RESULT
1st ODI, Dambulla, August 18, 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
(34.5/50 ov, T:147) 147/2

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
3/21
ajantha-mendis
SL
Full commentary

4.23 pm: Sri Lanka were simply too strong for a young and relatively inexperienced Indian side. Losing Sehwag to injury was a blow for he was best equipped to handle Mendis and Murali. However the rest struggled from the onset and lost four top-order wickets to the medium-pacers. They never recovered from that blow after which Mendis came on to bamboozle the Indian batsmen once again.

Ajantha Mendis is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3 for 21 off nine overs including four maidens.

The second game is on August 20. Sri Lanka will be quietly confident going into that contest while India have little time to plug gaping holes in their game.

That's it from us at the moment, thank you for all your emails, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

34.5
1
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run

Sri Lanka have won by eight wickets, Kapugedera scores the winning runs with a sweep to long leg, the game was a no-contest from the second ball of the match with which Vaas bowled Gambhir

The scores are level.

34.4
1
Rohit Sharma to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

pushed off the front foot towards midwicket and the batsmen stroll a single

The scores are level.

34.3
Rohit Sharma to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

Jaywardene backs away to make room and gets beaten on the cut

34.2
1
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run

driven towards long on for a single which brings up the 100-run stand

34.1
2
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, 2 runs
end of over 346 runs
SL: 142/2CRR: 4.17 RRR: 0.31
Mahela Jayawardene60 (80)
Chamara Kapugedera41 (69)
Suresh Raina 2-0-11-0
Rohit Sharma 2-0-6-0
33.6
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

hehe defended back to the bowler

33.5
4
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, FOUR runs

width offered outside off stump and Jayawardene waits before cutting it late past the fielder at point for four more

33.4
1
Raina to Kapugedera, 1 run

pushed towards long on for one more

33.3
1
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

Jayawardene moves forward and towards the line of a tossed up delivery outside off stump and drives towards cover

33.2
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

pushed off the front foot towards midwicket once again

33.1
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

Jayawardene steps forward and works a flighted delivery towards midwicket

end of over 333 runs
SL: 136/2CRR: 4.12 RRR: 0.64
Chamara Kapugedera40 (68)
Mahela Jayawardene55 (75)
Rohit Sharma 2-0-6-0
Suresh Raina 1-0-5-0
32.6
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, no run

defended on the leg side off the front foot

32.5
1
Rohit Sharma to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

Jayawardene moves back and pulls the ball towards deep square leg

32.4
1
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, 1 run

Kapugedera drives off the front foot towards long off

32.3
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, no run

defended back to the bowler

32.2
Rohit Sharma to Kapugedera, no run
32.1
1
Rohit Sharma to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

played off the pads behind square for a single

end of over 325 runs
SL: 133/2CRR: 4.15 RRR: 0.77
Mahela Jayawardene53 (73)
Chamara Kapugedera39 (64)
Suresh Raina 1-0-5-0
Rohit Sharma 1-0-3-0
31.6
1
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, 1 run

driven towards long on for a single

31.5
2
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, 2 runs

Jayawardene waits on the back foot and cuts the ball towards third man

31.4
Raina to Mahela Jayawardene, no run

defended off the front foot towards midwicket