ICC Champions Trophy Warm-up Matches

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Play is about to begin as the Indian opening batsmen come on to the field, followed by the Sri Lankan players. Looks like M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan will be opening the innings. Nuwan Kulasekera to open the bowling.

0.1

Kulasekara to Dhawan, 1 run, This one is straight, angling away from the batsman, and Dhawan clips off the back foot to the fielder at mid on

0.2

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, this one is more full and just wide of off-stump. Vijay defends straight back to the bowler off the front foot

0.3

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, the ball angles in from just short of a length towards the leg stump. Vijay defends off the back foot and parries it back to the bowler

0.4

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, similar delivery to before, angling in back off a length to the leg side. Vijay plays a back-foot defense to the fielder on the off side

0.5

Kulasekara to Vijay, FOUR, a gentle half volley outside off stump and Vijay times a cover drive beautifully off the front foot. All timing no violence.

0.6

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, Kulasekera reverts to a shorter length and Vijay defends on the back foot to the fielder at mid off

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0 (329 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.71)
M Vijay    4* (5b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0
S Dhawan    1* (1b)     

The captain decides to bring himself on early. Good time for Angelo to stake his place.

1.1

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, a straight loosener from Mathews, angling away from the left-hander. Defends it to point

1.2

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, hits a length and once again angles away from the batsman. Dhawan drives it to mid off

1.3

Mathews to Dhawan, OUT, this one is a little straighter, Dhawan plays it to the leg side and sets off on a quick single. The fielder coming in from mid on scores a direct hit. Dhawan may be in trouble here. Third umpire calls it out and Dhawan trudges back in frustration.

S Dhawan run out 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Good start here for the Sri Lankans. India facing a massive chase and already one down. Virat Kohli has come in.

1.4

Mathews to Vijay, no run, bowls at a length, ball moving towards the leg side. Vijay defends off the back foot

1.5

Mathews to Vijay, no run, Mathews bowls this one slightly wide of off-stump and Vijay drives it on the up to the fielder at mid off

1.6

Mathews to Vijay, 1 run, much straighter from Mathews, Kohli flicks on the front foot off his pads and steals a single as the ball is deflected fine on the leg side

End of over 2 (1 run) India 6/1 (328 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.83)
M Vijay    5* (8b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0
V Kohli    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, bowls at a length on the off stump, Vijay defends on the back foot towards mid on

2.2

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, this one is slightly shorter from Kulasekera, once again defended off the back foot towards mid off

2.3

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, bowls at a length with the delivery angling in to the batsman, Vijay parries off the back foot to the bowler

2.4

Kulasekara to Vijay, 1 run, slightly shorter from Kulasekera, Vijay flicks it square off the back foot and scampers for a single

2.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, bowls on a length outside off stump and Kohli defends back to the bowler

2.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, this one on a length angling in outside of offstump and Kohli is able to free his arms and drive on the up through the covers for a boundary

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 11/1 (323 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 6.87)
V Kohli    4* (2b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-10-0
M Vijay    6* (12b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0

3.1

Mathews to Vijay, no run, Mathews bowls a straighter one, seaming away from the batsman. Vijay defends off the back foot to the mid off fielder

3.2

Mathews to Vijay, 1 leg bye, slightly short and going down leg, Vijay flicks off the back foot towards the mid on region

3.3

Mathews to Kohli, 1 wide, better line, on the off stump and just short of a length. Kohli blocks it to the fielder at point

3.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run

3.4

Mathews to Kohli, no run, Mathews bowls it on a length and Kohli defends off the back foot

3.5

Mathews to Kohli, no run

3.6

Mathews to Kohli, no run, Mathews bowls it slightly fuller on the off stump and Kohli defends on the back foot to the fielder at mid on

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 13/1 (321 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.25, RRR: 6.97)
V Kohli    4* (6b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-2-0
M Vijay    6* (14b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-10-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Vijay, 1 run, this one is slightly full on the off stump and Vijay gets on the front foot and on drives to the fielder at mid on

4.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, bowls the same line on the off stump, almost a half volley and Kohli gets into position quickly and drives on the front foot, only to find a fielder in the circle

4.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, this one is straighter and Kohli gets quickly onto the front foot and drives to mid on for a single

4.4

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, bowls this one straight and ball angles in sharply as it leaves the batsman. Vijay shoulders arms as it goes through

4.5

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, Kulasekera bowls one outside off stump, angling in and is defended to the fielder at mid on

4.6

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, bowls on a length outside off stump and Vijay gets onto the front foot and drives the ball, but once again finds a fielder

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 15/1 (319 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 7.08)
M Vijay    7* (18b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-12-0
V Kohli    5* (8b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-2-0

5.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, Mathews bowls one straight and Kohli defends back to the bowler

5.2

Mathews to Kohli, FOUR, delivery going down the legside and Kohli gets into position in a flash and whips it off his pads to the leg side for a boundary

5.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, Mathews bowls on the off stump and Kohli defends to the fielder at mid on

5.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, once again the ball angles down the leg side and Kohli is able to cover the delivery and run a single on the leg side

5.5

Mathews to Vijay, no run, bowls it straight on middle and Vijay parries back to the bowler

5.6

Mathews to Vijay, FOUR, bowls a gentle straight delivery wide of off stump and Vijay cover drives on the up and is able to beat the fielder

End of over 6 (9 runs) India 24/1 (310 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.04)
M Vijay    11* (20b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-11-0
V Kohli    10* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-12-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, straight delivery on off stump and angling in. Kohli gets on the front foot and pushes the ball to mid on for a single

6.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, slightly full on leg stump from Kulasekera and Kohli waits for it before clipping towards mid on, tries to beat the fielder but unable to

field adjustment being made on the leg side

6.3

Kulasekara to Vijay, 1 run, slightly slower delivery on the leg stump and Vijay waits for it before flicking off the back foot for a single to mid on

6.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, almost bowls at a yorker-length. Kohli waits on it and then flicks it off his toes square to the leg side

6.5

Kulasekara to Vijay, no run, short of a length outside off stump and Vijay gets onto the front foot and defends to mid off

6.6

Kulasekara to Vijay, FOUR, Kulasekera bowls a full delivery on the off stump and Vijay gets quickly onto the front foot and plays a lovely straight drive that beats the mid off fielder

