Indian Oil Cup, 2005 / Commentary

Indian Oil Cup - 1st match

Sri Lanka v India

Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Match State: Match start scheduled for 2.30pm local time (8.30am GMT) Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the Indian Oil Cup, 2005. Today Sri Lanka take on India in the opening match of the tournament at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. West Indies the other team in this Tri-series will start their campaign tomorrow with a match against India. This will be India's first International match in two-and-a-half months, and they are without Sachin Tendulkar, who is injured and Sourav Ganguly, who will miss the first two matches due to a ban imposed on him by ICC for slow over rates. Rahul Dravid will lead India in the absence of Ganguly. Sri Lanka on the other hand will start off as favourites after their thumping 2-0 win against West Indies in the recently concluded Test series. Muttiah Muralitharan is the back to full fitness and is picking up wickets at will - watch out India! Today Greg Chappell, the former Australia batting legend will begin his new innings as India coach. Weather looks good but not perfect, at the moment it's bit cloudy and there is a heavy breeze blowing across the stadium and the forecast for the day is not that promising. news from the middle is that Rahul Dravid has won the toss and elected to bat first Sri Lanka - Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof. 12th Man - Upul Tharanga. India - Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Venugopal Rao, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra. 12th Man - Jai P Yadav Dilhara Lokuhettige is the new man in the Sri Lankan team, this will be his first ODI. There was a rumour around that Upul Tharanga will open with Jayasuriya but now we know! VVS Laxman is injured. MS Dhoni will open with Sehwag. Supersubs and Powerplay do not apply in this series, so it will be just old fashioned good One Day cricket For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com We welcome all feedback - on our coverage and on the game. Please write in to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html News just comes in that Laxman was ruled out because of a back spasm. Indian openers are out in the middle, Sehwag will take strike and it will be Farveez Maharoof to start the bowling attack

0.1

Maharoof to Sehwag, 1 no ball, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away to the square leg region, India off the mark straightaway

0.1

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, again on the middle and leg stump line, defended to the midwicket region

0.2

Maharoof to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag off the mark, Maharoof sticks to the same line and length, Sehwag quickly gets back and turns it away in front of square, diving stop there saves one run

0.3

Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, Dhoni drives on the up and finds the point fielder

0.4

Maharoof to Dhoni, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dhoni gets forward and punches it into the gap between the cover fielders, nicely timed shot, Dhoni too off the mark straightaway

0.5

Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, defended outside the off stump

0.6

Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery, driven off the front-foot to the cover region, fielder moves in quickly and cuts off the single

Maharoof starts off with a decent over. Dilhara Lokuhettige the debutant will share the new ball with Maharoof two slips and a gully in place

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    1* (3b)     

1.1

Dilhara to Sehwag, FOUR, drifting onto middle and leg, Sehwag gets back and punches it down the ground to the long-on boundary, looked like a mis-times shot but the ball just raced away to the boundary

1.2

Dilhara to Sehwag, FOUR, four more! on the pads and turned away to the midwicket fence, Sehwag once again manages to place it well wide of the fielder

1.3

Dilhara to Sehwag, no run

1.4

Dilhara to Sehwag, no run, driven hard but straight to the point fielder

1.5

Dilhara to Sehwag, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, smashed past the point fielder, Lokuhettige struggling on debut here

1.6

Dilhara to Sehwag, 1 run, turned away on the leg side

End of over 2 (13 runs) India 17/0
V Sehwag    14* (9b 3x4)      LHD Dilhara    1-0-13-0
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)     

2.1

Maharoof to Sehwag, OUT, first blood! good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and swinging in, Sehwag fails to make contact trying to turn it away on the leg side, off stumps is knocked back, Maharoof strikes early!

V Sehwag b Maharoof 14 (10m 10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

looked like the ball was coming into Sehwag but held its line after pitching Yuvraj Singh gets promoted to number three

2.2

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone outside the off stump

2.3

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, off the mark in style! drifting down the leg side, Yuvraj gets into a nice positions and flicks it away to the backward square leg boundary, fine leg had no chance

2.4

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run

2.5

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, outside the off stump, Yuvraj leaves it for the keeper

2.6

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 21/1
Yuvraj Singh    4* (5b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-8-1
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)     

3.1

Dilhara to Dhoni, 1 wide, way outside the off stump

3.1

Dilhara to Dhoni, no run, driven straight to the point fielder

3.2

Dilhara to Dhoni, no run, played down the track to the mid-on region, not a well timed shot

3.3

Dilhara to Dhoni, OUT, first ODI wicket! pitched up and angling in, Dhoni plays all over it and gets bowled, India in trouble here!

