Asia Cup, 4th Match: India v Sri Lanka at Fatullah, Feb 28, 2014
Asia Cup - 4th match
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Played at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah (neutral venue)
28 February 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

Lasith Malinga, who doesn't have a great record against India, will open the bowling.

1.50pm Lot of feedback pouring in about Binny in place of Aaron. But what about Sri Lanka? Are three spinners too much for this pitch against a team like India, or is it a good decision?

Jayakrishnan K : "Mathews and Perera are more than handy seam bowlers. So I dont think addition of one extra spinner is going to make that much of an impact. It also add variety. Wont be surprised if any bowler other than malinga completes their quota of overs today"

Roshan: "whats all the fuss about sri lanka playing 3 spinners. they are playing with 3 pacers as well, so are india. come on. lets get on with the game.."

1.37pm Still over 20 minutes to go for the first ball, you can enjoy Sidharth Monga's preview about the two teams' renewed relationship.

Suresh Kumar: "Taking account of Dhoni's absence Addition of Stuart binny by Kohli is a good step as he is big hitter and finisher.Can bowl decently too..Hope Kohli gives more overs to bowl unlike Dhoni in the last NZ ODI"

Babu replies: "Medium pacers can make a good impact, binny's selection was a good decision by virat. Indian openers especially rothit has to contribute certainly."

Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl first.

Angelo Mathews: The wicket looks pretty slow today so we want to bowl first. We have three spinners today - Ajantha Mendis comes in for Lakmal. We are comfortable with an extra spinner and the dew factor will come in later on so we thought of bowling first.

Virat Kohli: We would have liked to bowl first too, but we have a strong batting line-up. We have brought in Stuart Binny for Varun Aaron. We saw yesterday how the Afghanistan medium-fast bowlers were bowling well and stump to stump so we thought of bringing in a medium-pacer.

Ahmad: "Going by the previous matches played here, spinners seem to fare better (economy n wickets) than faster men..Mishra for Aaron would be a safer bet.."

1.20pm It's the chance of two familiar sides to face-off now - India and Sri Lanka. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the fourth match of the Asia Cup between two sides who won their opening matches. Sri Lanka are second in the points table right now, and India are right behind them with equal points as neither of them managed a bonus point earlier.

And by the way, the last time they met was seven months ago in the tri-series in the Caribbean. Today, in Fatullah again, conditions appear to be favourable for batting and we'll bring the toss to you soon.

Jyotirmoy: "Already our eyes experienced 4 centuries in 3 matches. What'll happen today?"

0.1

Malinga to Sharma, no run, the first ball outside off on length keeps very low, Rohit defends it towards cover

0.2

Malinga to Sharma, no run, on the off stump this time, it doesn't bounce too much either, and Rohit defends it back

There is only one slip in place

0.3

Malinga to Sharma, no run, swings away from Rohit from back of length outside off, he leaves it alone

0.4

Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, slightly short of length outside off and shaping away, Rohit guides it to third man to open his account

Shikhar Dhawan has played only four matches against Sri Lanka

0.5

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, right on target - on the middle stump on length and Dhawan defends it back

0.6

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, shorter and wider outside off, Dhawan cuts it straight to point

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • S Dhawan 0 (2b)
    • RG Sharma 1 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-1-0

Angelo Mathews has the other new ball

Nick: "I so hope, looking at the variable bounce, that Rohit is aggressive today! If not, we will be rolled over for a 250 odd score and SL with all the dew, will run along quite well! "

1.1

Mathews to Sharma, no run, angled in slightly from outside off, Rohit defends it on the leg side

1.2

Mathews to Sharma, no run, length ball coming in towards middle and leg, tucked straight to midwicket

1.3

Mathews to Sharma, no run, stump-to-stump line from Mathews as this one is on off and Rohit defends on leg again

1.4

Mathews to Sharma, no run, that was close! Rohit came down for a big drive but managed an inside edge onto his back leg and it wasn't too far from the leg stump

1.5

Mathews to Sharma, no run, keeps very low again. It was outside off on length and hardly rose but Rohit defended it

1.6

Mathews to Sharma, no run, good bounce this time outside off, Rohit cuts and misses. And Mathews starts with a maiden

End of over 2 (maiden) India 1/0 (RR: 0.50)

    • RG Sharma 1 (10b)
    • S Dhawan 0 (2b)
    • AD Mathews 1-1-0-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-1-0
2.1

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, on middle and leg, pushed down to mid-on, Dhawan takes a couple of steps down but says no just in time to send Rohit back

2.2

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, another inside edge! It swung in from outside off, Dhawan drove firmly but the swing produced an inside edge to square leg for a single

2.3

Malinga to Sharma, no run, shaping away from off stump on length, Rohit opens the face of the bat to help it to point

2.4

Malinga to Sharma, no run, straight delivery and short of length on the off stump, Rohit stays back and steers it to midwicket

2.5

Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, onto the pads this time and slightly slower, tucked to fine leg for one

2.6

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, 139kph, well outside off, Dhawan reaches out to drive without any footwork and can't middle it, it goes back to the bowler

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 3/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • S Dhawan 1 (5b)
    • RG Sharma 2 (13b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-3-0
    • AD Mathews 1-1-0-0
3.1

Mathews to Sharma, no run, full and outside off, guides to point with an open face

3.2

Mathews to Sharma, 1 run, short of length outside off, Rohit defends with soft hands on the off side and they sneak in a quick single

Charley: "Rohit needs to be speed up to allow Dhawan to play his natural game. I think only because of his slowness Dhawan not getting a fluent start and not able to get into a rhythm."

3.3

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, slightly back of length on middle and off, Dhawan pushes it to short cover

3.4

Mathews to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan gets room and cashes in on it. It was angled away from him on short of length and Dhawan only had to time it well, without footwork, between point and cover point for the first boundary of the match

3.5

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, width on offer again but Dhawan can't middle it this time, cuts to cover point

3.6

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, length ball on off, driven off the backfoot to cover

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • S Dhawan 5 (9b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 3 (15b)
    • AD Mathews 2-1-5-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-3-0

Surendharan: "Today will be a real test. With India's New Middle order setting a target will be interesting as they are not acclaimed hitters."

4.1

Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, on middle and leg, flicked to midwicket and a fumble gives the openers a single

4.2

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, bit of bounce outside off from length, Dhawan helps it past point for one

4.3

Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, nips in towards middle and leg, Rohit defends it to midwicket for a single

4.4

Malinga to Dhawan, FOUR, on the off stump, Dhawan punches it off the backfoot past cover for another four. It bounced around knee length this time

4.5

Malinga to Dhawan, FOUR, and one more - gets more room this time around similar length and he stands tall to drive it square off the backfoot past point for another four

4.6

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, rolls his fingers over the ball this time and it's on length outside off, driven down to mid-off by Dhawan

End of over 5 (11 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 3.80)

    • S Dhawan 14 (13b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 5 (17b)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-14-0
    • AD Mathews 2-1-5-0

Spin is in. Here's Senanayake

5.1

Senanayake to Sharma, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, driven towards long-on for a single

5.2

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, inside-edge on an offstump delivery, looking for the turn perhaps, edge sends the ball towards square leg

5.3

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, full and on the pads, clipped to square leh for a single

5.4

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, flighted, full ball is defended to the leg side

5.5

Senanayake to Sharma, FOUR, just drops it short, not much turn for Senanayake here, Rohit rocks back and carves it behind point for four

5.6

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, length ball on middle and leg, defended back down the track

kv: "Someone really needs to talk to Rohit about his strike rates early on. If he comes off he makes up for it later in the innings, but that's not going to happen everytime. Meanwhile, when's the last time we got off to a flyer? "

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 25/0 (RR: 4.16)

    • RG Sharma 10 (21b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 15 (15b 3x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 1-0-6-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-14-0
6.1

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, well outside off from Mathews, 126kph, Dhawan wants to cut that but it stays low and sneaks under his bat

6.2

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, skips down the track, taps a shortish ball to the off side

6.3

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball, on middle and off, Mathews not trying anything fancy here, blocked back

6.4

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, guides this one towards point, can't find the gap

6.5

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, pitched up this time, 126kph, a thick inside-edge onto the padas Dhawan looks to drive off the front foot

6.6

Mathews to Dhawan, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for a quick single

End of over 7 (1 run) India 26/0 (RR: 3.71)

    • S Dhawan 16 (21b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 10 (21b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-1-6-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 1-0-6-0

saradhi: "Why lot of fuss over Rohit's batting? Management is aware of this and has still taken the decision to open with him. He is comfortable this way, so let that be. "

7.1

Senanayake to Dhawan, 2 runs, full ball is whipped towards midwicket

7.2

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, defends off the front foot towards point

7.3

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, on off stump, pitches it up again, blocked to the off side

7.4

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, and again, watchful stuff from Dhawan

7.5

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, punched towards short cover, no run

7.6

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, worked away towards midwicket for a single

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 29/0 (RR: 3.62)

    • S Dhawan 19 (27b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 10 (21b 1x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 2-0-9-0
    • AD Mathews 3-1-6-0
8.1

Mathews to Dhawan, 1 run, slanting into the pads, whipped away towards midwicket

8.2

Mathews to Sharma, 2 runs, short of length ball outside off, Rohit looks to cut that one, off the bottom edge and past the keeper's left leg

A mini-conference as Jayawardene, Malinga and Mathews have a chat. Mathews going off, still not sure what the problem is with him.

Thisara Perera will complete the over.

8.3

NLTC Perera to Sharma, no run, short of length ball on the pads, defended towards midwicket

8.4

NLTC Perera to Sharma, no run, just outside off, steers this towards short third man, wants a single but there's no time for it

Seems to be a groin problem for Mathews

8.5

NLTC Perera to Sharma, no run, Rohit defends this one off the front foot towards point

8.6

NLTC Perera to Sharma, 1 run, short of length and well outside off, guided down to third man for a single

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 33/0 (RR: 3.66)

    • RG Sharma 13 (26b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 20 (28b 3x4)
    • NLTC Perera 0.4-0-1-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 2-0-9-0
9.1

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, full and on the pads, squeezed towards square leg, dot ball

9.2

Senanayake to Sharma, OUT, huge appeal, and given, Rohit is way down the track, had taken a couple of steps out of the crease, pitching around off and middle, Rohit is hit on the pad as he can't get the bat down in time, that looked to be heading for the middle stump, Rohit is aghast at the decision, perhaps because he thinks being down the track is enough to put doubt in the umpire's mind when it comes to an lbw, Nigel Llong doesn't have any doubts, he sends Rohit on his way

RG Sharma lbw b Senanayake 13 (37m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.42

Replay shows that was going on to hit middle of middle stump.

9.3

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, Kohli gets back in the crease and defends his first ball

9.4

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, bottome egde as he looks to chop thatt through the off side

9.5

Senanayake to Kohli, no run

9.6

Senanayake to Kohli, FOUR, on the pads, Kohli puts it away down towards fine leg for four, effortlessly done by Kohli

End of the Powerplay. Only 37 for India.

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 37/1 (RR: 3.70)

    • V Kohli 4 (4b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 20 (28b 3x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 3-0-13-1
    • NLTC Perera 0.4-0-1-0
10.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, tapped towards deep square leg for a single

Manas: "I'd still call it a rough decision...You don't usually see LBWs being given when the batsman is so far down the wicket"

10.2

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, a touch fuller, solid defence from Kohli

10.3

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, turns the ball from outside off towards midwicket for a quick single

10.4

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, defended towards short cover

10.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, length ball outside off, guided towards point by Dhawan

10.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, on the pads, Dhawan whips it towards deep midwicket for a single to end the over

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 40/1 (RR: 3.63)

    • S Dhawan 22 (32b 3x4)
    • V Kohli 5 (6b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1.4-0-4-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 3-0-13-1
11.1

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, length ball is defended onto his pads

11.2

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, full ball on off, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single, there's a fumble at mid-on making it easy for the batsmen

11.3

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, drops it short, gets away with it, Kohli mistimes a shot towards square leg

11.4

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, gets back in the crease and punches this towards long-on for a single

11.5

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, pokes this in front of point, a tap-and-run single for Dhawan, India will need more of these on a track where the ball isn't coming onto the bat

11.6

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, well outside off, Kohli wants to power it through cover, but bottom-edges it, into the ground before reaching the keeper

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 43/1 (RR: 3.58)

    • V Kohli 6 (9b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 24 (35b 3x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 4-0-16-1
    • NLTC Perera 1.4-0-4-0
12.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, one more quick run, Dhawan pushes towards mid-off

