ICC World Twenty20, 23rd Match, Group F: India v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, May 11, 2010
ICC World Twenty20 - 23rd match, Group F
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Played at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia (neutral venue)
11 May 2010 (20-over match)

12.55 If Dhoni and his boys need some inspiration, they can get it from Viswanathan Anand, who has just retained his world chess title by beating Topalov in the final game.

Gambhir and Karthik to open, Mathews to bowl.

12.45 The rousing 'Conquest of Paradise' song which precedes every match is ringing round St Lucia as the teams walk out for the national anthems.

Sherul Mehta has an idea for the Indian thinktank: "India should have thought about Yusuf opening. He did that in the finals of '07 cup. Karthik has been in good form in the middle overs where as Yusuf has not. It wouldn't have been such a bad idea, because its a slow wicket, so Yusuf wouldn't have been that uncomfortable and even if he mistimed a few, with his power and fielders inside the ring, India could have got off to the flyer they needed."

Raina, Karthik and Gambhir are the batsmen with the pads on when India line up for the anthem.

12.30 Sangakkara spins it, Dhoni calls 'tails', tails it is and India will bat. Dhoni says its a good toss to win, as he feels it will be easier to win by 20 runs than chasing a target in 17.4 overs. Three changes for India: Jadeja, Zaheer and Vijay out. Dinesh Karthik, Vinay Kumar and Piyush Chawla are in. Big game for Vinay to debut.

Sanga says he would have 'definitely' batted as well. Three changes for Sri Lanka as well. Mendis, Chandimal and Welegedara have been left out. Thissara Perera, Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Thilan Thushara have been included.

Still no news on what the problem with Zaheer is.

12.25 Both teams will be happier to have shifted to the slower tracks in St Lucia after having had a bit of a rough time in Barbados. Sriram Veera has more in his preview to the match.

Cricket fans in the US, you may already be aware that the first international Twenty20s on American soil will take place in Florida on May 20, 22 and 23rd when Sri Lanka will play New Zealand. For full details and ticketing information, click here.

Toss coming up in five minutes.

12.15 So, going into the final day of the Super Eights, Australia are the only team who can be relaxed. Each of the other three still have a chance, click here to know what each side needs to do.

Can India do a Pakistan and sneak in with their first victory in their last match of the Super Eights? Or will Sri Lanka triumph to send India home without a win in the second phase, as in the previous Twenty20?


Mathews to Karthik, FOUR, good start for India, a shortish ball is carved past Dilshan at backward point at four


Mathews to Karthik, 1 run, much closer to offstump this time, Karthik defends towards gully


Mathews to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir looks to get off the mark with his favourite tap towards point, but he can't beat the fielder

August sonu says: "The one advantage (and only) of having Australia in your Super 8 group is that, you dont have to worry about them in Semi Final."


Mathews to Gambhir, 3 runs, gets his firs runs by swinging towards midwicket, into the wind and towards the long boundary, batsmen have time to get three


Mathews to Karthik, no run, into middle and leg, blocked back towards the bowler


Mathews to Karthik, no run, short of a length and outside off, crunched off the front foot towards cover

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • KD Karthik 5 (4b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 3 (2b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-8-0

Perera to share the new ball


Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length and into offstump, off the thigh pad towards short fine


Perera to Karthik, 1 run, opens the face to guide the ball from offstump towards third man


Perera to Gambhir, no run, tips the ball with soft hands towards backward point


Perera to Gambhir, 1 run, Perera grunting here with every ball he bowls, Gambhir steers this one towards third man for a single


Perera to Karthik, no run, keeps pegging away outside off, stabbed towards point


Perera to Karthik, no run, a good start for Perera, ends with another delivery outside off, hit with more power but can't beat cover

End of over 2 (3 runs) India 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • KD Karthik 6 (7b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 5 (5b)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-3-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-8-0

Mathews to Gambhir, no run, dropped by Sangakkara, who is standing up to the stumps, Gambhir made room to play a ball on middle stump, thick top-edge which Sanga can't hang on to


Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, squeezed towards square leg for a single

Sanga standing back for Karthik, perhaps because Gambhir is more of a walk-down-the-track batsman


Mathews to Karthik, FOUR, Karthik does walk down the track this time and whips it over wide mid-on for four

Sanga up to the stumps now


Mathews to Karthik, 1 run, delicately done by Karthik, stays on the backfoot and opens the face to steer it to third man


Mathews to Gambhir, 2 runs, full and just outside off, Gambhir swings it in the air towards midwicket, there's a fielder in the deep and he has sprint to his right to field that one, Gambhir was ambling between the wickets as he thought it would go for four


Mathews to Gambhir, no run, backs away and looks to cut, but misses the ball which sails over the stumps

End of over 3 (8 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 6.33)

    • G Gambhir 8 (9b)
    • KD Karthik 11 (9b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-16-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-3-0

Thushara given the ball now


Thushara to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik charges out of the track and flat bats a short of length ball towards mid-off, not too well timed


Thushara to Gambhir, FOUR, just a bit of width for Gambhir, he is so strong playing around point, chops this in front of backward point for four


Thushara to Gambhir, 2 runs, a lovely drive this time, fullish ball outside off, gets it through extra cover, again Gambhir thinks its going for four and takes it easy running between wickets, gets only two for his efforts


Thushara to Gambhir, 1 run, jumps and pushes the ball towards cover for a single


Thushara to Karthik, 1 run, length ball on the pads, flicked towards midwicket

Shastri is laying into Gambhir's poor running between the wickets on TV, using words like 'pathetic' and 'extremely poor'


Thushara to Gambhir, 1 run, shortish ball, perhaps the first time the short ball has been used today, Gambhir goes for the pull, doesn't connect well, ball rolls towards short fine leg

End of over 4 (10 runs) India 29/0 (RR: 7.25)

    • G Gambhir 16 (13b 1x4)
    • KD Karthik 13 (11b 2x4)
    • T Thushara 1-0-10-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-16-0

Lasith Malinga has a huge role to play for Sri Lanka, he's into the attack now


Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, a rare length ball to start, Gambhir waltzes down the track looking to smash down the ground, gets an outside edge towards third man


Malinga to Karthik, OUT, Malinga has done what his captain brought him in for, gets rid of Karthik, an overpitched ball is chipped back to the bowler, looking to play to the leg side but ends up getting it to the left of the bowler, soft dismissal

KD Karthik c & b Malinga 13 (20m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 108.33


Malinga to Raina, no run, shortish ball first up for Raina, gets on his toes and defends towards the leg side


Malinga to Raina, 1 run, a bit of width, steered towards short third man for a single to get off the mark


Malinga to Gambhir, no run, shortish ball and outside off, Gambhir slaps it towards point, the field is packed there


Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, bouncer to finish, Gambhir looks to upper cut that one, gets it fine past the keeper, the ball just lands inside the rope

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 35/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • G Gambhir 21 (16b 2x4)
    • SK Raina 1 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-6-1
    • T Thushara 1-0-10-0

Thushara to Raina, 2 runs, short ball, Raina takes his eyes off as he plays that one awkwardly, helps it along to backward square leg


Thushara to Raina, FOUR, slanting into the pads this time, gets a bit of an inside-edge as he looks to thrash the ball towards midwicket, it races past short fine leg for four


Thushara to Raina, 2 runs, lovely shot from Raina, gets well forward and drive a fullish wide ball through extra cover


Thushara to Raina, 1 wide, very wide outside off, Thushara will have to re-bowl that one


Thushara to Raina, FOUR, Raina gets his second boundary of the over, just short of length and outside off, Raina clobbers it over the bowler for four

Long-on is put in place


Thushara to Raina, FOUR, super shot from Raina, full and on middle and off, flicks it wide of midwicket in the circle and the man at long-on, timing was supreme on that shot


Thushara to Raina, no run, inside-edge onto the pads to end the over, ball rolls back down the pitch

End of over 6 (17 runs) India 52/1 (RR: 8.66)

    • SK Raina 17 (8b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 21 (16b 2x4)
    • T Thushara 2-0-27-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-6-1

Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, length ball on the pads, tucked in front of square leg for a single


Mathews to Raina, FOUR, Raina has started well here, he gets another boundary, this was a poor delivery, outside leg stump, glanced fine for four


Mathews to Raina, no run, ugly from Raina, shortish ball angling across him, Raina charges out of the crease and looks to swipe it towards midwicket, misses


Mathews to Raina, (no ball) 1 run, another short ball, pulled behind square leg this time, no-balled as it is the second bouncer of the over


Mathews to Gambhir, FOUR, another poor delivery, outside leg stump, glanced to the fine leg boundary by Gambhir


Mathews to Gambhir, 1 run, more legstump offerings, clipped towards square leg


Mathews to Raina, 1 run, full ball outside off, punched towards mid-off

End of over 7 (13 runs) India 65/1 (RR: 9.28)

    • SK Raina 23 (12b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 27 (19b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-29-0
    • T Thushara 2-0-27-0

Suraj Randiv, who had a great game against Australia, is now into the attack, from round the wicket


Randiv to Raina, no run, angling into offstump, defended off the backfoot


Randiv to Raina, 1 run, tossed up this time, on middle stump, tucked towards midwicket


Randiv to Gambhir, 2 runs, on the pads again, Gambhir rocks back and clips it towards midwicket, batsmen zip through for two


Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, comes down the track and plays it in the air towards sweeper cover


Randiv to Raina, 1 run, sliding onto legstump again, turned to short fine leg for a single


Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, on middle stump this time, again Gambhir gets on the backfoot and whips it towards midwicket, the bowler has to dash across to do the fielding

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 71/1 (RR: 8.87)

    • G Gambhir 31 (22b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 25 (15b 4x4)
    • S Randiv 1-0-6-0
    • AD Mathews 3-0-29-0

Dilshan hasn't bowled much in this tournament, gets a chance today. bowls from round the wicket


Dilshan to Gambhir, 2 runs, fullish and just outside off, 'two, two' is the call from Gambhir as soon as he pushes the ball towards wide long-on


Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, full and following Gambhir who was looking to make room, clipped to midwicket for a single


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, keeps it full, outside off this time, punched along the ground to long-off for a single


Dilshan to Gambhir, 2 runs, again Gambhir calls for two, immediately after he pushes the ball towards long-on, the straight boundaries are 80 yards long here


Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 wide, down the leg side


Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward and tucks the ball towards midwicket, slightly quiet period of play here


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, cracks it uppishly towards long-off for a single that brings up the 50 partnership

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 80/1 (RR: 8.88)

    • SK Raina 27 (17b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 37 (26b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-9-0
    • S Randiv 1-0-6-0

Randiv to Raina, 1 run, Randiv starts with a legstump ball, tucked in front of square leg


Randiv to Gambhir, 1 wide, the ball rolling off Gambhir's thigh pads, and goes dangerous close to the stumps before stopping dead, Gambhir is extremely lucky to survive, called a 'wide' by the umpire, Sangakkara lets him know that it hits Gambhir thigh pad and just stayed there


Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, whipped wide of square leg for a single


Randiv to Raina, 1 run, down the track and punched towards long-on for an easy single


Randiv to Gambhir, 1 run, on the pads again, clipped to square leg for a single


Randiv to Raina, FOUR, bends his knee and sweeps it fine past Jayasuriya at short fine leg for four


Randiv to Raina, 1 run, tucked to deep square leg for one more

End of over 10 (10 runs) India 90/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • SK Raina 34 (21b 5x4)
    • G Gambhir 39 (28b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 2-0-16-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-9-0

Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, eased down to long-on for a single


Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, rocks back and swings it towards deep midwicket


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, opens the face to guide it past point for one more


Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 bye, strange piece of cricket, Gambhir backs away way down leg side, and doesn't play a stroke, the ball goes through between him and legstump


Dilshan to Raina, 1 run, tucked to short fine leg for a quick single


Dilshan to Gambhir, 1 run, a bit of turn there gives Gambhir room to free his arms, cut towards point

End of over 11 (6 runs) India 96/1 (RR: 8.72)

    • G Gambhir 41 (31b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 37 (24b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-14-0
    • S Randiv 2-0-16-0

Malinga is back to break this partnership which is setting India up for a late onslaught


Malinga to Gambhir, OUT, and again, he gets the breakthrough early, a short of length ball, Gambhir looks to dab it past the keeper, only manages to get it as far as Sangakkara

G Gambhir c †Sangakkara b Malinga 41 (52m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 128.12

MS Dhoni is the new batsman


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, back of length again, pushed off the backfoot towards extra cover for a single


Malinga to Raina, no run, a superb yorker, on middle stump from Malinga, Raina squeezes it out to the leg side


Malinga to Raina, no run, slightly short of being a yorker, outside off and defended towards mid-off


Malinga to Raina, 1 run, length ball on off, Raina checks his shot as he looks ot play down the ground, gets the ball towards long-off


Malinga to Dhoni, no run, the slower bouncer to round off the over, Dhoni looks to help it along to square leg but is beaten by the change of pace

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 98/2 (RR: 8.16)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (2b)
    • SK Raina 38 (27b 5x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-8-2
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-14-0

The Member of Parliament is bowling from round the wicket


Jayasuriya to Raina, 2 runs, he starts with one outside leg, paddled towards fine leg for a couple


Jayasuriya to Raina, 1 run, shifts his line to offstump, eased down to long-off for a single


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni shuffles down the track and slugs a length ball over wide mid-on for the first six of the match


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 2 runs, makes rooms and cuts it towards deep point for two this time


Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, again width on offer, this time Dhoni calls 'one' as he plays it towards the fielder in front of point


Jayasuriya to Raina, no run, almost a yorker there, blocked back to the bowler

End of over 13 (12 runs) India 110/2 (RR: 8.46)

    • SK Raina 41 (30b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 10 (5b 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-12-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-8-2

Randiv round the wicket


Randiv to Dhoni, 1 run, on the legstump again, tipped to the right of the bowler and a quick single is taken


Randiv to Raina, SIX, and that is into the stands, Raina loves hitting over midwicket, gets down on one knee and swipes that length ball for six


Randiv to Raina, no run, blocked towards backward point


Randiv to Raina, no run, length ball outside off, looks to cut that one but the ball goes over the bat


Randiv to Raina, no run, missed stumping, Raina was coming down the track, a yorker outside off foxes him, no way he was getting back if Sanga collected cleanly, but the Sri Lankan captain had got up too early to take the yorker


Randiv to Raina, 2 runs, carved behind point off the backfoot for two more

End of over 14 (9 runs) India 119/2 (RR: 8.50)

    • SK Raina 49 (35b 5x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 11 (6b 1x6)
    • S Randiv 3-0-25-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-12-0

Thushara is back


Thushara to Dhoni, 1 wide, angling it way outside off stump


Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball, much closer to off, Dhoni shuffles down the track and flat bats it to long-on


Thushara to Raina, no run, short and wide, Raina wanted to just dab it past short third man, he doesn't connect


Thushara to Raina, 1 run, that's Raina's half-century, punches the short of length delivery towards cover


Thushara to Dhoni, 2 runs, 'Two' is the call from Dhoni after he opens himself up to turn the ball from outside off to square leg


Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, full ball is crunched down the track, crashes into the stumps at the non-striker's end and ricochets towards mid-off


Thushara to Raina, 1 run, back of a length and well outside off, driven uppishly by Raina, to the right of the bowler, who dives to try catch that one, it goes down to long-off for a single

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 126/2 (RR: 8.40)

    • SK Raina 51 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 15 (9b 1x6)
    • T Thushara 3-0-34-0
    • S Randiv 3-0-25-0

Malinga is back


Malinga to Raina, FOUR, full ball on offstump, swung away over midwicket for four, not a very good-looking stroke but effective


Malinga to Raina, 1 run, full and wide, squeezed out towards point


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker on legstump, Dhoni gets the front leg out of the way, tips the ball in front of square leg


Malinga to Raina, 1 run, full and very wide, Raina goes down on one knee and swats that one towards deep point for a single


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, Malinga keeps going for the yorker, Dhoni punches this one down towards long-off for one more


Malinga to Raina, no run, Raina hits the stumps this time, a full-blooded swat down the ground to a full delivery, and this time they don't even get the single they got for the time Dhoni smashed the non-striker's wicket

End of over 16 (8 runs) India 134/2 (RR: 8.37)

    • SK Raina 57 (42b 6x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 17 (11b 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-2
    • T Thushara 3-0-34-0

Perera to bowl now.


Perera to Dhoni, 1 wide, grunts when he bowls the first ball, which is overpitched and too far outside off to be legal


Perera to Dhoni, no run, full and well outside off again, Dhoni pre-meditates a paddle-sweep towards fine leg, he misses the ball


Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, Perera is going to stick to a full-and-well-outside-off formula, Dhoni gets it towards extra cover, if the fielder had hit direct Dhoni was a goner


Perera to Raina, no run, dot ball as Raina looks to dab an overpitched ball towards third man but misses


Perera to Raina, 1 run, super over so far from Perera, driven down to extra cover for a single


Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss on offstump, muscled towards deep midwicket, placement needed to be better from Dhoni, he gets only one from a poor delivery


Perera to Raina, 1 run, slightly higher full toss on offstump, Raina swings it to long-on, Dhoni had sprinted the first in the hope of a second, but there isn't

