Hosts Sri Lanka thrashed India to win the tri-series tournament by bundling out the visitors who were chasing their score of 200 for 225 in 46.5 overs. India’s defeat on Saturday also meant that Indian Captain M S Dhoni lost his personal record of not losing any one day series since he took over the captaincy.
For Sri Lanka the result was sweet revenge as it had lost to India in the Asia Cup finals in June this year.
Sri Lanka dominated the proceedings from the start. After having scored a formidable 300 runs, they were in total control of the game, picking up Indian wickets at crucial moments thus never giving the visitors a chance to get back into the game.
India suffered due to failure for any partnership to really click and except for the captain who was the last man out, none of the batsmen really rose to the task.
Virender Sehwag who steered the Indian side into the finals with his fine batting in earlier matches did display his flamboyant batting skills. However, he was run out in six overs having scored only 28 runs. Though he remained at the crease for a brief period, Sehwag scored six boundaries.
Yuvraj Singh did who promise, but could not last long as he was bundled out for a mere 26 with Sangakkara making no mistakes in grabbing the catch offered.