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Sri Lanka spinners destroy India

FIRST ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL, Dambulla:
Sri Lanka 147-2 beat India 146 by eight wickets

Ajantha Mendis
Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis put in another fine performance

Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan shared six wickets as Sri Lanka thrashed India in the first one-day international in Dambulla.

New sensation Mendis (3-21) and fellow tweaker Muralitharan (3-37) helped bowl out the tourists for a lowly 146.

Nothing went right for India, including the loss of in-form opener Virender Sehwag to injury before the start.

Sri Lanka had no problems with their chase, racing to their target in the 35th over, losing just two wickets.

Mendis grabbed two key wickets in his opening spell when he removed hard-hitting batsmen Yuvraj Singh (the top scorer with 23) and Mahendra Dhoni, while Muralitharan made short work of India's lower order.

With Sehwag ruled out after injuring his ankle on Sunday, Virat Kohli was drafted in to make a debut.

Left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas gave the hosts a dream start when he removed opener Gautam Gambhir with the second delivery of the match, which moved in sharply to knock back the off-stump.

Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara (2-23) trapped Kohli lbw for 12 and then got rid of Suresh Raina, who hit a lazy drive straight to cover.

Yuvraj was dropped on five by Mahela Jayawardene at slip but was eventually bowled off an inside-edge attempting to defend.

The innings continued to unravel, and Jayawardene's unbeaten 61 settled the contest.


see also
Sri Lanka wrap up series victory
11 Aug 08 |  Cricket
India win in Galle levels series
03 Aug 08 |  Cricket
Sri Lankan spinners crush India
26 Jul 08 |  Cricket
India in Sri Lanka 2008
26 Mar 08 |  Cricket


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