Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 2007/08 / Commentary

Warne-Muralitharan Trophy - 2nd Test

Australia v Sri Lanka

Australia won by 96 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart. It's a beautiful morning and the forecast is good for the next few days.

Toss Australia have won the toss and will bat first.

Team news Kumar Sangakkara has expectedly made a return after recovering from injury. He will replace Thilan Samaraweera. Lasith Malinga, the fast bowler with a slingy action, has replaced the experienced Chaminda Vaas.

You can check out Peter English's preview here. Muttiah Muralitharan remains the focus. He needs seven more to break the world record and wouldn't it be a fitting tribute for him to cover himself in glory in Australia. The pitch, according to the statistics at least, has tended to favour spin.

Mahela Jayawardene said: "Would love to bat on this, it looks a pretty good wicket. Kumar is fit, so he replaces Thilan Samaraweera and Lasith Malinga comes in for Chaminda Vaas. We've got the talent and ability, we just need to believe in ourselves."

Local boy Ricky Ponting said: "Ponting said: "There's some moisture on the surface, but talking to the groundsman I expect there's going to be some good bounce."

He then said: "I don't go anywhere without my bat, the Willow Wonder; my helmet, the Rock of Gibraltar, and my Swisse Ultivites for when I'm 99 not out... I wouldn't be caught without them," but again that was in an ad break ...

Our informers tell us that Kumar Sangakkara will keep wicket (taking on the extra burden) while Prasanna Jayawardene will play as a specialist batsman. More from our informers soon. They are a great lot.

Here's one of them, Brydon Coverdale, with the toss bulletin. Brydon writes: "The unlucky man to make way for Malinga was Chaminda Vaas, who was denied the chance to become the third Sri Lanka player to reach 100 Tests. However, Vaas might now have the opportunity to reach the milestone on home soil during Sri Lanka's three-Test series against England next month."

Incidentally Vaas has missed 19 Tests in his career. Not sure how many he was dropped for. In the meanwhile the national anthems are out of the way and Hayden walks in with his new partner (opening and not love, one assumes) Phil Jaques. Lasith Malinga, a freak of a fast bowler, has the new cherry.

0.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, Here we go. Three slips in place and that's nice and sharp to start with. 143kph. Right on the money. Cramps Jaques for room and hurries him to work it to the leg side

0.2

Malinga to Jaques, no run, straight and fullish again, patted back down the ground. No settling problems for Malinga. Not much swing though. Not yet

0.3

Malinga to Jaques, no run, full and outside off, Jaques tries to drive through the covers but can't get the timing, shovelled to the leg side

0.4

Malinga to Jaques, no run, some swing there, and the batsman is in trouble. Outside off, fullish, Jaques tries to blaze it through the off side and only manages an inside edge. Prasanna (who is the wicketkeeper) dives to his right but it falls just short. Streaky one there

0.5

Malinga to Jaques, no run

0.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, yorker length that time and Jaques needs to dig it out, manages to do so and drives to mid-on, fine start from Malinga, on the button straight away

Stuart Capel kicks off: "Aside from a two-test series whitewash in Bangladesh, the Sri Lankans have won just one 'away' Test since without Vaas since the left-armer began his career, with that win coming in England in 1998."

Jezza's prediction: "Aussie's 0/150 by lunch."

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
PA Jaques    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0
ML Hayden    0* (0b)     

Farveez Maharoof to share the new ball. Here's Matty Hayden to take strike.

1.1

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, short of a length, not much bounce, though. Hayden works it away to the leg side.

1.2

Maharoof to Hayden, 4 byes, down the leg side and you can see the change of pace immediately. Maharoof more military medium. Prasanna makes a complete hash of it behind the stumps and lets that one go for four byes.

1.3

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, 133.8kph from Maharoof, good line that time, straighter, pushed down the ground

1.4

Maharoof to Hayden, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, whipped away effortlessly by Hayden, that's his bread, butter, jam, and cheese shot. No point bowling there

1.5

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, outside off and left alone.

By the way this is Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (aka Sid V) your commentator for this game. Jenny Thompson, Brydon Coverdale and Peter English (my accomplices in Australia) will provide colour, news and views on and off. Thanks for joining us

1.6

Maharoof to Jaques, no run

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 5/0
PA Jaques    0* (8b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-1-0
ML Hayden    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0

Hayden is having a few sight-screen hassles. Malinga is coming from over the wicket. Hayden is ready. Three slips and a gully.

