Sri Lanka tour of India, 1st ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Rajkot, Dec 15, 2009
India won by 3 runs
15 December 2009 (50-over match)

Batman - hopefully it's not his real name - has an interesting stat: all four highest scores in this year have been scored by India, 414 today, 393 against NZ in ChCh, 363 against SL in Colombo, and 354 against Australia in Nagpur. Can Sri Lanka breach that monopoly at the top? Surprise, surprise, Jaya is not opening the innings. Tharanga and Dilshan to open. Strange. PK to bowl to Tharanga now

0.1

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, swing first ball, starts leg stump, ends up off, played towards point

0.2

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, length ball, outside off, played straight to point

0.3

Kumar to Tharanga, FOUR, short ball, and Tharanga cashes in, doesn't look to take the skin off the ball, just caresses it through point

0.4

Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller, Tharanga gets an inside edge, and takes a single to midwicket

0.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, length delivery, Dilshan gets behind the line and punches it back to PK

0.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, gets beside the line and plays it towards cover

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (410 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.36)

    • TM Dilshan 0 (2b)
    • WU Tharanga 5 (4b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 1-0-5-0

Nehra gets the new ball ahead of Zaheer. Rather PK gets it ahead of Zaheer

1.1

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, starts off accurately, Tharanga plays it to mid-on and comes through for one

1.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, slight shape into Dilshan, back of a length, around off, and defended towards point

1.3

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, nice solid drive through the line, down the ground to mid-off

1.4

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 wide, goes too far across the batsman and pays through a wide

1.4

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, another firm drive on the up, and mid-off comes into play again

silly mid-off in place now

1.5

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, Dilshan defends towards point

silly mid-off goes out now

1.6

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, full delivery, shaping into the pads, and he gets a single to fine leg

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (407 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.47)

    • TM Dilshan 1 (7b)
    • WU Tharanga 6 (5b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 1-0-3-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-5-0
2.1

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, shot, top shot, just a bit short, just a bit wide, and he creams it past point

2.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, just outside off, and hit into ground and through to short cover

no slips in place, short cover and short square leg are the catching men

2.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, sees Dilshan charging down, bowls the slower delivery, ill directed though and he works it off his pads

2.4

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, accurate this time, around off, back of a length, defended towards cover

2.5

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, another slower delivery, pitches outside off, cuts away towards middle, defended back to the bowler

2.6

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, slower ball again, 11ks, outside off, and driven to point

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (402 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 8.55)

    • WU Tharanga 6 (8b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 6 (10b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 2-0-10-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-3-0
3.1

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, short and wide, Dilshan is early into the shot and misses out

3.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, driven straight to short extra where Tendulkar hopes to find Tharanga short when backing up, the batsman comes in the way of the throw and is hit on the hand

3.3

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball, short, opens the face and gets a single to third man

3.4

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 wide, that's way down the leg side

3.4

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, length, on the pads, turned away, to short midwicket

3.5

Nehra to Tharanga, FOUR, drives on the up, and drives handsomely, through the covers, opening the face late to place it well

3.6

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, tucks him up, turns away to square leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0 (396 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 8.60)

    • WU Tharanga 10 (11b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 7 (13b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 2-0-9-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-10-0

George tells me the Indian innings was the first time there were two 150-run partnerships in one ODI innings

4.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, short ball, he has punched it away but can't beat cover

4.2

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, misfielded by Sehwag at midwicket, it's a thick inside edge on the pull, Sehwag runs around and dives on the hard ground, he gets a bad bounce and and also hurts his knee

and Sehwag is going off, smiling and chatting with the physio as he does

4.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, straight delivery, no width, and defended to point

4.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan walks down the track, PK bowls another slower delivery, they run a single to point and Tharaga would have been gone had Raina hit

4.5

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, lovely slower delivery and Kohli has dropped a sitter. It works out perfectly according to the plan for PK. Short point and a short cover in place, he bowls a slower offcutter that spits at Tharanga and flies towards short point but Kohli is late in reacting

4.6

Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, another slower delivery but too full, and he gets a single to mid-off

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0 (390 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.66)

    • WU Tharanga 11 (13b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 12 (17b 2x4)
    • P Kumar 3-0-16-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-9-0

fine leg comes in, square leg goes out

5.1

Nehra to Tharanga, SIX, what a lovely straight hit, length ball, 124ks, and he just eases his arms for the straight hit. Picks the slower ball early and goes through with a lovely, neat followthrough

5.2

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 wide, poor bowling, with fine leg up, he bowls a wide down the leg side

5.2

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, short and wide, and dabs it down to third man for one

5.3

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, and drilled towards cover, Ojha has no time to react, just gets his body behind the ball

5.4

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, slower ball again, and Dilshan is way early into the shot

5.5

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, short and pulled away wide of mid-on, easy pickings, good and solid start for SL. Both batsmen have got their eye in, and will now look to attack more

5.6

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, cut away to point where Kohli gets a bad bounce and gives away a single

End of over 6 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 38/0 (377 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 8.56)

    • TM Dilshan 17 (21b 3x4)
    • WU Tharanga 18 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • A Nehra 3-0-22-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-16-0
6.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, looks for a big heave over the one side, and is beaten by the slower one. The inside edge saves him

6.2

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, smart batting, slightly he strays on the pads, and Dilshan delays the shot and flicks it past the fine leg in the circle

6.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, slower ball again, Dilshan gets beside the line and defends it to mid-off

6.4

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, that's just thumped over mid-on, clears the front leg, clean swing of the arms, and picks up the length ball

6.5

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, goes for his scoop shot, but misses by a long way, and is saved the lbw because he has got the front leg outside the line of off

6.6

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, charges down the track, PK drops it in short and he cuts it straight to point

End of over 7 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 47/0 (368 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 8.55)

    • WU Tharanga 18 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 25 (26b 5x4)
    • P Kumar 4-0-24-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-22-0

Jason: "This pitch isnt even good enough for T20, let alone ODI cricket. Highly favorable to the batsman at the expense of the bowler. I am worried about the future of cricket. I am afraid that cricket matches will go from being competitive battles like there were in 70s-90s, to mere batting exhibitions like the 00s. Can anyone imagine how worse it will get in the coming decade?" I tend to agree

