India in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 4th ODI

Sri Lanka v India

India won by 6 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)

6.30pm The Indian chase will begin shortly. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in the middle, Lasith to bowl.

0.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, full and swinging down the leg side, off the pads and towards square leg

Amar Sujith brings back some painful memories for India fans: "This is exactly the same score SriLanka managed in that 1996 World Cup semifinal in Eden Gardens"

0.2

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, full again, fired in towards middle and off, defended down the track

0.3

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, short of length ball just outside off, drops it at his feet, wants a single but Sehwag doesn't

0.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, back of a length ball and on leg stump, clipped to square leg

0.5

Malinga to Gambhir, OUT, bowled 'im, a swinging yorker homes into the base of middle stump, Gambhir was terrific in the last couple of games, he's gone for a duck, Gambhir looking to push that down the ground but misses, the famous Malinga yorker does the job

G Gambhir b Malinga 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kohli walks in

0.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, shortish ball, moving away, Kohli shoulders arms, the crowd is buzzing after that wicket

Amit Gokharu: "Quick one for you, after watching Thirimanne inning without boundary just wondering if someone scored a Century without hitting a four or a six ??" Using my rudimentary Statsguru skills I have found that the highest score without a boundary is Adam Parore's 96 in a long-forgotten ODI against India in 1994.

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) India 0/1 (252 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 5.14)
V Kohli    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-1
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

1.1

Perera to Sehwag, no run, back of length ball on off stump, Sehwag opens the face and guides the ball towards point

1.2

Perera to Sehwag, no run, length ball which Sehwag looks to flick but is struck on the pads

1.3

Perera to Sehwag, 3 wides, a wild delivery down the leg side, seemed destined for five wides but Chandimal puts in a dive to get a glove on that

1.3

Perera to Sehwag, no run, outside off and Sehwag lets it through to the keeper

1.4

Perera to Sehwag, no run, length ball on off stump, solidly defended to the off side

1.5

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, lovely shot from Sehwag, not a power-hit, just chipped over the bowler's head, no footwork from him, swings the bat and gets a boundary

1.6

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, another boundary, Sehwag chases a wide ball outside off, looking to flail it through the off side, gets a thick top edge to the third man boundary

Gareth: "Out of all his captains, Dilshan tends to bowled less under Mahela's reign. Given the success of the Indian part timers, I'd imagine that Dils will get a few overs this evening."

End of over 2 (11 runs) India 11/1 (241 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.02)
V Sehwag    8* (6b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-11-0
V Kohli    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-1

2.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, Malinga starts with a shortish ball outside off, Kohli happy to leave

2.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, good delivery from Malinga, swinging towards off stump, length ball is defended to the off side

2.3

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, digs it in short, on legstump, Kohli swivels as he pulls that down towards deep backward square leg

2.4

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, down towards third man for a single

2.5

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side, wide

2.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length ball and outside off, Kohli happy to leave

2.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length ball, Kohli defends off the back foot to the off side

Shrav: "If India win's today, this will be their 400th ODI victory. Not sure which team has the highest victories (Aus I guess) and how many? Anyone?" Yup, Australia it is. Here's the list.

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 14/1 (238 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.06)
V Kohli    1* (6b)      SL Malinga    2-1-3-1
V Sehwag    9* (7b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-11-0

3.1

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, lovely stroke from Sehwag, shifts his weight on the back foot as he sees the ball is slightly short, carves it through cover for four more

3.2

Perera to Sehwag, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Sehwag slaps it towards point, Dilshan moves quickly to his left to stop that

Kohli twirling the bat in his hands, as he does before so many deliveries

3.3

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, poked towards cover for a single, initial call was 'No, no, no' but then Sehwag called him through

3.4

Perera to Sehwag, no run, jagged in sharply that one, more movement than we saw when India were bowling, Sehwag can't get his bat anywhere near that, struck on the pads but that was going to miss leg stump

3.5

Perera to Sehwag, no run, jags in from back of a length, outside off, Sehwag looks to thrash that through the off side, the ball goes through between the bat and pad

3.6

Perera to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag in a bit of bother again as Perera gets the ball to nip in once again, on off stump, Sehwag defends from the crease, for a moment he's not sure where the ball has gone, but then he sees it rolls away in the direction of short leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 20/1 (232 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.04)
V Sehwag    14* (12b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-17-0
V Kohli    2* (7b)      SL Malinga    2-1-3-1

4.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, short of length and outside off, guided towards third man for a single

4.2

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Sehwag opens the face and runs that down to third man for one more

Someone does remember that Parore ODI. Jony from the US: "I still remember that odi India vs new Zealand watching on a black and white tv screen of 12 inches or so at my uncle's house back in punjab's small remote village. And if I'm not mistaken tendulkar got out at non striker end at that game. Wow good Old days. Wish we had cricinfo at that time."

4.3

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, what a hit from Kohli, a short ball just outside off, hooked towards deep midwicket almost carried all the way to the rope, lands just inside

4.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length ball on off, solid forward defensive from Kohli

4.5

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, full and on the pads, whipped down to fine leg for a single, fielder had to move around quickly

4.6

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, beaten outside off, Sehwag searches for that one outside off, and it zips past the outside edge

End of over 5 (7 runs) India 27/1 (225 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 5.00)
V Sehwag    15* (14b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-10-1
V Kohli    8* (11b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-17-0

5.1

Perera to Kohli, 2 runs, back of a length ball, helped along to fine leg for a couple

5.2

Perera to Kohli, no run, plenty of seam movement, but most of it after the ball has passed the stumps, Kohli wasn't interested in that outside off delivery

5.3

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, length ball on the pads, defended towards mid-on

5.4

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, not much power from Sehwag, just careful placement, a short of length ball outside off, Sehwag opens the face and helps it past point for four

