India in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 5th ODI

Sri Lanka v India

India won by 20 runs

We are ready for the start. Gambhir to face. Malinga to bowl. Has a slip

2.20 pm Ajinkya Rahane gets a chance after a while. And can Chamara Kapugedara deliver for Sri Lanka in the 50-over format?

2.05pm Toss Angelo Mathews is captaining Sri Lanka today.

India choose to bat. Dhoni: "We think the ball may swing a bit under lights. Sehwag is not fit, Sehwag has a glute problem, Rahane is in."

Mathews: "It's going to be a new experience, and a new challenge. I have my own definite ideas, and I'll get a bit of help from Mahela. Jayawardene and Herath are rested, Kapugedera is in." The offspinner Senanayake also gets a game.

1.50pm Hello everyone, another India v Sri Lanka one-day series will be done and dusted today. India already have the series in the bag, giving them the opportunity to experiment. Should they rest Sehwag and Zaheer, someone else? Similarly, for Sri Lanka, give Lasith Malinga a break?

Arun Lal on the pitch in Pallekele. "It is a little darker than normal, because of the cloud cover, there's some moisture in it." Early on he expects some help for the bowler, but thinks it will be a flat batting track after that. Tom Moody says that usually in Pallekele, the ball does a bit more under lights.

0.1

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, Remember how Gambhir got out in the previous match? It was to a similar delivery except that that one was fuller, swung in towards off and middle and he tried to drive that hard, got a thick inside edge for a single

Two slips for Rahane

0.2

Malinga to Rahane, no run, bowls that one full on the off and it's defended back towards the bowler, outswing again

0.3

Malinga to Rahane, no run, goodish length outside off, nips away after pitching, he fishes for it and is beaten

0.4

Malinga to Rahane, 2 runs, goodish length outside off, guides that one through point into the deep for a couple of runs

0.5

Malinga to Rahane, no run, drops that one short outside leg stump and he gets out of the way

0.6

Malinga to Rahane, no run, in the channel outside off stump and he shoulders arms to let that one go

End of over 1 (3 runs) India 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
AM Rahane    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0
G Gambhir    1* (1b)     

Som: "I think cricket should also adopt the american sports' idea of not playing these redundant matches.. like they do in the NBA or MLS.. once the series is decided, the remaining matches are not played.."

Gambhir is just 10 runs away from reaching 5000 runs in ODIs. Perera to bowl

1.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, chops that one down towards third man for a single

1.2

Perera to Rahane, no run, on a good length outside off stump, nipping away and he lets that one go

1.3

Perera to Rahane, no run, short of a length outside off, goes for the cut, misses, moved away a bit and was tempted into playing the cut, missed

1.4

Perera to Rahane, 1 run, short and wide and that's been cut away to third man for a single

1.5

Perera to Gambhir, no run, bowled that one in the channel outside off, leaves that one alone

1.6

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, bowls that one short outside off, guides it to third man for a single

End of over 2 (3 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
G Gambhir    3* (4b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    3* (8b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0

2.1

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 wide, sliding down the leg side, tries to clip that one fine but misses, called a wide

2.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks forward and drops it towards point

2.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, bowled on a good length on the off, pushes that one in front of mid-off for a single

2.3

Malinga to Rahane, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets right behind that and defends it towards cover

2.4

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, banged in short on middle, that's been pulled towards fine leg for a single, nicely done, kept it down

2.5

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, ooh, inswinging yorker, pitched up on middle but this time Gambhir doesn't want to drive, he defends it into the leg side

2.6

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, pitched up again, pushes that firmly towards mid-off from the crease

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
G Gambhir    4* (8b)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-0
AM Rahane    4* (10b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0

Ganesh K: "@Som I disagree. Dead rubbers are great for bench players like Rahane to get a chance and play without huge pressure."

3.1

Perera to Rahane, no run, good length outside off, gets on the back foot and pushes it to cover

3.2

Perera to Rahane, 2 wides, slides that one down the leg side, called a wide and a fumble from the keeper allows a single

3.2

Perera to Gambhir, 3 runs, found the gap there, short of a good length, punched through point and cover for three runs, nicely timed

3.3

Perera to Rahane, 1 wide, a touch too wide outside off stump, moving away, he leaves that one alone

3.3

Perera to Rahane, no run, bowled that on a good length, reaches forward and shoulders arms to that one

3.4

Perera to Rahane, no run, in the channel outside off stump again, shortish, left alone to the keeper

3.5

Perera to Rahane, no run, bowled on a length, pushes that firmly off the front foot towards mid-off

3.6

Perera to Rahane, FOUR, lovely drive from Rahane, some swing for Perera, that was pitched up and he leant forward to cream it through cover and point for a boundary

End of over 4 (10 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
AM Rahane    8* (15b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    7* (9b)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-0

4.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, lands on a good length outside off, pushes that firmly towards extra cover

Shunks: "I disagree with Som just because american sports is doing it that does not mean we need to follow may be a day they change their ideas to follow us"

4.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, lands on a good length, drops that one towards point and sets off for a single

4.3

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, slower one bowled on middle and leg, defends it wide of mid-on for a single, spotted it

A slip and a short extra cover

4.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, an attempted inswinging yorker again, lands as a full toss, pushes that one straight to mid-on

4.5

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, drops that short on middle, rocks back and pulls it away through square leg for a boundary, that's 5000 runs for him in ODIs

4.6

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, sliding on the pads, poor ball from Malinga, misdirected, a full toss on leg stump and that's been clipped away through midwicket for four runs

End of over 5 (10 runs) India 29/0 (RR: 5.80)
G Gambhir    16* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-0
AM Rahane    9* (16b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-13-0

5.1

Perera to Rahane, OUT, Rahane has been given out lbw, this one nipped back in, did he get an inside edge? Landed on the off stump and moved back in, struck him on the pads, no inside edge, struck him in line and the umpire thought that was out. We just need to see if height was an issue, may not have been. Sri Lanka strike

AM Rahane lbw b Perera 9 (22m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

