Play to begin in 5 minutes.

George (not our man Binoy), writes: "I was at the Bill Albury Oval in Brisbane earlier today,where India U19's continued their seniors domination over the Lankans.So there is not much other youngsters that Kapu needs to worry about!"

Ansh: "There is always going to be someone who disagrees with the selection but seeing as this is the only T20 played before the world cup selection. India should have really gone with a 6 batsmen + Irfan Pathan + 4 bowlers structure. Their batsmen, including Pathan is in form, its the best time to see if the strategy works for them."

Here's the first mail on Kapugedera: "Kapu really is the Steve Smith of the Lankan side. No one can explain how he keeps getting his chances, but we can only hope the SLC give an opportunity to an upcoming young batsman, as Kapu certainly hasn't seized his many rebirths in this side!"

Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and they are fielding first. Shaminda Eranga, the right-arm seamer, is playing today. Rangana Herath replaces Sachitra Senanayake. As for India, Umesh Yadav replaces Zaheer Khan.

Jayawardene: "Not sure what a good enough score will be. Feeling fresh after a three-day break. I come in for Kapugedera. Nuwan Pradeep is not playing."

Dhoni: "I'm not 100% fit, but niggles will always be there."

I guess we shouldn't be terribly surprised that Kapugedera is not there. He's gotten far too many opportunities. If the other youngsters continue to perform, it will be tough to make his way back in, to put it mildly. Here's what Jayawardene had to say about him.

Pitch: They're playing on the same wicket used for the one-dayer. Looks drier, says Arun Lal. Thin layer of grass, but the batsmen should enjoy this one too.

6.15pm: Welcome everyone to Cricinfo's coverage of the final match of this tour. The teams are still in Pallekele for the one-off T20. The final one-dayer was played there a few days ago and it was a high-scoring one. A lot closer than expected after Sri Lanka lost their way in the middle. Toss in 15 minutes.

Read the preview for this match by Siddhartha Talya, who is also writing the report. Just to add to a valid point in that preview. This would have served the teams better if there were three ODIs and three T20s. Instead, we had five ODIs and a solitary T20. Not ideal for the World T20 coming up you could say. There is of course the SLPL, but the Indian players aren't participating. But of course, financial considerations came in the way when scheduling this tour.

0.1

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, keeper up to the stumps, Gambhir plays it softly down to point

0.2

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, it's short and he doesn't resist the pull, in the air but there's protection in the deep straighaway

0.3

Mathews to Rahane, no run, moves away a touch late and Rahane watchfully leaves it alone, he took a pace or two down the pitch

0.4

Mathews to Rahane, 1 run, good running, gently clipped in front of mid-on and he hurried the fielder

0.5

Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, Dropped! And worse, it's four as well, Gambhir slogs and it's in the air for ages, Shaminda Eranga was the man at deep midwicket and he couldn't get underneath that skier, it must have swirled in the air, ball slips out of his hand and rolls over to the rope

0.6

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, tucked away to the leg side

End of over 1 (7 runs) India 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
G Gambhir    6* (4b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0
AM Rahane    1* (2b)     

Eranga out to make amends now. He has the ball

1.1

Eranga to Gambhir, no run, full toss to begin with and Gambhir wasn't quite ready to put that away, pushed down to mid-off

1.2

Eranga to Gambhir, no run, full outside the off stump and hammered straight to mid-on

1.3

Eranga to Gambhir, no run, wild swing and a miss, came on a bit slower than expected, tried to put that away to the leg side

1.4

Eranga to Gambhir, OUT, well Eranga has made amends for that drop! Didn't have to wait too long, another wild swing and a miss, this time Eranga bowled it at the stumps and the middle stump was pegged back, he gets Gambhir, the man he dropped

G Gambhir b Eranga 6 (7m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

1.5

Eranga to Kohli, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump, doesn't offer a shot

1.5

Eranga to Kohli, no run, wide outside the off stump, can't control the swing

1.6

Eranga to Kohli, no run, much better, brings it closer to the off stump and pushed towards point

End of over 2 (1 run) India 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
V Kohli    0* (2b)      RMS Eranga    1-0-1-1
AM Rahane    1* (2b)      AD Mathews    1-0-7-0

