Sri Lanka demolish India by 69 runs

Saturday, March 24, 2007

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD: India have remote chances of entering the super eight stage as Sri Lanka defeated them by 69 runs in the World Cup 2007 group ‘B’ match (tomorrow). Now, India will be eliminated from the World Cup if Bangladesh win their last match against Bermuda on March 25.Chasing a target of 255, India could not cope with the accurate bowling from Sri Lankans and were all out for 180. Star off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan captured three wickets for 41 and pace-bowler Chamanda Vaas claimed two for 39.From India, except captain Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag nobody could play Sri Lankan bowlers comfortably. Sehwag scored a quick-fire 48 from 46 deliveries with five fours and a six. Dravid made 60 off 82 balls with six fours. He also became the eighth batsman to complete 1000 World Cup runs. Earlier, Sri Lanka put in by India, scored 254 runs for six wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Upul Tharanga with 64 and Chamara Silva with 59 were the top-scorers for Sri Lanka. From India, Zaheer Khan claimed two wickets while Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, Sarouv Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar all got one wicket each.

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