result
Only T20I (N), Colombo, Feb 10 2009, India tour of Sri Lanka
(19.2/20 ov, target 172)174/7
India won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match
12y
• The Bulletin by S Rajesh

The brothers Pathan clinch India victory

On a day when the Hussey brothers did the winning act for Australia, India found their answer in the two Pathans, with Yusuf and Irfan scripting a thrilling three-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 game.

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka171/4(20 overs)
India174/7(19.2 overs)

India have fought back superbly here. A win seemed unlikely at 115 for 7 but the Pathan brothers had other ideas. Yusuf got things going, ensuring the spinners were taken off the attack after launching into Bandara. Dilshan resisted from bringing Jayasuriya back, but his fast bowlers, particularly Fernando, leaked way too many extras to allow India bring the game back in their favour.

Yusuf Pathan is the Man of the Match

Dilshan : "I thought 170 was defendable. We started well, picked some early wickets, but both Yusuf and Irfan played really well. We conceded too many extras, that eventually made the difference."

Dhoni: "Their spinners bowled really well, and although our batsmen struggled, it's a good learning curve for them. There are lots of youngsters in our team and stiff matches like these is a great learning experience."

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19.2
6
Malinga to Pathan, SIX runs

What a way to finish! Meaty length ball on leg stump and he dismisses that into the stands over midwicket

19.1
1
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run

yorker outside off, dug out wide of the bowler and they get a quick single

India need just five off the last over. These two are following up on what the Husseys did against New Zealand earlier today. Can Malinga stop them? The odds, though, are not in his favour

end of over 1913 runs
INDIA: 167/7CRR: 8.78 RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 from 6b
Irfan Pathan27 (15)
Yusuf Pathan21 (9)
Dilhara Fernando4-0-44-0
Lasith Malinga3-0-31-0
18.6
Fernando to Pathan, no run

short and wide, there to hit but Irfan misses out

18.5
4
Fernando to Pathan, FOUR runs

Could that be the decisive blow??? Full on the off stump, length ball, lofted between deep cover and long-off for another four

18.4
2
Fernando to Pathan, 2 runs

sliced away wide of third man, Malina dives to save a couple of runs

18.3
6
Fernando to Pathan, SIX runs

amazing shot!! Short of a length, Pathan waits for it and pulls it away into the stands over deep midwicket, crucial hit!

18.2
Fernando to Pathan, no run

slower ball bowled on a good length outside off, cuts away off the pitch, Irfan tries to heave that over midwicket, misses

The brothers have put on a gem of a stand here, adding 40 in just three overs

18.1
1
Fernando to Pathan, 1 run

inswinging yorker bang on middle, tries to drive it past midwicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads

end of over 1810 runs
INDIA: 154/7CRR: 8.55 RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Irfan Pathan15 (10)
Yusuf Pathan20 (8)
Lasith Malinga3-0-31-0
Dilhara Fernando3-0-31-0
17.6
2
Malinga to Pathan, 2 runs

just a fraction short on middle, swatted wide of midwicket for a couple

17.5
4
Malinga to Pathan, FOUR runs

shot! Full on the off stump, makes room and strikes that inside out over extra cover for a one bounce four

17.4
1
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run

full outside off, slices it away to third man, would have wished that had gone much squarer

17.3
1
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run

full, pitched outside off, tried to swing it away over square leg, got an inside edge onto his pads and they scramble a run

17.2
2
Malinga to Pathan, 2 runs

short of a length on middle, pulled away wide of deep midwicket for a couple

17.1
Malinga to Pathan, no run

slower one, deceives Irfan completely, bowled short of a length outside off, fails to reach it as he tries to play it towards point

29 needed off 18. The slinger's back into the attack

end of over 1712 runs
INDIA: 144/7CRR: 8.47 RRR: 9.33 • Need 28 from 18b
Irfan Pathan6 (5)
Yusuf Pathan19 (7)
Dilhara Fernando3-0-31-0
Malinga Bandara4-0-32-3
16.6
1
Fernando to Pathan, 1 run

short of a good length outside off, chopped down to point for a quick single

16.5
2
Fernando to Pathan, 2 runs

steered wide of the deep fielder for a couple

16.4
1
Fernando to Pathan, 1 run

perhaps a missed opportunity there, full and wide, makes room to drive it through the covers, is a little early into the shot and only manages a single

16.3
1
Fernando to Pathan, 1 run

slower one, pushed back uppishly past Fernando for a single towards long-off

16.2
1
Fernando to Pathan, 1 run

better, full on middle, dragged wide of midwicket

16.2
5w
Fernando to Pathan, 5 wide

Sri Lanka have bled extras today, add five more to that, wayward delivery down the leg side and India won;t need to work too hard if these keep coming

Best performances - batsmen
Tillakaratne Dilshan portrait
TM Dilshan
61 runs (47)
7 fours
1 six
Control71%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
16 runs
2 fours
0 six
44912111740
Suresh Raina portrait
SK Raina
35 runs (27)
5 fours
1 six
Control69%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
14 runs
2 fours
0 six
801112067
Best performances - bowlers
Malinga Bandara portrait
HMCM Bandara
O
4
M
0
R
32
W
3
ECO
8
YK Pathan player pic
YK Pathan
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
2
ECO
5.75
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Sri Lanka
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan
Match numberT20I no. 82
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00
Match days10 February 2009 - night(20-over match)
T20I debut
Indika de Saram
Indika de Saram
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja
Umpires
Sri Lanka Image
Gamini Silva
Sri Lanka Image
Tyron Wijewardene
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Rohitha Kottahachchi
Match Referee
England Image
Chris Broad