Result
2nd ODI, Dambulla, Aug 20 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
142
(39.4/50 ov, target 143)
143/7
India won by 3 wickets (with 62 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Kanishkaa Balachandran

India level series with hard-fought win

India fought back to level the series 1-1 with a three-wicket win but the victory was far from convincing as they made heavy weather of a modest target of 143

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka142(38.3 overs)
India143/7(39.4 overs)

Hang for the quotes from post-match ceremony.

Mahela: Batting first we were thinking 175 or 200 would have been good total on this wicket. But the batsmen showed character after quick wickets and our bowlers did a tremendous job. We didn't die wondering. It was important that our (top-order) batsmen survive that phase but full credit to Zak. All in all it's a good wicket, but initially against the new ball you have to survive. We tried everything in our bowling but in the end Dhoni and Badrinath - that partnership took the game away from us. All to play for at Colombo.

Dhoni: It was a good win to level the series. There was presssure on us. We lost Gauti (Gambhir) in the morning but Zaheer Khan did the job for us. We would have liked to win more comfortably but in the end it's about winning. We let the individuals handle their bowlers rather than creating pressure by huddling in a room and talk strategies. 1000 things are discussed and over discussed in meeting some times. It was good to see Badrinath play well. He did well against Mendis and Murali. choosing to bowl was a blessing in disguise. The wicket looked better than the previous game but there was something for the new ball. Zaheer played well. We have three days gap now and we can enjoy the next two days in Colombo before beginning the preparation.

Man of the Match: Zaheer Khan: "The important thing was to be consistent on this wicket; just hit the right areas and let the wicket do the job. As a spearhead of the bowling attack I will always have pressure to provide the early breakthroughs. I was just bowling within myself on this wicket. All the bowlers did the job and put pressure on their batters. I am looking forward to rest of the three ODIs; hope it goes well.

This is Veera, signing on behalf of the scorer Srinivas. Thanks for logging on Machangs!

39.4
1
Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run
brings up the victory with a drive to extra cover. The series is level. Badrinath pumps his fists, good knock on debut. The hero of the victory, Zaheer Khan, walks off with Badri. It was a very good opening spell from him that put India in this position.
39.3
1
Muralitharan to Khan, 1 run
gets the scores level with a push to extra cover
39.2
1
Muralitharan to Badrinath, 1 run
flighted off break from round the stumps, turned to long leg for a single
39.1
Muralitharan to Badrinath, no run
skips down the track to wrist to midwicket
end of over 39Maiden
INDIA: 140/7CRR: 3.58 • RRR: 0.27 • Need 3 from 10.2ov
Zaheer Khan1 (9)
S Badrinath25 (54)
Nuwan Kulasekara9-2-26-2
Ajantha Mendis10-1-22-2
38.6
Kulasekara to Khan, no run
leans across to defend to the off side
38.5
Kulasekara to Khan, no run
the legcutter slower one, almost a yorker length, on the middle and off line, dug out to the off side
38.4
Kulasekara to Khan, no run
banged in short, holds its line outside off, Zaheer first tried to duck then swayed away
38.3
Kulasekara to Khan, no run
gets behind the line of a length delivery to defend

Siddharth: "Now that Badri has 'Paper Score' he can relax! :D" Ha! 25 runs and your name appears in the Newspapers.

38.2
Kulasekara to Khan, no run
low dipping full toss, guided to covers
38.1
Kulasekara to Khan, no run
leans forward to defend a length delivery to the off side
end of over 381 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 140/7CRR: 3.68 • RRR: 0.25 • Need 3 from 10.2ov
S Badrinath25 (54)
Zaheer Khan1 (3)
Ajantha Mendis10-1-22-2
Nuwan Kulasekara8-1-26-2
37.6
Mendis to Badrinath, no run
comes forward to defend a skidder on the off stump.
37.5
1
Mendis to Khan, 1 run
off break on the middle and leg line, tickled behind square leg
37.4
Mendis to Khan, no run
loopy delivery outside off stump, driven to silly point
37.3
Mendis to Khan, no run
googly on the middle, Zaheer shapes to defend, goes off the pad to short leg. They appeal for bat pad catch but no bat on it
37.2
w
Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, OUT
Mendis strikes with the carrom ball. It drifted in landed on the middle and off, Harbhajan tried to work it to the on side (he will think later why did I do that?) and it cut away to hit the pad in front of off stump.
Harbhajan Singh lbw b Mendis 1 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66
37.1
Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, no run
skids in towards middle and leg, worked to square leg. Slip and silly point in
end of over 374 runs
INDIA: 139/6CRR: 3.75 • RRR: 0.30 • Need 4 from 10.2ov
S Badrinath25 (53)
Harbhajan Singh1 (4)
Nuwan Kulasekara8-1-26-2
Dilhara Fernando5-0-25-1
36.6
Kulasekara to Badrinath, no run
short of length outside off stump, punched to covers. even if he wanted there was no single there!
36.5
2
Kulasekara to Badrinath, 2 runs
full in length and outside the off stump, Badri bends his knee to guide it to wide third man for couple of runs
Best performances - batsmen
T Thushara
44 runs (46)
7 fours
0 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
14 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
58522868
MS Dhoni
39 runs (54)
3 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
leg glance
12 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
048129114
Best performances - bowlers
Z Khan
O
9.5
M
3
R
21
W
4
Eco
2.13
P Kumar
O
10
M
2
R
34
W
3
Eco
3.40
Match details
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Zaheer Khan
Series result5-match series level 1-1
Match numberODI no. 2745
Season2008
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45
Match days20 August 2008 (50-over match)
ODI debut
S Badrinath
Umpires
Gamini Silva
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Tyron Wijewardene
Reserve Umpire
Rohitha Kottahachchi
Match Referee
Chris Broad