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IND v SL, T20, Colombo: Pathan brothers lead India to Twenty20 win

Brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan plundered 59 runs off 25 balls as world champions India posted a thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international match at Colombo on Tuesday.
India were struggling at 115-7 chasing a 172-run target before the Pathan duo steered their side home with four balls to spare in the first-ever Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka.
Yusuf, who had earlier taken two wickets with his off-spin, remained unbeaten with a 10-ball 22 with the help of two sixes and one boundary. He was named man of the match for his all-round display. His younger brother Irfan finished the match when he swung paceman Lasith Malinga over mid-wicket for a six. He cracked two sixes and as many boundaries in his 16-ball 33 not out.
"There are a lot of youngsters in our team and stiff matches like these are a great learning experience. Their spinners bowled really well and made our batsmen struggle," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan (61) earlier smashed a maiden half-century to help his side set a challenging target after being dropped in the opening over. He had yet to open his account at that stage.
IND v SL, T20, Colombo: India 174-7 (19.2 overs) beat Sri Lanka 171-4 (20.0 overs) by 3 wickets

IND v SL, 5th ODI, Colombo: Sri Lanka beat India by 68 runs (IND 4:1)

Sri Lanka ended India's nine-match winning run with a 68-run consolation success in Sunday's one-day international in Colombo.
Nuwan Kulasekara picked up the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina as India struggled in pursuit of 321 in the fifth and final ODI of a series they have nonetheless won 4-1.
The defeat halted India's run of nine straight wins in limited-overs internationals that began with a 5-0 rout of England at home and has lifted Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team to No. 2 behind South Africa in one-day rankings.
Dilshan made 97 off 117 balls while Sangakkara (84) scored his third successive half century of the series in Sri Lanka's formidable total of 320-8 in 50 overs - the home team's best batting effort in the series.
India lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked to threaten a strong Sri Lankan total before it was bowled out for 252 in 48.5 overs.
Sri Lanka 320-8 (50.0 overs) beat India 252 (48.5 overs) by 68 runs

IND v SL, 4th ODI, Colombo: India claim ninth victory in a row (IND 4:0)

India notched up the record-breaking ninth consecutive win, in a match that was suspended midway through, for 22 minutes, due to unruly crowd behaviour. The match also saw Muttiah Muralitharan celebrating his record 503rd ODI wicket, in his 328th one-day international. He dismissed Gautam Gambhir in his 10th and final over to move above former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram at the top of the list. Averaging over six wickets per match, Muralitharan is also Test cricket’’s leading wicket-taker with 769 victims in 125 matches. Man of the Match Gautam Gambhir's 150 helped India post 332 for five and they bowled their hosts out for 265 to secure a 67-run win over Sri Lanka at the R. Premadesa Stadium in Colombo.
India 332-5 (50.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 265 (48.0 overs) by 67 runs

IND v SL, 4th ODI, Colombo: India plans to test bench strength

Having clinched the five-match series by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead, India will try out some of their reserve players when they take on Sri Lanka in an inconsequential fourth one-dayer in Colombo on Thursday, seeking to notch up a record-breaking ninth consecutive win.
Although the visitors would ideally like to make a clean sweep of the series, giving an opportunity to the bench players will be their priority in the remaining two matches.
Everything has gone well for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men in the series and the team will be keen to keep the winning sequence going for a record ninth consecutive match on Thursday. The Indian batting has been far superior than the home team and the bowling has also been quite disciplined to bring about the desired results.
Dhoni made it clear after yesterday's match that giving reserve players a chance to prove themselves was more important than retaining the winning squad in pursuit of their record ninth straight ODI win.
India team (from): M.S. Dhoni (capt.), V. Sehwag, S. Tendulkar, G. Gambhir, Yuvraj, S. Raina, Yusuf, Zaheer, Ishant , P. Ojha, Praveen, L. Balaji, Irfan, Rohit, R. Jadeja.
Sri Lanka team (from): M. Jayawardene (capt.), S. Jayasuriya, T. Dilshan, K. Sangakkara, C. Kapugedera, T. Kandamby, F. Maharoof, M. Muralitharan, A. Mendis, N. Kulasekara, D. Fernando, T. Tushara, A. Matthews, U. Tharanga, J. Mubarak.

