Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maharoof hat-trick sets up Sri Lanka victory

COLOMBO (Reuters) - All-rounder Farveez Maharoof claimed a hat-trick as Sri Lanka produced a near-perfect achievement to exhausted India by seven wickets in the final round-robin bout of the Asia Cup on Tuesday.

Both teams had already able to comedy anniversary added in the final of the four-nation competition, which is on Thursday.

India, beatific into bat in Dambulla, were able-bodied placed at 189 for four afore they burst to 209 all out from 42.3 overs

They absent their aftermost six wickets for 20 runs as Maharoof performed his hat-trick.

The right-arm fast-medium bowler trapped Ravindra Jadeja lbw, bowled Praveen Kumar, and had Zaheer Khan bent in alternating deliveries in the 39th over.

He became the 23rd amateur to booty a hat-trick in one-day internationals and the third Sri Lankan, afterwards Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga.

Maharoof was called man-of-the-match with abstracts of bristles for 42 from 10 overs.

Rohith Sharma was India's top scorer with 69 off 73 balls.

Sri Lanka absent openers Upul Tharanga (38) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (24) to blunder to 80 for two afore a 104-run affiliation amid captain Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene guided them home.

Sangakkara denticulate 73 off 82 balls, including 10 fours, and Jayawardene accomplished on 53 not out, affective to his half-century with the acceptable boundary.