WI Tri series 1st match live scores: India Vs Sri Lanka 6th ODI at Port of Spain, Jul 9, 2013
Match scheduled to begin at 09:30 local time (13:30 GMT, 07:00 PM IST).
Teams : India Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Played at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Time: 09:30 local time (13:30 GMT)
Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bowl first
India 119/3 (29/29 ov)
Sri Lanka 96 (24.4/26 ov, target 178)
India won by 81 runs (D/L method)
After a four-and-a-half hour rain interruption, Sri Lanka had ten wickets available over a truncated 26 overs to chase 178. India needed to restrict Sri Lanka to 167 or below to make the final ahead of West Indies. In an ideal Twenty20 world, this was a situation loaded in favour of the chasing side. The Queen's Park Oval pitch, with patches of green spiced up by all the rain, was an ideal Test bowler's paradise, though. And Bhuvneshwar Kumar used it to perfection, ending the chase early and taking India to the final with a spell of 6-1-8-4, his best international figures.
"It was a tough wicket to bat on," says Angelo Mathews. "We bowled well, but when we batted the pitch had been under covers and had sweated more. We had nothing to lose and went for it. It's mentally and physically draining to play three days in a row. We have played some good cricket to get to the final, hopefully we can beat India."
"We have shown a lot of character," says Virat Kohli. "To bounce back like this and finish top of the table is a commendable effort. Very proud of the team. When I and Rohit were playing, we just wanted to play ourselves in. It paid in the end, because we had wickets in hand, and it worked in the D/L calculations. Then the bowlers responded beautifully."
"If you perform well for your country, you feel proud," says Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Man of the Match. "You had to put the ball in the right areas. So far the most helpful pitch I have bowled on."
India win by 81 runs on D/L method, take the bonus point, and finish at the top of the table. In two days' time, India and Sri Lanka come out to face each other again... for the 56th match against each other in the last five years. Hallelujah. Igziabeher
Well done India. Credit where it's due. They batted in tough conditions. Rohit Sharma was beaten black and blue, but he was not out. Virat Kohli batted well too as India reached 119 for 3 in 29 overs when rain arrived. After that shower, we had time enough for only 26 overs, and Sri Lanka were given a D/L adjusted target of 178 in 26 overs. However, to get ahead of WI's NRR and thus qualify for the final, India needed to restrict Sri Lanka to 167.
India Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli says captain MS Dhoni might play in the finals if india wins today.
India to qualify for Tri Series final just need to beat Sri Lanka by 1 run or even off the last ball. Then India and Sri Lanka will qualifyto final match.
Sri Lanka are not yet officially through, but they will have to play a very very horrible match to be thrown out of the tournament now. It's practically between India and West Indies now. India will have to win by either a bonus point or a certain margin to deny West Indies (India's NRR is -.524 to West Indies' -.383). Sri Lanka will have to lose by a huge huge margin to let both India and West Indies through.
Nuwan Kulasekara will miss this important match for Sri Lanka due to an injury against West Indies match.
Sri Lanka W W L L W
India W L L W W
India and Sri Lanka have played 40 ODIs between each other over the past five years - India have won 24 of those, while Sri Lanka have prevailed in 14.
Ravindra Jadeja needs two more wickets to equal Mitchell McClenaghan as the highest wicket-taker for the year.
Sri Lanka team: WU Tharanga, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, LD Chandimal, HDRL Thirimanne, AD Mathews, BMAJ Mendis, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis, HMRKB Herath, Shaminda Eranga,Sachithra Senanayake