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WORLD CUP, GROUP B, TRINIDAD: India 185 all out lost to Sri Lanka 254-6 by 69 runs

Sri Lanka condemned India to the prospect of an early World Cup exit with a 69-run victory in Trinidad.

The 2003 finalists will be heading home unless Bermuda can pull off an unlikely victory over Bangladesh on Sunday.

Sri Lanka made 254-6 in their innings, thanks to Upul Tharanga's 64 and a stand of 83 between Chamara Silva (59) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (38)

India slumped to 44-3 at the start of their reply and despite 60 from Rahul Dravid, they were all out for 185.



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By Tom Fordyce

44th over: WICKET - Patel ct Vaas b Dilshan 10, Ind 185 all out
Wicket falls

There it is - Munaf heaves mightily to leg and Vaas runs round to take the catch just in front of the boundary rope. India have lost by 69 runs, and barring a miracle from Bermuda against Bangladesh on Sunday, they are out of the 2007 World Cup.

43rd over: Ind 185-9
Munaf gets lucky, chopping a big Murali offie into the ground and over his stumps for two.

42nd over: Ind 180-9
Harbha takes on Fernando, who seems to be struggling with cramp, and slams him for a four and then a massive six into the second tier of the media centre. Fernando collapses in pain - physical, he seems to be insisting - and is helped off the pitch. Dilshan completes the over for him.

41st over: Ind 168-9
Murali again, and Munaf hacks him away square for four. Over nine an over needed; one skinny wicket left.

40th over: Ind 161-9
Tillakaratne Dilshan comes on as Indian fans begin to stream away in complete silence. Munaf somehow survives an lbw shout that was hitting the middle of middle. The smallest of mercies.

39th over: WICKET - Zaheer Khan ct Malinga b Murali 1, Ind 161-9
Wicket falls

Zaheer Khan the next man to go, hoisting high to Malinga at long-on. The end is nigh for India - unbelievable scenes...

38th over: WICKET - Dravid ct Murali b Jayasuriya 60, Ind 159-8
Wicket falls

It was the latter - The Wall crumbles, hoisting Jayasuriya high to long-on where Murali takes a comfortable catch. Murali windmills his arms in joy as the rest of his team tear over to join the celebrations.

37th over: Ind 157-7
That's 50

What an over - The Wall goes to 50 with a four, and then flays three more to all parts. 17 off the over - a glimmer of hope, or a final fling?

36th over: Ind 140-7
It gets worse for India - Dravid hurts his foot trying to sweep Jaya, limps away and has to call for a runner. Uthappa jogs on. Unless something dramatic happens here, India will need Bermuda to beat Bangladesh on Sunday to prevent them heading home in disarray.

35th over: WICKET - Agarkar ct Arnold b Malinga 10, Ind 136-7
Wicket falls

Awful shot, terrible moment - Aga waves weakly at the threatening Malinga and pops him straight up in the air, Arnold taking an easy, easy catch. Dravid hangs his head.

34th over: Ind 136-6
Having said that, the runs suddenly flow off Jaya. But the rate required's still 7.4 an over.

33rd over: Ind 128-6
Malinga bowls two vicious lifters which almost take Aga's head off. There's no hiding place with tis Sri Lankan attack - they just keep coming at you.

32nd over: Ind 127-6
Super stuff from Jayasuriya - impossible to get away, and through his over in the blink of an Indian eye.

31st over: Ind 126-6
Singles but no more off Murlai, and the run-rate required is up to 6.78 per over. The current rate's just a fraction above four...

30th over: Ind 121-6
Ajit Agarkar now, and Jayasuriya keeps the pressure right on. Dravid's going to have to play out of his skin here - he's on 29 so far, off 61 balls, but he'll have to be the finisher today.

29th over: WICKET - Dhoni lbw Murali 0, Ind 116-6
Wicket falls

Maybe the fat lady can start warming up her vocal chords - Dhoni is totally flummoxed by Murali's off-break, is struck on the back leg and the decision is a formality. India on the ropes...

