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Rayudu Century Puts India 2-0 Up

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu hit his maiden ODI century as India went 2-0 up on Sri Lanka
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India 275-4 (Rayudu 121no) beat
Sri Lanka 274-8 (Mathews 92no) by six wickets
Second One-Day International, Ahmedabad

Ambati Rayudu stroked his maiden One-Day International century to drive India to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad that puts them 2-0 up in their five-match series.

Rayudu hit a superb 121 not out in 119 balls as India chased down a target of 275 in 44.3 overs to complete a resounding win.

Angelo Mathews had earlier hit a career-best score of 92 not out and Kumar Sangakkara made 61 as Sri Lanka posted 274 for eight.

Shikhar Dhawan looked to have been caught behind early in his innings and went on to make 79 before Rayudu and Virat Kohli (49) took India close to victory.

Kohli and Suresh Raina (14) then fell before Rayudu hit the winning runs to cap a memorable day for him and a very good one for his team.

India won the opening match by 169 runs in Cuttack.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first but lost Kusal Perera to the sixth ball of the game when he was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav.

Tillakaratne Dishan cracked 35 in 30 balls and Sangakkara made a fluent 61 in 88 balls during a 51-run stand for the second wicket.

Dilshan was bowled by Akshar Patel and Sangakkara holed out to Shikhar Dhawan off a full toss bowled by Yadav.

Ravichandran Ashwin had already seen off Mahela Jayawardene, who was caught by Rayudu for four but Mathews helped Sri Lanka to reach a competitive score.

He struck 92 not out in 101 balls and after Seekkuge Prasanna (13), Ashen Priyanjan (1), Thisara Perera (10) and Suraj Randiv (10) all fell, he found support from Dhammika Prasad.

Prasad hit 30 not out in 28 balls in a 54-run stand for the ninth wicket which gave India a more testing target than they might have imagined facing earlier in the day.

Yadav (2-54), Ashwin (2-49), Patel (2-39) and Ravindran Jadeja (1-64) were the wicket-takers for India.

Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane then made a cautious start to India's innings - just as they had in the opening match.

Rahane was caught by Jayawardene off Prasad for eight while Sri Lanka were convinced that Dhawan was caught behind but he was able to carry on.

He took advantage to make 79 in 80 balls, ensuring his early circumspection did not go to waste until he was caught by Priyanjan off Prasanna.

Dhawan and Rayudu added 122 for the second wicket and the runs continued to flow when Rayudu was joined by Kohli.

Kohli scored quickly and that helped Rayudu progress to his century without needing to worry too much about the run-rate.

He was delighted to reach his milestone and as he continued to punch the air at the non-striker's end, Kohli hit the next ball for six over cover - by then, the game was all but over as a contest.

Kohli made 49 in 44 balls before Prasanna removed him and Raina to finish with three for 53 and with Jadeja not out on one, it was left to man-of-the-moment Rayudu to finish off the job, ending unbeaten on 121 in 118 balls.

He hit 10 fours and four sixes to keep India's confidence high moving on to the third game, which is in Hyderabad on Sunday (9th November).

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