West Indies Tri-Nation Series - 6th match

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 81 runs (D/L method)

9.29am Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walk out to open the innings. Shaminda Eranga will bowl the first over

Vineet Chaudhary: "Ahhh!!! Finally I get to see a ODI between India and Sri Lanka. :)"

9.25am "Can Duckworth Lewis come up with a formula for calculating the winner in all future India vs SL matches based on the results of all previous encounters?" That's one solution, SpiderCam

9.10am And by the way, M Vijay, dropped for Zimbabwe series, is still in the XI. Another chance for him to blast a 100-ball 130 and give the selectors a message

"Interpreting your article on Dhoni getting banned, should I assume that India losing today, & avoiding a final with SL, would be a hooray for 'Gandhian Philosphy'...!!!" Truly, Rags

9.05am Lokuhettige last played an ODI in 2005. Here is a list of longest intervals between ODI appearances

Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl first. They are expecting moisture, seam movement and spongy bounce. They have four seamers, Mathews included. Dilhara Lokuhettige replaces the injured Nuwan Kulasekara, and Rangana Herath comes in for Senanayake

Kohli is saying Dhoni is getting better. And the breaking news is that if India make it to the final, Dhoni might play it

Rags: "The only thing left is to see an IPL team & a SLPL team compete in the final of Champios League...!!"

8.55am Ha ha, just reminded that in January 2010 I had made this request

The written assurance will also have to guarantee that if India and Sri Lanka happen to reach the final of the 2011 World Cup, that match will be abandoned - dangerous pitch or not - and that the losing semi-finalists will play for the World Cup.

It fell on deaf ears. Toss in five minutes. The pitch still looks like one with uneven and spongy bounce. You would still want to bowl first, but both the previous matches have been won by the side batting first

8.50am "Sid you forgot the tri-nation tournament in Scotland, July 2011. Of course, SL were there." Shripad, it was not a tri-series. There was no final. It was just Sri Lanka playing two different teams. Toss in 10 minutes

8.45am As my life is devoted to exposing in different terms the abuse in the relationship between India and Sri Lanka, I have got fresh ghastly stats. Since the relationship was going stale, India and Sri Lanka have now chosen to incoude a third partner to an extent they have monopolised tri-series. The last time a tri-series on planet Earth didn't include both these teams was in January 2009. Sri Lanka were still there by the way.

Since then, all six tri-series have involved India and Sri Lanka, and a third partner. Toss in 15 minutes. More work on this topic from the past can be found here and here

8.30am Welcome to the final league match of the tri-series. India need to win, West Indies want Sri Lanka to win. Sri Lanka are all but through. The net run rate should not be a major problem if India win. It drizzled in the morning, but it is dry now, and we are hoping for a start on time. Toss in half an hour

0.1

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, starts with an outswinger outside off, is left alone

0.2

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, wide outswinger, left alone again

0.3

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 wide, too wide this time, called

Kris: "Sid, It would be great if you keep your personal opinion abut Ind/SL to yourself. I am here in cricinfo to follow the game and the whining from you and your minions are very difficult to bear. Thanks"

0.3

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, unplayable ball. That's too good. Full, middle and off, pitches, then swings away against the angle to beat the edge. Gavaskar would have said you have to be good enough to edge these

0.4

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, on off, defended with an open face

0.5

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, got outside the line there. This is too good again. Comes in from outside off after having bowled outswingers all over through. The bat was hidden behind the pad, but even if you consider this a no-shot, the ball wasn't coming back enough

0.6

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, and now he follows a shortish ball outside off, which seams away to beat the edge

That was a testing over

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
RG Sharma    0* (6b)      RMS Eranga    1-0-1-0
S Dhawan    0* (0b)     

Lokuhettige to take the second new ball

1.1

Dilhara to Dhawan, no run, full, swinging in, defended to mid-on

1.2

Dilhara to Dhawan, no run, another outswinger, too full, though, and defended back to him

1.3

Dilhara to Dhawan, 1 run, low full toss, dug out wide of mid-on for one

"@Kris How about some popcorn?!... Sid would you please sponsor!" Sriram Ananthasivan, do you want beers and El Dorado too?

