Commonwealth Bank Series, 5th Match: India v Sri Lanka at Adelaide, Feb 14, 2012
Match tied
Played at Adelaide Oval (neutral venue)
14 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Welcome back.

0.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, close call for Gambhir as he gets an inside edge on the drive, the ball lobs towards the keeper

0.2

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, gets across the stumps and pushes it to the off side

0.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 2 wides, fires it down the leg side and it's full, Gambhir tries to flick it away and Sangakkara gets a glove to it

0.3

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, the ball stops on him a bit as he tries to flick it away

0.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, gets beside the line and defends solidly on the backfoot

0.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and straight and Tendulka punches it firmly back to Malinga

0.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and wide of the off stump and he punches it down to mid-off

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0 (235 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 4.79)

    • SR Tendulkar 0 (4b)
    • G Gambhir 0 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-2-0

Now it's Nuwan Kulasekara

1.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts on the pads and it's too full and straight, Gambhir easily clips it down to fine leg

1.2

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, a touch too wide outside the off stump and Tendulkar is happy to leave it alone

1.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, 1 wide, strays too wide of the leg stump and it moves further away

1.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, he stays back and defends this one to the on side

1.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, full outside off and he drives but can't beat mid-off

1.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, 1 run, punches it softly towards mid-on and sets off for a quick single

1.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts on the pads and clips it down to fine leg

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 6/0 (231 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 4.81)

    • G Gambhir 2 (4b)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (8b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-4-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-2-0
2.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, goes back at the crease and drops it with soft hands down to the off side

2.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, slices a slightly wide delivery wide of backward point who leaps to his right, third man is square

2.3

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, gets across and pushes it softly down to mid-off

2.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, 2 runs, neatly flicked away by Tendulkar, full delivery on his pads and there's protection in the deep for that shot

2.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump and he drives but can't beat mid-off

2.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, FOUR, Malinga drifts on the pads and Tharanga nearly saved a boundary there, nice dive at the fine leg rope but he was touching the rope as he pulled it back

End of over 3 (7 runs) India 13/0 (224 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 4.76)

    • SR Tendulkar 7 (12b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 3 (6b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-9-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-4-0
3.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run

3.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it straight to short midwicket

3.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, FOUR, poor ball by Kulasekara, he drifts down the leg side when there's hardly any protection there, easily flicked to fine leg

Leg slip in place

3.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, drifts it inwards from outside off, safely defended

3.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets it to drift in and Tendulkar tucks it in front of mid-on but was in trouble, fortunately for him Chandimal's throw was wide

3.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, lands it outside off and he safely leaves it alone

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 19/0 (218 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 4.73)

    • G Gambhir 4 (9b)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (15b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-10-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-9-0

Angelo Mathews to bowl. He has a short cover

4.1

Mathews to Tendulkar, 1 run, Mathews too is guilty of drifting on the pads and easily whipped away behind square

4.2

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, full on the off stump and pushed down to mid-off

4.3

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, gives him width and he reaches out and slices it wide of the vacant point region, the sweeper picks up

4.4

Mathews to Tendulkar, no run, in the length to drive straight but he drives inside out down the track

4.5

Mathews to Tendulkar, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he works it down to deep square leg

4.6

Mathews to Tendulkar, no run

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 23/0 (214 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 4.75)

    • SR Tendulkar 15 (19b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 5 (11b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-4-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-10-0

Just to clarify that 2.6 was indeed a four, Sorry for the confusion

5.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, gets across and pushes it just wide of mid-off

5.2

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, better delivery, gets it around the off stump and solidly defended

5.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, tries to cut a ball that keeps a touch low and gets an outside edge that bounces before Sangakkara

5.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

5.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, angles it inwards around the off stump and Tendulkar shows the full face and drives to mid-off

5.6

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, OUT, Kulasekara gets him! The ball angles it from around the off stump, Kulasekara held the length back slightly and Tendulkar was caught on the drive, big outside edge down to Sangakkara

SR Tendulkar c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 15 (25m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Sehwag and Sachin both out of sorts. The rotation hasn't clicked yet

End of over 6 (1 run) India 24/1 (213 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.84)

    • G Gambhir 6 (12b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-11-1
    • AD Mathews 1-0-4-0
6.1

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, gets across and blocks it to the off side

6.2

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, nice drive off the front foot and well stopped at short cover

6.3

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, another neat drive off the front foot but well stopped again on the off side

6.4

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, comes round the wicket, gives him a hint of width and he cuts him down to deep point

6.5

Mathews to Kohli, no run, gets across and clips it softly to the on side

6.6

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, shuffles and clips it down to fine leg

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 26/1 (211 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 4.90)

    • V Kohli 1 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 7 (16b)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-6-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-11-1
7.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli pings the straight boundary. Over-pitched outside off stump by Kula, Kohli leans out to the pitch and shows it the maker's name. Doesn't over-hit it and the ball sings along to the skirtings.

7.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, wider of off stump, Kohli pushes into the cover area.

7.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, back of a length on off stump, Kohli defends compactly into the off side.

7.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, angled into the pads, tucked towards square leg for a single.

7.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 3 runs, good timing from Gauti, skips back in the crease and nudges a ball on the pads towards midwicket for a couple.

