India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 13, 2012

All-round India seal 50-run win

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India 304 for 3 (Kohli 108, Gambhir 100) beat Sri Lanka 254 (Jayawardene 78, Sangakkara 65, Pathan 4-32) by 50 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Asia Cup was a chance for India to wipe the slate clean after the horrors of Australia, and they began their campaign by playing to their strengths - batting the opposition out of the game. Centuries by Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli took India to 304, and though the efforts of their bowlers cannot be ignored, crucial wickets were gifted away by Sri Lanka. It was an underwhelming performance by a Sri Lankan batting line-up that stretches till No.9, which in some ways was a spin-off from their performance in the loss in the third CB series final against Australia.

The tweaked batting Powerplay rule - mandatory before the 40th over - was brought about to make captains think more. In many games since its introduction, including this one, it turned out to be the game-changer. Sri Lanka were still well-placed at the end of the 35th over, needing 109 off the last 15 overs with seven wickets in hand. The loss of Kumar Sangakkara off the first ball of the field restrictions was the start of the turnaround for India; they picked up three more wickets for 31 runs in that period. Irfan Pathan picked up four wickets, including Mahela Jayawardene, to give India a fairly comprehensive win in the final analysis, though at one stage it looked a lot closer.

India owed their resurgence to their two most in-form batsmen from Australia - Kohli and Gambhir. One was recently made the vice-captain, the other had the same post taken away from him. Any simmering tension, fictional or not, was barely evident as they added 205 to give India the kind of prolonged authority rarely seen when in Australia.

India managed only two 100-plus stands in the CB Series, that too in the same game, in Hobart. The common thread between the two games was Kohli. This innings wasn't as manic, but the effect was still demoralising for Sri Lanka, who took control at the start of the innings but had to wait an eternity to strike again.

The departure from Australian pitches to friendlier "home" conditions was evident in the way Gambhir dabbed and poked with regularity to third man. The same shot, which had him caught behind so often in Australia, fetched him several singles, thanks to the relatively lower bounce that suited his style.

The pace wasn't electric, but steady. Gambhir and Kohli had to be watchful against packed off-side fields, typical of Jayawardene's captaincy. Short cover and short point were placed to check the cover drive but in due course the pair managed to work their way around those fields, shuffling and nudging it to the on side to pick up the singles.

Gambhir's stint wasn't flawless, though. He was dropped on 36 and survived a run-out opportunity on 94, Dinesh Chandimal the culprit on both occasions. Those lapses overshadowed a more committed display in the field at the start of the innings, when the run-rate was just over four an over.

Apart from the late cuts, Gambhir used his feet well against the spinners, lofting over extra cover and down to the straight boundary. Hitting in the air was a method the batsmen had to employ as several drives along the ground found the fielders. Kohli kept busy at the crease, rotating the strike to ensure India didn't get bogged down against the spinners.

The period between the second and third Powerplays - overs 21 to 35 - produced 87 runs. Only five fours were struck in that period but the pair wore Sri Lanka down with singles - 53 of them - and six twos. Jayawardene went defensive, pushing the fielders back. Kohli ensured he punished the bad deliveries from the spinners and even produced a reverse-sweep, which raced to third man.

Both batsmen reached their centuries in the 42nd over, and their contrasting celebrations were compelling to watch. Kohli controlled his emotions by merely gesturing to his team-mates with a big smile. Gambhir, however, didn't restrain himself as he punched the air, removed his helmet and yelled out something to the dressing-room. His emotional reaction signalled the end of a long wait to reach three-figures.

Both departed in the following over, holing out to the deep. The double-strike - in the 43rd over - didn't give Sri Lanka much respite, as MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina plundered some wayward bowling at the death.

Jayawardene's visually pleasing half-century gave Sri Lanka the platform to beat their previous highest successful chase against India, but his team needed him to stay on longer. His innings was aggression mixed with serenity. He showed his class by his innovativeness, forcing Dhoni to constantly make field changes to plug the gaps during the first 10 overs. That was a moral victory for Jayawardene, seeing his opposing number gesticulating to his fielders despite the cushion of 304 runs.

With a keen eye for where the fielders were placed, Jayawardene picked his spots in style, including a lapped six over fine leg, a delicate late cut and pleasing drives wide of point with little effort.

Tillakaratne Dilshan perished by slapping straight to midwicket, the first of Sri Lanka's giveaways. Sangakkara started pushing the ball into the gaps, even chipping down to loft Ravindra Jadeja over deep midwicket for a six.

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene were visibly upset with themselves when they got out. When Pathan returned for a new spell, Jayawardene tried to disturb his rhythm by trying to dab one to third man. It resulted in a tame edge to Dhoni and his frustration was palpable. The pressure increased a touch on Sangakkara when Chandimal was bowled giving R Ashwin the charge, and his own attempt at giving his team the momentum in the 36th over caused Sri Lanka's steady fall.

