India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Adelaide February 14, 2012

Calm Dhoni delivers nerve-shredding tie

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Sri Lanka 236 for 9 (Chandimal 81, Jayawardene 43, Vinay 3-46, Ashwin 2-30) tied with India 236 for 9 (Gambhir 91, Dhoni 58*, Thisara 2-45)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The best death-overs bowler in the game went up against the best finisher in the business with four to defend off the last ball. It was only fair that neither Lasith Malinga nor MS Dhoni ended up on the losing side of that contest. Malinga's wide full-length ball would have hoodwinked most batsmen who would have been setting themselves up for the swing to the leg side. Not the fleet-footed Dhoni, though, who calmly stretched across and carved high over the covers even as he teetered on one foot. The ball didn't have the strength to beat Sachithra Senanayake on the boundary, but Dhoni and last-man Umesh Yadav bounded through for three runs to tie a nerve-wracking classic at the Adelaide Oval.

The beauty of the ODI format shone throughout the duration of the chase, with the best minds in the game feeling the pressure of a close finish. India were coasting on the back of another polished effort from Gautam Gambhir, whose faultless 91 showed he has moved on well from his Test-match woes. Dhoni had added 60 runs with Gambhir off 12.5 overs, leaving India needing 59 off 58. At that stage, Dhoni made the first decisive error, when he sold Gambhir dear after calling him for a single. Gambhir was caught short by a direct hit from Nuwan Kulasekara, and his fall gave Sri Lanka an opening; Dhoni would later say it cost India victory.

The wicket was followed by a 28-ball phase that yielded only 13 runs for the loss of Ravindra Jadeja's wicket. Sri Lanka's seamers bowled out of their skins, backed by enterprising field placements from Mahela Jayawardene that cut off the singles. With two overs of Malinga left, Dhoni went after Thisara Perera in the 46th, dumping him for a huge six down the ground, before R Ashwin skimmed another four over the covers. Malinga returned after a quiet over from Kulasekara, with India needing 28 off 18. Mistakes began to sprout from every corner now.

Malinga got Ashwin to sky a slower ball, and Kumar Sangakkara called for, and clanged the chance as he ran towards point. Ashwin continued blundering against the slower ball, heaving and missing one, before chipping straight to cover. With 24 needed off 12, Jayawardene turned to Angelo Mathews who trotted in from round the stumps to cut Dhoni's swinging angle. Mathews lost the plot against Irfan Pathan, though, delivering a high no-ball that Irfan deposited over square leg for six. Irfan was run out next ball, sacrificing his wicket after failing to get a slower ball away. India needed a boundary, and Mathews obliged with another full toss that Dhoni swiped through midwicket to reach 50. Nine was needed off the last over, from Malinga.

In the previous game, Dhoni chose to take the game to the very end. This time, he was forced to do so by Malinga's unhittable lengths. While he bowled impeccably, Malinga's fielding was ordinary, and he missed a couple of returns that would have yielded run outs in the last over. A couple off the first ball was followed by three singles before Vinay sacrificed his wicket to give Dhoni strike for the final ball. One could argue that Malinga should have gone full and straight, but the counter-argument would be that even a fractional error in length would have allowed Dhoni a free swing over the short square boundary. As it transpired, Malinga went wide, Dhoni went high and there was poetic justice in the denouement.

Sri Lanka were left ruing a collapse in their batting Powerplay, that left them at least 20 runs short. They stumbled from a heady 168 for 3 in 35 overs, losing 18 for 3 in the Powerplay, including the two set batsmen - Dinesh Chandimal and Jayawardene - who had added 94 runs without a fuss. The complexion of the game changed so drastically in that block, that Ashwin bowled with two slips in the 40th over.

Until then, Chandimal ran the show with admirable poise, imposing himself with a series of pulls and whips through the leg side, imparted with a flourish that was once the trademark of Marvan Atapattu. In his company, Jayawardene shrugged away the poor form that had dogged him since the South Africa tour, as Sri Lanka recovered from their sluggish start.

India made three crucial early strikes, which meant they were only one wicket away from the lower order even during the Chandimal-Jayawardene association. Vinay Kumar preyed on Upul Tharanga's unending troubles outside the off stump, before Irfan celebrated his return to the venue where he made his international debut in 2003 with pleasing swing, and the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Ashwin then worked over Sangakkara with spin and variety to peg Sri Lanka back. Chandimal and Jayawardene fought hard to revive the innings, but India were the happier side after 50 overs.

Gambhir took charge of the chase with assurance, and it will be interesting if India will continue their rotation policy and bench him for the next game. Sachin Tendulkar's rustiness, too, suggested the break from Sunday's game didn't do him much good. Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma all perished after scoring 15 runs apiece, as Sri Lanka made timely dents. Suresh Raina's failure meant India were wobbling at 122 for 4 in the 28th over. But they had just the right man coming in at that stage.

It wasn't just the players that erred on the tense night. Umpire Nigel Llong's miscounting meant Malinga only bowled five balls in the 30th over. India will believe they would have got the winning run off the ball that was missed. Sri Lanka will believe they could have got the tenth Indian wicket off it. How perfect then, that we will never know how it could have ended.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 16, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @sarath1948: Do you feel that Asoka de Silva is deserved place in the Elite Panel? Had you seen umpiring decisions of Asoka de Silva, you would not have said this. I saw him giving blunders. In one series, for one batsman, the same umpire gives LBW for inside edges in consecutive matches in favour to his home country, it must not be supported irrespective of whatever (whether opponent or supporting) side you are.

  • wjkalana on February 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @deepu111- ha ha gambirs innigs, Plumb LBW when he was on 40 and showed the bat to the umpire as if he hit the ball and hot spot showed he didnt nd replay showed theres day light btw bad and ball. No wonder indians dont like DRS otherwise they are loosing all the matches. Then he was again LBW on 87 and umpire didnt give him out. My concern is the LBW when he was on 40, god why show u r bat to the umpire if u didnt hit the ball. Thant innings SL got gambirs wicket 3 times, so its not a respectable innigs. Remember india didnt win on the slow or flat track, they won against australia which was a flat track.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 16, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    To all SL fans who is remembering us the defeats in Tests should not be aware that this is ODI and your team lost 4 games to Pakistan in a condition which is similar to your home! First look at your own performance and then comment on others!

  • 30-30-150 on February 16, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @wjkalana- Dude, there is a lot of difference between a flat track and a slow track.. A flat track is more like sub-continent where ball comes nicely on to the bat whereas on a slow track the ball holds on to the pitch and is difficult to bat on. SL batted on a flat track (1st innings of the match), then the pitch deteriorated (in the II innings) when Indians were batting. The wicket got slower and slower and the knock from Gambhir certainly deserves more respect than what you are giving it.. Notably against Aus also he played a similar innings when the pitch kept getting slower right through the 2nd innings.

  • Bruisers on February 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @wjkalana - LOL.. Sri Lanka gets in to the finals of WC whenever its held in slower tracks like Ind, SL and WI.. Please no arguing about this simple fact that's accepted by the whole world.. Atleast you said India had a good team in 2003.. Wow really hats off to you for finally praising the Indian team a little.. And about tomorrow's game, SL will lose more convincingly than ever.. Hahaha

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    This drama of a tied ODI match is over hyped. Dhoni was at the centre of finishing the tie and also denying India the win. Sri Lanka also floundered when it mattered; so they too had a very good chance to win the match. But what the people missed here is the fact that the 41st over of the match was played out as a maiden by Dhoni. A couple of runs in this over (to say the minimum) could have altered the final decision in India's favour. The media conveniently chooses to ignore this fact.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    and abt winning matches......i believe cricket is a team game...if sachin is not winning all matches, wat abt the other 10 players?........wat are they doing?...........plenty of times i heard commentators saying "this looks like australia vs Sachin at the moment", again wat were the other guys doing? and 61 MoM awards(most by any player) is not for the worst player, its for best player........

  • Prema1948 on February 16, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    It is time to remove all this reckless batters (who came into prominence with Arjuna) from the Front-Line. Though a team could accommodate one such batter only, at the top, having 4 risky stroke makers out of top 5 like the SLan team is suicidal. Since the day A'pattu left from the top order we have had lost almost all tournaments (both home & away) if we had won any it was due to our bowlers. We need few more classy batsmen the likes of Gambir & Chandimal at the top who have total control over their stroke play. We have enough of such young promising players though the present selectors have disliking for players of correct technique (e.g. A'pattu & S'weera) . The future is not so bright for SL, with these same old selectors & administrators, who were there from time to time for the last 20 years.

  • on February 16, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    U r commenting only about the ONE ball short that had been bowled. What of the LBW decision against Gambhir off the bowling of Herath that was NOT given by Umpire Simon Fry.Wasn't it plumb? and Gambir carried the innings in partnership with Dhoni. Wouldn't This appeal if ruled out have changed the complexion of the game.Shame. This was definetely NOT a human error & moreover the Umpire had a better see in his NIGHT Vision.Wonder whether this glaring offer to the INDIANS was made in the absence of the DRS For SUMMA.

  • Prema1948 on February 16, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    The umpire didn't give Gambir out for the reason that, if he had ruled him out and the decision wasn't correct the umpire's position in the Elite Panel wouldn't have been safe as in the cases of Daryl Harper & Asoka de Silva. Therefore it is always better for them to be on the safe side by always ruling the Benefit of Doubt of the decision in favor of the Team which has the most powerful Cricket Authority, as in the case of Chandimal who was ruled out(2nd match of this series) to a ball going away from & above the leg stump. This is the very reason why countries like Australia has dominated the Cricket World since the introduction of Neutral Umpires.They always think twice before giving a decision against a powerful Country. The UDRS with better technology would eliminate these mistakes made by some ordinary umpires.

  • SivaRamaKrushna on February 16, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @sarath1948: Do you feel that Asoka de Silva is deserved place in the Elite Panel? Had you seen umpiring decisions of Asoka de Silva, you would not have said this. I saw him giving blunders. In one series, for one batsman, the same umpire gives LBW for inside edges in consecutive matches in favour to his home country, it must not be supported irrespective of whatever (whether opponent or supporting) side you are.

  • wjkalana on February 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @deepu111- ha ha gambirs innigs, Plumb LBW when he was on 40 and showed the bat to the umpire as if he hit the ball and hot spot showed he didnt nd replay showed theres day light btw bad and ball. No wonder indians dont like DRS otherwise they are loosing all the matches. Then he was again LBW on 87 and umpire didnt give him out. My concern is the LBW when he was on 40, god why show u r bat to the umpire if u didnt hit the ball. Thant innings SL got gambirs wicket 3 times, so its not a respectable innigs. Remember india didnt win on the slow or flat track, they won against australia which was a flat track.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 16, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    To all SL fans who is remembering us the defeats in Tests should not be aware that this is ODI and your team lost 4 games to Pakistan in a condition which is similar to your home! First look at your own performance and then comment on others!

  • 30-30-150 on February 16, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @wjkalana- Dude, there is a lot of difference between a flat track and a slow track.. A flat track is more like sub-continent where ball comes nicely on to the bat whereas on a slow track the ball holds on to the pitch and is difficult to bat on. SL batted on a flat track (1st innings of the match), then the pitch deteriorated (in the II innings) when Indians were batting. The wicket got slower and slower and the knock from Gambhir certainly deserves more respect than what you are giving it.. Notably against Aus also he played a similar innings when the pitch kept getting slower right through the 2nd innings.

  • Bruisers on February 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @wjkalana - LOL.. Sri Lanka gets in to the finals of WC whenever its held in slower tracks like Ind, SL and WI.. Please no arguing about this simple fact that's accepted by the whole world.. Atleast you said India had a good team in 2003.. Wow really hats off to you for finally praising the Indian team a little.. And about tomorrow's game, SL will lose more convincingly than ever.. Hahaha

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    This drama of a tied ODI match is over hyped. Dhoni was at the centre of finishing the tie and also denying India the win. Sri Lanka also floundered when it mattered; so they too had a very good chance to win the match. But what the people missed here is the fact that the 41st over of the match was played out as a maiden by Dhoni. A couple of runs in this over (to say the minimum) could have altered the final decision in India's favour. The media conveniently chooses to ignore this fact.

  • on February 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    and abt winning matches......i believe cricket is a team game...if sachin is not winning all matches, wat abt the other 10 players?........wat are they doing?...........plenty of times i heard commentators saying "this looks like australia vs Sachin at the moment", again wat were the other guys doing? and 61 MoM awards(most by any player) is not for the worst player, its for best player........

  • Prema1948 on February 16, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    It is time to remove all this reckless batters (who came into prominence with Arjuna) from the Front-Line. Though a team could accommodate one such batter only, at the top, having 4 risky stroke makers out of top 5 like the SLan team is suicidal. Since the day A'pattu left from the top order we have had lost almost all tournaments (both home & away) if we had won any it was due to our bowlers. We need few more classy batsmen the likes of Gambir & Chandimal at the top who have total control over their stroke play. We have enough of such young promising players though the present selectors have disliking for players of correct technique (e.g. A'pattu & S'weera) . The future is not so bright for SL, with these same old selectors & administrators, who were there from time to time for the last 20 years.

  • on February 16, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    U r commenting only about the ONE ball short that had been bowled. What of the LBW decision against Gambhir off the bowling of Herath that was NOT given by Umpire Simon Fry.Wasn't it plumb? and Gambir carried the innings in partnership with Dhoni. Wouldn't This appeal if ruled out have changed the complexion of the game.Shame. This was definetely NOT a human error & moreover the Umpire had a better see in his NIGHT Vision.Wonder whether this glaring offer to the INDIANS was made in the absence of the DRS For SUMMA.

  • Prema1948 on February 16, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    The umpire didn't give Gambir out for the reason that, if he had ruled him out and the decision wasn't correct the umpire's position in the Elite Panel wouldn't have been safe as in the cases of Daryl Harper & Asoka de Silva. Therefore it is always better for them to be on the safe side by always ruling the Benefit of Doubt of the decision in favor of the Team which has the most powerful Cricket Authority, as in the case of Chandimal who was ruled out(2nd match of this series) to a ball going away from & above the leg stump. This is the very reason why countries like Australia has dominated the Cricket World since the introduction of Neutral Umpires.They always think twice before giving a decision against a powerful Country. The UDRS with better technology would eliminate these mistakes made by some ordinary umpires.

  • AvidCricFan on February 16, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    The nervepshredding tie was India's creation. Dhoni had a big hand in slowing down the scoring rate in 42-46 overs. A little gamble to go after bowling would have paid off and India could have sailed to win, not tie.

  • kiran9563 on February 15, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Fantastic turn out at the end. Great job Dhoni. Indian middle order should fire and get into form before the finals........................

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 15, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Vinay Kumar may have flopped in the test series, but so far he has been our best bowler in this ODI series. Like I said before - we don't have a shortage of talent, but a surplus. We just need to give a chance to them based on their current form - not what they did 10 years ago. In Duleep Trophy finals, 2 Bengal tigers - Ashok Dinda and Shami Ahmed ripped through Central zone. The finals pitch was lively too - ball was going head high to the keeper. We need to give them a chance instead of Ican't Sharma and whenever there's a need to rest Zaheer or Yadav. And BCCI need to order more pitches like the one at Duleep Trophy finals.

  • on February 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    hi Kepili_Buster well if u look back at the game since u r complaining about the umpiring decisions don't forget the ball that was missed in the 29 over if India got that ball they might have won .

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 15, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    India's bowlers have done reasonably well so far in this ODI series. It's Indian batsmen, especially the 2nd opener who has been failing us. Whether you play Viru or Sachin - both have been flops. They were super flops in the test series too. Considering the fact that they won't be around for the next World Cup to be held in Australia - why are we persisting with them? Team management should drop both the losers and try to open with Virat Kohli or Manoj Tiwary. That way Manoj will get a chance to play.

  • CandidIndian on February 15, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Common guys ,where are we heading to, have some mutual respect.A highly competitive match was played between two good teams who were world cup finalists which ended in a fair result.Why fight over issues like if Gambhir was given out, if there was not a ball short in 30th over, if that catch was taken,if that run out was executed,no use of all this ifs,match ended in a tie and it will remain that way so its better to except it rather than throwing stones at each other.Everyone has their own interpretation that who was more deserving for victory,it wont make any difference on points table or on matches to come,such irrelevant discussions can satisfy virtual ego of some though.

  • sk12 on February 15, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Jack_India - No coz he was attempting a run.

  • on February 15, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Next Time Sri Lanka will definitely win, firstly lost then tie and next-win after win stand continually..................

  • MENDIS_Forever on February 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    So...Most of the people are cheering for either MSD or Malinga.Does anyone have an iota of praising for poor Senanayake? He managed to put his hand to the ball,going to the boundary.Had it been a boundary , India could have won the match.anybody??

