India tour of Sri Lanka, 2008 / Commentary

India in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 4th ODI

Sri Lanka v India

India won by 46 runs

Pitch: Waqar Younis reckons, "It's a good wicket but it looks more drier than the previous ones. It should bring in the spinners more. Only worry I have is that it's very dry. Batting second won't be easy here. Win toss bat first."

Toss: India have won the toss and have decided to bat. "Very difficult to believe I have won four tosses in a row," says Dhoni who adds, " It looks a good track, bit more dry than the previous ones." Indian team is unchanged while Warnapura is in for Silva for Sri Lanka. Mahela says he too would have batted first had he won the toss.

1:40 pm Good news. Sun is out. Pretty warm conditions and we should have a game in today. Both the teams are practicing out there.

1:59 pm Meanwhile, loud cheers as Dhoni walks out for the toss. Not too many fans gathered, but they are trickling in steadily.

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Mahela says he too would have batted first had he won the toss. Mahela wants to bat so that his spinners can exploit the dry track later on.

Pitch: Waqar Younis reckons, "It's a good wicket but it looks more drier than the previous ones. It should bring in the spinners more. Only worry I have is that it's very dry. Batting second won't be easy here. Win toss bat first."

0.1

Vaas to Kohli, no run, on a length around the middle stump line, turned to midwicket

0.2

Vaas to Kohli, no run, slip and short midwicket watch as Kohli takes a half-step forward to push a length delivery down the track

0.3

Vaas to Kohli, 1 run, leans across to dab a full and angling delivery to Murali at third man

By the way, rain is forecast for this evening. It is expected around 6 or 630pm. Russel Arnold reckons it will be here by 5.30.

0.4

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, Sangakkara is standing up to the stumps and watches as Gambhir turns a length delivery to point region

Vaasy has taken 399 ODI wickets. 398 for Sri Lanka, one for Asia XI

0.5

Vaas to Kohli, no run, full and straightening on that middle stump line, Kohli gets his bat across the front pad - not pressed too far across - and to square leg

0.6

Vaas to Kohli, no run, slightly short of the driveable length, again on that middle stump line, worked to short midwicket

I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for the game, and Srinivas Raju is on the scoring duty today.

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
V Kohli    1* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0
G Gambhir    1* (1b)     

1.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 3 runs, gets forward to square drive a full length delivery through cover point. The electric Dilshan chases it and pulls it back from the ropes with a sliding diving effort.

1.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, no major movement so far. On a length and just outside off stump, defended to the off side

1.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 leg bye, And finally some movement. In swing. It nips back in from outside off stump, darts in to beat the forward prod and runs off the pad to the leg side

1.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, short and width outside off stump, cut straight to point.

1.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, fuller and straightening on the middle stump line, Gambhir crouches, gets his bat in line to defend to the leg side.

1.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 bye, walks down the track - Sangakkara is standing back for Kulasekara - misses to connect with the dab to the off side and Sanga fails to collect cleanly. The ball rolls dangerously close to the helmet placed behind the 'keeper. (5 penalty runs had it hit)

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
G Gambhir    4* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0
V Kohli    1* (7b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0

2.1

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, cuts in from outside off, edges the defensive stroke to his pad and the ball rolls to the off side. The 'keeper is standing up to the stumps.

2.2

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller but drifting down leg, flicked to Murali at long leg.

2.3

Vaas to Kohli, no run, slanting away from Kohli who gets forward, bat and pad close together, to push the ball to covers

2.4

Vaas to Kohli, no run, lands on a length on the middle stump line, moves towards off and middle, on driven to mid-on

2.5

Vaas to Kohli, no run, fuller, around the off and middle line, Kohli drives pleasingly to covers.

slip is off and he moves to short cover

2.6

Vaas to Kohli, 3 runs, hello?! A wristy across-the-line chip-slog. It was full and just outside off, he crouched forward, bottom hand working over time and he chipped it across in the air towards wide midwicket region.

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
V Kohli    4* (11b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-6-0
G Gambhir    5* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, shaping in with the angle, on the off stump line, dabbed to short midwicket.

3.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, the second ball that swung today. Again the inswing and Kohli flicks the full delivery past square leg

3.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, This one shapes away and induces the edge from a hesitant froward prod but there is no slip and and the ball rushes through to the cordon. Not that it would have carried to the man had he been there ...

3.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, from back of length, shaping in, tucked to right of square leg where Mendis makes a diving stop

3.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, fuller, around the off stump, shapes to off drive, the bat-face shuts a touch and the ball rolls past the bowler and the mid-on fielder comes across to make the stop

3.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, homing in on the off stump, leans across to defend to covers

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
V Kohli    10* (17b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-9-0
G Gambhir    5* (7b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-6-0

4.1

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward, opens the bat face to guide a length delivery to third man for a single

4.2

Vaas to Kohli, no run, on a length, angling across, guided to backward point

Tony Greig on air: "A good score here will be 250. The average score in day/night games is 231 (batting first)."

4.3

Vaas to Kohli, 2 runs, Almost caught at mid-off. Again that across-the-line scoop-whip gets him in trouble. It landed around the off stump, full and angling away, Kohli tries to whip it across and gets a leading edge in the air and to the left of Jayasuriya.

4.4

Vaas to Kohli, no run, swings in from outside off, on driven to mid-on.

4.5

Vaas to Kohli, 1 run, off cutter outside off, dabbed past backward point for a single

4.6

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, lands outside off, on a length, shapes away, left alone and Sangakkara, up the stumps, gathers.

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 21/0 (RR: 4.20)
G Gambhir    6* (9b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-10-0
V Kohli    13* (21b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-9-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, lands on the off stump line, straightens, squeezed to backward point

5.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, coming in from outside off stump, from a length and Kohli leans across to play a compact defensive stroke.

5.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, coming in to the middle and leg line, Kohli wrists it across to long leg.

5.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, quick single. He pushed to right of Murali at mid-off and set off with the stroke. The throw came in, missed but GAmbhir would have been home even if it had hit.

