India vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Win By 51 Runs
That's a big loss for India, who were nowhere without MS Dhoni today and are now in serious doubt of reaching the ODI tri-series final. Sri Lanka, recently remunerated for their services after a long payment drought, are an entirely fresh unit and suddenly loving life Down Under. Kulasekara pips Perera to the post to bag the Man of the Match award. The next game of the series sees today's winners take on the hosts in Hobart on Friday. Cheers.
Over 45.1 Perera W
238-10 - WICKET! An awful full toss is enough to seal the deal for Sri Lanka, with Pathan's rush of blood to the head seeing him smack the ball straight back to the bowler, who merrily holds onto the return catch. So commence the Sri Lankan celebrations and the Indian commiserations...
Over 45 Malinga 0-0-4-1-0-0
238-9 - A clever piece of premeditation brings Pathan four lofted over short fine-leg. The all-rounder is quite prepared to let the number 11 earn his keep too, with Yadav obliging by digging out two potentially toe-cracking yorkers.
Over 44 Perera 0-1-0-0-0-W
233-9 - WICKET! A very cheap over takes its toll on Vinay, who holes out to backward point. A veritable livewire in that position, 12th man Senanayake, on the field for Thirimanne, takes a great catch on the dive. Yadav in now and the Fat Lady is busy warming up her voice in preparation of Sri Lankan triumph.
Over 43 Malinga 1-1-1-1-1-W
232-8 - Malinga returns to the attack and proves spot on, particularly with his length. Pathan trying to play the ball deep from the his crease in a quest to find the fence, but it ain't working. WICKET! Aswhin, meanwhile, is outdone by a clever slower ball. Attempting to run it down to thirdman, the right-hander succeeds only in feathering and edge to the wicketkeeper. That's it for the all-rounders. We are into the tail-enders now as Vinay steps to the crease.
Over 42 Kulasekara 1-1-1-2-1lb-1
227-7 - An over without a boundary sees the asking rate scream to 7.87.
Over 41 Perera 1-1-1-W-4-1
220-7 - Perera returns to the attack and enjoys immediate success. WICKET! For the first time, Patel tries to force the issue, but to no avail. The ball strikes the bat high up on its face, with the result a skier. Three men converge under the catch, and there is almost an almighty mix-up as to who is going to take it. Malinga calls for it and duly pockets it - calamity avoided. Aswhin in now. Pathan still going strong, but running out of support.
Over 40 Kulasekara 1wd-4-4-1-0-1-1
212-6 - India have a long way to go but Pathan is determined to do this on his own if he has to, duly tucking into a couple of swats past midwicket for four and four again. Lady Luck, meanwhile, pays Patel a visit as his leading edge bobbles to safety between the point and cover field. India need 78 runs from 60 balls to win from here on in...
Over 39 Malinga 4-1-0-1-0-1
200-6 - Panic is rife in the Indian camp now, with Pathan lacing four through the cover region but then almost running himself out at the non-striker's end. 200 up for India regardless.
Over 38 Kulasekara 1-4-1wd-1-W-1-1
193-6 - This might be Pathan's day to show that he is, indeed, worthy of his status as an all-rounder. WICKET! Not Jadeja, though, who manages to drag a full, wide delivery onto his stumps. He is livid with himself, smacking his bat with his fist in frustration. That delivery wasn't really worthy of a breakthrough, but so be it. Wicketkeeper-batsman Patel in now - usually an opener, he is in at eight today.
Over 37 Malinga 1wd-2-2-1lb-0-0-4
184-5 - An absolute comedy of errors as Jadeja digs out a yorker, toys with running a quick single, is almost run-out at the striker's end, lives to fight on, then steals the single on the back of the overthrow and again is almost run-out at the striker's end. Malinga isn't at all happy with proceedings, so bites back with a screaming bouncer to almost knock Pathan's block off. The batsman later has the final say of the over, swatting some leg-side rubbish to the fine-leg fence for four.
Over 36 Perera 2-4-W-0-0-2
174-5 - The right-arm seamer duly returns to the attack. as the batting Powerplay commences and the next five overs will surely decide who is going to win the match. WICKET! As has so often been the case in the past, the five-over tactic gets off to an awful start for the batting side. Kohli, the key in the contest, falls. Some horrible timing on the pull sees the ball bobble to mid-on, where Kulasekara is at hand for the catch. Next in is Pathan, promoted ahead of Patel as predicted.
Over 35 Maharoof 1-0-0-2-4-0
166-4 - Maharoof concludes his 10 overs for the day, but not before fetching four straight down the ground on the back of Jadeja's decision to some attacking shot selection. He and Kohli would've surmised during the drinks break that they need to step on the gas here. Don't want to leave too much for the lower order to do later.
Over 34 Herath 0-1-1-1-0-1
159-4 - Some old-school thinking might find the need to send a pinch-hitter just now. Irfan or Ashwin ahead of Parthiv, perhaps. Drinks break, meanwhile.
Over 33 Maharoof
155-4 - Much the same as the previous over. India can't afford this for too long. The asking rate is now sitting at 7.94. The batting Powerplay is still to come, though.
Over 32 Herath 1-0-1-1-0-0
151-4 - The time to steady ship is now, decide Kohli and Jadeja, taking in three singles in the process to bring up the team 150.
Over 31 Maharoof 0-1-W-0-1-1
148-4 - WICKET! A Sri Lankan fielder actually manages to hold onto a catch this time around. Thirimanne shows Chandimal how it is done, pouching a relatively easy chance as a leading edge balloons to cover. Raina was stuck in his crease there, with a lack of footwork proving his downfall. He might want to play that sort of line a lot straighter next time too. So ends a 92-run partnership. Jadeja in now.
Over 30 Herath 1-1-1-0-1-1
145-3 - FIFTY! Virat Kohli's rich vein of form continues as he cuts to cover for one more. He was the standout batsman in the Test series and now he's proving that he's tops in the one day arena as well. He has to count himself lucky though, those two let offs from Dinesh Chandimal should really have been taken.
Over 29 Maharoof 2-1-0-2-1-1
140-3 - Just a two-over spell for Malinga again. Jayawardene just making sure to keep the premier quick man fresh throughout the innings. Maharoof isn't quite as fast, but he always delivers a good line and it was actually surprising he didn't make it on the tour to South Africa. Runs on offer all over for the batsmen, the fielders are likely a bit down after those dropped catches.
Over 28 Herath 0-1-0-0-1-1
133-3 - MS Dhoni carries some drinks out the middle. It's not often you see the Indian skipper doing that sort of thing, but it's good to see he's still calling some of the shots and providing a few encouraging words to the young batsmen.
- 21st Feb 2012
- B F Bowden and P R Reiffel
india BATTING CARD
|Sehwag||c Kulasekara b Malinga||0|
|Gambhir||c Perera b Kulasekara||29|
|Kohli||c Kulasekara b Perera||66|
|Raina||c Thirimanne b Maharoof||32|
|Patel||c Malinga b Perera||4|
|Ashwin||c Sangakkara b Malinga||5|
|V.Kumar||c Sub b Perera||0|
|Total||All out, 45.1 Overs||238|