India vs Sri Lanka 2013 Live Cricket Score: Dhoni holds fort in close finish

MS Dhoni is India’s last recognised batsman in the centre after the collapse during the run-chase © AFP

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So, MS Dhoni seals another remakabkle heist. He wins the Man of the Match Award for his calm innings today. The Man of the Series is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has bowled very well throughout the series.

That is it from us here today. India take the trophy home and a relatively younger side under Virat Kohli would go to Zimbabwe. Join us for that series!

India 203/9 | Overs 49 | Dhoni 45*, Ishant 2*

Eranga to bowl the final over. Dhoni tries to smash the first ball, but misses it by miles. The second ball disappears over long-off. It went miles in the air and Dhoni gets six for them. Dhoni goes for another heave and edges it behind point for a four. What happens next?

Dhoni you genius!! He smashes a six with five needed off three. What a victory for India! They win by one wicket. The Indian team comes into the park to greet their captain and he is as cool as ice.

India 187/9 | Overs 49 | Dhoni 29*, Ishant 2*

Panic! Nerves! You name it and you have it. Ishant punches the first to cover and then sets-off. The throw comes in and Ishant is miles down the track and puts the dive in. It misses the stumps. He then defends the next ball straight to Mathews.

Ishant gets a couple with a slash over point. He then sees off the over as Dhoni will take strike.

India 185/9 | Overs 48 | Dhoni 29*, Ishant 0*

Lasith Malinga gets one final throw of the dice. Dhoni defends the first two and then cuts the third ball to deep point, but refuses the single. He then pushes one to mid-wicket and sprints across for two. He also refuses a single off the penultimate ball. Drama off the last ball as Dhoni plays it straight to point and Ishant comes running, the throw is at the stumps at the non-srikers end, but misses. Ishant dives in.

India 183/9 | Overs 47 | Dhoni 27*, Ishant 0* OUT! V Kumar 5(16)

Mathews brings himself on and Dhoni takes a single off the first ball. As Vinay takes guard, Sri Lanka bring a few men inside the inner ring. Vinay has a brainwave as he walks down the ground and top-edges a pull. He is safely caught and now Ishant would come out to face the music. The batsmen crossed and Dhoni is on strike. This is all in his hands now.

Dhoni takes the single off the penultimate delivery. Ishant keeps the last one out.

India 181/8 | Overs 46 | Dhoni 25*, V Kumar 5*

What does Mathews do with Dhoni on strike? Saves Malinga for later and gets Eranga. Dhoni takes a leg-bye off the first ball. Vinay chases one and edges it in the air over point for a couple. He plays out the over and Dhoni will take strike off the next.

India 178/8 | Overs 45 | Dhoni 25*, V Kumar 3*

Vinay gets one wide of point and gets two. It was a surprise as one would have felt Dhoni would have taken strike. However, he seems to have set sight on Malinga’s last over, which may be the next one. There was a single off the last ball, but Dhoni denies it.

India 176/8 | Overs 44 | Dhoni 25*, V Kumar 1*

Big test for Vinay as he takes on Malinga. Vinay misses one and Malinga has a smile. The next ball goes down the leg and Sangakkara doesn’t collect cleanly as Dhoni gets back on strike. It wasn’t given a wide and had brushed the leg according to the umpire. Dhoni plays out the over safely. Malinga has one more over. Goldust for Sri Lanka!

India 175/8 | Overs 43 | Dhoni 25*, V Kumar 1*

Mathews comes back and bowls to his Indian counterpart. How will Dhoni approach this? He merely guides one between short third-man and backward point for four to release a bit of pressure. He then pushes on the leg-side and then sprints for a brace. Not easy for him in this condition. Sangakkara comes up to the stumps now.

He takes a single off the fourth ball as Mathews has two deliveries to Vinay Kumar. He gets off the mark with a single to third-man.

There is some problem there. A bottle of water has been thrown at Malinga and it seems to have hurt him. The umpires go to check on the situation. This has caused a halt in play and the authorities too have come to address the matter. The last ball is bowled after this interruption and Dhoni is unable to take strike.

India 167/8 | Overs 42 | Dhoni 18*, V Kumar 0* OUT! B Kumar 0(15)

Dhoni’s injury hasn’t healed it seems. He is struggling a touch with his running. He takes a single off the first ball and Bhuvneshwar comes to face Malinga. Mathews has put two slips. Malinga bowls a slower ball to him, but it is down the leg-side and Bhuvneshwar lets it go through to the keeper for a wide.

