India vs Sri Lanka ICC World Twenty20 2012 warm-up match proved to be a one-sided match in India’s favour. It was a great and collective performance from the Indian team and despite a few hiccups, India was never out of the match.
Irfan Pathan, the man who has been rubbished in the Indian media time and again for his lack of rhythm in bowling, once again proved his worth when he came up with a superb performance against Lankans in their own backyards. His five wicket haul was truly responsible for the resounding win that India got today.
Besides Irfan Pathan, one more player who can be credited with taking India to finishing lines successfully was none other than Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose quick-fire and explosive 55 runs inning.
Besides Dhoni, RG Sharma also did pretty well with the bat and scored a very useful 37 runs despite some very good bowling attack by Lankan bowlers. But the one Lankan bowler who was responsible for his teams disastrous show today was none other than their top seamer Lasith Malinga. In his four overs spell he gave away as many as 50 runs.
From Sri Lankan side Kumar Sangakkara (32) was the top-scorer for Sri Lanka, who failed to put up that one big partnership required in the run-chase.
To be true the bowlers from visiting team maintained pressure on the opposition batsmen from the word go, removing openers Dilshan Munnaweera (3) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) by the third over.
The likes of Aneglo Mathhews (16), Lahiru Thirimanne (24) and Jeevan Mendis (26) could not convert their starts to a substantial knock, proving to be the difference in the game.
Besides Pathan and Balaji, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan did well to bowl his four overs for 17 runs and an important wicket of Sangakkara.
Earlier, Dhoni and Rohit Sharma (37) came good with the bat, forging a 78-run stand off 64 balls.
India play their second and final warm-up match Monday when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan. Their World T20 opener is against Afghanistan Sep 19.