SIIIIIIIXXXX! Over! Dhoni knocked a SIX into the crowd. Unbeliavable! 91 for Dhoni – IND 277/4 in 48.2 overs – India wins by SIX wickets! Sensational, India. Great game, great team!
Poonam Pandey must strip!
IND 270/4 in 48 overs – it’s over now. India needs 5 runs and there’s nothing SL can do to stop them.
IND 268/4 in 47.3 overs – just 7 runs needed – and the crowd is ready to erupt in minutes. The biggest party in the world will follow soon, in India.
Malinga is back. Can he do something special? Not quite. Dhoni just scored a FOUR. And another.
IND 259/4 in 47 overs Please refresh the page to see the scores. India still need 16 runs in 3 overs.
IND 258/4 in 46.4 overs. Excellent effort by Singh. A real chance for India if these guys focus.
They need to focus now – 4 overs left to get 27 runs. Dhoni and Singh are fine cricketers, but can they pull it? Our fans believe in India’s confidence. It takes a bit more than confidence to win this game. IND 253/4 in 46.2 overs
IND 248/4 in 46 overs Malinga, now appearing rested, has Singh on the ropes
IND 245/4 in 45 overs This will go right down to the wire – India needs 6 per over to take this championship
A close call, the Indian captain survives a close runout situation, three judges were called upon Whew!
IND 240/4 in 44 overs
A SIX just at the right time carries all the way – Dhoni – and the almost a run out whew!
IND 232/4 in 43 overs
Y Singh ends with a FOUR! IND 227/4 in 42 overs
End of over 42 IND 223/4 Yuvraj Singh comes to the middle – 52 runs needed now the required RR is 6.0 but India’s current RR is only 5.39 – can Singh come thru?
Gambhir OUT short of his Century BOWLED! What an epic battle this has been….
End of over 41 IND 223/3
IND 221/3 in 40 overs Coming down to it, Malinga has a rest, looks as if both teams are saving up for a final effort.
MS Dhoni FOUR! India now chipping away at SL bowlers.
End of over 39 IND 209/3 Gautam Gambhir 92(114) MS Dhoni 52(54) Gambhir works on his World Cup Final Century some more
MS Dhoni ends the over with a FOUR! 254 for 3
IND 196/3 in 37 overs
Dhoni in his finest form. Another FOUR keeps the Indian gallery standing. IND 188/3 in 35.2 overs. Cur RR: 5.32 and Req RR:5.93. A bit more and things look rosy for India.
IND 170/3 in 33 overs. Still need 105 runs
India need to step it up a bit. Dhoni just delivered his first boundary, but that’s not enough. IND 157/3 in 31 overs Cur RR: 5.06 and Req RR:6.21. They still need 118 runs to win.
IND 134/3 in 27 overs but the RR is not there!
26.5 A FOUR using Malinga’s pace to score Gambhir
Malinga receives a cheer from the pro India crowd
IND 128/3 in 26 overs
23.1 Gambhir stretches for TWO
IND 117/3 in 23 overs
IND 115/3 in 22 overs
IND 114/3 in 21.4 overs Dishan has been extraordinary in this tournament
After 20 IND 105/2 Req RR:5.66 India’s current RR 5.25
19.4 Kohli FOUR
End of over 19 IND 99/2 Virat Kohli 24(41) Gautam Gambhir 50(56) Half Century for Gambhir
16.1 Kohli 3 WIDES to start
End of over 16 IND 86/2 Virat Kohli 23(32) Gautam Gambhir 41(48)
Gambhir FOUR ENDs the over IND 81/2 in 15 overs India slightly behind the needed RR
14.3 Gambhir adds TWO
IND 68/2 in 13 overs 12.5 Kohli TWO
Gambhir FOUR IND 56/2
10.1 Gambhir FOUR!
End of over 10 IND 41/2 Virat Kohli 6(15) Gautam Gambhir 15(29)
IND 33/2 in 8 overs
IND 32/2 in 7 overs The crowd is in shock. Compared with only moments ago, the stadium sounds like a tomb.
IND 31/2 in 6.1 overs
Malinga has Tendulkar OUT! Bowled, the man is amazing! WOW India is in big trouble now!
End of over 6 IND 31/1 Gautam Gambhir 12(21) Sachin Tendulkar 18(13)
Perera silences Gambhir UNTIL THIS FOUR!
IND 27/1 in 5 overs
IND 26/1 in 4 overs
3.4 Tendulkar with ANOTHER FOUR!
3.3 Tendulkar FOUR! What a classic matchup
Tendulkar adds two more – the pace is steady
Tendulkar adds three IND 10/1 in 2 overs
IND 4/1 in 1 overs
Gambhir ANSWERS WITH A BOUNDARY! FOUR
IND 0/1 in 0.2 overs Malinga has bowled over half India’s dynamic duo – Tendulkar counseled his teammate as the review was going on.
