Commonwealth Bank Series - 2nd match

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 4 wickets (with 20 balls remaining)

Play about to start at the WACA, India do their huddle before walking out to the middle, Tharanga and ex-captain Dilshan to open for Sri Lanka as usual. Zaheer to open with the first new ball

shri: "Playing 2 spinners on WACA pitch one of the world's fastest, Dhoni has still not learned his lessons after the MCG thumping."

Eric: "SL going in without a specialist spinner? Bold move that!"

Vaidy: "Poor Irfan: is he going to be a tourist on the ODI leg, like Rohit was on the Test leg? And when suddenly called upon, will be so rusty, that he will invariably fail and be booted out..."

Narahs: "We are the first team in the ODI history to open with two double centurions!"

11.50 am: Mahela Jayawardene wins the toss and Sri Lanka will bat

Mahela: "Looks like a vary good batting wicket. We need to adjust to different conditions, we are looking forward to the first game of the series. We finished off well in South Africa. It's good to be back [as captain], it is a new challenge for me."

Dhoni: "We have a couple of changes. Sehwag back, Gambhir is out, Rahul Sharma is injured, Zaheer Khan is back." So India will rotate their three senior batsmen, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir, in this series to give the younger batsmen a longer run. Makes complete sense. Three medium-pacers for India then, gives their attack a more balanced look compared to the one that played at the MCG

11.40 am The grass on the WACA pitch is a bit patchy, says Ian Chappell and that might cause some deliveries to take off, he feels. There will be value for the horizontal-bat shots, for batsmen who are able to play them

11.35 am Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second match of the ODI tri-series in Australia. India and Sri Lanka meet for the first time today after the World Cup final in April last year

India were blown away by Australia in the first ODI in Melbourne, with the home side thrashing their spinners and then their fast bowlers did what they had done so successfully through the preceding Test series

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, sharp away movement from a good length outside off stump right away, left alone

0.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, even better, this one pitched a lot fuller and closer to Tharanga, drew his forward into a loose drive, and swerved away to beat the outside edge

Third slip comes in to join Sehwag and Sachin

0.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, Zaheer is getting it to do too much, another one yo-yos away from a length, this time Tharanga holds his bat well inside the line

0.4

Khan to Tharanga, 2 runs, lot fuller this time, and he pushed forward, covering for the away movement and gets it straight past the non-striker

0.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, pushed away on the off side

0.6

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, thickish outside edge as he digs it in back of a length, down to third man

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
WU Tharanga    3* (6b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

PK with the second new ball

1.1

Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, moving away after pitching on a length around leg, dropped softly on the off side for one

1.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, wobbles and shapes away widish from Dilshan, who steadies himself and thumps it hard, but the mistimed stroke takes the ball to extra cover

1.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, fine leave, saw it angle in and leaving him close to off stump and shouldered arms in the end

1.4

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, too wide, and short, Dilshan accepts the offering, winds up and crashes it through cover

1.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, wide again, but pitched up this time, and he lets it go as it moves away

1.6

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, PK gets some bounce but again serves it up short and wide, Dilshan gleefully bashes it past covers

End of over 2 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (5b 2x4)      P Kumar    1-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    4* (7b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0

Shwe: "Where is Umesh Yadav? Why is he not playing on a WACA pitch?"

2.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, slides it just down leg with the angle from over the stumps

2.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, straightening from short of a length on middle, tharanga was looking to work it on the leg side and adjusted to defend down the track

2.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, excellent delivery, holds its line after being darted in around off, Tharanga pushes at it and is beaten

2.4

Khan to Tharanga, OUT, this was coming, Zaheer has toyed with Tharanga, who was getting nowhere against all that movement, he tried advancing down the track to take on Zaheer, but played a half-hearted weak push at one that left him to loop to Sachin at first slip

WU Tharanga c Tendulkar b Khan 4 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

2.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, straightens right away just outside off stump, Sanga gets across and softly defends

2.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, Zaheer is in top gear here, gets it to bounce and straighten from back of a length at 137 kph, Sanga leaves immediately

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 12/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      Z Khan    2-1-3-1
TM Dilshan    8* (5b 2x4)      P Kumar    1-0-9-0

Just the one over for PK, Vinay has replaced him

3.1

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, finds bounce first ball from a short length, on target too, a surprised Dilshan weaves out of the line

3.2

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off as it shapes away a tad

3.3

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, terrific delivery from Vinay, coming in with the angle, drawing Dilshan out, and then leaving him sharply to beat the edge

3.4

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, holds its line some way outside off, Dilshan takes a step out and across and shoulders arms

3.5

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, almost played on, almost, uncertainly pushing at a straighter one ending around off, inside edge on to the back leg and just past the stumps

3.6

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, zip, bounce, away shape, left alone, this is not the bowler who made his Test debut at this ground

End of over 4 (maiden) Sri Lanka 12/1 (RR: 3.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (11b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-1-0-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (2b)      Z Khan    2-1-3-1

4.1

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, gets well across to counter the away shape Zaheer is getting, ends up outside off stump, and defends down the track

4.2

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, leading edge for a boundary through point, Sanga getting lucky, the straighter line made him look for runs towards midwicket, the ball then shaped away to take the edge and went in the air past backward point

4.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back down the pitch

4.4

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, slight width outside off, flashed hard down to third man