5.5

Perera to Sehwag, no run, careful forward defence from Sehwag, not a line you'll hear often

5.6

Perera to Sehwag, FOUR, superb from Sehwag, a good length ball is firmly driven through cover for four more, India speed along to 38

End of over 6 (11 runs) India 38/1 (214 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 4.86)
V Sehwag    23* (17b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-28-0
V Kohli    11* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-10-1

6.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, shortish ball outside off, left alone by Kohli

6.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length, pitching on middle and moving towards off, solid defence

6.3

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, pitched up and that is pushed towards cover for a quick single

6.4

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, shortish ball cramps up Sehwag, he awkwardly fends that one towards short leg, for the second ball in a row, Sehwag had to scramble a quick run, a direct hit and Sehwag was out

6.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, Kohli is struck on the ribs, he was looking to clip that short of length ball towards square leg, but that thuds into his ribs, the Colombo crowd loves it, roar their approval

6.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, swinging away, pitching on a length and just outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 40/1 (212 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 4.93)
V Kohli    12* (19b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-12-1
V Sehwag    24* (18b 5x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-28-0

7.1

Mathews to Sehwag, 2 runs, short of length ball outside off, eased towards deep point

7.2

Mathews to Sehwag, 2 runs, short of length ball is whipped towards deep midwicket by Sehwag, a controlled shot from Sehwag there

Deep: "Saw that list. Makes me wonder, just how GOOD were West Indies in their prime that even after nearly 15 years of thrashing, they are fourth on that list of ODI wins"

7.3

Mathews to Sehwag, no run, back of a length ball on off stump, opens the face and punches that off the back foot towards cover

7.4

Mathews to Sehwag, FOUR, another boundary, India onto 48 now, shortish from Mathews, not the best of lengths at his pace, Sehwag slices that over cover for four more

7.5

Mathews to Sehwag, 1 run, outside off and that is guided towards third man for a single

7.6

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of length ball, blocked to the off side

"Why do you say that match is a long forgetten ODI. I still remember that match Sachin; Second Century, First in India, First in Chasing, I even remember he got runout by straight drive from Azhar which deflected of bowler's hand and hit the stumps." Umamaheshwaran has the memory of an elephant.

End of over 8 (9 runs) India 49/1 (203 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 4.83)
V Kohli    12* (20b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-9-0
V Sehwag    33* (23b 6x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-12-1

8.1

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag wafts outside off, a short of length ball that moves away a hint, Sehwag looks to punch it through cover, beaten,Sehwag then practises letting the ball go

Suween: "Sri Lanka are missing Nuwan Kulasekara, he would normally keep the run rate down early on in the innings. Runs are leaking again from Malinga and Perera." And that incutters of his troubles all batsmen.

8.2

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, much fuller, on middle stump, Sehwag bends his knees and defends towards cover

8.3

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, beaten once more, second time in three deliveries, Sehwag wasn't playing an expansive shot this time, opening the face though, looking to guide it to third man and doesn't connect

Arvind: "Thanks for that stat Sid. Two things caught my eye. 1. Saffers have the highest Win-Loss ratio, highest average, highest RPO, second highest total ...... in short the best ODI record among Test playing nations BUT have not won a single World Cup! 2. That WI still boast of a respectable ODI record tells me what a dominant force they were before they went downhill."

8.4

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, length ball on off and middle, worked towards cover point, India get to 50

8.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, another bouncer and Kohli goes for the hook again, that was quick from Malinga, too high for Kohli, a mild appeal for caught-behind from Chandimal

8.6

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, shortish and wide, Kohli has to reach out to get to that, slapped over cover, doesn't connect too well, end of an action-filled over from Malinga

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 52/1 (200 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 4.87)
V Kohli    14* (22b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-15-1
V Sehwag    34* (27b 6x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-9-0

9.1

Mathews to Sehwag, no run, short of length ball, Sehwag pushes it towards cover, plays it away from his body

Vikas Bhat: "Talking about those days, I used to wake up at 3:30 AM in the morning and all we had was a radio.No one in my village had a tv and it was always Shane Thomson and Adam Parore at the crease."

9.2

Mathews to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag is gone, substitute Senanayake who dropped Raina in the last match takes the catch at short cover, Sehwag was looking to whip that one to leg side, a short of length ball, gets a leading edge, a diving catch, well done by the substitute

V Sehwag c sub (SMSM Senanayake) b Mathews 34 (46m 29b 6x4 0x6) SR: 117.24

Al righty then, here's the moment India fans have been waiting for. RG Sharma walks out.

9.3

Mathews to Sharma, no run, survives his first ball, no golden duck, a length ball outside off, left alone

9.4

Mathews to Sharma, no run, length ball is middled back to the bowler

RamD: "@jony, if you had cricinfo during those days, may be your uncle might have then send this to cricinfo "I remember watching 83 world cup when India won, Wow good Old days. Wish we had cricinfo at that time""

9.5

Mathews to Sharma, no run, beats the outside edge, nearly gone there, Rohit looking to drive to the off side ,the ball moved away and past the bat

9.6

Mathews to Sharma, no run, blocked back down the track

Sen: "Afghanistan's overall win-loss ratio is better than India's!!! wow!!" You can prove anything with stats as Rohit Sharma's defenders and critics have tried to over the past few weeks.

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) India 52/2 (200 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 5.00)
RG Sharma    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    2-1-9-1
V Kohli    14* (22b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-1-15-1

First ball on ODIs for Nuwan Pradeep. Charges in and then pulls out of the run-up. Hasn't had a great start to his Test career (to put it mildly, bowling avg 300-odd, batting avg 0.5).

