Sri Lanka beaten by the “youth” of India

India in pursuit of 316 to win the series got off to a shocker losing Virendra Shewag for 10 caught by Dilshan off the bowling of Suranga Lakml for 10 with India on 14.

Then came wicket number two when Tendulkhar try to hit over top and was caught at cover for 8 to give Sri Lanka her 2nd wicket with India on 23.

With Gambir and Kohli at the wickets, Sri Lanka thanks to young Lakmal controlled the Indians but it all went haywire when Lasith malinga’s first over was carted around for 16 runs by Virat Kholi.

The onslaught with Gambir and kholi then got underway. The two youngsters played with great authority, nudging the good ball into gaps, putting away the lose deliveries, with sheer timing and precision. The right hand left hand combination fetched the Indians 224 runs for the third wicket with both players getting to their respective centuries with Kholi making his maiden.

The Sri Lanka bowling, with the disadvantage of the dew looked out of sought. They gave too many singles with the fielding positions much to be desired. Kholi was ultimately caught by substitute Pushpakumara at deep mid on, not before he made 107 runs with eleven boundaries and one six, with India within sight of victory on 247.

Dinesh Karthick then joined Gambir and guide India to a great win, with Gambir Unbeaten on 150, his 7th ton that included fourteen boundaries. He was adjudicated man of the match after India won with eleven balls to spare, however in a kind gesture he offered the award to his partner Virat Kholi who took the initiative in building a long partnership.

India proved to the world that they are the best batting side in the world. Pundits were proved wrong that Dhoni and Yuvraj out of the side will hamper their big run chase.

Lasith Malinga was very disappointing being carted for 75 runs in 9.1 overs. The dew factor together with injuries to most of their senior bowlers including Mathews the premier all rounder has been the negatives for Sri Lanka in getting the correct combination.

India deserve the series win they certainly looked the better team especially here in Kolkata and in their last outing at Cuttack

Main Scores

Sri Lanka 315 for 6 Wickets in 50 overs

India         316 for 3 Wickets in 48.1 overs

Gautham gambir 150 not out

Virat Kholi              107

Ras Lakmal 2 for 55

Suraj Randiv 1 for 57     

1st Session

Jayasuriya, Samaraweera, Thisira Perera and suranga Lakmal replaced Kapugedera, Kulasekera, Mendis and Welegedera for today’s 4th ODI at Eden Gardens. Welegedera was ruled out just half an hour prior to start of play due to a groin injury.Thisira Perera makes his debut, replacing the injured Welegedera.

For India Dhoni, still under suspension is sitting out, whilst Yuvraj is out with an injury.

Sri Lanka has batting up to number eight with the inclusion of Thisira Perera. Winning the toss and electing to bat first the Indian seam bowlers Zaheer Khan and Asish Nehera pegged an excellent line, to keep both Dilshan and Tharanga quite. They bowled just back of a length and to Dilshan; they bowled into his pads and cramped his free swinging hands. At the end of over number five Sri Lanka made only five runs, that tells the story of India’s pre match plan on how to contain the openers.

Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja were exceptional on the field. India got danger man Dilshan when the right hander helped a short delivery from Ashis Nehera on its way to mid wicket where Virat Kohli ran in and held onto a classic catch for with Sri Lanka on 31.

Jayasuriya was sent in as number three, with the power play overs still in progress. Tharanga got into a great stride by belting Ishant Sharma for five fours in one over to change the complexion of the game. Tharanga looked to play down the ground with the full face of the bat.

Jayasuriya looked promising, started with a nudge to fine leg for four in the very first ball he faced.  Jayasuriya moved onto eight by cover driving Zaheer Khan for a sweetly timed four. He then was undone by a beautiful out swinger and was caught by his Mumbai team mate Tendulkhar at short gully for 15, with Sri Lanka losing her second wicket on 72, in the 13th over.

