India Vs Sri Lanka – 3rd ODI – Live Streaming Videos, Highlights

India Vs Srilanka - 3rd ODI - 3rd February 2009 - Shewag & Yuvraj

India Vs Srilanka - 3rd ODI - 3rd February 2009 - Shewag & Yuvraj

Consolidation doesn’t mean what it once did. Time was when the loss of early wickets meant a period of working the ball around to get the innings back on track. Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag worked it around all right, but interspersed with plenty of hits to the rope, as Sri Lanka wilted in the face of a run barrage at the Premadasa Stadium. By the time Muttiah Muralitharan joined Wasim Akram on 502 one-day wickets, a world record, the duo had added 221 from just 27.5 overs. The batsmen who followed couldn’t quite find the same momentum, but it didn’t matter much, with the 50 overs realising a staggering 363 runs. If Sri Lanka were to keep the series alive under lights, they needed to pull off the sort of run chase that the island had never witnessed.

After being reduced to 24 for 2, it was Yuvraj who cornered most of the strike, stroking some magnificent boundaries on either side of the wicket. Too often, the bowlers strayed on to the pads and he was more than happy to work them fine or swat them contemptuously over midwicket. There was much for the purist to admire too though, with lovely shots laced through cover and backward point.

Sehwag was a spectator in the early part of the partnership, but when the opportunity presented itself, he was no less ruthless. Nuwan Kulasekara was taken for three successive fours, after which he enjoyed his first moment of good fortune. A slower ball struck Sehwag initially on the pad in front of middle stump, but the proximity of the bat to the pad and the subsequent contact fooled the umpire.

Not that Sri Lanka made their own luck either. Farveez Maharoof made tardy progress when Yuvraj miscued Ajantha Mendis over midwicket, and Dilhara Fernando then palmed a tough chance over the rope when Sehwag, then on 45, lifted the same bowler over wide long-on. Sanath Jayasuriya was the next culprit, grassing a routine caught-and-bowled chance with Sehwag on 72.

You just don’t give such batsmen such reprieves. It took Yuvraj only 82 balls to score his 11th one-day century. It took Sehwag seven deliveries less. By then, they were dismissing the bowling at will. It didn’t matter if it was Murali or Mendis, or Fernando with the slower ball. The ball kept disappearing over the infield or into the gaps, and some appalling fielding, epitomised by Mendis letting one through his legs, didn’t help.

Yuvraj finally departed after making 117 from 95 balls, but there was no real zest to Murali’s celebration. Sehwag left not long after, for 116 [90 balls] when Jayasuriya threw the stumps down from mid-off. By then, the scoreboard showed 265, and there were still 15.1 overs to be bowled. Yusuf Pathan clouted three mighty sixes down the ground on his way to a 33-ball half-century, and though Mahendra Singh Dhoni was initially circumspect, the damage had already been done.

India would argue that they were due some good fortune. Sachin Tendulkar, who had thumped an enormous six off a free hit, was unlucky to be given out leg-before for the third time in the series. The Fernando delivery was slanting down the leg side, but the umpire decided otherwise, leaving Tendulkar with 18 runs after three matches.

Gautam Gambhir, dropped before he had scored by Thilina Kandamby at point, was then run out after backing up too far. Again, Fernando’s luck was in, with Sehwag’s firm straight drive just brushing his fingertips before colliding with the stumps.

It wouldn’t halt India’s momentum though, against pace and spin alike. They took 50 off the bowling Powerplay and 43 from the batting one, and a mammoth total gradually took shape, against a Sri Lankan side that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the one that was once so formidable on home turf.

Video: Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd ODI, Colombo – Yuvraj and Sehwag take India to 363 – Sanath Jayasurya Golden Duck, Bold by Praveen Kumar

India Vs Srilanka - 3rd ODI - 3rd February 2009 - Shewag & Yuvraj

India Vs Srilanka - 3rd ODI - 3rd February 2009 - Shewag & Yuvraj

 

India Vs Srilanka - 3rd ODI - 3rd February 2009 - Shewag & Yuvraj

India Vs Srilanka - 3rd ODI - 3rd February 2009 - Shewag & Yuvraj

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 Explosive centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag put India in a commanding position in the third one-dayer against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Electing to bat, India lost the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar early to another poor umpiring decision, before Gautam Gambhir was run out after a straight hit from Virender Sehwag ricocheted off Dilhara Fernando’s hand onto the stumps.

