Asia Cup - 2nd match

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 50 runs

1.30 pm Tendulkar and Gambhir to open for India, Kulasekara with the first new ball for Sri Lanka. Slip and gully in place

Himanshu: "What a one-dimensional Bowling line-up by India. Praveen Irfan and Vinay all bowl around 130 KPH. Praveen and Irfan understandable but why Vinay. If you have taken dinda make him play. Why to take an In-Form player and make him lose his Form by putting him bench. Plllzzz make use of the Form."

Ram: "@Mark Kidger, we sceptics in sub-continent also are wondering if this tournament is actually necessary."

Ravi: "Too many IPL wonders in Indian team, they perform only in IPL and not while playing for the country. Vinay Kumar, RG Sharma, Ashwin, Jadeja to name a few...."

Mathi: "Let Us pray, we shouldn't see any run out that involves Gambhir."

Mohit: "Dinda still not playing...he is on a purple patch in domestic games...India shouldn't play PK and Vinay in the same team..poor selection."

Mark Kidger: "Sceptics outside the sub-continent would ask "is this tournament really necessary"? Played so soon after India and Sri Lanka have faced each other in Australia one does wonder. Wouldn't it be nicer if it included Nepal, Afghanistan, Malaysia, etc. to make up 8 teams and was played with a Plate Tournament for the minor nations when the big fish play the semi-finals?" You have a point, Mark, at the moment, the Asia Cup is nothing more than the South Asia Cup

Ranjit: "So inspite of Jadeja's dismal performance in the CB series he is better than a game-changer like Yusuf or even a man-in-form-on-bench like Tiwary.. Beats me!"

Farns: "I think this is the 1st time in history that a bowler of the calibre of Malinga has been dropped because of Indian batsmen." We are not sure yet whether he has been dropped or rested

Ravindra Jadeja plays ahead of Yusuf Pathan but the bigger news is that there is no Lasith Malinga in the Sri Lanka XI. Suranga Lakmal is playing in place of Malinga. Manoj Tiwary cannot get a game still, though.

1.30 pm Mahela Jayawardene wins the toss and Sri Lanka will have a bowl

Mahela: "We have played here before. Looks like a different wicket. Feel that the ball will come on nicely later."

Dhoni: "We were looking to bowl first as well. It is not a bad thing to bat first as well. I think Australia was not good for us, we did decently well in the ODI series there. We are happy with the team that we have got. We are going through a transition phase, it is not a settled side, youngsters are still looking to seal places in the side, there is a lot of competition, which is good. It is good to have the experience of Sachin in the side."

1.25 pm Even more grass on this pitch compared to the one used for the game between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Sunil Gavaskar says on air that it will not make much of a difference. Should be good for batting.

Angelo Mathews is yet to recover from his calf injury, he tells Ramiz Raja, and will miss today's match.

1.20 pm You don't know which two sides are playing today? Let me give you a hint, they both play in different shades of blue, and meet each other about three million times a year. Yes, we have another ODI between India and Sri Lanka today, days after the two teams played four times in the CB series in Australia. They have travelled thousands of miles from Australia to Bangladesh but still cannot get away from each other.

Have a look at the preview while we wait for the toss

0.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, right on target just outside off with some away movement, pushed towards covers

0.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, that looks straight, that looks mighty close, Gambhir rapped on the pad in front of middle stump as he was caught on the crease, that looked gone, not given, replays show the ball pitched just outside leg stump, oh well, you know now who can never be an umpire

0.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball pushed towards extra cover, and Gautam is away

0.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, the inward shape into Sachin makes him push outside the line, the ball takes a bit of an inside edge to pop up on the off side off the pad flap

0.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, gets across and behind the line of this back of a length ball and blocks

0.6

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, lovely delivery, he usually bends it in to the right hander, this one moves away from short of a length outside off, Sachin walks across and gets beaten as he has a poke at it

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
SR Tendulkar    0* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0
G Gambhir    1* (3b)     

Suranga Lakmal on his comeback, with the second new ball, short midwicket in place

1.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, decent length ball to start with, defended on the off side

1.2

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, dribbles off the pad behind square leg as he gets on his toes to try and tuck the short of a length ball that jags in

1.3

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, pushes a length ball down the track, Lakmal fields, Sachin was playing quite a distance away from the body

We are informed that Malinga has been rested

1.4

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, gets across, covers the line of off and allows this skiddy one just outside off to go past

1.5

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, some away shape now for Lakmal, Sachin leaves it alone again

1.6

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, good lines from Lakmal, bowls it in to Sachin with the angle and gets it to straighten a foot outside off, Sachin shoulders arms

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) India 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
SR Tendulkar    0* (7b)      RAS Lakmal    1-1-0-0
G Gambhir    1* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0

shiw: "I believe this Asia Cup is really really necessary or else we cannot watch India Pakistan match except in World Cups."

2.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, reaches forward and pushes it back to the bowler off the toe end of the bat

2.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 3 runs, on to the pads this time, and Gautam tucks it through square leg crisply, a mess is made of the stop close to the rope as the fielder running across slips, and allows them to take three

2.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, front foot moves forward and across solidly as he pushes a straightish length ball to covers

2.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, similar stroke, on to the front foot again and a firm push to covers

2.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, FOUR, holds its line outside off stump, but Sachin deals with it superbly, opens the face very late to time it past point, this outfield is so fast that even a dive from the chasing fielder it not enough

2.6

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, just a hint of coming in from a good length, ending around off, he comes well forward and blocks

End of over 3 (7 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
SR Tendulkar    4* (11b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-8-0
G Gambhir    4* (7b)      RAS Lakmal    1-1-0-0

Fahad: "That is very true. I really dont see how the member bodies of ICC are "promoting" cricket? No test playing nation is lined up with associates and affiliates. How is one suppose to raise up the ranks if they are not allowed to compete. Ireland is a perfect example. You cant expect them to perform against the big guns once every 4 years to prove a point. Give them a chance!"

