Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Commentry - இலங்கை ஆட்டம் வர்ணனை

Here we go, Sri lanka requires 305 runs from 50 overs,
An excellent innings by the Delhi Duo's (Kohli 108 & Gambhir 100)
well supported by captain Dhoni (46) and Raina (30) a well carried partnership 78 runs in 7.1 overs
And lets find will Sri lanka chase it or will India fold them.
Back for the chase, Irfan to start off
0.1
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 126.1 kph, straightening on off from a good length, defended
0.2
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 129.9 kph, some bounce now even as it holds its line, Mahela was coming forward, and drops it onto the pitch
0.3
Pathan to Jayawardene, FOUR, 129.9 kph, swinging in again, but on to the pads, and Mahela picks up the first boundary of the innings to the fine leg boundary, there is no one there
0.4
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 130.9 kph, better line outside off, Mahela mistimes the drive, Raina comes to his right to field at extra cover
0.5
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 128.8 kph, bit of shape into the right-hander, solidly defended off the front foot
0.6
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 129.4 kph, Mahela tries to charge out, but gets into a tangle as Irfan spears it in to the blockhole
End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (301 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.14)
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (6b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     
1.1
Kumar to Dilshan, no run, 127.2 kph, PK gets it to shape away first up, from a good length outside off, Dilshan lets it go
1.2
Kumar to Dilshan, FOUR, 128.0 kph, clobber! Dilshan hits the gap between cover and point as he slaps one that offers him some width
1.3
Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, 130.9 kph, worked behind square leg from middle
1.4
Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, 128.0 kph, ending on middle from a length, Mahela eases it calmly and elegantly through square leg, the outfield does the rest
1.5
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 130.4 kph, could have punished the similar line again, but this time his clip finds square leg
Short cover in place
1.6
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 130.6 kph, hit on the thigh pad as this one nips in from back of a length
End of over 2 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (292 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.08)
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (9b 2x4)      P Kumar    1-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    5* (3b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-4-0
2.1
Pathan to Dilshan, 1 run, 128.4 kph
2.2
Pathan to Jayawardene, SIX, 131.1 kph, holy moly, Mahela tees off over square leg, all the way into the stands, picks it up from a good length and lifts it with the inswing
around the stumps
2.3
Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, 128.4 kph, into Mahela with the changed angle, a firm clip finds the fielder at square leg
back to over the stumps
2.4
Pathan to Dilshan, no run, 131.6 kph, carries with the angle across Dilshan who shoulders arms late
2.5
Pathan to Dilshan, no run, 132.8 kph, Irfan hits 136 kph, but Dilshan crashes that length ball with disdain, but straight to extra cover
2.6
Pathan to Dilshan, no run, 132.4 kph, he tried to flick him over fine leg off the pad, but ended up scooping it in the air, falls short of Dhoni and the slip
End of over 3 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0 (284 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.04)
TM Dilshan    6* (7b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (11b 2x4 1x6)      P Kumar    1-0-9-0
3.1
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 130.1 kph, blocked solidly down the track
3.2
Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, 128.1 kph, Mahela, another pleasing stroke, makes a violent cut look beautiful, lots of width outside off, he delays his shot for an instant and slams it past point
3.3
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 129.8 kph, opened up a tad as he defends a length ball on the off side
3.4
Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, 125.5 kph, nothing elegant about this one from Mahela, he's lucky instead, he gives PK the charge, and goes through with a slog, inside edge misses leg stump by inches
Dhoni comes up to the stumps
3.5
Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 125.5 kph, so Mahels stays in the crease and runs it behind point
Slip comes in for Dilshan
3.6
Kumar to Dilshan, 1 run, 126.8 kph, tucked behind square leg
End of over 4 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 31/0 (274 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 5.95)
TM Dilshan    7* (8b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-0-19-0
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (16b 4x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    2-0-12-0
4.1
Pathan to Dilshan, OUT, 128.7 kph, Irfan has struck, off a poor delivery, but he's sent Dilshan back, who's lined up the pull to this long hop but found Virat at midwicket

TM Dilshan c Kohli b Pathan 7 (18m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 77.77
4.2
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 130.1 kph, Rohit dives onto the practice pitch at midwicket, saves a run
4.3
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 128.8 kph
4.4
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 129.6 kph, punched solidly straight to extra cover
4.5
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 133.0 kph, slightly fuller in length, defended tightly
4.6
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 130.0 kph, pushed towards covers
End of over 5 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 31/1 (274 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 6.08)
KC Sangakkara    0* (5b)      IK Pathan    3-1-12-1
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (16b 4x4 1x6)      P Kumar    2-0-19-0
5.1
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 128.9 kph, length ball pushed away on the off side
Dhoni is standing up
5.2
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 127.9 kph, defended off the back foot
Leg slip in place
5.3
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 130.6 kph, back of a length and moving away slightly, Mahela gets across and blocks, steady line from PK, working well at the moment
5.4
Kumar to Jayawardene, SIX, 130.9 kph, whoa, Mahela releases the pressure in style, he goes down and scoops PK from around off stump, all the way over the fine leg rope, was that timed or what
5.5
Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, 126.2 kph, more runs, superb batting from Mahela, nothing wrong with the delivery, maybe it offered some width outside off, Mahela gets across, hangs back and dabs it late, it races to the third man boundary
5.6
Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, pushed to cover from the crease
End of over 6 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (264 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.83, RRR: 6.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    34* (22b 5x4 2x6)      P Kumar    3-0-29-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (5b)      IK Pathan    3-1-12-1
6.1
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 126.1 kph, shaping away a tad from the left-hander, who punches it on the off side
Marcus: ""Irfan hits 136 kph, BUT..." hmm is hitting that speed REALLY an achievement?? Even NZ seamers were pushing 140 last test!?" It is, for Irfan
6.2
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 132.1 kph, oh, this one has come in to Sanga, who was not expecting that, ended up flailing outside the line, that wasn't far from off
6.3
Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, 130.8 kph, away with a work square on the leg side
around the stumps
6.4
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 133.6 kph, good line from Irfan, ending around off, some nip off the wicket, Mahela is solid in defence
6.5
Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, 131.0 kph, opens the face and earns a single to third man
6.6
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 126.4 kph, Sanga is uncertain at the moment outside off, this length ball from Irfan moved away and Sanga reached out to under-edge it
End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 43/1 (262 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 6.14, RRR: 6.09)
KC Sangakkara    1* (9b)      IK Pathan    4-1-14-1
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (24b 5x4 2x6)      P Kumar    3-0-29-0
Lakitha: "One thing Sanga shouldn't do here is wasting too much balls to get his start as he did in Australia. He must keep picking up singles and keep Mahela calm."
