Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo

India take 2-1 lead after close finish

The Report by S Rajesh

July 28, 2012

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India 288 for 5 (Gambhir 102, Raina 65*) beat Sri Lanka 286 for 5 (Sangakkara 73, Mathews 71*, Jayawardene 65) by 5 wickets
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Suresh Raina is congratulated by Irfan Pathan after India's victory off the last over, Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo, July 28, 2012
Suresh Raina marshalled the chase, along with Irfan Pathan, with an unbeaten half-century © AFP
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After 28 consecutive wins in home ODIs when they've scored at least 250 batting first, Sri Lanka's amazing run was ended in a nailbiter at the Premadasa. Riding on a superbly paced hundred by Gautam Gambhir, India overcame mid-innings wobbles, including losing two wickets off successive balls, as Suresh Raina - helped along by Irfan Pathan - did the finishing job to perfection. India now lead the five-match series 2-1.

In conditions that offered an even contest between bat and ball, and there were several memorable performances, with fortunes swaying either way several times, till the Raina-Irfan partnership decisively swung it India's way. India held the early ascendancy in the match with three quick wickets, but a top-notch 121-run stand for the fourth wicket between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene edged it in Sri Lanka's favour. Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis further hammered home the advantage with a104-run partnership, including 97 off the last ten, as India's bowling frailties at the death were exposed again. Then, when India's chase appeared on course, Lasith Malinga, who historically hasn't had such a happy time against them, struck twice with the first two balls of the batting Powerplay, at a time when India were fairly comfortably placed, needing 107 off 90 with eight wickets in hand, with MS Dhoni and Gambhir well set. And when Gambhir was found short by a direct hit from Isuru Udana - his one redeeming act on another disappointing bowling day - India seemed to have well and truly lost their way.

The final twist in the tale, though, was still to come. When Pathan joined Raina, the task was steep - 91 runs in 12 overs, with not much batting to come. At that stage, though, Malinga, who had three overs to spare, was pulled out of the attack with three of his overs still in hand; in retrospect, another over at that stage, with both batsmenrelatively new to the crease, might have been worth the risk.

With Malinga not in the attack, both batsmen eked out the runs through intended and unintended methods - flicks, edges, outside edges, inside edges all followed, but crucially for India, they all added to the total and brought down the target. Raina then launched into his trademark meaty hoicks to leg, bringing up his half-century with one such stunning six over long-on off Malinga in the 46th. With both batsmen getting a couple of fours through third man in Malinga's previous over, the asking rate had suddenly come down to seven. India were back in control, and this time they didn't let go.

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  • The target of 287 is the highest successfully chased by a team against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. The top four run chases have been achieved by India.
  • Since the start of 2011, teams have won eight and lost three matches while chasing at the Premadasa stadium. However, between 2000 and 2010, the record of chasing teams was 16 wins and 40 losses.
  • Gautam Gambhir's century is his 11th in ODIs and sixth against Sri Lanka. His top two scores have come against Sri Lanka.
  • Gambhir, with six centuries against Sri Lanka, is joint-third on the list of batsmen with the most ODI centuries against Sri Lanka. Only Sachin Tendulkar (8) and Saeed Anwar (7) are above Gambhir.
  • The match aggregate of 574 runs is the sixth-highest in an ODI at the Premadasa stadium. The top seven aggregates at the venue have all come in India-Sri Lanka ODIs.
  • The 121-run stand between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene is the highest fourth-wicket stand for Sri Lanka against India. It is the fourth-highest fourth-wicket partnership in ODIs at the Premadasa stadium.
  • Angelo Mathews' strike rate of 124.56 during his 71 is his highest for a fifty-plus score in ODIs. It is his second half-century against India and the 11th overall.
  • Suresh Raina's half-century is his 23rd in ODIs and seventh against Sri Lanka. His strike rate of 144.44 is his highest for a fifty-plus score against Sri Lanka.
  • The 92-run stand between Raina and Irfan Pathan is the highest sixth-wicket stand against Sri Lanka in an ODI in Sri Lanka.

Till the 36th over of the chase, it seemed India's win might be achieved with far lesser drama, with Gambhir and Virat Kohli - their trusted pair in a run-chase, putting together 105 in quick time after the early loss of Virender Sehwag. Gambhir's was a masterclass, as he took charge of the chase from the start, upper-cutting Malinga in the first over, and then regularly finding the boundaries with square-drives and cuts. Against the spinners, he was always in his comfort zone, chipping into the outfield for twos to stay within touching distance of the asking rate.

Sri Lanka's innings was a story of two high-quality partnerships. Jayawardene's decision to bat first at a venue where recent results have favoured the team chasing seemed to have backfired when ZaheerKhan and Irfan reduced them to 20 for 3. Both bowlers made excellent use of the bounce and seam movement on offer, regularly beating the bat. The wickets followed soon, as Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal all succumbed early.

That's when the class of Sangakkara and Jayawardene shone through. In testing conditions, where strokeplay wasn't easy against the new ball, both batsmen settled in quickly, though Jayawardene was more circumspect early. Sangakkara unfurled a couple of classy drives - straight and square - and also defended expertly, playing with soft hands, into the gaps, for ones and twos. His one testing moment came in the 15th over, when a short one from Ashok Dinda struck him on his right glove; Sangakkara continued batting, but the injury was later diagnosed as a fracture. Jayawardene, meanwhile, settled in and showed his range and silken touch, playing lofted drives on the off side and deft late-cuts off Rahul Sharma, whose extra pace suited him perfectly.

The century partnership duly came up - it was their fifth India, and only one pair has more. They both looked good to post individual hundreds too, but neither did.

When Sangakkara fell in the batting Powerplay, it seemed India had wrested the initiative again, but their slog-over bowling weakness, and some clever, enterprising batting from Mathews and Jeevan Mendis, meant Sri Lanka were the happier team at the break. Mathews had some luck when he was caught-behind off an Irfan no-ball when on 33, but there was also plenty of smart cricket from both. Mendis, brought into the team to replace Lahiru Thirimanne, justified that selection with an enterprising knock, reverse-sweeping Ashwin and then smashing Dinda's friendly short ball over midwicket for the only six of the innings. Mathews was equally enterprising, moving to leg and making room to spank the medium-pacers through the offside.

It seemed their heroics towards the end would be enough, but India's three left-hand batsmen then came to the party.

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Posted by serious-am-i on (July 31, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian: You BD fans never stop this stats game do u ? Win a single match against India in 5 years and start comparing, win a single match against SL in 6 - 7 years and compare against them, simply ridiculous. Indian bowling was not at its best in Asia Cup. I was indeed surprised with the team selection for Asia Cup, they didn't have a proper backup all the bowlers selected were of similar genre - swing bowlers with no pace, there had to be a bowler with a little difference that could have helped the team but alas that didn't happen. But if you think BD bowling is really better than India, may god bless you sire. Shakib is the only decent bowler I reckon in BD as far as I consider, Mortaza is wayward, the others can be easily hit as well. But hell yeah, Indian bowlers aren't too far away from BD bowler's standards, its the batting that saves them - its been the case for years both in home & away matches unless few rare cases. India always enjoyed strong batting line up for ages.

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 31, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

AHMADUAETEAN-I wont agree ,the bowling which could not defend 330+ is weakest & over hyped .

Posted by   on (July 31, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

I agree with those why say this yet again series is boring in fact I have checked that these two teams have played eachother every year for the past 5 or 6 years I think plain ridiculous.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

@india-the-worldchampions ........Indian bowling is actually worldwide the weakest........It is significantly weaker than Ban...........If you compare apples against apples then in ASIA CUP, Indian bowling received 330 vs Pk 250 vs Sl and 290vs Ban; Sl received 240 vs Pk, 200 vs Ban; Ban received 250 & 240 vs Pk & 200 vs Sl; Pk received 240 vs SL & Ban on same pitches - Indian bowling received the highest scores by big margin against all teams ........Hence Indian bowling is much weaker than even Ban. ...........But Ind scored highest against all teams in same pitches ......Hence Indian batting is the best.................That is why all Indian games are extremely high scoring on the same pitches which other team games have avg scores and people falsely perceive than pitches on which India play are batting friendly

Posted by shameerpvt on (July 30, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

upsets happen... and this seems a biggest upset... but i wonder why mahela didn't allow dilshan to bowl his off spinners, where it would be handy when two lefties were batting......

Posted by miles100 on (July 30, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

India won this match not because of Pathan and Raina doing a special Job. They always do their job well. India won because the SL captain was very naive. Mahela forgot to use the spinners soon after last power play(At Over no:40). Yes, Spinners cannot bowl the last 5 overs as it is dangerous. But bowling the spinners for at least 3-4 overs at the 40 to 44th over would have put pressure on Pathan and Raina as they were new to the crease. Switching from spinners to fast bowlers requires even more time to settledown for new batsmen.Come-on Mahela, you should know these things after many years of leadership. Why do our team SL gives away winning matches by not adjusting to the match conditions?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

For God's sake, stop this tour. How many more series should we play with them?

Posted by Ganapati9 on (July 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Sehwag has completed his contribution to the team for the series in the first ODI.He will continue to play irresponsibly in the remaining matches.It is surprising Rohit inspite of his poor show in the West Indies has been preferred to Rahane who did reasonably well.I would suggest Rohit and Sehwag be dropped for the last two matches and opportunity given to Manoj Tiwary and Rahane.Incidentally both are brilliant fielders.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (July 30, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

The second ODI was diaster for the indians. But had india been batting second definitely india would have won in the second ODI too. Before indian batmen could understand the pitch Lankans finished the game. They didnt have enough to recover from the early blows. Lankans are good at captializing when you are weak or in difficult situation. When situation favours they make full use of it and that too if non test playing gets in their hands, they will come out with amazing records. Playing against Srilanka is very simple, do not contract when they are putting pressure on you. Attack... thats the best way to crush them. I never seen srilanka to pull the match on their side when the opponent is going strong and stronger. They call themselves lions but show hyena's attitude. Greener or Flat pitch indians are always on top of the Lankans. It s really funny when SL fans blames the pitch whenever india wins. It is urhome ground and curators must be preparing the pitches to favor their home tm

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 30, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

WAHEED1233- Yaa winning is upset , than what about u r teams performence in SL in recently concluded series lost in all formets except winning just one odi i think that was great upset .

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 30, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

@Arulanthomas90. Funny to see comments like this. SL lost to India in India (WC), Australia (CB), in BD (Asia Cup) and in SL itself. May be India team traveling with that pitch.lol. And it is still a disgrace to your team that you can't even won on flat tracks either! BTW, Check the average of your so called brilliant players like Jayawardhane and Sangakkara in away matches. pathetic!

Posted by joseyesu on (July 30, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

The chase should have been a easier one for Ind, had the 3 quick wickets of Dhoni, Gambir, Rohit had not happened. SL, You cannot beat india by 280+ score + You cannot beat Ind on a flat track and where the score to chase is 300+. Only one hope for you is a green track , where Ind can be little exposed.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Superb that two of the players came good - Pathan and Raina. These two have shown the mettle required in one day cricket. Rohit Sharma will be one day replaced by Yuvi. Our one day team looks good apart from the bowling.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (July 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

I wonder if the reason Gautum is madly in awe of Nohit Sharma's talent is that Nohit makes Gautum look great on the field!

Posted by Indiana_jones99 on (July 30, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Rohit Sharma was hard done by the LBW decision. Slow motion replay clearly shows the ball turning and going down legside (missing legstump), However projected path of the ball indicated that the ball more than straighteneing but turning towards offstump which defies the laws of physics. I would request Class A predictions of projected paths where balls are bowled on stumps without the batsmen in place. Then providing the data truncated at some point before the ball hits the stump and getting the theorists to predict the path and then comparing it with the actual path of the ball. This would then indicate whether these systems are any good and once and for all remove any reliability issues about the Hawk eye.

Posted by DINESHCC on (July 30, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

SARATH1948: Not only SL cricket board. BCCI and even PCB also functioning the same way.

Posted by DINESHCC on (July 30, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

SCUBE: Good Comments. But I feel Chamara Silva is a better batsman than Rohit as he has won some matches for SL

Posted by vinodkd99 on (July 30, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

It is really interesting to see comments from some Lanka fans demanding green tracks. Please compare record of India-Lanka matches in England, South Africa and Australia and then talk. On top of it, barring Sanga no other batsman in their ranks is capable of playing on green tracks. Just have a look at record of Jayawardena on green tracks, or for that matter of Dilshan as well.

