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Cricket World Cup final: India-Sri Lanka as it happened

  1. 0920 Commentary  

    Morning, everyone - and a very warm welcome to the Cricket World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka, which is due to start at 1000 BST (with Test Match Special on air from 0930). It's been six weeks (or, as fans of Douglas Adams may like to observe, 42 days) since the start of a marathon tournament which has shown that, to paraphrase my namesake Mr Twain, reports of the death of 50-over cricket may be an exaggeration.

    We've had some thrilling finishes (the India-England tied game comes to mind), while some unlikely heroes have emerged (Ireland's Kevin O'Brien smashing the fastest century in World Cup history), while it's been a last hurrah for some titans of the game preparing to leave the international stage - or relinquish their captaincy.

    Whatever else you're planning to do today, and whoever you're backing to win, I hope you'll let me be your genial guide to matters live textual, as I can promise we'll be playing a straight bat. As someone e-mailed in the other day, just imagine if we had a tied final, settled by an OOPSE (one over per side eliminator) with Muttiah Muralitharan bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. That really would be a Champagne Super Over in Mumbai.

  2. BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell  

    On Twitter: "Amazing buzz around the ground. Will take a while for everyone to get in."

  3. 0925 Commentary  

    While we wait for the toss, there's oodles of stuff on the BBC Sport website for you to peruse if you've not seen it. From the TMS team, Jonathan Agnew has assessed the two teams, Alison Mitchell explains why India's captain Mahendra Dhoni thinks there are too many VIPs around, and producer Adam Mountford has picked his team of the tournament.

    Meanwhile, you can read Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan's latest exclusive World Cup column, while Indian journalist Suresh Menon asks "Sachin Tendulkar - myth or man?" and our very own Ben Dirs ponders the enigma that is Muttiah Muralitharan. And there's a gallery showing how cricket fever has hit South Asia, and more from Joe Wilson, BBC Hindi's Nitin Srinivastava\u00a0and BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana.\u00a0Enjoy!

  4. 0931 Commentary TOSS NEWS  

    The call is "heads"... but with the huge crowd noise meaning that match referee Jeff Crowe couldn't hear who called "heads", they have to toss again!

    Second\u00a0time around, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara calls correctly - so Sri Lanka win the toss and bat first.

  5. 0935 Commentary TEAM NEWS  

    Sri Lanka make four changes - including one enforced. Angelo Mathews (injured), Chamara Silva, Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis make way for Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara and Suraj Randiv, who only joined the squad yesterday.

    India make one enforced change - with seamer Ashish Nehra injured, we should have some entertainment today as his place has gone to fiery paceman Sreesanth.

  6. Twitter  

    From nirbhaisingh: "The perfect script - A Murali\u00a0five-wicket haul and Tendulkar knocking the winning runs whilst also making his 100th century?"

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  7. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I think there was a bit of skullduggery at the toss - Kumar Sangakkara knew he'd lost that first toss, but he saw Dhoni hadn't really heard him! And I can't believe they've dropped Mendis - it's like a batsman averaging 70 and then being dropped for the final."

  8. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "If match referee Jeff Crowe didn't hear that, maybe it's like the last World Cup final when Jeff Crowe was match referee - and we all remember how that finished! And I'm amazed at Sri Lanka's changes - there must be a few disappointed people in that dressing-room."

  9. 0940 Commentary  

    As ever, it wouldn't be the same without hearing from you today - as Duncan Fletcher might put it, we hope you'll "come to the party". You can e-mail (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 (with "CRICKET" as the first word - this is important today as we share the inbox with football and others), or tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup as nirbhaisingh has below.

  10. SMS  

    From Nick, Surrey: "Best of luck to both teams, let's hope it's a cracking game!"

  11. 0948 Commentary TEAM LINE-UPS  

    Here are the full teams:

    India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer
    Khan, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth.

    Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv, Muttiah Muralitharan.

    Umpires are Australia's Simon Taufel - finally given the chance to stand in a World Cup final after Australia's recent dominance - and Pakistan's Aleem Dar. England's Ian "Gunner" Gould is third ump on TV replay duty, while Aussie Steve Davis is the fourth ump who'll be supplying the replacement balls. And as we noted earlier, New Zealand's Jeff Crowe is match referee.

  12. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "If you've been to the Wankhede Stadium before, it's unrecognisable - its' been completely refurbished with cantilever stands."

  13. 0955 Commentary  

    After the usual stirring music (Vangelis's "1492: Conquest of Paradise") as the teams walk out, it's time for the anthems. Sri Lanka's goes on for quite a while, plenty of drumming and would sound great played by a marching band, but it's quite a jolly tune nevertheless. ("If there's a longer national anthem around, certainly in the cricketing world, I'm yet to hear it," notes Aggers on TMS). The Indian anthem is slightly more sedate, and is sung proudly by their loyal fans. Aggers estimates 30,000 of the 33,000 inside the stadium will be cheering for India.

  14. SMS  

    From Ade: "That Sri Lankan anthem is nothing short of sensational!"

  15. SMS  

    From miketidd: "This has the potenial to be the greatest final in World Cup history. Good luck to you both!"

  16. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "Batting first is a big advantage as when you're chasing in a final, if you lose a few early wickets or fall behind the asking rate, the pressure can build up."

  17. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "I've never seen an umpire blow a kiss to the camera before, but Simon Taufel did as he was walking out."

  18. Twitter  

    From playtheman: "India\u00a0nine wickets down. Sachin will be on 99. India need\u00a0one run to win. Murali steps up to bowl last over. Destiny awaits."

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  19. 1000 Commentary  

    Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan ready to open the innings for Sri Lanka, with wily left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan taking the first over. It's here! It's the World Cup final!

  20. 1 over Commentary SL 2-0  

    Zaheer's first ball to fellow leftie Tharanga hits the left-hander on the pad, but Sri Lanka are off the mark with a bye off the fifth ball of the day when Dhoni claps his gloves together ("like someone playing the cymbals", notes Aggers on TMS) and the ball squirms away as the batsmen run one. Dilshan tries to knock the last ball down to fine leg, it brushes his pad for a leg bye - so with a bye and a leg bye, that's a maiden for Zaheer.

  21. 2 overs Commentary SL 7-0  

    The excitable Sreesanth takes the second over - what can we expect from the angry young paceman? Wides? Wickets? No-balls? Sledging? Beamers? Breakdancing? All are possible - this man deserves his own YouTube channel (he already features on it with some of the above).

    The first ball hits Dilshan on the pad, there's an appeal for lbw and Umpire Dar has to tell Suresh Raina at extra cover to calm down! The second is a no-ball, from which they run one, earning Sri Lanka a free hit. Tharanga digs out a yorker, runs a single\u00a0and while Dar has a gentle word with Sreesanth for running on the wicket, Tharanga calls for a new bat as the handle of his is jutting out at an awkward angle. It's all happening here, and we've only had eight (legal) deliveries! Dilshan steers a two, and Sreesanth jams a cap on his wild mop of hair.

  22. Twitter  

    From sachinmainkar: "Has Sreesanth played in this WC before today?"

    He played in the opening game against Bangladesh. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  23. 3 overs Commentary SL 7-0  

    Zaheer keeps it tight against Tharanga and sends down his second successive maiden over, there's no sign of the fireworks we saw from Tharanga in the semi-final against New Zealand.

  24. Twitter  

    From PresyNaras: "Mumbai crowd lost the toss for India by screaming and causing chaos. If India loses, I blame it on the people in the stadium."

    Michael Vaughan is convinced that Sangakkara "stuffed" Dhoni, and reckons you can hear him shout "tails" first time they tossed! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  25. 4 overs Commentary SL 9-0  

    Dilshan dabs Sreesanth\u00a0a single to third man, then there's\u00a0a fumble in the field by Sachin Tendulkar, of whom so much is expected today - if you've been on Mars, he's on 99 international hundreds (Tests and ODIs combined) and could make it 100 in his home city today. Anyway, Tharanga runs one. Dilshan hits one hard into the ground, Virat Kohli pounces on it at short extra cover, and that's a better over by Sreesanth.

  26. Twitter  

    England pace bowler James Anderson: "CWC final too close to call today. If I was forced to choose I'd have to go with my old team mate Murali and say Sri Lanka will sneak it."

  27. 5 overs Commentary SL 9-0  

    Tharanga plays and misses at Zaheer ("bit of movement off the seam there," notes CMJ on TMS), then Yuvraj Singh makes a couple of good stops at backward point as the left-hander tries to force the ball through the off side. And that's three maidens for the wily Zaheer!

  28. Twitter  

    From m2vikram: "Tight bowling from opening bowlers and tight fielding."

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  29. 6 overs Commentary SL 17-0  

    Sreesanth drops it short, and Dilshan pulls him for four through mid-wicket - having scored most of his runs against New Zelaand the other day with the same shot, CMJ observes. Another short ball, this time outside off stump, and another four - this time past point. You can't give Dilshan an inch, as he's proved in the last couple of years especially.

  30. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "This is a pretty good start by India, despite those boundaries the scoring rate is under three at this stage."

  31. Commentary  

    From Gavin, Shanghai, TMS inbox: "In reply to Aggers' comment about the Sri Lankan anthem being very long [0955] - a couple of minutes of internet research provides the answer that the Greek national anthem in its full version is 158 verses long, although the regularly-used version is about one minute long. The generally accepted longest is that of Uruguay (five minutes)."

  32. 6.1 overs WICKET Tharanga c Sehwag b Zaheer 2 (SL 17-1)  

    Tharanga edges Zaheer to slip! The tumbling Sehwag takes the catch and the Indian fans are on their feet! And what's more, Tharanga used up 20 balls to score two.

