Sri Lanka in India ODI Series - 3rd ODI

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 7 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)

2.30 Players are set. Zaheer has the ball. Tharanga on strike. One slip in place.

2.20 Ten minutes to go. Looks another good batting track. Prutty good. Pruttyyy, pruttyyyyyy gooood, as Larry David would say.

2.00 Captains in the middle. Up goes the coin, flipped by Sehwag, Sangakkara calls, and decides to bat to put pressure on India. He's not sure what a good total is. Sri Lanka are playing a batsman short. Malinga is back, as is Kulasekara, and there are two spinners, the same from last game. Good call by Sri Lanka to play two spinners, because slow blowers have traditionally enjoyed Cuttack. When India beat West Indies in the run-up to the last World Cup, India's contingent took six wickets in a low-scoring encounter, and last year it was Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj that were the difference in a free-scoring match with England.

India have brought back Yuvraj, meaning Kohli goes out. Ishant replaces Praveen, and an absent Dhoni is replaced by Karthik.

Ravi Shastri says it pretty hot and humid in Cuttack, even if its December. But then he also asked Sangakkara whether Mathews was fit today - he doesn't read the papers - to which the reply was that Mathews had already gone home.

1.55 Hi there, welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the third match from Cuttack. Toss is up in five minutes. Stick around. I am Jamie Alter, your commentator today, while Sanjay and Raghav are scoring.

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, swing first up, a very full ball outside off, a full toss in fact, but Tharanga cannot time it well at all

0.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, much wider, seaming away, wide called and thats the first run

0.2

Khan to Tharanga, 3 runs, full outside off and Tharanga drives at it loosely with no footwork, getting an inside edge wide of square leg to get off the mark, out at fine leg Yuvraj runs around and tries to flick the ball back and it is reviewed to see if he made any contact with ropes, replays show he did not so Tharanga gets three

0.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, cracks his first ball off the middle of the bat but Sehwag at short cover gets a hand to it and saves runs, that was well struck by Dilshan off the front foot

0.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, wide, down the pads, no contact and Karthik collects

0.4

Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, another poor ball down the pads

Souradipta Banik: "Given Zaheer's performance with the old ball in the last two games, I thought it was a better idea to start off with Nehra and Ishant today. Thre is no point in wasting precious deliveries of Zak when Dilsan and Tharanga are in full mood to thrash him all round the park. He is better off bowling in the middle and last stages against the Srilankan middle and lower middle order."

0.4

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, full outside off and he cracks it between the covers before anyone could move

0.5

Khan to Dilshan, no run, full on middle and off, straightens after pitching, defended

0.6

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, terrible ball, down the pads and all Dilshan needs to do it get a faint tickle on it and the result is four more

Not a great over from Zaheer. Really has to tidy his line. Sri Lanka off to a great start.

End of over 1 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 14.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (4b 2x4)      Z Khan    1-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    3* (2b)     

Ishant gets the ball ahead of Nehra. He's not had the greatest year in ODIs.

1.1

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, good start, pitches it up and gets some shape, Tharanga feels for it off the front foot and edges safely along the carpet down to third man

Right, Dilshan to face. Next is what?

1.2

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, hah, take that! Dilshan just gets forward to a fullish ball on the stumps, rolls the wrists, and smacks that in the air wide of Tharanga for four, top shot from him

1.3

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, replies with a wider ball outside off which Dilshan flays up and over point for four more, not a great shot at all but he's gone at it hard and the result is good

1.4

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, good shot again, this one hits a length outside off and he frees the arms, hitting it very hard, Raina at short cover dives to his right and takes some pace off the ball but cannot prevent four

1.5

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, better ball, hits the upright seam on a length, Dilshan stands there and opens the face of the bat to defend it down to point

1.6

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, goes for a length ball very hard, too much bottom hand and not enough footwork, and ends up playing it back to Sharma in his followthrough

Sahaj: "MadMax returns in the form of Dilshan!! Today he will rip apart Indian bowling!"

End of over 2 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 27/0 (RR: 13.50)
TM Dilshan    20* (9b 5x4)      I Sharma    1-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    4* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-14-0

2.1

Khan to Tharanga, FOUR, ah, unlucky for Zaheer! He pitches it up and gets some shape, a rooted Tharanga chases it and gets an inside edge down to fine leg in a hurry

2.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, veers wider outside off and gets Tharanga playing away from the body, turning the bat face and playing to backward point

2.3

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, flash and a miss to a wider ball outside off, reaches out and flirts with it, a wide is called by the umpire which Zaheer doesn't agree with

2.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, full on the stumps, bit of movement, Tharanga tries to on-drive but gets another inside edge onto his bats and then drops near his feet

2.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, well bowled, again a good area to bowl on the stumps and Tharanga just defends

2.5

Khan to Tharanga, 3 runs, too straight and he rolls the wrists, picks the gap at square leg, they run hard and get three

Just two men on the leg side ... the bowlers need to bowl outside off

2.6

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, strays onto Dilshan's pads and he glances it for four

Quick outfield. Good batting track. An in-form Dilshan. 360?

