India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 28, 2014

Jayawardene's Sri Lankan rope trick

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah
Plays of the Day from the India v Sri Lanka Asia Cup clash
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The Sri Lankan rope trick
Chasing back from mid-on to get under a lofted shot from R Ashwin off Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene realised he didn't have a chance to catch it and turned his attention to stopping the boundary as the ball bounced and rolled towards the prism-shaped blocks of advertising that, for the sake of convenience, shall henceforth be known as the rope. Jayawardene slid past the rope, pulling the ball back before it could join him on the other side, but saw that he hadn't retarded its momentum completely. Diving back over, and lifting his feet off the ground in an exaggerated manner, he pushed the ball back into play, just in time.

The collision
In India's match against Bangladesh, Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu had collided while going for the same catch. Shami had somehow managed to hold on. Now, it was Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan's turn to converge, running from point and third man respectively to get under a top-edge that Kusal Perera sent steepling over Fatullah. Unlike Shami, neither Rahane nor Dhawan came away with the ball.

The swipe and miss
Coming down the pitch to Ravindra Jadeja, Kumar Sangakkara failed to connect with an attempted flick. The ball trickled off his pads and towards the stumps. As he had done to stump Mominul Haque in the match against Bangladesh, Dinesh Karthik swooped down at the ball, picked it up, and swiped at the stumps. This time, he missed his target completely. By the time he knocked down the bails on the second attempt, Sangakkara - as replays showed - was comfortably back in his crease.

The full-toss
Dew was clearly bothering the Indian bowlers - in the 46th over the ball had become so damp that the umpires called for a replacement. The seamers were still finding it hard to grip, though, as seen in the number of full-tosses they were bowling at the closing stages. One of these full-tosses, though, nearly won India the match, slicing off Kumar Sangakkara's bat and into the hands of a diving R Ashwin at short third man. It was waist-high from Mohammed Shami, but the third umpire deemed it had been no higher than that.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • GRJVPR on March 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    At 37, that was a fantastic effort from Jayawardene ! I can't expect same from indian youngsters..Sri Lanka is usually a fantastic fielding unit.

  • on March 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    There is no one in the current Indian cricket team to score fast in first 10 overs. Really Indian opener do not know what to do.

  • rajuramki on March 1, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Despite the tons of runs to back his abilities as a batsman, somehow Sanga does not provide the pleasure of watching, which players of the past like Lara ,Mark waugh, Gower,Laxman,Azharuddin or Aravinda provided. You dont watch matches only for statistics.

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    so wrong to compare sanga and kholi. sanga is a class act on his own terms and kholi too. both batsman can win a match single handedly.

  • on March 1, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Both team played but the real mess was with Shekhar Dhawan , he had let his team to loose the match...He came for fame not for cricket. India would have won the match without him..

  • on March 1, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    big three ...? what big three ...

  • rashivkd on March 1, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Jayawardane done the rope trick acrobatically and appreciate it, but at the same time I have a doubt regarding the laws. Before a while, the laws of catching the ball had been changed and fielder is allowed to catch the ball only after came back in to the field of play. The fielder should be touched the field before he touch the ball again. AM I RIGHT? If yes, then why should this law not applicable in this case??

  • marlon17 on March 1, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    these typical Indians now try to get comparison between Sanga N kohli rather than accpeting the defeat... To me these two different players with cricketing ability... Sanga is way ahead of Kohli with his experience and gentlemen behavior where as Kohli is one of the best young batsmen at the moment...... But he never will be gentlemen cricketer like Sanga...

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    SL was fantastic, especially Sanga. He is, in my opinion, the finest SL batsman and Aravinda De Sliva would come next in their all time list. But the sad part is that if you take Sanga and Mahela out of the team, you have a SL Team who can be on par with Afghanistan.

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    SL won it.... admit that............

  • GRJVPR on March 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    At 37, that was a fantastic effort from Jayawardene ! I can't expect same from indian youngsters..Sri Lanka is usually a fantastic fielding unit.

  • on March 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    There is no one in the current Indian cricket team to score fast in first 10 overs. Really Indian opener do not know what to do.

  • rajuramki on March 1, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Despite the tons of runs to back his abilities as a batsman, somehow Sanga does not provide the pleasure of watching, which players of the past like Lara ,Mark waugh, Gower,Laxman,Azharuddin or Aravinda provided. You dont watch matches only for statistics.

