Sri Lanka in India ODI Series - 4th ODI

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

Welcome back. Tendulkar and Sehwag are in the middle. Big moment for Perera, opening the attack for his country on debut. He played a breezy knock earlier. Perera will bowl to Sehwag with a slip in place.

0.1

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, and his first ball in ODIs is pitched up wide and Sehwag just checks his shot, and places the ball between cover and point for four

0.2

Perera to Sehwag, no run, slides down the pads, Sehwag cannot connect, ball rolls off his pads

0.3

Perera to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back in his crease and slashes a short delivery in the air but safely wide of backward point and third man does the mopping up

0.4

Perera to Tendulkar, 2 wides, slides down the pads, there's a bit of deviation, no contact with the bat though and Sangakkara leaps to his left to try and save the ball from running away but cannot collect it cleanly

0.4

Perera to Sehwag, no run, back of a length and he defends it back watchfully

0.5

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, lovely shot, just rolls the wrists against the swing and clips the ball past midwicket

0.6

Perera to Sehwag, 1 run, just a lazy push without much footwork and he gets a single past extra cover

Not the tidiest of starts from Perera, but he is up against two great players.

End of over 1 (12 runs) India 12/0 (304 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 6.20)
V Sehwag    10* (6b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-12-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (0b)     

Lakmal is back

1.1

Lakmal to Sehwag, no run, short of a length outside off, good bounce, he gets up and works down

1.2

Lakmal to Sehwag, no run, on a length and he works the ball to midwicket

1.3

Lakmal to Sehwag, 1 wide, bouncer over Sehwag, who ducks as a wide is called

1.3

Lakmal to Sehwag, no run, no footwork from Sehwag as he flashes a cramped cut an a short ball angling back in, not close enough to cut and the sharp movement slices him in half, Sangakkara collects and goes up to ask the question

1.4

Lakmal to Sehwag, OUT, gone! Lakmal persists with that shortish length and gets some more good bounce and Sehwag just hops back and pushes a streaky shot to Dilshan at backward point

V Sehwag c Dilshan b Lakmal 10 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

He was perhaps surprised by the lift and the result was more of an outer edge to Dilshan. Big wicket for Lakmal, his first in ODIs. An early breakthrough for Sri Lanka.

1.5

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 no ball, welcomed first ball with a short one and he flinches as it sails over, a no ball is signalled because it is the second bouncer of the over

1.5

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, fuller ball and Gambhir pushes it watchfully to cover

1.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, full again, but just outside leg stump so there's only half an appeal when Gambhir mistimes the attempted flick off the pads

Good start from young Lakmal. Just the opening over required. "Credit to Sangakkara for bringing in youngsters," emails Geethike.

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 14/1 (302 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.29)
G Gambhir    0* (3b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-2-1
SR Tendulkar    0* (0b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-12-0

2.1

Perera to Tendulkar, FOUR, just a nudge off the pads as Perera serves up a half-volley

2.2

Perera to Tendulkar, no run, again he veers down the leg side but this time Tendulkar is late on the shot and the ball trickles off his pads to short fine leg

2.3

Perera to Tendulkar, no run, pitches it up in search of swing, Tendulkar eases an on-drive straight to the fielder

2.4

Perera to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, again on the pads and now Tendulkar brushes it toward short square leg

Perera is mainly going full for swing, while Lakmal worked over a shorter length.

2.5

Perera to Gambhir, no run, eases into a drive off the front foot and picks out short cover

2.6

Perera to Gambhir, no run, gets over a short one and cracks it straight to Dilshan at point

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 19/1 (297 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 6.31)
G Gambhir    0* (5b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-16-0
SR Tendulkar    4* (4b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-2-1

3.1

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and he gets in line nicely to block

3.2

Lakmal to Tendulkar, no run, good movement and bounce beats him as he feels for it off the back foot, very well bowled

3.3

Lakmal to Tendulkar, FOUR, ah, good one, just picks the short ball down the body and gets across to put it away over square leg

3.4

Lakmal to Tendulkar, OUT, slapped to cover-point where Randiv takes it! Not really a wicket-taking delivery but Lakmal won't mind because he's taken out the two openers! Tendulkar rocks back to cut it away but cannot keep the ball down and Randiv slides to his left to pouch the catch

SR Tendulkar c Randiv b Lakmal 8 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

In walks Kohli ...

3.5

Lakmal to Kohli, 5 wides, bangs in a bouncer that is called wide for height and beats Sangakkara

3.5

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, shoulders arms on one back of a length outside off stump

3.6

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, goes full to end the over and Kohli watchfully plays to cover

End of over 4 (9 runs) India 28/2 (288 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.26)
V Kohli    0* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-11-2
G Gambhir    0* (5b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-16-0

4.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, flashes outside off and misses out

4.2

Perera to Gambhir, FOUR, just a push down the ground and plays it very, very nicely too

4.3

Perera to Gambhir, no run, short and he plays it nicely it down to backward point

4.4

Perera to Gambhir, 4 leg byes, down the pads, brushes them and he gets four leg byes to fine leg

4.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, cracked off the back foot by Gambhir and Dilshan flings himself to his left to save runs, what a fielder, what a guy

4.6

Perera to Kohli, no run, pitches it up and Kohli defends

End of over 5 (9 runs) India 37/2 (279 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.40, RRR: 6.20)
V Kohli    0* (3b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-21-0
G Gambhir    5* (10b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-11-2

5.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, short of a length and he steers it forcefully to point again

5.2

Lakmal to Gambhir, FOUR, now he pulls off the cut shot well, nicely getting tall on the tiptoes and crunching the ball into the gap between cover and point

5.3

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, slides in off a short length and he counter the movement with a nudge

Changes back to over the stumps ...

