India tour of Sri Lanka, 2008/09 / Commentary

India in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 5th ODI

Sri Lanka v India

Sri Lanka won by 68 runs

9.55 We're moments from the start. The Sri Lankan openers will walk out soon. Tendulkar (though he's not playing) hands the India cap to Jadeja.

Toss: And at long last Jayawardene has won the toss and Sri Lanka will bat first. And since a lot of you have asked, Sachin Tendulkar is not playing.

Team changes: Predictable changes for India. L Balaji and Ravindra Jadeja come in for Praveen Kumar and Pragyan Ojha. For Sri Lanka, Mendis returns for Angelo Mathews and Thilan Thushara comes in for Dilhara Fernando.

India: 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Irfan Pathan, 10 L Balaji, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Thilina Kandamby, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Farveez Maharoof, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Thilan Thushara, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

I can't tell you what a relief it is to see Balaji back. The man's been through hell fighting injuries and a change of bowling action over the last three years at least. He went into his shell, refused to speak to the media and only focused on working his way back to form. This writer literally chased him for an interview back in 2007 and he politely refused!

There will be simultaneous celebrations in Jamnagar, Gujarat, with Jadeja making his debut. He's an effective left-arm spinner as well. I hope he gets a congratulatory message from Shane Warne, his Rajasthan Royals captain.

Jubil Sason: "Isn't India experimenting too much going for run leaking pace trio? No Praveen, No Zaheer seems very gutsy from Dhoni's part. How ever they have a very long batting line up with Irfan Pathan at No. 9."

9.15am: A very warm welcome to all of you who've joined us for Cricinfo's coverage of the fifth and final ODI between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo. It's a day game at the R Premadasa Stadium, something different. The games have been very predictable and from the series point of view, it will be nice to see Sri Lanka snatch this dead rubber.

They haven't really looked like winning a single game though. India have only on their mind: 5-0. We'll bring you news of the toss shortly.

0.1

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, Irfan gets really good bounce and carry first up, Dilshan watches it rise up

0.2

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, not as much bounce this time but a very good line, the ball curves in before reaching Dhoni

0.3

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, gets this one to come back in again and he's cramped for room as he tries to cut

0.4

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, this one shapes away after pitching. a touch too wide in fact as he shoulders arms

0.5

IK Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, clips it away with a flick of the wrists and Jayasuriya pushes the single, Dilshan hesitates initially

0.6

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, lands on a good length on the off stump and he defends down the track

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End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
ST Jayasuriya    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    1* (5b)     

Here's Ishant Sharma

1.1

I Sharma to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, strays on the pads and he clips it away with the movement down to fine leg

1.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, gets his bat nicely behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler

1.3

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, gets this one to skid through and dart back in on the pads, the ball lobs to the off side

Two slips in place

1.4

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, gets nice inward movement after pitching, he gets his pad across and shoulders arms

1.5

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, 132 kph, fires it in on a good length outside the off stump and the ball really kicks up before reaching the keeper

1.6

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 wide, loses his line and strays really wide down the leg side

1.6

I Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, and the wide costs the over five runs, Ishant grants him enough width to free his arms, he gets his front pad across and crashes a overpitched ball past the gap between cover and mid-off

End of over 2 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
TM Dilshan    5* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-0-5-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-0-1-0

2.1

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, swings it away late and he gets across and clips it across the line to midwicket

2.2

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, lands it on the off stump line and he defends it back

2.3

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, gets a bit of late away movement and Jayasuriya covers that by walking across his stumps to pat it back

2.4

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, gets a bit more bounce this time and he gets across again and taps it towards point

2.5

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Irfan fires that on the pads and he shuffles across a touch and deftly clips it down to fine leg

2.6

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, really tucks him with a sharp incutter and Dilshan gets a thick inside edge on to his pads

I'm Kanishkaa, your commentator for this match. Raju takes over the scoring.

End of over 3 (1 run) Sri Lanka 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
TM Dilshan    5* (12b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-2-0
ST Jayasuriya    1* (6b)      I Sharma    1-0-5-0

3.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, comes over the wicket, he lands it on a good length outside off and watches the ball shape away from him

3.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, that extra bounce cuts like a knife, the ball goes through the gap between bat and body

3.3

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, gives him a bit too much width outside off and he slams that hard through the gap between square cover and point

3.4

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, taps it towards cover and immediately tells his partner to head back

3.5

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, full in length and shaping away from the off stump, he shoulders arms

3.6

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, leans on to the straight drive a little too early and as a result he nearly inside edges onto the stumps, fine leg picks it up

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
ST Jayasuriya    6* (12b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    5* (12b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-2-0

4.1

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, gives him the charge to slam it over mid-off but he fails to pull it off and luckily the ball just falls short of Yuvraj in the same position

4.2

IK Pathan to Dilshan, 3 runs, clips it on the up to deep square leg and Ishant does really well to sprint from fine leg and pull it back before the rope

4.3

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, that's vintage Jayasuriya, Irfan pitches it up on the off stump and he delicately flicks it across the line and the ball sails over square leg

