Ton-up Kohli inspires Indian win

Ton-up Kohli inspires Indian win

Cricket First ODI: Dhonis men survive Sangakkara scare; Sehwag misses century by a whisker

Ton-up Kohli inspires Indian win

India survived some jittery moments towards the end before snatching a thrilling 21-run win over Sri Lanka in the first cricket one-dayer of the five-match series, here on Saturday.

Virat Kohli cracked a superb 106 and Virender Sehwag scored 96 runs as their 173-run stand for the second wicket laid the foundation for India’s imposing 314 for six after electing to bat.

Diminutive left-hander Suresh Raina (50 off 45) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 29) added valuable runs towards the end to take the side past 300-run mark.
India then restricted the hosts to 293 for nine to take a 1-0 lead in the series, which it needs to win by a 5-0 margin to reclaim the number one position in ODIs.

The hosts’ resistance was built around Sangakkara’s fighting 133 but he fell short of partners from the other end until he was joined by Thisara Perera, who scored a quick-fire 44 off just 28 balls.

Sangakkara’s knock, his 14th ODI hundred and fifth against India, came off 151 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Sangakkara and Perera rattled up a 78-run stand for the seventh wicket, giving some anxious moments to India but their effort only reduced the defeat of margin.

Sri Lanka’s fight ended when Sangakkara was bowled by Umesh Yadav in the 48th over and Perera was dismissed by Irfan Pathan in the penultimate over.

Pathan (2/37), R Ashwin (2/46) and Yadav (2/76) took two wickets each for India.
Kohli carried his good form of the last season into the match as he scored his fourth hundred in his last five innings. The 23-year-old Kohli blasted nine boundaries in his 113-ball innings.

Sehwag, who was given a reprieve by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over, had 10 boundaries in his 97-ball innings.

Both the teams will now travel to Colombo for the second match, scheduled for Tuesday.

Sri Lanka made a shaky start to the chase as they lost Dilshan (6) in the second over. He was trapped by Pathan with his second ball.

Sangakkara and Upul Tharanga (28) somehow redeemed the innings with a 77-run stand but India never let the duo bat freely, resulting in mounting of the required run-rate.

Spinner Aswhin started troubling the batsmen right from the word go and soon broke the second wicket stand by having Tharanga caught in the slip cordon.

Dinesh Chandimal (13) departed without contributing much, and the last thing, Sri Lanka needed at that stage was losing another wicket but left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha struck a deadly blow to the hosts by trapping skipper Jayawardene (12).

Sri Lanka required 144 runs from the last 15 overs and the pressure of scoring almost 10 runs per over got to Angelo Mathews, whose half-hearted strike ended in the hands of Gautam Gambhir (7) in the cover region. Sangakkara kept going strong from the other end and completed his century with a single off Ashwin in the last ball of the 39th over.

score board

INDIA

Gambhir b Kulasekara    3
Sehwag (run out)    96
Kohli c sub b Perera    106
Rohit b Mathews    5
Raina c sub b Perera    50
Dhoni c Thirimanne b Perera    35
Pathan (not out)    7
Ashwin (not out)    0
Extras (B-1, LB-2, W-7, NB-2)    12
Total (for 6 wkts, 50 overs)    314
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-180, 3-191, 4-228, 5-307, 6-307.
Bowling: Kulasekara 5-0-20-1, Malinga 10-0-83-0, Mathews 10-0-58-1, Perera 10-0-70-3, Dilshan 5-0-28-0, Herath 10-0-52-0.

SRI LANKA

Tharanga c Sehwag b Ashwin    28
Dilshan lbw Pathan    6
Sangakkara b Yadav    133
Chandimal c Dhoni b Yadav    13
Jayawardene lbw Ojha    12
Mathews c Gambhir b Khan    7
Thirimanne lbw Ashwin    7
Perera c Kohli b Pathan    44
Herath (run out)    0 
Malinga (not out)    19
Kulasekara (not out)    1
Extras (B-1, LB-6, W-16)    23
Total (for 9 wkts, 50 overs)    293
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-86, 3-117, 4-132, 5-172, 6-191, 7-269, 8-271, 9-275.
Bowling: Zaheer 10-0-63-1, Pathan 10-1-37-2, Yadav 10-0-76-2, Ashwin 10-1-46-2, Sehwag 4-0-20-0, Ojha 6-0-44-1.

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