Vinay to have a bowl
7.1
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, no run, 126.3 kph, good start, fullish length around middle, at 126.3 kph, Mahela pushes towards midwicket
Sanga wants a change of bats
7.2
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 125.6 kph, some bounce from back of a length for Vinay, straight outside off, Mahela runs it to third man
7.3
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 128.2 kph, steady so far from Vinay, Sanga pushes a length ball on the off side
7.4
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 130.5 kph, punched to mid off for a quick single
7.5
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 wide, 131.2 kph, dug in short, too short, Mahela lets it go over him
7.5
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 129.0 kph, moves away from Mahela from a length, he pushes it between cover and point, who gets a hand to it and takes all the pace off it
7.6
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 128.9 kph, pushed to extra cover from the crease
End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 48/1 (257 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.11)
KC Sangakkara    3* (12b)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (27b 5x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    4-1-14-1
8.1
Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, 125.4 kph, slam! Sanga gets going with a walk down the pitch, and smashes Irfan's length ball past mid off
8.2
Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, 128.2 kph, tries to force it through the off side but mistimes it to extra cover
around the stumps to Mahela
8.3
Pathan to Jayawardene, no run, 128.0 kph, turned towards midwicket with the angle
Mark: "Re. Lakitha, Dhoni has proved time after time that starting slowly doesn't matter as long as you stay cool and speed up later."
8.4
Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, 130.7 kph, shuffles across and works with the angle to fine leg
8.5
Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, 131.3 kph, pushed back to the bowler, Sanga is trying hard to get some runs, he is not timing them at the moment
8.6
Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, 131.2 kph, was short and wide for the pull, but Sanga does not get hold of it well enough, hits it to mid on, who misfields and allows one
End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 55/1 (250 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.11, RRR: 6.09)
KC Sangakkara    9* (16b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    38* (29b 5x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-5-0
9.1
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 130.6 kph, had PK managed a better pick-up, Sanga would have been tested as he punched to mid off and set off for the run
9.2
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 2 runs, 130.4 kph, good short ball, Mahela swivels and hooks, Jadeja misfields now at deep square leg
9.3
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 132.0 kph, flicked in the air to deep square
9.4
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 133.8 kph, superb work from Rohit at short extra cover, he is on the practice pitches, but he throws himself to his right to get a hand to a drive that would otherwise have clattered into the boundary
9.5
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, FOUR, oh, classy from Mahela, no stopping this one, gets forward and drives the length delivery, through the gap past extra cover
9.6
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 126.0 kph, guided wide of point
End of over 10 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1 (240 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    46* (33b 6x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-15-0
KC Sangakkara    11* (18b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-21-1
Jadeja to bowl now, slip in place
10.1
Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, 88.2 kph, some turn outside off, pushed wide of cover
10.2
Jadeja to Sangakkara, SIX, 88.1 kph, shouts of 'catch it', but Sanga has left nothing to chance, he comes down the track right away and lofts with the turn cleanly over deep midwicket
10.3
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, 80.4 kph, now they push the fielder, and take two, Ashwin is not quick enough running in from long on
10.4
Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, 89.6 kph, defended down the track
10.5
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, 93.0 kph, skips down the pitch and pushes for a single to long on
10.6
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, 87.4 kph, pushes a full delivery to the bowler
End of over 11 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 75/1 (230 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.81, RRR: 5.89)
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (35b 6x4 2x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    20* (22b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-15-0
Murali: "Mahela has been a revelation while opening the batting, he plays with full freedom and class.. Even though he has a mediocre ODI avg, i think he can end up with a good one if he continues to play this way.. " 'Mediocre?