4.4

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, angles it down the leg side and he nicely works it away down to fine leg with the movement, he only shuffles at his crease slightly

4.5

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, lands it on a good length outside off, he cuts to backward point

4.6

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, lands it on middle and off, he gets across his stumps and taps it back to the bowler

End of over 5 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 26/0 (RR: 5.20)
ST Jayasuriya    15* (17b 3x4)      IK Pathan    3-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    8* (13b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-10-0

5.1

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, gets a bit of a loopy bounce before reaching the keeper

5.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 wide, strays really wide down the leg side, too wide for Dilshan to chase it

5.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, lovely delivery, squares him up just outside the off stump, Dilshan prods forward and pokes his bat out

5.3

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, shapes to drive straight but he gets an inside edge to the off side

5.4

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Ishant overpitches and Jayasuriya makes him pay, he leans forward and scoops him high over mid-off

5.5

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, squares him up a bit on middle and off and he taps it back to the bowler

5.6

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, lands it on a good length on off and he steers to the off side

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End of over 6 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 32/0 (RR: 5.33)
ST Jayasuriya    19* (20b 4x4)      I Sharma    3-0-16-0
TM Dilshan    9* (16b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-0-14-0

6.1

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, a touch slower, fullish outside off, and Dilshan is early into the shot and can't time properly

6.2

IK Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, what a run, this one was swinging in, and was played straight to mid-off, but Gambhir had to come in and an early call from Jayasuriya enables the single

a short cover and a leg slip for Jayasuriya

6.3

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, and Jadeja drops it... short ball, hit straight to him at point, he went fingers facing up, and the ball went in and came out. Jadeja is usually considered to be a very good fielder at domestic level

6.4

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, on the pads and guided away for an easy single

6.5

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, short and wide, and Dilshan goes for an aerial cut, and misses completely

6.6

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, fuller, on the stumps, and played towards midwicket, won't get any runs for it

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 34/0 (RR: 4.85)
TM Dilshan    10* (20b 1x4)      IK Pathan    4-0-16-0
ST Jayasuriya    20* (22b 4x4)      I Sharma    3-0-16-0

7.1

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, see you later, short on the pads, and Jayasuriya goes for the typical short-arm pull, bounces just inside the square-leg boundary

7.2

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, and he sends it back to square-leg boundary again, short again, and another short-arm pull, and the result is the same

he gets him a deep square leg

7.3

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, no run, and this is is short and wide, and Jayasuriya wants to whack it, but doesn't connect properly, all safe though

7.4

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, FOUR, this is classy stuff, another short ball, and Jayasuriya waits an extra half second, rolls his wrists on the pull, and hits backward of the deep square-leg fieldsman

round the wicket goes Ishant

7.5

I Sharma to Jayasuriya, 1 run, and he will take a quick single now, angling in towards off stump, and Jayasuriya just taps it towards mid-off and off he goes for the run

7.6

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, he's bowling well to the right-hand batsman, just outside off, holding its line, and Dilshan lets it go

End of over 8 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 47/0 (RR: 5.87)
TM Dilshan    10* (21b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-29-0
ST Jayasuriya    33* (27b 7x4)      IK Pathan    4-0-16-0

8.1

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, gets his bat down on angle to cut but he ends up tapping it to cover point

8.2

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, cramps him for a bit of room to cut but he ends up slicing it wide of backward point

8.3

IK Pathan to Dilshan, FOUR, terrible ball and well dealt with by Dilshan, he bowls it really wide of the off stump and takes a lot of pace off the ball, that allows Dilshan to front foot slap past the covers

8.4

IK Pathan to Dilshan, FOUR, holds the length back but he gives the batsman too much width, he bends his knee slightly and plays a forceful square drive past point

8.5

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, angles it across the right hander and he safely shoulders arms

8.6

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, that's a terrific comeback after those two boundaries, he gets one to jag away from Dilshan and nearly gets him to edge it to Dhoni

End of over 9 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 56/0 (RR: 6.22)
TM Dilshan    18* (25b 3x4)      IK Pathan    5-0-25-0
ST Jayasuriya    34* (29b 7x4)      I Sharma    4-0-29-0

Here's L Balaji. He has a leg slip

9.1

Balaji to Jayasuriya, 2 byes, nearly traps Jayasuriya with his very first delivery on his international comeback, he angles it across him first, slices him in half as the ball moves the other way sharply and beats Dhoni as well

9.2

Balaji to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, really wide outside the off stump and Jayasuriya reaches out and gets a top edge which lands safe in front of third man

9.3

Balaji to Jayasuriya, no run, continues over the wicket, pitches it outside the legstump and hits him high on the pad, there's a half-hearted appeal

9.4

Balaji to Jayasuriya, no run, runs in smoothly, Jayasuriya clips it away to midwicket

9.5

Balaji to Jayasuriya, 1 run, he pulls on the front foot to deep square leg and Jayasuriya sets off for the second run but Dilsan sends him back

9.6

Balaji to Dilshan, 1 wide, loses his line and strays wide down the leg side

9.6

Balaji to Dilshan, FOUR, that's a poor delivery, too wide of the off stump, he reaches out and takes the risk of playing an aerial shot with a packed off side field waiting to snap him up, he just manages to find the gap

