Ind shine as Sri lanka sink in Indian soil

India took a 2-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a comfortable six-wicket win against Sri Lanka at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Thursday.

Live Cricket Score: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI at Ahmedabad

Electing to bat, Sri Lanka scored 274 for eight, thanks largely to captain Angelo Mathews’ unbeaten 92 and Kumar Sangakkara (61).

In reply, a 122-run partnership for the second wicket between Shikhar Dhawan (79) and Ambati Rayudu (121 not out) helped India reach 275 for four in 44.3 overs with captain Virat Kohli chipping in with 49 off 44 balls.

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Ind continue their winning streak over Sri lanka. Sri lanka become no match for in-form India.

Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to field
Series India led the 5-match series 1-0
ODI debut PLS Gamage (Sri Lanka)
Player of the match AM Rahane (India)
Umpires VA Kulkarni and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire C Shamshuddin
Match referee DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire PG PathakIndia defeated Sri Lanka by 169 runs in the first of the five One-Day Internationals (ODI) at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.

After being put in to bat, India had posted a mammoth total of 363/5 in their 50 overs with openers Ajinkya Rahane (111) and Shikhar Dhawan (113) scoring centuries.

Sri Lanka’s batting could never sustain a regular partnership, and the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals which led to their being bowled out for 194 in 39.2 overs.

The second cricket ODI will be held at Ahmedabad Nov 6.

Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane

Pakistan thrash Australia in the first innings as Australia get dismissed for 261

Australia, on the other hand, were very poor with the bat. They played plenty of loose shots and threw their wickets away. Mitchell Marsh was the standout performer with the bat as he countered spin and reverse swing with ease. Clarke battled for his 47, but apart from that there was no one who showed application. They are on the brink of losing the series and only a miracle can save them. Join us for all the action on Day 4. Until then, take care and Cya!
Umpires get together and check the light. It is dark enough to stop the play for the day and that will be stumps. Pakistan are in the driver’s seat. The bowlers responded well after the batsmen put up a massive first innings total. All the bowlers chipped in and pegged the Australians back at regular intervals, bowling them out for 261. With a lead of 309, Misbah decided to give his bowlers a rest and didn’t enforce the follow-on. Shehzad and Hafeez came out with an attacking mindset, but both did not last long. Younis and Azhar Ali once again saw them through a tricky little period.

PAK 570/6 decl, 61/2 (21.0 Ovs)
Azhar Ali*
21 (54)
Younis Khan
16 (60)
AUS 261
Nathan Lyon*
10-3-19-0
Peter Siddle
3-3-0-0
CRR 2.90
Partnership 40(110)
Last Wkt M Hafeez 3(6)

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: Preview

Sri Lanka are on Indian soil currently, to play a five-match ODI series, starting on November 2, Sunday. This is a make-shift series arranged by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), after the sudden pull out of the West Indies team midway from their India tour. The Indian board then requested the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to send its team for a short series, to which the SLC agreed immediately. Now, both teams are in Cuttack, to play the first ODI at the Barabati Stadium.

The last time Sri Lanka toured India for a bilateral series was in 2009 and the last time Sri Lanka played India in India was in the 2011 World Cup final, which India won comfortably.

India

The hosts will miss the services of their regular captain, MS Dhoni, who has been rested for the three ODIs. Meanwhile, it is a great opportunity for Virat Kohli to show his captaincy skills. India have been in fine form in the ODI format of late, with three consecutive series wins against Bangladesh, England and West Indies respectively. Although Rohit Sharma hit a sparkling hundred against India ‘A’, he couldn’t prove his fitness, after recovering from injury, when the selectors picked the squad for the first three ODIs.

Kohli’s return to form has come at the right time for him and remember, Kohli averages over 50 against Sri Lanka with 5 hundreds and 8 fifties to his name. Suresh Raina, who will be playing his 200th ODI, has been batting exceptionally well and is looking in great touch. However, India’s concern with the batting line-up is right at the top. Opener, Shikhar Dhawan, is hot and cold and it is high time that he lifts his game, before the World Cup 2015.

Meanwhile, with Dhoni clearly expressing concerns about India’s fast bowling options for the 2015 World Cup during the West Indies series, it is a body blow that Shami Ahmed, the highest wicket-taker in ODIs in 2014, has been ruled of the entire series due to an injury. Dhawal Kulkarni takes his place, while Varun Aaron too gets a chance as original spearhead, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, has been rested.

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan cricket team was in the middle of a six-week fitness program, ahead of their home series against England, when the sudden announcement of this short series was made. This meant that they had to leave their programme midway and prepare for the India tour. Senior pro, Kumar Sangakkara, had openly admitted that this was a hastily arranged series. Captain Angelo Mathews then made it clear that his side was willing to come to India, but stressed that they would have liked to have enough time to prepare to play a side like India.

The Islanders are without the injured Lasith Malinga, their key man with the ball. To make matters worse, they lost their warm-up match badly to India ‘A’ a few days ago, despite fielding a full strength squad. In the batting department, the onus is again on experienced campaigners, Mahela Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Mathews has been in good form this year, while Upul Tharanga made some valuable runs in the warm-up game. Quite contrastingly, the bowling attack, spearheaded by Nuwan Kulasekara, looks quite inexperienced. Apart from Thisara Perera, and Mathews, no one has played more than 30 ODIs.

Pitch and conditions:

The square at the Barabati Stadium has not quite yielded big scores. The run-scoring has been quite tough due to its slow nature. Although the last ODI scheduled here, India v Australia, October 26, 2013, was washed off due to rain, the weather for tomorrow is quite clear.

Quotes:

“The results of such matches don’t matter a lot to visiting sides as much as they matter to the home teams. They are a quality side. They have crowned themselves as world champions in one format (T20) of the game,” coach Sanjay Bangar after Sri Lanka’s loss in the warm-up match.

“If some of the other players in our batting line-up except the two senior players (Jayawardene, Sangakkara) and the captain (Mathews) can take up the burden, we will do better,” Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni an Amazing Captain and Strong Leader: Adam Gilchrist

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist contradicted Ian Chappell’s views, who had said Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not good enough to be India’s Test captain anymore after a string of failures overseas including England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.MS Dhoni-India England ManchesterFormer Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist on Friday said he did not agree with his countryman Ian Chappell’s demand for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to relinquish Test captaincy and hand over the reins to Virat Kohli.

I(Gilchrist ) have said it a number of times before that I have been very impressed with Dhoni right from the moment he arrived into the scene. He is an amazing captain and has won India T20 and ODI World Cups. India also reached the pinnacle by climbing to the number one spot in Test cricket,” he told reporters at an event organised by University of Wollongong, Australia.

Former Australia captain Chappell had said earlier this month that he did not find Dhoni good enough to be India’s Test captain anymore and said it was time to hand over the reins of the team to Kohli.

Dhoni clearly is a strong leader and a quality all-round cricketer, Gilchrist said adding that he is calm and is an extraordinary character.

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 1

Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to bat, were 304 for two at close on the opening day of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Live Score: Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Younis Khan smashed his third hundred in consecutive innings and was unbeaten on 111 after Pakistan won the toss and batted on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

The other unbeaten batsman was Azhar Ali on 101.

Pakistan lost openers Ahmed Shehzad (35) and Mohammad Hafeez (45) in the two sessions.

Pakistan, leading the two-match series 1-0, remained unchanged from the side which won the first Test by a big 221-run margin in Dubai.

Australia, seeking to avoid their first series defeat against Pakistan since 1994, made two changes with Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc replacing Steve O’Keefe and Alex Doolan.

