India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart February 28, 2012

Dazzling Kohli ton keeps India alive

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India 3 for 321 (Kohli 133*, Gambhir 63) beat Sri Lanka 4 for 320 (Dilshan 160*, Sangakkara 105) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Turnarounds don't come any better. Fortunes don't change more dramatically. And emotions don't bear a starker contrast. At the halfway stage, Sri Lanka would have felt they had one foot in the final, having left the India bowlers deflated after a dominating performance with the bat. And they would have been right to think that way, the Indian batting having shown little promise in the series and the team on the brink of elimination.

But Virat Kohli put on an imperious display of strokemaking, his malleable wrists powering an Indian fightback conspicuous by its absence on what had been, until now, two forgettable overseas trips. Kohli's innings made a mockery of an imposing score, kept India's finals hopes alive and left Sri Lanka having to beat Australia for a third time in the tournament to knock India out.

Given India's poor outings with the bat in their recent games, one would have expected them to struggle to chase a target of 321 in 50 overs. They achieved it in 36.4 - needing to chase it in 40 to stay alive in the series - and did so with Kohli finishing things off in a blaze of glory. Kohli was in the zone; he dismissed anything that came his way with clinical precision, found the boundary at will whether the field was in or pushed back, ran swiftly between the wickets to catch the fielders off guard and middled the ball with scarcely believable consistency.

While Kohli was the protagonist in India's successful chase, the other characters played their due part. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar would have wanted to do more but gave India the explosive start they desperately needed to stage a counterattack; Gautam Gambhir continued to be fluent, just four boundaries in a knock of 63 off 64 balls showing the toil behind the runs; and Suresh Raina, under pressure to perform, kept Kohli valuable company in a matchwinning stand.

If India were insipid with their bowling, Sri Lanka were far worse, as wides flowed, gift balls were doled out with regularity and the fielding buckled under the pressure of an unexpected fightback. Both innings were replete with fumbles, misfields, wayward throws - one of them, had it been on target, could have run Kohli out - making batting even more profitable on the easiest track in the series thus far. The brisk start to the chase and the subsequent consolidation by Gambhir and Kohli meant India were in with a fighting chance with two Powerplays still remaining, and both proved highly lucrative.

Kohli made both his own, first targetting Nuwan Kulasekara in the 31st over, which began with India needing 91 in 10 overs for a bonus point. He carted three consecutive fours as attempted yorkers failed to meet their desired lengths and served as tempting length balls. Two were whipped - in trademark Kohli fashion, a momentary turn of the wrists imparting tremendous force to the ball - and the other sliced over point in an act of improvisation.

The Sri Lanka fast bowlers misfired badly but even when they got it right, like an accurate yorker from Malinga, Kohli was able to shuffle across and expertly work it past the short fine fielder. He took 24 from Malinga in the 35th over, flicking him for six, sending one through the covers for four and then picking up three more fours past short fine, and finished the game with two thunderous drives through the off side. A pump of the fists was followed by a roar of elation and relief as MS Dhoni calmly trudged on to the field to join in the celebrations.

A win this dominating seemed a distant possibility when Kohli joined Gambhir at the fall of Tendulkar's wicket. Tendulkar had walked across too far to be caught plumb by Malinga, ending an innings in which Tendulkar seemed devoid of pressure and completely uninhibited in his approach. Sehwag and Tendulkar batted with freedom, the former smashing Malinga into the grassbanks behind deep midwicket in a fiery opening stand of 54, and Tendulkar going over the top on the off side, and displaying an adeptness in picking Malinga's variations. But at 2 for 86 in the 10th over, with India's two most experienced batsmen back in the pavilion and the required-rate still very high, Kohli and Gambhir faced a daunting task.

That both took little time to get going was crucial in maintaining the tempo that had been set. Gambhir steered Kulasekara for four off his third delivery before punching one past midwicket, and Kohli warmed up with one of several whips off Malinga off his second ball. The pair didn't get bogged down despite a 35-ball boundary drought, running swiftly between the wickets, converting ones into twos by putting the outfielders under pressure and making the fielders inside the circle appear redundant by stealing quick ones.

Kohli broke that drought with a drive off Thisara Perara past extra cover and later clobbered Angelo Mathews over the wide long-off boundary. At the halfway stage in the chase, the pair had notched up half-centuries, laying a solid foundation for the onslaught to follow with ten Powerplay overs still remaining. After Gambhir fell to an accurate throw while trying to steal a second, Raina infused the innings with greater urgency, providing a quicker partner at the other end to Kohli and indulging in some power play of his own to help hasten the finish.

The Kohli show overshadowed an assured and commanding performance by Sri Lanka with the bat, and centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, who capitalised on a palpably below-par show from India's bowlers.

Dilshan shrugged off his initial unease against the swinging ball to gradually open up and march towards his 11th ODI century and Sangakkara played an innings as attractive as several of his abruptly terminated cameos this tournament, only longer in duration this time, full of confidence and more pleasing on the eye. The determination and focus of trying to bat India out of the game was unwavering in their innings, and the smiles on their faces and the India players' drooping shoulders suggested a one-sided game. But body-language is not always a reliable indicator, for it had taken an about turn in three hours' time.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Really i'm shame as indian cricket fan, no one played good in CB series. I felt bad. Please put full effort and concentrate on cricket. Even i can play good cricket,if i would have played im sure would have brought my team to finals.

  • POSTED BY BroccoliPower on | March 2, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    BYE BYE INDIA THANK YOU COME AGAIN HAHAHAHA

  • POSTED BY Mr.Bite on | March 2, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Love to see these Mumbai fans ROAR MAAALINGA!!!..MAAALINGA!!!..MAAALINGA!!!..MAAALINGA!!!.. In IPL matches...

  • POSTED BY Mr.Bite on | March 2, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Scene before Hobart match.. MSD: can we stay three more days in Australia coz we're not done with shopping. MJ: yeah sure bro, I'll ask malinga to bowl some juicy balls to you'll.mbut make sure you buy a punching bag for us. MSD: thank u very much mate. Don't worry we'll go home soon after we finish shopping. Coz I know that you'll will win the match with AUS.

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | March 2, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Good Bye India! Go and sleep! Hope you won't see in your dreams the way you have been thrashed over past 3 months in Aus. Looking forward to give you a same kind of heavy thrash in Asia Cup soon!

  • POSTED BY anur8g on | March 2, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    virat kohli is a good player, a player of future Indian team

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Now You all go home! And BEST OF LUCK!!!!!:)

  • POSTED BY BBcric on | March 2, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    where are these Indians who was cursing India when they were sliding down the series and after a fluke in their last match their cricketers were worshipped as gods again?? (i guess indian team is turning out to be seasonal gods) where are they?? the best part is, the gods (indian team) were hoping and praying that Sri lanka lose against Australia.. sorry gods servants (indian fans),, zip your self up, its sri lanka vs Australia now,, lets meet again in Asia cup,,

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    hahahahaha!!! now what my fellow indian friends! what reason do you now have to say?

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | March 2, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    India won't have much concerns about Aus vs SL match. As Indian players might have already sent their baggages to India after losing the last match to Australia the only thing Indian players have to do now is just reserve a very very small bus to take them directly to the airport soon after the 1st half of Aus vs SL match is done

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Really i'm shame as indian cricket fan, no one played good in CB series. I felt bad. Please put full effort and concentrate on cricket. Even i can play good cricket,if i would have played im sure would have brought my team to finals.

  • POSTED BY BroccoliPower on | March 2, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    BYE BYE INDIA THANK YOU COME AGAIN HAHAHAHA

  • POSTED BY Mr.Bite on | March 2, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Love to see these Mumbai fans ROAR MAAALINGA!!!..MAAALINGA!!!..MAAALINGA!!!..MAAALINGA!!!.. In IPL matches...

  • POSTED BY Mr.Bite on | March 2, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Scene before Hobart match.. MSD: can we stay three more days in Australia coz we're not done with shopping. MJ: yeah sure bro, I'll ask malinga to bowl some juicy balls to you'll.mbut make sure you buy a punching bag for us. MSD: thank u very much mate. Don't worry we'll go home soon after we finish shopping. Coz I know that you'll will win the match with AUS.

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | March 2, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Good Bye India! Go and sleep! Hope you won't see in your dreams the way you have been thrashed over past 3 months in Aus. Looking forward to give you a same kind of heavy thrash in Asia Cup soon!

  • POSTED BY anur8g on | March 2, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    virat kohli is a good player, a player of future Indian team

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Now You all go home! And BEST OF LUCK!!!!!:)

  • POSTED BY BBcric on | March 2, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    where are these Indians who was cursing India when they were sliding down the series and after a fluke in their last match their cricketers were worshipped as gods again?? (i guess indian team is turning out to be seasonal gods) where are they?? the best part is, the gods (indian team) were hoping and praying that Sri lanka lose against Australia.. sorry gods servants (indian fans),, zip your self up, its sri lanka vs Australia now,, lets meet again in Asia cup,,

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    hahahahaha!!! now what my fellow indian friends! what reason do you now have to say?

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | March 2, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    India won't have much concerns about Aus vs SL match. As Indian players might have already sent their baggages to India after losing the last match to Australia the only thing Indian players have to do now is just reserve a very very small bus to take them directly to the airport soon after the 1st half of Aus vs SL match is done

  • POSTED BY bMike on | March 2, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Indian mates, are you kidding or you guys lost your short term memory? SL beat Aus in their last ODI series in Aus just before the world cup & now they are playing really good cricket in Aus. So Aus don't want to see SL in finals. Indian mates,tell me this. Just after 37 overs how can you forget on this earth the way you have been getting THRASHED over thousands of overs all over Australia over last quarter of the year? Aus SHOULDN'T allow SL to go to finals. They MUST beat SL & let India to play finals. Then Aus can easily do what they have been always doing over last 3 months. Nothing else just thrashing! just thrashing!!!

  • POSTED BY Jay_N on | March 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    959 comments and 1 conclusion : Ignorance is bliss Ignorance is bliss Ignorance is bliss................................................................

  • POSTED BY cute_vela on | March 1, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Sri lankan team doesnt depend on other team..they gonna play trw..if they win they will go to finals..els no problem we are ready to welcum our team happily..y shud we pray fo rain..i think its ul prayin tat lankans shud lose..we trust in ourself and our team..they will win and we will go to finals..wait and see... india played a great game so appriciate ur team and celebrate the victory..dont make fun of othr teams..

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | March 1, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    RAV63 we don't need to prove anything to u, we won the last cb series, while srilanka did not even come to the finals lol

  • POSTED BY atthipatti on | March 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Yes srilanka dont depend on any other teams to progress further....but will pray in their hotel rooms for a heavy shower tomorrow. I suggest the boys to pack their bags and hand them over at the travel desk before taking ground so that the desk can transport the luggage straight to the airport after the match.

  • POSTED BY 99999ggg44 on | March 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    @rav63 let me remind you mate that the 3 matches that sri lanka has won were on flat pitches.when they played in bouncy pitches like perth they lost.the match that was played on tuesday didnt have small boundaries.many sri lankans are getting excited for no reason.they have won just one match against india.

  • POSTED BY varunvinod06 on | March 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    amazing innings kohli is the future of indian cricket. he smoked malinga . haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  • POSTED BY Urajapakse on | March 1, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Another STRANGE RESULT. Just like the 2011 world cup final result.

    Only god knows what had happened beyond the boundary lines. SL had never lost a one day match in this way. Anyway, we will come to know that sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Sri Lankan captain looks positive and hopefully will win the last league match of commonwealth bank series 2012 convincingly. He said that atleast we are not dependent on any other team unlike India which will be hoping otherwise.This reflects the true captain skills to lead the nation unlike Dhoni who is looking to only be in the team and earn some more revenues

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 1, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Have to say what a stunning inns by Kohli. Anyone who does that to Mallinga has got to be something very special. And also have to say it was full of decent cricket shots and not desperate hoiks so he never looked like getting out either. @Precioustar84 - are you yourself going to take the high road from negative comms towards other countries or do you not practice what you preach when you come on Eng threads?@ mathewjohn2176 on (February 29 2012, 08:28 AM GMT) Australia are the best team in the tourn so far . They are the only team so far to have won 4 games comp to 3 by SL and Ind. Simple maths.

  • POSTED BY rav63 on | March 1, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Some people are talking about the what sanga said about India can be vulnerable in Australian conditions. Some idiotic Indians does not realize they are vulnerable in quite bouncy and quite even bat and bowl pitches. Dont deny the fact that India played against SL in a pitch which was batting friendly and with SHORT boundaries! SL didnt even think that they would make a pitch much like you see in Indian t20 games. INDIA IS VULNERABLE IN AUSTRALIA PROVE IT WRONG BY BEATING ONE IN A SERIES ANY (TOP 5 TEAMS ) IN NORMAL BOUNCY AND BAT- BOWL EVEN PITCHES IN AUSTRALIA!

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | March 1, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @jay_candid- our recent record against Eng/ Aus, is better thtn yours- we didnt get whitewashed on both tours??the stats dont lie i'm afraid my friend...you may have a better overall record in the past but in the last 12 months, ours is superior away from home in terms of wins...

  • POSTED BY gmsjgmsj on | March 1, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Half-way through the 2nd innings of the ODI between India and Sri Lanka on 28th February 2012, one could sense the catharasis. Here was a team, both battle-weary and cricket-weary, struggling to keep itself afloat when all was lost and believed to be lost. While Tendulkar was pre-meditating shots like a school boy and pulling it off, Sehwag play with the abandon of a teenager at his tenth disco. But it was the brick and cement mortar that was essential for the blasting that was later carried out by the firm of Kohli & Raina. Ofcourse Sachin and Viru just didnt build it brick by brick, but rather slammed along at a run rate of 8. Come what may - whether India qualify for the finals or not - there is no denying the fact that Team India is now firmly in the process of change. If they do play Australia in the finals, the host team better watch out! India can go on and repeat the 2008tournament that was in many ways the catharasis for the generation-enlivening night in April 2011.

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe : whats ur problem mate?? if what u say is true then just check the records of both teams overseas, lankans have a really worst record, have they ever won a test match in england and australia, forget even about the series...indians have played well overseas in the last decade barring the last two trips,

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 1, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe. Your team will be out of the WC in first round itself like in 75/79/83/87/92/99...you are expert in that. It is pathetic that your team cannot win in a flat track either! Your team will always lost to India in all major competitions, history says that...

  • POSTED BY bMike on | March 1, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    After a long nightmare of 3 months Indian team should have been in India now but Kohli's lifetime inning allowed them to stay in Aus for few more days & now what they should do is begging SL to lose themselves & let India to get into finals or begging Aus to try with their best & bring India into finals. Ohh begging others & go to finals! What a fantastic way to get into finals!!!

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | March 1, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    There is a very sweet relationship between Captain Dhoni and a "Tie"Match. Whenever Dhoni's team manages to "Tie" a match in a series, eventually win the series. As examples: 1. In the 2007 ICC World T20, India vs Pakistan, The game tied and India Won the championship. 2. IPL Chennai Vs Kings XI Punjab, the game tied and chennai won the tournament. 3. Champions League T20 in South Africa in 2010, Chennai Vs Victoria Bushrangers , the game tied and Chennai won the tournament 4. In Worldcup 2011, India-England game at Bangalore be the fourth instance of a tie ending in Dhoni's crowning glory.

    Now we got a tie in CB series too between India-Sri lanka !!! Hoping this time would also be no exception! Keeping my finger crossed ! If Aussie win last match then things will get very interesting !

  • POSTED BY rukii on | March 1, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Superb inning by virat kohli, i feel that before tendulkar make's his 100th hundred Kohlii will make it. however kohli is the most promsing player to brake SRT's world records. Sl fan

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | March 1, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Thank you for the kind comments by some Pakistanis and Sri Lankans. Its always rare to see positive comments from the neighbors so appreciate it and good to see it. Of course thank you to others too. Fellow Indians, please take the high road from negative comments. Show some respect if we expect it back. Its been one heck of a tri series right until the last match so good for cricket. One win doesn't erase our misery and feat like this was a first ever in history but let's not get carried away!! Lets appreciate their efforts in wins and losses equally. If our men return home on friday, we Indian fans understand we deserve to. From now on Indian men should treat each and every match as if its their last, not only when they are cornered.

  • POSTED BY lankanfool on | March 1, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    @udarasl - May be you don't know that Indians are not only world champions but also defending champions of Commonwealth Bank Series. India won the this series in 2007/2008.

    sad truth is India plays well on normal pace and bounce pitches anywhere and they are unbeatable. Australia can play well only on bouncy pitches. Sri lanka can neither bat well on so called flat pitches nor bouncy pitches. Nice try.

    Since when you people started assuming that if you play well on bouncy tracks, you can play well anywhere. LOL Nice try again.

  • POSTED BY Sthilanka on | March 1, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    if it will be rain firday????

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    SL were good throughout the series but they were horrible in Hobart. I am Indian and have lived in Colombo for 2 years. I love the country (SL) as I love India and it's cricket loving people. I don't think that the Indian team has improved overnight but I feel that they have been better in the shorter version of the game. I also don't buy the 'flat track bullies' theory... Both teams get the same pitch and SL allowed their mammoth total to be overhauled in just under 37 overs by a team that has played very average cricket over the last few weeks in conditions that has always been alien to them. We know that the gap between the two teams is very little but the scorecard indicates otherwise. SL have a tough job on friday. They are in a must win situation. There is no reason why they cannot beat Oz in Melbourne but they were not in a must win situation in their last 2 games gainer Aussies. I suspect that the Aussies would want India in the finals (2008 cb series and WCQF)

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Guys it is raining in Melbourne. Weather for tomorrow is not promising. Pattinson will be in the team for tomorrows game. It will be hard for SL now because MCG is a bowler friendly wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    @layya : On both occasion sri lanka went on to loose the final. so it does'nt matter. Remember Apr 02, 2011???

  • POSTED BY Deccancharggers1 on | February 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    India is always a better team than Srilanka.I feel strange with some josephs comments,regarding flat piches,....blah blah.In this CB series India did well....But the pressure of chasing in every match caught to them.So, Srilankan batsman can only play on bouncy tracks...NOT ON FLAT TRACKS WHICH THEY SHOULD DO WITH EASE.........Feel happy for that.....!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Jay_candid on | February 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @udarasl .. dont speak as if SL is playing superior cricket outside subcontinent.. Yes, we agree.. we played pathetic cricket in Eng/Aus tours... There is no second thought about that.. But SL's record outside subcontinent is as worst as Bangladesh ...

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | February 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    If India reaches the CB series final we will loose for sure, that's where SL play better than India even though SL lost to India badly they will play well against Aussies in bouncy track whereas India cannot play in bouncy pitches this is the truth we all know that. But Aussies are not that good a team like before if India play upto their potential we can win against anyteam. Looking at the performance of the three team none of them is consistent.....Any way having said since am an Indian I wish India make it to the final.....

  • POSTED BY jdjdjdjd on | February 29, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    @udarasl : If Sir Lanka loses, then there should not be any comparison. If India and Sri Lanka both tie at 15 points, then no one can claim that Sri Lanka player better than India. Sri Lanka won two games in a row which was great so did India. India beat Sri Lanka easily, They chased down Australias's 271 ,a tied against Sri Lanka. India did not play well for the middle two games but showed a solid performance in the last game even if it is a flat track. If it was a flat track, why didnt Sri Lanka score 400+? I think India would have got that too the way Kohli was going. Bottom line is if Sri Lanka wins tomorrow, which I am sure they will, they deserve to be in the finals. If they lose, Then India and Sri Lanka both have played similar cricket in the series. I am an Indian fan but I really hope that the two best teams can go through. At this time, its not possible to say that Sri Lanka is better team. India and Sri Lanka both have chased down good totals to win against Australia once.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | February 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Defending world champions (in India). Defending Asia Cup Champions (in Sri Lanka). Defending Commonwealth Aus-Ind-SL triseries winners (in Aus). Enough said! To all those SL fans who are making lame excuses about India winning on flat tracks and such, what do they have to say to this? They can't even beat India in SL. LOL.

  • POSTED BY Isaac on | February 29, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Oh wow, what a game! Well, India especially Dhoni can ride on this laurel for another 6 months and forget the 2 white washes almost back to back. Saved by the home series against West Indies from total annihilation. I am sure this incident has given a lot of cud for the Indian's to chew on. Looking at Sri Lanka they are left to fend for themselves, their team is still in shock for any reaction. The best approach taken by some of the Sri Lankan's is offense, they are hurt and offended they didn't expect this drubbing. There were many Sri Lankan tongues waiting to wag at India's loss. Well, Sri Lankan you will have to wait till at least Asia cup to get that opportunity. See, this is what makes me admire Dhoni, people cry foul when they call him lucky, look at him!! Everything about the man is lucky. Welcome Asia cup. Will be nice to see who the Asian king is!!Also it will be nice to see team Bangladesh after their inaugural 20/20 bash.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Incredible RunChase! There is nothing better in cricket than a breathtaking successful runchase!

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    It's not a case of India being better than SL or vice-versa...India are the World Champions and will be so until 2015!! India also thrashed SL in the WC final...so the SL fans need to accept reality and move on... Secondly, 435 was chased down in about 50 overs. India had to chase down 320 in 40 overs and was under enormous pressure!! So, this was a far better chase in that context.

  • POSTED BY raam9888 on | February 29, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    master class from kohliiiiiiiii

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Kohli is a talented cricketer who is part of Indias future.He was the captain of the junior Indian team which won the world cup.As part of future planning he should be made Vice Captain of India and see that we groom somebody when Dhoni steps down as captain. Dhoni definitely has a few more years as captain and so Kohli is the right choice as Gautham Gambhir may be a little too old when Dhoni steps down after a few years. As Vice captain Kohli can learn a lot of things under Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | February 29, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @Maduka43: i apologise on behalf of all indian fans for any comments that upset you. there will always be people like that and we can not do anything but ignore them. Anyway, it was a very good performance by both sides, and it was a good match. And by good performance, i mean, batting performance.

  • POSTED BY cute_vela on | February 29, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Mostof the indian suportrs dont even suport thr own team if the lose.. so ppl just think..will they give respect to our srilankan team..let them talk watever.. but atlease support ur team always espcly if they lose.. learn frm us.. :)

  • POSTED BY tharu.rtk on | February 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Imagine in next match "AUS will scored 320 runs in there first innings, after that we thought SL will all out for 150 runs in 40 overs" what will happen to the SL NRR it will be drop to -0.17... , what you think, ahh??? SL team will say goodbye to you ???? if you don't believe do some calculations, then you will understand that IND team already say goodbye for CB series.

  • POSTED BY rongranu22 on | February 29, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    good chase by india . well done. but still you are not the guys going to decide your destiny. you not like us. win or lose we are going to decide our destiny in this series we are not hanging on another team's performences. chillax.

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | February 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @precocioustar84: Well, Dhoni ruined it or saved it it's just a matter of debate and perception. In my view he saved it as everyone was getting out at the other end. Cummon he scored those runs with ashwin at other end not raina or rohit!!Sitting on this side of fence and commenting that he could have scored faster is very easy... So, Thanks to those two knocks by dhoni and this one by kohli and all those handy contributions by gambhir, we are still alive with a chance!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | February 29, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Kohli should tell himself he has the potential to be the best ODI and Test player in the world, he should show the same to the world

  • POSTED BY udarasl on | February 29, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @ James Anderson.. 100% agree with you... SL will be going home bcos Aus prefer to have those so called "World champions" in the finals.. so that they can easily beat them on bouncy pitches... It's a shame to see indian fans forget all the losses in this tour with one good win (on a flat track).. They are not going to learn anything.. Team will be the same and the performances will be the same outside the subcontinent.. :(

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Hey Everyone INDIANS are getting ready to fly away from Australia from day after tomorrow get ready guys :p

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 29, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @bhrangi and all people who mostly indian fans who have lost all common sense here is the situation in plain and simple terms IND had one game left had to win with bonus point then HOPE that SL lanka loose to AUS on friday to make it to the final, NOW in the other hand SL have one game left need to win JUST WIN, and THEY ARE IN CONTROL OF THEIR DESTINY, I know as a person who see common sense, that SL seem to be in the better place, now they are in that place because they played CONSISTENT cricket in last few weeks, so please people stop this disrespect, ask any ozi , I know coz I live in oz that they respect SL coz they came and they showed they got balls from the first day not when there was nothing left

  • POSTED BY Samaprab on | February 29, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Indians are very good on flat tracks. Infact they are very much unbeatable.normaly sydney was a flat pitch but this time it wasn't the case.thats why they couldn't chace 250 there against Aus. On the other hand SL are unbeatale on their day.other times they looks like very ordinary.thats why they beat Aus on a lively pitch on sydney & looks ordinary @ hobart.p (infact they played 6 very good games and lost one vry badlz) you will see india hammering other teams on b'desh flat tracks in Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY cricveda on | February 29, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    he dear friends one interesting point whenever there is tie india win series t20 world cup, 2011 world cup, ipl csk led by dhoni we saw what happened yesterday so expecting whether this theory will prove correct again :) indian fan

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | February 29, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @ James Anderson, srilanka did beat australia in Sydney and Hobart only where these pitches are similar to subcontinent conditions.They haven't played aus in gabba and lost to both aus and ind in Perth.They need to beat aus in Melbourne which is a bowler friendly wickets and looking bleak now as pattinson comes back.Those Sheilas you mentioned only won last CB tri series in 2008 against strong Australian team.Regarding Malinga,he always smile when some one hit him for boundary with any opponent,nothing different.

  • POSTED BY CharmDG on | February 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    continued... So please support your team in their downs as well as their ups.. sri lankans welcomed their team with flowers for being runners up last WC.. where as indian fans know what they did for their players for being second best to a legendary aussie team in 2003 WC finals.. Just think a bit people.. you all are the same people who will turn against this team if they lose in asia cup.. they might not.. but still anything is possible in cricket.. so at least TRY to respect your team as well as any other nation.. this applies to all the fans all over the globe... ALL THE FANS.. yes.. thumbs up to the handful of people who give respect to other teams and enjoy cricket... people should grow up.. :)

  • POSTED BY mano.mcse on | February 29, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    If India get a chance to final, they will getTri, Sachin will get 100th 100.i am sure.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 29, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I don't see why this is a great game. It's an excellent display of batting from both sides. And both sides made mockery of the bowlers in both their innings. This is what happens when you put good fielding and bowling out of the equation. This is ugly and boring. SL brand of cricket is not this. This is pathologically Indian brand of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Potatis on | February 29, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    There are a few absurd comments here suggesting that Australia will want to lose against SL on Friday because they won't want to play India. Australia never deliberately lose matches, they always play to win. The first final is in Brisbane, it will be fast and bouncy. SL play better on such pitches than India, and have already beaten Australia twice. India (or Kholi) batted brilliantly in Hobart, but they'd face a different bowling attack on a bouncy pitch in the first final, much harder to repeat an effort which should have been impossible in the first place. I personally look forward to an AUS-IND final series, because I can see that a lot of Indian fans would claim they would have beaten Australia if they didn't miss the finals. The truth of course is.... they wouldn't. :) I hope rain doesn't wash the game out on Friday.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 29, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    OK! this indian fans got it all wrong, We don't hate you for your nationality ok. This a case of intense rivalry. This the battle of cricket. World cup finals and now this , you should expect some heat between supporters. . Appreciate it Srilanka will always give you a tough opposition in cricket always. Would you rather have an opposition which meekily surrenders? On other issues Indian and SL will always form a united front. This is just cricket. PLZ understand it.

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | February 29, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    This was a good game of cricket! It was an exciting game for the Indian fans and the neutrals. As a Sri Lankan fan I will advise my fellow Sri Lankan fans not to be deflated. India knew what the task ahead was and had to go for it (sink or swim) and succeeded. All what Sri Lanka needed was an Indian mishit, a top edge, a run out or a direct hit to come off and the Indian wheels would have come off and they would have been on their way home. All the risks they took came off. On most other days this would not have been the case! Anyway, we must give credit to the Indian team who knew what was needed and went on to achieve it, as it is easier to achieve something when you have a clear goal however difficult the task might appear to be! This match was a definite one off and should be regarded as such by the entire cricketing fraternity.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | February 29, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    India wins on the flattest track in Australia and already their supporters go back to worshipping them as gods lol.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 29, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    I guess now it is clear that Dilshan and Sangakkara are selfish players and play only for their personal records as India have won when Dilshan scored 160 twice and when Sanga scored 104 and 138*.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 29, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Just after 37 overs how can you forget on this earth the way you have been getting thrashed over thousands of overs all over Australia over last quarter of the year? Aus must have waited to see India beating SL with a bonus point & then try with their best to beat SL & bring India into finals. Then Aus can easily do what they have been always doing over last 3 months. Nothing else just thrashing!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Hobart Flatt track saved india and kohli, kohli's inning will be the best of his career and nothing more than that can be expected, and its good for india for cb series but not good for the future and 2015 WC. bcoz indian spectators are exited now with the best run chase of their cricket history, they have forgot the problems they have, batmans only can bat in flat tracks will be remain in the team!! who are not perfomed in bounct track or both track will be remain till next world cup through this historic victory.therfore in 2015 WC will be a same WC like 2007. they will be out of the tournament first round. and another thing is australia fears meeting sri lanka than india, therefore for the match on 28th they built a flattest track in the tournament to supporting india's victory!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Hobart Flatt track saved india and kohli, kohli's inning will be the best of his career and nothing more than that can be expected, and its good for india for cb series but not good for the future and 2015 WC. bcoz indian spectators are exited now with the best run chase of their cricket history, they have forgot the problems they have, batmans only can bat in flat tracks will be remain in the team!! who are not perfomed in bounct track or both track will be remain till next world cup through this historic victory.therfore in 2015 WC will be a same WC like 2007. they will be out of the tournament first round. and another thing is australia fears meeting sri lanka than india, therefore for the match on 28th they built a flattest track in the tournament to supporting india's victory!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Hobart Flatt track saved india and kohli, kohli's inning will be the best of his career and nothing more than that can be expected, and its good for india for cb series but not good for the future and 2015 WC. bcoz indian spectators are exited now with the best run chase of their cricket history, they have forgot the problems they have, batmans only can bat in flat tracks will be remain in the team!! who are not perfomed in bounct track or both track will be remain till next world cup through this historic victory.therfore in 2015 WC will be a same WC like 2007. they will be out of the tournament first round. and another thing is australia fears meeting sri lanka than india, therefore for the match on 28th they built a flattest track in the tournament to supporting india's victory!!

  • POSTED BY being on | February 29, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @ maduka43 - hey friend am indian too, don use tht word third class... coz me too worried with lots of bashing comments from sri lankan fans... u said tht u don like third class comments, even u too using the word ( third class) . if we want to stop such things, lets we do first... hope u can understand...

    >>> this is wht u said (((Maduka43 on (February 29 2012, 09:51 AM GMT) -That was taht, congrat India! but we as Sri Lankan , don't like some indians third class comments about SL. we should show some respect each other to get it back)))

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | February 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    @bhrangi: Why don't you apply your statistics for the whole tournament instead of a part of the tournament? According to you India won 2-1 with SL so SL is a worse team than India & Australia lost 2-1 to SL so Australia must be the worst. How come the worst team made finals when 2 matches are yet to play. According to you India lost to South Africa in the world cups & SA lost to NZ so NZ should be a better team than India & they must be considered as world champions. In that way Ireland can also be world champions. Don't be silly here. At the moment Aus have 19 points with +0.553 so they are the best. SL have 15 points with +0.162 so they are the second best & India have 15 points with -0.593 so they are the worst out of 3 teams. Aus will love to see a team in finals who Aus have been pathetically thrashing for more than 3 months since last year & give Aus bonus points every time that team is thrashed.

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | February 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    The SL team should not be deflated or demoralised by this defeat. Give credit to Kohli for his excellent batting. A similar thing happened in 2007 when Gilchrist batted SL out of the WC Final. Don't worry guys, this is Cricket. A few points to make though.1. Why was Malinga not mixing it up. He was going for the yorker with every ball and not employing the slower ball at all. Why not the short ball (Raina's obvious weakness!)to Raina? It became all too predictable. 2. Why did SL not try to slow the pace on the ball by giving more overs to the spinners (Herath & Dilshan) and I was wondering why Maharoof was not given more overs until now - apparently he was carrying an injury.3. Please can someone enlighten me on the rules as to when the bowling powerplay should be taken. Given the match situation (40 overs for India to score 321) SL should have delayed the bowling powerplay until after the 40th over if this was possible. I know the batting powerplay should be taken by the 36th over!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    virat's match of life tym......nyc player............indian cricket is so aggressive pakistan shud learn from them..........virat my new hero............virat love from pakistan..:)

  • POSTED BY SKamaraj on | February 29, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    All that crooning by SL fans about all Srilankans having 60 times more courage than any Indian inspite of coming from a country that is 60 times smaller!!! Well, you saw what we can do when we put our minds to it..India 2, SL 1 (the tie was due to Dhoni's goof up in batting so slowly). Eat your hearts out Lankans. Look at your cricketers' records outside the sub continent and you will know why they have been beaten by every side away and at home recently. Atleast India never get thrashed at home like SL !!!!! 320 runs in 36 overs - a blot on SL's cricketing history guys. Now, it's time for most of SL players to retire from tests and play in IPL only (just like Malinga has done.. he he he).

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Congrats India !! We were simply outplayed and we admit that - you guys should begin worshipping these young "GODS" and give pension and retirement to others !! When you guys lost there was a ball short in one over,Thrimanne mankand ,Lee obstructed "GOD", Hussey handled the ball- Now happy !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Hats off for India> I am a Pakistani but sport lover.I think India Got Legend Batsmen, Than Why They Failed?? One more Thing Why Dhoni Always Preferred Jadeja Over Irfan Pathan... Go for specialist Soinners Like Ojha Instead. Well Played India. I Wish Misbah & Co. Must Learn the Art of Chasing From India.