12.2

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, a thick inside edge as Kohli wanted to defend this back of length ball, the ball rolls towards square leg

12.3

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan skips down the track and guides the ball towards sweeper cover for one more

12.4

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, a touch short, well outside off, steered down to third man

12.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length ball is driven towards sweeper cover for one more, India batting sensibly here, not trying any big strokes, happy tow work the singles

12.6

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, once again the ball keeps low, Kohli adjusts in time to block it

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 48/1 (RR: 3.69)

    • V Kohli 8 (12b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 27 (38b 3x4)
    • NLTC Perera 2.4-0-9-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 4-0-16-1
13.1

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, length ball is driven towards short extra cover

13.2

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, on the pads this time, whipped towards deep square leg

13.3

Senanayake to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli jumps out of the crease and cracks this one through cover for four, he made sure he got close to the pitch of the ball before playing that

13.4

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, guided behind point for a single

13.5

Senanayake to Dhawan, FOUR, and another boundary, bottom hand comes off as Dhawan goes for the cut,still he has placed it behind point, and it has enough power to reach the rope

13.6

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, worked towards square leg for a single

Gayathri: "This is what was missing when Rohit was playing.. keep ticking singles and punish the wrong ones. India should seriously reconsider opening with Rohit "

End of over 14 (11 runs) India 59/1 (RR: 4.21)

    • S Dhawan 33 (42b 4x4)
    • V Kohli 13 (14b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 5-0-27-1
    • NLTC Perera 2.4-0-9-0
14.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, driven on the up towards point by Dhawan

14.2

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, on the pads, guided down to fine leg for a single

Prashanth: "This is one trade mark of Virat. He doesnt get bogged down at all. No matter what the state of the game, he maintains his strike rate around 80-90. This puts pressure back on the opposition."

14.3

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, angling in towards leg stump, flicks it away towards deep square leg for a single

14.4

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan skates down the track and drives back at the bowler

14.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan loves the cut, even when there's not enough room to play it powerfully, he chops this one towards point but can't get it pas the fielder

14.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, this time he gets width, throws his hands at it and sends the ball towards sweeper cover for a single

End of over 15 (3 runs) India 62/1 (RR: 4.13)

    • S Dhawan 35 (47b 4x4)
    • V Kohli 14 (15b 2x4)
    • NLTC Perera 3.4-0-12-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 5-0-27-1

Bowling change - Ajantha Mendis comes in for Senanayake

15.1

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, full on off, Dhawan leans forward and turns it to leg

A slip in place

15.2

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, pitch up on off, driven down to long-off for one

15.3

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, still full outside off, driven straight to short cover

15.4

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, on length but on the leg stump, steered to deep midwicket

15.5

Mendis to Kohli, no run, touch fuller on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

15.6

Mendis to Kohli, FOUR, poor delivery - well outside leg and Kohli paddles it fine past the keeper for an easy four

End of over 16 (7 runs) India 69/1 (RR: 4.31)

    • V Kohli 19 (18b 3x4)
    • S Dhawan 37 (50b 4x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-7-0
    • NLTC Perera 3.4-0-12-0

Another change - De Silva in for Perera now .

DVS: "Rohit is a hastily stitched soultions as opener, he is not a specialist. His inconsistency is a serious issue and India cannot afford this"

16.1

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, full toss on leg, swept only for a single to deep square leg

16.2

de Silva to Kohli, no run, big appeal for stumping - Sangakkara is very very confident. Kohli leaned forward to push the delivery to off but was beaten by the turn and he came well outside the crease. Sanga didn't take too much time to take the bails off but it looks like Kohli made it back just in time with his right toe inside the crease. Not Out says the third umpire. Time for drinks now

Sahil Bhatia: "@DVS- Sehwag was also hastily stitched opener but he had the skill, will power and determination to succeed. Rohit have skill but doesn't have will power and determination."

16.3

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, on length outside off, pushed to long-off off the backfoot for one

16.4

de Silva to Dhawan, no run, full on middle, driven straight to midwicket

16.5

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, on length on middle, Dhawan waits for the ball and tucks it on the leg side for one

16.6

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, full and well outside off, driven firmly to deep cover

Sachin coms to Rohit's rescue: "Please give some time to Rohit. Even sachin, Ganguly & sehwag were also slow in beginning. It takes time to get adjust to the opening position. Dont forget Rohit has hit hundreds and double hundred while opening. Why people are always ready to criticize when one is under pressure. Rohit best choice for opener and time will prove this."

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 73/1 (RR: 4.29)

    • V Kohli 21 (21b 3x4)
    • S Dhawan 39 (53b 4x4)
    • PC de Silva 1-0-4-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-7-0
17.1

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, well outside off and driven to deep cover for an easy single

17.2

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, slightly shorter outside off, cut to deep point off the backfoot

17.3

Mendis to Kohli, no run, really short and keeps low, Kohli went back to pull but could not because of the bounce and it went only to midwicket

17.4

Mendis to Kohli, 1 wide, strays down leg for a wide now

17.4

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, short of length outside off, Kohli sends it down to long-on for one

17.5

Mendis to Dhawan, FOUR, outside leg, Dhawan is pretty strong there and he sweeps it past deep backward square leg for four

17.6

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, full and outside off, Dhawan drives and Chandimal dives at cover to save a few runs

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 81/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • S Dhawan 44 (56b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 23 (24b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-15-0
    • PC de Silva 1-0-4-0
18.1

de Silva to Kohli, no run, flighted outside off, driven straight to cover

18.2

de Silva to Kohli, no run, closer to the batsman and pushes it back to the bowler

18.3

de Silva to Kohli, no run, close to the off stump, Kohli pushes it to cover

18.4

de Silva to Kohli, no run, short of length, Kohli looks to cut it late but doesn't connect properly

18.5

de Silva to Kohli, no run, length delivery outside off, Kohli opens the face of the bat to point but there's no time for a single

18.6

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, touch fuller outside off and he drives it to deep cover for one. Only a single of the over

End of over 19 (1 run) India 82/1 (RR: 4.31)

    • V Kohli 24 (30b 3x4)
    • S Dhawan 44 (56b 5x4)
    • PC de Silva 2-0-5-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-15-0
19.1

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, slightly full on off, pushed past cover for one and that's the 50 partnership

19.2

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, short of length on middle and leg, Dhawan defends it to midwicket

19.3

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, slightly slower on off, Dhawan leans forward and pushes to cover

