|With the help of superb unbeaten half-century from Sachin Tendulkar (96* of 104 balls) and career best bowling performance by Ravindra Jadeja of 4/32 India beat Sri Lanka comfortably by seven wickets to take 2-1 lead in ongoing Karbon Mobile Cup in the five match ODI series.
Chasing a modest target of 340 runs for victory, the captain Virendra Sehwag hit a blistering 44 runs of just 22 balls to gave his team a perfect start however his dismissal didn’t bother India too much as they got a solid partnership after that and only because of the substantial partnership in the end India able to reach the target with more than seven overs remaining.
Tendulkar took the Indian chase forward playing sensibly as he added 72 runs with Gambhir before the left-hander became the victim of rookie off-spinner Suraj Randiv who took a low catch off his own bowling. For the third wicket also Sachin and Yuvraj added 52 runs before Yuvraj getting out of Welegedara caught by skipper Kumar Sagakara.
But at that time it was too late for the Lankans as Dinesh Karthik (36* runs of 32 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar finished the game quite easily.
Earlier after winning the toss decided to bat first on a beautiful afternoon. The inform T.Dilshan looks in astounding form as he scored his 41 runs with 10 crispy fours. However introduction of Nehra get rid off dangerous looking Dilshan to give some relief to the Indian captain Virednra Sehwag.
At 166/2 in 22.2 overs Sri Lanka looks in strong position to get pass 350 run mark but India came back strongly in the second half of Sri Lankan innings to bundle them out for 239 in 44.2 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja triggered the Lankan batting collapse by removing opener Upul Tharanga who top-scored with 73. The visitors, in fact, lost their last eight wickets for the addition of just 70 runs.
With India now leading the series by 2-1 it will be interesting to see how Sri Lanka bounce back at Eden Garden, Kolkata in the fourth ODI to be played on 24th of December 2009.
R.Jadeja was declared Player of the Match for his duper bowling spell of 4/32 in his 10 overs.
Match Summary (India won by 7 Wickets)
Sri Lanka– 239/10 in 44.2 Overs
U.Tharanga- 73 K.Sangakara– 46
R.Jadeja- 10-0-32-4 A.Nehra– 6.2-0-32-2
India – 242/3 in 42.4 Overs
S.R.Tendulkar- 96* V.Sehwag– 44
C.Welegedara– 8-1-35-2 Suraj Randiv- 8-1-33-1