Sri Lanka in India ODI Series - 1st ODI

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 3 runs

Sehwag and Tendulkar walk out, Kulasekara has the ball in hand. Here we go

8.30am Welcome to the start of the five-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka. It's time for the toss, which Kumar Sangakkara has won and has chosen to field. He sees a grass cover on the pitch, but says that's not the reason for choosing to bowl. It's just the early-morning start, and also that their XI is batting heavy, which gives them confidence in chasing big totals. Bad news for them is, that Lasith Malinga is out with a flu, and they are not risking hurrying Murali back.

MS Dhoni says he would have fielded first too. Says fast bowlers will get movement in the morning. India will be without Yuvraj Singh, who is out with a finger injury. Pragyan Ojha and Sudeep Tyagi are the others to miss out.

0.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, length ball outside off, Sehwag watches it go past the stumps

0.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, Dilshan saves a boundary at backward point, diving to his left. it is hit powerfully by Sehwag with an open face

0.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, this time Sehwag places it better, goes into it early and makes sure it is hit away from Dilshan. Poor start for Kula, short and wide

0.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, gets away with this short delivery, this is cut one-bounce to Dilshan

0.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, plays and misses outside off, this is fuller, and has Sehwag reaching for it

0.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, hint of away movement here as Sehwag reaches out for another delivery well outside off. The fuller lengths have been better for Kula

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
V Sehwag    4* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (0b)     

Welegedara to bowl now. Short midwicket in place

1.1

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Dilshan has saved two more. Tendulkar gets off to a good start, leaning back and cutting Wele, but Dilshan again dives full length and gets a hand to it

1.2

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, on the pads, Tendulkar misses out on the offering

1.3

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, reaches out for a full and wide delivery, makes good contact but plays it back to the bowler

1.4

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, pulls the length back, angles it across, Tendulkar punches off the back foot, to cover

1.5

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, puts in more effort in this one, gets it to rise a touch more, Tendulkar stands tall and pushes it into the covers

1.6

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, sharp delivery, on the pads, Tendulkar misses, but the lbw shout is optimistic as it is pitched outside leg

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
SR Tendulkar    2* (6b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-0-2-0
V Sehwag    4* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, Kula stays outside off, Sehwag doesn't go for it this time

2.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, and he lets another one go outside off, this one comes in but not enough

2.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, Kula gets fuller, it's a half-volley, and Sehwag has no second thoughts going for a drive through extra cover. Elegant shot

2.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, goes for the square drive this time, but the ball doesn't quite come on. Gets an inside edge onto his pad

2.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, good good call by the umpire, this one looks like a pretty plumb shout for lbw. The ball jags back in, Sehwag is caught in the crease and is hit in front, but just manages a faint inside edge

2.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, charges down the track this time, and fails to make contact with a short-of-a-length delivery

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
V Sehwag    8* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-8-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (6b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-0-2-0

3.1

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, on target, pretty quick, Tendulkar defends in front of his front pad

3.2

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward and drives a back-of-a-length delivery, to cover

3.3

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, cuts this time time, but it too close to the stumps

3.4

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, full, almost a yorker, dug out without trouble

3.5

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, looks to turn it away off the pads, but is early into the shot

3.6

Welegedara to Tendulkar, FOUR, good shot, goooood shot, he has merely met the ball, not even pushed at it, just makes a half movement onto the front foot, and gives a back-of-a-length delivery a slightly slanted face, it races through extra cover

End of over 4 (4 runs) India 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
SR Tendulkar    6* (12b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-0-6-0
V Sehwag    8* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-8-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, and played back to the bowler

4.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, and Dilshan saves three more, hit powerfully, with an open face, but Dilshan dives to his left again, at point and gets a hand to it

Tendulkar faces Kula for the first time

4.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, fullish ball, gets onto the front foot and defends it into the covers

4.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, the inward movement tucks him up, and he plays it towards mid-on

4.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, FOUR, draws a false shot from Tendulkar, who drives away from his body, the ball dips in, gets the inside edge, misses the stumps, the keeper and the fine leg

4.6

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, a much more convincing straight drive this time, but Kula gets a hand to it

End of over 5 (5 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
SR Tendulkar    10* (16b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-0
V Sehwag    9* (14b 2x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-0-6-0

Sehwag to face Chanaka for the first time

5.1

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, and defended back to the bowler

5.2

Welegedara to Sehwag, FOUR, a hint of swing, Wele will hope it weren't there as it converts it into a length ball on the pads and Sehwag flicks it over square leg. Easy as they come

5.3

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, looks to tuck him up with a shorter delivery, succeeds in it, and gets a dot ball

5.4

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, a better short delivery, right over the middle stump, Sehwag sways out of the way, keeps his eyes on it all along, impresses Sunny Gavaskar with the leave

5.5

Welegedara to Sehwag, FOUR, the flick-pull, uff what a shot, one foot in air, standing on the toes of the other, he just helps it off his hips, and what an outfield, races past midwicket. It was merely a push

5.6

Welegedara to Sehwag, FOUR, follows it up with a full-blooded cut, short and not so wide, but he makes room and goes over cover-point

End of over 6 (12 runs) India 31/0 (RR: 5.16)
V Sehwag    21* (20b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-0-18-0
SR Tendulkar    10* (16b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, length delivery, outside off, Tendulkar reaches for it, and plays with an open face towards point

6.2

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, this one is closer to Tendulkar's body, he drives, but finds the cover fielder

6.3

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, FOUR, if the drive doesn't, the push will. This is shorter, and Tendulkar stands his ground and just meets it with an open face. The timing is good, the placement exquisite, between cover and cover-point

6.4

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, no run, the square push again, the late wrist cock gets him power, but Dilshan is alert at point

6.5

Kulasekara to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushes off the back foot and scampers through for one to mid-on

6.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, the inward movement keeps Sehwag quiet here. The backlift is big, he is looking for the cut, but the ball jags back in and gives him no room

Despite the grass cover, this pitch looks good for batting, going by the first seven overs

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 36/0 (RR: 5.14)
V Sehwag    21* (21b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-18-0
SR Tendulkar    15* (21b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-0-18-0

7.1

Welegedara to Tendulkar, FOUR, it's through Jayasuriya at mid-off, Tendulkar just pushed it towards mid-off, and timed it really well, but Jaya was fully behind the ball and got a bad bounce at the last moment

7.2

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 1 run, drives it off the back foot, wide of mid-off, gets an easy single

7.3

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag is looking to manufacture shots now, makes room, takes it from over the stumps and cuts it towards Dilshan at point

7.4

Welegedara to Sehwag, 2 runs, this short ball gets big on Sehwag, he looks for the flick-pull again, but sees it has bounced more than he though, and goes for the traditional pull and gets a top edge over square leg in circle and square of fine leg

7.5

Welegedara to Sehwag, 1 run, fuller delivery on the pads, and he helps it around the corner for one

7.6

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, a yorker now, and Tendulkar digs it out safely. This is the second yorker Welegedara has bowled in his first spell

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 44/0 (RR: 5.50)
SR Tendulkar    20* (24b 4x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-0-26-0
V Sehwag    24* (24b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-18-0

8.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag is looking dangerous here, a perfectly acceptable delivery, short and over the stumps, but Sehwag makes room and plays it off the front foot, over cover. Not many outside Sehwag can play this shot

8.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, drives solidly, but straight to mid-on

8.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, SIX, goes over extra, shot of the morning, looks so pretty too, length ball outside off, within his arc and he lofts it without much power over and inside out

8.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, slower ball, low fulltoss, misses out and plays it straight to midwicket

8.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, SIX, amazing shot again, short delivery, stops at him, he is too early into the shot, but he stays on the front foot and pulls this one over midwicket and it carries over the boundary. Big laughs both Sehwag and Tendulkar share

8.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, flicked away powerfully, but can't go wide enough of mid-on

End of over 9 (16 runs) India 60/0 (RR: 6.66)
V Sehwag    40* (30b 6x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-34-0
SR Tendulkar    20* (24b 4x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-0-26-0

9.1

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, another ball stopping at the batsman, Tendulkar goes for the flick shot of the pads but is early into the shot and is beaten

9.2

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 1 run, walks across the stumps, and flicks it off the back foot, gets Sehwag on strike

9.3

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, length ball, just outside off, stands tall and pushes it to cover

9.4

Welegedara to Sehwag, FOUR, another pull, another boundary, they are sitting up nicely for Sehwag, not much pace in the pitch, and bouncers in the early 130s are not troubling Sehwag at all

9.5

Welegedara to Sehwag, 2 runs, stands tall and pushes this off the back foot towards midwicket, it beats the short midwicket and they get an easy couple

9.6

Welegedara to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag you beauty, he has played almost two shots to this slower ball, it's floated wide at 116.8,ks, he gets into the position and waits for the ball to arrive. When it does arrive, he drives it over extra, reaches 50 also

End of over 10 (11 runs) India 71/0 (RR: 7.10)
V Sehwag    50* (34b 8x4 2x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-0-37-0
SR Tendulkar    21* (26b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-34-0

Bowling Powerplay taken. Dilhara Fernando being introduced

10.1

Fernando to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets an inside edge first ball, this is the second time Tendulkar has got away with one, gets a single to fine leg

Gowri has a curious question: "Sehwag playing without any numbers on his shirt is it allowed?" I don't see any problem with it

10.2

Fernando to Sehwag, 2 runs, another superb shot although it's just two, this is a short ball outside two, he gets across and plays his flick-pull through midwicket, all along the ground

10.3

Fernando to Sehwag, no run, another short ball, over the top of off stump this time, and he defends it to cover

10.4

Fernando to Sehwag, no run, length ball outside off, Sehwag drives it down to mid-off

10.5

Fernando to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, misses out on a leg-stump half-volley, gets a leg-bye though. Extra pace from Fernando keeping Sehwag in check so far

10.6

Fernando to Tendulkar, 1 run, this is the slower knuckle ball, Tendulkar flicks it from in front of stumps and gets a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 76/0 (RR: 6.90)
SR Tendulkar    23* (28b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-4-0
V Sehwag    52* (38b 8x4 2x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-0-37-0

11.1

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Tendulkar charges down and chips it over extra cover, gets an easy couple, but Angelo Mathews's flat throw from sweeper-cover gets Welegedara in the face. It just bounces off the square

11.2

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, comes back with a yorker, Tendulkar digs it out

11.3

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length, outside off, Tendulkar pushes it powerfully, straight to mid-off

11.4

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, good bouncer, over the stop of stumps and it stays a touch low, some effort Tendulkar has to put in to duck underneath

11.5

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 2 runs, another yorker, swinging late also, but Tendulkar not only digs it out but gets a couple to midwicket

11.6

Welegedara to Tendulkar, FOUR, and lofts the next ball straight past the bowler. No room for error here, it's a length ball, not too wide, but Tendulkar gets a nice clean swing of the bat in

End of over 12 (8 runs) India 84/0 (RR: 7.00)
SR Tendulkar    31* (34b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-0-45-0
V Sehwag    52* (38b 8x4 2x6)      CRD Fernando    1-0-4-0

Re Sehwag's shirt number, Seenoo says, "Sehwag already informed earlier that many people are suggesting many numbers and so he just left all these numbers and playing solo"

12.1

Fernando to Sehwag, 1 run, another delivery on the pads, Sehwag flicks it but they have protection in the deep now

12.2

Fernando to Tendulkar, FOUR, beautiful shot, from the old Tendulkar school, slightly back of a length, he hits it on the up, deliberately in the air, and clears mid-on with ease, one bounce into the long-on fence

12.3

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, late inswing here, Tendulkar will think he has missed out on a leg-stump half-volley

12.4

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, plays with an open face this time, can't beat Dilshan at point

12.5

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, short ball, gets good bounce here, Tendulkar goes on his toes and plays it towards point

12.6

Fernando to Tendulkar, 1 run, good quick yorker, 146ks, he digs it out and goes for a quick single to cover and makes it easily

End of over 13 (6 runs) India 90/0 (RR: 6.92)
SR Tendulkar    36* (39b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-10-0
V Sehwag    53* (39b 8x4 2x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-0-45-0

Manju from UK has an observation on Sri Lanka's strategy. "I wonder why Sanga insists on unleashing his best bowler only after opposition batsmen are well set? What I mean is that Sanga has consistently opened with Kula (who is a gentle medium pacer) and let Indian openers get their eye in before unleashing Fernando or Malinga. If you ask any opener in the world if they prefer to face Kula or Fernando first up, I'm pretty sure they would opt to face Kula every time!"

