Sri Lanka have won by eight wickets, Kapugedera scores the winning runs with a sweep to long leg, the game was a no-contest from the second ball of the match with which Vaas bowled Gambhir
4.23 pm: Sri Lanka were simply too strong for a young and relatively inexperienced Indian side. Losing Sehwag to injury was a blow for he was best equipped to handle Mendis and Murali. However the rest struggled from the onset and lost four top-order wickets to the medium-pacers. They never recovered from that blow after which Mendis came on to bamboozle the Indian batsmen once again.
Ajantha Mendis is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3 for 21 off nine overs including four maidens.
The second game is on August 20. Sri Lanka will be quietly confident going into that contest while India have little time to plug gaping holes in their game.
That's it from us at the moment, thank you for all your emails, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.
The scores are level.
pushed off the front foot towards midwicket and the batsmen stroll a single
The scores are level.
Jaywardene backs away to make room and gets beaten on the cut
driven towards long on for a single which brings up the 100-run stand
hehe defended back to the bowler
width offered outside off stump and Jayawardene waits before cutting it late past the fielder at point for four more
pushed towards long on for one more
Jayawardene moves forward and towards the line of a tossed up delivery outside off stump and drives towards cover
pushed off the front foot towards midwicket once again
Jayawardene steps forward and works a flighted delivery towards midwicket
defended on the leg side off the front foot
Jayawardene moves back and pulls the ball towards deep square leg
Kapugedera drives off the front foot towards long off
defended back to the bowler
played off the pads behind square for a single
driven towards long on for a single
Jayawardene waits on the back foot and cuts the ball towards third man
defended off the front foot towards midwicket
|Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Sri Lanka led the 5-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 2742|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45|
|Match days||18 August 2008 - day (50-over match)|
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