West Indies Tri-Nation Series, 3rd Match: India v Sri Lanka at Kingston, Jul 2, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 161 runs
Played at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica (neutral venue)
2 July 2013 (50-over match)

Shami Ahmed to open the bowling for India. Tharanga to take strike, Mahela at the other end, Kusal Perera has been held back. Couple of slips in place

9 am India win the toss and will bowl

Mathews would have bowled as well, says it has moisture and eases out in the second half.

Ajantha Mendis and Jeevan Mendis out. Kusal Perera and Senanayake in. Vijay and Shami Ahmed in for Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar. This is a pitch that should suit Shami Ahmed more. There has not been much movement, and Bhuvneshwar is half the bowler without it

Lots of feedback slamming the decision to exclude Bhuvneshwar

Amol: "So finally this series has some context for India..evaluating Virat Kohli as the future captain"

sreekanth: "Bhuvaneswar's exclusion doesn't make any sense.If any one has to sit out that should be ishant sharma.If bhuvaneswar lacks skills with old ball he can used with in the early 20 overs.What special skills does ishant sharma have.I never saw him bowling a yorker.Very sorry for the youngster and he is good in the field as well"

Chibi: "it will be interesting to see how kohli manages the spinners today. Jadeja doesnt seem as effective as in england.. if that happens, will we see kohli do his dibbly dobbly bowling like how dhoni tried in CT ?"

Harish Varanasi: "The entire world of cricket can look at this young Indian team, praise them, but my concentration would be on the dynamic aggressive young captain in Kohli, Just hoping that he would maintain his composure, in turn enhance his caliber, in turn win matches in future, as a batsman and as a captain. A fine prospect but could be the double edged sword ! #threateninglyAggressive"

8.55 am Darker than usual, the Sabina Park pitch, lots of moisture, there has been some rain, not much sun around, Jeff Dujon does not think it will dry up too soon. Win toss and bowl, as West Indies did in the first two games, and won both. Dujon is also expecting some rain later in the day, something that did not happen in the first two matches

8.45 am Another day, another ODI between India and Sri Lanka, the 42nd one in the past five years. Fifteen minutes for the toss. Here is the match preview. There is no MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli is leading India and M Vijay is set to get a game. Kohli had to fill in stop-gap against West Indies after Dhoni pulled the hamstring. The job is now his for the rest of the series, against two full-strength reasonably tough teams. Good practice for the future?

India stretched and stretched West Indies with a modest total, Sri Lanka were blown away by Chris Gayle. Both teams yet to get a point, although India's run-rate is not half as bad as Sri Lanka's

0.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, very loose from Tharanga, pushes at a good length ball angled across him, hint of straightening and a thick inside edge scoots to fine leg

0.2

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, no run, some movement early on, this is angled in outside off, good length, moves away a touch, Mahela leaves

0.3

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, no run, holds its line, and bounces from a good length outside off, Mahela jabs at it, taking a hand off the bat

0.4

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, no run, no problems with blocking this pitched up ball on off

0.5

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 2 runs, a caress between cover and point, a step forward to an overpitched ball that straightens and a flowing push earn Mahela a couple

0.6

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, no run, nice, this holds its line and takes off close to off stump, Mahela shoulders arms

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (5b)
    • WU Tharanga 1 (1b)
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-3-0

Manu Ajmani: "For India, it is a great time to rotate the players and come out with the best 15 looking ahead for the World Cup. Batting is no concern but bowling department needs to have strong reserve players as well. Good decision leaving Bhuvneshwar and getting Shami in. Irfan Pathan and Amit Mishra should also be given games rather than making them warm the bench. Ishant, Umesh, Ashwin should all be rotated one by one."

1.1

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 wide, Umesh starts with the wrong line a foot outside leg stump and some swing takes it further down

1.1

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, comes slowly from just short of a length, Tharanga nudges it to square leg

1.2

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, nice line, close to off, slight inward angle, and moves away, Mahela watches it and lets it go

1.3

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, overpitched, Mahela tries to whip it through midwicket but checks the stroke in the end, would suggest it is not quite coming on

1.4

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, excellent area again from Umesh, lots of bounce as well, just back of a driving length, and some away shape, left alone

1.5

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, width for the drive, but Mahela cannot time it, rolls to extra cover

1.6

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, just outside off stump, good length, holding the line, blocked off the front foot

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0 (RR: 2.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (10b)
    • WU Tharanga 2 (2b)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-0
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-3-0
2.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, run out chance missed by Rohit at square leg, Tharanga closed the face on this length ball and took off, had no chance of making it, but the throw just missed on the bounce

2.2

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, some swing but down the pads, he nudges it fine but DK stops it on the bounce

2.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 2 runs, Rohit dives in slow elegance, but the ball is scooting away from him in front of square leg off a Tharanga clip

2.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, on off stump now, he pushes softly in front of extra cover

2.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is not finding the middle of the bat often, again he thick inside edges to the leg side as he looks to push through the covers

2.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, lift from short of a length with the angle, left alone

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 2.33)

    • WU Tharanga 4 (8b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 2 (10b)
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-5-0
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-0
3.1

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, there for the pull, shortish outside off, but Mahela's found little timing on the stroke, and it has gone to midwicket

3.2

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, comes in with the angle to middle and off, Mahela leans outside the line and nudges it square

3.3

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, holds the line from a full length, and hits the pads, but pitched outside leg and was headed further down

3.4

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, back of a length on the stumps, he goes up on his toes and brings it down

3.5

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, more bounce from short of a length, slight width this time, chopped to point, it is really not coming on

3.6

Yadav to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga shows off his strength behind point, glides this wide delivery with superb timing, Ishant does not have much ground to make from third man, but the ball is travelling, he slides too, but cannot stop it, could have done better

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • WU Tharanga 8 (12b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 3 (12b)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-7-0
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-5-0
4.1

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela decides it is time to create some momentum of his own, skips out and goes over extra cover, hasn't timed it too well but enough for a couple

4.2

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, no run, aborted appeal for lbw, for Mahela has hit this pitched up ball right off the inside edge into his pad, that was taking out leg stump otherwise