13.1

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 1 run, they pinch in a quick single here, played back to Wele, who fumbles a little and they run through

13.2

Welegedara to Sehwag, 1 run, early into the flick, gets a leading edge, which goes all along the ground, and down the ground, for a single to mid-off

13.3

Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar looks for a quick single but has played it too firmly to cover

13.4

Welegedara to Tendulkar, FOUR, what a shot, this yorker has gone wrong by merely inches, Tendulkar opens up, his front leg is cleared away and he flicks it through midwicket, all placement and quick outfield

13.5

Welegedara to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushes it off the back foot towards mid-off, soft hands and he rushes through for one

13.6

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, and Sehwag defends towards cover

End of over 14 (7 runs) India 97/0 (RR: 6.92)
V Sehwag    54* (41b 8x4 2x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-0-52-0
SR Tendulkar    42* (43b 7x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-10-0

14.1

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, goes for the yorker again, but it is a fulltoss outside off, Tendulkar drives but can't beat cover

14.2

Fernando to Tendulkar, 2 runs, another delivery in the block hole, and he half-digs-half-flicks it, wide of midwicket and gets a couple

14.3

Fernando to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar is putting up an exhibition, he is ducking under a bouncer, at the mast moment he thinks it is boring to duck and upper-cuts it, and it flies, feet wide of third man but beats him

14.4

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, tries the same shot, but this is sharper, quicker and higher and beats Tendulkar, 146ks

14.5

Fernando to Tendulkar, FOUR, ho ho ho, easy come easy go, another bouncer tries Fernando, and Tendulkar sways slightly out of the line and upper-cuts it, fine, almost over the keeper, gets to 50 with that shot

14.6

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, goes full now, and is driven to cover

End of over 15 (10 runs) India 107/0 (RR: 7.13)
SR Tendulkar    52* (49b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-20-0
V Sehwag    54* (41b 8x4 2x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-0-52-0

Angelo Mathews being introduced now. No respite for Sri Lanka so far. Powerplay over, though

15.1

Mathews to Sehwag, FOUR, Powerplay, what Powerplay? First ball without restrictions, it's a nice length ball and military-medium pace, Sehwag clears the front leg, makes room and goes over wide mid-off, one bounce into the boundary

15.2

Mathews to Sehwag, 1 run, short and wide, and cut away to square of third man

15.3

Mathews to Tendulkar, 1 run, Sehwag has absolutely hared across for a single, Tendulkar gets an inside edge looking to flick one, and Sehwag rushes through for one

15.4

Mathews to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag has got zilch respect for the medium-pace of Mathews, there is a long-off in place and he can't do much more than you and I. Another length ball, Sehwag clears the front leg and lofts it straight. Powerful, cruel, rude

15.5

Mathews to Sehwag, no run, slower bouncer this time, Sehwag shapes to pull but, er, pulls out

15.6

Mathews to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag is no fire, crowds need more cover. Another length delivery, again Sehwag clears his front leg, and goes square this time, for the biggest six of the over, into the shamianas, the tents. Surely they can't be strong enough, the shamianas?

End of over 16 (18 runs) India 125/0 (RR: 7.81)
V Sehwag    71* (46b 9x4 4x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-18-0
SR Tendulkar    53* (50b 9x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-20-0

Jayasuriya introduced. Final hope for Sri Lanka?

16.1

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 wide, bowls over the wicket, fires down the leg side

16.1

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, another delivery outside leg, but it makes contact with Sachin's pad as he is sweeping

16.2

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, stays on the pads, Sehwag makes room and gets a single to cover

16.3

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, SIX, there is a competition contest going on here, and each player is coming up with one better than the other. This time Tendulkar dances down the track, makes room, and goes dead straight. What a clean hit

16.4

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 run, makes room again, Jaya goes flat, Tendulkar opens the face and gets a single to sweeper-cover

16.5

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, on the pads, works it into the leg side for one

16.6

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 run, sweeps from in front of stumps, gets a single

End of over 17 (12 runs) India 137/0 (RR: 8.05)
SR Tendulkar    61* (54b 9x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-11-0
V Sehwag    73* (48b 9x4 4x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-18-0

Fernando comes back after Mathews was hit out of the attack

17.1

Fernando to Tendulkar, FOUR, they are toying with the bowlers here, length ball from outside off, and he drags it across towards mid-on, straighter of the fielder, and another boundary results. Oh well

17.2

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, and now drives it down to mid-off

17.3

Fernando to Tendulkar, 1 run, yorker outside off, and he digs it out with an open face and gets a single

17.4

Fernando to Sehwag, 1 run, helped away off the hips for a single

17.5

Fernando to Tendulkar, 1 run, almost a yorker, and he plays it to long-on for one

17.6

Fernando to Sehwag, 1 run, slower ball, 130ks, and he gets a single down to long-on

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 145/0 (RR: 8.05)
V Sehwag    75* (50b 9x4 4x6)      CRD Fernando    4-0-28-0
SR Tendulkar    67* (58b 10x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-11-0

18.1

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, no run, big shout for lbw as Sehwag looks for the reverse sweep, and the inside edge saves him

18.2

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, worked away off the pads for a single

18.3

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 run, brings out the sweep this time, Fernando fumbles at deep backward square but they don't risk the second

18.4

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag makes room, Jaya fires it in, but then gets too cheeky and looks to catch Sachin backing up. Misses the stumps and they come through for one

18.5

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 run, sweeps fine, gets a single to wide of short fine

18.6

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, FOUR, reverse-sweeps again, makes good contact this time and gets four. Remarkable shot given it almost got him lbw earlier in the over

End of over 19 (8 runs) India 153/0 (RR: 8.05)
V Sehwag    81* (54b 10x4 4x6)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-19-0
SR Tendulkar    69* (60b 10x4 1x6)      CRD Fernando    4-0-28-0

19.1

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, low fulltoss outside off, played with open face towards point

19.2

Fernando to Tendulkar, no run, stays full and wide, Tendulkar drives, but straight to cover

19.3

Fernando to Tendulkar, OUT, bowled him, Tendulkar has been bowled through the gate. Looks to run to third man a back-of-a-length delivery, but it jags back enough to beat the bat and take the top of off. Well bowled Dilhara, follows up two attempts at yorkers with a nice fast delivery short of length and cutting in

SR Tendulkar b Fernando 69 (91m 63b 10x4 1x6) SR: 109.52

Dhoni is the new man. Surprise? You should expect surprises with him

19.4

Fernando to Dhoni, 5 no balls, and what a wild delivery, high fulltoss, wide down the leg side, gets a beamer warning, goes for five wides, and Brad Hogg on air says, he needs a GPS system

19.4

Fernando to Dhoni, 1 wide, he does need GPS, a bouncer too high now

19.4

Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run, pushes off the back foot, but weight is forward and rushes for a single, wide of mid-off

19.5

Fernando to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag swipes, ugly shot, ugly result, inside edge onto the pads, but Dhoni is alert enough to call him through for one

19.6

Fernando to Dhoni, no run, lovely yorker, swinging in late, Dhoni can't do much with it

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 161/1 (RR: 8.05)
MS Dhoni    1* (3b)      CRD Fernando    5-0-36-1
V Sehwag    82* (55b 10x4 4x6)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-19-0

I can't conform what Abu is saying, but what the heck, just have a read: "There is a junction in the hometown of Dilhara fernando named as "NOBALL HANDIYA (NOBALL JUNCTION). The name in reference to his habit of balling NO BALLS."

