result
11th Match, Super Four (N), Karachi, Jul 3 2008, Asia Cup
(46.5/50 ov, target 309)310/4
India won by 6 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
player of the match
12y
• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Batting might sees India into final

Each of India's batsmen played their part as they reached the final with a convincing six-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka308/8(50 overs)
India310/4(46.5 overs)

11.49 pm: India overcame the fatigue from playing a back to back match to overhaul Sri Lanka's 308 with six wickets and 19 balls to spare. Their bowling could be improved and their fielding was sloppy but their batsmen were once again very solid. India and Sri Lanka will clash once again on July 6 (corrected, thanks to the 37 readers who pointed this out!) in the final of the Asia Cup.

The Pakistan-Bangladesh game tomorrow has been reduced to a dead rubber.

Readers in the US can watch the highlights of this game on Cricinfo TV.

Dhoni is today's Man of the Match for his 67 off 62 balls. Thank you for all your emails today. This is George Binoy signing off for the evening. Good night.

46.5
4
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

that's it, Yuvraj has sealed India's qualification for the final with a blistering drive through extra cover for four, the ball was another full toss from Kulasekera

46.4
4
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

India have got four of the seven they need to win via a powerful pull off the back foot from Yuvraj

46.3
1
Kulasekara to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

pushed towards cover of the front foot

46.2
4
Kulasekara to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

now Sharma hits the ball hard in the air back towards the bowler, the ball beats him and runs to the straight boundary

46.1
1
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, 1 run

another full toss and Yuvraj has driven it hard back to the bowler who gets his hands to the catch near his left shoulder but he couldn't hold on, that was hit very hard

end of over 464 runs
INDIA: 296/4CRR: 6.43 RRR: 3.25 • Need 13 from 24b
Yuvraj Singh27 (28)
Rohit Sharma17 (26)
Dilhara Fernando9-0-52-0
Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-44-2
45.6
1
Fernando to Yuvraj, 1 run

the short of a length delivery stops on Yuvraj who in turn stops his pull and ends up chipping the ball in the air towards midwicket

45.5
1
Fernando to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

cut off the back foot towards third man

Cricket Australia has followed the ECB's example in handing contracts to their female international players. Shelley Nitschke, the Australian allrounder, writes of the difference these contracts will make to the player's lives. Read her entry in Girls Aloud

45.4
1
Fernando to Yuvraj, 1 run

fuller length on off stump, driven off the front foot through cover

45.3
1
Fernando to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

short of a length outside off, Sharma guides the ball towards third man off the back foot

45.2
Fernando to Rohit Sharma, no run

that's a quick delivery outside off stump, Sharma reaches out without moving his feet and gets beaten

45.1
Fernando to Rohit Sharma, no run

short of a length on off stump, Sharma gets behind the line and defends

Fernando has two overs left, he'll bowl one of them now.

end of over 455 runs
INDIA: 292/4CRR: 6.48 RRR: 3.40 • Need 17 from 30b
Yuvraj Singh25 (26)
Rohit Sharma15 (22)
Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-44-2
Nuwan Kulasekara9-0-57-1
44.6
2
Murali to Yuvraj, 2 runs

Yuvraj steps out and chips the ball in the air but through the gap at midwicket, Murali finishes his spell with 2 for 44

44.5
1
Murali to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

worked off the pads behind square for one more

44.4
Murali to Rohit Sharma, no run

Sharma moves forward and across and plays with the turn to midwicket

44.3
1
Murali to Yuvraj, 1 run

Yuvraj winds up, gets down on one knee, and plays a powerful sweep to Fernando at deep backward square leg

44.2
Murali to Yuvraj, no run

bowled flatter outside leg from over the wicket, Yuvraj moves back and defends

44.1
1
Murali to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

tossed up outside off, driven off the front foot to long off

Murali comes back for his final over from round the wicket.

end of over 4411 runs
INDIA: 287/4CRR: 6.52 RRR: 3.67 • Need 22 from 36b
Yuvraj Singh22 (23)
Rohit Sharma13 (19)
Nuwan Kulasekara9-0-57-1
Tillakaratne Dilshan2-0-10-0
43.6
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, no run

played to point off the back foot

43.5
6
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, SIX runs

Yuvraj picks up a length ball and launches it over deep midwicket with a powerful pull shot, tremendous hit, not much elevation but plenty of distance

43.4
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, no run

Yuvraj smashes a low full toss straight back at Kulasekera who sticks his boot out bravely (or foolishly) and stops it, that had to hurt but Kulasekera showed nothing

Best performances - batters
Chamara Kapugedera portrait
CK Kapugedera
75 runs (78)
7 fours
1 six
Control92%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
4 fours
0 six
68322413514
Gautam Gambhir portrait
G Gambhir
68 runs (61)
11 fours
0 six
Control83%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
27 runs
5 fours
0 six
09181191029
Best performances - bowlers
Muttiah Muralitharan portrait
M Muralitharan
O
10
M
0
R
44
W
2
ECO
4.4
Ishant Sharma portrait
I Sharma
O
10
M
0
R
55
W
2
ECO
5.5
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesAsia Cup
Season2008
Player Of The Match
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
Match numberODI no. 2732
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-19.30 Interval 19.30-20.15, Second Session 20.15-23.45
Match days3 July 2008 - night(50-over match)
Umpires
South Africa Image
Brian Jerling
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Zameer Haider
Match Referee
Australia Image
Alan Hurst
PointsIndia 2, Sri Lanka 0