Posted by abiindia on (July 30, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

good work india, best wishes remaining matches

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

congraits team india...go for 4-1

Posted by kitten on (July 30, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Rohit should now be dropped, and Manoj Tiwari or Rahane given a chance. How long can you keep these poor guys waiting, while Rohit goes from one Duck to another! He may have all the class in the world, but he hasn't shown any of it over the years. Does he have to score two more ducks in this series before he is omitted? Unfortunately, with all the support he gets, he will play the next two games as well, and if he manages to score twenty or thirty in either of them, he will be in the team for another year!! How sad and disgraceful.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

People who say that Irfan doesnt deserve in playingXI, those guyz must be Sri Lankan supporters

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Let us take this way.. If India can score runs only in flat tracks, SL can take wickets only on green tracks.. Shouldn't the skills of the bowlers be tested at high level? Why always play in conditions that aid bowling.. Why should the batsmen always be the ones who should be tested? Let the bowlers develop skills to bowl in flat tracks and prove their worth.. Even though the modern cricket is a batsman's game, it still requires the bowler a single delivery to get a batsman out.. Didn't Vaaas bowl with great accuracy in flat tracks.. Does Malinga's yorkers need green track? If SL can't produce another Malinga or Vaas, they need to doctor pitch to assist Perera and Mathews..

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

it's hilarious how so many sri lankan fans keep demanding "bowler-friendly" pitches as if they've a better win-loss record against india on so-called bowling pitches.... if tht was true they should have had more wins than defeats against india in neutral venues such as australia or england..... wait, didn't india win 2 out of 3 games against them in australia?????

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

I've seen quite a few posts regarding rankings in ODI's. To be brutally honest, there's only one ranking that counts with regards to one-dayer's - IND are the current world champs, they won the last World Cup at home. Moreover, all of the tournaments played between world cups should only be used to prepare & develop your squad for the NEXT world cup. Supporters shouldn't be too worried about their respective squads at the moment, as long as they are competitive and there is a steady improvement leading into the next WC in AUS/NZ 2015 (I think). I think most international squads would be looking towards the long-term goal of peaking around the next WC, obviously with the aim of winning it. In 10-years time, who really remembers who won what series in the past, especially with so many ODI's played, but everyone remembers who won World Cups!!

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

IRFAN PATHAN (A FLUKE)A Test Hundreed & 6 fifties with an avg of 31, 1500+ runs with an avg of 22+ and being not out for 20 times in his 86 innings in odi's,168 wickets in odi's and 100 wickets in tests,some on who can deliver when it matters with the bat and ball,dear before commenting plz go through the stats of the players and justify the tag.he has come more thougher this time and is here to stay.IRFAN way to go mate.ur turining out to be a genuine all rounder..cheersss

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 30, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy - yep, 4-0 test loss in AUS solely down to poor umpiring - must be wonderful to live in your delusional world. I'd blame your players, and maybe the coaching staff, but, hey, let's go with your explanation if it makes you more comfortable. PS - the umpires are neutral, and IND could have played under the DRS system, at no commercial cost to them - THEY chose not to - I also remember quite a few decisions going against some of the AUS batsmen - Ed Cowan copped two bad/marginal ones. AUS have a poor record in IND - perhaps I should start using this excuse also, but I prefer to live in the real world. Cheers.

Posted by balajik1968 on (July 30, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has the talent. Let us not doubt it. Where he lacks is the temperament. He has often thrown it away after doing all the hard work. This is where Virat Kohli scores over him. We see an obvious hunger to succeed. Possibly Sharma is happy with the IPL riches and has no desire to succeed at the highest level. Right now, he is going through a bad run of form, which happens to every player. It remains to be seen how he comes out of this. The Indian team management would be doing him a favour by dropping him.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 30, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

We Indian team are playing 5 batsman and 5 bowlers. But actual picture is that have two all rounders playing, two bowling all rounders. We need to shift one of them for batting responsibilities, it will help Yadav and Dinda to play together in a game. Keeping a fresher is always bad and stops improvement. I would like this line up for 4th ODI and also in future. 1) Sehwag/ Rahane 2) Gambhir 3) Kohli 4) Irfan(all rounder) 5)Raina 6) Dhoni 7) Ashwin(all rounder) 8) Yadav 9)Rahul 10)Dinda 11) Zaheer Number #4 spot should be given to Irfan. He can push singles here and there and at #4 you need a guy who can control fall of wickets and i feel Irfan can do this too. He is quite good player. Played at number 3 in Chappel-Ganguly era. Ashwin will play as batsman at number 7. He should be given responsibilities of batsman too. Irfan and Ashwin as all rounders we should play. In this line up, we have Ashwin and Irfan who can bat and bowl too. 5 Batsmen. 4 bowlers. 2 All rounders(bat, bowl).

Posted by golgoal on (July 30, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian -- Yep, Dinda does not seem international material. But then again, bowlers from sub-continent, Pakistan in particular, are hyped up so much as the next big thing, but when it comes to performances, don't deliver anything at all. Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz etc. are a prime examples.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (July 30, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian - I agree with your observation as Dinda, who is more like Umar Gul. I remember Umar Gul when he started his internationl career and he was slower then Dinda and Ball control wasn't good atall..

Posted by   on (July 30, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

I saw someone calling Irfan a fluke with bat...lol go n ask lankan's bowlers how do they feel...and Irfan doesnt have to prove how well he can bat....he has showed that in past and he is showing even now....and thats make me say...Welcome Back to the International Arena Irfan Pathan...we missed u Bro ....Good Luck !!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 29, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Pls green wkt so that again india can chase down the target in 37 overs

Posted by CricFreax on (July 29, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Agreeing with Amitavo Mitra. Top order batsmen, have the luxury of playing 30, 40 overs. But indian cricket team and India fans stamped Raina to be just a T20 player and hard hitter. This kind of recognition really spoils a players thinking and talent. You just gie him 10 overs and ask him to get 80-90 run. If he succeed you say, Raina is a big hitter of the game and did his job of finishing. If he fails you say, he has bad techniuque, he cant play short balls and wastes his wicket.Surely after 2 matches when India loses and Raina scores less than 30 runs every1 wil crib he must be replaced. But ut was the team personnels and the fans who bring the idea in Raina that he has to hit right from the first ball and spoil his game. There should be someone to talk to him abt not hitting all balls and try to bat through out the innings..if not a talented player like Raina will be gone to rubbles very soon

Posted by YS_USA on (July 29, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

There are pointless arguements about who has won how much and where and when and who is better and not better, etc., etc. According to ICC rankings, India is 5th in tests (SL 6th), 4th in OIDs (SL 5th) and 7th (SL 3rd) in T20s and both teams need to work up their standing.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

Dinda has no pace no variation even his good length balls get smashed by avg batsmen.....................He is good for nothing

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

@ snowsnake ...Great comment

Posted by superstar100 on (July 29, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

now what to say for lankan fans you lost kula and saga but more important you lost 2 match last time India beat sri lanka by 4-1 think history is going to repeat itself !!!!

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 29, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Green wickets please for India...Lets blow them away

Posted by John_Mil on (July 29, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Hi STRIKETHUNDER ,

Please do not bilndly say that Irfan Pathan is Fluke..better watch and play cricket before adding comments on any player..You should be aware or Irfan Pathan also proved many times that he is capable of playing 11.He did a finest job even after his return to the international cricket after a long time.If u could anylze each player for the last 7 to 8 months..U would not feel like puuting any comments on any player..

Posted by dicky_boy on (July 29, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

SINHAYA DUDE U R THE ONLY GUY WHO IS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT, i have to accept i can't even visit cricinfo when india loses lol ANYWAY GOOD GAME BUT , SRILANKA HAS TO IMPROVE THEIR BATTING

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

@Anindya Sen, Bangladesh won a test series in West Indies yes but thanks to it being when Windies players went on strike. We have won a test series in NZ in 1995. Give us more time and we will also improve. We have had greats like Jayasuriya, Vaas, Murali and hope Angelo, Chandimal and Thisara Perera will be our future match winners. Similarly for India I hope Manoj and Saurabh Tiwary, Pujara will excel for India.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark, you are beyond a 100% right. We have the disadvantage of having less talent unlike India and Pakistan who have a huge talent pool to pick from due to the population difference of course. Honestly if Sri Lanka wins a test or an ODI it is all because batting our clicks. Look at our post world cup test and ODI wins. If our batting fails, we are bound to lose. Honestly our 3 test wins sans Vaas and Murali which happened in Durban and twice in Galle were all due to batting first and posting a decent score and scoreboard pressure making the opponents crumble and not really our bowling as such. But hope Thisara will be our next Vaas and Sachithra Senanayake will be our next Murali. Look at Sachithra's domestic bowling stats. Yes we must warmly exchange ideas on how our teams can improve. But we will continue to sadly see fans from both sides insulting each other.

Posted by CRKS on (July 29, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

why every topic goes to India's last tours of england and aus. as if India never won in these countries.. India has won test series in 2007-08 in England. infact england's recent win against India after 1996 . India has good tours of Australia in 2004 and 2008 . Drawn series in 2004 . close test series in 2008 and CB series win. also India has drawn test series in SA on last tour .

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

@Anindya Sen, I know very well that Pakistan beat Australia in Headingley after 15 years but remember Pakistan are so unfortunate not to have any home tests against Aussies since 1998. Kindly look at that fact please. Give credit to Pakistan for being able to get the Aussies all out for 88 in that game. I know very well that SL has a poor test record against Australia and hope we can use this end of year tour down under to reverse that trend. If NZ rocked Aussies last year in Hobart, nothing can stop us from doing that too. You are wrong to say that it has been 15 years since SL won a bilateral series against India. We beat you all in our home test series 2-1 in 2001 and 2008. Also, we beat you all in the ODI tri series in Dambulla in 2010 which featured NZ too.

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (July 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

irfan pathan is lucky that was a fluke performance. he should not be in the indian team. he cannot bat cannot bowl.

Posted by martin000 on (July 29, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy , Well said dude..

Posted by waheed1233 on (July 29, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Lucky india sneaked through an unlikely win...an upset for sure...

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 29, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs, you were blabbering that India can never beat SL outside sub-continent. Is that blabbering your habit or lack of knowledge? Anyhow at least now you should have known by now. When India lost against/in ENG everyone started saying India cannot win outside India. When India wins against/in SL ppl they say India cannot win outside sub-continent. When India wins in WI, NZ they say India cannot win against big teams outiside India. When ENG lost in sub-continent then ppl say sub-continent pitches are flat and slow (as if slow pitches are not part of cricket). When India lost test series against/in AUS no one talks about why India lost (how would you expect a team to win when each and every crucial decision goes wrong blatantly against that team). I know India pace bowling is not good but that is not the sole part of cricket. There are many more which India has most of them. Everyone talsk about a team when it is in bad form.

Posted by 777aditya on (July 29, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

I thought the MOM was awarded to Gambhir - just yesterday, me, my bro, and my mom were arguing about who deserved it more (my dad wont watch anything but test cricket). My opinion was that Raina impacted the game in a big way and they maintained that he could do so only because Gambhir laid a firm foundation. I believe, by awarding the MOM to the impact player and not just the one who scored the highest or pouched the maximum wickets, they are setting a wonderful trend.

Posted by DeathKnell on (July 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

SL Guys - no need to list down that win, this win, lucky/ unlucky, bla bla, ...One line statement.. IND is a better than SL (Considering the entire/ parts of cricket history) period...nobody cares if u agree or not, thats the fact - recorded in cricket dossiers.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (July 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

@Alkais.. I must differ in the opinion about Rohit Sharma.. 3rd one day was his last chance..

Posted by rock.rockyin on (July 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

@ Raghavan.. u r correct lollll

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

@Sinhaya on (July 29 2012, 13:22 PM GMT)..You are quite a good diplomat here and like your efforts to bring respect among two country men for each other. Both teams don't have flawless history. Failed may times and succeeded many more times. I urge 2 both of our country men that let's debate but not humiliate each other because we all can see stats and just shouting louder will not make teams bigger. Let's be proud of our both teams with their rich history. The last ODI was so good contest and you rarely get that clashes if teams are weak. Let's debate here about how can we make our teams stronger and when they become stronger you can see great clashes like what we saw yesterday.3rd ODI is example. Let's enjoy the game too.