End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 66/0 (RR: 6.60)
TM Dilshan    22* (26b 4x4)      L Balaji    1-0-8-0
ST Jayasuriya    37* (34b 7x4)      IK Pathan    5-0-25-0

10.1

IK Pathan to Jayasuriya, OUT, that's a poor shot, he steps down the track and Irfan digs it short on seeing him advance, Jayasuriya gets a top edge and Raina takes it at mid-off, very tame dismissal that

ST Jayasuriya c Raina b IK Pathan 37 (48m 35b 7x4 0x6) SR: 105.71

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10.2

IK Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, gets behind the line to a good length ball and defends

10.3

IK Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, very well timed, Irfan gives him width and bowls it on a good length, he reaches out only slightly and places it well between the gap between cover and point

10.4

IK Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, reaches out to cut and hits it on the up past backward point

10.5

IK Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, gets it come back in late and Dilshan softly taps it down to cover

10.6

IK Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, lands it on a good length on off and middle, he defends to the off side

End of over 11 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 72/1 (RR: 6.54)
KC Sangakkara    5* (4b 1x4)      IK Pathan    6-0-31-1
TM Dilshan    23* (27b 4x4)      L Balaji    1-0-8-0

11.1

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, keeps it on the stumps, he stays at the crease and softly taps it to cover

11.2

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up on the off stump and he nearly chips it on the up to extra cover

11.3

Balaji to Dilshan, 2 runs, strays on the pads and he clips it behind square on the on side

11.4

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, poor shot, he makes just a bit of room to play a flashy square cut but Balaji beats him with extra pace and bounce

11.5

Balaji to Dilshan, 1 run, good length on the off stump, he reaches out and cuts to third man

11.6

Balaji to Sangakkara, no run, mistimes the drive to mid-on

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 75/1 (RR: 6.25)
KC Sangakkara    5* (5b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    26* (32b 4x4)      IK Pathan    6-0-31-1

12.1

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, drifts really wide of the offstump, lucky not to be called though, Dilshan didn't offer a shot

12.2

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, chance for him to whip it away off his pads but he fails to get any wood on it

12.3

IK Pathan to Dilshan, FOUR, full on the off stump and Dilshan pushes it aaway very firmly past the bowler, even the fielder at mid-off wasn't quick enough to get to his right and cut it off

12.4

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, outside off and Dilshan swings and misses

12.5

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the off side

12.6

IK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, gets behind the line to a full delivery and defends

End of over 13 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 79/1 (RR: 6.07)
TM Dilshan    30* (38b 5x4)      IK Pathan    7-0-35-1
KC Sangakkara    5* (5b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-11-0

13.1

Balaji to Sangakkara, 1 run, continues over the wicket, lands it on a good length on middle and off, he turns the face of the bat and clips it to the on side

13.2

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, flashes hard outside off and the ball bounces in front of Jadeja at backward point

13.3

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, bowls the slower legcutter and Dilshan taps it to the off side

13.4

Balaji to Dilshan, 1 run, another slower legcutter, he taps it in front of cover and sets off

13.5

Balaji to Sangakkara, no run, gets behind the line and defends to the off stump

13.6

Balaji to Sangakkara, FOUR, he errs by straying on the pads, Sangakkara shuffles and clips it wide of midwicket and square leg

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 85/1 (RR: 6.07)
KC Sangakkara    10* (8b 2x4)      L Balaji    3-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    31* (41b 5x4)      IK Pathan    7-0-35-1

14.1

I Sharma to Dilshan, 2 runs, pitches on middle and leg, he works it to the on side

14.2

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, tries to flick it away fine but the ball clips his glove and rolls to the on side

14.3

I Sharma to Dilshan, no run, gets this one to kick up off a good length, he hops and mistimes the cut to cover

14.4

I Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, kicks up again off a good length, he hops and punches it to sweeper cover

14.5

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he lets it go

14.6

I Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, gets behind the line to a good length ball and he defends

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That's drinks. Sri Lanka are at least going at a rate they will be more than satisfied with.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 88/1 (RR: 5.86)
KC Sangakkara    10* (10b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-32-0
TM Dilshan    34* (45b 5x4)      L Balaji    3-0-17-0

Virender Sehwag bowls with a cap and sunglasses. Next time, he'll bowl with pads, says Sidharth Monga

15.1

Sehwag to Dilshan, 1 run, lands it on the offstump, he cuts to the off side

15.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 wide, angles it down the leg side, he fails to glance it away

15.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower through the air, he gets forward and taps it in front of mid-off and sets off

15.3

Sehwag to Dilshan, no run, backs away from the stumps to glide it down to short third man

15.4

Sehwag to Dilshan, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it in front of cover

15.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, FOUR, flighted down the leg side, Sangakkara gets in position for the sweep early and places it well wide of short fine-leg

15.6

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he clips it in front of mid-on and sets off

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (RR: 6.06)
KC Sangakkara    16* (13b 3x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    36* (48b 5x4)      I Sharma    5-0-32-0

16.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, angles it down the leg side, he clips it for a couple

16.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room and cuts to the off side

16.3

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, slower through the air, he cuts to the off side

16.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, no run, slower through the air, he defends to the off side

16.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, this one turns and bounces, he cuts to the off side

16.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (RR: 6.00)
KC Sangakkara    20* (16b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    37* (51b 5x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-9-0

17.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sehwag pushes that wide of the leg stump, he gets on his knee and sweeps wide of short fine-leg

17.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward and works it against the turn to deep square leg

17.3

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and defends

17.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run

17.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays on the backfoot and punches it down to long-on

17.6

Sehwag to Dilshan, 1 run, shuffles, waits for the turn and clips it down to midwicket

End of over 18 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 110/1 (RR: 6.11)
TM Dilshan    38* (52b 5x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    27* (21b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-5-0

18.1

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, taps it to cover point

18.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, pushes it back to the bowler

18.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room and punches it wide of point

18.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, he stays on the backfoot and cuts to the sweeper on the off side

18.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, shapes to play the late cut but he misses

18.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, was that a drop? There may have been two sounds, don't know if he edged it to Dhoni, anyway the ball deflects off Dhoni to fine leg

End of over 19 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 115/1 (RR: 6.05)
KC Sangakkara    30* (25b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    40* (54b 5x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-17-0

19.1

Sehwag to Dilshan, 1 run, makes room and pushes it to mid-off

19.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sehwag bowls his mandatory loosener down the leg side and Sangakkara sweeps, Rohit runs from short fine leg, dives in vain and knocks down the poor ball boy

19.3

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room and cut to the off side

19.4

Sehwag to Dilshan, 1 run, eases it away to sweeper cover

19.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles and glances it to deep square leg

19.6

Sehwag to Dilshan, 1 run, waits for the turn and clips it to fine leg

End of over 20 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 124/1 (RR: 6.20)
TM Dilshan    43* (57b 5x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-26-0
KC Sangakkara    36* (28b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-10-0

20.1

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, gets well forward and pushes it wide of cover

20.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, shapes to drive straight but mistimes it to the on side

20.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets a bit of width and he drives wide of cover

20.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 2 runs, makes room and cuts square, the batsmen nearly collide while taking the second run

20.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, full on the off stump and he drives to mid-off

20.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, beats him on the front foot with a jaffa outside the off stump

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 129/1 (RR: 6.14)
KC Sangakkara    37* (31b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-15-0
TM Dilshan    47* (60b 5x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-26-0

21.1

YK Pathan to Dilshan, 2 runs, makes a bit of room, waits for the turn and cuts to sweeper cover, he pushes hard for the second run

21.2

YK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes it with the turn to mid-on

21.3

YK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, steers it towards backward point

21.4

YK Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, stays back at the crease, waits for it to come on to him before punching it down to cover

21.5

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, full outside off, he drives to the off side

21.6

YK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, shuffles and clips it away down to fine leg

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 133/1 (RR: 6.04)
TM Dilshan    50* (65b 5x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-0
KC Sangakkara    38* (32b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-15-0

22.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 wide, quick through the air but wide of the off stump

22.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, drives away from the body and he ends up chopping it down the pitch

22.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, punches it to Ishant at sweeper cover and he puts pressure on the fielder, excellent running

22.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time he punches it straight to Ishant who charges at the ball

22.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, pushes it with the turn to the off side

22.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, clips it away to short midwicket

22.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room and cuts towards point

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 139/1 (RR: 6.04)
KC Sangakkara    42* (37b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-21-0
TM Dilshan    51* (66b 5x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-0

23.1

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, he errs by angling it on middle and leg and Sangakkara decides early enough to sweep, it really should have been cut off by Gambhir at fine leg who tries to boot it away

23.2

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, floated on middle and leg, he defends

23.3

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, pushes it back to the bowler

23.4

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on off, he drives down to cover

23.5

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, slaps it wide of cover and there's a misfield

23.6

YK Pathan to Dilshan, FOUR, poor ball, it's too short and wide outside off, he makes room and cuts wide of short third man

End of over 24 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 148/1 (RR: 6.16)
TM Dilshan    55* (67b 6x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    47* (42b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-21-0

24.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, really gets across his stumps this time, gets on his knee and scoops it behind the wicketkeeper

24.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run

24.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, pushes it with the turn to mid-on

24.4

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on the pads, he clips it away to short fine leg and it's a fifty for Sangakkara, apologies if I failed to mention Dilshan's fifty earlier

24.5

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, nudged to the on side

24.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays on the back foot and cuts wide of cover point

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End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 153/1 (RR: 6.12)
KC Sangakkara    51* (47b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-26-0
TM Dilshan    56* (68b 6x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-13-0

25.1

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, he's on the front foot and gets a leading edge wide of short extra cover

25.2

YK Pathan to Dilshan, FOUR, he overpitches outside the off stump, Dilshan gets behind the line and bangs it wide of mid-off and cover

25.3

YK Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, shuffles and works it to the on side

25.4

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, clips it to short midwicket

25.5

YK Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, steps down the track and pushes it to the off side very close to the pads, seemed like it came off the pad

