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    17.3 But he is gone now! Inside edge and on to the stumps, Kohli is very disappointed. It bounced from short of length, more pace than the other two bowlers so far, and Kohli tried to push it to cover point with an angled bat, well away from the body, but the ball collided with the inside edge and crashed on to the off stump. Enter Dhoni. 81/3
    9.5 And he is gone now. He carved the short-of-length delivery angled well across him straight to backward point. 44/1
    12.1 Vaasy gets his wicket no 400. He is lifted in the air by Kapugedera even as the rest of the team converge. The off cutter on the slow wicket has consumed Yuvraj. He is early into his whip across the line and the ball stopped on him, took the edge and went straight to short midwicket. Vaas saw the ball was taken, raised his arms, lifted his head up to the skies and shut his eyes. Blink. And his team-mates were there to congratulate him. 51/2
    40.6 Holes out to long-off this time, though. He threatened to move outside leg, got in line and went down on his knee to time the lofted shot well but straight to the man. 76 very good runs from Suresh Raina. He kicked the ground as he walked off 224/4
    42.4 Jayasuriya takes a very good catch at covers to end the captain's knock. It was full and well outside off, Dhoni crouched on a bent knee, reached out to drive and Jayasuriya timed his lunge to his left well and pouched it safely. Two new batsmen at the crease 232/5
    48.5 Mendis tricks him with change of pace and length. Rohit went for the slog-sweep but it was slower and short in length and Rohit edged it high to midwicket. 256/8
    45.3 flighted off break outside off stump, Badrinath leaned across, tried to wrist it to the on side for a single but was a touch early into his shot and ended up sending a dolly to short midwicket. 243/6
    47.5 Harbhajan is run out. Rohit came down the track to whip a flighted off break to deep square leg region. Couple of fielders screamed, 'Bowler's end .. .bowler's end' and that's exactly where the throw went. Murali collected it and flicked it on to the stumps. 253/7
    49.1 The struggling Praveen Kumar is cleaned up finally. Full, straight, on the off stump, Praveen couldn't get his bat down in time and the off stump has been pegged back 257/9
    49.4 Thushara gets a five-for. Zaheer backed away to the leg side and drove straight to covers. 258/10
    not out
    11 (b 1, lb 5, w 5)
    258 all out (49.4 Overs, RR: 5.19)
    Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Gautam Gambhir, 9.5 ov), 2-51 (Yuvraj Singh, 12.1 ov), 3-81 (Virat Kohli, 17.3 ov), 4-224 (Suresh Raina, 40.6 ov), 5-232 (MS Dhoni, 42.4 ov), 6-243 (S Badrinath, 45.3 ov), 7-253 (Harbhajan Singh, 47.5 ov), 8-256 (Rohit Sharma, 48.5 ov), 9-257 (Praveen Kumar, 49.1 ov), 10-258 (Zaheer Khan, 49.4 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas914014.44345000
    KMDN Kulasekara803814.75314000
    T Thushara8.404755.42284050
    BAW Mendis1014314.30292000
    M Muralitharan1005615.60232100
    ST Jayasuriya402807.0041000
    17.3 Sharp catch by Raina at first slip and silence envelops the arena. Well-flighted off break around middle, full, Jayasuriya, who must have seen the sharp turn in the previous ball, some how decided to go across the line, trying to tap a single, gets the leading edge and Raina lunges to his left to take a sharp one-handed catch. Super innings comes to an end. He took his time, settled down before cutting loose. Just when Dhoni would have got worried, he falls, though. 74/3
    6.3 He has been given out lbw. It landed on short of length around middle and off, cut in a touch to hit him high on the front thigh. It looked like it was going over the stumps. Virtual eye suggests the ball would have gone over the middle stump 28/1
    10.6 Another failure for Sangakkara. He tried to force a length delivery outside off through covers but edged it to his leg stump. Kohli had fallen similarly earlier in the day. Munaf has been rewarded for some probing bowling. Sanga then suggests he should have let that one go through to the keeper. 38/2
    23.6 Suicidal single and Mahela the big fish is gone. It was again turned to short fine leg and this time they decided to go for the single. Mahela was on the back foot when he played that shot and Kohli's throw came in one bounce to Harbhajan who broke the stumps. Mahela was far away. 106 for 4 and stuttering now. 106/4
    32.2 Given out lbw; there was a thick inside nick. It skidded in with the arm, Kapugedera shaped to defend and got a thick inside edge on to the pad in front of middle. 140/6
    29.4 Another one goes. The quicker one, slid in to middle and leg, he shuffled and was rapped on the flap of the pad. umpire took his time ... long thought ... bhajji and all really turned on the heat and given out finally. 131/5
    36.3 trapped in front. No doubt about this one! It landed around off stump, full, turned in, Vaas tried to play across the line, missed and was struck in front. 157/7
    41.1 stumped by the doosra. The batsman was well down the track, had no clue as the ball left him and was stranded. India edge towards the series win 190/8
    46.3 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. 212/10
    44.3 Mendis is run out. It was pushed to backward point and didn't set off for the single. Thushara had rushed across and Mendis, late in responding, was never going to get to the other side to beat the throw to Zaheer from Rohit Sharma. India just a wicket away now. 206/9
    not out
    16 (b 4, lb 2, w 10)
    212 all out (46.3 Overs, RR: 4.55)
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Malinda Warnapura, 6.3 ov), 2-38 (Kumar Sangakkara, 10.6 ov), 3-74 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 17.3 ov), 4-106 (Mahela Jayawardene, 23.6 ov), 5-131 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 29.4 ov), 6-140 (Chamara Kapugedera, 32.2 ov), 7-157 (Chaminda Vaas, 36.3 ov), 8-190 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 41.1 ov), 9-206 (Ajantha Mendis, 44.3 ov), 10-212 (Thilan Thushara, 46.3 ov)
    P Kumar402506.25155010
    Z Khan9.332712.84422020
    MM Patel904825.33324200
    Harbhajan Singh1004034.00351040
    Yuvraj Singh1005325.30282200
    RG Sharma411303.25130000

Match Details


India , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 5-match series 3-1

Match number


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 days

27 August 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Sri Lanka's untiring workhorse

    By dismissing Yuvraj Singh in the fourth ODI against India in Colombo, Chaminda Vaas became the fourth bowler to take 400 ODI scalps

  • I worked hard with my limited ability - Vaas

    Chaminda Vaas, who became the fourth bowler to reach 400 one-day wickets when he had Yuvraj Singh caught for a duck in the fourth ODI in Colombo, has said he thoroughly enjoyed playing cricket through his career and had no regrets whatsoever

  • Jayawardene blames inconsistent batsmen

    Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, blamed inconsistent batting for his side's defeat in the ODI series against India

  • IPL success worked wonders for Raina

    Suresh Raina credited his success in the Indian Premier League as crucial to his second coming at this level

  • Dhoni binds a winning ODI package

    From the barrage of questions faced before this series to now, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his bunch of upstarts can sit back and smile

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st28ST JayasuriyaSM Warnapura
2nd10ST JayasuriyaKC Sangakkara
3rd36ST JayasuriyaDPMD Jayawardene
4th32DPMD JayawardeneCK Kapugedera
5th25TM DilshanCK Kapugedera
6th9WPUJC VaasCK Kapugedera
7th17WPUJC VaasKMDN Kulasekara
8th33T ThusharaKMDN Kulasekara
9th16T ThusharaBAW Mendis
10th6M MuralitharanT Thushara