Commonwealth Bank Series, 2007/08 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 11th match

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 7 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)

9.30am Munaf Patel from the River End, then, two slips and a gully.

9.15am Some other news to catch up on since Sunday. Dhoni's gloves that he wore to catch Adam Gilchrist were found to be illegal. Also in that match, a high-scoring thriller if you remember, Ishant Sharma was found guilty of "pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman".

9.05am India have sent Sri Lanka in. Yes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has managed to win a toss, having not had such a good run with the coin.

Team news, Nagraj was right - India play five bowlers - Sehwag and Sreesanth out for Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel. Sri Lanka bring in Dilruwan Perera to openm which means Chamara Kapugedera stays and Farveez Maharoof is out.

"Some of the senior Indian journalists are debating if in these bowling conditions if it is sensible to go with five bowlers," whispers Nagraj.

9.00am Someone's in fine form, it's Nagraj Gollapudi. "Good morning from the Bellerive Oval," he beams. "It's a beautiful little ring. It's a little bit cold and people are muffled in their woolens. Also a bit cloudy though no forecast for rain.

"india seem to be going with five bowlers, with Munaf Patel likely for Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar for Virender Sehwag." We'll have that confirmed for you ASAP, and Sri Lanka's team news, too.

8.55am Good morning everyone and welcome along to a crunch encounter between India and Sri Lanka in Hobart. Both teams have squandered chances to make the grand finals so far but this could be the decisive day for India - victory here would seal their spot. Sri Lanka need to win this match and the encounter on Friday against Australia.

Read the full preview here. No lights at Bellerive Oval, hence this one is being played during the day, somewhat unusually for the CB Series so far.

0.1

Patel to Perera, FOUR, starts on leg and Perera makes no mistake with a clip off the legs through square, a very confident beginning for the batsman

0.2

Patel to Perera, no run, a better line down off at 134kph, the batsman elects to leave that one, sensible too

0.3

Patel to Perera, 2 runs, on middle and off, presses out off the legs once more to square again

0.4

Patel to Perera, 2 runs, straight again, on middle and off, again Perera clips off the legs, the ball racing in front of midwicket

0.5

Patel to Perera, no run, stands firm and defends on the front foot down off this time, better ball from Munaf

0.6

Patel to Perera, no run, and on the money again, good length in line with off, the batsman defends on the front foot

"Cloud cover is moving," notes Nagraj. "The sun's out and the wicket looks a 250 one (according to a certain David Boon) with the outfield being fast. Not many Indians and Sri Lankans around to fill the modestly priced $23 seats." So if you're in the area pop on down, but don't forget to investigate this if you're off

End of over 1 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
MDK Perera    8* (6b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-8-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (0b)     

Ishant Sharma to open up, not emotionally or surgically of course

1.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed out to cover point for a quick single

Tow slips and a leg slip now

1.2

I Sharma to Perera, no run, clamps down on a forward defensive, pushed out towards mid-on

1.3

I Sharma to Perera, no run, good line, and good lick too - 148kph there - the batsman coming forward to defend on the front foot in line with off

1.4

I Sharma to Perera, no run, searing yorker, angling in on to the stumps in front of off, the batsman fast to dig it out

1.5

I Sharma to Perera, no run, more inswing, the batsman coming outside off to defend on the front foot

1.6

I Sharma to Perera, 1 wide, wide down leg, the batsman chases after it, but too late, some encouraging swing however

1.6

I Sharma to Perera, no run, banged down the channel, short at 139.3kph, and the batsman shoulders arms quickly

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
MDK Perera    8* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-2-0
ST Jayasuriya    1* (1b)      MM Patel    1-0-8-0

Sri Lanka will be happy with their start on what looks to be a fairly flat deck, good for batting. Two slips by the way and a leg gully

2.1

Patel to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short outside off and you can't bowl there to Mr Jayasuriya, as he rocks on to his back foot and scythes hard through point

2.2

Patel to Jayasuriya, no run, up there on off, a good reply, this time prompting a defence on the front foot

Not much swing on offer out there

2.3

Patel to Jayasuriya, no run, tidy again, shortish but in line with off, Jayasuriya waits and defends down on the back foot

2.4

Patel to Jayasuriya, no run, whistled down off on a good length at 138kph, the batsman quick to lift his arms out of danger

2.5

Patel to Jayasuriya, no run, tight again, this one on middle and off, Jayasuriya defending on the front foot, compactly

2.6

Patel to Jayasuriya, no run, pushes it slightly across him outside off, defended on the front foot

Giftson wants to know who the commentator is, but guessed correctly - sorry about that, it's Jenny Thompson here

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
ST Jayasuriya    5* (7b 1x4)      MM Patel    2-0-12-0
MDK Perera    8* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-2-0

3.1

I Sharma to Perera, 1 wide, pushed down leg, the batsman chasing round but again too late

3.1

I Sharma to Perera, no run, a much better ball, zipping past the outside edge on the rise

3.2

I Sharma to Perera, OUT, straight through him there, Ishant pitches on off on a great length, Perera came out to drive forward but the ball beats the outside edge and held its line to clip the off stump

MDK Perera b I Sharma 8 (15m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

