Published On : Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Latest News / Sports News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

India wins Celkon cup by one wicket in gripping final, Dhoni strikes 16 in final over

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Nagpur News: MS Dhoni has done it for India once again. Needing 15 to win off the last over, Dhoni hit Shaminda Eranga for two sixes and a boundary as India are crowned the tri-series champions.

Chasing a meagre 202, India, from 139/3 at one point of time, were reduced to 167/8, giving Sri Lanka control. However, Dhoni stayed unbeaten at 45 to guide India to an exciting win.

With 15 required of the final over, MSD smashed a six on the second ball and followed it with a boundary and another maximum to guide India to another title.

Herath dismissed Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin in consecutive deliveries to reduce India t0 152/7.

After Rangana Herath got rid of Sharma, Suranga Lakmal sent back Raina to leave India at 145/5. Raina made 32 before getting caught behind.

Rangana Herath claimed his second victim in the form of danger man Rohit Sharma (58) after his 62-run stand with Suresh Raina for the fourth wicket and reduced India to 139/4, in their chase of 202.

In the 32nd over, Herath bowled out Sharma after his 89-ball knock that was studded with five boundaries and a six.

Earlier, Herath dealt India third blow by removing Dinesh Karthik (23) after a steady 50-run stand with Sharma.

Herath got Karthik caught by Mahela Jayawardene at slip to reduce India to 77/3 in 23 overs.

Defending 202-run target, Sri Lankan pacer Shaminda Eranga dismissed opener Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in quick succession to put India in trouble.

Eranga got both Dhawan (16) and Kohli (2) caught behind to reduce India to 27/2 in 10.4 overs.

Earlier in the day India has won the toss as MS Dhoni is back for the final match and he has asked West Indies to bat first.

The Indian team has done exceptionally well to reach the finals of the tri-nation series. After losing two matches in a row, they bounced back to defeat Sri Lanka and then West Indies comprehensively in the next two matches, with bonus points to seal their final berth. After all this hard work, they would want to end their campaign on a high note.

Sri Lanka on the other hand have had a mixed tournament so far. They lost the first match against the hosts after which Tharanga and Jayawardene posted 213 runs for the first wicket against India, a match where they won by 161 runs. They then defeated West Indies in their third match before being bundled for just 96 runs in their last match against India, where the Indian team registered their second win and stormed through to the finals.