Sri Lanka in India ODI Series - 4th ODI

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

The teams are out. Tharanga takes guard. Zaheer to start. Slip and a short cover in place

The teams are up. The conditions are expected to test India once they come out to bat. The bowlers can expect some zip and movement and that's good for the sake of the series. Don't even get me started on Rajkot. It was an apology of a pitch.

Toss: Kumar Sangakkara has won the toss and Sri Lanka will bat first. The injury devil hasn't escaped them. Chanaka Welegedera hurt his groin during practice and he will be replaced by Thissara Perera, who will make his debut. Perera is a fast bowler and a useful batsman. More changes - Jayasuriya, Lakmal and Samaraweera in. Mendis, Kulasekara and Kapugedera out. What a revamp.

Jayasuriya slipped mention. Malinga is playing. Sorry for the confusion.

Just one change for India - Kohli for Yuvraj.

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1.50pm: Good afternoon folks and welcome to the coverage of the 4th ODI between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens. The toss is about ten minutes away so that should give you enough time to grab some lunch. Before I move on, here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas! I'm Kanishkaa, your man for the moment. Jamie Alter takes over after a couple of hours.

International cricket returns to the Eden Gardens after two years (we had the IPL in between). It's a pity we haven't seen too much of this great venue. Isn't the rotation system meant to cover all major venues? Anyway, let's not get into that now. It's a discussion for another forum.

Speaking of the venue, the capacity has nearly been halved because of the renovation work. You wouldn't want to fetch the ball from the brick, mortar and rubble. I pity the boundary riders.

Pitch Sunil Gavaskar was out there and he reckons it will get slower and lower under lights. Win the toss and bat first. Simple as that.

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, good bounce and carry straightaway, well left in the end and Karthik applauds

0.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, gets bat on ball and he pushes a full and loose delivery to cover

0.3

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, holds the length back and gives him some width outside off, he reaches out and cuts to third man

0.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, he tries to force it away down the ground but ends up pushing it straight to mid-on, good delivery on the stumps

0.5

Khan to Dilshan, no run, firmly defended down to mid-off and he tells his partner to stay back

0.6

Khan to Dilshan, no run, hits a good length outside off and really gets it to kick up, good delivery which just beats the edge

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0
WU Tharanga    1* (3b)     

1.1

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, Nehra was convinced he nicked it but the umpire Erasmus didn't think so, the bowler gets it to move away late and beat the edge, he started celebrating before looking back in horror, good delivery though

1.2

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, follows that up with a good yorker, well dug out by the batsman there

1.3

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, full again and pushed down to to mid-off

1.4

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, holds the length back and he defends this to the off side

1.5

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, shapes to defend it but he turns the face of the bat and mistimes it to point

1.6

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, that's a maiden over, hits a good length outside off and Tharanga firmly places it to backward point

First maiden by an Indian bowler in this series

End of over 2 (maiden) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 0.50)
WU Tharanga    1* (9b)      A Nehra    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    0* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0

2.1

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, drifts on the body and he clips it down to fine leg

2.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, reaches out to drive but he checks the shot a bit and angles it down to third man

2.3

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, banged in a bit short and some width for the batsman to push it past the covers, Kohli does well to slide and cut it offf

2.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, another mistimed drive and this one finds Gambhir at backward point

2.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, focuses on restricting width for the batsman, lands on middle stump and he punches it to the off side

2.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, angles it more towards leg and he clips it down to midwicket

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 1.33)
WU Tharanga    2* (13b)      Z Khan    2-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    2* (5b)      A Nehra    1-1-0-0

3.1

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, opportunity missed there for Dilshan as he fails to clip it away off his pads, the ball came onto him fairly quickly and clipped his pads

3.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, nearly plays on! Too close to cut and he gets an inside edge and the ball nearly rolls to the off stump

3.3

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, direct hit would have sent him back! Punched hard to mid-off and challenges Jadeja at mid-off, he just misses the stumps

3.4

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, pushes it hard down the pitch and Nehra gets a hand to it and palms it to the off side, there's a direct hit from mid-off but the batsman's safe

3.5

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 wide, fast bouncer, just down the leg side and well collected by Karthik

3.5

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 leg bye

3.6

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers it to point

End of over 4 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 2.00)
WU Tharanga    3* (15b)      A Nehra    2-1-3-0
TM Dilshan    3* (9b)      Z Khan    2-0-4-0

4.1

Khan to Dilshan, no run, beats him! Dilshan doesn't ride the bounce and the late away movement, the ball nearly shaves the edge

4.2

Khan to Dilshan, no run, full and a touch wide and he bashes it but places it straight to extra cover

4.3

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he clips it on its way to fine leg, the fielder does well to keep it to a single

4.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, spoons it in the air and the ball drops well in front of cover, they're trying to break free but can't seem to time it properly

4.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, good delivery, gets it to nip back in sharply and Tharanga inside edges it onto his pads, not too far from the stumps

4.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, tries to pierce the gap at backward point, Kohli dives and Raina backs him up, good stuff there

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 9/0 (RR: 1.80)
WU Tharanga    3* (18b)      Z Khan    3-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    4* (12b)      A Nehra    2-1-3-0

5.1

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, breaks the shackles, gives him just a hint of width and Dilshan rocks back, meets the ball hard and punches it past the covers, good shot

5.2

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, lands outside leg and hurries onto his pads, the ball rolls to the off side