3.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 wide, inward shape but it started on the pads and moved down the leg side, Sanga could not collect it cleanly, Gautam thought there was the chance to sneak in a bye, Sachin sends him back

3.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, flicked off the pad down to fine leg

3.2

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, he is getting forward and across each time, plays out this length delivery towards mid on

3.3

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, hit on the pads, Lakmal turns around and starts to appeal before grimacing, there was an inside edge on to pad as Sachin missed the work towards midwicket

3.4

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, plays straighter now, pushes a 140 kph pitched up delivery down to the man at mid on

3.5

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, a high full toss now, Sachin pushes it, in the air for a while, to mid off

3.6

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, that came back in late from a fullish length, but was dealt with well, as it was turned with the movement to square leg

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 11/0 (RR: 2.75)
SR Tendulkar    4* (16b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-1-2-0
G Gambhir    5* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-8-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, bat in front of pad as he pushes the pitched up delivery to mid on and holds the defensive pose for a while

4.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, whoa, has a go at this one angled across him and misses it completely

4.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, superb straight drive from Gautam, too straight in fact, as it shatters Sachin's stumps at the other end

4.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, pitched up again and he eases into another drive, this time he goes between the bowler and mid on, both didn't have a chance

4.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, defends a slower length ball tightly

4.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 2 runs, worked in front of square leg off the pad

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 3.40)
G Gambhir    11* (14b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-14-0
SR Tendulkar    4* (16b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-1-2-0

5.1

Lakmal to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Lakmal is getting it to shape in from a full length, Sachin's drive goes off the inner part of the bat through square leg

Gainda: "I don't mind Asia Cup comprising of India and Pakistan only. Say 3 T20s, 5 Tests and 7 ODIs. Am I asking too much?"

5.2

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, pushed away to mid on

5.3

Lakmal to Tendulkar, OUT, oh well, Sachin has succumbed to the high full toss, the second one that Lakmal has bowled, he has pushed it low to short extra cover, who has immediately claimed the catch, Mahela it is, the ball looked close to have been waist-high, but then it dipped on Sachin and was well within limits as he played the stroke, does not seem to be any issue with the catch as well, Mahela pouched it low with both hands, Sachin has to walk back after the third umpire rules out all possibilities that could have extended his stay

SR Tendulkar c Jayawardene b Lakmal 6 (25m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.57

Virat, he of that Hobart chase, he of that expressive celebration, walks in

5.4

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, that inward movement again, Virat checks his stroke, and gets it off the inside part of the bat to fine leg

5.5

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, lets a widish one angled across him go past

5.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, FOUR, smack! Gautam has carved the overpitched delivery past cover, superb timing, bent his knee, reached out to the pitch and sent it on its way

End of over 6 (7 runs) India 24/1 (RR: 4.00)
G Gambhir    15* (16b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-1-9-1
V Kohli    1* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-14-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, head on top of the ball, front foot coming well forward, Virat defends with a straight bat

6.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, pushes a length ball to point

6.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, plays out one that comes off slowly off the pitch, towards midwicket

6.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, that wide delivery has been clobbered, but the off side infield is packed with fielders, and shortish cover-point fields the ball

6.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, Virat gets the single now, pushes into the gap to the left of mid off and is home even as the throw misses

6.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, motions forward and smothers this pitched up straight one towards midwicket

End of over 7 (1 run) India 25/1 (RR: 3.57)
G Gambhir    15* (17b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-15-0
V Kohli    2* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    3-1-9-1

7.1

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, looks to drive down the ground but ends up hitting it straight to mid on

7.2

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, rides the bounce on this back of a length ball and plays it to point

7.3

Lakmal to Kohli, 2 runs, allows the length ball to come on with the angle into him and works it behind square leg, fine leg cuts it off

Mac: "This doesn't look good. This new habit of Sachin questioning fielders after being dismissed."

7.4

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, already on the front foot is Virat, and adjusts to push the back of a length ball to the bowler

7.5

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, superb delivery handled well by Virat, Lakmal sends it screaming in the blockhole, Virat calmly turns it to short midwicket

7.6

Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR, the third full toss that he has bowled, this one is not high, it is on the pads as well, Virat has an easy four as he tucks it through square leg

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 31/1 (RR: 3.87)
V Kohli    8* (12b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-1-15-1
G Gambhir    15* (17b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-15-0

8.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, gets bat around front pad to turn this one from middle on to the leg side

8.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, slowish one pitched up wide across the left-hander, Gautam reaches out and times it past short extra cover, Kapugedara on the edge of the circle gets some extra bounce off the practice pitches and misfields to allow a single

8.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, dabs this one down to third man for one

8.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, this outfield is really fast but that does not take anything away from how well Gautam has timed this length ball past midwicket

8.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, turned past mid on for a single

8.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, dropped in front of mid on softly for another single

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 39/1 (RR: 4.33)
V Kohli    10* (14b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-23-0
G Gambhir    21* (21b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-1-15-1

9.1

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, good diving stop by mid off to his left saves a certain boundary, Virat's timing on this push was so good that the ball had gathered a lot of pace as it started to race past mid off

9.2

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, dabbed away on the off side

9.3

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, reaches out to a widish full delivery but drives it straight to short extra cover

Short cover, short extra cover too

9.4

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, Gautam makes up his mind and crashes the pitched up delivery between those two men, but Kapu is around to stop the four with a dash to his right at extra cover, Virat was halfway up the crease and would have been gone had the throw hit

