Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
71(100) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 8 0 0 6 1
RG Sharma
58(89) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 0 5 7 1 4 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O10.0
M2
R20
W4
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RA Jadeja
O7.5
M1
R23
W4
Eco2.93
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

It was an extension of the Champions Trophy in England and it certainly didn't disappoint. The pitches were spicy, there were big wins, there were big losses, there was a close hustle between the teams to make it to the final and when India and Sri Lanka made it, they made sure it was a thriller. All in all, a good series. Sid Monga is getting the match report ready, but it will be all from the comms team. This is Abhishek Purohit and Devashish Fuloria signing off. More cricket coming up soon - Pak v WI. Till then, ciao ciao.

Presentation

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli accept the winners trophy (after the presenter had forgotten about it).

MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match.

"I think I am blessed with a bit of good cricketing sense," says MS Dhoni. "15 players have been very good on the field and that is a good sign. The opposition bowler was not the most experienced in that last over unlike Malinga, so I thought i would take my chances. I went with a heavy bat, the weight was perfect for slogging."

Rohit Sharma gets an award for being the most trusted player. "I am really happy with the way we performed," he says. "The wicket was not easy to play shots, I wanted to delay my shots and wanted to stay as long as possible in the middle. (In the last over) We have seen Dhoni doing it over and over again, so it was not so much of a surprise."

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Player of the Series. He gets a quad-bike to rule the the mean streets of Meerut.

"It was a great game, the bowlers showed a lot of character to defend 200,"says Angelo Mathews. "Sanga and Thirimanne batted really well, but we lost momentum after that. Had we played till the end, we could have pushed it to 230-240 and that wuould have been enough. Herath bowled really well to bring us back into the game, but Dhoni is always a dangerous batsman. We played a good tournament throughout, didn't win the title, but the players showed a lot of character."


India have another ODI title and as has been the trend, it is Dhoni who plays the swashbuckler in the end. Sri Lanka had done everything right in the second innings. They kept their bowling water tight throughout the innings defending a middling total, but the pitch had enough in it to keep the bowlers interest. Then around the powerplay overs, they started carving through India's middle order and were in touching distance of that elusive title, but again, it was that man against them. He averaged over 80 against Sri Lanka in chases before the start of this match. It has gone a few steps over now. Sri Lanka's wait for a title continues. For India, was it not for a calm innings by Rohit at the start, the situation could have been far worse.

Joe: "What confidence and self belief MSD has, alwways back's himself.. Best finisher in ODI's.."

Aditya: "Not to undermine the great finisher, but he often gets more credit than the guys who built the base. In the WC final, given the situation, IMO Gambhir's innings was more crucial than Dhoni's. So is the case with Rohit's innings today."

Vigi: "Well, what do i have to say as a Sri Lankan fan. Dhoni and co break our hearts yet again. We may have lost again to the same side, but we showed resilliance. Well done boys!!!"

Vijay: "People are forgetting the recent history. This win won't have been possible without the magical innings of Rohit Sharma. There were two heroes today - Rohit in the early stage and MSD the finisher!..."

Himanshu Kumar: "No one will ever figure out the Pressure and Temperature at which "The Iceman" named Dhoni will melt ! :)" --- He doesn't believe in the Charles' law I guess.

Nikhil: "As we bow to the mad genius of Dhoni, spare a thought for Kohli. He slogged thru the tournament and got India to the final. He deserves a part of the glory."

Bharat: "The only major trophy left for MSD is to win the Ashes and it doesn't look beyond him :)"

Niel Johnson: "Dhoni needs to prove winning series in SA, England and Australia against the fast men, then we can hail them the best captain India has ever produced, till then he is just a best batsman for one day and 20-20 :)"


What manic hitting this is! He just needed three balls, just three. 6, 4, 6 and Sri Lanka watched that in horror and shock! The whole Indian team runs down the pitch, they know it's not a surprise, they have seen this man do this so many times..He was struggling to run throughout his innings and had India lost, the whole logic of him playing himself in the final while not being fit would have been questioned. He chose to give Vinay strike throughout those tricky overs, a decision that almost ended India's challenge. But.. like always, he has found a way to display more heroics. What a legend!

Anand: "Indeed a No 11's day. Ishant's achievement. He stayed not out hence the victory!"

Awais: "One of the setbacks of so many India vs Sri Lanka matches is that they have become so predictable in all situations. Just tuned on the tv in the last over and I said to my brother sitting next to me "Dhoni will finish it in 3 balls." Though he finished in 4."

Hemant: "What an unbelievable day of cricket we've had today!! First Agar's superb knock and now this match!"

DaGameChanger: "Dhoni is probably best cricketer since Gary sobers or better captain than Imran Khan and I have watched cricket since 28 years."

Apurba: "I remember a comment someone made during the Srilanka Innings that, Dhoni is doing a poor joob today as a captain and the wicketkeeper, but will he be the savior with the bat? Prophetic!"

Mazher Arshad: "21 runs (Dhoni and Ishant)- India's highest 10th wicket partnership in successful run chase. Previous best, 12 runs between Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron against WI at Cuttack 2011."

49.4
6
Eranga to Dhoni, SIX runs, five needed! Dhoni does it again! Is there anything he can't do! He slaps the length delivery over extra cover for another six! India take the title with one wicket
49.3
4
Eranga to Dhoni, FOUR runs, and now he finds a boundary over point! Dhoni is awake, he was not sleeping, he was waiting for his moment. Length delivery, he opens the face of the bat as he goes after it, slices it over point...
49.2
6
Eranga to Dhoni, SIX runs, that has gone out of the ground! It was wide and full and in Dhoni's arc! He has sent this straight over the bowler's head and it hits the top of the roof... What a hit! Another couple and it's game over.. A wicket, and it's game over too
49.1
0
Eranga to Dhoni, no run, fuller delivery wide outside off, Dhoni swings his bat but he is nowhere near the ball..

15 to get off the last over, Dhoni orders a new bat now. Rayudu and Vijay have brought a whole stack..

END OF OVER:
49 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 187/9

  • I Sharma2 (7b)
  • MS Dhoni29 (48b)
  • AD Mathews10-1-38-1
  • SL Malinga10-1-58-1

SSR: "Really there is something for 11th man today. Ishant Sharma already got lucky twice"

48.6
0
Mathews to Sharma, no run, length delivery outside off, Ishant lets it go through to the relief of Dhoni

Rajesh Arockiasamy: "India at this stage reminds me days of 90's when all indian batsmen used to visit back pavillion in rush and Sachin hold one edge and venkatapathi raju would test our patience from the other end. Not to tell about the result in those situations."

48.5
0
Mathews to Sharma, no run, angled delivery on the stumps, Ishant blocks it out towards square leg

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
71(100) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 1 1 8 0 0 6 1
RG Sharma
58(89) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 0 5 7 1 4 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
O10.0
M2
R20
W4
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RA Jadeja
O7.5
M1
R23
W4
Eco2.93
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

West Indies Tri-Nation Series

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AUS632015.0000.381
WI633013.000-0.457
SA623012.0000.154