India set up final date with Australia

Bangalore, Feb 26: India outplayed the lacklustre Lanka in all the departments to seal CB series final berth with a comfortable seven-wicket victory at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Tuesday.

Rookie seamers Praveen and Ishant ripped apart the Lankan line-up to dismiss 'em eventually to 179 all out in 47.1 overs. Indian batsmen continued the good work of their bowlers and took their side home without any hiccups.
Tendulkar made a quickfire 63 studded with 10 boundaries. Gambhir remained unbeaten on 61 inclusive of five hits to fence while Yuvi chipped in with brisk 35.

Indian pacemen Ishant and Praveen produced a devastating spell of seam bowling to bowl out Lankans cheaply despite Kapugedera well compiled 57.

Lankans put in to bat first in the must-win tie, got off to a bright start despite losing rookie opener Dilruwan Perera in the fourth over of their innings.

Jayasuriya (34) and Sanga (33) then on added a brisk 58 runs for the second wicket. The Matara Maruder who has a special liking for Indian attack along with in-form Sanga looked set for a big total. The left-hand duo cut, drove and pulled with elan as the Islanders raced to fifty in 10th over. Sanath hit two boundaries and a six off Ishant over covers in his 44-ball knock.

Just when things were looking rosy for Lankans, Praveen who replaced Sehwag, made a dent in the Lankans line-up. The young seamer from UP started the rot with a short-pitched one on just outside the off-stump line inducing Sanga to edge for a regulation catch to wicketkeeper Dhoni. He then sent Mahela and Chamara Silva packing in quick succession to reduce Lankans to 81/4 in 19 overs.

Praveen, a predominently in-swing bowler, swung the ball both ways and rarely erred in line and length too return with career-best haul.

In the following over Pathan removed Jayasuriya after the opener top-edged a pull shot only to find Dhoni's safe pair of gloves.

Dilshan came and went in a jiffy. The fiesty Lankan all-rounder who guided his side home in a rain-truncated game against India last week was trapped plumb in-front by Ishant. The lanky seamer then dismissed Vaas caught Uthappa to leave Islanders in dire straits.

Kapugedera staged a wonderful recovery act with tail enders. He shared 46-run stand with Malinga and added 40 runs with Murali to help his side post a modest total.

OneIndia News

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Story first published: Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 11:53 [IST]
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