India v Sri Lanka, tri-series final, Port-of-Spain July 11, 2013

Iceman Dhoni breaks SL hearts

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India 203 for 9 (Rohit 58, Dhoni 45*, Herath 4-20) beat Sri Lanka 201 (Sangakkara 71, Thirimanne 46, Jadeja 4-23, Bhuvneshwar 2-24) by one wicket
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Leave it to me, he says. I want to take this to the last over. Me against one man. One on one. I know I am better than the last man the other team can put up against me. Once again, MS Dhoni reduced a lost match into a one-on-one contest with an opposition bowler, and knocked off the 15 required in just three hits. You could see the bowler - Shaminda Eranga, 9-2-34-2 until then, wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to his name - was intimidated the moment he saw the first one fly into the top of the top tier.

Bear in mind that this was a treacherous pitch with seam, spin and uneven bounce. Dhoni was injured, and had come back only for this match. He wasn't running as hard as he does, and wickets were falling at the other end. When Dhoni came in, the asking-rate was 3.35, but with falling wickets and turned-down singles, it hit the improbable towards the end. Dhoni, though, kept refusing singles, kept admonishing the last man Ishant Sharma for taking off for panic-stricken singles.

Ishant couldn't be blamed. The game had unravelled fast for India. They were cruising when Rohit Sharma had braved for yet another fifty despite another painful blow to his body (which makes it atleast four in two innings against Sri Lanka), despite many balls that seamed past his edge, despite the slow start. When India were 139 for 3 in the 32nd over, though, Rangana Herath delivered a grubber, and it squeezed under Rohit's bat. Things were about to change.

The pitch was still difficult to bat on as Suresh Raina soon found out. He thought he had a half-volley from Suranga Lakmal when he went for the drive, but even after pitching that full the ball seamed away appreciably and took his edge. The accurate and wily Herath saw an opening now. And burst through it. In the 38th over, his last, Herath trapped Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin - whose combined figures had been 17.5-1-65-6 - in successive deliveries. India 152 for 7.

The drama had begun. Only a few minutes earlier, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara had gone on and on - for overs it seemed - about an obstructing-the-field appeal against Dhoni. He had taken two steps down the wicket, and then realised he would have hit the other batsman if he ran straight. So he ran, nay hared on a bad hamstring, at an angle, but didn't change his direction for the remaining 20 yards. The throw hit him, and the two senior Sri Lankans would not leave the umpire's side. They knew they needed this man out as soon as possible.

For the next half hour, though, Sri Lanka would have thought they didn't need to get Dhoni out. Dhoni tried to intimidate Lakmal once during the Powerplay, but after that he began playing the percentage game. Sri Lanka knew Dhoni couldn't manipulate the strike with that hamstring, and controlled the game well. Lasith Malinga - seven overs for 54 runs until then - finally got his radar right, and got Bhuvneshwar Kumar toe before wicket with his dipping slower yorker. In the tense overs that followed, R Vinay Kumar lost his cool, and slogged and got out. India 182 for 9 after 46.2 overs.

With any other batsman than Dhoni, you would expect panic. Dhoni, though, wanted to corner just one man. He wanted to bring it down to that one man. He was also daring Sri Lanka to keep back Malinga, who had one over left, for the last. Sri Lanka didn't. Malinga bowled the 48th. Dhoni faced the whole over, looking unhurried, for just a scrambled couple.

The only man hurried was Ishant, who tried a suicidal single off the last ball of Malinga's over to keep Dhoni on strike. The ball, though, had gone straight to the fielder, and Dhoni was miffed Ishant tried such desperation. It was not becoming of someone batting with the coolest and the best batsman in ODI cricket. Ishant would do that again off the first ball of the next over. Twice Dhoni let Ishant know what he did was not right. Ishant faced another dot. Then another dot. Seventeen off nine. Dhoni was cool at the other end. He had marked out his man. He knew it wouldn't be an experienced bowler in the last over.

Two runs came off the last three balls of the 49th over, but Ishant was made to feel under no pressure. He had been told to leave it to the man who knew his way around these lanes. Then began the great show. As soon as Ishant left alone - yes, left alone - the last ball of the 49th over, Dhoni signalled to the dressing room for a new, heavier bat.

As Angelo Mathews psyched Shaminda Eranga up for the last over, Dhoni practised a few swings with two bats held together. Calculatedly he picked out one. Eranga went to his mark. This match should not have been on, but in Dhoni's book this was even odds. Eranga bowled a nervous first ball: a wide length ball, which Dhoni swung hard at. That was a nervous ball, and would have been out of the ground had Dhoni connected. Dhoni didn't.

The second ball, though, was closer to Dhoni - swing, and met that hunk on the up. And up it went. And far. And kept going. Over the top of the stands. You could see it in Eranga's eyes now. It was now going to be nigh impossible for Eranga to execute his skill. In one hit, Dhoni had brought it down to just luck for Sri Lanka. The luck was not with them. Eranga bowled length again, Dhoni went hard again, and the ball flew off the outside half of the bat, and over point.

It was over already. Eranga just ran up for the formalities, delivered another length ball, and was dispatched over extra cover. The iceman had done it again, but he hadn't had a great first half of the day as a keeper and a captain. Apart from not having been at his best with the gloves, Dhoni had also let Sri Lanka off the hook with his choice of part-time bowlers ahead of the specialist spinners, who would eventually go on to cut Sri Lanka's effort short.

Bhuvneshwar had given India his customary breakthroughs in the first spell, the scoring was difficult, but Virat Kohli and Raina provided Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne relief with their odd long hop or big wides. Their partnership took Sri Lanka to 171 for 2, but then Thirimanne made a mistake, and almost every batsman that followed. In over-aiming during that Powerplay, Sri Lanka had lost their last eight wickets for 30 runs, letting Dhoni off the hook now.

You will be justified to think of Dhoni's choice of bowlers as odd. As you would have been with his persistence against all logic with Ishant in the Champions Trophy final. Just that the results were drastically different.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY S-L-2-0-1-2 on | July 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Thriller of a match! Magnificent advertisement for ODI cricket. Yet as a passionate Sri Lankan fan, we ended up on the wrong side today, and like many have already pointed out, it was heart-breaking. It might sound like we overdo this expression, but it is true to say that we showed a lot of courage to fight back, despite our below par total. Eranga bowled beautifully at the start, making the ball move erratically of the pitch, Lakmal, jet-lagged as ever from a long flight just a day ago, showed his heart by bowling a very tidy spell and claiming the important wicket of Raina. Malinga, while many blame him for being expensive, assisted in applying pressure on Dhoni and co and picking up Bhuvi, and along with Herath picking up 4 lovely wickets, we managed to apply scoreboard pressure. Matthew's captaincy has evidently improved and also his personal contributions, especially with the bowl. We must brush our batting, but overall a brave effort Sri Lanka. Proud to be Lankan!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Awesome match. Didn't watch the second innings but must have been nail-biting. Could have gone either way. Pretty satisfied with the SL team specially their bowling. Batsman were trying to get 270 but 230 would have been a wining score on this wicket. Still kept pace with India all through the tournament. Good effort considering new captain and new setup. Nice finishing by Dhoni though. Odds are that Dhoni will get 15 in the last over if he kept the strike, maybe the bowler had to take a gamble and bowl a bouncer and get him off strike. Heard some Indian fans misbehaved and threw stuff on the ground when India were 9 down. Pretty disappointing if it is true.

  • POSTED BY czar2008 on | July 11, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Well played SL. Feel sorry for them. You can't take anything away from the way they defended this. Don't lose heart, just wait for another jayasuria/de silva/ranatunga! Well defended, Especially after the lovely start India got. However, Captain Cool to rescue as usual! Nothing to take away from R Sharma's contribution or BKs with the ball.. I am somewhat worried that Raina has been in a bit of a dip, I hope he recovers in time for southafrica.

    What a lovely day for Criket. First the 19 yr old australian promising lad almost scores a century and a turnaround for Australia, then Dhoni decides to do a Dhoni! (ie..use the helicopter shots to finish the game when all seemed impossible - nothing new to CSK/India fans!).Also while in the same day- Katich and Vogues pile on runs & Ponting blasts 169 - while anderson proves why he is amongst the top test bowlers with his unplayables... What a day! Proud to be a Cricket fan

  • POSTED BY PracticalGuy2013 on | July 11, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    HATS OFF TO MS DHONI!!!....You have to doff your hats to this guy. Just keeps on winning matches for India. Can't believe the amount of stick that he gets sometimes from Indian fans. To be honest, I myself thought he was a bit over-rated as a batsman & definitely as a captain couple of years back. But now he has made a believer out of me. Have become a fan of his & I definitely don't think luck has anything to do with it. MS DHONI makes his own luck by street smart thinking & his ice cool nerves.

    Kudos & congratulations to TEAM INDIA on winning this trophy!!!. They just continue to win from lost situations. Keep it coming guys!!!.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 11, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Absolutely cracking match!! This match had all the ebbs and flows of a classic one day encounter. Match was nicely poised with Sri Lanka ready to launch them selves from 171 for 2. Indian bowlers pulled up their socks and sent off rest of SL team back within in next 30 runs. This is the other thing that MSD is capable of when he is marshalling his bowlers/fielders.

    India started off a bit too cautiously which led to the two quick breakthroughs early on. However, Rohit and Raina gnawed on major chunk of the chase with their majestic timing and brutal assault at times.

    As we saw in SL innings, as soon as set batsman is gone, the pitch had enough juice to trouble new batsman. India went into a self-destruct mode. But wait.... The GOD, The SUPER MAN, THE MSD had different plans. It's impossible to figure out MSD's thinking. Most likely: Complete self-belief and ability to deliver. O boy, what a way to seal a match!

    Yet another heart-crushing defeat for Sri Lanka!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 14, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @NP_NY: ---" I really don't think Bevan ever struck as much fear in the opposition as Dhoni does."---

    Bingo. The opposition never feared Bevan. They knew he would place the ball here and there and keep taking sharp singles/doubles to reduce the target as the innings would progress but they never really saw him being able to hit 4s and 6s all of a sudden or at a critical point and so they could place the fielders accordingly. With Dhoni the threat is two fold. They know that if they give him gaps he will be happy to take singles and they also know that Dhoni can at any point of time hit 2 6s in the over to release the pressure. In this final match. Dhoni hit nothing big till the last cos he had no wickets left and so he wanted to minimize the risks. But otherwise, he does hit 4s/6s as and when required. Did we not see him hitting them big in the WC Final?

    Sundara, I think you are now looking deep into stats to find some anomaly to somehow prove that Bevan>Dhoni. Keep looking.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 14, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: You are entitled to your opinions but it seems majority of the fans here and almost every cricket analyst, commentator and writer in the world seem to agree that Dhoni is THE BEST finisher ever in ODIs. I really don't think Bevan ever struck as much fear in the opposition as Dhoni does. It doesn't matter what you are I believe. The fact is Dhoni has become a bit of a super-hero for Indian fans, with his calm and fearless captaincy, batting and keeping and has won pretty much every tournament possible. So we Indian fans will continue to celebrate him as the best ever finisher, regarless of whether you agree or like it.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 13, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: We are talking about who is the better finisher here, isn't it so? Even if we are talking about who is a better batsman in ODIs, Dhoni still wins but since the moot point is about finishing skills then I think we all agree that finishing refers to that skill that allows a batsman to take his team to the target while chasing it. If you disagree with this definition then let us see how you define it. But if we continue with that definition then the stats I gave to you in my prev comment clearly show how Dhoni is better than Bevan on all parameters.

    On one hand you were trying to over complicate the scenario by comparing Dhoni with Bevan, Ponting, Afridi and then when I started talking about real hard stats then you gave a timid stat of overall win percentages? You did not even see that your 'overall' stats had little relevance to the topic of "finisher".

    Bevan could never control the game like Dhoni does. He was great too but Dhoni is ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | July 13, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Nice to see bith Ind and SL fans not indulging in mud slinging like they have done before many times before. Now this is only due to excellent fight shown by both teams and both teams were once at no comeback position as well winning position but one team has to be the winner which India duly was.And this is how teams command respect which both teams did which allowed fans to to respect each other as well.I hope this will be good start between SL and IND fans.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | July 13, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (July 13, 2013, 13:53 GMT), your stats regarding the comparison of bevan and dhoni are wrong.Please check cricinfo stat .Regarding your example of kallis and tendulkar,kallis is the best all rounder and he even have average more than tendulkar.But why many rate tendulkar higher is his longevity for 24 yrs of cricket and consistent performance with better average in all test playing country.Dhoni have more strike rate and average than Bevan in winning cause with less number of matches and with added responsibility of wicketkeeping and captaining the side.Bevan used to be best finisher for me till I come across dhoni and I am not even indian cricket fan for that matter. So stats says dhoni slightly ahead of Bevan but you can't just say Bevan better by adding afridi,ponting, and so n so players when everyone knows dhoni stats are slightly better than Bevan at this point .Please check the correct stats .

  • POSTED BY S-L-2-0-1-2 on | July 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Thriller of a match! Magnificent advertisement for ODI cricket. Yet as a passionate Sri Lankan fan, we ended up on the wrong side today, and like many have already pointed out, it was heart-breaking. It might sound like we overdo this expression, but it is true to say that we showed a lot of courage to fight back, despite our below par total. Eranga bowled beautifully at the start, making the ball move erratically of the pitch, Lakmal, jet-lagged as ever from a long flight just a day ago, showed his heart by bowling a very tidy spell and claiming the important wicket of Raina. Malinga, while many blame him for being expensive, assisted in applying pressure on Dhoni and co and picking up Bhuvi, and along with Herath picking up 4 lovely wickets, we managed to apply scoreboard pressure. Matthew's captaincy has evidently improved and also his personal contributions, especially with the bowl. We must brush our batting, but overall a brave effort Sri Lanka. Proud to be Lankan!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Awesome match. Didn't watch the second innings but must have been nail-biting. Could have gone either way. Pretty satisfied with the SL team specially their bowling. Batsman were trying to get 270 but 230 would have been a wining score on this wicket. Still kept pace with India all through the tournament. Good effort considering new captain and new setup. Nice finishing by Dhoni though. Odds are that Dhoni will get 15 in the last over if he kept the strike, maybe the bowler had to take a gamble and bowl a bouncer and get him off strike. Heard some Indian fans misbehaved and threw stuff on the ground when India were 9 down. Pretty disappointing if it is true.

  • POSTED BY czar2008 on | July 11, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Well played SL. Feel sorry for them. You can't take anything away from the way they defended this. Don't lose heart, just wait for another jayasuria/de silva/ranatunga! Well defended, Especially after the lovely start India got. However, Captain Cool to rescue as usual! Nothing to take away from R Sharma's contribution or BKs with the ball.. I am somewhat worried that Raina has been in a bit of a dip, I hope he recovers in time for southafrica.

    What a lovely day for Criket. First the 19 yr old australian promising lad almost scores a century and a turnaround for Australia, then Dhoni decides to do a Dhoni! (ie..use the helicopter shots to finish the game when all seemed impossible - nothing new to CSK/India fans!).Also while in the same day- Katich and Vogues pile on runs & Ponting blasts 169 - while anderson proves why he is amongst the top test bowlers with his unplayables... What a day! Proud to be a Cricket fan

  • POSTED BY PracticalGuy2013 on | July 11, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    HATS OFF TO MS DHONI!!!....You have to doff your hats to this guy. Just keeps on winning matches for India. Can't believe the amount of stick that he gets sometimes from Indian fans. To be honest, I myself thought he was a bit over-rated as a batsman & definitely as a captain couple of years back. But now he has made a believer out of me. Have become a fan of his & I definitely don't think luck has anything to do with it. MS DHONI makes his own luck by street smart thinking & his ice cool nerves.

    Kudos & congratulations to TEAM INDIA on winning this trophy!!!. They just continue to win from lost situations. Keep it coming guys!!!.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 11, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Absolutely cracking match!! This match had all the ebbs and flows of a classic one day encounter. Match was nicely poised with Sri Lanka ready to launch them selves from 171 for 2. Indian bowlers pulled up their socks and sent off rest of SL team back within in next 30 runs. This is the other thing that MSD is capable of when he is marshalling his bowlers/fielders.

    India started off a bit too cautiously which led to the two quick breakthroughs early on. However, Rohit and Raina gnawed on major chunk of the chase with their majestic timing and brutal assault at times.

    As we saw in SL innings, as soon as set batsman is gone, the pitch had enough juice to trouble new batsman. India went into a self-destruct mode. But wait.... The GOD, The SUPER MAN, THE MSD had different plans. It's impossible to figure out MSD's thinking. Most likely: Complete self-belief and ability to deliver. O boy, what a way to seal a match!

    Yet another heart-crushing defeat for Sri Lanka!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 14, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @NP_NY: ---" I really don't think Bevan ever struck as much fear in the opposition as Dhoni does."---

    Bingo. The opposition never feared Bevan. They knew he would place the ball here and there and keep taking sharp singles/doubles to reduce the target as the innings would progress but they never really saw him being able to hit 4s and 6s all of a sudden or at a critical point and so they could place the fielders accordingly. With Dhoni the threat is two fold. They know that if they give him gaps he will be happy to take singles and they also know that Dhoni can at any point of time hit 2 6s in the over to release the pressure. In this final match. Dhoni hit nothing big till the last cos he had no wickets left and so he wanted to minimize the risks. But otherwise, he does hit 4s/6s as and when required. Did we not see him hitting them big in the WC Final?

    Sundara, I think you are now looking deep into stats to find some anomaly to somehow prove that Bevan>Dhoni. Keep looking.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 14, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: You are entitled to your opinions but it seems majority of the fans here and almost every cricket analyst, commentator and writer in the world seem to agree that Dhoni is THE BEST finisher ever in ODIs. I really don't think Bevan ever struck as much fear in the opposition as Dhoni does. It doesn't matter what you are I believe. The fact is Dhoni has become a bit of a super-hero for Indian fans, with his calm and fearless captaincy, batting and keeping and has won pretty much every tournament possible. So we Indian fans will continue to celebrate him as the best ever finisher, regarless of whether you agree or like it.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 13, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: We are talking about who is the better finisher here, isn't it so? Even if we are talking about who is a better batsman in ODIs, Dhoni still wins but since the moot point is about finishing skills then I think we all agree that finishing refers to that skill that allows a batsman to take his team to the target while chasing it. If you disagree with this definition then let us see how you define it. But if we continue with that definition then the stats I gave to you in my prev comment clearly show how Dhoni is better than Bevan on all parameters.