End of over 3 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 39/0 (RR: 13.00)
TM Dilshan    24* (10b 6x4)      Z Khan    2-0-26-0
WU Tharanga    11* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-13-0

3.1

Sharma to Tharanga, no run, nice shot, punched on the rise but straight to mid-off

3.2

Sharma to Tharanga, SIX, ah, great shot! Not a lot of footwork but Tharanga gets under a length ball and plays a lovely high-elbow, on-the-rise shot over long-off for six

3.3

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 bye, slower ball, short of a length and angling across, Tharanga kneels down and doesn't offer a shot, Karthik gets some bad bounce and cannot collect cleanly

3.4

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, hammered! Dilshan sees room and just flays bat on ball, hitting uppishly toward mid-off where Harbhajan dives but cannot stop it, and the fifty is up in a flash

3.5

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, ha ha ha, what fun! Slow bouncer, sits up and Dilshan slaps a pull shot past midwicket

3.6

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, man oh man, whats happening! Dilshan has had enough of brute force and decides to pull out his vintage shot, the paddle shot, and pulls it off superbly over short fine leg for four more to end a horrific second over for Ishant

Have you had a look at the run rate? And Ishant's figures? Mayhem!

End of over 4 (19 runs) Sri Lanka 58/0 (RR: 14.50)
TM Dilshan    36* (13b 9x4)      I Sharma    2-0-31-0
WU Tharanga    17* (11b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    2-0-26-0

Nehra into the attack .. from over the stumps ...

4.1

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, full outside off, opens the face and runs it down toward gully

4.2

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, good shot, pushes it to short cover, straight to Sehwag who releases in a jiffy and hits the other side but Dilshan has got back in time, good stuff from Sehwag

4.3

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, DOT BALL! Nehra isn't hitting any mean pace but he hits the seam and gets Tharanga to defend to Sehwag at short cover

4.4

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, has a charge, making room, but connects with nuttin' but air

4.5

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, straighter ball, awkwardly tapped in front of mid-on and sets off for a sharp single

Nehra has got the run rate down under 12.50. Good job. Here's Dilshan.

4.6

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, oh man, what is going on out there! Suicidal run attempted by Dilshan, just like Pietersen in Centurion yesterday, gets over a shortish ball and cracks it to cover and sets off without looking at Tharanga, Gambhir swoops in and collects and has all the time to hit down the stumps with Dilshan harrying off nearly halfway down the track, but Gambhir misses the stumps, Karthik has to run in front of the sticks to collect, then back-flips it but goes over the stumps! He had plenty of time to collect and hit the stumps but he flipped it back and missed by a mile and Dilshan has been let off, shocker from Karthik

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 59/0 (RR: 11.80)
TM Dilshan    36* (14b 9x4)      A Nehra    1-0-1-0
WU Tharanga    18* (16b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-31-0

5.1

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, full on the stumps, worked away for one

5.2

Khan to Dilshan, no run, short of a length and driven off the inside edge to covers

5.3

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, single to extra cover off the back foot, well run

5.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, pitches it up, Tharanga drives with an inside edge to midwicket

5.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, down the pads, Tharanga is early in the attempted nudge and the ball pops back up drops well in front of Zaheer

5.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, and again, Tharanga doesn't time a push well, and the ball balloons up between cover and point

Tidy over, but what a life Dilshan has received. Gambhir did decently but Karthik muffed the collection.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 61/0 (RR: 10.16)
WU Tharanga    19* (20b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    3-0-28-0
TM Dilshan    37* (16b 9x4)      A Nehra    1-0-1-0

6.1

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, short of a length, punched nicely by Dilshan into the covers, Raina slides but cannot pull it in and thats four more

6.2

Nehra to Dilshan, OUT, whew, relief for India and the crowd explodes! Nehra drags it short, Dilshan harries out and goes for a pull, its too short and he gets a top edge off the shoulder of the bat and Karthik runs back to hold it, had he dropped that ... ummm ....

TM Dilshan c †Karthik b Nehra 41 (37m 18b 10x4 0x6) SR: 227.77

A fantastic stand has been broken and Dilshan goes after a blazing cameo. 41 off 18 balls. Just 11 scoring shots. Amazing. India need to run in from here.

6.3

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, down the pads and he nudges it away for a single

6.4

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, hits a good length on middle and off and Sanga defends

6.5

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, straightens after pitching, Sangakkara tries to nurdle it but adjusts and defends it back down the track

6.6

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, good ball again, a bit fuller, Sangakkara gets over it and pushes to cover, setting off in a hurry

Nehra has done tremendously given the context. Kudos.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 67/1 (RR: 9.57)
KC Sangakkara    1* (3b)      A Nehra    2-0-6-1
WU Tharanga    19* (21b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    3-0-28-0

No slips now. Sangakkara waves the sight screen to be adjusted. Zaheer waits.

7.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, too straight and he clips it out to the man on the ropes

7.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, gets him onto the front foot, running the ball down to gully

7.3

Khan to Tharanga, 2 runs, strays down the pads and Tharanga turns it in the air wide of Tendulkar at midwicket and gets a couple

7.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, hits a length just outside off and Tharanga pats it back

7.5

Khan to Tharanga, FOUR, well played, just gets a bit of room outside off and steers it between point and third man for four, nobody can cut that off

How the run rate has dipped after Dilsham's departure.

7.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, goes back to that good length on middle and leg, straightens it, and Tharanga pushes it back

Zaheer has been good in his second spell, perhaps inspired by Nehra.