Terrific ball, there's no huge disgrace in getting out to it. Great start by Ishant who doesn't point the batsman in the direction of the dressing rooms, unlike with Andrew Symonds the other day

It's Kumar Sangakkara now. Three slips for him and there's a good contest in the offing between he and the in-form Ishant

3.3

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, starts with a forward defensive

3.4

I Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, outside off, Sangakkara drives out to cover, there's fingertip there but not enough to prevent the single

3.5

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, ripper of a delivery, a fine length at 142 kph, brushes the pad on its way through, but the ball was outside off by then

3.6

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, a straighter delivery, full, Jayasuriya drives into the ground, the ball losing all its pace at that point and flying up over towards the bowler

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 16/1 (RR: 4.00)
ST Jayasuriya    5* (9b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-4-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (2b)      MM Patel    2-0-12-0

4.1

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, pushed down off on a good length, the ball rising and carrying on away from the left hander who shoulders arms

4.2

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, down off, angled across the batsman again on a decent pitch, the batsman leaving it alone

4.3

Patel to Sangakkara, FOUR, a horrid shot from Sangakkara, that won't be on the highlights reel, stepping out and just clearing the slips with a huge outside edge over the two slips from a would-be cover drive

4.4

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, lets that one through without much trouble this time

4.5

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara's at sea so far today, here he drives away from his body and sends another edge through, this time it bounces just short of a rolling Dhoni

Oh so close

4.6

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, on off, defended on the front foot this time

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    5* (8b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-16-0
ST Jayasuriya    5* (9b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-4-1

5.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pushed down on the front foot away to mid-off

5.2

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, pushed up there outside off, driven out to mid-off

5.3

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through well down off

5.4

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, a great line again, angled well across the left hander who shoulders arms early, and Dhoni takes the follow-through

5.5

I Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the legs, clipped out to square for an easy single

5.6

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, well bowled once again, the yorker in line with off, gets right over it in defence

Good bowling there from Ishant

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 22/1 (RR: 3.66)
ST Jayasuriya    6* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-6-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (12b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-16-0

6.1

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, up there on off, good length, defended back out on the front foot

6.2

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, across the bowler, so close to the stumps he bowled over them, and pushed straight down the channel to the batsman who defends on off

6.3

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front foot now

6.4

Patel to Sangakkara, 2 runs, outside off, driven to the covers

6.5

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, strayed a touch onto leg, pushed off the thigh toward square

6.6

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, super delivery, ripped that right past the off stump and it was rising too, that one only just past the outside edge

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 24/1 (RR: 3.42)
KC Sangakkara    8* (18b 1x4)      MM Patel    4-0-18-0
ST Jayasuriya    6* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-6-1

Plenty of you up in arms about the fact that Symonds provoked Ishant the other day. It certainly seemed like that at the time, not that Ishant was right to retaliate

7.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, SIX, way wide outside off, driven over the covers very well indeed

7.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven down to mid-off

7.3

I Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, some more width and the batsman climbs into a very strong cover drive, leaning into that shot and forcing the momentum through

7.4

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, good delivery, just to say outside off on a good length, and the batsman shoulders arms again

7.5

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, Ishant gets away with a wide ball outside off, the batsman aiming to pull it round but doesn't get hold of the shot too well, the ball crashing into the ground

7.6

I Sharma to Sangakkara, 3 runs, outside off and good placement from Sangakkara who negotiates the gap at cover with a mere push which nearly sends the ball all the way to the rope along the floor but Praveen Kumar does very well to slide and stop it going for four

End of over 8 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
KC Sangakkara    15* (22b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-20-1
ST Jayasuriya    13* (13b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    4-0-18-0

8.1

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, pushed across the left hander who leaves it alone

8.2

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, straight ball, from wicket to wicket, the batsman defends solidly on the front foot

8.3

Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball on middle and leg, defended back down off the back foot

8.4

Patel to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, outside off, short ball testing the batsman who tries to push out off the back foot into the covers, instead the inside edge crashes down and nearly on to the stumps, the ball skewing off behind square but could have gone anywhere

8.5

Patel to Jayasuriya, no run, outside off, defended on the front foot into the covers

8.6

Patel to Jayasuriya, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned into short midwicket

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 42/1 (RR: 4.66)
ST Jayasuriya    16* (16b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    5-0-22-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (25b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-20-1

Three slips in

9.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, that one hit Jayasuriya before he was ready for it, a short one which jagged across him on the rise, the batsman taking a blow on the forearm

9.2

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through from over the wicket, on a good length, the batsman shouldering arms

9.3

I Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, wide outside off, crunched through the covers with a very firm drive indeed

9.4

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, fired through across him, good length this time, Sangakkara quick to shoulder arms

9.5

I Sharma to Sangakkara, 2 runs, too full on off, the batsman pushes out through mid-on, fairly straight

9.6

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, tight across the left hander who lets the ball go through this time

End of over 10 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 49/1 (RR: 4.90)
KC Sangakkara    22* (30b 3x4)      I Sharma    5-0-27-1
ST Jayasuriya    17* (17b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    5-0-22-0

The Powerplay has been taken

10.1

Patel to Jayasuriya, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, pushed down off the back foot and the batsmen rush through quickly, good running, Munar was quick to push the ball towards the stumps with his feet, smiling good-naturedly after missing

10.2

Patel to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on the legs, turned off dead square out to the deep, where it's tidied up

10.3

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, waits on off and defends on the back foot back towards the bowler

10.4

Patel to Sangakkara, FOUR, on leg, turned off the legs fine through the appropriately named fine leg

Munaf gets an encouraging pat on the shoulder

10.5

Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, on leg, wristed off again , this time just behind square

Two slips in

10.6

Patel to Jayasuriya, FOUR, outside off, Jayasuriya pulls high and higher wide of long-on, the ball bouncing just inside the rope and hopping over for four

End of over 11 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 61/1 (RR: 5.54)
ST Jayasuriya    22* (19b 2x4 1x6)      MM Patel    6-0-34-0
KC Sangakkara    29* (34b 4x4)      I Sharma    5-0-27-1

Irfan Pathan into the attack

11.1

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, over the wicket, left armer to left hander, the ball curling gently out after pitching outside off, the batsman pressing down in defence

11.2

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, good length, full, and forcing the forward defensive in line with off

11.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, curled in from outside off to an off-stump line, the batsman defends forward

11.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, forces the ball towards the legs, the batsman looks to squeeze to midwicket, a good length though, not much room

11.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed on to middle and leg again, driven out to mid-on where Yuvraj Singh gets in on the action with a dive out, clasping the ball on the stretch

11.6

Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, forced up there on middle and leg, turned into short midwicket where the shy comes in, just wide, but Jayasuriya would have been in anyway

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 63/1 (RR: 5.25)
ST Jayasuriya    23* (20b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara    30* (39b 4x4)      MM Patel    6-0-34-0

Solid start for Sri Lanka, they will be happy so far. Here's Praveen Kumar now, replacing Munaf at the River End

12.1

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, from over the wicket, forces the ball past the left hander who waits and defends outside off on a good length

12.2

Kumar to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, bangs in too short at 138kph, the batsman squeezes off the legs to midwicket

12.3

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, outside off, cut hard into the ground in front of point

12.4

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, a tight ball outside off at 134kph, the batsman waits and defends into the ground on the back foot

12.5

Kumar to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, outside off, a touch full, and Jayasuriya goes over the top with a push of an aerial drive, the bottom hand coming into play there

This is his top score for the series

12.6

Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on the legs, turned away to deep square, good placement

End of over 13 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 70/1 (RR: 5.38)
KC Sangakkara    32* (40b 4x4)      P Kumar    1-0-7-0
ST Jayasuriya    28* (25b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    1-0-2-0

13.1

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, the ball comes in outside off just back of a length, the batsman cuts out to point

13.2

Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, outside off, a touch short, steered away to third man off the back foot, just opening the face to guide it there

13.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, played down defensively off the back foot

13.4

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, banged in short, the batsman taking evasive ducking action as the ball flies on over off stump

13.5

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, planted on a good length in line with off, all the batsman can do is come forward to defend on the front foot

13.6

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, another good-length delivery, much the same as the last ball, defended on the front foot

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 72/1 (RR: 5.14)
ST Jayasuriya    29* (30b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-4-0
KC Sangakkara    33* (41b 4x4)      P Kumar    1-0-7-0

14.1

Kumar to Sangakkara, OUT, got him! Sangakkara charges and then pokes at a short one down off, opening the face and prodding straight into Dhoni's hands

KC Sangakkara c †Dhoni b Kumar 33 (47m 42b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

A big wicket, a needless shot, and India have immediately checked Sri Lanka, Dhoni taking a good catch

In comes Mahela Jayawardene

14.2

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, outside off at 129.7kph, the ball curling only a touch and it's pretty wide, allowing the batsman to leave first up

14.3

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, outside off, Jayawardene opens the face and pushes down behind him off the back foot

14.4

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, comes out and defends on the front foot, a good-length ball in line with off

14.5

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, on middle and leg, turned into the leg-side with a quick press

14.6

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, straight on middle and off, defended back on the front foot

A tidy over, and a useful one, too

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 73/2 (RR: 4.86)
ST Jayasuriya    29* (33b 2x4 1x6)      P Kumar    2-0-8-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)      IK Pathan    2-0-4-0

The final Powerplay is coming atcha, as Cleopatra would sing

15.1

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, forced across the right hander, who defends on the front foot

15.2

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, well bowled indeed, just angled it across the right hander, the ball pitching outside off and veering wider off the seam, the batsman beaten

15.3

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, another good line, Jayawardene is more in control this time, leaving it alone strongly

15.4

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball at 133.4kph, defended on the front foot out towards mid-on

15.5

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, more of the good stuff, Irfan again hits a good length and the ball pushes through

15.6

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, another good ball to finish a tidy maiden, the batsman pushing forward

End of over 16 (maiden) Sri Lanka 73/2 (RR: 4.56)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (8b)      IK Pathan    3-1-4-0
ST Jayasuriya    29* (33b 2x4 1x6)      P Kumar    2-0-8-1

16.1

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, defended on the front foot

16.2

Kumar to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, a wide called from a short one which wobbled high over leg

16.2

Kumar to Jayasuriya, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned out in front of square

16.3

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, good length on off, Jayawardene waits for the ball and then defends on the front foot

16.4

Kumar to Jayawardene, 2 runs, outside off and Jayawardene comes down the track and goes aerial, driving over the top wide of long-off for two

