Kumar Sangakkara looks to continue the thrashing victory
Sri Lankan captain, Kumar Sangakkara, is now inspiring his team to continue the winning streak following their biggest win over India.
After defeating India with a huge margin and more balls spare at hand, Sri Lanka has reached to the finals of the tri-series ODI tournament. Now, they are waiting for the final match that will be held on 28th August 2010. With one more victory, they can hold the tri-series trophy.
Team India was bundled out for 103 runs in 33.4. It was one of the humiliating and shameful defeats in the recent history of Indian cricket. It was also the largest defeat in India’s history in terms of balls remaining. However, Sri Lankan team took 15.1 overs only to reach the target. They won the match by 8-wicket and 209 balls remaining at hand. Ahead of the final match that will take place six days later, Sri Lanka is taking hard preparation for their consistent win.
Despite the retirement of some veteran players like Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka could stop India in a low scoring game. However, the best win against India was in Sharjah in the finals of the Coca Cola Champions Trophy in 2000 where Sri Lanka bet India by 245 runs. According to Kumar Sangakkara, it was the best victory against their favorite opponent India.
Winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first and scored 299 for the loss of 5 wickets. In reply, India were all out for 54. There is no doubt that it should be remembered as one of the greatest victories against India. From this victory, Sri Lanka will get confidence that they can still do things like this.
The improvement of Mahela Jayawardene from middle order to top order impressed the viewers. His promotion saw the down of specialist opener, Upul Tharanga, to No. 3.
It is not sure that Mahela Jayawardene will make open for Sri Lanka in the final match. Sri Lanka has five days to make a plan for the final. May be some changes will be brought in the batting line up.
Let’s see if any change can help the host team to get consistently.