Shikhar Dhawan got off to a solid start in India's chase of 275 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shikhar Dhawan got off to a solid start in India’s chase of 275 © Getty Images (File Photo)


Nov 6, 2014

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Another clinical performance by India as they take a commanding 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Sri Lanka were far from their best today, and the absence of their key bowlers cannot be blamed for this loss wherein their batsmen found if tough. India continue to make amends and this win puts them in a strong position to take this series. Ambati Rayudu will he a happy man today, having scored his maiden international century finally. He has been awarded the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 121 not out. Read Varun Arora’s match report here to find out more about India’s show today.



Suresh Raina is trapped in the front of the wickets as Ravindra Jadeja walks out to bat. Rayudu smashes a four down the ground to complete a comprehensive win for India!
OUT! S Raina lbw Prasanna 14 (6)


Suresh Raina gets away as he smashes a four and a six. India need another five runs to win.


Runs are coming easily for India at the moment. But there’s a blip as Virat Kohli falls short by one run to complete his half-century! Fine catch by Suraj Randiv off Seekkuge Prasanna.
OUT! V Kohli c Randiv b Prasanna 49 (44)


India go past the 250-run mark in the 42nd over. It’s been a terrific show with the bat by the Indian team so far today. India need 22 runs to win from 48 balls.


BANG! Virat Kohli slaps one for a six over midwicket as India inch closer to a big win here. Sri Lanka looking absolutely clueless. Eight more runs added t the total. 29 runs more needed to win.


Rayudu sweeps one on the line of the middle stump to get a four on the leg side. India add seven more runs, now need just 37 runs to win.


India on a roll here! Virat smashes one straight down the ground for four as India add another eight runs. India now need 44 runs from 11 overs.


There it is! Maiden ODI ton for Ambati Rayudu as the entire stadium erupts in joy! Kohli follows the fun as he smashes Perera over the covers for six.


Nervousnss around in the middle as Ambati Rayudu inches closer to his century. India manage only three runs from the over. India need another 62 runs to win from 13 overs.


A nervous Rayudu is closing in on his maiden ODI hundred. Picks a couple on the fourth ball of the over from Randiv. Follows it up with a huge six over the bowler’s head. Moves to 98.



Runs flowing for India. Prasad strays down th leg-side and Rayudu picks four more. A brilliant fielding by deep thridman saved a boundary but nevertheless gave them two runs. But it was a no-ball. {rasad dug one short and Rayudu connected it cleanly to pick a six off the free-hit. India need 75 in 90 balls.



Randiv gifts one down the leg-side and Rayudu calmly sweeps it four four. Easy pickings. Single on the last ball. India need 91 in 96 balls. Unless Indian middle-order collapses, Lankans are well on their way to being 0-2 down in the series.


Five from that Angelo Mathews over. Kohli is finding this too easy, and Rayudu is looking in good touch. 99 required in 17 overs.



Couple on the second ball and three singles from that Suraj Randiv over. Interesting shot from rayudu on the fifth ball. He came down the track, but the bowler changes his line and the batsman sweeps it towards deep square-leg for a single.



Tghis match is right in the zone for Virat Kohli. 20 overs 110 needed. He wins it for India day in and day out.


A tidy over from lahiru Gamage. Couple of singles and on the last ball picked a couple.



Kohli shows his class. Typical Kohli shot, makes room and hits it. He eased in to it and timed it perfectly. India need 118 runs in 126 balls.



Rayudu is looking in good touch here. The second ball of the over from Lahiru Gamage was a touch wide and Rayudu presented beatiful wristwork to cut away for four. Meanwhile, Kohli is off the mark quickly.




Some respite for Sri Lanka. Dhawan keeps the match interesting by gifting his wicket away. He goes for a big shot on the leg-side and Priyanjan at deep square-leg takes a simple catch. Virat Kohli walks out to bat.
OUT! Dhawan c Priyanjan b Prasanna 79(80)



A well-deserved half-century for Ambati ayudu. He looked rusty at the start playing out a lot of dot balls. He played a clever shot on the off-side, more of a slice which pierced the off-side field for four. He picks a single on the next ball to get to his fifth ODI half-century.



