India skipper MS Dhoni came back from his hamstring injury and scripted a superb rescue act to help India to a 1-wicket win vs Sri Lanka and the Tri-nation trophy. A look at how the match panned out.
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His partner in Upul Tharanga looked good with his two boundaries but could not hurt the Indians as he became the first batsman to fall - on 11 off 29. He was removed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar was on the money with his bowling and was typically economical.
His 8 overs of the day would eventually cost just 24 runs at an economy of 3.
It was Kumar Sangakkara who steadied the Lankan ship with some sensible batting.
His start may have been watchful but he soon shifted gears to hit six boundaries and a six.
Spinner R Ashwin got the better off Sangakkara (71 off 100).
Ashwin went on to add another wicket to his tally.
There were the rare chances that went down - Suresh Raina seen here spilling a relatively unorthodox catch off his own bowling.
Once Sangakkara left though, Ravindra Jadeja tightened the noose and the Sri Lankan batting suffocated.
Jadeja claimed four wickets - primarily in the Sri Lankan lower-middle and tail - to restrict the target to 202.
In reply, India's start was dismal as Shaminda Eranga claimed two quick wickets to put pressure.
He first removed Shikhar Dhawan (16) and returned to dismiss Virat Kohli on 2.
Rohit Sharma - like Sangakkara in the previous innings - anchored himself in the middle and completed his 17th ODI fifty. He was eventually removed by Rangana Herath on 58.
Herath had previously also ended Dinesh Karthik's innings after he and Rohit had completed a 50-run partnership.
The spinner came back to claim two off two when he dismissed Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin - both adjudged LBW.
Dhoni came in and batted sensibly to have India crawling towards the target. His full fury though was unleashed in the final over when he hit the 15 runs needed. The match came to a cracking end with two balls to spare.
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