MS Dhoni b Dilhara 2 (17m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Dhoni was looking to drive on the up, was early into the shot and missed the line completely Indian captain Rahul Dravid is the next man in

3.4

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, pushed to point

3.5

Dilhara to Dravid, FOUR, drifting onto the pads, turned away to the fine leg boundary, Dravid too off the mark with a good looking shot

3.6

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, end of a successful over

both the openers are back in the pavilion, now it's up to Dravid and Yuvraj to pull Indian out of the hole

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 26/2
R Dravid    4* (3b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    2-0-18-1
Yuvraj Singh    4* (5b 1x4)     

4.1

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched up outside the off stump and Yuvraj drives hard, made good contact but failed to get it past the fielder at mid-off

4.2

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched outside the off stump and angling away further, no shot offered

4.3

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side, Yuvraj fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls down to the short fine leg region

4.4

Maharoof to Dravid, 1 run, flicked away to the deep square leg region

4.5

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushed back to the bowler

4.6

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, outside the off stump and is left alone by Yuvraj

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 28/2
Yuvraj Singh    4* (10b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-9-1
R Dravid    5* (4b 1x4)     

5.1

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, good delivery, on the middle and leg stump line, Dravid watchfully pushes it back to the bowler

5.2

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dravid gets a good stride forward, gets to the pitch of the delivery and defends

5.3

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

5.4

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, turned away to the midwicket region

5.5

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, this time Dravid fails to stoke it cleanly, ball rolls back to the bowler

5.6

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, maiden! drifting in from outside the off stump, turned away to the short midwicket region

Lokuhettige who was taken apart by Sehwag in his first over is looking much more composed now

End of over 6 (maiden) India 28/2
R Dravid    5* (10b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    3-1-18-1
Yuvraj Singh    4* (10b 1x4)     

6.1

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fraction short and moving away late, Yuvraj pokes at it and gets beaten

6.2

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run

6.3

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run

6.4

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide

6.4

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run

6.5

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beauty! pitched close to the off stump line and moving away late, draws Yuvraj into the shot and beats him all ends up, excellent over so far

6.6

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and again! Yuvraj struggling here at the moment, Maharoof once again manages to beat him with a away going delivery

End of over 7 (1 run) India 29/2
Yuvraj Singh    4* (16b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-10-1
R Dravid    5* (10b 1x4)     

7.1

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

7.2

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

7.3

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, defended to the silly mid-on region, short midwicket moves in quickly and cuts off the single

7.4

Dilhara to Dravid, 3 runs, Lokuhettige drifts onto the middle and leg stump line, Dravid turns it away beautifully to the deep midwicket region, just a flick of the wrist and the ball raced away

7.5

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

7.6

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched up and Yuvraj drives down to the mid-off region

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 32/2
Yuvraj Singh    4* (18b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    4-1-21-1
R Dravid    8* (14b 1x4)     

8.1

Maharoof to Dravid, no run, pushed to cover

8.2

Maharoof to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump

8.3

Maharoof to Dravid, no run, pitched up and angling in, Dravid drives it away pushing forward onto the front-foot but fails to beat the fielder at midwicket

8.4

Maharoof to Dravid, no run, good length delivery close to the off stump line, defended

8.5

Maharoof to Dravid, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, cut away off the back-foot to the third man region for a single

8.6

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Yuvraj moves forward and glides it away to the gully region, another good over for Sri Lanka comes to an end

End of over 9 (1 run) India 33/2
Yuvraj Singh    4* (19b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-11-1
R Dravid    9* (19b 1x4)     

9.1

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, Pitched up delivery and Dravid drives it back to the bowler on the bounce.

9.2

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

9.3

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, drifting in from outside the off stump, Dravid moves forward and across and flicks it away on the leg side, well timed shot but the ball went straight to the fielder at short midwicket

9.4

Dilhara to Dravid, 1 run, cut away to the third man region, easy single

there is a short cover in place for Yuvraj

9.5

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven hard but straight to the fielder at short cover

9.6

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, turned away to the vacant midwicket region, easy single to end the over

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 35/2
Yuvraj Singh    5* (21b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    5-1-23-1
R Dravid    10* (23b 1x4)     

10.1

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lovely delivery outside the off stump, Yuvraj plays inside the line

10.2

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another probing delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and deviating away from the left-hander, Yuvraj watchfully leaves it for the keeper

10.3

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run

10.4

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, on the pads and Yuvraj flicks it away very fine, welcome boundary for India

10.5

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pitched up outside the off stump, Yuvraj forces it away to deep point and strolls across for a single

10.6

Maharoof to Dravid, no run, rising delivery outside the off stump, Dravid leaves it for the keeper

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 40/2
R Dravid    10* (24b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    6-0-16-1
Yuvraj Singh    10* (26b 2x4)     

11.1

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, Yuvraj moves across and flicks it away to the midwicket region, Jayasuriya dives across and stops the ball but fails to cut off the single

Jayasuriya is still lying down holding on to his right shoulder, looks like he has injured himself. Jayasuriya has left the field, looked like he was in a lot of pain