Early intent from Jayawardene, then

16.5

Kumar to Jayawardene, OUT, outside off, and that's a screamer of a catch, Jayawardene laces hard off the back foot to point where it's taken very quickly and very low by Rohit Sharma

DPMD Jayawardene c RG Sharma b Kumar 3 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

Another big wicket for Kumar, courtesy of some good fielding from Sharma, who can usually be relied on, and that was something special

16.6

Kumar to Silva, no run, plants wide down off, deliberately, on a good length but the batsman's not tempted, shouldering arms

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 77/3 (RR: 4.52)
LPC Silva    0* (1b)      P Kumar    3-0-12-2
ST Jayasuriya    30* (35b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    3-1-4-0

17.1

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, tidy on off, Jayasuriya comes forward and clamps down on a forward defence

17.2

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, on off again and once more defence is the only form of defence

17.3

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, full delivery in front of off again, once more defended with something of a push-drive towards mid-off

17.4

Pathan to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, back of a length delivery, pushed round through fine leg

17.5

Pathan to Silva, no run, pushed across him, defended into the covers on the front foot

17.6

Pathan to Silva, no run, on the legs, a touch short, pushed out to midwicket and the batsman sets off but is sent back

Good passage of play for India then, squeezing Sri Lanka in the last six or seven overs and taking two wickets to boot

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/3 (RR: 4.44)
LPC Silva    0* (3b)      IK Pathan    4-1-7-0
ST Jayasuriya    33* (39b 2x4 1x6)      P Kumar    3-0-12-2

18.1

Kumar to Jayasuriya, no run, defended on the back foot

18.2

Kumar to Jayasuriya, 1 run, outside off, cut down behind point, the ball running out deep

18.3

Kumar to Silva, OUT, quality delivery from Kumar, and another good catch from Dhoni - the ball coming outside off, straightening on the rise and Silva pops through to the keeper off the back foot

LPC Silva c †Dhoni b Kumar 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kumar is on fire with 3 for 13 so far, Sri Lanka are all a-wobble

Now then, Dilshan to the crease

18.4

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, defends on the front foot

18.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, it's all action here, the batsman coming down to look to move to the leg-side, getting tangled in line with leg, the ball likely bouncing over

18.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, squeezed a tight defence into the off-side now

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 81/4 (RR: 4.26)
TM Dilshan    0* (3b)      P Kumar    4-0-13-3
ST Jayasuriya    34* (41b 2x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    4-1-7-0

19.1

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, fires in short outside off, played down off the back foot

19.2

Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, comes outside off, and defends strongly on the front foot outside his crease and the line of the stumps

19.3

Pathan to Jayasuriya, OUT, banged in outside off, Jayasuriya goes for a huge hook and doesn't get over it, instead the ball flies up high and Dhoni shuffles round a few paces, with plenty of time to set himself for the catch

ST Jayasuriya c †Dhoni b Pathan 34 (88m 44b 2x4 1x6) SR: 77.27

India are on fire and hot, hot, hot. There's a mire with Sri Lanka's name on it

19.4

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, lets that one go through outside off

19.5

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, good angle across the right hander, defended off the back foot into the covers

19.6

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, fired across him, defended on the back foot into the covers

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 81/5 (RR: 4.05)
CK Kapugedera    0* (3b)      IK Pathan    5-2-7-1
TM Dilshan    0* (3b)      P Kumar    4-0-13-3

20.1

Kumar to Dilshan, 2 runs, outside off, just a hint of room to drive out square in front of deep point

20.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, good delivery, testing the batsman down the channel on a good length, left alone in the air

20.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers defensively

20.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, short outside off, swivel-pulled round through midwicket

20.5

Kumar to Kapugedera, 1 wide, just to say wide down off, the ball moving away after pitching

20.5

Kumar to Kapugedera, 1 run, outside off, pushed into the covers on the front foot, and they scramble through

20.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, nipped back in from outside off, defended on the front foot

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 86/5 (RR: 4.09)
TM Dilshan    3* (8b)      P Kumar    5-0-18-3
CK Kapugedera    1* (4b)      IK Pathan    5-2-7-1

21.1

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, comes forward on the front-foot defence

21.2

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, pushed across the right hander outside off, he presses down in defence towards the covers

21.3

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, right up there on off, defended on the front foot

21.4

Pathan to Kapugedera, 1 run, touch of room outside off, cut off the back foot behind point

21.5

Pathan to Dilshan, no run, overpitched on off, attempted yorker driven out towards Uthappa

21.6

Pathan to Dilshan, FOUR, short ball and a welcome boundary for Sri Lanka, the batsman lifting the ball behind square leg

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 91/5 (RR: 4.13)
TM Dilshan    7* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    6-2-12-1
CK Kapugedera    2* (8b)      P Kumar    5-0-18-3

This pitch, by the way, looks pretty good - the scoreline is more a case of some good bowling and some poor shot selection

22.1

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, moves on to the back foot to defend down into the short cover region

22.2

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, fired up towards the batsman who defends into the covers

22.3

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, a gentle loop outside off, the batsman gets into the line and defends on the back foot

Jayasuriya still has his pads on, perhaps finding it hard to let go

22.4

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, full delivery on the front foot, defended on middle and leg