28th over: WICKET - Yuvraj run out 6, Ind 112-5
Wicket falls

Disaster for India - Dravid tucks the ball to short fine leg but sends Yuvraj back after being called for a single. Yuvraj is well short as Arnold throws and Jayasuriya whips off the bails at the bowler's end. Cometh the hour, cometh the man - in this case, it's Dhoni, and boy, do India need something special from him.

27th over: Ind 110-4
Yuvraj nearly does himself a mischief stretching forward for an extravagant sweep shot, but it only brings him one to deep mid-wicket. Dravid picks up one with a drive to long-off.

26th over: Ind 105-4
Yuvraj, red bandana under his helmet, tickles Jaya for a single and Dravid repeats the trick.

25th over: Ind 105-4
Tight and tricky from Murali. 150 needed to keep India in this World Cup, exactly half their overs left to get them. A great finish in prospect...

24th over: Ind 103-4
Yuvraj Singh comes in to join his skipper. Dravid keeps things ticking along with push off Jayasuriya and Yuvraj does the same.

23rd over: WICKET - Sehwag ct Jayawardene b Murali 48, Ind 98-4
Wicket falls

Massive blow for India - Murali fools Sehwag completely with his doosra, takes the edge and the skipper does the rest at slip. Wild celebrations again from the Sri Lankan players - and who can blame them?

22nd over: Ind 95-3
Jayasuriya on to spear in his twirlers, and easy singles and a two to the Indian pair. Sehwag's up to 47 now.

21st over: Ind 90-3
Good tester from Murali - he goes round the wicket and nearly has Sehwag bagged lbw - replays show it would have hit middle. Sehwag then tries to sweep, misses, and is nearly caught off bat-pad by a scrambling Sanga.

20th over: Ind 89-3
That's the powerplays gone. At the same stage, Sri Lanka were 78-2 - which by my reckoning leaves this match very much in the balance still...

19th over: Ind 85-3
Malinga back into the attack, but he strays down leg and Sehwag helps himslef to a wristy flick for three. The run-rate required is just below 5.5 per over - rate so far is 4.5, although these two are rattling along at close to six.

18th over: Ind 80-3
Big moment - Sehwag jousts as Fernando, gets a big edge and Sanga - diving full-length to his right - can't quite hang on. Great effort. Dravid then flicks Fernando away square again for another four - almost a run a ball from this partnership.

17th over: Ind 75-3
Here we go - Murali gets thrown the ball, but it's not a great start - two leg-side wides as he tries to get Sehwag round the back of his pads, and then Sehwag leans back to cut him fiercely through point for four.

16th over: Ind 66-3
Great over from Fernando - consistent top pace, and Dravid is jumping all over the place.

15th over: Ind 65-3
Wallop - Sehwag blasts the tiring Vaas high, high, high over long on for a massive six. Instantly the India fans perk up - flags are waved, horns tooted, dances danced.

14th over: Ind 56-3
Fernando sizzles one in at close to 90mph. Useful. Dravid waits for the next one and times it beautifully through midwicket for four. Effortless.

13th over: Ind 51-3
Lordy. In comes Dravid, and the weight of the world's on the India skipper's shoulders. Sehwag keeps him breathing with a crashed four through cover.

12th over: WICKET - Tendulkar b Fernando 0, Ind 44-3
Wicket falls

Would you believe it - Tendulkar's gone too! Fernando squeezes one through his gate via the inside edge, the leg stump goes walkabout and the Sri Lankan team go crazy. Abject shock among the thousands of India fans.

11th over: WICKET - Ganguly ct Muralitharan b Vaas 7, Ind 43-2
Wicket falls

Another great catch - this time from Murali sprinting backwards from mid-off. Ganguly can't believe it. That makes it very interesting - India in trouble here...

10th over: Ind 42-1
Dilhara Fernando into the attack, and Sehwag gets lucky with a thick edge through the vacant first slip area. An email in the TMS inbox from a Wayne Fordyce in Georgetown, Guyana - great name, Wayne. Both of them. Could we be related? I'm right-handed, if that helps.

9th over: Ind 36-1
Sehwag leaves all six balls alone, clearly intent on a long innings. Does he hell - he goes right after Vaas and clouts him through cover for four before smacking him back over the bowler's head for another.

