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Sri Lanka Cricket News August 2005
Indian Oil Cup: India lose yet another final
Aug 9 2005India lost by 18 runs to Lanka in the final of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo as Sanath Jayasuriya became the fourth man to score 10,000 runs in one-dayers as Sri Lanka posted 281-9 in the triangular series final against India. Jayasuriya joins Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly and Inzamam-ul-Haq in the exclusive 10,000-run club. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra was the only bowler to take any wickets for India, returning 6-59 to claim his second five-wicket haul at this level. Sri Lanka 281/9 (50 ov) beat India 263/9 (50.0 ov) by 18 runs
India in final after beating WI by seven runs
Aug 7 2005India weathered a brave fight-back from West Indies on Sunday to clinch a seven-run victory and a place in the tri-series tournament final against Sri Lanka. They set West Indies 263 to win after a blistering century by Yuvraj Singh and an unbeaten 83 from Mohammad Kaif.
Anil Kumble (3-38) reduced West Indies to 112-6 but Runako Morton hit 84 and keeper Denesh Ramdin an unbeaten 74. However, with 12 runs required for a major upset, left-armer Ashish Nehra held his nerve to bowl a fine last over, conceding just four.
West Indies beat Lanka by 33 runs
Aug 6 2005The depleted West Indies side pulled off a spectacular win over Sri Lanka by 33 runs in Colombo on Saturday. The fifth ODI of the IndianOil Tri-series saw Sri Lanka succumb to a yet another middle order collapse from which the home team - despite Arnold's (59) heroic effort - could not recover. The Lankans fell short of the modest 227-run target set by Windies, thanks to a combined effort by the Caribbean bowlers. Earlier, West Indies made a mess of a great start provided by skipper Chanderpaul (57) and Sylvester Joseph (58) to totter up to 226 at the end of the 50 overs against Sri Lanka.
Omari Banks was adjudged the man-of-the-match for picking up two wickets and scoring a quickfire 33 runs.
Sri Lanka pull off spectacular victory
Aug 3 2005Sri Lanka pulled off a spectacular victory after they were 95 for 6 around the halfway mark of the innings. The 22 over, 126 runs partnership between Jayawardene (94 in 114) and Chandana (44 in 62) helped Lanka reach the target with 12 balls to spare! In Picture: Sourav Ganguly became the third batsman to complete 10,000 runs in one-day internationals by top-scoring for India against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Ganguly joined injured team-mate Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq in reaching the landmark. He began the match 33 runs short of the mark and finished with 51 in a total of 220-8 on a difficult batting wicket. Scores: India 220/8 in 50 ov (Ganguly 41, Pathan 36, Dilshan 29/4) lost to Sri Lanka 221/6 in 48 ov (Jayawardene 94*, Chandana 44*) by 4 wickets.
Maharoof sets up Sri Lanka victory
Aug 2 2005Sri Lanka eased to a 50-run win over West Indies in the tri-series despite some big hitting from Dwayne Smith. Captain Marvan Atapattu (70) and Kumar Sangakkara (79) put on 138 for the second wicket as the hosts made 241-6.
Farveez Maharoof took 3-9 in 10 overs as the Windies collapsed to 39-5 in reply and a rout looked on the cards. Smith restored some respectability with two big sixes in his 68 but Muttiah Muralitharan (2-45) bowled him as Sri Lanka claimed their second victory. In Picture: SL Fast bowler Farveez Maharoof snapped up three wickets for nine runs. Scores: Sri Lanka 241/6 wkts (Atapattu 70, Sangakkara 79); West Indies 191 in 45.1 overs (DR Smith 68, Maharoof 10-5-9-3)
When all hell broke loose..
Sri Lanka's 952-6d against IndiaR. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (known prior to June 1994 as the Khetterama Cricket Stadium) was the brainchild of the late Sri Lanka President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this colossal 35,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on February 2 1986, this stadium is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total - 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in the first test of the 1997/98 series in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket. India in fact, had a great start to the series on Aug 2 1997, scoring 280/3 with Tendulkar 65* Azharuddin 18* on the crease at the close of day one. Siddhu had scored 111 from 200 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes. On the second day, India declared their innings at 537/8 with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 143 with 20 fours and Azhar 126 with 11 fours. Sri Lanka were 39/1 with Jayasurya on 12 when the day's play ended. NM Kulkarni took the wicket of MS Atapattu (26, fow 39) with his first ball in Test cricket. Day three was a boring affair for the Indians as Jayasuriya 175* and Mahanama 115* batted the whole day to reach 322/1. This was the 12th occasion in Test cricket. Day four proved to be a replay of day three with both the batsman remaining on the crease and adding more runs to the total. At close of play, Sri Lanka were 587/1 with Jayasuriya 326* and Mahanama 211* at the crease. Jayasuriya became the first ever Sri Lankan to score 300 runs in a Test. The West Indian pair of Garry Sobers and Frank Worrell were the only ones before today to bat throughout two consecutive days (against England at Bridgetown in 1959-60). On day five, Kumble got the break through for India, sending Mahanama (225r 753m 561b 27x4 0x6) back (lbw) with the scoreboard reading 615/2! Their partnership of 576 runs was the highest test partnership for any wicket. (previous: 467 MD Crowe and AH Jones, New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, 1990/91)
Jayasuriya (340r 799m 578b 36x4 2x6) was the next to go, in the very next over, caught Ganguly, bowled Chauhan, with the score reading 615/3. Jayasuriya's marathon and chanceless innings of 340 was the fourth highest in test cricket, after Lara's 375, Garry Sobers' 365 (not out), and Len Hutton's 364. All the Indian fielders ran to congratulate him as he departed with his head held down as he had missed his chance to overtake Lara's record. They applauded him all the way to the pavilion (In Picture) from where he got a standing ovation.
India had to suffer more batting practice by de Silva (126), Ranatunga (86) and Jayawardene (66). There were 58 extras when the innings ended at 952 for 6 wickets declared in 271 overs. The team record 952/6d beat the previous best, 903-7d by England v Australia at The Oval in 1938 and still stands. This total is also the 3rd highest team total in First-class cricket (Highest: 1107, Victoria v New South Wales at Melbourne, 1926/27). Jayasuriya graduated to the captaincy in 1999 and a record of 18 wins in 38 Tests and 37 wins in 60 one-dayers showed him to be a leader worthy of the respect of opposing teams. Result: Match drawn; 2-Test series level 0-0
Test Debuts: DPMD Jayawardene (SL); NM Kulkarni (Ind).
Man of the Match: ST Jayasuriya Brief Scores: India: 537/8 declared (Sidhu 111, Sachin 143, Azhar 126, Dravid 69) drew with Sri Lanka: 952/6 declared (Jayasuriya 340, Mahanama 225, DeSilva 126, Ranatunga 86, Jayawardene 66, Extras 58)