the match against England in February 1973 - 36 years ago - a record.Harbhajan Singh took four wickets to keep India on par after Opener Dilshan slammed 109 and shared in three crucial partnerships to lead Sri Lanka's charge for a series-levelling victory after opting to bat first. Angelo Matthews was 86 not out after Tharanga Paranavitana had made 53 and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene 43. Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay, who has played one Test, is in place of opener Gautam Gambhir, who skipped the Test to attend the wedding of his sister.
Sri Lanka 366/8 (Dilshan 109, Mathews 86*, Paranavitana 53, Harbhajan 4-107) v India

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Sri Lanka vs India, Second Test at Kanpur, Nov 24-28, 2009

Kanpur, Day 4: India complete 100th Test win (IND-SRL: 1-0|3)

India clinched their biggest Test victory against Sri Lanka by comprehensively beating them by an innings and 144 runs. In the process, India became the sixth country to post 100 Test victories, joining Australia (332), England (310), West Indies (152), South Africa (120) and Pakistan (103). Resuming day four at 57/4, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 269 before tea to complete the sixth victory for India in nine Tests under Dhoni's captaincy - three were no results.Thilan Samaraweera remained unbeaten on a defiant 78 off 213 balls after sharing a 73-run partnership with Ajantha Mendis (27) to frustrate the Indians. Paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, making his Test comeback, was named man of the match for his 5-75 in the first innings. The crushing win puts India 1-0 ahead in the series, with the third and final Test taking place in Mumbai next week.
India 642 (Gambhir 167, Dravid 144, Sehwag 131, Herath 5-121) beat Sri Lanka 229 (Sreesanth 5-75) and 269 (Samaraweera 78*) by an innings and 144 runs

Kanpur, Day 3: India on top as Sreesanth rocks Sri Lanka

Kerala pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth made a triumphant return to international cricket, with a devastating display of seam bowling to put India on the threshhold of a comprehensive victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Kanpur. Playing his first Test since April last year, Sreesanth claimed five first innings wickets as Sri Lanka were skittled for a meagre 229 in response to India's first innings total of 642. Sreesanth (5-75) joined Kapil Dev (5-110 at Chennai in 1982-83) as the second Indian to bag five wickets in an innings against Sri Lanka in India. Spinners Pragyan Ojha (2-37) and Harbhajan Singh (2-54) wiped off the tail to wrap up the Sri Lankan innings shortly after tea. Forced to follow on, Sri Lanka were 57 for four at stumps after Sreesanth provided the early breakthrough by removing attacking opener Tillakaratne Dilshan for 11. Part-time spinner Virender Sehwag trapped the other opener Tharanga Paranavitana leg before wicket before Mahela Jayawardene and Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara lost their wickets cheaply.
Sri Lanka 229 (Mahela 47, Sangakkara 44, Sreesanth 5-75) and 57/4 trail India 642 (Gambhir 167, Dravid 144, Sehwag 137, Herath 5-121) by 356 runs

Kanpur, Day 2: Sri Lanka chase mammoth total after Herath snares 5 wickets

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath snared five wickets as he destroyed India's tail, after Rahul Dravid's 28th century took India to an unbeatable position. From 613/4, when Dravid was batting, India collapsed to 642 all out, losing their last six wickets for just 29 runs. However, it was India's seventh highest total in all Tests and second highest against Sri Lanka. Yuvraj Singh (67) and VVS Laxman (63) hit fluent fifties.Rahul Dravid, who reached his second consecutive ton, became Test cricket's fourth highest scorer, surpassing former Australian captain Allan Border. His innings was cut short at 144 runs after he had added 59 runs to his overnight score by a freak run out. Dravid now has 11,182 runs in 136 Tests at an average of 53.50.Sri Lankans lost the wicket of Dilshan, who was out for a first-ball duck, and put on 66 before played ended on day two.
Sri Lanka 66/1 (Sangakkara 30*, Paranavitana 30*) trail India 642 (Gambhir 167, Dravid 144, Sehwag 137, Herath 5-121) by 576 runs