7.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, Kohli gets the front foot well across and plays around it, but manages to work with the inward angle to midwicket for a single.

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 34/1 (203 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 4.83)

    • V Kohli 6 (7b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 10 (17b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-19-1
    • AD Mathews 2-0-6-0
8.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, vintage Gambhir, stays beside the line and guides the length ball cheekily behind square for a couple.

Round the stumps is Mathews.

8.2

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Gambhir lets it go.

RT @rajeshstats: Tendulkar in his last 7 innings on this Australian tour Australia: 126 runs at 18

8.3

Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, take that. Slower ball from Angelo, Gambhir seemed to spot it right out of his fingers. He pranced out of the crease, opening up the off side as he did, and crashes it through the covers.

Short cover comes into place.

8.4

Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, angled in from wide of off stump, Gambhir tucks it with the angle towards square leg.

8.5

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, plugs away on a length at 125 kph, Gambhir defends to the off side.

8.6

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off, Gambhir defends from the crease to the off side.

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 42/1 (195 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.75)

    • G Gambhir 18 (23b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 6 (7b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-14-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-19-1
9.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, Kula pitches one one outside off and Kohli drives with the full face into the covers.

9.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, back of a length legcutter, Kohli punches into the covers.

9.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, over-pitched on off stump, another ominous looking drive from Kohli that finds mid-off. Shades of Dravid in the mid-to-late 90s.

9.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, hmm, nervy poke outside off. Kula drops the length and gets the ball to dance away slightly. Kohli opens the face and pushes tentatively, but escapes without an edge.

9.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, straight ball on a length, defended down the track.

9.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, top timing on a quiet little nudge through the leg side as Kula strays onto the pads. Kohli scampers back for the second.

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 44/1 (193 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 4.82)

    • V Kohli 8 (13b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 18 (23b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-21-1
    • AD Mathews 3-0-14-0

Thisara Perera comes on now.

10.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball to start off proceedings, Gambhir hops and whips off the pads through square leg for a single.

10.2

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, well timed, and well fielded. Virat stands tall and punches into the covers, but Chandimal's prowling there cat-like. He dives away and parries it, but the single is taken.

10.3

Perera to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir stays on the leg stump line and deflects a length ball to the off side.

10.4

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir escapes a run out. Total madcap running, he pushes a length ball straight to Mahela at mid-off, who picked up and shied in a trice. The ball went excruciatingly close to the stumps, with Gauti well out.

10.5

Perera to Kohli, no run

10.6

Perera to Kohli, no run, short of a length outside off, Kohli tries to lash into the covers but can't thread the field.

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 47/1 (190 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 4.87)

    • V Kohli 9 (16b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 20 (26b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-3-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-21-1

The keeper is up for Gambhir.

11.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, tight line on middle and leg, Gambhir stays in the crease and defends to the leg side.

11.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, angled across outside off, Gambhir defends from the crease, away from the body, but keeps it out.

11.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads again, Gambhir nurdles it square for a single.

11.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, ahem, Kohli is ages late on a pull from outside off, and toe-ends it to cover-point. Did that stop on him? Clocked only 130 kph.

11.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, legcutter pitched up wide of off stump, Kohli square drives to point, where Dilshan dives and half-stops it. Single taken.

11.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, whips across him at 125 kph, Gambhir steers to backward point.

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 49/1 (188 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.08, RRR: 4.94)

    • G Gambhir 21 (30b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 10 (18b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-23-1
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-3-0
12.1

Perera to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, Kohli drives laboriously to mid-on.

12.2

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli isn't getting much to drive, but seems to have a lot of time to play his shots. Another calm push into the extra cover area gets him a single.

12.3

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir tucks with the angle behind square for another single.

12.4

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, length ball to Kohli, again pushed wide of mid-off for a single.

12.5

Perera to Gambhir, FOUR, ooh, timing! On Gambhir's pads at 142 kph, and he nonchalantly whips it behind square with a magical turn of the wrists, the ball fairly whistles away to the boundary.

12.6

Perera to Gambhir, no run, angled in from round the stumps, Gambhir defends from the crease.

End of over 13 (7 runs) India 56/1 (181 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 4.89)

    • G Gambhir 26 (33b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 12 (21b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-10-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-23-1

Here's Herath

13.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump and he drives down to mid-off

13.2

Herath to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir sizes up to cut but decides to leave it alone to the keeper

13.3

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, goes back and punches it to long-on

13.4

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, gets well forward and pushes wide of cover

13.5

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he clips it down towards midwicket

13.6

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, drops it to the off side and takes a quick single

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 61/1 (176 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 4.88)

    • V Kohli 15 (24b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 28 (36b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-5-0
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-10-0
14.1

Perera to Kohli, OUT, Kohli's trapped playing across the line, the ball lands on the off stump and nips back in slightly, Kohli tries to whip it away but the ball hits him a bit low on the pads, quite straightforward

V Kohli lbw b Perera 15 (32m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Rohit Sharma walks in

14.2

Perera to Sharma, no run, gets beside the line and steers it to the off side

14.3

Perera to Sharma, 1 wide, sprays it too wide outside the off stump, too wide to even chase that

