India vs Sri Lanka
So Sri Lanka triumph thanks to some lusty late hits from Kapugedera, who finishes up unbeaten on 37 from only 16 deliveries. They ended up getting 60 runs from the final five deliveries to get over the finishing line in dramatic circumstances. So now the West Indies must beat Australia - and beat them convincingly - to pip the Sri Lankans to a place in the last four. Thanks for your company and stay tuned for the second game - I hope it's as good as that one!
Over 20: Nehra 6-1-2-1-W-6
167-5 - WICKET! - Sri Lanka win a thriller in St Lucia! Having started the other with a six over cover, Kapugedera does the same to the final ball from Nehra with his side needing three for victory. Mathews' run out off the penultimate delivery seemed to have swung the game back towards India, but Kapugedera has made himself a hero with a maximum off the last. The victory means Sri Lanka have one foot in the semi-finals as well!
Over 19: Vinay 1-2-1-1-6-6
151-4 - India's elimination is confirmed in emphatic fashion - Kapugedera smashing a Vinay full toss just over the head of the man at deep long-on to take Sri Lanka to 145. He manages to do the same from the final ball of the over, though this time his drive clears the rope by some distance, meaning his side now need 13 from the last for victory. It will be Nehra to bowl it...
Over 18: Chawla 4-1-1-0-1-4
134-4 - Now Sri Lanka have an outright win in their sights after taking 11 from Chawla's fourth and final over. Mathews managed to pick up four from the first ball by coming down the track and lofting over wide long-on, while Kapugedera ends the 18th in style by rocking back to hit on the up and over the head of the fielder at cover for a second boundary in the over. Sri Lanka now need 30 from the final 12 balls.
Over 17: Nehra 1-0-4-1-4-1
123-4 - Nehra gives away four with a rank long hop that Kapugedera deflects past short fine leg but could have had the same batsman out with the next ball, Dhoni unable to hang on to a thick edge diving away to his right. With a single taken, Mathews procedes to step and fetch the left-arm seamer, picking the wide open spaces at mid-wicket to get four more. A total of 11 come from the over and suddenly Sri Lanka are in sight of that target of 144.
Over 16: Harbhajan 1-1-1-0-1-1
112-4 - Five singles come from the over as you get the feeling that Sri Lanka are starting to think an outright victory is now out of their reach. Now their focus will switch to 144, the score they need to get to make sure India cannot progress through to the semi-finals. Then they will have to cross their fingers that the West Indies can't upset Australia in the next game.
Over 15: Vinay 4-0-1-W-1-1
107-4 - WICKET! - The complexion of the game changes again when Sangakkara is bowled backing away to try and hit the impressive Vinay Kumar (who now has two wickets) away through the covers. The Sri Lanka skipper departs for a well-made 46 from 33 balls.
Over 14: Yusuf 6-2-0-6-2-0
100-3 - Sri Lanka were in need of a big over and Sangakkara has just provided it. The left-hander targets Yusuf's bowling, twice hammering maximums over mid-wicket in an over that yields 16. A quick two out on the leg side brings up Sri Lanka's century from the final delivery - their last 50 runs have come in 38 balls and the partnership between this fourth-wicket pairing is now past the half-century mark.
Over 13: Yuvraj 1-2-1-1-0-1
84-3 - Yuvraj gets the chance to make amends for his disappointment with the bat earlier on, coming on to bowl around the wicket to both left and right-hander. It looked like his second ball was going to go for four out at mid-wicket but Karthik (normally a wicketkeeper remember) produces a Superman dive that saves a couple of runs. They all count right now - Sri Lanka needs another 80.
Over 12: Harbhajan 1-6-2-1-1-0
78-3 - This is more like it from Sri Lanka with 11 coming from Harbhajan's latest over. It had seemed Sangakkara's side are having problems deciding whether to go for victory or just 'settle' for making 143. However the skipper shows that he still wants to win by coming down the wicket and driving Harbhajan, who has been expensive today with the help of the extra bounce that he had in Barbados, away for six.
Over 11: Chawla 1-1-6-0-1-0
67-3 - Mathews gets a move on with a slogged six, going against the spin to launch Chawla into the spectators at mid-wicket. The required run-rate has now cleared 10-an-over.
