Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.5 Harbhajan roars and he is mobbed by his team-mates. With a scrambled seam, he landed it on a length on the middle and off and it skidded on to the middle. Dilshan misread the length, went back to cut and in the end, tried to stab it away to the off side but misses. Timber! What a fun start he has given to the chase, though. A huge wicket for India. Drama continues in Lanka. Dhoni was ecstatic there. He roared and roared. 64/1
    10.6 The big man is gone. The off spinners are doing it for India. In style. Jayasuriya tries to swing the flighted delivery from outside off to the leg side but is beaten in flight and top-edges it to mid-on. It triggers off the Indian celebration routine: Scream in joy 85/3
    9.4 Harbhajan has struck again! What a gem of a spell this is turning out to be. Again scrambled seam, applies some over spin on the doosra on the off stump line, Mahela is lured into a waft to the on side and gets a leading edge back down the pitch. Harbhajan screams in delight; his team-mates too clear their throats. 76/2
    27.3 OMG! What a bizzare way to get out. Oh dear. It''s a low full toss, below waist-high, Sangakkara has a jab at it and here is where the trouble starts. The bat slips out of his sweaty gloved hands and flips in the air back over his shoulder and falls on the stumps. What a way to go. Sanga looks stunned. Shocked. He was looking to really fight it out there but the captain has to go. Raina tackles RP in celebration and both go down to the ground laughing. For what it's worth, the ball rolled towards mid-on after impact with the bat. 182/6
    14.3 Ishant, who leaked runs with the newer ball, tastes his first success. It landed back of length on the middle and leg and straightened to go past the attempted across-the-line slog and crash into the middle stump. Four down and wobbling. 108/4
    17.3 Yuvraj, the man with the golden arm, strikes. It was flighted outside off stump, on a length, stops a touch on Angelo who chips it on the up and straight to Raina at extra cover. Sangakkara stands alone 131/5
    44.3 Harbhajan has done it again. He was the man who took the first two wickets and he is the man who turns the game again for India now. Kandamby moved well outside leg stump and went for the cut but missed it completely. Clatter! What a wonderful innings under pressure but he has given it away in the end. 66 valuable runs but he is gone now. Advantage India. 264/8
    42.3 Huge strike by Raina. It was the quicker one, skidding outside off, Kapugedera tried to dab it late behind the wicket but edged it. It popped out of Dhoni's gloves but he caught it on the rebound. Big wicket. A fine innings from Kapu comes to an end. 68 from 45 balls needed now. This fascinating game continues to see-saw 252/7
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    44.4 Double jeopardy! Done in by the doosra. Just like the Mahela dismissal. Malinga tried to turn it to the leg side for a single but all he does get is a leading edge ... a dolly back to Harbhajan. 264/9
    46.4 Fittingly, Harbhajan hammers in the final nail. A tossed up doosra, from round the stumps, lures Mendis out of the crease, turns past the swing of the bat and Dhoni does the rest. Harbhajan bags a five-for. What a game he has had. He took out Dilshan and Mahela at the top, returned at the pressure time to deliver the knock-out punch. The Indians get into a celebratory huddle. 273/10
    15 (lb 3, nb 1, w 11)
    273 all out (46.4 Overs, RR: 5.85)
    Fall of wickets: 1-64 (TM Dilshan, 7.5 ov), 2-76 (DPMD Jayawardene, 9.4 ov), 3-85 (ST Jayasuriya, 10.6 ov), 4-108 (T Thushara, 14.3 ov), 5-131 (AD Mathews, 17.3 ov), 6-182 (KC Sangakkara, 27.3 ov), 7-252 (CK Kapugedera, 42.3 ov), 8-264 (SHT Kandamby, 44.3 ov), 9-264 (SL Malinga, 44.4 ov), 10-273 (BAW Mendis, 46.4 ov)
    A Nehra7.004306.14237000
    I Sharma7.005117.28186110
    RP Singh5.003416.80135001
    Harbhajan Singh9.405655.79265030
    YK Pathan4.003619.0094030
    Yuvraj Singh6.002414.00171000
    SK Raina8.002613.25250000

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