New Delhi: As a result of a superb maiden ton from Ambati Rayudu, India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second ODI played at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad.
Over 44.3 || Score 275/4
Prasanna to bowl the over. First ball and Raina Out! Trying to hit the winning shot, Raina lost his wicket as he missed the line completely and got trapped in front. But after the gap of a ball, centurion Rayudu danced down the wicket to finish the game in style with the help of a boundary. And with that India won the 2nd ODI by six wickets, with 33 balls to spare. Now India have a healthy lead of 2-0 in the series after the first two ODIs of the five match series.
SK Raina lbw b Prasanna 14 (6b)
Over 44 || Score 270/4
Ohh Kohli missed his half-century by mere one run. It was a soft dismissal, as Kohli went for a drive but played the ball straight into the hands of Randiv. Suresh Raina is the new man in. But in the next over Raina straight away scored a boundary and a six off Randiv which means he has some pending work outside the park.
V Kohli c Randiv b Prasanna 49 (44b)
Over 42 || Score 253/2
Kohli launched Prasanna for a six over mid-wicket in the 41st over to collect eight runs from the over. And in the next over, Rayudu collected his ninth boundary off Randiv to take India's score over 250 runs. Now 22 runs are required off 48 ball, which means it safe to say that the match is in India's pocket.
Over 40 || Score 238/2
Shoulders of Sri Lankan players are dropped, it seems as if they have thrown in the towel. On the other hand, Kohli and Rayudu are hitting boundaries and sixes at regular intervals. They are looking unstoppable at the moment.
Over 38 || Score 223/2
Rayudu completes his maiden ODI hundred in the 38 over, bowled by Perera. He used 101 balls to reach the landmark, studded with seven boundaries and four sixes. A well deserved ton by the right-hander. He certainly deserves a place in the World Cup squad. India are on the drivers seat and are looking all set to take a 2-0 lead in the five match series.
Over 35 || Score 200/2
Rayudu is on fire. He is hitting the bowlers all over the ground. In the last two overs he collected two boundaries and a six. He is in a hurry to finish off the match early. Meanwhile, India have crossed the 200-run mark. 24 runs came in the last two overs.
Over 33 || Score 176/2
Now the match is slipping away from the hands of Sri Lanka as India need mere 99 runs in 17 overs and they have eight wickets in hand. Sri Lanka need a couple of wickets here to get back into the match. But the way both the batsmen -- Kohli and Rayudu -- are playing in the middle it's looking highly unlikely. In the last three overs, the visitors have conceded 15 runs.
Over 30 || Score 161/2
Kohli collected his first boundary of the match in the 29 over off Prasanna, when he danced down the wicket to place the ball towards extra covers. 20 runs came in the last three overs. Rayudu, who has been promoted up the order in the match is now dealing in boundaries. He is using his feet well against the spinners. Meanwhile, he the hosts have crossed the 150-run mark as well.
Over 27 || Score 140/2
Rayudu completed his fifty as well in the 26th over. But in the very next over, India lost the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan. The southpaw went for a big hit off Prasanna but couldn't connect it well and got out at deep square leg boundary. Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has joined Rayudu in the middle after the fall of India's second wicket. India need 135 runs in the next 23 overs and they have 8 wickets in hand. So it's a good time for Kohli to come in and play a good knock.
S Dhawan c Priyanjan b Prasanna 79 (80b)
Over 25 || Score 130/1
Boundaries are now coming easily for India. Both the batsmen have scored eight boundaries and two sixes in the last six overs. Sri Lankan skipper Mathews is looking short of ideas at the moment. For the second wicket they have added more than 100 runs and are looking dangerous with every passing over.
Over 22 || Score 107/1
Dhawan has changed gears rather swiftly. He is now dealing in boundaries. In the 22nd over the southpaw picked Parera and smashed him for a six first and then collected two boundaries to get 16 runs from the over. And with that India have crossed the 100-run mark.
Over 21 || Score 91/1
Slowly but steadily Dhawan and Rayudu have started scoring runs with the help of boundaries. Meanwhile, lucky Dhawan completed his fifty in style by hitting a boundary to reach the mark in the 21st over bowled by Prasad. They have collected 22 runs in the last three overs.
Over 19 || Score 71/1
Rayudu came down the wicket to hit the spinner Randiv out of the park in the 17th over to collect nine runs from it. But still the Sri Lankan bowlers are not offering much to the Indians to score freely. 15 runs came in the last three overs.
Over 16 || Score 56/1
Finally in the 14th over, Dhawan scored is first boundary of the innings off Perera, when he played a cracking shot towards midwicket. Meanwhile, India crossed the mark of fifty in the 15th over.
Over 13 || Score 41/1
Opener Dhawan has faced 35 balls so far but he hasn't scored a boundary yet. It shows the discipline of Sri Lankan bowlers. In the 13th over, spinner Suraj Randiv has been given the ball. At the moment India are scoring runs at an average below four. But Rayudu is looking solid in the middle. In the last three overs came mere eight runs.