5.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, beaten by a lovely delivery. It landed on a length and cut away late past the forward prod. To his credit, Kohli pushed inside the line and didn't follow the ball.

5.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, leans across to defend a ength delivery to covers

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 23/0 (RR: 3.83)
V Kohli    14* (26b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0
G Gambhir    7* (10b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-10-0

6.1

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, walks down the track - Sangakkara was standing up- to push a short-of-length delivery to left of midwicket for a single.

6.2

Vaas to Kohli, FOUR, full pitched outside off, inviting the drive and the teenager responds to the challenge- leans forward to square drive it through cover gap

6.3

Vaas to Kohli, no run, around the off stump, on a length this time and Kohli gets across to defend to point

No slip, Short cover point and short extra cover in

6.4

Vaas to Kohli, FOUR, And Kohli has taken up the challenge and has beaten the offside trap. It was the slower off cutter, Kohli picked it, waited to thrash it to the left of short cover point. Thrilling stuff.

6.5

Vaas to Kohli, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

6.6

Vaas to Kohli, 1 run, closer to the off stump, Kohli had got rather close to the line of the ball, waited to chop it down to third man for a single. Last ball single to retain the strike. It's called Gaaji in Chennai lingo.

End of over 7 (10 runs) India 33/0 (RR: 4.71)
V Kohli    23* (31b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-20-0
G Gambhir    8* (11b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0

7.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, full, shaping in towards the off stump, Kohli is a touch late in getting forward and pushes the ball down the track

7.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, around the off stump, full, just a tiny step forward and he pushes it to covers. Gary Kirsten is having a close look at Kohli's batting

7.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, just a touch outside off and Kohli square drives on the up to point

7.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, cuts in - that is his natural angle - tucked to short midwicket

7.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, another nip backer, fuller this time and clipped to deep square leg region

7.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 2 runs, short and outside off stump, Gambhir stayed adjacent to the line to slice the ball in the air and to left of wide third man

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 36/0 (RR: 4.50)
G Gambhir    10* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-14-0
V Kohli    24* (36b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-20-0

8.1

Vaas to Kohli, no run, full in length, around the off stump line, leans forward to defend to the off side. The wait for 400th wicket continues for Vaasy

8.2

Vaas to Kohli, 1 run, short cover point and short extra cover watch as Kohli dabs a length delivery angling across him to third man.

8.3

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, walks across to the off stump line and chops a length delivery to left of gully where Mahela makes a diving stop

8.4

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, Super stop from Dilshan at backward point. It was cut hard to the ground and it bounced to the left of him and he took off in the air to bring the ball back down safely.

8.5

Vaas to Gambhir, FOUR, predetermined swipe across the line. He walked across to the off side and swung a slower delivery to midwicket boundary.

8.6

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, again that shuffle - since Sangakkara is standing up, Gambhir is not walking down the track but more towards the off side - and guides a short of length delivery to third man

End of over 9 (6 runs) India 42/0 (RR: 4.66)
G Gambhir    15* (16b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-26-0
V Kohli    25* (38b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-14-0

9.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, stretches across to drive to mid-off

9.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run

9.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to punch to covers

Gautam Krishna: "For your information, "gaaji" means enjoying batting extra deliveries. Hitting a single in the last ball after playing the entire over is called "over gaaji"." Correct Krishna. Over gaaji is the subset of Gaaji! Gaaji is the tendency to keep batting and facing as many deliveries as possible.

9.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir is taking risks; at least what is perceived as risk generally. Couple of steps down the track and he heaves the length delivery high over mid-off.

9.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, OUT, And he is gone now. He carved the short-of-length delivery angled well across him straight to backward point.

G Gambhir c Dilshan b Kulasekara 17 (45m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

9.6

Kulasekara to Yuvraj Singh, no run, angled across Yuvraj who thinks about playing a stroke before changing his mind.

Another reader comment - Sriram: "Kohli has this habit of playing across the line quite often and Vaas in his prime would have had his number quite often."

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 44/1 (RR: 4.40)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-16-1
V Kohli    25* (38b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-26-0

10.1

Vaas to Kohli, no run, beaten outside off. Kohli followed the length delivery slanted across him and the ball rushed past the outside edge.

10.2

Vaas to Kohli, 3 runs, Almost caught by Vaasy. Kohli has this tendency to drive on the up and on this slow track it's fraught with risk. He was early into the punch-drive and the ball went over the leaping Vaas.

10.3

Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten. It landed on a length outside off and came in. Yuvraj pushed the bat so much inside the line that he was beaten. It did come in all right but not as much as Yuvraj thought.

10.4

Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the off stump line, tries to work it to the on side but ends up dabbing it back down the track

10.5

Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller, probing line around the off stump continues, Yuvraj is caught at the crease, late in reacting but jabs it to the off side

Sanjay: "Virat Kohli has a nice upright stance and footwork. His shots look quite fluent. Whether he can do all this on a faster track against the likes of Brett Lee should be seen. I think he has the potential to be a regular in Indian line up."

10.6

Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, cuts in from a length, to the middle stump line, turned to the on side

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 47/1 (RR: 4.27)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-29-0
V Kohli    28* (40b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-16-1

11.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run

11.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, cutting in towards the middle, Kohli loves to whip those deliveries to the on side. This one rolls down to deep square leg . The bottom hand takes over and he rolls the wrists over in a exaggerated fashion

11.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, lovely straight drive with the full face of the bat but Kulasekara makes a diving stop to his right.

11.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, Kohli reverts to his whip to the on side. Another couple of runs, this time to deep midwicket region.

11.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, on a length, around the off stump, punched on the up to mid-off

11.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, Another attempt to drive on the up and he mistimes it on this slow track to the off side. He seems rather upset with himself.

Shehan: "Gaaji" is called "Chance Peretha" in Singhalese!