11.2

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

11.3

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

11.4

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

11.5

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

11.6

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, pushed to mid-off

End of over 12 (1 run) India 41/2
R Dravid    10* (29b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    6-1-24-1
Yuvraj Singh    11* (27b 2x4)     

12.1

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, forced away to the point region

12.2

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, just outside the off stump and moving away a bit, Yuvraj leaves it for the keeper

12.3

Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Yuvraj looking to push it away on the off side ends up with an inside edge, ball rolls away to the square leg region and a quick single is taken

12.4

Maharoof to Dravid, no run

12.5

Maharoof to Dravid, no run, fraction short and outside the off stump, Dravid drives and finds the man at cover

12.6

Maharoof to Dravid, no run

End of over 13 (1 run) India 42/2
R Dravid    10* (32b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    7-0-17-1
Yuvraj Singh    12* (30b 2x4)     

13.1

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, 2 leg byes, drifting down the leg side, Yuvraj swings across but fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away beating the diving keeper

13.2

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, no run

13.3

Dilhara to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, gone! short and outside the off stump, Yuvraj goes after it and ends up hitting it high up towards the mid-on region, Tharanga moves across and makes no mistake, India three down, Lokuhettige on debut picks up his second wicket!

Yuvraj Singh c sub (WU Tharanga) b Dilhara 12 (47m 33b 2x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

excellent bowling this by the debutant, out of the blue, banged in one short and Yuvraj Singh fell right into the trap Mohammad Kaif is the next man in

13.4

Dilhara to Dravid, no run

13.5

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, played to mid-on

13.6

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, turned away to the midwicket region

End of over 14 (2 runs, wicket maiden) India 44/3
R Dravid    10* (35b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    7-2-24-2
M Kaif    0* (0b)     

14.1

Maharoof to Kaif, no run

14.2

Maharoof to Kaif, no run, played away to the point region, not a well timed shot

14.3

Maharoof to Kaif, FOUR, another Indian batsman gets off the mark with a boundary, good length delivery outside the off stump, Kaif gets a good stride forward and drives it away through cover point

14.4

Maharoof to Kaif, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Kaif gets hit on the pad, looking to turn it away on the leg side, appeal for lbw turned down, was missing leg

14.5

Maharoof to Kaif, no run

14.6

Maharoof to Kaif, no run, short outside the off stump, Kaif rocks back and cuts it away to the cover region but fails to beat fielders

For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com We welcome all feedback - on our coverage and on the game. Please write in to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Lokuhettige to continue, into his 8th over now

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 48/3
M Kaif    4* (6b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-0-21-1
R Dravid    10* (35b 1x4)     

15.1

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, played down to mid-off

15.2

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, angling in and Dravid drives it down to the mid-on region

15.3

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Dravid defends it on the front-foot

15.4

Dilhara to Dravid, 2 runs, fifty up! on the middle and off stump line, Dravid moves forward and across and turns it away to the deep midwicket

15.5

Dilhara to Dravid, no run, punched hard into the track and the ball bounces over the bowler, mid-off moves across and cuts off the single

15.6

Dilhara to Dravid, 1 leg bye, down to the fine leg region

Match State: Drinks Change in bowling for Sri Lanka, the third seamer in Dilhara Fernando is given the ball now

End of over 16 (3 runs) India 51/3
R Dravid    12* (41b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    8-2-26-2
M Kaif    4* (6b 1x4)     

16.1

Fernando to Dravid, 1 run, starts off with a ball on the pads of Dravid, Dravid duly flicks it down to backward square for a single

16.2

Fernando to Kaif, 1 run, inside edge onto the pad and the ball rolls down the leg side

16.3

Fernando to Dravid, FOUR, good length delivery, angling in from outside the off stump, Dravid gets into a good position and angles it away well wide of the slip fielder, top shot that!

16.4

Fernando to Dravid, no run, good length delivery close to the off stump line, again angling in, Dravid gets forward and defends it watchfully

16.5

Fernando to Dravid, no run

16.6

Fernando to Dravid, 1 wide, down the leg side

16.6

Fernando to Dravid, no run, angling in from outside the off stump, Dravid takes it on the front-foot and punches it down to the mid-on region

double bowling change - Murali into the attack now - this is going to be interesting

End of over 17 (7 runs) India 58/3
R Dravid    17* (46b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-7-0
M Kaif    5* (7b 1x4)     

17.1

Muralitharan to Kaif, 1 run, worked away well wide of the mid-on fielder

no close in fielders at the moment

17.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, defended stretching forward

17.3

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, fraction short and turning in from outside the off stump, Dravid quickly goes back and pulls it away to the deep midwicket region

17.4

Muralitharan to Kaif, 1 run

17.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

17.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, pushed away behind point, Dravid calls but Kaif is not interested

as expected Murali starts off with a decent over

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 61/3
R Dravid    18* (50b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0
M Kaif    7* (9b 1x4)     

