India v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Port-of-Spain

Bhuvneshwar, Rohit carry India to final

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

July 9, 2013

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India 119 for 3 (Rohit 48*) beat Sri Lanka 96 (Bhuvneshwar 4-8) by 81 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rohit Sharma strikes the ball through the covers, India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port-of-Spain, July 9, 2013
Rohit Sharma fought hard on a difficult surface to remain unbeaten on 48 © AFP
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After a four-and-a-half hour rain interruption, Sri Lanka had ten wickets available over a truncated 26 overs to chase 178. India needed to restrict Sri Lanka to 167 or below to make the final ahead of West Indies. In an ideal Twenty20 world, this was a situation loaded in favour of the chasing side. The Queen's Park Oval pitch, with patches of green spiced up by all the rain, was an ideal Test bowler's paradise, though. And Bhuvneshwar Kumar used it to perfection, ending the chase early and taking India to the final with a spell of 6-1-8-4, his best international figures.

Bhuvneshwar got the ball to do so much, even survival became a lottery, leave alone a chase that began at an asking rate of close to seven an over. Some moved in, some moved away, some hit a green patch and bounced extra, with Bhuvneshwar's impeccable control forcing the batsmen to play at almost everything. It was only his 16th ODI, but Bhuvneshwar has already built up a reputation for striking early in his spell. Again, he did not disappoint.

Upul Tharanga flashed to the slips in Bhuvneshwar's second over, Kumar Sangakkara got a first-ball shocker of a leg-before decision, Mahela Jayawardene could not keep a cut down, and Lahiru Thirimanne hit an airy drive. In no time, Sri Lanka were 31 for 4, and India already had the final within their sights. Of course, it was the asking rate that made the batsmen play all those strokes, but against the combination of Bhuvneshwar and the pitch, the attempts were doomed to fail. The spinners found generous help from the pitch as well, and made sure there was no fightback from the Sri Lanka lower middle order. The margin of the win showed just how futile a T20-style chase can be on a difficult pitch.

This pitch was so difficult it forced even the usually flashy Rohit Sharma to play the survival game. A battered and struggling Rohit fought the conditions, his own lack of touch, and a disciplined Sri Lanka attack but still hung in to build a base for India. But we will never know what could have been in this Rohit knock as the rain terminated India's innings at 119 for 3 in 29 overs.

Though the normally free-flowing Rohit's grind wasn't easy on the eye, it was far more refreshing to see him unwilling to fall to a soft dismissal, though he benefited from a dropped catch off Lasith Malinga when on 11.

Despite West Indies losing both their games on the same ground after choosing to bowl, Angelo Mathews had no hesitation in doing the same. And his attack bowled far better than West Indies had, which was highly commendable, considering they had sent down 41 overs a day ago against the hosts. There was swing, seam, sharp lift, and the occasional low bounce.

Rohit was beaten several times by the movement initially, but to his credit, he played the original line close to his body. For some time, Virat Kohli looked even more uncomfortable than Rohit had and even played out a maiden to Malinga for the first time.

Kohli slowly started to come to terms against the fast bowlers and put away the rare wide delivery. Perhaps the pitch made Kohli hesitant to get forward against spin as well, and led to his downfall, when he went back and was caught in front by a flighted Rangana Herath slider, cutting short a second-wicket stand of 49 in 14.1 overs.

Rohit, meanwhile, continued to find it hard, inside-edging onto the box, and taking blows on the glove. He did slog-sweep Herath for six but the left-arm spinner hit back in his next over, when another India batsman played back to him. This time, Dinesh Karthik got a turner that spun away to hit his off stump. India were three down now, making it even more important for Rohit to not give it away. As it turned out, though, he had already done enough, after which Bhuvneshwar took over.

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Posted by   on (July 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

as for D/L method no of wicket matters it gives best scenario of prediction in favour of team bat first .in this case india might went 119/ 3 to 150/6 in nxt 5- 10 overs if they bowled . but this is how it been calculated and every team must calculate this at every over of match.yes this time india were lucky to get more runs but these were not excuse for defeat .the best team is the one need to come up with win in any wicket against any conditions and shouldnt rely on any player.if SL is given 178 they need come up and show they r best team but very dis appointed to hear from mattews blaming rain and pitch.i think he doesnt deserve best captain srilanka

Posted by spot_on on (July 11, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

Come on guys, SL fans say that SL team was mentally tormented and wasn't able to chase down the target cuz of D/L. I'm wondering what else these guys could come up with as an excuse. 176 is a below par total for a 26 over chase. remember when India chased down a mammoth 320+ within 38 overs... that's called temperament. this SL side never had that and will never have that. Finals is already lost for them mentally by the arrival of the master MSD!!

Posted by sachin.sss on (July 11, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

@am5786 -- Looks like you like many others are the baby boomers of cricket. the D&L method has been around for 15 years now... NOT 1 , Not 2 , but 15 !!!. Yes, it has the drawbacks of not being able to take wicket conditions into consideration. But thats the drawback in cricket in general. There is always the scenario of one of the teams playing on a different pitch. Sometimes the wicket breaks down and makes batting for 2nd team difficult, sometimes it eases up and makes batting 2nd easier and sometimes due to rain it can make the team batting second tougher. But weather conditions has always been part and parcel of the game since day 1. the only way to avoid this is to play Indoor cricket where weather conditions can be nullified. Tendulkar suggested breaking ODI innings into 4 innings instead of 2. This can reduce the toss win factor and weather conditions to some extent. But looks like none of the boards are finding this feasible.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

I don't have the D/L formula, but to me that is the best available solution to get results on rain-affected/truncated matches.

Srilanka scored from 144/1 - 29 overs - end up scoring in 348 against India (RR: 4.96 to 7) India 141/2 - 29 overs - end up scoring 311 again WI (RR: 4.66 to 6.22 ) This shows.. the available resources will have impact on the final score and D/L fairly takes this into account. So.. India from 119/3 - 29 overs... would have easily ended up scoring around 260 (RR: 4.10 to 5.2) Target of 261 target in 50 overs with all 10 wickets in hand is equivalent to 225 in 40, 190 in 30 or 178 in 26 overs. So this target is fair and I would have accepted even if India had to chase this. I agree, D/L is not taking into account the weather conditions which is difficult to factor.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

To all who are criticizing D/L revised target - The system uses the number of wickets remaining as the basis for projection of final score.It was 176 because India lost 3 wickets.SL team has themselves to blame for the whole saga.First they won the toss and let opposition to bat.Then they couldnt attack much and managed to take only 3 wickets for 119.Instead when they came to bat they found it hard even to score a 100 and couldnt last even for 25 overs.So SL team deserves this defeat.If the same has happened to India, I wouldnt be complaining as the system works the same for both the teams

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Congratulations to SL fans and some Pakistani fans for finding a new excuse when SL gets thrashed by India.Its the D/L system now fellas ... Let the rants begin

Posted by AlbertBuffoon on (July 10, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Srilanka might as well be re-named to WhineLanka. Enough with the whining please. Get a grip and focus on why SL is playing so badly in cricket.

Posted by khiladisher on (July 10, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@ Rahul Sen-every time Sri Lanka wins against India, its because the Sri Lankans are so immensely talented and dominating and professional and champions. But every time India wins, its because Indians are so lucky, rain helps them, D/L is cruel and biased, fatigue due to playing three days in a row, Dhoni made the difference, toss in favor of India, umpires gave wrong decisions, India didn't use DRS, Inida playing cricket since long time, India made flat pitches, India made square turning dust bowls, India had more supporters in the field, India had home advantage, this games was unnecessary, this was India's day and last but not the least "Sri Lanka is a small island and India has more population". Heard them so much that I can remember each of them. Still I think i missed a few newer ones. IT IS PERFECTLY SAID AND MAY THE EXCUSES FROM LANKAN FANS GROW-Thanks Rahul for the perfect analysis.

Posted by khiladisher on (July 10, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Till now, Losing toss, Bad Umpiring, Key players missing, SL players getting on field injuries, pitch playing against SL batsmen & bowlers were the reasons behind SL defeats against India. Now, SL fans have added Duckworth Lewis to the list. The sri lankan reasons for defeats and not seeing reality grows and grows. The stats show that Lanka have lost 77 one day matches to India-lost 15 test matches and are yet to win EVEN 1 TEST MATCH ON INDIAN SOIL.Hope lankan fans take sport in the right spirit.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

why there's so much fuss on loosing a game by sl fans when sl are in the finals already? i hope we'll have a full 50-overs final this time?

Posted by samincolumbia on (July 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

96 ALL OUT is par score for Sri it 26 or 50 overs. Thanks to rain, SL got to the final, otherwise it would have been WI who deserved to be in the final along with India.

Posted by Mushtanda on (July 10, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

if anyone should be complaining about India's supposed D/L assisted victory, that should be the WIndians and not the SLankans. The victory hurt WIdies' chances of qualifying for the final-- SL would've made it (and they did) with or without winning the game.

Posted by gurusashok on (July 10, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Would like to say something to all my Sri Lankan Fans here who were complaining on many things D/L, increase in the runs etc.

If its a do or die situation and if you are a champion team with champion players you gotta take that as a challenge and perform or perish instead of whining here.

If you remember India chase 321 runs in 36.4 overs in Hobart to qualify which is a unrealistic target but that was given to them and as a champions they performed and chased the unrealistic target with ease. That's what champions are made of...stop complaining,stop giving excuses, stop pointing fingers accept that India fared well and they are better than SriLankan team. Either Perform or Perish ...dont cry

Posted by gauravm5 on (July 10, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

After losing final to India, lankan fans would say, SL lost because: 1. SL players were not provided mineral water for drinking, 2.they were not given window seats in plane, 3. SL players' washroom shower malfunctioned, 4. their clothes were not washed & ironed properly, 5.their hotel rooms' wall color was bad, 6. Umpires uniforms color troubled SL batsmen, 7. Dhawan's & Jadeja's moustache, 8. Spectators chanting for India.

Posted by am5786 on (July 10, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Congrats! India specially Bhuvi. But I wonder what a ridiculous rule we have in rain affected games. I am asking how in the world they come up with 176 in 26 overs when India made 119 in 29. If someone know how they calculate this please tell me. I was just think if a team bats first and it started raining and team score was 40-0 after 20 over then revised target would be 200 in 20 overs for other team? Please explain anyone! Thanks

Posted by Kiru27 on (July 10, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

@IPSY...Its like india had 10 wickets for 50 overs. If india knows its going to be 26 over match, then the approach would have been different. But for SL, 10 wickets for 26 overs. So DL calculations are correct.Whenever SL win, everything is because of their performance, but whenver SL lose, its because of some other reason like DL, Batting first, Toss etc etc...

Posted by gauravm5 on (July 10, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Till now, Losing toss, Bad Umpiring, Key players missing, SL players getting onfield injuries, pitch playing against SL batsmen & bowlers were the reasons behind SL defeats against India. Now, SL fans have added Duckworth Lewis to the list.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 10, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

@IPSY (July 10, 2013, 13:38 GMT):So now you are asking questions about D/L? what happened when SL made 219 in 41 overs and WI has to score 230 in 41 overs? Do you ever thought who has scored those 11 runs? that is because SL has realized they have only 41 overs match at over around 37 when they were 175/6. If they were 175/3 then WI might have to score around 250. Similarly India are not aware of 29overs match & they did not even get a chance to bat though they have 7 wickets in hand. Consider these points before you comment 1)If initially India knows that its a 29 over match then they would have scored around 170+easily 2)Dhilara bowled 8overs in 41overs but Kumar had to bowl only 6 overs 3)India has to face full mandatory powerplay but not SL 4)SL all out for just 96 and not 160+ to say SL lost only because of D/L 5)India has no clue of number of overs & could not even raise their RR but SL has everything right in front of stop finding excuses & accept defeat.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 10, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@Htc-Android, I know D/L method is not good and you feel it more because your team had suffered. In Cricket everything is on assumption. If you look at LBW decisions they assume that it would have hit the wickets if there was no leg. But we really don't know if it would hit or not. Similarly D/L but only difference is this D/L concept is too funny with too much of assumptions. If teams understand D/L then they have to play accordingly. So first mistake it SL should have chose to bat first based on previous results on this pitch. Second mistake is SL batsmen approach was so bad (probably under-estimated Indian bowlers) that they were all-out within 100. Looking at SL's batting approach even if the target was 150 SL would have lost this match. On the other hand I think SL was lucky in previous match with WI that match was continued next day on which batting became easy relatively.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@mark2011 - would have - no use looking in retrospect. Lets just wait for final tomorrow. The best team on the day will win. Biggest problem is that rain is predicted for tomorrow and Friday is a much better day.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 10, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Rohit Sharma was dropped by Jeevan Mendis off Manlinga's 1st wud hav had a impact of this 119 had it taken...??

Posted by spiritwithin on (July 10, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

@IPSY..''''the rules should be improved to make sure that "no bowler bowls more than 4 overs in the first 20 overs" of a match'''...the best suggestion i came across,i agree absolutely..

Posted by IPSY on (July 10, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Cont'd: I have also been suggesting that in ODIs, the rules should be improved to make sure that "no bowler bowls more than 4 overs in the first 20 overs" of a match. The reason being that sometimes when the match is curtailed by some unforeseen circumstance, the best bowlers in the fielding team would have already bowled their full quota of ten overs; then when the so called Duckworth-Lewis method is applied, the best bowlers of the opposition team are restricted to bowl a significantly less number of overs. This usually puts the team that bowls second at a disadvantage - that's why they lose most of the times; although India did not lose this match - all credit to the young pacer Kumar. I think that improving the rules by the innovation that I have suggested would help to add more fairness to ODI competitions.

Posted by IPSY on (July 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

This match once again shows why the Duckwort-Lewis method is so grossly flawed: India were 119 for 3 when the heavens opened. Rohit Sharma was on 48 not out and Raina 0 not out. By Duckworth-Lewis, team India's score sky rocketed to 178! Sri Lanka must make that in 26 overs. Some questions for Messers Duckworth and Lewis: "Where did the added runs come from"? "Who made them"? How many should be acredited to Sharma and Raina's score respectively"? And so on. I guess that Cricinfo gets fed up of me sometimes, but I'm a thinking person, and I don't like these flawed systems to continue to exist without exposing the glaring flaws! I believe every body would agree with me that some sort of mathematical formula can also be worked out that in the future, Rohit and Raina's score would also increase by part of the runs that were added to team India' score, since their innings too were similarly affected by the rain. Duckworth-Lewis has too many grey areas to continue in its existing format!

Posted by athukorala on (July 10, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

As a SL fan, well done India!- SL seniors have shown that they can win matches - it is time now for SL Youngsters (Chandimal, Thirimanne) to step up and show that they can perform..