4.5

Khan to Dilshan, 3 runs, if it is pitched up he is going after it, that is what he does, Zaheer slants it across on a fuller length, and Dilshan throws his bat at it, not quite timed, but in the gap past extra cover

4.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, left alone as it moves away from a length outside off

End of over 5 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    5* (7b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-1-11-1
TM Dilshan    11* (12b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-1-0-0

5.1

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, tests him with the bouncer at the head, Dilshan looks to hook belatedly, and it flies over the keeper off the helmet

5.2

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, some serious zip and bounce from Vinay, Dilshan does well to leave it alone

5.3

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, pitched fuller, trying to tempt him into the drive, and then shaping away a tad, Dilshan leaves once more

5.4

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter and wider, cut hard down to third man

Sid: "Dilshan not in great form... he is playing against the right opponents.. half the job done.. "

5.5

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, he is getting a long way across looking to get behind the line of the ball, defends solidly this time

5.6

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, pitched fuller at 139 kph and starting to come in around off, he gets forward and smothers it

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1 (RR: 4.16)
KC Sangakkara    5* (9b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-1-1-0
TM Dilshan    12* (16b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-11-1

arun: "What a revelation this vinay is ! improvements every match. silenced his critics ( was among them)"

6.1

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, cramped for room with one coming back from short of a length on middle, still manages to force it behind point

6.2

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, hangs back and across to a good length ball and punches it in front of cover, a clean pick-up could have tested them

6.3

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, fine shot, Dilshan got the fuller length, but did not look to go through extra cover, instead he pushed it hard down the ground past mid off

6.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, cut straight to backward point

6.5

Khan to Dilshan, no run, playing the one holding its line from the crease, and pushing on the off side

6.6

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller and straighter on middle, he nudges it towards midwicket for one

End of over 7 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 32/1 (RR: 4.57)
TM Dilshan    18* (21b 3x4)      Z Khan    4-1-18-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (10b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-1-1-0

7.1

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan tries to take on Vinay, he backs away and tries to scythe the pitched up ball through extra cover, but is beaten by the away movement

7.2

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, belated attempt to leave one outside off, and it dribbles off the bat to third man

7.3

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, well across, and nudges one from around off to midwicket for one

7.4

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, swinging away after being angled in full on middle and leg, pushed hard to mid on

7.5

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, excellent stroke, Vinay gives Dilshan some width with the pitched up delivery, he drives it with the away movement, and it races between the bowler and widish mid off

7.6

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, length ball defended solidly on the off side

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 38/1 (RR: 4.75)
TM Dilshan    23* (26b 4x4)      R Vinay Kumar    3-1-7-0
KC Sangakkara    7* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-1-18-1

Ack: "PK is poor at the death; he should either bowl with the new ball or not be in the side."

8.1

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, was setting himself up across to play for the away movement, this one carried in with the angle and bounced sharply, Sanga did well to adjust and keep it down

8.2

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays in the crease to a length ball moving away and slashes it in the air down to third man

Mid-off is much straighter now

8.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, pushes a pitched up delivery on middle and leg, back to Zaheer

8.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, worked in front of square leg for one

8.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, solidly defended off the front foot on to the leg side

8.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, holding its line slightly widish outside off, left alone

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1 (RR: 4.44)
KC Sangakkara    8* (15b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-1-20-1
TM Dilshan    24* (28b 4x4)      R Vinay Kumar    3-1-7-0

9.1

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, opens the face and runs it to point as it straightens on off

9.2

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, Vinay gives Dilshan the short ball, and he tears into it, smacks the pull off the middle of the bat through square leg

9.3

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run

9.4

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, good work at extra cover, Dilshan had gone hard at this one and stroked it on the up, extra cover dived to his left to stop a certain boundary

9.5

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed softly behind point for one

9.6

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets bat in front of pad to work this straightening length delivery down to fine leg

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 46/1 (RR: 4.60)
KC Sangakkara    9* (16b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    4-1-13-0
TM Dilshan    29* (33b 5x4)      Z Khan    5-1-20-1

PK is back

10.1

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, slides it across the left-hander outside off, Sanga leaves

Chanders: "Can anybody name good bowlers at death from across the world? I cant think of any names!"

10.2

Kumar to Sangakkara, 3 runs, shortish from PK, and Sanga swivels to check the pull in front of square leg

Davis: "@Ack: I totally disagree. With the new rules, two new balls are used from each bowling end. Meaning, even if Praveen comes back as first change or second change bowler he would be using one, which is hardly 5-6 overs old, which is pretty much like a new ball itself."

Lone wide slip now

10.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, throws his bat at a pitched up delivery outside off, which moves away to beat the stroke

10.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 wide, pushes it down leg from back of a length

10.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, short, wide, PK hasn't been consistent with the length today, but he has some protection at sweeper cover now

ference: "Wasim Akram was the best bowler in death overs."

10.5

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, stays in the crease and defends a length ball softly onto the off side

10.6

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, shaping across Sanga from short of a length, he cannot guide it past point

End of over 11 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1 (RR: 4.63)
KC Sangakkara    12* (20b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    30* (35b 5x4)      R Vinay Kumar    4-1-13-0

Sri: "@Chander : Malinga and his yorkers."