    On one hand you were trying to over complicate the scenario by comparing Dhoni with Bevan, Ponting, Afridi and then when I started talking about real hard stats then you gave a timid stat of overall win percentages? You did not even see that your 'overall' stats had little relevance to the topic of "finisher".

    Bevan could never control the game like Dhoni does. He was great too but Dhoni is ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | July 13, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Nice to see bith Ind and SL fans not indulging in mud slinging like they have done before many times before. Now this is only due to excellent fight shown by both teams and both teams were once at no comeback position as well winning position but one team has to be the winner which India duly was.And this is how teams command respect which both teams did which allowed fans to to respect each other as well.I hope this will be good start between SL and IND fans.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | July 13, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (July 13, 2013, 13:53 GMT), your stats regarding the comparison of bevan and dhoni are wrong.Please check cricinfo stat .Regarding your example of kallis and tendulkar,kallis is the best all rounder and he even have average more than tendulkar.But why many rate tendulkar higher is his longevity for 24 yrs of cricket and consistent performance with better average in all test playing country.Dhoni have more strike rate and average than Bevan in winning cause with less number of matches and with added responsibility of wicketkeeping and captaining the side.Bevan used to be best finisher for me till I come across dhoni and I am not even indian cricket fan for that matter. So stats says dhoni slightly ahead of Bevan but you can't just say Bevan better by adding afridi,ponting, and so n so players when everyone knows dhoni stats are slightly better than Bevan at this point .Please check the correct stats .

  • POSTED BY Lonely_Shepherd on | July 13, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Fortune has granted one of the most remarkable gifts to the Indian Captain 'the art of unthinking at the crucial moments' how does he does he do it? can he do it always? only time will tell ,but as long as it keeps on happening lets savor the moments ,because who knows Indian Cricket may never see a man like him again.

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 13, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    @Harmony111-Simple Stats:-

    Dhoni has played 200inns so far.He has played 110inns in a winnig side.55./. as a presentage.

    Bevan played 196inns.He played 122inns as a winners.62./ as a presentage.

    One day Dhoni can be the world best finisher.But not yet.

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 13, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    @jasonpete-I'll give you example

    [1]Jacques Kallis's avg is 56+.He is a front line bowler for South Africa.And playing as a num3.I don't like to compare but sorry guys Tendulkar's avg is 53 and didn't ball much and num4 batsman.It's really simple Kallis has more responsibility than Tendulkar.Also avg is better than Tendulkar.But still we call to Tendulkar as a best.You can't put Dhoni ahead of Bevan just because strike rate or captaincy pressure or wicket keeping pressure.Simple ultimate truth is Bevan is the best finisher for ever.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 13, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: You are comparing Dhoni for Reason X with Bevan, you are comparing Dhoni with Afridi for Reason Y then you are then comparing Dhoni for Reason Z with Ponting and then arriving at a conclusion regarding Dhoni!!!. The reason why Dhoni is the best finisher in the game is cause he has won more matches than Bevan, in fewer matches than Bevan and he has scored more runs than Bevan at a much higher avg than Bevan at a much faster SR than Bevan.

    Take a look: Bevan: 75 45(won) 1725 107 86.25 66.42 Dhoni: 72 54(won) 2102 183* 100.09 89.63

    All that Bevan did as a finisher, Dhoni does it better.

    Why should the runs Dhoni has scored in India/Asia not count? Being a middle order batsman, talking about 100s scored by Dhoni is ridiculous. At any rate, Dhoni has more 100s than Bevan.

    What lesser bowlers? Who made Malinga a lesser bowler? Who scored that 100 vs Junaid/Ajmal/Gul in Jan?

  • POSTED BY suryakumar99 on | July 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    sundare_Chandare: So your pointing one capability foe each player (i.e) For hitting sixes: afridi, For Captaincy: Ponting, For ODI Finishing: Bevan. But please note: Dhoni has got all the above in one player, In addition to Wicket keeping. So nobody can compare with Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | July 13, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (July 13, 2013, 10:13 GMT), first of all best finisher means who finishes the game for team in winning way.Bevan was a best finisher but MSD slightly ahead of him in strike rate,average and being a captain and full time wicket keeper which adding more responsibility.The names you mentioned here only do one or two job at a time in the team. Afridi can hit sixes but he don't do it when team requires him to deliver at most of the time.Ponting is a great captain who comes to bat at no.3 and can't be a finisher .He stabilise the innings and play the role of sachin or sanga,thus they scored more runs as top order batsmen.Dhoni performed well everywhere in odi format.If you talk about his 100,he bat lower at no.6 position comes after 30 overs and hardly get overs to score century in ODI cricket and he had few of them when he batted at no.3 in initial days of his career.First understand the game and how each batsmen position plays a role in team win.

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 13, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I can't understand why these Indian fans rates Dhoni ahead of Bevan.They talk about strike rate,Captaincy pressure,Six hitting ability,Blah blah blah blah......

    MSD has scored lot of runs in Indian flat racks.And he has never scored a hundred out side Asia.That shows his best finishes on flat tracks.Also against weak bowlers.

    Bevan had scored every where in the world against quality bowlers.Six hitting ability doesn't matter because this is a cricket and not a baseball or golf.

    Afridi's strike rate is one of the highest strike rates in limited over cricket and who hitted most number of sixes.So according to your six hitting and strike rate logic he is the best finisher in the world.

    Ponting is one of the best captains in world cricket.He scored bags of runs in ODIs.Acoording to your captaincy pressure logic ponting is the best finisher in the world.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | July 13, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Dhoni simply proved he is one of cricket's all-time great match winners posessing the nerves of an iceberg.Reminds me a lot of Adam Gilchrist.He was revelation of how temperament plays a role above every factor in cricket and looked like a tuned machine.

    This game was great match for the one day game posessing the finale of hollywood thriller with an unexepected climax.Cricket,simply won on the day.The wicket had a variable or unpredictable bounce which had it's toll on both the teams.India almost collapsed from the verge of coasting home to victory and the Lankans seemed certain to pass 250 before their collapse.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @brusselslion: This Final was one in the long sequence of matches Indians have been watching and commenting on starting from the IPL. Some 80-90 matches there and plenty of articles on them, the warm up matches of CT13, the CT13 itself and after that this tr-series where everyone, even Ironman MSD was fatigued, and the match-time was such a wrong time for Ind viewers. In the light of all this, 299 comments is still a great stat.

    But the article about which you reminded me here, it was the PREVIEW article of the grandest rivalry in the game. It was about ASHES and everyone was waiting for it right? A preview article is the best place for the fans to come in and make their predictions and indulge in one final pre-series wordplay. The argument of population doesn't hold either. Are you saying that Eng doesn't even have 1000 die hard fans who can comment? In any case, only about 10-11% of Indians can read/write English.

    Comparing Pre with Post is totally misplaced.

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | July 13, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Looks SL are rating Bevan more than Aussies :-) What was Bevan's strike rate? Not just the career but give me Bevan's stats of strike rates(his best 10 strike rates in one day's) Don't think his top will be better than dhoni's 10th. By the way, I'm not a big fan of Dhoni's batting skills. But definitely his brain and they way he closes matches is far better than anyone we have witnessed so far.

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | July 13, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: Dhoni is far better than a Bevan. I don't think Bevan is half of Dhoni. Bevan is far better than Dhoni in only rotating the strike. Running between the wickets, both equal. But when it comes to boundaries and sixes, don't think Bevan is even half of Dhoni. Bevan's average is better only because he preserved his wicket most of the time. We all know about Bevan's test match record. For that matter, I would probably put Bevan in the league of kallis(only for one day batting - not bowling or Kalli's test batting)

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 13, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I have watched the highlights 5 times already just to see that last over. What a sharp contrast between the determined face of MSD and the fear-ridden faces of the SL players during those last few overs. While Kohli has been SL and Malinga's worst nightmare, Dhoni just tames the Srilankans with his ice cold attitude.

  • POSTED BY suryakumar99 on | July 13, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Some srilankans fans are diverting the srilanka failure by comparing Dhoni and Bevan. Both are legends, no doubt. Bevan doesnt had pressure of captains role during his time, But Dhoni has responsibility of captains role and still he is delivering the incredible. so in all terms Dhoni is better than bevan. No argument on this please. Comeon srilankan fans now srilanka is riding on two old horses, so please try find new horses to get success in future ODIs.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @Sundara-Chandare: "No doubt Michael Bevan is the world best finisher for ever.Also world accepts he is one of the best batsman in the world in limited over matches." Bevan was no doubt a great finisher but comes a distant second to MSD. Their averages are about the same but Bevan's strike rate is 74 compared to Dhoni's 88. So, just as a batsman Dhoni is better. Add the captaincy pressure and wicketkeeping, there is no comparison between the two when it comes to absorbing pressure. And by the way, "the world" just accepted two days ago that MSD is a better finisher than anyone, unless you mean just the SL fans when you say "the world". If I were you, I would be jealous of India and MSD too!

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 13, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    No doubt Michael Bevan is the world best finisher for ever.Also world accepts he is one of the best batsman in the world in limited over matches.

  • POSTED BY suryakumar99 on | July 13, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    This is reply to Colombo_SL..Dhoni has got superbrain, not like other normal players. In the last 3 overs, dhoni wants to target the weak bowler, that is Eranga, so dhoni let pass the malinga and mathews overs, then attacked eranga badly to win the series. if Eranga bowled 48th over, the match would have finished in the 48th over itself. Nevertheless dhoni can also attack mathews and malinga, its not big deal, but dhoni decided to attack the weak bowler. Cricinfo,please post this. Dont compare bevan and Dhoni. Dhoni cannot be compared with any other players in finishing the match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    I am great fan of Sachin. from now onwards Dhoni allso

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Great matches come very rare where each and every aspect of cricketing skills are tested.For instance,this one explained the need of early wickets and to start an innings cautiously then finding your way onto the scorecard.The commitment of the new batsmen to the crease,attacking ability when you got an breakthrough. Athletic fielding became the bullet in your gun.most impressing thing for India is the character being displayed by MSD and now Rohit sharma(even sangakarra for srilanka).Rohit being battered,battled through his innings.Hoping many more PROPER and PERFECT odi matches like this.....

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | July 12, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Dhoni is greatest finisher cricket has seen. Those who doubt have no cricket knowledge I feel. How many cricketers bats at no. 6 and has average of 55 strikw rate of more than 90. If people who bats at no 3 has average of 33 strike rate of 75 is called great then what u call dhoni I think greatest ever

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | July 12, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    I can't really understand why people saying that Dhoni is a great finisher. He allows some easy targets to make dfficult & make fans nervous. If he is great why he waited & see until RR is 15. He most of the times make easy targets into difficult. No need to much effort to score 201. Bevan is great than Dhoni, because he never allows pressure to accumulate. It is great than givin the match away to opposition team & taking it back.

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | July 12, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    India will always have a more than even money chance if Dhoni has not been dismissed. Sri Lanka's problems started after Sangakkara score 15 in the first power play over. There was no need for Tirimanne to play a shot like he did. The dismissals which followed apart from Sanga's ( Chandimal, Kusal, Matthews, Herath) were suicidal and deviod of any sane thinking. The positive was that the bowlers fought back and made a match of it. With 15 to score off the final over I was convined that Dhoni would be more than equal to the task and he did it in 4 balls. One last point is the Trinidad & Tobago Police should prosecute the spectator who threw the water bottle (the fingerprints will point to the culprit with witnesses to testify) and preferable consign him to a lengthy spell in one of their jails as this behaviour should not be allowed in a cricket field. He can then explain himself to his family and employers on his release as to why he has been away from them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    A cracker of a game. Thanks to both teams for producing an exciting and a fitting final. Great job Bhuvi, Ashwin & Jadeja to restrict SL to a gettable score. Great effort from Rohit for a solid base. And finally, what a master class from MSD. Congrats to SL team for putting up a great fight. And many thanks to cricinfo for the excellent commentary. Read it all one day after the match.

    With due credits to MSD, I'm sickened by Indian fans calling their heroes as god. Some times back it was Sachin and now MSD. Call them as great cricketers or even the greatest.

  • POSTED BY Felix1025 on | July 12, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Congratulations to India. After Sri Lanka scored only 201, I went to sleep knowingly that India will have an easy win. My heart broke when I noticed in the morning the results and India won with only 1 wkt and 2 balls remaining. Well done Sri Lankan bowlers ! I have noticed that Mathews was banned for 2 ODI's, but he is fast becoming a very good leader. What I like of him is his un-selfish attitude compared to most of the international cricketers. My Man of the Match Award (for losing the game)goes to Chandimal. He had a very close contest with Thirimanna and Kusal, but the winner is Chandimal. All these did not have cricketing sense. Lahiru started the go-down, especially after Sanga scored over 15 runs and yet going for an unnecessary shot. Chandimal foolishly played the shot knowing that a fielder was there. Kushal, lacks patience and played as if that was the last over of the innings! Marvan need to be replaced with Roy Dias, Aravinda or any good school coach.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | July 12, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    2/2 We really need to come up with a new adjective for him. Superhuman, ice cool etc don't describe him adequately. He's a God of Gods when it comes to limited overs. When it comes to finishers there's him, then all the oceans in the world, then the rest. No one else has done it as frequently, as consistently & at such crucial stages in important matches than him. Bevan, Klusener, et al did it once in a while. We're lucky to have him.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | July 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    I watched from the 30th over of the Sri Lankan innings till the end of the innings. SL threw it all away after building a platform. I then went to sleep knowing that India would win, but it would'nt be easy. Woke up around 4 AM to see the result. There is a method to Dhoni taking it to the last over. He lets the opposition bowl out their best bowlers in quest of wickets and then attacks. This worked very well today. Matthews fell into MSD's trap.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | July 12, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Dhoni. wow! After Jadeja got out I gave them no chance. With 50 runs to get & only 3 wickets in hand but what really made me pessimistic was the pitch. If it was a half decent pitch I thought we had a chance but this was a brute of a pitch. Also, He was obviously hampered by the hamstring injury which affected him taking those quick singles he likes to take (also couldn't do that coz it was bowlers at other end which he had to shield). Most cricketers a hamstring injury means you're out of commission for weeks if not months & here he was back in days & that too he could've taken it easy & played purely as a batsman since DK was there but he still kept wickets. Also he hadn't really got a chance to spend much time in the middle since vs SA in CT. 1/2

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | July 12, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @gnanzcupid. I never predicted crushing defeat for India. I said if MSD captains the side India will fancy their chances and If Kohli captains the side SL will win it. So yet again its MSD the man who stands between the two teams.

  • POSTED BY Raajvenkat on | July 12, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Cracker of a match, its been a long time seeing a low scoring thriller. Can't help but imagine what if Indian team of 90's have chased. Even as an Indian feel sorry for SL, team looks top-order heavy because of no contribution from middle order and Malinga not picking wickets upfront doesn't help Lankan cause. For India it is smiles all over, hope spat between Raina & Jadeja is behind them as they are vital cog for 2015 WC, some players had ego bigger than their shoe size. Rohit should thank his stars as nobody gets 80 odis to prove their worth, but still not convincing. Humility is mark of a good leader and Kohli is getting there. Well done India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    seen the Indian batting, Raina's dismissal was turning point. It was rash shot, if he tried to play little slowly then he would definitely would have got a chance to play a winning knock for India. Not much can be expected from likes of Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Ashwin, Vinay kumar and Ishant. But they haven't scored but Vinay kumar should have let Dhoni score and he play anchor innings but tried to play big shot and ended up getting out, this added more pressure. All this wasn't needed from Indian batsmen but they made the situation in this way. Yeah it was great knock by Dhoni in the end. It was MSD day because he reads situation very well. That is why he is so luck captain for India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Though I did not see the match in India's innings, I read all that happened in the sites & media. Absolutely un-believable. I don't understand as to why Raina has started failing consistently. Raina. or, Karthik must have stood in one end, after Rohit's departure. I feel that Karthik is rated too highly for his MI performance. The earlier Manoj Tiwary becomes fine, the better for India

  • POSTED BY suchilotus on | July 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Just see the Audacity and Excellence of this man Dhoni!!!reminds me of only one great man in cricketing history as far as i know yesteryears, Sir, Vivian Richards, a daredevil man of historical sorts, uncomparable as far our age goes (people can differ in this age, please), Dhoni is remarkable, adjectives for him feel pale when I write this of my age, i love my India winning, that too from a true patriot indian who feels the younger generation can achieve anything in life....i really like this idea...youngsters please take a cue from Dhoni how it is done, put on urselves the responsibility of running ur family ur career and ur country....Dhoni breathes Brotherhood amongst you indispensably....he wants to change the thinking of our country....how right he is in all ways...kudos!!!!!

  • POSTED BY beggars on | July 12, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is proving to be a very good bowler for India. He is only 22. His pace and physique will bulk up during the process. Accurate bowler with accurate action.It enables him to see complete view of batsman and where to pitch the ball. A BOLWER TO BE REMEMBERED IN MAKING!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    msd d real champ wat an gift to india.. unique highly talented

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | July 12, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Silent non performers-Karthik and Raina...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    India came thru' as winners in a nail biter! What a knock from Skipper Dhoni to keep his cool at one end whilst the rest of the batsmen were suicidal at the other end. From 139 for 3 in 32 overs to 152 for 7 tells a pathetic tale of middle order batsmen, albeit it is better than SL 172 for 2 to all out for 201.Vinay kumar bowled well but when it came to supporting his Captain in keeping his end up, he went for one "Hoick" & was lucky it fell short of the fielder. But instead of learning from it he tried again & was caught. It might be the end of the road for Vinay - 4 Seamers are waiting in line. But amongst all this cameo, Dhoni played a supremely great innings to carry India to win while protecting the tail enders. MSD's innings deserved a gold medal for being the best & most courageous finisher of ODI's in the World. Bravo MSD!.Rohit Sharma was another guy who came out big holding one end up. Rest of the batting has a lot to catch up. It aint over till it is WON - Dhoni proved it!

  • POSTED BY vrkp on | July 12, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @Nilesh Sonawane on (July 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

    "the man who has given his 40 years to Indian Cricket."

    I didn't know that SRT was playing since straight after he was born :).

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    MSD has this uncanny knack of leading India to success. In the history of the game, MSD could be rated next to Sir Richards. His physical presence in the ground deters the opponents and gives them jitters. God has been so kind in giving MSD to India. Lets hope that he remains fit and takes India to many more memorable victories. The golden era of Indian Cricket should continue and every Indian should relish this.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | July 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Great game of cricket! Great win for India. Although it is heart breaking as a Sri Lankan fan, I must say that I haven't seen a match winner like MSD. He is absolutely the greatest game finisher of all time!!! SL have shown lot of fighting spirit, but India is a superior side and we must admit that.

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | July 12, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Well Played India and SL, thanks for a great final. I think real difference between both side yesterday was none other then MSD, Agreed?

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Congrats team India and captain Dhoni you've made it possible once again for India.

  • POSTED BY sachin.sss on | July 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Harmony 111 -- You missed a vital point. Bevan's strike rate is 74 something and his strike rate towards the end of his career was just 50 something. MSD's is 90 something. Dhoni is perfect for middle overs- death overs cricket where rotating strike and consolidation plays a key. Tendy is perfect for setting the platform for others. So basically MSD and Tendy play 2 different roles in the ODI team.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | July 12, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Why Malinga for 47 th over, we lost to Bangaladash of capton's lack of experience, even last match Malinga bowled only 3 overs outof 29 before rain, need to balance the side, they should have one with G. Mendis, insted of Kaushal (it is hard to drop vice -capton)

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | July 12, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Congrat to India...did well in the end. But SL are showing character and improving. They lately fought hard more than IND did. They were so many games that SL brought to close. It was easy task for IND but SL made it difficult. I think SL on right track should soon come on top. Well done SL !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni .... we don't need to bat or bowl just chant this mantra and we will win. SUPERMAN DHONI

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 12, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    MSD or Sachin? Who is the greatest? Both are greatest. Both are Indian. Sachin is/was the Greatest Opener in ODIs & the Greatest Batsman Overall in ODIs. MSD is the Greatest Finisher in ODIs. Ppl talk of Bevan but Bevan was a one dimensional player who was more focused on taking sharp singles and then a few 4s here and there. Hitting 6s was never Bevan's forte. If a team needs 30 of 12, you would feel much safer if you had MSD rather than Bevan.

  • POSTED BY dork29 on | July 12, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Some of the so called cricket pundits who blog on this column have very little understanding of the game, leave alone an understanding of the functioning of the mind of the greatest Indian captain ever and arguably one of the best in the world ever, Mr MS Dhoni. Guys you need to understand that for all the "tactics", "planning" and "preparation" that the commentators have us believe in, cricket is in essence, an intuitive game. One reacts to the ball he faces. No amount of planning can help you guess what a bowler is going to throw at you. One comment here is, it should not be kept till the last over. That is purely a mind game. We must understand that the bowler bowling the 50th over, is as much under pressure as the batsman facing up to him.Dhoni knows this. Picking a heavier bat, deciding to take on the bowler, rightly guessing that it will not be an experienced bowler - all these are a part of his briliiantly intuitive thinking. He almost "WILLS" the bowler to bowl to his strengths

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    when dhoni was furious on ishant trying to get himself run out by some ridiculous running, it was very evdient that dhoni had a stern belief that if he waits for the correct bowler, he could pull it off. exactly he did that with some calculative gambling. leaving alone the poor judging of running between the wickets by ishant, his effort to hung around with dhoni is to be really appreciated. at the same time, the kind of belief that captain cool instills on this tail enders by giving them opportunity to bat through some tough period is really working wonders for india. time and again cricket has many good batsmen when they face this situation they just try to held on to their strike by masking the tailender and also allow the pressure situation to surmount till they themself perish on it. but dhoni always plays along with them and makes every tailender and even the fans and spectators to believe that india will pull it off. a street smart leader.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 12, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    I thought this was a useless series...few days before ... but yesterday I changed my mind and now say this is the greatest series...bcos my country won after limping thru out the series....lol

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | July 12, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    @gnanscupid; I have never expected & expressed a big defeat for Indians. We knew that they are the No.1 team in ODIs. I said that they were fortunate to make their way to the final by considering the previous match after 4 hours of rain. Can you remember the way Dhoni gave excuses after 5 minutes of rain in the ICC T20 WC match against Australia in Sri Lanka? I just said that Indians were fortunate enough to make it to final. I never under estimated their performance.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | July 12, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I went to sleep when Rohit & Raina were batting together. I thought that if we scored 230+, we had a chance. Early in the morning I just checked the result of the match as the first duty of the day expecting at least 5 wickets victory for Indian team about 30+ balls remaining. But it showed me that Indians won the match by one wicket with two balls remaining. I was really happy with that news & the way the lions have fought back. Proud to be a Sri Lankan again & again even though we were in the losing side.

  • POSTED BY Prakmca on | July 12, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    So many mentioned that Rohit strike rate was less....We have to understand the batting conditions here. If you say Rohit's strike rate is less, then what about Dinesh Karthik?? we lost one match due to his very poor scoring rate... In no matches he had strike rate more than 55%.

    Few mentioned Rohit is test match player. Earlier they told the same thing for the great wall Dravid. But he proved everyone wrong ans scored 10000 ODI runs.

    Rohit just started, give him some time, we have one of the best batsman at the top order.

    All the best Rohit.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 12, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I feel India was lucky last night. Yes, im happy , that MSD once again came as a saviour but honestly, im more disappointed by the sudden collapse of a champion team. Our players had almost decided to give away the match in a platter. It was shocking to see our front line batsmen going on backfoot while playing the off spinner Herath, and falling into the pit. Rohit Sharma and Jadeja should have known this basic rule. Vinay kumar , tries to become a hero by hitting a ball that was meant to be nudged fir a single. Raina, gets carried away hitting a six and tries to hit the ball across the line. ... Such inconsistencies can create hurdles in the path of any champion team that dreams of making a reputation auch as the West Indies of 70s n 80s and Aussies of the last 3 decades. Indian team often gets carried away after such victories. Anyways,thanks to MSD, the best finisher in the world, has certainly given the cricket fans a nice memory to cherish :)

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | July 12, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    The title of the article is "Iceman Dhoni breaks SL hearts". I'm not 100% agree with it. We desperately needed a win in a final (Especially against India). We were unable to taste the victory this time too. Even though, we never reluctant to appreciate the performance of opponents. Dhoni is really a good cricketer with a smart cricketing brain. I personally respect him as a player and a good human being. Our players also can take lessons from him if we really want succeed in future encounters. I personally don't like the way he waited until the final over. We were well within the match & if Dhoni was failed, most of the comments on this article are go against him. But, he was succeeded at the end. Best wishes captain cooool.

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | July 12, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    It is good to see in the recently concluded two ODI series, despite absence of tall scores, matches were interesting.

    As far as Indian batsmen are concerned, again few batsmen got out after settling down. May be the difficult pitches in W.I. contributed to this. Bhuvanesh Kumar's breakthroughs upfront helped India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    He is Mr.Cricket now

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | July 12, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    India proved that why they are called as No.1 ODI team. Though the performances are not satisfactory relative to the Champions Trophy, they still found their way to taste the victory of a grand finale.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | July 12, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Congratulation India! What a game of cricket. Indian fans are gifted with two consecutive trophies by a young brigade marshaled by captain cool MSD.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | July 12, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    I really cannot remember the last time when India were this good in all departments. Not even the time when Dravid, Tendulkar, Kumble were playing. This team really seem to have no weak link at all. Batting is solid with Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Karthik setting the platform and Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja finishing. Bowling may not be the best in the world, but they've got Yadav's Pace + Bhuvi's Swing + Ashwin's Economy + Jaddu's Accuracy. Fielding-wise, this is probably the best fielding unit in the world right now, with even the weakest link - Ashwin; being above average in the slip cordon. The selectors may not agree to this, but I think the plan for 2015 is well underway.

  • POSTED BY skrtuk15 on | July 12, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @mark2011 luck favours the brave i am afraid,not like the england cricket team who are even nervous to play on their home grounds against a much less capable Australian team. India did magnificently well to restrict sri lanka in the first place and then managing the win from the last wicket,it has to be MS DHONI....AWESOME Hats off to him,how many captains and players can win matches the way MSD has done for india from winning the world cup to many others.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @ mark2011...by Sandip Manjrekar on (July 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT); 19 yrs old KID??... I have never seen or heard of that type of kid..are you all right mate? or gone mad?? Get a life first... Sandip is praising Ashton Agar who is 19 yrs old Australian who made 98 on his debut test against England yesterday.

  • POSTED BY Bokesh on | July 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Perfect !!! that's the kind of battting you would expect from MS, he really reminded me of 'man with the golden hairs' a la 183* against the same side at Jaipur.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    @Sunny Javaid . Talking about spirit of the games - against whom? MSD - who won ICC award for recalling opposite batsmen in a test match. A player who always walk while on nicks before confirmation from umpires. supporting who ? A team which do not have any spirit. Giving extras to finish the game in order to prevent opposition from scoring 100! :-/

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    MSD has now done it a no of times,,,,carry on MSD......

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | July 12, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    What an awesome player and what a Leader. I hope some erudite learned will at some stage delve into what makes Dhoni tick. There is so much more to the man than just an outstanding cricketer and a sportsman. His approach to Leadership, his control over the mind, his philosophy etc must all be explored and the World (and not just the sporting World) must learn from what makes this outstanding individual tick the way he does. We are looking at a highly evolved individual here with phenomenal people and leadership instincts and incredible mental strength. He is a lesson to not just sportsmen. What a man. Makes me proud to be Indian!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @blaster.pk, so according to your logic lets give Mahela J 63 more ODI to catch up with SRT. One thing is sure that MSD is on course to be best finisher game has ever produced. I said on course because he will be challenged by Michael Bevan supporters. He is most valuable ODI player india has produced(WK+captain+batting). But that doesn't mean you get a change to take on Sachin. Few days ago some people were putting Cook above Sachin because he is a opener. But suddenly it is working against him in ODI because opener now need to finish it like MSD did last night. But by the writing these few sentences I have realize that people like you just want some little thing go after SRT, the man who has given his 40 years to Indian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Forget 'the Ashes', all about India... :)

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | July 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Indian team wins another title yet again just after Champions Trophy. Dhoni keeps doing it over and over again. God how many times? ? I remember Indian team losing so many matches during 90s when Sachin was the lone warrior trying to win games for Indian. During that time it was all Sachin. Then came Robin Singh/Ajay Jadeja. We began to win few matches. After Yuvi and Kaif came we won some more. But Since Dhoni came into the team in 2004 and it has been a decade wow. 10 years? already ? didnt even notice. We had many good batsman over the years. Sachin, Dravid, Saurav, Gambhir and Sehwag. But their contributions will count only when you have a finisher like Dhoni in the end to finish off games. R Sharma's had 9 guys following him. But Dhoni bats at no. 6/7 and has to deal with tail sometimes. So Without Dhoni we would have never got those WC 2011 OR THIS ONE OR any other title where Dhoni was involved. Brilliant leader/ Best finisher/ Multi dimensional cricketer. so HATSOFF to Dhoni!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Fair Man Dhoni, went unfair in that match. He should go out as he was the guilty of obstructing field. The moments like this would only influence the person's credibility. I think Sangakara and Jayawerdene were right at their point but umpires refused to take the decision to Third Umpire. Before this match, I had a viewpoint about Dhoni that he is fair but not now because he is also greedy for his runs rather than for the true spirit of game. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    But, I totally disagree with MSD's thinking to hit the ball & delay the match till the last over & till the last man. This would have been done when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on crease. But, he waited & defended all the way to the last over and till the last inexperienced batsman to come..!! What would be the situation when the umpires decided to gave out when the field obstruction by MSD, even though it was not purposely made! Also, the result would have been entirely different if Ishant Sharma was run out in any of his risky singles.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 12, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Dhoni got the greatest luck in criket... bcos things turn as when it requires for him....that's the main success of india...

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | July 12, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Nobody is perfect. While giving the full respect to the great man, Dhoni, I would say, Sri Lanka can definitely find a way to get rid of his overwhelming limelight, first by having confidence, then by proper analysis. I'm sure Vaas would help our bowling squad very well to get it done. Very happy about the way Sri Lankan fast bowlers with Rangana bowled. It was very nice. Good luck for both teams!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Dhabang Dhoni!!!!!!... Congrates to all Indian fans, yet another cup in our pocket now.. let us hope for that dominance , where WI and Aus had their share in the world cricket history..

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | July 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Not all Indian batsmen are capable of handling Malinga. So, it's definitely worth putting him. If not him, the game would have not been that much tight. India was to win very easily. Rangana and Lasith did really well. Even Dhoni was covering the lower order from Malinga, but didn't bother of not exposing to others. So, Malinga is worth. Malinga has to come out of the pitfall he is in. He has to find new ways, just like the way Murali did over years. There is nothing permanent. Sri Lankan batsmen used to thrash bowlers like Venkatesh Prasad, Srinath. But now it's their turn. Good thing is, Sri Lanka showed that they can fight like lions! I really love it, and I don't care even we lose, fighting like "real men" and not like "cowards". I always said Dhoni is the secret of their success whether or not you believe me. He is a good lesson for a new leader like Mathews. See the confidence he has in his decisions! Awesome. And he leads from the front.

  • POSTED BY UkSlCol on | July 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Congrats to Indian team! Firstly, SL lost again by not playing the smart cricket. As Sir Jeffry Boycott often says "cricket is a bit of mind game" and it's not all about batting and bowling. I predicted India Ind's winning when Mathews decided to leave Eranga to bowl the final over. He was hammered by Bopara in champions trophy perhaps a lesson had not been learnt as the SL went onto win that match. He's new kid and not matured enough to handle the pressure at crucial moments. Even Dhoni did mention at the presentation and why not using your best bowler? Secondly, SL selectors need some training as it's becoming obvious now they love taking free rides, wrong! What happened to Thisara someone who could bat and bowl had been left and brought some relatively new players in and paid the price. Thirdly, start using your brain Mathews, you're the captain now otherwise when your senior players leave, the ship could sink faster than the Titanic did.

  • POSTED BY volmitius on | July 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    my awakening till 4 am, here in India finally paid off fr me... Dhoni u such a great man... full of self believe... !! he has the knack of turning a team game into a duel.. one on one... he is boxer in the ring...who knows that he is the better than his opponent....and at any time he can deliver the last match finishing punch !!! unbelievable self confidence... defying all cricketing logic,playing down all the odds....his uncanny habit of taking his team to the finish line has made him a legend !! yes he is a legend and will be counted among the best cricketers in the world !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan supporter it is really depressing, not the final over but the collapse with the bat. Respect to MS Dhoni, what a finisher he is. Congrats to India. Shaminda Eranga should have bowled a bouncer atleast, its all about the habit of winning which unfortunately we do not have

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    The Real master blaster of india in the Iceman MS Dhoni.He starts from his debute prove to the world that the hardworkings and passion of any thing make heaaviest mountains of strength and success. God bless dhoni i love you.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 12, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @ by Sandip Manjrekar on (July 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT); 19 yrs old KID??... I have never seen or heard of that type of kid..are you all right mate? or gone mad??

  • POSTED BY elgenioroshan on | July 12, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    MSD what a playa! He has proved it again and again that he is the best in crunch situations. As an Indian fan, I really feel for SL, they had it in their grasp for most of the game. They are real fighters. Its a pity that they get to so many Semis and finals but just cant cross the line. Well as Angelo said, you cant do much when Dhoni is around. I really hope SL win the series against SA at home which would give them a lot of confidence.

  • POSTED BY Gladkick on | July 12, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Well, this Indian team once again showed to the world why they are the champions. The team is made of champion players and Dhoni, is a champion of champions. Love you guys. Go India go!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @blaster.pk -in my last comment i wrote MSD is the greatest, infact my intention was to write greatest finisher. a finisher and an opener have different temperament when they play. moreover If u will look at the top 10 scorers in the ODIs u will find tht none hav better average than sachin.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    SL still running on Mahela and Sanga. When they retire, SL score will not cross 150. They will be in the same situation of Pakistan. But atlest they have decent bowlers. I am sure that India will found few more fast bowlers after the Zim series. Ishant and Umesh are not ODI materials.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | July 12, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Frankly speaking SL need to be proud on the effort that they put up. Because on any day they would have won with similar fighting spirits but not the day when you have MSD batting till the end, clearly the only difference between the 2 sides was MS Dhoni. I know there are SL fans who said SL should have saved some one like Herath or Malinga in 50th over but believe me if you are a regular follower of MSD In limited over cricket you probably know the answer-When MSD decides to go, trust me no bowler can do anything(such is the power and determination). In the end a Dramatic finish to an rather boring tournament.

  • POSTED BY suryakumar99 on | July 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    one of the great finish in ODI history. Both team played well, but the difference is MSD. Very very happy to see India win & very very very very happy to see Srilanka loss yet an another final to India. Now srilanka will believe india is tough team for them to beat.

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | July 12, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @ Dasith : Lets not speculate on something which is still not clear and under investigation. Some stuff was thrown on d field, it might have hit malinga, that too we dont know for sure. There was some confusion on d field and d authorities responded then and there. So, my suggestion is lets keep it plain and simple and lets not spoil d forum with some meaning less debates which may arise form such comments. But one has to agree that these kind of things are very unfortunate and no one argues on that,no matter which team is playing and where it is playing.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | July 12, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Hats off to MSD. He is pretty good at this ODI lark! Best ever, maybe?