Sehwag and Yuvraj, however, were in a brutal mood as the duo carted the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. India decided to take the batting powerplay in the initial overs and it turned out to be a good decision.

India retained the same eleven from the second ODI as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the third one-dayer in Colombo on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka, who trail the five-match series 0-2, must win to keep the series alive. Captain Mahela Jayawardene made one change to his side, bringing in Dilhara Fernando in place of Thilan Thushara.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.

 

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilina Kandamby, Chamara Kapugedera, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando.

India vs England, Chennai Test: XI conclusions

1. Let’s get the inevitable cliche out of the way first: cricket was the real winner in this contest. Sport 1, Terrorism 0. The fact India and England produced one of the most gripping tests of the 21st century… well, that’s a bonus. And how fitting that Mumbai boy Sachin Tendulkar should hit the winning runs.

2. Monty Panesar is not developing into a world-class spin bowler. He was one-dimensional in this match, infuriatingly so, and deserves to be dropped for the second Test. Someone needs to teach Monty the art of variation.

3. Graeme Swann, on the other hand, bowled like a Test veteran. His mature performance was a real plus for Kievin Pietersen.

4. You have to feel sorry for Andrew Strauss. Two centuries in two innings and he still ends up on the losing side, and with no man-of-the-match cheque – that went to Vireder Sehwag, for his explosive, game-changing knock in India’s second innings – to ease the pain.

5. Yuvraj is an absolute monster with the bat. But how does he pull off illusion of being a world-class spinner? Pietersen seems to think Yuvraj is Bishan Bedi.

6. Time for Ian Bell to stand down for Owais Shah.

7. Rahul Dravid’s time at the top is almost at an end, clearly.

8. How many more times does Andrew Flintoff have to carry England’s bowling attack? Ah, so that’s what his broad shoulders are for.

9. Yuvraj vs Freddie: now there’s a titanic contest to keep us warm over the next few seasons.

10. Steve Harmison: next time stay at home, please. You may have the physical gifts to be a top fast bowler, but what’s the use when you have yoghurt for brains and a heart that is clearly too small for your body.

11. A two-match Test series? Not enough. We want more.

Video: Sachin’s Interview after 41st Century and India’s Historic Win in Chennai – Also talks about Mumbai Terror’s attack

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Sachin hits 41st ton as India win Chennai Test

Video: Sachin hits 41st ton as India win Chennai Test

Sachin Tendulkar led the Indian run chase to take India to a famous victory on the decisive day of the first Test against England. The master batsman clobbered his 41st Test hundred as India won by six wickets. The second hero on the tense day was Yuvraj Singh who proved his Test credentials with an unbeaten 85 while Tendulkar remained unconquered on 103.

Chasing a daunting 387-run target, India lost only three wickets on the day as they scripted the fourth highest successful run chase in history of Test cricket. The final two sessions of play saw India dominate proceedings with Tendulkar and Yuvraj batting with authority to swing the match completely in India’s favour shortly after tea.

India, who started the second session on a poor note losing VVS Laxman, made 91 runs after lunch without any further damage and in the post tea session, the willows of Yuvraj and Tendulkar flourished in grand style to author India’s highest run chase in the sub-continent.

