Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets in Champions Trophy

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Sri Lanka on Thursday pulled off a remarkable win against India in the Champions Trophy by successfully chasing 321 runs with eight balls to spare.

Sri Lankan batsmen chased the target by losing just 3 wickets. Skipper Angelo Mathews, who led from the front to score 52 not out off 45 balls, hit the winning shot.

The other notable performers in the Sri Lankan side were Kusal Mendis (83 off 93 balls), Danushka Gunathilaka (76 off 72 balls) and Asela Gunaratne (34 off 21 balls).

Earlier batting first, India had put up an imposing total with Shikhar Dhawan scoring a magnificent knock of 125 runs and MS Dhoni chipping in with quickfire 63 runs.

Rohit Sharma too scored 76 at the top before falling victim to Lasith Malinga.

But in the end, the men blue were stunned by Sri Lankans.

For India, the 103 runs conceded by Hardik Pandya (51 off 7 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (52 off 6 overs) in 13 overs tilted the game decisively in favour of Lankans on what was a batting belter where a target of 322 looked par for the course.

Call it complacency or unable to gauge the strength of unknown entity, the Indian bowling lacked the required discipline as Gunathilaka and Mendis rolled back the years giving a glimpse of the Lankan sides of mid and late 90 s.

They were hardly bothered by any bowler during their 159 run stand.

Left-hander Gunathilaka especially was severe first up, hitting seven fours and two sixes. The first one was using Umesh yadav s extra pace to pull it behind square while the next was another pull in-front of square when Hardik erred in length.

What hurt India during the phase was poor show from Jadeja, whose first six overs cost 52 runs including seven fours and a six.

Mendis was severe on him as he bowled short and also didn t have any help from pitch made life tougher.

With regular bowlers failing to do the job, captain Kohli brought himself and Kedar Jadhav. But Gunathilaka was run-out more so because of Mahendra Singh Dhoni s quicksilver reflexes.

India created further inroads when the other set batsman Mendis was run-out, courtesy brilliant pick up and throw off his own bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

But skipper Mathews and Perera added 75 runs in 10.2 overs to ensure that islanders don t lose momentum.

However Perera had to retire suffering cramps with Gunaratne joining his skipper with 51 runs required in a little over seven overs. The youngster then chanced his arms against Bumrah and Yadav to finish the game much to delight of Sri Lankan fans.

(With additional inputs from PTI)



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