We get underway and almost immediately India has lost their first wicket apparently!!! Malinga has already bowled out Sehwag – WOW!
62 Runs in the power play – Sri Lanka has to feel they have made a massive bid to win this tournament. No matter what happens, no one can take away from either of these superb teams.
Can India now chase down 274 to become one of the great champions of cricket? Tendulkar and CO have the task before them. Against probably the world’s best bowlers – the tournament’s most steady team chases greatness – this is superb! Stay tuned
SL 274/6 in 50 overs Perera exhibits why he is a champion batsman – he held nothing back – that SIX was out of a history book! The crowd went completely silent. Now SL bowlers can attempt to shut out maybe the world’s greatest cricket team! WOW
UNBELIEVEABLE!!! PHENOMENAL! PERERA PLANTS IT IN THE DEEP STANDS! SIX!!!!
49.5 A DIVING TWO What a hitter Perera is
49.4 And FOUR MORE!
49.3 T Perera FOUR really whacked!
49.2 M J’dena ONE
49.1 Z Khan to T Perera ONE
SL 256/6 in 49 overs Perera was good for a four and a one there.
Thissara Perera - the India specialist, has come on to try and deliver the death blows! The buzz behind the announcer is awesome to see and hear.
The just like that Nuwan Kulasekara run out SL loses another wicket but more importantly a potential savior. The crowd has gone crazy now.
End of over 48 SL 248/5 Mahela Jayawardena* 100(84)Nuwan Kulasekara 32(30) Mahela has gone literally berserk here! M J’dena too. The century has been made for one, and the other is on the way to half century.
End of over 47 SL 230/5 Nuwan Kulasekara* 24(27) Mahela Jayawardena 90(81) is this push too little too late?
The game is on – Sri Lanka won the toss & elected to bat and Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan are batting. Score now: SL 7/0 in 2.1 overs
Today the two toughest cricket teams in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup battle for supremacy. India versus Sri Lanka, hosts versus co-hosts, two fantastic cricket clubs, what could be better? In a few moments Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will be rocking with the noise as these two teams square off. Stick with us for the live scores and updates as before, or check the game streams we have listed to watch via the Internet. This is the one we’ve all waited for.
Hey, we would also like to thank each and every one of you for enjoying these matches here with us so far. It has been our great pleasure to share them with all of you. And now for a bit of analysis and my prediction for today. So far Phil is 12 and 1, my only failed prediction being India whipping Pakistan.
For the basics of how these teams match up lets start with batting. Without sounding as if I am bailing out on this subject, it should be clear to anyone that at bat these teams are dead even. India, as we have seen, is likely to score quicker – and lose some wickets doing so. Sri Lanka has to prevent Tendulkar and Co. from surging like they did versus Pakistan early on. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, is all about their middle order. India needs to stifle this group of batsmen.
Where bowling is concerned, clearly Sri Lanka has an advantage on paper. They have conceded fewer runs, 1328 runs in 7 innings versus India’s 1996 runs in 8 innings. Sri Lanka edges out India in several other metrics where bowling is concerned too. But, for the same reasons I have not been over-analytical in the past games of the tournament – there is no need here either.
I missed one prediction so far in this tournament, and because I underestimated one aspect of India v Pakistan – the steady example Tendulkar brings to an already stable team. Pakistan, despite their fire and potential – seemed stunned and psyched in the semi – and they lost because of India’s better composure. And so.
If Sri Lanka can keep a cool head (and not drop Sachin Tendulkar four times) they will win the 2011 ICC World Cup – and make history. If they lose their heads? Tendulkar and Co. will once again rise to the pinnacle of the cricket world. Like the Pakistan-India matchup, the match ended up being about players – Tendulkar versus his counterpart, Sachin clearly winning out. Today it is about Tendulkar versus T.M Dilshan – more or less. Whichever hero excels (or in the India Pakistan case maintains) that is the side that will win.
Out on the Limb
I am betting (along with about another billion peeps) Sri Lanka will not blow it. Don’t get me wrong, India is a superb team – confident and rock solid. But they should have lost to Pakistan the other day. The run total they put up was simply not high enough. They got very lucky in my view. Sorry, but think about this. Pakistan lost that game more than India won it. The odds of two world class teams choking? Sri Lanka by a nose here. Go ahead and argue. Either way, a fantastic cricket club will be champions, right?
Streams and Feeds 4U
Again for our readers who want to watch the game online, here are a few websites providing live streaming, live scorecards and updates: ESPNstar.asia (live streaming available only in Asian countries), Crictime.com (site for live streaming, broadcasting on four different servers) and ESPN3.com (ideal for US viewers). Willow TV is also an official online broadcaster in the United States. Our most recent feed came via a very nice mail from someone who created a nice feed here called CricZero. Fans in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland can watch the game via BSkyB. A complete list of 2011 Cricket World Cup broadcasting rights can be found via Wikipedia, or at Yahoo! Sports, in *pdf format.