End of over 17 (5 runs) India 139/2 (RR: 8.17)

    • SK Raina 59 (45b 6x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 19 (14b 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-8-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-2

Thushara to Raina, 1 wide, Thushara starts off with a wide outside off stump


Thushara to Raina, FOUR, gets the boundary, not full enough from Thushara, Raina gets under it and swipes it towards deep midwicket for four


Thushara to Raina, OUT, low full toss outside legstump, Raina looks to swat that one, gets a top-edge which ends up as a simple catch to deep midwicket, not the greatest of deliveries, but Sri Lanka won't complain

SK Raina c Jayawardene b Thushara 63 (61m 47b 7x4 1x6) SR: 134.04


Thushara to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball on legstump, Dhoni pulls it towards deep backward square leg


Thushara to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a yorker first up for Yuvraj, on offstump, driven towards mid-on


Thushara to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, another short ball, on middle and leg, Dhoni goes for a powerful pull, misses, hits him and rolls wide of the keeper


Thushara to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, full ball on legstump, Yuvraj swings that one with the wind, but can't clear deep midwicket, Mahela is waiting on the boundary to collect that one

Yuvraj Singh c Jayawardene b Thushara 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

It's all gone wrong for India in the last few overs. At 110 for 2 after 13, you would have expected a big onslaught towards the end, but they haven't got 10 runs in any over since then

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 147/4 (RR: 8.16)

    • MS Dhoni 20 (16b 1x6)
    • T Thushara 4-0-41-2
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-8-0

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball outside off, swatted towards long-off for a single


Malinga to Pathan, FOUR, low full toss just outside off, gets an inside-edge which goes past short fine leg for four, India need more of those


Malinga to Pathan, no run, Malinga shows off his prowess at the death, another full swinging ball just outside off, Yusuf looks to clear long-on, looks back to see the ball in the keeper's hands


Malinga to Pathan, no run, one more dot ball, full on middle, swung towards midwicket, no run


Malinga to Pathan, 2 runs, full and wide this time, Yusuf was backing away, he leans across at the last moment and throws his bat at it to get it towards third man, Yusuf wanted the second, third umpire is needed to confirm that he has made his ground


Malinga to Pathan, 2 runs, low full toss on offstump, punched to long-on, Dhoni charges back for the second

End of over 19 (9 runs) India 156/4 (RR: 8.21)

    • YK Pathan 8 (5b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 21 (17b 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-25-2
    • T Thushara 4-0-41-2

Perera to bowl the final over


Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss on middle and off, mistimed towards long-on for a single


Perera to Pathan, FOUR, another low full toss, just outside off, not too well hit from Yusuf, after he makes room he plays it inside out towards deep extra cover, evades three fielders who wer after it


Perera to Pathan, no run, slips in the bouncer after two full tosses, everyone knows that a good ploy against Yusuf, who leaves that one to the keeper


Perera to Pathan, 1 run, a yorker heading for legstump, Yusuf inside-edges it onto his pads


Perera to Dhoni, 1 run, another yorker, just outside off, driven along the ground towards long-off


Perera to Pathan, OUT, a full toss to finish, Yusuf looks to mow it over long-on, it goes a long way up but not far enough, Kapugedara takes the catch on the boundary

YK Pathan c Kapugedera b Perera 13 (10m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 144.44

Well, some superb death bowling from Sri Lanka keeps India down to 163. They had been guilty of bowling too many legstump deliveries in the first ten overs, when India sprinted to 90 for 1, but only 73 runs from the final ten overs, that too with plenty of wickets to spare and with a host of big-hitters in the line-up. Sri Lanka will definitely be the happier side at this stage, they need to make 144 to knock out India.

Will it be a repeat of yesterday's first match where Pakistan seemed to have made too little against South Africa but ended up winning, or will Jayawardene and Co make short work of this game? The chase will start in about five minutes.

Saravanan from the US is among the (few) Indian fans who are polite in expressing their unhappiness with the batting. "Really disappointed with India's Total. They should have easily got 185."

Saandeep: "I certainly don't see India making it to the Semis.. Watching the Indian team makes me sad.. there is no excitement, no aura abt this team.. just sadness."

End of over 20 (7 runs) India 163/5

    • MS Dhoni 23 (19b 1x6)
    • NLTC Perera 3-0-15-1
    • SL Malinga 4-0-25-2





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