Jayasuriya came out to bat in attacking frame of mind and looked to go after Mohanty. Mohanty was moving the ball both in the air and off the wicket and it was always going to be dangerous to go after him. Jayasuriya threw caution to the wind and payed the ultimate price. Driving on the up, Jayasuriya only managed to slice the ball to Ajay Jadeja at point. Sri Lanka's score was 5 and Jayasuriya had made only 1. The ever dependable Marvan Atapattu was the next man in. Atapattu struggled to score runs and looked distinctly uncomfortable against Mohanty. After scraping up 8 runs off 21 balls Atapattu squared up to Mohanty and edged the ball. Nayan Mongia pulled off a good catch and Mohanty had his second scalp. Sri Lanka at this stage were 22 for 2.
Sri Lanka's World Cup hero Aravinda de Silva was the next man in. Aravinda is an experienced player and even he had difficulty dealing with Mohanty. The Sri Lankans were struggling at 22 for 2 and de Silva tried to get them out of the woods by playing aggressively. Aravinda made the mistake of going after Mohanty before he got his eye in and chipped the ball straight to Rajesh Chauhan and mid-on. Sri Lanka were 30 for 3 at this stage. From this point onwards, the pressure on the Lankans mounted with every passing over. Various unsuccessful attempts to boost the scoring led to Sri Lanka finishing their innings at 172 for 9.
India won the match with ease, losing just 3 wickets in the process. It was Mohanty's initial burst of 3/31 that swung the balance in India's favour.Sri Lanka in India, 1997/98, 1st One-Day International:
India could not have bargained for such an easy seven-wicket victory
over Sri Lanka in the opening tie of the three-match Pepsi series at
the Nehru Stadium here on Monday. In gaining the emphatic win with 5.1
overs to spare, India made the right move at the appropriate time and
proved to everyone that there was a way to turnaround the sagging
fortunes of the side.
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