Player of the Match
Player of the Match

48 | 14 Runs | SL: 283/5 | RR: 5.89

  • Thisara Perera36 (15b)
  • Thilan Samaraweera105 (106b)
  • Ashish Nehra8-0-55-0
  • Zaheer Khan9-0-57-0

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Thilan Samaraweera, Man of the Match "It was easy to bat because of the dew. I knew we needed a partnership, myself and Kumar did well. In the end, Perera did really well. The ball is coming onto the bat really well because of the dew."

Kumar Sangakkara "All credit to Sammy for batting through, and Perera played superbly too. When we started out in the morning, it was like 'here we go again', but Welegedara did well to bring us back in. Suraj Randiv bowled well, and I think our fielding was much better. The attitude of the players was brilliant, we were out there to win." Bad news meanwhile, Sanga informs us that Pushpakumara is going back because of the shoulder injury

MS Dhoni "It was always going to be difficult to defend 280. We knew we had to pick early wickets, after the first 10 overs there was nothing for the bowlers. We can request to have an early start, but if you have to play at the same time, you have to come up with something else. It's just slipping out, no yorkers, no reverse-swing, no spin."

For those who didn't watch this one live, we hope you enjoyed our text commentary. Samaraweera played a superb middle-order knock, 105 off 106, never looking hurried, and Perera ran away with it in the end when Sri Lanka were threatening to choke. India opened the bowling well, Nehra was special, and then the middle overs featured too many singles, and after the comeback fashioned by Harbhajan, their fast bowlers just couldn't stop Perera, bowling fulltosses, no-balls, leg-side half-volleys. Consequently, Sri Lanka lead the table. Stay with us for the presentation ceremony

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Nehra to Perera, FOUR runs, full ball, lofted over wide long-on and it's a job well finished by Perera and Samaraweera

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st48WU TharangaHDRL Thirimanne
2nd29KC SangakkaraWU Tharanga
3rd122TT SamaraweeraKC Sangakkara
4th18TT SamaraweeraSHT Kandamby
5th9TT SamaraweeraS Randiv
6th57TT SamaraweeraNLTC Perera