November 6, 2014
The toss was won by Angelo Matthews and he decided to have a bat on a greenish looking wicket. Virat Kohli couldn’t have been happier when in the 1st over Umesh Yadav struck. K Perera was adjudged LBW to a full swinging ball for a duck.
Dilshan (35) and Sangakarra (65) went about the recovery in fine fashion with Dilshan taking a liking to Ravi Ashwin. He took one of his power play overs for 18. This was causing Kohli a little headache not knowing where to place his fielders.
He opted for another of his spinners in the form of the local boy Axar Patel who was India’s best bowler with figures of (2-39). This proved to be the masterstroke. He got one to slide on with the arm resulting in Dilshan being bowled trying to cut the ball that didn’t spin. Mahela Jayawardene followed Dilshan getting out very softly for a player of his calibre.
This brought about the partnership of the innings of 90 between Sangakarra and Angelo Matthews (92*) who looked to be setting the base for a big score. Playing some glorious strokes all around the ground until Sangakarra hit a full toss from Yadav straight down long offs throat. Angelo Matthews became the leading run scorer of 2014 with his 92*, well played Sir!
The next four batsmen fell very cheaply indeed mainly because of the excellent Indian spinners who made life hard work in the conditions. The NO.10 Prasad (30*) assisted his captain to the closing stages to get a total of 274. Although the Sri Lankans did well to get up to this score, it still looked about 40-50 short of par.
In the first test the Indian openers did the damage both scoring centuries and their confidence showed. It probably showed a little too much as Rahane (8) was dismissed early doors.
The fun stopped there for Sri Lanka as they were made to chase leather for the remainder of the game with a special knock and congratulations to Ambati Rayudu (121*) on scoring his maiden ODI century.
Shihkar Dhawan (79) gave away a century after smashing a ball up into the atmosphere to be caught at deep square off the bowling of Prassana. Next up was Kohli who unlike him gave his wicket, not without adding a brisk 49 to his tally. Suresh Raina probably wasn’t expecting to get a hit so when Kohli did give it away, he came out swinging and made a very quick 14 off 6 balls. He then attempted a sweep off a real full ball from Prasanna (3-53) which he missed and was given LBW.
All the glory was deservedly given to the Man of the match Ambati Rayudu when he hit the winning runs to make it 2-0 to India in the series. He has waited a long time for his success in the Indian camp but today was his day, he couldn’t stop smiling but who could blame him.
Looking forward Sri Lanka will have to find a way of getting their Top order firing. They were a long way short of a competitive score today and the Indian batters made their bowlers look distinctly average in the end.
Sri Lanka are missing a few front line bowlers in this series who will be coming back into the side for World cup but I still think today was a show of lack of depth on their behalf and they will struggle if they pick up injuries. The Scoop feels they have a long way to go if they are to go close in Australia.
While in the other corner India although they are known to be really good on home soil, The Scoop still thinks they will be massive contenders in Australia. Today’s impressive display was proof of the pudding. One thing that has improved is their pace attack with the young fellas bowling with some good heat and control. Their spin attack speaks for itself, The Scoop likes the new addition of Axar Patel who looks a promising prospect.