Sanath steers Lanka to Victory

by Sa'adi Thawfeeq

1 July 1998

Sanath Jayasuriya whose form had been under a cloud came back into rip-roaring form to capture three wickets off four balls in the crucial final over and give Sri Lanka a thrilling eight-run victory over India in a Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy triangular match played at the SSC grounds yesterday.

India chasing 172 for victory in a match reduced to 36-overs-a-side, required ten off the final over bowled by Jayasuriya. The Sri Lankan all-rounder, renowned around the world for his explosive batting, had Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh stumped by Romesh Kaluwitharana and top-scorer Robin Singh caught by substitute Mahela Jayawardene for 50 to give Sri Lanka their second win in the competition.

Sri Lanka now lead the points table with 6 points, followed by India with five and New Zealand with three.

Jayasuriya finished with figures of 4 for 18 off 5.4 overs, but the 'Man-of-the-Match' award went to Sri Lanka vice-captain Aravinda de Silva, whose top score of 62 off 86 balls with five fours enabled Sri lanka to total 171 for 8 after being sent in by India.

De Silva completed his fiftieth half-century in one-day internationals and thus joined three others who had done so before him - Desmond Haynes (57 fifties), Mohammed Azharuddin (51) and Javed Miandad (50).

A wet patch on the wicket, the result of rain water leaking through the covers delayed the start till after lunch.

Source: The Daily News

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Date-stamped : 02 Jul1998 - 06:14