A few clean blows by Nuwan Kulasekara and Farveez Maharoof gave Sri Lanka hope, but they couldn't get on top of Vinay Kumar and Pathan, who bowled with far greater control at the death than their opponents.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jaweed.ali on March 15, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    y gautham is alwayz unlucky for man of the match....

  • DINESHCC on March 15, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Just_love_it: It is not Jayawardena alone. Almost all the captains used to give such statements after the defeat. Even Dhoni said the same statement after the Eng and Aus debacle. The only one captain accepted the defeat was Andrew Strauss after the white wash against Pakistan.

  • on March 15, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Please Check my very first comments on this article: Chamara Kapugedera? OOOOOOOMMMMMMGGGGG. I swear he will not make 10 runs. why this guy get chancees over and over again.Now I think I can predict things I see people whoooo. I think chamra should call the media and let the whole world knows that he has everything a typical great crickerter has. like bat, knee guard, jersey,helmet, ball guard.accept the RUNS

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 14, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Leave out 10dulkar n bring in manoj tiwary.

  • rajabojuna on March 14, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Just wondering what Kapugedera is doing in the team... how many more opportunities does he need to come right, and why is Sri Lanka not bringing in a promising youngster who might prove as good as or even better than Chandimal and Thirimanne?

  • Prakmca on March 14, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Jadeja in Oz, played 8 scored 101 runs and taken 3 wickets. Rohit played 5 and scored 79 runs and later he was dropped in the later matchs for CB series. But, Jadeja played all the matches in CB series, he is continue playing in Asia cup also. What special quality he has????

    This needs to be answered.... Dhoni - india's best captian so far, going badlywrong in retaining Jadeja in all the matches.

    Even if you give N numbers chances, Jadeja can't be match winner... He is not the guy India loooking for at lower down the order.

  • BustIPL on March 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Tendulkar was lethargic after he hit a boundary was dreaming for a hundred and lazily came at the full toss. Ugly sight to see someone who is very very little master now. All his glory is ruined and he was begging the umpires for stay. Heroes do not beg like that. Kohli on the other hand had another chance against SL and that too without malinga and mathews. Pakistan were the first side who denied VVL master the 100th hundred during WC semi. At that time he could not do it despite four dropped catches hopefully Pak don't do it now as keeping tendulkar on 99 is the goal of world cricket and non indiian fans like it.

  • Sautrik on March 14, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Good all round performance by India.. For once, India looked much better on the field than Sri Lanka. Use this confidence boost to retain the Asia cup. My team for the next match. 1.Gautam Gambhir. 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Virat Kohli 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. MS Dhoni 6. Suresh Raina 7.Irfan Pathan 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Vinay Kumar 10.Ashok Dinda 11. Rahul Sharma.....and btw @bigdhonifan very well said!!

  • g.narsimha on March 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    SAUMYAS-PL check the stats available in this very site on win-loss % of all 3 teams from this sub continent baring in ENG where pak did slightly better than INDIA , IN ALL OTHER MAJOR CRICKETING NATIONS -aus, sa, wi, indias WIN % IS FAR SUPERIOR to PAK&SL , PAK COULD NOT REGISTER A SERIES WIN IN WI till date , all 3 could not win test series in AUS, SA, SO OVER ALL OUR PERFORMANCE AGAINST THESE MAJOR cricketing nation is better than our nieghbours ,pak was subjected to thorough white wash in 2010 in AUS 3-0, in tests, 5-0 in odis but india haters forget what is thier performance in these places , we lost count the number of times pak was bowled out with in 100, in aus, eng , sa , just 2 away loses we all are after our team , but this was the team won matches out side india during the last decade, more over no team even mighty aussies could dominate us in our place where as aus, sa, eng WON SERIESES IN SL, PAK , STATS PROVE THAT

  • NaniIndCri on March 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    SL fans better get used to these 300+ scores, because after Malinga and Murali this is what your bowling is capable of.

  • jaweed.ali on March 15, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    y gautham is alwayz unlucky for man of the match....

  • DINESHCC on March 15, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Just_love_it: It is not Jayawardena alone. Almost all the captains used to give such statements after the defeat. Even Dhoni said the same statement after the Eng and Aus debacle. The only one captain accepted the defeat was Andrew Strauss after the white wash against Pakistan.

  • on March 15, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Please Check my very first comments on this article: Chamara Kapugedera? OOOOOOOMMMMMMGGGGG. I swear he will not make 10 runs. why this guy get chancees over and over again.Now I think I can predict things I see people whoooo. I think chamra should call the media and let the whole world knows that he has everything a typical great crickerter has. like bat, knee guard, jersey,helmet, ball guard.accept the RUNS

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 14, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Leave out 10dulkar n bring in manoj tiwary.