4.3

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 1 run, rises from just short of driving length, Mahela moves across, opens the face and runs it to third man

4.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, right on off stump from a good length, defended to the covers

4.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, hasn't gone after this full delivery and has checked the drive to extra cover

4.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, tight single, very tight, pushed in front of mid off, Dhawan runs forward, dives forward and lobs it towards the non-striker's, but misses, tharanga would have just made it

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 16/0 (RR: 3.20)

    • WU Tharanga 9 (15b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (15b)
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-9-0
    • UT Yadav 2-0-7-0
5.1

Yadav to Tharanga, FOUR, whether it comes on or not, Tharanga loves it square of the wicket on off, gets some width and glides it past cover, exquisite

5.2

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, more timing from Tharanga, steers through point this time, third man is quite square

5.3

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, low full toss pushed to mid on

5.4

Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, didn't look he'd time this one, a length ball that seemed to stop on him just outside off, Mahela decided to go over mid on, he had to reach out and ended up hitting it so well, it's bounced just inside the rope

5.5

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 wide

5.5

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, flows forward into a dead-bat defence now outside off, looking better and better

5.6

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, away swinger wide outside off, he tries to reach it but is beaten

End of over 6 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 26/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 10 (19b 1x4)
    • WU Tharanga 14 (17b 2x4)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-17-0
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-9-0

Raj: "Apart from the calmness he provides, Dhoni also brings in the street cricket mentality with very odd field sets and cheeky moves, a detailed plan for each batsmen...Won't be suprised if Jadeja fails again without Dhoni..Dhoni does his planning and Jadeja executes it..."

6.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga looking much more comfortable now, comes forward and blocks to extra cover

6.2

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, bounces slowly down leg from short of a length, Tharanga helps it behind square

6.3

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 2 runs, swipes this length ball through midwicket, off the inner part of the bat, but in the gap

6.4

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, no run, digs it in short at 135 kph, right on the stumps, Mahela pulls out of the line

6.5

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 1 run, widish length ball steered down to third man

Rohan: "Shami Ahmed out-bowling Yadav easily so far"

round the stumps

6.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, moves in from wide of the crease but starts too far outside off to entice Tharanga

End of over 7 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (RR: 4.28)

    • WU Tharanga 15 (20b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (22b 1x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 4-0-13-0
    • UT Yadav 3-0-17-0

Just one wide slip now

7.1

Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, this has gone almost all the way, goes after a wide and full outswinger, ends up slicing it to the fine third man boundary

7.2

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, goes very full on the pads, Mahela misses, ball rolls square

7.3

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, hit high on the pad with a skiddy short of a length ball, 141.5 kph, flies to wide slip

7.4

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, pacy pitched up delivery just outside off at 143.5 kph, pushed to extra cover

7.5

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, bouncing on off stump now, kept down in front of short cover

7.6

Yadav to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga gets enough on the pull this time, controls it well too, it was climbing outside off, finds the gap at midwicket and it turns out to be a futile chase for mid on

End of over 8 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 39/0 (RR: 4.87)

    • WU Tharanga 19 (24b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (24b 2x4)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-25-0
    • Mohammed Shami 4-0-13-0
8.1

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 1 wide, pounds it halfway on the pitch and it sails over the batsman's head. Mahela did try to guide it over the slip fielder, but didn't make any contact

8.1

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 1 run, another shortish delivery around off stump, Mahela calmly gets on top of that and steers it to third man

Round the wicket now

8.2

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, he bowls a length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends to cover off the front foot

8.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, angled in and on a length, the batsman whips it to the leg side, but straight to midwicket

8.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, now a short delivery, but the batsman ducks well in time.

8.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, bowls on a good length just outside off, Tharanga comes forward and defends to cover

Back to over the wicket

8.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, he bowls it fuller on off stump, Tharanga comes forward and pushes it between the two cover fielders for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 42/0 (RR: 4.66)

    • WU Tharanga 20 (29b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 18 (25b 2x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 5-0-16-0
    • UT Yadav 4-0-25-0

First change, Ishant Sharma comes in. The two opening bowlers have been not very effective

9.1

I Sharma to Tharanga, 2 runs, he draws an outside edge off the first ball! But Tharanga didn't go fully forward to this length delivery, and his bottom hand came off the bat as he tried to push it forward. Luckily for him, it went past the left of the lone slip fielder. Good sliding effort by Dhawan at third man saves a certain boundary

5000 ODI runs for Tharanga

9.2

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, length delivery angling across the left-hander, Tharanga leaves it alone

9.3

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, he keeps it tight just outside off stump, the batsman again lets it go through

9.4

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, he bowls this one on back of length around off, the batsman defends it to off

9.5

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, beautifully punched through point off the back foot, though there wasn't much room, the ball for short enough

9.6

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 2 runs, the bowler gives him a gift on the pads and Mahela says thanks, flicks it in the air through square leg

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 47/0 (RR: 4.70)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 20 (26b 2x4)
    • WU Tharanga 23 (34b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 1-0-5-0
    • Mohammed Shami 5-0-16-0
10.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 2 runs, bangs it in short, it comes off slowly, Tharanga is able to drag a pull past mid on

10.2

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, overpitched now, Tharanga pushes with lovely timing, Raina dives at extra cover to his left, and is in some pain with the effort

goes over the wicket now to Tharanga

10.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, good length outside off stump, he cannot time it , point fields

10.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, good length on middle and leg now, Tharanga turns it to square leg

10.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, eases an overpitched ball with an open face wide of point

10.6

Mohammed Shami to Jayawardene, 1 run, right through extra cover's hands, Jadeja it is, mid off tidies up, the ovepitched ball was timed well by Mahela

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 51/0 (RR: 4.63)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 21 (27b 2x4)
    • WU Tharanga 26 (39b 3x4)
    • Mohammed Shami 6-0-20-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-5-0

Satwik: "Looking at the bowling today, looks like, Dhoni has taken away the sheen along with him."

11.1

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, a wristy steer to a short of a length ball takes it to third man

DM: "Guys don't forget this is a WI pitch. Remember what Ishant did 2 years ago - he was the only bowler threatening enough in that tour, and boy was he a menace. You cannot drop Ishant in WI conditions. Look what he did in England too.."

11.2

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, almost played on, was caught on the crease to a length ball that bounced just outside off, jabbed at it with an angled bat, escaped

11.3

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, beats the drive, wasn't quite driving length, climbed a lot too, Tharanga did not help by not moving forward too much

11.4

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, takes the single with a push wide of cover

11.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, there is a gully in place for the uppish steer, but Mahela plays it uppishly and sends it to the right of the man

11.6

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, moves across and jabs it towards point

Those questioning the selection of Vijay ahead of Rayudu, you can't select someone who is not physically there

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 54/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • WU Tharanga 27 (43b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 23 (29b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 2-0-8-0
    • Mohammed Shami 6-0-20-0

Jadeja comes on, he was smacked around by Charles

12.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, straightens down the leg side and hits the pad

12.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, defended off the front foot

12.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 2 runs, moves inside the line and lofts with the spin over extra cover

12.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on off, blocked back

12.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, dropped, it is Vijay who puts down a head-high chance at short third man, Mahela cracked a reverse sweep off the middle of the bat but also straight to the fielder, and straight out

Leg slip

12.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, spins in outside off, hit in front of square from the crease

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/0 (RR: 4.38)

    • WU Tharanga 27 (44b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 26 (34b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-3-0
    • I Sharma 2-0-8-0
13.1

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, allows a length ball to come on around off and nudges it to square leg

13.2

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, tight line just outside off stump, defended with half a step out

13.3

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, can't find room on this back of a length ball and punches awkwardly to mid off

13.4

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, straightish line from Ishant, Tharanga gets the single to square leg

Arpit Agrawal: "Had you selected Rayudu, he could have caught it while sitting in his flight. Damn you, Vijay"

13.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, Ishant bowls it outside off, Mahela steers, gully fields

13.6

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, good line, coming in towards off, short of driving length, Mahela cannot beat the gully fielder

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 59/0 (RR: 4.21)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 27 (37b 2x4)
    • WU Tharanga 28 (47b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 3-0-10-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-3-0
14.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, fullish outside off, he runs it to short third man off the front foot

14.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, FOUR, this spun in and hurried on, but Tharanga went back and cut it to the right of short third man, Ishant is not the best man to have in that position, it beats his dive, but would have tested better fielders too

14.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, pushed off the front foot, cover runs in and prevents the single

14.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, tries to paddle this from outside off, misses and is hit a couple of feet outside off, Jadeja the eternal optimist shouts nevertheless

14.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run

14.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, sweeps forcefully, the top edge swirls high and lands safely way in front of fine leg

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 65/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 28 (39b 2x4)
    • WU Tharanga 32 (51b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-8-0
    • I Sharma 3-0-10-0
15.1

I Sharma to Jayawardene, SIX, shot of the morning, Mahela on the walk, picks the length ball from way outside off and launches it over wide long on, outstanding timing, need so much belief in yourself to play this on a sluggish pitch, and then to time it like this ...

15.2

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, opens the face and runs a length ball to short third

15.3

I Sharma to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela's got away with this one, hooked this chest-high short ball, Umesh at fine leg had the decision to make, he went half-heartedly forward for the catch, it fell a couple of feet in front, hit his hands and went into the boundary

15.4

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, turned to midwicket

Ankit: "I am amazed seeing Jadeja succeed on English pitches and then not so effective on sub-continental type west indian pitches"

15.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 2 runs, he's not in complete control of this length ball on off, but turns it in the gap past midwicket, in the air

15.6

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, chops a short of a length ball into the pitch

End of over 16 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 77/0 (RR: 4.81)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 40 (45b 3x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 32 (51b 4x4)
    • I Sharma 4-0-22-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-8-0

Ravinder: "It seems that Indian fast bowlers are back to their usual norm regarding their fielding."

16.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed down to long on for a single

16.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward, opens the face to account for the slight turn and defends to covers

16.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela playing another of those eye-catching difficult-wicket innings, goes down on the knee for the reverse sweep and smacks it hard in the air towards third man, the way he hit it, looked like going all the way initially

16.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through outside off, Mahela drops it onto the pitch as he tries to steer

16.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, makes some room but this is darted in and he pushes to covers

16.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, another one fired in, towards the pad this time, worked to midwicket

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 82/0 (RR: 4.82)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 44 (50b 4x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 33 (52b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-13-0
    • I Sharma 4-0-22-0

First drinks break, an excellent start for Sri Lanka. A dropped catch and a missed run-out chance were all India had, they haven't created enough opportunities after choosing to bowl. And Mahela has been superb to watch, overcoming the slowness of the pitch as he so often does

17.1

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, Ishant starts on off stump on good length, Tharanga turns it to midwicket for one

Umpire Gould tells Ishant he is running onto the pitch in his followthrough

17.2

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 2 runs, wide one from Ishant, Mahela cuts behind point, third man gets to it but his throw is too high to the keeper and gives Mahela time to make it safely for the second

17.3

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, shuffles across to off and works to square leg

17.4

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, front foot leans across, bat comes down in front and a length ball is clipped off the stumps to midwicket

Ishant runs up all the way and aborts in delivery stride, Mahela practises the forward defensive

17.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, spots some width and goes for the cut, chops it down to third man

17.6

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, slants it good length across Tharanga, who leaves

Mukunth: "Don't understand why Kohli is holding back Ashwin again, esp when Fast bowlers are looking hapless."

