Tharanga Stars As Ruthless Sri Lanka Hammer India
Sri Lanka 348-1 (Tharanga 174no) beat
India 187 (Jadeja 49no) by 161 runs
ODI tri-series, Jamaica
Report by John Pennington
Twin centuries from Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene put Sri Lanka on course for a record-breaking 161-run win over India in their One-Day International tri-series match in Jamaica.
Sri Lanka's score of 348 for one was the highest ODI score for a team losing just one wicket, Tharanga making 174 not out and Jayawardene 107.
In reply, India were never in the hunt and were eventually bowled out for 187 in 44.4 overs as Rangana Herath took three for 37.
There was a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous during Sri Lanka's innings. The sublime was some of the strokeplay of Tharanga and Jayawardene having got themselves in, the latter making excellent use of his crease and at times standing well outside leg stump to loft the spinners over the offside.
The ridiculous was, unfortunately for the World Cup and Champions Trophy winners, India's fielding. Both Jayawardene (by Murali Vijay) and Tharanga (by Ishant Sharma) were dropped and neither chance should have been spilled.
Tharanga was in the 90s when he was given a reprieve and he took full advantage, blasting 19 fours and three sixes in all to post the 22nd highest score in ODI history.
He is just the third Sri Lankan (Tillakaratne Dilshan twice and Sanath Jayasuriya four times are the others) to pass 150 in an ODI and his effort was the second highest by a Sri Lankan behind Jayasuriya's 189 against India in 2000.
Interestingly enough, the top four scores (Jayasuriya's 189, Tharanga's knock today and Dilshan's brace of 160s) have all come against India.
At the other end, Jayawardene reached his 16th ODI century in 107 balls but fell soon after when a reverse sweep looped up and Umesh Yadav made no mistake off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Angelo Mathews then belted 44 not out in 29 balls to prolong India's misery as Tharanga accelerated having reached a 13th ODI ton, facing 159 balls in all.
India lost Rohit Sharma (5) early, caught by Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara and just could not string partnerships together.
Shikhar Dhawan (24) and Vijay (30) managed 40 together, but on a day when the Sri Lankan openers had put on 213, such numbers were wholly inadequate.
Virat Kohli, captaining the side for the first time in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a day to forget, making just two after his bowlers were carted about, while wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik managed 22.
Suresh Raina was run out for 33 and Sri Lanka's spinners finally extinguished India's rapidly failing hopes, Sachithra Senanayake dismissing Ashwin (4) and Mohammad Shami (0) in consecutive deliveries.
There was to be no hat-trick although Rangana Herath struck soon after to have Ishant caught by Kumar Sangakkara for two and the game was ended when Lasith Malinga bowled Yadav for a duck, leaving Ravindra Jadeja unbeaten on 49 at the other end.
The 161-run win for Sri Lanka was their second highest over India and 10th highest against anybody.
Sri Lanka's win was their first of the tournament and leaves them in second place behind West Indies, but ahead of India as the competition now moves on to Trinidad for the final three matches.
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