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Final (D/N), Colombo (RPS), August 05, 2001, Coca-Cola Cup (Sri Lanka)
(47.2/50 ov, T:296) 174

Sri Lanka won by 121 runs

Player Of The Match
52 (45), 1/21 & 2 catches
Player Of The Series
305 runs • 3 wkts
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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 295/5(50 overs)
India 174/10(47.2 overs)

Sri Lanka have defeated India by 121 runs to take the Coca-Cola Cup

It has been an incredible team performance by the home side

The captain, Sanath Jayasuriya led from the the fronbt with a commanding 99

Russel Arnold was involved in everything that happened on the day, he scored a breezy half century, picked up a wicket, effected a run out, took two catches... what more can you ask of a One-Day cricketer?

India in stark contrast folded up pretty meekly

Apart from Harbhajan singh with thge ball (2/29) everyone else failed when the going got tough

The bowlers all went for runs and the batsmen failed to deliver

VVS Laxman made 37 inclusing some neat cover drives but there was never any chance of India winning after they lost quick wickets early on

All credit to the Lankans, can't take anything away from them

Vaas, Fernando, Dharmasena, Arnold, Muralitharan... everyone came to the party

We're waiting for the presentation ceremony here, lot's of awards to be given away!

The Coca-Cola Cup has come to an end, and it has been a fascinating tourney

While we wait for a presentation ceremony that will have many contenders for the prizes on offer please have a look at the intensive coverage of the tournament available at:

Join us again in just a few minutes with the presentation ceremony! Don't go away, after all you will want to hear what Ganguly and Jayasuriya have to say!

The losing captain here is Sourav Ganguly and he will have a few words to say no doubt. The Indian skipper looks glum as he steps up to receive a check for 15,000 $

We came back well to qualify for the final says Ganguly

The target was stiff and Sri Lanka played very well adds the skipper of the losing side

We kept on losing wickets and this did not help us, explains the Indian left handed opening batsman

We're looking forward to some good cricket in the Test series says Ganguly to end the short chat

The winning captain Jayasuriya comes up now amidst huge roars to take his cheque for 20,000 $

What we planned before the match worked out. I wasnted to bat long and that happened. Everyone else in the team too batted well and it was really an all round performance from the boys, begins Jayasuriya

We have played enough cricket to know what to do after we get a good start, the chaps in the middle order really took us to a big total, all credit to them says Jayasuriya

The Man of the Match here is Russel Arnold!

Not surprising in the least for Russel Premakumara Arnold has done everything possible and is deservedly the Man of the Match!

Arnold says that it was just one of those days that worked for him. How everything went well and that he enjoyed the game thoroughly with bat and ball. That's what the man of the match has to say!

Nathan Astle is a contender for the man of the series award, Russel Arnold too was in contention, but the final Man of the Match is none other than the captain of the hosts, Sanath Jayasuriya!

The home side walks away with all the honours, Jayasuriya gets a spanking new Mitsubishi Lancer for his efforts!

There's unlimited joy all around at the R Premadasa Stadium, the Baila is being sung everywhere and there's dancing in the aisles, a great end to an exciting tournament!

Thank you very much for being with CricInfo through this tournament and don't forget to come back for the Test series starting soon. India will want revenge and we all know how tough the Lankans are to beat at home!

We leave you today with the image of Jayasuriya proudly holding up the Coca-Cola Cup 2001!

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Vaas to Dighe, OUT

just back of a length and outside the off, Dighe prods at it, edges the ball to the keeper and trhere's a loud appeal, Umpire Asoka de Silva puts everyone out of their misery, the Lankans celebrate! It's all over

Sameer Dighe c †Kaluwitharana b Vaas 23 (63b 0x4 0x6 84m) SR: 36.5
Vaas to Dighe, no run
end of over 473 runs
IND: 174/9CRR: 3.70 RRR: 40.66
Sameer Dighe23 (61b)
Ashish Nehra2 (10b)
Kumar Dharmasena 8-0-33-1
Dharmasena to Dighe, 1 run

well flighted and on the off, driven to long on for yet another crucial single

Dharmasena to Nehra, 1 run
Dharmasena to Nehra, no run
Dharmasena to Dighe, 1 run

full and on the off, whipped to long on, singles still being taken in right earnest

Dharmasena to Dighe, no run
Dharmasena to Dighe, no run
end of over 46Maiden
IND: 171/9CRR: 3.71 RRR: 31.25
Ashish Nehra1 (8b)
Sameer Dighe21 (57b)
Chaminda Vaas 9-2-41-1
Vaas to Nehra, no run

fired in full, gets the full face of the bat on it, a maiden over!

Vaas to Nehra, no run

Nehra has had enough, a wild heave, misses completely, bit too wide of the off stump

Vaas to Nehra, no run

another peach of a ball, beat sthe bat, even the edge... and misses the off stump by a whisker!

Vaas to Nehra, no run

goes for the yorker, fires it wide of the off stump, not called wide, doesn't matter any ways

Vaas to Nehra, no run

fired in on the off, played to covers

Vaas to Nehra, no run

beats Nehra with a beauty outside the off, through to Kalu

end of over 452 runs
IND: 171/9CRR: 3.80 RRR: 25.00
Sameer Dighe21 (57b)
Ashish Nehra1 (2b)
Kumar Dharmasena 7-0-30-1
Dharmasena to Dighe, no run

well tossed up again, Dighe is hell bent on saving this match, forward in defense

Dharmasena to Dighe, no run

tossed up, forward in defense

Dharmasena to Nehra, 1 run

pushed to the covers

Dharmasena to Dighe, 1 run

pushed firmly down to long off

Dharmasena to Dighe, no run

plays in defense again

Dharmasena to Dighe, no run

copybook stuff from Dighe, never to give up, forward in defense

Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2001 Coca-Cola Cup (Sri Lanka)
Match numberODI no. 1744
Match daysdaynight (50-over match)
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