Posted by aplomb on (July 10, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

in SL vs WI match, there were two rain intervention during Sl inn: after 19 over(score were 60/3) and 32 over(122/4) and reduced over were 5 and then 4 more. As you can see at first break SL lost only 5 overs at early stage of game. obviously rain interruption does not have any impact. During second break there are 13 more overs to go in which they were able to play 9 over.On resource basis SL haven't lost much hence revised target was less. In India case interruption were at 29 over (119/3) and they lost complete 21 overs. Clearly India lost big chance (resources) to make par score. So revised target would be much greater. if you would observe DL table it would be evidently clear that it has consider how much chance team has to make par score means if team lost 10 over after 30 over of inn (in 50 over match) or after 40 over inn. Lost 10 over impact would be much bigger in 40 over case.

Posted by hnlns on (July 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

B Kumar is a real asset to India as a habitual wicket taker at the start of the innings. Talent like him should be preserved and put to optimum use without overusing and burning him out early. For Indians, they have made up for their pathetic start in this series, they need to repeat this kind of performance once more on Friday. Hopefully, it won't be a D/L decided match. May the better team win and wishing both teams all the best.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 10, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

@coldcoffee123: While I think it is way too early to use words like all-time for Bhuvi, I do agree that there is something about him. You are right in saying that he has a Dhoni like X-Factor. I can't believe that this man debuted hardly 6 months back. He has become our strike bowler in no time. What is even more amazing is that usually strike bowlers tend to go for runs as they bowl aggressively but in the last 6 months Bhuvi is our most miserly bowler too. He is playing a fab role right now. He bowls at the start, takes wickets & concedes very few runs. He looks very refined so early in his career. Compare this to Ishant Sharma. He has been playing for 6 years now compared to 6 months of Bhuvi. Yadav is no diff either.

You are right, some ppl have that special something inside them. Ishant doesn't have it at all. Just imagine if either Ishant or Yadav can learn a few things from Bhuvi how good our bowling will become.

Posted by vaidhyanathan8460 on (July 10, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

India had 7 wickets remaining and the projected rate is the target. simple!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar is a great find for India. Personally, as far as WC15 is concerned, the safest bet would be to partner him with Zaheer Khan if he is fit and available & use Irfan as a third seamer. If not Varun Aaron, Shami Ahmed is a great find too and Praveen Kumar is still very much young and both have enough time to get ready for WC. of the seamers that are coming up, IC Pandey seems like he has good control over line and length.

Ishant and Umesh clearly cant be persisted with, not just for the sake of India but also for their own sake. It is sad to see the two of them bowling all over the place and getting smashed over the park. Send them to play country cricket for a year and let them learn a few skills and then try to get their place back.

Posted by SLPissa on (July 10, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

@ jasonpete_ You are right. But I think the ICC should reconsider this D/L method. D/L method doesn't not consider the playing condition of the pitch and the weather condition . India was struggling through out their 29 overs and just managed only 119 for 3 wickets, but when the SL came to bat the required run rate was 6.85 runs per over.After the rain the pitch was more difficult for SL than it was to India. The advantage of winning the toss and putting Indians to bat has vanished completely. It was like Mathews has won the toss and elected SL to bat on a sluggish pitch. Indians also knew that they have to put a big score to put pressure on SL. But Because of the the pitch conditions they were unable to do so. If they were playing fluently they could have got around 150 runs on the board at 29 overs. How can a calculating method assume that if Indians were informed before they go on to bat that they have to play only 26 overs, will make 177 runs. NO MATHS CAN PREDICT THIS

Posted by Asifnaru on (July 10, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

hi im asifnaru from and i am really happy with india's win last night in west indies

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

Hopefully DUCKWORTH, LEWIS and RAIN can go away for tomorrow!!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Rain did play spoil sport which could have gone down as one of the toughest ODI match ranking right behind the one played btwn AUS & SA in centenary series of NZ cricket [1994] where SA were bowled out for 123 & it was gritty steve waugh with 48* who won d match for his side in penultiamte over. coming 2 this match it was such a pleasure watching rohit fighting it out aganist a superb seam attack. Had he made his debut in test cricket, i bet he would have played many more folk lore innings. i wish he should make his test debut at earliest so that v fans can enjoy some of the finest batting displays in world cricket.

Posted by Ghummann67 on (July 10, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

It is pity to restrict your opponent at 129 and then you are asked to score 169 odd runs in 26 overs. Let us exterminate this irony else the future commentators would rate us highly unjust and biased.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Actually its quite funny how all these Indian fans all of a sudden rush to defend D/L (of course because it carried 'em to final ), a mathematical formula which is totally based on assumptions n not taking weather or pitch conditions into account WHILE they are rejecting UDRS which totally based on pure physics. So according to D/L , India would have scored around 350 if they had batted full 50 overs ( which means 240 something in 21 overs. lol) as SL had a target of 7.00 runs / over. No wonder this game is popular only in 10 countries.

Posted by Lankan2 on (July 10, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Smack-DAT - You are wrong. Fell short by 81 because there was a mental challenge. That was why S.L. loss. Trying to achieve an unthinkable runs S.L collapsed. Remember previos India loss to S.L. Jasonpete - You are completely correct. It is mathews fault. He should know what is going to happen. D/L method calculate the runs required by the second batting team gives an unthinkable run chase. It doesn't take the metal influence of the team batting second. (How can they calculate mentality?). BUT FINAL WORD. SRI LANKA WILL WIN THE FINAL. Remember my name then for the rest of the time. Lankan2

Posted by ma_n777 on (July 10, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

@appkhi, you are absoloutly right mate! When these D/L and DRS systems are favour them, non of the indian fans complaint about it. One thing I can't understand is, most of the Indians argue here even a target of 150 can not be chased when SL folded to 96. These cricketing pundits can't understand the appraoch and the mentality when chasing the small taget and the reasonably larger target.

Posted by JustIPL on (July 10, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

D/L took india to the final.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

To all people screaming about Duckworth/Lewis method, I suggest the following --

First, learn what it is all about here

Second, present your case based on what aspects of the existing system you disagree about and why.

Finally, *everyone* knows the D/L system exists and will be used. It is displayed clearly on the scoreboard for everyone to see. Team management is well aware of projections before every match starts.


Posted by appkhi on (July 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Why even bother playing just give win to India without playing. This was difficult pitch...119/3(29) changing to 178 (26) ... what a fantastic rule ... if this was happens to India you will see the entire different comments......

Posted by Smack-DAT on (July 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

So, SL fans now blaming DL method for the drubbing!! Guys may be 178 in 26 overs looks odd but SL fell short by 81 runs and still after going through the comments made by SL fans, one tend to feel as if SL lost by just one run!! Well played India, all the best for the final and plz plz plz no more IND-SL ties for some time now..

Posted by jasonpete on (July 10, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Posted by DINITH85 on (July 10, 2013, 9:54 GMT), first of all srilanka won the toss knowing its going to be affected by rain and D/ L method and similar experience to the previous WI vs SL match.So its Mathews fault.There is a huge difference between D/L calculation of SL- WI match and SL-Ind .In WI- SL match ,Srilanka came to bat on reserve day knowing that their maximum overs is 41 and thus sanga got chance accelerate the innings and reached 219,so they increased only 11 runs for WI. Here in ind- SL match,India kept wickets to play the 50 overs and they got denied by the rain to play out the remaining to accelerate the innings and they didn't know their innings will get abrupt end at 29 overs.So by keeping this in mind in all fairness by calculating the remaining indian wickets ,this target was set for SL who can utilise all 10 wickets.You wouldn't be complaining if the table is turned,afterall winning toss is big in these pitches.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 10, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

I was actually worried about Sri Lanka winning. Because we can defeat India for in the current status. But West Indies is like Pakistan, they are very unpredictable.

Posted by Sunfestive on (July 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

All Sri Lanka fans should thank rain and D/L or else you wouldn't be having any excuses to defend your teams defeat. A team that scored 96/10 is never going to score 140/150, which might have been a fair target. Get over it guys, you will sure have a chance to win very soon, maybe at least once in the next 10 encounters with India.

@BDforever: Forget about dew and rain, Bangladesh never has won a series involving more than 2 teams. No amount of criticism against India is going to make your team a better one, but you are always welcome to spit your frustrations until your team wins a cup and you know true joy. If the CHAMPIONS can't take your criticism sportively who else can take it.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka's winning mentality for achieving a totally unrealistic target made a mediocre bowler highlighted as best, where the pitch played the biggest role.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 10, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

SL fans pls stop whining your team already got selected for the finals and this result is not going to affect your team's chances, we can understand your team is repeatedly getting beaten by us for years but there is still one match to go and you have one more chance....may the better team win...

Posted by Sando008 on (July 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

@ DINITH85- What unfair you are talking about do you know anything about D/L method; how the calculations take place and target revised. It depends on the batting 1st team performance how they are playing if in the same match India would lost 2-3 more wicket then the revised target can be in favour of Sri Lanka. I think you should need to know about the calculations of D/L law. Please go and find out...

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Cricket fans go to watch matches. If the match is abandoned they feel short changed. They pay to see games. These days where there is rain interruptions, a T20 match takes place while in the old days cancellations took place. Maybe a new rule should be made whereby cricket fans going to the ground should retain their tickets in case of a rematch on the spare day. Tournament rules should be changed to make better use of the spare day - where a full 50 over game is played on that day. D/L has its short comings and I see ICC making changes to it in the future.

Posted by Abitha on (July 10, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

119 in 29 overs and 178 for the team chasing in 26 overs under d/l. It is too much. The score for Sril Lanka should have been 119+10 for the power play in 29 overs would have been right. The D/L method made the exit of WI and what more in store under this no one will know till some new innovation is made for the rain affected matches Kshinath

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

I agree that DLM is not perfect and in some exceptional cases it does behave counter-intuitively, but in this match I see nothing wrong in the adjusted target for SL. After so many years of DLM if someone says he does not know how it works and compares it to a random computer generated no then frankly, his IQ must be very low. What is funny is that SL themselves got the benefit of DLM when the target for WI was adjusted in the prev match. But SL fans do not talk about it and instead when the same thing happens to them they start complaining.

Even a very shallow analysis will show that India were batting as if they had the full 50 overs and used up 29 overs to score 119/3 when the rains came. On the other hand SL knew from the start that they wud get 26 overs only with 10 wickets in hand. How is it ok to ask SL to chase 120 in 26 overs when India did not bat like that? Forget DLM, isn't that common sense?

Note that SL didn't even score 119 so what are they complaining about? Ha Ha Ha.

Posted by srhome on (July 10, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Finally India has found the Rahul Dravid of bowling. Similar build, willing to do anything for the team, shouldering big work loads, no fuss or show off after achievement. A fantastic lad to look forward to

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

so basically india got super lucky

Posted by popped on (July 10, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

I Have Just a Couple of things to say , People please stop comparing this D/L adjustment to SL Vs WI its completely out of context & irrelevant remember WI lost no overs in that match and only 11 runs were added to their adjusted target for WI (RRR 5.6 Vs SL RR 5.3) here IND RR 4.1 SL D/L adjustment RRR 6.8 that's a clear difference to maintain a superior RR of extra 2.7 over 26 overs in a wee bit adsverse conditions due to seepage,etc-poor by ground staff (dont blame India) . this should be clear enough indication for any intelligent commentators here not to compare the 2 games , and bear in my how many times the SL batting was interrupted . That being said coming back to this game I sincerely do believe that India played better cricket than SL and probably deserved to win ,regardless of the l unfathomable D/L adjustment we saw yesterday India would have won anyway but that's just my opinion and I do not wish to say in this any more .lets hope for a better final sans D/L

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

when Dhawan falls.... rohit will carry India

Posted by Night_Fury on (July 10, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

To All SLs dudes...don't think any of us is qualified enough to comment on D/L system. It's been made after lots of research and is excepted every where. Just because SLankans lost does not mean that the system is wrong. Indian batsmen played on almost same pitch. Our spinners also

Posted by DINITH1985 on (July 10, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

In the WI game SL didn't have an advantage from D/L. There is a clear difference between a target of 220 from 41 changing in to 230 from 41 and 119/3(29) changing in to 178 from 26! It's crystal clear.. It's not an excuse but a fact. I am not completely against D/L but it has few flows like we saw yesterday.

Yesterdays was a complete twist of D/L reversed targets. Unfortunately it was SL who were at the receiving end of it. Yes Mathews decided to bat first but no doubt that he didn't expect such scenario.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

On any Ind/SL clash, any team can win if the other one plays mediocre which means both are competitive teams. Now stop underrating India team or overrating SL team. Also stop whining about D/L method, thats the only system available till now.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

bhuvi super go n rock man

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

@nalaka - its ok no problem. SL and India has another bite at the cherry. The FINAL. To me the best team on the day will win. Both teams are good enough to be where they are. Even the other day when SL beat WI I commented on a well played and tactical win by the SL team. In that match Mathews played his cards well. WI lack this quality of using the mind to win matches!!!!

Posted by DINITH1985 on (July 10, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

To all Indian friends who say Sl fans making excuses. Think about a reverse scenario. What if it was SL who were 119/3(29) and India was set a target of 178 from 26 to win and perhaps they are asked to chase it within 23/24 overs in order to qualify for the final! It is 7.5 runs in an over! What would have happened then? We know the pitch was not a flat track and India would have surely fallen short under those circumstances!

This is not an excuse. Undoubtedly the unfair D/L calculation gave SL a huge disadvantage. It's a fact. It's not like the last game where WI had to chase 10 more runs than SL scored. This time SL had to chase 60 more runs than India scored at 6.8 rate! No excuse but it's a fact.

I hope we have a fair game in the final and let the better team win. And please no more rain or D/L reversed unrealistic targets!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

D/L method should be revise.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

@ all SL fans , India felt the rain pinch even harder in champions trophy finals of 2002 , when even reserve day washed out and even after their dismal performance with bat, SL shared the trophy with us !

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 10, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: Wow, you are now giving some really foolish excuses here about the thrashing India gave to SL yesterday.

SL won the toss right? SL knew that rain was a factor. SL knew that the DLM usually adds runs to the runs scored by the team batting first. SL knew that the wicket had pace and bounce and rain in the 2nd innings will make it faster. SL knew the wicket better as they had played on it already. SL themselves of the DLM in the prev match when WI were given a stiffer target in a match of longer duration. SL themselves were lucky in that match as WI were doing very well when sudden threat of rain disturbed their rhythm. SL got a bad one for Sanga but what about the THREE lbw that India did not get? What about them?

My simple question to you is, after winning the toss, why didn't SL bat first if batting second is such a bad and unlucky thing in your eyes? They knew all the factors as I've mentioned above.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

btw.. SL fans, 119 was enough... u didnt even crossed 100, so convincing win for india anyway!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

This match is a clear indication of how lopsided the D/L method is. In the end it is not cricket that won the day, but maths. The ideal situation would have been to give two captains two maths sums and give them specific time frame to answer.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

A cat is said to have nine lives. And, Rohit Sharma had been a cool cat yesterday! If you count 'played & missed' & 'body blows', it was certainly more than NINE! Commendable show indeed! Can we say, the baptism of a wonderboy into a wonderman was achieved under the supervision of Rev Fr Andrews! In the port of Spain!

