Sri Lanka v India, Group F, World Twenty20 2010, St Lucia May 11, 2010

Sri Lankan win knocks India out


Sri Lanka 167 for 5 (Mathews 46, Sangakkara 46, Kapugedera 37*) beat India 163 for 5 (Raina 63) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Will Sri Lanka go for a win or will they seek to knock out India and hope Australia defeat West Indies to enter the semi-finals? That was the question that hung in the air during the chase. Sri Lanka's answer was emphatic: They first sealed India's fate by going past 143, before writing their own destiny by winning off the last delivery of the game.

Kumar Sangakkara set up the chase and Angelo Mathews took them to the final lap before Chamara Kapugedera sealed the finish in style by hitting a six off the last ball. It was that close and dramatic. The captain and the two inexperienced men he had backed heavily in the past had come through when it mattered at the big stage.

It was an awesome performance from Sri Lanka, who kept wriggling back from difficult positions. They first bounced back to restrict India, who had galloped to 90 for 1 from 10 overs, courtesy a fiery knock from Suresh Raina, to 163 before shrugging off a poor start to chase down the target in thrilling fashion.

The final nail-biting moments panned out thus: Sri Lanka needed 25 runs from eight deliveries. Vinay Kumar, who had impressed until then in his first international outing, had the ball and Kapugedera, for whom wins had proven elusive despite his efforts, was on strike. A nervy Vinay slipped a full toss on the fifth ball and Kapugedera heaved it just over the leaping fielder at the long-on boundary for a six that knocked out India. He then slammed the next delivery, a full-pitched one, over long-on to reduce the equation to 13 from the final over, bowled by Ashish Nehra.

Mathews collected a six first ball with a gorgeous on-the-up hit over long-off but Nehra hit the blockhole regularly and ran him out with a direct hit at the non-striker's end. Sri Lanka needed three from the final ball and Kapugedera carved the full delivery over the cover boundary for a stunning six. Game over.

It was a shot in the 12th over against Harbhajan Singh that turned the tide for Sangakkara and Sri Lanka. Until then, Sangakkara had chosen to move along quietly. He had chosen to rebuild after the loss of Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sri Lanka had just reached 67 for 3 from 11 overs when he played his first shot of intent. He sashayed down the track and Harbhajan quickly shortened the length. Sangakkara didn't panic but adjusted superbly to almost nonchalantly punch-flick it over the midwicket boundary. It was the moment in the chase as Sangakkara, who had reached 17 from 18 balls until then, ended with a 33-ball 44. He slugged Yusuf Pathan for two on-side sixes in the 14th over to tilt the game Sri Lanka's way.

At this point, Sri Lanka needed 59 from 33 balls to win and a mere 39 runs to knock out India, stay in the hunt, and hope that Australia wouldn't have an off day against West Indies. Would they go for a win, or play safe? Sangakkara chose victory and fell in the process of attaining it. In the 15th over bowled by Vinay, he backed away outside leg stump and tried to smear to the off-side but was bowled by the slower one.

It was a big moment but Mathews and Kapugedera showed excellent maturity in safely negotiating the next ten deliveries to ensure there was no dramatic implosion before they went for the target. They collected ten runs from the 18th over, bowled by Nehra, and added two more fours in the next over, from Piyush Chawla prior to completing the job.

Two events summed up the day for India. MS Dhoni couldn't get his timing going and that powerful bottom-hand was rarely seen today. He accumulated 23 at almost a run-a-ball when big hits were the need of the hour. And Harbhajan, who had bowled like a dream this tournament, had a forgettable day.

A third event further marred the day for India. Dilshan, who had a nightmarish competition before today, played a momentum-grabbing cameo after the early loss of the in-form Jayawardene and Jayasuriya. He looted five boundaries from two successive overs bowled by Nehra and Harbhajan to lift Sri Lanka from a dire 6 for 2 in two overs to 32 for 2 in four.

India lost all the big moments today. They were first slowed by the slow men, Suraj Randiv and Dilshan, before the seamers led by Lasith Malinga and a surprise performer in Thissara Perera bowled superbly to suffocate them. India had moved to 119 for 2 in 14 overs and it was a decisive phase for both teams. You would have expected India to go for the broke here but it was Sri Lanka who dominated.

Thilan Thushara, who leaked 27 runs from his first two overs, bowled the 15th and 18th over and found redemption as he gave away just ten runs. It included the wickets of Raina and Yuvraj Singh, who swung the full tosses to Jayawardene at deep midwicket. There was to be no run-fest in the end as Malinga and Perera applied the squeeze. It was the beginning of the end for India.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • sugu on May 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    KRISTEN::kristen says the three players rohit,yuvi and yusuf ..they are not even eligible to play for international can he says like this..yuvi:: we cnt forget his 6 sixes and fieldings...rohit::if rohit is not fitness means,how he could stand two day in domestic match ...(320 runs in two days)...and his batting was amazing vs aussie not out 79...rohit is the best top fielder in this world ....all we know.......yusuf::he scored 100 in 37 balls in ipl.....yusuf only shows not fit....but how can he says rohit and yuvi are not eligible for international cricket..........really KRISTEN IS EGO person.........

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    LOL I bet now Dhoni will blame I.P.L. for an excuse!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. A D'costa: You r right. Your over rated country will have hard time to beat Bangladesh, if not already. Remember ICC 2007. You people love to give example of Bangladesh just to harass us.

    Problem is that You don't give credit to your opinion.Please learn to give credits for the people who deserve the credit and remember at the end of the Day, Cricket is a game and you bound to have ups and down.No need to burn players house.

  • Arosha on May 13, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Seems like most of these so called SL fans are now over the moon after 1 win against the hapless Indian side. Seems like they cannot even remember the state of being dejected after the thrashing by Austrailians only a game ago. Some write about the brilliance of the younger guys like Kapugedara & supremacy of Mahela forgetting the fact that their only noteworthy contribution has only started to happen yet after may be 3 years of merely poor outings. I would say the last win against the Indians was really encouraging, it was more a team effort compared to the first 3 wins in the tournament where Mahela carried the major burdon. Still this SL side has a lot to prove, I mean by no means settled yet as a dominent team in ODIs or in 20-20. Sri Lanka should nurture the youngsters, should appreciate young ones' courage & tallent. To me, still the only real consistent performer among these younger generation of players is Anjelo Mathews. All others, including the seniors have a lot to prove.

  • Tharindu on May 13, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @ Paddy Mohan - You sounds like an Indian. But it seems that, you are different than a typical Indian who usually hesitates to give credits for Sri Lankan cricketers. So, hats off to you...You are quite right. As you have already said, we (Sri Lankans) also know the fact that indian media & indian fans always throw stones at our cricketers. It does not matter. It's may be due to that our country is not financially powerful, comparing to India....But, Indians should understand one thing. That is there is no need to consider other things when playing cricket matches. Just enjoy cricket & please learn to give credits for the people who deserve the credit. When you respect other people, others wil respect you automatically. Cheers !!!

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Actually, Team India always have been over-confident. BCCI should take action for not to play key-players in IPL or County cricket. IPL should only for to get the new talent, later join the seniors. This should be the strategy. Now, Dhoni criticizing IPL for their worst defeat; that is incorrect. Moreover, dont blame Pakistan Cricket Team in any means. Afterall, PCB-XI is playing semi and hopefully final to get back the title.

  • Revanthkumar on May 13, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    The first mistake according to my conscience is the batting order in which Dhoni has come...I felt that rohit sharma was correct at that place...And secondly yuvi's performance is very poor in this tournament...coming to the bowling attack the innings used to begin with Bhajji's bowling then y did dhoni opt nehra to start with when everything was going fine with bhajji's start..... It was truly a disappointing performance from the Indian side...Always v cannot expect only a single player to perform.... I feel that pragyan ojha has to be a pert of the team...When robin uthappa's and sourabh tiwary's performance was gud why didn't the selectors opt them into the team n y only murali vijay is into the team?????

  • dhinesh on May 13, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I think Reasons for this Big loss are 1. Dhoni's Captaincy (having only LUCK. No skills) 2. Players are not dedicated expect Raina,Nehra and few others. Especially Gambhir !! He is a worst player. Gambhir needs to learn cricket from street cricketers. Bcoz, he missed to take 3 runs. He doesnt put his bat in grease instead he used his legs. WHAT IS THIS ??? It happend 2 times. We don't want to win all matches. BUT Please dont play these kind of poor cricket.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    well why are we blaming the ipl? all the srilankan players also played ipl.... we should blame the players only.they have forgot to respect the tricolour. it may sound a bit awkward but its true that the class of indian batting has gone down.the so called champions are only good against the sub standard club bowlers of ipl.they lack the technique and determination.We make to much out of a raina or yusuf or a pathan ,who are only good on low slow indian wickts.A so called senoir like yuvraj is himself not sure of whether he wants to play or party.Zaheer is a jaded horse who only dances to mukesh ambanis tunes.He was a complete different bowler for mumbai indians.Dhoni doesnot know his own batting position.gambhir seems lost in the grief over the abscence of viru.And vijay ..well ..leave hm onl for csk. for india he is nothing but a joke. Dinesh karthik will always remain a substitute and when given chance will fail badly. it is pathetic .

  • A on May 13, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Once again, the flat, dead Indian batting tracks that these Indian 'batsman' have been brought up on has been their downfall. I've said it a million times; the only way India will actually make a contribution to cricket (besides the infinite piles of money it drags in through killing the game to make sponsorships dollars) is to have better, fairer pitches in India that challenge the batsman in building a score, as opposed to a pitch that tells the batsman they can belt everything into next week with no challenge/offering from the pitch. The star batsman like Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman have carried the Indian team outside of the 3/4 of that lineup has retired, all the focus is on Tendulkar to shine, and when he's not there...they crumble and look sub-par. Simple solution...but I'll bet all money the BCCI just see the dollar signs and don't care about the long-term survival of their team at the top of world cricket.

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