End of over 8 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 74/1 (RR: 9.25)
WU Tharanga    25* (26b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-35-0
KC Sangakkara    2* (4b)      A Nehra    2-0-6-1

Maulik: "We want Sanga...We want Sanga...We want Sanga...We want Sanga..."

8.1

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length outside off and Sanga runs it down to third man

8.2

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, nice ball, cuts in off a shorter length and cramps Tharanga who punches to Raina in the off side

8.3

Nehra to Tharanga, 2 runs, a bit too straight, even it it does cramps him, and Tharanga nudges it toward midwicket where Tendulkar runs after it and does well to yank it back

8.4

Nehra to Tharanga, FOUR, too wide and Tharanga cuts very hard into the off side for four

There is no margin for error on this outfield. It was short and he flayed it fiercely.

8.5

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, pitches it fuller and it stays low, Tharanga feels for it without any footwork and inside-edges into the off side

8.6

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, down the leg side and turned off the hips but Zaheer is lurking at short fine leg

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 81/1 (RR: 9.00)
WU Tharanga    31* (31b 3x4 1x6)      A Nehra    3-0-13-1
KC Sangakkara    3* (5b)      Z Khan    4-0-35-0

Siddharth: "We too want Sanga.... Back in the pavilion that is."

9.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, bad ball, down the pads and he turns it out to the sweeper

9.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, ah, another loose shot from Tharanga! The lack of foot work nearly does for him, as he pushes at a length ball that stops on him, hits in the air toward mid-off but it drops in front of Harbhajan and to his right side

9.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, slides into the pads and he clips it to midwicket

9.4

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, nice shape but the line is too straight and Sangakkara presents a full face of the bat, pushing back straight past the stumps for a single

9.5

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, on a length on the stumps and he dabs it to midwicket and sets off

9.6

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller outside off, drives at it hard and ends up turning it toward mid-on

Well, they have slowed things down now a bit. They just need to keep at it. Spin time?

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 86/1 (RR: 8.60)
KC Sangakkara    6* (9b)      Z Khan    5-0-40-0
WU Tharanga    33* (33b 3x4 1x6)      A Nehra    3-0-13-1

Second Powerplay taken by Sehwag. Nehra continues.

10.1

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, dabbed to backward point, looks up briefly at Tharanga who nods and they scamper a single, that is good running and coordination

10.2

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, tries to get over a short ball outside off and doesn't time it well, dragging it down to mid-on who runs in to collect

10.3

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, gets another short ball and pulls it uneasily into the gap at midwicket, Harbhajan covers ground in the deep and returns the ball in a hurry

10.4

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes after a full and wide ball and angles it down to third man

Naseer: "We want Sanga... to hit big century today that is."

10.5

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, opens the face and runs the ball out to third man for one more

10.6

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, good ball, pitched up and he gets over it to try and work it away but falls over and has to push it back to Nehra

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 90/1 (RR: 8.18)
KC Sangakkara    8* (12b)      A Nehra    4-0-17-1
WU Tharanga    35* (36b 3x4 1x6)      Z Khan    5-0-40-0

Ishant is back from over the stumps ...

11.1

Sharma to Tharanga, no run, pitches it up on the stumps, Tharanga drives hard and too early and plays it back to the bowler

11.2

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, super shot, just gets a wee bit of room and hits it nicely into the gap past a diving short cover and chasing point fielder and gets four, not hit hard but timed it well

Ishant changes to around the sticks ...

11.3

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, pitches it up, Tharanga gets over the ball and runs it to third man

11.4

Sharma to Sangakkara, 2 runs, comes onto the front foot and pushes the ball to extra cover, calling early, Raina gets a hand to it but fumbles it down the ground, Harbhajan, who has run after it, has to change his angle and go the other way and in that time Sanga gets a second run

11.5

Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, overpitched and that is nothing more than a defensive push, but its timed to perfection and hit dead straight to get four that raises Sri Lanka's 100

11.6

Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, ah, well played Sanga! Slower ball, floated up outside off, he kneels down, opens the face, and just glides that between point and cover, agonizingly perfect

Ouch. Ishant's woes continue. Not good for India.

End of over 12 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 105/1 (RR: 8.75)
KC Sangakkara    18* (15b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-0-46-0
WU Tharanga    40* (39b 4x4 1x6)      A Nehra    4-0-17-1

12.1

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, another open-faced steer down to third man

12.2

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, Sangakkara gets back, gently taps it to backward point, and gets one

12.3

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, cramps him, Tharanga stands there and pushes to cover

12.4

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, cramps him again with the angle, Tharanga once more dabs it to cover and sets off, but gets shooed back as Nehra runs across and collects the ball

12.5

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, poor ball down the pads, glanced down to fine leg

12.6

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, in a flash he chops it to third man

Singles ticking along easily, so crucial to Sri Lanka maintaining their momentum. Its not as brutal as Dilshan's method but effective.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 109/1 (RR: 8.38)
KC Sangakkara    20* (17b 2x4)      A Nehra    5-0-21-1
WU Tharanga    42* (43b 4x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-46-0

Spin time and its Harbhajan from around the stumps.

