Ambati Rayudu © IANS (File Photo)
Ambati Rayudu © IANS (File Photo)

Nov 16, 2014

Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu steadied India after a couple of early wickets in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka at Ranchi on Sunday. Earlier, Angelo Mathews followed up his tremendous century with two early wickets as he dismissed both openers. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were both bowled. Mathews’ maiden One-Day International (ODI) century ensured that Sri Lanka ended on a commanding 286 for eight.

Sri Lanka got off to a poor start despite a severely depleted Indian new-ball attack. Dhawal Kulkarni and Stuart Binny opened the bowling, and between them got rid of both openers by the sixth over. Kulkarni induced a false shot from debutant Niroshan Dickwella and Ambati Rayudu dove forward to take a good catch. Binny then cleaned up a dangerous-looking Tillakaratne Dilshan for a 24-ball 35 with a slower in-cutter.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. Dickwella made his debut at the expense of Kusal Perera, while Kedar Jadhav made his debut for India, coming in for Suresh Raina. Umesh Yadav too was replaced by Ravichandran Ashwin. India have already won the series 4-0.

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