Malinga named in Sri Lanka Twenty20 squad

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been included in Sri Lanka's squad for next week's Twenty20 match against India, selectors announced at Colombo on Tuesday.
Malinga, out of action due to a knee injury, made his last international appearance in February 2008 in a one-dayer against Australia in Melbourne. He has so far played 28 Tests, 53 one-dayers and seven Twenty20 matches. The Twenty20 game starts here on February 10.
The selectors kept the same one-day squad for the last two games of the ongoing five-match series against the tourists, to be held here on Thursday and Sunday.
Sr Lanka Twenty20 squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Jehan Mubarak, Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Indika de Saram, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof, Kaushal Weeraratne, Malinga Bandara, Jeevantha Kulatunga, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Mahela Udawatte, Thilan Thushara.

IND v SL, 3rd ODI, Colombo: India beat Sri Lanka by 147 runs to seal series (IND 3:0)

Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag cracked blistering centuries as a ruthless India clinched the five-match cricket series against Sri Lanka by spanking the hosts by 147 runs in the third ODI at Colombo.
Electing to bat first, India rode on a 221-run stand for the third wicket between Sehwag (116) and Yuvraj (117) to amass 363 for five, their highest score in Sri Lanka.
Chasing the mammoth total, Sri Lanka folded for 216 in 41.4 overs, despite Kumar Sangakkara's defiant 83 off 82 balls. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha did the maximum damage to Sri Lanka, claiming four for 38.
India thus took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and both the teams will square off again here on Thursday for the fourth match.
The capacity crowd at the R Premadasa Stadium found the only solace when off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan removed Yuvraj to equal Wasim Akram's world record tally of 502 ODI scalps. This was India's highest total on Sri Lankan soil, eclipsing the previous best of 307 for 6 in 1998 at the same venue.
IND v SL, 3rd ODI, Colombo: India 363-5 (50.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 214 (41.4 overs) by 147 runs

IND v SL, 2nd ODI, Colombo: India beat Sri Lanka by 15 runs (IND 2:0)

India fended off a spirited challenge by Sri Lanka to snatch a thrilling 15-run victory in the second one-dayer and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
After posting a competitive 256 for 9, the visitors quelled Sri Lankan late fightback to stop them at 241 with four balls to spare in a pulsating floodlit encounter.
Visiting fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who took three wickets in the first match, returned figures of four for 56 from his nine overs and Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Pragyan Ojha chipping in with a wicket apiece.
Thilina Kandamby's brilliant unbeaten 93 went in vain as Indians held on to their nerves in the tense final moments to romp home at the day-nighter. With today's win, India have notched up their seventh consecutive ODI victory.
Electing to bat, India scored 256 for nine with Yuvraj Singh (66) and Virender Sehwag (42) being the main contributors on a slow track at Premadasa stadium.
IND v SL, 2nd ODI, Colombo: India 256-9 (50.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 241 (49.2 overs) by 15 runs

IND v SL, 1st ODI, Dambulla: India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets (IND 1:0)

An unflappable Mahendra Singh Dhoni led by example as India relied on a clinical all-round display to thrash Sri Lanka by six wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match cricket ODI series at Dambulla.
Chasing 247, India rode on substantial contributions from Gautam Gambhir (62) and Suresh Raina (54) before losing both the set batsmen but Dhoni (61 not out) was his composed self as he guided the team to victory with 11 balls to spare. The ageing Sanath Jayasuriya's 28th ODI century went in vain as the Indians never allowed the islanders to break loose on a slow track. Kumar Sangakkara contributed 44 as Sri Lanka posted 246 for seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Both the teams now move to Colombo for the second match on Saturday.
This was India's sixth ODI win in a row, coming after their 5-0 whitewash of England at home. With a hip injury keeping Virender Sehwag out of action and Sachin Tendulkar (5) back in the hut in the fourth over, the chase on a sluggish track was far from easy. But with Gambhir and Raina on song, India hardly had a reason to worry.
The left-handed duo went on to stitch together a 113-run stand for the second wicket which laid the perfect foundation for a successful chase, besides offsetting the setback of losing Tendulkar early in the innings.
Thilana Thushara's ball had pitched bit outside the leg stump before rapping Tendulkar's pad and Kumar Dharmasena, making his ODI debut as umpire, took his time before upholding the vociferous appeal.
IND v SL, 1st ODI, Dambulla: India 247-4 (48.1 overs) beat Sri Lanka 246-7 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets

Indian cricket team reaches Colombo

The Indian cricket team, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, arrived at the Bandaranaike International airport here this afternoon and was received by Sri Lankan officials.
The players were given a warm welcome. A large crowd had turned up to catch a glimpse of the stars as they trooped out from the terminal. The Indians had a practice session in Chennai in the morning from where they boarded a flight to Colombo.
Dhoni and his teammates will take on the hosts in five-match one day series, beginning with the first ODI on Wednesday at Dambulla.

Ravindra Jadeja named in India squad for Sri Lanka tour

India's cricket selectors on Sunday included uncapped all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the five one-day matches and a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka starting later this month.
Jadeja, 20, replaced injured off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in the 15-man squad announced by Indian cricket board's joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale at Mumabi.
"Harbhajan Singh is suffering from a hamstring injury and Jadeja will take his place in the squad," Jagdale said.
Left-handed Jadeja gave a good account of himself in India's premier first-class tournament for the Ranji Trophy, picking 42 wickets from nine matches while scoring 739 runs. Medium-pacer Praveen Kumar was recalled at the expense of batsman Virat Kohli after being ignored for the home one-day series against England which India won 5-0.
India last toured Sri Lanka in July-August 2008, losing the Tests 2-1 before winning the one day series 3-2.
India's team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar.

India tour schedule announced

India will play their first one-day international against Sri Lanka on January 28 in Dambulla, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Thursday.
Sri Lanka host India in between a two-leg tour of Pakistan, where they are due to play three one-dayers starting next week before returning for two Tests later in February.
India were scheduled to play Pakistan this month but that tour was abandoned due to the Mumbai terror attacks. The Board of Control for Cricket in India then struck a deal with SLC and will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international on a tour there instead. Dambulla will also stage the second one-dayer on January 30 before the action shifts to Colombo.
The Premadasa Stadium will host the third and fourth one-dayers on February 2 and 5, while the final game will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground on February 8.
The SSC, which is also in the Sri Lankan capital, will host the only Twenty20 international on February 10.

India cricket team to tour Sri Lanka next month

India will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international against hosts Sri Lanka next month to help fill the gap created by their cancelled tour of Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.
The dates and venues for the hastily arranged series will be announced within a few days, Indian cricket board secretary N. Srinivasan told reporters after talks with Sri Lankan board officials.
"India and Sri Lanka have a very long and close relationship in cricket, among other things, and we will continue to support Sri Lankan cricket in future," said Srinivasan. Indian media reports said the upcoming tour was likely to take place between February 1-15 and all matches would be played in Colombo.

India cricket team to tour Sri Lanka next month

India will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international against hosts Sri Lanka next month to help fill the gap created by their cancelled tour of Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.
The dates and venues for the hastily arranged series will be announced within a few days, Indian cricket board secretary N. Srinivasan told reporters after talks with Sri Lankan board officials.
"India and Sri Lanka have a very long and close relationship in cricket, among other things, and we will continue to support Sri Lankan cricket in future," said Srinivasan. Indian media reports said the upcoming tour was likely to take place between February 1-15 and all matches would be played in Colombo.