Virat Kohli walks in. He's in some form. No doubt about Rahane, it would have taken off the top of off stump

Two slips for Virat

5.2

Perera to Kohli, no run, short of a good length outside off, moves away and he lets that one go

5.3

Perera to Kohli, no run, nicely bowled, tempting driving length outside off, moves away and he leaves that one alone

5.4

Perera to Kohli, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets back and defends him wide of midwicket

5.5

Perera to Kohli, no run, in the channel outside off stump, leaves that one alone to the keeper

5.6

Perera to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, cracks it from the crease wide of point for a couple of runs, didn't time it all that well

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 31/1 (RR: 5.16)
V Kohli    2* (5b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-15-1
G Gambhir    16* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-16-0

Mathews comes on to bowl

6.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, runs that one down to third man for a single

6.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, shortish outside off, chops that one down towards point from the crease

6.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of a good length outside off, tries to run that one down towards third man, it just moves away to beat the outside edge

6.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, shortish outside off, runs that one down towards third man for a single

6.5

Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, uppishly played but past midwicket, short of a good length and he chips it just to the left of the midwicket fielder for a boundary

6.6

Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, nicely timed this time, good wristwork, shortish on leg stump and that's been turned away through square leg for a boundary

End of over 7 (10 runs) India 41/1 (RR: 5.85)
G Gambhir    25* (17b 4x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-10-0
V Kohli    3* (8b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-15-1

7.1

Perera to Kohli, no run, short of a good length on middle, tapped away into the leg side wide of midwicket

7.2

Perera to Kohli, no run, shortish on the off stump, turned off the back foot towards square leg

7.3

Perera to Kohli, 1 wide, chases a wide one, called a wide, tried to flay it through the covers but didn't connect

Shreekant: "@Som: I disagree. These dead rubber allows team to test benched player like Rahane, who might not have get a chance had the series been alive."

7.3

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, similar delivery, would have been a wide had he left it alone, got a thick outside edge as he chased it, down to third man

7.4

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, drops that one down into the leg side and completes a quick single

7.5

Perera to Kohli, no run, gets on the back foot and knocks it down into the leg side

7.6

Perera to Kohli, no run, shortish on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends on the pitch

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 44/1 (RR: 5.50)
V Kohli    4* (13b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-18-1
G Gambhir    26* (18b 4x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-10-0

8.1

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, short and wide, slashed hard, down towards third man for a single

8.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, bowled on a good length outside off, reaches forward and defends it in front of cover

8.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, shortish on the off, a bit of away movement, gets back and defends it into the leg side

8.4

Mathews to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli misread the length there, came down the track, it was held back, he was trying to crash it over the covers, got a thick outside edge, went wide of second slip for a boundary

8.5

Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, this one's superbly timed, just a punch through point and cover, gets a couple, raises the 50

8.6

Mathews to Kohli, no run, pitched on a length outside off, driven straight to extra cover, dives to his left to save a few runs

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 51/1 (RR: 5.66)
V Kohli    10* (18b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-17-0
G Gambhir    27* (19b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    4-0-18-1

9.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, short outside off and he tried to crash that through cover and point, got an inside edge and it landed in front of the keeper

9.2

Perera to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length, drops that one in front of point

9.3

Perera to Gambhir, no run, shortish outside off, kept a little low, went for the cut and missed

Harit: "Smart move by Angelo. Taking Malinga out of the attack as soon as his nemesis arrives. Why give free leg side boundaries and allow him to get his eye in."

9.4

Perera to Gambhir, no run, in the channel outside off stump and that's been left alone to the keeper

9.5

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, guides that one towards third man for a single

9.6

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and turns it wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 53/1 (RR: 5.30)
V Kohli    11* (19b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-20-1
G Gambhir    28* (24b 4x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-17-0

10.1

Mathews to Kohli, 2 runs, Risky again from Kohli , got to the pitch there and drive it through cover but ended up slicing it uppishly past the diving point

10.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, beaten, a goodish length ball outside off and Kohli pokes at that one, tries to open the face, is beaten

A sparse crowd at the stadium, could build up in some time

10.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, gets forward to that one and pushes it back towards the bowler

10.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and turns it wide of mid-on for a single

10.5

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, bowled on a good length on the off, that's been pushed back to the bowler

10.6

Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, dispatched from Gambhir, pitched up and there's plenty of room, cracks that through extra cover and mid-off

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 60/1 (RR: 5.45)
G Gambhir    32* (26b 5x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-24-0
V Kohli    14* (23b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-20-1

Shantanu: "Though I support dead rubbers, I would just like to point out that Rahane is playing today because of Sehwag's injury. Who knows, had Sehwag been fit, Rahane wouldn't have got a game."

Malinga is back. Kohli has a slip. TV says Malinga is playing his 50th ODI at home

11.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, on middle and leg, turned wide of midwicket for a single

11.2

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, rose up to Gambhir, tried to fend it away into the leg side, struck hard on the glove, a short sharp ball, was in a bit of pain for Gambhir

11.3

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, some width for Virat and that was bowled on a good length, moved back and crunched it through extra cover, lovely shot, superbly timed

11.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, pitched up outside off, digs that one out towards cover from the crease

11.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, drops that one short outside off, Virat sways out of the way to that one

11.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, swinging away and that had Kohli in a bit of trouble, he tried to turn the face there to that full delivery but it moved away to go past the outside edge

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 66/1 (RR: 5.50)
V Kohli    19* (28b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-0
G Gambhir    33* (27b 5x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-24-0

Gambhir has a swelling on his bottom-hand and got some magic-spray treatment. Nuwan Pradeep to bowl now

12.1

Pradeep to Gambhir, no run, short of a length outside off, bowled at 137.7 kmph, tried to cut that past point, missed

12.2

Pradeep to Gambhir, no run, struck on the pads, Gambhir shuffled across to work that square, that moved in towards him, would have gone down leg, or maybe not. Was there a bit of bat? Replays showed that would have clipped leg stump. Appeal for lbw turned down. My initial impression was it would have missed leg

