India in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI

Sri Lanka v India

India won by 21 runs

We are ready for the chase. The Sri Lankan openers are out in the middle, so are the Indians. A tough task for the hosts, a target of 315. Zaheer Khan, longer hair and all, is back in the team. He'll start things off for India. Tharanga to face. Two slips in place.

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, beaten first up, lovely ball, lands on a good length and nips away to just evade Tharanga's poke

0.2

Khan to Tharanga, 2 wides, follows that delivery up with a wide down the leg side, Dhoni does well to get across and stop it, Sri Lanka are off the mark

Two slips for Dilshan as well

0.2

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, short and wide and Dilshan starts off in style, plenty of width there for the batsman and he cracks that through point and cover

0.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, edged and Sehwag drops a sitter, Dilshan had dropped Sehwag on nought and Sehwag here has returned the favour, some away swing for Zaheer and nips away further after pitching, Dilshan plays at it, gets a thick edge and among the easiest slip catches goes down at first slip

0.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, goodish length outside off and moves away further, leaves that one alone

0.5

Khan to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on leg stump, this one appeared to come back in, struck high on the pads, they get a single

0.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, beaten, Zaheer's got that one to swing in and it then holds its line after pitching, Tharanga steps forward and tries to defend that a little inside the line, just goes past the outside edge

End of over 1 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (308 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.28)
WU Tharanga    0* (2b)      Z Khan    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    4* (4b 1x4)     

Irfan Pathan to bowl from the other end

1.1

Pathan to Dilshan, 2 runs, gets it to swing in, bowled at 123kmph, a touch too straight in the end, clipped through square leg for a couple of runs

1.2

Pathan to Dilshan, OUT, appeal for lbw and the umpire has given it out! That one swung in to the right-hander as well, landed on middle and leg and appeared to strike him in line as he tried to whip that off the back foot, would it have gone over? And did he get an inside edge? Umpire Oxenford's finger went up fairly quickly. We need to have another look, but Sehwag's lapse doesn't cost India much

TM Dilshan lbw b Pathan 6 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

There were two sounds, but I couldn't really see a deviation off the bat, may have hit both pads, we can't be completely sure. It would have clipped the bails, so the height wasn't the problem. Sangakkara to face now, Irfan's struck with his second ball

1.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, 2 leg byes, swing for Irfan again,, landed outside leg, sliding on the pads, Sanga tried to clip it square, kissed the pads on the way to fine leg

1.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, edged and past the diving second slip, Irfan almost had him, short of a good length, swung away and then nipped away further after pitching, Sanga pushed at that one, got a thick edge but wide of the outstretched hands of second slip for a boundary

1.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, shorter and that's worked away off the back foot through square leg

1.6

Pathan to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length and this one moves away, Tharanga shoulders arms to let it through

End of over 2 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 16/1 (299 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.22)
WU Tharanga    0* (3b)      IK Pathan    1-0-7-1
KC Sangakkara    5* (3b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-6-0

2.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, wayward from Zaheer, too wide and it's called, Sangakkara had stepped out of the crease there

2.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, appeared to come back in, Sanga was caught on the thigh there, a single behind square

2.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it to mid-on

Gilad: "I guess Sehwag's lapse can be forgiven for: a) a great innings today, b) Dilshan's early demise and c) being a usually ultra-reliable slipper."

2.3

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, too wide again, way too wide and it's the fourth of the innings so far

2.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, this one swung in to the left-hander, Tharanga meets this one with a straight bat, playing it back to the bowler

2.4

Khan to Tharanga, no run, in the channel outside off and gets it to move away, shoulders arms to that one

2.5

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, Zaheer appears to be struggling for direction, another wide outside off stump

2.5

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, short of a good length outside off and nipped away, a very marginal one this, called a wide but it appeared to be alright

2.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, lands on a good length on the off, held its line this time, defended towards cover

2.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga misjudged that one, was expecting it to move away but Zaheer brought it back in, got it to nip in and Tharanga shouldered arms to it

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 21/1 (294 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.25)
WU Tharanga    0* (8b)      Z Khan    2-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (4b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-7-1

3.1

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, Irfan's turn to bowl a wide? Maybe not, may have just clipped the batsman's pads, short of a good length outside leg stump and Tharanga, who wanted to clip it fine, doesn't make contact

3.2

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, bowled at 126.9kmph, kept low after moving away, the batsman left it alone and Dhoni took it on the second bounce

3.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off stump and that moved away, left it alone to the keeper

3.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, keeping low again, Sanga couldn't get his bat down in time, was short of a good length outside off and it zipped under his bat

3.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, getting it to shape away from the left-hander, a tempting length from Irfan but Sanga isn't tempted this time, leaves it be

3.6

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and knocks it down on the pitch

End of over 4 (maiden) Sri Lanka 21/1 (294 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 6.39)
KC Sangakkara    5* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-7-1
WU Tharanga    0* (8b)      Z Khan    2-0-10-0

Sarthak: "If Zaheer dosent cut his hair soon I am sure we will see a bird or two fly out of there honestly they look like a huge nest."

4.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, in the corridor from Zaheer and gets it to move back in after pitching, a fair amount of width this time and Tharanga opted to let it be

4.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, edged, and down to third man, but didn't go at it hard, goodish length and it went along the ground to the fielder in the deep

4.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it down to cover

4.4

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off, moving away from the left-hander, leaves that one alone

4.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, angling in towards Sanga, lands on off, gets forward and pushes it to mid-off

4.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, good comeback from Zaheer after that forgettable last over, left alone by Sanga again

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 22/1 (293 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 6.51)
KC Sangakkara    5* (14b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-11-0
WU Tharanga    1* (10b)      IK Pathan    2-1-7-1

5.1

Pathan to Tharanga, no run, ooh, Tharanga got across and tried to drive it through extra cover there, landed on a good length and trying to swing it away, got an inside edge onto the pads

5.2

Pathan to Tharanga, no run, bowled at 125.4kmph, shaping away from the left-hander, left alone to the keeper

5.3

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and taps it wide of mid-on for a single

5.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, taps it towards point

5.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, getting swing still, trying to get Sangakkara to drive but Sanga is content letting those go by, for the time being

5.6

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and pushes it towards Kohli at point

End of over 6 (1 run) Sri Lanka 23/1 (292 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 6.63)
KC Sangakkara    5* (17b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-8-1
WU Tharanga    2* (13b)      Z Khan    3-0-11-0

