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Sri Lanka reaches 227-6 in final 1-dayer

Sri Lanka reaches 227-6 in final 1-dayer

Thilan Thushara's maiden half-century and an unbroken 94-run partnership with Jehan Mubarak helped Sri Lanka recover from an early slump and reach 227-6 after batting first in the fifth and final one-day international against India.
Coming to bat when his team precariously placed at 133-6, Thushara batted aggressively with No. 7 Mubarak, who anchored the innings with a 55-ball 47 not out.
At the innings close, Thushara remained not out on 54 off just 46 balls including six fours.
Having sealed its first-ever series win in Sri Lanka by taking a 3-1 lead, India looks to extend its domination over the hosts.
After Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat first, seamer Zaheer Khan gave India a perfect start by dismissing opener Sanath Jayasuriya for one run in the second over.
Jayasuriya tried to hit a ball on the off-side but only succeeded in top-edging it to Pragyan Ojha fielding at deep third-man.
Opener Malinda Warnapura and Mahela Udawatte then added a 77-run partnership for the third wicket, before a double strike in the 18th over by left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan brought India right back into the match.
Warnapura (30) miscued a pull shot and was caught by Gautam Gambhir, and three balls later Udawatte was trapped lbw for 43 runs. His 55-ball innings included six boundaries.
Rudra Pratap Singh had an out-of-form Kumar Sangakkara (1) caught at slip in the next over to leave the hosts 82-4.
Chamara Kapugedera and captain Jayawardene then looked to salvage the Sri Lankan innings but their partnership lasted just 22 runs before Jayawardene was caught at extra-cover by Yuvraj Singh off spin bowler Pragyan Ojha.
Kapugedera tried to accelerate scoring but was caught in the deep by Rudra Pratap for 26, making it look like Sri Lanka's innings would be soon over.
Ojha bowled best for India taking two wickets for just 28 runs in his 10 overs.
Both teams made three changes each from the last match.
Sri Lanka dropped out-of-form batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and rested key bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, replacing them with Udawatte, Mubarak and Dilhara Fernando.
India rested batsman Subramaniam Badrinath and bowlers Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar recalling Ojha, Rudra Pratap and Pathan.


Updated : 2021-10-17 17:28 GMT+08:00