7.1

Nehra to Dilshan, 2 runs, length ball, a touch slower than normal pace, Dilshan slices it over extra cover

7.2

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, good shot, goooood shot, stands tall, takes it on the up and clears mid-off, as long as Dilshan is going, it's game on

7.3

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, and having pushed the length back, Dilshan now waits for the shorter delivery and pulls it over the leg-side field, smart batting

7.4

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, it's only getting better from Dilshan, goes for his scoop shot, sees it is too full but keeps his mind and sweeps it past fine leg

7.5

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, short, fast, cut away, but straight to point

7.6

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball, he hits not hard but pinches a single to cover

End of over 8 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 62/0 (353 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 8.40)

    • TM Dilshan 40 (32b 8x4)
    • WU Tharanga 18 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • A Nehra 4-0-37-0
    • P Kumar 4-0-24-0
8.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, makes room to the fifth stump and slaps a short ball down to point

8.2

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, goes for the lap shot and doesn't time it well, short fine leg, Ojha, leaps and just cannot get a hand to it

8.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, slides in from a length, he moves back and hits it hard, too hard in fact, and the bowler runs across but cannot prevent a single

8.4

Kumar to Tharanga, FOUR, stands there and thrashes the bat to ball, picking the gap at backward point

8.5

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, fuller ball on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket

8.6

Kumar to Tharanga, no run, good ball, , 110ks, pitches on the stumps and he defends

End of over 9 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 71/0 (344 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.88, RRR: 8.39)

    • WU Tharanga 22 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 45 (35b 9x4)
    • P Kumar 5-0-33-0
    • A Nehra 4-0-37-0

Zaheer Khan gets the ball. His first bowl in an ODI in a day over ten months. From around the stumps.

9.1

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, pitches full and wide, Dilshan flays the bat and gets a thick outer edge down to third man where Tyagi, on the field for Harbhajan, slides and pulls off a good save

Now he comes over the stumps to Tharanga ... short cover in place, no fine leg

9.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads and turned out to the sweeper in the deep

9.3

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length and he hops back, chopping it down to third man

9.4

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, not much use of the feet from Tharanga but a good-looking push to Nehra at mid-off, without a thought the batsmen set off for a single

9.5

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, what placement! Dilshan gets to his fifty, clearing his front leg and thrashing the ball all along the carpet between cover and mid-off, not a fielder could move

9.6

Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, goes wider with the angle and holds back the length too, Dilshan reaches out and tries to flash it but cannot get a hold as the ball is too wide

9.6

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, better delivery, pitches on leg and comes back to Dilshan who has hopped back in his crease, he manages to get over it and pinches a single to cover, well run

End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 81/0 (334 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 8.10, RRR: 8.35)

    • TM Dilshan 52 (39b 10x4)
    • WU Tharanga 24 (21b 3x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 1-0-10-0
    • P Kumar 5-0-33-0

This is a strong start, even better than where India were after 10 overs. Fielding Powerplay taken.

10.1

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, slants it back into Dilshan, smartly not offering him any room, but he still gets a single with a nudge toward midwicket to keep the strike rotating

10.2

Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, slower ball, 108ks, chopped down to backward point

10.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, slides it down the pads, Dilshan shuffles and gets deep fine leg into play with a nice little nudge off his legs

10.4

Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, makes room and comes out of the box, PK holds back the length and Tharanga heaves across the line, connecting with the inner half of the bat, and gets a single

10.5

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 wide, loose ball, aimed too far down the pads and that will be a wide

10.5

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, where do you bowl to this guy? PK pitches it up and Dilshan cracks that through extra cover

10.6

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, slants in off a length and he glances it off his hips for one more

End of over 11 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 91/0 (324 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 8.27, RRR: 8.30)

    • TM Dilshan 59 (43b 11x4)
    • WU Tharanga 26 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 6-0-43-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-10-0

Peter: "I tend to agree with Jason. Back in the 80's a six was a reason to get really excited, it was a display of courage, at odds against the risk involved. Now it is like another slog fest, where running between the wickets isn't even considered. 20/20's and now even one dayers are just gluttony at the pig trough." Not to take away, though, from the batsmen who have changed their attitudes and the definition of good totals. All right game on here, it might not be a contest between bat and ball, but it is a fight all right between Indian and Sri Lanka

Its just not what cricket is about. Tests are the only form that inspires.

11.1

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, and what a shot, stands tall, makes slight room, takes a back-of-a-length delivery and crashes it between mid-off and extra cover

Zaheer goes back over the stumps

11.2

Khan to Dilshan, no run, goes for His scoop shot, Zaheer sees it coming, bowls fuller, but the ball is pitched outside leg and he can't be given lbw

11.3

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, is cramped up for room here, but gets a single off the under edge

11.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, the inside edge saves Tharanga here, gets his front pad across and is caught in a tangle when playing this length delivery. Zaheer appeals but is also aware of the inside edge

11.5

Khan to Tharanga, 2 runs, this inside edge will get him runs, charges down, plays away from the body, the edge beats short fine but Ojha chases well and the sliding stop keeps them down to two

11.6

Khan to Tharanga, 2 runs, smart shot and smart running, runs it off the face of the bat and comes back for two before third man can come around and get it back to the keeper

End of over 12 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 100/0 (315 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 8.28)

    • WU Tharanga 30 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 64 (46b 12x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-19-0
    • P Kumar 6-0-43-0

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl inside the Powerplays. Over the wicket he goes

12.1

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan makes room and drives down the ground

12.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked away for a single

12.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, SIX, Ho ho ho, bye bye ball, Dilshan charges down, makes room too, takes this from outside leg and absolutely launches it out of the ground, straight down the ground

12.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, FOUR, even classier this shot, makes room again, goes inside out, over the covers, Dilshan on mission

12.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he has flat-batted him for four, this is Jadeja's home town too, charges down and just gets enough bat to beat mid-on, and this outfield is like an airport runway

12.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 wide, Jadeja is rattled, fires it wide of leg stump

12.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, steps out again, this time he gets the flat delivery on the right line, and Dilshan can only play it back to Jadeja

End of over 13 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 117/0 (298 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 8.05)

    • TM Dilshan 79 (51b 14x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 31 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-17-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-19-0
13.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, strays down the leg side, and it kisses the pad on the way, saving Indian an extra delivery

13.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, this time no pad can save them a wide, way way down the leg side

13.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, a good yorker, Tharanga makes room and Zaheer follows him, cramping him up

13.3

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, fulltoss, knee-high, driven down to mid-off for a single

13.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length, makes room, opens the face and gets a single

13.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, length ball, drives it on the up, but can't beat extra cover, was connected properly

13.6

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, drives to mid-off and comes through for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 121/0 (294 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 8.64, RRR: 8.16)

    • WU Tharanga 33 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 80 (52b 14x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 3-0-23-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-17-0

Meanwhile, Nehra comes back for another spell

Mehul: "Its done again, a lesser spinner gets the ball before Harbhajan and He give away 17 in his first over .. one wonders why would Dhoni do that."

