Sangakkara Scripts SL win

By Brian Thomas

The high riding Indians were kept in check yesterday, when Sri Lanka after their test series defeat came up with a sterling performance at Nagpur.

T20 draws crowds all round the world. Nagpur was electrifying with all tickets sold out. India,one of the strongest batting line up’s in the world are past masters in this version. They were crowned as worlds champions in the inaugural T20 world cup and further the IPL has brought about a new dimension to this version of the game in India.

India brought in their specialist T20 players such Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma and debutant Ashok Dinda. The top order with Shewag, Gambir, Dhoni, Yuvraj looks an awesome batting line up that could chase any big score.

Sri Lanka did the right thing by getting fresh legs into the park. Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara, Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Chamara Kapugedera were a breath of fresh air from a Sri Lankan perspective.

Winning the toss the Indian Captain thought it right to invite the visitors into bat on a belter of a pitch. Dhoni justified his decision to put the opposition in due to the dew factor.

Sri Lanka openers Dilshan and Jayasuriya started off tentatively with the ball skidding onto the bat. Sharma and Nehera bowled exceptionally well with the new ball.

Sri Lanka were very ordinary during the power play, however a missed chance off the bat of Jayasuriya by Yuvraj Sing at backward of point got the south paw cracking. Jayasuriya scored 22 runs off an Ashis Nehera over before sangakara and Dilshan tore into the Indian attack.

It was raining boundaries. Sangagkara was on song. He pulverized the Indian bowling by scoring eleven boundaries and 2 sixes in his 37 ball 78. Pragan Ojaha was put for plenty by the Sri Lankan skipper who executed fascinating cricketing strokes. Dilshan was dismissed for  but sangakara found support from Kapugedara who blasted 47 in 20 balls with seven boundaries and one six and at the tail end Angelo Mathews 15 runs in just 5 balls  with two towering sixes.

Sri Lanka got up to 215 in 20 overs for 5 wickets. Even a strong Indian batting line up will find it hard chasing 216 for victory batting second at the belter in Nagpur. Shewag and Gambir as expected went after the Sri Lankan attack.

India was well on course scoring 76 runs in their allotted six over power play. Shewag smashed 22 in 14 balls, while Gambir kept India’s hopes, high with his 26 ball 55. Gambir was bowled round his legs by Angelo Mathews but the left hander looked very threatening. India lost their way after the dismissal of Gambir.

Jayasuriya and Mathews turned it around for the visitors by bowling to a set field and sticking to a definite game plan. Sri Lanka’s ground fielding and catching was far beyond compare in comparison to the home team who dropped five sitters and looked very slippery in their ground fielding.

Thank God for no major umpire errors, the Indian umpires were a breath of fresh air in comparison to the gentleman at Mumbai.

Well played Sri Lanka. Mohali will host the next game on Saturday the 12th.


Main Scores

Sri Lanka 215 for 5 Wickets in 20 overs

Kumar Sangagkara            78 (37) balls

Charmara Kapudedera     47 (20) balls


Bowling

Ashok Dinda                     1 for 34 in 3 overs

RG Sharma                        1 for 22 in 3 overs

Yusuf Pathan                    1 for 54 in 4 overs

Ashish Nehera                 1 for 52 in 4 overs.


India 186 for 9 Wickets in 20 overs

Gautham Gambir            55 (26) balls

Virendra Shewag             22 (14) balls


Bowling

Sanath Jayasuriya           2 for 19 in 4 overs

Angelo Mathews            2 for 30 in 4 overs

Nuwan Kulasekara        1 for 36 in 3 overs

  • Milinda

    I tell you, an elocution teacher not knowing to spell? Amazing! Brian is a big mouthed idiot who rattles off what he does not know, without any hesitation or shame. “best cricket journalist” my foot!

  • sulochana

    Good Article. but you forgot the wide ball by given by the umpire. it may not cost us in this match but who knows in close it could be crucial extra run. not only a run but also a extra ball.

  • http://gmail. Susitha

    brilliant article by one of our best cricket journalists. i am a Sri Lankan student studying in Lucknow and i saw the team getting wallopped in all three Tests, the T-20 win was some consolation and how well as brian described it. well done sir.
    susitha

  • Admirer

    This column will bring out the best, Great work IT department.

  • Gunda

    Mrs Augusta has to be sent to an elocution class first.

  • sasi ganeshan

    An excellent article. Brian has been exposed to to top cricketing personalities around the world and he knows the game well.I too have played the game I am really impressed. Well Done Brian
    Sasi Ganeshan

  • Mrs Augusta Dharmadasa

    Excellent article.

    Brian thomas is a genious. i am so glad he now writes for your web. i used to read many of his cricket stories on cover point colum. i also remember the cricket show which he hosted. he is very proffessional. I am a elocution teacher at ladys college, i alsways tell my students to read Brian’s cricket articles because his English is about the best to read in sri Lanka. please convey to him our thanks. he is a wonderful wonderful scribe

    Mrs Augusta Dharmadasa