  • rajabojuna on March 14, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Just wondering what Kapugedera is doing in the team... how many more opportunities does he need to come right, and why is Sri Lanka not bringing in a promising youngster who might prove as good as or even better than Chandimal and Thirimanne?

  • Prakmca on March 14, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Jadeja in Oz, played 8 scored 101 runs and taken 3 wickets. Rohit played 5 and scored 79 runs and later he was dropped in the later matchs for CB series. But, Jadeja played all the matches in CB series, he is continue playing in Asia cup also. What special quality he has????

    This needs to be answered.... Dhoni - india's best captian so far, going badlywrong in retaining Jadeja in all the matches.

    Even if you give N numbers chances, Jadeja can't be match winner... He is not the guy India loooking for at lower down the order.

  • BustIPL on March 14, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Tendulkar was lethargic after he hit a boundary was dreaming for a hundred and lazily came at the full toss. Ugly sight to see someone who is very very little master now. All his glory is ruined and he was begging the umpires for stay. Heroes do not beg like that. Kohli on the other hand had another chance against SL and that too without malinga and mathews. Pakistan were the first side who denied VVL master the 100th hundred during WC semi. At that time he could not do it despite four dropped catches hopefully Pak don't do it now as keeping tendulkar on 99 is the goal of world cricket and non indiian fans like it.

  • Sautrik on March 14, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Good all round performance by India.. For once, India looked much better on the field than Sri Lanka. Use this confidence boost to retain the Asia cup. My team for the next match. 1.Gautam Gambhir. 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Virat Kohli 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. MS Dhoni 6. Suresh Raina 7.Irfan Pathan 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Vinay Kumar 10.Ashok Dinda 11. Rahul Sharma.....and btw @bigdhonifan very well said!!

  • g.narsimha on March 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    SAUMYAS-PL check the stats available in this very site on win-loss % of all 3 teams from this sub continent baring in ENG where pak did slightly better than INDIA , IN ALL OTHER MAJOR CRICKETING NATIONS -aus, sa, wi, indias WIN % IS FAR SUPERIOR to PAK&SL , PAK COULD NOT REGISTER A SERIES WIN IN WI till date , all 3 could not win test series in AUS, SA, SO OVER ALL OUR PERFORMANCE AGAINST THESE MAJOR cricketing nation is better than our nieghbours ,pak was subjected to thorough white wash in 2010 in AUS 3-0, in tests, 5-0 in odis but india haters forget what is thier performance in these places , we lost count the number of times pak was bowled out with in 100, in aus, eng , sa , just 2 away loses we all are after our team , but this was the team won matches out side india during the last decade, more over no team even mighty aussies could dominate us in our place where as aus, sa, eng WON SERIESES IN SL, PAK , STATS PROVE THAT

  • NaniIndCri on March 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    SL fans better get used to these 300+ scores, because after Malinga and Murali this is what your bowling is capable of.

  • bigdhonifan on March 14, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Sehwag is Injured..Will You open? ...Yes!

    We need to play 7 batsman..Will you keep wickets? ... Yes!

    We cannot play seaming balls in England..Will you make a comeback in ODI's ..Yes! ...

    We need a stop-gap captain..Will you captain the side? ...Yes

    We need to get in some overs quickly..Will You Bowl ...Yes!

    Dhoni needs to bowl..Will you keep again? ... Yes!

    One of the seniors needs to retire.. Will you retire first ? ... YES !

    And we call Mike Hussey as Mr. Cricket ? Salute to the man who has served Indian Cricket in every possible way!! By far India's best test Cricketer! Defended the Indian Fall..The Wall...

  • soumyas on March 14, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Everyone is good at their homes. "winning away" was always a herculean task for India, but in recent past during 2007-2010 India did exceptionally well even on foreign soil, for some time i thought we are good on foreign soil. but a world cup winning and test numb 1 team should not surrender like 2 complete whitewashes. almost the same team went very close to beat Australia in 2007 controversial tour despite Sydney umpiring horror. we know that we are not good on fast bowling tracks. why not have some players ready for the challenge when we have got good number of youngsters waiting on bench? and try rotating flat track batsmen depending on pitches ?? why not some pitches in India prepared to create foreign pitch conditions ? how long we need to carry the TAG "flat track bullies" ? Look at the Srilanka,Pakistan teams they are very strong at homes plus they are a formidable unit away also. In india even harbhajan will score a century. which will never have much weightage .

