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Pune Warriors India paceman Ashoke Dinda is back in India colours after being selected for the forthcoming Asia Cup to be played in Bangladesh. The 27-year-old has made steady progress during his time out of the national side and is now keen to make the most of this opportunity. Dinda finds he has matured as a bowler in the past few seasons and feels more equipped to handle the challenges that international cricket poses.
"I have learned to control my swing. Earlier, I was too happy to bowl bouncers but now I know the importance of bowling fuller length deliveries. Also, I have practiced with a shorter run-up as it helps to get the ball zip off the turf – something Ajit Agarkar has done well over the years," he was quoted as saying.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils bowler also credits Eric Simons, India’s previous bowling coach, for helping him improve as a bowler.
"When I was with Delhi Daredevils last year, it was [Eric] Simmons who told me to bowl aiming at a single stump. I did practice for long hours and that helped me hit a consistent length throughout the season," he said.
Now with the Pune Warriors franchise, Dinda revealed he had the backing of Sourav Ganguly and that the former India skipper always wanted him in his side.
"I wasn't surprised as Dadi [Sourav Ganguly] had told me that he wants me in Pune Warriors. He has been a constant source of encouragement for me this season. Having someone of his stature on the field means that your mistakes are pointed out quite easily and one can take corrective measures," Dinda revealed.
DD’s Jayawardene, Warner and MI’s Malinga also impress
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 06 March 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Tillakaratne Dilshan came up with an all-round performance as Sri Lanka drew level with Australia in the CB series best-of-three finals. Opening the bowling for Sri Lanka, Dilshan finished with impressive figures of 10-0-40-1 and then struck a well-paced century (106 off 119 balls) as the visitors chased down the hosts’ score of 271 in 44.2 overs.
Earlier, Australia were powered to a competitive total of 271 thanks to centuries from Michael Clarke (117) and David Warner (100). Incidentally, Warner, who will turn out for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2012, cracked his second consecutive century after a match-winning 163 in the first of the CB series finals on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga, winner of the IPL 2011 Purple Cap, did his best restrict the hosts’ score; the pacer finished with incisive figures of 10-1-40-3.
Sri Lanka took complete control of the chase as Dilshan and Delhi Daredevils’ Mahela Jayawardene struck a 179-run opening stand. Although Jayawardene, who was trapped lbw by Kolkata Knight Riders’ James Pattinson on 80, couldn’t go on to complete his century, Dilshan brought up his hundred off 110 deliveries. The Australians eventually dismissed Dilshan, but with Deccan Chargers’ Kumar Sangakkara (51*) hitting an unbeaten half-century, the Lankans cruised to an impressive eight-wicket win. Dilshan was named Man-of-the-Match for his all-round effort.
The final match of the CB series finals will be played on March 8 at Adelaide.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 274/2 in 44.2 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 106, Mahela Jayawardene 80, Kumar Sangakkara 51*) beat Australia 271/6 in 50 overs (Michael Clarke 117, David Warner 100, Lasith Malinga 3/40) by eight wickets