2nd ODI, Dambulla, Aug 20 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
(39.4/50 ov)143/7
India won by 3 wickets (with 62 balls remaining)
player of the match

Hang for the quotes from post-match ceremony.

Mahela: Batting first we were thinking 175 or 200 would have been good total on this wicket. But the batsmen showed character after quick wickets and our bowlers did a tremendous job. We didn't die wondering. It was important that our (top-order) batsmen survive that phase but full credit to Zak. All in all it's a good wicket, but initially against the new ball you have to survive. We tried everything in our bowling but in the end Dhoni and Badrinath - that partnership took the game away from us. All to play for at Colombo.

Dhoni: It was a good win to level the series. There was presssure on us. We lost Gauti (Gambhir) in the morning but Zaheer Khan did the job for us. We would have liked to win more comfortably but in the end it's about winning. We let the individuals handle their bowlers rather than creating pressure by huddling in a room and talk strategies. 1000 things are discussed and over discussed in meeting some times. It was good to see Badrinath play well. He did well against Mendis and Murali. choosing to bowl was a blessing in disguise. The wicket looked better than the previous game but there was something for the new ball. Zaheer played well. We have three days gap now and we can enjoy the next two days in Colombo before beginning the preparation.

Man of the Match: Zaheer Khan: "The important thing was to be consistent on this wicket; just hit the right areas and let the wicket do the job. As a spearhead of the bowling attack I will always have pressure to provide the early breakthroughs. I was just bowling within myself on this wicket. All the bowlers did the job and put pressure on their batters. I am looking forward to rest of the three ODIs; hope it goes well.

This is Veera, signing on behalf of the scorer Srinivas. Thanks for logging on Machangs!

Murali to Badrinath, 1 run

brings up the victory with a drive to extra cover. The series is level. Badrinath pumps his fists, good knock on debut. The hero of the victory, Zaheer Khan, walks off with Badri. It was a very good opening spell from him that put India in this position.

Murali to Khan, 1 run

gets the scores level with a push to extra cover

Murali to Badrinath, 1 run

flighted off break from round the stumps, turned to long leg for a single

Murali to Badrinath, no run

skips down the track to wrist to midwicket

end of over 39Maiden
INDIA: 140/7CRR: 3.58 • RRR: 0.27 • Need 3 runs from 11 overs
Zaheer Khan1 (9)
S Badrinath25 (54)
Nuwan Kulasekara9-2-26-2
Ajantha Mendis10-1-22-2
Kulasekara to Khan, no run

leans across to defend to the off side

Kulasekara to Khan, no run

the legcutter slower one, almost a yorker length, on the middle and off line, dug out to the off side

Kulasekara to Khan, no run

banged in short, holds its line outside off, Zaheer first tried to duck then swayed away

Kulasekara to Khan, no run

gets behind the line of a length delivery to defend

Siddharth: "Now that Badri has 'Paper Score' he can relax! :D" Ha! 25 runs and your name appears in the Newspapers.

Kulasekara to Khan, no run

low dipping full toss, guided to covers

Kulasekara to Khan, no run

leans forward to defend a length delivery to the off side

end of over 381 run • 1 wicket
INDIA: 140/7CRR: 3.68 • RRR: 0.25 • Need 3 runs from 12 overs
S Badrinath25 (54)
Zaheer Khan1 (3)
Ajantha Mendis10-1-22-2
Nuwan Kulasekara8-1-26-2
Mendis to Badrinath, no run

comes forward to defend a skidder on the off stump.

Mendis to Khan, 1 run

off break on the middle and leg line, tickled behind square leg

Mendis to Khan, no run

loopy delivery outside off stump, driven to silly point

Mendis to Khan, no run

googly on the middle, Zaheer shapes to defend, goes off the pad to short leg. They appeal for bat pad catch but no bat on it

Mendis to Harbhajan, OUT

Mendis strikes with the carrom ball. It drifted in landed on the middle and off, Harbhajan tried to work it to the on side (he will think later why did I do that?) and it cut away to hit the pad in front of off stump.

Harbhajan Singh lbw b Mendis 1 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.67
Mendis to Harbhajan, no run

skids in towards middle and leg, worked to square leg. Slip and silly point in

end of over 374 runs
INDIA: 139/6CRR: 3.75 • RRR: 0.31 • Need 4 runs from 13 overs
S Badrinath25 (53)
Harbhajan Singh1 (4)
Nuwan Kulasekara8-1-26-2
Dilhara Fernando5-0-25-1
Kulasekara to Badrinath, no run

short of length outside off stump, punched to covers. even if he wanted there was no single there!

Kulasekara to Badrinath, 2 runs

full in length and outside the off stump, Badri bends his knee to guide it to wide third man for couple of runs

Kulasekara to Harbhajan, 1 run

goes for the yorker, Harbhajan takes one step out, jabs it past square leg

Kulasekara to Harbhajan, no run

again walks down the track, another big swing, the ball reverses in to hit the edge and on to the boot

Kulasekara to Harbhajan, no run

walks down the track, goes for the big swing across the line and edges it to short midwicket

Kulasekara to Badrinath, 1 run

short of length, outside off stump, goes back and across to play a late cut to third man

Suresh:"well said mukund, normally chennai boys have the habbit of taking single off the last ball." Gaaji boss Gaaji!