Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

T Thushara
44(46) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 8 2 0 0 8 5 3
MS Dhoni
39(54) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 4 0 1 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O10.0
M1
R22
W2
Eco2.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O9.5
M3
R21
W4
Eco2.13
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Hang for the quotes from post-match ceremony.

Mahela: Batting first we were thinking 175 or 200 would have been good total on this wicket. But the batsmen showed character after quick wickets and our bowlers did a tremendous job. We didn't die wondering. It was important that our (top-order) batsmen survive that phase but full credit to Zak. All in all it's a good wicket, but initially against the new ball you have to survive. We tried everything in our bowling but in the end Dhoni and Badrinath - that partnership took the game away from us. All to play for at Colombo.

Dhoni: It was a good win to level the series. There was presssure on us. We lost Gauti (Gambhir) in the morning but Zaheer Khan did the job for us. We would have liked to win more comfortably but in the end it's about winning. We let the individuals handle their bowlers rather than creating pressure by huddling in a room and talk strategies. 1000 things are discussed and over discussed in meeting some times. It was good to see Badrinath play well. He did well against Mendis and Murali. choosing to bowl was a blessing in disguise. The wicket looked better than the previous game but there was something for the new ball. Zaheer played well. We have three days gap now and we can enjoy the next two days in Colombo before beginning the preparation.

Man of the Match: Zaheer Khan: "The important thing was to be consistent on this wicket; just hit the right areas and let the wicket do the job. As a spearhead of the bowling attack I will always have pressure to provide the early breakthroughs. I was just bowling within myself on this wicket. All the bowlers did the job and put pressure on their batters. I am looking forward to rest of the three ODIs; hope it goes well.

This is Veera, signing on behalf of the scorer Srinivas. Thanks for logging on Machangs!

39.4
1
Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run, brings up the victory with a drive to extra cover. The series is level. Badrinath pumps his fists, good knock on debut. The hero of the victory, Zaheer Khan, walks off with Badri. It was a very good opening spell from him that put India in this position.
39.3
1
Muralitharan to Khan, 1 run, gets the scores level with a push to extra cover
39.2
1
Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run, flighted off break from round the stumps, turned to long leg for a single
39.1
0
Muralitharan to Badrinath, no run, skips down the track to wrist to midwicket

END OF OVER:
39 | (maiden) | INDIA: 140/7

  • Z Khan1 (9b)
  • S Badrinath25 (54b)
  • KMDN Kulasekara9-2-26-2
  • BAW Mendis10-1-22-2
38.6
0
Kulasekara to Khan, no run, leans across to defend to the off side
38.5
0
Kulasekara to Khan, no run, the legcutter slower one, almost a yorker length, on the middle and off line, dug out to the off side

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

T Thushara
44(46) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 8 2 0 0 8 5 3
MS Dhoni
39(54) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 4 0 1 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O10.0
M1
R22
W2
Eco2.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Z Khan
O9.5
M3
R21
W4
Eco2.13
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF