Brisbane - An outstanding display of seam
bowling from Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka beat
India by 51 runs in their one-day international tri-series match in
Brisbane on Tuesday.
After Sri Lanka scored 289-6, man of the
match Kulasekara took 3-40 and Perera 4-37 as India were bowled out for
238 in 45.1 overs, their second loss in three days following their
defeat to Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.
Sri Lanka moved into
second in the tri-series points table following the win and are now on
11 points, three behind the Australians and one ahead of India.
Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and chose to bat on a
hot and humid Brisbane afternoon in a decision vindicated by his
batsmen, who were always on top of the Indian bowlers.
Thirimanne scored a quick-fire 62 in the middle of the order and
big-hitting Angelo Mathews smashed 49 not out from 37 balls as the Sri
Lankans blasted 91 runs off the last 10 0vers.
Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 2-50 while left arm seamer Irfan Pathan took 2-54.
Indian run chase began badly with skipper Virender Sehwag and Sachin
Tendulkar both falling early and any hopes of overhauling the Sri Lanka
total were dashed as they kept losing wickets at crucial moments.
Only Virat Kohli with 66 and Pathan with 47 from 34 balls at the end offered any real resistance.