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Australian team. 2013... India! Hello and welcome to the Oval, where
the favourite India are taking on Sri Lanka in 2017 ICC champions
Trophy. It is the 150th one-day international between these two
teams. In the opening round of games, India thrashed Pakistan in a
rain affected match at Edgbaston while Sri Lanka's lack of batting
depth was exposed as they lost to the number one ranked side South
Africa. India remain top of group Bravo after Pakistan stun South
Africa in a rain hit day night match yesterday. Sri Lanka will have to
conjure up a surprise when to have do have any hope of staying in the
competition while an Indian win will see them all but through to the
semifinals with their help the net run rate. The Indian team is
predictably unchanged since the Pakistan game. Their tried and
trusted tactics will centre around the brilliance of MS Dhoni and Virat
Kohli with the bat. Behind the scenes, there are accusations of
unrest between Anil Cumbrae and Virat Kohli, but they don't seem to
be affecting the team on the field. Sri Lanka have Angelo Mathews back
as captain after the stand-in skipper was suspended for two games
for a slow over rate, taking nearly four hours to complete their over
rate. The nothing Lacko comes in to the squad, he will open the batting.
Angelo Mathews won the toss and Sri Lanka opted to bowl. Cloudy skies
over the Oval but unlike the last few days, the forecast indicated a
full game should be possible. Campazzo Richard Kettleborough from
England and Australian Rod Tucker. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan opening the
batting for India. Here comes Malinga. A very slinky round arm
action which has given Rohit Sharma a bit of width and the first ball
goes to the cover boundary. Don't bowl there to Dhawan. Short
and wide actual peril. -- at your peril. Typical left-hander's shot,
on the back foot, as you see, hangs back. Races away to the short side
of the ground. Four men in that ring, four man is
not enough. A boundary to complete the fifth over.
He just had to put that to ball and it races away.
Just like that, really. Very good. Once again, through the gaps. That's
how confident he is, using his feed, you don't normally see that so early
on in the innings but Dhawan does that.
Top edge. Huge cheers. Wasn't about delivery at all, it was quite a good
short ball, well directed -- wasn't a bad. He followed it up with the
short delivery. This time, short, top edge.
Would he have been gone, Rohit Sharma? It is good fielding, good
turn and throw from Pradeep. He would have been gone.
Picked up just short of a length and this is where he has great strength,
we have seen him do it time and time again, picking up length very
quickly and putting it away over square leg. Very good shot. They
love it, look at them celebrating. This is the biggest side of the
ground and he is hitting into the wind. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka,
the man deep on the leg side is at fine leg.
Short and wide again. The last ball is so important, to get out of your
over well. For Rohit Sharma, that was a beautiful shot, bread and
butter. Not the ideal start for Gunathilaka.
Straight down the leg side. Helped on its way. Looking for a change of
pace, while Sri Lanka, trying to see if there is any purchase on the
surface. Chris did it well down the leg side and beautifully put away by
Dhawan -- drifted down. That could be close. He has had
issues, Dhawan, two spinners bowling around the wicket and not turning
the ball, actually, getting the ball back in. I think that one is
comfortably sliding down the leg side in the end. The Sri Lanka and
is thought they had their breakthrough.
It has gone very fine. Malinga the field with the slide. Decent effort
from Malinga. When he is to play for the Mumbai Indians, we didn't want
him to do too much diving in injured himself, but that was valiant
effort. Beautifully played. No one there at short 45. Rohit Sharma was
aware of where the gap was and he pedalled it nice and fine.
Big showed for leg before. It is a good delivery. -- big shout. Maybe a
bit too high. Second over. That was a good
delivery once again. A little bit of movement.
It is going to find a fielder... No, just tips it over. And look at the
delight on Rohit Sharma's face and it brings up the 50 as well, brings
up the 100 as well, with a dash of luck. It was a dash of luck but he
has played nicely, Rohit Sharma. I wonder whether if the fielder had
taken hold of this whether he still would have ended up over the
boundary. He probably would have tried to pop it back into play,
prevent the six. Just 72 metres, it is the shortest boundary on display
today. This one has just landed on those
cushions and that is another six. They have been barely two metres
high all the way through. Played with a lot more conviction by Rohit
Sharma this time around. The placement was superb, there are two
men back so he had to hit it between them. Heated flat and as we
mentioned, that is the short boundary. Lanzoni advertising
cushion. This is now becoming an expensive over for Parreira.
