It was a low-key series that was overshadowed by the Olympics, but it resulted in a dramatic change in the rankings as India climbed up to No. 2 after shutting out Sri Lanka 4-1. India seemed to have the final one-dayer in the bag after running up 294 and then reducing Sri Lanka to 102 for 5, but a spirited stand between the inexperienced Lahiru Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis kept the visitors sweating till the end.
Irfan Pathan’s five-wicket haul helped India win the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka by 20 runs at Pallekele and climb to second on ICC rankings after claiming the series 4-1.
Pathan claimed 5-61as Sri Lanka faltered initially in their chase of India’s 294-6 with Lahiru Thirimanne (77 off 96 balls) and Jeevan Mendis (72 off 88) reviving hopes of a victory before quick wickets at the end saw the hosts being bowled out with 26 balls to spare.