  • ---lasitha--- on February 15, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    PLZ O PLZ BRING BACK THILAN SAMARAWEERA

  • Sano27 on February 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    seems Gambhir & Dhoni are the only humans in batting line up for India to chase down Lankan scores since world cup final !

  • Jack_India on February 15, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Shouldn't the scoreboard read as: AD Mathew st Dhoni b Pathan 17 (30). ???

  • dhanuhskaS on February 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Before thinking about getting the tenth Indian wicket off that missed ball, Sri Lanka and genuine cricket lovers around the globe must be thinking, what could have been the outcome, if not for that Gambir's astonishing LBW 'SURVIVAL' facing the first ball of 19th over sent by Herath? Uprooting his middle stump by that ball was prevented ONLY by just hitting the base of his pad right in front of the sticks.!! Look at the replay, anyone (if not blind or bind) could crystal clearly see that and thermal imaging just reconfirmed it.! Gambir had made just 41 at that time and exactly 50 runs bonus was added to his score.!! This was just one instance of many 'Cricket-killing' inconsistent umpiring "delicacies" consistently served upon SL.! Instantly served, extremely ambiguous run-out decision and visible inconsistency in calling wide and no-balls including the crucial 49th over "wide" well within the offside margin and no-ball, strangely they refrained from showing usual replays in all.!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 15, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Dhoni and Yuvraj, combined with Gauti's resurgence, was the best thing that ever happened to India, in terms of ODI. Dhoni, Gauti and Yuvraj have won countless number of ODIs for India, including World Cup 2011. Before these 3 arrived on the scene, I remember we used to lose a lot of ODI, and we always lost close ODI. Our superstars would open the batting, complete their individual milestones (50 or 100) and depart, leaving middle order batsmen to fight from hopeless situations. Arrival of Mohd Kaif, Yuvraj, and later Dhoni changed the situation. Whether Yuvraj, or Dhoni is batting, they always make sure they are there till the end.

  • Maddy_121984 on February 15, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Dhoni played a very sensible cricket. He was involved in the 2 run outs of Gambhir and Pathan, but its a part of the game. And in the one day matches a strike rate of 80 + is good, taking into consideration, when top oder has failed to score runs.

    Well Played India.

  • wjkalana on February 15, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @Bruisers He he adelade is a flat track and thats what the pitch report said it, in exsact words indian batsman going to enjoy this. So SL just played australia once in this tournament and they almost beat them just wait and see the next game btw australaia vs SL they are gonna beat them. But india had to play 4 test matches (8 innigs) and 1 T20 to just to beat them in a T20. 9 innings. Watch the friday game. World champion india and a midicore side SL. well SL was in the finals in 2007 and 2011. India was out of the 2007 WC simply because it didnt play @home conditions. India need flat track to perform well.( I know in 2003 India had a good team and they perform well in outside india so they came to the finalas in WC) Not anymore though. This is the overrated team and only dhoni is the good batsman. SAchin was a good batsman but now he i becoming a burdan to the team. Kohli is gettiing there but he has to learn to walk when he got out. Others are flat track bullies.

  • on February 15, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    its very clear that some hitting in the middle of the orders could have changed the course of the game,now in my opinion the team for India should be :

    Gambhir,Tendulkar,Kohli,Sharma,Raina,Dhoni,Vinay,Ashwin,Yadav,Khan & Pathan.

    This will be more balanced and currently in-form players in this ODI series, no logic in giving chance to Jadeja & Veru since they both are out of form and luck is not going in there ways.

  • on February 15, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ syedmkr Why not Dhoni think of not wasting initial opportunity of scoring runs and always taking to last overs?

    Because Dhoni fears that if he tries to hit the ball without getting in. You will be the first one to criticise him off being irrespopnsible. Dhoni fears that you will say why cant he get in first before trying to hit every ball out of the park? What was hurry etrc etc.... Chill out, India has started winning so enjoy the win and keep criticism for the losses.

  • cosmos_kapil on February 15, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Much work and some luck again shines on India. The "No-Ball sixes" in two games are like a "Hand of God" for India. The "Cool" Indian captain seems to be going in the habit of stretching the game to its brink, but he and team India should try to get rid off this situation in future games because luck is not a mandatory thing. In fact to avoid this situation they have to try and finish off thing well within 45-47th over, young guns like Rohit, Virat and Raina should have to instill the habit of finishers, or to take team to close to finish. Pathan should be promoted to no 4, and batting first can be introduce as a pinch hitter. Even Ashwin can be sent up but with instruction to play fast. I think both teams yesterday have somewhat found a good team composition for themselves, but SL's look more strengthened rather than Indian with a bunch of all rounders with them, they should continue with it. However for India the result was good, but not all is well.

  • on February 15, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Great captancy shown by mahela during the game. Mahela should open the batting with dilshan. sanga should come after chandimal. sanga should be aggresive when batting if not he should be dropped in ODI's. sachithra is an asset & he should be given more chanses.

  • first_slip on February 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @satish619chandar, lol yout clearly needs a new pair of glasses .... and a brain transplant to go with it.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on February 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Dhoni is over defensive .india won the last 2 occasion because over waist no balls.Against australia he wasted lots of delivery.Doni has given man of the match ,why? A) Making Game thriller(make unintentional run out).Only +ve is pathan. Disappointing is sachin tendulker.

  • Sakthiivel on February 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Indians never cheersed their victory, They always look for some one who make some records. This is a tied match that good for cricket. But we Indian look to blame some one or other. This is poor attitude by Indians. Look Lankans they support their team even they are in lean phase, We should learn from them.,

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Vinay is really bowling well in death overs...he has given away 6 runs in the previous match & 4 runs in this match in the 50th over.I think Dhoni is really using him well, whenever India needs a breakthrough vinay delivers it. He is of course turning out be a match winning bowler......

  • SuperSharky on February 15, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    What a brilliant game !!! Nerve-shredding games are the best. And with the best batsmen finisher vs the best bowler finisher, it's prime stuff. Out of all the games that India has played Sri-Lanka, this match got to be in the best Top 20. Great stuff.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    People criticizing Dhoni ...Sachin/Sehwag/Ganguly/Gavaskar/Debashish Mohanty... all could have finished the game with a better result Only if they managed to reach that situation. We have seen most(read all) Indian batsmen take the match from a winning position to a loosing position and then loosing, the only difference with Dhoni is that the Loosing part doesnt happen if he is dere. Dhoni is the best finisher that the game has seen, 10 years hence people will be talking about Sachin and Dhoni the same way we talk about Gavaskar and Kapil. Perform when it matters....You want chicken curry when you are already full or just bread when you've been hungry for a few days...ur call.

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    what a mistake madae by the empire.2 times cought for LBW.unfortunatly was not given??????????????????????????????????????????

  • on February 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    topic must be ,dhoni took indias win away and let sl to tie the match...! says everything...and he make sure to become hero and gambhir just missing out MOM...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 15, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    how on earth is Dhoni man of the match. he ran out 2 of his teamates and then scored at rubbish strike rate! 10dulkar - please retire, its getting embarrasing

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    tie keeps odi's interesting....great batting by ms though didn't end up as winning side...malinga was bit nervous at the end in runouts..hope they wil come stronger against oz...all the best guyz...:)

  • sathishvaiju on February 15, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @rathik26 - u r right dude, it's easier said than done. Dhoni had done tht, let's give him credit.

  • sports99 on February 15, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I don't really agree with Ice-Cool Captain approach. Last 2 matches is like pure gambling. You like gambling then you sure do like dhoni approach.If your batting position is number 6 then always you get to bat if you are chasing more than 200. I mean like always winning with 7 wickets in hand is out of question. If thats the case why the heck Dhoni thinks to take every match to last over when the run rate is less than 6 in the both the last 2 matches. It does not make any sense at all to me. For me taking the chase to last over only make sense if you are not in a winning position. it clearly shows Dhoni does not have confidence in anybody else to finish the game except himself, and that too taking it to last over.

  • Pathiyal on February 15, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    None of the teams so far has played up to their strengths esp. the batting. somehow, all the matches happened to be tough contests and the better team on that particular day won. regarding MS we feel that now a days he is particularly interested to make the match gripping till the last over, killing some balls initially and hurrying up later and snatching it away from the jaws of defeat - promoting the brand of ODI's? he used to be famous as an early finisher!

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Most of my friends are talking about the run outs of Gautam N Irifan...Remember Gautam would have given out LBW twice if DRS was available...If not Irifan sacrifise the wicket ...Dhoni would have been in the pavillision...Do u think that Irifan should have retained instead of Dhoni....If so it is a insult for the greatst finisher in the modern game.It is true that the 3rd umpire would have been informed about the 5 balls over...It is a joke...somebody is saying India should have been easily won beacause of that ball.A ball from Maliga anything can happened...a run,a dot or a wicket...Middle over insidents can not be counted for the finishing results...becasue all players are forcus on the current target...It is sad to see no one is appriciate the fine innings of young Chandimal...Weldone boy...U r the future of Sri Lankan cricket...

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    HOW CAN ANYONE ASSUME THAT SL WOULD HAVE SURELY WON IF GAMBHIR OR EVEN DHONI WAS DISMISSED EARLY? THERE ARE NO IFS AND BUTTS IN CRICKET. ROHIT SHARMA AND PATHAN WON'T HAVE BEEN RUN OUT EITHER IF GAMBHIR OR DHONI WERE DISMISSED.

  • miles100 on February 15, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    More than Dhoni did something special. I think SLs had some confidence issues when it comes to cruicial moments. Our players don't understand what narrow opportunities mean. Loosing 2 world cup finals is certainly a confidence issue. We can't say Indian batting is too strong(WC-2011) or it's hard to get Gilchrist out(WC-2007). I believe this will change soon as Mahela seems to be much more mature than his previous captaincy.

  • Bruisers on February 15, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @wjkalana - Oh right, once again you're saying Gambhir is flat-track bully.. LOL.. Can't stop laughing at these comments.. Who said Adelaide is a flat-track. Do you even know the meaning of flat-track?? Ok anyways, tell me what track bullies are your Sri Lankan batsmen..??

  • Bruisers on February 15, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @wjkalana - "Sri Lanka almost beat Australia" Hahaha...... Looks like thats the biggest achievement the Lankans can savor in the whole tour.. They ALMOST beat them but DIDN'T right? That's what separates a World Champion side like India and a mediocre team like Sri Lanka..

  • Rex_Da_King on February 15, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I'm a big fan of Dhoni but the amount of praise he has gotten for these two botched chases is way over the top. He's done admirably in the last over of both ODIs, no doubt. This must be the first instance of scoring a 3 off the last ball to tie. Usually batsmen just slog for six and miss or hole out.

    But here are the facts about the two ODIs: After Gambhir fell, India were: Vs. Aus 178/4 (92 off 95 needed) Vs. SL 178/5 (59 off 57 needed)

    I believe Dhoni's the best ODI batsman at present and one of the best of all time. He's also the best ODI finisher considering how advanced the game is now compared to Bevan. But why is he praised so much for almost losing one ODI and just tying the other?

    Also, don't talk about poor support. After Gambhir fell this is what he scored in both ODIs: Vs. Aus 44 off 58 balls Vs. SL 29 off 28 balls Not quite superman stuff, is it?

    Bevan never botched an easy chase into a tie.

    4 off last ball with 1 wicket? Bevan against WI on Jan 1 1996 at Sydney

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Oh My Indian Friends..Scared huh !!!.. Just see what will happened to India in next matches.

    @wjkalana.. well said..

  • jasonpete on February 15, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @jonathanjoselhs, ok I don't support both srilanka and India,but yesterday match the pitch was on a slower side as two times they used the same pitch for aus and srilanka match.so 240 is par score.did you hear what chandimal was saying at the end of match? Regarding no balls, it's bowlers mistake and not dhoni.Mckay panicked after dhoni hitting huge six for him.same goes to Mathews he got in to nerves.Now you can't blame on dhoni for Mathews fault.s don't come up with excuses.srilanka played 3 matches ,all are closed but they are not getting over the line.so it's players fault and not the opposition team.All I am saying this as iam an Aussie fan who watches good cricket apart from my team.

  • balancetalk on February 15, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @satish619chandar: though u mention about the gambir lbw using the cricinfo commentry ball by ball why indians fear for the DRS system ?

  • Umakanth.P on February 15, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Can any one please tell me ..why Dhoni is wasting that many ball in the initial stage and making other batsmen do the risk? Is that any kind of superstitious nature? Then this is not fare.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    i cant understand why malinga is not bolwling yokers to indian batsmen.IPL has destroyed sri lankan cricket spirit.Now i hate to see IPL .it is like a virus to world cricket .soon sri lankans wiil be like WI team.

  • csowmi7 on February 15, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    amidst all this chaos we tend to overlook the excellent contribution of Ashwin in the two matches against Sri Lanka. 2-30 is a brilliant bowling effort the best for both the teams in this match. This is a lesson for all of us that once a quality bowler has been identified he should be given chances. You dont see jadeja and raina being dropped after pathetic performances. The same logic should apply to the bowlers. Ashwin has been the difference in both the matches between a score of around 230 and 260.

  • anver777 on February 15, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    What a match !!!!! What a memorable first tie !!!! it was swinging both ways.....

  • Umakanth.P on February 15, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Everyone saying Dhoni is cool.But I do not agree with that.It is not being cool. Rather it needs to be condemned for the efforts he is putting which leads to the rest of the team at the risk of loosing. If he could have played some aggressive shots in the middle of the game, then Ind could have won the matches comfortably. At the same time they should follow the rotation policy to include the rest of the batsmen also. In my opinion Sehwag should come in lower order to fill the job as a finisher in the absence of Yuvraj. Otherwise he had been habitauated to play 20 or 30 balls and getting out irrespective of the situation of the team. Lets assign him some responsibility, who knows he can still score runs in the batting power play. And also Tiwary or Patel should be given a chance ahead of Raina in the coming matches.He can open the batting with Gambhir and Sachin can play at number 3 position, followed by Kohli,Rohith,Sehwag,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Vinay & Umesh.

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Doni is nothing He made 3 runouts for himself Inexperience umpire went against SL in very good shouts on Gambir I hate the batting style of Doni SL can give 13 year batsmen to them Useless India

  • on February 15, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Doni is nothing He made 3 runouts for himself Inexperience umpire went against SL in very good shouts on Gambir I hate the batting style of Doni SL can give 13 year batsmen to them Useless India

  • syedmkr on February 15, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    dhoni is not up to his standard he was in his earlier career.

  • on February 15, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    As per my knowledge, Australian pirches rarely assist spinners. Therefore, playing 2 specialist spinners is not required. Even otherwise, we have several part time spinners like Sehwag, Raina, Rohit etc.. Even Sachin can bowl, if required. Take 4 pacers and 1 spinner so that there will be balance in the team. Gambhir, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Tiwari, Dhoni (C), Zaheerkhan, Irfan Pathan, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav and R. Ashwin.... should be the next team.

  • Jaggadaaku on February 15, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    India chase 200, 150, 250 or 300 runs against any teams such as AUS, SL, SA, NZ, or even ZIM and BANGLDSH, under this Mr. Cold's leadership, they akways get in the tense. Have anyone watched how Dhoni has been playing? Dhoni's almost all shots come in straight, mid-off and mid-on area. He even got a life twice in the last game giving 2 easy straight forward catches back to the bowlers. Dhoni's batting is very ordinary and without any techniques, and skills. He looks joker on the pitch always playing in those areas and never get any runs. Winning in last over in every match won't be successful. India practically lost the match chasing so easy score as 237 runs turned out as a tie. India also lost the match making 337 runs in world cup match against ENG and couldn't win. India should change their game plan and try to get the match before the 50th over comes. Dhoni is very ordinary as a batsman, as a captain, and as a wicket-keeper. He is an extra ordinary as a stumper only.

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @Precioustar84 Wasim Akram is in Indian pay list like SLC,at the moment he should be in UAE but not in AUS.So he will say anything to IND favour.But replies clearly shows otherway.Overall not a single decision goes to SL's way.So no DRS mean it will more cost SL than IND.That is why IND do not like. @Jay_N Same way IND players and OZ players also will say like this. Dhoni:At least I drew the match. Gambir:No no umpire saved us without giving me out twice and I got a two life then. Previous match: Clerk: Umpire are with us always Ponting:How you say like that Clerk:Umpire gave Chandimal out at right time otherwise we could be in the losing side. Hussey: Without DRS we and IND send SL back home.If DRS is there SL is the first team qualify for Final.

  • RISHI2016 on February 15, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    dont wanna play selector but would be great to see this line up in the order... Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Tiwari, Sehwag, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Rahul, Vinay, Umesh/Zaheer. Its been ages that Sehwag has claimed he wants to play in middle order.. why not have that experiment done... Rohit and raina both can give way to Sehwag and Tiwari...Rahul Sharma would be useful and has troubled the batsmen...

