Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.6 Vaas strikes. A tad slower, from short of length, cutting in from outside off, Gambhir is early into the cut and finds point fielder. Mahela erupts in joy. Gambhir looks ruefully at his bat. 36/1
    9.2 Mendis has done him in. Sehwag charged out, Mendis flicked the ball short of length and cut it away, Sehwag tried to change his shot and cut the ball but missed. Mendis has his man stranded down the wicket. Great moment for the young mystery spinner. The carrom ball has worked. 76/2
    13.3 Mendis you little beauty! Poor shot, though from Raina. It skidded on off a length on the middle and Raina went for the pull shot. Talk about wrong shot selection. 93/4
    9.4 What a little bundle of talent. Pocketful of mystery. Yuvraj is castled. It was flicked on a length on the middle stump line and skidded on straight. Yuvraj played all around it. Gone! And Sri Lanka roar back into the game. Thrilling stuff. Finger-flicking good! 76/3
    34.2 Sharp catch by Sanga, standing up to the stumps. Full in length outside off stump and Dhoni went for a extra-cover drive and inside-edged to Sanga who pouched it safely. All the Sri Lankans converge near the centre pitch and are in a huddle of a joy. The game is all but over. Sri Lanka will win another Asia Cup. 160/9
    15.2 Don't you mess with Mendis. Rohit has no clue either. One by one he is flicking them out. This one landed on a length on the middle, Rohit shaped to work it across the line. Mistake. The ball cut in towards middle and hit his back leg. I wonder how good he was as a kid at carrom. Take the "red" boy! 97/5
    26.6 Trapped in front. It landed full, from round the stumps, on the middle and off, turns in to evade the forward prod and strikes the pad in front of the middle. Sri Lanka are perched on top. What a evening it has been. Mendis flicked away the top order and now Murali has started to spin his way into the second half. 135/6
    31.3 googly - fuller and going away from Pathan, who got on his front foot to defend and just managed to edge it to first slip. 154/7
    31.4 What a little champion! They are not reading him at all. RP lunges forward, the ball lands on a length on the middle, the bat goes down the line but it was flicked away and it cut quickly towards the off stump. Clatter! Oh boy they are going to be at the video guy before the series in Sri Lanka next month. 154/8
    not out
    39.3 Sri Lanka win the Asia Cup. Kulasekara cleans up Ishant with a full and straight delivery that beats the big drive. Mahela pumps his fist and turns to hug Jayasuriya. One by one, they all troop in and get into a huddle. They break away now. Congratulations to the champions. The Indian team stand on the staircase and shake hands with the Sri Lankans. 173/10
    3 (b 2, w 1)
    173 all out (39.3 Overs, RR: 4.37)
    Fall of wickets: 1-36 (G Gambhir, 4.6 ov), 2-76 (V Sehwag, 9.2 ov), 3-76 (Yuvraj Singh, 9.4 ov), 4-93 (SK Raina, 13.3 ov), 5-97 (RG Sharma, 15.2 ov), 6-135 (RV Uthappa, 26.6 ov), 7-154 (IK Pathan, 31.3 ov), 8-154 (RP Singh, 31.4 ov), 9-160 (MS Dhoni, 34.2 ov), 10-173 (I Sharma, 39.3 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas9.005526.113311000
    KMDN Kulasekara6.302614.00243000
    T Thushara8.005106.37217010
    BAW Mendis8.011361.62360000
    M Muralitharan8.002613.25302000

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