The ODI that is best remembered for Sanath Jayasuriya's master class inning of 189 also witnessed one of the finest displays of pace bowling.In the final of the Champions Trophy at Sharjah in 2000, Jayasuriya destroyed India with his sensational batting.
The left-hand batsman tore apart Indian bowlers by slamming 189 runs off just 161 balls and set India a target of 300 runs.The Sri Lankan pacer claimed five wickets to annihilate India who were all-out for mere 54 runs, their lowest-ever ODI total.
In 1993, the Cricket Association of Bengal hosted a multi-nation cricket tournament known as the 'Hero Cup' to commemorate the diamond jubilee. And the tournament was made memorable by India's ace pacer Javagal Srinath. Srinath, one of the fastest bowlers ever produced by India,
was known for his probing lines and immaculate consistency. He brought the best of his skills to the table to trouble Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the Hero Cup at Kanpur.India's batsmen found no difficulties in chasing the paltry target and India won the game by seven wickets.
In 1994, on a dry Hyderabad pitch, Mohammad Azharuddin won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. The visitors knew batting on such track would be a difficult task but they had no idea of Manoj Prabhakar's red-hot form.The Indian pacer first forced Aruna Gunawardena to edge one to the wicket-keeper and then sent back Hashan Tillakaratne for a duck.
Prabhakar exploited the conditions effectively and seamed the new ball in dangerous ways.After claiming four wickets in his first spell, Prabhakar returned to send back the dangerous Ranatunga when he was playing on 98. The pace bowler finished the game with a five-wicket haul.
In the Asia cup of 2008, Sri Lanka unveiled their new bowling weapon -- Ajantha Mendis -- who spun the ball in both directions. His 'carrom ball' was almost impossible to pick and it created havoc in the tournament.
Sri Lanka smartly hid Mendis from India in the league stages and introduced the mystery spinner to Indians in the finals when they were chasing 274 runs.Mendis' mystery earned him six wickets and India were all out for 173 runs.
The world's greatest off-spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan exhibited his bowling class and demolished India in the Champions Trophy at Sharjah in 2000.Sri Lanka posted 294 runs on the board but a fluent counter-attack by Tendulkar and Robin Singh provided India a firm foundation.
Muralitharan rescued Sri Lankan by getting rid of Robin Singh in the 18th over and then sent back the dangerous Tendulkar.The off-spinner then unplugged India's middle order and ended the match with seven wickets.On a pitch that turned and assisted the spinners, Murali delivered his best performance and routed India for 226 runs.
Two cheques, a phone and a couple of trophies and he's taken up all the awards. "Things have been going well for me. I have only kept my focus on the processes and not on the results. The mental freedom helps me keep confidence in myself.
You know that you have scored runs and can express yourself freely. I was just positive and was looking to score runs. I just wanted to play on the merit of the ball and keep my focus on," quips Shikhar Dhawan, the Man of the Match
Kohli: They got off to a really good start. We thought we would chase close to 300, it was a good pitch to bat on. The point of batting second was that it would come on later in the day. It came on like a dream. The last three months have been a great tome for Dhawan and he's cashing in on his purple patch.
Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we'll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he's in it. Once he starts going, it's very difficult to stop him. Yes (we have our eyes set on 2019) . You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We're going to experiment and embrace that. You can [expect to] see a lot of changes [from now on]. All the guys have bought into it. it's all about what gives us more balance. Start of the series it's about getting the batting right. Axar brings something with the bat and he's a gun fielder. We felt one wristspinner was enough. In another match, we might bring in a pacer or play three spinners. It's all about getting the balance.