Player of the Match
Player of the Match
233dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

India rise to No. 2 with narrow win

It was a low-key series that was overshadowed by the Olympics, but there was a dramatic change in the rankings as India climbed up to No. 2 after shutting out Sri Lanka 4-1

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
88(99) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 32 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
2 2 22 5 29 3 7 18
HDRL Thirimanne
77(96) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 34 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 5 5 7 21 17 5 17

Best performances - Bowlers

IK Pathan
O10
M0
R61
W5
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
O10
M0
R64
W3
Eco6.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

India won the 5-match series 4-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

4 August 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Siddhartha Talya

India take the series 4-1 and go up to No.2 in the ICC ODI rankings. A good series for the visitors. There's a T20 game left but barring an indifferent performance in the second ODI, India have chased well and now, defended a score. Good performance from Jeevan Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne; they gave India a scare and there was a point when Sri Lanka had edged ahead but India hit back. So, a comprehensive series win for India, we'll get you the presentation details in a bit.

Irfan Pathan is the Man of the Match for his all-round performance: "God's grace. Was bowling well throughout the series. Had too many bad deliveries today but got five wickets. The batting gave me a lot of confidence, it came at the right time, in Premadasa and here. The ball does swing with the humid conditions, and with the two new balls it does help swing the ball. It's a great feeling."

There is a Player of the Series award from one sponsor and a Man of the Series award from another. Virat Kohli is Man of the Series; he gets a car. Gambhir wins a bike.

Angelo Mathews: "Encouraging to see Thirimanne and Mendis taking on the challenge. Unfortunately we fell short by 20 runs, we gave away some runs on the field. The Indians have a very good batting line-up. But we did too many mistakes on specific days and that was the result of our downfall. Mendis works really hard and is a wonderful asset for us. We've got the SLPL before the World T20."

Dhoni: "This was a very good wicket to bat on. Gautam batted well, we had a very good platform. The last 10 overs we had to get a fair amount of runs, we knew it will get a bit easy to bat on in the second half. Most of the Sri Lankan fields are quite big, if it's not needed it is advisable to not go for the big shots. This outfield was quick and we could use the pace of the bowler. If one of me and Irfan got out, we may not have got to that score. So we played safe for a while. We still need to improve, not only in the bowling but also the batting. The guy who was set usually carried it forward but it's important that we dictate the bowling and score 15 runs more than the par score. If we are playing with part-time bowlers, we need to those 10 to 15 runs. The [limping] is not a major concern, it's not a big injury. Hopefully I'll play the next game."

Some medals to be given out to the team members now. But, for our purposes, the presentation ceremony is over. That's all from here, folks. Many thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Do join us again for the Twenty20 game on August 7. Two other games happening: Kevin Pietersen is going strong against South Africa in Headingley. There's a cracker of a Test happening in Jamaica between West Indies and New Zealand. Check it out here. Thanks again, see ya.

45.4
W
Dinda to Malinga, OUT, excellent catch from Raina who was running back from long-off, low full toss and Malinga struck it well but not well enough, Raina ran back and took it calmly just in front of the ropes to seal victory

SL Malinga c Raina b Dinda 10 (14m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

45.3
0
Dinda to Malinga, no run, low full toss outside off, mistimes a drive, gets it to long-on, refuses the single

Two extra covers in place

45.2
4
Dinda to Malinga, FOUR runs, Four more, remember that four that Lance Klusener hit off Damien Fleming in that World Cup semi-final in the final over, just wide of long-off. This is a right handed version of that. Pitched up and that's drilled wide of the long-off fielder whose dive is in vain
45.1
4
Dinda to Malinga, FOUR runs, Malinga ain't giving up and this ain't over yet, pitched up outside off, lofts that over extra cover for a boundary

Pradeep is the last man

END OF OVER:
45 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 266/9 (29 runs required from 26 balls, RR: 5.91, RRR: 5.80)

  • SL Malinga2 (5b)
  • IK Pathan10-0-61-5
  • Z Khan9-1-53-1

Rash shot from Senanayake when he seemed to be going alright. Just one wicket away from 4-1 are India. Irfan collects his second ODI five-for, marking a more than satisfactory comeback

44.6
W
Pathan to Senanayake, OUT, Five-for for Irfan, gets a wicket off the final ball of his spell, goes round the wicket, landed on a good length and Senanayake swings hard, misses and his off stump is knocked back

SMSM Senanayake b Pathan 7 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

44.6
1w
Pathan to Senanayake, 1 wide, drops that one short but it's too high and he's left that one alone, called a wide

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st13TM DilshanWU Tharanga
2nd48WU TharangaHDRL Thirimanne
3rd13LD ChandimalHDRL Thirimanne
4th15AD MathewsHDRL Thirimanne
5th13CK KapugederaHDRL Thirimanne
6th102BMAJ MendisHDRL Thirimanne
7th48BMAJ MendisNLTC Perera
8th4BMAJ MendisSMSM Senanayake
9th10SL MalingaSMSM Senanayake
10th8SL MalingaN Pradeep