  • on March 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    its understandable that since the time Mahela had started batting at top ; SLs game had changed trememdously and became confident . But then he needs to do something about tharanga ; he seems to look lost down the order. yes he played well in 2 CB finals but yesterday he looked completely out of place at No.8 . Kulasekaras One knock down the order cant make him Powerplay specialist for sure so din understand y he was sent ahead of tharanga n kapugedara.plus ; as we all know SL batting highely relies on their senior trio; either of them needs to bat down the order. Since Mahela -dilshan n sanga all come at No. 1-2-3 ; batting looks weak once all 3 of them depart. IMO mahela shud come at No. 4 ; after Chandimal just to distribute the experince in batting order. Now i guess ; SL bowlers wud find Gambhir n Kohli in their dreams often ! consecutively 2nd time these two hav destroyed lankans!

  • Nampally on March 14, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Even in victory the short comings in the Indian bowling were severely exposed. On the sub continental pitches, 2 specialist spinners are essential. Dhoni's tactics of using jadeja to fill in the second spinner is pointless. India needs a specialist spinner like Rahul Sharma who is in the squad but is permanently assigned the bench or to act as a drinks boy!.Jadeja does not deserve a spot in the XI just for his fielding. In the Aussie ODI he bowled 2.4 overs for 41 runs in one ODI. Dhoni relegated him to just fielding since then. There appears to be a spot for a specialist "Fielder" in Dhoni's XI!.2 part time bowlers - Jadeja & Raina- gave 65 runs in 9 overs between them.Rahul Sharma would have bowled at <5 runs/over + take wkts.To make matters worse, even praveen & Vinay were expensive.Only Pathan & Ashwin bowled with good control to take 7 Wkts. between them & win the Match. Replace Praveen & Jadeja with Dinda & Rahul Sharma to give some respectability to the sub-par Indian bowling!

  • on March 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    leave out pk n bring in ashok dinda..

  • Scube on March 14, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I'm not sure why so many Indian fans are so narrow minded baying for RJ's blood! Pls note that the BCCI President, Chief selector & the Indian Captain have agreed to pay somewhere between 10 to 30 cr to this Superking in the near future and they need to use all possible avenues and if possible schedule addl ODIs / T20s for India before the IPL starts so that they can train him as much as possible to realise some Return On their Investment (may be few 1000s worth of performance)!

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 14, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Need 2 changes in this team - Drop Jadeja and play Yusuf Pathan, Drop 10dulkar and play any other batsman, Manoj, Rohit, etc because anybody can score more than 6 runs on such flat tracks.

  • Just_love_it on March 14, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Did somebody else noticed after each and every defeat mahela has these standard 2 lines ...i mean im noticing after EACH and EVERY defeat...1) we were x-y runs short ...ex..20-25 runs short or if batting second we lost too many wickets at crucial point in game. 2) we can take many POSITIVES from this game !;) Come on if u lost it is obvious u were few runs short or u lost wickets if u were chasing ! HOW many games it takes for u to have ENOUGH positives ;) ! Although his batting was good.

  • ultrasnow on March 14, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @Longmemory : Interesting that you mention about Tendulkar's name not mentioned in the match report. I actually used the ctrl+F command on my browser to double check 'Tendulkar'. Weird!

  • MrBrightside92 on March 14, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I do agree a bit with g.narshima and Eapen up to a point and all teams should be judged equally. However, yes Eng got embarrassed in the test series but they whitewashed the ODI and won the T20...INdia didn't win a game in Eng (ok, injuries, DL, rain) but were also pretty abject in the CB series and T20 (did even Oz fans know half the names in the OZ T20 side?). And going back in history with the 2007 result etc...Oz may not win another game for 10 years and still list all the Ashes wins and World Cup wins etc...or go further back when Eng introduced the game or to when only Eng/Aus were any good until the 60s (ish)...Obviously its all about current results (well done on the win) but also green shoots for potential....but as to Sehwag, as long as India in India its ok. No need to review methods or development...

  • Cricket_Rotoxie on March 14, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedara should get fired...He's being paid for nothing!! failed in Aussie..& now in Banglaa

  • Cricket_Rotoxie on March 14, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    SL soo deserved the win...Not fairr! Anyway...they have more matches...They'll win those

  • praveenchopra on March 14, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    as an indian fan i thanks to srilnakan selectors for playing chamara pakagedara,i wish he will play every match in this series and thanks god thisara and matthews are missing

  • VJGS on March 14, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Of course India won. No country in the world can defeat Team India in the sub-continent.

  • spardak on March 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    It was really sensible of Gambhir and Kohli not to hammer and tongs in the Batting Powerplay else India could have a collapse similar to Sri Lanka.For the next match I recommend 2 changes Rahul Sharma for Ravindra Jadeja and Ashok Dinda for Praveen Kumar or Vinay Kumar.

  • M.M.A.Shah on March 14, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    We always wonder what is that mistery due to which dhoni keeps on giving so many chances to jadeja.Do any body has solution to this mistery.Well i think its high time that dhoni should think about Manoji tiwary and yousuf pathan.Dhoni nodoubt our best captain you are kindly requested to consider our request.Hope he is listening to us.

  • Digimont on March 14, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Wallpapering over the cracks - nothing more. The same batsmen (for both sides) made the runs as in Australia, just that the Indian duo made more on this occasion.

    India can win this tournament and it will still be wallpaper over the cracks.

  • spardak on March 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    It was really sensible of Gambhir and Kohli not to hammer and tongs in the Batting Powerplay else India could have a collapse similar to Sri Lanka.For the next match I recommend 2 changes Rahul Sharma for Ravindra Jadeja and Ashok Dinda for Praveen Kumar or Vinay Kumar.

  • caromball on March 14, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    WOW...ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE BY CHAMARA "PACHCHA KAPU" KAPUGEDERA......Mr.DE MEL KEEP SELECTING THIS GREAT MAN....FOR THE NAME SAKE OF SRILANKA CRICKET.

  • syedmkr on March 14, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    We want at least one change in the playing 11: what Jadeja is doing in the team? he can't bowl & bat, better to replace him with Yousuf Pathan, then see how these brothers performing together to lift the Asia Cup!

  • NumberXI on March 14, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Gambhir managed 308 runs in 7 ODIs of the CB Series for an average of 44, with three fifties. Surely Kanishkaa B isn't talking about those batting performances when he says Gambhir struggled in Australia? Or is it that depending on when the fancy suits him, Test performances can be equated to ODI ones? Kohli managed 373 runs in Australia as well, so what exactly does the writer mean when he says they were happier with "home" climes being back in Asia?

  • anukrtiti on March 14, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    well played india!!!it was a team effort...............it feels gr8 when india performs lyk dat...........

  • on March 14, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Sachin got out to a juicy full toss. Nowadays he has started to ask the umpires for clarification, a far cry from the Sachin of the past. Anyway, I don't understand why Jadeja is being given so many chances. And Irfan supporting Praveen? C'mon. IP was easily the pick of the bowlers.

  • mazii on March 14, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    India and other sub-continent teams don't want to change status-quo. It is apparent that whenever India wins, fans get complacent and forget weak-links their team going through with, and such is the case with Pakistan. This is a quandary in which these teams embroiled in and never want to change this status-quo. For example, in his recent statement Kriss Srikanth blurted that if India beat Pakistan then this win will assuage the legitimate anguish of Indian fans. This is in our blood to forget the past without learning from our mistakes. We need to change this naive attitude of ours otherwise everything is hunky-dory out here in case pakistan and India win and in case these teams lose, the dilemma of aggravates. This gullible approach has led Indian as well as Pakistan team to that far away. Player power is much stronger in these two countries than any other permanent member of ICC. The need of the hour is to rationalize everything by throwing our sentiments into the back-burner.

  • on March 14, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedera should play against us because he is really a hard hitting batsman and we Pakistan want face such type of great professional.They too would like to face Tornado run maker Misbah ul haq.Please don't say anything against Chamara Kapugedera.

  • on March 14, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    I still do not understand why Jadeja is being given these many chances while other performing players are in bench. He's not a powerful hitter of cricket ball, he can bowl which others can also do, he did not perform for quite sometime. The only match he performed was in Oz, just the day before IPL auctions. Even after all these he's in the team for no reason. The reason that they would give would be worldcup. Even with all the negatives of jadeja, he's picked everytime, why can't they groom some other player who's more aggressive and who can be a match winner instead of this dud? There are many instances wherein he plays with the tail and instead of hitting, he just takes singles. If India has to perform better in the future, for heaven sake please remove jadeja.

  • MrBrightside92 on March 14, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I've been impressed by Irfan...especially his batting...India have enough spinning options without both Jadeja and Ashwin (unless you're playing England then just play spinners). Can someone say if he was fit during the tour of England? I am assuming he was injured (like everyone else?)..

  • Longmemory on March 14, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    The most amazing thing about this match report is that it does not mention the name of a player who not only was in the XI for India but actually opened the batting: Sachin Tendulkar. I doubt that has ever happened before. Astonishing.

  • hellraiser9 on March 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    It was an excellent Win for India..Congratulations!!To Team India.. Brilliant batting display from Kohli and Gambhir.. Both played a superb innings and was a treat to watch. As soon as both got their CENTURIES they departed. Then came the blistering attack of DHONI and RAINA.. This is why Raina should always be in the team. We can count on RAina any day. This guy is dynamite and can put up some important partnerships and score valuable runs. And coming to Captaincy!! DHONI left Jayawardane clueless when Raina and him were taking the bowling apart. 100 runs came in last 10. Jayawardane is a good batsmen and a good captain but he is no where near Dhoni. So the author of this article got it all wrong. For next game replace Rohit sharma with Manoj tiwary and Jaddu with Yusuf pathan. Team-> Gambhir, Tendulkar, Virat kohli, Manoj tiwary, Raina ,Dhoni, Yusuf/jaddu, Irfan , Ashwin, Dinda,VK/ PK. Tiwari can bowl leg spin and excellent fielder.