14.3

Perera to Sharma, FOUR, nicely driven off the front foot, half volley on the off stump and he merely pushes it through the line wide of mid-off and cover

14.4

Perera to Sharma, no run, steers it softly to the off side

14.5

Perera to Sharma, no run, sprays it wide outside the off stump again

14.6

Perera to Sharma, 2 runs, gets beside the line and he steers it down to point and there's an overthrow

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 68/2 (169 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 4.82)

    • RG Sharma 6 (5b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 28 (36b 2x4)
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-17-1
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-5-0

The bowling Powerplay

15.1

Herath to Gambhir, no run, clips it down to square leg

15.2

Herath to Gambhir, FOUR, well played, he drops it short and a touch wide, no turn, he goes back at the crease and slaps it down to deep extra cover

15.3

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, clips it down towards midwicket

Virat Kohli is the 4th fastest to 3000 runs after Richards, Greenidge and Gary Kirsten

15.4

Herath to Sharma, no run, tossed up and he gets forward and defends

15.5

Herath to Sharma, no run, flatter delivery, he gets forward and defends

15.6

Herath to Sharma, no run, gets forward and drives to the covers

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 73/2 (164 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 4.82)

    • RG Sharma 6 (8b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 33 (39b 3x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-10-0
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-17-1
16.1

Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, effortlessly driven by Gambhir, the keeper was up to the stumps, he merely went forward and crisply drove it wide of extra cover

16.2

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

16.3

Mathews to Gambhir, no run

16.4

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, tucks him up for room and he defends

16.5

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, a bit too straight and he clips it off his pads down to deep square leg

Sanga stands back

16.6

Mathews to Sharma, 1 run, angles towards the body and he clips it down to midwicket

Ashok: "I dont think the Rotation policy can be blamed for the poor batting display by Sehwag and Sachin. They are just in terrible form and nothing is working for them. With so many matches that we are playing, nobody will even notice if you dont play 1 every 3 matches. Actually I am worried that youngsters also need some rest, we should rotate them as well :-)"

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 79/2 (158 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 4.78)

    • RG Sharma 7 (9b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 38 (44b 4x4)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-20-0
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-10-0
17.1

Herath to Sharma, no run, tossed up on the pads and he clips it to the on side

17.2

Herath to Sharma, no run, gets well forward and defends to the off side

17.3

Herath to Sharma, no run, this one spins in and skids through and he manages to chop it away

17.4

Herath to Sharma, no run, gets forward and drives back to the bowler

17.5

Herath to Sharma, no run, Rohit solid in forward defense again

17.6

Herath to Sharma, no run, quicker one and skids through and he goes back and defends

End of over 18 (maiden) India 79/2 (158 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 4.93)

    • RG Sharma 7 (15b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 38 (44b 4x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-1-10-0
    • AD Mathews 4-0-20-0
18.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he works him down to fine leg

18.2

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, comes round the wicket, tossed up on the pads and defended to the on side

18.3

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, quietly defended on the front foot again

18.4

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, stays on the back foot and defends again

18.5

Senanayake to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he clips it to square leg

18.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, stays back and clips it to the on side, not much turn for Senanayake yet

End of over 19 (3 runs) India 82/2 (155 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 5.00)

    • G Gambhir 40 (46b 4x4)
    • RG Sharma 8 (19b 1x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 1-0-3-0
    • HMRKB Herath 3-1-10-0
19.1

Herath to Gambhir, no run, big appeal from bowler and keeper! Hits him on the base of the pad but there may have been an inside edge

19.2

Herath to Gambhir, no run, drives back to the bowler

19.3

Herath to Gambhir, no run, skids through, he goes back and cuts to third man

19.4

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, stays back and clips him down to deep midwicket

19.5

Herath to Sharma, no run, comes forward and defends

19.6

Herath to Sharma, no run, defends to the off side

That Gambhir appeal looked rather close. Hotspot wasn't entirely convincing

End of over 20 (1 run) India 83/2 (154 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.15, RRR: 5.13)

    • RG Sharma 8 (21b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 41 (50b 4x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-1-11-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 1-0-3-0
20.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 3 runs, tossed up on the pads and he gently works it down to fine leg

20.2

Senanayake to Sharma, no run, comes well forward and defends

20.3

Senanayake to Sharma, FOUR, tossed up on the off stump and he lunges forward and drives high and clear of the infield, boundary to deep extra cover

20.4

Senanayake to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and clips him down to midwicket

20.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, clips it softly down to deep square leg

20.6

Senanayake to Sharma, 1 run, waits for the turn, stays back and clips it to down to cover point

End of over 21 (10 runs) India 93/2 (144 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 4.96)

    • RG Sharma 14 (25b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 45 (52b 4x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 2-0-13-0
    • HMRKB Herath 4-1-11-0
21.1

Herath to Sharma, no run

21.2

Herath to Sharma, 1 run, clips it to mid-on and takes a quick single

21.3

Herath to Gambhir, no run, reaches out and cuts it to point

21.4

Herath to Gambhir, no run

21.5

Herath to Gambhir, OUT, the direct hit sends him back, he steers it to backward point and calls for the quick single, Jayawardene hits the target at the striker's end and the third umpire takes a look, excellent pick up and throw by the captain