Tendulkar was a picture of poise as he batted with effortless ease on a slow turning track, plundering nine boundaries in his unbeaten innings. He authored the chase, playing the sheet anchor to perfection and building vital stands with of 42 Gautam Gambhir, of 41 with Laxman (41) and finally an unbroken 162 one with Yuvraj. And in a fitting finish, a nudge down the leg side took Tendulkar to his century and India home

Video: Sachin Tendulkar’s Winning Shot and 41st Century – India Vs England, India beat England by 6 Wickets

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Sachins Winning Shot - India Vs England, India beat England by 6 Wickets

Video: Sachin's Winning Shot - India Vs England, India beat England by 6 Wickets

98.3 Swann to Tendulkar, FOUR, there it is! What. An. Effort. That is a historic win and Tendulkar’s 41st Test century, paddles around the corner ever so emphatically and India have clinched a superb run chase by six wickets

Tendulkar pumps his arms and Yuvraj embraces him in a massive bear hug. Chennai rises and what a win. A great Test match in fact, from start to finish. This will mean so, so much to Tendulkar and India.

Really stunning scenes in Chennai. Tendulkar scores a most brilliant hundred and India India have achieved their target of 387, which is now the fourth-highest run-chase in Tests.

Let’s run some statistics for you all of you. Prior to this successful chase, the highest score chased in the fourth innings to win a match in India is 276, by the West Indies in Delhi in 1987. In Chennai, India’s 155 for 8 in the third Test against Australia in 2001 was the previous highest.

Yuvraj played an excellent hand in an unbeaten 163-run stand with 85 on Test comeback. He is all smiles. The party will go on in Chennai all night. Do not forget Sehwag’s stunning assault last evening which gave India an awesome platform.

“This is a very, very special hundred,” says Tendulkar. “To score 387 on a track where the ball was bouncing and jumping awkwardly was great. Cricket is a lesser thing compared to what happened in Mumbai and we are with those who lost their dear ones.”

Yuvraj thanks his senior partner: “Talking to him was special. My dream has come true. I have won a Test for India with Tendulkar.”

Put this up there with Adelaide, Headingley, Perth, Johannesburg, and Galle. England set India 387 and they chased it down with six wickets in hand. Where did England lose this Test after dominating so much of it? When they scored some 57 runs in a session yesterday.

Listen to this – Tendulkar’s unbeaten 103 is his first fourth-innings hundred in an Indian win. And Dhoni has now won four matches out of four.

Time for the post-match ceremony. First up is Pietersen: “A very, very bitter pill to swallow. To start Test cricket two weeks after what happened in Mumbai is terrific. I think Sehwag started the innings terrificly and we tried our hearts out. We didn’t come here to lose. The pitch was very good. There are player positives to take back for us. A fantastic performance against India.”

Now its Dhoni’s turn: “The toughest win. We were not present for the first three days of this Test, not batting well. But we won this match over the last two days. Sehwag was the play maker and without him we would have been defending this match. Sachin was brilliant and Yuvraj was amazing. It was tough on days four and five. Batting with Bhajji in the first innings was key as we reduced the lead.”

And finally its time for the Man of the Match, and it is indeed Sehwag for his 68-ball 83 on day four. “This is Sachin’s best innings I have seen,” he says. “I remember the Test loss against Pakistan here [in 1999] but today he finished the job. I always back myself to play only a few shots. If the ball is in my area I hit it. The ball was turning and bouncing but Sachin and Yuvraj batted brilliantly. I’ve played for eight years and the atmosphere in the dressing room now is brilliant. We believe we can do anything.”

Video: India historical win – Sachin Tendulkar hit his 41st Test century

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India historical win - Sachin Tendulkar hit his 41st Test century

Video: India historical win - Sachin Tendulkar hit his 41st Test century

Sachin Tendulkar hit his 41st Test century and along with Yuvraj Singh took India to a historic victory in the first Test against England  at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.

Tendulkar (103) and Yuvraj (85) took India to victory by an unbeaten partnership of 163 runs for the fifth wicket to achieve the victory target of 387 runs.

The pivot around which the Indian batting revolved around today was Tendulkar who hit 9 fours in his match-winning knock and hit the winning shot for India with a paddle sweep to fine leg for four off Graeme Swann.

When he reached 56, Tendulkar reached 1000 Test runs in the calendar year – a feat that he has achieved for the fifth time in his glittering career.

Tendulkar’s knock is a fitting answer to all those who said that Tendulkar has not led India to a victory in a Test by his batting in the fourth innings.

