India tour of Sri Lanka, Only T20I: Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 7, 2012
7 August 2012 - night match (20-over match)

We're back. Sorry I miscalculated the time


Pathan to Jayawardene, FOUR, and it's four! Short and wide outside off, very poor delivery, he slashed at it and the ball beat third man


Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump and he doesn't offer a shot


Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, can't control the away swing, he goes for the drive and misses, wide called again


Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, tries to work it away to the leg side and gets a big inside edge to the pads


Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, drifts on the pads and he clips it to the on side


Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets across and punches it down to mid-off, good running


Pathan to Dilshan, OUT, Dilshan goes first ball! And Pathan deserves all the credit here, he swings it in late and Dilshan tries to work it across the line and he's beaten, the ball hits the middle and leg stump. This delivery has fetched Pathan several wickets

TM Dilshan b Pathan 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Pathan to Tharanga, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he works it down to deep square leg

End of over 1 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (147 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 7.73)

    • WU Tharanga 2 (1b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (4b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-9-1

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene was a bit unsettled by that full toss, got a leading edge down towards cover


Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, chipped away towards mid-off and not very convincing, he wasn't quite sure where to play it


Yadav to Tharanga, 1 wide, too full and wide outside off and he doesn't offer a shot


Yadav to Tharanga, no run, full outside the off stump and jammed out to point


Yadav to Tharanga, 3 runs, drifts on the pads and whipped away, didn't time it very well, but the ball nearly carried to the deep midwicket rope


Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, gets across and tucks it down towards midwicket


Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene makes room to slap that away through the off side but misses it

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 14/1 (142 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.88)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (8b 1x4)
    • WU Tharanga 5 (3b)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-5-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-9-1

Pathan to Tharanga, OUT, Pathan nips out two early! This wasn't the best ball, not the best shot either, he chased a wide delivery swinging away from the off stump, got a thick outside edge to first slip

WU Tharanga c Raina b Pathan 5 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Pathan to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, Pathan gets it to nip back in to the left-hander, hits the pads but down the leg side


Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, moves back in and he clips it down to midwicket


Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, drifts on the pads and he tries to nudge it away, hits his pads and dribbles away


Pathan to Jayawardene, 3 runs, good use of the wrists, he works it over midwicket and Yadav does well to slide and cut it off


Pathan to Thirimanne, no run, stays back at the crease and pushes it down to cover

Raju: "No matter what happens in the rest of the match, Irfan is truly a destiny's child now. Amazing return to International cricket."

Pathan is now India's highest wicket-taker in T20s.

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 18/2 (138 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.11)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (2b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 9 (11b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-12-2
    • UT Yadav 1-0-5-0

Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot, deliberately done, full and wide and swinging away, he reached out and got an outside edge wide of slips and third man, very controlled


Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, this was better! Half volley swinging away and he merely pushes it through the line and beats mid-off


Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, full outside off and driven softly to cover


Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, brilliant shot! Yadav swings it away but gives too much width, Jayawardene merely punches it square of the wicket and beats backward point


Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, nearly went all the way, Yadav drifts on the body and the batsman gets forward and whips it easily over midwicket, just falls short of the rope


Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide and he deliberately dabs it down to third man, costly over for India

End of over 4 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 35/2 (121 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.75, RRR: 7.56)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 26 (17b 5x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (2b)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-22-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-12-2

Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, goes back and blocks it out


Pathan to Jayawardene, OUT, Jayawardene was hit on the pads on the back foot and the umpire was convinced that was hitting the leg stump, he was back at the crease trying to nudge it away, he shuffled across the crease, didn't look too pleased with the decision though, it hit him above the knee roll so it was a marginal call

DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Pathan 26 (22m 19b 5x4 0x6) SR: 136.84


Pathan to Mathews, FOUR, lucky escape for Angelo! Gets an outside edge on the drive and the ball drops short of first slip, beats him and third man


Pathan to Mathews, no run, clips it down to square leg


Pathan to Mathews, no run, gets on the back foot and pushes it down to point


Pathan to Mathews, no run, works it down to the on side

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 39/3 (117 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 7.80)

    • AD Mathews 4 (4b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (2b)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-16-3
    • UT Yadav 2-0-22-0

Dinda to Thirimanne, no run, bowls it straight and he places it to the off side


Dinda to Thirimanne, no run


Dinda to Thirimanne, FOUR, breaks the shackles with a boundary, length delivery and swung away over midwicket, struck it cleanly

