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3rd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Jaipur, 31 Oct 2005

Ball-by-Ball Commentary


Match State: Match start scheduled for 9am local time (3.30am GMT)

       Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the ODI series
        between India and Sri Lanka.
       From Mohali now we move to Jaipur for the third match of the series
        and Sawai Mansingh Stadium will play host to this crunch game.
       At this stage India lead the 7 match series 2-0 and Sri Lanka will
        be under tremendous pressure to perform well today.
       A win here today will leave India needing just one more victory
        from the next four matches to clinch the series and Sri Lanka will
        have to win the next four matches to do so.
       The stage is nicely set-up and we are in for a thriller - that's
        for sure.
       Lankans will be low on confidence after the two humiliating losses
        that they sustained in the first two matches and the fans will be
        hoping for a much better performance today from the number two
        ranked side.
       News from the middle is that the Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu
        has won the toss and elected to bat first.
       Sri Lanka have made one change to the team that played in the
        second match - Nuwan Zoysa is out and in comes Thilan Samaraweera.
       India go in with the same eleven, Suresh Raina is the SuperSub for
        today's match.
       It looks like a decent batting track but there are few cracks here
        and there and they could come in to play as the day progresses.
       It's certainly a 'win the toss and bat first' track, now it's up to
        batsmen to put up a defendable total.
       Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya will open the innings and it
        will be Irfan Pathan to start the bowling attack.
       Two slips and a gully in place - here we go!
   0.1 Pathan to Sangakkara, wide: no run, Pathan starts off with a
        wayward delivery down the leg side - Sri Lanka off the mark
   0.1 Pathan to Sangakkara, wide: no run, Pathan starts off with a
        wayward delivery down the leg side - Sri Lanka off the mark
   0.1 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, hint of away swing, defended watchfully and the ball rolls
        away towards cover
   0.2 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, drifting on to middle and leg,
        Sangakkara moves across a bit and works it away to the mid-on
        region
   0.3 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, played off the back-foot to the midwicket
        region, gets it wide of the fielder and a quick single is taken -
        Sangakkara off the mark
   0.4 Pathan to Jayasuriya, two runs, slightly short, played away through
        cover point - Jayasuriya off the mark straightaway
   0.5 Pathan to Jayasuriya, legbye: one run, drifting down the leg side,
        ball clips the pad and runs down
   0.6 Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! in the slot outside the off
        stump, bit of width and Sangakkara punches it away through extra
        cover - Sri Lanak off to a good start here

End of over 1 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
IK Pathan 1-0-8-0 (1w)
ST Jayasuriya 2* (2b) KC Sangakkara 5* (4b 1x4)

   1.1 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, one run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-
        off, not a well timed shot
   1.2 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump off stump, punched down to the mid-off region
   1.3 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, defended on the front-foot
   1.4 Agarkar to Sangakkara, FOUR, more runs, Agarkar goes wide of off
        stump and Sangakkara flays it through the off side - no stopping
        that
   1.5 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, forced away off the back-foot,
        straight to the cover fielder
   1.6 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, looked like the ball kept bit low - no shot
        offered

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 7.00)
AB Agarkar 1-0-5-0
ST Jayasuriya 3* (3b) KC Sangakkara 9* (9b 2x4)

   2.1 Pathan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, good length delivery, pitched close to
        the off stump line and swinging away, Jayasuriya looking to drive
        it away ends up with a thick edge and the ball races away to the
        third man fence, was in the air for sometime but well wide of the
        fielders
   2.2 Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run
   2.3 Pathan to Jayasuriya, one run, on the middle and off stump line,
        hint of away swing and Jayasuriya is bit early in to the drive,
        ball goes in the air but luckily for Jayasuriya Kartik at silly
        mid-off fails to hold on to a hard chance.
   2.4 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, defended on the front-foot - presented the full face of the
        bat there.
       Problems with the sight screen - play held up
   2.5 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, good length delivery, on the middle
        and off stump line, Sangakkara allows the ball to come in and at
        the last moment turns it away well wide of the fielder at
        midwicket -good wristy shot that
   2.6 Pathan to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, watchfully defended

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 20/0 (RR: 6.67)
IK Pathan 2-0-14-0 (1w)
KC Sangakkara 10* (11b 2x4) ST Jayasuriya 8* (7b 1x4)

   3.1 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, angling in from outside the leg
        stump, defended
   3.2 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run
   3.3 Agarkar to Sangakkara, legbye: one run, on the middle and off stump
        line, Sangakkara fails to make contact, ball clips the thigh pad
        and rolls away behind the stumps on the off side
   3.4 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, two runs, bit of width outside the off stump
        and Jayasuriya slices it down to the third man region, valiant
        diving stop by Sehwag in the deep saves two runs
   3.5 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, legbye: one run, off the pads and down to
        the fine leg region, appeal for lbw turned down
   3.6 Agarkar to Sangakkara, one run, driven down to the mid-on region

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 25/0 (RR: 6.25)
AB Agarkar 2-0-8-0
KC Sangakkara 11* (15b 2x4) ST Jayasuriya 10* (9b 1x4)

   4.1 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run
   4.2 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, lovely delivery, pitched up and
        swinging away late and that caused the indecision, Sangakkara
        beaten all ends up
   4.3 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, driven down to mid-off
   4.4 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, once again Pathan getting the ball to swing away from the
        left-hander, Sangakkara drives and gets it wide of the cover
        fielder
   4.5 Pathan to Jayasuriya, one run, bit of width outside the off stump,
        cut away late to the third man region
   4.6 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, outside the off stump and swinging
        away, Sangakkara is drawn forward and beaten comprehensively -
        excellent delivery to end the over

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 27/0 (RR: 5.40)
IK Pathan 3-0-16-0 (1w)
ST Jayasuriya 11* (10b 1x4) KC Sangakkara 12* (20b 2x4)

   5.1 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, defended watchfully
   5.2 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump
        and Jayasuriya lofts it over the cover for a fantastic boundary -
        typical Jayasuriya shot
   5.3 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run
   5.4 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, no run, pitched outside the off stump and
        angling in, Jayasuriya fails to make contact and gets hit on the
        pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down
   5.5 Agarkar to Jayasuriya, OUT: got'm! short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, Jayasuriya looking to cut it away is beaten
        by the lack of bounce, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into
        the woodwork - Agarkar strikes and that's a big wicket!

       Sri Lanka 31/1, Partnership of 31
       ST Jayasuriya  b Agarkar  15 (15b 2x4 0x6)
       KC Sangakkara 12* (20b 2x4) AB Agarkar 2.5-0-12-1

       Marvan Atapattu is the next man in
   5.6 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, left alone outside the off stump, end
        of a successful over

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 31/1 (RR: 5.17)
AB Agarkar 3-0-12-1
KC Sangakkara 12* (20b 2x4) MS Atapattu 0* (1b)

   6.1 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, pushed wide of the cover fielder,
        tight single taken
   6.2 Pathan to Atapattu, two runs, drifting on to middle and leg, turned
        away nicely to the deep backward square leg region, comfortable
        two
   6.3 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, left alone outside the off stump
   6.4 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery, angling across
        the right-hander, Atapattu gets well forward and defends it
        watchfully
   6.5 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, came
        back in nicely, defended well in the end
   6.6 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, short and angling across, Atapattu
        leaves it for the keeper

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 34/1 (RR: 4.86)
IK Pathan 4-0-19-0 (1w)
KC Sangakkara 13* (21b 2x4) MS Atapattu 2* (6b)

       Tv replays shows that Jayasuriya played at it with an angled bat
        and that together with the low bounce produced the inside edge.
   7.1 Agarkar to Sangakkara, FOUR, good length delivery on the pads,
        Sangakkara gets forward and across and with a good roll of the
        wrist runs it down to the fine leg fence - lovely shot
   7.2 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, played away in front of point
   7.3 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, Sangakkara drives but the shot is not timed well enough and
        the ball goes straight to the fielder at cover
   7.4 Agarkar to Sangakkara, one run, turned away on the leg side for an
        easy single
   7.5 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery close to the off
        stump line, driven off the back-foot, straight to Sehwag at mid-
        off
   7.6 Agarkar to Atapattu, one run, short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, cut away off the back-foot to the third man
        region, easy single to end the over

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1 (RR: 5.00)
AB Agarkar 4-0-18-1
MS Atapattu 3* (8b) KC Sangakkara 18* (25b 3x4)

   8.1 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, bowled from over the wicket, on the
        middle and off stump line, hint of in swing and Atapattu defends
        it carefully
   8.2 Pathan to Atapattu, one run, short of a good length delivery,
        angling across the right-hander, Atapattu stands tall on the back-
        foot and steers it down to third man
   8.3 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, forced away off the back-foot to covers
   8.4 Pathan to Sangakkara, no run, good length delivery, this one is
        close to the off stump line and Sangakkara ends up playing it back
        to the bowler, came off the inner half of the bat
   8.5 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, down the leg side, glanced away well
        to the fine leg region
   8.6 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, driven away just wide of the cover fielder, early NO call
        from Sangakkara and they decide not to go for the single

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 42/1 (RR: 4.67)
IK Pathan 5-0-21-0 (1w)
KC Sangakkara 19* (28b 3x4) MS Atapattu 4* (11b)

   9.1 Agarkar to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! pitched up outside the off
        stump, Sangakkara pushes forward and creams it away to the cover
        fence, excellent footwork - came down hard with the bat and the
        ball raced away to the fence
   9.2 Agarkar to Sangakkara, one run, pushed down to the mid-off region,
        early call and a quick single taken, direct hit would have been
        interesting
   9.3 Agarkar to Atapattu, wide: no run, short and wide outside the off
        stump, Atapattu cuts buts fails to make contact
   9.3 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, excellent probing delivery outside the
        off stump and Atapattu is beaten - appeal for caught behind turned
        down
   9.4 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, driven down to mid-on
   9.5 Agarkar to Atapattu, one run, drifting on to the pads and Atapattu
        plays it down to the fine leg region
   9.6 Agarkar to Sangakkara, two runs, short of a good length delivery,
        turned away nicely to the deep midwicket region

End of over 10 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1 (RR: 5.10)
AB Agarkar 5-0-27-1 (1w)
MS Atapattu 5* (14b) KC Sangakkara 26* (31b 4x4)

       with 10 over up Dravid opts for PowerPlay 2.
  10.1 Pathan to Atapattu, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off
        stump and Atapattu drives on the up, gets it right on the middle
        of the bat and the ball races away to the cover fence - good
        confident looking shot
  10.2 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, hint of in swing and Atapattu fails to
        make contact
  10.3 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, pitched outside the off stump and
        swinging back in, defended watchfully
  10.4 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, on the middle and off stump line,
        defended]
  10.5 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, slower delivery, defended down the
        track
  10.6 Pathan to Atapattu, one run, bit of width outside the off stump,
        cut away to the deep point region, Yadav moves across in the deep
        and cuts it off

End of over 11 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 56/1 (RR: 5.09)
IK Pathan 6-0-26-0 (1w)
MS Atapattu 10* (20b 1x4) KC Sangakkara 26* (31b 4x4)

       Agarkar to continue - just the one slip in place now
  11.1 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, defended outside the off stump
  11.2 Agarkar to Atapattu, (noball) no run, fuller length delivery
        outside the off stump and Atapattu drives it away square of the
        wicket, excellent diving stop by Rao saves a certain four,
        excellent effort that
  11.2 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, defended into the track
  11.3 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, Atapattu pushes it away on the off side, Sangakkara was not
        interested in going for the single
  11.4 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run
  11.5 Agarkar to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, Atapattu goes for the drive and gets beaten by a long away
  11.6 Agarkar to Atapattu, one run, steered away towards gully , gets it
        past the fielder moving across from backward point and a single is
        added to the total

