Sri Lanka Triangular Series, 2010 / Commentary

Sri Lanka Triangular Series - 5th match

Sri Lanka v India

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 209 balls remaining)

Back to cricket, though. Sehwag and Karthik have walked out, so have the fielders. Malinga to Karthik. Here we go

Well, as we wait for the start of the game, it seems these two teams have lost that friendly feeling. Sample what Sanga had to say on the preview day: "We try and play in the right spirit. If we don't, we always take responsibility. But we don't try and hide behind the press or hide behind our board." And sample what an Indian player told Hindustan Times: "I hope Randiv plays tomorrow. We would like to give it back to him by piling on runs... It'd be great to win the match and shunt them out of the tournament." Guess familiarity does breed disrespect.

Dhoni had a big grin on his face when he finally won the toss. I think he last won a toss in the Asia Cup final, at the same venue. Calls Jadeja a specialist spinner. Sanga says the pitch looks dry, but hopes to make inroads with the new ball. Meanwhile, Dhoni might even be getting a guard of honour as he walks back after having won a toss finally

Stop the press. MS Dhoni has won a toss. For the first time on the tour, Dhoni has called correctly. Not surprisingly, India have elected to bat. Yuvraj Singh is back too, replacing Virat Kohli. As has been expected, Sri Lanka have left out both Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis for the India game. Back comes Suraj Randv after his one-match suspension, and Thissara Perera gets a game too

Hello and welcome to international game No. 42 between Sri Lanka and India since July 2008. First good news is, the sun is out. If Sri Lanka win today, they go through to the final, and the India-New Zealand game becomes a knockout. If India win today, both India and New Zealand go through

More on the weather: there has been no rain here since last noon. Clouds are playing a bit of cat-and-mouse today

0.1

Malinga to Karthik, no run, short outside off, moving away, Karthik leaves it be

windy afternoon here. Two slips in for Malinga

0.2

Malinga to Karthik, no run, away movement again, but not close enough to him to make him play

0.3

Malinga to Karthik, no run, that's a beaut, just back of a length, just outside off, bounces and moves away, beating the hanging bat there

Karthik stands outside the crease to counter swing

0.4

Malinga to Karthik, 1 run, ODI run No. 1000 for Karthik, gets squared up by a length ball moving away, the thick edge goes along the ground to third man

0.5

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, dead middle of the bat as Sehwag goes forward-defensive. That tuk sound of the bat was loud, sweet and clear

0.6

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, another beaut from Malinga, superb start. Same length, same line, but there is away movement, and beats Sehwag's defensive stroke

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
V Sehwag    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
KD Karthik    1* (4b)     

Kulsekara to bowl now. Lovely inswing bowler. One wide slip and a backward square leg in place

1.1

Kulasekara to Karthik, 2 runs, Karthik walks down the pitch to push this to between point and cover-point. Kapugedara dives right into Randiv's boot as both converge on the ball and neither gets a hand to it

backward square leg comes to short midwicket

1.2

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, gets an inside edge, big swing there, but gets a single to square leg

1.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 2 runs, nicely clipped away with the swing, past short midwicket

1.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, straighter one, but too wide outside off, and left alone

1.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, length ball outside off, and boom he drives, but straight to mid-off. It went straight to Mathews there, but took some stopping

1.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, wide outside off again, and left alone

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
V Sehwag    2* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0
KD Karthik    4* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

2.1

Malinga to Karthik, no run, legcutter, lovely legcutter, beats Karthik who is charging down the pitch

2.2

Malinga to Karthik, no run, quicker, straighter, closer t off, and takes a thick edge, and so fast is it that it almost carries to backward point

2.3

Malinga to Karthik, no run, gets the middle of the bat on this one, defending off the front foot

2.4

Malinga to Karthik, 2 runs, well bowled and well played, tries to test him on middle and leg after having him fend outside off for lone, and Karthik gets the bat down in time, clipping it into the leg side

2.5

Malinga to Karthik, no run, nicely driven on the up, wide of mid-off, but Mathews makes a good save there, and also throws while on his knees to make Sehwag rush back