11.1

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, Sanga had gone too far up the track as Dilshan pushed towards cover and had to scramble back in as the throw came in

11.2

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, no run, holding its line on a good length on off stump, defended tightly again

11.3

Vinay Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, worked wide of mid on for a run

11.4

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 wide, moving in to the left-hander, but ends up going down leg

Nayyer: "Umar Gul and his yorkers."

11.4

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, better line, ending just around off stump from a good length, defended back to the bowler

11.5

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, struck on the thigh pad with one that comes in from back of a length, the ball rolls away on the off side

11.6

Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, another one moves in, but it pitched fuller, Sanga came forward and across, and flicked superbly between mid on and midwicket, was in the air for a while

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 57/1 (RR: 4.75)
KC Sangakkara    16* (23b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-1-19-0
TM Dilshan    31* (38b 5x4)      P Kumar    2-0-14-0

12.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, pushes well forward to defend, not exactly cleanly, on the off side

12.2

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish length allows him to move across and work towards mid on for one

12.3

Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, good work from Zaheer running across at sweeper cover, it looked like going for four as Sanga made room to slice it high over point, but Zaheer ran across and put in the slide to just haul it back in

12.4

Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, worked eagerly off the pads behind square leg, and they come back for the second comfortably

12.5

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, a run and a diving stop from Raina at extra cover keeps them to one

12.6

Kumar to Dilshan, 2 runs, coming in from a length on off stump, he works it with the angle through square leg

End of over 13 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    34* (41b 5x4)      P Kumar    3-0-22-0
KC Sangakkara    21* (26b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-1-19-0

Jadeja comes on for some spin

13.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, tucked with the spin through midwicket

13.2

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, short delivery, but he cannot guide it past backward point

13.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, another short one spinning away, bit of bounce, dilshan is beaten on the cut as he reaches out for it

13.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, chops a fuller one past slip as he looks to cut once more

13.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, moves across to nudge one from middle and leg towards square leg, Dhoni goes after it

13.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, 2 runs, this time he makes room and gets the cut away past point as Jadeja continues to give him width from short of a length

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1 (RR: 4.85)
TM Dilshan    36* (46b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (27b 2x4)      P Kumar    3-0-22-0

14.1

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to extra cover as it moves across the left-hander after pitching around leg

14.2

Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, takes PK on with a charge, slices the length ball into the ground and past a lunging backward point

14.3

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, pushed straight to mid on and he is not getting the single

haneef: "good sensible batting from these two...hope it continues till the 30th over."

14.4

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, straightish one worked in front of square leg

harish: "More of the same from India. Going through the motions and hoping to contain rather than trying to make a breakthrough. anything over 250 is going to be a steep challenge."

14.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, carries on in with the angle from a good length, pushed to mid on

14.6

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, hangs beside the line in the crease and flashes it down to third man

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 72/1 (RR: 4.80)
TM Dilshan    37* (48b 5x4)      P Kumar    4-0-26-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (31b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0

Ashwin to bowl in the bowling Powerplay

15.1

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, bounce from around the stumps, Dilshan rides it and cuts hard, straight to point

15.2

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, spinning down the pads, rolls away to short fine leg

15.3

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, ending on leg from a good length, he nudges it to midwicket

15.4

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, going across Dilshan around middle, worked in front of square leg

15.5

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, diving stop at midwicket off a fuller one

15.6

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, Ashwin starts with a maiden to Dilshan who pushes this fullish one back to him

End of over 16 (maiden) Sri Lanka 72/1 (RR: 4.50)
TM Dilshan    37* (54b 5x4)      R Ashwin    1-1-0-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (31b 2x4)      P Kumar    4-0-26-0

16.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, Zaheer starts off after drinks and immediately gets it to straighten outside off, pushed away to covers

16.2

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, opens up a tad to a back of a length ball and pushes wide of extra cover

16.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, pitching on off stump and straightening, defended quietly

16.4

Khan to Sangakkara, OUT, superb take from Dhoni, Zaheer has broken the partnership, but he also has Dhoni to thank for pulling off a screamer, Zaheer got Sanga to push at one straightening and bouncing from just short of a length, the edge flew to where first slip would have been, Dhoni went leaping horizontally after it with outstretched arms and held on

KC Sangakkara c †Dhoni b Khan 26 (63m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

16.5

Khan to Chandimal, no run, angled widish across the right-hander, left alone

16.6

Khan to Chandimal, no run, moves across outside off and defends the angled delivery

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 74/2 (RR: 4.35)
LD Chandimal    0* (2b)      Z Khan    6-1-22-2
TM Dilshan    38* (55b 5x4)      R Ashwin    1-1-0-0

17.1

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, down the track to a tossed up ball and nudges it in the air towards midwicket, has to get back

17.2

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, misses the work on the leg side as he moves across

17.3

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, pushed from the crease to midwicket

17.4

Ashwin to Dilshan, 1 run, short, and turning down leg, helped down to fine leg

Slip and leg slip in

17.5

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 wide, turning down the leg side from around the stumps

17.5

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards vacant square leg for an easy single

17.6

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, comes forward and defends with an inside edge on the leg side, Ashwin getting good bounce

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 77/2 (RR: 4.27)
TM Dilshan    39* (60b 5x4)      R Ashwin    2-1-3-0
LD Chandimal    1* (3b)      Z Khan    6-1-22-2

18.1

Khan to Chandimal, no run, gets across and forward and defends a length ball

18.2

Khan to Chandimal, 1 run, worked behind square leg for one

18.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, tries to clobber a pitched up delivery down the ground but mistimes the stroke

around the stumps

18.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, uses the angle to work for one in front of square leg