Malinga gets his man. The lethal yorker comes when it mattered. Bhuvneshwar is hit right on the toe as the slower delivery hits him in front. Bhuvneshwar has scored a blob while facing 15 deliveries. Vinay Kumar keeps out the yorker off the last ball.

India 165/7 | Overs 41 | Dhoni 17*, B Kumar 0*

Lakmal is bowling his last over and Bhuvneshwar is on strike. He plays the over out safely, defending solidly and leaving a few outside the off-stump. It is a maiden over.

India 165/7 | Overs 40 | Dhoni 17*, B Kumar 0*

Malinga comes at a critical phase in this game. Sri Lanka are back and they need to take stranglehold of this contest. Dhoni stands in their way. He starts off with a full-toss and Dhoni flicks it in typical style through mid-wicket for four. Malinga then beats him with a good one outside the off-stump. However, he gets an edge off a similar delivery and it runs away for four through third-man. That shot brings the slip in.

India 157/7 | Overs 39 | Dhoni 9*, B Kumar 0*

Dhoni walks down the track and misses a heave off Lakmal. He gives a widish delivery outside the off-stump everything and the ball flies off the edge over the slip to the boundary for four. Dhoni is trying to take as much strike as possible and takes a single as the end of the over emerges.

India 152/7 | Overs 38 | Dhoni 4*, B Kumar 0* OUT! Ashwin 0(1) OUT! Jadeja 5(14)

Sri lanka are back in this match, make no mistake. Jadeja goes on the back-foot and Herath traps him plumb in front as the umpire raises his finger. This match is turning on its head. Dhoni is still out there, but Ashwin is also trapped in front off the first ball. Well, just like what happened to the Sri Lankan batting.

Bhuvneshwar plays the hat-trick ball with men around the bat. Herath finishes his spell with four for 20, which is his career best in ODIs.

India 152/5 | Overs 37 | Dhoni 4*, Jadeja 5*

India need 50 off 78 as they take four off this over. Jadeja tries the almighty heave, but misses it.

India 148/5 | Overs 36 | Dhoni 2*, Jadeja 3*

The batting powerplay has been taken by India. In fact, it cannot be delayed much longer. During the change in overs, Kumar Sangakkara was seen arguing with the umpire. Now, the umpire is in conversation with Jayawardene.

Jadeja sweeps Herath to fine-leg and the fielder pulls it back in justbefore it could cross the boundary. He gets two for that.

India 146/5 | Overs 35 | Dhoni 2*, Jadeja 1* OUT! Raina 32(27)

Raina goes after an away going delivery, trying to loft it, but only edges it. Sri Lanka celebrate as Sangakkara takes the catch. It is a cliche that is overused, but is there a twist in the tale? Remember what happened to the Sri Lankan innings a few hours ago. Jadeja takes a quick single and Dhoni ran through after some hesitation. The Sri Lankans appeal for obstructing the field as Dhoni ran through at an angle and the ball hit him as it was directed the stumps.

India 145/4 | Overs 34 | Raina 32*, Dhoni 2*

Herath is doing his bit for Sri Lanka. He invites Dhoni on the front-foot some times and is varying his length well. India will play him watchfully and take their chances against the others.

India 144/4 | Overs 33 | Raina 31*, Dhoni 2*

Raina works one from the middle-stump towards the mid-wicket boundary, where the fielder tips it back. The batsmen run through for two.

India 141/4 | Overs 32 | Raina 28*, Dhoni 2* OUT! Rohit 58(89)

Herath gets the big-wicket. He bowls one on a length, but it keeps low and gets through Rohit’s defence. He walks back for a well made 58 and has put India in a position of strength. Still some work to do as captain MS Dhoni walks in. Dhoni gets off the mark by paddling one to fine leg for a brace

India 139/3 | Overs 31 | Rohit 58*, Raina 28*

Things are not looking good for Sri Lanka. Eranga bowls five wides down the leg-side as Sangakkara cannot get around to collect it. Then Rohit lashes at one short and wide and carts it over point for a four. It is drinks time now for the players.

