3rd Test, Mumbai (BS), Dec 2-6 2009, Sri Lanka tour of India
(100.4 ov)
393 & 309
India won by an innings and 24 runs
Player Of The Match
SL 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 1012 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 309/10CRR: 3.06 
Chanaka Welegedara0 (1)
Harbhajan Singh34.4-5-80-2
Zaheer Khan21-5-72-5

Tendulkar calls the players and support staff from the dressing room to come on to the ground. And there they come, led by Gary Kirsten who hugs Dhoni., Tendulkar, Zaheer and in fact everybody. Now the Indian team get into a celebratory huddle. Smiles all around. And the players scream,' Hip hip hurray'.

Tendulkar: "Fantastic to be at this position. I have been waiting a long time to get to this position (No 1). In fact just not me, entire nation. I thought when Gary (Kirsten) and Paddy (Paddy Upton), along with Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad, all credit to them for handling the team brilliantly. Also all the players have worked very hard in the last 18 months. Right from no 1 batter to no 7 (MS bats at no 7) we have a solid batting line-up. This pitch was a brilliant wicket. There was some turn on the first day and I knew one roll would settle it down and it did." A smiling Tendulkar then adds, " I have told Yuvraj Singh not to call me Grandpa .. I have lots of names for him too and I can expose him there! No retirement as long as I am enjoying the game."

Very interesting that SRT mentioned the names of Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh in that list. He doesn't usually say anything controversial and neither does he throw his weight around but in his own quiet dignified unassuming way, he has told the world what he thinks. Venkatesh Prasad, who was unceremoniously sacked by the BCCI, would be thrilled with this vote of confidence.

Hang for quotes from the post-match ceremony.

Sangakkara: It was tough but India outperformed us in all three departments of the game in the last two Tests. In this game, we nearly put 400 but Sehwag came and took the game away from us. The guys fought hard through this series but it was not enough. The batting of Dilshan, Prasana, Samaraweera, how Welegedera came through in the first Test .. were the positives. Congrats to the Indian team who did well as a unit; someone always stepped up to perform.

Man of the Match and Man of the Series is Sehwag: This will be the third best of my knocks. I wasn't thinking anything, my mind was very blank; I waited for a while . I just waited for the bad balls. The dressing room they were saying I was hitting the good balls too but when you look at from my point of view, I was just hitting the bad balls..! After the first Test, I had a very good chat with Kirsten. He told me just carry on the process that you applied in Sri Lanka and in NEw Zealand, you will come good for a long knock. This (no 1) is a team effort.

MS Dhoni: I think the real tough task from now on is to maintain this performance. THe real tough job starts from here. When we are pushed to the wall, we come out with some special performances. Overall I think it was a terrific team performance in this series. Every batsman, who got in, in this match did his job. Especially Virender Sehwag. We had a big total and could put pressure with close-in fielders. Zaheer is back in the rhythm and it was good to see the fast bowlers do well in India. There was a bit of reverse swing but not much help to them but they have bowled very well. Our fielding was good. I think we caught nearly everything that came our way."

Dhoni lifts the Trophy. And he calls his team-mates to come and join him and pose for pictures.

That's it from us. This is Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game, signing out. Alvida.

Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, OUT
There you go. India move up to No 1. It was flighted outside off stump, Murali went for a big slog and edged it to Dhoni who grabbed it neatly, threw the ball high in the air and pulled out a stump for a souvenir.
M Muralitharan c †Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 14 (17m 9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 155.55
Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, no run
moves all around the crease and in the end stabs it to short leg
Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, no run
moves outside leg and has a good old beautifully ugly slog.. misses and the ball goes over the stumps
Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, 2 runs
almost a six, almost a catch... and in the end neither. It was lofted to wide long-on where Sehwag runs to his right, catches it but as he goes over the boundary line, he flicks the ball inside the rope
end of over 1004 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 307/9CRR: 3.07 
Chanaka Welegedara0 (1)
Muttiah Muralitharan12 (5)
Zaheer Khan21-5-72-5
Harbhajan Singh34-5-78-1
Khan to Welegedara, no run
still from round the stumps, sprays this one down the leg side
Khan to Kulasekara, OUT
Five-for for Zaheer khan. Very similar to the Samaraweera dismissal. It was the lifting delivery from round the stumps, Kulasekara stabs it straight to Laxman at second slip.
KMDN Kulasekara c Laxman b Khan 19 (102m 68b 4x4 0x6) SR: 27.94

The Mumbai crowd chant: "Ganpati bappa mourya!" . It's salutations to the god Ganesha.

Khan to Kulasekara, no run
from round the stumps, full in length, tailing in to Kulasekara who jabs it uppishly, just short of Harbhajan at short midwicket
Khan to Kulasekara, FOUR runs
gets forward to slash a full length delivery over covers .. it races away to the boundary