5.3

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, cuts back on the pace a bit and Tharanga has a wild slash but fails to make contact

5.4

Nehra to Tharanga, FOUR, he finally puts it away, rising delivery off a good length and he nearly flat-bats it, clears mid-on comfortably

5.5

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, Dropped, default mode folks, Tharanga hits one back hard and spoons it towards Nehra, he cups his hands above his head and spills it, should have been taken

5.6

Nehra to Tharanga, FOUR, good length on middle and leg and he enjoys a free swing, clubs it just wide of mid-on

End of over 6 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0 (RR: 3.66)
WU Tharanga    11* (22b 2x4)      A Nehra    3-1-15-0
TM Dilshan    8* (14b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-5-0

6.1

Khan to Dilshan, no run, at the stumps and defended

6.2

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, direct hit but he's home, Dilshan pinches a quick single to mid-off and Jadeja jas only one stump to aim at and he hits the target

6.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, tries to slash that away but the ball keeps a bit lower than expected and nearly takes the inside edge

Mid-on goes back and fine leg comes in

6.4

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, angles it on middle and leg and he clips him just wide of mid-on for a single

6.5

Khan to Dilshan, no run, Rains sets an excellent example there, he intercepts a full blooded cover drive off the backfoot, dives and saves a boundary

6.6

Khan to Dilshan, no run, angles it on middle and leg and he forces it to the on side

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 24/0 (RR: 3.42)
TM Dilshan    9* (18b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    12* (24b 2x4)      A Nehra    3-1-15-0

Sri Lanka should have been one down. But the Indian bowlers have bowled well so far and the fielding, save for Nehra's drop, has been good.

7.1

Nehra to Tharanga, no run

7.2

Nehra to Tharanga, no run

7.3

Nehra to Tharanga, SIX, hits it over backward square leg

7.4

Nehra to Tharanga, no run

7.5

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run

7.6

Nehra to Dilshan, OUT, Now Virat Kohli sets a fine example! What a wicket to get, Nehra bangs it in short and Dilshan can't resist the pull, he hits it flat and Kohli sprints to his right from backward square leg, covers a lot of ground and takes the diving catch at long leg, he times his dive perfectly

TM Dilshan c Kohli b Nehra 9 (19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

End of over 8 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 31/1 (RR: 3.87)
     A Nehra    4-1-22-1
WU Tharanga    19* (29b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-7-0

8.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, beats him! Well Zaheer gets it to move away late and tease the left-hander, nearly shaves the edge

8.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run

8.3

Khan to Tharanga, FOUR, nice placement, opens the face of the bat to a full delivery and places it just wide of mid-off, the outfield is quick and the fielder gives it up

8.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, gets his elbows high and punches it towards cover and Sehwag does well to dive and cut it off

8.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, full on the off stump and driven down to mid-on

8.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, kicks up a bit more and gets it to nip back in, he gets an inside edge down to midwicket

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 35/1 (RR: 3.88)
WU Tharanga    23* (35b 3x4 1x6)      Z Khan    5-0-11-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (0b)      A Nehra    4-1-22-1

9.1

Nehra to Jayasuriya, FOUR, off the mark with a boundary! Nehra bowls it full and gets it to swing towards middle and leg and he shuffles across his crease, exposes his leg stumps and gets a faint trickle to fine leg

9.2

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run

9.3

Nehra to Jayasuriya, FOUR, crisp timing! Outside off and full, he leans forward and a gentle push is enough to beat mid-off, the fielder knew he had no chance the minute it went past him

9.4

Nehra to Jayasuriya, no run, good length and pushed down to mid-off

9.5

Nehra to Jayasuriya, 1 run, softly clipped towards midwicket and he sets off immediately

9.6

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 run, full on the stumps and pushed down the ground, Ishant is there at long-on to mop up

we apologise for the loss of commentary in the 8th over as we lost pictures

End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 45/1 (RR: 4.50)
WU Tharanga    24* (36b 3x4 1x6)      A Nehra    5-1-32-1
ST Jayasuriya    9* (5b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-0-11-0

2nd Powerplay taken

10.1

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, keeps it a bit short and gets it to rise towards the body, he hops and fends it off

10.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, leans forward to drive but he turns the face of the bat and mistimes it to the off side

10.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat and softly taps it past point, he runs the first one hard and puts pressure on the fielder

10.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, that late away movement teases Jayasuriya this time, kicks up and he does well to withdraw his bat

10.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, keeps it on the stumps and he mistimes the punch to mid-off

10.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, keeps it on the pads and he pushes it to mid-on, Jayasuriya tries to pinch a single

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 48/1 (RR: 4.36)
ST Jayasuriya    11* (10b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    25* (37b 3x4 1x6)      A Nehra    5-1-32-1

Here's Ishant

11.1

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, poor start, wide and slightly short outside off, he reaches out and cuts wide of backward point

11.2

Sharma to Tharanga, no run, comes round the wicket, Tharanga opens the face of the bat and punches it down to extra cover

11.3

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, poor delivery there, full and wide and Tharanga gets under the bounce and scoops it over point, third man was too wide to cut it off

11.4

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, terrific shot! Half volley outside off and Tharanga waits for it and punches it off the meat of the bat wide of mid-off, zero effort, only timing, classic stuff

11.5

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, even better! Ishant comes over the wicket but still gives him width, Tharanga almost slices it to find the gap between mid-off and cover, the ball speeds away