5.4

Lakmal to Kohli, FOUR, good shot, just clips against the full, swinging ball and picks the gap

5.5

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, flirts at one sitting up outside off stump and nearly edges it, Lakmal is getting good bounce when he bangs it in, good to see for the youngster

5.6

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, fuller and he pushes it to the cover fielder

End of over 6 (9 runs) India 46/2 (270 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 6.13)
V Kohli    4* (6b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-20-2
G Gambhir    10* (13b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-21-0

6.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, well played, gets on top of the bounce and steers it to third man

6.2

Perera to Kohli, FOUR, slapped! Perera drops short but is not as effective as Lakmal, and Kohli rocks back and across and plays a superb pull shot over midwicket

6.3

Perera to Kohli, no run, slower ball, much fuller on middle and off, and Kohli defends

6.4

Perera to Kohli, 1 wide, slides down the pads, Sangakkara collects

6.4

Perera to Kohli, no run, gets over a length ball and sees it off watchfully

6.5

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, stands there and uses the pace and width to steer a single to third man

6.6

Perera to Gambhir, no run, pitches it up to Gambhir who runs it off the front foot to point

"The extras are higher than any individual score at the moment!" points out an alert Amit Nair.

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 53/2 (263 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 6.11)
G Gambhir    11* (15b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-28-0
V Kohli    9* (10b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-20-2

7.1

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, back of a length well outside off and he shoulders arms

7.2

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, fuller ball slants back in and Kohli clips it to midwicket

7.3

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, ah! Full outside off, some shape away and that sneaks past the bat as Kohli flashes a drive away from the body

7.4

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, good ball, fourth dot in a row, hits a length and forces him to block

7.5

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, short of a length on off stump, he gets up and pushes it to mid-on

7.6

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, no footwork as he throws the bat at one pitched up full and wide, gets a thick outer edge down to third man, looks like four but then Perera flings himself into the frame and stops a boundary, well done there man

End of over 8 (1 run) India 54/2 (262 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.23)
V Kohli    10* (16b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-21-2
G Gambhir    11* (15b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-28-0

Malinga into the attack ...

8.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, goes for a good length and gets shape, Kohli drops his head and defends

8.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, gets tall and defends the ball back again, thats good bowling

8.3

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, good shot! Nothing more than a flick of the wrists, ala Laxman, and the ball speeds away past midwicket, he clipped that from middle and off nearly

8.4

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, again a punchy shot, just slashes the ball between cover and point

8.5

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, slower ball goes awry, down the pads and he gets a faint tickle

8.6

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, four in four! Terror over from Malinga, who now offers room outside off and Kohli stands there and flashes it down to third man

Just what Kohli needed after a few watchful deliveries. Sehwag mentioned yesterday that he should grab his chances and Kohli is doing that well.

End of over 9 (16 runs) India 70/2 (246 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 6.00)
V Kohli    26* (22b 6x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-16-0
G Gambhir    11* (15b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-21-2

9.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, slower ball on leg stump, some swing, watchfully tapped away

9.2

Lakmal to Gambhir, FOUR, the shot he makes a living playing, on the pads and a twirl of the wrists sends the ball flying across the grass for four

9.3

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, gets over a length delivery and dabs it to backward point

9.4

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, good short ball, hits the deck and sits up into Gambhir, who takes his eyes off it and ends up copping it on the left glove, good use of the short ball again from Lakmal

9.5

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, back of a length and he gets back and pushes the ball to cover

9.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, fuller ball, middle and leg, driven back to the bowler

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 74/2 (242 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.40, RRR: 6.05)
G Gambhir    15* (21b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-25-2
V Kohli    26* (22b 6x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-16-0

10.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length on top of off stump and Kohli opens the face to manufacture a single to backward point

10.2

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, short of a length and angling away, draws the outer edge as Gambhir plays and nicks it, nearly done in by the bounce, and the result is four to third man

10.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, served up outside leg stump and he works a single to square leg

10.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, gets some good bounce outside off stump, no shot offered, wide called

10.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, pushed positively off the front foot but straight to backward point

10.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, he gets back and punches to extra cover

10.6

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, fuller ball on middle stump, he walks across and plays a neat little flick out to the sweeper to keep strike

This pair is doing well so over, keeping the runs coming, but plenty more is required. They have to dig in for the long haul. There's not much experience to come, now that Dhoni and Yuvraj are missing.

End of over 11 (8 runs) India 82/2 (234 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 7.45, RRR: 6.00)
V Kohli    28* (26b 6x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-24-0
G Gambhir    20* (23b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-25-2

Second Powerplay is taken....

