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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

Sri Lanka’s magnificent win

By S.H.Moulana

Oval cricket ground in England is generally considered as the lucky ground for Sri Lanka and that was proved beyond any doubt on Thursday with its magnificent victory over the favorite India.

Chasing a mammoth total of India’s 321/6 was not an easy task by any means but the islanders did it with 8 balls to spare and beating India by 7 wickets at the end.
All the Indian bowlers’ efforts did not reward with any wicket except that of Sri Lanka’s opener Dickwella.

There were two run outs and one batsman retired hurt. Young Gunatilleke (76) and Mendis (89) laid a solid foundation for Sri Lanka’s victory.

India’s star bowler, Jadeja, who is regarded as a real threat to any international batsman conceded 52 runs in his 6 overs he bowled. At the end he conceded an average of 8.66 runs per over, this is something unusual for Jadeja.

We give full credit to Sri Lanka’s experienced captain Angela Mathew who handled his bowlers cleverly while his field setting was of class.

Finally how he chased the India’s mammoth total with his young team was really praiseworthy.
He was never in a mood to panic at any stage and handled the situation very cleverly.

Now Sri Lanka has to win over Pakistan on Monday the 12th June to have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals.

- Asian Tribune –
Kusal Mendis was in scintillating form

Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka home, India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy 2017, The Oval, London, June 8, 2017 © Getty Images
Kusal Mendis was in scintillating form
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