20.1

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 wide, goes for the Tendulkar vertical-sweep, but it's too wide down the leg side

20.1

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, reverse-sweep this time, gets a single to the right of point

round the wicket to Dhoni

20.2

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length, pushed down the ground for one

20.3

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag dances down the track, too early, Jaya sees it and slows it down, but Sehwag keeps his wits and drives down the ground

20.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, flat delivery outside off, pushes it to cover

20.5

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, fuller delivery, but again driven to cover

20.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, gets on to the front foot and works this from in front of stumps into the leg side

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 166/1 (RR: 7.90)
MS Dhoni    3* (7b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-24-0
V Sehwag    84* (57b 10x4 4x6)      CRD Fernando    5-0-36-1

21.1

Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run, slower low fulltoss, and Dhoni charges through for a single after hitting it straight to mid-on. He is swift between the wickets

21.2

Fernando to Sehwag, 1 run, back of a length, on the pads, helped away for a single to square leg

21.3

Fernando to Dhoni, no run, half-volley outside off, Dhoni gets power behind it but can't beat mid-off

Interesting that both mid-off and mid-on are up for Dhoni

21.4

Fernando to Dhoni, no run, back of a length outside off, Dhoni shoulders arms

21.5

Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run, flicks it off the pads to wide of mid-on, gets a single

Krishna asks: "How many times has Fernando bowled Sachin through the gates? This could be a trivia question in cric quizes which participants keep themselves updated after every Ind Lanka series...." I can tell you Fernando has got Sachin's wicket five times in ODIs, don't know how many of them were bowled, and how many through the gate

21.6

Fernando to Sehwag, no run, tucks him up with a short ball, Sehwag stands tall and defends

End of over 22 (3 runs) India 169/1 (RR: 7.68)
V Sehwag    85* (59b 10x4 4x6)      CRD Fernando    6-0-39-1
MS Dhoni    5* (11b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-24-0

22.1

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, it's signalled leg-bye, Dhoni is bemused. Not sure whether he thought he hit it or was it wide down the leg. Replays show it was a wide, no contact of Dhoni's person on it

22.2

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, pulled away, deep midwicket in place

22.3

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, works it away off the pads

22.4

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, no run, steps out, is yorked, and plays it back to the bowler. Feeling edgy here?

22.5

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, SIX, no edginess in that shot, short, asking to be hit, and he has launched it into the stands behind mdiwicket. No dull moment with Sehwag around

22.6

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, makes room, Jaya fires it in, he opens the face and gets a single to point

End of over 23 (10 runs) India 179/1 (RR: 7.78)
V Sehwag    93* (63b 10x4 5x6)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-33-0
MS Dhoni    6* (13b)      CRD Fernando    6-0-39-1

Mathews comes back into the attack. Was hit for three sixes in his first over. Same man, Sehwag, on strike

23.1

Mathews to Sehwag, 1 run, almost a wicket first ball, Sehwag looks to keep the pull down, instead of going up and over, and the ball lands just short of Samaraweera at midwicket

23.2

Mathews to Dhoni, 1 run, walks down the pitch, and works him for a single to cover

Sehwag is within a strike of his 100, and on strike

23.3

Mathews to Sehwag, 1 wide, goes for the bouncer, Sehwag ducks and it's too high a bouncer

23.3

Mathews to Sehwag, FOUR, phew, what a shot, he has not seen the slower bouncer, has to give up the flick-pull, and wait for it to arrive, and then he goes past short fine leg, what placement

23.4

Mathews to Sehwag, FOUR, that's it, what a century, looks to drive a fulltoss outside off, gets a thick edge to the third-man boundary. they are delighted in the dressing room

This is his first hundred at home since 2005. This is his second-fastest century, after the mauling earlier this year in Hamilton. When he famously said he felt sorry for the bowlers. he has now scored hundreds off 60, 66, and 69 balls.

23.5

Mathews to Sehwag, no run, full, outside off, and played to cover

23.6

Mathews to Sehwag, 1 run, another slower short ball, and he has pulled it to deep square for single

End of over 24 (12 runs) India 191/1 (RR: 7.95)
V Sehwag    103* (68b 12x4 5x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-30-0
MS Dhoni    7* (14b)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-33-0

24.1

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 2 wides, another wide down the leg side

24.1

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, SIX, time for Dhoni to join in the fun now, steps down the track, and lofts it out of the ground. Hogg thinks we need a taxi to get the ball back

24.2

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, FOUR, take Dhoni's helicopter shot, but invert it to behind the wicket and you have what he just did to a ball outside leg from Jaya. What a boundary to the right of the keeper

24.3

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run

24.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, over the wicket to Dhoni too, and he drives this down the ground for single

24.5

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, another delivery on the pads, and he takes an easy single to long-on

24.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, FOUR, it almost took a finger off Jayasuriya's hand. Hit straight at him, fast and furious, pummelled really, Jaya looks to go for the catch but good job he doesn't make any contact

End of over 25 (18 runs) India 209/1 (RR: 8.36)
MS Dhoni    22* (19b 2x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-51-0
V Sehwag    104* (69b 12x4 5x6)      AD Mathews    2-0-30-0

Kandamby to bowl his legbreaks now

25.1

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, nice flat delivery to start off with, no turn, Sehwag turns it around the corner for a single

25.2

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni dances down the track again, and gets a single down to long-on

25.3

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, gets too straight, and flicked away to midwicket

25.4

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, short and flat and cut away to sweeper-cover

25.5

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 wide, that's a wide down the leg side, not helping SL these extras