  • Vijay51982 on March 14, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka team is over confidence nowadays which made them down again in the crucial situation. The problem is Captaincy. I think Mahela need to find out more from MSD. SL has got a very good side but the problem is batting line up especially in the middle order. They doesn't have much experience to play till the end of the game. It is better that Mahela should come after Sanga and stay for some time which make the rest self confidence. Opening the batting is not his role. Tharanga is a very good opener after Attapattu & Jayasuriya. Look out MSD. He started his career as a opener but now he read his side and playing as a middle order to stay alive till the end. Mahela is more experienced than Dhoni so he needs to track his statistics. Dhoni doesn't have an specialized bowler except Ashwin even though he is winning the match. MJ has to do something more better than yesterday. The whole island is looking for a trophy which is still pending for a long long time.

  • on March 14, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    I consider SANGAKARA the victim of this loss. He should have allowed THRIMANE to go over the top. Around 100 in 15 overs is more than possible with 7 wkts in hand & against the average bowling attack. Now it is very difficult for Sri Lanka to make Pakistan down as in UAE. But no one knows, I personally think that Sri Lanka will win tomorrow but being a Pakistani I want my team to prosper and make into the FINAL! Good luck team Pakistan<3

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 14, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    @IshaqMalik. Yes it was! India beat England 5-0 @ home even if they crashed 3-0 in away match. But what about your team's home series against Eng?

  • on March 14, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Excellent coment from g.narsimha, I always saw these comments against the Indian team, they have done very well in Australia on 2009 season and against england on 2007 season, Australia & England are also vulnerable when they reach here and play in sub-continental conditions and you PAK fans u are also very very poor in seaming conditions (there are so many examples). Every players are playing in their home conditions and they used to that, so underperforming in new conditions should not be criticized ruthlessly. In this article u r repeating our australian performance in so many areas, past is past give emphasis on the current performance and also please dont write "dry and slow pitches" when Aus & Eng. underperform in our pitches.

  • on March 14, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    on Paper and form wise Sri lanka were better than India,they bat deep right upto No 9 Bowling too are better than India,But still on given day India played well and won the game.I m an Indian andd Hope India to make it through to the final were as Sri lanka are in must win situation against Pakistan in their next assignment other wise they back to home

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    for god sake, let dhoni and the team management explain to all of us, the utility of ravinder jadeja. he was pathetic all through the tour of australia. he doesn't have the ability to clear the ground towards the end of the innings. he doesn't command a place in the team for his bowling alone. then what's the point in picking him. either pick a proper bowler or yusuf pathan. atleast we know, the yusuf pathan gets going, he'll bludgeon the opposition. i see no sense in continuing with jadeja. he does not possess the quality to be in the side.

  • rock.rockyin on March 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    It was a tough year for India in overseas. India have earlier won Test series in England and have drawn with AUS in AUS when they were in prime with likes of Gilli,pointing,haden,l shane and many more but it is sad to see some cricket fans from other countries comment India like they perform only good at home. Indian fans shud support our country no matter what ! At least the rankings which were considered from 2003(If I am not wrong) show India as Number 3 in both ODI and Tests. This speaks to itself. As for few Lankan fans who said it is easy to chase down 320 in Hobart kind flat pithces.. they need introspection but spare a thought for Jayawerdene... wow what man he is . dont Dhoni contribution to the end. Had the score been only 280..there would have been no pressure of run rate and Lanka might have chased.... INDIA ROCKS. thanks for the early show. I am expecting India Vs SriLanka Final....... Pakistan lost the flair in their bowling and all the batsmens strike rate is slow

  • Irfan.786 on March 14, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I think all cricketing nations not well us of power play3 in 2nd batting they are professional but they dont understand how to use power play3.This is the main reason Sri lanka lost his match against India.I think use of power play3 in 2nd batting just for a normal cricket without any lose his wicket.Or Best Wishes for Sachin his 100 Century against Pakistan on 18th March 2012.I'm 100% sure he achieved his 100 Century against Pakistan.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    My playing 11 for India's next match is

    Sachin, Gauthi, Kholi, Rohit, Raina, MSD, Yusuf, Irfan, Ashwin, Praveen, Vinay

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    India should be confident against ajmal's doosra.... we should not forget we didnt pick him well in world cup but still made it through because of dhoni's luck(remember sachin was dropped many times). So, if we pick ajmal,this current pakistan is a worst attack than bangladesh. Only worry is we are with out sehwag, who according to me is the best player of spin in the current indian team.... he will demolish ajmal's confidence if present.... k.... now it is up to others.....