For India, timing of the rain was also as perfect as the timing of the silken smooth (normal; not yesterday's) coverdrives of Mahela ! If one or two more wickets had fallen for India D/L target would have favoured Sri Lanka!

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Other wrong decisions were given after the Sangakkara's funny decision. Why you are stick into "Ifs" & "Buts". IF DRS is there, most mistakes could be avoided. Stubborn policy of BCCI leads so much of complexities.

Posted by sailorsupreme on (July 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Srilankans must be experiencing the same sick feeling of despair, as they prepare for the final against a side which has been defeating them in tournaments and series. Angelo has his hands full as the biggest challenge for him is to infuse a spirit of positivity in his team. The last defeat was a psychological blow that would have already deflated them. The 345/1 and a great win just a week back, seem a distant dream now as a resurgent India seeks to put Srilankans in their rightful place, as the perennial bridesmaid in waiting. The indians have dominated thus far but in cricket one can never tell. I hope the Lankans cling on to that fact and play out of their skins to out smart the best ODI side in the world.

Posted by BDforever on (July 10, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

I think the topic should have been changed as D/L carries India to final. Batting so hard to get just 119 runs in 29 overs and suddenly target is reversed to 200. OMG. When was the last time India won a tournament that never affected by rain or dew?

Posted by Sando008 on (July 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

@ Blade- runner... If you don't have enough talent and potential you can't do anything with the luck. As India started winning the big tournaments like World cup, champions trophy so you can't say we have done it only with luck. But 1% of luck and 99% of talent, potential, and with aggressve cricket.

Posted by buncers on (July 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

That was a sham. D/L was completely ridiculous. India struggled to get to 119 for 3 in 29 overs on that pitch. Would their rate have increased - questionable.

Sri Lanka had to bat on a worse pitch and achieve a far higher scoring rate than India - no wonder they threw it away.


Posted by Seent on (July 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Guys, lets acknowledge that the Boys in Blue played better that The emerald islanders, rather than being sore losers blaming a mathematical technique. At the end of the day by blaming the D/L method you are only making a fool of yourself as it proves that you have not even made an effort to understand what the D/L is and how it works... a random computer generated number some say? I feel bad because these clueless guys are making genuine cricket-loving sri lankan fans look bad...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Hopping that SL will win the series..

Posted by sachin.sss on (July 10, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

@bladerunner and other SL fans... I like how you harp about Sangakara's bad decision and completely ignore other 2 bad decisions which went in favor of SL. Also I like how you criticize Duckworth-Lewis system and ignore the benefit you got in the game against WI. For other folks suggesting that 130 score would be par, please get over yourself. You think the Indian batsmen wouldn't have thrown their bats around if they knew they had only 29 overs to play ? India played 29 overs at a rate , keeping 50 overs in mind. So please stop whining. We had similiar nonsense in the Champions trophy against england as well.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (July 10, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Bhuvi is India's best fast bowler, of all time. Forget "it is too early"..."only 26 ODIs" etc. Just look at his control, swing, attitude, confidence, cool head. He has Dhonisque X-factor. I hope BCCI preserves him for meaningful series and not waste him on Indian dirt-tracks or useless T20 matches. In a T20 match e bowler can only bowl 4 overs maximum, but is required to field at super-human standards for 20 overs to keep keep the score to a minimum. The risk of a serious injury are far higher in T20s compared to ODI and Tests. A quality fast bowler is a rare breed, in India at least. It is not worth risking their careers for some cheap T20 frills. But I can foresee where Bhuvi is headed. No-thanks to BCCI, he will lose pace and sting by 2015 WC bowling on Indian dirt-beds.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

@Blade-Runner : even YOU forgot to mention some points... 1) india lost the toss 2) india were playing do or die match 3) indians were batting first on a difficult pitch not knowing what should be the target... 4) indian team dint have experienced captain... and their bowling attack is mediocre according to some cricketing experts... 5)india got 3 LBW decision against them ( thirimane, chandimal, jeevan mendis )... kindly note these points.... now can life be any tougher than this????

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Someone fan has asked serious question to those who count runs only. Some fans are asking if the overs are reduced by 3 then why 60 runs added more. The same way is applicable to wickets also. If IND lost 3 wickets then SL had to chase the target runs comparative to IND with 3 wickets only. If so, then SL lost in 8.3 overs only when their 4th wicket departed at 31/4. Fair enough that SL lost by 80 runs.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Before any one criticize the D/L I want them to know that SL already knew this is going to happen considering the over cast conditions, then why they didn't opt for batting first???

Posted by Sando008 on (July 10, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

@ Blade- runner I am not at all agree with your point.1. Although they played 10 PP overs but they didn't know that they have to bat only for 29 overs. 2. As umpire given two wrong decsions one in favour of India and one in favour of Sri Lanka.. it happens only in cricket where there is 1% chance of giving wrong decesions in favour of teams.3. Sri Lanka got the traget beacsue of D/L method and India lost only 3 wickets so you can't take this as an excuse. Now lankans have to blame themselves because of their poor fielding and batting on the other hand india has done very good job on a difficult pitch which is not at all suitable for ODI matches. Yes it was a india's day and we'll going to win this series once again.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Dhoni must be a surprised man,with Kohli doing for him....congrats Virat !

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (July 10, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

In my understanding D/L is ome what good system. First 2 tell 2 people to run 5 hr each. First person start that he ha to run 5 hrs. So he starts slowly, thinking that if stamina is there he will run fast at last 1 hr. But after 1 hr organizer stopped him and calculated the distance he run and says other one that to run that distance crossed by first one in one hr, he will start running fast in starting and finish it. D/L is that rule which calculates how much distance 2nd has to cross in 1 hr by calculating distance and how much he looe the tamina etc.(by logically). If first one lost more stamina then D/L calculates less distance. Here stamina and other thing means wicket. But In my thinking it is sometime very harsh on 2nd one. It does not calculates how pitch was behaves after the rain interval etc. But here toss may play Imp roll. But Srilanka won the toss and know rain will come and how pitch will behave(they played last match on same ground).

Posted by srinideva on (July 10, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

I don`t understand the peoples logic here...Rohit Sharma, the man who struggled to score against Mathews and other bowlers except the new bowler and big drop catch. Now people call him he played master inns, come on guys, I saw a innings with full of misses and edges just didn`t carry to the keeper and slip fielders. Everyone have their own view on such things, but mentioning this was marvelous innings is overrated. Pitch was difficult to play shots but it doesn`t mean you can`t block a ball with proper contact at least 50% of time. So just cool. Let see what he has in future.. bhuvenesh bowled well ..congrats to india..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Kashi0127 : WI was never a good team exept for the first game , thanks to century by gayle... and lanka was never in a great position exept for thier first match against india , thanks to dropped catches.... and india managed to almost defend their 220+ score against WI in their first match... they won with bonus point against WI , and again won with bonus point against lanka....exept for that match against lanka, which was off day for india... lanka team was mediocre... they barely managed to win agains WI , thanks to bat batting by WI batsmen and immature captaincy from pollard....india won matches , both WITH BONUS POINT... which so call top teams in this tournament coudnt achieve....

Posted by Cannondale on (July 10, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

@Sandip Manjrekar - Very good pt about 110 runs for max 3 wickets

Posted by CrICkeeet on (July 10, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Honestly, I dont knw how can D/L add 59 RUNS with 3 overs short! yes, D/L method is a riddle, yes, many teams got its advantage or disadvantage... bt what happened D/L yesterday is "How 2 spoil a match". honestly it looked really ODD in Nakd eyes.....

Posted by passion_cric on (July 10, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Indeed a vital win.Midst of all furore over D/L system, i would like to say that in SL/Windies game SL batsman knew after accumulating 60/3 ,that the match is curtailed to 41 over a side.Subsequently,they up the ante after the 19th over so the score has been adjusted only for 19 overs and 3 wickets.On the other hand Indian played match assuming 50 over a side without getting chance of increasing run rate in last overs.Acccordingly, target has been derived with consideration of the late wicket fall in Indian Inning.As a statistician.i would say D/L does not take pitch condition as a parameter. Neverthless, the condition was same for both teams.So please all the bashers admire the other team effort with a true gentleman spirit.Good Luck India

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@nalaka @sl_colombo - Both of you should reign yourselves in. You are getting yourselves worked up for nothing - not GOD, ICC, RAIN can change a thing. Your comment dont count one bit to SL and INDIAN cricket team players. Learn to except and enjoy good games - you win some and you lose some. Watch your BP. Its only a game. For your info look at our U19 team in Australia right now they are through to another final in Australia not by luck but winning/playing as a team.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

to b honest...i think india can win in any condition...coz...they r already winning in normal if u say if the match is played/chased like srilanka got yesterday...then still india can win coz the players india have atm are almost same in odi and t20...which makes them feel easy in both conditions....which i think no other teams have.....thats credit to indian players....they seem almost unbratable in any conditions....IMO...cheers!!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 10, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

One sime thing. SL can beat india once in every 10 matches

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

@ sreejithvs; Mate, your comparison in run rate is not logical. Though the overs played by the both teams were approximately equal, run rate can't be compared like that. Strategies that had to be employed by both teams were different. Conditions of the ground were also obsolete when we were playing. You lost the previous match against us by 160+ margins. It was basically due to the initial penetration of our bowlers & subsequent score board pressure. That's why you were collapsed. That's the nature of the game. We had to take that risk yesterday.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 10, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

There a few more details that people haven't discussed here. 1) India got 5 bonus points courtesy of the umpire, by calling a legal delivery a no- ball hence awarding a free hit.

2) India played 10 PP overs and Sri Lanka got 8 PP overs.

3) And SL's best batsman was given out LBW when the ball pitched outside the leg n wasn't even hitting the wkts.

4) And top of all that SL had to chase 178 in 26 overs.

Could the life get more harder for SL players ?? It was totally India's day. wasn't it ???

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Those who criticizes D/L system and ask for fair target, I want to know their expected target. Many of them suggest that 110 in 26 over as IND made 119/3 in 29 overs. If so then are they ready for chasing target of 110 in 26 overs for loss of max 3 wicket permitting? While chasing 110 runs if they lost 4th wicket, are they ready for conceding the match? It is easy to target some one who make the rules but it is difficult to make rules. And it is too difficult to respect those who had given their contributions Mr. Duckworth & Mr. Lewis.

Posted by finix........... on (July 10, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

to all SL fans crying the earlier game between SL and WI,SL scored 100 odd runs in last 10 overs.same wicket,same conditions. going by the same logic agnst india,they needed to be around 80 runs in 15-17 overs.and from there on they need to take to the last.but what was the result they did past 80 but lost 9 wickets.. didn't happened last time,but happened agsnt india..

its better SL find the root cause of their batting collapse,rather than finding the faults on other has confirmed another thing,SL are bad chasers..not like india who can tharsh the team with 380 inside 40 overs in do or die match..

Posted by PPL11 on (July 10, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

People now going Mad about india getting benifited from D/L method, this method is is use from plenty of years !! India won becuase india got SL all out on 96 runs only. Job well done and now MSD is in final to lift the trophy

Posted by 5udh33r on (July 10, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

well you know the moral of the story another India V Srilanka Final and we all know who will be the winner.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

@Adnan Hasan Syed , @Krishanmadhuwantha : one this is for sure, you dont have not even single idea of what D/L method is....

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully; Don't compare the impact of rain in WI vs. SL & WI vs. Ind. Match. In the WI match it was postponed to the reserve day. We had almost 90 overs of cricket that day to test the teams. Except you, all others know why Sangakkara was given Man of the Match.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (July 10, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

@Nalaka Kulathunge In WI match there was no possibility of play after rain where as in Yest match there was 25+ overs of game possible and had it rained before SL completed 26 overs the game would have continued to day. Simple as that.

Posted by finix........... on (July 10, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

after this defeat,i expected SL fans to bring large amt of excuses..Rain,Sanga decision and blah blah blah...if they think if india scored only 119/3 in 29 overs then how they are supposed to score 170 odd in 26 overs..if india would have known before ball 1 that its a 29 overs match they would have treated it like 29 overs match not 50 overs match,thats why D/L gives extra runs to team batting first. and funny thing things is despite all these info,their captain choses to field,which i think is a wrong decision on this wicket having seen last 2 games,where side batting second had many problems.but i thought it was negative or probably overconfident decision.. wat to say abt lankan batting,its always inconsistent..once sanga or jayawardene goes, they just collapse so well,hope it continues in finals.

Posted by PeterJerome on (July 10, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Kusal Perera has no technique at all to handle the new ball. Ever noticed him?? He doesn't watch the ball at all. Seems to me he is come from a tennis ball cricket background. I wonder where T Samaraweera is. In the absence of quality young talent coming in, I think SL should depend on their tried and tested players.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Every time Sri Lanka wins against India, its because the Sri Lankans are so immensely talented and dominating and professional and champions. But every time India wins, its because Indians are so lucky, rain helps them, D/L is cruel and biased, fatigue due to playing three days in a row, Dhoni made the difference, toss in favor of India, umpires gave wrong decisions, India didn't use DRS, Inida playing cricket since long time, India made flat pitches, India made square turning dust bowls, India had more supporters in the field, India had home advantage, this games was unnecessary, this was India's day and last but not the least "Sri Lanka is a small island and India has more population". Heard them so much that I can remember each of them. Still I think i missed a few newer ones.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

If some nations want to win against IND most desperately, then they have a chance to win against them. And that too on their own conditions. They can select venue, pitch, Umpire, no rain, no LUCK, no D/L methods,etc,etc..... IND U19 is playing in AUSTRALIA. There won't be MS also. They are ready to play anywhere. You can call them in your home or go to Australia. But you have no guarantee of getting WIN against them. Because they are thrashing everyone there.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

@Blade-Runner : answer for your questions is simple... india just fits perfectly on top of the ODI ranking, thats 5 spots greater than srilanka... simple as that...

Posted by Kashi0127 on (July 10, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

THIS IS the most ridiculous result on e can think of. West Indies was probably the best team in the tournament followed by SL. And WI is out??? ho wrote these rules?

Posted by Krishanmadhuwantha on (July 10, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

This is really not fair for Sri Lankan team, because of India made only 119 runs from 29 over's and they lost 3 wickets as well. So how ICC given to Sri lanka target as 178 runs to achieve within 26 over's. Dear ICC officers please advise us to which kind of calculation is this and this is really not fair. If Sri Lankan target like 120 runs from 20-25 over's its fair since India has been played 29 over's and they got only 119 runs only. For me personally I can see from ICC given to India 59 runs as a bonus.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

Mind boggling D/L calculations! 3 overs less to face and 60 more runs to get just bc of those extra 3 wickets in hand? Oh come on now gimme a break. Isn't it becoming fishy day by day as the 2nd half of the tri-series showed completely different results from the first half. The leaders WI got eliminated and India got bonus point in both the matches, what a fairytale!