25.5

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, short and Sehwag waits for it and pushes it down the ground

25.6

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, another single down the ground

End of over 26 (7 runs) India 216/1 (RR: 8.30)
MS Dhoni    25* (22b 2x4 1x6)      SHT Kandamby    1-0-7-0
V Sehwag    107* (72b 12x4 5x6)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-51-0

Dilshan to bowl now. Sanga needs all the help from part-timers

26.1

Dilshan to Dhoni, 1 run, round the wicket, flat across Dhoni, who cuts it to point for one

26.2

Dilshan to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag goes for the big heave over extra and misses

26.3

Dilshan to Sehwag, FOUR, goes over extra, and gets just enough elevation, clears his front leg again and times it superbly

26.4

Dilshan to Sehwag, 1 run, drags it from outside off and gets a single down to long-on

26.5

Dilshan to Dhoni, FOUR, oh what a shot, what bottom hand, not much backlift when he looks to pull this, but the final contact with the ball features a sudden jab and imparts all the power. The placement is perfect too: between long-on and midwicket

26.6

Dilshan to Dhoni, 1 run, cuts it, fumble at point gets them a single

End of over 27 (11 runs) India 227/1 (RR: 8.40)
MS Dhoni    31* (25b 3x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-11-0
V Sehwag    112* (75b 13x4 5x6)      SHT Kandamby    1-0-7-0

27.1

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 bye, high, loopy fulltoss, Dhoni dances down the track, and is beaten by the dip, so is Sanga who had a half-chance at stumping him

27.2

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, driven down to long-on

27.3

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, gets on the front foot and gets a single to long-off

27.4

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, this one stays low, but he pulls it tow midwicket

27.5

Kandamby to Dhoni, no run, drives it towards midwicket, doesn't get far enough of the fielder

27.6

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, gets a single down to long-on

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 232/1 (RR: 8.28)
MS Dhoni    33* (29b 3x4 1x6)      SHT Kandamby    2-0-11-0
V Sehwag    114* (77b 13x4 5x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-11-0

28.1

Dilshan to Dhoni, no run, short, across Dhoni, cut away but straight to extra cover

28.2

Dilshan to Dhoni, SIX, another one out of the ground, he just changed his bat, perhaps went for the heavier one, this is a length ball, right in his zone, he gets under one, and gets massive power into it and goes over long-on

over the wicket now

28.3

Dilshan to Dhoni, FOUR, and an even more remarkable shot, short but not much room, Dhoni pushes it through extra cover, the power again imparted through the jab of the bottom arm at the last moment

28.4

Dilshan to Dhoni, 1 run, dances down and works it to the on side for one

28.5

Dilshan to Sehwag, FOUR, it's Sehwag's turn now, short and wide waits for the ball, and delays the cut, and gets it left enough of point

28.6

Dilshan to Sehwag, no run, goes for the big drive outside off and misses

End of over 29 (15 runs) India 247/1 (RR: 8.51)
V Sehwag    118* (79b 14x4 5x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-26-0
MS Dhoni    44* (33b 4x4 2x6)      SHT Kandamby    2-0-11-0

29.1

Kandamby to Dhoni, SIX, ho ho ho, fifty for Dhoni, he gets on to front foot, clears the front leg, and lofts him straight down, what a clean hit

29.2

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side, 8 runs from wides now

29.2

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, steps down, plays down the ground for a single

29.3

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, worked away off the pads, gets a single

29.4

Kandamby to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni charges down, takes it on the full, and crashes it through the off side and gets two by the time sweeper-cover comes around

29.5

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, short and wide, helped away to point for one

29.6

Kandamby to Sehwag, 2 runs, full, almost a yorker, Sehwag doesn't go for a big shot, just eases it to wide of long-off and gets two

End of over 30 (14 runs) India 261/1 (RR: 8.70)
V Sehwag    121* (81b 14x4 5x6)      SHT Kandamby    3-0-25-0
MS Dhoni    54* (37b 4x4 3x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-26-0

At some time during this innings, Dhoni crossed 5000 runs in ODIs. Kula comes back

30.1

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, played down the ground for one

30.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 2 runs, poor delivery with fine leg up, a half-volley on the pads, luckily for Kula, Sehwag gets it square and gets just two

30.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, and gets away with a leg-side delivery again, because it is a slower delivery, and Sehwag fails to make contact

30.4

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 bye, good accurate bouncer, Dhoni sways out, but it reaches Sanga on a half-volley and they get a bye

30.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, well bowled, nice yorker, on the stumps, Sehwag can't do much more than dig it out

30.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, short ball, jags back in and cramps him up, but he bunts it down for a single

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 267/1 (RR: 8.61)
V Sehwag    124* (85b 14x4 5x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-38-0
MS Dhoni    55* (39b 4x4 3x6)      SHT Kandamby    3-0-25-0

31.1

Kandamby to Sehwag, SIX, somebody call the doctor please, they are hurting SL bad, Sehwag charges down again, is beaten in the flight and has to take it from away from his body, but he does that does that and goes over the sightscreen. Equals his previous best in ODIs

31.2

Kandamby to Sehwag, no run, is yorked by this one

31.3

Kandamby to Sehwag, FOUR, what a cover drive, all along the ground, right enough of extra cover, no mercy here

31.4

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag's drive down the ground, gets Dhoni on the back side but gets a single

31.5

Kandamby to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni drives down the ground now, but far away from Sehwag. No ill feelings that means

31.6

Kandamby to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag makes room, Kandamby floats it wide, Sehwag reaches for it and gets a single to point

End of over 32 (13 runs) India 280/1 (RR: 8.75)
V Sehwag    136* (90b 15x4 6x6)      SHT Kandamby    4-0-38-0
MS Dhoni    56* (40b 4x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-38-0

32.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, starts off with a yorker after drinks break, Sehwag steals a single to point

32.2

Kulasekara to Dhoni, no run, slower short ball, Dhoni is looking for the cut over cover, but is early into the shot

We can expect the batting Powerplay at the end of the 34th over, when they will get out a newer, harder ball. By the way they have been going, who needs Powerplays anyway?