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, flat on the stumps, played back to Harbhajan

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 2 runs, steers it down the pads, nicely tucked down to fine leg for two

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, tossed up on middle and leg, he waits for turn and then dabs it toward midwicket and sets off, that is well played and well run

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on off stump this time and Tharanga is early into the shot

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, slightly shorter, he gets back and tries to pierce the off-side cordon for four and cracks it nicely but not into the gap

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up this time and he pats it back watchfully

Not a bad over at all from Harbhajan. If this isn't quite catching your fancy, you could read Cricinfo editor Sambit Bal's review of the decade.

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 112/1 (RR: 8.00)
WU Tharanga    42* (46b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (20b 2x4)      A Nehra    5-0-21-1

14.1

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, worked away nicely out to the sweeper

14.2

Nehra to Tharanga, 2 runs, room outside off stump, hit out to the deep, Ishant runs across from third man and pulls off a sliding stop to save two, and up comes the fifty partnership

14.3

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, back of a length just outside off and he guides it to backward point

14.4

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, punched off the back foot nicely into the gap at point, again Ishant has room to cover and pulls it off near the ropes, releasing the ball in a flash

14.5

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slow bouncer, Sangakkar ducks under it, wide is the call for height

14.5

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, again steered out to Ishant at third man, keeping him busy

14.6

Nehra to Tharanga, FOUR, nicely played, just saw a bit of room and angled the bat on ball and picked the gap at cover point and the ball sped away, nothing more than a defensive push

End of over 15 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 122/1 (RR: 8.13)
WU Tharanga    49* (50b 5x4 1x6)      A Nehra    6-0-31-1
KC Sangakkara    25* (22b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0

Fielders spread ...

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, flat on the stumps, Sanga goes back and pushes it back

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, a bit too short and he cuts it out to deep point for a single

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed through quicker on the pads, nudged away to square leg to raise his fifty

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower and wider, he reaches out and slices a single past point

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, even wider and Tharanga cracks it square on the side, backward point dives and saves four, well stopped

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, slower through the air, dips and gets some turn outside off, Sangakkara pushes at it and gets a genuine outer edge that runs away to the boundary

Tharanga's innings has completely slipped under the radar. Well played.

End of over 16 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 130/1 (RR: 8.12)
KC Sangakkara    31* (26b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0
WU Tharanga    51* (52b 5x4 1x6)      A Nehra    6-0-31-1

Sehwag gives himself the ball .. from around the stumps ...

16.1

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, tosses it up and he drives the ball to extra cover

16.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter ball, goes back and drives toward mid-on

16.3

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, well flighted wide of the stumps, Tharanga has a chase and slaps it toward backward point

16.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, slower ball, middle and off, Sangakkar has to pat it back

16.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, a little bit shorter and he pushes off the back foot toward cover

16.6

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, some turn, Tharanga makes room and steers the ball away

Good over from the captain.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 135/1 (RR: 7.94)
WU Tharanga    54* (55b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    33* (29b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on a length outside off, he waits on the back foot and then cuts hard into the off side cordon

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, some turn, gets Tharanga onto the front foot and slicing square on the of side toward cover

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, quicker ball, much fuller and flatter, nearly a yorker, Tharanga makes room and then has to adjust and jam the bat down

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, shorter in length and he steers it off the back foot for a single

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, quicker ball on a length, no turn, pushed into the off side

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted outside off to get Sangakkra driving on the rise to cover, Raina there misfields it and allows the run, Kohli runs from the deep and mops up

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 137/1 (RR: 7.61)
KC Sangakkara    34* (31b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    55* (59b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    1-0-5-0

18.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and wide and punched into the off side

18.2

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, slower on middle and off, stabbed at and inside-edges to midwicket

18.3

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, comes forward and drives to cover

18.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, SIX, skips out and hits with the turn, a lovely drive over the top for six

18.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets over the ball and steals a single

18.6

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, Tharanga pushes it to cover for one more

End of over 19 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 147/1 (RR: 7.73)
WU Tharanga    57* (61b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    2-0-15-0
KC Sangakkara    42* (35b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-13-0

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, flat on middle and leg, not much turn, defended to the on side

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, turns from middle and off, he pushes it to cover for a single

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes on from a shorter length and he rocks over it to cut hard

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up to get him driving off the front foot, picks the gap at cover and that is the 150 up

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, still too short, he gets back and angles the ball toward gully

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, drifts down the line, he starts to nudge it away but the extra bounce makes him adjust and push back down to Harbhajan, well bowled

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 151/1 (RR: 7.55)
WU Tharanga    59* (65b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    44* (37b 3x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    2-0-15-0

20.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes back and pushes it down toward mi-on

20.2

Sehwag to Tharanga, 2 runs, breaks away from middle and off, Tharanga doesn't get over it but just pushes it past extra cover, Nehra in the deep misfields and gets Tharanga back on strike

20.3

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, shorter ball, hops back and flashes hard, Zaheer fields at short third

20.4

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, again Tharanga goes back to punch it down the ground for one

20.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up, gets some turn, Sangakkara hangs on the back foot and angles the bat, turning the ball across the line for one more

20.6

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, pushes it through, Tharanga goes back and chops down to third man

It is looking ominous at the moment. Sangakkara has eased to 46.

