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Sri Lanka v India Twenty20 2012
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
India Won By 39 Runs Sri Lanka's last T20I before the World Twenty20 is a flop. Kohli brought the bang with the bat before Pathan and Dinda did the damage with the ball for India. The hosts will wonder if they are picking too many all-rounders at the expense of a couple of key specialists. Food for though, at least.
Over 18 Dinda 0-W-0-W- 116-9 - WICKET! Chandimal tries to find the carry straight down the ground, but not enough meat behind it, with a rather straight long-off fielder running around to take a comfortable catch. Malinga in now, and he isn't going to do anything but throw the kitchen sink at it. WICKET! Eranga later adds to his side's woes, getting under a skier, which falls into the hands of Ashwin at point. He almost dropped it, but held on at the very last moment. Herath is the last man in, but watches from the non-striker's end as Malinga presents Dhoni with a top edge. Dinda duly delights in a triple wicket-maiden to end the contest.
Over 17 Pathan 1-4-0-1wd-1-4-1lb 116-7 - The left-arm seamer returns for his final over. He almost lands a career-best four-for straight away, but a sitter slips straight through Yadav on the long-off fence. The fielder did everything right, but took his eyes off the catch at the last second, and the ball duly bobbled over his left shoulder. As a bowler, he will know he has done his fellow seamer a disservice there. Dhoni, meanwhile, limping again. He admitted he was carrying a bit of an injury, so I don't know why he didn't bench himself for this largely insignificant one-off match.
Over 16 Ashwin 1wd-0-W-1-0-1-0 104-7 - Rushed for pace by a quicker deliveries from the spinner, Perera can't get the ball off the square, and runs himself out in the process. WICKET! An attempt to steal a single to shallow-ish point was a poor idea, with Tiwary's direct-hit doing the rest. That might be the ball game, folks, unless Eranga and the remainder of the Sri Lanka order get to differ... 52 needed off 24. The batting duo must tee off right now.
Over 15 Yadav 0-0-1wd-W-0-0-1 101-6 - Yadav back into the attack, but soon back to the leg-side fodder he coughed up in his opening burst. WICKET! Rectified soon enough, though, when Mendis plugs a tighter line straight to cover. Sri Lanka circling the drain now, but Perera - at the crease now - won't go down without a fight. That, by the way, is the right-arm fast bowler's first wicket in T20I cricket. This is his debut after all. 55 needed from 30.
Over 14 Ashwin 1-1-1-0-0-0 99-5 - There is a degree of rebuilding to do, yes, but Sri Lanka can't afford another cheap over like this one.
Over 13 Dinda 1-2-1-0-2-W 96-5 - No fourth over for Kohli. Dinda back, and quick to maintain India's restrictive measures. He'll be very grateful for the boundary riders on both sides of the wicket, though, as some wider stuff is saved from punishment. WICKET! Capping an indifferent over, however, Dinda celebrates the dismissal of Mathews. Just the faintest of edges on the drive, which the umpire must've really struggled to hear amid this near sellout crescendo in Pallekele. Chandimal in now.
Over 12 Ashwin 0-1-3-1-4-3 90-4 - The reverse sweep - and paddle sweep-cum-lap shot - seem to be a deliberate ploy to Ashwin as Mendis and Mathews deploy the unorthodox strokes to mixed effect. Until, that is, Mathewes decides it's time to tee off over the top. He doesn't quite meet the ball at its pitch, and almost pays the price, with the long-on fielder - Raina - getting a hand to a sharp chance, but ultimately parries it to the ropes for four. 66 needed from 48 now.
Over 11 Kohli 1-1-0-2-1-1 78-4 - Mathews trying all sorts of innovative shot selection to force the issue, but the lack of pace from the hand of Kohli has the batsman largely flummoxed.
Over 10 Ashwin W-1-1-1-1-0 72-4 - Despite a lack of quick runs, Mathews and Thirimanne were steadily finding a groove. The bigger hitting might have flowed later, but that's all out the window now, with Ashwin bowling the left-hander with his first delivery of the day. WICKET! Stupid from Thirimanne, really, who tried to reverse sweep the spinner straight away. No connection, except when the ball meets the stumps. Mendis in now, ahead of Perera, who Sri Lanka want at the crease closer to the death of the chase, when his big hitting will come in handy. Sri Lanka, unexpectedly enough, one run more than India at the halfway mark of the innings.
Over 9 Kohli 1-0-0-0-1-1 68-3 - Kohli cheap again, extending his economy to just seven runs from his 12 oves so far. He might be afforded a full complement of four overs at this rate.