End of over 12 (4 runs) India 51/1 (RR: 4.25)
V Kohli    32* (46b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-20-1
Yuvraj Singh    0* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-29-0

12.1

Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Vaasy gets his wicket no 400. He is lifted in the air by Kapugedera even as the rest of the team converge. The off cutter on the slow wicket has consumed Yuvraj. He is early into his whip across the line and the ball stopped on him, took the edge and went straight to short midwicket. Vaas saw the ball was taken, raised his arms, lifted his head up to the skies and shut his eyes. Blink. And his team-mates were there to congratulate him.

Yuvraj Singh c Jayawardene b Vaas 0 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

12.2

Vaas to Raina, no run, cutting in from outside off, defended to the off side

12.3

Vaas to Raina, no run, leans forward to defend another length delivery

12.4

Vaas to Raina, no run, presses back to push a short-of-length delivery down the track

12.5

Vaas to Raina, no run, slower, off cutter, Raina waits before defending to covers

12.6

Vaas to Raina, no run, 121.4 kmph delivery outside off stump, guided to point region

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) India 51/2 (RR: 3.92)
SK Raina    0* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-1-29-1
V Kohli    32* (46b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-20-1

13.1

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, shout for lbw but it was sliding down leg side. It was full and swung back in from outside off, Kohli tried to work it through the on side, missed and was struck on the pad.

13.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, around the off stump line, pushed to the off side

13.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, We know he loves those on-the-up drives, has perished earlier in the series attempting that but he has pulled it off here in a grand fashion. He leaned forward, the bat came down nice and firm and he met the ball on the up and creamed it through wide mid-off. Never easy and not always without risk on a slow track. But when it comes off it looks rather spectacular.

13.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, 1 run, turns a length delivery past square leg, wants the second but Raina asks him to get back. Can't keep continuing with the Gaaji and chance peretha young man!

13.5

Kulasekara to Raina, no run, beaten outside off stump. Leaden-footed, the upper body just lunged across to jab at a length delivery leaving him and no wood on leather

13.6

Kulasekara to Raina, FOUR, gets his feet moving this time and plays a delectable cover drive

End of over 14 (9 runs) India 60/2 (RR: 4.28)
SK Raina    4* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-29-1
V Kohli    37* (50b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-1-29-1

14.1

Vaas to Kohli, no run, the off cutter from short of length, Kohli whips it from outside off to midwicket

14.2

Vaas to Kohli, FOUR, whipped just over short midwicket. Another short of length cutter that came in from outside leg stump towards middle and off and Virat Kohli chipped it across the line and just over the fielder

14.3

Vaas to Kohli, no run, beaten this time. He tries to follow the off cutter - fuller in length this time - and is beaten on the attempted dab to third man.

Kohli puts his head up and winces. Remember Seinfeld's expression when he says "Hello Newman"?! That same expression

14.4

Vaas to Kohli, no run

14.5

Vaas to Kohli, no run, slower, fuller, around the off stump, driven to mid-off

14.6

Vaas to Kohli, no run, even slower, around 117 kmph delivery, just outside off stump, steered to point

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 64/2 (RR: 4.26)
V Kohli    41* (56b 5x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-1-33-1
SK Raina    4* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-29-1

Powerplay, the third one, has been taken, and no change in bowling in sight

15.1

Kulasekara to Raina, 1 run, short and angling away, Raina steers it

15.2

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, full, angling in, Kohli whips it away towards midwicket, where the sweeper will cut the boundary off

15.3

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, length ball, on the stumps, defended to mid-on

15.4

Kulasekara to Kohli, FOUR, short, asking to be punished, and Kohli does that. Hit towards midwicket, but wide of the fielder

15.5

Kulasekara to Kohli, no run, wide, too wide, Kohli goes for the drive, plays it away from the body, to extra-cover in the circle. Kohli is not pleased with that shot

15.6

Kulasekara to Kohli, 2 runs, length ball on the stumps, worked away towards squareleg, and these two young men will come back for an easy couple. Kohli one short of a half-century now

End of over 16 (9 runs) India 73/2 (RR: 4.56)
V Kohli    49* (61b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-38-1
SK Raina    5* (8b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-1-33-1

16.1

Vaas to Raina, no run, short, on off stumps, Raina drills it straight down the ground, but mid-off is alert

16.2

Vaas to Raina, 1 run, slightly slower, Raina adjusts well, plays it back to Vaas who gets just a hand, and the batsmen run through off the deflection. That's alert running

16.3

Vaas to Kohli, 1 run, that's Kohli's half-century, steered away to thirdman. That's Kohli's first 50 in international cricket

16.4

Vaas to Raina, 1 run, length ball, on the stumps, worked away into the leg side

16.5

Vaas to Kohli, FOUR, this was short, on and outside off stump, and Kohli whips it between midwicket and mid-on. He had committed on to the front foot, but pulled a good shot

16.6

Vaas to Kohli, no run, off cutter around off, defended to the off side

End of over 17 (7 runs) India 80/2 (RR: 4.70)
V Kohli    54* (64b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-1-40-1
SK Raina    7* (11b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-38-1

Thushara to bowl

17.1

Thushara to Raina, 1 run, tries to force a short of length delivery through the on side - rather ambitious considering this is the first ball of the bowler and more importantly, he is still new to the crease - and mistimes it to wide midwicket

17.2

Thushara to Kohli, no run, solitary slip in place watches as Kohli shoulders arms to a length delivery slanted across him. Kohli wants to gauge the pace of the new bowler before he decides to play his shots

17.3

Thushara to Kohli, OUT, But he is gone now! Inside edge and on to the stumps, Kohli is very disappointed. It bounced from short of length, more pace than the other two bowlers so far, and Kohli tried to push it to cover point with an angled bat, well away from the body, but the ball collided with the inside edge and crashed on to the off stump. Enter Dhoni.

V Kohli b Thushara 54 (87m 66b 7x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

17.4

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, in the zone outside off stump, around 137 kmph delivery, left alone

Tony Greig on Kohli: "People might think its unlucky dismissal but it was a bad shot. He planted his front foot, played two feet away from the body."