  33. BBC Test Match Special's CMJ
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's CMJ  

    "Sri Lanka are not without support, as I found earlier when I went round the ground to visit the ICC as part of my MCC duties."

  34. 7 overs Commentary SL 19-1  

    Zaheer, whose new short-back-and-sides haircut\u00a0catches the attention of Michael Vaughan on TMS, finally concedes his first run when Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara steers his first ball for a single to mid-on. Dilshan rotates the strike, but India are still lively in the field, and Zaheer has figures of 4-3-2-1.

  35. Twitter  

    From budgiestewart: "Strangely, India fans will probably want Sri Lanka to get a big enough score for a Sachin 100 to still be possible."

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  36. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "In games when it didn't matter, when I wouldn't mind losing the toss, I didn't listen that closely. But in a World Cup final, you would listen. Maybe it was a cunning plan by Dhoni, maybe he didn't want to win it and fancied chasing under lights like they did against Australia!"

  37. 8 overs Commentary SL 24-1  

    Munaf Patel into the attack in place of fellow right-arm seamer Sreesanth, and after a single from Dilshan, Patel - whose run-up is compared to Pakistan's Mohammad Asif by CMJ and MPV on TMS -\u00a0sends down a wide outside off stump. Sangakkara doubles his score with a single, Dilshan whacks it down to third man where Zaheer makes a good diving stop to turn a likely four into two.

  38. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "I was in my final year of engineering in Chandigarh when India last played in\u00a0the World Cup final - with an exam the next day, which I barely passed! Today,\u00a0eight years on, being in the final again, I'm not worried about any exam but the tension is still there! Go India!"

  39. Commentary  

    From Richard, Kuala Lumpur, TMS inbox: "What odds on a Sachin duck and Murali going wicketless for 60+? They are human, after all."

  40. 9 overs Commentary SL 28-1  

    Single from the left-handed Sanga, then Dilshan works Zaheer off his legs and scuttles through for a well-run two. A prod to the slightly dawdling Sreesanth at mid-off brings Dilshan a single - he's up to 19.

  41. BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell  

    On Twitter: "Would love to be able to listen into stump mic with Dhoni standing behind Sanga."

  42. Twitter  

    From ColinAFallon: "The standard of bowling has decided this tournament. Were this England bowling, Tharanga would be 20 not out at this point."

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  43. 10 overs Commentary SL 31-1  

    A flying leap by the newly-energised Yuvraj Singh at backward point denies Dilshan some runs - Yuvraj was carrying a bit of timber a year or two ago, but he's had a great World Cup so far. Dilshan turns Patel off his toes, Sreesanth dives full-length in the square leg boundary, but third ump Ian Gould has to rule on whether he was touching ball and rope at the same time. The verdict is "no", so only two are added to Dilshan's score. Dilshan goes for a huge\u00a0thrash through the covers as though he's trying to hit him out of the ground, but a thick edge brings him a single to third man.

  44. Commentary  

    From Peter, Riyadh, TMS inbox: "My heart says Sri Lanka but, given what I see thus far, my head overrules that and says India will sneak it. Will Sachin go out on a high at his home wicket with the only trophy missing from his cabinet, or will the game\u00a0crown the career of the great Murali, in his final ODI, which just happens to be the World Cup final, with the biggest trophy of them all?"

  45. 11 overs Commentary SL 34-1  

    India unsurprisingly take the fielding powerplay, Sreesanth returns in place of Zaheer as Cap'n Dhoni rotates his three front-line seamers, and Dilshan adds a two and a single. He has 25 from 33 balls, Sanga has a more sedate three from 14.

    And an interesting update on the toss from Cricinfo, who reckon replays of the toss show Sangakkara did call "heads" first time too, Dhoni misheard him, and Crowe didn't hear the call first time.

  46. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Sri Lanka need 325+ to allow the master Murali to take on Tendulkar and Schwag, it will be exciting cricket."

    Please don't forget to stick your name on your texts - and start with the word "CRICKET" as otherwise they'll be submerged when the football live text starts later!

  47. 12 overs Commentary SL 39-1  

    Dilshan steers Patel for a single into the covers, then Sangakkara unleashes a lovely Goweresque cover drive for four, his first boundary. Roshan Abeysinghe on TMS notices that sub fielder Piyush Chawla has sneaked on, we're not sure who for.

  48. Twitter  

    From StephenLev: "UDRS for the toss in cricket? It could happen!"

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  49. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I like Jeff Crowe, but the only reason he's out there at the toss is to make sure there's no funny business - and for him not to hear, that's not good enough."

  50. 13 overs Commentary SL 54-1  

    Single from Dilshan, then Sangakkara lofts Sreesanth over mid-on for four, before prodding another boundary back past the bowler - who could probably have stopped it if he'd stuck his boot in the way. Sreesanth then gets a formal warning from Umpire Taufel for running on the wicket. (You get a first warning, a final warning and then you're off). Looking slightly rattled, he bowls a no-ball which Sanga steers for one, earning Dilshan a free hit - and he swipes the free-hit ball through the empty slip cordon for four. 13 from the over, plenty to talk about, vintage Sreesanth!

  51. Twitter  

    From sukhisingh10: "India's fielding has been good so far! Must have saved at least 15-20 runs so far!"

    They've been criticised at times for their fielding, but have been bright today. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  52. 14 overs DRINKS BREAK SL 56-1  

    Aggers on TMS notes that it's a "broiling hot" afternoon, with many fans at the Wankhede Stadium trying to find some kind of shade - perhaps those with outsized headgear are more sensible than it appears. Patel bowls a tighter line than Sreesanth,\u00a0a single and a leg bye rotate the strike before Sangakkara plays defensively and the ball pings up from the pitch to hit him on the helmet. The players have earned some drinks.

  53. Twitter  

    From\u00a0Chana7: "Why is Sangakkara wearing a bike helmet?"

    It's one of those new-fangled batting helmets which looks like a bike helmet with a grille attached. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  54. 1116 THE SUN IS OUT  

    While the players take drinks, I can point you to the BBC Sport website where you can listen to the toss - and make up your own minds as to what happened!

  55. SMS  

    From Sandeep, waiting for a plane in City Airport: "I wish someone would tell Sreesanth that the more he scuffs up the pitch the harder India are going to find it batting second against Murali!"

  56. 15 overs Commentary SL 58-1  

    Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on to bowl the last over of the fielding powerplay, he's going to bowl round the wicket to the right-handed Dilshan with two men back on the leg side. Dilshan sweeps a single, Sanga steers one to long-off - India currently have two sub fielders on, the aforementioned Chawla has been joined by Yusuf Pathan who is wearing sunglasses. Just two singles from Bhajji's first over.

  57. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "The over-rate's very slow - 15 overs in an hour and 20 minutes. We'll get no interval at all, at this rate."

  58. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "The Indian fielding's improved in the last two or three matches since Raina's come into the side - it's lifted the other guys."

  59. 16 overs Commentary SL 60-1  

    Patel to continue for his fifth over, there's another delicately placed single from Sangakkara - we agree here in this office that he'd walk into any Aesthetically Pleasing XI (a fantasy XI involving David Gower, Brian Lara and others, a lot of left-handers there). A single from Dilshan takes him to 500 runs for the tournament.

  60. BBC Radio 5 live's Adil Ray
    Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Adil Ray  

    On Twitter: "Great start by India. Lankans need to push on here."

  61. 16.3 overs WICKET Dilshan b Harbhajan 33 (SL 60-2)  

    Harbhajan gives it a bit of air to Dilshan, who tries to force him through the on side but Raina makes another great stop at short mid-wicket. Dilshan sweeps, and suddenly India are celebrating and it's bowled him off his pad!

  62. 17 overs Commentary SL 63-2  

    Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who now serves as vice-captain, joins his successor as skipper at the crease. He's off the mark with a single to mid-on - two more singles round off the over, but CMJ on TMS suggests India have their noses in front.

  63. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "Because Sri Lanka's batting is not deep, this is the important pair for them. I'd expect these two to play in an orthodox way\u00a0for quite a while."

  64. 18 overs Commentary SL 65-2  

    As CMJ reminds TMS listeners, you can watch highlights of today's game on the BBC - at 2200 on the Red Button (satellite & cable), at 2230 on Freeview, and from 2325 on BBC Two.

    Patel to continue from what CMJ calls "the Shaun Udal End", recalling that classic Mumbai Test in March 2006 when Udal and Monty Panesar spun England to a first Test win in India for 21 years. Anyone else remember the Montster like a rabbit in headlights under that high catch from Dhoni? Jayawardene steers Patel for two, another tight over from the seamer who has 0-18 from six overs.

  65. 19 overs Commentary SL 77-2  

    Sangakkara and Jayawardene help themselves to three singles before Jayawardene crashes Harbhajan for four through backward point. A single takes Jayawardene into double figures, then a slightly streaky edge to third man brings Sanga four more - he's up to 26, but that turned sharply for the off-spinner.

  66. SMS  

    From AJQ: "Sri Lanka pegged back a bit. But is there anyone else you would have in this situation than Sangakkara? The coolest person currently in world cricket."

    That may be, although I think Chris Gayle regards himself as the coolest man in world cricket! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  67. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "I remember when Sangakkara first came on the scene, the now-Times cricket correspondent [Mike Atherton] suddenly realised he wasn't just getting the bog-standard Ian Healy-style sledging from behind the stumps!"

  68. 20 overs Commentary SL 83-2  

    Sreesanth back into the attack,\u00a0the Sri Lankan pair help themselves to two singles before the most delicate of delicate late cuts bring Jayawardene another four. The batsman and bowler exchange a few words, while Sreesanth has to be careful as Umpire Dar has another quiet word about running on the pitch, although I think he stops short of a second (and final) warning.