Posted by NP_NY on (July 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@MiloPang: Come on, you've seen the DL method implemented before. If you want a detailed explanation just google it. In this particular situation, no one could have controlled the weather or suddenly changed the DL formula. The odds were even to begin with. When SL won the toss, they had a decision to make, they chose to bowl hoping that they can get a lot more wickets than they actually did. In 29 overs if India was 119 for 6, SLwould have been chasing a much smaller target. It's called strategy and critical thinking and SL does not have it.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 10, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

SL can beat India once in 10 matches. Miracle already happened 4 days before when SL beat india. So now sl wil have to wait for another 8 matches to beat India

Posted by DINITH1985 on (July 10, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

The real problem with D/L is that it doesn't work in some scenarios. It sets unrealistic targets based on complete hypothesis. And it ignores the conditions of the current game such as yesterday. It was testing conditions and so hard to score quickly unless you get yourself set. Even the aggressive Indian batsmen found it hard. They were 119/3 in 29. So how could a target of 178 from 26 be fair in those circumstances?

It's ok if team makes 300(50) and team B has to score 260 in 40 overs via D/L. It's also ok if team A makes 250(50) and team B is set a target of 160 from 25. But when the first innings is completely abandoned on the half way and the 2nd innings too restricted this system comes up with sort of funny calculations.

In one recent match SL made 300 batting first and Bangladesh was set something like 180 from 27 via D/L (similar target to yesterday)! That was a flat track and Bangladesh won it. So does that mean 119/3(29) = 300 in 50 overs? This system needs a review...

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

What about bringing Praveen Kumar back? - he faired quite well in last England tour. Then we can have both Bhuvi and Praveen taking wickets with their clever skill. I wish one of them were left handed it would have added dimension to our bolwling.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (July 10, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Firstly, Matthews decided to bowl because he was haunted with Hobart memories and about D/L, the calculations seems odd but still if Sri Lanka has batted first, India would find themselves in that situation and may be some of us have complained also. But you need to remember, it is equal for all teams and cant be blamed as far as it is acceptable and recognized by ICC and the Cricket Boards who we all know are more knowledgeable than us at least about cricket.

Posted by Godfatherspeaking on (July 10, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Awesome win guys. But job is not done yet. keep the fire alive for last round.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (July 10, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

It appeared as if two separate unconnected innings were played yesterday. India played and scored 119/3 in 29 overs, SL, chasing some random computer generated target of 178 in 26 overs, were all out for a paltry score (which normally 1 or 2 players in a team would score). There was neither Duckworth nor Lewis in arriving at that target.

A target of about 130+ in 29 overs seems more reasonable, India would still have won fair and square. The joy of winning this match has been taken away by that target. SL fans will blame the target, Indian fans will still rejoice that India has a firm grip on SL. The truth is somewhere in between, India would still have won but not with lesser margin.

The way the WI pitches are behaving, I think Ind and SL should share the trophy and fly back home without playing the finals. This is considering the welfare of the players, otherwise we may have a few broken bones.

Cricinfo please publish!

Posted by DINITH1985 on (July 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Well surely the D/L system had to do a lot with India's victory. Let's face it this is one of the most unrealistic D/L calculations I have ever seen. I find it's funny to see some fans saying this is equal to the reversed target WI had against SL. SL scored 219 and WI had to score just 10 more from the same number of overs. But here u had to score 150% runs more than ur opposition and you are also robbed off 3 overs! How unrealistic was that. Honestly I was shocked after seeing the reversed target. I expected a target around 140/150 in 26 overs but this was far too much on a landmine pitch! Needing 6.8 runs from the beginning SL got no choice but to take chances and that was why they collapsed. India bowled really well though using the conditions and the opportunity. B.Kumar a true star. But this will go to history as a match where India couldn't dominate SL with the bat but did it with the ball thanks to unrealistic D/L reversed score.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

@Naresh28, no brother I didnt say this because SL lost the match. If there is a tournament, there should be fixed rules. then only every team get fair chances. being tired or not should not change the pre-set rules of a game. breaking rules , changing rules happen only in politics not in true games! ( jus say even after extending the match for the next day, SL still might have lost the game. thats a different thing but Im worried of these kind of lame rules of ICC-earlier ICC was more transparent than now, I believe )

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 10, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

To summarize yesterday's events, Sri lanka lost and Duckworth-Lewis won. The question is where do India fit in. Tough one

Posted by Edassery on (July 10, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

Virat Kohli must be still scratching his head and thinking why he dropped Bhuvi the other day... The bowler is simply outstanding in swinging conditions.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

kulasekara is a god bowler but lets not forget he ws present in champions trophy and The drs ws available too. both of them failed to gv a win to Sri lanka

Posted by Sumeet_Crazy on (July 10, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Saw some people blaming D/L system for SL losing the game. However, I think, it considers many other factors. For example, Indian batsmen did not know that it would be a 30 over game at the start of the inning. Otherwise, they would have played with better pace. Second thing, they had 20 overs and 7 wickets remaining in which they could have accelarated the things but did not get the chance. D/W considers all these factors and currently the best one as you do not have any alternative system. So, stop blaming systems and conditions for team's bad performance.

Posted by fanz11 on (July 10, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

@Srilanka please dont say DL or Rain Changed the state of match.Remember the Quote "Any best team doesnt complain what the target is set if its by DL or by Opponent or anything else,Only if the team doesnt reach the target means they didnt played well on that day...!" Accept it mr. Srilankans This quote works for all teams as well.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

For all of us who are getting excited (and rightly so too) with the skills of BK, a word of caution. Over the past few years we have seen many promising Indian new ball bowlers taper away after a good start to their careers. The biggest loss to Indian cricket was of Irfan Pathan. I hope BK is managed well!

Apart from that, I guess SL fans should accept that their team was just not up to it in conditions which were not favorable for batting. There was no innovation, there was lack of intent, and they just seemed resigned to the fact that we will play the final anyway, so let it be. Lets hope that we get a final which is close. We don't want a 348/1 from SL nor do we want a 96 all out. We need an interesting final!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

@Darshana Sandaruwan : unfortunately kulashekara is not as much lethal as you are imposing him...he managed 154 wickets in 140 matches... thats not any great at all... but i am sure he would have troubled couple of batsmen, but 100 allout.... nah never...

Posted by CRmadrid on (July 10, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

DL method looks stupid. India scored 119 for 3 in 29.3 overs.And Sri Lanka is given a target of 178 in 26 overs? how come. Isn't this unfair?

Posted by yoogi on (July 10, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

D/L method assumes even if few wickets are lost or some overs were most economical, the teams batting will get closer to a par score in the remaining overs, and will not continue to underperform. In the absence of a chosen par score, D/L method decides India would have made around 220-230 runs. That would mean SL would have to chase around 150-155 runs in 26 overs. (about 30 percent less). But if the chosen score is 250, then India would get closer to 235-245 (target would be 160+), and if the chosen par score is 275, India would score around 250-260. That makes SL to chase around 175 which is the case here. So the par score chosen (by both captains or the organizers) is to be blamed. The same thing happens when a team bats brilliantly in the first few overs and get off to a flyer, the D/L expects the bowling team to pull things back and get closer to par score in the remaining overs.

Posted by MiloPang on (July 10, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

I mean seriously, comon d/l needs a look at and revised again... In 29 overs India scores 119 runs at 4.10 runs per over, cos of the D/L method Sri Lanka needed 178 in 26 overs at 6.80 runs an over... anyone care to explain how that works ?

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

@Nalaka Kulathunge : lanka WI match was extended due to the fact thet there was rain almost all the day and ONE CANT PLAY in RAIN... and in this match they had time for more than 25 overs... you know what rule book say you can continue playing if you have time for more than 20 overs.... they did exactly the same... ICC or BCCI has nothing to do with this.. got that....

Posted by Hate.ME on (July 10, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

@ Nalaka Kulathunge

The other day (when rain stopped the game on Day 1), SL fans were saying that extending the WI vs SL match to reserved day would work against SL.

Now they saying not extending the Ind vs SL game to reserved day worked against them. #Excuses.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

@nalaka - your logic is gone overboard. Say the game was resumed today - how much tiring would be for SL. And what if it rained today. Tomorrow is the final. The days would start to clash. So wind your neck in, its only a game - you win some and lose some. SL WON THE TOSS - and new of the rain threat. Cricket is also played with some brain work involved.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (July 10, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

I am hoping Bhuvi & Mohith form a deadly combo ,Bhuvi is very good against lefthanders and Mohith is very good with his rising deliveries against righthanders,I hope they form a good new ball attack in the future

Posted by saravmani89 on (July 10, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

@Colombo_SL.. Don't blame on the D-L for setting a competitive total. D-L method has improved a lot. At the 1992 World Cup semi-final against England in Sydney, South Africa were left with the impossible task of scoring 21 off one ball under the old rain rule system when play resumed after bad weather. SL players threw their wickets where they needed to keep the cool and play their game. I dont think 170+ is a competitive total for the team which scored 300+ runs in the previous match.. Blame your batsmen for losing their wickets. Learn to take defeat in your stride..

Posted by sreejithvs on (July 10, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

@colombo_SL i think u have lost your mind as a result of SL defeat, nw u talking abt India being against DRS... do u have any idea who made use of DRS best in CT...If not then go and check the stats my dear friend and stop whining.... But yes Indian team was and is still against DRS and the reasons you can find in last WC when India made a mockery of DRS by getting a decision in their favour which in realistic norms was never going to hit the wickets. a team who has been so successful with DRS, if they still want dont want DRS means that they dont think DRS is reliable.... as SIMPLE as that..

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 10, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

colombo_SL. Quiet funny! Then the MoM award given to Sangakkara in the match agist WI which SL won by DL should be given to rain as well. Which helped SL to be all out within 45 overs or so. You just forgot the 3 wrong LBW decisions denied against SL.One of them was Bhuvi's 5th wicket too!.Do not forget CT 2013 where DRS was in place and still SL lost 2 times. So, whom to blame?

Posted by Hate.ME on (July 10, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

SL had everything in favour of them right from the starting. 1) They had already qualified for the finals so there was no pressure at all. 2) It was do or die situation for India to make it to the finals. 3) SL won the Most Important Toss. 4) Chose Bowling on pitch that was so difficult for batting (But credit to Ind batsmen who didn't lose much wickets). 5) As expected rain came, DL rule came into play and SL batsmen knew what target they had to achieve so they could proceed accordingly.

But thanks to Ind bowlers who exploited the conditions well.

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (July 10, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

So much for the conventional wisdom that D/L favors team batting second. Still I feel 155-160 from 26 overs would have been a fair target. Many of the comments here show ignorance of how D/L works. Google it ppl. True that it is flawed but at least understand how it works before commenting.

Posted by Hate.ME on (July 10, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

SL had everything in favour of them right from the starting. 1) They had already qualified for the finals so there was no pressure at all. 2) It was do or die situation for India to make it to the finals. 3) SL won the Most Important Toss. 4) Chose Bowling on pitch that was so difficult for batting (But credit to Ind batsmen who didn't lose much wickets). 5) As expected rain came, DL rule came into play and SL batsmen knew what target they had to achieve so they could proceed accordingly.

But thanks to Ind bowlers who exploited the conditions well.

Its really sad to see SL fans giving excuses after the loss. First they used to blame "Dhoni's luck" and now blaming rain/ DL method. Please appreciate good Cricket.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

@colombo_SL : come on mand, dont even compare bhuvaneshwar with kulashekar.... i know kula is good, but you cant ignore the way bhuvi bowled, look at his bowling 6 overs 1 maiden 8 runs 4 wickets.... i know sanga got wrong lbw, but chandimal got one too his favour too..... and dont even say indians are favoring without drs.... INDIA is the olny team who has 100% sucess in usng DRS in CT13..... and there are infinite number of decisions that are gone against india in past with out DRS..... and coming to bhuvi... he only played 10+ games... and already he is threatening you guys.... imagine bhuvi bowling under the conditions of kulashekar spell??? for me kulashekara bowling under overcast conditions against a mediocre australia batting lineup is no great..... and bhuvi might not impress you in the near future ( thats because you are biased ) but he sure will threaten many batsmen in his career.......

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (July 10, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Many Srilankan fans blame D/L for their defeat. But I think they have to blame themselves for the defeat. First of all they played on same ground with WI. They know the pitch. They know how pitch will behave after rain or before rain. They won the toss against India and choose to bowl. They know D/L become very harsh if they did not picked the wicket, they dropped the catch of Rohith. They did not played well but started to blame Law. Buvi is great bowler and against Left hander. If he is there in first match Upul may not 100.

Posted by sreejithvs on (July 10, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

@colombo_SL Buddy you missed out on the fact that they were bundled out in almost 25 overs and the score was 96 @3.89 wheras India's run rate after 29 was 4.1, we would have taken your excuses had Sl scored at 5 RPO and then failed as they had nothing to lose and it was a typical 20-20 sort of situation.. But yes I do agree that since there was one reserve day then the game should have been pushed to the reserve day and if the full game was not possible then the overs should have been cut short...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

This shows how partial the ICC is. WI vs SL they extend the match to the reserved day. But this one they wanna finish it off on the same day without extending to reserve day. Is that due to the so influential (Indian)ICC want IN in final? Pretty curious. Poor luck for WI and soon the indian drivan ICC will destroy the spirit of this game!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

India would have rarely got through to a 100+ batting first in that pitch, if Kulasekara had been there. I essentially don't see much difference in his style with that of Bhuvneshwar. Anyway, this 'rain thing' is pretty daunting, & it even is more than ridiculous to make a 50-over game a T20. Then it all depends on luck. Just hope we'll have the better luck on the finals, & more importantly that there'll be a complete match. SL definitely need an extra batsman to the middle order. So far the story has been 1 or 2 players coming into form & destroying the oppositions. The bowling attack is still pretty decent with Malinga, Mathews, Eranga, Herath & Dilhara. J.Mendis should be dropped giving the chance to a specialist batsman. Probably a power-player like Kusal (although it seems like never happening)...

Posted by binu.emiliya on (July 10, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

Bhuvi is showing Virat Kohli what he can do in these pitches,a strong reply to the captain,brain fading by Kohli that day ,Against WI also he bowled well with 3/28.He is very good against left handed batsmen, and the combination c Raina b B Kumar (wide second slip) is working good for India.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

1 thing I can notice is that only SL fans are crying foul btw,They cry foul whenever their team loses!!! Remember Ind Vs Sl Semi final in CT,they said it was unlucky for their team that they had to bat first on such a difficult pitch Then,now we should have been saying that we lost the toss and were unlucky!!! But what does the Indian team do?? First of all,we were unlucky that we not able to bat again after rain and that is exactly why we were awarded with those extra runs!! WE play like champions And that is the differerence :) Also,someone said that SL got only 10 runs extra in the last match. The reason was that they played after the interval which we did not and they lost 8 wickets as opposed to 3 wickets lost by India!!! I agree it was a bit unfair that they got 59 runs extra to chase but then why did they get all out for 96?? If they had lost by 20-30 runs I could agree with them but 81 runs????????

Posted by JohnnyRook on (July 10, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

@I_Love_My_India. D/L is not the best possible method but it is the best we have as of now. I feel Sirlanka got about fair target and in line with a lot of other matches. If India would have played full guota of 50 overs, it most likely would have made 280-300 runs just like Srilanka played slow earlier, preserved wickets and then accelerated in previous match against India. This would have been an equally difficult target as 178 in 26 or say 160 in 20. D/L doesn't care how many powerplay overs are remaining but it is because teams lose more wicks in powerplay overs and it evens out. It also doesn't see which team got helped by rain but it is impossible to quantify. So SL got a more of less fair deal...

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 10, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@ colombo_SL Before the match everybody knew it will be a rain hit match so why did your great leader chose to bowl first. India had 7 wickets left. Your team had no chance of winning the game. So many people were saying that SL will win easily no matter what then why these excuses. U people never mention how beautifully Bhuvi bowled and your batsman were incapable.

@ DumuduJ From the similar situation India scored 311 against west indies who has a much better bowling attack than Sri Lanka and Sri lanka would have been lost by more than 200 runs.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (July 10, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

For the first time I have seen the D/L system giving a fair score. What if India knows that it is going to be a 29 over for thier side... India would have approached in a different manner and I would say India have reached score between 170-200. Accept the defeat and face the final.

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Bhuvi is a great young talent. He is going to be a big asset for Indian cricket. But in this match, he should share the Man of the match award with rain. After 4 hours of rain, Indians are overjoyed with his bowling. If you really want to see what is good swing bowling see what Kulasekara did for Australia in the last tour without the assistance of rain & umpire. I never consider this as a remarkable ODI performance. Batsmen were in a hurry to play for every ball to reduce the pressure. It helped Bhuvi a lot with moisture. What about the Sanga's LBW decision. That's why Indians are against with DRS.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Lot of commenters here are criticizing D/L method without realizing that cricket is a game of uncertainty. If anyone played a spoilsport in this match it was toss. If SL had lost the toss everything would've reversed including the people who are appreciating India's performance would've criticized D/L method and people who are criticizing D/L method would've appreciated SL... So everyone should take the sport in right spirit and enjoy.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 10, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Sri Lanka FANS - should learn to take defeat in their stride. For how long are you guys going to keep calling LUCK on the wins. Before the match yesterday, lots SL fans were packing us off on the PLANE already. Your hatred is unreal. SL and Indian cricketers are much more friendlier than these fans on the blogs. I guess SL fans will call the U19 Indian team wins, topping the table in Australia as luck as well.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 10, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

@colombo_SL. SL all out in 96 . Not even scored the 120!. Then whats your point? SL were lucky enough to be in the final with just .04 runrate over WI.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (July 10, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

I think there is a noticeable trend here that no matter how well Indian team plays, it is always attributed to non cricketing factors such as lack of DRS, poor umpiring etc and the factors which are not in their hands such as rain, D/L method, pitches etc.

Fact remains India have played well. They have played using their cricketing brains rather than brawn. Lot of ppl seem to have forgotten that this was a virtual SF for India. Today they kept wickets in hand as they knew there was a possibility of rain and hence D/L coming in play. This shows thinktank is doing its job snd coming up with proper strategies. It worked and they backed it up with a outstanding bowling performance. B. Kumar is a great talent, he should be managed well.

Cynics and naysayers seem to simply unable to digest the fact that India have recovered so well and so soon after a massive transition and are playing like true Champions. Indian fans, like Indian team, will do well to ignore them and cheer India on.

Posted by masoodali150 on (July 10, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

If it was expected score that India will reach on 175 in 50 overs. and accordingly SL has to reach on 176 in 50 over. so it looks some fairness BUT why only SL has to reach on 176 with 26 overs even India has scored 119 in 29 overs. Do they people in ICC has any sense to make any Law? This was just to make India in final. I would not say India Congratulations! but to ICC, Thank U ICC and Congratulations.....

Posted by Sunfestive on (July 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Srilanka's fan are being very hard on your selectors and players. Arjuna, De sliva Vaas, Murali, Jayasuriya, Jayawarthane, Sangakara, Malinga. These are your player that won you games. They are rare and long apart. To say this guy did not get a chance that guy did not get a chance is stupid. They will not be good enough on International stage. Be happy with what you have achieved so far. To dream of new world order is not going to boost your happiness, you would end up in depression. You have punched above your weight when the above mentioned people have played well. Be happy with it and come out of your fantasy world.

Posted by calcu on (July 10, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

@ all SL fans IND VS SL overall IND 77-53 last 10 years IND 37-24 last 5 yrs IND 25-14 last 4 yrs IND 18-11 last 3 yrs IND 11-5 last 2 yrs IND 9-3 last 1 yr IND 6-2 Now,That is what I call absolute dominance.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (July 10, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

What a wonderful performance by india and bhuvi in particular. India is the best limited overs side by a very long margin and this result shows that sri lanka are really dependent on sanga and mahela to chase even a moderately difficult target.

This clearly shows that SL are very much decline and when sanga and mahela go the team would become like WI are today.

I expect India to win the cup quite easily.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

I can't understand why srilankan fans cried??? Their skipper won the toss and chose to bowl also the target is absolutely easy but Lankan batsman fell very cheaply. the blame should go to Mathews and srilankan players

Posted by aklal on (July 10, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

yeh good show by our fast(!!!) bowlers particularly Bhubi. but how many agree to a. is it the right pitch for ODI? b. D/L method very funny. 119/3 extrapolated to 177 that too equivalent to 26 overs. c. alike the other day the match could have been continued to reserve day with full quota of 50 overs. though i am a great Indian fan but my above feelings are impartial and independent, for a true sports lover.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 10, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

Like i said before get Jayawardane and Sangakarara early and SL will fall like house of cards

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 10, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

@Htc-Android: Buddy, then whey did your team asked Ind to bat first after winning the toss and knew that rain is anyway going to affect the match.. overconfidence maybe....u guys brought this upon yourself no one to balme... but however i dont think your team batsmen had any sort of answers to Bhuvi even if u batted excuses for 96 all out...Period

Posted by masoodali150 on (July 10, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

That is thotally unfair with SL. I dont know what kind of mathod the ICC applying? Even a soccor player will blame this mathod which has no sense. therefore, people who make this mathod simply call with non-sense. No matter SL failed to reach any suitable score that is actually due to situation, they had to play fast. This was just because of India is playing this match. otherwise, many matches in England and earlier in WI no mathod like this has applied for any team. this is first time to just make india in the list of finalest. Thank u ICC from India.

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Indians just managed to get 119 in 29 overs. So called, batting experts couldn't outplayed Sri Lankans with their batting. Even Kholi (Had a well-deserved century of the previous match) couldn't take much out of that pitch. What is the meaning of giving us a target of 178 in 29 overs after a heavy down pour? It might be in the rules. But has no sense at all. Completely different game of cricket. Just to decide the winner, please don't compromise the quality of the game of cricket. Sure, Indians are world champions. But they are not deserved that victory at all.

Posted by Narbavi on (July 10, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

This young team despite Dhoni's absence has shown so much resilience after losing the first two matches to reach the finals by topping the table, shows why we have been the best odi side in the world for around 3 years now!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

disappointed that the SL batsman's extraordinary techniques against pace and bounce were not on display. after all they are self proclaimed spartans when it comes to playing on such surfaces and against so called pathetic indian bowling. anyways still a useless series and its going to be another rain hit or boring ind vs sl finals anyways

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

On one day they are 348/1 and on another day they are 98 all out in less than 25 overs. I am adding one more thing to my cricketing dictionary, i.e. Duckworth-Lewis System. Thanks guys, you are expanding cricket excuse diary. ICC can't do any thing with rain but they can do with worst pitch conditions. Actually they have banned venues against not maintaining pitch conditions. ICC giving support to make better pitch in the world. But ICC can't do anything if some one loose 10 wickets in 20+overs.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 10, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

IF it was a 50 over game, India would have scored 250+ for sure. A quick fire Rohit, Raina, Vijay, Jadeja, Aswin and Bhuvaneswar were there and history proves it. 250+ score is not easy in that wicket which was bowlers friendly. SL will thank rain gods as if there was further rain, the game may resume in 2nd day too which means they will be in the filed for the 4th consecutive day . Then they could forget the trophy in the 5th day final and they would have been retired hurt if the final leads to reserved day (6th day for SL). lol. But there is no importance for IFs and BUTs in cricket.

Posted by nayonika on (July 10, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Would it be right to say Bhuvi is India's junior version of Glenn Mcgrath? He is not as pacy as GM was in his prime but isn't he trying to be as accurate and straight as GM?

Posted by DumuduJ on (July 10, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

When rain come to show great indian bats were struggerling to remain. you all indian hv to thanks duck l. if they bat 50 they might end up with 220... Pitch was not IPL type there was no easy run out there. if you hv to score 6.8 runs per over you must take risk.. thats wat sl done but vain. india run rate 4.some thing sl run rate should 6.8. who is telling this was easy task of favour to batting second team..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

@Subra D/L takes accounts for resources used and available. India had 50 overs but their game got truncated to 29 overs and they couldn't use up their resources (wickets) to fullest which they could have knowing beforehand that game is of 29 overs only. When game was reduced to 26 overs, Sri Lanka have opportunity to use their full resources (all 10 wickets) to achieve the target, hence target is revised based on what India could have achieved in 26 overs with full use of resources. This is very complex, and to layman looks stupid, but mathematically and factually is very correct way of having a fair game.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

SL batsman seam to lack the patience and skill required to play good swing and seam bowling, indian batsman on the other hand waited for the bad balls and looked better technically.. pitch was unplayable no doubt as SL could not even make a 100

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (July 10, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

I dont think this was a single match. Basically, India played their innings and SL then played their innings. These two innings didn't belong to the same match. SL's target of 178 in 26 overs seemed to be some random computer generated one. Neither there was Duckworth nor Lewis.

I feel a target of something around 130 or so in 29 overs would have been more meaningful and SL would still have been beaten fair and square. This target pulled out of thin air has spoilt the joy of this win by India.

I think India and SL should simply share the trophy without playing the finals in the interest of their respective players welfare. Otherwise somebody will go back with a fractured bone.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

They behave like if Sri lanka,Pakistan,England,SA or any other team(not pointing to anyone particular) haven't bowled well its just one bad day but if India doesn't bowl well they are mediocore. If other teams bowl well they have quality attack but if India bowled well it was luck and pitch and batsman playing poor shots.This is going to last for eternity so we don't need to prove anything to anyone. We are World champions,No. 1 in ODI,No. 2 in test and no. 3 in T20.Its the reality no matter how bitter a pill to swallow for anyone.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

@Iceman no brother no one is going to admit that Indian bowling is good.Because its not just in this match that our bowlers bowled well it was the whole champions trophy,we won the final because our bowlers performed best in the tournament.But no if that wasn't enough for people we can't be sure a league match like this is going to be enough.One bad day and every judge of Indian bowling will be back on track. We have two bowlers in terms of Jadeja(3rd) and Ashwin(9th) in top 10 odi bowlers one of which is now the highest wicket taker in the world this year.We have one of the best emerging young bowler in form of Bhuvi.But is it going to be enough for anyone?? NO.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

wonderful performance by bhuvi..its been pleasure to see him bowling brilliantly.....great going this tournament for us too..

Posted by my_comments on (July 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

@Sagay-Ed - In that match India were 141/1 in 29 overs, they had set batsman (kohli) set in the crease and 9 wickets in hand, with a normal pitch and a below par bowling attack of WI any team would have scored 300 and above, again you as the DL method does not take the conditions into consideration.I think you should read "AB235" comments.

I totally agree with "AB235"

Posted by DaveSL on (July 10, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

'Duckworth and Lewis take India to final'

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Good luck India, we couldn't watch the match. After 1AM went to bed thought of a point sharing by 2 teams, but morning only came to know the result. Rain played a lot through out the series. yet I wonder the decision of SL skipper to bowl first.any way bad luck for WI. hope 2 see a good final of 50 ovrs full, w/o the interruption of villain rain. good luck India.

Posted by AltafPatel on (July 10, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

D/L seems to be absolutely ridiculous in many situation. Before the rain came, it was clear than SL will get target with required run-rate of below 5 when score was 76 in 20 overs, but the rain changed all the game when required run-rate plunged to 6.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Credit for Srilanka Mainly they were in Field for 3 days straight,easily could have been another day.... i know there are 5 days cricket.but this is different.Its heartening to see India win.Here on i'm backin Team india to lift the cup!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

What's the point in huffing and puffing to beat India when SL was well ensconced in the finals? They had to take it easy after grinding themselves in the field and watching the covers for two consecutive rain affected days.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 10, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

I remember the ODIs played in India's last tour of Eng. England won all games with DL method and only Indian fans cried foul. Even before that India were at the receiving end many times. But now DL favored India and SL fans cry foul.Actually DL helped them to beat WI in the last game!. DL is a pathetic rule to be changed, I agree. But fans will oppose it only when they feel the heat. But in fact, SL were lucky to be in the final with a .04 run rate over WI.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

You said "India could bat for 29 overs only before the rain arrived. Their 119 for 3 has been revised by D/L to a target of 178 in 26 overs for Sri Lanka". Can you pls help me to get it? The target should have been 120 only, that too in 29 over... is it not?

Posted by Rohandd on (July 10, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

congratulations to champion team india & well done bhuvneshwar kumar the real hero of the match and last but not the list rohit sharma's contribution of not out 48 on the difficult surface.

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 10, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@ IndianCoolGuy. Ya if its a flat track then you can score 200 in 20 overs. But on a difficult wicket like this, do you think scoring 178 in 26 overs would be easier? Remember we were reduced 3 overs and asked asked to score an extra 60 runs. Scoreboard pressure is the reason why we got out for 96 runs.

Posted by AB235 on (July 10, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Those of you justify this rule seem to be purely mathematicians, know nothing else of cricket. The argument is not who won who lost, but purely that the mathematic models cannot decide a game of cricket. If a 50 over match cannot be completed, so be it, lets share points. Then what use there was a reserve day? why the full match could not be taken to day 2 and completed as it was done for the previous match? Just imagine keeping wickets and scoring at 4 runs for over. Let's say team batting first scored 80 no loss in 20 overs and then if 20 overs were available for the team batting second. What would be that Deadworth-Loose rule target? Have these statisticians taken into consideration the uncertainty in the game - that same team scoring 80 no loss in 20 overs can reach 350 on a certain sunny day, but can also be folded out for 150 on another shady day? So how can we leave it to the mathe-statisticians without a cricket brain? Forgot that SA target in 1991 world cup?

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (July 10, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@my_comments - Where were you when India played the West Indies and posted a 300 plus score? Around 30 over mark, it never looked like India will post 300, but they did.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 10, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Most of them called Ind bowling as mediocre and below sure this performance will be a gud answer for those critics.....Having said that Rohit played well to negotiate the bowling, he tuk few blows but he was solid apart from that drop catch...DK should be more watchful he is a gud batsman but he needs to be consistent...

