Pathan brothers’ blitz powers India win (2)

Raina (35), who was looking in a good touch, lofted a Bandara delivery that was taken by a substitute fielder in the deep. Captain MS Dhoni was next to fall. He was completely beaten by Bandara. A delivery pitched on off and middle crashed into the stumps as Dhoni failed to connect his bat to it.

Rohit Sharma (4) and debutant Ravindra Jadeja (5) could not contribute much as they fell to Sanath Jayasuriya and Bandara respectively. This sudden collapse brought the two brothers together and rest is history.

Earlier electing to bat first, captain Tillakratne Dilshan led from the front and slammed his maiden Twenty20 half-century to take Sri Lanka’s total to 171 at the loss of 4 wickets.Sri Lanka openers Jayasuriya and Dilshan raised a quickfire 59 runs for the first wicket.

Irfan compensated well for dropping a sitter off T20 debutant Zaheer Khan, after he dismissed the threatening Jayasuriya for 33 runs. Equally contributed the lanky Ishant Sharma, who took a high single-handed catch at mid-on.

Older brother Yusuf Pathan dismissed Jehan Mubarak and Chamara Kapugedera in quick succession. While he took a sharp return catch to remove Mubarak, Kapugedera was taken by Sehwag at mid-wicket after the ball took a top edge of his bat.

Dilshan held the other end but he fell soon after raising his half-century. He made 61 runs with the help of seven 4s and one six before Raina took a sensational backward running catch off Ishant Sharma.

Reference:  NDTV cricket


One response to “Pathan brothers’ blitz powers India win (2)

  1. Dilshan made a tactical error by not using Jayasuriya towards the end.

    Dilhara Fernando was cannon fodder towards the end.


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