6.1

Khan to Tharanga, FOUR, meaty drive, pitched up from Zaheer, landed full albeit after swinging in a hint, Tharanga got to the pitch and eased it between extra cover and mid-off

6.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, goodish length and holds its line this time, Tharanga lets that one go

6.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, held it back a little this time, the ball held its line again, left alone to the keeper

6.4

Khan to Tharanga, 3 runs, swinging in towards middle, pushes it down the pitch past the bowler for three runs, nicely timed

6.5

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and eases that wide of mid-off for a single

6.6

Khan to Tharanga, no run, ooh, just fell short of Raina, there was width and it was fullish, Tharanga went at it hard, drove it straight to extra cover where it landed just in front of Suresh Raina

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 31/1 (284 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 6.60)
WU Tharanga    9* (18b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-19-0
KC Sangakkara    6* (18b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-8-1

7.1

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended towards point from the crease

7.2

Pathan to Sangakkara, 3 runs, straying on the pads and it's easy pickings for Sanga, whipped through square leg for three runs

7.3

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length from Irfan and takes the batsman by surprise after getting it to bounce a little extra, pushed uppishly but short of point for a single

7.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off and getting it to move away, Sanga leaves that one alone

7.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and defends it into the off side

7.6

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, bowled in the channel outside off stump and Sanga lets that one go through

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 35/1 (280 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 6.66)
KC Sangakkara    9* (23b 1x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-12-1
WU Tharanga    10* (19b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-19-0

8.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, bowled at 131.1kmph in the channel outside off stump, leaves that one alone to the keeper

8.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, goodish length on the off stump, rocks forward and taps it towards extra cover

8.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and knocks it down to point

8.4

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, well fielded at mid-on, that one swung in, pushed down the ground past that fielder but he dived to his right to keep them to a single

8.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, angling in towards middle, defends it down the pitch to the bowler

8.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length, goes front and across to that one and taps it down to midwicket

End of over 9 (1 run) Sri Lanka 36/1 (279 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.80)
KC Sangakkara    9* (25b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-20-0
WU Tharanga    11* (23b 1x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-12-1

9.1

Pathan to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length outside off, moving away and Tharanga leaves it alone

9.2

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 wide, bowled that one short down the leg side, held its line, called a wide by the umpire

9.2

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length again, knocks it down in front of midwicket and sneaks a quick single

9.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up on the off, driven uppishly but on the bounce to extra cover

9.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length on middle, turned into the leg side off the back foot

9.5

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely bowled, got some late away movement there, Tharanga was squared up a hint there and got a thick outside edge past second slip, along the ground though, for a single

9.6

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, gets an inside edge onto the pads as he tries to play that off the back foot, Tharanga wants the single and gets it

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (274 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.10, RRR: 6.85)
KC Sangakkara    11* (28b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-17-1
WU Tharanga    13* (26b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-20-0

Umesh Yadav runs in now

10.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 wide, a full toss outside off, wayward and it's been wided by the umpire

10.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, FOUR, that should go down as a chance, bowled at 134kmph, lands on a good length outside off and Sangakkara has a slash, gets a thick edge and Dhoni appears to go for it before backing off and thinking Sehwag would go for it, but he doesn't. Instead it's four runs. Dhoni should have gone for it

10.2

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, full and wide and Sanga goes after that one too, misses this time

10.3

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, a touch wide there, bowled at close to 140kmph, not called by the umpire, marginal, left alone by the batsman

10.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, an inswinging full toss and Sanga was taken by surprise, defended back towards the bowler

10.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 wide, down the leg side, bowled at 136.1kmph, got some swing there but it was misdirected

10.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, 2 runs, a rare misfield from Kohli, full outside off and that was square-driven by Sanga, Kohli let it through at point for a couple of runs

10.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, yorker from Umesh, lands outside off and Sanga gets an inside edge behind square on the leg side for a single, Sri Lanka bring up their 50

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 50/1 (265 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.54, RRR: 6.79)
KC Sangakkara    18* (34b 2x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-9-0
WU Tharanga    13* (26b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-17-1

11.1

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, flirting with that away-going delivery outside off stump and is beaten is Sangakkara

11.2

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, taps it in front of Kohli at point, calls for the single but Tharanga sends him back

11.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on middle, turned wide of square leg for an easy single

11.4

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 wide, another wide, a shortish delivery down the leg side, there have been too many of these this innings

11.4

Pathan to Tharanga, no run, in the channel outside off stump, nipping away and he leaves that one alone

Phanish: "It is a pleasure to see Irfan bowl today. He is bowling with discipline, fair amount of control and swinging the bowl beautifully."

11.5

Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, pitched up outside off stump, that's been dragged past midwicket for a single

11.6

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, chopped down towards point

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 53/1 (262 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 6.89)
KC Sangakkara    19* (38b 2x4)      IK Pathan    6-1-20-1
WU Tharanga    14* (28b 1x4)      UT Yadav    1-0-9-0

Gareth: "Dhoni was guilty of such lacks of effort during the Australian tri-series. Anything up until 1st slip is always the keeper's catch. Or, in the case of Adam Gilchrist, up until 2nd slip."

12.1

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 wide, oh dear, the eleventh wide of the innings, this one's down the leg side from Umesh

12.1

Yadav to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely shot, pitched up and that's been elegantly driven past mid-off for a boundary, in the slot for Tharanga

Umesh goes round the wicket

12.2

Yadav to Tharanga, 3 runs, short of a length outside off, lots of width and that's been crunched through point and cover for three runs, raises the 50-run stand

12.3

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, fired at 137.9kmph outside off stump, Sangakkara lets that one through

GK: "The game's getting a bit away from Lanka here. One would think Tharanga needs to pick up the pace and let Sanga anchor. They bat deep, which is useless if you're chasing 120 in the last ten overs."

