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Harmison ends ODI retirement

August 22, 2008

Steve Harmison back in England’s side

Steve Harmison has come out of ODI retirement and has been added to England’s squad to face South Africa, after Ryan Sidebottom was ruled out of the opening match, at Headingley, due to a groin injury.

“After recently being asked by the England management to reassess my retirement from international one-day cricket I’ve decided to join England’s ODI squad after careful consideration,” Harmison said. “It’s something I have been thinking about for a period of time and due to recent injuries in the England camp the opportunity has arisen for me to play a role in this series.

“I decided to retire from England’s ODI team for a number of reasons, one being the amount of time I was spending away from my family,” he said. “Now that my family is settled and my bowling is settled I feel I have something to offer England’s ODI side and am looking forward to playing a part in the series against South Africa.”

Harmison announced his ODI retirement following the Ashes in Australia and his last ODI was against Australia in Jaipur during the 2006 Champions Trophy. It is a major U-turn from Harmison who, despite his successful return to the Test team at The Oval, continued to insist he was happy to stay out of ODIs.

However, Kevin Pietersen spoke about wanting him back in the one-day side following the Test series against South Africa. “It would be lovely to have him coming in first-change with the white ball, but you don’t always get what you want in life,” he said. Clearly Pietersen has been able to help change Harmison’s mind.

Harmison returned to the Test team earlier this month for the first time since being dropped following the Hamilton Test in New Zealand in March. He said that being out of the England set-up has made him hungry to return in both formats of the game. However, he isn’t looking beyond the forthcoming five ODIs against South Africa

“Having missed out on selection at various times this year I am well aware of the disappointment that comes from not being a part of the England dressing room,” he said. “With that in mind I want to be a part of the team and if that means bringing myself out of retirement to play a role in this upcoming series then I’m happy to do just that.

“At the moment my focus is on doing well in the ODIs against South Africa and I’m not looking beyond that at this stage.”

Harmison has played 46 ODIs, taking 67 wickets at 30.70 with best figures of 5 for 33 against Australia, in Bristol, in 2005. He also has an ODI hat-trick, against India at Trent Bridge in 2004.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Sri Lanka thrash India

August 18, 2008

Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Dambulla

Remorseless Sri Lanka thrash India

The Bulletin by Sriram Veera

August 18, 2008

Sri Lanka 147 for 2 (Mahela 61*, Kapugedera 45) beat India (Mendis 3-21, Murali 3-37 by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Yuvraj Singh was bamboozled by Ajantha Mends

The actors were different from the Test series but the script remained the same. India were injected with fresh blood but couldn’t escape the slow poison of M&M. Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara did the initial work before Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan blew away the rest to bowl out India for 146. Without having to contend with the pressure of a high asking rate, a serene Mahela Jayawardene weathered the minor hiccup of the loss of the openers and steered his side home in the company of Chamara Kapugedera.

You couldn’t escape the sense of deja-vu. Having lost the toss, Mahela delayed the introduction of the spin till the 20th over but when Mendis finally appeared, it was evident his spell over the batsmen remained unbroken.

India’s plight was best exemplified by the dismissal of Yuvraj. He had struggled against the seamers, surviving a drop chance at five against Kulasekara, before Mendis swallowed him in a spectacular first over. It was quite a sight. The first ball hastened past a mystified Yuvraj, the second-ball skidder fetched a plausible appeal for lbw, and the third saw a desperate counterattack clear the field and the boundary. The fourth was the carrom ball; thinking it would break away, Yuvraj pushed his bat well outside the line but the ball straightened to sound the death knell.

And Mendis dealt the killer blow almost immediately when he suckered Mahendra Singh Dhoni into edging his legbreak to slip. The tailenders resisted briefly but India folded up for a measly score.

It was the culmination of the good start provided by the seamers. Aided by the seam movement on a two-paced track – grassy areas punctuated by patches of dry areas – both new-ball bowlers kept it simple: Vaas interspersed his angling full-length deliveries with ones that straightened while Kulasekara troubled the batsmen with his incutters to the right-hand batsmen.

Vaas, overshadowed by Mendis and Murali during the Test series, reminded India just why he is the highest wicket-taker in India-Sri Lanka ODI encounters by breaching the defences of the in-form Gautam Gambhir with the second ball of the match. Kumar Sangakkara stood up to the stumps right away to prevent Gambhir’s usual walk down the track and Gambhir drove completely outside the line.

One by one they stumbled. Suresh Raina never looked in, constantly flirting outside off, eventually succumbing to his urge to drive on the up. The debutant Virat Kohli, replacing Virender Sehwag who’d twisted his ankle in practice, was no better. He was unsure of whether to go forward or back during his stay and was caught dead in front by an incutter from Kulasekara.

