ICC World Cup - 20th match, Group B

India v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 69 runs

Hello and welcome to the big game: India v Sri Lanka. I am Sriram Veera, and along with Anand Vasu, shall bring you all the live action today. Srinivas Raju will be doing the scoring. This game doesn't require any hype, in fact, any more will kill it. So let's get on with the details.

Toss India choose to field.

Eight of the last nine decisive games between the two teams have been won by the team batting second. And the Murali factor. in 21 matches against India since 2000, he has taken 34 wickets at less than 19, while conceding just 3.75 per over. Do click here to read some interesting stats concerning the two teams.

Team changes Harbhajan Singh has replaced Anil Kumble. As Rahul Bhattacharya wrote, Kumble has been "historically ineffective against Sri Lanka - he concedes 51 runs per wicket against them and has failed to pick up a single wicket in his last four matches."

Also, in the game against Bermuda, he harassed the righ-hand batsmen but couldn't create as much problems for the left-handers. Maybe... that also figured in the decision.

There were also speculations going around that Irfan Pathan might replace Robin Uthappa and Sreesanth might come in for Agarkar but obviously they were just rumours.

Sri Lanka have made one change. Dilhara Fernando has replaced Maharoof.

Tom Moody : "It is not about India, as far as we are concerned. It's about Sri Lanka, and what we can take out of this game. It is the biggest game of the competition so far for Sri Lanka. We need to carry forward points to the next stage, and whether it is at the expense of India is not important."

Thanks, to all those who, joined our selector contest. Here are the two teams that you've picked:

INDIA: R Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Z Khan, MM Patel, AR Uthappa, AB Agarkar, V Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh

SRI LANKA: ST Jayasuriya, WPUJC Vaas, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, M Muralitharan, SL Malinga, WU Tharanga, MF Maharoof, TM Dilshan, MS Atapattu, LPC Silva

From S. Rajesh's stats piece: In Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka have, on current form, the best opening pair in the tournament. Their average opening stand is 53.40 in 27 innings, while Sri Lanka's average in their last 20 games is 49.

The Indian team went into a huddle and now they spread out. Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga walk in. All set. Drum rolls ...... here we go.

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, 1 wide, Zaheer starts off like how he did in the 2003 World Cup final! Wide down the leg side. Pressure!

Two slips in place.

0.1

Khan to Tharanga, no run, Gets this one right. Unlike in the 2003. In the temptation zone, just outside off stump, Tharanga leans forward, covers the off stump, and lets it go through to Dhoni

0.2

Khan to Tharanga, no run, And again.

0.3

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga gets off the mark with a square-drive down to the third man region.

0.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, Ah. Another one down the leg side. Jayasuriya turns back quickly to see whether Dhoni has got that one. He has.

0.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, 2 leg byes, Again swinging down the leg side. Clips the pad and rolls to the fine-leg region.

0.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, Movement is there but it is starting off from the wrong areas. Starts from middle, goes down legside, brushes the pad and another leg-bye

0.6

Khan to Tharanga, 4 leg byes, And again. This one proves expensive though. Runs off the pad and to the fine-leg boundary. 10 runs came in the first over. In 2003, Zaheer yielded 15 runs in the first over.

End of over 1 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
WU Tharanga    1* (4b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (2b)     

1.1

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, Huge shout for lbw. Agarkar jumps up and down like energiser bunny. The slips are in the air, so is the cover fielder. Full, landed on the middle and leg stump line, swung in, Jayasuriya is caught at the crease, has a waft across the line and is rapped on the pad. To the naked eye, it looked like it was going down the leg side, but hawk eye suggests it would have hit leg stump. Anyways...

1.2

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, Another shout but bit of wood this time. Jayasuriya stabs at a length-delivery on the middle and off stump line and gets a inside-edge on to the pad

1.3

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, jaffa! In the temptation zone, just outside off, Jayasuriya flirts and it's almost fatal. Just kisses past the outside edge. This has been some start from Agarkar.

1.4

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, leans forward, pushes a fullish delivery to cover

1.5

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, full and swinging down the leg side, Jayasuriya tries to to flick, misses and it runs off the pad. Another leg bye.

1.6

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, Full, outside off and Tharanga drives it to cover but Uthappa intercepts it smartly. Good probing over from Agarkar. Complete contrast to Zaheer's first over.

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
WU Tharanga    1* (5b)      AB Agarkar    1-1-0-0
ST Jayasuriya    0* (7b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0

2.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, Zaheer starts off this over with a beauty. Landed outside off stump, on a length, and bent back in, Jayasuriya leant forward and shouldered arms. The ball kept curving in and nearly went over the off stump

2.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Fuller, just outside off stump, Jayasuriya is quick to lean forward, opens the bat-face, runs it down to third man region

2.3

Khan to Tharanga, no run

2.4

Khan to Tharanga, 2 runs, full, straight, on the middle stump line but that's enough for Tharanga who stretches forward, whips it through midwicket

2.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, Takes this one away. Landed outside off and moved away, left alone

2.6

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, probing delivery in the corridor, Tharanga jabs at it, bat away from the body, gets a outside-edge that takes the ball, past the second slip and down to third man region

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
WU Tharanga    4* (9b)      Z Khan    2-0-7-0
ST Jayasuriya    1* (9b)      AB Agarkar    1-1-0-0

3.1

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 run, Another teasing delivery. Agarkar is looking good. Landed on the middle stump line and shaped away from Tharanga who is squared-up a touch, the ball runs of the outer edge through gully

3.2

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, The surprise bouncer arrives. Jayasuriya ducks under. Over the leg and middle stump line.

3.3

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, 1 run, leans forward, pushes a length-delivery on the off stump towards mid-off and sets off. Agarkar rushes across, has to run around Tharanga, picks the ball and flicks it back at non-striker's end without turning. Doesn't hit and anyways Jayasuriya was in.

3.4

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, In the channel that a batsman doesn't like, Tharanga shapes to poke but withdraws. Good cricket all round.

3.5

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, keeps changing things. This one is fuller, on the off and middle stump line and it curves back in. Tharanga arrests his front foot movement, pushes it out to the leg side.

3.6

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, beaten. The variations keep coming. This one leaves the batsman and he has a lame poke at it. Agarkar is buzzing, Zaheer is slowly finding his rhythm, wonder when Jayasuriya will start showing his fantastic skill. This is going to be a humdinger

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
WU Tharanga    5* (13b)      AB Agarkar    2-1-2-0
ST Jayasuriya    2* (11b)      Z Khan    2-0-7-0

4.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, drifting on to the pads, Jayasuriya fails to make use of it - would have usually whipped it past square-leg - and the ball thuds in to the pad

4.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, pitches on a length, outside off stump and straightens. Good delivery. Jayasuriya, however, is aware of the movement, just leans across and shoulders arms

4.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, First real drive from Jayasuriya. Not much timing. Fullish, outside off and he drives to left of Harbhajan at mid-off who makes a diving stop.

4.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, length-delivery on the off stump line, coming in with the angle, Jayasuriya shuffles across and defends to midwicket. Cat and mouse game continues.

4.5

Khan to Tharanga, no run, beaten. Lands on a length, outside off and cuts back in. Tharanga is doubled up as he pushes outside the line - anticipating the ball would either straighten or move away and is beaten.

4.6

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, Will retain the strike with a good old dab to third man

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
WU Tharanga    6* (15b)      Z Khan    3-0-9-0
ST Jayasuriya    3* (15b)      AB Agarkar    2-1-2-0

5.1

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, Screaming Agarkar. Calm Harper. Another shout for lbw. Landed on the leg stump line, moved down and Tharanga is struck on the pad while trying to defend. Turned down.

5.2

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, 1 wide

5.2

Agarkar to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, Jayasuriya, finally, gets one down to his favourite long-leg region. Not in his typical aerial way but along the ground. It was fullish, on the middle and leg stump line, Jayasuriya moves into the line and flicked it past square-leg

5.3

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, full, straight, on the off stump line, Tharanga eases forward, head over the ball and defends. Caution is the Sri Lankan mantra so far. The ball is moving around a touch and they don't want to lost a wicket

5.4

Agarkar to Tharanga, FOUR, ooh... just past Sehwag at second slip. This is the first four of the innings. In the channel outside off and moving away, Tharanga pushes at it, with an open-face of the bat, gets an outside edge and it flies past Sehwag.

5.5

Agarkar to Tharanga, FOUR, Thwack! First meaty blow of the day. Full, wide and Tharanga smokes it, in the air, over cover.

5.6

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, closer to the off stump as Agarkar tightens the line, pushed to point

End of over 6 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 32/0 (RR: 5.33)
WU Tharanga    14* (20b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    3-1-14-0
ST Jayasuriya    6* (16b)      Z Khan    3-0-9-0

6.1

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, Huge shout for lbw. Zaheer was screaming in hope and then in agony. Oh so close. Landed just outside off stump, cut back in and Jayasuriya is beaten by the pace and the movement ; pushes at it. The ball evades the bat and thuds into the pad in front of middle stump line. Aleem Dar suggests it was going down leg side. Hmm... there was no inside-edge. Hawkeye says it would have taken out middle. Drama continues. Tension ripping through the players.

6.2

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, Zaheer responds to that with a bouncer, Jayasuriya shapes to pull and doesn't get a touch

6.3

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run

6.4

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, full, on the off stump line, Jayasuriya is again beaten by the nip-backer and gets a inside-edge on to the pad. That saves him. Zaheer is homing in here.

6.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, 1 no ball

6.5

Khan to Jayasuriya, no run, Length-delivery on the stumps, Jayasuriya goes back to defend

6.6

Khan to Jayasuriya, OUT, Huge wicket. A nervous-looking Jayasuriya falls. Just how he went in the 1996 semi-final. Caught at wide third man. Prasad was the fielder then, Agarkar is the man now. Full and outside off and the Matara blaster couldn't resist a flash. He freed his arms, got a top-edge that went swirling to Agarkar at squarish third man, who held it. One down and what a big wicket.

ST Jayasuriya c Agarkar b Khan 6 (33m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 26.08

End of over 7 (1 run) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 4.71)
     Z Khan    4-0-10-1
WU Tharanga    14* (20b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    3-1-14-0

7.1

Agarkar to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, Another Agarkar shout. Going down leg side. Full, on the middle stump line, Jayawardene pushes his bat, way in front of the body, and the ball cuts in and thuds into the pad. It's all happening out there. Where is Bill Lawry?!

7.2

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, full, straight, on the middle stump line, Tharanga shuffles across, gets behind the line, turns it to square-leg

7.3

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 wide, Full and swinging down the leg side, Tharanga can't reach it, Dhoni can and a wide is called.

7.3

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, swing and a miss. Way outside off stump, full and tempting, Tharanga thrusts his front foot out and has a swing. No luck. Thin air. Almost a wide.

7.4

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 run, on the middle and leg, nicely clipped away past square-leg

7.5

Agarkar to Jayawardene, no run

7.6

Agarkar to Jayawardene, no run, Full and outside off, left alone.

And yes, wrt to Jaysuriya's wicket, as many of you have slapped me, I did mean semi-final, not the quarter-final. My bad.

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (RR: 4.50)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      AB Agarkar    4-1-16-0
WU Tharanga    15* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-0-10-1

8.1

Khan to Tharanga, 1 run, full-pitched on the middle stump line, coming in with the angle, driven through the line, towards mid-on where Dravid rushes across to his right to make a diving stop

8.2

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, beaten. Full and swinging away, Mahela, again, just fishes at it. A loose drive, with out moving his front foot and is beaten all hands up. He has to move that front foot, close to the line but that's how he plays when is new at the crease.

8.3

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, Further away from off and left alone

8.4

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, Beauty. Jaffa. Landed on the middle stump line, on a length and sucking Mahela into a loose drive before it left him. To be fair to Mahela, he had to play at it but again he ends up playing a touch too early. The bat is pushed way in front of the body.

8.5

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, well outside off stump, Jayawardene is not interested and a wide is called

8.5

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, Outside off, angling away, left alone

8.6

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, Zaheer continues to test Mahela in that zone. Resists the urge again. Good over.

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 38/1 (RR: 4.22)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (8b)      Z Khan    5-0-12-1
WU Tharanga    16* (24b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    4-1-16-0

9.1

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, on the stumps, on a length, pushed to the leg side

9.2

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, Full and outside off stump, left alone

9.3

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, almost driven straight to Agarkar at mid-off. Full in length, around off stump line and Jayawardene drives, in the air, but it falls just short of Agarkar

9.4

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, leans forward and nudges a length-delivery to third man

9.5

Patel to Tharanga, no run, Beaten outside off stump. Strangling line just outside off and Tharanga pushes at it, inside the line.

And another horror from me. I had mentioned Manjrekar instead of Prasad as the guy who took that catch in 1996.

9.6

Patel to Tharanga, FOUR, almost edged to Sehwag at second slip. Another length-delivery, just outside off stump, Tharanga shapes to cut and gets a edge. Flies past the second slip.

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 44/1 (RR: 4.40)
WU Tharanga    21* (27b 3x4)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (11b)      Z Khan    5-0-12-1

10.1

Khan to Jayawardene, no run

10.2

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to point

Powerplay taken at the start of the over

10.3

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, length-delivery on the off stump line, pushed to cover point

10.4

Khan to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela breaks free. Mahela charges and drives inside-out over cover. Zaheer saw him coming and pushed it wide but Mahela was good enough to adjust, reach out and drive it over the off side region

10.5

Khan to Jayawardene, no run, Zaheer's agony continues. Another one that teases the outside edge. Landed on a length, around off stump and shapes away, Jayawardene pushes at it, again the bat is away from the body and he is beaten.

10.6

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. He wanted to bring it back in but lost control at the release. The left shoulder came through in a an angle and it went down

10.6

Khan to Jayawardene, 1 run, tip and run. Pushed to the off side and they rush across for a quick single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 50/1 (RR: 4.54)
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (17b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-0-18-1
WU Tharanga    21* (27b 3x4)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0

11.1

Patel to Jayawardene, no run, In the corridor outside off, Mahela shapes to play but withdraws at the last minute. Wise decision.

11.2

Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the off stump line, Mahela moves towards the line, opens the bat-face, guides it to cover point

11.3

Patel to Tharanga, no run, shout for lbw but it was going down leg side. Full in length, on the leg stump line and moving down a touch, Tharanga thrusted his front foot across, then withdraws it and tries to tickle the ball to leg side but fails.

11.4

Patel to Tharanga, no run, Similar delivery but wood meets leather and the ball heads to square-eg

11.5

Patel to Tharanga, no run, Huge shout for a catch behind. Length-delivery that shaped away from Tharanga who has a nervous push at it. Replays are inconclusive. The ball, it appears, has just gone past the outside edge. Drama continues at Trinidad.

11.6

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, will pinch a single with dab to midwicket.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 52/1 (RR: 4.33)
WU Tharanga    22* (31b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (19b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-0-18-1

12.1

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, Lovely slower one. Teasing, tempting and it's in the right zone: Outside off stump. Tharanga was nearly decieved. Shapes to drive but pulls out from the stroke.

12.2

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, Lands on the middle stump line, faster, and it bends back in to thud into Tharanga's pad.

12.3

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 run, Agarkar takes this one away - round-armish action, the seam pointing towards the slips - and it moves away from the off stump line, pushed to cover point

12.4

Agarkar to Jayawardene, OUT, What an acrobatic effort from Dhoni. Is it his best ever? Fullish, down the legside - didn't deserve a wicket, try telling that to Agarkar, and Mahela flicked it. But it doesn't go off the meat of the bat as the bat-handle rotates and the bat-face shuts and it flies to left of Dhoni who goes airbourne, parallel to the ground and takes it with both hands. Stunning effort and Sri Lanka are under pressure. Two down now.

DPMD Jayawardene c †Dhoni b Agarkar 7 (27m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.00

12.5

Agarkar to Sangakkara, 1 run, A run out chance missed. Sanga goes back, pushes a length-delivery to right of Uthappa at cover who swoops on to it and has a shy at the non-striker's end. Had it hit, he would have been a goner.

12.6

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 54/2 (RR: 4.15)
WU Tharanga    23* (35b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    5-1-18-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (1b)      MM Patel    2-0-8-0

13.1

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, The crowd are getting into this. There is a definite buzz. Munaf runs in, hurls one in the channel outside off, Sangakkara lets that one go through to Dhoni

13.2

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to cover

13.3

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, another length-delivery, on the off and middle stump line, Sangakkara gets behind the line, works it to midwicket.

13.4

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, 129.7 kmph delivery slanting away from Sangakkara who covers the off stump line and shoulders arms.

13.5

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, full, straight, on the leg and middle stump line, Sangakkara is cautious, just turns it to midwicket. In other days, he would have gone more squarish.

13.6

Patel to Sangakkara, FOUR, Fab shot. That was smoked. Half-volley outside off and Sangakkara goes on a bent knee and proposes. Er ... disposes it through the covers. Eye-catching stroke. Sri Lanka need him to score today.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 58/2 (RR: 4.14)
KC Sangakkara    5* (7b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-12-0
WU Tharanga    23* (35b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    5-1-18-1

14.1

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 wide, down the leg side, Tharanga is desperate to get a touch, misses and Dhoni gathers.

14.1

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 run, full, wide - bit of rubbish and Tharanga cuts it down to wide third man. Again the effort was to push it across but the action went more rounder than he intended, the right shoulder fell a bit early in the action

14.2

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, length-delivery on the off stump, pushed to cover

14.3

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, slower one, 110.1 kmph, delivered as a offbreak, on the middle and leg stump line, Sangakkara spots it and defends.

14.4

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, rushes through the channel outside off, Sangakkara shuffles across and leaves it safely to Dhoni. Camera pans to Sri Lankan dressing room. Moody is seen masaging his neck. Hmm... Tension.... Can I get a masseur please.

14.5

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run

14.6

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, On the off stump line, goes on straight, pushed to cover.

Over to Anand Vasu. Take it away boss!

14.6

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, On the off stump line, goes on straight, pushed to cover.

Over to Anand Vasu. Take it away boss!

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 60/2 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    5* (12b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    6-1-20-1
WU Tharanga    24* (36b 3x4)      MM Patel    3-0-12-0

Thank you Sriram. This is Anand Vasu, and I'll be calling the game for you for the next 15 overs.

The third power play is being taken. It's Munaf Patel to continue.

15.1

Patel to Tharanga, FOUR, just short of a driving length, outside the off stump, just too much width on that ball and Thjaranga has no trouble walking across his stumps and carting that one through cover for a boundary. Not the place to bowl to tharanga

15.2

Patel to Tharanga, no run, back of a length and on the off, once again Tharanga gets nicely behind the line of the ball and punches, but this time it is straight to the man at mid off

15.3

Patel to Tharanga, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, this one slants away from the bat and is left well alone to the keeper

15.4

Patel to Tharanga, 2 runs, a bit too full and a touch straight too, Tharanga hits this one with a straight bat back past the bowler, it won't go all the way, Dinesh Karthik gives chase and fields

15.5

Patel to Tharanga, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, left well alone to the keeper

15.6

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, just back of a driving length and a touch outside the off stump, this one is too close for the cut but Tharanga plays the shot anyway, the ball goes off a thick inside edge and just misses the stumps. Dhoni dives well to his left and fields that. Could easily have run away to the fence

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2 (RR: 4.18)
WU Tharanga    31* (42b 4x4)      MM Patel    4-0-19-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (12b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    6-1-20-1

16.1

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish and on the off, this one swings in late, good shape from Agarkar here and Tharanga is drawn into the shot, thick inside edge and the ball runs away towards square-leg and the batsmen can pick up a single

16.2

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, full and very straight, Agarkar is on the ball here, defended away watchfully with a bit of a turn of the wrists, no chance of a run

16.3

Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, this one is the ball that slants away from the left-handed batsman, punched well but not past the man at cover

16.4

Agarkar to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, punched well towards the off side, Harbhajan dives and half stops the ball but somehow lets it go through and the batsmen can pinch a single

16.5

Agarkar to Tharanga, no run, short one banged in for a change, good variation from Agarkar. Tharanga watches the ball carefully and ducks under it. The ball carries through nicely to Dhoni behind the stumps

16.6

Agarkar to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, played away with an angled bat, that was a touch slower, probably the off-cutter

End of over 17 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 70/2 (RR: 4.11)
WU Tharanga    33* (45b 4x4)      AB Agarkar    7-1-23-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (15b 1x4)      MM Patel    4-0-19-0

17.1

Patel to Tharanga, no run, just short of a good length and outside the off, probing line and length, played at and missed, through to the keeper

17.2

Patel to Tharanga, no run, another one back of a length and outside the off, this time it is left well alone to the keeper

17.3

Patel to Tharanga, no run, short of a length and outside the off once more, Munaf consistently bowling a good line and length, again Tharanga cuts and again it's the thick inside edge. The ball goes past the stumps and Dhoni dives and fields

17.4

Patel to Tharanga, no run, short of a length and outside the off, this one slants away from the bat, Tharanga feels for it and misses, through to the keeper

17.5

Patel to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, short of a length and a bit too straight, this one is drifting down the leg side, played at and missed, off the pad to the on side for a leg bye

17.6

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, full and outside the off, left well alone to the keeper. End of a really good over from Munaf. He's been nagging away outside the off stump and it's probably only a matter of time before Tharanga takes the bait

End of over 18 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 71/2 (RR: 3.94)
KC Sangakkara    6* (16b 1x4)      MM Patel    5-1-19-0
WU Tharanga    33* (50b 4x4)      AB Agarkar    7-1-23-1

The first sign of spin. Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. How will he bowl today? Will it be the flat, restrictive stuff or will he attack and try to pick up wickets?

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, flat, fairly quick, on the middle and leg, a bit of turn, defended away to the on side

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up just a touch more, on the stumps, just a hint of turn, defended watchfully back down the pitch

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, a bit full and on the pads, clipped away just wide of mid-on for a single

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, flatter, pushed through a bit quicker through the air, not much turn at all there, defended back down the pitch with a straight bat

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, Shot! Tharanga goes for it and gets away with it. He comes down the pitch and thumps that one over mid-on. Agarkar jumps up but can't get a hand to that

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, worked away to the leg side

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 77/2 (RR: 4.05)
KC Sangakkara    11* (19b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    34* (53b 4x4)      MM Patel    5-1-19-0

19.1

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length and outside the off, driven on the up but all along the ground - Sangakkara does that really well, getting nicely on top of the ball - straight to cover, though

19.2

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, and again! Munaf beats the outside edge with one outside the off and a touch short of a driving length, Sangakkara plays a forcing shot and misses

19.3

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, this one is dragged down shorter and a bit wider too, Sangakkara's eyes light up and he goes hard at the cut shot but makes no contact

19.4

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, better ball, this one pitches just outside the off and comes in a touch, left caretully alone to the keeper

19.5

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, this one angles away a bit and is watched carefully and left alone

19.6

Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off, played down to the off side with soft hands. The batsmen pinch a single to end the over

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 78/2 (RR: 3.90)
KC Sangakkara    12* (25b 2x4)      MM Patel    6-1-20-0
WU Tharanga    34* (53b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-6-0

Sri Lanka are setting up a nice platform here. Sangakkara and Tharanga have quietly built a bit of a partnership and the Indians must just be worried a touch.

20.1

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tossed up and outside the off, teasing flight there, eased away through cover towards long-off where Sourav Ganguly fields as the batsmen get two

20.2

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run

20.3

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up once again and outside the off, Harbhajan comes round the stumps, chopped away through point for a single

20.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length and down the leg side, this one spins a bit, worked away to the leg side

20.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up and outside the off stump, defended carefully. Harbhajan has reverted to over the stumps and fairly flat stuff

20.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, fullish and on the off, driven to cover

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 82/2 (RR: 3.90)
KC Sangakkara    15* (30b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-10-0
WU Tharanga    35* (54b 4x4)      MM Patel    6-1-20-0

Sourav Ganguly comes into the attack now. That's an interesting decision by Rahul Dravid. Ganguly takes a moment to get his field just right.

21.1

Ganguly to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a length and just outside the off, Tharanga stands tall and chops that hard past Yuvraj Singh at point. No chance for the fielder in the deep and that's not a good start from Ganguly

21.2

Ganguly to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, defended watchfully

21.3

Ganguly to Tharanga, no run, floater just outside the off, the batsman is drawn into the stroke and misses, through to the keeper

21.4

Ganguly to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads and quite full, tucked away through square-leg

21.5

Ganguly to Sangakkara, no run, full and just outside the off, driven nicely but straight to the fielder at cover

21.6

Ganguly to Sangakkara, 1 wide, down the leg side, flick played and missed, wide called. This is a bit of an untidy start from Sourav Ganguly.

21.6

Ganguly to Sangakkara, no run, fullish and on the stumps, defended away to the on side with an angled bat

End of over 22 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 88/2 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    15* (32b 2x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    40* (58b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-10-0

22.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up and on the pads, a touch of spin, defended to the off side with bat and pad held close together

22.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, flat and on the stumps, played at and missed, rapped on the pad, appeal for lbw but that pitched outside leg

22.3

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 2 runs, eased to long-off for a couple

22.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, flat and outside the off, angling away from the left-handed batsman, eased past point for a single

22.5

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, flat and on the stumps, defended to the leg side

22.6

Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, eased to cover to end the over

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2 (RR: 3.95)
KC Sangakkara    15* (34b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    43* (62b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-6-0

Stat from HR Gopalakrishna: Before this match Ganguly has bowled 12 times in 20 World Cup matches and taken 9 wickets. His best is 3 for 27 v England in 1999 in Birmingham

23.1

Ganguly to Tharanga, no run, full and on the stumps, driven to cover

23.2

Ganguly to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length and on the pads, clipped away to the on side

23.3

Ganguly to Sangakkara, OUT, Ganguly gets the breakthrough! Inspired captaincy to bring Ganguly into the attack? Sangakkara goes after one that is pitched just short of a driving length and tries to whack it over long-on. The timing is good but perhaps too good, the ball floats across and seems to hang in the air for a fair bit before Munaf Patel runs a few yards to his right and takes a good catch

KC Sangakkara c Patel b Ganguly 15 (50m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

That is a huge, huge wicket for India. The partnership was building and Sangakkara was a serious threat.

23.4

Ganguly to Silva, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, just a hint of away movement, left alone to the keeper

23.5

Ganguly to Silva, 1 run, fuller and on the off stump, Chamara Silva punches this nicely to long-off to get off the mark

23.6

Ganguly to Tharanga, no run, full and outside the off stump, left alone to the keeper, end of a successful over from Ganguly

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 93/3 (RR: 3.87)
WU Tharanga    44* (65b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-8-1
LPC Silva    1* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-13-0

24.1

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, well flighted and outside the off, a hint of turn, easily played through point for a single

24.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up and outside the off, eased away past the infield towards long-off

24.3

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, flat and on the off stump, restrictive but not particularly threatening, Chamara Silva walks across his stumps and flicks to on

24.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, tossed up, given a rip, that one takes off from nowhere! past the edge. There is a bit of assistance for the spinner if you're willing to toss the ball up a bit and give it a rip

24.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run

24.6

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, fuller and outside the off, this is the one that goes straight on. Played and missed, through to the keeper

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 97/3 (RR: 3.88)
LPC Silva    3* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0
WU Tharanga    46* (68b 5x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-8-1

25.1

Ganguly to Tharanga, FOUR, fullish and outside the off, Tharanga slashes and slashes hard, the ball beats point and races towards the fence. Dinesh Karthik dives full length and gets a hand to the ball but cannot stop it.

25.2

Ganguly to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller and a touch too straight, clipped off the pads to the on side for a single

25.3

Ganguly to Silva, 2 runs, too full and a touch too straightt, easily stroked away through midwicket for a single

25.4

Ganguly to Silva, 1 run, fullish and outside the off stump, driven at, thick edge goes down to third-man

25.5

Ganguly to Tharanga, 1 run, fullish and outside the off, worked away just wide of cover for a single

25.6

Ganguly to Silva, no run, full and on the stumps, clipped to the on side

End of over 26 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 106/3 (RR: 4.07)
LPC Silva    6* (8b)      SC Ganguly    3-0-17-1
WU Tharanga    52* (71b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-17-0

Munaf Patel comes back into the attack.

26.1

Patel to Tharanga, no run, fullish and outside the off stump, Tharanga shoulders arms and leaves that one well alone to the keeper

26.2

Patel to Tharanga, 2 runs, fulliish and outside the off, Tharanga strokes that well through cover. Ganguly has to run around a fair bit and dive to save that one but he does so

26.3

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length and outside the off stump, chopped hard down past the man at slip for a single

26.4

Patel to Silva, 1 run, short of a good length and on the pads, played down to the on side.

26.5

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, Tharanga drops the ball to his feet and takes a single

26.6

Patel to Silva, no run, eased away through point for a single to end the over

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 111/3 (RR: 4.11)
LPC Silva    7* (10b)      MM Patel    7-1-25-0
WU Tharanga    56* (75b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    3-0-17-1

27.1

Ganguly to Tharanga, no run, full and outside the off, eased to cover with an angled bat

27.2

Ganguly to Tharanga, 1 run, full and on the off, played down towards mid-off. The batsmen hare off for a single. Harbhajan fields and throws but can't score a direct hit

27.3

Ganguly to Silva, no run, full and outside the off, Chamara Silva opens the face of the bat a touch and knocks the ball away towards cover

27.4

Ganguly to Silva, FOUR, full, outside the off, Silva is tempted into driving and can only manage a thick edge. There's no-one at slip and the ball bounds down towards the third-man fence. Zaheer Khan dives and gets a hand to it but can't hold onto the ball

27.5

Ganguly to Silva, no run, overpitched and on the stumps, punched to cover

27.6

Ganguly to Silva, no run, floated a bit wider and pushed through a bit full, left well alone to the keeper

End of over 28 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 116/3 (RR: 4.14)
LPC Silva    11* (14b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    4-0-22-1
WU Tharanga    57* (77b 6x4)      MM Patel    7-1-25-0

28.1

Patel to Tharanga, no run, short off a good length and on the off, punched off the back foot towards point

28.2

Patel to Tharanga, no run, short of a length and outside the off, chopped hard but down to point

28.3

Patel to Tharanga, 1 run, another one tucked away into the gap for an easy single

28.4

Patel to Silva, no run, great ball! this one pitches just outside the off and shapes away really late. A bit of extra bounce as well. Played and missed, lucky not to edge, through to the keeper

28.5

Patel to Silva, no run, very full and on the stumps, defended back down the pitch

28.6

Patel to Silva, no run, another good ball, on the off, coming in a touch, defended with bat held close to pad, end of a tidy over from Munaf

End of over 29 (1 run) Sri Lanka 117/3 (RR: 4.03)
LPC Silva    11* (17b 1x4)      MM Patel    8-1-26-0
WU Tharanga    58* (80b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    4-0-22-1

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 wide, far down the leg side, easily left alone, wide called

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up a touch more and on the stumps, spinning a touch, eased to cover for a single

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, flat and on the off, it's the doosra, defended watchfully to the off side with a straight bat

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 2 runs, down the leg side, tickled away fine for a couple, Robin Uthappa fields

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, flat and fast, on the off, defended

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 2 runs, tossed up and on the stumps, swept hard, Munaf runs around on the boundary and fields

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run

End of over 30 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 124/3 (RR: 4.13)
LPC Silva    16* (22b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-24-0
WU Tharanga    59* (81b 6x4)      MM Patel    8-1-26-0

Over to Sriram Veera now for the next ten overs.

Thanks Anand. Tendulkar is brought on to bowl.

30.1

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven to sweeper cover

Over to Sriram Veera now for the next ten overs.

30.1

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run

30.2

Tendulkar to Tharanga, 1 wide, seam-up, full and drifting down leg side, hint of swing and a wide is called

30.2

Tendulkar to Tharanga, no run, leans forward to a delivery on the middle and off stump and pushes it out to cover. Camera pans to few girls in the crowd. Sacheeen Sacheeen they scream!

30.3

Tendulkar to Tharanga, 1 run

30.4

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, bit of drift in, full and on the middle stump line, defended back down the track

30.5

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 no ball, lovely swing away. Seam-up, it went towards off stump before shaping further away and Silva is beaten in the forward prod

30.5

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, And again. It is curving away nicely for Tendulkar. He is bowling seam-up stuff, not legbreaks.

30.6

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, lands on the off stump line, moved away a touch, pushed to cover

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 128/3 (RR: 4.12)
LPC Silva    17* (27b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-4-0
WU Tharanga    60* (83b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-24-0

31.1

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, on the off stump line, turns away a touch, pushed to backward point

31.2

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, floated up on the middle stump line, slightly short in length, paddled away behind square-leg

31.3

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, nicely flighted on the off stump line, turns in, Silva works it to Tendulkar at short fine leg and rushes across for a quick single. Tendulkar has a shy at non-striker's end but Silva makes it

31.4

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, no run, leans forward to smother the spin

31.5

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 2 runs, flighted delivery outsisde legstump and nicely tickled away fine. Tendulkar sets off after it, picks it up near the ropes and fires in an throw. They run only two, should have had three easily. Hmm....

31.6

Harbhajan Singh to Tharanga, 1 run, again on the middle and leg stump line and swept away to long leg for a single. 250 should be a good score on this track. This match is going to be maha interesting

End of over 32 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 133/3 (RR: 4.15)
WU Tharanga    64* (88b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-29-0
LPC Silva    18* (28b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-4-0

32.1

Tendulkar to Tharanga, no run, drifting to the leg side ,short in length, attempts to pull and it brushes the pad and Dhoni gathers

32.2

Tendulkar to Tharanga, OUT, Tendulkar takes out the well-set Tharanga. Full in length, lands on the middle stump line and shapes down. Tharanga is walking all over the crease and tries to dab it to the on side, fails and is hit in front of leg and middle. Would have hit leg. Tendulkar is getting some movement there. In the previous over, it was in the air and now, it is off the track.

WU Tharanga lbw b Tendulkar 64 (154m 90b 6x4 0x6) SR: 71.11

32.3

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, Slightly short in length and outside off stump, cut away to point where Yuvraj mis-fields and yields a single

32.4

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, leg-cutter that moved away from the off stump line and Silva waits for the movement, opens the bat-face and runs it down to third man region. Well bowled and very well played.

32.5

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, again a touch short to Dilshan and he cuts it to deep point

32.6

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, produces the mistake but the edge takes the ball down to third man. After moving off the pitch earlier in the over, he makes this one swing in the air. Full and swinging and Silva is sucked into a loose drive.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 137/4 (RR: 4.15)
LPC Silva    20* (30b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-8-1
TM Dilshan    2* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-29-0

33.1

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, tossed-up, outside off stump, turns in and defended on the front foot

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 wide, lands outside off stump and spins down leg side. Muralitharan must be licking his fingers. Wide called.

33.2

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 3 runs, Again some sharp albeit slow turn. Silva backs away and cuts a delivery from the middle stump line, through cover. Silva is a fine batsman. Saw his century in New Zealand? Fine stroke player.

33.3

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run

33.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, well flighted, above the eye-level, on the middle stump line, Dilshan waits for the dip, drives to long off

33.5

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, tossed-up, outside off and Silva sweeps it to deep backward square-leg

33.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, doosra on the off stump line, slightly short in length and cut to sweeper cover

End of over 34 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 144/4 (RR: 4.23)
TM Dilshan    4* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-36-0
LPC Silva    24* (33b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-8-1

34.1

Tendulkar to Dilshan, no run, from close to the stumps, Tendulkar hurls one full and swinging on the middle stump line, pushed to cover

34.2

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly slower, on the off stump line, nudged close on the off side, towards cover point, for a single

There is a short third man, backward point and extra cover in place

34.3

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, appeal for lbw but it was swinging outside off stump. Full-pitched and outside off, Silva tries to sweep and misses.

34.4

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, full, straight, on the middle stump line, keeps a touch low, Silva drops it close on the off side and they take a very quick single.

34.5

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length, outside off stump and Dilshan pulls it - doesn't time it well, to deep midwicket

34.6

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, some in-swing there. But starts too early in the trajectory and lands slightly short in length and the batsman gets good time to see it and jabs it away to the off side

HR Gopalakrishna: Tendulkar needs one more wicket for his 150. If he gets there, he will be the only cricketer in ODIs to score 10,000 runs, to pouch 100 catches and take 150 wickets.

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 147/4 (RR: 4.20)
LPC Silva    25* (36b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    3-0-11-1
TM Dilshan    6* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-36-0

35.1

Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, full and wide outside off stump, has a flash but can't reach it.

35.1

Khan to Dilshan, FOUR, Short in length, outside off stump, and Dilshan leaps at it and cuts it past backward point. He will keep playing his strokes. Always attractive to watch.

35.2

Khan to Dilshan, no run

35.3

Khan to Dilshan, no run, goes for a yorker but it swings outside the off stump, Dilshan tries to jab it away but misses.

35.4

Khan to Dilshan, no run, length-delivery, around the off stump, Dilshan goes back, punches it to the off side, wants a run but is sent back.

35.5

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length and slanting away from Dilshan who adjusts nicely to the length, opens the bat-face and dabs it down to third man

35.6

Khan to Silva, FOUR, lemon cut! Full in length and in the channel, Silva lunges at it to defend, the bat comes down in an angle and he gets an inside-edge which takes the ball past the stumps and to the fine-leg boundary.

End of over 36 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 157/4 (RR: 4.36)
LPC Silva    29* (37b 2x4)      Z Khan    7-0-28-1
TM Dilshan    11* (13b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    3-0-11-1

36.1

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, full in length, outside the off stump and Dilshan punches it through the line, to long-off

36.2

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, full, straight, on the middle stump line, dabbed to square-leg and Dhoni sets off in pursuit. Even produces a sliding stop.

36.3

Tendulkar to Dilshan, no run, beaten. Whenever he has bowled it full, he has got swing. Full and it curves away from off stump and Dilshan is beaten while trying to drive.

36.4

Tendulkar to Dilshan, no run

36.5

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 2 runs, full and outside off, Dilshan drives, loosely, bat away from the body and gets a single past point.

36.6

Tendulkar to Dilshan, no run, leg cutter, around the off stump, Dilshan tries to punch it through the line but is a touch early into the stroke and gets a inside-edge which takes the ball down the track.

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 161/4 (RR: 4.35)
TM Dilshan    14* (18b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    4-0-15-1
LPC Silva    30* (38b 2x4)      Z Khan    7-0-28-1

37.1

Khan to Silva, FOUR, Another lemon-cut. Length-delivery, around the off stump, Silva pushes hard at it, bat away from the body, and gets the inside-edge down to fine leg

37.2

Khan to Silva, 1 run, on the middle and off stump, nudged to behind square-leg for a single

Alphonse Mathew: even jayasuriya has 150 wickets,100 catches n 10000 runs.... if sachin scores 15000 then he will be the first man to do so............

Yep. That's right, says HRG. Ah. Tendulkar will be the second batsman.

