160dThe Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Dilshan, Mathews help Sri Lanka draw level

A near-full house in Nagpur was witness to a fiery match, with Sri Lanka leveling the series with a three-wicket win as runs and wickets flowed in equal measure in good batting conditions

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

TM Dilshan
123(113) 12x4 - 2x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 50 runs
  • 3x4 - 2x6
8 5 10 32 5 24 26 13
MS Dhoni
107(111) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 44 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
16 4 14 8 6 5 39 15

Best performances - Bowlers

S Randiv
O10
M0
R51
W3
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O10
M0
R63
W3
Eco6.30
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

Series result

5-match series level 1-1

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

18 December 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

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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49.1
1
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.

END OF OVER:
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
48.6
2
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.
48.5
1
Nehra to Mathews, 1 run, dug in short, at the rib cage, swatted away to backward square-leg
48.4
4
Nehra to Mathews, FOUR runs, 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?
48.3
1lb
Nehra to Mendis, 1 leg bye, lands outside leg stump, moves in to bound off the pad for a sundry
48.2
0
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.

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

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