Sri Lanka Triangular Series, 2010 / Commentary

Sri Lanka Triangular Series - 3rd match

Sri Lanka v India

India won by 6 wickets (with 93 balls remaining)

Pitch: Ten sports' Danny Morrison reckons the grass that was evident in the game one is absent. Win toss and bat first pitch.

Toss: Sanga has won the toss and has decided to bat

Sanga: "What we found out that the ball swings more early and it seams around in the night. Overall a good track. herath and mendis are out. randiv and fernando in."

Dhoni: "We have made couple of changes. Virat Kohli and Ishant come in for Yuvraj and Mithun. The first few days the practice wickets were damp but it has got better. I have no complaints if they at least make the effort. They have now. I can understand it's not going to be easy for the ground staff with the rains around."

Swing in the afternoon and seam in the evening, reckons Sanga. Interesting.

And so, Kapugedera gets yet another chance. Can he grab this one?

Uni_guy: "Kapugedara is a handy player. He should be in the team. But he must be promoted to the top. He never gets a chance to settle and play a considerable number of balls."

Manoj singh: "I Guess Saurav Tiwari should have played in place of either Virat or Rohit. he had played in nets with Malinga and Dilhara for Mumbai Indians and that would have helped him and India..."

Ezhil: "Kudos to dhoni for selecting Ravindra jadeja again.Give him Chance till this series and send him home later to learn cricket either batting or Bowling."

0.1

Kumar to Tharanga, OUT, Clatter! What a dramatic start! Upul Tharanga has lost his off stump. It was full in length, landed around the middle and off, and moved towards the off stump. Tharanga was caught at the crease, neither forward nor back, and pushed out at it. He lunged out at it in the last moment and ended up stumbling out of his crease. The ball moved past the desperate waft and crashed into the off stump. Timber! The bails fly! PK jumps for joy.

WU Tharanga b Kumar 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.2

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, lands outside off and shapes in, pushed back down the track

0.3

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, stumbles out of the crease to jab this away-going delivery to the point region

0.4

Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, walks couple of steps down the track and withdraws his bat away from the away-going delivery

0.5

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 bye, lands outside off, shapes in a touch and is left alone. Posthumous swing occurs then. And Dhoni puts his right hand out rather gingerly and has probably hurt his fingers again. He doesn't collect it cleanly.

0.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, on the middle and leg, tries to flick it away and it runs off the pad

End of over 1 (1 run, wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (4b)     

Nehra to bowl

Sujay: "Ravindra Jadeja is Dhoni's surprise weapon for the World Cup. He will persist with him till just before, and drop him for the Cup. Then the other teams won't know where to run! "

1.1

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, in the corridor outside off stump, left alone

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1.2

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, floated it full around middle stump, Sanga drives it straight to mid-on. He would feel that he could have done better than that.

1.3

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 wide, very wide outside off stump and Dhoni shuffles to his left to take it in front of the first slip

1.3

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, allows this length delivery to bounce away to Dhoni

Darshan: "Kartik a Keeper is feilding and injured Dhoni is keeping .. makes sense, Just pray if you are India that he does not drop or miss any chances..."

1.4

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, gets behind the line of the length delivery and defends

1.5

Nehra to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off, Sanga covers the off stump and shoulders arms

1.6

Nehra to Sangakkara, 1 run, straightens outside off, pushed to short cover point and they hare down for a single

Srikkanth: "Whats the point of having a second wk in the team if you don't make use of him when you've broken your fingers? Surely Dhoni cant be that insecure about his place?"

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 3/1 (RR: 1.50)
KC Sangakkara    1* (10b)      A Nehra    1-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      P Kumar    1-1-0-1

2.1

Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, full in length, around off stump, driven wide of mid-off for a single

2.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, fullish, on the middle stump line, turned to the on side.

2.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, lands around the middle stump line and moves gently towards off, pushed back down the track

It's the fifth time that an Indian has taken a wicket off the first ball of the match, according to stats shown by Ten sports

2.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 2 runs, flicks this length delivery to deep backward square-leg where Nehra fumbles to give away an extra run

2.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, just outside off stump, straightens, punched to short extra cover

2.6

Kumar to Dilshan, 3 runs, full in length, on the middle and leg, worked through midwicket. You can sense what is happening there. Dilshan is in the mood to flick and PK is striving for that dream ball that swings away from the middle and leg. So far its Dilshan who is winning

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
TM Dilshan    5* (6b)      P Kumar    2-1-6-1
KC Sangakkara    2* (11b)      A Nehra    1-0-2-0

A banner seen in the stands: "Dhoni what R UR excuses today" Ouch!

3.1

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, Whackity whack! It was a shortish ball around the middle and leg line, around chest-high, and Dilshan pulls it to the left of the lunging fielder placed in front of square-leg. Nehra holds his head.

3.2

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, pushes this fuller delivery wide of mid-on for a single

3.3

Nehra to Sangakkara, OUT, The short ball works. Dilshan pulled it wide of the fielder couple of deliveries ago but Sangakkara has now holed out to backward square-leg region. It was below chest-high actually but Sanga was late on the shot and ended up edging it high. Ojha ran in from the deep backward square-leg to collect that. It was the shortish ball on the off stump line and Sanga tried to fetch it from there. It wasn't a bouncer or anything: between waist and chest high.

KC Sangakkara c Ojha b Nehra 2 (16m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

3.4

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to defend the length delivery to covers

3.5

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, short in length around off stump line, defended to the off side

3.6

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, around the off stump, eased to covers with that silken timing that Mahela possesses

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 14/2 (RR: 3.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      A Nehra    2-0-7-1
TM Dilshan    10* (8b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-1-6-1

4.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to push the length delivery to the off side

4.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, tries the bouncer - too high and outside off... left alone

4.3

Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, Awww! Awesome. It was a length delivery just outside off stump and Dilshan creams it on the up and to the left of mid-off. Superbly struck.