Raina comes on
11.1
Raina to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to the bowler
11.2
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 91.4 kph, punched for a single to long off
11.3
Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, 94.4 kph, confusion as Mahela wants two after working it through square leg, Sanga sends him back after he has completed half the run
11.4
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 88.7 kph, easily done, pushed past the bowler to long off
11.5
Raina to Jayawardene, no run, 92.1 kph, turned in the air but falls short of midwicket
11.6
Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, 88.8 kph, nudged wide of short fine leg with the turn
End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 79/1 (226 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.58, RRR: 5.94)
DPMD Jayawardene    49* (38b 6x4 2x6)      SK Raina    1-0-4-0
KC Sangakkara    22* (25b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-10-0
12.1
Jadeja to Jayawardene, no run, 89.1 kph, defended off the front foot
12.2
Jadeja to Jayawardene, FOUR, 93.0 kph, there comes the Mahela loft over extra cover, makes some room, and goes with the spin in the gap between extra cover and cover, that is also Mahela's fifty
12.3
Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, 91.4 kph
12.4
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, 90.7 kph, pushed down to long on for a single
12.5
Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, 89.0 kph, tossed up ball pushed to wide long off
12.6
Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, 90.5 kph, defended calmly back to the bowler
End of over 13 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 86/1 (219 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 5.91)
KC Sangakkara    23* (27b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-17-0
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (42b 7x4 2x6)      SK Raina    1-0-4-0
13.1
Raina to Jayawardene, FOUR, 90.9 kph, Raina is bowling from around the stumps, and Mahela uses the line going down his pads to sweep past short fine leg
13.2
Raina to Jayawardene, FOUR, 88.9 kph, another four, Raina pushes it through flat and quick outside off, Mahela waits, he makes some room and cuts past point, lovely
13.3
Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, 88.0 kph, nudged square for one
13.4
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 85.8 kph, Sanga continues to get the single down the ground, Mahela back on strike
13.5
Raina to Jayawardene, no run, 92.1 kph, cannot get it past square leg with the nudge
13.6
Raina to Jayawardene, 1 run, works behind square leg for a single
End of over 14 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (208 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.92, RRR: 5.77)
DPMD Jayawardene    65* (47b 9x4 2x6)      SK Raina    2-0-15-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (28b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-17-0
14.1
Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, 90.8 kph, backs away and runs it from off to short third man
14.2
Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, 90.8 kph, Sanga wants to have a go at Jadeja again, but he inside edges the swing on to his pad
14.3
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, 91.8 kph, leaves the crease again, and this time clips through midwicket
14.4
Jadeja to Jayawardene, 1 run, 92.1 kph, strokes this one wide of sweeper cover, 100 is up, Sri Lanka are right in this one
14.5
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, couple of runs through midwicket
14.6
Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, 92.8 kph, pushes with a straight bat to the bowler
End of over 15 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (203 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 5.80)
KC Sangakkara    27* (32b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    67* (49b 9x4 2x6)      SK Raina    2-0-15-0
15.1
Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, 86.6 kph
15.2
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 90.1 kph, pushed back to the left of the bowler who does well to stop it with a dive
15.3
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 wide, 84.7 kph, misses the sweep as this one heads down leg
15.3
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 87.4 kph, full delivery on leg, turned in front of square
15.4
Ashwin to Jayawardene, no run, 86.8 kph, they think about a single initially towards point before Sanga settles it with a loud NO
15.5
Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, 89.4 kph, hit down to long on
15.6
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 83.6 kph, defends a tossed up ball off the front foot
End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 106/1 (199 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 5.85)
KC Sangakkara    28* (35b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0
DPMD Jayawardene    69* (52b 9x4 2x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-22-0
Sanjay: "Jayawardene being described to have a mediocre average. It just shows the pitfalls of assessing a player's contribution to the team via their average.Despite the 'mediocrity' of his average, his value to the team is higher than someone who has a 40+ average."
Vinay is back
16.1
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 127.7 kph, drives a straightish length delivery to PK at sweeper cover
16.2
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 130.1 kph, pitched up delivery driven down to mid off for a single
16.3
Vinay Kumar to Jayawardene, 1 run, 126.6 kph, Mahela wants to make the Powerplay count, he charges out, but does not get hold of this length delivery at all, is cramped for room and ends up swatting it towards midwicket
16.4
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, 129.5 kph, punchy drive, past extra cover
16.5
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, 130.7 kph, reaches out and places it wide of third man
16.6
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 131.1 kph, flashes at a pitched up ball angled across him, it flies off a thick edge to third man
End of over 17 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 114/1 (191 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.70, RRR: 5.78)
KC Sangakkara    34* (39b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene    71* (54b 9x4 2x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0
17.1
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 90.0 kph, that stayed a shade low and Sanga ended up chopping the cut to extra cover
17.2
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 89.0 kph, down leg is the line, and Sanga changes ends with a nudge to short fine
17.3
Ashwin to Jayawardene, FOUR, 84.4 kph, shot! here comes Mahela, down the pitch to the flighted one outside off and hammers it with the spin over midwicket
17.4
Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, 80.3 kph, good length delivery spinning in and he softly pushes it to long on
17.5
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 87.7 kph, clipped nicely to deep midwicket
17.6
Ashwin to Jayawardene, 1 run, 88.7 kph, again on the pads, helped to fine leg
End of over 18 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 122/1 (183 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.77, RRR: 5.71)
DPMD Jayawardene    77* (57b 10x4 2x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    36* (42b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-23-0
Navin: "The reason Jaywardene doesn't have a great average is because he is prone to going into elongated form slumps. But, when he is in form (like he is now), he is just sublime to watch and probably the best of the stylish batsmen of his era!"
