Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Very valiant effort by Kandamby and it could have been a different story had he received a bit more support. Sri Lanka were in with a good chance in the 3rd Powerplay but lost a couple of wickets too many. Despite scoring 93, things didn't entirely go to plan for Kandamby as several swings either found thin air or the fielders. Perhaps he ran out of energy quickly. Still though, he went down fighting and Sri Lanka should be proud of the way they fought in this chase.

As for India, they make it seven in a row. They held their nerve after the third Powerplay and set good standards in the field. The bowling wasn't at its best in the third Powerplay but Ishant made up for it with his yorkers and slower balls. Here's the presentation.

Jayawardene: "The Indians played better cricket but credit to our guys as well. It was a bit too much for Kandamby to finish the game off. We had to be a bit cautious, we knew we couldn't lose too many wickets. We played good cricket and but we need to be even better when playing a team like India."

Dhoni: "We made a few mistakes in the field. The bowlers lost their line in the middle overs. It is tough to be cool always, I wasn't always myself in the 2nd Powerplay. We have to be careful, sometimes we relax a bit. Overall a good effort."

Ishant is the Man of the Match for his 4 for 57. "Not really my best performance. I had decided exactly where to bowl in my last over. I knew the slower ball was my strength."

I wonder why Ishant was being so modest. If I'm not wrong he used the word 'depressing' somewhere in the middle. Anyway the excitement may sink in later tonight.

Thanks for your company. Do join us for the third ODI, at the same venue, on Tuesday. It's another day-nighter. Thanks for the mails.

This has been a joint effort from Cricinfo. Thank you and good night!

Kumar to Kandamby, 1 run, OUT, lofts the ball just in front of long-off, the throw is fired to Dhoni and this time he hits the stumps firmly enough to dislodge both the bails, there's no need for the third umpire as Mendis is well short of his ground
Kumar to Kandamby, 2 runs, another bizarre incident with the bails, the throw it fired to Dhoni from long-off, he strikes the stumps firmly but the stubborn bails refuse to move! Anyway the batsman was just in
Kumar to Kandamby, 1 wide, comes round the wicket and bowls the slower ball down the leg side, he sweeps but misses

20 needed off six balls

49 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | SL: 237/9 (20 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.83, RRR: 20.00)

  • KMDN Kulasekara1 (4b)
  • I Sharma10-1-57-4
  • Z Khan10-0-56-1
Sharma to Kandamby, OUT, very easy for Dhoni, Kandamby makes room to swing but he misses it completely, Kulasekara takes off for the run but Dhoni under-arms ball onto the stumps and catches him well short of his crease
Sharma to Kandamby, no run, Kandamby's attempt at improvisation fails as he walks across all three stumps to glance it away but misses it completely, Ishant deserves credit for taking the pace off the ball
Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 run, the agony increases for Sri Lanka as Kulasekara drives firmly only for Yusuf to dive and intercept it at cover

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st15ST JayasuriyaTM Dilshan
2nd18ST JayasuriyaKC Sangakkara
3rd3DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th100DPMD JayawardeneSHT Kandamby
5th51SHT KandambyCK Kapugedera
6th19SHT KandambyMF Maharoof
7th22SHT KandambyT Thushara
8th8M MuralitharanSHT Kandamby
9th1SHT KandambyKMDN Kulasekara
10th4SHT KandambyBAW Mendis