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    so wrong to compare sanga and kholi. sanga is a class act on his own terms and kholi too. both batsman can win a match single handedly.

  • on March 1, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Both team played but the real mess was with Shekhar Dhawan , he had let his team to loose the match...He came for fame not for cricket. India would have won the match without him..

  • on March 1, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    big three ...? what big three ...

  • rashivkd on March 1, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Jayawardane done the rope trick acrobatically and appreciate it, but at the same time I have a doubt regarding the laws. Before a while, the laws of catching the ball had been changed and fielder is allowed to catch the ball only after came back in to the field of play. The fielder should be touched the field before he touch the ball again. AM I RIGHT? If yes, then why should this law not applicable in this case??

  • marlon17 on March 1, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    these typical Indians now try to get comparison between Sanga N kohli rather than accpeting the defeat... To me these two different players with cricketing ability... Sanga is way ahead of Kohli with his experience and gentlemen behavior where as Kohli is one of the best young batsmen at the moment...... But he never will be gentlemen cricketer like Sanga...

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    SL was fantastic, especially Sanga. He is, in my opinion, the finest SL batsman and Aravinda De Sliva would come next in their all time list. But the sad part is that if you take Sanga and Mahela out of the team, you have a SL Team who can be on par with Afghanistan.

  • on March 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    SL won it.... admit that............

  • thaikkathameed on March 1, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Please drop Rohit Sharma from the team. If at all, if there is an unwritten rule that he should be compulsorily taken in the team then please send him 7 down or 8 down in the batting line up. Sending him as an opener is putting unnecessary tension on the other opener and the batsmen to follow. Normally he is taking 3-4 overs to open his account. Please take him in the team when India are playing only in India. HE IS A PROVEN FLAT TRACK BULLY.

  • primo123 on March 1, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    4Indiamustwin12, No doubt about the Koli's talent , but you can't compare Koli with Sanga , Mahela , great Sachi , Jack Kalles , Brain Lara, Dravid , Pontin all of them have passed not ODI 10,000 runs but also test 10,000 runs, Now days you have new rules more power plays , flat wickets , so you can get runs quite easily if talented .but those days, great players didn't have such ease of getting runs. Also Sachi started his career very early and ended up quite laster, So none can beat his records , if not Sanga will brake all of them. Koli is a great player but too early to say about his future. Sanga is the best player in modern cricket

  • Gunston on March 1, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    It is even unfair to compare Sanga to Kohli. Kohli has only ONE discipline...that is batting. And Sanga is what?...This is like comparing Sachin to Gilly. Ludicrous!

  • on March 1, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12 - There is class of cricket. if u could see the difference between two players once they scores a fifty ... when kholi scored a fifty he grons like that it has never been done by any other batsman .. if u looked at Sanga he showed his maturity even today once he hit a hundred ... thats the quality of the crickets my friend ... may be indian team beated Sl in past .. bt yesterday Mathews captancy and SL boys were far ahead than indians ... its not dew bt quality cricket & thats the ugly truth my friend ....

  • on March 1, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    I think here, the value of Chateshwar Pujara needs to be respected by the team management. Having Pujara in would have assured them a relatively stable batting lineup. Also, India needs 3rd specialist seemer not a 3rd alrounder, need to try Ishwar Pandey against Pakistan. Dew factor is not something to complain about as its an issue for all who bowl second.

  • Rashen on March 1, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Guys, India is one of the best teams, but honestly what I think is in the absence of Dhoni , it seems that India will struggle in their own backyard. Kholi is one the best batsman , and I am sure he is the best batsman and the most aggressive one, yet only Indians love him, thats the case. Yet when it comes to Sanga, Murali, McGrath, Pollock, Sachin(Special him) , Lara, Wasim Akram, Gayle , the whole world love them. So hopefully ppl will start loving Kholi... as he will play a bigger part in Indias future cricket.

  • CricketFanInCA on February 28, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    @CUPULW How many matches Kohli win for India compare to Sanga for Srilanka... Also what is the Strike Rate for both. I am not de-crediting Sanga's efforts but Kohli and ABD are much better ODI batsman than Sanga. That is why Kohli/ABD are ahead of Sanga in ICC Rankings... Sanga is much better Test batsman than Kohli for sure. If Kohli would have got his 100 this match, India would get minimum of 300 runs and would have won the match..