19.4

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, touch fuller outside off, driven in the gap past cover for one this time

19.5

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, short of length and turning away, it keeps low, and Kohli gets a bottom edge towards point

19.6

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan comes down and tucks it to midwicket

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 85/1 (RR: 4.25)

    • S Dhawan 45 (60b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 26 (32b 3x4)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-18-0
    • PC de Silva 2-0-5-0
20.1

de Silva to Kohli, no run, flighted full toss outside off, Kohli only sends it to cover

20.2

de Silva to Kohli, no run, another poor delivery - short on going down leg and it keeps low so Kohli can't connect

20.3

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, another full toss well outside off, Kohli drives it to deep cover

20.4

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, full on leg, tucked off the pads to deep square leg for one

20.5

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, on length and angled in towards off, Kohli takes some risk and cuts it late to short third man

20.6

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, on length around off, Dhawan defends towards cover with soft hands for a quick single

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 89/1 (RR: 4.23)

    • S Dhawan 47 (62b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 28 (36b 3x4)
    • PC de Silva 3-0-9-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-18-0

"Are there any Spin demons in this pitch?" No demons, but there is turn and very uneven bounce, Ash.

21.1

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, outside off on length, pushed for a single towards cover

21.2

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, short of length on the stumps, pushed down the ground to long-on for one

21.3

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, quicker and outside off, Dhawan looks to cut and misses

21.4

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 wide, goes down the leg side, it hardly bounces, for a wide

21.4

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, length ball on the pads, tucked to midwicket

21.5

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, loud appeal for lbw as Dhawan came down to drive it straight but the ball pitched around leg and was going down further

21.6

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, outside off, Kohli uses the room to drive it to deep cover

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 94/1 (RR: 4.27)

    • V Kohli 30 (38b 3x4)
    • S Dhawan 48 (66b 5x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-22-0
    • PC de Silva 3-0-9-0

Narbavi: "Sri Lanka needs to save 5 overs of Mendis to bowl to the likes of Rahane, Rayudu and Binny since they haven't played him before."

22.1

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, he comes down and drives it authoritatively through the covers for a single

22.2

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan comes down too and drives to long-on for one more

22.3

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, front foot again for Kohli who drives this one past cover for one more

22.4

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, slightly slower on the pad, Dhawan helps it to short fine leg and brings up his fifty

22.5

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, slightly full outside off, pushed towards cover for one

22.6

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, short ball, Dhawan goes back and pulls it firmly to deep midwicket for one and it's India's 100

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 100/1 (RR: 4.34)

    • S Dhawan 51 (69b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 33 (41b 3x4)
    • PC de Silva 4-0-15-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-22-0

Thisara Perera back into the attack

Nitesh Phatnani: "@Narbavi - Mendis plays in IPL and most of them have seen him there. #nosurpriseelement"

23.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, short ball outside off, Dhawan punches it with a cut off the backfoot and the fielder in the deep does well to dive to his right and stop the second run

23.2

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short of length outside off, steered to deep cover for one

23.3

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, short, but quick at 135kph, on middle and Dhawan gets his bat on it just in time

23.4

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, short outside off, Dhawan cuts with a lot of power but the fielder at point does well to save a few runs

23.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, outside off again, driven to deep cover for one this time

23.6

NLTC Perera to Kohli, FOUR, angled towards middle and leg, Kohli tucks it effortlessly off his pads past short fine leg for a four. Beautiful timing from Kohli

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 107/1 (RR: 4.45)

    • V Kohli 38 (43b 4x4)
    • S Dhawan 53 (73b 5x4)
    • NLTC Perera 4.4-0-19-0
    • PC de Silva 4-0-15-0
24.1

de Silva to Dhawan, no run, comes down the track and defends it back

24.2

de Silva to Dhawan, no run, touch fuller on middle stump, Dhawan leans forward and defends

24.3

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, sways down leg and sweeps it to deep fine leg for one

24.4

de Silva to Kohli, no run, angled in towards the stumps, Kohli comes down and pushes it back

24.5

de Silva to Kohli, SIX, the short ball finally gets punished! Another poor delivery from de Silva and Kohli was quick to go back and pull it over the deep-midwicket fence for six

24.6

de Silva to Kohli, 1 run, takes a step down and pushes to long-on to keep strike

End of over 25 (8 runs) India 115/1 (RR: 4.60)

    • V Kohli 45 (46b 4x4 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 54 (76b 5x4)
    • PC de Silva 5-0-23-0
    • NLTC Perera 4.4-0-19-0

Murthy: "India needs to switch their gears and start hitting before it is too late. They neither have Dhoni to propel the innings in the end nor are they best in defending totals. "

25.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short of length outside off, helped to third man for one

25.2

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, sways down leg and Dhawan whips it past short fine leg off the pads for a four which races to the boundary

25.3

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, off cutter from middle stump, Dhawan makes a bit of room and drives past cover

25.4

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, short of length outside off, keeps low and Kohli defends it to cover

25.5

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short of length outside off, cut late by Kohli to third man

"Any news on Mathews please?" No updates yet, Vish

25.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, SIX, Dhawan pulls this time and it goes all the way! It was short on middle and Dhawan went back to launch it over the wide long-on boundary for six

End of over 26 (13 runs) India 128/1 (RR: 4.92)

    • S Dhawan 65 (79b 6x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 47 (49b 4x4 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 5.4-0-32-0
    • PC de Silva 5-0-23-0
26.1

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, eased towards sweeper cover for a single

26.2

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan steps down the track and tucks the ball towards fine leg for a single

26.3

Mendis to Kohli, OUT, Mendis has done it! the big one, his carrom ball has taken out Kohli's off stump, pitching on middle and slight movement away beats Kohli, I suppose these days getting Kohli for less than a half-century can be counted as a success, Kohli mimes how the ball moved as he walks off

V Kohli b Mendis 48 (66m 51b 4x4 1x6) SR: 94.11

26.4

Mendis to Rahane, no run, solidly defended by Rahane off the front foot

26.5

Mendis to Rahane, 2 runs, spinning in from outside off, chopped towards sweeper cover for a couple

26.6

Mendis to Rahane, no run, gets back in the crease as he defends this towards cover

Ashok: "Somehow i get this weird feeling i get in 1990s.... switch off TV, radio and commentary after Kohli gets out...."