11.1

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, full outside off, wobbles before carrying on the second bounce to Sangakkara

11.2

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, good punchy shot to a length ball outside off, not much footwork but Kohli finds the window and gets the sweeper into play

11.3

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, hangs back to the slower shorter ball and opens the face, guiding it off the bat to get one down to third man

11.4

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, short and wide, he chases it with too much bottom hand and chops it into the ground

11.5

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, gets back and works the ball to the fielder on the off side this time

11.6

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, gets more width outside off and chases at it with no foot movement, again chopping it down in front of point, and loudly admonishes himself

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 84/2 (232 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.10)
V Kohli    29* (31b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-27-2
G Gambhir    21* (24b 4x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-24-0

12.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, goes for a back foot shot and the ball stays low

12.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads, turns it to short fine leg for a single

12.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, again Kohli goes hard and with no footwork at one pitching short of a length, and now he gets an inside edge back past leg stump

12.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, slides onto the pads and he works it down to fine leg for one

12.5

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, back of a length but too straight, worked off his legs to square leg

12.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, plants his back leg across to cover off stump and then runs a shortish ball off the bat, playing with soft hands, and smartly gets a single behind backward point

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 87/2 (229 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.69, RRR: 6.18)
G Gambhir    23* (28b 4x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-27-0
V Kohli    30* (33b 6x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-27-2

Gambhir hasn't really cashed in, largely due to having to bat down the order. A couple loose dismissals too.

13.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, comes dancing out and drives hard, Jayasuriya dives and takes pace off the ball at cover, well done champ

13.2

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, pitches it up and he punches it back with a straight bat

13.3

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, nice little dab, soft hands and all, into the ground in front of gully

13.4

Lakmal to Kohli, no run, short of a length, pushed nicely to extra cover off the back foot

13.5

Lakmal to Kohli, 1 run, early into his shot to one pitching fuller outside off, but he rolls the wrists and places the ball to the right of the midwicket fielder

13.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, beats the outer edge on the last ball, to deny them a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 91/2 (225 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.25)
G Gambhir    25* (31b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-0-31-2
V Kohli    32* (36b 6x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-27-0

14.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, pitches on a length and he gets over it, dabbing the ball to point

14.2

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, a touch shot, just allows the ball come onto his pads and then gets those wrists into play, turning the ball as he hops back and getting it onto the wide space

14.3

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, better ball, a good length outside off and he shoulders arms

14.4

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length, good bounce, but he gets over it and dabs with soft hands into the ground in front of point and looks up at Kohli before running

14.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, slower ball just outside leg stump, very close, Kohli walks across but doesn't pick the slow full toss and misses out

14.6

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, turned to deep backward square leg

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 98/2 (218 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.53, RRR: 6.22)
V Kohli    34* (39b 6x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-34-0
G Gambhir    30* (34b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-0-31-2

Only 24 runs came during the second fielding Powerplay. Here's spin in the form of Randiv.

15.1

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, tosses it up, Kohli moves about and brushes the ball off his pads

15.2

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball, flighted up on off stump, Gambhir gets over it and nudges it square for a single that gets 100 on the board for India

15.3

Randiv to Kohli, 2 runs, slowly floated down the pads, well clipped out to the deep for two

15.4

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, flatter ball on a length and he gets back in line to nicely punch to mid-on

My bad, this is the last over of the Powerplay. Thanks, Yayathy Raj.

15.5

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, gets over the ball and pushes it to the off side

15.6

Randiv to Kohli, no run, slides down and Kohli knocks it away for one

So correction, 23 runs came from the second fielding Powerplay.

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 104/2 (212 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.23)
V Kohli    38* (43b 6x4)      S Randiv    1-0-6-0
G Gambhir    32* (36b 5x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-34-0

One slip on for Malinga ...

16.1

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, gets over the top of the ball and runs it down to third man for one

16.2

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, gets a lot of room and cracks the ball fiercely past the off-side cordon

16.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, fuller ball on off stump, slower too, he's early into his drive and gets an inside edge to the leg side

16.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short ball, Kohli gets down and leaves it be as it passes

16.5

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, good flick of the wrists to one pitched up and swinging into the pads

16.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, another good shot, walks across and brushes the ball off his hips

End of over 17 (7 runs) India 111/2 (205 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 6.21)
G Gambhir    34* (38b 5x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-41-0
V Kohli    43* (47b 7x4)      S Randiv    1-0-6-0

17.1

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, tossed up from around the stumps, pushed to the off side

17.2

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, played to the leg side for one

17.3

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, outside off, tapped away and sets off

17.4

Randiv to Gambhir, 2 runs, gets across the ball and works it past the leg side for two, running hard

17.5

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, turned away smartly again

17.6

Randiv to Kohli, FOUR, unlucky, due to the dew the slower ball slips out as a rank full toss down the pads and Kohli swing and inside-edged down to fine leg for four

End of over 18 (9 runs) India 120/2 (196 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 6.12)
V Kohli    48* (49b 8x4)      S Randiv    2-0-15-0
G Gambhir    38* (42b 5x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-41-0

More spin, and its the left-arm variety of Sanath Jayasuriya.