India 127/3 | Overs 30 | Rohit 52*, Raina 27*

Some shuffling of bowlers by Mathews as Lakmal replaces Malinga. Lakmal bowls a wide down the leg-side. Raina essays a typical loft over the bowler’s head and it goes for six. The full face of the bat met the ball and the follow through was glorious to watch. The fifty of the partnership is up.

India 114/3 | Overs 29 | Rohit 50*, Raina 17*

Fifty for Rohit in streaky fashion as he inside edges it to fine leg. It is his 17th One-Day International (ODI) fifty and has come at an important time.

India 111/3 | Overs 28 | Rohit 49*, Raina 15*

Malinga replaces Mathews and raps Raina on the pads first-ball. The ball had pitched outside leg and there was no threat of a leg-before for Raina. Malinga then pitches it short and Raina keeps it down again and gets a single. He then pitches it up to Rohit and he carts it through the covers for four.

The last ball is short to Rohit and he pulls it between the fine-leg and the square-leg in the deep for a four. A good shot that one.

India 100/3 | Overs 27 | Rohit 40*, Raina 13*

Rohit is using his feet to Herath, but isn’t able to get it away. Herath gets one to turn past him as Rohit rooted at the crease and was squared up. He then tries to sweep the ball, but gets no rewards for that. A maiden over for Sri Lanka and that would bring some relief to them.

India 100/3 | Overs 26 | Rohit 40*, Raina 13*

Mathews gives Raina some width outside the off-stump and he drives on the rise. The ball slows down as it nears the boundary and is cut-off by the fielders. The batsmen run through for three. Rohit moves into the 40s with the typical glide to third-man. There was a short ball to Raina, but he keeps it down and pulls it for two. 

Raina then makes room as Mathews bowls around the wicket and smashes it through the covers for four. The man in the deep cannot stop it from crossing the ropes. India’s 100 is up.

India 89/3 | Overs 25 | Rohit 38*, Raina 4*

The Indian batsmen cannot afford to take too many risks against Herath and are only taking the singles.

India 85/3 | Overs 24 | Rohit 36*, Raina 2*

Mathews brings himself back on at this critical juncture. He can put more pressure by maintaining his tight line. However, he bowls a bouncer and Rohit tries to pull it. He only manages a top-edge and it goes to the fine-leg boundary for four. Raina gets off the mark immediately as he dabs one to the leg-side and srpints for a single.

India 77/3 | Overs 23 | Rohit 30*, OUT! Karthik 23(37)

Herath continues at this end and keeps Rohit in check. Rohit tries to dance down the ground, but cannot get him away. The fifty partnership comes up as Rohit pushes one to long-on. A much-needed stand for India as they lost two big wickets early.

However, immediately thereafte, Karthik goes on the backfoot and edges a drive and it flies to Jayawardene at first-slip. It was traveling and he takes a good reflex catch

India 76/2 | Overs 22 | Rohit 29*, Karthik 23*

Malinga bowls one short, but it goes down the leg side for a wide. They work their way around for a few singles and keeping the scoreboard ticking. Karthik walks down the track and merely times the ball on the full and it speeds away to the boundary down the ground. Malinga has gone for a few in this game. 

India 68/2 | Overs 21 | Rohit 27*, Karthik 18*

Rohit tries to get a quick single, but Karthik sends him back. However, he makes his ground well in time. He thencharges at Herath and pushes it towards mid-on for a quick single. Sangakkara isn’t happy with the fielder there.

India 66/2 | Overs 20 | Rohit 26*, Karthik 17*

Malinga to continue and Karthik walks down the ground to flick it to the off-side for two. He then edges it past Sangakkara for four. Stroke of luck for Karthik as the first-slip was placed more square than usual. He flicks the next ball off his pads through the on-side and it goes to the boundary for another four. A good over for India.

India 55/2 | Overs 19 | Rohit 26*, Karthik 6*

Sri Lanka introduce Rangana Herath and there is turn for him instantly. Karthik is watchful as he had fallen to Herath in the last game. Rohit plays an expansive drive and gets it past the diving fielder at point to get a boundary.

India 50/2 | Overs 18 | Rohit 22*, Karthik 5*

Rohit runs one down to third-man for an easy single. Karthik too dabs one to take a run. Rohit is allowing the ball to come to him and is merely guiding it through the off-side. Karthik also adopts the same strategy as India’s 50 comes up with a single.