18.5

Khan to Chandimal, no run, fine push down the track, Zaheer goes down in his followthrough, gets his left hand out, the ball trickles on to the stumps, but Dilshan was well in

18.6

Khan to Chandimal, no run, worked off the pads towards midwicket

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 79/2 (RR: 4.15)
LD Chandimal    2* (7b)      Z Khan    7-1-24-2
TM Dilshan    40* (62b 5x4)      R Ashwin    2-1-3-0

19.1

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, comes down the track as he sees the flight, but it pitches and bounces in to him, and he nudges it softly on the leg side

19.2

Ashwin to Dilshan, 1 run, worked in front of square leg

19.3

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, skips outside the crease and clips with the spin in front of square leg

19.4

Ashwin to Dilshan, 2 runs, goes hard on the drive to a fuller one angled across and gets it past cover

19.5

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, stays back to a flighted full one on middle and leg and works it to midiwicket

19.6

Ashwin to Dilshan, no run, cut straight to point who cannot stop it cleanly but recovers well to prevent the single

India coming back strongly in this Powerplay

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 83/2 (RR: 4.15)
TM Dilshan    43* (67b 5x4)      R Ashwin    3-1-7-0
LD Chandimal    3* (8b)      Z Khan    7-1-24-2

Arun: "I am seeing a very different Zaheer in the fielding today."

20.1

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, pushed through full on off, pushed down the track

20.2

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, comes down to the flighted ball and eases it to long on

20.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, tossed up ball pushed back to Jadeja

20.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, tries to cut this length ball which is slightly outside off, ends up chopping it away

20.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, pushed on the off side

20.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, not wide enough for the cut, bouncing too, he cannot get the stroke past backward point

End of over 21 (1 run) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 4.00)
TM Dilshan    43* (71b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-4-0
LD Chandimal    4* (10b)      R Ashwin    3-1-7-0

PK back again

21.1

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, straightish length ball around off, he tries to move across but ends up pushing it straighter than he would have liked to

21.2

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, wide from PK, Chandimal reaches out and goes for the cut, Virat is in the way at point, he stops it to his right and fires in the throw at the non-striker's, Dilshan has to rush back

21.3

Kumar to Chandimal, no run

21.4

Kumar to Chandimal, 2 runs, on middle and leg, worked behind square leg, Sehwag is not exactly quick in going after it, and they come back for two

21.5

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, pushes away from the body and defends down the track

21.6

Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, way too wide from PK, would have been called one had the batsman not gone after it and slapped it to sweeper cover

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 87/2 (RR: 3.95)
LD Chandimal    7* (16b)      P Kumar    5-0-29-0
TM Dilshan    43* (71b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-4-0

Ali: "Dilshan is a free man today. He is playing a sensible knock."

22.1

Jadeja to Chandimal, 2 runs, moves well across and paddles this one fine on the leg side from off stump

22.2

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, down the track as he sees the flight, ends up pushing it away tentatively

22.3

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, shortish and spinning away, he rocks back and cuts hard through point

22.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, arm ball slides in from a good length, he is beaten on the cut

22.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, this one bounces now from a length, Dilshan gets hold of the cut this time but cannot beat backward point

22.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, FOUR, well done, he was getting nowhere trying to power it away, so he delayed the shot and dabbed it behind point who had no chance

End of over 23 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 94/2 (RR: 4.08)
TM Dilshan    47* (74b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-11-0
LD Chandimal    10* (19b)      P Kumar    5-0-29-0

23.1

Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, moves across and works wide of midwicket

23.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, beaten as he flashes at one that holds its line outside off stump and then swings sharply away after it passes the bat

23.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, chops it towards the keeper on the off side, Dhoni runs in but cannot pick up the ball even as he takes off his glove to throw

23.4

Kumar to Chandimal, FOUR, Chandimal does not let the poor line go unpunished, he moves across to one sliding into the pads, and uses the angle to nudge it fine and wide of the man at fine leg

23.5

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, beaten this time as he wafts at one pitching shortish and moving away from him outside off

23.6

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, pitched up delivery pushed back to PK who throws it back towards Chandimal's stumps aggressively

End of over 24 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 100/2 (RR: 4.16)
LD Chandimal    15* (23b 1x4)      P Kumar    6-0-35-0
TM Dilshan    48* (76b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-11-0

Kosala: "Time to scoop Dilshan..."

24.1

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan finds point with the cut once again

24.2

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, poor throw from Virat after a fine stop prevents a certain run out, Chandimal had no way of getting in after going too hard for the single, Dilshan had set off initially after driving to Virat's right, but Virat's throw was wide and bounced awkwardly at Jadeja

24.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, OUT, Virat gets the chance to make up for that wide throw and does superbly to hold on to a very low catch at point, he pouches it and screams, Dilshan was looking to cut almost everything from Jadeja and could not keep this very wide one down

TM Dilshan c Kohli b Jadeja 48 (102m 79b 6x4 0x6) SR: 60.75

24.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, moves across and nudges behind square leg

24.5

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, pushes back the tossed up ball to Jadeja

24.6

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, another one beaten on the cut, Jadeja is getting some spin and lots of bounce, but they are throwing their bat at everything slightly short

End of over 25 (1 run) Sri Lanka 101/3 (RR: 4.04)
LD Chandimal    15* (25b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      P Kumar    6-0-35-0

babu: "Kosala Dilshan scooped by Jadeja."

25.1

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, left alone as it bounces and moves away outside off

25.2

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, another one left alone outside off

25.3

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, outside edge as Mahela pushes forward with a slightly open face, just falls short of the man at widish slip

25.4

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, moves eagerly across this time, and nudges on the leg side

25.5

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, nippy length delivery smothered on the off side

25.6

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, dabs a widish one down to third man, was in the air for a while

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 102/3 (RR: 3.92)
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (7b)      P Kumar    7-0-36-0
LD Chandimal    15* (25b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-12-1

Raghu: "Mahela against his favorite team. The world cup knock is fresh in everyones mind.."

26.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, big appeal for lbw, Mahela struck on the pad as he pushes forward, it was the arm ball, he was a long way forward, and the bounce at Perth always puts doubt in the umpires' minds, replays show it would have just touched the top of the bails

26.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, tries to paddle from way outside off, and gets a top edge behind point

26.3

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run

26.4

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run

26.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushes well forward and out to sweeper cover

26.6

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, makes a bit of room and pushes in front of point

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 106/3 (RR: 3.92)
LD Chandimal    17* (28b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (10b)      P Kumar    7-0-36-0

27.1

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, widish, as has been PK's tendency today, cut to point

27.2

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, pitched up this time, pushed down the track

27.3

Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, wide again, flashes at the cut, on the bounce to Ashwin at third man

27.4

Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's the way to play the cut, Mahela off the front foot, delays the shot to get it wide of a diving point and a lumbering Ashwin has no chance running across from third man

27.5

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, reaches out a to a pitched up wide one and guides it to point

27.6

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, whoa, Mahela is surviving some close moments, he walked down the track, wanted to work this one from outside off on the leg side, the leading edge went just over point

End of over 28 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 112/3 (RR: 4.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (13b 1x4)      P Kumar    8-0-42-0
LD Chandimal    18* (31b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-16-1

28.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, pushed to extra cover off the front foot

28.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, chipped down to long off, was in the air for a long time

28.3

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, worked to midwicket

28.4

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, misses the paddle as he tries to take it from outside off

28.5

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, another cut finds Virat Kohli at backward point, busy man

28.6

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, quickish full one pushed off the inner part of the bat to Jadeja

End of over 29 (1 run) Sri Lanka 113/3 (RR: 3.89)
LD Chandimal    18* (35b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-17-1
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (15b 1x4)      P Kumar    8-0-42-0

29.1

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, holding its line outside off stump, left alone as it bounces

29.2

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 wide, wider and moving further away, called one this time

29.2

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, PK has been mostly wide today, Mahela can flash at this one, thickish edge down to third man

29.3

Kumar to Chandimal, no run, gets across and punches to extra cover

Mahela has completed 2,000 ODI runs against India now

29.4

Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, whipped down to fine leg off the pad

29.5

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, well bowled, nipping in from a good length, Mahela gets bat down just in time

29.6

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, defends on the off side and looks for one, but cover is quick to get to the ball

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 116/3 (RR: 3.86)
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (19b 1x4)      P Kumar    9-0-45-0
LD Chandimal    19* (37b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-17-1

30.1

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, down the track and clips in front of square leg

30.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, flighted full, he waits for it but ends up pushing it back to the bowler

30.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed softly in front of cover for one

30.4

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, skips out and eases the full one to long off

30.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, tries to entice him with a wide tossed up ball, Mahela goes for it but keeps it along the ground to sweeper cover

30.6

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, another one tossed up with some width, hit hard down to long off

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 121/3 (RR: 3.90)
LD Chandimal    22* (40b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-22-1
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (22b 1x4)      P Kumar    9-0-45-0

Doc: "Indian spinners doing a great job! Will Sri Lanka come to rue their selection? Seems very risky for a sub-continent team to play without a recognised spinner, usually one of their strenghts..."

PK to bowl out

31.1

Kumar to Chandimal, 2 runs, some away shape but well played, pushed softly wide of sweeper cover and they have time to take two

31.2

Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, gets across and whips wristily on the bounce to square leg, from where Sachin fires in the throw to the non-striker's while looking at the batsman, there was no one to collect it

31.3

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, flicked fine off the pads

31.4

Kumar to Chandimal, FOUR, hangs back and slogs hard as he swivels, does not look great to watch but he will get four to the deep midwicket boundary

31.5

Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, easily done, straightish gentle length ball on off, he moves across and works it square on the leg side

31.6

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, comes in around the off stump, but he does well to run it towards third man

End of over 32 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 131/3 (RR: 4.09)
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (24b 1x4)      P Kumar    10-0-54-0
LD Chandimal    30* (44b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-22-1

Ranjit: "Doc, you also have to realize that playing the spinner is the sub-continent batsman's strength. And on a wicket like the WACA, most teams are better off playing just one regular spinner."