12.3

Pradeep to Gambhir, FOUR, nicely driven, bowled on a length on middle, got across and wristily drove it wide of mid-on for a single

12.4

Pradeep to Gambhir, 1 run, lovely shot but straight to the fielder in the deep, eased through cover for a single

12.5

Pradeep to Kohli, no run

12.6

Pradeep to Kohli, no run, angling in towards the off stump, is nicely behind it and defends it into the off side

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 71/1 (RR: 5.46)
V Kohli    19* (30b 2x4)      N Pradeep    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    38* (31b 6x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-22-0

Sachithra Senenayake to bowl now, playing his eighth ODI. Goes round the wicket to Gambhir, has a slip

13.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and works it through square leg for a single

13.2

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, slightly short on middle, gets on the back foot and works it past midwicket for a single

13.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched towards long-off for a single

Has a slip

13.4

Senanayake to Kohli, 1 run, short outside off, cracked it down towards long-on for a single

13.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, floating it on a good length on middle, reaches forward and defends it into the leg side

13.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it to midwicket

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 75/1 (RR: 5.35)
G Gambhir    40* (35b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    21* (32b 2x4)      N Pradeep    1-0-5-0

14.1

Pradeep to Kohli, 2 runs, pitched on a length on middle and leg, got front and across and drove it through midwicket for a couple more runs

14.2

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

14.3

Pradeep to Kohli, OUT, Trapped in front, Pradeep angled that in towards middle and leg, it moved in, Kohli likes to shuffle and more often than not he connects well, he missed it this time and was caught in front of middle and leg as he was trying to flick it into the leg side. The umpire checks for a no-ball, Pradeep's foot landed behind the line so Kohli has to go. Replays also show the ball would have clipped leg stump

V Kohli lbw b Pradeep 23 (42m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 65.71

Gambhir's going strong but Sri Lanka have struck a big blow to remove the in-form man this series.

All eyes on Rohit Sharma

14.4

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, short of a good length on the off, defends it towards cover from the crease

Two slips in place for Pradeep

14.5

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, fired it in on a good length on middle and off, pushed it back to the bowler

14.6

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, turned off the front foot towards midwicket

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 77/2 (RR: 5.13)
RG Sharma    0* (3b)      N Pradeep    2-0-7-1
G Gambhir    40* (35b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-4-0

Sri Lanka have taken the bowling Powerplay

15.1

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, beaten, nipped away a hint, poked at that one outside off and it went past the outside edge

15.2

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, short of a length outside off, cracks that one straight to point

15.3

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length, came down the track to punch it into the off side, kept low and came back in, went through the gate

15.4

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads, worked away through midwicket into the deep for a single

15.5

Mathews to Sharma, no run, Rohit gets on the back foot and turns it towards midwicket

15.6

Mathews to Sharma, no run, short of a good length outside off, punched towards cover from the crease

End of over 16 (1 run) India 78/2 (RR: 4.87)
RG Sharma    0* (5b)      AD Mathews    4-0-25-0
G Gambhir    41* (39b 6x4)      N Pradeep    2-0-7-1

16.1

Pradeep to Gambhir, FOUR, easy pickings for Gambhir, short and wide, plenty of width for Gambhir and he cuts it hard past a diving point for a boundary, no chance for third man

16.2

Pradeep to Gambhir, 1 run, pitched on a length outside off, cracks that hard through extra cover into the deep for a single

16.3

Pradeep to Sharma, FOUR, that should give him some confidence, a meaty delivery on the pads and he drives that well through midwicket for a boundary

16.4

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, presents the straight bat this time, on middle and leg, gets forward and across and pushes it past the bowler to mid-on

16.5

Pradeep to Sharma, no run, short of a good length on the off, drops that towards point, thinks of a single but it's not there as Gambhir says no

16.6

Pradeep to Sharma, OUT, Rohit is bowled! Lovely ball from Pradeep, that late movement proving the batsman's undoing, angled in towards middle and then moved away it seemed after pitching, just when he tried closing the face there to play it towards midwicket, it moved away and knocked back off

RG Sharma b Pradeep 4 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

A disappointed look on Rohit's face, another failure and he walks back with just four to his name. This may be a dead rubber, but it was one more chance for Rohit to get some runs but he's lost that now.

End of over 17 (9 runs) India 87/3 (RR: 5.11)
     N Pradeep    3-0-16-2
G Gambhir    46* (41b 7x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-25-0

Manoj Tiwary walks in

17.1

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, bowled that one in the channel outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

17.2

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, guides that wide of point into the deep for a single

One slip for Tiwary

17.3

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and punches it towards the bowler

This was sent by Venkat before Rohit's dismissal: "Hopefully Rohit today puts the selectors in serious dilemma with his good performance today. Otherwise there's no immediate future for him in Team India"

17.4

Mathews to Tiwary, no run, Bowled on a good length on the off, pushed into the off side

17.5

Mathews to Tiwary, 3 runs, Tiwary played that shot well in his brief innings in the previous ODI, fetched it from outside off and chipped it through midwicket for three runs

17.6

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, in the channel outside off stump, holds its line and he lets that one go

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 91/3 (RR: 5.05)
G Gambhir    47* (44b 7x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-29-0
MK Tiwary    3* (3b)      N Pradeep    3-0-16-2

18.1

Pradeep to Tiwary, 2 runs, few more runs for Tiwary, got front and across and turned it past mid-on for a couple more

18.2

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length on the off, defends it into the off side from the crease

18.3

Pradeep to Tiwary, 1 run, quick single, short of a good length, drops that into the off side, gets an inside edge onto the pads actually, rushes through for a single after Gambhir calls

18.4

Pradeep to Gambhir, no run, on a good length outside off, defended solidly in the direction of point

18.5

Pradeep to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a good length, knocks it down in front of point and races through for a single

18.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, 1 run, Mix-up, Tiwary tapped that into the off side, he set off, then Gambhir, Tiwary hesitated and so did Gambhir, eventually they decided on going for the single and Tiwary was the man running to the danger end, dives at the non-striker's end but would probably have been out had that hit. Actually no, he would have made it.

