20th Match, Port of Spain, Mar 23 2007, Group B, ICC World Cup
(43.3/50 ov, target 255)
Sri Lanka won by 69 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Murali spins Sri Lanka to 69-run win

Inspired by a genius who raised his game when the occasion demanded, Sri Lanka overpowered India in their final league match at Port-of-Spain and stormed into the Super Eights

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka254/6(50 overs)
India185(43.3 overs)

Massively disappointed faces in the Indian dressing-room. The players are gutted. You can see it on their faces. The whole team is out and the expressions are all of utter dismay.

On the other side the Sri Lankans are celebrating. The players, the fans ... they're having a ball. Tom Moody, Sri Lanka's coach, is gracious enough to come across to the Indians and shake hands. Nice gesture that.

Dravid : We kept losing regular wickets and that put too much pressure on us. on bowling: I thought we were bit unlucky early on , later didn't put in the right areas. We haven't played good cricket. Credit to Sri Lanka.

I think it was a good wicket.

Mahela I am pretty happy. Back to back wins. It was a difficult game against India but all the boys put their hands up. Brilliant bowling by Murali and Vaas. The seniors did their job. ..... it is very good moving forward, excellent momentum. I hope we don't relax.

Chamara played very well. Upul also did a good job. The younger guys have chipped in with good performances. ....... Once we got the initial breakthroughs, we knew we can rattle them. Everybody chipped in the middle, the energy levels were very good but we have to make sure we continue.

Man of the Match Murali.

"India is a good side, they have the best batting line-up, on paper, in competition and we had do bowl well. On his catch to dismiss Ganguly, " I wanted to prove a point to my coach (said with a chuckle). He said I was not good enough to field in the circle and I had a point to prove! If we play well to our potential, we can reach the semi-finals ."

This is Sriram Veera, along with Anand Vasu, signing off for the day. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Do switch to the West Indies game. They need a further 40 odd runs to win. Till tomorrow, bye bye.

Dilshan to Patel, OUT
That's the end! All over! Munaf heaves this one to the leg side and Chaminda Vaas runs around on the ropes and takes the catch that ends the game! Sri Lanka have won by 69 runs. India are all but knocked out of the World Cup
MM Patel c Vaas b Dilshan 10 (18m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.82
Dilshan to Patel, no run
slightly short and outside the off, chopped to the off side
Dilshan to Patel, no run
full and flat, on the pads, played at and missed, off the pads to the leg side

Amit: "Vineet has spoken for a generation. We all have grown up seeing Tendulkar thrashing every bowling attack in the world. We have lived on chases and never-say-die attitude of Ganguly. And we are the ones who have witnessed the strength of the great indian Wall all our life. It's really been a great entertainment from these three. There will be better players but, there are heroes for every generation. My dad's time there was Gavaskar and mine were these three. It's bad that these three will leave the cricket field without having a single worldcup on their name. I dont feel angry, I just feel sad. Really really sad. "

end of over 435 runs
INDIA: 185/9CRR: 4.3 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 70 from 42b
Harbhajan Singh17 (20)
Munaf Patel10 (14)
Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-41-3
Tillakaratne Dilshan1.4-1-2-0
Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run
fullish and on the stumps, carefully defended back down the pitch to the bowler

Rukman: "I am a Sri Lankan and a huge cricket fan, it is indeed sad to see that with all the promise they have India may not make it to the Super8 round. Eventhough I was hoping for a win, I believe the tournament as a whole has lost a lot of its glamour due to the exit of India and Pakistan. In my opinion there is none close to Sachin as a true gentleman and an ambassodor of the sport. Congratulations to our boys from the Emerald Isle, well done and good luck"

Muralitharan to Patel, 1 run
tossed up and on the stumps, big heave, thick inside edge down to the on side
Muralitharan to Patel, 2 runs
big offbreak from outside the off stump rips in, Munaf goes back and somehow cuts down to slip
Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
flat and on the stumps, defended to the leg side
Muralitharan to Patel, 1 run
flat and on the pads, swept down to the fielder at short fine-leg
Muralitharan to Patel, no run
full and on the off, tossed up a touch, defensive shot played. Off the pads to the off side
end of over 4212 runs
INDIA: 180/9CRR: 4.28 • RRR: 9.37 • Need 75 from 48b
Harbhajan Singh16 (18)
Munaf Patel6 (10)
Tillakaratne Dilshan1.4-1-2-0
Muttiah Muralitharan9-0-36-3
Dilshan to Harbhajan Singh, no run
tossed up and on the stumps, down the track and defended
Dilshan to Harbhajan Singh, no run
Dilshan to Patel, 1 run
swept well, one bounce to deep backward square-leg
Dilshan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
flat and on the pads, clipped away down to fine-leg for a single

Fernando is getting some treatment. Seems to have cramp.

Fernando has gone off the field after the physio has treated him. Someone else will have to complete his over. It will be Dilshan to do the job.

Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, SIX runs
full and outside the off, it's a slower ball. BANG! Harbhajan smashes that for a bix over long-off. That is a good clean hit
Fernando to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR runs
crack! full and straight, Harbhajan has a go and whacks the ball over midwicket for a boundary. Desperation here at the end
end of over 417 runs
INDIA: 168/9CRR: 4.09 • RRR: 9.66 • Need 87 from 54b
Harbhajan Singh5 (13)
Munaf Patel5 (9)
Muttiah Muralitharan9-0-36-3
Tillakaratne Dilshan1-1-0-0
Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
clipped away to the on side for a single to end the over
Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run
straight and on the stumps, quite full too, defended watchfully
Muralitharan to Patel, 1 run
full and on the pads, heaved away to the leg side with one hand
Best performances - batsmen
WU Tharanga
64 runs (90)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
R Dravid
60 runs (82)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
17 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
M Muralitharan
Match details
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesICC World Cup 2007
Player Of The Match
Muttiah Muralitharan
Match numberODI no. 2550
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days23 March 2007 (50-over match)
Aleem Dar
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
Ian Howell
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe
PointsSri Lanka 2, India 0