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 31/1 (303 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 7.04)
M Vijay    16* (23b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-19-0
V Kohli    12* (15b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-11-0

Bowling change is made and Shaminda Erange is to bowl in place of Angelo Mathews

7.1

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, Erange with a loosener going down the leg side, and it's almost too easy for Kohli as he leans into the shot and flicks off the front foot to the square leg boundary

7.2

Eranga to Kohli, no run, Better line as he bowls outside off stump and Kohli defends off the back foot to point

7.3

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, shaping in to the batsman, Kohli able to glance the ball to third man

7.4

Eranga to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, angling down the pads, and Vijay flicks off the back foot to square leg fielder

7.5

Eranga to Kohli, no run, This one straight on the off stump, angling in and Kohli waits on the back foot before blocking back to the bowler

7.6

Eranga to Kohli, no run, bowls short of a length just outside off stump, and Kohli defends to point off the back foot

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 37/1 (297 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 7.07)
V Kohli    17* (20b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-6-0
M Vijay    17* (24b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-19-0

Another bowling change as Thisara Perera comes on to have a bowl

8.1

NLTC Perera to Vijay, no run, bowls just on a length on the off stump, straight and narrow. Kohli defends off the front foot to mid on

8.2

NLTC Perera to Vijay, no run, Perera bowls just short of a length, straight on middle. Vijay parries it back to the bowler

8.3

NLTC Perera to Vijay, 1 run, This one is shorter from Perera, going down the leg side. Vijay gets on his toes and flicks to the square leg fielder

8.4

NLTC Perera to Kohli, FOUR, this one on a length, Kohli just waits on it before getting on his back foot and punching through the covers for a boundary

8.5

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, bowls at a length and Kohli glances the ball off the back foot towards third man for a single

8.6

NLTC Perera to Vijay, no run, short and on middle stump. Vijay just pushes it back to the bowler.

End of over 9 (6 runs) India 43/1 (291 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 7.09)
M Vijay    18* (28b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-6-0
V Kohli    22* (22b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-6-0

9.1

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, delivery goes straight and begins to angle into the leg side. Kohli waits before getting on the front foot and playing an on drive to the boundary

9.2

Eranga to Kohli, 4 runs, slightly full from Eranga and Kohli leans into the cover drive and hits it square to the fielder on the boundary, the fielder makes a mess of it by first overrunning and then failing to pick up the ball cleanly, before dropping again and then recovering with a throw from the deep. In that time the two batsmen were able to scurry four runs

9.3

Eranga to Kohli, 1 bye, slower ball from Eranga, Kohli waits on the front foot to try and steer to third man but misses the ball and Sangakkara collects it, Kohli able to sneak a single

9.4

Eranga to Vijay, no run, this one is short of a length on the off stump and Vijay defends to the off side fielder

9.5

Eranga to Vijay, OUT, short of a length and almost seems to hang in the air when Vijay gets bat on it, and ends up spooning a catch to short extra cover. Did not see that one at all.

M Vijay c Thirimanne b Eranga 18 (30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

In at No. 4 is the ever stylish Rohit Sharma

9.6

Eranga to RG Sharma, FOUR, Unlucky! Eranga bowls it straight, and Sharma plays inside of it to produce a thick edge that seems to die on Sangakkara. Just falls short and Rohit is rewarded with a fortuitous boundary

End of over 10 (13 runs) India 56/2 (278 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 6.95)
RG Sharma    4* (1b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-18-1
V Kohli    30* (25b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-6-0

10.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, Kohli was looking to drive that through the off, he had to check his stroke at the last moment, plays if softly towards cover

10.2

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length and outside off, left alone this time

Alok: "Do you guys just post your own comments with random names or is there actually someone who screens all posts. I have posted hundreds of comments till date and have never even seen even one getting published!!" Believe us now Alok?

10.3

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, short of length and outside off, Rohit happy to leave another one

10.4

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, 1 run, keeps probing around off stump, opens the face to deflect the ball towards third man

10.5

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, bit more width, this time it is Kohli who opens the face to send the ball towards third man

10.6

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, no run, shortish and way outside off stump, Rohit chases after it, and doesn't even play a wholehearted stroke, a limp prod at it and he misses

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 59/2 (275 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 7.05)
RG Sharma    5* (5b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0
V Kohli    32* (27b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-18-1

11.1

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, driven through the off side for a single

11.2

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, length ball outside off, Rohit content to allow that through to the keeper

11.3

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, on middle and off, length ball and that is defended by Rohit

Rohit is a big star in the IPL, but his ODI form in recent matches hasn't quite been up to the mark.

11.4

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, length ball outside off, solidly defended towards cover by Rohit

11.5

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, shorter this time, just outside off, Rohit stands tall as he blocks that towards cover

harshsa: "Interested how rohith will play after having a good season in IPL"

11.6

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, short of length ball just outside off once more, defended to the off side

Kunjan Patel: "@rohan....Nice try....I know it was not Alok....you just made that up ...to make us keep posting :P -Signed...Conspiracy Buff :D" This one as well?

End of over 12 (1 run) India 60/2 (274 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.21)
RG Sharma    5* (10b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-19-1
V Kohli    33* (28b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0

12.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 wide

usayd: "enjoying some normal cricket from Trinidad after the lengthy rigours of IPL.... fingers crossed for a good match...."

12.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, opens the face to guide the ball towards backward point, that was back of a length and outside off

12.2

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, shorter and wider, Kohli waits on the back foot before steering the ball down to third man

12.3

NLTC Perera to RG Sharma, OUT, short ball and Rohit's struggles are over (for today), that bouncer came on quicker than Rohit thought it would, he went for the pull, but can only toe-end the ball towards mid-on, a low catch is taken and Rohit wastes a chance to get used to the conditions in England

RG Sharma c Kulasekara b NLTC Perera 5 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

Dimuthu: "Eranga's settling in to nice line and length. He's definitly in the reckoning as the 3rd seamer for tha Lankan team." Is he the quickest of the Sri Lankans? Only competition is Lasith Malinga

12.4

NLTC Perera to Raina, 1 run, back of a length ball just outside off, clipped towards mid-on by Raina

Prakash sent this two minutes ago: "Since IPL is over, we will see a totally different Rohit Sharma. Suddenly he will start getting out on easiest of the balls..hope he doesn't get OUT before you get this comment."

