The story of the match in your tweets

India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy 2013, Cardiff

June 20, 2013

The carrom ball of the century

Nitin Sundar

The pre-game forecast suggested rain might wash out the 55th India v Sri Lanka game in five years. However, the weather relented after a heavy morning downpour. India were overwhelming favourites given their form and recent track record against the familiar opponents.

The toss was delayed by only 30 minutes and no overs were lost.

India bowled first on a moist wicket that had something in it for every kind of bowler. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in the business immediately, removing Kusal Perera with an away-swinger. Umesh Yadav had Tillakaratne Dilshan hopping - he injured his leg trying to play a shot, and had to leave the field despite treatment.

Yadav and Bhuvneshwar made run-scoring close to impossible in their opening spells.

Ishant's hair was the big talking point when he came on for a bowl. The broadcasters even turned the HotSpot camera on him. It made for hair-raising viewing.

Ishant nipped out Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thrimanne, both of them edging to Suresh Raina, making it a hat-trick of catches for him.

Sri Lanka pottered about to reach 41 for 3 after 18 overs. Blame it on the typically English conditions in Wales.

The ball was seaming about so much that MS Dhoni relinquished the keeping gear to come on for a trundle. Most watchers were caught by surprise...

... But not all of them.

Dhoni nearly had Mahela Jayawardene out in his first over.

Ravindra Jadeja came on and began to spin the ball big. The tricky nature of the pitch had even the commentators stumped.

Jayawardene's exit meant Sri Lanka had to shut the shutters and rebuild. The batting Powerplay included two maidens and went for only 12 runs.

Sri Lanka kept losing steam though. The highlight of the slog overs was R Ashwin bowling Nuwan Kulasekara behind the legs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan came back to bat, but he was clearly in a lot of strife. A pitch invasion caused a flutter near the end of the innings. It happened while the ball was in play too.

India's in-form top order was faced with a chase of 182. The openers - Rohit Sharma in particular - were edgy, but survived the early movement.

Shikhar Dhawan didn't let the misses and edges curb his attacking mindset.

Rohit perished just as he looked good for a substantial knock, but Dhawan continued to pile it on.

Virat Kohli marched past 50 as well, against his favourite opponents.

India finished the chase with 15 overs to spare, extending their scarcely-believable run in the tournament.

So an India v England final. Plenty to look forward to on Sunday, on and off the field.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Sean on (June 24, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

"Misbah Ul Haq would be soooo proud today!!" Still laughing.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 22, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

The English merely adopted twenty20, Indians were born in it, molded by it, we play 50 overs till we were men.

Posted by Suman on (June 21, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Wonderful collection. Loved the Aahwin one.

Posted by Cricket on (June 21, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Very good collection indeed. Good job Nitin :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 21, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Could this be "Harsha Bhogle and Nasser Hussain Pulled up by BCCI and ICC for Betting on Cricket....'Dhoni to bowl or not'.."

Posted by Joju on (June 21, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Interesting tweets. I like the one which mentioned Ashwin's pause. Hopefully, Ashwin recovers from that and get fit for the final ;)

Posted by Naresh on (June 21, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

WOW the TWITTER COLUMN BRINGS UP SO MANY FUNNY COMMENTS. THE BEST THAT HAD ME LAUGHING WAS:- "just paid nasser husain a pound on a friendly wager!! he had said this morning that dhoni would bowl!"

Posted by Mradul on (June 21, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

This Tweet page is the most awaited after every match. Great selection of tweets. Thanks to Espncricinfo for this.

Posted by Christy on (June 21, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Enjoyable section of Cricinfo's reporting pages ...

Posted by Kishore on (June 21, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

This is absolutely awesome compilation of tweets ! keep this going !

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 21, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

It made for the best and the most hilarious reading among all 'Match In Tweets' this Champions Trophy!! :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 21, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

First thing to enjoy next morning of the match. Loving it!

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 21, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

This page has become the most interesting part of cricinfo, absolutely love it

Posted by Sarthak on (June 21, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Nitin, really enjoy your work. "Ashwin's pause" & imagining Duncan Fletcher bowl cracked me up.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 21, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

Awesome :) I love to read these

Posted by Kartik on (June 21, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

These Tweets are wonderful to read and give you few mins to laugh on every match day !!! :-D

Posted by Ramesh on (June 20, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

loved reading all the tweets...wonderful idea this :) :) !! Kudos Cricinfo team...

"Dhawan should run for US president or try flying....this kind of luck should not be wasted on puny things like playing cricket." hehehehe LOL :) :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 20, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

Match in Tweets is so good! It's so much funnier than the Plays section, keep it up.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 20, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

haha... Teacher - "Your child is very Rohit Sharma"....you mean has the talent but is unable to convert into something productive?

Posted by Guess on (June 20, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Two best teams at the CT13 makes for a mouthwatering final. England home advantage,good bowling and decent batting versus Indian batting, good fielding (surprised?) and decent bowling. Hope the rain stays away and Shikhar TheOne (Dhawan) can do it for India. Enjoy.

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 20, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

"parallel universe"..LMAO

Posted by Ravi Pratap on (June 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

If you don't get comments here, don't misunderstood that its not famous.. its one of the best pages to go through on cricinfo... let them flow... :)

Posted by Amritpal on (June 20, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Amazing funny tweets, love it

Posted by Sunil on (June 20, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Please dont take my comments seriously (just joking). As betting is not allowed in India, would Ganguly & Hussian have been charged for betting a pound on if Dhoni will bowl or not? Odds of Dhoni bowling was probably 1 in million, I wonder if there was any bet on this, there would have been a few millionnaires.

Posted by Rajesh on (June 20, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

"Shikari" (Hunter) Dhawan hunts down the target... Indian Tigers pounced the Lankan Lions...

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 20, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I love this Keep them coming......LOLZ....This was Awesome.. "What if Ganguly removes his Shirt and throws on Naser Hussain after the win."

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 20, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

i dont know whose i dea this match in twitters is...but man i tell you we litterally had a whole match in this..... cheers to india...

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