Posted by ABP235 on (July 10, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

The headline should have read 'Duckworth and Lewis take India to final'. As an Indian, cricketer/cricket fan and as also a fan of mathematics/statistics (all of these being mutually exclusive!), it was one more example of absurd statistics ruining the game. The revised target for lowered overs did not or does not take into account the pitch conditions that exist after a rain and also due to some lethargic covering by ground staff (letting some rain water in to help enliven the grass!). Just the way there was not much fun in the Champions Trophy final (50-over ODI reduced to a T20 farce), this series too is failing in cricketing terms thanks to the mathematicians trying to give absurd models to solve cricketing puzzles. When will we see the strength of teams on a full 50 over format?

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (July 10, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

If the Indian pacers lead by Bhuvi could replicate what they did today in SA under helpful conditions then I would give the Indian team a serious chance to go back on to the top of the Test rankings. I hope they sort things out and go with a settled bowling lineup this upcoming winter.

As for this series, would love to see MSD a.k.a Ntchwaidumela back in the finals.

Posted by simonviller on (July 10, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

TO those who keep blaming the coaches - I wish you could find a way for the so -called batsmen and bowlers in the team to use their heads like the other teams do , then you would have no reason to blame the coaches . Furthermore , these " batsmen " and " bowlers" had already developed their styles of play long before the arrival of the present administration ; and as we all know, that one can take the OX to the water , but one cannot make it drink . The bad habits of these players are too entrenched in their play and will continue until such time as their retirement from the game ,only then will WI cricket move forward .

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Whether India deserved to win the game is irrelevant. There is a gaping downright folly, to say the least, of the organizers for having made a team in a one-day tournament to be on the field for three consecutive days. On top of that, that same team was asked, under D/L method to chase down 178 runs in 26 overs when the opponents crawled to 119 in 29 overs in what was meant to be a 50 over game. Absurd to the maximum.

Posted by jimbond on (July 10, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Somehow get the impression that the SL fans are REALLY disappointed to be playing India in the finals. WI (despite Gayle) seems to be an easier proposition- and Gayle has been very inconsistent of late. The final will be the class of two inadequate captains- both Kohli and Mathews are far from the best choices as captain. India at least can claim that it is a short term arrangement. Captains matter, but for the match, two bad captains can cancel the captaincy effect out. Hence, yet again, it will be up to the toss and the rain and Messrs Duckworth and Lewis.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

well done team india. the expected result with great efforts by indian batsmen/bowlers together have made possible team india to enter finals of the triangular series in w.i.will captain cool will be able to participate in tomorrows finals?no matter if he cannot.his boys under able and worthy leadership of virat can go ahead in the final with confidence.this effective performance in yesterday match against sri lanka will boost the team moralre of team india.all the best to team india.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 10, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

"Bhuvneshwar got the ball to do so much, even survival became a lottery" man loved this line from the

Posted by ibbani on (July 10, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

If India had played 1st in 1st match when SRL scored 348. even they could have reached the near total, but it is the pitch that makes score, here even with scoring on above 4 was difficult, due to the resource available and overs left, the D/L method comes into picture. IT should have been accepted if India were in the receiving end too. SO, there is no flaw in the rule as WI/SRL and India everyone had the taste of the D/L in the series. Good win byh India and eagerly waiting for the finals to thrash SRL for mighty 4th time in last 4 years

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

I feel sorry for the Sri Lankan fans, but it is absolutely not fair to say that even after losing the first match by a huge margin, India got through to the final (As quoted by a SL fan ) . The D/L method also analyses the reserve of the team, and the middle order that was yet to come , is the best in the world right now. As someone said that the man of the match should have been the rain, let us not take it away from Bhuwaneshwar Kumar who left a similar impact as Angelo Mathews. India is a champion team and such teams can lift themselves up from any point of the game, just as Australia used to do , few years back.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 10, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

@colombo_SL: Buddy this was the same scenario when your team was playing against WI team a couple of days back and the difference is WI was at the receiving end and you didnt complain about rain that time y complain will be the same scenario even if India batted second...your team thought you would blow away Ind asking them to bat first but it was vice versa....we know that most of the SL fans will blame the rain for this pathetic

Posted by hotcric01 on (July 10, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

India played well.But Karthik and Raina should be more consistent.However if MSD plays in the final,middle order will get strong.Bhuvi's controlling is a rare talent.I think Sandeep Sharma also has same or better talents.SL's batting too much depends on seniors.But luckily for them,seniors are in good form in most recent games. But if there is an off day for them,team would loss.Mathews's allround skills are appreciable.They have included inform Surnga Lakmal for Kula who can boost the bowling.So we can watch a tight final,if rain isn't affected.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 10, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

@ Amin Raban :What if SL was in India's position and India in SL's position? Do you say the same mate? LOL. SL had 10 wickets to score just 178. now a days even in 20 overs match we see scores of 200, and 26 overs, 178 is not at all bad thing when you have 10 wickets. When India batted first India doesn't have any idea about the target to put, or number of overs they play, or When rain will come, or what should be the runs they have to restrict in order to qualify for finals. more over they have played full 10 overs of power play in overcast conditions. What all they know is, they have to keep wickets in case of D/L method and they have succeed in that, and SL played without a common sense. they failed to pick enough wickets, but India has a clear plan to keep wickets and attack at he end. after 29 overs India were 119/3, where as SL were 96/10 in 24.4 overs. lol..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

i was sure,.,.,,when bhuvi took the 1st wickek,.,.,india going to the final

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Good to see that Bhuvanesh shows his metal again. I believe that players like Shikar,Rohit, DK, Virat, Jadeja, Ashwin,Vijay to be persisted with and their talents are valuable for the next three years. Well Done Team

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

The title of this article should be Rain, Umpire carry India to final. Pathetic to see Indians are still enjoying after a paddy field game of cricket.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

clinical bowling performance by india i would say..... some excuses may come as sangakara was given out, rain, DL method.... but india were clinical in this match.... batting first was difficult first of all, they kept their wickets in hand, and thus target was more according to DL method.... and bowling is as good as you can see, apart from sanga dismissal ( we had two plumbs not given though, one was chandimal, other was jeevan mendis ) the bowling was at top class......and also good captaincy by kohli, i must say......

oh and yeah... we may see dhoni again..... great.....

Posted by cricket-is-best on (July 10, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

dont know why people are crying over the d/l method. it may be tricky but absolutely logical, any thorough cricket fan should understand the basic principle. hilarious that some people are crying as to how sl got a 170plus target despite india crawling to 119 in 26 overs. fact is related to availability of resources.though a bit impractical, its a wonderful rule and there's no other way.hats off to the two mathematicians, duckworth and lewis.

Posted by colombo_SL on (July 10, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Really a bad game of cricket. Interest on cricket is greatly reduced due to that sort of playing conditions. It is better to have an IQ test between both teams & decide the winner rather than this comedy show of cricket. Sri Lanakn never worry about this performance. Indians were really lucky. Indians, after big defeat in the first match against Sri Lanka still found their way to final. Man of the series is RAIN. Go rain goooo….

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Quite a surprise to see Lanka putting India to bat first. If one look at the first match, W Indies did same and lost the match to Lanka. With rain forecast for later in the day it was clear that D/L would come to operation and India did right by keeping wickets. It appears Lanka did not want WI to get to the final and instead preferred India. Time will tell whether it will come ok on 11th. Thirimanne and Mendis have shown that they are just passengers with no flair for ODI or T20 type, and should be not in final. Better get Kusal.

Posted by shanepe2003 on (July 10, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

It's sad the way Sri Lankan team special youngsters play. Can't see any future for Sri Lankan cricket. For 26over game after fist 5overs they ve simply given up..

Posted by IndianEagle on (July 10, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

"The margin of the win showed just how futile a T20-style chase can be on a difficult pitch".

Had india batted first in this type of pitch they surely would not scored 177 runs, may be they ended up around 120 in a typical t20 match and there is no question of chasing 7 or 7.5rpo.

comparing rain hitted d/l adjusted score to typical t20 chasing is a futile thinking.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

@Amin Raban, this is nothing to do with WICB I guess. D/L is ICC's system. I know this D/L is ridiculously annoying but SL couldn't even score 100. I know since the asking rate was increasing SL tried to score at fast pace but IMO if SL thinks the result is regardless to them then they should have played carefully initially to get some momentum and tried some big shots later to make it close. On the other side Indian team was excellent in bat, ball and field.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

BHUVI is d upcoming WASIM AKRAM frm INDIA.........

Posted by typos on (July 10, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

Someone explain how D/L is fair. Would India really have posted that many on that pitch?

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (July 10, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

India to the top of the table. Showed who's the boss in style.

Posted by samincolumbia on (July 10, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

First Dhoni, then Kohli and now Bhuvi. Sri Lankan players and fans getting nightmares from these three every night. Bhuvi would have gotten a five for, had not the umpire helped the Sri Lankan total to get to three figures.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

@Amin: India batted as if they were playing a 50 over game. So you have to account for the fact that India would have upped the scoring rate if they played the full 50 overs. Since they couldnt, the D/L method boosts the score to counter that disadvantage. Normally, sides batting 2nd have the advantage. And this was easy in todays standards as in today's T20 age, scoring at 6.84 per over (that was SL's starting required run rate) is easy as pie. SL batted horribly and India bowled well to restrict them too

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

Awsum Performance....Keep It Up TEam India

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

Glad that India won but the D/L method does seem to be faulty. India was struggling at less than 4 runs per over but asking rate for Sri Lanka at start of innings was 6.84. Ridiculous. High time the method was revisited or dumped.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 10, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

I think as soon as SL won the toss, and choose to bowl, they thought they won half of the match, and when the rain arrived, SL would have thought the match is in their pocket winning over India convincingly. India make sure that they do not loose too many wickets, because D/L comes into picture, but on the other hand, SL thought D/L always favors to team who bats second, and could not pick more wickets. Right team is on the top of the table at the end. Its good to see India has come back very strongly and ending up with the top of the table, sply after loosing 1st 2 matches. If Dhoni plays in the final, then it becomes even more tough for SL. I feel Vinay should be in for Yadav in the final. All SL fans who were sitting on top of moon when India lost to SL in the first game, Its time for all of you to come down and accept that just 1 win doesn't make your team stronger than India. India is going to lift the cup..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Well played India. Win the finals also. MUKUND

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

duckworth lewis system should be remove from cricket

Posted by my_comments on (July 10, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

This is totally absurd, while India struggle to score even at 4 rpo, D/L required SL to score at around 7 rpo. India only scored 119/3 in 29 overs and SL to score 178 in 26 overs, in a pitch full of moisture underneath made it unplayable. D/L has assumed that India would score further 200+ runs in 21 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Losing around 4-5 hours of play and still managed to play and not taking it to the reserve day, I think WICB only wants a final with India in it. Ridiculous stuff.

Posted by kamalakannan1k on (July 10, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

Pitch is playing a big role in the game. So if the pitch allows both batsmen and bowlers to explore well. Final can be a good game to watch otherwise no use in watching the final and also if Rain god keeps away from the game.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

bhuvanrshwar is really impressive, but needs to be nurtured and protected.If not he will be another irfan in the making.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

Very happy to watch Rohit and Bhuvi yesterday. Specially we saw desired Rohit yesterday. Infact this was the most important inning he played since CT. Very difficult condition for batting. Not a single batsman survived from either sides. Rohit too got a life. But Rohit didnt loose his concetration level. His unbeaten inning only raise the target for SriLanka. In D/L method number of wickets make a huge role. It was a very crutial inning Rohit played and most importantly he remains unbeaten. This inning will definately going to help him in his forthcoming shedule. In Zimbabwe & most importantly in SA. Since CT, Rohit showing lots of class. And every performance he is inching towards Indian Test spot. After smart CT performance, in current Tri Series Rohit scored 159 in 4 matches with average of 53. Highest so far by any Indian. And just 3rd after Mahela & Tharanga. But Mahela & Tharanga socored centuries against India. So both are average in remaining 3 matches. All the best Team India.

Posted by ajithabey on (July 10, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

Once again Sri Lanka choked against India which is now becoming a regular phenomenon. What a pathetic batting display. This mental block against India seems to be inbuilt with the Sri Lankan team or is there a hidden factor??? It is time to get the correct batting & bowling combination as Sri Lanka have messed up from the last world cup final to date especially when playing against India.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

It was great to watch Bhuvanesh bowl the way he did against SL . He can be very handy in conditions that has a bit of bounce and swing . He can really do well in SA . If he can fine tune his bowling ,taking guidance from the great Kapil , he will become a quality bowler . In any case , the selectors have to be given credit to blood youngsters at the expence of veterans . I have no doubt that India will come back with the Trination cup , bulldozing SL in the final .

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

Waiting to watch Sri Lanka vs India final now. Congrats to both teams for Qualifying

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

DL is becoming a joke. It is impossible to score 178 in 26 overs in this tricky wicket. I hope the finals will be interesting. My humble request to BCCI stop the dumb Zimbabwe ODI tour and reduce the 7 ODI against SA. BCCI is killing the excitement of the game.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Oh! this rain affected matches are ridiculous. India should have gone home.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Is there anything else better than DL to assess match and give a more reasonable challenge for shorten matches?

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

Well done. Bhuvi and Rohit played well. Bhuvi got the bonus swing which he utilised. Rohit hang in there which helped to keep wickets so that DUCKWORTH came India's way. Ending top in table after losing first two matches shows their character. Sri lanka has to be more careful in their batting and fielding. Lack of confidence was expressed. But may be due to continuous 3 days play

Posted by Ash-opines on (July 10, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Bhuvi is fast turning out to be the little fast bowling gem that India needed. He is clearly carrying the baton for the pace/ seam attack at such a young age; Hope the highly talented, but non-thinking Yadav and Ishant could learn from this young man. Hope India preserves him in cotton wool as intelligent bowlers are hard to come by!

Posted by nair248 on (July 10, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

so first decision virat kohli took after getting the Indian team captaincy turn out to be a big blunder and almost lost India a spot in the final of this tri series. Why did he drop bhuvi for shami? Hope he will learn from this and will not make this kind of mistake ever again..

Posted by apsudayanga on (July 10, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

last match (SL Vs WI) when rain came Sl are 60/3 in 19 overs then next day they are 219 in 41 overs, just add 11 runs for the final total. How ever yesterday match when rain came IND 119/3 in 29 overs and the final target 178 from 26 overs...HOW CAN IT HAPPEN is a joke come on ICC ... funny..

Posted by rajpan on (July 10, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

Looks like SL preferred India to Windies to play Final. They might end up cursing themselves !!

Posted by veevek on (July 10, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

Well played team INdia nad especially Rohit and Bhuvi... Way 2 go.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

D/L method is a shocker!!! I like India winning but the revised target today was unrealistic..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

sri lanka deserves this... well done bhuvi, keep it up for the final too....