11.6

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, 20 off the over! Ishant holds the length back outside off and Tharanga reaches out and gets a thick outside edge to third man, no slips and four

End of over 12 (20 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1 (RR: 5.66)
WU Tharanga    45* (43b 8x4 1x6)      I Sharma    1-0-20-0
ST Jayasuriya    11* (10b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-14-0

12.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, pitched up outsie of and Jayasuriya decides to join the fun, scoops it over mid-off, seemed like a mis-hit at first

12.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, full outside off and pushed down to cover

12.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, well bowled, on the stumps and he gets well forward and defends

12.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, tries to clip it through the on side but he finds mid-on

12.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, OUT, just what India needed at this stage, Zaheer pitches it up outside off and induces Jayasuriya to lunge forward, the ball takes the outside edge and Tendulkar falls forward and takes it comfortably at first slip, no doubts about that

ST Jayasuriya c Tendulkar b Khan 15 (15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

12.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara tries to announce his arrival with a bang, slashes hard outside off, tries to find the point boundary but the ball beats the edge

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 72/2 (RR: 5.53)
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      Z Khan    7-0-18-1
WU Tharanga    45* (43b 8x4 1x6)      I Sharma    1-0-20-0

13.1

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, width outside off and he reaches out and cuts to third man

13.2

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, good length on the pads and he tucks it softly down to midwicket

13.3

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, well left, straightens after pitching outside off, good carry

13.4

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, gets his bat behind the line and pushes it to mid-on

13.5

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, Dropped That's a screamer, Harbhajan the culprit, Sangakkara tries to hook a rising delivery but he gets a top edge which goes the other way, all the way down to third man, Harbhajan over-runs the ball and spills it completely

I know why he dropped it. He wasn't wearing his Oakley shades!

13.6

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, adds further insult to the bowler! He gives him width and Tharanga leans forward and bashes it past the covers, that's his fifty as well! Good comeback by Tharanga after a shaky start

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 78/2 (RR: 5.57)
WU Tharanga    50* (45b 9x4 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-26-0
KC Sangakkara    1* (5b)      Z Khan    7-0-18-1

14.1

Nehra to Sangakkara, FOUR, the leading edge this time! Sanga was lucky this time, leans forward to drive and the ball beats slip and runs away

14.2

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara shows the full face of the bat and defends it solidly this time

14.3

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and squeezes it down to extra cover

14.4

Nehra to Tharanga, 2 runs, shortish outside off and he angles it just wide of third man for a couple

14.5

Nehra to Tharanga, FOUR, shortish in length but too wide outside off, very little effort needed by Tharanga to slice it wide of backward point, top shot

14.6

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 wide, slides down the leg side and wide called

14.6

Nehra to Tharanga, 1 wide, this time he's guilty outside the off stump, blow hot blow cold performance by India in the field so far

14.6

Nehra to Tharanga, no run, stays back and defends

It's drinks. Sri Lanka will be feeling a lot better now after a slow start

End of over 15 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2 (RR: 6.06)
WU Tharanga    56* (48b 10x4 1x6)      A Nehra    6-1-45-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-26-0

15.1

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, lands it outside off and he safely shoulders arms

15.2

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, much wider outside off and he's happy to let it go

15.3

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, stays back and defends it very softly towards the off side

15.4

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, good line and length, cramps him up for room on the off stump and he defends with soft hands

15.5

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls and finds deep square leg

15.6

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side spoils the over a bit, he doesn't offer a shot

15.6

Sharma to Tharanga, no run, cramps him for room and he softly taps it to the off side

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2 (RR: 5.81)
WU Tharanga    56* (49b 10x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    7* (13b 1x4)      A Nehra    6-1-45-1

Here's Harbhajan

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off and defended

No close catchers

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up and pushed to the off side for a single

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, stays back, waits for it and cuts to sweeper cover

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up outside off and cut past point

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 2 runs, gets on the backfoot, waits for it and cuts it down to third man for a couple

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, inside edge clips his pads and rolls to the on side

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 99/2 (RR: 5.82)
WU Tharanga    60* (52b 10x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    9* (16b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-28-0

17.1

Sharma to Tharanga, no run, short outside off and punched down to cover

17.2

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, tucks him up for room but he improvises by hopping and angling it down to third man

17.3

Sharma to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward and punches it just wide of short cover, the substitute Manoj Tiwary gives the chase

17.4

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, shapes to drive straight but gets an inside edge to the on side

17.5

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips him in the air over square leg

17.6

Sharma to Tharanga, no run, lands outside off and he safely shoulders arms to the keeper

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End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 5.72)
WU Tharanga    61* (55b 10x4 1x6)      I Sharma    4-0-32-0
KC Sangakkara    12* (19b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-6-0

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, slow through the air and defended softly

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and he splices it to point

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and pushes it towards the bowler

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up slowly and he defends it down to cover

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and drives it down to sweeper cover

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 104/2 (RR: 5.47)
KC Sangakkara    13* (25b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    61* (55b 10x4 1x6)      I Sharma    4-0-32-0

19.1

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide outside off and he times the drive well and finds Jadeja at deep backward point

19.2

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, tucks him up for room but he manages to pinch a single easily to point, good batting and good running

19.3

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish outside off and driven firmly to sweeper cover

19.4

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, poor ball and well dealt with, he reaches out to a full delivery and scoops it wide of third man, you can't give width like this and expect to get away with it

19.5

Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, bowls it much shorter but drifts on the pads, Tharanga turns the face of the bat and nudges it down to fine leg, the fielder was too square to cut it off

19.6

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, driven firmly down the pitch and the ball deflects off his palm on the dive and rolls to the on side

Over to Jamie now

End of over 20 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 116/2 (RR: 5.80)
WU Tharanga    71* (59b 12x4 1x6)      I Sharma    5-0-44-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (27b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-0

Thanks, Kramer.

