Maharoof Hat-Trick Stalls India's Charge
India 209 (Sharma 69, Maharoof 5-42) v Sri Lanka
Asia Cup game six, Dambulla
Pacer Farveez Maharoof took a hat-trick and Sri Lanka took four wickets in four balls as they bowled India out for 209 in the final group game of the 2010 Asia Cup in Dambulla.
Maharoof, recalled to the squad for the tournament, dismissed Ravi Jadeja, Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan, all without scoring at the beginning of the 39th over after Mahendra Singh Dhoni had been run out from the last ball of the 38th.
India had been making good progress after they were invited to bat by Sri Lanka in a match that is a dress rehearsal for Thursday's final.
Dinesh Karthik, making his first appearance since being drafted in as a replacement for the injured Virender Sehwag, stroked 40 and Dhoni made 41 in 53 balls.
Rohit Sharma held things together with an aggressive 69 in 73 balls with seven fours and he was eventually run out - the last man to fall - by Mahela Jayawardene in just the 43rd over.
Maharoof, who had already had Virat Kohli (10) caught by Kumar Sangakkara, became the third Sri Lankan after Chaminda Vaas (who achieved the feat twice) and Lasith Malinga to take a hat-trick in a One-Day International when Jadeja was trapped in front, Kumar was bowled and Khan edged to Sangakkara.
Maharoof then completed figures of five for 42 in ten overs by bowling Ashok Dinda for two and India's complete innings showed their top six batsmen managing to reach double figures before the remaining five all failed to do so.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath also returned two for 31 and there was a wicket for Angelo Mathews.
Maharoof's hat-trick was the 26th instance in ODI cricket since 1982, when Pakistan's Jalaluddin dismissed Australians Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley and Geoff Lawson in Hyderabad.
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