25.6

YK Pathan to Dilshan, no run, gets on the backfoot and punches it to cover

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 160/1 (RR: 6.15)
TM Dilshan    61* (71b 7x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara    53* (50b 6x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-26-0

26.1

Jadeja to Sangakkara, FOUR, flighted on middle and off, he gets on his knee and slogs him with intent over midwicket, that was one clean hit

26.2

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward and drives through the line to sweeper cover

26.3

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, places it to sweeper cover and that's the 100 stand

26.4

Jadeja to Dilshan, 1 run, makes room and slaps it to the off side

26.5

Jadeja to Sangakkara, FOUR, take that, he flights it on off and middle, Sangakkara gets on his knee and slogs it cleanly, this is even better compared to the earlier shot, almost went for a six

26.6

Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tries to slog him again but he plays it along the turf towards deep square leg

End of over 27 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 174/1 (RR: 6.44)
KC Sangakkara    66* (55b 8x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-40-0
TM Dilshan    62* (72b 7x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-20-0

27.1

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, very slow through the air, he makes room and cuts to the off side

27.2

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it through the line to long-off

27.3

Raina to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and taps it softly to the off side

27.4

Raina to Dilshan, no run, tries to work it to the on side but the ball rolls off his pads

27.5

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, steers it in front of point with an angled bat and sets off

27.6

Raina to Sangakkara, no run, gets well forward and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 177/1 (RR: 6.32)
KC Sangakkara    67* (57b 8x4)      SK Raina    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    64* (76b 7x4)      RA Jadeja    6-0-40-0

Just what Sri Lanka needed. A 100-plus stand

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and steers it to cover point

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run, mid-off does well to slide to his right and save a single

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, 2 runs, makes room and cuts him wide of sweeper cover

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, gets forward and chops it back to the bowler

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sangakkara, 3 runs, Yuvraj bowls it short and Sanga slaps it back hard down the pitch, Yuvraj tries to get around it he misfields, Rohit does well to slide from long-on to deflect it and Gambhir picks up the ball just inches before the rope

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps to fine leg

End of over 29 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 184/1 (RR: 6.34)
TM Dilshan    68* (81b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    70* (58b 8x4)      SK Raina    1-0-3-0

29.1

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, makes room and cuts to deep point

29.2

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it wide of cover

29.3

Raina to Dilshan, no run, drives straight to cover

29.4

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, finds the gap on the off side and places it to deep point

29.5

Raina to Sangakkara, no run, drives hard towards mid-off and Raina deflects the ball to the fielder on the off side

29.6

Raina to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to mid-off

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 187/1 (RR: 6.23)
KC Sangakkara    71* (61b 8x4)      SK Raina    2-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    70* (84b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-7-0

30.1

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, FOUR, misfield, Dilshan gets some room outside the off stump and he gets a short ball as well, Yusuf falls to his left but fails to get a hand to it

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run, defended to the off side

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, goes back and pushes it to sweeper cover

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, taps it softly to the off side and sets off

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run, makes room and tries to crash it square but he finds point

End of over 31 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 193/1 (RR: 6.22)
TM Dilshan    75* (89b 8x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    72* (62b 8x4)      SK Raina    2-0-6-0

31.1

Raina to Sangakkara, 3 runs, comes round the wicket and flights it on middle and leg, he gets on his knee and plays the paddle scoop to fine leg

31.2

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed through the line to the on side

31.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 wide, drifts wide down the leg side

31.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, shuffles and clips it against the turn to the on side

31.4

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, clips it behind square on the on side and that's the 200 up, the last fifty has come off 47 balls

31.5

Raina to Sangakkara, no run, drives on the front foot to mid-off

31.6

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes room and cuts behind square on the off side

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 201/1 (RR: 6.28)
KC Sangakkara    77* (66b 8x4)      SK Raina    3-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    77* (91b 8x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-13-0

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on off and middle, he drives to mid-off

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it past the bowler

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Sangakkara, SIX, gives it a lot of air on middle and leg, he gets on his knee, gets nicely under the ball and slogs him just over the deep midwicket rope

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Sangakkara, no run, defended to the on side

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Sangakkara, OUT, Sangakkara attempts another slog over the on side but he fails to get under this one, this one is slower through the air and Sangakkara slogs a little too early, Rohit runs from long-off and takes the catch sliding forward

KC Sangakkara c RG Sharma b Yuvraj Singh 84 (80m 70b 8x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

The new batsman is Kandamby. Sri Lanka will be very happy with Sanga's contribution even though he should have got a century

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, gets off the mark with a push to mid-on

End of over 33 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 210/2 (RR: 6.36)
SHT Kandamby    1* (1b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-22-1
TM Dilshan    78* (92b 8x4)      SK Raina    3-0-14-0

33.1

RG Sharma to Kandamby, no run, stays back and works it back to the bowler

33.2

RG Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, stays back at the crease and nudges him to the on side

33.3

RG Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, makes room and cuts past point

33.4

RG Sharma to Kandamby, 2 runs, gets on his knee early and nudges a quicker delivery wide of midwicket

33.5

RG Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, stays back and clips it to square leg