And Ben Garbett is giving bowlers false hopes: "The banking boom went this way. I predict it will finally go pop when we get the first side successfully chasing 500 to win. There will be a backlash and a period of retrenchment when batsman will have their legs tied together and run rates above 2 runs per over will be banned. And oh no, champagne man of the match awards will be right out of the window."

14.1

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, starts with a back-of-a-length delivery, which is dabbed away for a single

14.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, Dilshan stays beside the line and pushes it to cover

14.3

Nehra to Dilshan, 2 runs, walks down the wicket, Nehra bowls a slower one, he thumps it back and Nehra gets a hand onto it and saves two

14.4

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, one slower ball too many, and Dilshan walks down the track again and pulls it, nay murders it, to midwicket

14.5

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly fuller, slightly wider, Dilshan taps it towards point and gets a single

14.6

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, full ball on the pads, and worked away to square leg

End of over 15 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 130/0 (285 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 8.14)

    • WU Tharanga 35 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 87 (56b 15x4 1x6)
    • A Nehra 5-0-46-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-23-0

Jadeja to bowl more. As Santhosh, obviously an India fan, imagines worse scenarios for his team: "Oh!!Thank God Jayasuriya has not partnered Dilshan, both would have been ruthless on the Indians"

15.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, flat, into the pads, and he works it away for a single

15.2

Jadeja to Dilshan, FOUR, shot, lovely shot, easily done that too, this was flat, but barely outside off, he leans back and forces it through the covers, there is a sweeper there, but he can't do anything about it

15.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, opens the face too early and is beaten outside off

15.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, driving length, Dilshan drives but can't beat cover

15.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, this time he gets the drive down to long-off

15.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, wants a single to short fine but the ball has gone straight to the fielder

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 136/0 (279 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 8.20)

    • WU Tharanga 36 (36b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 92 (60b 16x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-23-0
    • A Nehra 5-0-46-0

Harbhajan being introduced now

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, starts with a regulation offbreak, Dilshan gets across and turns it to midwicket for one

JMJ: "Made a mistake with the number of Coffins I ordered ... need to increase the quantity to 2 dozen..."

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, good loop here, slow at 81ks, some turn from round the stumps, Tharanga defends

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, fires this one in at 97ks, the cut can't beat short third man

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, slower, but straighter and is worked away off the pads

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, he has flighted it nicely so far, Dishan gets onto the front foot and defends it outside off

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, looks for the toppie, 94ks, Dilshan gets in front of stumps and turns it to midwicket

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 138/0 (277 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 8.11, RRR: 8.39)

    • TM Dilshan 93 (63b 16x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 37 (39b 3x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-2-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-23-0
17.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, dances down the track and smashes it to long-off

round the wicket to Dilshan after his 17-run first over

17.2

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, full ball, driven straight to extra cover

17.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, another full ball, driven straight to extra cover

17.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, and again, driven straight to Raina at extra cover, the crowd getting involved too

17.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, low, fast, full, and driven down the ground for one

17.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 wide, doesn't finish it off nicely, bowls a wide down the leg side

17.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, full ball into the pads, driven down to long-on for one

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 142/0 (273 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 7.88, RRR: 8.53)

    • WU Tharanga 39 (41b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 94 (67b 16x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-27-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-2-0

So just six off the last two overs. Quietest period of the match?

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish delivery on the pads, turned away for a single

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, doosra, slower in the air too, Dilshan in late in reading it but he drops it to the right of point and comes through for one

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, dances down the track, is beaten by the dip but makes the adjustment and drives it down to long-on

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, flatter delivery, and cut straight to point

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, tosses this one up nicely, and Dilshan drives it to long-on

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, fast, flat and short, 101ks, Tharanga cuts but can't beat backward point again

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 146/0 (269 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 7.68, RRR: 8.67)

    • WU Tharanga 41 (44b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 96 (70b 16x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-6-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-27-0
19.1

Jadeja to Dilshan, 2 runs, well placed, wide of long-on, and comes back for two that takes him to 98

19.2

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, flat on off, and pushed away to long-off for one

19.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 wide, wide, way down the leg side, 150 comes up

19.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up, driven down the ground for another single

19.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, there it is, worked off the pads, gets to a special hundred, his third this year, hasn't witled under the pressure of a huge chase and has brought up the hundred in 73 balls

19.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, SIX, Tharanga breaks the shackles, lofts him to the right of long-on, not the cleanest of shots but effective

19.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, yorker there, can't do much with it this time

End of over 20 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 158/0 (257 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 7.90, RRR: 8.56)

    • WU Tharanga 48 (47b 3x4 2x6)
    • TM Dilshan 100 (73b 16x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-39-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-6-0
20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, flat offbreak, Dilshan gets across and turns it around the corner for one

This is the first time ever that both opening partnerships have been 150-plus

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, worked away off the pads

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, overspinner, Dilshan stays beside the line and opens the face to get a single

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, flighted nicely, Tharanga dives, Raina dives at extra cover and saves a single

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, another overspinner, Tharanga doesn't get any room and defends

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, this is fired into his pads, he works it away to bring up his 50, an ideal foil to Dilshan's fireworks

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 162/0 (253 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 7.71, RRR: 8.72)

    • WU Tharanga 50 (51b 3x4 2x6)
    • TM Dilshan 102 (75b 16x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-10-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-39-0

Surya: "They should air this match in National Geographic's Dirty Jobs. Bowling on Indian pitches is much worse than that."