4.4

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, this time he goes back to place the length delivery through extra cover

4.5

Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, length delivery that straightens outside off and Mahela adjusts to defend to the off stump

4.6

Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle and leg, clipped behind square-leg

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 20/2 (RR: 4.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (5b)      P Kumar    3-1-12-1
TM Dilshan    15* (12b 2x4)      A Nehra    2-0-7-1

5.1

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, fullish, on the middle, flicked to Ishant standing at wide mid-on

5.2

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off stump and Mahela shoulders arms. Nehra has a look which i am interpreting it as "ooh that wasn't far away from your off stump"

5.3

Nehra to Jayawardene, no run, slower one, on the middle, tapped to the on side

5.4

Nehra to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward to push it towards mid-on and by the time Ishant runs in, they complete the single

5.5

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump, Dilshan taps it close on the off side, thinks about a single but Mahela shouts NO

5.6

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, on the middle and leg, turned to that fielder in front of square-leg

End of over 6 (1 run) Sri Lanka 21/2 (RR: 3.50)
TM Dilshan    15* (14b 2x4)      A Nehra    3-0-8-1
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (9b)      P Kumar    3-1-12-1

Dave: "Dilshan will come good today! It's long over due!"

6.1

Kumar to Jayawardene, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, Mahela leans forward and across and wrists it past square-leg

6.2

Kumar to Jayawardene, OUT, Loud shout and it has been given. Height was the question. Mahela trudges off slowly. It cut in from outside off and trapped him in line. It hit him above the knee roll. The bat was nowhere in line. Got to see the replays to check whether it would have gone over. So do hang on. Mahela turns behind to have a look as he walks off. Hawk eye says it would have clipped the very top of the leg stump

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Kumar 4 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Hawk eye says it would have clipped the very top of the leg stump. The bails.

6.3

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, Two slips in and they watch Samaraweera defend this to the on side

6.4

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, around the off stump, cutting away at the last moment and SAmaraweera jabs it out

6.5

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

6.6

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, pushes this towards mid-off

I have been told by my colleagues that we aren't sure whether Ten Sports uses Hawk eye or some other company. So the tracking device would be from now on be nameless!

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 23/3 (RR: 3.28)
TT Samaraweera    0* (4b)      P Kumar    4-1-14-2
TM Dilshan    15* (14b 2x4)      A Nehra    3-0-8-1

7.1

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 run, around the pads, rolls behind square-leg region

7.2

Nehra to Samaraweera, no run, gets back and across to defend the length delivery to the on side of the pitch

7.3

Nehra to Samaraweera, FOUR, Edged to the left of the diving Dhoni. It was a length delivery that straightened outside off stump and Samaraweera has a waft and pushes his bat outside the line. The ball catches the edge and it bounces short of the keeper and goes to his left

7.4

Nehra to Samaraweera, no run, stays back to keep this delivery out to the on side. Nehra is getting the ball to straighten

7.5

Nehra to Samaraweera, no run, goes back and across to push it to mid-off

7.6

Nehra to Samaraweera, no run, lands outside off stump and moves away, left alone

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 28/3 (RR: 3.50)
TT Samaraweera    4* (9b 1x4)      A Nehra    4-0-13-1
TM Dilshan    16* (15b 2x4)      P Kumar    4-1-14-2

Subhasis: "The device is not a Hawk Eye! Useful info. So, what you people gonna call it from now? NTD (Nameless Tracking Device)! Or we can still stick to the name Hawk Eye instead. You know, Ignorance is a bliss :)"

It might be Hawk eye. It might not be. So I am going to called it "The tracking device" May be we should give it our own name! The third eye?!

8.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, on the middle stump line, moving in from around off, Dilshan just about manages to jab it out

8.2

Kumar to Dilshan, 3 runs, goes for the bouncer and Dilshan top edges the pull safely beyond square-leg and runs hard to complete three runs.

8.3

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, lands on a length outside off and shapes away. Sam chased it away from the body and the ball flew past the edge

8.4

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, slower, around off stump line, steered to backward point. Confusion over the single. Kohli fires the throw at the striker's end with Sam stretching his bat inside the crease.

8.5

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, fuller and sliding down leg, Samaraweera falls over a bit on that front foot while trying to flick and is struck on the pad

8.6

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, in the zone outside off, straightens, left alone

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 31/3 (RR: 3.44)
TT Samaraweera    4* (13b 1x4)      P Kumar    5-1-17-2
TM Dilshan    19* (17b 2x4)      A Nehra    4-0-13-1

Saif: "why not call it digital eye" Neat

9.1

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, Tries the short ball but this time Dilshan plays the best pull shot he has played today. He swiveled nicely to pull it clear of the square-leg fielder

9.2

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump line, punched to mid-off

Anurag: "Let's call it SWAN...System without a Name.." Even better!

9.3

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, goes for the pull again but mistimes it towards short midwicket. It was on the middle and off line

9.4

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, stays adjacent to the line of the length delivery and punches it on the up but can't beat Rohit in covers

Kartic: "Almost the same time last week,I left office with a big smile on my face, nzee were 48/4 in 14.when i reached home i just forgot how to smile tat whole evening. Why am i getting a feeling of dejavu today!"

9.5

Nehra to Dilshan, FOUR, Thump! Ok this is the best pull shot he has played. It was the short ball on the middle, he cleared the front foto and crashed it over midwicket. Delicious Whack!