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Well this is what happens when the worlds best finishers meet each other :)

  • wjkalana on February 15, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    @spiritwithin U said about olympic ranking and why SL is no 87, well I got to ask how can we get the No 50 as our 1.3 bil ppl country india being the no 50, so its reasonable that we are in No 87. Well my logic is not 100% but theres a correlation.for a Ex Do u honestly think china has a better infrastructure for sports than in USA. If not how they beat USA in 2008 olympics because they have a large population to choose the people for each event. They have a large gne pool to play with same with india. If china had only 300 mil people they would never beat USA in olympics.This is the very same reason why nobody can beat india in south asian games because they simply have the larget population to play with and win medals. China doesnt have a good infrastructure as I have dear Chinese friends who says that. As I said this is just high school science and maths. I will say again its a shame that u cant find 10 guys to get 10 olympic medals out of 1.3 bil people.

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    dhoni's man of match cant be justified it was he who made a simple chase look hard . his negative batting could have cost india the match. with59 needed of 57 balls he defended and defended and allowed the requred rate to climb up ,more over in the last over he is taking a single and exposing vinay kumar to malinga[ a specialist in yorking out tailenders ] again it was dhoni who responsible for 2 run outs including gambhir so commitee awarding man of match should consider this factors

  • world.cricketer on February 15, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    This is Question For all Dhoni Praisers................ In the Game Against SL, INDIA won Even after Dhoni Got Out (First match against Lanka). Now what Happend A TIE.

  • on February 15, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    To everyone who is commenting that SL is the better of 2 teams, emerging to beat Aus and India, I can enjoy you talking big about SL, but after 2 weeks from now, SL will not even get a double digit point. Forget all DRS/5th ball over controversies, India has been a better side than SL who could not even win a game out of 4 games, its time for SL to accept the fact they are mediocre and try its level best to compete (if not win). With pathan in, ashwin and Ganbhir in awesome form, Dhoni the finisher, India can only become better, wait and see. SL has reached the peak of their performance but declination is not far ahead.

  • kesy777 on February 15, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Great match... Sri Lanka deserve a win when look @ the 2 poor lbw decisions went in Gambir's favor..

  • Prema1948 on February 15, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    SLan National Cricket teams are suffering due to selectors incompetency of last 25 years as these irresponsible persons find it's hard to distinguise a quality batter from a reckless hitter. They've always preferred risky stroke makers with no control over their stroke play to solid batsmen who have maintain consistency from a very young age. They have always disregarded the batsman's stay-in power. That is why they have forced quality batsmen like Dias,M'galle, M'nama, Hashan,At'patu, S'weera,.. like classy players to retire early while embracing reckless hitters who offer 101 risky strokes, that find it difficult to middle the ball and unable to stroke the ball all along the ground when it matter most. They have also delayed the inclution of promising youngster the class of Chandimal. At the time of last WC both Chandimal & Senanayake were having 1st Cl Ba & Bow. Aves 59+ & 19+ respectively , though they were completely ignored in order accomadate VIPs. Even Ajantha was underused.

  • ajayrcs on February 15, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Totally agree with bMike shame on you India.

  • on February 15, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    As Duleep Mendis once said, for SL senior players, it is a mental issue. They should learn from Chandimal how to face the opposition.

  • IndiaNeedsBowlers on February 15, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Well I think the tie is good for India. Why? Because Whenever a team led by Dhoni has had a tie in a Tournament (multi team), the team has won the tournament. India in T20 WC 2007 (tie with Pak), CSK in IPL 4 & IPL4, CSK in CL 2009, India in WC 2011 (tie with Eng) and now India in CB 2012 (tie with SL). Way to go!!! Win the tournament guys!!!

  • xylo on February 15, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Given that both Sachin and Sehwag are goofing up big time in every ODI chance they have got so far, wouldn't it be fair to rest them both and bring Manoj Tiwary in their place? I bet Tiwary would easily score 20 runs (which is what Sachin and Sehwag have been doing), but would have definitely saved more than that in the field.

  • syedmkr on February 15, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    In this Indian innings, there are 4 run-outs! 3 of which to save Dhoni for not winning the match! Needless to say that could have avoided by dhoni if he accelerate his batting in the initial stage, not scoring big shots and getting out, but rotate strikes, make singles regularly and look for big shots when opportunity comes...

  • syedmkr on February 15, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    What Jadeja is doing in the team? His bowling is neither fetching wickets, nor his batting gives runs. In the last match vs Aussies his bowling was 10 overs 50 runs for no wicket; scored only 12 runs. In this match 10 overs 58 runs for no wicket and scored only 3 runs off 10 balls. When he was in the middle it was crucial to score quickly as the run-rate was increasing, but he & Dhoni made 6 runs off 3 overs which eventually lead to a tie! So what is the point having Jadeja in the playing XI for nothing? Moreover Irfan is back and Jadeja should be out from the all-rounder spot!

  • apurav_jain on February 15, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    dhoni handled the situation really well, he could have made a mess of it but he didn't as he does always

  • syedmkr on February 15, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Dhoni is putting pressure on his partners through the match and the previous match, so that somany run-outs and sacrifices for Dhoni alone. Why not Dhoni think of not wasting initial opportunity of scoring runs and always taking to last overs?

  • KP_KP on February 15, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Dhoni scored 58 of 69 balls and dragged the game as usual , and responsible for 2 run outs ( Irfan and Gambhir) .Yet he is the Man of the Match...?

  • spiritwithin on February 15, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @wjkalana..ur logic is hilarious,Indonesia is 4th largest nation by population and u r defending their no.42 ranking in last olympics??lol...results in a sports depends on infrastructure and the sporting culture prevelant in that country.. China has great infrastructure,also Guyana with just 2-3million ppl managed 5golds so they must be the greatest nation in sports,is'nt it??d u see any connection here b/w performance and population??no country here r ranked according to their population..order of country by population-1.china 2.India 3.US 4.indonesia 5.Brazil 6.Russia 7.Pak 8.Japan 9.BD 10.Nigeria..Olympic standing-1.China 2.US 3.Russia 4.UK 5.germany 6.Aus 7. S.Korea 8Japan 9.Italy 10. France..oops except for china,US russia and japan i dont see any other in both lists,will u explain y?if i include top20 it will be even more..Sri lanka is ranked 50 in population but they r not even in the list of medal tally where 87nation has won medal,is'nt ur nation sud be at no.50?only excuses.

  • satish619chandar on February 15, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    To the guys who say Gambhir was LBW.. Excerpts from cricinfo commentary on the appeals made by Herath against Gambhir.. 19.1 : Herath to Gambhir, no run, 97.3 kph, big appeal from bowler and keeper! Hits him on the base of the pad but there may have been an inside edge That Gambhir appeal looked rather close. Hotspot wasn't entirely convincing(As per DRS rule book, no clear evidence to overturn the decision and i doubt whether the decision could have been overturned) 31.4 : Herath to Gambhir, no run, 96.8 kph, he risks sweeping the flatter delivery and is hit on the pads but perhaps down the leg side, the umpire isn't convinced 37.4 : Herath to Gambhir, no run, 89.6 kph, pitches outside off and straightens and hits his pads and there's a big appeal but that wasn't hitting

    There is a good element of doubt in each of the decisions and nothing looked plumb.. Now we know who is making hill out of moles..

  • Ms.Cricket on February 15, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    "This is how these guys are going to learn," Jayawardene said. "The more games these guys play, they will become better finishers and they will take more responsibility." Well after 362 ODi games it looks like you haven't learn't much Mahela so why expect others to learn? "Apart from those couple of bad balls, I thought he bowled a very, very good over". Well Mahela you should know that all it takes is a couple of bad balls an over to undo all the good work and therefore inexcusable. What is Mahela smoking if he thinks like this?

  • cricmatters on February 15, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Rotate between Raina/Jadeja/Manoj Tiwari. Sehwag and Tendulkar should be part of any one day side if they are fit and ready to play.

  • Don_Simon on February 15, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @ Mange: Yep mate, Nitin Sundar must be dreaming.Clearly Sreesanth is the best death ever played the game!!! LOL....

  • johnathonjosephs on February 15, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Once again Dhoni steals the man of a match from Gautum Gambhir in a match against Sri Lanka.

  • world.cricketer on February 15, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Dhoni Got MOM because He scored runs for India and Made Run-outs for Srilanka. need not to give credit to Dhoini.........He was Dropped on 6 runs.

  • satanswish on February 15, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Definitely Kangakkara is very vulnerable of taking catches. No wonder he dropped a sitter of Indian tailender Ashwin.

  • mohsin9975 on February 15, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Msd tried convincing people how difficult it was to win against aus in last game and his foolish theory of being till the end. Not many were convinced. Some were confounded. This match he tried same tactics again bt, but many fans are now convinced that he and his theory is foolish to snatch a tie(india shd hav lost bt for sl) from the jaws of victory

  • Ameega on February 15, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    This is a well deserved tie, as the both teams did not deserve a win. There were so many possibilities, SL could have scored 270+ from 164/3 @ 35overs, Ind could have won from 59 runs from 58 balls. Dhoni could have started looking for boundaries a bit earlier, Sanga could have taken the catch (and prevent two runs of it), someone else could have bowled the 49th over for SL, Malinga should have get Dhoni run out, and if DRS was there?... so on... All matches so far gone to the wire barred first Aus-Ind ODI. All three teams are competing each other and this would be very interesting battle in next couple of weeks!

  • Harmony111 on February 15, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Total possible no of cases for that missing ball were 10. How? See 7 cases of scoring 0 to 6 runs, 2 cases for a nb or wb, 1 case for a wicket. A very remote case is that Malinga got injured and someone else had to bowl that over. In any case, of these 10+1 cases, only 1 favoured SL, 8 favoured India and 1 was a neutral case. Also, one might argue that Gambhir's so called lbw would have allowed the next Indian batsman more time to plan his innings and to score the remaining runs himself. So one sees that of all the scenarios possible, only one favours SL and yet the SL fans are saying that the missing ball would not have mattered much. Huh. Another exhibition of confirmation bias by the SL fans and India-bashers.

  • kunderanengineer on February 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that this was really a match full of "what ifs" and not just what if 6 balls were bowled in the 30th over. What if Gambhir was given lbw which I thought was plum even before I saw the replay; what if Sanga takes that sitter of a catch off Ashwin which normally he would take 999 times out of 1000 which resulted instead in 2 runs; what if Jayawardene had gone with Pereira in the penultimate over instead of Angelo which would have made more sense; what if Malinga didn't botch that simple run-out attempt of Dhoni; what if Dhoni didn't run-out Gambhir. We'll never know the answers to these questions and that's precisely what makes sports fun. So let's just hope for more entertaining matches like this in the remainder of the tournament.

  • on February 15, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    @Bobmartin : smells like your something is on fire. And Dhoni haters answer this: " What was Sachin doing?" Malinga Fans: " Malinga couldnot convert the run outs" -- simple he couldnt do his job. Dhoni and Gambhir: did their job. Irfan pathan- he has to keep up with Dhoni's running abilities. 2 Missed LBW's Umpires could not do their job properly. Thats all! Its all about who did their job and who didnt!

  • Harmony111 on February 15, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Those who are saying that the missing 6th ball would not have mattered much need to see that if India could score 24 runs of 12 balls then surely India would have scored 1 run of 1 ball had it been bowled. You see this tactic of using hypothetical scenarios to mitigate a counting blunder can be used both ways. India might even have scored a 4 or 6 of that ball and the match would never have reached that stage. Of the 10+1 possible scenarios for that missing ball, only one was directly in favour of SL, one was neutral and the other 9 were in favour of India. The SL fans and India haters seem to be focussing only on that 1 favorable scenario and simply ignoring the other scenarios.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 15, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka really deserved to win this game. A No ball 6 in a choking matthews and 2 plumb lbws for gambhir not given and Malinga missing the easy run out of Dhoni in the last over... well not really a convincing performance from India shall we say. But the saddest thing about this match is: it looks like old age has finally caught Tendulkar. His fielding is horrid and his batting has not been great

  • johnathonjosephs on February 15, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Whats up with Malinga? after the 3rd ODI against South Africa, he doesn't look as hungry for wickets as he used to. Also, people praising Dhoni for tying the match, and for winning in the last game, but what people don't know is that in both matches a height no ball 6 saved Dhoni from some embarassing questions. Remember, this wasn't chasing 270, this was chasing 230. When the equation is 24 from 12, one must really question what tactics Dhoni is using

  • Balumekka on February 15, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    This again proved that Malinga is the greatest death over bowler ever and Dhoni is one of the greatest game finishers!

  • bMike on February 15, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    If the 6th bowl of the 30th over was bowled (It was a Malinga's bowl) India could have lost another wicket for that bowl. Gambir was 2 times out LBW but not given(secret behind why India don't like DRS). Sri Lanka deserve to win.

  • gpm86 on February 15, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    To anyone signing off their post with their name. Stop it, we all know who is talking as it tells us who posts. It doesnt make you better than everyone.

  • sirviv on February 15, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    deja vu....set up by gambhir, finished by dhoni,team and result is the only difference... Hmm, i wonder what over Gambhir thinks the game should have ended in lols. well done dhoni/malinga

  • on February 15, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    This is a special Tie of all 26, besides scores, the number of balls delivered and wickets fallen are in level.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 15, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    This match was almost lost due to Sachin's pathetic fielding. He must have given away at least 25 runs in the field. He scored only 15 while batting. So basically he scored 10 runs for Sri Lanka. Why is this old man even part of this ODI series? He needs to be DROPPED. He is not part of India's future plans, so why did BCCI select him for this series? ODI is a game for youngsters. It's NO GAME FOR OLD MEN.

  • dsig3 on February 14, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Good game to watch as a neutral. In the end it was a fair result. Sri Lanka had so many chances like Aus the other night and we both failed to capitalize. Mathews and Mckay are both chokers unfortunately.

  • dhanuhskaS on February 14, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Why should India bother about DRS when "All the King's Horses" are clearly running on their behalf for carrot? Ultimately Cricket will become a fake sport like wrestling on TV..! Sadly, the "Doomsday" of this sport that we all dearly loved could be not faraway due to this massive involvement.! Essence of Dhoni's unreal/unrelated comments about DRS said it all..!!! India may become the world cup holder forever.

  • Penny71 on February 14, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    I think this is a great SL team that has emerge from this match that India could have won. If it is not for the blunders in Mathews 49th over full tosses and Mailinga unable to do run ous, SL could have won it easily. However it showcase the Indians are vulnerable as Sanga said before with SL. This should give Mahela and boys to take the fight straight in to face with Aussie and indians next time. Not impressed with Sangas' shot selection too. If Chandimal. Perera, Malinga and Mathews can learn from their stupid run outs and full toss balls, next games will be SL for sure. A good win is overdue from SL team to the their fans.

  • Mange on February 14, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    The best death-overs bowler in the game???? I'd lik to see those figures........

  • iamgroot on February 14, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    SL played very well.. it was a good match..good fight .. just bring manoj tiwary in place of rohit sharma.. the team can be.. Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir , Kohli, Raina ,, Dhoni, Tiwari/jaddu , Ashwin , Vinay kumar/ pk , umesh , irfan, this playing XI can deliver goods.. it will b toss up between raina/tiwari/jaddu depending on who is consistent and who can contribute more to the team.. tiwari bowls legs spin and very good fielder..and young batsman who deserves his chances..Man of match award was giving by commentators..so what can Dhoni do about it? he admitted his mistake..he accepted his fault that it was an error on his part..didnt he? .Rohit sharma ran out partners in the past..but they are all overlooked..when sachin , rohit sharma , kohli get out for 15 runs..and raina for 8 ..what will ANY skipper do in that situation?? think about it.. dhoni made mistakes..but others made EVEN MORE..and they should be criticized first.. no.6 batsman is putting pressure on others? really?

  • wjkalana on February 14, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @spiritwithin lets get back to this, Don't know weather u reply to this, u said theres no relationship between population and the sport performance well Mr thats where u went wrong, China is the most populated country Olympic No 1 in 2008, India is the 2 nd most populated country No 50 in Olympic ranking, USA worlds 3rd most populated country 2nd in Olympic, And even 4th most populated country Indonisia also 42nd in olympic well there is a relationship btw population and performance in sport its called gene pool and probability. Looks like u don't know about high school science and maths. Well as I said this is all India is gonna win get ready to loose 4 matches as all of them are in seaming conditions. SL came to australia few weeks earlier and almost pull of a win against australia in their 1st match, where as India came to aus 2 months ago and it took them 1.5 months to beat australia.SL won more matches in sydney so its gonna be a cracker of a match.2010 SL beat aus 3-1 in aus.