2.6

Malinga to Karthik, no run, slower ball, around off, defended. Good testing over, Karthik survives

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 2.66)
KD Karthik    6* (12b)      SL Malinga    2-0-3-0
V Sehwag    2* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0

Sameera Abeysekara: "Kapugedara is the only player having cemented place in the side.. no matter what, he is always in" That, ladies and gentleman, is sarcasm

3.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, driven nicely through the covers. in the slot really, length ball, outside off, not much pace, and Sehwag drives with an open face

3.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, slightly shorter, and Sehwag rocks back to steer it to third man

Sangakkara comes up to the stumps to stop DK from walking down the pitch to counter Kula's swing

3.3

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, left alone outside off, Sanga has to get up tall to make this collection, around the chest area

3.4

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, straighter one, draws Karthik into the shot, who plays for inswing, and is beaten. Sanga whips the bails off, but DK is in

3.5

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, and again, Karthik is drawn forward, looking to defend an inswinger, and this one goes straight again. Good plan from Kula and Sanga

3.6

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, this one does come in, and DK covers the line, and then guides it towards third man

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
KD Karthik    7* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0
V Sehwag    7* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-3-0

Giji Krishnan: "Kapugudera is 100 times better than Ravindra Jadeja on any day." Wonder what Kapu and Jadeja will discuss f they meet for a drink

4.1

Malinga to Karthik, no run, beautiful stop by Randiv at cover-point, full-length dive to his left, saves four runs

4.2

Malinga to Karthik, no run, there comes the bouncer, wonder what it took so long, DK sways out of the line

4.3

Malinga to Karthik, no run, slower ball then, 113.6ks, flicked to mid-on, didn't seem too surprised by that

4.4

Malinga to Karthik, 1 run, another slower ball, 118ks, there is an lbw appeal, but the inside edge saves him. He gets a run too

4.5

Malinga to Sehwag, FOUR, he has threaded this tight off-side field. There is a point, cover point, and short point between them, but he has punched this between Kapu and Dilshan, point and short point

4.6

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, slower ball, seems like he read it, and swiped at it, but still he was a touch early into it, getting a thick inside edge to fine leg, all along the ground

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 20/0 (RR: 4.00)
V Sehwag    12* (10b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-9-0
KD Karthik    8* (20b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0

Elmo Leon: "Is this the last India-Sri Lanka match of the 2008-2010 marathon?" Well, there is a final still that these two could make it. And also there might be a 10 days' break between India's tour of SA and the World Cup. Time enough for a five-ODI series?

5.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, inside half of the bat, towards midwicket

5.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, OUT, big shout for lbw and given by Kumar Dharmasena! It's a huge inswinger from outside off, and although it has caught Sehwag on the back foot, it seems to be sliding down the leg side. Dharmasena takes his time and raises the finger. Sehwag is not happy, but the tracker serive shows the ball would have kissed the outside of the leg stump

V Sehwag lbw b Kulasekara 12 (12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Rohit Sharma is the new batsman

5.3

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 run, and steers the first ball he plays past point

keeper comes up again

5.4

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run, defended to cover

5.5

Kulasekara to Karthik, 1 run, short, guided to third man

5.6

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 leg bye, another big inswinger, this time it is too high, and hence no appeal. Gets a leg-bye to third man

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 23/1 (RR: 3.83)
RG Sharma    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-1
KD Karthik    9* (22b)      SL Malinga    3-0-9-0

Sri Lanka on attack now. Two slips and a gully

6.1

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, outswinger outside off, Rohit pushes forward and leaves this alone

6.2

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, plays at this away from the body, but keeps it down, towards point

6.3

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, quick outswinger at 141ks, moving away from just outside off, draws Sharma into the shot and beats him

6.4

Malinga to RG Sharma, 1 run, this one moves in, and Sharma is equal to it, dropping it wide of midwicket for a single

6.5

Malinga to Karthik, no run, shortish outside off, Karthik gets behind it and defends

