Sri Lanka strike back in India one-dayer

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DAMBULLA, August 20, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka hit back with two quick wickets after posting a modest 142 in the second one-day international against India here on Wednesday. India lost makeshift opener Irfan Pathan (five) and Suresh Raina (one) before reaching 17-2 in reply at the break. Virat Kohli was unbeaten on seven and Yuvraj Singh on one not out.

Zaheer Khan earlier grabbed four wickets in a sensational opening spell to help India restrict the hosts.

Sri Lanka were in danger of falling to their lowest-ever total of 96 against India when they were reduced to 44-6, but lower-order batsmen Thilan Thushara and Nuwan Kulasekara rallied their side with a defiant 74-run stand.

Left-handed Thushara (44) looked like reaching his half-century before swinging seamer Praveen Kumar to Virat Kohli at deep mid-wicket. He hit seven fours in his career-best knock.

Kulasekara, dropped on 13 by Rohit Sharma in the slips off spinner Harbhajan Singh, played a supporting role with 25 to emerge the second-highest scorer.

Left-arm seamer Zaheer (4-21) sliced through the top order, claiming four of the first five wickets, including two in one over.