12.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, much fuller from Umesh outside off stump, Sanga tries to squeeze that towards third man, misses

12.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, Umesh gets that one to swing in towards Sanga, and it's defended towards point from the crease

12.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, 3 runs, superbly driven, that's his favourite shot, pitched up by Umesh and it's pushed firmly between mid-off and extra cover for three more runs, Zaheer gives chase and just manages to pull it back in

End of over 13 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 64/1 (251 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 6.78)
KC Sangakkara    22* (42b 2x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-20-0
WU Tharanga    21* (30b 2x4)      IK Pathan    6-1-20-1

R Ashwin comes on to bowl now

13.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, ooh, some turn there for Ashwin, was very slow through the air, lands on leg and turns towards off, took Sanga by surprise as he fended it away into the off side

13.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, this one holds its line, shortish on middle, pushed away off the back foot

13.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, shortish on the off and that's been tapped into the off side

13.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets on the back foot and pushes it through cover into the deep

13.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, there was an inside edge there, held its line, he came forward to defend, got an inside edge and it popped up but was well wide of Dhoni

13.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, reaches forward and stabs that one into the off side towards cover

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 65/1 (250 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 6.94)
WU Tharanga    21* (32b 2x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (46b 2x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-20-0

Virender Sehwag has been called on to bowl

14.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish outside off, crunched past point into the deep for a single

14.2

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, reaches forward to that good-length ball and pushes it towards cover, a bit of turn there for Sehwag

14.3

Sehwag to Tharanga, no run, steps forward and plays that one down the pitch, holds its line this time

14.4

Sehwag to Tharanga, 1 run, turns away, gets on the back foot and punches it to deep cover

14.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, beaten by the turn, going round the wicket, angling in and then spitting away as Sanga gets forward to defend

A slip has been brought in now

14.6

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets on the back foot and works it behind square for a single

The pitch is taking some turn and the ball moved around a bit when the seamers were operating. Sri Lanka are steady but India won't mind this situation. How they would have loved to have seen off Sanga, though.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 68/1 (247 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 7.05)
KC Sangakkara    25* (49b 2x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    22* (35b 2x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-1-0

The bowling Powerplay has been taken

15.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 3 runs, chopped behind point for three runs, Ojha gives chase

15.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run

15.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, gets forward and defends that into the off side

15.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, 2 runs, angling in from round the wicket, misfield from Pathan at mid-off, that was driven towards mid-on where he fumbled, overran the ball and allowed them a second run

15.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, turn again for Ashwin, just a hint, enough to beat the outside edge as he steps forward to defend

15.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, 3 runs, too close to cut but he manages to get three more, managed to keep it down, some extra bounce for the bowler there, got it behind point

End of over 16 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 76/1 (239 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 7.02)
WU Tharanga    27* (40b 2x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    28* (50b 2x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-3-0

Zaheer returns

16.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, bowls that on a good length outside off, it holds its line and the batsman lets it go

A slip comes in now

16.2

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, short outside off, that's been cut down towards third man, just the single

16.3

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, manages to just clear cover, short and wide from Zaheer and Sanga sensed a chance, came down the track and managed to cut it over that fielder for a boundary

16.4

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, in the channel outside off, mistimes a drive back to the bowler, was aiming at extra cover

16.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, ooh, short of a good length outside off, Sanga pushed inside the line just a little there and oh, it also nipped away a hint, beaten

16.6

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length, defended from the crease towards point, Gambhir fielders and targets the non-striker's end but Sanga is easily in

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 82/1 (233 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 7.06)
KC Sangakkara    33* (54b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-0-26-0
WU Tharanga    28* (42b 2x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-9-0

Irfan to bowl now

17.1

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, goodish length on the off stump and that's defended into the off side

17.2

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, extra bounce for Irfan there and Sanga didn't have much of an idea, shot off the pitch as he tried to play the cut and went past the outside edge

17.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and wide and he goes at it hard, flies off the outside edge, over first slip, for a boundary

17.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up from Irfan and Sanga drives it down towards mid-off, no run there

17.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and taps it back to the bowler

17.6

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on middle, turned towards midwicket from the crease

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 86/1 (229 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 7.15)
KC Sangakkara    37* (60b 4x4)      IK Pathan    7-1-24-1
WU Tharanga    28* (42b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-26-0

R Ashwin is bowling with a slip, round the wicket

18.1

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run

18.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, tossed up on middle, that's been played back down the pitch

18.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, slightly short outside off, tries to open the face on that one, misses

18.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, shortish outside off, makes some room and chops it towards short third

18.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, OUT, short and wide and after four dot balls, Tharanga looks for a release off a short delivery with some width, tries to slash it through point, gets a thick edge and it ricocheted off Dhoni's glove towards first slip

WU Tharanga c Sehwag b Ashwin 28 (87m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 59.57

A slip and a leg slip for Dinesh Chandimal, the new man

18.6

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, a bit of a leading edge there, gets forward and plays across the line to a delivery that holds its line, a wicket-maiden

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 86/2 (229 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.52, RRR: 7.38)
LD Chandimal    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    3-1-9-1
KC Sangakkara    37* (60b 4x4)      IK Pathan    7-1-24-1

19.1

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and drops it in front of point

19.2

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, goodish length on the off stump and it's been pushed back to the bowler

19.3

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, chops it through point into the deep for a single

19.4

Pathan to Chandimal, no run, shortish on the off, steps back and punches it towards extra cover

19.5

Pathan to Chandimal, no run, plays that one from the crease, shortish outside off and it's pushed in the direction of point

19.6

Pathan to Chandimal, 1 run, nips in, shortish on the off stump, worked away off the back foot through square leg for a single

A good bowling powerplay for India, just 20 coming off it and including a wicket-maiden from R Ashwin.

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 88/2 (227 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 7.56)
LD Chandimal    1* (4b)      IK Pathan    8-1-26-1
KC Sangakkara    38* (63b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-1-9-1

20.1

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, gets forward and works that into the leg side

20.2

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, over the wicket to the right-hander, gets outside the line to that one and sweeps it over square leg for a single

Round the wicket to the left-hander, has a slip

20.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slides that one down the leg side and it's been called a wide

20.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, flights it on leg stump, Sanga turns that one behind square for one more

20.4

Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, flatter from Ashwin, gets forward, closes the face, drops it into the leg side and then takes off

20.5

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, ooh, that was the carrom ball from Ashwin, came in from the off stump, Sanga got onto the back foot and defended it into the leg side

20.6

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, floating it on the off stump, reaches forward this time and knocks it into the off side

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 92/2 (223 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 7.68)
KC Sangakkara    39* (66b 4x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-13-1
LD Chandimal    3* (7b)      IK Pathan    8-1-26-1

Mohit: "s OJHA is playing in this match,,, when he will come to bowl??" He's playing all right, but Ashwin's keeping it tight and Sehwag bowled a tidy first over

21.1

Sehwag to Chandimal, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, punches it towards long-on for a single

21.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slips that one down the leg side and it's been called a wide, the 13th of the innings, the spinners have got into the habit too

21.2

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it down to long-on for a single

Round the wicket to the right-hander

21.3

Sehwag to Chandimal, no run, flat on middle, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

21.4

Sehwag to Chandimal, no run, shortish outside off, holds its line, moves away to cut but can't make contact

21.5

Sehwag to Chandimal, no run, Manoj Tiwary is on the field, not sure for whom, punched off the back foot and he dives full length to his right to stop that and prevent the single

21.6

Sehwag to Chandimal, no run, another quiet over from Sehwag, just three off it, worked away off the back foot to square leg

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2 (220 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.31, RRR: 7.85)
LD Chandimal    4* (12b)      V Sehwag    2-0-6-0
KC Sangakkara    40* (67b 4x4)      R Ashwin    4-1-13-1

22.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and plays it towards extra cover

22.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, slower through the air, gets forward and knocks it down into the off side

22.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, keeping it quiet, quicker one and flat this time, on the off stump, turned straight to midwicket

22.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched up on the off stump, drives that down to long-off for a single

22.5

Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, misses the carrom ball, Chandimal tries to reverse-paddle that over slip, it turned the other away and beat the bat

22.6

Ashwin to Chandimal, FOUR, far better off playing the conventional sweep, tossed up on the off and he brings up the team century by sweeping that hard through square leg for a boundary, the first in 32 balls

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 100/2 (215 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 7.96)
LD Chandimal    8* (14b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-1-18-1
KC Sangakkara    41* (71b 4x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-6-0

Sehwag will continue

23.1

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, round the wicket and has a slip, short on leg stump, turned off the back foot behind square for a single

23.2

Sehwag to Chandimal, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and whips it through square leg

23.3

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flighted on middle, comes down the track and chips it wide of long-on for a couple of runs

23.4

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump, drives it down to long-off for one more

23.5

Sehwag to Chandimal, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, clipped past short fine into the deep for a single

23.6

Sehwag to Sangakkara, FOUR, that's been lofted over the bowler's head as well and this time he finds the boundary, there's a big gap between long-on and long-off and he bisects that, sweetly hit

A bit of urgency shown by both these batsmen in the last couple of overs, the required rate had climbed to 8

End of over 24 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 110/2 (205 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 7.88)
KC Sangakkara    49* (75b 5x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-16-0
LD Chandimal    10* (16b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-1-18-1

Ojha comes on to bowl now, round the wicket to the right-hander

24.1

Ojha to Chandimal, 2 runs, knocks it down into the off side and races off, they get another run thanks to an overthrow

24.2

Ojha to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length outside off, chopped past point into the deep for a single

24.3

Ojha to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on the off stump, gets forward and defends it towards cover

24.4

Ojha to Sangakkara, no run, comes down the track and turns that one towards midwicket

24.5

Ojha to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flighted on middle, turns that in front of square, is not content with a single, rushes back for the second and raises his half-century, his 73rd in ODIs

24.6

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish, gets on the back foot and punches it to long-on for a single

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 116/2 (199 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 7.96)
KC Sangakkara    52* (79b 5x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-6-0
LD Chandimal    13* (18b 1x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-16-0

Umesh Yadav has been brought back

25.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, knocks that down into the off side for a single

Umesh has a slip

25.2

Yadav to Chandimal, OUT, Chandimal has to go, short of a good length and a bit of away movement, Chandimal fishes for that one, gets a thin edge and is snapped up by Dhoni

LD Chandimal c †Dhoni b Yadav 13 (25m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

An important wicket that. Chandimal is a naturally attacking batsman and a busy player while in the middle. Came in ahead of Jayawardene today, and it didn't quite work in the end

Mahela walks in

25.3

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed it full on the off stump, eases that through cover for a single

Running in round the wicket to Sanga

25.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, pitched on a length on the off stump and that's been driven back to the bowler

25.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended towards extra cover from the crease

25.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length, cut hard into the ground but straight to point

End of over 26 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 118/3 (197 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 8.20)
KC Sangakkara    53* (83b 5x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-22-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      PP Ojha    1-0-6-0

26.1

Ojha to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside off, shortish, cuts that one down towards point

26.2

Ojha to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela goes for the reverse-sweep and it pays off, a bit if width and he manages to get it past, uppishly, slip for a boundary

26.3

Ojha to Jayawardene, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, defended towards point, sneaks in a quick single and gets another one on the overthrow

26.4

Ojha to Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and works it into the leg side for a single

26.5

Ojha to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on middle and turns down leg, not sure whether Sanga made contact there, stopped by short fine leg

26.6

Ojha to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it to extra cover

End of over 27 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 125/3 (190 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 8.26)
KC Sangakkara    53* (85b 5x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-13-0
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (5b 1x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-22-1

Umesh has a wide slip in place

27.1

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, Short of a good length and he played slightly inside the line to that from the crease as he tried to defend it, got a thick edge along the ground to third man for a single

27.2

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, round the wicket to Sanga, pitched on a length and Sanga saw a chance to drive it through extra cover, gets an inside edge onto the pads

27.3

Yadav to Sangakkara, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, guided that one past point into the deep, wide of third man, for a couple of runs

27.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, slower one from Umesh, bowled at 105.6kmph, defended towards cover, no single on offer there

27.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, bowled at 133.7kmph, on a good length on the off stump, drives it back to the bowler

27.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, another slower one and Sanga doesn't pick it this time, was the offcutter, came down the track and ended up missing it as Dhoni took it on the bounce

Sri Lanka bat deep, but the asking rate has climbed to 8.50. A bit too much, that. The Indian bowlers have kept it tight

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 128/3 (187 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 8.50)
KC Sangakkara    55* (90b 5x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-25-1
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (6b 1x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-13-0

28.1

Ojha to Jayawardene, 3 runs, a bit of extra bounce for Ojha there but well handled by Mahela, who gave himself a bit of room and chopped it past point, Sehwag gave chase, dived and just managed to drag it back in

Round the wicket to the left-hander as well

28.2

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, knocks it down into the leg side off the back foot, a single

28.3

Ojha to Jayawardene, OUT, trapped in front is Mahela! Angling in from round the wicket and it held its line, Mahela had made his mind up to play the paddle-sweep, struck him in line, but we need another replay to see if that would have gone on to hit the stumps, the umpire thought so and Sri Lanka are in trouble now

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Ojha 12 (13m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Mathews comes in. He;s turned it around for Sri Lanka several times, but this seems a huge ask. Mahela, replays show, was out. Struck him in line and would have gone on to hit a good part of middle and leg

28.4

Ojha to Mathews, no run, gets forward and defends it into the off side

28.5

Ojha to Mathews, no run, rocks forward and pushes it in front of cover

28.6

Ojha to Mathews, no run, flighted on middle, gets forward, to the pitch, and defends it on the pitch, an excellent over

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 132/4 (183 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 8.71)
AD Mathews    0* (3b)      PP Ojha    3-0-17-1
KC Sangakkara    56* (91b 5x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-25-1

Umesh continues round the wicket to Sanga

29.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled at 136.7kmh, short of a length outside off, cut away towards deep point for a single

A wide slip in place for Mathews

29.2

Yadav to Mathews, 1 run, short of a length, punched off the back foot into the deep for a single

29.3

Yadav to Sangakkara, 2 runs, bowled that full outside off, mistimed a drive past point, Ashwin took a while to get to that from the deep, two to Sanga

29.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, shortish on the off, punched from the crease towards extra cover

29.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, slower one from Umesh, that's been tapped towards point, no single on offer there

29.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled that full outside off, pushed wide of long-off, Zaheer keeps them to a single

Sanga's taken the responsibility to anchor the innings but needs to step up. He's taken his time to get a move-on here, consumed a lot of deliveries.

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 137/4 (178 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 8.90)
KC Sangakkara    60* (96b 5x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-30-1
AD Mathews    1* (4b)      PP Ojha    3-0-17-1

30.1

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish on middle, works it off the back foot past midwicket for a single

30.2

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, crunched off the back foot to deep cover for a single

30.3

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slides that one down the leg side, Ojha joins the list too of bowlers who've bowled wides this innings

30.3

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, short outside off, cut down towards deep point for a single

30.4

Ojha to Mathews, no run, angling in towards middle, rocks forward and defends it towards cover

30.5

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, a bit of away-turn there for Ojha, that's been defended towards cover, there's time to sneak in a single

30.6

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish outside off, guided to Zaheer at short third, they manage another quick single

End of over 31 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 143/4 (172 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 9.05)
KC Sangakkara    63* (99b 5x4)      PP Ojha    4-0-23-1
AD Mathews    3* (7b)      UT Yadav    5-0-30-1

Saad: "Personally what is really baffling for me is that Sangakarra has allowed Dhoni to completely run the show. He hasn't made any effort to break the shackles. Content with playing from the crease the hitting the fielders."

31.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, FOUR, about time Sanga, pitched up from round the wicket and he gets a chance to free his arms, rocks forward and flays that over extra cover for a boundary, past Zaheer at long-off

31.2

Yadav to Sangakkara, 2 runs, angling in towards middle, worked away in front of Gambhir at fine leg for a couple more runs

31.3

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, bowled that one full outside off, struck that straight to midwicket

31.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower one bowled on a good length outside off, knocked down behind point for a single

31.5

Yadav to Mathews, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended off the back foot towards cover

31.6

Yadav to Mathews, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, works past mid-on for a single

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 151/4 (164 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 9.11)
AD Mathews    4* (9b)      UT Yadav    6-0-38-1
KC Sangakkara    70* (103b 6x4)      PP Ojha    4-0-23-1

Gareth draws our attention to this: "Sanga has now surpassed his captain and team mate, Mahela, in career ODI runs. Hopefully there will be some healthy competition between the two."

Anjana: "Sri Lanka need to find a good replacement for Upul Tharanga, or this batting order is not going to work. Tharanga and Sanga are too much similar players, used to playing the anchor role. If the first player to get out in the opening partnership is Tharanga, then there is no issue since Dilshan can keep the run rate going. But if Dilly falls first then the Sanga-Tharanga partnership comes and the runrate drops and puts too much pressure on the middle order."

Sehwag is back, round the wicket to the right-hander

32.1

Sehwag to Mathews, no run, on the off stump, gets on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler

32.2

Sehwag to Mathews, 1 run, slightly short, gets on the back foot and works it behind square for a single

32.3

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cracked towards deep cover for a single

32.4

Sehwag to Mathews, 1 run, floating it on the off stump, gets forward and turns it through square leg for a single

32.5

Sehwag to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and punches it to long-on for a single

32.6

Sehwag to Mathews, no run, tossed up on middle, gets forward and defends it into the off side

Mathews, too, is taking time to settle in here.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 155/4 (160 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.69, RRR: 9.41)
AD Mathews    6* (13b)      V Sehwag    4-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara    72* (105b 6x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-38-1

Sri Lanka have decided to take the batting Powerplay, with the asking rate nearly 9.50. India have brought back Zaheer. Fine leg is inside the circle.

33.1

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga begins the Powerplay with a boundary, short and wide, slashes it above point, well wide of third man, for a one-bounce four

33.2

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, goodish length on the off, gets a thick inside edge as he tries to push it into the off side, called for a single but then decided against it

33.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, goodish length again, pushes it towards mid-off, a mistimed stroke that

33.4

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length, turned towards square leg, short fine runs across and cuts it off

33.5

Khan to Mathews, 1 leg bye, pitched outside leg and struck Mathews high on the pads as he tried to turn it, they pick a leg-bye

33.6

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga's stepping it up now, came down the track there, took it from a length and dispatched it over the umpire's head for a boundary, 10 off that first Powerplay over

End of over 34 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 165/4 (150 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 9.37)
KC Sangakkara    81* (110b 8x4)      Z Khan    7-0-35-0
AD Mathews    6* (14b)      V Sehwag    4-0-20-0

Kamran: "As a non Srilankan supporting Sri Lanka, this Sanga inning is quite frustrating to watch. Unless he picks up the pace immediately, he's doing more bad than good. And I agree with Anjana that Sri Lanka perhaps needs to keep their batting order a little flexible based on who replaces whom at the crease."

Ashwin to bowl

34.1

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, appeal for lbw turned down, Mathews went for the paddle there, landed on middle, the umpire reckoned there was an inside edge there, otherwise he seemed to have been struck in line

34.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run

34.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, comes down the track and tries to stab it into the off side, pops up off the pads

34.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, FOUR, well, the fielding today, generally, has been poor and a misfield at extra cover produces four runs, right through the fielder's legs there, struck hard by Sanga

34.5

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, taps it down towards short third to pick a quick single

34.6

Ashwin to Mathews, no run, the carrom ball, short of a good length, punched off the back foot straight to mid-off

End of over 35 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 171/4 (144 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 9.60)
AD Mathews    7* (16b)      R Ashwin    6-1-24-1
KC Sangakkara    86* (114b 9x4)      Z Khan    7-0-35-0

35.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, turned wide of short fine leg for a single, thinks of a second but it's not there

35.2

Khan to Mathews, OUT, Mathews has been caught at cover and Sri Lanka have lost another one, made room, had made up his mind there, short of a good length and his intention was to clear the field on the off-side, mistimed it and spooned an easy catch to Gambhir, appeared to be a slower one from Zaheer

AD Mathews c Gambhir b Khan 7 (31m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.17

Took 16 balls to get to 7 and now this, Sri Lanka have been unable to maintain the tempo after an acceleration, for an extended period of time. Thirimanne walks in

Attacking with two slips now is Zaheer

35.3

Khan to Thirimanne, no run, banged in short on middle and Thirimanne kept it down, though was ruffled up by it. Caught him on the glove and then the helmet grill

35.4

Khan to Thirimanne, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it to cover

35.5

Khan to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower one bowled short of a good length, played into the vacant midwicket region for a single

35.6

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, drops it in front of point for a quick single

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 174/5 (141 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 10.07)
KC Sangakkara    88* (116b 9x4)      Z Khan    8-0-38-1
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (3b)      R Ashwin    6-1-24-1

36.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, angling in from round the wicket on middle, worked off the back foot to midwicket

36.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowled that one flat from round the wicket, cracked hard but straight to deep cover

36.3

Ashwin to Thirimanne, 1 run

36.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, moved away and cracked it through deep cover for a single

36.5

Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, ooh, was the carrom ball, tossed up, tried to drive him through cover, got an inside edge onto the pads

36.6

Ashwin to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower one bowled on a good length outside off, much slower through the air, pushed wide of point

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 178/5 (137 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.81, RRR: 10.53)
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (6b)      R Ashwin    7-1-28-1
KC Sangakkara    90* (119b 9x4)      Z Khan    8-0-38-1

A slip and a gully in place

37.1

Khan to Thirimanne, 3 runs, short of a length and he tries to pull him over midwicket, a pacy delivery, ends up getting a thick outside edge and three more runs

37.2

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, swatted it towards deep cover for a single

37.3

Khan to Thirimanne, 1 bye, didn't pick the slower one, change of pace from Zaheer, Lahiru tried to smash that over midwicket, was into the shot too early, Dhoni concedes a bye

37.4

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, smashed hard but on the bounce to Kohli at deep cover

Two slips, an extra cover

37.5

Khan to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower one from Zaheer on middle, Lahiru took his bottom-hand off that one as he played it into the leg side for a single

37.6

Khan to Sangakkara, 5 runs, Five runs conceded, should have just been a single, a fielder was moved from leg to off for this one delivery, Sanga dug it out towards point but the fielder there couldn't resist aiming for a direct hit at the non-striker's end even when the batsman was making it comfortably, no one there to back up, and it's five runs

Rohit Sharma was the guilty party there

End of over 38 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 190/5 (125 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 10.41)
KC Sangakkara    97* (122b 9x4)      Z Khan    9-0-49-1
HDRL Thirimanne    7* (9b)      R Ashwin    7-1-28-1

38.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly short outside off, crunched towards deep cover

That was Sanga's 1000th run in ODIs this year

38.2

Ashwin to Thirimanne, OUT, given out lbw, the carrom ball, that spun in towards Lahiru, Ashwin was bowling round the wicket, Lahiru went across to work it into the leg side, missed and was caught on the pads. The umpire Martinez gave it out immediately, though the question is whether or not it would have missed leg. We'll need another replay for that. Meanwhile, Lahiru has to go

HDRL Thirimanne lbw b Ashwin 7 (14m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Perera comes in. Ball-tracking says the ball would have clipped leg stump

38.3

Ashwin to Perera, 3 runs, slower through the air, waiting for it to turn away and chopped it past point for three runs

38.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets back and punches it to deep cover for a single, moves to 99

38.5

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, quicker ball bowled short outside off, tried to swat it down the ground, got a top edge but it landed safe behind extra cover

38.6

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, A century for Sangakkara, his 14th in ODIs, gets on the back foot and pushes it towards long-on

Not the most fluent of his centuries - we're told it's only his second at home - and there's an uphill task ahead. He, too, got an early reprieve off the bowling of Umesh. Sri Lanka need 10.72 an over.

End of over 39 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 197/6 (118 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.05, RRR: 10.72)
KC Sangakkara    100* (125b 9x4)      R Ashwin    8-1-35-2
NLTC Perera    4* (2b)      Z Khan    9-0-49-1

Ojha is back

39.1

Ojha to Sangakkara, no run, slightly short on the off, punched back towards the bowler

39.2

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted on the off, that's been swept towards deep square leg for a single

39.3

Ojha to Perera, 1 run, shortish on the off, slapped towards long-on for a single

39.4

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on the off, pushes it towards long-off for a single

39.5

Ojha to Perera, 1 run, some turn for Ojha, that's been worked past square leg for a single

39.6

Ojha to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short outside off, swatted hard wide of long-off, Kohli gets across, slides and keeps them down to a couple

End of over 40 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 203/6 (112 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.07, RRR: 11.20)
KC Sangakkara    104* (129b 9x4)      PP Ojha    5-0-29-1
NLTC Perera    6* (4b)      R Ashwin    8-1-35-2

112 needed off the last 10 overs.

40.1

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, tossed up on middle, gets across and drives that down to deep midwicket for a single

40.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, the carrom ball bowled from round the wicket, pushes it back to the bowler

40.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, quicker through the air, short outside off, tried to cut it through point, some extra bounce for Ashwin, just beat the outside edge

40.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 2 runs, worked off the back foot wide of midwicket for a well-run couple, a direct hit at the striker's end from the edge of the circle but Sanga has made it back

40.5

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, drives it down to long-off for a single

40.6

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, tossed up on middle, turned past midwicket for a single, Sri Lanka may have left it too late here

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 208/6 (107 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.07, RRR: 11.88)
NLTC Perera    8* (6b)      R Ashwin    9-1-40-2
KC Sangakkara    107* (133b 9x4)      PP Ojha    5-0-29-1

Ojha bowling round the wicket

41.1

Ojha to Perera, SIX, Perera's taken him on, tossed up and he charged down the track, took it off a length and smashed it over the long-on boundary

41.2

Ojha to Perera, 1 run, was shaping up for another big one, but that appeared to stop on him for a bit, jabbed it towards extra cover

41.3

Ojha to Sangakkara, 1 run, swept down to deep backward square leg by Sanga for a single

41.4

Ojha to Perera, 1 run, short outside off, slammed towards deep cover for a single

41.5

Ojha to Sangakkara, FOUR, flighted from Ojha and Sanga senses a chance, moves away and crashes it over extra cover, sweetly struck, it's a one-bounce four

41.6

Ojha to Sangakkara, 2 runs, appeal for a run-out, fetches that from outside off stump, drags it wide of deep midwickt, a throw on the bounce from the deep, Dhoni collects and flips it onto the stumps, Sanga's trying hard to make it back for the second, his bat appears to be on the line at the time that the bails are dislodged. It may just be on the line, and the umpire's taking his time. A close call that, the angle from behind the stumps seems to give a clearer indication but since it's a very close call, and not 100% conclusive, the benefit of the doubt has gone to the batsman. Not out, says the third umpire

There would have been some umpires who may not have given the benefit of the doubt there, but Sanga stays on.

End of over 42 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 223/6 (92 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.30, RRR: 11.50)
KC Sangakkara    114* (136b 10x4)      PP Ojha    6-0-44-1
NLTC Perera    16* (9b 1x6)      R Ashwin    9-1-40-2

42.1

Ashwin to Perera, 2 runs, Irfan this time overruns the ball and concedes a second run

42.2

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, short on middle from round the wicket, punched past midwicket for a single

42.3

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga makes some room to that delivery heading towards middle and gets a single to mid-off

42.4

Ashwin to Perera, no run, short outside off, cut away towards Irfan at point, no run this time

42.5

Ashwin to Perera, 1 run, flighted on the off, struck hard, on the bounce, towards long-on for a single

42.6

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed away into the off side for a single, chance of an overthrow but it's backed up ultimately

End of Ashwin's spell, an excellent one, 2 for 46 and he mixed it up well

End of over 43 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 229/6 (86 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.32, RRR: 12.28)
KC Sangakkara    116* (138b 10x4)      R Ashwin    10-1-46-2
NLTC Perera    20* (13b 1x6)      PP Ojha    6-0-44-1

Umesh is back into the attack

43.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, FOUR, picks the gap, Umesh bowls a short ball from round the wicket and it's pulled away behind square, into that gap between fine leg and deep square leg

43.2

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and it's half-pulled but straight to deep square leg for a single this time

43.3

Yadav to Perera, 2 runs, short outside off and that's struck hard in front of Kohli at deep cover for a couple more runs

43.4

Yadav to Perera, 2 runs, Kohli's been made to work, short and wide and this one's cut past point this time, two more as Kohli is made to run to his right

43.5

Yadav to Perera, 1 run, pushed it fuller, that's been driven to long-off for a single

43.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga keeps strike after working that one through square leg into the deep

A good partnership this, but still an extremely difficult task

End of over 44 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 240/6 (75 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 12.50)
KC Sangakkara    122* (141b 11x4)      UT Yadav    7-0-49-1
NLTC Perera    25* (16b 1x6)      R Ashwin    10-1-46-2

Kulasekara is an able batsman, but we're not sure if he'll come out today given his groin injury. Also, remember, he can't have a runner. Zaheer to bowl out

44.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full outside off, squeezes it wide of third man, really fine, for a couple of runs, that's also the 50-stand

44.2

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, charges down the track and Zaheer holds back the length, smacked to long-on for a single

44.3

Khan to Perera, 2 runs, excellent fielding by Ojha at deep midwicket, was short and was slammed in that region, Ojha ran to his left and palmed it back in with his left hand, two more

44.4

Khan to Perera, FOUR, banged in short and Perera, who was committed to a pull, went after that one, it caught the glove and he got it over the keeper's head for a boundary

44.5

Khan to Perera, 1 run, length ball from Zaheer, it's been struck wide of long-on for a couple more runs, didn't get hold of that one. One short, signals umpire Oxenford, Perera it was

44.6

Khan to Perera, FOUR, pitched up, in the zone for Perera who thrashes it over the bowler's head, powerfully hit and he gets a boundary

Perera is narrowing the gap, 61 needed off the last five overs. The previous five overs produced 51.

End of over 45 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 254/6 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 12.20)
NLTC Perera    36* (20b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-0-63-1
KC Sangakkara    125* (143b 11x4)      UT Yadav    7-0-49-1

Umesh runs in

45.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched on a length on middle, driven towards long-on for a single

Irfan's warming up, he may be in next

45.2

Yadav to Perera, 1 run, fired on middle and off, cracks it towards long-on for a single

45.3

Yadav to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga makes a bit of room and drives that wide of Kohli at deep cover for a couple of runs

45.4

Yadav to Sangakkara, FOUR, Misfield from Kohli, another boundary, attacked the ball there which was struck to his left at deep cover but couldn't collect it, let it through and that's four

45.5

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, yorker length this time from Umesh, dug out towards the bowler, Sanga didn't know where the ball was, Umesh picked it up and tried to aim at the striker's end, Sanga was in the way

45.6

Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, yorker length again and another dot ball, dug out into the off side and no chance of a single this time either

End of over 46 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 262/6 (53 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.69, RRR: 13.25)
KC Sangakkara    132* (148b 12x4)      UT Yadav    8-0-57-1
NLTC Perera    37* (21b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-0-63-1

53 needed off four overs, still a big ask. One wicket and that may be the decisive blow. Irfan comes on to bowl, Umesh has two overs left. Zaheer and Ashwin have bowled out.

46.1

Pathan to Perera, no run, full and wide and Perera has a wild swing at that one, not a wide, didn't connect, dot ball

46.2

Pathan to Perera, 1 wide, that's a wide, definitely, Perera lets that one go, well past that marker on the off side

46.2

Pathan to Perera, no run, in the slot and Perera is livid he didn't connect, went big and he missed out, was on a length, he'll be disappointed

46.3

Pathan to Perera, 1 run, nicely played but straight to square leg, full outside off but he found a perfectly-positioned Umesh Yadav, just the single, the pressure builds

46.4

Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, good over from Irfan, close to that marker but not quite a wide, Sanga was aiming at extra cover, three dot balls

46.5

Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, walked well across and tried to play him past short fine but all he manged in the end was a single, caught the glove there

46.6

Pathan to Perera, FOUR, Too quick for Dhoni, pitched up and Perera went after that one too, got a thick edge and past a diving MS Dhoni who leapt to his left but could not get his hands to it, flew past him for a boundary

India would have loved that wicket, but just seven came off that over.