India 46/2 | Overs 17 | Rohit 20*, Karthik 3*

Rohit lets one go through from Lakmal and it almost kisses the off-stump. It hasn’t bounced a lot and as a result, Sangakkara couldn’t take it cleanly, allowing the batsmen to run two byes. Rohit gets hit onm the body again and the uneven bounce on this pitch is evident. In the previous game also he had taken a few on his body. That one certainly hurt as the physio comes out to give Rohit a drink.

India 43/2 | Overs 16 | Rohit 19*, Karthik 3*

This is a contest between the Mumbai Indians team-mates. Malinga is bowling to Rohit and Karthik here and they would know a thing or two about each other. He pitches one short and it flies over Rohit’s head as the umpire signals a wide. There is a scare later a ball stops on Karthik’s bat and lobs in the air towards Malinga. However, it was away and he couldn’t get to it.

India 39/2 | Overs 15 | Rohit 17*, Karthik 2*

Lakmal is into the attack now. There is one that rises sharply, but Karthik pushes it through the off-side for a couple to get off the mark.

India 37/2 | Overs 14 | Rohit 17*, Karthik 0*

Lasith Malinga is brought on. He hits his Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on the pads first-ball, but it may have been drifting down leg. Rohit breaks the shackles by making room and lashing at it. The ball takes the top-edge and flies over third-man for maximum.

India 29/2 | Overs 13 | Rohit 9*, Karthik 0*

The Indians are finding it tough. Karthik defends a few and then walks out of the crease to take on one on the full. However, he misses it as there is movement. Eranga continues to trouble the batsmen. Surprisingly, there are a few that are hardly taking off and Sangakkara is taking them on the first bounce. Another maiden over for Eranga.

India 29/2 | Overs 12 | Rohit 9*, Karthik 0*

Rohit charges to Mathews and lofts him over square-leg to pick up two. That seemed to be a shot to break the shackles. The ball is talking and the Indians should beware. A long road ahead for them. Sri Lanka have the upper hand as of now.

India 27/2 | Overs 11 | Rohit 7*, Karthik 0* OUT! Kohli 2(5)

Kohli flicks one to fine-leg for an easy single. Eranga is still getting some purchase as Rohit misses an expansive drive. The ball didn’t bounce a lot on that occasion and Sangakkara almost took it on the first bounce.

Eranga gets Kohli with a ball that hangs around the off-stump. There is a noise and the umpire gives Kohli the marching orders after a delay. Dinesh Karthik gets a jaffa early.

India 25/1 | Overs 10 | Rohit 6*, Kohli 1*

Sri Lanka have maintained the pressure in the last few overs. Mathews is making Rohit play at almost every delivery. He does manage to get a quick single by pushing it to mid-on. Kohli gets off the mark by pulling a short delivery to fine-leg for a single.

India 23/1 | Overs 9 | Rohit 5*, Kohli 0* OUT! Dhawan 16(35)

Eranga gets the big scalp. The ball pitches short and climbs on Dhawan, who only manages to poke at it. The edge goes through to Sangakkara. Virat Kohli is the new man. A wicket maiden for Eranga. There still seems to be some spice in this wicket.

India 23/0 | Overs 8 | Rohit 5*, Dhawan 16*

Mathews is the key here for Sri Lanka and he continues to hold that tight line. Dhawan gets one away through third-man though for a single. Otherwise, Mathews maintains his discipline and the batsmen will have to concentrate while playing him.

India 22/0 | Overs 7 | Rohit 5*, Dhawan 15*

A half-volley outside off-stump to Dhawan and he drives it handsomely for four. That sped away to the boundary. It has been an even contest so far. Sri Lankans haven’t let Inmdia dominate, but the Indian batsmen are taking their time.

India 16/0 | Overs 6 | Rohit 4*, Dhawan 10*

Mathews brings himself on and he had a fantastic game the last time with the ball. He maintains his line and length in the tight channels and Dhawan defends most of them. This is a good start for Sri Lanka as they have kept it tight early. A maiden for Mathews to start off.

India 16/0 | Overs 5 | Rohit 4*, Dhawan 10*

Dhawan crashes one through the covers, but the fielder takes pace off the ball as the batsmen come back for two. There is a gully in place, but he still guides one over that cordon to take two to third-man. Eranga gets one to come back sharply and raps Rohit on the pads. There is an appeal, but it is ruled not-out.

