result
6th Match, Colombo (RPS), Jul 28 2001, Coca-Cola Cup (Sri Lanka)
(45.4/50 ov)184/3
India won by 7 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
player of the match

India have registered their first win in the tournament.

They played with a lot of determination and purpose today.

The bowlers did the trick for India on a pitch that held true, through the course of play today.

Perhaps this was the best track used in this tournament so far. Kalu and Jayasuriya gave a good start to their innings, putting together 103 runs for the first wicket.

Indians did well to pick up ten wickets giving away just 80 more runs.

Chasing a target of 184 was not going to be a difficult task on a friendly pitch.

India were without the services of their skipper Ganguly. Dravid did well as a captain, making the bowling changes at the right time.

India had a shocking start, losing their 'specialist' opening batsman Amay Khurasiya for a duck. He was bowled by Vaas, Khurasiya playing all over the ball.

Sehwag had trouble facing the pace of Dilhara Fernando, he was the second man to be out, giving an easy catch to Sangakkara off the bowling of Dharmasena

Laxman and Dravid put together a good partnership for the third wicket, putting together 84 runs.

Dravid made 43 runs off 79 balls

The story of the day has been the unbeaten knock of 87 off 127 balls by the stylish batsman from Hyderabad VVS Laxman

Laxman is CricInfo's Top Performer of the day

Along with Badani (11 not out) Laxman helped India through to a win, which keeps their hopes of reaching the finals alive

Laxman played some amazing shots today, there was a glorious extra cover drive off the bowling of Vaas, which stood out as the very best!

And, Laxman has been awarded the Man of the Match!

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New Zealand and Sri Lanka will fight it out on Tuesday, 31 July 2001.

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45.4
1
Arnold to Badani, 1 run

works it neatly towards square, takes a quick single, India have wonand kept their hopes alive!

45.3
Arnold to Badani, no run

flat in trajectory, hit on the pads, Badani seems to have the nerves here

45.2
Arnold to Badani, no run

forward in defense again

45.1
Arnold to Badani, no run

comes down the track and pushes it to mid-on

end of over 452 runs
INDIA: 183/3CRR: 4.06 RRR: 0.20
VVS Laxman87 (127)
Hemang Badani10 (23)
Sanath Jayasuriya 5-0-22-0
44.6
Jayasuriya to Laxman, no run

pushed to mid-wicket, Laxman takes off for the winning run, Badani will have none of that, fels it is too risky, says no!

44.5
1
Jayasuriya to Badani, 1 run

driven down the ground to long on, scores are level

44.4
Jayasuriya to Badani, no run

plays the ball safe, back to the bowler

44.3
Jayasuriya to Badani, no run

tossed up, forward in defense

44.2
1
Jayasuriya to Laxman, 1 run

swung around to square leg, Murali fields

44.1
Jayasuriya to Laxman, no run

comes down the track and plays to mid-wicket

end of over 446 runs
INDIA: 181/3CRR: 4.11 RRR: 0.50
Hemang Badani9 (20)
VVS Laxman86 (124)
Russel Arnold 2-0-8-0

India inching towards a win

Jayasuriya comes in to bowl

43.6
Arnold to Badani, no run

well flighted again, played right back to the bowler

43.5
1
Arnold to Laxman, 1 run

punched down the ground and takes a single

43.4
4
Arnold to Laxman, FOUR runs

gives the charge, hitsin the air, over the bowler's head, a few bounces and four!

43.3
1
Arnold to Badani, 1 run

well tossed up, Badani too keen on playing a big shot, pushes it down the ground to long off for a single

43.2
Arnold to Badani, no run

just outside the off, played to covers

43.1
Arnold to Badani, no run

well flighted, comes well forward in defense

end of over 436 runs
INDIA: 175/3CRR: 4.06 RRR: 1.28
Hemang Badani8 (16)
VVS Laxman81 (122)
Kumar Dharmasena 10-0-36-1
42.6
1
Dharmasena to Badani, 1 run
42.5
1
Dharmasena to Laxman, 1 run
42.4
1
Dharmasena to Badani, 1 run
42.3
1
Dharmasena to Laxman, 1 run

played through covers for a single

42.2
1
Dharmasena to Badani, 1 run

plays to the off side and steals a quick run

42.1
1
Dharmasena to Laxman, 1 run

comes down the track and plays it to long on