ICC Champions Trophy, 2nd Semi-Final: India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 20, 2013
ICC Champions Trophy - 2nd semi final
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
Played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (neutral venue)
20 June 2013 (50-over match)

3.10pm Righto, we're back for the chase, the Indian openers are in the middle, Kula has the ball - he will have a big role to play. Early wickets imperative.

Naren has spent way too much time pondering semi-final scenarios. "So here's the scenarios again: If India win this, they are through to the finals against England. If Sri Lanka restrict India to 182, they will be out of the tournament. If India win this in 29.1 overs, they are through to the finals against England. If India win this after 29.1 overs, they are still through to the finals against England."

0.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, starts with a short of length ball outside off, left alone by Rohit

0.2

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, gets the ball to seam in towards the pads, Rohit can't get bat on it

0.3

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, length ball outside off, a mistimed drive towards the bowler

Ajay: "@Naren - One more scenario if India are 49/9 in 19.5 overs and rain washes out .. India still go through.."

0.4

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, FOUR, brilliant, Rohit showing why he has had so many backers even through his leanest phase, gets forward to a length ball and drives that in front of point for four, terrific stroke

0.5

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, the rare Kulasekara that doesn't dip in, it holds it line and Rohit is beaten by that one

0.6

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, and again, Kulasekara has Rohit searching for the ball outside off, beaten once more

Prem: "Two years after winning first world cup in 1983, India won "Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket (1985)" to prove they are real champions. This championship was never played again History only repeats itself with two years after winning their second world cup in 2011, India will win "ICC Champions Trophy (2013)" to prove that they are true champions. Sadly this championship (ICC trophy) will never be played again."

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (178 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.63)

    • RG Sharma 4 (6b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 0 (0b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-4-0

Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka's main threat, set to bowl

1.1

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, swings in towards the pads, punched back towards the bowler

Faizan Patel: "What if this match is a tie? Do we have a bowl out or a super over?" Super Over

1.2

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, length ball swings in once more, pushed past the bowler but not past mid-on

1.3

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, on target right away Malinga, a length ball heading for middle stump, solidly pushed towards the bowler

1.4

Malinga to Dhawan, FOUR, full ball and that is too full form Malinga, in this form Dhawan can easily put those away, and he does, eases it past cover for four, firmly struck by Dhawan

1.5

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, full and outside off, Dhawan chases after it outside off, he's beaten

1.6

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, there's the Malinga yorker, Dhawan quickly manages to get his feet out of the way and jams the ball out of the way

Mani: "OMG. didn't know that we have Super Over in ODI's. have we ever had super over in an ODI before?" Don't think we have had.

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 8/0 (174 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.62)

    • S Dhawan 4 (6b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (6b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-4-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-4-0
2.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, FOUR, pitched up and outside off, Rohit looks to drive that one, ends up getting a thick outside edge, that is past the slips and down to the third man boundary

2.2

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and defends to extra cover for a single, Dhawan called early for that

2.3

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball seaming away, Dhawan allows it through to the keeper

2.4

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball outside off once more, another leave from Dhawan

2.5

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball on middle stump, pushed towards cover off the front foot

2.6

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, terrific ball to end the over, just back of a length and not too far outside off, the angle makes Dhawan play at it, he's beaten

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 13/0 (169 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 3.59)

    • S Dhawan 4 (10b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 9 (8b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-9-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-4-0
3.1

Malinga to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, guided down to third man for a single

3.2

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, length ball from round the wicket, pushed back towards the bowler

Vibhanshu: "I'd still be wary of Angelo Mathews in these conditions. Just remembered his freak spell against India in Colombo where he got a 6 for."

3.3

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, a solid drive from Dhawan but he can't beat the man at point

3.4

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, length ball heading for the pads, Dhawan whips that towards mid-on, that lands a few yards short of the fielder there

3.5

Malinga to Dhawan, FOUR, an uppishly drive outside off, perfectly placed in the gap though, through the covers for four, Dhawan's high-risk batting paying off here, Hot Spot shows that came right off the middle of the bat

3.6

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, pitched up and just outside off, pushed towards the bowler once again

Sunil: "Rohit Sharma has a very talented edge !"