  69. BBC Sport's Manish Bhasin
    Contributor BBC Sport's Manish Bhasin  

    On Twitter: "Finally online! Good start from India but Sreesanth threatening to be a liability. Hopefully the re-toss won't overshadow the game."

  70. 21 overs Commentary SL 86-2  

    An interesting duel as Harbhajan bowls to Sangakkara, who plays out three dot balls before whipping a two through mid-wicket. The last ball is driven through extra cover, Raina gets a hand to it but can't prevent the single as the ball rebounds to mid-off.

  71. SMS  

    From Sameer, Cambridge: "Murali already has his World Cup trophy from 1996. Sachin could do with one this time."

  72. 22 overs Commentary SL 94-2  

    Sreesanth's hauled off again and Yuvraj Singh is into the attack - he was once dubbed a "pie-chucker" by Kevin Pietersen, but his orthodox\u00a0left-arm spin has been very effective in this World Cup. Sanga and Jayawardene pick up some risk-free singles, while the umpires aren't happy with Munaf Patel for throwing the ball back in along the ground. Jayawardene pulls a short\u00a0one from outside off stump, and the fast outfield helps it through mid-wicket for four. Eight from the over.

  73. Commentary  

    From Felix, TMS inbox: "Moment in history: scores are level, Tendulkar on 99, Murali looking for his third wicket, last over of the game... who will get who? Just dreaming..."

  74. 23 overs Commentary SL 96-2  

    Harbhajan has a slip and a leg slip in, but it's more patient accumulation from Sri Lanka - just two singles from the over.

    Meanwhile, after Rahul Dravid helped MCC beat Notts in Abu Dhabi during the week, the new cricket season begins for many English counties today with university matches. Ashes hero Alastair Cook was out for 10 at Fenner's...

  75. SMS  

    From Avtar Cov: "Will Singh be King today?"

  76. 24 overs Commentary SL 100-2  

    Sangakkara steers Yuvraj for a single to long-on, Jayawardene knocks one though the covers, and a cut for two by Sanga takes him to 36. Jayawardene has 23, that's the hundred up and this stand is already worth 40.

    And as Sam Lyon's live text on the afternoon's football begins, another gentle request to put "CRICKET" as the first word of your texts to 81111. Otherwise they may not be noticed amongst all the football missives!

  77. Commentary  

    From Amardeep, TMS inbox: "I have an interesting dilemma that I'm sure a lot of fathers face. Do I watch the match or upset my six-year-old son who seems intent on watching repeats of Battle Force 5??! Can't rely on the missus to arbitrate as she hates cricket more than football. Any advice?"

    Tell him it's a repeat and that the cricket's live!

  78. 25 overs Commentary SL 105-2  

    Jayawardene nudges a single, Sangakkara picks up two after Yuvraj's throw hits the stumps and the ball rebounds into the outfield. Two more singles, and this partnership is cooking quite nicely for Sri Lanka. "It's bubbling up into a really good game," says Vic Marks on TMS. But at barely 12 overs an hour, this could be a long day...

  79. SMS  

    From Steve: "In the champagne bar at Gatwick departing to Jamaica, but feel cheated that am missing the final... India to win by a whisker."

  80. 26 overs Commentary SL 111-2  

    With the spinners on, Sangakkara has relinquished his "bike" helmet for a royal blue Sri Lanka cap, as he and Jayawardene continue chipping away with singles, before Jayawardene brings up the fifty stand with another superbly-timed\u00a0late cut for four. These two are maestros when they're on their game.

    And a colleague points out that the Twitter feed of Chris Gayle, the self-styled coolest man in cricket, indicates he may be too cool even for the World Cup final, as the time difference means it clashes with his partying or sleeping!

  81. 27 overs Commentary SL 114-2  

    India legend Sourav Ganguly, the losing captain in the 2003 final, joins Aggers in the TMS box as Harbhajan wheels away for his seventh over. A single takes Sanga to 41, then there's a huge roar from the crowd as 37-year-old Sachin Tendulkar defies his age to make a tremendously athletic stop on\u00a0the square leg boundary and restrict Jayawardene to two.

  82. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "If Sri Lanka win, I sense there may be a bit of a storm over the toss."

  83. 27.5 overs WICKET Sangakkara c Dhoni b Yuvraj 48 (SL 122-3)  

    Sangakkara steers a two through the covers, then confidently on-drives Yuvraj for four, and suddenly Aggers has noticed the odd pocket of flag-waving Sri Lankan fans around the ground. But after a couple of singles, it's the Indians who are smiling as Sangakkara tries to cut and feathers an edge to the delighted keeper!

  84. 28 overs Commentary SL 122-3  

    Thilan Samaraweera is the new batsman, he's also in a cap. He defends his first ball.

  85. SMS  

    From\u00a0Dominic: "In Lewisham hospital with the Mrs waiting for her to have our first bambino! Pritie is Indian and I'm Sri Lankan... if India win we are going with Sachin and if Sri Lanka win we are going with Murali! I hope it's a boy or we may never be forgiven."

    Needless to say, our very best wishes to you all!

  86. 29 overs DRINKS BREAK SL 128-3  

    Harbhajan takes a rest - time for Sreesanth's fourth spell, Aggers on TMS thinks Dhoni may be trying to get through a couple of Sreesanth overs now we have a new batsman in. "He's got all the physical aspects of a fast bowler - he's just got to be right in the head," notes Ganguly on TMS. Jayawardene, on whom a lot depends now, tickles a single to third man while Samaraweera, who has quickly donned a helmet, nibbles a four to the same area. A single ensures he keeps the strike. Drinks.

  87. SMS  

    From Doug: "To Amardeep\u00a0[25th over] -\u00a0I remember as a child my father watched the Open rather than let me and my\u00a0three siblings watch Grease, when round our grandparents! Just pull rank, it'll only happen once, the cricket that is! Good luck."

  88. BBC Test Match Special's CMJ
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's CMJ  

    "This is the 10th World Cup final I've watched. I'd never put money on a one-day match as they're too unpredictable, but at the moment I think I'd rather have it on India."

  89. 30 overs Commentary SL 132-3  

    Yuvraj quickly through his fifth over, just as well with this slow over-rate. Samaraweera delicately dabs another four backward of point.

  90. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "This is a fascinating contest. [New Zealand batsman] Ross Taylor's just sent me a text saying 260 would be a hard total to get on this ground."

  91. 31 overs Commentary SL 139-3  

    Jayawardene and Samaraweera look to push the score along against Sreesanth, bagging a single apiece before Jayawardene cuts a four through point and turns the wrists well to steer a single to long leg and keep the strike. He has 40 from 40 balls, and seems to be batting as effortlessly as ever.

  92. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I've just been down by the sightscreen to watch a few balls and this is a fantastic stadium, the atmosphere is really buzzing. But I'm surprised he hasn't brought Zaheer Khan back before Sreesanth, to try to get Jayawardene out."

  93. Commentary  

    From Paresh, TMS inbox: "To Amardeep [25th over] - You are a\u00a0bit late but could still try this. I took the kids out in the morning & bought them huge Easter eggs & some toys. Missus felt good for this & kids are still busy with those toys. Hopefully they will be until Dhoni lifts trophy with deafnening noise."


    Single from Jayawardene, then Samaraweera paddle-sweeps Yuvraj, the ball spoons into the air and Dhoni\u00a0catches it, but the umpire is unmoved and India call for a review...

  95. NOT OUT  

    Third ump Ian Gould to make the decision - it appears to brush his pad, then hit his helmet before it spooned up. But did he get a nick onto the pad? Or glove it onto the pad? After repeated replays, it's inconclusive - so "Gunner" Gould upholds Aleem Dar's decision and Samaraweera is reprieved.

  96. 32 overs Commentary SL 143-3  

    Samaraweera and Jayawardene knock a couple of singles - and stand by for the roar, Tendulkar's going to bowl!

  97. 33 overs Commentary SL 148-3  

    While better known for his batting than his occasional bowling (off-spin? leg-spin? medium pace?), who would bet against the Little Master sending the crowd into raptures if he can break this partnership? Looks like gentle off-spin initially to Samaraweera (back in his cap), who steers a single, while Jayawardene rotates the strike well and that's four singles and a wide from the over. For the last ball, Tendulkar switches to seam and Samaraweera defends.

  98. Twitter  

    From dukkhaboy: "250 on the board and this\u00a0World Cup\u00a0is Sri Lanka's."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  99. 34 overs Commentary JAYAWARDENE FIFTY - SL 155-3  

    With Sreesanth proving expensive, Dhoni may have to get a full 10 overs out of Yuvraj - this is his seventh, and Jayawardene paddle-sweeps him for four, while Indian hearts may be in mouths as the diving Zaheer Khan holds his hamstring as he gets up. But he looks OK initially. Samaraweera and Jayawardene are sweeping the slow left-armer at will, the latter bringing up his fifty from 49 balls.

  100. 35 overs Commentary SL 162-3  

    Jayawardene's wife is picked out by the TV cameras, covering her face - from the sun, or because she's nervous watching her husband bat? With the "new" (old, but cleaned and whitened) ball now in use, Tendulkar skips in for his second over, but he's a little wayward as he sends down another legside wide, while Jayawardene and Samaraweera tuck in and help themselves to ones and twos.

  101. Commentary  

    From Vasif, TMS inbox: "The problem India\u00a0are facing is the sixth specialist bowler. With Sreesanth leaking runs & Yuvraj not at his best with the ball Sri Lanka could impose a very competitive total. Jayawardene holds the key."

  102. 37 overs Commentary SL 171-3  

    Yuvraj replaces Tendulkar, Samaraweera pings a single through the covers, Jayawardene keeps plugging away and Samaraweera pokes a single to long-on. Now, with the "Sreesanth overs" more than accounted for, how will Dhoni rotate his bowlers?

