England tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v England at Galle, Mar 26-29, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 75 runs
26,27,28,29 March 2012 (5-day match)
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne c Swann b Anderson 3 12 12 0 0 25.00
2.2 edged and gone! Anderson persists with that line outside the off stump, slightly fuller on this occasion and Thirimanne is in two minds and in the end it was a nothing prod outside the off stump and the edge goes straight to Swann at second slip 11/1
View dismissal TM Dilshan c Strauss b Broad 11 23 8 2 0 137.50
3.5 85.2 mph, Broad too joins the party! good length delivery outside the off stump, nothing great there but Dilshan makes it look good by pushing at it with zero feet movement. Sweet sound of leather on edge and the ball goes straight to Strauss at first slip 15/3
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c †Prior b Anderson 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
2.3 Gone first ball! another fuller length delivery outside the off stump, slight moment but hard to say which way. A perfect delivery first up and even Sangakkara could not resist having a poke at it and this time the edge went straight to the keeper. Anderson on a hat-trick here and Strauss' ploy of taking early wickets seems to be working just fine 11/2
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* c †Prior b Anderson 180 396 315 22 3 57.14
96.3 Oh well done Anderson. Just when I was about to say this is looking like a middle-wicket net session. Anderson gets his fifth. Just short of a length, just outside off, Jayawardene comes forward to defend. The ball just holds its line, the edge is taken, and finally Anderson has produced the breakthrough 318/10
View dismissal TT Samaraweera run out (Anderson) 20 107 82 3 0 24.39
32.4 Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, oh dear, Thilan has been done in by Mahela's straight drive and Anderson's half-stop, just what Sri Lanka did not need, both the batsmen were looking steady, Anderson got down his right hand down as Mahela drove this full delivery straight, and ended up parrying the ball on to the non-striker's stumps, Thilan was a long way out his crease, and turned back as he realised what was happening, but was caught short, he was down on his knees and helplessly stared at the damage Anderson had caused 67/4
View dismissal LD Chandimal c Bell b Patel 27 65 48 2 2 56.25
49.6 52.8 mph, now gone! Awful stroke, a swish across the line and produces a big top edge that falls comfortably to Bell at cover. A first Test wicket for Samit Patel, it was a ordinary delivery on a length on off stump but the horrendous heave brought a wild edge in the air and it was pouched easily 128/5
View dismissal HAPW Jayawardene lbw b Anderson 23 47 40 3 0 57.50
61.5 81.2 mph, that has swung back in a mile, and Anderson has got the lbw appeal in his favour, Sri Lanka go for the review, they have to, this is the last batting pair, he pushed forward in defence, but ended up pushing about a foot outside the eventual line of the ball as it swerved back in too much from a good length, hit him above the knee roll, replays show that was hitting top of middle and leg, on-field umpire's decision was out, and so it remains 170/6
View dismissal S Randiv run out (Strauss) 12 19 15 1 0 80.00
65.6 Anderson to DPMD Jayawardene, that is some excellent work from the England captain, he has earned his side a wicket out of nowhere, Randiv was out of his crease as Mahela pushed towards cover, Strauss let it rip at the non-striker's end, hit the stumps, and Randiv was inches short 191/7
View dismissal HMRKB Herath lbw b Patel 5 65 30 0 0 16.66
80.2 and there's the breakthrough! A paddle sweep misses, Herath is hit on the full in front of off stump...the review actually has it as umpire's call so closer than first inspection but out nevertheless and Herath's vigil comes to an end. But he did hold an end up well enough 253/8
View dismissal UWMBCA Welegedara b Anderson 19 62 26 4 0 73.07
92.6 71.4 mph, lovely bowling. Anderson has done it by himself. Welegedara must have been expecting a bouncer, as he is stuck on the back foot. Anderson slips in the slower offcutter, Welegedara's foot is nowhere near it, and it breaks through the gap between bat and pad, hitting the top of leg. That's a clever dismissal 307/9
RAS Lakmal not out 0 17 6 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 14, nb 4) 18
  Total (all out; 96.3 overs; 412 mins) 318 (3.29 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets JM Anderson 20.3 5 72 5 3.51 94 11 1
2.2 to Thirimanne, edged and gone! Anderson persists with that line outside the off stump, slightly fuller on this occasion and Thirimanne is in two minds and in the end it was a nothing prod outside the off stump and the edge goes straight to Swann at second slip 11/1
