Making a comeback after missing out three games due to an hamstring injury, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 45 runs ensured that his side overcame Sri Lanka by a wicket in a cliffhanger final of the Celkon Cup tri-series tournament in the Caribbean on Thursday.
The wicket-keeper batsman maintained his usual calm to smash 16 runs off the last over of the innings by Shaminda Eranga, as India chased down the 202 runs which the opposition scored in 48.5 overs at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain.
When Dhoni came out to bat, India were 139 for 4 in the 32nd over and Rohit Sharma had just got out after scoring a patient half-century. Rangana Herath was at its best and the Lankan left-arm spinner finished with figures of 10-2-20-4.
As the wickets fell regularly, the asking rate climbed. Dhoni, however, maintained his cool and the skipper’s partnership of 15 each–first with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and then with R. Vinay Kumar–took India closer to the target. Later, he added 21 with Ishant Sharma to seal the game.
Earlier, when Sri Lanka batted, only wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne could make decent contribution with the bat as the rest of the batting collapsed dramatically to be all-out in 49thover. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets for India.