February 8, 2009 (AFP) – Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with a solid 97 as Sri Lanka prevented an Indian clean sweep with an emphatic 68-run win in the fifth and final one-day international here on Sunday. The hosts posted 320-8 following impressive knocks from opener Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara (84) and then dismissed the tourists for 252 to register their first victory after four successive defeats.
The loss also ended India’s nine-match winning streak, beginning with a 5-0 series victory over England at home last year.
India’s batting came under pressure for the first time after the hosts made their highest total of the series, but only Yuvraj Singh posed a real threat with a fighting 62-ball 73.
Debutant Ravindra Jadeja (60 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (53) also defied the Sri Lankan attack, but their efforts came too late to restore India’s fortunes.
Sri Lanka never allowed India to build a big partnership with a disciplined bowling performance, with seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Farveez Maharoof, and spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis taking two wickets apiece.
The hosts strengthened their position after reducing India to 85-4 in the opening