Irfan will bowl again
18.1
Pathan to Jayawardene, 1 run, 126.2 kph, stretches out and slaps a very wide one down to third man
18.2
Pathan to Sangakkara, 1 run, 130.0 kph, into the pads with the angle and Sanga picks up one to fine leg
18.3
Pathan to Jayawardene, OUT, 132.7 kph, Mahela's dab has consume him this time, Irfan has struck again, he angled it across Mahela, widish delivery, moving away from the right-hander, Mahela tried to run it to third man but ended up guiding it to Dhoni's right, the keeper goes low to snap up the offering, it was lovely while it lasted, but Mahela is gone now

DPMD Jayawardene c †Dhoni b Pathan 78 (80m 59b 10x4 2x6) SR: 132.20
18.4
Pathan to Chandimal, no run, 130.2 kph, defended solidly off the front foot
18.5
Pathan to Chandimal, no run, 125.6 kph
18.6
Pathan to Chandimal, no run, 130.0 kph, punched firmly to cover
End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 124/2 (181 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 5.83)
LD Chandimal    0* (3b)      IK Pathan    6-1-23-2
KC Sangakkara    37* (43b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-12-0
19.1
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 87.1 kph
19.2
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 87.0 kph, well bowled, tossed up and defended off a thick edge to cover
19.3
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 83.3 kph, punched to point
19.4
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 86.6 kph, full delivery pushed back to the bowler
19.5
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 82.5 kph, gets the flighted delivery down to long off for a single
19.6
Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, 91.1 kph, fullish on middle, turned straight to midwicket, pressure increases after this tight over
End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 125/2 (180 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 6.00)
LD Chandimal    0* (4b)      R Ashwin    3-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    38* (48b 1x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    6-1-23-2
PK returns
20.1
Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 128.5 kph, and is met with a solid push to long off
20.2
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 126.2 kph, some width on offer, but Chandimal mistimes it to point as he goes too hard at the shot
20.3
Kumar to Chandimal, 2 runs, 126.1 kph, comes back in sharply off the pitch, Chandimal manages to nudge it through square leg
20.4
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 127.4 kph, Rohit has fielded superbly today, and now he has scored a direct hit too from midwicket, got quickly to the ball, and let it rip on the run, Chandimal has just managed to make his ground after initially setting for a single
20.5
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 127.8 kph, pitched up delivery quietly played out to midwicket
20.6
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 128.8 kph, pushed to extra cover
End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 128/2 (177 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.09, RRR: 6.10)
LD Chandimal    2* (9b)      P Kumar    4-0-32-0
KC Sangakkara    39* (49b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    3-0-13-0
21.1
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 86.9 kph, gets bat in front of pad to defend
21.2
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 78.6 kph, superb delivery, Sanga could do nothing about it, tossed up, pitching middle, and turning past the outside edge, they appeal for caught behind but there was not edge
21.3
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 84.1 kph, slapped away to sweeper cover
21.4
Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, 87.0 kph, dabbed towards point
21.5
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 89.1 kph, pushes a flighted delivery to extra cover
21.6
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 81.8 kph, Sanga guides this one towards covers and takes a few steps out, Chandimal is already half way up the pitch before Sanga sends him back
End of over 22 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 130/2 (175 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 6.25)
KC Sangakkara    40* (54b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    4-0-15-0
LD Chandimal    3* (10b)      P Kumar    4-0-32-0
22.1
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 128.9 kph, plays out a pitched up delivery on middle to midwicket
22.2
Kumar to Chandimal, FOUR, 126.6 kph, that will go, Chandimal stays in the crease, makes a bit of room and strokes the length ball past point, super timing
22.3
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 128.5 kph, he wants a run every ball, and again has to rush back as the fielder closes in from cover
22.4
Kumar to Chandimal, no run, 127.1 kph, drives, but without much power, to midwicket
22.5
Kumar to Chandimal, 1 run, 125.8 kph, gets the drive down to long on now
22.6
Kumar to Sangakkara, 2 runs, 129.9 kph, drives through extra cover for a couple
End of over 23 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 137/2 (168 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.95, RRR: 6.22)
KC Sangakkara    42* (55b 1x4 1x6)      P Kumar    5-0-39-0
LD Chandimal    8* (15b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-15-0
23.1
Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, 88.8 kph, carrom ball from Ashwin, dropped softly towards point
23.2
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 87.9 kph
23.3
Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, 82.2 kph, turn for Ashwin again, Sanga wanted to shuffle and work it on the leg side but could not do much with it
23.4
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 83.3 kph, eased away to sweeper cover now
23.5
Ashwin to Chandimal, no run, 84.6 kph, flighted delivery dips outside off, defended towards cover
23.6
Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, 84.6 kph, they will need more of this, Chandimal uses his feet, gets to the pitch and force for a single to long on
End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 140/2 (165 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 6.34)
LD Chandimal    10* (18b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-18-0
KC Sangakkara    43* (58b 1x4 1x6)      P Kumar    5-0-39-0
24.1
Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, 85.6 kph, driven down to long on for another single
24.2
Jadeja to Sangakkara, no run, 89.3 kph, pushed back to the bowler
24.3
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 2 runs, 89.9 kph, fetches it from well outside off and laps it behind square leg
24.4
Jadeja to Sangakkara, FOUR, 88.9 kph, that has been smacked, Sanga picks this one from even further outside off stump and cracks it in front of square leg
24.5
Jadeja to Sangakkara, 1 run, 91.0 kph, gets to his fifty with a clip through midwicket
24.6
Jadeja to Chandimal, 1 run, 87.7 kph, nudged in front of square leg
End of over 25 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 149/2 (156 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.96, RRR: 6.24)
LD Chandimal    12* (20b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-31-0
KC Sangakkara    50* (62b 2x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    5-0-18-0
25.1
Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 wide, 89.0 kph, down the leg side
25.1
Ashwin to Chandimal, 1 run, 87.4 kph, pushed through cover
25.2
Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, 86.2 kph, pushes with the spin towards extra cover
25.3
Ashwin to Chandimal, OUT, 88.8 kph, Ashwin strikes, Chandimal perishes with a charge and a miss, it was the carrom ball, Chandimal sees the flight and comes out, ends up swinging inside the line, the ball holds its line and strikes middle, he has superb control over this delivery

LD Chandimal b Ashwin 13 (26m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 59.09
Slip in place
25.4
Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, 83.8 kph, tossed up from around the stumps, he comes forward to defend
25.5
Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, 82.6 kph, now he gets the outside edge as he makes him come forward to defend, gets some turn to take the edge, which falls well short of slip
25.6
Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, 84.2 kph
End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 152/3 (153 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 6.37)
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (3b)      R Ashwin    6-0-21-1
KC Sangakkara    51* (63b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    4-0-31-0
Another part-timer, here is rohit
26.1
Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, 80.4 kph, driven to cover
26.2
Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, 84.8 kph, Sanga almost perishes to a harmless delivery, it was shortish and flat, Sanga went hard at the pull, and spooned it up off the top edge, it fell some way ahead from Rohit running towards mid on
26.3
Sharma to Thirimanne, no run, 80.3 kph, cut to cover
26.4
Sharma to Thirimanne, no run, defended outside off
26.5
Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, 83.5 kph, too flat and too short, but a single is all he'll get with a slap to sweeper cover
26.6
Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, 84.9 kph, some flight now, cut away to sweeper cover
End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 155/3 (150 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.74, RRR: 6.52)
KC Sangakkara    53* (66b 2x4 1x6)      RG Sharma    1-0-3-0
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (6b)      R Ashwin    6-0-21-1
Now Raina to have a bowl
27.1
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 89.9 kph, to long off
27.2
Raina to Thirimanne, 1 run, 85.6 kph, to long on
27.3
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 90.0 kph, pushed for a single towards midwicket
27.4
Raina to Thirimanne, no run, 92.9 kph, punched straight to cover
27.5
Raina to Thirimanne, no run, 89.9 kph, fired in flat from around the stumps, squeezed straight to point
27.6
Raina to Thirimanne, 1 run, 90.6 kph, finally he is able to punch for a single to long on
End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 159/3 (146 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.67, RRR: 6.63)
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (10b)      SK Raina    3-0-19-0
KC Sangakkara    55* (68b 2x4 1x6)      RG Sharma    1-0-3-0
28.1
Sharma to Thirimanne, no run, 82.8 kph, another cut finds point
28.2
Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, 85.4 kph, tossed up ball, he adjusts as it dips to guide it towards point
28.3
Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, 82.2 kph, too short and wide but Sanga slaps it straight to extra cover
28.4
Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, 85.8 kph, slapped away this time to sweeper cover for one
28.5
Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, 84.5 kph, nudged square on the leg side
28.6
Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, low full toss pushed down to long on
End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 163/3 (142 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 6.76)
KC Sangakkara    57* (71b 2x4 1x6)      RG Sharma    2-0-7-0
HDRL Thirimanne    5* (13b)      SK Raina    3-0-19-0
29.1
Raina to Sangakkara, no run, 93.2 kph, pushed straight to extra cover
29.2
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 90.4 kph, whipped down to long on
29.3
Raina to Thirimanne, SIX, 89.4 kph, Sri Lanka get a boundary finally, thirimanne slog-sweeps from middle and leg, and connects well, it has landed on the rope at deep square and is ultimately signalled a six after a long look by the third umpire
29.4
Raina to Thirimanne, no run, 86.1 kph, dive at extra cover saves one
29.5
Raina to Thirimanne, no run, 89.6 kph, quicker one played out to point
29.6
Raina to Thirimanne, 1 run, 84.7 kph, turned from off through square leg
End of over 30 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 171/3 (134 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 6.70)
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (17b 1x6)      SK Raina    4-0-27-0
KC Sangakkara    58* (73b 2x4 1x6)      RG Sharma    2-0-7-0
30.1
Sharma to Thirimanne, 2 runs, 80.4 kph, nudged wide of fine leg for two more
30.2
Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, 87.0 kph, slapped away to sweeper cover
30.3
Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, 84.9 kph, flighted one pushed to long off
30.4
Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, eased to long on
30.5
Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, 84.8 kph, driven to sweeper cover for another single
30.6
Sharma to Thirimanne, 1 run, 85.9 kph, stays back to a flighted length ball and hits it to sweeper cover
End of over 31 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 178/3 (127 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.74, RRR: 6.68)
HDRL Thirimanne    17* (21b 1x6)      RG Sharma    3-0-14-0
KC Sangakkara    60* (75b 2x4 1x6)      SK Raina    4-0-27-0
Indraneel: "Sri Lanka has just lost a wicket. Wouldn't Dhoni be better off trying to take a wicket rather than allowing the new batsman to get his eye in by playing the sixth and seventh bowler?"
slip in place
31.1
Raina to Thirimanne, 1 run, 86.1 kph, fine stop from Jadeja at point but the backing up is not all that good at the non-striker's end as Jadeja throws, run conceded in the end
31.2
Raina to Sangakkara, no run
31.3
Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, 94.5 kph, drop, a technical one, Raina would have had to be really lucky for this one to have stuck, Sanga tried to chip over the bowler but did not get it as high as he wanted to, Raina got a hand to it as he leaped in the air, but could only palm it away
31.4
Raina to Thirimanne, 2 runs, 88.1 kph, neatly done, he chips in the air, between sweeper cover and long off
31.5
Raina to Thirimanne, 1 run, 90.5 kph, flicked behind square leg
31.6
Raina to Sangakkara, 2 runs, an attempt to save the single at extra cover with a dive goes wrong, it is parried away towards long off, by the time he reaches the ball, they have taken two
End of over 32 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 185/3 (120 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.78, RRR: 6.66)
KC Sangakkara    63* (78b 2x4 1x6)      SK Raina    5-0-34-0
HDRL Thirimanne    21* (24b 1x6)      RG Sharma    3-0-14-0
PK is back
32.1
Kumar to Thirimanne, 1 run, 125.6 kph, shuffles across and works for a single through midwicket
32.2
Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 125.7 kph, carved with good timing but straight to point
32.3
Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 126.0 kph, mistimes the cut now, to point again, chops it into the ground
Emad: "@Indraneel: If Dhoni attacks with his limited bowling options, who will stop the run flow at the death?"