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 4.83)
AB Agarkar 6-0-29-1 (1w 1nb)
MS Atapattu 11* (27b 1x4) KC Sangakkara 26* (31b 4x4)

  12.1 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, outside off, bouncer, gets under that
        quickly, good bouncer
  12.2 Pathan to Atapattu, one run, outside off, short of length, gets
        back and across, runs it past a diving backward point for the run
  12.3 Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, leg side, full, gets half forward and
        flicks it well with the angle, in the air for a while, but wide of
        the square leg diving
  12.4 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, outside off, on length, gets
        carefully forward, opens the face and runs that along the grass to
        third man
  12.5 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, full, on line, maybe a touch on the
        legs, gets half forward defends to the on side
  12.6 Pathan to Atapattu, no run, short outside off, gets back and
        defends to the off as that gets up to chest hight

End of over 13 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 64/1 (RR: 4.92)
IK Pathan 7-0-32-0 (1w)
KC Sangakkara 31* (33b 5x4) MS Atapattu 12* (31b 1x4)

  13.1 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, line and length, angling across the
        left hander, gets forward and defends firmly to the off, cover in
        quick to stop the run
  13.2 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, and again, good line and length, can
        only come forward defending to the off
  13.3 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, fuller ball, at the legs, gets half
        forward standing up in the crease, dabs to the on side
  13.4 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, again has to defend
  13.5 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, gets well forward, stays a slight
        bit low, but gets his eyes well over the ball as he defends from
        the front foot
  13.6 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, great over . just outside off,
        defends towards cover, well bowled and he might now take a rest

End of over 14 (maiden) Sri Lanka 64/1 (RR: 4.57)
AB Agarkar 7-1-29-1 (1w 1nb)
MS Atapattu 12* (31b 1x4) KC Sangakkara 31* (39b 5x4)

       first bowling change of the day  - Jai P Yadav into the attack now.
  14.1 Yadav to Atapattu, no run, on the middle and off stump line, good
        delivery first up, defended carefully
  14.2 Yadav to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, defended
  14.3 Yadav to Atapattu, no run, drifting on to middle and leg stump line
        on this occasion, Atapattu works it away in front of square leg
  14.4 Yadav to Atapattu, no run, another no nonsense delivery, wicket to
        wicket and Atapattu defends it to the leg side
  14.5 Yadav to Atapattu, one run, bit of width outside the off stump and
        Atapattu steers it down to the third man region for an easy single
  14.6 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, good length delivery, drifting in
        from outside the leg stump, Sangakkara moves half forward and
        turns it round the corner to deep backward square leg

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 66/1 (RR: 4.40)
Jai P Yadav 1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara 32* (40b 5x4) MS Atapattu 13* (36b 1x4)

       15 overs up - Dravid has taken PowerPlay 3 - Harbhajan Singh into
        the attack now
       starts off from round the stumps to the left-hander
  15.1 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and close to the off
        stump line, defended straight back to the bowler
  15.2 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, bit of width outside the off
        stump, cut away late but straight to the fielder at short third
        man
  15.3 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, on the stumps, angled in to
        the left-hander and turning away, defended to the leg side
  15.4 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, slightly short and
        Sangakkara gets enough time to turn it away behind square on the
        leg side
       slip comes in place for the right-hander
  15.5 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, starts off with a straighter
        one to the right-hander, Atapattu picks it up early and leaves it
        for the keeper
  15.6 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, turning in from outside the
        off stump, worked away on the leg side - Harbhajan starts off with
        a decent over

End of over 16 (1 run) Sri Lanka 67/1 (RR: 4.19)
Harbhajan Singh 1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara 33* (44b 5x4) MS Atapattu 13* (38b 1x4)

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       Sri Lanka going along at 4.19 runs per over at this stage - this is
        their best start so far in the series.
       Now it's up to Sangakkara and Atapattu to consolidate.
  16.1 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, width outside the off stump and
        Sangakkara goes after it but fails to make contact
  16.2 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, again wide outside the off stump and
        Sangakkara fails to make contact, Dhoni standing up to the stumps
        moves across quickly and saves runs  - umpire is happy with the
        width and Yadav gets away with it
  16.3 Yadav to Sangakkara, (noball) no run, played away in front of point
  16.3 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run
  16.4 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, on the pads, worked away to the fine
        leg region for a single
  16.5 Yadav to Atapattu, one run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, Atapattu waits for it and steers it down to third man for
        an easy single
  16.6 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, good length delivery, defended down
        the track to the mid-off region, fielder was at the edge of the
        circle - Sangakkara calls early and sprints across for a well
        judged single

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 71/1 (RR: 4.18)
Jai P Yadav 2-0-6-0 (1nb)
KC Sangakkara 35* (50b 5x4) MS Atapattu 14* (39b 1x4)

  17.1 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, defended
  17.2 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, on the stumps, turned away
        to the vacant square leg region, Tendulkar moves across from gully
        but fails to cut off the single
  17.3 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, flighted delivery outside the
        off stump, defended
  17.4 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, turning in from outside the
        off stump, turned away off the back-foot to the short fine leg
        region
  17.5 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, one run, comes down the track, gets to
        the pitch of the ball and drives it away to deep midwicket for a
        single
  17.6 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, turned away well wide of
        the fielder at mid-on, easy single to end the over

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 74/1 (RR: 4.11)
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-4-0
KC Sangakkara 37* (53b 5x4) MS Atapattu 15* (42b 1x4)

  18.1 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle and leg stump line,
        Sangakkara moves half forward and works it away to midwicket,
        fielder moves across quickly and cuts off the single
  18.2 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, outside the off stump and Sangakkara
        glides it down to third man for a single
  18.3 Yadav to Atapattu, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, pushed away towards cover
  18.4 Yadav to Atapattu, one run, bit of width outside the off stump,
        Atapattu plays it late and gets it well wide of the fielder at
        backward point, excellent placement ˇ
  18.5 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle and leg stump line,
        turned away on the leg side
  18.6 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and on the stumps, that
        surprised Sangakkara, good delivery to end the over

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 76/1 (RR: 4.00)
Jai P Yadav 3-0-8-0 (1nb)
MS Atapattu 16* (44b 1x4) KC Sangakkara 38* (57b 5x4)

  19.1 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, tossed up, defended on the
        front-foot
  19.2 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, another tight delivery,
        Atapattu gets forward and presents the full face of the bat
  19.3 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, no run, fuller and Atapattu turns it
        away on the leg side, straight to the fielder at midwicket
  19.4 Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, one run, drifting on to the pads,
        turned away off the back-foot to the deep midwicket region
  19.5 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run
       there seems to be some problem with the sight screen - play held up
  19.6 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, quicker delivery and
        Sangakkara is taken by surprise - in the ends brings his bat down
        quickly and plays it away on the off side

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 77/1 (RR: 3.85)
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-5-0
MS Atapattu 17* (48b 1x4) KC Sangakkara 38* (59b 5x4)

  20.1 Yadav to Atapattu, OUT: Yadav strikes! good length delivery, just
        the hint of away swing and Atapattu is made to play away from his
        body - faint edge and Dhoni standing up to the stumps holds on
        well to a difficult chance

       Sri Lanka 77/2, Partnership of 46
       MS Atapattu  c Dhoni b Yadav  17 (49b 1x4 0x6)
       KC Sangakkara 38* (59b 5x4) Jai P Yadav 3.1-0-8-1 (1nb)

       Yadav rewarded from some good bowling - Atapattu's bad run
        continues - Sri Lanka two down.
       Jayawardene is the next man in
  20.2 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, turned away on the leg side
  20.3 Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, even with a slip in place Jayawardene runs it down to the
        third man fence, lovely shot to get off the mark
  20.4 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, this one is close to the line and Jayawardene leaves it for
        the keeper
  20.5 Yadav to Jayawardene, wide: one run
  20.5 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run
  20.6 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, no run, held it back a bit and
        Jayawardene is beaten outside the off stump - end of a fine over

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 4.00)
Jai P Yadav 4-0-15-1 (1w 1nb)
KC Sangakkara 39* (60b 5x4) DPMD Jayawardene 4* (4b 1x4)

  21.1 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run
  21.2 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, glanced away on the leg
        side
  21.3 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, defended down the pitch
  21.4 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, turned away to the deep
        midwicket region
  21.5 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, turned away on the leg side
  21.6 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 87/2 (RR: 3.95)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-8-0
KC Sangakkara 41* (63b 5x4) DPMD Jayawardene 5* (7b 1x4)

  22.1 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, pitched up outside the off stump,
        forced away through cover point for a single
  22.2 Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, excellent square drive and that's a
        superb boundary
  22.3 Yadav to Jayawardene, one run, runs it down to third man for a
        single
  22.4 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, on the pads, turned away on the leg
        side for an easy single
  22.5 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, pushed away to point
  22.6 Yadav to Jayawardene, one run, played down to the third man region

End of over 23 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2 (RR: 4.13)
Jai P Yadav 5-0-23-1 (1w 1nb)
DPMD Jayawardene 11* (11b 2x4) KC Sangakkara 43* (65b 5x4)

  23.1 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, played away to the fine leg
        region, diving stop by Tendulkar there saves runs
  23.2 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, steps forward and drives
        it away to the deep midwicket region
  23.3 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, flat delivery outside the
        off stump, forced away towards cover
  23.4 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, short and wide outside the
        off stump, was there to be hit but Sangakkara goes at it
        halfheartedly and the ball finds the cover fielder
  23.5 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run
  23.6 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, close to the off stump line
        but fuller in length, Sangakkara reaches forward and turns it away
        to the vacant midwicket area for an easy single

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 97/2 (RR: 4.04)
Harbhajan Singh 5-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara 44* (69b 5x4) DPMD Jayawardene 12* (13b 2x4)

  24.1 Yadav to Sangakkara, two runs, short of a good length delivery
        outside the off stump, Sangakkara gets enough space and time to
        cut it down to third man region, gets it wide of the fielder in
        the deep and comfortably comes back for the second
  24.2 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, forced away in front of point
  24.3 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, drifting down the leg side and
        Sangakkara dabs it behind the stumps on the leg side, 100 comes up
        for Sri Lanka
  24.4 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run
  24.5 Yadav to Jayawardene, one run, nicely turned away off the pads,
        into the gap in front of square leg - easy single added to the
        total
  24.6 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, good delivery to end the over,
        Sangakkara beaten outside the off stump

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 101/2 (RR: 4.04)
Jai P Yadav 6-0-27-1 (1w 1nb)
DPMD Jayawardene 13* (15b 2x4) KC Sangakkara 47* (73b 5x4)

  25.1 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, flighted delivery, turned
        away towards midwicket
  25.2 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, defended outside the off
        stump
  25.3 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, turning in from outside
        the off stump, Jayawardene takes it on the back-foot and forces it
        wide of the fielder at mid-on, quick single taken
  25.4 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, driven off the back-foot to
        the cover region, went to the right of Dravid who moves across
        quickly and the gets the ball back to the bowler but Harbhajan was
        standing in front of the stumps and that saves Sangakkara
       Dangerous single that!
  25.5 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, FOUR, played! bit of width outside
        the off stump, Jayawardene quickly picks up the length, goes back
        and tucks it away to the third man fence
  25.6 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 107/2 (RR: 4.12)
Harbhajan Singh 6-0-16-0
KC Sangakkara 48* (74b 5x4) DPMD Jayawardene 18* (20b 3x4)

  26.1 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up, defended
  26.2 Kartik to Sangakkara, one run, turned away in front of square and
        they take off for a risky single, throw comes in at the keeper's
        end and the stumps are broken but Jayawardene makes it across
        safely, only just - direct hit and it would have been lethal
  26.3 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, driven away on the off side, cover
        fielder moves across and picks it up
  26.4 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, played away towards midwicket
  26.5 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, worked away to the short fine leg
        region
  26.6 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up delivery, slower through
        the air and Jayawardene plays it back to the bowler

End of over 27 (1 run) Sri Lanka 108/2 (RR: 4.00)
M Kartik 1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara 49* (76b 5x4) DPMD Jayawardene 18* (24b 3x4)

  27.1 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, defended watchfully
  27.2 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, forced away to the point region
  27.3 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, turned away to square leg
        for an easy single and that's his fifty - well played
  27.4 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, fraction short and
        Jayawardene goes for the pull but the shot is not timed well
        enough and ends up hitting it into the ground and straight to the
        fielder at midwicket
  27.5 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, driven down to mid-on,
        quick single taken
  27.6 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, defended

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 110/2 (RR: 3.93)
Harbhajan Singh 7-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene 19* (26b 3x4) KC Sangakkara 50* (80b 5x4)

  28.1 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run, turned away to the fine leg region
  28.2 Kartik to Sangakkara, two runs, flighted delivery, Sangakkara comes
        down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and chips it
        over the fielder at short midwicket - good shot
  28.3 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run
  28.4 Kartik to Sangakkara, two runs, once again Sangakkara comes down
        the track, this time it's a much flatter delivery and Sangakkara
        goes inside out over extra cover
  28.5 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run, on the stumps, turned away to square
        leg
  28.6 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run, again played away on the leg side

End of over 29 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 115/2 (RR: 3.97)
M Kartik 2-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene 20* (27b 3x4) KC Sangakkara 54* (85b 5x4)

  29.1 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, driven down to the mid-off
        region
  29.2 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, flat delivery, turning in
        from outside the off stump, Jayawardene goes back to cut and
        almost got into  trouble there, gets bat on ball right in front of
        the stumps and the ball rolls away on the off side
  29.3 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, defended back down the
        track
  29.4 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, played down to mid-on for
        a single
  29.5 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, off break, turned away to
        the short fine leg region
  29.6 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, played wide of the fielder
        at mid-on, another quick over comes to an end

End of over 30 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 117/2 (RR: 3.90)
Harbhajan Singh 8-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara 55* (87b 5x4) DPMD Jayawardene 21* (31b 3x4)

  30.1 Kartik to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up close to the off stump line,
        Sangakkara comes down the track and chips it over Dravid at
        midwicket, excellent use of the wrists and that's a fantastic hit
  30.2 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to the bowler
  30.3 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run, defended stretching well forward
  30.4 Kartik to Sangakkara, two runs, fraction short, Sangakkara goes
        right back and tucks it away to the fine leg region for a brace
  30.5 Kartik to Sangakkara, one run, again bit too short, this time
        played away in front of square for a single
  30.6 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run, driven down to long-on, easy single
        to end the over

End of over 31 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (RR: 4.03)
M Kartik 3-0-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene 22* (32b 3x4) KC Sangakkara 62* (92b 6x4)

       Yadav is back
  31.1 Yadav to Jayawardene, two runs, drifting on to middle and leg,
        turned away wide of the fielder at midwicket, that brings up the
        50 partnership!
  31.2 Yadav to Jayawardene, wide: no run, way outside the off stump,
        Jayawardene offers no shot
  31.2 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, fuller and outside the off stump,
        forced away to point, Yuvraj moves across quickly and cuts off the
        single
  31.3 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, beaten, slightly short and outside
        the off stump, Jayawardene looking to run it down fine fails to
        make contact
  31.4 Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, too slow to trouble the batsman, Jayawardene steps forward
        and lofts it down to the long-off boundary
  31.5 Yadav to Jayawardene, one run, fraction short, pulled away in a
        hurry to the square leg region
  31.6 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, driven away nicely but straight to the
        fielder at cover

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 133/2 (RR: 4.16)
Jai P Yadav 7-0-35-1 (2w 1nb)
DPMD Jayawardene 29* (37b 4x4) KC Sangakkara 62* (93b 6x4)

  32.1 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, goes for the sweep but fails to make
        contact, that was close
  32.2 Kartik to Jayawardene, FOUR, again slightly short, Jayawardene goes
        right back and runs it down to the third man fence, nicely opened
        the face of the bat and played it with the spin to get the power
  32.3 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, defended back to the bowler
  32.4 Kartik to Jayawardene, FOUR, four more! this is turning out to be a
        good over for Sri Lanka - Kartik drags it back a bit, Jayawardene
        goes back and cuts it away square of the wicket
  32.5 Kartik to Jayawardene, no run, on the off, played straight to the
        fielder at backward point
  32.6 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run, fraction short, cut away off the
        back-foot to the third man region

End of over 33 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 142/2 (RR: 4.30)
M Kartik 4-0-23-0
DPMD Jayawardene 38* (43b 6x4) KC Sangakkara 62* (93b 6x4)

  33.1 Yadav to Jayawardene, one run, steered down to third man, risky
        short for just a single
  33.2 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up outside the off stump,
        driven straight to the fielder at cover
  33.3 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, another good looking drive and this
        time the placement is much better, gets it into the gap between
        cover and mid-off for a single
  33.4 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run, turned away towards midwicket
  33.5 Yadav to Jayawardene, no run
  33.6 Yadav to Jayawardene, one run, close to the off stump line and
        Jayawardene steers it down to third man

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 145/2 (RR: 4.26)
Jai P Yadav 8-0-38-1 (2w 1nb)
DPMD Jayawardene 40* (47b 6x4) KC Sangakkara 63* (95b 6x4)

  34.1 Kartik to Jayawardene, wide: no run, down the leg side, Jayawardene
        sweeps going down on one knee but fails to make contact
  34.1 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run, again down the leg and this time
        the sweep shot makes contact, easy single down to fine leg
  34.2 Kartik to Sangakkara, one run, full and on the pads, deliberately
        hit in the air and clears the midwicket fielder comfortably
  34.3 Kartik to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a shot and a half! tossed up
        delivery, Jayawardene comes down the track and lofts it away
        inside out over cover - 150 comes up for Sri Lanka
  34.4 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run
  34.5 Kartik to Sangakkara, one run, played straight down the ground to
        the long-off region

End of over 35 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 154/2 (RR: 4.40)
M Kartik 5-0-32-0 (1w)
KC Sangakkara 65* (97b 6x4) DPMD Jayawardene 46* (50b 7x4)

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       run rate has moved up to 4.40 - at this rate Sri Lanka will reach
        220 - 6 an over from here on will take them to  244.
       Sehwag into the attack now
  35.1 Sehwag to Sangakkara, one run, driven down to long-on
  35.2 Sehwag to Jayawardene, no run, turned away to the short fine leg
        region
  35.3 Sehwag to Jayawardene, one run, driven in the air towards midwicket
        and Dravid grasses it
  35.4 Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run
  35.5 Sehwag to Sangakkara, one run, turned away behind square for a
        quick single
  35.6 Sehwag to Jayawardene, one run, turned wide of the fielder at
        midwicket

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 158/2 (RR: 4.39)
V Sehwag 1-0-4-0
DPMD Jayawardene 48* (53b 7x4) KC Sangakkara 67* (100b 6x4)

  36.1 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run, fraction short, Jayawardene goes
        for the reverse sweep and gets bat on ball
  36.2 Kartik to Sangakkara, no run, on the pads, turned away on the leg
        side
  36.3 Kartik to Sangakkara, two runs, tossed up, again on the pads,
        Sangakkara steps forward and lofts it well over the fielder at
        midwicket
  36.4 Kartik to Sangakkara, SIX, this one goes all the way! Sangakkara
        goes down on one knee and swings across, gets it on the middle and
        the ball flies over the midwicket fence, super shot
  36.5 Kartik to Sangakkara, one run, driven down to long-on
  36.6 Kartik to Jayawardene, one run

End of over 37 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 169/2 (RR: 4.57)
M Kartik 6-0-43-0 (1w)
DPMD Jayawardene 50* (55b 7x4) KC Sangakkara 76* (104b 6x4 1x6)

  37.1 Sehwag to Jayawardene, one run, fifty! moves forward, takes it on
        the full and drives it down to long-on for a single - good innings
        under pressure
  37.2 Sehwag to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up outside the off stump and
        Sangakkara drives it through cover, lovely looking shot
  37.3 Sehwag to Sangakkara, no run, edged back down the track, falls well
        short fo the bowler
  37.4 Sehwag to Sangakkara, one run, turned away behind square on the leg
        side
  37.5 Sehwag to Jayawardene, one run, fulltoss, played away to the deep
        square leg region, Rao moves across quickly in the deep and keeps
        it down to just one
  37.6 Sehwag to Sangakkara, one run, another full length delivery, turned
        away to long leg for a single

End of over 38 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 177/2 (RR: 4.66)
V Sehwag 2-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara 82* (108b 7x4 1x6) DPMD Jayawardene 51* (57b 7x4)

  38.1 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle and off stump
        line, defended down the track to the right of Harbhajan who moves
        across quickly and cuts off the single
  38.2 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and wide outside the off
        stump, Sangakkara cuts and cuts late - ball races away to the
        third man fence, Sri Lanka on the move now
  38.3 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, wide: no run, down the leg side and
        Sangakkara fails to make contact
  38.3 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, beaten outside the off
        stump, Sangakkara was looking to run it down to third man
  38.4 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run
  38.5 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, driven down to the long-off
        region for a single
  38.6 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, turning in from outside
        the off stump, Jayawardene waits for the ball to turn and then
        works it away well wide of Kartik at midwicket

End of over 39 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 184/2 (RR: 4.72)
Harbhajan Singh 9-0-27-0 (1w)
DPMD Jayawardene 52* (58b 7x4) KC Sangakkara 87* (113b 8x4 1x6)

       slowly but steadily the run rate is picking up - 11 overs left in
        the innings.
       Dravid throws the ball to Sachin Tendulkar and that gets the crowd
        going
  39.1 Tendulkar to Jayawardene, one run, starts off with the one that
        turns in - the off break, Jayawardene goes back and plays it down
        to long-on for a single
  39.2 Tendulkar to Sangakkara, one run, drifting down the leg side,
        turned away to the fine leg region
  39.3 Tendulkar to Jayawardene, one run, on the middle and leg stump
        line, turned away off the pads to the deep square leg region
  39.4 Tendulkar to Sangakkara, SIX, short and outside the off stump, a
        hopeless long-hop, Sangakkara rocks back and pulls it away over
        the midwicket fence  - got enough time there to pick his spot and
        with that six Sangakkara moves to 94!
  39.5 Tendulkar to Sangakkara, no run
  39.6 Tendulkar to Sangakkara, one run, turned away on the leg side,
        Sangakkara will retain the strike

End of over 40 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 194/2 (RR: 4.85)
SR Tendulkar 1-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara 95* (117b 8x4 2x6) DPMD Jayawardene 54* (60b 7x4)

  40.1 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, slightly short, turning in
        from outside the leg stump, Sangakkara goes back and turns it away
        to square leg
  40.2 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, bit of width outside the
        off stump, quicker delivery and Jayawardene looking to cut it away
        is beaten by the extra bounce
  40.3 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, one run, on the pads, turned away
        to square leg
  40.4 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, no run, on the middle and off stump
        line, again Harbhajan gets the ball to bounce that extra bit,
        Sangakkara safely defends it down into the ground
  40.5 Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, one run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, driven square of the wicket for a single
  40.6 Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, no run, played back to the bowler