  • Temuzin on February 28, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    Dr.Weed559 : You will wait for ever for that to happen. That Nohit, you just called elegant is more elegant in getting out after eating many balls. He is the main reason India is not crossing 350 now adays. Kohli at least is scoring big. Its blasphemy to compare Nohit with Kohli.

  • on February 28, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Still the cup is in no bodies hand .

  • nilb on February 28, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    @CUPULW Kohli is a great batsman. But why compare with Sanga? Kohli is in the beginning of his career and Sanga is at the end. The biggest reason why IND batsmen like Kohli have good averages is because they play a lot of matches and a lot of innings in their own flat dead pitches with 350+ scores. If you really want to compare, compare Sanga's and Kohli's performances against AUS, SA, ENG

  • nilb on February 28, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12 "..rove is chasing average, but look at virat kohli he is already..." you were talking about Sanga and then changed the subject to Kohli? You sound so sad talking about Kohli's greatness after a loosing a match to a very ordinary team.

  • on February 28, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    @ Yoker111 & CUPULW, following area comparison of Sanga n Kohlis averages away from home:

    in Australia - Sanga - 40.59 Kohli - 53.28 in England - Sanga - 53.40 Kohli - 46.25 in NZ - Saga - 32.69 Kohli - 58.20 in SA - Sanga - 31.40 Kohli - 45.57 in WI - Sanga - 33.52 Kohli - 34.70 So Kohli has scored all his runs on flat wickets...LOL N Kohli already has 5 ODI centuries outside the subcontinent while Sanga has only 4 ODI centuries outside the SC....n Remember kohlis is 11 yrs younger!!!!!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    I am a Pakistani supporter but I watched the match for two of my three favorite batsmen! Kohli and Sanga! amazing performance from both. I would have liked to see Kohli get another ton as well but shit happens. Sanga is without a doubt the top batsman on my list but Kohli has been making an argument! India has struggled in matches outside of subcontinent but Kohli has not! what a young player he is and we are going to watch him for years to come! If he continues like this, he might become the greatest batsman ever. I fear for Pakistan to face him day after tomorrow lol but we have good bowling attack and it should be GOOD MATCH! IT ALWAYS IS!

  • CUPULW on February 28, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Since 01.01.2013 Sanga has batted in 27 innings (29) scoring 1507 at an average of 65.5, with 4 centuries and 11 half centuries. Kholi has batted in 37 innings (41) scoring 1743 at an average of 56.2 with 6 hundreds and 9 fifties. both have 3 ducks during this period. Indian batters will always have an advantage , coz they play a lot more ODIs than any other team.

  • cricket-is-passion on February 28, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    I see few folks comparing between Sanga and Kohli, I would think just give the credit to whoever played well on that day to win the match. Today, Sanga played a very good innings that won the match for SL. Sanga is obviously one of the best batsman around with lot of experience in international cricket whereas Kohli no doubt about his ability with the bat and fielding proved what he is capable of. Being an Indian supporter, I always support Indian player and praise Kohli how he has been performing on all tracks but being a cricketer I also praise whoever plays well regardless of Bowling/batting/fielding departments.

  • on February 28, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12 - even at this moment u have something to talk about india... poor you...

  • Yoker111 on February 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12 : There is no question of Kohli's class and talent neither is there a comparison or an argument. But just to join in to the nature of your comment Kohli came in to the era where nowadays cricket is a batsman's game hence all batsmen have an advantage out of which Kohli perhaps is one of those very few batsmen who have noticed and grabbed it with both hands and scored majority of his hundred on flat wickets. Although today it's all about Sri lanka's win not how good Kohli is comparing to any batsmen in the world yet alone Sangakkara. Sanga won his team the match and stood out from the rest. and that's it. Well Played Sanga and Sri Lanka.

  • on February 28, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    India deserved to lose and will lose to Pakistan and to Afganstan as well..

  • shaheen9867 on February 28, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka fought very well and kept the match to their pocket..... They restricted strong Indian batting to limited runs. They really deserved wining as they restricted world champions.