2.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, 142.9kph, good line, just outside off and Hayden shoulders arms

2.2

Malinga to Hayden, no run, now that's a beauty from Malinga, outside off, catches Hayden on the walk, prodding and beaten, that was perilously close to the outside edge and Hayden knows he was done in.

2.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, that's better, left alone with more assurance. Malinga is cranking it up here. Is this the extra zip that Sri Lanka were missing at the Gabba?

2.4

Malinga to Hayden, no run, outside off again and Hayden has nothing to do with it, front foot forward and arms aloft

2.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run, and again, 143kph again, outside off again, left alone ... again

Sunny wonders: "How Many balls today until Phil Jaques gets of the mark today? I say 35! What do you think?"

2.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, straight and pushed to the off side, Malinga is doing his bit here. Fine start

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 5/0
ML Hayden    1* (10b)      SL Malinga    2-2-0-0
PA Jaques    0* (8b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-1-0

Kumaran chimes in: "It made no sense to rest Malinga in the first game and makes even less sense to rest Chaminda vaas and play Mahroof, Mahroof is a bread and butter bolwer, he offers no threat."

3.1

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, straight and on off, defended cautiously by Jaques, not finding his timing yet

3.2

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, short of a length, angling away from his body, some bounce there, Jaques hopping a bit there, jabs it to point, could have easily been an airy shot

3.3

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, full and straight, not much swing, pushed to mid-off

3.4

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, probing ball that time, short of a length and some movement off the seam that time, superb seam position, goes away from Jaques, beaten that time

3.5

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, and again, Jaques starts his struggle (like he did at the Gabba), full and moving away from the seam again, Jaques drives but misses.

3.6

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, pushed back to the bowler, good maiden from Maharoof, much better over compared to the first

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 5/0
PA Jaques    0* (14b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-1-0
ML Hayden    1* (10b)      SL Malinga    2-2-0-0

Two men out for the hook shot

4.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, bounce, very good bounce from Malinga, short of a length and Hayden didn't pick it, 142kph that time and Hayden jabs at it tentatively, on the hop. That surprised him

4.2

Malinga to Hayden, no run, slower ball that time but ended up as a full toss outside off, could have easily been a beamer, Hayden lets it go

4.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, fired into outside off, fullish and left alone

Simon says: "I think Fernando should have been dropped. The more runs from the batsmen the better. With Vaas & Maharoof they bat to 9. Vaas has the left-arm variety as well and is more consistent than Fernando."

4.4

Malinga to Hayden, no run, how close was that? full and angling in, raps Hayden on the pad and that's a huge appeal, Aleem Dar, the umpire from Pakistan, thinks about it and says no. That was perilously close. Pad first, bat next. Television replays say out. He was a goner there. Fortunate to still be there

4.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run

4.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, left alone outside off, third maiden on the trot. Sri Lanka doing well here. Good start

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 5/0
ML Hayden    1* (16b)      SL Malinga    3-3-0-0
PA Jaques    0* (14b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-1-0

5.1

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, big movement that time, Maharoof moving it off the seam, Malinga troubling with pace, Jaques (when he's not being beaten) letting it through to the keeper

5.2

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, straight and middled well that time, pushed back to the bowler

5.3

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, fine ball again, full and moving away, Jaques pokes tentatively and misses, he was in a tangle on that occassion, not to the pitch of the ball, goes past the outside edge

5.4

Maharoof to Jaques, 1 run, tip and run to the off side, Jaques off the mark, and I reckon one of our feedbackers got it right when he said he would take 17 balls to do so (Jason it was)

5.5

Maharoof to Hayden, 1 run, tapped to the off side and takes off again, that seems to be the strategy here, no boundary-balls so go for the singles

5.6

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, and then you get that, good length ball, on middle stump, moving away, Jaques at sea here, beaten all ends up

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 7/0
PA Jaques    1* (19b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-3-0
ML Hayden    2* (17b)      SL Malinga    3-3-0-0

6.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, full and pushed confidently to the covers

6.2

Malinga to Hayden, no run, outside off and left alone, Hayden has been good with this leaving alone business, Jaques is the one mainly getting beaten. Again, who would have the guts to beat a big man like Hayden?

6.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, shoulders arms again, good line from Malinga, now he needs to try and get one in. Now that would trouble the batsman

6.4

Malinga to Hayden, no run, full and outside off again, Hayden says 'Thanks but no thanks'. Left alone. Deoderant anyone?

