India rout Lanka to enter final

Gambhir, Kohli score half-centuries to complement good work by bowlers

India rout Lanka to enter final


First, the men in blue produced a near-perfect bowling effort to shut Sri Lanka out for a well below par 213, and then hunted down the target without any trouble for an eight-wicket victory, reducing their last league match against Bangladesh on Monday to one of mere academic interest.

There was not much doubt over India’s canter once man-for-the-occasion Gautam Gambhir and Dinesh Kaarthick, who came in for the rested Virender Sehwag, added 89 runs in just 11.3 overs. The partnership ended any hopes the Lankans might have had of making some early inroads into the Indian line-up and applying some pressure on them.
Kaarthick was a bit edgy at the start, but with Gambhir rock-steady at the other end, their partnership began to blossom. However, Kaarthick soon overtook his senior partner, playing some audacious shots especially through the on-side.

But the Tamil Nadu youngster could not make the day a better one, edging Thilan Thushara to Sangakkara behind the stumps. Gambhir, who enjoyed two reprieves at 41 and 43, essayed some classy shots through his preferred cover region as India chugged along nicely to their target through the 72-run alliance between him and Virat Kohli.

Finishing touches
However, the Delhi left-hander could not complete the job on the day as his attempt to force Thissara Perera to the on-side resulted only in a tame catch to Chanaka Welegedara.

The job of applying finishing touches was left to Kohli. The Delhi lad seized the chance to impress everyone further, registering an unbeaten fifty against his name while guiding India home in the company of Yuvraj Singh.
The bowlers laid the foundation for an Indian romp in the afternoon session. They came up with something noteworthy for the first time in the series. In the blink of an eye they reduced Sri Lanka to 81 for six. It was an effort laced with aggression and precision, lacking in their two previous outings in this tournament.

The thinking of Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara was clear once he opted to bat, pile up a huge score and bat the Indians out of the game. But his ambitions received a huge jolt in the fourth ball of their innings when Sudip Tyagi, who replaced a profligate Ashish Nehra in the playing eleven, managed to induce an edge from Upul Tharanga for Kaarthick to complete a simple catch at first slip.
But the Lankan worries soon evaporated as Tillakaratne Dilshan began to dismantle Indian bowling  in the company of Sangakkara.

However, Dilshan fell against the run of play while attempting to steer Zaheer Khan past Gambhir, with the Delhi player latching on to a good catch.
Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kanadamby and Thissara Perera fell victims to a mix of tight bowling and their own indiscretions as Lanka slipped into a wobbly situation. Just when it seemed that their innings would fold up soon, Sangakkara found an able ally in Randiv and the duo arrested the slide during their seventh-wicket partnership that was worth 59 runs.

After completing a sedate fifty Sangakkara departed, but Randiv, who completed his maiden one-day fifty, displayed a lot of determination to stay at the crease and Thilan Thushara gave him excellent company. The eight wicket duo also made 59 runs in 13.5 overs, and the partnership proved that with some application, runs would have come on this pitch. That they could not chip away at the lower order was the only blot on the Indian bowlers, but their early strikes had already earned enough points for them and the team.
DH News Service

SRI LANKA
Tharanga c Karthik b Tyagi    0
(4b)
Dilshan c Gambhir b Zaheer    33
(17b, 8x4)
Sangakkara c Raina b Yuvraj    68
(78b, 9x4)
Jayawardene c Kohli b Zaheer    5
(13b, 1x4)
Samaraweera lbw Sreesanth    0
(6b)
Kandamby (run out)    1
(11b)
Perera c Yuvraj b Mishra    11
(17b, 2x4)
Randiv b Mishra    56
(76b, 5x4)
Thushara c Yuvraj b Zaheer    28
(44b, 3x4)
Welegedara st Dhoni b Mishra    1
(4b)
Lakmal (not out)    0
(8b)
Extras (LB-3, W-6, NB-1)    10
Total (all out, 46.1 overs)    213
Fall of wickets: 1-0  (Tharanga), 2-42 (Dilshan), 3-60 (Jayawardene), 4-61 (Samaraweera), 5-66 (Kandamby), 6-81 (Perera), 7-143 (Sangakkara), 8-202 (Thushara), 9-209 (Randiv).
Bowling: Sudeep Tyagi 7-1-46-1, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth 7-0-38-1 (w-1), Zaheer Khan 10-2-38-3, Amit Mishra 9.1-1-40-3 (nb-1, w-3), Ravindra Jadeja 6-1-21-0 (w-1), Yuvraj Singh 4-0-18-1 (w-1), Suresh Raina 3-0-9-0.
Runs during Power Plays: Power Play 1: 1-10: 60/3, Power Play 2: 11-15: 8/2, Power Play 3 (batting): 44-48: 17/3.
INDIA
Kaarthick c S’kkara b Thushara    48
(40b, 9x4)
Gambhir c W’gedara b Perera    71
(86b, 10x4)
Kohli (not out     71
(68b, 9x4)
Yuvraj Singh (not out)    8
(7b)
Extras (LB-4, W-3, NB-9)    16
Total (for 2 wkts, 32.4 overs)    214
Fall of wickets: 1-89 (Kaarthick), 2-161 (Gambhir).
Bowling: Welegedara 5.4-0-51-0 (nb-6), Lakmal 10-0-75-0 (nb-3, w-1), Thilan Thushara 8-0-33-1 (w-2), Suraj Randiv 6-0-19-0, Perera 5-1-32-1.
Runs during Power Plays: Power Play 1: 1-10: 86/0, Power Play 2 (Batting): 31-35: 39/0.

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