21.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, SIX, lovely shot, clean, straight, high, makes room for himself, gets under the delivery and goes for the sightscreen

21.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, he follows the batsman this time, but the batsmen helps it into the leg side for a single

21.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan charges down, makes room, goes inside out but can't beat extra cover

21.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the track, and drives down to long-off

21.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, driven inside out, and Gambhir gets a bad bounce at extra cover

21.6

Jadeja to Dilshan, FOUR, enough of hitting straight to extra cover and not finding the gap, this time Dilshan goes the distance and lofts it over Raina, clean connection again

End of over 22 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 175/0 (240 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 7.95, RRR: 8.57)

    • TM Dilshan 107 (78b 17x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 58 (54b 3x4 3x6)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-52-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-10-0
22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, charges down again, and hits him two-bounce to long-off

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 2 runs, well bowled and well played, Dilshan charges down again, Bhajan bowls the overspinner, he manages to get it wide of long-off and takes two

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, doosra, sharp one too, and Dilshan defends it back to the bowler

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, low fulltoss, hit back to Harbhajan

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted well again, Dilshan drives it down the ground

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, flights it again, Tharanga yorks himself, another dot ball

So Harbhajan has bowled well so far, he is not darting them in, he is not bowling middle and leg, but there isn't much assistance for him

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 179/0 (236 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 7.78, RRR: 8.74)

    • WU Tharanga 59 (56b 3x4 3x6)
    • TM Dilshan 110 (82b 17x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-14-0
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-52-0

Raina will replace Jadeja now

23.1

Raina to Dilshan, no run, drift, drift, Dilshan saw a juicy half-volley, looked to hit the leather off the ball, but it kept getting away from him and beat him

23.2

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, low fulltoss and hit down powerfully down the ground

23.3

Raina to Tharanga, no run, yorks himself around the leg stump

23.4

Raina to Tharanga, 2 runs, almost a run-out, wide of extra cover, comes back for two, Jadeja surprises them with the throw but it lands on a half-volley

23.5

Raina to Tharanga, SIX, another lovely clean strike, dances down the track and lofts him over long-on

23.6

Raina to Tharanga, OUT, Raina strikes, good stumping. Tharanga comes down the track again, Raina fires it in, the ball deflects off Tharanga's pads, goes one bounce and way down the leg side to Dhoni, but Tharanga is way out himself

WU Tharanga st †Dhoni b Raina 67 (108m 60b 3x4 4x6) SR: 111.66

End of over 24 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 188/1 (227 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 8.73)

    • TM Dilshan 111 (84b 17x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 1-0-9-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-14-0
24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, overspinner, flighted outside off, he goes for the cut and is beaten

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, another topspinner, he drops and runs

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga gets off the mark by working this one into the leg side

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, yorker, Dilshan digs it out, but it's another dot ball

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, another yorker, but this one strays on the pads and he gets an easy single

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, strays on the pads, and he turns it around the corner for one

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 192/1 (223 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 7.68, RRR: 8.92)

    • KC Sangakkara 2 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 113 (88b 17x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 5-0-18-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-9-1
25.1

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, full delivery, driven down the ground for one

25.2

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, short and wide, cuts it away

25.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, nicely flicked away off the pads, gets a single

25.4

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, Gambhir has dropped Dilshan at extra cover. It would have been an excellent catch had he held on to it, always going away from him, he leaps at the right time but just can't hold onto it

25.5

Raina to Sangakkara, SIX, Sanga has hit his stride now, another clean strike, he gets under this one and slog-sweeps it over midwicket, but there is certain finesse to the shot too

25.6

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, flat, he works it around for one again

End of over 26 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 203/1 (212 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 8.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 11 (6b 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 115 (90b 17x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 2-0-20-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 5-0-18-0

Zaheer Khan replaces Harbhajan now, who bowled 5-0-18-0, easily the pick of the bowlers on either side. Ravi: "In such high scoring matches we tend to focus on the batsmen's strike rate, but the star has been Harbhajan, bowling at 3.6 RPO against a current RR of 8.2 and putting pressure on the Lankans."

26.1

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, driven on the up, but can't beat cover

26.2

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, comes down the track, Zaheer shortens the length, doesn't give him any room, another dot

26.3

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, another drive on the up, gets a single down to long-off

26.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, good delivery, tucks him up with a short one into the ribs, but Dilshan gets a single into the cover

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26.5

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, another return catch goes unclaimed, flat-batted back to the right of Zaheer, who just manages to get a finger onto it. It's hit so powerfully it still goes for four

26.6

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, stops on him a touch, but he gets a single down to long-off

End of over 27 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 210/1 (205 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 8.91)

    • KC Sangakkara 17 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 116 (91b 17x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 4-0-30-0
    • SK Raina 2-0-20-1
27.1

Raina to Sangakkara, SIX, good shot, good shoooot, again clears his front leg, and sweeps it straight over the bowler's head and the sightscreen

27.2

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 wide, consequently Raina fires one down the leg side

27.2

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, into the pads again, and he pushes it for one

27.3

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, full and flat to Dilshan, who drives it inside-out and gets a single

27.4

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, steps out, almost yorks himself, gets a single down to long-on

27.5

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, almost a catch, charges down, is beaten in the flight, doesn't time it well, and it falls one bounce to Tendulkar at long-on

27.6

Raina to Sangakkara, SIX, and another six in this over, Sanga seems to be continuing from the T20s, clears the front leg again and lofts him over midwicket

End of over 28 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 227/1 (188 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 8.10, RRR: 8.54)

    • KC Sangakkara 31 (15b 1x4 3x6)
    • TM Dilshan 118 (93b 17x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 3-0-37-1
    • Z Khan 4-0-30-0
28.1

Khan to Dilshan, 2 runs, short, cut away, metres to the left of sweeper-cover, Harbhajan, and they come back for two

28.2

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, tries the bouncer, doesn't get nearly as high as he wants, and Dilshan takes full toll, pulling it between fine leg and square leg

28.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, swipes at this one, from outside off, to long-on

28.4

Khan to Dilshan, SIX, what a scoop, what an amazing shot, unbelievable, he gets on a knee, Zaheer knows what is coming, drops it in short, Dilshan goes ahead with the shot, and it carries all the way for six

50 of the partnership in 28 deliveries

28.5

Khan to Dilshan, no run, rare play and miss, stays beside the line and looks to go off side, over ambitious here

28.6

Khan to Dilshan, no run, fulltoss, he delays the shot to go for the point boundary but is late into the shot and misses

End of over 29 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 239/1 (176 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 8.24, RRR: 8.38)

    • TM Dilshan 130 (99b 18x4 2x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 31 (15b 1x4 3x6)
    • Z Khan 5-0-42-0
    • SK Raina 3-0-37-1

And Harbhajan is back

Charindra: "Watching this as a Sri Lankan supporter, I can't help remembering the chorus line of a song by the band Nickelback : 'Somethin's gotta go wrong cuz I'm feeling way too damn goooood!' Let's hope not."