Over 8 Rohit 1wd-0-1-1-1-4-1 65-3 - Now the part-time spin of Sharma, who will have to prove a lot cheaper if he is to get an extended spell.
Over 7 Kohli 0-1-0-0-1-2 56-3 - Dhoni continuing the trend he started in the ODI series, introducing the first of his part-time bowlers - it's the right-arm military medium of Kohli. He starts from around the wicket, but the angle isn't working for him, so he switches to over. That's better, he reckons, and duly closes down a quiet over. His lack of pace is just the key for India, it'll no doubt soon prove.
Over 6 Dinda 0-0-4-5-4-0 52-3 - Yadav off, Dinda on. Five overthrows from India, but it was well worth the effort fomr the fielder at gully, Tiwary, who almost ran out Mathews at the striker's end. Mathews is keen to keep the mometum going, of course, and subsequently darts down the track to bang four back down the ground. Not a great start to Dinda's spell.
Over 5 Irfan 0-W-4-0-0-0 39-3 - The decision to give Pathan a third over on the trot rather than hold him over for a couple at the end pays off. WICKET! A slower delivery traps Jayawardene lbw dead in front of his stumps. It actually turned him square. The appeal is duly lodged, and the umpire's finger is raised. Jayawardene not happy with the decision, but it's fair. That was hitting. Marginal doubt about the height, maybe. Mathews at the crease now.
Over 4 Yadav 4-4-0-4-4-1 35-2 - Dare I suggest this is a deliberate edge... Either way, Jayawardene fetches four wide of the slip cordon, and follows it up with a full flow through the line for four more down the ground. Yadav is quick to correct his line, but errs in length, with that too spooned for four - this time wide of point, again by the Sri Lanka captain. He isn't done there, next time around premeditating the bowler's choice to hoist it over midwicket for another boundary. That's four of 'em in the over. Ouch, Umesh.
Over 3 Irfan W-1lb-0-0-3-0 18-2 - WICKET! Pathan strikes again. Sri Lanka in early trouble. Big, booming drive from Tharanga, who only succeeds in screaming a big edge to the lone slip in place. Raina holds onto it above his head. That really flew at him. Tharanga didn't account for the swing. Thirimanne in now ahead of Chandimal.
Over 2 Yadav 0-1-1wd-0-3-0-0 14-1 - Effectively the man selected ahead of Zaheer, Yadav shares the new ball with Pathan. The right-armer is probably finding the most swing of the lot so far, but Tharanga latches onto it quickly for three pushed through the on-side. Jayawardene, meanwhile, is eager to advance down the track. But he is left flatfooted by a lack of timing.
Over 1 Irfan 4-1wd-1wd-0-0-1-W-2 9-1 - Lame start from the southpaw seamer, who dishes up some weak length for Jayawardene to slice over the top for four and then coughs up a couple of wides. Pathan learns a quick enough lesson, though, tightening his approach to close the over on the quiet - and remove Dilshan. WICKET! This is the ground that brought Dilshan a T20I century once upon a time, but now he is the unfortunate recipient of a first-ball duck. Clean through his swipe across the line, that, with the stumps castled. Tharanga in now.
Sri Lanka's Pursuit All and sundry back out in the middle after a quick bite to eat. Dilshan and Jayawardene, rather than Tharanga, to open the batting.
India Finish On 155 For Three This ground sports a small T20I history - just five innings, in fact - and today's total is the second lowest. So, really, that amounts to disappointment for India, who only managed 35 runs from the final seven overs. Kohli's hard work has gone to waste, to an extent. The spinners certainly slowed proceedings. Stick around for the chase, it should be a cracker.
Over 20 Malinga 2-4-1-0-1-1 155-3 - Dhoni is nursing a niggle sustained in the final ODI, but it's not enough to prevent him from turning a single into a very quick two. A fat edge, meanwhile, all the way to the fence, allows him a bit of rest. Raina later swing and misses before pushing a single to mid-off, thus leaving Dhoni with the strike for the final delivery of the innings. The Indian skipper can't oblige with a big finish, though.
Over 19 Perera 1-1-1-0-1-0 146-3 - Great start to the over for the seamer, who is quick to overpitch than underpitch, for he knows full well these batsmen love getting under the ball. Dhoni is soon frustrated, throwing the kitchen sink at a delivery that certainly didn't deserve such severity.