22.5

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, you couldn't get a sliver of rice paper through there, defended watertightly on the front foot

22.6

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, full delivery, deliberately so, on line with off, and defended into the covers on the front foot

End of over 23 (maiden) Sri Lanka 91/5 (RR: 3.95)
CK Kapugedera    2* (14b)      P Kumar    6-1-18-3
TM Dilshan    7* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    6-2-12-1

Ishant back into the attack, there's no respite for Sri Lanka

23.1

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, starts well in line, defended back down on the back foot

Two slips by the way

23.2

I Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, turned in from outside off, the batsman squares the face towards point and plays down on the back foot

23.3

I Sharma to Dilshan, OUT, a huge shout for one which was veering on towards middle and leg, Dilshan was across but not far forward, and there wasn't much wrong at all there

TM Dilshan lbw b I Sharma 8 (20m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Good bowling change from Dhoni, Ishant strikes immediately and it seems there's nowhere to hide for Sri Lanka, their slide started by Sangakkara's thoughtless coming down the track. Terrific bowling by India's unit

Here's Chaminda Vaas

23.4

I Sharma to Vaas, no run, across him, good rise from one at 138kph, Vaas is tight in back-foot defence

Dilshan was playing all round the wicket delivery

23.5

I Sharma to Vaas, no run, fired across him outside off, the batsman makes an extravagant leave

23.6

I Sharma to Vaas, no run, another good delivery fittingly finishes off a tidy over, the ball whistling past the outside edge from a good length

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 93/6 (RR: 3.87)
WPUJC Vaas    0* (3b)      I Sharma    6-0-29-2
CK Kapugedera    3* (15b)      P Kumar    6-1-18-3

24.1

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, a hint of wobble away from the batsman who comes forward to defend

24.2

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, shoulders arms early and deliberately, the ball going through on a good length

24.3

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, cut down off the back foot, chopping into the ground

24.4

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, defended on the front foot into the covers

24.5

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, popped up but very safely, the batsman trying to turn it to midwicket on the back foot

24.6

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, defended on the front foot into the covers

Halfway then, and more than half the wickets are down. Sri Lanka of course need victory to stay in the competition

End of over 25 (maiden) Sri Lanka 93/6 (RR: 3.72)
CK Kapugedera    3* (21b)      P Kumar    7-2-18-3
WPUJC Vaas    0* (3b)      I Sharma    6-0-29-2

Three slips in

25.1

I Sharma to Vaas, no run, rushed down outside off, the batsman lets it go through on a good length

25.2

I Sharma to Vaas, no run, Ishant comes round the wicket this time, and the batsman watches it on to the stumps, defending in front of them

25.3

I Sharma to Vaas, no run, banged in short down off and induces a false shot from the batsman who pulls under it

25.4

I Sharma to Vaas, OUT, outside off, the batsman pulls up and over to midwicket, where it's taken easily, Vaas not getting over the ball at all

WPUJC Vaas c Gambhir b I Sharma 0 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

25.5

I Sharma to Malinga, no run, pushed through down the off-side channel, left alone

25.6

I Sharma to Malinga, 1 run, cut back in from outside off, defended into the covers on the front foot

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 94/7 (RR: 3.61)
SL Malinga    1* (2b)      I Sharma    7-0-30-3
CK Kapugedera    3* (21b)      P Kumar    7-2-18-3

Irfan back into the attack

26.1

Pathan to Malinga, no run, pushed past the outside edge

26.2

Pathan to Malinga, 1 run, on the legs, turned back down through fine leg for an easy single

26.3

Pathan to Kapugedera, 1 run, pushed across the right hander, just back of a length, tipped back down into the covers off the back foot

26.4

Pathan to Malinga, no run, pushed across him, quite wide down off, left alone

26.5

Pathan to Malinga, no run, round the wicket, wide outside off, left alone

26.6

Pathan to Malinga, no run, bent back in from pretty wide outside off, defended on the front foot into the covers

End of over 27 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 96/7 (RR: 3.55)
SL Malinga    2* (7b)      IK Pathan    7-2-14-1
CK Kapugedera    4* (22b)      I Sharma    7-0-30-3

"Not good, 7 for 96," notes Tony Greig and he's not wrong, this is a collapse for 6 for 24 so far

27.1

I Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, shortish, defended back down

27.2

I Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, a bit of a half-volley outside off, driven out through extra cover

27.3

I Sharma to Malinga, 1 run, on off, turned out in front of midwicket

27.4

I Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, outside off, opens the face with a flashy prod of some control wide down to third man

27.5

I Sharma to Malinga, no run, angles in on middle, a low curve, and the ball's defended on the front foot

27.6

I Sharma to Malinga, no run, hip-high full toss slips out on line with leg and is defended into the leg-side

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 99/7 (RR: 3.53)
SL Malinga    3* (10b)      I Sharma    8-0-33-3
CK Kapugedera    6* (25b)      IK Pathan    7-2-14-1

28.1

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, on off, pushed down into the gully

28.2

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, good line on middle and off, tight too, and the batsman can only defend on the front foot

28.3

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, shuffles outside off, defended back into the ground, with what would have been an off-drive

28.4

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, slower ball at 127.5kph, defended on the front foot