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, fires this one into the pads and the batsman gets an easy single to long-on

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, well bowled, well played, charges down, Bhajan slows the ball down, dropping it short, Dilshan holds the charge and pushes it to cover and runs

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, that's absolutely hammered away, chrages out, makes it into a low fulltoss, goes straight, and good news is, all three - non-striker, umpire, bowler - are safe. First boundary off Bhajan

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, goes for the big sweep, misses, but gets a leg-bye

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, flat and full, driven down the ground

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, short, and Sanga is in too good a nick to miss these offerings, clobbers it away to the midwicket boundary for four

End of over 30 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 251/1 (164 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 8.36, RRR: 8.20)

    • KC Sangakkara 40 (19b 3x4 3x6)
    • TM Dilshan 132 (101b 18x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 6-0-29-0
    • Z Khan 5-0-42-0

So it's like a Twenty20 now: 164 required in 20 overs, nine wickets in hand, five Powerplay overs. Granted the batsmen are tired, but the fielding side has been beaten to pulp

30.1

Khan to Dilshan, no run, goes for the scoop, misses, Dhoni and Zaheer appeal for the caught-behind, crowd provides the chorus, but there is nothing in it

30.2

Khan to Dilshan, 2 runs, he has driven it with open face from outside off, Tyagi, substituting at third man, does well to keep them to two

30.3

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, lucky, but he has made his own luck, fulltoss, he gives it his all, gets a thick edge, which speeds past Dhoni, and takes him to his personal best score

30.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, yorked, but gets a single to long-off

30.5

Khan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, low fulltoss, driven to the right of sweeper-cover and they come back for two

30.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, yorker, played to midwicket this time, a little too powerfully to come through for one

End of over 31 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 260/1 (155 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.38, RRR: 8.15)

    • KC Sangakkara 42 (21b 3x4 3x6)
    • TM Dilshan 139 (105b 19x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 6-0-51-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 6-0-29-0
31.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, offbreak, spinning into the hips, Dilshan makes room and dabs it for one

31.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, this is well bowled actually, flighted, dipping, and Sanga has absolutely slogged it, no pretence whatsoever, to midwicket

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, full delivery, and driven down the ground for one

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, another overspinner, and cut away to point for one

31.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, SIX, and he has launched this into another shamiana, brings up his 50th ODI 50, the second-fastest for Sri Lanka. He charges down the track again, takes a length delivery and lofts it over long-off. Making it look easy here

Lots off feedback asking why Sehwag isn't bowling. it's because he injured his knee, and is off the field

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, and worked away for one to square leg

End of over 32 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 274/1 (141 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.56, RRR: 7.83)

    • KC Sangakkara 54 (25b 4x4 4x6)
    • TM Dilshan 141 (107b 19x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 7-0-43-0
    • Z Khan 6-0-51-0

PK comes back

32.1

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, starts off with a nice slower offcutter, it loops off Sanga's bat one-bounce to point

32.2

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, short, quick, Sanga looks to go over midwicket, is late in the shot, and gets an underside edge, but safe

32.3

Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, slower ball, and he has swatted it like a fly, down the ground, to the right of long-on

32.4

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, another drop, at this rate they'll need Laxman, Dravid and Ganguly as super subs, this time Harbhajan has dropped a sitter at midwicket, pulled away straight to him, he leaps for no reason and is unbalanced aand drops a chest-high catch

32.5

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, runs this one down for a single to third man

32.6

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, yorker, Dilshan gets enough bat on it to get a single to third man

So this is 12 dropped catches in 73 overs of limited-overs of cricket, starting from the T20s

End of over 33 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 280/1 (135 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.48, RRR: 7.94)

    • TM Dilshan 142 (108b 19x4 2x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 59 (30b 5x4 4x6)
    • P Kumar 7-0-49-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 7-0-43-0
33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, yorks Dilshan down the leg side, well bowled

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan charges down, makes it into a low fulltoss and it's hit back to Bhajan

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the track again, and flicks it to wide of long-on

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, clears the front leg, and drives it down the ground

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, shimmies down again and gets a single to long-off

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, no midwicket in the circle, and he picks the gap perfectly, takes a low fulltoss and bisects the wide long-on and deep square leg. he couldn't have done it better with a compass and protractor or whatever they use in school

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 287/1 (128 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.44, RRR: 8.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 64 (32b 6x4 4x6)
    • TM Dilshan 144 (112b 19x4 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 8-0-50-0
    • P Kumar 7-0-49-0

The ball has been changed, but the Powerplay is not taken

34.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, slower ball, Dilshan makes room and hits it straight to extra cover

34.2

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, fulltoss, smashed towards extra cover, Harbhajan makes a diving save, but gets a bad bounce that hurts the middle finger on his bowling hand

100-run partnership in 62 balls

34.3

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, lovely shot, down on a knee, inside out, and over cover, but finds sweeper-cover

34.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball, just back of a length, smashed down the ground

34.5

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, another slower delivery, short too, and pulled for a single to square leg

34.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, he has scooped it into his face, good job that he is wearing the helmet, he goes for the shot, PK bowls the low fulltoss, he contacts but can't get his head out of the way

End of over 35 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 291/1 (124 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.31, RRR: 8.26)

    • TM Dilshan 146 (116b 19x4 2x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 66 (34b 6x4 4x6)
    • P Kumar 8-0-53-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 8-0-50-0

Powerplay is taken. This is the crucial period. If SL lose their way like India did, we will be in for an exciting finish. If SL capitalise on these restrictions, we could see a comfortable finish to the chase of, well, 415 runs. Zaheer to bowl