Kulasekara should have got the next man, Yuvraj but Mahela fluffed a regulation chance at second slip. Yuvraj’s start was typical: the bat was tentatively pushed away from the body a few times before he broke free with a well-timed clip through the on side. Emboldened, he went for the on-the-up flash and the resultant edge should have terminated his stay. After that, though he never looked completely at ease, he started to play close to the body. Till Mendis arrived, that is.

Rohit started cautiously, opening the bat face to pinch singles, before he suddenly, and against the run of play, walked down the wicket and swung a short-of-length delivery from Vaas over deep midwicket in the 16th over. However, immediately after Mendis sent Yuvraj packing, Rohit steered a delivery slanted across him straight to the solitary wide slip and India continued to free fall.

Sri Lanka, too, wobbled initially in the run chase against some disciplined bowling from Munaf Patel, who prised out the openers, and Zaheer Khan. On a day when the Indian batsmen were shamed, their bowlers provided brief moments of consolation. After six overs of stalemate, Jayasuriya lost his patience. He skipped down the track but skied the lofted carve to mid-on. Sangakkara, too, fell to the urge to dominate, getting a leading edge from an attempted whip across the line.

However, Jayawardene took charge, looking good from the go. He creamed the seamers through covers, a gorgeous on-the-up off drive off Munaf in the 17th over being the highlight. Dhoni introduced spin in the 23th over but even he would have known that neither Harbhajan Singh nor Pragyan Ojha could have produced any miracles. The target was simply not enough on this track.

Munaf was the best Indian bowler on the view. He repeatedly whipped the ball down from a loose-limbed action and got the ball to either cut back in or shape away from the off stump. He might have even bowled the best ball of the day by a medium-pacer when he got one to seam away late past Jayawardene’s bat but, as in the Tests, the Indian batsmen had not given the bowlers any cover to fire. The Sri Lankan summer of mystery continues to taunt and tease the Indians.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

India v/s Sri Lanka 1st ODI Scorecard

August 18, 2008
India in Sri Lanka ODI Series – 1st ODI
Sri Lanka v India
2008 season
Played at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on 18 August 2008 (50-over match)

Result Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)

India innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir b Vaas 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
V Kohli lbw b Kulasekara 12 33 22 1 0 54.54
SK Raina c Silva b Kulasekara 17 50 35 2 0 48.57
Yuvraj Singh b Mendis 23 70 30 2 1 76.66
RG Sharma c Jayawardene b Thushara 19 46 31 1 1 61.29
captainwicketkeeper MS Dhoni c Jayawardene b Mendis 6 30 28 0 0 21.42
IK Pathan lbw b Muralitharan 7 31 19 0 0 36.84
Harbhajan Singh c wicketkeeperSangakkara b Muralitharan 12 53 28 0 0 42.85
Z Khan c Thushara b Muralitharan 12 28 38 0 0 31.57
PP Ojha not out 16 33 29 1 0 55.17
MM Patel b Mendis 15 14 14 1 1 107.14
Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 3) 7
Total (all out; 46 overs; 195 mins) 146 (3.17 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-0 (Gambhir, 0.2 ov), 2-23 (Kohli, 7.5 ov), 3-36 (Raina, 11.5 ov), 4-73 (Yuvraj Singh, 19.4 ov), 5-75 (Sharma, 20.3 ov), 6-87 (Dhoni, 27.2 ov), 7-87 (Pathan, 28.3 ov), 8-107 (Khan, 36.6 ov), 9-117 (Harbhajan Singh, 42.1 ov), 10-146 (Patel, 45.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 9 0 34 1 3.77
KMDN Kulasekara 7 0 23 2 3.28 (1w)
T Thushara 6 0 18 1 3.00
BAW Mendis 9 4 21 3 2.33 (1w)
M Muralitharan 10 2 37 3 3.70 (1w)
ST Jayasuriya 5 1 9 0 1.80
Sri Lanka innings (target: 147 runs from 50 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
ST Jayasuriya c Pathan b Patel 10 14 1 0 71.42
wicketkeeper KC Sangakkara c & b Patel 19 41 2 0 46.34
captain DPMD Jayawardene not out 61 82 7 0 74.39
CK Kapugedera not out 45 72 4 0 62.50
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 5) 12
Total (2 wickets; 34.5 overs) 147 (4.22 runs per over)
Did not bat LPC Silva, TM Dilshan, WPUJC Vaas, KMDN Kulasekara, T Thushara, BAW Mendis, M Muralitharan
Fall of wickets1-18 (Jayasuriya, 6.2 ov), 2-45 (Sangakkara, 12.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
MM Patel 9 0 32 2 3.55
Z Khan 7 1 24 0 3.42 (1w)
IK Pathan 7 0 35 0 5.00 (3w)
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 18 0 4.50 (1w)
PP Ojha 3 0 9 0 3.00
RG Sharma 2.5 0 11 0 3.88
SK Raina 2 0 11 0 5.50

Toss India, who chose to bat first
Series Sri Lanka led the 5-match series 1-0

ODI debut V Kohli (India)
Player of the match Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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Sandesh Kumar