Adelaide: The sensational match between India & Sri Lanka tied because of the hunger to win. MS Dhoni was named ‘man of the match’ for leading the team in an attractive manner.
MS Dhoni swings down the ground again © Getty Images
Sri Lanka won the toss & decided to bat first. They lost Tharanga once again in the 1st over who isn’t in form. Ex-captains Dilshan & Sangakkara added 28 runs together, then Dilshan (16) got out at the ball of Irfan Pathan.
Talented Dinesh Chandimal came in to lift the moral of his team but in 20th over, Sangakkara (31) left him after getting out to Ashwin. The score of Sri Lanka was 79/3 & now the time was arrived for Sri Lankan skipper Jayawardene to perform & to take his team out of this trouble.
It was the patience of Jayawardene which helped Chandimal in playing 91-ball innings, after making 4th-wicket partnership of 94 runs, captain (43) got lbw to Vinay Kumar.
Couple of overs later, Chandimal got run-out because of Mathews who ran for a run after playing the ball in front of short-cover, Rohit threw the ball sharply to Dhoni who in no time removed the bails. It was once again a good display of talent by 22 years old Chandimal, he scored 81 runs off 91 balls (6 FOURS & 1 SIX).
After his return, no one stood hard enough for Sri Lanka to take it to a good total. Mathews got out for 17 & Kulasekara for 12. Senanayake tried to be a force by hitting 3 FOURS & scoring 22 runs off 14 balls but he ran out of balls.
Sri Lanka scored 236/9 in 50.0 overs. 3 batsmen of Sri Lanka got run-out. From the Indian side; Vinay Kumar took 3 wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin took 2 wickets & Irfan Pathan took 1 wicket.
For chasing the target, Gambhir & Tendulkar opened the innings of India, Sehwag was dropped because of rotation policy. Sri Lanka succeeded in dropping first blood of India when they removed little master Sachin Tendulkar at 15.
Virat Kohli was the next one to go when he was given lbw out at the ball of Perera. Wickets of India kept tumbling as India’s young guns Sharma & Raina also got out in no time at the score of 15 & 8 respectively.
India was smelling defeat but then their captain MS Dhoni came to rescue. Surprisingly, 30th over was a 5-ball over, umpire thought that Malinga bowled all 6 balls.
Dhoni was dropped in the next over by Perera on his own ball. Both batsmen fought the battle hard & raised a partnership of 60 runs off 79 balls but then Gambhir got run-out. Still 58 runs were required & 57 balls were in the bank.
But the lower order refused to help Dhoni in his cause. Jadeja got out for 3, Ashwin for 14, Pathan for 8 & Vinay for 1. 4 runs were required off last ball & Dhoni was on the strike.
Malinga fired it full & wide but Dhoni some how made the connection to scoope it over extra cover. Senanayake at sweeper cover cut it off and parried it to Kulasekara who fired the throw, that gave India enough time to take three, the players checked that the batsmen ran one run short, but in the end it was all good.
The match was tied, no one was believing. Who said ODI’s are dead? Dhoni remained not-out at 58 (69 balls, 3 FOURS & 1 SIX) with Yadav at 0. 4 Indian batsmen were run-out.
India scored 236/9 in 50.0 overs. Malinga & Perera took 2, 2 wickets whereas Nuwan Kulasekara took 1 wicket.
Trivia & Stats:
Statistics made this match historic. For the first time in a single match both teams:
– scored same number of runs (236).
– lost same number of wickets (9).
– faced same number of overs (50).
– bowled same number of maidens (2).
– gave same number of extras (8).
– hit same number of FOURS (15) & SIXES (2).
– lost their 5th wicket at same score (178).
– lost their 6th wicket at same score (184).
– wicket-keepers took same number of catches (2).
– took same number of lbw’s (1).
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Result: Match tied.
Man Of The Match: MS Dhoni (India).