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 96/3 (RR: 5.05)
MK Tiwary    7* (7b)      N Pradeep    4-0-21-2
G Gambhir    48* (46b 7x4)      AD Mathews    5-0-29-0

Senanayake bowls

19.1

Senanayake to Tiwary, no run, tossed up outside off, no turn there, gets outside off and tries to close the face, gets a leading edge that lands safely

19.2

Senanayake to Tiwary, no run

19.3

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, turned away into the leg side for a single

19.4

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, slides on the pads, tries to tickle it fine, gets a single wide of short fine, came off the pads

19.5

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, pushed it full outside off, pushes that wide of cover for a quick single, it held its line, not sure if it was an attempted doosra

19.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on the off, comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 99/3 (RR: 4.95)
G Gambhir    48* (48b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-6-0
MK Tiwary    9* (11b)      N Pradeep    4-0-21-2

Sid: "When you are not in form, you get the best of deliveries from the most inexperienced bowlers..."

20.1

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, bowled that on a good length outside off, defended into the off side

20.2

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and knocks it into the leg side

20.3

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it back towards the bowler

20.4

Pradeep to Tiwary, 1 run, shuffled big time there and tickled that through to deep square leg for a single, raises the 100

20.5

Pradeep to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, whips it towards deep square leg for a single

20.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, FOUR, superb delivery and Tiwary's fortunate, dropped that short did Pradeep and Tiwary had few answers, played at that one, it took the glove and sailed over the keeper for a boundary, Pradeep's bowled with pace and bowled well today

End of over 21 (6 runs) India 105/3 (RR: 5.00)
MK Tiwary    14* (16b 1x4)      N Pradeep    5-0-27-2
G Gambhir    49* (49b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-6-0

Abhishek Jain: "It seems Gautam Gambhir is batting on some other pitch... He might have missed on 2 or 3 occasions but he has looked elegant... he is at his best in this series even though Virat has overshadowed him except for Malinga yorker"

21.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, tossed up outside off, drives it towards extra cover

21.2

Senanayake to Gambhir, 2 runs, more hesitation, but Gambhir reaches his half-century, pushed it towards point, after a bit of a mix-up he completed the single and got another one on the overthrow, the bowler wasn't standing behind the stumps there

21.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, straight ball on middle and it's played back to the bowler

21.4

Senanayake to Gambhir, 2 runs, shortish on leg stump, turns that one really fine for a couple of runs

21.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, floating it on the off, rocks forward and plays it towards extra cover

21.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, tight line on the off stump and that's been defended to point

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 109/3 (RR: 4.95)
G Gambhir    53* (55b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-10-0
MK Tiwary    14* (16b 1x4)      N Pradeep    5-0-27-2

Jeevan Mendis comes on

22.1

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, tossed up outside off and it's been driven back to the bowler

22.2

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up again, drives it down towards long-off for a single

22.3

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, flighted on off and middle, Gambhir comes down the track and digs it out back to the bowler

22.4

Mendis to Gambhir, 2 runs, short of a good length outside off, cuts that behind point for a couple of runs

Gambhir with a cap on

22.5

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, gets forward, gets to the pitch and drives it down to long-on for a single

22.6

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, flighted on middle, gets forward and pushes it towards extra cover

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 113/3 (RR: 4.91)
MK Tiwary    15* (19b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    56* (58b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-10-0

Ranjith: "Indian think tank should have put Rohit in the no.6 position where he would have license to bat freely and if it clicked would have got him confidence to play long innings. raina and tiwary should have batted before Rohit."

23.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on middle, punched through midwicket off the back foot for a single

23.2

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, no turn there, shortish on the off, dabbed it towards point for a single, a direct hit at the striker's end, stifled appeal but he was in

23.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on middle, punched off the back foot through extra cover for a single

23.4

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, on a good length on the off stump, defended into the off side

23.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on middle, punched towards long-on for a single

23.6

Senanayake to Tiwary, 2 runs, shortish outside off and he guided that one behind point smartly to earn a couple of runs

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 120/3 (RR: 5.00)
MK Tiwary    19* (22b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-17-0
G Gambhir    59* (61b 7x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0

Matt: "Rohit's dismissal looks very similar to Rahul Dravid's dismissals during his rough patch. Just hope that he rises back like a phoenix bird."

24.1

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, bowled that one flat outside off, gets across and plays it to midwicket

24.2

Mendis to Gambhir, 2 runs, shortish outside off, chops that one behind point for a couple of runs

24.3

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, makes a bit of room, the turn is minimal and he chops that behind point for one more

24.4

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, flighted outside off and it turns away, slower through the air this time and Tiwary played that too early, missed

24.5

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, gets forward and turns that away towards midwicket off the front foot

24.6

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, flighted outside off and it's driven through extra cover into the deep for a single

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 124/3 (RR: 4.96)
MK Tiwary    20* (25b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-8-0
G Gambhir    62* (64b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-17-0

25.1

Senanayake to Tiwary, no run, gets front and across and defends it towards midwicket

25.2

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, turned away behind square for a single

25.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, floating it on middle, gets forward and plays it back to the bowler

25.4

Senanayake to Gambhir, 3 leg byes, stifled appeal for lbw, would have been going down leg, tries to clip it square, kisses the pads and fetches them three leg byes as it rolls down fine

25.5

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, floating it outside off, eased it through cover for an easy single

Som: "Its not that I'm a huge fan of American sports but my suggestion is based on the fact that way too much cricket is being played anyway.. also it doesnt help to see that crowds are dwindling at cricket matches all over, including India.. i see so many youngsters today following football or F1 rather than cricket.. its time to give some changes a serious thought.."

25.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, flighted on leg stump, tries to drive it through midwicket, is struck on the pads

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 129/3 (RR: 4.96)
G Gambhir    62* (67b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-0
MK Tiwary    22* (28b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-8-0

Bhaskar: "@ Sid - when you are not in form, you make decent balls look very good and dangerous."

26.1

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary's moving along well here, short outside off, crunched through point for one more

26.2

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, doesn't turn, short and wide, tried to chop it behind point, missed

26.3

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up, comes down the track and drives it down to long-off for a single

26.4

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, flatter from Jeevan, short of a good length, punches it towards extra cover

26.5

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up, full toss on middle and it's driven down to long-on for a single

26.6

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads and that's been driven away towards deep midwicket for a single

End of over 27 (4 runs) India 133/3 (RR: 4.92)
G Gambhir    64* (70b 7x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-12-0
MK Tiwary    24* (31b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-0

VKG: "Everybody is talking about Rohit's failures. Nobody paying tributes to special talent of Pradeep. Sri Lanka should show the same kind of patience with him as Dhoni has shown for Rohit."

27.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir steps down the track to the flighted delivery and drives it down to long-off for a single

Ashwin: "Actually Indian team is doing is doing a disservice by playing him. Obviously he's not in form and not in a good mental state i am guessing. This will only undermine his confidence. He should be out playing in Firstclassl/List A league , take some life changing decisions and hopefully come back a better player. Only rohit can solve rohit's problems, the coaches can't."

27.2

Senanayake to Tiwary, 2 runs, Tiwary reverse-paddles that wide of short third for a couple of runs, pre-meditated, he had made up his mind about that

27.3

Senanayake to Tiwary, no run, round the wicket, lands on leg stump, gets forward and turns it into the leg side

27.4

Senanayake to Tiwary, no run, shortish on middle, punched off the back foot to midwicket

27.5

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, floated outside off, opens the face to play it wide of point for a single, raises the 50-stand, come at a good pace as well

27.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, 2 runs, short outside off, cuts it wide of deep point for a couple more

The ball isn't turning much at all, and Gambhir and Tiwary, barring a couple of mix-ups, have largely run well, picked the gaps. A good share of the partnership has come in twos and it helps that this is a large ground

End of over 28 (6 runs) India 139/3 (RR: 4.96)
G Gambhir    67* (72b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-25-0
MK Tiwary    27* (35b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-12-0

28.1

Mendis to Tiwary, no run, bowled that full on middle, tries to drive that inside out but then changes his mind and plays it straight back

28.2

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, pushed that one past cover for a single

28.3

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, cracked it through towards deep cover for a single

28.4

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up on the off, drives that one to long-on for a single

28.5

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked away off the back foot through square leg for a single

28.6

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, comes down the track, converts that into the full toss and drives it to long-on for a single

End of over 29 (5 runs) India 144/3 (RR: 4.96)
MK Tiwary    30* (39b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-17-0
G Gambhir    69* (74b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-25-0

29.1

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, reverse-paddles that one behind point for an easy single

29.2

Senanayake to Gambhir, 2 runs, short outside off, moves away and cuts it behind deep point for two more runs, the fielder fumbled and that allowed them to complete the second without difficulty

29.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, turns away into the leg side off the back foot for a single

29.4

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked through square leg for one more run

29.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, drives that one down to long-on for a single

29.6

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, slow through the air, gets outside the line and turns it to square leg for a single

End of over 30 (7 runs) India 151/3 (RR: 5.03)
MK Tiwary    33* (42b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-32-0
G Gambhir    73* (77b 7x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-17-0

Ansh: "This series should have sealed Rohit's fate in ODIs. It seems more and more likely that his talents are better suited to a calm defend and get set at your own pace in tests or a high risk shots until it hits the middle of the bat method in T20s. Only when he holds a permanent spot in one of those two formats, should they attempt to bring him back in ODIs. Tiwary, Rahane, Jadeja and Pathan brothers are the ones to persist with for now."

30.1

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up on middle, comes down the track and drives it wide of midwicket

30.2

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, short outside off, makes room and crunches that straight to extra cover

30.3

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, flat on leg stump, a bit of turn, played away through square leg for a single

30.4

Mendis to Tiwary, FOUR, well done Tiwary, a bit of air on that one, he made a bit of room and drove him handsomely over extra cover and bisected that gap between long-off and deep extra

30.5

Mendis to Tiwary, 1 run, tries to do it again but almost holed out, deep extra cover, Kapugedara is the man there, ran in but it landed just in front of him

30.6

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, gets on the back foot and turns it through midwicket for a single

End of over 31 (8 runs) India 159/3 (RR: 5.12)
G Gambhir    75* (80b 7x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-25-0
MK Tiwary    39* (45b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-32-0

Thisara Perera is back

31.1

Perera to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length outside off, tried to guide that towards third man, missed

31.2

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, pitched up on the off, drove it through to deep cover for a single

A slip in place for Tiwary, and a mid-on

31.3

Perera to Tiwary, no run, good length on the off, gets across and pushes it down towards mid-on

31.4

Perera to Tiwary, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, gets across and works it through midwicket for a single

31.5

Perera to Gambhir, 2 runs, driven on the up, hit hard into the ground and past the diving extra cover, a couple more runs for Gambhir

31.6

Perera to Gambhir, no run, pitched on a length outside off, drives it straight to extra cover

End of over 32 (4 runs) India 163/3 (RR: 5.09)
G Gambhir    78* (84b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-24-1
MK Tiwary    40* (47b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-25-0

Pradeep returns, has a slip

32.1

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length on the off, drops that into the off side towards point

32.2

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length, gets forward and defends that soundly to extra cover

32.3

Pradeep to Tiwary, FOUR, Tiwary attacks, the field is up for him and he seized the chance, pitched on a length, he charged down the track and drove it hard through extra cover and mid-off

32.4

Pradeep to Tiwary, 1 run, gets on the back foot and drops it in front of mid-on for an easy single

32.5

Pradeep to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length on the off, punches that towards mid-off

32.6

Pradeep to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, that's been whipped through to deep square leg for a single

End of over 33 (6 runs) India 169/3 (RR: 5.12)
G Gambhir    79* (86b 7x4)      N Pradeep    6-0-33-2
MK Tiwary    45* (51b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    6-0-24-1