  103. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Recently got back from holiday to Sri Lanka and they are cricket mad, also the friendliest people I have ever met. Working today so BBC keeping me updated, come on Sri Lanka."

  104. 38 overs Commentary SL 179-3  

    Kohli's off and Zaheer returns - have India left it too late? To bowl his full allocation, he'll have to bowl five of the last 13. Zaheer's first ball is a full toss, Samaraweera straight-drives but the bowler gets a hand to it and there's no run. A wide brings up the fifty stand, Samaraweera moves up to a steady 20 from 31 balls with a single, then Jayawardene opens the face and gets an edge, but it sails through the empty slip cordon for four. Two more singles, it's eight from the over. Where do India turn to next?

  105. Twitter  

    From tush2020: "We love you Sachin but, please, just stick to the batting..."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  106. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "Jayawardene is a quality cricketer, he's on 65 but hasn't really played a shot in anger."


    Yuvraj appeals for lbw against Samaraweera, Simon Taufel shakes his head but India want a review...

  108. 38.1 overs WICKET Samaraweera lbw b Yuvraj 21 (SL 179-4)  

    It hits him on the thigh pad as he's slog-sweeping... it hit him in line, the ball-tracker says it would have hit the stumps, Taufel's decision is overturned and he's out!

  109. Commentary  

    From Amardeep, TMS inbox: "Finally watching the match! Thanks to the newly formed BBC website police! Six year olds are so gullible - ha ha!"

  110. 39 overs Commentary SL 181-4  

    Chamara Kapugedera is the new batsman, having replaced Chamara Silva in the line-up today as one of Sri Lanka's four changes. He's off the mark with a single, senior partner Jayawardene nicks the strike.

  111. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "Seven-match one-day international series are too long - there should be no more than five games - but this World Cup has shown that in a tournament like this it can be a compelling form of the game."

  112. 39.5 overs WICKET Kapugedera c Raina b Zaheer 1 (SL 182-5)  

    That's a much tighter over by Zaheer, just a single from Jayawardene and then Zaheer foxes Kapugedera with a lovely change of pace and he pops a simple catch to short extra cover.

  113. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "Most of the exciting games in this tournament have been the lower-scoring games. You don't want pitches where it's so flat that you could hit it with a cricket stump."

  114. 40 overs Commentary SL 183-5  

    New batsman is Nuwan Kulasekara, perhaps number seven is a little high for him (batting average 16.90 from 88 ODIs), he edges his first ball to third man for a single.

  115. 41 overs Commentary SL 186-5  

    Yuvraj in for his final over - Kulasekara (whose name always makes me think of a particular late-1990s rock band) is off the mark with a single, Jayawardene adds a single to move on to 68 and India may not be too\u00a0disappointed as a single off the last ball keeps Kulasekara on strike. The "pie-chucker" finishes with 2-49 from 10 overs.

  116. SMS  

    From Patrick in Londinium: "The next 10 minutes could decide this final. One more wicket and they could come tumbling down."

  117. 42 overs Commentary SL 192-5  

    Munaf Patel back into the attack, he has four overs left - Kulasekara straight-drives a single, then Jayawardene prods into the covers, the over-excited Kohli can't resist throwing at the unguarded stumps at the bowler's end (as they weren't attempting a run) and it rebounds far enough for them to run one. Kulasekara pushes a two to long leg, where Yuvraj makes a superb stop in front of the rope. CMJ encountered former SL captain (now chairman of selectors) Aravinda de Silva on his travels yesterday, who insisted Kulasekara was a useful batsman - he's not done too badly so far, as he adds another two. He can't get the last ball away but has eight from nine balls. Jayawardene has 69 from 69. Still a batting powerplay to come.

  118. SMS  

    From Dave in Lincoln: "Hard to decide who to cheer for but since 1996 I have loved the attacking approach the Sri Lankans have taken to the one day game."

  119. BBC Test Match Special's CMJ
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's CMJ  

    "Without Zaheer Khan, and Harbhajan, India would have a pretty ordinary bowling attack."

  120. Commentary  

    From Amit, a worried India fan, TMS inbox: "Mahela is playing an innings similar to what Aravinda played in the 1996 World Cup final and we all know what happened then."

  121. 43 overs Commentary SL 199-5  

    Harbhajan Singh returns, he has three overs left. Jayawardene and Kulasekara knock him around for a single off every ball, while a wide also\u00a0boosts the score.

  122. Twitter  

    From Habitat_Aid: "Could Somerset sign Jayawardene please?"

    Your chairman of cricket Vic Marks is in the TMS box, he won't be unaware of Jayawardene's ability. But they've already signed Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis for the first part of the season! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today


    India appeal for a catch behind against Kulasekara, umpire Dar shakes his head but India call for a review...

  124. NOT OUT  

    With no Hotspot or snickometer in this World Cup, it's very difficult to get catches behind that aren't given, overturned - if you see what I mean.\u00a0 Close-up replays show the ball not deviating as it passed the bat - Kula Shaker is still in the charts, and India are out of reviews.

  125. 44 overs Commentary SL 205-5  

    Kulasekara was ranked as one of the top one-day international bowlers by the ICC in recent years, but he's proving his worth with the bat here in support of Jayawardene as he pulls a single to long leg. The former skipper square-drives and that's a rare ricket in the field by Raina, it goes straight through his legs for four. Jayawardene, barely breaking sweat according to CMJ on TMS, moves on to 77 from 74 balls with a single.

  126. 1337 Commentary  

    The umpires aren't happy with the condition of the ball, the seam appears to be coming apart, and umpire Steve Davis comes on with a box of replacements.

    By the way, this innings was supposed to have been completed seven minutes ago, but we still have another six overs to bowl. Stand by for a v. short interval.

  127. 45 overs Commentary SL 211-5  

    No sign of the batting powerplay, so it'll be taken during the last five overs. Jayawardene and Kulasekara milk Harbhajan's penultimate over for ones and twos, six from the over.

  128. BBC Test Match Special's CMJ
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's CMJ  

    "Apart from the length - it's still too long - this has been an interesting tournament, and I think everyone is agreed that it was better than the last one."

  129. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "I think this could be the best World Cup since 1992. 1996 had its moments, but there were games abandoned in Sri Lanka because of security concerns as Australia and West Indies declined to go there, while the semi-final ended in a riot."

  130. 46 overs Commentary SL 220-5  

    Sri Lanka are obliged to take the batting powerplay (only three men outside the circle for overs 46-50)\u00a0- and Zaheer Khan will bowl overs 46, 48 and 50, his last three overs having been saved for it. Kulasekara works a single to leg, Jayawardene pulls but can only pick up a single as he picks out the man in the deep. Kulasekara does likewise. Jayawardene dabs one to reach 81, Kulasekara pushes a slower ball to mid-on for one - then it's an exquisitely-timed cover drive from Jayawardene to finish the over. Meanwhile,\u00a0on TMS, the strident tones of G Boycott, commentating for another broadcaster, are picked up in the background.

  131. 47 overs Commentary SL 231-5  

    Patel back into the attack, that's too short and Kulasekara pulls him for his first boundary through long leg, before an on-driven single takes him to 24 (from 26). Jayawardene steps back and uppercuts a four over the vacant slip area - possibly the first risky shot he's played after 30 overs at the crease. A single takes him to 90, Kulasekara shovels (Paul Collingwood-style) a single to mid-on, and another profitable over for the Lankans.

  132. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "I am a Sri Lankan and never been so interested in cricket before... Now am madly supporting my mother country... Come on Lanka!"

  133. 48 overs WICKET Kulasekara run out (Dhoni) 32 (SL 248-6)  

    Kulasekara smacks Zaheer over mid-wicket for six, our first maximum of the day and it was an absolute beauty! A single brings Jayawardene on strike, he hooks a bouncer and it skies - safely - over the keeper's head as they scamper two. The veteran steps back and lifts a four over backward point, his placement is superb here and he celebrates his century with a four over mid-off! Mrs Jayawardene [see 35th over] is delighted. They try to run a leg bye off the last ball, Dhoni rolls the ball at the stumps and the noble Kulasekara tries to complete the run, sacrificing his wicket to keep Jayawardene on strike.

  134. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "The Indian crowd aren't always receptive to opponents scoring a century, but they are all on their feet and most of them are applauding what has been a marvellous innings."

  135. 49 overs Commentary SL 256-6  

    Harbhajan to bowl the penultimate over, Jayawardene steers a single to bring new batsman Thisara Perera on strike, he's known to be a bit of a late-order whacker. The left-hander swings and misses before belting a single to mid-on to get Jayawardene on strike, and he can only club a single to mid-wicket. Perera takes another big swing, biffing a four over the bowler's head, while they scramble a leg bye off the last ball. One over to go.

  136. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "A good omen from the past for Sri Lanka is that centurions have always\u00a0ended up on the winning side in\u00a0World Cup finals - Clive Lloyd (1975), Viv Richards (1979), Aravinda de Silva (1996), Ricky Ponting (2003) and Adam Gilchrist (2007)."

  137. 50 overs Commentary SL 274-6  

    Last over, Zaheer to bowl, Perera and Jayawardene exchange singles before Perera blasts a four through the covers, swinging again at the fourth ball and it sails just over the man at mid-off for four. Perera bludgeons the penultimate ball for two wide of mid-wicket, Jayawardene has to dive full-length to complete the second. And the last ball... is swung for six over mid-wicket! A stylish finish - "that has taken the wind out of India's sails", says Aggers on TMS. Jayawardene finishes with 103 from 88 balls, Perera's cameo was 22 from nine.

  138. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "That's 91 off the last 10 overs, with some terrific hitting. The Sri Lankans have probably got about 20 more than they were bargaining for. India have a marvellous batting order, but they'll have to play really well to win this."

  139. 1409 Commentary  

    Well, India were over 35 minutes late in bowling their 50 overs, so we'll have the minimum 20-minute interval between innings. Keep your ears on TMS for some chat between innings, I'm going to have to run for a sandwich, back soon!

  140. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "It was always going to be a hit-or-miss situation with Sreesanth - if he doesn't get early wickets, he was always likely to go for runs."

  141. BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell  

    On Twitter: "We could yet see one heck of a run chase but the stats are stacked against India..."

  142. Twitter  

    Some stats from\u00a0InfrostradaLive: "Sri Lanka finish on 274. This equals most runs scored by a losing side in a World Cup\u00a0Final - Australia 1975."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today\u00a0

  143. Twitter  

    From edhewings: "Zaheer Khan had both the best and worst spell of his ODI career... Sri Lanka to win by eight runs."

    Zaheer's bowling figures for his first five overs: 5-3-6-1. His last five overs: 5-0-54-1. Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  144. 1428 Commentary  

    We're nearly ready to start up again, with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar to begin India's run chase. Lasith Malinga to bowl... bring it on!

  145. Commentary  

    From Sunny, Ealing, TMS inbox: "I must say a very good score but all India need is a run a ball and they will be world champions.... let\u2019s see possibly the best final for a very long time? Anyone think Tendulkar will hit 150? I do!"


    Malinga bounces in, hits Sehwag on the pad second ball, appeals successfully for lbw but Sehwag immediately asks for a review...

  147. 0.2 overs WICKET Sehwag lbw b Malinga 0 (Ind 0-1)  

    Malinga thinks he's got him, it hits him below the knee-roll in front of middle and leg... Sehwag may think he's got an inside edge, but Michael Vaughan on TMS yells "it's not there, he's out!" And he's gone!

  148. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I don't know if it's stupidity or selfishness, but for Sehwag to call for a review without even consulting non-striker Tendulkar is just madness."

  149. Twitter  

    From OmarChaudhuri: "Two pathetically egotistical reviews in two games from Sehwag. Imagine if Tendulkar gets stinker later with no reviews left..."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  150. 1 over Commentary Ind 4-1 (TARGET 275)  

    The Slinger has struck. Gautam Gambhir strides to the wicket a lot earlier than he'd have hoped. He gets India under way with a flick off his legs for four, but Malinga still has a suppressed grin on his face. His tail is most definitely up, and Gambhir sees out the rest of the over.

  151. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Malinga will be back here in about eight days' time, playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL."

  152. 2 overs Commentary Ind 10-1  

    Fresh from an intelligent innings of 32 from 30 balls - and having sacrificed his wicket to keep Jaywardene in - Nuwan Kulasekara is back in his more familiar role of new-ball bowler. Tendulkar is off the mark with a single to third man, where Muttiah Muralitharan shows no sign of his various injury ailments as he returns the ball. Kulasekara strays down the leg side, there's a half-hearted appeal as Gambhir scampers through for a leg bye. Tendulkar punches a three through extra cover, Gambhir steers one past mid-off.

  153. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "I'm sorry but the noise on television is clear, Sehwag very unlucky!"

    Clearly opinion is divided, even among Indian fans!

  154. 3 overs Commentary Ind 15-1  

    Gambhir prods Malinga for a single, Tendulkar flicks a two off his legs before threading another couple through the covers. "In terms of rate, India will be delighted with five an over, but losing Sehwag was a big blow," notes MPV on TMS.

  155. SMS  

    A couple more contrary\u00a0views on the Sehwag\u00a0lbw,\u00a0both from anonymous texters:

    "Noises can mean anything hitting anything. There was no deviation of the ball and without Hotspot to help there is no way that was getting overturned. So plumb in front he deserved to be out for a shocker!"

    "There was nothing wrong with Sehwag using a review, because on the TV replay I have just watched clearly sounded two noises. Is the third umpire deaf? Scandalously incompetent umpiring! And I'm cheering for Sri Lanka."

  156. 4 overs Commentary Ind 26-1  

    Captain/keeper Sangakkara up to the stumps as Gambhir faces Kulasekara, the left-hander rotates the strike with a single, but Tendulkar looks to be "in the zone" already with a two into the covers and a beautifully-timed, almost effortless on-driven four. Kulasekara strays short and wide, and Tendulkar emulates his opening partner Sehwag's favourite shot\u00a0with a fierce punch for four through point! "We could be on for a treat here," says Michael Vaughan. "What a start from the Little Master."

  157. SMS  

    From\u00a0Max: "Sehwag would have demanded a review of Zidane's red card."

    I remember when the DRS was first brought in, someone I spoke to wondered if Geoff Boycott would ask for a review if he was bowled, just in case it was a no-ball!

  158. 5 overs Commentary Ind 27-1  

    Malinga in for his third over, his line is straight and true against Gambhir, a slower ball is guided for a single to leg, and Tendulkar swishes and misses at the last ball... Hearts briefly in Indian mouths once more.

  159. SMS  

    From Tony Cocozza, London: "Jayawardene has never lost a one-day game when he has scored a century."

  160. 6 overs Commentary Ind 31-1  

    Kulasekara's off after the punishment he took last over, and it's time for the skiddy right-arm fast-medium seamer Thisara Perera, who certainly earned his corn with his cameo innings of 22 from nine balls at the end od the Sri Lanka innings. After four dot balls, Gambhir clubs him for four through point. They're up with the required rate, in any event.

  161. 6.1 overs WICKET Tendulkar c Sangakkara b Malinga 18 (31-2)  

    TENDULKAR'S OUT! He's tempted to fish at one outside off stump, and tumbling keeper Sangakkara takes a great low catch. The entire Sri Lanka team run to congratulate their keeper and bowler, although most of the Indian fans in the crowd can only watch open-mouthed.

  162. Commentary  

    From Alex, China, TMS inbox: "Sitting in the shadow of the Great Wall of China, sneaking off from relies to check score on ball by ball. Have 500rmb (that's about 50 quid) riding on India to win."

  163. 7 overs Commentary Ind 32-2  

    So, the fairytale of Tendulkar scoring his 100th international century in a World Cup final in his home city is over. As India's millions of cricket fans reflect on what we expect to be the last time they see their hero take the field in a World Cup match (unless he keeps going for Aus/NZ in 2015, when he'll be 41), Virat Kojli is the new batsman. The effervescent Slinger sends down five dot balls to the new man, although a wide spoils his chance of a wicket maiden.

  164. BBC Test Match Special's CMJ
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's CMJ  

    "I suspect Malinga will now be kept on ice until later in the innings."

  165. SMS  

    From Dhan, Wakefield: "The four people in our house made more noise than the 30,000 in Mumbai when that wicket went! Come on Sri Lanka!"

  166. 8 overs Commentary Ind 33-2  

    After just one over of Perera, Kulasekara returns to the attack, and Gambhir clips a single through mid-wicket. Kohli, yet to score, sees out the over.

  167. Twitter  

    From LadyDMash: "India breaking my heart... Sachin was looking so good. The dream was not to be for the Little Master."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  168. BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold  

    "Angelo Mathews is a utility player who adds a lot to the team in batting and bowling, so I was expecting several changes. Chamara Silva has looked short of confidence so Kapugedera has come in, but the rest of the bowling had to be worked around Mathews' absence. With a lot of left-handers in the Indian side, I'm not surprised Randiv has come in."

  169. 9 overs Commentary Ind 35-2  

    As expected, Malinga takes a rest and Perera has swapped ends. Gambhir steers a two into the covers, but otherwise the man from Colombo keeps it tight.

  170. BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Russel Arnold  

    "Kulasekara will bowl wicket to wicket, asking the batsman to take a chance - but they can't afford to lose too many more wickets."

  171. 10 overs Commentary Ind 41-2  

    Kohli is finally off the mark - from his 11th ball - with a four off his legs after Kulasekara strays with his line, while he adds a couple more off the next ball. And CMJ tells TMS listeners there is "no chance" of the weather intervening, so put away those Duckworth-Lewis tables!

  172. Commentary  

    From Leslie, Dubai, TMS inbox: "A colleague of mine stormed in to work sporting an Indian cricket team T-shirt, and a great smile. She\u2019s still wearing the shirt, but the smile has gone. In fact can\u2019t see too many smiling faces in the office. All gloom and doom. Come on India, save the situation please."

  173. 11 overs Commentary Ind 50-2  

    Sri Lanka take the fielding powerplay, Perera to continue. Gambhir flicks a four off his legs, while a two is chased through square leg by sub fielder Chamara Silva (we don't know who's off, but it's not Murali). A single brings Kohli on strike - there's a 6-3 off-side field for the right-hander, inviting him to hit across the line. He pushes the last ball to mid-on, Murali over-runs it and they run two. Fifty up for India.

  174. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Malinga has completely misread the script, surely it was set up for a match-winning Tendulkar hundred? It must be Sri Lanka's to lose now."

  175. 12 overs Commentary Ind 61-2  

    Gambhir slices Kulsekara past point, in the air but safely, for a single. Kohli rotates the strike again, and Sangakkara once more dons his helmet to keep Gambhir in his crease. A loose delivery is crashed through extra cover for four, that has the Mumbai crowd on their feet and waving their flags. Gambhir guides a single past mid-on, he has 28 from 36 balls, Kulasekara tries a bouncer but Kohli swat-hooks it down the leg side and past the keeper for four. Kulasekara's runs conceded (0-34 from five overs) now exceed his runs scored (32).

  176. Twitter  

    National treasure Stephen Fry: "So the Little Master is back in the pavilion. Can listen to #bbcworldcup commentary here in Toronto thanks to a proxy server."

