India vs Sri Lanka
India Win By Seven Wickets
Needing to score 320 runs within forty overs to have any chance of reaching the Commonwealth Bank Series final, India pulled the batting performance of all batting performances right from the top draw to astound Sri Lanka and indeed the world with an unforgettable win in Hobart. With a win seemingly unlikely it was left to Virat Kohli to deliver the killer blow with a majestic knock of 133 runs off just 86 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes. He took a particular shine to Lasith Malinga, who was left with demoralising figures of 1/96 off just 7.4 overs. Tendulkar and Sehwag both got starts but could not capatilise on some indifferent bowling from the Sri Lankans. Kohli did not get off to the best of starts, but once he found his footing he was unstoppable in racing away to a fine and timely century. He was well backed up by Raina and Gambhir, but it was Kohli who captured the man of the match award as well as the heart of every Indian around the world. This win does not ensure India passage into the final but an Australian win against Sri Lanka will certainly see India progress.
Over 36.4 Malinga 1-1-4-4
321-3 - Malinga is spared from traveling for a century by four runs, but not from Kohli's strong finish, who seals the deal with back-to-back boundaries down the ground. Game. Set. Match. India.
Over 36 Mathews 2-3-1-1-1-0
311-3 - Lo and behold, and over without a boundary. A dot ball even manages to sneak in. Raina and Kohli taking it casually now. India need a mere 10 runs from four overs to secure the bonus-point win.
Over 35 Malinga 2-6-4-4-4-4
303-3 - Malinga being taken to the cleaners as Kohli goes to his century from just 76 balls. The centurion, having reached the ninth 100 of his ODI career, isn't done there and promptly heaves six over midwicket, drives four through extra cover and clips a near yorker through backward square-leg for four more - and then again to the same area.. and then again... to the same area. Ouch, Sri Lanka. Malinga, coughing up too many low full tosses, Punished with a capital 'P'. 300 up for India and Kohli has his highest ODI score of 122 not out.
Over 34 Perera 2-1wd-0-1-3-1-6
279-3 - Kohli, lacking boundaries in the last couple of minutes, is slowly losing ground on India's fastest ODI centurions. 98 not out from 75 balls, three figures will be at the forefront of his mind, but so will putting the team first. Raina, any which way, screams six over midwicket in the meantime as another otherwise cheap over closes on an expensive note. India need 42 from six.
Over 33 Malinga 1-1-4-1-1-0
265-3 - Having traveled for more than 50 runs from his five overs thus far, Malinga really wants to rack up some economy, but has the batting Powerplay, starting now, to contend with. Raina, meanwhile, keeps going strong in cheeky fashion, simply using the pace of the ball to loft four over backward square-leg. 56 more runs from seven overs and India will remain in the series.
Over 32 Perera 2-0-1-1-1-4
257-3 - Perera is back into the attack in a bid to rectify what his fellow right-arm seamers have messed up across the last three or four overs. He sends down a much better length than Malinga and a tighter line than the fodder coughed up by Kulasekara. Perera is set for a pretty cheap over in the testing circumstances, but Kohli quickly spoils it by picking the slower ball from the hand and carting it over cover for four to move into the 90s. So arrives the team 250 and the 50-run partnership in quickfire fashion. 64 more runs from eight overs and India will have the bonus-point win.
Over 31 Kulasekara 4-1b-1wd-4-4-4-0
248-3 - Raina dispatches a rank half-volley straight down the ground and those appear to be his last runs of the day as the bowler later bites back with a shout for lbw. Raina tried to milk it around the corner, missed the change of pace, rode the appeal and lived to fight on. Umpire Rauf reckoned it was sliding down the leg-side, but only just. Close call, indeed. Kohli, meanwhile, is determined to take on this monstrous chase almost all by himself, tonking back-to-back boundaries wide of mid-on. Sri Lanka are in a state of shock here. They can't possibly throw this away, can they? Kohli reckons they will, making it three boundaries on the trot with a one-handed slice of point.
Over 30 Malinga 4-1-0-4-1-1wd-4lb
230-3 - The pace ace is back into the attack, quickly welcomed by Kohli's swat over the on-side for four. Raina later gets in on the act with a nifty paddle of some sort. Simply picking the leg-side angle off his pads, the left-hander planks four through backward square-leg. India, wickets in hand, very much on course for a bonus-point win an potentially a place in the tri-series finals. A wides and four leg-byes close the over and that certainly doesn't help India's cause. They will need to have a long, hard think about their approach during the drinks break now.
Over 29 Kulasekara 1-2-1-1-2-0
215-3 - Raina faces his first ball, and top edges out towards cow corner. However the fielder running in can't get underneath it, and is fortunate not to collide with the midwicket running back. The left-hander ends the over by creaming a drive, but it's straight to extra cover. India need 106 runs from 66 balls to win with a bonus point.
Over 28 Mathews 0-1-1+W-2-4-1-
208-3 - WICKET! You could sense the run-out was coming, because these two had a few close scrapes recently. It's Gambhir who goes, run out attempting the second by a good throw from the deep. Suresh Raina is his replacement but it's Kohli on strike, and he paddles one away very fine to pick up a welcome boundary.
Here we go. It's all kicking off again.
Over 27 Herath 0-1-1-0-0-1
199-2 - Kohli decides he needs to have a go, and very nearly holes out. Instead the ball bounces just short of the man at cow corner. Herath is bowling very cleverly here, and almost bowls Gambhir with the slower one as the left-hander goes for the slog sweep. Excellent over for Sri Lanka.
Over 26 Mathews 1-2-0-1-1-1
196-2 - Kohli makes it back for a tight second run, but grazes his elbow in the process of diving and needs the doc to come out and bandage it up. The required rate is just rising now.
Over 25 Herath 2-1-1-1-0-1
190-2 - Six from the over, so Herath is doing a pretty good job here. Crazy stats coming through here - Sri Lanka were 108 for one at this stage of their innings, which seemed pretty decent at the time! Of course India are handicapped by their performances in their previous matches, so have 40 overs to match Sri Lanka's score from 50.
Over 24 Kulasekara 2-1-0-1-4-0
184-2 - Kohli gets the tiniest of touches on a leg side delivery, which ensures that it beats Sangakkara and runs away for four. That makes it a decent over for India, who still have 10 powerplay overs to come - neither side has taken theirs yet.
Over 23 Herath 0-1-1-0-1-1
176-2 - Gambhir goes to FIFTY in 47 balls (4x4s), but there are a few too many dot balls creeping in for India's liking. There are just four singles in the over, so the run rate is down to 7.65 per over. Not a terminal problem, of course.
Over 22 Kulasekara 1-1-0-1-1-
172-2 - India settling for accumulation at the moment, a little lull before they either go down all guns blazing before the 40th over, or streak to victory and ride off into the sunset giving their own media the finger.
Over 21 Herath 2-wd-0-1-1-1-1
167-2 - Spin for the first time now as Rangana Herath steps into the attack. India are happy to milk him, which they do successfully to the tune of seven runs. A potentially hopeless match is turning into something of a distorted thriller.
Over 20 Perera 1-1-1-2-2-1
160-2 - Kohli is really into his stride now, and he strokes another glorious drive through extra cover for a couple. Then he comes down the track to pull a short, slower ball over midwicket off the front foot. that brings him two more, so at the halfway stage of their '40-over bonus point chase', India are almost exactly halfway to victory.
- 28th Feb 2012
- Asad Rauf and S J A Taufel
india BATTING CARD
|Sehwag||c Dilshan b Maharoof||30|
|Tendulkar||lbw b Malinga||39|
|Extras||6w, 4b, 6lb||16|
|Total||Close, 36.4 Overs||321 - 3|