2.1

Mathews to Rahane, 3 runs, full outside the off stump and driven well past the covers, had to scamper for the third

2.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, crisply driven off the front foot but straight to mid-off

2.3

Mathews to Kohli, FOUR, clubbed away! Fractionally short outside the off stump, Kohli picked the length early and pulled off the front foot over midwicket

2.4

Mathews to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli and his awesome timing, swings away from the right-hander, just punched it off the front foot and wide of cover, didn't play at it too hard, two fielders give chase

2.5

Mathews to Kohli, no run, loose shot, wafted at one outside the off stump, moved away slightly

2.6

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, pushed to the off side off the front foot and he sets off quickly

Eranga has picked up a wicket in his first over in all three formats

End of over 3 (12 runs) India 20/1 (RR: 6.66)
V Kohli    9* (7b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-19-0
AM Rahane    4* (3b)      RMS Eranga    1-0-1-1

3.1

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, not very convincing but four nevertheless, late away swing and on a full length, really chased it and the ball went sailing over point

3.2

Eranga to Kohli, no run, punches it to the off side

3.3

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli at his best, on a good length outside off and what looked like a defensive push was enough to bisect the gap at point, just raced away, great timing

3.4

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, nearly had him there! Goes for the loft over mid-off and he didn't time it as well, just enough to clear the fielder

3.5

Eranga to Kohli, no run, fullish in length outside off and driven down to mid-off

3.6

Eranga to Kohli, no run, gets that away movement again, pushed down to cover

Still getting some mails asking about Sehwag. He and Zaheer have already flown back to India.

End of over 4 (12 runs) India 32/1 (RR: 8.00)
V Kohli    21* (13b 5x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-13-1
AM Rahane    4* (3b)      AD Mathews    2-0-19-0

4.1

Malinga to Rahane, no run, begins with a slower ball, the off cutter, beats the bat

4.2

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, slower ball again and softly clipped away down to midwicket

Shantanu: "Amidst the debate on India's team formation and the Rohit v Tiwary argument, most people have forgotten that it is Umesh Yadav's T20 international debut. Good luck in the shortest format to him!"

4.3

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, another Kohli classic, it was a low full toss outside off and he ensured he pushed it off the middle of the bat, past point

4.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, goes for the off drive but mistimes it to mid-off, goes for the quick single

4.5

Malinga to Rahane, no run, tries to pinch a single towards short fine leg

4.6

Malinga to Rahane, no run, full outside off and he chases that, nearly gets a feather edge to the keeper

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 38/1 (RR: 7.60)
AM Rahane    5* (7b)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0
V Kohli    26* (15b 6x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-13-1

5.1

Perera to Kohli, no run, Kohli nearly edges that one! Perera gets some late movement after pitching and Kohli pokes his bat out at it, Chandimal nearly went up in appeal

5.2

Perera to Kohli, FOUR, the fine leg is up, Perera pitched it fractionally short and down the leg side, he just helped it along its way wide of short fine leg

5.3

Perera to Kohli, FOUR, you can't stop him can you? Full delivery seaming away and he has enough width to slice that past cover and point

5.4

Perera to Kohli, FOUR, make that three in three, drifts on the pads and he easily flicks it to fine leg, hardly any fielder in sight there

5.5

Perera to Kohli, no run

5.6

Perera to Kohli, no run, and once again he offers the chance, moves away after pitching and Kohli was beaten as he was looking to guide that to third man

GK: "This is looking more like a highlights reel from Kohli. Amazing boundary hitting."

End of over 6 (12 runs) India 50/1 (RR: 8.33)
V Kohli    38* (21b 9x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-12-0
AM Rahane    5* (7b)      SL Malinga    1-0-6-0

6.1

Herath to Rahane, no run, gets forward and pushes it down the track

6.2

Herath to Rahane, 1 run, flatter delivery, spins away sharply and he jabs it down to deep cover

6.3

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up and full, driven through the line to long-off

6.4

Herath to Rahane, 1 run, goes on the back foot and punches him down to deep cover

6.5

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, fuller delivery and driven to the sweeper again

6.6

Herath to Rahane, 1 run, bowls it very flat and he whips it away to deep midwicket

Vinod: "Kohli has surpassed his previous highest T20I score (31).. Pretty funny for the fastest man on the planet to reach 13 ODI centuries in the history of the game!"

