With boundaries all over the ground and some superb shots, Yuvraj (117) raised his 11th century of his career while Sehwag followed the momentum and blasted 75-ball hundred. Both the players complimented each other well to leave the hosts gasping.
Lanka’s worries were only increased when Fernando’s superb backward diving went in vain and Jayasuriya’s late reaction to an easy catch gave two invaluable chances to Sehwag to continue his impressive knock.
A sense of reprieve enveloped the bowling side when they ended the efficient partnership of centurions Yuvraj Singh (117) and Virender Sehwag (116). But both the batsmen already had done enough damage to leave the hosts beleaguered.
Veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan got the breakthough when he bagged his second victim of the series in form of Yuvraj to equal Wasim Akram’s record of 502 ODI wickets. Suresh Raina then joined his skipper MS Dhoni to add some more runs to the board when India looked strong at 265/4.
The fifth wicket fell for the visitor’s in the form of Raina (9) when wicket-keeper Sangakkara removed the left-hander’s bails. All-rounder Yusuf Pathan then joined skipper MS dhoni at the crease.
By the end of the innings, all-rounder Pathan whisked a 35-ball fifty to add on to Lanka’s worries and push the total to 363/5.
With this win, India have created history by winning back-to-back ODI series. India broke the 23-year long jinx to clinch their first ODI series victory in Sri Lanka when they last toured the island country in August.
Reference: NDTV Cricket