Match : India v Sri Lanka, 2nd of 5 ODI series on India's tour of Sri Lanka 2012.
Venue/Date : Mahinda Rajapaksa international stadium in Hambantota, 24 July 2012.
Debut : Isuru Udana (152nd player for Sri Lanka).
Toss : India, elected to bat.
Result : Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets and now series is locked 1-1 with 3 matches to go.
India won 1st ODI by 21 runs.
Man of the match : Thisara Perera.
Umpires : Bruce Oxenford (Australia) + Ruchira Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka).
Head to head136th India v Sri Lanka ODI it was and now, Sri Lanka have 52 wins but India still leads at 72 with 1 tie and 11 no results. In Sri Lanka, two teams clashed for the 53rd time and home team now leads 27 to 20 with 6 no results.
Match summaryHow can a team that free-flowingly scored 314 at the same venue couple of days ago, be bowled out for merely 138? did someone switch the pitch in 48 hours? may be, cause it wasn't really coming onto the bat for Indians as it did in first ODI but fact of the matter is, batsmen just didn't apply themselves enough and suffered a huge defeat..
Electing to bat first, visitors were given free runs by debutant Isuru Udana who couldn't adjust to the heavy wind but introduction of Thisara Perera did the magic. Taking two wickets for no runs and then another one, Perera triggered Indian collapse with the exception of Gautam Gambhir who carried his bat through the innings.
Target of 139 was no challenge for home team, more so once openers put on a century stand, collecting 64 runs before the break and remaining after that, losing just Tillakaratne Dilshan.