  177. Commentary  

    From Lyndon, TMS inbox: "As a Yorkshireman with a Sri Lankan wife listening on BBC and talking to our family in Colombo via Skype... we are all raising the roof for Jayawardene & Murali... come on Sri Lanka!"

  178. 13 overs Commentary Ind 68-2  

    Perera straying a bit in his fourth over, sending down a couple of wides (one of which came after an appeal for a catch by the keeper) while Gambhir and Kohli help themselves to some singles and twos. But the last ball is an agonising swing-and-a-miss from Kohli. How about some spin?

  179. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "Like India's, Sri Lanka's bowling attack is built around two bowlers. It's the M People - Malinga and Muralitharan. I'd feel more comfortable for India if they just settled down and built an innings."

  180. 14 overs DROPPED CATCH Ind 72-2  

    Off-spinner Suraj Randiv into the attack, Gambhir goes for a big hit off the third ball... and is dropped by the diving Kulasekara at long-off! "Gambhir's got talent but no brains," mutters Geoff Boycott on TMS. "Reminds me of Aamer Sohail of Pakistan. And they're going to pay him two million\u00a0dollars\u00a0to play for Kolkata in the IPL." They run two. A single brings Kohli on strike, and a single takes him to 17. Gambhir has 33, but is lucky to be there.

    Now, Sehwag's back in the hutch, but one or two of you may remember Randiv's run-in with Sehwag last year - the off-spinner bowled a no-ball to deny Sehwag a century at the end of a game India were about to win, and was\u00a0suspended for one match.

  181. SMS  

    From Sreejay, Chennai: "Funny that everyone\u2019s lost it for India already! There are a couple more batsmen in the team, I think."

  182. 15 overs DRINKS BREAK Ind 81-2  

    More steady progress from Kohli and Gambhir against Perera, who may be taken off after this over. The reprieved Gambhir flicks a four off his legs, they plunder more ones and twos, and with the fielding powerplay concluded, it may be Murali o'clock imminently.

  183. BBC Radio 5 live's Adil Ray
    Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Adil Ray  

    On Twitter: "Will Murali need a runner when bowling?"

  184. 16 overs Commentary Ind 86-2  

    The tall Randiv, who is listed as six foot but looks taller, to continue - more steady accumulation from the Indian third-wicket pair, while the umpires step in smartly to diffuse any tension when the players start exchanging a bit of chat. Five from the over.

  185. 17 overs Commentary Ind 91-2  

    Perera's off as I expected, and Sri Lanka turn to another off-spinner - but they're keeping Muralitharan up their sleeves for the time being, and toss the ball to part-timer Tillakaratne Dilshan. His first ball is wide down the leg side, past the keeper and they run a couple as well. Kohli guides a gentle single to reach 24 - and Dilshan has six men on the off side for Gambhir, including Jayawardene at slip. "He'll probably get himself out," says Boycs on TMS, clearly not a member of the Gautam Gambhir Fan Club. Gambhir pokes a single into the covers.

  186. SMS  

    From Aneeka, Stratford: "All us India supporters should remember we support the team not an individual. So heads up, smile and wear your shirt with pride it isn't over till the\u00a0last wicket falls!"

  187. Commentary  

    From Mike, TMS inbox: "Is it only me who thinks India are in a great position? Well ahead of the rate and wickets to spare."

  188. 18 overs Commentary Ind 96-2  

    Gambhir takes on Randiv, slog-sweeping him over mid-wicket for a first-bounce four, earning a roar from the crowd. But the rangy off-spinner is getting some turn out there, as Gambhir pushes a single to move to 47.

  189. SMS  

    From Tony Hastings in Beds: "I hope\u00a0MM doesn't do a\u00a0ZZ and headbutt an opponent. Great player, final game, World Cup Final, first and last initial the same, initial is the last letter of his half of the alphabet. The comparisons are endless."

    And I hope when you refer to MM, you mean Murali not me... though of course\u00a0I hope this isn't my final game!

  190. 19 overs Commentary Ind 99-2 (TARGET 275)  

    It's Murali Time! The old master finally into the attack\u00a0with his off-spin. Gambhir pushes the ball through point, calls for a second run as Kapugedera's throw comes in, he'll be out of this hits... but it doesn't, Sanga fumbles the pick-up, Gambhir dives full-length and now has a muddy brown stripe on the front of his India shirt. He brings up his fifty from 56 balls with a single. Kohli has 24 from 42. This stand is worth 68... and at this stage, Sri Lanka were 77-2.

  191. 20 overs Commentary Ind 105-2  

    Randiv gets a serious bit of turn against Gambhir, who prods a single to mid-wicket to lift India's score into three figures. Kohli delicately helps a ball down the leg side for four, and suddenly the Wankhede Stadium is rocking with music, excited fans and horns blaring as India sense they may have a partnership which could win them the game. A single takes the youngster to 29.

  192. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "It's amazing for Randiv, who wasn't even in the squad two days ago and suddenly finds himself thrown into a World Cup final. He's gone for 20 off four overs, but hasn't bowled much rubbish."

  193. 21 overs Commentary Ind 109-2  

    Single from Kohli, Gambhir takes a big swing at Murali but miscues and it reaches slip on the bounce... he's living a little dangerously here. The left-hander prods a single into the off side, Randiv's underarm throw hits the stumps but Gambhir had made his ground in time. Kohli taps a single to the Slinger, wearing a white sunhat at long-off, and Gambhir nicks the strike as he moves on to 53.

  194. 21.4 overs WICKET Kohli c and b Dilshan 35 (Ind 114-3)  

    Gambhir knocks the recalled Dilshan for a single, and Kohli joins in the fun by rocking back on the back foot and punching a four through third man. But when he attempts an on-drive, Dilshan dives to his right and takes a brilliant one-handed return catch!

    And credit there to non-striker Gambhir, who got out of the way quickly to allow Dilshan to attempt to take the catch. Would every international batsman\u00a0have done that? (Although impeding the bowler there could have seen the non-striker given out obstructing the field!)

  195. 22 overs Commentary Ind 115-3  

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni has brought himself up the order, wearing a cap with the spinners on. He plays and misses at the last ball, there's a possible missed stumping there from his opposite number Sangakkara and they run a bye.

  196. 23 overs Commentary Ind 117-3  

    Muralitharan bowls round the wicket and Dhoni unleashes an unorthodox straight-batted flick down the leg side for a single, but it's signalled as a leg bye. Gambhir moves on to 55 with a single, a better over from Murali.

  197. Twitter  

    From shaunkirtley: "Unbelievable one-handed catch. Awesome."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today

  198. 24 overs Commentary Ind 122-3  

    Dilshan to continue, can lightning strike twice for the part-timer? Not this time - Gambhir and Dhoni take five from the over.

  199. 25 overs Commentary Ind 124-3  

    As website users may have observed, the India "worm" is still plotting a steady course ahead of Sri Lanka's on the "worm graph". Murali begins his fourth over, Gambhir jabs a quick single - but if Dhoni had promoted himself up the order with the intention of forcing the pace, CMJ on TMS points out that he's only scored two from his first 10 balls.

  200. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "Murali's doing a good, if not spectacular job for Sri Lanka at the moment. He's gone for 10 off four overs, but he has more bluff than fizz in his dotage."

  201. 26 overs Commentary Ind 128-3  

    Dhoni taps Dilshan for a single past the bowler, but Vic on TMS has noticed that the required run rate has slipped to more than six an over as Gambhir rotates the strike. Dhoni angles a single to fine leg, Gambhir keeps the strike again.

  202. 27 overs Commentary Ind 134-3  

    Murali takes a break as Sri Lanka look for a mid-innings burst from Lasith Malinga - hoping the age of the ball may help the Slinger pick up some reverse swing. Gambhir knocks a single, Dhoni chops one into the covers but then Gambhir edges one past the keeper and with no slip in, that's four. Gambhir has lived a little dangerously for much of his innings, but he's still there...

  203. 28 overs Commentary Ind 142-3  

    Dhoni steers Dilshan for a single to leg, Gambhir adds a double off his legs, and then fortune continues to favour the left-hander as he gets an inside edge past the stumps - and the keeper - for four. A single takes him to 74 from 88 balls.

  204. Twitter  

    From stubinho87: "What a World Cup this has been, fantastic finish. I still think India can do it."

    While it wouldn't be difficult to be better than the last World Cup, I stand by what I said at 0920 - reports of the death of the much-maligned 50-over format may be an exaggeration after some of the exciting games we've seen. And there may be plenty of life left in this one! Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  205. 29 overs Commentary Ind 146-3  

    With no appreciable sign of reverse swing (or should that be reverse sling?)\u00a0from\u00a0Malinga\u00a0last over, Sri Lanka revert to off-spin at both ends as Muralitharan returns. Gambhir and Dhoni take a single apiece, then there's a bit of hesitation as Gambhir tries to run a second on a misfield and is sent back. Nothing aggressive from Dhoni, he's just stroking the ball around to find the gaps and a single takes him to eight from 18 balls.

  206. Commentary  

    From Martin, TMS inbox: "Difficult situation for India, at the present run rate projected score is 254 but with 3 wickets already gone they can't afford to be too daring - Sri Lanka to win. Great game for us neutrals."

  207. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "Considering the form Yuvraj is in - and the form Dhoni is in - his promotion is quite surprising."

    (Michael Vaughan speculates whether it's to keep a left-hand/right-hand combination - or whether it was a "batsman in the toilet" scenario like Ramnaresh Sarwan with the West Indies in that recent game!)

  208. 30 overs Commentary Ind 151-3 (TARGET 275)  

    Perera returns in place of Dilshan - this continual rotation of seamers and spinners is causing a delay as Dhoni swaps his helmet for a cap when there are two spinners on, then has to call for his helmet again when Sri Lanka switch to pace! Gambhir, whose running between the wickets hasn't impressed Aggers and Michael Vaughan on TMS, nearly risks a run-out as Dhoni steers a two and a single off his legs. A leg bye and a single take India past 150. "Where's your rupee going at the moment?" asks MPV. "I really don't know," replies Aggers.

  209. SMS  

    From\u00a0Ekam from Langley: "Gambhir playing shots with great expertise, fully deserves to make a century. All the innings need now is for a real captain's over from Dhoni."

  210. 31 overs Commentary Ind 157-3  

    After a single apiece from Dhoni and Gambhir, Muralitharan concedes is first boundary - from the fifth ball of his sixth over - when the India skipper lashes him for four through the covers.

  211. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I sense the pendulum has swung back towards India. But there's a long way to go in this game - look at England against West Indies and South Africa, they never stopped believing they were out of it."

  212. 32 overs DRINKS BREAK Ind 164-3  

    Gambhir carves a single, then Perera bangs one in that's short and wide, and Dhoni unleashes a great flat-batted swat over the covers for four. Cap'n Sangakkara has an almighty frown on his face behind the stumps, Perera is proving expensive here. The next one is down the leg side, Dhoni helps himself to a single. Gambhir knocks another single to bring up the fifty partnership, and Perera earns a few boos from the crowd as he pretends that he's going to throw the ball back at the stumps as Dhoni gets down the pitch. The skip slides a single to long-off, and time for some drinks. Time for Sri Lanka to regroup a little, I think.

  213. 33 overs Commentary Ind 170-3  

    Kulasekara returns to the attack, and I'm not sure what Dhoni had during the drinks break, but he suddenly seems more attacking as he uses his feet well to steer the seamer for a two and a single through the covers. Gambhir prods one to long-off and jogs through for a single. Dhoni picks up another single... and Big Merv's in the crowd, with a posse of Aussie fans in canary yellow! Always good to see the walrus-moustached former fast bowler/pantomime villain.

  214. SMS  

    From Colin: "I can't believe in a showpiece final that India were allowed to get away with their poor over rate. 12 overs per hour - cricket detractors will have a field day. If cricket wants to be bigger they need to speed it up."

    They can probably expect an over-rate fine from the ICC, but it's rare that anything more gets done - although Paul Collingwood had to serve a suspension when he was England's ODI captain a couple of years ago.

  215. 34 overs Commentary Ind 175-3  

    Randiv back on as Cap'n Sanga shuffles his bowlers in the hope of making a vital breakthrough. But Dhoni and Gambhir are looking increasingly secure, sweeping well and picking up five from the over.

  216. 35 overs Commentary Ind 183-3  

    Can the mandatory ball change help Sri Lanka? While fourth ump Steve Davis brandishes the old ball for the camera, Kulasekara yells an lbw appeal against Gambhir, but to no avail and they scamper a leg bye. Dhoni is taking a single off nearly every ball he faces now, while Gambhir is cooking with gas, lifting one just over the man at mid-on for four. At this stage, Sri Lanka were 162-3.

  217. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I think only Malinga can end this partnership."

  218. 36 overs Commentary Ind 191-3  

    Randiv (whose action is compared to John\u00a0Emburey by CMJ on TMS)\u00a0to continue, Gambhir taps a single to long-off and Dhoni cranks up the pressure with a powerful square cut for four, while another only brings him two to the cover sweeper. A single takes the skipper to 38. Gambhir has 89.

  219. BBC Radio 5 live's Adil Ray
    Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Adil Ray  

    On Twitter: "Well done India. Very proud. Well deserved. Playing like champions. This is great for the 50 over game."

  220. 37 overs Commentary Ind 196-3 (TARGET 275)  

    Sri Lanka turn back to Lasith Malinga - he's got five overs to bowl, they normally have to save some of his overs for the batting powerplay, but as my match-report colleague Sam Sheringham points out, unless Sri Lanka take some wickets, they're likely to lose, powerplay or no powerplay. Dhoni drives for two twos - the second of which takes him to 6,000 ODI runs and earns a fresh ovation from the adoring Mumbai crowd. Dhoni guides a single off his thigh down to fine leg.

  221. SMS  

    From Jareer Bharuj: "I played with Gambhir as a youngster and if anyone can bring India to victory he can! Come on India!"

  222. 1717 OUCH!  

    Uh-oh - Dhoni's in trouble, and calls for the physio. Lying flat on his stomach, the India physio comes on and tries to manipulate Dhoni's right shoulder. But I think he's going to continue.

  223. 38 overs Commentary DHONI FIFTY - Ind 204-3  

    "The M People have eight of the the last 13 overs," notes Geoff Boycott on TMS as Muralitharan returns to the attack. He's probably referring to Murali and Malinga, barring a late team change by Sri Lanka to bring Heather Small on at the Pavilion End. What have you done today to make you feel proud, Boycs? It's business as usual for Dhoni and Gambhir, and the skipper belts a four through the covers to bring up his 38th ODI fifty. "The Force is with India," notes CMJ, leaving me a brief mental image of Darth Vader batting against Heather Small...

  224. BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell  

    On Twitter: "Feeling more optimistic now India fans?"

  225. 39 overs Commentary Ind 210-3  

    Gambhir's bat falls to pieces as he takes on the Slinger, a huge great chunk of it flies off and there's another delay while he's offered some replacements by one of the Indian reserves. The fourth-wicket pair take five singles and a wide from Malinga's over, and the pendulum is very definitely swinging India's way - 65 needed from\u00a066 balls.

  226. SMS  

    From MG @ Bath: "Mark, what is the 'ouch' graphic?"

    It's a helmeted batsman being hit on the head by a ball. But\u00a0it can serve for any kind of injury, including a batsman being hit in the unmentionables!

  227. 40th over Commentary Ind 221-3  

    Murali in for his eighth over, but the old man's powers are weakening (sorry, still thinking of Darth Vader v Heather Small from the 38th over) as Gambhir and Dhoni press on towards victory. Murali dries the ball with a towel between each delivery, but can't stop Dhoni bashing another four wide of long-off. Dhoni signals for a drink, and Sri Lanka are starting to get sloppy in the field as Murali doesn't take the ball by the stumps and they run another overthrow. He has 0-39 from eight overs - only two more left in his international career.

  228. Contributor BBC Hindi's sports editor Mukesh Sharma  

    On Twitter: "In every press conference Dhoni had to answer about his performance, I guess today it'll be in a different context."

  229. 41 overs Commentary Ind 223-3  

    Dhoni is now batting bare-headed against Randiv, who has replaced Malinga. He's also drying the ball whenever he can. Dhoni punches a single but looks exhausted. Randiv fields well off his own bowling, but Gambhir nudges one to fine leg to move on to 97. A tight over yields just those two singles - India need to score 52 from 54 balls to win the World Cup.

  230. 41.2 overs WICKET Gambhir b Perera 97 (Ind 223-4)  

    Gambhir is bowled! The left-handed opener runs down the track and takes a swing in a bid to get to his hundred but misses the ball and his middle stump is flattened. A lifeline for Sri Lanka?

  231. 42 overs Commentary Ind 227-4  

    Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman - he has a look at Perera before whacking the last ball of Perera's over for four. But the umpires aren't happy with the ball - and send for fourth ump Steve Davis's box of replacements.

  232. 43 overs Commentary Ind 232-4  

    While Gambhir, back in the pavilion, is reflecting on whether a big slog was the best way to bring up his hundred after a relatively patient innings, Dhoni and Yuvraj push a single apiece against Randiv, while not even a full-length dive by the bowler can prevent another Dhoni single which takes the skip to 62. Two leg byes off the last ball mean India need 43 from 42 balls.

  233. 44 overs Commentary Ind 240-4 (target 275)  

    More short and wide fodder from Perera, Dhoni lifts him over backward point for six! A single takes him to 69, Yuvraj rotates the strike well to bring his skipper on strike, but that six at the start of the over has taken all the pressure off - 35 needed from 36 balls. Still no sign of a batting powerplay. Mind you, Sri Lanka filled their boots after leaving it till the last minute.


    Yuvraj pushes a quick single, has Dhoni made his ground at the keeper's end? Kapugedera's throw hits the stumps, and it's tight... so the batsman gets the benefit of the doubt. Single from Dhoni, then there's a big appeal for lbw, it's not out but Sri Lanka, probably in desperation more than hope, call for a review...

  235. NOT OUT  

    Inside edge onto the pad... not out. Both sides have one DRS review left.

  236. 45 overs Commentary Ind 245-4  

    Three more singles added, an even 30 needed from 30 balls for India to win the World Cup.

  237. SMS  

    From Alpesh, Balham: "Just about to jump on the Tube. Disaster! No signal down there, so I'll emerge in 30 mins to find out India's fate. Heart is pounding."

  238. 46 overs Commentary Ind 248-4  

    The batting powerplay, left until the last minute, is forcibly taken, and it's Lasith Malinga back into the attack to bowl overs 46, 48 and 50 - if it goes that far. Tension on the faces of many in the crowd - can the Slinger pull something special out of the fire, like his hat-trick against Kenya earlier in the tournament, or his four in four balls against South Africa in 2007? Yuvraj plays and misses at a slower ball, facing four dot balls before he digs out a two. The last ball is driven to long-on from one - India need 27 from 24 balls.

  239. Commentary  

    From Paul Smith, TMS inbox: "Is Heather Small [see 38th over]\u00a0Gladstone's lesser-known, better-looking sister?!"

  240. SMS  

    From Rofster: "Any chance of a SA style choke? Come on M people."