9.5

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, eased down to third man for one

9.6

Lakmal to Kohli, 2 runs, well done, allows this one to come in, leans on the front foot and tucks it past square leg

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 43/1 (RR: 4.30)
V Kohli    13* (16b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-1-19-1
G Gambhir    22* (25b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-23-0

Former captain Dilshan to have a bowl

10.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, comes slowly off the pitch, he makes room and punches to extra cover

10.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, lunges forward and defends to extra cover

10.3

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, uses his feet, gets to the pitch and pushes it past Dilshan to long off

10.4

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, turned to square leg with the spin

10.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, makes room and punches down to long off

around the stumps to Gautam

10.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, cannot push the full delivery past cover

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 45/1 (RR: 4.09)
G Gambhir    23* (29b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0
V Kohli    14* (18b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-1-19-1

Aditya: "Only 45 in 11 overs? Virender Sehwag must be pulling out his hair... probably not a good idea. ;)"

Prasanna the legspinner comes on

11.1

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, skiddy one staying low on to the pad, worked to fine leg

11.2

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, goes across Gautam from a length, he backs away to guide it to sweeper cover

11.3

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, another one on Virat's pads, worked to deep square

11.4

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, hurries on towards middle and off, he gets bat down quickly to push it on the leg side

11.5

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, straightish one, he shuffles and turns in front of square leg

11.6

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, just going straight with the angle into Virat's pads, no turn at all, worked for a single square on the leg side

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 50/1 (RR: 4.16)
V Kohli    17* (21b 1x4)      S Prasanna    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    25* (32b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0

12.1

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and flicks with the spin to deep square

12.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, makes some room eagerly, but mistimes the cut into the ground

12.3

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, motions forward and smothers the fullish one to Dilshan

12.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 2 runs, worked away square and by the time fine leg gets around to it, they have run two

12.5

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, quickish flat one cut away to cover-point

12.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, cannot time the punch this time, away to short extra cover

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 53/1 (RR: 4.07)
G Gambhir    27* (37b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-5-0
V Kohli    18* (22b 1x4)      S Prasanna    1-0-5-0

The batsmen are not finding their timing against Dilshan

13.1

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, smacked straight to Dilshan at extra cover

13.2

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, makes some room and pushes this one off middle to extra cover again

13.3

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, brings out his big drive, reaches out to a wide and full one but finds that man Dilshan again

13.4

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, there is no Dilshan on the leg side, and Virat will earn a single with a work through square

13.5

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, chops the cut to point, the ball was quick and too close for the stroke

13.6

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, comes forward and works this one from outside off down to fine leg

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 55/1 (RR: 3.92)
G Gambhir    28* (39b 3x4)      S Prasanna    2-0-7-0
V Kohli    19* (26b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-5-0

14.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, this one hurried in with the angle towards leg stump, Gautam was backing away and adjusted to push it away

14.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, some width was there, but there was not much power in Gautam's cut

14.3

Dilshan to Gambhir, FOUR, he didn;t need any power at all this time, he just reached forward a a long way, and scooped the full delivery over dilshan and into the straight boundary

14.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, cut hard down to sweeper cover

14.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, whip-driven down to long off for one more

14.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, meets the fullish one early with a straight bat and earns one to long off

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 62/1 (RR: 4.13)
G Gambhir    34* (44b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-0
V Kohli    20* (27b 1x4)      S Prasanna    2-0-7-0

Maharoof to bowl now at the start of the bowling Powerplay

15.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, a dab, that dab, from Gautam gets him a single to third man

15.2

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, works a length delivery with the angle to deep midwicket

15.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, gets across and tucks a back of a length ball off the hip but cannot beat short fine leg, missed out there

15.4

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, inside edge rolls onto the pitch as Virat looks to defend

15.5

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, lots of width, a cracking drive from Virat results, sweeper cover is in place

15.6

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, walks out and tries to look for a single but square leg makes him go back

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 66/1 (RR: 4.12)
G Gambhir    36* (47b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    22* (30b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-0

Prasanna has changed ends

16.1

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, gets inside the line and pushes a tossed up ball down to wide long off

16.2

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, neat diving stop from midwicket saves the single

16.3

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, dropped by Chandimal at long on, Gautam had chipped this one in the air, Chandimal did not have a long distance to cover to his left, got both hands to the ball as he dived in front, but it popped out as he touched the ground

16.4

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, shortish ball, he bashes the pull away to deep midwicket

16.5

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, hit hard, along the ground this time, to long on

16.6

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, sharp single wide of extra cover, superb running

End of over 17 (5 runs) India 71/1 (RR: 4.17)
V Kohli    25* (33b 1x4)      S Prasanna    3-0-12-0
G Gambhir    38* (50b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0

17.1

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, drives a pitched up delivery straight to mid off

17.2

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, works a decent length ball wristily square on the leg side

17.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face and runs a back of a length ball to third man

Gopi: "Chandimal is frequently dropping catches... but he's really a good batsman.... Is there any position where chances of getting catches is MINIMUM??" Well, he is a specialist keeper

17.4

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, pushes a bouncing slower one back to the bowler

17.5

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, pushed towards cover-point

17.6

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, fine stop from extra cover who moves quickly down to his right to stop Virat's firm push

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 73/1 (RR: 4.05)
V Kohli    26* (38b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-6-0
G Gambhir    39* (51b 4x4)      S Prasanna    3-0-12-0

Kula is back

18.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, gets away with a low full toss angled across Gautam, who drives it to short extra cover

18.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, well done, he walks down the pitch, Kula drops the length short, Gautam waits on it and carves it past point, no chance for the man in the deep

18.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, full delivery squeezed out to sweeper cover

Sanjeewa: "If we ask Chandimal to Keep Wickets, will Sanga start dropping catches??"