6.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run, middled that time, good length and defended back to the bowler

6.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, wide outside off and Hayden is not flashing this morning (his bat, of course). Four maidens on the trot. Good pressure from Sri Lanka

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 7/0
ML Hayden    2* (23b)      SL Malinga    4-4-0-0
PA Jaques    1* (19b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-3-0

7.1

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, left alone from Jaques, seam movement again but he is more assured this time. There's definitely a Langer in him but he needs to start hustling those singles.

7.2

Maharoof to Jaques, 1 run, like that, drifting down leg and worked away to the vacant region in front of square, easy single

7.3

Maharoof to Hayden, 3 runs, full and eased down the ground by Hayden, assured shot that time, past mid-off and down the ground.

7.4

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, full and a bit of movement that time, thick outside edge that flies to point but it falls short

7.5

Maharoof to Jaques, 2 runs, straight and whipped away to square leg for a couple, good running too and a wayward throw in

7.6

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, 134.8kph, straight and moving a bit away, pushed down the ground. Australia's batsmen showed some positive signs in that over.

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 13/0
PA Jaques    4* (24b)      MF Maharoof    4-1-9-0
ML Hayden    5* (24b)      SL Malinga    4-4-0-0

End of the first half an hour. It's been Sri Lanka's session so far, by a distance. No wicket, though and one lbw decision didn't go their way. Malinga to continue. Two slips in place, gully too and a short mid-off

8.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, Full and swinging away a shade, pushed to the off side, thickish edge, one assumes

usayd writes in: "A little more and phil jacques would have the lowest strike rate on the team 52.38 to macgill's 49.43, really worrying from a statistical view........ could this affect australia in the long run?"

8.2

Malinga to Hayden, no run, a bit of bounce that time, on his toes and patted to the off side

8.3

Malinga to Hayden, no run, good short ball, rises from a good length almost, Hayden ducks under that one, he was surprised by that

Matthew Holmes asks: "Where does Stuart Capel get his stats from, that was very obscure and an excellent find!"

8.4

Malinga to Hayden, 3 runs, slower ball and Hayden reads it easy, driven through the covers and quick running

8.5

Malinga to Jaques, FOUR, take that! short and Jaques goes for it, on the back foot and pulled away crisply behind square for a four. Now that will give him tremendous confidence.

8.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short and ducks under it that time, down leg

End of over 9 (7 runs) Australia 20/0
PA Jaques    8* (26b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-4-7-0
ML Hayden    8* (28b)      MF Maharoof    4-1-9-0

Dilhara Fernando replaces Maharoof now. Two slips in place. Let's see what he can do.

9.1

Fernando to Hayden, no run, good start, good length, outside off, Hayden plays inside the line that time

Marsh disagrees with usayd: "I'm not worried about Jaques being slow - he's been sent out to bat twice on pitches that have had something in it for the bowlers and he's getting himself set for another long innings. (watch that come back to haunt me)"

9.2

Fernando to Hayden, no run, outside off and Hayden watches it go

9.3

Fernando to Hayden, no run, full, almost yorker length, gud out towards mid-off

9.4

Fernando to Hayden, no run, 139.9kph, good length, just outside off and left alone. Probing length that

9.5

Fernando to Hayden, no run, full and driven straight to mid-off, not much seam movement for Fernando compared to Maharoof

9.6

Fernando to Hayden, no run, full, outside off and left alone. Starts with a maiden (like several other men before him have done earlier both successfully and unsuccessfully)

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 20/0
ML Hayden    8* (34b)      CRD Fernando    1-1-0-0
PA Jaques    8* (26b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-4-7-0

man at deep square leg for a hook

10.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, 142kph, full and straight, Jaques pats it back

10.2

Malinga to Jaques, no run, left alone that time.
Scott L isn't perturbed about Jaques' strike-rate: "Anyone else remember the days where teams would would be pleased with a days total of around 250? Jaques is just an old fashioned cricketer. "

10.3

Malinga to Jaques, no run, that's probing, straight and full, Jaques is a bit hurried then, pushes back to the bowler, no swing there and Jaques probably expected that to move away a bit, just kept straight. A really fast arm-ball.

