Kohli and Gambhir lead India to victory

March 13, 2012
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Asia Cup, Mirpur, 2nd match
India 304-3 (50 overs) beat Sri Lanka 254 (45.1 overs) by 50 runs

Centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli helped India to a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka in the second match of the Asia Cup in Mirpur, Bangladesh today.

India made first use of the conditions with the bat, but were reduced to 19-1 when Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for just 6 off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal. Tendulkar remains on 99 international hundreds.

However, Kolhi joined Gambhir at the crease and the pair added 205 for the second wicket. Gambhir was dismissed for 100 off 118 balls, in an innings that included 7 fours. Kohli’s knock was played at a similar tempo to Gambhir, as he made 108 from 120 balls, again hitting just 7 fours.

Both men had laid a good foundation for India to attack in the final overs of the innings. This impetus was gained by MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina as they upped the run rate. Dhoni smashed 46 from just 26 balls, and Raina made a quick fire 30 from 17 balls, helping India to 304-3 from 50 overs.

Despite a 93 run partnership from Mehela Jayawardene (78) and Kumar Sangakkara (65), Sri Lanka never looked in the hunt for victory, as no other batsman registered a half century. Sri Lanka were eventually all out for 254 with Irfan Pathan claiming figures of 4-32 from 8.1 overs.

The Scoop 13/03/2012

 

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