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Final (D/N), Dambulla, June 24, 2010, Asia Cup
(44.4/50 ov, T:269) 187

India won by 81 runs

Player Of The Match
66 (84)
Player Of The Series
265 runs • 3 wkts
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This is the fourth win in seven tournament finals under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. . The seamers were fantastic: The ball moved around under the lights and all the seamers exploited the conditions. The Sri Lankan top order was found wanting tonight. .

The players from both teams shake hands. Please hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.

Karthick Santhanam: "Really glad that India finally managed to put one across Sri Lanka in a final. Without taking anything away from Indian seamers, I feel there is a dearth of technically sound batsmen who could play in swinging conditions in limited overs cricket world over."

Dinesh karthik is the man of the match: "We are very happy. We have won this after 15 years. I was in Kuwait with my parents when I got the call. Virat came in and started to bat well. I got out to a ball which was easy to hit I guess. Today we played better than them."

Sanga: "The difference was between in the first 15 overs - the way we bowled and the way they bowled. We lost wickets... It was a fresh wicket. I thought bit more application from the batsmen, we could have got through the first 15 overs. We were the best team coming into the final but India played well today. The Indian bowlers hit the areas really well, bowled good line and lengths and let the pitch do the rest. Unfortunately we succumbed. Quite disappointing not to win in front of the home crowd. India played really well and we weren't up to the mark today."

Dhoni: "The guys put in a lot of effort in terms of fitness and skill. This is a ideal reflection of that. Nice to win the Asia cup. We were happy to get 270 runs. We wanted to get DIlshan out quickly and the bowlers bowled really well. Zaheer .. Nehra. Once you are in a final and if you dont' win then what you did before that (in the tournament) doesn't matter. I expected that pitch will do a bit later. I know my bowlers. So i decided to bat. On his five dismissals: Thanks to the bowlers. They created the opportunities. "

Man of the series is Shahid Afridi Rameez Raja collects it on his behalf.

And with that Dhoni lifts the cup and poses with his team-mates.

That's it from us. Good bye and good luck!

Jadeja to Murali, OUT

India win the Asia Cup. Jadeja struck the final blow - it spun away from Murali got a thin nick through to Dhoni. Jadeja uproots the stumps, Dhoni pumps his fist and Murali turns and walks.

Muthiah Muralidaran c †Dhoni b Jadeja 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 40
Jadeja to Murali, no run

floated outside off, Murali pushes inside the line

Jadeja to Murali, 2 runs

backs away outside leg and cuts it past the slip fielder down to third man.

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 run

leans forward to on drive to long-on

The last time Nehra took a five-for was in a tri-series finalin Sri Lanka. It was a six wicket haul in fact, but India still lost that game.

end of over 448 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 184/9CRR: 4.18 RRR: 14.16
Muthiah Muralidaran0 (2b)
Chamara Kapugedera54 (87b 4x4 1x6)
Ashish Nehra 9-0-40-4
Ravindra Jadeja 6-0-26-1
Nehra to Murali, no run

in the zone outside off stump, left alone

Nehra to Murali, no run

around off stump, pushed to point

Nehra to Kapugedera, 1 run

goes fora big slog but mistimes it down to long-on

Nehra to Kapugedera, SIX runs

Clubbed! He leaned forward to smash the full toss over wide long-on boundary. 50 up for Kapu

Nehra to Malinga, OUT

No 4 for Nehra. Malinga cleared the front foot and went for the slog. He ended up slicing it just over covers and Jadeja jogged back to collect it. India just a wicket away from lifting the cup

Lasith Malinga c Jadeja b Nehra 7 (11b 1x4 0x6 10m) SR: 63.63
Nehra to Kapugedera, 1 run

fullish on the off, driven to long-off

end of over 436 runs
SL: 176/8CRR: 4.09 RRR: 13.28
Lasith Malinga7 (10b 1x4)
Chamara Kapugedera46 (84b 4x4)
Ravindra Jadeja 6-0-26-1
Ashish Nehra 8-0-32-3
Jadeja to Malinga, no run

around the off stump, tapped to the on side

Jadeja to Malinga, no run

on the middle and off, defended back down the pitch

Jadeja to Malinga, FOUR runs

flighted full around off, thrashed down the ground by Malinga!

Jadeja to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye

leans forward to defend and the ball rolls of the pad to the on side

Jadeja to Kapugedera, no run

gets forward to defend

Jadeja to Malinga, 1 run

on the middle, driven to right of mid-on

end of over 421 run
SL: 170/8CRR: 4.04 RRR: 12.37
Chamara Kapugedera46 (82b 4x4)
Lasith Malinga2 (6b)
Ashish Nehra 8-0-32-3
Ravindra Jadeja 5-0-21-1
Nehra to Kapugedera, no run

on the leg stump line, dabbed to midwicket

Nehra to Kapugedera, no run

around off stump, punched to short cover

Nehra to Kapugedera, no run

leans forward to dead-bat the length delivery

Nehra to Malinga, 1 run

full in length around off, pushed to mid-off for a risky single but Dinda, the sub, fails to collect cleanly ..

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