12.5

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, full ball is squeezed out towards deep backward point

12.6

NLTC Perera to Raina, FOUR, short ball down the leg side, Raina has had his problems with the bouncer, but this one was badly directed, Raina shuffles across and guides that down to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 13 (8 runs) India 68/3 (266 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 7.18)
SK Raina    5* (2b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-17-1
V Kohli    35* (31b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-19-1

13.1

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven towards point for a single

Sathish: "I want Rohit to play for India in MI jeresey. BCCI should recommend him as special case to ICC."

13.2

Eranga to Raina, 1 run, length ball angling across, clipped towards midwicket

tushar: "If MSD was the captain of England, people might have said he told the curator to make a flat pitch to deny the two subcontinent teams any practice against swing!!!"

13.3

Eranga to Kohli, no run, full ball is wristily worked towards mid-on

13.4

Eranga to Kohli, no run, defended solidly towards cover by Kohli

Dpach: "Why do people always question about Rohit's selection in the team.. he is the most consistent batsman of Our team.. :P"

13.5

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, length ball outside off, opens the face to run the ball down to third man

13.6

Eranga to Raina, no run, shortish ball, on legstump, Raina ducks under it

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 71/3 (263 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 7.30)
SK Raina    6* (4b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-22-1
V Kohli    37* (35b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-17-1

krish: "just saw the comment "In at No. 4 is the ever stylish Rohit Sharma " and liked it very much.. was it a mockery or serious one??" What do you think?

14.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, length ball just outside off, driven crisply towards mid-off, Kohli completes a tight single

14.2

NLTC Perera to Raina, no run, back of a length ball around off, defended off the front foot to midwicket

14.3

NLTC Perera to Raina, 1 run, worked in front of square leg for a single

Since we love stats (even made up ones) at Cricinfo. Revanth: "8 of 10 comments on rohit contains "MI jersy" or "talent""

14.4

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short ball just outside off, Kohli does well to control that as he hooks the ball, sends it towards deep square leg

14.5

NLTC Perera to Raina, FOUR, pitched up, Raina likes it there, lofts it over mid-on, didn't seem to hit it too hard but it still carried almost all the way to the rope

14.6

NLTC Perera to Raina, 1 run, short of length ball on middle stump, Raina shuffles across and taps the ball towards deep backward square leg

Krithikou: "Hope Raina gets out to a bouncer and attracts all Rohit bashers towards him." Like Prashant: "@krish, well he is stylish. Whether there is any substance to it is totally another thing."

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 79/3 (255 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 7.28)
SK Raina    12* (8b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-25-1
V Kohli    39* (37b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-22-1

15.1

Eranga to Raina, no run, a short ball again, Raina is being target by what everyone knows is his weakness, he bottom-edges that one and it bounces through to the keeper

15.2

Eranga to Raina, 1 run, a full toss, Eranga is lucky to get away with that one, should have been thumped for a boundary, Raina plays it softly towards mid-on

15.3

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, length ball angling in towards the pads, clipped down towards fine leg

15.4

Eranga to Raina, no run, short once more, Raina pulls it away to backward square leg

jags: "it is just amazing, how Virat Kohli manage to adapt in any weather condition or any game situation around the globe."

15.5

Eranga to Raina, 2 runs, full ball on the pads this time, Raina goes deep in the crease and digs the ball out towards square leg

15.6

Eranga to Raina, 1 run, short once more, outside off, Raina doesn't look to power the ball, controls the pull shot as he sends the ball in front of square leg

Sanjay: "Hopefully people don't start off with "Rohit Sharma, the next Indian skipper" after the IPL victory. They did the same with Gambhir after 2012 and we all know what happened to KKR in 2013."

vaibhav: "its just a query! why in scorecard its showing 15 player yet to bat ? 7 bowlers bowled for india and now 5 batsmen batted till now and dhoni and sir jadeja yet to come. wat is dis?" It is a 15-a-side game.

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 84/3 (250 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.35)
SK Raina    16* (13b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-27-1
V Kohli    40* (38b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-25-1

SillyPoints: "One more "real" statistic - 1 in every 1729 comments gets posted on cricinfo commentary. If you have an unusual name, the probability increases 17 folds and if you are commenting on an Indian game then this probability is 1 in every 15649." Not too far off the mark.

Here's mystery man Sachithra Senanayake to bowl some offspin

16.1

Senanayake to Raina, 2 runs, starts round the wicket, fires it down the leg side, glanced down towards short fine leg

kv: "Much as I enjoy watching him in full flow, I've always found statements about Sharma's 'talent' odd. Talent is about making runs, not looking good - frankly, if India wanted to bank on talent, they could have gone with Pujara for his spot, and the numbers would have backed that decision."

16.2

Senanayake to Raina, no run, gives that plenty of air, then dips to become a near yorker, squeezed out to the off side

kailesh: "do these warm up matches get add to the List A matches stats of a players career" no, as this is not 11-a-side

16.3

Senanayake to Raina, no run, defended towards cover off the front foot

16.4

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, stretches forward and nudges the ball towards square leg for a quick single

16.5

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven towards mid-off where a misfield allows the single

16.6

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, a touch short, Raina waits on the back foot and slaps the ball in front of point for a single

X: "Well if thats correct then do you actually read thru 1729 comments for every omment you post? Or do you have a software which filters based on cool name or player involved, seeing as I dont see anny comments about VIjay or Dhawan, it makes sense. Oh but then i dont have Rohit, so im adding this just to increase the chance of getting posted." I read them all.

End of over 17 (5 runs) India 89/3 (245 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 7.42)
SK Raina    20* (18b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-5-0
V Kohli    41* (39b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-27-1

Here's Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka's lead spinner

17.1

Herath to Raina, 1 run, full ball is whipped towards wide mid-on for a single

17.2

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, a fullish ball is worked in front of square leg for one more

17.3

Herath to Raina, 1 run, another single, Raina takes a step out of the crease and guides the ball towards short fine

Rajshekhar: "Can anybody please suggest a very unusual name?" Here

17.4

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli skips down the track and muscles the ball down the ground. strikes Herath's foot and rolls towards long-on

17.5

Herath to Raina, no run, waits on the back foot and defends towards point

17.6

Herath to Raina, no run, length ball outside off, Raina stretches forward and defends to the leg side

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 93/3 (241 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 7.53)
SK Raina    22* (22b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    43* (41b 5x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-5-0

Indraneel: "@Sanjay There is one important difference. Gambhir had his international performance (at that point of time) to back up his captaincy claims. In Sharma's case that doesn't apply; sad but true, as we know so well."

18.1

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, short of length ball, Kohli plays that uppishly off the backfoot, to the right of the bowler

18.2

Senanayake to Raina, FOUR, some comedy fielding at long-on by Lokuhettige, a full ball that Raina looks to launch over long-on, doesn't carry all the way but it lands wide of the fielder there, Lokuhettigeruns to his left and overruns the ball, only to see it reach the rope to his left

18.3

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, back of length ball outside off stump, Raina rocks back and plays a back foot drive through the gap to long on

18.4

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, the 100 comes up with a single towards mid-on

18.5

Senanayake to Raina, no run, spins that one away from Raina, who was looking to defend off the front foot but is beaten

18.6

Senanayake to Raina, FOUR, length ball on leg stump, swept fine by Raina, too fine for the man at short fine to have a chance

End of over 19 (11 runs) India 104/3 (230 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 7.41)
SK Raina    31* (26b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-16-0
V Kohli    45* (43b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-0

19.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, Herath bowls slightly full on the off stump and Kohli gets forward to drive past short extra-cover to the man at long-off

19.2

Herath to Raina, no run, Herath bowls a better line just outside off stump and at a length. Raina seems hesitant as he blocks off the back foot

19.3

Herath to Raina, 1 run, Herath bowling outside off stump and on a fuller length. Raina gets quickly into position to sweep the ball to square leg

19.4

Herath to Kohli, no run, Herath bowls this one full on middle and leg. Kohli safely negotiates with a forward defense

19.5

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, Herath pitching this at a length on off stump. Kohli shuffles down and drives the ball to long-off

19.6

Herath to Raina, 1 run, Herath hits a length on off stump and Raina gets forward to dab it past short extra cover for a single

End of over 20 (4 runs) India 108/3 (226 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 7.53)
SK Raina    33* (29b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-8-0
V Kohli    47* (46b 5x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-16-0

20.1

Senanayake to Raina, 1 run, pitches on a length on off stump. Raina sits deep and cuts square on the offside

20.2

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, bowls it full on leg stump and Kohli gets deep to glance this past short fine leg. Kohli looking for two but is sent back

20.3

Senanayake to Raina, OUT, bowls this one on middle and Raina misreads the line as the ball as he looks to hit over extra cover. The ball ends up castling into middle stump.

SK Raina b Senanayake 34 (31b 4x4 0x6) SR: 109.67

Birthday boy Dinesh Karthik is next man in. Making a return to the ODI outfit, let's see if he can mark the occasion?

20.4

Senanayake to Karthik, no run, bowling just back of a length on off stump, this one bounces a bit higher than Karthik expected, and kicks into the pads with a rather dubious appeal from the Sri Lankans

20.5

Senanayake to Karthik, no run

20.6

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run

End of over 21 (3 runs) India 111/4 (223 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 7.68)
KD Karthik    1* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-19-1
V Kohli    48* (47b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-8-0

21.1

Herath to Karthik, no run, Herath bowls full on middle and leg, Karthik digs it out successfully

21.2

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, this one is more on the leg side, just short, and Karthik is able to steer to cover for a single

21.3

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, this is a full one, landing just outside of off stump, and Kohli is able to drive to the fielder at extra cover

21.4

Herath to Karthik, no run, lands it outside off stump and Karthik blocks to cover

21.5

Herath to Karthik, 2 runs, lands outside off stump, full, and Karthik drives towards extra-cover

21.6

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off stump, Karthik gets a single

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 116/4 (218 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.27, RRR: 7.78)
KD Karthik    5* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-13-0
V Kohli    49* (48b 5x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-19-1

22.1

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, pitches it on middle, going down leg, Karthik able to flick off his pads square for a run

22.2

Senanayake to Kohli, no run, lands on off stump and Kohli tries to drive through on the on side but finds a fielder

22.3

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, this one lands on the leg stump and full, Kohli reaches on his front foot and sweeps to mid on for a single, fifty up for Kohli

22.4

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, flighted delivery on off stump, drives it to the on side for a single

22.5

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, lands full on the off stump, and Kohli plays his trademark whip to the leg side for an easy single

22.6

Senanayake to Karthik, no run, lands on a length outside off stump, Karthik gets deep into the crease and plays a cut square to the fielder

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 120/4 (214 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.21, RRR: 7.92)
KD Karthik    7* (11b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-23-1
V Kohli    51* (51b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-13-0

23.1

Herath to Kohli, no run, Herath pitches it slightly full outside off stump and Kohli drives to point for none

23.2

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, Herath pitches it full on middle and Kohli gets on the front foot and angles the ball on the off side square for a quick run

23.3

Herath to Karthik, no run, pitched on a length on the off stump, defended to cover

23.4

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, pitched on a length outside off stump, glances the ball to extra cover

23.5

Herath to Kohli, no run, pitches on middle, looks to straighten and Kohli whips it to mid on for no run

23.6

Herath to Kohli, 2 runs, pitched outside off stump, Kohli able to drive on the front foot to the leg side for two runs

End of over 24 (4 runs) India 124/4 (210 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 8.07)
V Kohli    54* (55b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-17-0
KD Karthik    8* (13b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-23-1

24.1

Senanayake to Karthik, no run, pitched slightly full on the off stump, Karthik gets forward and drives to mid on

24.2

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, this one lands outside off stump, Karthik able to whip it through the mid on region for a run

24.3

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, pitched on a length outside off stump and Kohli gets deep in the crease and plays a short-arm pull to the fielder at long on

24.4

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, this one slightly fuller on middle and leg stump, Karthik gets forward and drives through to mid on for a single

24.5

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, pitched slightly short of a length outside off stump, Kohli once again gets deep into the crease and is able to whip it through the leg side for a single

24.6

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, again bowled slightly short of a length, Karthik defends off the back foot to mid on

End of over 25 (5 runs) India 129/4 (205 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 8.20)
KD Karthik    11* (17b)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-28-1
V Kohli    56* (57b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-17-0