1.4

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 2 runs, swinging in this time, Sharma reads it late, and then clips it late into the leg side

Rags: "@Kris, I hope Ind-SL institute a joint highest civilian award..You will win it hands down..."

1.5

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, and this one seams the other way. Short of a length, just outside off, Sharma plays the angle, but the ball moves away to beat the edge. Squared up there

1.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, no movement this time, defended

End of over 2 (3 runs) India 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
RG Sharma    2* (9b)      LHD Dilhara    1-0-3-0
S Dhawan    1* (3b)      RMS Eranga    1-0-1-0

2.1

Eranga to Dhawan, no run, outswinger, Dhawan has got into a tangle trying to play it to leg. Hits his own pad with the bat

sravan: "Kris, you, sir, must be given a free ticket to every India SL match and must be made to watch them all, given your unsaturated desire to see India SL play."

2.2

Eranga to Dhawan, FOUR, outswinging half-volley, on off, drilled through mid-off for four. Just a touch too full

2.3

Eranga to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length, opens the face on it, and a misfield at point allows them the single

Kris: "Yeah, Pass it along. I am here to see , hopefully a free flowing Shikhar and a great captaincy under crisis by Kohli. This game has lot to offer than you are giving credit."

2.4

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, tucked away off the hip

2.5

Eranga to Dhawan, 1 run, throws his bat a wide length ball, it goes off the outside half of the bat, uppishly and wide of point for one

Rags: "@Kris, Thanks..You just voiced the opinion of a million of us..Unfortunately the rest 999 millions share Sid's opinions..!!!"

2.6

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, hits his pad, Sanga dives to get a touch to it and saves three leg-byes

End of over 3 (8 runs) India 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
RG Sharma    3* (11b)      RMS Eranga    2-0-8-0
S Dhawan    7* (7b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    1-0-3-0

3.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, length ball outside off, holds its line, Sharma pushes at the angle, and is beaten

3.2

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 no ball, short of a length, angling in, beats the inside edge. And he has overstepped. Free hit coming up. I don't think this is a no-ball. He landed behind the line, and slipped. So the third umpire can't change this call?

3.2

Dilhara to RG Sharma, FOUR, and the free hit is dispatched. Half-volley, on off, he backs away and smashes it through cover. Could this be the turning point in Rohit's innings?

3.3

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

3.4

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, Sharma is charging down the wicket, Dilhara digs it in short, and it jumps at his throat. Lucky that it doesn't lob to hand

3.5

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, angling in, hits him high on the thigh pad

3.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, this one seams back in from wide outside off and cramps him on the cut. Dabbed to second slip

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
RG Sharma    7* (18b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    2-0-8-0
S Dhawan    7* (7b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-8-0

4.1

Eranga to Dhawan, no run, on a length, on middle and off, defended with an open face

4.2

Eranga to Dhawan, 1 run, down the wicket again, drives this wide of mid-off for one

4.3

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, drives at a wide length ball. No where near the ball, and is beaten as it holds its line

4.4

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, on off, steered away to third man

4.5

Eranga to Dhawan, 2 runs, wide length ball, not the driving length by any stretch, but he plays it on the up, and to the left of point. Lokuhettige gets around from third man and makes a diving save

4.6

Eranga to Dhawan, no run, driven on the up again, but this time they have an extra man square on the off side. He does the fielding

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 21/0 (RR: 4.20)
S Dhawan    10* (11b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-12-0
RG Sharma    8* (20b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    2-0-8-0

5.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, pushed wide of cover-point for one

5.2

Dilhara to Dhawan, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, left alone

5.3

Dilhara to Dhawan, FOUR, slower ball, but short and wide, and Dhawan goes after it, edging it over the slip for four

5.4

Dilhara to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, tucked away off the hip for one

