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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, T20, Colombo: India has edge over depleted Lanka in Twenty20 tie

On a high after demolishing Sri Lanka 4-1 in the just-concluded ODI series, world champions India will have a distinct edge over the depleted hosts when the sides lock horn in the first Twenty20 international cricket match on Lankan soil.
Sri Lanka will hope to carry forward some of the confidence regained after winning the fifth and final match but yesterday's defeat was just a blip on the Indian team's radar after Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men dictated terms for the most part of the series.
With Sri Lanka deciding to rest key players, including regular captain Mahela Jayawardene, deputy Kumar Sangakkara and the spin twins of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, Tillakaratne Dilshan will have an unenviable task at hand when he walks out for the toss. Having achieved the primary target of clinching the ODI series, the Indian team would be in a relaxed state of mind and tomorrow's match would be an ideal opportunity for the stroke players to light up the stadium with batting pyrotechnics.
A victim of serial umpiring blunders, Sachin Tendulkar has already returned home but going by the kind of form Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are in, the Lankans bowlers will have tough time taming the Delhi duo.

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, 3rd ODI, Colombo: Sri Lanka seek consistency in vital India one-dayer

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is looking for a consistent all-round performance from his team in the crucial third one-day international against India starting at Colombo on Tuesday.
It is a must-win tie after the home team lost the first two games of the five-match series but Jayawardene said his side were capable of raising their performance. The Sri Lankan captain said his team needed to put more pressure on in-form India who had won their last seven one-dayers, including five against England at home last year.
India made one change to their 15-man squad, with paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji replacing injured Munaf Patel.
India team (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar.
Sri Lanka team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Thilina Kandamby, Jehan Mubarak, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Angelo Mathews.

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, 2nd ODI, Colombo: Sehwag to return for second ODI

India's dashing opener Virender Sehwag is almost certain to come back to the side in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The 30-year-old opening batsman missed the first ODI in Dambulla due to hip pain, but India won the match comfortably by six wickets. Sehwag, however, was back on the field Friday and had a good training session.
Dhoni denied that Sehwag's return will result in a selection dilemma and hinted that Rohit Sharma, who made an unbeaten 25 in Dambulla, will have to sit out.
India team (from): 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.
Sri Lanka team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Thilina Kandamby, Jehan Mubarak, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Angelo Mathews.

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

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.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.