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India win by 5 wickets.
INDIA Over: 49 II Score: 337/5
Dinesh Karthik scored the second century of the day to lead India to victory with an over remaining. He scored 106* in just 81 balls and guided India to victory with MS Dhoni remaining unbeaten on 18* at the other end.
INDIA Over: 45 II Score: 305/5
India have lost the all important wicket of Virat Kohli. He hit eleven boundaries and three huge sixes in his knock. MS Dhoni comes to the middle now. Karthik is batting well and is on 90* from 71 balls. India need 29 runs in 30 balls.
Virat Kohli c Chandimal b Eranga 144(120) [4s-11 6s-3]
INDIA Over: 40 II Score: 253/4
Kohli has gone on a rampage, hitting the bowlers to all corners of the field. He is batting on 125* of 109 balls. Karthik too has matched Kohli shot by shot and is batting on 63* off 55 balls. India need 81 runs in 60 balls to win.
INDIA Over: 36 II Score: 212/4
Kohli and Karthik have settled in well and are cruising along in the middle. Kohli on 91* has been terrific in the middle and Karthik on 56* has carried his good form in the IPL to this match. Indian now need 122 runs in 84 balls to win the match. Kohli has done it on numerous occasions for India, especially against Sri Lanka and Karthik is also very capable of leading India to victory.
INDIA Over: 25 II Score: 129/4
India have another wicket and this time Raina has perished. Kohli has been playing a gem of an innings and has also reached his fifty. Dinesh Karthik has come to the middle after Raina's dismissal. Sri Lankan bowlers are not giving away any easy runs to the Indians.
Raina b Senanayake 34(31)
INDIA Over: 15 II Score: 79/3
Rohit Sharma's struggle when representing India continues as he succumbs to a short ball that he could not keep in the ground. Suresh Raina is the new batsman in the middle. Virat Kohli continues to bat positively and has played some delightful shots till now. Sri Lankan bowlers have been nice and tight with their line and length.
RG Sharma c Kulasekara b NLTC Perera 5 (11b 1x4 0x6)
INDIA Over: 10 II Score: 56/2
India have lost another wicket. This time Vijay has has been dismissed. He did not look too comfortable in the middle although he did play a few good looking shots. Virat Kohli has looked very comfortable in the middle and has played some delightful shots. He has already hit 5 boundaries and is currently batting on 30*. Rohit Sharma has joined Virat in the middle now and it will be interesting to see how they approach this total.
M Vijay c Thirimanne b Eranga 18 (30b 3x4 0x6)
INDIA Over: 5 II Score: 15/1
India's new opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay will be tested for the first time today. Vijay started well wityh a few crisp shots and looked in good touch. Dhawan was unlucky to get run-out early on in the innings. Virat Kohli and Vijay are not taking many risks and are taking it easy in the middle. Although the run rate is on the higher side the batsmen are lookiong to play themselves in right now.
SRI LANKA Over: 50 II Score: 333/5
Sri Lanka have put a massive total on the board for India to chase. All Indian bowlers were samshes around the park and all batsmen had a fair practise session in the middle today against an ordinary bowling line up.
SRI LANKA Over: 45 II Score: 246/3
India have picked up another wicket and this time it's Sangakkara who has been dismissed by Mishra. Thisara Perera is the new batsman in the middle. Chandimal has looked good and positive in the middle and is batting on 35* with three boundaries and a hit over the fence. Irfan Pathan has been very wayward today and has been hit around for runs.
SRI LANKA Over: 40 II Score: 246/3
Dilshan also decided to retire after playing a classy innings of 84 runs. Sri Lanka did lose the wicket of Jayawardene. At the end of the 40th over Chandimal was batting on 11* and Sangakkara was batting on 29*. Indian players have not been too good on the field. All bowlers have been pretty expensive, except for Vinay Kumar who has bowled a decent line and length.
DPMD Jayawardene c Pathan b I Sharma 30 (31b 3x4 0x6)
SRI LANKA Over: 30 II Score: 177/1
Kushal Perera has retired after playing an attacking innings of 82 runs. Mahela Jayawardene has walked out to the centre now. Indian bowlers are bowling a good line and length but the batsmen have been very positive and willing to take the attack to the bowler. Amit Mishra also came on to bowl in the 28 over and he gave away just four runs in his over. His second over was a bit more expensive with Dilshan hitting a aboundary off the first ball. At the end of the 30th over Dilshan was batting on 74* and Jayawardene was batting on 13*.
SRI LANKA Over: 25 II Score: 155/0
Perera hit back-to-back boundaries off Ashwin in the 21st over. 10 runs were scored in it. Off the next two came eight runs (four in each). Jadeja induced an edge from the of Dilshan but it went wide of Ashwin at slip for four. Dilshan began the next over with a maximum over long on. Off the penultimate delivery, Dilshan danced the down the ground but missed the delivery. Dhoni missed a stumping chance. Nine runs came from it.
SRI LANKA Over: 20 II Score: 122/0
Ravindra Jadeja has been introduced into the attack now. Nine runs from his first over including a boundary from the bat of Perera. Off the next (by Ashwin) Dilshan scored another boundary to deep midwicket. A single came off the next while 11 runs were scored from the next two overs.
SRI LANKA Over: 15 II Score: 95/0
The flow of runs has slowed down in the past five over. Off the 11th, came just two runs. The next, bowled by Vinay resulted in four runs. Spin in Ravichandran Ashwin was introduced in the 13th over. Three runs were scored from his first. Dilshan hit a boundary in the next taking the total from the over to five. Off the 15th, came five singles. India still in search for a breakthrough.
SRI LANKA Over: 10 II Score: 76/0
The sixth over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar saw Perera scoring a boundary off the last ball. Ishant Sharma replaced Pathan in the next. Dilshan ended the over with a boundary to deep backward square leg. Perera began the next over by Bhuvi with a boundary. Five runs came off it. The next over bowled by Sharma proved to be expensive as he leaked 15 runs in it that included two maximum by Perera. Vinay replaced Bhuvi and Off his first came just two runs.
SRI LANKA Over: 5 II Score: 42/0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar sharing the new ball with Pathan. He gave just three runs in his first over. However, in the next, Dilshan scored three boundaries off Pathan. In fact, 16 runs were scored in the over. The three boundaries were hit all through cover region. Perera chimed in by scoring two boundaries in the next over bowled by Kumar. Eight runs came off it. Perera scored the first six of the innings off Pathan in the next over long on boundary. Eight runs came from it.
SRI LANKA Over: 1 II Score: 7/0
The players are out in the middle. For Sri Lanka, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera will open the innings. Irfan Pathan has the new ball. On strike is Perera. The third delivery from Pathan is a wide and with that Sri Lanka have open their account. Off the final delivery, Perera employs a pull and scores a boundary. Seven runs from the over.
TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
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Some on-field action will help divert the attention from the scandal, which has tarnished the reputation of Indian cricket.
The conditions favour India`s fast bowlers but they need to sort out their line and length. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already said that they will follow a five-bowler strategy.
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India: MS Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Vinay Kumar.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (vc), Dilhara Lokuhettige, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Sachithra Senanayake and Lahiru Thirimanne.