Sri Lanka beat Australia by nine runs despite Dan Christian’s hat-trick in a dramatic one-day international on Friday to book their place in the final of the Tri-series against the hosts and send India home.
The following squad has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports, for the Asia Cup 2012 in Bangladesh. Mahela Jayawardena (Captain) T M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Dinesh Chandimal Angelo Mathews (Vice Captain) Lahiru Thirimanne Thisara Perera Farveez Maharoof Sachithra Senanayake Nuwan Kulasekera Lasith Malinga Sekuge Prasanna Suranga Lakmal
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Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 133 as India chased down a mammoth 321-run target in under 37 overs against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Tuesday to stay alive in the one-day international Tri-series.
Fired by half-centuries from captain and man-of-the-match Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal, the tourists were ushered to victory by a brilliant cameo from allrounder Thisara Perera who blasted an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls in the final few overs.
Nuwan Kulasekara picked up three wickets, including Gautam Gambhir (29) and Sachin Tendulkar (22), while Thisara Perera cleaned up at the end with four wickets. Lasith Malinga took two while the remaining wicket went to paceman Farveez Maharoof.
Kumar Sangakkara hit his 10,000th run in one-day internationals to help Sri Lanka hammer Australia by eight wickets in a rain-shortened Tri-series match on Friday.
“This is how these guys would learn. I believe Matthews is ready to take more responsibility. But for couple of bad balls, he bowled a really good over. It’s important for them to learn and go through this situation. One inch here and there and a guy like Dhoni could take you apart.”
Skipper MS Dhoni hit three runs off the last ball to earn India a tie in their tri one-day series international against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka rode on Angelo Mathews’ heroics to very nearly pull off a sensational victory before falling short by just five runs against Australia in a nerve-wrecking cricket tri-series match here today.
India made heavy weather of a modest run chase before securing a four-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the second match of the triangular series at Perth on Wednesday.
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I hope to do my best if I’m called for the National side. There are pretty good batsmen in the National side now but by being able to mix with them for top international matches I will gain vital experience.”
12 ODI matches in the preliminary rounds. Each team will play each other four times.