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Sri Lanka outclass India

February 13, 2008

Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 62 helped Sri Lanka cruise to an easy eight-wicket victory against India on the Duckworth-Lewis method in their rain-shortened fifth one-day international of the CB tri-series one-day international at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday.

Put into bat, India rattled up 195 for five in the allotted 29 overs after play began late due to rain but the islanders overhauled a revised target of 154 in 21 overs with 12 balls to spare.

The Sri Lankans took full advantage of batting second as they chased the revised target without much fuss to keep themselves afloat in the series, riding on contributions from Tillakaratne Dilshan (62 not out) and Sanath Jayasuriya (27 off 13 balls).

Young Rohit Sharma gave ample display of his class with an unbeaten 70 while Gautam Gambhir (35) Sachin Tendulkar (32) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (31) came up with useful contributions but all their efforts went in vain as another rain interruption immediately after the Indian innings made the equation under the Duckworth-Lewis method easier for the Lankans.

With this victory, Sri Lanka managed to keep themselves in the reckoning by taking their points tally to six from three matches.

India continued to maintain their position at the top of the table with eight points from four matches while Australia have seven points from three matches.

Video courtesy: ANI

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