End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 157/1 (RR: 7.47)
WU Tharanga    63* (69b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    3-0-21-0
KC Sangakkara    46* (39b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 2 runs, flat on leg stump, he shuffles and glances it, Nehra has to cover a lot of ground and Tharanga gets an easy couple

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, flighted outside off, square-driven to Jadeja at backward point

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, some overspin, patted back to Harbhajan

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up slowly again, some turn, Tharanga gets over the ball and nudges it to point, stumbles off the blocks but Sangakkara sends him back as Jadeja advances

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, uses his feet and on-drives a single down the ground this time

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, slows the pace, lands it on a length, driven back to Harbhajan

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 160/1 (RR: 7.27)
KC Sangakkara    46* (40b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-20-0
WU Tharanga    66* (74b 5x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    3-0-21-0

22.1

Sehwag to Tharanga, FOUR, bad ball, short outside off and he crunches it into the gap for four

22.2

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller on middle and leg, stabs at it and pushes it down the ground for one

22.3

Sehwag to Sangakkara, OUT, stumped, on the second attempt! Sangakkara dances down the track and looks to whip it against the turn, he's beaten in the air and the ball breaks away off the track, Karthik fumbles the collection but regroups to break the stumps on the second attempt, take that blooming baseball grill off, man

KC Sangakkara st †Karthik b Sehwag 46 (62m 41b 3x4 1x6) SR: 112.19

Sangakkara throws away a fifty. Sehwag snaps a dangerous stand. Here's Jayawardene.

22.4

Sehwag to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and he pulls out that trademark dead-bat defensive

22.5

Sehwag to Jayawardene, no run, exaggerated appeal from Sehwag as Jayawardene gets his front foot across to try and work the ball away, there's a wee bit of turn and the ball hits the pad, Sehwag sets off in animated appeal even as the umpire shakes his head, enough doubt in the mind as it hit him in line but the ball was probably doing too much down the leg stump, and he had got a ways across

22.6

Sehwag to Jayawardene, no run, gets over it and plays it away, MJ wants one but is denied

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 165/2 (RR: 7.17)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      V Sehwag    4-0-26-1
WU Tharanga    71* (76b 6x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-20-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, outside off and driven to Raina at extra cover

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, worked away to the on side

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, faster ball, quicker turn, cuts back in a long way to Jayawardene who attempts a brave cut and just manages to chop in down into the off side, dangerous

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, plenty of drift, plays it back

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 wide, spins in too much, wide called

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, slides down the pads, brushed away to the leg side

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, slow through the air, well bowled, gets Jayawardene stretching forward to defend and the result is an inside edge to the leg side

Harbhajan has been good today.

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 167/2 (RR: 6.95)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    72* (78b 6x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    4-0-26-1

Jadeja into the attack.

24.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, outside off, plenty of turn, steered down to third man

24.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up, he attempts the paddle sweep, gets a top edge, Karthik turns and sets off and dives but cannot get a hold, it was always going away from him and he was struggling, puts in a massive dive but fails to latch on, well attempted

24.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, arm ball, comes forward and defends

24.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, OUT, bowled em! Well done Jadeja, tosses it up on a length outside off stump, Tharanga drives at the ball against the spin with a massive gap between bat and pad, the ball pitches and turns in a long, long way and hits off stump

WU Tharanga b Jadeja 73 (110m 81b 6x4 1x6) SR: 90.12

Tharanga cannot believe it. Karthik whoops it up and runs to Jadeja. That was a good ball.

24.5

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, tossed up wide again, Kandamby gets across and works it away to the leg side

24.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, slowly flighted up and MJ patiently pats it back

The spinners have pulled it back here. Jadeja wasted no time in going for flight and beat Tharanga in the air and for turn. Two new men in the middle.

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 170/3 (RR: 6.80)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (9b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-1
SHT Kandamby    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-22-0

Now a slip in place.

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, flighted outside off, he reaches out and plays against the turn, pushing to cover

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets over a short ball and forces it square on the off side

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, back to slower, gets him defending off the front foot

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, well tossed up, Kandamby turns it nicely out in front of his pad, picking the gap at midwicket

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, flights it, Jayawardene pushes at it with a long stride in and inside-edges to the leg side, that is well bowled

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, OUT, short ball gets a wicket! Harbhajan drags it down, Jayawardene goes for a pull but hits it straight to a leaping Raina at midwicket, and he cannot believe it

DPMD Jayawardene c Raina b Harbhajan Singh 2 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Three wickets down to the slow bowlers. Cuttack's reputation for assisting spin lives on. This is massive from India. They are celebrating and rightfully so. Kapugedera walks out.

End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 173/4 (RR: 6.65)
     Harbhajan Singh    7-0-25-1
SHT Kandamby    3* (4b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-1

26.1

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, tossed up on off stump and he defends

26.2

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, again, comes forward and defends

26.3

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, well done, opens the face and guides it toward Zaheer at short third

26.4

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, well done, tossed up, gets some turn, defended to cover

26.5

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, moves forward to defend, gets rapped on the pads a long way down, Jadeja appeals and keeps on appealing in vain

26.6

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, flatter ball, defended back

End of over 27 (1 run) Sri Lanka 174/4 (RR: 6.44)
CK Kapugedera    0* (3b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-4-1
SHT Kandamby    4* (7b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-25-1

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, tossed up to get him defending off the front foot

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, no run, well done, tossed up on a length just outside off, some turn, Kandamby is again forced to defend

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, this time he plants forward and cocks the wrists, manufacturing a single down the ground