  • mahesh8811 on February 14, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    i was shocked to hear from dhoni that he didn't cut his hair and win the last match and he is doing so for today match but he shave his beard. to the commentator before the match begin. maybe shaving his beard make the match tie.what kind of sportsperson say that?it is the stupid thing i ever heard from any one.

  • AvidCricFan on February 14, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    India made it a tie instead of winning. The real culprit was failure of top and middle order except for Dhoni and Gambhir. Irfan Pathan was better considering he is coming back after a long period. He will only get better with more chances. Rotation with Rohit Sharma and Raina is very much needed. Bring in Tiwari. They failed in 4 ODIs in row. In the opening slot, it is Gambhir's turn to sit out. India did well in the last two ODI on his batting. Hope some one picks up his mentle if he sits out. Otherwise, SRT and Gambhir can be persisted for one more match.

  • npse on February 14, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    KVS Prasad, I like your analysis and support it. There were many loose balls that Dhoni made no attempt to score and than he got Gambhir out. If any team scores 300 or above, seriously this Indian team must no9t even bother to go out and chase for they can never do.

  • npse on February 14, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    A game that should be easily be won by India, became a tie. I am a great fan of Tendulkar but seriously I am convinced now its time for the legend to go. It was really sad see him struggle on a friendly wicket against a bowling attack that was mediocre.

    Apart from Gambhir and Dhoni no one is sure about what to do.

  • Jay_N on February 14, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    I have been reading some of the the comments here, saying how Sri Lanka is getting better and gonna beat Aussies & Indians. The only problem is folks that this series is almost at halfway stage, and by the time sri lanka are ready to win, this is what the the sri lankan Ex captain and Captain will be talking.

    Dilshan : Hey guys we are ready lets go, and beat these indians and aussies.

    Sanga : Yeah man lets go and do it,but wait isn't this series already over?

    Mahela : Guys we are on a plane flying back home :(((((

    Just kiddin folks. let's sing along why can't we Friends? why can't be Friends?

  • Indike on February 14, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Why are Indians not talking about the Gautam Gambir's 2 LBWs? Had there been DRS Gambir would have been out and India would have lost the match for sure.

  • Decimus on February 14, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    India don't deserve to win the match just because they got a 5 bowl over. Infact India deserve to lose for not allowing DRS. No wonder why India don't like DRS. India hides their ailing star batsmen from realty.

  • Gamaraala on February 14, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    The easiest way Sachin could have scored his 100th ton was by bowling during the last test series against Australia. Many Indian bowlers got centuries under their belts but Sachin was not given a chance. The way things go, it doesn't look like that Sachin would get another ton with his "bat", perhaps by ball in next test match.

  • Precioustar84 on February 14, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @those that keep saying Gambhir was LBW, well no one knows for sure but at the time Wasim Akram on air said it looked like it was probably going down the leg when he was on 40. Its India who misses out by not using DRS way more but today maybe it was once for SL. Sometimes even other teams gets lucky with that and India is on the losing side against other teams so if and when India start using DRS, it will benefit India more than anything.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    I so wish this was the World Cup Final. I wonder now, if Tendulkar can really get that 100th ton, especially with a little struggle in form and the Indian fans calling for new young blood in the team. For Sri Lanka, Tharanga has had many problems like this. He either hits a good score, or gets out in single digits. It really doesn't pay to have an inconsistent batsman like him and would really love Mahela to open at least for one game and bring in another talented youngster to play (my choice would be Bhanuka Rajapaksa). To all the Pathan fans, Irfan didn't do anything in this game except for hitting that 6. Vinay Kumar is a better bowler than Irfan and that's pretty sad

  • Arun1976 on February 14, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Another interesting stat about this tie is that of the 6 ties India has been involved in, SRT has played in 5 of them. Also, This is the 3rd tied ODI in less than a year and all involving India........

  • Stark62 on February 14, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Well......

    Dhoni saved SL from a loss! :P

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    We really need technology in cricket. India not using it is clearly giving them an advantage (though I have no idea why). Gambhir should have been out lbw before he reached 50 and the 30th over there was a ball missing. That said, Gambhir and Dhoni once again torment Sri Lanka, I think they must have a grudge against them lol. Matthew's No ball- 6 was the turning point in the game

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Well using DRS is the only solution to minimise human errors in a tense games like this.It apply s to both teams fairly and why there is so much of fear about using technology is difficult to understand.The missing ball should have been notified and sorted then and there. Asking for an extra ball at the end is unfair .There is a big difference in the 6th ball of 30th over and the last ball of the 50 th over.How many dot balls did Dhoni play in his innings.So anyone crying for an extra delivery at the end..sorry to say mate.. no chance.The DRS situation costs us the wicket of Gambhir[LBW] which is a greater decider for the outcome of the match than that absent ball for sure.

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Why always people think the one who leaves not out is the one leads the team?

    Actually Gambhir-91 took India near to win, Rest of the team worked hard to loose. Dhoni make it a draw in the last. Isnt right?

    Anyway its over, so is that going to be TIE in match and win the series DHONI? LETS SEE.

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Match is lost because of sachin he scored 15 and gave away at least 40 runs , I guess icc should allow him a wheel chair so he can move in the field a bit faster or maybe bcci can introduce voluntary retirement scheme and Indian government give him all honors and titles so all can see the end of this so called prodigy .

    Lesson learnt : play sachin and end up on the loosing side

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Well, the title should have read - Foolish Dhoni ensures India doesn't win. I have commented before that by leaving everything to the last overs for a massive slog in the end, Dhoni is being adventurous. It is not being cool. Rather it needs to be condemned for he is putting the rest of the team at the risk of loosing. It became too close to comfort today. Secondly, I would also like to thank one Mr. Sachin Tendulkar for answering the questions raised by Ravi Shastri and by Sunil Gavaskar. Just wanted to reiterate to Mr. Ravi Shastri and Mr. Gavaskar that the team is more important, then individual players and then commentators. So, chill out and don't interfere in team selections.

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    So What if Dhoni Gets to Chase 350 and Above ...????

  • MH19 on February 14, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Mahela should complain about poor umpiring to ICC as Ghambhirs LBW cost us the match and he was the diffrence between SL and India.Not trying give excuses but against Australia Chandimals out was also shocking and all goes against SL as we do not complain.Had they done this with India or the Aussies umpires career would have been over by now.Hats off to a exciting match though.

  • richardror on February 14, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    stop complaining about the 5 ball over, gambhir was out lbw before he reached 50 which has a far bigger impact on the match.

  • TRAM on February 14, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    @streetblader, hilarious... "snatches a tie from the jaws of victory!" :))

    Raina & Ashwin are able to move the score from the moment they come in. Every other Indian batsman needs 2 overs to "settle down". MSD needs 15 overs to "settle down". Ashwin must come ahead of Jadeja. Jadeja has not done anything with the bat to warrant his title as all-rounder.

  • rcjunk123 on February 14, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Of course, he made Gambir & Pathan runout.

  • xylo on February 14, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Now, notice how the author slips this in - "Sachin Tendulkar's rustiness, too, suggested the break from Sunday's game didn't do him much good." ; but do we cut the same amount of slack for Sehwag when he comes back from a one-match rest? No. We say, Sehwag continues to play irresponsibly. Sehwag at least pulled off a brilliant catch and fielded well at long on towards the end of the Australian innings. Compare that to the fielding in the last Irfan Pathan over, when this "rusty" player could not save two boundaries. So, if one has to be rested for the rest of the series, the answer is obvious, and is left as an exercise to the reader. It is painful for me to see him go, but I would rather see him go rather than being let go.

  • lokphy on February 14, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    I understand people going after dhoni for his tactis of run chase, but I want to ask them, what if he tried ambituous shots earlier and get out well before. It happened in first match, when he pulled a ball and got out. Then also people were after him for throwing his wicket away. We must be thankful to him atleast getting a win and draw with this incapable middle order of Kohli+Rohit+Raina. What are these people responsibility in the team? If either of them click then dhoni doesn't have to take the match to end. I think its high time to replace Raina with Manoj tiwari and also Jadeja with good allrounder hitter or atleast Harbhajan who is better bowler and good hitter.

  • TRAM on February 14, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Seriously SRT looks old man amongst enthusiastic youth both on the field and in the scores he makes, more importantly the manner he scores them (as if heaven is going to fall on him, with tiredness and lack of self belief in his face). It was pathetic to see him on the ropes, running, puffing and panting.. couldn't dive and stop the balls. If he continues for another year or two only pity would remain rather than pride.

  • on February 14, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Woke up 7 o'clock in the morning just to watch sachin's batting. He disappointed me. he got out very cheaply. Just doubt that can he come back in good form again? Can he do 100 century? Is it his last tour ever in his career? I am 27 and he played cricket for 22 years. I wish i could continue for another 5 years. But i know he will be dropped very soon because of his continuous failure. I will miss you Sachin. However, All the best for your career and hope you will regain your form

  • IndiaNumeroUno on February 14, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Forget DRS, hot spot and all the ball tracking nonsense... can ICC put in place a system so that umpires don't make real howlers... like forgetting how many bowls have been bowled in an over?!!.. start with getting basics right via the technology?

  • DaGameChanger on February 14, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    To all the Indians who wanted this game to be over in 45th over...Dhoni is missing his best friend Yuvi. Would be interesting to see who will be sent off..I guess it will be Jadeja.

  • rsurya on February 14, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Indians like masala. but dhoni please its cricket... Jadeja becoming a tailender, ashwin an alrounder, raina a visitor, rohit a premium member, dhoni a kollywood hero.

  • on February 14, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    when dhoni was playing with gambhir his strikerate was more bcoz gambhir was setteld.. .and towards end he was targetting only few SL bowlers, and it worked out also..(against both teams); ) he is clear abt wt he is doing...his presense ill create pressure to opposition team also...

  • seantells on February 14, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    lovely ending of a great game of cricket, but for SL it's serious question time to ask the worthiness of batting coach and bowling coach, Captaincy bn pushed to limits Mahela did a great job but coaching hasn't done in the areas that matters

  • on February 14, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    When MSD z there its alwz difficult to handle da game in our way...bt,V could hav maintain de Requried rate more in final overs....And eventhough itz a poor piece of performace from SL top oder batsmen....realy great 2c how Dinesh Chandimal maintain his consistancy....cheerz SL...! V wil surely perform wel in nxt matches !

  • cricketcrazy555 on February 14, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Dhoni's theory will not work all the time & today that's happened. Apart from gambhir's dismissal irfan pathan's wicket was the turning point of the match. To me India lost today's match.

  • on February 14, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    I don't understand why everybody thinking about doni's performances... how about Sri Lanka who that defend 236 for a tie... Doni got tie not only because of his talent thier have some luck also... 4th ball of the last over Malinga missed the run out... If he get that that's the end of India... and one more thing all forgot that clean 2 LBW's of Gambir that turn down by umpire of the bowling of Rangana Herath... Thier was some more things more than Doni in this match...it's lovely game of cricket... It's a game of cricket... And also Mahela made make mistake giving 49th over Angelo Mathews.. I think Thissara is better bowler in dead overs than Mathews... Although they got around 13 runs from the last over ball by him (Thissara) I think he should be a 1st choice... If you talking about Doni's captaincy how about Mahela's... 236 not easy to defend with batting order like India but he almost done it... But finally congrats to both teams who puts great performances in this match...

  • Reverse_Bat on February 14, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    I think Indians are just getting excited when India win a match and try to forget everything that went wrong in the last 8 months. I do not see any greatness in his captaincy. When AUS and SriLanka attack the famous Indian batting army, INDIA USES THEIR SLOW BOWLING TECHNIQUE...which is so sad to watch. If u really look at the way Indians play 50/50 over match ...I feel like Dhoni is using the T20 skills to win the match. India is actually playing a SLOW MOTION CRICKET...its embarassing to a nation have 100 million ppl and can't find a genuine fast bowler.India might reach the CB Serries final...but have no chance to to win the title. Why Dhoni is waiting to attack the bowlers in the last overs...why can't he do the same and finish the game earlier? Indian cricket is going back to shell.

  • rathik26 on February 14, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    It is easier said than done. Even when Gambhir and Dhoni batting rotating strike was bit difficult as the wicket got slower... and he was expecting to build partnership with Jadeja but unfortunately it didn't work out. Give him credit for getting 2 points today...

  • truth_bearer on February 14, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    I watched the tail end of the Sri Lankan innings. It was horrifying to see Irfan Pathan being asked to bowl the penultimate over. Irfan has proved time and again that he should be the last perosn ever to bowl the last few overs in match and he proved it again, going for 11 runs. In a low-scoring match, his death-overs can be very expensive. He should come with a warning: Captain, please use me at your own risk.

  • kingcobra85 on February 14, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Indian fans are ungrateful ..any other country would be keeping dhoni like gold dust...Awesome leader THESE GUYS SHOULD have been born when we hardly won any ODI series abroad. Its only now that we have won matches abroad.

    This shows the lack of knowledge and experience playing cricket

  • Reverse_Bat on February 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    I think Indians are just getting excited when India win a match and try to forget everything that went wrong in the last 8 months. I do not see any greatness in his captaincy. When AUS and SriLanka attack the famous Indian batting army, INDIA USES THEIR SLOW BOWLING TECHNIQUE...which is so sad to watch. If u really look at the way Indians play 50/50 over match ...I feel like Dhoni is using the T20 skills to win the match. India is actually playing a SLOW MOTION CRICKET...its embarassing to a nation have 100 million ppl and can't find a genuine fast bowler.India might reach the CB Serries final...but have no chance to to win the title. Why Dhoni is waiting to attack the bowlers in the last overs...why can't he do the same and finish the game earlier? Indian cricket is going back to shell.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on February 14, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    A wk keeper batsman is rescuing us every time. But I am amazed that people are still criticizing him! This world has indeed become very harsh. We would accept him to come and score freely when half the team is back in pavillion with plenty to achieve. We would criticize him even if he scored those point winning runs against the best pacer in format! We would keep on crticizing him even if sachin,sehwag,raina,rohit continues to fail every time. Go, get a life haters! Dhoni is the best ever batsman in ODIS. Period.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    if umpire gave dhoni s lbw it sl won by mile thtas y indians dnt like drs and thats y kolawari D

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    I bet Sponsors and BCCI have nothing to do with 3 cont. last over games. And Dhoni, oh I am sorry Mr. Icecool.. Definitely has a plan to bat slow in ODI.. which he couldn't do in TEST. A 5 ball over also don't hurt him.. He is there on Ads during those 10 secs. Like always he has a tied game in the tournament. Any guess after T20 (2007) Pakistan tie, IPL2010 tie, World Cup 2011 England tie. Who is going to win this tournament??? And what a coincidence it is going to be followed by IPL. "Just what the doctor ordered?"

  • Precioustar84 on February 14, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    @sanjuveldurthy - Excellent observation sir!! ...and @Mendis_forever - "Let this tied match tie our friendships forever!" -- I second that!! :)

  • Aravind.kls on February 14, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    POOR GUY, VINAY KUMAR.....being a highest wicket taker in the tournament, nobody there to compliment him...not even the team mates and not even the commentators when he takes the wicket...dont mind, u also senseless fantacy fans.

  • Ganchu on February 14, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Dear Mr.Tendulakar, What are you waiting for ? 100th ton you won't get it. Shame on you .You cant score, you cant dive on the boundary,you cant bowl then why cant you retire from onedays.In that way Dravid is a gentleman, You are spoiling your image. Come on man.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    SL not failed because of the great Malinga....And India not failed because of Cool dhoni.If any bowler other than Malinga India would have been the winners and if any other batsman other than Dhoni,Srilanka would have been the winners.So siimple!

  • ranjitg on February 14, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    It was exciting to have a Tie, but pretty sad as well... There is no point in anyone saying that DHONI is a great finisher when his pair averaged 2.5 run between overs 41 to 45, when the asking rate had increased from 4.7 to 7+. Against Australia, it was a fight that he led. This time Dhoni broke the partnerships himself - both Gautam and Irfan...

  • guru_k on February 14, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    All people who were hating Vinay kumar What will you say now ? Hard work always pays. He is very hard worker. He has already taken 9 wickets from 4 matches. He is highest wicket taker for India so far.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Had Gambhir not been run out we could have won. Had Irfan not been run out we could have won. Had Dhoni played as if it was a 49 over match we could have won. However there is another thing, Sachin mis fielded twice giving away boundaries in both the occasions. He scored 15 runs. May be if he was replaced by a more athletic young opener WE COULD HAVE WON. Please dont bring up stats that are 15 years old. I am just saying ITS TIME.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    People who are abusing Dhoni and saying that he got people run out and he doesn't score quickly so other have to hit out and get out, can they tell me why when others hit out they throw their wicket but when dhoni hits out he gets a six or a four or whatever is needed. Why Everyone else starts getting under pressure with a rr of 8 while dhoni still can save us from loosing after rr gets to 10. If you can't hit a six when under pressure and you get out while doing so don't blame the pressure blame yourself because you have no idea how to hit a shot and if you don't have the idea then keep quiet do what you can and let the person who has the capability work out how to score those runs.

  • Rahulbose on February 14, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Dhoni proving again why he is such a great ODI batsmen. India seem to be trying out experiments in the league stage. As long as they can keep avoiding defeat to Srl they should be fine for getting to the finals.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Just loved the first couple of sentences in this piece. Very aptly summarised!! :)

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I just wanna say all the enthusiastic Indians who talk about 5 balls in the 30th over, India had 73 balls to score 53 runs with 5 wickets in hand, the team who struggled so hard to score 53 runs of 73 balls talk crap about one ball......................Matthews and Prasd scored 47 of 4.5 overs against Oz as the last wicket, don't give rotten excuses, just accept the fact that one poor delivery of Matthew's cost the whole match for SL also know that Gambir innings was a pure luck.............

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 14, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Any word from Gambhir about Dhoni taking it to the 50th and the makeup of the team with Tendulkar in it? Think he might be wisely keeping his counsel tonight. India should really have reached these chases easily if someone else had helped Gambhir and not left it all to Dhoni again. There WILL come a day when Dhoni fails!

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @ bobmartin - Ha haaa! What a comment. You got it buddy. Dhoni revels in protecting his captaincy, his importance in the team. He sold Gambhir too often for that. And he pretends to be so cool. And no doubt, he's got tremendous luck. He realized it, and is cashing on it. But no denying it - He's a hard worker.

  • luck002 on February 14, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    It is irritating that dhoni always becomes the hero intentionally or unintentionally.Nothing against dhoni but GAMBHIR deserved MoM.Really feeling for Gambhir because he is missing out on match winning centuries,sometimes for no fault of his.Cricinfo-please publish

  • Nampally on February 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    In the next ODI India shoulod try a team: Gambhir,Sehwag, Kohli, Tendulkar, Rohit, Dhoni, Tiwary, Ashwin,Vinay, ZAK, Yadev. Raina is still failing against Seamers whilst Jadeja has indifferent form. Sehwag is a useful & economical off spinner. He can bowl at least 6 overs whilst Kohli & Rohit can bowl the other 4. Indian batting is still failing. So Tiwary can further strengthen the batting.Either Sehwar or Tendulkar can open or bat #4 to bring stability to the middle order. The all rounders are not producing in terms of wkts. or batting, albeit Pathan played only one game.Both Raina & jadeja were outstanding in fielding but failed with bat.This should be 4th & last chance for Rohit.He needs to produce.

  • OMPRAKASHGURJER on February 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    well mr dushyant garg,let me remind you that we were playing against srilanka and having said that if dhoni would have played recklessely as you thought and got out then india would have lost this match quite nicely.it would not have gone to the last over at all. So far as Gambhir run out is concerned only the wicked and devilish person can think that Dhoni did that menacingly.It was natural.When you are playing with Dhoni you have to be quick else ..If there would have been Kohli in place of Gambhir ,he would not have got himself out.How many times we have seen Gambhir geting out like this! We should not blame Dhoni.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    After the Sunday's match against Australia, Dhoni gave a very weird reply to why he took the match to final over, when he could've finished it in the 48th over. "I wanted to lower the heart rate. The heart rate goes up. We don't want that to happen. So, I said to my partner that we'll let the run rate get up to 9 runs per over, and we'll look then what to do." Really, I can't understand how he wanted to help his heart rate by getting it down to score 13 runs from that last six balls. A confused Mark Nicholas, nodded to what Dhoni said. :)

  • praveen4honestremark on February 14, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    " Luck favors the Brave" and it rightly matches to Dhoni. He hangs around and keeps himself ready for a challenge, and so his bravery is his armory. His luck is because of this brave nature. All of us have to remember that, before we point out mistake in some one of Dhoni's Stature. His achievements are hard to be achieved by any other Indian captain in some years to come. He has set up the standards so high for young lads. And all his characters came along with his middle class family..where he learnt respecting work and also learnt hard work which is only way for a middle class person to achieve goals. I at least hope some people realise their mistakes before you say something...suggest something, but not insult a great person using irrelevant and non sense comments. Cricinfo please publish. Thank you

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    DHONI has lot ov fans in pak, wt a player u r:)))

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Indian players fail to make good partnerships on most matches. Perhaps they need to learn about team co-ordination.. India could have made a very easy win in this match if it was not for some silly mistakes. The 6th ball in the 30th over wouldn't matter much when compared to those silly mistakes.. I always stress on bringing in our young stars who shine in domestic tournaments such as Ranji trophy and Duleep Trophy.. But the BCCI seems to be deaf to the pleas of cricket fans and reporters!! A win in this match would have definitely advanced us well up and would have brought up the confidence in our players... But considering the fixture of tri-series, it doesn't matter as India has a very bright chance to get a spot in the finals considering the present status. Also it would be bad to leave out a player just because he didn't shine in a few matches. MSD is a very good example for this case. Anyway best wishes for MSD and his team!!!

  • ArunaLiyanage715126137 on February 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    survive 2 lbw shouts from Herath...... 5 ball over.. how to know 6 ball take it wicket ball....thats the cricket... but poor umpiring... MS and MJ was best leader... but mistake is mistake... 49th over 2 full toss is the damage... specifically no ball...but angi we proud of u....just a bad over.. but great fight back lions.... chearrrssss we are with you

  • bimohan on February 14, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Last match- jadeja and raina forced to play needless shots because i remember dhoni was once 13 from 43 balls. this match-he ran out irfan pathan and gambhir(denying his opportunity for a ton) and we could have easily won as only 60 needed of 60. but still only 13 runs scored of next 5 overs.

    still some are praising dhoni and showing contempts for poor rainas and jadejas.

    whats more today he got mom on behalf of opposition i guess, since he wasted our easy chance of winning. what can i say ice-cool dhoni

  • Nampally on February 14, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Fantastic finish from Dhoni saved India from a loss. After brilliant innings from Gambhir, it was a shame that the middle order were very poor on a good batting wicket. Four run outs nailed India on the back foot - Dhoni was responsible for 2 of them - Gambhir's & Pathan's. These were too risky runs to take. It is better to have wkts. in hand rather than sacrifice one for a single which is not there.Both guys were capable of hitting the next ball to the fence- if needed, as proven by a six from Pathan, just the previous ball. The selection of XI has always been a nightmare for Dhoni.A specialist bowler or a specialist batsman instead of Jadeja was a better choice. Raina, Rohit & Kohli could have bowled the 10 overs between them with Tiwary in. Alternately, Rahul Sharma would have been very effective bowler. Jadeja's 10 over at nearly 6 runs/over + batting failure did not help India's cause!.4 regular bowlers bowled well but batting #3,4,5 failed badly.Tiwary or Rahul for1 all rounder.

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    We Indians are such hypocrites. How can one think to make himself a HERO when he is the captain, that too Dhoni. He has the best cricketing brain ever for an Indian. Bumble stating that Dhoni does not trust other batters is bollocks. Dhoni tried his best, so did others. Irfan should have atleast started for the signal. Dhoni is lightning fast. Others just cant keep up to his pace. It is a communication issue. Im sure he will tune to others speed in the coming matches.

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Yes Dhoni did well. India should've won this game by 45th. over, dhoni ran 2 guys out, jadeja is not batting well, ashwin and pathan should've batted before him. Hat's off to jaya brilliant captiancy. Dhoni did not take the responsibility to score when he was batting with jadeja and that is where india fall short.

  • MENDIS_Forever on February 14, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @ sanjuveldurthy : Wow..sir, what an amazing observer you are..hats off to you.Let this tied match tie our friendships forever!.

  • sportofpain on February 14, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    These comments about Dhoni are in poor taste. The guy delivered a win and then got us a tie which means we are almost through to the finals. Such performances are high calibre by an amazingly talented cricketer. Gambhir is another class act.

  • Pavan_2020 on February 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @bobmartin - do i smell something burning?

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    I wish I could have seen this match.

  • csowmi7 on February 14, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    jadeja has been abysmal with both bat and ball. Drop him for the next two matches with rahul sharma as the replacement. At least he is an attacking bowler and can take wickets along with ashwin to bolster our bowling. While Zaheer Khan is out Irfan Pathan can play the role of an allrounder meaning we will still have 7 batsman and ashwin to follow. If Sri Lanka lose on Friday to the Aussies which in all likelihood seems fairly certain they india should give a go to rahul Sharma to see what he's made of on pitches that offer good bounce.

  • SriLankanLions on February 14, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Great captaincy from MJ. Field settings were superb and spot on. Many singles were cut off and that created pressure causing the required rate to go up. Otherwise the match would have been ended in the 47th over or so.

    And stop arguing about the 5 balls over as Sri Lanka were really unlucky as the same umpire denied 2 plumb LBW appeals against Gambir. If Sri Lanka could have held their nerves a bit more to the end of the last 2 overs as they did earlier, they could have easily won.

    MJ & Chandimal batted beautifully without no fuss. Sri Lanka could have easily made 270+. They need to revise their batting tactics though. Dropping Tharanga, MJ opening the batting and Matthews up the order seem to be ideal at the moment. In last two matches Sri Lanka seem to give away from the strong positions they were in when batting. Fielding and bowling look much better though.

    Hope they could come back strongly, win the next match against Aussies and keep alive in the series.

  • Blue-moon on February 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Sorry guys, Sri Lanka is not entertaining the world as they used to be. No responsible batsmen except for the younger talent and no sting in bowling.

  • csowmi7 on February 14, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    there's no point in blaming dhoni for playing slowly initially. Dhoni was forced to play in such a manner because of the 4 wickets which had fallen at his arrival and the 120 runs required. The real flak should go to raina, sharma, and jadeja who have been underachieving both with bat and ball, most of the time gifting their wicket away. It is because of dhoni that we aren't 1-3 in this tourney and now in a reasonable position to make the finals.

  • bobmartin on February 14, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Posted by Vinayak Vishwanath Belose on (February 14 2012, 14:54 PM GMT) But, what will be the action against the Umpire who did not count the balls properly in 30th Over?

    Nothing will happen... Law 22.5 covers this eventuality in great detail.. Umpires make mstakes (hence the need for DRS), just as batsmen, bowlers and fielders do. In fact the result of any cricket match depends almost entirely on which side makes the least mistakes.

  • skevlani on February 14, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Dhoni's strategy to somehow save his wicket till the end and become a "hero" has obtained him yet another undeserving "MOM"- "Mess of a Match" What a shame if captain of india can't rotate stike and take singles at will.. if he can only swing the helicopter shot that too he saves this for the very last over of the match to make it look like more entertaining and thrilling....complete disaster perfomance in my opinion, He is overly kool to sense the urgency of the mtach like the last two matches has made me think he is possibly the "biggest loser" of todays game.

  • priceless1 on February 14, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    mathiews played for the Indians today . while batting he ran out the set batsmen Candimal and when bowling he gave a way easy runs by bowling full tosses at the criticle time .....another game SL should have won easily ..but made a mess of it at the end ....

  • sahasranaman on February 14, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    out of the blues when dhoni played a maiden off malinga, it sure did give a decisive blow to the equation which could have gone in india's favour even with a 5 ball 30th over...that cannot be an issue...what the number of dots here say is that one ball cudnt have made a difference...anything cud have happened in that ball...india had only 33% chance as per law of averages by maybe scoring a single or a boundary....other two being dot ball or a wicket which would both favour lanka... hence i suggest people forget that 5 ball over and rather focus on the dot balls that could have easily been manipulated for runs had dhoni and jadeja not gone into the shell... all in all apt result....actually sri lanka should have won with malinga bowling 48th and 50th over....

  • IndianFromBangalore on February 14, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Finally Vinay Kumar showing signs of improvement. Hope he continues on this path. Good to see Irfan back. If he had stayed, India could have won the match.

  • couchpundit on February 14, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    It has been clearly proved Raina can not play beyond Indian shores....time to chuck him out..... time to throw away raina to support quota system. I still dont understand why vinay kumar is playing these games. and Irfan gets game so late?

  • KingOwl on February 14, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    The result reflected the true standings of the teams. India, SL and Aus are equal - they are the best in the world in one day cricket. There will be some wins and some losses depending on the day. But overall, they are equal. Anybody who says otherwise is a fool, or a journalist!

  • cheekamottai on February 14, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    I also have a feeling that Dhoni messed it up by having too much to do in the death overs. What should have been a slightly comfortable win ends up a tie. Not to forget what was done to Gambhir and Pathan.

  • Danufur on February 14, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Funny how everyone harps about the 5 ball over... Anyone care to comment on the two LBW decisions that went against Sri Lanka?

    All these incidents are part of the game. Deal with it!

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    hmmm.... dhoni came in with the score reading 118/4... so, he did not create the pressure which got the others out... his only mistake today was the gambhir runout nd he admitted as much in his post-match interview....

    at the end of the day he backs himself, stays there, gets the job done, takes all the criticism in his stride....

    he's not tht gr8 a captain in the field but, along with yuvraj, he's the best finisher we've ever had in the limited-overs format....

  • yusuf97 on February 14, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    dhoni and gambhir once again shine for india....@dhoni do something of raina, rohit and jadeja. apply the rotation policy in the middle order by replacing them with manoj and parthiv...good irfan got a match atlast

  • rahulcricket007 on February 14, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    PLEASE DROP RAINA & INCLUDE TIWARI .

  • on February 14, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    another good game of cricket...Lions put up a great bowling show to defend this small total and now what i think is Lions must work harder in their batting...and i don't know why Indians are so keen about that 5 ball over.they only believe that is the reason for this tie,bt actually it's not.it would've been even a wicket and the other thing is Gambhir's 2 lbw decisions were given in favor of India and what about that?...and i guess that they were lucky also since we missed an easy run out and a catch in the end....also appreciate the way how Chandimal,MJ,Gambir and @ last how Dhoni played....up to now this has been the awesome tri-series i've seen and is waiting for a win for Lions in the next match

  • Sinhaya on February 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @Vin Vinay, India is the weak team! Sri Lanka are a great side!

  • Anushika on February 14, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Some talk about the missing ball.... Ha Ha Ha. What about the plumb LBW which went against SL? If it would have given SL would have won the match easily. Any how a very good show by SL. This shows you are improving match by match. Keep the faith boys. You are going to bring the cup home. Hurrah........

  • CaughtAndBowled on February 14, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Make a probable victory into impossible and then rescue to get man of the match.. Dhoni almost did it again!!!

  • sheenu on February 14, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Someone should tell Dhoni that the innings is only 48 overs. Then, he will win it in the 48th over, not leaving it for the 50th over!!

  • RoshanF on February 14, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Of course Mahela should be the less happier on the result for Sri Lanka should have won that one if not for the poor 49th over and Malinga's lackadaisical attempts in effecting easy run-outs during his and the match's last over. Even before that SL had done very well to reign in the Indians in the last 15 overs. And how unbelievably small minded some Indians are in this blog on the missed ONE ball of the 30th over. What about the missed LBWs against Gambhir. But a fine effort by Dhoni who is a real thorn during the final overs. But do not blow the trumpet on him too much - remember during the test matches he did fall down the sewer and there was not a scent of lotus blossoms anywhere. Sri Lanka will be really pressed to qualify for the finals now - three matches and no wins. Hope they'l win the next one.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Gambir survived a plumb LBW shout off Herath which would have been overturned by UDRS. That cost us the game and no wonder India is Anti-UDRS

  • vamanan on February 14, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Calm Dhoni?! He has rifts with Sehwag and Irfan. Gambhir is unsatisfied with MSD's tactics of finishing matches with the last ball. MSD favors Raina, Jadeja. He pressurizes the batsmen in the other end to maintain the run rate by blocking most of the deliveries to score meager runs. He should be made to sit out. If BCCI dear him not to drop, at least play him as number 3. The lower order batting should be taken care of by so-called "all rounder Jadeja" and Ashwin or Irfan. If Dhoni gives away the no.6 or 7 position, India will win the matches convincingly and can forget about tie or loss.

  • Rushikey on February 14, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I think the main culprit of India not winning matches convincingly is Dhoni's strange rotation policy. Instead of rotating Sehwag and Sachin the unbittable opeining pair, He should rotate new comers from the middle order like Jadeja and Rohit Sharma. In these days Dhoni is overthinking his tacticts which already cost him Test series and now may cost ODI series. I am a great fan of Dhoni's innovative tactics, but now he is overdoing it.

  • Venki_indian on February 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    for those who are talking about 5 ball over...that missed ball may cost a wicket as well...No Ifs and buts ..finally its a tie...we had a good game of cricket...but india should have wont it easily...and Ravindra Jadeja should get a man of the match for his performance. Dhoni should have sacrificed his Man of the match to him.

  • Precioustar84 on February 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I'm a Team India fan but some people need to stop looking at details sometimes. Lets not count 5-ball over blah blah blah ...these things happen and evens out!! Umpires/Players are HUMANS and HUMANS make MISTAKES!! Neither team gave up even if mistakes happened, and we all got to enjoy some good cricket!!! I mean isn't this what we want in a GAME? Some excitement, some fun, some nerve-wrecking moments? Or would the people complaining here prefer boring one-sided matches?? ...Just one thing I don't like is WHY in the world does Dhoni keep getting the MoM?? It was once again Gambhir who steered the way, and it was Dhoni's wrong call that cost Gambhir his wicket so he should've been MoM im my opinion. Anyway, Dhoni is no doubt great match finisher and Malinga is an awesome death overs bowler so tie is just!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Will miss your reports Nitin!! :)

  • cricket_slcsupport on February 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    SriLanka did not deserve to win today, but hats off's for their fighting spirit for finishing off with a tie. Sri Lanka cricket is going in the right track with Mahela. Sri Lanka may have lost all their matches in the CB Series, but the oppositions had to really work hard towards their victory march. If the batsmen start firing, I won't be surprised if they go on to win the tournament. I guess the openers should be rotated like India, Mahela should include Thirimanne to open otherwise Mahela himself should open with Dilshan. I wonder why Dilshan throws is wicket away. All the best Lions ! ! ! ! ! Makes us proud again..... Lankans can go do it !

  • dulcejay on February 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Dhoni is the great finisher of the game. Done it again!! Awesome blossom player!! One in trillion.

  • nishans32 on February 14, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Why have they not mentioned the Lifeline that Gambhir was given when the umpire ruled out a Plumb LBW ?

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    How come there arent more "Drop Ashwin" calls today ? He will not perform one game soon and the calls will be back. While Sehwag, Rohit, Raina etc will not perform for 100s of games and still are assumed to be in the team.

  • Smithie on February 14, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    If DRS includes automatic ball counting will Srinivasan and SRT accept it ?

  • vamshiparuchuri on February 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Excellent innings by DHONI under pressure....WHY ROTATION IS ONLY FOR OPENERS? ....SO GAMBHIR to be rested for next ODI ...... :(

    ALREADY white washed in TEST SERIES, DO WE NEED ROTATION NOW????????????...

  • starincricket on February 14, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    unfortunately gambhir got run out with the rare scence of dhoni messed up.. but yet again dhoni proves he is a kind of match winner for india.. we wud have won this.. he got man of the match for his batting ,2 low catches and helped for 3 sharp run outs.. without that srilanka could have got more run.. s thekind of world cup win 2011 but missed viru here

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    @Those harping about the 5 ball over: WHY NOT reprimand the Australian umpire Simon Fry who let off Gambhir when he was DEAD PLUMB LBW on 41? What about the Australian umpire Reiffel who let off Gambhir when he was LBW on 1 last game? Gambhir and Dhoni were lucky...Like bobmartin said, even "If that guy fell down a sewer he would come up smelling of lotus blossoms.."

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Ghambir batted well, but was plumb lbw, and showed the umpire his bat, to indicate he touched the ball with it. I thought that was ordinary, but other than that he batted very well. Dhoni almost did it. Good to see Mahela in the runs and Chandimal you have a great future...

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Umesh Yadav. The "New Find" of the current tour. Found Out that speed alone is not enough! Mohinder Amaranath or Roger Binny would have told him that much, even before he left the shores of India.

  • srisri on February 14, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Let Viru take the place of Sir Jadeja and bat at No.7 keeping the rest same. Viru can bowl too. Thats an awesome team, I reckon.

  • streetblader on February 14, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    The title is absolutely right, although, incomplete... it should go thus: "Calm Dhoni delivers nerve-shredding tie.. from a position India would have won!!"... or maybe something like "Stubborn Dhoni snatches a tie from the jaws of victory"...

  • Romenevans on February 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @ bobmartin - What's your problem mate? Need a hug or something, Go cool off kiddo.

  • iamgroot on February 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    in both the games.. dhoni came at a very crucial stage.. rohit sharma got out to a reckless shot in both the matches. why didn't he take his chances? because of rohit sharma we are losing one batsman at top ..or else.. it would have been Sachin, Sehwag opening with gambhir at 3 followed by Kohli , Raina , Dhoni , and Ashwin, Vinay/Praveen , Irfan/Zaheer, umesh..this would have been the line up.. rohit sharma has been given so many opportunities to prove himself and yet he doesn't take up any opportunities.. if the same number of opportunities were given to irfan or even manoj tiwary they would have done far better than him. When wickets are falling at the other end the way dhoni played was justified..look how the other batsmen got out.. putting so much pressure on dhoni.. Why didn't sehwag/sachin/Rohit sharma play long innings?? they are proper batsmen..and still they are getting out and leaving it for dhoni to finish.. and yet dhoni gets the blame ?? what nonsense!.

  • MVRMurty on February 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    For heavens sake we are in the 21st century with lots of technology available along with 3rd umpire. I am curious to see how ICC is going to deal with this. It is an International game and if on field umpires are doing mistakes we have a third umpire. How could all the three of them miss. The commentators pointed right there that it was a 5 ball over. How was that ignored. We fans are investing precious hours to watch a decent game and umpires are spoiling the show. If players do any mistakes on the field, ICC punishes them; but how is ICC going to react to these blunders. What are the scorers doing and why was this not made clear to the umpires at that point of time???

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    A worry out of many worries for SL is Tharanga. Getting out in the last 3 matches in the same way as he had done through out his career. Yes, he is a good player, but only when there is width on offer. He is a very poor leg side player also. Chandimal is the only batsmen who is playing well at the moment. We can't win matches with only Chandimal firing up.

  • SLfan on February 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I have a feeling that most Sri Lankans are happy about the way things happened during last couple of weeks, even though we have n't won a single match yet...The reason for that is, we see our guys give 100 % in the field while having so much distractions like salary issues etc. Really proud you guys because you're proving day by day that you play this game only for PASSION not for money.When fans get that feeling, always they are behind you no matter you win or lose...Keep doing bro's and definitely results will follow. Hats off.

  • Nuwas on February 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    All the Indians bluffing around here commenting about superiority of their cricketers in today's match miss a vital point here. "Adelaide" is a batsmen surfaces having an average of 5.5+ net run rate. but both the teams couldn't surpass 250 mark in this match...the plus point here is SL tied this low scoring match which could've been a win for them if they'd have performed a bit better... So far in this Series SL = Lost Lost & a Tie ... Look who's getting better...its not India for sure... SL is getting better day by day... watch out Aussies & Indians...coz ur not gonna get things so smoother & easier to ur likings with us anymore as u think it would as this series moves on....

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I canr believe the lack of cricket knowledge shown by some posters.

    A ball cannot be a wide if it comes off the bat or the strikers.body or equipment.

    Had Dhoni missed the ball it may well have been called a wide.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    So MSD has ended a game tied... So this series is going to be won by IND :)

  • mohanan on February 14, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @Vinayak: I don't know. May be he will be made to stand on a desk for an hour...

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Which title looks good for a Cricket based Bollywood movie? (1)"29.6" (2) " The Case of the Missing Ball" (3)"Llong Sells India Short"? (4) "Everyone Slept of for a Moment" (5) "Mystery Sleep Wave Hits Wizards of OZ", or (6) "I see, You see, but not ICC". Manoj Night Shyamalan of Hollywood fame would most probably pick No (5)

  • jasonpete on February 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Seriously by seeing the comments lashing out at dhoni,can't believe how the Indians fans are so blindfolded,when Indid 124 /4 dhoni and gambhir batted sensibly to reach 170 but gambhir got run out( it was dhoni fault,but can we say rohit sharma got run out due to gambhir). Raina and jadeja wasted many delivery and got out in the wrong time.Its really difficult to hit shots for Malinga .Pathan and vinay sacrificed their wicket to save dhoni,as he only can finish the game.Its because of dhoni ,India today tied the match,otherwise the match will be in srilanka favor.As an Aussie ,anyday I would keep dhoni in our team .such a calm player.what pathetic here is Indian fans blaming dhoni for making it tie.i guess the cricket commentators know better than you all arm chair critics and MOM award deservedly went to dhoni.I am saying this as a neutral fan who follow Australian cricket

  • T-800 on February 14, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    This match is another exhibit for why MS Dhoni is still the best possible captain for Team India. Lots of people after the debacle in the Test Match Series were calling for Dhoni to be sacked as captain. I felt then and I feel now that people like these do not understand Indian cricket too well. The debacle in the Test Series was because Indian Cricket does not have many batsmen who can face quality fast bowling in test matches. Indian cricket also does not have many good fast bowlers. This is not the Dhoni's fault. It is the fault of the BCCI. A captain can only work with the team he is given. Even if Gambir or Sehwag or any other super star had been captain, the result would have been the same in the test series. If anyone needs to be fired for that, it is the people leading the BCCI

  • Vilander on February 14, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @ sanjuveldurthy , SL faced 300 balls India faced 299 balls. SL bowlers took 8 wickets, indian bowlers took 9 wickets. Sl fielders effected a run out when indians did not. Its not very similar after all, india was robbed of a victory.

  • yohandf1984 on February 14, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan i m not worried about result of this game but still about last game vs Aussies where we couldnt get 232 after brilient work on field . we deserved to lose today after capitulating in big way after being 172/3 @34 overs .India showed that they also deserved to lose this one by losing their plot in last 10 overs (they needed to get less than run a ball having 6 wickets in hand ). Eventually final script fared both teams being a tie . Time is running out for SL in this tour . Next one is a must win game.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Heading of the letter is one sided, if game was tied how could keep heading about Dhoni onli 9runs in last over which he could not score.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Funny how Dhoni has become everyone's favorite again.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    It is high time that sachin tendulkar should be in playing XI.no doubt he is a class player and worth 300 runs +. how many chances over these years has been given to him.the way he is getting out is a mystery to the cricket lovers. media also to be blamed as they are giving too much of pressure on him .After all he is a human being and served Indian cricket for more than 2 decades.

  • Prema1948 on February 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    SL should be really grateful for young players like Chandimal, Mathews, Malinga, Senanayake, Kulasekera, and Thisara for the fight they give to keep the Country's flag held high. All sticky footed seniors who are yet to learn the ways of middling the ball at consistent basis & the veteran spinner who needs bowlers foot-holds to spin the ball, should be removed soon rather than later if we are to do well in the future. It was total ignorance of selectors, if they want to keep these inconsistent players with combined experience of 1500 Internationals but yet to learn the ways of playing, risk free innings at consistent basis till the next WC. There're enough players to fill those gaps who have maintained consistency from very young age as 15 years. (Pls note that Mathews, Chandimal, & Senanayaake aren't players that has been picked by the selectors, but who've forced their way into the National Side for their sheer brilliance since their young age as 15)

  • sanjuveldurthy on February 14, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Another similarity in continuation of my earlier observations....

    * Both the teams lost their 5th and 6th wickets at the score of 178 and 184 respectively.

    Sanju Veldurthy

  • Vilander on February 14, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    5 ball over number 30. India deserved to win this one. Unfortunate.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @bobmartin..mate you're a genious!..not only was that exceedingly hilarious, but it was also prefectly accurate!

  • Ian316 on February 14, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    I think someone should tell Grirish Shah, that the word 'wide' is spelt with a 'w' n not a 'v'... He he. Calm down about the 5 ball over people. Gambhir was given not out to 2 plumb deliveries! If at all SL would've romped home! Cant wait for the next match and for both the aussi n Lions to beat these over rated diva's!!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Anywaz...fair ending to a low scoring match on a low track..

  • richardror on February 14, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    People complaining about the 5 ball over obviously don't realise that Gambhir was stone dead LBW before he even reached 50.

  • Harmony111 on February 14, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    To those who are asking why Irfan didn't come ahead of Ashwin need to know that this was Irfan's first match in such a long time and it would have been stupid to send a player making a comeback to go out and bat under severe pressure. I would have been surprised had Irfan come ahead of Ashwin actually. Irfan may be a better batsman than Ashwin but being used to the conditions is an imp factor too.

  • anilnegi009 on February 14, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    dhoni is a worst player in indian side............ and he is culprit to not win this game...and he shud get penality fr this...

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    stop bitching abt dhoni,whole of the middle order crashed again n he converted a 30-40 odd runs defeat into a tie.Dnt tell me that due to dhoni's low strike rate sachin,kohli,rohit,raina was forced to play big shot,scores of 15,15,15,8 and at that time there ws no pressure situation !!

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Dhoni is not a good captain always. today if he sended irfan pathan ahead of ravindra jadeja india would have won easily. ravindra jadeja wasted 10 important deliveries in crucial moment of the game for 3 runs. Selfish dhoni. He needs his supporters like Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja in the team always. Bad for indian cricket. Drop Raina, Jadeja & bring Irfan, Manoj tiwary. one TENdulkar =10 Sehwag's. So Sachin must play in all the remaining matches. I think World Cup 2011 Winning Team was the best. Miss yo Yuvi. Get well Soon & Comeback.

  • divve_00759 on February 14, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @Dushyant Garg yes, Gambhir got run out due to Dhoni's mistake but after Gambhir's dismissal, Dhoni didn't get sufficient support from the other end. U must see Sir Ravindra Jadeja's 3 off 9-ball innings before bashing Dhoni, who batted pretty well with lower order

  • Harmony111 on February 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas:

    Dhoni's only fault was Gambhir's run out. The other 2 run outs were due to the situation. Dhoni's strike rate was 5.04/over which was more than India's RRR so how can Dhoni be called slow? The real problem was the failure of #2345 batsmen who scored only 53 runs off 96 balls. India should have won the match with plenty but then the pitch was not exactly easily to score and each batsmen took a while to get set and then kept getting out.

  • Venkat_Sravanth on February 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @Fahad rao .....the one billion wouldn't give a damn on reading your post...javed faced chetan on a placid sharjah track whereas dhoni faced malinga on an australian track which has all the amenities for quicks...............AND try to dwell in the present...How longer will u gloat on an incident which happened in the previous century??..this is the second decade of the 21st century...mind it......By the way even Harbhajan finished a match against pak with six.....

  • torsha on February 14, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Well done my Captain cool! You're the BEST! So I just came to know that 30th over had 5 balls only?? What a mess!?

  • thinktank1 on February 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    It's all about confidence.. and Dhoni is confident. That's what matters..

  • spiritwithin on February 14, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @wjkalana..we have seen enough of these excuses of SL having less population and india over 1billion,in sports these facts counts for nothing,u said china with 1.3 billion ppl won 51 gold,well even i can say that its very less compared to what aus, US, germany, holland and many other when we look at their population...no nations won the medal in sports as per their population hierarchy...also u said SL has three bowlers who bowls 140+..well india has Ishant who bowled 145+ consistently in the test series,Umesh Yadav who also bowls 150+,Aaron who bowls close to 150kmph,abu nechim who is 145+,and their r many others,not a big deal,what matters is how ur playing 11 has performed in the field...ur team is yet to win a single match in the series and languishing at the bottom with just 2point yet u r talking big..when ur team cant defend 24runs of 12balls i m srry to say SL has very tough road ahead and its not easy in the CB series for them

  • Sakthiivel on February 14, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Its game of cricket, No one make any intentional move, Kindly stop your abusive comment against Dhoni. Its team effort, sitting at home and making comments are easy but executing them is difficult, even we get a tie. Why cant you digest that, its SL game to win.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    236 to chase and weeping over 1 ball. Ahhhh Indians.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    But, what will be the action against the Umpire who did not count the balls properly in 30th Over?

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    I won't blame Dhoni, because he was not left with support from Jadeja & Raina. Time to pick up Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir & drop Raina in the name of "Rotation Policy"

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    even the last ball was vide ball

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    I would have been more happier if only had India won the match, I don't know why Jayawardene seems to be disappointed with the result, since his team doesn't deserve to win this match for 2 very simple reasons 1st being their poor handling of power plays & a 5 ball 30th over. Of-course Gambhir was very lucky to survive 2 lbw shouts from Herath. Had I been the captain of our team, I would pick Veeru, Sachin & Gambhir with world-cup winning combination, Gambhir at 1-drop at the expense of either Rohit or Kohli or Raina or any bowler since how long can Sachin play, probably another couple of tours maximum.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I have been following Indian Cricket since 1980. I have never encountered an Indian Player who can handle pressure as well as dhoni can. Dhoni is our Miandad,Imran,Steve Waugh all rolled into one. Without Dhoni the World cup would never have been won. Without Dhoni India would have never won so many close one days. Michael Clarke said it all when he obeserved "When Dhoni stays, India Wins".This Tie against Lanka will help us qualify for the finals. It's practically a victory for us and a loss for lanka.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I think even the last ball was vide ball

  • bobmartin on February 14, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    So Diva Dhoni does it again... Sold Gambhir down the river to make sure he didn't get his century,...finishes not out to boost his average..in his determination to become the hero of the side again only succeeded in managing to tie from a winning position. But never mind... for that he gets man of the match. If that guy fell down a sewer he would come up smelling of lotus blossoms..

  • Rugsy on February 14, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    I don't know why we Indians are getting so hyper about the 5 ball over. These things happen and should not result in endless ifs and buts. I am sure Arnab Goswami in 'Times Now' channel will soon demand an enquiry by ICC on Nigel Llong's character and antecedents !!! What is more important is that Mahela and Sri Lanka never gave up and the poor batting by Dhoni for the last 10 overs cost India a win. Let's not get carried away by trifles like wrong counting of balls.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    well played sri lanka,,yep now there finding how to build up the combination upon each other,it will give great signs,that probably sri lanka will be able to cath up the sri lankan brand of cricket........

    cheers...... all the best lions......

  • maverick1212 on February 14, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Dhoni first gets Gambhir run-out, then makes a mess of the chase, and then hits out in the end to give a tie for what should have been a comfortable chase - and then takes Man of the Match? Gambhir did the bulk of the scoring. All this euphoria makes nice stories, but the fact is, Dhoni messed up.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Dhoni has found new way to get attention. 1st pull India to jaws of defeat from a possible victory. Then in the last over show some blitzkrieg. Like the last match India was very much home, but 1st he made Gambhir runout, then devoured balls after balls, brought asking rate to a level where non striker batsman got out to deal with increasing required rate. In last both the matches ,India would have won long back. And our readers said that his fellow batsman dint click. I would say that he built unnecessary pressure on his fellow batsman so they got out one by one to make up for his sluggishness.

  • Harmony111 on February 14, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    The third umpire was Bruce Oxenford, the same chap who wrongly gave Symonds not out of a stumping appeal in Sydney 08. He also tried to find some way of not giving Michael Hussey not out for a caught behind appeal in the last CB series final by deliberating over a simple catch for many minutes. And today too, may be he thought to let it go on - after all it is India that is being harmed. Why is it that when this man gets the control and something goes wrong this man is always seen in the negative?

  • Rugsy on February 14, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Sorry Nitin Sundar, Dhoni's first mistake was not running Irfan out. His first and biggest mistake was scratching around for so long, hitting the ball to fielders, taking just singles that put unnecessary pressure on the other batsmen. Gambhir and Irfan were his second and third mistakes. Sri Lanka should have won.....at least to show Dhoni that one swallow does not make a summer.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    dhoni an unworthy middle order batsmen. if he had gone in the runout of irfan india could have won the match dhoni tacticks. why irfan was not promoted ahead of jadeja who has good experience and a batsman who can clear the fence quite easily then jadeja

  • suve on February 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Brilliant game well played both teams, Dhoni played a great innings. As usual when the Indians don't win a match, the fans start looking for excuses. Ok you can have the 1 ball or even a whole over but those 2 LBW's were as plumb as you can get, if Gambhir was given out then India wouldn't of got close.

  • Lovetesh on February 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @Fahad Rao: Even Bhajji hit last ball six and win the match against Pakistan. Why you didn't mention him? Why only Miandad? Sore loser that is what Pakistan was, is and will be. Jai Hind.

  • divve_00759 on February 14, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    it's unfortunate that most of the people are blaming Dhoni here, had he not been in the middle till the last ball of the last two one-dayers, India were comfortably sitting at bottom of the table. Before pointing out the fingers on Dhoni, see the strike rate of other Indian batsmen also.

  • ExpertSpectator on February 14, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    The rotation for the opening slot must be between Viru and Sachin only; Gauti must be allowed to play all matched given that he is meddling the ball well. MSD's strategy is not to deliberately leave it till the end, the match situations have demanded ice cool executions. Not to forget towards the end the six off a no-ball from Irfan made a big difference. Somebody must talk to Sachin and make him understand that if another Sachin is to come thru the ranks he has to pave way gracefully in ODIs first. No disrespect meant to little genius, Indian cricket is at a cross road. We must be wise enough to take the right path of breeding more youngsters.

  • Lovetesh on February 14, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Why the hell R.Jadeja and Raina are in the team? They are good only in Indian conditions. Play some technically correct batsmen like Pujara or Rahane instead of them in places like Aus and SA. Yuvraj is sorely missed he actually lend stability to the side.

  • Venkat_Sravanth on February 14, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    whoooops.....5 ball over?????.......I just came to know...How come??

  • CaughtAndBowled on February 14, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I just can't believe Dhoni got the man of the match. Absolute bonkers. Dhoni could have easily won the match if he played with little sense. One wonders if Dhoni has got stakes in Cricinfo!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I know 50 overs is a long game and during the 30 over TV umpire Oxenford and match refree Andy Pycroft may be having a nap , which cost both India and SL the match, India could have scored a run and SL would have taken a wicket , Is there is a match BAN for these gentlemen? Is ICC hearing this ? Some sort of action

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    if dhoni iz there in next game while chasing till the end ..india will lose..coz ..1st wwin ..2nd draw..after that......

  • mqry on February 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Though Mahelas captaincy in terms of bowling changes is first rate, his over reliance on Malinga and almost no use of senanayake makes his team selections questionable.. An injury to Malinga will render SL impotent. I just hope SL find their batting mojo to make the other bowlers effective Already SL is winless and 1 more loss makes rest of the games inconsequential

  • 57Unicorn on February 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Vulnerable..... who???? Sangakkara(AAH).... concentrate on your Batting and (now) keeping too!!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Nitin Sundar, you are wrong. If the match referee and/or the umpires had the freedom to play that missed 6th ball of the 30th over,after the 50th, to correct the error, it would have only helped India. NOT Srilanka. Even if they got the 10th wicket, it still would have been only a tie; not a win. So, India is the ONLY loser from that missed count on the part of the field umpire. (Of course every one else in the field also missed that miss)

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Not every one is Javed Miandad, oooops i think I increased the blood pressure of a billion people on this planet

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    well played sri lanka >>>>>>>

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 14, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    It's hard to believe how we can even call it a calm Dhoni delivers a tie. India hopelessly snatched a tie from the jaws of victory. Thanks to the ineptness of Dhoni. Ate so many balls, responsible for his team mates' runouts, the incoming partners had to slog from the word go because of Dhoni's horribly misplaced and mispaced batting, yet we have an article saying that a calm Dhoni delivers a tie. What a horribly gone wrong result for India. Gambhir was right. You should never take matches this far.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    How come Dhoni get to be Player Of The Match? Every time Gambhir plays well, he is denied the honour! Was Dhoni's innings better than Gambhir's? I feel its an injustice... Same has also happened in world cup final! I am not a big fan of Gambhir, still I don't understand on what basis, Dhoni gets to be Player Of the Match.

  • Venkat_Sravanth on February 14, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Dhoni is batting sensibly after a very long time,batting very well in fact...two good finishes in a row on aus tracks is pretty good......should maintain this throughout the series.....Sorry for Gambhir..he is playing his heart out too..excellent show....

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    (1) Rotation of the top three really helps in this series, when either Sehwag or Tendulakar sits out. Otherwise we would have had TWO of the top three in bad shape. It would have also forced one of the youngsters in the middle to sit out. (2) Sachin, Kohli, Rohit & Raina put together scored only 53 runs.. Dhoni alone scored more than that. So don't complain about Dhoni's contribution. (3) Dhoni may be a fan of Bhojpuri movies where a goofy hero lands the heroine in all sort of troubles; but in the climax scene, he transforms himself into a superhero and saves the damsel from the precipice. Dhoni, it seems, wants to play that role to a larger global audience. If that is the intent, he is doing a good job. (4) We have no business to whine; he pulled out a tie out of a certain defeat. And 2 valuable points. What more do we want after four batters failed, for one reason or the other.

  • on February 14, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    MATCH COULD HAVE BEEN FINSHED IN 49TH OVER, IF GAMBHIR WAS THERE EVERY TIME DHONI CANT FINISH MATCH LIKE LAST MATCH HE DID AGANIST AUSTRALIA

  • SRT_thebest on February 14, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Can some one explain why dhoni got MoM and why dhoni seems to be called a hero by everybody in last 2 games, which if one analyses will see that it is infact dhoni who got the team in trouble in both matches, against Ausies his slow scoring nearly cost the match and same against lanka why can't the man just take easy singles and score run a ball. Also had he not run out gambhir and irfan india may have won.But still Dhoni is a hero of the match Baffling???.

  • playercricket on February 14, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    1. Sanga dropped a crucial catch (2 runs was scored) 2.Angelo Mathews gave away 15 runs (too much) 3.Malinga missed 2 run outs (closing his eyes)

    Taking to count Sanga's 2runs(the ball was always going away from it was bubling away from him)the two run outs of malinga both the throws just bounced ahead him both were hard chances.

    BUT MATHEWS GAVE AWAY TOO MUCH RUNS, HE BOWELD TOO MANY BAD DELIVERIRES.FULLTOSSES WIDES NOBALLS GAVE AWAY 6S AND 4S(WELL YOU CANT BOWL ALL THESE DELIVERIES AND EXPECT TO WIN A MATCH WHEN YOU ARE DEFENDING A SMALL TOTAL.

  • wjkalana on February 14, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    And india will have tough time agains australia and SL in coming matches in brisbane,Hobart. But Sydney is again a similar pitch to indian conditions so they might play good cricket there but having seen they batted in the test match on sydney its doubtful. Well mark my words 11 is the only points india will get in this series. (unless theres a wash out). We saw how they perform against Engalnd in seaming conditions and how SL perform in england in seaming conditions. And sachin is becoming a sanath jayasuriya for india by holding out his place for a youngster by not retiring. These are important experience that the youngster like thiwary can get. And I m glad that after like 100 years india found a baller who can ball more than 140 kph. remember this is from 1.3 billion people in the country and only managed to win a 1 gold medal in last olympic and China won 51 golds with the same population) where as SL has only 20 mil people and still they have 3 ballers who can ball 140 kph. LMAO

  • Lakpj on February 14, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Sanga's carelessness cost SL again. he dropped McKay in the last game where he went on to score 25 and SL lost by 5 runs. Today he dropped Ashwin, and they ran 2 runs for that ball, game ended in a tie. If he can't keep properly he better off giving it to Chandimal without doing silly mistakes at crucial times.

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    EXACT POINT - It was only fair that neither Lasith Malinga nor MS Dhoni ended up on the losing side of that contest. COOLLLL....................................

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    India was sooo lucky in this match. It was a match that srilanka should have won but one no ball took away every thing....

  • sanjuveldurthy on February 14, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    A thrilling finish to one of the most evenly contested match. There are striking similarities on comparison of the teams' performances. * Both the teams lost 9 wickets. * Both the teams' innings lasted full 50 overs. * Both the wicket keepers took two catches. * Both the teams scored fifteen 4s and two 6s. * Out of the fifteen 4s, the number of boundaries hit by six batsmen of both the teams were 6,3,2,2,1,1. * Two maiden overs were bowled by both the teams. * There was 1 lbw decision in both the innings. * Both the teams conceded 8 extras. * Both the teams lost their first 3 wickets when the score was less than 100, the next 3 wickets when the score was between 100 to 200 and the last 4 wickets after crossing 200. * Both the teams lost their 9th wicket on the penultimate ball.

    Can there be any other match so evenly contested ?

    A tie was the best logical result of the encounter.

    Sanju Veldurthy

  • S.Jagernath on February 14, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    When is Suresh Raina going to finally be dropped?he doesn't bowl,bats poorly & his overthrows negates anything he does in the field.A lot of young Indian cricketers field as well as Raina & many bat a lot better than him.Manoj Tiwary must be wondering if his century was even noticed.Rohit Sharma & Virender Sehwag have also been poor,especially Sehwag.Ajinkya Rahane & Cheteshwar Pujara should be flown in.The bowlers have been fine,it would have been a good time to offer a prospect like Dhawal Kulkarni some experience.

  • ravi_hari on February 14, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    6 months back India were unbeatable. Winning in every format at will. After the English drubbing, recouped against the Windies and thrashed England at home in ODIs. They embarked tour Down Under promising to re-write history. They did it but by loosing all the tests. Then they started the shorter version, where they were masters but faltered again. Lost the first T20 and the first ODI. If you look at the pattern of their pursuit in Aus they seem to be learning new tricks to loose. If it was without offering a fight in the tests, in ODIs it is by self-imposed cramping. How can anyone explain the way Indians chased down 233, 270 and 236 in consecutive matches. All 3 should have been won hands down. They punctured themselves midway and almost lost 2 of them Thanks to a lucky and stubborn Dhoni, they won 1 and tied the other. The team seems to be in a bind and are not coming out of it. Any combination is ending up the same. Dhoni has to find a way out otherwise India will slide down faster

  • wjkalana on February 14, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Oh oh here we start a fight, Before my indian friends start to complain about the missing ball in the 30th over let me talk some things happen to sri lanka. Gambir was a plumbed LBW when he was on 87 and and umpire didnt give that, it was hitting middle and leg stump as we saw in the ball tracking. If the decision review system was there SL would have won the match because gambir scored 4 runs after that and we all saw how many balls it took for other batsman to score 4 runs. So lets just stop vining about umpiring errors regarding the missing ball lets just thank to both teams who provided us a wonderful cricket match. (having said that gambir again proved that he is a flat track bully by scoring two 90s on a flt track which is similar to indian pitch) and I think gambir will return to his normal services on brisbane, hobart and sydney pitches. SL just had to face Ind on their first game on the series and in the 2nd game they came close to beating australia and now a tie, its game on.

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    shame on Umpairs...INDIA won this match...they only batted for 45.5 overs.... srilanka is weak team..they will not play final for sure.....Jai hind..

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    DhonGi infact failed once again to keep up the momentum created by earlier Batsman like Gauti and rest. It was sheer luck again (after match vs Aus) that India didn't lose because of DhonGi's unimaginable tactics. I hope they have not sent Gauti to the post-match conference again. Unbeleivale that Gauti once again missed out on MoM and it went to DhonGi (Same as in WC 2011 Final).

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I'm from Pakistan and i am just a big fan of Dhoni's finishing abilities. He wins so many matches for India by staying there till the end and not throwing his wicket away. A lot like Michael Bevan used to do for Australia and in my opinion even better than him. I think by the end of his career, he would have won more matches for India than any other Indian cricketer before him, including Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Adeel9 on February 14, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Hey why is this 5 balls in 30th over being taken so lightly?

  • CaughtAndBowled on February 14, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Not sure if it is a matter of coincidence. Dhoni was at the other end when Gambhir got out in 90s in the last three matches against Sri Lanka!!

  • Emancipator007 on February 14, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    This is like the 3rd ODI where Gambhir scores a crucial/ decisive 90 and Dhoni walks away with plaudits for so-called finishing. Last ODI was actually pathetic finishing with a badly managed innings by MSD. Gambhir had left his team to score just about 96 runs in 100 balls but they almost fluffed it with MSD playing so-called hero. This ODI, MSD's MoM was quite deserved but again no calculated BIG strokes in the 8 overs of last 10. Also, his post-match presentation talks in both ODIs always seem to be about his innings and no mention of Gambhir in both. Somebody should also BELL the Raina cat, hopeless in ODIs outside the subcontinent as expected. 10 straight ODI failures in SA over 2 tours and he keeps getting games and not Tiwary/Rahane. Am beginning to believe the CSK chatter. Also Jadeja is not the big-hitting no. 7 that team needs. Get Viru back in place of Raina and FORCE SRT to play at no.3 if he wants to still play ODIs;since he never volunteers to open in Tests anyways.

  • Rohit... on February 14, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Now Dhoni's Record is at stake. Dhoni has always managed to lift the title cup whenever his team has managed a tie in the contest.Whether it is World T20 series 2007 or IPL 2010 or Champions league 2010 or the Mighty World Cup 2011. It is yet to be seen if Dhoni can be fifth time lucky or not?

  • Nuwas on February 14, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Well well well...Its a TIE... yet again the top three batsmen failed to perform reminding that its their deficit of runs which made the difference again...Middle order did their job, but couldn't hang on when it came to crucial times of the game...As usual bowlers had to do the job of batsmen as well...Bowlers put up an admirably performance to make it a tie on a batsman's surface just conceding 236, except for Mathews who worsen things for SL in favor of IND ...MJ missed the trick completely by handing over 49th over to Mathews rather than Tissara who's a better bowler than an all-rounder eventually end up offering 14 runs with two juicy full tosses as well...Sanga should speak less & perform more atleast with his bat, but not with his eloquence which would not score the runs he needs in the field...Everyone should start improving their fielding skill with consistency rather than showing off which applies to seasoned campaigners as well who needs to be down to earth atleast in field !