33.6

RG Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, works it with the spin to deep square-leg

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 216/2 (RR: 6.35)
TM Dilshan    80* (94b 8x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-6-0
SHT Kandamby    5* (5b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-22-1

It's getting quite predictable here with spinners everywhere

34.1

Raina to Dilshan, 2 runs, stays back, waits for the turn and cuts to sweeper cover

34.2

Raina to Dilshan, no run, defended back to the bowler

34.3

Raina to Dilshan, no run, defended back to the bowler

34.4

Raina to Dilshan, no run, gets a bit of width this time and cuts

34.5

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, tucked off the pads to square leg

34.6

Raina to Kandamby, no run, mush quicker through the air and defended on the front foot

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 219/2 (RR: 6.25)
SHT Kandamby    5* (6b)      SK Raina    4-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    83* (99b 8x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-6-0

The 3rd Powerplay is still available

35.1

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, makes room and cuts to sweeper cover

35.2

Yuvraj Singh to Kandamby, no run, fires it across the left-hander from round the wicket, Kandamby angles it to short third man

35.3

Yuvraj Singh to Kandamby, 1 run, clips it away to square leg and Yusuf does well in the field

35.4

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and chips it towards cover point

35.5

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, no run

35.6

Yuvraj Singh to Dilshan, FOUR, short outside off and cut past backward point

End of over 36 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 225/2 (RR: 6.25)
TM Dilshan    88* (103b 9x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-28-1
SHT Kandamby    6* (8b)      SK Raina    4-0-17-0

change of ends for Rohit

36.1

RG Sharma to Kandamby, FOUR, round the wicket, short and wide, and Kandamby rocks back and cuts it to the point boundary

36.2

RG Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, overpitched on the pads, and helped away to wide of long-on

36.3

RG Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, short, turning in, Dilshan goes back on the back foot but realises he doesn't have enough room, and guides it into covers

36.4

RG Sharma to Kandamby, no run, angled into pads, helped towards left of Raina at midwicket, no run after a yes and no

36.5

RG Sharma to Kandamby, 1 run, on the pads again, and played towards long-on for an easy single

36.6

RG Sharma to Dilshan, no run, angling into the pads of the right-hander this time, Dilshan turns his wrists over it, but can't find the gap

End of over 37 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 232/2 (RR: 6.27)
TM Dilshan    89* (105b 9x4)      RG Sharma    2-0-13-0
SHT Kandamby    12* (12b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-28-1

Balaji is back

37.1

Balaji to Kandamby, no run, and he starts with a slower ball, played back to the bowler

37.2

Balaji to Kandamby, no run, angling across, Kandamby looks to cut but plays over it and can't get power into it

37.3

Balaji to Kandamby, 1 run, overpitched delivery, on the stumps, and played towards long-on for an easy single

37.4

Balaji to Dilshan, 1 run, just short of a length, played straight to point with an open face, and Kandamby was a goner if the throw would have hit

37.5

Balaji to Kandamby, 1 run, back of a length, on the stumps, and whipped away towards square leg

37.6

Balaji to Dilshan, 1 run, just short of a length, on the off stump, and played towards sweeper cover with an open face

End of over 38 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 236/2 (RR: 6.21)
TM Dilshan    91* (107b 9x4)      L Balaji    4-0-21-0
SHT Kandamby    14* (16b 1x4)      RG Sharma    2-0-13-0

38.1

Raina to Dilshan, no run, Raina returns, Dilshan taps it back to the bowler

38.2

Raina to Dilshan, no run, shuffles and nudges to the on side

38.3

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, taps it in front of mid-off and cover and sets off

38.4

Raina to Kandamby, no run, fires it from round the wicket and Kandamby defends

38.5

Raina to Kandamby, 1 run

38.6

Raina to Dilshan, no run, tries to dab it away very close to the body but misses

I think Dhoni has overused the tactic of bowling so many spinners. The passage of play has been very monotonous

End of over 39 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 238/2 (RR: 6.10)
TM Dilshan    92* (111b 9x4)      SK Raina    5-0-19-0
SHT Kandamby    15* (18b 1x4)      L Balaji    4-0-21-0

39.1

Balaji to Kandamby, FOUR, Balaji gives him width outside off, Kandamby bends his knee slightly and square drives it past backward point

39.2

Balaji to Kandamby, no run, gets forward and defends to point

39.3

Balaji to Kandamby, FOUR, that's a very clean hit, Kandamby picks the slower ball early, the ball is delivered from round the wicket, he gets on his knee and picks the spot between long-on and deep midwicket

39.4

Balaji to Kandamby, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and glides it down to third man

39.5

Balaji to Dilshan, no run, swing and a miss, it;s outside the off stump and Dilshan realises how close that was to an edge

39.6

Balaji to Dilshan, 2 runs, grants him width outside the offstump, he reaches out and slashes it just wide of Ishant at sweeper cover

End of over 40 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 249/2 (RR: 6.22)
TM Dilshan    94* (113b 9x4)      L Balaji    5-0-32-0
SHT Kandamby    24* (22b 3x4)      SK Raina    5-0-19-0

40.1

Raina to Kandamby, 1 run, makes room and cuts to the off side

40.2

Raina to Dilshan, 2 runs, cuts wide of deep point and he goes to 96

40.3

Raina to Dilshan, no run, gets well forward and defends

40.4

Raina to Dilshan, no run, shapes to cut but he places it straight to point

40.5

Raina to Dilshan, 1 run, pushes it through the line to long-off and he walks the single

40.6

Raina to Kandamby, 1 run, comes round the wicket, he gets to the pitch of the ball and drives to the on side

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 254/2 (RR: 6.19)
SHT Kandamby    26* (24b 3x4)      SK Raina    6-0-24-0
TM Dilshan    97* (117b 9x4)      L Balaji    5-0-32-0

41.1

I Sharma to Kandamby, 1 wide, Ishant starts off his new spell with a wide down the leg side

41.1

I Sharma to Kandamby, no run, cramps him for a bit of room outside off and he ends up chopping it to point

41.2

I Sharma to Kandamby, OUT, comes over the wicket, Ishant lands it bang on middle and the ball straightens, Kandamby's beaten for pace and the ball clips the top of middle stump, not sure if Kandamby actually picked it off the pitch as he was totally squared up

SHT Kandamby b I Sharma 26 (32m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

41.3

I Sharma to Jayawardene, OUT, that's a double strike and Dilshan misses a well-deserved century, Jayawardene softly taps it towards Rohit at cover point and there's confusion about the single, Dilshan turns back but there's a direct hit by Rohit and he's way short of his ground

TM Dilshan run out 97 (164m 117b 9x4 0x6) SR: 82.90

That ends a very efficient knock by Dilshan. SL need to build on all the hard work put in by him and Sanga who also missed a century

41.4

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, defended to the off side

41.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it through the line past the bowler

41.6

I Sharma to Kapugedera, OUT, India are hitting back here, Ishant lands it on the corridor outside off and tempts Kapugedera in to poking at it, there's a thin edge to Dhoni and Kapugedera walks back for a first-ball duck

CK Kapugedera c †Dhoni b I Sharma 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 42 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 256/5 (RR: 6.09)
     I Sharma    6-0-34-2
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (3b)      SK Raina    6-0-24-0

42.1

Yuvraj Singh to Jayawardene, OUT, another one bites the dust, Yuvraj flights it on the off stump ever so slowly, Jayawardene tamely chips it towards Raina at short cover who dives and takes the catch

DPMD Jayawardene c Raina b Yuvraj Singh 1 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

42.2

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, no run

42.3

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, 1 run, rocks back and punches to deep point

42.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maharoof, 1 run, drives through the line to long-off

42.5

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, 1 run, very slow off the pitch, he rocks back and cuts to deep point

42.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maharoof, no run, gets forward and defends to the off side

End of over 43 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 259/6 (RR: 6.02)
MF Maharoof    1* (2b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-31-2
T Thushara    2* (3b)      I Sharma    6-0-34-2

43.1

I Sharma to Thushara, 1 run, stays on the backfoot and steers it towards point and takes a quick single, the fielder tries to under arm the ball onto the stumps

43.2

I Sharma to Maharoof, no run

43.3

I Sharma to Maharoof, no run, gets to the pitch of the ball and defends towards mid-off

43.4

I Sharma to Maharoof, 2 runs, lands outside off and he drives past extra cover for an easy two

43.5

I Sharma to Maharoof, no run, stays at his crease and punches it back down the track

43.6

I Sharma to Maharoof, FOUR, excellent timing by Maharoof, it was overpitched outside the off stump by Ishant, Maharoof gets behind the line and gets his placement spot on, he finds the gap at the deep extra cover fence

End of over 44 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 266/6 (RR: 6.04)
MF Maharoof    7* (7b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-0-41-2
T Thushara    3* (4b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-31-2

44.1

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, no run, goes for a wild slog and misses

44.2

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, 1 run, comes round the wicket, he slaps it to deep cover and takes a single

44.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maharoof, 1 run, taps it in front of point and sets off for a quick single

44.4

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, 2 runs, bowls it short and he hits it hard down to extra cover

44.5

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, no run

44.6

Yuvraj Singh to Thushara, FOUR, much slower through the air, it's looped on middle and leg, he has enough time to get on his knee and sweep it over square leg

End of over 45 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 274/6 (RR: 6.08)
T Thushara    10* (9b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-39-2
MF Maharoof    8* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-0-41-2

Now we're into the Third Powerplay

45.1

I Sharma to Maharoof, 1 run, lands it on a full length on middle and leg, he pushes it through the line to long-on

45.2

I Sharma to Thushara, no run, big swing and a miss and the ball nearly shaves the off stump

45.3

I Sharma to Thushara, 1 run, gives him width but he mistimes the off drive completely and he finds mid-off, picks up a single though

45.4

I Sharma to Maharoof, 1 run, pitches it up on middle and leg and he clips him high over midwicket, it falls well short of the fielder though

45.5

I Sharma to Thushara, OUT, Ishant bowls the slower ball, Thushara stands outside his crease but fails to get under the low full toss properly and ends up chipping it tamely back to the bowler, there was no reaction at all from Ishant after taking the catch, it wouldn't have occured to most people that it was actually a catch