Over 10: Harbhajan 3-0-1-1-0-1
58-3 - Despite three runs coming courtesy of a Sangakkara cut (the ball would have gone for four on many other grounds but this is an extremely slow outfield in St Lucia), Sri Lanka still only make six from the over. They now need 106 to win the game, while 86 would be enough for them to qualify if the West Indies lose to Australia later in the day.
Over 9: Chawla 0-0-0-1-0-1
52-3 - Sri Lanka's scoring has become stuck with singles in St Lucia, Chawla rattling his way through an over that leaks only two. India certainly sense an opportunity to ram home their advantage, placing a slip to new batsman Mathews.
Over 8: Yusuf 0-1-1-W-1-0
50-3 - WICKET! - Yusuf strikes when a sweep from Dilshan goes straight to Yuvraj out on the boundary rope - he couldn't have picked out the fielder any better. Angelo Mathews is the next man in at number five, getting off the mark with an easy single, one of just three runs that come from the over. Sri Lanka need a further 114 runs from the remaining 72 balls.
Over 7: Chawla 0-0-1-1-4-0
47-2 - Chawla does well for the first four balls, conceding only two singles, but is then badly let down by some sloppy fielding from Gambhir. Sangakkara bottom-edges that runs away towards short third man where Gambhir - who was equally poor trying to run between the wickets earlier in the day - puts in a half-hearted dive that fails to stop the shot running away for four.
Over 6: Yusuf 2-1-1-0-0-0
41-2 - Yusuf comes on for the final over during the powerplay, restricting Sri Lanka to just four runs as Dilshan becomes a little besotted by trying to work the ball through square leg. Both sides managed to hit seven boundaries during the fielding restrictions as Chawla becomes the third spinner to be used by India already.
Over 5: Vinay 0-1-0-0-0-4
37-2 - Yuvaj's miserable day continues when he makes a mess of an easy stop at mid-off, allowing Dilshan to get a bonus run. The Vinay over is then ruined off the last delivery by a glorious cover drive from Sangakkara, who had hit the prrevious three balls all to the fielders inside the circle.
Over 4: Harbhajan 2-0-4-0-4-3
32-2 - Harbhajan has opened in the last two games for India but this time comes on as first change. The off-spinner leaks 13 from his opening over, Dilshan driving him back over his head for four before then rocking back and slapping away a long hop with the same outcome. With three from the final delivery through the covers, Sri Lanka are suddenly the side in charge.
Over 3: Nehra 4-0-4-0-4-1
19-2 - The two early losses aren't going to stop Dilshan attacking, the right-hander twice pulling away a pair of back-of-a-length deliveries from Nehra, who seems to have forgotten that the surface in St Lucia is nothing like the one that he played on at the Kensington Oval most recently. There's a third four in the over too, though this time the bowler is a little unlucky. A full ball is edged by Dilshan but there's no slip there to snaffle the chance.
Over 2: Vinay 0-1-0-0-W-0
6-2 - WICKET! - Vinay Kumar - selected ahead of Zaheer Khan for today's game - gets the second over and immediately gets a second wicket, Jayasuriya just tamely swotting a full ball straight to the welcoming hands of Karthik at mid-wicket. He struggled with the bounce in Barbados and has failed here in St Lucia - is this the last we will see of Sanath in Sri Lanka colours?
Over 1: Nehra 4-0-W-0-1-0
5-1 - WICKET! - Jayawardene gets four off the first delivery with a flick through square leg but is gone midway through the opening over, edging low to first slip where Yusuf Pathan takes a good catch falling to his left. That's the perfect start for India in their bid to keep alive their dreams of reaching the final four of the competition. Dilshan is in at three now ahead of skipper Sangakkara.
Jayawardene - the tournament's leading run-scorer by a distance - and Jayasuriya are coming out to start Sri Lanka's reply. They need 144 to make sure they will qualify ahead of India...provided Australia see off the West Indies in the second of today's games.
Over 20: Perera 1-4-0-1-1-W
163-5 - WICKET! - The India innings finishes with Yusuf holing out to long-on during an excellent Perera over. Although there was a boundary from Pathan to cover, Sri Lanka leak just seven runs. They will need 164 for victory, while India must win by 20 runs to have a chance of reaching the last eight.