6.6

Malinga to Karthik, 1 wide, this outswinger is too wide outside off

6.6

Malinga to Karthik, no run, close to off, DK presses forward and defends

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 25/1 (RR: 3.57)
KD Karthik    9* (24b)      SL Malinga    4-0-11-0
RG Sharma    2* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-1

7.1

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, inswinger around off, defended back to Kula

7.2

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, no run, straighter one outside off, and left alone

7.3

Kulasekara to RG Sharma, 1 leg bye, big inswinger again, going down the leg side, Sharma fails to make contact, gets a leg-bye

Sanga comes up to the stumps again, for DK

7.4

Kulasekara to Karthik, OUT, Kula strikes again. Good planning, good catch, or is it a catch? Sanga has been standing up to stop Karthik from walking down and negating the swing. And after pinning him in the crease, Kula has been slipping in the straighter ones to beat him outside off. This time it is very close to off, and Sanga and Kula go for a big shout right away. There is no sound as the ball passes the bat, though. Nothing on the snicko either

KD Karthik c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 9 (25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.00

Yuvraj Singh is the new man in

7.5

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, inswinger, leaving him, left alone

7.6

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, closer to him but still just outside off, and left alone again

End of over 8 (1 run, wicket maiden) India 26/2 (RR: 3.25)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-13-2
RG Sharma    2* (9b)      SL Malinga    4-0-11-0

8.1

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, Sharma is trying to leave this one, but the ball hits the bat and rolls towards second slip

8.2

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, closer to off, defended back to the bowler

8.3

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, pushed back to the bowler

8.4

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, short outside off, and left alone

8.5

Malinga to RG Sharma, FOUR, leading edge for four! Turns his wrists way outside off, away from his body, but it flies off the leading edge, between cover point and cover

8.6

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, this tie defends it with an open face, towards cover-point

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 30/2 (RR: 3.33)
RG Sharma    6* (15b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-15-0
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-13-2

9.1

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, nicely played, a clip/glance off the pads, deliberately plays it fine, fine of fine leg

9.2

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, extravagant swing outside off, left alone

9.3

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone outside off again

9.4

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, what a beauty from Yuvraj, leaning into the line of the ball, and driving with an open face, between mid-off and extra cover. So good to watch

round the wicket goes Kula

9.5

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets an outside edge, but it is played with soft hand, and goes along the ground to wide slip

goes back over, keeper comes up

9.6

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj defends off the back foot, makes a start for a single but is rightly sent back

End of over 10 (8 runs) India 38/2 (RR: 3.80)
Yuvraj Singh    8* (8b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-21-2
RG Sharma    6* (15b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-15-0

Bowling Powerplay taken, and Angelo Mathews comes on to bowl. One slip in place

10.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, holding its line outside off, and holding up a bit, hit back to the bowler

10.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, FOUR, gentle half-volley ooutside off, and Sharma lofts it over covers. Was looking to go over extra cover, but ended up playing over pointish region. good thing was, he was always looking to go over the infield else could have been caught

10.3

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, leaves this one outside off

10.4

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, slightly slower, moving away, Sharma plays way away from the body, gets a thick edge for one. Mike Haysman says on Ten Sports: "Non-striker's end is the best spot for Sharma at the moment."

10.5

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, tries the short one, but slips it down the leg side

10.5

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slightly squared up as he defends it around off

10.6

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, nicely bowled, nicely played, rolls his wrists over it to bring this back into Yuvraj who clips it to fine leg for one

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 45/2 (RR: 4.09)
Yuvraj Singh    9* (10b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0
RG Sharma    11* (19b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-21-2

11.1

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stops at him a touch, but he keeps it down

11.2

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, around off, moving away, right behind it

11.3

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, beautiful off-drive. Again leans in, and punches it between the bowler and mid-off. Almost a check shot, but what timing

11.4

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone outside off

11.5

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, short, moving away wide outside off, and Sanga does well to collect it. Remember he is standing up

11.5

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, starts off and moves away and left alone

11.6

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this time Sanga doesn't make a clean collection as Yuvraj leaves this alone too. There has been big inswing for Kula and Sanga until now has done a good job standing up to the stumps