    @harmony111: A couple of days ago you remarked about the lack of posts on an Ashes thread. This is not a statistically valid sample but I note that this thread has 299 posts as I write, while the latest Ashes thread has 166 posts. Given the relative population sizes, I guess that puts us ahead on "Net Run Rate"!(:

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Dhoni proved himself how confident person he is? wow.. dramatically change the complete match track into winning.. as he is one can do.. 6,4,6 in a last over for last wicket. Great man.. youngsters who are going to be a future captain should have to learn this confident level.. Kohli, Raina, rohit and Jadeja... all of u.. follow him way.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | July 12, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    out of schools at regular basis, that have been maintaining consistency. Otherwise the Game of Cricket too may go to low levels that Country's Soccer is experiencing at present. The authorities should know that the country's future is more important than that of individuals. The players may come and go, but the Country's Cricket has to be managed intelligently & productive manner.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | July 12, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    who cares about this the ashes is on...oh well i suppose anything to keep them interested while the real cricket is going on

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | July 12, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    (CONTINUATION OF MY EARLIER COMMENT) away from home though there is a proven history of their inability to bat under pressure (we've hardly won series since 2007). Their performances were very ordinary, a decade ago though the local media tries to compare them to Bradman's, Hammond's. Many a promising young Cricketers' careers have been ruined due to this greedy nature of the seniors and lack clear vision on the part of J&Ps in office for the last 2 decades. The senior batters and the spinner (effective only on helpful wkts& one of the weakest fielders among current International players) aren't fit into this side. It will be a disaster if they (the 3 seniors & the spinner) had been kept till the next WC. They have to be replaced with the brilliant schoolboy cricketers (even the Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2012 &2013 NiroshanDickwella & KusalMendis respectively are good enough to replace these senior batters, leave alone other promising young Domestic players)that come2BCNTD

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @blaster.pk- man the first point is tht to play 463 ODI u hv to be consistent enough and score regularly and deal with ageing which is also an achievement.u hav to make ur seat in the team. second point tht sanath jayasuriya has played 445 ODIs but then also he has only 28 centuries i.e 21 less than sachin.so even if he scores 1 century in every ten matches (as according to u sachin did) then he will need 210 more matches to equal sachin's record. but his average is 1 century in every 17 matches so he needs 360 matches more.infact dhoni is the greatest but legacy of sachin tendulkar can't be questioned.and i m sure tht if dhoni will also come to open the batting thn he will also score 40 runs in60 balla as he will also hv to give a solid start to the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @blaster.pk

    Dhoni & Sachin are equally precious for us. Can you differentiate Imran with Wasim, Abdul quadir with Saeed Ajmal, Javed Miandad with Inzmam, Waqar with Junaid. No man, you won't say that Imran was less wicket taker than Wasim, Javed consumed 100 balls for making 55 and Inzmam took 90 off 110 balls. You love all of them same way we love all of them. If Sunil Gavaskar was not there, then Sachin wouldn't be And Sachin wouldn't be there then MSD & a young lot would be there certainly. Cricket is team game hence don't count individuals. Yes MSD was much better than Javed Miandad. I can sure you.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | July 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    I would like to correct everybody who thinks 200 was a below par score. The pitch looked better than previous strips but it was a monster. It was crazy tough for a new batsman. Only a set batsman could score runs on it. And there was always a possiblity that even a set batsman would get an unplayable ball. The ball which accounted for Rohit Sharma would have got any batsman in the world out since it was barely 2 inch above ground. So I think Sangakkara and Thiramanne did very well to get SL to 200. I just think after they got out, next batsmen should have revised their target from 240 to say 220. They would have gotten atleast to 215. On this kind of wicket 15 runs make a world of difference....

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 12, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @Blade-Runner @Mark2011 Don't worry about us. We are pretty solid for foreseeable future. Our U-19 team just finished toying with the OZ and NZ in their backyard. There is a healthy supply of quality batsmen and bowlers . It seems like our dear BCCI has learned its lessons from the past. As for post Dhoni era, there is still a good 5-6 years left for that. Kohli has done ok considering its his first assignment. He will get better with time and will be ready to take over the mantle by then.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 12, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    What a player MS Dhoni is. It again is a reminder that technique is overrated in cricket. All what matters is producing runs when needed. What good is technique if you can't hit 17 runs of last over when needed. Well played dhoni. It's the character that makes great cricketers and not the technique.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | July 12, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Whilst I am an Indian fan, I can feel for SL.The chase was a moderate one for the Indian juganots and I expected them to win easily, however SL bowled very well and I think even better than India. Just as India felt the loss against WI 1 wicket win, the same applies to SL against india.If SL had posted about 20 to 30 runs more, India would have been in big trouble. If India lost, the diehard Indian fans would have been on Dhoni's case for some time to come. They would have questioned his mentality in fielding first as just up to the final every team that batted first has won.

    You got to give this win to MSD's smart cricket brains and the attributes he possesses , calm ,cool (even keeping Ishant cool at the other end)& the best finisher that I can think of when the chips were falling all round him. He ensured that he kept all the strike in the last over and also knew he can put Eranga under a lot of pressure by going after him form ball one.

    The best matches are the close ones

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Today is my bday and i got best bday gift frm captain cool. thanks msd.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Just reading this gives me goosebumps - what a fantastic match winner Mr Dhoni is.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    this has to b one of india's greatest series win.....especially coming bak 4m two defeats and then top the table....then put in a gud bowling performance and then it was MS time....again and again he has been doing this...his minds are working like a computer.....but his captaincy in d 1st innings was poor...he allows sanga and thirimanne to settle.but some how sl collapse,then it didnt matter......even if iam a diehard fan of dhoni,i felt that dhoni should have played under kohli in this match bcos kohli who lead us to the final...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Congratulations India. What a follow up after the magical win I witnessed in Birmingham. It is not only about having talented players but what the current squad have in plentiful is the nerve, resolve, determination and consistent ability to absorb pressure which makes watching them play such a joy. I am very excited about what the future holds for the team. Enjoy the win(s) and soak up the love team India. All the players and staff truly deserve this. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is really etching himself into the 'legend' league.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 12, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Didn't see the whole game but just the last 2 overs (as it happened)

    You have to say the Iceman tag is an apt one for MSD in this format. Maybe he has a mindset where he pretends to himself that every game is like a warm up and plays with less pressure. Well played SL too

  • POSTED BY Cannondale on | July 12, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Earlier when SL lost ICC final, SL board used to toggle captaincy between Sanga and Mahela. (ICC World cups 2007,2009,2011 and 2013). Then SL board finally got fed up and made Matthews captain. And he delivered. He did not loose ICC final, he lost in semi-final. LOL :) !!!!!! But now Metthews is at par with these legends. (by loosing fianl) ROFL!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    When MSD decided to change his bat, it was to hit for the required runs to win. That is cool captain. Fantastic. Keep it up Team India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Amid all these dhoni frenzy[rightly so] one should'nt forget the gem of innings which rohit played. india were cruising when he was at crease, but some very low bounce truncated his innings. some of d shots he played, esp the square cut & inside-out shot over mid-off r truly pin-poster stuff. so easy on d eyes his batting appears. Eager 2 see him play test cricket, where he actually belongs.

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | July 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    With Dhoni-the-finisher out there, anything is possible till the last ball. But the Question is why there has to be a Bollywood-style last over finish at all? For example, the situation after 44th over was 26 runs / 36 balls and why leave it till last over where 15 had to be made off 6 balls? Well, it's great if it works 1 out of 10 times but I really don't understand the fans' (and Dhoni's) passion for last ball finish while things could have been wound up earlier. This is not the first time it's happening and it looks like a manufactured or scripted finish.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Congrats to India on winning the cup. Another rescue by Dhoni ,who is simply superb. Right onto my team: we lost this match due to: sanga n thirri throwing their wickets away after doing the hard work; the bowlers thinking they don't have to contribute with the bat.(compare how malinga batted to how sensibly the kumars batted.) finaly we threw this match away down to missing two easy run out chances.when I coach our club youngsters the first thing I say is on a run out,get behind the stumps!!! I was DISGUSTED by our suicidal batting in this match. Finally,Sanga & Mahela ,don't throw your reputations of gentlemen away by appealing stupidly in desperation.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    IND U 19 had won final in AUS comprehensively. Now they will tour to SL to play 2 youth test & 3 youth one day internationals. Please not to forget to include Sanga, Dilli, Mahela in the SL U 19 team with Angello being a captain. Please.......

  • POSTED BY blaster.pk on | July 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    After this innings this cements the name that DHONI is the greatest ODI batsman of all time . First he did it in world cup now he does it in WI. The difference between Dhoni and sachin is Dhoni, DHONI comes 6th down , plays 30 balls and scores 60 runs whearas Sachin come 1st and plays 60 bals and scores 40 runs, plays slowly till he gets to that century then he scores fast ... So what matters for sachin is century ,, well i think anyone given a chance to play 463 ODI can hit 49 centuries ODI enturies .. that is sachin scores 1 century in 10 matches. What is so great in this,, But Dhoni is a true HERO he should be gvien Bharat Ratna. If the same innings was played by Sachin the recognition will be totally different , media gives more recognition to sachin ... I dont see one article recognizing Dhoni is the greatest ODI batsman ,, WHY NOT .. I am sure you guys would write the same article if sachin had done what dhoni did yesterday ....

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | July 12, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    By God's grace India is notoriously good in finding a legend in every Generation.... Kapil Dev, Sachin, Dhoni....The next one could be Kohli...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Beautiful writing. It definitely does the last few over's justice.

  • POSTED BY BalaCricLover on | July 12, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Melting points Table **************** Aluminum - 660 °C Silver, Pure - 961 °C Gold, 24K Pure - 1063 °C Copper - 1084 °C Tungsten - 3,422 °C

    Eranga/SL Team - Just needs Presence of MSD even if it is Pavilion room / Ground Temperature MSD - N/A

  • POSTED BY sichu_emerald on | July 12, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Absolute shocker, for a moment I thought it was not the typical game of Cricket, but a deadly battle between the nerves., felt riding a roller-coaster

    MSD you beauty, enthralled the whole cricketing world with your big-bang theory, yet another milestone in your CV, as a die hard fan of India and yours in particular, I am lost in words, but the least to say, you are a thorough entertainer indeed, I would stamp you as the greatest finisher of the game...Thanks very much for making us proud...Please forget not to season the kid, as you are, who is ready to take charge after you.

    Having said that, it was SL's game to loose, I feel very bad for Mahela and Sanga for loosing yet another tough fought Silverware marginally. Full credit to Angelo to produce a great game of Cricket, I am not a fan of him though, but for the way he marshelled his troops, Hats-off, nothing more nothing less. All I can see is there is light in the other end of the tunnel for SL in the coming years. Keep going...

  • POSTED BY Smack-DAT on | July 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Whao!! MS did it again, what a match, though IND made heavy weather of the chase but SL really need to find some good prospects, apart from Sanga and Mahela, there is nothing in their batting. Came across some comments about Indian fans threw stuffs on Malinga!! Its a sad incident but to be practical Malinga will be the last guy in the entire SL team if at all any IND fan decides to throw stuffs!! But things like this should not happen. Anyway a win is a win and congrts to Team India!! P.S- Lankan2 where are you?? LOL

  • POSTED BY calcu on | July 12, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    @iceman 29 You are right. There are many people who say that india will end last before series and then hide after india wins the series. Same happened during 2011 WC and 2013 CT!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    MS Dhoni,you are awesome .......my vocab is short to describe the leadership qualities you have ...well done .....

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 12, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Hard Luck to all SL fans. Your team was much more balanced this time around without Jeeven Mendis. It came close but I thought Dhoni let off too many singles which made the last over harder. WELL DONE TO INDIA including our U19 team which has just finished winning a tournament in AUSTRALIA. For India I think Rayudu should come in for Karthik!!!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 12, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    To all those Dhoni bashers out there...i hope u were watching last night. The man is awesome, everything he touches turns to gold. There is not a better, cooler or more watchable captain in world cricket today. Dhoni, you are a legend!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I saw 19 year kid walking into the ground. All star players went down to the pavilion. I watched him for 5 minutes. I saw something different from usual. I kept on adding 5 minutes to watch him till he played an inning of the decade. I couldn't believe that he is no.11 player. I didn't watch IND-SL till he got out. There is nothing like rain, pitch condition, luck, bad umpiring..... He raised his bar so high pulled his team from deficit to a healthy respected lead. He played like young 18 years old Yuvraj Singh. That is called a spirit & quality cricket.

    Why do you want complete 50 overs game when you are not able to play full quota? You have given every thing, i.e., favorable pitch for bat & ball, sunlight, batting first, 3 free dropped catches. But still you bowled out before 49 overs. You aren't able to see young IND kids playing since long time. See how the cricket is played by 19 year kid Ashton Agar & at port of spain by young IND brigade before lamenting any loose comment.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | July 12, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @mark2011: Buddy, without MSD this Ind team has shown for the past couple of matches what they can do. This is what every body said when Sachin, sehwag, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, Yuvi left but we still dominate after they are gone with a bunch of talented young cricketers, we cannot replace a player and captain like MSD but we are sure we will find a gud replacement when he leaves...so dont worry abt us try to worry abt ur team because without Sanga and Mahela SL wouldnt reach triple figures it seems....cricinfo pls publish this one....

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @mark2011; Oh, don't worry about MSD retiring. We have a very very healthy supply of under-19 players coming through. And our current players - Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Jadeja, Bhuvi, etc. are not bad either. Question is who does SL have when Sanga and Mahela are gone in a couple of years.

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | July 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Sri Lankans by any means should not make a phobia out of this... or be utterly disappointed... There are bits and peaces of younger guys not living up to the standards! But they proved themselves in Australia, so give them time. We all thought Mathews was over estimated in his potential as a leader... I guess not... all failures in previous series and in IPL, he seem to have learnt. He seem to be taking ownership in bowling and batting both when he really has to... making good bowling change decisions and fielding decisions... Its also a good sign to see that Sanga and Mahela still has a lot to offer...!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Went to sleep after Slinga trapped Bhuvi - was not interested in wasting my time in the last rites. Always had confidence in Dhoni but thought that this time he also could not do much. Dhoni told me how wrong I could be.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | July 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Wonder where are the usual Ind bashers in this forum..hiding i suppose as usual at all the end of a series....this has become their habit...

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | July 12, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    It's one thing to have the self-belief to be able to win the match single-handedly in such a pressure-cooker situation, it's quite another to actually deliver on it. Dhoni however has been there and done that so many times now that such situations don't seem to unnerve him anymore. The temperament this man possesses is quite extraordinary. I wonder what exactly must be running through his mind in these situations; does his mind tick like a clock every second or is he completely clear-headed and keeps it as simple as possible?

    Most other players in world cricket today would crumble under that sort of pressure, knowing that the fate of the team rests entirely on their shoulders. Dhoni however is not like most other players. He has nerves of steel and an unmatched temperament that gets him over the line more often than not. It's no wonder that Dhoni is considered to be the best finisher in world cricket today.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 12, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    without MSD this wud have another crash of India......so like SL depend on Sanga/mahela... Indi also still on MSD... what SL is facing now, will be on Indi when MSD out of form or when retired....although there is lot if time for that

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    I will never believe this. O.M.G :) Anyway, SL did well, to at least get India that nervous after setting up a miniature score like a 200. I essentially thought India would win it easy. But we fought back. So at the end of the day, it was a great match. Many fans, specially Indians believed in a WI vs India final. But our boys were too good enough for something like that to happen. Much of the credit for the whole tournament's success I guess, should go to Mahela, Sanga & Mathews. Malinga, Kulasekara & Herath were good as usual. I do believe Eranga can definitely work his game with much more potential than that. Thirimanne seems to be promising at the place he's batting right now. Other than that, I guess it's warnings that should be sent to players like Chandimal & J.Mendis, & even Tharanga. It's high time now, that they do better for their country. Considering Kusal, it's not worth speaking, because, had he been given chances at the start of the tournament, he'd have done better...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    MSD always the best, only captaince who stays cool in all situations....

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    great Capt. DHONI. I wish we have capt in SL . our capt and vice capt are both are dissabled? maybe. Yawwnnnnnn. SL never gonna get the last wicket pair ever. maybe Karma.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 12, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @upmanyugaurav: Well said, looks like our SL friend here has a very selective memory/hearing. He conveniently forgot the Mahela/Sanga incident. Besides, he also seems to have assumed that it was an Indian fan who threw the bottle. I've seen so many angry comments from SL fans about Malinga when he plays against India, so maybe it was a SL fan who threw the bottle!

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 12, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    the different of SL tailenders and Indian tailenders decided the match...SL bowlers are simply have no idea of fight to atleast give 5, 10 runs from them when batting.. they r simply walking wikets.. they think its batsmen's duty and they r not required to make any contribution to score even team is in difficult position....this wasnt the case about 96 WC team.. Dharmasen, Chandan,Vass even Murali contributed so many times to put a good total on the board and then bowl to defend that... with these young SL bowlers.. they have no idea of what they need to do when situation demands.....sad state of SL players and this way SL will not have many wining chances in future irespective of home or away....

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 12, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @Sageleaf: That is some rant there buddy! Dhoni does have a torn hamstring (whether you believe it or not) but he is a man of steel. It's hard for a SL fan to understand bcos you've never had a player like him. I see your remarks also include IPL and contracts. What has that got to do with anything? Stop finding excuses. Man-to-man (or should I say man-to-boy) India is a much stronger team than SL. This has been proven time and again in the recent few years.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 12, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is noone better than Dhoni when the chips are down at the end of a limited-overs innings. Time and again he's lifted India to improbable heights with amazing displays of improbable hitting.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | July 12, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    In a few of the past matches, where Dhoni has won the game in the last over, there have been doubts if he has been too slow in the early overs to first create the crisis and then become the crisis man to solve the crisis. Ghambir himself has commented on this ones. However, yesterday, I could see the helplessness in Dhoni as one after another walked back to the pavilion. But then cometh the last over cometh the man. Simply brilliant! We need to take a bow before this great cricketer.