18.1

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, Gambhir gets over it and works to midwicket

18.2

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run

18.3

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run

18.4

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run

18.5

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, gets over a marginally wider ball and steers it past backward point to raise his second half-century of the series and fourth over all, well played young man

18.6

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, down the pads and he brushes it away for one

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 125/2 (191 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 6.16)
G Gambhir    41* (45b 5x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-5-0
V Kohli    50* (52b 8x4)      S Randiv    2-0-15-0

19.1

Randiv to Gambhir, FOUR

19.2

Randiv to Gambhir, 2 runs

19.3

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run

19.4

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run

19.5

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, slowly tossed up; he drives off the front foot to long-off

19.6

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, flatter and quicker ball on the pads, flicked out to the deep

End of over 20 (10 runs) India 135/2 (181 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.03)
V Kohli    52* (54b 8x4)      S Randiv    3-0-25-0
G Gambhir    49* (49b 6x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-5-0

20.1

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, slower one drifts down the pads, he goes for a flick and gets a small leading edge

20.2

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, gets over the ball and pulls off the flick this time

20.3

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run

20.4

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, brings up his half-century as well, getting marginally back and steering the ball wide of backward point, then raises his bat to the crowd and his team-mates

20.5

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, tossed up and defended

20.6

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 2 runs, gets over the bounce and pushes the ball down for a hard-run two

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 139/2 (177 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 6.10)
V Kohli    55* (58b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-9-0
G Gambhir    50* (51b 6x4)      S Randiv    3-0-25-0

21.1

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, he skips out and clips the ball between midwicket and mid-on

21.2

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, too straight and he knocks it past square leg for a single

21.3

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up and he skips out to drive inside-out past cover

21.4

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball, on a length outside off, gets Kohli reaching out and playing across the line with the turn and he gets a single past midwicket

21.5

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, gets back and steers the ball to backward point

21.6

Randiv to Gambhir, FOUR, attempts the shot again and this time plays it into the gap, going back and opening the face and placing it past the diving short third man

End of over 22 (8 runs) India 147/2 (169 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.68, RRR: 6.03)
G Gambhir    56* (55b 7x4)      S Randiv    4-0-33-0
V Kohli    57* (60b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-9-0

A new ball has been called for owing to the heavy dew. The spinners keep wiping it regularly.

22.1

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, flighted on off stump, Kohli uses the wrists and gets one past midwicket

22.2

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run, shorter ball, spins in, he gets back and across and bunts it away

22.3

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, plays it while coming forward this time, turning it wide of short fine leg

22.4

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, slower, flighted delivery on middle and off, he drives early and gets an inside edge

22.5

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, a wee bit too straight and he glances to short fine leg

22.6

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, similar line and he stands there and brushes it past square leg

End of over 23 (3 runs) India 150/2 (166 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 6.14)
V Kohli    59* (64b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-12-0
G Gambhir    57* (57b 7x4)      S Randiv    4-0-33-0

23.1

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, well bowled, slows it up and gets Kohli to reach and out play against the turn, he ends up scooping it back in the air down the ground

23.2

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and defends

23.3

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, arm ball, down the pads, worked straight to short fine leg

23.4

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, forces Gambhir on the back foot and he plays a cramped cut shot

23.5

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, another cut and this time he misses as the ball gets big on him

23.6

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, good ball again,gets some drift and Gambhir punches to cover

Good over, no boundaries this time from Randiv.

End of over 24 (1 run) India 151/2 (165 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.29, RRR: 6.34)
G Gambhir    57* (62b 7x4)      S Randiv    5-0-34-0
V Kohli    60* (65b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-12-0

There is a lot of haze settling over the ground ...

24.1

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off and Kohli drives it back past the stumps

24.2

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 4 runs, quicker ball, he gets back and guides it to third man, the throw comes back on the bounce, beats Sangakkara and hits the stumps at the other end, Jayasuriya does not back up and they get more runs, well that was needless

24.3

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, gets back and forces the ball out to the sweeper again

24.4

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, flatter ball, no turn, he stands in position and on-drives a single

24.5

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, gets back and bunts the ball wide of midwicket for one more

24.6

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, drives hard at one on a teasing length and Jayasuriya collects

Pirate gets a head start on us here in India: "Merry Christmas from Sydney! Just loving the fact there is actually an international on Christmas Eve. Go the Lankans! Love India too but go S.L. Cannot wait till Boxing Day. Australia 55-45 at best!!" Cheers to you too, mate.

End of over 25 (8 runs) India 159/2 (157 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.36, RRR: 6.28)
V Kohli    62* (68b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-20-0
G Gambhir    63* (65b 7x4)      S Randiv    5-0-34-0

25.1

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, angled down the pads, gets a tickle and a single to short fine

25.2

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, on the pads, and punched away to deep square leg for a single

25.3

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, looks to open the face and run it past short third, but hits straight to Jaya, yet comes through for an easy single

25.4

Randiv to Kohli, no run, on the pads, but can't get it past midwicket

25.5

Randiv to Kohli, no run, looks to work it around the corner, but the ball doesn't turn, and he is beaten

25.6

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, this time he gets the one on the pads, and gets an easy single to deep square leg

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 163/2 (153 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.26, RRR: 6.37)
V Kohli    64* (72b 8x4)      S Randiv    6-0-38-0
G Gambhir    65* (67b 7x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-20-0

26.1

Jayasuriya to Kohli, FOUR, and he gets a four, this is not nearly short enough to pull, but he rocks back and hits it hard and wide of midwicket. They are easing the pressure off before it can build

26.2

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, and now he plays it down the ground for a jogged single

26.3

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 2 runs, flat and straight, gets onto the front foot, works it into the on side, and scampers through for a couple. Good early call

26.4

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run, flat delivery, on the stumps, played straight to midwicket this time

26.5

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, gets too straight this time, and is worked away for a single

26.6

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up, driven to wide of long-on, but will be just a single

End of over 27 (9 runs) India 172/2 (144 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 6.26)
V Kohli    70* (75b 9x4)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-29-0
G Gambhir    68* (70b 7x4)      S Randiv    6-0-38-0

27.1

Randiv to Kohli, no run, Randiv dives to his right and saves a single here

27.2

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, again he dives to his right, but makes only a half stop this time. This is the 150th run of the partnership

27.3

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, steps down the track, and works it into the on side for one

27.4

Randiv to Kohli, 1 run, short, angled across him, punched down the ground

27.5

Randiv to Gambhir, 2 runs, too full, on the pads, bunted into the on side with soft hands, and they rush through for a couple. Again clear calling

27.6

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, floated outside off, this time he leaves it alone

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 177/2 (139 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.32, RRR: 6.31)
G Gambhir    71* (73b 7x4)      S Randiv    7-0-43-0
V Kohli    72* (78b 9x4)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-29-0

Perera is back from over the stumps ...

28.1

Perera to Kohli, 2 runs, drops short outside off stump and he swats it down to Randiv at deep square leg

28.2

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, overpitched this time and he chases and edges to third man

28.3

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, tip and run from Gambhir, just waits in his crease and angles the bat near his feet, looks up, Kohli responds and they squeak a run

28.4

Perera to Kohli, FOUR, shot, man! Stands there and uses the room to crack a perfect slash between the covers and gets to his highest ODI score

28.5

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, gets over a fuller ball and punches it down to long-on

28.6

Perera to Gambhir, no run, hits a length and brings him forward, playing it back while losing balance

End of over 29 (9 runs) India 186/2 (130 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.41, RRR: 6.19)
G Gambhir    72* (75b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-37-0
V Kohli    80* (82b 10x4)      S Randiv    7-0-43-0

Double change. Its Malinga. Sangakkara trying things out.

29.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, hits a length, he opens the face and runs the ball to third man

29.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, good shot again, just collects the length ball from off stump and whips it out to deep square leg for a single

29.3

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, much fuller in search of swing, pitches on middle stump and Kohli again clips it nicely out to the sweeper

29.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, short ball, sits up and he gets over it and keeps it down

29.5

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, well stopped, Dilshan! Gambhir gets tall and forces the ball off the middle but Dilshan flings himself around at backward point and saves runs, but when he releases and misses the stumps there is no backing up

29.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, bouncer to end the over, Kohli weaves under it

Gilad: "Malinga is extremely disappointing. His unique action is very entertaining to watch at all times but he has been off the radar for a long time now. I have to wonder why he is still in the side."

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 190/2 (126 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 6.30)
V Kohli    82* (85b 10x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-45-0
G Gambhir    74* (78b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-37-0

30.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, stands up and forces the ball down in front of gully

30.2

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches it up now and Gambhir drives a single to long-off

30.3

Perera to Kohli, no run, beaten on the forward press as the ball stays low and doesn't carry to Sangakkara

30.4

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, full again and he's early into his drive and inside-edges

30.5

Perera to Gambhir, 2 runs, ah! This time he gets Gambhir to go fishing but he manages to edge it down in front of a diving slip fielder

30.6

Perera to Gambhir, 2 runs, overpitched on the pads and he flicks out to Kandamby at sweeper

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 196/2 (120 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.32, RRR: 6.31)
G Gambhir    79* (82b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-43-0
V Kohli    83* (87b 10x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-45-0

31.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, wide down the pads, no contact and Sangakkara collects

31.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, slower ball, full on middle and off, checks his shot to cover, more of a small leading edge because he was looking to whip it away

31.2

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, stands there and throws the bat at width and slashes to deep point

31.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, chases a wide ball as well and just beats short cover for one

31.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball on a length just outside off, he dabs it in front of point, sets off and they make it very closely

31.5

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 wide, chases the ball again and misses as it tails back in but its too wide

31.5

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, pushes on the rise and places it to the right of cover

31.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, slower ball, low full toss on the pads, turned past midwicket

End of over 32 (6 runs) India 202/2 (114 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.31, RRR: 6.33)
V Kohli    85* (91b 10x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-51-0
G Gambhir    81* (84b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-43-0

This pair has done very well. Run rate within control. Perera continues.

32.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, on middle and leg and worked out to the deep

32.2

Perera to Kohli, no run, fuller in length and he drives hard down to mid-off

32.3

Perera to Kohli, no run, leans into another full ball and this beats the man at cover

32.4

Perera to Kohli, 1 wide, full down the pads, he flicks and misses

32.4

Perera to Kohli, no run, chases a bat at a length ball outside off and misses, Sangakkara collects and jumps for joy as he thinks Kohli edged it but umpire Hazare stands unmoved and that is a good call because replays show he missed the ball indeed

32.5

Perera to Kohli, 2 runs, on the pads and on-driven for a couple down to long-on

32.6

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, gets back and keeps strike with a single

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 207/2 (109 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.27, RRR: 6.41)
V Kohli    88* (96b 10x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-48-0
G Gambhir    82* (85b 7x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-51-0

Sangakkara goes back to spin but in the form of Dilshan.

33.1

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, dropped by Sangakkara! Short and a bit wide, Kohli cuts and feathers an edge but it goes down, even the second and third attempts are not taken, that was a big nick

33.2

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, uses his feet and drives a single down the ground

Changes to around the sticks ...