33.1

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, uppishly placed, put on a length and he sliced that towards point, got a run off the overthrow

33.2

Perera to Tiwary, 1 run, on middle and leg and that's been turned through square leg for a single

33.3

Perera to Gambhir, no run, tried to drive that through extra cover but got an inside edge onto the pads

33.4

Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, rolled his wrists over that one as he played it to backward point, Dilshan fielded it well, kept them to a single

33.5

Perera to Tiwary, no run, appeal for a catch, that one nipped back in from outside off, was there an inside edge? There was a sound, probably an inside edge but not given by the umpire. Tiwary was probably fortunate there, there seemed to be a faint inside edge as it moved back in

33.6

Perera to Tiwary, no run, knocked away into the off side

End of over 34 (3 runs) India 172/3 (RR: 5.05)
MK Tiwary    46* (54b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-27-1
G Gambhir    81* (89b 7x4)      N Pradeep    6-0-33-2

Pushpreet Singh: "@Ansh - jadeja? Seriously? I think he has already got his fair share of Dhonis patience. Time we move ON. There is plenty of untested talent out there."

34.1

Pradeep to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish outside off, knocks it down in front of point for a single

34.2

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks on the back foot and taps it into the off side

34.3

Pradeep to Tiwary, 2 runs, a couple more for Tiwary, on the off stump, shuffles and turns it away past midwicket for two runs

Rahul: "@ Ansh: what makes you think that he's suited to play in tests after playing so badly here? Sure the formats are different, but bad batting is bad batting. Rewarding failure with a spot in the test team seems weird."

34.4

Pradeep to Tiwary, no run, ooh, tried to upper-cut that but that was a good, sharp, short ball, went past the bat

34.5

Pradeep to Tiwary, FOUR, poor ball from the bowler, Tiwary reaches his half-century, a significant one for him, full toss on middle and leg and that's been whipped away through square leg

Following up on that four-wicket haul, this marks a good comeback for Tiwary to national colours. Just four boundaries, he's run well

34.6

Pradeep to Tiwary, 1 run, another quick single, tapped into the off side and he sets off

End of over 35 (8 runs) India 180/3 (RR: 5.14)
MK Tiwary    53* (59b 4x4)      N Pradeep    7-0-41-2
G Gambhir    82* (90b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-27-1

Batting Powerplay now. Malinga to bowl now

35.1

Malinga to Tiwary, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, drops that towards point

35.2

Malinga to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, yorker, lands outside leg stump and Malinga lets out an ear-shattering scream, Tiwary wanted to flick that over square leg, missed, was struck on the pads

35.3

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed that full outside off, squeezed it towards point for a single

35.4

Malinga to Tiwary, 2 runs, full toss, Tiwary comes down the track and goes over the top, didn't connect well but cleared the in-field, two more over extra cover

35.5

Malinga to Tiwary, 1 run, good yorker, came down the track again and Malinga got that on target, Tiwary had to reach and dig that out for a single

35.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, pushed that one full on middle and off, played it towards mid-off for a quick single

End of over 36 (6 runs) India 186/3 (RR: 5.16)
G Gambhir    84* (92b 7x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-27-0
MK Tiwary    56* (63b 4x4)      N Pradeep    7-0-41-2

Senanayake is back

36.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, crunched towards deep point for a single, raises the 100-stand

A couple of hiccups and touch of luck, but they've done well for the most part

36.2

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 wide, appeal for a catch, short down the leg side, Tiwary tried to help that down to the fine-leg boundary, big appeal from Chandimal, there seemed to be a sound, Chandimal went up immediately, the umpire didn't think there was any contact, gave it a wide. Chandimal is stunned

We need another replay but Russel Arnold on TV reckoned there was a nick there.

36.2

Senanayake to Tiwary, FOUR, tossed up, goes over the top, lofts that over mid-off for a boundary

36.3

Senanayake to Tiwary, no run, short outside off, went for the cut but missed

Senanayake goes over the wicket now

36.4

Senanayake to Tiwary, FOUR, flighted outside off, in the slot for Tiwary, smashes it over mid-off for a boundary, easily done

36.5

Senanayake to Tiwary, 1 run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it to square leg for a single

36.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, gets back and pushes it into the off side

Some attacking cricket from Tiwary but did he have a bit more fortune earlier in the over?

End of over 37 (11 runs) India 197/3 (RR: 5.32)
G Gambhir    85* (94b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-43-0
MK Tiwary    65* (67b 6x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-27-0

37.1

Malinga to Tiwary, OUT, Tiwary has to go now, banged in short on middle and he had few answers, tried to fend it into the leg side, took his eyes off that delivery, a good bouncer, got it on the top of the bat and was comfortably caught at short third man

MK Tiwary c Perera b Malinga 65 (81m 68b 6x4 0x6) SR: 95.58

Tiwary goes after a strong contribution, in comes Suresh Raina

37.2

Malinga to Raina, OUT, Raina goes first ball, Malinga is on a hat-trick, short of a good length outside off and he plays at that one, guides it straight to first slip, remember he was dropped at slip by Mahela in the fourth ODI

SK Raina c Thirimanne b Malinga 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That double-strike has brought back Sri Lanka into this match, India will be prompted to slow down now

Dhoni comes in

37.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, drops that one short on middle, gets on the back foot and knocks it down into the leg side, prevents the hat-trick

37.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 4 leg byes, Dhoni's lucky now, dropped that short, Malinga bowled it short and Dhoni didn't have much to time react as he tried to pull, came off the helmet and sailed over the keeper, 200 up for India

37.5

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni doesn't take too long to get going, pitched up outside off and it's driven well through extra cover for a boundary, nicely timed

37.6

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, that's been absolutely thrashed, full and wide and Dhoni reaches for that to cream that through the covers once again for a boundary

End of over 38 (12 runs) India 209/5 (RR: 5.50)
MS Dhoni    8* (4b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-35-2
G Gambhir    85* (94b 7x4)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-43-0

