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Sri Lanka crush India in Asia Cup

Asia Cup, Karachi
Sri Lanka 273 bt India 173 by 100 runs
Match scorecard

Sanath Jayasuriya
Jayasuriya laid the foundations for Sri Lanka's win with a tremendous innings

Sanath Jayasuriya hit a sparkling century and Ajantha Mendis claimed six wickets as Sri Lanka beat India by 100 runs in the Asia Cup final.

Jayasuria proved the lynchpin of Sri Lanka's 273 all out batting first, smashing a brutal 125 off 114 balls, including nine fours and five sixes.

Tillakaratne Dilshan also hit 56, with Ishant Smarma taking 3-52 for India.

Virender Sehwag hit a brisk 60 in reply, but India collapsed to 173 all out with Mendis taking 6-13.

The spinner's haul came off eight overs, having been introduced as early as the 10th over as Sri Lanka attempted to halt a threatening innings from Sehwag.

The opener had blasted 12 hours in his 36-ball knock, but when he fell stumped to Mendis India's batting line-up fell apart.

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Mahendra Dhoni contributed 49 from 74 balls in an attempt to hold the innings together, but it was a futile effort as Sri Lanka bowled them out inside 40 overs to ease to victory.

Earlier, Dhoni had raised eyebrows by asking the defending champions to bat first, a decision which seemed even more surprising as India named only four specialist bowlers in the final XI.

But that decision appeared to be vindicated when Sharma produced a fiery opening spell to leave Sri Lanka teetering on 66-4.

However, Jayasuriya - who was dropped on 56 off a lofted short-arm pull - took the game away from India with an explosive innings to inspire Sri Lanka to an impressive win.


Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene: "A lot of people had talked about 300-plus totals in this tournament but we knew if we put 275-280 runs on the board it could be a good score for our spinners to defend.

"I took gamble on Ajantha [Mendis] because he was the kind of a bowler who could bowl wicket to wicket and it paid off."

India skipper Mahendra Dhoni: "We thought 273 was chaseable but Mendis was a difficult bowler to pick and his bowling made the difference. He is a difficult bowler and we will have to prepare ourselves for him in the coming [Test] series.

"Most of the time when he flights the ball it is a googly or an off-spinner. But when he bowls a flatter one it is generally a leg-spinner and when you play inside the line for turn you will be in trouble."


see also
India victory seals final place
03 Jul 08 |  Cricket
India stunned by Younus century
02 Jul 08 |  Cricket
Brilliant Raina sees India home
28 Jun 08 |  Cricket
Injury rules Gul out of Asia Cup
27 Jun 08 |  Pakistan
Sri Lanka coast to win over UAE
26 Jun 08 |  Cricket
Sehwag century defeats Pakistan
26 Jun 08 |  Cricket
Asia Cup 2008
26 Jun 08 |  Cricket


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