RG Sharma run out 15 (30m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

21.6

Herath to Raina, no run, beats him on the forward prod and the keeper whips off the bails

End of over 22 (1 run) India 94/3 (143 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 5.10)

    • SK Raina 0 (1b)
    • G Gambhir 45 (55b 4x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 5-1-12-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 2-0-13-0
22.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, makes room and chops it down to the off side

Slip in place for Raina

22.2

Senanayake to Raina, no run, gets well forward and defends

22.3

Senanayake to Raina, no run, defends this one in front of off and middle

22.4

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, loops it towards the pads and he squeezes it to square leg

22.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, stays back and blocks it to the off side

22.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir chips down the track and lofts him inside out over cover, there are two fielders patrolling the area

End of over 23 (3 runs) India 97/3 (140 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.21, RRR: 5.18)

    • G Gambhir 47 (58b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (4b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 3-0-16-0
    • HMRKB Herath 5-1-12-0

In the meantime there's a thriller being played out at Hamilton

23.1

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, he woks it down to long-on

23.2

Herath to Raina, no run

23.3

Herath to Raina, no run, on the pads and he clips it down to midwicket

23.4

Herath to Raina, 2 runs, gets on his knee and sweeps him down to fine leg

23.5

Herath to Raina, 1 run, drives him down to long-on

23.6

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, chips down the track and chips it down to long-on

End of over 24 (5 runs) India 102/3 (135 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 5.19)

    • G Gambhir 49 (60b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 4 (8b)
    • HMRKB Herath 6-1-17-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 3-0-16-0
24.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, goes back and chops it down to the off side

24.2

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir tucks it behind square on the on side and brings up his fifty!

24.3

Senanayake to Raina, no run, gets well forward and smothers the spin

24.4

Senanayake to Raina, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

24.5

Senanayake to Raina, no run, spoons it off the front foot but wide of short cover

24.6

Senanayake to Raina, no run, gets well forward and drives towards cover

Anshu: "Seems like number 15 is turning out to be very unlucky for Indian team today. 3 players got out on 15, while Gambhir is still batting. Good luck Raina."

End of over 25 (1 run) India 103/3 (134 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 5.36)

    • SK Raina 4 (12b)
    • G Gambhir 50 (62b 4x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 4-0-17-0
    • HMRKB Herath 6-1-17-0
25.1

Malinga to Gambhir, 2 runs, fullish on the off stump and he clips it towards midwicket

25.2

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, fullish in length outside the off stump and he dabs it to the off side

25.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, a bit too straight and he shuffles and tucks him down to square leg

25.4

Malinga to Raina, no run, fullish on the stumps and he gets across and squeezes it out back to the bowler

25.5

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, swings it in on the pads and he clips it away wide of square leg

25.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 2 runs, full and wide outside the off stump, Gambhir gets across and drives it neatly down to sweeper cover

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 109/3 (128 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.19, RRR: 5.33)

    • G Gambhir 55 (66b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 5 (14b)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-15-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 4-0-17-0
26.1

Senanayake to Raina, no run, gets forward and drives it down to extra cover

26.2

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, tucks it softly towards the vacant midwicket region for a single

26.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, 2 runs, gets well across his stumps and paddles it down to fine leg

26.4

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, goes back at the crease and cuts him down to backward point

26.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, comes well forward and drives him down towards long-off

26.6

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, stays back at the crease and chops it down the pitch

So, heartbreak for Zimbabwe on Valentine's Day

Jai: "I think Rohit spent too much of time on bench in the test series to go out of form. Who is to be blamed, selection committee or Rohit?"

I think the team management

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 114/3 (123 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 5.34)

    • SK Raina 7 (17b)
    • G Gambhir 58 (69b 4x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 5-0-22-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-15-0
27.1

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, shuffles across and clips it down to midwicket

27.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 2 runs, he shuffles and clips it down towards fine leg

27.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, the bouncer and he stays back and pulls down to fine leg

27.4

Malinga to Raina, OUT, very well taken by Sangakkara! Malinga fired it down the leg side and Raina tried to run it down to fine leg, he clipped it off the face of the bat and Sangakkara anticipated well and moved quickly to his right

SK Raina c †Sangakkara b Malinga 8 (19m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

So no "15" jinx for Raina

Silly mid--on in place

27.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, gets across and pushes it down the track back to the bowler

27.6

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, sloppy fielding! Dhoni pushed at a full delivery and timed it well but the fielder at cover totally fluffed it on the dive

End of over 28 (8 runs) India 122/4 (115 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 5.22)

    • MS Dhoni 4 (2b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 61 (71b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-23-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 5-0-22-0
28.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, superb stop by Dilshan at short point, he intercepted a fierce cut

28.2

Perera to Gambhir, no run, almost an action replay! Gambhir slashed at it hard and Dilshan was alert at short point, Sri Lankans have a spring in their step

28.3

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, a touch too wide and he steers it down to third man

28.4

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, nips back in and Dhoni stays right back the crease and whips it across the line

28.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and gently dabs it down to third man

28.6

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, clips it uppishly off his pads and runs it down to deep square leg

Varun: "Aren't we back to the world Cup final, where similar situation arose with same pair on the crease?"