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (July 10, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

Why ESPN saying this is favour for chasing side. SL has to chase 178 means huge advantage for india. At the first 30 overs india's situation is Not good at all. But After rain there position is great. That cant be happend.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

what a funny system of D/L. this is the big joke of cricket. I can't stop my laugh. OMG

Posted by BMDeep on (July 10, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

As chandimal is considered as one of d future stars of Sl, he really needs to work on his technique before losing his place in d side, which I dont think is too far away if he continue playing like dis. He is not a most gifted player in terms of clearing d field with ease, he should atleast try to work d ball around for runs if he doesnt get boundaries. dis is wat is lacking most in him right now. He is play way too many dot balls there ht allowing d bowler to settle onto a good line nd eventually losing his wkt. More over he is creating a lot of pressure on d batsmen at d other ends there by not allowing them to play their natural game. 28 dots in a 26 over match with SR less dan 50 is really pathetic to day d least. It is never good to c a young player failing no matter wat team u support. U never do much if u get a terrible delivery but a lack of intent in rotation of strike should b dealt with. I hope he is in good hands of Atapattu to work with. Lastly all d best for both teams

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

well done India and bhuvaneshwar now keep the momentum and go for the kill in the final.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar reminds us so much of Pravin Kumar in his early international career, also belonging to same school of new ball swing bowling. It will be interesting to see how he carries it to next level on upcoming overseas tours. I feel it will be a treat to watch Pravin and Bhuvi hunting together. Time to seriously think about Ishant's place in larger scheme of things as he is about 50 tests old with mediocre stats and can't continue just on the basis of one good spell to Ricky Ponting.

Posted by BMDeep on (July 10, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

A very good result for india after disappointing results in d first 2 games. Apart from that 1 game against SL, they played reasonably well in their first game against WI. Needless to say, the last 2 matches prove why dey r no 1 team and world champions. I am particularly disappointed by WI as I am an ardent fan of carribean crkt nd dis again shows thier lack of consistency. Their performance has been in a decling path ever since d first game. Regarding d ystdys match, from indias perspective the real match winner is Dinesh Chandimal. He never showed any intent for upping the ante and I have to say he not only played a nothing shot for throwing his wkt but also effectively responsible for d dismissals of Jaya nd angelo at d other ends. He is slowly starting to OUTPERFORM misbah in dis particular aspect but having said dat, misbah really know how to make up for his slow start. I truly doubt dis for chandimal.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

superb.... performance guyssss keep it up!!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 10, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Also I dont get how did they determine the DL target. We were reduced 3 overs and asked to score 60 extra runs. It doesnt make sense at all. I understand India had lost only 3 wickets when the rain arrived. But it doesnt make any sense to ask us score about 7 an over when India were only scoring at 4 an over. I think the target should have been about 155 or 160 in 26 overs. Totally unfair to be honest.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

6-1-8-4 what can you expect from an Indian fast bowler....the thing which we can't expect it at test matches...he has done it in an odi .....Congo bhuvi you made us proud....Congo India..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

I think this Indian team has shown great commitment and determination and by the return of real hero captain dhoni.we will surely win the final also. Bhubaneswar is real swing master and Rohit is now cementing his place as a perfect opener. so all set for dhoni.virat raina to lift the trophy.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

superb bowling by bhuvi & excellent performance from India its result to make beautiful morning me

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

sorry Widies.Bad pitch...bad results...not to us...but for you...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

well done Ind, loosing 1st two matches, back to the final, must beat SL in final.Bhubaneshor Kumar and Jadaja are the new finds for IND.

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 10, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

india got lucky to be in the finals. This wicket is not the type of wicket where you can easily play your shots. Only those who play long innings would succeed on this wicket( Eg. Sangas 90 in the last game). But when ur having to chase 178 in 26 overs, you have to bat agressively. So our batsman tried to do that and got out cheaply. But todays loss wont affect us. If it was played 50 over game, then we would be having to chase around 230 or 240 as opposed to 178 in 26 overs.

Posted by raghvender on (July 10, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Well Played INDIA, I think in Finals we need to play rayudu as middle order batsman instead of vijay who i opener, its not fare to play vijay in middle order order when we have a perfect middle order batsman rayudu already in the team.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (July 10, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar you beauty...what a display of fine swing bowling. Reminds me of Praveen Kumar in the CB series final. But you have far better control and consistency than PK. Rohit struggled,but eventually his dogged knock became invaluable for India. The fact that India didn't loose wickets,despite good controlled bowling from Srilanka is the key. All the best for the Final on 11th.

Posted by khiladisher on (July 10, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

Great performance by the World and Champions Trophy CHAMPIONS.The young Indian team rulz the World.THe Champions have come back from the brink in true Champion style.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

congratulations team India for reaching the final. Wish you all the best to win the championship. Very glad to observe that the whole team is united and have been playing with a new spirit. Eagerly looking forward to the interesting final.

someswar chitlur

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

I wonder about the decision of Angelo Mathews to bowl fist, leads India in to the finals.

But Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rohit sharma played exceptionally.

Rohit Sharma is doing justice to his talent now. that means he can perform under pressure situations, else plays casual.

repetition of World Cup final 2011

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

surprised but pleasant one

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

I wonder the decision to bowl first by SL captain, leads India in to finals? but Bhuvneshwar and Rohit played exceptionally. Rohit is now doing justice to his talent now? it means Rohit can perform under pressure situations.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

congratulation to all....India have done it once again........

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Well well... We should give credit where it's due... Another splendid performance by D/L...

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (July 10, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Familiar story for Srilanka, Sanga and Mahela depart and they skittle like nine, waiting for their ever whining captain to blame pitch even after winning the toss this time, won't matter if India lose the final just want India to put up a good show as this is the best oppurtunity without seniors and if you remove sanga mahela from final then it's a walk in the park for Indai

Posted by athulpk on (July 10, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

It has been a gr8 comebak by india and especially Bhuvi...glad 2 hear dat MSD may play the final..without him our middle order becomes weak..Bhuvi's first spell was absolutely awesome...simply destroyed d batting team...hope we win d final..wishing all the best for the team...

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

Good win by India in the pressure situations. While Ishant has never been a match winner for India, Bhuvneshwar has already marked his presence in international arena in a short period of time. Good luck to him and good luck to team India for the final!

Posted by krishna_IND on (July 10, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

INDIA again showed their actual ability( even losing toss) no excuses this time SL. A classic IND VS SR match which showed the Real champions. INDIAN's are at their best when it comes to do or die situation.They got the ability of cool approch in pressure games. AND what a performance from BHUVI , really really really very happy to see an indian pace bowler at peaks,this is the best spell I have seen since past years from an indian bowle. And keep your reputation of getting early wickets.we(indians) hope you will. Come on INDIA crush them in the finals .

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

So could anybody pls explain me this Duckworth lewis formulae.. once again Duckworth lewis should be awarded man of the match!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Bhuvi deserves all the attention he is getting from all the cricketing quarters, for he had led the Indian pace bowling attack with grace and has been rewarded with scalps in all of the matches. Its indeed a treat to watch him bowl.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

bhuvaneshwar, keep it up

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

No LBW decision should be made 'final' without third umpire verification. Sanga got a silly decision and a clear LBW against another Sri Lankan batsman was ignored. Was that made to nurse the wound. Sanag is Sanga. A first ball out decision threw the match out of the hands of poor Lankans.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

Indians are batted well but D/L helpes them on damp pitch.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

Bhuvneh is the best bowler so far in india

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

wonderful win india!!......where are the comments?

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar is turning out to be the spearhead of indian fast bowling!! well done, young man!!! he has displayed immense talent and has the fire in his belly!! just hope he continues to flourish and doesnt fade away like the majority of Indian pace bowlers..

Posted by kiara777 on (July 10, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

Can't wait to see news on T&T newspapers about this D/L method mistake, wondering what would be match official's responses.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (July 10, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

As on expected lines world number 5 is crushed by their usual conquerers,world number 1. Congratulations to team india and indian fans. Nowadays indo lankan encounters are becoming a bit boring,that too with almost similar result(an indian win) everytime. This kid bhuvi is promising and bowling intelligently. I expected angelo to blame the pitch and he did it,he is becoming a man of excuses.

Posted by mansman on (July 10, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

India scored 119 off 29 overs, and SL were asked to chase 178 in 26!?1? Am I the only person baffled? D/L system is ridiculous. Why isn't the ICC questioning this outrageous mathematical model?

Posted by Titwala on (July 10, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

Awesome!!! Good job India

Posted by kiara777 on (July 10, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

Revised target should be 166 not 178 according to D/L method. WI would have gone to final if umpires did not make that mistake.

Posted by IndianEagle on (July 10, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

"The margin of the win showed just how futile a T20-style chase can be on a difficult pitch".

Had india batted first in this type of pitch they surely would not scored 177 runs, may be they ended up around 120 in a typical t20 match and there is no question of chasing 7 or 7.5rpo.

comparing rain hitted d/l adjusted score to typical t20 chasing is a futile thinking.

Posted by Clara74 on (July 10, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

I think DL and Weather carry India to Final.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

This D/L method is very tough to understand. Thank GOD it was in INDIA's. favour this time.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

India showed their original character

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (July 10, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

Fantastic swing bowling from bhuvnesh kumar. This match would be one of the example for his swing bowling skills. His 3rd over was simply amazing, SL's batsmen had no answer throughout his spell especially Chandimal. I actually loved few more overs from him. I still feels he must increase his bowling speed by atleast by 4 or 5km/h to become lethal world class ODI bowler and needs to be consistent at death overs as well.

This is the beauty of ODI, unlike tests it does not allow batsman to leave too many balls to negotiate swinging first hour conditions testing batsmen's temperment, technique, hard hitting capabilities by forcing him to play at some stage but ALL within 50 overs makes ODI best to watch than tests wherein batsmen leaving,leaving, leaving untill conditions change or settled out to draw.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Rohit not only established himself as a regular opener in ODIs but also making a strong case for the test spot which will be soon emptied by Sachin. Although its not a apt comparison, Rohit is proving to be developing the maturity and temperament to bite time and build an innings.Hope he continues his good run and does well in tests

Posted by Yasassri on (July 10, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Congratulation for 200 catches for Mahela in ODI.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

This one is a lottery rather than a game thanks to the person who invented DWL rule the Srilankans are very much aware of match intereption by rain if they might have taken batting thid situation might have avoided Good luck to India come home with chsmpion status.

Posted by Legaleagle on (July 10, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

India truly played like World Champions and Champions Trophy Champions. Coming back from 2 consecutive defeats is incredible.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

Superb win by India and great work by Rohit and Kumar.Some of the fans must have been cursing Rohit for the slow start and now they know how difficult it is to bat out there.Kudos to Rohit and Kohli for hanging in there to make sure that the wickets are in tact for D/L calculation. Any ways, India would have won the match hands down even if the match has lasted full overs.Srilankan team on this track is no match to the Indian team.Some may say another boring final is on the cards, but nevertheless a win is a win.Good luck to team India

Posted by bs.sabyasachi on (July 10, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

If Mathews was that much threatening ,one would have imagined how much lethal bhuvneswar would be on that surface.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

It was a very good performance by a india.. Rohit bat it well bhuvi bowls briliantly,the fielding was very good again..After losing first two matches it was very gud come back for india.. lets go guys to make a win againest srilanka in friday and make us proud.. Dhoni also ready to play final is boostup for the team INDIA..

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

Bhuvi has good future ahead,india should trust him more for death bowling I'm sure he will more e comical then yadav and sharma

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (July 10, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

A fair principle re. bonus point is that it is earned by by the winner and should correspond to a loss of one point (or minus one) for the losing side. Out of the 4 bonus points, Sri Lanka conceded twice as against one each by WI and India. If this basic fair principle is followed the points table will look like India: 9, WI: 8 and Sri Lanka: 7. 'No penalty' for conceding a bonus point is not fair. This should have been India- WI finals.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (July 10, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Well played India! Special mention for Bhuvneshwar who is proving himself to be fine talent. Congratulations gentlemen and all the best for the finals.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

This is new team India. Superb performance in back to Wall situation. Kudos to the young guys and best of luck for the final.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

finally India through to the finals.good news.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Yeah India won...:) i am so happy ...cheers to everyone.

Posted by SPS1 on (July 10, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

I will need to go back to school to make sense of how 119/3 in 29 overs became 178 in 26 overs - then understand how Sri Lanka needed 178, but India needed under 167. India were lucky today, but deserved the luck. Rohit struggled and the Sri Lankan bowlers rubbed him the wrong way in every sense, but he battled hard. Karthik and Raina need to step up though. I am sure Dhoni and the selectors will persist with them for some time to come, but they need to step up. MIdde order after Virat Kohli looks pretty brittle without Dhoni.

Posted by class9ryan on (July 10, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

Heavy rains were always on the cards. Somehow India manged to sneak through to the finals. Dhoni will probably be fit for the finals. A India win is very much expected in this TriSeries.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

isnt 178 off 26 overs abit ridiculous? wow

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

I hope we don't do the mistake of overpraising Kumar now. Many young cricketers were shattered by adulating Indian fans (most recent is Satish Dhawan). Let us hold off all comments on Kumar until he reaches 100 ODIs.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

great charecter shown by Indians!!! nin no time they are topping the table and favorites to win. all the best

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

unfortunate to sri lanka but good tournament. come on lions get ready to beat RSA

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:11 GMT)

bhuvi rocks...he is indian dale steyn

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

India's new king of swing carry india in to the final

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (July 10, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

How does D/L work? Though I am happy with the outcome, I think the SL batsman did not get a fair chance.

Posted by harry414 on (July 10, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

Rohit has shown character, patience to bat long which so many people criticize him for not having them. Bhuvi spell showed that even if you have 150kmph speed, you need to have swing as the ace up your sleeve to devastate the batsman, either way, it has been a terrific batting from Rohit at the beginning and a fine dominative spell from Bhuvi, and we are not missing Zaheer at all.

Posted by Jadejafan on (July 10, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Far too many Sri Lanka-India games. West Indies only have themselves to blame for being inconsistent yet again.

Posted by Zeyad68 on (July 10, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

Fantastic performance by Bhuvi.India have got an outstanding bowler after Zaheer Khan who has the tendency to get left handers. All about a brilliant performance but Rohit should play little faster then it would be good for India

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

so...another ..trophy. ..go India go ..

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:53 GMT)

To see no comments on this article shows how much fans are fed up and tired of India srilanka ties :(

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

This d/l method is really unfair. To have to chase a target higher than the opposition purely based on the wickets they lost is unfair. This should take into account the fact that the second team will have a affected pitch and a wet outfield to contend with. There needs to be a better solution found....for example if there was a reserve day in this series why wasnt this match allowed to be conducted over the two days as a 50 over match like the wi and sl match? Its time to stop thinking about cricket in terms of tv rights and advertiser revenues and begin to think about the welfare of the game. Even for the players I believe the motivation should be the pride of representing ones country in an international forum rather than making the most money possible.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

India have shown the world why dey r the world champions..........topping the table after 2 heavy losses ...india have come strong and have shown there charactor.......well done.......and bhuvi was superb as always........

