Second One-day International


At Pune, December 5. India won by six wickets. Toss: India. The Indians changed their strategy, putting their visitors in to exploit the early damp conditions, and Sri Lanka's slow progress seemed to vindicate the decision, until the left-handers, Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga, pushed the score along in a stand of 97. The turning-point was Tendulkar's misfield and subsequent throw from long-on to run out Ranatunga. He had already dismissed the two openers with his gentle medium pace, and he added two catches as Sri Lanka had to settle for a total of 227. India's reply began with well-paced stand of 76, but when the openers went, Manjrekar and Azharuddin were pegged down by spin. Again it was Tendulkar who tilted the scales: he hit 53 from 40 balls, with seven fours and a six. Azharuddin had the satisfaction of striking the winning runs as India registered their second one-day series triumph under his captaincy.

Man of the Match: S. R. Tendulkar.

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