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
Yuvraj Singh    13* (16b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-26-2
RG Sharma    11* (19b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0

12.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, away movement outside off, Sharma lets this one be

12.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, OUT, this is so plumb Mathews doesn't even appeal! Outswinger followed by inswinger, and gone! Simple as that. This time he plays around it without any feet movement, and it hits him in front of middle. Mathews knows he is gone and turns around to appeal only after he has crossed the batsman. Don't see anything wrong with it - it was so straight. Sharma again doesn't look happy and slowly trudges off, that's becoming a bit of a habit for him. Needs to watch it - last time he got away perhaps because Randiv's act hogged the headlines. Sharma's reaction then was clear dissent, and not the first instance in his career either

RG Sharma lbw b Mathews 11 (21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.38

Raina is the new man. No Dhoni. Could have made it a right-left combo had Dhoni come out to bat

12.3

Mathews to Raina, no run, driven in front of his body, towards mid-off

12.4

Mathews to Raina, no run, on the pads, turned away to square leg

12.5

Mathews to Raina, no run, pushed back to the bowler

12.6

Mathews to Raina, no run, around off, played to cover, along the ground

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) India 50/3 (RR: 3.84)
SK Raina    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    2-1-7-1
Yuvraj Singh    13* (16b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-26-2

Kula to continue

13.1

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full outside off, defended towards cover

13.2

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, comes forward and defends another delivery

13.3

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to point

13.4

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower ball, pushed to cover

13.5

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitches leg and middle, moving to outside off, and Yuvi defends it

13.6

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone outside off, gets a big stride in before shouldering arms

End of over 14 (maiden) India 50/3 (RR: 3.57)
Yuvraj Singh    13* (22b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-2-26-2
SK Raina    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    2-1-7-1

Phil: "I'd pick Kohli ahead of Rohit any day. Where is Pujara?" i agree on the Kohli part. Pujara has just finished the Emerging Tournament in Australia

14.1

Mathews to Raina, no run, defends a length ball outside off - a wicket and no runs off the last 15 deliveries

14.2

Mathews to Raina, FOUR, oh what a shot, beautiful cover-drive on a knee. Slower ball, gets on a knee, and caresses it through the covers, between short cover and extra cover

14.3

Mathews to Raina, no run, left alone outside off

we have these two left-hand batsmen who play beautiful drives through covers

14.4

Mathews to Raina, no run, looks to turn this around the corner, but plays it towards square leg

14.5

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, shorter, and guides this between square leg and mid-on

A placard in the stands: "Dharmasena, pls approve another wicket." Needless to say, they are Sri Lankan fans holding it

14.6

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, on the pads, looks to work it away but doesn't make good connection

End of over 15 (6 runs) India 56/3 (RR: 3.73)
Yuvraj Singh    13* (23b 3x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-12-1
SK Raina    5* (9b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-2-26-2

round the wicket goes Kula

15.1

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, hets this to straighten up outside off, Yuvraj leaves it alone

Powerplay over, but there is a still a slip in, and why not?

15.2

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short, into the body, clipped to midwicket

15.3

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, goes really wide, slightly slower, around off, defended back

15.4

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, kicks up outside off, left alone, Sanga makes a nice collection

15.5

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of a length, into the body, worked away for one

back over the wicket

15.6

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, worked away off the pads for one

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 58/3 (RR: 3.62)
SK Raina    6* (10b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-2-28-2
Yuvraj Singh    14* (28b 3x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-12-1

Kamlesh: "Indian has taken just 16 singles in 15 overs. Seems running is against their reputation." Well, Sri Lanka have bowled really well, and haven't given away free single

16.1

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, on the pads again and turned away fine for one

16.2

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the pads, but moving in, and Yuvraj does well to keep it down, towards midwicket