India vs Sri Lanka Cricket Series 2008

Indian Players ODI Series Statistics

ODIs / Batsman 1st ODI
2nd ODI
3rd ODI
4th ODI
5th ODI
Avg. Total
G Gambhir 0 DNP 8 17 11 9.00 36
V Kohli 12 37 25 54 31 31.80 159
S Raina 17 1 53 76 10 31.40 157
11/0 DNB DNB DNB DNB - -
Y Singh 23 20 12 0 17 14.40 72
DNB 10/0 37/1 53/2 11/0 37.00 -
R Sharma 19 0 32 18 3 14.40 72
11/0 DNB 9/0 13/0 7/0 - -
MS Dhoni 6 39 76 71 1 38.60 193
I Pathan 7 5 DNP DNP 7 6.33 19
35/0 21/1 DNP DNP 52/2 36.00 -
Badrinath DNP 27 6 6 DNP 19.50 39
P Kumar DNP DNB 2 2 DNP 4.00 4
DNP 34/3 62/2 25/0 DNP 24.20 -
H Singh 12 1 2 2 DNP 4.25 17
18/0 26/2 29/1 40/3 DNP 18.83 -
Z Khan 12 2 1 0 3 4.50 18
24/0 21/4 23/3 27/1 49/1 16.00 -
P Ojha 16 DNP DNP DNP 5 21.00 21
9/0 DNP DNP DNP 28/2 18.50 -
M Patel 15 DNB DNB 1 4 20.00 20
32/2 24/0 42/3 48/2 20/0 23.71 -
India Total 146 143/7 237/9 258 103 - -
Sri Lanka Total 147/2 142 204 212 227/6 - -
Result SL won by 8 wickets IND won by 3 wickets IND won by 33 runs IND won by 46 runs SL won by 112 runs (D/L) IND won the Series 3-2
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IND vs SL, 5th ODI, Colombo: Kulasekara, Mendis fire Sri Lanka to consolation win

Nuwan Kulasekara wrecked India's top order with a career-best haul of 4-40 to bowl Sri Lanka to a consolation 112-run victory in the fifth and final one-day international at Colombo on Friday.
India, who already had a winning 3-1 lead, were shot out for 103 chasing a rain-revised target of 216 off 44 overs under lights. They clinched the series 3-2. It was India's third-lowest total against Sri Lanka in one-dayers. Teenager Virat Kohli was the top scorer with 31 in a brittle batting performance.
Kulasekara ended India's early flourish when he had Gambhir caught by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara. Gambhir added 38 for the opening wicket with Kohli. The 19-year-old Kohli batted fluently, once pulling Kulasekara for a six. He fell just when he looked well-set, trapped leg-before playing across the line.
Kulasekara got a big wicket when he dismissed in-form Raina, who mistimed a pull to be caught by Dilhara Fernando at mid-off. The seamer then returned after a rain interruption to trap Sharma leg-before to reduce the tourists to 76-4.
Sri Lanka virtually wrapped up the match when out-of-form Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni fell in the space of six runs to leave their team wobbling at 85-6. Yuvraj inside-edged a Mendis delivery on to his stumps to finish the series with just 72 runs in five matches, while Dhoni was bowled by paceman Fernando, who finished with 2-24.
The hosts earlier plundered 84 in the last 10 overs, thanks to Thushara's brisk 46-ball knock containing six fours. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (2-28) and seamer Irfan Pathan (2-52) raised India's hopes of restricting Sri Lanka to a modest total before Thushara and Mubarak rallied their side. Pathan ended Sri Lanka's recovery when he removed well-set Mahela Udawatte (43) and opener Malinda Warnapura (30) in the space of four deliveries.
Udawatte and Warnapura batted sensibly to add 77 for the second wicket after the dismissal of veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya (one) in seamer Zaheer Khan's first over. Ojha kept a tidy line and length, removing Jayawardene (12) and Chamara Kapugedera (26) in the process. Jayawardene, who won the first toss of the series, was held in the covers by Yuvraj, and Kapugedera was caught in the deep by Rudra Pratap Singh while going for a big shot.
Rudra Pratap also claimed a wicket when he had Sangakkara (one) caught by Gambhir at first slip. Sangakkara could make just 37 runs in five matches.
IND vs SL, 5th ODI, Colombo: Sri Lanka 227 for 6 (50.0 overs) beat India 103 all out (26.3 overs) by 112 runs (D/L)

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