First Loss As Sri Lanka Complete Stunning Run Chase

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First Loss As Sri Lanka Complete Stunning Run Chase

Сообщение pinkpink » 09 июн 2017, 11:03

After an awful bowling performance from defending champions India saw them slump to an unexpected seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in a high-scoring ICC Champions Trophy, captain Virat Kohli said he expected his bowlers to defend 321 but Sri Lanka batted exceptionally well to take the game away. "We felt we had enough on the board, we trusted out bowlers, but Sri Lanka were pretty good," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
"They kept the momentum through the innings, they picked their areas to hit and executed Authentic Gerald Henderson Youth Jersey really well. There's always hindsight. I thought we bowled decently. But when you don't execute properly, there is always food for thought. Here you have to give credit to the other team," Kohli added.
Sri Lanka rode on a solid batting display to register a seven-wicket victory over India.
Set a challenging target of 322 runs, Sri Lanka rode on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka to cross the line in 48.3 overs and register their first win the tournament. The duo dominated the Indian bowlers to add 159 runs between them and lay the foundation of a successful run chase.
Mendis was the highest scorer among the Sri Lankans, producing a steady 89 runs off 93 balls before being run out thanks to an excellent piece of fielding by Indian pacer Buvneshwar Kumar off his own bowling.
Gunathilaka smashed 76 off 72 deliveries with seven boundaries and two sixes.
Thursday's result throws the group wide open as all the teams in the group -- India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa -- have identical records of a win and a draw.
India will now have to beat South Africa in their last group match on June 11 and Sri lanka face a must win contest against Pakistan a day later in quest to qualify from the semi-finals.
India suffered their first loss in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after going down by 7 wickets to Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval on Thursday. Team India had earlier defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament. With this loss, India's spot in the semifinals of the tournament remains unsure as all the teams in Group B are now on two points each and in with a chance of reaching the last four. It will all boil down to the final round of group matches.
For Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis top scored with 89 before being run out. Mendis and Danushka Brandon Ingram Womens Jersey Gunathilaka (76) stablised their innings after opener Niroshan Dickwella was caught by Ravindra Jadeja off a Bhuvaneshwar Kumar delivery for just 7 runs. Mendis smashed 11 fours and a six during his stay while Gunathilaka chipped in with 7 boundaries and 2 maximums.
Kusal Perera retired hurt just before completing his half-century. He was batting on 47 before he went off the field. Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne remained unbeaten on 52 and 34, respectively to guide Sri Lanka home.
Earlier Shikhar Dhawan's 128-ball 125, his third in the tournament, went in vain in India's loss. It was his 10th ODI century. He also became the quickest to reach the 500-run mark in the Champions Trophy, achieving the feat in seven innings. Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma scored his 31st ODI career half-century and also brought up 1000 runs against Sri Lanka. Their opening partnership of 138 runs was crucial in giving India a steady start.
India skipper Virat Kohli didn' trouble the scorers much as he was dismissed for a duck but Mahendra Singh Dhoni made sure that India got to a very big total. Dhoni (63) played a brilliant knock and got to his half-century in no time and giving him good company was Kedhar Jadhav who remained unbeaten on 25 off 13 balls taking India to 321 for 6 at the end of 50 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early with the ball as he removed Niroshan Dickwella for 7 but from there on it was all about Mendis and Gunathilaka who took Sri Lanka past the 150-run mark without any further damage. For India, none of the bowlers looked like picking up a wicket and out of the three Sri Lankan wickets to fall, two were run outs. Ravindra Jadeja went for plenty as his six overs had cost India 52 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was the most economical bowler for the defending champions as he returned with figures of none for 52 in his 10 overs.
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