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Rain washes out India-Sri Lanka ODI
February 05, 2008 13:25 IST
Last Updated: February 05, 2008 16:04 IST
Torrential rain forced the abandonment of Tuesday's tri-series limited-overs match between Sri Lanka [Images] and India at the Gabba in Brisbane.
It was the second match in a row that had fallen victim to the foul weather after Sunday's opening game between India and Australia was also washed out.
Tuesday's match was abandoned at the halfway stage. India had made an impressive total of 267 from their 50 overs but Sri Lanka never got the chance to reply as the heavens opened, ruining what promised to be a classic match.
Gautam Gambhir [Images] hit a rollicking century to propel India to a competitive total after Muttiah Muralitharan's double strike left them at precarious 83-4 in the 21st over.
The left-hander smashed a stroke-filled unbeaten 102 and shared an unbroken 184-run partnership with his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images] (88 not out) to haul India out of a mid-innings mess.
The Delhi batsman reached his third international century off only 99 balls and in all faced 101 deliveries for his unbeaten 102, hitting 10 fours and one six.
Dhoni was no less remarkable, smashing his 88 runs off 95 balls and hit five fours and a six, though he was troubled by his back during the latter part of his innings.
Gambhir was lucky to be reprieved on 11 when wicketkeeper Kumara Sangakkara failed to latch on to a steer off the bowling of Ishara Amerasinghe.
India made a familiar mess after openers Virender Sehwag [Images] (33) and Sachin Tendulkar [Images] (35) put on a brisk partnership of 68 runs for the first wicket. They lost four quick wickets for the addition of just 15 runs including two in a single over off Muralitharan.
Tendulkar was the first one to go when he dragged a delivery from Lasith Malinga [Images] on to his stumps. The veteran also become the world's first batsman to complete 16,000 one-day runs when his score reached 28.
Sehwag, dropped at point at 31 off Vaas, lasted only two more deliveries before he tried an uncharacteristic pull off the bowling off Amerasinghe and was caught down the legside by wicketkeeper Sangakkara.
The Indian line-up appeared a bit fidgety with Yuvraj Singh [Images] (2) and Rohit Sharma (0) falling in the opening over of Muralitharan.
Yuvraj, coming back in the team after recovering from his troublesome knee, aimed an expensive drive off a flighted delivery and edged a catch to the lone slip, Mahela Jayawardene [Images].
Sharma was dismissed two deliveries later though he got a bad decision when he apparently missed an edge but umpire Rudi Koertzen ruled him out caught by the wicketkeeper.
There was no looking back for India from then onwards as the fifth wicket pair took roots.
Dhoni got off the blocks quickly but after a certain point, Gambhir gave full vent to his wide range of strokes to bring Sri Lankans to submission. His pick up off a fuller delivery from Malinga, which he sent over long off for a six was a sight to behold.
The 100-run stand between the two came off 126 balls and the next 50 were added off only 30 more balls.
At the start of the final over, Gambhir needed eight runs to score his century. He came on the strike off the second ball and smashed the next two for boundaries to reach his third century in his 39th game.
He smashed the first ball he faced from Malinga past extra covers and then swivelled off his hips to the next to send it backwards of square leg for another four to complete his hundred.
However, the resumption of Sri Lankan innings was delayed due to rain.