25.1

Mendis to Karthik, no run, Jeevan Mendis into the attack to try his luck and force a breakthrough to put India on the ropes. Bowls it full and on middle, Kohli whips to mid on

25.2

Mendis to Karthik, no run, again on middle, short of a length, Karthik parries back to the bowler on the back foot

25.3

Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, pitched on a length outside off stump and Karthik drives to the leg side

25.4

Mendis to Kohli, no run

25.5

Mendis to Kohli, no run, slightly full on the off stump, Kohli tries to cut through the off side on the back foot but the shot was not on

25.6

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, slightly short of a length angling into the pads and Kohli plays off the back foot towards the leg side

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 131/4 (203 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 8.45)
V Kohli    57* (60b 5x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-2-0
KD Karthik    12* (20b)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-28-1

26.1

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, Another bowling change is instituted as Tillakaratne Dilshan comes on. Bowls middle stump line and full, Kohli defends on the back foot

26.2

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, bowled on a length going into the pads and Kohli is able to whip it away past mid on for a single

26.3

Dilshan to Karthik, no run, slightly shorter than the previous delivery, Karthik whips to no avail to the leg side

26.4

Dilshan to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik steers past mid on for an easy single, Dilshan bowls outside off stump on a length

26.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 2 runs, slightly short going onto the pads, and Kohli gets back into the crease and plays off the back foot towards the leg side

26.6

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, Dilshan once again attacks the off stump, Kohli attempted to hit through the covers but ended up batting it straight back to the bowler

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 135/4 (199 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.65)
V Kohli    60* (64b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
KD Karthik    13* (22b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-2-0

27.1

Mendis to Karthik, no run, ball angled into the pads to break to middle, Karthik gets forward and defends to point

27.2

Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik gets forward and reaches for a sweep that is played fine to the leg side

27.3

Mendis to Kohli, no run, Kohli blocks off the front foot and the ball carries to the fielder at point

27.4

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, this one pitches outside off stump and generates massive spin, Kohli surprised by the turn and attempts to adjust his shot, but unable to get any decent bat on it

27.5

Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, this one is short and Kohli latches onto it with a 'Watsonesque' short-arm pull by getting deep into the crease. The ball beats the fielder on the leg side boundary

27.6

Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, almost a carbon copy of the previous ball, once again the ball is short and Kohli gets back into his crease and is able to whip it a little finer towards the leg side boundary for another four

End of over 28 (10 runs) India 145/4 (189 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.17, RRR: 8.59)
KD Karthik    22* (26b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-12-0
V Kohli    61* (66b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

28.1

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, Slightly full on leg stump and Kohli whips it straight into Karthik's feet. This prevents a single and a nasty surprise for Karthik!

28.2

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, ball going down the leg side, pitched on middle, picks up the gap on the onside, single down to deep square leg

28.3

Dilshan to Karthik, no run

28.4

Dilshan to Karthik, FOUR, ball is going down the leg side and Karthik, fully aware of the short fine leg coming in, is able to sweep over the fielder for a boundary. Karthik looks to be getting on with proceedings here

28.5

Dilshan to Karthik, no run, line pitching on middle and leg and Karthik pushes to the leg side fielder inside the circle

28.6

Dilshan to Karthik, no run, pitches outside the off stump and Karthik cuts straight to the fielder at point

End of over 29 (5 runs) India 150/4 (184 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.17, RRR: 8.76)
KD Karthik    26* (30b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-9-0
V Kohli    62* (68b 5x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-12-0

29.1

Mendis to Kohli, no run, pitched full on the leg stump and Kohli digs it out and steers to mid off

29.2

Mendis to Kohli, FOUR, guilty of pitching it too short again, that too on middle, Kohli plays a backfoot push through the on side and is able to beat long on to the boundary

29.3

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, Mendis adjusts his line, bowls just on off stump and Kohli gets to the pitch of the ball and whips past mid off for a single to the fielder at long-off

29.4

Mendis to Karthik, SIX, Karthik looks to join the party. Mendis goes down the leg side with a full toss, Karthik holds back before unleashing a pull that is lofted over long-on for a six.

29.5

Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, Mendis compensates next ball by pitching outside off stump and Karthik steps back and cuts away on the back foot through point to get another boundary. Smart batting here by Karthik

29.6

Mendis to Karthik, FOUR, Mendis pitches it on the leg stump and full, Karthik gets on the front foot and plays a traditional sweep square on the leg side for a boundary. India beginning to shift gears here

End of over 30 (19 runs) India 169/4 (165 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.63, RRR: 8.25)
KD Karthik    40* (33b 5x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-31-0
V Kohli    67* (71b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-9-0

30.1

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, bowled full and on the pads, Kohli flicks to the leg side through the mid on region for a single

30.2

Dilshan to Karthik, 1 run, bowled full and down the leg side, Karthik able to get under it and push it through the off side for a single

30.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 2 runs, this one is angling down the pads, Kohli whips past mid on and is able to put pressure on the fielder to complete two runs in quick time

30.4

Dilshan to Kohli, 2 runs, great running from these two! Once again Kohli deals with one on the pads with a front foot whip and picks up two runs

30.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, Dilshan attacking middle and leg stump, Kohli pushes to the leg side for a single

30.6

Dilshan to Karthik, FOUR, bowler guilty of bowling on to the pads, Karthik waits for it and sweeps it to the right of short fine leg, carries to the boundary

End of over 31 (11 runs) India 180/4 (154 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 8.10)
KD Karthik    45* (35b 6x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-20-0
V Kohli    73* (75b 6x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-31-0

31.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, Perera comes back into the attack after the spinners proved expensive, especially Mendis. Proving to be a useful partnership for India. Pitches on a length on the off stump, Kohli angles his bat and whips to the leg side but unable to beat the fielder

31.2

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short and going down middle and leg, Kohli flicks off the back foot and steers it to short fine leg

31.3

NLTC Perera to Karthik, no run, this one at a length on off stump, Karthik finds the fielder at point

31.4

NLTC Perera to Karthik, no run, what a mix-up! Karthik steps down to a length ball on off stump and flicks to the leg side, Kohli sets off from the non-striker's end but Karthik is ball watching. Karthik sends him back and Kohli survives as the throw proves inaccurate at the non-striker's end

31.5

NLTC Perera to Karthik, no run

31.6

NLTC Perera to Karthik, SIX, this one is short and going down the leg side, Karthik gets in position and pulls strongly over the square boundary

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 187/4 (147 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 8.16)
KD Karthik    51* (39b 6x4 2x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-32-1
V Kohli    74* (77b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-20-0

32.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, Mathews brings himself into the attack as Kohli and Karthik announce their charge. Slower, short delivery outside the off stump and Kohli walks down the pitch but ends up parrying the ball back to the bowler who is able to block the rebound with a diving effort

32.2

Mathews to Kohli, 3 runs, just on a length, going down the leg side, and Kohli gets on the front foot and flicks it fine past short fine leg for three runs

32.3

Mathews to Karthik, no run, this one is short and wide outside off stump, Karthik attempts to pull it through mid on but is unable to get enough on it to force it through

32.4

Mathews to Karthik, 2 runs, this ball angles into the pads and Karthik, with his favourite pull shot, is unable to get enough bat and it goes straight to short fine leg

32.5

Mathews to Karthik, 1 run, short and going down leg, Kohli blocks to mid on

32.6

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, Mathews around the wicket, slower ball going into the pads, Kohli blocks it back to the bowler

End of over 33 (7 runs) India 194/4 (140 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.87, RRR: 8.23)
V Kohli    78* (80b 6x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-18-0
KD Karthik    54* (42b 6x4 2x6)      NLTC Perera    5-0-32-1

33.1

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, Perera bowls it on a length, going down the leg side, Kohli flicks it strongly but finds the fielder, misses on a boundary opportunity

33.2

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, pitched outside off stump and just short of a length, Kohli rocks back and cracks it square through the off side, picks up a single

33.3

NLTC Perera to Karthik, no run, this one slightly full and on the off stump, Karthik parries it back to the bowler

33.4

NLTC Perera to Karthik, 1 leg bye, short of a length, angling down into the pads, Karthik flicks off the back foot but ends up getting a leg bye

33.5

NLTC Perera to Kohli, no run, bowls straight at a length, Kohli steps down the pitch to try and force it through mid on, but finds the fielder

33.6

NLTC Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short and outside off stump, Kohli glides to the off side of the back foot for a single

End of over 34 (3 runs) India 197/4 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.79, RRR: 8.56)
V Kohli    80* (84b 6x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-34-1
KD Karthik    54* (44b 6x4 2x6)      AD Mathews    4-0-18-0

34.1

Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, short ball angling in and Karthik pulls it square to the boundary, ball was cramping him so the shot did seem forced

34.2

Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, bowled straight and at a length, Kohli drives to long on and runs two

34.3

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, bowled at a length and straight, Kohli comes down the track and whips on the front foot to the leg side for a run

34.4

Mathews to Karthik, 1 bye, slower bouncer from Mathews and Karthik was in position but was through the shot too early, ends up missing the ball completely after executing the shot

34.5

Mathews to Kohli, 1 wide, full and down the leg side, called a wide by the umpire although it looked like it may have brushed the batsman on the way, but a wide nonetheless

34.5

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball angling into middle, Kohli steps down but ends up driving to the mid on region

34.6

Mathews to Karthik, 1 run, slower ball again, angling into the pads, Karthik flicks to the leg side. Drinks are called for the players

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 206/4 (128 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 8.53)
KD Karthik    55* (46b 6x4 2x6)      AD Mathews    5-0-26-0
V Kohli    86* (88b 6x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-34-1

35.1

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, full delivery going down middle and leg, Karthik digs it out

35.2

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, full delivery which angles into the batsman and Karthik steers through the off side for a single

35.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, pitched at a length, angling in and Kohli gets on the front foot and drives straight to extra cover

35.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, slower ball, seems to have held up on Kohli, he hits it on the up and the ball spoons into the air, but luckily away from any close-in fielders

35.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, another full delivery going down the leg side, Kohli waits, gets on the front foot and drives past mid on to the boundary

35.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, pitches on a length on off stump, Kohli steers to cover for a quick single, 100 runs up for the pair

End of over 36 (6 runs) India 212/4 (122 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 8.71)
V Kohli    91* (92b 7x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-25-0
KD Karthik    56* (48b 6x4 2x6)      AD Mathews    5-0-26-0

36.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, Herath back into the attack, pitches straight on middle and Kohli gets down the track to steer it past mid on to the boundary, however the boundary rider is able to pick it up in time and throws it in to prevent any further runs

36.2

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, this one pitches on leg stump, Karthik walks to the pitch of the ball and digs it out to the mid on region for a single

36.3

Herath to Kohli, SIX, full toss from Herath outside off stump and Kohli pays a lofted extra-cover drive over the inner ring for a six

36.4

Herath to Kohli, 2 runs, Herath whips to the leg side, and Kohli gets down the track to steer it to the right off mid on, fielder at long on makes a mess of it and affords him the extra single to get a well deserved century

36.5

Herath to Kohli, 2 runs, once again pitched on a length on the leg side and Kohli whips to the leg side for two

36.6

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, Herath pitches full on the leg side and Kohli dances down the track to complete a single with a leg side whip

End of over 37 (13 runs) India 225/4 (109 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.08, RRR: 8.38)
V Kohli    103* (97b 7x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-30-0
KD Karthik    57* (49b 6x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-25-0

37.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, finds the yorker on middle and Kohli plays well to dig it out and scamper a quick single

37.2

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, slower delivery full and on off stump, Karthik drives the ball for a single to mid off

37.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, bowl on a length outside off stump and Kohli steps down and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary

37.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, right in the blockhole again by Kulasekera. Kohli, in this form, is too good and just waits on the front foot to steer through the cover region on the off side for a single

37.5

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, full toss going down the leg side and Karthik whips to the leg side. Missed out on an opportunity there.