8th over: Ind 27-1
Big crowd in at the Queen's Park Oval now - almost a full house, and the sun is hammering down. Ganguly tries to glide Malinga down to third man, misses and is lucky not to nibble to Sanga behind the stumps.

7th over: WICKET - Uthappa ct & b Vaas 18, Ind 25-1
Wicket falls

Great snag from Vaas - Uthappa belts a full one back at him and the old hand somehow clings on.

6th over: Ind 21-0
Malinga, sporting an Abel Xavier-style bleached-tip semi-Afro, comes roaring in and keeps Ganguly on his toes - just a wide and two singles.

5th over: Ind 18-0
Two lovely shots from Uthappa off Vaas - one timed sweetly through cover, and the next lofted high over Aleem Dar's head. Virender who?

4th over: Ind 10-0
Whoosh - Uthappa's uppish drive just eludes cover's grasp and runs away for four. Ganguly then nearly gifts a return snag, but the ball sails just past Malinga's right hand.

3rd over: Ind 5-0
Uthappa is under way as he steers Vaas away to third man for a single, but that's the only run permitted in the over as the Sri Lankan fielders throw themselves about with excellent enthusiasm.

2nd over: Ind 4-0
Slinga Malinga tears in from the other end, but Ganguly is away with a push through point for two, followed by a lofted pull over mid-wicket for two more.

1st over: Ind 0-0
Time for the Indian batsmen to show us what they're made of - and it's Uthappa in first again with Ganguly, despite Sehwag's ton against Bermuda. The vastly-experienced Vaas starts with a maiden.


50th over: SL 254-6
That's your lot - Vaas and Arnold both finish on 19 not out, with each smacking important fours in that final over. So now we know - India need 255 to stay in this World Cup. 5.10 runs an over - it's in the balance...

49th over: SL 244-6
Tough length from Zaheer Khan, and they can't get him away for any boundaries. He finishes with 2-49 from his 10 overs - a decent return.

48th over: SL 238-6
Big, big over for Sri Lanka - Arnold clouts Munaf through cover for four, takes a single and then watches Vaas smash the first six of the innings over long-on. Vaas pops another single to mid-on before Arnold flays through cover again - woeful fielding but precious, precious runs.

47th over: WICKET - Silva ct Dhoni b Zaheer Khan 59, SL 216-6
Wicket falls

Shocker for Sri Lanka - an exact replica of the last wicket, and the two established batsmen have gone. They'll do well to make 250 now...

46th over: WICKET - Dilshan ct Dhoni b Munaf Patel 38, SL 216-5
Wicket falls

Dilshan plays his best shot so far with an extravagant drive past a diving cover, tries the same a ball later and snicks straight into Dhoni's gloves. Good knock, good partnership - but will that put the brakes on at entirely the wrong time?

45th over: SL 212-4
That's more like it - one big mow wide of midwicket to Dilshan and a nice sweep for four more from Silva as Tendular strays. Still only 16 boundaries in the entire innings, and not a single six. All very un-Sri Lankan.

44th over: SL 201-4
That's 50

Silva goes to his third consecutive World Cup fifty with a tuck off Harbhajan. 63 balls it took him, with the highlight being his speed between the wickets, and the lowlight his jammy inside edges.

43rd over: SL 193-4
Six sharp singles off Sachin. Time for acceleration - the platform's there...

42nd over: SL 187-4
Wonder what Murali makes of the way his team-mates are struggling against the spinners? India, watch out. Sri Lanka need something special - eight an over from now would only get them to 251.

41st over: SL 184-4
Tendulkar gets away with a long-hop as Dilshan carves straight to the cover fielder. Silva doesn't miss out later in the over as he lofts away for four over mid-wicket to raise a 50 partnership.

40th over: SL 179-4
Harbhajan appeals for lbw as Silva misses an attempted sweep - umpire Harper isn't impressed. A single gets Silva off strike and Dilshan adds two with a skilful bit of leg-side placement.

39th over: SL 173-4
Tidy from Tendulkar 1-18 from his six so far, and he's stil getting some late swing. Dilshan to 17, Silva 39.

