Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 11th match, Super Four

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 6 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)

0.1

Singh to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Sri Lanka are away, RP gets a bit too straight with his first delivery and Jayasuriya uses the angle into him to work the ball behind square

0.3

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length delivery lifts sharply outside off stump and beats Jayasuriya's attempted back-foot defence

0.4

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, good length once again on off and middle, Jayasuriya moves back and across and defends towards the bowler

0.5

Singh to Jayasuriya, 4 leg byes, that's poor from RP, he's slanted one down leg side and the ball has clipped Jayasuriya's thigh on its way to the fine-leg boundary

0.6

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, excellent length and line this time outside off stump, Jayasuriya moves forward to drive but gets beaten by a bit of movement away from him

Sri Lanka 6/0   ST Jayasuriya 1* (5b)

2.1

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, good length from RP angling into the left-hander, Jayasuriya defends on the off side

2.2

Singh to Jayasuriya, 2 leg byes, RP strays towards leg stump again, Jayasuriya tries to work the ball behind square but gets hit on the thigh, Dhoni gets a glove on to it but can't stop it cleanly , he looks a bit stiff

2.3

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, defended off the front foot towards the off side

2.4

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, RP sends down the first bouncer of the day, Jayasuriya ducks under it

2.5

Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, short and wide outside off stump, Jayasuriya moves back and cuts the ball hard with those powerful forearms, luckily for RP it's hit to the fielder at point

2.6

Singh to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Jayasuriya uses RP's angle to work the ball from middle stump towards midwicket for a single

Sri Lanka 13/0   ST Jayasuriya 2* (11b)

3.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, tight line and length from Ishant, on middle and off, Jayasuriya stays in his crease and defends towards the off side

3.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, this time the line is a little outside off which allows Jayasuriya to punch towards mid-off and run a quick single

Sri Lanka 14/0   ST Jayasuriya 3* (13b)

4.5

Singh to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Jayasuriya backs away and mis-hits a short ball towards the off side for a single

Sri Lanka 19/1   ST Jayasuriya 4* (14b)

5.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, Dropped! But only because Yuvraj did superbly to even get a finger on it. Jayasuriya tried to hit a good length delivery down the ground but mis-hit it in the air over the bowler's head, Yuvraj ran to his left from mid-off and dived full length, he got fingertips of his left hand on the ball but couldn;t hold on

5.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a length delivery which Jayasuriya pulls towards long leg

5.5

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, Jayasuriya hits across the line and pulls the ball in the air but over the infield at midwicket, he didn't time that well either but the running is swift between the wickets

Sri Lanka 26/1   ST Jayasuriya 10* (17b)

6.1

Singh to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short ball and Jayasuriya waits on the back foot and pulls towards deep square leg where Ojha runs to his right to make the save

6.6

Singh to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and wide delivery, Jayasuriya gives himself a little room by moving towards leg and cuts the ball over cover, he's timed this splendidly

Sri Lanka 32/1   ST Jayasuriya 15* (19b 1x4)

7.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, now the length wasn't bad at all but Jayasuriya planted his front foot forward and slogged the ball from outside off over midwicket for four

7.3

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, short ball and Jayasuriya tries to pull the ball by moving towards leg, he gets hit on the glove or the arm and the ball drops at his feet

7.4

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 bye, tight line and length around off stump, the ball keeps a little low and Jayasuriya plays outside the line and gets beaten, Dhoni was also beaten by the second bounce

Sri Lanka 38/1   ST Jayasuriya 19* (22b 2x4)

8.4

Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, dropped even though Praveen didn't even get a hand on it, Jayasuriya mis-timed the hit over mid-on but Praveen was late to react, he backpedaled rather slowly and the ball went over his head for four, he could have caught it if he had moved back quicker

8.5

Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, now Jayasuriya charges and lofts a short of a length ball over cover for four, he's looking to take the fight to India now

8.6

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, he tries to hit the ball over cover again by moving down the track but gets beaten this time

Sri Lanka 52/1   ST Jayasuriya 27* (25b 4x4)

9.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, the slower ball bowled full outside off, Jayasuriya waits for it and pushes towards cover

9.3

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, loud appeal for lbw as Jayasuriya misses the pull and gets hit on the back leg, the length wasn't short enough to pull, the ball hit him on the thigh so perhaps it was a bit too high, close call though

9.4

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

9.5

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, too full on leg stump, Jayasuriya moves on to the front foot and lifts the ball over midwicket for four, how many times have we seen him play that? He's looked edgy today but that was struck supremely

9.6

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, the slower ball on a good length to end the over, Jayasuriya defends on the off side

Sri Lanka 57/1   ST Jayasuriya 31* (30b 5x4)

10.3

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya tries to work the ball off his hips with the angle into him but misses and gets hit on the thigh

10.4

Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, now he charges Pathan and lofts the ball from short of a length over cover for four more, he can do this confidently against Pathan's gentle pace

10.5

Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Jayasuriya stands in his crease and smashes a good length ball hard at mid-on where Ojha is on the edge of the circle, the ball bounces a few feet in front of him and he mis-fields to allow the boundary

10.6

Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Pathan's bowled a loose ball down leg side, Jayasuriya gets a bit of bat on it and it's enough to beat Dhoni and run towards fine leg for four more, Pathan's gone for 26 off two overs

Sri Lanka 70/1   ST Jayasuriya 43* (34b 8x4)

11.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length on middle stump, Jayasuriya stays in his crease and defends on the off side, he hasn't charged Ishant as yet

11.3

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, and on cue he steps down the track and makes room by moving towards leg, Jayasuriya wanted to hit that over cover but was beaten by a slower ball outside off stump

11.4

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, OUT, caught down the leg side again! Ishant banged in another short one down leg side, Jayasuriya attempted to pull the ball but only managed to glove it towards Dhoni who didn't have to dive this time to take the catch

ST Jayasuriya c †Dhoni b I Sharma 43 (54m 37b 8x4 0x6) SR: 116.21

Sri Lanka 71/2   ST Jayasuriya 43 (37b 8x4)
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Sri Lanka won by 100 runs
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Photos

Jul 3, 2008

Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma celebrate a wicket, India v Sri Lanka, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, July 3, 2008

Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma celebrate a wicket

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Jul 3, 2008

Yuvraj Singh ducks a bouncer, India v Sri Lanka, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, July 3, 2008

Yuvraj Singh ducks a bouncer

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