Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Hambantota July 24, 2012

Perera's day to remember

Plays of the Day from the first ODI between Sri Lanka and India in Hambantota

The catch

In his short career, Thisara Perera has shown he can do everything in the middle; he can crack big sixes, he can run through sides with his deceptive seamers, and he can create dismissals with his fielding. Today, during Perera's first over, Virender Sehwag swatted one in the air to the bowler's right. Perera instantly arrested his followthrough, dived and plucked the ball mid-air, tumbled down, but still managed to hold onto the ball.

The bowling change

When India bolted to 31 for 0 in three overs, it appeared Sri Lanka were set for another tough day in the field. Mahela Jayawardene turned to … who else but Perera, who removed Sehwag with the last ball of his first over. Three balls later, he had Virat Kohli edging behind. Seven balls later, he bowled Suresh Raina. His figures would have read an incredible 3-3-0-4, but Angelo Mathews put down a sitter off MS Dhoni at first slip.

The run-out

R Ashwin has a reputation for being a slow runner. In the 24th over, he ran one down to third man and took two comfortable runs. He turned around for the third and took a few steps forward. Gautam Gambhir held his hand up to indicate his lack of interest, but Ashwin had built up some momentum. By the time he slowly turned back, it was too late, despite a dive. It was Ashwin's seventh run-out in 21 completed international innings.

The disturbances

You would think batsmen carry their fussiness with the sightscreen too far at times, but no one could blame Upul Tharanga today after he was disturbed at least three times in the eighth over by too many people moving across in the background. It was in an area that was difficult to control - a small exposed portion of the corridor behind the sightscreen. The officials tried to curb the movements a couple of times without much success, while a frustrated Tillakaratne Dilshan walked down the ground with upraised arms. The third time it happened, the batsmen gave up and just got on with the game.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sinha on July 26, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, I can understand how a spinner like Mendis can be decoded, but please tell me how you can figure out a medium pacer?

  • Rajan on July 25, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I completely agree with fast_track_bully

  • Nilanka on July 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully Pure jealousy my friend. And for your info nothing has happened to Mendis. A new and improved version will come to the team soon. It seems you remember those particular matches. Indian batsmen will fail agains any bowler in green tracks. FTBs.

  • Mihil on July 25, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @fast_track_bully- anyway if India put good performance against thisara in coming matches, they'd have to go through mathews as well. He also took 3 wickets. And he's quite handy as a bowler. Let's see! Let's see!!

  • Manesh on July 25, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    I think Indian batsmen will give reply to for Perera in the next match. They did in the past.For eg: Mendis. He got enough in th ODIs . Lets wait and see.

  • rahul on July 25, 2012, 9:21 GMT


  • Murali on July 25, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Perera started off his career as a bowling allrounder. Mahroof was filling up this kind of role before. What Perera is different from other bowling allrounders in the world is he can be three dimensional player where as others can only be maximum of two dimensional. I would like to see all three Sri Lankan Fast Bowling allrounders playing in a same match where the pitch offers some pace and bounce( Mathews, Perera, Mahroof). Actually Mathews is a Batting allrounder who is also a three dimensional cricketer! Hope all these allrounders are fit and ready to play most of the matches for their country!

  • Ashan on July 25, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    i Personaly Believe that sri llanka Has Best ALL round Cricketers Than Any other Country.Please Give Shaminda,Sachithra,Lokuarachchi more chance... to play together & Please send Dinesh (2),Mathives (3), Thirimanne (4) & sanga (5) Mahela (6) ,Kula(7),sachithra (8),Mali(9) and thisara (any Place when Need to Score quick)

  • Mihil on July 24, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    did anyone know the last time indian team lost 209 balls remaining it was perera who took 5 wickets. This man has quite a reputation of bundling teams out for low scores.

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