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, no run, spins down, he plays it off the pads, toward square leg, Karthik reacts and saves runs

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up and defended

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, gently floated up, Kapugedera uses his feet and tries to drive, hits it decently enough to get a single down the ground

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 176/4 (RR: 6.28)
CK Kapugedera    1* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-27-1
SHT Kandamby    5* (10b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-4-1

28.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, comes out and defends it back as the ball spins down leg

28.2

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 run, flatter and shorter, Kapugedera punches it off the back foot

28.3

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, gets across to outside off stump and pushes it to mid-on

28.4

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, again Kandamby moves across and clips the ball down the ground

28.5

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 3 runs, ah, well done, sees him moving down and pulls it back, Kapugedera has to defend after being beaten in flight and the turn draws an outer edge wide of slip, Ishant runs across and dives at third man and does well to save four

28.6

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, slower still, loopy delivery, he defends and the ball balloons up off the pad

Very good bowling from Jadeja.

End of over 29 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 181/4 (RR: 6.24)
SHT Kandamby    6* (13b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-9-1
CK Kapugedera    5* (9b)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-27-1

Fourth spinner introduced, and its Yuvraj. Left-arm around the stumps. Slip in place.

29.1

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 2 runs, drifts down the pads, Kapugedera glances, Jadeja covers a lot of ground and does well in the deep

29.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up, defended off the front foot to the off side

29.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, straighter ball, worked with the turn to square leg, Karthik runs after it and collides with Tendulkar running in

29.4

Yuvraj Singh to Kandamby, no run, faster ball, a touch shorter, gets some bounce, pushed to cover

29.5

Yuvraj Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, fuller ball, turned from outside off out to square leg

29.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kapugedera, 1 run, slower ball on a length outside off, he waits and then drives off the front foot into the covers

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 186/4 (RR: 6.20)
CK Kapugedera    9* (13b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-5-0
SHT Kandamby    7* (15b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-9-1

30.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 run, flighted, no turn, punched off the back foot down to long-off

30.2

Jadeja to Kandamby, FOUR, well played, its a wider ball and he opens the face to glide to third man, raising the first four in eight overs

30.3

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, hops across to outside off, pushes it down to mid-on

30.4

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run, slower ball, tossed up wider, he pushes at it and steers to short third

30.5

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up on off stump, Kapugedera defends with bat and pad together

30.6

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 run, straighter ball and Kapugedera bunts it to long-on for one

End of over 31 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 193/4 (RR: 6.22)
CK Kapugedera    11* (16b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-16-1
SHT Kandamby    12* (18b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-5-0

31.1

Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, back of length, straightening outside off stump, poked away to point region

31.2

Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, mistimed drive towards cover where Jadeja swoops on the ball and misses the stumps at the non-striker's end

31.3

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery to the off side

31.4

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, really fullish, on the off and middle stump line, hint of movement, squeezed out to point

31.5

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, length delivery around the off stump line, moving away, pushed out to point

31.6

Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, around the off stump line, straightening a bit, squeezed out to cover point

End of over 32 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 196/4 (RR: 6.12)
CK Kapugedera    13* (21b)      I Sharma    4-0-49-0
SHT Kandamby    13* (19b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-16-1

32.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 run, on the middle stump line, turns away, driven down to long-off

32.2

Jadeja to Kandamby, FOUR, loverly hit. He picked this one from outside off, lunged forward, and swept it over midwicket boundary

32.3

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, on drives this one to right of midwicket where it has been stopped

32.4

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed back to the bowler

32.5

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, turns in to the middle, worked to square-leg

32.6

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, on the leg stump line, slightly slower in pace, turned to midwicket region

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 201/4 (RR: 6.09)
SHT Kandamby    17* (24b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-21-1
CK Kapugedera    14* (22b)      I Sharma    4-0-49-0

33.1

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, good ball, on a length, on the upright seam, no room on offer and Kapugedera defends it back

33.2

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, short of a length on the stumps and Kapugedera hops up, rolling the wrists to play the bounce and keep it down in front of the man at midwicket

33.3

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, good stuff, hits a nice tidy line and with it some shape, Kapugedera gets forward and pushes the ball to cover

33.4

Sharma to Kapugedera, no run, keeps up the momentum, pitching it up and Kapugedera defends

This has been a very good spell from Ishant, a dozen times better than the last two.

33.5

Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run, holds back the length outside off and Kapugedera chases it, steering it streakily down to third man

33.6

Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, opens the face and angles a length ball down to third man

The run rate has been brought down significantly ahead of the slog overs.

End of over 34 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 203/4 (RR: 5.97)
SHT Kandamby    18* (25b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-51-0
CK Kapugedera    15* (27b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-21-1

Mandatory change of the ball, and the batting Powerplay remains.

34.1

Jadeja to Kandamby, no run, tossed up, Kandamby gets well forward and turns the ball away

34.2

Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 leg bye, flatter delivery spins down the pads and he brushes it to square leg

Still operating with a slip ... Jadeja goes around the stumps.

34.3

Jadeja to Kapugedera, OUT, dragged on! A nothing dismissal, as Kapudegera goes back and chases the ball away from his body and chops it back onto his sticks

CK Kapugedera b Jadeja 15 (32m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.57

Jadeja makes further inroads. Kapugedera stands there in disbelief. Just didn't move his feet as he got tall to punch it away. In comes Kulasekara.