Over 10 || Score 33/1
Ambati Rayudu has been promoted up the order as he walked in after the fall of first Indian wicket. The first ten overs certainly belong to Sri Lanka. They not only managed to stop the run flow but also picked up an early wicket.
Over 7 || Score 20/1
Dhammika Prasad has been introduced into the attack as the first change bowler in the seventh over. And the seamer didn't disappoint his skipper and provided his team the first breakthrough in the form of Ajinkya Rahane. Length ball by the seamer, Rahane went for an expensive cover drive but only managed a thick outside edge of his bat and as the ball slipped from the gloves of wicketkeeper Sanka, Mahela showed good reflexes to take a one handed catch.
AM Rahane c Jayawardene b Prasad 8 (19b)
Over 4 || Score 9/0
Both the seamers are bowling at a good line and length and not giving much room for the Indian openers to score freely. Both the batsmen are living dangerously at the moment as are looking for risky singles.
Over 2 || Score 4/0
Both the century makers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan are opening the innings for India. Boundary off the second ball. Rahane played a cracking backfoot punch towards the off side to collect the first boundary off Angelo Mathews. Next over, bowled by Lahiru Gamage, was a tight one as it was maiden by the seamer.
Sri Lanka Innings
Over 50 || Score 274/8
Captains knock by Angelo Mathews (92) and a cameo by Dhammika Prasad (30) at death overs helped the visitors to put up a challenging total of 274 runs after winning the toss. But the pick among the bowlers is undoubtedly the young lad, Akshar Patel, who ended up with the impressive figures of 10-39-2. However, India bowlers bowled decently.
Over 48 || Score 253/8
Both the seamers are trying different things to keep the batsmen quiet. In the last two overs they leaked 13 runs. But Dhammika Prasad is playing a crucial knock here for his team alongside his skipper. Meanwhile, SL have crossed the 150-run mark.
Over 46 || Score 239/8
Fast bowler Yadav gave away eight runs in the 45th over of the match. Now both the front line seamers -- Ishant and Yadav -- are bowling in tandem for India. Mind it, lower order batsman Dhammika Prasad is playing good shots in the middle. He has reached to 12 off 11 balls, with the help of two boundaries. But the thing to watch here is that can Mathews score a hundred here? He is playing on 81.
Over 44 || Score 220/8
Sri Lanka lost Randiv in the 44th over, bowled by R Aswin. Randiv, tried to play the office over covers but missed the line completely and the ball crashed into his stumps. And it was a wicket maiden by the spinner. Ten runs came in the last two overs.
S Randiv b Ashwin 10 (13)
Over 42 || Score 210/7
In the last four overs Sri Lanka scored 27 runs and lost one wicket in the form of Perera. Skipper Mathews is still at the crease. If the visitors want to put up a decent total they need their skipper to bat till the very end. In the 40th over, bowled by Jadeja, Mathews smashed three consecutive boundaries.
NLTC Perera b Patel 10 (11b)
Over 38 || Score 183/6
Indian bowlers should be wary of these two batsmen at the crease as both of them are big hitters of the cricket ball and are very much capable of changing the course of the game. In the last two overs Lanka only managed to add four runs.
Over 36 || Score 179/6
Sri Lanka have lost two wicket in quick-succession. After losing Sanga's wicket in the 34th over, they lost two more wickets in the 36th over in the form of Priyanjan and Prasanna. If Priyanjan fell short of his crease and got run out then Prasanna gave a straight catch to backward square leg fielder. Now the hosts are once again at the back-foot. Big hitter of the cricket ball, Thisara Perera is the new man in.
S Prasanna c Rayudu b Jadeja 13 (14b)
SMA Priyanjan run out 1 (2b)
Over 34 || Score 160/4
Seekkuge Prasanna has joined Mathews in the middle. In the 34th over bowled by Jadeja, skipper Mathews completed his fifty in style by hitting a boundary towards extra covers with the help of an inside-out shot. The right-hander took 63 balls to reach the mark with the help of five boundaries and a six.
Over 33 || Score 155/4
Batting powerplay has been taken. Now this would be an important phase of the match. Big blow to Lanka, Sangakkara Out! It's a lucky wicket for Yadav. It was high full toss by the speedster, Sanga tried to clear the long on field but coudn't manage to time it well and eventually Dhawan took his catch at deep. Six runs came in the first two overs of the batting powerplay. Meanwhile, SL crossed the 150-run mark as well.
KC Sangakkara c Dhawan b Yadav 61 (86b)
Over 31 || Score 149/3
Finally, Kohli has reintroduced speedster Umesh Yadav in the 31st over. But Mathews smashed him for two boundaries -- first two fine leg and the next came towards extra covers. Indian bowlers leaked 18 runs in the last two overs.
