Sri Lanka tour of India, 1st T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Dec 9, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 29 runs
9 December 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Sehwag and Gambhir walk out to open. Kulasekara will take the new ball

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Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, starts off with a back-of-a-length delivery, and Gambhir takes a single to the left of mid-off


Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag pulls, and this is not short enough to be pulled, but he clears mid-on by a fair distance


Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, Kula stays back of a length, gives him room too, but Sehwag misses out on the cut, there is late away movement too


Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, again a short delivery, but he hits it back down the ground, could have just stopped at him


Kulasekara to Sehwag, 2 runs, almost a ripper of a catch from Jayasinghe, the debutant. Sehwag looks to go over mid-off, Jayasinghe times the jump perfectly, gets it in his rught hand, but the inertia makes it pop out, but even as he is falling down, he makes two attempts at it. Can't hold onto it, though


Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, full ball, hit powerfully to mid-on and they come through for one

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/0 (208 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 10.94)

    • V Sehwag 7 (5b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 1 (1b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-8-0

Dilhara Fernando will operate alongside Kula


Fernando to Sehwag, 1 wide, good pace, 139ks but down the leg side, it's a wide


Fernando to Sehwag, 2 runs, another delivery down the leg side, Sehwag plays it to fine leg, Kula fumbles this time, Sehwag runs on the misfield, and has to put in the dive to get back in


Fernando to Sehwag, FOUR, again angling down the pads, the fine leg is square, and he just helps it along, easy four runs

fine leg goes finer low


Fernando to Sehwag, no run, short, off-stump line, punched back to the bowler


Fernando to Sehwag, 1 run, short again, middle-stump line, and he punches it to wide of mid-on for one


Fernando to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir makes room and goes for the almighty shot through the covers, and misses out on a full and wide delivery


Fernando to Gambhir, FOUR, full and wide, Gambhir gets the bottom edge as he tries to make contact, and the third man is too square

End of over 2 (12 runs) India 20/0 (196 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 10.88)

    • G Gambhir 5 (3b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 14 (9b 2x4)
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-12-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-8-0

Kulasekara to Sehwag, SIX, this one is asking to be hit, short and wide, and Sehwag had given it the full-blooded upper-cut


Kulasekara to Sehwag, 2 runs, goes too full this time, flicked over square leg, and he gets a couple


Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, that's drilled over Gambhir's head, half-volley, and powerfully hit. Gambhir had to react quickly

goes round the wicket


Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, full, angling across, and it is hit too powerfully to mid-off


Kulasekara to Sehwag, OUT, the plan works for Sanga, he has asked him to bowl across Sehwag from round the stumps and with deep point in place. Sehwag goes for the shot and finds the fielder with precision

V Sehwag c Mathews b Kulasekara 26 (14b 3x4 1x6) SR: 185.71

Dhoni promotes himself to No. 3


Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, and hit straight to mid-on

End of over 3 (12 runs) India 32/1 (184 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.66, RRR: 10.82)

    • MS Dhoni 0 (1b)
    • G Gambhir 5 (3b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-20-1
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-12-0

Fernando to Gambhir, no run, back of a length, angling across Gambhir, he misses in his attempt to run it down to third man


Fernando to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir steps put, and plays the fullish ball to the left of third man and gets two


Fernando to Gambhir, FOUR, length ball, on the pads, in the slot, and he plays the pick-up over midwicket


Fernando to Gambhir, 1 run, short delivery, pulled to midwicket and gets a single


Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length, no room for him, gets a single to cover


Fernando to Gambhir, 2 runs, cut away powerfully, but deep point is in place. However, they rush through for the second

End of over 4 (10 runs) India 42/1 (174 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 10.87)

    • G Gambhir 14 (8b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 1 (2b)
    • CRD Fernando 2-0-22-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-20-1

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, full ball, hit to the left of mid-on and they come through for one


Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, cheeky shot, sees there is no man behind square on the leg side, and Gambhir kneels across the stump and paddles it fine


Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, slower ball, pitches on a length Gambhir sees it early, and whacks it over cover, good timing


Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, backward point, cover point, short point, they are all spectators... takes it on the full opens the face and finds that small gap... brings up 500 career runs


Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, a swipe across the line this time, gets an inside edge onto his pads


Kulasekara to Dhoni, 2 runs, time for Sri Lanka to misfield, Dhoni helps this one straight towards square leg where Kapu lets it go right through

End of over 5 (16 runs) India 58/1 (158 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 11.60, RRR: 10.53)

    • MS Dhoni 4 (4b)
    • G Gambhir 27 (12b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-36-1
    • CRD Fernando 2-0-22-0

Malinga to bowl now


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, starts off with a slow (not slower, because he this is his first ball) offcutter, on the stumps, he runs it down to third man


