Run-Fest Ends In Draw
The deck was flat, the outfield was fast and the sun was shining. Just the kind of pitch that the batsman wanted to be playing on but also one that offered the bowlers a reasonable amount of bounce. After winning the toss, Indian captain Rahul Dravid made the smart choice to bat first but would have been extremely disappointed with his team's batting performance as they were bundled out for 267, the skipper himself making a fine century with assistance coming from Harbhajan Singh, who struck a quick fire 55 from only 56 deliveries faced. Lasith Malinga and Chamina Vaas were the main weapons, taking 9 wickets between them, Malinga ending up with figures of 5/86 while Muttiah Muralitharan's 18 overs were played away with relative ease by the Indian batsman.
In return Sri Lanka amassed 495, with ten of their batsman getting into double figures. Youngster Chamara Silva led the way with 105 while the two Jayawardene's, Mahela and Prasanna both hit half centuries. The Indian bowling was woeful, conceding over 40 extras that included 19 no-balls and 9 wides. Irfan Pathan returned figures of 3/162 but was easily the most expensive and wayward of the bowlers. India were required to score 218 more runs before Sri Lanka had to bat again and they duly impression, Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer putting on over 200 for the first wicket before Jaffer was lbw to Malinga on 93. Sehwag went on to make 123 and was helped with half centuries to Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
India eventually declared with the score at 469/5 with Sri Lanka chasing 241 for victory. Opener Sanath Jayasuriya got them off to a flying start, slashing 52 from just 37, an innings that included six 4's and one 6. After being dropped by Dhoni on 18 he had no trouble hitting out before eventually being dismissed by Anil Kumble. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene batted very slowly for his 38 and some responsibility for not being able to chase down the total must lay on his shoulders. Chamara Kapugedara was also dropped early but put that out of his mind as he cleared the boundary four times on his way to 65* but the Sri Lankan's will be rueing their inability to take their chances and win the series.
India 1st innings 267 all out
Dravid 101, Harbhajan Singh 55
Malinga 5-86, Vaas 4-79
Sri Lanka 495 all out
Silva 105, M Jayawardene 86, P Jayawardene 69
India 2nd innings 469/5 dec
Sehwag 123, Jaffer 93, Tendulkar 84, Dravid 73
Sri Lanka 2nd innings 217/4
Kapugedara 65*, Jayasuriya 52
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