  • joshvino on February 14, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    "Well played Mr.cool , sorry Mr.Fool ". You are doing a fabulous job to ODI'S as you always do to IPL .i remember Ravi shastri saying "He is a terrific striker but he has ran his partners a lot of times". today is one of the examples .well done for what u have done to Gauti and Pathan .As in IPl if a team score 90 odd runs the second team must chase that in 19th over to keep the audience coming for the next games , . who said ODI's Are dying because of T20 . no ICC has appointed Dhoni privately in ODI's to change a easy game into a nail bitter, last two games are prime example for that .Against Aus he wasted balls and created pressure to his partners and made him out . today he chose his other weapon to make out his partners by running them out .i Don't no why these commentators are still saying him as cool knowing his major flaws in that game , today he is the man of the match for making gambhir and pathan runout, and whats the credit to gambhir's 91 .

  • Alban101087 on February 14, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Wounderfully written, I njoyed reading it, Since i did not saw the match live.

  • jasonpete on February 14, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    I am An aussie cricket fan,but so much thrills in this match.congrats to both srilanka and India for playing good cricket.A good advert to one day matches.This time in tri series,all three team are playing a very good competitive cricket which fans like us even enjoying the neutral games.i really liked the performances of both the teams today.so well done and well played.i guess tie is the deserved result for this.

  • Ajeetdarda on February 14, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    MoM is Dhoni, I belive it is on behalf of Srilanka, the matches that r going to the last ball is bcos of dhoni & he is not ice cool as called by the media and cricket experts actually he freezes the runs creating unnecessary pressure on other end resulting in run out or catch out. with a stroke of luck (No Ball + 2 run out chances not capitalised) aginst aus we won and this time again no ball and 2 run out chances in last over were not completed. Bcos the captain freeze as i will call eats so many balls the run rate pressure mount upwake up to reality. just a piece of stat after 42 nd over dhoni had scored 30 off 45 balls diff of 15 and at the end his figure r 58 off 69 diff of 11. so he has closed the diff by only 4 runs which costed us the game and umpteen run outs and run out chances.

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Ironically the last three ODI's that have ended in ties, India has been a part of it. This is the third consecutive ODI tie in which India is involved starting from the tie aganist England in World Cup.

    List of ODI's that India have tied 1) India vs England @ M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 27 Feb 2011 (World Cup) 2) England vs India @ Lord's, London 11 Sep 2011(In England) 3) India vs Sri Lanka @ Adelaide Oval 14 Feb 2012 (CB Series)

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Gambhir Run-out took away the game!

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    30th over had only 5 balls

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    The LAST TWO OVERS were nerves-shattering & heart-breaking .. Persons with heart-ailments & hyper-tension shd keep themselves away from watching the idiot-box, such thrilling finishes of the game .. (There could be even a STATUTORY WARNING on the screen ..!!) Overall, it was a FAIR RESULT .. While India paid for complacency, Lankans reconciled to their fate of LOSING the matcheven before the start of the match .. until the slog overs .. Oh .. what a beautiful, compact batsman this youngish CHANDIMAL is !! He's bound to go down in the history of the game as one of the greatest from Asia .. Hats off to him !!

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    great game. could have gone either way. malingas 5 ball over should never have happened in todays technology.

  • rajachandra on February 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    What is wrong with you guys ? Dhoni Delivered a Tie ! Best finisher of the game ! Uh ! My Goodness. A run rate less than 100 again and but for that six by Irfan this was a lost case. Besides three run outs when he was in the other end ! Putting Ashwin ahead of Irfan is again a big blunder which cost the match.

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Good job India. Looking forward to a Pakistan vs India series some day soon!

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    How can umpire call it an over when only 5 balls were bowled ? i am talking about 29th over...it cost us the match

  • Adsum9936 on February 14, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Replace Raina with Tiwari plz, for atleast 1 game,why 10dulkar playing so bad god knows & people recommending his place so badly

  • CandidIndian on February 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    When Gambhir got out,it was Srilanka's game.Good for India that Dhoni saved them from defeat,it was his responsibility when he lead to dismissal of Gambhir.In the perspective of series, next game that is Aus vs SL becomes very important.Kohli and Rohit need to play with more responsibility,the manner in which they are getting out is disappointing,especially Rohit,he is playing at key position which used to be of Yuvi who has been a great finisher for India.Raina has shown that he can play a good cameo ,but in case he has to come early he will disappoint.Two victories in coming matches can reserve a place for India in final, hence players should rise upto the occasion like Dhoni and Gambihr.I am optimistic that Kohli and Rohit will get better, no hopes from Sachin and Sehwag though.All the best team India.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    WELL PLAYED SL . ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO R BLAMING DHONI SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT RAINA MADE ONLY 8 RUNS FROM 19 BALLS , JADEJA MADE ONLY 3 RUNS FROM 10 BALLS & GIVE 58 RUNS FROM 10 OVERS . DHONI HAS TO PLAY SLOWLY BECAUSE OF QUICK FALL OF WKTS AT OTHER END .DHONI IS NOT THE REASON FOR THIS .

  • RISHI2016 on February 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    no doubt brilliant effort by Dhoni... however match should be remembered for that missing ball from 30th over.... moreover overbowling jadeja and removing Ashwin after 3 overs were tactical blunders by Dhoni...middle overs from second powerplay till 35th over proved too much... again much thought process should go on attitude of Rohit and Raina... Get all three openers back(or Tiwari) at the expense of Either Rohit or Raina or both... Pathan made an impressive comeback (barring the 49th over of his bowling).... Finally a tie which leaves me spellbound as well as flummoxed of missed chances from both teams and these ifs and buts make ODIS wonderful

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    a match that india could have easily won hadnt that two runout of gambhir and pathan didnt take place

  • mdev.mp on February 14, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Tie !!!! If a match is TIED under Dhoni captaincy, that series is won by Team INDIA. Ex: IND V ENG 2011 WC, match tied, INDIA became World cup champions. So is this CB sereis is for INDIA?????????

  • VJGS on February 14, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Now do you know why Tendulkar is just as good as the rest and can be dropped when the team needs it.

  • henchart on February 14, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Ironically,the last 3 tied ODI matches have featured India.Dhoni is stretching it bit too much.Today,he ran Gambhir,Pathan and Vinay K out .It is Dhoni's good fortune that India havent lost both the matches at Adelaide.He must not leave things for the last over but that is the way he plays and would perish sooner than later with this strategy,especially Lee being back in contention.

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    i think the 5-ball 30th over could have made the difference had dhoni opted for it at the end!! but glad he didn't opted for it to respect the spirit of the game!! hats off mahi!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    What about the 30th over , it was a 5 ball over and India would have won if they had got an extra ball

  • RAJSOMA on February 14, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I suggest Srilanka keep playing Tharanga until we can post a win... or ask the selectors if they have any knowledge of the game.

  • veerakannadiga on February 14, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    what a match... this was one nerve wrecking encounter. not for the weak hearts. well played guyz. No team deserved to lose. The 5 ball over should not be hyped. It was a human error. It should be left at that. One should not start saying that, had there been that extra ball India would have won. It could have been the other way also. That particular ball could have earned SL a wicket.So I presume it should be laid to rest as a human error. Watch out Aus & India, the lankans are back with a bang. Once again kudos to both the teams for a wonderful game. As an Indian,I believe that MJ is one of the best, if not the best, captains around.AMEN.

  • Lord.emsworth on February 14, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    At last some points for SL via this super thriller. What a character Dhoni is! Mathews once more a waste at the top of the tail…He should be moved up to Mahela's position or why not even to Sangakarra's at number 3?. Another batting flop by NLTC Perera. Chandimal carried the innings on his young shoulders once again. Sri Lanka looks like returning home without a single win. This Oz tour was supposed to be a new start under the much heralded 'super-intelligent' leadership of MJ but SL are on a losing streak yet again. Good old Dilshan's not looking too bad in comparison now … isn't he? At least he won SL 2 tough ODI matches in SA and the one and only Test on that soil….Ha!

  • TubbyTabby on February 14, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    60 to win in the last 10 with 6 wickets. India should have pulled this off. Pathan and Ashwin need to be promoted up the order and groomed in a way that India can get let go of Jadeja.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    The same mass hysteria of run-outs happened even today.But nice innings from Guati and Dhoni.Middle order is taking toll on Dhoni.India have to come up with some solution for the toppling of the middle order.But watching this match is worthy though it yielded partial victory to the both sides.Not able to watch jayawardane's face when the result is tied.But i would say 1 thing to him-"Something is better than nothing" even though they deserved to win this match..

  • Haleos on February 14, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    THis habit of Dhoni to take it till the last is shocking. Why can not he play a bit positive. He does not have to hit sixes or fours but he just keeps blocking. It was also shocking to see the strike rate of most of the indian batsman. It was like a test match. Rohit played a maiden over during power play.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    MS Dhoni, The man of the match however i blaimed him for the dot balls and put undue presure to his team mates, pathan n gambhir sacrified their wicket themshelves for him. MS was awarded man of the match but somehow he did n/t do well

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    The same mass hysteria of run-outs happened even today.But nice innings from Guati and Dhoni.Middle order is taking toll on Dhoni.India have to come up with some solution for the toppling of the middle order.But watching this match is worthy though it yielded partial victory to the both sides.Not able to watch jayawardane's face when the result is tied.But i would say 1 thing to him-"Something is better than nothing" even though they deserved to win this match..

  • rockyyy on February 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    as i told in the previous game,dhoni's tactis were poor while batting!!!! todyas match has proved it

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Another nerve biting thriller

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 14, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    WELL PLAYED BOTH THE TEAMS...............TERRIFIC MATCH OF CRICKET!!!

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 14, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    AHHHHHHHHHH WHAT A MATCH!!! WE INDIANS ARE PRETTY MUCH USED TO TIE MATCHES THIS IS 4TH IN PAST 12 MONTS OR SO......ONCE AGAIN COOL HEAD OF DHONI GUIDED INDIA ATLEAST TO A DRAW!! SHAME THAT EVEN USING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE 31ST OVER WAS ONLY OF 5 BALLS OTHERWISE INDIA WOULD HAVE WON THE MATCH EASILY!!!!

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    All are praising Captain cool! But I will still want to criticise the way Irfan has been used in this game both as a batsmen and bowler. Dhoni has gone overboard to show his affection for a non performing jadeja. Dhoni needs to weigh his options more fairly and Irfan a chance that he truly deserves especially after the six from to days game

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Miscounted a ball? I mean c'mon, the third umpire didn't notice this? the 2nd umpire on the field didn't notice this? An extra ball, i would definitely back India to score one run but overall a great ODI, love these tense finishes.

  • Vpx23 on February 14, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    A 'Yusuf Pathan' Would surely come in handy on these bouncy pitches..Remember SA when he had played that blinder...Now with the seniors being phased out we need a Big hitter or resort back to a pinch hitter in chases like these

  • DINESHCC on February 14, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    The next three matches for India will be on pacer friendly tracks. It is better India to drop one spinner for the next 3 matches

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Hey guyz,do u think sehwag deservz de place in this squad?plz kick him off.

  • Akheel on February 14, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Gem of a match. IND and SL put up a great show for our benefit.Thank you for the enetertainment. now, I need a leak.

  • braveknight on February 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Great Report Nitin, Keep them coming!

  • jplterrors on February 14, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Lol at Gambhirs runout dont think he'll mouth off abt Dhoni anytime soon

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    where are the Indians who shouted to Sangakkara????????????? See what happen in next match. Ha ha ha ha

  • DINESHCC on February 14, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Why there is a rotation policy between the openers and bowers. Bring on the rotation policy for middle order also. Even after four matches there is no big contribution from the middle order. For the next match please drop any two of Jadeja, Raina, Rohit, Ashwin and bring on Tiwary and Rahul Sharma or Parthiv.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Dhoni has developed a habit of making a match out of nothing. May be to look like a hero, but this thing is costing India big time. Initially he plays unnecessarily slow and co batsman has to take risks to match with the run rate. He also runs 2 or 3 batsman out.India should get rid of this LEED as soon as passible.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    should have been an easy win....but dhoni is valiant....... he held his nerve....game should not be down to this wire........my team for next match will be........gambhir,sewag,kohli,dhoni,tiwari,raina,jadeja,rahul sharma,irfan.vinay,zaheer

  • rohanblue on February 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    what is d point of having jadeja in d team? jst fr fielding , feel bad fr ipl who spent almost 10 crore fr jadeja, i will nt give him rs 50, give a chance 2 manoj in place of raina and sehwag in place of jadeja

  • Gizza on February 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    The same batsmen are performing for India. Gambhir, Dhoni and Ashwin. Sometimes Kohli and Jadeja contribute. But Rohit Sharma and Raina not to mention Tendulkar and Sehwag have been rather poor. These four need to act together or else pressure should be placed on their spots. If Zaheer Khan is fit, move Jadeja or Pathan up a few spots to replace Rohit or Raina. They shouldn't take their spots for granted. This isn't the IPL.

  • Thamizhthendral on February 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    We were a good test side but we showed now we are world champions in One Day Internationals. Sweet sachin will get the special 100 in the forthcoming match.

  • Vikum72 on February 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    it was India's game to loose. SL were 20 runs short.

  • Dilruksh on February 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    well wut a match it was ...well played ceylon and india it was indias game but well tackeld by the lankans....dinesh batted well....and the rotation policy tendulkar will be dropped in the next match for sure n sehwag wil play....wut a joke this is....:D...i think they shud have one for raina sharma and kohli as well :p...

  • trickec on February 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Gambhir was LBW twice, but the umpire failed to give him out. No wonder the BCCI don't want to use DRS, otherwise India would have easily lost that match!

  • saran_ent on February 14, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    no doubt that dhoni & yuvi are great finishers of the games. but here after, dhoni should come at no.3, because he is good at consolidating. when dhoni steps in, india required 119 runs from 134 balls. (SR 84.05). subtracting dhoni's contribution, others need to score 61 runs from 65 balls. (SR 93.85) on the previous match, this was even worse. so let him come up the order and give youngsters an oppurtunity to learn how to finish games.

  • i_m_cric on February 14, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    That is why Dhoni is ICE-COOL.. India will be definitely in finals .... Srilanka have no chance to win against AUS as they always perform to their worst against them, except last series... So its AUS vs INDIA in finals...

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Dhoni is marvellous...!

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  • on February 14, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Dhoni is marvellous...!

  • i_m_cric on February 14, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    That is why Dhoni is ICE-COOL.. India will be definitely in finals .... Srilanka have no chance to win against AUS as they always perform to their worst against them, except last series... So its AUS vs INDIA in finals...

  • saran_ent on February 14, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    no doubt that dhoni & yuvi are great finishers of the games. but here after, dhoni should come at no.3, because he is good at consolidating. when dhoni steps in, india required 119 runs from 134 balls. (SR 84.05). subtracting dhoni's contribution, others need to score 61 runs from 65 balls. (SR 93.85) on the previous match, this was even worse. so let him come up the order and give youngsters an oppurtunity to learn how to finish games.

  • trickec on February 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Gambhir was LBW twice, but the umpire failed to give him out. No wonder the BCCI don't want to use DRS, otherwise India would have easily lost that match!

  • Dilruksh on February 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    well wut a match it was ...well played ceylon and india it was indias game but well tackeld by the lankans....dinesh batted well....and the rotation policy tendulkar will be dropped in the next match for sure n sehwag wil play....wut a joke this is....:D...i think they shud have one for raina sharma and kohli as well :p...

  • Vikum72 on February 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    it was India's game to loose. SL were 20 runs short.

  • Thamizhthendral on February 14, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    We were a good test side but we showed now we are world champions in One Day Internationals. Sweet sachin will get the special 100 in the forthcoming match.

  • Gizza on February 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    The same batsmen are performing for India. Gambhir, Dhoni and Ashwin. Sometimes Kohli and Jadeja contribute. But Rohit Sharma and Raina not to mention Tendulkar and Sehwag have been rather poor. These four need to act together or else pressure should be placed on their spots. If Zaheer Khan is fit, move Jadeja or Pathan up a few spots to replace Rohit or Raina. They shouldn't take their spots for granted. This isn't the IPL.

  • rohanblue on February 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    what is d point of having jadeja in d team? jst fr fielding , feel bad fr ipl who spent almost 10 crore fr jadeja, i will nt give him rs 50, give a chance 2 manoj in place of raina and sehwag in place of jadeja

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    should have been an easy win....but dhoni is valiant....... he held his nerve....game should not be down to this wire........my team for next match will be........gambhir,sewag,kohli,dhoni,tiwari,raina,jadeja,rahul sharma,irfan.vinay,zaheer