BRISBANE, Australia, Feb 5, 2008 (AFP) – A magnificent Gautam Gambhir century and an unbeaten 88 from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India’s recovery in their one-day international against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday. India finished their 50 overs on 267 for four at the Gabba after slumping to 83-4, losing three wickets for just three runs.
Gambhir made an unbeaten 102 from 101 balls and Dhoni 88 from 95 deliveries with a mixture of aggressive stroke play and delightful touches to frustrate the Sri Lankans, who at one stage were eying an Indian total of less than 220.
Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat, but with the match starting in high humidity and overcast skies his decision appeared to be a gamble.
But the ball didn’t swing early on and Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were untroubled as they took the score to 68.
Tendulkar brought up a remarkable milestone when he snatched a quick single from the bowling of Chaminda Vaas to move to 28 and bring up his 16,000th run in one-day internationals.
But on 35 Lasith Malinga got the vital breakthrough when Tendulkar chopped the ball onto his stumps.
Sehwag (33) was out shortly after when he gloved a ball down the leg side