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2nd T20I (D/N), Mohali, December 12, 2009, Sri Lanka tour of India
(19.1/20 ov, T:207) 211/4

India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
60* (25) & 3/23
Player Of The Series
137 runs
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It's been two entertaining matches. Sanga has batted brilliantly, so did Indian batsmen today. Both sides were helped by poor fielding. Both captains share the trophy. On that note, okay bye


MS Dhoni, winning captain: "I have never seen a team dropping six catches. But there was something funny going around, something fishy. Sri Lanka also missed so many run-outs. We have to improve our bowling apart from fielding. Not only in T20s, but also in ODIs."

Sangakkara is the Man of the Series for his two remarkable fifties.

Yuvraj Singh, Man of the Match Home ground. Birthday. Three wickets. Smashing knock. Says he: "Things couldn't have been better on my birthday. Winning the match, entertaining the crowd, hitting big sixes. I thought I would hit everything straight, when the field comes straight, go square. Best innings at my home ground." He also says he wouldn't party tonight. Says Ravi Shastri: "Trust him to not party."

Kumar Sangakkara: "We had quite a few chances. But then again, those catches and run-outs really matter in the end. We had our chances, but we didn't take them. India played really well too. In hindsight you can say could have, would have, should have [why jayasuriya was not bowled], but it wasn't to be."

So quite an amusing exhibition of poor fielding has come to an end. It could have been a Popatwadi XI v Battaramulla XI game. If T20 is all about entertainment, I am thoroughly entertained by this appalling fielding display from both sides. Cheap thrills, yes.

Angelo Mathews to Yuvraj, SIX runs

and going by the scripts of the night, Mathews gives him a nice length ball, gentle pace, Yuvraj gets under it, clears his arms and sends it into the crowd behind long-on

Two required off the last over, and surely we'll see the highest successful chase in T20 internationals? Mathews to bowl

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 205/4CRR: 10.78 RRR: 2.00
Dinesh Karthik4 (1b 1x4)
Yuvraj Singh54 (24b 3x4 4x6)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 1-0-10-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-28-1
Dilshan to Karthik, FOUR runs

that is cheeky, Karthik is a smart T20 batsman, he waits for this short delivery, and late-cuts it from inside Sanga's gloves it seems. No chance for the third man to save the boundary

Dilshan to Yuvraj, 1 run

pushes it to cover and gets a single

Ramesh Bala indulges in some word play on dew: "Ahh... Towel to wipe the ball. I thought SL were looking to "throw in the towel" but couldn't find one! ;)" It's not over, the towel surely hasn't been thrown in, going by this run-out

Dilshan to Raina, OUT

finally they hit the stumps direct. Raina pushes to cover and runs. There is no run in this and Kulasekara underarms it. Raina dives desperately. By the time the bail comes off completely, Raina's bat has reached past the crease but is in the air

Suresh Raina run out (Kulasekara) 9 (9m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 128.57
Dilshan to Raina, no run

goes for the big slog, a hopeful Sanga appeals, but it is clearly angling down the leg side

Dilshan to Raina, FOUR runs

and Raina has brought it down to less than run-a-ball, charges down, makes room, and lofts him over extra cover

Dilshan to Yuvraj, 1 run

short and wide, and cut away to sweeper cover for one

Dilshan it is. Round the wicket

end of over 187 runs
INDIA: 195/3CRR: 10.83 RRR: 6.00
Suresh Raina5 (4b 1x4)
Yuvraj Singh52 (22b 3x4 4x6)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-28-1
Dilhara Fernando 4-0-29-1

India know SL don't have many options for these last two overs and have quietly played out Malinga. Weeraratne and Mathews have gone for 86 between them in six overs. Will they bowl? Or will be see spin finally? And I haven't seen too many towels here, so dew hasn't been an issue surely

Malinga to Raina, no run

that's the end of Malinga, full delivery, straight, played back to the bowler

Malinga to Raina, no run

that's quick, Raina looks to open the face and is beaten by the pace

Malinga to Yuvraj, 1 run

full, fast, yorker, digs it out, gets a single to long-off

Malinga to Raina, 1 run

yes it is a slower one, Raina goes deep into the crease and tucks it away for one

goes back over the stumps. Fine leg comes up. Slower one?

Malinga to Raina, FOUR runs

yorker it is, but it is angled too far down the leg side, he tickles it down to fine leg and Malinga's pace takes it to the boundary

Raina to face. Malinga round the stumps. Yorker? Surely?

Malinga to Yuvraj, 1 run

slower ball, runs it down to third man. Surely looking to play out Malinga's last over?

19 required off 18. Malinga, Weera and Mathews have one over each left. Jayasuriya and Dilshan have four each. Malinga to bowl

end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 188/3CRR: 11.05 RRR: 6.33
Yuvraj Singh50 (20b 3x4 4x6)
Dilhara Fernando 4-0-29-1
Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-50-0

Good innings from Dhoni. He copped criticism for coming in at 3 in Nagpur. Repeated it tonight, and did make a statement. Would have loved to close it, though

Fernando to Dhoni, OUT

superb yorker, inswinging, beating the high backlift. The stumps are in a mess. But the question is, has this come just in time or is too late?

MS Dhoni b Fernando 46 (55m 28b 3x4 2x6) SR: 164.28

this is Dhoni's highest score in T20 internationals

Fernando to Dhoni, 2 runs

pulled again, not convincingly, but he manages to clear midwicket and gets two

Fernando to Yuvraj, 1 run

Yuvraj gets 50, off just 20 balls. Slower ball, he opens the face and takes a single to cover

Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run

quicker short delivery this time, he is late into the shot but it rolls towards fine leg

Fernando to Yuvraj, 1 run

strays on the pads, gets away with just a single

Fernando to Dhoni, 1 run

slower ball, Dhoni is early into the pull but keeps it along the ground, and says "over to you Yuvraj"

end of over 1623 runs
INDIA: 182/2CRR: 11.37 RRR: 6.25
Yuvraj Singh48 (18b 3x4 4x6)
MS Dhoni42 (24b 3x4 2x6)
Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-50-0
Dilhara Fernando 3-0-23-0
Kulasekara to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

and he bowls length again, and Yuvraj is in no mood to miss out, goes straight again. Both long-on and long-off are pretty straight but can't make it - it's so straight and fast