32.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, dives and gets a hand to the drive to his left, parries it to extra cover but they will take the run

32.2

Jadeja to Chandimal, FOUR, well done, Chandimal advances out quickly and swings it straight down the ground, not much chance for long on

32.3

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run

32.4

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, shortish one now, cut away to sweeper cover

32.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed down to long off

32.6

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, nudged wide of midwicket who puts in a slide to his left but cannot prevent the single

End of over 33 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 139/3 (RR: 4.21)
LD Chandimal    36* (48b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-30-1
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (26b 1x4)      P Kumar    10-0-54-0

33.1

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length ball on middle and leg, worked behind square leg

33.2

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, Ashwin cannot cut off the single as he slides to his right

33.3

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, full one pushed back to the bowler

33.4

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, full again, this time he gets it down to long on

33.5

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, that was close, that was dropped in fact, Mahela got a very thick edge as he looked to dab a bouncing one late, very tough for the keeper, it dribbles away off Dhoni's gloves

33.6

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

End of over 34 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 144/3 (RR: 4.23)
LD Chandimal    39* (52b 3x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (28b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-30-1

34.1

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, beaten on the cut with a quick and bouncing delivery

34.2

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, fuller one pushed to extra cover

34.3

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, backs away and cuts a quickish length ball to sweeper cover, been the favoured shot today, the cut

34.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the off side close to the pitch

34.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, FOUR, very well done, Jadeja is bowling them flat and quick, ending just outside off, Mahela makes room neatly and dabs it to the third man boundary

34.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, defended towards point off the front foot

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 149/3 (RR: 4.25)
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (31b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-35-1
LD Chandimal    40* (55b 3x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-12-0

batting Powerplay has been taken, Ashwin from around the stumps

35.1

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, worked behind square leg off the pads

35.2

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, bounce and turn from off stump, nudged fine on the leg side

35.3

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, another one worked with the spin behind square leg

35.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, no run, nudged to midwicket

35.5

Ashwin to Jayawardene, OUT, gone! Mahela departs, sweeps from off straight to deep square leg, well judged low take from Rohit on the boundary, Mahela had moved across and fetched it from around off stump, was a bit off balance as he played the shot

DPMD Jayawardene c Sharma b Ashwin 23 (34m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 67.64

35.6

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, makes a bit of room and slaps it straight to cover

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 152/4 (RR: 4.22)
LD Chandimal    42* (58b 3x4)      R Ashwin    5-1-15-1
NLTC Perera    0* (0b)      RA Jadeja    9-0-35-1

36.1

Khan to Perera, no run, beautiful delivery squares him up outside off and there was a sound and Hotspot shows a thin outside edge but the umpire Llong didn't pick that up, Dhoni and the rest appealed

36.2

Khan to Perera, no run, another jaffa and this time it clips his thigh pad and flies to the keeper, good decision this time though, Zaheer's really posing questions

36.3

Khan to Perera, no run, beats him outside off! Zaheer in top form, close to the off stump there

36.4

Khan to Perera, 1 run, tucks it towards square leg and Sehwag dives to save it and Kohli nearly collides and takes a tumbles after jumping over Sehwag

36.5

Khan to Chandimal, no run

36.6

Khan to Chandimal, 1 run, comes round the wicket and he drifts on the body, he flicks it to fine leg

End of over 37 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 154/4 (RR: 4.16)
LD Chandimal    43* (60b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-1-26-2
NLTC Perera    1* (4b)      R Ashwin    5-1-15-1

37.1

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, flattish length ball on leg stump, he awkwardly swings it to deep square

Nallathambi: "This Is so unlike Ashwin of this Australian tour..."

37.2

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, spins away sharply from a length outside off, slapped past point

37.3

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 leg bye, tossed up slowly, spinning down the pads, loops behind square

37.4

Ashwin to Perera, no run, sharp turn again, starts around middle and off, and bounces across the push from Perera

37.5

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, down the track and chips it over the bowler, Zaheer gets across from long on

37.6

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, turns in to the pads from middle, he cannot work it away

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 158/4 (RR: 4.15)
LD Chandimal    44* (63b 3x4)      R Ashwin    6-1-18-1
NLTC Perera    3* (7b)      Z Khan    8-1-26-2

Manoj: "Zaheer against the Left handers is always a treat to watch....."

Vinay to bowl now, from around the stumps

38.1

Vinay Kumar to Perera, 2 wides, runs in furiously and starts off with a wayward bouncer, too high over the batsman's head

38.1

Vinay Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, plays a 136 kph length delivery late and drops it on the off side for one

Agnal: "It doesn't seem like Batting Powerplay..."

38.2

Vinay Kumar to Perera, 2 runs, some width from back of a length,slapped hard off the front foot but PK dives at cover to save the boundary

38.3

Vinay Kumar to Perera, no run, tries to stay back and smash it on the up through the off side, beaten by the bounce

38.4

Vinay Kumar to Perera, 1 run, shortish one into him now, he heaves it awkwardly down to long on

38.5

Vinay Kumar to Chandimal, FOUR, he continues the shortish length against Chandimal, who heaves it off the front foot, not timed well, but enough to go into the deep midwicket boundary

38.6

Vinay Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, fifty for Dinesh Chandimal with a purposeful shuffle across and a work square on the leg side, holds his bat up, continues to grow as a batsman

End of over 39 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 169/4 (RR: 4.33)
LD Chandimal    50* (66b 4x4)      R Vinay Kumar    6-1-30-0
NLTC Perera    6* (10b)      R Ashwin    6-1-18-1

39.1

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, length ball worked from leg stump to short fine leg

vivek: "Mighty refreshing to see Indian fast bowlers throw themselves on the field. VK, PK and today Zak has been good too... I hope Ashwin starts to improve!!"

