Rudra sets up India’s emphatic win
Rajkot, November 9:
Teenager Rudra Pratap Singh wrecked Sri Lanka’s batting to lead India to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the sixth one-day international today.
The 19-year-old left-arm seamer grabbed 4-35 in only his third match and spinner Murali Kartik took 2-42 as India skittled out the tourists for 196 after electing to field first. India surpassed the modest target in the 35th over as Yuvraj Singh roared back into form with an unbeaten 79 off 67 balls and Mohammad Kaif hit 38 not out on his return from a hamstring injury.
Yuvraj smashed nine fours and three sixes. Yuvraj and Kaif put on a winning stand of 105 for the unbroken fourth wicket to give India a 5-1 lead in the seven-match series. The final match will be played in Baroda on Saturday. Virender Sehwag led India as regular captain Rahul Dravid was rested.
The tourists continued their dismal performance on the current visit as the top order caved in on what appeared to be good batting conditions at the Madhavrao Scindia stadium.
Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored for the tourists with 59, his third consecutive half-century, and Upul Chandana hit 30 off 32 balls. But five top batsmen failed to cross 20 against an impressive display in the field by the hosts.
Dilshan boosted the total after Sri Lanka were reduced to 132-7 by the 31st over. The tourists slumped despite a breezy opening start between left-handers Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga, who put on 44 by the eighth over.
Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (28) and Sachin Tendulkar (19) put on 43 before Dilhara Fernando claimed both of them in successive overs. Sehwag fell in Chandana’s first over after making a run-a-ball 22 as India slipped to 92-3 in the 17th, but Yuvraj and Kaif guided India to a well-deserved win.
U Tharanga c Dhoni b Rudra 28
S Jayasuriya c Dhoni b Sreesanth 19
K Sanggakara c Tendulkar b Pathan 9
M Jayawardene st Dhoni b Kartik 14
M Atapattu c Sehwag b Rudra 9
T Dilshan run out 59
R Arnold run out 8
C Vaas b Kartik 9
U Chandana b Rudra 30
F Maharoof c Kaif b Rudra 4
D Ferando not out 4
Extras: 3 (2w, 1nb)
Total: 196 (42.5 overs)
FoW: 1-44, 2-56, 3-57, 4-79, 5-83, 6-118, 7-132, 8-161, 9-182
India bowling: I Pathan 7-0-31-1, S Sreesanth 8-0-50-1, RP Singh 8.5-2-35-4, M Kartik 10-1-42-2, H Singh 9-1-38-0
G Gambhir b Fernando 28
S Tendulkar c Maharoof b Fernando 19
V Sehwag c Dilshan b Chandana 22
M Kaif not out 38
Y Singh not out 79
Extras: 11 (8nb, 3w)
Total: 197/3 (34.5 overs)
FoW: 1-43, 2-57, 3-92
Sri Lanka bowling: C Vaas 7-0-38-0, D Fernando 10-1-58-2, F Maharoof 4-0-24-0, S
Jayasuriya 3.5-0-22-0, U Chandana 5-0-32-1, T Dilshan 5-0-23-0