8th Match (D/N), Adelaide, Feb 19 2008, Commonwealth Bank Series
(49.1/50 ov, target 239)
India won by 2 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
INDIA Innings
Full commentary

Well, a good contest out there at the Adelaide Oval today, Sangakkara's hundred in a losing cause as India's batsmen got home with two wickets, well marshalled by the resurgent Yuvraj and the sensible Dhoni who made a fifty without a boundary.

Here's Jayawardene: "It was a very good game, we had opportunities but Yuvi came in the middle and played very well. With the tailenders there was a good chance of Lasith doing something special but we were probably 20 short today. We lost a couple of wickets and momentum. Losing two wickets in the first two overs doesn't help the cause either. Once you start winning you get used to doing the right things, not doing things makes it much tougher. But credit to the guys, Indians played very well today. We really need to go all out and try to get those three mathematical wins."

Sangakkara is the Player of the Match and gets a cheque for $2500. "When you score runs you always expect to be in the winning side but when the side loses everyone loses." Quite.

"If you go into bat and you're in form you're expected to get runs and the rest of the guys have to work around you. Once it turns around we will get back on track, it's not for a lack of trying." And on Malinga at the end: "I was thinking, please, please, here's a guy who bowls his heart out, but not to be today. All of our guys tried their hardest to win the game."

Here's Dhoni. "We will take the win it's fine. One day was not enough to recover from the calf injury." He acknowledges it was easier to bat in the cooler conditions.

"The credit goes to Yuvraj, he was one of the batsman who... the sooner he comes to form the better for the side. That's one of the things you should do as a team - enjoy each other's success and that's what we're doing out here."

He made fifty without a boundary of course. "It's more fun when you're teasing the fielder, taking the doubles and cheeky singles, it's more fun than hitting boundaries." Good comment.

So the great and powerful players in Oz have spoken, that's about the best point to wrap things up and say thanks for joining me today, do come back on Friday won't you? See you then.

Maharoof to Dhoni, 2 runs
it's all academic now anyway as Dhoni crashes through the covers to bring up his fifty and seal the win for India

Close either way

Maharoof to Dhoni, 1 wide
outside off and Dhoni comes out of his crease, chopping a cut right over the ball and the umpire calls wide to the intense approbation of the team and the crowd

Dhoni to face now and it will be Maharoof who has the honours. Three needed remember

end of over 49Wicket maiden
INDIA: 236/8CRR: 4.81 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 3 runs from 6b
Ishant Sharma0 (2)
MS Dhoni48 (67)
Lasith Malinga10-1-37-2
Ishara Amerasinghe10-0-49-3

So, a wicket maiden for Malinga but the over of course contained those byes

Malinga to I Sharma, no run
Ishant's done his job, keeping another yorker out with a dig of the bat