37.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, pitched full and wide and Kohli gets on the front foot and drives straight to extra cover

End of over 38 (8 runs) India 233/4 (101 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.13, RRR: 8.41)
V Kohli    109* (101b 8x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-33-0
KD Karthik    59* (51b 6x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-30-0

38.1

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, Senanayake is the new bowling change for Angelo Mathews. Bowling around the wicket to Karthik. Pitches on the leg side and full, Karthik steers through to extra cover for a single

38.2

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, pitches on middle, Kohli dances down and whips to mid on for a single

38.3

Senanayake to Karthik, 1 run, pitches on middle, Karthik walks down and hits a lofted shot straight down the ground to the boundary rider for a single

38.4

Senanayake to Kohli, FOUR, pitches once again on middle. Kohli knows what to expect, and with no fielder at short leg, he gets down to slog-sweep to fine leg for a boundary

38.5

Senanayake to Kohli, SIX, ball angling down the leg side and Kohli dances down the track and heaves it over long on for a six. India beginning to turn the screws here.

38.6

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, Senanayake back over the wicket now, pitches it on middle and Kohli is able to flick it to the leg side off the back foot for a single

End of over 39 (14 runs) India 247/4 (87 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 7.90)
V Kohli    121* (105b 9x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-42-1
KD Karthik    61* (53b 6x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-33-0

39.1

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, Eranga comes on to finish his spell. Wide and a full toss from Eranga, Kohli times it sweetly with a drive on the up through to point

39.2

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, full and wide and Karthik reaches down on his front foot and steers through the off side for a single

39.3

Eranga to Kohli, 3 runs, full and wide, Kohli opens the face of the bat to create a gap between third man and extra cover as he drives through the off side. Almost reaches the boundary but is cut off. They are able to scamper three runs

39.4

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, yorker on middle stump, Karthik played it well and is able to dig it out and steer it to third man for a single. Eranga beginning to find his accuracy here

39.5

Eranga to Kohli, no run, full and outside off stump, Karthik plays with soft hands and angles to short third man but finds the fielder

39.6

Eranga to Kohli, no run, another yorker from Eranga, and Kohli can do little more than dig it out back to the bowler

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 253/4 (81 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.32, RRR: 8.10)
V Kohli    125* (109b 9x4 2x6)      RMS Eranga    6-0-33-1
KD Karthik    63* (55b 6x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-42-1

40.1

Dilhara to Karthik, FOUR, shortish ball is pulled away behind deep square leg, they have deep square leg and fine leg but Karthik easily finds the gap

40.2

Dilhara to Karthik, 2 wides, fires that down the leg side, pretty poor delivery that, and there's a bye as well besides the wide

40.2

Dilhara to Kohli, FOUR, a low full toss and that is dispatched to the midwicket boundary, three rubbish balls to start this over

40.3

Dilhara to Kohli, 1 run, slower, length ball slanting in towards the pads, clipped towards square leg for a tight single

40.4

Dilhara to Karthik, 1 run, another full toss, Karthik only punches that towards long-on for a single, another ball that should have been put away

40.5

Dilhara to Kohli, SIX, a slower half-volley from Lokuhettige, and in this form Kohli isn't going to miss out, he launches that over long-on for six, this is turning out to be a nightmare over for Lokuhettige

40.6

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, full ball on the pads, Kolhi tucks it towards square leg, a couple of yards either way and there were plenty more runs there

End of over 41 (18 runs) India 271/4 (63 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 7.00)
V Kohli    136* (113b 10x4 3x6)      LHD Dilhara    1-0-18-0
KD Karthik    68* (57b 7x4 2x6)      RMS Eranga    6-0-33-1

41.1

Eranga to Karthik, FOUR, starts the over with another full toss, and everything going wrong here for Sri Lanka, a misfield at midwicket by Mathews allows the ball to race away for four

41.2

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, full ball and that is punched towards extra cover for a single

41.3

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, another full toss, caned down the ground for four, no one stopping that one, another boundary

41.4

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, full ball on legstump, clipped towards square leg by Kohli

41.5

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, another full toss, it was an attempted slower ball which he didn't quite get right, Karthik is surprised by the height of that and can only dab it towards third man

41.6

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, full once more, another powerful straight drive, Eranga gets his hand on that one and taps the ball towards long-on

End of over 42 (12 runs) India 283/4 (51 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 6.37)
V Kohli    142* (116b 11x4 3x6)      RMS Eranga    7-0-45-1
KD Karthik    74* (60b 8x4 2x6)      LHD Dilhara    1-0-18-0

42.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, a yorker to start the over, even Kohli can only manage a single off that, squeezes it out towards short leg

42.2

Kulasekara to Karthik, 2 runs, a short ball from Kulasekara, Karthik is taken by surprise but he adjusts well, he arches back and looks to play the ramp shot, gets so little on that that the ball goes down to fine leg with the angle

42.3

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, another yorker from Kula, good stuff this, defended down the track

42.4

Kulasekara to Karthik, FOUR, misses his length this time, a couple of feet too short to be a yorker, and that is lifted towards the wide long-on boundary

42.5

Kulasekara to Karthik, 2 runs, full and on the pads, clipped towards deep midwicket by Karthik, who has now moved on to 82

42.6

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, full and just outside off, dug out towards cover for a single

End of over 43 (10 runs) India 293/4 (41 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 5.85)
KD Karthik    83* (65b 9x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-43-0
V Kohli    143* (117b 11x4 3x6)      RMS Eranga    7-0-45-1

43.1

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, low full toss is punched towards long-off for a single

43.2

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, low full toss, powered to the right of the bowler, long-on is straight enough to cut that off

43.3

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, terrific yorker from Eranga, Karthik manages to get his bat down in time, the ball is fizzing around after rolling off the bat, batsmen pinch a single

43.4

Eranga to Kohli, no run, keeps it full, punched towards extra cover

43.5

Eranga to Kohli, OUT, Kohli is gone! A short ball that Kohli wanted to hammer to the leg side, gets a top-edge and the ball swirls towards mid-off, Chandimal judges that catch perfectly

V Kohli c Chandimal b Eranga 144 (120b 11x4 3x6) SR: 120.00

43.6

Eranga to Karthik, no run

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 296/5 (38 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 6.33)
KD Karthik    85* (68b 9x4 2x6)      RMS Eranga    8-0-48-2
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-43-0

44.1

Herath to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long-off

44.2

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, flighted and full, drifting towards the legstump, defended towards square leg for a single

44.3

Herath to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, huge lbw appeal, Dhoni had taken three-four steps down the track so very tough to give out

44.4

Herath to Karthik, 1 leg bye, another appeal for lbw, but this struck Karthik outside off as he went for the sweep