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 132/2 (RR: 4.88)

    • AM Rahane 2 (3b)
    • S Dhawan 66 (80b 6x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-26-1
    • NLTC Perera 5.4-0-32-0

Leela: "Mendis did justice for his selection. Kohli would have scored another mighty 100."

Mystery from both ends. Here's Senanayake

27.1

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan gets forward aand drops the ball towards cover, no run

27.2

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, again played towards cover, Rahane was motoring for the single, Dhawan wasn't as keen, Rahane has to hare back

27.3

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, big lbw appeal but that looked to be sliding down the leg side

27.4

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, driven towards deep extra cover for a single

27.5

Senanayake to Rahane, no run, driven off the back foot towards the bowler

27.5

Senanayake to Rahane, no run, defended off the front foot towards mid-on

27.6

Senanayake to Rahane, no run, length ball is blocked off the front foot, just one off the over, immediate impact of he Kohli wicket

End of over 28 (1 run) India 133/2 (RR: 4.75)

    • AM Rahane 2 (5b)
    • S Dhawan 67 (84b 6x4 1x6)
    • SMSM Senanayake 6-0-28-1
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-26-1
28.1

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, thick inside edge as Dhawan looks to drive towards long-off, instead the ball goes towards long-on

28.2

Mendis to Rahane, 1 run, gets forward and defends towards point, 'Come on,' Rahane shouts as they take a quick run

28.3

Mendis to Dhawan, 2 runs, swept fine by Dhawan, a diving stop at deep backward square leg by Senanayake, who is one of the better fielders in the Sri Lanka side

Partha Mitra: "Really awaiting for Binny. So many people asked for his selection. But here lies the pressure of expectation as well. But its a golden opportunity to prove his worth in this side as a genuine all-rounder."

28.4

Mendis to Dhawan, 2 runs, again down the leg side, again Dhawan sweeps, once more Senanayake has work to do, a sliding stop

28.5

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, pitched up, well outside off, driven towards point for a single

28.6

Mendis to Rahane, 1 run, punched from the crease towards sweeper cover for a single

Hasan Jaffar: "Now this will be a real test for inexperienced Indian middle order as Virat has departed and Dhoni is not available." Who can play the role of a finisher in MSD's absence?

End of over 29 (8 runs) India 141/2 (RR: 4.86)

    • AM Rahane 4 (7b)
    • S Dhawan 73 (88b 6x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-34-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 6-0-28-1

Malinga returns, good move from Sri Lanka

29.1

Malinga to Rahane, no run, short of length ball, 129kph, pushed towards mid-off

Mathews back on the field, not sure when he came back on though.

29.2

Malinga to Rahane, no run, driven off the back foot towards mid-off

29.3

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, played with soft hands towards cover, a quick single is pinched

altaf: "Of course DK can play the finisher... he is more than capable and orthodox"

29.4

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, bit of width, cracked through covers for one more

29.5

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, lovely looking drive from Rahane, can't beat mid-off, and he has to scamper to make his ground in time, there's a direct hit from Mathews, but Rahane is safely home

29.6

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length and another tight single, again Dhawan plays with soft hands to get the run

Starfish: "Rahane has an important role to play here as an anchor. Now it's all about pacing the innings well, and we all know how good sheet anchor he is! Way to go Rahane!"

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 145/2 (RR: 4.83)

    • S Dhawan 75 (90b 6x4 1x6)
    • AM Rahane 6 (11b)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-18-0
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-34-1
30.1

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, on the pads, worked towards square leg for one more

30.2

de Silva to Rahane, no run, length ball is driven towards cover, no run this time

30.3

de Silva to Rahane, 1 run, pitched up and that is eased towards long-on for one more

Prasanna: "There is no dearth for firepower aspect in this batting line up! But yes, some one who could hold the innings across the other end until 45th over and blast henceforth. Even if two batsmen take these roles individually, India are heading to a strong total!"

30.4

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, driven towards long-on for another single, good stuff this from Dhawan

30.5

de Silva to Rahane, 1 run, drops it short and that is chopped towards sweeper cover

30.6

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, on the pads, worked towards deep midwicket for one more, the 150 comes up

Soma Sekhar: "I think Stuart Binny at best will perform at levels of Rohan Gavaskar. If we are lucky maybe he may perform at Robin Singh's levels. I really would have liked to have seen Rishi Dhawan in the side as a bowling all-rounder - a lot of people will feel that India missed a trick by not trying him in NZ - what with the WC in NZ...."

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 150/2 (RR: 4.83)

    • S Dhawan 78 (93b 6x4 1x6)
    • AM Rahane 8 (14b)
    • PC de Silva 6-0-28-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-18-0
31.1

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, not much footwork from Dhawan as he slaps this towards cover, can't beat the fielder

31.2

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, low full toss, powered by Dhawan to extra cover, again finds the fielder

31.3

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, another low full toss, less fierce shot from Dhawan, gets the single though, to long-off

31.4

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, full toss on off stump, tapped towards midwicket for a single

31.5

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, skips down the track and pushes the ball towards mid-on for one more

31.6

Malinga to Rahane, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, seemed to be heading for a boundary after Rahane clipped that towards deep square leg, but Senanayake is there on the rope once again, another smart stop from him to save a couple of runs

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 155/2 (RR: 4.84)

    • AM Rahane 11 (16b)
    • S Dhawan 80 (97b 6x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-23-0
    • PC de Silva 6-0-28-0
32.1

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, swept towards fine leg for a single, that was a full ball from Chaturanga de Silva

32.2

de Silva to Rahane, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

32.3

de Silva to Rahane, 2 runs, driven towards sweeper cover for a couple, risk-free batting from these two

32.4

de Silva to Rahane, no run, pushed back towards the bowler once more

Kanthikiran: "Ever since Kohli got out, the batsmen are rotating strike well enough which augurs well for India for a big total."

32.5

de Silva to Rahane, no run, on the pads, clipped to midwicket for a single

Mudit: "Do you realise that there has been no boundary scored since Kohli departed!"

32.6

de Silva to Rahane, FOUR, just a touch short from Chaturanga, that's enough for Rahane to rock back and slam over to square-leg boundary for four

Rupayan Ghosh: "@Soma Sekhar: I have been following Stuart Binny right from his ICL days and he more than a capable bowler, a good fielder and an explosive batter.. He is yet to get an opportunity my friend.. It is thus very unfair to write him off so early."