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 86/0 (RR: 4.77)

    • WU Tharanga 34 (54b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 47 (54b 4x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 5-0-26-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-13-0
18.1

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, steps out inside the line and lofts over extra cover to the sweeper

18.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, full and quick, pushed past extra cover

18.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, pushed to extra cover

18.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, pushed through and hurries on towards middle, defended

18.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, comes forward to one that is flighted a bit, pushes it to long off

18.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, goes across to off and works to square leg, Rohit runs in and keeps them to one

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 90/0 (RR: 4.73)

    • WU Tharanga 36 (56b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 49 (58b 4x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-17-0
    • I Sharma 5-0-26-0

Ashwin comes on now, round the stumps, slip in place

AG: "@mukunth: ashwin is being saved for middle and death overs because the indian pacers are even more hapless during that stage of the innings"

prateek tiwari: "See how many people it takes to replace MSD! Kohli (capt)+ DK (WK)+Vijay(Bat) MSD is the best ever! no one can replace him"

19.1

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, tossed up towards leg stump, defended

19.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, nice, tossed up slowly, Tharanga comes forward a touch late and defends awkwardly

19.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, pushed through down the pads, Tharanga misses the nudge

19.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, 2 runs, enticed him to hit in the air with the flight, Tharanga cleared midwicket's leap though

19.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, curls in to leg stump, full length, nudged to short fine

19.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, lots of flight, tharanga uncertainly reaches out and pushes, past Ashwin's dive to long on

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 93/0 (RR: 4.65)

    • WU Tharanga 39 (62b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 49 (58b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-17-0

Peeyush: "It is amazing to see everyone getting so worked up on Bhuvaneshwar, Vijay, Kohli, Ishant... Just like this series should have been like an opportunity to test newer players, it should also be a chance for fans to just let the players play as they can. Worst case we will lose one out of the 17893 odd one day matches we have played or will play against Sri Lanka. Relax guys, this is almost the same team that won the Champions Trophy about a couple of weeks back. Let me experiment, play, make mistakes and learn. If some of these guys gain confidence out of a non-important series like this, that would be a big benefit for the days to come."

20.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, bounces outside off, he cuts straight to cover

20.2

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, leans forward and across and works from around off to square leg

20.3

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, full length, he pushes it off the inner part of the bat to the bowler

20.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets to his fifty with a controlled loft over covers, way short of the sweeper

20.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, pushed through flat and on off, turned to midwicket

20.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, FOUR, very quick outside off at 102 kph, Tharanga uses the pace and times the cut past short third man

End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 99/0 (RR: 4.71)

    • WU Tharanga 44 (66b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 50 (60b 4x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-23-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0

Ashwin round the stumps to Mahela

21.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, eases down the pitch and slams it to long off

21.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up and drifts into the pad, pushed to long on

21.3

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, quick and straightening on the pad, worked behind square

21.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 wide, pushed through good length down the leg side

21.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, reaches forward to a 82.6 kph length ball and defends

21.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, turn and some bounce now around off, Tharanga leans forward to defend

21.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, lunges out and pushes past extra cover, long off keeps them to one

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 104/0 (RR: 4.72)

    • WU Tharanga 46 (70b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 52 (62b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-0
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-23-0
22.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, turned off the pad to fine leg

22.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, he goes third time for a reverse sweep, gets it to fine short third man

22.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, makes some room off the back foot and hits it past extra cover

Kohli, who ran after the ball, is lying flat on the ground, he went for the slide, but his right ankle turned and he lost balance. He recovered and picked up the ball but dropped it down in pain. A stretcher is being carried in, but Kohli is on his feet now

22.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, makes some room and cuts off middle stump through point

22.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, pushed through on off, 89.3 kph, defended

22.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, this bounced from a good length as it spun in toward the pad, and Tharanga wasn't able to connect with the nudge

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 108/0 (RR: 4.69)

    • WU Tharanga 48 (74b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 54 (64b 4x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-27-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-0
23.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Mahela cracks a sweep down to fine leg

Zops: "Surprised how Amit Mishra still hasnt got a game. Indian pacers are lacking, the pitches are slow, plus Mishra can bat pretty well!! Would love to see Shami and Umesh going out and Mishra coming in. Bhuvi should return asap too. You take Bhuvi out and the openers are still batting after almost 20 overs!!"

23.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, goes back and cuts a bouncing length ball to the sweeper

23.3

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker and flatter, on the pad, swatted behind square

23.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, carries in from round the stumps, Tharanga works it square and raises his bat for another ODI fifty, on comeback

23.5

Ashwin to Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to a full one around off and works to midwicket

23.6

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, stops and delivers a low full toss on the pads, Mahela does not attack it, hits it along the ground to wide long on

End of over 24 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 113/0 (RR: 4.70)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 57 (68b 4x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 50 (76b 5x4)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-13-0
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-27-0

Shahid Majeed: "For all those who are lamenting this is an unimportant series, guys no match is unimportant for a number one ranked team, please see the records of former number one Australia. Indians need to prove that they can win matches in unfavorable conditions to justify number one tag."

Umesh is back

24.1

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, widish good length ball steered straight to point

24.2

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, charges out and swipes a length ball to midwicket

24.3

Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, class, this was almost on off stump, back of a length, but Mahela has timed the twirl of the wrists so well, it has beaten third man's dive

24.4

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, pulled in the air down to deep square leg

24.5

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, short and climbing just outside off at 142.2 kph, Tharanga runs it to third man

24.6

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, uses the incoming angle on this short of a length ball to work behind square

End of over 25 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 120/0 (RR: 4.80)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 62 (73b 5x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 51 (77b 5x4)
    • UT Yadav 5-0-31-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-13-0
25.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, finally cannot get hold of a reverse sweep, the full delivery on off rolls away fine past the keeper

25.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, pushed back to the bowler

25.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, nudges a length ball off pad to square leg

25.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 2 runs, comes down the track, Ashwin shortens in, Mahela swings it in front of square leg

25.5

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, bounces on middle, is turned softly behind square leg

25.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, drags the length ball a bit as tharanga comes out now, pushes it wider too, but he is able to ease it to the sweeper

DM: "@Shahid - No they don't. Why does Indian team need to prove something or the other every minute? They reached & stayed at #1 for a reason, if they do not win enough , they won't be #1 long enough, thus nothing will be there to prove. All this "prove this prove that" is utter nonsense."

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 126/0 (RR: 4.84)

    • WU Tharanga 53 (80b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 66 (76b 5x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-19-0
    • UT Yadav 5-0-31-0

Captain Kohli turns bowler now

26.1

Kohli to Tharanga, 1 run, floated wide and full across, driven to deep point

26.2

Kohli to Jayawardene, no run, a full toss outside off, but Mahela hits the reverse paddle to point

26.3

Kohli to Jayawardene, 1 run, swats a length ball on off to wide long on

26.4

Kohli to Tharanga, no run, beats him with a leg cutter angled across as tharanga reaches for it

26.5

Kohli to Tharanga, no run, slow and full, pushed back, Kohli stops it with a lunge to his right

26.6

Kohli to Tharanga, 1 run, hit down to long off, not a bad first over

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 129/0 (RR: 4.77)

    • WU Tharanga 55 (84b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 67 (78b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 1-0-3-0
    • R Ashwin 4-0-19-0
27.1

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, straightens on middle, turned to midwicket

27.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, comes down the track and drives in the air past extra cover to long off

No bite from the spinners unlike in the first innings of the previous two games

27.3

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 2 runs, comes down and works past midwicket

27.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, some bounce on middle and leg, turned with the spin to square leg

27.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, charges out for the big one down the ground but ends up yorking himself, fortunately for him, gets something on it and it goes wide of the keeper

27.6

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run

End of over 28 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 135/0 (RR: 4.82)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 71 (81b 5x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 57 (87b 5x4)
    • R Ashwin 5-0-25-0
    • V Kohli 1-0-3-0

Raj: "If Bhuvi was dropped for his inability to bowl with old ball, how about the other bowlers who could'nt use the new and old ball to any effect..."

28.1

Kohli to Jayawardene, no run, glides a loopy, full and wide ball to backward point who dives to stop it

28.2

Kohli to Jayawardene, no run, tries to drive inside out but this is too full on the stumps, and the bat turns in his hands

28.3

Kohli to Jayawardene, FOUR, he's taken this full toss from outside off and swung it in the air behind square leg

28.4

Kohli to Jayawardene, 1 run, mistimes a swipe forward of square leg, Tharanga has to race back, throw is wide and the fielder earns a glare from Kohli

28.5

Kohli to Tharanga, 1 run

28.6

Kohli to Jayawardene, no run, another full toss, he's hit it to extra cover

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 141/0 (RR: 4.86)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 76 (86b 6x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 58 (88b 5x4)
    • V Kohli 2-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 5-0-25-0

Shashank: "Cricinfo servers being attacked by whiners and critics. C'mon guys, the match is still underway. This is a young team and they are not experienced enough for people to compare them with the mighty Australian team of the past. They are learning and they will only get better from here on."

Ishant, with ball in hand, and Umesh having a chat

29.1

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, sharp start from Umesh on his return, bounces this from a good length and gets it to move away slightly, Tharanga prods away from the body and is beaten

29.2

Yadav to Tharanga, FOUR, poor this time, too full and too wide, Tharanga crashes it through the covers, no chance for the sweeper

29.3

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, beaten again, has a drive at a pitched up ball, it moves away slightly after pitching

29.4

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, cramping him for room, he knocks it back

29.5

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, digs out a very full one outside off in front of mid off

29.6

Yadav to Jayawardene, 2 leg byes, hurled full into the pads, away fine past the keeper

End of over 30 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 148/0 (RR: 4.93)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 76 (87b 6x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 63 (93b 6x4)
    • UT Yadav 6-0-36-0
    • V Kohli 2-0-9-0

Raina brought on

30.1

Raina to Tharanga, 2 runs, drags it flat and short of a length, Tharanga goes back and across and pulls it over midwicket,

30.2

Raina to Tharanga, no run

30.3

Raina to Tharanga, no run, pushes forward, Raina sprints to his right and dives to stop the ball

30.4

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted full, Tharanga goes after it, mishits through midwicket

30.5

Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, moves forward and drive with the push to long on

30.6

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga earns another single with a push to long off

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 153/0 (RR: 4.93)

    • WU Tharanga 67 (98b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 77 (88b 6x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 1-0-5-0
    • UT Yadav 6-0-36-0

Christof: "30 overs of grousing about India's squad, and nary a mention of Rohit Sharma yet? What's wrong, guys?"

31.1

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, the pace is there, the length is shortish, but the line is down the pads, and an easy single to square leg is on

31.2

Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot, steps out, makes some room and carves an inswinging length ball over cover

31.3

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, there is a noise here as Mahela looks to pull a short one headed down the leg side, they appeal for caught behind but umpire Gould remains unmoved, does not call it a wide as well, replays show it brushed the shirt around the waist, not sure if it brushed the glove as well just before that

31.4

Yadav to Jayawardene, no run

31.5

Yadav to Jayawardene, 1 run, widish length ball cut to third man

Drew: "@Christof - It's too early to talk about Rohit at this time. We will comment on it during India's Batting."

31.6

Yadav to Tharanga, no run, backs away a tad to a pitched up ball, but is in no position to play an attacking shot, it arrives quickly and he pats it back

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 159/0 (RR: 4.96)

    • WU Tharanga 68 (100b 6x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 82 (92b 7x4 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 7-0-42-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-5-0
32.1

Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, there is a direct hit at the non-striker's end from short third man, some excitement for the Indians, Mahela was not expecting the throw at his end, did not drag the bat in, but his left foot was in by the time the ball hit

32.2

Raina to Tharanga, no run, pushed through and hits the pad outside leg

Hamza Jabbar: "This is not the first time that India have been wicketless in the first 20 or 30 overs. MSD used to be calm and eventually got on to win those games. So it will be a huge test for Virat and indeed a good chance to prove himself."

A large inflated ball rolls onto the field, Kohli tackles it and carries it off

32.3

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, goes back and punches, Jadeja runs across and dives from cover

32.4

Raina to Jayawardene, 1 wide, spins in down the leg side as Mahela misses the sweep

32.4

Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, bounces extra but he controls the pull to fine leg

32.5

Raina to Tharanga, 1 run, moves across and helps it wristily behind square leg

32.6

Raina to Jayawardene, no run, slight turn in on middle, turned to short fine leg, Ishant runs forward and prevents the single, refreshing

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 164/0 (RR: 4.96)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 84 (95b 7x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 70 (103b 6x4)
    • SK Raina 2-0-10-0
    • UT Yadav 7-0-42-0

Jadeja is back

33.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, full and quick, eased down to long off

33.2

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, pushed to long off

33.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, worked off the pad with the turn behind square leg

Robel: "Its the second match running Jadeja looks out of his depth while bowling; second match running Kohli is captaining. Tough exam question on correlation analysis?"

33.4

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, whoa, sharp turn and bounce outside off beats Mahela this time, DK appeals for the stumping, Mahela's back foot was in the air as he reached forward but he's brought it back in, just in time

Arzoo: "Instead of talking about Kohli, MSD here, I think we should discuss about how these two are batting so good. Pitch was not that easy early on, but again these two made it look easy and all credits should go to Mahela and Tharanga for wonderful batting so far."

33.5

Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, reaches forward and pushes to extra cover

33.6

Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller and quicker at 94.3 kph, pushed to long off

End of over 34 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 168/0 (RR: 4.94)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 86 (99b 7x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 72 (105b 6x4)
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-31-0
    • SK Raina 2-0-10-0

batting Powerplay time, Sri Lanka take it an over before they are compulsorily required to. Ashwin to bowl

Nuwan: "This is poor cricket from Sri Lanka. They have 10 wickets still and they are not showing any aggression. This will be another Hobart where the strong Indian batting will chase the total down without even 40 overs."

Binod SIMKHADA: "In medical terms - Sri Lankan batsman seems to have developed immunity against Indian bowlers asa result of too much exposure."

34.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, sweeps a tossed up ball off the pads, short fine leg's dive saves some runs, Raina it is, Kohli claps

34.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, moves across and tries to work off leg stump, misses, and takes it on the pad, was going down with the angle and the bowler's appeal is turned down

34.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, FOUR, takes this 91 kph delivery fired in to leg stump, and lifts it over vacant deep backward square leg

Deep square leg comes in, long on becomes mid on

34.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, FOUR, so Tharanga goes long on this time, lofts a tossed up ball just wide of the man at mid on

34.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, cuts a length ball past point, not getting the second

34.6

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, a pause and a slowly tossed up ball, 76.7 kph, worked through square leg

End of over 35 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 179/0 (RR: 5.11)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 88 (101b 7x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 81 (109b 8x4)
    • R Ashwin 6-0-36-0
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-31-0

King: "@Binod: So we have a doctor in house- could be useful if India are to choke while chasing the target..."

Ishant comes back

35.1

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, starts with a short slower one into the body, Mahela swivels, and controls it down to fine leg

Mukunda: "Reply to Binod: in chemical terms...Indian Bowlers have been over oxidised ... Developed rust due to too much cricket!!"

35.2

I Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, he is cramped for room, but his slash to a short of a length ball flies over the keeper

35.3

I Sharma to Tharanga, no run, no room again, and the length is a touch fuller, tharanga tries to work it square but cannot get it off the pitch

35.4

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, there is some room this time, good length outside off, steered to square third man

Umpire Gould warns Ishant for running onto the pitch

35.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, FOUR, third man is up, Mahela has width outside off, and he happily guides it past the man

35.6

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, swats this from outside off to deep midwicket

End of over 36 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 190/0 (RR: 5.27)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 94 (104b 8x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 86 (112b 9x4)
    • I Sharma 6-0-37-0
    • R Ashwin 6-0-36-0

Johnathon Josephs: "What is up with Tharanga and huge opening partnerships? Hes played only around 150 matches and he appears numerous times on the highest opening partnerships page"

Ashwin, round the wicket

36.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, he's sweeping well, gets another one off the pad down to fine leg

36.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, charges out, is done in the flight, but gets some bat on it as it starts to spin away, rolls to short third

36.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, pushed to the bowler

36.4

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, stops, tosses it up slowly, Tharanga comes out but is not to the pitch and takes it on the pad

36.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, FOUR, he can reach this one, it is pitched up, but spinning away, Tharanga picks it from outside off and lofts it over mid on

36.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, comes out again, Ashwin pushes it quicker, Tharanga slogs it back, hurries into his crease as Ashwin throws it to the keeper down the leg side

End of over 37 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 195/0 (RR: 5.27)

    • WU Tharanga 90 (117b 10x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 95 (105b 8x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 7-0-41-0
    • I Sharma 6-0-37-0

Rakesh Misra: "Typical Indian fan! 1: Feel painfully bored and stop watching the match. 2: Keep staring at the scorecard. 3: Start watching the match again thinking something will surely happen this time. 4: Go to Step 1."

37.1

I Sharma to Jayawardene, FOUR, a slow short of a length ball, but Mahela's swung it effortlessly over square leg

37.2

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, century for Mahela with a shuffle and nudge behind square leg, he's had to open in Dilshan's absence, and how well has he batted on a slow surface

37.3

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, short outside off, he opens the face and guides it in the air to third man

This is Sri Lanka's highest opening partnership against India

Ishant aborts in delivery stride

37.4

I Sharma to Jayawardene, no run, makes room outside leg, Ishant gets it around the blockhole for once, Mahela digs it back

37.5

I Sharma to Jayawardene, 1 run, he tries the pick-up over square leg from outside off, mistimes it in the air, but well in front of short fine

37.6

I Sharma to Tharanga, 2 runs, dropped, another one, Tharanga sliced this over point, Umesh, the sweeper, had it covered as he came in, crouched forward, got both hands to it but it popped out as he fell to the ground

End of over 38 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 204/0 (RR: 5.36)

    • WU Tharanga 93 (119b 10x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 101 (109b 9x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 7-0-46-0
    • R Ashwin 7-0-41-0
38.1

Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 bye, Mahela was ready for a big reverse sweep even before Ashwin had bowled, and he sent it way down the leg side, Mahela pulled out of the stroke, but he's not getting the wide call

38.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 wide, pushes it down the leg side

38.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, worked to square leg off the pad

38.3

Ashwin to Jayawardene, SIX, lovely, down the track, inside the line and lofts this tossed up ball from way outside leg stump over wide long off

38.4

Ashwin to Jayawardene, OUT, this time Umesh holds on with a run and dive to his right at short third man, Mahela falls to the reverse sweep, hit to a flatter delivery from outside leg stump

