Result
2nd ODI, Rajkot, Feb 11 2007, Sri Lanka tour of India
257/8
(50 ov, target 258)
252/9
Sri Lanka won by 5 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Sangakkara powers Sri Lanka to thrilling win

Sri Lanka kept their nerve to eke out a thrilling five-run win at Rajkot and take a 1-0 lead in the ODI series

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka257/8(50 overs)
India252/9(50 overs)
end of over 505 runs • 2 wicket
INDIA: 252/9CRR: 5.04 
Sreesanth0 (1)
Munaf Patel0 (0)
Sanath Jayasuriya9-0-38-1
Lasith Malinga10-0-75-2

Sri Lanka have pulled off a victory out of nowhere, India looked set for victory when Tendulkar and Ganguly were batting, they were coasting when Dhoni and Karthik added 66 runs for the sixth wicket. Malinga's yorker to trap Karthik lbw was the clincher, India were still 23 runs away from victory at that stage. Dhoni had played a restrained and responsible innings until then and found it hard to impose himself on the game with only the tailenders for company. Sri Lanka's bowling at the death was outstanding and the Indians will be shocked at this defeat.

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Rahul Dravid blames the loss on losing wickets at regular intervals. He thought India did really well to restrict Sri Lanka to 257 for 8. He says that the difference between the two sides was Sangakkara's hundred.

Mahela Jayawardene is understandably thrilled, he congratulates his bowlers for coming back strongly aftera wayward start. Kudos to Sangakkara as well. He says that Sri Lanka believed they could turn it around even when Tendulkar and Ganguly were in complete control.

Kumar Sangakkara is undoubtedly the Man of the Match. He scored 110 and held the innings together after Sri Lanka lost their top order cheaply.

That's it from us at Cricinfo, Kanishkaa and I have had a great time bringing this game to you, thank you for tuning in and do remember to join us for the third ODI at Goa on Wednesday. Cheers!

49.6
Jayasuriya to Sreesanth, no run
Sri Lanka have won!! They've Jayasuriya fires it flat and fast wide outside off stump, Sreesanth steps down the track but doesn;t make contact, he looks at the umpire expecting it to be called a wide but Simon Taufel hands Jayasuriya his cap and says that's the end of the game

Sreesanth is the last batsman.

49.5
w
Jayasuriya to Dhoni, OUT
stunning, simply stunning, Dhoni had room to free his arms and he smashed that high over cover, Maharoof ran back looking over his head, running at full speed, Upul Tharanga was running in from the fence also at full speed, there was danger of a collision but Maharoof didn't lose focus, he kept his eye on the ball and completed an outstanding catch running backwards and tumbling to the ground, one of the best catches you will see under pressure
MS Dhoni c Maharoof b Jayasuriya 48 (95m 68b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

India neded six off two balls.

49.4
4
Jayasuriya to Dhoni, FOUR runs
Dhoni hammers it straight down the ground and that's hit straight enough to beat the diving Maharoof, that was hit very hard
49.3
Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run
driven straight to cover, Dhoni declines the single
49.2
Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run
fired flat and fast into the blockhole,. Dhoni tries to heave it on the leg side but misses

Sreesanth is the new batsman. Dhoni on strike. Ten needed off five.

49.1
w
Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run, OUT
Dhoni hammers it down the ground and sets off for two runs, there was never two in it and Kumble was stranded hopelessly when the throw came in from long-on, from India's point of view Dhoni retains the strike
A Kumble run out (Maharoof/Jayasuriya) 2 (11m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Eleven needed off the last over, Jayasuriya to bowl. The field is spread far and wide. Expect everything to be bowled flat and fast from wide of the crease, aiming for the blockhole.

end of over 493 runs
INDIA: 247/7CRR: 5.04 • RRR: 11.00
MS Dhoni43 (63)
Anil Kumble2 (5)
Lasith Malinga10-0-75-2
Farveez Maharoof10-0-42-3
48.6
1
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run
driven hard into the ground and down to long off for a single, excellent death bowling this, everything in the blockhole, nothing for the batsmen to work with
48.5
1
Malinga to Kumble, 1 run
full ball on off stump, Kumble makes room and frees his arms, he square drives it inside out to deep cover
48.4
Malinga to Kumble, no run
another full and fast ball, Kumble hits it to mid-off desperate to get off strike, Dhoni sends him back for there was no single in it
48.3
Malinga to Kumble, no run
full toss on leg stump, Kumble misses out by hitting it straight to midwicket, Dhoni looks on helpless from the non-striker's end
48.2
Malinga to Kumble, no run
another one nearly in the blockhole, very difficult to hit no matter who you are, Kumble digs it out to cover
48.1
1
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run
Malinga looks for the blockhole first up, Dhoni drives down the ground looking for two runs, he will have to settle for one

India need 14 off 12 balls. Dhoni is changing bats, he hasn't hit a boundary in his innings. Lasith Malinga will bowl his final over. It's boiling down to a great finish. Fine leg is in the circle so Malinga has to be on target.

end of over 484 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 244/7CRR: 5.08 • RRR: 7.00
MS Dhoni41 (61)
Anil Kumble1 (1)
Farveez Maharoof10-0-42-3
Sanath Jayasuriya8-0-33-0
47.6
1
Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 run
full ball outside the off stump, Dhoni reaches out and drives to Jayasuriya at cover, one run and Dhoni retains strike
47.5
1
Maharoof to Kumble, 1 run
Kumble moves across his stumps and pushes the ball into the vacant midwicket area for a single
47.4
1
Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 run
slammed down to long off for a single, Kumble will be on strike

Dhoni is on strike for the batsmen crossed.

47.3
w
Maharoof to Harbhajan Singh, OUT
caught! and what a catch! Harbhajan throws all he has behind a heave that was intended to go down the ground, instead he gets a top edge that swirls high in the region towards third man, Jayawardene runs back and dives to his left to take a high-pressure catch
Harbhajan Singh c Jayawardene b Maharoof 2 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

17 needed off 16 balls.

47.2
1
Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 run
full ball outside off stump, Dhoni hammers it down the ground but gets just the single
47.1
Maharoof to Dhoni, no run
fullish ball on off stump, Dhoni gets forward and drives to cover

India need 18 off 18. Jayawardene has kept Malinga's last over for later. Maharoof into the attack.

Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
110 runs (127)
11 fours
4 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
741492026426
SC Ganguly
62 runs (79)
6 fours
1 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
254111411312
Best performances - bowlers
MM Patel
O
9
M
0
R
49
W
4
Eco
5.44
MF Maharoof
O
10
M
0
R
42
W
3
Eco
4.20
Match details
Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of India
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Series resultSri Lanka led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2520
Season2006/07
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30 Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Match days11 February 2007 (50-over match)
Umpires
Suresh Shastri
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
GA Pratapkumar
Reserve Umpire
Shashank Ranade
Match Referee
Alan Hurst