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 126/4 (111 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 5.28)

    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 63 (75b 4x4)
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-21-1
    • SL Malinga 4-0-23-1
29.1

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man

29.2

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, nicely controlled! Short delivery rising on the shoulder and Gambhir moved across and controlled the pull well down to fine leg on one leg

29.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, straight on the pads and he clips it away down to square leg

29.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, low full toss on the pads and he clips it down towards deep square leg

29.5

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide and he slashes it down to square third man, the fielder does really well to sprint across and fire in the throw, limits it to just a single

Just a 5-ball over?

End of over 30 (9 runs) India 135/4 (102 runs required from 20.1 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 5.05)

    • MS Dhoni 10 (7b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 68 (77b 5x4)
    • SL Malinga 4.5-0-32-1
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-21-1
30.1

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, Dropped Dhoni spoons it hard back to the bowler's ;left and Perera stretches out his hand and fails to hang on

30.2

Perera to Gambhir, no run, tries to steer it behind the wicket but can't get it past short third man

30.3

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, gets a bit of width and he opens the face of the bat and angles it down to deep point

30.4

Perera to Dhoni, no run, words can't describe Dhoni's technique here! Stood at the crease and poked his bat forward and squirted out a full delivery, nearly lost balance after playing the shot

30.5

Perera to Dhoni, no run, he watchfully leaves it alone to the keeper

30.6

Perera to Dhoni, no run, thumps it straight to short cover, rooted to the crease, typical Dhoni

End of over 31 (2 runs) India 137/4 (100 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 5.26)

    • MS Dhoni 11 (11b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 69 (79b 5x4)
    • NLTC Perera 5-0-23-1
    • SL Malinga 4.5-0-32-1
31.1

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run

31.2

Herath to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped it in front of mid-off and Dhoni was lightning quick between the wickets

31.3

Herath to Gambhir, no run, cuts and nearly goes on the full to short third man

31.4

Herath to Gambhir, no run, he risks sweeping the flatter delivery and is hit on the pads but perhaps down the leg side, the umpire isn't convinced

31.5

Herath to Gambhir, no run, clips it down to square leg

31.6

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, cuts it down to sweeper cover and takes a single

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 140/4 (97 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 5.38)

    • G Gambhir 71 (84b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 12 (12b 1x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 7-1-20-0
    • NLTC Perera 5-0-23-1
32.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, slashes it down to sweeper cover

32.2

Perera to Dhoni, no run

32.3

Perera to Dhoni, no run, stabs it down to cover

32.4

Perera to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery on middle and leg and he works it down to mid-on

32.5

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, clips it down towards mid-on for a single

32.6

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he shuffles and clips him away down towards square leg, it was in the air but safe

End of over 33 (3 runs) India 143/4 (94 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.52)

    • G Gambhir 73 (86b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 13 (16b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 6-0-26-1
    • HMRKB Herath 7-1-20-0
33.1

Herath to Gambhir, 3 runs, nicely played, he gets on his knee and paddles it down to fine leg, Dhoni's on wheels here, he hurries Gambhir for three

33.2

Herath to Dhoni, no run, goes back and punches it towards cover

33.3

Herath to Dhoni, no run, stays back and punches it back to the bowler

33.4

Herath to Dhoni, no run, gets well forward and pushes it down the track

33.5

Herath to Dhoni, no run, gets a big inside edge onto the pads and the bowler appeals

33.6

Herath to Dhoni, 1 run, lunges forward and squirts a low full toss down to long-off

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 147/4 (90 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.32, RRR: 5.62)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (21b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 76 (87b 5x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 8-1-24-0
    • NLTC Perera 6-0-26-1

It was around this stage when SL started losing their way

34.1

Senanayake to Dhoni, no run, stays back and clips it down towards square leg

34.2

Senanayake to Dhoni, 2 runs, stays back and clips it down towards fine leg for a couple

34.3

Senanayake to Dhoni, 3 runs, gets well forward to drive and he gets an outside edge down to third man

34.4

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, goes back and dabs it to the off side

34.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, 3 runs, opens the face of the bat, makes a bit of room and slices it down to third man, short third man gives chase

34.6

Senanayake to Dhoni, no run, gets on the front foot and defends

End of over 35 (8 runs) India 155/4 (82 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 5.46)

    • MS Dhoni 19 (25b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 79 (89b 5x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 6-0-30-0
    • HMRKB Herath 8-1-24-0
35.1

Herath to Gambhir, no run, chips down the track and squirts out a full delivery to the on side

35.2

Herath to Gambhir, no run

35.3

Herath to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and chips a low full toss down to midwicket

35.4

Herath to Gambhir, no run, goes on the back foot and cuts it down to cover

35.5

Herath to Gambhir, 1 wide, fires it wide down the leg side

35.5

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, tosses it up and he clips it down to midwicket

35.6

Herath to Dhoni, no run, goes back at the crease and chops it down to short third man

This is also shaping into a pulsating contest. The 30th over showed just five balls. The coverage cut to an ad-break after the 5th ball.