32.4
Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 128.6 kph, hmm, now he bends the knee and has a slog at this one, cannot beat midwicket
32.5
Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, 128.1 kph, now he leaves his crease and has a heave at a length delivery, manages to get it to deep midwicket
32.6
Kumar to Thirimanne, 1 run, 128.8 kph, speared in full in to the pads from around the stumps, helped along to fine leg
End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 188/3 (117 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 6.88)
HDRL Thirimanne    23* (26b 1x6)      P Kumar    6-0-42-0
KC Sangakkara    64* (82b 2x4 1x6)      SK Raina    5-0-34-0
Vinay returns to the attack as well
33.1
Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, no run, 125.4 kph, tight start, back of a length around middle and off, opens the face to run it to point
33.2
Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, no run, 128.6 kph, cannot get this one away also, pushes it out towards extra cover
Asking rate is above seven now
33.3
Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, 2 runs, he was forced to try this shot with a couple of quiet overs, charges out and lofts, mistimes it over extra cover, but it falls between sweeper cover and long off
33.4
Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, no run, 115.7 kph, cannot work a straightish length ball off his pads
33.5
Vinay Kumar to Thirimanne, 1 run, 112.7 kph, now he nudges behind square leg, there was the opportunity for the second, but Dhoni cut it off by charging after the ball as soon as the shot was played
33.6
Vinay Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 131.7 kph, punches, straight to extra cover, two tight overs, more pressure on the batsmen as the Powerplay approaches
End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 191/3 (114 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 7.12)
KC Sangakkara    64* (83b 2x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-26-0
HDRL Thirimanne    26* (31b 1x6)      P Kumar    6-0-42-0
34.1
Kumar to Thirimanne, no run, 127.3 kph, one more dot ball, as Thirimanne turns PK to midwicket
34.2
Kumar to Thirimanne, 1 run, 102.2 kph, well bowled, he saw the batsman advancing and bowled it slower, Thirimanne had to adjust and could only drop it towards Dhoni for one
34.3
Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 128.4 kph, another stroke finds midwicket, wicket around the corner if this continues
34.4
Kumar to Sangakkara, no run, 103.8 kph, now he leaves the crease but to no avail, India's medium-pacers working fine at the moment, Sanga is hit on the pad as he misses with the flick
34.5
Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 wide, 128.9 kph, bowls it quicker and fires it down the leg side
34.5
Kumar to Sangakkara, 1 run, a high full toss now, patted away to long on, rate climbing all the time
Milinda: "way too many Kumars in my cricinfo page at the moment."
34.6
Kumar to Thirimanne, 2 runs, 128.0 kph, full and into the pads, flicked behind square leg
End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 196/3 (109 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 7.26)
HDRL Thirimanne    29* (34b 1x6)      P Kumar    7-0-47-0
KC Sangakkara    65* (86b 2x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-26-0
Anuj: "As the asking rate creeps higher, I can't help but think this is Dhoni's strategy, without genuine wicket takers, he's strangling the Sri Lankans by reducing the flow of runs, the wickets will come in the last few overs as a result of pressure."
batting Powerplay, crucial for Sri Lanka
35.1
Ashwin to Sangakkara, OUT, 83.5 kph, Sanga picks out deep midwicket first ball of the Powerplay, and Sri Lanka have piled more pressure onto themselves, wanted to start the over with a boundary, does not get enough distance with the slog-sweep, man in the deep tumbles forward to take a fine catch, Sanga is angry at himself, screams in disappointment as he walks off

KC Sangakkara c Jadeja b Ashwin 65 (130m 87b 2x4 1x6) SR: 74.71
They have two specialist batsmen remaining, they send in Kulasekara to take advantage of the Powerplay
35.2
Ashwin to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, 85.6 kph, off the pad on the leg side
35.3
Ashwin to Kulasekara, 1 run, 81.9 kph, allows it to turn in and dabs it to short third man
35.4
Ashwin to Thirimanne, no run, 88.3 kph, played out to point
35.5
Ashwin to Thirimanne, OUT, 85.4 kph, given leg-before, Ashwin has put Sri Lanka under more pressure, looks pretty straight, Thirimanne goes for the sweep, misses, Ashwin strikes the pad in front of middle with a length delivery that straightens from around the stumps, replays show that was hitting middle

HDRL Thirimanne lbw b Ashwin 29 (45m 37b 0x4 1x6) SR: 78.37
Deep: "Kula to take advantage of powerplay? based on ONE innings in Australia? This is like India sending in Javagal Srinath as pinch-hitter in the 90s .. "
Ashutosh: "I can't help but feel for the people who criticize Dhoni's captaincy in ODIs..he has limited resources but look at the way he manages it..He brings on the part-timere just because he wants to get done with their overs when a new batsman comes in coz they won't be carted for many in that case."