2.3 to Sangakkara, Gone first ball! another fuller length delivery outside the off stump, slight moment but hard to say which way. A perfect delivery first up and even Sangakkara could not resist having a poke at it and this time the edge went straight to the keeper. Anderson on a hat-trick here and Strauss' ploy of taking early wickets seems to be working just fine 11/2
61.5 to HAPW Jayawardene, 81.2 mph, that has swung back in a mile, and Anderson has got the lbw appeal in his favour, Sri Lanka go for the review, they have to, this is the last batting pair, he pushed forward in defence, but ended up pushing about a foot outside the eventual line of the ball as it swerved back in too much from a good length, hit him above the knee roll, replays show that was hitting top of middle and leg, on-field umpire's decision was out, and so it remains 170/6
92.6 to Welegedara, 71.4 mph, lovely bowling. Anderson has done it by himself. Welegedara must have been expecting a bouncer, as he is stuck on the back foot. Anderson slips in the slower offcutter, Welegedara's foot is nowhere near it, and it breaks through the gap between bat and pad, hitting the top of leg. That's a clever dismissal 307/9
96.3 to DPMD Jayawardene, Oh well done Anderson. Just when I was about to say this is looking like a middle-wicket net session. Anderson gets his fifth. Just short of a length, just outside off, Jayawardene comes forward to defend. The ball just holds its line, the edge is taken, and finally Anderson has produced the breakthrough 318/10
View wicket SCJ Broad 21 3 71 1 3.38 95 9 0 (4nb)
3.5 to Dilshan, 85.2 mph, Broad too joins the party! good length delivery outside the off stump, nothing great there but Dilshan makes it look good by pushing at it with zero feet movement. Sweet sound of leather on edge and the ball goes straight to Strauss at first slip 15/3
  MS Panesar 23 11 42 0 1.82 120 5 1
  GP Swann 23 3 92 0 4.00 91 9 2
View wickets SR Patel 9 1 27 2 3.00 43 3 1
49.6 to Chandimal, 52.8 mph, now gone! Awful stroke, a swish across the line and produces a big top edge that falls comfortably to Bell at cover. A first Test wicket for Samit Patel, it was a ordinary delivery on a length on off stump but the horrendous heave brought a wild edge in the air and it was pouched easily 128/5
80.2 to Herath, and there's the breakthrough! A paddle sweep misses, Herath is hit on the full in front of off stump...the review actually has it as umpire's call so closer than first inspection but out nevertheless and Herath's vigil comes to an end. But he did hold an end up well enough 253/8
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AJ Strauss* lbw b Herath 26 61 40 2 0 65.00
12.4 Sri Lanka are reviewing this. This is very close. Strauss is sweeping this really full delivery, and misses it. This has hit him on the half-volley, so no scope for much turn. It all depends on where the ball has hit him with respect to the line of off stump. Strauss has moved well across here, but Asad Rauf has given this not out. After a discussion, Jayawardene makes the T sign. And rightly so. This is full, pitched around off, turning in towards middle, Strauss is beaten on the sweep, and off he goes. Strauss doesn't seem happy. One of the reasons could be the time taken by Jayawardene before reviewing this. It did seem longish, but it is the umpire's discretion to allow or disallow a review 43/3
View dismissal AN Cook lbw b Lakmal 0 7 5 0 0 0.00
1.5 83.6 mph, big lbw appeal, and he is given. Cook is not going to review it. The first ball to swing this over. This is a length ball, on off, Cook's front foot moves a touch too far across. The ball swings back in, the bat way outside the line of the ball, and he is hit in front of off. Cook has a word with Strauss, but Strauss lets him know he would only be wasting the review here 0/1
View dismissal IJL Trott st †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 12 41 24 3 0 50.00
10.3 What a mess Trott has made of this one. He is not only out, he is down too. This one looks like a full toss as Trott gives him the charge. It seems it is fuller than he has expected, and looks to play this across the line, and misses it by a mile. P Jayawardene makes a difficult collection, as this is pitched on the crease, and he must have been blinded by Trott too. And then he stumps him. That's not all Trott's misery, though. As he desperately looks to make it back, he runs into the gloves of the celebrating Prasanna. That's a knockout blow if the stumping wasn't one, and Trott is left flat on his back. Superb stumping, all said and done. This is a half-volley that has turned away, and he has made the collection 40/2
View dismissal KP Pietersen b Welegedara 3 30 18 0 0 16.66
17.1 Bowled'im. This is not left-arm spin, but Welegedara is a left-arm bowler all right. A dismissal difficult to explain why. A length ball from round the stumps, outside off, Pietersen stretches forward, goes for the drive, doesn't cover the angle of the ball, gets an inside edge, and the off stump is knocked back. England continue to find ways of getting out. And Jayawardene continues to have the right bowler on at the right time 65/4
View dismissal IR Bell b Herath 52 117 87 8 1 59.77
40.5 49.2 mph, got him with a beauty a left-armer's dream, spins past the outside edge and removes the off bail. Grip and turn past Bell's forward defence, so reminiscent of those dismissals in the UAE, a perfect delivery by Herath who now has six-for 157/9
View dismissal MJ Prior lbw b Herath 7 8 7 1 0 100.00
18.6 49.2 mph, Given out lbw. Prior wondering if he should review this, but it seems the Strauss tendency of staying back has done him in too. Prior has reviewed this, though. Now a recap of what happened. It was a length ball, pitched on middle and leg, Prior stayed back, giving it time to turn. And turn it did, squaring Prior up, beating the outside edge, hitting him in front of leg stump. It was dead plumb, and Prior - being one of the last recognised batsmen - was just taking a chance with that review 72/5
View dismissal SR Patel lbw b Herath 2 27 21 0 0 9.52
26.1 52.3 mph, Oh the cement feet stuck close to the stumps. I can't figure, for the life of me, why they are all playing back to length balls. This one is the slider, to Herath's credit, but it is also a length ball, and he should have been forward, defending it back to Herath. Instead, he is deep inside the crease, and the ball slides in with the arm, and catches him dead plumb in front of middle 92/6
View dismissal SCJ Broad lbw b Herath 28 32 15 5 1 186.66
32.1 56.4 mph, full, swept and missed given out! and Broad goes straight for the referral. It doesn't look as if he's hit this...no hotspot in this series remember so there's no conclusive proof and Broad will have to go because hawk-eye has it hitting in line and going on to hit the stumps. Five for Herath and England's nightmares against spin in the subcontinent roll on 122/7
View dismissal GP Swann c Dilshan b Randiv 24 22 26 6 0 92.30
39.4 but gone now as Swann finds Dilshan at short midwicket, he was trying to use his feet and go over the top again but didn't get to the pitch and chipped up a simple chance to the fielder's left, comfortably taken with both hands 157/8
JM Anderson not out 23 29 26 4 0 88.46
View dismissal MS Panesar lbw b Randiv 13 23 11 2 0 118.18
46.4 51.2 mph, given out now with Panesar caught on the front pad and the finger goes up pretty quickly for lbw, might have slid on with the arm, beating the inside edge 193/10
Extras (lb 2, w 1) 3
  Total (all out; 46.4 overs; 203 mins) 193 (4.13 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket UWMBCA Welegedara 11 2 46 1 4.18 51 9 0
17.1 to Pietersen, Bowled'im. This is not left-arm spin, but Welegedara is a left-arm bowler all right. A dismissal difficult to explain why. A length ball from round the stumps, outside off, Pietersen stretches forward, goes for the drive, doesn't cover the angle of the ball, gets an inside edge, and the off stump is knocked back. England continue to find ways of getting out. And Jayawardene continues to have the right bowler on at the right time 65/4
View wicket RAS Lakmal 9 2 45 1 5.00 38 6 1 (1w)
1.5 to Cook, 83.6 mph, big lbw appeal, and he is given. Cook is not going to review it. The first ball to swing this over. This is a length ball, on off, Cook's front foot moves a touch too far across. The ball swings back in, the bat way outside the line of the ball, and he is hit in front of off. Cook has a word with Strauss, but Strauss lets him know he would only be wasting the review here 0/1
View wickets HMRKB Herath 19 5 74 6 3.89 87 12 1
10.3 to Trott, What a mess Trott has made of this one. He is not only out, he is down too. This one looks like a full toss as Trott gives him the charge. It seems it is fuller than he has expected, and looks to play this across the line, and misses it by a mile. P Jayawardene makes a difficult collection, as this is pitched on the crease, and he must have been blinded by Trott too. And then he stumps him. That's not all Trott's misery, though. As he desperately looks to make it back, he runs into the gloves of the celebrating Prasanna. That's a knockout blow if the stumping wasn't one, and Trott is left flat on his back. Superb stumping, all said and done. This is a half-volley that has turned away, and he has made the collection 40/2