End of over 41 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 197/2 (RR: 4.80)
Harbhajan Singh 10-0-30-0 (1w)
KC Sangakkara 97* (120b 8x4 2x6) DPMD Jayawardene 55* (63b 7x4)

       that's the end of Harbhajan's spell - Agarkar being brought back
        into the attack now
  41.1 Agarkar to Sangakkara, two runs, drifting down the leg side,
        Sangakkara gets forward and turns it away to deep backward square
        leg, Harbhajan in the deep cleans up
  41.2 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, played away on the leg side, this
        time straight to the fielder at midwicket
  41.3 Agarkar to Sangakkara, one run, that's it! again drifting down the
        leg side and Sangakkara tucks it round the corner on the leg side
        - single takes him to his 4th ODI hundred - 200 comes up for Sri
        Lanka
  41.4 Agarkar to Jayawardene, no run, sharp bouncer - Jayawardene pulls
        but fails to make contact
  41.5 Agarkar to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's lucky! good length delivery on
        the middle and leg stump line, Sangakkara makes room and swing
        hard, ball clips the edge and races away to the third man fence,
        can't set a field for that
  41.6 Agarkar to Jayawardene, two runs, played away to the third man
        region, excellent piece of fielding from Harbhajan in the deep
        saves a certain boundary

End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 206/2 (RR: 4.90)
AB Agarkar 8-1-38-1 (1w 1nb)
KC Sangakkara 100* (123b 8x4 2x6) DPMD Jayawardene 61* (66b 8x4)

  42.1 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, pitched up on the pads, turned away
        behind square on the leg side
  42.2 Yadav to Jayawardene, wide: one run, down the leg side, Jayawardene
        fails to make contact, ball hits the keeper on the pad and rolls
        down to the short fine leg region
  42.2 Yadav to Sangakkara, no run, good delivery, on the middle and off
        stump line, defended back down the track
  42.3 Yadav to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! goes for the lofted on drive and
        gets it on the middle, excellent use of the bottom hand, ball
        races away to the midwicket fence
  42.4 Yadav to Sangakkara, wide: no run, another one down the leg side
  42.4 Yadav to Sangakkara, two runs, slower ball and that almost foxed
        Sangakkara who was eyeing the midwicket fence, ball goes high up
        in the air but falls safely in the deep
  42.5 Yadav to Sangakkara, one run, driven down to long-off
  42.6 Yadav to Jayawardene, FOUR, with the fine leg inside the circle
        Jayawardene sweeps, just a matter of getting bat on ball and that
        he does well, ball races away to the fine leg fence - end of a
        good over for Sri Lanka

End of over 43 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 221/2 (RR: 5.14)
Jai P Yadav 9-0-53-1 (4w 1nb)
KC Sangakkara 108* (128b 9x4 2x6) DPMD Jayawardene 65* (67b 9x4)

  43.1 Agarkar to Sangakkara, one run, forced away to point region, Yuvraj
        misses the stumps at the bowler's end and they finally get the
        single
  43.2 Agarkar to Jayawardene, FOUR, pitched up close to the off stump
        line, attempted yorker, Jayawardene makes room and slaps it away
        to the backward point fence, sweeper in the deep had no chance of
        cutting it off, excellent timing and placement
  43.3 Agarkar to Jayawardene, two runs, lofted away to wide long-on for a
        brace
  43.4 Agarkar to Jayawardene, OUT: finally the breakthrough! Jayawardene
        makes room even before the ball is bowled and Agarkar drags it
        short cramping the batsman - ball flies off the top edge and is
        caught by Sehwag at third man - end of a fine innings

       Sri Lanka 228/3, Partnership of 151
       DPMD Jayawardene  c Sehwag b Agarkar  71 (70b 10x4 0x6)
       KC Sangakkara 109* (129b 9x4 2x6) AB Agarkar 8.4-1-45-2 (1w 1nb)

       Dilshan walks in
  43.5 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, defended
  43.6 Agarkar to Sangakkara, one run, turned away in the air to the deep
        midwicket region

End of over 44 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 229/3 (RR: 5.20)
AB Agarkar 9-1-46-2 (1w 1nb)
KC Sangakkara 110* (131b 9x4 2x6) TM Dilshan 0* (0b)

       6 overs left in the innings - Pathan is back
  44.1 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, driven down to long-on for a single
  44.2 Pathan to Dilshan, one run, sliced away to the point region, Yuvraj
        there fails to stop it clean and a run is added to the total
  44.3 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, on the middle and leg stump line,
        angling in, Sangakkara gets behind the line and plays ti down to
        the long-on region
  44.4 Pathan to Dilshan, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched
        in line and angling across, Dilshan flashes hard at it but misses
        the target by miles
  44.5 Pathan to Dilshan, one run, short ball, pulled away to the fine leg
        region
  44.6 Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump,
        Sangakkara makes room and drives it in the air through extra cover
        and Sehwag moving across from long-off over runs it

End of over 45 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 237/3 (RR: 5.27)
IK Pathan 8-0-40-0 (1w)
TM Dilshan 2* (3b) KC Sangakkara 116* (134b 10x4 2x6)

  45.1 Sehwag to Dilshan, one run, fulltoss, driven to long-on
  45.2 Sehwag to Sangakkara, one run, firmly driven back, Sehwag gets a
        hand on it but fails to prevent the single
  45.3 Sehwag to Dilshan, no run, played away on the off side
  45.4 Sehwag to Dilshan, wide: no run, down the leg side
  45.4 Sehwag to Dilshan, OUT: gone! pitched in line and turning in,
        Dilshan looking to sweep it away fails to make contact and the
        ball hits the back pad right in front of the stumps, looked like
        it would have missed leg but the umpire was convinced

       Sri Lanka 240/4, Partnership of 12
       TM Dilshan  lbw b Sehwag  3 (6b 0x4 0x6)
       KC Sangakkara 117* (135b 10x4 2x6) V Sehwag 2.4-0-15-1 (1w)

       Dilshan's us-easy stay at the wicket comes to an unlucky end -
        bowling change works for Dravid
       that's a surprise move - Maharoof gets promoted up the order
  45.5 Sehwag to Maharoof, no run
  45.6 Sehwag to Maharoof, one run, played down to long-on

End of over 46 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 241/4 (RR: 5.24)
V Sehwag 3-0-16-1 (1w)
MF Maharoof 1* (2b) KC Sangakkara 117* (135b 10x4 2x6)

  46.1 Pathan to Maharoof, one run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, punched down to long-off for a single
  46.2 Pathan to Sangakkara, wide: no run, short and wide outside the off
        stump, swing and a miss
  46.2 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, Pathan strays down the leg side and
        Sangakkara gets bat on ball, Yuvraj at short fine leg dives across
        to his left and saves a certain boundary
  46.3 Pathan to Maharoof, FOUR, short of a good length delivery, was the
        slower one, Maharoof picks it up early and flat bats it straight
        back down the ground to the long-off fence - good clean hit
  46.4 Pathan to Maharoof, FOUR, bowled from round the wicket, angling in
        from outside the off stump, Maharoof swings across and gets it on
        the middle, ball races away to the wide long-on boundary, fielder
        at long-on comfortably beaten
  46.5 Pathan to Maharoof, one run, fulltoss, driven down to long-on
  46.6 Pathan to Sangakkara, one run, played away on the leg side, quick
        single taken and Sangakkara will retain the strike

End of over 47 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 254/4 (RR: 5.40)
IK Pathan 9-0-53-0 (2w)
KC Sangakkara 119* (137b 10x4 2x6) MF Maharoof 11* (6b 2x4)

  47.1 Sehwag to Sangakkara, two runs, lofted straight back over the
        bowler's head
  47.2 Sehwag to Sangakkara, two runs, Sehwag drags it short and
        Sangakkara pulls it away to the deep midwicket region
  47.3 Sehwag to Sangakkara, (noball) one run, under pressure Sehwag
        oversteps, driven away through covers for a single
  47.3 Sehwag to Maharoof, one run, low fulltoss, played down to long-on,
        just a single there
  47.4 Sehwag to Sangakkara, one run, another low fulltoss, Sangakkara
        pulls it away to the well protected deep midwicket region
  47.5 Sehwag to Maharoof, FOUR, SHOT! tossed up delivery, Maharoof makes
        room and lofts it away inside out over extra cover for four
  47.6 Sehwag to Maharoof, one run, drifting on to the pads, played away
        behind square on the leg side

End of over 48 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 267/4 (RR: 5.56)
V Sehwag 4-0-29-1 (1w 1nb)
MF Maharoof 17* (9b 3x4) KC Sangakkara 125* (141b 10x4 2x6)

  48.1 Pathan to Maharoof, FOUR, bowled from round the stumps, bad line
        and length and Maharoof lofts it away to the midwicket fence -
        Pathan under pressure here
  48.2 Pathan to Maharoof, one run, pitched up and lofted down to the wide
        long-on region, Sehwag moves across quickly in the deep and saves
        runs
  48.3 Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside the off
        stump, Sangakkara slices hard and the ball races away to the third
        man fence - 9 runs off 3 balls
  48.4 Pathan to Sangakkara, legbye: one run, drifting down the leg side,
        ball clips the pad and runs down past the diving keeper
  48.5 Pathan to Maharoof, one run, pitched up outside the off stump,
        Maharoof makes room and drives it down to long-off
  48.6 Pathan to Sangakkara, FOUR, slightly short and Sangakkara dismisses
        it to the midwicket fence - end of an expensive over

End of over 49 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 282/4 (RR: 5.76)
IK Pathan 10-0-67-0 (2w)
MF Maharoof 23* (12b 4x4) KC Sangakkara 133* (144b 12x4 2x6)

       Agarkar to bowl the last over
  49.1 Agarkar to Maharoof, SIX, what was that! short ball and Maharoof
        flat bats it over the long-on fence - that's a mighty hit - can
        they get to 300?
  49.2 Agarkar to Maharoof, two runs, driven straight back down the ground
        to the long-off region
  49.3 Agarkar to Maharoof, one run, angling in, driven down to long-on
  49.4 Agarkar to Sangakkara, (noball) one run, played away off the pads
        to the deep square leg region
  49.4 Agarkar to Maharoof, one run, driven wide of the fielder at extra
        cover, quick single taken
  49.5 Agarkar to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up and driven straight back,
        Agarkar on his follow through does well and it's a dot ball
  49.6 Agarkar to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara finishes it off in style!
        good length delivery, angling in from outside the leg stump,
        Sangakkara leans back and flays it away to the midwicket fence

End of over 50 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 298/4 (RR: 5.96)
AB Agarkar 10-1-62-2 (1w 2nb)
MF Maharoof 33* (16b 4x4 1x6) KC Sangakkara 138* (147b 13x4 2x6)

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       Agarkar started off well picking up Jayasuriya early and when
        Atapattu was dismissed for 17 it looked as if the Lankans were
        heading for another collapse
       but a 151 runs partnership for the third wicket between Sangakkara
        and Jayawardene put Sri Lanka right back on track
       Towards the end Sangakkara and Maharoof sent the Indians on a
        leather hunt and they ended up with 298 on the board.
       It's going to be a test of character for the Indian top-order when
        they come out to bat, we will be back in 30 minutes time (at 7:45
        GMT) with the Indian run chase
       untill then this is Sajan Nair signing off - see you at the other
        end of the break

Match State: Innings Break

       Welcome back
       Sehwag and Tendulkar will start the chase and it will be Vaas to
        start proceedings after the break
       5.98 is the required run rate - first 15 fifteen overs are going to
        be crucial
   0.1 Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, there he goes, first ball of the innings and
        Sehwag sends it screaming to the cover fence! good length delivery
        outside the off stump, Sehwag pushes forward and with a well timed
        shot finds the gap between the cover fielders
       India and Sehwag off the mark straightaway
   0.2 Vaas to Sehwag, one run, drifting down the leg side, played down to
        the fine leg region for a single and that will bring Tendulkar on
        strike
   0.3 Vaas to Tendulkar, no run, good length delivery on the stumps,
        defended watchfully
   0.4 Vaas to Tendulkar, two runs, Tendulkar too off the mark, good
        length delivery on the pads, turned away nicely in front of square
        leg
       and Vaas gets an official warning for running on to the danger area
   0.5 Vaas to Tendulkar, OUT: and Vaas strikes back! pitched up and
        angling across, wide delivery and Tendulkar goes after it away
        from his body, ball clips the edge and goes behind, Sangakkara
        drives full length to his right and takes a fantastic catch.