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 18/0 (164 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 3.56)

    • S Dhawan 8 (15b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 10 (9b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-9-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-9-0
4.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, a huge shout for lbw, turned down, Sri Lanka pondering the review, but there as a big inside-edge so Rohit survives, it was a ball that was angling in and Rohit was looking to play from the crease

4.2

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, defended in the direction of mid-on

4.3

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball outside off, driven on the up by Rohit, hits high on the blade and rolls towards mid-on

4.4

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, Rohit is struggling against Kulasekara here, searching for the ball outside off, he is beaten again

4.5

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 2 leg byes, Rohit cut in half there, but no reward for Kulasekara, that jagged in a long long way and Rohit's bat was nowhere near the ball, off his thigh and between the keeper and slip

4.6

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 run, pitched up and clipped towards square leg for a single

End of over 5 (3 runs) India 21/0 (161 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 3.57)

    • RG Sharma 11 (15b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 8 (15b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-10-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-9-0
5.1

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, shortish ball on middle and off, defended down the track

sri: "Srilanka need a "C.Vaas" in these conditions,,,,"

5.2

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, another big appeal for lbw, turned down once more, and there looked to be an inside-edge, no there wasn't but it was slipping down leg, so that saves him

5.3

Malinga to RG Sharma, 1 run, on leg stump, helped towards deep backward square for a single

5.4

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, shortish ball that sails over the stumps, Dhawan sways out of the line of that one

5.5

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, shortish ball on the stumps, Dhawan perhaps didn't think Malinga would bowl two of those in a row, he was coming down the track, has to again move out of the line of that

5.6

Malinga to Dhawan, SIX, nearly a catch there but that just clears the fielder and the rope, it was shortish ball outside off, upper cut towards third man, supremely timed by Dhawan, he hardly seemed to put any effort behind that stroke, Kulasekara was looking to catch that one but that has gone for six

End of over 6 (7 runs) India 28/0 (154 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 3.50)

    • S Dhawan 14 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 12 (18b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-10-0
6.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 2 runs, back of length ball and that is an inside-edge towards deep backward square leg

6.2

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, length ball is tapped towards cover

6.3

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, Rohit comes down the track and defends that shortish ball to the off side

6.4

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 run, outside off, Rohit opens the face and steers that past second slip and down towards third man for a single

6.5

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, beaten by the angle there, a length delivery that is going across him, moves away a bit as well, Dhawan fishes for it and can't connect

vibhash: "Rohit is using all the sides of his bat. what a talent."

6.6

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, full ball on off, pushed towards cover

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 31/0 (151 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 3.51)

    • S Dhawan 14 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 15 (22b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-13-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-0

Thisara Perera takes over from Lasith Malinga. Just three for Malinga

7.1

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball, Perera grunts as he delivers that, defended towards point

7.2

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 1 run, pitched up this time, 137kph and outside off, works it towards deep backward point

7.3

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, length ball on middle stump, Dhawan keeps bat and pad together as he defends

7.4

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked to the left of the bowler

7.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, shot! Dhawan has been ruthless with these cut shots all tournament, when he decides to whack the ball, he gives it everything, slaps that shortish ball behind point for four

7.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, just outside off, Dhawan gets inside the line of that one and defends

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 36/0 (146 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 3.47)

    • S Dhawan 18 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 16 (24b 2x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-5-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-13-0

Ama: "To be fair to Rohit and his edges...Rohit has played 18 balls of Kula who has been moving the ball a lot more. Hez done well for a non regular opener in these testing conditions"

8.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and defends the ball towards midwicket

8.2

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 wide, pitched up but that is way outside off stump

The limerick is back. Oliver Jones: "There once was a batsman Rohit Who liked to play the mis-hit His talent was great But there was a debate About whether he could bat well for a bit"

8.2

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, left alone as the ball angles across him outside off

8.3

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball around off, defended towards point

8.4

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball, Dhawan gets forward a bit, and defends

8.5

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, outside off and that is left alone

8.6

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, dropped, how costly is that? an outside edge from Dhawan and that flies to the right of first slip, Mathews has distance to cover but it should have been taken - especially when defending these low scores,

Omair Ali: "Dhawan likes to cut and he never holds back, shouldn't it be the strategy to bowl him outside off and pack the area behind point for catches? Easier said than done. Just a thought."