  • POSTED BY Maduka43 on | February 29, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    That was taht, congrat India! but we as Sri Lankan , don't like some indians third class comments about SL. we should show some respect each other to get it back.

  • POSTED BY hsingh2711 on | February 29, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    But I still think that the chase of 435 by South Africa was a bigger turn-around......

  • POSTED BY shaantanu on | February 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    n yes i appreciate words of appreciation from some pakistani bros.really nice to see.....it seems srilankans hate us more than the pakistanis and vice versa

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Well played India and bad luck to SriLanka. Australia prefers to be in the final with India because Aussie fast bowlers can make mince meat out of Indian batsmen. Australians don't do any favors to anyone. They play the game hard way. It is raining here in most parts of Victoria and I am sure this last game will be a washout or a rain affected contest. I really cant understand why Malinga was smiling after being clobbered by Virat? Sanga was furious but Malinga had a smile on his face. He always has this don't care attitude on his face. SL sorry to see you go but you made us very proud. Aussies know that you can play fast bowling on bouncy wickets and you are not a bunch of sheilas. Good luck with the rain on Friday.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | February 29, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @bMike : If IND is worse and Srilanka is best as u claimed., I dont know y they cant win against INDIA. and apart from this match India won their first match against Sl and second it is dhoni's mistake there otherwise it ll also be a win. Past is PASt., India is better team then Sl as of now 2-1 statistics speak thats it.,.,

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    long time haven't seen such innings. He is perfect batsmen at no 4 for India now.

  • POSTED BY Kais.sarang on | February 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Indians are world champions, They play like champions.

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @de'lufias sorry I didn't make it clear when I meant NR i meant no result, as for the rules of this series no result means SL gets 2 points there by going to the final, I don't want this to happen, then again I might coz all those Hardcore whining IND will say that AUS lost on purpose because they were scared of the MIGHTY IND team. and if It rain IND were unlucky not to make it, all I can say is your team was here in AUS for 3months and just played one good game of cricket, please act like people who have common sense.AUS will play 120% coz they can't wait to win the CB series with bonus points as well

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Please see the full match bfor posting comments like this. india was the better side and India won and that too with bonus points. Hats off to India. I am very sorry fotr your sorry state Sri lanka. Goodbye and take first flight home.Goodbye!

  • POSTED BY maddy8290 on | February 29, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    see kohli,s 87 not out in sa and 100 in cardiff u can get ur answer mr ABEWARDANA

  • POSTED BY classicvijay on | February 29, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @ Ilonka Abewardana, Kanchuka Weeranga: The way u guys have started commenting about the pitch, I can understand u guys are very much disappointed and frustrated with the huge defeat. But shamelessly y ur blaming the pitch...first develop the mentality to accept defeat.

  • POSTED BY qpsk123 on | February 29, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    This is just a one game indian fans. do remember the past. u are depending on Australia to get into final. nothing will change in finals. your batting is poor with their bowling. Sri lankan bowlers did many mistakes and pressure overtook their abilities on a flat track. Ready to go home and rule ur flat tracks without makingfinal matches boring.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 29, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Had the tables been turned, would any team perform in such a way as India did, would Aus/SL have, would any team have done it in less than 40overs and CHASING after being beaten black and blue all summer? Tiny chance but please give credit where its due. Even though I'm Team India fan I believe SL deserves to enter finals considering all their performances. Complacency and pathetic rotation policy (also couple crappy performances against Aus) from India was not what fans expected so if they don't advance further, we fully deserve not to!! But after a match like that, we slightly deserve it. It was a must-win high-pressure match for Team India AND needed bonus point, not to qualify for finals but only to just stay alive and team delivered against all odds. Had SL been that great, they would've entered finals long ago; same goes for India except Dhoni ruined one good chance with a tie. SL has been the good team so far but it's a competition and the better team of the day always wins.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | February 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @bMike ,your comment is hilarious.Australia is the best team in this series so far.So srilanka did beat Australia but they fail to do the same with India which you consider worst team? How did they lose to worst team twice?India getting beaten up by Australia but they winning against srilanka who is beating Australia.so all in all no one is consistent.so whoever comes to final are deserving finalist,be it aus,srilanka or India.@ some SL fans,srilanka beat Australia in Sydney and Hobart which is similar to subcontinent pitches,but they haven't beaten in bouncy pitches.No one talked about flat tracks when srilanka chased Australia target in Hobart FLAT PITCHES,It's same pitch for those Indians as well.so both subcontinent teams are doing well only in flat pitches.If srilanka beat Australia in Melbourne,they deserve to be in finals against Australia.good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    So all SL fans complaining about the flat pitch?Dont blame us for that .SL had to use it first .Still managed to get a huge score.If india wins by bonus point why r u complaining gys! Grow up!

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | February 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @fanz11, @.faraz. :Do you expect me to call a team as the best team when they were preparing to fly home even without knowing that they might have a chance to get into the finals by chance? Please be genuine guys. If you wanna accept or not in the end of a tournament there is a best team & a worst team. If Australia get 750 runs on Friday & SL allout for 50 runs & SL net run rate goes to -1.5 then I accept that SL is the worst team here. But just chasing down 320 runs once in 37 overs can't undo 3 pathetic defeats with giving away 3 bonus points. Tell me why SL's net run rate is still so good after one poor bowling performance? because their overall performances throughout the series are so good. Tell me why Indian net run rate is still minus -0.593 after chasing down 320 in 37 overs? Because their overall performances are so pathetic. One lifetime inning of a single player can't make a team the best team of the tournament or even the 2nd best.That's why India is the worst team here

  • POSTED BY maddy8290 on | February 29, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @bmike mind u indians have won 3 matches in CB serires two of them are record run chases

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | February 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @muski: Wow way to go mr.musk?? whatever!! Vinod kambli fine!! Rohit's career is over?? at 24?? and regarding imran's comments, he was partially right coz of the fact that inzi won the world cup at an young age and sachin had to wait for 22 long yrs to do the same and also inzi raised the bar whenever he played against india and that's why pakistan had a good record over india those yrs.... When u talk about batting alone, then fine sachin stands ahead of inzi!!

  • POSTED BY Abdulhay on | February 29, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    though I am not a big fan of Virat but serious hats off to him... brilliant performance ;-)

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 29, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    This match is just a preview for Asia cup. SL will get more of these in Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY ha72 on | February 29, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    SL in trouble big time, they have to win under pressure .....it was an excellent chance for Sachin to score hundred but he missed it

  • POSTED BY trueanalyst on | February 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Kanchuka weeranga,Where did u win against Australia?At Adelaide & Hobart.I suppose they are world's Juiciest wickets.Check your fate in the helpful Melbourne where you will be blown away by Pattinson & Co

  • POSTED BY neilson on | February 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    First of all well played India from a Sri lankan. What i failed to understand is that, instead of people saying all the negative stuff (oh india dosent deserve to be in finals and etc) why cant we look at the positives.Because of yesterdays match we would at least have a competitive match on friday rather than a boring dead rubber.Over the years the tri series have been dull,one sided and predictable in down under.However this is a rare tri series with no team completely dominating the other.This is certainly good for cricket.So please appreciate that.Also Indias past performances doesnt matter.What matters is how you perform in a given day.By the way good luck to Sri Lanka on friday at MCG where they would have a great support.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Indians Specialy seak guy Kholi can play only on batting friendly pitches!! If the pitch is equal then Indians are sure at home by now!! Wait one more day as then they can pack their bags and can go home!!

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 29, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @Scube: I can't stop laughing after seeing your argument. According to your argument Ireland should be world champions in 2011 world cup as India couldn't beat England in world cups but Ireland could. So why don't we invite Ireland to play CB series instead of India

  • POSTED BY maddy8290 on | February 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    u sl fans hats off to u we see how kohli and raina massacred malinga if u want more treat from us come in asia cup AND oz plzz loose to sl oterwise u gonna lose the cb series

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    ..................THE FATE OF INDIA IS IN THE HAND OF THE OZ...............INDIAN FANS TALK, THE TEAM IS GONNA WATCH BUT IT'S THE LANKANS WHO GONNA PLAY ON FRIDAY....................I'm pretty sure that Oz gonna give their best shot on Friday coz, Oz would find SL much more harder and challenging in the finals than IND.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    This is really a powerfull performance by team india, specially Virat Kohli, but one thing I feel is that Indians only perform when there is fire on their back, this is not good they can achieve anything they want matter is to just beleive in yourself at every time when you go to bat , bowl or field, be champions not one day wonder !

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I'm just saying........Lost test matches 4-0, T20 1-1, ODI against Australia 3-1 and all 3 matches lost with the BONUS POINT, and No wonder IND deserve to be in the finals with Oz.....lol

  • POSTED BY beatthat on | February 29, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    It's really shocking to see how indian fans change an attitude within the matter of one match. few days ago they were cursing all the players now just because they win one match, they have become gods all of sudden. wake up guys! make up your mind whether u want to support them or just stick with them only when they win

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    After taking Serious hammering against India on 28th Feb 12.......Malinga now holds the record of Most Expensive Bowling Figures (bowling 5 overs or More in a matach) in ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    What is the bowling powerplay rule, why did Mahela take bowling powerplay before 40th over.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Awesome display of batting of Virat Kohli. Simply superb.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Hahahaha give a good pitch a competitive one India was no where near victory,but given the flat typical Inidian pitch there they go LOL truly Ausi or SL deserve to win the tourney because these 2 teams can play in any condition sigh what a disgrace for cricket

  • POSTED BY lionspaw on | February 29, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    WOOW! Nice to see great comments from indian fans. Do this when your team loose games too. Team India needs you more when they loose. Hats off Indian Fans! Hope you will act same way when team India looses.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | February 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Aussies will prefer to play India in Finals rather than SL. So Aussies will be all over SL at MCG bouncy track.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    The absolute pity is, Sanga's innings is now going unnoticed.. What a treat it was to see him batting like that.. More than Dilshan's innings, Sanga's was real classy and allowed Dilshan to settle by playing more overs.. Remember that Dilshan scored 100 of 130+ balls and kicked on from there!! Masterful batting from Sanga completely overshadowed.. One of some very good innings i have seen..

  • POSTED BY ground-boy on | February 29, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Great commercially welcomed deviation for the tournament. Captaincy day off gifted a bonus point to India or proved the uncertain nature of the game and character. What would have been the conclusion as per DL formula, had India batted through all 50 overs?, certainly unimaginable world record, SLC be informed with.

  • POSTED BY Scube on | February 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @bMike: Hats off to your logic in proving that Ind was the worst team in the triseries. But, SL lost twice to the worst team and won only once! So, can you enlighten us how SL can qualify for the finals being worse than the worst team!?! And how Aus can qualify by losing twice (or thrice) to a team that lost twice to the WORST team!?!

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    NOW AUSTRALIA IN TROUBLE. They cannot loose the Match with SL. Bcoz if they loose this will be 3rd consecutive loss from SL. So definitely Australia will try to win this match. LOL....Going to be interesting.

  • POSTED BY BULTY on | February 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    A great win for team India in a must win game against all odds. That they achieved the target in just 36.4 overs is the most incredible part and puts into oblivion the best ODI to date, the one between SA & Aussies where both teams crossed 433. This, incidentally happens to be the quickest chase in ODI history and that makes the win all the more sweet. The Aussies, may be, on purpose avoided playing with India on this ground, because this is perhaps the smallest ground "down under". Now for the Friday match. Both the teams are under pressure. SL to win & go to the finals and Aussies to avoid surrendering the match to SL cheaply to avoid India to go to the finals & thereby inviting all sorts of negative comments from the fans (read Indian fans).

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Thanks a lot Virat for restoring my faith in this religion called Cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    If SL were given this task they would do this even better. History says that they chased 414 in India but were short of 3 runs but chased down 320+ in England with no time, that was not forced too.This is a one bad game for SL.Any team could fall in to this type of a game,If you can remember how many times India had such situations against SL,and SL had the same vs India many times,so the most important thing is consistency.If you loosing evry game so badly and wining one game like this won't give that.Not for India but it is applied for any team like SL & Pak.The way SL was playing except last night is professional,Aus will try to beat SL with their max effort, coz they know how tough SL in these days, so they won't make SL in to final.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @bhrangi : IPL has nothing to do with 4-0.. Dravid,VVS and Sachin didn't lose form because of IPL.. Or Sehwag oand Gauti never learned their cricket base on T20.. Only IPL star in tests was Kohli and he did more than all the above 5.. IPL is just a form of cricket and dont blame it for everything that goes wrong in the team..

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    that was a great game i ever see . our team wins by chasing big score within 37 overs . kholi might be future of indian team let's see wether he is able to break records of sachin tendulkar .

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 29, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @ AvidCricFan so you think this one performance when india had nothing to loose makes them the best team, , last night they had nothing to loose they didn't even know it was a possibility and thats what happen when you play with no fear, and you to say that SL are doing badly in Australian conditions you must have been watching different oneday series, SL lost IND narrowly at Perth, Came withing a single stroke of wining @ perth against AUS, Hammered AUS at Sydney, where India didn't get past 200, tied with IND Adelaide, beat IND at Brisbane and Beat AUS @ Hobart, so where IND have beaten SL those pitches are classified as flat pitches in AUS, and Sydney now is concidered to be a faster pitch than it use to be, and @mcg the last 2 times SL played they have won as well I don't want to knock the last night performance but I can't stand those people who are blindly going on about how good IND are just based on one game, after all its just cricket

  • POSTED BY classicvijay on | February 29, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Dhoni's tie-luck continues....surely lankans will lose after the heavy blow given by India. Only rain can do wonders for them :(

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    India came to the match as a wounded tiger. After the match, they showed how tough and dangerous wounded tiger can be.

  • POSTED BY classicvijay on | February 29, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Many srilankan fans still couldnt digest fact that lankans have lost defending a huge total and their chances of making to final have become slim

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @ lionspaw: Dear Thanks for your comments. SL also played well while batting. Dilshan and Sanga made a better total. India showed their talent only at the last minute..well played Sehwag,Sachin,Gambhir,KOHLI & Raina.. Brilliant game by Kohli. When fire on our tail India showing the Talent. Still I cant understand why they didnt played half of the talent in the previous matches. Anyway...waiting for the result of Aus & SL... Now Australia is in trouble..they are not going to win the Title...either SL or INDIA...HEHE

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 29, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    To all SL fans: If two teams have equal points, then the decision will be based on the number of wins over opponent ( NOT BASED ON NET RUN-RATE). So, that make SL to win the next game. Otherwise India will reach finals based on their 2-1 win over SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    what a blastering inning by kohli and raina

  • POSTED BY classicvijay on | February 29, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Many Srilankan fans have been calculating net run rate and been posting its not possible for india to qualify with the current run rate...but guys first read the tournament rules, dont sit and calculate stupidly and waste ur time.

    Find below the rules of the CB series tournament.

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate.

    So if SL lose to Australia, they have to catch the next flight...:)

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    I'm sorry to say Indian friends,you will never get a chance to the finals.we can easily win against Aus.don't think too much,that was a bychance,everytime that will not happen.tell them to pack up their bags.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    lets hope that Austria will beat shri lanka in coming match Friday we want to see another blast innings from virat... guys lets pray for india will in the final.

  • POSTED BY arunsh83 on | February 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Out of 4 matches against Srilanka, India has won 2, tied 1 and lost 1, for reaching to final now sri lanka has to win against Australia, in any case if they lose match even for a single run then India is thro for their finals. as India are ahead with their head to head matches against Sri Lanka. Hence NRR will make no difference.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    virat kohli is an excellent player. i can almost see when dhoni retires and when they choose a new captain, indians will ask kohli, but just like tendulkar who had a long lasting carrer since he never took the pressure but just a year for being captain of indian side, kohli should not either. somone who can be part of the team always should take captaincy role, and kohli should stay pressure free, and just bat. i honestly think Ashwin would make a great captain, but he lacks expirence, and irfan pathan would be my first choice, since he is somone india will always want in the team, he leads a great example in both batting and bowling.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | February 29, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    @ All Indian fans : 1 innings doesn't wipe out all that happened in test and previous ODIs , don't forget guys we lost 4-0 in test and dont support IPL . @ all SL fans : its 2-1 guys but U deserve to play in finals and do well guys., Its not INDIA so play well without fear (LOL) and win CB series ., Best wishes from an INDIAN., Please publish

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    there is no net run rate in the cb series .....so if aus beat sl ..india will go through cause india has beaten sl twice.

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | February 29, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    I don't know why people are talking about Net Run Rate. Guys, this is CB series which means net run rate will be considered after head to head victory. So no point of talking about NRR. If srilanka win they will qualify or if they lose out of the tournament. Might be sl supporters are thinking that their team will qualify with the NRR. Useless point....

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 29, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Why didn't India bat like this in the test series and in the other matches in the cb series? Failing to chase 237 and 250 seems kind of silly now.

  • POSTED BY Sandeep.M.J.D on | February 29, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Please stop cursing Team India, they beaten Srilanka twice and tied once in this series. Lost only once to Srilanka, which is a better side? Form is temporary, class lives forever. India is the only team that can beat Australia even when they play their best. So Go India Go...

  • POSTED BY cute_vela on | February 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    India played a great game...so celebrate the victory..why the hell you all are talking about sri lankan players.. our lankan cricketers are the best for us and also better and best than the ppl who are making fun of them here.. u ppl have not even scored single run or got single wicket in the international cricket...so first of all look at urself bfo talking about lankan players...

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Yes we lost... But this is not the end of the world. Sport has days of victory and defeat. Lets forget that we had a match on 28th Feb 2012, think this day never existed.. Lets show how lions are when they were beaten..

    Most importantly WIN or LOSE we are still with you Mahela!!!! Wish you and our team best of luck against Aus

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    kohli the chasing master..the top class batsman ever i had seen..he must bat at no:3 in tests too....

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Here we go world champions india are back on track.India will reach the final, if AUS beat the SL. Because as per the rule book of series head to head win ( india - 2, SL-1, TIE-1) is taken into account before net run rate.

  • POSTED BY HairyKiore on | February 29, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Jayawardina surely made a huge mistake not bowling spin ....India was just given the runs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Dear Friends, There is no need for Sri Lanka to lose poorly against Australia, They simply need to loose. As per the rules of this series if 2 teams are tied on same number of points (as the case will be if Sri lanka loose), then the team having more number of wins against the other team in contention will qualify. In this case India has won 2, tied 1 and lost 1 against Sri lanka. hence go through to finals. Just pray for Australia to win.

  • POSTED BY BalaSenty on | February 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Many of you are mistaken over points table. If India has to qualify Sri Lanka has to lose with AUS. RR does not matter as INDIA had beaten SL twice and also has bonus point. Hope India qualify and lift CB cup to keep their pride. In Finals SEHWAG and SACHIN should score tons. I want INDIA to beat AUS like the way they did against SL. That will be mind blowing and will give great happiness to see AUS losing. Even if India do not qualify I want SL to beat AUS 2-0 in finals. I want to see both AUS players and AUS commentators especially Nicholas. In fact in the interview yesterday with MSD Nicholas hinted India's finishing (last) game. Good that MSD replied that the chances of INDIA are still alive. Further he interviewed Sanga after 1st inngs and outraged India and went on say forth coming SL AUS match as dead rubber. Indians especially Kohli gave fitting answer with his bat. As an Indian fan, I want AUS should loose in finals but should win on Friday. Sachin prepare to get the 100th

  • POSTED BY srivatsacertain on | February 29, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Dhoni's series as a captain! ICC World T20, 2007: Tied with Pak, India are Champions IPL 2010: Tied with Kings XI Punjab, CSK are Champions CLT20 2010: Tied with Victoria, CSK are Champions World Cup 2011: Tied with England, India are Champions Now, CB Series 2012, Tied with Sri Lanka, and I hope the history repeats itself!

  • POSTED BY karthik666 on | February 29, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Ankur Tangirala - What are u talking ? all that s needed for india to qualify is an Aus victory .. that s all

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | February 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    India should be given the CB cup for this performance..... no need to have a final... Indians r the WORLD CHAMPIONS... all hail great Dhoni

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 29, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    spectacular win by the indians. Kohli played one of the best ODI innings in history given the context of the match and the fact that most of those runs were scored against malinga, the best death bowler in the world :). That over for 24 runs was pure gold. The look on the lankans faces was priceless. Even if we dont make the final this victory will give the Indian team confidence for the Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY vishnuas on | February 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    all of you are getting it wrong,the rule in this tri series is, if two teams have same points, first criteria checked is, which team has more wins against each other. then only, the NRR is considered.

  • POSTED BY layya on | February 29, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    How many times SL have cut off India in a major tournament. latest i recall are 2007 WC and 2009 T20 WC. This time around too same will happen.

  • POSTED BY Samaprab on | February 29, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    we are the champions on flat tracks.no one can think of beating us.

  • POSTED BY aslam17 on | February 29, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    thats wat cricinfo says......................

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    *The team with the most number of wins *If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins *If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points *If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @nesith: as far as I see the rules NRR is the least important thing here..If Sri Lanka lose to Australia by any margin, they are out.. because if two teams are equal on points and total no. of wins in the tournament, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins will go through

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | February 29, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    To people who think this is a big thing, Guyz SL almost chased your 400 in your own country. Had we won it. The atmosphere will almost be the same. So both our teams are capable of doing extraordinary things. but not CONSISTANTLY. This is a once in a life time performance. All the dissapointment will come after india loose couple of matches again in matches. One time hammering doesn't mean they will do it every day. Indian batting clicked for once better bowling attack will always put them back in place. That's why India always loose by a bonus point to australia. SL has a very balanced size but not a great bowling attack or a very powerful batting line up. So these things can befall on us manytimes.

  • POSTED BY jazee on | February 29, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @skothari1111 and @Sanjeev das Thanks for your comments and clearing things up for me. I think, to avoid complications, they should start giving points to the losing team as well and a bonus point should be tagged away from losing team and then given to the losing team. For example, let's appoint 6 total points for each match. The winner will get 4 points and the loser will get 2 points. In case of an emphatic win winner will get 5 points and the loser will get only 1point. This way a good team will e Emerge at the top automatically. What do you think?

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    I think India will simply qualify for the Finals if SL loses to Australia in the next match on 2nd of March........NRR wont come into picture as India has beaten SL twice whereas SL has beaten India only once...........NRR would have come into play if both India and SL has beaten each other 2 times...but thats not the case here ................correct me guys if I am wrong

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | February 29, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Good to see India finally play dominantly at least once in this series. Maybe SL will defeat Australia and enter finals. But that's okay, it was not a great series for us even though we had our ups and downs. We won at our last edition here. We have to be a really good team to win at every visit. Maybe next time.

  • POSTED BY muski on | February 29, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    @Kalpman- you must be crazy to compare Chandimal to Kohli. Kohli is almost going neck and neck with Sir Viv and Greenidge as far as his ODI Career is concerned. His test stature has also increased considerably after his aussie hundred. Yes- Chandimal looks good. However he needs to perfom consistently to ensure that he is top of the line batsmen. Your commens remind me of Imran sayng long long ago that Inzamam was better than Sachin. We all know what Inzamam accomplished and what Sachin Accomplised. Talent is one thing- acheiving is another. Ask Vinod Kambli or Rohit Sharma what it means to them as they had loads of talent and have wasted it.

  • POSTED BY asanka on | February 29, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan and very sad to saw repeat telecast of WC final. But I can't stop falling for Virat Kohli. Keep on performing Kohil you're the next SRT for world cricket. BCCI let go masters and let youngsters to flourish, for the sake of Cricket.

    Asanka

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Kohli surely has played one of the greatest innings in the annals of ODI 's...Kudos to him and the only way Team- India can do is to compliment Kohli... is to win the finalsl of the CB series (hoping India qualifies). I am not sure if any team has ever scored 321 in just 36.4 overs in any international match.. Hats off to the captain in making !!!

  • POSTED BY dan_loves_cricket on | February 29, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I don't understand why some of the Sri lankan fans undermine the efforts of Kohli and fellow Indian players saying that the wicket was flat.Learn to give credit where it's due.on the day Indians played really good cricket and they simply thrashed all Lankan bowlers.I remember in mid 90's how jayasuriya used to destroy attacks in india and took the bowlers to the cleaners.and if lankan fans enjoyed that,i see no reason why they shouldn't enjoy this...Kohli is one heck of a player and I wouldn't mine paying few bucks to see him play the way he did..more importantly it's really nice to see the youngsters from various nations step ahead to keep the game alive for the next decade.It's all nice seeing Kohli's,chandimal's,Levi's,williamson's ajmals,patinsons ect, taking the place of Tendulkars,pontings,Lara's,Murali's warne's and mcgraths ect,..KOHLI YOU BEAUTY!!!! TAKE A BOW!!!!!! - SRI LANKAN FAN

  • POSTED BY time2goback2dbasics on | February 29, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    IF SRI LANKA LOSE THE MATCH AGAINST AUSSIES THEY WILL BE OUT DESPITE GOOD RUN RATE ...SEE RULES @

    @In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    1. The team with the most number of wins 2. If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3. If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4. If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • POSTED BY ptnair on | February 29, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    @steelo_esq: Thanks for the congrats. Yes we are the KINGS of flat pitches, no one can beat us in flat tracks. That has a flip side too. No one else know how to play in flat tracks. ANd if any one does we will play better that them. LOL

  • POSTED BY .faraz. on | February 29, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @mahanaama plz mind ur words...u cant say india is worst team when they hav ability to chase such a husge total within 40 overs mark....just wait and watch the drama who wil deserve the title...

  • POSTED BY cricadept on | February 29, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    @Ankur Tangirala , In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY ptnair on | February 29, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @Rasitha Anupama Wijesekera : did you put this comment before or after the match. I f be fore the match, my dear friend we just got the bonus point...

  • POSTED BY crickgt on | February 29, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    another record for Malinga http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283840.html

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    India played like a underdogs and also they have nothing to loose.that's all.but hat off to virat kohli.let"s see what happen on friday.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Here us my prediction...Aus win against SL....Ind/Aus Final....India win the final with the great SRT completing his 100th 100. "The biggest battle is just before the victory"....Napoleon Bonaparte

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | February 29, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I think the start made the difference for the Indians. A good start put the Srilankans on the backfoot and India kept the initiative till the end. This is what we have missed all through the series with Sehwag failing. We should have really won the tied match against Srilanka... :-(

  • POSTED BY fanz11 on | February 29, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    @Mahaanama Head to head with ind vs SL can see the result 2-1 Who is better in the series.Just check the stats.You dont have to say who is better team after india thrassed SL like a thunder storm in 11th match.Speak some quality words

  • POSTED BY sathish008 on | February 29, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    @Ankur Tangirala - All india need is a Aussie win to get through to finals. your calculations doesnt matter mate.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    amazing.........kohli is a masterpiece..........atlast i found an entertaining match in this tournament

  • POSTED BY dscee on | February 29, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @Ankur...if Aus wins, net run rate does not count..India will play the finals. That's because India has more wins agains SL (2 won, 1 lost, 1tie) in this series; and on that basis, India will qualify. The rules that comes tinto play if two teams are tied are: a) The team with the most number of wins b) If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins c) If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points d) If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | February 29, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    @pakassasin, Kohli has developed nicely but India's other young batsmen are similar to Umar Akmal. Lots of talent but not applying themselves. In particular look at Rohit Sharma. Raina is sort of in the middle. Hasn't made any impact on the tougher pitches although is good support on the easier pitches. @Ankur Tangirala, Run Rate does not matter. The rule is that is SL lose their next India are through because they have more head-to-head wins. @Chris Sun, I think Australia will be challenged by either SL or India in the finals. Remember Games 2 and 3 are in flat Adelaide with short square boundaries. The tri-series at the moment is very much wide open.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 29, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Out of 4 matches Aus played with India in this tournament Aus won 3 times & in all 3 times Aus won with bonus points. SL beat Aus 2 times in 3 matches(once SL got the bonus point as well) & even in the match that SL lost to Aus they lost by just 5 runs. So Aus will know it'll be really difficult them to win if SL get in to finals . As Kohli played his life time inning on Tuesday & it comes only once in lifetime & almost all Indian batsmen's (except Dhoni) & bowlers' form is pathetic Aus will love to win finals also with bonus points. So they will play with their best to bring India into finals by beating SL on Friday.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    @ Ankur Tangirala

    India will be qualified for finals if Sri lanka just lose from Aus in the next match. If it happens , both India and Sri Lanka will have the 15 points ; but India will have a 2-1 lead in their head-to-head against Sri Lanka, which, according to the rules of this tournament, will take precedence over the net run rate.

  • POSTED BY Sidura on | February 29, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @Lallubhai, you must be talking about the Indian way of playing cricket. we always test our strength by playing against tougher teams. Unlike most of you, we go to the game to see a close contest and it's not what we have seen in this summer. If you want to WIN all the time, Australia is not a place to be. Remember, there is no point of being a big fish in the little pool.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | February 29, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @Ankur Tangirala: Points for trying mate, but net run rate is irrelevant.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 29, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    For fans who still don't know about the rules in this tournament: Net run rate won't affect at all to decide who plays with Aus in finals. If SL lose to Aus on Friday then India will be in finals else SL will be. If SL lose both SL & India will have 15 points but India have won 2 matches against SL so they will be in finals according to rules(Even India didn't know about that rule until the last moment). But I think that rule is wired because if both SL & India get 15 points that means Aus is the best team in the tournament & SL have beat the best team more number of times than India & SL's net run rate will be also well ahead of India as SL played better than India throughout the series. So how come India go to finals being the worst team ?

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 29, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    This is superb game put together by team India in favorable condition. The wicket was to subcontinent batsmen's liking and the team clicked. For some of the SL fans, these are sour grapes. Tough luck. I never believed SL to be as good as Australia, specially in Australia. Hope India gets in the finals and carries the momentum.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    It was an amazing performance by India after a very long stay in Australia, Go India if opportunity is given again

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Great innings from Kohli - a real masterclass. It is almost as if the young man said to himself, "I am sick of this wretched performance game after game from all of you. Though I will be bracketted with you guys as a member of this team, it is time I stand up alone and play like a man possessed because nothing short of that will nullify all the wrongs from all of you". Yes, we won. Sachin and Sehwag played better, but it should still not save them. Raina did some bit to erase the ghastly performances but should still go back an play with a bowling machine set at throwing head high balls at him. Dhoni must not be allowed to select the final eleven all on his own; he can only be a member of 3-man committee comprising him, coach and the vise-captain (and by that I don't mean Sehwag). On-again, off-again Zaheer was pathetic and should not be considered any longer; being described wily is not enough. Nothing has changed. We still need that total re-engineering of the team.

  • POSTED BY googoogajoob on | February 29, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    According to my calculations India can definitely NOT make the final....

    Even if Australia smash Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka'a net run rate (NRR) will still be good enough.

    Say for example AUS bat first, make 400 in 50 overs, then bowl SRL out for 100 in 40 overs, the NRRs look like this:

    AUS: 0.775 SRL: -0.126 IND: -0.593

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 29, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Amazing comeback. Really sad though to see that the whole tour they are struggling and the one match on a flat pitch is the one that shows the form they are in. It really does show that India can only play good cricket on flat pitches/similar to subcontinent conditions, but that said, they smashed Lanka today. Australia has only won once against Sri Lanka, but they will be aided by Pattinson and will have 1.2 billion people praying for them. Sri Lanka in a pressure situation and so is Malinga

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | February 29, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    PLEASE READ : Some of you are still thinking about Net run rate. There is no question of NRR here. India is tied with srilanka with 15 pts & has a better head to head result. So all India need is Australia to beat srilanka. Even a tie or rain washout will not help Inida.

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 29, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    There is a very big possibility that rain will have the last say in this series, it seem that there will be rain in Melbourne on friday, Hope that DL doesn't ruin it for SL, remember all they need is NR as for the rules of this triangular series.

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | February 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    SL lost their first two matches of the tournament but those two matches were very close & 3rd match was tied. Then SL won next 3 matches & did so well with the bat even in this match but their bowling were pathetic just for a single inning. Speaking generally SL are the most consistent team in this tournament & they still have a very good net run rate. Kohli did so well with the bat in this match & it's an inning we see once in years & it made India alive but generally India didn't perform well throughout the tournament(that's why their net run rate is way below comparing to other two teams) Though India won against SL in this match there is no reason to say that India is a better team than SL. Even if India get into finals by chance India is the worst team in this CB series & they don't deserve to be in finals.

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    For India to Qualify: If AUS bats First SLK should loose by more than 37 runs If SriLanka bats First and Makes 150 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 40 ovrs and Makes 175 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 41 ovrs and Makes 200 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 42 ovrs and Makes 225 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 43 ovrs and Makes 250 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 43.5 ovrs and Makes 275 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 44 ovrs and Makes 300 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 44.3 ovrs and Makes 325 in 50 ovrs AUS has to get there in 44.5 ovrs

  • POSTED BY on | February 29, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    I hate the batsmen dominant indian cricket to the fullest but its one of the greatest cricketing knock ever. Thank you Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Des_65 on | February 29, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Australia will not like to lose to SL because then they will have to play SL in the finals who have won two matches against them (one match with bonus point) and the one which SL lost against Aus was a close one (at Perth). If SL wins against Aus at Melbourne, then there is a big chance that SL will win the CB Series as well.

  • POSTED BY Harry_Kool on | February 28, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    @Lallubhai. You don't know Aussies very well, do you? Aussies never deliberately lose and always, repeat, ALWAYS, prefer playing the hardest team. That my friiend is the only way to test yourself. Ever wonder why we have played so few tests against the minnows? In any sport we play, and there are plenty, we always prefer playing the toughest teams. It is our culture. If the Indians make the finals, so be it. This Aussie team fears no team, none, and we got the bowling depth to back it up. Good effort by the Indian on a pitch that was full of runs and no help to bowlers. You always play to the conditions and the Indian team did just that.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    The comments page has been sent into meltdown! Sri Lanka will still qualify if they win against Australia. Australia shouldn't be complacent and lose so they don't want to face a rampaging India.