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 55/1 (RR: 7.85)
AM Rahane    8* (11b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-5-0
V Kohli    40* (23b 9x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-12-0

7.1

Perera to Rahane, 1 run, had to scamper that single, he mistimed that punch to mid-off and he was off the blocks

7.2

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, outside the off stump and he punches that down to deep point

7.3

Perera to Rahane, no run, another waft outside the off stump, beaten, this kicked up a bit off the pitch

7.4

Perera to Rahane, no run, drops it with soft hands on the pitch and thinks of a single

7.5

Perera to Rahane, SIX, Rahane makes merry with the width outside off, gets forward and lofts it over wide wide long-off, didn't look like he middled it but there was enough in it to take it over the rope

7.6

Perera to Rahane, no run, clips it down to midwicket

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 63/1 (RR: 7.87)
AM Rahane    15* (16b 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-20-0
V Kohli    41* (24b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-5-0

8.1

Herath to Kohli, no run, Herath dives to his left and stops a drive

8.2

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, chops it to the off side

8.3

Herath to Rahane, no run, bowls it flat and straight and driven down the pitch

8.4

Herath to Rahane, no run, makes room to cut but gets an inside edge to his boot and the ball deflects to the bowler

8.5

Herath to Rahane, 1 run, punched toward cover and he has to scamper that single, the throw was wide of the stumps and he had to dive

8.6

Herath to Kohli, 2 runs, works it away to deep square leg and he hurries the second run

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 67/1 (RR: 7.44)
V Kohli    44* (27b 9x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-0
AM Rahane    16* (19b 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-20-0

Jeevan Mendis to bowl

9.1

Mendis to Rahane, 1 run, goes for the loft but it's an inside out shot over extra cover, safe from the fielder in the deep

9.2

Mendis to Kohli, no run, keeps low and he whips it off the back foot to mid-on

9.3

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, works it to the on side for a single

9.4

Mendis to Rahane, 1 run, makes room, gets on the back foot and cuts hard to sweeper cover

9.5

Mendis to Kohli, no run, down the track and hammered back to the bowler

9.6

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, gives him the charge and mistimes it to long-on

Tharindu: "Given how Indian players played Malinga in the depth, I don't think its a good idea to hold him back until the last overs."

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 71/1 (RR: 7.10)
V Kohli    46* (31b 9x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0
AM Rahane    18* (21b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-9-0

10.1

Herath to Kohli, FOUR, brings up his fifty in style! Comes down the track and lofts with the turn over mid-off, the fielder in the deep had no chance

10.2

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, down the track again and he forces it down to long-off

10.3

Herath to Rahane, 1 run, down the pitch, checks his shot and works it to long-on

10.4

Herath to Kohli, no run, comes forward and drives him down to sweeper cover

10.5

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, mistimes it down to deep midwicket

10.6

Herath to Rahane, 1 run, chips down the track and drills it down to long-on,they're intent on using their feet against Herath

End of over 11 (8 runs) India 79/1 (RR: 7.18)
AM Rahane    20* (23b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-17-0
V Kohli    52* (35b 10x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0

11.1

Mendis to Rahane, 1 run, works it to the on side

11.2

Mendis to Kohli, 1 run, down the track and he hammers it down to long-on

11.3

Mendis to Rahane, OUT, some relief for Sri Lanka! Tossed up on middle and leg, Rahane was down the track to loft with the turn, ended up chipping it back to the bowler, Mendis didn't give it much air and that's probably why Rahane didn't get the elevation

AM Rahane c & b Mendis 21 (46m 25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 84.00

11.4

Mendis to Raina, no run, the googly, pitched outside leg and it hits his pad as he tries to pull

11.5

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, goes back and cuts to point

11.6

Mendis to Kohli, SIX, no stopping him! Kohli chips down the track and lofts against the turn and clears deep midwicket

Harik: "Very nice move by Dhoni by sending Raina before Rohit Sharma..I was just tired of seeing out of form Rohit."