35.6
Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, 83.7 kph, more flight, dips on the left-hander who comes forward to defend
End of over 36 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 198/5 (107 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.64)
WU Tharanga    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    7-0-22-3
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (1b)      P Kumar    7-0-47-0
Vinay to have another bowl
36.1
Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, 1 run, 129.4 kph, pushed down to mid on
36.2
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, FOUR, 130.1 kph, poor line, length ball down the pads, and Tharanga tucks it fine on its way
36.3
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, no run, 131.9 kph, plays back a length delivery on the right line, on middle and off
36.4
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, 2 runs, 127.7 kph, turned off the pad wide of deep square
around the stumps
36.5
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, no run, 132.6 kph, a push that is cut off by midwicket running to his right
36.6
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, shortish one pulled away in front of square leg
End of over 37 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 206/5 (99 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.56, RRR: 7.61)
WU Tharanga    7* (6b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-0-34-0
KMDN Kulasekara    2* (2b)      R Ashwin    7-0-22-3
37.1
Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, 86.2 kph, nudged in front of square for one
37.2
Ashwin to Kulasekara, no run, 84.4 kph, plays a tossed up ball back to the bowler
37.3
Ashwin to Kulasekara, FOUR, 82.9 kph, Kula gets this one away, takes a few steps out, makes some room and swings it over mid off
37.4
Ashwin to Kulasekara, no run, 87.0 kph, fires in the carrom ball on a length, pushed back to the bowler
37.5
Ashwin to Kulasekara, 1 run, 89.0 kph, cannot get anything more than a single towards extra cover as he tries to belt it down the ground
37.6
Ashwin to Tharanga, no run, 86.7 kph, cut to cover
End of over 38 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 212/5 (93 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 7.75)
WU Tharanga    8* (8b 1x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-28-3
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (6b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-0-34-0
38.1
Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, no run, 126.9 kph, swing and a miss as he comes out of the crease to have a go at a pitched up delivery that moves away a shade to beat him
38.2
Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, FOUR, 130.9 kph, got hold of this one, Vinay tries the short ball into Kula, who stands back and thumps it to the deep midwicket boundary
38.3
Vinay Kumar to Kulasekara, OUT, 99.7 kph, the slower one works for Vinay, he shouts after hitting Kula's off stump, Kula charged out again, had too much momentum to adjust as Vinay bowled it slow on a length, the ball sneaked past his swing and rattled off

KMDN Kulasekara b Vinay Kumar 11 (16m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.22
38.4
Vinay Kumar to Kapugedera, OUT, 130.1 kph, ho ho, Virat Kohli can crack hundreds, he can fly and take outrageous catches like this one, Kapu lasts one ball, he reaches out to a widish ball and gets it in the air to Virat's left, there was no time to run towards it, Virat goes screaming horizontally in the air, and brings down the ball with him safely in both hands

CK Kapugedera c Kohli b Vinay Kumar 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Vinay Kumar, on a hat-trick
38.5
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, no run, 130.3 kph, hit on the pads with a length ball moving in, Vinay turns around and appeals, that was going easily down leg
38.6
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, no run, 128.2 kph, pitched up delivery turned to midwicket
End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 216/7 (89 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 8.09)
MF Maharoof    0* (2b)      R Vinay Kumar    6-0-38-2
WU Tharanga    8* (8b 1x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-28-3
39.1
Ashwin to Tharanga, 1 run, 81.5 kph, tossed up delivery pushed towards extra cover, half-stopped with a big dive by Raina, but he misses with the throw at the striker's
39.2
Ashwin to Maharoof, no run, 85.4 kph
39.3
Ashwin to Maharoof, no run, 84.1 kph, turned with the spin to midwicket
James: "20/4 in the batting powerplay? England in disguise!"
39.4
Ashwin to Maharoof, no run, 87.0 kph, makes room outside leg but finds midwicket again
39.5
Ashwin to Maharoof, FOUR, 85.7 kph, well done, drills a full delivery over midwicket, and into the gap between long on and deep midwicket
39.6
Ashwin to Maharoof, SIX, 86.9 kph, Maharoof lofts Ashwin over high mid off this time, it was the carrom ball, but he made some room outside leg, and went over mid off with the spin away from him, top shot
End of over 40 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 227/7 (78 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.67, RRR: 7.80)
MF Maharoof    10* (7b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    9-0-39-3
WU Tharanga    9* (9b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    6-0-38-2
40.1
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, no run, 127.0 kph, played towards midwicket
40.2
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, 125.5 kph, pulls a short ball through square leg
Partha: "For all Dhoni critics...This is why it is important to take the game to the end before you start slogging."
40.3
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, 1 run, 131.5 kph, Maharoof flicks wide of fine leg but slips after completing the single
40.4
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, 1 wide, 128.0 kph, sends this length ball down the leg side with the angle
40.4
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, FOUR, 132.1 kph, overpitched from around the stumps and shovelled straight down the ground for four
40.5
Vinay Kumar to Tharanga, 1 run, 131.6 kph, rides the bounce on this back of a length ball to pick up a single to midwicket
40.6
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, no run, 129.5 kph, cannot get this one away, it moves away from him as he leaves the crease to have a go at it
End of over 41 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 235/7 (70 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 7.77)
MF Maharoof    11* (9b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    7-0-46-2
WU Tharanga    15* (13b 2x4)      R Ashwin    9-0-39-3
41.1
Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, 129.8 kph, direct hit and he was gone, Maharoof went for the single as Tharanga nudged to short fine
41.2
Pathan to Maharoof, 2 runs, 108.7 kph, goes after the overpitched delivery, but does not get enough distance on it, it falls wide of Ashwin running to his right from long on
41.3
Pathan to Maharoof, 1 run, 110.6 kph, pulled away to deep midwicket
41.4
Pathan to Tharanga, 1 run, 133.4 kph, eased down to long off
41.5
Pathan to Maharoof, 1 run, 132.0 kph, length ball smacked down to long off
41.6