32.3

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery, driven to sweeper cover for a single

32.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 2 byes, Sanga has been caught napping, it's a slower ball outside off, Sehwag lets it go and Sanga is slow in getting down and lets away byes

32.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, full outside off, Sehwag looks for the cute shot with an open face, but doesn;t make contact

32.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, fulltoss, Sehwag opens the face at the last moment, beats point on his right and gets four more. Smart batting, not just power hitting

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 288/1 (RR: 8.72)
V Sehwag    141* (94b 16x4 6x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-44-0
MS Dhoni    57* (42b 4x4 3x6)      SHT Kandamby    4-0-38-0

Rajesh tries to make sense of the score: "Most Teams will take 137 off 32 Overs. Sehwag is on 137"

33.1

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped, hit powerfully to Jaya's left but it goes through him

33.2

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, no run, Shewag has hit it back to Jayasuriya, who looks in some discomfort, having hit in the arm, and Sehwag says something to the effect of: "Who will make these runs now?"

33.3

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, 1 run, driven to wide of long-on, gets a single

33.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 wide, full, fast and wide down the leg side, Sanga does well to make a collection

33.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, makes room and gets a single to cover

33.5

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag plays straight to point, wants a single but is sent back

"Ek ball ke baad doosra ball milega," says Dhoni. Loosely translated: "After one good ball, you will get an ordinary one." And as some of the readers have pointed out, Dhoni perhaps meant the new ball would be due after one ball. Strong point

33.6

Jayasuriya to Sehwag, FOUR, and he gets an ordinary one, a low fulltoss even as he charges down and he crashes it straight down the ground, powerful hit

End of over 34 (8 runs) India 296/1 (RR: 8.70)
V Sehwag    146* (98b 17x4 6x6)      ST Jayasuriya    6-0-59-0
MS Dhoni    59* (44b 4x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-44-0

Ball being changed. Time for Powerplay? Yes, it is. Fernando comes back

34.1

Fernando to Dhoni, FOUR, starts off with a slower delivery, gets the outside edge, which flies fine of third man. 300 up in 34.1 overs, what is happening here?

34.2

Fernando to Dhoni, FOUR, lovely straight hit on the up, almost takes Fernando's head with it, the bowler does well to get his hand in the way, but even the deflection is too fast for mid-off to stop

34.3

Fernando to Dhoni, FOUR, three fours in a row, misses the yorker, it's a low fulltoss, and Dhoni eases it through the gap between mid-off and extra cover

34.4

Fernando to Dhoni, no run, slower knuckle ball, played to extra cover, some confusion, but both men are back in their creases in time

34.5

Fernando to Dhoni, no run, slower short delivery, Dhoni defends it towards point

34.6

Fernando to Dhoni, no run, short ball, normal pace, tucks him up, he defends it into the on side

End of over 35 (12 runs) India 308/1 (RR: 8.80)
MS Dhoni    71* (50b 7x4 3x6)      CRD Fernando    7-0-51-1
V Sehwag    146* (98b 17x4 6x6)      ST Jayasuriya    6-0-59-0

Chanaka Welegedara to bowl now

35.1

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, good delivery, back of a length, just outside off, and defended towards cover

35.2

Welegedara to Sehwag, 1 no ball, no-ball, good delivery, a swinging yorker, but he has overstepped

first free-hit of the day, as if they needed one

35.2

Welegedara to Sehwag, no run, misses out, swinging yorker outside off, Sehwag looks to heave it straight but misses

35.3

Welegedara to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag has missed the 150, moves across the stumps, looks to go over the leg side, but turns the bat face too early, gets the back of the bat, and it lobs to point. Many milestones missed, but does he care much for them? Well played Viru. He raises his bat as he walks off

V Sehwag c Dilshan b Welegedara 146 (166m 102b 17x4 6x6) SR: 143.13

Raina is the new man in

35.4

Welegedara to Raina, 1 run, yorker outside off, plays it with an open face and gets off the mark

35.5

Welegedara to Dhoni, no run, another yorker, just outside off, played towards cover

35.6

Welegedara to Dhoni, 1 run, played to the left of point, Dhoni comes through for one, Raina is slow to start but reaches home

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 311/2 (RR: 8.63)
MS Dhoni    72* (52b 7x4 3x6)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-0-55-1
SK Raina    1* (1b)      CRD Fernando    7-0-51-1

36.1

Fernando to Dhoni, OUT, slower ball does it again, and the batting Powerplay has done it again for the fielding side. This slower delivery seemed fairly obvious from behind, but that;s not the case when you are batting, and Dhoni is drawn into a forward shot and is too late in taking the bottom hand off, the ball lobs to cover, and Sri Lanka now have a chance to save many records from falling

MS Dhoni c Mathews b Fernando 72 (78m 53b 7x4 3x6) SR: 135.84

Gambhir comes in now, he must be used to batting in the Powerplays, being an opener

36.2

Fernando to Gambhir, 1 run, another slower ball, too full, though, and he works it to the on side for one

36.3

Fernando to Raina, no run, back of a length, just outside off, Raina defends it towards point

36.4

Fernando to Raina, no run, another slower ball, drives it along the ground to cover

36.5

Fernando to Raina, 1 run, almost played on, the slower ball almost gets another batsman. Looks to run it down to third man, but gets a bottom edge onto the pad

36.6

Fernando to Gambhir, no run, full, almost a yorker, and played back to the bowler

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 313/3 (RR: 8.45)
G Gambhir    1* (2b)      CRD Fernando    8-0-53-2
SK Raina    2* (4b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-0-55-1

37.1

Welegedara to Raina, 1 run, good shot, but Raina almost runs himself out. A nice drive is saved well a diving by Kandamby at cover, but Raina doesn't run to begin with, and would have been run out had the throw been on target

37.2

Welegedara to Gambhir, 2 runs, tailing into Gambhir's pads, he flicks it to wide of midwicket and takes an easy couple

37.3

Welegedara to Gambhir, 1 run, yorker, Gambhir gets onto the front foot, opens the face and gets a single

37.4

Welegedara to Raina, 1 run, good late swing, gets an inside edge, but he pinches a single still

37.5

Welegedara to Gambhir, 1 run, fulltoss on the pads, Gambhir misses out, the fine leg is up, but he goes more square and gets a single to deep backward square

37.6

Welegedara to Raina, no run, well bowled, full, swinging in, Raina leaves the stumps exposed, and it misses by inches

End of over 38 (6 runs) India 319/3 (RR: 8.39)
SK Raina    4* (7b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-0-61-1
G Gambhir    5* (5b)      CRD Fernando    8-0-53-2

Kulasekara comes back

38.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, and is swatted first ball, Gambhir walks down the track, takes the length ball, at gentle pace, and goes over midwicket