39.2

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, dabbed to backward point for one

39.3

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, down the track and swung on a couple of bounces to deep square leg

39.4

Ashwin to Perera, OUT, Ashwin gets another one, Perera advanced out to have a heave, was beaten as the tossed up ball spun away, he got the foot back on the crease, but could not get it behind the line as Dhoni removed the bails

NLTC Perera st †Dhoni b Ashwin 7 (20m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

India dominating the bowling and batting Powerplays

39.5

Ashwin to Mathews, no run, nudged as it bounces on leg, Sachin's throw from short fine leg is wide to Ashwin, and the non-striker is able to get away after having backed up too far

39.6

Ashwin to Mathews, no run, moves across and defends a bouncing delivery on middle

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 172/5 (RR: 4.30)
AD Mathews    0* (2b)      R Ashwin    7-1-21-2
LD Chandimal    52* (68b 4x4)      R Vinay Kumar    6-1-30-0

Kamal: "Ashwin in powerplay: 6-1-16-2 . #Awesome."

40.1

Vinay Kumar to Chandimal, 2 runs, works a nippy one angled in on middle behind square leg

Sudhir: "If Ashwin bowls like this, I don't think his fielding is a problem at all."

40.2

Vinay Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, chops this one from close to off stump down to third man

40.3

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length ball dropped in front of point for a single

40.4

Vinay Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, straightish one middle and off, again he shuffles enough to be able to work it behind square leg

40.5

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, no run, plays out a bouncing back of a length ball to point

40.6

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, no run, fuller delivery patted back to the bowler

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 177/5 (RR: 4.31)
AD Mathews    1* (5b)      R Vinay Kumar    7-1-35-0
LD Chandimal    56* (71b 4x4)      R Ashwin    7-1-21-2

Shankar: "Awesome work by Ashwin in Powerplays. Is there any other powerplay specialist spin bowler in world cricket?"

41.1

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, nudged calmly behind square leg for one

41.2

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, hit down to long on for another single

41.3

Ashwin to Chandimal, 2 runs, well stopped by Virat at deep midwicket, it had been heaved hard but Virat ran hard to his left, and dived to stop it on the bounce

41.4

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run

41.5

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, tries to makes room and dab one ending on leg, thick inside edge onto leg

41.6

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, leading edge now, but well over Ashwin and down to long off

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 182/5 (RR: 4.33)
LD Chandimal    60* (76b 4x4)      R Ashwin    8-1-26-2
AD Mathews    2* (6b)      R Vinay Kumar    7-1-35-0

42.1

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, length ball whipped behind square leg for one

42.2

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, ending on leg stump, easily nudged in front of square leg for one

Salman: "@ Shankar: Forgot Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi?"

42.3

Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, whipped to short fine leg for one more

42.4

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, punched through vacant midwicket, Jadeja goes running after it and puts in a slide to keep them to one

42.5

Jadeja to Chandimal, 2 runs, skips out and slogs hard between deep midwicket and long on for a couple

42.6

Jadeja to Chandimal, no run, bowled slower this time, he has no pace to work with and pats it back to Jadeja

good comeback from Jadeja, 41 runs in ten overs, against Australia he had conceded that many in about two

End of over 43 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 188/5 (RR: 4.37)
LD Chandimal    64* (80b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    10-0-41-1
AD Mathews    4* (8b)      R Ashwin    8-1-26-2

43.1

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, pushed softly towards point for one

43.2

Ashwin to Chandimal, OUT, Dhoni has done well to complete the stumping, Chandimal walked out, reached the tossed up carrom ball on the full, but missed, and it turned away sharply from him after pitching outside leg, and thudded into Dhoni's gloves hard just outside off, Dhoni was startled for a bit, but with Chandimal way down the track, he got the bails off eventually

LD Chandimal st †Dhoni b Ashwin 64 (98m 81b 4x4 0x6) SR: 79.01

Slip for the new batsman

43.3

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, beaten as he pushes at one spinning away sharply from him

43.4

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, pushed away towards point

43.5

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, defended towards point off the front foot

43.6

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, superb stuff from Ashwin, beats him after drawing him forward, gets it to turn away and bounce

End of over 44 (1 run) Sri Lanka 189/6 (RR: 4.29)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (4b)      R Ashwin    9-1-27-3
AD Mathews    5* (9b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-41-1

44.1

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, they take on the bowler after Angelo drops the shortish one close to the crease, Vinay runs hard towards the ball and leaps to lob it towards the stumps, but Thirimanne is in

44.2

Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, 1 run, awkwardly plays the pull as he is hurried by the short ball, it loops weakly down to long on

44.3

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, smacks the pull hard as he gets the short delivery, on the bounce to deep midwicket

pradeep: "A spinner is our best bowler even in Perth!!!!"