       India 7/1, Partnership of 7
       SR Tendulkar  c Sangakkara b Vaas  2 (3b 0x4 0x6)
       V Sehwag 5* (2b 1x4) WPUJC Vaas 0.5-0-7-1

       That was a brilliant take - Sangakkara was at full stretch and
        parallel to the ground when he pouched it
       Tendulkar departs early and the crowd is stunned into silence!
       Dhoni is the next man in
   0.6 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, driven away on the off side, end of a
        successful over

End of over 1 (7 runs) India 7/1 (RR: 7.00 RRR: 292/49 = 5.96)
WPUJC Vaas 1-0-7-1
V Sehwag 5* (2b 1x4) MS Dhoni 0* (1b)

       Fernando to share the new ball with Vaas
   1.1 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, on the middle and leg stump line,
        turned away to the midwicket region
   1.2 Fernando to Sehwag, one run, short outside the off stump, no real
        width but Sehwag cuts and gets it away to the third man region for
        a single
   1.3 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, slightly short, pulled away on the leg
        side, midwicket fielder moves across and cuts it off
   1.4 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery , close to the off
        stump line, Dhoni gets right behind the line and defends it
        watchfully
       and now Fernando gets an official warning for running on to the
        danger area!
   1.5 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, bit slower than the previous delivery, driven down to the
        mid-off region
   1.6 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, played wide of the fielder at mid-on,
        quick single taken

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 9/1 (RR: 4.50 RRR: 290/48 = 6.04)
CRD Fernando 1-0-2-0
MS Dhoni 1* (5b) V Sehwag 6* (4b 1x4)

   2.1 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, angling across the right-hander, defended
       two slips in position for the right-hander
   2.2 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, pitched up and angling across, driven on the
        up and the ball goes square of the wicket on the off side
   2.3 Vaas to Dhoni, SIX, fuller and angling across, bit too wide
        allowing Dhoni to free his arms, hit on the up and the ball sails
        over cover fence - not an easy shot especially when Vaas is
        bowling but Dhoni made it look easy
   2.4 Vaas to Dhoni, one run, edged down to third man, single added to
        the total
   2.5 Vaas to Sehwag, no run, short and wide outside the off stump,
        Sehwag cuts but misses the target by miles
   2.6 Vaas to Sehwag, one run, played down to the mid-on region, Murali
        there fails to pick it up cleanly and Sehwag makes it across
        safely

End of over 3 (8 runs) India 17/1 (RR: 5.67 RRR: 282/47 = 6.00)
WPUJC Vaas 2-0-15-1
V Sehwag 7* (6b 1x4) MS Dhoni 8* (9b 1x6)

   3.1 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, short and angling in cramping Sehwag,
        defended standing tall and the ball rolls away on the leg side
   3.2 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, another tight delivery, defended
   3.3 Fernando to Sehwag, one run, bit of width outside the off stump,
        cut away to the third man region for a single
   3.4 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, punched down to the mid-off region, presented the full face
        of the bat
   3.5 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, short ball, ball just skidded across and
        Dhoni looking to pull it away fails to make contact, ball hits the
        glove and pops up on the off side
   3.6 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, short and wide outside the off stump
        and Dhoni cuts ferociously, short cover gets a hand on it and that
        saves a certain four

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 19/1 (RR: 4.75 RRR: 280/46 = 6.09)
CRD Fernando 2-0-4-0
MS Dhoni 9* (12b 1x6) V Sehwag 8* (9b 1x4)

   4.1 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg
        stump line, hint of in swing, Dhoni comes down the track eyeing
        the midwicket fence but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad
        and rolls away on the off side, loud appeal for lbw turned down
   4.2 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, on the stumps, looked like a slower one and
        Dhoni defends carefully
       again Bowden has a word with Vaas - looks like that's the second
        official warning - Vaas needs to be careful now - one more warning
        and the curtains will come down.
   4.3 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, swing and miss outside the off stump
   4.4 Vaas to Dhoni, SIX, and again! under pressure Vaas goes wide
        outside the off stump, Dhoni chips down the track and slices it
        over the cover fence
   4.5 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, good comeback delivery, defended watchfully
   4.6 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, turned away to the midwicket region

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 25/1 (RR: 5.00 RRR: 274/45 = 6.09)
WPUJC Vaas 3-0-21-1
V Sehwag 8* (9b 1x4) MS Dhoni 15* (18b 2x6)

   5.1 Fernando to Sehwag, two runs, steered down to the third man region,
        sliding stop by Arnold saves two runs -excellent commitment
   5.2 Fernando to Sehwag, three runs, Fernando strays on to middle and
        leg, Sehwag gets forward and turns it away to the deep midwicket
        region, excellent use of the wrists there but not a well timed
        shot and the fielder catches up
   5.3 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, defended
   5.4 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, short of a good length delivery outside
        the off stump, forced away off the back-foot to the cover region
   5.5 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, on the middle and leg stump line, Dhoni
        looking to play it away on the leg side ends up with an inside
        edge
   5.6 Fernando to Sehwag, three runs, almost! another tight delivery on
        the middle and leg stump line, Sehwag looking to flick it away on
        the leg side just manages to clear Murali at mid-on

End of over 6 (9 runs) India 34/1 (RR: 5.67 RRR: 265/44 = 6.02)
CRD Fernando 3-0-13-0
V Sehwag 16* (12b 1x4) MS Dhoni 16* (21b 2x6)

       Atapattu brings Maharoof into the attack shielding Vaas
   6.1 Maharoof to Sehwag, FOUR, pitched up and punched down to the mid-on
        region, Vaas looking to effect a run out fails to pick it cleanly
        and the ball rolls away to the long-on fence
   6.2 Maharoof to Sehwag, no run
   6.3 Maharoof to Sehwag, one run, played down to the mid-on region,
        quick single taken
   6.4 Maharoof to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni! good length delivery, Dhoni steps
        forward and drives on the up presenting the full face of the bat,
        gets it right on the middle and the ball flies over the long-off
        fence
   6.5 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, played down to mid-on
   6.6 Maharoof to Dhoni, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, Dhoni charges down the track and drives it away into the
        gap between the cover fielders - massive over this for India - 15
        runs coming off it

End of over 7 (15 runs) India 49/1 (RR: 7.00 RRR: 250/43 = 5.81)
MF Maharoof 1-0-15-0
V Sehwag 21* (15b 2x4) MS Dhoni 26* (24b 1x4 3x6)

   7.1 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, well bowled yorker, Sehwag digs it out
   7.2 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, slower delivery on the stumps, Fernando
        mixing it up nicely here, defended
   7.3 Fernando to Sehwag, one run, drifting down the leg side, played
        down to the fine leg region for a single, 50 comes up for India!
   7.4 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, driven hard but straight to the fielder
        at mid-off
   7.5 Fernando to Dhoni, FOUR, short and drifting down the leg side,
        horrible delivery to say the least, Dhoni was looking to get
        forward initially, seeing it pitched short he quickly rocks on to
        the back-foot and pulls it away to the fine leg fence
   7.6 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, cut away in the air to the third man
        region, one bounce and straight to the fielder in the deep

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 55/1 (RR: 6.88 RRR: 244/42 = 5.81)
CRD Fernando 4-0-19-0
MS Dhoni 31* (27b 2x4 3x6) V Sehwag 22* (18b 2x4)

   8.1 Maharoof to Dhoni, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, Dhoni steps forward and drives on the up, ball races away
        to the extra cover fence - that's another top shot and this one
        had a touch of panache added to it
   8.2 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, Maharoof comes back with an yorker
        length delivery, Dhoni brings his bat down hard and digs it out
   8.3 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run
   8.4 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, defended to covers
   8.5 Maharoof to Dhoni, FOUR, goodness me! not a bad delivery but Dhoni
        somehow manages to drive it straight down the ground to the vacant
        long-off fence - Maharoof being taken apart here
       captain has a word with the bowler
   8.6 Maharoof to Dhoni, FOUR, this one was a bad delivery, full and
        outside the off stump, Dhoni lofts it down to the long-on fence,
        India off to a breathtaking start here

End of over 9 (12 runs) India 67/1 (RR: 7.44 RRR: 232/41 = 5.66)
MF Maharoof 2-0-27-0
V Sehwag 22* (18b 2x4) MS Dhoni 43* (33b 5x4 3x6)

   9.1 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, played away to the short midwicket
        region
   9.2 Fernando to Sehwag, no run, defended into the track, Dhoni was not
        interested in the single
   9.3 Fernando to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag too join the party! short of a
        good length delivery on the pads, Sehwag gets on top of the bounce
        and turns it away to the square leg fence - top shot
   9.4 Fernando to Sehwag, one run, drifting down the leg side, played
        down to the fine leg region for a single
   9.5 Fernando to Dhoni, (noball) no run, pulled away to the square leg
        region, not a well timed shot
   9.5 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, inside edge and the ball rolls away
        towards square leg
   9.6 Fernando to Sehwag, one run, short and aimed at the rib-cage,
        Sehwag awkwardly fends it away on the leg side for a single

End of over 10 (8 runs) India 75/1 (RR: 7.50 RRR: 224/40 = 5.60)
CRD Fernando 5-0-27-0 (1nb)
V Sehwag 28* (23b 3x4) MS Dhoni 44* (35b 5x4 3x6)

       under attack Atapattu calls in the master  - can Murali stop the
        flow? - a wicket would be even better.
  10.1 Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, tossed up outside the off stump,
        turning in, defended
  10.2 Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, fraction short, again turning in
        from outside the off stump, Sehwag gets back and cuts - Arnold at
        gully dives across and saves a certain four
  10.3 Muralitharan to Sehwag, one run, turned away off the back-foot to
        the midwicket region, easy single
  10.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, punched down the track and is
        fielded well by Murali on his follow through
  10.5 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, driven away in front of point
  10.6 Muralitharan to Sehwag, one run, tossed up on the pads, turned away
        behind square, Murali starts off with a decent over

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 78/1 (RR: 7.09 RRR: 221/39 = 5.67)
M Muralitharan 1-0-3-0
V Sehwag 30* (27b 3x4) MS Dhoni 45* (37b 5x4 3x6)

       Vaas is back - that's a big gamble given the fact that Vaas has
        already got two official warnings
       Vaas is back - that's a big gamble given the fact that Vaas has
        already got two official warnings
  11.1 Vaas to Sehwag, one run, driven away on the up through point
  11.2 Vaas to Dhoni, one run, pushed wide of the cover fielder, easy
        single
  11.3 Vaas to Sehwag, one run, pitched up and angling across, driven on
        the up and the ball goes square of the wicket
  11.4 Vaas to Dhoni, no run
  11.5 Vaas to Dhoni, FOUR, fraction short and Dhoni slaps it straight
        down the ground to the long-off fence - brings up his fifty in
        style!
  11.6 Vaas to Dhoni, no run