38.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 2 runs, low fulltoss outside off, driven to the left of sweeper-cover, gets two

goes round the wicket now

38.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, OUT, and he comes back with a good delivery, just inches short of being a yorker, outside off, Gambhir looks to get it fine of third man, and edges it through to Sanga and walks

G Gambhir c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 11 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Harbhajan has been promoted ahead of Kohli and Jadeja

38.4

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, gets a thick outside edge first ball

38.5

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, nice yorker from round the stumps to Raina , who just about manages to get the toe out of the way

38.6

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, slower ball, works it off the pads to square leg for two

So SL have pulled India back in these Powerplay. Just the 33 runs and three wickets. Good bowling by all three pace bowlers

End of over 39 (10 runs) India 329/4 (RR: 8.43)
Harbhajan Singh    3* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-54-1
SK Raina    5* (8b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-0-61-1

Mathews is back now. His tormentors, Sehwag and Dhoni, are both gone

39.1

Mathews to Raina, no run, big shout first up, but it's the sound of the bat hitting the ground and not the ball

39.2

Mathews to Raina, no run, slower bouncer, and Raina ducks into it. Good bowling, another dot ball

39.3

Mathews to Raina, FOUR, why was Tharanga not at the edge of the boundary? Raina miscues a short delivery, not for the first time, but Tharanga ends up running backwards at midwicket boundary. had he been on the fence, this would have been a sitter

39.4

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, full, on the pads, gets a single to midwicket

39.5

Mathews to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short ball, into the body, Bhajan can't get it past square leg

39.6

Mathews to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full this time, on the stumps, driven down the ground

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 335/4 (RR: 8.37)
Harbhajan Singh    4* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-0-36-0
SK Raina    10* (12b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-54-1

40.1

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, dropped, Harbhajan flicks it towards midwicket where Samaraweera can't hold on to a sitter. Ragged they are

40.2

Kulasekara to Raina, FOUR, length ball, on the pads, and he has slogged it over midwicket. Doesn't make perfect contact but does well enough to get it to the boundary despite a diving effort from Mathews

40.3

Kulasekara to Raina, no run, goes for the yorker outside off, Raina can't reach it, and it is close to being a wide, but good job that it's not given. Umpires nowadays are generally too harsh on these deliveries

40.4

Kulasekara to Raina, no run, smart bowling, Raina makes room, and Kula goes wide of off, and a yorker too, Raina can't do much with that

goes round the wicket now

40.5

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 wide, bowls another wide yorker, but crosses the line this time and it is called

40.5

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, short ball, into the body, pulled away along the ground for a single

40.6

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, no run, another nice wide yorker outside off, Harbhajan doesn't help himself by backing away

End of over 41 (7 runs) India 342/4 (RR: 8.34)
Harbhajan Singh    5* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-61-1
SK Raina    15* (16b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-36-0

41.1

Mathews to Raina, no run, good yorker, Raina has to dig it out and can't get a single

41.2

Mathews to Raina, no run, short ball again, hurries onto Raina, another dot ball

41.3

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, full delivery now, driven down the ground, just a single

it's been more than 10 overs since the last six was hit. Sri Lanka have done well

41.4

Mathews to Harbhajan Singh, no run, good bouncer, Harbhajan backs away too early and Mathews slips in the short delivery for another dot ball

41.5

Mathews to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, cheeky shot, runs a full delivery down to third man boundary. Harbhajan plays the shot intentionally but it goes too close to Sanga for comfort

41.6

Mathews to Harbhajan Singh, no run, another slower bouncer, another dot ball, Harbhajan is way too early into the shot

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 347/4 (RR: 8.26)
Harbhajan Singh    9* (9b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-41-0
SK Raina    16* (19b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-61-1

42.1

Kulasekara to Raina, OUT, a bouncer gets Raina again, well directed, into his body, chest high, Raina's weight is forward while pulling, and gets a top edge that goes nowhere but straight up towards the sky

SK Raina c Jayasuriya b Kulasekara 16 (33m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

42.2

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, short delivery, worked away off the hips for a single

Kohli will face finally

42.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 bye, slwoer ball, Kohli looks to run it down but misses and Sanga fumbles again, on the second bounce admittedly

42.4

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, no run, another short ball, normal pace this time, Harbhajan is late in the pull and hits it one bounce to mid-off

42.5

Kulasekara to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Mathews does well at midwicket, this is a low fulltoss hit well by Harbhajan, and a diving save keeps them down to just one

350 up, but remember they were 300 in 34.1

42.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, good shot, orthodox shot for a change, as he flicks it off the pads and gets two towards square leg

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 352/5 (RR: 8.18)
V Kohli    2* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-65-2
Harbhajan Singh    11* (12b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-41-0

43.1

Mathews to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, another wicket goes, Mathews gets his man, Harbhajan looks to hit a short ball over point and gets the toe end of the bat and it carries straight to third man where Kula takes a safe catch

Harbhajan Singh c Kulasekara b Mathews 11 (22m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Jadeja walks in, in front of home crowd

43.2

Mathews to Jadeja, no run, looks to fend at a short delivery, is beaten

43.3

Mathews to Jadeja, 1 run, slower short delivery, drops and runs, Mathews fails to collect cleanly, else this would have been a close call for the run-out

43.4

Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, length ball, outside off, driven handsomely, to wide of long-off, gets two

43.5

Mathews to Kohli, no run, slower ball, clearly early into the shot, but since he has played with soft hands the leading edge goes along the ground

43.6

Mathews to Kohli, no run, drags a low fulltoss from outside off and plays it straight to midwicket

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 355/6 (RR: 8.06)
V Kohli    4* (5b)      AD Mathews    5-0-44-1
RA Jadeja    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-65-2

Kandamby to bowl now

44.1

Kandamby to Jadeja, 1 run, starts with a fulltoss on the pads, which goes for a single to midwicket

44.2

Kandamby to Kohli, FOUR, powerfully inside-out drive, and as Sunny Gavaskar says on air, Dilshan at extra cover provides it a tunnel to pass under

44.3

Kandamby to Kohli, FOUR, tries the googly, Kohli goes with the spin, and and goes straight down the ground and beats long-on

44.4

Kandamby to Kohli, no run, yorks himself this time, plays it back to the bowler

44.5

Kandamby to Kohli, 1 run, another powerful inside-out drive, but Dilshan is alert this time

44.6

Kandamby to Jadeja, 1 run, another fulltoss, and Jadeja takes a single to midwicket

