Dhoni delivers a tie in the final over

Courtesy: International Cricket Council

Skipper MS Dhoni hit three runs off the last ball to earn India a tie in their tri one-day series international against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

Dhoni failed to hit a winning boundary off the last ball by Lasith Malinga, leading both teams to finish level at 236 for nine off 50 overs.

Dhoni, who won last Sunday’s ODI against Australia in the final over, came close to repeating that success but his swipe over extra cover was cut off, and the last two Indian batsmen scampered through for three runs.

Dhoni was named man of the match with his unbeaten 58 off 69 balls and two catches in Sri Lanka’s innings. The two points lifted India to the top of the tri series standings ahead of Australia with Sri Lanka still yet to win in their three games.

Earlier sent in to field, Vinay Kumar (3-46) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-30) led a discipline bowling attack to help India restrict Sri Lanka to 236/9.

Indian pacers Vinay Kumar and Irfan Pathan (1-38) gave India a prolific start as they took a wicket each inside 8 overs.

After losing three wickets early, Dinesh Chandimal (81) and Mahela Jayawardene (43) added 94-run stand for the fourth wickets to revive the Sri Lanka innings. But the duo fall in quick succession during the batting powerplay to give India edge in the final stages of their innings.

Some lofty shots by Sachithra Senanayake (22 not out) in the end helped Sri Lanka set a decent 237-run target for India after they were reduced to 210/7 in 46.3 overs from 173/3 in 36.1 overs.

Chandimal was run out trying to steal a cheeky single in the 38th over after he completed his fifth ODI fifty to revive Sri Lanka innings. The right-hander hit a six and six boundaries in his brilliant 91 balls knock.

Pacer Vinay Kumar trapped Jayawardene leg before to provide India a crucial breakthrough as he ended dangerous-looking 94-run fourth wicket partnership between Jayawardene and Chandimal.

Jayawardene played a vigilant but smart innings of 43 off 49 balls with just two boundaries before Vinay Kumar dismissed him.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got better of patient Kumar Sangakkara (31) as Sri Lanka lost their third wicket with just 79 on board in 19.4 overs.

After losing two early wickets, Sangakkara revived the Lankan innings with Dinesh Chandimal as the duo added valuable 51-run for the third wicket. Sanga played a watchful innings of 31 off 56 balls, hitting just two boundaries.

India pacers Irfan Pathan and Vinay Kumar struck early to put India in front on Tuesday.

Comeback pacer Pathan dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan (16) in the eighth over to reduce Lanka to 28/2 in 7.1 overs.

Asked to field first, India got off to a great start as pacer Vinay Kumar dismissed Upal Tharanga for nought with the second ball of the match.

Earlier, Sri Lanka skipper Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat against India as the islanders look to register their first victory in the tri-series.

Virender Sehwag has back trouble and made way for the return of Sachin Tendulkar, while paceman Zaheer Khan has an injured calf, allowing Irfan Pathan to make his first appearance at the tournament.

“In the previous matches, we left it for the lower order batsmen. Yeah, we should have finished the previous game in the 48th over. When you are chasing it is very important to take it to the end. Sehwag has a back spasm and is out, Zaheer has a problem with his right calf. Sachin returns, and Irfan is back,” said Dhoni as India prepare to chase again for the fourth time in four matches.

Dhammika Prasad and Lahiru Thirimanne were left out of the Sri Lankan lineup, making way for Thisara Perera and Rangana Herath.

  • TA

    Further about malinga check the last ball fielding of his he doesnt even try to cover the ball. He lets it go .. what the hell is wrong with him when playing for SL.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IOrybSqvT8&feature=related check 4:26
    He has conceded 112 runs off 108 balls against dhoni. Honestly i havent seen anyone been dominant asdhoni against SL. I hope Mr.ford will analyse and attack dhoni and also gambir.

  • PremasiriS

    SL should be really grateful for young players like Chandimal, Mathews, Malinga, Senanayake, Kulasekera, and Thisara for the fight they give to keep the Country’s flag held high. However the same doesn’t apply for all sticky footed seniors who are yet to learn the ways of middling the ball at consistent basis & the veteran spinner who needs bowlers foot-holds to spin the ball. They should be removed soon rather than later if we are to do well in the future. We badly need selectors of right intelligence who know the importance of employing batters like Chandimal who can play risk free innings at regular basis. He & Mthews have been doing so because they are players who’ve been maintaining consistency from very young age unlike the 3 seniors whose perfomances were very irregular throughout their careers.

    I don’t feel like the present bunch of selectors have intelligence to pick quality players as it happens in India & Pakistan. We badly need intelligence of personalities like Madugalle & SSkandarkumar to pick the right talent. It was total ignorance of selectors, if they want to keep these inconsistent players with combined experience of 1500 Internationals but yet to learn the ways of playing, risk free innings at consistent basis, till the next WC. We need batsmen of quick reflexes who have total control over their stroke play. There’re enough players to fill those gaps who have maintained consistency from very young age as 15 years.

    (Pls note that Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne & Senanayaake aren’t players that has been picked by the selectors, but those who’ve forced their way into the National Side for their sheer brilliance since their young age as 15)(Batsmen:Angelo Perera, Khausal ilva, Dimuth Karunarathna, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Rosen Silva,Sachithra Serasinghe, Ashen Silva, Romesh Budhika, Gayan Maneshan, Udara Jayasundara, Chathuranga de Silva,… All-Rounders: Umesh Karunarathna, Geeth de Alwis, Geeth Kumara, Chathuranga Kumara,… Bowlers: Dulanjana Mendis, Charith Jayampathi,…

    • hazim

      What do you think about Malinga’s fielding.. I dont think he is doing his best at all. Its not only in the last game..