End of over 33 (7 runs) India 162/2 (RR: 4.90)

    • AM Rahane 17 (21b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 81 (98b 6x4 1x6)
    • PC de Silva 7-0-35-0
    • SL Malinga 5-0-23-0

Bit of a surprise as India take the Powerplay a little early.

33.1

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length ball, Dhawan races down the track before tucking the ball towards mid-on for a single

33.2

Senanayake to Rahane, 1 run, full and on the pads, nudged behind square leg

33.3

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, sliced towards point, Dhawan sets off for the run, even though there's a direct hit, Dhawan has reached fairly comfortably

33.4

Senanayake to Rahane, 1 run, worked to the leg side for a single

33.5

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, spinning in towards off, cut towards point, but can't connect

33.6

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan wants to thump that over the leg side, but it is a quicker one well outside off, bounces more than Dhawan expects and he can't get bat on it

Swaroop Mami: "Without MSD, Raina and Yuvraj, the Indian does not have any sheer power hitters who could convert a base like this into 330 instead of 310. Karthik, Rayudu and Rahane are all similar batsmen - great for the middle overs and to support power-hitters in the death."

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 166/2 (RR: 4.88)

    • S Dhawan 83 (102b 6x4 1x6)
    • AM Rahane 19 (23b 1x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 7-0-32-1
    • PC de Silva 7-0-35-0
34.1

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, Malinga begins with a pinpoint yorker, squeezed out towards point, there's a direct hit but Rahane's dive means he's home well in time, good work from Senanayake though, who's having a great day in the field

A chat between Malinga and Mathews

34.2

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, full and outside off, Dhawan drives that towards deep point for a single

34.3

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, another yorke from Malinga, dug out towards cover by Rahane, just a single, there boundaries haven't arrived yet in the :Powerplay

34.4

Malinga to Dhawan, FOUR, low full toss on the pads, Dhawan doesn't quite middle it as he looks to send it away on the leg side, even though it was a top-edge and the ball turned in his hands, he gets it away for four to midwicket

34.5

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, full and outside off, poked towards cover for a single

Vinodhan: "Did someone really say, they miss Raina?"

34.6

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, another full ball, jammed behind point for a single

Soma Sekhar: "At Rupayan Ghosh: Not writing Stuart Binny off - Hes got a chance in the national side around the same age as Rohan G and when R.Singh made his comeback. I was always a huge fan of Robin. Same time - Stuart has taken 82 FC wkts in 55 matches - for india to be a well-rounded side a bowling All rounder might be more handy than a batting one."

saurabh tripath: "@swaroop: I second you.Dhawan,rayadu,kartik,rahane all are touch players.We need few murderous power hitting players in one dayers like MSD and Yuvraj who dent the opposition down with their incredible bat swing."

Drinks

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 175/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • AM Rahane 22 (26b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 89 (105b 7x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-32-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 7-0-32-1
35.1

Senanayake to Rahane, OUT, Rahane is gone, he charged out of the crease, looking to loft this over extra cover -a favourite region of his - get a thick outside edge instead and that loops to backward point for a simple catch

AM Rahane c Thirimanne b Senanayake 22 (40m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.48

Ambati Rayudu is the new man

35.2

Senanayake to Rayudu, no run, plays a wristy drive to midwicket first up

35.3

Senanayake to Rayudu, 1 run, on off stump, whipped towards deep midwicket

35.4

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, defended toward cover for a quick single, a strategy Dhawan has used often this innings

35.5

Senanayake to Rayudu, 1 run, on off and middle, worked towards midwicket, batsman seemed to have played it quite comfortably, but Senanayake thinks that could have sneaked past the bat

35.6

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 178/3 (RR: 4.94)

    • S Dhawan 90 (107b 7x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 2 (3b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 8-0-35-2
    • SL Malinga 6-0-32-0
36.1

Malinga to Rayudu, FOUR, attempted yorker is a low full toss on middle and Rayudu flicks it with his wrists to the deep midwicket boundary for four

36.2

Malinga to Rayudu, no run, full and outside off, pushed to cover by the batsman

36.3

Malinga to Rayudu, 2 runs, tries a yorker again and Rayudu drives it on the on side, doesn't get the middle this time, and gets two more

36.4

Malinga to Rayudu, no run, loud appeal even though Rayudu got an inside edge onto his pad after the ball came in from length from around the off stump

36.5

Malinga to Rayudu, no run, swinging in again from length, Rayudu leans forward a bit and defends it on leg

36.6

Malinga to Rayudu, 2 runs, low full toss on middle and leg, steered to deep midwicket for two more to end the over

End of over 37 (8 runs) India 186/3 (RR: 5.02)

    • AT Rayudu 10 (9b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 90 (107b 7x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-40-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 8-0-35-2
37.1

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Dhawan guides it to shot third man

37.2

Senanayake to Rayudu, 1 run, turning in from off, turned to the leg side with the wrists for one

37.3

Senanayake to Dhawan, 1 run, comes down the track, the bowler pitches it short and Dhawan tucks it to the leg side for one

37.4

Senanayake to Rayudu, no run, pitched up on off, Rayudu pushes it back and the bowler dives to his right

37.5

Senanayake to Rayudu, 1 run, towards the pads, he comes down to drive it down to long-on

37.6

Senanayake to Dhawan, no run, length ball outside off, Dhawan looked to cut it but missed

Only 28 runs from the batting Powerplay, and Rahane's wicket

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 190/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • S Dhawan 92 (110b 7x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 12 (12b 1x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 9-0-39-2
    • SL Malinga 7-0-40-0
38.1

de Silva to Rayudu, 1 run, comes down and drives the length ball to long-on

38.2

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, Dhawan marches down too and take a single to long-on

38.3

de Silva to Rayudu, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed down the ground for one more

38.4

de Silva to Dhawan, no run, shorter and flatter around off, Dhawan defends it back

38.5

de Silva to Dhawan, 1 run, another short one, this time outside leg, and Dhawan steers it to deep fine leg

38.6

de Silva to Rayudu, 1 run, slightly flighted outside off, driven to long-off for one more

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 195/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • AT Rayudu 15 (15b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 94 (113b 7x4 1x6)
    • PC de Silva 8-0-40-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 9-0-39-2

Mendis to bowl now

Rahul: "Interestingly, in the last 6 months or so, India have never blasted in most of the powerplays. With their bowling not at all up to the mark, wonder if they can survive with this strategy for long."

