By Staff Writers | July 24, 2012
Upul Tharanga top-scored for Sri Lanka during the run-chase. © AFP
Hambantota – Sri Lanka dealt India their second biggest defeat, in terms of deliveries remaining, when they beat the visitors by nine wickets with more than 30 overs remaining at Hambantota on Tuesday.
The hosts have levelled the five-match series 1-1 with their nine wicket victory against MS Dhoni’s men.
Openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan made light work of India’s paltry total by putting on 119 for the first wicket at a run-rate of 7.14. Mahela Jayawardene’s men reached the 139-run target in 19.2 overs.
Tharanga remained unbeaten on 59 off 60 balls while Dilshan fell in the 17th over for 50.
After India won the toss and chose to bat earlier in the day, they soon found themselves at 79/6 in the 20th over thanks to Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews who took three wickets.
"It’s great the team fought well and came back after the loss on Saturday," a very pleased Jayawardene said at the post-match ceremony.
"There’s a hunger in the side. It is always a good thing to have."
Jayawardene was pleased at the all-round brilliance Sri Lanka displayed.
"It is also good to see that Upul Tharanga scored some runs today. He has had a tough year but he played well today," he said.
Both teams now head to Colombo where the third match of the series will take place on July 28.
Scores: India 138 all out (Gambhir 65 – Perera 3/19, Mathews 3/14) – Sri Lanka 139/1 (Tharanga 59*, Dilshan 50 – Ashwin 1/18).
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