Chaitanya: "Boy! the way the series is going... It will definitely increase a few heartbeats if not stop any! i have almost lost half my nails."

Dhoni: "The kind of start we got, we were quite happy to get 300 on board. We needed some early wickets with the new ball but that didn't happen and the spinners couldn't put pressure. We need to take wickets with the new ball. There were few misfields also; the way we field I think we should score 20 more runs!"

Sangakkara: "Another close one. Again we are mare making mistakes on the field. Injuries as well. If I had held on to my catch and stumping ( against Dhoni) I dont think they would have got 260. All credit to Dilshan who is playing out of his skin. Tharanga too played well. Also mention to Randiv and Lakmal. You saw how Angelo batted; great stuff but unfortunately he seems to have done his quadriceps. We need to get more replacements. The guys on the field today tried very hard. It was a great effort."

Man of the Match is Dilshan: "It was a very good year. I certainly can't forget this year. If you are chasing 300-400 you have to take some chances. What's changed in my career is when I make starts, I convert them to big hundreds. I have a different thinking now. Both sides are playing very good cricket. The next three are going to be very interesting games. It's better to be batting in the middle instead of sitting in the dressing room and feeling the pressure!"

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Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, Angeloooo! The series is level. Mathews hits the winning runs; he dragged this one past square-leg. He has been close before but has seen the chase derail but not this time. Well played Angelo. No great visible reaction from him also; he just pumps his fist and quietly walks away.

49 | 9 Runs | SL: 301/7 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 6.14, RRR: 1.00)

  • BAW Mendis2 (4b)
  • AD Mathews36 (24b)
  • A Nehra10-0-74-1
  • P Kumar8-0-48-0
Nehra to Mendis, 2 runs, Zaheer under more pressure. Mendis backs away to lift the length delivery high in the air behind mid-on. Zaheer rushed back but stumbled when he got close to the ball and couldn't go for the catch.
Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, dug in short, at the rib cage, swatted away to backward square-leg
Nehra to Mathews, FOUR, What a fumble from Zaheer and Sri Lanka get a boundary. It was driven straight to Zaheer at mid-on who went forward, trying to stop a single, but makes a complete mess of it. Smiles in the Sri Lankan camp. surely now, SL will wrap this up?
Nehra to Mendis, 1 leg bye, lands outside leg stump, moves in to bound off the pad for a sundry
Nehra to Mendis, no run, short of length, bounces on the middle stump line, Mendis goes across the line and the ball climbs over the middle stump.

Zaheer walks across to discuss stuff with Nehra. The batsmen too get together for a chat.

Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, goes for the yorker, dug out to the on side

Hassan: "I regard Mathews very highly. The lad is only 22 and already had to bat in very difficult situations with not much support. I think SRL needs to rethink the number 6 and 7 positions with may be Jayawardene batting down in these type of situations."

This is the last over of the Batting Powerplay

48 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 292/7 (10 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.08, RRR: 5.00)

  • BAW Mendis0 (1b)
  • AD Mathews30 (21b)
  • P Kumar8-0-48-0
  • Z Khan10-0-63-3
Kumar to Mendis, no run, low full toss outside off stump but the batsman doesn't get the bat on it .. Dhoni applauds PK who simply stares ahead
Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, superbly hit hard straight drive but unluckily, for Angelo, it crashes into the stumps at the other end and deflects to long-on.
Kumar to Mathews, 2 runs, low full toss, on driven to right of long-on for couple of runs. 11 from 14. Angelo is fighting on. Can he finish it?
Kumar to Mathews, FOUR, A limping Angelo pulls out a fine paddle shot. He leans across to paddle a length delivery through leg slip region. Silence from the crowd!
Kumar to Randiv, OUT, Randiv is run out. Direct hit from Harbhajan. Randiv moved outside leg stump to punch to mid-off where Harbhajan rushed forward to fire a direct hit at the non striker's end. Yet another twist here.

S Randiv run out 5 (16m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Kumar to Mathews, 1 run, around 122 kmph really full delivery, pushed past mid-on for a single
Kumar to Mathews, 1 wide, tries the slower one but it's a wide down the leg side

Manoj: "By sheer law of averages, SL cannot lose tonight"

47 | 4 Runs | SL: 283/6 (19 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.02, RRR: 6.33)

  • S Randiv5 (7b)
  • AD Mathews22 (17b)
  • Z Khan10-0-63-3
  • A Nehra9-0-66-1

Tendulkar, Dhoni and Sehwag discuss. The umpire comes across to tell them to hurry up.

Khan to Randiv, no run, almost run out but Sachin fails to collect cleanly at mid-off. IT was driven straight to Tendulkar, the batsmen set for a run before deciding against it. It could have got really close had Tendulkar, who charged ahead, picked the ball cleanly

MuizUzair: "I wonder why Jehan Mubarak has been or Mahroof is not selected. Those two have batted much better than Kapugedera in these situations."

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven to long-off
Khan to Randiv, 1 run, short in length, bounces on the middle stump line, pulled away for a single

Play still held up. Angelo is getting treated. 21 from 21. Nehra has a talk with Yuvraj near the boundary

Khan to Mathews, 1 run, low full toss outside off, pushed to right of mid-off. Angelo limps down the track. He is holding his right thigh. The physio is also out there. Kapugedera is the runner and he enters the field now.
Khan to Randiv, 1 run, just short of the blockhole, dead straight, jabbed away to the on side.
Khan to Randiv, no run, short in length on the middle and off stump line, pushed away to cover

46 | 12 Runs | SL: 279/6 (23 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.06, RRR: 5.75)

  • AD Mathews20 (15b)
  • S Randiv3 (3b)
  • A Nehra9-0-66-1
  • Z Khan9-0-59-3
Nehra to Mathews, FOUR, Angeloooooo! He is turning it on here. He moves outside leg and whacks a full length delivery right over the bowler's head.
Nehra to Mathews, FOUR, Smashed away. Full toss around the off stump line and Angelo crashes it to the straight boundary. The crowd go silent.
Nehra to Randiv, 1 run, on the middle and leg, flicked away to fine-leg for a single. Zaheer moves across to have a chat with Nehra

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st102TM DilshanWU Tharanga
2nd45TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd66DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
4th19DPMD JayawardeneSHT Kandamby
5th32SHT KandambyAD Mathews
6th3AD MathewsCK Kapugedera
7th18S RandivAD Mathews
8th17AD MathewsBAW Mendis