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 38/0 (144 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 3.51)

    • S Dhawan 18 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 17 (25b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-15-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-5-0
9.1

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, length ball on middle and off, defended back towards the bowler

9.2

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, another edge, nearly carries through to first slip, drops short though and Rohit survives, it was a length ball outside off

9.3

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball outside off, Rohit shoulders arms

9.4

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 1 run, shorter this time, Rohit gets on the back foot and guides it to third man

9.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, looking to drive on the up there, an inside-edge which rolls past the leg stump

9.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, length ball, Dhawan looking to flick that one but misses, sneaks a leg-bye though

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 40/0 (142 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 3.55)

    • S Dhawan 18 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 18 (29b 2x4)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-6-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-15-0

Sanga standing up to Kula now

10.1

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 wide, too wide outside off, Sanga does well to collect it

10.1

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, again wide outside off, but close enough to the stump to be a legal delivery

10.2

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, pitching on off stump, and moving away, Dhawan plays well inside the line of that one

10.3

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, dropped!, Kula getting the ball to swerve away, it was on a length pitching around middle, the angle means Dhawan had to play at it, he nicks it to the keeper, who was standing up to the stumps and had to react quickly, put down

10.4

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan covers the stumps and lets the ball go, that was pretty close to the stumps

10.5

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, clipped towards short midwicket for a single

10.6

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, an inducker from Kulasekara, again dramatic movement in, Rohit rocks back and defends to the leg side

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 42/0 (140 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 3.58)

    • RG Sharma 18 (30b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 19 (36b 3x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-17-0
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-6-0
11.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, sensational hit from Dhawan, a 131kph delivery on a length and just outside off, a perfect hit through cover for four, right off the middle of the bat

11.2

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, length ball on leg stump, Rohit sets off for a single< Dhawan had called him early on but then yelled 'No,' Rohit had the time to get back to the crease

11.3

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball on the pads, blocked back towards the bowler, that was 134kph from Perera

11.4

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, FOUR, streaky from Dhawan, if the previous boundary came right off the middle of the bat, this was off a thick edge, that could have crashed into the stumps but when you are in this sort of form, things go your way, the edge runs away for four to the fine leg boundary

11.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, full ball outside off, punched towards cover

11.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and on middle stump, defended to the leg side

Ayush: "What's with the dropped catches? Did SL listen to Katy Perry's "Dhawan that got away" during the break?"

End of over 12 (8 runs) India 50/0 (132 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 3.47)

    • S Dhawan 27 (42b 5x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 18 (30b 2x4)
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-14-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-17-0

Par score after 12 overs is 20 for 0.

12.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, FOUR, four more, for Rohit this time, Kulasekara drops it a touch short, Rohoit stays back and punches through cover for a boundary

12.2

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 2 wides, slides down the leg side

Soheb: "16 ball 1 run , Dhawan vs Kula ..good competition of swing and patience.."

12.2

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball on middle, Dhawan blocks that to the off side

Dave G: "The Stillness of the stance, the composure at the crease, the compact and unfussy technique. Violent lashings directed at anything outside off-stump. Everything about Dhawan just screams out Saeed Anwar. Can't believe others haven't noted the resemblance."

12.3

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball outside off and that is left alone, Kula continues to get the ball to swerve away a long way, this has been a good spell from him but no reward

12.4

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, a leading edge, the ball balloons to the right of the bowler, a quick single is taken

12.5

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, on-the-up drive from Rohit, not timed perfectly or placed, the ball is stopped by mid-off

12.6

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, FOUR, shortish ball and that is thwacked for four by Rohit, sat up for him and he has pulled that away to the square leg boundary for four

Amir: "This is a lost cause for SL. You can not win a game if you are defending a low score and dropping catches. When a catch is dropped in a low scoring game, it affects a bowler's morale and his aggressive attitude."

End of over 13 (11 runs) India 61/0 (121 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 3.27)

    • RG Sharma 26 (33b 4x4)
    • S Dhawan 28 (45b 5x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-28-0
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-14-0
13.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover for a single

13.2

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 1 run, length ball is driven off the back foot towards cover

J.George: "Does anyone else besides me see that Saeed Anwar in Dhawan?"