9.6

Nehra to Dilshan, 1 wide, A deep square-leg is in place now. Another bouncer, above head-high this time, and Dilshan tries to scoop it over Dhoni! No wood on leather, though

9.6

Nehra to Dilshan, no run, steers this fuller-length delivery to point

End of over 10 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 40/3 (RR: 4.00)
TM Dilshan    27* (23b 4x4)      A Nehra    5-0-22-1
TT Samaraweera    4* (13b 1x4)      P Kumar    5-1-17-2

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

I Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, full in length on the middle, worked past square-leg for a single

10.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, back of length, moves towards middle, Dilshan pushes it back to Ishant

10.3

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, full in length, on the middle and leg, driven to mid-off.

Interesting, he is not whipping these to the on side. He stays adjacent to the line and driving to the off

10.4

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, this one is on the leg and middle, from short of length, tapped to short midwicket

10.5

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, dabs this length delivery away . Dilshan has remained very cautious so far this over

10.6

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump line, punched to covers

The way I use it - "Middle and leg" means it pitched more closer to the middle than the leg stump

Leg and middle line means it was closer to the leg than the middle.

You ask what happens if it pitched right in between middle and leg? Buzz off! Leave me alone I say!

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 41/3 (RR: 3.72)
TM Dilshan    27* (28b 4x4)      I Sharma    1-0-1-0
TT Samaraweera    5* (14b 1x4)      A Nehra    5-0-22-1

11.1

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, around the off and middle, worked to midwicket

11.2

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, gets behind the line of the short-of-length delivery and punches it to mid-on

11.3

Kumar to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to punch this to right of short extra cover where Raina makes a tumbling save

11.4

Kumar to Samaraweera, 1 run, full in length, outside off stump, tilts in, Sam was shaping for the off drive but edged it to midwicket

11.5

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, bangs it in short around the off stump. Dilshan shaped for the pull shot but decided not to play it in the end. He dropped his wrists and took the ball on his chest

11.6

Kumar to Samaraweera, 1 run, the short ball again, pulled away to deep square-leg fielder

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 44/3 (RR: 3.66)
TT Samaraweera    7* (19b 1x4)      P Kumar    6-1-19-2
TM Dilshan    27* (29b 4x4)      I Sharma    1-0-1-0

12.1

I Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, moves in from outside off stump, Sam defends to covers

12.2

I Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, climbs from short of length, moves in around the middle and off line, tucked to square-leg

12.3

I Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, stays back to guide this to Kohli at backward point

12.4

I Sharma to Samaraweera, OUT, What a soft dismissal! Almost contrived! Samaraweera walked right across the stumps and worked the back-of-length delivery on the off and middle stump line straight to short midwicket. Absolute dolly of a catch. Sri Lanka are wobbling here. Samaraweera was looking to whip it to square-leg but ended up lobbing it to short midwicket

TT Samaraweera c Jadeja b I Sharma 7 (30m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.43

12.5

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, greets him with a bouncer and Angelo ducks

Samaraweera was looking to whip it to square-leg but ended up lobbing it to short midwicket

12.6

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, on the pads, Angelo withdraws his bat and takes it on his pad

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 44/4 (RR: 3.38)
AD Mathews    0* (2b)      I Sharma    2-1-1-1
TM Dilshan    27* (29b 4x4)      P Kumar    6-1-19-2

13.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, cuts in towards middle stump line, Dilshan stays beside the line and punches it to point

13.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, bangs it in short outside off and Dilshan goes for the pull but mistimes it and the ball rolls to short midwicket

13.3

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 wide, tries another short delivery but slips it down the leg side for a wide

13.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, on the middle stump line, Dilshan taps it to Virat at backward point

13.4

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump, again some bounce on offer there, punched to covers

13.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, bounces outside off and straightens, Dilshan goes for the cut but the bat goes under the ball

There is some bounce on offer here.

13.6

Kumar to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, on the pads, tucked behind square-leg

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 46/4 (RR: 3.28)
TM Dilshan    27* (35b 4x4)      P Kumar    7-1-20-2
AD Mathews    0* (2b)      I Sharma    2-1-1-1

14.1

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, shortish delivery, pulled past midwicket for a single. He didn't quite connect properly.

14.2

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, short in length, moves in towards the middle stump line, deflected to short midwicket

14.3

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, on the middle stump and it has been again worked to short midwicket. Angelo goes tapping down the pitch.

14.4

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, lands around off stump and tilts away, pushed to left of mid-off for a single

14.5

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, the short ball arrives, pulled away to long-leg for a single

14.6

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

Cricinfo's Nitin Sundar: "Lots of readers seem to be questioning the place of one member in the team match after match.. A sure case of jadéjà vu."

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 49/4 (RR: 3.26)
AD Mathews    1* (6b)      I Sharma    3-1-4-1
TM Dilshan    29* (37b 4x4)      P Kumar    7-1-20-2

Shankar: "Can someone tell me why does Ishant Sharma's profile say as "Right Arm Fast" Sheer Nepotism boss!

15.1

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, full in length and cuts in from outside off stump, Dilshan goes for the on-the-up off drive and edges it to his pad.

15.2

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, straightens outside off stump and Dilshan punches it neatly but can't pierce the off-side field

15.3

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, high and harmless bouncer outside off. Wide surely? Not called so.. Hmmm

15.4

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, punches this one to Raina at covers. Four dot balls. SL 49 for 4.

15.5

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, leans across to punch it again to Raina. Dilshan has a look at PK and smiles

15.6

Kumar to Dilshan, no run, short in length this time, Dilshan backs away and chops it to backward point

End of over 16 (maiden) Sri Lanka 49/4 (RR: 3.06)
TM Dilshan    29* (43b 4x4)      P Kumar    8-2-20-2
AD Mathews    1* (6b)      I Sharma    3-1-4-1

16.1

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, short in length, bouncing into the middle and leg line, clipped past square-leg

16.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, on the pads, worked to short midwicket

16.3

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, short in length, around the off stump line, steered to backward point

16.4

I Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, sprays this to the pads and Dilshan helps it around the corner, four down to fine-leg region

16.5

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, on the middle stump line, Dilshan leans forward to push it to the off side

16.6

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, short in length outside off stump, Dilshan stays beside the line and cuts. But he can't get it past backward point.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 54/4 (RR: 3.17)
TM Dilshan    33* (48b 5x4)      I Sharma    4-1-9-1
AD Mathews    2* (7b)      P Kumar    8-2-20-2

17.1

Ojha to Mathews, FOUR, Top shot! no Violence. It was full on the middle and leg and Angelo just caressed it to the right of mid-on. It raced away

17.2

Ojha to Mathews, no run, leans forward to defend the flighted delivery on the middle stump line

17.3

Ojha to Mathews, 1 wide, slips this down the leg side and Dhoni doesn't collect it cleanly but gets his body behind it

17.3

Ojha to Mathews, no run, leans forward to push it back to Ojha

17.4

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, turned to square-leg for a single

17.5

Ojha to Dilshan, 2 runs, flighted full outside off stump, driven to right of sweeper cover where DK makes a diving stop. Dilshan thinks there was an extra run in it and is not too happy with Angelo. DK had lobbed the ball softly towards short midwicket ..

17.6

Ojha to Dilshan, no run, gets forward to push this defensively to the off side

End of over 18 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 62/4 (RR: 3.44)
TM Dilshan    35* (50b 5x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-8-0
AD Mathews    7* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-1-9-1

Deepak: "Rohit Sharma and R.Jadeja have been two non-performers in the side for long. Rohit Sharma has been a result of false hype, he thinks himself as the next best thing in Indian Cricket, whereas he is just a mediocre batsman. Jadeja is a result of the nation over-starved of an all-rounder for a long time and he somehow slipped in. Inida can do well without these two."

18.1

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, takes couple of steps down the track, Ishant shortens the length and Angelo defends

18.2

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, fuller in length, straightens around off stump line, Angelo gets right back to defend that

18.3

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, short in length on the middle, Angelo goes back to deflect it to Sehwag at short midwicket

18.4

I Sharma to Mathews, FOUR, Wallop! Imperious! He leaned forward and simply knifed it on the up and over mid-on. Just one bounce and it goes over the boundary. Lovely clean hit

18.5

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, length delivery that straightens on the off, Angelo seemed to give an impression that he was expecting a shorter one and lunged out in the end to stab it to the leg side

18.6

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, works this back-of-length delivery on the middle-stump line to short midwicket

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 66/4 (RR: 3.47)
AD Mathews    11* (17b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-1-13-1
TM Dilshan    35* (50b 5x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-8-0

19.1

Ojha to Dilshan, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed to the off side

19.2

Ojha to Dilshan, no run, gets forward to tap it to short mid-off region

19.3

Ojha to Dilshan, 2 runs, quickish, on the middle stump line, almost going on straight but Dilshan backs away to play a late cut and gets the ball to the left of short third man!

19.4

Ojha to Dilshan, 2 runs, this one is slower and spins away from the off, Dilshan taps it again to the left of Jadeja at short third man

19.5

Ojha to Dilshan, no run, fuller this time, driven to Sehwag standing pretty straight at short extra cover

19.6

Ojha to Dilshan, 2 runs, this time Dilshan cuts through backward point for couple more runs. Ojha looks perplexed.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 72/4 (RR: 3.60)
TM Dilshan    41* (56b 5x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-14-0
AD Mathews    11* (17b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-1-13-1

20.1

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 wide, moves down the leg side and Dhoni collects

20.1

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, short in length on the middle, Angelo has been working similar deliveries straight to short midwicket so far. This time, though, he pushes it with a straighter bat and will get a single through mid-on

20.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, length delivery on the off stump line, punched to backward point where Virat makes a mess of a regulation stop

20.3

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, banged in short around off stump line, swatted towards deep square-leg. He just lapped it around the corner

20.4

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, head-high bouncer on the middle and Dilshan pulls it down behind square-leg

20.5

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, back of length outside off stump, jabbed off the inner edge to his pad

20.6

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, cuts in from outside off, Dilshan punches it sweetly to sweeper cover

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 79/4 (RR: 3.76)
TM Dilshan    44* (59b 5x4)      I Sharma    6-1-20-1
AD Mathews    14* (20b 2x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-14-0

21.1

Ojha to Dilshan, no run, gets behind this to tap it to short midwicket. He then suggests he should have whacked it over midwicket!

21.2

Ojha to Dilshan, 1 wide, this one goes down the leg side for a wide

21.2

Ojha to Dilshan, 1 run, straightens on the middle, Dilshan tries to steer it to cover point but edges it to square-leg

21.3

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, leans forward to defend to cover point for a single

21.4

Ojha to Dilshan, OUT, he suggested in the first ball of the over that he should have gone over midwicket. He tries it this time to his own peril. It was a flighted delivery around off and he went down on his knee and tried to slog-sweep it over midwicket. But he top-edged it straight up in the air. Gone! Out for 45.

TM Dilshan c RG Sharma b Ojha 45 (105m 62b 5x4 0x6) SR: 72.58

4.26 pm The umpires are walking out and the covers are being removed

4.22 pm Rain has stopped, umbrellas are being folded back. The covers are still on, though.

It's raining now The covers come on. Raina has his hand over the shoulder of Kapugedera and both have a laugh as they walk away. IPL team-mates and all that.

It isn't heavy as of now. Let's hope it stops soon.

21.5

Ojha to Mathews, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

21.6

Ojha to Mathews, no run, around the off stump, tapped gently to the off

Manu: "And since the rains have arrived, it's a fitting time time to remember that, Today marks the 10th Anniversary, of the first match ever played Indoors between Sth Africa and Australia. 10 years on, and 600 rain interruptions after, playing cricket without the infuriating rain, is still a lifetime away..."

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 82/5 (RR: 3.72)
AD Mathews    15* (23b 2x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-17-1
CK Kapugedera    0* (0b)      I Sharma    6-1-20-1

Ravindra Jadeja time. Here we go!

22.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 run, around the leg stump, swept for a single

22.2

Jadeja to Mathews, no run, on the middle and leg line, tapped gently towards short midwicket

22.3

Jadeja to Mathews, no run, on the off stump line, worked to short mid-on fielder

22.4

Jadeja to Mathews, OUT, And Ravindra Jadeja roars! Why not?! A wicket in the first over. It lands on the middle and moves towards leg stump and Angelo pushed down the wrong line. Trapped in front! Jaddu pumps his fist in the air!

AD Mathews lbw b Jadeja 15 (44m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.69

22.5

Jadeja to Randiv, 1 run, flighted around the off stump line, driven to long-off

22.6

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, gets forward to defend it to the off side

That nameless Tracking thingy aka Swan suggests it would have clipped the leg stump (Angelo dismissal)

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 84/6 (RR: 3.65)
CK Kapugedera    1* (2b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-2-1
S Randiv    1* (1b)      PP Ojha    3-0-17-1

23.1

Ojha to Randiv, 1 run, aaround the leg stump, swept to short fine-leg region where the ball threatens to spin away from PK who makes a lunging stop and seems to have hurt his ankle

23.2

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, turns away from Kapu who jabs it out to the off

23.3

Ojha to Kapugedera, 1 run, leans forward to drive it to left of mid-off for a single

23.4

Ojha to Randiv, no run, leans forward to defend back down the track

23.5

Ojha to Randiv, no run, taps this to midwicket

23.6

Ojha to Randiv, no run, around the off stump, pushed cautiously to covers

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 86/6 (RR: 3.58)
S Randiv    2* (5b)      PP Ojha    4-0-19-1
CK Kapugedera    2* (4b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-2-1

24.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, leans forward to wrist it to short midwicket

24.2

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, goes for the sweep but will collect a leg bye in the end

24.3

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off

24.4

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to the on side of the pitch

24.5

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, quicker on the off and middle, pushed to Raina at covers

24.6

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, pushes this to left of mid-off . . confusion over the single but Sehwag has a wild throw at the non-striker's end.

End of over 25 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 87/6 (RR: 3.48)
S Randiv    2* (9b)      RA Jadeja    2-1-2-1
CK Kapugedera    2* (6b)      PP Ojha    4-0-19-1

25.1

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, turn there, pitches middle and off, and breaks away. watchfully played

25.2

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, pitches around the same area, goes on straight, defended

25.3

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, hit powerfully this time, but straight to extra cover

25.4

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, looks to sweep it fine, but short fine is very fine

25.5

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, straighter one, Kapu defends, but gets the inside half of the bat

25.6

Ojha to Kapugedera, 1 run, slightly short, and Kapu waits and cuts it away for one

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 88/6 (RR: 3.38)
CK Kapugedera    3* (12b)      PP Ojha    5-0-20-1
S Randiv    2* (9b)      RA Jadeja    2-1-2-1

26.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, into the pads, worked away to midwicket

26.2

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, clears the front leg and defends it back

26.3

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 3 runs, swept away well, into the gap, square of deep fine leg

26.4

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, stretches well forward and defends

26.5

Jadeja to Randiv, 2 runs, into the pads again, whipped away wide of midwicket

26.6

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, slower in the air, and Randiv defends it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 93/6 (RR: 3.44)
S Randiv    4* (12b)      RA Jadeja    3-1-7-1
CK Kapugedera    6* (15b)      PP Ojha    5-0-20-1

27.1

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, flighted delivery, and patted off the front foot

27.2

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, powerful drive, nicely timed, but can't beat extra cover

27.3

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, flatter delivery, played back to the bowler

27.4

Ojha to Kapugedera, 1 run, into the pads, not much turn, played towards mid-on

27.5

Ojha to Randiv, 1 run, punched away through covers

27.6

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, slower, airier, 81ks, gets turn, and a thick outside edge. But all safe for Kapu

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 95/6 (RR: 3.39)
CK Kapugedera    7* (20b)      PP Ojha    6-0-22-1
S Randiv    5* (13b)      RA Jadeja    3-1-7-1

28.1

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, full, flat, played back to the bowler

28.2

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, slightly slower, defended back again

28.3

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, punched off the front foot, but back to the bowler

28.4

Jadeja to Randiv, 2 runs, swept away wide of fine leg

28.5

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, full, again Randiv presses forward and plays it back to the bowler

28.6

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, another long stride down the pitch, and a dead bat presented

End of over 29 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 97/6 (RR: 3.34)
S Randiv    7* (19b)      RA Jadeja    4-1-9-1
CK Kapugedera    7* (20b)      PP Ojha    6-0-22-1

29.1

Ojha to Kapugedera, 3 runs, poor throw, poor backing up... played towards and they rush through for one, Jadeja throws wide, and Kohli misfields at long-on to convert one overthrow into two