38.1

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, appeal for lbw, gets on the back foot and is rapped on the pads as he tries to whip it square, would have probably missed leg but we need to take a look, no turn, went flat, closer than it looked, would have clipped leg, marginal call

38.2

Senanayake to Gambhir, no run, pushed away into the off side

38.3

Senanayake to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish on the off, pulled through midwicket for a single

38.4

Senanayake to Dhoni, 1 run, on middle and off, gets forward and knocks it wide of point for a single

38.5

Senanayake to Gambhir, 2 runs, finds the gap, cut that one past point for a couple of runs into the deep

38.6

Senanayake to Gambhir, OUT, Sri Lanka are hitting back, Gambhir falls, short outside off and a bit of away spin there, landed on the seam and spat away, good bounce there, appeared to turn it into the leg side but found Malinga stationed at point, came off the leading edge

G Gambhir c Malinga b Senanayake 88 (173m 99b 7x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Three wickets for 16 runs in two overs, India's run-rate is healthy but these strikes should peg them back.

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 213/6 (RR: 5.46)
     SMSM Senanayake    9-0-47-1
MS Dhoni    9* (5b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-35-2

Irfan Pathan is the new man. Pradeep runs in

39.1

Pradeep to Dhoni, 2 runs, on middle and leg, works that one behind short fine leg for a couple more runs

39.2

Pradeep to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, pushed off the back foot through midwicket for a single

39.3

Pradeep to Pathan, 2 runs, bowled on a length on middle and off, driven through midwicket for a couple of runs to get off the mark

39.4

Pradeep to Pathan, no run, lands on a good length, gets forward and drives that one back towards the bowler

39.5

Pradeep to Pathan, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, whipped through square leg into the deep for a single

39.6

Pradeep to Dhoni, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and turns it to midwicket

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 219/6 (RR: 5.47)
MS Dhoni    12* (8b 2x4)      N Pradeep    8-0-47-2
IK Pathan    3* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-47-1

40.1

Senanayake to Pathan, 1 run, tossed up outside off, drives that one down towards long-off for a single

40.2

Senanayake to Dhoni, no run, gets an inside edge onto the pads, pitched slightly short on middle

40.3

Senanayake to Dhoni, 2 runs, appeared to be the doosra, short outside off, cut that one wide of point for a couple of runs

40.4

Senanayake to Dhoni, no run, floating it on a length on middle, drives it straight back to the bowler

40.5

Senanayake to Dhoni, no run, reaches forward and drives it back, landed just short of the bowler

40.6

Senanayake to Dhoni, no run, tries to turn the face there, lands on leg stump and spins a little further down, hit on the pads

End of over 41 (3 runs) India 222/6 (RR: 5.41)
MS Dhoni    14* (13b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    10-0-50-1
IK Pathan    4* (4b)      N Pradeep    8-0-47-2

41.1

Pradeep to Pathan, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single

41.2

Pradeep to Dhoni, FOUR, short and wide and that's been punished, slashes it through point for a boundary

More than 2000 runs for Dhoni against Sri Lanka

41.3

Pradeep to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish on middle, turned away through square leg for a single

41.4

Pradeep to Pathan, 1 run, Pathan's going well, short on middle and off and that's been pulled to deep square leg for a sinlge

41.5

Pradeep to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and turns it wide of midwicket for a single

41.6

Pradeep to Pathan, 1 run, went for the pull, ended up playing it uppishly, sailed towards fine leg but landed short of him

End of over 42 (9 runs) India 231/6 (RR: 5.50)
IK Pathan    7* (7b)      N Pradeep    9-0-56-2
MS Dhoni    20* (16b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    10-0-50-1

Some stretching exercises for Dhoni

42.1

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, pitched up outside off, drives it down the ground past the bowler for a single

42.2

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, short of a good length on middle, turns it towards short fine leg, no single there, was uppish for a bit

42.3

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched towards deep point for a single

42.4

Malinga to Pathan, FOUR, nicely pulled by Irfan, Pradeep dives over that one at fine leg, dropped it short did Malinga and Pathan pulled it along the ground behind square leg, connected well

42.5

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, pulled away but Pradeep doesn't have to move much this time, a single is what he gets

Russel Arnold tells us on TV that this is the 100th day-night match Sri Lanka are playing at home

42.6

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched it to extra cover

End of over 43 (7 runs) India 238/6 (RR: 5.53)
MS Dhoni    21* (19b 3x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-42-2
IK Pathan    13* (10b 1x4)      N Pradeep    9-0-56-2

43.1

Pradeep to Pathan, 1 run, Irfan attacks, made room to that good length ball and smacked him over cover, but there is a fielder in the deep, gets to him on the bounce

43.2

Pradeep to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish on the off, turned away through midwicket for a single

43.3

Pradeep to Pathan, FOUR, superbly done by Pathan, another short ball and he dispatches it hard through square leg, Malinga runs to his right and dives but he had no chance there

Chandimal has a word with Pradeep

43.4

Pradeep to Pathan, no run, yorker outside off, tries to dig it out into the off side, misses

43.5

Pradeep to Pathan, no run, follows that up with a slower one this time, keeps a little low, came from the back of the hand, Pathan didn't make contact

43.6

Pradeep to Pathan, 1 run, slower one bowled short on the off, pulls it through square leg for a single

End of over 44 (7 runs) India 245/6 (RR: 5.56)
IK Pathan    19* (15b 2x4)      N Pradeep    10-0-63-2
MS Dhoni    22* (20b 3x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-42-2

44.1

Malinga to Pathan, no run, good yorker from Malinga, in the blockhole outside off, dug out by Pathan

Srinivasan: "India should score close to 300 today. With one bowler short, the 4 bowlers strategy might backfire India today. Tiwary might not get lucky everyday."

44.2

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, pitched up on the off, drives that one down to long-on for a single

44.3

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, fine leg is inside the circle and that has been misdirected, short of a good length on middle and leg and that's been turned past short fine for a boundary, 250 up for India, can they reach 300?