12.4 to Strauss, Sri Lanka are reviewing this. This is very close. Strauss is sweeping this really full delivery, and misses it. This has hit him on the half-volley, so no scope for much turn. It all depends on where the ball has hit him with respect to the line of off stump. Strauss has moved well across here, but Asad Rauf has given this not out. After a discussion, Jayawardene makes the T sign. And rightly so. This is full, pitched around off, turning in towards middle, Strauss is beaten on the sweep, and off he goes. Strauss doesn't seem happy. One of the reasons could be the time taken by Jayawardene before reviewing this. It did seem longish, but it is the umpire's discretion to allow or disallow a review 43/3
18.6 to Prior, 49.2 mph, Given out lbw. Prior wondering if he should review this, but it seems the Strauss tendency of staying back has done him in too. Prior has reviewed this, though. Now a recap of what happened. It was a length ball, pitched on middle and leg, Prior stayed back, giving it time to turn. And turn it did, squaring Prior up, beating the outside edge, hitting him in front of leg stump. It was dead plumb, and Prior - being one of the last recognised batsmen - was just taking a chance with that review 72/5
26.1 to Patel, 52.3 mph, Oh the cement feet stuck close to the stumps. I can't figure, for the life of me, why they are all playing back to length balls. This one is the slider, to Herath's credit, but it is also a length ball, and he should have been forward, defending it back to Herath. Instead, he is deep inside the crease, and the ball slides in with the arm, and catches him dead plumb in front of middle 92/6
32.1 to Broad, 56.4 mph, full, swept and missed given out! and Broad goes straight for the referral. It doesn't look as if he's hit this...no hotspot in this series remember so there's no conclusive proof and Broad will have to go because hawk-eye has it hitting in line and going on to hit the stumps. Five for Herath and England's nightmares against spin in the subcontinent roll on 122/7
40.5 to Bell, 49.2 mph, got him with a beauty a left-armer's dream, spins past the outside edge and removes the off bail. Grip and turn past Bell's forward defence, so reminiscent of those dismissals in the UAE, a perfect delivery by Herath who now has six-for 157/9
View wickets S Randiv 7.4 0 26 2 3.39 33 4 0
39.4 to Swann, but gone now as Swann finds Dilshan at short midwicket, he was trying to use his feet and go over the top again but didn't get to the pitch and chipped up a simple chance to the fielder's left, comfortably taken with both hands 157/8
46.4 to Panesar, 51.2 mph, given out now with Panesar caught on the front pad and the finger goes up pretty quickly for lbw, might have slid on with the arm, beating the inside edge 193/10
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne b Swann 6 29 23 0 0 26.08
6.2 Oh we have been expecting you, Mr Swann. Once again he strikes in the first over of a new spell. And a classical dismissal too. Tossed up generously, pitches middle and leg, Thirimanne is looking leg side, closing the face, but the ball dips, and then turns away to beat the bat and take the off stump 8/2
View dismissal TM Dilshan b Broad 0 7 2 0 0 0.00
1.3 83.0 mph, Timber here. Full and straight, pitches middle and off, swings back in, Dilshan has missed the line, falls over when driving, and the ball hits the pad in front of leg before ricocheting onto the stumps. And Broad takes us to the West with his slinging-guns celebration. Too bad they don't wear cowboy hats to the cricket 4/1
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Bell b Swann 14 77 44 1 0 31.81
18.6 54.8 mph, got him! Swann strikes again and removes another left-hander. And it's an absolute beauty, producing an edge to gully. Classic off break bowling, drift in, forcing Sangakkara forward but he wasn't completely to the pitch, played a not great prod and edged to Bell who bagged a sharp chance to put England right back in the match 41/4
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* c Anderson b Swann 5 10 7 1 0 71.42
8.1 53.8 mph, Swann strikes again. And it's the big man MJ. Excellent bowling. Goes straght on after pitching on a length outside off. Jayawardene is expecting an offbreak that he can defend towards the vacant silly point region. This one doesn't turn, though, and takes the edge to first slip. England are right back into this one. I am loving this Test 14/3
View dismissal TT Samaraweera st †Prior b Swann 36 84 74 5 0 48.64
30.1 stumped! And England do strike before the close, as Samaraweera walks past one outside off stump and falls just before the close. It was a slider from Swann past the outside edge, Samaraweera was in a dreadful position, was done on the outside edge and stumped by a distance by a gleeful Matt Prior 72/5
View dismissal LD Chandimal c Pietersen b Panesar 31 97 83 5 0 37.34
47.2 55.1 mph, Panesar strikes! A big wicket, that, Chandimal's aggressive instinct took over, he came down the track to that flattish delivery and tried to loft him inside out over extra cover, didn't time that at all, gifted an easy catch to mid-off 114/6