10.1

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, clipped to midwicket for a single

10.2

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by Rohit, this is a good situation for Rohit to be batting, he has plenty of time, the required-rate is well under control

10.3

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, is that a run-out? off the pad to midwicket, Kohli wants the single but is rightly sent back (after Rohit initially said yes), Kohli returns and has to stretch to make his ground, and he beats the direct hit from Mendis by one frame, that would have been a massive blow for India

10.4

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, cautiously left alone, raising the bat over his head to a length ball outside off

Aman Malik: "Remebering old days when cricinfo was not there and we crazy people use to save pocket money to buy Hindi "Cricket Samrat" magazine. I also remeber it use to come with one poster which we use to stick at the walls. Pretty old days?"

10.5

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, defended to the off side

10.6

Pradeep to Sharma, 1 wide, down the leg side, Rohit would have loved to get a bit of bat on that and help it along for four, he doesn't, it is a wide

10.6

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, length ball is pushed towards point, Dilshan is alert there, onto the ball quickly to prevent the single, Rohit still on zero

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 54/2 (198 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 5.07)
RG Sharma    0* (9b)      N Pradeep    1-0-2-0
V Kohli    15* (23b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-1-9-1

11.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, defended towards the off side by Kohli, who has looked assured right from the start today

11.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, pushed towards mid-on by Kohli

11.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, punched towards cover off the front foot

11.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length ball is pushed towards mid-on, who is on the circle, a quick run taken

11.5

Mathews to Sharma, 2 runs, the pressure seemed to have got to Rohit, a heave over mid-off after nine balls on zero, that could so easily have gone to the fielder, sails over his head instead, Rohit lives on, gets a couple

11.6

Mathews to Sharma, no run, gets behind the line and defends that one

Ankur has some philosophy: "With Sehwag's oh-so-satisfying drives v/s his recklessness at times, well at most times, I can only remember the famous saying by Bob Marley, "The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for." I sometimes find Virender's batting to be just so."

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 57/2 (195 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 5.13)
RG Sharma    2* (11b)      AD Mathews    3-1-12-1
V Kohli    16* (27b 1x4)      N Pradeep    1-0-2-0

12.1

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli whips it towards deep square leg for a single

12.2

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, back of a length on off stump, good line and length, defended by Rohit

12.3

Pradeep to Sharma, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, Rohit likes the freebies, helped along towards deep square leg

12.4

Pradeep to Sharma, OUT, Rohit Sharma has wasted another chance, he's gone for 4, he doesn't want to go, that should end his international career temporarily, surely, that was a length ball that was angling in, Rohit looked to work it to the leg side, he missed, hits the pads, that was going on to hit leg stump

RG Sharma lbw b Pradeep 4 (18m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Manoj Tiwary, India's leading wicket-taker in the series, coming in to bat now. A few runs here and even Dhoni won't be able to come up with reasons to keep Rohit in

12.5

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, defended to the off side

12.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, outside off and that is left alone by Tiwary

A great moment for Pradeep as well, he bowled well in the Tests without much luck. Good to see him get a wicket this early

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 60/3 (192 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 5.18)
MK Tiwary    0* (2b)      N Pradeep    2-0-5-1
V Kohli    17* (28b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-12-1

13.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, gets on the back foot and defends it to the off side

13.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, back of a length ball, forced towards cover where Mendis moves across quickly to field

13.3

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, steered toward deep backward point for a single

13.4

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, back of a length ball on off stump, Tiwary jumps across and defends towards square leg

13.5

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, nearly nicked that through, not the most assured of strokes, a back of length ball outside off, Tiwary flirts with it and misses

13.6

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, jags in from back of a length, more confidently played by Tiwary, getting behind the line and defending

Drinks.

Nikhil and several others: "@Umamaheshwaran actually sachin was run out with the right foot of DION NASH for backing up too far on 115."

James: "Deep, how good were the West indians in their prime? Better (I think) than the Australians in theirs. If you look at career ODI economy rates for bowlers (taking 50+ wickets), several feature among the lowest runs per over conceded. Joel Garner stands out (for many reasons!). Just 3.09 runs per over conceded. And he was a death bowler."

End of over 14 (1 run) India 61/3 (191 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 5.30)
MK Tiwary    0* (5b)      AD Mathews    4-1-13-1
V Kohli    18* (31b 1x4)      N Pradeep    2-0-5-1

14.1

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, blocked confidently off the back foot by Kohli

14.2

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, mistimes a pull, it was a shortish ball, it rolls towards mid-on

14.3

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, length ball on middle, Kohli whips it towards square leg

14.4

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary remains on zero, defended towards point

14.5

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, superbly bowled, the ball leaves the batsman after pitching on off, Tiwary looking to defend down the track and is beaten

14.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, FOUR, first runs for Tiwary, from a freebie, sliding down the leg side, helped along to fine leg for four

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 66/3 (186 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 5.31)
MK Tiwary    4* (8b 1x4)      N Pradeep    3-0-10-1
V Kohli    19* (34b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-13-1

15.1

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli could have been out twice on that delivery, a shortish ball on legstump, tucked it to the leg side, almost looped to the fielder there, but landed short, there was a huge mix-up between the batsmen, they eventually decide to go for the single, a direct hit and Kohli was gone

15.2

Perera to Tiwary, no run, good length delivery is defended off the front foot

15.3

Perera to Tiwary, no run, jagged back in and that is defended to square leg

15.4

Perera to Tiwary, no run, one of the rare occasions today that Perera gets the ball to seam away, Tiwary is beaten once again, a nervous start by him

15.5

Perera to Tiwary, FOUR, pitched up and just outside off, Tiwary flicks it to the square leg boundary

15.6

Perera to Tiwary, no run, bouncer to end the over, Tiwary ducks

Btw, Bowling Powerplay taken at the start of the 16th over

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 71/3 (181 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 5.32)
MK Tiwary    8* (13b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-33-0
V Kohli    20* (35b 1x4)      N Pradeep    3-0-10-1

