Ashwin hands India victory in Perth

February 8, 2012
Ashwin

by Rnumashankar

Commonwealth Bank series 2nd match, Perth
India 234/6 (46.4 ov) beat Sri Lanka 233/8 (50 ov) by 4 wickets

India recorded a well-deserved victory in Western Australia in the CB series against Sri Lanka this morning thanks to a fine all-round display by R Ashwin.

Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 233/8 from their allotted 50 overs which looked 20-30 runs short on a good batting surface. Dinesh Chandimal top scored for Sri Lanka, who were playing their first match of the tournament, with a well-made 64 from 81 balls.

Chandimal was the only batsman to reach a half century as the Sri Lanka batsman struggled to keep a good scoring rate up against the India spinners. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, conceding just 32 runs from his 10 overs and picking up 3 wickets.

In reply India appeared to be cruising at 89-1 with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli at the crease. Tendulkar (48) was then dismissed, clean bowled by Angelo Matthews which prompted a middle order collapse.

India stumbled to 181-6 still requiring a further 53 runs for victory, with Sri Lanka the bookies favourites. However, India’s hero with the ball then proceeded to play a match winning innings with the bat. Ashwin made 30 from 38 balls and steered his side to what looked like unlikely victory. He was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja (24*) in a vital win for India.

Sri Lanka will be pleased with their first performance on Australian soil this winter, but will be aware that they will have to improve quickly if they are to put themselves in with a chance of making the finals of this competition.

The Scoop 08/02/2012

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