5.5

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, not too wide, gets a bottom edge on the cut

5.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, angling in, punched back to him

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 27/0 (RR: 4.50)
RG Sharma    9* (23b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    3-0-14-0
S Dhawan    15* (14b 2x4)      RMS Eranga    3-0-12-0

Mathews into the attack now

6.1

Mathews to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, no room, played with an open face to cover-point

6.2

Mathews to Dhawan, OUT, Dhawan is gone. Dhawan jumps out of the crease again, Mathews bowls an offcutter, shortish, outside leg, Dhawan is nowhere near it but goes ahead with the shot, opening the face and guiding this to slip. Second time this series that Dhawan has been dismissed stepping out this series. Live by the sword, die by it. Also Jayawardene's 200th ODI catch. First to 200

S Dhawan c Jayawardene b Mathews 15 (26m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

Karn Mamgain: "Does cricinfo have some data that show the amount of no-balls bowled by people of a particular name? This Dilhara won't let Fernando down, seems like it."

6.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, good carry. Left alone

6.4

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone

Daniel Alexander: "Mathews is on top of his game, Hail skipper!"

6.5

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of a length, wide again, left alone again

6.6

Mathews to Kohli, no run, fuller, angling in towards off, defended from the crease. A wicket-maiden from Mathews

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) India 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
V Kohli    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    1-1-0-1
RG Sharma    9* (23b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    3-0-14-0

7.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, rising towards the chest, dropped to leg for a single

GSS: "@Karn Mamgain: If we are taking about changes to the cricinfo statistics page, I would also recommend a separate Statsguru version for India SL matches."

7.2

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, outswinger, and this has started from middle. Too full, though, and nicely defended to mid-on

7.3

Dilhara to Kohli, FOUR, full, middle and leg, clipped away through midwicket for four

7.4

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

7.5

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

7.6

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, angling in from short of a length, left alone

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 32/1 (RR: 4.00)
V Kohli    4* (9b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    4-0-19-0
RG Sharma    10* (24b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-1-0-1

8.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, defended with an open face to point

8.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, full outside off, left alone

8.3

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, dabbed away to third man for one

8.4

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, full and wide, drives hard at it, gets a thick edge past the slips

8.5

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, short, wide, Sharma doesn't go close to the line of the ball, and is beaten on the cut

James: "@GSS, I thought Statsguru already comprised only India v SL matches?"

8.6

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to leg

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 34/1 (RR: 3.77)
RG Sharma    11* (29b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-1-2-1
V Kohli    5* (10b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    4-0-19-0

Lasith Malinga to bowl now

9.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, wide length ball, curving away, left alone

9.2

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, shortish, wide, cuts away from the body, mis-hits it to the right of cover for one

9.3

Malinga to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, wide, good carry, left alone

9.4

Malinga to RG Sharma, 1 run, dropped at point. Jeevan Mendis spills a sitter sitting down at point. Short of a length, outside off, punched in the air, Mendis kneels down at point, gets it face high, goes fingers pointing up, and lets it through

9.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, left alone outside off

9.6

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

End of over 10 (3 runs) India 37/1 (RR: 3.70)
V Kohli    7* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0
RG Sharma    12* (31b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-1-2-1

10.1

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, extra bounce, Kohli rises with the ball, plays with soft hands, and drops it well short of slip

10.2

Mathews to Kohli, no run, steered away, but can't beat the man at that fourth slip

10.3

Mathews to Kohli, no run, wide length ball, left alone

10.4

Mathews to Kohli, no run, short of a length, just outside off, right behind it to defend

10.5

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, seams in from outside off, gets the inside edge but avoids the stumps

10.6

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, winded him. Jags back in a long way, and bounces too, and hits him in the rib

End of over 11 (1 run) India 38/1 (RR: 3.45)
RG Sharma    12* (32b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-3-1
V Kohli    8* (19b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0

11.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the back foot

11.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short, outside off, Kohli's cut is undone by the away movement. Ends up hitting it back to Malinga