13.3

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, was late on the pull there, not timed at all, sends the short ball towards square leg for a single

13.4

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball outside off, Rohit jumps to get on top of the bounce and drives that towards point

Venkat: "@Dave G :: Perhaps because there aren't any :) ? Anwar's on side play was a thing of beauty. Dhawan is predominantly an offside player, and its only recently that his on side play has come along."

13.5

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, stands tall and guides the ball towards point

13.6

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 1 run, length ball angling in, clipped towards midwicket for a single

usman: "@Georg: He has to play that flick shot over midwicket or fineleg for 6 to make a stronger case of resemblance"

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 65/0 (117 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 3.25)

    • RG Sharma 28 (37b 4x4)
    • S Dhawan 30 (47b 5x4 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-18-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-28-0

Angelo Mathews is on

14.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length ball outside off, and that is left alone

14.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 bye, gets that to snake in after pitching, Rohit looking to drive that one and that sneaks between bat and pad, Sangakkara dives to his left to try stop that but can't prevent a bye

14.3

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, a short ball, 127kph, on leg stump and that loops over Dhawan

14.4

Mathews to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball on the pads, tucked towards midwicket for a single

14.5

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, lovely straight push from Rohit, it was pitched up and driven towards mid-on and mid-off, through Aleem Dar's legs

14.6

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, huge appeal for lbw, turned down, reviewed, there was a big inside-edge there, something of a panic review from Sri Lanka, it was a length ball from Mathews, angling across and Dhawan was looking to defend, edged onto the pad

End of over 15 (3 runs) India 68/0 (114 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 3.25)

    • S Dhawan 31 (50b 5x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 29 (40b 4x4)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-2-0
    • NLTC Perera 4-0-18-0

Par score is 27/0

15.1

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, flicked towards deep midwicket

15.2

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball on off stump, crouches as he defends that one

15.3

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball just outside off, Rohit looks to chop that one but misses

15.4

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended towards cover

15.5

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards extra cover where Malinga makes a diving stop

15.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, tucks it behind square leg, Dhawan pushes for the second and gets it

Alastair: "The success of this opening partnership for India could actually cause problems for India if (when) they win and play Englang in the final. It means they have a middle order who are untested in English conditions against the swinging ball. If England break the opening stand Early Anderson could wreak havoc."

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 73/0 (109 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 3.20)

    • S Dhawan 33 (51b 5x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 32 (45b 4x4)
    • NLTC Perera 5-0-23-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-2-0

Drinks

16.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, loose shot outside off to a length ball, Rohit is beaten as he tries to guide it to point

16.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, another length delivery, wider of off this time, Rohit comes forward and lets it go through

16.3

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, fuller length delivery on off, the batsman dabs it towards cover with softs hands and steals a quick single

16.4

Mathews to Dhawan, 3 runs, beautifully carved through cover point! It was just a length delivery angled across the batsman, but he merely pushes it in the gap with timing. It slows down towards the boundary but they get back for three

16.5

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, length delivery outside off, Rohit comes forward and defends

16.6

Mathews to RG Sharma, OUT, brain freeze for Sharma again! After patiently defending for a large part of the innings, he charges down the pitch to a length delivery and tries to smash it over extra cover, but it seams in a touch and goes past the inside edge to knock the top of leg and middle. Another start wasted

RG Sharma b Mathews 33 (77m 50b 4x4 0x6) SR: 66.00

So Sri Lanka finally make a breakthrough, but they will need a couple more very quickly to put some pressure on India

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 77/1 (105 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 3.18)

    • S Dhawan 36 (52b 5x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-6-1
    • NLTC Perera 5-0-23-0

Virat Kohli walks in and Herath comes in too. Over the wicket

17.1

Herath to Dhawan, 1 run, pushed through outside off, the batsman taps it towards point for a single

Half a dozen protestors have walked to the middle, some hold up

17.2

Herath to Kohli, no run, he comes round the wicket now, tosses it up but Kohli defends

17.3

Herath to Kohli, no run, loopy delivery on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and defends

17.4

Herath to Kohli, no run, he goes on the back foot and defends it towards cover point

17.5

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, goes back again, dabs the flatter delivery softly to short third man for a single

17.6

Herath to Dhawan, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and pushes the tosses up delivery towards deep midwicket for a single

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 80/1 (102 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 3.18)

    • S Dhawan 38 (54b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 1 (4b)
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-3-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-6-1
18.1

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, length delivery on the middle, the batsman defends it off the back foot

18.2

Mathews to Dhawan, 1 run, he comes down the pitch, but the ball is short, he adjusts late to guide it to third man for a single

Karthik: "What are they protesting against? 55th Ind vs SL in 5 years?"