Rayudu hits this clean. Straight bat, timed well and hits the advertisement board for six. Dhawan on the last ball pierces the off-side and adds four more. He is looking unstoppable now. 12 from that Dhammika Prasad over.




Ashan Priyanjan comes in to bowl. Rayudu picks a single off the first ball. Dhawan on the third delivery comes down the track and whips it over midwicekt for four runs. Dhawan’s strike rate is looking impressive, time for Rayudu to pick some cue.



Lucky boundary for Ambati Rayudu.Got a bottom edge and it went past the keeper for four. India need 163 in 162 balls.





That is one of the magnificent shot you will see in the day. He anticipated the bowler’s length, came down the track and drives it over the bowler’s head for a huge six. He took 42 balls to his first boundary and from tehreon, he is looking unstoppable. 100 up for India with a four. Perera bowled this short and Dhawan walked across and gudied it on the leg-side for four. The third ball was delicately placed towards thirdman for yet another four. It’s a quiet last three balls of the over. 16 from the voer.



Dhawan seems to be ready to unleash himself. Smacks a boundary towards squareleg off Dhammika Prasad’s bowling. Gets to his 10th ODI half-century.



Changfe in bowling, Seekugge Prasanna has been brought on and the over yields 13 runs. Dhawan picks a couple on the second ball, follows it up with a straight lofted shot over the bowler’s head for four. On the last ball of the over, Rayudu manages to hit one more four over midwicket. Juicy full-toss.



This was one opportunity for Rayudu to impress up the order and lead this challenging chase. Couple of runs to start the over but not much from the rest of it. These two batsmen need to get going to give their skipper Kohli any breathing space for a free-flowing innings.



Dhawan charges down the track and chips Dilshan over extra-cover and takes a couple. Two more singles from that over.





While the Indian innings seems devoid of sparkles, the spectators are waving their mobiles and keeping some light in the stands. Maybe the batsmen finally heard the calls as Rayudu charges down the track to loft Randiv over long-on for a six.


Dilshan has been deployed to fill up the overs with his part-time off-spin. The batsmen come down the track and look to place in the gaps for singles. Just three foiurs in this Indian innings with 16 overs gone by. The pressure is slowly building up. 219 runs required in 34 overs.



Randiv continues from the other end. The batsmen are content placing in the gap and picking singles. Four from that over.



A single each on the first two balls of the over. Dhawan finally manages to break the shackles and whips Thisara Perera over midwicket for a boundary. That was a cracking shot. Surprisingly it’s the first boundary for him in this innings. Shows how much he has been tied down by the opposition.


Spin in the innings for the first time in the form of Suraj Randiv. Dhawan drives the second ball towards long-off and picks a single. Rayudu plays out the rest of the over watchfully. Just one from it.



Thisara Perera comes in to bowl replacing Lahiru Gamage. Tidy over, gave away just three from it.



Singles on the first two balls and the last two from that Prasad over. A few loose deliveries from Prasad byt Rayudu failed to capitalise on them.


A wide, a leg-bye and five singles from that over from lahiru Gamage. A quiet start from India in the challenging run-chase.



Dhammika Prasad consistently keeps it to back of length and Rayudu is unable to dispatch it away. All he managed was a tentative push. The fourth ball yet again is probing on the off-stump and he lets it go through tpo the wicketkeeper. Finally on the last ball of the over, he manages to get enough room to cut it away for four.



Whoa! How big a lifeline is this! Shikhar Dhawan gets an edge and Kumar Sangakkara goes up after taking a clean catch, the entire Sri Lankan side is appealing. But the umpire hasn’t heard it. Dhawan stays. Gamage denied a wicket here.
Sri Lanka have struck early in this game after putting up a good show so far with the ball. Rayudu has joined Shikhar Dhawan at the crease. India now need 255 runs to win from 43 overs.
There it is! Sri Lanka strike early and the in-form Ajinkya Rahane is walking back to the pavilion. Dhammika Prasad strikes on his third ball in the match to send back the Indian opener. Big wicket! Brilliant work by Jayawardene in the slips as he catches the ball which had bounced off Kumar Sangakkara’s gloves.
OUT! A Rahane c Jayawardene b Prasad 8 (19)
India add four more runs to their total as Rahane and Dhawan continue to keep the Sri Lankan new ball bowlers at bay in this clash.
India in no rush at all. They have a certain gameplan and they seem to be sticking with it. Four more runs added to the total. 262 more runs needed now from 45 overs with all 10 wickets intact.
Gamage continues as Rahane faces him for the first time in the innings. India add only one run in this over with Dhawan taking a single on the third ball.
Indian openers scramble to add four runs off Mathews’s second over. Remember, India would be looking to get off to a slow but steady start, preserve the wickets and then get on with the chase as they have plenty of batsmen in their ranks. Sri Lanka need early wickets to put pressure on the Indians.
Lahiru Gamage comes on to bowl with the second new ball. He was impressive in the first game, and in this tie he starts off with a maiden.
Ajinkya Rahane is away with a cracking four through the covers as Angelo Mathews begins the proceedings for Sri Lanka. India would be comfortable with the performance they produced with the bat in the last game. Sri Lanka will need quick wickets early on to out the hosts under pressure.

All set for India’s chase…

And once again, Angelo Mathews is not able to get to the three-figure mark in ODI cricket. He is stranded at 92 not out, but would be pleased with the effort he has produced so far today. Sri Lanka add 13 runs from the final over.
Fine over for Sri Lanka as the boundary on the last ball helps them add 10 runs from the over. Six balls more to go, how many will Sri Lanka score?
Sri Lanka go past the 250-run mark with two more overs left. Ishant Sharma’s penultimate over in the innings get them six runs.
Sri Lankan batsmen scramble to add another seven runs to their total as Umesh Yadav remains disciplined with his bowling. Mathews is nearing century, will he be taking up the attacking role now?
Ishant Sharma comes onto bowl the 46th over of the innings. Sri Lanka are trying hard to get quick runs, as Prasad gets his second four in the game. 11 runs added to the total.
Sri Lanka add eight runs to their total from Umesh’s eighth over as Dhammika Prasad gets a four on the covers.
India are all over the Sri Lankans at the moment. R Ashwin has bowled a wicket maiden.
Ashwin comes back into the attack to clean up Suraj Randiv, who was looking to attack. Sri Lanka lose their eighth wicket.
OUT! S Randiv b Ashwin 10 (13)
Randiv hits a four on the fourth ball off Akshar as Sri Lanka do well to add 10 more runs to their total. The tourists will now be looking to speed up.
Loud appeal for leg-before against Sri Lankan captain, who had got an edge as he looked to sweep. Jadeja isn’t amused. Five more runs added.
For the nth time today Sri Lanka look to pick up after crucial blows. Suraj Randiv is at the crease with Mathews, who has the complete burden of taking his side to a competitive total now.
Akshar Patel cleans up Thisara Perera as the batsman was looking for another big hit. Crucial wicket for India!
OUT! T Perera b Patel 10 (11)
Angelo Mathews goes all out against Jadeja as he smashes the Indian spinner for three fours on the first three balls, and Perera cracks six to make it 20 from the over. Sri Lanka go past the 200-run mark.
R Ashwin comes back into the attack and keeps the momentum going for India. Sri Lanka batsmen manage only two runs off him.
India continue to supress Sri Lanka with fine bowling as this time Ravindra Jadeja keeps it tight to let the tourists score only two runs off him.
Sri Lankans’ running between the wickets has simply been atrocious. Thisara Perera makes a return back to the non-striker’s crease when there was no run at all! Two runs from Ishant’s over as Sri Lanka are on backfoot at the moment.
Ashan Priyanjan is run out as pathetic running between the wickets has finally cost Sri Lanka heavily. Fine work by Rayudu in the field as he makes a quick dash to the ball and gives it to the non-striker’s end, and Priyanjan was out by a distance. There was no second run at all! India continue to harm Sri Lanka in this batting powerplay.
OUT! A Priyajan run out (Rayudu) 1 (2)
And another Sri Lankan experiment flops miserably. Seekkugge Prasanna, not much of a batsman, is caught in the deep as Ravindra Jadeja strikes to peg back the tourists.
OUT! S Prasanna c Rayudu b Jadeja 13 (14)
Ishant drops one short and Prasanna throws his bat on a short one to get a leading edge that flies for a six. Mathews joins in too, smashing a four through covers on the fifth ball. Sri Lanka add 12 runs to their total.
Fine effort by Ravindra Jadeja who keeps Seekkuge Prasanna quiet for most part of the over. Angelo Mathews gets to his half-century with a four on the final ball of the over.
Brilliant over by Umesh Yadav as he has broken a stubborn stand of 90 runs between Sangakkara and Mathews. Sri Lanka have promoted Seekkuge Prasanna, let’s see if this move works or not.
There’s the breakthrough! Kumar Sangakkara has fallen to Umesh Yadav on a full toss! What an unfortunate way to be dismissed!
OUT! K Sangakkara c Dhawan b Umesh 61 (86)
The batting powerplay has been taken. Impressive start to it as Ravichandran Ashwin gives away only five runs.
Sri Lanka go past the 150-run mark.
Right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav is back into the bowling attack. Sangakkara hits him for a four on the second ball. Mathews joins Sangakkara as he too comes down the track to smash a four through covers.
The fourth-wicket stand between Sangakkara and Mathews is of 85 runs now.


Jadeja continues as he is hit for a four by Sangakkara on the fourth ball of the over. Mathews and Sangakkara would now be aiming to up the ante as Sri Lanka wouldn’t like to put up a moderate total here.
R Ashwin back into the attack with change in the bowling end. Mathews welcomes him with a reverse sweep stroke for four. Sri Lanka add five more runs to their total.
ODI half-century number 87 for Kumar Sangakkara! It’s been a tough today for him but this knock will please the Sri Lankan camp and the legendary batsman.
Excellent over by Akshar Patel as he gives away only one run. India pulling back things in control.
Ishant Sharma has been excellent in the outfield today. Runs about 20 meters to save a certain boundary off Jadeja. Five runs added.
Akshar Patel is back into the attack as Ishant is taken off. Three runs added to the scoreboard.
Ravindra Jadeja continues as Sri Lankan batsmen scramble to add only two runs. Good comeback by the left-arm spinner.
Sri Lanka are looking to pick up and to stem the flow of runs, Kohli has introduced Ishant back into the attack. Sri Lankan batsmen take single off each balls, with the last being another risky one.
Sri Lanka bring up their 100 in the 22nd over of the innings. Sangakkara hits a four off Ravindra Jadeja, who has replaced R Ashwin. Nine runs scored as Sri Lanka aim to pick up.
Mathews swats one for four off Akshar over the fielder at short-midwicket. Sri Lanka continue to make progress as another eight runs have been added to their total.
Mathews starts off Ashwin’s sixth over with a huge six over the midwicket area. Another good over for them as seven runs have been added.
This time it is Angelo Mathews who takes a risky single. Interesting stuff! Kumar Sangakkara starts off Akshar’s over with a four down the leg side. It is the first fur for the Lankans in as many as 50 balls. Eight runs added.
Key passage for both the sides. India needs to maintain the pressure and on the other hand, Sri Lanka have big task in their hands to come out of the trouble. Ashwin’s over gets three more runs to them.
Akshar Patel continues after the drinks break. Nice, tight line and length and Sri Lanka manage only two runs. Fine effort by the Indian spinners so far.
Ravichandran Ashwin continues as Sri Lanka are now adopting a cautious approach against the Indian spinners. Three more runs added, and it’s time for drinks now.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews is in and he has a huge responsibility on his shoulders now. Three runs added from Akshar’s third over as Sri Lanka begin recovery once again.
It’s Ashwin from the other end. It wouldn’t be off the mark to say that Sri Lankans are looking like a bunch with no plans at all. It’s Mahela Jayawardene, who for some reason, chips towards deep midwicket and Ambati Rayudu makes absolutely no mistake to take a good clean catch.
Sri Lanka in trouble?
OUT! M Jayawardene c Rayudu b Ashwin 4 (11)
Akshar continues. Really, for some unknown reasons, Sri Lanka are messing up completely with the singles and running between the wicket. Kumar Sangakkara comes in sliding into the crease as his partner nudges to the covers and gets off for another risky single. Four runs added.
Good comeback by Ashwin after being hit for 18 runs in his first over of the game. Only two runs given as Sri Lankans look to revive from the big blow.
Time for the two of the most experienced Sri Lankan batsmen — Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to team up once again and bail their side out of trouble. Fine start by Akshar, getting a wicket in his first over.
Local boy and India’s new offering in spin attack, Akshar Patel comes into the attack replacing Umesh Yadav. And gets a wicket right away on the third delivery, cleaning up Tillarakatne Dilshan who had just started to open up! Whatte blow!
OUT! T Dilshan b A Patel 35 (30)
First change in the bowling attack as Ravichandran Ashwin replaces Ishant Sharma. For some unknown reasons, Sri Lankans are taking many risks with their stroke selections and running between the wickets. Dilshan strikes a four through covers, coming down the wicket a little bit. The next ball is hit for another four, over the bowler’s head. And the next one too, same result!
What an over this has turned out for the Sri Lankans! Four boundaries in a row and they are past 50 now. 18 runs scored off Ashwin’s first.
Umesh comes around the wicket to get that angle and is successful in rapping one on Sangakkara’s pads. The ball was going down the leg side. Sangakkara, trying to pull, gets a top edge and the ball flies for a four. Five runs added to the scoreboard.
Ishant continues but luckily he doesn’t tumbles over this time around. The final ball is smashed for a four towards backward point by Dilshan.
Another quiet over from Umesh Yadav as he keeps the Sri Lankan batsmen tied up. Only two runs scored from the sixth over in the innings.
Something wrong with Ishant Sharma’s shoes? For the second time he has slipped and fell in his follow-through in three overs. Might be risky as these tumbles can result in injuries. Ishant, once again, gets up smiling. Perhaps that’s all that he could do? The right-arm pacer follows it up with a bouncer, but struggled in this delivery’s follow-through as well! What’s wrong?
Only a single taken in that over.
Fine work by Ishant Sharma to save a certain boundary as Kumar Sangakkara hits it fine. Sri Lankan batsmen are taking bit of risk in the middle, trying to steal quick singles. Four runs scored off the fifth over in the innings by Umesh Yadav.
Kumar Sangakkara is turned back by Tillakaratne Dilshan for a single as the latter saw Ravindra Jadeja approaching the ball quickly. Jadeja throws but misses, Sangakkara was struggling to get back in the crease in time. Fine over by Ishant, giving away only one run.
Dilshan gets away with a four on the first ball of Umesh’s second over as there was width on offer. The second ball is also hit for a four, this time towards the third-man area. Good over for the Sri Lankans as 10 runs come off it.
Fine move by Virat Kohli to get in Ishant Sharma bowl the second new ball. The first delivery is wide, way down on the leg side but Ishant improvises and gives away only one single in the remainder of the over. Impressive stuff!
India’s right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav begins the proceedings as the second ball races for a boundary on the leg-side. On the final ball of the over, Yadav traps Kusal Perera in front of the wickets to send the batsman back in the pavilion! The ball pitched in line of the leg stump did move a little but not enough to miss the wicket.
OUT! K Perera lbw Yadav 0 (6)

So, Sri Lanka have made the tough call of dropping their opener Upul Tharanga, who struggled miserably in the last match and have included Kusal Perera in his place. Will this move work?


India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Suraj Randiv, Seekuge Prasanna, Lahiru Gamage, Dhammika Prasad.

Toss: Sri Lanka win the toss and elects to bat first. Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews looks forward to piling on some runs in the first innings. Ravindra Jadeja comes in place of Varun Aaron for the second ODI and skipper Virat Kohli is happy to play with three spinners.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry‘s coverage of the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. I am Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live updates from the match.

The two sides meet at the Sardar Patel Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad for the second One-Day International (ODI) on Thursday. The first ODI was a largely one-sided affair, and the tourists looked undercooked and unprepared for the challenge. For this game, they would come in with better preparations and have already put in the hard yards in the nets. On the other hand, India would aim to keep up the intensity and deliver another performance.

Ahmedabad has often had help for spinners and that should help both sides. There could be some dew in play, which may push teams to opt to bat first if they win the toss. In the first game, Angelo Mathews took a similar decision and that backfired. India put up a huge score, which was way beyond Sri Lanka’s reach once they started slow. But, big scores are chaseable in India and if the wicket doesn’t crumble in Ahmedabad, it may be a better option to bowl first.


India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, Akshar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Gamage, Chaturanga de Silva, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv.

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