View dismissal S Randiv lbw b Swann 18 71 63 2 0 28.57
50.5 52.9 mph, Swann picks a five-for! Turns in from a good length outside off, and strikes him on the pads as he tries to defend with bat close to pad, was there at involved? Asad Rauf raises his finger but the batsman has called for a review. Struck him in line, it struck pad first and then the bat, would have gone on to clip the bails. It's the umpire's call and the original decision is upheld. 115/7
HAPW Jayawardene not out 61 155 123 3 3 49.59
View dismissal HMRKB Herath b Swann 7 16 10 1 0 70.00
54.1 Herath swings and misses! That was his only approach, Swann came round the wicket and Herath looked to slog it over midwicket, missed as it turned away a hint and crashed into the stumps 127/8
View dismissal UWMBCA Welegedara c Strauss b Panesar 13 65 53 2 0 24.52
70.5 Gone, good catch by Strauss diving to his right, around a good length and it turned away, stabbed at that one, reaching forward, gets an outside edge and Strauss clasps it with both hands 167/9
View dismissal RAS Lakmal run out (Pietersen/Anderson) 13 60 29 3 0 44.82
84.3 Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, pulled into the leg side, they charge back for two, here comes the throw...got him! Anderson does really well to gather and remove the bails leaving Lakmal short as he tried to keep Jayawardene on strike 214/10
Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 1, nb 4) 10
  Total (all out; 84.3 overs; 339 mins) 214 (2.53 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  JM Anderson 10.3 2 26 0 2.47 50 4 0
View wicket SCJ Broad 11 2 33 1 3.00 55 3 1 (4nb, 1w)
1.3 to Dilshan, 83.0 mph, Timber here. Full and straight, pitches middle and off, swings back in, Dilshan has missed the line, falls over when driving, and the ball hits the pad in front of leg before ricocheting onto the stumps. And Broad takes us to the West with his slinging-guns celebration. Too bad they don't wear cowboy hats to the cricket 4/1
View wickets GP Swann 30 5 82 6 2.73 133 8 1
6.2 to Thirimanne, Oh we have been expecting you, Mr Swann. Once again he strikes in the first over of a new spell. And a classical dismissal too. Tossed up generously, pitches middle and leg, Thirimanne is looking leg side, closing the face, but the ball dips, and then turns away to beat the bat and take the off stump 8/2
8.1 to DPMD Jayawardene, 53.8 mph, Swann strikes again. And it's the big man MJ. Excellent bowling. Goes straght on after pitching on a length outside off. Jayawardene is expecting an offbreak that he can defend towards the vacant silly point region. This one doesn't turn, though, and takes the edge to first slip. England are right back into this one. I am loving this Test 14/3
18.6 to Sangakkara, 54.8 mph, got him! Swann strikes again and removes another left-hander. And it's an absolute beauty, producing an edge to gully. Classic off break bowling, drift in, forcing Sangakkara forward but he wasn't completely to the pitch, played a not great prod and edged to Bell who bagged a sharp chance to put England right back in the match 41/4
30.1 to Samaraweera, stumped! And England do strike before the close, as Samaraweera walks past one outside off stump and falls just before the close. It was a slider from Swann past the outside edge, Samaraweera was in a dreadful position, was done on the outside edge and stumped by a distance by a gleeful Matt Prior 72/5
50.5 to Randiv, 52.9 mph, Swann picks a five-for! Turns in from a good length outside off, and strikes him on the pads as he tries to defend with bat close to pad, was there at involved? Asad Rauf raises his finger but the batsman has called for a review. Struck him in line, it struck pad first and then the bat, would have gone on to clip the bails. It's the umpire's call and the original decision is upheld. 115/7
54.1 to Herath, Herath swings and misses! That was his only approach, Swann came round the wicket and Herath looked to slog it over midwicket, missed as it turned away a hint and crashed into the stumps 127/8
View wickets MS Panesar 24 6 59 2 2.45 113 7 1
47.2 to Chandimal, 55.1 mph, Panesar strikes! A big wicket, that, Chandimal's aggressive instinct took over, he came down the track to that flattish delivery and tried to loft him inside out over extra cover, didn't time that at all, gifted an easy catch to mid-off 114/6
70.5 to Welegedara, Gone, good catch by Strauss diving to his right, around a good length and it turned away, stabbed at that one, reaching forward, gets an outside edge and Strauss clasps it with both hands 167/9
  SR Patel 9 4 9 0 1.00 48 1 0
  England 2nd innings (target: 340 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AJ Strauss* c Dilshan b Herath 27 64 60 2 0 45.00