16.1

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 no ball, Pradeep oversteps, a length ball heading for off stump, blocked to the off side

Free-hit time

16.1

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 leg bye, full ball, slower one too, on the pads, Kohli wanted to thrash that to the leg side, inside-edged onto the pads

16.2

Pradeep to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball slanting in towards leg stump, defended towards midwicket

16.3

Pradeep to Kohli, (no ball) 2 runs, another no-ball, inexcusable, free-hits in the Powerplay, Kohli pulls to midwicket for two

16.3

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, again Kohli can't make the most of the free-hit, he wanted to launch that out of the park, the ball high and not very long, over the bowler, Perera gets under it and drops the catch

16.4

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, shortish and well outside off, Tiwary allows that through to the keeper

16.5

Pradeep to Tiwary, 2 runs, full ball on offstump, clipped towards deep midwicket, a stylish shot from Tiwary

16.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, well outside off, Tiwary happy to leave

End of over 17 (9 runs) India 80/3 (172 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.70, RRR: 5.21)
MK Tiwary    11* (17b 2x4)      N Pradeep    4-0-18-1
V Kohli    23* (39b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-33-0

17.1

Perera to Kohli, no run, length ball outside off, Kohli looking to swat it through the offside, the ball sneaks between the bat and pad

17.2

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, inside-edge this time, looking to play that to the off side, the ball dribbles towards midwicket

17.3

Perera to Tiwary, no run, defended back towards the bowler

17.4

Perera to Tiwary, no run, outside off and that is left alone

17.5

Perera to Tiwary, 1 run, sends this towards square leg for a single, inside-edged again

TNC Rajagopalan: "Good Old Days ? My friends and I stayed awake all night at the PTI office to get the news on teleprinter about Gavaskar getting his double hundred in 1971 at Port of Spain, West Indies."

17.6

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, short ball is pulled towards midwicket by Kohli

James: "Worth noting that kohli and Sharma have played almost the same number of ODI's (Kohli 88, Rohit 83) Kohli has scored almost twice as many runs, with 12 hundreds (Rohit 2) and 21 50's (Rohit 12)."

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 83/3 (169 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.61, RRR: 5.28)
V Kohli    25* (42b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-36-0
MK Tiwary    12* (20b 2x4)      N Pradeep    4-0-18-1

18.1

Pradeep to Kohli, FOUR, short and wide, Pradeep straying there and Kohli capitalises, slapped through covers for four

18.2

Pradeep to Kohli, 6 runs, angled in towards the body, clipped towards midwicket, and they push for the second, as the fielder had to rush in from the deep, the throw is towards the non-striker's end, bowler can't collect and the backing-up is tardy, four overthrows, so six off the ball

18.3

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, defended to the leg side off the back foot

18.4

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, length ball on middle, pushed with more force to deep square leg, only a single this time

Santhosh: "When you are with Rohit's current confidence, bats look to be made of only inside, outside and a flat edges!!!"

18.5

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, length ball on off and middle, blocked off the front foot

18.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, full ball just outside off, dug out towards the bowler

Kishor Kumar: "I used to buy this Kannada Cricket black and white magazine called "Raaju Patrike". Good old days..."

End of over 19 (11 runs) India 94/3 (158 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.94, RRR: 5.09)
MK Tiwary    12* (22b 2x4)      N Pradeep    5-0-29-1
V Kohli    36* (46b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-36-0

19.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, Mathews starts the over with a short of length ball just outside off, defended

Classic comment from Dhanoop C, soon after Rohit's dismissal: "Rohit 4 Tiwary 4."

19.2

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, outside off and eased towards cover for a single

19.3

Mathews to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball angling in towards the pads, pushed to mid-on

19.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, tucked towards square leg

Balaji: "Pradeep's test average may 300odd but against Rohit you always have a chance." One of the more polite comments coming in about Rohit.

19.5

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, short of length and outside off, defended towards midwicket

19.6

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, outside off and that is left alone

Sivakumar: "On that nostalgia talk - it is nice to have Sportstar back after a brief hiatus - Sportstar is the only source (esp. during 80's and early 90's) for us to know about our favorite cricketers that time - the great Invincible WI team - Anybody having the color poster of Viv and/or Clive Lloyd is the hero ..."

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 97/3 (155 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 5.16)
MK Tiwary    13* (25b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-1-16-1
V Kohli    38* (49b 2x4)      N Pradeep    5-0-29-1

20.1

Herath to Kohli, no run, outside off and that is left alone

Ashish is among the few Rohit fans mailing in: "Better luck next time Rohit.. Never forget.. "Form is temporary.....""

20.2

Herath to Kohli, no run, that goes straight on from Herath, solid defence

20.3

Herath to Kohli, no run, punched back, Herath dives to his left to stop that

20.4

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards long-off

Apoorva GJ: "I know, with a barrage of Sharma vs Tiwary comments, even my comment will be lost. So, just to get this one published, Sachin is GOD."

20.5

Herath to Tiwary, 3 runs, length ball is chipped wide of long-on, Tiwary gets a couple, hitting against the spin there

20.6

Herath to Kohli, no run, blocked off the front foot

Mansoor Kayani: "@Aman Malik , here in Pakistan we have a magazine named "cricketer" and we used to borrow it from Library for 2 rupees per day .... and library man always used to tell us that dont snatch the poster"

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 101/3 (151 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.80, RRR: 5.20)
V Kohli    39* (54b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-0
MK Tiwary    16* (26b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-1-16-1

21.1

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, punched off the back foot towards cover

21.2

Mathews to Tiwary, 2 runs, off the back foot and punched towards cover, a poor piece of fielding there for Perera, lets it through and Sanjay Manjrekar points out on commentary that this is Tiwary's first runs on the off side

21.3

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, defended to the leg side

21.4

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

21.5

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, back of length ball is pushed towards cover

Murugesh and others: "For your reference, Manoj Tiwary is not a leading wicket taker for India. Ashwin is the leading wicket taker with 5 Wickets." Apologies, my mistake.

