India v Sri Lanka Final at Karachi Asia Cup Cricket 2008


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IND v SL, Final, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka beat India by 100 runs in Asia Cup final

Ajantha Mendis broke India's back with a mesmerising six-wicket haul as Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup cricket tournament with a facile 100-run victory at Karachi.
Chasing 274, India's much-vaunted batting attack was bamboozled by Mendis' bag of tricks and the mystery spinner emerged as the wrecker-in-chief to bundle out India for 173 in just 39.3 overs. Mendis' bowling figures read an impressive 8-1-13-6 and this was the first six-wicket haul in the Asia Cup history.
India's ploy of having an additional batsman did not pay dividend and only Virender Sehwag (60 off 36) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (49) managed to salvage their reputation. The Indian batsmen thus let down their bowling colleagues, who had earlier done a decent job by bowling out Sri Lanka for 273 in 49.5 overs, a total built around Sanath Jayasuriya's 125-run knock off just 114 balls.
Chaminda Vaas started the rot by removing Gautam Gambhir (6) in the fifth over before Mendis took over. In his first over, Mendis foxed an onrushing Sehwag with a 'flicker' to get him stumped and two balls later, he flicked another through Yuvraj Singh's gates to castle him for a duck. In his third over, Mendis disturbed Suresh Raina's (16) timbers before trapping Rohit Sharma (3) plumb in front four runs later. In the 32nd over again, he scalped Irfan Pathan and RP Singh off success deliveries to complete his six-wicket haul.
Earlier, Jayasuriya looked unstoppable in a brilliant 125 runs from 114 balls that included nine fours and five sixes as he put on a face-saving 131 runs stand for the fifth wicket with Tillekaratne Dilshan who made 56. India started well as Ishant Sharma rocked the top order with three wickets while RP Singh cleaned up the tail with as many as Sri Lanka struggled to make 57 in the last 10 overs. Jayasuriya's 27th career hundred rescued Sri Lanka from a precarious 66 for four in 12 overs after India in a brave decision opted to field first.
RP Singh suffered badly in the 16th over when a blitz from Jayasuriya produced 26 runs from six balls taking him from 61 to 87. He blasted Singh over the long off area for two sixes and then drove him for two fours over covers with the final ball being dispatched over mid-wicket for another six. His partnership with Dilshan, who made his fifty from 68 balls, came at a time when the Lankans were rattled by Sharma.
After Kumar Sangakkara was run out for just four in the second over after a tragic mix-up with Jayasuriya, Sharma struck thrice. He had Mahela Jayawardene (11) caught at point cutting straight to Rohit Sharma and then in his sixth over, he first had Chamara Kapugedera (5) caught off a miscued pull shot and bowled Chamara Silva for a first ball duck.
India fought back through their spinners Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag and so tight were the Indians in their bowling and fielding that despite Jayasuriya's hundred, Sri Lanka were not able to get a boundary between the 22nd and 40th over.
IND v SL, Final, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 273 all out (49.5 overs) beat India 173 all out (39.3 overs) by 100 runs

India v Sri Lanka Final at Karachi

Score Card

India won the toss and decided to field
273 all out (49.5 overs)
173 all out (39.3 overs)

Sri Lanka Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Jayasuriya c I Sharma b Sehwag
125
114 9 5
Sangakkara run out
 
4
3 1 0
M Jayawardene c R Sharma b I Sharma
11
19 1 0
Kapugedera c Raina b I Sharma
5
11 1 0
Silva
 
b I Sharma
0
2 0 0
Dilshan c Dhoni b I Pathan
56
74 3 0
Vaas
 
b RP Singh
19
32 1 0
Kulasekara not out
 
29
29 3 0
Thushara lbw b RP Singh
5
8 0 0
Mendis
 
b RP Singh
8
4 2 0
Muralitharan c Dhoni b I Pathan
2
3 0 0
Extras
 
1w 8lb 9
 
Total
 
all out 273 (49.5 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
RP Singh 9.0 1 67 3
I Sharma 10.0 1 52 3
I Pathan 9.5 0 67 2
Ojha 10.0 1 38 0
Sehwag 8.0 0 30 1
R Sharma 3.0 0 11 0
Fall of wicket
 
11 Sangakkara
34 M Jayawardene
66 Kapugedera
66 Silva
197 Jayasuriya
213 Dilshan
236 Vaas
256 Thushara
264 Mendis
273 Muralitharan

India Innings - All out
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
Gambhir c Dilshan b Vaas
6
13 1 0
Sehwag st Sangakkara b Mendis
60
36 12 0
Raina
 
b Mendis
16
21 3 0
Yuvraj
 
b Mendis
0
2 0 0
Dhoni c Sangakkara b Vaas
49
74 4 0
R Sharma lbw b Mendis
3
8 0 0
Uthappa lbw b Muralitharan
20
41 2 0
I Pathan c M Jayawardene b Mendis
2
6 0 0
RP Singh
 
b Mendis
0
1 0 0
Ojha not out
 
6
17 0 0
I Sharma
 
b Kulasekara
8
18 1 0
Extras
 
1w 2b 3
 
Total
 
all out 173 (39.3 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
Vaas 9.0 0 55 2
Kulasekara 6.3 0 26 1
Thushara 8.0 0 51 0
Mendis 8.0 1 13 6
Muralitharan 8.0 0 26 1
Fall of wicket
 
36 Gambhir
76 Sehwag
76 Yuvraj
93 Raina
97 R Sharma
135 Uthappa
154 I Pathan
154 RP Singh
160 Dhoni
173 I Sharma

Umpires: A L Hill, S J A Taufel
India: Sehwag, Gambhir, R Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Uthappa, I Pathan, Ojha, I Sharma, RP Singh
Sri Lanka: Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, Kapugedera, Silva, Dilshan, Vaas, Thushara, Mendis, Kulasekara, Muralitharan

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.