16.3

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked away fine, nice glance

16.4

Mathews to Raina, no run, huge shout, but not given!. Sangakkara, Dilshan, Jayawardene and Mathews can't believe it. It's a long, long appeal. Russel Arnold calls it "very similar to the Hakka". But facts first, slightly slower ball outside off, Raina hangs his bat out, and there is a sound and slight deviation - ever so slight - as it passes his bat. So Raina perhaps lucky to get away with it. Umpire Rauf is unmoved despite that appeal

16.5

Mathews to Raina, no run, defended to cover

16.6

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, fuller, pushed wide of extra cover for one

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 61/3 (RR: 3.58)
SK Raina    8* (14b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-15-1
Yuvraj Singh    15* (30b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-2-28-2

Perera replaces Kula now

17.1

Perera to Raina, no run, back of a length, pushed to cover

17.2

Perera to Raina, OUT, and Raina is gone! Pretty similar to the one where he was not given! Perera strikes second ball. Seems like Dharmasena has made up for Rauf's mistake. Back of a length, outside off, stays low, beats Raina, snicko shows nothing, Raina is not convinced. Sri Lanka will take it - they had him in the last over

SK Raina c †Sangakkara b Perera 8 (16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

MS Dhoni takes leg-stump guard

17.3

Perera to Dhoni, no run, short outside off and left alone

17.4

Perera to Dhoni, no run, sweetly punched away, one bounce to short extra cover

17.5

Perera to Dhoni, no run, and again, one bounce to short extra cover

Sanga comes up to the stumps

17.6

Perera to Dhoni, 2 runs, short, and powerfully cut away, backward point gets a hand to it, and Mathews keeps them to two

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 63/4 (RR: 3.50)
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-1
Yuvraj Singh    15* (30b 3x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-15-1

18.1

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed back to the bowler

Sanga - just to remind you - is standing up to the stumps

18.2

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, inside edge towards square leg

18.3

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, holds up a bit, Yuvraj stays back and keeps it down

18.4

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, moving into him, played straight to square leg. Rightly sent back by Dhoni

18.5

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball, crunched back to Mathews

18.6

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to mid-off

End of over 19 (maiden) India 63/4 (RR: 3.31)
Yuvraj Singh    15* (36b 3x4)      AD Mathews    5-2-15-1
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-1

19.1

Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, edged for four! the slip is there but it is far too wide, ad this is a regulation edge off a back-of-a-length delivery just outside off. Sip moves straighter, but the horse is gone

19.2

Perera to Dhoni, no run, beats him outside off this time, just holding its line a touch

19.3

Perera to Dhoni, no run, moving slightly in, left alone outside off

Josephian Mafia, Mathews and Perera, is giving nothing away here

19.4

Perera to Dhoni, no run, again back of a length, just outside off, shoulders arms again

19.5

Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, the edge of Dhoni's bat is playing around with the lone slip! At the start of the over, he edges one to first slip, making the wide slip move finer. Now he edges it to where third slip would have been. Educated edges, if ever there were two

extra slip in now

19.6

Perera to Dhoni, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 71/4 (RR: 3.55)
MS Dhoni    10* (10b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-10-1
Yuvraj Singh    15* (36b 3x4)      AD Mathews    5-2-15-1

20.1

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, outside off, defended to cover

20.2

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller, straighter, looking to flick it, but ends up playing it to mid-off

20.3

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, shorter again, punched to point

20.4

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, presses forward to defend again

20.5

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, moves in off a shortish length, and played back to the bowler

20.6

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, around off, dead-batted again. Back-to-back maidens for Mathews

End of over 21 (maiden) India 71/4 (RR: 3.38)
Yuvraj Singh    15* (42b 3x4)      AD Mathews    6-3-15-1
MS Dhoni    10* (10b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-10-1

21.1

Perera to Dhoni, no run, left alone outside off

21.2

Perera to Dhoni, no run, full outside off, driven straight to mid-off

21.3

Perera to Dhoni, no run, back of a length, outside off, left alone again

21.4

Perera to Dhoni, no run, punched down the ground, straight to mid-off

11 dots in a row so far

21.5

Perera to Dhoni, no run, makes that 12 dots, driven nicely, but straight to short extra cover, on the bounce

