result
20th Match, Group B, Port of Spain, Mar 23 2007, ICC World Cup
(43.3/50 ov, target 255)185
Sri Lanka won by 69 runs
player of the match
14y
• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Murali spins Sri Lanka to 69-run win

Inspired by a genius who raised his game when the occasion demanded, Sri Lanka overpowered India in their final league match at Port-of-Spain and stormed into the Super Eights

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka254/6(50 overs)
India185/10(43.3 overs)

Massively disappointed faces in the Indian dressing-room. The players are gutted. You can see it on their faces. The whole team is out and the expressions are all of utter dismay.

On the other side the Sri Lankans are celebrating. The players, the fans ... they're having a ball. Tom Moody, Sri Lanka's coach, is gracious enough to come across to the Indians and shake hands. Nice gesture that.

Dravid : We kept losing regular wickets and that put too much pressure on us. on bowling: I thought we were bit unlucky early on , later didn't put in the right areas. We haven't played good cricket. Credit to Sri Lanka.

I think it was a good wicket.

Mahela I am pretty happy. Back to back wins. It was a difficult game against India but all the boys put their hands up. Brilliant bowling by Murali and Vaas. The seniors did their job. ..... it is very good moving forward, excellent momentum. I hope we don't relax.

Chamara played very well. Upul also did a good job. The younger guys have chipped in with good performances. ....... Once we got the initial breakthroughs, we knew we can rattle them. Everybody chipped in the middle, the energy levels were very good but we have to make sure we continue.

Man of the Match Murali.

"India is a good side, they have the best batting line-up, on paper, in competition and we had do bowl well. On his catch to dismiss Ganguly, " I wanted to prove a point to my coach (said with a chuckle). He said I was not good enough to field in the circle and I had a point to prove! If we play well to our potential, we can reach the semi-finals ."

This is Sriram Veera, along with Anand Vasu, signing off for the day. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Do switch to the West Indies game. They need a further 40 odd runs to win. Till tomorrow, bye bye.

43.3
W
Dilshan to Patel, OUT

That's the end! All over! Munaf heaves this one to the leg side and Chaminda Vaas runs around on the ropes and takes the catch that ends the game! Sri Lanka have won by 69 runs. India are all but knocked out of the World Cup

Munaf Patel c Vaas b Dilshan 10 (18m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.82
43.2
Dilshan to Patel, no run

slightly short and outside the off, chopped to the off side

43.1
Dilshan to Patel, no run

full and flat, on the pads, played at and missed, off the pads to the leg side

Amit: "Vineet has spoken for a generation. We all have grown up seeing Tendulkar thrashing every bowling attack in the world. We have lived on chases and never-say-die attitude of Ganguly. And we are the ones who have witnessed the strength of the great indian Wall all our life. It's really been a great entertainment from these three. There will be better players but, there are heroes for every generation. My dad's time there was Gavaskar and mine were these three. It's bad that these three will leave the cricket field without having a single worldcup on their name. I dont feel angry, I just feel sad. Really really sad. "

end of over 435 runs
INDIA: 185/9CRR: 4.30 RRR: 10.00 • Need 70 from 42b
Harbhajan Singh17 (20)
Munaf Patel10 (14)
Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-41-3
Tillakaratne Dilshan1.4-1-2-0
42.6
Murali to Harbhajan, no run

fullish and on the stumps, carefully defended back down the pitch to the bowler

Rukman: "I am a Sri Lankan and a huge cricket fan, it is indeed sad to see that with all the promise they have India may not make it to the Super8 round. Eventhough I was hoping for a win, I believe the tournament as a whole has lost a lot of its glamour due to the exit of India and Pakistan. In my opinion there is none close to Sachin as a true gentleman and an ambassodor of the sport. Congratulations to our boys from the Emerald Isle, well done and good luck"

42.5
1
Murali to Patel, 1 run

tossed up and on the stumps, big heave, thick inside edge down to the on side

42.4
2
Murali to Patel, 2 runs

big offbreak from outside the off stump rips in, Munaf goes back and somehow cuts down to slip

42.3
1
Murali to Harbhajan, 1 run

flat and on the stumps, defended to the leg side

42.2
1
Murali to Patel, 1 run

flat and on the pads, swept down to the fielder at short fine-leg

42.1
Murali to Patel, no run

full and on the off, tossed up a touch, defensive shot played. Off the pads to the off side

end of over 4212 runs
INDIA: 180/9CRR: 4.28 RRR: 9.38 • Need 75 from 48b
Harbhajan Singh16 (18)
Munaf Patel6 (10)
Tillakaratne Dilshan1.4-1-2-0
Muttiah Muralitharan9-0-36-3
41.6
Dilshan to Harbhajan, no run

tossed up and on the stumps, down the track and defended

41.5
Dilshan to Harbhajan, no run
41.4
1
Dilshan to Patel, 1 run

swept well, one bounce to deep backward square-leg

41.3
1
Dilshan to Harbhajan, 1 run

flat and on the pads, clipped away down to fine-leg for a single

Fernando is getting some treatment. Seems to have cramp.

Fernando has gone off the field after the physio has treated him. Someone else will have to complete his over. It will be Dilshan to do the job.

41.2
6
Fernando to Harbhajan, SIX runs

full and outside the off, it's a slower ball. BANG! Harbhajan smashes that for a bix over long-off. That is a good clean hit

41.1
4
Fernando to Harbhajan, FOUR runs

crack! full and straight, Harbhajan has a go and whacks the ball over midwicket for a boundary. Desperation here at the end

end of over 417 runs
INDIA: 168/9CRR: 4.09 RRR: 9.67 • Need 87 from 54b
Harbhajan Singh5 (13)
Munaf Patel5 (9)
Muttiah Muralitharan9-0-36-3
Tillakaratne Dilshan1-1-0-0
40.6
1
Murali to Harbhajan, 1 run

clipped away to the on side for a single to end the over

40.5
Murali to Harbhajan, no run

straight and on the stumps, quite full too, defended watchfully

40.4
1
Murali to Patel, 1 run

full and on the pads, heaved away to the leg side with one hand

40.3
4
Murali to Patel, FOUR runs

doosra outside the off stump, sits up and asked to be whacked, Munaf obliges

40.2
Murali to Patel, no run

tossed up and on the pads, going down leg, padded away

Best performances - batters
Upul Tharanga portrait
WU Tharanga
64 runs (90)
6 fours
0 six
Control72%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
2 fours
0 six
3913397515
Rahul Dravid portrait
R Dravid
60 runs (82)
6 fours
0 six
Control89%
Productive shot
leg glance
17 runs
2 fours
0 six
8281173417
Best performances - bowlers
Muttiah Muralitharan portrait
M Muralitharan
O
10
M
0
R
41
W
3
ECO
4.09
Chaminda Vaas
WPUJC Vaas
O
8
M
1
R
39
W
2
ECO
4.87
Match details
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
TossIndia, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Cup
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan
Match numberODI no. 2550
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days23 March 2007 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
Australia Image
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Ian Howell
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe
PointsSri Lanka 2, India 0