29.2

Ojha to Randiv, 1 run, another single stolen, to point region again

29.3

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, defended back to the bowler

29.4

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, punched away, but doesn't miss cover

29.5

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, flighted delivery, defended back again

29.6

Ojha to Kapugedera, no run, gives it air again, Kapu looks to make room, but this one doesn't turn away, and consequently gets an inside edge

End of over 30 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 101/6 (RR: 3.36)
CK Kapugedera    10* (25b)      PP Ojha    7-0-26-1
S Randiv    8* (20b)      RA Jadeja    4-1-9-1

Pags: "Dhoni should bring back P. Kumar or I. Sharma to get rid of tailenders. I don't understand the tactics of using two spinners when P. Kumar has two in swinging overs." Fair point. And well, Dhoni has heard us, he has brought back Nehra. Not a bad move at all. One slip in place, six men inside the circle

30.1

Nehra to Randiv, no run, full and straight, inside half towards midwicket

Lawrence: "This is Kapugedera's perfect opportunity. try to push sri lanka to 200+, give them a chance and show that you deserve to be in the team for the world cup."

30.2

Nehra to Randiv, no run, length ball, around off, hit to mid-off

30.3

Nehra to Randiv, no run, back of a length, angling across him, pushed to cover

30.4

Nehra to Randiv, no run, bouncer, fairly accurate, over middle and off, but equally well played, swaying out of its way

30.5

Nehra to Randiv, no run, slower ball, 122ks, around off, but Randiv is not committing

30.6

Nehra to Randiv, 2 runs, nice shot, slight width outside off and he throws his bat at it, not off the middle but it clears the cover ring - not many catching on the boundary right now

End of over 31 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 103/6 (RR: 3.32)
S Randiv    10* (26b)      A Nehra    6-0-24-1
CK Kapugedera    10* (25b)      PP Ojha    7-0-26-1

Jadeja gets a change of ends

31.1

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, full and fast outside off, driven straight to extra cover

31.2

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run, slower this time, around middle, played back to him

31.3

Jadeja to Kapugedera, OUT, what a soft dismissal, this isn't flighted much, is straight and fast at 90ks, he chips down the pitch half-heartedly, plays down the wrong line and the ball ricochets off the pad to the middle stump. Jadeja blows a kiss, he is loving it

CK Kapugedera b Jadeja 10 (29m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

Kulasekara is the new batsman now. No slip

31.4

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, presses forward to defend one outside off

31.5

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, and again, stretches well forward to defend

31.6

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, another forward-defensive to finish off the wicket-maiden

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 103/7 (RR: 3.21)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (3b)      RA Jadeja    5-2-9-2
S Randiv    10* (26b)      A Nehra    6-0-24-1

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32.1

Nehra to Randiv, no run, another bouncer to Randiv, and this time he is not able to get out of the line, and is hit in the helmet grille

32.2

Nehra to Randiv, no run, back of a length, around off, played back to Nehra - he has now pushed him back in the crease

32.3

Nehra to Randiv, no run, slightly fuller, beats his attempted flick, but was pitched outside leg

Gaurav: "Jadeja has taken out 1 nail from his own coffin and has put it into Kapugedera's coffin........ LoL......" True bossie, that is the fate of the subcontinental cricketer

32.4

Nehra to Randiv, no run, hits him in the pad again, down the leg side again

goes round the wicket

32.5

Nehra to Randiv, 1 run, run-out missed. Not a well judged single, hit straight to mid-off and they run, but Karthik misses the stumps. Had he hit, we wouldn't even need the third umpire

32.6

Nehra to Kulasekara, no run, outside off, and left alone

End of over 33 (1 run) Sri Lanka 104/7 (RR: 3.15)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (4b)      A Nehra    7-0-25-1
S Randiv    11* (31b)      RA Jadeja    5-2-9-2

Sathyen has started compliments for Kapu. He writes, "I think Srilankan's are better off in picking Chandimal insteand of Kapugedera who has had repeated failures at this level. Chandimal seems to be pretty good player and also has an excellent first class record"

33.1

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, full and presses right forward to defend

33.2

Jadeja to Randiv, 2 runs, fuller, flatter, swept away fine of deep backward square

33.3

Jadeja to Randiv, 1 run, angling into the pads, flicked away for one

Gopal: "Its more like kapu has taken a nail out of jadeja's coffin and put it in his own!!!"

33.4

Jadeja to Kulasekara, FOUR, nicely played, using all of Jadeja's pace, glancing this gently off the pads, fine of short fine - first boundary in 15 overs

33.5

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, presses forward and defends

33.6

Jadeja to Kulasekara, 1 run, worked away with the angle, wide of midwicket for one

End of over 34 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 112/7 (RR: 3.29)
KMDN Kulasekara    5* (7b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    6-2-17-2
S Randiv    14* (34b)      A Nehra    7-0-25-1

34.1

Nehra to Kulasekara, FOUR, superb shot, lovely square cut, neither backward point, not third man, needs to move. Powerfully hit

34.2

Nehra to Kulasekara, no run, stays back and defends this one back to Nehra

34.3

Nehra to Kulasekara, no run, bouncer, over middle stump, ducks under it

34.4

Nehra to Kulasekara, 1 run, full, hit to mid-off, and they rush through. Karthik misses again, this time, though, he would have sneaked in

34.5

Nehra to Randiv, 3 runs, nicely driven through extra cover, gets three runs for it

34.6

Nehra to Kulasekara, 1 run, steered away nicely for one - crowd seems to have come alive in the last couple of overs

End of over 35 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 121/7 (RR: 3.45)
KMDN Kulasekara    11* (12b 2x4)      A Nehra    8-0-34-1
S Randiv    17* (35b)      RA Jadeja    6-2-17-2

