Advantage India after Sri Lanka batting collapse

Port of Spain (Trinidad), July 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka lost eight wickets for 30 runs as they were bowled out for 201 by India in the final of the Tri Nation series at the Queen's Park Oval here Thursday.

A 122-run partnership between Kumar Sangakkara (71) and Lahiru Thirimanne (46) for the third wicket had put Sri Lanka in a strong position after two early wickets had put them on the backfoot.

However, that all changed quickly as Thirimanne tried one too many shots after Ishant Sharma has already been plundered for 15 runs in the 38th over of the match.

Sangakkara, after playing a patient innings, too gave it away cheaply, thereby setting a chain reaction for the worse.

Captain Angelo Mathews (10), Kusal Perera (2) and Dinesh Chandimal (5) seemed to lose their head, going for ambitious shots on a pitch that had proved to be difficult for shot-making all day.

Ravindra Jadeja, who had figures of four for 23, came in finished the tail in no time as the Lankans collapsed to 201 in 48.5 overs.


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