5th ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 29 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
(26.3/44 ov, target 216)
Sri Lanka won by 112 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Nishi Narayanan

Bowlers power Sri Lanka to consolation win

Sri Lanka's opening bowlers ensured their side maintained its record of not losing four consecutive ODIs at home as they beat India in the final ODI in Colombo

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka227/6(50 overs)
India103(26.3 overs)

10.16 pm: Sri Lanka have wrapped up a comprehensive victory by 112 runs. Their total of 227, later reduced to 215 off 44 overs, was always going to be difficult to chase under lights. Thushara played the innings of the match - his maiden half-century - to prop Sri Lanka to a fighting total.

India were on course until Raina played a rash shot immediately before the rain interruption. They collapsed after play resumed, losing seven wickets for 33 runs in 7.1 overs.

The prize though has already been won by India. They had the series wrapped up before the match started. The scoreline reads 3-2 and the visitors won't be too fussed about today's defeat.

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"It was a good way to finish the series but the Indians played well and deserved to win it. But credit to the boys for the way we came back. We kept making mistakes through the series, we were not consistent in the batting department," says Jayawardene.

Nuwan Kulasekara is the Man of the Match for taking four wickets today.

The squads and match officials line up to get their medals. Dhoni has been adjudged the Man of the Series for scoring 193 runs and playing a couple of match-winning innings. He's picked up a car for his efforts. He comes back to pick up the trophy but he calls the youngest member of the squad - Virat Kohli - to come up and lift the trophy. He did that in the CB Series as well, it was Piyush Chawla on that occasion.

That's it from us at Cricinfo for this series. Thank you for all your emails. On behalf of all the commentators, this is George Binoy signing off. Good night!

Mendis to Ojha, OUT
that's the end of the game! Ojha tries to repeat the shot over midwicket but gets a top edge that goes high in the air towards mid-off where Kulasekara judges the catch to perfection
PP Ojha c Kulasekara b Mendis 5 (10m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55
Mendis to Ojha, FOUR runs
Ojha's gone after him! He plants his front foot forward and hits Mendis over midwicket for four
Mendis to Ojha, no run
defended on the front foot towards point
end of over 268 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 99/9CRR: 3.8 • RRR: 6.50 • Need 117 from 17.3ov
Munaf Patel4 (2)
Pragyan Ojha1 (6)
Dilhara Fernando7-1-24-2
Ajantha Mendis4-2-6-3
Fernando to Patel, FOUR runs
full ball outside off stump, Munaf backs away and lofts the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on for four, he connected extremely well

India's lowest score in Sri Lanka is 146, it looks like they will set a new low today.

Fernando to Patel, no run
banged in short over the stumps, Munaf backs away and lets it go

Munaf Patel is the last man.

Fernando to Singh, OUT
caught! That's no 9! Full ball outside off stump, RP slashes at it and edges the catch to second slip, Jayawardene catches it at head height, that ball traveled to him quickly
RP Singh c Jayawardene b Fernando 4 (14m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.76
Fernando to Ojha, 1 run
Ojha stays in his crease and plays the ball down to third man with an angled bat
Fernando to Ojha, no run
Fernando pitches in line with the stumps and seams the ball across the left-hander, Ojha defends but gets beaten
Fernando to Singh, 3 runs
that's a length ball and RP hits the ball through midwicket, the outfield is a little slow so the ball won't reach the boundary
end of over 25Wicket maiden
INDIA: 91/8CRR: 3.64 • RRR: 6.57 • Need 125 from 17.3ov
Pragyan Ojha0 (4)
RP Singh1 (11)
Ajantha Mendis4-2-6-3
Dilhara Fernando6-1-16-1
Mendis to Ojha, no run
Ojha pushes forward to defend but gets beaten yet again, Mendis bowls a wicket maiden
Mendis to Ojha, no run
another offbreak pitches in line with the stumps, draws Ojha forward, and then spins past the bat
Mendis to Ojha, no run
Ojha gets beaten by the offbreak that spins past his forward defence
Mendis to Ojha, no run
defended on the front foot towards the off side

Sri Lanka have a superb chance of bowling India out for below 100. They way have lost the series but it'll be a fantastic way to end. Ojha is the new batsman.

Mendis to Khan, OUT
that's plumb, absolutely plumb! That's the straight one from Mendis, it pitches on off and heads towards middle, Zaheer pushes forward in defence and gets hit on the pad in front of middle, no doubt there
Z Khan lbw b Mendis 3 (21m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00
Mendis to Khan, no run
Zaheer leans forward and defends to silly point
end of over 24Maiden
INDIA: 91/7CRR: 3.79 • RRR: 6.25 • Need 125 from 17.3ov
RP Singh1 (11)
Zaheer Khan3 (8)
Dilhara Fernando6-1-16-1
Ajantha Mendis3-1-6-2
Fernando to Singh, no run
RP moves back and defends a short of a length ball towards point, actually that was more of an outside edge
Fernando to Singh, no run
defended on the off side on the back foot
Fernando to Singh, no run
defended on the back foot
Best performances - batsmen
T Thushara
54 runs (46)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
25 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
J Mubarak
47 runs (55)
3 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
14 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
BAW Mendis
KMDN Kulasekara
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Nuwan Kulasekara
Player Of The Series
MS Dhoni
Series resultIndia won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI no. 2756
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days29 August 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)
Tyron Wijewardene
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Gamini Silva
Reserve Umpire
Atula Senanayake
Match Referee
Chris Broad