18.3 49.0 mph, Herath strikes, England under more pressure now, the openers are gone. Tossed up and he accepted the invite, danced down the track to smack that over mid-on, ended up being a thick inside edge and Dilshan dived to his right at midwicket to complete a sharp catch 48/2
View dismissal AN Cook c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 14 33 25 3 0 56.00
8.5 Appeal for a catch, Jayawardene has called for a review, no Hot Spot, the umpire turned the appeal down, slid it on a good length outside off, turned the face on that one after getting across, it held its line and upon closer look, it seemed there was a deviation off the bat. Prasanna took a sharp catch behind the stumps. The Sri Lankans were completely convinced, Jayawardene immediately went for the review. 31/1
View dismissal IJL Trott c Dilshan b Randiv 112 336 266 10 0 42.10
94.6 50.4 mph, Trott now gone and is that the game-changer...worked round the corner from middle and leg and a great catch taken with two hands to Dilshan's left at leg slip...Trott's given England a chance with a wonderful innings but won't be there at the end now... 256/7
View dismissal KP Pietersen c DPMD Jayawardene b Randiv 30 90 68 4 0 44.11
42.5 52.3 mph, caught at short midwicket! Pietersen's gone! He came out of his crease to play the ball, it dipped on him sharply and he did not get to the pitch of it. Pietersen tried to hit through midwicket but didn't time it well, chipping it to Mahela Jayawardene, who takes off on a celebratory run 118/3
View dismissal IR Bell lbw b Herath 13 67 34 1 0 38.23
58.1 48.3 mph, a huge appeal for lbw and umpire Tucker raises the finger, but Bell reviews it immediately. He moved forward to sweep but he was far too early on the shot, Bell had to wait ages and when the ball finally reached him it dipped under his bat and hit low on the pad. He was miles outside his crease. He got a long stride forward and his back foot was outside the crease as well. I can't see evidence of a bottom edge, but even if he hit it, I think the ball was caught be someone. Replays indicate the ball hit the pad just in line of off stump and would have gone on to just clip the outside of off stump. So the umpire's decision is upheld. Bell has to go. But he was a long, long way forward. I was mistaken, no one caught the ball off the pad. 152/4
View dismissal MJ Prior c Thirimanne b Herath 41 108 88 3 0 46.59
85.6 49.3 mph, sweep and he's caught at short leg! Drama as it goes straight to the man under the lid, it gets stuck in his midriff and Thirimanne managed to fumble around and cling on. So unlucky for Prior but is that the slice of luck that Sri Lanka need 233/5
View dismissal SR Patel c Dilshan b Herath 9 29 25 0 0 36.00
93.5 48.7 mph, caught at cover! There was a fumble from Dilshan but a brilliant take on the second grab. Patel tried to step away a touch to drive and did so in the air straight to Dilshan who initially dropped the chance but held on with one hand with a great reaction 252/6
SCJ Broad not out 5 24 12 0 0 41.66
View dismissal GP Swann lbw b Herath 1 12 9 0 0 11.11
97.5 53.9 mph, down for the sweep, missed and given out, referred, England's last and umpire's call on clipping the top of the bails that really is a crucial strike 259/8
View dismissal JM Anderson c †HAPW Jayawardene b Randiv 5 3 6 1 0 83.33
98.5 52.1 mph, forward outside off stump and caught behind! A sharp chance taken by Jayawardene from a feather edge through. Fine delivery, bounce and turn away from Anderson and a tiny nick is good enough to put Sri Lanka on the cusp of victory 264/9
View dismissal MS Panesar c Dilshan b Randiv 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
98.6 but he's gone first ball! Caught in the gully and Sri Lanka have won by 75 runs as Panesar probes forward, the turn takes the outside edge and it's well taken down low by Dilshan at slip for his fourth catch of the innings 264/10
Extras (lb 6, w 1) 7
  Total (all out; 99 overs; 387 mins) 264 (2.66 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  UWMBCA Welegedara 13 2 40 0 3.07 56 4 0
  RAS Lakmal 10 5 22 0 2.20 47 3 0
View wickets HMRKB Herath 38 9 97 6 2.55 171 10 0
8.5 to Cook, Appeal for a catch, Jayawardene has called for a review, no Hot Spot, the umpire turned the appeal down, slid it on a good length outside off, turned the face on that one after getting across, it held its line and upon closer look, it seemed there was a deviation off the bat. Prasanna took a sharp catch behind the stumps. The Sri Lankans were completely convinced, Jayawardene immediately went for the review. 31/1
18.3 to Strauss, 49.0 mph, Herath strikes, England under more pressure now, the openers are gone. Tossed up and he accepted the invite, danced down the track to smack that over mid-on, ended up being a thick inside edge and Dilshan dived to his right at midwicket to complete a sharp catch 48/2
