Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
69(73) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 0 5 0 8 4 0 7
KC Sangakkara
73(82) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 3 3 1 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

Z Khan
O7.0
M1
R42
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MF Maharoof
O10.0
M1
R42
W5
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

They have got a bonus point, but more importantly they have got the right morale boost ahead of the big game. Forget the trends from the past, Sri Lanka will go in as favourites. India's bowling looked ordinary today, and while Harbhajan will lift the standards considerably, there is enough cause for concern. India's collapse with the bat was bizarre, and even more worrying - this is the same batting line up that will play in the finals.

Shruti: "The first match of the series between SL and Pak match tried to successfully justify the existence of ODIs, however the rest of the matches in the series have more or less tried to kill any such notions...(except India-Pak I guess!)"

Time for the presentations.

Dhoni: "Well of course, we got off to a decent start.. 160 odd on the board with six wickets in hand, we were looking at 270 odd, but Maharoof came on and turned it around completely. We did not have much chance after that. We have done well so far, batsmen have got runs. Would have been nice to carry confidence into the final, but unfortunately that did not happen. Finals in a couple of days.. we have to work on the areas where we can improve."

Sangakkara: "Very happy with the fact that we won so well in the end. Kapugedera's run out (of Dhoni) turned it around, and then Maharoof's hat-trick, what can you say! We just tried a new combination today, and I'm very happy with the way they performed. We have got to do it again in the finals. This win gives us confidence, but the finals is a finals. We have to start from scratch. It was pretty good to chase under lights today.. probably easier to bat during the day.."

Maharoof is as expected the Man of the Match for his five-for inclusive of that hat-trick. "I've done really well through the series.. hard work has paid off - Dambulla has always been lucky to me. To be honest, I had not planned for the hat-trick. Just wanted to keep it in good areas and it worked. In Dambulla when you hit that line and length there is always something for the bowlers. Sangakkara took a marvellous catch to give me the hat-trick, really happy for the team."

On that happy note we will wrap up the coverage for this game. Do tune in for the finals in a couple of days. On behalf of Team Cricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

37.3
4
Jadeja to Jayawardene, FOUR runs, Mahela has had enough of this nonsense and slog-sweeps from outside off to midwicket. Fifty to Mahela and victory to Sri Lanka.
37.2
0
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, much ado about nothing. Mahela cuts uppishly, the fielder at point could not get there in time as it landed safely, but the throw came in to the non-striker's end as Kandamby ran back. It hit the stumps, but he was just in.
37.1
0
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, late cut goes straight to the fielder behind square on the off side

END OF OVER:
37 | 7 Runs | SL: 207/3

  • SHT Kandamby7 (14b)
  • DPMD Jayawardene49 (64b)
  • PP Ojha10-0-49-0
  • RA Jadeja6-0-25-0
36.6
0
Ojha to Kandamby, no run, deliberately padded to the off side. I haven't seen that in an ODI for a while. Mahela's fifty is on the platter now, ready to be devoured.
36.5
0
Ojha to Kandamby, no run, now to the on side. Yawn.
36.4
0
Ojha to Kandamby, no run, defends to the off side. Soporific stuff.

Sri Lanka have ripped India today. Yes tis was a second-string India side, but Sri Lanka were third-string to be honest. They rested four of their first-choice players, while India rested three from the squad currently in Dambulla. There too, it is up for debate if Ashish Nehra can be termed first-choice.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
69(73) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 0 5 0 8 4 0 7
KC Sangakkara
73(82) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 3 3 1 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

Z Khan
O7.0
M1
R42
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MF Maharoof
O10.0
M1
R42
W5
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Asia Cup

TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
INDIA44008.0002.021
BDESH43106.0000.463
PAK42204.000-0.320
SL41302.000-0.316
UAE40400.000-1.846
Qualifying Group
TEAMMPMWMLMDPTNRR
UAE33006.0001.708
AFG32104.0000.983
OMAN31202.000-1.252
HKG30300.000-1.445