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, another slower ball, kicks at Dhoni, who takes the bottom hand off and runs through for one


Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, another slow delivery, Gambhir is waiting and pulls it over midwicket


Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, faster delivery, and it's a half-volley outside off, and he has pierced the tight offside field


Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, and he has found the gap again, this is slower again, Gambhir opens the bat face, finds enough power, and beats all the three points - cover, backward and short


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 wide, sharp bouncer, but it's too high


Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, and he beats point again, slower ball and he makes room and cuts to the right of backward point. Take out the wide, and we have four straight boundaries

End of over 6 (19 runs) India 77/1 (139 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 12.83, RRR: 9.92)

    • G Gambhir 44 (17b 9x4)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (5b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-19-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-36-1

Mathews comes on to bowl now. Powerplays done with - 12 fours and a six in them


Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, starts round the stumps, length ball, driven down the ground for one


Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, lovely shot again, Gambhir is hitting just fours - steps out, makes this into a half-volley, slower ball too, and clears the mid-off


Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, another slower ball, he waits and waits, and gets it fine of third man, for a two - 19-ball 50 for him; Sanga got there in 21


Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, he has paddled Mathews for four, he knows the field like the back of his hand, gets across and beats short fine


Mathews to Gambhir, no run, finally Gambhir plays a dot ball, full, and he gets an inside edge


Mathews to Gambhir, no run, another dot ball, Gambhir makes room, and the drive can't beat extra cover

End of over 7 (11 runs) India 88/1 (128 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 12.57, RRR: 9.84)

    • G Gambhir 54 (22b 11x4)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (6b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-11-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-19-0

Jayasuriya's been given the ball ...


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni punches the ball back at the bowler, Jayasuriya dives to his left to field


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, played through midwicket for one


Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run, Jayasuriya goes round the wicket and cramps Gambhir for room, he drives to cover


Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir tries to play a reverse paddle sweep but can't connect


Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on for a single


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, Dhoni tries to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pad

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 91/1 (125 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 11.37, RRR: 10.41)

    • MS Dhoni 7 (9b)
    • G Gambhir 55 (25b 11x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-2-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-11-0

Mathews to Dhoni, 1 wide, Mathews continues round the stumps, and angles one full delivery across Dhoni, who lets it go and this one is - slightly harshly - called a wide


Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, the Dhoni shot from out of the block hole, but he doesn't connect properly and gets just one to long-off


Mathews to Gambhir, OUT, too cute for his own good, looks for the paddle again, Mathews it full and fast this time, and out goes the leg stump - one paddle too many from Gambhir

G Gambhir b Mathews 55 (26b 11x4 0x6) SR: 211.53

Yuvraj comes out to bat


Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, nice cover drive right away, to left of sweeper cover and comes back for two


Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short, and pulled away without trouble to deep square leg


Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, full, across Dhoni, who gets a thick outside edge, but the third man is fine this time


Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, yorker, Yuvraj digs it out, and gets it to the right of the bowler for one

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 98/2 (118 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 10.88, RRR: 10.72)

    • Yuvraj Singh 4 (3b)
    • MS Dhoni 9 (11b)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-18-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-2-0

Jayasuriya to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flat and fast, Yuvraj plays it down to long-on for one


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni has found the deep midwicket. Jaya bowls over the wicket, Dhoni dances down the track and times the shot well but - just like Sehwag - places the deep fielder to precision

MS Dhoni c Pushpakumara b Jayasuriya 9 (12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Rohit Sharma to bat


Jayasuriya to RG Sharma, no run, plays a wristy shot, uppishly, one bounce to mid-on


Jayasuriya to RG Sharma, 1 wide, "Wide???" asks a bemused Jayasuriya, Rohit has hit the cover of the ball while sweeping this one, but it's called wide


Jayasuriya to RG Sharma, 1 run, helped away to deep fine leg for one


Jayasuriya to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full ball, hit powerfully, to cover, dot ball


Jayasuriya to Yuvraj Singh, no run, excellent fielding at midwicket by Dilshan, Yuvraj connects nicely and Dilshan makes a full-length dive to keep them down to a dot

End of over 10 (3 runs) India 101/3 (115 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 10.10, RRR: 11.50)

    • Yuvraj Singh 5 (6b)
    • RG Sharma 1 (2b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-5-1
    • AD Mathews 2-0-18-1

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, full ball, across the right-hander from round the stumps, and driven down the ground for one


Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full ball again, yorker length, and the best he can do is a single to third man


Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, OUT, he is run out and he is hurt too, Rohit plays a nice drive to the right of Malinga at third man, and hesitates for just one moment while coming back for the second. The throw is right at the top of the stumps, and what's more he has hurt his shoulder while diving

RG Sharma run out 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Raina to face now


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, full delivery, on the stumps, and worked away to the on side


Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, India are coming down in a heap here, length ball, and Yuvraj looks for the straight six. Slight mis-hit, and he has found the long-on fieldsman; Sri Lanka must feel they are home now

Yuvraj Singh c Kulasekara b Mathews 6 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, length ball, Raina drives it down the ground for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 106/5 (110 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.63, RRR: 12.22)

    • SK Raina 2 (2b)
    • YK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-23-2
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-5-1

Sachin Goyal: Interesting: "No body even hit four other than Sehwag and Gambhir!!"