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on a length and he pushes the ball to extra cover

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, more of a straighter line and he knocks it to long-on

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, floated up wide of off stump to get Sangakkara opening the face and steering it toward backward point

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, good line but not much turn and Tharanga reaches out and pushes the ball to cover

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, good ball, a bit fuller and dipping in and he pushes it back

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, ends the over with a tad wider delivery outside off which Tharanga steers out to deep backward point for a single

That is a very tidy over from Harbhajan.

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 119/2 (RR: 5.66)
WU Tharanga    73* (64b 12x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (28b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-0-44-0

Jadeja into the attack, left arm over the stumps.

21.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, flat ball to begin with, no turn, pushed to cover

21.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, well tossed up and he defends

21.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, full and flat, some drift, no turn, pushed back to the bowler

21.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, pushes hard at the ball, rolls into the off side, Jadeja fields it

21.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, well bowled, slows it up, pitches on a length, Tharanag is sluggish on the drive and the ball pops back towards Jadeja but does not carry

21.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, flatter, middle and off, punched to the on side and Jadeja runs across

That was a maiden over, good start from this talented player.

End of over 22 (maiden) Sri Lanka 119/2 (RR: 5.40)
WU Tharanga    73* (70b 12x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-1-0-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (28b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-10-0

22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tosses it up outside off and Sangakkara eases a drive to cover

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, hangs back, waits for the turn and then dabs the ball toward backward point, sets off, sees Jadeja swoop in and turns back and makes it back as the fielder misses

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, tosses it up, gets some drift, punched toward the mid-on fielder

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, drifts into middle and leg, he looks to work it but gets a small leading edge to the off side

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 2 runs, slower ball, middle and off, some turn, dabbed to the off side and Sangakkara sets off, Tharanga has to really pump it and just manages to make his ground as Jadeja nails an under-arm direct hit, that is alert fielding there but the batsmen get an extra due to the ricochet off the sticks

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, uses his feet to meet the ball and drive to extra cover

The slow bowlers are doing very well so far.

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 123/2 (RR: 5.34)
KC Sangakkara    19* (33b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-14-0
WU Tharanga    74* (71b 12x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-1-0-0

23.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on the off stump, pushed to the off side nicely

23.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 2 runs, straighter ball slides down and he slaps it past square for two

23.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, wider ball, steered out to the off side sweeper

23.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up and worked to the fielder again, cannot find the gaps

23.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets back and eases the ball to the off where Harbhajan stops it

23.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, very good over, tossed up on the stumps and he defends

End of over 24 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 127/2 (RR: 5.29)
WU Tharanga    77* (76b 12x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-1-4-0
KC Sangakkara    20* (34b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-14-0

24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, nice and slow, on a good length, Sangakkara gets a small stride forward and pushes the ball to the off side

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, steered past point out to a moving Gambhir who cuts them to one

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, well bowled, more flight, hangs in the air longer, Tharanga comes forward and drives and finds the man at cover

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, and again he slows it up and gets him playing a hard-hit drive

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tad shorter, Sangakkara hangs back and then pushes the ball to point

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, straighter, fuller ball on middle, on-driven to the fielder

After 25 overs, its 129 for 2.

End of over 25 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 129/2 (RR: 5.16)
KC Sangakkara    21* (38b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0
WU Tharanga    78* (78b 12x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-1-4-0

25.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, FOUR, good use of the crease, he moves back and steers a marginally short ball wide of Harbhajan at gully, good wristwork on that shot

25.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, tosses it up this time and Tharanga drives hard, and with too much bottom hand, and the ball rolls back past the bowler

25.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, slower, and he pats it back to Jadeja

25.4

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, slowly feeds him on the stumps and he bunts it to midwicket

25.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, too short, Tharanga back-cuts but picks out Harbhajan

25.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, slider down the pads, brushed away towards square leg

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 136/2 (RR: 5.23)
WU Tharanga    84* (82b 13x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    3-1-11-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (40b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-16-0

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, slow ball on off stump, drives hard towards extra cover

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, holds back the length, Sangakkara waits and punches to point

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, pushed back, Harbhajan hurries across to his left side and does well to save a single

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, good ball, goes fuller and just outside off, with some drift, and Tharanga opens the face and drives to cover for one

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, brings his line to middle and off and Sangakkara defends

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, bit shorter, he waits for turn and then steers it to backward point

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 140/2 (RR: 5.18)
KC Sangakkara    24* (43b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-20-0
WU Tharanga    86* (85b 13x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    3-1-11-0

How much will that drop on 0 cost India? Sangakkara is looking good today.