44.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up outside off, drives that in front of deep extra cover for a single

44.5

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, slower one bowled on a length outside off, gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a single

44.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss on the off, Dhoni drives it to long-off for a single

Dhoni was limping while taking that single, wonder what the problem is. The good thing about this stand is they've not allowed the tempo to drop despite those three quick wickets

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 253/6 (RR: 5.62)
MS Dhoni    28* (23b 4x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-50-2
IK Pathan    21* (18b 2x4)      N Pradeep    10-0-63-2

45.1

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish outside off, punched towards deep cover for a single

45.2

Perera to Pathan, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched towards long-off for a single

45.3

Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, Thrashed by Dhoni, short and wide and that's been blazed over point for a one bounce four, gave it a thwack

45.4

Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, lovely from Dhoni, cheekily done, short of a good length on middle and he whipped it away stylishly past short fine leg

That raises the 50-stand, off just 40 balls.

45.5

Perera to Dhoni, FOUR, Three in a row, third man is up and he picks up a boundary with ease, slower one bowled short outside off and it's cut past short third man

45.6

Perera to Dhoni, no run, another slower one bowled short outside off and he chops that one to point

Minimum risk from Dhoni in this stand, Pathan's taken a few risks but got away with it

End of over 46 (14 runs) India 267/6 (RR: 5.80)
MS Dhoni    41* (28b 7x4)      NLTC Perera    8-0-41-1
IK Pathan    22* (19b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-50-2

46.1

Malinga to Pathan, no run, yorker length delivery outside off, Pathan tried to dig it out past point, misses

46.2

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, full toss and it's crunched towards long-off for a single

46.3

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, full toss on middle and it's punched down the ground to long-on

46.4

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, cracked on the up through towards deep point for a single

46.5

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, nicely struck, low full toss and that was driven hard through extra cover, Kapugedera runs across, dives and palms it back in, Dhoni's still limping

46.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off, played away to deep point for a single

End of over 47 (6 runs) India 273/6 (RR: 5.80)
MS Dhoni    45* (31b 7x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-56-2
IK Pathan    24* (22b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    8-0-41-1

Paras: "Look at how the addition of Pathan has added so much balance to the Indian side! Six down but still India has managed to go @ 7.5 an over in this partnership! Few realize it, but he's a much better asset to the team than the credit that is given to him!"

Perera runs in

47.1

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, full toss outside off, whipped through midwicket for a single

Tony Greig on TV says India heads the list for teams with most 300-plus totals in ODIs. And it wasn't until 1996 I think that they got their first 300-plus total, 305 for 5 I think it was against Pakistan in Sharjah, when Azharuddin went berserk in the final over against Ata-ur-Rehman

47.2

Perera to Pathan, 1 run, chipped past extra cover for a sinlge

47.3

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed that through extra cover for one more, wanted the second, didn't get it

47.4

Perera to Pathan, 1 run, well struck but gets to deep midwicket on the bounce, landed full and swung it hard

47.5

Perera to Dhoni, SIX, pitched on a length and Dhoni gets under it to reach his half-century in style, swung away hard over deep midwicket for a big one, cleared the ropes easily, landed on the grassbanks

47.6

Perera to Dhoni, no run, full and wide and he wanted to send that over square leg, big swing, missed

End of over 48 (10 runs) India 283/6 (RR: 5.89)
MS Dhoni    53* (35b 7x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    9-0-51-1
IK Pathan    26* (24b 2x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-56-2

48.1

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, slower one from Malinga, tries to swing it square, gets an inside edge onto the pads, Dhoni rushes through this time for a single

48.2

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped that one short on the off, pulled past square leg into the deep for a single

48.3

Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, a yorker on the off, dug out wide of Malinga, he can't field it on his follow through, a single taken

48.4

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, lucky, low full toss outside off, tries to blast it through the leg side, gets an inside edge to beat short fine leg to the boundary

48.5

Malinga to Dhoni, OUT, Wicket no. 200 for Malinga in ODIs, short outside off, Dhoni went for the pull, got a nick and Chandimal took it in front of his face

MS Dhoni c †Chandimal b Malinga 58 (57m 38b 8x4 1x6) SR: 152.63

Dhoni goes after an attractive fifty, he's taken India close to 300 here. Malinga can rejoice, it's a landmark for him. But he's been expensive again

Ashwin comes in

48.6

Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run, and he'll keep strike for the final over, taps that into the off side behind point for a single

End of over 49 (8 runs) India 291/7 (RR: 5.93)
R Ashwin    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    10-0-64-3
IK Pathan    28* (26b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    9-0-51-1

Perera to bowl the final over

49.1

Perera to Ashwin, 1 leg bye, Ashwin gets across to whip it square, struck high on the pads, gets a run

49.2

Perera to Pathan, no run, a well bowled yorker, in the blockhole on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

49.3

Perera to Pathan, 1 run, on a length, struck meatily but on the bounce to long-on

49.4

Perera to Ashwin, no run, short of a good length outside off, moves away and fails to make contact

49.5

Perera to Ashwin, no run, hit and miss again, on a good length this time and tries to carve that over extra cover, missed

49.6

Perera to Ashwin, 1 run, pulled away, short outside off, they only get the single as he gets it wide of long-on, Ashwin slipped while turning for the second

India will be happy with that, Sri Lanka face a challenging target without their two most experienced batsmen playing. Tiwary got a half-century and supported Gautam Gambhir well. And despite the loss of three quick wickets, including that good finisher Raina, Dhoni and Pathan put together an excellent partnership to ensure India remained on track for a formidable score. Join us at 6.45pm for the chase. See you then. Siddarth Ravindran's report is being updated here.

End of over 50 (3 runs) India 294/7
R Ashwin    2* (5b)      NLTC Perera    10-0-53-1
IK Pathan    29* (28b 2x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-64-3
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Aug 4, 2012

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni exit the prize jeep after winning the series, Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Pallekele, August 4, 2012

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