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 9, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

The ICC need to help do something about the dire state and poor facilities of W.I pitches ASAP

Posted by bs.sabyasachi on (July 9, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

It's a high quality performance from team India.They batted well enough on a difficult pitch after losing the toss.One can imagine if Mathews can do the ball that much threatening what can Bhubaneswar do on that particular surface.And when Sanga and Mahela departed,it was all but over for Srilanka on that wicket.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

well played india. credit goes to bhuvi. A gifted bowler to india. Get the cup boys.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

The rain and D/L made mockery of this match. I hope the final will get a full day's play without interruption.

For SL, Dinesh Chandimal is woefully out of form. He should go back to the nets and practice his footwork, which there is none. Kusal Perera could be given a chance. Btw, where's Thisara Perera? Is he injured?

Posted by mar2000 on (July 9, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

Hopefully by Thursday the Pitch will be settled and a great match will be on . Too much live grass on surface for a 50 over game. let us hope that the RAINS stay away.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

Well played india...:)....fantastic swing bowling by bhuvi...if irfan pathan will b thr that will b a great treat to watch....all the best for the final..:)

Posted by anniyan18 on (July 9, 2013, 23:30 GMT)

Im happy that India won!!. My fellow Indian fans will chastise me for this comment but I felt that SL got a very rough deal. D/L rule turned out to be very favorable for India in this match!! I felt that SL and WI played better than India in this tournament and they both deserve to be the finalists... Anyway cant complain im so happy that India won... May the best team win in the final!! Cheers!!

Posted by Chanred on (July 9, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

This Indian side is showing such a lot of class,courage and depth, the like of which hasn't been felt by the Indian fan in a long time. It has all to do with infusion of young blood and the removal of seniors who were piggy backing on reputation. It's also quite sad to see the zip go out of a Ind - SL match due to familiarity and the fact that SL have become Ind's bunnies.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (July 9, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

This Team India, molded by Dhoni, runs on auto pilot! After losing two matches and needing to win next two, Azhar's India might have lost both and Ganguly's India, might have own one and lost the other. But it is Dhoni's India, it's getting in to the habit winning when the odds are stacked against them. It is well oiled that it can run on auto pilot when Captain is injured. For now this applies to ODI's. Hopefully they carry over to other forms.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

Wow.. wake up to see bhuvi's excellent figures 4 for 8 in 6 overs.. amazing.. great start to the day.. big blow for windies

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

The rain and the D/L rules made mockery of this game. Hope the final gets a full day's play. Btw, Dinesh Chandimal needs to re-learn how to use his feet when batting. Some SL schoolboys use their feet better. Chandimal who is woefully out of form, and perhaps giving Kusal Perera another chance in the final may be a good choice for SL.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Bhuvi the single structure man but fully loaded crafted marvelous win to India along with Rohit. kudos to team India. I wish if Praween can make to Indian team both BK & Pk will be unplayble bowling combination.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Joke! India always wins :) Sponsors always win :) Why always is there drama associated with Indian cricket lately? Since 2007 it has been significantly dramatic and my faith on cricket governors at the highest levels has completely gone!!!

Posted by mar2000 on (July 9, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Another day of "poor Umpiring" compounded with the D/L system . This kind of stuff is killing the cricket. DRS must be used in every game by every cricket nation.

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (July 9, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

If you are an Indian fan you must hopelessly optimistic and if you are a WI fan you must be horribly pessimistic to have guessed the current standings in the points table after the first leg of the series. I hope girls understand that there is no better reality show than sports and let us watch peacefully :)

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

6-1-8-4 wow what a spell Bhuvi bravo keep it up!!!!!!!!remind me Courtney Walsh against Bangladesh. Still Rohit didn't convince me his place in team, he is building pressure on Dhavan. 52nd time will watch Lanka and India in five yrs that's too much but will survive loving cricket.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Well done India, all the best for the finals.

Posted by PracticalGuy2013 on (July 9, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

Well played India!!.....This was a comprehensive victory. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled like a dream. To pick up 4 wickets for under 10 runs is a gr8 performance by him. So well done to him too!!.

Bowling out a opposition under 100 even if it happens in a truncated game & helpful conditions is no mean feat. The bowlers still have to bowl in right areas & fielders still have to take the catches. Like Umesh Yadav showed if you don't bowl in right areas you can still be hit for runs even in these conditions. Hopefully he gets his radar right for the Final as he has probably been India's most inconsistent bowler in this series.

All the best for the Final!!. :)

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

It is only 3 am in india. I wake up from my dream thinking if there is any short duration of play India will be fvrt. And I was right. Bhuvi a single structure man is fully loaded to destroy any bating side. In his short span of career he simply proved that how leathel he can be. kudos to him and Rohit for crafting a marvelous win. Well done team India. I wish if Praween can make it to Indian team, he along with Bhuvi can be unplayble opening bowling combination....

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 9, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

India's bowling is often said to be weak. Yes we do not have a strike bowler if by that we mean an express fast bowler who can rattle the other team with sheer pace and bounce. We do not even have a classical spinner. Yet the performance of this bowling attack has been very impressive and from the CT13 onwards they have given one great bowling performance after another. I dare say that empirically, they are the best attack in the world right now in ODIs. Note the word empirically there. In CT13, India restricted Pak & SL to <200 scores in 40/50 overs & WI to <250. India did tremendously well to defend paltry 128 runs vs Eng in the final, India nearly defended 208 vs Pak, India restricted WI to <200 once again & India bowled out SL for <100. Which other team of late has done this?

Note that India are doing this even with misguided missiles like Yadav & Ishant. It is all due to Bhuvi/Ashwin/Sir. If only Yadav/Ishant can improve by 20% our attack would become truly awesome.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

well done India, played very smartly. Took full advantage of pitch and D/L method. Good spell of bowling from Bhuvaneshvar Kumar, hope he had got 5for figures. Sri Lanka bowled well with limited resources, it was difficult pitch for the batsmen to survive in the second innings. Hopefully weather will be fine for the final and able to get full 50 over contest and the better team wins. Best of luck for men in blue.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

From Paupers to Toppers in 2 days time.. Well done India

Posted by Manush on (July 9, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Bad decision on Sangakara, but India did well to come on top to play the finals. The real villain in the West indies team is the reckless captain Pollard who again gave away the chance to get a trophy.What a poor decision to elevate him to the job ahead of the person who built the team Darren Sammy when Dwayne is out of action.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (July 9, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Karthik has not been scoring runs, but India need to be patient with him. He will come good given enough chances. He should play ahead of Vijay in the final.

Posted by Balb on (July 9, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Can you believe the West Indies is sitting in the shades or where ever in their own backyard watching a final which they were suppose to not only play in but highly expected to win.

Any excuses: None? Ah! AH! Um, Too much flamboyant shots and the so called calypso style of cricket. Inconsistent top order. Failure to select by merit. Omission of two of West Indies most dependable batsmen Chanderpaul and Sarwan. Risky decision by the WI board to remove Sammy as captain. The list goes on.

Cameron, please, in the best interest of West Indies cricket make some changes and right decision to bring back Chanderpaul and Sarwan so as to gain some respect and faith in the Caribbean fans and for cricket as a whole.

Simmons played a life career innings to be recognized. He is in.

Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Samuels only smells twenty/20 $. Gayle please play for your prime minister.

Cameron, one more thing, please hire a good batting and a bowling coach. Give Gibson a severance package.

Posted by Divinetouch on (July 9, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Congrats team India on a superb victory and topping the table.

Very sad that Sri Lankan still lost although they won the toss. Dismissed for less than 100.

Rohit, you showed your class how to bat on difficult wickets unlike the bullies who can bat on the featherbed Colombo wickets.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

i just cant believe that sri lanka was all out less than 100 and thanks to bhuvi.wht a spell n wht a talented player.

jadeja also bowled well n rohit sharma batted really well under such tricky condition.

in all department india done well to go through the final n specially bowling department was awesome.

sri lanka bowlers bowled well but batsmen felt i am a indian fan lets hope for another cup.

Posted by Javed_17 on (July 9, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Bhuvi reminds me of glenn mcgrath. He bowled not like a rash youngster looking to knock over everyone, but liked a seasoned campaigner who patiently broke down the opposition with beauty after beauty of deliveries. Sangakarra probably was undid by umpire nero than anyone else but credit to the delivery. We in the caribbean are not generally accostomed to seeing a swing bowler being effective in our climate. Maybe the clouds, maybe a low pressure system, maybe a little magic of the palm regardless it was spectacular to watch. To india's credit, after losing two and coming back to win two and earning two bonus points deserves a place in the finals any day

Posted by alansimms on (July 9, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

That was the most ridiculous Target adjustment I have seen since that infamous SA 22 Runs off1 ball Incident , Mind you I still think India would have won nonetheless ,but asking to score 59 runs off 3 overs less is highly questionable, poor WI, but then otherwise it would have been poor India!! may have been better to take it to the reserve day, but then SL would have had to play 5 Days straight some one certainly got stuffed here for sure but I don't know who!!

Posted by ramz30380 on (July 9, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

Well done India.... What a win and B.Kumar what-a-bowler! Down and out last week with two consecutive losses and now back with a bang with two wins in as many matches that too both with bonus points and on top of the table!

India are clear favorites to win the cup and if MSD plays - it will seal it even before a ball is bowled in the final. Best wishes to the young brigade to bring home the cup!

Posted by kc69 on (July 9, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Wow, There goes one of the best bowling performances by India in recent times I've seen,Definitely India missed him in their last match against SL. Todays win can also be termed as a reply to SL's win against India a few days back. But when it comes to 2nd innings this match it was very much over when Sanga and Mahela departed. It is a known fact now that Sri Lanka's batting which revolves mostly around Sanga and Mahela(and partly Dilshan). Sri Lanka needs to get some harsh decisions to give other youngsters a chance to play with Dilli,Sanga and Mahela. Finals with Dhoni in the side makes India a clear cut favourites.

Posted by the_blue_android on (July 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

If giving excuses was included as a sport in Olympics, Angelo Mathews will win the gold medal for the next 3 Olympics.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

I was looking at cricinfo statsguru. Very interesting. India have scored ~ 109,000 test runs in its history of 90 years of test match cricket. Close to 50% (>49%) have been scored by the recent fab five: Sachin, Rahul, Dada, VVS and Viru. Add MSD to the mix and 55% have been scored by these six. The other 250 odd together havent scored as many.

The point is its critical to nurture talent like Kohli and Sharma (and Pujara) properly to make sure they dont flame out. Hope we get 25000-30000 test runs out of these three for India in the next 10 years.

Posted by Des_65 on (July 9, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

Great job India esp. Rohit & Bhuvi! Keep up the good work!

Posted by Sadiq1952 on (July 9, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

Well done India. Amazing bowling by B. Kumar. SL should understand that they are dealing with champs. Beyond Jayawardene and Sangakara and possibly Dilshan they do not have any reliable batsman. In this situation they have to make the best of what's available. Still can't figure why Chandimal is prefered over Thisara Perera. He is like Jadeja of India and a fine all rounder best suited for limited over games. With Kulasekera doubtful it's even more important to get the extra bowling and power hitting capabilities of Perera.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

SL will lose the final. Indian jinx will haunt them in the final again:)

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

India played like a champion ,,well I can understand SL played 3days in the row..all the best for both teams in final...!New Yorker ..

Posted by dragster21 on (July 9, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

Sri Lanka will never learn... the side is very unbalanced, until they made some radical changes in the composition of the team and what each player's role is they are never going to win big matches. Matthews should come up the order and stamp his authority, hes got a good technique and the captain needs to try and lead from the front. Chandimal is no good in seaming conditions, inadequate technique. Can't have a middle order batman poke randomly at the moving ball hoping to make contact. Chandimal should be lower middle order batsman or the other option is replace him with Thissara who is more of a all rounder to balance the team or he should open the innings. Sanga should drop 1 down to strengthen the middle order and give youngers more exposure. I am yet to see a SL youngster (except Thirimanne) with a good technique. We need one badly. Upul tharanga will not be consistent, Chandi will not be consistent - flawed technique. Middle order is NOT the place to flounder.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

Poor team selection, still team is hardly depend on Mahela & Sanga. Chandi and Lahiru on poor form. Mendis is failing Continually even he is not making any impact on the team but playing for all matches. Our recent match winner Thissera is omitted from team without any reason. We need to bring back Dimuthu, Angelo Perara when chandi and lahiru out of form for long. Eranga is having some good pace but need concentrate on line more. Lakmal and Eranga will be good prospect for us in future.

Final Team Will be : Tharanga, Mahela, Kushal, Sanga, Lahiru, Mathew, Chandi, Sachi, Lakmal, Malinga & Herath

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

Congratulations India!!!!They have played like champions.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:28 GMT)

Well played team INDIA, tit for tat :D

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Looks like India's "weak" bowling attack managed to get all 10 Sri Lankan wickets for under 100 runs even without "Dhoni's luck". Today, SL fans will have to get really creative with their excuses.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Without bhuvi SL made 350, this is the difference between him and other bowler. At last India got to see true consistent bowler who can choke any team. Well done BHUVI

Posted by rajapost on (July 9, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

umpire judged sangakkar lbw wrongly but 3 actual lbw given not out

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

D/L calculations are tricky and can cause any surprises

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

India deserve a fantastic win, best in the world.. Proven today

Posted by Actioncricketer on (July 9, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

Well done India. This is the kind of stuff Champions are made of. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and the spinners really make the attack potent. The batting is world class. Of course there would be hiccups here and there, but a combination of Character and Class will certainly make you champions.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

India deserve to be in final... Brilliant display of power

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

This is totally absurd. While India struggle to score even at 4 runs per over, D/L is asking us to score at around 7 runs per over. India only scored 119/3 in 29 overs and we have to score 178 in 26 overs! With moisture created under the covers it is totally unplayable. Losing around 4 hours of play and still manages to not to take it to the reserve day. I think WICB only wants India in final. Ridiculous stuff!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Wonder why Indian batsmen lack urgency in this crucial game. Is it due to tough pitch or with the bowling quality ?

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

No matter whaf happens in the final one thing ia for sure we have seen the potential of a man called virat as a future captain of india.jai hind

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

Indis all the way to final ..well done Team India ??

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Resurgent indian team on course to enter into d finals of tri series. First rohit batted with utter patience n thereafter bhuvi does d job for india. V well done

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Watching cricket from my childhood but still not understand, How D/L calculates? Can any one help me on that.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

a hard pitch for batting but Indian team is champ they have to prove it once again raina a form will be crucial for hom

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

bravo rohit fighting well for India in a in even bounce pitch raina and murli should prove their potentials to win this must game surprised of Matthews bowling in two mat ch a very crucial one

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Hopefully he gets the big one today. Despite all the disparaging comments regarding him as "noHit Sharma" we know his second coming as opener has been a success

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

india gone this difficult match in magical movements in winning performance

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

SL need to press the advantage by attacking and getting a few more wickets as rain and DL will apply

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Srilanka need to press home by attacking the batsman and getting a few more wickets, rain is a major factor and D/ L will apply

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

India have to come up with their A game on the park to win this game. I think India will win this game because their recent record in the make or break matches have been excellent.Virat kohli going to be the real key for India.I hope this time our bowlers will not be as pathetic as they were in the last encounter against sri Lanka

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