  • POSTED BY pakassasin on | February 28, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Superb batting. You really know how to pace an ODI inning. Umar Akmal should learn a thing or 2 from your innings as you both came to international scene almost the same time. One has grown in stature and other one is juzz a hit or miss type.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | February 28, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Amazing. Just amazing !! .. I'll admit that I thought India were shot to pieces and just wanted to go home. I said as much in a previous post.. .. seems I was completely wrong about that. .. this is how it looks to me. India struggle to beat Australia, Aust. struggles to beat Sri Lanka and the Lankans struggle to beat India. ... makes for a great tournament. ... as for this game, well .. I think I just saw 2 of the best ODI innings I've ever seen. ... Dilshan was brilliant and Sanga was great, but Kohli ... that was something else again. Good on ya young fella. You're gonna be a pain in the rear end for years to come. .. Good to see.

  • POSTED BY RGee on | February 28, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    If SL lose to Australia and India meet Australia in the final........I predict India to lift the CB cup!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    What a miracle by India! This is why they are world cup champions! Why weren't they like this in the test matches? The young players finally show the way.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | February 28, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    What a brutal innings from Kholi. I don't particularly like the guy, but man I appreciate a good innings & add the test ton he got, he has my respect as a batsmen. Man did SL panic or what? == == == What on earth was Malinga doing? SL didn't bowl enough spin IMO. Malinga has just recorded the WORST innings economy rate, (Bangladesh's Baisya will be relieved!) in the history of ODIs!!!! It was also the FIFTH most expensive, bearing in mind that every other more expensive spell was for 9 overs +. That over where Kholi took him for about 22 was gold!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @jazee : you are dead wrong though to give you credit unlike many other big mouths with attitude angst and opinionss but not the grace or courage to face a reality check, you have offered to be corrected,

    To my knowledge when two teams are on equal points, the first criteria to select between them will be the head to head win-loss ratio where India have the better record having beat Sri Lanka twice and lost once, If it had happened that this was also same, e.g one win each against the other then the run rate would have come to play, so now unless SL beats Australia to get ahead of India on points, they are out.

  • POSTED BY allapey on | February 28, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    It was a great game and good to see India thrash the arrogant Sri Lankans

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | February 28, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @Lallubhai: I thought of the same way about Australia losing to Lanka deliberately in the last game, but we must realize that the Australian players are well paid (in bonus though) for every match win. I don't expect them to play with such a negative sight.

  • POSTED BY skothari.1111 on | February 28, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    @jazee here is what the points table page says In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    *The team with the most number of wins *If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins *If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points *If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    Based on the 2nd criteria India will go through if SL lose to AUS. NRR is the last thing they take into equation.

  • POSTED BY shiv_cric on | February 28, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    This match just suffices to serve as a saving grace to India. For an interesting contest in the Finals, SL would be the better team. SL are worthy opponents than flash in a pan, India. No doubt this was a terrific win under pressure but this show has come quite later and India's fate is dependent on another team's fall, which is not a nice position to be in. Wish SL best for the match..Was great to see the Little master regain his touch a bit.

  • POSTED BY tennakoon63 on | February 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Kholi did good. But he has to curtail his arrogance on and off the field. May be he is young that's what he is like that. He has scant respect to any opposition team and the crowd too. We saw his finger gesture in the test match. He needs to change his attitude. May be he will mature soon.

  • POSTED BY CaptainKool on | February 28, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    That's how World champ plays! Great game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Happy as a fan to win this match ..... But as an Indian love Srilanka vs Australia finals .... Srilanka deserve it to enter finals !!! NOT INDIA

  • POSTED BY braveknight on | February 28, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Frankly, I just finished watched Indian batting highlights twice now. No doubt, outstanding display, BUT we must remember one thing that the bowling was so bad. 80% full and outside the off stump with a foot of width - now tell me who cant hit these on flat pitches when the ball comes on quite nicely, and the boundaries are shorter?...brainless balling -- now you think of Chaminda Vaas (clever at foxing batsmen), Dilhara Fernando (master of disguising slower deliveries) and others..in my view Maharoof and Herath would have done a much better job stemming the flow of runs - these guys are intelligent bowlers..Just hope SL will learn from this..

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | February 28, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    My goodness! What a manic-depressive lot Indian fans are. A couple of days ago their players were 'disgraceful', now they're 'Emperors' and 'Lords of the jungle'. Go figure eh?

  • POSTED BY Ganesh_Swamy on | February 28, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Where is Sharda Ugra? I am sure she will publish an article if India does not qualify to the finals.

  • POSTED BY Harry_67 on | February 28, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Virat's innings was one of the greatest ODI innings you'd ever see and it is also a fact that b4 this game India's performances on this tour have been well below par, and the only was up so thats the way it has gone. Credit must be given where it is due, the talent of the Indian batsmen was never in doubt just the application was missing. Dhoni's captaincy is lacking in imagination though, what is with him and bowling opening bowlers unchanged for 10-12 overs no matter what the circumstances, and totally unimaginagtive field placings, there are 2 balls used now instead of 1 and he needs to adapt to that. Dhoni of old was imaginative and motivating he needs to find that qualities again... ironically their fate is in Aus n SL hands and will have only themselves to blame if they still miss out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    People will say what they what they will say - some will lavish the India team with countless praise despite verbally bashing them all summer, others will continue to lull over why this kind of form wasn't shown earlier in the summer. But I think one good thing comes out of it regardless - as was the case in the World Cup final, it was the younger players who stood up and took the team home, giving some hope to the success of an India team post-Tendulkar/Sehwag/Dravid/Laxman. Fans are screaming for the selectors to take notice and change the guard. I think the case for keeping the senior players on is getting more and more difficult to argue - the youngsters need to keep performing though. Virat definately looks like the future captain of India!

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | February 28, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    What a match! I was so amazed by Malinga's figures : 7-0-96-1 at an economy rate of 12!! Well done India! SL, you guys can pack your bags after the next match!

  • POSTED BY jazee on | February 28, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Correct me if I am wrong. Dont the SL can still qualify even after defeated by Aus based on their better run-rate. I mean Aus have to beat SL emphatically (probably with a Bonus point) so that India to qualify a simple win will still qualify SL.

  • POSTED BY MikeyRos on | February 28, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    LOL at all the Indian fans celebrating this consolation win on a dead hobart wicket. Once again India live up to their name - FLAT TRACK BULLIES, HOPELESS ON BOUNCY WICKETS!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    VEE RAT TURNS INTO A SUPER MOUSE WITH 133 RUNS OFF 86 BALLS--WELL DONE VARAT KOHLI !!

  • POSTED BY steelo_esq on | February 28, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    To all Indian fans, my congratulations. Your team has proven that given a nice flat track you can indeed play well lol SL is the best sub continent team though as they have shown they can play well in ALL conditions

  • POSTED BY MenFromMarts on | February 28, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    All in vain. Melbourne is a washout on Thursday for sure and Sri Lanka will get two points. Bye Bye India.

  • POSTED BY MathewsAdelaide on | February 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    ITS AUSTRALIA'S BAD LUCK, IF SR ILANKA WINS ON FRIDAY 100% SR ILANKA WILL BE COMMONWEALTH BANK SERIES CHAMPIONS, BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO WIN 3 COMPREHENSIVE/CONSECUTIVE WIN OVER AUSTRALIA ON FRIDAY IF THEY WIN,AUSTRALIA CAN LOSE THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THE FINALS DUE TO THAT. SRILANKA WILL BE WITH HIGH CONFIDENCE , ALSO THERE IS POSSIBILITY OF RAIN IN SIDNEY ON FRIDAY.. THEN ALSO SRILANKA WILL BE THE CHAMPIONS..

  • POSTED BY Raja.Khurram on | February 28, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Great show by India. Now, even if they cannot make it to final, they will exit with dignity.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 28, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Amazing amount of comms for an ODI. Credit to Kohli. The guy obviously has talent in abundance and that was an amazing innings full of proper cricket shots.

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | February 28, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    "flat track bullies" is a rhetoric! The reality is, Kohli has ignited a must needed charge within the Indian team and this charge has the ability to win this cup and challenge the very best in the business. Great innings are great when chips are down and Kohli's this inning has all those jewels glittering all around it, regardless of rhetoric.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Unlucky Malinga...He was 4 runs short of his maiden century in bowling

  • POSTED BY Adrvo on | February 28, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    A great innings from virat, no doubt he is an outrageous talent and a beautiful right hander to watch. But what about the elephant in the room? By this I mean his extraordinary reaction to taking a bit of skin off when sliding to make his ground! He winced in pain, called for medical treatment and looked like he had had a finger amputated! Play was stopped, a generous bandage carefully applied and the wound cleaned! Are you kidding me!!!!!!!!! Would have loved to see the Aussies reaction to this piece of byplay!!!

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 28, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Aussies would rather play India in finals. Because India are weaker against Aus but stronger against SL, and Aus is weaker against SL but stronger against Ind. I don't understand why SL fans think they've got this in the bag. Except for Aus, everything is still up for grabs and Aus can make the final call. Remember they don't like losing!! 1 match SL won was D/L method, and another just slightly so real question is can SL handle the pressure better than India has?? Only time will tell. I am proud of the way my team India fought when they were cornered but still want them to come back home because BCCI needs to learn HARD lessons and this win has not brought any good so SL fans chill!! We don't care what happens on friday! If you win good for you and thank you in advance!!

  • POSTED BY Lallubhai on | February 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Aussies will deliberately lose to Sri lanka on friday as they know they will stand a better chance against the Lankans.

  • POSTED BY msdhoni123 on | February 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    why is everyone having a go at jadeja for?.he had the best econ out of any bowler.but dropping irfan pathan was a bad choice.

  • POSTED BY jsean_jsean on | February 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    SL will lose to AUS in the next game to make IND go to the finals. watch!!!! its all set up

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    omg nw kohli says David hussey claimed his one bounce catch in Sydney...well do only Asian countries need to play acc. to the spirit of the game

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 28, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @Karl Henry: Absolute garbage man. Who cares about your CB series ??? a true Indian fan would cherish this victory more than anything. Absolute DESTRUCTION of SL. This long and boring competition finally had its day thanks to the young tiger of India - Virat Kohli. Besides, if India do play Aus in the finals, it will be a BAD time for the men in green and gold. Let's see what happens.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 28, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    For those of you who don't know what Indian cricket is all about, we DO NOT cheat to win games like how the Aussies did recently. Secondly, when pushed to the brink Indian team usually wins and makes the opposition look silly. I am SO HAPPY India beat SL simply cause of some arrogance displayed by SL and their fans. At this point I still don't care if India play in the finals or not. This was simply a MAGNIFICENT performance by a truly awesome team. Some changes to personnel is needed and India can have many days like this. Well done boys.

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | February 28, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    @@@RMEHTA69(@@@@Brumby90 @@@ANUSHUL@@@- DO YOU REALLY FOLLOW CRICKET AND IT MAKES ME WONDER IF YOU WOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION ON OTHER SECTIONS OF THE POINTS TABLE RATHER THAN JUST RUN RATE- YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN UP TO SPEED ON THINGS HERE AS YOU WOULD HAVE FIGURED SOMETHING ELSE OUT AS WELL..RUN RATE DON'T EVEN COME INTO PICTURE- INDIA AND SL PLAYED 4 MATCHES- INDIA WON-2, SL-1 AND ONE MATCH WAS A TIE SO AS PER THE CB SERIES RULES A TEAM WITH MORE WINS OVER THE OTHER WILL GO AHEAD TO THE FINAL PHASE IF THE POINTS ARE SHARED....CAN I MAKE IT MORE CLEARER FOR YOU OR ELSE CHECK THE STATS AND FACTS BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS.

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | February 28, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    @@@RMEHTA69(@@@@Brumby90 @@@ANUSHUL@@@- DO YOU REALLY FOLLOW CRICKET AND IT MAKES ME WONDER IF YOU WOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION ON OTHER SECTIONS OF THE POINTS TABLE RATHER THAN JUST RUN RATE- YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN UP TO SPEED ON THINGS HERE AS YOU WOULD HAVE FIGURED SOMETHING ELSE OUT AS WELL..RUN RATE DON'T EVEN COME INTO PICTURE- INDIA AND SL PLAYED 4 MATCHES- INDIA WON-2, SL-1 AND ONE MATCH WAS A TIE SO AS PER THE CB SERIES RULES A TEAM WITH MORE WINS OVER THE OTHER WILL GO AHEAD TO THE FINAL PHASE IF THE POINTS ARE SHARED....CAN I MAKE IT MORE CLEARER FOR YOU OR ELSE CHECK THE STATS AND FACTS BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS.

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | February 28, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    I think Australia has a tough decision to make. After such a comprehensive performance, I doubt they will want to face India, which suggests that they may take the next game lightly.

    On the other hand, they wont want Sri Lanka to gain confidence by giving them a victory, and then having to face a more confident team in the Finals.

    So, its a catch 22 situation for Australia. lol. :DD. And I know, my comments streak of bias so for any australian fans reading this, dont let your blood boil over this.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | February 28, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Grr. If these guys are flat track bullies, there haven't been better flat track bullies in the history of ODI cricket. Period.

  • POSTED BY nkvernekar on | February 28, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Kholi's shots were superb to watch pure cricketing more than a mere slog. His flick six to malinga was the best shot.. Very strong towards onside.. Great going.. He is the best batsman in the current year for india. Unlike raina and rohit after 100 plus matches are not making much of a progress.. Also i feel dhoni made rotation policy to fit rohit in the team not for tiwary, rahul sharma etc.. I dont understand him... his decision makes me wonder whats in his mind...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    VERY well done. If Kohli substract all distractions around him: the spectators middle finger, he could be the next of the great batsman in the Test cricket. It is much easier to score in limited overs game as you do need to select which ball to leave and which to score or defend.This practice of playing with JUDGEMENT, is a virtue. Teat cricket remains the KING as long as cricket is played.

  • POSTED BY BV19 on | February 28, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Special thanks to the following SL fans.

    @Amila Ruwan Meegahawatta - Did you see the world champions? @Ranga Silva - Thanks, Chak De India! 40 overs? we did it in 37 mate! @Rohan Perera - Heh! Heh! yes, World champions truly!! @Amila Ruwan Meegahawatta - did you see that? did you see that? @Fabian Enio Dsilva - was this a fluke too?

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | February 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Aussies will lose against Sri Lanka and India will be kicked out. Aussies must lose it.

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | February 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    OK now to all my fellow Indian fans who are tripping over one another in order to heap praise on Virat, let's be honest. How many of you just a month ago were calling for his head? Quite a few actually just judging from the posts on cricinfo. Just goes to show you the virtue of patience when it comes to judging young talent. There may be other Kohlis out there (Mukund? Manoj? Pujara?...) who just need to have an opportunity to show what they can do, if only they would be allowed to and not rejected at the first sign of failure. Hello, Indian selectors, are you listening?!

  • POSTED BY Ha8rick on | February 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Good knock by Virat but its too late, isnt it?

    As usual, the lame Indian supporters will forget everything BAD that happened and glorify the players again. Fact of the matter is that India is NOT a world class team and the seniors need to go. I rather watch youngsters try and lose instead of the old bones drag on their career as a selfish and greedy individual.

    First, drop Dhini as a Captain. Team is not performing and he is not able to lead. His captaincy suck. BCCI governing body should be sacked and new management should be brought in.

  • POSTED BY ravinderkumar on | February 28, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    What a match!!! SL stirke bowler smacked all over..n well Mahela will also learn a lesssion or 2. Indian played with a great firepower and showed why they are still world chapms... well played india... see u in finals and do the same to ozzies Go India Go...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    ok ok India fans cool down!!! we did this to england before!! so don't think that you are the only one... Still you have to wait to qualify!! That is in SL hands.!!

  • POSTED BY ibbotsoni on | February 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    That was the most beautifully destructive innings I've ever seen. Such finesse. India have one serious talent right there.

    From an England fan.

  • POSTED BY CNBAS5 on | February 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Wow...Oh...OOhahah...The five ball over starring us striaght down the throat!!! Indian would easily have been in the finals by now no matter what happened in the last game Aus vs SL. The umpiring error looks have cost the tournament for India perhaps....Good luck and pray your GODS for a poor show from SL against Aus and then taking it up to them in the finals with the same vigour to get a better reception in India when you return back.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | February 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and hats off to Virat for his fantastic performance which enlighted India with some hope now in the tournament. Virat will be for sure the Next India Captain and he has all credentials to mee the criteria.SL was humbled and embarrased the way he belted the bowlers especially Malinga on my books should have not done anything for SL in this tournament and should be dropped for the rest of the tournament and should not be even considered for future one dayes or 20/20. He has a dont care attitude may be he is thinking he is it and a very senior member in the side.Graham Ford and Demel should now tell him thank you and sit out. Welldone India and Virat for a such a wonderful performance.I am surprised to see the treatment India is giving to Rohit Sharma he should play in this indian side.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    I sort of expected this from India. There was no pressure on them to keep out the runs. They were just told to go out on the pitch and play their shot. And look what came of it. Good work Kohli and Gambir.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | February 28, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    This is a good old thumping and an almighty battering by the World Champs!!Kohli you beauty!!Take a bow..But as always I blame the thoughtless Dhoni for once again refusing to change,why is Tiwari ignored when the so called Jadeja is proving useless with both bat & ball.Thank God for Kohli otherwise this moron Dhoni would have been roasted by the media! Coming to the match,this is an absolute annihilation of the World's best death bowler Malinga.After this, his confidence will only go South.I have no doubt that after this soul-shaking experience, Aus will beat SL although they need to watch out for Mahela's batting,what a gem that guy is! So we might yet get through the back door to the finals ! I pray for good weather and an Aussie onslaught.Today's win is a tonic to Ind ODI cricket,but lots of gaps still to be plugged,getting 4 fit bowlers (even for Asia Cup) and picking the right combo,get the xtra batsman in for harder tracks as this was a sub-con type surface!

  • POSTED BY jasse64 on | February 28, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Well played Indiaa finallyy played like world champion

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Since in the clash between India and Srilanka, India have won 2 matches, tied one and lost one...so that means If Aus. only beats Lankas, India are straight onto the finals.

  • POSTED BY BlackArcher on | February 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    I wonder how demoralised the Sri Lankan team must be after this kind of a plastering. To offer excuses about the pitch being flat is just sour grapes. After all SL batted on the same wicket and scored 320 in 50 overs, so the advantage of the flat pitch was taken by SL as well. It's just that the freedom with which the Indian batting order played today allowed them to play very attacking cricket, something they didn't do in this entire tour. The Indian batsmen never took the attack to the opposition, never looked to unsettle the opposing bowlers and the results were there to see. To watch Tendulkar assaulting the hapless Malinga and Kulasekara in tandem with Sehwag was such a pleasure for an Indian fan! Kohli exemplifies what India's next gen cricketers need to be- player with a good technique, excellent temperament, good fielding skills and positive to a degree that its infectious. Bring Pujara in and test him out in the ODI scheme too.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 28, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    @James8244: hahaha... LOL you didn't have to go to that extent to calculate my dear. The net run rate is useless in the CB series competition, always has been for many years from the time of world series cricket. It all depends on the no. of head to head wins. India have beaten SL twice and drew once against them. So that gives India the edge if SL lose to Aus. I know it looks miserable for SL but India have simply outclassed them in this game. Australia will never get a better opportunity than this to get rid of SL. Now the CB series is more interesting.

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | February 28, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    @james8244, If sri lanka lose, Then india would have registered more wins than sri lanka, and that is enough for getting through to the finals. This is how the priorities fall: 1. Points accumulated 2. Number of Wins 3. Run rate.

    So it doesnt matter how close, or how one sided the match will be. If Sri Lanka lose, thats it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @james8244 actually SL need to win or tie the game otherwise India will go through. Its not about the run rate. Its between both teams, who has the most number of wins on the other team. India won 2 games against SL and they have won 1. means India will be through if SL lose.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Vintage Sachin, Crazy Sehwag,Constient Gambhir,Passionate Virat. Lightening Suresh ,Calm Dhoni The Gods Answered your the mere criticizing mortals...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Kohli should be the next Indian captain

  • POSTED BY micklem on | February 28, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    IF powerplays cannot taken after 40th over by ICC rule then why did maleha take bowling powerplay at 27-32,he surely knows india will be going to take batting powerplay and there going be be 10 overs of powerplays in 27-40 overs.Why did'nt that fool taken powrplay in 16- 20 over.It was a terrible mistake by the captian

  • POSTED BY ilovecricket1234 on | February 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Well played Virat! A pleasure to watch. Can he be the Indian captain for the next World Cup please!

  • POSTED BY trueanalyst on | February 28, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    cute_vela , How many matches did Srilanka win against India in the Tri Series & In England,Australia & SouthAfrica previously ??Looks like you have mistaken Australia for India

  • POSTED BY psubbu79 on | February 28, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    If Australia beat Lanka and India qualify, I think India will smack the living daylights out of the Aussies. This game shows what India is capable of. Sometimes you have to hang from the cliff to awaken the giant within you. They need to work on their bowling, doing which they will absolutely maul the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 28, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Many SL fans here still don't know the rules. India have EVERY chance to qualify for the finals if Aus beat SL in the final league game. This is because the NRR is irrelevant in this competition. The no. of head to head wins matters and India have beaten SL twice in the competition. Please get your facts right before blabbering on here. Secondly, for those of you who think India won because of a flat track, get your heads checked as well. The Sri Lankan batsmen also scored big runs. It shows the Indian team were like cornered tigers and played like CHAMPIONS. We are proud of you team India !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Some one said from the commentary box "" after Srilankan' Innings """ ---------- That ends the first innings and Sri Lanka have just dominated the proceedings so far. It was almost as casual as a walk in the park from the Indians. They didn't seem interested at all. The body language was poor, the bowling was ineffective and the fielding was apalling! Sri Lanka made full use of it and batted with a lot of conviction. They seemed more desperate for a win than their neighbours. -------------

  • POSTED BY BillyBlue on | February 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Finally! Well played India - or just the batting atleast. Fielding & bowling still sucked. We Indians have never learn't how to hunt in a pack for extended periods of time. This game only proves 1 thing. Our batters, even the big 3 of late, have turned into flat track bullies (thnx to the IPL curse). I believe this win is an abberation & happened in particular cuz we had nothing to lose. If we do make it to the final somehow, we will be embarrased again on bouncy & fast tracks. The only difference will be the bowlers may come to the party, to prevent a complete blowout. But the flat track tigers WILL wimpher & wither away & run back into the forest for cover! I hope SL win & go on to the final, I hope Ind had lost this game embarrisingly. Atleast then the dumb BCCI & the Indian public would have had to face the sorry facts. This win has done more damage to Indian Cricket than good, as now business & the irrelevant, evil IPL will continue as usual!!!

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | February 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Munnabhai1976: hahhaah well said

  • POSTED BY Nev_19 on | February 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    I say, make Virat Kohli, the captain - in ONE format (Tests, or ODIs). We defintely need an infusion of youth, energy, positivity & enthusiasm.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    some ppl here questioning why mahela took bowling side's powerplay between overs 27 to 32 instead of say. after 40... however the new ODI rules released by ICC effective from 1st oct 2011 state that in a 50 over innings, Only Batting Powerplays cannot be taken until the end of the 15th over and must be completed before the commencement of the 41st over, so overs 11 to 15 and 41 to 50 cannot be Powerplay overs. Should either or both teams choose not to exercise their discretion, their Powerplay overs will automatically commence at the latest available point in the innings (e.g. in a 50-over innings with one unclaimed Powerplay, it will begin at the start of the 36th over). source-wikipedia...so mahela can't be blamed .. he tried his best to delay the inevitable..

  • POSTED BY james8244 on | February 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I AM CALCULATE EVERY POSSIBLE RESULT BUT REALITY IS ITS IMPOSSIBLE FOR INDIA TO REACH CB SERIES FINAL... SRI LANKA SCORE TOTAL 1739/323.3 RUNS IN 7 MATCHES AND 1691/324.2 RUNS SCORED AGAINST THEM.IF THEY LOST VERY BADLY AGAINST AUSTRALIA ...LET SCORE ONLY 100 RUNS IN ALL 50 OVER AND AUSTRALIA CHASE THE SCORE IN ONLY 14.4 OVER THEN SRILANKA'S RUN RATE WILL BE -0.359 GREATER THEN -0.593.....AND THIS IS WORST RESULT WE CAN IMAGINE...BUT REALITY THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE.....

  • POSTED BY Munnabhai1976 on | February 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @cute_vela: I see how badly you are hurt by every stroke that Virat played. Hopefully you will get over it.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | February 28, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    All Indian fans pray that Australia win on March 2. Also pray that the same team loses on March 4 and March 6. LOL.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @DSUS - LOL looks like somebody really won the lotto..!

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 28, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @being, neilson, Silverbails and others who had commented on India's poor show so far in every game- Come on, we are waiting for your 'expert' opinions on this match..

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Kohli is a great batsman ... but needs to show some maturity before he can be made captain. Make him vice-captain, and drop Sehwag and 10dulkar. Those 2 flat track bullies don't belong in Indian cricket team. BCCI should try different youngsters, not just Rohit Sharma, to find another Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 28, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Hey day for the punters! Ranil Herath-Kent

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | February 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @ cute_vela: Plz you also don't dance. It not ur team but Australia eventually will decide who will meet them in finals...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    amazing performance by the team, everyone thart was bashing them including me are at mute now. Kohli has been exceptional- he deserves to be Vice captain if not the cap

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    This is simply the BEST ODI match ever...greater than the 434 chase!! The pressure on India was enormous and chasing down 320 in 36 overs is, well simply put, only an Indian can do it!! . SL fans saying their team had a off day are out of touch with reality - this was a massacre!! Hope the SL players and their fans recover soon.

  • POSTED BY micklem on | February 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    This is most worst captaincy i had ever seen and the credit goes to mahela Jawawardhana.This match he desperatily tried to lose and also lose inside 40 overs. Mahela taken bowling powerplay at a critical time and indians take it as blessing.Then indians taken batting powerplay so they get continuous 10 overs of powerplay in last overs.I dont understood why he had taken powerplay at that time when india was surely going to win the match and their main aim was to prevent india from win inside 40 overs so that they can ensure final berth.And by giving ball to malinga in these both powerplays,he completely destroyed him who was under severe pressure at that time. Mahela didnt give overs to herath although the spinner was only bowler looked good in those conditions.He also not given ball to Angelo mathews eventhough he bowled very well in final overs throughout the tournament and had 3 overs remaining.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | February 28, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    @cute_vela : Your Sri Lanka team can't even DREAM of getting a "single victory" like this. And definitely not against India. They won't forget this humiliation in a long time I bet you.

  • POSTED BY Shiju2011 on | February 28, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Excellent Kohli.... Here is someone to take over the role of Sachin in team India... He is a thinking cricketer... a true replica of Sachin in the mid ninties to 2005 or so... Well done! Congrats... We pray that the Ausies will defeat the Lankans and we will have a chance to show our potential to the Ausies, as we did in the last visit. May God bless the Team India!

  • POSTED BY mars2009 on | February 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    That was the most flat aussie wicket, by the way congratulations to Indian cricket fans. That was their last match outside subcontinent , almost next two years Indian cricket players keep on scoring 100's , keep on winning. Cheers!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Dont be surprised if india go on to win this tri series

  • POSTED BY cricwithrohit on | February 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    I am surprised, where are those comments now, that were displayed in abundance after the first innings interval????

  • POSTED BY SrUmpire on | February 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    I'm glad dhoni didn't get a chance to bat, or else he would have tried to block till 49th over and tried to finish the match with a six.

  • POSTED BY KabaraGoyaKaapiKaapi on | February 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Dont get too excited Indians. Sri Lanka has been in a roll lately and its more likely they win the next game against Aus. One win after how many loses? India batted really well but it was a performance that comes every while so it was more of a lucky game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    With Great powers (World Champions),come Great Responsibility (Such as todays Performance)

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | February 28, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    hahaha this win dusnt erase indias poor performance...they were beatn up 4-0....n finaly a win aftr long wait.....just two wins and this....they were beaten badly by aus and sl....btw ms dhoni says dat he wont watch the match on friday saying he is not concerned n he and his team mates wud be busy shopping..nw he is trying to show da people that they r perfect in this tour....an excuse he is trying to hide da whitewash....cricinfo pls publish this

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    WICKET WAS FLAT..NONE OF THE BOWLER HAD ANY CHANCE..BUT WE NEED TO APPRECIATE TEAM INDIA.KOHLI'S CONSISTENCY WERE AMAZING..GOOD FIGHT BACK..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Well done Virat, well done MSD for bringing in Suresh Raina for the last couple of overs as it's only the slow bowlers did the trick for India & Mahela should have opted for bowling pp in between 15-27 overs & why did he not try Rengana as he was the economical bowler & do remember it's b'coz you didn't pick any specialist spinner in the opener against India you lost by 3 wickets. Although as an Indian would very much like to see us in the finals but to be frank with you we don't deserve a place in the final since barring today's match we've won 2 close games & 1 tied & the rest of the games we lost by huge margins. A complete failure to our so called famed-batting line-up. I still believe Sachin has some more cricket left in him so allow him to play for couple more series.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Tiwary... rather than wasting time there, you need to come back and play the matches in Vijay Hazare Trophey !!!

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | February 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Desperate people do desperate things... India were terrified that as "world champions" they were going to be eliminated. And they should have been if Sri Lanka had played to win and not just to prevent India winning with a bonus point. Well that ploy failed miserably and now the onus is on them to win against Oz.. or hope the match gets rained off.. otherwise it's on yer bike boys.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    some people think they are smarter than those in charge of cricinfo and those running the tournament. firstly, @rottphiler - mate, are you aware of the odi rules? bowling powerplay has to be taken by the 31st over and batting power play before the 36th. secondly, if sri lanka loses to Australia in Melbourne, Net run rate wont take into account since india is ahead on head- head basis.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    kohli the only indian batsman to score an century in both tests and odi's !! no other indian managed to get a ton in the entire tour !! gambhir was close !!

    kohli the most consistent batsman of the young generation !! rohit is useless and raina shd improve !! hope rahane .mukund and manoj tiwary get their chances in the asia cup !!

  • POSTED BY VAVAVA on | February 28, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    'Dulk and 'Wag failed again. Well done Kohli!

  • POSTED BY Jay_N on | February 28, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    @suve With due respect to your math ability, please do read this http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/engine/series/518940.html?view=pointstable

    Its knock out game for SL, as simple as that. Win=finals loss=go home

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | February 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka is India's friendly neighbor. That's what most say but I think until IPL is over Sri Lankans will never win lot of matches against India. India could milk anything in Aussie land n suddenly won with a bonus point. Are you kidding me? It's not only bowling fielding too was pathetic. How often does it happen? As I question Malinga's performance for Sri Lanka against Mumbai Indians, the entire tour of Australia for him was very poor. How come? What I don't understand is Mahela kept bowling him after getting trashed for 25 runs. Watch the tapes even when he gets hammered he still smiling. Does have any conviction? He also has forgotten his variety of bowling. I'm so happy he got trashed by Kholi because he has a huge ego. It's strange that no one could see this in Sri Lankan camp. Its totally pathetic performance by Sri Lanka and I bet they will take the flight back home after the Aussie game on the 2nd.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Happy for a win but still would like my team to come back home as the boys have plenty to work on. Does not matter what happens on Friday now because at least India can leave with a win and SL is more deserving team currently. The reality is Team India should've done better earlier in the CB series, and this win just proves why rotation policy was utter nonsense to many Team India fans and ex-cricketers. Team India can look back at couple positives and work HARD on the negatives from the entire tour before next challenge. Even though tour did not go well for the Indians, Kohli has shined. Good to see that!!

  • POSTED BY cute_vela on | February 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Ya net rate doesnt matter in this game but just a victory will change everytin... all the indians are excited abt lankans next game...hehe

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    This Indian team always has a great potential to win, but lazy as hell, no body can win without tough effort.... This blazing win came just after Cricket craze was pacing out towards Hockey who made it to Olympics with high stands.... And today being the selection for Asia cup series....

  • POSTED BY mm71 on | February 28, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Yea, we Indian fans are back. What to do? Had promised myself not to watch cricket for a while. Our relationship with cricket is like that with our wife. We get abused regularly till we are on the verge of 'I quit'. One smile & we are back like dogs with wagging tails. This exactly how the Indian team treats us. I thought after the last few years that the relationship was at more even keel & that we should get used to our team winning regularly. They painfully reminded us not to take anything for granted. Thanks team India. We, your supporters are back.

  • POSTED BY ribnarak on | February 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    yes....! Kohli should be captain. I think Dhoni's time is done. IM so glad he didn't bat. 14 from 49 balls is pathetic for a one day lol.

    Bring irfan or yusuf!

  • POSTED BY SunnyD on | February 28, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    It doesn't matter who qualifies for finals. Brisbane is Australia's forte.

  • POSTED BY MiddleStump on | February 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Kohli played a good knock no doubt but the media hype around him after just this innings is absurd. He has great potential but he does have a weakness for soft dismissals and a tendency to play in the air on the leg side. He has a long long way to go to be spoken in the same class as Tendulkar, if he ever gets there. Let us not forget that Laxman always had a small weakness to play in the air on the leg side and the really good bowlers pounced on this throughout his career. The refereshing aspect of this win for India is that every batsman played his role well. Even Sehwag could not have a picked a better time to record his highest one day score this series. The role of the openers in giving a flying start and demolishing the confidence of Malinga can never be over emphasized. They set the table and Kohli and Raina feasted later.