End of the first power play the visitors were 91 for 2 with Tharanga on 56, and Sangakkara on 6 after being dropped by Harbajan before he opened scoring.

Upul Tharanga and Sangakkara were excellent in their shot selection, played with a sense of maturity, rotated the singles and did a fine job, by putting on 126 runs for the 3rd wicket.Upul Tharanga got to his 7th one day hundred by playing the Indian seam and spin attack to precision. He got his 100 in 102 balls with 14 boundaries and a big six.

Sangakkara batting on 60 simply threw it away after stroking a classic off drive off Harbajan in the previous ball. He tried an appalling shot coming down the pitch and trying to scoop the ball over the keeper’s head only succeeding, in losing his balance and giving an easy opportunity for Karthick to stump him with Sri Lanka on 198.

Sri Lanka took the batting power play in the 40th over with Jayewardene at the wickets. Upul Tharanga after making a stroke filled 118 in 128 balls with fourteen boundaries and two massive sixes departed trying a big swing down the ground, off wicket hunting zaheer Khan and was ultimately bowled much to the delight of the Indians with Sri Lankan’s score on 234.

Debutant Thisira Perera jumped the queue and joined Jayewardene with the power play on. The young man was given a free license “Swing at anything and everything”. Perera was described as a wonder by Sunil Gavaskhar; he even asked where this man was all this time. Perera and Jayewardene had Christmas in the middle as Thisira Perera clobbered 31 off just 13 deliveries in which he executed four boundaries and one six to help Sri Lanka  score 53 runs in the batting power play.

The young debutant going for yet another big hit was caught at deep mid on when he skied the ball high in the air to be caught by Ravindru Jadejah off the bowling of Ashis Nehera with the visitors on 271 for 5 wickets at the end of the 46.1 overs.Jayawardena who batted with confidence was run out for 33 with the visitors on 287.

Organizers at Eden Garden were up and running when in the 49th over, with Sri lanka on 307 for six wickets,  a power failure halted play for around half an hour. Sri Lanka, have not only notched up the highest total of 315 by any team at Eden Gardens but have given the Indians a big target of 316 to win the series.

  • nuwan

    shiyad ///////////////
    didnt u watch matches?????????????
    yyyyyyyyy tharanga no3…..
    i think,,,,,
    u didnt c da matches,,,
    very bad,,,,,,,,,,,
    best luck srilanka

  • Ron

    Premasiri, be magnanimous enough to credit the Indian side for their victories, both in the Test & ODI series rather than finding faults in the SL side. The Indians, as rightly pointed out in the article, have proved that they are the world’s most fearsome batting side and coupled with good bowlers and fielders are the world’s best. It’s not without reason that they are #1 & #2 in the Test and ODI arena. Where is SL in all this?

  • Rafee

    What a shame to SRILANA CRICKET which forgot to remember the 20 years immaculate service completion of the veteran, the legend,Sanath Jayasuriya,who was part and parcel to bring fame and name to Sri Lanka cricket. Without Sanath Jayasuriya, Srilanka cricket would have been nowhere.

    What a servant he is to Srilanka Cricket.The ruthless Srilanka cricket forgot to commend him, which is actually a sad thing.While Indian Cricinfo journalist reminds him of his marvelous and spectacular 20 year service today in exclusive interview with him, the ruthless Srilanka Cricket keeps damn silence.

    Please click the above link to for more.It is absolutely disappointing for Srilanka Cricket.

  • Shiyad

    Its very poor team selection and batting order.BCSL should care of team selection and batting order.we all knows for sri lanka only two match winners,
    1.M.Muralidharan 2.S.jayasuriya why not opening the batting with jayasuriya and dilshan? jayasuriya still he is a match winner and we should not forget that…
    we have to drop from ODI batting 1.Mahela jayawardena 2.T.Samaraweera 3.T.khandamby There not performing well.we can give chances for youngsters.