39.1

Mendis to Rayudu, no run, on the off stump and turning away, Rayudu defends off the backfoot

39.2

Mendis to Rayudu, 1 run, comes down and drives it down to long-on

Long-on and long-off are brought inside the circle, midwicket moves to cover

39.3

Mendis to Dhawan, OUT, slightly quicker and straighter and it's gone through! Mendis pitched it short, Dhawan didn't react quickly and played with a cross-bat and could not get his bat even close to the ball in an attempt to turn it to the leg side and he has to go back for 94. Remember, he made 98 a few days back against New Zealand

S Dhawan b Mendis 94 (161m 114b 7x4 1x6) SR: 82.45

Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman

39.4

Mendis to Karthik, no run, pitched up around middle and leg, DK defends with a lean forward

39.5

Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, carom ball but it's well outside off and DK has enough room to cut it past point and finds the gap for a four

39.6

Mendis to Karthik, OUT, another carom ball and another wicket! This one pitched closer to the stumps, was still short, and DK went back to pull it but managed a leading edge for an easy catch to mid-off. Looks like he didn't pick it and played for the offspinner

KD Karthik c de Silva b Mendis 4 (2m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 200/5 (RR: 5.00)

    • AT Rayudu 16 (17b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-39-3
    • PC de Silva 8-0-40-0

Ten overs to go, India five down. Sri Lanka back in the game and here's Ravindra Jadeja

40.1

de Silva to Jadeja, no run, on length on middle, Jadeja leans forward to defend

40.2

de Silva to Jadeja, no run, coming in from outside off, Jadeja goes back and pushes it back

40.3

de Silva to Jadeja, 1 run, towards the leg stump now, he tucks it to the leg side for one

40.4

de Silva to Rayudu, 1 run, full and wide, Rayudu drives it to long-off

40.5

de Silva to Jadeja, no run, pitched up around middle, he defends it to midwicket

40.6

de Silva to Jadeja, 1 run, on the leg stump again, easy single to short fine leg

End of over 41 (3 runs) India 203/5 (RR: 4.95)

    • RA Jadeja 2 (5b)
    • AT Rayudu 17 (18b 1x4)
    • PC de Silva 9-0-43-0
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-39-3
41.1

Mendis to Jadeja, 1 run, slightly full and quite wide, pushed wide of cover point with soft hands for one

41.2

Mendis to Rayudu, no run, comes down the track and drives it straight to cover

41.3

Mendis to Rayudu, no run, quicker one on middle ad it's pushed back to the bowler

41.4

Mendis to Rayudu, no run, outside off this time, Rayudu gets a bottom edge back to Mendis

41.5

Mendis to Rayudu, 1 run, turning in from middle, pushed down to long-on

41.6

Mendis to Jadeja, 1 run, flighted on off, turned to deep midwicket for one. Just three from the over

End of over 42 (3 runs) India 206/5 (RR: 4.90)

    • RA Jadeja 4 (7b)
    • AT Rayudu 18 (22b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-42-3
    • PC de Silva 9-0-43-0
42.1

de Silva to Jadeja, SIX, pitched up, RJ charges down the track and launches it over long-on for a clean six. That hit the sight screen

42.2

de Silva to Jadeja, 1 run, on the stumps, pushed towards midwicket for one

42.3

de Silva to Rayudu, 1 wide, quicker one down the leg side for a wide

42.3

de Silva to Rayudu, OUT, Rayudu tries to do a Jadeja but he doesn't get the distance. He came down the track and lofted the length ball form outside off straight to long-off for an easy catch. Kusal Perera was well inside the boundary for the catch

AT Rayudu c MDKJ Perera b de Silva 18 (27m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.26

Stuart Binny will bat for the first time in international cricket

42.4

de Silva to Binny, no run, flat and on middle stump, Binny defends it back

42.5

de Silva to Binny, no run, short of length and outside off, guides it to backward point

42.6

de Silva to Binny, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, Binny puts a foot forward to defend

End of over 43 (8 runs) India 214/6 (RR: 4.97)

    • STR Binny 0 (3b)
    • RA Jadeja 11 (9b 1x6)
    • PC de Silva 10-0-51-1
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-42-3

Senanayake round the wicket

43.1

Senanayake to Jadeja, no run, angled in towards RJ who defends it back

43.2

Senanayake to Jadeja, 1 run, chance for a run out but Senanayake doesn't get the direct hit. It was slightly slower outside off, RJ defended it towards midwicket and after a slight mix-up they went for the single. RJ was way outside the crease

43.3

Senanayake to Binny, OUT, loud appeal for lbw and Binny is gone for a duck! This one was turning in from outside off as Binny put his front foot forward to turn it to leg, he missed and the ball struck him right in front of the stumps. Easy decision and the finger went up straightaway

STR Binny lbw b Senanayake 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

R Ashwin at No. 9

43.4

Senanayake to Ashwin, no run, turns in a bit from outside off, Ashwin defends it back

43.5

Senanayake to Ashwin, no run, tad shorter and Ashwin tucks it to midwicket

43.6

Senanayake to Ashwin, 1 run, on length outside off, pushed down off the backfoot to long-on

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 216/7 (RR: 4.90)

    • R Ashwin 1 (3b)
    • RA Jadeja 12 (11b 1x6)
    • SMSM Senanayake 10-0-41-3
    • PC de Silva 10-0-51-1

Thisara Perera to bowl now

44.1

NLTC Perera to Ashwin, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed past cover for one

44.2

NLTC Perera to Jadeja, 1 run, short of length on leg stump, tucked off the hips to leg for a single

44.3

NLTC Perera to Ashwin, 1 run, shorter one outside off, Ashwin walked back to drive it to deep cover

44.4

NLTC Perera to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball on the pads, steered to the leg side for one

Azan Khan: "Success in the IPL, doesn't equal success in international cricket. Quality of cricket, pressure etc is different. We should stop hyping every IPL as the next superstar."

44.5

NLTC Perera to Ashwin, no run, slightly slower and outside off, pushed back to the bowler

44.6

NLTC Perera to Ashwin, FOUR, short of length outside off, keeps low and Ashwin cuts it late, but not very late, and it beats third man for four

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 224/7 (RR: 4.97)

    • R Ashwin 7 (7b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 14 (13b 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 6.4-0-40-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 10-0-41-3

Malinga is back. He has three overs left.