Posted by CricfanAarshi on (July 29, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Amazing win! Couldn't stop jumping after the screen showed "INDIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS." Loved it... Although Virat could hv played better... Best of luck! JAI HO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

@Sinhaya :mate do u know that pakistan won their a test match against Aus in 2010 aftr 1995 and in between dey lost six series in a row and 5 of them were whitewash..do u know that SL has played 10 series against Aus and lost 9 of them..just take a look on Ind record agnst Aus in dat period..u r talking abt beating NZ n WI in test matches bt we hv won the series on their soils n evn Ban won series in WI..SL fans keep on talking abt the the last Eng and Aus tour..bt dnt frgt dat we beat the English 5-0 in odi aftr dat..atleast we are champions at home..unlike SL..its been almost 15 yrs that SL won a bilateral series against India..n god knows wen SL will win a test match in India..hopefuly my grand children will witness dat history..

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Game fly away after the catch has dropped they were under pressure after that even us in stadiums

Posted by martin000 on (July 29, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Some lankans are talking abt having green pitches to their home advantage as if they are having some hostile bowling lineup like steyn and morkel. Yes of course India had one off day in 2nd odi, that too coz of some poor strokeplay. If the sub continent wicket assists bowlers, India also can bowl well which is evident from the first 15 overs of the 3 rd ODI. After the 2nd ODI, there wer lots of comments from lankan fans making fun of the Indian team instead of praising their players. Here, its really good to see that most of the comments from the indian fans are regarding dropping rohit sharma or making changes in the team. Good luck india for the series..

Posted by cool2cool on (July 29, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@dinzee and Arulanthomas90 : When India played SL in Aus earlier this year, what type of pitches were they? What happened there? What happened at Hobart on 28 Feb 2012. Was it a slow pitch?

Posted by happy-go-lucky on (July 29, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

To all those people criticizing Rohit, bear in mind that was a horrible decision by the umpire. The ball swung a lot across the stumps and when it hit Rohit's leg, he was standing on the leg stump line. The ball would have clearly gone down the leg side. Another proof that the HawkEye tech is inaccurate (HawkEye showed it as out). As per the HawkEye, Malinga's huge inswinger will straighten after pitching, like a leg-spinner's delivery! Poor Rohit, the guy is going through a combination of rough patch and bad luck.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@harmony111, Rohit Sharma was out as any umpire will clearly realize that the ball was destined to hit the wicket. Advantage of DRS comes there. When there is no DRS, lot of pressure on the umpires. Umpiring is a tough job out there with little time to make a decision. DRS has increased the percentage of correct decisions. I respect Sehwag for being a full backer of DRS.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

All Sri Lankan who criticize India performance in foreign pitches. In last 4 years SRI LANKA lost 4 ODI tournaments (2 Bilateral series, 1 Asia Cup & 1 Triangular series) to India, draw 1 test series to India in Sri Lanka. They lost both test & ODI series to Australia. They had a drawn test series against England

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Hats off to Raina. Raina played wonderful innings. Irphan pathan was reluctant to take quick runs if he had taken quick runs earlier than the match would not have gone to last over. Raina is great batsman, most energetic fielder and can contribute in bowling as well so i think he is a great asset to team. But i am worried about rohit sharma , i hope that guy will improve in his batting. i hope the team management promote him up the order and give him more chance to play rather than sending him at number 5 . he needs to regain his confident back. anyway best of luck

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

@wonderstar1, thanks mate. Well I hope Bangladesh keeps improving. May be they are at par level in ODIs but only at home as proven by the Asia Cup but remember back then both Lanka and India were suffering from malaise after gruelling tours of Australia and South Africa. Just like I will support India next month against NZ and later also when England visit India, I hope Indians will support us when we host NZ in November this year and also when we tour Australia in December this year for a full tour.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Billions of people say that India performs well only in their own backyard. Lets refine this line: INDIA IS THE ONLY TEAM WHO IS UNBEATABLE AT THEIR HOME. No other team in the world in unbeatable while playing on home soil. Australia lost to England in Australia, South Africa lost to Australia in SA, England is going to taste the same thing in nearby future by the hands of SA.

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 29, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

BRAVO BRAVO Its for IND-SL cricket loving fans ,& more than one billion , more over u r team got thrashed in all forments in SL at least we are winning , more over the icc odi rankings seperates 1-4 positioned teams by just 2 points so at the end of this series we hope improvement in our rankings .

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

@dinzee where you also complaining about the last game when the ball was dragged into the stumps a few times? Would you say SL was lucky winning that game?

Posted by CRKS on (July 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@AvidCricFan topic is about odis. Gambhir avgs 49.86 in Australia he missed last odi series in eng. Raina was bit disappointing in aus but avgs 40 in England.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@ Sinhaya well said mate. We need to enjoy the game and all Ind-Pak-SL must support each other except maybe for the ordinary Bangladesh who will not even come close to these 3 teams with their low profile and most boring set of players .. Pls publish.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

@spiritwithin, just bcos of playing in SL SL has no any significant home advantage than India as pitches r almot same as India, when Murali was in team SL were able to defend 250+ total bcos of slownes of the pitch when batting 2nd specialy in RP stadium, but after relaying of the picth last year WC matches that has changes & bating 2nd is not easy and results of matches played aftr that show it. may b SL wod hav opted to bat 2nd. clearly SL strategy needs to chage.both colmbo & Ham'tota pitches were bating frindly & ideal for Indian players so that's why with no big bawlling unit, SL is strugling to contain runs. Instead of making batting pitches, bawlling friend pitch need to make and control INd batting. what SL done is playing for India's strength. also SL doesnt seem to find way toget batsmen out who continuously score well against them like Gambir,MS,Raina,Kholi etc. it seem SL dont have sucesful plan agisnt them and bwlrs r not able to do it consistently.any way good luck SL

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

A Be De, look all sub continent teams are flat track bullies. Please dont deny this. We beat SA in Durban last year in the Boxing Day test and also beat England at Trent Bridge in 2006 in a test match. We also beat West Indies at Guyana Provedence in 2008. We have beaten NZ in a test match in Wellington in 2006. Yes Pakistan are great in tests as they managed to beat England in a test match in 2010 when we Lankans and Indians could not in 2011. As for ODIs, we beat England 5-0 in 2006, we beat Australia 2-1 in 2010 and also became the first visiting side to beat Australia in a T20 game at home. We also managed to hold SA 3-2 this year and mind you the 3rd game was rain hit. We were the last team to beat England in an ODI in England last year at Lords and Headingly and since then no team has beaten England in an ODI at home upto now. So please admit that Sri Lanka have also done well lately.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark, brother just look at what rahulkkhh says about SL. That is what annoyed me before. Anyway I will vow to keep respecting India as I pledged at your fellow countryman Jindal Priyank. I will give my whole hearted support to India next month when you all face NZ.

Posted by dinzee on (July 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

It wasnt a nail biter, it was pure LUCK that brought the victory with 5 outside edges going pass the keeper which for otherwise would have made a 20 run victory for sri lanka....hmmmm..I guess mahela missed a trick my not bouncing out raina. He struggled with only the limited amounts of bouncers by malinga.but to give credit gautam gambhir played well. sl made one mistake by dropping raina. GREENER pitches is what we need in Sri lanka when INDIAN visits... :p make greener pitches and bring on Dilhara....i guess pretty much the match will be over in about 2-3 hours by rattling the bouncer repelling batting order

Posted by rsurya on (July 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

It requires a single worst performance from irfan to get out of the team, Dhoni will surely be waiting for it. Dont worry Jadeja, CSK and Dhoni will never let u down.

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 29, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

@Master_Mihil..see this is the type of response we sports fan always wants to hear and i appreciate that u explained it so well without being abusive and giving excuses..i agree with ur points,SL has one of the best allrounder in the game today(mathews) and perera is also very exciting..if i look at the current SL team its full of good batsman and u bat deep down unlike india so quite frankly i m surprised that india is ahead by 2-1 at the moment..but anyhow its always difficult to replace murali and i dont think malinga is anymore consistent,just like india the SL also need to find a consistent bowlers if they want to excel in tests and odi's for a long term...nice to see a mature SL fan here

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

If scoring runs is the criteria to have a place in the team then wat about sehwag. If you compare the runs scored by sehwag and rohit in last 1 year then sehwag (without that 219 against West INdies) should have been dropped earlier. The worst thing is that he always throw away his wicket & he never regrets for it

Posted by AvidCricFan on (July 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Shewag scored 90 in the first match. He will be in the team for at least next 8-10 games on that performance. The way Shewag plays these days, he can perform only on flat wickets where ball doesn't bounce above hip. The same can be said for GG and Raina. We all saw them them England and Aus tour las year. Nothing has changed since. Coming to Rohit Sharma, talent itself doesn't count. He is simply not performing. Talent without good cricketing brain would not produce results. This is what I see in Rohit Sharma. It simply looks like when comes to bat, he has no plan or strategy in mind.

Posted by Charos on (July 29, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Great match to watch. India played as champions. Someone still saying S L is not a good team, Dont know why. Your win shiines if you truly value your opponents. Otherwise, no value to Indians great work, at the end of the day.

Posted by Romenevans on (July 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@Alkais - Anyboyd can be India's Future BUT Rohit Sharma The Flop Show Can NOT BE the future of Indian Cricket...Otherwise there will be no future left. LOL1

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs Most of the edges were DOWN TO FINE LEG not close to stumps (except one). some of them were deliberate hits by batsman. SRILANKA WERE 43 ALL OUT on a slow pitch in SA. LOST 2-1 TO INDIA IN THE CB SERIES. Forgotten that?

Posted by rock.rockyin on (July 29, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

@Alkais u r spot on .. agreed

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

I agree with shrey...that Irfan is way for capable talented and fit for no.7....but it will definitely put pressure on him as an all-rounder,,,,he should be allowed to concentrate on his bowling or else tomorrow they will once again start to throw him up the order like they did before killing his to-be-legendary talent....

Posted by RockcityGuy on (July 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

then you shouldnt have brought in the eng-aus odi series...if we play in rank turners and let loose ashwin and mishra then God save eng/aus...:-)

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 29, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

To all sri lanka fans saying sri lanka would beat us outside the sub contentent just look at the cb series india were only beaten by sri lanka once and india beat sri lanka twice and also there was one tie. We only got constenily beaten by australia

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 29, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@raj. I think really u have short time memory loss. Barring last tour India did good in eng and Aus in last 12 years. Whereas eng has been consistently poor in India in last 12,years or even Australia for that matter except 2004 tour

Posted by Alkais on (July 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

I dont understand why all these cry about Rohit not performing. Few months before even suresh raina was also not performing. Rohit has class, and he has to play. Its time sehwag is dropped and Rahane is brought in. It has been long sincen Sehwag has performed. And Rohit is future of Indian Cricket. Guys like Rohit,Virat,Manoj Tiwary,Pujara are future of Indian Cricket and these guys should be selected to play test cricket and not yuvraj and raina. Its high time, gambhir is selected as Test captain, dhoni captain of ODI.

Posted by shrey72 on (July 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

yawwnn..wats new ..another india-sl match at premadasa..another indian win..gambhir scores again..rohit fails again..but wait..here is the catch..if SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA wud have been there in dis match at no 7 instead of irfan pathan and with india needing 93 off 70 odd balls..i can bet my life dat india wud have lost by 30-40 runs ..NOW i really hope dat dhoni understands the true value of irfan the ALLROUNDER at 7 and gives him a long rope in the team.instead of giving opportunities 2 people like vinay kumar jadeja and yusuf..who r not international standard cricketers and can never never be..and 2 think dat vinay kumar was selected ahead of irfan 4 dis tour..thank the heavens dat he got injured and simply put.NOHIT SHARMA has 2 go..ajinkya rahane has 2 be in the 11..also..umesh yadav needs 2 play..dinda hardly bowls 130 km/hr..and cannot succed with his short of length bowling on sub continent pitches..cricinfo please publish..