Over 19: Malinga 1-4-0-0-2-2
156-4 - Yusuf Pathan brings up the 150 with a Chinese cut back past his own stumps that also beats the fielder at short fine leg. Interesting to note that India's opening half-century was their quickest. After two dot balls Dhoni twice pushes his batting partner to come back for two runs to help bring nine from the over. Malinga's finished his work with the ball, ending with figures of two for 25 from his four overs, including 10 dot balls.
Over 18: Thushara 1w-4-W-1-1-1lb-W
147-4 - WICKETS! - Raina gets the scoreboard rattling again with a thump to wide mid-wicket that goes for four. However an immediate change in the field cuts off his favoured area and, looking to work the ball much finer into another open space, the left-hander only top-edges a full toss straight out to Jayawardene at deep square leg. Yuvraj Singh is in at five with a chance to forget his form worries and just belt a few balls in the closing overs. After a single from his first ball he hammers his second high out towards square leg...where Jayawardene takes his second sitter in the over.
Over 17: Perera 1w-0-1-0-1-1-1
139-2 - Perera returns to the attack having conceded just three runs from his one and only over in the game so far. He starts with a wide well outside off stump but soon gets back to a good line and length, restricting India to just four singles. India have managed a run-rate of just seven in the last seven overs.
Over 16: Malinga 4-1-1-1-1-0
134-2 - Sri Lanka are saved for a second time by the stumps, this time Raina the unfortunate batsman to see a straight drive stopped by the woodwork. However he had started the over with a boundary through mid-wicket, quickly picking up a slower ball from Malinga and working it away in the air past the fielder inside the 30m circle.
Over 15: Thushara 1w-1-0-1-2-1-1
126-2 - Raina continues to enjoy himself at the Beausejour, following up his century against South Africa in the group stages of the ICC World Twenty20 with 50 against Sri Lanka here today. Dhoni shows he's no slouch between the wickets with a scampered two through backward square leg before seeing a well-hit drive blocked by the stumps, the furniture denying him what seemed set to be a boundary down the ground.
Over 14: Randiv 1-6-0-0-0-2
119-2 - Raina makes use of the short boundary to leg with a slog-sweep for six - although with the amount of bat he got on that shot I reckon it would have cleared the rope on most grounds in the Caribbean. However he should have been dismissed later in the Randiv over, Sangakkara making a mess of a stumping chance when the left-hander had hurtled out of his crease only to end up yorking himself.
Over 13: Jayasuriya 2-1-6-2-1-0
110-2 - Jayasuriya comes on for the 13th over (apologies for the earlier miscount). The veteran all-rounder looks to dart them in but Dhoni's not bothered how quick he's sending them down to him, taking a pace or two down the wicket before flicking a six over the rope at mid-wicket. India are currently going at 8.46 - 200 is still a possibility with a big finish.
Over 12: Malinga W-1-0-0-1-0
98-2 - WICKET! - Gambhir's gone to a thin edge, Sangakkara taking a good low catch having dropped the same batsman earlier in the innings. That's a much-needed breakthrough for the Sri Lankans with Malinga's first delivery back into the attack. Dhoni decides to come in at number four in the order and immediately gets off the mark with a single out to deep cover. However Malinga the Slinger concedes only two runs in the over.
Over 11: Dilshan 1-1-1-1b-1-1
96-1 - The last time these two met in a Twenty20 game, India chased down a total of above 200. Sri Lanka might have to do something similar at this rate. Gambhir doesn't seem to have his head screwed on today - after some lousy running between the wickets earlier on he's now managed to leave a delivery alone having backed away to leg. I don't know if he was expecting a wide (which would never have happened as he'd stepped away) or just hoping wicketkeeper Sangakarra would be fooled completely by his dummy. In the end his leave-alone gained a bye.
Over 10: Randiv 1-1w-1-1-1-4-1
90-1 - Gambhir gets a lucky break when a ball clips his thigh pad, rolls back onto the stumps but somehow has enough back spin on it to prevent knocking a bail off. He's even more fortunate to see umpire Aleem Dar call the delivery a wide when it clearly struck the batsman. A swept four by Raina helps bring 10 from the Randiv over.
