Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sri Lanka overcome India to win Mirpur final

Tri-nation tournament final, Mirpur:Sri Lanka 249-6 beat India 245 by four wickets
Sri Lanka won the triangular tournament in Bangladesh, beating India by four wickets with a strong team performance.
India tossed away wickets freely early on in Mirpur, and without Suresh Raina's brilliant 106, they would have struggled to put up any sort of total.
However, their modest 245 all out was overhauled with nine balls remaining.
Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene played the key innings, making 71 not out from 81 balls after India seamer Ashish Nehra had limped off injured.
Questions will be raised about the wicket for the event in Mirpur. In all seven matches the team batting second won with some ease.
But really India could not blame the conditions. With Raina (106 off 115 balls) picking up the baton from Virender Sehwag (42 from 27), the opportunity for a big total was there if only the other batsmen could seize it.
The first Indian wicket to fall was unfortunate, Gautam Gambhir bowled off his thigh-pad in the first over, but the next four were entirely avoidable.

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