44.4

Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, 2 runs, opens the face and guides a very full one down to third man, a wayward throw from Zaheer allows them one more

44.5

Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, 1 run, excellent stop from Jadeja at backward point, lunges to his right and puts in the dive with outstretched hands to stop the ball which had been driven hard

44.6

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, FOUR, phooey, that has been smoked past mid off, a walk down the track and an emphatic swing, the ball just disappeared

End of over 45 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 199/6 (RR: 4.42)
AD Mathews    11* (12b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    8-1-45-0
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (7b)      R Ashwin    9-1-27-3

45.1

Ashwin to Thirimanne, 2 runs, full delivery paddled fine down the leg side for a couple, striker had to dive back in for the second, PK winces after he throws from the deep

45.2

Ashwin to Thirimanne, 1 run, slapped through point for one

45.3

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 wide, gets it to bounce down the leg side and hits Dhoni on the thumb and in the stomach, he manages a smile

45.3

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, nudged square on the leg side for one, he has got a lot of bounce out of this pitch

45.4

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, quicker one hurrying in, he shapes up for the pull, but underedges it on the off side

45.5

Ashwin to Thirimanne, OUT, run out by a mile and more to spare, it was guided straight to backward point, there was no single, Thirimanne wanted it, was stranded halfway down the pitch and had no chance of getting back as the throw came in to the keeper

HDRL Thirimanne run out 7 (9m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

45.6

Ashwin to Kulasekara, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to midwicket, and that ends a superb spell from Ashwin

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 204/7 (RR: 4.43)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    10-1-32-3
AD Mathews    12* (13b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    8-1-45-0

Satyam: "Everyone talking abut spinners, someone called Z Khan bowled 8-1-26-2 ?" He is back now

46.1

Khan to Mathews, no run, tight line from a good length right away on off stump, tentatively nudged to the leg side, Zaheer runs towards it and fields

around the stumps

46.2

Khan to Mathews, 3 runs, smashes it with the angle through midwicket, Vinay runs to his left in the deep and puts in the slide, manages to parry it away even as he tumbles head-first into the boundary, sees the ball start to trickle onto the rope, and somehow manages to extricate himself from the clutches of the rope and kick the ball back in

46.3

Khan to Kulasekara, 1 run, whipped away towards midwicket for one

46.4

Khan to Mathews, no run, lines up the pull initially, then sees it is angled a long way across him, tries to upper cut it, misses

46.5

Khan to Mathews, 2 runs, tries to swing a pitched up delivery out of the ground, it goes high in the air, towards the long on boundary, Raina runs after it, parries it in on the bounce, another man does the throwing-in, Raina crashes into the boundary boards with all the running, and takes down a security guard with him

46.6

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, worked in front of square leg for one

End of over 47 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 211/7 (RR: 4.48)
AD Mathews    18* (18b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-1-33-2
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    10-1-32-3

47.1

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, slower length ball slapped away to deep point

47.2

Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, 2 runs, pitched up ball lifted over the in-field and wide of sweeper cover

Gareth: "The Western Force (provicial rugby union side for our international viewers) may want to have a word with Raina. That was a big unit who he crash tackled!"

47.3

Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, 1 run, pitched up again, driven in the air down to long off

47.4

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, very full and wide outside off, he reaches out and dabs it to point

bharat: "This was the energy in the field that was missing from the test series."

47.5

Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, no run, well bowled, loopy full and wide slower one from back of the hand, Kula was surprised and was beaten as he had a go at it

47.6

Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, no run, now a slower one almost in the blockhole around off, patted back to Vinay

End of over 48 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 216/7 (RR: 4.50)
KMDN Kulasekara    4* (6b)      R Vinay Kumar    9-1-50-0
AD Mathews    20* (20b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-1-33-2

48.1

Khan to Mathews, 2 runs, goes after a very wide one and slaps it wide of sweeper cover for two

48.2

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, length ball on the pads now, Zaheer lucky it was taken for only one to fine leg

48.3

Khan to Kulasekara, 1 run, attempted pull to a sharp bouncer lands safely short of fine leg

48.4

Khan to Mathews, FOUR, goes for the yorker outside off stump, Angelo stays in the crease and squeezes it fine of the third man fielder

48.5

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, very full and wide outside off again, dabbed straight to point

48.6

Khan to Kulasekara, 2 runs, swings at a low full toss and gets it wide of third man for a couple, Kula and Dhoni run into each other as the batsman completes the second, they hold the embrace for a bit and let go, all smiles

End of over 49 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 227/7 (RR: 4.63)
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (8b)      Z Khan    10-1-44-2
AD Mathews    28* (24b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    9-1-50-0

49.1

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, pitched up ball hit powerfully down to long off, couple of bounces before it flies to him

49.2

Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, OUT, Kula backs away and has a slog, the edge flies vertically behind point, Rohit sets himself under it, and scrambles to take it safely as it eventually comes down

KMDN Kulasekara c Sharma b Vinay Kumar 7 (18m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

ck: "Bang on with the over rate as well !" For once, yes

49.3

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, diving stop from Sehwag at short fine leg saves the boundary, it had been worked well by Angelo and was travelling

49.4

Vinay Kumar to Malinga, 1 run, Malinga backs away and inside-out forehands the length ball to extra cover

49.5

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 2 runs, slower one, he is surprised initially and recovers to flash it wide of third man, the throw is high at Dhoni's end, and Angelo's long drawn-out drive has helped him make the crease

49.6

Vinay Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, stopped well by Dhoni, it was headed for four else, Angelo getting a thick edge to a very low full toss

India doing well to keep Sri Lanka down to 233, Ashwin leading with a controlled spell, he has said he loves bounce, and bounce was what he got today at the WACA. Zaheer was almost unplayable at the start, but Chandimal showing pluck once again to get Sri Lanka to a decent total.

End of over 50 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 233/8
AD Mathews    33* (28b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    10-1-56-1
SL Malinga    1* (1b)      Z Khan    10-1-44-2
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