18.1

Fernando to Kaif, 1 run, pitched up on the middle and leg stump line and Kaif plays it away to the deep square leg region for an easy single

18.2

Fernando to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended to cover

18.3

Fernando to Dravid, no run, beauty! perfect line and length delivery, beats Dravid who was looking to defend it on the front-foot

18.4

Fernando to Dravid, 1 run, driven away through cover for an easy single

18.5

Fernando to Kaif, no run, pitched up and angling in, Kaif moves across and drives it down to the mid-on region

18.6

Fernando to Kaif, OUT, slower delivery, Kaif ends up chipping it in the air towards the mid-on region, Murali moves in quickly, dives forward and takes a tumbling catch to give Fernando his first wicket of the match

M Kaif c Muralitharan b Fernando 8 (26m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

another crucial blow and India in deep trouble now! Suresh Rain is the next man in

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 63/4
     CRD Fernando    2-0-9-1
R Dravid    19* (53b 2x4)     

19.1

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

19.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run

19.3

Muralitharan to Raina, OUT, oh dear! another one bites the dust! Rain never picked up the dosara, went back to cut and was hit on the pad plumb in front of the stumps, India five down!

SK Raina lbw b Muralitharan 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

that ball was beautifully flighted and turning in from outside the off stump, Raina went back looking to cut as he thought that the ball will turn away but it came in after pitching - fantastic bowling this from the master! is the next man in Venugopal Rao is the next man in

19.4

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

19.5

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

19.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, he is an off-spinner! he is a leg-spinner!, he is Murali! another ripper of a delivery, Venugopal Rao was clueless, luckily for him the ball missed the edge

End of over 20 (1 run) India 64/5
Y Venugopal Rao    0* (3b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-4-1
R Dravid    20* (55b 2x4)     

20.1

Fernando to Dravid, 1 run, pushed away to the point region

20.2

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run

20.3

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run

20.4

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, pushed to midwicket

20.5

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

20.6

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, fraction short and outside the off stump, defended watchfully

End of over 21 (1 run) India 65/5
Y Venugopal Rao    0* (8b)      CRD Fernando    3-0-10-1
R Dravid    21* (56b 2x4)     

21.1

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, turned away behind square on the leg side, fielder moves across quickly and cuts off the single

21.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, fraction short and turning in, Dravid goes back and plays it away to the midwicket region

21.3

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, again slightly short, this time Dravid rocks back and pulls it away to the deep midwicket region

slips and silly point in place for the new batsman

21.4

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, FOUR, drifting down the leg side, Rao gets bat on ball, played it with the spin and the ball raced away to the fine leg fence

21.5

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, flighted delivery, Rao waits for it and turns it away to the square leg region for an easy single

21.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 71/5
R Dravid    22* (60b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-10-1
Y Venugopal Rao    5* (10b 1x4)     

22.1

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, played straight to the fielder at cover

22.2

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, Rao stands tall and glides it down to the third man region for an easy single

22.3

Fernando to Dravid, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Dravid pushes it away to the point region

22.4

Fernando to Dravid, FOUR, slower delivery, pitched up and angling in, Dravid pushes forward and drives it straight down the track to the long-on boundary

22.5

Fernando to Dravid, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended to point

22.6

Fernando to Dravid, 1 run, glided down to third man for an easy single

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 77/5
R Dravid    27* (64b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-16-1
Y Venugopal Rao    6* (12b 1x4)     

23.1

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, driven down to long-on

Rao in the hot seat now!

23.2

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Rao stretches forward and glides it down to the short third man region

23.3

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended stretching forward, ball rolls back to the bowler

23.4

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, played off the back-foot to the short midwicket region

23.5

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, turning in from outside the off stump, Rao watchfully turns it away on the leg side

23.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, fuller and turning in, Rao works it away to the midwicket region with soft hands and sprints across for a single, fielder moving in from midwicket fails to hit the stumps at the bowler's end, direct hit would have been interesting

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 79/5
Y Venugopal Rao    7* (17b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-12-1
R Dravid    28* (65b 3x4)     

24.1

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, glided down to third man for an easy single

24.2

Fernando to Dravid, no run, good length delivery, angling in from outside the off stump, Dravid gets forward and defends it well

24.3

Fernando to Dravid, no run, pushed away to the cover region

24.4

Fernando to Dravid, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit wide on this occasion, Dravid pushes forward and glides it down to third man from a single

24.5

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the, defended on the front-foot

24.6

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, FOUR, Fernando finds the outside edge with a sharp delivery but there are no slips in place and the ball races away to the third man boundary

End of over 25 (6 runs) India 85/5
Y Venugopal Rao    12* (20b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-22-1
R Dravid    29* (68b 3x4)     