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 85/1 (RR: 7.08 RRR: 214/38 = 5.63)
WPUJC Vaas 4-0-28-1
V Sehwag 32* (29b 3x4) MS Dhoni 50* (41b 6x4 3x6)

  12.1 Muralitharan to Sehwag, one run, played away on the off side, easy
        single and Dhoni is back on strike
  12.2 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, comes down the track and swings
        across awkwardly, luckily gets some bat on it and the ball races
        away to the fine leg region
  12.3 Muralitharan to Sehwag, one run, driven down to the long-on region
  12.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, two runs, played down to the mid-on region,
        Dhoni pushes for the second and Sehwag responds well
  12.5 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, turned away off the back-foot to the
        short fine leg region
  12.6 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, nicely tossed up this time around,
        Dhoni once again comes down the track and tries to heave it away,
        but ends up yorking himself and plays the ball back to the bowler

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 90/1 (RR: 6.92 RRR: 209/37 = 5.65)
M Muralitharan 2-0-8-0
V Sehwag 34* (31b 3x4) MS Dhoni 53* (45b 6x4 3x6)

       Its going to be spin at both ends now, with the introduction of
        Chandana
  13.1 Chandana to Sehwag, one run, played away to the sweeper cover
        region, stroll across for a single
  13.2 Chandana to Dhoni, legbye: one run, tries to play it away to the
        onside, gets it on the pad, but there is enough time for a leg-bye
  13.3 Chandana to Sehwag, one run, driven away to long on for a single
  13.4 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, played away to deep square leg for a
        single
  13.5 Chandana to Sehwag, one run
  13.6 Chandana to Dhoni, no run

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 95/1 (RR: 6.79 RRR: 204/36 = 5.67)
UDU Chandana 1-0-4-0
V Sehwag 37* (34b 3x4) MS Dhoni 54* (48b 6x4 3x6)

  14.1 Muralitharan to Sehwag, one run, fuller delivery from Murali this
        time, a shade on the leg stump too, Sehwag comes forward and
        sweeps it away to deep square leg for a single
  14.2 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, this time one that went away from
        Dhoni, Dhoni stays back and punches it away to the deep cover
        region
  14.3 Muralitharan to Sehwag, one run, width offered by Mural, and Sehwag
        drives it away to Chandana who is stationed on the sweeper cover
        boundary
  14.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, cut away off the back-foot to the
        man at backward point
  14.5 Muralitharan to Sehwag, OUT: Murali strikes for Sri Lanka!!! the
        one that straightened, Sehwag didn't seem to read that one from
        Murali's hand, went for the heave on the onside, missed the line
        completely and is struck on the pads right in front of the wicket

       India 99/2, Partnership of 92
       V Sehwag  lbw b Muralitharan  39 (37b 3x4 0x6)
       MS Dhoni 56* (50b 6x4 3x6) M Muralitharan 2.5-0-12-1

Match State: Drinks

  14.6 Muralitharan to Dravid, one run, Dravid gets off the mark
        immediately, drives it away to cover to bring up India's 100 in
        15.0 overs

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 100/2 (RR: 6.67 RRR: 199/35 = 5.69)
M Muralitharan 3-0-13-1
R Dravid 1* (1b) MS Dhoni 56* (50b 6x4 3x6)

  15.1 Chandana to Dravid, one run, full delivery on the pads, and Dravid
        drives it away to long-on
  15.2 Chandana to Dhoni, no run, on the pads again, and this time Dhoni
        comes forward and defends it, inside edges the ball onto his pads
  15.3 Chandana to Dhoni, no run, this time the ball is outside3e the off,
        Dhoni plays it back to Chandana
  15.4 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, a shade shorter in length from Chandana
        this time, Dhoni stays back and drives it away to long-off for a
        single
  15.5 Chandana to Dravid, one run, fuller in length, and Dravid gives
        himself some room, steps outside the line of the leg stump, and
        drives it to long-off
  15.6 Chandana to Dhoni, SIX, full toss from Chandana, a bad delivery to
        end the over, and it gets the punishment, Dhoni hits it flat over
        the ropes at square leg - that was a flat SIX!!

End of over 16 (9 runs) India 109/2 (RR: 6.81 RRR: 190/34 = 5.59)
UDU Chandana 2-0-13-0
R Dravid 3* (3b) MS Dhoni 63* (54b 6x4 4x6)

       Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu has decided it is time to take
        the Power Play 2
  16.1 Muralitharan to Dravid, one run, off break turning into Dravid,
        Dravid stays tall and punches it off the back-foot to long-on for
        a single
  16.2 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, on the pads of Dhoni, and its played
        away straight to the man at square leg
  16.3 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, top spinner from Murali on middle
        and Dhoni goes onto his back-foot and punches it to cover
  16.4 Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, driven away to mid-on, no chance of
        a run there
  16.5 Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, forward defence
  16.6 Muralitharan to Dravid, bye: one run, beaten by the top-spinner -
        Sangakkara fails to glove it

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 112/2 (RR: 6.59 RRR: 187/33 = 5.67)
M Muralitharan 4-0-15-1
R Dravid 4* (7b) MS Dhoni 64* (56b 6x4 4x6)

  17.1 Chandana to Dravid, no run, played down to the mid-on region
       Powerplay 2 in progress now.
  17.2 Chandana to Dravid, one run, bowled from round the stumps and
        Dravid goes for it and is almost beaten, ball clips the inside
        edge and rolls away on the leg side
  17.3 Chandana to Dhoni, no run
  17.4 Chandana to Dhoni, FOUR, shot! Dhoni makes room and Chandana
        follows him - gets inside the line and lofts it away to the wide
        long-on fence
  17.5 Chandana to Dhoni, two runs, lofted away on the off side this time,
        two runs added to the total
  17.6 Chandana to Dhoni, (noball) one run, played away on the leg side
  17.6 Chandana to Dravid, no run, tossed up outside the leg stump, swept
        fine but straight to the fielder at short fine leg

End of over 18 (9 runs) India 121/2 (RR: 6.72 RRR: 178/32 = 5.56)
UDU Chandana 3-0-22-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 71* (60b 7x4 4x6) R Dravid 5* (10b)

  18.1 Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump,
        looked like it slipped out, Dhoni quickly gets in to position and
        cuts it away to the cover fence - bad delivery put away in style
  18.2 Muralitharan to Dhoni, two runs, comes down the track and clips it
        away to the extra cover region, comfortable shot
  18.3 Muralitharan to Dhoni, two runs, tossed up and down the leg side,
        swept away to fine, diving stop by the fielder at short fine leg
        saves the boundary but Dhoni gets two for it
  18.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, turning in from outside the off
        stump, Dhoni moves across looking to slog it away but fails to
        make contact, ball hits the pad outside the line of the off stump
        and the lbw appeal is turned down
  18.5 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, another wide swing and this one is
        again not timed properly, ball takes the inner half of the bat and
        rolls away leg side, quickly single taken, just manages to scrape
        through
  18.6 Muralitharan to Dravid, FOUR, four more, another bad delivery from
        the master spinner - down the leg side and Dravid sweeps it away
        fine - fine leg is too square to cut it off

End of over 19 (13 runs) India 134/2 (RR: 7.05 RRR: 165/31 = 5.32)
M Muralitharan 5-0-28-1
MS Dhoni 80* (65b 8x4 4x6) R Dravid 9* (11b 1x4)

  19.1 Chandana to Dhoni, legbye: one run, down to short fine leg
  19.2 Chandana to Dravid, legbye: one run, turned away wide of Jayasuriya
        at short fine leg - quick single taken, Jayasuriya hits the stumps
        direct but Dhoni is in safely
  19.3 Chandana to Dhoni, SIX, take that! tossed up delivery, Dhoni goes
        down on one knee and slogs it away high over the square leg fence,
        into the stands she goes - India motoring along nicely at this
        stage
  19.4 Chandana to Dhoni, two runs, driven away nicely to the cover
        region, mid-field by Dilshan allows Dhoni to come back for the
        second
  19.5 Chandana to Dhoni, no run
  19.6 Chandana to Dhoni, FOUR, in the slot outside the off stump, Dhoni
        gets forward and finds the gap between the cover fielders

End of over 20 (14 runs) India 148/2 (RR: 7.40 RRR: 151/30 = 5.03)
UDU Chandana 4-0-34-0 (1nb)
R Dravid 9* (12b 1x4) MS Dhoni 92* (70b 9x4 5x6)

  20.1 Muralitharan to Dravid, two runs, short ball, pulled away on the
        leg side - 150 comes up for India
  20.2 Muralitharan to Dravid, one run, played away on the leg side for a
        single
  20.3 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, tossed up and turning in, defended
        on the front-foot
  20.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, turning in from outside the off
        stump, defended watchfully
  20.5 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, sharp turn and Dhoni is cramped for
        room, played away off the back-foot to the point region
  20.6 Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, there he goes again! dances down the
        track and lofts Murali to the long-off fence - Murali got a touch
        on it but the ball still raced away to the fence - Dhoni on a roll
        here

End of over 21 (7 runs) India 155/2 (RR: 7.38 RRR: 144/29 = 4.97)
M Muralitharan 6-0-35-1
R Dravid 12* (14b 1x4) MS Dhoni 96* (74b 10x4 5x6)

       that's the end of PowerPlay two - field is well spread out now
  21.1 Chandana to Dravid, one run, played wide of the fielder at short
        fine leg
  21.2 Chandana to Dhoni, no run, pushed away on the off side
  21.3 Chandana to Dhoni, no run, tossed up , bit quicker than the
        previous delivery, watchfully defended
  21.4 Chandana to Dhoni, no run, defended stretching well forward
  21.5 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, steps forward and drives it straight
        down the track, easily beats Chandana, long-off moves across
        quickly and keeps it down to just one, and with that single Dhoni
        moves to 97
  21.6 Chandana to Dravid, no run, defended outside the off stump

End of over 22 (2 runs) India 157/2 (RR: 7.14 RRR: 142/28 = 5.07)
UDU Chandana 5-0-36-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 97* (78b 10x4 5x6) R Dravid 13* (16b 1x4)

       with Murali going for runs Atapattu turns to Fernando
  22.1 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, forced away to the cover region
  22.2 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, short and drifting down the leg side,
        Dhoni gets well inside the line and plays it down to the fine leg
        region for a single
  22.3 Fernando to Dravid, one run, once again Fernando strays down the
        leg side and Dravid whips it down to the fine leg region
  22.4 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, slower
        one, Dhoni carefully defends it to the leg side
  22.5 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, sharp bouncer and that surprises Dhoni
        who sways away at the last possible moment and avoids getting hit
  22.6 Fernando to Dhoni, no run, defended on the back-foot, end of a good
        over

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 159/2 (RR: 6.91 RRR: 140/27 = 5.19)
CRD Fernando 6-0-29-0 (1nb)
R Dravid 14* (17b 1x4) MS Dhoni 98* (83b 10x4 5x6)

  23.1 Chandana to Dravid, one run, short and wide outside the off stump,
        cut away off the back-foot to the deep cover region
  23.2 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, on the middle and leg stump line, Dhoni
        steps forward and drives it down to the long-on region for a
        single
  23.3 Chandana to Dravid, two runs, drifting on to the pads, Dravid
        looking to sweep it away ends up with a top edge and the ball
        races away to the third man region
  23.4 Chandana to Dravid, FOUR, loose fulltoss down the leg side, Dravid
        comes down the track and drives it away to the midwicket fence,
        just picked his spot and went through with the shot
  23.5 Chandana to Dravid, no run
  23.6 Chandana to Dravid, no run, defended outside the off stump

End of over 24 (8 runs) India 167/2 (RR: 6.96 RRR: 132/26 = 5.08)
UDU Chandana 6-0-44-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 99* (84b 10x4 5x6) R Dravid 21* (22b 2x4)

       Dhoni need just one more run to get to a hundred - crowd waits in
        anticipation
       Dhoni need just one more run to get to a hundred - crowd waits in
        anticipation
  24.1 Fernando to Dhoni, (noball) one run, there it is ! short and wide
        outside the off stump, cut away in the air and well in front of
        point - what a innings ! crowd erupts
  24.1 Fernando to Dravid, no run
  24.2 Fernando to Dravid, no run
  24.3 Fernando to Dravid, wide: no run
  24.3 Fernando to Dravid, bye: FOUR, jags back in sharply and beats
        Dravid -  well bowled
  24.4 Fernando to Dravid, one run, pushed away square of the wicket
  24.5 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, forced away to the point region, quick
        single taken
  24.6 Fernando to Dravid, one run, glanced down to the fine leg region,
        easy single to end the over

End of over 25 (10 runs) India 177/2 (RR: 7.08 RRR: 122/25 = 4.88)
CRD Fernando 7-0-35-0 (1w 2nb)
R Dravid 23* (27b 2x4) MS Dhoni 101* (86b 10x4 5x6)

  25.1 Chandana to Dravid, one run, played down to long-on for an easy
        single
  25.2 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, quicker and on the pads, turned away
        behind square on the leg side
  25.3 Chandana to Dravid, two runs, again drifting down the leg side and
        Dravid plays it away fine, runs hard and gets back for the second
  25.4 Chandana to Dravid, one run, driven down to long-on
  25.5 Chandana to Dhoni, no run
  25.6 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, punched off the back-foot to the long-
        off region, single will keep Dhoni on strike

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 183/2 (RR: 7.04 RRR: 116/24 = 4.83)
UDU Chandana 7-0-50-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 103* (89b 10x4 5x6) R Dravid 27* (30b 2x4)

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       Maharoof is back
  26.1 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, played away towards extra cover
  26.2 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery, angling in from
        outside the off stump, Dhoni stays back and turns it down to mid-
        on region, straight to the fielder
  26.3 Maharoof to Dhoni, one run, slower delivery, drifting down the leg
        side and Dhoni turns it away in the air through the vacant square
        leg region, safe shot
  26.4 Maharoof to Dravid, no run, short of a good length delivery outside
        the off stump, forced away behind point
  26.5 Maharoof to Dravid, one run, fuller length delivery, again angling
        in from outside the off stump, Dravid gets forward and across and
        drives it away on the leg side, Atapattu at midwicket fails to
        stop it cleanly and Dravid gets one added to his score
  26.6 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, defended back down the track, end of a
        good over

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 185/2 (RR: 6.85 RRR: 114/23 = 4.96)
MF Maharoof 3-0-29-0
R Dravid 28* (32b 2x4) MS Dhoni 104* (93b 10x4 5x6)

       Atapattu opts for PowerPlay three - attacking field in place now.
       Murali back into the attack now
  27.1 Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, defended to the leg side
  27.2 Muralitharan to Dravid, OUT: gone! nicely flighted delivery, Dravid
        was looking to work it away on the leg side, ball stopped a bit
        after hitting the deck and the top edge goes straight back to
        Murali - that's a big wicket

       India 185/3, Partnership of 86
       R Dravid  c & b Muralitharan  28 (34b 2x4 0x6)
       MS Dhoni 104* (93b 10x4 5x6) M Muralitharan 6.2-0-35-2

       Yuvraj Singh is the next man in
       that ball didn't turn much and it looked as if Dravid was beaten
        playing for the spin
       slip comes in place
  27.3 Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched outside the off stump
        and turning away, Yuvraj leaves it for the keeper
  27.4 Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quicker and fuller outside
        the off stump, Yuvraj pushes forward and gets beaten
  27.5 Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, forced away on the off side
  27.6 Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pushed away to the point
        region and that's a wicket maiden

End of over 28 (maiden) India 185/3 (RR: 6.61 RRR: 114/22 = 5.18)
M Muralitharan 7-1-35-2
MS Dhoni 104* (93b 10x4 5x6) Yuvraj Singh 0* (4b)

  28.1 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, full toss first ball up, driven away to
        mid-on, think of a single, but there's a loud call of 'NO' from
        the non-striker
  28.2 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, fuller delivery to Dhoni, tries to heave
        it away to the on-side, but the ball takes the inner half of the
        bat and rolls away to short fine leg
  28.3 Maharoof to Dhoni, SIX, a bit straighter from Maharoof this time,
        and Dhoni hits through the line, the ball just keeps sailing and
        finally sails over the ropes at long-on
       Interestingly, Atapattu had just moved a man to the long-on fence,
        didn't help though, he had no chance of getting that ball
  28.4 Maharoof to Dhoni, FOUR, full toss on the legs, and this time Dhoni
        just has to give it direction towards the fine leg fence, just
        gets enough bat onto it, the ball races it away to the fine leg
        fence
  28.5 Maharoof to Dhoni, one run, on the pads again, and its turned away
        to square-leg
  28.6 Maharoof to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a good length delivery
        on the middle and leg stump line, played away straight to the
        fielder at midwicket

End of over 29 (11 runs) India 196/3 (RR: 6.76 RRR: 103/21 = 4.90)
MF Maharoof 4-0-40-0
MS Dhoni 115* (98b 11x4 6x6) Yuvraj Singh 0* (5b)

       required run rate is now below 5.
       Murali to continue
       silly point in place
  29.1 Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, fraction short and turning in from
        outside the off stump, Dhoni quickly goes back and hammers through
        the off side - no stopping that
       200 comes up for India - 99 more needed now
  29.2 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, played away on the leg side, came
        off the inner half of the bat
  29.3 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run
  29.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, one run, turned away towards midwicket,
        quick single taken
  29.5 Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, excellent delivery, turning
        across the left-hander, defended down into the track
  29.6 Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, one run, on the pads, tucked away to
        the vacant square leg region for an easy single

End of over 30 (6 runs) India 202/3 (RR: 6.73 RRR: 97/20 = 4.85)
M Muralitharan 8-1-41-2
Yuvraj Singh 1* (7b) MS Dhoni 120* (102b 12x4 6x6)

       India require another 97 runs with 7 wickets and 20.0 overs
        remaining
       Dilshan into the attack now.
  30.1 Dilshan to Yuvraj Singh, one run, starts off with a delivery
        straying down the leg side, Yuvraj quickly goes back and plays it
        away well wide of the diving fielder at backward square leg
  30.2 Dilshan to Dhoni, no run, played away to the midwicket region,
        there was an easy single there but Dhoni turns down the call
  30.3 Dilshan to Dhoni, FOUR, now we know why! tossed up on the middle
        and leg stump line, heaved away to the midwicket fence - made it
        look easy
  30.4 Dilshan to Dhoni, no run, played straight back down the track -
        Dhoni seems to be struggling from cramps
  30.5 Dilshan to Dhoni, SIX, tossed up delivery on the middle and off
        stump line, Dhoni steps forward and lofts it away straight into
        the sight screen - that's an amazing shot! this game is slowly but
        steadily slipping away from Sri Lanka
  30.6 Dilshan to Dhoni, no run, turned away on the leg side

End of over 31 (11 runs) India 213/3 (RR: 6.87 RRR: 86/19 = 4.53)
TM Dilshan 1-0-11-0
Yuvraj Singh 2* (8b) MS Dhoni 130* (107b 13x4 7x6)

       and Bowden calls for the drinks cart

Match State: Drinks

       India require another 86 runs with 7 wickets and 19.0 overs
        remaining
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       the Dilshan experiment too proved expensive for Atapattu - India
        now need just 4.53 runs per over.
       the physio is attending to Dhoni - it's going to be an extended
        drinks break
       play about to resume here - Vaas back into the attack now -
        probably the last roll of the dice
  31.1 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, defended
  31.2 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, bit of width outside the off stump,
        Yuvraj nicely opens the face of the bat and runs it down to the
        third man fence
  31.3 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, one run, forced away to the gully region,
        single brings Dhoni on strike
  31.4 Vaas to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery, angling across the
        right-hander, defended
       Dhoni now has a runner (Sehwag).
  31.5 Vaas to Dhoni, one run, chipped down to the mid-on region , easy
        single
  31.6 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, turned away on the leg side

End of over 32 (6 runs) India 219/3 (RR: 6.84 RRR: 80/18 = 4.44)
WPUJC Vaas 5-0-34-1
MS Dhoni 131* (109b 13x4 7x6) Yuvraj Singh 7* (12b 1x4)

       Chandana is back
  32.1 Chandana to Dhoni, two runs, on the middle and off stump line,
        swept away behind square on the leg side, appeal for lbw turned
        down
  32.2 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, driven straight back and Chandana fails
        to stop it cleanly, single given away
  32.3 Chandana to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up outside the off stump,
        Yuvraj comes down the track and drives hard but finds the fielder
        at cover
  32.4 Chandana to Yuvraj Singh, one run, again Yuvraj comes down the
        track and this time turns it away into the gap between mid-on and
        midwicket
  32.5 Chandana to Dhoni, no run, defended outside the off stump
  32.6 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, short ball and Dhoni pulls it down to
        the wide long-on region for a single

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 224/3 (RR: 6.79 RRR: 75/17 = 4.41)
UDU Chandana 8-0-55-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 135* (113b 13x4 7x6) Yuvraj Singh 8* (14b 1x4)

  33.1 Vaas to Dhoni, one run, short of a good length delivery, pitched
        outside the leg stump and angling across, Dhoni gets right behind
        the line and punches it down to the long-off region
  33.2 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, shot! pitched up and angling in, Yuvraj
        swings away on one foot and the ball races away to the midwicket
        fence - that was an excellent pick-up shot and the fielder in the
        deep had no chance of cutting it off
  33.3 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, pushed away on the off side
  33.4 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitched up and angling in, Yuvraj
        looking to flick it away ends up with an inside edge on to his
        pad, appeal for lbw turned down
  33.5 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, angling down the leg side, that's a bad
        delivery and Yuvraj takes full toll, ball races away to the fine
        leg fence and Vaas ends up with his hands on the head - it's all
        going wrong for Sri Lanka here
  33.6 Vaas to Yuvraj Singh, no run

End of over 34 (9 runs) India 233/3 (RR: 6.85 RRR: 66/16 = 4.12)
WPUJC Vaas 6-0-43-1
MS Dhoni 136* (114b 13x4 7x6) Yuvraj Singh 16* (19b 3x4)

  34.1 Chandana to Dhoni, FOUR, and the carnage continues! tossed up on
        the middle and leg stump line, Dhoni skips down the track and
        creams it away to the midwicket fence
  34.2 Chandana to Dhoni, no run
  34.3 Chandana to Dhoni, FOUR, under pressure Chandana drags it short,
        Dhoni picks it up early - rocks back and carves it through extra
        cover for yet another boundary
  34.4 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, played down to the short third man
        region - gets it wide of the fielder and an easy single is added
        to the total
  34.5 Chandana to Yuvraj Singh, one run
  34.6 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, down the track and driven away to the
        deep midwicket region

End of over 35 (11 runs) India 244/3 (RR: 6.97 RRR: 55/15 = 3.67)
UDU Chandana 9-0-66-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 146* (119b 15x4 7x6) Yuvraj Singh 17* (20b 3x4)

