India vs Sri Lanka

Match info: Tri-Series in West Indies 2013 at Queen's Park Oval - Final

Date: 11th Jul 2013 Umpires: N J Llong and P J Nero

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


203/9 (49.4 Overs)


Sri Lanka

201 All out (48.5 Overs)

India win by 1 wicket

  • Last Updated: July 12 2013, 6:16 BST

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni underlined his status as the world's best finisher as he engineered a dramatic one-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Tri-Nations final in Port of Spain.

India celebrate their success in Port of Spain
India celebrate their success in Port of Spain

Dhoni was left with 15 required from the final over and only last man Ishant Sharma at the other end.

The 32-year-old needed only four of the six balls available to him to seal the result, crashing Shaminda Eranga over the cover ropes for the match-winning shot.

Sri Lanka were therefore made to pay for a stunning collapse as they were bowled out for 201 from 48.5 overs.

The islanders lost eight for 30, which ultimately proved the difference, although they had their chances to steal the win as well as grounds for grievance that Dhoni should not have departed earlier.

The India captain was on just two when he appeared to veer into the way of a throw from mid-on, which hit him, to prevent it from hitting the stumps as he scampered for his ground.

The Sri Lankans questioned the validity of Dhoni's actions, which could have seen him given out under the new regulations for obstructing the field, but umpires Nigel Llong and Peter Nero ignored their pleas.

Even then Sri Lanka looked set for victory when Rangana Herath's four for 20 left India needing 20 when last-man Sharma joined Dhoni.

Sharma twice then would have been caught short of his ground by direct hits before Dhoni took charge, even after missing Eranga's first ball, as he clubbed six, four, six to win the game.

India's chance initially stalled with the quick wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli before Rohit Sharma seemingly steadied them with a patient half-century.

The opener's dismissal, bowled by Herath, proceeded an Indian collapse of their own as they lost four for 13 to leave their hopes in the hands of Dhoni.

While wickets continued to tumble he again proved himself a dependable presence at the end to ensure India added this competition to their Champions Trophy success last month.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were cruising when Kumar Sangakkara (71) and Lahiru Thirimanne (46) combined in a 122-run stand that progressed the score to 171 for two in the 38th over.

But with the foundation for a late assault seemingly set the departure of Thirimanne, caught slogging at Sharma, sparked a collapse of eight wickets in 11 overs.

Ravindra Jadeja (four for 23) continued his knack for taking wickets with his innocuous-looking left-armers as he raced through the tail.

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