35.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, starts off with a leg-side fulltoss with fine leg up, PK, the fielder, does well to deflect it towards square leg

35.2

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, superb batting, sees a length ball, gets the front leg out of the way, and goes over mid-on, not too much power into it but just enough

35.3

Khan to Sangakkara, SIX, one more for the shamianas, he is stepping out, sees a shorter delivery from Zaheer, and pulls it monstrously over wide long-on. It's unlikely he would have got tired, but every now and then Sanga hits one onto the shamianas and earns himself a breather

35.4

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, whoa, 96th boundary of the day, low fulltoss, makes room and goes over extra cover, clean clean hitting

35.5

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, make it 97, gets an off-stump half-volley, makes room and crashes it through the covers, moves onto 86 off 39

35.6

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, fulltoss on leg stump, and he misses out, but gets a leg-bye and stays on strike

End of over 36 (21 runs) Sri Lanka 312/1 (103 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 7.35)

    • KC Sangakkara 86 (40b 9x4 5x6)
    • TM Dilshan 146 (116b 19x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 7-0-71-0
    • P Kumar 8-0-53-0

Fastest 100 by a Sri Lankan came from Jayasuriya, in 48 balls

36.1

Kumar to Sangakkara, FOUR, slower bouncer, and Sanga is waiting for it, and pulls it over midwicket. He is making it look ridiculously easy

36.2

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, another short ball, and pulled away to midwicket

36.3

Kumar to Sangakkara, OUT, PK creates a third opportunity and finally someone holds onto it. Another slower bouncer, Sanga gets a top edge on the pull and Jadeja holds on to a simple catch at deep square leg. PK exults, it's been a tough day full of misfortune for him. But Sanga, take a bow, what an innings

KC Sangakkara c Jadeja b Kumar 90 (61m 43b 10x4 5x6) SR: 209.30

It's time for Jayasuriya now. Relief, what relief? But Dilshan is on strike

36.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, another slower ball, on the pads, and played away to fine leg for a single

36.5

Kumar to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, and he is pulling emphatically right away, gets two to midwicket, and then a wide throw from Jadeja results in an overthrow

36.6

Kumar to Dilshan, SIX, Dilshan reaches 150 in style, plays the pick-up shot off his hips, and it goes sailing over midwicket, what an innings so far. And for the second time in the day, the elusive double hundred seems attainable

End of over 37 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 326/2 (89 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.81, RRR: 6.84)

    • TM Dilshan 153 (118b 19x4 3x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3 (1b)
    • P Kumar 9-0-67-1
    • Z Khan 7-0-71-0

99 boundaries so far. Only other time they crossed 100 in a match was during the Wanderers run orgy, when 113 were hit. Harbhajan to bowl now

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya looks to sweep, extra bounce here, and beats Jayasuriya

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, full and flat delivery on the pads, and Jayasuriya flicks it away to wide of midwicket and comes back for two

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jayasuriya, OUT, and Jaya goes, charges down too early, Harbhajan bowls flatter, shorter, and it's a normal offbreak. He is clearly beaten in the flight, looks to fend but can't cover the line and the ball sneaks through bat and pad, and Dhoni finishes the stumping efficiently

ST Jayasuriya st †Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 5 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Jayawardene, MJ from now on, is the new man

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets onto the front foot and works the ball into the on side

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, another ball turning into the pads, and turned away for a single

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, good overspinner, MJ looks to turn it on the on side, but has to just defend back to the bowler

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 330/3 (85 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.68, RRR: 7.08)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 154 (119b 19x4 3x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 9-0-54-1
    • P Kumar 9-0-67-1

Jadeja to bowl inside the Powerplays, big risk

38.1

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, Starts off with a fulltoss, he hits it one bounce to deep midwicket

38.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Fired down the leg side, MJ misses the sweep, but it's an extra run

38.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Another one fired down the legs, and he doesn't make an attempt to play it

38.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, another one down the leg side, it kisses the pad and saves him a wide

38.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run

38.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, FOUR, that's a nice gift, another fulltoss on the pads, this time he hits it wide of midwicket and gets the 100th boundary of the match

38.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, Jadeja and MJ collide, but MJ breaks free and goes through for the single. Would have been interesting had Dhoni collected this cleanly and caught him short of his ground

38.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, big shout for lbw, MJ sweeps and misses, but it's pitched outside leg

End of over 39 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 339/3 (76 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.69, RRR: 6.90)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 1 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 160 (123b 20x4 3x6)
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-60-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 9-0-54-1
39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, OUT, he has bowled him, he roars in delight, another double hundred missed, but Harbhajan has brought India right back in. He has just started his last over, Dilshan charges out, is beaten by the dip, the ball pitches on a length outside off, turns in enough to hit the stumps. Game on here

TM Dilshan b Harbhajan Singh 160 (186m 124b 20x4 3x6) SR: 129.03

Not to forget what a special innings this has been from Dilshan. He is aghast at the shot he has played. But take a bow you too, Dilshan

Kandamby to face

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 2 runs, and what a shot first up, and he whips it from outside off to wide of mid-on

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, works this one off the pads for single

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, MJ gets on the front foot and defends

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets across the stumps, and works it around his pads for a single

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, full delivery on the pads, flicked away straight to midwicket. End of Harbhajan, 2 for 58, good bowling

So 52 runs and three wickets in SL's batting Powerplay. India scored 34 for 3 in theirs. So if asked where this match turned, you know where

End of over 40 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 343/4 (72 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.57, RRR: 7.20)

    • SHT Kandamby 3 (3b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (6b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 10-0-58-2
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-60-0
40.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 wide, continues to bowl full and wide outside leg stump

40.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, full, fast, misses on the sweep

40.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, OUT, MJ has committed suicide here, MJ works it towards square leg with soft hands and makes up his mind he is coming back for two. Kohli hares around from deep midwicket and surprises everybody with his speed. Even though the throw is two bounces to Dhoni, even a dive can't save MJ

DPMD Jayawardene run out 3 (14m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Mathews to face the music. Jadeja goes round the stumps

40.3

Jadeja to Mathews, no run, dot ball, full, outside off, defended

40.4

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, steps out, makes it into a low fulltoss and gets a single to long-on

40.5

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, Full on the pads, played straight to Raina at midwicket, who returns it fast and low to non-striker's end

