India vs Sri Lanka First ODI at Dambulla Cricket Series 2009

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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

IND v SL, 1st ODI, Dambulla: Muralitharan poised to become No. 1 wicket-taker

Muttiah Muralitharan is poised to become the leading wicket-taker in Test and one-day cricket when Sri Lanka's five-match limited-overs series against India starts Wednesday.
The 37-year-old offspinner, who already holds the Test record with 769 dismissals, became only the second bowler to take 500 one-day wickets in Sri Lanka's win over Pakistan last Saturday to move only two behind former Pakistani left-arm quick Wasim Akram.
Meanwhile, Muralitharan's spin partner, Ajantha Mendis, has gone on to become the fastest bowler to claim 50 ODI wickets after taking a match-winning 6-13 to rout India in the Asia Cup final last year.
Dhoni's team won 3-2 last August to become the first Indian side to win an ODI series in Sri Lanka, but he downplayed the significance of that victory Tuesday.
India offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who has picked up more than 200 wickets, has a hamstring injury and isn't in the squad, forcing Dhoni to play left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha or the uncapped Ravindra Jadeja. Sri Lanka team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Jehan Mubarak, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilina Kandamby, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Farveez Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekera, Thilan Thushara, Angelo Mathews.
India team (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar

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India vs Sri Lanka First ODI at Dambulla


India won the toss and decided to field
246 for 7 (50.0 overs)
247 for 4 (48.1 overs)

Sri Lanka Innings - Close
Dilshan run out
3 0 0
Jayasuriya c Patel b Zaheer
114 10 1
Sangakkara c Raina b Ojha
86 2 0
Kandamby c Zaheer b I Sharma
32 1 0
b I Sharma
27 2 1
M Jayawardene c R Sharma b I Sharma
19 0 0
Kapugedera run out
11 0 1
Thushara not out
10 0 1
Kulasekara not out
0 0 0
2nb 3w 5
for 7 246 (50.0 ovs)

Zaheer 10.0 2 40 1
Patel 5.0 0 32 0
I Sharma 10.0 1 52 3
Ojha 10.0 0 52 1
Y Pathan 7.0 0 32 0
Raina 4.0 0 16 0
R Sharma 4.0 1 22 0
Fall of wicket
0 Dilshan
118 Sangakkara
169 Kandamby
171 Jayasuriya
204 M Jayawardene
222 Maharoof
245 Kapugedera

India Innings
Gambhir c Kandamby b Muralitharan
68 5 0
Tendulkar lbw b Thushara
16 0 0
Raina run out
71 3 1
Yuvraj c Muralitharan b Maharoof
40 2 0
Dhoni not out
65 5 0
R Sharma not out
30 3 0
1nb 8w 8lb 17
for 4 247 (48.1 ovs)

Kulasekara 7.0 0 32 0
Thushara 7.3 0 39 1
Maharoof 8.0 0 35 1
Mendis 10.0 0 47 0
Muralitharan 10.0 0 52 1
Dilshan 5.0 0 28 0
Fall of wicket
13 Tendulkar
126 Gambhir
137 Raina
181 Yuvraj

Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena, B G Jerling
Sri Lanka: Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Sangakkara (W), M Jayawardene (C), Kapugedera, Kandamby, Maharoof, Thushara, Kulasekara, Muralitharan, Mendis
India: Gambhir, Tendulkar, R Sharma, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni (C/W), Y Pathan, Zaheer, Ojha, I Sharma, Patel

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.