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Irfan Pathan took five key wickets as India fetched a 20-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI in Pallekele on Saturday to win the series four-one and rise to second in the ICC rankings.
Pathan finished with figures of five for 61, his second five-wicket haul in one-dayers, as India dismissed Sri Lanka for 274 in response to the visitors' 294 for seven.
Sri Lanka were struggling on 102 for five before Lahiru Thirimanne (77) and Jeevan Mendis (72) gave India some anxious moments with a 102-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Thirimanne hit three sixes and five fours in his career-best knock before he was run out, and then Pathan removed Thisara Perera (18) and Mendis in the same over. Mendis cracked six fours in his maiden half-century in ODI cricket.
India earlier put in an impressive batting performance, with opener Gautam Gambhir (88), middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary (65) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (58) all making half-centuries.
India were under pressure at 87 for three, but Gambhir and Tiwary propped up the innings with a 110-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Sri Lanka then took three quick wickets to reduce India to 213 for six before wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni and Pathan (29 not out) added 77 for the seventh wicket to help their team set a stiff target.
Fast bowlers Lasith Malinga (three for 64) and Nuwan Pradeep (two for 63) were the chief wicket-takers for Sri Lanka.
Malinga dismissed Tiwary and Suresh Raina off successive deliveries before taking his 200th wicket in ODIs when he had Dhoni caught behind. The Indian skipper smashed one six and eight fours.
Gambhir, who completed 5,000 ODI runs during his 99-ball knock, was caught by Malinga at point off spinner Sachithra Senanayakes.
Pradeep landed two of the first three wickets when he trapped Virat Kohli (23) lbw and bowled Rohit Sharma in successive overs. Sharma finished the series with just 13 runs in five matches.
India made one change to the side which won the last match by six wickets, replacing the unfit Virender Sehwag with fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane.
Sri Lanka rested skipper Mahela Jayawardene and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and brought in batsman Chamara Kapugedara and Senanayake. All-rounder Angelo Mathews led the side.
The teams will clash in a one-off Twenty20 International at the same venue on Tuesday.
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