35.1

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, right forward to defend this one

35.2

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, flicked away from in front of stumps. Randiv wants a single, but rightly sent back

35.3

Jadeja to Kulasekara, 2 runs, wristy shot again, flicked past midwicket

35.4

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, into the pads again, defended this time

35.5

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, dead-batted off the front foot

35.6

Jadeja to Kulasekara, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. Dhoni whips the bails off, the third umpire is not called off despite a loud appeal

35.6

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, into the pads again, beats his attempt at turning it around the corner

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 124/7 (RR: 3.44)
KMDN Kulasekara    13* (18b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    7-2-20-2
S Randiv    17* (35b)      A Nehra    8-0-34-1

Ishant Sharma comes back now

36.1

I Sharma to Randiv, no run, short outside off, is beaten on the cut shot. No feet

36.2

I Sharma to Randiv, 1 run, short outside off again, punched away to sweeper-cover

36.3

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 run, short and wide again, and cut away for one

36.4

I Sharma to Randiv, FOUR, no slip! no slip there! this is a much better short delivery, effort ball, close to the body, and rising towards the chest. Randiv has to fend at it, and it flies through the vacant slip region

36.5

I Sharma to Randiv, no run, fuller, hit to point this time

36.6

I Sharma to Randiv, no run, shorter again, and nicely punched away, but Raina does well at extra cover

End of over 37 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 130/7 (RR: 3.51)
S Randiv    22* (40b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-1-26-1
KMDN Kulasekara    14* (19b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    7-2-20-2

Sidd: "And yet again the age old problem of cleaning up the tail persists with India..."

37.1

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, presses forward, and defends this with an angular bat

37.2

Jadeja to Kulasekara, 1 run, worked away into the leg side, from in front of stumps

37.3

Jadeja to Randiv, 1 run, quick, flat, pushed to long-on for one

37.4

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, a bit more air, around off, played back to him

37.5

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, looks to turn this into the on side, finds square leg

37.6

Jadeja to Kulasekara, no run, another forward-defensive

End of over 38 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 132/7 (RR: 3.47)
KMDN Kulasekara    15* (24b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    8-2-22-2
S Randiv    23* (41b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-1-26-1

Sehwag to bowl now

38.1

Sehwag to Randiv, no run, and right away, he gets drift with a flighted delivery, played to extra cover

38.2

Sehwag to Randiv, 1 run, another flighted slow delivery, at 73ks, it is at least 15ks slower than Jadeja's stock delivery. Pushed to long-on

38.3

Sehwag to Kulasekara, 2 runs, swept between deep midwicket and deep backward square

38.4

Sehwag to Kulasekara, 1 run, worked off the pads for one

38.5

Sehwag to Randiv, no run, flatter, punched down the ground, but Sehwag dives across the make the save

38.6

Sehwag to Randiv, 1 run, floated generously again, driven to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 39 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 137/7 (RR: 3.51)
S Randiv    25* (45b 1x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-5-0
KMDN Kulasekara    18* (26b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    8-2-22-2

Sharma gets a change of ends now. And also a slip, now that he is bowling with the wind

39.1

I Sharma to Randiv, no run, short and wide again, Randiv backs away and slashes, and misses

39.2

I Sharma to Randiv, 1 run, short and wide again, cut away for one this time

39.3

I Sharma to Kulasekara, FOUR, Sharma has "cut me" written all over his forehead, and this is the third short and wide delivery of the cover, and Kulasekara gets on top of it and cuts it away powerfully

thanks to his previous three deliveries, Sharma has forced Dhoni to take the slip out

39.4

I Sharma to Kulasekara, no run, and short and wide again, Kula leaves it alone this time

actually he is not quite bowling with the wind. The wind is blowing across the ground, and is slightly forcing him to bowl it wide

39.5

I Sharma to Kulasekara, no run, which he does again, but this time Kula manages only a bottom edge

39.6

I Sharma to Kulasekara, OUT, those are the kind of overs you hate as a batsman! The guy has been short, the guy has been wide, and suddenly he bowls one in the right area, and you edge it. Just back of a length, just outside off, Kula hangs his bat out there, and the ball kisses the edge

KMDN Kulasekara c †Dhoni b I Sharma 22 (33m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 142/8 (RR: 3.55)
     I Sharma    8-1-31-2
S Randiv    26* (47b 1x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-5-0

Lots happening here. Malinga walks to the non-striker's end. Ojha comes on to bowl. And the batting Powerplay has been taken

40.1

Ojha to Randiv, FOUR, short, on the stumps, 96ks, and he has crunched it past extra cover, after having made room. Top shot, he is playing a valuable hand here

40.2

Ojha to Randiv, 1 run, another shot towards extra, Raina dives, makes the save, falls face down, on the ball, which hits him in the groin area

40.3

Ojha to Malinga, no run, Malinga defends the first ball he faces

40.4

Ojha to Malinga, no run, flat outside off again, pushed to cover

40.5

Ojha to Malinga, no run, the first ball Ojha has flighted in this over, defended back

40.6

Ojha to Malinga, no run, and Malinga gets right behind the line again to defend this one

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 147/8 (RR: 3.58)
SL Malinga    0* (4b)      PP Ojha    8-0-31-1
S Randiv    31* (49b 2x4)      I Sharma    8-1-31-2

Nehra comes back for the Powerplay

41.1

Nehra to Randiv, 1 run, Randiv takes a single first ball, to fine leg

41.2

Nehra to Malinga, no run, backing away as he defends this one. Randiv wants a single but is sent back. And correctly so, because half a send after his bat lands, Raina's underarm flick hits the stumps

