Sri Lanka Finally Fire To Hit 320 In Final ODI
Sri Lanka 320-8 (Dilshan 97, Sangakkara 84, I Sharma 3-60) v India
Fifth One Day International Colombo, India lead the series 4-0
By Graham Wilson
Sri Lanka's batting finally came good as they posted an impressive 320 for eight in the fifth and final One Day International against Indian in Colombo.
Tillakaratne Dilshan carved 97 in 117 balls and Kumar Sangakkara crashed 84 in 70 deliveries, the pair sharing a stand of 143 for the third wicket after Sanath Jayasuriya (37) had put on 65 in 10.1 overs with Dilshan.
India's bowers were put under pressure, with returning fast bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji only given five overs and debutant spinner Ravi Jadeja conceding 40 runs in six overs. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni called on nine men to bowl in all with only himself and Gautam Gambhir not turning their arms over.
They did get themselves back in the game when Thilina Kandamby (26), Mahela Jayawardene (1) and Chamara Kapugedera (0) fell in quick succession, Sri Lanka losing four wickets for one run after Sangakkara became the first of two wickets for Yuvraj Singh.
The innings was revived by some big hitting from Farveez Maharoof, who struck three fours and a six to make 32 in 23 balls while Thilan Thushara (11) and Nuwan Kulasekara (10) also chipped in.
Ishant Sharma came back strongly to finish with three for 60 while Yuvraj managed two for 39 in six overs.
India lead the series 4-0
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