Fittingly, Harbhajan hammers in the final nail. A tossed up doosra, from round the stumps, lures Mendis out of the crease, turns past the swing of the bat and Dhoni does the rest. Harbhajan bags a five-for. What a game he has had. He took out Dilshan and Mahela at the top, returned at the pressure time to deliver the knock-out punch. The Indians get into a celebratory huddle.
The players break away from the huddle and Dhoni, who has collected a stump as a souvenir, leads them to shake hands with the Sri Lankan players.
They said, 'Win the toss, win the match'. It wasn't that easy, though. Sachin Tendulkar delivered a masterclass to charge India to powerful total but Sri Lanka fought hard right till the end. Sanath and Dilshan gave a blazing start before Harbhajan put India ahead but Sri Lanka rallied back through Sangakkara, who, however, got out to a bizarre dismissal to hand the advantage back to India. However, Kandamby and Kapugedera kept fighting on until Harbhajan returned. Check mate. India have won the Compaq Cup. We had a thoroughly enjoyable game.
Sangakkara: "At the end it turned out to be quite a good game. When you are in form, you have to maximise the opportunities. We were in the hunt till the end. Kandamby was once again the lynchpin of our middle-order. If we had couple more wickets in hand, we could have maximised our powerplay. When you think positive, don't worry about the conditions, trust your team-mates to do their job, you can do a lot. I would like to thank Paul Fabrace (Asst coach who is leaving SL to join Kent) for his amazing work." [on his dismissal] : laughs.. You find new ways to get out. It was probably the only way I would have got out there tonight."
Most stylish player of today's game: Harbhajan Singh gets a bike. "It was a very important for us to win. All the boys chipped in. We could have fielded and bowled a little better ... My job was to contain the runs, put pressure and take wickets."
Man of the Match and Man of the series Sachin Tendulkar : "It's been lot of fun out there. The conditions were difficult. MS and Yuvraj played a special innings. Fantastic effort from Bhaji and supported by others. Good team-effort. I lost all my nails. Congrats to Sri Lanka for producing some fantastic cricket. I would also like to thank the crowd. The body is holding up pretty well. few cramps and stuff but it's holding up pretty well."
Dhoni [All's well that ends well?] " No really, You got to learn from your mistakes. We made quite a few today on field. As a team we didn't field well. Thanks to characters in the side, we ended up on the winning side. It's very special to us. We are winning here after a long time. If you are the second best team, you can't make these kind of mistakes. Hopefully next time, we won't give width and bowl short to Dilshan. As a Indian side, when you lose a Tri series, when you go to press box, you know what the first question would be! So, it's a nice to win. Rahul accepted to bat in the top'; we didn't want to shuffle him down the order as he can really bat well at the top." [On whom you would like to dedicate this trophy?] To Raj Singh Dungarpur."
On behalf of our scorers, Raghav and Sanjay, this is Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game, signing off. See you at the Champions Trophy. Bye.
moves outside leg, Harbhajan slows up the pace but ends up tossing it further down leg .. Mendis tries to pull it away but misses
chips down the track and mistimes the lofted shot towards long-on
flighted ever so slowly outside off, pushed to extra cover
aha! Mendis goes for the big reverse sweep, misses and is struck on the pad; the ball had pitched outside leg stump
Makes meaty contact this time. For a change, he moved towards off stump this time and swung the slower one over midwicket
Yep. Again. It was the slower one this time, he kept his front foot outside leg, tried to slash it away but no wood on leather.
Mendis keeps swinging. Mendis keeps missing. Another charge towards leg but the short-of-length delivery bounces over the flashing blade
120.7 short delivery, Mendis moves outside leg, tries to flat-bat it through the off side but can't connect. Dhoni has a chat with Rahul, standing in the first slip
a slower one, around 115 kmph, full and outside off, goes past the attempted waft
moves outside leg stump and the yorker length delivery goes under the big swing of the bat and Dhoni gathers
Sachin stands up in the dressing room and applauds Harbhajan's efforts. Dhoni, Nehra and Harbhajan discuss.
turns to the middle and leg, worked to midwicket.
slip and a very short cover in place for the hattrick.. Mendis sweeps it from around the off stump to fine-leg where Yusuf slips near the boundary but dives back to cut it off. What a awful night he is having...
Double jeopardy! Done in by the doosra. Just like the Mahela dismissal. Malinga tried to turn it to the leg side for a single but all he does get is a leading edge ... a dolly back to Harbhajan.
The men at the deep were on the leg side and Kandamby thought he can pierce the off-side field but ...
Harbhajan has done it again. He was the man who took the first two wickets and he is the man who turns the game again for India now. Kandamby moved well outside leg stump and went for the cut but missed it completely. Clatter! What a wonderful innings under pressure but he has given it away in the end. 66 valuable runs but he is gone now. Advantage India.
on the off stump line, pushed out to covers
turned well to the right of midwicket but the calling isn't great and they both retreat to their respective position
Ah! a wide to start off the powerplay. It was down the leg side.
Batting Powerplay has been taken now. Kandamby wipes the sweat from his face, his arms and sips a drink offered by the 12th man. Kula gets over for his share and the three talk.
again, well outside off stump, this time time run down to right of third man. Nehra has a chat with Ishant. 58 from 36 balls.
Shot! Superbly timed. There was some width on offer outside off, Kula reached out to open the bat -face and punch it to deep backward point boundary. He didn't hit it hard, just timed it .. a firm steer
|R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||India won the 2009 Compaq Cup|
|Match number||ODI no. 2889|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15|
|Match days||14 September 2009 - daynight (50-over match)|
'One of my best innings' - Tendulkar
Tendulkar's final onslaught
Harbhajan ensures India's cup overflows
The old rush
|Extras||(lb 3, nb 1, w 11)|
|Total||273(10 wkts; 46.4 ovs)|