  • POSTED BY WishIndiaImprove on | February 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well done Kohli. It is one man show from India. I don't like Kohli's off field but he has good future for India. I do not want India to come to finals as they are not deserved. If they go to final they will try to erase all their failures.... SL is better than India now.

  • POSTED BY JAJISARMA on | February 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Not for nothing, India lifted World Cup recently. Bravo India and Hats Off to Virat Kohli., the skipper material.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @ suve & all SL fans: Dont do much a calculation, and waste your time as Malinga did today, as net run rate never come to play in this series. Its all about head to head matches won.

  • POSTED BY cute_vela on | February 28, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    its really shame tat watever happend today..still indian team depends on lankans to move for final..we lankans gonna decide wethr ul r IN or OUT..mind it...dont dance too much for one single victory aftr consecutive loses..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    @sriganesha: no NRR is being used in the CB Series! It is the league way, the old one, the who beat who how many times method! India beat SL 2-1!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    I have a doubt here... Who are all blaming indians and lankans as flat track bulleys... then what about australia, England..? They are bounce track bullies?... Even Nadal beats Federrer more in clay court.. Dont say subcontinent pitches are bad n oz and eng pitches are better....

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    India have proved once again they are flat track bullies ;0

  • POSTED BY am5786 on | February 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Great batting display from both sides, but Kohli was outstanding. Very well played Kohli. Thank you for the entertainment.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing amezing

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    @rmehta69- India is ahead 2-1 agst SL in no of wins. So if Aus beats SL, India go through!!!

  • POSTED BY yusuf97 on | February 28, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    austrailia defeats sri lanka and india are through the finals

  • POSTED BY Tiger-Khan on | February 28, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    as a neutral: RESPECT kohli!!!!

  • POSTED BY Jordan1 on | February 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    can someone explain to me why Mahela kept on giving the ball to Malinga as obviously he was the worst bowler in this match...Herath was economical compare to other bowlers and he only bowled 4 overs...he did not use Dilshan...he is a very experienced captain and how can he make a school boy error like this? it is a flat pitch which has suited very well for India...please look back the pathetic batting display from India...I know you all have forgotten the horror ...now you will get more fans for the IPL matches... well done!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    dont allow India to come final, if it comes you should know what happpense..;)

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @ rmehta69 : Sorry for your ignorance, learn the rules to this series before you comment.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    The Emergence of the New God of Indian Cricket in the name of VIRAT KOHLI. Today's show is a master piece by Virat Kohli. All Hail Kohli.

  • POSTED BY aiksa on | February 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    This was one of the best performances by India after being out of the contest-almost. And what an innings from Kohli. He is certainly one the greatest finds of Indian cricket at par with Tendulker-in class. And a very poor show from Sri Lankan team. They just got complacent. Allowing any team to chase down 321 in less than 37 overs, you really have to be at your worst worst. I think it is now going to be India & Australia.

  • POSTED BY itsTIME4ELImination on | February 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    India certainly plays well with their backs to the wall. Underdogs.

  • POSTED BY crying_game on | February 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    @ rmehta69, run rates dont matter in this tournament. Just an Oz win over SL will be enough to take India to finals as they have head to head wins lead over SL. Net run rates not used for this tournament- luckily for India. A great performance has put them in this situation. Whatever happens friday, its a good feeling to leave on a high with such a remarkable, memorable ODI chase.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Am Speechless, Its superb fantastic performance one of the best fight i ever witnessed (Regards Raja Pakistani)

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    What is SL fan's excuse!! The first couple of matches they lost they whined that it was too close to call and India got lucky!! Was this too close as well? LOL...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    I knew india will win with a bonus point from yesterday only,team india were boosted with the blazing start given by sachin & sehwag, pitch was very good for batting was known when dilshan & sangakkara were batting, srilankan bowlers were giving too many free runs drifting on the pads of kohli was nearly a crime for them......!!!

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka will take years or even decades to recover from this battering at the hands of India...And they are yet to fully recoverfrom the World Cup battering!!

    This has to be the best ODI chase ever....and India pulled it off against insurmountable odds!! Awesome India.

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | February 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    This reminds me of the good old indian team, which always wakes up in their last match of the series, to get into finals :) :) !! so funny...what happened to this batting line up all these days in this series ?? I think SL will fight back vs AUS and try their best to get into finals ....but I think AUS will want India to get in to finals, because it would be easier for them to defeat India than SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    awsome nt a daily treat.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @ Mr. Ramanathan.......please spare Sachin Tendulkar & enjoy this beautiful moment......let him decide at his own for moving out.....

  • POSTED BY ccrriicc on | February 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    That little flash in the beginning started the fire. India has always done well when given a good start. Sehwag and Tendulkar must fire - in the meantime if selection neurons work, we would have Tiwari playing, a Pujara playing, - a Kohli, a Raina , a Tiwari and a Yadav + a Sehwag and a Tendulkar - may be this starts the turnaround!

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | February 28, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Ashwin and Rahul Sharma will sure do well in the sub continent and as rightly pointed out, Harbhajan hasn't done anything noteworthy at all any recently to claim his place in the team. He's a spent force and it's wise to look beyond the spent forces and build a team for the future even if it means losing a few series and the ICC rankings. In the long run, persisting with youngsters (not the tried and failed lot, I mean) will pay rich dividends in future.The said two will certainly have to go. They (Sachin & Sehwag) do not deserve a place in the team on current form and basking in the glories double hundreds made in the past and the media's most famous catch phrase, "Form is temporary and Class is permanent!" should be ignored. For heaven's sake give them a break (rather, give us a break from watching them struggle yet again even in favourable conditions here). Place in the team is none's birth right and let them not spoil someone else's career. Umesh Yadav can be groomed only for tests

  • POSTED BY abhiroxx on | February 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    2nd point clears all

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    * The team with the most number of wins * If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins * If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points * If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    "Indian team is like a rocket...will not fly until tail is on fire,"

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @ rmehta69.....You don't know the basic rules of cricket...As India own more mathces against Srilanka in this series so India qualify for finals if points are same. Run rate is not important here. Read the rules written bellow the point table. Anyway from today onwards I become a big fan of Kohli, The future of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | February 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Finally, a decent opening stand. What difference that could make for this team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    What a match ? it is a treat to watch and it is time to hide who critisized our indian team. It is very frusrating to see that that indian fans were not supporting indian team and simply critisizing others. We need to support our players When team is not doing good.. Time to learn..Well done Team. Great effort..Dont worry abt the next match result..

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | February 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I appreciate virat's knock but i still believe chandimal is the best young batsman in world cricket today, he is better than kohli in technique,temperament, consistency and class and his record shows!!

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | February 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Well done to India,chasing down 32 within 40 overs,you deserved to win doing that..Sri Lanka,disappointed we couldn't defend this total and we must now win against the aussies- unless it rains I suppose,but no one wants to go thru like that...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    what an awesome match first time after 2 april 2011 we played like world champions,incredible win all players sehwag,sachin,gambhir,raina( who is once in a what 10 matches player) played well but Virat Kholi salute you hands down what a knock ,your the price of cricket and the futue king .Some people here are not updated its head to head which is considered before NRR and india 2 -1 sri lanka . After being so angry over australia now I say Australia please win on friday.reading some comments before the match and after sri lanka innings and now wow its astonishing . Today Team India showed why we suppourt and love them so much . all indian bashers no matter how jelous you are of team we wil never stop suppourting them and they will always show us why we suppourt them . its time to take confidence from this win if we make finals or not and build a new future ,some changes need to made but i promise to all aus fans we will come back stronger in 2014-15 for tour and WC

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | February 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    all glories to world champions india!! all haters take a bow! :D

  • POSTED BY Scube on | February 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1: SRT has scored more winning centuries (33) in ODIs than even the total # of ODI tons scored by any other player! Why do u want to make a fool of yourselves by such insane comments!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    rmehta69 please update ur knowledge, dont make unnecessary useless calculations. India against SL in the series is up by 2-1 and will get through final if Auusies just beat S Lanka in last match, whtever may be net run rate

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Now, where did that come from? And where was this spirit hiding the last 4 months???

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | February 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @prasanna srinivasan- Saar, you please keep mourning. Let us enjoy :)

  • POSTED BY muski on | February 28, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Well well- As a hardcore Indian cricket fan for all the rotten cricket played by our so called Stars over the last 8 months, this is a moment to savour. They have shown the Sri Lankan boys and more importantly Sangakara that an Elephant is superior to Lion. For all the thrashing that the Yoker man got, I wont be suprised if he hangs up his boots in ODI's and plays only for Mumbai Indians. Even if the Lankans pull up a surprise against the Aussies, the Indians have given them a hammering that they wont forget for a long long time.Kohli pehaps has cemented his spot for couple of years with this " innings of a life time". May he motivate other lazy blokes like Rohit Sharma to up their ante and perform as if there is no tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY mr.truth on | February 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Anyway after the match between australia and sri Lanka, know the fate of india.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    When Sachin Tendulkar went to Pakistan to face one of the finnest attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to Tour De France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of world champion team Argentina Team, Pete sampras had never won a grand slam

    When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran n company,Roger federer was a name unheard of, Lionel Messi was still in his Nappies, Ussain bolt was a unknown kid in jamaica,

    Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar.We have had Champions.We had legend.But we have never had Another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will :) So stop teaching cricket to the person who taught Us what it is.

    to Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY warneythebest on | February 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @supadupamonk: yes this was after the world champs were beaten soundly by the quarter finalists during the whole tour!!!! have u forgotten the 4-0 loss or the fact that ur plc in the finals still depends on the outcome of the sl vs aussies game....

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | February 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Indians are rock stars of cricket. Never before a team conceded 300+ runs and won the game scoring 300+ runs in less than 40 overs. This game was a unique ODI that belongs in history books of ODI cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sano27 on | February 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    no one can outcome this Indian team in flat pitches....they are simply unstoppable unless there is something for the bowlers in the pitch...!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    now it is a simple ..if aus beat srilanka..then indin in the finals.. Bcoz..head to head win conuted if points are same...we won 2 against srilanka...sri lanka won only one match...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @ rmehta69 You got it totally wrong buddy, If SL looses They are Goneskies !!! Not going by NRR .. It's going by Head to Head Basis.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Great win by India......short of words to describe the innings of Kohli....seen such an innings after a long time I guess.......pure class! I still can not not believe India chased down 321 and that too in 36.4 overs......that too in a must win game.......but does this make good for all the poor show they have shown untill this match? hmmm...an interesting question to answer indeed........India have been found wanting right throughout this whole tour on tracks which have pace and bounce...........I think they still have a lot more to prove in ''unfavourable'' conditions.........keeping my fingers crossed for the SL vs Aus match though.......... :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Well done guys. This is what we expect from Sachin in ODI, his old style of aggressiveness. It was unfortunate that Sachin tried to take Malinga's delivery full to the leg side in order to keep the scoring at a required rate. If not based on Malinga's figures it would have been another easy 100 for Sachin. I expect more from you the genius. Virat the young lion made me the whole night made.

  • POSTED BY RottPhiler on | February 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Strategically Sri Lanka would have been better served by holding their bowling Powerplay until after the 40th over. That way India would have had to score 321 in 40 overs with only 15 Powerplay overs as opposed to 20. Missed trick?

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    to all those who said all the flat track bullies form both the sides (especially the English and Ausiie fans) how can you brag about your team while saying the subcontinental teams can't play on proper tracks; when your own teams can't play on these so called 'flat tracks'. If your teams are so good then you should be able to win on all good tracks.....(we can even call you bouncy track bullies :P)

    Plz praise the players atleast when they play well.....if scoring 321 in 36.4 overs was so easy then why it was not done earlier by any team......

    frankly I won't mind even SL winning the final game as they were consistent team. Except for this game, they either won it or took it down to the wire. Indian team was most inconsistent but saved their best for its last (it can be too late) while Aussies were the first one to book their place in final, they weren't the most convincing in their display.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @rmehta69: If Australia beat SL in the next match, India make the Final. It does not matter what the margin of victory is. In that case SL & India will end up with the same total points of 15. But India has beaten SL twice while SL beat India only once. So the better of the 2 runners up qualify. In order for India to be kept off the final, SL has to win their last match against the Aussies. @anand4ma: It appears Dhoni cannot play without Jadeja in the XI. Dhoni needs to put India's interests ahead of Jadeja. I agree 100% with you that Rahul or Tiwary needs to replace Jadeja.India needs wkt. taking bowlers like Rahul. 3 bowlers ZAK, Praveen & Yadev bowled @ >7 runs/over. India should be aiming @<5 runs/over. Rahul is an accurate wrist leg spinner <5 runs/over. Dhoni keeps him on the bench in almost every game. India needs him playing. Dhoni & Jadeja are getting most disliked guys in the team. Pathan over Jadeja for #7 spot by miles on performance.Shocking selection of XI by Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY cricbee on | February 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I always surprise how these Jadeja bashers understand the game of Cricket. Whether he perform or he does not, they still love to criticize him for no apparent reason. Today he is the most economy bowler where all other are taken for ride. Still they couldn't imagine a place for him in the team. Guys.. Leave alone that poor kid.. He hardly did anything wrong so far...

  • POSTED BY Punjin on | February 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Ha ha ha Aussies toying with subcontinent boys. They get to choose who they want to play in finals... what a pitch they prepared and how different it will be in future games.. LOL...

    Growup sub continent teams & learn to dictate.. what if Sri lanka and India would have been in finals.. atleast there will be competition.. I declare Aussies winners in all aspects of game... now more people will be watching and ACB will be rich...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    "The world impossible is not in my dictionary" - Napoleon Bonaparte

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @kosaladesilva..well that was a extreme performance against England...but will that bring a bonus point for SL in this series?? ..stop bragging about history..i know its the nature of SL fans they still re-telecast the 1996 semis before every match against india in local channels.. sri lanka is the only team which cant defend 320 in 40 overs..gud that dhoni chose to field first else SL would have chased a historical 500 runs in 50 overs.. LOL

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | February 28, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Yes Sri Lanka had an off day today. It happens with Sri Lanka. They are that kind of a team. However on this tour Sri lanka have been on the right track looking for new talent for the future. I think they have unearthed a couple. For me Sri Lanka are playing good cricket again like they did in the 1990s, despite this loss. They should focus on what they did right on this tour and carry forward. Best of luck to Sri Lanka in the future. You are a very entertaining side. Sri Lanka fan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Congrats to India,Kohliii u beauty : )..but the tournament format does not impress me,team wch has higher NRR shud qualify fer the finals,this H2H system is stupid!!but i appeal to the Indian cricket fans not to lose thr temper so quickly whn India is down n out,u guys got a very gud team!!every one plays well at home n faces trouble whn they tour overseas,teams like England,Australia n SA are also found vulnerable while touring subcontinent!!so cheers n keep supporting yer team!!

  • POSTED BY muru1973 on | February 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Grate performance by Indians. My friends were telling me Bowling decision of MSD is wrong after wining Toss. But that is a grate decision. Hats OFFFFFFFFFFF to MSD and Team

  • POSTED BY rips4u on | February 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    wow! unbelievable run chase by team india...time and again the team has proven that the players perform only when there is absolute need to get into the finals..(remember viru's knock back in 2002) I am not a cynic but wondering if this was meant to stay alive for upcoming asia cup contention.. Looking forward for Aus-Ind finals, I hope if this late resurrange aint too late but we will know by Fri.. Good Luck..team India...show the world that you're truly the world champions.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | February 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Top win by India. Sri Lankans will not forget the beating they have received here for the rest of their lives. You should have looked at Sangakkara. His face today was just like it was after the world cup. Poor little baby !!

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | February 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    As usual the Lankan fans go into hiding after this humiliation.

  • POSTED BY RoshanF on | February 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    What can anyone say - absolutely brilliant from Kohli. He most certainly did a Gilchrist (2007 World Cup final vs SL). But as another writer has expressed in his column Jayawardene brought out his worst part of himself. And the bowlers and fielders followed suit. Of course India had nothing to lose. Can anyone say they, with the kind of displays put up away from home, would have won with a bonus point to boot. No way. So from the beginning they knew it was a "nothing to lose" scenario. But, boy, didn't the Lankans help them along. As for the last match well you Indians do not have to worry too much as far as Aussies efforts are concerned. The Aussies will now treat this as a very critical match and try their best to knock out Sri Lanka. Cause' guess which side they would prefer to meet in the finals - why of course it is India, the side they have been thrashing all along this summer. Besides they know away from the sub-continent which Asian team troubles them the most - the Lankans.

  • POSTED BY christo.jose on | February 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    aussum allround perfomance by team india.........

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Eventually India played best innings in this series

  • POSTED BY Sentryman101 on | February 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    India is the flat track bully. They got a flat track and Srilanka got bullyed. That's all.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Friends india have won the match in 36.4 overs itself.chasing the score of 321.its nice to hear but if they made 251 against aus it ll make easy but india doesn't:)now oly chance to be in final is to aus to beat srilanka:)The net run-rate never comes into act:)so if aus win n india ll in into finals bcs here no of wins over other team ll be matter while points are same:)So all fans wait for Aus to win:)

  • POSTED BY ribnarak on | February 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    oh look! DhonI didn't bat, WE WON. I say kick Dhoni and bring in irfan pathan OR yusuf pathan.We don't want player to go for 14 from 49 balls and then complain about the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @rmehta69 As per the rules in the tournament, net run rate will not have priority. India will reach finals If Aus is winning the next match by any margin. Reason is, If Aus wins, both SL and Ind will end up with 15 points and now will consider the head to head encounters. In that India is ahead by 2-1 over SL and qualifies. To qualify for the finals, SL has to win the next match. Net run rate is out of question in the tournament already.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Good Game! Virat Kohli has a long way to go!

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | February 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    This proves that India are truly the ODI World Champions, considering that India had to chase 320 runs in foreign conditions!! The best ODI match ever! Knocked the wind out SL (players and fans) sails..LOL.

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | February 28, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    guys indians u guys cant be very happy with only just this win compare all the other matches lost by big margins....it was a do or die situation any team will do the same...

  • POSTED BY Ind_Cric_Fan79 on | February 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Feeling happy about my team's performance after very longgggg time..... KOHLI was amazing... Congrats young beauty.... Thanks for SL bros congratulating INDIA's performance today.... But, our guys should learn to be more consistent... Anyways,, sooooo happy about todays show....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @Brumby90, Man it is not the net run rate which being calculated here.. it is total india win over srilanka. So india has won 2 times and srilanka only one between these two. Net run rate comes next. So even Australia win by 1 run over Srilanka, India reaches in the final. Have you got that?

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Great fightback by india after a disastrous tour. Honestly this match only accentuates how india are flat-track bullies. Yes they have been playing poorly but it is also due to their inability to play on fast,bouncy tracks with movement. Give them a flat track and they go beserk!

  • POSTED BY PIXAR on | February 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I do not know why India is listed lower than Sl in Points Table. India has as much chance to be in the finals as SL ( probably more ) as NRR is not going to come into play at all! The chance of a Tie or NR are slim to none.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Please every one.If u can appreciate and acknowledge some brilliant performances,Please do it.Don't inject bad blood here by degrading one another.Today is India's day.So they have masscred SL in the match.Let us wait for the final match on friday.I have sen many ppl saying Indian team is "flat track bullies".Ignoring the victory and defending the poor performance by citing reasons which does not show game spirit.doesn't do any good for any team.It shows emotional strata of the lost team's country ppl or some sort of mind game to demoralise .Get rid of that bad attitude.Pls post some comments which are liberal and at the same time neutral(if u can).After all we are cricket frenzy fans.Enjoy the game and savour the brilliant knocks.

  • POSTED BY YadavAjay on | February 28, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Don't get your hopes too high for ruling India out easily because I think you don't know how the tri-series tournament works in Australia. Let me give this to you: "In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows: * The team with the most number of wins. *If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins. *If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points. *If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate." If you still don't understand it than i can't do anything furthermore. read them here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/engine/series/518940.html?view=pointstable

  • POSTED BY faize007 on | February 28, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    This was one of the champions innings......hope for the best in last league match b/w AUS and SL....but nothing to loose well played INDIA......

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    AMAZING WIN BY INDIA GOOD TEAM PERFORMANCE

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    The ICC new rule of finishing powerplays before 40 overs really play a beautiful part in India historic wins against srilanka............ really it helped India a lot..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @rmenta69 according to rules before net runrate the no of wins each team won against each other is seen SL against Ind won 1 tie1 Ind against Sl won 2 tie 1 so if SL lose against AUS, Ind in final

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    @Ranga Silva: "Chak De India! You can do it in 40 overs with all the Gods in your team! Lol!" . We don't even need 40 overs to pull this one off dude. Your comments remind me of what Ricky Ponting said in the last CB series final that India played. He said, we ll make sure that there are only 2 matches in the final and India won the 3-match final, 2-0.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Excellent, I like the way we bounce back high.. all the best for Finals

  • POSTED BY Jay_candid on | February 28, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @Dinesh Chaminda Siriwardana. Dont blame IPL for everything.. I dont like IPL either.. But it cant be blamed for everything .. who asked your players to play IPL..

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | February 28, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Though I am not an Indian fan, but I must admit, a truly master class innings by Kohli! Congratulations

  • POSTED BY golubhai on | February 28, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    @ rmehta69 & Brumby90 Dude just check the below given site. "http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/engine/series/518940.html?view=pointstable" It is clearly written that head2head results will be given the higher consideration than net run rate. And India leads by 2-1 in there H2H agnst Sri Lanka..So there is no need to worry for NRR, its just a matter of who wins. And to all guys who are saying tht the pitch was flat then wat happnd to Aus when they played against Sri Lanka on same surface.. They just scored 280/6 in there 50 overs whereas India made 321/3 in just 36.4 overs.. So just stop crying and whinging abt Indian team......Anyways Congrats to Indian Team.......

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | February 28, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @rmehta- Sigh! Not sure if its your ignorance or haven't followed Cricinfo, but Aus needs to just beat SL .Even if its by 1 run,Ind are through.Follow the rules buddy,there aint no net RR criteria,the first priority is no of wins and Ind lead SL by 2-1.

  • POSTED BY jjamie15 on | February 28, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Well played and what a knock from Kohli - assuming that the greats will leave when they are ready and not before (there is nothing more classy than knowing when to step down), how long do all of the promising Indian players coming through have to wait?

    Throwing 3-4 of them in when the trio of greats (& Sehwag?) decide to step down is not succession planning, in any walk of life. It's a real shame to see players such as Kohli, Sharma, et al's development held back and not being afforded the same right that Sachin, Dravid and VVS were at their age.

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | February 28, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    its been a couple of hours, and its unbelievable....i mean i literally cannot believe it. give credit to India. Sanga did say after the world cup final, that this (Indian) side had the best batting line up in world cricket and here is the proof. well played India. but Mahela must be seriously asked about why he did not take the bowling power-play immediately. That was a real poor bit of captaincy. I only realized this after the 20th over. and guess what happened between over 15 to 20, India added 42 runs anyway. so what was the point of delaying it?

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Now if SL wins (or if it rains) and goes to the finals, Ind can be counted as unlucky as Ind have beaten SL twice ;) So Bret Lee virtually stood in India's way and Hussey offered his hand of God to deny India! If only Dhoni's shot had been a yard away in that tied match or had Hussey been given out or Sachin recalled, it might have been a different story. Even in the tests, it was just Ponting and Clarke who made the difference. If India had managed a bit more in the first test first innings, it would have been a different story.

    Great - you fought today - that is important., thats what we want :) Never mind if you don't go to the finals.

  • POSTED BY Deccancharggers1 on | February 28, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @RUMEHTA...If Aus beat srilanka India will be through...I think its gonna happen

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    and folks lets not get carried away and say cuz of how we played today we are known as world champs and the hooplah.. it cant any lower than where they were before this match..rock bottom.. so it aint a surprise they have a shot at this one last time.. by know we know they could have conducted themselves this way each match.. but hey lets face it.. we have a captain in dhoni who takes matters till the last over for crying out loud.. i hope he learnt something from this.. and also remember to know the criteria to qualify..and sound no sheepish whn asked abt it.. as of now.. india have a bright chance for finals.. dont jump on my comment.. i say that cuz of this..india scored 2 victories over srilanka than 1 for the lankans against us.. that makes their next match a must win..IRRESPECTIVE OF RUN RATES OF NRR..so its a 50-50 for both India and Srilanka.. at this stage ..simple as that..do u hear me dhoni..??? u could have known this last match..may be would have put some sense in u..

  • POSTED BY krv954 on | February 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    amazing chase by the indians today. i guess we will find out friday if it was a little too late.

  • POSTED BY big_cheese on | February 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    OK, that was a stupendous win for India. But bear in mind, India HAD to be pushed to the corner to display such an 'annihilating' performance.

    Credit to SL too, they made a similar turnaround in the middle of the tournament.

    Anyway, to the SL & Indian fans - when your team wins, party hard but stop critiquing or belittling the other team.

    Why? For, that makes the fans of the other team hate your team and of course, you (THE FANS) too.

  • POSTED BY AVRAJAN on | February 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Well. Now India has posted an incredible victory.As Wasim Akram the other day nicely observed, everything will be forgotten and the same team and batting order will continue and India can lose another fifteen one dayers without before criticism again starts.

  • POSTED BY ravichakra on | February 28, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Not sure why we Indians cannot show the correct perspective. Quite a few comments suggest that it was a good start. Reality is 52 out of 321 is not really a great start. So have the gumption to call a spade a spade. So reality is both openers were mediocre and that includes the so called great Sachin.

  • POSTED BY jyotex on | February 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Now the question is .. if they are up against Aussies again in this series will this explosion happen again ? Given the kind of consistency our batsman have demonstrated !

  • POSTED BY thegoodgame on | February 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    As an Indian, while this was exhilarating stuff, nevertheless, I would also like to temper my emotions with the fact that my team has not been consistent. They say form is temporary, class is permanent. I'd like to see class in form and spirit from my team, which sadly has been bruised since the England tour. Champions always go down fighting - not look like weary travellers lost in the desert without water. so while today was a good day, we need more of this. I remember what coach Michael Nobbs said when the Indian hockey team qualified for the Olympics - he said "we may not get a podium finish, but we'll play agressive hockey, the Indian style. We will keep attacking, we may lose, but we'll keep attacking..." thats the spirit I'd like to see ALWAYS from my team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Ultimate match..... Australia Beware

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | February 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @rmehta69 India just need an Aussie win, not Net run rate counts then.... get your facts right buddy.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    but lets face it.. today we got starts from both sachin and sehwag..that doesn make their tour or performance any better.. its abysmal.. whts sad is to see gr8 batsmen being dropped unceremoniously like the recent thing with ponting and curtains for his ODI career..its better to step down with some dignity left.. in that case..Steve waugh.. not many in world cricket had the luck to write their own script.. but sachin so did have that.. but he needs to know..sporadic ODI appearences wont help him not the team..

    And for sehwag.. mother of god.. even kids can predict this stupid shots he played all this australian summer.. to figure how a batsman gonna go abt his innings is onething..but to lure him every single time at the bowlers will..shows how pathetic he is.. yes..he is a gr8 opener..blah blah blah.. but lets face it.. if i get to know wht u gonna comment on this.. that shows i dont care abt wht u gonna say..or i always have something to irk u for replying to his comment.. :)

  • POSTED BY Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on | February 28, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    VERY HAPPY to see India win.....But don't know why they do when it matters for their carriers ,As you all know Board is going to pick squad for Asia cup and there were talks to drop players who didn't perform here.

    it was unbelievable as they can't chase 253 and 281 in 50 overs

    I wished to Lanka enter in final so that an Asian country can win the title and still its much possible too as Aussie are feeling fear against them and they feels India will easily give away match and Lanka will be a big threat

    But if India can do it against Aus too than I would love to see India in Finals and winning the title.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @ osal Desilva : Rpo in this match is 8.75 while in that match was 8.64.check here http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_fielding_first=2;class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=team_overs;orderbyad=reverse;result=1;runsmin1=300;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=team;view=innings

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    marvellous effort from Kohli :-) It would have been better if it is done earlier. But, nonetheless, Congrats Kohli and Team India :) Hoping for Aussie victory on Friday !

  • POSTED BY Aashi_sl on | February 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Well, well, well... it has taken only 37 overs for indian fans to forget what has been happening over last 3 month. well done to indian team on winning today but guys being world champs means giving this kind of performance once in 3 months ?

  • POSTED BY Haqmal111 on | February 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Unbeleavable win by indian!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    check the points table and the rules for qualification.run rate does not matter.check it guys.!!!aus need not win by 275 runs to make india qualify!!!!!!!!!!india are in the race.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    On reading some of the comments on here that Australia will let Sri Lanka win just so they won't want to play India in the finals, is just absurd. Why wouldn't Australia want to play India? They have dominated them all Summer and Sri Lanka have been up until the 2nd innings of the previous match, a side that has been very hard to beat and have been unlucky to lose the matches they have. Though yes it was a great performance tonight, but if I was a Indian supporter, I would be keeping my celebrations to a bare minimum after a disastrously poor showing in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    What a terrific player kohli has been...

  • POSTED BY NoPitchIsDead on | February 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Both teams fully aware of what is the target. SriLanka just have to lose the match in more than 40 overs and they would have done their job today.India did not allow that. Any team who starts on disadvantage position but still wins is great.Really,really great.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | February 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    The one positive thing that stood out today yet again was youngsters shining in this victory. Indian selectors do not need anymore hint than this about the way to go. What everybody wants to see is the intensity shown in chasing down the stiff target. This same intensity got to come out in each and every game, not just when they have their backs to the wall and are about get eliminated from the tournament itself. If only this intensity was there in the tied match in Adelaide, Indian team would not be in such a sorry situation of hoping for some help from Aussies to take them to final. Aussies are sitting pretty and they can choose the opponent they want in the final.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    "If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins" - Its not about runrate now... Srilanka have to win against Australia as India have won against Srilanka more times. Go India!!! :-)...

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @ AlbertEinstein ..Hahaha! that was hilarious :D !

  • POSTED BY WISHnU on | February 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    SOME OF THE SRILANKAN FANS ARE UNAWARE OF WHAT HAPPENING AROUND THEM...EXCUSE ME GUYS IF U LOST AGAINST AUSSIES,INDIA WILL QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS BECAUSE OF THEIR HEAD-TO-HEAD WIN AGAINST U GUYS.....FIRST BEWARE OF THE RULES AND THEN MAKE A COMMENT...anyway last league game is not a dead rubber so first try to win it...

  • POSTED BY sathish008 on | February 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @rmehta69 - For India to qualify for finals, Aus has to just beat SL. No more equation needed.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Australia will like to face India in the final as they have beaten India pretty comfortably. All three games facing India, Australia scored a bonus point. Also mind Srilanka won both the matches against Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Guys Listen carefully NRR has nothing to do with the qualifying team for the final. the qualification is based on head-on-head. if the points end up in a tie,then the team which qualifies for the final will be the the team which has won most number of matches between the respective teams which ended up in the tie so as per now between IND & SL 4 matches r played IND won 2, SL won 1, & a tie. hence IND has won most number of matches against SL so if in case d scores between SL and IND tie even after d final game b/w SL & AUS.. IND will qualify to the final...:)

  • POSTED BY RajOberoi on | February 28, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Srilankan fans:::kindly check the series rules below the points table which ensure that the two team have equal points then the first thing will s the head to head wins in the series......in that India lead 2-1 with 1 tie..... wish the god that SL won the next match otherwise bye bye..... srilanka.....

  • POSTED BY ravichakra on | February 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    One more 300+ score chased by India without contribution from Sachin as usual. Let we Indian fans not forget that one win should not reverse all the negative aspects that were visible during the entire series. Try and overlook this one win and correct those mistakes going forward. Looking at adversity in success is what makes the team a thorough professional. But alas, this victory will overshadow the poor spineless performance of the Indians throughout this summer.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | February 28, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @MBS92, hey mate. Yes, that was absolute annihilation by The Champs. I'm so happy. I couldn't find fault with the critical remarks of most of the Lankan fans because our performances so far have been so bad. I'm sure even many Indians didn't see this coming. So, how can the Lankans fans predict the outcome? I can't fault them. Above all, this is an absolute annihilation. Sanga should know better than writing-off The Champs on foreign soil. That was poor of Sanga I thought. It's like he too proved to be an ordinary bloke who is happy to kick a giant when the giant is down. Doesn't he know that India won the CB series last time and that was in Australia? India won lots of ODIs on foreign soil but Sanga suddenly wakes up and wants to make us believe otherwise. That was pretty ordinary talk from Sanga.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 28, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Congratulations to India on a unbelievably magnificient win! For once the Indian batsmen pulled out all stops and forged ahead with full steam to the task ahead. It was a matter of either chase a huge total of 320 or be prepared to pack your bags. What a display of power batting! What an innings from Kohli - just superb knock under pressure.He is the only bright spot in batting who is a likely successor to Tendulkar - albeit not quite in his class yet. It was also nice to see Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir & Raina making useful contributions @ high S/R. For once the Indian batting showed its might. This was after the Dhoni's poor team selection in keeping Jadeja in XI & Rahul out of it. Not only that, even Irfan was dropped in favour of Jadeja. I felt that India would have been better off with a specialist bowler, Rahul, replacing Jadeja. But Dhoni has to have his way. Attrocious bowling gave 320 - highest total. Thanks to Kohli + batsmen, who saved Dhoni from utter humiliation! Well Done.

  • POSTED BY krishb2w on | February 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @puneet_usa Exactly you told my view. That is the sole reason i am been a fan of INDIAN team since 2002. Even when they lose they have spirit of fighting... usually i see that kind of spirit much in this team under MSD's captaincy. That's the reason i like CSK team too. Its not about winning or losing its about the game you play and fight you show till the last. Really enjoyed this game but still i would rate this in less par w.r.t WC 11.