40.6

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, another ball clipped away off the pads and he gets a single this time

End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 347/5 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.46, RRR: 7.55)

    • SHT Kandamby 4 (5b)
    • AD Mathews 1 (2b)
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-64-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 10-0-58-2

68 required off 54. Nehra to bowl. Two new batsmen in

41.1

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, stays back and works this one off the pads towards deep square leg

41.2

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, Nehra is on target, around off, Mathews drops and runs and gets a single

41.3

Nehra to Kandamby, FOUR, 350 up with this boundary, it's short, Kandamby goes back and pulls it wide of midwicket. Nothing fancy but nicely placed

Kandamby is a dangerous batsman in the lower-middle order but he he has come close twice against India without winning. Both those chases were gone. This time he has come in in pretty favourable circumstances

41.4

Nehra to Kandamby, no run, another short-arm pull, but this time he can't beat midwicket

41.5

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, makes room, and plays a fullish delivery to cover for one

41.6

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, length ball, drilled down the ground, gets a single to long-off

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 355/5 (60 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.45, RRR: 7.50)

    • AD Mathews 3 (4b)
    • SHT Kandamby 10 (9b 1x4)
    • A Nehra 6-0-54-0
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-64-0

Dhoni has got through his part-timers and can afford to bowl his main bowlers now: four remain from Nehra, three from Zaheer and one from PK. But Jadeja to continue

42.1

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, full, on the pads, driven down the ground for one

42.2

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, stays full, and on the pads, gets a single to fine leg

42.3

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, another full, flat delivery on the pads, and turned away to fine leg for one

42.4

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, looks for a slog sweep, but this is another yorker-length delivery and he gets just a single to long-on

42.5

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, makes room, goes inside out but can't get under it and gets just a single

42.6

Jadeja to Kandamby, FOUR, another misfield, low full toss, slow swept one bounce to midwicket, but Raina doesn't get his body behind it, and it bounces through his hands

End of over 43 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 364/5 (51 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.46, RRR: 7.28)

    • SHT Kandamby 16 (12b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 6 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-73-0
    • A Nehra 6-0-54-0
43.1

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, yorker, swinging too, gets just a single to long-on, Tendulkar ran in fast to keep them to one

43.2

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, lovely yorker again, swinging in towards Kandamby, who digs it out and comes through for one

43.3

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, another misfield, bowls back of a length, surprised Mathews, but doesn't get down early enough to field it in its followthrough

43.4

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, shimmies down, and drives him through the covers

43.5

Nehra to Mathews, (no ball) 1 run, no-ball, and it's a free-hit coming up, bowled well but oversteps, a single results to third man off a thick edge

Kandamby on strike, so field can change

43.5

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, almost a yorker, Kandamby can't get under it, lobs it to Raina at midwicket, and even this one is dropped. Not that it would have mattered

43.6

Nehra to Mathews, FOUR, the leading edge goes for four, Mathews gives it an almighty whack over leg, but is early into the shot, but the edge flies over point and square of third man

End of over 44 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 375/5 (40 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.52, RRR: 6.66)

    • AD Mathews 13 (11b 1x4)
    • SHT Kandamby 19 (15b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 7-0-65-0
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-73-0

Zaheer comes back

44.1

Khan to Kandamby, 1 run, slower bouncer, and Kandamby, who often reminds me of Ranatunga, gets around and pulls it to fine leg

44.2

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, length ball driven down the ground for a single

44.3

Khan to Kandamby, 1 run, nice yorker, Kandamby digs it out and runs, Raina from midwicket comes in fast, goes for the underarm flick even as he is diving, but doesn't hit the stumps. Would have got his man had he hit

44.4

Khan to Mathews, FOUR, how big a shot is this? big risk by walking across, Zaheer bowls a low fulltoss, makes enough contact to just clear short fine leg

44.5

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

44.6

Khan to Kandamby, no run, he has nearly bowled him with that yorker, but Kandamby makes room and gets his bat down just in time

End of over 45 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 383/5 (32 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.51, RRR: 6.40)

    • SHT Kandamby 21 (18b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 19 (14b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 8-0-79-0
    • A Nehra 7-0-65-0

32 required off 30. These two have added 38 in 28

45.1

Nehra to Mathews, no run, full ball outside off, driven straight to point

45.2

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, low fulltoss, driven down the ground, gets one

45.3

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 leg bye, another yorker to Kandamby, he misses this one but it is going down the leg side

45.4

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, low fulltoss, driven through the covers, gets another single

45.5

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 leg bye, and Kandamby gets a late-swinging yorker again, and again he is saved because it is going down, top over so far

45.6

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, and he almost gets another flick boundary to fine leg, this time Nehra goes outside off, thereby making him work harder to beat short fine, where Zaheer keeps them down to one

Just three off the bat and two leg-byes in this over

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 388/5 (27 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.43, RRR: 6.75)

    • AD Mathews 22 (18b 2x4)
    • SHT Kandamby 21 (20b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 8-0-68-0
    • Z Khan 8-0-79-0
46.1

Khan to Mathews, no run, has he edged it outside off? Doesn't matter because it hasn't carried to Dhoni, but that it is a dot ball does matter

46.2

Khan to Mathews, 2 runs, overpitched, makes room, drives well, to wide of sweeper-cover, comes through for two

46.3

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, looks to go over fine leg again, but Zaheer digs this one in short, and Mathews pulls off the front foot and gets a single to square leg

46.4

Khan to Kandamby, 1 run, doesn't carry to Harbhajan at extra cover, but the misfield gives away a single. It lands on a half-volley in front of Bhajan and the fumble costs them a single

46.5

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, driven powerfully, straight to extra cover, single results, 22 off 19 now

46.6

Khan to Kandamby, no run, another late-swinging yorker, Kandamby can't do anything with this one, ends up playing it back to the bowler

End of over 47 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 393/5 (22 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.36, RRR: 7.33)

    • SHT Kandamby 22 (22b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 26 (22b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 9-0-84-0
    • A Nehra 8-0-68-0
47.1

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, another low fulltoss outside off, can't get under it, just a single to long-off

47.2

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, the yorker goes slightly wrong, low fulltoss on the pads, and he gets a single to deep midwicket, brings up the 50 of the partnership

47.3

Nehra to Mathews, 2 runs, goes for a big heave over mid-off, gets a thick edge, over point and gets two to square of third man

47.4

Nehra to Mathews, 1 leg bye, this is close, big big decision at this time of the day, Mathews is going for the flick over fine leg, misses, is hit in front of the stumps, umpire reckons it would have missed off, and Hawkeye says it would have kissed the outside of it

47.5

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, drama here, Nehra bowls a good yorker, Kandamby wants a single but it's gone straight to Nehra. He has Kandamby dead outside the crease, goes for an underarm throw that hits Kandamby and they run an overthrow. No wonder Kandamby reminds me of Ranatunga, and I don't mean in a negative way at all

47.6

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, yorker again, outside off, played to extra cover for one

End of over 48 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 400/5 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.33, RRR: 7.50)

    • AD Mathews 30 (26b 2x4)
    • SHT Kandamby 24 (24b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 9-0-74-0
    • Z Khan 9-0-84-0
48.1

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, one of the few length balls from these left-armers in these final few overs, Mathews gets under it, and drives to sweeper-cover

48.2

Khan to Kandamby, OUT, have they got a run-out here? superb collection on a half-volley from Zaheer and Kandamby is gone. It is a short ball, pulled to Tendulkar at midwicket, he is already on the back foot and comes through for one. The lands in front of the stumps but on a half-volley, Zaheer collects cleanly and disturbs the stumps, with Kandamby running casually - not diving, not sliding the bat. Did somebody say Ranatunga?

SHT Kandamby run out 24 (47m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 96.00

48.3

Khan to Mathews, no run, yorker across Mathews, he misses, and the crowd goes berserk. It may as well have been a wicket

48.4

Khan to Mathews, 2 runs, good shot, driven square of the wicket, beats point, goes square of third man, gets two

48.5

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, yorker again, he will gets just a single to extra cover

Samaraweera to face for the first time

48.6

Khan to Samaraweera, OUT, and he finishes with another yorker and another run-out and what's more, the new batsman will be on strike. Samaraweere manages to dig out the yorker, but it's hit straight to Raina at extra cover, Zaheer is back to collect the throw, which is on the top of the stumps, and another wicket goes down

TT Samaraweera run out 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 49 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 404/7 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.24, RRR: 11.00)

    • AD Mathews 34 (30b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 10-0-88-0
    • A Nehra 9-0-74-0

So it has come down to this, the last over. Eleven required after 818 runs have been scored already. No T20 will give you this build-up and this excitement. What a spell of play this has been. Nehra and Zak have been special with their yorkers, and not until long ago Mathews and Kandamby were up to the challenge. Kula to face now. Nehra to bowl

49.1

Nehra to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kulasekara does his job, gets a single off a length ball to cover and brings Mathews on strike

49.2

Nehra to Mathews, 2 runs, another yorker, driven wide of long-off, Kohli does well to get there quick, but then gets a bad bounce, which results in a fumble, which results in two

49.3

Nehra to Mathews, 2 runs, another yorker, another good piece of running, Kula just scampers back to the danger end, and it has gone straight to long-on, who goes for the keeper's end, but Mathews is running between the the throw and the keeper

49.4

Nehra to Mathews, OUT, and Tendulkar has held onto the most important catch of the match. The first hittable delivery of the over, a low fulltoss, Mathews gets under it, but doesn't get enough elevation and Tendulkar holds on to a simple catch at midwicket. Crowd goes wild, SL dressing room is stunned

AD Mathews c Tendulkar b Nehra 38 (50m 33b 2x4 0x6) SR: 115.15

49.5

Nehra to Welegedara, 1 run, thick edge to a yorker outside off, and the third man is straight, smart thinking from Dhoni

Kula on strike. Five to win. Four to tie. Nehra's wife watching in the crowd.

49.6

Nehra to Kulasekara, 1 run, and Nehra holds his nerves. Bowls another low fulltoss outside off, he can't get under it, and gets just a single to long-off

And the gem to finish this match with. Ravi Shastri to Virender Sehwag: "You are usually a chilled out character. But with the last over going on, and you sitting above [since he was injured and off the field], were you a bit tense?"

Sehwag: "Not at all. I was actually supporting Sri Lanka. My superstition is that whenever I support India, they lose. So I was supporting Sri Lanka." Sparing a thought for Dilshan and Sangakkara, I say Hail Sehwag and okay bye.

Presentation
Virender Sehwag gets the Man of the Match award. I would have had Dilshan and Sehwag share it, or even Harbhajan Singh take it alone. But it's the batsmen and the winners that often tell the history. Says Sehwag: "I am in good form. I scored 200 in Tests, 50 in T20, I was telling myself I am in good form I have to utilise it. We [me and Sachin] were aiming for 350 to begin with, but MS played really well and raised the bar. In Test matches I score big hundreds, but in ODIs I get out in 30s and 40s, so this is good time to convert them into big hundreds."

MS Dhoni: "It's quite tough to be cool when you score 400 and almost lose it. First 35 overs we were not really up to the mark, maybe we just accepted that the wicket had got better, maybe we were not focusses. But the way we bowled and fielded after that was awesome. Also we could have scored 450, which would have been an 'above-par' score. Catches, of course, if you don't take offerings from set batsmen you are going to be in trouble."

Kumar Sangakkara: "It is actually worse when you come this close and lose and rather than lose easily. Most of the time you can roll over and die chasing over 400, but we almost made. After 35 overs, we should have batted smartly, India held their nerve better than us. At the end of the day, you have to acknowledge that India played better than us - slightly."

India are thrilled, Sri Lanka are gutted. Forget that there was no contest between the bat and the ball but for the last 10 overs, these two teams fought hard. One hundred and four boundaries hit, 825 runs scored, and only three runs separate them. Spare a thought for Dilshan, Sanga and Tharanga, who - under the pressure of a huge chase - played such magnificent knocks. Celebrate the innings from Sehwag, Tendulkar and Dhoni, the spin bowling from Harbhajan, and the death bowling from Zaheer and Nehra. But also remember that this was a substandard international pitch and a small ground.

End of over 50 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 411/8 (4 runs required)

    • KMDN Kulasekara 2 (2b)
    • UWMBCA Welegedara 1 (1b)
    • A Nehra 10-0-81-1
    • Z Khan 10-0-88-0
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