Sri Lanka vs India
India made an uncertain start to their chase, losing Gambhir in the first over. At 110/4 Sri Lanka were in the ascendency, but Kohli was in a dogged mood. While the bowling lacked penetration, there were several risky singles which could easily have resulted in run outs. Raina was dropped, but once the Indians got the sniff of victory they put in a brutal charge.that saw them over the line with 46 balls to spare. India have ensured a series win with one match remaining. There is no surprise to see Kohli taking the Man of the Match award.
Over 43 Dilshan 0-4
255-4 - All done and dusted with plenty of time to spare as Raina smashes it through mid wicket.
Over 42 Herath 4-4-0-2-4-4
251-4 - The scores are tied with a full 8 overs remaining after that brutal onslaught by Kohli.
Over 41 Dilshan 1-0-1-1-1-2
233-4 - He often takes early wickets, but not today. 19 needed off 54 balls.
Over 40 Malinga 3-4-0-wd-2-4-2
227-4 - First Raina got to his 50, and a wonderful shot off the next ball took Kohli to his 13th ODI hundred in just his 86th innings. No other players has scored 13 centuries in fewer innings. Soon afterwards he skied the pull, but Pradeep put it down at short fine leg. It's a canter now with just 25 needed off the final ten overs.
Over 39 Perera 4-0-1-0-4-6
211-4 - India have hit the afterburners now. The last shot was a superb strike over long on after he had mishit the previous one. The partnership is now 102, and just 41 more needed from 66 balls.
Over 38 Malinga 1-1-2-1-1-2
196-4 - Even the great Malinga is battling to stem the tide of runs now as India exploit the batting Power Play. 56 needed off 72.
Over 37 Pradeep 1-1-0-4-2-6
188-4 - That might be the decisive over. Pradeep tried the slower ball, but it was a wide half volley and was despatched through the covers. Raina ended the over by driving it straight back down the ground and over the rope. 64 needed off 78 balls.
Over 36 Malinga 0-0-0-0-1-1
174-4 - The ace fast bowler comes back to try to stop the run chase. The last ball was squeezed out by in inside edge, and for once the Sri Lankan fielder hit the target - but with the batsmen safely in their creases. 78 needed off 84.
Over 35 Pradeep 0-lb-1-0-0-1
172-4 - He still has the pace to beat both the inside and outside edges of Kohli's bat. The lbw appeal was denied but the replay indicates0- it was hitting the top of leg stump. 80 needed off 90 balls as the Batting Power Play is called.
Over 34 Mendis 2-0-1-5-0-1
169-4 - Raina would have been run out, but the throw was off target and racks up some more overthrows.
Over 33 Pradeep 4-0-1-0-1-1
160-4 - He starts a new spell with a juicy half-volley on the pads. Brilliant fielding by Dilshan off the next ball almost caused a run-out. The action continues with a dropped catch by Mahela in the slips. Fifty partnership comes up. That was quite an over.
Over 32 Mendis 4-1-1-1-0-0
153-4 - Drinks now, India need a further 99 off 108 balls.
Over 31 Herath 1-1-1-4-0-1
146-4 - Kohli also finds the boundary now as india are starting to accelerate.
Over 30 Mendis 4-0-1-0-2-0
138-4 - Raina produces a rare boundary as he skips down the track and drives it straight back. India need another 114 at 5.7 to the over.
Over 29 Herath 1-0-0-1-1-1
131-4 - 'We'll get them in singles', said the old pro. That seems to be India's plan at the moment.
Over 28 Mendis 0-1-1-1-1-0
127-4 - Kohli has quietly slipped past the 50 mark. There are some remarkable statistics. He has the best batting average in ODIs while chasing, and no player has scored more in a ten match sequence than he has produced in his last ten innings.
Over 27 Herath 1-2-0-0-0-1
123-4 - The batsmen have settled into a routine of looking for the slightly off target ball and working it into the gaps.
Over 26 Mendis 1-0-0-1-2-1
119-4 - That was a quieter over after the recent drama.
over 25 Herath 1-0-0-0-1-1
114-4 - There was a huge shout for a catch at the wicket. There was a noise, but umpire Dharmasena is convinced it was not the bat. There may be consequences for keeper Chandimal as he came charging down the track.
- 31st Jul 2012
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena and B N J Oxenford
india BATTING CARD
|Sehwag||c sub Mathews||34|
|Sharma||lbw b A.N.P.R. Fernando||4|
|Tiwary||lbw b B.M.A.J. Mendis||21|
|Extras||2nb, 6w, 2lb||10|
|Total||42.2 Overs||255 - 4|