Seamers help Sri Lanka beat India in ODI
BRISBANE AN outstanding display of seam bowling from Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka beat India by 51 runs in their one-day international triseries match in Brisbane Tuesday.
After Sri Lanka scored 289-6, man of the match Kulasekara took 3-40 and Perera 4-37 as India were bowled out for 238 in 45.1 overs, their second loss in three days following their defeat by Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.
Sri Lanka, who beat Australia in Sydney last Friday, moved into second on the tri-series points table following the win and are now on 11 points, three behind the Australians and one ahead of India.
“We played a pretty good game,” Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said. “But we made a few mistakes with some dropped catches and we probably should have been able to push for a bonus point win.
“We were put under pressure in certain situations but I thought our boys did really well — they bowled really well, they created opportunities with the new ball.” “We picked up wickets again (with the new ball), which is great and it was pretty much a complete game apart from the dropped catches,” he added.
Jayawardene won the toss and chose to bat on a hot and humid Brisbane afternoon and his batsmen were always on top of the Indian bowling attack.
Lahiru Thirimanne scored a quick-fire 62 in the middle of the order and big-hitting Angelo Mathews smashed 49 not out from 37 balls as the Sri Lankans blasted 91 runs off the last 10 overs.