    SL were lucky that the match went so close. Sanga scored 71 for 6, if not for this, the match would have been over long back. The way things are, if Bangladesh names their team as India, SL will lose to them as well.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Those eyes!! Guess that's what 'Lit up his eyes' actually means. :D

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    tough times for SL ahead. they performed ok in the series but no body except jayawardena and sanga got going so there youngsters are not performing that well.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Add to this what the u-19 boys did to Oz boys. What a day of cricket!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | July 12, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    India won against all the odds, dhoni proved HISTORY wrong, All times teams batted first have won in this pitch/ground in the series. anyway.. i wud like to see Gambhir in place of Raina or Dinesh kartik to strengthen the batting, everything else is going great. I have seen 90% of the bowlers bowling in 130kmph and considered as good bowlers but don't know why they have problems in accepting Vinay kumar. He bowls most of his deliveries in 130's, always maintains tight line and length, swings the ball enough to beat the bat, hits the deck and seams on helping pitch, has got good slower ball for the death overs, yet he is forgotten. He is not tall, with his round face he might not look like a fast bowler, but is very effective. One of his delivery yesterday swung back in to the left handed Sanga and after pitching seamed away from him. it was unplayable delivery.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    This guy MSD never stops amazing me. He has won every thing thrown at him the test championship, One day and 20-20. He has the champions trophy, IPL and what not. Above all he is a great human being and believes that the youngsters can do it. He came back from injury being only 60% fit into this match and with practically one leg finished the match. It was worth waiting upto 3 15 in the early hours of the day to see INdia win and Dhoni winning for us. Let us not forget the images of Kohli and Dhawan shown on TV. They were as anxious as we were. This is team India at the best. Poor SL they have lost so many times to India now even after playing very well. Where are the Aravindas, Ranathungas, Jayasuriyas... The cup board seems empty. as far as India Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvaraj can wait for their time and play Ranji trophy and get back to form. Jai ho INDIA and TEAM INDIA

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | July 12, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Future India- Lanka matches should be played with the following rules. When Lanka bats and India bowls, the pitch should be 25 yards, only 9 (not 11) Indian fielders allowed and when India bats and Lanka bowls, the pitch should be 15 yards and Lanka can have 15 fielders. All tosses for Lanka. Last but not the least, Dhoni is allowed to play only left handed.

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | July 12, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela's behaviour in pressuring the umpire to give Dhoni out for obstruction was just desperate. I think the reason for their desperation was that they realized that this may be their last ever chance to beat India before they retire following the WC in 2015. India is going to beat SL in that tournament too!

  • POSTED BY upmanyugaurav on | July 12, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @ Dasith Sean Wijesiriwardena I am sure you must have heard about your senior most Srilankan players Sangakara and Jayawardene misbehaving and arguing with the with the umpire for about 15 minutes. Very unbecoming behavior from the senior pros of team I must say....

  • POSTED BY Mananduwa on | July 12, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Very poor cricket in Sl.I have no idea, without Sanga, mahela & dilshan.Should remove the vice captain crown from chandimal.But there are no any guy to given it.Kulasekara little suit for it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Commendable effort from team india 2 clinch d trophy. it was a cliffhanger until d last over when dhoni showed why he's feared as one of the finest finishers of d game. i think mathews missed a trick by not himself bowling d last over instead of d penultimate. that's waht cricket is all abt where u have 2 not only outplay,but also outsmart ur opponents. As for d last over, it could have gone either way, which should not conceal d lower middle order goof-up from india. As for dhoni, he certainly enjoying d ladyluck's smile.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    This is how you come back as CHAMPIONS after almost getting eliminated from a series.Superb from team India and this literally was a team's performance the whole series. 1. Bhuvi being the top wicket taker. 2. Rohit finally being a responsible player and showing his true class. 3. MSD as usual maintaining his reputation of Best finisher in The world cricket. 4. Last but not the least I would like to pat the performance of a player who isn't given too much credit and i.e. Kohli. Guy lead the team for the first time with team on backfoot and played a superb skipper's knock and now the team has won the tournament he deserves the credit as much as anyone else or may be more.Shows that him scoring century only saves India in the tournament and if team perform well after that they might win it too.Hats off to both Indian skippers for the series.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 12, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    I feel India was lucky last night. Yes, im happy , that MSD once again came as a saviour but honestly, im more disappointed by the sudden collapse of a champion team. Our players had almost decided to give away the match in a platter. It was shocking to see our front line batsmen going on backfoot while playing the off spinner Herath, and falling into the pit. Rohit Sharma and Jadeja should have known this basic rule. Vinay kumar , tries to become a hero by hitting a ball that was meant to be nudged fir a single. Raina, gets carried away hitting a six and tries to hit the ball across the line. ... Such inconsistencies can create hurdles in the path of any champion team that dreams of making a reputation auch as the West Indies of 70s n 80s and Aussies of the last 3 decades. Indian team often gets carried away after such victories. Anyways,thanks to MSD, the best finisher in the world, has certainly given the cricket fans a nice memory to cherish :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Dear friends. Please please want to see some positive comments on our Rohit Sharma. I think the way Rohit played in WI, simply awsome and matured. Very diffucult batting conditions. Uneven bounce. Overcast conditions. Sticky tracks. But in all matches Rohit showed trimendous temperament. In almost every match Rohit got blow on his body from pace bowlers. But he stood at wicket. Shikhar, Virat, DK evrybody struggled to find their touch in WI. After got responcibilty to open the inning Rohit playing some extraordinary cricket since last England ODI series, Mohali match. Especially Rohits technic of facing short balls is mindblowing. Very few players got this abilty. Yesterday too have anybody watched Rohits pull shot against Malinga ? 2 players were set there for Rohit. But a classic pull shot bisects the 2 fielders and Rohit got superb 4 runs. All the best Rohit & team India for Zimbabwe tour!!!

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | July 12, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga were playing against the spirit of the game when they clearly know that Dhoni ran across the stumps because Jadeja ran straight into him and still they were asking questions to the umpires now and then continuously.....where is the sportsmanship spirit that you guys were talking SL....shame on you guys..

  • POSTED BY Fan01 on | July 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Time to conquer SA,AUS & ENG !!! We are getting strong...Gone are the days where AUS,ENG & SA dominates Cricket(IND ranked 1 in ODI..SL in T20..IND 2 in Test)....I want other asian teams to join IND and play hard to dominate world cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | July 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Its msd all the way. India should be lucky to have him in the team. India will definitely find it hard to replace him. Whether we accept it or not,lanka is solely dependent on sanga and mahela. Where are the fans like @colombo_sl, @otuwa @htc_android who predicted a crushing defeat to india?

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | July 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    We got defeated, but I worth staying till 5.30 am in the morning watching that. No regrets. Love you Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 12, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @samincolumbia: Agreed. Mahela and Sanga are often spoken of (including yours truly) as great ambassadors of the game. But judging my incidents like these, these two have nothing on the likes of Dravid when it comes to sportsmanship.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    What a nail biting finish, both team played wonderfully, but fortune favors the braves, India finished it in style. Magnificent MSD played remarkably, did not lose the patience and come out with in. Truly he is Champion batsman of ODIs and now in habit of hitting the winning shots by sixes. Congrats to him and Team India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    congratulations indian team

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | July 12, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    & played straight away on a skiddy bouncy surface ideal for 2 World Class (proven)tall spinners like Ajantha & S'nayake 1st Class Bo Ave is 21+&19+respectively. Since the day Murali retired the J&Ps wanted a (left-arm spinner) henchman to be the main spinner in the Team, so they with the help of some seniors make a full-stop to Ajantha's becoming the No 1 spinner, thus shattering his confidence accumulated over the years up to then, by making adverse remarks about his bowling. Ajantha was removed from the Team at a time; he was the No 1 T/20 bowler, and one of the top performers in 2011WC. What Herath has done in this match could be achieved through any left-arm bowler (Malinda Pushpakumara), if Ajantha and S'nayake had been included on this bouncy skiddy surface, we could have won the match without much trouble. The 2 seniors batters of slow reflex (played in the match) have been given permanent places (&positions) in the Team despite their poor performances (particularly) 2B CNTD

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | July 12, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    The amount of backing that the game of Cricket gets from its people&the World's top Media network, India should win all Tournaments. However as a person closely following this great Game for the last 60years, is very happy what our (SLan) Cricket Team does at a time a 1/3rdof the side has been comprised with henchmen and with very little encouragement given to the Game by its media. The local media is just there to endorse every move of J&Ps and hail all big performances of senior players that happen on an ad hoc basis while completely ignoring performances of promising young & Schoolboy Cricketers. The whole World knows these aging front-line batters of SL are either, reckless risky stroke makers with no proper control over most of the strokes they execute or slow accumulators of runs with limited number of strokes. One can't have batters with averages in mid-30 (means inconsistent) at these top positions. By the way, Lakmal whose 1st Class Bo Ave is 34+ has been flown in(2B CNTD)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    dhoni now world cricketer roll model

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 12, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Sri Lankans were always known to have played the game in the right spirit , not sangakarra though. Despite being a great player and senior , he once unsportingly made Suraj Randiv bowl a no ball to Sehwag to deny him a century.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    now msd is a world cricketer dream boy

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 12, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Well done team India.Restricting SL for 202 was the turning point. Batsmen fell to needless shots played and suspicious LBWs. It was a 50 over match. There wasn't any DL. NO LBW decisions given against SL ( more over 3 suspicious LBW decisions against India!). Not any flat pitch. It was worse when India batting. (remember the ball that kept low in which Rohit got bowled). BUT still India won the match. It is a funny situation that SL fans do not have any excuses now!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    As usual lots of empty bromides and platitudes being heaped on Dhoni because India won.

    Yes he finished well and won the match but this could have easily gone either way and India should not have been in this position in the first place.

    Witness Dhoni's bizarre captaincy and poor wicket keeping in this match. He bowled Kohli and Raina for almost 10 overs while three of the most effective and economical bowlers ( Bhuvi, Vinay and Jadeja) were under bowled).

    I cannot see a half decent cricket analyst agreeing with Dhoni's decision on the field including not letting Kartik keep wickets given Dhoni's injury.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Very disappointed in the way Kusal Perera and Chandimal played. They could have been a pit patient and not commit hara kiri

  • POSTED BY calcu on | July 12, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Can someone please tell SL to drop malinga against india?? Indian batsmen have mastered him and he is absolutely useless against INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Great display of a perfect ODI match. India and MSD showed again why we are the world champions ! Poor Mathews falled just short of experiences to give last over to unexperience Eranga. Right from Javed Miandad period we saw so many such cases where a captain struggles planning last two overs especially in such critical conditions. And MSD just waiting for it, he got and he cashed it. Congratulations to team India !!! But here one mejor point want to discuss about our spinners. Though Jadeja got 4, where was the turn which Herath got repeatedly. I havent seen Herath so dangerous so far against India. Our 2 topclass spinners Ashvin & Jadeja both were average in this trination series. Especially what we watched their performances in CT. WI too played very comfortable against them. This is very crutial point to be discussed. And we watched both Jamaica and Tininad, tracks were bowlers friendly. Our fielding too was not upto the mark comparing to CT. Nevertheless, we won the final !!!

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | July 12, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    I feel sorry for the SL fans somehow, this win will definitely demoralize the SL team and their fans. For once victory was at the their grasp to take the trophy and again Dhoni stealed it from them.....everytime they believe they can win, in comes Dhoni and he destroys and demoralizes them..neverthless this meaningless series is over and its time to test our team's bench strength against Zim ...best of luck for your future SL team and fans....

  • POSTED BY Fan01 on | July 12, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    India is going to return home with two trophies..super Happy..India stamped its authority in ODI all over world barring SA & AUS..I hope in coming years, India will beat SA&AUS in their home turf..We might not the great team like AUS in their late 90s and 2000's but surely we are better ODI team compared to others now.. India is building strong and i like to see India winning Test and ODI's in SA,AUS and ENG...Guys watch out..India is going to create history in upcoming SA tour!!!

  • POSTED BY Fan01 on | July 12, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1.... Chill man..Enjoy India's Victory..Enjoy MSD!!! Why do you want compare now?? Whenever one performs or non-performing, don't jump into comparisons....India had,has and will have great cricketers!!!

  • POSTED BY shark77 on | July 12, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    bad team selection and poor decisions at the end of the sl innings ..kusal perera once again shows he dont have a brain to think..if srilanka played with at least another one all rounder we could win cause mathews will have a chance for another 2 or 3 overs from him..then final over will go to a good bowler..what is mathews doing with 3 wicket keepers...

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | July 12, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    It was very unbecoming of Sanga and Mahela to get in the face of the umpire and try to pressure him in giving Dhoni out, when Dhoni did not do anything wrong. These two have done this couple of times before and smacks of utter desperation.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | July 12, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    I have been watching this match till 4 am in the morning and boy am glad to watch it...what a cracker of a match it was...both teams played really well, it was excellent bowling by Herath that brought SL back in to this game but feel sorry for the poor lad Eranga Dhoni demoralised that Guy. Lots of dramas inbetween the match as well like thowing bottles on SL players and SL team appealing for Dhoni running inbetween the throw to stumps absolute thriller of the match.....at the end the Superman from India brought the cup home..Equal credit goes to Rohit for the way he constructed his innings...

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 12, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    What a man ...What a self belief.... always a coolest customer and a great finisher when a team need the most in a pressure situations !!!! really a bad over bowled by inexperienced & under pressure Eranga,....

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | July 12, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    India is the NEW Australia!! Dhoni is the BEST finisher in the world. It's a treat to watch him bat and come out on top under so much pressure rather than watching boring hundreds by the Amlas and Cooks.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 12, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    SL maybe able to beat India in a big game some day, just need to wait for MSD to retire. Oh wait, that'll mean Mahela and Sanga would have retired too and there are no other SL batsmen capable of taking them past 100.

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | July 12, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    The fault lies with poor planning by Mathews. If he remembered the ICC campionship, he would have known that Eranga went for 28 runs in one over in one of the matches. He is new and not crafty enough to deal with man like Dhoni. The extra pace of Eranga was a god send gift for Dhoni and he dealt with it accordingly. Captaincy is not about just playing but being conscious of strategic decision making and there Mathews has failed.

  • POSTED BY BharatBhushanHir on | July 12, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Congratulations Team India and MSD. Once again MS Dhoni took to match to the last over and won from there for India. Our country like to see such sensational stuff which Dhoni knows very well. People felt bored for the One sided wins in Champion's Trophy in England where our Top order never gave chance to MSD to take the match to last over. The wins with 10-15 overs to spare got the excitement out of the game. Learn the art of batting from Dhoni. When he came in yeasterday, India needed 63 of 19 overs. Only Dhoni realized what Indian Spectators wanted to see. So in his presence India scored only 48 off next 18 overs (Including Powerplay Overs). The pressure mounted and in t he process 5 wickets also fell. 15 needed off last over.. Game finished off first 4 balls.. Thats the class of MSD... He can take the target of even 150 to the 50th over but will surely win from there.. True Match Maker....

  • POSTED BY kalaalok1982 on | July 12, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Hello all. A very good entertaining and thrilling match barring the obstruction drama. Felt that Sanga and Jaya hurt the feelings of the game and fans.(I think so as a cricket lover). There was no point in appealing for that. Desperate they were, but they are supposed legends and these kinds of action is not expected from them, though sanga did id once with a bowler with Viru. Nonetheless a very good game. India came on top thanks to the efforts of everyone, the players, the support staff, coach, management, everyone. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MANUFACTURER OF DHONI'S BAT.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    once again have to admit that dhoni is worlds best finisher,he was the difference,but anyhow congrtaz india played well!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    From Boys to Men or Men to Boys are the only questions that Sri Lanka Cricket has left ask our Young Professional National Cricketers. They seriously need to work things out in the middle. True we love them when they win and take them apart when they lose, but some of the shots they were trying yesterday were absolutely comical. Situation awareness is not something that comes with the talent or could be trained through coaching. You have to be mindful about what's happening around you and to keep a cool head to first deal with the current issues and then gradually progress or up the tempo when things are on more familiar grounds. A 14 year kid who have never hold an actual bat in his life but loves to play cricket on PS3 would have assessed the situation better than some of our young and upcoming batsman. In the end they all gave a good fight, but it doesn't matter whether the margin is a 1 run, 1 ball or 1 wicket, win is a win. And Winners get to celebrate.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Please drop Malinga atleast from the Indian matches. He is useless and liability to the team. He did brought this upon himself by playing IPL. My specialist seamers for the future matches Eranga,S.Lakmal, Kulasekara. Also drop useless players like Chandimal and Kusal perera. When is the last time Chandimal played a good knock. Probably he is not the futuer of SL cricket. Also congratulation India. Dhoni is an awesome captain and a best finisher in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    The article has narrated mostly about Dhoni's thinking & vision.

    If it is indeed how Dhoni has actually thought, then he has a good future post retirement in Politics:-)

  • POSTED BY fearless69 on | July 12, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Angelo Mathews during presentation - "Had we played till the end, we could have pushed it to 230-240 and that wuould have been enough." Sri Lanka made 201 in (48.5 ov). Mathews was expecting 29-39 more runs in the remaining 7 balls? LOL Seems like a Sri Lankan Rajnikanth?? Sanga or mahela as captain can make the difference.. Way to go for Mathews, he needs to improve his batting..

    MSD you rock as always.. From India.. :)

  • POSTED BY Cannondale on | July 12, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    It seemed that Indians were really taking it easy in initial stages of tournament. Even they were not serious after narrowly loosing to WI in first match. Then came SL match and a crsuhing defeat. Bam :- Woke up again, played like champions and lifted the cup. We must thank SL indeed LOL :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    cometh the hour and cometh the man!! Truely astonishing!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    No luck,No Rain,No DL Method....Please srilankans open your eyes now.Who plays hard will win..Remeber..There is nothing to blame on india now...india replied with winning matches without DL method,Rain,what else you have to claim for loss now srilankans

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    wat a heading! Iceman Dhoni breaks SL hearts? then wat abt RG Sharma,RA Jadeja..Player of the match also dhoni..It's Horrible...

  • POSTED BY Dr.Lakson on | July 12, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Dhoni the greatest!....... it was SL against Dhoni. Great fight back...... SL needs to get their mind game fixed..... The way they lost last 8 wickets cannot be explained..........lot to learn for SL from the iceman!. People are calling for Thisera Perera for this game and he is notinthesquad. I think Jeevan would have been a better option than Kusal. Kusal needs more opertunities but not in preasure cooker games....... Jeevan could havebowled a bit also in this game.

  • POSTED BY vsssarma on | July 12, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    The final is a match between two wicket keepers. Sanga batted greatly as ever but it was Dhoni's confidence that won him a match as a captain and a man of the match. While Dhoni was ably supported by Rohit, Raina and Jadeja, Sanga got support from Herath and Thirimanne. This was not enough for SL to win the match. SL's impact bowler Malinga conceding 58 runs off 12 overs in a low-scoring match tilted the scales in India's favour. SL committed hara-kiri by omitting Senanayake and suffered in the end. 100 marks to India; 87 marks to Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY sailorsupreme on | July 12, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    In a team game, at all times the coach/captain expects the individuals to do what is needed to win. The mature individuals in the teamdo exactly that and by adhering to the script they enable the team's win. You see this strategy in military drills where every team member rehearses his role well in preparartion for that moment in battle when he has to do exactly what he has practiced for years. The result is taken care of if team members address the needs of their team as envisioned by the leader If the individual decides to indulge in his personal wants and desires, the best laid out plans by the most brilliant leader can go haywire. Dhoni chose not to attack Mathews and Malinga,He chose the inexperienced Eranga just like a hunting predator chooses the weakest animal in the pack. He made a big show of shadow play with two massive bats in his hands. He was sending a message that he was going to hit him out of the park. When he hit the second ball for six,it was all over. Great article!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    no wonder...!!! at all... we know the result..!! how good SL plays with India Final result is Lost..!!! that is the theory of SL on a what ever series.. with India !!!! shame on you SL....!!!

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | July 12, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Congratulations India.Sri Lanka should try some fresh young talents against SA whether they win or loss.Because seniors are not in the team forever.They should look at the future.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | July 12, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    @vim_equal Its v unfair that dhoni played the finals. He was injured and was ruled out of the series. How come he came back and played the finals after making the lankans believe that he wont play. This is not sportsmanship. What is the icc doing?

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    I am surprised some people talking of Mathews and Thirimanne to be rotated. They performed very well. We need to drop Chandimal and Kusal and let them relook at what was wrong. Mathews even won the most Valuable Player of the tournament for his exceptional batting, bowling and captaincy for the information of all who were not awake at 3:45 am today. Thirimanne batted very well today and even in other difficult wicket where SL beat WI. SL needs to understand why they loose to India so often. Look at how they played Malinga and Malinga was a pressure release. Other 4 bowlers bowled like a pack to one plan and Malinga did not fit into that. So When ever SL Play India Malinga should have backup ie we need to play 6 bowlers. That may include 2 alrounders and one slot is filled by Mathews and the other we need to sort out. Is it Thisara ? or another spinners ? SL needs to use Malinga only for the tailenders against India. Unfortunate but this is common sense Malinga reinvent himself.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 12, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Congrats India!I don't want 2 talk about SL batting.Total credit 2 team India! I'd rather say SL lost to Dhoni.SL lost the match at the very moment when Kholi hinted that Dhoni might play in the finals.All this while I was telling that Dhoni is lucky but today I say the luck follows his talent & will power.Coming out from an injury and playing a match winning 45* is truly amazing.SL vs India matches has become more of a mental battle than a physical sport.Dhoni is surely mentally stronger than the whole SL squad including coaches & support staff.He reads the situations easier than we read articles on Cricinfo.SL should stop playing against Indian until Dhoni retires otherwise humiliation is guranteed.Feel sorry for Eranga.He got the wrong batsman to bowl to.I would back Dhoni even 2 score 30 runs even in a Malinga's over any day.He's certainly the best finisher in the world.I'm a Sri Lankan and I love Sri Lankan Cricket whatever happens & I hope that they would do better in the future

  • POSTED BY Bogelking on | July 12, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Superb game that went all the way down the wire. It is lucky for India that we have a captain like MSD to overhaul the team out of the woods with his cool temperament. The pitch that hosted the final was a paradise for the bowlers and they got enough purchase from it. Even I knew that 202 would be a taunting target to get in this pitch aiding the bowlers. But at last, all is well for India. Do not worry SL, you guys made it hard for the Indians to score each and every run to victory and made the game prolong to the final phase. Now we had an uninterrupted 50 over match, with D/L system not coming to the scenario, and India have won it. At least it is time for some of my friends now to agree that India is a better ODI team in the current scenario. Chak De India!!!!!

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | July 12, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Sid, what an article! It reads like a masterfully crafted whodunnit. Keep up the good work!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    I don't believe that it is a bad selection of SL team. They performed really well to defend 200 odd runs. Even though it is a bowling pitch they showed their character a lot and brought a thriller out of it. Otherwise Indian cruel batting line up would have really destroyed them up.

    Anyways India proved again that they have got much better with a young and energetic squad and the Ice cool Dhoni as Captain:)

    Have a cool day

  • POSTED BY Asifnaru on | July 12, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Hello im asifnaru and im very happy the way msd batted in huge underpresser and got thourgh team india home

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  • POSTED BY oneupnowuv on | July 12, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    have to say sanga and jaya trying to put umpires under pressure by making faces and shrugging over the obstructing field incident was very poor cricket.both these try all tactics to win any mileage ... sanga with atrocious appeals and jaya with clever man tactics..makes them look desperate....learn to win fair or just loose.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | July 12, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    @Collegefastbowler, I am sorry, when did Ishant EVER apply any pressure??? BK gave 1 run in the 1st over. IS gave 13 runs in the 2nd over of the match. You are saying BK picked wkts because IS "applied" pressure??? God save Indian cricket. Show me one match where BK got wkts in that manner. This is not Kumble/Harbajan combination. Please try bowling ONE ball within a circle of 1 foot diameter at a distance of about 21 yards. You will know BK's hard work. Please dont belittle a sportsman's hardwork.

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | July 12, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Dhoni did it again against Sri Lanka.Rohith's foundation was also superb.Poor Eranga.He is not a good death overs bowler.He was thrashed by Ravi bopara in a champions trophy match in last over for 26 runs.However young indian side has proved their skills in two different conditions.Now they have a challenge in Zimbabwe too.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | July 12, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Well once again Sri Lanka choked and now can be tagged as the most inconsistent team in the world. When you lose 8 wickets for a mere 30 runs there is hardly a chance to get back to the game despite the fact that they gave India a run for their money until the fateful last over. Well done India for a good allround performance. Sri Lanka will have to go back to the drawing boards and seriously think of revamping the team before the next tour by South Africa. Underperformers should not be included in the squad. Jayasuriya & Co. will do well to take an example from India and reconstitute the team.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | July 12, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    bang, superman done it again, he is the best thing ever happen to Indian cricket. He is the best batsman in limited overs cricket. He never thinking about the personal milestone, he is a real team player. He is just like dark knight hero. He received lot of critics for the test failures in abroad, even though he wasn`t alone the reason behind in that. He controls this young team with his fingertips. that wasn`t the case in 2011 to 2012..you know what I am talking about. He is LEGEND..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    MSD stars are just with Indian team. Its a great time . Keep it up Dhoni ji.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | July 12, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Mahi once again proved that how reliable match winner he is. We should some how find out how Mahi's nerve system and brain works in a situation like this. One thing we should understand that Its not only the talent matters but how the brain works is also matters a lot and no one in the world is better brain player than him in these situations. How can he control his nerve and wait till the last over to play against in-experienced bowler and to score 15 runs? Its always not possible to play against Malinga & so respected Malinga & mathuews and took charge against Eranga. On the other end Ishant could not keep calm & was out of control and escaped run-out twice. Sad to see SL loosing the finals continuously & very sad that they are facing Mahi in finals every time & loosing. When you loose matches like this some times players loose confidence & its tough job for Mathuews to mentally revoke their team. Looks like Mahi is on a machine to build strong team for 2015 WC. Congrats Mahi & India

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | July 12, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    I watched the matched on & off. With India needing some 60-65 runs to win having plenty of overs at disposal, I started feeling sleepy! Before eventually sleeping I would check cricinfo that both Rohit & Raina - who were making it look easy, were gone. Still with Dhoni there, victory seemed 'natural' even if slightly delayed... Woke up in the morning & realized cricinfo live commentary page is still running! First things first, hovered the cursor to the commentary page's title. There it was, India 203/9 - yes so we won, wait what, 9 wickets! Dhoni 45* - I see, now I know what had transpired! Dhoni has turned the match, yet again. No more surprised, I started reading the match report. How lucky we are to have Dhoni!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Mahendra Steel Dhoni ! Thanks for another winderful knock :) Keep it up MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    This proves that dhoni is the greatest odi batsman ever .I had seen him do the same thing to Jerome Taylor in st Lucia in July 2009 .India needed11 runs in the last over'second ball in the over a six hit over cover the rest was a formality..

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | July 12, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Wah....wao...WHAT A captain M>S> DHONI.. what a victory.INDIA is really a winner ....they have special qualities ,,,,congratulations........World Cricket is now under ....great ...greater ,,,,,gteatest (INDIA )

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Huuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh, Hats off to Dhoni

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | July 12, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    That is why .....INDIA IS THE BEST......Wao....what a team is this.....especially S AFRICA should follow Indian team policy....Dhoni is real a cool and wellsettled captain in the world after STEVE BAUGH and HANSIE.....

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | July 12, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    I think Dhoni got lucky at CT. Ishant was bowling poor and was getting to bowl again and again, and the wickets he got were not off unplayable balls. But today it was mastermind Dhoni, he had (as always) confidence in himself, waiting for the inexperienced person to bowl, got the heavier bat and went bang, bang, bangg!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 12, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Congratulation to Indian team and every Indian. Two days ago I posted comment about inclusion of MSD in final because of his ability in high temperamental game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Need to do a feature on Ravindra Jadeja, he is the highest wicket ..even this game, he stayed off balling as 2 left handers were dominating the srilankan batting, once the wicket fall... Jadeja was brought in and he just cleaned down the rest...the boy needs some appreciation.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 12, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Dhoni has shown that he is the greatest finisher in cricket all time-India have proved that they are near invincible in one day cricket- It will be near impossible for any other team in the World to defeat this young Indian Champions for a long time to come.

    Sri Lanka have once again ended up bridesmaids.I feel really bad for the lankan fans seeing their team beaten in the finals for the umpteenth time as well ending up as the favorite bunny for the World and ICC Champions India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Got to feel sorry for SL on failing yet again in the final.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    India win another series. Let's make room in the trophy case!

  • POSTED BY Cannondale on | July 12, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Well, Congratulations Team India!!! Everyone had written them off after 2 defeats.

    Very good final though. Good to see full 50 over game and toss doesn't decide winner. (Although I do't believe toss decides the winner anyway, it only has some impact). Both teams played well and it could be anybody's game.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 12, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka really have to think hard about Malinga and his "Indian Problem". Malinga has an amazing record against every team in the world EXCEPT India and it really is hurting Sri Lanka badly. Some say that this is because they now bowl with the new ball halfway through the innings which means Malinga cant utilize reverse swing as possible and some say its due to overexposure and the IPL. Whatever the reason it is, Sri Lanka really need to think of something quickly, because he is the weak link when facing India. And congrats to Dhoni, he is making a name of himself as the best ODI finisher of all time

  • POSTED BY SylvanMan on | July 12, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    I guess guys like Malinga and Gayle subconsciously lack the killer instinct when playing against India because a huge part of their annual paycheck comes from India via IPL.

  • POSTED BY Balb on | July 12, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Overall, the tri-series was a successful one despite the rain and some D/L moments which brought about unexpected results.

    Kudos must go to the Indian team for coming from behind and win this series.

    Behavior from the spectators could have caused a serious issue with the bottle throwing at Malinga. This was uncalled for and un-sportsmanlike. I cannot believe it happened in Trinidad. Had something gone wrong with Malinga so he could not bowl, I wonder what would have been the result of this match.

    I do hope the person is reported to the authorities, or is caught and dealt with accordingly.

    This is a dirty and irremovable stain on the sport, Trinidad and the Caribbean as a whole. This reminds me of the Figure Skating and the lawn Tennis incidents.

    I do hope Malinga is OK, even if it was just a plastic water bottle full of water which hit him.

    Fans, security, Find that person please. The WICB board should apologize to the Si Lankan team for such behavior.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    MSD, Respect !!!

  • POSTED BY vsssarma on | July 12, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    During the last 2 years, the ODI bowler of Sri Lanka who impressed the most has been Senanayake who with figures of 475 runs off 588 balls has been number one ODI bowler of SL. Differential Mathematical Analysis for Cricket (DMAC) developed by me shows that Senanayake scored 60.4 marks per match, the highest by a Lankan bowler. Now the selection committee asks him to carry drinks in this vital match. SL lost the match at the selection itself. (The other Lankan bowlers are: Herath - 59.7; Maharoof - 54.7 Kulasekara 53.5 Malinga - 50.7 Pradeep 49.1 Mathews 41.3 Prasad 40.7 etc.)

    Batting also suffered in the absence of Dilshan. Chandimal & Thirimanne are there for some time but they are not winning matches for the team. Only Sangakkara can not win match after match for SL.

    SL team will now have to go back to the drawing room.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    great match... its definitely worth to be called as a finals..... excellent batting from sanga and thirimanne, excellent comeback from india, excellent bowling firstup from lanka, excellent batting from rohit sharma, two excellent partnerships( rohit and karthick, rohit and raina ) and excellent finish by the best finisher in the world , dhoni..... you can take out dhoni and last over finish in any match......

    this match had everything in it..... i wish every game will be as nail bitting as this...... great going team india......

    and well put quote this CAN ANYONE TELL AT WHAT PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE DOES DHONI MELTS....???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    ya.Eranga hasnt that much xperience.i feel he did ball to MSD s strenth.hes a massive hitter through long on n off arias.what about two bouncers after setting the out fielders fineleg,long leg n midwicket.

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | July 12, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket has announced it is going to stop playing any further cricket till MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli retire. When asked why, they replied "What is the point!!" :))))))

  • POSTED BY sachin.sss on | July 12, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    @Kamal Sehgal -- dude seriously, you do see that the pitch has degraded real bad. How can you expect high strike rate on this pitch without raking the risk of slogging and hoping for the best ? It looks like Dhoni read the pitch wrong or couldn't predict the pitch quality. The pitch quality started to degrade in the 1st innings itself. It turned out to be a minefield during the Indian innings. Even the commentators were stating that this pitch has become a minefield. In this scenario, its not easy to score at run a ball especially after you have lost few wickets

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    India played two spinners, spinners took the majority of wickets and Sri Lanka left out a match-winning spinner whose record in finals is superb.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | July 12, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    MSD - the Indian Superman. When it comes to ODI, MSD is far better than any of the Fab 4 batsmen. He may not have any century to his name, but he has won every ODI tournament under the Sun. The Fab 4 scored centuries by the bushel, but could not win anything.

  • POSTED BY sachin.sss on | July 12, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    This is horrible.... I don't see any excuses for losing today

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | July 12, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Great job from Dhoni as usual but I don't understand why it is necessary that he always takes the game to the last over. It would've made more sense to attack a few overs earlier while batting with the tail. Ishant might never even have had to face a ball and be at risk. Clearly this shows MSD, while being an excellent team player, is also a man interested in self glory. He loves to portray himself like a hero. The problem with it is that if luck goes against him, he's going to cost us matches like the T20 match against NZ where we lost.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    one man army

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Leave it to me, he says....

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | July 12, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    How can Dhoni break SL hearts- it should have been Ishant Sharma as that is when Lanka had some chance. Last over; Dhoni batting; Just 15 runs to get; some Eranga or Sharanga bowling. C'mon, Dhoni will do this 10 out of 10.

  • POSTED BY Harinasi on | July 12, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    One wonders, no bowler bowls length bowls to any batsman unless the pitch is creating nuisance. Eranga was in no way responsible for that annihilation. Probably, in the dressing room and on the field, people would have been trained to agree on the fact that if Dhoni was there in the last over, it is done and dusted. Mahela and Sanga running after the umpire was enough proof of that. Wide outside off stump, just in from the wide line with good bounce would have earned the respect, yorkers would have had to dealt with the Helicopter shot,nevertheless, Eranga has good season, a fine prospect, should be around in the Lankan squad for sometime to come. As far as this match was concerned, it would be etched in my memory for a long time to come, finally the topsy-turvy final heading India's way, as usual in recent times.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | July 12, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    I am surprised that Dhoni's use of Raina and Kohli ahead of the main bowlers is controversial. He did it at a time when the batsmen were already somewhat settled and so trying something different was reasonable. Plus, if he gets 4-5 overs from them then he gets some breathing room if one of the main bowlers were to have an off day. I also feel Dhoni delaying "going for it" while batting was sensible because too many wickets were falling at the other end and he didn't want to take undue risks. Besides, the required run rate was not out of hand; plus Herath had bowled out and there was only one of three overs left that could be bowled by Malinga. Dhoni rightly felt he could hit the other bowlers for 12-15 runs an over, if need be. All in all, Dhoni planned and executed well.

  • POSTED BY jahbert58 on | July 12, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    No disrespect to J.Dujan but i share the same view as C.Lloyd in any team per position your best player should play his position. Ramdin!!! who is WI premier w-keeper. everyone seems to be passing blame when the so call premier batsmen batting ahead been giving a passed. PS please bring back Chanderpaul! it's not like we're playing test cricket on a regular basis...

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Charismatic Inning from the MSD was fantastic to watch..what a game it was...

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 12, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    dhoni, the name says it all. One of the best finisher in ODI. you could not see like this in test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    I'm sure I'm one of thousands (if not Millions) of Indian fans who believed that MSD will pull it out in the last over.What a sensational hitting and what confidence.. Truly the greatest finisher in ODI cricket. Kohli may be the captain but MSD is the real LEADER. Also letting Virat to take the winner trophy is a great gesture.Altogether wonderful day of cricket. Blade-runner - Sorry mate you need to wait for another day and as I advised just 2 days back, Its not over until its all over

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | July 12, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    As a SL fan I congratulate India for their win. It was incredible batting by MSD.. It was so pathetic how SL got bowled out for 201 as once they were 171 for 2. It's high time for SL to reconsider about their selection committee. I have never seen such a bad selection committee in the recent history. Thisara Perera was the most successful SL player during this year IPL and he has a very good record against India too. He was left out from the whole tournament but Jeevan Mendis who hasn't been able to score 30+ runs in last 13 innings and hasn't taken more than 1 wicket for last 13 bowling innings was kept for some unknown reason. Even for the semi finals in the Champions trophy against India they chose Jeevan Mendis ahead of Thisara. I also don't understand the logic of keeping Lokuhettige and leaving out Thisara. It seems Jayasuriya is trying some unsuccessful allrounders in the team in order to get a go himself for 2015 world cup.

  • POSTED BY mitulp82 on | July 12, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Once again he did for India........ They were just Dhoni away from win. Congrats to him and team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    This man is frm Himalayas for sure -> Mr.Cool alias Iceman :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    I think bowling Kohli and Raina in the middle was a ,smart move from Dhoni, this saved Jadeja, Ishant and Vinay for the last 10 overs where India usually bleed. Kohli and Raina might not have picked up wickets but they also need bleed that many runs at that stage.I think Dhoni's out of the box jthinkingis exactly what India needs

  • POSTED BY novice_Win on | July 12, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    I love Dhoni.... (Y) (Y) (Y) There have been TWO UNIQUE UNPARALLELED cricketers to take birth in INDIA 1st was SACHIN 2nd is DHONI... (Y) (Y) (Y) Both are incomparable, both are Legends, both have unimaginable skills and will power...both are AWESOMEEEEE!

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | July 12, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Take a bow MSD ... Second final where you nailed the SLs ... you truly are an inspiration.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 12, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan fan but Dhoni was just amazing! One mans courage took the game away from us !

  • POSTED BY jahbert58 on | July 12, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Big props to the curator for setting up the Trinidad pitches! one of the best cricket wickets played on.There was something in it for everyone, bowler enjoy bowling and good batsmen were able to play their shots. maybe he could show the other country a thing or too. i look forward to lots more tri nation series..

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | July 12, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Not sure why this is not on top instead of Ashes. The amount of entertainment MSD provided in this match to the number of people far exceeds that an entire ashes test match could. Not sure what's the logic behind having two separate place holders on top for ashes in cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY Sam_Patel_US on | July 12, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    India performed just as expected....No surprises. Well Done Dhoni & team!!!

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | July 12, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    This game shows we need Gambhir and Yuvi, and the fact that we cant afford Jadeja as a batsman. Jadeja needs to come at number 8 as a specialist bowling all rounder. He is no matchwinner to come at number7.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | July 12, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Just shows how poor are the Sri Lankan youngsters. Always threatening to put themselves in a losing situation. This match was no different.

    End of the day, India being the better side by whiskers to win this game. We as Indians could be proud to have won a game of this suspense. well done Dhoni .... Straightaway after comeback, this is truly sensational

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Dhini once again proved a superman and utilised the last over well which needed 15 runs to win, A fantastic performance.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 12, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    gud job

  • POSTED BY Chanred on | July 12, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Again Dhoni ! Dhoni Again ? He thinks he's playing for Jharkhand against Kerala in Ranji Trophy, every time he plays Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 12, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    In Angelo Mathews opinion if they had batted till the end then they would have scored 230-240 but IMO if Dhoni had not given ball to part timers then SL would have scored 170-180. These SL senior players (Jayawardene and Sanga) has the habit of crying on small things. They were showing disappointment (I think that was frustration) on Dhoni's running.

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | July 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    It was hard but I could gather myself to say this, "Congratulations team India". You deserved it. And thank you team Sri Lanka, for still making it a thriller after that low score. Having said that, we really need to come up with a replacement for Kula and Herath. Once they are out of their quota, or ruled out due to injury, our bowling attack is not strong enough. Shaminda should learn a thing or two about how to bowl death overs, though it is hard to bowl a batsman like Dhoni. Batsmen, well more batting practise please. IPL is not the place for you to learn, it's for young Indian batsmen (and bowlers).

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 11, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Congrats to India. A team effort once again. SL also performed well with ball as usually except last over. Rohit Sharma should be appreciated for his contribution a on difficult pitch today. Probably Dhoni's decision didn't work in 2 occasions today. First is Elected to field after winning toss and next is giving ball to part time bowlers. But he compensated all of them with his calculated batting by applying his own senses. Probably SL wouldn't have scored 200 had Dhoni not given to part time bowlers. Looks like this pitch has no advantage of winning toss. So SL fans shouldn't be worried of luck factor here.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Good win by INDIA , I was hoping the SL stop India winning ways . MSD is just a TOP player in all forms of the game .I Do hope that WI GAYLE step up and do his thing against PK.

  • POSTED BY PracticalGuy2013 on | July 11, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Commiserations to Lankan fans.When it was 50 to win with 3 wickets, I thought it's too much for even Dhoni (who was limping) especially on that kind of wicket & the way the Lankans were bowling & were pumped up. I genuinely thought SL would win it & maybe win it comfortably even.

    I thought Dhoni might try to hit a few & get out or the tail might be bowled out with MS stranded, as it has happened in the past. But with some good farming of the strike combined with getting a boundary whenever the team needed it & more importantly resisitance by the bowlers India managed to sneak through.

    SL really fought hard in this match till the end. They lost to a special player. Even though they have lost, I think their fans couldn't ask for more & should be proud of their team's efforts in the field. Losing last 8 wickets for 30 runs & Dhoni towards the end ultimately made the difference. Maybe one day SL will beat this Indian team in a final or a knockout match but that day wasn't today.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Unbelievable.. just unbelievable.. MS Dhoni, the best ODI finisher cricket has ever seen. he dominates with his icecool approach and that makes him even better. i don't think anybody in world cricket has the cricket sense that MSD possess. he knew eranga had to bowl the last over and backed himself to get those 15 runs.. for me the game was sealed when MS hit that massive six on the second ball of the over, eranga's face told it all.. poor guy, he had no experience of crunch situations and worst of all it was MS DHONI facing him.... btw if INDIA and SRI LANKA can produce this sort of high intensity cricket match, i don't mind them playing more often..CONGRATULATIONS to both the teams, we really had a game that was worthy of a final of a tri series that was closely fought till the very last end... good luck for the future encounters!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    @Kamal Sehgal - Rohit Sharma was anchor of the chase. Without Rohit's sensible innings, India would not have been able to lift the trophy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    wat a match! really well played Lankans.. but you can't win it against dhoni!! man..you are something!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    MSD what a Man :) He is the Best Captain india as ever produced... far better than Ganguly dada

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    As @Senthil mentioned, Dhoni took this match to customery last over and won it by hitting boundaries..For God's sake Dhoni, please stop doing this..

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | July 11, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Undoubtedly the #1 side with the #1 finisher in the world. Hats off MS and India!! SL fought well this time but still they couldn't get a way out of losing to India in big matches in recent times!! Middle order collapse costed them dearly. This shows SL is still heavily reliant on old heads. Bhuvanesh is a great find for India and he has lot of good years to come. The young unit gelled well in England and carried the same momentum to West Indies. With an ice cool captain and a great finisher in the form of MSD, India is definitely a force to reckon with in WC 2015. Congratulations Team India!!

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | July 11, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Wher else India should beat SL now to show their supremacy over them. they beat them in aus more times in india in SL 4-1 in eng champ trophy in WI now.

  • POSTED BY naudurivsm on | July 11, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Hmmm........ Magnificent MSD at it again ... So much is and was talked about / commented about... Rohit this / that, Dhavan this / that, Kohli this / that .... Ishant this, Jadeja that and the list goes on....and on...

    But finally India does what it has do -- CROSS THE LINE by Hook Or COOK... and that is what matters, if and buts are always there to stay.. so Don't Fret..

    Just enjoy the moment.... Hats off to Dhoni again...

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | July 11, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    This is one of the most amusing match reports I have read on cricinfo...kudos to Sid Monga. Dhoni has done this before and has become a master of last-over finishes. But the man who really made the difference at the top was Rohit Sharma. This is a different kind of Rohit we are witnessing now. He is curbing his flamboyant shots and waiting for the bad balls. The ball was doing tricks during the first 20-30 overs and Rohit really did a commendable job to hang in there. Contribution from Raina was also crucial. He took the pressure off by scoring quickly. But finally, as always, it was Dhoni who finished the job for India. Well done boys!!

  • POSTED BY rick333 on | July 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @user "I have mentioned earlier. .MSD will take the match to last over to get the trophy. ..It's happening now.. "

    Prophetic! They should have given the Man of the Match award to you instead of Dhoni! (roll my eyes)

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | July 11, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Speechless! The man is a genius.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Feeling very sorry for Sri Lanka, their bad run in the finals continue. India had similar problem in early 2000s. it's all because of temperament, they need to focus on winning. Wishing them all the best for future mathes.

  • POSTED BY CricketFanIndUS on | July 11, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    What a close and suspenseful final. It is especially hard to lose such a close final. I feel for Srilanka as you can see that the players and fans were very disappointed, the match swinging their way so many times, yet the last over taking it away from them. Dhoni is incredible. I thought it was pretty much over when Dhoni was struggling with his hamstring. It usually takes a long time to get over that injury. I thought there is no way he can rotate the strike as required and heave at the ball when it is time. That was just Mr. Cool earning a victory for his country in the last over again. This is an unforgettable finish. There is just no other player that does it in that fashion. I wish he takes a long break and nurses his injury. I hope there are no affects of his injury on him for the world cup in 2015.

  • POSTED BY Rage468 on | July 11, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Being a pakistani, I really want to say that pak needs an iceman like dhoni... We find one, we can take our team to a better spot.

    Amazing game by him. He is truly a hero..

  • POSTED BY snbirdi on | July 11, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    To all those people that call Dhoni lucky: Hey check it out, he just won another silverware! To keep cool under pressure and score 15 runs off the last over must not mean talent, it must mean he's "lucky" right?. Lol you guys make me laugh!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Right from his 183 vs Lanka that ended upul Chandana career to this game, dhoni never spared a single Lankan bowler

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    it was the sweetest gesture by dhoni to collect the trophy with virat .... captain cool is captain caring too ...hats off

  • POSTED BY msaurav on | July 11, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Msd is. great.We knew till MSD is there there is no chance for sri lanka .The pain MSD has given sri lanka ,they will never forget.Eranga will never bowl against MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Congrats team ind specially dhoni they way took the game in last over amazing ..! SL also played good game ! Both teams played good fighting game ! But dhoni & co. Won the match..! Cricmania ..new Yorker

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    One should say now that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the greatest match winner India has ever produced.............

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Well ! Hats off MSD...it was worth staying awake all night...feel pity for the Sri lankans though ! A brilliant match, a chilling finish ! Thank You India and Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Finishing close games in the final overs with large amounts of runs yet to be scored is the second hardest thing Dhoni has to do and so he does again. The no.1 hardest thing to do for him is ofcourse to manage every single press conference and stupid questions from critics with meticulous blandness, which he does all the time. In all Iceman, he is. Master Yoda would have inducted him into the Jedi , if he is a follower of cricket.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | July 11, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Entertaining game of cricket. Kudos for team india. The coolest ever captain in history has yet again carried his team across the finish line in style. Suddenly there was some panic in the indian camp when wickets started tumbling in the middle after rohit made a strong foundation. But again dhoni influence was felt all around. Lankans have to blame themselves for not being able to bat till the end especially after the foundation given by sanga as usual. Its looking an ominous sign for lankan cricket that most of their youngsters are playing poorly. But mathews had a decent series in terms of bowling. Youngsters should try to bat around the two legends and learn as much as they can,before they retire.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Unfortunately,Mahila's 400th match had to end this way for sri lanka. A match to quickly forget for him i guess.In the last 14 matches between these two,India have won 10 games and one was a tie.If this is not dominance then what is!!!!!I think Sri lanka can win atleast 1 out of 15 games against india,which all lankan fans should agree.I also believe malinga should be dropped against india because he is not doing his reputation any good......

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | July 11, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Dhoni did it again..what a legend

  • POSTED BY alarky on | July 11, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Although his sojourn in cricket for India has been a relatively short story, Mohinda Singh Dhoni has already written his name in the cricket annals of india to be the undisputed greatest cricketer that India have ever produced by miles! When I say that he is "The undisputed face of India's cricket success", I mean that no other Indian cricketer has ever brought half the joy in cricket to his nation as he has done! Today's performance was no exception! Congrats Captain Dhoni and your "All Conquering Young Indian Team"! You have all proven to the perpetual doubters in India and the world that you need unintimidated space to spread your young wings! Go India go and continue to beat the rest of the world!

  • POSTED BY rnkasthuri on | July 11, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    After Sanga and Mahila, will Srilanka ever retain a position like 5 in the rankings? It will be another WI in the long coming years.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    MSD...Keep calm and smack it..

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    OMG no words to describe this man MSD. He remains as cool and calm as a pedestal throughout and then delivers time and again during crunch time. What a finisher of a cricket match!!

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | July 11, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Wow what a player! Nobody in the history is a better finisher then MSD

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | July 11, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    MSD, Its not a surprise at all. As long as you are(Mr.Cool) there at the crease, I are cool as well. You have done it again and again. You are the best finisher in the world at the moment, and no one is even near by you. I wonder how do you manage this pressure? I was watching Ishant on the other end under tremendous pressure, trying for that run, but you are damn ice cool. I guess there is something special in your brain. Its a cricketing computer brain. Your calculations are almost accurate. but HOW?? is beyond ones imagination... Love you for ever MSD.

  • POSTED BY kasinath3449 on | July 11, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    He has done it in WC and now did it here. What more you want An extra ordinary innings. Keep the India's flag high. Rohit the sheet anchor and MSD the Great Finisher. Hats off Kashinath

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    well done Dhoni. You are great asset to the team.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | July 11, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    What you say, when Dhoni practices with two bat. It only means massacre of the bowler. Which he did. I saw the fear on Eranga's face after being hit out of the ground by Dhoni. He had no idea where to bowl. If you bowl yorkers, Dhoni will bring out his helicopter, short pitch will be hooked that leaves only to bowl out side on widish line. Dhoni knows that and hit him for 3 big hits to seal the match. Absolute cricketing genius, that is your MSD. Bravo..

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | July 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I loved the word - Iceman - Fits him to the T..... MSD wht wud India do without u?! He does it again...... there is nothing more to say...... Hats off to the best finisher this game has ever produced......

  • POSTED BY Assasinator_007 on | July 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    ...and here come the Bridemaid!!

    You cant say Dhoni is lucky, he snatched this trophy from lions mouth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Dhoni the man ...having power...he can beat all.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    MSD took the pressure off SL by bowling Kohli n Raina while keeping Ashwin under wraps - remember what gnaguly used to do ??? apply continuous pressure till end overs when we used part timers - but kumble n bhajji were used to up pressure at earliest

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | July 11, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Well done MSD. You are the most brilliant finisher, bar none. India would have lost but for your magical hitting. As a SL fan, I feel for the lions but cannot but help admire the ice-cool nerve of Dhoni, his resolve to come back after injury and his leadership when it mattered most. Well done both sides for giving us a stomach-churning final. Congrats to India who prove that they set the benchmark in so many ways. SL - you had better get your act together for the SA series coming up.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | July 11, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Congrates to SL for putting up brave fight but as usual Indians have found a way to win against them most of the times.Congratulations to India as well but we should not forget that still there are couple of batting spots up for grabs in the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    It is 3.25am now. Won't forget two greatest innings in my life. 96 by Ashton Agar against ENG in the evening & MSD's heroics to win the battle of nerves.....both last wicket partnerships...........

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | July 11, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Love You MSD. This was the performance of true ODI champions. Coming back from the verge of elimination and topping the table and finally the finish, never lose hope.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Mr Dhoni does it again!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    one my army rock India to title That why he is called good finisher.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    MSD..........love u........my god is..........msd ......rockxxzzz again......

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | July 11, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    It was always India's match to lose from the position they were at when Raina and Rohit r playing. well, they almost did it and it was all d way again for that one man who did it many times in d past to do d UN-DO-ABLE again. I've never seen a better finisher than Dhoni and I dont thing I will see one in future. He is an absolute treat to watch and I really cant help myself from falling in love with his cricketing brain. At d end, a phenomenal performance by India,winning d series after losing first 2 games. They truly deserved it and they once again proved y they wer d no 1 team in d world. A very good fight by SL though, they were good but just not good enough. Congratulations for them for making a IND-SL encounter an interesting one which rarely happens these days. Kudos to India for yet another series victory.

  • POSTED BY Retour on | July 11, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Amazing cricket by India. The last 3 games that they played in this tourney have been superb .... The other two teams played some good cricket too to make the tourney memorable

  • POSTED BY ac_Indian on | July 11, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Congratulations India! Well Played Sri Lanka, amazing fight.

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | July 11, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    When I saw expensive Eranga, I knew the game is over. What a big mistake to use him for the last over. He is the most naive fast bowler in the SL pace attack with no variation at all. If Mathews or Malinga had bowled the last over, Dhoni would have easily slipped during a shot as they know how to mix deliveries. Good news is SL didn't just give away the finals unlike many other time. But SLC must do something about young fast bowing and middle order batting as fast bowling was always weaker than many other countries and middle order was weak after the Arjuna/Aravinda Era.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Great match... and Great guy...

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Malinga should go back to opening the bowling with the new ball. Remember the IPL final, where he got rid of Hussey and Raina in the first over? If this approach doesn't work, he's pretty much done. Time for SL to build up good fast bowlers like B. Kumar.

    Lakmal was pretty outstanding, given that he arrived just a day before the match. SL should consider replacing Malinga with Lakmal. Where's Thisara Perera, any way? He could whack a few runs under pressure conditions, and take a useful wicket or two.

    It should be back-to-the-basics for Chandimal and Kusal Perera. They need to go to the nets and have someone throw balls at them to re-learn how to use their feet. Long periods of failure and the pressure thereof can "undo" a batsman's technique and mental attitude.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    The amazing thing about Dhoni is his coolness, even when everything is falling apart around him, he stays there, stays calm, and gets the job done!!! In the World Cup Final, he came in when India were tottering, showed amazing nerve, and even won it in style by hitting a six!! He did something similar in an ensuing Australia tour, in an ODI in Adelaide. And it's not just his batting either, he was prepared to roll the dice and bowl Ishant against England, despite him having been the most expensive bowler on the day. And then today, comes in and guides the team home like the star he is. ICC Champions Trophy, World Cup, IPL's, and now this....he is s true legend, and one of the most successful captains of all time!! And a gent to go with it!!