Be strike rate has been over 100 when they have bowled it short,
clearly a clue there for the Sri Lankans. As for Rohit Sharma, second
50 of the tournament. It is so easy on the eye, it almost looks
effortless at times for Rohit Sharma. Wonderful timing on the
ball. And that is beautifully played, use
of the feed, opens up the leg side and the placement is supreme once
again. He is a good player of spin, always has been. Got two 100s in his
first innings against the West Indies. This time up in the air,
through the covers and once again, in answer to Ian Bishop's question,
India plays classic Malinga very well. Not much swing, not much pace
and stand and deliver for Rohit Sharma. The man at short cover, I
don't know if it is Chandimal, he thought for a while he was in
business. So too did mid-off. Through the off-side, stand and
deliver, hit through the line. No pace, brings up the 50 of Dhawan. He
is not someone who goes on the front foot to other bowlers but he has hit
Malinga very well today. It will fly away to the boundary,
all the way for six, it looks like. For Rohit Sharma. It is a third of
his innings. Fine leg this time, revenge for
Malinga after being top edged 46. He gets his revenge on Rohit Sharma.
You are just telling me he doesn't get much out of the hook shot and
the next delivery, he just picks the man at deep fine leg. Good bounce,
good direction, just helps it along to the deep fine leg fielder. A
much-needed breakthrough. India lose their first wicket, a very good
innings from Rohit Sharma. Once again, he misses the 100. Oh, got
him. Lovely from Pradeep and that is the perennial weakness of Virat
Kohli. That is exactly what I said a couple of deliveries ago. That is a
good line to Virat Kohli but you've got to be persistent and that's
exactly what Pradeep did. A big wicket for Sri Lanka. India were
taking the game away from them and an outside edge from the captain, an
easy catch to the keeper and Sri Lanka find a way back in this game,
a crucial game. India loses Virat Kohli, loses its second -- their
second wicket. Short, no pace, all the time in the
world to hit in front of square. Glorious. Dhawan is climbing into
Malinga. This time pitched up and through the cover boundary. Power,
Grace, it's exactly what you get in the morning of a cricket match.
This time through the on-side, it will go all the way to the fence.
Another boundary for Dhawan, another boundary in this over. The strength
of this Indian side, short, not getting it high enough, just helping
it. A good partnership building up, 17 of just 12 deliveries. That's why
this batting line-up is so good. Through the off-side. No chance for
the mid-off fielder. He is picking boundaries at will, Dhawan. He has
hit three boundaries in his last three deliveries. On the up, big
stride forward. Just lets the hansk go through. Typical left-hander's
shot. Oh, bowled him. Very full ball,
Yuvraj looking to chop it away behind square and all he has managed
to do is chop it onto his stumps. Two spinners now, thinking would he
be allowed to settle in but the bowling change has worked. Floated
nicely. And that has been Karunaratne's strength, confusing
the batsmen. -- Asela Gunaratne's strength. Sri Lanka liked it.
Everybody but Mathews, who was scampering away after the ball, a
big appeal. So Mathews will have to rely on the wicketkeeper and bowler
and he has reviewed. Front foot is fine, can I check back
foot as well, please? Who will go on Hot Spot, leg side for me, please.
Doesn't seem as though there is any bat. Can I confirm with ultra-edge?
Keep rolling it forward. Clearly know that. When ball tracking is
ready, please. Richard, the ball is pitching outside leg stump, you can
stay with your original decision, I will tell you when you are up on
screen. Well done. Huge cheers from the Indian fans who, the moment that
ball pitched outside leg stump, they know their cricket.
That is an unbelievable shot. Short, wide, not an ideal ball, cut
powerfully and you see the strength of the man, muscling it over third
man for six. Yes, the strength of the wrists. We have seen it before
from MS Dhoni, when he is able to hit those yorker is over the rope,
but this was short. He really gets his wrists into it and carbs it away
over third man. That's gone through. Just what he
wanted. 200 comes up for India. It is also
the end of the over. He's found the gap. Easy ball for
Dhawan to get four. Good shot. One bounce, into the
stands. Free flowing back from MS Dhoni,
never uncomfortable with the short stuff.
Well played. That has got to be a boundary. That is four runs and also
the 104 Chicago one. His tenth one-day international hundred, his
third in the international trophy. 101 not out four Chicago are one,
with a strike rate of 90. -- for Dhawan. He was waiting for it,
looking for the gap on the right point fielder and a very nicely put
into the gap, nice 100 and look at the reactions. This time through the
off-side, hits it hard. A chase for the long-off fielder, he doesn't get
there. I thought that fielder at long-off would be a lot straighter.