  • sunny_18 on March 14, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    @ g.narsimha..............well said brother.......even i dont understand the reason behind all this hype of calling Indian team as flat track bullies..............same is the case with every other team..............they all are king of their own turf and faliures abroad!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Although I am an ardent fan of Sachin but he needs to be dropped for the our next match against Bangladesh, so too Jadeja but who will open with Gambhir if only we have Sehwag but I would include Sachin for this entire series in the playing XI surely Pathan (sr) should be given an oppurtunity besides his cameo he is a fantastic fielder & an useful bowler. So my playing XI for the next match will be same team with 1 change i.e., Pathan (sr) in place of Jadeja. Heartiest congratulations to our Indian team for overcoming the 1st obstacle with Sri Lanka. But Kohli & Gambhir should have went after the bowling atleast in the batting power play. Had MSD & Raina not provided the flourish we would have scored 270-280 & it would have been a cakewalk for the Lankan lions.

  • abdulrowf on March 14, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Great come back by Irfan Pathan, unsung hero of this match. Good Performance. Team Management should consider playing Manoj Tiwari in the place of Sachin Tendulkar, and Yousuf Pathan in the place of Jadeja.

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Really surprised to see Sachin Tendulkar's Batting...Was batted like who doesn't know how to bat.....10 Years Back, we would love to see sachin's Batting...now we are feeling not Interested abt him....Loss of Form makes all the diff....Veru plz come back strongly....i love to see you roaring again............

  • g.narsimha on March 14, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    PUNERI MISAL-if a team to be considerd as good will have to win in all conditions than why it only applies to INDIA , when teams from ENG, AUS, SA, WI , NZ,PLAYS IN sub continant they are not better than ours in their places , see ENG , won nothing in INDIA IN the last 2 decades , even we did better than them winning series in , 07 in eng , they white washed us in their home but 5-0in odis in IND, 3-0 IN TESTS IN UAE , the all weather tag doent aplies them , they are pathetic in INDIA , EVEN AUS HAD NOT BEEN seccess ful in IND , THEY TOO be termed as home tigers , let them win handsomly in ind than we can say they are all weather team , till that time we can put them in home tiger catogery ,

  • srinideva on March 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    @@soumyas, you got the valuable point. you read my thoughts on this. i am agree with you 200%%%...

  • wajshah on March 14, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    India bowling not compare with Pakistan team. Pak have better bowling attack and i am sure Kohli and Ghambir can not make such runs against pak match. Pak bowling attack not easy like Sri Lanka so be carefull Dhoni elven for this big match on 18th March

  • IshaqMalik on March 14, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    @ishaq28: it's a sport and let it be a sport, it's people like you who make it a war of good and evil. As for Pakistan, our team has been in much much better form than india over the last 18 months

  • AnilkumarPeddi on March 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Jadeja need to replaced with Yusuf Pathan in the next match

  • soumyas on March 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    India won...everything that went wrong forgotten. But when Gambhir,Kohli were playing well both were on 80's and it was around 35th over. India had 9 wickets in hand, They took the batting power play also, But none of them tried for big shots never seemed that they are targeting for big score. Both were happy taking singles and seemed like they just wanted century to happen. Just after century both got out. then it was dhoni and raina took india across 300 mark. We had so many batsmen left sitting back idle in the pavilion unused, Gambhir,Kohli act needs some justification now..... weren't they really playing for century ???

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Great come back by Irfan Pathan, unsung hero of this match. Good Performance. Team Management should consider playing Manoj Tiwari in the place of Sachin Tendulkar, and Yousuf Pathan in the place of Jadeja.

  • arunru1514 on March 14, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    its only an average performance from team india.they must win asia cup to over come all their problems.all the best & go ahead men in blue.

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    It is difficult for srilanka to reach final in the next game it is do or die for them .india team should make one change instead of jadeja ,yusuf pathan should be in the eleven

  • SureshBravo on March 14, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    SL missed malinga, Kohli was eagerly waiting for him,If he played in the match, India would scored 400. Any how it has become Indian habit to thrash SL.

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Oh, thought SL was picking to form, looks like they cant win in flat pitches if some batsmen dont click

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    TO MIckey.Panda- All Round India here meant as All Round( Batsmen as wel Bowlers) performend well and take to a win.

  • Ganes.V on March 14, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    "One was recently made the vice-captain, the other had the same post taken away from him. Any simmering tension, fictional or not, was barely evident" whether kohli and gauti has any problens with the decision of bcci appointing a new vice captain or not- the media and writrs in cricinfo seems to have a big problem. Why bring it when they did not show any discomfort with the bcci decision? not only in this report- even in newspapers i ead this. give it a break !!!!!!!

  • mdev.mp on March 14, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    wooh!!!!!!!!!!! Again we showed why we are world champions, defending champions of ASIA cup, Team India Rockz all the way..surely u deserve this trophy..

