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Asia: Sangakkara hits ton, SL defeat India

Posted on Feb 28 2014 | IBNS

Fatullah, Feb 28 :Kumar Sangakkara hit a heroic 103 to help Sri Lanka beat India by two wickets in the fourth match of the Asia Cup here on Friday.

Chasing India's 264 for nine, Sri Lanka reached the target of 265 runs by losing eight wickets in 49.2 overs.

Kumar Sangakkara top scored for Sri Lanka with his 103. His 84-ball knock included 12 boundaries and one six.

Sri Lankan openers gave a good start to the home side as they posted 80 runs Ashwin picked up the wicket of

Lahiru Thirimanne (38) to give them the first jolt.

Kusal Perera contributed 64 runs with his willow. He shot four boundaries and 2 sixes in his knock.

With 12 needed off 12 balls, Sri Lanka had three wickets in hand with Sangakkara and Thisara Perera (11*) were at the crease.

Hitting a boundary, off Mohammed Shami, Sangakkara reached his century.

Shami delivered soon and picked up his wicket in the third ball of the over.

Ajantha Mendis shattered India's hope of winning the match as he edged one to the boundary in the last ball of the over.

Dhawan dropped Perera in the first ball of the last over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Perera scored the last run needed to register Sri Lanka's second win in the tournament.

Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets while R Ashwin took two wickets for India.

Earlier, India posted 264 for nine in their 50 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan top scored for India with his 94.

Mendis picked up four wickets for Sri Lanka.

Kohli said: "I feel the bowlers did a good job. There was a lot of dew in the end."

He said the batsmen should have added 25-30 runs more in the match.

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the first match of the tournament.

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