21.6

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, shuffles across the stumps and defends to the leg side

Viral Patel: "Oh Poor Rohit. Feel sorry for him"

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 103/3 (149 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.68, RRR: 5.32)
MK Tiwary    18* (32b 2x4)      AD Mathews    6-1-18-1
V Kohli    39* (54b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-0

22.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, sliding in towards the pads, worked towards midwicket

22.2

Herath to Tiwary, no run, spins in, Tiwary was looking to cut that one, that one went on with the arm, Tiwary was looking for the turn, that struck him outside leg, so no lbw chance

22.3

Herath to Tiwary, 1 run, eased towards mid-off for a single

One slip in place

22.4

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, length ball punched past short extra cover

22.5

Herath to Tiwary, no run, an appeal for lbw, looking to tuck that one to the leg side, that was sliding down the leg side, no chance of an lbw

22.6

Herath to Tiwary, no run, stretches forward and defends to the off side

End of over 23 (3 runs) India 106/3 (146 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.40)
MK Tiwary    19* (36b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-7-0
V Kohli    41* (56b 2x4)      AD Mathews    6-1-18-1

Jeevan Mendis to bowl legbreaks from over the wicket.

23.1

Mendis to Kohli, no run, bowled on off stump, driven from the crease towards cover

23.2

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

23.3

Mendis to Tiwary, 2 runs, a deft paddle towards fine leg, got down on one knee and glanced it past the keeper

23.4

Mendis to Tiwary, OUT, that looked plumb and the umpire raised his finger after quite a while. The Sri Lankans were so sure. The ball pitched middle and went straight on, Manoj Tiwary missed the sweep and that was that

MK Tiwary lbw b Mendis 21 (48m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.26

The Indian chase is wobbling now, but they have Raina joining Kohli and Dhoni to come.

23.5

Mendis to Raina, 2 runs, dragged short, flat outside off stump, Raina has room to sit back and hit the ball through extra cover

23.6

Mendis to Raina, no run, played back towards the bowler, Mendis dives to his left and makes the save

End of over 24 (5 runs) India 111/4 (141 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 5.42)
SK Raina    2* (2b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-5-1
V Kohli    42* (58b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-7-0

24.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards wide long-on

24.2

Herath to Raina, no run, a huge roar for caught behind from the Sri Lankans but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Dharmasena then has a word with Chandimal, who was charging the umpire. Raina had pushed forward to defend and the ball slid across the left-hander. Looked like a faint edge

24.3

Herath to Raina, no run

24.4

Herath to Raina, no run, defended on the leg side

24.5

Herath to Raina, 1 run, comes out of his crease and drives to long on

24.6

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, goes back and works the ball from middle stump through midwicket

End of over 25 (3 runs) India 114/4 (138 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 5.52)
V Kohli    44* (60b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-10-0
SK Raina    3* (6b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-5-1

25.1

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, full ball is eased towards long-off for a single

25.2

Mendis to Raina, no run, full toss is mistimed towards mid-off

25.3

Mendis to Raina, no run, overpitched and driven inside-out towards mid-off

25.4

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, defended towards point by Raina

25.5

Mendis to Kohli, 2 runs, spins away, short and outside off, thrashed towards deep point

25.6

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, slapped towards deep backward point

Abhijeet Kushe: "How do I post my comments in commentary ?" You just did.

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 119/4 (133 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 5.54)
V Kohli    48* (63b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-10-1
SK Raina    4* (9b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-10-0

26.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, sliding in towards the pads, helped towards midwicket by Kohli, who moves on to 49

Gautam Kumar: "Besides all the Rohit and Tiwary talks, Cricket is good on there. Thrilling and absorbing. Good contest. Proves again cricket is all about contest not runs on board."

26.2

Herath to Raina, 2 runs, overpitched and that is pushed towards deep point, both Raina and Kohli are very quick between the wickets, they get two

26.3

Herath to Raina, no run, spins away, defended to the off side

26.4

Herath to Raina, no run, pushed towards short cover

26.5

Herath to Raina, no run, inside-edged on to the pads, the ball rolls towards point

26.6

Herath to Raina, 1 run, leans forward and clips it to square leg

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 123/4 (129 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 5.60)
SK Raina    7* (14b)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-14-0
V Kohli    49* (64b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-10-1

27.1

Mendis to Raina, no run, punched firmly towards short cover, a diving stop prevents a run

27.2

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, takes a step down the track and drives it along the ground to mid-on, nicely done by Raina

27.3

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, another half-century for Kohli, the man is a machine, works this towards cover and gets a single, India's most valuable ODI batsman now?

27.4

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, clipped off the back foot towards square leg

27.5

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, sends that away towards deep midwicket

27.6

Mendis to Raina, no run, defended back towards the bowler

Baskar: "L. Thirumanne should be cricinfo's man of the match for triggering nostalgic threads in the commentary"

Goutham: "Rohit Sharma used to score in double digits. Ah, good old days!"

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 127/4 (125 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 5.68)
SK Raina    9* (18b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-14-1
V Kohli    51* (66b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-14-0

28.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, another single towards cover, Kohli working the ball around easily

28.2

Herath to Raina, no run, defended off the front foot to the leg side

28.3

Herath to Raina, no run, more front foot defence from Raina

28.4

Herath to Raina, 1 run, gets on the back foot and worked towards square leg by Raina

28.5

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, short of length ball, drilled towards long-on for one more

A stunning stat on TV. Virat Kohli has 774 runs in his last 10 matches, the most any player has ever scored in a 10-ODI span. Outstanding!

