6th Match, Port of Spain, Jul 9 2013, West Indies Tri-Nation Series
(29/29 ov)
(24.4/26 ov, target 178)
India won by 81 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Bhuvneshwar, Rohit carry India to final

Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended the Sri Lanka chase early with a spell of 6-1-8-4, his best international figures, to take India to the final

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
India119/3(29 overs)
Sri Lanka96(24.4 overs)

That's the end of another long day's cricket from Trinidad. India and Sri Lanka are through to the final. As we leave you, I can see Dhoni is getting throwdowns from Raina. Don't be surprised if you see him at the toss on Thursday. Okay bye

Quotes from the presentation

"It was a tough wicket to bat on," says Angelo Mathews. "We bowled well, but when we batted the pitch had been under covers and had sweated more. We had nothing to lose and went for it. It's mentally and physically draining to play three days in a row. We have played some good cricket to get to the final, hopefully we can beat India."

"We have shown a lot of character," says Virat Kohli. "To bounce back like this and finish top of the table is a commendable effort. Very proud of the team. When I and Rohit were playing, we just wanted to play ourselves in. It paid in the end, because we had wickets in hand, and it worked in the D/L calculations. Then the bowlers responded beautifully."

"If you perform well for your country, you feel proud," says Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Man of the Match. "You had to put the ball in the right areas. So far the most helpful pitch I have bowled on."

India win by 81 runs on D/L method, take the bonus point, and finish at the top of the table. In two days' time, India and Sri Lanka come out to face each other again... for the 56th match against each other in the last five years. Hallelujah. Igziabeher

Well done India. Credit where it's due. They batted in tough conditions. Rohit Sharma was beaten black and blue, but he was not out. Virat Kohli batted well too as India reached 119 for 3 in 29 overs when rain arrived. After that shower, we had time enough for only 26 overs, and Sri Lanka were given a D/L adjusted target of 178 in 26 overs. However, to get ahead of WI's NRR and thus qualify for the final, India needed to restrict Sri Lanka to 167.

The ball, though, began to behave even more crazily with more moisture under the surface. Bhuvneshwar kept hitting the seam to exploit those conditions fully, and killed Sri Lanka's chase. Hang around for the quotes from the presentation. I am sure Kolhi will be asked if Dhoni is ready to come out of the injury break and play the final

Yadav to Malinga, OUT
slower ball, all over. Mainga hits this clean, but Jadeja leaps at mid-on to take the catch
SL Malinga c Jadeja b Yadav 7 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00
Yadav to Malinga, 2 runs
Malinga swings again, and the top edge clears the infield. Jadeja going after it for the catch nearly twists his ankle on the soft outfield
Yadav to Malinga, FOUR runs
Malinga backs away and flick-pulls a shortish ball over mid-on
Yadav to Malinga, no run
short of a length, outside off, beats the outside edge

Last two overs before India and Sri Lanka do it all over again in a thrilling final that you won't be able to look away from

Yadav comes back

end of over 243 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 90/9CRR: 3.75 • RRR: 44.00 • Need 88 from 12b
Shaminda Eranga2 (8)
Lasith Malinga1 (1)
Ishant Sharma4-0-17-2
Ravichandran Ashwin5-0-20-1
I Sharma to Eranga, no run
bouncer, on middle and off, beats the pull again
I Sharma to Eranga, 2 runs
goes for the big hit down the ground, mis-hits it straight of mid-on for a couple
I Sharma to Eranga, no run
short of a length, on off, defended from the crease
I Sharma to Malinga, 1 run
short of a length, outside off, somehow - while backing away - he gets a single to third man

Last man in

I Sharma to Dilhara, OUT
another wicket. Short of a length, bowled cross seam, which gets him the extras bounce, goes off the shoulder of the bat for a soft one-handed take to Karthik who is held in a warm embrace by second slip, Raina
LHD Dilhara c †Karthik b I Sharma 6 (27m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27
I Sharma to Dilhara, no run
bouncer, just outside off, beats the pull

Fasten your seat belts. Time for the batting Powerplay

end of over 232 runs
SL: 87/8CRR: 3.78 • RRR: 30.33 • Need 91 from 18b
Shaminda Eranga0 (5)
Dilhara Lokuhettige6 (20)
Ravichandran Ashwin5-0-20-1
Ishant Sharma3-0-14-1
Ashwin to Eranga, no run
slower in the air, high, defended back to him
Ashwin to Eranga, no run
flighted outside off, defended to mid-off
Ashwin to Eranga, no run
short of a length, outside off, defended
Ashwin to Eranga, no run
flat length ball, defended off the back foot
Ashwin to Eranga, 1 wide
sharp offbreak, turns down leg, called a wide
Ashwin to Dilhara, 1 run
full, just outside off, driven to long-off for one
Ashwin to Dilhara, no run
tossed up on off, defended

Ashwin's last over now. Has moved back to over the stumps

end of over 221 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 85/8CRR: 3.86 • RRR: 23.25 • Need 93 from 24b
Shaminda Eranga0 (1)
Dilhara Lokuhettige5 (18)
Ishant Sharma3-0-14-1
Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-18-1
I Sharma to Eranga, no run
short of a length, just outside off, holds its line to beat the bat
Best performances - batsmen
RG Sharma
48 runs (83)
2 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
14 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
V Kohli
31 runs (52)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
12 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
B Kumar
I Sharma
Match details
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesWest Indies Tri-Nation Series 2013
Player Of The Match
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Match numberODI no. 3387
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days9 July 2013 (50-over match)
Peter Nero
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Nigel Duguid
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe
PointsIndia 5, Sri Lanka 0