28.5

Kumar to Kapugedera, 1 run, comes outside off and down the track, the batsman trapping the ball under his bat and it splayed out to the leg-side

28.6

Kumar to Malinga, 1 run, clamped down into the legs, off out to short midwicket and they run through

Sri Lanka have crawled into triple figures at last, their last fifty coming up for the cost of six wickets

End of over 29 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 101/7 (RR: 3.48)
SL Malinga    4* (11b)      P Kumar    8-2-20-3
CK Kapugedera    7* (30b)      I Sharma    8-0-33-3

Tommy Simsek runs onto the pitch with some tape and runs back off - even the sprinting physio doesn't have much spring in his step today

29.1

Pathan to Malinga, no run, floated past the outside edge, the batsman fending at it, his bat behind his pad

29.2

Pathan to Malinga, no run, over the wicket across the right hander who plays down on the front foot, defensively

29.3

Pathan to Malinga, no run, oh, the plan nearly came off, Irfan forcing past the outside edge, wide, Malinga tempted into the cut

29.4

Pathan to Malinga, 1 run, outside off, squares into the ball, and pokes down to gully

29.5

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, pushed down the channel outside off, the batsman shouldering arms

29.6

Pathan to Kapugedera, 1 run, attempted yorker, pressed out through square on the off side

So, at the 30-over mark a usual guide is doubling the score from now to predict the final 50. Sri Lanka would be delighted if they could push past 200, but at this stage it's looking exceptionally unlikely to say the least

End of over 30 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 103/7 (RR: 3.43)
CK Kapugedera    8* (32b)      IK Pathan    8-2-16-1
SL Malinga    5* (15b)      P Kumar    8-2-20-3

"No need of 300. Dhoni's men can do it. Force India." reads a sign. Here's Harbhajan into the attack

30.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, welcome runs, the batsman sweeping it easily down to fine leg

30.2

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, pushed in from outside off, full delivery, defended on the front foot

30.3

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, 1 run, reaches outside off to sweep through square

30.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, no run, full delivery on middle and leg, turned out to short square

30.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, no run, close to the outside edge, thought about the cut but the ball roses up unexpectedly and hopped over the bat

30.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, driven out to the covers

End of over 31 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 106/7 (RR: 3.41)
CK Kapugedera    10* (36b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0
SL Malinga    6* (17b)      IK Pathan    8-2-16-1

A quick drinks break

31.1

Pathan to Kapugedera, 2 runs, on middle, a shortish ball helped round the corner and they come back for the second

31.2

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, forced down the off-side, the batsman comes over, sniffs, turns his nose up, and leaves

31.3

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, a tight line on off, rising a touch, the batsman defends off the back foot and the ball rolls out slowly to the covers

31.4

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, width outside off, pushed off the back foot now

31.5

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, full delivery on off, pushed out on the front foot

31.6

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, on middle and off, pushed out on the front foot to the leg-side

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 108/7 (RR: 3.37)
CK Kapugedera    12* (42b)      IK Pathan    9-2-18-1
SL Malinga    6* (17b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0

Yuvraj into the attack now

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Malinga, no run, on off, turned out to square without much power

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Malinga, no run, up there, full, and defended with a trap under the bat on the front foot

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Malinga, 1 run, outside off, pushed into the covers and they scramble through quickly

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, driven out wide of mid-off for another gentle single

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Malinga, no run, on off, forced into square

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Malinga, no run, tight delivery up there on off, defended on the front foot

End of over 33 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 110/7 (RR: 3.33)
SL Malinga    7* (22b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-0
CK Kapugedera    13* (43b)      IK Pathan    9-2-18-1

Harbhajan back on from the other end

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, pushed defensively into the covers on the front foot

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, FOUR, good loop outside off, a very good sweep through midwicket

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 2 runs, outside off, pushed into the legs

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, on off, turned to midwicket for an easy single

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, comes out and defends on the front foot

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, got him to fish outside off, the batsman pressing forward to the covers and missing

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 117/7 (RR: 3.44)
SL Malinga    7* (24b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-10-0
CK Kapugedera    20* (47b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-0

Munaf back into the attack to try to break through now

34.1

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, slinks it down the channel on a good length and tight line, the batsman lets it go through

34.2

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, very tight again on off, pushed out on the front foot to the covers

34.3

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, good yorker now, the batsman looks to be aggressive and then digs it out on the front foot

34.4

Patel to Kapugedera, 4 runs, outside off, driven on the up wide of mid-off and it's a very slow outfield, the ball pulling up inside the rope

34.5

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, defended well on the front foot, kept quiet by that one

34.6

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, cramped him again with a full ball on middle and off, defended in front of the toes

End of over 35 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 121/7 (RR: 3.45)
CK Kapugedera    24* (53b 1x4)      MM Patel    7-0-38-0
SL Malinga    7* (24b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-10-0

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, good length outside off, and plenty of loop, Malinga pads up away from the body

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, 1 run, outside off again and Malinga presses up to midwicket, the cry of "Catch" going in vain as it bounced in front of the fielder

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, a gentle single knocked into the covers

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, dropped! A big nick to Tendulkar's left at first slip, the topspinner getting the prod outside off

A fair effort all the same, and that was well bowled

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, 1 run, pressed out to the covers on the front foot