Kanpur, Day 1: India's highest score in a day in test cricket as Sehwag and Gambhir hit centuries

Openers Gautam Gambhir (167) and Virender Sehwag (131) added 233 runs in 41.2 overs against Sri Lanka - their highest ever opening partnership - scoring close to six runs per over to help India reach its highest score (417/2) in a day in test cricket. India’s previous highest was 386/1 against South Africa in Chennai in March 2008.Sehwag's 131 included 122-ball knock included 18 fours and two sixes. He was dropped in the first over of Chanaka Welegedara. Gambhir scored his eighth Test century, seventh in nine Tests, four of them coming on the trot in successive Tests. He thus became the the third Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid to score four consecutive Test centuries. His 215-ball knock included 15 fours.
At stumps, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were unbeaten on 85 and 20 runs respectively.
India 417 for 2 (Gambhir 167, Sehwag, 131, Dravid 85*) v Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka vs India, First Test at Ahmedabad, Nov 16-20, 2009

Ahmedabad, Day 5: India salvage draw with Gambhir, Tendulkar centuries (IND-SRL: 0-0|3)

An unbeaten century by Indian master Sachin Tendulkar, who also became the first cricketer to cross 30000 runs, and Gautam Gambhir's gritty 114 - his seventh overall and third century in as many matches - helped India draw against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Ahmedabad. The dead pitch, with only 21 wickets and seven centuries, didn't do a bit to help Sri Lanka's dream of a first Test win in India.
The captains agreed to call off the match with six overs still to go just after Sachin completed his 43rd Test Century. His 88th international 100!
India 426 (Dravid 177, Dhoni 110, Welegedara 4-87) and 341/4 (Gambhir 114, Tendulkar 100*, Laxman 51) drew with Sri Lanka 760/7 declared (Jayawardene 275, Prasanna 154*, Dilshan 112)

Ahmedabad, Day 4: India fighting to save first Test against Sri Lanka

Openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag hit half-centuries as India began a spirited fightback after Sri Lanka declared their first innings 40 minutes after lunch at a massive 760/7, the highest Test total in India. A world record sixth-wicket partnership of 351 runs between Mahela Jayawardene (275) and Prasanna Jayawardene (154 not out) helped Sri Lanka take a first innings lead of 334. Their partnership broke the 72-year-old world record of 346 runs held by Australians Donald Bradman and Jack Fingleton, set against England in 1937.

In the second innings, Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put 81 on board for India for the first wicket from only 17 overs. However, at stumps they were 190/2, losing Sehwag for 51 and Rahul Dravid for 38. Nightwatchman Amit Mishra (12 not out) who survived the final five overs with opener Gautam Gambhir (74) will resume batting on the last day.
India 426 and 190/2 (Gambhir 74*, Sehwag 51, Dravid 38) trail Sri Lanka 760/7 dec (Jayawardene 275, Prasanna 154*, Dilshan 112) by 144 runs

Ahmedabad, Day 3: Mahela Jayawardene double century takes Sri Lanka to 591/5

Mahela Jayawardene's magnificent double century, his sixth, helped Sri Lanka take charge of the first Test at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Wednesday. His unbroken 6th wicket partnership of 216 with his unrelated namesake Prasanna Jayawardene enusred Sri Lanka a 165-run lead over India at stumps on day three. They are now comfortably placed at 591/5 in 160 overs, in reply to India's first innings total of 426. This is their highest total on Indian soil, surpassing their previous best score of 420, made in 1986.