27.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, uses his crease and bunts the ball down to long-on

27.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, tosses it on a length and he gets back to push it back

27.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed in flatter and quicker and he hits across the line to midwicket

27.4

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, sees a lot of room and cuts but cannot connect, Karthik fumbles

27.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, Sangakkara checks his shot and manages to get a single to long-on

27.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, pitches short and spins back in a long way to cramp Tharanga as he cuts, but he does well to get over the ball and chop it down in front of backward point

End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 144/2 (RR: 5.14)
WU Tharanga    88* (88b 13x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    4-1-15-0
KC Sangakkara    26* (46b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-20-0

Sehwag brings himself on from around the stumps.

28.1

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he flicks it away to mid-on

28.2

Sehwag to Tharanga, FOUR, good shot, just skips out a small ways and drills the ball back straight between mid-on and mid-off to move into the nineties

28.3

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, slows the pace, Tharanga still drives straight and this time Sehwag misfields and allows him a single

28.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted up on a length and he pushes it to extra cover

28.5

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, uses his wrists to play against the turn and drive a single to long-on

28.6

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, dabs the ball to backward point and sets off, Jadeja collects and misses

End of over 29 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 152/2 (RR: 5.24)
KC Sangakkara    28* (48b 1x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-8-0
WU Tharanga    94* (92b 14x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    4-1-15-0

29.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, he opens the face to steer it fine but misses

29.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter ball on the stumps, worked away to the on side

29.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one, pushes at it and turns it to the leg side

29.4

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, slower ball, well flighted outside off, Sangakkara sweeps and sweeps well into the gap behind square, but Kohli sprints across and palms the ball back with a great dive

29.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, FOUR, a bit wider and shorter and he he back-cuts very, very well

29.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower, fuller ball, easily knocked down to long-on for one

Dangerous period for India, with the spinners now being worked around with ease.

End of over 30 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 161/2 (RR: 5.36)
KC Sangakkara    36* (53b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    5-1-24-0
WU Tharanga    95* (93b 14x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    1-0-8-0

30.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, spins away off a shorter length to Sangakkara, who gets back early and then has to check the shot as the ball stops on him, playing at it away from his body

30.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, uses his feet and wrists and on-drives an easy single

30.3

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, stands his ground and punches the ball to the off, Sehwag fields

30.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, well played, just turns a slower ball off middle and leg for a single

30.5

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, good ball, straighter and fuller, and Tharanga pats it back

30.6

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, drifts it in to middle and off and again Tharanga has to defend

End of over 31 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 164/2 (RR: 5.29)
WU Tharanga    96* (96b 14x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    2-0-11-0
KC Sangakkara    38* (56b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    5-1-24-0

Ishant into the attack. Hmm. Good move or bad?

31.1

Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, full ball just outside off, Sangakkara drives and gets an inside edge to fine leg

Anil Kumar: "The opposition teams realise that there is a fourth power play available when Ishant comes to bowl his four overs!"

31.2

Sharma to Sangakkara, FOUR, that is a good shot, just leans into the ball and smacks it on the rise past cover

31.3

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, short down the pads, tucked off his hips for a single

Tharanga on 96 ... Ishant not having a good day ... interesting ...

31.4

Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, pitched up on middle and off, some shape, pushed to extra cover

31.5

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, good ball, on a length, middle and off, he stabs at it and turns it to midwicket

31.6

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on off stump, searching for something on this flat track, Sangakkara turns the face and gets an easy single to the leg side

End of over 32 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 175/2 (RR: 5.46)
KC Sangakkara    48* (61b 4x4)      I Sharma    6-0-55-0
WU Tharanga    97* (97b 14x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    2-0-11-0

32.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, hangs on the back foot and crunches the ball out to deep cover

32.2

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, spins away from just outside off, no shot offered

32.3

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, tad short, he's cramped for room but cuts and gets an easy one

32.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, slower ball, middle and off, some drift, pushed back to Sehwag

32.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 2 runs, again too short and Sangakkara raise his half-century with a cut out to the deep point sweeper, he is making India pay for that reprieve on 0 ... oh boy

32.6

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, slows the pace, gets him onto the front foot, pushing to cover

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 179/2 (RR: 5.42)
KC Sangakkara    51* (65b 4x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-15-0
WU Tharanga    98* (99b 14x4 1x6)      I Sharma    6-0-55-0

Just one over from Ishant. Here's Raina.

33.1

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, tosses it up, pushed to the off side for one more, as Raina dives and cannot stop

33.2

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 wide, spins down the pads from middle and leg, wide called

33.2

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, slowly feeds him on the pads, and he nudges one to midwicket

On 99 ...

33.3

Raina to Tharanga, no run, tossed up to bring out a drive, Tharanga checks the shot to cover

33.4

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, there it is, just bunts a fuller ball down past Raina and Sangakkara and raises his arms as he sets off, a very good innings after an early drop, his seventh century and first in three years, very pleasing effort it will be for a man trying to make his way back permanently

33.5

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitches it up on the pads and he knocks it away for one

33.6

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, gets two-thirds forward and turns the ball off his pads

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 185/2 (RR: 5.44)
WU Tharanga    101* (103b 14x4 1x6)      SK Raina    1-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    53* (67b 4x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-15-0

Mandatory change of the ball. Sri Lanka are in a very good place. Here's Harbhajan.