18.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, he comes forward and defends the length ball delivery to the off side

18.4

Mathews to Kohli, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go through

18.5

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, he goes slightly wide of the crease to bowl a length delivery, the batsman dabs it down to third man for a single

18.6

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, he beats the bat with an angled delivery, the batsman stays in the crease and tries to push it to off, but plays inside the line

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 82/1 (100 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 3.22)

    • S Dhawan 39 (57b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 2 (7b)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-8-1
    • HMRKB Herath 1-0-3-0
19.1

Herath to Kohli, no run, defended off the front foot to the off side

19.2

Herath to Kohli, no run, gets forward and blocks once more

19.3

Herath to Kohli, no run, length ball on off stump, and defended to the off side

19.4

Herath to Kohli, no run, well played Kohli, that was a grubber that barely got off the ground, was headed for middle stump, Kohli gets his bat down in time

19.5

Herath to Kohli, 3 runs, superb stroke from Kohli, a wristy shot sends the ball towards cover point, doesn't go all the way though, pulled in near the rope

There's no rain around for now, but we already have enough overs to constitute a game.

19.6

Herath to Dhawan, 2 runs, shot ball turning in from off, slapped towards point for a couple

End of over 20 (5 runs) India 87/1 (95 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 3.16)

    • S Dhawan 41 (58b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 5 (12b)
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-8-0
    • AD Mathews 3-0-8-1
20.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of length ball is worked towards midwicket

20.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run

20.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, stretches forward and guides the ball behind point

20.4

Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, short of length ball, tucked away off the hip towards square leg

20.5

Mathews to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, driven crisply towards cover

Mangal: "This is beyond Kohli now. India already home and a foot in the final. He can't play a sensational knock to stop India from Kohlifying to final. #CBseries #AsiaCup #IPL"

20.6

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 89/1 (93 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 3.20)

    • V Kohli 7 (18b)
    • S Dhawan 41 (58b 5x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-10-1
    • HMRKB Herath 2-0-8-0
21.1

Herath to Dhawan, 1 run, full ball is tucked in front of square leg

21.2

Herath to Kohli, no run, defended towards cover off the front foot

21.3

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, length ball, flighted delivery is pushed off the back foot towards midwicket

21.4

Herath to Dhawan, 1 wide, down the leg side, and that is a wide

Ashok: "The way things are going at the moment, I see this headline on Cricinfo soon "Consistent India cruise into final"" Any better suggestions?

21.4

Herath to Dhawan, 1 run, a flighted delivery is swept towards short fine leg for a single

21.5

Herath to Kohli, no run, length ball on off stump, defended towards the off side

21.6

Herath to Kohli, no run, goes deep in the crease, gets behind the line and defends

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 93/1 (89 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 3.17)

    • V Kohli 8 (22b)
    • S Dhawan 43 (60b 5x4 1x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-12-0
    • AD Mathews 4-0-10-1

Malinga comes back at last, not sure why he was held back for so long

22.1

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball outside off, a leading edge sends the ball towards mid-off

22.2

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, helps the ball towards third man for a single

22.3

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball on off stump, slashed towards sweeper cover for a single

22.4

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, short ball, 138.7kph, pulled away towards cow corner, Kohli thought that was going for four so he didn't run initially but the heavy outfield means the ball doesn't reach the rope

Frank: "Malinga yorks SL into final.."