Mahela Jayawardene's unbeaten 204 was studded with 17 fours and 1 six. He added 138 runs for the fourth wicket with Thilan Samaraweera, who scored 70. In a 1997-98 Test match at the R. Premadasa statdium, in which Mahela debuted, Sri Lanka plundered a record breaking score of 952/6, the highest total in Test matches, after India had amassed 537 in the first innings. That test ended in a draw.
Sri Lanka 591/5 (Jayawardene 204*, Dilshan 112, Prasanna 84*, Samaraweera 70) lead India 426 by 165 runs

Ahmedabad, Day 2: Dilshan century takes Sri Lanka to 275/3

Tillekaratne Dilshan's tenth Test century - his first in India - powered Sri Lanka to 275 for three at the close of second day's play at Motera. Dilshan also became the first batsman to register five hundreds during this calendar year. He made 112.
India's bite-less bowling couldn't do much damage as Sri Lanka ended the day at 275/3 with Thilan Samaraweera batting on 45 and Mahela Jayawardene on 36. Captain Kumar Sangakkara scored 31 and young opener Tharanga Paranavitana 35.

In the morning, India were dismissed for 426, as Sri Lankan bowlers rallied with four wickets after India had resumed at 385 for six. Chanaka Welegedara made the early important breakthrough, as he had on Monday, by removing Rahul Dravid for his overnight score of 177. Welegedera finished with 4-87 while Muralitharan returned 3-97.
Sri Lanka 275/3 (Dilshan 112, Samaraweera 45*, Zaheer 2-45) trail India 426 (Dravid 177, Welegedara 4-87) by 151 runs

Ahmedabad, Day 1: Dravid leads recovery after Welegedara's damage

Rahul Dravid, whom the selectors won't allow to play in the short formats of the game because of his "age factor", smashed an unbeaten 177 (SR 70.51), his 27th Test century, on a day when Chanaka Welegedera gave India a shock start, reducing them to 32-4 inside the first hour. "The wall" hit 26 boundaries and a six in an unusually aggressive innings that saw him complete 11,000 Test runs with his final single of the day as India finished on a healthy 385/6.
Dravid also surpassed Steve Waugh's tally of 10,927 runs, when he reached 105, to become the fifth highest Test scorer behind Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.

Sri Lanka went into the game leaving out three of their best - Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara and Ajantha Mendis - but Chanaka Welegedera took out Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar in his first four overs in a destructive new-ball spell that left India reeling. Dammika Prasad then claimed Laxman as India slid to 32-4 by the eighth over before Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh led India to 105-4 by lunch.
Dravid and Yuvraj continued their fight after lunch, with a partnership of 125 runs. Yuvraj scored 68 from 93 balls, with 13 boundaries. Dravid then had a very productive partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni - amassing 224 in just 50.5 overs. Dhoni's 110 took 159 balls, with 10 boundaries and one six. Dravid's Fifty came in 79 balls, hundred in 158, and 150 in 216. Tomorrow, he will be gunning for his sixth double hundred.
Dravid (Born January 11, 1973)
FormatMatches InningsNO RunsHighestAverage 100s50sSR
Test 134 23327 1082327052.53265741.73
ODI 339 313401076515339.43 128271.17
T20I33 312 79075*27.24 04119.69
India 385/6 (Dravid 177*, Dhoni 110, Yuvraj 68, Welegedara 3-75) v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka tour of India Nov-Dec 2009 news

Sri Lanka determined to beat India on Indian soil after 44 years

Sri Lanka will be looking for the elusive test match and series win when they tour India for a Three Test, five ODI and Two T20 match series in November. The team arrive in India on November 8th for the 55-day tour. They will play a three-day warm up game in Mumbai, prior to the First Test which begins in Ahmedabad on the 16th of November. In 1965 January, Ceylon, led by Michael Tissera, beat a fully-fledged Indian side led by the Nawab of Pataudi Mansur Ali Khan by 4 wickets in Ahmedabad in an unofficial Test. Since then, Sri Lanka has never beaten India in an official Test match in India. Sri Lanka Cricket Team: Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Muttiah Muralitharan (Vice captain), Mahela Jayawardena, T.M. Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavithana, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Thilina Kandamby, Prasanna Jayawardena, Kaushal Silva, Chanaka Welegedera, Thilan Thushara Mirando, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis.
Stand byes: Dilhara Fernando, Chamara Kapugedera, Malinda Warnapura, Suraj Randev.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.