25.1

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

25.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, tossed up on the middle and leg stump line, Dravid watchfully defends it on the front-foot

25.3

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump and turning in, Dravid fails to make contact, looking to sweep it away

25.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, short and turning in, pulled away well but straight to the fielder at midwicket

25.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 wide, down the leg side

25.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, forced away to the point region

25.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, FOUR, excellent delivery, well flighted and turning in, Rao, looking to glide it away ends up with an edge but the slip fielder fails to grab it

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 91/5
Y Venugopal Rao    16* (21b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-18-1
R Dravid    30* (73b 3x4)     

26.1

Fernando to Dravid, 2 runs, width outside the off stump and Dravid cuts the ball away to deep backward point

26.2

Fernando to Dravid, no run, pushed to point

26.3

Fernando to Dravid, no run, forced away to the cover region

26.4

Fernando to Dravid, FOUR, shot! good length delivery outside the off stump, Dravid gets a good stride forward and drives it away into the gap between point and gully, nicely opened the face of the bat to get the placement right, pure class!

26.5

Fernando to Dravid, 1 run, pushed wide of the cover fielder and a quickly single is taken

26.6

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, glided down to third man

slip in place for Rao

End of over 27 (8 runs) India 99/5
Y Venugopal Rao    17* (22b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-30-1
R Dravid    37* (78b 4x4)     

27.1

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up and turning in from outside the off stump, Rao moves forward and pushes it back to the bowler

27.2

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, turning in sharply on this occasion, Rao gets hit on the pad trying to defend

27.3

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, fraction short and Rao turns it away to the midwicket region, nicely played

27.4

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

27.5

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

27.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, turned away wide of the fielder at short fine leg, not enough room for a single, maiden

it's going to be spin from both ends, Upul Chandana into the attack now

End of over 28 (maiden) India 99/5
Y Venugopal Rao    17* (28b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    6-1-18-1
R Dravid    37* (78b 4x4)     

28.1

Chandana to Dravid, no run, tossed up and driven straight back, Chandana dives across to his right and saves runs, excellent bit of fielding

28.2

Chandana to Dravid, no run

28.3

Chandana to Dravid, 1 run, driven down to long-off, 100 comes up for India!

28.4

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, played away behind point, quick single taken

28.5

Chandana to Dravid, FOUR, drifting down the leg side, Dravid makes good contact with the sweep shot and the ball races away to the fine leg fence

28.6

Chandana to Dravid, no run, beaten outside the off stump but the away going delivery

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 105/5
R Dravid    42* (83b 5x4)      UDU Chandana    1-0-6-0
Y Venugopal Rao    18* (29b 3x4)     

29.1

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 wide, down the leg side, Rao swings hard but fails to make contact, Sangakkara goes up for a caught behind but the umpire is not interested

29.1

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

29.2

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

29.3

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, forced away behind point, quick single taken

29.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to deep backward square leg for an easy single

29.5

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended back to the bowler

29.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run

End of over 30 (3 runs) India 108/5
Y Venugopal Rao    19* (34b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-1-21-1
R Dravid    43* (84b 5x4)     

30.1

Chandana to Dravid, no run, pitched outside the leg stump and turning across, Dravid gets hit on the pad, was looking to turn it away on the leg side, appeal for lbw turned down

30.2

Chandana to Dravid, 2 runs, fraction short and Dravid pulls it away to the long-on region, get it wide of the fielder in the deep and comes back for the second

30.3

Chandana to Dravid, 1 run, swept away behind square on the leg side, easy single

30.4

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up and Rao defends on the front-foot

30.5

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, flighted delivery, Rao leans forward, takes it on the full and sweeps the ball down to the fine leg region

30.6

Chandana to Dravid, 1 run

spinners are running through their overs, this is a good partnership building up for India but much more needs to be done Dilshan into the attack now

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 113/5
R Dravid    47* (88b 5x4)      UDU Chandana    2-0-11-0
Y Venugopal Rao    20* (36b 3x4)     

31.1

Dilshan to Dravid, 1 run, played away to the midwicket region

31.2

Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run

31.3

Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, on the pads, Rao stretches forward and plays it away wide of the mid-on fielder for an easy single

31.4

Dilshan to Dravid, 1 run, driven past the bowler to the long-on region, yet another easy single added to the total

31.5

Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, turned away to the vacant square leg region

31.6

Dilshan to Dravid, 1 run, fifty! tossed up and turning in, Dravid pushes forward and turns it away well wide of the fielder at short fine leg

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 118/5
R Dravid    50* (91b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-5-0
Y Venugopal Rao    22* (39b 3x4)     

32.1

Chandana to Dravid, FOUR, Shot! fraction short, Dravid rocks back and pulls it away to midwicket fence, easy pickings

32.2

Chandana to Dravid, no run, played away on the leg side

32.3

Chandana to Dravid, no run, tossed up delivery, Dravid turns it away to the midwicket region, had to stretch well forward to get to the pitch of the delivery

32.4

Chandana to Dravid, no run

32.5

Chandana to Dravid, OUT, bowled'm! what a delivery! tossed up, pitched outside the leg stump and turning in, Dravid fails to makes contact trying to sweep and the ball crashes into the stumps, big wicket!