11.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, outswinger, on off, defended with an open face

11.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, extra bounce. From short of a length, it holds its line and rises towards the chest. Kohli's head falls back as he keeps it down

11.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, seams away a little. Defended with an open face

11.6

Malinga to Kohli, no run, stays short of a length, not much movement this time, punched away to point

End of over 12 (maiden) India 38/1 (RR: 3.16)
V Kohli    8* (25b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-1-3-0
RG Sharma    12* (32b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-3-1

Eranga is back

12.1

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, length ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

12.2

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 run, lucky there. Charges at him and edges this drive over slip for one

12.3

Eranga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

12.4

Eranga to Kohli, no run, down the wicket, and swings wildly. The extra bounce from a length beats him

12.5

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, length ball, angling in, clipped away to long leg for one

12.6

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, another unplayable delivery. Short of a length, outside off, holds its line against the angle and beats the outside edge

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 40/1 (RR: 3.07)
RG Sharma    13* (35b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-14-0
V Kohli    9* (28b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-1-3-0

13.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, length ball, on off, shapes away, defended from the crease

13.2

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, outside off, gets on the top of the bounce, punches, but can't beat point

13.3

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to leg

13.4

Malinga to Kohli, no run, stays a touch low outside off, defended with an open face to point

13.5

Malinga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to leg. Sharma wants the single, is sent back

13.6

Malinga to Kohli, FOUR, short of a length, outside off, gets some room, and punches it to the right of cover for four. Kohli's first runs off Malinga in the last 12 balls. Today is the first time Malinga has bowled a maiden to Kohli

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 44/1 (RR: 3.14)
V Kohli    13* (34b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-7-0
RG Sharma    13* (35b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    4-0-14-0

14.1

Eranga to RG Sharma, 2 runs, length ball, angling in, drops and runs, and takes an overthrow too as Mendis runs in from point and misses

14.2

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, this one seams in from outside off and short of a length, takes the inside edge onto the thigh pad. Or maybe it has missed the thigh pad

Sharma is hurt after that ball. Nitin Patel, the physio, is on the field. Sharma getting treatment

Sharma is back up

14.3

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 run, length ball outside off, leans into the push, and gets a single wide of cover

14.4

Eranga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to leg

14.5

Eranga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, just outside off, Kohli stays in the crease to defend to point

14.6

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, edged away wide of second slip. Not quite behind the line of this as he pushes at it, but the edge goes wide of the slips and fine of third man. Herath dives all over it at the boundary. Actually this is steered past the second slip. Not sure how smart that shot was

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 51/1 (RR: 3.40)
V Kohli    17* (37b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-21-0
RG Sharma    16* (38b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-7-0

Lokuhettige comes back

15.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 wide, and starts off with a wide down the leg side

15.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, angling in, worked into the leg side for one

15.2

Dilhara to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, pushed towards deep midwicket for one

15.3

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, fuller, angling in again, worked away nicely for another single

15.4

Dilhara to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, guided away to third man for one

15.5

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended in front of off

15.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, full, angling in, driven to deep cover for one

Time for a drink

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 57/1 (RR: 3.56)
RG Sharma    19* (42b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    5-0-25-0
V Kohli    19* (39b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    5-0-21-0

16.1

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, on a length, angling in, defended off the front foot

16.2

Eranga to RG Sharma, no run, full, outside off, pushed to mid-off

16.3

Eranga to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked away to long leg

16.4

Eranga to Kohli, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended from the crease

16.5

Eranga to Kohli, FOUR, short, wide, and despite the extra bounce it has been cut hard between cover-point and point for four

16.6

Eranga to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length, gets inside the line of it, and tucks it away to long leg

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 63/1 (RR: 3.70)
V Kohli    24* (42b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-27-0
RG Sharma    20* (45b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    5-0-25-0

17.1

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, wide length ball, left alone

17.2

Dilhara to Kohli, 1 run, short, wide, cut to deep cover for one

17.3

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, steered away to third man for one

17.4

Dilhara to Kohli, no run, length ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

17.5

Dilhara to Kohli, 1 run, pulled away to deep square leg for one

17.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, angling in, worked away for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 67/1 (RR: 3.72)
RG Sharma    22* (47b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    6-0-29-0
V Kohli    26* (46b 4x4)      RMS Eranga    6-0-27-0

Herath to bowl now

18.1

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, flighted on off, pushed to the left of cover, Kohli wants one but is sent back. Rightly so

18.2

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, full outside off, nicely chipped away over cover for one

18.3

Herath to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a length, into the pads, worked around the corner for a couple

18.4

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, slower, higher, but Kohli stays back, waits for it to turn, and then guides it past slip for one

18.5

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, quicker, middle and leg, worked away for an easy single

18.6

Herath to Kohli, no run, tossed up, middle and leg, defended back to him

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 72/1 (RR: 3.78)
V Kohli    29* (49b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-5-0
RG Sharma    24* (50b 1x4)      LHD Dilhara    6-0-29-0

Mathews comes back. One wide slip just in place

19.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended back to him

19.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, this one stays low from short of a length and outside off. Beats his cut

19.3

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, defended with an open face to point

19.4

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 bye, Sanga hasn't been at his best behind the stumps. Slow to react to one that stays low, and allows one bye

19.5

Mathews to Kohli, 1 run, pulled away, fails to keep it down, but it bounces short of the man in the deep. Kohli admonishes himself for that shot

19.6

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, extra bounce for a length ball, which hits Sharma on the forearm. Now he has been hit in the ribs, in the thigh, and the forearm

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 74/1 (RR: 3.70)
RG Sharma    24* (55b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-4-1
V Kohli    30* (50b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-5-0

Vishal Anand: "Rohit all set for a cowan today?"

20.1

Herath to Kohli, 1 run, short, outside off, cut away in front of square for one

20.2

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

20.3

Herath to Kohli, OUT, Kohli is walking, it seems. This is plumb. Misses the length, and goes back to a full ball. To make it worse, this doesn't turn. Skids through, stays low, catches him dead in front

V Kohli lbw b Herath 31 (62m 52b 4x4 0x6) SR: 59.61

Dinesh Karthik is the new man in

20.4

Herath to Karthik, no run, defended off the front foot

20.5

Herath to Karthik, SIX, aggressive start from Karthik. Too short, too straight, he ricks back and pulls it over midwicket for six

20.6

Herath to Karthik, no run, slower through the air, outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 21 (8 runs) India 82/2 (RR: 3.90)
KD Karthik    6* (3b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-13-1
RG Sharma    25* (56b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-1-4-1

21.1

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, length ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

21.2

Mathews to RG Sharma, no run, another one on the glove. Rohit has been beaten black and blue today. Extra bounce from a length, and gets him high

21.3

Mathews to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, played with an open face, to third man

21.4

Mathews to Karthik, no run, bouncer, on off, he sways out of its line

21.5

Mathews to Karthik, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended with an open face

Nanda: "Rohit Transportation's next stop is Throwaway Circle. Passengers are requested to collect their belongings before alighting from the bus."

21.6

Mathews to Karthik, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

End of over 22 (1 run) India 83/2 (RR: 3.77)
KD Karthik    6* (6b 1x6)      AD Mathews    5-1-5-1
RG Sharma    26* (59b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-13-1

Sharma is getting more treatment. Seems to be taking a painkiller. Getting his forearm taped tight now

22.1

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off

22.2

Herath to Karthik, no run, slow, high, taken on the full, played to midwicket

22.3

Herath to Karthik, no run, down the wicket to drive this, but straight to short cover

22.4

Herath to Karthik, no run, length ball, on off, flat, defended off the front foot

22.5

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, down the wicket, takes this on the half-volley, gets a single into the leg sid3e

"Where is Rohit going to get hit next ?" Varun, at least now people can stop calling him Nohit Sharma. High time too

22.6

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, the carrom ball, turns in, beats the inside edge, but is headed down leg, and Sharma has also shimmied down the pitch

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 85/2 (RR: 3.69)
RG Sharma    27* (61b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-15-1
KD Karthik    7* (10b 1x6)      AD Mathews    5-1-5-1

Lokuhettige is back

23.1

Dilhara to Karthik, 1 leg bye, short of a length, seaming in, hits him on the knee roll and Karthik is well down the wicket. Can't give that out. Karthik takes a leg-bye

23.2

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, defended to cover

23.3

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, short, seaming in from outside off, and beats Sharma who is charging at him

23.4

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 2 runs, short of a length, pushed wide of point, and Mendis allows another overthrow. Karthik was in too. Mednis scorecard: one drop, two overthrows

23.5

Dilhara to RG Sharma, FOUR, short, too short, and Sharma waits for it and pulls it over mid-on who is up in the circle

23.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, that's a Rohit Sharma special. There is a wide slip in place, and he opens the face to guide this short ball there. He has tried his best to get out, but the ball doesn't carry to Jayawardene. Is this the luck Sharma needs? He has actually hit Jayawardene on the thumb, and he is off the ground

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 92/2 (RR: 3.83)
RG Sharma    33* (66b 2x4)      LHD Dilhara    7-0-35-0
KD Karthik    7* (11b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-15-1

24.1

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

24.2

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, full, middle and leg, straightens a touch. Back to the bowler

24.3

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, flatter, on off, defended

24.4

Herath to RG Sharma, SIX, Sharma has picked the carrom ball, and goes with the turn and over deep midwicket. This is full, but he has slog-swept it powerfully

24.5

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, worked into the leg side for one

adarsh: "The greatest trick rohit ever pulled was convincing the world hed get out early?"

24.6

Herath to Karthik, no run, tossed up, on off, defended to cover

End of over 25 (8 runs) India 100/2 (RR: 4.00)
KD Karthik    8* (13b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-23-1
RG Sharma    40* (70b 2x4 1x6)      LHD Dilhara    7-0-35-0

25.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 no ball, short of a length, outside off, stays low. Kept out. No ball from Lokuhettige. Following in the proud Dilhara tradition of Dilhara Fernando

25.1

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, the free hit is a full toss, but he has hit it to deep square for just one

25.2

Dilhara to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length, walks down to work this to leg for one

25.3

Dilhara to RG Sharma, 1 run, seams in but too straight, and is worked around the corner for one

25.4

Dilhara to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length, on off, defended to leg. The soft hands allow him a single

25.5

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, wide length ball, left alone

25.6

Dilhara to RG Sharma, no run, wide length ball again, he defends with an open face to point

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 105/2 (RR: 4.03)
RG Sharma    42* (75b 2x4 1x6)      LHD Dilhara    8-0-40-0
KD Karthik    10* (15b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-23-1

26.1

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, dropped into the leg side for a single

26.2

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, nicely played. The ball turns from just outside off, he plays with soft hands, and opens the face a touch. Gets a single towards third man

26.3

Herath to Karthik, 1 run, flatter, outside off, pushed to deep cover

26.4

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, extra effort on this... good revs... gets turn and bounce, and beats Rohit's attempt to play it to off

26.5

Herath to RG Sharma, 3 runs, flat outside off, Sharma goes back to back-cut it past short third man. Chandimal gives chase, and has presumed this will be just two, but Karthik has stunned him by taking the third

26.6

Herath to Karthik, OUT, lovely delivery. Karthik is stunned. Should have possibly played forward. Lots of revs and effort in this, pitches on a length, on middle and off. Karthik stays back in defence, the ball turns appreciably, beats the outside edge, and hits the off stump

KD Karthik b Herath 12 (25m 18b 0x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

Amjad: "Stop criticizing Rohit. He is anchoring the innings. Everyone plays around him till the end."

