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India wrap up series with emphatic five-wicket win

india Updated: Feb 07, 2007 17:46 IST

The last ODI and Test series that India had with Sri Lanka on the home soil was between October 25 - December 22, 2005. While India thrashed Lanka 6-1 in the ODI Series, the host completed a 2-0 series win in the three-Test series after the opening washout in Chennai.

Here is a summery of the last ODI series against the island .

First ODI, Nagpur: India beat Lanka by 152 runs

Sachin Tendulkar struck 93 in his first international match for over six months as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 152 runs in the first one-day match in Nagpur.

Second ODI, Mohali: India beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets

Irfan Pathan took 4-37 as India bowled out Sri Lanka for just 122 in Mohali, and they went on to win the second one-day international with ease.

Third ODI, Mohali: India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets

Mahendra Dhoni hit a brilliant century as India beat Sri Lanka in Jaipur to earn themselves a 3-0 stranglehold in the seven-match limited-overs series.

Fourth ODI, Pune: India beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets

Mahendra Dhoni and Suresh Raina put on 82 to guide India to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Pune and a 4-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series.

Fifth ODI, Ahmedabad: Lanka beat India by 5 wickets

Tillakaratne Dilshan (81) and Russell Arnold (49) put on an unbroken 131 as Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets.

Sixth ODI, Rajkot: India beat Lanka by 7 wickets

Yuvraj Singh's unbeaten 79 lead India to another big win over Sri Lanka by seven wickets to take a 5-1 series lead.

Seventh ODI, Baroda: India beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets

Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed a swashbuckling half century as India once again tormented Sri Lanka to score a comfortable five-wicket victory in the final match here on Saturday and wrap up the seven-match one-day cricket series with a handsome 6-1 margin.

Irfan Pathan was declared the Man of the Match for his three-wicket haul and a hurricane 35 of 23 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian wicketkeeper from Jharkhand, won the Man of the Series award for his cracking batting with 17 sixes in the series and fine work behind the wicket.

Chasing a target of 245 for victory, Dhoni unleashed an array of breathtaking shots to score a 73-ball 80 and steer the team home with 10.3 overs to spare in what turned out to be yet another lop-sided encounter.

The Indians again outplayed the hapless visitors in all departments of the game to bag the series with one of the biggest victory margins in recent times, staging a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes after a prolonged period of indifferent outings in one-dayers.

The hosts relied on fine bowling performances by the young Rudra Pratap Singh (3/33) and local hero Irfan Pathan (3/38) to restrict Sri lanka to 244 for nine and then rattled up the required runs without much sweat at the IPCL Sports Complex to end the series on a rousing note.

Skipper Rahul Dravid brought the victory with a delectable boundary off Chaminda Vaas, sending the capacity crowd at the stadium into a frenzy. It also marked Dravid's first series win as a captain.

Rising from a pathetic situation of 85/5 in 25 overs, Arnold and Atapattu added 133 runs to the sixth wicket before departing to Pathan's successive balls as Sri Lanka set a 245-run modest target for India.

Arnold was the top scorer from Sri Lankan side with 68 runs which he garnered in just 69 balls. His tenure included seven hits to the fence and a six. Atapattu hit 59 off 68 deliveries.

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