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India vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI at Kolkata, , Nov 13 2014 - Ball by Ball Commentary

4th ODI (D/N), Eden Gardens, November 13, 2014, Sri Lanka tour of India
(43.1/50 ov, T:405) 251

India won by 153 runs

Player Of The Match
264 (173)
Full commentary

That's all we have from what has been a momentous night for India and Rohit Sharma. They won't forget this one in a hurry. Thanks for joining us. Cheers


Rohit Sharma has been given a check of Rs 2,64,000 for his innings by CAB

"It is embarrassing that we are not even competing," says Angelo Mathews. "We lost our way in the last 20 overs. It is not acceptable. Our bowlers didn't have any answers for them. To score 290 in the last 25 is unbelievable. Nothing can be taken away from Rohit, though. Our fielding was terrible again. We need to fix our problems. We need to get everything - batting, bowling and fielding - right."

"I said in the press conference yesterday that once Rohit gets going he is very dangerous," says Virat Kohli. "Today is the kind of day I can tell my kids I was there. I don't think this record is getting broken anytime soon. I was glad I was batting with him. There was a time when Rohit will admit runs were not coming easily, and I just asked him to take his time. Once he gets to 70-80, he is almost unstoppable. I am quite happy as of now as captain. I have had more wins than losses, but your character is tested only when the team is being tested. That time will come sooner than later. Your character is tested only in bad times. No we don't want to let up. That's what we are looking to develop as a team culture."

"The fact that I went on to bat 50 overs was absolutely pleasing," says Rohit Sharma, the Man of the Match. "I have been working on it. To bat as long as possible. Finally I managed that. That run-out of Virat was my mistake. Things like that happened, but not hard feelings there. It was a crucial partnership we were building, and to lose him then was quite frustrating. But I kept telling myself to keep on going. It's going to be difficult to pick out one shot that stands out. I really cannot pick out one. I will try my best to get to 300, but as of now I will take 264. A lot of memories at Eden Gardens that will remain close to me. This one was really special"

Rohit Sharma grabs a stump as everybody lines up to shake his hand. This has been some day for him. He has smashed the world record by 45 runs, and you can't take that smile off his face. This has been an historic night. Do wait for quotes from the presentation

Axar Patel to Mendis, OUT

he switch-hits to his demise. They have ended 13 runs short of Rohit Sharma's score. This match was over long ago. The final touch is provided by this switch hit straight to what would have been deep cover had he played as a right-hand batsman

Ajantha Mendis c Sharma b Patel 4 (12b 0x4 0x6 21m) SR: 33.33
end of over 431 run
SL: 251/9CRR: 5.83 RRR: 22.00
Shaminda Eranga12 (15b 3x4)
Ajantha Mendis4 (11b)
Dhawal Kulkarni 10-1-34-4
Axar Patel 7-0-51-1
Kulkarni to Eranga, no run

full outside off, dug out to mid-on

Kulkarni to Eranga, no run

short of a length ball, outside off, left alone

Kulkarni to Eranga, no run

accurate length ball, defended back to him

Kulkarni to Eranga, no run

length ball angling in, beats the inside edge as he looks to slog

Kulkarni to Mendis, 1 run

short of a length, rising towards the chest, fended to leg

Kulkarni to Mendis, no run

short of a length, just outside off, defended off the back foot

end of over 425 runs
SL: 250/9CRR: 5.95 RRR: 19.37
Shaminda Eranga12 (11b 3x4)
Ajantha Mendis3 (9b)
Axar Patel 7-0-51-1
Dhawal Kulkarni 9-1-33-4
Axar Patel to Eranga, FOUR runs

short of a length, darted in, Eranga gets a bottom edge past slip for four

Axar Patel to Eranga, no run

fired in, stays back to defend

Axar Patel to Eranga, no run

tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot

Axar Patel to Eranga, no run

short of a length, gets some turn, defended off the back foot

Axar Patel to Mendis, 1 run

down the wicket, gets a thick inside edge for a single

Axar Patel to Mendis, no run

moves across the line to try to swipe this to leg. Is hit on the pad, but outside the line of off

end of over 411 run
SL: 245/9CRR: 5.97 RRR: 17.77
Shaminda Eranga8 (7b 2x4)
Ajantha Mendis2 (7b)
Dhawal Kulkarni 9-1-33-4
Umesh Yadav 8-0-38-2
Kulkarni to Eranga, no run

wide slower ball, left alone

Kulkarni to Mendis, 1 run

yorker outside off, dug out for a single to third man

Kulkarni to Mendis, no run

short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

Kulkarni to Mendis, no run

short of a length, outside off, left alone

Kulkarni to Mendis, no run

holds its line outside off, beats the outside edge

Kulkarni to Mendis, no run

bouncer attempted. It looks high but is not called a wide

end of over 4011 runs
SL: 244/9CRR: 6.10 RRR: 16.10
Shaminda Eranga8 (6b 2x4)
Ajantha Mendis1 (2b)
Umesh Yadav 8-0-38-2
Dhawal Kulkarni 8-1-32-4
Umesh Yadav to Eranga, no run

short of a length, outside off, holds its line, beats the outside edge

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