Sanath Jayasuriya is a man for the big occasion and he would not have been oblivious to the larger context of this match.
To begin with, there was the special ambience of the Visakhapatnam stadium itself, at once state-of-the-art and partaking
of a pastoral idyll. Then, it was the series decider as well. But, most importantly, it was the last international game
before the World Cup and poignantly these two contestants face each other in the first round in the Caribbean. No wonder
Jayasuriya was aiming for a few psychological points as, early on itself, he took a particular liking for Zaheer Khan’s
offerings, smacking him for a four down the ground and following it up with a swatted six over square leg. Forty two for no
loss in the 8th over and the game seemed to be slipping away from India.