India 12/0 | Overs 4 | Rohit 3*, Dhawan 7*

Lakmal has made amends to his start and is hitting the right areas. Rohit managed to get a single through third-man.

India 11/0 | Overs 3 | Rohit 2*, Dhawan 7*

Bowl to Dhawan on the legs and he will flick you four four. Eranga finds out as Dhawan puts it behind square. The next ball is outside off-stump and there is some encpounraging bounce. How many times have we seen that today?

India 5/0 | Overs 2 | Rohit 1*, Dhawan 2*

Lakmal is into the attack and starts off two wides. He then bowls a decent over as he is getting bounce in this surface, Dhawan leaves those probing deliveries outside off-stump.

India 2/0 | Over 1 | Rohit 1*, Dhawan 1*

Shaminda Eranga starts proceedings for Sri Lanka. He gets an edge of Rohit that goes towards third-man as India are off and running. Dhawan also gets off the mark with a firm push to mid-on.

Sri Lanka 201/10 | Overs 48.5 | Eranga 5*, OUT! Lakmal 1(5)

Lakmal gives Jadeja the charge and misses. He is out by miles and doesn’t even attempt to make his ground. Dhoni has ample time to effect the stumping and does so nonchalantly. Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 201. India need 202 to clinch this tri-series.

Will they get there? Join us in some time for India’s pursuit.

Sri Lanka 200/9 | Overs 48 | Eranga 4*, Lakmal 1*

Ishant contines and the Sri Lankan tailenders keep missing. They go past 200 in streaky fashion as Eranga makes room and throws the kitchen sink at it. The fielder dives at third-man, but it falls before him.

Sri Lanka 196/9 | Overs 47 | Eranga 1*, Lakmal 0* OUT! Herath 5(10) Malinga 0(2)

Herath misses one down the leg-side and over-balances. In a flash, Dhoni takes off the bails. Herath’s back-leg had popped out of the crease and that was all Dhoni needed. Initially, when Herath was in, Dhoni missed flicking the stumps, but did so when he over-balanced.

Lasith Malinga then charges and hits it miles in the air. Long-off runs in to take the skier. The wheels have come off for Sri Lanka. Looks like the ploy to hold Jadeja back has worked for Dhoni and his men.

Sri Lanka 196/7 | Overs 46 | Herath 5*, Eranga 1* OUT! Mathews 10(24)

Ishant returns now and bowls on Mathews pads. He is lucky to get away as it merely hits the pads and is taken by Dhoni. Mathews then makes room and tries to latch at it. He gets a top-edge and it flies high and into the hands of third-man.

Sri Lanka 193/6 | Overs 45 | Mathews 10*, Herath 4*

Jadeja is bowling tight and keeping the batsmen in check. Mathews is the lone warrior and Herath has to give him support by farming the strike around. He has Herath hit on the pads while sweeping, but there was not much danger there.

Sri Lanka 190/6 | Overs 44 | Mathews 8*, Herath 2*

Vinay Kumar has the ball in his hands and would be wanting to take wickets. Mathews cuts one behind point and runs across for two.

Sri Lanka 184/6 | Overs 43 | Mathews 4*, Herath 1* OUT! Chandimal 5(7)

Jadeja continues into the slog overs with Sri Lanka looking to regain their hitting touch. He gets Chandimal out as he tries the slog sweep, holing out to Ashwin in the deep. Things falling apart for Sri Lanka after a good partnership.

Sri Lanka 183/5 | Overs 42 | Mathews 4*, Chandimal 5*

Ashwin maintains a stanglehold over the Sri Lankan batting and doesn’t give anything away.

Sri Lanka 180/5 | Overs 41 | Mathews 3*, Chandimal 3*

Sri Lanka have to rebuild after those wickets. Mathews and Chandimal may want to take their time to survey the situation. India can take control as Ashwin and Jadeja are in.

Sri Lanka 177/5 | Overs 40 | Mathews 2*, Chandimal 1* OUT! Perera 2(4) Sangakkara 71(100)

Ashwin comes in and gets a wicket, a big one at that. He waits in his action, keeping Sangakkara guessing. The ball is over-pitched and Sangakkara tries to loft it over mid-on in the ring, but only manages to offer a catch. Perera comes in gets stumped easily. He charges, but misses the ball by miles.

Sri Lanka 174/3 | Overs 39 | Sangakkara 71*, Mathews 2*

There is a stumping appeal off the first ball of this over as it hit Dhoni’s pads and went on to the stumps, but Mathews was in. Jadeja is bowling well and keeping it tight.

Sri Lanka 171/3 | Overs 38 | Sangakkara 71*, Mathews 0* OUT! Thirimanne 46(72)

Expensive over from Ishant as Sangakkara gets stuck into him. He edges one over short-fine leg for four. He then walks across his stumps and pulls it for another four behind square and carts the next over long-off for six. Some respite for Ishant as Thirimanne mistimes a shot and is caught by mid-off.

Sri Lanka 156/2 | Overs 37 | Sangakkara 56*, Thirimanne 46*

Sangakkara moves across his stumps and sweeps the ball behind square for a four. Sri lanka are getting a move on. India better do something fast as this partnership is building.

Sri Lanka 150/2 | Overs 36 | Sangakkara 51*, Thirimanne 45*

Short and wide by Ishant Sharma and Thirimanne lashes at it as it flies to third-man for four. The fielder there only dived over the ball. Thirimanne then guides it fine to third-man and it is another four. The Sri Lankan 150 is up as there are 14 overs to go.

Sri Lanka 141/2 | Overs 35 | Sangakkara 51*, Thirimanne 36*

Ashwin gets one to turn and bounce as Sangakkara misses it. He keeps things tight and Sri Lanka are content in taking it patiently.

Sri Lanka 138/2 | Overs 34 | Sangakkara 50*, Thirimanne 34*

Sangakkara and Thirimanne have got their eye in and are working it around for singles and twos. Sangakkara gets his fifty and it has been a hard fought knock. Thirimanne gets a boundary by merely playing a glide-sweep through fine-leg.

Sri Lanka 130/2 | Overs 33 | Sangakkara 48*, Thirimanne 28*

Ashwin keeps Sangakkara in check and varies his line and length through the over. When Sangakkara backed away, he saw him early and bowled it a touch wider. Sangakkara manages to loft a few over the covers to take three off the over.

Sri Lanka 127/2 | Overs 32 | Sangakkara 45*, Thirimanne 28*

Jadeja is finally on and with 19 overs to go, one doesn’t know how much bowling he’ll get to do. The batsmen are doing it comfortably here and just working it around. Dhoni is looking for his breakthrough and would hope Jadeja provides it.

Sri Lanka 123/2 | Overs 31 | Sangakkara 43*, Thirimanne 26*

There is a chance that goes down. Sangakkara makes room for Ashwin and gets an edge. Dhoni gets the gloves, but it only moves past the diving slips. Not the best period for India. Dhoni not having a great day behind the stumps after his return.

Sri Lanka 118/2 | Overs 30 | Sangakkara 39*, Thirimanne 25*

Jadeja isnt’ in yet as Raina continues. Dhoni lets another four byes past him. This time it wasn’t a wide and just climbed on Dhoni as he couldn’t collect. There is also a misfield at point as the batsmen get more runs. Not great work by India here.

Sri Lanka 111/2 | Overs 29 | Sangakkara 38*, Thirimanne 23*

Sangakkara guides one fine and it trickles into the boundary for four. With Ashwin coming in from around the wicket, he bowls it down the leg-side and Dhoni cannot stop it again as it goes for four byes. It is also a wide. Dhoni immediately appologises.

Sri Lanka 100/2 | Overs 28 | Sangakkara 33*, Thirimanne 22*

Dhoni persists with Raina as he is getting some turn here. However, Jadeja is still waiting and would be waiting to rol his arm over on this wicket. Thirimanne sits on one knee and lofts one over mid-wicket four. He then tries to go for a quick single and is sent back by Sangakkara. Thirimanne slips, and then dives to recover as there is a direct him. But, he is in. No problems there. Sri Lanka’s hundred is up.

Sri Lanka 93/2 | Overs 27 | Sangakkara 31*, Thirimanne 17*

A tidy over by Ashwin. He doesn’t give the batsmen too many opportunities as only one run came off that over.

Sri Lanka 92/2 | Overs 26 | Sangakkara 30*, Thirimanne 17*

Raina continues and has Sangakkara in trouble. Sangakkara was squared up while playing the ball and it hit him on the back-leg. However, the impact was out of line and the umpire turned down the vociferous appeal. Sangakkara continues.

Sri Lanka 87/2 | Overs 25 | Sangakkara 26*, Thirimanne 16*

Thirimanne tries to do something different as he charges to Ashwin and tries the lofted inside-out drive. It goes in the air and clears the fielders in the inner ring. These two are going along patiently and building a base for a later assault looks like.

Sri Lanka 82/2 | Overs 24 | Sangakkara 24*, Thirimanne 13*

Sangakkara pulls Raina, but doesn’t time it too well. Mid-wicket tries to get his finger-tips to it, but it is way over his head. Another lease of life for Sangakkara later in the over as he smashes it hard to Raina in his follow-through, who only got his hand to it.

Sri Lanka 79/2 | Overs 23 | Sangakkara 22*, Thirimanne 12*

Ashwin is in and he bowls a beauty to start with. Thirimanne is forward, but it spins past his bat and goes into Dhoni’s gloves. Sangakkara tries to sweep, but mistimes it in the air over mid-wicket. It falls into no man’s land. No damage done.

Sri Lanka 77/2 | Overs 22 | Sangakkara 21*, Thirimanne 11*

Sangakkara rocks back on the back-foot and carts a shortish delivery from Raina for four through mid-wicket. Raina did bowl decently, but that boundary spoiled things for him.

Sri Lanka 71/2 | Overs 21 | Sangakkara 16*, Thirimanne 10*

Kohli drifts down the leg-side and Dhoni cannot get around to stop it. Dhoni was up to the stumps and the ball went past him and he couldn’t do much about it. Let us see when Dhoni brings Jadeja and Ashwin on. It shouldn’t be much longer!

Sri Lanka 62/2 | Overs 20 | Sangakkara 14*, Thirimanne 8*

No signs of Ravindra Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin as Suresh Raina’s gentle offies are back on. There is one that bounces and surprises Thirimanne as he has no idea how that one went. He tries to sweep it and the ball hits him. There is an appeal, but the umpire isn’t interested. Good over by Raina. Only one run off it.

Sri Lanka 61/2 | Overs 19 | Sangakkara 14*, Thirimanne 7*

Kohli continues and the batsmen merely work him around for a few singles and a double.

Sri Lanka 56/2 | Overs 18 | Sangakkara 13*, Thirimanne 3*

Ishant is into the attack. He gets an edge off Thirimanne’s bat and Ashwin has dropped it at slip. It was going down towards his left and he couldn’t quite hold on to it.

Sri Lanka 54/2 | Overs 17 | Sangakkara 12*, Thirimanne 2*

Surprise! Virat Kohli has been introduced into the attack. He bowls a full toss onto the pads, but Thirimanne only manages a single. Decent start for Kohli as only three come of that over. Is this only for a change of ends for one of the main bowlers? We will have to wait and see.

Sri Lanka 51/2 | Overs 16 | Sangakkara 10*, Thirimanne 1*

Thirimanne shoulders arms to a ball that comes in, but it hit him high on the pads and there was no chance of a leg-before dismissal there. It would be interesting to see how Bhuvneshwar is used. In all likelihood, he might complete his quota here.

Sri Lanka 49/2 | Overs 15 | Sangakkara 9*, Thirimanne 0*

There was a bit of a break during this over. and it took more time. Ishant is back and there is bounce on offer for him.

Sri Lanka 49/2 | Overs 14 | Sangakkara 9*, Thirimanne 0* OUT! Jayawardene 22(28)

Bhuvneshwar gets Jayawardene as he was just getting into his stride. Jayawardene chases one wide outside the off-stump and it flies to Ravichandran Ashwin at first-slip. So, Jayawardene’s stay in his 400th ODI isn’t that long. Lahiru Thirimanne walks in.

Sri Lanka 49/1 | Overs 13 | Jayawardene 22*, Sangakkara 9*

Ishant gets some rough treatment from Jayawardene. Standing miles outside the crease, Jayawardene pulls a short ball for a massive six over fine-leg. Ishant gets one back as a short ball climbs on Jayawardene and hits him on the gloves. He seems to be in pain and the physio comes out to attend to him.

Sri Lanka 42/1 | Overs 12 | Jayawardene 15*, Sangakkara 9*

A breather for Vinay as Bhuvneshwar comes in from the other end. Sangakkara gets three through the off-side as Bhuvneshwar bowls it a little wide. Jayawardene smashes him over his head for four.  Not the best starts for Bhuvneshwar although he has got a wicket.

Sri Lanka 34/1 | Overs 11 | Jayawardene 10*, Sangakkara 6*

There is a change in the attack as Ishant Sharma is introduced, Sangakkara welcomes him with a cut through point which goes for four. Ishant comes back by bowling a decent line and there is some bounce on offer for him.

Sri Lanka 29/1 | Overs 10 | Jayawardene 10*, Sangakkara 1*

Vinay Kumar continues his good work and is hitting the right areas. He isn’t giving the batsmen any room and his figures are proof of that. Sangakkara gets off the mark with a quick single pushed to mid-off. The fielder picks it up and hits the stumps. The umpire called for the replay, but he was safely in.

Sri Lanka 28/1 | Overs 9 | Jayawardene 10*, Sangakkara 0*

Bhuvneshwar is getting into his usual line now. Jayawardene charges down the track and misses. He turns a few to the leg-side, but it goes straight to the fielder. A maiden over for Bhuvneshwar.

Sri Lanka 28/1 | Overs 8 | Jayawardene 10*, Sangakkara 0*

Sangakkara is the new man and he would want to make a contribution this time. But, Vinay keeps him waiting as he is yet to get off the mark.

Sri Lanka 27/1 | Overs 7 | Jayawardene 9*, OUT! Tharanga 16(29)

Bhuvneshwar now changes the angle and comes in from around the stumps. A better line from him as he hits the bat a few times and makes Tharanga play. And he gets his man! Tharanga gets an innside edge and Dhoni takes a good catch.

Sri Lanka 27/0 | Overs 6 | Tharanga 16*, Jayawardene 9*

Vinay is maintaining his disciplined line. There are a few that move away from Tharanga’s bat. Good stuff from Vinay even as Bhuvneshwar is trying to find his usual mark. However, Vinay over-pitches ever so slightly and Jayawardene lofts it easily over his head over four.

Sri Lanka 21/0 | Overs 5 | Tharanga 15*, Jayawardene 4*

Bhuvneshwar gets it outside off-stump a few times. However, the second ball was on the legs again and Tharanga gets some bat on it as it goes fine for four. He gets back with a few outside the off-stump. The last one has Tharanga in a bit of trouble.

Sri Lanka 17/0 | Overs 4 | Tharanga 11*, Jayawardene 4*

Vinay is bowling a decent line and it doesn’t change even when the left-handed Tharanga gets on strike. In fact, he induced an inside edge on to the pads and the ball lobbed in the air for a while. Vinay continues to move the ball away from Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka 15/0 | Overs 3 | Tharanga 10*, Jayawardene 3*

Bhuvneshwar was still straying on to the pads and Tharanga flicks him around square leg for two. There is an appeal for leg before, but it hit Tharanga too high. With the right-handed Jayawardene on strike, Bhuvneshwar still bowls onto his pads and the Sri Lankan veteran gets off the mark. There is a stroke of luck for Tharanga as an inside-edge brushes past the leg-stump and goes fine for four.

Sri Lanka 5/0 | Overs 2 | Tharanga 4*, Jayawardene 0*

R Vinay Kumar returns to the one-day arena with a maiden. He persists with a good line outside off-stump as Mahela Jayawardene lets them go through to Dhoni behind the stumps. There is some movement for him as he is getting it to shape away from the right-hander.

Sri Lanka 5/0 | Over 1 | Tharanga 4*, Jayawardene 0*

Bhuvneshwar drifts on to the legs and Tharanga flicks him to the fine-leg boundary for four. He bowled a wide down the leg-side again and it was signalled wide. He then gets his line around off-stump and finishes the over without further damage.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back and he has won the toss. India are going to bowl first. India have made one more change apart from Dhoni coming in for Murali Vijay. R Vinay Kumar is in for Umesh Yadav. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have a couple of changes in order as Suranga Lakmal is coming in for Dilhara Lokuhettige. Kushal Perera replaces Jeevan Mendis.

Here are the two teams:


India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Kushal Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the final of the tri-series in the Caribbean. Yes, it is India and Sri Lanka taking on one another yet again. Isn’t it almost as if fate wants to see them play one another time and again! I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and would take you through this contest. Hopefully, the rain also stays away.

As we wait for the toss, you can read our preview to the contest here or watch the video.