result
4th ODI, Visakhapatnam, Feb 17 2007, Sri Lanka tour of India
(41/47 ov, target 260)263/3
India won by 7 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
player of the match
Chamara Silva
Sri Lanka
14y
• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Visakhapatnam

Yuvraj powers India to series win

A thunderous 33-ball half-century set the tone for the run-chase before a calm middle-order partnership steered India home to a memorable 2-1 series win ahead of their departure for the World Cup in eleven days' time.

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka259/7(47 overs)
India263/3(41 overs)
end of over 4122 runs
INDIA: 263/3CRR: 6.41 
Yuvraj Singh95 (83)
Sourav Ganguly58 (74)
Farveez Maharoof6-0-60-1
Tillakaratne Dilshan9-0-34-0

Man of the Match Chamara Silva for his brilliant maiden ton. He looks surprised, Mahela Jayawardene, pats him on the back and directs him towards the podium.

Man of the Series Sourav Ganguly for his 168 runs in the series. Crowd go wild! Huge cheers ring the arena.

"It's been good. Good to win two series back to back. I have been hitting the ball since South Africa. I have been consistent which is good. I did not have a good night's sleep last night. And I bowled six overs, something that I have not done much in the recent time. I started cramping up but pulled through."

Rahul Dravid: "Credit to the boys, I would like to congratulate the whole group. The support staff, coaching staff and the boys. It was great to see Yuvi score runs the way he did. Nice to see Sehwag get into runs. Zaheer bowled really well. I can name the whole squad in fact. We are looking forward to the World Cup."

Dravid lifts the trophy. Calls his team-mates over for the photograph. All of them yelling and cheering. A happy bunch of guys.

We shall leave them to there celebration. Time to take leave of you. This is Sriram Veera, and along with Jamie Alter, signing off.

One last thing before I leave. Please click here to read the extensive interview with Greg Chappell by Sidhartha.

Next live game is tomorrow - Australia v New Zealand. Australia would have been embarrassed with their loss in the first game. So they would try to come back as hard as they can. So log on and tune to the live coverage. Till then, adios.

40.6
4
Maharoof to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

That's it. Yuvraj seals the series-win with a whip over midwicket. A full-length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, he walks down the track and swings it over the on side. Plastic water bottles are being thrown onto the outfield in celebration! Weird way to celebrate. Now an invasion has occured. The crowd have broken through the barriers and are all over the arena. Scenes from old time. From an another era. The spectators used to carpet the arena and stand outside the dressing room. Similar scenes here.

40.5
4
Maharoof to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

Carved past backward point. Another full toss, Sri Lanka are gift-wrapping boundaries here, smoked past point.

40.4
6
Maharoof to Yuvraj, SIX runs

Wow! Yuvraj is looting runs as the sun goes down. Low full toss, on the middle, disappears over wide long on. Whack!

40.3
Maharoof to Yuvraj, no run
40.2
4
Maharoof to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

And again. Classy and fluent on drive. Eye-catching stroke. Stands upright and unfurls a lovely on drive

40.1
4
Maharoof to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

Yuvraj meanwhile continues to flow. Leans forward, reaches the pitch of a full-length delivery on the middle and leg and whips it through wide mid-on.

Thanks Jamie. Ganguly wants a bye-runner. But no-one is ready inside. hmm..

end of over 403 runs
INDIA: 241/3CRR: 6.02 RRR: 1.90 • Need 19 from 60b
Sourav Ganguly58 (74)
Yuvraj Singh73 (77)
Tillakaratne Dilshan9-0-34-0
Dilhara Fernando9-1-56-1

Over to Sriram Veera.

39.6
Dilshan to Ganguly, no run
39.5
Dilshan to Ganguly, no run

flat outside off stump, cut hard to point

39.4
Dilshan to Ganguly, no run

quicker this time on middle and leg, and Ganguly plays an awkward defensive...is he cramping again?

39.3
Dilshan to Ganguly, no run

gives it some air outside off stump, he gets forward and drives to cover

39.2
1
Dilshan to Yuvraj, 1 run

flat trajectory again, on middle and leg, Yuvraj stands tall and punches wide of mid-on for one

39.2
1w
Dilshan to Yuvraj, 1 wide

quick, flat and spinning past leg stump as the umpire calls it wide

39.1
1
Dilshan to Ganguly, 1 run

shorter outside off stump, easy for him to rock back and punch the drive out to cover sweeper

22 needed from 48 balls...some Gatorade out on the field for the batsmen

end of over 397 runs
INDIA: 238/3CRR: 6.10 RRR: 2.00 • Need 22 from 11 overs
Sourav Ganguly57 (69)
Yuvraj Singh72 (76)
Dilhara Fernando9-1-56-1
Lasith Malinga9-1-54-0
38.6
1
Fernando to Ganguly, 1 run

full ball, almost a low full toss on middle and leg, Ganguly backs away to expose the stumps but connects well with his drive and picks up one past mid-off

38.5
Fernando to Ganguly, no run

slower yorker on off stump, dug out back towards Fernando's right

38.4
1
Fernando to Yuvraj, 1 run

short of a length on middle and leg, pulled through midwicket for one out to the man in the deep

38.3
Fernando to Yuvraj, no run

this one was slower, the offcutter, it seems, and Yuvrvaj's one-legged attempt at a pull across the line connected with only air

38.2
1
Fernando to Ganguly, 1 run

strays down leg stump and Ganguly works it around the corner out to fine leg for an easy single

now Fernando gets caught in his run-up and holds back on letting the ball go...Ganguly was almost in position to get back and see what happened

38.1
4
Fernando to Ganguly, FOUR runs

blasted away! Lands on a short length outside leg stump, Ganguly backs away and slams that through mid-on for another four

end of over 387 runs
INDIA: 231/3CRR: 6.07 RRR: 2.42 • Need 29 from 12 overs
Yuvraj Singh71 (74)
Sourav Ganguly51 (65)
Lasith Malinga9-1-54-0
Malinga Bandara4-0-37-0
37.6
Malinga to Yuvraj, no run

the yorker goes wrong again, as its too full outside off stump, but Yuvraj cant put it away as his drive goes to mid-off

Best performances - batters
Chamara Silva portrait
LPC Silva
107 runs (107)
12 fours
1 six
Control79%
Productive shot
leg glance
37 runs
5 fours
0 six
9172831021622
Yuvraj Singh portrait
Yuvraj Singh
95 runs (83)
11 fours
3 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
leg glance
31 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
431082622166
Best performances - bowlers
Ajit Agarkar
AB Agarkar
O
10
M
1
R
52
W
2
ECO
5.2
Zaheer Khan player pic
Z Khan
O
10
M
2
R
54
W
2
ECO
5.4
Match details
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
TossIndia, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of India
Season2006/07
Player Of The Match
Chamara Silva
Chamara Silva
Player Of The Series
Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly
Series resultIndia won the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 2525
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.18, Second Session 13.18-16.45
Match days17 February 2007 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
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Amiesh Saheba
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
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Tej Handu
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst