3rd ODI, Margao, Feb 14 2007, Sri Lanka tour of India
(46.3/50 ov, target 231)233/5
India won by 5 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
player of the match

India were wobbling a touch at 94 for 4 on this two-paced track but Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni stitched together 133 runs to steer India home. Goa is place to party and it will the hosts who will be enjoying the dinner on or near some lovely beach tonight.

Man of the Match: Zaheer Khan.

"Touch wood. Things have been good for me. County cricket has helped. Physio is taking good care of me and maintaining my rhythm." Zaheer shakes hand with the sponsors, sits on top of the prize bike to pose for the cameras.

We shall leave Zaheer with his new toy and take your leave. This is Sriram Veera, along with Jamie Alter, signing off. But don't go anywhere. Please join George Binoy for the last ODI between South Africa and Pakistan. SA lead 2-1.

Kulasekara to Karthik, FOUR runs

That's it. India level the series. Kartik seals the victory with a crisp straight drive. Low full toss and down came the bat, met the ball flush in the middle and it raced past the bowler, past the diving mid-on and into the advertising hoards. Handshakes all around. On the field and in the Indian dressing room.

Kulasekara to Karthik, no run

on the off and middle, full in length, comes in a touch, Kartik leans forward, defends.

Kulasekara to Dhoni, 1 run

full and on the legs, tickled to fine leg. Has handed it over to Kartik

3 to win. Mahela brings on Kulasekara. Dhoni on strike. Can he finish it off in one murderous blow? Deep fine leg and deep square leg are the only two men outside the ring.

end of over 461 run • 1 wicket
INDIA: 228/5CRR: 4.95 RRR: 0.75 • Need 3 runs from 24b
Dinesh Karthik0 (4)
MS Dhoni66 (73)
Malinga Bandara10-0-46-1
Sanath Jayasuriya7-0-34-0
Bandara to Karthik, no run

on the off and middle, Kartik is no hurry, he just leans forward, dead-bats it. Head over the ball and all that jazz.

Bandara to Karthik, no run
Bandara to Karthik, no run

rapped on the pad. Sliding down leg stump and Kartik pushes out to defend

Bandara to Karthik, no run

beaten! lands outside off stump, turned away, Kartik goes for a cut and is beaten

Bandara to Dhoni, 1 run

driven to long off.

Bandara to Dhoni, OUT

Bandara does in Dravid with a clever bit of work. Dhoni smashed a fullish delivery, along the ground, back to Bandara who stretched his right hand out, angled his right palm and deflected it towards the sticks and Dravid is caught short of the crease. Dravid is furious with himself, bangs his bat into the ground and charges out of the arena, muttering to himself.

Rahul Dravid run out (Bandara) 66 (109m 82b 4x4 1x6) SR: 80.48
end of over 4510 runs
INDIA: 227/4CRR: 5.04 RRR: 0.80 • Need 4 runs from 30b
Rahul Dravid66 (82)
MS Dhoni65 (71)
Sanath Jayasuriya7-0-34-0
Dilhara Fernando10-1-43-2
Jayasuriya to Dravid, SIX runs

Dravid erupts! Crowd go wild! Goa is having a party. Tossed up on the middle, Dravid waltzes down the track and sends it soaring over long on! Wow! It was the first six of the run chase

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

sliding on the legs, Dhoni eases it towards short fineleg

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, no run

on the off stump line, slight turn away, Dhoni eases back, pushes it out to cover region

Jayasuriya to Dravid, 1 run

floated on the off stump line, Dravid leans forward, drives to mid-off and they run with the stroke

Jayasuriya to Dhoni, 1 run

another arm-ball on the middle, Dhoni sways towards legstump and cross-bats it to long on.

Jayasuriya to Dravid, 1 run

arm-ball on the middle stump but the length is slightly short. Allows Dravid to go back, move towards legstump and thump it to long off.

Just 14 to win. 36 balls left.