Sri Lankan team lost their 2nd ICC World T20 warm up game against India, which was played at P Sara Oval. India scored a modest total of 146/5 in their 20 overs and Sri Lanka managed to score just 120 runs in 19.3 overs.
Sri Lankan new ball bowlers managed to pick up regular wickets against Indian top order. Nuwan Kulasekara picked up 2 wickets (Suresh Raina & Virender Sehwag) in his 2nd over. India were 51/4 in 8.3 overs when skipper MS Dhoni arriving to the crease. Since then Dhoni & Rohit Sharma put on a 78 run partnership for the 5th wicket until Sharma got out for Malinga's delivery in the 19th over. But it has been yet another miserable match against India for Malinga.
Sri Lankan openers Dilshans couldn't provide a good start. Munaweera got bowled for 3 runs by Irfan Pathan. Irfan Pathan had TM Dilshan caught behind for 1 run. Sangakkara & Mathews were able to put on a 30 run partnership for the 3rd wicket. After Mathews was caught behind for 16, Thirimanne joined with Sangakkara. They put on a 29 run partnership. But regular wickets didn't allowed Sri Lankans to recover from early blows. Skipper Mahela Jayawardena came in to bat as number 8 batsman in this match. Also Sri Lanka didn't play Ajantha Mendis or Akhila Dhananjaya in this warm up game.
India won by 26 runs
G Gambhir (retired hurt) 5, V Sehwag 12, SK Raina 12, V Kohli 8, Yuvraj Singh 11, RG Sharma 37, MS Dhoni (not out) 55, IK Pathan (not out) 2
SL Malinga 1/50 (4 ov), KMDN Kulasekara 2/39 (4 ov), RMS Eranga 0/10 (2 ov), NLTC Perera 0/17 (3ov), AD Mathews 1/6 (2 ov), HMRKB Herath 1/8 (3 ov), BMAJ Mendis 0/15 (2 ov)
EMDY Munaweera 3, TM Dilshan 1, KC Sangakkara 32, AD Mathews 16, HDRL Thirimanne 24, BMAJ Mendis 26, NLTC Perera 10
IK Pathan 5/25 (4 ov), Z Khan 1/29 (4 ov), L Balaji 3/28 (3.3 ov), R Ashwin 0/20 (4 ov), Harbhajan Singh 1/17 (4 ov)
Photo (c) AFP