21.6

Perera to Dhoni, OUT, no need for an umpire here! not the smartest shot Dhoni has played either. Sanga goes back to standing back, and immediately Dhoni goes for a walk down the pitch, and looks to turn this to leg from way outside off. the ball holds its line enough to get the edge, and Sanga holds it safely. Dhoni walks

MS Dhoni c †Sangakkara b Perera 10 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

End of over 22 (wicket maiden) India 71/5 (RR: 3.22)
     NLTC Perera    3-1-10-2
Yuvraj Singh    15* (42b 3x4)      AD Mathews    6-3-15-1

Jadeja comes in to bat, but is at the non-striker's end. Sanga stands up for Yuvraj

22.1

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, defended back to the bowler

22.2

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played off the hips, gets a single to midwicket - first run in 15 deliveries

Jadeja to face for the first time. Sanga stays behind

22.3

Mathews to Jadeja, no run, defended with an open face

going back to Dhoni dismissal, Sanga had been standing up to the stumps to keep Dhoni from walking down the wicket. And the moment Sanga went back, Dhoni did exactly that, and ended up chasing a wide delivery

22.4

Mathews to Jadeja, no run, beats him outside off with the slight away movement

22.5

Mathews to Jadeja, no run, left alone outside off this time

22.6

Mathews to Jadeja, no run, left alone outside off again

End of over 23 (1 run) India 72/5 (RR: 3.13)
RA Jadeja    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    7-3-16-1
Yuvraj Singh    16* (44b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    3-1-10-2

23.1

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, no run, what a beaut! pitches leg and middle, offcuts to beat him just outside off

keepr standing back for Perera. Perhaps the bowler asked him to go back in the first place

23.2

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full outside off, doesn't make good connection

23.3

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of a length, squeezed to sweeper-cover for one

23.4

Perera to Jadeja, no run, short, around off, rides the bounce and defends it to point

23.5

Perera to Jadeja, no run, full and wide, shoulders arms

23.6

Perera to Jadeja, no run, length ball, defended to extra cover

End of over 24 (1 run) India 73/5 (RR: 3.04)
RA Jadeja    0* (7b)      NLTC Perera    4-1-11-2
Yuvraj Singh    17* (47b 3x4)      AD Mathews    7-3-16-1

Sanga standing up for Mathews

24.1

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone outside off, and Sanga makes a good take again

24.2

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, shoulders arms again

24.3

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, closer to the stumps, defended towards cover

24.4

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, on the pads, flicked but not in the gap

24.5

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, between keeper and wide slip! Rauf calls it runs, Sanga thinks it is byes. technically it will count as a drop

slip moves finer now

24.6

Mathews to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, punched to cover

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 77/5 (RR: 3.08)
Yuvraj Singh    21* (53b 4x4)      AD Mathews    8-3-20-1
RA Jadeja    0* (7b)      NLTC Perera    4-1-11-2

as has been the norm, Sanga moves back for Perera

25.1

Perera to Jadeja, no run, defended off the front foot

25.2

Perera to Jadeja, OUT, nine-ball duck for Jadeja! Squared up as he looks to turn this to leg from around off, and the leading edge settles safely with gully

RA Jadeja c Silva b Perera 0 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Praveen Kumar is the new batsman. Time for Yuvraj to start hitting a bit? No one has hung around with him here

25.3

Perera to Kumar, OUT, and PK is gone first ball! Caught at mid-off! Perera on a hat-trick. PK looks at the pitch, then the bat. It was an extravagant drive on a back-of-a-length ball outside off. Nowhere near it. Ordinary shot, good, old tailender shot

P Kumar c Tharanga b Perera 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

hat-trick ball

25.4

Perera to Nehra, no run, and Nerha keeps it out, defending it with a straight bal

25.5

Perera to Nehra, 2 runs, makes room and squeezes this past cover, will come back for two

25.6

Perera to Nehra, no run, holds up a bit, bounces a touch extra, but it is wide enough for him to leave it alone