End of over 12 (9 runs) India 88/2 (RR: 7.33)
V Kohli    59* (37b 10x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-13-1
SK Raina    1* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-17-0

12.1

Eranga to Raina, FOUR, drifts on the pads and Raina uses his wrists well and flicks it down to fine leg

12.2

Eranga to Raina, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side and Raina tries to whip it away

12.2

Eranga to Raina, 1 run, swings but mistimes it down to midwicket who dives

12.3

Eranga to Kohli, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and the ball clips his pads and rolls away, he tried to work it fine

12.4

Eranga to Raina, 1 run, fetches that from outside the off stump and pulls along the ground

12.5

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, he continues to fined the gaps, he made a bit of room hoping to hit it in front of square on the on side, ended up getting an inside edge past short fine leg, the ball races to long leg

12.6

Eranga to Kohli, 4 leg byes, unlucky for the bowler, this was an attempted yorker, Kohli made room and the ball clipped the boot and deflected to the off side, no slips and that's four

End of over 13 (16 runs) India 104/2 (RR: 8.00)
V Kohli    63* (40b 11x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    3-0-24-1
SK Raina    7* (5b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-13-1

13.1

Malinga to Raina, 2 leg byes, inswinging yorker and he clips it off his pads, Malinga appeals, that was missing leg

13.2

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, chases a low full toss and looks to glide it away past point but the fielder did well to cover it

13.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, yorker length and shaping away, Kohli reached out to squeeze it out but couldn't make contact

13.4

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, that was too wide outside off, Kohli didn't even bother chasing that outside off

13.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, another one swerves away from him, he gets some bat on it and Chandimal stops it

13.5

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, keeps it full and wide outside off and he forces it down to long-off

13.6

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, swinging in towards the pads and clipped to the leg side, half hearted appeal by Malinga

Karthik: "Rahane's wicket was not a relief for SL. It was for India. He was riding on Kohli's spirited start. Now Raina can send some into the crowd."

End of over 14 (6 runs) India 110/2 (RR: 7.85)
SK Raina    9* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0
V Kohli    64* (43b 11x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    3-0-24-1

14.1

Perera to Raina, 1 run, inswinging full toss, he jams it down the ground to long-off

14.2

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, close call for Kohli and they are appealing for a run-out. And it's close! Kohli reaches out to a full and wide delivery outside off, he nearly scoops it straight to extra cover, the throw by Jayawardene is to Perera who's behind the stumps, the third umpire takes a look, he wasn't convinced if the bail came off the groove before he grounded his bat, Kohli is safe

14.3

Perera to Raina, 2 runs, full on the off stump and driven down the ground to long-off for a couple

14.4

Perera to Raina, 1 run, turns it to deep midwicket

14.5

Perera to Kohli, 1 run, drills it down to long-off

14.6

Perera to Raina, FOUR, gives it a swing, Raina's trademark hoick over midwicket, it was on the pads and put away

End of over 15 (10 runs) India 120/2 (RR: 8.00)
SK Raina    17* (12b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-30-0
V Kohli    66* (45b 11x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0

It looked to me from initial replays that Kohli was short of his ground. Touch and go for the umpire, need to see more replays of that

15.1

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to deep midwicket

15.2

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, full outside off and driven down to long-off

15.3

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, comes down the track and mistimes the loft down to long-off, was in the air for a bit

15.4

Mathews to Raina, no run, yorker outside the off stump and he fails to squeeze it out

15.5

Mathews to Raina, no run, too full and wide outside the off stump and he tries to squeeze it out

15.6

Mathews to Raina, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and places it to long-on

Akshat: "I completely agree with Karthik. Rahane was awful in running between the wickets, and now that he is gone, India is able to convert the dots into singles, and the 1's into 2's. The moment he left, the run-rate started improving!"

