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Perera hands SL big win

2012-02-21 13:28

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.

Sri 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.

Lahiru 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.

The 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.


AFP