R Dravid b Chandana 54 (116m 96b 6x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

ball pitched outside the leg stump and turned in just enough to miss the pad and crash into the stumps, India six down, Sri Lanka well and truly on top here! Match State: Drinks For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com We welcome all feedback - on our coverage and on the game. Please write in to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Pathan is the next man in

32.6

Chandana to Pathan, 1 run, pushed to covers and Pathan is off the mark straightaway

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 123/6
IK Pathan    1* (1b)      UDU Chandana    3-0-16-1
Y Venugopal Rao    22* (39b 3x4)     

33.1

Dilshan to Pathan, no run

33.2

Dilshan to Pathan, no run

33.3

Dilshan to Pathan, 1 run

33.4

Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot with a straight bat

33.5

Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, turned away to the midwicket region, quick single taken

33.6

Dilshan to Pathan, no run, played down to silly mid-on

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 125/6
IK Pathan    2* (5b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-7-0
Y Venugopal Rao    23* (41b 3x4)     

34.1

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, no run

34.2

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, on the pads, turned away to the deep backward square leg region for an easy single

34.3

Chandana to Pathan, no run

34.4

Chandana to Pathan, 2 runs, fraction short, pulled away to the deep square leg region

34.5

Chandana to Pathan, 1 run

34.6

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, no run

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 129/6
Y Venugopal Rao    24* (44b 3x4)      UDU Chandana    4-0-20-1
IK Pathan    5* (8b)     

35.1

Dilshan to Pathan, no run

35.2

Dilshan to Pathan, 2 runs, forced away to the deep backward point region, runs hard and gets back for the second

Dilshan bowling round the wicket to the left-hander

35.3

Dilshan to Pathan, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, pushed to the cover region

35.4

Dilshan to Pathan, FOUR, fraction short and wide outside the off stump, Pathan cuts late and gets it away well wide of the fielder at short third man, lovely shot

35.5

Dilshan to Pathan, no run

35.6

Dilshan to Pathan, no run, forced away to the short third man region

End of over 36 (6 runs) India 135/6
IK Pathan    11* (14b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-13-0
Y Venugopal Rao    24* (44b 3x4)     

36.1

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, no run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, pushed away on the off side

36.2

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, swept away to the fine leg region for an easy single

36.3

Chandana to Pathan, 2 runs, driven down to the long-off region, Pathan calls for the second and sprints back

36.4

Chandana to Pathan, 1 run, played down to the mid-off region

36.5

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, 2 runs, turned away to the deep backward square leg region

36.6

Chandana to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, swept away to the fine leg region

End of over 37 (7 runs) India 142/6
Y Venugopal Rao    29* (49b 3x4)      UDU Chandana    5-0-27-1
IK Pathan    13* (15b 1x4)     

37.1

Arnold to Venugopal Rao, no run

37.2

Arnold to Venugopal Rao, no run

37.3

Arnold to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, on the stumps, Rao waits for it and turns it away late

37.4

Arnold to Pathan, no run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, Pathan gets forward and pushes it down to the silly mid-off region

37.5

Arnold to Pathan, no run, fraction short, Pathan gets beaten looking to cut it away, Sangakkara's lone appeal for a caught behind is turned down

37.6

Arnold to Pathan, no run

Fernando is back into the attack

End of over 38 (1 run) India 143/6
IK Pathan    13* (18b 1x4)      RP Arnold    1-0-1-0
Y Venugopal Rao    30* (52b 3x4)     

38.1

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run

38.2

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Rao glides it away to the gully region, excellent diving stop there saves runs but fails to prevent the single

38.3

Fernando to Pathan, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, Pathan goes after it but fails to make contact, beaten by the extra pace

38.4

Fernando to Pathan, FOUR, not this time though! again short and wide outside the off stump, Pathan makes good contact with the cut shot and the ball races away to the cover fence

38.5

Fernando to Pathan, no run

change of angle, Fernando decides to come round the wicket to the left-hander

38.6

Fernando to Pathan, no run, short ball, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, Pathan defends it on the front-foot

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 148/6
IK Pathan    17* (22b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-35-1
Y Venugopal Rao    31* (54b 3x4)     

39.1

Arnold to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, Rao moves back and turns it away wide of the fielder at short fine leg

39.2

Arnold to Pathan, no run, Pathan comes down the track but fails to get to the pitch of the delivery, in the end defends it back to the bowler

39.3

Arnold to Pathan, 1 run, fraction short and Pathan pulls it away through midwicket