T Thushara c & b I Sharma 11 (15m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

45.6

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 run, pushed off the pads to the off side

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End of over 46 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 278/7 (RR: 6.04)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (1b)      I Sharma    8-0-45-3
MF Maharoof    10* (10b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-39-2

46.1

IK Pathan to Kulasekara, no run, comes over the wicket and angles it across the right-hander, he tries to glide it away but misses

46.2

IK Pathan to Kulasekara, 1 run, lands it on middle and leg, he nudges it to the on side

46.3

IK Pathan to Maharoof, FOUR, he errs by sliding down the leg side and Maharoof stays at the crease and deftly glances it down to fine leg, wrong line to bowl

46.4

IK Pathan to Maharoof, 1 run, full on middle and off and pushed to long-off

46.5

IK Pathan to Kulasekara, 1 run, gets forward to a full ball and taps it to mid-off

46.6

IK Pathan to Maharoof, 1 run, and again, he gets forward and takes a single to long-off

End of over 47 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 286/7 (RR: 6.08)
MF Maharoof    16* (13b 2x4)      IK Pathan    8-0-43-1
KMDN Kulasekara    3* (4b)      I Sharma    8-0-45-3

I reckon Sri Lanka will need around 315 to feel a bit safe

47.1

I Sharma to Maharoof, no run, bowls the slower ball, he checks his shot and glides it down to point

47.2

I Sharma to Maharoof, 1 run, lands it on a good length on middle and off and comes back in, he gets a thick inside edge onto his pads

47.3

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 2 leg byes, swings at a short delivery, the ball lobs off his shoulder and just beats short fine leg

47.4

I Sharma to Kulasekara, FOUR, poor ball, it's a over-pitched gift outside the offstump, Kulasekara gets forward and scoops it over extra cover

47.5

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 4 leg byes, Ishant makes it even easier for Kulasekara by drifting down the leg side, the ball clips off the pad and rolls away for four down to fine leg

47.6

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 2 runs, angles it on the pads, he clips it wide of square leg

End of over 48 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 299/7 (RR: 6.22)
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    9-0-52-3
MF Maharoof    17* (15b 2x4)      IK Pathan    8-0-43-1

48.1

IK Pathan to Maharoof, no run, swing and a miss, Maharoof's trying to break free against the slower balls

48.2

IK Pathan to Maharoof, no run, gives him the charge and Irfan bowls the slower ball, Maharoof only connects with thin air

Now Dhoni's up to the stumps

48.3

IK Pathan to Maharoof, no run, that's three consecutive dot balls, Maharoof swings but the ball rolls off his pads

48.4

IK Pathan to Maharoof, FOUR, Maharoof breaks the drought by stepping out and swinging a full delivery over mid-on, a couple of bounces and four

48.5

IK Pathan to Maharoof, 2 runs, Dropped But a superb attempt by Gambhir, maharoof lofts over mid-on, Gambhir runs back, dives and fails to hang on to it but he has backup for the throw

48.6

IK Pathan to Maharoof, SIX, bowls a length ball on middle and leg and Maharoof has another free swing of the arms and connects even better, this time he clears cow corned comfortably

End of over 49 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 311/7 (RR: 6.34)
MF Maharoof    29* (21b 3x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    9-0-55-1
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (8b 1x4)      I Sharma    9-0-52-3

49.1

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 run, full on middle and leg and pushed to midwicket

49.2

I Sharma to Maharoof, 2 runs, length ball, he mows it to midwicket and Raina runs across and pulls it back just before the rope

49.3

I Sharma to Maharoof, 1 run, OUT, he goes for an across the line swipe and mistimes it to deep square leg, Jadeja is very impressive as he runs across and fires the throw to Dhoni who whips off the bails, the third umpire takes a look

MF Maharoof run out 32 (38m 23b 3x4 1x6) SR: 139.13

49.4

I Sharma to Muralitharan, 1 run, bowls the slower ball outside off, he softly taps it down to cover

49.5

I Sharma to Kulasekara, 1 bye, Kulasekara is trapped by another slow leg cutter, he tries to scoop it over extra cover but fails to make contact

49.6

I Sharma to Muralitharan, 1 no ball, a nasty beamer goes screeching towards Murali's face and Ishant can;t stop apologising, they shake hands mid-pitch, I tell that was scary, luckily Murali evaded it early enough

49.6

I Sharma to Muralitharan, 2 runs, bowls a fuller one on the stumps and he digs it out to the deep on the off side

Sri Lanka will be happy with 320. They needed one of their explosive openers to set them up and Dilshan stood up to the task. Sangakkara and Dilshan grafted and never allowed the spinners to settle. Dhoni used 9 bowlers equaling the ODI record. India were clearly thin on the bowling today. They clawed back when they picked up four wickets in six balls but Maharoof hung around for a neat cameo. Join us in about half an hour for the chase.

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End of over 50 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 320/8
M Muralitharan    3* (3b)      I Sharma    10-0-60-3
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    9-0-55-1
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