That is it from us for this game. Have a look at the match report by Kanishkaa Balachandran. Siddarth Ravindran will have more from the ground later. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off for the moment. Cheers

Virat is the Man of the Match. Virat: "To be able to adjust so quickly from Australia is very satisfying because of the different conditions. We [Gautam and I] have got a lot of big stands between us. We understand each others' games really well. We don't have to tell each other what to do. It is very satisfying when the wicket is slow, you have to control your urge to hit a boundary and take the singles. It is just a great honour [the vice-captaincy], I never expected it at 23." Well said, fiery one.

Dhoni: "It was difficult at that time when Mahela was batting well. The wicket changed a bit, it came onto the bat better and they were able to play their shots. Praveen was having an off day then, they took Jadeja for runs, so I was actually two bowlers short at that time. And had to get the part-timers in. But Praveen came back well, and Irfan and Vinay supported him well. There were not many boundaries in the Virat-Gautam partnership but they did well to set up a base. It is a tough ground to defend with quick outfield. Hopefully it won't be as easy to bat in the second innings as it is now as the tournament goes on. It is not that we played badly against Sri Lanka [in Australia]."

Mahela: "When you are chasing something like that, the guys who get starts have to finish off. Pretty bad shot from me. We chased really well, nothing wrong with the wicket. We needed to finish the chase which we did not do. Initially they set it up nicely with Gautam and Virat. I thought we gave away 15-20 runs more, it is difficult to bowl to Dhoni and Raina, our fielding could have been better too. We can take many positives out of this game. The new guys did well. Suranga bowled well. I have enjoyed batting up the order. I am more relaxed, I can play my shots It is easy to bat with Dilshan and it later flows with Sanga. But as I said, I played a pretty bad shot."

That late burst from Dhoni and Raina proved the difference in the end, turning a good score built on the twin centuries from Gambhir and Kohli into a stiff target. Jayawardene and Sangakkara looked in control, but a top-heavy Sri Lanka crumbled after their dismissals. Ashwin's double strike in the 36th over being the decisive blow. Irfan putting in a solid performance with four wickets

thiru: "There's a reason why Mahela always batted at 4 or 5, even though he has always loved to open the batting. With him opening, the batting is a bit inexperienced, and it showed in today's match. It would be a knee-jerk reaction to suggest that this is the sole reason for today's loss, but Mahela in the middle-order meant that the 'experience' was more evenly distributed through the lineup."

45.1
W
Pathan to Prasanna, OUT, that will be it then, Prasanna came down the track, and swung the widish slower one off the toe end of the bat, Sachin ran back from cover and settled under it, Irfan finishes with four

S Prasanna c Tendulkar b Pathan 8 (15m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

END OF OVER:
45 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 254/9 (51 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 10.20)

  • Seekkuge Prasanna8 (11b)
  • Vinay Kumar9-0-55-3
  • Irfan Pathan8-1-32-3
44.6
W
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, OUT, gone! Maharoof opened up and wanted to go down the ground, but he ended up slicing the full toss to extra cover

MF Maharoof c Raina b Vinay Kumar 18 (29m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 94.73

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st31DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
2nd93DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
3rd28KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
4th44KC SangakkaraHDRL Thirimanne
5th2KMDN KulasekaraHDRL Thirimanne
6th18WU TharangaKMDN Kulasekara
7th0WU TharangaCK Kapugedera
8th25WU TharangaMF Maharoof
9th13MF MaharoofS Prasanna
10th0RAS LakmalS Prasanna