17.5

Thushara to Dhoni, no run

17.6

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

End of over 18 (1 run) India 81/3 (RR: 4.50)
MS Dhoni    0* (3b)      T Thushara    1-0-1-1
SK Raina    8* (12b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-1-40-1

Enter Ajantha Mendis

18.1

Mendis to Raina, no run, off break from the middle stump line, defended to the off side

18.2

Mendis to Raina, no run, another off break from the leg and middle line and Raina presses forward to defend

18.3

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, lands outside the leg stump, turned behind square leg

18.4

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, loopy dellivery, bit more air, full and on the middle and leg, turned past the diving Dilshan at midwicket for a single

18.5

Mendis to Raina, FOUR, Raina decides to attack Mendis. He charged down the track to loft the off break three bounces to the long-off boundary

18.6

Mendis to Raina, no run, fuller, flatter, outside off, pushed to covers

End of over 19 (6 runs) India 87/3 (RR: 4.57)
SK Raina    13* (17b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-6-0
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      T Thushara    1-0-1-1

19.1

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length, angled across Dhoni who goes back and across to cut it hard to wide third man

19.2

Thushara to Raina, no run, cutting in a touch, from just outside the off stump, Raina's feet are glued to each other, going nowhere but he adjusts by crouching and jabs the ball of the inside edge to the on side

19.3

Thushara to Raina, no run, again the hesitant shuffle and works the length delivery to short midwicket. He practises getting his feet going forward and driving in the V

19.4

Thushara to Raina, 2 runs, shuffles across to lean back to guide a back-of-length delivery outside off to deep backward point region

19.5

Thushara to Raina, 1 run, on a length outside off, Raina stays back to steal a single with a push to cover point

19.6

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length outside off stump, punched to deep cover

End of over 20 (5 runs) India 92/3 (RR: 4.60)
MS Dhoni    3* (6b)      T Thushara    2-0-6-1
SK Raina    16* (21b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-6-0

20.1

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, slid in from the leg stump line, Dhoni pushed down middle and leg and was hit on the pad. It was flicked by that middle finger

20.2

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, lunges across to defend a delivery on middle and off

20.3

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, slightly short and cut to backward point

20.4

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, leg break on the middle stump line, Dhoni goes back and gets his bat down in a hurry in front of the back pad to push the ball to the off side

20.5

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, on the off and middle line, Dhoni stays adjacent to the line, taking care not to press his front leg across and jabs it to the off side

20.6

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, lands on the middle and off, moves towards off, defended to covers. Maiden over

End of over 21 (maiden) India 92/3 (RR: 4.38)
MS Dhoni    3* (12b)      BAW Mendis    2-1-6-0
SK Raina    16* (21b 2x4)      T Thushara    2-0-6-1

21.1

Thushara to Raina, 1 run, stays back to punch a length delivery through covers for a single

21.2

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish, just outside off stump, bottom-hand powered drive to deep cover fetches him a single

21.3

Thushara to Raina, no run, high harmless bouncer and Raina ducks

21.4

Thushara to Raina, no run, slower one, around 121 kmph, full and on the off stump line, Raina is made to wait and he defends to the off side

21.5

Thushara to Raina, 1 run, around 138 kmph full length delivery outside off stump, cover driven to sweeper for a single

21.6

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, short of length, around 141.6 kmph delivery, on the middle and leg, tapped close on the leg side. Dhoni set for the over-gaaji but Raina sent him back.

End of over 22 (3 runs) India 95/3 (RR: 4.31)
MS Dhoni    4* (14b)      T Thushara    3-0-9-1
SK Raina    18* (25b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    2-1-6-0

22.1

Mendis to Raina, FOUR, floated outside off stump, full and Raina stretched across to whip a on drive to the left of mid-on.

22.2

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, flighted off break, tapped to left of mid-on for a single

22.3

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, on the middle, cutting away a touch, Dhoni stays on the leg stump line, adjacent to the line and drives to mid-off

22.4

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, full and on the middle, pushed through cover point for a single. He leaned forward, not across, opened the bat face and pushed the ball into the gap

22.5

Mendis to Raina, no run, quicker, on the middle stump line, skids on, defended bat and pad close together to the off side

22.6

Mendis to Raina, 2 runs, goes back to turn a short of length delivery on the leg stump line past square leg for couple of runs

End of over 23 (8 runs) India 103/3 (RR: 4.47)
SK Raina    25* (29b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-1-14-0
MS Dhoni    5* (16b)      T Thushara    3-0-9-1

Jayathu: ""Chance peretha" is also called "batting peretha" in some parts of Sri-Lanka. A "peretha" is a kind of an evil spirit from folklore and is considered very greedy."

23.1

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, short of length around the off stump, Dhoni doesn't quite move towards the line and hence mistimes the punch drive to extra cover

23.2

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 wide, wider, fuller and Dhoni lets it go. Doctrove extends his arms to signal wide

23.2

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, full in length, wrists his punchy drive to short cover. He stayed back and twirled his bat, the bottom-hand powering the arc of the bat

23.3

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, tiny step forward and he drives the full pitched delivery to mid-off

23.4

Thushara to Dhoni, FOUR, he flayed that. He pressed back to force the short delivery in the air but quickly past the short-cover fielder who had no time to react.

23.5

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, fuller and in the zone outside off stump, left alone

23.6

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, even fuller, on the middle, a touch late in reacting but he gets his bat down to push it to wide mid-on region for a single

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 109/3 (RR: 4.54)
MS Dhoni    10* (22b 1x4)      T Thushara    4-0-15-1
SK Raina    25* (29b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-1-14-0

24.1

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, on the middle stump line, straightening from short of length, flat batted to long on

24.2

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, slower, off break around the off stump line, Raina stays back to steer it to cover point for a single

24.3

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, on the middle stump line, full, pushed back to Mendis

24.4

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, skips down the track, Mendis shortens the length and Dhoni adjusts to open the bat face and push it through cover point

24.5

Mendis to Raina, no run, Raina comes down the track to push a off break to short cover

24.6

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, leg break around the off stump line, Raina stays back, the ball stops on him a touch and the intended punch drive takes the ball in the air but it flies past Dhoni for a single

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 113/3 (RR: 4.52)
SK Raina    27* (32b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    4-1-18-0
MS Dhoni    12* (25b 1x4)      T Thushara    4-0-15-1

25.1

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, quick and flat off break from round the stumps, around the off stump, forced through cover point

25.2

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 2 runs, slower, flighted outside off stump, from over the wickets, steered to deep backward point region

25.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, shorter, turning in from outside off stump and that length allows Dhoni to rock back and force it past the short cover fielder and to the boundary. Too short.