  • Indiamustwin12 on February 28, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Yes india lose the match theres no excuses. They simply missd several chances. The think is mr. Sangakara the elegant left hander played a spectular innings, but i thnk that his 4 or 5 th while chasing, and he just imrove is chasing average, but look at virat kohli he is already hit 19 tons. 13 while chasing, both the overall and chasing avera.e far better than sanga. So today sanga won the contest, if kohli stayd little more time it wil curtuns for srilanka. Srilankan knows how good kohli is, so no arguement kohli far far far better than mr, elegant sanga in the o.d.is. I thnk in this tournament india lack of exprience, so we cant expect to them to win the asia cup. But mr sanga. Kohli is well over u.

  • Dr.Weed559 on February 28, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Well India Lost again.It has been down hill for the young Indian Cricket team for the past month or so.I feel bad RSharma Coz he is classy act and he is not delivering at all .Just would like see him perform rather than having Kohali screaming his guts out after scoring 50.India Needs more elegant players who could do the job.

  • on February 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @mgr125128 - So didn't dew play a role when India chased and won against Bangladesh ? And Sri Lanka beat Pakistan defending a total when dew was there ! So I guess it is a big deal !

  • pradeep_dealwis on February 28, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    @ mgr125128 is it also fair to say that the dew played a big part when India beat Bangladesh a few days back?

  • on February 28, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    common sense should have prevailed rules were changed that once the fielder crosses the rope he should be completely inside the field to claim a catch or stop a ball....India lost crucial runs there who knows what would have happened.......anyways congrats lanka.........

  • mgr125128 on February 28, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    The young Indian team with not much experience and in abscence of stalwarts fought well and lost to an experienced bunch of players close to retirment. So no big deal. Also the dew played a big role . So its cool for India

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  • mgr125128 on February 28, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    The young Indian team with not much experience and in abscence of stalwarts fought well and lost to an experienced bunch of players close to retirment. So no big deal. Also the dew played a big role . So its cool for India

  • on February 28, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    common sense should have prevailed rules were changed that once the fielder crosses the rope he should be completely inside the field to claim a catch or stop a ball....India lost crucial runs there who knows what would have happened.......anyways congrats lanka.........

  • pradeep_dealwis on February 28, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    @ mgr125128 is it also fair to say that the dew played a big part when India beat Bangladesh a few days back?

  • on February 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @mgr125128 - So didn't dew play a role when India chased and won against Bangladesh ? And Sri Lanka beat Pakistan defending a total when dew was there ! So I guess it is a big deal !

  • Dr.Weed559 on February 28, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Well India Lost again.It has been down hill for the young Indian Cricket team for the past month or so.I feel bad RSharma Coz he is classy act and he is not delivering at all .Just would like see him perform rather than having Kohali screaming his guts out after scoring 50.India Needs more elegant players who could do the job.

  • Indiamustwin12 on February 28, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Yes india lose the match theres no excuses. They simply missd several chances. The think is mr. Sangakara the elegant left hander played a spectular innings, but i thnk that his 4 or 5 th while chasing, and he just imrove is chasing average, but look at virat kohli he is already hit 19 tons. 13 while chasing, both the overall and chasing avera.e far better than sanga. So today sanga won the contest, if kohli stayd little more time it wil curtuns for srilanka. Srilankan knows how good kohli is, so no arguement kohli far far far better than mr, elegant sanga in the o.d.is. I thnk in this tournament india lack of exprience, so we cant expect to them to win the asia cup. But mr sanga. Kohli is well over u.

  • shaheen9867 on February 28, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka fought very well and kept the match to their pocket..... They restricted strong Indian batting to limited runs. They really deserved wining as they restricted world champions.

  • on February 28, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    India deserved to lose and will lose to Pakistan and to Afganstan as well..

  • Yoker111 on February 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12 : There is no question of Kohli's class and talent neither is there a comparison or an argument. But just to join in to the nature of your comment Kohli came in to the era where nowadays cricket is a batsman's game hence all batsmen have an advantage out of which Kohli perhaps is one of those very few batsmen who have noticed and grabbed it with both hands and scored majority of his hundred on flat wickets. Although today it's all about Sri lanka's win not how good Kohli is comparing to any batsmen in the world yet alone Sangakkara. Sanga won his team the match and stood out from the rest. and that's it. Well Played Sanga and Sri Lanka.

  • on February 28, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12 - even at this moment u have something to talk about india... poor you...