28.6

Herath to Raina, 1 run, single towards point to end the over

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 131/4 (121 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.51, RRR: 5.76)
SK Raina    11* (22b)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-18-0
V Kohli    53* (68b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-14-1

29.1

Mendis to Raina, FOUR, effortless from Raina, he's in form as well, dances down the track and punches it between the bowler and mid-off

29.2

Mendis to Raina, no run, stretches forward and drives towards short cover

29.3

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, full and outside off, again Thirimanne at short cover has to field, he can't stop it cleanly

29.4

Mendis to Kohli, no run, overpitched, Kohli looks to power that through the off side, mistimed towards cover

29.5

Mendis to Kohli, 2 runs, gets on the back foot and swats that towards deep midwicket

29.6

Mendis to Kohli, no run, stretches forward and drives, but can't get it past extra cover

End of over 30 (7 runs) India 138/4 (114 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.70)
V Kohli    55* (71b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-21-1
SK Raina    16* (25b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-18-0

30.1

Herath to Raina, 1 run, helped off the pads down to fine leg

30.2

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, gets deep in the crease and another easy single towards long-off

30.3

Herath to Raina, 1 run, single to long-on this time

30.4

Herath to Kohli, FOUR, swatted towards extra cover, that was a touch wide and he loves hitting it through extra cover, gets on the back foot, makes room and powers it for four

30.5

Herath to Kohli, no run, blocked back towards the bowler

30.6

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards cover for one more

End of over 31 (8 runs) India 146/4 (106 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.70, RRR: 5.57)
V Kohli    61* (75b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-26-0
SK Raina    18* (27b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-21-1

31.1

Mendis to Kohli, FOUR, spins away after pitching outside off, a back foot swat through cover, Malinga chases and gets a hand on that but there was too much power on that for him

31.2

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, thumps this towards extra cover for one more

31.3

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, eased off the back foot towards long-off for an ambled single

31.4

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, pitching outside leg, Kohli again gets on the back foot and tucks it to square leg

31.5

Mendis to Raina, no run, a false shot there, Raina looking for the single to long-off again, inside-edged to the left of the bowler

31.6

Mendis to Raina, no run, down the leg side, off the pad to the keeper

Vijay: "Used to eagerly wait for the ad in "Hindu" for the star poster of the week in Sportstar and grab a copy if the favourite sportsperson appears on it!!!" Me too, some outrageous puns in them.

Drinks

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 153/4 (99 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 5.50)
SK Raina    19* (30b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-28-1
V Kohli    67* (78b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-26-0

Nuwan Pradeep is back

32.1

Pradeep to Kohli, FOUR, length ball into the pads, that was astonishing shot from Kohli, an utterly effortless on-drive, I though it would be a single to wide long-on but that races to the boundary

32.2

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, that could easily have been a run-out, both batsmen were almost at the same end, Kohli punched that towards backward point, Dilshan leaps and fields that, Raina was charging through assuming it would get past Dilshan, Kohli wasn't going for the run, Raina had to race back, the throw missed though

32.3

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, on middle, helped along to fine leg

32.4

Pradeep to Raina, no run, dropped, Raina leading a charmed life here, could have been out twice this over, this was a sitter put down by Mahela at first slip, Pradeep's bad luck continues, a thick edge carries at a nice height to Mahela, not too quick either, can't put these down

32.5

Pradeep to Raina, 1 run, pushed to cover for a quick single

32.6

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, outside off and that is edged towards third man for a single

End of over 33 (7 runs) India 160/4 (92 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.84, RRR: 5.41)
V Kohli    73* (82b 5x4)      N Pradeep    6-0-36-1
SK Raina    20* (32b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-28-1

33.1

Mendis to Kohli, 2 runs, slapped off the back foot towards deep point by Kohli, they come back for the second

33.2

Mendis to Kohli, no run, length ball, not much turn here for Mendis, defended off the front foot

33.3

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, punched off the back foot to mid-on, dropped a bit short by Mendis

33.4

Mendis to Raina, 5 runs, all going wrong for Sri Lanka here, length ball outside off, Raina plays it towards point, they risk a single, a direct hit and Raina was gone, the throw misses and worse for Sri Lanka, it goes away for four more overthrows

33.5

Mendis to Kohli, no run, back foot slap towards cover

33.6

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, charges down the track and drills it towards long-on, couldn't get as much power as he wanted on that, so gets only a single

End of over 34 (9 runs) India 169/4 (83 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.97, RRR: 5.18)
V Kohli    77* (87b 5x4)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-37-1
SK Raina    25* (33b 1x4)      N Pradeep    6-0-36-1

34.1

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, terrific delivery, even with Kohli in red-hot form Pradeep beats him, that was back of a length and just outside off, a hint of away movement after bouncing

34.2

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 leg bye, huge appeal for lbw, Dharmasena says not out, India living dangerously here, this nips in a touch, pitching outside off and angling in, Kohli looking to play to the leg side, he missed and is stuck high on the pads, too high? replays show that would have hit the top of leg, lucky escape for Kohli, that hit the top of Kohli's left pad

34.3

Pradeep to Raina, 1 run, helped to midwicket for a single

34.4

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, short of length and blocked to the bowler

34.5

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, defended off the front foot by Kohli

34.6

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, just outside off, eased towards cover for one more

End of over 35 (3 runs) India 172/4 (80 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 5.33)
V Kohli    78* (92b 5x4)      N Pradeep    7-0-38-1
SK Raina    26* (34b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-37-1

Batting Powerplay taken. Malinga is back

35.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length ball is pushed towards cover by Kohli

35.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length once more, just outside off, blocked off the front foot

A relaxed Dhoni in the dressing room

35.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, fuller and on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on by Kohli

35.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of length ball outside off, driven towards extra cover by Kohli

