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Emphatic win for India, Ganguly Man of the Series

INTREPID: Sourav Ganguly capped a fine series against Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 58 at Visakhapatnam on Saturday. The left-hander's unbroken 145-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh sealed the series win. Photo: K.R. Deep ak  

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CHENNAI: Half-centuries by Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, and Yuvraj Singh powered India to a series-clinching triumph in the fourth One Day International against Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

The seven-wicket victory helped India win the series, its last international assignment before the World Cup, 2-1. Ganguly was declared the Man of the Series for his consistency with the bat two half-centuries and a 48 from three innings.

Earlier, Chamara Silva made an unbeaten 107, his maiden ODI hundred, to rescue Sri Lanka, struggling at 56 for four at one stage.

Match shortened

The visitor made 259 for seven after the match was shortened to 47 overs a side.

Uthappa, who walked in when Ganguly retired hurt, blazed to 52 in 37 balls to get India off to an excellent start.

Yuvraj then made a coruscating, unbeaten 95 and, with Ganguly who resumed at the fall of the second wicket, took India to victory in 41 overs.