Over 18 Malinga 0-4-0-1-6-1 142-3 - Malinga lures Dhoni with a short ball, but quickly pays the price thanks to four smacked over backward square-leg. Lesson learnt, with the pace ace returning to the fuller stuff for the duration of the over. Too full, in fact, as Raina cranks a straight six. Balls of steel this man, hitting one of the world's fastest bowler back over his head.
Over 17 Eranga 4-1-W-0--1 130-3 - Lame and leg-side from the seamer, who fetches four swiped over square-leg by the wristy, left-handed Raina. Eranga quick to bounce back with a yorker, though, which is kept out by the batsman. WICKET! Returned to the strike, Kohli promptly holes out at midwicket. Just didn't have the carry - and his score of 68 will stay as equal sixth highest by an Indian in T20I cricket. Dhoni in now, and soon beaten outside the off-stump.
Over 16 Mathews 1-1-1-0-0-1 124-2 - Deft changes in pace spares Mathews expense, with Raina and Kohli resigned to the miscue. The latter is lucky not to hole out at long-off in the process, while the former is later frustrated by a couple of swing'n'misses outside the off-stump. Really cheap over at the death, this.
Over 15 Perera 1-1-2-1-1-4 120-2 - It's a double-play, of sorts, with Kohli almost holing out at cover and then nearly running himself out at the non-striker's end during the same delivery. Sharp work from Jayawardene on both counts, fielding the ball on the bounce and getting the return throw to the bowler very quickly. All to no avail, though, with Kohli surviving by a whisker. He now has the highest T20I score for India against Sri Lanka. Sehwag's 64 in Mohali two years ago is a record of the past.
Over 14 Malinga 2lb-1-0-1wd-0-1-1lb 110-2 - Malinga back to bowl overs 15, 17 and 19. Almost lbw success with his first delivery of the over, but instead deemed not out as the angle was sliding down the leg-side - Raina safe. Meanwhile, Kohli - for his 64 not out - has entered the top 10 of India's highest scores in T20I cricket. Next stop, maybe: Yuvraj's 67 against the West Indies at Lord's two years ago.
Over 13 Eranga 4-1wd-1-1lb-1-4-4lb 104-2 - No four overs on the trot for Herath. Eranga back, and soon lopped down the leg-side for four by Raina. Sri Lanka have had fine-leg up in the circle the entire innings, and the bowlers have paid the price with some rogues lines. Leg-side wides also aren't helping the home side's cause. Ugly return over from the seamer, indeed.
Over 12 Jeevan 1-1-W-0-1-6 88-2 - WICKET The leg-spinner brings the breakthrough. Tame shot from Rahane, who really just spoons a simple return catch to the bowler. It didn't turn, it didn't spit - not sure what Rahane was thinking there. Caught in a lull, perhaps. Anyway, off he goes for relatively quiet 25. The left-handed Raina at the crease now, and almost falls prey to the Googly - certainly hitting, but pitched outside the leg-stump. Kohli, meanwhile, is not bothered by his longer-term partner's departure, continuing on his merry way by hoisting his first six of the match high and hard over long-on.
Over 11 Herath 4-1-1-0-1-1 79-1 - Release for Kohli, who lambastes a full delivery down the ground for four to graduate to the first half-century of his T20I career off just 32 balls, all of 10 boundaries included. Herath later adjusts his length well, ensuring that an over that started with a four only amounts to eight runs after its full six deliveries. That's three overs on the trot for him, and he will probably bowl his four through.
Over 10 Jeevan 1-0-1-1-0-1 71-1 - Leg-spin now. Plenty of safe darts from him, rather than brave flight. India haven't seen a boundary in two straight overs, and it's showing in their frustration. Kohli trying to force the issue than just deploy natural shot selection. Plenty of mis-timed singles the result. So arrives the halfway mark of the innings.
Over 9 Herath 0-1-0-0-1-2 67-1 - Herath really keeping things tight here, and India are well aware of the drop in momentum since the introduction of the spinner, so they're keen to steal twos from deliveries that only really merit one. Chancy running between the wickets ensues.
Over 8 Perera 1-1-0-0-6-0 63-1 - Given Kohli's theatrics, Rahane is batting at a veritable tortoise's pace. His pedestrianism isn't really helping India's cause, but Kohli will soon let him know if he appreciates his partner's sheet anchor role or not. That said, Rahane soon picks up the slack by slicing the first six of the day over cover. Premature judgement on my part, perhaps. Apologies.
Over 7 Herath 0-1-1-1-1-1 55-1 - Fielding restrictions relented, and time for some spin - the left-armers of Herath. Immediate circumspection from the batsmen, who are happy to merely milk the singles on offer for the time being. Probably see Mendis or Dilshan on at the other end soon...