35.5

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, shorter from Malinga, eased towards wide mid-on for a single

35.6

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, full ball outside off, Raina plays it off the back foot, inside-edged towards the leg side for a single

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 174/4 (78 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 5.57)
SK Raina    27* (35b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-17-1
V Kohli    79* (97b 5x4)      N Pradeep    7-0-38-1

36.1

Pradeep to Raina, 1 run, steps forward and drives on the up towards mid-off

36.2

Pradeep to Kohli, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, guided towards backward point

36.3

Pradeep to Raina, no run, full and outside off, driven firmly towards short cover

36.4

Pradeep to Raina, FOUR, length ball outside off and that is lofted towards deep point

36.5

Pradeep to Raina, 2 runs, driven towards mid-on for a single

Prateek Mishra: "who else is tired of India playing Sri Lanka" Certainly not Kohli, who is on track for his 13th ODI century, equal with Yuvraj Singh

36.6

Pradeep to Raina, SIX, shot from Raina, blasts this over the bowler's head, just outside off short of a length, clobbers it with a flat bat, that goes a long way

End of over 37 (14 runs) India 188/4 (64 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 4.92)
SK Raina    40* (40b 2x4 1x6)      N Pradeep    8-0-52-1
V Kohli    80* (98b 5x4)      SL Malinga    6-1-17-1

37.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, short of length and on the pads, clipped towards square leg for a single

37.2

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, [pings it in short, Raina jumps to get on top of the bounce, guided towards backward point

37.3

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, length ball outside off, slapped towards deep midwicket, two more to Kohli

37.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, a yorker on offstump, twirled towards midwicket by Kohli

Anil: "About Kohli's 774 - isn't that the same number of runs that the great Gavaskar made in the West Indies on his debut tour there?" Exactly the same.

37.5

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, Malinga aiming for the toes, Raina tucks the ball towards square leg for a single

37.6

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, short ball, pulled by Kohli, doesn't bother keeping it on the ground, lands well wide of midwicket

End of over 38 (8 runs) India 196/4 (56 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 4.66)
V Kohli    86* (102b 5x4)      SL Malinga    7-1-25-1
SK Raina    42* (42b 2x4 1x6)      N Pradeep    8-0-52-1

Thisara Perera is brought on as Sri Lanka search for the breakthrough

38.1

Perera to Raina, FOUR, not the greatest start for Perera, short of length and angling across, some width there, Raina uses it, launching that towards sweeper cover for four

38.2

Perera to Raina, no run, shortish ball on the pads, Raina pulls it towards short fine

38.3

Perera to Raina, 1 run, length ball just outside off, guided down to third man

38.4

Perera to Kohli, no run, defended towards point

38.5

Perera to Kohli, FOUR, length ball is contemptuously swatted over to the wide long-on boundary, this is turning into a cruise for India

38.6

Perera to Kohli, SIX, brilliant from Kohli, he skips down the track and gets to the pitch, a pile driver of a shot sends that sailing towards the sightscreen, six more, the 100 stand is up and Kohli isn't too far from his 100 either

End of over 39 (15 runs) India 211/4 (41 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 3.72)
V Kohli    96* (105b 6x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    6-0-51-0
SK Raina    47* (45b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    7-1-25-1

39.1

Malinga to Raina, 3 runs, low full toss, Raina deftly places that wide of point, doesn't go all the way to the rope, but time enough to get three, that's 50 for Raina, his fourth in six innings

39.2

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, century no 13 for Kohli, he scoring one every other day it seems, short form Malinga, pulled behind square leg for four, no cuss words as he celebrates the hundred, calmly removes his helmets, twirls the bat and gives it a kiss, a big smile on his face, no anger

39.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to the off side

39.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, way wide of off stump

39.4

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, dropped, Sri Lanka haven't helped themselves in this match, Kohli top-edges a pull, the ball is in the air a long time, Pradeep has plenty of time to get under that one, and he spills it, another regulation catch put down

39.5

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, full and on middle, superb shot from Kohli, gets his feet out of the way of that and slams it past square leg

39.6

Malinga to Kohli, 2 runs, wide outside off, forced towards sweeper cover for a couple, India racing towards a series win here

End of over 40 (16 runs) India 227/4 (25 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.67, RRR: 2.50)
V Kohli    108* (110b 8x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-1-41-1
SK Raina    50* (46b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    6-0-51-0

40.1

Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, full ball is worked towards deep midwicket by Raina

55 runs in the Powerplay has pretty much ended Sri Lanka's chances

40.2

Dilshan to Kohli, no run

40.3

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves onto the back foot and beyond leg stump, eases the ball to long-on for a single

40.4

Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, chipped towards long-off, in the air but a controlled shot

40.5

Dilshan to Kohli, 1 run, on the pads and that is tucked to midwicket, India 21 away now

40.6

Dilshan to Raina, 2 runs, fired down the leg side, a thin edge down towards fine leg

End of over 41 (6 runs) India 233/4 (19 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.68, RRR: 2.11)
SK Raina    54* (49b 3x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0
V Kohli    110* (113b 8x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-1-41-1

41.1

Herath to Kohli, FOUR, a four to extra cover, jumping down the track, making a bit of room, and powers it to the extra cover boundary, a shot he played repeatedly in his 183 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup

41.2

Herath to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli is in a hurry, once more he skips down the track and launches that to the left of the bowler for four more, down to 11 now for India

41.3

Herath to Kohli, no run, defended off the back foot by Kohli

41.4

Herath to Kohli, 2 runs, 'Two, two, two," Kohli shouts as he drives inside-out towards extra cover, Malinga races across and gets a boot in the way to keep Kohli to two

41.5

Herath to Kohli, FOUR, more power from Kohli, all along the ground as he hammers that to the extra cover boundary, Sri Lanka have no answer to him