22.5

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, another short ball, pulled towards deep backward square leg

22.6

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, bangs it in short and that is pulled towards square leg for one more, India cruising

concerned_cricketer: "Another headline option: "India seamlessly seam into final""

Vishwas Rathi: "Dominant India ease into final"

End of over 23 (7 runs) India 100/1 (82 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 3.03)

    • S Dhawan 46 (63b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 12 (25b)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-23-0
    • HMRKB Herath 3-0-12-0
23.1

Herath to Dhawan, no run, spinning away, Dhawan waits on the back foot, defended to the off side

23.2

Herath to Dhawan, no run, big lbw shout but that was turning too much, was definitely spinning down

23.3

Herath to Dhawan, no run, waits on the back foot and chops that one late, at the very last moment

23.4

Herath to Dhawan, 1 run, driven towards mid-on for a single

23.5

Herath to Kohli, no run, drops it a touch short, Kohli cuts that off the backfoot towards point

23.6

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up this time, eased towards long-off for a single

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 102/1 (80 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 3.07)

    • V Kohli 13 (27b)
    • S Dhawan 47 (67b 5x4 1x6)
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-14-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-23-0
24.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length and outside off, Kohli chases after it and doesn't connect, could have easily nicked it

24.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, another play and a miss, beaten outside off by that quick back of length ball outside off

24.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, third play and a miss in a row, this was on the shorter side, and closer to the stumps, Kohli still goes for the cut and fresh-airs it

24.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, a touch fuller this time, whacked towards midwicket for a single

Vetri: "Dhawan takes India to finals without hassles"

24.5

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, short ball on leg stump, much too short, Dhawan gets out of the line of that one

24.6

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, keeps it short, provides width, Dhawan times it sweetly as he cuts that towards deep point

Dave G: "main headline: Cricinfo found guilty of crowd-sourcing headlines"

End of over 25 (2 runs) India 104/1 (78 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 3.12)

    • S Dhawan 48 (69b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 14 (31b)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-25-0
    • HMRKB Herath 4-0-14-0

Kula back for his second spell

25.1

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball just outside off, Dhawan squeezes it behind point

25.2

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, pitched up and that is defended towards point

Madan Kanichar: "Da Won, Won Da game for India!"

25.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run

25.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, guided towards sweeper cover

25.5

Kulasekara to Dhawan, no run, length ball is defended towards point

25.6

Kulasekara to Dhawan, FOUR, shortish ball on the leg stump, pulled away behind square leg for four more, yet another 50-plus score for Dhawan, the man is unstoppable this series

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 110/1 (72 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.23, RRR: 3.00)

    • S Dhawan 52 (73b 6x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 15 (33b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-33-0
    • SL Malinga 5-0-25-0
26.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, short of length on the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single

26.2

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, short and quick from Malinga, Dhawan plays a controlled clip towards midwicket

26.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length ball is punched towards cover by Kohli

26.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, whipped towards midwicket for a single, no worries for India here

26.5

Malinga to Dhawan, no run, short of length ball outside off, Dhawan wants to whack that out of the ground but doesn't connect

26.6

Malinga to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length ball on legstump, defends to the leg side

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 114/1 (68 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 2.95)

    • S Dhawan 54 (76b 6x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 17 (36b)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-29-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-33-0
27.1

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, looking to drive on the up and that is inside-edged onto the pads

Rabga: "How about ''Sri lanka drops India into final''?"

27.2

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 run, slices that off the back foot towards deep backward point for a single

27.3

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, length ball just outside off, defended towards cover

27.4

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, on the pads, whipped towards deep midwicket for a single

27.5

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, no run, full ball on middle, pushed towards extra cover

27.6

NLTC Perera to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, pitched up and on the pads, looking to flick that away but off the pads for a single

Jayesh: "This one may catch eyes "Dhoni bowls India into Finals!!""

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 117/1 (65 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.17, RRR: 2.95)

    • S Dhawan 55 (80b 6x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 18 (38b)
    • NLTC Perera 6-0-25-0
    • SL Malinga 6-0-29-0
28.1

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover

Rathnavel Pandian: "How about "Rahane watches India march into final on TV while pondering what he should do to get into the team". Make it a tagline, maybe?"

28.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, looks to defend off the front foot, an inside-edge onto the pads

28.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, same length just outside off, patted back towards the bowler

28.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, length ball around off stump, only 122kph, blocked off the front foot

28.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, length ball and that is a superb hit, inside-out lofted hit over covers for a four, couple of bounces before reaching the rope

Vageesan: "How About "Arjuna Ranatunga blames IPL for Sri Lanka's exit""

28.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, defended from the crease towards cover

Sumeet: "Haw can you forget contribution of IPL .. "IPL benefits India to reach finals""

inigo: "How about "Rohit Edges SriLanka out of Finals" :)"

End of over 29 (5 runs) India 122/1 (60 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 2.85)

    • V Kohli 22 (43b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 56 (81b 6x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-38-0
    • NLTC Perera 6-0-25-0

Jeevan Mendis to bowl

29.1

Mendis to Dhawan, 2 runs, starts with his favourite delivery, the googly, swept towards fine leg

Akshay: "My suggestion - "Hell freezes over: Sri Lanka don't make it to the finals and Ishant bowls at an economy rate of less than 4 per over ""

29.2

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, spins in from outside off, forward defense from Dhawan

29.3

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, full ball is eased towards long-on for a single

29.4

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, a legspinner from Mendis, slapped off the back foot behind point

29.5

Mendis to Dhawan, 3 runs, plays a paddle-sweep, looking to power that one, the ball goes fine, and Malinga has a long chase

29.6

Mendis to Kohli, FOUR, full ball is hoicked for four, an agricultural shot but sends the ball to the midwicket boundary

End of over 30 (11 runs) India 133/1 (49 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 2.45)

    • V Kohli 27 (45b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 62 (85b 6x4 1x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-11-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-38-0
30.1

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 2 runs, dropped, width given, that is slammed toward point by Dhawan, was a tough overhead chance, the substitute Sachithra Senanayake gets his hands on that but can only parry it away, he chases after it to try grab it on the second attempt but it lands too far from him

30.2

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, a touch short once more, glided towards third man for a single

30.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, length ball just outside off, tapped towards mid-on for a single

30.4

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball, inside-edged towards square leg off the front foot

30.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, seams in from well outside off, Kohli plays a wristy shot towards midwicket

30.6

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, opens the face and guides the ball behind backward point

End of over 31 (7 runs) India 140/1 (42 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.51, RRR: 2.21)

    • S Dhawan 67 (89b 6x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 29 (47b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-45-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-11-0
31.1

Mendis to Dhawan, 1 run, lovely shot from Dhawan, that was a full ball outside off, perfectly timed drive towards cover, can't beat the fielder

31.2

Mendis to Kohli, no run, superb legspinner from Mendis, spins away sharply after pitching on middle stump, Kohli looks to defend off the front foot but is beaten

31.3

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, flighted and full, on the pads, whipped towards midwicket

31.4

Mendis to Dhawan, no run, outside off, looking to steer the ball towards third man, slips past the outside edge

cricfan: "An opener being dropped 4 times in the semis of a 50 over ICC event. We all know how the final panned out. Deja vu?"

31.5

Mendis to Dhawan, OUT, stumping chance here, as a perfectly disguised googly from Mendis draws Shikhar out of the crease, looking to defend, the back leg is an inch out of the crease and the ball spins past the outside edge, Sanga takes off the bails in time, Dhawan's innings is over

S Dhawan st †Sangakkara b Mendis 68 (140m 92b 6x4 1x6) SR: 73.91

31.6

Mendis to Raina, 2 runs, Raina looks to sweep his first ball, doesn't middle it, the ball rolls behind square leg

End of over 32 (4 runs) India 144/2 (38 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 2.11)

    • SK Raina 2 (1b)
    • V Kohli 30 (49b 2x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-15-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-45-0
32.1

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, short of length ball outside off, slices that behind point for four, Kohli continues to find it easy against Malinga

32.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short length ball on off stump, defended down the track

32.3

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, the slower full toss, Kohli spots it early and twirls it towards midwicket for a couple

32.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, full ball just outside off, blocked off the front foot towards the bowler

32.5

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, short ball and that is hammered by Kohli, easily gets on top of the bounce and dispatches that to the midwicket boundary for four more

32.6

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, an inswinging yorker heading for off and middle, Kohli get his bat down in time to keep that one out

Aritra Basu: "Raina came ahead of DK to get some batting practice!! oh wait, this is not a practice match, in fact it is semi final!! don't really remember when India played an ODI tournament with such dominance and supremacy...this is do-as-you-like for India!!"

