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
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.
Two required off the last over, and surely we'll see the highest successful chase in T20 internationals? Mathews to bowl
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
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
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
goes for the big slog, a hopeful Sanga appeals, but it is clearly angling down the leg side
and Raina has brought it down to less than run-a-ball, charges down, makes room, and lofts him over extra cover
short and wide, and cut away to sweeper cover for one
Dilshan it is. Round the wicket
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
that's the end of Malinga, full delivery, straight, played back to the bowler
that's quick, Raina looks to open the face and is beaten by the pace
full, fast, yorker, digs it out, gets a single to long-off
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?
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?
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
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
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?
this is Dhoni's highest score in T20 internationals
pulled again, not convincingly, but he manages to clear midwicket and gets two
Yuvraj gets 50, off just 20 balls. Slower ball, he opens the face and takes a single to cover
quicker short delivery this time, he is late into the shot but it rolls towards fine leg
strays on the pads, gets away with just a single
slower ball, Dhoni is early into the pull but keeps it along the ground, and says "over to you Yuvraj"
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
|Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||2-match series drawn 1-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 127|
|Hours of play (local time)||17.30 start, First Session 17.30-18.45, Interval 18.45-19.00, Second Session 19.00-20.15|
|Match days||12 December 2009 - daynight (20-over match)|