Yuvraj too played brilliantly to hit his 4th Test fifty off 76 balls on his way to 85 with the help of 8 fours and a six and to his credit didn’t flinch inspite of constant banter from the English specially from Andrew Flintoff.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj upset England plans who were looking for some quick wickets after the dismissal of VVS Laxman.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj hit spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann out of the attack with some big hits and when the England fielders went back to the boundaries started accumulating singles with regular ease.

India lost Laxman soon after lunch with Graeme Swann giving England the breakthrough with a bouncy delivery that turned in from outside off as Laxman failed to keep it down and edged it to forward short leg for Ian Bell to take the catch.

Laxman hit four fours in his knock of 26 and added 41 with Tendulkar for the fourth wicket.

Tendulkar and Laxman took India to lunch at 213/ after India lost Gautam Gambhir (66) and Rahul Dravid (4).

James Anderson dismissed Gambhir by having him caught at gully by Paul Collingwood who dived to his right to take a good catch.

Gambhir hit seven fours in his knock and added 42 runs with Tendulkar for the third wicket.

Earlier, Dravid’s miserable run with the bat continued as he was dismissed in the first ten minutes of the day’s play by Andrew Flintoff who bowled a beauty of a leg-cutter and the length of the delivery forced Dravid (4) to the front foot and edge it to keeper Matt Prior for the catch.

Dravid has now been dismissed for single digit scores in his last four Test innings and ever since he quit captaincy last year, he has scored 881 runs at an average of 28.41.

The day’s play started with India resuming their second innings on 131/1 with Gambhir and Dravid. The Indian run chase has been set up fantastically by Virender Sehwag who hit a blitzkrieg knock on day four.

Sehwag sent the English on a leather hunt by blazing his way to a 68-ball 83 after smashing to a half-century off just 32 balls.

Sehwag’s fascinating innings, that was studded with four sixes and eleven fours, came to an end when he fell leg before wicket to Graeme Swann to put India at 117/1.

Sehwag tried to paddle sweep a delivery across the line but was trapped plumb in front giving England a huge sigh of relief.

Video: India Vs England,Chennai – Virender Shewag’s Innings – 4th Day Live Video

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India vs England, Chennai Test match - Virender Sehwag Tremendous Innings

India vs England, Chennai Test match - Virender Sehwag Tremendous Innings

Virender Sehwag’s assault has once again underlined his rare ability. The Delhi dasher got wholesome praise from former India captain and CNN-IBN cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar, who also said that India can win the game if they plan well for the final day’s play.

 

“I have played against some of best players in the history of the game but this man — Virender Sehwag is something else. He is so different. He has got not a care in the world. He has got a lovely eye and a terrific bat speed and has got an uncomplicated game.

 

“If the ball is there to be hit, he hits it. If it is not there to be hit, he defends it. And while a lot of people say that he has got no footwork, then have a look at him when he defends not when he attacks. When he defends, he has got such a straight pad, whether it is off the front foot or the back foot. And he shows a lot of respect to the bowl off which he cannot score.”

 

Gavaskar also appreciated the attitude of the former India captain Rahul Dravid who came out to bat after the fall of Sehwag’s wicket towards the end of the day rather than asking for a night watchman.

 

“The fact that he came into bat when just 25 minutes were there and didn’t pressurise the captain to send the night watchman, tells that he is very determined indeed. It could have been so easy for him to have suggested that because he has not been getting runs and didn’t get runs in the first innings also. It could have been so easy for him to have hinted that a nightwatchman was needed but he didn’t ask of it, instead he went out there to battle it out himself.

 

“So, for me that’s a very very good and a positive sign. And I am hoping that it will come through tomorrow as well and he will come good when India team is really needing this,” said Gavaskar.

 

Speaking about India’s chances of winning the match on Monday, he said, “I think what India need to do is look at scoring probably 90 runs in the first session by losing maybe just one wicket or so and then another 90 runs in the session after lunch, losing maybe another wicket at best. So, if they lose three wickets by the tea time and have scored 180 runs, so the rest of the runs shouldn’t be much of a problem.”