End of over 33 (11 runs) India 155/2 (27 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 1.58)

    • V Kohli 41 (55b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 2 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-40-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-15-1

Slip and short leg in place

33.1

Mendis to Kohli, 2 runs, the googly comes in a long way, Kohli waits on the back foot and clips it towards midwicket

33.2

Mendis to Kohli, 2 runs, doesn't turn as much this time, thumped towards wide long-on for two more, Kohli picking up pace now

33.3

Mendis to Kohli, SIX, overpitched from Mendis, Kohli steps out and hammers that over the bowler's head and towards the sightscreen to bring up another half-century, Kohli loving it against the Sri Lankans as usual

33.4

Mendis to Kohli, no run, defends that off the back foot

33.5

Mendis to Kohli, 2 runs, a wristy stroke sends the ball racing towards deep extra cover, Kohli played that after skipping down the track to get close to the pitch of the ball

33.6

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, defends the ball towards cover for a single to retain strike, if Raina is here to get some batting practice, Kohli isn't giving him much to do

End of over 34 (13 runs) India 168/2 (14 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.94, RRR: 0.87)

    • V Kohli 54 (61b 4x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 2 (1b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-28-1
    • SL Malinga 7-0-40-0
34.1

Malinga to Kohli, 5 wides, an attempted yorker slides down the leg side, and thtat angles further away to evade the keeper as well, five wides

34.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, gets an edge this time but wide of slip and down to third man, it was a back of length ball outside off, just a single

34.2

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, short ball and Raina pulls that toward square leg, can't beat the fielder there

34.3

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, a swinging low yorker heading for the boots, clipped towards deep square leg for two more

34.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, drops it short this time, clipped towards deep backward square leg for a single

34.5

Malinga to Raina, no run, a yorker on the boots, an inside-edge onto the shoes, he was lbw if it wasn't for that thin edge

34.6

Malinga to Raina, FOUR, India are through to the final after a thoroughly dominant performance, a short ball from Malinga is helped along to fine leg for four to finish it off

Four easy wins in four for India now, belying the pre-tournament predictions about India's potentially struggling in this competition. Another prediction which proved off-target today was the weather forecast, with the rain mercifully staying away.

In the first match under proper English conditions, with the ball seaming and swinging, each of India's bowlers did their bit to stifle Sri Lanka's experienced batting unit. Then it was over to India's in-form openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who with the help of some dropped catches made sure India wouldn't have any problems chasing down 182 to reach the final. Virat Kohli continued to be a major headache for Sri Lanka, making an unbeaten 58 - his eight half-century to go with his five hundreds against them - and Lasith Malinga continued to find the going difficult against India : 8-0-54-0.

Post-match presentation

Angelo Mathews: "The toss was crucial, we would have also bowled if we won the toss. The ball was seaming around, swinging around, the pitch was two-paced, our batsmen found it difficult. But credit should go the Indians."

MS Dhoni: "I think it is a well-written script, good toss to win, started well by the bowler, unfortunately for SL they lost Dilshan, we capitalised on that, then the bowlers bowled well, especially the spinners. I think it is important to have good bowlers in the side. The ball was still doing a bit., Bhuvnesh had already bowled 8 or 9, we wanted to keep some of the fast bowlers' overs for the death, so with Karthik around I think might as well give it a go. I thought even if it goes badly, I'll bowl one over. It went okay so I bowled another ... England are a very good side, and we have played a lot against them in the last couple of years."

Man of the Match is Ishant Sharma: "My strength is the bounce, I stick to my strength. I think up front U/mesh and Bhuvi bowled really well. I think the conditions were really favourable here, in the previous games the wickets were quite flat."

That's a wrap from me, but Sidharth Monga has just finished the match report, which I recommend reading. Also, watch out for stories from Nagraj Gollapudi and Andrew Fernando later in the day. And the Huddle featuring Ian Bishop and Sharda Ugra is live now.

It's been great to receive all the mails (and the headline suggestions) from you lot, join us again for the big final on Sunday. Cheers!

End of over 35 (14 runs) India 182/2 (RR: 5.20)

    • SK Raina 7 (4b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 58 (64b 4x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 8-0-54-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-28-1
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