  • Pavan_15 on March 14, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    @@Micky.Panda

    I agree with you on the performance analysis of jadeja or raina bowling....

    but the term ALL ROUND TEAM INDIA does'nt mean that all rounders or all round performances of an individual players has win the game for us!! Rather it means that india have performed well in all the three sections ..i.e. Batting, Bowling and fielding....although a couple of bowlers leaked runs ...but they stuck to the task of picking up wickets at regular intervals....or rather i should say srilanka has gifted some wickets at regular intervals....!!

    But i should give credit to IRFAN PATHAN!! Good comeback and he should maintain this knack of picking up wickets..and bowling those in dippers!! I hope yusuf also does the same (in Batting) and i want to see the pathan brothers right in the lower middle order finishing the games with DHONI!!

  • on March 14, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Great work Team India!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 14, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Hurry.Irfan is Back! Hoping to see his Magical Swing also back

  • Micky.Panda on March 14, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    The Title "All Round" surprised me at first, with 4 solid batting performances, Dhoni being the only one considered an "all-rounder". Raina bowled 5 overs but was too expensive, and Jedeja leaked runs badly without wickets. Ashwin did well but no chance to bat. Great bowling performance from Irfan of course and could have been man of the match, as Jayawardene was the stand out batting performance with an impressive run rate. I suppose Irfan may be considered an all rounder. I don't think Jedeja, the 2 million dollar man, contributes enough wickets, contains well enough, nor scores runs fast enough, to be in the side at all. It is pleasing to see Irfan back, and Yusef Pathan should be considered as well as he is capable of a fast run rate.

  • Mr.Banjox on March 14, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    congatulations India...........

  • dudex16 on March 14, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Well played india, finally everything clicked. now india will thrash pak and ban and will win the ASIA cup. Trust me

  • ishaq28 on March 14, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    I think Pakistan should not play against India because India in such a good form. India will win again the match Go india Go.Now Australia come and play with India

  • puneriMisal on March 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Even though it was a good match ; one thing that was noticeable is that the bowling unit of both the teams is not penetrative enough to challenge the opposition , batting unit of both the teams clicked in these conditions. But these same flaws were severely exposed in South Africa , England and Australia. A good team performs well in all the conditions ....

  • vasu.victory99 on March 14, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    nice all round performance by Indian team

  • anver777 on March 14, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    After this defeat, SL is in a must win situation against Pak to stay in the competition. Like to see a convincing win vs Pak !!!!! Good Luck !!!

  • CRICINFO_11 on March 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    I think ashwin , next match he get a 5 wicket haul.jadeja is useless

  • WTEH on March 14, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a good team. they play well as a team. But not sure how people like Kapugedara selected for the side. They can certainly use another bowler instead of him, which they'd get more runs than him for sure.

  • on March 13, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Oh No - Jadeja again? When will Tiwary be included? He can be a 5th bowler as well may be share with Virat Kohli. The number of chances that Jadeja gets, he will surely do one well by the law of averages and continue to retain his place for no reason. And Dinda should have been given a chance instead of one of the Kumars. Surely he has done better than them in the domestic circuit.

  • on March 13, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedera? OOOOOOOMMMMMMGGGGG. I swear he will not make 10 runs. why this guy get chancees over and over again.

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  • on March 13, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedera? OOOOOOOMMMMMMGGGGG. I swear he will not make 10 runs. why this guy get chancees over and over again.

  • on March 13, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Oh No - Jadeja again? When will Tiwary be included? He can be a 5th bowler as well may be share with Virat Kohli. The number of chances that Jadeja gets, he will surely do one well by the law of averages and continue to retain his place for no reason. And Dinda should have been given a chance instead of one of the Kumars. Surely he has done better than them in the domestic circuit.

  • WTEH on March 14, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a good team. they play well as a team. But not sure how people like Kapugedara selected for the side. They can certainly use another bowler instead of him, which they'd get more runs than him for sure.

  • CRICINFO_11 on March 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    I think ashwin , next match he get a 5 wicket haul.jadeja is useless

  • anver777 on March 14, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    After this defeat, SL is in a must win situation against Pak to stay in the competition. Like to see a convincing win vs Pak !!!!! Good Luck !!!

  • vasu.victory99 on March 14, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    nice all round performance by Indian team

  • puneriMisal on March 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Even though it was a good match ; one thing that was noticeable is that the bowling unit of both the teams is not penetrative enough to challenge the opposition , batting unit of both the teams clicked in these conditions. But these same flaws were severely exposed in South Africa , England and Australia. A good team performs well in all the conditions ....

  • ishaq28 on March 14, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    I think Pakistan should not play against India because India in such a good form. India will win again the match Go india Go.Now Australia come and play with India

  • dudex16 on March 14, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Well played india, finally everything clicked. now india will thrash pak and ban and will win the ASIA cup. Trust me

  • Mr.Banjox on March 14, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    congatulations India...........