Hamza Abdullah: "not sure if India is batting like Pakistan or Srilanka is Bowling like Pakistan"

45.1

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 run, full and swinging away sightly from off, Jadeja helps it past cover for a single

45.2

Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, strays on the leg side, Ashwin plays off the hips to fine leg

45.3

Malinga to Jadeja, no run, nearly a yorker on middle and leg, RJ defends to midwicket

45.4

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 wide, down the leg side for a wide

saravanakumar: "It will say once both teams played on this pitch. we can't score 300 in each innings. It seems this pitch is very slow and low. Don't blame one side. Will wait and see how srilanka's batting on this pitch."

45.4

Malinga to Jadeja, no run, short of length outside off, RJ opens the face of the bat to help it to point

45.5

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 run, short of length around off, RJ cuts it late to third man

45.6

Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, tries a yorker but it's a knee-length full toss and Ashwin steers it to leg for one. Just five runs from the over

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 229/7 (RR: 4.97)

    • R Ashwin 9 (9b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 16 (17b 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 8-0-45-0
    • NLTC Perera 6.4-0-40-0

Mendis to bowl now, he has two left

46.1

Mendis to Ashwin, 1 run, on length on middle and leg, turned to the leg side for one

46.2

Mendis to Jadeja, 1 wide, just down the leg side, as RJ tried to play it fine, for a wide

46.2

Mendis to Jadeja, no run, on length on the off stump, pushed to cover

46.3

Mendis to Jadeja, 4 byes, offspinner outside off, it keeps very low and goes through the batsman and keeper's legs for byes

46.4

Mendis to Jadeja, 1 run, quicker one on off, RJ defends to cover point for a quick single

46.5

Mendis to Ashwin, no run, comes down the track but the ball turns away a bit and Ashwin can't connect, takes it on the pads

46.6

Mendis to Ashwin, 1 run, on the stumps this time, pushed down to long-on

End of over 47 (8 runs) India 237/7 (RR: 5.04)

    • R Ashwin 11 (12b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 17 (20b 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 9-0-46-3
    • SL Malinga 8-0-45-0
47.1

Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, low full toss on Ashwin's toes, he steers it to fine leg for one

47.2

Malinga to Jadeja, no run, in the block hole on off, digs it out to cover

Sri Lanka bowlers keeping it very tight now, no room at all for the batsmen

47.3

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 run, yorker again, Jadeja defends close to the stumps for a single

47.4

Malinga to Ashwin, FOUR, outswinger outside off, Ashwin slogs and gets a thick outside edge over the slips area for four

47.5

Malinga to Ashwin, 2 runs, beautifully lofted down the ground towards long-on as Malinga pitched it up, it didn't go all the way. Mahela chased but over ran and crossed the boundary line but the ball did not, and he came back to keep it back inside the boundary. Did his fingers touch the boundary…replays aren't completely conclusive and it's not a boundary

47.6

Malinga to Ashwin, OUT, the yorker works this time - it was the third of the over. Ashwin came down to charge, tried to help it behind square with an open face of the bat but missed and the ball hit the base of off stump

R Ashwin b Malinga 18 (20m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

End of over 48 (8 runs) India 245/8 (RR: 5.10)

    • RA Jadeja 18 (22b 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 9-0-53-1
    • BAW Mendis 9-0-46-3
48.1

Mendis to Jadeja, no run, pitched up on middle, no room at all and RJ defends it back

48.2

Mendis to Jadeja, 1 run, touch wider outside off, RJ tried a big drive and it goes down to long-on

48.3

Mendis to Kumar, 1 wide, OUT, another stumping appeal by the quick Sanga! It went down the leg side for a wide as Bhuvi tried to help it to leg. He missed, his backfoot was on the crease as Sanga took the bails off and it seems like Bhuvi will have to walk back. OUT says the third umpire

B Kumar st †Sangakkara b Mendis 0 (5m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Last wicket and 10 balls to go

Niyas: "now this match will really test in virat kohli's ability as captain"

48.3

Mendis to Mohammed Shami, no run, pitched up on off, pushed back to the bowler

48.4

Mendis to Mohammed Shami, SIX, POW! What a shot from Shami - Mendis pitched it up outside off and Shami sent it 96 metres away from the pitch with a big slog to the midwicket boundary

48.5

Mendis to Mohammed Shami, no run, slightly slower on off, Shami pushes it back and it was in the air for a bit

48.6

Mendis to Mohammed Shami, SIX, one more from Shami! He gets another full delivery and clobbers it to the same area with a big heave. Goes all the way - clean hits from the No. 11

End of over 49 (14 runs) India 259/9 (RR: 5.28)

    • Mohammed Shami 12 (4b 2x6)
    • RA Jadeja 19 (24b 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 10-0-60-4
    • SL Malinga 9-0-53-1
49.1

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 run, where does it pitch? In the block hole outside off, RJ gives Shami the strike with a single

Deep square leg, fine leg and long-on at the boundary on the leg side

49.2

Malinga to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, in the block hole again, Shami gets bat on it for a single

49.3

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 run, yorker again, on the leg stump, RJ doesn't have any room and gets a single on the leg side

49.4

Malinga to Mohammed Shami, no run, fourth straight yorker, this one is defended back to the bowler

49.5

Malinga to Mohammed Shami, 1 run, Shami makes room, smashes it on the off side along the ground but it goes straight to cover and they scamper for one more

49.6

Malinga to Jadeja, 1 run, in the block hole outside off, RJ helps it to third man for one more. Five singles off six yorkers in the last over

5.35pm This innings swung both sides from time to time. India got a slow start on this slow and low pitch and just when Virat Kohli and Dhawan upped the run rate, Mendis struck and dismissed both batsmen to help restrict India. The middle order could not get going against the accurate bowling of Senanayake and Mendis, and Malinga's yorkers, and managed 264. We'll be back in about 40 mins with the chase

Daniel Alexande: "Yorkers on demand, what a champion death bowler"

Vageesan: "Ashwin will be very crucial for india defending this score. Pitch is slow and sri lanks have five left handers in their team(k.perera, t. perera, thirimanne, sanga, silva). ashwin has a very good record against sri lanka and this pitch will suit him. stage set for ash win."

End of over 50 (5 runs) India 264/9

    • RA Jadeja 22 (27b 1x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 14 (7b 2x6)
    • SL Malinga 10-0-58-1
    • BAW Mendis 10-0-60-4
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