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15th December 2009: A Case of So Close, Yet So Far for Sri Lanka

Cricketnext | Updated: December 15, 2017, 3:03 PM IST
15th December 2009: A Case of So Close, Yet So Far for Sri Lanka

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New Delhi: There was a time when Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a purple patch in 2009, and would score 100s at will. In one such outing against India, in the first ODI at Rajkot, Dilshan smacked Indian bowlers all round the park, to score 160 from 124 balls. The Lankan opener displayed a great game, under pressure, while chasing a mammoth 414 posted by India. He was ably supported by Upul Tharanga (60) and Kumar Sangakkara (90). With this kind of performance, Lanka fell short just by 3 runs, and ended innings at 411.

Earlier in the day, Indian bowlers had wrecked havoc on Sri Lanka bowlers, with Virender Sehwag bludgeoning 146 runs from 102 balls. There were useful contributions from MS Dhoni (72) and Sachin Tendulkar (69).

In the last two overs Lanka only needed 15 runs, but Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra held their nerve, to win it for India. For India, Harbhajan Singh came up with most economical bowling, giving away just 58 runs in 10 overs.
First Published: December 15, 2017, 3:03 PM IST

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