End of over 45 (11 runs) India 366/6 (RR: 8.13)
RA Jadeja    3* (4b)      SHT Kandamby    5-0-49-0
V Kohli    13* (9b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-44-1

45.1

Mathews to Jadeja, 1 run, slower short delivery and pulled away to fine leg

Sanga can get three overs from Welegedara and Fernando

45.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, quick yorker outside off, Kohli looks to run it down to third man, doesn't make contact

45.3

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, low fulltoss, hit firmly down the ground, gets one to long-off

45.4

Mathews to Jadeja, 2 runs, goes for the big heave, mis-hits, but the idea is right, in that he is looking to go over mid-off, which he manages to do

45.5

Mathews to Jadeja, 1 wide, that's a wide down the leg side, one of the first poor deliveries from Mathews in this spell

45.5

Mathews to Jadeja, 1 run, Kohli has stolen one here, Jadeja gets an inside edge onto the pads, the ball is on the pitch but Kohli calls him through

45.6

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, length ball, driven down the ground, Kohli takes a single and keeps the strike

End of over 46 (7 runs) India 373/6 (RR: 8.10)
V Kohli    15* (12b 2x4)      AD Mathews    6-0-51-1
RA Jadeja    7* (7b)      SHT Kandamby    5-0-49-0

Fernando comes on to bowl his ninth over

46.1

Fernando to Kohli, 1 run, works it away off the pads, gets a single, the highest score against SL, beating their own record from Taunton 1999

46.2

Fernando to Jadeja, 1 run, full, outside off, and driven down the ground for one. The idea is to let Kohli face as much as possible

46.3

Fernando to Kohli, FOUR, and the idea is right, Kohli stands tall, takes a short ball, and pulls it wide of long-off. This isn't too far from Kula, but the outfield is too quick

46.4

Fernando to Kohli, FOUR, smart batting, can't say the same about the bowling, fine leg is up, he bowls on the pads, Kohli delays the shot a touch and flicks it nicely

46.5

Fernando to Kohli, 2 runs, pulled down the ground, and hard, Kula at long-on is tested to his left now, does well to keep them down to 2 this time

46.6

Fernando to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball, Kohli sees it coming, goes ahead with the shot anyway, gets a single to square leg and keeps strike

End of over 47 (13 runs) India 386/6 (RR: 8.21)
V Kohli    27* (17b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    9-0-66-2
RA Jadeja    8* (8b)      AD Mathews    6-0-51-1

Welegedara to bowl his last over

47.1

Welegedara to Kohli, no run, starts off with a lovely yorker, Kohli can't do anything with it

47.2

Welegedara to Kohli, OUT, bowled him, a touch slower, 127ks, he is looking to hit this length delivery across the line and over midwicket, misses and is gone

V Kohli b Welegedara 27 (20m 19b 4x4 0x6) SR: 142.10

Praveen Kumar new man in

47.3

Welegedara to Kumar, no run, doesn't even take guard and swings and misses the first ball he faces

47.4

Welegedara to Kumar, 1 run, first run of the over, driven down the ground for a single

47.5

Welegedara to Jadeja, 1 run, wide outside off, Jadeja swipes across the line, gets a single

India's highest score at home, beating the 387 for 4 in Rajkot last year

47.6

Welegedara to Kumar, no run, another dot ball, PK looks to make room and is beaten by the angle. Good over for Sri Lanka

End of over 48 (2 runs) India 388/7 (RR: 8.08)
P Kumar    1* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-0-63-2
RA Jadeja    9* (9b)      CRD Fernando    9-0-66-2

Jayasuriya introduced

48.1

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, no run, low fulltoss, hit back to Jaya and he has hurt his left hand

he is bleeding under the left thumb

48.2

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, 1 wide, yorker outside off, called wide, marginal one

48.2

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, SIX, half-volley outside off, and Jadeja has lofted it straight down the ground over long-on, very well timed

48.3

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, 1 run, short, on the pads, and pulled away to midwicket

over the wicket to PK

48.4

Jayasuriya to Kumar, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away for one

48.5

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, 2 runs, poor delivery, short, on the pads, fine leg up, but Jadeja can't get it through for four, will get two to square leg

48.6

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, SIX, another delivery asking to be hit, and Jadeja obliges this time. Short, pitching in Jaya's half perhaps, and he has played the pick-up pull to send it sailing over midwicket

seventh 400-plus score in ODI cricket, second for India

End of over 49 (17 runs) India 405/7 (RR: 8.26)
RA Jadeja    24* (14b 2x6)      ST Jayasuriya    7-0-76-0
P Kumar    2* (4b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-0-63-2

49.1

Mathews to Kumar, 1 run, slower bouncer from Mathews, PK keeps it down and gets a single

49.2

Mathews to Jadeja, 1 run, full delivery, can't get under it, and gets only a single down to long-on

India's highest is 413, against Bermuda in 2007 WC. Can they get there

49.3

Mathews to Kumar, 1 run, plays a Dhoni shot, does PK, but doesn't get enough power into it, and gets just a single to long-on

49.4

Mathews to Jadeja, FOUR, Jadeja is hurting Sri Lanka in the final few overs, low fulltoss, and he has smashed it for four past long-off, clean strike

49.5

Mathews to Jadeja, 1 run, full outside off, driven past point, and this is India's joint-highest in ODIs

49.6

Mathews to Kumar, 1 run, drops a tough return catch, low fulltoss is drilled back at him, he has to get to his right, fast, gets a hand onto it and PK comes through for the single that takes India to their highest score in ODIs

12.53pm We are 23 minutes overtime. SL were rattled by Sehwag, Tendulkar and Dhoni, so not really surprised. But that means we all get less time to have lunch. See you in a bit, and nobody will surprised if Jaya does open this innings. Surely they can't keep him for later?

End of over 50 (9 runs) India 414/7
P Kumar    5* (7b)      AD Mathews    7-0-60-1
RA Jadeja    30* (17b 1x4 2x6)      ST Jayasuriya    7-0-76-0
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Dec 15, 2009

Zaheer Khan is ecstatic after India snatch another breakthrough in the last over, India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Rajkot, December 15, 2009

Zaheer Khan is ecstatic after India snatch another breakthrough in the last over

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Dec 15, 2009

Tillakaratne Dilshan goes for a wild hit but is bowled by Harbhajan Singh, India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Rajkot, December 15, 2009

Tillakaratne Dilshan goes for a wild hit but is bowled by Harbhajan Singh

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