37.3

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length and outside off, cut past point

37.4

Khan to Silva, 1 run, hits the deck short of length, it rises almost chest-high, outside off stump, Silva hops back, pushes his bat out at the delivery, dabs it on the off side and they will take the single

37.5

Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, another quick single. This is intelligent cricket. Length-delivery on the off and middle stump line, pushed to the off side and by the time Zaheer gets across they have made the dash.

37.6

Khan to Silva, 1 run, from round the wickets, short in length, angling in at the body, Silva takes the bottom-hand out of the handle, stabs at it and will get a single as it runs behind square-leg

End of over 38 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 170/4 (RR: 4.47)
LPC Silva    37* (42b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-0-37-1
TM Dilshan    16* (20b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    4-0-15-1

38.1

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, on a length,, hint of movement in the air, outside off and Silva leans back, dabs it to point

38.2

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, full and swinging away, and Silva sweeps it from there, to deep square-leg.

38.3

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, around off stump, slightly short in length, Dilshan knives it through the line, down to Uthappa at long on. Sensible cricket. Keep getting the singles. 39 off 36 balls.

38.4

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, beaten trying to run down a fullish delivery to third man

38.5

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, in swing this time. This man can bowl everything. The swing starts a touch early in the trajectory though and the batsman sees it and defends

38.6

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, bit of width outside off stump and driven to sweeper cover

End of over 39 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 173/4 (RR: 4.43)
LPC Silva    39* (47b 3x4)      SR Tendulkar    5-0-18-1
TM Dilshan    17* (21b 1x4)      Z Khan    8-0-37-1

Harbhajan Singh comes on. He has three overs left.

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, on the middle stump, it turns down and Silva goes back, turns it to square-leg for yet another single.

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, lands outside off stump, on a length and straightens, Dilshan backs away and cuts it to deep point

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, appeal for lbw. Fullish, lands on the middle stump line and turns, Silva attempts to sweep and is rapped on the pads. It appeared as if it would have hit leg but umpire Harper felt it would have spun down leg side.

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 2 runs, another nudge, another single, this time to behind square-leg

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, on the middle stump line, driven to long on

End of over 40 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 179/4 (RR: 4.47)
TM Dilshan    21* (24b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-42-0
LPC Silva    41* (50b 3x4)      SR Tendulkar    5-0-18-1

Dilshan and Silva are going on along very nicely. Good , sensible cricket.

40.1

Tendulkar to Dilshan, no run, on the middle stump line, driven back to the bowler

40.2

Tendulkar to Dilshan, no run, slightly short, outside off, cut to Yuvraj at point

40.3

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish, on the off stump line, Dilshan goes down on his knee and laps it around the corner. Very nicely paddled away.

40.4

Tendulkar to Silva, FOUR, Wow! Suddenly, against the run of play, he charges down the track, the ball was swinging away but he has it covered and swings it to widish long on to bring up the fifty partnership. Very well played gentlemen and Sri Lanka inch towards a very competitive total

40.5

Tendulkar to Silva, no run

40.6

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, full and outside off, another attempt to sweep but doesn't make contact and is rapped on the pad.

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 184/4 (RR: 4.48)
LPC Silva    45* (53b 4x4)      SR Tendulkar    6-0-23-1
TM Dilshan    22* (27b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-42-0

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, no run, faster and flatter, on the off stump line, turns in , Dilshan tries to turn it to leg side, gets an inside-edge and it rolls over to the leg side

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish, swept away to Agarkar at deep midwicket

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, reverse sweep attempted. No wood on leather though. It spins down the leg side and Dhoni fails to gather. Silva's back foot was on the line as he went for the sweep. Could have been interesting had Dhoni gathered but one suspects that Silva would have dragged it back in time

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, no run, fuller and on the middle stump line, driven back to the bowler

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, leans forward, pushes a fullish delivery past point

End of over 42 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 187/4 (RR: 4.45)
TM Dilshan    24* (30b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-45-0
LPC Silva    46* (56b 4x4)      SR Tendulkar    6-0-23-1

Srinivas Raju, our scorer, is gushing about the partnership. 54 in 58 balls, without much risk. Yep. They have really gone about it with a cool head.

42.1

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg stump line, driven to long-on

42.2

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, low full-toss on the off stump, Silva paddles it to short fine leg where Munaf makes a half-stop

42.3

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, gentle seam-up, on the middle stump line, driven to long-on

42.4

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, slower one and he deceives the batsman. Silva is too early into his offdrive and gets a outside edge through backward point

42.5

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run

42.6

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, in-swinger to Silva who goes back and square-drives it to deep cover

End of over 43 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 193/4 (RR: 4.48)
LPC Silva    49* (59b 4x4)      SR Tendulkar    7-0-29-1
TM Dilshan    27* (33b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-45-0

Dravid is deep consultation with Harbhajan Singh. All set. Here we go, Silva is on 49.

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, He will get his third consecutive fifty in this World Cup and his fourth ODI fifty in a row. Reaches it with a drive to long-on. Very well played sir. What a find he has been for Sri Lanka

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 2 runs, Tossed-up , outside off, Silva is beaten in the flight but gets a edge through the vacant slip region.

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 wide, shapes to reverse-sweep and Harbhajan fires it down the leg side. Wide called.

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, will get a single with a nudge to square-leg

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, 200 comes up with a drive to long-on. Dilshan charges out, Harbhajan fires it in the blockhole and is jabbed away

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Silva, 1 run, outside off stump and square-drive to deep cover

End of over 44 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 201/4 (RR: 4.56)
LPC Silva    54* (63b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-53-0
TM Dilshan    29* (35b 1x4)      SR Tendulkar    7-0-29-1

44.1

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 wide, way outside the off stump. Aleem Dar extends his arms.

44.1

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, inswinger. Full in length, on the middle stump line - that one came in from well outside off. driven to Dravid at midwicket

44.2

Tendulkar to Silva, 1 run, takes this one away and slashed down to third man. Tendulkar screams catch but it falls well short

44.3

Tendulkar to Dilshan, FOUR, Super strike by Dilshan. Full and on the off and middle stump line, Dilshan takes out his left leg from the line and swings it over midwicket. The big strokes are coming out now.

44.4

Tendulkar to Dilshan, 1 run, outside off stump and driven to sweeper cover

44.5

Tendulkar to Silva, FOUR, Full and on the middle and leg, Silva sweeps it fine. Very fine. Past the short-fine leg fielder. 11 runs have come so far in the over. Very profitable for Sri Lanka.