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@Arunraj007, You have all your stats very wrong my dear friend. Rohit Sharma has made his debut in ODI INtl on Jun 23, 2007, its exactly 5 years he is been playing at International level and has not found any hold in the team, where as Jayawardhane in has first 5 years tenure had scored 3500 runs with an average of around 45. Please, its a request kindly consider the status of the player you are comparing with the on the paper talented Mr. Rohit Sharma.

Posted by Hindh on (July 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@raj 24 FYI Australia lost 2 match test series 2-0 the last time they toured india in 2010. Eng is about to lose to SA again and inspite of a stupid ranking boost they got they are gonna lose it.

Posted by Romenevans on (July 29, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

All those saying that Rohit Scores in IPL....LOL Ajinkya Rahane Scored 560 Runs in 16 matches where Rohit Managed 430 Runs In 17 Innings. He is still useless there also. Rohit is the case of side effects of Lime lights and over-rated praising from some big names in the game and he took things for granted...Basically he is not talented at all..Because Talent converts on big stages.... just like Kohli.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 29, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Agreed nohit has to be dropped. But what about sehwag ? he only scores well against ordinary Bangladesh. BTW can some ordinary side who compare themselves to World Champs can even dream of beating at least one ODI in SL against SL.

Posted by raj_24 on (July 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

@Rockcityguy

Read it and understand properly

I am responding to his post regarding Test match series to be played in india in november and March next yr.

Eng and aus will not be as bad as india in eng and aus in TESTS .

Posted by rohanblue on (July 29, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

rohit sharma is one burden in d team, no matter how stylish u r, if u r nt scoring then u r ueless, this guy scores all his runs in ipl, give manoj some chancess.......

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

I fully agree with the post by g.narsimha.

Posted by dulcejay on (July 29, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Classy performance by World Champs!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Deserved win for India ,Indian team getting stronger and stronger in chasing ,as sangakarra said its not easy to win India specially when chase anything less than 350,great batting unit ,still sachin and yuvraj to join in the club ,most scary batting line up -but we need some aggresive bowling star to win and to be in number 1 for ever.

Toomuch cricket with srilanka these days ,its really boring to see,srilanka is not anymore strong team ,they win once in a year these days .

Posted by Master_Mihil on (July 29, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@spiritwithin pitches are not bouncy and are flat is not an excuse. That is the case. Everyone knows India can bat well in flat tracks. Good for them. But if we don't make grassy tracks we don't have home advantage. Flat tracks were useful when Murali was in the side. Srilanka was notorious for bat first and win grounds, that's why we could always win after posting 250+ until yesterday. It's not an excuse we lost. We batted very well and showed we are no pushover. This is totally tacticians and cricket administrations fault. And mahela should have known better. SL team can be best in the world if they improve tactics as well as the talent.

Posted by RockcityGuy on (July 29, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@raj 24...dude...england lost 5-0 in india last october....such short term memory loss...:-)

Posted by sumit176 on (July 29, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

@g.narshima....its no point arguing with steve gridly and some"sonya jones" both come to india's related news article and after posting their"weird"comments ..they run away

Posted by foooooooooooooooooo on (July 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

PAKISTAN IS NEXT

COME ON INDIA ! CRUSH PAKISTAN LIKE SRI LANKA !!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 29, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

At least India in unbeatable at home unlike SL who loose everywher

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 29, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@Sinhaya: The ball hit Rohit's Toe in the mid of middle stump and leg stump and the ball still had about 5 feet to travel. Common sense says the ball would have missed the leg stump with a fair gap.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Well played India.It was not an easy task to pull a victory from the position they were in when they lost Rohit Sharma. Going by statistics and batting first backfired for SL. Overall a great one day match with shifting fortunes and a nail biting finish. SL need to find an additional bowler who can maintain a good economy rate.Loss of Sanga will be a factor but we have posted big scores without his contribution in many times.Thrimanne will fill his shoes and hopefully Dilshan ,Tharnga and Chandimal will fire next time. All the best, both teams and it was wonderful entertainment.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

@Praveen Chaudhary .Indians watch cricket which is not sin. We love it, we watch it.But the real problem in India is that there is no great support for other sports because after all we Indians don't give so much importance to physical education. It starts from Parents,Society,Government and ends with Media. Then why we watch cricket?? because luckily when Industrialization started this was only sport that was blooming in India.Hockey was there but it was Indian invented; it took back seat. England invented cricket went forward as they are better business men than others and clever in spreading game with media coverage and all.We failed in that; and to support so many sports in India ,the thinking of normal Indian should change.In ancient period during kings rule, there were importance to sports but later it waned we had to construct our democracy and also little funds.Now, even though after globalization; politics are ruling sports and sportsmen are not taken care of. Shud chge it.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

avoid rohit who has become a burden and try tiwary

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

I dont like the 6 batsman 5 bowler formation.when bowler give 286 runs and INDIA short of a batsman in Death overs.7 batsman 4 bowler combination always suits India..drop Dinda,bring Manoj Tiwary.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

we should watch India winning 4-1

Posted by MOHDsarfaraz on (July 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Rohit sharma,Irfan pathan,rahul sharma,it realy non sens to talk about their performance,just i want to win,and we won,jai hind

Posted by raj_24 on (July 29, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

@Gnarsimha

AUS beat SL in SL in Test series 2011. India have not done it in last 3 visits to SL.

second it was an unwanted and for commercial reasons the 5 matches in england , before that AUS have not a singlr series since WC 2011.

third India lost all major series or to be frank got spanked / thrashed / crushed in AUS ENG .

AUS and Eng both would not be whitewashed in india or be as bad an embarassment as india was in eng and aus.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Yadav and Dinda, whom shall we go with?? It's tough choice to make though to whom shall we go with in this series from now. Even the next match is in Premadasa too, so Dinda having played here shall have a little edge over Yadav. I feel Yadav is slow than Dinda in adjusting to conditions. Yadav in first ODI went for 76 in 10 overs and in 2nd ODI went for 38 runs in 4 overs. 2nd ODI was bowler friendly wicket and even though it was advantage Srilanka after India posted only 139 as target Yadav could have bowled better. But he was most expensive with economy of 9.50. He couldn't control flow of runs. He adjusted little and bowled very badly. So, Dinda taken for 3rd ODI. But where does Dinda stand?? Can he adjust or will he falter like Yadav?? Premadasa pitch was most batting friendly so even tough a little expensive @7.60 runs per over he took one wicket. Dinda need to be given chance again in 4th ODi because, even he was thrashed in final overs , he bowled some good balls to Sanga.

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

STEVE GRIDLY - yaa u beat SL, IND in u r own backyuard we all seen what apathetic team u rs once u come out from u r AUS. ENG thrashed u just recently, in the recent past, u won nothing in INDIA so be happy thinking of u r recent home heroics over india but once u comes out u r also not defferent .

Posted by saghare on (July 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

well done india and indian players

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 29, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

ARULANTHOMAS - ITS very easy to criticise for sack of criticism if the pitch was a road who stopped u r so called greats to post an hguge 300+ score , in reality pitch was same to both the teams, as u cant apriciat our team u r saying such non sonse things. my dear check the stats out greats scored heavily in ENG in erlier tours just one bad performance u people are branding us if we never won in eng, aus & our players never scored there , check the stats still our players are better in those places from this region.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

India beat sl dats it........if nybudy have questions.......ask me ...about rohit sharma.....he is masterclass.....and all my frinzz.......he vll back soon dnt wrry abt this .....jus he dint click this tym.......dont wrry abt dat.......juss pray for him .......he vl back .....

Posted by skumar77 on (July 29, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

How many chances will Rohit Sharma get? If he is a great talent, please put him in a museum and pay to watch him but don't include him in the team. Team spots should not go to museum pieces.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

@sinhaya.........leave some grass on d pitch and ind will be down and out........what happend 20 for 3 were the lankans so the conclusion is indians are not flat track bullies.....its always the srilankans because if u watch the statsguru you can see that in the last few years ind have beaten aus in their den waka.........sa in durban......eng in trent bridge..........wi in sabina park.....nzl in hamilton....lankans in sl........pak is the only lucky team(in tests)......nw in odi of these series......won the cb series.....sa 3-ind 2.......bt they won the t 20.........eng 4-ind 3........thats close........wi 2-ind 3........nzl 1-ind 3........sl 1-ind 4...........and including in this they won a t 20 wc in sa(most seaming tracks in the world).....asia cup 2010 in sl with a final in 2008........these are last 5 years record for team india........ok guyz

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

the kaxk-same applies to other team also, the team which could not defend the sl record target under lights on their own back yard , i am not saying our bowling was very good but they fared better than their opponents .

Posted by Raghavan_123 on (July 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Great performance by Team India. Tony Greig has ended up with Egg on his face. I have never sen such Biased Commentary in my life. Totally Pro Lankan. It was pleasure to hear Tony Greig comment when Raina hit that Majestic Six over Long on. Way to go Team India. Best way to hit back at your critics is with performances like this.

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 29, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Why the hell DHONI dropped YADAV , DINDA is nothing compared to YADAV he is our future , DHONI is again back with his mind less experiments in ENG his continued percistance WITH USE LESS VINAY KUMAR proved coastly , YADAV must be part of our team in all formets .

Posted by g.narsimha on (July 29, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

janothan joseph- very comic observation when u said that sl can beat ind outside subcontinent as ind are velranable to fast bowling as proved , u mean indians never scored in ENG, AUS SA OR OUT SIDE ASIA PL CHECH THE STATS baring those 2 loses in eng aus ours is still better team in those places if u compare scoring in those countries no bady from this region is eliogible even to hold a candle to our greats, prove me wrong with stats, whether u r greats averages are superior to ours , just few loses u r out here to rubbish them .reg winning out side sub continent u r dreaming man even after drubbing in aus we beat u r team in most of the matches can u enlighten me with stats how many times u r team beat us out side , u have nothing to show ,

Posted by kittu007 on (July 29, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Hi Team India, Congrats for ur win at first........ Wow Great Batting Performance by Mr.Rohit Sharma........Still how many chances u need to get well in the Tour..The only fellow misses using the oppurtunity whenever he gets the chance to bat when the players like sachin n yuvi missing the tour......you have to play for ur place in team when still they r team...but u never play like it ...........u r good for nothing in the team

Posted by jasonpete on (July 29, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

@Tusker17, as a neutral I can say that by looking at last match comments by srilankan fans exactly same as " lions are hunting Indians and lions this and lions that..on and on.. Guess you know,no offence you need to tell this to your fellow SL fans not to make poke at other,so that you don't put up in same place as in returns..you won last match and indian won this match and results will vary all the time.@ sinhaya and Jindal,you both are doing wonderful job here.good luck to both teams.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (July 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@ Tusker.... Anyways both teams played well .. especially Lanka? lollll at the end it is Winning team which has played better which is why they won. hope u understand this .. I accept Lanka played good but when u say a team which lost has played better than winning team doesnt have any meaning....all the preachings u imposed have gone in vain with one single statement

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@ Sonya jones,if this series is so boring then y r u watching and commenting on the results??ur statement is oxymoronic..also those srilankan fans who'r giving excuses of flat pitches well well its ur home ground is'nt it??and its not as if SL has swing,pace and bouncy wickets like that in SA,Eng etc...ur team was defeated in the ground where u r supposed to have home advantage,so where is these stupid excuses coming from,also ur team apart from the last series against pak is struggling even at home winning just one test and odi series in the last 18months...so cut down ur excuses bcoz thats ur home ground not india's..and when u talk about india as flat track bully let me remind u that SL has won just 6tests away from subcontinent (excluding Zim) in ur entire history,so again cut down ur excuses...

Posted by Yasassri on (July 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

slight change in batting style of sl skipper

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

A job well done by India!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

As somebody rightly said we are playing with 10 Men. Rohit Sharma reminds me of another useles Middle order batsman - Dinesh Mongia in World Cup - 2003

Posted by rasputin_175 on (July 29, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Cricket Stats....India / Sri Lanka In Tests : total matches 35; India won: 14; Sri Lanka 6; Drawn 15 Out of the 14 matches won by India 4 have been won in Sri Lankan venues and 10 on Indian Venues. In ODI : total matches 137; India won 73:Sri Lanka won 52; No result: 11; Tie : 1 In 20/20 : total matches 4; India won 2; Sri Lanka 4 Q.E.D

Posted by murali_k_meda on (July 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

That was the excellent match. Raina as usual. Inran shines. Infan came into the team in the place of injured Vinay. Selecors shoul remember that irfan is the usefull batsman in the five bowler concept. And coming to the point rohit. I think rohit has missed his chances again and again. Manoj should get the chance in the coming matches.

Posted by dheerajshetty on (July 29, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Well when India wins, very few SL fans and Pakistani fans posting,where are they now, anyways Rohit Sharma needs to be dropped.

Posted by Romenevans on (July 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

okay one more chance....ummm okay one more chance....Alright another chance...sigh! okay one last chance....Dammit! This is the final chance....Dammn! ok one more chance for the sake of "Talent" Dammn! Ok one more chance! Wow what a talent! Everybody got whom im talking about, eehhh? LOL!

Posted by VipulPatki on (July 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

To all Indians and SL fans bashing each others over an inconsequential series: The abuse reveals more about your upbringing than about anything else. The cricketers from the two countries are meanwhile sharing warm friendship off the field. Both are imperfect teams trying their best. Why don't you fellows submit a critique of each match to cricinfo instead?

Posted by Romenevans on (July 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

"The Super Talented Rohit Sharma" ROFLMAO this is the biggest joke of the year and the biggest curse for Manoj and Rahane, Poor blokes! Feel sad for them.

Posted by lion69sl on (July 29, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

im shocked with d result.sri lanka fighted till the 40th over n when the match was in their hands they give it away.MJ did some faults.i think when malinga @ his best during the bowling powerplay he should give him a 1 more over,where both raina n pathan new to the crease as malinga was bowling really well those toe crushing yokers at d@t time.in the last spell he didnt balld that well.we all know that with d 2 new bowls ,with no reverse swing it is not easy to bowl those yorkers now to malinga.when malinga found a way MJ missd a trick their.great game of cricket.sanga will be a huge miss.bt sri lanka will manage to da better without him.gud luck lions

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Yuvraj can bat well and Jadeja bowls well in ODIs. But Irfan P does both well. Clealry, he is the best allrounder for ODIs. We know he can bat well down the order, but so far he has even bowled better than Dinda & Yadav. Overseas, his bowling will be even more effective and overseas, he plays the short ball far better than Yuvraj or Jadeja. Surely the allrounder spot is all settled now!!

Posted by venky91 on (July 29, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

India is virtually playing with 4 batsman in every match. Sehwag with his unpredictable batting form and Rohit with his predictable batting form is letting down India. Tiwary should be included and Rohit should be axed.

Posted by Balumekka on (July 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Come-on guys...people still arguing on primitive stuff like India-Sri Lanka which team is better nonsense. What we need to appreciate is the quality of cricket being played between these two countries. Yesterday match was a prime example of the competitiveness of the cricket being played by India and Sri Lanka. I am a Sri Lankan fan and it is clear that India beat us so often on batting friendly pitches (or good ODI pitches as they say). Indians have shown that they can chase any score on those wickets, because they have the best batting line-up in the world. When it comes to bowler friendly pitches (which is rare in these days), Sri Lanka hold slight edge because SL bowling backed up with quality fielding becomes better than Indian bowling with not so good fielding, although this fact is also negated to a certain extent by quality Indian batting. As a Sri Lankan, I'm proud of my team as Sri Lankan players are selected from a very small population (1/50 of Indian and 1/8 of Bangladesh)

Posted by Master_Mihil on (July 29, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

I don't know, but playing more India vs SL matches clearly helps average of the Indian batsmen. This has been apperent for quite sometime. We were a mostly a team with favourable spin attack, but since the arrival of fast bowling allrounders all SL captains have been overlooking spinners for fast bowlers. Fast bowlers not with menacing pace isn't an option against India. And where were those attacking fields. We can't beat India anywhere in the world because our tactics are totally wrong. Because India and SL are evenly matched in world game, we underestimate them everytime. Whenever india travel prepare overwhelmingly bowler friendly pitches. No point stopping boundaries attack all the time, and more short balls please. Where are those malinga's slow bouncers he's getting too predictable.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (July 29, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

@sinhaya,it's the fact that sl never won test series in eng,aus,wi,sa,ind.sl never won a test match in india.winning one or two matches outside sub-continent doesn't make sl a good side.sl are good in shorter formats but not in tests outside sub-continent.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 29, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I DON 'T KNOW WHY ROHIT HAS BEEN GIVEN SO MANY CHANCES ? REMEMBER IN CB SERIES SEHWAG , GAMBHIR & SACHIN WERE RESTED FOR ROHIT . SUPPORTING A PLAYER FOR NO REASON WILL ULTIMATELY DISTURB THE TEAM ENVIRONMENT .

Posted by sk12 on (July 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

@happy-go-lucky lol comment man. And wonder why SL keeps preparing these flat decks, it just plays right into our hands..

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

As for Rohit Sharma - 5/0/0 is not good enough, but at least he's "king of the nets" - and you can't fault his consistency (or lack thereof). Sounds like some of the comments dragged out for Mitch Johnson in Aus to justify his retention - which didn't do him a whole lot of good in the final analysis. Better to give him a rest, give one of the other bench-warmers a crack, and see what happens. Rohit will then have the chance to return to domestic cricket for a decent stint to work on his technique and rebuild his game & confidence - hopefully, at some point in the future, he'll bounce back as a better, more mature player. After all, few people dispute his talent - I just hope that it's not squandered talent in the long run.

Posted by YS_USA on (July 29, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

BravoBravo, India is playing in SL to get some practice matches before the T20 world cup and SL is playing with India to get some badly needed cash. After that NZ is coming to India, which will be boring. India should have invited BD or WI, which would be more interesting than NZ.

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

An excellent match. Sonya Jones - boring?? - are you kidding. In any 1-day series, there is an inevitable tedious game or two - but this one was exciting, a win with 2-balls remaining. Well done IND and SL. Great innings by Gambhir; hope Sanga bounces back. As for the constant references to "flat-track bullies" - look at the last dozen years or so on international 1-dayer's, and the majority of games have been played on fairly placid, batsmen-friendly wickets; this is irrespective of where the match is played (I'm an AUS cricket fan, and last summer was the 1st time in a long time since several green, bowler-friendly pitches were prepared for a welcome change). The good sides cash-in, the sides that struggle don't; and unlike the test arena, both sides pretty much bat in the same conditions - so I can't see what all the "hooplah" is about. Hope the remaining matches are as good as this one, and may the better team win.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (July 29, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Without Sanga, I doubted SL can win even a single game. I predict 4-1 in favor of India..

Posted by the_enlightened on (July 29, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Dont forget the contribution of Irfan Pathan.That guy had a batting average of 22 before this game.He came and made 34 valuable runs,more importantly hung up with Raina to make a match saving partnership.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank, thanks bro for your comments and hope all Lankans and Indians warmly respect each other.

Posted by Big_CricInfo_fan on (July 29, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Great performance by both teams with a little luck favoring India.As an Indian fan, I can't help but appreciate the clever captaincy by MJ in key phases like delaying the powerplay and using Dilshan so that the batsmen play him out & wait till the powerplay to go big thereby sparing overs for all his bowlers in the last overs, opting for powerplay immediately after a stable partnership fell, asking his bowlers to bowl short & wide of off to lefthanders at death with gully and point very close for a catch, etc. At the moment, every team is king in home conditions, so there is no need to take potshots at other teams for what they are good at. I thought it was called 'jealousy'. LOL. As for the rankings, they will fluctuate again once the top teams start playing overseas. If anything, the teams have become more competitive now, so it's a lot more exciting to watch.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

@Harmony111, Rohit Sharma was out as at least 30% of the ball was hitting the wicket. Even if there was DRS and the ball touched the wicket, the on field decision stands. Congratulations team India but hope we put a better show sans Sanga on Tuesday.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is indeed very talented!! Come on! making the playing XI with absolutely no contribution is quiet a talent ;)

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

@sobersfan, we have won test series in NZ and even drawn test series in England (1-1) and West Indies (1-1) considering the limited tours we have had. We have only toured England 3 times for 3 test series so far since we got official status. Check stats guru please.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

good game..Raina dropped catch cost Lanka. catches win matches.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (July 29, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

When India wins ,srilankan blames the pitch is flat. LOL..Read the full article that the pitch has something for both batsman and bowlers.Chasing 287 in srilankan Pitches is always a remarkable win.@ jonathonjosephs,India always beat srilanka outside subcontinent which is proven all these years.@ Sonya jones, it seems you care a lot about this series.yawwwn...What a shame,srilanka can't defend this score in their own home ground,especially record says no one chased after 250 scores.Well played India.good luck for next match.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 29, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Come on lets have a green wicket for Indians...

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (July 29, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

I am a diehard fan of Rohit. I hardly die when he plays ... outside the nets

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Some of IND and SL fans don,t understand the difference between 'being proved of their team' and 'insulting the other'. However its a great game of cricket and brave Raina and Irfan blessed with the luck. i felt that sri lanka got defensive at the end of the game and that cost us the match. hope to see a bowling change which replase Isuru Udana, dont think he is suitable for this format of the game. SL should win the next match and it will bring a exiting decider on 5th ODI. Best of luck to both teams and wish series win for SL.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 29, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs: hahaha.. I guess you forgot about the recent whiplash India handed to the Sri Lankans in a nice cozy place called Hobart. Now if I know my geography well, Hobart isn't in the subcontinent. That was not even the first time. India have beaten SL many times outside Asia. Can't remember them all but a few ones such as the win during the 1999 world cup in England, and many times in Sharjah just to name a few. Oh and also during the CB series triangular in 2008. India did win that finals 2-0 over a much stronger Australian team too. In ODI cricket, India are very powerful in spite of having an average bowling unit. How many teams can boast of that ? I do agree that in tests, outside the subcontinent, India are vulnerable. But then again, which team isn't ?

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

we are the world champions and we proved it yet again.it seems that srilanka is unable to beat us (on any surface) anywhere in the world. remember even in the cb series down under we held a 2-1(for me its more like 3-1 as srilanka was lucky to escape with a tie).so no tall claims pls. also srilanka has traditionally been a weaker side abroad and after murali era they are finding it difficult even to win in their own backyard.and pls could someone drop rohit sharma pls, had enough of him already,and pls not talk abt talent ( or for that matter oozing of it).he hs been given enough chances already.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (July 29, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

it's funny that these sl fans call ind flat track bullies but they hav to remember the fact that their fast track champions never won a test series outside subcontinent.sl batsmen are the real flat track bullies.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (July 29, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

only good thing dinda has done for india in this match is injuring sanga.drop this useless rohit,he got somany chances but still hasn't delivered.it's time to include rahane.rahane played really well in england,it's unfortunate that deserving players aren't getting oppurtunities.zak,ashwin,pathan bowled well.ind will win this series easily.go india go

Posted by Prem2248 on (July 29, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Jokers have to stop their love affair with henchmen and bring back Ajantha(and other consistent performers in the Domestic scene), who has been prevented from playing the last WC. SL is the only Country where selectors prefer average players to exceptionally talented young. Nobody knows why some players are continuously included at the highest level.

Posted by Dhoni_Sehwag_sachin on (July 29, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

really awesome batting by 3 left handers from India

Posted by hnlns on (July 29, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

I think it is time Rahane must come in for Sehwag and Tiwary for Rohit. This would give exposure to both these very good performers, as was seen in recent IPL. Also, Tiwary has a big plus as an excellent fielder and a part time leggie too. Will Dhoni show the intent to give these youngsters their due ? Dinda and Rahul though need to be given a long rope since they need extended international exposure to be of some worth to the Indian team in the long run.

Posted by rakon_me on (July 29, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

@jonathanjoseph...FYI , go the stats or archives sections and see how India dominated sl outside the subcontinent too...

Posted by Tusker17 on (July 29, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

EXCELLENT game ! Now did someone say that SL - India matches are boring ?

And for all the Indians who write rubbish here like Indians hunting lions in their den and thrashing the SL team and humiliating the Lions and deflating them on their own tracks and how superior the Indian team is....you sure do have a very short memory or is it selective amnesia ?

In god's name, are you people out of your minds or are you just plain simple ignorant ? Cant you understand simple English ? Didnt you watch the match ? Dont you know how to read a scorecard ?

For heavens sake stop posting rubbish !! Its not fair by the right minded Indians !

