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PHOTOS: India thrash SL by 39 runs in one-off T20

Last updated on: August 7, 2012 22:58 IST

PHOTOS: India thrash SL by 39 runs in one-off T20

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Virat Kohli's fine half-century and Irfan Pathan's opening spell helped India beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International played in Pallekelle.

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Riding on Kohli's well-crafted 68, the Indians managed to put up a respectable 155 for three.

In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 116 in 18 overs, largely due to Pathan (3/27) and career-best effort of four for 19 by Ashok Dinda.

Pathan bowled a fine opening spell as he dismissed Tillekaratne Dilshan (0), Upul Tharanga (5) and the dangerous Mahela Jayawardene (26, 5x4) during his first spell of three overs.

If Pathan ran through the top-order, Dinda cleaned up the lower order, taking the last three wickets without conceding a run.


Image: India's Virat Kohli celebrates with his teammates after winning their Twenty20 cricket match against Sri Lanka
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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Pathan strikes the early blow

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Aided by condition that helped seamers, Pathan repeatedly swung the ball back into the right handers as he induced Dilshan into playing across the line and getting him castled in the process.

Left-hander Tharanga got a ball that swung away from him as he went for a drive only to offer a simple catch to first slip.

Jayawardene, who hit Umesh Yadav for four boundaries in an over, got one from Pathan that came back to hit him on the pads.

The Lankan skipper wasn't happy as he felt that the delivery might have been missing the leg-stump.


Image: India's Irfan Pathan celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's captain Jayawardene during the Twenty20 match in Pallekele
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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Ashwin castes Thirimanne

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At 35 for three, Lahiru Thirimanne (20) and Angelo Mathews (31) joined hands to add 33 runs before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the former who went for an ambitious reverse sweep.

At 68 for four, things looked ominous for the islanders.

Mathews edged one to Dhoni off Dinda and Jeevan Mendis hit one from Yadav straight to Rahane at covers. At 100 for six, the Lankans could hardly do anything better than wait for the inevitable.


Image: Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne (R) is bowled out by India's Ravichandran Ashwin during the Twenty20 match
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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Kohli on smashing form

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Earlier, Kohli smashed his way to a 48-ball 68 and shared a couple of crucial partnerships, including 74 runs with Ajinkya Rahane (21) and48 with Suresh Raina (34 not out) for the second and third wickets respectively.

Kohli's innings consisted of 11 boundaries and a six. However, India couldn't accelerate much towards the end, managing only 84 runs in the last 10 overs, with a meager 35 coming off the last five.


Image: India's Virat Kohli reacts as he walks off the field after his dismissal during the Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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India off to a poor start

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Put in to bat, Gautam Gambhir (6) got a reprieve when his mistimed pull-shot was dropped at deep mid-wicket by Shaminda Eranga.

However, the rookie pacer made amends as he bowled the senior opener, who again went for an identical shot only to see his stumps pegged back.

Kohli put the Lankans on the back foot with a flurry of fours. A couple off Mathews was followed by three in the second over of Eranga.

Among the shots Kohli hit, a cover drive off Mathews and a shot through point region were the stand-out ones.


Image: India's Gautam Gambhir is bowled out by Sri Lanka's Shaminda Eranga during their Twenty20 match in Pallekele
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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Kohli, Rahane steady Indian innings

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The Delhi lad was off the blocks in a flash but the same can't be said about Rahane who was finding it difficult to score runs on a track where the ball was doing a bit.

Rahane finally got something going his way as he hit Thisara Perera over extra cover for a big six before offering a simple return catch to Mendis.

Kohli finally completed his maiden T20I half-century off 32 balls when he hit left-arm spinner Rangana Herath over extra-cover for a boundary.

The shot of the innings, however, was a six by Kohli off leggie Mendis' bowling.

Mendis fired it down leg-side as the batsmen came down the track. Kohli maintained perfect balance as he converted it into an overpitched delivery.

He finally holed out in the deep off Eranga's bowling, when his cross-batted shot failed to clear the deep mid-wicket fielder.

Raina hit some crisp shots in between those dot balls, including a lofted six, as India crossed 150 in the final over.


Image: India's Virat Kohli (L) plays a shot during their Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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