SRINAGAR: Kumar Sangakara hit a terrific ton to power Sri Lanka to a tense eight wicket victory against India in Asia Cup game played at Fatullah, Bangladesh.
Chasing a target of 265, Sangakara helped t Sri Lanka, who were struggling 183 for 6 inside 40 overs, drove his team forward, with a judiuos mix of stroke-play and common sense. His 84-ball 103 laced with a dozen fours and a six made sure his side didn’t let the run rate to go beyond the reach, and combined first with Chaturanga de Silva for the seventh wicket to add 33, before Thisaara Perera was happy to plays second fiddle to the left hander’s heroics to take Sri Lanka in the touching distance.
Sangakkara departed in the 49th over, byt Ajantha Mendis and Perera completed the formality on a deck that helped Indian spinners a great deal. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin took stuffing out of the SLs middle order with former taking 3 for 30 and latter returning with the figures of 2 for 42. Indian fast bowling was left wanting yet again as Sri Lankan batters took advantage of their waywardness and timid approach big time to pocket the crucial 3 points from the game that at one stage they looked set to concede.
Earlier solid show from Indian top order-Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli-was squandered by the middle order collapse that limited India to 264 for 9 from the a very strong position of 175 for 3 in the 35th over.
After an early loss of Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Kohli exhibited terrific strokeplay to drive their team forward adding 97 for the second wicket. Kohli was dismissed by Mendis’ peach of a delivery for 48, but Dhawan continued his merry way.
India looked all set for a 300-plus target but onset of powerplay triggered a collapse that saw them lose Ajinkye Rahane , Dhawan, Stuart Binny, Dinesh Karthik and R Ashwin in a cluster. Dhawan hit a solid 96.
Jadeja made unbeaten 22 and Shami contributed 7-ball14 to take India past 260-mark.
Mendis had excellent figures of 4 for 60 in his ten over spell.