39.4

Arnold to Venugopal Rao, no run, played back to the bowler

39.5

Arnold to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, tossed up delivery, Rao stretches well forward and turns it away to the vacant square leg region for an easy single

39.6

Arnold to Pathan, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Pathan fails to make contact trying to sweep it away, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the leg side

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 151/6
IK Pathan    18* (25b 2x4)      RP Arnold    2-0-4-0
Y Venugopal Rao    33* (57b 3x4)     

40.1

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery, wide outside the off stump and Rao leaves it for the keeper

40.2

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, pitched up and Rao drives it down the ground, cover fielder moves in quickly and fields

40.3

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, forced away straight to the fielder at gully

40.4

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended, this is turning out to be another good over for Sri Lanka

40.5

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, short and drifting down the leg side, Rao get hit on the thigh pad looking to turn it away on the leg side

40.6

Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, maiden! short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Rao stands tall and forces it away to the point region, fielder at backward point rushes across and cuts off the single

Murali is back

End of over 41 (maiden) India 151/6
Y Venugopal Rao    33* (63b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    8-1-35-1
IK Pathan    18* (25b 2x4)     

41.1

Muralitharan to Pathan, 1 run, turning in from outside the leg stump, pulled away behind square and a quick single is taken

41.2

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, tossed up and Rao sweeps it away behind square for an easy single

41.3

Muralitharan to Pathan, 1 run, driven through cover, nice looking shot for just one

41.4

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, dosara! turning away from the right-hander, Rao was clueless

41.5

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, swept away straight to the fielder at short fine leg

41.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, this time Rao beats the fielder with the sweep shot, easy single to end the over

Lokuhettige is back

End of over 42 (4 runs) India 155/6
Y Venugopal Rao    35* (67b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    8-1-25-1
IK Pathan    20* (27b 2x4)     

42.1

Dilhara to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, excellent yorker length delivery, Rao gets a bit of bat on it and the ball rolls away past the diving keeper

42.2

Dilhara to Pathan, 1 run, pushed away behind point for an easy single

42.3

Dilhara to Venugopal Rao, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, Rao glides it away but fails to beat the gully fielder

42.4

Dilhara to Venugopal Rao, no run, slower delivery, Rao swings across but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad but the appeal is turned down, probably missing leg

42.5

Dilhara to Venugopal Rao, no run

42.6

Dilhara to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, pitched up outside the off stump, Rao drives hard and gets it down to the long-off region

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 158/6
Y Venugopal Rao    37* (72b 3x4)      LHD Dilhara    9-2-29-2
IK Pathan    21* (28b 2x4)     

43.1

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, 1 run, tossed up wide outside the off stump and turning in, Rao picks up the length and sweeps it away to the deep square leg region, good looking shot

slip and a short fine leg in place for Pathan

43.2

Muralitharan to Pathan, no run, beauty! came back after pitching outside the off stump, Pathan gets bat on ball at the last possible moment

43.3

Muralitharan to Pathan, no run, and again, this time Pathan is beaten by a quicker delivery outside the off stump

43.4

Muralitharan to Pathan, no run

43.5

Muralitharan to Pathan, OUT, gone! Pathan tries to break the shackles by taking on the man at deep midwicket but fails miserably! Jayawardene fielding in the deep holds on beautifully to a fairly hard chance

IK Pathan c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 21 (40m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 65.62

second wicket for Murali, India seven down! Harbhajan Singh is the next man in

43.6

Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, OUT, gone! dosara does the trick, was fraction short and turning away, Rao looking to cut it away ends up with a thin edge, Sangakkara gloves it beautifully, Murali on a hat-trick here!

Y Venugopal Rao c †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 38 (88m 74b 3x4 0x6) SR: 51.35

Zaheer Khan is the next man in

End of over 44 (1 run) India 159/8
     M Muralitharan    9-1-26-3
Harbhajan Singh    0* (0b)     

44.1

Dilhara to Harbhajan Singh, no run, pushed to cover

44.2

Dilhara to Harbhajan Singh, no run, played away to the midwicket region

44.3

Dilhara to Harbhajan Singh, no run, defended back to the bowler

44.4

Dilhara to Harbhajan Singh, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover

44.5

Dilhara to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, slower ball, Harbhajan plays late and turns it away to the square leg region

44.6

Dilhara to Khan, 1 run, played down the ground to the long-on region

End of over 45 (2 runs) India 161/8
Z Khan    1* (1b)      LHD Dilhara    10-2-31-2
Harbhajan Singh    1* (5b)     

45.1

Arnold to Khan, 1 run, played down to long-on

45.2

Arnold to Harbhajan Singh, no run, turned away behind square

45.3

Arnold to Harbhajan Singh, no run

45.4

Arnold to Harbhajan Singh, no run, tossed up and on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

45.5

Arnold to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fraction short, Harbhajan fails to make contact with the cut shot