44.6

Tendulkar to Silva, no run, Silva gets greedy. He goes for another sweep shot to a delivery outside off but misses

End of over 45 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 212/4 (RR: 4.71)
LPC Silva    59* (67b 5x4)      SR Tendulkar    8-0-40-1
TM Dilshan    34* (37b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-53-0

45.1

Patel to Dilshan, no run, fullish, on the off stump line, Dilshan, again, takes out the left leg outside the line and whacks it straight to Dravid at cover.

45.2

Patel to Dilshan, FOUR, Fab stroke. Low full-toss on the off and middle stump line, Dilshan goes inside-out, through extra cover. Very well placed.

45.3

Patel to Dilshan, no run, full-pitched, outside off stump, Dilshan goes for a square-drive but makes no contact. Dhoni and Munaf appeal, no edge though.

45.4

Patel to Dilshan, OUT, produces the nick this time. Dilshan's lovely cameo comes to an end. Length-delivery outside off stump and Dilshan tries to drill it on the up but ends up nicking to Dhoni. Sri Lanka are on 216 for 5.

TM Dilshan c †Dhoni b Patel 38 (53m 41b 3x4 0x6) SR: 92.68

Russel Arnold is in. Strike rate: 72.4

45.5

Patel to Arnold, no run, hits the deck short of length, on the off stump line, punched to left of Yuvraj who makes a diving stop. Arnold is down the track, halts after the Yuvraj dive and retreats

45.6

Patel to Arnold, no run, Similar delivery, similar stroke and similar result.

End of over 46 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 216/5 (RR: 4.69)
RP Arnold    0* (2b)      MM Patel    9-1-30-1
LPC Silva    59* (67b 5x4)      SR Tendulkar    8-0-40-1

46.1

Khan to Silva, OUT, now Silva falls. Just like Dilshan did, he also walks without waiting for the umpire's call. Zaheer gets him with a slower one. An off cutter. Full and outside off and Silva is through with his off drive a touch too early. Gets a nick which is swallowed by Dhoni. Two new batsmen at the crease.

LPC Silva c †Dhoni b Khan 59 (99m 68b 5x4 0x6) SR: 86.76

46.2

Khan to Vaas, FOUR, Another edge but no slip and it flies through for a boundary. Full in length, on the off and middle stump line and it shapes away. Vaas has a push at it and gets the edge. Now the slip moves in.

46.3

Khan to Vaas, no run, homing in on the off stump, pushed to cover region.

46.4

Khan to Vaas, no run, yorker, ends up as a low full-toss on the off and middle stump line, driven to mid-off

46.5

Khan to Vaas, 1 run, another edge but this time to third man. It was a touch wider and Vaas has a flash and ends up running it down to Agarkar.

46.6

Khan to Arnold, 1 run, short in length, around off stump, Arnold stands up tall, works it to square-leg for a single. Three overs left.

End of over 47 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 222/6 (RR: 4.72)
RP Arnold    1* (3b)      Z Khan    9-0-43-2
WPUJC Vaas    5* (4b 1x4)      MM Patel    9-1-30-1

47.1

Patel to Arnold, no run, around the off stump line, full in length, driven back to the bowler

47.2

Patel to Arnold, FOUR, Whack! half-volley outside off stump and drilled through extra cover. Arnold is the finisher for Sri Lanka and he is chipping in today.

Dravid is cramped up.He is down on the ground. TV thinks it's a nice idea to go for ad breaks. This part of the cramps was brought to you by ....... Just kidding. They need their commercials. Else, there won't be any live coverage.

47.3

Patel to Arnold, 1 run, leans forward, drives to deep cover

47.4

Patel to Vaas, SIX, Boom! Vaas goes down town. Full-pitched on the off stump and he simply knifed through the line. Up ... up and over long-off.

47.5

Patel to Vaas, 1 run, Another attempted lofted shot, the bat-handle rotates a touch and he ends up slicing it to left of Dravid at long-off.

47.6

Patel to Arnold, FOUR, Goes for a slower one but Arnold spots it, reaches out to the fullish delivery outside off and smokes it through extra cover. The floodgates have opened. 26 runs have come in the last three overs as Sri Lanka charge towards a 250+ score.

End of over 48 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 238/6 (RR: 4.95)
RP Arnold    10* (7b 2x4)      MM Patel    10-1-46-1
WPUJC Vaas    12* (6b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    9-0-43-2

48.1

Khan to Vaas, 1 run, Fullish on the middle and leg stump line, driven to mid-on

48.2

Khan to Arnold, 1 run, attempted yorker turns into low full-toss on the middle stump line, Arnold shuffles across, works it past square-leg

48.3

Khan to Vaas, 1 run, banged in short, it climbs shoulder-high outside off stump, Vaas adjusts, pulls but doesn't get much behind it and it rolls over to mid-on and he rushes across for a single

48.4

Khan to Arnold, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, nicely clipped away behind square and very well placed. He will come back for two. Didn't hit that hard, just placed it behind square.

48.5

Khan to Arnold, 1 run, yorker on the off stump line, shapes in the air, dabbed to midwicket for a single

48.6

Khan to Vaas, no run, he goes for another yorker, almost at the blochole, on the middle stump line, stabbed away and Zaheer dives to his right to make the stop. Final over coming up.

End of over 49 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 244/6 (RR: 4.97)
WPUJC Vaas    14* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-0-49-2
RP Arnold    14* (10b 2x4)      MM Patel    10-1-46-1

49.1

Agarkar to Arnold, FOUR, gift-wraps a four. Full and down the leg side, flicked away past short fine leg. Now the fine leg goes back, long-off comes inside the circle.

49.2

Agarkar to Arnold, 1 run, low full toss , on the legs, flicked away to Ganguly at deep square-leg. Arnold would feel he missed an opportunity there.

49.3

Agarkar to Vaas, no run, another low full-toss, Vaas has one almighty swing across the line, gets an inside-edge and to Dhoni. Lucky escape for Agarkar.

49.4

Agarkar to Vaas, FOUR, Oh ho! another full-toss and Vaas makes no mistake this time. Drills it over midwicket. Sri Lanka cross 250. Very competitive score.

49.5

Agarkar to Vaas, 1 run, Deja-vu. Almost. It was another low full toss and sliced away to the right of long-on.

49.6

Agarkar to Arnold, no run, Agarkar had enough of trying for yorkers and slipping in low full-tosses. Bangs this one in short, rises shoulder-high, on the off stump line. Arnold shapes to pull but is beaten by the bounce and the pace.

So 254 it shall be. Sri Lanka have posted a healthy total. This game could be a humdinger. Join us in a while for the Indian chase. Anand Vasu will take you through the initial overs of the run-chase.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 254/6
RP Arnold    19* (13b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    8-1-33-1
WPUJC Vaas    19* (12b 2x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-0-49-2
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Mar 23, 2007

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