4th ODI (Replay) (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 27 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
(46.3/50 ov, target 259)
India won by 46 runs
Player Of The Match
SL Innings
Full commentary

Dhoni walks away with a stump in hand, hugs Kirsten, who has now entered the arena, before being congratulated by the other members of the squad.

Hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.

Mahela: We shouldn't take anything from India. After winning the toss, they put the runs on board. We made few errors on the way. The spinners are getting more turn in the end of the innings. But even today, after losing wickets, we were 40 runs away. You need to put in more disciplined effort while chasing. Jayasuriya gave us a good start but we didn't back it up. Thushara has done very well with the ball and the bat.

Dhoni: It was a good toss to win. It does a bit under the lights and later spinners get help. Zaheer bowled well, Praveen was ok and Munaf was there. We are a good fielding side and that is a plus point. Suresh [Raina] played well; it was disappointing that we both got out together and we couldn't get runs in the end. I had fever yesterday and hence I was struggling in the end.

Man of the Match Suresh Raina: "I enjoyed batting with Dhoni. We put lots of pressure on them. The wicket was turning and Harbhajan bowled very well. I did a good job here. Really happy for the team; we are going home with the Cup.

Vaas gets a award for taking 400 ODI wickets.

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Khan to Thushara, OUT
And India have won the series. First time they have beaten Sri Lanka in a bilateral series of ODIs in Sri Lanka. Thushara swung the full delivery straight to Raina at deep midwicket. The players get into a huddle of joy. Beyond the boundary, the chairman of selectors Vengsarkar shakes hands with Gary Kirsten.
T Thushara c Raina b Khan 40 (44m 29b 2x4 2x6) SR: 137.93

Manoj: "Things would have been very different had SL won the toss.... But still a laudable effort!"

Khan to Muralitharan, 1 run
full toss on the off stump line, pushed to deep cover
Khan to Thushara, 1 run
backs outside leg stump and tries to biff the full delivery through covers but edges it to fine leg
end of over 463 runs
SL: 210/9CRR: 4.56 • RRR: 12.25 • Need 49 runs from 24b
Muttiah Muralitharan0 (6)
Thilan Thushara39 (27)
Munaf Patel9-0-48-2
Zaheer Khan9-3-25-0
Patel to Muralitharan, no run
another low full toss, just outside off stump, beats the swing across the line and Dhoni collects
Patel to Muralitharan, no run
low full toss, swatted to Zaheer at midwicket
Patel to Muralitharan, no run
leans forward to drive to Yuvraj at covers
Patel to Thushara, 1 run
full and outside off, slower, goes for the big drive, bottom edges to left of Dhoni. After some hesitation they go for the single and Dhoni's throw was wide
Patel to Muralitharan, 1 leg bye
on the middle and leg line, misses the swing but will pick up a leg bye
Patel to Thushara, 1 run
full and outside off, driven to long-off. That brings Murali on strike.

MK49: "Beating Sri Lanka in SL must be a lovely feeling - just a shade less special than beating OZ in OZ. Go Dhoni!" If they do go on to win, as they should from here, this would be the first time India would have beaten Sri Lanka in a bilateral series in Sri Lanka

end of over 452 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 207/9CRR: 4.6 • RRR: 10.40 • Need 52 runs from 30b
Muttiah Muralitharan0 (2)
Thilan Thushara37 (25)
Zaheer Khan9-3-25-0
Harbhajan Singh10-0-40-3
Khan to Muralitharan, no run
short in length and whizzing past the off stump, Murali tries to dab it to the off side and is beaten
Khan to Muralitharan, no run
edged but falls short of the diving Dhoni. Zaheer is operating from round the stumps