38th over: SL 170-4
Silva gets lucky, inside-edging in a Dilshan style over his own bails. Great running then adds five singles to the total, with the Indian fielders spread and not the quickest off the mark.

37th over: SL 161-4
Tendulkar's getting a decent amount of swing here - beating Dilshan on the outside and then getting one to hold its own to have him chopping down late.

36th over: SL 157-4
Zaheer returns to the fray, and Dilshan chops him fine for his first boundary. He then gets a monster slice of good luck when his half-heartedly prod nicks the ball just over his leg stump for another four.

35th over: SL 147-4
More from Sachin, and another leaping appeal for lbw - but Dar keeps his finger behind his back

34th over: SL 144-4
In strides Tillakaratne Dilshan, and he's quickly on the board as Harbha drops short. You feel Sri Lanka need to get close to 250 still to make India work - they're only ticking along at 4.2 runs an over at the mo.

33rd over: WICKET - Tharanga lbw Tendulkar 64, SL 133-4
Wicket falls

Boom - Sachin strikes - he thought he had Tharanga the ball before, only for Aleem Dar to turn down the caught-behind, but next ball he traps him bang in front and Dar just can't say no. Trouble for Sri Lanka now - and every change Dravid's making is coming off...

32nd over: SL 133-3
Thara moves to 64, with Harbha going for 29 off his six so far.

31st over: SL 128-3
Now then - Dravid throws the ball to Sachin Tendulkar for some of his little dippers. "His Majesty Lord Tendulkar is here" reads a banner being waved enthusiastically in the stands. The little legend responds with two lovely away-swingers which leave Silva groping, but blots his pages with a wide and no ball. Off that run-up?

30th over: SL 124-3
Harbha back into the attack from the other end, and Silva helps himself to two twos and a single. Time for another drinks break - and the match is intriguingly poised. Another couple of wickets and Sri Lanka could be in trouble - post 250, and they'll be very interested...

29th over: SL 117-3
Munaf continues his nag-nag line. Up on the Sri Lankan balcony, the players pass round a bunch of grapes. An unofficial "two per man" policy seems to be in operation.

28th over: SL 116-3
Tell you what - he nearly had wicket no.2 there - Silva throws his bat at a wide one and edges straight through a vacant first slip for four. Dravid then brings a slip in, slightly shamefacedly.

27th over: SL 111-3
Munaf replaces Harbha, and Thara drives him nicely through cover for two before chopping away for a single. Ganguly can't wait to get the ball back for his next over - he'd have a joust from both ends if it were legal.

26th over: SL 106-3
That's 50

Thara goes to his sixth one-day half-century with a slash through point for four. A cautious knock - 71 balls - but there's a whole heap of weight on his shoulders with the big biffers back in the pavillion.

25th over: SL 97-3
Harbha gets big bounce suddenly, which will lift a certain M Muralitharan's spirits. Chamara Silva survives.

24th over: WICKET - Sangakkara ct Patel b Ganguly 15, SL 92-3
Wicket falls

Sanga, clearly frustrated, aims a big heave at Ganguly's innocuous length ball and sends it straight down Munaf's throat at long-on. Terrible shot, and the Indians are overjoyed - Rahul Dravid is lapping up the credit for bringing on Ganguly, and the fans are dancing with delight.

23rd over: SL 91-2
Three more to Thara. It's getting tense out there - Sri Lanka are looking to push on, but India have gone super-defensive in the field. Not much turn now for Harbha - much more joy for the seamers, which probably means more work for Ganguly.

22nd over: SL 88-2
Ganguly takes the ball for a spell with his little wobblers, and there's easy singles all over. Plus another wide - which means extras add up to almost a quarter of the Sri Lankan tally. Sloppy business.

21st over: SL 82-2
Harbha's getting a little turn with his off-tweaks against the pair of lefties, and they keep it cautious with two singles. Key stage of the game coming up, you reckon - this could be a solid platform being built by these two, but only if they push on big-time.

20th over: SL 78-2
Sanga beaten outside off again, and Munaf's now conceded just 20 off his six overs so far. That's all the powerplays gone too. Ouch.