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | July 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Normaly i am not a great fan of Angelo Mathew's captaincy but today he was very good his field settings, bowling changes all spot on You may question the selection of Eranga in the final over but this Iceman MSD will score against any bowler and only he can do this but well played SL better luck next time

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    All hail MSD , best cricket captain in the world right now.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | July 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Lankans forever will be haunted by this dhoni phobia. Wonder how lanka will recover from this. Even indian batsmen fumbled in the middle. The middle order batted senseless. But Rohit had laid the platform and dhoni finished it off in style. The difference between the two teams is that india had someone of dhoni's coolness to finish it off like he always does it. What a finish and what a match

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    ekh tha indian tiger dhoni,he is not a iceman and he is a man of steel,and also he is a giant slayer...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    It was a tough pitch. If not for rohit we would have lost the match. I was betting on dhoni and told my friend he wud finish in one over but only waited till last over. 2 risky. But chose the weakest bowler. Well done Dhoni and India

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Unfair for SL. He was ruled out of the tournament due to an injured hamstring. He came back and won the trophy, SL still win nothing in silverware. Will have to wait till Dhoni retires

  • POSTED BY ceeloo on | July 11, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    well as we all know MSD just has his game plan. he believed he can do it so did he.MSD a great campaigner.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Dhoni u beauty!!! There is no word to describe u !!! Never ever dreamt that we are gonna b in winning side!!

  • POSTED BY jay_vkjay on | July 11, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    MSD the best everrrrr batter to play ODI. What a man....what a finish....only Dhoni can do this. SRT retires, you not even feeling his absence, but boy you will feel the void once Dhoni hung up his boot...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have saved Herath for the last over but with MSD's finely honed skills you never know.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Kick Karthik out of the playing XI and bring back Gambhir to open with Dhawan. Let Rohit bat down the order in middle order.

  • POSTED BY sambit1988 on | July 11, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Everything was going right for SL..just one mistake..giving the last over to a young-star when someone caledl MSD is in the crease...lol kidding mates..Still the result wud hv benn the same :)

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | July 11, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Dhoni you beauty...what a legend!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    MS Dhoni is the Mastermind player.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    amazing finish MSD nothing more

  • POSTED BY havensfall on | July 11, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    I am happy to be proved wrong

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    The worlds best finisher.....DHONI

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Yes Dhoni..You have done it again!!a Legend!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | July 11, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    I thought India were gone ! But guess who decided to show up !!! The ICE MAN ! Yes, Captain Cool himself, he ICED the Lankans in the final over. What a player ! What a game ! Feel sorry for SL though. Yet another loss in a final. Realistically speaking, India are a better team than SL. SL are too dependent on their senior pros. The youngsters need to step up from time to time. It was cause of the pitch that this game turned out to be close. Otherwise, India have too much quality in every department to upstage SL. Congratulations to the Indian boys on yet another ODI trophy. Good luck in Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | July 11, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost the match the minute Matthews lost the toss.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    SL played remarkably well but ALAS !! they never had a a guy named MSD !

  • POSTED BY pmaya on | July 11, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Got to hand it to him. MS Dhoni, what a player. he makes India look good even on a bad day. Hope this toughens up the Sri Lankan lads. Faught well but that alone isnt good enough. Every dog has its day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    INDIA won another superb innings by MS.Dhoni when thr ws no way out...

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the cricketing equivalent of Zohan! You need 15 off the last and he goes bang bang bang 6 4 6! Well played kids but I will take the trophy he says! Unbelievable stuff!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    All credit goes to Dhoni.....his leadership qualities and skill as a batsmen makes him the best....best of the best....simply no comparison

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | July 11, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    The best every game in a long long time. Loved every moment of it!

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | July 11, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Russell Arnold rightly said India has too much quality, talent and capability for the Sri Lankans.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | July 11, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    The LIONS get mauled by Dhoni and Co for the umpteenth time!!

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 11, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Cool as ice! There is and has been NO ONE like MSD in one day cricket! Tough luck SL. This is a reminder that this Indian team does not give up until the very end and that's why we are number 1.

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | July 11, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    you cant never win tournaments only with luck, bad team selection back fires, SL deserved the lost.

    Good play By india. For India, spinners won the game. SL went with only one spin option, Hearath nearly won the game. If they had another all rounder who is the spinner, Sl would have won too.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | July 11, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Are you kidding me, are you kidding me, are you kidding me........sorry that's all we have been saying. Let me get my thoughts together. Dhoni baby, what are you made of. I honestly feel for the SL players, I thought they played a better game (at least bowling is concerned) but they just didn't know Dhoni was going to do this. Good game and guys no more India vs SL not for a while anyway.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    My comment on MSD become 100% true. ..Gr8 trust on my super kings captain. .

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    i will be heartbroken if im srilankan fan :)). man of steel omg he's done it over and over again

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | July 11, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    what can i say abt dhoni, unbelievable player............

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    India wins. ..Dhoni Rocks.

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | July 11, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Oh Man! Pressure Cooker. Can Dhoni make this to a win? If India wins, then considering Vinay as a better batsman than Umesh, Dhoni will strike with another hunch which worked....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Time for MSD to go bang bang.

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | July 11, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Malinga's stats against Indians are very poor. When SL goes with 4 specialist bowlers including Malinga, they needed some part time bowlers too.

    Jeevana Mendis and thissara Perera has good records against India with bat and ball. Why they were left???Bad selections, it is

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    I have mentioned earlier. .MSD will take the match to last over to get the trophy. ..It's happening now..

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | July 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Sl's team selection is something noone can understand. Powerful batting side like India, they went with only 4 specialist bowlers and Mathew.

    Thissara Perera has very impressive record against Indians, he was left out and Jevana Mendis too. Chandimal is only for batting and for back up wicket keeping. If SL had included T. Perera and Jeevana Mendis instead of Chandimal and K.Perera, they would have had good batting line up and mixed bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Whatever the so called experts say! Rohit Sharma is a batsman who should not be playing in 50 overs match. He is a batsman cut out for Test Matches only. God! strike rate of less than 50 by an opener in ODI is just not acceptable by any standard.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Well, India now effectively chasing 240+ now. After 12 overs , asking rate is 4.5 and 2 wkts down. Awesome bowling by Sri Lanka. Eranga and Mathews seem totally unplayable. Go Sri Lanka !!!

  • POSTED BY delimack on | July 11, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Sri Lanka selectors has to wake up. Batsmen like Matthews, Kusal, Chandimal, Thirrimanne has to be rotated out and some new guns have to be tried. They have been given sufficient chances to improve and each time they have failed miserably. Only the seniors have prevailed.

    Selectors Wake Up.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    India loose first wicket 23/1 I have good hope on Kohli batting because he have good track verses SL

  • POSTED BY delimack on | July 11, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka selectors has to wake up. Batsmen like Matthews, Kusal, Chandimal, Thirrimanne has to be rotated out and some new guns have to be tried. They have been given sufficient chances to improve and each time they have failed miserably. Only the seniors have prevailed.

    Selectors Wake Up.

  • POSTED BY Collegefastbowler on | July 11, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    @TRAM - you are right that BK got 2 wickets at the beginning and IS at the end. But wickets are wickets irrespective of when and how you get them. Also BK benefited from the pressure applied by IS at the other end and so when the batsmen are under pressure from both ends one of the bowlers may get the wicket but one should not discount the efforts of the other bowler/s in applying and maintaining the pressure. Further at least one catch was dropped off IS's bowling and he could have ended up with 3 wickets. They are both different bowlers. While BK uses seam and swing, IS relies on cut and bounce. A series of short balls that IS bowled softened up the batsman who got out to BK in the next over.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | July 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @ TRAM : We all know that Ishant gives too many runs, and still gets the place in the team, that only because he breaks the tough partnerships. He has that extra bounce which no one in the present team has. WI wickets helps him even more. Some people questioning MSD that when Vinay has given just 2.5 runs per over why MSD has given chance to Ishant? I would say that is the difference between an normal captain and MSD. MSD goes with the situation. means MSD thinks which bowler suits to the situation more rather than who has given less runs. Apart from today's match, the other best example is CT final against England at 18th over. No captain can use or handle their resources better than MSD and that makes him a great captain India ever has produced. MSD went with part timers initially because he thought one of their main bowlers could go for runs sply Jadeja went for runs in previous matches. He is an excellent predictor. Hats off once again MSD.

  • POSTED BY atthipatti on | July 11, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    There's nothing as lucky or unlucky....great people toil hard and make things possible. They look for opportunities even from the worst case scenarios & force things to play to their favor when all odds are up against them. They decide their own luck. MSD is one such person who belongs to this category & if people want to call this the "luck" factor then I'm sorry your teams don't have people who can decide for themselves let alone an entire nation's responsibility in the spectrum called as sports. They simply do not know to decide their own "luck".

  • POSTED BY AlbertBuffoon on | July 11, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    As I was watching the partnership between Sanga and Thirimanne develop, shades of the first Ind-SL match in this series came to my mind. But then the crucial difference being in that match the top 3 carried the team throughout. In this match the wicket of Sanga broke SL's back and they came apart like Bowling pins on a strike. As an Indian fan, what a relief.

    But, a disappointing performance from the SL young batsmen of Perera, Matthews and Chandimal means that SL have yet again folded for a below-par score. This is not good signs for SL for 2015. This is the time they begin moulding a team and things are not looking good for them I am afraid.

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | July 11, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    2 5 5 5 0 1. Would have been a great fancy number had it been for a telephone. I've got to say, no other team is capable of performing such CIRCUS TRICKS excpt SL. Forget about d YOUNG BRIGADE, just look at d way d seniors r getting out. A nothing shot from Jaya.Literally guiding it into d hands of slip as if it was a catching practice.Sanga was pathetic. A good partnership was broken as wasn't it d responsibility of d other batsman to make sure another wkt doesnt fall? And now comes Mr.Skipper lovely Angelo. Wat kind of shot was that? Now d future of SL crckt. Thiri did al d hard work, got lucky and wat kind of shot was dat to get out after getting 14 runs in d first 3 balls of dat over. Now is d turn of jayasuriya 2.0 Mr.KP. so much talk abt his talent nd he ends up trying a glory shot on d 3rd delivery he is facing. Last but not d least, every ones favourite Chandi.He knew there was a fielder in d deep nd he guided d ball straightly in to d hands of sweeper.Now only God can save SL

  • POSTED BY dragster21 on | July 11, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Who ever introduced kushal as the next Sanath... seriously this kid needs to put wear some pride, needs to put a price on his wicket. I am not saying he's not talented but you cannot survive on batting talent alone. Chandimal needs to put his head down and decide what role he wants to play in the team. Maybe T20 cricket is where he belongsl? I say SL selectors should invest in Thirimanne, Jeevan and T.Pererara as long term prospects. They need to bring in Dimuth from the test team and other players from first class who are showing better presence of mind, willingness to learn and decent technique. I really feel the pain of legends like Sanga, Mahela and also Dilly who are on their way out, trying to develop the next generation and nothings happening. Just a bunch of wild kids running riots. Loosing trophies after trophies, loosing the fan base, loosing the image SL cricket once portrayed to this world, where's the pride? Its never late for a change in strategy... Good luck

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | July 11, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Poor display by the lankan middle order and youngsters. Sanga's efforts are wasted. Shabby to see how the youngsters bat. How long are the lankans going to depend on their seniors?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    To all those who think MS Dhoni is lucky then i suppose when you've won the T20 world cup, 50 ovr world cup, ranked no1 in ODI's and no2 in Test cricket then i suppose u deserve a bit of luck now and then. Go Dhoni...Captain Fantastic!!

  • POSTED BY dragster21 on | July 11, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Its only a few days ago I said this, and once again SL have proved me right. I did say out of the younger crop of SL players only Thirimanne has the technique to develop into a long term prospect. I would like to now add that the rest of the bunch including Kushal, Chandimal not only have the technique are also missing a brain... ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!!! these guys need to go back to first class cricket and stay there till they prove they have improved over a substantial period. Chandimal is NOT showing any characteristics of a vice captain, you could see it in Matthews face when Kusal and Chandi fell. Selectors should take a big portion of the blame. Replacing jeevan who was at least accumulating singles with a wild slogger is not the way forward. First Select players who show a presence of mind, have the temperament because up skilling them is NOT as difficult as injecting common sense into players. I hope this comment is viewed by someone in the Sri Lankan team or management.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | July 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    This is a request for the cricket scorers/statisticians: When you show bowlers stats(O-M-R-W) please make 2 changes. One, remove the Maiden overs stat. Its utterly useless stats. Two, please split the Wickets column in to two parts 1. Wickets taken during regular overs and 2. Wickets taken during death overs. Any bowler would have taken 2 wkts as Ishant did today at the death, only that he leaked so many runs along with it. Because we are not showing the difference in the wkts column, now BKumar and Ishant have become equal with 2 wkts each !! whereas they are the opposites, one the best India swing bowler ever and the other in the team only due to ... what? I dont know.

  • POSTED BY rajesh_singhSTM on | July 11, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Just shows that the 300+ score scored by SL in first match vs India was fluke as was victory. Normalcy has been restored now. So sad to see Mahela would loose third crunch match ( final or semifinal) to India in his 400 th ODI appearance.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    "Most say MSD is lucky but I rather say he is a person who tested your patience and if you play like this the way SL has played definitely he would be credited as Lucky man.But what he does today? He just keep the things simple and SL with over ambitious approach of getting 80 or 90 odd runs failed even to play the complete 50 overs....How can you become too much aggressive when you know that you don't have the enough talent in the lower middle order....Poor ckt and shameful tactics adopted by Lankans they have ruined all the hard work of SANGA....Thirmane must be questioned of playing that shot when all ready they have collected 15 odd runs in that order...That is lack of discipline.....I don't see any of their young plyers who can take the Srilankan Ckt ahead....Hoping for a adventurous final but sad to see that display from Lanka!".....

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | July 11, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I am not sure why MS did not let the specialists to start bowling instead of Virat and Suresh. Also, why the heck he let Ishant to bowl when Vinay gave only 2.5 per over?

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | July 11, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I think if Mahela and Sanga does not score, then 99% there is a chance that SL will get all out without playing their entire quota of 50 overs. SL has to seriously think about the new talent otherwise it will be a disaster for them. gradually people could loose interest on cricket in their country which will be a very bad thing for the Asian and world cricket. Very sad to see SL in this position.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @vim_equal : ashwin pausing in between bowling stride is just like medis bowling 4 different ball, just like maling bowling slingas, just like dilshan scooping past keeper, just like kevin peterson switch hit..... all these are allowed, so does ashwin's pause is allowed...

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | July 11, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Again Sri Lanka seniors doing a lot of the hard work. Sri Lanka doesn't really have any promising young batsman. Players like Chandimal, Thirimanne etc have averages below 30 in ODIs which is good in the form but as we all know nothing special.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | July 11, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    SL once again proved that they can put up a good show only when Sanga or Mahela plays. Except these two, there is nothing in their batting lineup. Almost equal to Zimbabwe or Bangla at the most.

  • POSTED BY tony122 on | July 11, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    @vim_equal- I guess you are joking. If not- answer he is not unfairly trying to trick a batsman. That is simply his bowling style used consistently without a surprise element. So I do not see how it is unfair or in violation of any rules.

  • POSTED BY Sadiq1952 on | July 11, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Bad team selection by SL. Playing Chandimal time and again despite very poor form and on top the outrageous decision to bring in kushal Perera who performed so poorly in the championship game are mind- boggling decisions. Why is Thesera Perera not playing? Why was Evan dropped and K Perera brought in? Well you can see from the outcome!!! You don't need to be a genius to predict that India will walkover and win the game. The hard work from Sangakara and Thirmanne came to nothing. Due to the failure of Chandimal and K Perera. Very sad indeed.

  • POSTED BY vim_equal on | July 11, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Dont no how the hell ashwin pauses when bowling.. thats not the gentlements' game.. where are the rules??? ICC should look this...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Seems..as usual ..MSD will take the match to last over to take the trophy. .

  • POSTED BY tony122 on | July 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Indian team is hands down the top all round one day team at the moment. I expect them to win easily today's match. I do not see SL scoring more than 240. And that will be cakewalk for India. Even with a off day on a batsman's pitch India can easily score 260-270. So 250 should not give them much trouble. Hoping to see Dhawan show his true class today and entertain the Caribbean crowd a bit.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Bhuvi is one of the best indian fast bowlers ever. On par woth jawagal. Still miss those ehugh inswingers frpm king of swing., srinath.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    i think playing vinay kumar is a wrong decision...lets see were i right or wrong...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    MSD gets luck to Indian Cricket Team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    India will win with 9 wickets dhawam and rohit centuries

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    one down, nine to go. If Sanga can make awonder.

  • POSTED BY havensfall on | July 11, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    MS decision to bowl first will boomrang

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    bold decision! !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Sl win

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Yes MS Dhoni is back!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Yes MS Dhoni is back!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Sl win

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    bold decision! !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY havensfall on | July 11, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    MS decision to bowl first will boomrang

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    one down, nine to go. If Sanga can make awonder.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    India will win with 9 wickets dhawam and rohit centuries

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 11, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    MSD gets luck to Indian Cricket Team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    i think playing vinay kumar is a wrong decision...lets see were i right or wrong...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Bhuvi is one of the best indian fast bowlers ever. On par woth jawagal. Still miss those ehugh inswingers frpm king of swing., srinath.

  • POSTED BY tony122 on | July 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Indian team is hands down the top all round one day team at the moment. I expect them to win easily today's match. I do not see SL scoring more than 240. And that will be cakewalk for India. Even with a off day on a batsman's pitch India can easily score 260-270. So 250 should not give them much trouble. Hoping to see Dhawan show his true class today and entertain the Caribbean crowd a bit.