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333dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Dhoni scripts magnificent victory

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the difference between India and Sri Lanka as what appeared to be an even contest turned out to be another romp for the home team

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What an innings! this now is the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODIs beating Gilchrist's 172! 298 looked a massive total when the chase started but thanks to some scintillating stroke play from Dhoni India have reached the target in just 46.1 overs. Dravid took a gamble by sending in Dhoni and he hit the jackpot. For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com Do write in with any feedback at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html Dhoni started off in smashing fashion and there was no looking back, each and every bowler went for runs - a total of 11 sixes and 24 boundaries were hit during the course of this amazing run chase. India now lead the series 3-0 with four more games left in the series. Now for the presentation Marvan Atapattu - 'we had a good chance - these wickets are pretty much flat but when somebody plays an innings like that it's out of control - It's didn't matter whether we took the power play or not - he is that kind of a player we haven't won a single game but we hope that we will come back as soon as we can. Dravid - 'Unbelievable stuff' - 'All of us here were privileged to watch such an innings, fantastic knock - We went into the dressing room and we believed we could get it - 'Sangakkara and Jayawardene batted well for them and Sangakkara in particular did well but he was outdone by the other wicket keeper. 'after my 148 this was expected of me, I am happy with the number three position, but i am happy to play where ever the team management decides' Hope you have enjoyed the coverage - until next time this is Sajan Nair signing off - Cheers! Dhoni gets the Man of the match for his brilliant innings of 183*- 'Actually when the first ball was bowled i read the wicket - as the game progressed it became flat - It was a long innings for me - i kept for 50 overs and batted for a time so it was tough for me

46.1
6
Dilshan to Dhoni, SIX runs, there it is! Dhoni dances down the track and swings across, gets it on the middle and the ball sails over the midwicket fence, that's his 10th six of the innings and India have won in grand style

END OF OVER:
46 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 297/4 (2 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 0.50)

  • Venugopal Rao19 (39b)
  • MS Dhoni177 (144b)
  • Dilhara Fernando8-0-38-0

India require another 2 runs with 6 wickets and 24 balls remaining

45.6
0
Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, another good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered
45.5
0
Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Rao leaves it for the keeper
45.4
0
Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended outside the off stump
45.3
0
Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run,
45.2
0
Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered
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