33.3

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, slides into Gambhir who knocks it to deep midwicket for one

33.4

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, quicker ball, he stays back and slashes down to third man

33.5

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, no turn, he gets back and makes room to steer wide of point

Back over the sticks ...

33.6

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, tossed up and he checks the drive back to Dilshan

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 211/2 (105 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 6.56)
V Kohli    90* (100b 10x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    84* (87b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-48-0

Jayasuriya returns. But what can he do?

34.1

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, pulls a short ball down to deep backward square leg where Samaraweera fumbles

34.2

Jayasuriya to Kohli, FOUR, again short, this time outside off, and Kohli slams it over midwicket

34.3

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, quicker ball, goes back and punches the ball to cover

34.4

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball, a bit fuller, uses the wrists and on-drives a single

34.5

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, no run, pitches outside leg, Gambhir turns it to midwicket

34.6

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, down the pads, no turn, and worked away to the sweeper

End of over 35 (7 runs) India 218/2 (98 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 6.53)
G Gambhir    86* (90b 7x4)      ST Jayasuriya    6-0-36-0
V Kohli    95* (103b 11x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

35.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, 2 runs, tossed up on a length and he punches it between cover and point

35.2

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, slower ball, fuller in length and he defends it back

35.3

Dilshan to Gambhir, no run, stands tall and punches it and gets an inside edge

35.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, FOUR, goes back to one that curls in and then bisects two men square on the off side, lovely placement from Gambhir on that occasion, plays spin so well

35.5

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball brings him onto the front foot driving into the covers

35.6

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, comes forward and works the ball off his stumps to midwicket

End of over 36 (8 runs) India 226/2 (90 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.27, RRR: 6.42)
V Kohli    96* (104b 11x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-12-0
G Gambhir    93* (95b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    6-0-36-0

Both batsmen nearing centuries. It has been a very sensible chase.

36.1

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, comes forward and defends just wide of the bowler

36.2

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 2 runs, flatter ball dipping on middle and off, clipped past midwicket

36.3

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, comes forward to the pitch and again clips the ball wide of midwicket

Change of angle ...

36.4

Jayasuriya to Kohli, no run, flat on the stumps, he drives back and curses out loud

36.5

Jayasuriya to Kohli, 1 run, a bit finer and he uses the angle to glance off his pads

36.6

Jayasuriya to Gambhir, 1 run, skips out and takes on the volley, driving in the air past mid-on

Lovely batting from this pair. Almost effortless. Countered the dew and all.

End of over 37 (6 runs) India 232/2 (84 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.27, RRR: 6.46)
G Gambhir    97* (98b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    7-0-42-0
V Kohli    98* (107b 11x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-12-0

37.1

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, too short and Gambhir punches off the back foot to deep cover

Switches to over the stumps ...

37.2

Dilshan to Kohli, no run, pushes him on the back foot and he plays it back to Dilshan

37.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, moves to 99 with another pleasing on-drive wide of midwicket

37.4

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed in flatter and he works it off his pads, also moving to 99

37.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, special moment for the younster and he punches the air in delight! A shot he has played fluently all evening raises Kohli's maiden ODI century, just works the ball with the turn and gets a single wide of midwicket, a very good innings from him indeed

37.6

Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, and that's two centuries in two balls, as Gambhir gets back to a slightly short delivery and steers it to backward point, his seventh ODI century and one he will be very proud of if India win this series here

Really good innings from these two. They have put Sri Lanka on the brink.

End of over 38 (5 runs) India 237/2 (79 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 6.58)
G Gambhir    100* (101b 8x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-17-0
V Kohli    100* (110b 11x4)      ST Jayasuriya    7-0-42-0

Perera gets another spell ...

38.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, on the pads and played to the fielder

38.2

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, again on the pads and this time he flicks wide of midwicket

38.3

Perera to Kohli, no run, flays the bat at a full ball and cannot connect at all

38.4

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, chips it off his pads in the air behind square, falls safely in the deep

38.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, onto the front foot, driving down to long-off for a single

38.6

Perera to Kohli, SIX, down the leg side, he goes for a big shot, goes high in the air and cleanly bisects two sweepers in the deep and gets six near deep backward square leg

End of over 39 (9 runs) India 246/2 (70 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 6.36)
V Kohli    107* (113b 11x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    8-0-57-0
G Gambhir    102* (104b 8x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-17-0

Another twin change as Randiv returns ...

39.1

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, fullish outside off, Gambhir milks a single into the covers

39.2

Randiv to Kohli, OUT, skips out and looks to dump this over long-on but ends up miscuing it, its up there for a while and the sub, Pushpakumara, settles under it and cups it just in front of the boundary, ending a very pleasing century from Kohli

V Kohli c sub (M Pushpakumara) b Randiv 107 (114b 11x4 1x6) SR: 93.85

Those 107 runs formed a significant part of a 224-run stand. Well played. Randiv has struck but India are on course to clinch the series in Kolkata. Karthik walks out.

39.3

Randiv to Karthik, 1 run, slides down the pads and he gets a faint tickle on the ball

39.4

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, speared into middle and off and he drives the ball into the covers

39.5

Randiv to Karthik, 1 run, gets his head over the ball and defends to point, Gambhir is alert for the single and sprints down very well

39.6

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, spins in, he goes back to turn it away but instead gets a leading edge in front of backward point, Karthik this time is the one who initiates the quick single

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 251/3 (65 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 6.50)
G Gambhir    105* (107b 8x4)      S Randiv    8-0-48-1
KD Karthik    2* (2b)      NLTC Perera    8-0-57-0

Ten overs to go. India need 65. The batting Powerplay remains.

40.1

Perera to Gambhir, FOUR, skips out and takes on the short ball, swinging it superbly between midwicket and mid-on and the sweeper hasn't a chance to stop that

40.2

Perera to Gambhir, no run, fuller ball, he reaches out and drives on the rise to cover

40.3

Perera to Gambhir, FOUR, well played, gets up and uppercuts the rising ball over gully

40.4

Perera to Gambhir, no run, change of pace and length draws a checked shot from Gambhir

40.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller in length, he has a hard go at it and edges down into the covers

40.6

Perera to Karthik, no run, good length on that one and it skims past the bat as he feels for it

End of over 41 (9 runs) India 260/3 (56 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.34, RRR: 6.22)
KD Karthik    2* (3b)      NLTC Perera    9-0-66-0
G Gambhir    114* (112b 10x4)      S Randiv    8-0-48-1

41.1

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up just outside off and Gambhir guides it to backward point where Tharanga over-runs the ball

41.2

Randiv to Karthik, no run, slower ball, defended uneasily back down to Randiv, it sort of pops back but does not carry

41.3

Randiv to Karthik, 1 run, uses his feet and clips it wide of midwicket for a single

41.4

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, makes room, skips out and slices the ball over cover-point

41.5

Randiv to Karthik, 1 run, tossed up on a length and Karthik drives nicely past the covers

41.6

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, gets some drift from around the stumps but Gambhir counters that with a flowing push on the rise past the man at cover

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 265/3 (51 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.30, RRR: 6.37)
G Gambhir    117* (115b 10x4)      S Randiv    9-0-53-1
KD Karthik    4* (6b)      NLTC Perera    9-0-66-0

Lakmal runs in ...

42.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, FOUR, dragged in too short and in a flash Gambhir takes it on, pulling nicely

42.2

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball overpitched on the toes and he flicks to the sweeper

42.3

Lakmal to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, Karthik stands there and opens the face to run the ball toward backward point

42.4

Lakmal to Gambhir, FOUR, hah, take that! Low full toss and sweetly pushed back past the bowler and stumps

42.5

Lakmal to Gambhir, no run, shorter ball gets him flirting but there's no bat on ball

42.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball just on leg stump and cutting in, he waits and dabs to cover, well played Gambhir

End of over 43 (11 runs) India 276/3 (40 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.41, RRR: 5.71)
G Gambhir    127* (120b 12x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-0-42-2
KD Karthik    5* (7b)      S Randiv    9-0-53-1

43.1

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, spins away, he goes after it and dabs it wide of backward point

43.2

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 wide, very, very wide outside off stump

43.2

Randiv to Gambhir, no run, slower ball drifts in and pushes it gently into the off side

43.3

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, rides the bounce of a shorter one and chops it down past point

43.4

Randiv to Karthik, no run, gets back and across and looks to glance but can't time it well

43.5

Randiv to Karthik, 1 run, slides down, he works it away, on the bounce it goes toward Sangkarra who doesn't realize as Karthik sets off and that could have been a close stumping

43.6

Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, slower one, some turn, pushed away for an easy single

End of over 44 (4 runs) India 280/3 (36 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.36, RRR: 6.00)
G Gambhir    129* (124b 12x4)      S Randiv    10-0-57-1
KD Karthik    6* (9b)      RAS Lakmal    8-0-42-2

India opt for the batting Powerplay. They need a run a ball from here. Malinga returns.

44.1

Malinga to Gambhir, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps and Gambhir angles the no-ball to backward point, and we have a free hit coming up ...

44.1

Malinga to Karthik, 2 runs, slow ball on the pads, worked in the air out to deep square leg

44.2

Malinga to Karthik, 2 runs, steers a shortish ball to Dilshan at backward point, who falls to his left and tries to take it one-handed but the ball dies on him and runs away for a couple

44.3

Malinga to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length, gets tall and runs it down to third man

44.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, slower ball just angling past off stump and Gambhir is beaten after trying that cheeky little open-faced steer to third man

44.5

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side and that means poor Sangakkara has to fling himself around and save runs, well taken behind the stumps, skip

44.5

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, well played, with fine leg up Malinga cannot afford to bowl on the pads and Gambhir plays a very handy glance for four

44.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched outside off stump, Gambhir opens the face and steers the ball behind point for a single that makes him the highest individual scorer in an ODI in Kolkata

End of over 45 (13 runs) India 293/3 (23 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.51, RRR: 4.60)
G Gambhir    135* (128b 13x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-64-0
KD Karthik    11* (12b)      S Randiv    10-0-57-1

45.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, too much room outside off allows him to push the ball to deep cover

45.2

Lakmal to Karthik, no run, slow ball, a low full toss, which Karthik drives to mid-on

45.3

Lakmal to Karthik, no run, slow bouncer down the leg side, Karthik flinches as it passes

45.4

Lakmal to Karthik, no run, bouncer down the leg side, Karthik shoulders arms as it skims past his armpit and then looks at the umpire but there is no reaction

45.5

Lakmal to Karthik, 1 wide, but now umpire Erasmus reacts as the third bouncer is hurled down

45.5

Lakmal to Karthik, 1 run, predictably, the full ball and he clips it off his pads for a single

45.6

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length and steered with a full face of the bat down to the sweeper near the ropes and Gambhir keeps ticking along like the Energizer bunny

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 297/3 (19 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 4.75)
G Gambhir    137* (130b 13x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-0-46-2
KD Karthik    12* (16b)      SL Malinga    8-0-64-0

46.1

Malinga to Gambhir, 2 runs, chases a full ball outside off to point where a misfield allows two

46.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, chases width again and this time bisects cover and point

That is 3000 runs for Gambhir, congrats.