Ashok: "Whatever people say,MSD is of different thinking and mindset.There were alot of complaints on his slow batting in the initial phase of last innings,and the wickets fell down due to the pressure on other players.Today his momentum his very positive,perhaps the wickets fell down before he came into the crease!"

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 157/4 (80 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.36, RRR: 5.71)

    • MS Dhoni 19 (26b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 80 (94b 5x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 9-1-26-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 6-0-30-0

Crowd tonight at Adelaide Oval for India v Sri Lanka - 5,739. Thanks Sajan

36.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, clips it to the on side and sets off for a risky single, Gambhir just about beats the throw

36.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, stays back at the crease and thumps it down to cover

36.3

Kulasekara to Dhoni, FOUR, that sped off the bat! Overpitched outside the off stump and bashes it wide of the bowler, Kula doesn't even attempt to catch that, the ball races past mid-off

36.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, gets across and punches it down to cover

36.5

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, gets across and pushes it firmly down the track

36.6

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, gets across and clips it down to mid-on

End of over 37 (5 runs) India 162/4 (75 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 5.76)

    • MS Dhoni 23 (31b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 81 (95b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-28-1
    • HMRKB Herath 9-1-26-0
37.1

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and clipped down to deep square leg

37.2

Herath to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back and clips it down to midwicket for a quick single

37.3

Herath to Gambhir, FOUR, shot! Tossed up outside the off stump and he leans forward and drives crisply past the covers

37.4

Herath to Gambhir, no run, pitches outside off and straightens and hits his pads and there's a big appeal but that wasn't hitting

37.5

Herath to Gambhir, no run, gets forward and clips it to the on side

37.6

Herath to Gambhir, 1 run, gets forward and blocks it out to the on side

End of over 38 (7 runs) India 169/4 (68 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 5.66)

    • G Gambhir 87 (100b 6x4)
    • MS Dhoni 24 (32b 2x4)
    • HMRKB Herath 10-1-33-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-28-1
38.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, fires it flat outside off and he squeezes it out to cover point

38.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 2 runs, spoons it on the up wide of mid-off and Kulasekara does really well to slide to his right and cut it off and in one motion throw it back but there was nobody backing up

38.3

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, fullish in length outside off and he squeezes it out to point

38.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, fires it on the pads and he squeezes it out towards mid-on

38.5

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, spoons it in the air inside out past the bowler, safe of the fielders though, mid-off runs across and cuts it off

38.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, gets across and pushes it down to mid-off

Gokul: "What India miss these days is the steady head of the openers. Remember the days of Ganguly and Sachin. They will ease out the initial movement (if any) and then milk the middle overs easily to give a easier job to the rest."

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 173/4 (64 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 5.81)

    • MS Dhoni 25 (33b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 90 (105b 6x4)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-36-1
    • HMRKB Herath 10-1-33-0
39.1

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, driven hard back to the bowler who boots it away, not always recommended but no damage done

39.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, walks across and works it down towards long-on

39.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, comes round the wicket and Gambhir gets across and clips it in the air down to deep midwicket, might be worth getting a fielder there within the ring

39.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, gets forward and drives it back to the bowler

39.5

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 2 runs, pounded down the ground and once again Kula tries to get his boot in the way

39.6

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, drives a full delivery down to long-on

Shaping up well for India. Dhoni looks far more at ease today than he did on Sunday

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 178/4 (59 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.90)

    • MS Dhoni 29 (38b 2x4)
    • G Gambhir 91 (106b 6x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-33-1
    • SL Malinga 6-0-36-1
40.1

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, goes back at the crease and punches it down to cover

40.2

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, keeps it on the stumps and he turns the face of the bat and knocks it to the on side

40.3

Malinga to Dhoni, OUT, Appeal for a run-out! He's gone! Against the run of play, Dhoni pushes it towards mid-on and appears to set off for a run, Gambhir is also off the blocks but there was never a single, he turns around and can't make it before the direct hit by Kulasekara

G Gambhir run out 91 (168m 106b 6x4 0x6) SR: 85.84

Have to feel sorry for Gambhir because it was Dhoni's call

40.4

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, full on middle and leg and he clips it to mid-on

40.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, gets across and knocks it back to the bowler

40.6

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, gets across and taps it down to mid-off

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) India 178/5 (59 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.34, RRR: 6.55)

    • MS Dhoni 29 (44b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 7-1-36-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-33-1

Perera to bowl. Getting tense in the Indian camp I'm sure

41.1

Perera to Jadeja, no run, comes round the wicket and he stays back and knocks it to the off side

41.2

Perera to Jadeja, no run, steers it towards cover point and he can't sneak a single

41.3

Perera to Jadeja, no run, tucks him up for room and he can only place it straight to short cover

41.4

Perera to Jadeja, no run, gets across and clips it in the air down to midwicket

41.5

Perera to Jadeja, 1 run, goes across the stumps and clips him down to mid-on for a single

41.6

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back and thumps it wide of mid-off and sets off for a quick single to retain the strike

Just when I thought 236 wasn't enough....turning out to be really competitive.

Amraiz: "any clue about any recent deals of MS Dhoni with Heart hospitals? this man is seriously giving people heart attacks."