Does, and his scoops that for six. What a shot. Beard the shortfall all
the full ball, he knew what he wanted to do, he walked across,
picked the length and over the fine leg fielder. India on the rampage.
Walks across, helps the length. 100 runs from here is possible.
No chance for that fielder at mid-wicket.
Another good shot. That has gone screaming to the left of the
fielder. MS Dhoni dealing in boundaries. Right in the slot, the
square drive, you don't see him playing that shot very often. Well,
it was a full toss. I don't think anyone will get there. He does, but
maybe got a bit too close to the ball. Should have been taken at this
level. Slower delivery, the sweep from Shikhar Dhawan, the top edge.
He gets there but gets too far. You will not find a cricket ball hit
much harder than that, nor a couple of moments ago when he played one
behind point. A lot of pitches go square here on the Oval but that was
like a missile. Two field is back on the boundary, they tried valiantly
to cut it off. You can see, right up the meat of the bat, good ground
speed and a lot to think about for the Sri Lanka captain.
Down to long-on, and safely taken. Mendis. Dhawan dragging it wide from
of stump. Two men were up on the off-side, so Sri Lanka not offering
wit. Dhawan went on to the on-side. A fantastic innings of 125 and just
listen to this applause. Hit well enough into the crowd,
short boundary. As much as the last delivery was a good variation...
That is a big side, and that is why it is so difficult to clear that
boundary and that is why bowlers will want them hitting there.
Chopped it out to Perera, just opens the bat face. It is a long way, it
is into the wind, it was never going to have the contact to take it all
the distance. India lose their fifth.
That's 54 MS Dhoni. -- that is 50 across place for MS Dhoni. His 17th
against Sri Lanka. No, he's not? Oh, goodness. Some
muscle, some power, to end the over. Brings up the 300 for India. Well
judged by it MS Dhoni, didn't hit it too hard, just enough place to get
it away. Wrong line, last ball of the over,
again, wrong line. Airborne but not hit well enough.
Caught in the deep. So an important wicket here to try and stem the tide
for Sri Lanka, that wide delivery from Perera works a trick. He
shimmied across, still trying to get into the leg side. It was too wide,
went through with the shot and an easy catch for Chandimal. So a
wonderful innings of 63 for MS Dhoni comes to an end.
Jadhav on strike. That is beautifully done. It is a strong
off-side field, 6-3, no one behind square on the leg side so any
contact he can manage to get will take it away to the boundary. That
was better than just any contact, that was right off the middle.
Does well again. He is predicting the line and working himself across
the stumps. Finds a gap. He has timed it to
perfection but the boundary off the last ball of the innings -- hasn't
timed it. 103 runs off the last ten overs and a fantastic effort by
India. Well, India's usual plan of setting
targets throughout their innings paid off as controlled batting from
openers Rohit Sharma and Dhawan built a platform for a large total.
Dhawan's 125 was an outstanding balance knock and with 78, Sharma
looked to be getting back to his best. One blip was a duck for
Captain Virat Kohli but MS Dhoni then scored a remarkable 62nd
international half-century to help them to 321-6 in their 50 overs. The
Sri Lankans fast bowlers never looked threatening and failed to
turn the screw at opportunities, like the early dismissal of Virat
Kohli, although Malinga used his experience in the latter overs.
Their road McDermid over rate could again prove a problem, the captain
suspended after the last game and again, they were over time.
Another score of over 300, the batting looks in very good shape.
Yes, confident unit when it comes to batting. Again, a great foundation
lead by the openers, very happy to do the job and finished off really
well by MS Dhoni. A solid foundation in good nick, yourself, a long-time
outcome injury and a bit of cricket in the IPL, you must be delighted
with the start were made in tournament. I was itching to get
back to the field and now that I am back on the field, very happy to be
here and contributing. It is very important, we all know the
importance of this tournament. We took it from where we left in the
last game. The whole batting unit looked very confident in their
approach and, yes, the job is half done and I'm pretty confident the
bowlers will do the rest of the job. So a target of 322 from their 50
overs for Sri Lanka to win this game and stay in the tournament. Without
the batting strength in depth of their opponent, it looks like a
sizeable task ahead. Dickwella and Gunathilaka begin the Sri Lanka run
chase. Top edge, and should be gone. And is
gone. So Dickwella, whether he moves around the crease or not, he won't
be moving around the too much longer. India have their first
wicket. Yes, a big wicket here for India. Dickwella is the danger man,
he can get Sri Lanka off to a fast start. They have set the field, gone
slightly more defensive. Kumar was superb with his line and length,
didn't give anything away for free, the pressure was built and he chops
it in the air. India have the breakthrough, they have the runs on
the board and now they have the initial breakthrough.