  35.1 Muralitharan to Dhoni, two runs, cut away off the back-foot to the
        deep backward point region, gets it wide of the fielder in the
        deep and they comfortably come back for the second
  35.2 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run
  35.3 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run
  35.4 Muralitharan to Dhoni, two runs, 150! a rare mis-hit but the ball
        falls safely at long-off - this now is Dhoni's highest score in
        ODIs
       amazing innings!
  35.5 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run
  35.6 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run

End of over 36 (4 runs) India 248/3 (RR: 6.89 RRR: 51/14 = 3.64)
M Muralitharan 9-1-45-2
Yuvraj Singh 17* (20b 3x4) MS Dhoni 150* (125b 15x4 7x6)

  36.1 Dilshan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, played away towards midwicket
  36.2 Dilshan to Yuvraj Singh, one run, bowled from round the stumps,
        drifting down the leg side and Yuvraj plays it away wide of the
        fielder at short fine leg
  36.3 Dilshan to Dhoni, one run, turning in sharply, played well wide of
        Murali at short midwicket
  36.4 Dilshan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT: bowled'm! bowled from round the
        wicket, pitched in line and turned away just enough to beat the
        bat - woodwork rearranged

       India 250/4, Partnership of 65
       Yuvraj Singh  b Dilshan  18 (23b 3x4 0x6)
       MS Dhoni 151* (126b 15x4 7x6) TM Dilshan 1.4-0-13-1

       Dilshan gets the breakthrough, Venugopal Rao is the next man in
  36.5 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run
  36.6 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, one run, played away on the leg side, Rao
        off the mark

End of over 37 (3 runs) India 251/4 (RR: 6.78 RRR: 48/13 = 3.69)
TM Dilshan 2-0-14-1
Y Venugopal Rao 1* (2b) MS Dhoni 151* (126b 15x4 7x6)

  37.1 Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run
  37.2 Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, Arnold at silly point takes it on the body, that hurts
  37.3 Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up outside the off
        stump, defended
  37.4 Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, no run, well bowled dosara - Rao
        picks it up early and defends it with a straight bat
  37.5 Muralitharan to Venugopal Rao, one run, turned away through square
        leg
  37.6 Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, fuller and quicker - bowled from
        round the wicket, Dhoni is beaten and the ball hits the pad, loud
        appeal for lbw turned down, that's the end of Murali's spell

End of over 38 (1 run) India 252/4 (RR: 6.63 RRR: 47/12 = 3.92)
M Muralitharan 10-1-46-2
Y Venugopal Rao 2* (6b) MS Dhoni 151* (127b 15x4 7x6)

  38.1 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, turned away in front of square
  38.2 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, one run, tossed up outside the off stump,
        driven down the track to the long-off region for a single
  38.3 Dilshan to Dhoni, one run, drifting down the leg side, pushed wide
        of the fielder at midwicket, easy single taken
  38.4 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended outside the off stump
  38.5 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, tossed up and turning in, punched
        down to the mid-on region
  38.6 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, one run, fraction short and close to the
        off stump line, Rao waits for and at the last possible moment runs
        it down to the short third man region

End of over 39 (3 runs) India 255/4 (RR: 6.54 RRR: 44/11 = 4.00)
TM Dilshan 3-0-17-1
Y Venugopal Rao 4* (11b) MS Dhoni 152* (128b 15x4 7x6)

       India require another 44 runs with 6 wickets and 11.0 overs
        remaining
  39.1 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, short delivery outside the off
        stump, no width offered but Rao cuts, ball clips the bottom edge
        and goes the keeper on the bounce
       fielders inside the circle saving the single when Rao is on strike
  39.2 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, lovely delivery, jagged back in
        from outside the off stump, Rao plays down the wrong line and gets
        hit on the pad
  39.3 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, another tight delivery, this
        time Rao ends up with an inside edge on to his pad - good over so
        far
       ball being changed - play held up.
  39.4 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the
        off stump, this one kept its line after hitting the deck and Rao
        looking to run it down to third man is beaten comprehensively
  39.5 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, finally Rao gets bat on ball but
        this time fails to beat the fielder at point
  39.6 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, one run, drifting down the leg side.
        played down to the fine leg region

End of over 40 (1 run) India 256/4 (RR: 6.40 RRR: 43/10 = 4.30)
MF Maharoof 5-0-41-0
Y Venugopal Rao 5* (17b) MS Dhoni 152* (128b 15x4 7x6)

  40.1 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, played down to the mid-on region
  40.2 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, SIX, Rao comes down the track looking to
        break the shackles, gets it on the middle and the ball sails over
        the long-on fence - welcome runs for India
  40.3 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run
  40.4 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, one run, driven down to the long-off
        region for a single
  40.5 Dilshan to Dhoni, no run, defended outside the off stump
  40.6 Dilshan to Dhoni, two runs, played down to the long-off region, bit
        of mix-up going for the single but the throw comes in at the wrong
        end and no damage is down

End of over 41 (9 runs) India 265/4 (RR: 6.46 RRR: 34/9 = 3.78)
TM Dilshan 4-0-26-1
Y Venugopal Rao 12* (21b 1x6) MS Dhoni 154* (130b 15x4 7x6)

  41.1 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, FOUR, short outside the off stump, only
        just but Rao gets in to a good position and cuts it away to the
        deep backward point fence, Maharoof straightway under pressure
  41.2 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, again short and outside the off
        stump, this time Rao fails to make contact
  41.3 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended back to the bowler
  41.4 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, one run, steered down to third man for a
        single
  41.5 Maharoof to Dhoni, one run, width offered outside the off stump and
        Dhoni cuts it away in front of point
  41.6 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, beaten outside the off stump,
        Rao was looking to runs it away fine

End of over 42 (6 runs) India 271/4 (RR: 6.45 RRR: 28/8 = 3.50)
MF Maharoof 6-0-47-0
MS Dhoni 155* (131b 15x4 7x6) Y Venugopal Rao 17* (26b 1x4 1x6)

       India require another 28 runs with 6 wickets and 48 balls remaining
  42.1 Dilshan to Dhoni, one run, turned away on the leg side, gets it
        wide of the fielder at midwicket and an easy single is taken
  42.2 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, driven straight to the fielder at
        mid-on
  42.3 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, one run, played down to mid-on with soft
        hands, early call and a quick single is taken, Dilshan moves
        across quickly and fields but fails to hit the stumps at the
        bowler's end
  42.4 Dilshan to Dhoni, one run, stretches forward and turns it away wide
        of the fielder at midwicket
  42.5 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run
  42.6 Dilshan to Venugopal Rao, no run, flat delivery, pushed back to the
        bowler

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 274/4 (RR: 6.37 RRR: 25/7 = 3.57)
TM Dilshan 5-0-29-1
MS Dhoni 157* (133b 15x4 7x6) Y Venugopal Rao 18* (30b 1x4 1x6)

  43.1 Maharoof to Dhoni, two runs, good length delivery outside the off
        stump, driven through extra cover
  43.2 Maharoof to Dhoni, no run, pushed straight back in the air but
        Maharoof on his follow through fails to hold on, difficult chance
  43.3 Maharoof to Dhoni, one run, turned away to the deep square leg
        region
  43.4 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, pitched up on the pads, turned
        away straight to the fielder at short midwicket
  43.5 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the
        off stump, nicely driven but straight to the fielder at short
        cover
  43.6 Maharoof to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the
        off stump, stopped a bit and Rao is beaten outside the off stump

End of over 44 (3 runs) India 277/4 (RR: 6.30 RRR: 22/6 = 3.67)
MF Maharoof 7-0-50-0
MS Dhoni 160* (136b 15x4 7x6) Y Venugopal Rao 18* (33b 1x4 1x6)

       India require another 22 runs with 6 wickets and 36 balls remaining
  44.1 Chandana to Dhoni, two runs, tossed up and drifting down the leg
        side, Dhoni gets forward and turns it away fine to the fine leg
        region - cheeky shot as they call it
       just 20 more needed now
  44.2 Chandana to Dhoni, SIX, tossed up outside the off stump, Dhoni
        steps forward and lofts it away handsomely over the extra cover
        fence for his 8th six - this now is the record for the highest
        number of sixes by an Indian in ODIs
  44.3 Chandana to Dhoni, one run, inside out shot and the ball balloons
        up towards deep extra cover
  44.4 Chandana to Venugopal Rao, one run
  44.5 Chandana to Dhoni, SIX, make that 9 ! this one is lofted over the
        long-off fence
  44.6 Chandana to Dhoni, one run

End of over 45 (17 runs) India 294/4 (RR: 6.53 RRR: 5/5 = 1.00)
UDU Chandana 10-0-83-0 (1nb)
MS Dhoni 176* (141b 15x4 9x6) Y Venugopal Rao 19* (34b 1x4 1x6)

  45.1 Fernando to Dhoni, (noball) no run, bouncer and it's called a no-
        balls
  45.1 Fernando to Dhoni, (noball) no run, played away towards mid-off,
        this time called for overstepping
  45.1 Fernando to Dhoni, one run, punched down to long-off,just three
        more needed down
  45.2 Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, short rising delivery outside
        the off stump, no shot offered
  45.3 Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run
  45.4 Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, defended outside the off stump
  45.5 Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, good length delivery outside the
        off stump, Rao leaves it for the keeper
  45.6 Fernando to Venugopal Rao, no run, another good length delivery
        outside the off stump, no shot offered

End of over 46 (3 runs) India 297/4 (RR: 6.46 RRR: 2/4 = 0.50)
CRD Fernando 8-0-38-0 (1w 4nb)
MS Dhoni 177* (144b 15x4 9x6) Y Venugopal Rao 19* (39b 1x4 1x6)

       India require another 2 runs with 6 wickets and 24 balls remaining
  46.1 Dilshan to Dhoni, SIX, there it is! Dhoni dances down the track and
        swings across, gets it on the middle and the ball sails over the
        midwicket fence, that's his 10th six of the innings and India have
        won in grand style
       What an innings!  this now is the highest score by a wicket-keeper
        in ODIs beating Gilchrist's 172!
       298 looked a massive total when the chase started but thanks to
        some scintillating stroke play from Dhoni India have reached the
        target in just 46.1 overs.
       Dravid took a gamble by sending in Dhoni and he hit the jackpot.
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       Dhoni started off in smashing fashion and there was no looking
        back, each and every bowler went for runs - a total of 11 sixes
        and 24 boundaries were hit during the course of this amazing run
        chase.
       India now lead the series 3-0 with four more games left in the
        series.
       Now for the presentation
       Marvan Atapattu - 'we had a good chance - these wickets are pretty
        much flat but when somebody plays an innings like that it's out of
        control - It's didn't matter whether we took the power play or not
        - he is that kind of a player
        we haven't won a single game but we hope that we will come back as
        soon as we can.
       Dravid - 'Unbelievable stuff' - 'All of us here were privileged to
        watch such an innings, fantastic knock - We went into the dressing
        room and we believed we could get it
        - 'Sangakkara and Jayawardene batted well for them and Sangakkara
        in particular did well but he was outdone by the other wicket
        keeper.
       Dhoni gets the Man of the match for his brilliant innings of 183*-
        'Actually when the first ball was bowled i read the wicket - as
        the game progressed it became flat - It was a long innings for me
        - i kept for 50 overs and batted for a time so it was tough for me
        'after my 148 this was expected of me, I am happy with the number
        three position, but i am happy to play where ever the team
        management decides'
       Hope you have enjoyed the coverage - until next time this is Sajan
        Nair signing off - Cheers!

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