Deep square leg in place


Dinda to Thirimanne, 5 runs, oh well this is sloppy stuff from India! It was placed towards point and it was a risky single, Mathews dived but there was nobody backing the throw, 4 overthrows there


Dinda to Mathews, FOUR, clean hit from Mathews! Used his feet to the fast bowler, lofted him wide of mid-off, didn't bother running


Dinda to Mathews, no run, punched it wide of the body, thought of a single but turned it down

End of over 6 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 52/3 (104 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 7.42)

    • AD Mathews 8 (6b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 9 (6b 1x4)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-13-0
    • IK Pathan 3-0-16-3

Bit of a surprise. Kohli to bowl


Kohli to Thirimanne, no run, stays back and clips it towards mid-on


Kohli to Thirimanne, 1 run, punches it to long-on and jogs the single


Kohli to Mathews, no run, this one keeps a bit low and he knocks it down the track


Kohli to Mathews, no run, fullish on the pads and driven back to the bowler


Kohli to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews shuffles across his stumps, changes his shot and dabs it to the off side


Kohli to Thirimanne, 2 runs, stays back and punches it to long-on, ends a quiet over

End of over 7 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 56/3 (100 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.69)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 12 (9b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 9 (9b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 1-0-4-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-13-0

Rohit Sharma comes on


Sharma to Mathews, 1 wide, slightly down the leg side, called a wide, Dhoni lets out an oooh


Sharma to Mathews, no run, gets on the back foot and pushes that back to the bowler


Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, punched off the back foot through midwicket


Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, good length outside off, crunched through point for a single


Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, shortish, turns in from outside off, guides that to point for a single


Sharma to Thirimanne, FOUR, smacked hard, good use of the feet, came down the track, got to the pitch and drilled it past the outstretched left hand of Rohit for a boundary


Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, flat on middle, punched through to deep cover for one more

End of over 8 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 65/3 (91 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.12, RRR: 7.58)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 18 (12b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 11 (12b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-9-0
    • V Kohli 1-0-4-0

Kohli bowls round the wicket


Kohli to Thirimanne, 1 run, slightly short outside off, mistimes a pull, gets a single


Kohli to Mathews, no run, shortish outside off, pushed back firmly to the bowler and it's fielded well on the follow through


Kohli to Mathews, no run, the legcutter, short of a good length, beats the outside edge as it cuts away


Kohli to Mathews, no run, pitched up outside off and it's driven straight to extra cover


Kohli to Mathews, 1 run, short on the off, pushed towards midwicket and steals a quick single


Kohli to Thirimanne, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched towards long-on for a single, tidy over from Kohli

Kumar: 'Not surprised at Kohli bowling, but what has always surprised me that Dhoni from somewhere takes such decisions which appear senseless and they somehow click (well most of the times)."

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 68/3 (88 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.55, RRR: 8.00)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 20 (14b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 12 (16b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 2-0-7-0
    • RG Sharma 1-0-9-0

Ashwin to Thirimanne, OUT, well Thirimanne simply threw it away, he goes for the reverse sweep and the ball skids onto his stumps, Ashwin was bowling from round the wicket, he will feel a bit silly after seeing the replay, Thirimanne tried that shot against Pakistan too recently and it didn't exactly come off too well

HDRL Thirimanne b Ashwin 20 (30m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Jeevan Mendis walks in


Ashwin to Mendis, 1 run, goes back and cuts and Tiwary does well to stop it at point


Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up slower and worked to midwicket


Ashwin to Mendis, 1 run, goes back at the crease and cuts him down to sweeper cover


Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, doesn't turn, stays back and punches it to the off side


Ashwin to Mendis, no run, goes back and punches it to cover

Pressure right back on SL here. India shouldn't get too carried away. We all know about their death bowling

End of over 10 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 72/4 (84 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.20, RRR: 8.40)

    • BMAJ Mendis 2 (3b)
    • AD Mathews 14 (18b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-1
    • V Kohli 2-0-7-0

Kohli to Mathews, 1 run, gets it to swing in and he works it down to long-on


Kohli to Mendis, 1 run, sweeps him but doesn't place it well enough to beat short fine leg


Kohli to Mathews, no run, Mathews goes a long way across to paddle it away but he fails to put it away, he falls at the crease


Kohli to Mathews, 2 runs, drills a full delivery wide of long-off


Kohli to Mathews, 1 run, drops it towards point and sets off quickly, good pick up but the throw to Dhoni was wide


Kohli to Mendis, 1 run, full and swinging away and drilled down to long-off

End of over 11 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 78/4 (78 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.09, RRR: 8.66)

    • BMAJ Mendis 4 (5b)
    • AD Mathews 18 (22b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 3-0-13-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-1

Ashwin to Mendis, no run, drifts it in and cramps up the room, knocks it back to the bowler


Ashwin to Mendis, 1 run, attempts the reverse sweep, manages to work it down to deep point


Ashwin to Mathews, 3 runs, Mathews moves across and innovates, paddles it past the keeper and fine leg slides and cuts it off


Ashwin to Mendis, 1 run, another reverse sweep, single down to point


Ashwin to Mathews, FOUR, that was risky! Mathews gave the charge and lofted it down to wide long-on, Raina made the mistake of standing far too forward from the rope, he then tried to back pedal and catch it one handed, too late


Ashwin to Mathews, 3 runs, clips it down to square leg and they pick up a couple, there's another overthrow so a bonus run, the ball deflected off the stumps

Pravin: "Honestly , I have been a bit dissapointed with the Indian team selection over the last few series. Umesh has been given chances and he has leaked runs everytime, he is definitely a good prospect but needs more time. I would rather have munaf and nehra in the team, afterall they won us a World Cup."

End of over 12 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 90/4 (66 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 8.25)

    • AD Mathews 28 (25b 3x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 6 (8b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-16-1
    • V Kohli 3-0-13-0

Dinda to Mathews, 1 run, full on the off stump and pushed down the ground to long-off


Dinda to Mendis, 2 runs, full and wide and crashed off the front foot to sweeper cover, it was wide of the fielder


Dinda to Mendis, 1 run, tucked him up for room there, he fended it off one-handed and picked up a single


Dinda to Mathews, no run, good yorker outside the off stump, tried to dig it out but missed


Dinda to Mathews, 2 runs, full and wide outside off and jammed out towards deep cover


Dinda to Mathews, OUT, edged! Well the bowling change worked, Dinda pitched it up and invited the drive through the off side, Mathews made room but got a thin edge to Dhoni

AD Mathews c †Dhoni b Dinda 31 (37m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 106.89

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 96/5 (60 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.38, RRR: 8.57)

    • BMAJ Mendis 9 (10b)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-19-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-16-1

Ashwin to Mendis, 1 run, tossed up on middle and worked to the leg side


Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, punches it down to long-on, SL need boundaries here


Ashwin to Mendis, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he clips it to the leg side for a quick single


Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, looked like the carrom ball, tucked straight to midwicket


Ashwin to Chandimal, no run


Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, outside off and driven straight to cover

Pressure piling on here. Two quiet overs

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 99/5 (57 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 9.50)

    • LD Chandimal 1 (4b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 11 (12b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-19-1
    • AB Dinda 2-0-19-1

Yadav to Mendis, no run, full on the off stump and he doesn't offer a shot


Yadav to Mendis, no run, well bowled again! The yorker length outside off and he fails to dig it out


Yadav to Mendis, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side and wide called, tried to whip that away


Yadav to Mendis, OUT, soft dismissal! Yadav pitched it up outside the off stump and had Mendis driving, chipped it tamely to Rahane at short cover, cupped it over his head, the momentum is firmly with India here

BMAJ Mendis c Rahane b Yadav 11 (22m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 73.33


Yadav to Perera, no run, full on the off stump and driven down to mid-off


Yadav to Perera, no run, firm drive and Rahane does well to slide at short cover and cut it off


Yadav to Perera, 1 run, full outside the off stump and drives to extra cover, just a single

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 101/6 (55 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 11.00)

    • NLTC Perera 1 (3b)
    • LD Chandimal 1 (4b)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-24-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-19-1

Ashwin to Perera, 1 wide, tossed up on the pads and worked down to midwicket


Ashwin to Perera, no run, gets forward and drives back to the bowler


Ashwin to Perera, OUT, appeal for a run out, there's a direct hit and he's gone, Perera chopped it down to point and set off and was sent back, the throw from Tiwary was flat and sharp and on the stumps, Perera couldn't ground his bat on time, third umpire takes a look

NLTC Perera run out 1 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00


Ashwin to Eranga, 1 run, clips it to midwicket to get off the mark


Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, tucked towards midwicket again


Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, makes room and gets an inside edge that beats the stumps


Ashwin to Eranga, no run, this one turns the other way and beats the outside edge