    I asking BCSL management to please change team batting order as follow,

    9.Suraj randiv


    sangakkara’s captaincy is very poor,,,

  • Herath

    Sanga is too defensive through out the series (Oneday’s + Tests).. If we declared earlier in the first test match we might have had a chance to win it.. and in the last ODI’s when India is 2 down Sanga gave away easy singles by just placing just four fielders inside the 30 yard circle..

    And Lasith Malinga. Malinga’s strangth is him yorkers and slow bowls. Sanga’s field placing is horrible for him. why can’t he have him provide him more fielders in the leg side and encourage Lasith to do what he can do. Come on Sanka stop blaming ur bowlers. You need to think hard abt ur tactics. I thought you can be a better Captain than Mahela. But Mahela is way way better than you..

    Ajantha Mendis is a unique bowler.. He’s an attacking bowler. For him also Sanga keeps only 4 men inside and asking him to take wickets. look at the line and length he bowls now. He’s thinking abt keeping the 4’s down. We need to attack using these bowlers…

  • Banda

    In my humble opinion, Sri Lanka team losses could be attributed to Sangakkara and team selection committee. Sri Lanka didn’t have a good team like the current team for some times. Sangakkara has to know his rhetoric not going to win matches, he couldn’t walk the talk up to now. His bowling changes, fielder’s positioning was appalling. Country would be better served if Sangakkara resign from captaincy. Selection committee need to ask Jayasuriya to leave, he can’t be playing cricket until he is 100. Committee should resign .

  • Pradeep

    It looks obvious that Sanga is the most commercialized cricketer in the team…! (well… Malinga is also not very far..!) However, it was pathetic to see the way sanga was using Malinga again and again even when Malinga was getting whacked all over the park…! Sanga literally killed Malinga under flood lights…!! But, I’m sure today’s and tomorrow’s newspaper would give a good cover up for Sanga..! Its sad to see all this happening, isn’t it?

  • Shanmugaraj

    Mahela is far better leader than most others, however his inconsistent batting form in ODIs’doesn’t give him any value to be in the team for any longer.Thilan Samaraweera would be a better choice for the captaincy. Don’t we have Virat Kolis,Umar Akmals in this country? Why? the selectors always go for stiff bodied seasoned club cricketers. We need batsmen of quick reflexes & good eye.

  • Premasiri

    Under the captaincy of Mahela both Ajantha & Malinga have turned in to two of the most feared bowlers of the world though, within a very short period of time under the Sangakkara’s leadership they have become zero players. Built in confidence in a player is a tactful intelligent persons job & it is never meant for ordinary guys like Sangakkara, who is yet to get a chance to play Sheffield Shield Cricket in Australia. Since the day both Ajantha & Malinga have been selected to play Sheffield Shield & County cricket in Australia & England respectively Sangakkara started to look for other avenues and always try to omit both Ajantha & Malinga from the team. Even if they were selected he ( Sangakkara) always sets fields that do not conducive to their ( Ajantha & Malinga)bowling. Because of this envious minded Sangakka we are going to lose the services of these too good bowlers the country has produced. They are bowlers who can take wickets on any docile pitch provided they are given the correct field & support. These two have to be played in all forms of game only as strike bowlers without taxing them much in order to curtail runs.
    Mendis has a unique physique of tall & loose limbed that enable him to generate extra bounce off the pitch than an ordinary spinner. High arm action of his is quite close to that of great Lance Gibbs of West Indies & Danesh Kaneria of Pakistan. Because of his ability to turn the ball both ways & the bounce he generate off the pitch, a slip & a leg slip plays very integral part when he is in action. No captain can bowl him without these two fielders. If he does that it could be considered as a willful invitation by the fielding captain to the opposition batsmen to attack Ajantha’s bowling. His 1st class bowling average as a youngster is far better than most of the world’s celebrated bowlers.

  • sri appana

    Well atleast now after the seriew wins in tests and one days, the lankans know who the boss is in and off the field……..