SL slump

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Fifth ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium

after Mathews-Thirimanne stand


LATE-CITY--DM-1-37Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a five-wicket haul as India bowled out Sri Lanka for a modest 238 runs in the fifth and final ODI played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. 

Kumar who opened the attack returned outstanding bowling figures of five wickets for 42 from 9.4 overs as the home side once again struggled to put up a challenging total after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.
In fact, Sri Lanka were cruising along at one stage and they looked like posting a total of over 300 runs after former Skipper Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne had added a century stand for the fourth wicket.

Mathews hit a 95-ball 55 with the help of four boundaries while Thirimanne went on to make a top score of 67 from 102 deliveries inclusive of one six and three boundaries. 

However, after their departure, the Sri Lanka late order batting collapsed as they lost their last seven wickets for the adding of just 53 runs. 

Meanwhile, India’s M. S. Dhoni added another milestone to his illustrious international career when he became the first man to get 100 stumpings in ODI cricket during the match. 

Dhoni got to the landmark when Akila Dananjaya was stumped of the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Dhoni went past Kumar Sangakkara who had 99 stumpings in 404 matches. Dhoni on the other hand got to 100 stumpings in his 301st match. 
LATE-CITY--DM-1-42There are two things that have worked in his favour apart from his skill as a wicket-keeper.

Firstly, he has been a regular wicket-keeper and has not given up the gloves for any length of time to concentrate on his career as a batsman the way Sangakkara has done many times.

Another reason to get to this milestone is the support of the spinners, as India has often played two spinners both at home and away. 

Sri Lanka are seeking to avoid a whitewash, having lost all the last four matches to the rampaging Indian side who also won the preceding three-Test series 3-0.

The Indians made four changes, bringing in Ajinkya Rahane, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the day-night game. 



Angelo Mathews plays a shot