Sri Lanka167 for 5 (Mathews 46, Kapugedera 37, Sangakkara 46) beat India 163 for 5 (Raina 63) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
It was an awesome comeback from Sri Lanka. They first bounced back to restrict India, who had galloped to 90 for 1 from 10 overs, to 163 before they shrugged off a poor start to the chase down the target in the final delivery of the game. India have been knocked out of the tournament while Sri Lanka wait for the result from the Australia-West Indies game before they can seal their spot in the final four.
When Kumar Sangakkara, who was the engine of the chase, fell, Sri Lanka needed 59 from 33 balls to win and a mere 39 runs to knock out India. It was a big moment but Mathews and Kapugedera showed excellent maturity in safely negotiating the next ten odd deliveries to ensure there was no dramatic implosion before they went for the target. They collected ten runs from the 18th over, bowled by Ashish Nehra, with the help of two fours: Kapugdera lapped a leg-side delivery to fine-leg boundary and Mathews pulled to midwicket boundary. They added two more fours in the next over, from Piyush Chawla: Mathews pinged wide long-on boundary and Kapugedera unfurled a fine back-foot punch over extra cover. He wasn’t done yet.
And when Vinay Kumar slipped a full toss in the 19th over, Kapugedera heaved it just over long-on boundary to knock out India. He then slammed the next delivery, a full-pitched one, over long-on to reduce the equation to 13 from the final over, bowled by Nehra.
Mathews collected a six first ball with a gorgeous on-the-up hit over long-off but Nehra hit the blockhole regularly and even ran out Mathews with a direct hit at the non-striker’s end after a yorker was squeezed out to the on side of the pitch by Mathews. Sri Lanka needed three from the final delivery and Kapugedera carved the full delivery over cover boundary for a stunning six. Game over.