46.3

Malinga to Karthik, 1 run, slower ball, off stump, he gets over it and dabs into the covers

46.4

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, drives on the up and picks out that gap between cover and point

46.5

Malinga to Karthik, 1 run, another easy single picked off the erratic Malinga

46.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, wide full toss outside off, toe-ended wide of backward point

End of over 47 (7 runs) India 304/3 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.46, RRR: 4.00)
G Gambhir    142* (134b 13x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-71-0
KD Karthik    14* (18b)      RAS Lakmal    9-0-46-2

47.1

Lakmal to Gambhir, 3 runs, pokes at one on a length outside off and gets an inside edge past leg stump

47.2

Lakmal to Karthik, no run, another slow bouncer down the stumps and he ducks under it

47.3

Lakmal to Karthik, 1 run, straighter ball on middle and off, punched down to mid-on

47.4

Lakmal to Gambhir, 1 run, another short ball, to which Gambhir arches his back and uppercuts it down on the bounce to third man

47.5

Lakmal to Karthik, FOUR, on the full, driven on the rise to extra cover where Malinga tries to stop the ball with his feet but makes a total mess of it

47.6

Lakmal to Karthik, no run, another bouncer down the stumps, getting him to crouch low

End of over 48 (9 runs) India 313/3 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.52, RRR: 1.50)
KD Karthik    19* (22b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-0-55-2
G Gambhir    146* (136b 13x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-71-0

Just three to win it. A four will also get Gambhir to 150.

48.1

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, there it is, India win the series and Gambhir gets to 150! Malinga serves it up full outside off stump and Gambhir carves it excellent between two fielders and pumps his arms, a great knock from him and his team-mates and the crowd celebrate raucously

A rather facile win in the end owing to a magnificent 224-run stand between Gambhir and Kohli. It really took the game away from Sri Lanka after Sehwag and Tendulkar went. Kohli raised his first ton, Gambhir his seventh. And he stayed on to finish the deal, smartly. He gets to his second score of 150 against Sri Lanka. The visitors scored 315 but that wasn't enough. India seal the series 3-1 with one to play.

Stick around for the post-match stuff.

Meanwhile, an email from Sandip: "Positives for Lanka in this series is Welgedhera's left arm bowling, Tharanga's form at the top (why was he not picked for the Test series??), Sangakkara coming back into form. On the Down side, Malinga - is he fully fit or is it a case of batsmen getting used to his unique bowling - like Mendia. Also Jaywardene failed in the ODIs. Verdict is still out on Randiv, Lakmal, Thissera - as it is early days yet, but liked what I saw of them."

Ravi Shastri speaks to Sangakkara first: "We started out really well, with Upul Tharanga batting really well and the rest batting around him. Lakmal and Randiv bowled well but there wasn't enough back-up. The fast bowlers should have been more disciplined. Gautam and Kohli batted quite brilliantly. We had so many debutants on our tour and some of them have really stepped up and that promises better things on future tours. This is the most competitive we have been in the one-day arena since I debuted."

Now its over to Sehwag: "We were going to bowl first because of the dew in Eden Gardens. The spinners did well. Myself and Sachin Tendulkar got out early but Gauti and Virat batted very well. Kohli has done well. He got fifties in the Champions Trophy and against Sri Lanka and we are very proud of him. Credit for getting Dilshan out early goes to Sachin Tendulkar who told me to keep bowling on his legs."

Gambhir is the Man of the Match for his 150, but he says he cannot receive it and hands it over to Kohli. That is touching. Gambhir speaks to Shastri: "We knew the dew would be a big factor, even when last played here Graeme Smith got a hundred and it was hard for the bowlers. We lost two wickets but he had someone who could play positively and score quickly and that allowed me to keep going. The way Virat batted took a lot of pressure off my shoulders and we told ourselves to see what was happening after 35 overs, but then we didn't need to take the Powerplay. I've been pretty unfortunate in the last two innings but I am happy play a good knock to help us win the series. And its been fantastic to get a hundred in Eden Gardens."

So that is it from us at Cricinfo. Thanks for tuning in again. On behalf of Kanishkaa, Raghav and Sanjay this is Jamie Alter signing off. We'll be back for the final game on December 27. From all of us at Cricinfo, have a very merry Christmas. Bye for now!

Series Results
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi - Dec 27, 2009
No result
India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata - Dec 24, 2009
India won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack - Dec 21, 2009
India won by 7 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur - Dec 18, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Rajkot - Dec 15, 2009
India won by 3 runs
More results »

Photos

Dec 24, 2009

Renovation works goes on in the stands for the World Cup, India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, December 24, 2009

Renovation works goes on in the stands for the World Cup

© AFP

Dec 24, 2009

Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir take India home, India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Kolkata, December 24, 2009

Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir take India home

© AFP

All photos for this match | Galleries