Player of the Match
Player of the Match

A beaming Gayle walks out with his team-mates to greet Chanderpaul and Smith. He handshakes the Sri Lankan players now. The series is levelled. Pity, that its just a two-match series. The West Indian players walk around the ground now. Sarwan is there, so is Gayle. What a innings it was from Sarwan. Sars and Chanders did it for West Indies after their bowlers set up the game in the second innings. Spare a thought for Thilan Samaraweera, who played the innings of his life, but had to end up on the losing side. Meanwhile, the celebratory walk of the West Indies team is still on. Slowly, they go, cheered on by a happy crowd.

The West Indian players, including Chanderpaul, are waiting for the post-match ceremony to start. Sri Lankan players too are there. Mahela signals to some of his team-mates to join the group. All set for the ceremony.

Mahela: We gave ourselves a chance but Ronnie and Shiv batted really well. We had few half chances but couldn't capitalise. But West Indies played some very good cricket and deserved to win. It has been a tough series but we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Both teams should take credit for the way we performed. I am looking forward to the ODI series."

Gayle Well done to the guys. It was a shaky start but they came out on the top in the end. The bowlers did a tremendous job, Taylor, Fidel. It was a terrific effort from Sarwan. Credit to Mahela and his team. It was a good series, We enjoyed every minute of it. This win does lots of good for the morale of the team. We have come from behind to equal the series."

Man of the Match and Man of the Series : Sarwan : It was an important innings. It was important to get the partnership with Shiv. I have been positive, picking the right balls to hit. I have continue in this way. It has been hard work back, it has taken ten months to come back. Chris has been doing a wonderful job, every one has been around him and supporting him.

Mahela and Gayle come out and accept the series Trophy, which is shared by the two teams. Murali takes the cup from Gayle and holds it aloft with a big smile. Everyone is happy. Let's go home!

This is Sriram Veera, signing off. Thanks for tuning in over the last four days.

Muralitharan to Smith, FOUR runs, West Indies have levelled the series. Short and wide, cut to point boundary. Chanderpaul envelops Smith in a hug. The dressing room erupts. Only two teams (India and West Indies) have made 250 or more in the fourth innings here on this ground to win a game. This is the third occasion. A win for the hosts here after eight years. A real sweet win.
Muralitharan to Smith, no run, Smith comes down and tries to sweep, gets hit on the pad
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, comes down the track, drives to mid-on and rushes across for a quick single. Three more to win.

68 | 2 Runs | WI: 249/4

  • DS Smith10 (16b)
  • S Chanderpaul85 (145b)
  • MKDI Amerasinghe13-0-43-0
  • M Muralitharan24-4-87-1
Amerasinghe to Smith, 2 runs, short-pitched delivery, pulled to right of long leg where Vass runs across to make a tumbling stop.
Amerasinghe to Smith, no run, length delivery that straightened on the off stump line, defended to covers
Amerasinghe to Smith, no run, beaten on the drive. Full in length, moves away and Smith wanted to cover drive, bat met air and the ball took refuge in Sangakkara's gloves
Amerasinghe to Smith, no run, pushed to covers. They need 6 more.
Amerasinghe to Smith, no run, short in length, steered to left of gully where Vandort dives to make the stop. Sri Lanka are not relaxing it,. yet.
Amerasinghe to Smith, no run, full in length, cutting away, guided to backward point

67 | (maiden) | WI: 247/4

  • S Chanderpaul85 (145b)
  • DS Smith8 (10b)
  • M Muralitharan24-4-87-1
  • MKDI Amerasinghe12-0-41-0
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, no run, spins away from the off stump, left alone
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, no run, slower one this time and Chanderpaul stretches well across to dead-bat it
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, no run, on the off stump line, steered to backward point
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, no run, short and wide, reaches out and mistimes a cut to covers
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, no run, quickish off break and Chanderpaul lets Sanga gather.
Muralitharan to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted full, driven to mid-on

66 | 5 Runs | WI: 247/4

  • DS Smith8 (10b)
  • S Chanderpaul85 (139b)
  • MKDI Amerasinghe12-0-41-0
  • M Muralitharan23-3-87-1
Amerasinghe to Smith, no run, full and straight, defended back to the bowler
Amerasinghe to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on the middle stump line, tucked behind square leg for a single
Amerasinghe to Chanderpaul, no run, slanted across Chanderpaul who shoulders arms
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West Indies 4th innings Partnerships

1st23CH GayleS Chattergoon
2nd1RR SarwanS Chattergoon
3rd49RR SarwanMN Samuels
4th157S ChanderpaulRR Sarwan
5th24S ChanderpaulDS Smith