18.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, they have found the fielders a lot with crisp strokes today, Virat does so again, extra cover is the fielder this time

18.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, bunted in front of square leg for a sharp single

18.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, runs this one behind point

End of over 19 (7 runs) India 80/1 (RR: 4.21)
G Gambhir    45* (55b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-30-0
V Kohli    27* (40b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-6-0

19.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, 2 runs, on to the pads and they take a couple of runs with a comfortable tuck behind square leg, they decide to check with the third umpire as the throw comes in, Gautam's bat has almost reached the stumps, comfortably in

19.2

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, another good scrambling stop, mid off runs to his left and tumbles to keep a solid push to one

19.3

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, a rare miss, Virat's wrists will the length delivery to midwicket's right, and the fielder cannot stop it cleanly

19.4

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, stabs at this back of a length ball and gets it down to third man

19.5

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, it held its line around off stump, but Virat's wrists had already taken over and he gets another run square on the leg side, productive scoring area for him that

19.6

Maharoof to Gambhir, 2 runs, and now Gautam gets to his fifty with a tuck off his pads, lots of cheers from the crowd

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 88/1 (RR: 4.40)
G Gambhir    51* (59b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-14-0
V Kohli    29* (42b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-30-0

Rajesh: "They say a wicket keeper should be able to read the game much better. Maybe its time for Sanga to give up keeping to help groom Chandimal into leadership position, apart from improving his confidence of catching the cricket ball !!!"

20.1

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, another work to deep square leg for yet another single

20.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, pushed back to the bowler

20.3

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, sliding down the pads from around the stumps and helped down to fine leg

20.4

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, Virat sees the flight, and gives it the eager whip-drive, only a single to sweeper cover

20.5

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, that stayed a shade low as it hurried towards middle, Gautam makes room and punches to sweeper cover

20.6

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, eases the tossed up ball down to wide long off

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 93/1 (RR: 4.42)
V Kohli    32* (45b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-17-0
G Gambhir    53* (62b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-14-0

Amit: "I heard that Chandi had to walk to the hotel last night coz he could not 'catch' the bus..."

21.1

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, for once, for once, Virat misses the work on the leg side, and is hit high on the pad, what a rare moment

21.2

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, Maharoof is getting the ball to move in late this over, Virat was playing the original line as he looked to push on the off side, it took the inside edge onto thigh pad and rolled towards Sanga

21.3

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, that movement makes Virat's forward stride and push slightly tentative as he plays it towards extra cover

21.4

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, this time he has the shortish length to whip from well outside off in front of square leg

The Statsman has struck. Here is Madhu's first for the day: "Mirpur has hosted 31 ODIs since the beginning of 2010, by far the most by any venue. Harare and Dambulla are next, having hosted 14 ODIs each."

21.5

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed towards sweeper cover

21.6

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, he risks the single with a soft push in front of mid on, direct hit needed, not happening, Virat makes it

End of over 22 (3 runs) India 96/1 (RR: 4.36)
V Kohli    34* (50b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-17-0
G Gambhir    54* (63b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-17-0

22.1

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, backs away and smacks this shortish one to deep midwicket

22.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, angled full in to the pads, trickles behind square, Sanga goes after it

22.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, slightly short, and outside off, Virat immediately goes back to cut, sweeper cover gets to it

22.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, again towards Gautam's pads, he gets the bat in front and nudges to fine leg

22.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, pushed down to long off

22.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, punched down to sweeper cover for a single

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 102/1 (RR: 4.43)
G Gambhir    56* (66b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-22-0
V Kohli    37* (53b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-17-0

cumbersomeknight: "The devolution of cricket appealing: From 'How is that?' to 'Howzat' to 'Aaaaaa'......have I missed a stage?" Sanga is one of the best exponents of the latest stage

23.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked through square leg

23.2

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, straightish line, but back of a length, and he gets around to it and whips it to deep square

Madhu is warming up: " The Gambhir-Kohli pair is less than 400 runs behind the all-time leading partnership pair against Sri Lanka (Tendulkar-Ganguly who have an aggregate of 1128 runs in 26 innings). In 11 partnerships, Gambhir and Kohli have added 748 runs at 74.50."

23.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, lots of bounce, tight line, but gautam handles it very well, and with calm, opens the face late to run it to third man

23.4

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, wanted to work for more runs on the leg side but this was slower than usual from Maharoof and rolled away off the pad

23.5

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, solid push, as the loud 'crack' sound tells us, down to long off

23.6

Maharoof to Gambhir, FOUR, boundary for Gautam, over one of his favourite areas, extra cover, gets under the good length delivery and lofts it cleanly

End of over 24 (8 runs) India 110/1 (RR: 4.58)
G Gambhir    62* (69b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-25-0
V Kohli    39* (56b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-22-0

24.1

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, slapped down to long off, he was looking to go through extra cover

24.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, risk-free, easy single down to long off with a push

24.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, plays with the spin, earns one to fine leg

24.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, guides for a single to sweeper cover

24.5

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, pushed back to the bowler

24.6

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, stabbed in the air, and on the bounce to a diving Dilshan

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 114/1 (RR: 4.56)
V Kohli    41* (60b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-26-0
G Gambhir    64* (71b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-25-0

James: "Maybe "Aaaaa" is to imitate a cow protesting at all the milking going on here. SL need a wicket."

25.1

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, another single to sweeper cover with an open-faced bat

25.2

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, slaps a fullish skiddy delivery to sweeper cover again, what would ODI cricket be without that position?

25.3

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, nudged behind square leg

25.4

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, another run through the off side

25.5

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, works this one straight to midwicket

25.6

Prasanna to Gambhir, 2 runs, brings bat in front of pad and a nudge, a simple no-fuss nudge, placed right, behind square, gets him two, and brings up the 100 of the stand

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 120/1 (RR: 4.61)
G Gambhir    68* (75b 6x4)      S Prasanna    4-0-18-0
V Kohli    43* (62b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-26-0

26.1

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, so much time to play off the wicket, makes some room and punches through cover for one more

26.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, squeezes the full delivery down the ground, waits till it has passed Dilshan, and then trots across

26.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, Virat continues to thread the leg side with singles, singles and more of them

26.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, squeezed out to short extra cover

26.5

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter one, punched away to you-know-who, the one who normally guides the square off side boundary

26.6

Dilshan to Kohli, FOUR, well played, opens the face, and dabs it late to the third man boundary

End of over 27 (8 runs) India 128/1 (RR: 4.74)
V Kohli    49* (65b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-34-0
G Gambhir    70* (78b 6x4)      S Prasanna    4-0-18-0

Dilan: "cumbersomeknight indeed missed two stages: we went from 'Howzat' to 'Hooooow' to 'Haaaaaa', and now we have reached the peak of enthusiasm with Sanga's unintelligible yelling."

27.1

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, stroked hard but straight to the bowler

27.2

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, turned to square leg off the pad

27.3

Prasanna to Gambhir, no run, appeal for leg before, Gautam misses the paddle and is struck on the pad, looked to be turning down leg

27.4

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, smashed hard, really hard, but sweeper cover has the ability to treat everything the same, all is worth only one

27.5

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, Virat Kohli, India vice-captain, another fifty on the CV, with a tuck square on the leg side

27.6

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, eased down the ground

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 131/1 (RR: 4.67)
G Gambhir    72* (83b 6x4)      S Prasanna    5-0-21-0
V Kohli    50* (66b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-34-0

28.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, some width outside off, and Gautam turns that into a single to sweeper cover with a punch

28.2

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, driven to midwicket

28.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, whip-driven, straight to wide long off

28.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, down to sweeper cover for another single

28.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, uses the spin to work it to long on

28.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, hit down to long off, nothing happening, unless singles are your source of excitement

End of over 29 (5 runs) India 136/1 (RR: 4.68)
G Gambhir    75* (86b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    8-0-39-0
V Kohli    52* (69b 2x4)      S Prasanna    5-0-21-0

Veer: "enuf of singles .. can we start the slog overs now?" Already?

29.1

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, no, no, that is too early, Veer, here we have another single, long-on in business this time

29.2

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, reaches out and pushes to extra cover

29.3

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 wide, slides down the leg side, skiddy and flat

Madhu's latest: "Among players with 3000-plus runs, Kohli's present average of 48.27 is surpassed by only four players (Michael Bevan, MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey and AB de Villiers)."

29.3

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, pushed away to extra cover

29.4

Prasanna to Kohli, FOUR, the direction was extra cover again, but the fielder had zero chance of stopping this one, as Virat whip-lofted way over him, and into the boundary

29.5

Prasanna to Kohli, no run

29.6

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, squeezes a tossed up full one on middle and leg, back to the bowler

End of over 30 (6 runs) India 142/1 (RR: 4.73)
V Kohli    56* (74b 3x4)      S Prasanna    6-0-27-0
G Gambhir    76* (87b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    8-0-39-0

30.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, innocuous, length ball sitting up around off, punched to you-know-who

30.2

Dilshan to Kohli, FOUR, whoa, oh boy, that is some stroke, Virat sees this one on a fullish length outside off, he plonks front foot out, and plays a furious reverse swipe, in contempt, four all the way to third man

30.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, now he goes down for the conventional sweep to fine leg

30.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, eased down to long off

30.5

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, pushes the tossed up ball to Dilshan

30.6

Dilshan to Kohli, 2 runs, slowly spinning on to Virat's pad, he slowly nudges it wide of fine leg, but is not slow as he hares back for two

End of over 31 (9 runs) India 151/1 (RR: 4.87)
V Kohli    63* (78b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    9-0-48-0
G Gambhir    78* (89b 6x4)      S Prasanna    6-0-27-0

31.1

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, widish skiddy delivery outside off, dabbed wide of backward point

31.2

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, opens up and pushes this one on middle, to midwicket

31.3

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, full ball scooped back to the bowler

31.4

Prasanna to Kohli, 2 runs, for an instant, looked as if he would charge out, but then he waited back and and slapped it wide of sweeper cover, who could not prevent the second this time

31.5

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run

31.6

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, down the track, has enough momentum to drive the ball past the bowler and down to long on

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 156/1 (RR: 4.87)
G Gambhir    80* (91b 6x4)      S Prasanna    7-0-32-0
V Kohli    66* (82b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    9-0-48-0

That drop, that Gautam drop has cost Sri Lanka a lot

32.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, some bounce for Dilshan, but on leg stump, and a nudge is enough for a single

32.2

Dilshan to Kohli, 2 runs, slapped past the man at extra cover for a couple

32.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, punched down to long on for one

32.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, kept low a shade, carved out to sweeper cover

32.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, leans into the drive, but Mahela gets in the way at extra cover, with a dive to his left

32.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 33 (6 runs) India 162/1 (RR: 4.90)
G Gambhir    82* (94b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    10-0-54-0
V Kohli    70* (85b 4x4)      S Prasanna    7-0-32-0

33.1

Prasanna to Kohli, 2 runs, helped wide of fine leg

33.2

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, pushed solidly back to the bowler

33.3

Prasanna to Kohli, 2 runs, cut hard to sweeper cover, superb running as they come back for two

33.4

Prasanna to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up ball eased to long off

33.5

Prasanna to Gambhir, 1 run, lot of time for Gautam to go back and whip past midwicket

33.6

Prasanna to Kohli, no run, flighted delivery defended off the front foot

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 168/1 (RR: 4.94)
V Kohli    75* (90b 4x4)      S Prasanna    8-0-38-0
G Gambhir    83* (95b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    10-0-54-0

34.1

Kapugedera to Gambhir, 1 run, dabbed down to third man

34.2

Kapugedera to Kohli, no run, pushed back to the bowler

34.3

Kapugedera to Kohli, no run, gentle length ball scooped in the air, but falls short of midwicket

34.4

Kapugedera to Kohli, 1 run, smashed past the non-striker to long on

34.5

Kapugedera to Gambhir, 1 run, offcutter pushed to long off

34.6

Kapugedera to Kohli, FOUR, makes use of the full toss, times the push past extra cover and into the boundary

End of over 35 (7 runs) India 175/1 (RR: 5.00)
V Kohli    80* (94b 5x4)      CK Kapugedera    1-0-7-0
G Gambhir    85* (97b 6x4)      S Prasanna    8-0-38-0

batting Powerplay is on

Romeo: "This tournament is a distraction. Here is the sri lankan team playing ODIs barely a week after the CB Series in Australia and the England team is in colombo practicing for the test matches ! Where is the focus ? Where is the priority for Test Cricket? It looks like the english will be more ready for Sri Lanka when they go back home !"

Madhu is in some form today: "The century stand between Gambhir and Kohli is the 70th overall for the second wicket for India. Only Australia, with 77 century stands for the second wicket, have more. West Indies are a distant third, with 56 such stands."

35.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, slower one to start off, he drops it softly but won't get the single

35.2

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, this time he makes some room and dabs the slower one behind square on the off side

35.3

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, he is bowling slower ones at the moment, Kohli cannot this one away as he drops it towards mid on

35.4

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, inswinging yorker zooms in, but he is in such good form that he squeezes it out towards midwicket and manages a run

35.5

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, allows the back of a length ball to come on and dabs it to third man

35.6

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, down the track as he backs away outside leg but Maharoof is on target with an inswinging full delivery that Kohli can only pat towards midwicket, top over

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 178/1 (RR: 4.94)
V Kohli    81* (97b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    6-0-28-0
G Gambhir    87* (100b 6x4)      CK Kapugedera    1-0-7-0

36.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, would have been wide had Gautam not reached out and slapped the high full toss past point, Lakmal has sent down a few of those today

36.2

Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR, goes through mid on, another full toss, not high, though, but towards the pads, Virat whips it to Kula's right at mid on, and he cannot stop the ball with a tumble

36.3

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 wide, another wayward one this over from Lakmal, full and wide down leg

36.3

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, hits the blockhole this time around off stump, and Virat cannot force it away

36.4

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, one more full toss, Lakmal has bowled too many of them, they might as well have played Malinga, Virat's drive is stopped by a diving mid off to his left

36.5

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, squeezes a very full one past extra cover

36.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run

End of over 37 (8 runs) India 186/1 (RR: 5.02)
G Gambhir    89* (102b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-1-27-1
V Kohli    86* (101b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    6-0-28-0

Earl: "What would it take to 1) Replace: Kohli (rest - has played every single game) with: Tiwary (i feel sorry for guy), 2) Replace: Vinay (drop) with: Dinda & 3) Replace: Jadeja (drop) with: Yousuf?"

37.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, 2 wides, slower one gone wrong down the leg side, bounces in front of Sanga, gives him a hard time, India scamper a bye

37.1

Maharoof to Kohli, no run, length ball punched to Mahela at midwicket

37.2

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, down the track and drills a full delivery hard and straight to mid off, it bursts through his hands, Sri Lanka have slipped in the field in recent overs

37.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, nudged behind square leg

37.4

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, there is a direct hit at the non-striker's but Virat is already home, he was off as soon as he punched towards mid off

37.5

Maharoof to Gambhir, 4 leg byes, fine leg is up, Maharoof's line is down the pads, and Gautam has got enough on it to beat the fielder

37.6

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, shuffles across and does not time the nudge on the leg side

End of over 38 (10 runs) India 196/1 (RR: 5.15)
G Gambhir    90* (105b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    7-0-33-0
V Kohli    88* (104b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-1-27-1

38.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, low dipping full toss, Gautam gets it past Virat off the toe end of the bat, mid off tidies up

38.2

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, wanted to hammer this one over midwicket, but it shaped in to take an inside edge into pad

38.3

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, Lakmal gets the inswinging yorker right, it tails in towards middle, Virat misses with the swing

38.4

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, full delivery guided to sweeper cover

38.5

Lakmal to Kohli, 2 runs, low full toss, Virat uses the pace to turn it through midwicket, man in the deep runs to his left to stop the ball

38.6

Lakmal to Kohli, 2 runs, another one tails in from outside off, full in the blockhole, Virat does very well to open the face and guide it wide of third man

End of over 39 (7 runs) India 203/1 (RR: 5.20)
V Kohli    93* (108b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-1-34-1
G Gambhir    92* (107b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    7-0-33-0

39.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, slower one, so slow that Gautam has time to walk out, stop, open up, look towards the leg side, change his option, and in the end, dab it on the off side

39.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, very full and very wide, Virat has to stretch to reach it as he stabs it past point