Over 29 || Score 131/3
Akshar Patel has once again impressed with the ball, thus far. The left-arm spinner conceded mere 29 runs in his eight overs and scalped a wicket as well in the form of opener Dilshan. Manwhile, Sangakkara has completed his fifty by placing the ball towards wide long on to collect two runs in the 28th over. It's his 87th ODI fifty. What a batsman he is...
Over 26 || Score 123/3
Both the senior batsmen are well set now and are taking calculative risks. They are only looking for boundaries on loose balls. But are dealing in singles to keep the scoreboard ticking. Common Kohli, give one over to Umesh or Ishant. Meanwhile, Sanka is mere two runs short of his fifty.
Over 24 || Score 115/3
Partnership between Sanga and Mathews is now looking dangerous with every passing over. They have already added 50-runs for the fourth wicket and most importantly looking solid at the crease. India need to break this partnership. And i guess Kohli should give one or may be two overs to one of his speedsters to unsettle these set batsmen.
Over 22 || Score 107/3
Sri Lanka have crossed hundred-run mark in the 22 over. In the same over stand-in skipper Kohli handed over the ball to Jadeja for the very first time in the match. But the left-arm spinner proved a bit expensive as he gave away nine runs. Last two overs were good for the visitors as they have collected 17 runs from them.
Over 20 || Score 90/3
Senior batsman Sangakkara has started scoring boundaries now. In the last two overs, the southpaw first smashed a boundary off Patel and then in the next over launched Ashwin for a maximum. Lanka need him badly, for a long time, at the crease in this innings. He has reached to 29 off 49 balls. A steady knock so far by the him.
Over 18 || Score 75/3
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews walked in to join Sanga in the middle after losing their third wicket. Both the spinners -- Ashwin and Patel -- are bowling in tandem for India. They are not trying to bowl fast, and giving nice loop to the ball, which is a good thing to do on such a track. But Islanders need a big partnership here to set up a big total for India. Ten runs came in the last four overs.
Over 14 || Score 65/3
In the last three overs India lost another big wicket, this time in the form of Jayawardene, who got out in a soft manner. The senior batsman played a half-hearted shot towards deep mid-wicket and found a fielder at deep, who took a running catch to perish the batsman. SL collected 10 runs in the last three overs and lost a wicket.
DPMD Jayawardene c Rayudu b Ashwin 4 (11b)
Over 11 || Score 55/2
Spin from both end as Akshar Patel has been given the ball. Dilshan Out! Off the third ball the right-hander went to cut the ball, which is not that short but missed the line completely as it crashed into his stumps. Patel once again gave India a breakthrough in his first over. Mahela Jayawardene is the new man in.
TM Dilshan b Patel 35 (30b)
Over 10 || Score 52/1
First bowling change as offie R Ashwin has been introduced into the attack in the 10th over. But Ashwin is not getting much turn from the track, reason being the ball is still new. And Dilshan is making most of it, as he smashed the bowler for four consecutive boundaries. The spinner proved too expensive in his opening over as he leaked 17 from it. Meanwhile, the visitors have crossed the 50-run mark.
Over 8 || Score 30/1
Indian bowlers are bowling at a tight line and length. They are not giving much room to the Islanders to free their arms and score swiftly. Sanga and Dilshan are playing cautiously after losing first wicket early on. Track is looking good as bowlers are getting decent bounce from the track. 13 runs have come in the last four overs, and came just one boundary, which shows that how disciplined Indian seamers are, thus far.
Over 4|| Score 17/1
Opener Dilshan smashed Yadav for two back-to-back boundaries in the third over of the match. Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara has joined the opener in the middle after losing the first wicket in the opening over, in the form of Perera. Though, in the next over, Sharma bowled at a tight line and length and concede mere a single. 11 runs came in the last two overs.
Over 2|| Score 6/1
Umesh Yadav strikes for India early on. Perera got trapped in front of the wicket off the last ball of the fist over, for a duck. Ishant Sharma is sharing the new ball with Yadav. Good start by the hosts.
MDKJ Perera lbw b Yadav 0 (6b)
Toss: Angelo Mathews has won the toss and decided to bat first. One change each in both teams. Ravindra Jadeja is replacing injured Varun Aaron, whereas, Kusal is in as Tharanga is out for Lankans.
Welcome to our live coverage of the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka from Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad.
Within few minutes from now world champions India will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the second ODI scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad.
In the five match series India have a lead of 1-0, as they thrashed the listless Islanders in the opening match.
Upbeat India will like to maintain the winning momentum in today's match under their stand-in skipper Virat Kohli. On the other hand under-prepared Sri Lanka will look to level the series 1-1, by winning the second ODI.
After beating Sri Lanka by a big margin of 169 runs, India are certainly the favourites to win the match as well as the series.
Both the Indian openers are looking in excellent nick and would look to provide India another solid partnership up the order.
As far as the ground is concerned its generally an easy paced track and things are expected to continue in this respect for this game too.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Gamage, Chaturanga de Silva, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv.