8th Match (D/N), Brisbane, Feb 21 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series
(45.1/50 ov, target 290)
Sri Lanka won by 51 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sri Lanka too strong for listless India

Sri Lanka's old guard provided the base and the new order built on it to boost them to a substantial total. Their disciplined bowlers dismantled a shaky India line-up to take Sri Lanka into second position

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka289/6(50 overs)
India238(45.1 overs)

Shahid: "As a Sri Lankan i am very happy with the way the team is playing and with the team selection! A few less dropped catches would be better though!"

A job well done by Sri Lanka today. Two wins on the trot has put them in second slot, and ahead of India with a game in hand.

Sehwag: "We didn't bowl well in the final ten overs, and we didn't bat well, the way Sachin and Gambhir played in the beginning, I thought we could get a good start but we lost three wickets early. We didn't bat well and we didn't bowl we. We missed Dhoni in this game, if we play to our potential it will be easier for us."

Nuwan Kulasekara is the Man of the Match: "My strength is to swing the ball, I'm very happy at getting Sachin's wicket, our bowling attack is very good, seamers and spinners are doing a great job. Malinga is the No. 1 bowler in the world now, I'm very lucky to be bowling with him."

Mahela Jayawardene: "We are getting better and better, we played smart cricket, we kept wickets in hand and put up a good score, we are still making some mistakes, hope we don't make them in the bigger games. Our bowlers were absolutely brilliant upfront. With the two new balls, the ball is doing more in these conditions, not giving easy singles in very important and we can keep the field up."

Our preview headline was "Plenty to ponder for unsettled India" and that remains the case for them ahead of the next game. They still don't know what their best bowling combination looks like, and the batting also has question marks over it.

Sri Lanka have a lot more confidence going into their next game, against Australia in Hobart on Friday. Mahela's elevation to the top of the order is working well, their quicks have found their rhythm, and the only blip was the three catches they put down.

Abhishek Purohit has the match report here. And here's Sidharth Monga's take on the Thirimanne Mankaded incident.

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Perera to Pathan, OUT
Sri Lanka have won, Perera gets his fourth, not the best of deliveries, a juicy full toss and Irfan whacks it straight back to the bowler, Perera hangs on to it and Sri Lanka get four points, once more Umesh Yadav is not out, three days ago India were top of the table, now they are bottom of the table,
IK Pathan c & b Perera 47 (51m 34b 7x4 0x6) SR: 138.23
end of over 455 runs
INDIA: 238/9CRR: 5.28 • RRR: 10.40 • Need 52 from 30b
Umesh Yadav0 (2)
Irfan Pathan47 (33)
Lasith Malinga8-0-55-2
Thisara Perera7-0-37-3
Malinga to Yadav, no run
a yorker to end the over, Umesh keeps it out once more

Shaishav: "I know what I am missing: an Indian team in form."

Malinga to Yadav, no run
a terrific delivery from Malinga, a full one heading for the middle and off, kept out by Umesh
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run
overpitched and outside off, slugged towards mid-on by Irfan
Malinga to Pathan, FOUR runs
Irfan impressing with the bat here, a full toss just outside off, Irfan dinks this over short fine leg for four
Malinga to Pathan, no run
full and well outside off, Irfan looks to chop that to the off side, doesn't connect, the ball bounces a second time before it reaches the keeper
Malinga to Pathan, no run
full and just outside off, pushed towards point
end of over 441 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 233/9CRR: 5.29 • RRR: 9.50 • Need 57 from 36b
Irfan Pathan42 (29)
Thisara Perera7-0-37-3
Lasith Malinga7-0-50-2

Saad Parekh: "Is any one missing Harbhajan, yet?"

Perera to Vinay Kumar, OUT
Perara gets this third wicket, short of length ball outside off, Vinay steers it towards Senanayake at backward point, Vinay is gone for a duck
R Vinay Kumar c sub (SMSM Senanayake) b Perera 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Perera to Vinay Kumar, no run
off the outside half of the bat towards cover
Perera to Vinay Kumar, no run
in the channel outside off, Vinay wafts at it and is beaten
Perera to Vinay Kumar, no run
short of length ball angling away outside off, Vinay chases after it and misses
Perera to Pathan, 1 run
punched towards mid-on for a single

Ishan: "@Prat: I'm missing MSD!"

Rumplestiltskin: "Anyone missing Ajit Agarkar?"

Perera to Pathan, no run
full toss outside off, slapped towards point, substitute Sachithra Senanayake dives to his left to cut that off
end of over 435 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 232/8CRR: 5.39 • RRR: 8.28 • Need 58 from 42b
Irfan Pathan41 (27)
Lasith Malinga7-0-50-2
Nuwan Kulasekara9-0-40-3
Malinga to Ashwin, OUT
Ashwin was backing away, a short of length ball over the stumps, Ashwin pokes at it and a thin edge through to the keeper, Bowden raises the finger
R Ashwin c †Sangakkara b Malinga 5 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run
pitched up and on off stump, whipped towards midwicket for a single
Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run
a low yorker length delivery outside off, Ashwin bends his knees and opens the bat face to guide the ball towards backward point
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run
overpitched outside off, crisply struck by Irfan, down to long-off for a single, Irfan has looked good this innings
Malinga to Ashwin, 1 run
slower ball, 123 kph, looked like the offcutter, he sends the ball to his favourite area, towards backward point
Best performances - batsmen
V Kohli
66 runs (83)
2 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
HDRL Thirimanne
62 runs (62)
6 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
20 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
NLTC Perera
KMDN Kulasekara
Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesCommonwealth Bank Series 2012
Player Of The Match
Nuwan Kulasekara
Match numberODI no. 3246
Hours of play (local time)13.20 start, First Session 13.20-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.35, Second Session 17.35-21.05
Match days21 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)
Billy Bowden
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee
Chris Broad
PointsSri Lanka 4, India 0