10.4

Malinga to Jaques, no run

10.5

Malinga to Jaques, no run, super slow ball, yorker length too, Malinga lets out a smile, Jaques was beaten (almost) but gets his bat down in just the right moment, that nicked the bat otherwise a big appeal was sure to come out. Saved by the bat

10.6

Malinga to Jaques, 3 runs, That's a Langer style horozontal-bat straight drive past the bowler, full and outside off, Jaques hammers it straight down, no four but lots of confidence

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 23/0
PA Jaques    11* (32b 1x4)      SL Malinga    6-4-10-0
ML Hayden    8* (34b)      CRD Fernando    1-1-0-0

Three slips for Fernando

11.1

Fernando to Jaques, 2 runs, short of a length and outside off, Hayden powers it into the ground and over point for a good three. Australia's openers growing in confidence here

11.2

Fernando to Jaques, no run, too far outside off, Jaques doesn't need to mess with that.

Nagandren: "Jayawardene should bring Maharoof back on - he'll make much better use of the new ball than Fernando - more lateral movement, better accuracy. Fernando is good with the old ball whereas Maharoof will struggle once the seam looses its hardness."

11.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, 137.8kph, too wide outside off, full too, batsman can't get to it

11.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, good searing yorker, 135kph, Jaques digs it out well, not much foot movement but the bat came down well

11.5

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, thwack. short and outside off and Jaques has thrown the kitchen sink that that, spanked away to the point fence for a four

11.6

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short of a length and gets behind the line well, he's far more confident after those early jitters now

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 29/0
PA Jaques    17* (38b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    2-1-6-0
ML Hayden    8* (34b)      SL Malinga    6-4-10-0

12.1

Malinga to Hayden, no run, short and thinks of the hook but backs away, that was too high

12.2

Malinga to Hayden, 3 runs, full and Hayden simply creams that through the line, 140kph and Hayden picks up three

12.3

Malinga to Jaques, no run, down the leg side and Jaques watches that go, fine take from the keeper (that ball bounced awkwardly after passing the batsman)

12.4

Malinga to Jaques, 1 run, short of a length, tapped to the off side for a quick single. The previous ball would have been an unplayable one for a right hander. Ponting must be watching intently.

12.5

Malinga to Hayden, no run, short of a length again, outside off and Hayden leaves that

round the wicket this time

12.6

Malinga to Hayden, no run, outside off and left alone

We've had some queries about the weather at Hobart. As Richie puts it: "It's a byootiful day."

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 33/0
ML Hayden    11* (38b)      SL Malinga    7-4-14-0
PA Jaques    18* (40b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    2-1-6-0

13.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, well outside off, watched into the hands of the keeper

13.2

Fernando to Jaques, no run, driven to point, good pace but not that much movement

13.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, 137.6kph, full and wide, driven to covers, not that well timed, though

13.4

Fernando to Jaques, 1 run, short and crisply pulled, there's a square leg there and it's straight to him, Jaques will thank himself that he didn't time it too well, otherwise a catch was well on the card, taken on the first bounce there

13.5

Fernando to Hayden, no run, driven powerfully through the covers but straight to the fielder

13.6

Fernando to Hayden, 1 run, pats to mid-off and takes off, a bit of hesitation and a direct hit at the striker's end would have had Jaques, he lets out a full length dive but the throw is a bit wayward. A direct hit could have had him. Mahela Jayawardene wishes he'd been more accurate with the throw

Time for drinks. Tuni asks: "What's the fastest ball Malinga has ever bowled?" I would think somewhere in the early 150kph. Not sure of the exact figure

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 35/0
ML Hayden    12* (40b)      CRD Fernando    3-1-8-0
PA Jaques    19* (44b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-4-14-0

Maharoof is back. He had a good start this morning. Now he replaces Malinga. Fine spell from Malinga: 7-4-14-0

14.1

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, good length ball outside off, tapped away to the off side

14.2

Maharoof to Hayden, 2 runs, ouch, dropped, good length ball on middle and off, moving away and Hayden pushes hard, thick edge that flies to second slip. Mahela Jayawardene dives full length to his left but can only get his fingertips to it. Tough chance but why go two-handed? Well ... Hayden survives

Why just two slips on the first morning?

14.3

Maharoof to Hayden, no run

14.4

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, left alone, confident leave that time

14.5

Maharoof to Hayden, no run

14.6

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, short of a length and straight, pushed back down the ground

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 37/0
ML Hayden    14* (46b)      MF Maharoof    5-1-11-0
PA Jaques    19* (44b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    3-1-8-0

15.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, outside off and left alone. Is that chance going to hurt SL?

15.2

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short and not much bounce there, Jaques tries to pull but doesn't gauge the bounce, trickles to the off side

15.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, full and tries to drive through the off side but misses, that was a minor lapse in concentration there

15.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short of a length, lets it go

15.5

Fernando to Jaques, no run, outside off and angling away, shoulders arms

15.6

Fernando to Jaques, no run, on the pads and Hayden misses while trying to flick, big appeal but Rudi Koertzen has nothing to do with it. Probably pitched outside leg.