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 104/7 (52 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 13.00)

    • RMS Eranga 1 (2b)
    • LD Chandimal 2 (6b)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-22-1
    • UT Yadav 3-0-24-1

Pathan to Chandimal, 1 run, goes back at the crease and pushes it to the off side


Pathan to Eranga, FOUR, Dropped Yadav has fluffed this one, Eranga swung this one wide of long-on, Yadav got behind it but seemed to lose it in the lights, it should have been taken


Pathan to Eranga, no run, goes for a wild swing and misses


Pathan to Eranga, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump, Eranga chases that and misses


Pathan to Eranga, 1 run, forces that down to third man and the throw is flat to Dhoni, the ball hits his knee and he's in pain


Pathan to Chandimal, FOUR, SL need more of those, good length outside off and forced away wide of cover, the sweeper gave up the chase


Pathan to Chandimal, 1 leg bye, tucked away in front of his pads to the leg side

End of over 17 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 116/7 (40 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.82, RRR: 13.33)

    • LD Chandimal 7 (9b 1x4)
    • RMS Eranga 6 (5b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-27-3
    • R Ashwin 4-0-22-1

40 off 18. SL not out of it yet


Dinda to Chandimal, no run, full and swinging away, he makes room but the ball was too quick for him


Dinda to Chandimal, OUT, and with that SL lose their last recognised batsman, full on middle and off, he made room to loft it down the ground but mistimed it, Kohli ran to his right from long-off and took it on the fall

LD Chandimal c Kohli b Dinda 7 (20m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63


Dinda to Eranga, no run


Dinda to Eranga, OUT, Eranga goes for the big hit and he miscues it as well, it was in the air for a long time and Ashwin at long-off only just managed to catch it

RMS Eranga c Ashwin b Dinda 6 (11m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71


Dinda to Malinga, no run, short delivery and he backed away to slam that, missed it completely


Dinda to Malinga, OUT, and India round it off comprehensively! No last-minute panic tonight, Malinga backed away and tried to hook a short ball, got the top edge and Dhoni jogged to his left and took the catch

SL Malinga c †Dhoni b Dinda 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Presentation time:

The Man of the Match is Irfan Pathan: "Wickets at the top of the order help. Mahela was going great guns. The ball was swinging and we knew that if we got wickets, it would be difficult for the SL batsmen. Our bowling coach has been keeping a good eye on us. God has been kind to me. I want to continue my good form."

Virat Kohli is the Player of the Series, for one match, yes, one match. He gets a bike for that.

Jayawardene: "We thought 150 was achievable. We're making a lot of mistakes. We'e still playing good cricket. When you come across a team like India it is tough. The SLPL should be a good preparation for the World T20."

Dhoni: "Overall we were really good. The ball was swinging till the 20th over so not easy to slog. We thought we were 15 short. Our strength is having the 7th batsman in the side. The wickets have changed here. When I first came here the ball used to stop a lot. But now the pitches have been relaid. I think we mastered our bowling and batting better than them."

Rahul, like the rest of us, cannot understand the logic in this presentation: "How in the world can the MoM and the Player of the series be TWO different people for a ONE match series? Someone please explain the logic. We also had a "Coolest Player" and "Quality Performer" award.. these advertisers just don't know when to stop."

On that note, we will leave you. Thanks for your company and the mails. There's the match report and stories from Abhishek to look forward to. Cheers!

End of match: India round off a successful tour, winning the ODIs 4-1 and this one-off T20. Quite a gulf between the two sides. Irfan Pathan's three early strikes pegged Sri Lanka back. This score was certainly chaseable, but losing Dilshan early didn't help. The Indian bowlers managed to contain them and that was crucial.

India have had a horrid time as tourists in the last year so this will come as some relief for India fans, for the moment. They're now No.4 in the ICC T20 rankings.

As for Sri Lanka, you could ask why they slipped after beating Pakistan. I think they're simply exhausted. They've been playing non-stop, some of their senior players played the full IPL. This tour must have taken a toll on them physically and mentally. Either the players, or the schedules need to be managed better. Maybe both. There's not much time to relax though. The Sri Lanka Premier League starts in 4 days. Then there's the World T20.Let's hope they're not hit with fitness issues then.

End of over 18 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 116/10 (40 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.44, RRR: 20.00)

    • HMRKB Herath 0 (0b)
    • AB Dinda 3-1-19-4
    • IK Pathan 4-0-27-3





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