19th over: SL 77-2
Time for a slice of Harbha pie, and Sanga doesn't mess about - he lofts him just over mid-on for a slightly fortuitous four. But neither batsman's looking happy here - the screw tightens.

18th over: SL 71-2
Hmmm - not sure that over from Munaf backs my chat up - he has Thara groping like a seedy boss at an office Christmas party.

17th over: SL 70-2
Three singles as Aga goes to 1-23 off his seven overs so far. without wanting to mocker-up the Sri Lankans, the pitch is behaving a little better now - still bouncy, but the early fire has dampened down.

16th over: SL 67-2
Thara obviously supped some wallop juice - he flays a full one from Munag through cover for four, and then takes him for two back past the Sanga's feet.

15th over: SL 61-2
Aga stays steady in his sixth over, and there's the drinks break. Gasping here, to be honest - give me two mins and I'll be back with you.

14th over: SL 58-2
Hello, says Kumar Sangakkara - he takes a big stride and creams Munaf past Robin Uthappa at cover for a lovely four.

13th over: WICKET - Jayawardene ct Dhoni b Agarkar 7, SL 53-2
Wicket falls

What a bonus wicket - Aga sprays down leg but Sri Lanka's skipper gets a thin edge and Dhoni takes a diving two-handed catch before leaping to his feet and hurling the ball skywards.

12th over: SL 52-1
Munaf continues with his high-reaching action, and there's a huge bellow from bowler and 'keeper Dhoni as Thara plays and seemingly misses outside off. Aleem Dar stays statue.

11th over: SL 50-1
Zaheer continues to get movement away from the right-hander, but he over-pitches and Mahela flays him high over cover for an effortless two-bounce four.

10th over: SL 44-1
Munaf Patel in as Aga takes a blow, and the change almost yields instant joy - Thara slashes at a big-bouncing snorter on off and edges just past second slip. The ball zips away for four - Thara staggers to 21 not out.

9th over: SL 38-1
Zaheer's getting big swing away from the right-handed Mahela here, who is still stuck on the blob after eight deliveries. Hearts pounding.

8th over: SL 36-1
Big lbw shout against Mahela Jayawardene first ball, but Umpire Harper shakes his wise head. Nervy times for Sri Lanka - the ball's doing all sorts.

7th over: WICKET - Jayasuriya ct Agarkar b Zaheer 6, SL 33-1
Wicket falls

The danger-man goes - and to be fair, he never looked in nick today. He aims a leg-side flick against Zaheer and gets a big outside edge which flies up and away to Agarkar running in from third man. Joy in the Indian ranks - Aga kisses the ball, and the stands come alive.

6th over: SL 32-0
Wallop - Jaya flicks Aga away to long leg for three before Thara edges just past second slip for four. Thara then leans into a big cover drive and goes aerial for the best boundary of the match so far.

5th over: SL 19-0
Zaheer keeps it tight - no fireworks from Jaya and Thara so far as they keep a beady eye on this lively track.

4th over: SL 17-0
Bright sunshine at the Queen's Park Oval, with just a few scudders up above. Agarkar, ears prominent on his skinny face, beats Jaya all ends up with a snakey ripper just outside off.

3rd over: SL 15-0
Much better from Zaheer too - in-swing and bounce, and the runs come off thick outside edges. Jaya blinks down the track at the staring bowler.

2nd over: SL 11-0
That's more like it from Ajit Agarkar - two massive shouts for lbw against Jaya, and then an away-nibbler which beats the outside edge. Definite movement off the Trini track.

1st over: SL 10-0
Here we go - Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya stride to the crease; Zaheer Khan to open the attack for India. He has a shocker, too - two wides down leg, and two more sprayed leg-side which are tucked away for a two and four.

News from the middle - India have won the toss and have decided to field. No surprise that they took that choice - but it could be the first key moment of the day. Eight of the last nine games between these two have been won by the team batting second...

1300 GMT:
Now then - this is a game, eh? What a contest - India simply have to win to stand a chance of going through to the Super 8, but Sri Lanka have been rampant so far. Game of the tournament so far, no question about it.


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