39.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, another wide one, this time he smokes it off the front foot wide of Dilshan at sweeper cover

39.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, another low full toss, flicked to deep square

39.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, full and wide outside off is the way to go at the moment, Virat again reaches out, carves it in the air to sweeper cover

39.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, short and rising outside off to Gautam, who rides the bounce and drops it towards backward point

34 off the batting Powerplay, decidedly underwhelming with two set batsmen at the crease

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 209/1 (RR: 5.22)
G Gambhir    94* (110b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-36-0
V Kohli    97* (111b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-1-34-1

40.1

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, pushes a bouncing length ball down to long off

40.2

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Gautam has survived, he was gone by a mile and three had that throw hit, a soft drop to short extra cover and Gautam is away, but there was no run, and he had no time to get back, the throw is into the ground, bounces and misses the stumps

40.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, calmness returns, the line helps, off the pads to deep square

40.4

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, holding its line outside off stump, pushed with an open face past point

40.5

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, squeezes a full delivery to covers, Sri Lanka are doing a mighty fine job at the moment

40.6

Maharoof to Gambhir, FOUR, that helps, that certainly helps Gautam, a high full toss, he has launched that, he has lifted that in front of square leg, one short of 100 now

End of over 41 (7 runs) India 216/1 (RR: 5.26)
G Gambhir    99* (114b 7x4)      MF Maharoof    8-0-40-0
V Kohli    99* (113b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-36-0

Vice-captain and former vice-captain, both on 99

41.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, cannot get the run, Gautam was eager to get to the other end, but Virat sent him back as the ball rolled away off the pad

41.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, Virat gets there first, with a push to a length ball past the bowler on the off side, half an embrace from Gautam as Virat soaks in the cheers, celebrates his tenth ODI hundred with a leap or two

41.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, Gautam cannot get his single, he squeezes a full delivery on the off side, but the bowler gets there quickly, Gautam has to go back

41.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, hundred after quite some time for Gautam, pulls a short ball through square leg, punches the air hard, tenth one for him as well

41.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, slapped with lots of intent, runs down to third man

41.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, Sanga appealed for caught behind, he kept on appealing, he even added 'howzzat' in the end. but to no avail, he looks stunned, Gautam had missed the pull off a pretty handy bouncer, and Sanga had gone tumbling for the take

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 219/1 (RR: 5.21)
G Gambhir    100* (117b 7x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-39-0
V Kohli    101* (116b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    8-0-40-0

42.1

Maharoof to Kohli, FOUR, oh, another full toss, Virat reaches out, a hand comes off the bat, but the ball has disappeared over extra cover after a violent thwack

42.2

Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, pushes a slower one towards covers

42.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, OUT, Gautam has launched another one in the direction of long on, there is no Chandimal there this time, there is Tharanga, and he takes an excellent catch in the end, tumbling forward to his left, Gautam had made up his mind to go for it after his ton, he set himself up to swing this full one over midwicket, got nowhere close to timing it

G Gambhir c Tharanga b Maharoof 100 (171m 118b 7x4 0x6) SR: 84.74

42.4

Maharoof to Kohli, 2 runs, well run, drops a slower one in the region of long on and they will come back for the second

42.5

Maharoof to Kohli, OUT, and both men got their hundreds in the same over, and both men perished in the next, Virat wanted to carve this one over extra cover but he ended up finding sweeper cover

V Kohli c Thirimanne b Maharoof 108 (148m 120b 7x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

42.6

Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, pushes a pitched up ball to extra cover

End of over 43 (7 runs) India 226/3 (RR: 5.25)
MS Dhoni    0* (1b)      MF Maharoof    9-0-47-2
SK Raina    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-39-0

two overs to go for the legspinner Prasanna

43.1

Prasanna to Raina, 1 run

43.2

Prasanna to Dhoni, no run, stays back to a length ball and slaps it to extra cover

43.3

Prasanna to Dhoni, 1 run, slaps it again but this time he gets it to long off

43.4

Prasanna to Raina, FOUR, Raina swings big, he has no choice, he goes down the track and hammers Prasanna straight down the ground, long on was in the frame, but he had no chance

43.5

Prasanna to Raina, 1 run, again he leaves the crease and hits down to long off

43.6

Prasanna to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni backs away looking for the cut but finds extra cover again

End of over 44 (7 runs) India 233/3 (RR: 5.29)
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      S Prasanna    9-0-45-0
SK Raina    6* (3b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    9-0-47-2

44.1

Lakmal to Raina, no run, squeezes a very full ball towards covers

44.2

Lakmal to Raina, 1 run, stays in the crease and runs a length ball to third man

44.3

Lakmal to Dhoni, 1 run, swinging into the blockhole outside off, Dhoni tries to heave it away with force, but cannot get much in it past covers

44.4

Lakmal to Raina, 1 run, Raina pulls from outside off stump to deep square

44.5

Lakmal to Dhoni, FOUR, that is neatly done, Dhoni has got his front leg out of the way of this yorker, and got enough bat on it to beat short fine leg, Lakmal cannot believe it

44.6

Lakmal to Dhoni, 1 run, another one close to the blockhole, Dhoni stays back and near-helicopters it with a big followthrough along the ground to long on

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 241/3 (RR: 5.35)
MS Dhoni    7* (7b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-1-42-1
SK Raina    8* (6b 1x4)      S Prasanna    9-0-45-0

45.1

Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, now he lets a widish length ball go past him outside off, hmm

45.2

Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, and now he gives this length delivery everything, with a massive swing of the bat, but cannot connect

45.3

Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 run, he connects now, not as well as he would have liked, the full delivery rolls away to midwicket