It was an EXCELLENT game of cricket. There was nothing in there to seperate the teams today. If anything India got a bit lucky by Senanayake dropping Raina, atleast 5-6 inside - edges going inches past the timber and ofcourse Dilshan's freak dismissal and Sanga not keeping wickets !

Anyway GREAT game !!! Well played both teams, especially SL !!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan Irfan !!!!

Posted by golgoal on (July 29, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

@Hussain M Alavi-- Dude stop making a fool of yourself all the time. All teams lose when playing abroad. The thing with India is they have lost a lot, but they have also done splendidly. India drew test series in SA, and the earlier tour to Aus. In both these tours India came quite close to winning the series in fact. Before posting your usual nonsense, try to read up from statguru.

Posted by Prakmca on (July 29, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

For India, 5th Bowler never performed. Then why to have that. We have accommadate a batsman (NOT someone Like Sir Ravindra Jadeja) who can score fast and bowl few overs (if capable). Indian think tanks job it is. And for Rohit, it's time now to get replaced. 5th Bowler slot can utilized with Sehwag, Raina, Kohli... What happed in the last 2 matches for Ohja, he was thrashed all over the park. If a bowlers give run at the rate of >6 per over, which is same as non regular bowlers where sometime they are more than >6.5 per over. But in batting they can contribute.

Only to full fill this, we had Jadeja in so many matches who never performed with both bat & ball. He does notl deserves place in international team.

Time to build the team!!!!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 29, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

I see people still don't like India/Sri Lanka battles because they think they're boring even though there were some thrillers already in this series. Sri Lanka/India matches are always awesome for me to watch as is Sri Lanka/Pakistan or any other subcontinent combination. And India was lucky today, they had 4-5 edges towards the end that missed the stumps and raced for 4. And what was Sri Lanka persisting with Udana for? I know their star bowler Kulasekara is injured but surely there a bunch of other players that are better than Udana. I don't think Sri Lanka can beat India in the subcontinent, but Sri Lanka can definitely beat India outside the subcontinent where the star Indian lineup is exposed.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (July 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

@Hussain M Alavi Your dumb comments are getting dumber. The world champions won many matches to win the world cup, unlike some who could not even win a match in asia cup in flat pitches in Bangladesh and ended up at the bottom of the table.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Good All-rounder Perform Irfan

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

Rahane & Tiwari should be given chance in place of Sehwag & Sharma -- in the next ODI.

Posted by happy-go-lucky on (July 29, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

I dont know why everyone is blaming Rohit so much. The guy just scored a century. Oh, wait, sorry that was in the nets.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

It seems India is playing with 10 players.Because in all 3 matches the so called "Potentially talent" is doing nothing.Y nt kick him out

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 29, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@SnowSnake: haha ! You mean the same Indian bowlers who reduced SL to 20/3 ?

Posted by ilovecricket1234 on (July 29, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

Irfan is back and there is no one who can replace him!

Posted by TeamSelector on (July 29, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

Without Gambhir's hundred, there wouldn't have have been a Raina special. So the MoM righfully should have been given to Gautam. With the balance that Irfan brings to the team, he should be an automatic selection (unlike Nohit the 'Net Master').

Posted by Nampally on (July 29, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

What a magnificient Team effort on part of India to chase 287 with a ball to spare! Congrats. to Dhoni & his team for a well executed job. There was absolutely no panic at any stage of Indian batting. It was especially interesting to see Raina - the King of ODI Chase - & Pathan play so sensibly & calmly putting on about 90 runs in <12 overs to win the match. After losing 5 wickets & an uphill chase ahead, these 2 deserve high praise. This was preceded by Gambhir's fine century & responsible knocks from Kohli & Dhoni. Only negative part was the bowling at death @ nearly 10 runs/over!. This is one area where India needs a much better effort. Rahul Sharma did not bowl at his usual economy rate but was good foil for Ashwin. ZAK was much better. Dinda gave 23 runs in 2 overs @ death. Rotating Yadev, Dinda & other seamers is good for their learning to bowl tightly. Rohit tried to turn the very first ball he faced - cross bat instead of straight bat. Mr. Duncan watch his dismissal video!.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

How can we win when we dont let our best hitter bat?

Thisara Perea was never allowed to bat. he should have sent after Mathew.

Posted by BravoBravo on (July 28, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

The matches between IND and SL cricket are most boring one. By playing with IND on perpetual basis, SL is going to loose its edge as they did in past. I could undersatnd that World Cup Chumps IND is trying hard to hang onto its #4 position (which is not a bronze even) in ODIs. I dont understand what is the purpose of this ODI series, who needs that.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 28, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

@Sonya Jones: Mame, what are you doing here if you thought it was a boring match ?! you know what ? Team England cannot play on the so called 'flat' tracks. They will be taught a harsh lesson in India later this year. India are ODI world champions. Beating SL in SL is a tough job and India may well go on to win this series. Team England were hammered during the world cup quarter final by SL. I hope you didn't forger that. Your comments made me yawn so much that I want to nap right now.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 28, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Congratulations Indian champs !!! well played. I am sorry to say this but Mr. Rohit Sharma should make way for Rahane or Tiwary in game 4.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 23:27 GMT)

@samincolumbia: HA HA Everytime I read your comments, you always seem to bring Bangladesh into it just stick to the topic and whatever your silly problem you have with them go and comment on their page and stay on topic because this is a Series between Sri Lanka and India. Anyway as an Aussie great close game but I'm surprised these two are playing eachother again because they met eachother in multiple games at the CB Series earlier this year.

Posted by vadwala on (July 28, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

It's finally time to bring manoj tiwari or rahane. Shewag still be fine in the team because that's how he plays and he is a very good player.

Posted by maddy20 on (July 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Well finally some even contest . Well played to both teams. Another Cumar, Mahela classic, typical Gamnhir innings (followed by a typical run out) and Irfan shows he is miles ahead of Jadeja. I dare say thank you VInay Kumar!

Posted by marlboro19 on (July 28, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

It was absolute pain to watch this match on tv- I couldn't. It was unbelievably noisy there, and i have been to cricket grounds in India- so my ears aren't exactly virgin, But what i heard in this match was the ugliest and noisiest din i ever heard. You couldn't hear commentary at all , it was all DRUMS and BLOW HORNS. I love sri lanka , and i figure you guys need to assert your individuality too, but please dear srilankan stadium-goers desist from being such a cantankerous spectators- It's absolutely detastable for guys like us who watch it on tv. ( toney greig said that too i guess in commentary )

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (July 28, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

SL should have prepared a pitch with some movements and not this flat pitch. It is a known fact, ordinary Indian batsman can only bat on flat wickets. I hope the board prepares a pitch to accommodate our bowlers in the next match. The series is still alive, despite Sanga getting injured.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

any given day, to win a game, you need atleast 3 batsmen to click and contribute 200 runs between them. india did, and sri lanka didnt...and thats what swung the decision in india's way. kohli and raina are definitely india's future. its admirable that raina delivers most of the time coming into pressure cooker situations where a batsman has to hit the fifth gear directly from neutral, unlike higher order batsmen who have the luxury of settling in.

Posted by india-the-worldchampions on (July 28, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

@snowsnake - so if sri lankan bowlers are good then why couln't they defend the total of 287. So don't always blame the indian bowlers

Posted by GasPipe on (July 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Wow, Ghambir is probably one of the best ODI batsman in the world currently.

Posted by SnowSnake on (July 28, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

@Lester: Rohit looks good in nets because he faces Indian bowlers in net.

Posted by theRule19 on (July 28, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

Enough of this Rohit Sharma..Something would be seriously wrong with the team selection and management if they pick him for one more game unless Rohit changes his laid back, casual and lazy effort in the batting. It just seems like good batting talent is being wasted wanting to get some international exposure with players like Rahane, Tiwary, etc.

Posted by wonderstar1 on (July 28, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

useless sehwag can only play against very ordinary Bangladesh,

Posted by AvidCricFan on (July 28, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

The real MoM was none other than Suresh Raina. He had to bat under pressure of maintaining run rate. It is interesting that this article doesn't mention the performance of the best batsmen in nets. It is worthless to persist with RS when other capable players are waiting in the wings. Irfan Pathan is performing better Rohit Sharma.

Posted by NP_NY on (July 28, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

What a chase! India has proven time and again that they are the best chasing side these days even without Yuvi. This game also proves that India is not just dependent on Kohli and Dhoni. If only the bowlers can leak less runs in the last 10-15 overs. India desperately needs a good bowling coach who understands Indian cricket, has excellent leadership skills and has the respect of all Indian cricketers. India needs Kapil Dev now that he has made up with BCCI.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

It was an absolutely thrilling match! An excellent century by Gautam Gambhir and a well crafted partnership between Raina and Pathan. I think, for the next game, Sehwag and Rohit Sharma should be dropped and Rahane and Tiwary should be played instead.

Posted by samincolumbia on (July 28, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Time to drop not only Nohit, but the useless Sehwag as well. He seems to score runs only against the ordinary Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

Far too many people are commenting that Indian side is good only at flat wickets. Partially its true but so is true for other sides who cant play better than India in flat wickets. Losing at any kind of wicket is bad. What kind of logic is that a win for England on grassy track where they score 210 is better than win for India when they chase 310. In both cases its a win well fought from competition. To me it just seems sour grapes of some quarters not happy with Indian wins.

Posted by samincolumbia on (July 28, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

28 consecutive wins in home ODIs when they've scored at least 250 batting first...It's easy to win when the opponent is Bangladesh, Pakistan, Namibia and other minnow countries. The over rated sri lankan bowling once again has no answer to the best batting line up in the world...first the WC final, chasing 320+ in less than 40 overs and now this in their own backyard.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

@Street_Hawk: Well said! This Rohit praising business is ridiculous and pathetic now...clearly someone in the team management have strong apathy towards poor Manoj, who must be wondering what more has to happen in the world for him to get a second chance after scoring and ODI ton!

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (July 28, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

Really commanding performance from India. Put SL in their place.

Posted by nkvernekar on (July 28, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Well done rohit you prove it time to time that u r the most useless talent to be selected. 1st match-5, 2nd match-0, 3rd match- 0

Still they say rohit is an exceptional talent

Posted by golgoal on (July 28, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

India just outclassed Lanka and showed why they are world champs. Well done boys.

Posted by shiva89 on (July 28, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Most of the time it happens in preview of the match that we choose 'player to watch out for' who is consistent or recovered to form and change the phase of the game. For the next game SL must choose kapugedara in place of sanga. And india will shamelessly go again with stupid Rohit. The preview will be : Rohit vs Kapu. both r consistently inconsistent and both can change the phase of the game (loss to their own team). it ll b a gr8 contest - who is more bad. now both the teams are equal.

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 28, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Fantastic chase by India, they really showed the never die attitude, well done. I am also very proud of the Indian fans here, the overwhelming majority wrote positive comments and not abuse SL and there fans. Please keep it up.

Posted by dharm4u_india on (July 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

so indians are hunting lions in their dens...so called flat track bullies r deflating sri lankans on their own home pitches..

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

I wonder if Irfan will find a place in the side on a consistent basis or will Dhoni keep using his friend Jadeja as a so called all-rounder!! Irfan can certainly bat and adjust to the required situation to help the side. But he should be selected on a regular basis. Actually, at times team India's selection does not make much sense. On what basis can they select Vinay, Jadeja and Ashwin, instead of Balaji, Harbhajan or Tiwary. Anyway, well done India.

Posted by jackthelad on (July 28, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

It was very close, the penetrative Indian bowling in the first few overs probably just turned the scale, but it could have gone either way til the last couple of overs. Great game. nobody needs to be ashamed or to worry - it's cricket, there are swings and roundabouts!

Posted by bourne.identity on (July 28, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

It is great the way GG set up the Indian innings. But whom do you - deep inside your conscience - declare the MOM the way things turned out ? I am not trying to make a case for/against either GG or SR. But the point is even with a solid foundation laid, somebody needs to finish off. That incidentally has been a very sorry affair whenever the little master ST has laid the foundation. Nobody has stuck around to deliver the knock-out punch. As for RS, he should be moved from the class of 'potential' to 'potentially potential'.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

@scube ...........good comments !