Over 6 Perera 0-4-4-4-0-0 50-1 - Perera almost strikes with his first ball, but what seemed to be an edge is actually just very late swing. With fine-leg up in the circle and the next delivery coughed up down the leg-side, though, four on the glance must travel. As must four on the square drive. Sri Lanka's right-arm seamers have no answer to Kohli's onslaught. Dealing in just fours, however, no sixes. Safe, risk-free cricket from the right-hander.
Over 5 Malinga 0-1-4-1-0-0 38-1 - Mathews off. Malinga on, but also unable to counter Kohli, who again laces four to the fence on the off-side. Malinga, as usual, of course, searching for that yorker length. Not succeeding, yet, though. Beats the bat of Rahana twice in closing the over on the quiet, however. Cheap end to a potentially expensive start, indeed.
Over 4 Eranga 4-0-4-4-0-0 32-1 - Big, booming drive from Kohli, who squirts a thick edge into the deep via the aerial route. Safe all around, though, with no fielder in sight and four the result at deep extra cover. He is then resigned to the defence in the face of a slower ball yorker, before biting back with the deftest of timing for four pushed through point and cover. Really, Stroke of the Day so far, that. Brute force later resumes when, promising lateral movement for the bowler is rendered redundant by a lame length, which is duly pounded down the ground for four more.
Over 3 Mathews 3-0-4-4-0-1 20-1 - Not the fastest of outfields, this, so Rahane has to settle on three for his fluid drive. Kohli, though, get plenty of brute force behind his pull and drive for back-to-back boundaries. What the pace of the deck lacks, the speed of the willow will rectify. He won't want to halfheartedly poke at too many outside his off-stump, though, but he does - and is lucky not to feather an edge to the wicketkeeper.
Over 2 Eranga 0-0-0-W-1wd-0-0 8-1 - No Malinga with the new ball. Eranga instead. The recipient of wickets in his first over in Tests and ODIs, the right-armer can't manage the same this time around. Instead, a rank full toss bunted to mid-off on the bounce by the left-hander Gambhir. The batsman then misses out again, failing to pinpoint the gap down the ground on the drive and, later, swiping across the line to no avail. WICKET! Eranga makes it three in three, though, when another wild swipe from Gambhir misses the connection. The ball screams through the heave, and the stumps are castled. A wicket in his first over on all three format debuts - go, Eranga, you good thing. Kohli in now.
Over 1 Mathews 0-1-0-1-4-1 7-0 - The all-rounder - one of a slew of right-arm seamers - gets first use of the new ball. No slip in place - this is T20I cricket after all. It wouldn't have been needed anyway, with Mathews pitching short and clouted into the deep by Gambhir for a single. Rahane, meanwhile, is happy to take in a sighter outside his off-stump - not very characteristic of the man who scored the first century of the 2011 Indian Premier League. He eventually turns the strike back to Gambhir, who again goes on the pull. Middled, yes, but not enough carry to sail over midwicket. Instead, affording the boundary rider a tough chance on the dive. Not taken by Eranga, who sees it slip through his hands - and to the fence for a fortunate four.
Game On Umpires Tyron Wijewardene and Kumar Dharmasena, batsmen Rahane and Gambhir and the Sri Lanka XI head out to the middle for the start of play. Strap in for the ride, folks, it's sure to be a cracker.
Sri Lanka XI Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga.
India XI Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda.
Team News Sri Lanka welcome the return of fit-again all-rounder Shaminda Eranga, on T20I debut, and Rangana Herath replaces fellow spinner Sachitra Senanayake. India are happy without the services of veteran left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan, with right-arm fast bowler Umesh Yadav picked instead - he too is on debut.
Toss This just in: Home skipper Mahela Jayawardene triumphs in the flip of the coin and Sri Lanka will bowl first.
Conditions Resident pitch pundit Arun Lal surveys the pitch - the same one used for the fifth ODI - and notices a thin layer of grass. Good for the seamers initially, yes, but the batsmen will enjoy the additional pace too. Weather-wise - it's hot and humid. No sign of rain, so let's do this...
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The Story So Far The ODI series was pretty one-sided, with batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli and India's part-time bowlers at the fore of a four-one win. This will be Sri Lanka's last T20I before the World Twenty20 gets underway in September, while India will have two more against New Zealand a week or so before the start of that limited-overs showpiece.
Greetings Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the one-off Twenty20 International between Sri Lanka and India at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
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