The players break away from the huddle and Dhoni, who has collected a stump as a souvenir, leads them to shake hands with the Sri Lankan players.
They said, 'Win the toss, win the match'. It wasn't that easy, though. Sachin Tendulkar delivered a masterclass to charge India to powerful total but Sri Lanka fought hard right till the end. Sanath and Dilshan gave a blazing start before Harbhajan put India ahead but Sri Lanka rallied back through Sangakkara, who, however, got out to a bizarre dismissal to hand the advantage back to India. However, Kandamby and Kapugedera kept fighting on until Harbhajan returned. Check mate. India have won the Compaq Cup. We had a thoroughly enjoyable game.
Sangakkara: "At the end it turned out to be quite a good game. When you are in form, you have to maximise the opportunities. We were in the hunt till the end. Kandamby was once again the lynchpin of our middle-order. If we had couple more wickets in hand, we could have maximised our powerplay. When you think positive, don't worry about the conditions, trust your team-mates to do their job, you can do a lot. I would like to thank Paul Fabrace (Asst coach who is leaving SL to join Kent) for his amazing work." [on his dismissal] : laughs.. You find new ways to get out. It was probably the only way I would have got out there tonight."
Most stylish player of today's game: Harbhajan Singh gets a bike. "It was a very important for us to win. All the boys chipped in. We could have fielded and bowled a little better ... My job was to contain the runs, put pressure and take wickets."
Man of the Match and Man of the series Sachin Tendulkar : "It's been lot of fun out there. The conditions were difficult. MS and Yuvraj played a special innings. Fantastic effort from Bhaji and supported by others. Good team-effort. I lost all my nails. Congrats to Sri Lanka for producing some fantastic cricket. I would also like to thank the crowd. The body is holding up pretty well. few cramps and stuff but it's holding up pretty well."
Dhoni [All's well that ends well?] " No really, You got to learn from your mistakes. We made quite a few today on field. As a team we didn't field well. Thanks to characters in the side, we ended up on the winning side. It's very special to us. We are winning here after a long time. If you are the second best team, you can't make these kind of mistakes. Hopefully next time, we won't give width and bowl short to Dilshan. As a Indian side, when you lose a Tri series, when you go to press box, you know what the first question would be! So, it's a nice to win. Rahul accepted to bat in the top'; we didn't want to shuffle him down the order as he can really bat well at the top." [On whom you would like to dedicate this trophy?] To Raj Singh Dungarpur."
On behalf of our scorers, Raghav and Sanjay, this is Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game, signing off. See you at the Champions Trophy. Bye.
Sachin stands up in the dressing room and applauds Harbhajan's efforts. Dhoni, Nehra and Harbhajan discuss.
The men at the deep were on the leg side and Kandamby thought he can pierce the off-side field but ...
Batting Powerplay has been taken now. Kandamby wipes the sweat from his face, his arms and sips a drink offered by the 12th man. Kula gets over for his share and the three talk.