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, outside off, cut down to gully and although the hit's a direct one it looks like he's home. The third umpire is called in to verify but he was in by miles, OK a metre or so

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 125/7 (RR: 3.47)
CK Kapugedera    26* (55b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-0
SL Malinga    9* (28b)      MM Patel    7-0-38-0

36.1

Patel to Kapugedera, 1 wide, pushes down leg, with some handy bounce, but had just strayed too far

36.1

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, placed up there on a decent line and length, defended on the front foot with a good squeeze

36.2

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, on middle and leg, pushed out defensively towards mid-on

36.3

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, more of the tight stuff, defended in line with middle and off, the length impeccable

36.4

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, on middle, turned to short midwicket

36.5

Patel to Kapugedera, FOUR, outside off, a touch short and he makes no mistake with a fulsome pull shot lifted up and over midwicket, bouncing just inside the rope

36.6

Patel to Kapugedera, 4 leg byes, too straight and whipped down through fine leg, the ball brushing the pads en route and running on fine

End of over 37 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 134/7 (RR: 3.62)
CK Kapugedera    30* (61b 2x4)      MM Patel    8-0-43-0
SL Malinga    9* (28b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-0

The one slip in

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, comes forward and defends on the front foot

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, pushed up there on off and once more it's kept out defensively

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, Malinga, a touch frustrated, goes to turn the ball to midwicket but it's on to him too quickly

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, pushed out towards mid-on this time

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, 3 runs, rocks back into the shot and executes a hard cut through the covers, a good chase prevents the boundary

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, big shout for one which cuts back and raps him high on the thigh

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 138/7 (RR: 3.63)
CK Kapugedera    30* (62b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0
SL Malinga    12* (33b)      MM Patel    8-0-43-0

Ishant back on now, will it be him who breaks through again?

38.1

I Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, banged it outside off, cut hard in front of point

38.2

I Sharma to Malinga, no run, outside off, left through

38.3

I Sharma to Malinga, no run, waits outside off and prods down behind gully with little foot movement

38.4

I Sharma to Malinga, OUT, outside off and yet again Sri Lankan shot selection lets them down, although credit to the bowler at the same time, beating him for pace and Malinga tried to pull it but the ball went high and up over to Uthappa who set himself to take the catch at mid-off

SL Malinga c Uthappa b I Sharma 12 (56m 36b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

There were a few people around Uthappa as well, so he did well to not be distracted. The end of a blush-saving stand then and yet again Ishant is in on the wickets, he now has four

38.5

I Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers

38.6

I Sharma to Kapugedera, FOUR, down the track and that was ever so nearly five for Ishant, the batsman going for the hard drive and almost dragging an inside edge back on

End of over 39 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 143/8 (RR: 3.66)
CK Kapugedera    35* (65b 3x4)      I Sharma    9-0-38-4
M Muralitharan    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0

Yuvraj back into the attack. A slip in

39.1

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, beats the outside edge with one that turned past his outside edge

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, 1 wide, strayed down leg this time

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, up there on off, and a half shout

39.3

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, another half shout for a forward defensive

39.4

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, ripped too quickly down off, Murali cutting hard at it

39.5

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, on middle and leg, pushed forward and they decide not to take the single to keep Kapugedera on strike next over

39.6

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, defended down easily off the back foot

End of over 40 (1 run) Sri Lanka 144/8 (RR: 3.60)
M Muralitharan    0* (6b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-3-0
CK Kapugedera    35* (65b 3x4)      I Sharma    9-0-38-4

Ishant to bowl his tenth and final over

40.1

I Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers on the front foot

40.2

I Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, full delivery on middle and leg, forced out wristily between midwicket and mid-on

40.3

I Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, ripped through down outside off

40.4

I Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, on off, rising delivery, tucked back down off the back foot into short midwicket

40.5

I Sharma to Muralitharan, no run, banged down off, too wide for the batsman to be tempted into anything

40.6

I Sharma to Muralitharan, 2 runs, attempted yorker, the batsman eases back and stabs down, the ball easing down to third man

End of over 41 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 147/8 (RR: 3.58)
M Muralitharan    2* (8b)      I Sharma    10-0-41-4
CK Kapugedera    36* (69b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-3-0

Irfan now

41.1

Pathan to Kapugedera, no run, on middle and leg, turned into midwicket

41.2

Pathan to Kapugedera, 1 run, overpitched on off and a great booming drive out through extra cover, the sweeper Gambhir doing his job

41.3

Pathan to Muralitharan, no run, short, sharp bouncer kept fairly low and the batsman ducks under very quickly

41.4

Pathan to Muralitharan, no run, outside off, the batsman backs away and cuts off the back foot to point

41.5

Pathan to Muralitharan, no run, good length past the batsman on off, he defends into point

41.6

Pathan to Muralitharan, FOUR, on off, Murali takes a half step forward and drives up and over mid-on with nothing more than a short-arm jab

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 152/8 (RR: 3.61)
M Muralitharan    6* (12b 1x4)      IK Pathan    10-2-23-1
CK Kapugedera    37* (71b 3x4)      I Sharma    10-0-41-4

42.1

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, outside off, short ball, driven off the back foot without much power into the covers

42.2

Patel to Kapugedera, 2 runs, down the track outside off, Kapugedera goes aerial and out towards Gambhir inside the rope at deep midwicket who catches it then throws it back on to the pitch, going over with the momentum

42.3

Patel to Kapugedera, 2 runs, driven out straight to long-on, a quiet kind of shot

42.4

Patel to Kapugedera, 2 runs, outside off, cuts out to deep square off the back foot

42.5

Patel to Kapugedera, no run, on middle and nipping out, the batsman plays forward into the covers

42.6

Patel to Kapugedera, 2 runs, outside off, driven wide of the man at long-off

End of over 43 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 160/8 (RR: 3.72)
CK Kapugedera    45* (77b 3x4)      MM Patel    9-0-51-0
M Muralitharan    6* (12b 1x4)      IK Pathan    10-2-23-1

Yuvraj now

43.1

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, pushed out quietly to mid-on

43.2

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, fired right up there and inside-edges back on to his pad

43.3

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, pushed forward, defensively

43.4

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, 2 runs, swept up to the gap at midwicket, one hand coming off the bat

43.5

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, 1 run, popped up and cut down wide of the keeper

43.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, on middle and off, driven out easily to wide mid-on

Kapugedera has really helped Sri Lanka here with an important innings

End of over 44 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 164/8 (RR: 3.72)
CK Kapugedera    46* (78b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-7-0
M Muralitharan    9* (17b 1x4)      MM Patel    9-0-51-0

Praveen Kumar back into the attack now

44.1

Kumar to Kapugedera, 1 run, driven out to the covers for an easy single

44.2

Kumar to Muralitharan, no run, full toss too straight for the batsman to do much with other than poke forward

44.3

Kumar to Muralitharan, no run, driven on the front foot to short midwicket

44.4

Kumar to Muralitharan, 2 runs, outside off, and driven up and over extra cover

44.5

Kumar to Muralitharan, no run, prompts the defensive with a good-length ball played forward

44.6

Kumar to Muralitharan, 1 run, backs away, exposing all of his stumps but he cuts out behind point

End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 168/8 (RR: 3.73)
M Muralitharan    12* (22b 1x4)      P Kumar    9-2-24-3
CK Kapugedera    47* (79b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-7-0

45.1

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, right up there on off, he comes forward and defends tightly

45.2

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, 1 run, paddled round the corner for a lazy single to bring Kapugedera back on strike

45.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 2 runs, not much width at all, but he somehow manages to make room to cut hard in front of point

45.4

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, turned in on middle, Kapugedera wrists it back out to square to bring up a face-saving fifty against the tide of wickets

45.5

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, past him in a flash, the batsman tanling himself up in a would-be sweep

45.6

Yuvraj Singh to Muralitharan, no run, pops up outside off, the batsman cuts down to the man at short third man, Kapugedera sets off, but Murali sends him back wisely

End of over 46 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 172/8 (RR: 3.73)
M Muralitharan    13* (26b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-11-0
CK Kapugedera    50* (81b 3x4)      P Kumar    9-2-24-3

46.1

Kumar to Kapugedera, no run, waits for the ball outside off, and driven out to the covers

46.2

Kumar to Kapugedera, 2 runs, outside off, the batsman makes room to drive hard out to long-on

46.3

Kumar to Kapugedera, FOUR, steps back to open up the leg-side and push-drive out between midwicket and mid-on

46.4

Kumar to Kapugedera, 1 run, low full toss, whip-driven out to mid-on

46.5

Kumar to Muralitharan, OUT, backs away and goes across the line aiming towards midwicket and missed it completely, the ball veering down leg, catching the right thigh and moving a touch back to just clip leg stick

M Muralitharan b Kumar 13 (31m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 48.14

Four wickets now for Praveen Kumar and each of them well deserved. Murali's entertaining cameo ends

46.6

Kumar to Amerasinghe, no run, pushed him on to the back foot in front of off stump, defended on the front foot

End of over 47 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 179/9 (RR: 3.80)
MKDI Amerasinghe    0* (1b)      P Kumar    10-2-31-4
CK Kapugedera    57* (85b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-11-0

Harbhajan now

47.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, OUT, a soft dismissal to end a fine innings, Kapugedera coming out and poppin up a soft return pull to Harbhajan who had pinged the ball down off

CK Kapugedera c & b Harbhajan Singh 57 (119m 86b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.27

Well, Sri Lanka have given themselves something for their bowlers to defend but India will fancy their chances of securing their grand finals berth on a flat track having bowled so well, with hat tips to Ishant and Kumar who both got four. Stay with us for the chase.

Tournament Results
Australia v India at Brisbane - Mar 4, 2008
India won by 9 runs
Australia v India at Sydney - Mar 2, 2008
India won by 6 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Feb 29, 2008
Sri Lanka won by 13 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Feb 26, 2008
India won by 7 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)
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Feb 26, 2008

Ishant Sharma's 4 for 41 helped cripple Sri Lanka, India v Sri Lanka, 11th ODI, CB Series, Hobart, February 26, 2008

Ishant Sharma's 4 for 41 helped cripple Sri Lanka

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Feb 26, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar got himself into form with a dazzling fifty, India v Sri Lanka, 11th ODI, CB Series, Hobart, February 26, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar got himself into form with a dazzling fifty

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