  241. 47 overs Commentary Ind 259-4  

    A change of bowling after much discussion between Sanga and his senior players... but it's not Muralitharan, it's Kulasekara. So unless Malinga comes off (which is unthinkable given the match situation), Murali isn't going to be able to complete his allocation of overs. Yuvraj pushes a single, then Dhoni powerfully off-drives for four to bring the crowd back to their feet. 22 needed from 22 balls. A full toss is straight-driven and cut off just in front of the sightscreen, they run one. Another rank full toss is despatched for four through mid-on, then a third successive full toss is hit low and straight to cover point. Yuvi smashes the last ball for a single to long-on - 16 needed from 18 balls.

  242. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Sri Lanka have been let down by their bowlers, apart from Malinga's first spell the rest has been average at best."

    I wonder whether they may regret not picking Mendis...

  243. 48 overs Commentary Ind 270-4  

    It's very easy to have 20-20 (or should that be Twenty20?) hindsight, but was that really the right call to bowl Kulasekara ahead of Murali? Malinga slings it down to Yuvraj, who steers a single, while Dhoni crashes a four off his legs - then a Kulasekara-style full toss is punched through square leg and India are nearly over the line, with seven needed from 15 balls. Dhoni misses one down the leg side, it's not called wide but it won't matter. Dhoni chops a single into the covers, six needed from 13 - will Yuvraj (who's just been named player of the tournament by the ICC on Twitter) end the game with a six? No - he punches a single down the ground. But with 11 from Malinga's over, India need five from 12 balls to win the World Cup.

  244. 48.2 overs Commentary Ind 277-4  

    It's 28 years since an Indian side including TMS summariser Sunil Gavaskar and inspired by Kapil Dev won the World Cup at Lord's by beating the previously all-conquering West Indies. Yuvraj dabs a single to backward point to bring captain Dhoni on strike with four needed. And the skipper smashes a six into the stand over long-on - India have won the World Cup!



  246. BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Sunil Gavaskar  

    "What a way to win the World Cup, with the Indian captain hitting a six! Look at Sachin Tendulkar out there, he's like a little kid - this was the one medal missing from his collection. This is great for Indian cricket, and for India, as the country has had a few problems over the last few months - hopefully it will bring everyone together."

  247. 1822 Commentary  

    While India celebrate in the middle (Harbhajan Singh is crying), here's some nuggets for you stats fans - Dhoni finishes with 91 from 79 balls, Yuvraj made 21 from 24.\u00a0Muralitharan's final bowling figures in his final international are 8-0-39-0 - and India are the first team to win the World Cup on home soil (Sri Lanka were co-hosts in 1996, but won the final in Lahore).

  248. Commentary  

    India batsman Gautam Gambhir: "The 2007 World Cup was a nightmare, this was a dream come true. We're so pleased for Sachin Tendulkar, this is for him."

  249. Twitter  

    Stephen Fry: "Congratulations India! What a classic and classy win."

    As Stephen has done, you can tweet with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to join in the fun.

  250. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    "It shows 50-over cricket can work if you don't over-play it."

  251. Twitter  

    From faintdamnation: "Congratulations India! No other team could have beaten Sri Lanka tonight. Honour to Sanga, Mahela and Murali in defeat."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to get involved today.

  252. 1830 Commentary  

    After Tendulkar gets a lap of honour on his team-mates' shoulders, departing coach Gary Kirsten gets carried for a while on the shoulders of Suresh Raina.

  253. Twitter  

    From simonpartridge: "Brilliant World Cup. The ICC have finally got it right, and what are they doing? Changing the format AGAIN."

    Tweet us with the hashtag #bbcworldcup to join in the debate

  254. Commentary  

    India spinner Harbhajan Singh: "This is for all the nation. Without their support we wouldn't have achieved this, and this Cup is for them. Every Indian here and abroad, this Cup is for you."

  255. Commentary  

    India legend Sachin Tendulkar, in his sixth World Cup: "This is the proudest moment of my life - it's never too late, as they say. The team stuck together and proved all the people who doubted us wrong. In the last couple of years, we've been really consistent. Special thanks to Gary and the support staff, their contribution has been immense."

  256. Commentary  

    Player of the tournament Yuvraj Singh: "Our dream was to do it for Sachin and the whole of India."

  257. Commentary  

    From Martin, TMS inbox: "Sri Lanka must remember they are World Cup runners-up and NOT losers. Brilliant game both teams - thanks."

  258. 1839 Commentary  

    The podium has been assembled for the presentation, which is imminent. And unlike the last World Cup final, they've even been good enough to wait for the match to be over before coming on to put it together...

  259. SMS  

    From Oz: "In a South Indian restaurant with my girlfriend and the manager just gave us\u00a0two free champagne cocktails to toast India's success!"

  260. SMS  

    From a Pakistani cricket fan: "Congratulations to India! Great match. Well deserved win."

  261. 1845 Commentary  

    Various ICC, BCCI, Sri Lanka Cricket and Bangladesh Cricket Board officials are introduced. They all give a wave. Umpires and officials come up to collect their medals - thankfully match referee Jeff Crowe doesn't ask to be given his medal twice, those of you who were here for the toss more than nine hours ago will be pleased to hear.

  262. 1846 Commentary  

    Sri Lanka's players get their runners-up medals from the Bangladesh Cricket Board chap. Mrs Jayawardene (see earlier) is still applauding from the stands, but her husband must be disappointed to become the first man to score a World Cup Final century and finish on the losing side. Murali gets a big cheer from the Indian crowd, a big smile across his face as ever.

  263. Commentary  

    Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara: "I'm very proud of everyone, especially Mahela, but looking at the batsmen in the India team, anything under 350 didn't look good enough. India deserved the title of favourites, and I think both Sri Lanka and India will be very proud of the cricket we played. Congratulations India, you were the better side and you deserved it today."

  264. 1852 Commentary  

    Mahendra Dhoni is man of the match, while player of the tournament (as revealed earlier on Twitter) - chosen by a panel including CMJ - is Yuvraj Singh, who picked up runs, wickets and\u00a0four man of the match awards.

  265. Commentary  

    Player of the tournament Yuvraj Singh: "Last time in the World Cup final we were chasing 358, but we saved a lot of runs in the field today and taken the pressure well - we batted like champions. We didn't have a proper left-arm spinner so I had to bowl a lot - [former India spinner] Narenda Hirwani has been helping me a lot. Tonight's going to be a good night!"

  266. 1855 Commentary  

    India get their winners' medals. Each player gets a huge cheer, even those who carried the drinks for large chunks of the tournament.

  267. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I can tell from India's body language that they're not fazed by chasing down targets any more."

  268. Commentary  

    Man of the match (and India captain) Mahendra Dhoni: "There were quite a few decisions that might have looked different if we hadn't won - why Sreesanth and not Ashwin, why Yuvraj not at number five despite his form. I wanted to bat slightly up the order, with two off-spinners in their side, [coach] Gary Kirsten\u00a0and the senior players backed me and I'm glad I got the runs I did. People would have questioned whether we would have got the runs after losing Sehwag and Sachin, but we were able to put pressure on their spinners."

  269. 1900 CHAMPAGNE MOMENT  

    India lift the World Cup, the champagne starts to flow, the fireworks soar into the Mumbai night sky, ticker tape fills the air and the party starts here for the co-hosts. And never to miss an opportunity, an ICC email news release reveals the logo for the 2015 World Cup - what appears to be a multicoloured batsman playing a hook shot.

  270. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I don't think Dhoni captained India as well as he has done on other occasions. Jayawardene never played a shot in anger, just crafted his way to a hundred and I thought they gave him easy runs. It was a very competitive total in the end. But India's batting came through - Gambhir took a risk or two, he should have been caught, but he settled down when Dhoni came in - and Dhoni batted magnificently. They call him Mr Cool here, but his temprament stood him in good stead. It's a good result for 50-over cricket."

  271. 1915 Commentary  

    It's been a marathon day - and a marathon tournament - but I think it's time to bow out after a live text session approaching 10 hours! (Blame India's slow over-rate for inflicting me on you for that long!). Don't forget the BBC highlights tonight - 2200 on the Red Button (satellite/cable) and the BBC Sport website, 2230 on Freeview, and 2325 on BBC Two. Congratulations to India, well done Sri Lanka and if you're sad Murali's retiring, you can still catch him playing Twenty20 for Gloucestershire this summer.

    Thanks for all your thousands of messages - sorry if we didn't have room to use yours - and I hope you've enjoyed the BBC's coverage of the tournament. If you want to continue the debate (Boycs is already saying "five or six England players must go!" - check out the podcast later), then you can keep going on Twitter (#bbcworldcup) - but from me, on behalf of the website team, thanks for your company and we'll be back for the first Test on 26 May!

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Live Scores - Sri Lanka v India


  • India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
  • Sri Lanka: 274-6 (50.0 overs)
  • India: 277-4 (48.2 overs)
  • Venue: Mumbai

India Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 4 277
Sehwag lbw b Malinga 0
Tendulkar c Sangakkara b Malinga 18
Gambhir b Perera 97
Kohli c and b Dilshan 35
Dhoni not out 91
Yuvraj not out 21
Extras 8w 1b 6lb 15


see also
India power to World Cup triumph
02 Apr 11 |  Cricket
Noisy crowd causes toss confusion
02 Apr 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup final in photos
02 Apr 11 |  Cricket
Muralitharan set to defy injury
02 Apr 11 |  Cricket
Myth or man?
01 Apr 11 |  India
Excitement mounts in Mumbai
01 Apr 11 |  India
Pressure is on India - Sangakkara
01 Apr 11 |  Cricket
Mumbai awaits World Cup showpiece
01 Apr 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011
09 Mar 11 |  Cricket

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