44.5

Herath to Dhoni, 1 run, driven towards long-off for a single, Herath tried to get his boot in the way of that but misses out

44.6

Herath to Karthik, FOUR, comes down the track and lots it over extra cover

End of over 45 (9 runs) India 305/5 (29 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.77, RRR: 5.80)
KD Karthik    90* (71b 10x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-37-0
MS Dhoni    2* (3b)      RMS Eranga    8-0-48-2

45.1

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, a muted appeal for lbw as the ball angles in towards the pads, there was an inside-edge and that was going down the leg side

45.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, short of length ball on middle and off, defended back down the track to the bowler

45.3

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, searching for the blockhole, gets his line slightly wrong, slanting towards the pads and that is clipped towards square leg

45.4

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, slower ball, superbly done by Kulasekara, a legcutter that is pushed towards mid-on for a single, terrific over so far from him

45.5

Kulasekara to Dhoni, FOUR, a low full toss and that is hammered past mid-off, crashes it past the fielder there

45.6

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, a length ball on leg stump, defended towards short cover

End of over 46 (6 runs) India 311/5 (23 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 5.75)
MS Dhoni    7* (8b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-49-0
KD Karthik    91* (72b 10x4 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-37-0

46.1

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, angling in towards the pads, Karthik skips away from the stumps and launches it inside-out towards long-off

46.2

Herath to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, Dhoni shuffles down the track and nudges the ball towards square leg for a single

46.3

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, full and on the pads, defended towards midwicket for a single

46.4

Herath to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni charges down the track and is nearly done in by the turn, a leading edge sends the ball towards backward point , the throw is to the non-striker's end where Herath can't collect properly and they concede an overthrow as well

46.5

Herath to Dhoni, 2 runs, flighted and fullm heading for leg stump, Dhoni was looking to muscle it towards long-on, inside edges it towards midwicket

46.6

Herath to Dhoni, no run, defended from the crease towards cover, India cruising

piyush: "So even this match is going to go all the way till last over.Dhoni is here."

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End of over 47 (7 runs) India 318/5 (16 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 5.33)
MS Dhoni    12* (12b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-44-0
KD Karthik    93* (74b 10x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-49-0

47.1

Kulasekara to Karthik, FOUR, a slower ball from Kulasekara, bit of width there, too much to get away, Karthik waits for the ball to arrive and slaps it behind point for a boundary

47.2

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, not the most assured of defensive strokes, that ball bounces in front of the stumps and then sails towards the keeper

47.3

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, shortish ball just outside off, guided towards backward point

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47.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, full ball and that is punched towards mid-on by Dhoni

47.5

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed that down the ground for a single

randy: "Why do I get the feeling that this pitch is red herring!! sub continent teams can be thrown off preparation course and lulled into a false sense of security for all I know" Is anything straightforward for a cricket fan?

47.6

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length ball just outside off, Karthik guides the ball towards third man to get a single that takes him to 99

End of over 48 (7 runs) India 325/5 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.77, RRR: 4.50)
KD Karthik    99* (78b 11x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-56-0
MS Dhoni    13* (14b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-44-0

48.1

Eranga to Karthik, 1 run, a full ball just outside off, opens the face to steer the ball to third man and that's his hundred, Karthik has the widest of grins after reaching the milestone, took him a mere 79 deliveries to get there

48.2

Eranga to Dhoni, FOUR, length ball and that is smeared wide of long-on for four, a slower one from Eranga and that didn't pose too much of a problem for MSD

48.3

Eranga to Dhoni, no run, full delivery from Eranga, squeezed out towards mid-off

Nanda Gunawardhana: "Since this pitch is not a typical English pitch this game is a waste for both teams."

48.4

Eranga to Dhoni, 1 run, full ball on the pads, Dhoni's whips it down towards fine leg for a single

48.5

Eranga to Karthik, 2 runs, terrific stroke from Karthik, punches the ball down the ground, Dhoni has to jump to get out of the way of that one, looked like it might go all the way to the rope, but it is cut off by the man at long-on

48.6

Eranga to Karthik, FOUR, there's the victory, Karthik finesses the final ball of the over to the sweeper cover boundary to finish off the game

The bowling wasn't particularly good from either team, but both will be pleased with the performance of their batting units. Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan both got big scores before retiring, and several other key batsmen got a good hit as well. For India, the new-look top order wobbled, before Kohli continued his golden run against Sri Lanka, and Dinesh Karthik staked his claim for a place in the XI with a superb century.

It's Karthik's birthday as well today, and the crowd is chanting 'Happy birthday to you' as he walks off the ground.

One thing to keep in mind, this track had very little for the swing bowlers, not likely to be indicative of the surfaces to be used in the Champions Trophy

Angelo Mathews: "More than the result, we wanted to give the opportunity to the guys. The openers started off briliiantly, followed by No. 3,4, 5. but I thought we were a little bit rusty on the field and with the bowlers. Spin is one of our strengths, Eranga was fantastic today, Kohli was brilliant today, he loves scoring against us, he and Karthik put on a brilliant show."

MS Dhoni: "We had already lost 3-4 wickets, and there weren't too many batsmen left (which is why we didn't retire our batsmen). I think the new ball, we didn't bowl really well. There was not much in the wicket for the fast bowlers. I think the spinners bowled really well, even in the second Powerplay it was nice. The innings will be a big morale booster for Karthik."

That's it for our coverage from this warm-up game. In the other one, Australia are 52 for 2 chasing 257 against West Indies.

End of over 49 (12 runs) India 337/5 (RR: 6.87)
KD Karthik    106* (81b 12x4 2x6)      RMS Eranga    9-0-60-2
MS Dhoni    18* (17b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-56-0
Tournament Results
Australia v India at Cardiff - Jun 4, 2013
India won by 243 runs
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Birmingham - Jun 4, 2013
West Indies won by 17 runs
Pakistan v South Africa at The Oval - Jun 3, 2013
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)
Australia v West Indies at Cardiff - Jun 1, 2013
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 67 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Birmingham - Jun 1, 2013
India won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
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Kusal Perera cools down during a break, India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy warm-up match, Birmingham, June 1, 2013

Kusal Perera cools down during a break

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Jun 1, 2013

MS Dhoni hits to the leg side, India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up matches, Cardiff, June 1

MS Dhoni hits to the leg side

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