Posted by Arunraj007 on (July 28, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Mahela Jayawardene had a lean patch of average during his earlier years in cricket, but now he's one of the World's best classic player.. Same way, Rohit Sharma has a class, but he need some time to deliver :)

Posted by ishfi on (July 28, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Now i think its a real bad patch going on with Rohit sharma...lets give him some rest..play him few first class matches so that he can rebuild his confidence,,as i think he still is a beautiful player to watch..mark my words that he will be a real champion for india in future..

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (July 28, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

With india 6 specialist batmens and bowling allrounder when they usual play a batting allrounder.sehwag cant play like he does so i think he should either start playing responasilbly or drop him and as for rohit sharma at least he got out to good yorker but it is still no exuse for him. Good luck india for the rest of the series i predict 4-1

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

I give up. Rohit fans have to give up after three ducks in a row. Irfan is a batsman. He should play test cricket at no 6.

Posted by usernames on (July 28, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

As for this match, Gambhir played a sensational innings. He was in control from the word go and paced his innings very well. It was unfortunate that he got run out (then again, maybe not so unlucky since he gets run out quite often). Raina, too, played a gem of an innings and he is maturing into a very, very good ODI player for India: someone who can be the perfect partner for Dhoni in the end. India needs a couple of players who can bat in the middle order and develop them over a period of time. Rohit, Tiwary, Mandeep, Pujara, Bist... there are a few options there for India though. Bowling was poor but I think they should give Dinda a decent run of about 20-25 matches. Along with him, play Awana as well. He has excellent control of the ball and can develop into a decent bowler for India. I'd preserve Umesh for important series -- and mostly test matches -- because you aren't going to find another one like him easily and it'd be foolish to burn him playing such series all the time

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

What a record run chase by WORLD CHAMPIONS.I appeal to MS Dhoni and Co to stop humiliating Sl pussy cats again & again & again,especially in their own backyard.After getting kicked again & again at home their self respect and pride is already lost and over and its not wise to kick someone who is almost dead!!!To prove my point-3-2 in 2008,4-1 in 2009,Compaq cup in 2009,Asia cup in 2010 etc.....and add this series in a few days.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (July 28, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

so Rohit, since you're the future of Indian cricket, are you planning on a hat trick of ducks in the next match?

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

after seeing this calm and cool performance from irfan, i hope the selectors now start showing more faith in him. at number 7, he can on his day be a devastating batsman for the opposition(really effective in power plays). his bowling still needs to improve though.but i believe irfan has shown enough potential as a genuine all rounder and deserves to get more opportunities. wish irfan continues this form.

Posted by usernames on (July 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Tiwary has to get a go now;this is getting beyond ridiculous. For all the talent Rohit has, he doesn't seem motivated or confident enough to play. Time away from cricket might do him good but playing him in the next couple of matches, when his confidence is already low, is going to do nothing. Instead, Tiwary would be a lot more hungry to cement his place and quite frankly, deserves a decent run. He is inexperienced but given time, he can develop into a reliable middle order batsman for India. Give him 20 odd games and see how he fares. The next season is the perfect time too to get him going if you want him to have some experience of pressure games going into the WC15. A better team might be: Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Tiwary, Dhoni, Raina, Pathan, Ashwin, Dinda, Zaheer, Rahul. Keep Rahane in the fray as well as you need to plan the development of these players over the next couple of years -- he can be a good, solid opener in the ODIs, too. Raina is maturing into a great ODI player now.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Highest Score chased down ever in your country,now that's called a perfect and real THRASHING given to your team,especially after a one off and fluke win in the second match.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

time to drop rohit sharma and give chance to manoj tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane (both youngsters should be given at least one chance). they should be retained for next series irrespective of this performances. Good play by gambi, raina , zaheer and irfan... Give more chances to ashok dinda and rahul sharma, they are the future indian cricket.....

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

So india is back again... Great to see the partnership between pathan and raina... Sri Lanka will have to play out of their skins to get a series (bilateral) win against india... with sangakkara gone, their top order looks brittle... a lot is being said about indian bowling improvements... I think if india is conceding runs then the opposition is conceding one extra run... Others need to look for their bowling just as much as india do

Posted by Aryian007 on (July 28, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

@Street_Hawk: Indeed, well said! The amount of opportunity Rohit have had, any other individual with talent, and not "hidden" talent, would have cemented their place in team India. All praise are bound for this guy because he is playing well in the net, oh well - if he has talent and cant handle pressure, what good is talent for? Now look at the players that are sidelined! Manoj scored a century, and then consecutively omitted for many ODIs. Now surely that's not going to effect his confidence, but dropping Rohit after his miserable, and consecutive, Australia and Srilanka tour, will do the same! Isn't that a double standard? Moreover, Rahane had a fabulous IPL, but i guess he will have to wait until Schewag retires. Such selection is purely individual favoritism, with no foresight into building the next generation of Indian cricketers.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

@ Jindal Priyank.......As a Sri Lankan ......I agree with you wholeheartedly. Let us enjoy the game. The best team will win at the end of the game. That is all. Cheers.

Posted by Street_Hawk on (July 28, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

people mark my words, Tiwary will be given 2-3 chance at max and if he does not perform well he will be thrown out of the team because he does not have as much talent or does not do well in the nets

Posted by desi-blue on (July 28, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Great game,awesome to see a full house...makes watching the game a much better experience as well,hope Sanga recovers soon...great job by Gambhir and clinical finish by Raina and Pathan...congrats to the Indian team on achieving a record run chase...@Bangladesh_USELESS_Team:LOL,bit of a harsh comment to make....but made me laugh none the less...haha..

Posted by talkcric on (July 28, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Congratulations Team India.

Meanwhile - the players (read Rohit Sharma) who play best in nets must continue to play on nets and warm benches.

And the players (Gambhir, Tiwari) who score century on real matches - should continue to do so.

Posted by bijuouseph on (July 28, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Team declaring time Irfan not included. But now if he is not in the team; first match and this match result ?????? (why selection committee avoiding every time.

Posted by MysticMan on (July 28, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Sehwag is getting a bit predictable with his early inning-over the cover shots when dealt width outside the off stump. With Kumar Sangakkara out of action for this series, I would play Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary (what am I thinking? - Drop Sehwag?).

Posted by jimmy777 on (July 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

OUR INDIAN FANS ALWAYS FORGET RAINA FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, IF OUR TEAM PERFORMED POORLY IN SOME SERIES EVERYONE WANTS RAINA AS THE FIRST PLAYER TO BE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM, BUT ROHIT WILL GET MILLIONS OF OPPORTUNITIES AND PERFORM POORLY, RAINA HAS PLAYED 2 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INNINGS IN HIS CRICKETING CAREER BOTH IN THE 2011 WORLD CUP, ONE AGAINST AUSTRALIA WHILE CHASING, ONE AGAINST PAKISTAN WHILE SETTING A TARGE,T THE SCORES ARE SMALL BUT THE CONTRIBUTION IS IMMENSE, RESPECT A GOOD TALENT!

Posted by AnkurTheWizard on (July 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

And a question to every India....Is Rohit still the one to be persisted with ?? Please take that guy out of the squad...Wat say now Mr. Gambhir ??

Posted by Lohitendu on (July 28, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Can anyone answer the difference between Man of the Match and Player of the Match? And More importantly who played vital role in India's win in just concluded ODI, a player who who got player of the match award or who got Man of the Match award? Am little bit of confused.

Posted by AnkurTheWizard on (July 28, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

With due regards to Mahela and Sanga !! This match again states that there was a reson why India won that WC 2011 Final !! :)

Posted by philipsmgp on (July 28, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

sorry for rahane and tiwary.......u guys dont have the talent to make promises or believe people u have great potential.... rohit had the talen(off-field) to show people his talent....shame shame.....what the hell is talent when not performing hen given oppurtunities (rothit)....and what the hell is talent when not given oppurtunities and judged(rahane&tiwari)

Posted by philipsmgp on (July 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Irfan ha sportrayed what a no 7 batsman should be .No 7 is not going to be a match winner he is gonna be a helping hand.thats what irfan proved.he showed what value he can bring in as a player.he has an isntinct to adapt to situations.he is far better than the rohits and other kind of guys.even if he is not picked as a bowler if u drop him to no2 spot for batting he will do the job.a simple cricketer keeping his basics right....

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

The Indian team seems to be in a state of decline. They had lost the series against South Africa, than travelled to England but came back empty handed. Afterwards, they got thrashed in the test and odi series. Australia is also in transition mode but they are still winning more matches, unlike the Indian side. India needs to find batsman's who can play well everywhere, not just on flat wickets.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

Wht a boring match. Both teams are average side; which shows in their style of play. Waiting for the SA and England test to start. It should be exciting.

Posted by Jasy007 on (July 28, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Good Win for India. Manoj Tiwary should get chance in next ODI .

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (July 28, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

the indian team won, but we still played well considering we had lost early wickets at the start. Sanga and MJ once again showed why they are best batsman in the world. come one boys, win the next match. send the flat pitch indian side back home.

Posted by Hardy1 on (July 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

What is there to say about Rohit, he really is having a shocker isn't he. Clearly he's a very talented player and had great series not long ago but based on his list A & ODI averages compared to his first class average, why hasn't he been given a chance in tests!? Obviously averages don't describe all but it seems to me like for Indian players to make the test team they must first go through the one day team no matter what kind of player they are.

Rohit's had enough chances in my book & the likes of Tiwary, Rahane, Mukund, Pujara & even Badrinath deserve a go. It seems like Rohit (& Raina to an extent) gets into the team largely thanks to his fielding skills. At least young Indians are taking more pride in their fielding.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (July 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Indian batsman can only play on road like pitches. That's why, when they toured England, they were easily defeated. No wonder, India's captain made such a fuss, when the pitch in the last match had some movements. lol.

Posted by Stanmclean on (July 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Indian team should be thankful the pitch was flat, otherwise they would have gotten out cheaply once again. But both teams are average, who can't win matches aboard, especially India. In the CB series, Australia easily beat SL and India.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

ha ha... wasnt party till the final over was bowled

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

what went wrong today for SL? nothing much.. may b not good start de got.both team didnt have big moments and its just wnet down til last over..certainly SL didnt have much needed luck. SL reocrd at RP stadium has changed over the last 2 yrs and team bating 2nd doing wel as aginst past, when they start strugling.certainly SL bowling didnt much threatning.. Malinga's wicket taking ability has reduced after introduction of 2 new balls and he is expnsve everytim ovr 6 runs.even after geting a wicket SL cant reduce R/rate & build presure.dis hs been the case for last 2 yrs. in Batting de cant get big score in PP now, exept last match whre smal target chased without a presure.I wonder whthr Sanga's bating suits ODI, he takes lot of balls and always let bawlers dominate, he is unable to accelarate even aftr spending 15-20 ovrs in the middle he is great test batman not ODI.becuase his slowness, all matches he made big scores.SL lost..this needs to change.today results mean SL has no luck.l

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

exciting win for india, but india could have won easily, had rohit the useless, still in indian team. selectors please wake up and dhoni , you too should not push rohit too much at your gain, you will suffer at his cost. rohit the CARBON DIOXIDE IN OUR TEAM. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM HIM. ROTTEN APPLE.

Posted by gasham on (July 28, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Well done Team India...Raina proved once again why he is one of the best finishers in 50 over format....Irfan - way to go boy!

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 28, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

well played both India and Sri Lanka. Was a close contest, this is what we can expect from 2 "quality" sides. Bad luck to sanga, hopefully he recovers soon.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Excellent game. Both teams played well. Gautam's century allowed India to stay competitive but it was Raina and Irfan's partnership at the end, which made it possible for India to win the match. Good luck in the next match.

Posted by SnowSnake on (July 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

India should replace Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, pronto.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 28, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

One thing is for sure. I don't think any SL Fan can now say that India' WC win over Sri Lanka chasing 274 to win was a fluke. I don't think No SK fan can now say that India's 321 runs chase in 37 overs was a fluke. India today did that again.....India have done that in 3 different countries now and also on Sri Lanka's home ... on their strongest territory where they had hardly ever lost after posting 250. This was a mouth shut run chase by India where don't forget India were unlucky to lose Rohit Sharma to an iffy decision..............Wow.