End of over 27 (6 runs) India 111/3 (RR: 4.11)
     HMRKB Herath    5-0-29-2
RG Sharma    46* (78b 2x4 1x6)      LHD Dilhara    8-0-40-0

Hemanth Tummala: "He is not NoHit Sharma, mate. He's Throw-it Sharma. Speaking of which, isn't it time yet for him to throw it away?"

Jeevan Mendis into the attack. Suresh Raina is the new batsman but Sharma is on strike

27.1

Mendis to RG Sharma, 1 run, too full, too straight, gets a single to short fine leg

Watch out for googlies

27.2

Mendis to Raina, no run, legbreak, wide, left alone

Malinga was supposed to bowl this over, but he had been off the field for some time, and hadn't served his time back on the field. The same was told to SL captain

27.3

Mendis to Raina, no run, another legbreak, defended outside off

27.4

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, swept away from middle-and-leg line for a single

27.5

Mendis to RG Sharma, 1 leg bye, legbreak, hits him in front of leg, so it has to be pitching outside leg, but Sri Lanka appeal and have been told no they are wrong

27.6

Mendis to Raina, 1 wide, full toss outside leg, beaten on the sweep. Called a wide

27.6

Mendis to Raina, 1 run, short legbreak, stays low, and is straight too. Well done by Raina to keep it out with the toe end of the bat

End of over 28 (5 runs) India 116/3 (RR: 4.14)
SK Raina    2* (4b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0
RG Sharma    47* (80b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-29-2

James: "Hemanth Tummala, given that a wicket has just fallen at the other end, I'd say this is an ideal time for Rohit to throw his wicket away. But I'm a big Ian Bell fan."

28.1

Herath to Raina, 1 run, Raina tries to throw his wicket now. Charges at him and lofts him towards deep midwicket. Lucky that it has bounced short

28.2

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, extra bounce on this offbreak, hits the high part of the defensive bat

28.3

Herath to RG Sharma, 1 run, down the wicket to reach the pitch of the ball and drive this to long-on

28.4

Herath to Raina, no run, flat, on a length, defended back to him

28.5

Herath to Raina, 1 run, shimmies down again, is beaten in the flight, plays the half-sweep to deep square for one

28.6

Herath to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length, Sharma is a little late on the cut, and is beaten

4.07pm Only seven minutes to go to resumption. Indian bowlers and fielders have been warming up. The weather is clear

3.45pm Okay we now hear that India have to keep Sri Lanka to 167 to qualify

3.40pm I have got good news. Play begins at 4.14pm. India's innings is over. Sri Lanka will get 26 overs to chase 178 in

3.05pm The next inspection is at 3.30pm

3pm Not raining now. To get Sri Lanka to bat 20 overs, I think we have to start by around 4.40pm

2.30pm Oh no. It is drizzling again. Covers are back on

2.15pm I am hearing the next inspection is at 3pm. I am just imagining a scenario here. If we have enough time for only 20 overs today, Sri Lanka's target will be 149. And if Sri Lanka get 29 overs to bat, their target will be 190

1.55pm The rain has stopped. Good news

1.15pm It's getting heavier and heavier

1.10pm Forget that inspection. The rain is back

12.50pm The rain has stopped. The groundstaff is working. Inspection at 2pm

12.15pm The rain is heavy accompanied with thunder and lightning. Some people are already suggesting we might need to go into tomorrow, but a lot of time to go before we make that call

Noon Nowhere near a resumption. it's still raining

11.39am Out of nowhere arrives a sharp shower. Players going off the field, and covers coming on. They have been caught unaware by the rain

End of over 29 (3 runs) India 119/3
RG Sharma    48* (83b 2x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-32-2
SK Raina    4* (7b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0
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India wrapped up the innings for 96 and took the bonus point, India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port-of-Spain, July 9, 2013

India wrapped up the innings for 96 and took the bonus point

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Dinesh Chandimal top scored for Sri Lanka with 26, India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port-of-Spain, July 9, 2013

Dinesh Chandimal top scored for Sri Lanka with 26

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