34.4

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, slowly flighted on the stumps and he gets forward to defend

Another catcher in on the off side ...

34.5

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, on the stumps, bit of turn, Kulasekara defends again

34.6

Jadeja to Kulasekara, 1 run, works the ball off his pads to open his account

Good pressure applied by Jadeja and the change of ball helps.

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 205/5 (RR: 5.85)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (3b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-22-2
SHT Kandamby    18* (27b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-51-0

A wide slip in place as Ishant runs in ... this period could turn out to be massive.

35.1

Sharma to Kulasekara, no run, hits a length just outside off and Kulasekara defends to cover

Seven men inside the ring, as Sehwag attacks ...

35.2

Sharma to Kulasekara, no run, on the stumps, hint of shape, and he defends it back

35.3

Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 run, short on the body, he hops and works the ball down to fine leg

35.4

Sharma to Kandamby, FOUR, gets some room and chases it hard, edging down to third man

35.5

Sharma to Kandamby, OUT, bowled em! Ishant continues his very good spell by keeping it full and straight to Kandamby who presses forward on the defensive and gets an inside edge as the ball straightens a wee bit after pitching, the top off off stump goes back and Ishant is absolutely loving it

SHT Kandamby b Sharma 22 (44m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.86

Splendid work from India after the two stands that the top order put together. Sri Lanka are in danger of being bowled out. Six wickets down and the lower order is in.

35.6

Sharma to Randiv, OUT, edged and gone! Two in two for Ishant and its because of that fuller length and the bit of movement it produces! This one is again pitched up to Randiv who pushes at it off the front foot and gets the faintest of edges through to Karthik

S Randiv c †Karthik b Sharma 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Stunning comeback from India, and Ishant has been superb in this last spell. His smile says it all. What a turnaround.

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 210/7 (RR: 5.83)
     I Sharma    6-0-56-2
KMDN Kulasekara    2* (6b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-22-2

slip in place

36.1

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, keeps it full and straight, Kula presses forward and defends

36.2

Jadeja to Kulasekara, 1 run, strays onto the pads and is worked away for an easy single

Malinga is the new batsman

36.3

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, flat outside off, Malinga lets it go

36.4

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, gets closer to the stumps this time, Malinga defends to cover

36.5

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, it turns and bounces, misses both the edge and the off stump, pitches middle and off, and turns away, and Malinga has no clue about that

36.6

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, flighted more this time, and defended off the front foot

End of over 37 (1 run) Sri Lanka 211/7 (RR: 5.70)
SL Malinga    0* (4b)      RA Jadeja    7-0-23-2
KMDN Kulasekara    3* (8b)      I Sharma    6-0-56-2

So the hat-trick ball for Ishant. Kula to face, a slip in place

37.1

Sharma to Kulasekara, 2 runs, back of a length, but into his pads, and he flicks it away nonchalantly

37.2

Sharma to Kulasekara, FOUR, smacked! Just errs in length and Kulasekara pulls the half-tracker between square leg and short midwicket

37.3

Sharma to Kulasekara, no run, back to a good length and he defends watchfully

37.4

Sharma to Kulasekara, no run, and again, he prospers with that good length and the movement, with Kulasekara presenting a full face of the bat in defense

37.5

Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 run, takes the outer edge with the upright seam, as Kulasekara pushes at one on the top of off stump and watches the ball fly down to third man

37.6

Sharma to Malinga, no run, pushed tentatively off the front foot straight to point

End of over 38 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 218/7 (RR: 5.73)
SL Malinga    0* (5b)      I Sharma    7-0-63-2
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (13b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-23-2

38.1

Jadeja to Kulasekara, OUT, that is plumb! Jadeja continues to plug away from around the stumps, pushing in an arm ball that slides on and hits Kulasekara in front of middle and leg as the bat comes down late on the attempted defensive shot back down the track

KMDN Kulasekara lbw b Jadeja 10 (18m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

No doubts about that one, and that is Jadeja's third wicket. The slide continues. We are not even at the 40-over mark. The tail is wide open.

38.2

Jadeja to Mendis, no run, full on middle and off, speared in, and Mendis plays it out

38.3

Jadeja to Mendis, no run, slower ball, drifts in, Mendis punches down the track

38.4

Jadeja to Mendis, no run, again watchfully played back by Mendis to Jadeja

38.5

Jadeja to Mendis, 1 run, well flighted, gets some drift to Mendis who stabs at it end inside-edges to the on side

38.6

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, good angle, some turn, watchfully patted back

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 219/8 (RR: 5.61)
SL Malinga    0* (6b)      RA Jadeja    8-0-24-3
BAW Mendis    1* (4b)      I Sharma    7-0-63-2

Zaheer gets the ball and runs in over the stumps ...

39.1

Khan to Mendis, no run, good ball, hits a length and leaves Mendis who plays and misses

39.2

Khan to Mendis, 1 run, forces him to play again and the ball is squeezed to third man

39.3

Khan to Malinga, no run, swing and a miss from Malinga, having a go and done in by the lack of bounce

39.4

Khan to Malinga, no run, short of a length on the stumps and he defends it back

39.5

Khan to Malinga, FOUR, short and wide and he flashes it down over backward point

Changes the angle ....