Jayasuriya to Raina, SIX, Raina takes care of that satistic, slogs Jayasuriya over the midwicket boundary, flat and powerful hit


Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, goes aerial again, and gets just one down to long-off

over the wicket to Pathan


Jayasuriya to Pathan, 1 leg bye, flat, fired into the pads, Pathan misses but gets a leg-bye. Sri Lanka will be relieved this is not called a wide


Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, yorker length, flat again, and Raina gets a single to cover


Jayasuriya to Pathan, OUT, and then there were six, Pathan goes for the big hit too, and gets the toe part of the bat, skying it towards Malinga at long-on

YK Pathan c Malinga b Jayasuriya 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Dinda comes in, but won;t be on strike


Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, Raina sweeps a fullish delivery down to long-on

End of over 12 (10 runs) India 116/6 (100 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.66, RRR: 12.50)

    • SK Raina 11 (6b 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 0 (0b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-14-2
    • AD Mathews 3-0-23-2

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, length ball, driven down the ground, gets a single


Mathews to Dinda, 1 run, fulltoss, driven down the ground for one


Mathews to Raina, 2 runs, yorker again, opens the face and gets a single


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, he has driven this over point, but gets only a single


Mathews to Dinda, 1 run, fulltoss again and he has driven this down to long-off


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, another yorker for Raina, and he runs it down to third man for one

End of over 13 (7 runs) India 123/6 (93 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.46, RRR: 13.28)

    • SK Raina 16 (10b 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 2 (2b)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-30-2
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-14-2

Pushpakumara to bowl his offbreaks


Pushpakumara to Raina, 1 run, Raina steps out and drives him inside-out for one

round the stumps to right-hand batsman


Pushpakumara to Dinda, 1 run, driven down the ground for one


Pushpakumara to Raina, FOUR, gets a length ball, and lofts it over wide long-on


Pushpakumara to Raina, OUT, seven down, three to go; Raina steps out and goes straight down the ground. At long-on Dilshan takes a nice, safe catch at long-on

SK Raina c Dilshan b Pushpakumara 21 (13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 161.53


Pushpakumara to Dinda, no run, Dinda slogs, eyes closed it seems, and misses by a long distance


Pushpakumara to Dinda, no run, almost another wicket, falls just short of midwicket

End of over 14 (6 runs) India 129/7 (87 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.21, RRR: 14.50)

    • AB Dinda 3 (5b)
    • A Nehra 0 (0b)
    • M Pushpakumara 1-0-6-1
    • AD Mathews 4-0-30-2

Nehra new man in


Jayasuriya to Nehra, no run, goes for the sweep, and misses


Jayasuriya to Nehra, 1 run, this time he connects with the sweep, and gets one to fine leg


Jayasuriya to Dinda, 1 run, slogged over the leg side for one


Jayasuriya to Nehra, 1 run, gets one into the leg side


Jayasuriya to Dinda, 2 runs, Dinda slogs again, but can't beat Dilshan at deep square leg


Jayasuriya to Dinda, no run, length ball, pushed to mid-off

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 134/7 (82 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.93, RRR: 16.40)

    • AB Dinda 6 (8b)
    • A Nehra 2 (3b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-19-2
    • M Pushpakumara 1-0-6-1

Pushpakumara to Nehra, no run, yorker, played with an open face


Pushpakumara to Nehra, 1 run, good ol' fashioned slog, gets one to wide of midwicket


Pushpakumara to Dinda, FOUR, first drop from SL but too late, Dinda skies this towards Malinga who misjudges it completely, and lets it go through for four


Pushpakumara to Dinda, 1 run, walks in front of the stumps, and gets it to short fine leg for one


Pushpakumara to Nehra, SIX, lovely clean straight hit, it is a length delivery and Nehra finds the sweetest part of the bat to hit it with


Pushpakumara to Nehra, SIX, another six, over long-on this time, again sweetly timed. Nehra is having an Agarkar-esque day: two good overs, two really bad overs, and then hitting some crunchy shots with the bat. This was the 1000th six in international T20s

End of over 16 (18 runs) India 152/7 (64 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.50, RRR: 16.00)

    • A Nehra 15 (7b 2x6)
    • AB Dinda 11 (10b 1x4)
    • M Pushpakumara 2-0-24-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-19-2

