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Tuesday, December 13, 2005 

Kumble takes the draw out of the equation

When India set Sri Lanka a target of 436, only two results were possible - a win for India (by lunch on Day 5 as predicted by this writer yesterday) or a draw. Of course the draw hinged solely on Atapattu and Jayawardene - the rest of the batting cannot bat whole sessions against Kumble and Bhajji. One over from Kumble at the end of a long hard day took the draw out of the equation. Atapattu was foxed by a slightly slower ball, and drew uppishly back at the bowler. Kumble, who had wheeled in 15 overs by then, lunged forward and took the catch inches from the ground - and has handed India victory in this match. Just to make things even more certain, he took out the nightwatchman Bandara in the same over. It must be a formality now.

Maybe just after lunch tomorrow.

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