45.4

Maharoof to Raina, 1 run, a single to deep midwicket is all that Raina will get as Sri Lanka continue to find the full length

45.5

Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 wide, slants it away from Dhoni, but this time it is too wide outside off

45.5

Maharoof to Dhoni, SIX, ho ho, Dhoni has slaughtered this length ball, he wound up and swung hard at it, bit of a top edge, but the ball disappears into the crowd beyond deep midwicket from well outside off stump

45.6

Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover

End of over 46 (10 runs) India 251/3 (RR: 5.45)
MS Dhoni    15* (12b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    10-0-57-2
SK Raina    9* (7b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-1-42-1

46.1

Lakmal to Dhoni, 1 run, wide full toss outside off, Dhoni reaches out and spears it to sweeper cover

46.2

Lakmal to Raina, 1 run, drives off the front foot, gets it down to squarish third man

46.3

Lakmal to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni tries to get under this full delivery and helicopter it over midwicket, but he manages only one along the ground to midwicket

46.4

Lakmal to Raina, FOUR, Raina gets four for India, pitched up delivery, he hammers it as straight as possible, between Dhoni and his stumps

46.5

Lakmal to Raina, FOUR, another four, Raina goes extra cover now, bends the knee, gets to the line of the widish delivery and lifts it over extra cover

around the stumps

46.6

Lakmal to Raina, 1 run, this one was in his slot, full toss speared in towards middle and leg, but he finds deep square

End of over 47 (12 runs) India 263/3 (RR: 5.59)
SK Raina    19* (11b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-1-54-1
MS Dhoni    17* (14b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    10-0-57-2

Siddharth: "Dilshan - Sangakkara twin centuries in Hobart...gets smoked by Virat single-handedly....Warner-Clarke twin centuries in 2nd final of CB series....Dilshan-Jayawardene upstage it.... what will happen to Gambhir-Kohli centuries today??..."

47.1

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, saves a certain four, Maharoof gets down to his left quickly at short fine as Raina tickles one off his pad

47.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 2 runs, swung straight past the bowler, long off and long on converge, long off reaches the ball first with a dive

47.3

Kulasekara to Dhoni, FOUR, whoa, Dhoni goes off side with the helicopter, both his legs are in the air as he goes through with the swing, long off could have stopped that on the bounce, but he has over-run the ball, it slips past him to his right

47.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 2 runs, thick outside edge flies down to third man as Dhoni has another heave outside off

47.5

Kulasekara to Dhoni, FOUR, another boundary, Dhoni has suddenly come alive, gets one on the pads and wrists it past short fine leg

47.6

Kulasekara to Dhoni, FOUR, high full toss, outside off, Dhoni prepares himself and clobbers it past midwicket, long on gives up early, he could have given up earlier

End of over 48 (17 runs) India 280/3 (RR: 5.83)
MS Dhoni    33* (19b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-56-0
SK Raina    20* (12b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-1-54-1

48.1

Lakmal to Raina, 1 run, low full toss wide outside off, squeezed out to sweeper cover

Crowd screams 'Dhoni, Dhoni'

48.2

Lakmal to Dhoni, 2 runs, yet another full toss, swinging in towards the pads, Dhoni's front leg makes way as he picks up two more through square leg

48.3

Lakmal to Dhoni, FOUR, full tosses and more full tosses, Dhoni bends the back leg scoops it behind square leg, Mahela grimaces

48.4

Lakmal to Dhoni, 1 run, gets the yorker in for once, Dhoni digs it out towards mid on

48.5

Lakmal to Raina, 1 run, one more low full toss, eased out to long off

Siddarth Ravindran, our man in Mirpur: "Can someone remind them there are things called bouncers?"

48.6

Lakmal to Dhoni, FOUR, full toss gain, on the pads, no worries for Dhoni, shuffles, takes four more to fine leg

End of over 49 (13 runs) India 293/3 (RR: 5.97)
MS Dhoni    44* (23b 6x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    10-1-67-1
SK Raina    22* (14b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-56-0

49.1

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, Dhoni back on strike as Raina digs out a yorker on the off side

49.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, full toss, wide outside off, safer zone that, Dhoni stretches out and finds sweeper cover

49.3

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg

49.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide, too wide outside off

Maulik: "Siddarth: Why don't you just yell, they may listen..."

49.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, play and a miss outside off, Dhoni ends up swinging inside the line of this full delivery

49.5

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, much better over this, another full delivery, clobbered down to long on

49.6

Kulasekara to Raina, SIX, full toss on middle, fitting end to the innings, Raina leans over and swings at it, it has carried all the way over deep midwicket, incredible

Madhu: "The highest target successfully chased down at this venue is 297 by India against Bangladesh in 2010. Sri Lanka have twice chased down 260-plus targets in Mirpur including once against India."

India go past 300, the old questions remain, but for now, they are back in familiar conditions, and looking at the scoreboard, their batsmen have enjoyed themselves. Virat Kohli could score a century anywhere in the solar system, forget in different continents, given the form he is in. Welcome hundred for Gautam Gambhir. Dhoni and Raina doing what they are known for - taking off at the death. If the pitch plays anywhere close to how well it did when Bangladesh chased against Pakistan, Sri Lanka are in with a good chance. We'll be back at 6.15 pm local time

End of over 50 (11 runs) India 304/3
SK Raina    30* (17b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-67-0
MS Dhoni    46* (26b 6x4 1x6)      RAS Lakmal    10-1-67-1
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Mar 13, 2012

India began their Asia Cup campaign with a comprehensive win, India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 13, 2012

India began their Asia Cup campaign with a comprehensive win

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R Ashwin struck twice in one over, India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 13, 2012

R Ashwin struck twice in one over

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