West Indies have levelled the series. Short and wide, cut to point boundary. Chanderpaul envelops Smith in a hug. The dressing room erupts. Only two teams (India and West Indies) have made 250 or more in the fourth innings here on this ground to win a game. This is the third occasion. A win for the hosts here after eight years. A real sweet win.
A beaming Gayle walks out with his team-mates to greet Chanderpaul and Smith. He handshakes the Sri Lankan players now. The series is levelled. Pity, that its just a two-match series. The West Indian players walk around the ground now. Sarwan is there, so is Gayle. What a innings it was from Sarwan. Sars and Chanders did it for West Indies after their bowlers set up the game in the second innings. Spare a thought for Thilan Samaraweera, who played the innings of his life, but had to end up on the losing side. Meanwhile, the celebratory walk of the West Indies team is still on. Slowly, they go, cheered on by a happy crowd.
The West Indian players, including Chanderpaul, are waiting for the post-match ceremony to start. Sri Lankan players too are there. Mahela signals to some of his team-mates to join the group. All set for the ceremony.
Mahela: We gave ourselves a chance but Ronnie and Shiv batted really well. We had few half chances but couldn't capitalise. But West Indies played some very good cricket and deserved to win. It has been a tough series but we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Both teams should take credit for the way we performed. I am looking forward to the ODI series."
Gayle Well done to the guys. It was a shaky start but they came out on the top in the end. The bowlers did a tremendous job, Taylor, Fidel. It was a terrific effort from Sarwan. Credit to Mahela and his team. It was a good series, We enjoyed every minute of it. This win does lots of good for the morale of the team. We have come from behind to equal the series."
Man of the Match and Man of the Series : Sarwan : It was an important innings. It was important to get the partnership with Shiv. I have been positive, picking the right balls to hit. I have continue in this way. It has been hard work back, it has taken ten months to come back. Chris has been doing a wonderful job, every one has been around him and supporting him.
Mahela and Gayle come out and accept the series Trophy, which is shared by the two teams. Murali takes the cup from Gayle and holds it aloft with a big smile. Everyone is happy. Let's go home!
This is Sriram Veera, signing off. Thanks for tuning in over the last four days.
Smith comes down and tries to sweep, gets hit on the pad
comes down the track, drives to mid-on and rushes across for a quick single. Three more to win.
short-pitched delivery, pulled to right of long leg where Vass runs across to make a tumbling stop.
length delivery that straightened on the off stump line, defended to covers
beaten on the drive. Full in length, moves away and Smith wanted to cover drive, bat met air and the ball took refuge in Sangakkara's gloves
pushed to covers. They need 6 more.
short in length, steered to left of gully where Vandort dives to make the stop. Sri Lanka are not relaxing it,. yet.
full in length, cutting away, guided to backward point
spins away from the off stump, left alone
slower one this time and Chanderpaul stretches well across to dead-bat it
on the off stump line, steered to backward point
short and wide, reaches out and mistimes a cut to covers
quickish off break and Chanderpaul lets Sanga gather.
flighted full, driven to mid-on
full and straight, defended back to the bowler
on the middle stump line, tucked behind square leg for a single
slanted across Chanderpaul who shoulders arms
from over the stumps this time, outside off, pushed to covers, sets off for a run, Smith is not interested and Chanders, who reached half-way, turned back, ran and dived into his crease
Whack! Murder! Chanderpaul went back and across and lashed a short delivery to deep square leg boundary