Over 9: Dilshan 2-1-1-2-1w-1-1
80-1 - With a delayed start due to Raina getting a cap and Gambhir doing up his shoes, the cameras pan to the Indian dressing room to show Yuvraj sporting a goatee beard for the game. Without taking many risks nine come from Dilshan's darts, taking this second-wicket stand through to the half-century mark. They've taken just 29 balls to reach 50.
Over 8: Randiv 0-1-2-1-1-1
71-1 - Randiv does a good job of pegging back this India pair, conceding just six runs in his opening over. However the innings is being nicely set up by India, who have the likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj still to come. It's going to be spin at both ends as Dilshan gets a rare bowl in the tournament.
Over 7: Mathews 1-4-0-1nb-4-1-1
65-1 - Both Gambhir and Raina, who has set off like a steam train, flick away legside deliveries from Mathews. There's also a no bal in the over, though umpire Steve Davis has called out for height, not for Angelo over-stepping. Sri Lanka are going to bring on spinner Randiv, who had such a good day with the ball against Australia last time out as the replacement for Muttiah Muralitharan.
Over 6: Thushara 2-4-2-0w-4-4-0
52-1 - Raina ramps up the run-rate with a succession of classy shots against the very medium Thushara. The left-hander picks up his first four with a flick past the short fine leg, with his second coming courtesy of a lofted drive off of a slower ball. However the third is the pick of the bunch, as he just leans on a straight ball to flick it away through mid-wicket all along the carpet. This is India's best start in the tournament so far.
Over 5: Malinga 1-W-0-1-0-4
35-1 - WICKET! - Malinga comes on and strikes with his second ball, Karthik the man dismissed when he spoons back a return catch to the bowler, Lasith stooping low to take the ball around his shins. Raina, who hit a century against South Africa at this venue earlier in the tournament, is in at three. He gets off the mark with a single to third man before Gambhir spoils an otherwise excellent over for Sri Lanka by guiding the final delivery fine for four - the ball nearly travelled all the way for six.
Over 4: Thushara 1-4-2-1-1-1
29-0 - There's some schoolboy running from Gambhir, as he turns a scampered three into a lazy two by not even bothering to ground his bat at the non-striker's end. He'd had no need to run earlier in the over having hammered away a four through backward point. India have made a good start to their innings but this game feels a little flat - do these teams not want to reach the semi-finals??!!
Over 3: Mathews 0-1-4-1-2-0
19-0 - Drop! Sangakkara spills a tough chance standing up to the stumps when Gambhir gets a thin edge off Mathews first up. Karthik then shows real aggression by walking down the pitch and flicking the right-armer over midwicket for a glorious boundary. He then rotates the strike and Gambhir continues the attacking intent with a bludgeoned two over cow corner. This looks a cracking pitch!
India must win by at least 20 runs and hope Australia beat West Indies later today if they are to progress to the semi-finals.
Over 2 Perera 1-1-0-1-0-0
11-0 - Medium-pacer Perera shares the new ball and is straight on the money. On three singles are conceded off a superb over.
Apologies, we have had a few technical issues ahead of the start. To fill you in on the teams, there are three changes for India as Jadeja, Zaheer and Vijay miss out. Dinesh Karthik, debutant Vinay Kumar and Piyush Chawla are in. For Sri Lanka, Mendis, Chandimal and Welegedara have been left out. Thissara Perera, Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Thilan Thushara have been included.
Over 1 Mathews 4-1-0-3-0-0
8-0 - Dinesh Karthik, recalled in place of Murali Vijay, makes an immediate impression by cutting the first ball of the match for four. Gambhir then gets in on the act by hoisting Mathews over midwicket for three more. Solid start from India.
India have won the toss and will bat first
Hello everyone and welcome to commentary from today's crunch Group Eights clash between India and Sri Lanka in St Lucia
- 11th May 2010
- St Lucia
- Aleem Dar and S J Davis
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Jayawardene||c Pathan b Nehra||4|
|Jayasuriya||c Karthik b V.Kumar||0|
|Dilshan||c Singh b Pathan||33|
|Total||Close, 20.0 Overs||167 - 5|