41.3

Nehra to Malinga, FOUR, shot! Top shot, smashed down the ground. Don't bother about the head position, just swing, and swing he did between the bowler and mid-off

41.4

Nehra to Malinga, no run, expecting a bouncer and is backing away, but Nehra is full and follows him. Malinga gets his bat down in time

41.5

Nehra to Malinga, no run, now comes the bouncer, pretty close to him too, but Malinga does well to get out of the way

41.6

Nehra to Malinga, no run, yorker gone wrong, but the full toss is pushed straight to extra cover

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 152/8 (RR: 3.61)
SL Malinga    4* (9b 1x4)      A Nehra    9-0-39-1
S Randiv    32* (50b 2x4)      PP Ojha    8-0-31-1

Jadeja to bowl now

42.1

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, smeared in full and fast, Randiv misses the sweep, and they shout for lbw. Not even close! Pitched outside leg, and angling further down

42.2

Jadeja to Randiv, 1 run, gets a single wide of extra cover this time

42.3

Jadeja to Malinga, no run, low full toss, hit back to the bowler

42.4

Jadeja to Malinga, 1 run, Malinga gives him the charge, Jadeja bowls short and fast, the inside edge results in a single

42.5

Jadeja to Randiv, FOUR, very nice shot. Randiv is getting runs that could be crucial here. Makes room, drives this with an open face, between backward point and cover point

42.6

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, quicker delivery, just outside off, Randiv ends up swinging inside the line

End of over 43 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 158/8 (RR: 3.67)
S Randiv    37* (54b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    9-2-28-2
SL Malinga    5* (11b 1x4)      A Nehra    9-0-39-1

Ojha gets a change of ends

43.1

Ojha to Malinga, OUT, and he has got a wicket first ball! Malinga dances down the track, and Ojha slips in the arm ball. Beaten in the flight, Malinga looks to jab at it, but it sneaks in between the bat and the pad. Dhoni does the rest

SL Malinga st †Dhoni b Ojha 5 (16m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Fernando is the new batsman

43.2

Ojha to Fernando, no run, nicely tossed up around off, defended towards point

43.3

Ojha to Fernando, no run, appeal for lbw, but there is either an inside edge or it is going down leg anyway

43.4

Ojha to Fernando, no run, full, defended off the front foot

43.5

Ojha to Fernando, 1 run, another run-out missed, another single stolen under mid-off's nose. Jadeja is the culprit this time

43.6

Ojha to Randiv, FOUR, super shot! Randiv makes room again, and smashes this shortish delivery between mid-off and extra cover

End of over 44 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 163/9 (RR: 3.70)
S Randiv    41* (55b 4x4)      PP Ojha    9-0-36-2
CRD Fernando    1* (4b)      RA Jadeja    9-2-28-2

44.1

Jadeja to Fernando, no run, full, flat, hit to extra cover

44.2

Jadeja to Fernando, 2 runs, backs away, another quick delivery, gets an inside edge, Randiv doesn't turn down the second

44.3

Jadeja to Fernando, 3 runs, he goes over the cover field this time, not well connected but clears the infield

44.4

Jadeja to Randiv, no run, full toss, missed out as he hits it straight to extra cover

44.5

Jadeja to Randiv, 1 run, worked away off the stumps, gets a single to square leg

44.6

Jadeja to Fernando, no run, straight, fast, defended back to the bowler

End of over 45 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 169/9 (RR: 3.75)
CRD Fernando    6* (8b)      RA Jadeja    10-2-34-2
S Randiv    42* (57b 4x4)      PP Ojha    9-0-36-2

Phil: "India must address the issue of their inability to deliver the coup de grace to end the innings." Rather, India must attempt a coup de grace. They seem to be happy sitting back and giving three an over, and waiting for a mistake. That's the problem with almost all modern captains. Sharma comes back meanwhile

45.1

I Sharma to Randiv, no run, back of a length, wide outside off, Randiv swings and misses

45.2

I Sharma to Randiv, no run, short and wide again, but Randiv has backed away too far and can't even reach it

45.3

I Sharma to Randiv, 1 run, stands his ground, does Randiv. Knows he need not create room, Ishant is giving him ample width anyway, and punches this away nicely to sweeper-cover

slip comes in for Fernando

45.4

I Sharma to Fernando, no run, better bowling now, short, around off, Fernando fends at it, is beaten

45.5

I Sharma to Fernando, no run, fuller, close to off, Fernando leaves his bat hanging and is beaten

45.6

I Sharma to Fernando, no run, and again, Fernando leaves his bat hanging inside the line. It can also be argued that Sharma hasn't come close enough to draw an edge either

End of over 46 (1 run) Sri Lanka 170/9 (RR: 3.69)
CRD Fernando    6* (11b)      I Sharma    9-1-32-2
S Randiv    43* (60b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    10-2-34-2

46.1

Ojha to Randiv, OUT, and Randiv perishes while playing the shot that has brought him most of his boundaries! Makes room and looks to go over extra cover again, but this time doesn't get enough behind it and fins Raina. But an important innings nonetheless

S Randiv c Raina b Ojha 43 (89m 61b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.49

India will be satisfied with keeping Sri Lanka to 170, but Devesh Desai is not, because the last three have added 67 runs. He says, "We have an innate and unique inability to bowl yorkers to the tail. It is unmatched in the modern cricketing world." Correct, not a yorker seen. Wonder if they have forgotten it. Anyway, it's still advantage India. Join us for the chase. In the meanwhile, do read Sid Talya's Bulletin, and while Sehwag gets ready to bat, see what Ian Chappell has written about him.

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