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India rounded off their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka with a comprehensive 39-run win in the one-off Twenty20 match in Pallekele. Virat Kohli was again the start of the show, hitting 68 off only 48 balls to help India post 155 for three from their 20 overs. Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda then shared seven wickets in the Sri Lankan run chase to help bowl them out for just 116.
India moved up to second in the ICC One-Day International rankings after wrapping up a comfortable 20-run victory in the final ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni each passed 50 in the visitors' total of 294 for seven, while Irfan Pathan took five for 61 to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 274.
Virat Kohli scored another century as India won their five-match series in Sri Lanka with a match still to play by chasing down the home side's total of 251 for eight with more than seven overs to spare.India captain MS Dhoni had gambled at the start of the match by dropping leg-spinner Rahul Sharma in order to play batsman Manoj Tiwary, but Tiwary actually excelled with the ball and took four for 61 with his part-time leg-spin.
Gautam Gambhir led India to victory in a closely-contested third One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. He hit 102, while Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan finished the job as India passed Sri Lanka's impressive total of 286 for five in the final over.
Despite a valiant 65 from opener Gautam Gambhir, India could muster only 138 after electing to bat against Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International in Hambantota. Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews blew the upper and middle-order away and took three wickets each, while Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga then had no problem knocking off the required runs.
In other news from yesterday's match, Sri Lanka have confirmed that fast-bowler Nuwan Kulasekara has been ruled out of the series after picking up a groin injury while bowling. Kulasekara completed only half his allocation of overs yesterday and batted at number 11, below the likes of Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka are expected to name a replacement.
A late rally from Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera wasn't enough to help Sri Lanka overhaul India's impressive total of 314 for six in the first One-Day International in Hambantota. That total was built around a second-wicket partnership of 173 between Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli.
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