Pathan to Tharanga, OUT, 134.1 kph, another wicket for Irfan, Tharanga goes for the drive but Irfan gets it to move in tad on a fullish length, resulting in Tharanga getting an inside edge onto the stumps,

WU Tharanga b Pathan 17 (30m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 106.25
Mahela is doing a super job at the moment at the top of the order, but Sri Lanka have to find another way to use Tharanga. He looks out of place so low down the order, it is just not his game
End of over 42 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 241/8 (64 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 8.00)

     IK Pathan    7-1-29-3
MF Maharoof    15* (12b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    7-0-46-2
42.1
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, 1 run, 92.0 kph, down to long on
42.2
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, no run, 130.5 kph, hit on the pads with one that moves in from a good length, height and angle, too much doubt there, replays show it would have just about touched the leg stump
42.3
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, no run, 127.1 kph, length ball pushed wide of mid off
42.4
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, 1 wide, 131.7 kph, slanted wide down the leg side
42.4
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, no run, 128.1 kph, comes in sharply from back of a length, and he is caught in the crease, gets an inside edge onto pad
42.5
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, 1 run, 128.1 kph, goes after this one, manages one to mid on
42.6
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, no run, 132.2 kph, goes for a widish delivery, cannot do anything with it
End of over 43 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 244/8 (61 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.67, RRR: 8.71)
MF Maharoof    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    8-0-49-2
S Prasanna    1* (4b)      IK Pathan    7-1-29-3
43.1
Pathan to Prasanna, no run, 127.7 kph, pushes a length ball to extra cover
43.2
Pathan to Prasanna, 1 run, 127.4 kph, driven in the air, falls short of sweeper cover
43.3
Pathan to Maharoof, no run, 131.4 kph, backs away outside leg, Irfan goes wide outside off, Maharoof misses
43.4
Pathan to Maharoof, no run, 131.3 kph, overpitched delivery drilled to extra cover
43.5
Pathan to Maharoof, 1 run, 132.4 kph, low full toss hit through midwicket, Raina runs across from long on and keeps them to one
43.6
Pathan to Prasanna, 1 run, 128.5 kph, worked through midwicket for one more
End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 247/8 (58 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.61, RRR: 9.66)
S Prasanna    3* (7b)      IK Pathan    8-1-32-3
MF Maharoof    17* (17b 1x4 1x6)      R Vinay Kumar    8-0-49-2
44.1
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, FOUR, 124.9 kph, uses the angle on this length delivery to swing Vinay over midwicket, no one in the deep there
44.2
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, 1 leg bye, 132.6 kph, goes for the inswinging yorker, hits the front boot. but would have gone down leg
44.3
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, 1 run, 99.4 kph, backs away before the ball has been delivered, Vinay bowls it really slow, Maharoof manages to heave it through midwicket in the end
44.4
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, no run, 93.0 kph, another slower one, he has a slog at it, falls short of mid off
44.5
Vinay Kumar to Prasanna, 1 run, 124.7 kph, has another go, and misses again, they take a run as the ball dribbles off the pad towards the keeper on the off side
44.6
Vinay Kumar to Maharoof, OUT, 126.8 kph, gone! Maharoof opened up and wanted to go down the ground, but he ended up slicing the full toss to extra cover

MF Maharoof c Raina b Vinay Kumar 18 (29m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 94.73
End of over 45 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 254/9 (51 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 10.20)

     R Vinay Kumar    9-0-55-3
S Prasanna    8* (11b 1x4)      IK Pathan    8-1-32-3
45.1
Pathan to Prasanna, OUT, that will be it then, Prasanna came down the track, and swung the widish slower one off the toe end of the bat, Sachin ran back from cover and settled under it, Irfan finishes with four

S Prasanna c Tendulkar b Pathan 8 (15m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
That is it from us for this game. Have a look at the match report by Kanishkaa Balachandran. Siddarth Ravindran will have more from the ground later. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off for the moment. Cheers
Virat is the Man of the Match. Virat: "To be able to adjust so quickly from Australia is very satisfying because of the different conditions. We [Gautam and I] have got a lot of big stands between us. We understand each others' games really well. We don't have to tell each other what to do. It is very satisfying when the wicket is slow, you have to control your urge to hit a boundary and take the singles. It is just a great honour [the vice-captaincy], I never expected it at 23." Well said, fiery one.
Dhoni: "It was difficult at that time when Mahela was batting well. The wicket changed a bit, it came onto the bat better and they were able to play their shots. Praveen was having an off day then, they took Jadeja for runs, so I was actually two bowlers short at that time. And had to get the part-timers in. But Praveen came back well, and Irfan and Vinay supported him well. There were not many boundaries in the Virat-Gautam partnership but they did well to set up a base. It is a tough ground to defend with quick outfield. Hopefully it won't be as easy to bat in the second innings as it is now as the tournament goes on. It is not that we played badly against Sri Lanka [in Australia]."
Mahela: "When you are chasing something like that, the guys who get starts have to finish off. Pretty bad shot from me. We chased really well, nothing wrong with the wicket. We needed to finish the chase which we did not do. Initially they set it up nicely with Gautam and Virat. I thought we gave away 15-20 runs more, it is difficult to bowl to Dhoni and Raina, our fielding could have been better too. We can take many positives out of this game. The new guys did well. Suranga bowled well. I have enjoyed batting up the order. I am more relaxed, I can play my shots It is easy to bat with Dilshan and it later flows with Sanga. But as I said, I played a pretty bad shot."
That late burst from Dhoni and Raina proved the difference in the end, turning a good score built on the twin centuries from Gambhir and Kohli into a stiff target. Jayawardene and Sangakkara looked in control, but a top-heavy Sri Lanka crumbled after their dismissals. Ashwin's double strike in the 36th over being the decisive blow. Irfan putting in a solid performance with four wickets
thiru: "There's a reason why Mahela always batted at 4 or 5, even though he has always loved to open the batting. With him opening, the batting is a bit inexperienced, and it showed in today's match. It would be a knee-jerk reaction to suggest that this is the sole reason for today's loss, but Mahela in the middle-order meant that the 'experience' was more evenly distributed through the lineup."

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