25.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length, turning in from outside off, Dhoni cleverly shuffles to the off stump, gets outside the line and works with the turn past square leg

25.5

Muralitharan to Raina, no run, beaten on the drive. Finally he pings the full length, suckes Raina forward into a off drive before dipping quickly and turning past the bat. Sanga takes off the bails but the back foot was inside the crease

25.6

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, back to short of length, forced away to covers for a single

End of over 26 (9 runs) India 122/3 (RR: 4.69)
SK Raina    29* (35b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-9-0
MS Dhoni    19* (28b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    4-1-18-0

26.1

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, presses his front leg across to clip the ball on the middle to backward square leg for a single. Slightly risky option as a skidder might hit his pad first.

26.2

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni continues with his simple approach: Stay on the leg stump line, stay adjacent to the line and opens the bat face to steer the ball on the middle and leg to cover point

26.3

Mendis to Raina, no run, on the middle and leg, defended to the on side

26.4

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, flighted delivery on the middle and leg, full, driven to long-on

26.5

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, couple of steps down the track towards the off and middle line and he works the delivery from middle to the right of midwicket for a quick single.

26.6

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, full and on the leg and middle line, again driven to long-on for a single

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 127/3 (RR: 4.70)
SK Raina    32* (39b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    5-1-23-0
MS Dhoni    21* (30b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-9-0

RK: "From where I come, we do not have an equivalent term for "Chance peretha". The non-striker just does not run on the last ball." Ha! Best. So you are indulging in Gaaji and worshiping Peretha!

27.1

Muralitharan to Raina, no run, stays back to steer the off break to backward point

27.2

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, again on the back foot and pushes through covers, Dilshan gets a hand on the ball with a diving attempt

27.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, iirc first full length flighted delivery to Dhoni who edges the off drive down the track

27.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, well-flighted off break, turning in from outside off and Dhoni gets across to defend to the off side

27.5

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to drive down to long-on

27.6

Muralitharan to Raina, 2 runs, shorter in length, flatter and outside off, Raina goes back to bring up the fifty of the partnership with a cut to sweeper cover region

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 131/3 (RR: 4.67)
SK Raina    35* (42b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-13-0
MS Dhoni    22* (33b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    5-1-23-0

Shiv Kumar: "Why is Murali held back? I feel he comes way too late in the game (at least, so far in this series) and because of this, his bowling tends to be tad defensive,as he tends to operate in run saving mode"

28.1

Thushara to Dhoni, FOUR, skips down the track, moving towards the off stump in the process and eased a full pitch delivery past mid-off for the boundary.

28.2

Thushara to Dhoni, 2 runs, full in length, around the off stump, Dhoni is caught at the crease - neither forward nor back - tries to whip a square drive and edges it to third man

28.3

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, slower, outside off stump, steered to deep point region

28.4

Thushara to Raina, no run, shuffles outside leg and Thushara bangs in a bouncer and Raina sways away from the line

28.5

Thushara to Raina, no run, another bouncer, this time Raina moves towards middle stump line to sway away from the leg stump bouncer

28.6

Thushara to Raina, 1 wide, another short-pitched delivery but this time going down the leg side.

Chris: "Again, India have took the right approach against the spinners. They are getting the 1's and 2's at an easy rate, which will set them up well for the final assault."

28.6

Thushara to Raina, 1 run, fuller, on the leg and middle line, flicked to fine leg for a single

End of over 29 (9 runs) India 140/3 (RR: 4.82)
SK Raina    36* (45b 3x4)      T Thushara    5-0-24-1
MS Dhoni    29* (36b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-13-0

29.1

Muralitharan to Raina, 2 runs, flighted off break from round the stumps, full and Raina plays a good-looking off drive to right of long-off. Hit all along the ground.

29.2

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 leg bye, lands outside leg stump, turns in, nudged of the pad to short fine leg region

29.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted delivery, full and outside off stump, driven to long-off for a single

29.4

Muralitharan to Raina, no run, flatter, outside off, Raina goes back to push it to covers

29.5

Muralitharan to Raina, 2 runs, on the middle and leg line, goes for the sweep and it rolls of the pad to fine leg. Signalled as runs, perhaps he got a bottom edge. Murali doesn't look too convinced.

29.6

Muralitharan to Raina, no run, down the track and drives but straight to covers

End of over 30 (6 runs) India 146/3 (RR: 4.86)
SK Raina    40* (50b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-18-0
MS Dhoni    30* (37b 3x4)      T Thushara    5-0-24-1

Hari: "Now, Indians are playing Mendis comfortably. Good sign. Next time when he comes India for IPL, we will know more about his bowling."

30.1

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, slower one, on the middle and leg, turning towards middle, Dhoni adjusts to push it to the off side

30.2

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, a touch short in length, slanting away from Dhoni who punches it to Mahela at point

30.3

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, Thushara saw Dhoni come down the track and banged in a short one and Dhoni adjusted to pull it to deep square leg region

30.4

Thushara to Raina, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off

30.5

Thushara to Raina, FOUR, Gorgeous extra-cover drive from Raina. He leaned into his shot and drove the full-pitched delivery inside-out

30.6

Thushara to Raina, 1 wide, moved outside leg stump, Thushara slipped in a slower one but dragged it well outside the off stump. Dhoni has a chat with Raina

30.6

Thushara to Raina, 2 runs, on the off stump line, from a length, opened his bat face to run it fine to right of third man

Drinks break.

End of over 31 (8 runs) India 154/3 (RR: 4.96)
SK Raina    46* (53b 4x4)      T Thushara    6-0-32-1
MS Dhoni    31* (40b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-18-0

31.1

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, on a length, on off, Dhoni waltzes down the track and nudges it square on the leg side

31.2

Muralitharan to Raina, no run, doosra on a length, Raina used his feet and pats it back to the bowler

31.3

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, shorter, and some width on offer, Raina pushes it on the off

31.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, drives it down the past the bowler for a single

31.5

Muralitharan to Raina, FOUR, Fifty for Raina! and what a shot to bring it up with. He comes down the track and lofts him over extra cover for four

31.6

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, ends the over with a single, pushing a doosra to sweeper cover

End of over 32 (8 runs) India 162/3 (RR: 5.06)
SK Raina    52* (57b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-26-0
MS Dhoni    33* (42b 3x4)      T Thushara    6-0-32-1

Jayasuriya is brought into the attack

32.1

Jayasuriya to Raina, 3 runs, produces the edge straight away but it goes through the vacant slip region. It was full, turning in a touch, Raina stayed back and tried to drive through the line and got a thick edge

32.2

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, skips down the track and towards off stump, taps it to the on side, looking for a single but it's not there

32.3

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, floated outside off, driven to long-off

32.4

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, slow, turning in from just outside off stump, Raina decides to stay back to the full length delivery, shaping to pull before pushing it through to long-on

32.5

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 2 runs, short of length delivery and forced of the back foot to left of covers

32.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, retains the strike by moving down the track and to the off stump, getting outside the line before dabbing it to square leg

End of over 33 (8 runs) India 170/3 (RR: 5.15)
MS Dhoni    37* (46b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-8-0
SK Raina    56* (59b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-26-0

33.1

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, doosra around the off stump line, steered to cover point for a single

33.2

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, short of length, cut to sweeper cover for a single

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33.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend the off break to the off side

33.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, opens the bat face to ping the cover point gap for a single

33.5

Muralitharan to Raina, no run, rips a quickish off break from over the wicket, it pitched outside leg stump, hurried in to hit the back pad right in front

33.6

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, comes down the track, lunges forward to adjust to the dipping delivery and pushes it to long-off

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 174/3 (RR: 5.11)
SK Raina    58* (62b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-30-0
MS Dhoni    39* (49b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-8-0

34.1

Jayasuriya to Raina, no run, floated full outside off stump, Raina, as his wont, stays back, tries to late cut through vacant slip region but doesn't connect

34.2

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, goes for the reverse sweep and edges it to short third man region.

34.3

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 2 runs, couple of steps down the track and he paddle sweeps it very fine to the fine-leg region for couple more runs

34.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 2 runs, flatter but well short of length and forced hard with that flat-batted heave of his to right of deep cover where Dilshan makes a diving stop

Dhoni looks very tired out there in the humid conditions. He is down on his knees, taking deep long breaths.

34.5

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, lunges forward to drive to long-off for a single

34.6

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, stays back to punch a full-length delivery turning in to long-on for a single. 100 of the partnership is up.

End of over 35 (7 runs) India 181/3 (RR: 5.17)
SK Raina    60* (65b 5x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-15-0
MS Dhoni    44* (52b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-30-0

35.1

Muralitharan to Raina, 1 run, tries to come down the track, Murali dragged back the length and pitched it outside off, Raina stopped his forward movement, lunged across to reach the ball and pushed it through covers

35.2

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, flighted full, turns in from outside off stump, defended to the off side

35.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, beaten outside off. It landed outside off, turned in slightly, not as much as Dhoni thought

35.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, stretches well forward to drive to covers

35.5

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted full, on the middle, worked with the turn past square leg

35.6

Muralitharan to Raina, SIX, There comes the big hit. Almost expected. He cleared the front foot and slog-swept Murali over deep midwicket boundary. The runs are flowing here for the Indians. What can Mahela do?

A tired Dhoni is down on the ground and is eating a banana. He hands over the banana skin to Ojha who might or might not sell it on ebay.

End of over 36 (8 runs) India 189/3 (RR: 5.25)
SK Raina    67* (67b 5x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    6-0-38-0
MS Dhoni    45* (56b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-15-0

36.1

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, steered to short third man region

36.2

Jayasuriya to Raina, no run, goes back to pull it to short midwicket

36.3

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, goes for the reverse sweep, again mistimes it through cover point

36.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni agrees with the tactic and unfurls a reverse paddle to backward point for a single. While Raina was trying to beat the hell out of the leather with his reverse sweep, Dhoni just tapped it for a single

36.5

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, on the back foot, forced to long-off for a single

36.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, floated on the stumps, jabbed away to the on side and Jayasuriya mis fields

End of over 37 (5 runs) India 194/3 (RR: 5.24)
MS Dhoni    48* (59b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-20-0
SK Raina    69* (70b 5x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    6-0-38-0

37.1

Mendis to Dhoni, 2 runs, couple of steps down the track and paddle sweeps to short fine leg region and runs really hard to come back for the second run. A direct hit at the non-striker's end but Raina is home. And that's his fifty.

37.2

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, leans across to push to covers

37.3

Mendis to Dhoni, 2 runs, There is that Paddle sweep again. He takes a couple of steps down the track before paddling it very fine.

37.4

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, He attempts that shot again but misses to connect and it rolls of the pad to the off side

37.5

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, stays at his original position to guide the leg cutter to backward point

37.6

Mendis to Raina, 3 leg byes, quicker, skids on but its outside leg stump and it runs of the pad to fine leg region

End of over 38 (8 runs) India 202/3 (RR: 5.31)
SK Raina    69* (71b 5x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    6-1-28-0
MS Dhoni    53* (64b 3x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-20-0

Tons of mails have come in questioning Yuvraj Singh's place in the batting order. Many of you feel that Badrinath should be sent in at no 3 and Yuvraj down at six. Too many mails to put up. Will just put up one here. Yashwant: "It will be great asset for India if they utilize Badrinath at No.3. We saw Yuvraj batting at No. 3 or 4 in past and he failed. Let him come down the order. Badrinath will get himself in and can take 1's and 2's. Yuvi can come down the order and have a go at the bowler, that is his natural talent. I saw his all innings in under 19 tournament. He was really demolisher."

38.1

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, on the middle and leg, jabbed to the on side

38.2

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

38.3

Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, lunges forward to scoop a flighted delivery past Jayasuriya and to long-off

38.4

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, FOUR, flatter, full and Dhoni reverse sweeps it past backward point. Again no violence but just placing.

38.5

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run, big turn there! Hmm... It spun sharply past a surprised Dhoni who later smiles. Must be thinking its a good sign for Harbhajan

38.6

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, turned through the on side for a single

End of over 39 (8 runs) India 210/3 (RR: 5.38)
MS Dhoni    59* (68b 4x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-28-0
SK Raina    71* (73b 5x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    6-1-28-0

39.1

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to squeeze a skidder of the inner edge to square leg

39.2

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, short in length, skidding away from Raina who punches it of the back foot to deep cover

39.3

Mendis to Dhoni, no run, that skip down the track and Mendis flicks the ball away and Dhoni adjusts to defend to covers

39.4

Mendis to Dhoni, 2 runs, again that move down the track from Dhoni and Mendis adjusts by shortening the length and Dhoni lunges across to jab to cover point. The throw misses the non-striker's end and that allows Dhoni to come back for the second

39.5

Mendis to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single. Dhoni is struggling out there, breathing heavily, hands on his knees. Pretty humid conditions.

39.6

Mendis to Raina, no run, goes for the slog sweep but fails to connect and the ball rolls of the pad.

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 215/3 (RR: 5.37)
SK Raina    72* (75b 5x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    7-1-33-0
MS Dhoni    63* (72b 4x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-28-0

40.1

Thushara to Dhoni, 2 runs, starts off with a slower one but on the legs, flicked to deep square leg

40.2

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, another slower one, around 112 kmph delivery, full and on the middle stump line, pushed to covers

40.3

Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss outside off, stabbed through cover point

Kohli is ready with pads on. He will be the bye runner for the struggling Dhoni.

40.4

Thushara to Raina, 1 wide, down the leg side, Raina tries to help it along on its way, doesn't connect and Sangakkara gathers

40.4

Thushara to Raina, no run, short in length, around 131 kmph delivery on the off stump line, guided to backward point

40.5

Thushara to Raina, FOUR, What a stunning shot. He threatened to jump out before hopping back, maintained his balance and poise some how in all this movement and played a delightful punch on the up and one bounce to wide long-off boundary.

40.6

Thushara to Raina, 1 wide, high bouncer down the leg side

40.6

Thushara to Raina, OUT, Holes out to long-off this time, though. He threatened to move outside leg, got in line and went down on his knee to time the lofted shot well but straight to the man. 76 very good runs from Suresh Raina. He kicked the ground as he walked off

SK Raina c Kulasekara b Thushara 76 (125m 78b 6x4 1x6) SR: 97.43

End of over 41 (9 runs) India 224/4 (RR: 5.46)
     T Thushara    7-0-41-2
MS Dhoni    66* (75b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    7-1-33-0

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41.1

Muralitharan to Sharma, 3 runs, turning in to the pads, glanced very fine

Virat Kohli is on the field as the bye-runner for Dhoni

41.2

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to turn the off break to square leg

41.3

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, doosra outside off stump, opened the bat face to steer to short third man

41.4

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, another doosra, short in length, punched back to Murali and Kohli scampers back to the crease

41.5

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, shout for lbw but turned down. It was the spinning off break and Rohit was caught on the back foot. It looked like it would have just missed the leg stump

41.6

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, rips another quicker off break, Rohit presses back to defend

End of over 42 (4 runs) India 228/4 (RR: 5.42)
RG Sharma    3* (5b)      M Muralitharan    7-0-42-0
MS Dhoni    67* (76b 4x4)      T Thushara    7-0-41-2

42.1

Thushara to Dhoni, no run, couple of steps down the track, yorks himself, has a stabd but the ball goes under the bat and past the off stump

42.2

Thushara to Dhoni, 2 runs, full pitched delivery, driven hard to wide long-off

42.3

Thushara to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and outside off, edges the square drive to third man region

42.4

Thushara to Dhoni, OUT, Jayasuriya takes a very good catch at covers to end the captain's knock. It was full and well outside off, Dhoni crouched on a bent knee, reached out to drive and Jayasuriya timed his lunge to his left well and pouched it safely. Two new batsmen at the crease

MS Dhoni c Jayasuriya b Thushara 71 (104m 80b 4x4 0x6) SR: 88.75

The ball has lost its colour completely and has been changed

42.5

Thushara to Badrinath, 1 run, full in length, on the off stump line, eased through extra cover for a single

42.6

Thushara to Sharma, no run, edged but fell just short of the lunging Sangakkara. Rohit went for the square cut but got a thin bottom edge

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 233/5 (RR: 5.41)
RG Sharma    3* (6b)      T Thushara    8-0-46-3
S Badrinath    1* (1b)      M Muralitharan    7-0-42-0

43.1

Muralitharan to Badrinath, no run, turning in from around the off stump, strikes the pad and rolls to leg side

43.2

Muralitharan to Badrinath, no run, quick off break outside off stump, Badrinath leans across to take it on the pad, trying to defend

43.3

Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run, stretches across, opens the bat face and guides to backward point region

43.4

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, loud shout for lbw. It spun in sharply from outside off stump, Rohit is surprised by the extent of the spin and the pace of it and jabbed it to his pad

43.5

Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, again doesn't look too convincing but stabs the off break to the on side

43.6

Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run, leans forward to wrist the off break through midwicket and turns for the second run but is sent back in time.