41.6

Herath to Kohli, FOUR, the records this man is piling up is astonishing, already a 1000 runs in ODIs this year, the final ball of the over is smashed to the deep midwicket boundary, scores are level

End of over 42 (18 runs) India 251/4 (1 run required from 48 balls, RR: 5.97, RRR: 0.12)
V Kohli    128* (119b 12x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-44-0
SK Raina    54* (49b 3x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0

42.1

Dilshan to Raina, no run, defended to the bowler

42.2

Dilshan to Raina, FOUR, it's over, India take the series 3-1, Raina launches that over extra cover to confirm the win, superb stuff from Kohli and Raina, Raina jumps and punches the air, Kohli picks up a stump as a souvenir, shakes hands with the Sri Lankans, that is India's 400th ODI victory

So, another Kohli century in a chase orchestrates an Indian victory. Dhoni is arguably the best finisher around in ODIs, and Raina has been in rich form as well, making India a formidable opponent. Dhoni's gamble of playing an extra batsman paid off, with Manoj Tiwary, astonishingly, taking four wickets.

Sri Lanka's batsmen didn't take enough singles in the middle period, getting bogged down against India's part-timers, and eventually they ended on a score which was too small to challenge a lengthy Indian batting line-up.

Ridiculous acceleration from Kohli at the end. He was 86 off 103, he finished on 128 off 119.

Now that the final game is a dead rubber, another chance for Rohit, in an inconsequential game? And resting one of the openers for Rahane?

Sid Patel: "Kohli now reads 128*, 38, 1, 106, 183, 66, 108, 133*, 21, 66 that is 850 runs in last 10 innings at an mind blowing average of 106.25."

Manju: "Dada and MSD scored 183 before they were successful captains. Kohli has scored the magic number now we just have to wait for his turn."

Mukunth: "The fastest to reach 4000 ODI runs was Sir Viv - 88 innings. Kohli is playing his 86th innings now and already has 3845 (as of 41st over). He still can equal Sir Viv if not break the record. However, going by his current form he will atleast be 2nd going past Greenidge who took 96 innings." Here's list of quickest to 4000 ODI runs.

Alan: "I'm a Sri Lankan fan, but this is a good series to lose! By winning this series, SL won't realize their loose ends - No good genuine spinners, No strike bowlers (can not depend on all the medium pacers) & Middle order is Weak!! Coach has lot of work ahead." Main job is for their fielding coach, they put down some shockers today.

Gaurav: "Given that we've won the series, how about some experimentation? I'd say that this merits some radical changes. Here's an unorthodox batting order: Rahane, Gambhir, Tiwary, Dhoni, Rohit, Raina, Irfan, Umesh, Ashwin, Rahul, Dinda

I'm no fan of Rohit, but if he must play please let it be at 5. His record at that position, and that alone, is phenonemal. 4 is too high for him." I'm all for experimentation in the final game, rest Zaheer and Sehwag at least.

The things our readers notice. Venkat: "Congrats India! Incidentally both innings end with an over that conceded 18 runs."

Peyush: "who has scored the most number of centuries before playing his 100th odi?" He's also the quickest to 13th ODI centuries, in 86 innings. AB de Villiers is next.

Presentation ceremony: Seemingly a dozen or so minor awards handed out before Virat Kohli is named Man of the Match. "It's been going well for me, just trying to keep it simple, I got set and got out in the last match, I thought about it. It always pleases a sportsperson than when we perform and the team wins. (On Malinga) Luckily, I'm strong on the leg side, he's the sort of bowler if you don't get on top of him, he can change the match. I was very disappointed with the last match as I didn't have the strike-rate to set up a platform for the side."

Mahela Jayawardene: "To control that line-up you need to pick up wicket, that's where we lacked in the last few games, dropping catches doesn't help. The wicket was a touch slow, under lights the ball does a bit, the quicks bowled well, we didn't bat well, 30-40 runs short. When you set a target like that, you set attacking fields, if you get through that initial period, it becomes easy for them. Lot of credit to Nuwan Pradeep, bowled with lot of pace, good control as well."

MS Dhoni: "The part-timers bowled really well, the pace was important and they bowled to their field. What also matters is the variations you have, Manoj was the away going spinner for us, it was a good wicket, but they bowled well for us, we requested Manoj to bowl a lot in the net sessions, if we don't get a perfect allrounder, we are comfortable playing seven batsmen. Kohli has improved a lot, once he gets set, he's someone who doesn't like to throw away his wicket, he's a very improved cricketer, very hungry to get runs. Suresh Raina also, he bats at No. 6 or 7, the time has come for him to bat at 4 or 5. The problem is, you have to see what's best for the side, the kind of finisher he is at 6 or 7. Last one or two years we haven't found anyone who can fit in his shoes. I think batsmen have taken the responsibilty, it was important that whoever got off to a start, they had to score if not a hundred, at least 80-90." A contented Dhoni taking plenty of sense there.

Here's Siddhartha Talya's match report, and there'll be plenty more coming in from Abhishek Purohit, our man in Colombo.

For now, that's it from me Siddarth Ravindran and the rest at Cricinfo. See you at the final ODI for more Rohit v Manoj and "Good old days". Goodnight!

Series Results
Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele - Aug 4, 2012
India won by 20 runs
Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS) - Jul 31, 2012
India won by 6 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS) - Jul 28, 2012
India won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v India at Hambantota - Jul 24, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 181 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v India at Hambantota - Jul 21, 2012
India won by 21 runs
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Jul 31, 2012

Rohit Sharma hugs Manoj Tiwary, Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, July 31, 2012

Rohit Sharma hugs Manoj Tiwary

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Jul 31, 2012

Jeevan Mendis trapped Manoj Tiwary lbw, Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo, July 31, 2012

Jeevan Mendis trapped Manoj Tiwary lbw

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