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 124/2 (RR: 7.75)
SK Raina    19* (16b 2x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-23-0
V Kohli    68* (47b 11x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-30-0

Tony Grieg confirms that Eranga is indeed the first bowler to take a wicket in his first over in all three formats

16.1

Eranga to Raina, FOUR, lovely shot! Swinging in on the pads and neatly chipped over square leg, wide of all the fielders

16.2

Eranga to Raina, 1 run, comes back well with a near unplayable yorker, digs it out to mid-on

16.3

Eranga to Kohli, OUT, they finally see the back of Kohli! It was sweetly timed but straight to the fielder at deep midwicket, looked like the slower ball, Kohli swung across the line and it's a flat hit to Thirimanne, easily taken

V Kohli c Thirimanne b Eranga 68 (65m 48b 11x4 1x6) SR: 141.66

16.4

Eranga to Dhoni, no run, swings it away and he doesn't make contact

16.5

Eranga to Dhoni, no run, plays and misses! Good one by Eranga, late away movement teases Dhoni and he nearly edges it

16.6

Eranga to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish outside the off stump and he drives him down to third man

Gav: "Rahane averages nearly 70 in Ranji trophy, he is a test candidate but the Indian selectors keep persisting with him in ODI and T20." I agree with Gav here. Selectors should focus on him as a future Test opener.

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 130/3 (RR: 7.64)
MS Dhoni    1* (3b)      RMS Eranga    4-0-30-2
SK Raina    24* (18b 3x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-23-0

17.1

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, goes for the big cover drive but misses

17.2

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, he errs by bowling it short and he plays the pull really well, down to fine leg and the ball nearly carries over the rope

17.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, away swinging yorker and Dhoni is annoyed with himself for swinging and missing

17.4

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide and gets an outside edge to third man, there was a fumble but couldn't steal a second because Dhoni was ball-watching

17.5

Malinga to Raina, SIX, really clubbed that one! Half volley on the off stump, went deep in the crease and lofted it down the ground, long-off had no chance

17.6

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, tries to angle a low full toss wide of point, the fielder covers it

End of over 18 (12 runs) India 142/3 (RR: 7.88)
SK Raina    31* (20b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-22-0
MS Dhoni    6* (7b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-30-2

18.1

Perera to Raina, 1 run, full and swinging in and worked down to deep midwicket

18.2

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, swings a low full toss across the line and places it to long-on

18.3

Perera to Raina, 1 run, fullish in length outside the off stump and he angles it wide of point

Dinesh: "@Gav:It is not only with Rahane.Same is the case with Rohit as well. He has a Ranji Average of close to 60.But his list A average is similar to his ODI exploits - 34. We are asking these guys to do what they are not used to and expect them to succed is not the correc thing. These guys should be given chances in Tests not in ODI's."

18.4

Perera to Dhoni, no run, another wild swing and a miss outside off, just a matter of time before the bat goes flying off the hand

18.5

Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off and jammed to the off side

18.6

Perera to Raina, no run, ends a good over with a dot ball, yorker length outside off and he fails to jam it out

End of over 19 (4 runs) India 146/3 (RR: 7.68)
SK Raina    33* (23b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-34-0
MS Dhoni    8* (10b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-22-0

19.1

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, full outside off and jammed down to third man, has to scamper for the second, beats the throw

19.2

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, unfortunate for Malinga, it was a fast yorker on the off stump and Dhoni got a lucky outside edge that raced past the keeper, third man had no chance

19.3

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide and he chases that one, can only squeeze it to cover

19.4

Malinga to Raina, no run, Raina won't be happy with that shot, it was a shade outside off and he should have hit that straighter, he instead went across the line and missed it completely

19.5

Malinga to Raina, 1 run, just a single, drilled down to long-off

19.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss outside off and he swings and gets an outside edge straight to third man, Dilshan was placed fine

Sri Lanka have done well in the last five overs at least to pull things back. Kohli threatened to take this score close to 200, but there was a lull and the other batsmen couldn't keep up. This is India's lowest score v SL in T20s.

Kohli was a treat to watch. Wouldn't mind seeing his shots again.

Bowling is India's weaklink. Will 155 be enough? Join us in 20 minutes. I'm off to grab a bite.

Buddhika: "SL should be happy with the way they controlled agressive Indian batting line today. This is a good chaseble total for SL within their reach."

End of over 20 (9 runs) India 155/3
MS Dhoni    16* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-31-0
SK Raina    34* (25b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-34-0
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