Sri Lanka 320/4 (50 ov)
India 99/2 (10.6 ov)
India require another 222 runs with 8 wickets and 39.0 overs remaining
*Gautam Gambhir (lhb) R:22 B: 15
Virat Kohli (rhb) R: 5 B: 5
Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, that’s another shot Gambhir’s played unsuccessfully all summer. Goes back to a short of length ball outside off and tries to work it to the leg side. Mostly he’s been getting leading edges while attempting it, but this time it goes past the inner edge.
Maharoof to Kohli, 1 run, slow legcutter, Kohli gets the pad across and works it to midwicket for one.
Maharoof to Kohli, no run, three successive dots. Kohli is taking his time. Leans out and defends to point.
Maharoof to Kohli, no run, Kohli leans out and punches firmly to cover, where Mahela prowls and fields.
Maharoof to Kohli, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Kohli leans across and deflects to the off side.
Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, back of a length on the pads, Gambhir tucks it square for a single. Couldn’t get bat on it, but as they say, India will take them however they come.
It says India need to win in 40 overs or less. I read it as India need to win in 40 overs or else.
This is a hectic start to the chase. India can actually afford to slow down a bit.