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Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene: Power, grace and glory

Sri Lanka won the Coca-Cola Cup beating India by a mammoth margin of 121 runs in the final match played at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Sunday. They had gone into the final match under some pressure having lost the previous two encounters against India in the tournament. Sanath Jayasuriya won the crucial toss, elected to bat first on a pitch that was a beauty for batting.

Jayasuriya led from the front and went about his natural game, striking the ball cleanly through the off side with his usual Úlan. Sri Lanka galloped to 71/1 in 11 overs and in the process of took the match away from the Indians. They lost their second wicket in the 16th over with the score on 100, when Marvan Atapattu (5) spooned an easy catch to Ganguly.

The launch had been made on a solid foundation and more work had to be done to consolidate the position. Jayasuriya was threatening to rip apart the bowling and was joined by the stylish Jayawardene in the middle. Runs flowed against the part time bowling of Ganguly, Shewag and Yuvraj Singh.

Jayasuriya was lucky to survive when Zaheer Khan completely misjudged a catch at the long off fence, off the bowling of Yuvraj Singh. The two senior batsmen of the Sri Lanka team added fifty runs in 9.5 overs to keep the scoreboard ticking at a good pace.

Jayawardene was more circumspect in gathering his runs; he flicked a sweetly timed boundary through the on side off the bowling of Zaheer Khan; that magical flick of the wrists, which is synonymous with batsmen from the subcontinent. Jayasuriya smacked one from Ganguly through point for a four to make things interesting in the middle.

The highlight of the partnership was the electric running between the wickets. They stole singles and twos even to the best of the Indian fielders like Reetinder Singh Sodhi. Jayasuriya who had problems earlier in the tournament was a different man in the final, communicating well with his to partner. The understanding between Jayawardene and Jayasuriya was there to be seen; there were just four boundaries scored in the 104 run third wicket partnership.

The Sri Lankan 200 as well as the hundred run partnership for the third wicket was brought up in the 35th over. In the last ball of the over Jayasuriya trying to get to his century played at a ball from Shewag a bit too early and spooned an easy catch to Ganguly at short mid-wicket. Jayasuriya made 99 glorious runs off 104 balls with the help of 11 stunning boundaries.

The third wicket partnership between Jayasuriya and Jayawardene yielded 104 runs for Sri Lanka in 19.4 overs. The sheer volume of runs they scored in the middle literally took the game away from the Indians. There was no other partnership in the match that would have qualified for the top most position, hence the honours of the Five Star Partnership of the match go to Jayasuriya and Jayawardene.

"The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain..."
-Thomas Jefferson, 1785 letter to John Adams

Chocolate and Nutrients
Chocolate provides a number of nutrients the body requires daily. A milk chocolate bar weighing 1.4 ounces contains about three grams of protein, fifteen percent of the Daily Value of riboflavin, nine percent of the Daily Value for calcium and seven percent of the Daily Value for iron.

Almonds and peanuts added to chocolate increase the nutrients in a bar. This is particularly true for protein. Milk chocolate bars with almonds also have increased amounts of calcium, iron and riboflavin.

Results & Scores
Sri Lanka won by 121 runs
Sri Lanka 295/5 (50 ov)
India 174 (47.2 ov)

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