Posted by Prem2248 on (July 28, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Unfortunately the irresponsible people have given unwanted boost for very ordinary type bowlers (that can't spin without the help of bowlers' foot-holds on the pitch) in removing one of the World's top grade spinners in Ajantha at a time when other Test playing countries are trying to make spinners such as him (Ajantha) Sunil Narine (WI). Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind)It is all the more difficult to understand why, the tall spinner,Senanyake who can spin & extract bounce off any docile pitch is being prevented from playing but used only as a twelfth man. If one had gone through Stats of recent Domestic Cricket there is no better spinners in the Country than Senanayake, Malinda Pushpakumara, Umesh Karunarathna, & Dulanjana Mendis, therefore we as fans don't want raw intelligence of selectors or any other. We would like to see more proven promising players in the team rather than players from one locality(henchmen).

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 28, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

I think Sanga needs a rest and worth ensuring he is fit but I doubt if Sanga will help is in the T20 world cup considering his style. Hope Dimuth Karunartne will replace Sanga. It was just not Thisara's day today. He seems to do well every 2nd game.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

A well deserved win for India

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

What a WIN by India-a bit sad to see though that no-one really mentioned about Irfan's superb support role in helping Raina craft an Indian victory. Most satisfying part was to see the "lost" look on the faces of the Lankans after they were cock-a-hoop when Gauti went down-That was the real icing on the cake!

Well done Team India-but please keep up this momentum in don't be too overconfident in the games to come. I wish you luck!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Great win by Team India... We proud of u guys... But why MOM to Raina... I feel Gambhir deserved it more.... And hope after Irfan Pathans inning Dhoni wud come to knw what a real all rounder is all about.... wch his personal all rounder (Ravindra Jadeja) couldnt do till now....

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 28, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

First of all, well played India and congratulations. I had my moneys worth by being at the venue to watch the action. Sri Lanka simply failed to capitalize after Indians were 5 down and we took it lightly as proven by Senanayake dropping a catch and also the missed run out in the latter phase of India's chase. Hope Sanga's absence wont be costly. Hope this Tuesday's game will be exciting. Hope Dimuth Karunaratne will be Sanga's replacement.

Posted by lordrudraksh on (July 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

at last raina got the man of the match award

Posted by rakon_me on (July 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

this indian team is there to chase and break records....well done..good piece of writing by cricinfo after a few articles in the last few days which had no flair in writing...

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

ha ha ha ha..............PITY GUYS LANKI MMMMMMMMOOONKI

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (July 28, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

It is good to see Irfan performing. It seems there is no chance of any improvement in bowling near future. Well played Gambhir!! Partnership between Raina and Irfan was brilliant.

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 28, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

thats what happens when u talk big,SL fan after their teams win in 2nd odi started shouting as if they already won the series,the fact is in ODIs apart for a brief period from 1996-1997 SL has never dominated india in any odi series,be it at home or away infact anywhere else,even in the last CB series where india failed to qualify for the final they still lost just one match against SL in four matches which they played..all the srilankans bowlers r mystery bowlers for indian batsman when they first face them but later on they r exposed ruthlessly..look at Muralitharan,he averages 32 against india in tests even though his overall average is 22,look at mendis and now at Malinga and see how they fare against india...now for god sake stop this boring india-SL series,i dont want india to play with SL for the next 10yrs

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Dear Rohit Sharma, Kindly do justice with your talent else you are going to be India's second Vinod Kambali. Tiwary and Rahane are knocking BCCI's doors and Dhoni's ears continuously. Your future is in your hands. Thanks.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

good win for India but a great game of cricket . Irfan Pathan has been really a valuable addition , gauti has hit the top gear already .sincere request to all indian /sri lankan fans let us have some good cricketing discussion rather than teasing one another when one team loses

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

OMG ! Feeling sorry for Gauti. Even after scoring 100+ while chasing he didn't get MoM. As far as I know MoM goes to one who sets the platform for his team. Gauti hadn't got MoM in WC final either. :( Feeling for him. But without Raina's special efforts Indian surely wouldn't have win match. So Happy for him. Love U Team India.

Posted by kaidranzer on (July 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Another poor performance from Rohit Sharma. The bells for his replacement should be ringing quite loudly now. However, considering that India won, the team may remain unchanged. My guess is Manoj Tiwari will be given the last game of the series if India win the next one. Real blunder on the part of Indian selectors i.e. selecting Rohit Sharma ahead of Manoj Tiwari. I think Tiwari will develop into a solid middle-order player, given sufficient chances.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Congratulations to all my fellow Indians upon this win in 3rd ODI. We won. Hurray...Team effort in batting. But Gambhir and Raina were exceptional with support from fellow batsman. Bowlers were also not bad, they did ok job. Time to celebrate.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

India wins as the great Rohit Sharma continues to be the best in the nets and the worst outside of it.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

yeppiiiiiiiiiii...india will surely win the series

Posted by coolitbaby on (July 28, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Well done India. Just 1 more match, and another series victory in SL will be yours.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

About SL: Matthews and Perera have been SL's 2 Greatest Finds. Both genuine all-rounders. And we all knw how many times Sanag n Jaya have done for SL team what they did today. Truly Masters in pressure situations. I feel SL could have scored 300+ easily, Had in-form big-hitter Perera been sent ahead of Jeevan. Don't know why Jeevan was sent ahead when platform was set for Perera to launch his big shots. Although Jeevan scored quickly but Perera surely would have scored quicker than him. Chandimal needs to apply himself before playing with cross bat. In-form Sanga's gone for few weeks, that means Mahela's job gets tougher in case 2-3 wickets fall early. (And don't think that with Sanga's departure it would be easy for Ind to win as Ind is already playing without Yuvi - the match winner).. Best of Luck to both teams !!

Posted by Street_Hawk on (July 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

I am sure all Rohit lovers including Dhoni and Fletcher will say that he got a deadly delivery to begin with and therefore was unlucky...but he is batting well in the nets..and play him in the next match as he is the future of Indian cricket..however, if it was a jet lagged Tiwary up against a deadly yorker from Brett Lee in Australia, it would be Tiwary's fault to not be able to play an innings when India needs him and he will be benched immediately in the next game...Bravo Indian team management..Bravo..you are worse than Greg Chappell..he was better than Fletcher at least...

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 28, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

In the end a rather comfortable win for India. The only time India looked in some bother was when Malinga took those 2 wickets. Other than that, India were doing it easily. Mind you, Rohit Sharma was somewhat unlucky for that lbw. That ball was gong down the leg side. Before any SL fan says that India pay for this for not having UDRS, well, not having UDRS does not mean that wrong dismissals can be given freely and should not be talked about. Poor Rohit Shamra, he was under so much pressure today but he got a good ball and a poor decision. Sad.

Posted by Scube on (July 28, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

So, SL is gonna play the last 2 games without their best batsman by a long mile! I'm afraid, their selectors will bring Chamara Silva to give tough competition to Rohit Sharma! Probably the first time an ODI will be played with just 10 players and one walking wicket each!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

When Malinga got Dhoni and Rohit out on successive deliveries, it was kind of nightmare for me, but I was still a bit relaxed as Gauti n Raina were there, but when Gauti went, I was sure match was gone out of India's hands but thanks to confident Raina and India's only all-rounder (that too bowling) I. Pathan, they did the job. Boy ! it was so pleasing to see Irfan's reaction after hitting winning shot. He is justifying his place as a bowling all-rounder in team. Gauti is in GOOD TOUCH. Sehwag will Never Change :| but what bothering me the most is Rohit Sharma. :( Don't know what has happened to him. I can see him getting kicked out of team for LONG LONG time, if he continues his pathetic form. Bowling dept. in death overs is still a worry for Dhoni. ZaK can't bowl all 50 overs man. He n Ashwin r doing good job whereas Pathan is good in initial overs. He is getting the ball to swing. But in Death overs, he goes for many. Even with 5 bowlers Ind conceding too many runs. A bit of worry.

Posted by lordrudraksh on (July 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Unfortunately in past few matches raina's form not being noticed. He has helped india to get to big totals but his scores are not notices

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

I hope the team management will stop giving excessive chances to Rohit Sharma now, and start considering Tiwary.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Rohit Sharma's technique completely exposed. Having seen Dhoni's dismissal he should have been anticipating similar delivery yet he couldn't defend it despite knowing it - as he was again late on the ball and closed the face of the blade. besides he can never perform under pressure

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Thanx to Gauti,Raina &Pathan INDIA Won History Changes

Posted by Scube on (July 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

I hope, Dhoni & the team management don't over-react & drop Rohit for the next match! I saw a very languid movement of the highest quality in the only ball he faced though he was out in the process, which is a minor detail in the bigger picture! There is no point in playing selfishing without contributing to the development of the game! Actually, the video of that ball can be used to teach kids how not to miss a straight ball when your team is in dire straits! If they have to really change a winning team, I request them to replace Raina for playing many ugly heaves and bringing down the quality of this great game! Thanks in advance!

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (July 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Wonderful , wonderful batting by Raina and Pathan .. I doubt SL has the will or ability to bounce back from here. The match was in their hands when Gauti was run out. India will need to really perform badly for any result other than a 4-1 drubbing for SL. Jai Hind!

Posted by Akshaythekaxk on (July 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

India must improve their bowling somehow...

Posted by rock.rockyin on (July 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

what a matured innings from Raina and Pathan!!! love ya.. what an immaturity from Dhoni .. when he has faith in Rohit to still pick for 3rd ODI.why not send him as expected in the order ? Instead Dhoni coming ahead of him and getting out in crunch situation and adding more pressure to Dhoni ..atleast Raina shud have come at 35.1 he has some confidence compared to Rohit at the moment.....finally why did dhoni finish zaheer quota of overs very early. Its very evident from the time Dinda has come last over is going to be a mess for India.. all in all a great Saturday...very very happy for Indian win. I am missing Yuvi in the team what a loss for Indian team.. God plsss send Yuvi back with good health.. we miss him a lot.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

A great game of cricket and nail biting finish. Hats off to the Raina & Pathan. They kept their cool and achieved the win , where the run rate at the end of 43rd over was above 9. Lankans, no doubt will be sad about the win which they had throughout the game, but slipped during the last 5 overs. Looking for a thrilling fourth game.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

So Nohit Sharma is now 0-0-0- in a row. So much for being talented.

Posted by 777aditya on (July 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

I am not saying this because SL lost the match, but they are not making full use of Perrera as a batsman (exactly like WI is treating Russell). Mendis played well, but Perrera should be sent in with at least 10-15 overs remaining. AS FOR INDIA, PRETTY PLEASE GET RID OF ROHIT LIKE YOU GOT RID OF YUSUF!!! For God's sakes, give Rahane and Tiwary a game. Dinda?! well, I am hogging on my humble pie!

Posted by Legaleagle on (July 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Glad to see some intent from Indian team. As a Pakistani fan I believe that India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan should play more often so that they can be a force to reckon with in Asia.

I also wish that Bangladesh should be allowed to play A teams from these 3 countries so that they can develop their cricket with their bunch of untalented players.

Again, well played India! Hope to see a India-Pakistan series soon!!

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 28, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

nice close match. Well played both teams, hopefully sanga recovers soon.

Posted by Balumekka on (July 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Congratulations India for the victory. Good competitive cricket by both sides. I think Sri Lanka at least should score 300 to beat India in this sort of batting friendly wicket. Great batting show by Mahela, Sanga, Mathews and Jeevan. However the score was not enough for strong Indian batting. Great batting by Gambhir and Raina. Anyway Raina's catch dropped by Sachitra (difficult one though) apparently costed the match for Sri Lanka. I think Mahela was not aggressive enough during the last 10 overs. Now he has a great challenge of leading a team without the best batsman for two must win games!!!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

I request my all countrymen (Indian Fans) to be calm and NOT to make fun of SL team. We all know how good SL is. Its been a year now since we Ind and SL fans bashing each other's team like anything. We should stop that now and let this series bridge the gap between Ind and SL fans. Just appreciate good Cricket and be sensible in your opinion. PEACE.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Sensational Stuff by raina.. what a shining finish.. record, no team had done this feat of chasing this huge in lankan soil before.. bravo Team India :)

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Someone please drop Rohit Sharma now. Give Manoj Tiwari a chance!! For Gods sake, his last ODI innings was a century and he was the man of the match!!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Sick of these monotonous india-srilanka clashes!It is the curse of Indian sports that when the entire world is busy and involved in the Olympics, in India we are concerned with this game.A game played by handful of nations...shame...

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