39.6

Khan to Malinga, no run, good length on the stumps, straightens after pitching, watchfully patted back

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 224/8 (RR: 5.60)
SL Malinga    4* (10b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-0-45-0
BAW Mendis    2* (6b)      RA Jadeja    8-0-24-3

And so we enter the slog overs. Will we see any slogging though?

40.1

Jadeja to Mendis, no run, tossed up, gets drift, Mendis pushes it back

40.2

Jadeja to Mendis, no run, goes for a cut and misses out

40.3

Jadeja to Mendis, 1 run, that is too short so Mendis hits it out to the man at deep point

40.4

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, slower ball, good dip, gets him to defend with soft hands and the edge rolls to backward point

40.5

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, drifts down the pads, he's late on the shot and the ball rolls fie

40.6

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, now outside off and he pushes straight to cover

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 225/8 (RR: 5.48)
SL Malinga    4* (13b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    9-0-25-3
BAW Mendis    3* (9b)      Z Khan    6-0-45-0

Zaheer from around the stumps with a slip in ...

41.1

Khan to Mendis, no run, full and it gets him defending to the off side

41.2

Khan to Mendis, 2 runs, short of a length, Mendis hangs on the back foot and squirts the ball into the gap behind point, calls Malinga back for the second and they get it comfortably

41.3

Khan to Mendis, 1 run, hits a length and Mendis defends, the ball rolls into the space at cover and point and the result is a quick single

41.4

Khan to Malinga, no run, slides down the pads, Malinga attempts a flick but gets a leading edge into the ground well in front of cover and point

41.5

Khan to Malinga, no run, short, aimed at the body, he hops up and works the ball to midwicket

41.6

Khan to Malinga, 1 run, attempts the yorker but its a low full toss that is patted down to mid-off, they run, the fielder nails the stumps with a direct hit but all is well for Sri Lanka as Mendis hurries back to his crease

End of over 42 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 229/8 (RR: 5.45)
SL Malinga    5* (16b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-0-49-0
BAW Mendis    6* (12b)      RA Jadeja    9-0-25-3

42.1

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, tossed up on the stumps and he defends it back

42.2

Jadeja to Malinga, SIX, good shot, gooood shot! Malinga gets under a tossed up delivery and even without much footwork just goes through with the lofted shot and goes over mid-on

42.3

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, flatter ball, he gets back and pushes it back to Jadeja

42.4

Jadeja to Malinga, 1 run, turns the ball toward short fine leg and scampers away

42.5

Jadeja to Mendis, no run, flatter, shorter ball outside off, Mendis punches to cover

42.6

Jadeja to Mendis, OUT, lovely way to end his spell! Slows the pace, tosses it up just outside the line, gets a little bit of turn back in but its enough to slide past the bat and hit off stump

BAW Mendis b Jadeja 6 (16m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

He has enjoyed himself in Cuttack, has Jadeja. Figures of 4 for 32. His best in ODIs. Take a bow, kid. A promising talent for India. Sri Lanka are nine down in 43 overs.

End of over 43 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 236/9 (RR: 5.48)
     RA Jadeja    10-0-32-4
SL Malinga    12* (20b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    7-0-49-0

With the last man in, the batting Powerplay is taken. Immediately Sehwag turns to Harbhajan.

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, tossed up on middle and off, some turn, defended to slip

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, no run, slower ball, pitches in line, pushed back

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, 1 run, outside leg stump, turned away in the air past square leg

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Welegedara, no run, tossed up, he comes forward and pats it back watchfully

Silly point on too ...

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Welegedara, no run, shorter in length, well outside off, spins in a long way as Welegedara shuffles across and attempts a tickle, struck down the line

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Welegedara, 1 run, gets a single, again shuffling and this time picking the gap

End of over 44 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 238/9 (RR: 5.40)
UWMBCA Welegedara    1* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-29-1
SL Malinga    13* (23b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    10-0-32-4

Nehra is back ...

44.1

Nehra to Welegedara, 1 run, pitches it on the stumps, Welegedara pushes it to cover

44.2

Nehra to Malinga, OUT, that is that! Nehra goes full just outside off stump, Malinga stands there and swings and inside-edges onto the base of his stumps

SL Malinga b Nehra 13 (32m 24b 1x4 1x6) SR: 54.16

6.10 Sorry, the break will not be extended. Play will start at 6.25.

5.45 Now then, can we just recap? Sri Lanka were 65 for 0 in 6.1 overs when the first wicket fell. A 100-run stand followed, and when Sangakkara fell for 46 the score was 165 for 2 in 22.3 overs. Another big score loomed. What followed was stunning. Sri Lanka have been dismissed for 239 in 44.2 overs. The slow bowlers played the biggest role in that dramatic slide, especially Harbhajan and Jadeja. Not to forget Ishant's third spell. India leave the field very, very pumped up. The break will be extended, so see you in about an hour for India's reply.

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Dec 21, 2009

Chanaka Welegedara gets the high-fives after removing Virender Sehwag, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Cuttack, December 21, 2009

Chanaka Welegedara gets the high-fives after removing Virender Sehwag

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Dec 21, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar makes a point to Dinesh Karthik after wrapping up the match, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Cuttack, December 21, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar makes a point to Dinesh Karthik after wrapping up the match

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