4th Match (D/N), Fatullah, Feb 28 2014, Asia Cup
(49.2/50 ov)265/8
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Sangakkara ton gives Sri Lanka tense win

Kumar Sangakkara made an under-pressure century to steer Sri Lanka to their second straight win and to the brink of a place in the Asia Cup finals

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Vishal Dikshit
Scorecard summary
India264/9(50 overs)
Sri Lanka265/8(49.2 overs)

Time for the presentation:

Virat Kohli: I think the bowlers did a good job, there was a lot of dew in the end. We didn't expect so much dew because there wasn't so much of it yesterday, but credit to the bowlers to take it to the last over. We could have been smarter with our batting and could have added 25-30 runs more. Jadeja was magnificent with the ball, we were just waiting for the ball to turn before the dew. We have to pull our socks up, rectify the areas we are not good in for the next match.

Angelo Mathews: My groin got a bit stiff but it's all ok now. We looked to play good cricket and we did well to restrict them to 260, the spinners did a beautiful job. And then the champion came in to play a terrific knock. Ya, Mendis is our trump card, the dew factor comes in to play and our spinners did well.

Not surprisingly, Sangakkara is the Man of the Match: The dew made it a lot easier for me, my job was to stay there for as long as possible and stay competitive. We had a great opening partnership which really set us up. And with Thisara in the end, we knew he could do the job. I think handling pressure comes with experience. De silva in his second ODI did well with the ball and fielding, it was a team effort overall. It's been a few good months for me, I've worked hard on my fitness and experience counts.

10.15pm That's all from us tonight, it's Vishal signing off with our scorer Sanjay Murari and we'll be back tomorrow with the next game - Bangladesh against Afghanistan, who have been winless so far. Till then, it's goodbye!

9.55pm Another terrific knock from Sangakkara, this time after Kusal Perera gave them a solid start with Thirimanne. Sri Lanka lost a few quick wickets in the middle to Jadeja and Shami but Sanga kept his cool and stayed there almost till the end for a close win. Ashwin and Jadeja kept things tight with five wickets between them and only 72 runs from their 20 overs, but Sanga survived it all. Sri Lanka now on top of the table with eight points from two matches

Bhuvneshwar to Perera, 1 run

it's all over for India - Perera manages a bottom edge towards mid-on and calls for the single and might have been close if it was a direct hit and the overthrow also goes to the boundary

Bhuvneshwar to Perera, no run

dropped! Would you believe it - Perera drove it straight to Dhawan at mid-off, it was at a comfortable height but the ball simply popped out of his hands

One run required from the last over

end of over 4911 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 264/8CRR: 5.38 RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 from 6b
Ajantha Mendis5 (2)
Thisara Perera10 (16)
Mohammed Shami10-0-81-3
Bhuvneshwar Kumar9-1-44-0
Shami to Mendis, FOUR runs

edged and four! It wasn't a poor delivery from Shami, Mendis drove with power and got an outside edge just outside the keeper's reach on the of side for four

Perera and Mendis having a discussion while Kohli wipes the dew off the ball

Shami to Perera, 1 run

low full toss on off, driven down firmly for one

There were only four in the circle and Kohli stopped Shami just in time from bowling the delivery or it would have been a no ball

Vishal: "Reminds me so much of Champions trophy when Ashwin took a brilliant catch to dismiss morgan and changed the game"

Shami to Mendis, 1 run

length ball on the off stump, thick outside edge goes to third man for one

What an innings from Sanga, an 83-ball hundred under pressure and he nearly took his team through. Ajantha Mendis joins Perera now. Seven to win form nine

Shami to Sangakkara, OUT

and Sanga is gone, or is he? It was a waist-high full toss on off, Sanga went for it and thick edge goes straight to Ashwin at short third man where he takes a low catch. The umpires are checking: the foot has landed in the crease, the full toss is waist-high so seems fine and Ashwin got his fingers under the ball to catch it. After a lot of communication with the third umpire, the finger has gone up

Kumar Sangakkara c Ashwin b Mohammed Shami 103 (145m 84b 12x4 1x6) SR: 122.61
Shami to Sangakkara, FOUR runs

that's his hundred! Low full toss on leg, Sanga whips it to the deep square leg boundary where Dhawan did well to stop it but could not collect it and the ball rolled to the boundary for Sanga's 18th hundred

Amrish: "Sanga 36 off last 18 balls he faced...!!!"

Shami to Perera, 1 run

full on leg, Perera clears his front foot and drives it to long-on

Last three overs have leaked 32 runs

end of over 4811 runs
SL: 253/7CRR: 5.27 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Thisara Perera8 (14)
Kumar Sangakkara99 (82)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar9-1-44-0
Mohammed Shami9-0-70-2
Bhuvneshwar to Perera, 1 run

another one in the block hole and Perera charges it down to long-on for a single

ASHRAF: "give the ball to bowl stuart binny, may he will make turning point"

Bhuvneshwar to Sangakkara, 1 run

full on off, driven down easily to long-off for one

14 to win from 14

Bhuvneshwar to Sangakkara, FOUR runs

better delivery this time, in the block hole just outside off, and Sanga gets a thick bottom edge which sends the ball fine on off for four more

Bhuvneshwar to Sangakkara, FOUR runs

it's a full toss this time, a low one outside off, and Sanga finds the gap past point to find the boundary as there's nobody in the deep there

Bhuvneshwar to Sangakkara, no run

low full toss, nearly a yorker, Sanga pushes it to cover

Bhuvneshwar to Perera, 1 run

no room on offer with a block hole just outside off, Perera takes a single with a drive down to long-on

Three overs to go, 23 required and Perera changes his bat. Bhuvneshwar to continue

end of over 4710 runs
SL: 242/7CRR: 5.14 RRR: 7.67 • Need 23 from 18b
Thisara Perera6 (12)
Kumar Sangakkara90 (78)
Mohammed Shami9-0-70-2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar8-1-33-0
Shami to Perera, 1 run

in the block hole again and Perera take a single with a drive to long-on

Shami to Perera, no run

in the block hole on leg stump, Perera digs it out to cover

Shami to Sangakkara, 1 run

attempted yorker is a full toss and it goes to long-on after a bounce

Hrithik N: "@Pavan, Bhuvi is trying to bowl those yorkers but because of the wet ball it is really tough to land."

Shami to Perera, 1 run

full on middle and Perera hits Sanga with a straight drive but they get a single

Shami to Sangakkara, 1 run

in the block hole and Sanga drives it down to long-off

Shami to Sangakkara, SIX runs

what a blow! Sanga gets his front foot out of the way and launches the slower ball deep in the stands for a big six to the midwicket boundary

Shami, who took two wickets in his last spell, is back. Third man and fine leg still in the circle

Best performances - batters
Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara
103 runs (84)
12 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
35 runs
3 fours
1 six
Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan
94 runs (114)
7 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
28 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Ajantha Mendis portrait
BAW Mendis
Ravindra Jadeja portrait
RA Jadeja
Match details
Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara
Match numberODI no. 3476
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days28 February 2014 - daynight(50-over match)
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
England Image
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Tanvir Ahmed
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe
PointsSri Lanka 4, India 0