Ind A vs SL: Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey tons sink toothless Lankans

Rohit Sharma

A fit-again Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey slammed strokeful centuries as India A feasted on Sri Lanka’s mediocre attack before registering a comfortable 88-run victory in a warm-up match for the visitors ahead of their ODI series against India, here on Thursday.

Playing his first match after recovering from a fractured finger and shoulder injury, Sharma cracked a brilliant 111-ball 142 before getting run out. Pandey stroked his way to an unbeaten 135 off 113 balls at the Brabourne Stadium.

Invited to bat, India A scored runs at a brisk pace, with the openers – Sharma and Unmukt Chand – carting the bowlers all over the park and helping the team post 72 runs in the first 10 overs. The home team notched up a mammoth 382 for six and in reply, the Sri Lankans were restricted to 294 for nine.

Sharma dominated proceedings initially before Chand, too, upped the ante. The former U-19 World Cup-winning captain continued with his rich vein of form having previously scored an unbeaten 79 and 101 against the West Indies earlier this month.

The Delhi batsman struck eight fours and a six in his 39-ball 52 before being caught behind by Kumara Sangakkara off Lahiru Gamage. Sharma, who was on 36 when Chand departed, forged a 214- run partnership with Pandey. The duo remained aggressive as they sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.
Sharma, playing after a two-month injury layoff, showed no signs of discomfort and took to the attack from the start. The 27- year old’s scintillating knock was laced with 18 fours and a six, and included some beautiful cover drives.

The Mumbai batsman fell short of his crease while trying to steal a second run when a direct hit from Lahiru Gamage found the target in the 41st over. The 25-year old Karnataka batsman, Pandey, however remained undeterred. His brilliant knock included 15 fours and a six, while skipper Manoj Tiwary chipped in with a cameo, scoring 36 with the help of two sixes and as many fours.

After putting up a solid display, India A lost three quick wickets in the penultimate over, but it did not cause much worry to them as by then the batsmen had already dented the Lankan bowling attack.
The island nation opted to give a chance to all their 15 members and utilised the services of as many as 10 players in the bowling department.

The visitors replaced Sangakkara after 26 overs and Kusal Perera took his place behind the stumps. It was a bad day for the Lankan bowling outfit and Dhammika Prasad was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 57, while Gamage bagged had two for 41. Chasing a mammoth total, Sri Lanka suffered a jolt when they lost opener Kusal Perera (4) in the first over. The left-handed batsman was caught behind off Dhawal Kulkarni on the last ball of the over.

India A struck again when leg spinner Karn Sharma trapped Dilshan leg before off the first ball of his spell. The 38-year old made just 14 off 24 balls, leaving the visitors struggling at 42 for two in 8.1 overs. Wicketkeeper batsman Sangakkara and Tharanga tried to rebuild the innings and forged a 69-run stand for the third wicket.

Sangakkara, one of the most experienced players in the Sri Lankan side, made almost a run-a-ball 34 before being caught in the first slip off Parvez Rasool. His departure left Sri Lanka struggling at 111 for three.

Tharanga, who had partners changing at the other end quite frequently, was the only one who took to the Indian attack. He carted the bowlers for 13 fours before perishing at mid wicket off Karn Sharma.

They kept losing wickets at regular interval and lost more than half the side within 32 overs. Mahela Jayawardene made a 31-ball 33 comprising of three fours before being castled by Karn, which left the island nation at for 173 for six.

Niroshan Dickwella and Ashan Priyanjan added 51 runs for the seventh wicket before Dickwella was bowled by Kulkarni. Seekuge Prasanna and Chatrunga De Silva played a few shots in the end to guide the team to a respectable total.

The 27-year old Railways bowler scalped four wickets for 47 runs, while Jammu and Kashmir spinner Rasool and Dhawal Kulkarni picked up two wickets each.

Brief Score: India A for in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 142, Manish Pandey 135 not out; Dhammika Prasad 3 for 57, Lahiru Gamage 2 for 41) Sri Lanka (Upul Tharanga 76; Karn Sharma 4 for 47).