Line and length the same. Strong shot. Really strong shot and the
first boundary for Gunathilaka and Sri Lanka are 15-1.
Very pleasant. He is a nice, upright player, tall and elegant in his
stroke play, Gunathilaka. Can't get better than this. If any
young player is watching, that is the best place to hit.
Almost took out Mendis at the other end. Well run away. Uncontrolled
from Mendis, but it brings up 54 Sri Lanka.
Got enough room. Flayed the back at it. A boundary for Mendis. The
moment you bowl a bouncer. That is a drop hit very hard and straight.
Unfortunately, his reflexes were not quick enough to catch up with that.
It would have been a disastrous wicket for Sri Lanka. That is why
they want to use the short ball, because the next ball is right up.
That's a fantastic shot. Pitched up, met with absolute brute force, it
straight back down. Very good shot. Nothing wrong with the ball,
everything right about the shot. And its 50 up for the left-hander, a
very stylish player. What a way to bring up your half-century. Front
foot, down the track, a short ball, and it just shows you what you can
do. Chipped shot. The fielder in the
deep has missed that completely. That's a great shot. Back quickly,
pulled with authority, sending a clear message to the Indian bowlers.
Beautifully played. No one at the deep mid-wicket. You have to have
five men in the circle. The vacant area is deep mid-wicket, and Mendis
is cashing in. With his high percentage of balls and lbws Mendis
has played this well. Missed the game against Bangladesh.
Again, the vacant mid-wicket area is peppered by Mendis. Use of the feet.
60 from 55 deliveries, a wonderful innings. Reverse sweep, and he gets
it away. All of a sudden, Jadeja, who bowled superbly against
Pakistan, finds itself under pressure. They are in such a
wonderful position here, the Sri Lankans, that is. Sensible cricket.
Beautifully put away. A bit of wit this time. Calves it behind the
square. A wonderful over from Sri Lanka. That is hit up in the air.
Oh, just popped out. I think he grabbed hold of it but as the elbows
hit the ground it popped out. A valiant effort by Rohit Sharma.
Really good effort. You would have thought maybe they would take a
backward step thinking they did not want to lose the wicket but the next
delivery, Mendis over the top. They have bought themselves 4.2 overs of
extra credit here, Sri Lanka. In control at the moment.
Top edge, over the wicketkeeper, and it will fall safely. One bounce,
another boundary. That one is much better contact, a
much better shot. An expensive over for India. 15 from it. Can he be The
Man With The Golden Gun hand? He dragged the first one down and
that was put away easily. Mendis has looked impressive for his 73. Yes, a
young man who has graduated from the School of 2014 and the ICC under 19
World Cup. Rabada also graduated from that year.
Thinking about two again. He decides to come, and this could be close.
There is the opportunity, and I think it has been created and taken.
The Sri Lankans will be very nervous.
Brad Kohli bought himself on to try and get a breakthrough but he did
not think it would be through a run out. -- Kohli.
That was a very average delivery. Mendis, sitting on 74, is not going
to miss out on that. Got him. Brilliant from Kumar.
Mendis is struggling here. He is flat out on the turf. It was an all
most suicidal run. No pace off the bat, well within reach of the
bowler. One run out already in the innings, and he was well short. This
is exactly what India wanted and Sri Lanka did not need. Not the smartest
bit of cricket. It might not have been the best run but it was a
brilliant piece of fielding from Kumar, following through, picking
up, getting the throw away quickly and knocking down the stumps. And
sometimes those moments of magic can change the game.
Sri Lanka need 116 from the final 15 overs. Two relatively new men at the
crease. What a shot that was. Beautiful shot. Jadeja going around
the wicket to try and cram him up. Not giving too much room outside
off-stump. Nice shot. Just a little flick off
the hip. That has gone over the top. One
bounce, over the ropes, it is going to be four. They are charging the
bowler again. 11 runs from that last over.
Good shot. Good shot. This time he goes off the front foot and manages
to get it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
That is his hitting zone. He loves to go in that direction, picking up
length balls in that fashion. That is going to be four. Slightly
off line. The fine leg was inside the circle. Another wrist shot for
four. Brings up the 50 partnership between these two. At any stage,
when you have a left-hander and right-hander at the crease, you need
to adjust your lines as a bowler. He did not do so. Slow ball. The
captain was on the boundary. He was deceived. Chipped it up in the air.
He was way back on the boundary and could not get in in time.