45.6

Arnold to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, tossed up outside the off stump, Harbhajan pushes it away to the cover region and takes off straightaway, mis-field allows the batsmen to steal an extra run

Fernando is back into the attack

End of over 46 (3 runs) India 164/8
Harbhajan Singh    3* (10b)      RP Arnold    3-0-7-0
Z Khan    2* (2b)     

46.1

Fernando to Khan, no run, pitched up on the middle and leg stump line, Khan fails to make contact, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the leg side, Fernando follows it up nicely and Khan dives back to safety

46.2

Fernando to Khan, 1 run, played down to long-on

46.3

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short rising delivery, close to the off stump line, defended standing tall on the back-foot

46.4

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, MAXIMUM! pitched up on the middle and leg stump line, right in slot for Harbhajan to loft it away handsomely over the midwicket fence for the first six of the innings

46.5

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, driven into the gap between the cover fielders

46.6

Fernando to Khan, FOUR, more runs! bouncer on the middle and leg stump line, Khan makes room pulls at it awkwardly, ball clips the top edge and flies over the keeper, welcome runs for India

Murali on a hat-trick comes back into the attack Murali on a hat-trick comes back into the attack

End of over 47 (12 runs) India 176/8
Z Khan    7* (5b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    9-1-47-1
Harbhajan Singh    10* (13b 1x6)     

47.1

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 2 leg byes, Harbhajan goes for the reverse sweep, ball races away past the keeper after clipping the pad

47.2

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, down the leg side

47.2

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, swept away in the air to the deep midwicket region, Arnold in the deep fails to hold on to a difficulty chance

47.3

Muralitharan to Khan, FOUR, Khan makes good contact with the reverse sweep and the ball races away to the fine leg fence

47.4

Muralitharan to Khan, 1 run, inside edge and the ball rolls away to the square leg region

47.5

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run

47.6

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run, beaten and Sangakkara quickly disturbs the stumps, third umpire is called in, after a long delay the Green light flashes, looked close but hard to give

End of over 48 (9 runs) India 185/8
Harbhajan Singh    11* (17b 1x6)      M Muralitharan    10-1-33-3
Z Khan    12* (7b 2x4)     

48.1

Fernando to Khan, 1 run, turned away to the midwicket region

48.2

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, no run

48.3

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, cut away to the third man region for an easy single

48.4

Fernando to Khan, FOUR, played away through the vacant midwicket area, fielder in the deep had no chance

48.5

Fernando to Khan, 1 run, swings across awkwardly and ends up hitting the ball in the air towards long-on region, falls well short of the fielder moving in

48.6

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, (no ball) FOUR, high fulltoss and Harbhajan slices it away to the backward point boundary, Fernando struggling under pressure here

48.6

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, pulled away to the deep midwicket region, valuable runs being added here

Maharoof to bowl the last over

End of over 49 (14 runs) India 199/8
Harbhajan Singh    18* (21b 1x4 1x6)      CRD Fernando    10-1-61-1
Z Khan    18* (10b 3x4)     

49.1

Maharoof to Khan, 1 run, yorker length delivery, played down to the long-on region for a single, 200 comes up for India

49.2

Maharoof to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, slower ball, pushed away on the off side

49.3

Maharoof to Khan, 1 run, OUT, RUN OUT! driven away to the long-off region, Zaheer fails to make it across even though he had enough time, was ball watching and the throw came in straight to Sangakkara who flicked it onto the stumps, third umpire confirms

Z Khan run out 20 (25m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Nehra is the last man in

49.4

Maharoof to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, lofted away in the air towards cover, falls safely in the end

49.5

Maharoof to Nehra, 1 run

49.6

Maharoof to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, yorker, Harbhajan had no option but to defend and run

and India end up with 205 on the board! For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com We welcome all feedback - on our coverage and on the game. Please write in to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html we will be back in 40 minutes time with the Sri Lankan run chase (at 18:10 IST) Match State: Innings Break Welcome back. A come back of sorts from Dravid and Venugopal Rao pulled India out after a disastrous start, and some quick runs from Pathan, Zaheer and Harbhajan helped India cross the 200 run mark. 205 is certainly not a winning total but this track is not the best to bat on and the bowlers will get some assistance, especially the spinners and Harbhajan Singh will be the key as far as India is concerned. Lankans just have to play it cool and safe, required run rate is 4.12 per over. Jayasuriya has not fully recovered from his injury and so it will be Atapattu and Sangakkara to open the innings Pathan has the new ball in his hands, two slips and a gully in place

End of over 50 (6 runs) India 205/9
Harbhajan Singh    21* (24b 1x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    9-0-27-1
A Nehra    1* (1b)     
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Dilhara Lokuhettige hits a six in during an invaluable cameo against India at the Dambulla Cricket Stadium, July 30, 2005

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