DPMD Jayawardene c Yadav b Ashwin 107 (173m 112b 9x4 2x6) SR: 95.53

Mahela was dropped at the same position on 25

Angelo promotes himself to No 3

38.5

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 wide, flighted ball spins down leg as Angelo misses the nudge

Among other trifles such as double-century opening stands, Virat has the over-rate to worry about

38.5

Ashwin to Mathews, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to the bowler

38.6

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, full again, he runs it towards point for a single

End of over 39 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 215/1 (RR: 5.51)

    • AD Mathews 1 (2b)
    • WU Tharanga 94 (120b 10x4)
    • R Ashwin 8-0-51-1
    • I Sharma 7-0-46-0

Shami Ahmed will bowl after the Powerplay, which went for 47

39.1

Mohammed Shami to Mathews, 1 run, hits a full delivery down to long off

39.2

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, good length ball right on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

39.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 wide, straight on a length and down the leg side

39.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, bad bounce for extra cover means this push goes past him, could have smacked into his face

39.4

Mohammed Shami to Mathews, 1 run, sharp diving stop by Jadeja at point, he had a lot of ground to make and the punch was well-timed by Angleo

39.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga gets a length ball on the pads and clips it square to move to 99

39.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, overpitched ball worked through midwicket, and this is a hard-fought century for Tharanga on his comeback, he played-and-missed, inside-edged and outside-edged, but grew in confidence to time them through point

End of over 40 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 224/1 (RR: 5.60)

    • WU Tharanga 100 (124b 11x4)
    • AD Mathews 3 (4b)
    • Mohammed Shami 7-0-29-0
    • R Ashwin 8-0-51-1
40.1

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, hoicked in the air but short of deep midwicket

41st over, slip in

40.2

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, length ball punched down to long on

Slip out for Tharanga

40.3

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, works a quick one to short fine leg

slip out for Angelo too

40.4

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, slapped to the sweeper for one

40.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, FOUR, overpitched, and he's gone with the spin over midwicket and picked the gap this time, beating the man in the deep

40.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, 1 run, moves outside off and keeps strike with a tuck to midwicket

amit: "At Binod, In political terms, these two parties have held so many conventions that they know each other's policies very well.."

End of over 41 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 233/1 (RR: 5.68)

    • WU Tharanga 107 (128b 12x4)
    • AD Mathews 5 (6b)
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-40-0
    • Mohammed Shami 7-0-29-0

Sriman: "Tharanga is trying to get back into the team and was in the 90s. Bowlers should have done everything possible to keep him in the 90s for long rather than bowl a length ball on the legs.. POOR BOWLING !!"

41.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, towards the pads again, hit to mid on, Ishant's throw misses at the non-striker's

41.2

Mohammed Shami to Mathews, 3 runs, swings a pitched up ball through midwicket, fielder in the deep gets around to it

41.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, ducks under a 136.1 kph bouncer around leg stump

41.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, FOUR, mows this slower length ball from outside off to the wide long on boundary

41.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, FOUR, now through the covers, opens the face even as he drives hard, past the dive from cover

41.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 wide, sends this straight down the leg from over the stumps

41.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, FOUR, poor line continues, down the pads and flicked past short fine leg

End of over 42 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 250/1 (RR: 5.95)

    • WU Tharanga 120 (133b 15x4)
    • AD Mathews 8 (7b)
    • Mohammed Shami 8-0-46-0
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-40-0
42.1

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, down the leg side from round the stumps, worked square

42.2

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, angled in full down the leg side, nudged behind square

42.3

Ashwin to Mathews, no run, misses the reverse sweep to one that goes down the leg side, not getting a wide

42.4

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 wide, lets this quick one go down leg and this will be called a wide

42.4

Ashwin to Mathews, no run, comes down the track to a flighted ball, misses, and is hit on the pad

42.5

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, spinning down the leg side, worked to deep square

42.6

Ashwin to Tharanga, FOUR, stops and tosses it up very slowly, Tharanga waits and smashes it through midwicket, deep midwicket runs across and dives in front of long on running to his left, but ends up parrying the ball to the boundary

End of over 43 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 258/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • WU Tharanga 125 (135b 16x4)
    • AD Mathews 10 (11b)
    • R Ashwin 9-0-59-1
    • Mohammed Shami 8-0-46-0
43.1

Jadeja to Mathews, SIX, uses the angle to mow a slog-sweep from middle stump over deep midwicket

43.2

Jadeja to Mathews, no run, comes out and pushes back to the bowler

43.3

Jadeja to Mathews, 1 run, slices in the air, Rohit at short third runs forward for the catch, dives, but it still falls short

43.4

Jadeja to Tharanga, 2 runs, flat and spinning down the pads, swung behind square leg

43.5

Jadeja to Tharanga, no run, amid all the hitting, this one is defended off the front foot

43.6

Jadeja to Tharanga, SIX, Tharanga skips out and lofts over midwicket once more, he is not to the pitch and takes a hand off the bat, but it still goes all the way

End of over 44 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 273/1 (RR: 6.20)

    • WU Tharanga 133 (138b 16x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 17 (14b 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-55-0
    • R Ashwin 9-0-59-1
44.1

Ashwin to Mathews, FOUR, goes back and cuts this length ball off leg stump, picks up four past cover-point

44.2

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, nudges a tossed up ball off the pad to square leg

44.3

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, goes back to a skiddy length ball on off and cuts to point

This is Tharanga's highest ODI score

44.4

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, nudges in front of midwicket and takes off for a well-judged single

44.5

Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, misses the sweep to a tossed up ball on the pad

44.6

Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, wristily nudges a full ball off middle to square leg

End of over 45 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 282/1 (RR: 6.26)

    • AD Mathews 24 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 134 (140b 16x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 10-0-67-1
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-55-0
45.1

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, turns a full ball from off stump to long on

45.2

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, slogs a length ball on middle and leg to midwicket

Chat: "What happened to the track?! Is this a very different track? Or is SL batting exceptional or Indian bowling pathetic?" Bit of all three, Chat, it seems to have eased out much earlier than ones in the first two games did

45.3

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, swats an overpitched ball to long on