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, flat down the pads and he angles the bat to get a single

34.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball, off stump, driven into the off side

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, slows it up and gets some turn, Tharanga pushes away from the bat and misses, Karthik collects and starts appealing, then Harbhajan joins in, but not out

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, flatter ball, gets over it and drives it past midwicket

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, drift, Sangakkara gets over it and steers the ball to cover-point

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, spins back in and stays low, Tharanga gets back and pushes to cover

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 190/2 (RR: 5.42)
WU Tharanga    104* (107b 14x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-25-0
KC Sangakkara    55* (69b 4x4)      SK Raina    1-0-6-0

They are just milking the bowling. Nothing in this track for the bowlers. Raina continues.

35.1

Raina to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on middle and off, he doesn't move his feet as he stabs at it

35.2

Raina to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, more air, drifts in, again he drives hard and with not foot work and inside-edges to the leg side

35.3

Raina to Tharanga, no run, drives loosely again, no timing or placement

35.4

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, slides into middle and leg and Tharanga knocks it past square leg

35.5

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads and driven nicely down to long-on for a single

35.6

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, plays with the turn and knocks it down the ground as well

Not a bad over, but India need wickets.

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 193/2 (RR: 5.36)
WU Tharanga    106* (112b 14x4 1x6)      SK Raina    2-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    56* (70b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-25-0

36.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, well flighted on the stumps, getting him to drive, not well timed but he plays it back straight

36.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up again, gets it to hang in the air a fraction longer, out comes Sangakkara to hammer the ball straight along the ground past Harbhajan and Jadeja runs across on the ropes but does not dive, poor effort from the youngster

36.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, OUT, well stumped, and a loose shot from Sangakkara who hops right across his crease, exposing all the stumps, and misses a paddle sweep, the ball skims past him and Karthik collects, breaking the sticks with one hand as Sangakkara fractionally loses balance, well stumped because he had no time to do the needful

KC Sangakkara st †Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 60 (72b 5x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Not the smartest shot and Sangakkara lets fume as he walks off for 60. A good innings. India have a crucial breakthrough. Tharanga needs to press on.

36.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, risky shot but he pulls it off, does Jayawardene, getting over the ball and dabbing very, very late down to third man

36.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, outside leg, turns in, watchfully patted back

36.6

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up and Jayawardene drives it down the ground for one

End of over 37 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 203/3 (RR: 5.48)
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (3b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-35-1
WU Tharanga    107* (113b 14x4 1x6)      SK Raina    2-0-9-0

Sehwag calls back Jadeja. He has five overs in the bag.

37.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, slowly flighted on off stump, pushed off the front foot to cover

37.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, and again, watchfully pushed to fielder on the off side

37.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, now he pushes with a bit more intent and finds the gap at cover

37.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, flat on middle and leg, played across the line to midwicket

37.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, spins down the pads, played away to short fine where Zaheer fields

37.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through quicker, spins down the pads, Jayawardene plays a paddle and misses, Karthik collects, Jadeja appeals and I am not sure just what for

End of over 38 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 205/3 (RR: 5.39)
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (7b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    6-1-25-0
WU Tharanga    107* (115b 14x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-35-1

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, short and he pulls it out to Tendulkar at deep square leg

38.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, spins in from outside leg, he stands there and turns it away, Karthik reacts quickly and collects

38.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, spins away this time and Jayawardene steers it past backward point

38.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, good ball, speared in on the stumps and Tharanga jams it out

38.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 2 runs, but now he bowls short and allows Tharanga to cut an easy two

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 5 wides, rubbish, full and fast down the pads, wide ball, Karthik cannot stop it

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, short again and he cuts down into the ground but can't beat gully

End of over 39 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 214/3 (RR: 5.48)
WU Tharanga    110* (119b 14x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-44-1
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (9b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    6-1-25-0

39.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on a length, pushed toward the off side

39.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, slows up the pace, lands it on middle and leg, driven to midwicket

39.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, fuller, flatter ball, middle and off, he goes for a paddle sweep and gets an inside edge, gets a faint tickle, skims off the pads, drops into the ground first, dribbles fine, Karthik takes very well and breaks the sticks, it is referred but not out

39.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, gets back and hits it well but to the fielder

39.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes back and gets a single this time

39.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, pushed in quicker, he looks to on-drive but loses balance

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 217/3 (RR: 5.42)
WU Tharanga    111* (121b 14x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    7-1-28-0
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (13b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-44-1

Good fun. Its time for the batting Powerplay.

40.1

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on a length, he goes for a shot but misses connecting

40.2

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, speared in full on middle and off, he uses his feet and flicks to midwicket

40.3

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, well played, Harbhajan spears it outside leg and Jayawardene sweeps it hard and over short fine leg for four

40.4

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, now he bowls it very wide outside off stump, without cover in the deep, and Jayawardene duly thumps that over the top for four more, beating cover with ease

40.5

Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, 1 run, now he plays a pick-up slap shot over midwicket, one bounce in front of the sweeper

40.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, outside off, tries to play it fine, gets an edge that rolls to the on side

End of over 41 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 226/3 (RR: 5.51)
WU Tharanga    111* (122b 14x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-53-1
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (18b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    7-1-28-0

41.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, makes room in his crease, going back to slap the ball between cover and point

41.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, starts moving away, Jadeja spots him and fires it in, and Tharanga has to play it back to him

41.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, SIX, there's a big hit, a good old fashioned slog over midwicket with the turn and the result is half a dozen for Tharanga

41.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, pushed into the blockhole as he backs away again, and Tharanga digs it out

41.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, another very full ball, he makes room and cannot time it well

41.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, well bowled, Jadeja, speared into leg stump and Tharanga just manages to squirt the ball into the off side

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 234/3 (RR: 5.57)
WU Tharanga    118* (127b 14x4 2x6)      RA Jadeja    8-1-36-0
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (19b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-53-1

And we have a change ... Zaheer Khan returns.

