Dambulla, August 18:
Mahela Jayawardene cracked a responsible half-century to guide Sri Lanka to a crushing eight-wicket victory over India in the first one-day international here on Monday.
The Sri Lankan skipper scored an unbeaten 61 to
help his team achieve a modest 147-run target with more than 15 overs to spare for a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The victory was set up by
Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Unorthodox spinner Mendis took 3-21 and off-spinner Muralitharan 3-37 as India were bundled out for 146. Sri Lanka lost opener Sanath Jayasuriya (10) and Kumar Sangakkara (19) in seamer Munaf Patelâ€™s opening spell, but Jayawardene and Chamara Kapugedera (45 not out) ensured the win with a 102-run stand for the third wicket.
India were let down by their batsmen as none could get past 25 against a disciplined Sri Lankan pace-spin combination. Sri Lankaâ€™s new-ball bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara and Chaminda Vaas did the early damage when they shared three wickets in the opening 12 overs to leave the tourists reeling at 36-3.
Mendis continued to trouble India as he took two big wickets in his opening spell. His first victim was Yuvraj Singh, who inside-edged a
delivery onto his stumps. Mendis then removed Dhoni to make sure the tourists could not get a foothold in the match. Dhoni (six) was caught by Jayawardene at lone slip while trying to cut.
DAMBULLA: Indiaâ€™s opener Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka due to an ankle injury, a top official said on Monday. Sehwag missed the opening ODI of the five-match series after failing to recover from the injury, sustained during a practice session on Sunday evening. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they would miss the in-form batsman. â€” AFP
G Gambhir b Vaas 0
V Kohli lbw b Kulasekara 12
S Raina c Silva b Kulasekara 17
Y Singh b Mendis 23
R Sharma c Jâ€™rdene b Thushara 19
MS Dhoni c Jâ€™rdene b Mendis 6
I Pathan lbw b Murali 7
H Singh c Sâ€™kkara b Murali 12
Z Khan c Thushara b Murali 12
P Ojha not out 16
M Patel b Mendis 15
Extras: 7 (b2, lb2, w3)
Total: 146 (46 overs)
FoW: 1-0, 2-23, 3-36, 4-73, 5-75, 6-87,
7-87, 8-107, 9-117
Sri Lanka bowling: Vaas 9-0-34-1,
Kulasekara 7-0-23-2, Thushara 6-0-18-1, Mendis 9-4-21-3, Muralitharan 10-2-37-3, Jayasuriya 5-1-9-0
S Jayasuriya c Pathan b Patel 10
K Sangakkara c & b Patel 19
M Jayawardene not out 61
C Kapugedera not out 45
Extras: 12 (b4, lb3, w5)
Total: 147/2 (34.5 overs)
FoW: 1-18, 2-45
India bowling: Patel 9-0-32-2,
Zaheer 7-1-24-0, Pathan 7-0-35-0,
Harbhajan 4-0-18-0, Ojha 3-0-9-0,
Sharma 2.5-0-11-0, Raina 2-0-11-0