58.1 to Bell, 48.3 mph, a huge appeal for lbw and umpire Tucker raises the finger, but Bell reviews it immediately. He moved forward to sweep but he was far too early on the shot, Bell had to wait ages and when the ball finally reached him it dipped under his bat and hit low on the pad. He was miles outside his crease. He got a long stride forward and his back foot was outside the crease as well. I can't see evidence of a bottom edge, but even if he hit it, I think the ball was caught be someone. Replays indicate the ball hit the pad just in line of off stump and would have gone on to just clip the outside of off stump. So the umpire's decision is upheld. Bell has to go. But he was a long, long way forward. I was mistaken, no one caught the ball off the pad. 152/4
85.6 to Prior, 49.3 mph, sweep and he's caught at short leg! Drama as it goes straight to the man under the lid, it gets stuck in his midriff and Thirimanne managed to fumble around and cling on. So unlucky for Prior but is that the slice of luck that Sri Lanka need 233/5
93.5 to Patel, 48.7 mph, caught at cover! There was a fumble from Dilshan but a brilliant take on the second grab. Patel tried to step away a touch to drive and did so in the air straight to Dilshan who initially dropped the chance but held on with one hand with a great reaction 252/6
97.5 to Swann, 53.9 mph, down for the sweep, missed and given out, referred, England's last and umpire's call on clipping the top of the bails that really is a crucial strike 259/8
  TM Dilshan 12 1 25 0 2.08 52 1 0
View wickets S Randiv 26 2 74 4 2.84 106 6 0 (1w)
42.5 to Pietersen, 52.3 mph, caught at short midwicket! Pietersen's gone! He came out of his crease to play the ball, it dipped on him sharply and he did not get to the pitch of it. Pietersen tried to hit through midwicket but didn't time it well, chipping it to Mahela Jayawardene, who takes off on a celebratory run 118/3
94.6 to Trott, 50.4 mph, Trott now gone and is that the game-changer...worked round the corner from middle and leg and a great catch taken with two hands to Dilshan's left at leg slip...Trott's given England a chance with a wonderful innings but won't be there at the end now... 256/7
98.5 to Anderson, 52.1 mph, forward outside off stump and caught behind! A sharp chance taken by Jayawardene from a feather edge through. Fine delivery, bounce and turn away from Anderson and a tiny nick is good enough to put Sri Lanka on the cusp of victory 264/9
98.6 to Panesar, but he's gone first ball! Caught in the gully and Sri Lanka have won by 75 runs as Panesar probes forward, the turn takes the outside edge and it's well taken down low by Dilshan at slip for his fourth catch of the innings 264/10

Match details


Toss - Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
Series - Sri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Test debut - SR Patel (England)
Player of the match - HMRKB Herath (Sri Lanka)
Umpires - Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee - J Srinath (India)
Reserve umpire - EAR de Silva
Close of play
  • Mon, 26 Mar - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 289/8 (DPMD Jayawardene 168*, UWMBCA Welegedara 10*, 90 ov)
  • Tue, 27 Mar - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 84/5 (LD Chandimal 17*, S Randiv 2*, 34 ov)
  • Wed, 28 Mar - day 3 - England 2nd innings 111/2 (IJL Trott 40*, KP Pietersen 29*, 40 ov)
  • Thu, 29 Mar - day 4 - England 2nd innings 264 (99 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • Sri Lanka 1st innings
    • Over 0.6: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - HDRL Thirimanne (Struck down)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 29/3 in 13.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 12, TT Samaraweera 0)
    • Over 22.2: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - DPMD Jayawardene (Struck down)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 23.4 overs (145 balls), Extras 3
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 154 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 30, TT Samaraweera 19, Ex 2)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 66/3 in 30.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 30, TT Samaraweera 19)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 41.4 overs (254 balls), Extras 4
    • DPMD Jayawardene: 50 off 134 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 113/4 in 46.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 52, LD Chandimal 23)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 91 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 25, LD Chandimal 23, Ex 3)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 56.3 overs (343 balls), Extras 6
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 168/5 in 61.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 80, HAPW Jayawardene 21)
