January 28, 2009

Dilshan falls early

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Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first in the first match of the cricket ODI series against Sri Lanka. Dhoni's luck with the coin still continues. With three seamers on the side and helping conditions early in the morning, Dhoni decided to field first.

As expected, India went in with the bowling combination of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel and spinner Pragyan Ojha. Unfortunately, India lost opener Virender Sehwag to injury. With Sehwag out of the game, Gautam Gambhir will open with Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit Sharma gets a chance and will most likely be batting at No. 3.

Zaheer Khan started with a tidy spell and sent down two maiden overs. In his first over, though, Dilshan was run out off the third delivery. India could not have expected a better start to the series. Dilshan was the best batsman in the recently concluded Pakistan cricket series and he won the man of the series. Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel shared the new ball. With Dilshan gone, India has to face two batting stars in Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara.

At the end of 6 overs, Sri Lanka were 17/1, with Jayasuriya on 15 and Sangakkara on 2.


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