Adelaide - India and Sri Lanka finished in a sensational tie in their tri one-day series international at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
skipper M.S. Dhoni needed to hit four off the last ball by Lasith
Malinga but he was denied and the Indian players scampered through for
three runs to level the scores.
Both teams finished with 236 for
nine from their 50 overs in a dramatic finale after India needed nine
runs to win off the final over.
Dhoni, who steered India to a
final-over victory against Australia at the same ground last Sunday,
threatened to repeat that success but was thwarted as the Sri Lankans
searched desperately for their first win of the tri-series.
tie lifted India to the top of the tournament standings ahead of
Australia, with Sri Lanka yet to win from their three games.
finished unbeaten on 58 off 69 balls with one booming six and three
fours, while opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was out in the 90s for a
second consecutive innings after he was run out for 91.
looked poised to nudge past the plucky Sri Lankans in the final over but
Ranganath Vinay Kumar was run out on the second-last ball by a direct
throw at the non-striker's end.
Dhoni then faced a final ball shot
for a winning boundary only for Sachithra Senanayake to cut off the
ball and enable India enough time to take three and level the scores.
It was the first ever tie between India and Sri Lanka in one-dayers.
Once again star India batsman Sachin Tendulkar failed to score his 100th international century and was dismissed for 15.
Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal topscored with 81 as Sri Lanka reached 236 for nine off 50 overs.
22, hit six fours and a six off 91 balls before he was run out and Sri
Lanka, who won the toss, set India just over 4.7 runs an over to win.
Lanka never got going on a batting pitch as they seek a victory to stay
in contention for the best-of-three match finals series next month.
Sangakkara scored just 31 off 56 balls with two fours before he was
caught off a leading edge at mid-on from spinner Ravi Ashwin in the 20th
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene hit 43 off 49 balls and put on
94 for the fourth wicket with Chandimal before he was leg before wicket
to Vinay Kumar in the 37th over.
Chandimal was out in the next
over when batting partner Angelo Mathews went for a quick single to
short cover only for Rohit Sharma to whip the ball back to wicketkeeper
Dhoni to break the stumps.
Senanayake cracked 22 off 14 balls to remain unbeaten with Mathews (17) and Thisara Perera (5) out cheaply.
Vinay Kumar finished the best of India's bowlers with three for 46 off 10 overs, while Ashwin claimed two wickets.