    • Over 61.5: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - HAPW Jayawardene (Struck down)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 67.6 overs (412 balls), Extras 6
    • DPMD Jayawardene: 100 off 200 balls (12 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 228/7 in 74.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 120, HMRKB Herath 2)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 74 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 42, HMRKB Herath 5, Ex 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 79.1 overs (479 balls), Extras 10
    • Over 80.2: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - HMRKB Herath (Struck down)
    • New Ball Taken: Sri Lanka 258/8 after 82.1 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 147, UWMBCA Welegedara 0)
    • DPMD Jayawardene: 150 off 259 balls (17 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 289/8 in 90.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 168, UWMBCA Welegedara 10)
    • Sri Lanka: 300 runs in 90.4 overs (548 balls), Extras 18
    • 9th Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 26, UWMBCA Welegedara 18, Ex 8)
    • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 318/10 in 96.3 overs (RAS Lakmal 0)
    • England 1st innings
    • Drinks: England - 31/1 in 8.0 overs (AJ Strauss 17, IJL Trott 12)
    • Over 12.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - AJ Strauss (Upheld)
    • England: 50 runs in 14.1 overs (85 balls), Extras 3
    • Lunch: England - 57/3 in 16.0 overs (KP Pietersen 3, IR Bell 13)
    • Over 18.6: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - MJ Prior (Struck down)
    • England: 100 runs in 27.3 overs (165 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: England - 121/6 in 30.0 overs (IR Bell 41, SCJ Broad 27)
    • Over 32.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - SCJ Broad (Struck down)
    • IR Bell: 50 off 78 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • England: 150 runs in 38.1 overs (229 balls), Extras 3
    • Tea: England - 193/10 in 46.4 overs (JM Anderson 23)
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 21/3 in 10.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 1, TT Samaraweera 7)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 22.6 overs (138 balls), Extras 2
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 84/5 in 34.0 overs (LD Chandimal 17, S Randiv 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 40.5 overs (245 balls), Extras 4
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 115/7 in 50.5 overs (HAPW Jayawardene 1)
    • Over 50.5: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - S Randiv (Struck down)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 63.2 overs (380 balls), Extras 4
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 151/8 in 66.0 overs (HAPW Jayawardene 23, UWMBCA Welegedara 6)
    • HAPW Jayawardene: 50 off 91 balls (3 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 78.3 overs (475 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 207/9 in 80.0 overs (HAPW Jayawardene 59, RAS Lakmal 8)
    • New Ball Taken: Sri Lanka 207/9 after 80.1 overs (HAPW Jayawardene 59, RAS Lakmal 8)
    • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 214/10 in 84.3 overs (HAPW Jayawardene 61)
    • England 2nd innings
    • Tea: England - 27/0 in 7.0 overs (AJ Strauss 14, AN Cook 13)
    • Over 8.5: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - AN Cook (Upheld)
    • Over 9.6: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - IJL Trott (Struck down)
    • England: 50 runs in 18.5 overs (113 balls), Extras 0
    • Drinks: England - 69/2 in 24.0 overs (IJL Trott 22, KP Pietersen 6)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 89 balls (IJL Trott 25, KP Pietersen 24, Ex 1)
    • England: 100 runs in 33.4 overs (202 balls), Extras 1
    • End Of Day: England - 111/2 in 40.0 overs (IJL Trott 40, KP Pietersen 29)
    • IJL Trott: 50 off 112 balls (7 x 4)
    • Drinks: England - 145/3 in 55.0 overs (IJL Trott 62, IR Bell 10)
    • England: 150 runs in 57.4 overs (346 balls), Extras 2
    • Over 58.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - IR Bell (Struck down)
    • Lunch: England - 177/4 in 70.0 overs (IJL Trott 76, MJ Prior 15)
    • England: 200 runs in 78.5 overs (473 balls), Extras 4
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 128 balls (IJL Trott 23, MJ Prior 25, Ex 2)
    • New Ball Taken: England 203/4 after 80.1 overs (IJL Trott 90, MJ Prior 25)
    • Drinks: England - 228/4 in 85.0 overs (IJL Trott 97, MJ Prior 41)
    • IJL Trott: 100 off 240 balls (10 x 4)
    • England: 250 runs in 92.4 overs (556 balls), Extras 7
    • Tea: England - 259/8 in 97.5 overs (SCJ Broad 5)
    • Over 97.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Asad Rauf, Batsman - GP Swann (Struck down)
 
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