India clinch Sri Lanka ODI series 4-1

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka: India defeated Sri Lanka by 20 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Pallekele on Saturday to clinch the series 4-1.

Paceman Irfan Pathan took five wickets as India bowled Sri Lanka out for 274 after posting a challenging 294-7 in the day-night match. Lahiru Thirimanne (77) and Jeevan Mendis (72) hit half-centuries for Sri Lanka.

Opener Gautam Gambhir (88), middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary (65) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (58) were the main scorers for India, while paceman Lasith Malinga grabbed three wickets for Sri Lanka.

Brief scores:

India 294-7 in 50 overs; Sri Lanka 274 in 45.4 overs.


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