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 236/5 (RR: 5.36)
S Badrinath    3* (5b)      M Muralitharan    8-0-45-0
RG Sharma    4* (8b)      T Thushara    8-0-46-3

44.1

Mendis to Badrinath, no run, lands on the off stump, cuts away, steered to backward point. No chance for a single

44.2

Mendis to Badrinath, 1 run, slightly short of length and Badrinath went back to cut it hard to deep point

44.3

Mendis to Sharma, 1 run, lands outside off, turns away but short in length and that allows Rohit to stand tall and punch it down to long-off

44.4

Mendis to Badrinath, no run, fuller, straighter on the middle, driven back to Mendis

44.5

Mendis to Badrinath, 1 run, slower, driven to long-on for a single

44.5

Mendis to Badrinath, 1 run, slower, driven to long-on for a single

44.6

Mendis to Sharma, 2 runs, loopy delivery on the middle and leg, eased to wide long-on for couple for runs.

End of over 45 (5 runs) India 241/5 (RR: 5.35)
RG Sharma    7* (10b)      BAW Mendis    8-1-38-0
S Badrinath    5* (9b)      M Muralitharan    8-0-45-0

45.1

Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run, steered to backward point for a single

45.2

Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

45.3

Muralitharan to Badrinath, OUT, flighted off break outside off stump, Badrinath leaned across, tried to wrist it to the on side for a single but was a touch early into his shot and ended up sending a dolly to short midwicket.

S Badrinath c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 6 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

45.4

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, doosra outside off stump, pushed through cover point for the single

45.5

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, turns in to beat the prod across the line and is struck on the pad

45.6

Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, sharp turn there. AGain, Rohit is in trouble, hanging on the back foot and edges to square leg. Murali is teasing and taunting Rohit.

End of over 46 (4 runs) India 245/6 (RR: 5.32)
RG Sharma    9* (13b)      M Muralitharan    9-0-49-1
Harbhajan Singh    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    8-1-38-0

46.1

Mendis to Sharma, no run, More trouble for Rohit. Appeal for stumping. Turned down. That carrom ball. Rohit was sucked into the forward drive and was squared up as the ball left him late

46.2

Mendis to Sharma, 2 runs, decides to break free with a pre-determined shot. He tried to loft it over covers, it went to deep backward region

46.3

Mendis to Sharma, no run, skids on towards off and middle, pushed to the off side

46.4

Mendis to Sharma, 1 run, comes down the track, goes for the heave across the line but doesn't connect well and will pick up a single to deep midwicket

46.5

Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, beaten comprehensively. It landed on the off and middle, cut away past the bemused Harbhajan

46.6

Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller, outside off stump, driven to covers

End of over 47 (3 runs) India 248/6 (RR: 5.27)
Harbhajan Singh    1* (3b)      BAW Mendis    9-1-41-0
RG Sharma    12* (17b)      M Muralitharan    9-0-49-1

47.1

Muralitharan to Sharma, no run, another big off break, Rohit can't put bat to ball and it rolls of the pad

47.2

Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, couple of steps down the track, takes it on the full and drives to long-on

47.3

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Harbhajan goes for his favourite slog sweep, gets the top edge, the ball goes high but falls well short of Dilshan who came running in from deep midwicket

47.4

Muralitharan to Sharma, 2 runs, full around off, driven inside-out to left of long-off for couple of runs

47.5

Muralitharan to Sharma, 1 run, OUT, Harbhajan is run out. Rohit came down the track to whip a flighted off break to deep square leg region. Couple of fielders screamed, "Bowler's end .. .bowler's end" and that's exactly where the throw went. Murali collected it and flicked it on to the stumps.

Harbhajan Singh run out 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

47.6

Muralitharan to Sharma, 2 runs, outside leg stump line, swept fine for two runs. Murali has completed his quota of ten overs

End of over 48 (7 runs) India 255/7 (RR: 5.31)
RG Sharma    18* (22b)      M Muralitharan    10-0-56-1
P Kumar    0* (0b)      BAW Mendis    9-1-41-0

48.1

Mendis to Kumar, no run, lunges forward to keep the ball out

48.2

Mendis to Kumar, no run, beaten all hands up by the carrom ball that spun away. Kumar went for his drive and was squared up

48.3

Mendis to Kumar, no run, hesitant lunge forward and jabs the full delivery to covers

48.4

Mendis to Kumar, 1 run, gets off the strike of the fourth ball with a push to the on side

48.5

Mendis to Sharma, OUT, Mendis tricks him with change of pace and length. Rohit went for the slog-sweep but it was slower and short in length and Rohit edged it high to midwicket.

RG Sharma c Warnapura b Mendis 18 (30m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 78.26

Sunil:"Its really amazing to see how India lost wickets after good partnership in the middle. Especially in the death overs."

48.6

Mendis to Kumar, 1 run, another lunge forward and he manages to drive to long-off for a single

End of over 49 (2 runs) India 257/8 (RR: 5.24)
P Kumar    2* (5b)      BAW Mendis    10-1-43-1
Z Khan    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    10-0-56-1

49.1

Thushara to Kumar, OUT, The struggling Praveen Kumar is cleaned up finally. Full, straight, on the off stump, Praveen couldn't get his bat down in time and the off stump has been pegged back

P Kumar b Thushara 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

49.2

Thushara to Patel, 1 run, goes for the yorker, ends up as low full toss around off stump, squeezed past point

49.3

Thushara to Khan, no run, another really full delivery, just short of the blockhole, dug out back to the bowler

49.4

Thushara to Khan, OUT, Thushara gets a five-for. Zaheer backed away to the leg side and drove straight to covers.

Z Khan c Warnapura b Thushara 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a turn around from Sri Lanka. India were sitting pretty at 224 for 3 in the 41st over before the free fall began. They lost seven wickets for 33 runs in the last nine overs to be bowled out for 258. The pitch is dry and is aiding turn. So, it won't be a easy target.

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