End of over 47 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 269/6 (46 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 15.33)
NLTC Perera    42* (25b 3x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    9-1-33-1
KC Sangakkara    133* (150b 12x4)      UT Yadav    8-0-57-1

46 needed off three, Umesh runs in

47.1

Yadav to Sangakkara, OUT, got him, he's bowled him, Sanga moved well across to scoop that fine but missed, that was aimed at leg stump from round the wicket and that's where it was heading when Sanga failed to make contact

KC Sangakkara b Yadav 133 (208m 151b 12x4 0x6) SR: 88.07

He walks back with 133 to his name but could he have stepped up much earlier than he did? His innings slowed down considerably at one stage. Kulasekara's not in, his injury has prevented him from coming out at No.9. It's Herath who walks in

47.2

Yadav to Herath, 1 leg bye, short of a good length, struck high on the pads as he tries to pinch a single on the leg side, was high, they get a leg-bye

47.3

Yadav to Perera, 1 run, OUT, low full toss and that's been drilled towards long-off, Raina collects and scores a direct hit from the deep to catch Herath short as he attempts a second, Umesh did it smartly there, didn't collect the throw, allowed it to roll onto the stumps, Herath is run-out

HMRKB Herath run out 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Malinga's walking in, this could just be the last wicket. Kulasekara's injury may just not allow him to bat tonight

47.4

Yadav to Perera, 1 run, short ball on the off, slapped towards long-off for a single

47.5

Yadav to Malinga, no run, short of a good length outside off, moves away to cut it past point, misses

47.6

Yadav to Malinga, 1 run, shortish on the off, pushed through to deep point for a single, Malinga will take strike next over

End of over 48 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 273/8 (42 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.68, RRR: 21.00)
SL Malinga    1* (2b)      UT Yadav    9-0-60-2
NLTC Perera    44* (27b 3x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    9-1-33-1

42 off 12, safe to say it's heading one way now, that too with just one, effectively, left. Irfan to bowl

48.1

Pathan to Malinga, 1 run, bowled it full on the off, pushed towards extra cover for a single

48.2

Pathan to Perera, 1 wide, called a wide, length ball outside off, Perera didn't make contact as he tried to smash that down the ground

48.2

Pathan to Perera, OUT, holes out, that pitched on a length and he smashed it straight but didn't get hold of it, found Virat Kohli at long-on, Perera walks back, though we may just have Kula walk in

NLTC Perera c Kohli b Pathan 44 (52m 28b 3x4 1x6) SR: 157.14

Yes, Kulasekara is walking in

Irfan goes round the wicket

48.3

Pathan to Kulasekara, no run, short and wide, goes for the cut but cannot connect

48.4

Pathan to Kulasekara, 1 run, pushed it on a length, driven towards deep cover for a single

48.5

Pathan to Malinga, 1 run, Malinga gets a thick outside edge as he made room to crash that over extra cover

48.6

Pathan to Kulasekara, no run, pushed it full on the off, drives that straight to extra cover

End of over 49 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 277/9 (38 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 38.00)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (3b)      IK Pathan    10-1-37-2
SL Malinga    3* (4b)      UT Yadav    9-0-60-2

Irfan has finished a good comeback spell, Umesh to finish the game now

49.1

Yadav to Malinga, no run, slower one bowled full, drives it down to long-on for a single

49.2

Yadav to Malinga, SIX, lovely sound of bat hitting ball, picked the slower one and thwacked it high and handsome over deep midwicket for a six

49.3

Yadav to Malinga, no run, Umesh goes round the wicket now and bowls it short, mistimes a pull to midwicket

49.4

Yadav to Malinga, FOUR, he's dealing well with the short ball, quick this time and it's been punished through square leg for a boundary

49.5

Yadav to Malinga, SIX, Malinga, you beauty, Umesh is being thrashed, a length ball and he gets under that one, in the slot and it's hammered for a flat six over the bowler's head, Umesh can only manage a smile

49.6

Yadav to Malinga, no run, back to over the wicket for Umesh, sliced over the extra-cover fielder, they didn't go for the single, India have won

Sri Lanka would have had India a little unsettled when Perera and Sangakkara were going strong, but the asking rate was climbing consistently. Under those circumstances, with only one partnership giving them a realistic shot, India were favourites. Dilshan fell early and Sangakkara and Tharanga couldn't really push on given the asking rate. Sanga got a century, but the acceleration should have come much earlier than it did. India will be happy with the win, coming after a longish break. Abhishek Purohit's match report should be getting updated. I'll join you at the presentation.

Time for the presentation after a longish break. There are several awards including one for the partnership of the match etc. Virat Kohli is Man of the Match for his century.

Kohli: "God's been kind, I've been working hard. Hopefully I can be consistent for the team this season. Performing for my country is the biggest thing for me, and I try to give my best out there for the team. Doing well in Australia really boosted my confidence, and that Test hundred really helped."

Jayawardene: "We've got some big-hitters at the end, but we left too much for them to do. Too many mistakes, against a quality side like India. It was important for us to set up a platform, Sanga was trying to build an innings. We never had momentum going into the last 10 overs. We'll try to refocus and come back strong. Kulasekara and Lasith are two big guys I rely on during the Powerplays, but we need to improve our standards in the field."

Dhoni: "The death bowling for us needs to improve. Zak was good, one good positive was Irfan Pathan doing well. Without Jadeja or Yuvraj, it is difficult to make a side balanced in both departments so this was important. It's a good learning experience for the younger bowlers. Gautam was unfortunate to get out in that fashion. Sehwag and Kohli batted very well, we are lacking a bit of firepower down the line. Once the batsmen who are set carry on, then me, and the likes of Raina can go and express ourselves. This was one game where I felt the toss would be crucial. In the second innings, there was variable bounce and it was a little difficult to bat on."

That's it, folks. At The Oval, South Africa are in the ascendancy. Join us again on the 24th for the next match, to be held at the same venue. See you then. Thanks, and goodbye.

End of over 50 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 293/9 (22 runs required)
SL Malinga    19* (10b 1x4 2x6)      UT Yadav    10-0-76-2
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (3b)      IK Pathan    10-1-37-2
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