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India claim thrilling victory to draw series

A superb partnership of 58 from Gautam Gambhir (21) and Virender Sehwag (64) helped India overcome a challenging run chase to level their Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

After another poor performance in the field by India Gambhir and Sehwag came out to bat looking to set a solid base in their run chase with the series on the line.

Sehwag in particular looked determined to win the game himself smashing Sri Lanka's bowling around the ground. The openers brought up their 50 partnership off 34 balls before Gambhir was run out going for a risky third run after a fielding error.

MS Dhoni joined Sehwag out in the middle and the big hitters scored 50 runs off just 29 balls before Sehwag was caught by Kaushalya Weeraratne on the boundary off the bowling of Lasith Malinga.

With their first victory in five games within sight Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh started to entertain the packed crowd hitting a number of big sixes before Dhoni was bowled by Dilhara Fernando.

With three overs to go India were now cruising to victory and they could even afford to see Suresh Raina run out in the 18th before the victory was sealed in style as Yuvraj Singh hit his 5th six of the day to seal victory and create Twenty20 history with the largest ever Twenty20 run chase.

Earlier a partnership of 81 from Kumar Sangakkara (59) and Sanath Jayasuriya (31) helped Sri Lanka set a challenging target of 207 for India to chase for victory.

Leading the best of two series 1-0 Sangakkara won the toss for Sri Lanka and elected to bat with a plan to set a big score which would put India under pressure.

Knowing only a victory would be good enough to tie the series India got off to the best possible start as Ishant Sharma trapped danger man Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) LBW in the just the second over.

The earlier loss of Dilshan didn't effect Sri Lanka's plan as Sangakkara and Jayasuriya soon started to find the boundary as the score started to increase at a fast rate.

Sri Lanka reached 50-1 from just 31 balls. The pair put on another 41 runs before Jayasuriya was trapped LBW by Yusuf Pathan. Sangakkara soon followed after being caught by Ashish Nehra at midwicket giving Yuvraj Singh the first of his three wickets.

Although Sri Lanka kept on losing wickets at regular intervals the damage had already been done by Sangakkara and Jayasuriya earlier in the innings.

India didn't help their chances of victory after dropping another 5 catches to go alongside the 4 they dropped on Wednesday night during their 29 run defeat but they were able to celebrate victory thanks to India's big hitters.

source - cricket20.com
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