End of over 42 (2 runs) India 180/5 (57 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.28, RRR: 7.12)

    • MS Dhoni 30 (45b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1 (5b)
    • NLTC Perera 7-0-28-1
    • SL Malinga 7-1-36-1
42.1

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, drops just short of Kulasekara! Dhoni just managed to control the shot

42.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, full on middle and leg and he tucks it to the on side

42.3

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, gets on the front foot and it lobs away down to midwicket

42.4

Kulasekara to Jadeja, no run, slashed away hard on the front foot and it rockets straight to Senanayake at point

42.5

Kulasekara to Jadeja, no run, squirts out a yorker outside off and he can't beat point again, pressure mounting

42.6

Kulasekara to Jadeja, 1 run, full on the pads and he works it to the on side but can only pick up a single

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 182/5 (55 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.23, RRR: 7.85)

    • RA Jadeja 2 (8b)
    • MS Dhoni 30 (48b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-34-1
    • NLTC Perera 7-0-28-1
43.1

Perera to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja punches a length delivery down towards long-off

43.2

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, another solid punch down to long-off, he jogs the single

Not too many within the ring

43.3

Perera to Jadeja, OUT, the captain sets a fine example again! Perera pitches it up outside the off stump, he shapes to drive through the covers but ends up driving uppishly and Jayawardene dives to his right and takes it inches off the ground

RA Jadeja c Jayawardene b Perera 3 (14m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Ashwin comes ahead of Irfan

43.4

Perera to Ashwin, 1 run, stylishly whipped away off the pads down to deep square leg to get off the mark

43.5

Perera to Dhoni, no run, brilliant fielding again! Senanayake intercepts a booming drive off the front foot at short cover

43.6

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, flicks it straight to midwicket

S Rajesh, the numbers man, says: "The required run-rate is inversely proportional to the heart rate."

End of over 44 (4 runs) India 186/6 (51 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.22, RRR: 8.50)

    • MS Dhoni 32 (51b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 1 (1b)
    • NLTC Perera 8-0-32-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-34-1
44.1

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, Malinga was very lucky to get away with a low full toss on the pads, he works it to deep square leg, he should have played that finer

44.2

Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, drifts on the pads and Ashwin whips it behind square on the on side

44.3

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss and he pushes it down to long-on, Dhoni's preserving himself for a late assault

44.4

Malinga to Ashwin, 2 runs, drives a full delivery wide of sweeper cover and that allows a second run

44.5

Malinga to Ashwin, no run, keeps it on the stumps and ashwin can only flick it straight to midwicket

44.6

Malinga to Ashwin, no run, fullish in length on the off stump and he makes room and squeezes it out to the off side

End of over 45 (5 runs) India 191/6 (46 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.24, RRR: 9.20)

    • R Ashwin 4 (5b)
    • MS Dhoni 34 (53b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 8-1-41-1
    • NLTC Perera 8-0-32-2
45.1

Perera to Dhoni, no run, full and swinging away from him and he drives with one arm and misses it completely

45.2

Perera to Dhoni, SIX, that big six has arrived! Full outside the off stump and Dhoni stays at the crease and has a free swing over wide long-on, not as big as the previous six against Australia

45.3

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, drives firmly down to extra cover

45.4

Perera to Ashwin, FOUR, Ashwin joins the fun, he makes room and crisply lofts it over extra cover, the field was up, clean hit

45.5

Perera to Ashwin, 1 run, slower ball on the pads and he clips it down to short fine leg, Herath fields

45.6

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, stabs a low full toss off the toe of the bat, deflects off the bowler

I must be seeing things...Dhoni's yet to reach his fifty. I'm losing it. Thanks MS

End of over 46 (13 runs) India 204/6 (33 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 8.25)

    • MS Dhoni 42 (57b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 9 (7b 1x4)
    • NLTC Perera 9-0-45-2
    • SL Malinga 8-1-41-1
46.1

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish in length and he drives it down to long-off

46.2

Kulasekara to Ashwin, 1 run, slower ball and Ashwin reads it well and gets on the back foot and clips it to midwicket

46.3

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, half volley and he fails to put that away and ends up driving straight to short cover

46.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover and they could have run two had they pushed harder, wisely they stick to a single

46.5

Kulasekara to Ashwin, 2 runs, slower ball outside the off stump and he cuts wide of point, this time they have time to pick up two

46.6

Kulasekara to Ashwin, no run, slower ball outside off, gets across his stumps and Ashwin tries to swing that out of the ground, swishes at thin air

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 209/6 (28 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.44, RRR: 9.33)

    • R Ashwin 12 (10b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 44 (60b 2x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-39-1
    • NLTC Perera 9-0-45-2

28 off 18. Malinga to bowl

47.1

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, good fielding by Ashwin, he gets in the way of a firm straight drive, deflects to the on side

47.2

Malinga to Ashwin, 2 runs, Sangakkara drops a sitter! Would you believe it! Ashwin top edged it towards point and Sangakkara volunteered to run across and take the catch, point was ready and willing but he spilled it

47.3

Malinga to Ashwin, no run, slower ball and he swings and misses, well well

47.4

Malinga to Ashwin, OUT, well that drop didn't cost anything! Yet another slower ball and Ashwin makes room to play the spooned extra cover drive, ends up chipping it straight to extra cover, clever change of pace again does the trick

R Ashwin c Senanayake b Malinga 14 (21m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

More pressure on Dhoni. Irfan comes in. India bat deep today. Mid-on's up

47.5

Malinga to Pathan, no run, on the blockhole and on the pads but it's hitting him wide of the leg stump, he tries to work it away and the ball rolls to the off side

47.6

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, fullish in length outside off and he squirts it to cover

End of over 48 (4 runs) India 213/7 (24 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 12.00)

    • IK Pathan 1 (2b)
    • MS Dhoni 45 (61b 2x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 9-1-45-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-39-1

Mahela and Angelo discuss. Angelo it will be to bowl the penultimate over.