  • POSTED BY latamanish on | February 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @rmehta69 - Please update yourself my friend. The Net Run Rate doesn't come into picture in this series. If 2 teams are tied on same point then first criteria is the number of wins achieved by them in league phase. If both teams are tied in that as well, then 2nd criteria is head 2 head b/w those 2 teams. In this case India is in front as they have won 2 and lost 1 against Sri Lanka. So, if Sri Lanka lose on Friday, India automatically qualifies for finale.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    yeah!! that is cricket at its best. who had thought that men in blue would chase that 320 in 40 overs!!!! i guess that lanka will lose to the oz. indians, keep the prayers going onnnnnnnnnn

  • POSTED BY i_m_cric on | February 28, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @Sandson:- Mahela took power play in 29th over because he had to take that before 40th over (as per rule that Bowling Power Play Should be Complete before 40th Over).. And India will definitely make it to the finals..as SL are now in tremendous Pressure, they will definitely loose to AUS And also NRR doesn't matter when TEAMS are equal on points...

  • POSTED BY RanjithShettyJordan on | February 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Please read the rules for this series before commenting.

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @rmehta69 ....u have got some wrong information my friend....its head to head victories and not net runrate in the tri series....so sri lanka wont qualify unless they beat australia....if australia beat them by even 1 run india qualfies #FACT

  • POSTED BY SL_D on | February 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    today only India, Friday both India and Australia, you can catch a whale. let's see

  • POSTED BY SriLankanLions on | February 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Well played Kohli and India! I don't really like you because of your big ego as most of the Indian players. But You played one hell of a knock. This was bound to happen in this kind of a flat track. But still it takes some humongous batting effort and that was some serious ass whopping. Still can't believe what just happened. Come on Sri Lanka. There's only one way for us. We can do it!

  • POSTED BY i_m_cric on | February 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @Sandson:- Mahela took power play in 29th over because he had to take that before 40th over (as per rule that Bowling Power Play Should be Complete before 40th Over).. And India will definitely make it to the finals..as SL are now in tremendous Pressure, they will definitely loose to AUS And also NRR doesn't matter when TEAMS are equal on points...

  • POSTED BY amanroy on | February 28, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Oh boy where are the critics hiding? After-all world class champ we are !

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Dammm 321 with 80 balls remaining? Cannot believe it, Sri Lanka the "GOD OF CRICKET" who has DILSHAN, SANGHARKARA, etc etc... took 50 over to make 320 against "USELESS TEAM" of world (poor fielding and poor bowling of India). How we Indian won? lol Or did i just used wrong words for wrong cricket team :O

  • POSTED BY Big_Poppa_94 on | February 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @rmehta69 You're wrong son. If Australia beat Sri Lanka, then India will go through. Why? Because in terms of head to head in this tri seires, India got a 2-1 advantage over Sri Lanka. How do I know and why I am right? I heard it on SKY SPORTS.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    proud to be an kohli fan !! this is what talent is !! ppl say rohit has talent and rubbish !! there is a difference between winning matches in ipl and winning matches for indian team !! and kohli showed he deserved to be the top odi run scorer of 2011 and now carrying tht form in to 2012 !!

    rohit is an ipl player and shd be playing only in ipl !! he never deserved to be in the indian team !!

    virat kohli and gambhir the best chasers for india !!

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | February 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Bravo India,amazing victory.Game of cricket is a great leveler,in our good old days many fellow Indian fans made arrogant comments insulting other teams and we had to get embarrassed by series of defeats.Some of our SL brothers were doing the same today for which they blame Indian fans, insulting and laughing at India ,and writing off all the past achievements of India through virulent comments,they have to eat their words now.Actually there is no need for SL and Indian fans to downgrade each other,both are good teams and in current scenario none of the teams are dominating like Aussies and WI teams of the past,so anybody can emerge victorious on the given day.If you insult others you will get embarrassed,this applies on fans from all the countries.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Thanks to all those who recommended to read all the comments from the bottom of the page. I had a good laugh. The naysayers must be eating their very words. And those who think India is a flat track bully, we made the World Cup Finals in 2003 in SA (we lost only 2 matches - unfortunately both to Aus, the 2nd being the final) Strong support from the top order revolving around Genghis Khan Kohli plundering the Lankans at will. Also, yorkers are yorkers whether it's a flat track or a seaming one. Special treatment for Malinga whose yorkers were dispatched to the boundary with utter disdain by Kohli and even Raina. Finally, relieved to see everybody score and not leave it on Dhoni alone to finish the game at the end. Hope we qualify for the finals. Today's Indian Fan does not switch off his TV when Sachin or Viru get out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Dammm 321 with 80 balls remaining? Cannot believe it, Sri Lanka the "GOD OF CRICKET" took 50 over to make 320 against "USELESS TEAM" of world (poor fielding and poor bowling of india). How we Indian wins? lol Or i used wrong words for wrong cricket team :O

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | February 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @sandson: it was compulsory that SL take the powerplay before the 40th over.

  • POSTED BY bolerocf on | February 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Indians and Lankans have always enjoyed camaraderie and are friendly nations. Why all this hate ? Take a chill pill, folks.

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | February 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    That look on mahela n sangas face after kohli smoked Malinga for 24 runs were simply priceless :) it was like repeat of world cup final :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Please people get your cricket knowledge updated as in this series head to head record is most important rather than NRR. And in that section India is quite comfortable at 2-1 against SL. So SL needs to make sure that they dont lose against Aus or else India will march ahead in finals despite with a poor NRR. Check the commentary where its clearly explained.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @ranga silva - See, all the Gods have it for India....

  • POSTED BY Kadmin on | February 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    As a SL fan, I really ashamed of our fans, as they have been carried away too much, even before the game started. Anyhow Congratz India. Next game is a must win. All the BEST SL.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @ Sri Lankan Fans. I Hate to reply to the comments that bash Team India intentionally but.... I saw some Sri Lankan fans congratulating India too ... that made me post this comment. Although I want India to be in finals but still want to wish Team SL for the next Do-or-DIE clash against Aus. May be best team win.

  • POSTED BY thinktank1 on | February 28, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Malinga was terrible. Credit goes to Indian batsmen.

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | February 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @rmehta69 : Runrate does not matter in this series. If SL looses (whatever may be the margin) then Ind goes to finals

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Quite a few had been confused regarding the possibility of Indian qualification to the finals despite having poorer Run Rate as compared to SL. For them following are the tournament rules:

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows: 1. The team with the most number of wins 2. If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3. If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4. If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY savis on | February 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I feel pity on the Indian fans who become such big critics. Who are you to comment on the team that is representing the nation? Feeling sorry about the initial posts. India has triumphed. No matter what the result of the final league match is. Respect for team India. Respect was always there. Just like an individual fail at times in his personal life, same can happen in Indian team as well. A bad phase and you start hating the team!

    Hypocrite people dont deserve to be called as fans.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Well done India! Remarkable Kohli!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Wow......India is my favorite team today...It was Dernbach's England yesterday...

  • POSTED BY abuukasha on | February 28, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @Indian fans, Aus will not lose to SL on Friday as u r thinking bcoz SL has done much better against them in last 3 ODIs, also Aus will try to go to the final with a win & Aus know the fact that SL wiil be tougher then India bcoz SL defeated them in last 5 ODIs out of 7 played in Aus.

  • POSTED BY sheenu on | February 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Two things need to be understood by all who are still talking about net run rate and also bowling power play. 1. If Sri Lanka lose to Australia, they are out, even if they have a better net run rate than India. This is because, India has beaten Sri Lanka TWICE and Sri Lanka has beaten India ONCE in the league stage. The head-to-head result matters more than the net run rate when thee teams are tied on points. 2. The new ICC ruling has made it MANDATORY for both the power Plays to be comepleted BETWEEN 16TH AND 40TH OVERS. Therefore, Sri lanka could not have opted to take it after the 40th over.It would have been firced on them at 31st over, because India's batting power play would have started in the 36th over. Hoe this answers some questions.

  • POSTED BY mjshaheed on | February 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Those who talk about whether India will qualify or won't qualify for the finals are the ones that couldn't digest the way Indian dusted the Sri Lankans in this match...I don't care if India qualifies for the Finals...this Win over the Sri Lankans is far more satisfying for me!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    It was a day of emotions for both indian & srilankan fans and end of the day winner takes it all . well done team india and good luck for next game team srilanka .

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    The net run rate talk doesn't come into picture....

    how it works is

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY Siddiee on | February 28, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @ JimmyDee - Agree but the team had problems since long and it only got highlighted in Eng & Aus. India has never looked like dominating team overseas and at best came from behind to equal or win the series (albeit occasionally) and were excused as slow starters. Losses doesnt hurt fans as much as lack of intent does. No doubt on the quality of bowlers indian team has faced in eng and aus but i believe at times bowlers are as good as you let them be. We saw the batsmen taking attack to the Lankans and how things changed. Dhoni - please show some confidence in Yadav and use him as a strike bowler, the boy is raw and has much to offer to indian cricket. Good day for indian team but assessment still needs to be done until then enjoy the game and continue to play with intent.

  • POSTED BY Higher_Order_Mutant on | February 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    1. The team with the most number of wins 2. If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3. If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4. If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    If Srilanka lose on Friday, then the first condition cannot break the tie because both IND and SL would have 3 wins 1 tie and 4 loses. Therefore the second clause would come into play. This would send India through the finals, because IND has 2-1 head to head against SL.

  • POSTED BY MitenD on | February 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from the Indian team and especially Virat Kohli. The boy is a superstar already. He has the attitude, the personality and thankfully the game to back it all up. On a sour note, once again, Sachin fails to play the kind of innings in a huge chase that would shut the detractors up.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | February 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    So that tied match in which umpired counted 6 balls instead of 5 has proved to be crucial. UNLUCKY INDIA. Between, this match show that if seniors provide bit of support to youngsters like Kohli and Raina whoo are on their first tour to australia , they can decimate the opposition's bowling attack. All youngsters need is good start by senior openers and Young guns are on their way to Glory. Also Someone before this game was talking about RAINA's technique and compared to DRAVID. I can tell you whatever bad may be raina's technique, DRAVID cannot hit a six to maling and run faster then RAINA when required. Dravid might defend properly with Good technique but runs are also important, that also include hitting 6's , 4's and not just defending and loosing your middle stump 7 times in a row.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    may aussies win the match aganst sl. and then india will play in the finals and probably defeat the aussies to take revenge of the test series yadav must be replaced by rahul sharma.if possible india can play with two spinners and two seamers.and partime by raina, sehwag and rohit./tiwary if india make out to finals then they should think about this india must play with an extra batsmen against the aussies. 1.sachin.2.sehwag3 gambhir.4.kohli.5.tiwary/rohit.6.raina.7.dhoni.8.aswin9.pathan.10p kumar.11 zaheer khan.

  • POSTED BY Shiva3 on | February 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Great match and great win. Kohli's best ever innings. Thank god Dhoni didin't come up in the order.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @rmehta69 I am afraid you have got it all wrong..!!! Run rate has nothing to do with qualification now. If Srilanka loose to Australia, then points of India and Srilanka will remain tied at 15. Because India heads Srilanka 2-1 in 4 matches, India will get through to the finals..So the next match is a virtual Knock out match for Srilanka.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    It was superb batting by the Indian Cricket Team to keep the hopes alive to qualify for the finals. Kohli batted superbly and also Dilshan. Sri Lanka will be lookinf forward to win the last match of tour before the finals gets underway.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @ Fabian Enio Dsilva ..An advice for you - Never talk too much before the job is done :) And I'm sad that Malinga missed out on his first ODI century. :( And I'm sure you must have seen who was looking like "bunch of circus clowns". :-) where Malinga was their leader.

  • POSTED BY rohits. on | February 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Yo Sri lankan Fans ... you know wot ... due to performances like today .. our team is given a tag , which goes as : Team India - ROCK STARS of WORLD CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I really enjoyed the game the most after India's Victory in the world cup. Good Job Done Team India.

  • POSTED BY vinmon143 on | February 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    my dear suve why did yu waste your time in figuring out NRR..you could have simply looked to the points table page with clear rules of qualification at equal ponits..yu poor chap

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @ Umesh Malaka Herath ..And I'm proud to be Indian and you know it better. :)

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Congratulations to India for the best run chase of all times and to Kohli for the greatest ODI knock ever. And a bouquet of white flowers as sympathy to Malinga and Kula for the worst bowling spells of all times.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Anyone who saying Sri lanka gave India to be happy... Come again now listen lil summary that will increase ur interest we done very poor fielding and bowling today and it took 50 over for sri lankan team to make 320 (Damm was massive isn't it) haha and i think it took only 36.4 ball to make India 321 in front of far batter fielding and bowling in respect to 1st inning :) Still you all saying Sri lanka gave chance to make us happy... mean u knew we are the best we can chase it but u thought we cannot chase within 40 and thats what make u all said this anyway... I am happy at least u all know we are best :) thank you

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @rmehta69: Austrailia just have to beat SL for India to qualify for the finals.. the net runrate will not be considered because India has more wins than SL in INDvsSL matches this series...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    CHECK SYDNEY HERALD, IT SAYS IT IS THE 'GREATEST CHASE IN AUSTRALIAN SOIL!' AND 'EVEN IF ITS A FLAT PITCH, THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE INNINGS' AND 'ONLY A TEAM LIKE INDIA CAN DO THIS' AND 'INDIA SHOW A GLIMPSE OF SIGNS WHY THEY ARE WORLD CHAMPS! as they are out of form, IMAGINE IF THIS TEAM WAS IN THE SAME VEINS THEN!' etc etc. PLEASE, to all people who still criticise india, flat or oval or dry or fruity pitch, A REMARKABLE UNBELIEVABLE innings is still a REMARKABLE UNBELIEVABLE INNINGS. 'ACCEPT IT' and 'move on'.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    From srilankan fan-this pitch is entirely good for batsman,no place for blowers,that is why we lost this match.this ground is same near t indian ground..indian people can not play in fast&blowing pitches.we saw that in last matches.we could have scored more than this,but unfortunetly dilshan;s 160 led t loose this match,bez he scored 100runs within 133 balls,it is good for test match,not for ODI&sanga wasted so many balls untill 29th over,,please guys if you want Practise&waste so balls,do it before the match,not in match..so many dot balls.learn from chandimal,he knows how t take singles in every ball&put better score on the board&other thing is we have remember in this groud no chance for blowers,we srilankan can be pround we could win many matches in blowing&fast wickets.i bet indian can not win in fast&blowing wickets..this groud is same as indian pitches..hey mahela,sanga,dili&all members no need t worry,,we srilankn a with u everytime,but put yur all effort t bring it home!!!!!

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | February 28, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    It's now 32 innings since SRT started the hunt for that elusive 100th hundred and his last 50 was 12 innings ago. With only the Asia Cup and the World T20 to come for India in the next 6 months, is it possible that he won't get that landmark century before retiring??? Anyway, SRT issues aside, it was an amazing win for India.

  • POSTED BY St.as.ram.rod on | February 28, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @ca.ganeshd: Dude Seriously.. U r preaching whole world, AU needs to win with Bonus Point for that scenario to come... so merely AU victory is not the solution to India's backdoor entry..

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @ RMCroos ...Good Morning ! Team India have just done what you had NEVER dreamed of. :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Guys before you break out the calculator and come up with meaningless number on NNR please read the rules...

    - The team with the most number of wins - If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins - If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points - If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    So it is simple... if Srilanka loses the game against Australia they are out.

  • POSTED BY Spicydevil on | February 28, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    shame on guys posting silly comments here and ruining the moment of great win by india... both side did good job its just that indians were better today... both sides have amazing talents so don't argue about malinga being flop and kohli being best.... on his day malinga can scare crap out of kohli and on his day what kohli can do he proved it.... it is a nice win so keep it that way and please stop silly talks about who is better and all...

  • POSTED BY SRT_211503 on | February 28, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    India didn't desreved to be in the finals...but after this amazing performance India rocked the whole cricketing world...All the best India hope dat Lankans lose to the Aussies...

  • POSTED BY srt_mkp on | February 28, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @rmehta69 the net runrate does not matter now...if australia beat srilanka by any margin india qualify on account of the league matches which india lead 2-1.....before making comments check the facts buddy...

  • POSTED BY xxxCRICKET_LOVERxxx on | February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    WELL DONE INDIA.......~ A SRI LANKAN CRICKET FAN (But hate that spinner..Ashwin. my bad) :) :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    India is so lucky to have a amzing player like Virat Kholi.also there r lot of young talents like raina.it is the thing IpL that they found lot of palyers.It is clear that indian cricket is safe for next 15 years without greatest player like sachin.but i really feel this is a really batting wicket no supprot for bowlers.There r only 7 wickets.India was in a do or die situation in this tournament.That's why they decided to chase the target even won the toss.in a batting wicket like this chasing is not difficult if a team hav quality big hitting players.If india batted first today,srilanka also may have won the game bcoz if a team can have better start they chase like indians.But indians r great bcoz they were under pressure situation.As a srilankan I feel that indian players r alwas positive than srilankan players bcoz srilankan player r slow in their first 30 overs alsway having poor run rate below 5.it is the big different otherwise srilankan may have scored more than 320.

  • POSTED BY kimian on | February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    I was very sad when one of the commentators of cricinfo ridiculed India by saying that India being world champs is a joke and the Americans wont understand that.....but Indians Proved they are Champs !!!!

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @ mcsdl ..... Kiddo, ask you favorite Malinga whether Indian batsmen are just flat track bullies or hard nuts to crack on foreign soil too. :-) Btw, your Ace Malinga just missed out on his first century. U know it ? :)

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | February 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @@RMEHTA69@@@- Where are you getting all your calculations from?? Just wondering???

  • POSTED BY ptnair on | February 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Hello Hello... where are all those people who were saying "India's time is over...Ask Sachin to retire" blah blah blah... This is the reply for all those back stabbing Indians and for Cricinfo. There was one Sri lankan friend who was asking Indian team team to pack up... what happened now ...

    Well done India, we have proven to the world that we are champions..May be our time is not good, but still we are champions... how many times a team had taken 300+ in less than 40 overs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    AND THATS WHAT I CALL A PERFORMANCE, well played VIRAT, now india make it to final or not but today's performance boost team and help in forthcoming matches. virat played very good today but today the start given by sehwag and sachin is tremendous and made foundation for other batsman. they played today only for win and that what team needed throughout the tour. now hoping we make it to final.........

  • POSTED BY AJK795 on | February 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @rmehta69 No they don't. Even if Australia beat SL by one run, india should make it to the finals. This is coz India have a 2-1 lead over SL in this series

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | February 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Key Sri Lankan players depend on IPL rather than SL Cricket.

  • POSTED BY abhyudayj on | February 28, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    THIS IS WHAT EVERYONE EXPECTED FROM THIS INDIAN TEAM,NO MATTER IF INDIA QUALIFIES OR NOT,THEY END THE TOUR ON HIGH

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Why some people r still commenting that India cant qualify even if Aus wins next match.... For those people see the tournament rules then comment in this page....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Don't believe SL kept bowling Malinga, Kulasekara, Perera who were leaking 12.5, 8.5+, 8+, when they had Herath (5). Mathew (6.5) & Mahroof (7). Jayawardane, you have any explanation!

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | February 28, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Thank you India for finally waking up. Take some strong coffee and stay awake a little longer, in case you qualify.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | February 28, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    India just showed the world why we are The Champs. Well done Champs! Out of the world victory with mind numbing numbers! Absolute Annihilation!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @Brumby90 : I think u need to look up into the articles before and for the matter of fact, the final berth is NOT based on runrate but based on Head to head record.. India has 2-1 record against SL and in case of equal points, India will get through..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Whatever Happens in SL vs Aus match,India have showed that they care about Spirit of Indian Cricket and for all those who complained about IPL.,I give you the reason for my fondness to IPL

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ eshanp ..."Posted by eshanp on (February 28 2012, 07:19 AM GMT) Oh well, won the toss, that excuse is out the window. India is simply not good enough at this level. Wasim Akram says this is like watching 1960's cricket. To be frank it would have been better to play Bangladesh or Zimbabwe this tournament." Its high time that you concentrate on your studies. :-)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    see u in final aussies..................................................................

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @ Jacob Paul ..."Posted by Jacob Paul on (February 28 2012, 07:09 AM GMT) I feel its Sri lanka who is gonna get the bonus pt..LOL..No way india gonna bat full 50 overs." Rightly said. Indian finished the job in 36.4 overs. :-)

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @ Naseer Mohammed .. ... Shame on you. Just because a few Indian supporters wrote some negative comments about Team India that too due to anger, you perceived it as the opinion of all Indian fans ? What an idiotic logic ! And who is being jealous ? Not us, dude. :) I wish your Team SL good luck for the clash against Aus. Lets see how your team handles the pressure in a Do or DIE situation.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | February 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    ohh finaly something to Indian.. now again they all started boasting India... like @ Darshin Vyas...forgetting what hapend in last few matches.. these is a flat track that is why they won like this.. othrwise would have seen the same fate... Its bad balling by SL, gave them this victory... Be patience one more game is there...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    This is how you do it style! We are world champions and performances like today prove why we are the best! Beware Australia, the Indian tigers were sleeping while foxes and wolves were making hay. :) now we are awake and that too in style :) Bring it on! And by the way SL fans, there is no NRR rule in this CB series edition. Check out the deatails. Its purely points based system this time around. Cricinfo please publish! Chak de India

  • POSTED BY nilb on | February 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I think SL lost a batting "Race" with a Indian flat track bullies. Doesn't change anything. SL is still the better team in fast pitches.

  • POSTED BY xxxCRICKET_LOVERxxx on | February 28, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @ Indian Fans....CAUGH..CAUGH........

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    lets pray fr d next match.........

  • POSTED BY sagar.srinu on | February 28, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    INDINS REAL WORLS HEROS. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MATCH

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @ Rohan Perera ... U got it right, 'mate'. We surely are World Champs. :) Ask Malinga, if you don't believe me. :|

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | February 28, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @ lazyplayers ..... "Posted by lazyplayers on (February 28 2012, 06:24 AM GMT) C'mmon Indian fans. Lets start with our excuses and the greatest batsman etc etc." Did Indian batsmen prove their greatness yet again ? :O Ouch ! It must have hurt. :)

  • POSTED BY heshy44 on | February 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I still think Australia would prefer to play India in the final. Psychologically they have a massive edge on them whereas Sri Lanka probably have that edge on Aus at the moment. Don't forget India have taken a bit of beating from the Aussies all summer. Either way, as an Indian fan...ill be rooting for Aus on Friday!!

  • POSTED BY 101zain on | February 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Congratulations India wat a win!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    A lot of SL fans here have commented before India batted. They took victory for granted and spoke too soon. Now they have to eat humblie pie and thats humblie is not a spelling mistake. Just goes to show that cricket is a game which is not lost or won till the last ball is bowled and the game has its own way of humbling and surprising. However more than the victory it would have been such satisfactory and invaluable sight to see the faces of those SL fans who spoke too soon just when Kohli hit the last four.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 28, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Good win for India & amazing batting by Kohli. But I can't understand the overjoy of some of Indian fans here. Getting in to the finals by chance is not a heroic thing. Even this is not that. This is something like "chance of getting in to the finals by chance". So do you still have to talk anything about that?

  • POSTED BY RTR160 on | February 28, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    What a Fantastic chase by India..... Kudos to All top 5 batsmen... Especially for Virat for his wonderful innings ..Hope sriLanka will lose against Aussies in the upcoming match

  • POSTED BY ars84 on | February 28, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @suve - If SL loses to Australia, India will go through because they have beaten SL twice in this series. Run rate does not come into play.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    In cricket Always Team Wins and Country Wins... Not player, Player just make individual performance....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    It was a great game, and , as a neutral , a brilliant innings from Kohli. But how will Australia treat the game v SL now? Had SL won they could have treated it as a workout for the players who haven't really featured yet. But now surely they will have to put out their strongest side, or get roundly and justifiably criticized.

  • POSTED BY Viru99 on | February 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Dear people..its just a cricket match..first of all congratulation India ! well played !..im a ha..well medium core SL fan and i respect all the teams..win or loose, luck or bad luck, not deserve to win or deserve to win i support SL..but its so sad to see 2 of the Asian team fans are saying stuff at each other..c'mon guys we are neighbors and i know some of you dont see it that way but i would love to see SL qualifying to the finals..but if India goes through..Oh baby my support is for India ! Sincerely a Sri Lankan :))

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    congratulations to India for amazing chasing..showing the world that India can also chase the scores with a team which caused lot of embarrassment for past two months. All the Indian mouths which cursed all the way took 360 degree spin and praising our country. Thats what we are..We Are Indians!!

    not many know remember that Lankans chased similar score in England when Jayasuria was in team. dont remember the year actually.

    This is a super flat track anybody with good composure could chase the score. Wonderfull things is that Kholi was in good composure all the through the tour. Full credit goes to him and not to Indian Team.

    Please stop boasting that we are the best in the world. We are best only in flat tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    At this situation it is diifficult for india to enter in to a final... But we are very happy with this wonderful chase of 321 in foreign ground.... its a Gr8 work by the world champs.... Youngsters with senior mentors(not in form) is the secret of success....

  • POSTED BY bMike on | February 28, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Let me ask something. If SL win next match against Aus then SL can go to the top of the point table & India will be last. Being the top of the table (before the finals) could have been the dream of all 3 teams before starting this CB series. So as SL still have the chance to go to that so why Indian fans are so much overjoy with this single win? SL played far better than India throughout the series. Aus & SL deserve to be in finals.

  • POSTED BY ChamiExtreme on | February 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Hey India....! This is just a little backward because of we have a big problem in Geneva... If we do not loose this match India will not support to us in Geneva. The same thing happened to us in the WC final too.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 28, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Time to give Rohit and Jadeja and the rest the same opportunity as Kohli or not at all. It's unfair on them to expect them to come in and perform in such a stop-start manner and drop them when they don't win matches for India and yet select Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ghambir despite poor performances and low scores and justify their inclusion on the back of important but increasingly rare contributions such as today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @Indian_Cricket_Crazzzy take out this match and the ' BATTING EMPERORS' look quite ordinary and india didnt exactly achieve the impossible, few years back we knocked out 320 odd runs within 40 overs against england so it has been done in the past. @maddy20 most of the 'silly' comments were made by indians who lost faith in the team with their recent performances. and you say india is the better team? well to me the better team is the one that doesnt have to depend on the outcome of another match to know their fate in the series. and clearly that's sri lanka thanks to some solid consistent performances through out the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I thnk it has to do with our attitude as Indians...we tend to do something which we are said not to do.In cricket though it is that we tend to do something we are not expected to do and we create a mockery of things we are expected to do.We were suppossed to win a test series in Australia after millions of years or something....and we ended up as they say in history.....now Indians are playing much like the Pakistanis in the 90's...unpredicatable if I may say so after today's win.

  • POSTED BY wonderstar1 on | February 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Where are all SL fans now? Is SL really qualified to play ODI? 43 allout aganist SA and now 321 has been chased under 40 overs to a team which is really low on confidence. This is a good lesson for sangakara to keep his mouth shut. I want to tell sangakara that India have a better record aganist SL in overseas as well as in India. I guess Australia will win Friday and win the CB series as well.

  • POSTED BY bravocric on | February 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    dont know why srilankan's scored 320 and loss the match. then how can the srilankan cricket board could afford salary. I beg srilankan's not to play cricket and start some business like biscuit company, so at least they can earn some bucks..the great ploy that mahela had taken was, giving the overs to malinga, even he was being battered by indians. sangakara's century is not an auspicious one.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Writing about a day's THRILLING MATCH -- all in a single web-page -- is a Herculean task but yr Correspondent Siddharth has all his ACES up his sleeves .. Wonderful .. keep it up .. we'd simply love such a story when the Aussies go Down Under against the Team India in the final !!

  • POSTED BY the_dust_bowl on | February 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    In our last match against Australia, Mr. Sanjay Manjrekar commented, "If you want to see an Indian team perform to their potential, push them to a corner".

    Well, the team proved them right today, did'nt they ?

    But look at teams like Australia or England, their performance is always optimal or above par. They give their best every time they step on to the field.

    Long way to go...

    Cheers and congrats indian team on a great win.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    It's Great Win to India with V Kholi...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Simply put it this way. India have more fans and revenues of the best of three finals will be under question if they are out that is why aussie authorities have made such a pitch. anyway it will be good for aussies if indians make the finals as compared to SL.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    No doubt a special innings from Kohli on a true wicket with good support from others including a sub-par SL bowling performance. Indians clearly more comfortable chasing 320 ion subcontinental style conditions against slower pace of SL. but have shown no fight against against the taller, more aggressive Aussie bowlers chasing 270. Hurts to say this as a supporter but it will be a travesty if India go through to the finals ahead of SL who has shown more courage and skill in adapting to Aus conditions than the overpaid and underperforming 'stars' of India.

  • POSTED BY Sugadevan on | February 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Its REALLY hilarious to read the comments in the beginning of the page, comeon dont ever throw words on India, Indians particularly on guys like sachin, they will pay back!! BEWARE!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I saw the pre-match comments from SL fans saying it would so easy for them to win with a bonus point. Take that. Sangakkara earlier in the series said India could only beat SL in India! What a joke. His brain should have drained. India beat them dead down even in SL many times under MSD in bilateral series and Asia cup. SL had upper hand only in matches held in Bangladesh and Pak. Before this series they had only won one game vs India in Australia. Look before you laep. Think before you speak. I remember Sanga as one who portrayed problem with a Johannesburg greeny pitch (though had no swing) in Champions Trophy, when he had no problem with wickets turning square in SL for the same tournaments earlier.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @suve If Sri lanka lose against Aus India will qualify. In the event that both teams are equal on points the team with the most number of wins will qualify. As both teams have won 3 the head to head between the two teams will determine who finishes 2nd. Ind won 2-1-1. If it was 2-2 then it would go on NRR.

  • POSTED BY HariUSA on | February 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    If SL lose next match, then India will be moved into finals :)..here is the rule

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY Kuttaru on | February 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @suve The NRR is not counted here as the Cb Series has the rule of : If two teams come on same points then it will be treated who has won more among them then only comes the Net Run Rate.In that case if SL loses the next match they are tied up with Indians on points and India Has 2-1 includes a tie .

  • POSTED BY chintu_srikanth on | February 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @kosaladesilva, hello!!! boss, that is just a normal ODI ,but where as this match india won under immense pressure n this is their do r die match remind that . .

  • POSTED BY Hursh_Valecha on | February 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Well Played India. The start proved to be very important. So the logic is simple, Get a good start and you have a good chance. In all the innings india lost during chase, we had very poor starts with 2-3 wickets down inside 15 overs. Another important aspect is middle order sustained the pressure and thereby had lots of wickets to chase down 91 runs in 60 balls to be alive in this series. Now, if Aurtralia wins the next match, then we will definately see this indian team to give a tough fight in finals. Will Australia give Sri Lanka a win after seeing the performance from India today :) :) :) ???????????

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | February 28, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    WC runners up take a bow to the world champs.....

  • POSTED BY ca.ganeshd on | February 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @ suve - pls check the rules of qualifying finals. If Australia beat Srilanka in the last match, India is through despite having lower net run rate! If Srilanka wins / ties / or match is abandoned without result, India are out!

  • POSTED BY anand4ma on | February 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    "They done with lots of great temperament and proud. The start gave by Sehwag and Sachin is most important for that kind of chase. Gautam as usual fluent right from the start. Where, Kohli shown great aggressiveness, which he lacking in the tournament. Dhoni should had done better by playing with another spinner in form of Rahul Sharma or gave chance to Manoj Tiwary. And also the way our Raina the 'Smasher' batted, is just awesome. I hope Aussies will beat Sri Lanka in their next match.

  • POSTED BY rmehta69 on | February 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    For India to qualify, Aus need to win by margin of 275 - possible but improbable...so congrats to SL for making it to the finals.

    On that account Ind needed to make these runs in 25 overs. All those huge losses earlier on are hurting India now.

  • POSTED BY go_pk_go on | February 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Finally! something to cheer about Indian cricket fans, after having a disastrous tour

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | February 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @suve- Actually its you my friend who is not updated,according to the rules of this series its head to head victories which matter when two teams are tied on same points not the net run rate.If SL loses to Aus , India will qualify directly as they have won 2 matches against SL and SL have won 1 .

  • POSTED BY skumar77 on | February 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    A commendable win but let us not get ahead of ourselves, SL is still in with a chance and we have to still prove our mettle on "other" tracks. But a dazzling win nonetheless.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | February 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @suve- Actually its you my friend who is not updated,according to the rules of this series its head to head victories which matter when two teams are tied on same points not the net run rate.If SL loses to Aus , India will qualify directly as they have won 2 matches against SL and SL have won 1 .

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    This is the Team I support and this is the attitude I want to see in the Indian Team- Win or Loss but give it a fight- Never give up that " Never say Die Attitude"- This win is certainly refreshing since a lot of SL fans bashed the Indian team even before the match started- Well Done boys- You worked hard and played with passion to win. We as Indian fans don't mind loosing but it's just the manner of defeat- we love watching competitive cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Ah so now the IPL is all fine and dandy, huh? ;)

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    An astounding episode of "WHO BOWLS WORST". Australia look a far superior bowling side than India and Srilanka.

  • POSTED BY Brumby90 on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Not that cricinfo will allow this post as usual, but the people need to seriously take a look at the points table India has no chance of making it to the finals. Its humanly impossible due to the large run rate gap. Why the media makes out India is still alive is beyond me. Even if SL were bowled out for zero India still would not qualify.

  • POSTED BY RanilDeSIlva on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    *The team with the most number of wins *If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins *If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points *If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY MrBrightside92 on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Well done INdia and esp Kohli..my fav Indian player..fantastic batting performance, I do hope you qualify and go onto win. You were doing this sort of thing for fun against Eng...even IN England (making scoring look easy...not scoring 320...Eng never got close to 320!)...so was finding it unfathomable that you couldn't chase 237 in a prev match. Also glad it was not down to Sehwag or Sachin. I couldn't follow the updates when Sachin was in...due to internet demand I guess but soon as he was out it was fine...Hmmmm...any clues? Also, SL were finding some form right before Eng tour so there's nothing wrong with a blow to the knackers to knock the confidence! World Champions finally arrive...a welcome tonic for Mr Gravitas no doubt!

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | February 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Like some one said....The Gods have delivered...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    i think & remind match winners some time only born like ricky ponting, brian lara, inzamam.. next generation legend virat , iam proud iam indian

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I was wrong about Kohli after seeing him in his 1st two test series and is now repaying the faith shown in him by Cricket India. Kohli said that today he corrected mistakes made in the previous CB games. It's high time to show faith in other young players also and let them learn from their mistakes. We will probably lose games in the short run but the experience will stand them in good stead for the future. After all it took Sachin nearly 70 games before registering his first ODI ton. The bowling on the other hand continues to be a problem with no solution in sight.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @Both subcontinet fans, choose youself who want to get defeated by Australia in finals, thats what gonna materialize from Sunday. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY abhi026 on | February 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    So now something to chear for indian fan,infact so much to.Today it was looking different indian team altogether.I think 40 over factor helped team ,because the went mercilessly to the bowlers.Otherwise they would have thought of saving wickets in first ten overs but eventually could have lost couple of wickets for not many run.They lost couple in first ten but after 80 odd runs.So bonus point factor really helped team.as an indian fan I expect aussie to go hard at sl to knock sl out. One question that comes first in the mind that will aussies select the team they want to play in final.But this will not be easy because sl is the most consistent team in the tournament but today the way india played they could be fearing with this performance.I hope aussies will play like a normal game and try to win it.Quiet odd to say but india will chear for ausssies on friday. GO AUSSIE GO.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @suve the NRR is obviously in favour of SL but in this series Head to Head matters more than NRR in equal points as pointed out by commentators. India leads SL 2-1 H2H so if SL loses to Aus then it will be India qualifying for finals. Its a tricky situation and has ensured that the last rubber wont be dead for sure. And finally some spine from the Indian batting with Kohli's masterclass at the peak. The cover drive will be his signature move now. And hard luck SL and will expect a tough and interesting match against Aus. Cheers

  • POSTED BY Anushka87 on | February 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @Vijay51982

    Is that so funnyyy Hahahahaahahah

  • POSTED BY ManjunathMC on | February 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    One of the best matches in recent year...

    What a knock by Kohli... Brutal and brilliance...

    Now it all depends on Srilankans, though they are not in same pressure as India...

    CB series again became really interesting...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    i am aussie but a brilliant batting display from kohli (the only true in form indian). Very well played. But how does it make india no. 1? The 85' west indies and 2000-2007 australia could do these sort of victories quite regularly. especially the west indies. and this match does restore reputaion (0.01% for india) but still doesn't make it an excuse for the supposed demolition series for india against astralia. 4-0 is terrible. but still this series might have a sting in its tail...

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | February 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Feel sorry for Malinga ,Missed his Hundred may be by 1 ball and a strike :) Imagine if he had bowled his full quota of 10 overs 142 runs 1 wicket :)

  • POSTED BY JimmyDee on | February 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    So it takes what is probably the last match, at the end of a pitiful and woeful tour, to actually show intent and purpose when confronted with a difficult task! Frankly this game sums up the entire Indian performance during this season. All promise with little or no result to justify it. These so called million dollar players have shown nothing to the world audience and have done nothing but frustrate spectators and scribes alike. Let's not even mention the last 2 test series! Congrats on the win, but all it raises is 'What could have been'!

  • POSTED BY ausfor4 on | February 28, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Wow India, where did that come from!? Congrats to Kohli, what a knock!

  • POSTED BY taniap on | February 28, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Praise should go where praise is due.... well done India! I am sure SL will come back and win against Aus and come to the finals. Good luck boys!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Waiting for stats of this match to come..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    most of the 'funny' comments posted at the half way stage are by indians . glory hunters one win and you forget everything the same way lose a few matches and the 'fans' scream for change!

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Kohli did well but i am still going to praise Sehwag for the start.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | February 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Wow where did that come from? Where have this India been all year?

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This is what IPL have done it for India. IPL rocks.

  • POSTED BY AlbertEinstein on | February 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Very impressive performance indeed (coming from Pakistan). Would you guys consider swapping Virat Kohli for Junaid Khan or Wahab Riaz ?

  • POSTED BY rmehta69 on | February 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Enjoyed the power hitting by Indian batsmen and Kohli was at his majestic best and Raina started straightaway in 4th gear - never easy to come and start hitting from the word go.

    Having said that, Dhoni was right that as this is only a consolation win for India. There is no way SL NRR will fall below India's after match against Australia. Just wait for the statisticans to work through them - I already have...Australia will need to make 350 in 50 overs and bowl/ restrict SL to 75 - statistically a possibility but as my 10 yo son says it is also possible to make 1000 runs from one ball...

  • POSTED BY harsh742 on | February 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @suve---If srilanka loses, India will qualify to the finals.

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows: 1.The team with the most number of wins 2.If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins 3.If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points 4.If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    So, as india has won 2 matches and lost only 1 match against srilanka, they need srilanka to lose only.

  • POSTED BY VVS_a_class_act on | February 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @suve Mate you looked like a gem in maths, but missing a small traick. If the teams tied on their points, then next criteria is that head-to-head performance. So Ind Vs SL played :4 , IND Won :2, Sl:1, Tie:1. So guess who is ahead??????

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Wish you all the best team india, and virat for played traffic innings.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @ being,true friend,i am still laughing.!

  • POSTED BY St.as.ram.rod on | February 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @Indian_Cricket_Crazzzy: hey is that the name ur parents kept for u... cause it suits u dude... I repeat its u crazzzy chest beaters who demean our cricket and let the money mongering BCCI take advantages... Seriously i m ashamed to be an Indian with ur comments... how short sighted..

    @ satish619chandar: If ur uncle was a girl she would be Aunty... haha Dude this type of batting is the reason why we are out of the final and manage to win just two matches... Srilanka took a battering in SA and Aus is in rebuilding phase and still we managed this, if we continue this style.. we will keep winning big only one match in a whole tournament.. I knw and Dhoni confessed they will have beer and go to pubs and have no shame for what they did 2 months on this tour.. Shameless!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Now India . . . if you can only inflict this kind of annihilation upon the Ausies you would truly make my day.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | February 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Outside India India bat well occassionally if conditions suit. Lets see if Kohli can do it against Australia if India reach the finals. When India bowl it is so boring. Ashwin is so boring but could retain his place to open batting; if not number 3. I have noticed it is difficult to dislodge him. Then don't be fooled. Sehwag must not be given another chance. He will definitely fail against Aussies. Since India can't experiment at this time Rohit must be drafted back temporarily. If he proves well and good. Rahul Sharma should replace Jadeja. It doesn't look fair but there is no vacancy for Irfan. Since Umesh's pace adds some variation to the attack he must be persisted with. Praveen is a good bowler. However the real change should happen is in the fielding; the body language and attacking fielding that should worry opposition batsmen; otherwise it will always be easy for batsmen against India.

  • POSTED BY Sanoop_r on | February 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    @Ramesh Somanathan: Think its time for you to adorn the green and white costume with the crescent moon and the star !!!

  • POSTED BY buccinator on | February 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I feel sorry for Malinga, but that is really possible thing to happen with bowlers with a special action, that they might misdirect the radar and could go wayword. I think Malinga hasn't been himself for this whole tour, and if you go through the stats you might see that. Its not really good to blame him or corner him, as he had delivered in the past and will hopefully continue to do so in the future for SL,,,, and also for Mum.Indians.

  • POSTED BY sehwagbhajji11 on | February 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @Suve,

    Sorry!! It looks like you are not following the rules. Its not the Net Run Rate which makes you into final when the teams have same points

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    *The team with the most number of wins *If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins *If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points *If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    If Australia wins on Friday, India and Sri Lanka will be having same points (15) but India is ahead in head to head matches with Sri Lanka (2-1). So Australia doen't need to score 400 and all out Sri Lanka for 100. even a one run victory by Australia, India will make into finals.

  • POSTED BY krishstarofcricinfo on | February 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Someone is saying that this is Master's last match at Australia, but not at all. A century is waiting for him there in the finals..........

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Its pretty shame for Dilshan scoring his two highest score of 160's still loosing.

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | February 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @suve - hahahaha.... funny comment... Hope you don't know the rules & regulation of the CB Series. Head to Head victory will be considered first and then followed by Net Run Rate in case of level in head to head clash. hope you now understood that sri lanka has must win competition with Australia.....

  • POSTED BY karthik_99 on | February 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    its not about a million or billion population..there will be only 11 players in a side in cricket. its all about the game. and every comment going odd really needs rehab. praise the spirit.

  • POSTED BY RTR160 on | February 28, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Indian Team does the Impossible

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | February 28, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @ facebookers (February 28 2012, 05:42 AM GMT), (February 28 2012, 06:32 AM GMT), (February 28 2012, 06:56 AM GMT), (February 28 2012, 07:09 AM GMT). Really appreciate all your comments - ha ha ha I'm on the floor on the floor LOL. Your comments and Kohli's innings have been the only bright spot for an Indian supporter in another and otherwsie embarassing overseas tour. I didn't think it was possible to bowl worse than India but SL managed it.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    //Goes to show that when it comes to flat wickets, there is no team better than team India haha You still dont deserve to be in the Final!// Though still no other team is the best in any conditions.. SA is equally better in bouncy tracks to aussies..and england..

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | February 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Wow was India waiting for the finals to show their performance. If thats true I will enjoy them to see in finals.I heard someone said its really important to perform when its needed its really important. It will be very funny if Sri lanka knocked out of series after having two easy chances. Way to go India keep Playing like this.

  • POSTED BY krishstarofcricinfo on | February 28, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    It is Kohli's Day. I think from now onwards Malinga will never dare to to bowl to Kohli.

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | February 28, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Congrats to Team India but I just wish that they should have done this before.I knew this match would be a cakewalk for India because from what I noticed while Sri Lanka was batting there were hardly any deliveries that troubled the batsmen. Sri Lanka had many wickets in hand and they barely played many shots in anger. Clearly they had a disadvantage for not understanding what an ideal score should be on this wicket. The only thing I doubted was that India would win inside 40 overs but they proved better than any of us thought. My dad told me that I was a fool watching this 1-sided match....and then at the end of the match he says" this was the best match he has ever seen"...LOL!!!!

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 28, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I feel Australia will be happy to see India in finals since they have worked out them.

  • POSTED BY RahulRanjanIndian on | February 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @Dilshan Fernando and all SL fans...if SL loose next game then india will go to final because....

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    * The team with the most number of wins * If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins * If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points * If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    Case1 will be eliminated if SL loose to Aus... Case 2 In the series india has defeated Sl 2 times where as SL only1 time....so Ind will go to finals....

    so cheers!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY avinash200j on | February 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @Suve - Hello mate if two teams finish at the same points after the league stage then it's their "Head to Head" record that's going to be considered not the "Net run rate"..as India leads sl by 2-1 ....India just needs sl to lose the match against the Aussies....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Probably the best win ever by india in Australia soil..........It's only possible due to the Virat innings of Virat Kohli

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    its a very good match..indeed..congratz for india..we saw that sri lankan feilding plan is so bad and indian batting is awesome..Btw some indian fans keep saying that they are the best..i want to mention this for you my friend..one good match doesn't mean india is the best..also now you have to pray on australiya team...I think if india is the king in cricket they dont need to pray on others..lol so be with it..india is not the best team in cricket..we will show you that on friday and finals....

  • POSTED BY rahul31888 on | February 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    To all those who are confused as to how india will qualify, this series is not based on nrr. The number of wins of teams against each other with same points will be counted to determine who will go through. So, if Sri Lanka lose against Aus, India will go through as India have two wins against Sri Lanka in comparison to Sri Lanka's one against India.

  • POSTED BY buccinator on | February 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    First, well played India! Its a deserved victory. But as a Srilankan what I couldn't understand is why Mahela haven't used Rangana Herath more,,,, His 4 overs cost only 20 runs and you know that when the charge is onn in the middle overs, you tend to MISHIT more against spinners. Second, why the Indians have to fight with SL fans over some rogue comments. The best thing to do and to hope that either of us beat Australia and bring the cup home.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    to all who didnt the qualification to the finals calc.. here it is in brief..

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    its in that order the qualification system goes..from point 1 to point 5 or 6 whtever.. so technically india scored 2 victories over Sri lanka.. so net run rate has no use in here..only a WIN to srilanka against aussies on march 2nd will seal the doors for india ..if sri lanka looses..they pack their bags..if they win..they meet the aussies in the best of three finals..SO ITS A WAITING GAME TILL MARCH 2ND for indian team..going by the saying "anything can happen.." who knows ..India might just sneek into the finals..i wouldn count srilanka out yet.. they arent down and out..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    This is exactly called as team work. good start by the openers followed by good steady rotation of strike then at the end some fabulous hitting to finish the match.

  • POSTED BY annys on | February 28, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Everyone wonders how can BCCI be so arrogant and so unorganized and still run cricket with great profits, well the answer can be found by just reading the reactions for this article ahhhhaahhaha. 4-0 in england,4-0 in australia shame on us.

  • POSTED BY VJ.Harry on | February 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    End of the day, Optimism wins it....we have it in us but the problem is we failed to deliver at the right moment. we did today and boy we did in style...Gr8 team effort which is evident from the all the batsmen's strike rates...lets hope the Ozies come up with a win to present the series to us with 2-1 deficit...

  • POSTED BY lencycricketer on | February 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    what a great win for india... hey srilankan fans take it... even india not qualifying for the final.. this win enaf for indian fans.. great chase. cangrats dhoni and co

  • POSTED BY CATerpiller on | February 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @KosalaDeSilva.... I cant see the word "Pressure" in the links you have sent :):)...nothing against the greats though..but not applicable here buddy...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka is still ahead inn the hearts of the fans. the pitch was easy and still tendulkar could not make it. Aussies have kept iit tied and saved themselves by making such a pitch. aussies also doing india like things. It is normal performance from India if Kohli and Dhoni go then they go otherwise go down.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    This Guy Virat Kohli really recalled my memories of Our Little Master's play against Australia at Sharjah Semi finals - the famous Desert Storm game in 1998 ... And a match to remember for Team India after WC 2011 finals ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    India did 100%++ on a flat track but yet they are at the bottom of the points table. I dn't think they will qualify for the finals as the net run-rate is yet in the lower side. However Mr. vijay mallya must be happy as his horses are running good whilst Mrs.Ambani must be crossed fingers by seeing Malinga's form.

  • POSTED BY CrissCross786 on | February 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @suve& others read this

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

    India will qualify for the final if Srilanka loses to Australia cause India has more head-to-head wins, runrate dosent matter here.

  • POSTED BY Poojask on | February 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Superb Performance by World champs!!!!!! Much needed blast at the opening by Shewag and Sachin.(I know it was very short but 48 in 5 overs gave india a hope that they can win) Gambhir as usual steady but sensible batting... and real rockstar Virat.. Hats of to you.. And ofcourse equally important stand provided by Raina A complete performance..

    Ps Virat... A special thanks to u from the die-hard sachin fan.. For proving him one more opportunity to score his most awaited centuary in CB series final (hoping that aussies will beat lanka) His one knock is enough to silence his critics.. So Thanks a lot Virat.. You rock...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Team Australia, If you still have any ideas of winning this series, better lose to Team Srilanka in your next match ... If not you will be the next victim of the encounter by Team India Insha Allah ... Beware!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Malinga just 4 short of his century..So sad!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Here is the reason I liked this inning. First of all it had all the glamour from Virat, Tendukar and Sehwag to make both Aussies and Lankans feel the heat. Aussies wouldn't want to play India now and so I wouldn't be surprised if they decide to lose from Lanka. Secondly, Lanka was demoralized and battered by Kohli. Whatever they may do now, they have lost the edge to win this competition.

    India and Australia would make the best fight in this competition. If Aussies have the guts to take it, they should take Lanka match seriously. On the other hand if India makes it to final, they are taking the cup.

  • POSTED BY loverohit14 on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @suve ----india hav beaten sl twice and hence ind will qualify if aus win it doesn't matter if the net run rate is high or not.......:P

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    What was that ....... a storm

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Masha Allah ... Love You Team India ... The Way you played today, made me to forget the bad time which we had in England & in Australia till this match ... Virat Kohli you really deserve a special mention ... Outstanding ... Brave decision to chase by our captain MSD ... No matter, We go to final or not(It is now depend on other teams work), You(Team India) really made us Proud ...

  • POSTED BY loverohit14 on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @suve ----india hav beaten sl twice and hence ind will qualify if aus win it doesn't matter if the net run rate is high or not.......:P

  • POSTED BY Srish75 on | February 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Good batting performance by kohli,really masterclass. Team India proved they are the champions.< Srilankan>

  • POSTED BY MikeyRos on | February 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    @I.RAGHURAM One flukey losers-luck win doesn't make you world champions and doesn't erase the memory of such poor performances overseas! India are still the laughing stock of world cricket, flat track posers who do not deserve to be in the finals. I sincerely hope for the sanity of world cricket that SL beat Australia on Friday!

  • POSTED BY nesith on | February 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    @suve you may not have read the tournament rules net run rate is the last criteria to be used to break the tie between SL and IND as per rules if two teams are tied first it will be the head to head i.e how many games have IND wond over SL --- that will be 2-1 therefore no need for other criteria IND go through so SL need to win on Friday doesn't matter if its by 1 run or 1 wicket

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    India will enter into the finals

  • POSTED BY Scube on | February 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Indian team can rightly cherish this amazing feat, but hopefully they realise that one swallow doesn't make a summer! You don't have to consistently perform like this, but you can't be awful every day and come up with a miracle once a while! Hope, Dhoni will get rid of RJ, Rohit & Parthiv for good and bring Manoj Tiwari, Rehane, Pujara and Dinesh Karthick back into the mix to move forward in the right direction!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    What Can You Say. Super batting By The Indians. Off Day For The Sri Lankan Bowlers. As a Sri Lankan Fan I Have To Raise My Hat To Virat. Super Innings. Sad To See Malinga Go For So Many Runs Though. Credit Should Be Given to Where Credit Is Due. Great Performance INDIA.

  • POSTED BY SRIKANTH435766 on | February 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    It' s wonderful performance by VIRAT KOHLI.. Finally a superb innings came from indian betting track.........:) .. Today i really enjoyed alot.... I think almost india knocked out from the series....:(..........Any way a happiest moment in worst tour for TEAM INDIA............

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Beware, IPL promotion started.... Money Money Money

  • POSTED BY ameen85 on | February 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Well it was a nice stroke from Kholi. Well done boy, but its not the best game. One of the best games, coz Sl had chased 321 vs England in England in 37.3 overs where Jayasuriya smashed 152 runs off 99 deliveries.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | February 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Well I guess a retraction of my earlier statement is in order. Where has 'this' India been all summer? Outstanding chase. Almost unbelievable in fact

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Well done and congrats India.It is the unpredictable nature of the game and full credit to Indian team for that display.It was a flat track that suited Indian style batting very well.Srl Lankans realized it bit late and their slow start cost them the game.However,we are not out yet.Forget it and get on with the next match and if we play focused we have no reason not to win that match.After all ,all three teams played very well and best two will go to the finals.Good luck SL.

  • POSTED BY sajjathhus on | February 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @suve, India had won 2, tied 1 and lost 1 against Sri Lanka. Hence net run rate will not come into picture if Sri Lanka lose their last match against Aus....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @SUVE the first criteria of deciding on the final teams if the points are leveled is not the NetRunRate but the number of head to head wins between the two teams, which is india 2-1 srilanka. Thats why if SL loses on friday india qualifies for finals.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | February 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    wow wow wow so that is what i call a performance.keep that up india best wishes from a pakistani.

  • POSTED BY 101zain on | February 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Congratulations India wat a win!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY fairness on | February 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    INDIA To our critics, We love our cricket!! To Lankans, poetic justice!! To Rajapakse - Karma will prevail!

  • POSTED BY loverohit14 on | February 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @suve-----india have beaten sri lanka twice and that's why india will b qualified for the finals if aus wins the match.the net run rate doesn't matter ..:P

  • POSTED BY cricket_slcsupport on | February 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    This not the end of the world for Sri-Lanka. They've got another game in hand. Of course we can settle the account with India when we meet them again during the Asia Cup. This loss will make Sri Lanka strong and bold to face the Oz team. Best of Luck Sri Lanka for the next game and for the Finals.

  • POSTED BY kas82 on | February 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    now all is well with this indian team :) one good win makes up for all the other loses! Let's pretend they didnt get thrashed by England and Aussies.

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | February 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Time to remind everyone that India are not yet in the final. A Sri Lankan win, or a tie, or a wash-out in the final league game will take Sri Lanka ahead of India on points. If Australia win that match, India will go through though they are tied with SL on points. India are 2-1 up on SL on head-to-head now, with one tie.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Dont know what to say . . . . . Just Amazing . .;o)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @suve please check the below thing mate ...With out winning a match it is nearly immposible for srilanka to reach finlas. Your caluclation net runrate comes into consideration at the 4th clause where srilanka fails in the first clause it sefl...luck you ;) wake up sid !!

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @ Mr suve, net run rate won't come into play,India defeated lanka twice,and lanka defeated India once.so its India vs Australia in finals!

  • POSTED BY Adityamandalemula on | February 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Some of the earlier comments were advising us to forget about the bonus point, that India won't even play 50 overs. Ha haaa, it turned out, we didn't need to play 50 overs after all.

  • POSTED BY WISHnU on | February 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Excuse me MR.SUVE........u are really funny.....first see the rules given in points table column....there is no need to consider net run rate.....if srilanka loses to Aussies automatically INDIA will qualify for the finals.....Better make a comment after reading the rules properly....

  • POSTED BY tan_vkfan on | February 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    as a fan of virat kohli i cant ask for anything more hats off to him and as a fan of india i congratulate them totally but why cant they show this spirit this passion this hunger in every game where does it all go at that time and from where does it come at such crucial times?anyway going to root for australia by all means on friday though i am a fan of the mankan team but before that i am a fan of team india.....i wonder how dhoni can control his emotions so much???i jumped shouted and screamed when india won(i am just twelve years girl)and dhoni didnt even show any expressions on his face dhoni admitting about the target and going for shopping was fun anyway all the best australia on friday and hope india qualifies for the finals and wins in the same way

  • POSTED BY SRIKANTH435766 on | February 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Any A big innings came from indian batting track.. i felt very hapy today....:) I think almost india knocked out from series....:(............

  • POSTED BY Sri1967 on | February 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Hello to all - Cud someone let us know why Mahroof and Herath was sidelined from bowling though they being the best for day? Why Malinga was given the ball when he was getting hammered? Seems like another twist is expected in Sri Lanka Cricket. Won't be surprised 2 new players will fly tonight from Colombo to play the last match against Aussies. Is Malinga playing per his potential against India? Hope Mahela won't resign tonight due to personal reasons.

    All the best INDIA !!!! You request for it SLC will get it for you....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @ suve Sri lanka wont go through on run rate if they lose to aussie beacuse they already lost to india 2-1 nd 1 tie.p

  • POSTED BY Adityamandalemula on | February 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Before the Indian Innings started, I hear people saying that India were misinformed about the bonus point. That India misread that they have to give a bonus point instead of gaining one. I'm very happy to inform that Indians read it right, stumbled earlier, but recovered grandly later on. But still, have to say that, after that bowling performance by India, there's nothing wrong with the Indian fans getting so very disappointed and the anti-Indian fans getting sarcastic. Very glad that we proved them wrong later on. In such a grand style, unbelievable. Fantastic.

  • POSTED BY madhan17 on | February 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @suve,, in case both team are in same point, team wich win more matchs with other team will qualifily, india & srl are in 15 point's in this case, india beat srl 2 time's & srl beat india 1 time, so india are head, so if aus win the match by 1 run also, then india will go to final, in case in head to head match both team were tie up with 1 win 1 lose, then only the net run rate will come to play,,,,,,,,

    so if aus win, india will go to final,, all the best aussies

  • POSTED BY RajuallenEmanuel on | February 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    4 Years Ago When India Lifted The CB Series In Australia He Captained India's U19 Team To Victory... Excately 4 Years Ago On Feb 27th He Got Man-Of-Match For His Match Winning Innings At Kuala Lumpur In The Semi-Finals Against Kiwi. Today He Has Came A Long way To Help India An Outside Chance of Wntering into the final...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    A great effort by Team India. If Irfan,the man in good form gets included instead of any quickie, the batting strength adds too. In this series he had good run so far-8 wickets, 100 runs in 4 games. What else you can expect from a bowling allrounder. I would prefer Irfan ahead of Jadeja too!!! I bet Irfan is lot better than Jaddu in any aspect(batting,bowling & fielding)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Great Match . . Great Batting performance by Indians. . Lasith Malinga missed his "Century" . .

  • POSTED BY Ribs on | February 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Self believe of Virat won match for us. When the whole team under fire some one has to come and play a innings like that. Now we can regroup our self and MSD needs to take strong decisions like whether he can keep irfan or jadeja. According me Jadeja is IPL material he can bat a bit and bowl a bit. We don't want bits and pieces we need specialists in their positions. I don't think oz wants to play the team like indians always bring some sort of anti climax in the end. So they will prefer to play with Lanka in the finals. You can expect from aussies it is not new from them. I still remember 74 all out against kiwis. I am sorry for lankan fans they made some premature comments after the first half. You know one thing in cricket you need to wait till the either the last run has been scored or last wicket has been taken. Try to be mature hereafter atleast

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Cheers... Well Done India.. We are proud of you... but only for this performance...

    to SUVE's question of calculating Net Run Rate to qualify for the finals, DONT BOTHER calculating it...

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    whats more funny than reading all the comments srilankan fans posted earlier.. we are INDIANS doods.. Never under estimate us..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Hi suve.. Sadly the tournament rules are a bit different.. Like in the 1999 WC and many ICC tournaments, Head to head record has preference over NRR and India leads SL by 2-1 there.. SL MUST win the next match in order to get place in finals.. NRR doesn' mattermate..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @ Suve, sorry mate. Net Run Rate comes into play after head-to-head wins. India won 2 against SL, tied 1 and lost 1. So India goes through on better head-to-head if their points be tied with SL's.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | February 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @suve: Net run rate is considered as a second option but head to head wins is the first option and in that area India are ahead of SL

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    This is for Mr. suve, because India have beaten Srilanka twice Ind will qualify for finals, NRR will not matter.

  • POSTED BY girisn on | February 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Msg to Suve,

    It is not the NRR now between India and Sri Lanka. It is the results in head-to-head matches. India have won 2, SL have won 1 and 1 tied. In this sense, since the competition is between India and SL and since India has an upper hand with 2 wins, if they are tied on points, then India will advance. Hence, NRR does not come into picture now.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Bad game for us ,, Indians be having lankan curry for dinner tonight i guess. Respect Kohli, one amazing player. anyways y on earth was MAHA given only 3 overs to ball?? and even after bowling so badly MAYYA continued with malinga... anyways hope we get back the next game!!}| C'MON LIONZZZZ!

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | February 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    friends stop bashing India(iam talking bout earlier posts).prblm is within the team,there is no inspiration to play as one team.But credit goes to Indian batting they batted marvelously and they were united helping that one coz "win for India".good to see Sehwag and Tendulkar bating of old day's.but still feel India didnt play according to their world champ reputation instead SL played excellent cricket in this series,but were badly hurt by India today.this shows any team can hv a bad day or days so please dont slam India or SL.both played well.congratulations INDIA you did it.

  • POSTED BY Adityamandalemula on | February 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @ being - Exactly doing that. Hilarious, to say the least. Everyone's advising team India to go back and play in their own pitches. Ha haaaaa. They would've been totally stunned when they watched the result of the match. Love to get a chance to see their faces after the match. What a fight by the Indians! What a match! We won in grand style when we have to!

  • POSTED BY cricaholic_82 on | February 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Kohli indeed played a gem of an innings. An innings to remember for a long time. However, this may never cover up the fact that we as a team have failed miserably in living up to our standards and expectations in this Aus tour. Today was a blinder, a lesson in how a run-chase could be scripted perfectly. May the best team win between Aus-SL and hope if India goes to finals, they could revive some of the brilliance which makes us root for them.

  • POSTED BY EvoRyder21 on | February 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    As a SL fan Firstly Well done to India! Secondly I hope the Indian fans aren't celebrating too quickly since SL still got a match up our sleeves. So a win would make us equal top of the table and a bonus point win would make us number one in the table and india would be still sitting at the bottom of the table which still truly highlights the ranks each team deserves in this tournament as a whole. That said, India batted well esp Kohli, but some people were comparing this to the best innings ever seen but I look at it this way, when you are given a do or die situation, short boundaries and with Nothing to loose (remember the indian captain himself said they didnt believe they had a chance to qualify, so India were totally under NO pressure) its not a great deal to throw kitchen sink at everything and when it pulls off it looks sparkling ofcourse. This does not make India the best of the 3 teams and SL's recent records suggest SL fans can be confident that SL will reach the finals

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    what a knock from a star......

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Wow Amazing innings by Kohli..

  • POSTED BY endianuwagona on | February 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Sorry Sri Lanka. But you maybe at times the best side ever. However no other side blows hot and cold so regularly as you. Some of us know why this is. The corrupt SL board decides what matches to play and what to loose. Rumor has it that SL is looking at India to help stop a UN resolution by providing an oppurtunity for the cricket crazy nation to get into the finals. Hey Lankan fans, SL will definitely put up another strange performance on Friday. Not that they want to, but because they are held at ransom for thier salaries and hence they have to lose and allow india in to get paid. That is how low SL cricket is at the moment. SORRY GUYS!!!!!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    So, SL need to buck up and prepare well for the next match and get their bowling tighter.. While Australia irrespective of today's match will prefer India in finals than SL who have dominated them to a good extent until now.. Not sure about the track in Melbourne as the first match played was a rain affected one and no full matches played there yet.. It just adds to the thrill.. All the three teams have a interest in that match and hope it lives up to the bill and produces a good match..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I m here to answer for all ur qns * Its silly to use Herath to bowl two set batsmen those can hit spinners over the fense quite easily at the death overs. * Lankan slow bowlers startd to attack from early 15th overs.Both the batsmen get adjusted and able to hit even damn slow balls.So u cant use Mathews or any slow bowler to keep run rate lower at the final overs. * the ramaining options are Malinga/kulasekara/thisara(dilshan cant bown bcz of thumb fracture<u can see bands in both of his thums clearly>) More Importantly * INDIANS ARE BATTING TO THEIR NATURAL STRENGTHS LIKE A TIGER WALKING WITH PRIDE. WE ALL SHOULD REMEMBER THEY ARE STILL CHAMPIONS

    REmember boys If India goes to final Even a team of both aussies and lankans cant beat up them.. Eg. Todays Match Run rate(highest ever in chasing by any team in aus)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Well, well, well what a show Mr. Dhoni from your middle order. Well I will have to take my words back here as if this was proved from the first game none of the Fans would have criticised you guys in the first place. We were just plain bitter with the Indian team and the rifts between players which very much showed in the open inspite the hiding games.

    Well I do congratulate you guys and what you have achieved today and hope it stays this way even if you don't make it to the finals. Just keep up the good work and do not let us down again.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Very good batting by Kohli.. very impressive young player.. Attacking malinga is not easy but he did it very nicely..

  • POSTED BY srivatsacertain on | February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    This is why we are THE. WORLD. CHAMPIONS!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Can't believe how dhotizzZ manage to get that valuable bonus point...:D:D

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    This was replay of world cup final 2011. Sri lanka thought they had more than enough on board and Sachin, Sehwag fell early in chase but than BOOM Gambhir-Kohli hit them sooo hard and they never realized when and what hit 'em before it's all over in 36.4 overs only....come on man winning is one thing but in just 36.4 overs !! :) Kohli is the new King of cricket.Now Indian cricket is in safe hands after After Sachin. I wish malinga had finished his full quota of 10 overs 132 runs n 1 wicket :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Undoubtedly,Indians are best entertainer in the world of cricket be it first match of series or the last match and one of the best innings ever seen after Sachin's knock in 1998 under pressure...This was superlative performance altogether,I mean who have would have thought that every bullet that Malinga would fire would be sent to boundary....I must a rare feat achieved by Viral Kohli....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Its really good to see India back at the crease. but I wonder one thing. There is hardly any chance for India to enter finals even after Srilanka loses to Aussies on Friday I am afraid.

    Can somebody please tell me the margin with which Srilanka has to lose to Aussies so that their NRR drops below -0.594 for India to enter Finals

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @Suve In this particular series head-to-head games have been given precedence over NRR. So NRR doesn't matter, If SL loses in the match Vs. AUS, SL would be flying home.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 28, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    As cricinfo title said CLASS ACT BY KOHLI , but lets hope this one innings make our selectors and BCCI think that everything is back to normal with our men in blue.. real problems that has plagued Indian cricket is still remaining...

  • POSTED BY IndiaKingz on | February 28, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I didn't think India will pull this match off after looking at the Srilankan Score. What a Lightning Start today by Shewag & Tendulkar and steadily carried on by Gambhir and Briallantly finished by Virat and Raina. Hats off to them. It would not be fair not mentioning the wonderful display put up by Dhilshan and Sangakkara. All around..Oh what a feeling!

  • POSTED BY almeda_riddle on | February 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @ Sakthiivel - "It was really funny when we read the comment made by SL fans half way through, Few Fans praised SL team batting thats always good, But most SL fans bashed Indian team. We had a good laugh now reading the old comments. Thanks SL fans."

    It wasn't just SL fans bashing India, quite a lot of Indian fans were throwing tantrums about how rubbish they are, now they pretend they knew all along India were going to win. Very fickle support.

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | February 28, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I stlii can't come out . At the half way point of the match SL were on their way to the finals. But what had happened next is unbelievable. The Indians are all over the place. They were the same fans who were criticising this team and now over rejoice. Just because, they win was amazing, it doesn't mean that India are back to their best. They still conceded 320, which their highest score conceded in this tournament. SL though were peeled apart today. I feel sorry for Dilshan as his efforts were in vain. But still SL have their fate in their own hands, unlike India who don't. India don't deserve to go trough to the as they were hopless troughout this series. SL have worked hard and something awful like this happens. Anyways I still feel SL have a bigger chance, as one bad innings can't change the way a team plays. SL shud still be positive and put up a big fight against australia.

  • POSTED BY Dubious on | February 28, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Once again India performed on a flat track in a small oval. Big deal.

  • POSTED BY rustin on | February 28, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Why India makes it into the final if Sri lanka loses the next match.

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Im very much happy with performance of our players, im bothered about aussies, they may purposely loose the match against lanka.......... Lanka has to loose this match atleast 2 runs is ok, we r through....

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | February 28, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Proud to be an INDIAN This is why we are WORLD CHAMPS. Kohli what a player. Absolute MASSACRE of SL. @wjkalana I think he got the answer with due COMPOUND INTEREST for all his anti india comments .......... WAY TO GO INDIA...........

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | February 28, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    What a match! Can't get enough of watching the highlights. This win is very satisfying and an apt answer to all the India-bashing that was going on especially by the SL fans. No surprise they don't have anything to add in this column. It'll be nice if India makes it to the finals but even if they don't it is clear who is the clear winner between India and SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Not only Dhoni, his team also likes to take it to the last leg. If we have shown 40% of effort earlier we will be sitting on top of the table. Cricket is a great leveller. Last game, eventhough Australia won, the spirit of the game was missing. Lee, eventhough try to play it down, was 'OBSTRUCTING SACHIN'. Like Aamir said in 3 idiots, ALL IS WELL. Now, Australia is in soup, if they beat Srilanka India is waiting to tame them, wounded in the last game against Aussies. Don't worry guys, something tells me that we r in the final

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Congratz Fellow indians... my question for Mahela is, what was his plan with Herath's balance good six overs???

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Only champion perform against all The Odds and Today Virat Kohli Done it for Team India 321 was just Impossible Before our Champ Virat came to Bat He made 133 off 86 balls and Won match for Team India and kept Hopes Alive In series

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Great win Kohli has always been great player since his under19 days. Today Kohli has announced that he is one of the greatest.

    Raina also played very well today,

    Praise is due to Jadeja for his bowling. In a match when most of them went for over 7 per over. He was the only one to have given less than 5/over. His figures 9 over 43 runs and one wicket was the best bowling out of all. And finally to those cheeky Lankan fans who were calling India punching bags, how do you feel now? It is still India 2-1 in this series and boy what a hammering you guys were handed out today. I have sympathy for Lankan fans, 320 runs two centuries and still lost with bonus point. Must be hurting. But what can you do? India is like that when in form, there is no stopping for them. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Amazing what a quiet word between two cricket boards can achieve, eh? :)

  • POSTED BY ballistic.dude on | February 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Rajeev Balakrishnan on (February 28 2012, 10:52 AM GMT)----------- well said.. you rock.. They were talking too much....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Aussies watching this would deliberately lose to SL. lol

  • POSTED BY Burbon on | February 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Something about this game don't go down to right with me , Sri Lanka are not that bad bowling or fielding . Somebody paid a very high price for this performance from the Sri lankans

  • POSTED BY T.Varghese on | February 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    @Ranga Silva. Now LOL?. Really not needed 40 overs?. Just understand teams will have up and down. Chak De India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    yup...india won..but i dont think it will be enough to reach final,also India not deserved to be there...but i was great match. Specially Kohli he was super..This match was gifted by sri lanka to provide some security to Indians players homes..still indian net run rate is - 0.593 and sri lanka + 0.162,so aus need to beat Sri lanka by at least 60+ runs...it will not be easy to them..can happen since cricket is funny game..but indians not deserved it...

  • POSTED BY Great_Chucker on | February 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Mahela will now come out with statement that India didn't play with "Spirit of Cricket" as Malinga needed only four runs for century......LOL

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    This win does not change anything and nothin to be proud of. We are still beaten 8-0 in consecutive tours and don't forget the thrashings given. India always does well like this after getting thrashed , remember they won all against WI and eng at home after 4-0 debacle. And we ppl forget how bad is this Indian team.

  • POSTED BY vertical on | February 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    give India any total on a flat track they can pull off any chase with that batting lineup but if the pitch has nip and bounce they are found wanting against good bowling sides.Sri lanka at MCG tough ask with patti coming in lets see........

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | February 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Virat kohli has proved again that he is the future of Indian batting.. with a target of 320 to chase in 40 overs i thought its going to be one more humiliating defeat for india.. good work india , although a bit late , but as they say better late than never..

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    MEAN WHILE DOES ANYBODY NOTICE THAT TEAM FOR ASIA CUP WILL BE SELECTED TOMMOROW . MAYBE IT'S THE PERFORMANCE TO PLEASE THE SELECTORS .

  • POSTED BY ItsNaz on | February 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Everything was worked for India better. Fantastic batting display.Mahela would have tried Herath and Mahrooof for another couple of overs each. Malinga is not his best at the moment. Need some rest. This defeat will unite the team and strenghen for the next game. A big game for Sri Lanka on Friday. Challenges make game of cricket more beautiful.

  • POSTED BY jebypc on | February 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    spectacular batting by VIRAT KOHLI. The next Tendulkar in the making. India can be happy even if the big three retire because there are very capable players like Kohli,Raina, Tiwary,Jadeja,Rohit,Rahane etc to take their place. Hope Australia beats Srilanka so that India can reach the Final. This will be the first time in my life that i will be praying for an Australian Victory. Today was a great day for Indian Cricket. All the best to captain cool MSD & his fantastic team who plays without "OBSTRUCTING" others

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Oz will be confused on how to approach the next game...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    cant really blame sri lanka here. the batsmen did their job and the bowlers couldnt have done anything different tbh. it was just one hell of a knock by kohli i dont think any attack would have stood a chance today with him striking the ball like that. things MIGHT hve been different if that run out of kohli wasnt missed earlier. - devastated sri lankan fan here lol

  • POSTED BY Shenoys on | February 28, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Oh Watta way to get ur life back boys. Y hold it till the end? Where was all these spirit of survival all these days? Had you shown a little respite earlier we would hav been sitting pretty cool without expecting the Aussies to beat the Lankans. Anyways it was a good show by the Indians. The result shows how a gud positive start can raise the confidence of the others to follow.

    It was gud 2 c Sehwag, Sachin playing their natural game & get to the right mood before the finals. Aptly followed by Gauti, Virat & Raina. Gud to c u all back from the grave guys.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    A tweet to Sachin @sachin_rt Congrats for the victory... Today you need carry Virat on ur shoulder round the stadium!!

  • POSTED BY Balaji on | February 28, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    To All SL fans: Very Good evening hmmm.. sorry sad evening. you guys said we indians do not deserve to be World champions and you said we will not cross 200 even in 40 overs and some said Srilankans are into the finals when the first innings was finished and some said we have Malinga so india cannot make even 200 in all the 50 overs. one of you said dilshan's 160 is better than sehwags 219. one said india 160 all out. What I SAY is "I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU ALL LANKANS". Another thing i want to say about our indian team is "wE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS" So BEWARE OF INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    The flat track bullies from both sides on song today... Looking forward to seeing them on a proper wicket and against decent bowling attacks to see them fail yet again...

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | February 28, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    That expression on Maleha and Sanga's face after Malinga went for 24 runs were simply priceless :)

  • POSTED BY dan_loves_cricket on | February 28, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    ha ha..some of my very own Lankan fans...that's why they say never count the chickens before they're hatched..!!! Sri Lanka would do well to pick them selves up from this thrashing tonight..(specially malinga).MCG is waiting and so does Lee and Patinson.It should be a cracker jack and Sri lanka will have to play out of their skin to beat Australia 3 times in a row and if they do it,they deserve to win the series-Sri lankan fan

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    the match to be remembered

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Fabian Enio Dsilva ...... STILL INDIA IS BETTERTHAN SRILANKA SRILANKA IS BIG ZERO MY DEAR FRIEND.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    one of the best match i have seen.Kohli u rock.hats of to u man...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Can't believe how dhotizzZ manage to get the bonus point....:D:D

  • POSTED BY Imad_K on | February 28, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Kohli is a very good batsman. Even in the test series against the Aussies he is probably the only Indian batsmen who didn't look out of place where nearly all the other Indian batsmen stuggled against the pace and bounce, Kohli didn't looked fazed. Unfortunately I missed the match but well batted Kohli and well done India.

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | February 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ rajiv bala krishnan....india have won a match aftr a long wait and mate dont count ur chicks before they r hatched......there is one more game.....

  • POSTED BY girisn on | February 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Fantastic win!!. Now the unrequired TIE game may prove costly. We could have won it and should have. This shows that we should perform more on regular basis. Especially we could have avoided unnecessary run outs in that game. Any way, let us pray that AUS beat SRILANKA now. But, hats off to the batsman today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Team India scored 321 runs in just 36.4 overs. Had we played all 50 overs, what would be our score? This is Why We Aree Called World Champpionssss

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | February 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Give them the flattest of flat tracks, and the bullies rule! I think this is more confirmation that India really are FTBs. I always thought that the media was wrong about India. It was not that India suddenly had gone out of form. They just CANNOT bat on tough wickets. But the moment they get a flat track, they wake up.

  • POSTED BY Garretjacks on | February 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Being an SL fan that always watch the match to the last ball, I am not heart broken at all with this lost. We batted really well, india just batted much better than us.

    This loss is going to make the next game such an interesting one. Cannot wait for the thrill!

  • POSTED BY Cric-enthusiast on | February 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    India played like the champions that they are. It would be good if they make it to the finals, but even if they don't, they have at least succeeded in winning back the love of some of their fans! And of course, proved a point to the nay-sayers. It's not for nothing that they ARE the world-champions!

  • POSTED BY Mehboob_hoo on | February 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Kohili ,You are best.Today India had showed world champion performance.congr8s from a Pakistani to all Indians.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Just rocking... i dint even think of winning the game after srilankans batting.....

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | February 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @I. RAGHURAM: Yes, I would LOVE to hear what Fabian Enio Dsilva, Umesh Malaka Herath, Najith Wijesinghe & other Srilankan supporters have to say now after getting massacred so comprehensively by a team that supposedly cannot play on non-Indian pitches. Funny because post-world cup, India still lead SL 2.5 go 1.5 on foreign pitches.

  • POSTED BY Abhinay15 on | February 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Unbeleivable cricket.What an inning from Kohli.I am sure he played the innings of his life.Only one more thing good if Aus get it right in the next match.

  • POSTED BY Prabh_Hundal on | February 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Take a Bowwwww!!!!!!!!! Thats why we are WORLD CHAMPIONS

  • POSTED BY harshacc on | February 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    i honestly hope SL wins the last game.India do not deserve to go through to the final on one inning by Kohli.If India somehow win the series all the failings in the tour will be swept under the carpet.BCCI needs to introspect

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | February 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    That was a breathtaking chase, as an England fan, i congratulate the Team India. SL had a reality check this game, now its all in SL hands to win thrice the home team or to manage a tie or to pray for a MCG washout. Even Australia feel relieved that India stopped the SL momentum in this series. India have worked out malinga (if India vs SL happens every season in a year and IPL have just exposed Malinga). If Malinga is negotiated, others will have no clue. Good luck SL for next game. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY ashokbhatia4 on | February 28, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    India has shown the world that they are the reaigning world champs and you can not ignore us.We have a situation where some of our senior players who got us the crown of the world champs are on the verge of retirement,therefore it might take us a little time to find their substitutes.but we sure have found one for the next decade and that is the future Captain of the Indian Team VIRAT the Ironman Kohli.

  • POSTED BY qpsk123 on | February 28, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    For the Indian supporters who enjoying too much on this win, do not over react by winning one game. your team spend long time in Australia and lost every game with them. one game in a flat wicket will not change that truth. your batting lineup will suffer same fate again and again. Think on that do not over react on a one good day at flat track.

  • POSTED BY liontheway on | February 28, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    This is a good eye_opener for our cricketers. You should never be over confident or sympathize towards your opponents since this is a game and not a politics. You can see the attitude of your opponents, and Kohil says, "We will be rooting for Australia in Friday". You should learn from them, and apply those towards to your opponents. Nobody sympathize towards you when you are in trouble since they think that you are a weak soul. This is not a IPL game which you are being paid big money. You are representing a nation. Go back to basics, and play your best. Do not take any opponent lightly! Play your aggressive game!

  • POSTED BY sandson on | February 28, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Why did mahela opt for the bowling powerplay in 29 over? when he could have done it after 40 overs...somebody answer pleaseee..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    awesome match....... love u kohli.

  • POSTED BY JazBunny on | February 28, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    None of my comments were posted, due to the true fact How Nitin Sunder did his commentary. Anyway good luck India and you did a good Job, This is all about ODIs. All prayed not to have a boaring CB series. Everything is alive now. I am sure the Indian Fans will pary for SL to loose. Same time we will pray for a win. Its nice to see all are looking forward for the matches rather being predicting nonsense. SL Fan - Jazuli.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Evergreen chasing by India. 321-3 in 36.4 overs. Welldone guys

  • POSTED BY ramli on | February 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Well done India ... delivering at the crunch ... but one moon is not summer ... now self-belief is restored for India ... to do well in Asia Cup ... let us hope that the discontent that plagued the team is forgotten ... it must still be Aus vs. SL ... in the finals ... good luck SL

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | February 28, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    This is so funny to read comments from SriLankan fans and their supporter Pakistani fans till half way after dilshan hitting 160 and Srilanka 320 and after second inning Nobody from Lanka is there to be seen :) This is exactly what happened when Aus made 434 in 5th series decider ODI against SA 6 years back. All Aussie fans were jumping l up and down on Ponting's knock but Gibbs n Smith just blew them away.....This kinda defeat last for ever in mind. Truly sorry for Sri Lankan fans. But was truly one the best ODI knock u will ever see. Kohli is the KING.Salute u sir.

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | February 28, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    What a Great Match!!!!India literally hammered SL and brushed aside like they were playing a club side but make no mistake SL played very well, it is just that Indian team was fired up and very aggressive. Indian batsmen just demolished SL bowling to pieces. 321 in 50 is not easy, and especially when Indian team was battling all kinds of nonsense in past few weeks, it is least expected from them. But boy what a befitting reply. Indians won with a bonus point with 80 balls to spare and in turns of bonus point there were still 3.2 overs left. COMPREHENSIVE VICTORY. Virat kohli batted brilliantly. Superb innings.. and Raina is a dynamite.. Rohit sharma is a MISFIT IN ODI team and should forget about ODI team, Indian team looks strong without Rohit sharma. The moment he is out of the team everything is alright with ODI team. Irfan can come in place of jaddu or umesh yadav. if ZAK is unfit then may be both can play. But Congrats Team India. AWESOME.!!DHONI STICK TO THIS TEAM AND NO ROHIT.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    India don't deserve to be in the final, they didn't even know they could reach the final until they were told so, it was like a last minute exam preparation from them. As for Srilanka that was absolutely the most pathetic bowling I have ever seen on display and they were lost in the field, well done Malinga but you were 4 short of your 1st one day international hundred!

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | February 28, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    VIRAT KOHLI - in his short career so far has already achieved much more than what 10dulkar achieved by this stage. He scored a century AND won a match for India. I don't remember 10dulkar doing that in past few years. It'S TIME TO GET RID OF THAT FAKE GOD OF CRICKET. We just need to find a couple of Kohli's and we can be world champions again!! We already have a decent set of bowlers, at least for ODI.

  • POSTED BY Brdmara on | February 28, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Srilanka the main cause to lose is Malinga giving 96 runs in 8 making history.So i think SL shoudn't lose ther confidence for da next mtch.

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | February 28, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Now Mr. Rajapakse will offer explanation for loss: "I like to tell my Indian friends that 20 million from our small country, took a step back to allow 1.2 billion Indian people to enjoy some happiness. What a funny?

  • POSTED BY being on | February 28, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    hey friends, read the comments from the beginning of this page... if u guys wanna have good laugh... :)

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Somewhere down the line, the IPL style of batting to hit 20 runs in an over is helping Indian team in ODI's.. If they can get the act right as in this match, the openers play first 10-15 overs, 3-5 players plays till 25-30 over, Raina and Dhoni can feast in the last 15 overs including the batting powerplay.. We really iss out Yuvi as he is the only decent all rounder who can shine with ball as welol as play both top order and hard hitter role in ODI cricket.. As of now, we need to manage that role with Jadeja.. Though he is not upto standards of Yuvi, he is just useful.. Otherwise, include a ffit Pathan and Rahul Sharma in place of Umesh Yadav..

  • POSTED BY Indian_Cricket_Crazzzy on | February 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    YOU WORLD CRICKET...LOOK HERE...THATS WHY WE R CALLED THE BATTING EMPERORS...WE MAY NOT IN THE FINAL BUT WE HV DONE THE IMPOSIBLE...AND WE PROUD OF IT COZ WE THE ONLY CAN DO IT IN WORLD CRICKET...CHAK DE INDIA...!!!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | February 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ All SL fans who were making silly comments about India. Take that. Inda vs SL head to head in this series : Played :4 India Won:2 SL won: 1 Tied:1. No prizes for guessing who is better. And your prized posession AKA malinga was our favorite bowler today. Here's hoping he plays the next next game vs OZ. PS: Please do make some silly excuses for the loss or should I say "annihilation" as Mr. Ravi Shastri put it!!

  • POSTED BY PeppyKrish on | February 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    I am a die heart fan of Sachin, Sachin took nearly 4 years to get his maiden ODI century but after that what ever happened/happening , the world knows........... Now its Virat Kohli who showed what he is capable of.......... Virat is the replacement for Sachin?

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | February 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    You can see such IND performances thanks to IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    With the way India played too, I think Australia is going to make sure they lose to Sri Lanka on friday so that they can avoid India in the final!!!

  • POSTED BY KosalaDeSilva on | February 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    First great win to India.But hear some said this is the best ever..well it's is one of the very good . Well, check this score card.what about it?

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/engvsl/engine/match/225254.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJs_1PqRck8

    No one speak about Sanath and Murali..

    May be they don't even post this ..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    We are the true kings of this 'cricket' jungle. We laze and gaze in the sun all the day while the Hyenas keep hunting, but the day we stand up and are determined to hunt, not even the elephants are spared :) ...Kudos guys...No regrets for the lost matches and disappointments ...you've summed it all up in this chase.. :) :) cheers

  • POSTED BY avani on | February 28, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Hi folks!!! I am an Indian fan. But still I am happy that they won. But may be too late!!! Somehow I feel Aussies may not like to face India in final. They may go down to SL in the next match and make doors shut for us. Wel, cannot fully blame Aussies for that. Our team brought themselves to this situation. If Aussies looses & India gets out of the series, then the person to be blamed shoudl be Dhoni for his efforts in making the tie result of a match which we should ahve won. If that match had been won by us, we had already been in the final. Dear Dhoni...take the blame!!! & accept you are not a good finisher as claimed by many.

  • POSTED BY johntycodes on | February 28, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Why didn't the captain take malinga off after conceding so many runs. Surely putting a spinner on at the end would have made some difference. Are sri lanka for real or were they doing they're neighbours of the sub continent a favour in exchange for something.

  • POSTED BY cricaddict11 on | February 28, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    i am a srilankan. i am really happy how indians are back in the series. Kohli is amazing in the run chase. WELLDONE Kohli. Now we have to win against the Ausies to qualify to the finals. GOod luck SRi lanka for the match. Should say it was a master class from Kholi.

  • POSTED BY qpsk123 on | February 28, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    India can win only in flat tracks.. once again they proved it..Bad day for Sri lanka.. Anyway this is on the cards in a flat track.. no one should forget how bad india was till this day in other tracks.

  • POSTED BY suve on | February 28, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I must congratulate India and Virat, as they have beaten Sri Lanka by a country mile. BUT I WORKED OUT THE NET RUN RATE, at present india's NRR is -0.593 and Sri Lanka's is +0.162. IF AUS GET 400 (50ovs) and Sri Lanka are allout for 100 (20ovs). Sri LANKA'S NRR WILL BE -0.23109, which is well ahead of India's -0.593. So Sri lanka will most definatley qualify to the finals, I don't understand why no one worked this out but it is almost Impossible for india to Qualify.

  • POSTED BY being on | February 28, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    hey congrats team india, winning or losing is not a matter, jus play with tht spirit thats enough... thank u guys for making us happy... many guys bashed indian team cheaply before the start of the second innings today...really sorry for them... :(

  • POSTED BY MikeRocksAlways on | February 28, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Where are these ppl now @wjkalana, lankan_style,Wannabekenobi, where ru guys? ur the one who told sl can beat india outside india easily...and we r home champions only wat happ to ur team we still hold head to head buddy outside subcontinent and also we win series in SL unlike u ppl never win in india lol....be careful and play well otherwise u might loose against india for the final spot...i know its tough to react but better keep quiet and dont talk abt indian team...i said already this team is not in good form not this team cant play outside india...so remember the previous CB series india won and its not fluke when aus had gilli, hayden etc....so india can play outside india but team should be in good form not like how it is for last 8 to 9 months...atleast india thrashed sl all indian r happy sply seeing sl fans talking too much abt indians lol....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India dont deserve to be in the final, they didnt even know until they were told that there still was a chance to go to the final. It was like a late final exam preparation. Srilanka on the other were absolutely lost in the field, they didnt know what was happening out there and Malings was pathetic!

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | February 28, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    For a Sri Lankan supporters may this word will match suitably. "BE SMART BUT DON'T BE OVER SMART"

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I have just watched one of the best Cricket Match ever played. India completely annihilated Sri Lanka. This is what A Good Start and free mind can do to the Indian Cricketers. Massive Congratulations to Kohli...

  • POSTED BY nachami on | February 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    THE CREDIT GOES TO ALL BATSMEN WHO PLAYED.. HAD IT NOT BEEN SEWAGS / TENDULKAR / GAMBIR'S BRISK KNOCK WE WOULD NOT HAVE WON. KUDOS TO ALL..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Good day at the office for India and bad day for Lasith Malinga, really pity for him, all India hope that he remain off color against Australia also. Good Luck Dhoni and Co.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    pray to god for kangaroos feast over an wounded lion in the next match

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Where is the arrogance of the SL fans now? I couldn't resist this, considering some of the ill mannered comments directed at India over the past few weeks especially. Even the Aussie fans have been more gracious despite their complete domination. My SL brothers - learn to be humble and respect each other's space. BCCI sustained your team when SL cricket did not! Peace.

    Oh and.. D..U..D..E that was AWESOME!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    I feel sad for Malinga .. he missed a century ;-)

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    I'll say one thing about Virat Kohli - he may act like a prima donna on the pitch but when he gets going like he did today,he is absolutely sublime to watch exuding total confidence. In all the years I've watched Lasith Malinga (someone I truly admire, by the way), I have never seen anyone abuse him the way Kohli did in the 35th over single-handely manhandling him for 24 runs. I was truly caught between feelings of exhilaration and pathos. Just goes to show you also that one should never give up on youngsters after a couple of poor outings and above all not be afraid to use them in crucial matches.We might just have seen the future captain of India today. On another note, I guess we'll never know what Manoj Tiwary is capable of doing besides carrying drinks for the team because inexplicably they refuse to use him. How utterly scandalous!!

  • POSTED BY Busie1979 on | February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Finally, India have come to play. Ok, their bowlers failed again, but my hat goes off to an amazing batting effort.

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | February 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Hope to see most of the Sri Lankan fans are appreciating Indian batting style. They don't have a word to blame anything. Their regular cheers "LION ROAR" became now "LION ON ROAD" cool stuff but champions innings the Indian today.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Even the indian players whouldnt have think that they could win the match....some time victory comes ur way of others mistake and surprisingly. this is too such kind of one. so dont shougth so much. i didnt seen much bouncers where indian cant bat,?????? why mahela didnt try herath ( 4 over 20) ???? what was the reason having 6 fielders in sercle even after fininsing of power play.??? what was the urge to take bowling power play in middle of the innings? sri lanka didnt want to secure in 41 over they attacked. (or given it to indians way as last WC )

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    hahahaha I am imagining some Aussie faces go cranky after that win. Well U Aussies, if u r real triers, do play to win against SL. And if u wana be criers as always go ahead and loss to SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    what a performance.......virat completely annilated malinga n sl.....phew....malinga was close to crying

  • POSTED BY T.Varghese on | February 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @Ranga Silva. Now LOL or COL?. Really not needed 40 overs. Just understand teams will have ups and down and also u don't have world class bowlers. Chak De India.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka - You have been KOHLIED!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Thanks for Dhoni as he has has not promoted himself to bat. Blitzkrieg by Kohli and others

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    What an innings from Kohli, but this is not a position India should be, waiting for some other game to decide their fate into the finals......

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    where are the indian haters??, I want them to comment if they can say anything, this is what we are, and this is why we are world champions!!!?

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Good team effort during the last stage of the tournment and that too, when every one thought that India was already out of contention for final place.

  • POSTED BY MakaveliDon on | February 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    It's amazing now that India have won such a crucial game in such glorious fashion, all the Indian fans have come crawling back praising the team. You glory hunters only praise the team when India wins and curse the team when we lose. CHAK DE INDIA I am with you till the end. We won this game when the whole world was writing us off, when the team morale was at its lowest, the nation was doubting the team but we fought like WARRIORS , this is what defines a TRUE WORLD CHAMPION team..when you are down and out you fight back and make sure winning is the only option...BRING ON THE FINALS!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @attractive because bowling and batting powerplay should been taken before 40th over of the innings that is ICC rules.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Well.. At last, the batting giants have come out.. Backs fully and well on the walls and things as worst as they can be!! What a timee to get back it.. Great to see the team which has been a good batting lineup over years to be back atleast in the last possible chance..

  • POSTED BY sathishvaiju on | February 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Think the batting line up with the current form with I.Pathan in for Sir Ravindra jadeja

  • POSTED BY Vijay51982 on | February 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    This is why India is world champion in ODI. The way they batted looks like chasing 434 runs against Australia by SA. Hope to see you soon against Australia in the final. Good luck

  • POSTED BY Karthi_2K11 on | February 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    What this Ind win has done is that it not only keeps Ind hopes alive after facing near-relegation, but also has made sure there are no dead rubbers in this series. These contests have provided more lopsided contests than usual with all 3 teams looking completely out of touch at one stage or another. SL had earlier turned the points table on its head at the stage where 75% of the play-offs were over, after having scraped the bottom when 25 % of the play-offs were over. (the stage when Aus was on top). India led at the mid-way stage (4 games each), So, the teams are actually evenly matched & the second finalist may not be decided even until final ball of the last play-off, unlike the last time this tournament was played in '08, when the last match involving Aus & SL was a dead rubber, Aus lost that &this started the slide in fortunes for Aus, & finally ended up being blanked 2-0, in the best-of-3 finals, by Ind. The key factor is which team will peak at the right time, & take the title?

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | February 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Great win by Team India.... full marks for effort, now its in God's hands!!! goodluck india!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Now that is called class with mass...everyone doubted sachin..but he gave a gud start, proved we need experience with the mix of youngsters...nice way to get into the form..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Beware Aussies .... Men in blue are back !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    wat a match India thrash Srilanka

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Great show Team India and particularly Virat Kohli. keep on going

  • POSTED BY Vinnyvinner on | February 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Oh Yeah!!! At last Indians played like World Champions.... I don't care if India doesn't make it to finals but I got something to cheer about India in Australia

  • POSTED BY pantas22 on | February 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    If there is no Virat ...then only the man Dhoni comes and get's that target .....it's such a big target for Indian which are not in there own forms ...but now we can say that they have a power to wining every match and they can achived such a big target...keep up India ...want to see that ..wining the series .............

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | February 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    GREATEST RUN CHASE EVER. INDIA ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS. India have beaten Sri Lanka 2-1.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    FINALLY AS THE COMMENTATOR OPINED,THE ROCKET FIRED WHEN THE TAIL WAS ON FIRE. INCREDIBLE CHASE & AWESOME KOHLI. FINGERS CROSSED FOR FRIDAY CLASH S'LANKANS WITH THE AUSSIES.

  • POSTED BY fadms on | February 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Malinga, you should be ashamed of yourself. He needs to sit out the last game coz he has really not performed in this series at all. Good luck Sri Lanka in your last game. Hopefu

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    The worst match ever i have watched which produces harvest of so called IPL, hope SL players may learn a lesson how it`s important to play for their country with gracing spirit rather than pouring thriller when they play for IPL cricket on money.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | February 28, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Congratulations to India and Kohli on a job well done. They'll shed their title of "flat track bullies" if they could repeat this performance on tracks with something for the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    funny to see some one commenting sub continent pitch...Asiacup yet to start mate! also, @SaneVoice. We cheered earlier too when India won against SL and Australia. You where not able to hear them??

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    horror at hobert for mahela.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    These comments made perfect sense when they were written but now they sound completely HILARIOUS!!!! This game erased my memory of all past debacles of India on this tour.

  • POSTED BY melb-ad on | February 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    What a match!!! Congratulations Kohli and the boys for a brillient effort!!!

  • POSTED BY Al.Muthu on | February 28, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    It's here! The comeback that was due since the first test at Lords. And what's more, it wasn't Sachin or Sehwag or Dhoni but from a man who's widely been dubbed as the future face of Indian Cricket. I suppose it was worth the wait, but personally, I'd be very happy to trade in this massive helping of euphoria for controlled doses.

    I've always wanted to see my team "fight". That's what defined team India for me. The result is just a bunch of figures, amounting trifling concern. 320 in under 40 overs was way more than just a fight. Thanks, you guys!

    Congratulations, Team India and well done, Virat.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | February 28, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Superb effort. Its one of the best chases India has done. Not many days Malinga goes for 96 in 7 odd overs. I think key was the start. It is the first time in this tour India has put up 50+ runs for first wicket. But despite this if India makes it to final Sehwag is not in my scheme of things though I know this team management wouldnt give a youngster a chance in the finals. Others erious issue is sorting out bowling. 320 was far too many. Rahul Sharma needs to brought in as Ashwin's record against Australia is not so good. Tendulkar again found a new way of moving in the crease to get out. Kohli was a masterful knock. He is serious talent and I'm now willing to give him many more chances in tests even though he needs to work on his temparament. So India keep fingers crossed and for once root for Australia to beat SL. The silver lining - at least for Asia Cup India is in fine shape.

  • POSTED BY vamsi77 on | February 28, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Why the points table is showing SL above India, As per tournament rules number of wins takes precedence over run rate but still points table is order as per run rate.

  • POSTED BY Cheeki on | February 28, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    As an Indian, I must say truthfully, that our team has been inconsistent to progress into the final and Sri Lanka probably deserve to play and even win the title. This win today may just mask some of the issues with Indian Cricket and let us hope that our selectors, post this tour, take decisions that have a long term perspective like dropping Tendulkar from the one day team. Raina may have given himself another chance, but I am sure that if India make it to the final, the Aussies will bounce him out. But for the moment,I must say I enjoyed Virat's batting and for once the kid did not mouth any expletives.Hope he lets such performances do the talking for him instead of his lips and fingers.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    whether india makes it to the finals or not, i dont care. but this chase from indian team is the perfect answer they could provide to all those ppl who were busy doing criticism... hats off to kohli and other batsman who did well today!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    India has just explained the world why they are World Champions. This team can win CBS series

  • POSTED BY ind_Cric_girl on | February 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Dam.. malinga missed 100 by 4 runs... massacare.. Respect the world champs

  • POSTED BY BroccoliPower on | February 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Goes to show that when it comes to flat wickets, there is no team better than team India haha You still dont deserve to be in the Final!

  • POSTED BY foooooooooooooooooo on | February 28, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    LOL

    Sri lanka somehow manages to loose against India just like Pakistan loses against India average side.

    But the real test for India will be to defeat strong teams like Australia and South Africa not weak teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri lanka.

  • POSTED BY sathish008 on | February 28, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    well done India. I have been watching you guys since dec 26th getting all the beatings. but this win definitely is special.

  • POSTED BY jungleboytz on | February 28, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    UNBELIEVEABLE... India have nearly put off a GREAT ESCAPE 2.... as for the climax its up to the the Aussies. Do they want to face TODAY'S INDIA in the finals or ofcourse TODAY'S SRILANKA (with Malinga) in the finals.

    Fantastic knocks from Ghambir, Kholi & Raina

  • POSTED BY rakzmenon on | February 28, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Today he announced himself as the new Tendulkar.. Virat Kohli dude you are the man...And that was an awesome Win for India, and an awesome Innings from Kohli

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    I am lucky enough to see the Desert Storm and this is exactly similar that Sachin did .... Not sure if this has done enough to put India in Final, but nothing short in class.... Hats off to kohli...

  • POSTED BY curry72 on | February 28, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    As a srilnken cricket lover i am heartbroken.This is good lesson for you guys to be beaten up by your big brothers in cricket.When is the srilanken cricket thinking mentalty going to change.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Oh,what a win for India.This match reminds of the classic,Wimbelton finals 1980- Bjorn Borg and John Macenro.Borg winning the match from the brink of defeat.