He let that through. He is kicking the ground. The captain is livid.
Well above the rate required. Right in the slot for him. Well
done, Matthews. This is when the pressure builds up.
Ideally, you want a boundary as early in the over as possible to
take the pressure off. Terrific cricket. Outstanding from Sri Lanka,
from one of their class players. They changed the field, pushed
long-off back, brought up fine leg and square leg, and he just waddles
across, gets underneath it, fix it over. I think this is sensible.
Perera has gone. He can't run. He has gone in the hamstring, he has
torn his hamstring. The worst thing to happen now would be for him to
either run out Angelo Mathews, or because he can't move, put extra
pressure on Angelo Mathews, and Angelo Mathews to get out. This is
sensible. He can always come back later. Pulled away, and pulled away
for six. A sketchy start from Gunnar Rattner, -- Gunaratne.
It should be four. A short boundary. There is a man very square on the
single so fine leg is quite fine. It just races away once it gets
there. Just a knuckleball, slower ball. He picked it very well. Still
one delivery to go. Slashed away behind square. Another
terrific over for Sri Lanka. 11 runs from it, a couple of crunching
boundaries square of the wicket. That is an unbelievable shot.
Unbelievable shot. Down on one knee. One of the best bowlers at the death
in the world, and he swept him for six. Probably the best shot of the
game, at the right moment. It has just stunned the Indian fielders.
Sweep. I can tell you, that has gone a long, long way. It has gone high
and it has gone the distance. Very good shot. Away to the point
boundary. The bowlers have been bowling slower balls and into the
surface, trying to get the batsmen to hit into the wind to the longer
boundary. That is a fantastic way to go to 50 and take your side to the
brink of a remarkable victory. The composure of the man is shown in
that shot. Held the Czech Drive, pumped it down the ground, barely
acknowledged the 50 because he knows the game is still to be one, but his
side are now on the brink. Very good cricket shot. Breaks the 50
partnership as well. 50 from 33. He has played a captain's knock. And
that will do it. A famous victory for Sri Lanka at a famous old
cricket ground, which keeps them in the tournament. Angelo Mathews
raises his bat in triumph, finishing unbeaten on 52. Huge smiles from the
Sri Lankans in the dressing room. They have beaten India fair and
square. India played well with the bat but we'll be asking themselves
questions of their performance in the field and with the ball, because
Sri Lanka have won the run chase comfortably. Playing for each other,
believing in themselves. They talked about being a young team and they
played like one. Here we have Angelo Mathews, the winning single,
pointing to his stressing room, showing his name on the back of his
sweater. Cometh the hour,, the man. And Angelo Mathews has always been a
man for a crisis. Leading Sri Lanka again to a famous victory.
Losing Dickwella was an early blip in the batting but a superb 159
partnership turned the prospect of victory into a very real one. After
those two were run out, Perera and Gunaratne continued in a similar
vein and brought Sri Lanka home for a surprising but deserved win. The
Indian bowlers offered little the way of threat. Virat Kohli even
turned over his arm in an attempt to conjure a wicket and they managed a
couple of runouts but there was not enough cutting-edge on a good
batting wicket with a fast outfield for them to defend their total. The
second shock result in as many days in the champion strophe, as a
superbly judged batting display saw Sri Lanka secure a win of India with
seven wickets and eight balls to spare. Where does this rank for you?
It is one of the top wins. To be in India, a fantastic wicket. The
bowlers started off well and to restrict the strong batting line up
to 321 was good. 300 plus is reachable on these wickets. Did you
feel you left some runs out there in your batting effort? I don't think
so. We felt we had enough on the board halfway and we trusted our
bowlers, but they were pretty good on the day. To chase down that
total, to get the momentum going through the innings, credit to their
batsmen, the way they apply themselves. They picked their areas
and execute the shots well. I think we bowled decently, but they were
batting really well. Setting yourself up for the next game of the
tournament. What does this mean? It is a must win game for all of us now
in the group. We came into the game and not many people expected us to
win. That took a lot of pressure off. We went out and expressed
ourselves. That was the plan and that will be the plan for the next
game, too. It is all to play for in group B with all four teams on two
points. India topped the group by a narrow margin. Sri Lanka are third.
In the final round of matches, it is India against South Africa on Sunday
and Sri Lanka face Pakistan in Cardiff on Monday. All four teams
can still make the semifinals. The focus moves to group a tomorrow but
after a dramatic day at the Oval, goodbye.
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Highlights from the Champions Trophy group match at the Oval between holders India and Sri Lanka.