209dThe 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

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

WU Tharanga
WU Tharanga
64(90) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 9 13 3 9 7 5 15
R Dravid
60(82) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
8 2 8 11 7 3 4 17

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O10
M0
R41
W3
Eco4.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
WPUJC Vaas
O8
M1
R39
W2
Eco4.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

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.

43.3
W
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

43.2
0
Dilshan to Patel, no run, slightly short and outside the off, chopped to the off side
43.1
0
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:
43 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 185/9 (70 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.30, RRR: 10.00)

  • Harbhajan Singh17 (20b)
  • Munaf Patel10 (14b)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-41-3
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan1.4-1-2-0
42.6
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"

42.5
1
Muralitharan to Patel, 1 run, tossed up and on the stumps, big heave, thick inside edge down to the on side
42.4
2
Muralitharan to Patel, 2 runs, big offbreak from outside the off stump rips in, Munaf goes back and somehow cuts down to slip

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st25SC GangulyRV Uthappa
2nd18SC GangulyV Sehwag
3rd1SR TendulkarV Sehwag
4th54R DravidV Sehwag
5th14R DravidYuvraj Singh
6th0R DravidMS Dhoni
7th24R DravidAB Agarkar
8th23R DravidHarbhajan Singh
9th2Harbhajan SinghZ Khan
10th24Harbhajan SinghMM Patel

World Cup

Super Eights
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS770142.4
SL752101.483
NZ752100.253
SA74380.313
ENG7346-0.394
WI7254-0.566
BDESH7162-1.514
IRE7162-1.73
Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS33063.433
SA32142.403
NL3122-2.527
SCOT3030-3.793
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL33063.493
BDESH3214-1.523
INDIA31221.206
BMUDA3030-4.345
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
NZ33062.138
ENG32140.418
KENYA3122-1.194
CAN3030-1.389
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
WI33060.764
IRE3113-0.092
PAK31220.089
ZIM3021-0.886