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Friday, June 9, 2017

India loses to Sri Lanka

Due to the poor performance of their bowlers, defending champions India had to face an unexpected loss from seven wickets against Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy Group B here today.India defeated Shikhar Dhawan 125 runs and Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's half century Put 321 runs on six wickets. In reply, the Sri Lankan team achieved the target in 48.4 overs and almost all the batsmen contributed to the win in the headline. It is the winning win by chasing this biggest goal for Sri Lanka in one-day cricket.

Dhanushka Pritishtika scored 76 off 72 balls while Kaushal Mendis scored 89 runs in 93 balls. Both gave a good start to the team with a partnership of 159 runs. Skipper Angelo Mathews scored an unbeaten 52 off 44 balls, Anla Gunaratne scored an unbeaten 34 off 21 balls and Kushal Perera scored 47 (retired heart) runs.
After this biggest turnaround in the tournament, the ground has opened for the four teams. Anyone from India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka can qualify. To reach India in the semi-finals, South Africa will be defeated in every situation.
India's hearty Pandya (51 runs in seven overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (52 runs in six overs) gave India a chance. Indian bowlers who lost their self-determination showed lack of discipline and its Sri Lankan batsmen took full advantage.
Left-handed batsman Virat Kohli scored seven fours and two sixes in his innings. First Umesh Yadav in the square leg and then the hearty six in the front.
Jadeja's performance was also very disappointing, with 52 runs in his first six overs, including seven fours and a six. Captain Kohli bowling himself and seeing regular bowlers fail, and also Kedar Jadhav. Dhoni scored a brilliant display of quality to score runs.
Bhuvneshwar bowled Mendis on his own ball as he bowled himself well. After this, however, Captain Mathews and Perera kept the rung by adding 75 runs in 10.2 overs. Pereira had to leave the ground due to stretch in the muscle. However, Gunaratne, while convincingly with his captain, brought the team to victory.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan continued his glorious performance in the ICC Champions Trophy, converting a century to 321 for six at stumps. Dhawan scored 125 runs in 128 balls and with Rohit Sharma, he made 138 runs for the first wicket. Rohit scored 78 runs in 79 balls.

In the last over Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 63 runs in 52 balls. This is the third century in Dhawan's Champions Trophy, which has also scored two hundreds in the previous season. He hit 15 boundaries and a six in his innings. Dhoni added 82 runs for the fourth wicket with 10.4 overs. The former captain put seven fours and two sixes in his innings. Kedar Jadhav added 25 runs in 13 balls.

Lasith Malinga took two wickets for 70 runs in 10 overs while Suranga Lakmal scored 72 runs in 10 overs and Nuwan Pradeep grabbed one wicket with 73 runs for Sri Lanka.

Playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah.

Sri Lanka: Niroshana Dikewala, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kunal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Asla Gunatantane, Dasara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.
                                                                  ---Suveer Chaudhary

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