  • POSTED BY Sandt on | February 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    INDIA WON THE MATCH BY 7 WKTS IN 36.4 OVERS WITH BONUS POINTS. THIS IS BEAUTY OF CRICKET. IF INDIA SHOULD HAVE SHOWN HALF OF THIS FIGHTING SPIRIT IN AUS THEY SHOULD HAVE SITTING TOP. WHY KEEP EVERTHING FOR THE END. ANYWAY CONGRATS.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    wow, what a game of cricket. Simply amazing batting display, brilliant to say the least.

    Absolutely pathetic captaincy form Mahela, kept bowling Mainga who was going for 10+ an over and didn't have a fine leg for him. where was Herath who bowled 4 overs for only 20 runs? Not only that why did Mahela keep the power play overs for the end? The batsman are in he let them off the hook. Gambhir and Koli milked the singles superbly.

    This has to be on of the best batting and one one of the worst captaincy display.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    It was really funny when we read the comment made by SL fans half way through, Few Fans praised SL team batting thats always good, But most SL fans bashed Indian team. We had a good laugh now reading the old comments. Thanks SL fans.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    India should be given 3 or 5 bonus points for this massacre. Who gave the Indians that miraculous power? Amazing...!!! But why Mahela kept on using Malinga when he's severely beaten (96 for 7.4)? Why he's continuously dumping Dilshan away from bowling in last few matches? He doesn't like him? Once Sanga deprived Dilshan of a world record when he had scored a century and one wicket short of a 5 for haul and there were few more wickets. Sri iLanka cricket needs drastic changes including attitude changes of senior players to do away with personal clashes and jealousy.

  • POSTED BY I.RAGHURAM on | February 28, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @ Fabian Enio Dsilva, Umesh Malaka Herath, Najith Wijesinghe & other Srilankan supporters...... SOME OF U HAD EARLIER SAID THAT INDIA DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE IN THE FINALS... WHERE R U NOW ?????

  • POSTED BY CUSE on | February 28, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    As a Sri Lanka fan, I would like to congratulate India. It is an amazing victory under pressure. I still can't think where Sri Lanka went wrong !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Nothing is impossible for the world champions they had showed what they are capable of..Beating Srilanka in just 36.4 overs pity in srilankan bowlers..Srilanka pack your bags because u r also going to lose from australia..So Indians hav a blast in AUSTRALIA

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | February 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Fabian Enio Dsilva: Let's see who needs to pack their bags on Friday. By the way, your own players have quitted their test careers just to play IPL and you know to whom I am talking about. And if IPL is useless, why your players are playing the same. Just ask them to quit IPL and you stop watching the same, simple... And may I know the names who were betting on winning the WC????

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @muhamadumair. and thats why we chased it! Bravo India!!!!!Congrts for the astonishing win...India proved the upper hand against SL in away matches too!

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever : Equations are formed based on Indian batting !! so nothing can be calculated before Indians start batting. @ Umesh Malaka Herath : Happiest thing in this match is Malinga's Econ : 12.53 worst than T20. Thank for having him in SL team.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | February 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    One more example why we need to get rid of the oldies in the team... the youth are better if given the opportunity

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | February 28, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Quoting the exact words by the Cricinfo commentator in the 46th over of the Sri Lankan innings - "Just in case India's batsmen had hopes of winning with a bonus point, the bowlers are ensuring such dreams will die a quick death" LOL.

  • POSTED BY Great_Chucker on | February 28, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Hope JohnanathaJoseph,Herath@UK and all SL fans won't come out of this humilating thrashing their team got...we have 1billion in population and our nations not only play cricket but hockey,chess,tennis etc...has SL produced a V.Anand..or Peas/Bhuppathi or Sania Nehawal..""""""""NO""""""""""""""

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    look its the way how win play hats up for VIKAT KHOLI

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @ ranga silva .... we don't gods to annihilate sri lanka dude....beating australia is tough....bt sri lanka ....we do that time and again....:*

  • POSTED BY Spelele on | February 28, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    OMG! What sort of crazy cricket was that??? Remarkable stuff from Kohli and Raina! I hope the Indian selectors were watching. Today was a clear indication of what youngsters can do if given a sustained run like Kholi and Raina have. The running was super amazing from the two. Compare that to the slow and lethargic running of Tendulkar in the last match when he ran himself out (and then claimed to have been impinged by Lee!). Wow! This is what we all neutral fans want from India. A competing India is good for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | February 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    India are gonna play in the form of Aussies. India i have always supported you and i really hope you qualify, gr8 cricket !

  • POSTED BY trumpoz on | February 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    O......M......G what just happened here?

  • POSTED BY Higher_Order_Mutant on | February 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    India have pulled off an unbelievable victory today. They played like world champions. Srilanka is destroyed and Malinga is massacred. Hope that this would help India, as Srilanka would have been battered psychologically.

    This is what I love to see in the entire scorecard :-) SL Malinga 7.4 0 96 1 12.52

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | February 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    BRAVO VIRAT . RAINA & ROHIT SHOULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM HIM . HAD TO FEEL FOR DILSHAN . LOOKS LIKE 160 IS AN UNLUCKY SCORE FOR HIM .

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    im a sri lankan...but all credit goes to india..what an amazing performance by kohli...congrats to india...

  • POSTED BY Akheel on | February 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Well played India! gerat entertainment. SL gona be back with bang, come friday.

  • POSTED BY Springbok111 on | February 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Gorgeous innings by Kohli! Well done lad!

  • POSTED BY Daran9 on | February 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    As a SL fan, Big salute to Virat Kholi! Brilliant. Well done India. This is a confidence booster.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Take that Sri Lanka !! Well played India !!! I guess your Australian summer isn't over yet. Virat Kohli - what a player !! the future of India. I am proud of you man. Absolutely THRASHED Malinga.. made him look like a school boy. This is what the world champions can do if they put their hearts and minds to it. Like Ravi Shastri said on t.v, India have annihilated SL. Now it's all up to Australia to beat SL.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Few Indian fans believed india can win, What a batting !!! Indians rocked !! Show them how we play !!! World Champs...

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | February 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    TAKE THAT!! Finally, they let their bats do the talking. Finally. Its been a long wait. And boy, worth the wait...

  • POSTED BY lionspaw on | February 28, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Hats off India! You showed that you are still the world champions. Great chaise and one of the best chaise I have ever seen. Now our team has to win the match against austrlia to reach the finals. Thank you team India for making this tournament more competitive. Im waiting to see some comments from indian fans who criticised their team for last fortnight. As I told you guys earlier you have one of the best teams in the world and you have to support them not only on their wins but also when they loose. They need you more when they loose. As we Srilankans this is one of the largest defeats in the history of our cricket. But we back our team and we will be there for them and we love our team. All the best Sri Lanka on 2nd March.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Good job Done delightful performance by all pretty impressive job done by hohli and raina nice !!!!!!! Very happy.........Congratulations Team India.........

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    We are not the type of fans who blame for one loss after continues victories ..... Go Sri Lanka and make a roo roast and give Indians a ride home on the next match .... :D

    BTW congratulations India . that was a great performance

  • POSTED BY muski on | February 28, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Ian Chappel was talking of the Swagger. Virat's Swagger reminds one of Viv Richards. We all talk of the how much Talent Rohit Sharma has. However, we know too well that he only flatters to deceive. Assuming that Aussies beat SL and India sneak into the final, the only change that should be made for the final is to drop " Sir" Ravindra Jadeja and bring in Ifran who should be fit by then hopefully. Maybe now Sangakara can eat his words about Indians not being able to play well abroad- atleast they play well against the Lankans and today's was pure annhilation.

  • POSTED BY wwechampsaad on | February 28, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    india winssssss. I am pakistani but i was in the side of india because they win against australia with four wickets. Inshallah australia will beat sri lanka and Australia vs india in final and can be dejawu

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Hate to do this @Um itesh Malaka Herath : Never jump the gun. Malinga your strike bowler was plastered for 96 runs in under 8 overs..Phew.. @Ranga Silva: You commented 'Chak De India! You can do it in 40 overs with all the Gods in your team! Lol!'. Well.. No comments from my side except that own country is still in India..LOL! Dhanushka Sampath Nihe on (February 28 2012, 06:50 AM GMT) Sri Lanka is going to win with a bonus point........well played boys......ha..ha...Bonus was that the India did not need 40 overs even to put it past Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    A MIRACLE. india jeetgaya.superb century by kohli. Lol,malinga 7.4 overs 96 runs .just missed the century :D CHAK DE ... \m/

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    wow...........great great great.....match

  • POSTED BY randhira on | February 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Well played India. Brilliant. Everybody contributed at the right time. Hey ! What's wrong with Malinga. No control, No line and length, No swing, No yorkers, Nothing. Sad ! Looks like he's not in good form. I strongly believe Sri Lankan coaches should sooner address this matter before the finals. Sri Lankan Batting was excellent. Dilshan and Sanga played there role. But bowlers have let them down. Everybody, including all the bowlers should address this matter sooner. Well played India. You showed the world that you guys are the real champs. I don't like Kohli, but well played dude.Good knock.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | February 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    So much for the SL team peaking at the right time. Pity these guys leave the best batting for the last. Kohli can certainly come back with fond memories of the two hundreds.

  • POSTED BY nachami on | February 28, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    THE PITCH OFFERED SO MUCH FOR BATTING. HAD WE BATTED FIRST, WE WOULD HAVE GONE! GOOD DECISION BY DHONI. WE CANNOT BLAME OUR BOWLERS. THEY HAD DONE A DECENT JOB. LOOK AT THE SKILLFUL AND TALENTED MALINGA! IT IS FANTASTIC, OUR BATSMEN PLAYED THEIR ROLE TODAY. MANY MORE SUCCESS TO COME.. COME ON TEAM INDA.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | February 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Dead flat wicket and they did well. Not world champions yet but they did well in one match at least in this long and terrible tour for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @muhamadumair well u got your answer don't comment when match is going on coz anything can happen in cricket and it's happened today we won the match in 37overs.... chak de india..... LOL SL cant defend 321 runs in 40 overs

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Come SL fans ...come , lets talk :).....

  • POSTED BY dan_loves_cricket on | February 28, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    wow..what a performance from India..and specially from Gambhir and Kohli..kohli is a very special player...well done India.Now the series opens up again..Sri lanka will have to beat Australia to go to the finals and there won't be any more dead rubbers..Well played India and best of luck Sri lanka.- Sri lankan fan

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    enjoy the win and forget the defeats, let the bcci or whoever decide what needs to be done, as a viewer I just take it as a sport ! cheers guys, well played !

  • POSTED BY GreenGoat on | February 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    congrats team india - truely a superb game (despite ending up on the losing side)... india pulled off a miracle today with overs to spare, and sri lanka, its ur turn to show how its done with the back against the wall on friday.... lets make it Aus vs. SL final...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @umesh malak .... India won the match.,,... Ur King Malinga was the waste bowler for Srilanka....

  • POSTED BY Potatis on | February 28, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Well how did that happen? :) 320 in less than 40 overs, where was this spirited fight earlier in the series? Sri Lanka's bowlers were rubbish tonight though.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    For all those doubting thomases out there.. India did it and in style..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Well done India, appreciate your fight.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Hat off guys. Good chase Kohli proves he has stepped up.

  • POSTED BY SaneVoice on | February 28, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    CONGRATS to all Indians on this forum!!!! Something to cheer at last!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Finally,We have subcontinent kind of pitch in Australia,! India showed we r world champs!

  • POSTED BY Manush on | February 28, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Great win for India. Hats off to Vi rat Kohl. Well planned and executed right from Shewag to Raina. India deserves victory and congrats!!

  • POSTED BY Attractivue on | February 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    First of all, congratulations to India and thanks to Kohli for such an amazing entertainment.

    Now, can someone please tell me why didn't Sri Lanka take their bowling power play after the 40th over?

  • POSTED BY Abid_Nasim on | February 28, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Very well Played ........Kohli and gang did it for India

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | February 28, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    From an Aussie, I have to say I loved watching Kohlis innings, especially after he passed 100. This is the same pitch and bowling attack that Forrest crawled to 104 off 138 balls against. Innings like Kohlis is what 50 cricket needs. So much more substance than the 20 over game.

  • POSTED BY Srish75 on | February 28, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Team India will prove they are the current Champions!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Personal message to Sachin: Please retire before getting humiliated. There is nothing for you to prove any thing to any body. You are not good enough to be in the first Indian 11 but you keep blocking a youngster to play in your place. There is nothing great about scoring 100 international centuries when you play double the number of matches of any player in the History of the game. Please it does not make any sense to accomplish any individual land mark when the country is loosing. The scores of your fans and even some past players keep supporting your place in the team based on your past achievements. For God's sake, retire from all forms of cricket. You have stuck on to your place far too long. Please Go.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Dhoni should be dropped from captaincy and Kholi/ Gambhir should take the lead

  • POSTED BY gkpai on | February 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Hi......... Any body pls explain how can indian team attain the bonous ponus point in this match..........

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    ok what if sri lanka wants to take their bowling powerplay after 40 overs?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Well match interestingly poised.. Malinga's 6 overs and how powerplay is going to work is the key!!

  • POSTED BY JM_RSA on | February 28, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ the moment, the chase paced perfectly - 19overs - 153/2, just need to be 160 @ 20overs, and do the same that they have done so far, target the powerplays

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    At the end of the 18th over of Indian innings...This is an F50I match!

  • POSTED BY go_pk_go on | February 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    So the misery of indian cricket is going to end soon

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    India need to look out for the reasons for the consistent flop in last couple of overseas tours.. You gotta fix something if u see it broken.. Otherwise, u r not going to save it.. As for me, the amount of cricket players play and the support staffs looks to be the first thing to be taken into account.. Flectcher doesnt seem that much interested? I am not seeing any sort of changes or application from him on the team.. The real role of coach comes in when the team is losing or the team is not gelling enough.. So far, i never saw anything special from Flectcher when the team is losing.. Not sure anyone from BCCI or any player/captain has some interference on Flectcher but even that is a blot on his experienced coaching career.. Not sure of which player need to play and which player need to be dropped.. Youngsters who got chance failed to grab and the bowlers are still not fit.. Tough days for the team and it will remain unless tough decisions are taken..

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | February 28, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    320 off 40 overs. 8 per over. Pretty simple stuff. To put it into perspective, a par score in 20 over cricket is 160. But India need to do that twice, and have wickets in hand to last the second lot of 20 overs. Tough indeed.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Lady on | February 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    India now should pack up your stuff to pick the next flight... it is a real waste of time.

  • POSTED BY Srydryn on | February 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Shocking decisions by the Indian team management today! why didn't they try Manoj Tiwary instead of Suresh Raina? MT is a good fielder and would have played with fire in the belly just to prove a point. What happened to Dhoni's logic of giving youngsters a chance? Dhoni won the toss and not chose to bat despite losing all matches chasing.why? If not anything, it would have helped Sachin & Sehwag to bat freely without having to chase a target, that too on a good batting wicket.

  • POSTED BY go_pk_go on | February 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    After putting 320 runs, Indian batsman would be happiest among all, as no expectation and pressure on them get the bonus point

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    James Pattinson back on the scene and none of the Sri Lankan's have faced him, It would be like Machant De Lange of South africa played his 1st match against the Sri Lankan's and picked up 7 wickets,will history repeat it self again,both are identical in stature...!!! the MAESTRO MAHELA BETTER HAVE A PLAN TO COMBAT HIM OR ANOTHER PALTRY SCORE LIKE IN PAARL.....!!!! BEWARE LIONS....IN BRISBANE HE TOOK 6/37 IN A RECENT SHIELD MATCH..........

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    india are ina big fat trouble

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni and gang, like Sharda Ugra said in her article you are genuinely a bunch of clowns at the Circus without a Ring Master. Go home with some more excuses as you are all very good at that atleast after this game as for sure you are out of the tournament. Go home and play the long awaited IPL as you are anxiously waiting to make those extra bucks and lose your interest in playing for the country. Very rightly said a long time ago by some cricket legends that this IPL will ruin the natural game and it has and showing now. The world cup win was a fluke otherwise it was SL that the world were betting on winning. I hope BCCI and the Team Management will look into this disgraceful return of the Indian Cricket Team and decide what to do next. Throw the players who are not interested in playing for the country and look for new and fresh blood who want to do something for their nation.This present team really look like a bunch of circus clowns who have disgraced themselves and hurt their

  • POSTED BY DSUS on | February 28, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    My money is on Sri Lanka already for this match AND the CB series, and also on India for winning the 2015 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    :D Yah dhoni, shewag, tendulkar can Fire...if Malinga, Kulasekara, Thisara, herath not the match....they all in SL team..only a Dream for india.I know SL win this with Bonus point... Congrate SL buddies :) Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeer Up and Thumbs UP

    Proud to be lions

  • POSTED BY TenCricket on | February 28, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    BCCI, please get Kapil dev's advice, he is very innovative and bring good coach preferably Stephen Fleming

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Shewag's slashes and cuts and those belligerent strokes are missed, Gambhir's consistency has lost its track, Little legend's legendary classic drives r missed, Kohli's youth aggression and passion fades, Raina's powerpacked cameos r jus not coming, Dhoni's run a ball innings building tactics seemed useless, Jadeja's powerful comeback in the team have been undershadowed by his own irresponsible innings, Ashwin's venomous spin variations now seem to loose it toxicity, Praveen Kumar's threatening swing has lost its thrills, Vinay Kumar's variations seemed inadequate to penetrate the defenses of opponents, Irfan Pathan's heroic history r yet to reach its par, Yadav's consistent above 145 kmph seemed to be no trouble to nyone, Zaheer's deadly both inswingers & outswingers and late fascinating reverse swings r missed coz he himself is in and out of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    c'mon india nothing s impossible... guys pray for indias victory... sewag and sachin need to put a big start atleast 100 runs from the first powerplay will giv em a lot f confidence..... ... in 3rd powerplay srilanka shud concede atleast 75 or 80 runs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    I saw one Indian supporter was holding a banner saying "today match SL - 160 all out and Ind - 161/2:...SL scored exactly double and i hv my doubds whether Ind will b all out for 160

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    We had bought a Television set one year before Tendulkar's debut. Finally after much maintenance and repair work the Television retires after 24 strong years but Tendulkar won't.

  • POSTED BY DaniMajo on | February 28, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Great knock from Dilshan and Sangakara i liked both the centuries

  • POSTED BY DSUS on | February 28, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Well at this point India going through to the finals is as likely as winning the lotto. Indian fans should own it and admit SL and AUS showed more heart and better performances on this tour. It feels like the next series India wins is going to be a while - In a summer a little more than 3 years from now ;)

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | February 28, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    is this team really deserved to be called as world champion???is there any team which is as insipid as this indian team???they cant bat,cant bowl,i want to know is there no pride playing for a nation???Dhoni its time to make few more excuses,plz plz we want to hear new innovative excuses for which u r now famous

  • POSTED BY sunilreddy on | February 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    We have gods in the team who consistently failed in pressure situations but still we blow the trumpet we have the world's best batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    India will not reach even 200 in 40 overs...its impossible too get 320...they wil give their life for IPL...but wont consider anything when comes to country..

  • POSTED BY royaljebinking on | February 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    India will win this match. i hope they win win bonus points. Sachin and Shewag must score century each. LL pray to god for India !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | February 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Brumby90 - why should people look at the net run rate? NRR didn't come into it if India got the bonus point today (which of course they won't now) and SL lost vs Aus. Try educating yourself regarding the qualification system for the finals before commenting on what other people should look at. But I wonder what controversy the indians will dredge up as an excuse for today's effort? Which semi marginal umpiring decision will be blown out of all proportion? Seriously, I have never seen a side with less pride in their performance than the indians this summer.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka. You are half way to FINAL. You will be able to breath after getting Dhoni out. until then keep the grip on Indian Bros. Good Luck

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    It's time to put a full stop to this IPL or just shorten the tournament and give more focus and rest to the International players. What Arjuna Ranathunga hints before the 1st IPL is becoming the reality, Sri Lanka suffered that in 2011 now its the pay back time for india. Tournaments like IPL or BPL can be good for the players to gain some bucks and become millionaires but it is doing more damage to them as it shortens the long career. Its one of the worst ever bowling display i ve scene recently from India, and the brilliance of Dilly and Sanga with the highest 2nd wicket partnership ever for SL. Well done LADS!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Get back to work Lovely people.... India is coming home

  • POSTED BY uthpalasanjeewa on | February 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    India will lost today, but somehow if they won this, they have to watch another big match with praying their all gods......

  • POSTED BY Bang_La on | February 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @ Nurul Hasan, you are right! its IPL in every cell of their brains and bodies. Ah IPL, ah so much money.

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | February 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    hurryyyyyy srilanka .............India go home and win some series ....Dhoni and big guns only won 2 matches that also in last overs ....so now go home and sleep well think of IPL ahead of ASIA CUP ..... thats how Indians players think now a days ......Sril lanka will win this CB Series ..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @Nikhilesh: Are u kidding buddy? come on grow up........are u seeing any possibility of Sachin and Sehwag getting a century today after what they both have been performing right throughout this whole tour.......????? even if India wins today with a BONUS POINT (getting those runs in 40 overs maximum)....that will not guarantee India a place in the Finals.......so come on lets accept the reality India has been below par right throughout this summer..........there is no unity in the team which is quite apparent...it seems as if they are not playing for their country...their body language says it all.....its the harsh reality :(

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I am going to sleep. When I wake up I want to see India has reached Finals. I am gonna dream about it :)

  • POSTED BY AjitDJ on | February 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Even if India does score these runs within 40 overs, SL have another match to make amend. So Indian supporters, stop dreaming about India making it to the finals. At best, they can just win this match in 40 or 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Brumby90...if india wins by a bonus point, they wuld b more than srilanka by 1 point...nd then if srilanka lose to aus, srilanka wuld b one point adrift from india still...so nrr is not coming into equation at all...however, with india's current form, that wouldnt b required..!

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | February 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    India has become a laughing stock in world cricket. No fighting spirit, no ability to adapt, no courage..... Indians should have packed their bags and went home long while ago and stick with playing in their flat tracks.... Sri Lankans are giving them a real pounding...

  • POSTED BY eshanp on | February 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Oh well, won the toss, that excuse is out the window. India is simply not good enough at this level. Wasim Akram says this is like watching 1960's cricket. To be frank it would have been better to play Bangladesh or Zimbabwe this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    dilshan..i forgive u,what a knock after long longggggggg time,sweet:)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Dilshan you beauty.....good performance Sri Lanka.....where the hell is Misbah....IS HE WATCHING THIS!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    As per calculations of needing 1.25 rr over SL, India need to chase in 41.5 overs and not 40 overs.....Not saying its possible, but still INDIA can try

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    India can easily achieve the taget if sehwag fires at the top n dhoni at the bottom !!! Cheers ...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Forget about scoring 300+ in 40 overs. Looking at the Indian team don't think they will bat full 50 overs. I hope they bounce back hard and gear up for the next series when they get back home.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Job well done by Lions again... beware of them India & Australia.......congrats.

  • POSTED BY sunnysaeed on | February 28, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    The Target to complete in 40 hours with 8+ per over is kind of miracle due to current perfoemance of indian batting line up ....

    hats off to SL who played classy innings and threat to Australia for their upcoming matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I feel its Sri lanka who is gonna get the bonus pt..LOL..No way india gonna bat full 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    It remind me this game http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/430886.html where viru scored 146 hope it will be back here again come on India

  • POSTED BY GreenGoat on | February 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    wow... dilshan got more runs, but sanga was brilliant today... he was always looking in good touch, and today with the good pitch played some scintillating shots - hope his form continues in the CB series.... anyway, lets see how India does, this is a more familar pitch type for both teams but 320 from 240 balls is gonna be difficult - its gotta be pristine viru or sachin show :) (if we loose, personally, i hope its a sachin show - after all, wht are good neighbors for!!)

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Definitely the team work is missing for India. Is it fatigue or tired of losing? Can't deny that Yuvi is sorely missed, he made a lot of difference in the world cup matches either in bowling or in batting.

  • POSTED BY Chatsworth on | February 28, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Punching Bag Punching back

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Shame on Indian supporters! They were happy when India was in winning streak. Whenever India going down the indian supporters are turning against them. This is not good my friends... Win or lost you should appreciate their effort. We are Srilankan here not blaming the team while they are in loosing streak. Come on India, be positive, don't be jealous or don't be foolish.

  • POSTED BY ltcdrkishorekumar on | February 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    I bet india will all out in 140.. What is your bet mate? It is based on statistics

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Why don't India try for a Change in batting order? Let Jadeja and dhoni open the innings, then Shewag, then Gambir, Tendulkar, Raina,................

  • POSTED BY nkvernekar on | February 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    i would rate this century by dilshan much much higher than sehwags 200 in totally dead pitch. indians are heroes only at home. they not even score 30 to 40 runs in an innings. Experienced guys are useless and should learn from srilankans.Poor Indians go home take rest and wait for home series to make a comeback or even IPL.

  • POSTED BY datewithdestiny on | February 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @Brumby: Mate you seriously need to look at the rules and understand.. Although your point now is taken that India will still not make.. 321 in 40 overs...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Why don't India try for a Change in batting order? Let Jadeja and dhoni open the innings, then Shewag, then Gambir, Tendulkar, Raina,................

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Now lets see the reigning world champions chase that in 40 overs! Or maybe they should pack up and head back to india without even giving it a go, would save a lot of agony for poor indian fans and save some time and money doing it!

  • POSTED BY taniap on | February 28, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    @Brumby90, net run rate wouldn't matter if India gets the bonus point (and win of course) from this match and SL loses to Aus. Then, both Ind and SL would be on equal number of wins and they'd look at head-to-head record (before looking at the nett run rate) I think - this is where Ind will have the edge over SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @SACHIN TENDULKAR, if Bradman did a 99.94, you should consider retiring at 99. You'll be remembered more for that.

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | February 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Congrats to SL!! Hope SL win CB series! If my team couldn't do it, the next Asian team should!! After all, SL men have played VERY well and truly are deserving winners over Aus. Even if we had chose batting today after toss, I still don't think our team would've done anything different. We are just clearly struggling. Plenty lessons to be learned. Few Indian fans will take all these losses as a blessing in disguise and hope BCCI wakes up!!!! Even if Team India plays in India right now, I don't see them winning and hope the players snap out of whatever it is that they are going through!!

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Chak De srilanka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Team India can Achieve a lot:)

  • POSTED BY ltcdrkishorekumar on | February 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Some times batsment dont do well, some times fielders and today it is bowlers time to, not to do well. They are all doing it in a roster. good indian Team . Dont dare to come home. Ask BCCI for another tour to Zimbabwe to play with their local team. Not with the national team u will loose badly..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    I just want to know whether Ravindra Jadeja is a good player or not? he hasnt impressed us with the bowling or batting, however he is auctioned for highest amount. He has not performed in this series much less any other series, however he has not been dropped. No talks of dropping him. who is he? why is not been dropped despite poor performance? need some answers

  • POSTED BY taniap on | February 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Despite many opinions I think it was the right descision by Dhoni to bowl first. He would have thought it would be easier to chase when aiming for the bonus point - but I guess Dilly and Sanga had other ideas. All is not lost for India, if Sewag fires, they have a chance,... the good news is they can go all gus blazing, nothing to lose now,...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    there is no way india can get a bonus point. I think they should just focus on winning the match if possible. Just to take something out of the game atleast.Even that looks very hard

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    finally,we are going to loose this match.only miracle can happen if sehwag and endulkar plays ib their 200 runs way...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    amazing innings .

    very well

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Heh! Heh! World Champs !!!

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | February 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @Nurul Hasan- Well said. Only on Sunday the skipper said that in the current form, the team can win only if bowlers restrict the opposition under 200! Now they have a mountain to climb under lights on a Hobart pitch! Forget gaining a bonus point, the situation looks ripe for conceding one! Kudos to the Sri Lankan team for finding their feet and playing as a unit and with purpose. Jayawardene at the top of order makes a difference with his batting and with his aggressive, single blocking fields, he makes a differences through his captaincy as well!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    i like DILSHAN, he is the man. Sri Lanka is the next great thing to happen in cricket, and of cause followed by Zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Today India has to put them into bat to know how many to score. If India batted first scored even 300, it would not be useful. But can India score 320 in 40 overs. Our bowlers are already thinking that they are in aeroplane, not on the ground.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to win with a bonus point........well played boys......

  • POSTED BY Obot on | February 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Well I think Srilanka deserve to be in final... if India qualifies then it will be an easy victory for Aus....

  • POSTED BY shadabkhankhan on | February 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    end of the road for india. but why not pathan playing. he can have his spot for his batting, no need to bowl. his batting technique is better than all the batsman india have...he must be there..

  • POSTED BY taniap on | February 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    India must go all guns blazing at this score, they will not get a chance to 'accumulate' runs. Who knows if Sewag fires they have a chance....

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Chak De India! You can do it in 40 overs with all the Gods in your team! Lol!

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Indian team never bats first. There was not a single match in the whole series where Indian team batted first. The result could have been far more different than what they are now. This tendency of falsely backing the batting order to get the run while chasing is a flawed one or else there might be a case of batsman being tentative after there poor run in the tour.

  • POSTED BY lazyplayers on | February 28, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    C'mmon Indian fans. Lets start with our excuses and the greatest batsman etc etc.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I cant believe it....at times when the Indian skipper has been blaming tosses.........today he won the toss and put SL in to score as many runs as they like...and then chase that down inside 40 overs...when the team has been struggling to chase any target in 50 overs....forget that India has been struggling to bat out even full 50 overs while chasing...really poor stuff from India :( its hard to understand the tactics............it seems as if they dont want to stay in Australia for even one more day........yeah they deserve some much needed ''rest'' for the IPL yeah.........its IPL that matters now a days.....playing for India is not the important thing which was used to be earlier......real shame...but its true :(

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | February 28, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    SL running away with the match, India sinking to the inevitable elimination even before the 1st leg is over. No way they are going to come back from this position.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Go home India. Don't forget to take back the players who deserved a chance but sat out on the bench. In the middle of the Sri lanka innings going so well, Sachin might score a century now, Sehwag might score a century later on ( I am sure one of them will ) but India has been outclassed, outplayed. After this some or all of them will become millionaires like Jadeja (IPL auction).

  • POSTED BY yug20 on | February 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    SL are well in course to make 300 from here.... very tough task for Indian batsmen to win and that too with a bonus points.... The Indian team are just going through the motion and finishing their final game of the tournament and haven't shown much zeal to get those points.....they just want to go home and take rest...

  • POSTED BY Brumby90 on | February 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Are people seriously not looking athe net run rate. it is IMPOSSIBLE for India to get through no matter what they win by. SL would have to be bowled out for literally 20 in both games.... Aussies and SL have already qualified

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    DHONI IS GIVING JADEJA THE PART TIMER ANOTHER CHANCE DESPITE HIS REGULAR FAILURE

  • POSTED BY Mr.Commentator on | February 28, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Well,Irfan is out, then who will score for team india. Sehwag/Sachin should be out, atleast for this is.

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | February 28, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    damn, mahela threw his wicket, all in sanga's hands

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    monoj deserve a opportunity. but dhoni can't drop suresh raina although he can not score at-least 30. his point is raina save 20 runs. but monoj also a vary good fielder. & he scored a ton in his last played match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    I hope and pray India will not loose with the bonus points to SL. this is what happends everytime India chase SL.AND AUSSIE. Good for SL now they can make loads of runs and India will shout out on the Floodlight.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    any bets they are gonna lose raina still in Jadeja still in when will Tiwari get a look

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Jadeja will again be the talking point but still, i would think he is the last person we need to worry about.. A good performance by batting lineup and if the primary 4 bowlers bowl well, Jadeja ll look a decent cog in the lineup.. As the batting has failed miserably and bowling not picking enough wickets, he is looking a liability to the team..

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  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 28, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Jadeja will again be the talking point but still, i would think he is the last person we need to worry about.. A good performance by batting lineup and if the primary 4 bowlers bowl well, Jadeja ll look a decent cog in the lineup.. As the batting has failed miserably and bowling not picking enough wickets, he is looking a liability to the team..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    any bets they are gonna lose raina still in Jadeja still in when will Tiwari get a look

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    I hope and pray India will not loose with the bonus points to SL. this is what happends everytime India chase SL.AND AUSSIE. Good for SL now they can make loads of runs and India will shout out on the Floodlight.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    monoj deserve a opportunity. but dhoni can't drop suresh raina although he can not score at-least 30. his point is raina save 20 runs. but monoj also a vary good fielder. & he scored a ton in his last played match.

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | February 28, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    damn, mahela threw his wicket, all in sanga's hands

  • POSTED BY Mr.Commentator on | February 28, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Well,Irfan is out, then who will score for team india. Sehwag/Sachin should be out, atleast for this is.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    DHONI IS GIVING JADEJA THE PART TIMER ANOTHER CHANCE DESPITE HIS REGULAR FAILURE

  • POSTED BY Brumby90 on | February 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Are people seriously not looking athe net run rate. it is IMPOSSIBLE for India to get through no matter what they win by. SL would have to be bowled out for literally 20 in both games.... Aussies and SL have already qualified

  • POSTED BY yug20 on | February 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    SL are well in course to make 300 from here.... very tough task for Indian batsmen to win and that too with a bonus points.... The Indian team are just going through the motion and finishing their final game of the tournament and haven't shown much zeal to get those points.....they just want to go home and take rest...

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Go home India. Don't forget to take back the players who deserved a chance but sat out on the bench. In the middle of the Sri lanka innings going so well, Sachin might score a century now, Sehwag might score a century later on ( I am sure one of them will ) but India has been outclassed, outplayed. After this some or all of them will become millionaires like Jadeja (IPL auction).