Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Here's some reading material for you as we wait for India to begin their chase. Our friends over at ESPN India have marked out eight young sportsmen who have the potential to carry the torch for the next decade.

Nitesh Chandra: "Familiar SL failings. At one point, they seemed set for 300+. To fold up for 216, credit to India but SL did press the panic and self-destruct buttons simultaneously."

Mavin: "I'm an Indian supporter but why doesn't Matthews bat at 3 or 4? Their best batsman can't be coming in at 5"

Bala Ram: "So stumping is legit on a wide ball and the bowler gets the wicket to his name?" --- Yes. It was intentionally pushed wide too.

Manu vatuvei: "Mathews has to move up the order. Best batsman had to be in the top 3. Such a waste leaving him until the end"

Dishan : "Most senior batsmen have failed again... Tharanga, Chamara, Thisara.. Just can't rely on them anymore.."

5.45 pm Seven wickets in 11 overs. That's the tale of the end of Sri Lanka's innings. The beginning was much different. 74 for the first wicket, 65 for the second, and then came the collapse. Jadhav with the important breakthroughs again. Today might be the day teams start thinking about him in pre-match meetings. Axar slipped into the middle and stopped the bleeding, taking three wickets as reward. Chahal had an alright time too. But after the top three, only Mathews showed any signs of normal cricket. An ugly capitulation; dare we say, one that's expected of Sri Lanka these days. We'll be back for the chase soon.

43.2
W
Bumrah to Fernando, OUT, bowled him. Length ball, skids through quickly and into the batsman. In other words, the Bumrah stock ball. Smashes the top of off stump, slipping in via the big gap in number eleven's forward defence. Watch the wicket here. (available in the subcontinent only, excluding Sri Lanka).

MVT Fernando b Bumrah 0 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43.1
0
Bumrah to Fernando, no run, a bouncer in Fernando's welcome kit. Bumrah gets this to climb at him. Makes him duck away quickly. Then gives him a big beaming smile

END OF OVER:
43 | 7 Runs | SL: 216/9 | RR: 5.02

  • Angelo Mathews36 (50b)
  • Vishwa Fernando0 (4b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar6-0-33-0
  • Yuzvendra Chahal10-0-60-2
42.6
4
Kumar to Mathews, FOUR runs, looks to run it to third man for a single but he gets 4x. Back of a length in the corridor. Opens the face and gets an outside edge that flies past Dhoni's outstretched right hand

Last ball. India looking to protect the single

42.5
0
Kumar to Mathews, no run, good length at middle stump. Hangs deep in the crease and tries to tickle it fine for a single, but this skids and hits the bat hard. Gets it into the midwicket area
42.4
0
Kumar to Mathews, no run, slower ball, good length in the corridor. Tapped back to the bowler
42.3
0
Kumar to Mathews, no run, short ball in the corridor. Backs away to slash it behind square on the off side. Beaten
42.2
0
Kumar to Mathews, no run, slower ball, bouncer at off stump. Adjusts to time this hook shot, but can't beat square leg

Rakesh Sampat: "Players with the attitude of Angelo Mathews MUST be dropped from the team. Such a SELFISH player. With even SL being 8 wickets down and still 10 overs to go, he is unwilling to farm the strike and shield the tail. Instead he takes a single off the first oppurtinity and then encourages the tail ender to slog rather than trying to strike himself. PAH!!" --- Too harsh. It's a one-day game, you still need to score runs. As many as you can before the tail crumbles. And they will.

42.2
1w
Kumar to Mathews, 1 wide, good length, down leg side
42.1
2
Kumar to Mathews, 2 runs, good length at middle stump, pushed to long-on with soft hands. Hesitates as he turns at the non-strikers end but the debutant is confident with his calling. And runs well to make his ground

END OF OVER:
42 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 209/9 | RR: 4.97

  • Vishwa Fernando0 (4b)
  • Angelo Mathews30 (44b)
  • Yuzvendra Chahal10-0-60-2
  • Axar Patel10-0-34-3

And that's the end of his spell. On the expensive side today.

41.6
0
Chahal to Fernando, no run, good length at middle stump, defended into the leg side
41.5
0
Chahal to Fernando, no run, googly. Back of a length at off stump. Defended off the back foot. His first wrong'un of the day, I think
41.4
0
Chahal to Fernando, no run, back of a length at off stump, mistimed back foot punch to short extra cover
41.3
0
Chahal to Fernando, no run, full at off stump, solidly defended into the covers
41.3
W
Chahal to Malinga, 1 wide, OUT, 'acha marta hai yeh.' said Dhoni before this ball - 'he hits it well.' Chahal adjusts accordingly. Tosses it up full and wide outside off. On cue, Malinga comes down the track but nowhere near this. Stumped. Watch the wicket here. (available in the subcontinent only, excluding Sri Lanka).

SL Malinga st †Dhoni b Chahal 8 (6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

41.2
1
Chahal to Mathews, 1 run, pushed through again. Length at middle stump. Poked into the leg side
41.1
2
Chahal to Mathews, 2 runs, flipper, good length outside off stump. Mathews waits in position for the ramp, and then gets it well to long leg's right

END OF OVER:
41 | 9 Runs | SL: 205/8 | RR: 5.00

  • Lasith Malinga8 (6b)
  • Angelo Mathews27 (42b)
  • Axar Patel10-0-34-3
  • Yuzvendra Chahal9-0-56-1

Taken some damage in that last over, but a very impressive spell comes to an end for Axar Patel. His best figures in ODIs.

40.6
0
Patel to Malinga, no run, tossed up at off stump. Pushed to extra cover off the front foot
40.5
1
Patel to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length at middle stump, tapped to long-on off the back foot
40.4
1
Patel to Malinga, 1 run, tossed it up wide outside off. Try it again, says the young man. Not now, says the verteran. Stands deep in the crease and slaps this to sweeper cover
40.3
6
Patel to Malinga, SIX runs, what a shot! Superb from Malinga. Steps out and doesn't let this spin. Picks it off a length at leg stump ad lifts it cleanly over wide long-on

Dhawan's quickest

71

No. of balls in which Dhawan completed his century in this game, his fastest of the 11 ODI centuries. The previous quickest was in 73 balls v WI in Kanpur in 2013.

One to imrove

35.56

Kohli's average in ODIs in Sri Lanka before today's game - his worst in any country. He doesn't average less than 40 in any other nation.

Unlucky Country for Rohit

37

Runs scored by Rohit Sharma in Sri Lanka in his last 10 ODI innings. His scores read as: 4, 0, 11, 5, 5, 0, 0, 4, 4, 4.

Sri Lanka Collapse

6

Wickets lost by SL for 39 runs - Sri Lanka went from 139 for 1 to 178 for 7. Between overs 20 and 36 SL have scored just 61 runs.

Batting first at Dambulla

220

Average first innings score while batting first since Jan 2011. However in the last 2 games teams batting first have scored above 300.

20 years and waiting

1997

Last instance of Sri Lanka beating India in a bilateral ODI series. Since then they have played 9 times in which India have won 7 while 2 have been drawn.