Match : India v Sri Lanka, 3rd of 5 ODI series on India's tour of Sri Lanka 2012.
Venue/Date : RPS ground in Colombo, 28 July 2012.
Debut : none.
Toss : Sri Lanka, elected to bat.
Result : India won by 5 wickets and now leads series 2-1 with 2 games to go, having won 1st ODI by 21 runs while Sri Lanka won 2nd ODI by 9 wickets.
Man of the match : Suresh Raina.
Umpires : Tony Hill (New Zealand) + Rob Tucker (England).
Head to head137th India v Sri Lanka one day international it was and now, India have won 73 while Sri Lanka stay behind at 52 with 1 tie and 11 no results. In Sri Lanka, two teams clashed for the 54th time and visitors registered their 21st win besides losing 27 and 6 no results. At the venue, RPS ground in Colombo, this was 30th meeting and India found 12th win while losing 15 with 3 no results.
Match summaryEven though cricket has changed in recent times with the emergence of T20 cricket, chasing almost run a ball target for fifty overs is still a tough assignment. Today, set against 287 after terrible bowling performance, Indians lost Virender Sehwag early but Gautam Gambhir, following on his good innings in last match, put together the foundation with in-form Virat Kohli. MS Dhoni, noticing poor form of young Rohit Sharma, promoted himself but his slowish innings pushed the asking rate around 8 an over and then Lasith Malinga ate up both Gambhir and Dhoni in first over of the batting powerplay to turn the match around. Thankfully, Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan steered visitors home through some inspired batting display.
Earlier, Sri Lankans got lucky with the toss and decided to put runs on board but not untill first three batsmen had returned to pavilion that their innings got going. Experienced pros Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene added 121 runs. both missed their century but late counter attack from Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis pushed home team to a solid total.
This was first defeat for Sri Lanka at the venue having scored more than 250 runs. Also, this was biggest chase by any team on Sri Lankan soil.