Ramakrishna: "That drop costed India two additional balls which could have potentially got runs with Dhoni crossing over."

48.1

Mathews to Pathan, 1 wide, bonus for India, that was a full toss very wide of the off stump and pathan couldn't make contact on the slash, close call but the umpire penalises him

48.1

Mathews to Pathan, 1 run, full outside off and he mistimes the slash down to extra cover, just drops short of the fielder

Mahela's busy restructuring the field here

48.2

Mathews to Dhoni, no run, comes round the wicket and he sprays it full outside off and Dhoni has a wild swish and misses, he could have swatted ten flies in one shot with that hit

48.3

Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide outside off and he bashes it along the ground straight to sweeper cover

48.4

Mathews to Pathan, (no ball) SIX, the full toss! Eerily similar to the previous game, he clubs that over deep square leg and it's a no-ball as well!

48.4

Mathews to Pathan, OUT, we have another twist here! Pathan swings and the ball drops on the pitch, he was uncertain whether to run or not but Dhoni was already at the other end, Irfan had to sacrifice his wicket and Angelo had enough time to take aim and hit

IK Pathan run out 8 (7m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

48.5

Mathews to Dhoni, FOUR, take that! Dhoni plays a booming cross-court whack over midwicket, that just whistled to the boundary and that's his fifty!

48.6

Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, he reaches out to a full delivery and squeezes it out to the off side and retains the strike

End of over 49 (15 runs) India 228/8 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.65, RRR: 9.00)

    • MS Dhoni 51 (65b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 5-0-35-0
    • SL Malinga 9-1-45-2

Another horribly tense match!

49.1

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, Excellent running! Dhoni jams out a yorker down to long-on and really pushes Vinay, Vinay dives and makes his ground

Many in the deep

49.2

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, fires it full and quick and Dhoni has a swipe and gets an inside edge onto the pad and the ball lobs to the off side, now Vinay has the strike

Field's coming in. Dhoni has a word with Vinay

49.3

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, Vinay calmly taps it towards point and sets off, Dhoni is quickly off the blocks

49.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, Sri Lanka blow a chance to get Dhoni run-out! He swings it straight to midwicket and the throw is flat and quick to Malinga, he fumbles!

49.5

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, OUT, we have a run-out now! Vinay makes room and squirts it out to mid-off and sets off, Mathews under-arms it straight at the stumps and there's no need for the 3rd umpire

R Vinay Kumar run out 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Yadav walks in. Dhoni has to deposit this...somewhere. Who says ODIs are dead??

49.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 3 runs, a tie! Malinga fires it full and wide and Dhoni reaches out and practically on one leg scoops it over extra cover, Senanayake at sweeper cover cuts it off and parries it to Kulasekara who fires the throw, that gives India enough time to take three, the players check to see if the batsmen ran one run short, but in the end it was all good

You can argue if the tie was the best result in a game which ebbed and flowed. It was a rank bad final delivery from Malinga which gave India a lifeline. That apart, Sri Lanka fielded with intent and purpose. They affected direct hits, though that missed chance against Dhoni will haunt them.

Going back to the 30th over, it was scored as a five-ball over. Did the umpires miss out that one ball? It still is a mystery.

Here's the presentation.

Jayawardene: "When you have MS batting through it was always going to be tough. One ball four to get you back yourself. But 230 probably wasn't enough. We dropped catches and misses run-outs. You always back Malinga to do the job."

Dhoni is the Man of the Match: "I looked to stay till the end. If you have a decent partnership you can stick it out. Malings is very difficult to hit so we were looking to target Mathews. (The last hit) was a bit difficult here, but in India that would have been two bounces and four. When you need 10 or 12 in the last over your heart rate will always be up."

That ends the first ever tie between India and Sri Lanka in one-dayers. Plenty to sort out for both sides. The common link is the batting. Sri Lanka had a mixed day in the field - brilliance interspersed with bloopers.

India's middle order needs to step up. Can't leave it to Captain Cool over and over again.

Jay: "How long will Dhoni continue this approach of devouring so many balls? It is all well and good for him if India win or tie but he puts undue pressure on his partners at the other end. People at the other end should feel aggrieved with Dhoni as they had to take risks and got out because of Dhoni."

With that, we'll take leave of you. Thanks again for joining us. We'll see you again soon. Cheers!

End of over 50 (8 runs) India 236/9 (1 run required)

    • MS Dhoni 58 (69b 3x4 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 10-1-53-2
    • AD Mathews 5-0-35-0
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