AHMEDABAD, Nov 6 (PTI): Ambati Rayudu slammed his maiden hundred as India produced yet another comprehensive batting performance to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second One Day International, here tonight.
India now lead five-match series 2-0.
Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 274 for eight in stipulated 50 overs with skipper Angelo Mathews scoring 92. In reply, India never looked in any sort of trouble as they chased down the target with minimum fuss in only 44.3 overs.
With Virat Kohli promoting him at No 3, the 29-year-old Rayudu justified his skipper�s faith scoring an unbeaten 121 off 118 balls with the help of 10 fours and four sixes in an innings that was paced perfectly.
He shared two fruitful partnerships off 122 runs for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (79) and 116 for the third wicket with Kohli (49) as �Men In Blue� again made the inexperienced Sri Lankan bowling attack look pedestrian. Fittingly enough, it was Rayudu, who finished the match with an inside out boundary off leggie Seekkuge Prasanna.
With this century, 29-year-old Rayudu became the fourth oldest Indian batsman to score his maiden ton in ODIs after Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath and Robin Singh.
Growing in confidence after reaching his half century, Rayudu lofted Dhammika Prasad for his third six when in the 80s, then confidently smote off spinner Suraj Randiv for another maximum in his 90s before reaching the coveted landmark with a single to square leg. Rayudu�s previous highest was 64 not out made in England at Nottingham in August as he showed a lot of maturity during his innings.
Having taken two catches and also effected a run-out, Rayudu deservingly won the man-of-the-match award.
The Guntur-born batsman first steadied the ship after the cheap dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane to stitch the first century stand with Dhawan, whose 79 off 80 balls was laced with 1 six and 7 fours.
The two teams now head to Hyderabad for the third match of the series to be played on November 9. Earlier, skipper Mathews struck a fighting 92 to lift a struggling Sri Lanka to 274 for eight after being putting to bat on a slowish Motera track.
The visitors lost early wickets but Mathews� unbeaten innings laced with 10 fours and a six - and Kumar Sangakkara�s useful 61 took the side to respectability. The duo stitched a crucial 90-run fourth-wicket partnership after Lanka were struggling at 64 for three.
With the visitors being reduced to 220 for eight in the 44th over, Mathews got support from number-ten batsman Dhammika Prasad and the duo stitched a valuable 54-run unbeaten partnership to give the islanders the necessary push in the end.
Indian pace spearhead Umesh Yadav (2-54) struck with two important wickets before spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (2-49) and young left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-39) took charge to hurt the Sri Lankan batting.
Ravindra Jadeja, brought into the side for injured Varun Aaron, disappointed though he took a wicket with his slow left-arm spin as he conceded 64 runs.
Ishant Sharma bowled well initially but gave away runs in the last over to conceded 58 runs without any success while Yadav (2 for 54) bowled a bit too short or too wide at times.
India fielded well with Ambati Rayudu picking up two catches, besides effecting a run-out.
Sri Lanka commenced on a poor note when Kusal Perera, who had replaced Upul Tharanga, fell to the sixth ball of the match when he played across and was trapped leg before by Umesh Yadav.
Perera lbw b Yadav 0
Dilshan b Patel 35
Sangakkara c Dhawan b Yadav 61
Jayawardene c Rayudu b Ashwin 4
Mathews not out 92
Prasanna c Rayudu b Jadeja 13
Priyanjan run out 1
Perera b Patel 10
Randiv b Ashwin 10
Prasad not out 30
Extras: (LB-10, W-6, NB-2) 18
Total: (for 8 wkts in 50 overs) 274
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-55, 3-64, 4-154, 5-177, 6-179, 7-205, 8-220.
Bowling: Yadav 10-1-54-2, Ishant 10-0-58-0, Ashwin 10-1-49-2, Patel 10-1-39-2, Jadeja 10-0-64-1.
Rahane c Jayawardene b Prasad 8
S Dhawan c Priyanjan b Prasanna 79
AT Rayudu not out 121
V Kohli c Randiv b Prasanna 49
SK Raina lbw b Prasanna 14
RA Jadeja not out 1
Extras: (lb 1, w 1, nb 1) 3
Total: (4 wickets; 44.3 overs) 275
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-140, 3-256, 4-270.
Bowling: AD Mathews 4-0-18-0, PLS Gamage 8-1-28-0, KTGD Prasad 7-0-51-1, NLTC Perera 4-0-35-0, S Randiv 10-0-66-0, TM Dilshan 2-0-9-0, S Prasanna 7.3-0-53-3, SMA Priyanjan 2-0-14-0