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Lion-hearted Lakmal ends Sri Lanka’s losing streak


Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal overcame sickness and a stunning M. S. Dhoni to end Sri Lanka’s frustrating losing streak in ODI cricket this year at the picturesque Dharamsala yesterday. Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket win is their first ODI victory since July this year ending a 12-match losing streak.

Having required a supply of oxygen and injection due to Delhi’s poisonous smog, Lakmal skipped training on Saturday as he was repeatedly vomiting and was a doubtful starter for the first game. But he put the disappointments behind and bowled one of the most probing spells by a Sri Lankan fast bowler in the history.

In helpful conditions, Lakmal barely touched 135kmph, but more importantly, swung the ball to good effect to reduce India to 29 for seven. Such was his stamina, that he bowled his ten overs on the trot; a feat never seen since the heydays of Chaminda Vaas.


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