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 79/7 (RR: 3.03)
A Nehra    2* (3b)      NLTC Perera    5-1-13-4
Yuvraj Singh    21* (53b 4x4)      AD Mathews    8-3-20-1

Right. Will be interesting to see how Yuvraj approaches it from here on. Malinga comes back. Good move, going for the kill

26.1

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full toss, crashed away, and what a fantastic, full-length dive by Dilshan at cover. Saves three runs

two slips for Nehra

26.2

Malinga to Nehra, OUT, and he is gone! good bouncer, and he gloves it through to Sanga. SL on fire here. too good for the tailender, Nehra fends at it, and it goes off the left glove. And needless to say, Sanga is standing back for Malinga

A Nehra c †Sangakkara b Malinga 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Imagine India somehow make it t 99 for 9. Will a no-ball come then? It's an innocent question, as Mr Gittes used to say in Chinatown. Meanwhile Ishant is the new man

26.3

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, defends a shortish delivery

26.4

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, left alone outside off

26.5

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, legcutter outside off, Ishant nowhere near it as he defends

26.6

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, defended outside off, keeps it down

End of over 27 (1 run) India 80/8 (RR: 2.96)
I Sharma    0* (4b)      SL Malinga    6-0-16-1
Yuvraj Singh    22* (54b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    5-1-13-4

27.1

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, single off the first ball again! In the last over, Nehra fell t the second ball after the single first ball

27.2

Perera to I Sharma, no run, length ball, driven to extra cover, confident-looking shot

27.3

Perera to I Sharma, 1 run, falls short of second slip, slightly slower ball, Ishant ends up playing in front of his body, but the edge doesn't carry

27.4

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, cut away outside off, misfielded at point

27.5

Perera to I Sharma, no run, length ball around off, pushed to cover

27.6

Perera to I Sharma, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 83/8 (RR: 2.96)
I Sharma    1* (8b)      NLTC Perera    6-1-16-4
Yuvraj Singh    24* (56b 4x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-16-1

Yuvraj asks for Batting Powerplay. SL had attacking fields anyway

28.1

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full ball, nicely driven, straight to mid-off

28.2

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, goes for the wide yorker, but bowls it to wide

28.2

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, full and wide, driven hard to third man, the fielder fumbles, they look for two but go back. Sanga goes for the blind flick to outsmart Ishant, but misses, and they squeeze in the overthrow

28.3

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep midwicket for one

Bibin O: "I think Yuvraj is trying to copy Laxman's tactics of not trying to protect the tail...."

28.4

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, left alone outside off again - unlike PK, Ishant is making the bowlers earn his wicket

28.5

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, stays a touch low, in front of stumps too, blocked back to the bowler

28.6

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, short, into the ribs, and Ishant gets a soft leading edge as he looks to turn it around the corner. It lands just short of Malinga

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 87/8 (RR: 3.00)
I Sharma    1* (11b)      SL Malinga    7-0-20-1
Yuvraj Singh    27* (59b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    6-1-16-4

29.1

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, shot! Length ball, clears the front leg, and lofts it over mid-on

mid-on goes back now, midwicket comes in

29.2

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, oh what a beautiful shot! Yuvraj makes room and chips this length ball over wide mid-off. And look at the timing, it sails for six. And this is no Mickey-Mouse ground

so now mid-off goes back, third man comes up, also midwicket goes back and mid-on comes in

29.3

Perera to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, drilled away into the leg side, gets a single to deep midwicket

29.4

Perera to I Sharma, 1 wide, moves away from outside off, too far wide

29.4

Perera to I Sharma, no run, left alone outside off

29.5

Perera to I Sharma, no run, full toss outside off, guided to third man - and Yuvraj denies the single that could have brought up India's 100. Yuvraj now wants to take Malinga's over

29.6

Perera to I Sharma, no run, and suddenly Ishant has a brain freeze and swings at a wide delivery outside off. No contact made

End of over 30 (12 runs) India 99/8 (RR: 3.30)
I Sharma    1* (14b)      NLTC Perera    7-1-28-4
Yuvraj Singh    38* (62b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-20-1

30.1

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, no run, looks for the old-fashioned slog to a full ball, gets an inside edge towards square leg

30.2

Malinga to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Premeditated shot. Camps on the back foot, looking to hit this - a full ball - over square-leg-midwicket region, and is hit on the back leg. Given out, but missing off clearly. It is umpire Rauf this time

Yuvraj Singh lbw b Malinga 38 (64b 5x4 1x6) SR: 59.37

99 for 9. No-ball, anybody?

