India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights

January 30th, 2009 Posted in India, Match Highlights, Sri Lanka

Cricket Highlights: Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2009 played at Dambulla on 28 January.

Scoreline: SL 246. Sanath Jayasuriya hundred (107). India win with a couple of overs to spare. Gautham Gambhir 62, MS Dhoni 61 no, Suresh Raina 54.

Sanath Jayasuriya on a slowish wicket walloped Munaf Patel in particular en route to 13000 runs in ODI cricket and yet another century vs India. All the while Munaf reacted with just a grunt here and there. I really miss those glorious Munaf days where joy, pain, frustration and anger were all expressed with accurate simplicity – “Cummon bhe*cho**.

A fantastic knock by Jayasuriya amidst severe exhaustion that stood starkly against most of the Sri Lankan middle order. Sangakkara helped Sanath out with 40 odd and Maharoof provided some hard hitting towards the end. SL didn’t make use of their batting power play getting just 28 runs and losing 2 wickets in those significant 5 overs.

Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina provided the funniest moment in cricket since Michael Hussey’s dropped catch; both staring at each other as the ball plonked mildly between them.

Gambhir played some stunning shots very fine, while the rest of the Indian chase was the current stuff you get from them. Raina and Dhoni doing the efficient, dependable stuff with Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma sparkling briefly. Raina did start with some fantastic shots but then settled into singles-mode, while Dhoni whacked a few straight fours later on.

Kumar Dharmasena reappeared today on an international cricket field as an Umpire but got Tendulkar’s decision wrong. To his credit, it wasn’t too far outside leg and this is Dharmasena’s first game.

And that was that.

Sri Lanka Batting

India Batting

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