Player of the Match
Player of the Match
233dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Mendis spins Sri Lanka to title triumph

Sanath Jayasuriya smashed another superb century before Ajantha Mendis, the mystery spinner still classed as a slow-medium bowler, bamboozled a highly rated batting line-up to finish with astonishing figures of 6 for 13

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

ST Jayasuriya
125(114) 9x4 - 5x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
12 5 12 28 12 8 10 38
V Sehwag
60(36) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 26 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
4 20 6 9 4 4 3 10

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O8
M1
R13
W6
Eco1.62
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
I Sharma
I Sharma
O10
M1
R52
W3
Eco5.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

The target, despite Jayasuriya's whirlwind thrilling ton, was 274. It didn't look too big and shrunk further when Sehwag went berserk at the top. Enter Ajantha Mendis. Finger-flicking good. The Indians were clueless, playing him like he had flicked hand grenades at them. They went down in a heap. Dhoni fought alone but he too fell. Game over. Sri Lankan fans could well chant now, If Murali doesn't get you, Mendis will. It will be a rather interesting series between these two teams next month. Indians would spend lots of time in front of the video to decipher his bowling code. Can they? Time will tell but in the here and now they were unable to crack the mystery.

President Musharraf is down there with both teams. Murali has a long chat with him. Now the president goes over to the Indian camp to shake hands.

Dhoni: Mendis bowled really well. Frankly speaking, none of us picked him. He bowled brilliantly. He was fantastic. It was his day. It's a good learning curve for us as we are playing Sri Lanka next month." On India's poor record in 22 finals." At least we reached those 22 finals! That's some positive to take away from." On Sri Lanka series." It will be a tough one. Not only Mendis but also Murali and the pitches help the spinners. Hopefully it will be a tough and exciting series."

Man of the Match Ajantha Mendis. Mahela joins in to translate for him. "It was a great experience; first big tournament and enjoyed it. I didn't think too much, just wanted to bowl to the field."

Man of the tournament Mendis again. 17 wickets.

Mahela: "We have played in lots of finals. we knew that in a final 270 would be a big score. We were in trouble when Sehwag went about his way. Mendis came in and bowled brilliantly. Every one else chipped in. But I think what turned around things today was Jayasuriya's brilliant innings. He did what he does best. We knew that if we pick up wickets we can control this batting line up. To win the Asia Cup away from home is a monkey back of us. We haven't had a good 2008, so this victory is good for us. We just have to enjoy this moment and re focus on the home series. All the guys are looking forward to it."

That's it from us. Good bye from me, Sriram Veera, and Binoy George, who was the scorer today. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of Asia Cup 2008. Alvida!

39.3
W
Kulasekara to I Sharma, OUT, Sri Lanka win the Asia Cup. Kulasekara cleans up Ishant with a full and straight delivery that beats the big drive. Mahela pumps his fist and turns to hug Jayasuriya. One by one, they all troop in and get into a huddle. They break away now. Congratulations to the champions. The Indian team stand on the staircase and shake hands with the Sri Lankans.

I Sharma b Kulasekara 8 (19m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

39.2
1
Kulasekara to Ojha, 1 run, outside the off stump, dabbed to third man
39.1
0
Kulasekara to Ojha, no run, full and moving outside off stump, beaten on the drive

Kulasekara to bowl now

END OF OVER:
39 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 172/9 (102 runs required from 10.3 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 9.27)

  • Pragyan Ojha5 (15b)
  • Ishant Sharma8 (17b)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan8-0-26-1
  • Ajantha Mendis8-1-13-6
38.6
1
Muralitharan to Ojha, 1 run, leans forward to steer a flighted delivery on the middle and off to point region
38.5
1
Muralitharan to I Sharma, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single
38.4
0
Muralitharan to I Sharma, no run, dropped by Murali. The off break on the middle and off, driven to left of Murali who lunges with his hand outstretched but clanged it
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India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st36G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd40V SehwagSK Raina
3rd0Yuvraj SinghSK Raina
4th17MS DhoniSK Raina
5th4MS DhoniRG Sharma
6th38MS DhoniRV Uthappa
7th19MS DhoniIK Pathan
8th0MS DhoniRP Singh
9th6MS DhoniPP Ojha
10th13PP OjhaI Sharma