42.1

Khan to Tharanga, OUT, gone first ball! Zaheer doesn't allow much room, just bowls it full and straight, Tharanga chases it with a big swing and no footwork and inside-edges it back onto his stumps

WU Tharanga b Khan 118 (128b 14x4 2x6) SR: 92.18

End of a fine century. Well played. Used the drop on 7 and made India suffer. He has set a good stage for the lower order. They now need to reciprocate. Here's Perera, on debut.

42.2

Khan to Perera, no run, pitches on a good length and slants in, Perera swings first ball and it ball skims his thigh pad through to Karthik

42.3

Khan to Perera, 2 runs, fuller ball into the stumps, he plays an aerial shot over the off side and gets off the mark in international cricket, in the deep Harbhajan runs around and shows off his footwork on the boundary

42.4

Khan to Perera, FOUR, well bowled, there is no fine leg in place and still he drops in a bouncer, not sure why, and so Perera hooks and gets his first four

Third man comes up ...

42.5

Khan to Perera, 1 run, goes full and serves up a low full toss, had he hit Perera was a goner, but he plays a wild slog and top edges safely

42.6

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length just outside off, Jayawardene plays a cheeky little attempt to uppercut but misses, Karthik takes and appeals

End of over 43 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 241/4 (RR: 5.60)
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (20b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-0-25-2
NLTC Perera    7* (4b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-1-36-0

Jayawardene needs to bat on.

43.1

Jadeja to Perera, FOUR, plays another shot over the top, just doesn't move his feet much but drives high and holds the shot, getting it over mid-off and it drops just inside the boundary

Long-off drops back ...

43.2

Jadeja to Perera, 1 run, bowls it full on leg stump, he clips and gets an inside edge to midwicket

43.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, well bowled, flat on middle and leg, watchfully turned out to square leg

43.4

Jadeja to Perera, FOUR, good ball, flighted up on full on leg stump, Perera makes room and inside-edges the booming drive, the ball runs out to the deep where Nehra runs after it, slides, cannot stop it, and then falls over the rope as he continues to try and flail away, basically he's lying on top of the ropes and trying to keep the ball from making contact

43.5

Jadeja to Perera, 1 run, in the blockhole, defends, gets an inside edge to short third man

43.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, FOUR, makes room and drives over the top for four, lovely hit from Jayawardene

End of over 44 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 256/4 (RR: 5.81)
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (22b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    9-1-51-0
NLTC Perera    17* (8b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-0-25-2

44.1

Khan to Perera, no run, full ball just outside off, Perera backs away and swings and misses

44.2

Khan to Perera, SIX, smacked! Zaheer pitches on a length and Perera dismisses the ball with a spanking pull, he just gets back in a flash and goes over midwicket

44.3

Khan to Perera, 3 runs, aims for a yorker outside off, Perera still backs away and scoops the ball out to the deep where Harbhajan does very, very well on the ropes to save a single, really good running and diving

44.4

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 run, goes full, Jayawardene bunts to mid-off and sets off, Kohli runs across

44.5

Khan to Perera, FOUR, oh what a shot! Zaheer again aims for the yorker, doesn't pull it off, and Perera gets under it and scoops it over mid-on for four more, tremendous shot there

Change his angle to around the stumps ...

44.6

Khan to Perera, 1 run, goes for the blockhole once more but Perera continues to make room and swing, and this time manages an inside edge to short fine leg

Good little cameo from Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thissara Chirantha Perera.

End of over 45 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 271/4 (RR: 6.02)
NLTC Perera    31* (13b 4x4 1x6)      Z Khan    9-0-40-2
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (23b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    9-1-51-0

Nehra into the thick of things. The field restrictions are over. That block resulted in 54 runs.

45.1

Nehra to Perera, OUT, taken in the deep! Perera's fun little knock ends as he again tries to get under a full ball and slog it away, but he ends up with a top edge that goes very high and settles in Jadeja's hands, running in from wide long-on

NLTC Perera c Jadeja b Nehra 31 (14b 4x4 1x6) SR: 221.42

Just the shot of oomph Sri Lanka needed. A memorable cameo on debut. Here's the more subtle Kandamby. Not on strike yet, but will be soon.

45.2

Nehra to Jayawardene, 1 run, short of a length outside leg stump, he gets up and tucks it off his hips

45.3

Nehra to Kandamby, no run, pitches on a length, Kandamby plays a half-hearted poke and misses

45.4

Nehra to Kandamby, 2 runs, fuller ball on middle and leg, twirled in the air between mid-on and midwicket, Jadeja fields in the deep and returns a wide throw towards Karthik's end but he is not near the stumps and an extra run is given

45.5

Nehra to Kandamby, no run, shorter ball, cant connect, so India get a dot ball

45.6

Nehra to Kandamby, FOUR, on the stumps and cracked away past the infield, Raina dives but cannot save the boundary on the leg side

End of over 46 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 278/5 (RR: 6.04)
SHT Kandamby    6* (4b 1x4)      A Nehra    7-1-52-2
DPMD Jayawardene    26* (24b 4x4)      Z Khan    9-0-40-2

Zaheer into his final over ...

46.1

Khan to Jayawardene, FOUR, full outside off, Jayawardene makes room and slices it over the off side, Tendulkar runs in and dives but the ball starts to curve away from him and he cannot get there

46.2

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 run, in the blockhole, defended off the back foot, steals a single

46.3

Khan to Kandamby, 1 run, into the pads, flicked in style to midwicket, Raina collects and fires a throw, Zaheer was not behind the stumps entirely and fumbles the collection

46.4

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 run, good bowling, full and straight, Jayawardene clears his toes and bunts the yorker to mid-on and sets off, Harbhajan knocks down the stumps and they all appeal but umpire Hazare does not want the third umpire and replays show he is spot on

46.5

Khan to Kandamby, 1 run, again full and fast, a bit too fine, and Kandamby twirls the ball to fine leg

46.6

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 run, very good bowling, again full in the zone and Jayawardene can only work the ball out to deep square leg for one

End of a good day for Zaheer Khan, considering the total.

End of over 47 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 287/5 (RR: 6.10)
DPMD Jayawardene    33* (28b 5x4)      Z Khan    10-0-49-2
SHT Kandamby    8* (6b 1x4)      A Nehra    7-1-52-2

47.1

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, short and rising, Jayawardene flashes at it but cant connect

47.2

Nehra to Jayawardene, OUT, Nehra! First he bowls a good ball, a nice yorker ala Zaheer, Jayawardene falls over it and clips an inside edge onto his left boot, the ball rolls to the off side but he wants the single, Nehra runs across to collect the ball, falls over, but nails down the stumps with a direct hit, there really was no single there, and well fielded Nehra

DPMD Jayawardene run out 33 (30b 5x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

47.3

Nehra to Kandamby, FOUR, not a good follow-up ball, a full toss on the pads, flicked away fine

47.4

Nehra to Kandamby, no run, pitches it up, Kandamby drives it back, Nehra stops it in his followthrough with his right leg

47.5

Nehra to Kandamby, no run, full ball, no room on offer, so Kandamby gets across and tries to paddle it very fine but misses, and somehow the ball misses hitting the stumps

47.6

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, swings away at a length ball down leg stump, getting more of an inside edge that the fine leg fielder collects

End of over 48 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 292/6 (RR: 6.08)
SHT Kandamby    13* (10b 2x4)      A Nehra    8-1-57-2
TT Samaraweera    0* (0b)      Z Khan    10-0-49-2

Uh oh, Ishant is back. Well, he only has one over to go. How bad can it be?

48.1

Sharma to Kandamby, FOUR, full on the stumps and Kandamby gets the wrists into play, clipping between two fielders for four

Ouch. Maybe I spoke too soon. These five balls could be expensive.

48.2

Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, bangs in a bouncer, Kandamby loses sight as he hooks but the ball drops in no man's land

Changes to around the stumps ...

48.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, 2 runs, cramps him for room with a length ball, Samaraweera stands there and dabs an open-faced bat to get the ball behind backward point

48.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, pitched up on the pads, twirled out to the deep to raise 300

48.5

Sharma to Kandamby, no run, aims for a yorker but its a wide outside off, Kandamby starts to back away and then has to reach out to get the toe end of the bat on the ball, then denies the single

48.6

Sharma to Kandamby, FOUR, rubbish ball, a full toss outside off and Kandamby duly cracks it past a diving extra cover fielder for four

A forgettable outing for Ishant. Poor guy. He's having it bad.

End of over 49 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 304/6 (RR: 6.20)
SHT Kandamby    22* (14b 4x4)      I Sharma    7-0-67-0
TT Samaraweera    3* (2b)      A Nehra    8-1-57-2

Six balls to go. Nehra will finish it.

49.1

Nehra to Samaraweera, 2 runs, hops back to outside leg stump and dabs the short ball down to third man for two, Harbhajan runs across from the deep and doesn't pick up cleanly

49.2

Nehra to Samaraweera, 1 run, another full ball, nearly a yorker, outside off and Samaraweera opens the face and steers it fine, Kohli dives at backward point and releases fast, very well done

18.23 The players are back. All seems well.

18.10 The field is empty. The players have gone inside. Stay tuned for more.

18.05 Players are mostly sitting on the grass, chilling. The men who matter have a real task on their hands. This is embarrassing for the Eden Gardens' management. The umpires and officials are on the walkie-talkies.

18.00 One of the tower lights has fazed out. Its the IPL 2008 again. The light is not good to continue. The players take a breather. This could take some time.

49.3

Nehra to Kandamby, 1 run, full outside off and he steers the ball to the off side for one

49.4

Nehra to Samaraweera, FOUR, makes a little bit of room to the leg side and drives the ball over extra cover, a very well hit shot at the end

49.5

Nehra to Samaraweera, 2 runs, full on the stumps, he backs away and pushes it past Nehra

49.6

Nehra to Samaraweera, 1 run, moves outside leg stump and drives the ball to deep midwicket

18.27 So Sri Lanka have set India a very stiff chase to win the series. This total is the highest at the Eden Gardens. Tharanga was the main player with his seventh century. The delay due to power failure has eaten into the innings break so India's chase will begin shortly. Don't go far.

End of over 50 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 315/6
TT Samaraweera    13* (7b 1x4)      A Nehra    9-1-68-2
SHT Kandamby    23* (15b 4x4)      I Sharma    7-0-67-0
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No result
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