45.4

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run

45.5

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 wide, DK gets bad bounce as this length ball goes down the leg side but he does well to dive and stop it

45.5

I Sharma to Mathews, no run, misses the slog to a slow offcutter outside off, this time DK falls as he takes it on the bounce

45.6

I Sharma to Mathews, FOUR, a low full toss, Angelo has wristed this powerfully from middle stump, long on does not have too much ground to make to his right, but it races past him, just past his outstretched right hand

End of over 46 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 291/1 (RR: 6.32)

    • AD Mathews 30 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 136 (142b 16x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 8-0-55-0
    • R Ashwin 10-0-67-1

India are past the scheduled time for close of the innings now

46.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, direct hit needed, Tharanga would have been gone by miles, but Kohli misses from midwicket

46.2

Mohammed Shami to Mathews, 1 run, charges out, gets too close to the pitch and swats it down to long off

46.3

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, no run, gets a wide yorker in outside off, Tharanga can't connect

46.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 2 runs, a low full toss lofted over midwicket

46.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, FOUR, a length ball on off, Tharanga goes over midwicket once more, he's targetted that area, too much to do for long on

46.6

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, moves across and turns a low full toss from outside off to long on to bring up the 300

End of over 47 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 300/1 (RR: 6.38)

    • WU Tharanga 144 (147b 17x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 31 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 9-0-55-0
    • I Sharma 8-0-55-0
47.1

I Sharma to Tharanga, FOUR, he continues to hammer boundaries to deep midwicket, a short ball this time, pulled in the air dismissively

47.2

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, widish length ball but he's steered straight to point

47.3

I Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, a slower short of a length ball slogged to deep midwicket

47.4

I Sharma to Tharanga, 2 runs, another slower one from back of a length, a steer, and a misfield at backward point, amid all that, Tharanga purrs to his 150

47.5

I Sharma to Tharanga, 1 run, overpitched now, hit hard but he finds the sweeper

47.6

I Sharma to Mathews, FOUR, a full toss down the pads, Angelo makes some room, gets front leg away and clips it to the deep midwicket rope

Ravana: "In Astrophysical terms India is leaking runs like a blackhole, in astronomical terms it has very bad karma."

End of over 48 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 313/1 (RR: 6.52)

    • AD Mathews 36 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 152 (151b 18x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 9-0-68-0
    • Mohammed Shami 9-0-55-0

Sathyen: "Lot of comments on the selection or non selection of B.Kumar, but,at this stage he will quite happy to be in the shade of the dressing room than chasing the leather :D"

48.1

Yadav to Tharanga, SIX, another full toss, they just can't hit the yorkers, and Tharanga's sliced it over point, smack into the rope, wow

48.2

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, good length, slashed down to third man

Pa1: "Death bowling still continues to be a worry for India."

48.3

Yadav to Mathews, 5 wides, it gets worse by the minute, Umesh's sprayed this length ball four miles down the leg side, it even pitched outside the wide marker

48.3

Yadav to Mathews, 1 run, short of a length into Angelo as he goes outside leg, worked behind square

48.4

Yadav to Tharanga, FOUR, he's smokin' em through point, a length ball not that far outside off, Tharanga brought a brutal bat down on it, and third man had no chance

48.5

Yadav to Tharanga, 1 run, a slower length ball on off, he makes some room and guides it wide of short third man

Shaun Ayrton: "A worry?...Death bowling seems to be the death of India's bowling attack!"

48.6

Yadav to Mathews, FOUR, overpitched, just outside off, Angelo clears front leg and carts it over extra cover, India's death bowling lying slaughtered at Sabina Park

End of over 49 (22 runs) Sri Lanka 335/1 (RR: 6.83)

    • AD Mathews 41 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 164 (155b 19x4 2x6)
    • UT Yadav 8-0-64-0
    • I Sharma 9-0-68-0

167 runs in the last 15 overs. Gulp, gulp

49.1

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 2 runs, another full toss, just outside off, sliced behind point for two more

49.2

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, knocked down to long on

49.3

Mohammed Shami to Mathews, 1 run, full toss on middle and off, Angelo swings it on the bounce to long on, is disappointed

49.4

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, SIX, dear me, a high full toss just outside off, Tharanga's helped himself to maximum over wide long off, outrageous timing

49.5

Mohammed Shami to Tharanga, 1 run, full toss, one more full toss, punched to long off

49.6

Mohammed Shami to Mathews, 2 runs, swung through midwicket for a couple, third umpire called in as Tharanga comes back for the second, he's just made it, as Shami has taken some time to get the bails off

180 runs in the final 16 overs. Sri Lanka and Tharanga all the way. Mahela leading upfront with a flowing hundred on what wasn't such an easy pitch then. But as it eased out, Tharanga went after India and their assortment of full tosses to make the highest ODI individual score in the Caribbean. Some atrocious death bowling later, they have to chase one short of 350, after overshooting the scheduled close by 20 minutes. But this pitch has not looked as difficult as the ones for the previous two games, and even then, batting second was much easier. India have some hope, but Sri Lanka have bulldozed their way to roaring momentum.

As a measure of how toothless India were, this is the first time an ODI first innings has been completed with the loss of only one wicket

Amila: "Not sure who is drunk. India or Sri Lanka. But whoever it is, they have drunken pretty badly."

Abhishek Adhikari: "2 minutes silence........for the death of indian bowling !! RIP"

Gamika Perera: "Any objections to a permanent Tharanga + Jayawardene opening pair?? Dilshan seems to have lost his extravagance at the top... Time to move him back down the order again?"

King: "Two different feelings while I watched those last 16 overs- one, I felt like I need to go and bowl, instead of those half volleys and full tosses. Two, I felt like I need to go with a bat as it would have been the best time to smash the ball all over the park- just like Tharanga did!"

Arun8283: "Just because Dhoni is missing, bowlers look bad, fielders went mad. Tharanga played like a master, India is in disaster!"

End of over 50 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 348/1

    • AD Mathews 44 (29b 4x4 1x6)
    • WU Tharanga 174 (159b 19x4 3x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 10-0-68-0
    • UT Yadav 8-0-64-0
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