6th Match (D/N), Dambulla, Jun 22 2010, Asia Cup
(37.3/50 ov, target 210)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
India209(42.3 overs)
Sri Lanka211/3(37.3 overs)
end of over 384 runs
SL: 211/3CRR: 5.62 
Mahela Jayawardene53 (67)
Thilina Kandamby7 (14)
Ravindra Jadeja6.3-0-29-0
Pragyan Ojha10-0-49-0

They have got a bonus point, but more importantly they have got the right morale boost ahead of the big game. Forget the trends from the past, Sri Lanka will go in as favourites. India's bowling looked ordinary today, and while Harbhajan will lift the standards considerably, there is enough cause for concern. India's collapse with the bat was bizarre, and even more worrying - this is the same batting line up that will play in the finals.

Shruti: "The first match of the series between SL and Pak match tried to successfully justify the existence of ODIs, however the rest of the matches in the series have more or less tried to kill any such notions...(except India-Pak I guess!)"

Time for the presentations.

Dhoni: "Well of course, we got off to a decent start.. 160 odd on the board with six wickets in hand, we were looking at 270 odd, but Maharoof came on and turned it around completely. We did not have much chance after that. We have done well so far, batsmen have got runs. Would have been nice to carry confidence into the final, but unfortunately that did not happen. Finals in a couple of days.. we have to work on the areas where we can improve."

Sangakkara: "Very happy with the fact that we won so well in the end. Kapugedera's run out (of Dhoni) turned it around, and then Maharoof's hat-trick, what can you say! We just tried a new combination today, and I'm very happy with the way they performed. We have got to do it again in the finals. This win gives us confidence, but the finals is a finals. We have to start from scratch. It was pretty good to chase under lights today.. probably easier to bat during the day.."

Maharoof is as expected the Man of the Match for his five-for inclusive of that hat-trick. "I've done really well through the series.. hard work has paid off - Dambulla has always been lucky to me. To be honest, I had not planned for the hat-trick. Just wanted to keep it in good areas and it worked. In Dambulla when you hit that line and length there is always something for the bowlers. Sangakkara took a marvellous catch to give me the hat-trick, really happy for the team."

On that happy note we will wrap up the coverage for this game. Do tune in for the finals in a couple of days. On behalf of Team Cricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Jadeja to Jayawardene, FOUR runs
Mahela has had enough of this nonsense and slog-sweeps from outside off to midwicket. Fifty to Mahela and victory to Sri Lanka.
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run
much ado about nothing. Mahela cuts uppishly, the fielder at point could not get there in time as it landed safely, but the throw came in to the non-striker's end as Kandamby ran back. It hit the stumps, but he was just in.
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run
late cut goes straight to the fielder behind square on the off side
end of over 377 runs
SL: 207/3CRR: 5.59 • RRR: 0.23 • Need 3 from 12.3ov
Thilina Kandamby7 (14)
Mahela Jayawardene49 (64)
Pragyan Ojha10-0-49-0
Ravindra Jadeja6-0-25-0
Ojha to Kandamby, no run
deliberately padded to the off side. I haven't seen that in an ODI for a while. Mahela's fifty is on the platter now, ready to be devoured.
Ojha to Kandamby, no run
now to the on side. Yawn.
Ojha to Kandamby, no run
defends to the off side. Soporific stuff.

Sri Lanka have ripped India today. Yes tis was a second-string India side, but Sri Lanka were third-string to be honest. They rested four of their first-choice players, while India rested three from the squad currently in Dambulla. There too, it is up for debate if Ashish Nehra can be termed first-choice.

Ojha to Jayawardene, 1 run
tossed up on leg stump, played down to the off side
Ojha to Jayawardene, 2 runs
rank long hop, pulled without timing to the deep. Two more.
Ojha to Jayawardene, 4 leg byes
ah, rapped on the pads by an armer angling in. There is an appeal, but its turned down and runs away for four
end of over 364 runs
SL: 200/3CRR: 5.55 • RRR: 0.71 • Need 10 from 12.3ov
Thilina Kandamby7 (11)
Mahela Jayawardene46 (61)
Ravindra Jadeja6-0-25-0
Pragyan Ojha9-0-46-0
Jadeja to Kandamby, 2 runs
worked off the pads to midwicket who tumbles and fumbles. Kandamby runs across for two
Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run
tossed up outside off and driven easily to sweeper cover
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run
arm ball coming in, Mahela gets forward and defends
Jadeja to Kandamby, 1 run
Single! Whoop! To the covers off the outside edge
Jadeja to Kandamby, no run
again, played into the covers. SL don't seem to want the pointless Bonus point. Can India still give them one?
Jadeja to Kandamby, no run
Kandamby leans forward and defends down the track

Jadeja the allrounder (within quotes) comes on.

end of over 353 runs
SL: 196/3CRR: 5.6 • RRR: 0.93 • Need 14 from 12.3ov
Mahela Jayawardene45 (59)
Thilina Kandamby4 (7)
Pragyan Ojha9-0-46-0
Praveen Kumar8-2-30-1

Even by SL-India standards, this is a real drag now.

Ojha to Jayawardene, no run
straightens from leg stump, Mahela again gets forward and blocks.
Ojha to Kandamby, 1 run
played with the spin off the back foot to square leg
Ojha to Jayawardene, 1 run
slightly shorter length, Mahela gets some inside edge on the front-foot defense to square leg
Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
73 runs (82)
10 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
RG Sharma
69 runs (73)
7 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
MF Maharoof
HMRKB Herath
Match details
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup 2010
Player Of The Match
Farveez Maharoof
Match numberODI no. 2999
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days22 June 2010 - day/night match (50-over match)
Billy Bowden
Bruce Oxenford
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Grashan Liyanage
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft
PointsSri Lanka 5, India 0