There is some delay here. Crowd trouble it seems

Malinga is back


Malinga to Dinda, 1 run, length ball, driven down the ground for one


Malinga to Nehra, 1 wide, wide down the leg side from Malinga. Nehra lets it go Gavaskar-style


Malinga to Nehra, 2 runs, Nehra continues the entertainment, plays a little pick-up shot on this length ball and gets two to wide of long-on


Malinga to Nehra, no run, this is Malinga's first yorker of the night, and is too much for Nehra


Malinga to Nehra, 1 run, this one is slightly short of being a yorker, and is driven down the ground


Malinga to Dinda, 1 run, another yorker, gets a sharp single to midwicket


Malinga to Nehra, FOUR, what a shot from Nehra, this is a length ball, and he has absolutely drilled it straight back. The umpire has to duck for cover, and the ball reaches the boundary even before you can finish saying wow

End of over 17 (10 runs) India 162/7 (54 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.52, RRR: 18.00)

    • A Nehra 22 (11b 1x4 2x6)
    • AB Dinda 13 (12b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-29-0
    • M Pushpakumara 2-0-24-1

Fernando is back


Fernando to Dinda, 1 run, SL miss out on a run-out here, limply hit towards cover, but Fernando fails to collect the underarm flick


Fernando to Nehra, 1 bye, lovely yorker, missing the leg stump by inches, he gets a bye though


Fernando to Dinda, no run, Dinda makes room and swipes, ends up playing a short ball back to the bowler


Fernando to Dinda, 3 runs, Dinda makes room and clears point, wants a second but is sent back, then slips while turning but somehow plonks the bat in in time. Gets two overthrows in the bargain


Fernando to Nehra, OUT, Nehra is run out. He just hits and runs, but Fernando does well to field it to his right and run the stumps down with a direct-hit

A Nehra run out 22 (13b 1x4 2x6) SR: 169.23


Fernando to Dinda, 1 bye, Dinda swipes again, and misses, but gets a bye down the leg side

End of over 18 (6 runs) India 168/8 (48 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.33, RRR: 24.00)

    • AB Dinda 17 (16b 1x4)
    • PP Ojha 0 (0b)
    • CRD Fernando 3-0-26-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-29-0

Pushpakumara to Dinda, 1 run, Dinda dances down the track and hits him down the ground for a single


Pushpakumara to Ojha, 1 leg bye, big appeal for lbw, but it is pitched outside leg


Pushpakumara to Dinda, 1 run, Dinda slogs again, but the long-on is placed wide and it will be just a single


Pushpakumara to Ojha, no run, Ojha goes for the big slog and misses


Pushpakumara to Ojha, 1 run, this time he goes for the straight hit and connects well for a single


Pushpakumara to Dinda, no run, Dinda steps out and hits it back to the bowler this time

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 172/8 (44 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 44.00)

    • AB Dinda 19 (19b 1x4)
    • PP Ojha 1 (3b)
    • M Pushpakumara 3-0-27-1
    • CRD Fernando 3-0-26-0

Dilshan to finish the final formalities


Dilshan to Ojha, 1 run, short and wide, hit to the right of Dilshan and they take a single


Dilshan to Dinda, OUT, and he has bowled him, with a flat delivery, Dinda slogs again and misses. Can Dilshan finish this before the scheduled finish?

AB Dinda b Dilshan 19 (20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 95.00


Dilshan to I Sharma, FOUR, Ishant drives the first ball he faces wide of extra cover and gets four


Dilshan to I Sharma, 1 run, flat, pushes him into the crease, and pushed down the ground for one


Dilshan to Ojha, 2 runs, lofted down the ground for a couple


Dilshan to Ojha, SIX, Mathews fails at the Mathews. At long-off, close to the boundary he makes the catch, lobs the ball back in play, goes out, comes back in, catches. But hold on, he realises he has touched the skirting while taking the catch

Kumar Sangakkara, winning captain and Man of the Match "The wicket was pretty good to bat on. What set us up was that the two openers saw through the six overs, even though they didn't get off to a flying start. We were outstanding in the first 16 overs, we need to a bit more ruthless and finish them off. Great all-round performance, everyone fought hard and showed hunger to win."

MS Dhoni "At least we were not missing catches before. We are not a brilliant fielding side, but we are not known to dropping catches. It's getting difficult for us to get into T20 groove. Most of us treat them as warm-up for ODIs."

On that note okay bye

Nonetheless a comprehensive win for Sri Lanka, their first of the tour. And it also breaks their four-match losing streak in T20s. And India's losing streak now moves to four

End of over 20 (14 runs) India 186/9 (30 runs required)

    • PP Ojha 10 (6b 1x6)
    • I Sharma 5 (2b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-14-1
    • M Pushpakumara 3-0-27-1





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