30.3

Malinga to Ojha, no run, full outside off, looks to defend and is beaten

30.4

Malinga to Ojha, 1 run, pokes again, and gets a thick edge towards third man to bring up India's hundred

30.5

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, slower ball outside off, looks to drive, and is beaten

30.6

Malinga to I Sharma, no run, yorker, keeps it out

End of over 31 (1 run) India 100/9 (RR: 3.22)
I Sharma    1* (16b)      SL Malinga    8-0-21-2
PP Ojha    1* (2b)      NLTC Perera    7-1-28-4

Kulasekara comes back. Perera might not get five

31.1

Kulasekara to Ojha, no run, left alone outside off

31.2

Kulasekara to Ojha, 1 run, inswinger, edged away, falls short of slip, gets a single off the ricochet

31.3

Kulasekara to I Sharma, no run, full and straight, plays with an open face, towards cover

31.4

Kulasekara to I Sharma, no run, bouncer, looks to pull, and is beaten

31.5

Kulasekara to I Sharma, 2 runs, makes room and squeezes this through point for two

31.6

Kulasekara to I Sharma, no run, yorker around leg, keeps it out

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 103/9 (RR: 3.21)
I Sharma    3* (20b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-2-31-2
PP Ojha    2* (4b)      SL Malinga    8-0-21-2

32.1

Malinga to Ojha, no run, digs out a yorker

32.2

Malinga to Ojha, no run, bouncer, sharp, gets him in the glove, but somehow it falls back on the pitch. Fierce look too Malinga gives him

32.3

Malinga to Ojha, no run, short again, not that high, Ojha backs away and keeps it down

32.4

Malinga to Ojha, no run, again rib high, again he keeps it down towards gully

32.5

Malinga to Ojha, no run, vicious slower offcutter, beats him comprehensively. Sanga and Mahela go for a long long appeal. There is daylight between bat and ball

32.6

Malinga to Ojha, no run, yorker around, digs it out, Kapu throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end, and Ishant has made it back by half a frame. He was plonking the bat back in, as opposed to sliding it back

End of over 33 (maiden) India 103/9 (RR: 3.12)
PP Ojha    2* (10b)      SL Malinga    9-1-21-2
I Sharma    3* (20b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-2-31-2

Perera comes back, to go for a five-for

33.1

Perera to I Sharma, no run, yorker, beats him, and it is just outside off. Almost a wicket

33.2

Perera to I Sharma, no run, length ball wide outside off, asking the No. 10 to drive. Sharma lets it be

33.3

Perera to I Sharma, no run, nicely driven, good-looking shot, but Dilshan makes a diving save in the covers

33.4

Perera to I Sharma, OUT, what a beaut to finish the five-for! slightly back of a length, around off, Ishant plays for the angle, the ball holds its line to take the off stump. Perera is pleased as punch, and why shouldn't he be?

I Sharma b Perera 3 (24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Perera gets to keep the ball, and leads the team as they walk back after an extremely satisfying show in the field. Percy, the cheerleader, shakes his hand. We will have some cricket before the supper break. "I am very happy with my performance," says Perera. "I am available to play against other teams too [nine out of his 11 wickets have come against India]. Sometimes there was extra bounce, but otherwise good batting wicket." Sri Lanka need to get to the target inside 40 overs for a bonus point. Not that they need the bonus point to make it to the final. And if you must ask, India need to keep Sri Lanka down to 82 if they want a bonus point

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Thisara Perera helped skittle out India for 103, Sri Lanka v India, tri-series, 5th ODI, Dambulla, August 22, 2010

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