End of over 16 (maiden) Australia 37/0
PA Jaques    19* (50b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    4-2-8-0
ML Hayden    14* (46b)      MF Maharoof    5-1-11-0

16.1

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, outside off, the line has been good but Sri Lanka just haven't made things happen. They didn't get an lbw, couldn't get a direct hit and missed a tough slip chance. Things not going there way.

16.2

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, left alone again

James pops up with a stat: "I think this is the eighth time in a row Australia has batted first in tests against Sri Lanka and 11th time out of the last 12"

16.3

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, pushed firmly to the off side

16.4

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, left alone again, the crowd have filled in and there's a good buzz around the Bellerive. Not all seats packed but we'll get there

16.5

Maharoof to Hayden, no run

16.6

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, pushed to the off side

End of over 17 (maiden) Australia 37/0
ML Hayden    14* (52b)      MF Maharoof    6-2-11-0
PA Jaques    19* (50b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    4-2-8-0

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17.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, left alone outside off

17.2

Fernando to Jaques, no run, pushed to the off side, confident push

17.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, tapped away to the off side, not much movement from Fernando, more the hit-the-deck kind of bowler who could do with some seam movement

17.4

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, there's movement there, but it's from Phil Jaques' bat, full and outside off and he's on the front foot for a spanking cover slap, Justin Langer we miss you but have someone who bats very similarly

mid-on taken off for short extra cover. Jaques has them scurrying now

17.5

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, full and on middle and leg, clattered past the vacant region, this is quality batting, speeds away to midwicket for four, Jaques is thinking and timing them superbly

17.6

Fernando to Jaques, no run, left alone outside off, Jaques finding his groove there. We've had a lot of emails about his strike-rate but I'm sure nobody is doubting his quality.

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 45/0
PA Jaques    27* (56b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    5-2-16-0
ML Hayden    14* (52b)      MF Maharoof    6-2-11-0

18.1

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, good length ball, outside off, left alone

18.2

Maharoof to Hayden, no run, ditto ditto, it's interesting that the Australians have left a lot of deliveries this morning but cashed in on anything loose. Percentage cricket (with some fortune)

18.3

Maharoof to Hayden, 3 runs, More fortune, short of a length, surprising bounce that time and Hayden is caught napping, tries to turn it to the on side but only manages a big leading edge that flies past gully. Now that could have easily gone to hand. Chancy innings from hayden this morning

18.4

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, and Jaques gets a close shave this time, superb ball, swinging and seaming away, beaten all ends up, Jaques rooted to the crease and can't get bat on it. Fine bowling from Maharoof

18.5

Maharoof to Jaques, no run

18.6

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, More fortune. These lucky breaks are coming thick and fast. Jaques pushes to mid-off and takes off, Hayden says no and Jaques needs to get back quick, Malinga swoops down and under-arms a throw but no direct hit again. Had he hit, Jaques was gone. Another chance goes abegging. You expect fielders to get these hits at this level. All three stumps visible.

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 48/0
PA Jaques    27* (59b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    7-2-14-0
ML Hayden    17* (55b)      CRD Fernando    5-2-16-0

19.1

Fernando to Hayden, OUT, And there it is. Fernando strikes. Hayden's charmed innings ends. Finally Sri Lanka get there reward. Short of a length ball, wide of off stump, Hayden goes for the fierce cut but only manages an under-edge. Loud sound there and Prasanna Jayawardene makes no mistake behind the stumps. Rudi Koertzen doesn't give it straight away, Hayden stands his ground but finally the dreaded finger goes up. There was no doubt about that one. One down.

ML Hayden c †HAPW Jayawardene b Fernando 17 (86m 56b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.35

Local lad Ricky enters. A fine reception for him here.

19.2

Fernando to Ponting, 1 run, down the leg side and he's away, turned behind square for a single

Stuart Capel is back again: "Matthew Holmes may be interested to know that Murali is a great barometer when looking at overseas Tests that Chaminda Vaas has missed. When they've won, he has taken 32 wickets at 15.68, but in draws or losses, it goes up to 21.13 for each of the 22 wickets he has taken. Still excellent figures, but the change is noticeable."

19.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, full and on off, pushed back to the bowler

19.4

Fernando to Jaques, 1 run, another tricky single, Jaques living on the edge here, pushes to cover and takes off, Jayasuriya runs in and goes for the direct hit but misses again, had he hit (do I have to say it?) Jaques was gone. Sri Lanka need to hit those stumps, and soon

19.5

Fernando to Ponting, FOUR, What is something you should never do in international cricket? Bowl at Ponting's pads when he enters, cracked away easily past midwicket for four. Too easy for the best batsman in the world (according to most, at least)

19.6

Fernando to Ponting, no run, full and pushed confidently to mid-off. What's this about Ponting? Hayden and Jaques endure a tricky period early on, Ponting enters and everything's flying off the middle. Tasmania awaits.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 54/1
RT Ponting    5* (3b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-2-22-1
PA Jaques    28* (61b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    7-2-14-0

20.1

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, full and outside off, pushed to mid-off, they think of a single (now that's criminal), but decide against it. Jaques trying too many quick singles there

20.2

Maharoof to Jaques, 3 runs, short and outside off, lifted away confidently over point, almost heaved away

Matt has a question. "Does anyone know what the combined weight of each side is? I'm guessing the Aussies have a good 200kg advantage on the little Lankans."

Three slips in place for Ponting

20.3

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, Good line, full and McGrath-esque line, Ponting gets his front foot forward and lets that go

Sree Tangella has a theory: "This Sri Lankan team did not do a single thing wrong at the world cup. Since they lost Moody, there seems to be a change! Catches dropped, run outs missed, you name it. It was a similar story against the English. I dont know what Moody was doing that they current coach is NOT doing!

20.4

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, pushed to covers, good line from Maharoof, keeping the batsmen guessing

20.5

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

20.6

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, 132.7kph, well outside off, Ponting goes for the slash but can't get the timing, thick inside edge trickles towards the on side

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 57/1
RT Ponting    5* (7b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-17-0
PA Jaques    31* (63b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    6-2-22-1

21.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, cut away to point, who's mid-way betwen the boundary and the inner circle

21.2

Fernando to Jaques, no run, good pace from Fernando, yorker length, gud out by Jaques, the bat might have chipped off there

Matthew Holmes again: "Could Stuart Capel be Sri Lankas unofficial stats man?"

21.3

Fernando to Jaques, 2 runs, turned to the leg side, on the pads and too easy

I meant Ricky Ponting is the best batsman at the moment (some Bradman fans seem to have got angry)

21.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short and left alone, ducked under it

21.5

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, now then, good bouncer from Fernando, Jaques goes for the hook and gets a top edge, there are two fielders out there for just that shot (deep backward square leg and deep fine leg) but Jaques bisects the two. It wasn't intentional but definitely effective

21.6

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short again, this ime he ducks under it

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 63/1
PA Jaques    37* (69b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    7-2-28-1
RT Ponting    5* (7b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-17-0

22.1

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, full and pushed down the ground

22.2

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, similar ball, hovering around in the 130kph mark, defended confidently

Scott L replies to Sree: "Just in response to Sree. I dont think Bayliss is doing anything wrong, just alot of teams struggle in Australia. Heres a question. Would they have hit the stumps and got those catches if the game was played in Sri Lanka?"

22.3

Maharoof to Ponting, no run

22.4

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, 132kph, on the pads and he pushes hard, in the air for a few moments but that lands well short of the fieldet at short midwicket

22.5

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, outside off and left alone, Ponting can see the three slips in place and isn't going to be slashing

22.6

Maharoof to Ponting, 2 runs, good ball again but Ponting tucks it away past short midwicket, not a full-blooded shot but a good tuck nonetheless

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 65/1
RT Ponting    7* (13b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    9-2-19-0
PA Jaques    37* (69b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    7-2-28-1

23.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short of a length and tapped away to the off side

23.2

Fernando to Jaques, 3 runs, spanked down the ground confidently, too straight from Fernando and creamed superbly, Jaques does play this shot well

23.3

Fernando to Ponting, 3 runs, 131.6kph, outside off and short of a length, Ponting rocks back onto the back foot and hammers that through extra cover. Vintage Punter

23.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short and Jaques ducks under that one, no happy hooking this time

23.5

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, That's Langer all the way, short and doesn't rise too much, Jaques is onto it in a flash and pulls it away brutally, races through midwicket for a four. This is Justin Jaques

23.6

Fernando to Jaques, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Siva writes: "SL has lost fielding coach Trevor Penny when Moody left. Penny really lifted the fielding standards"

End of over 24 (10 runs) Australia 75/1
PA Jaques    44* (74b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    8-2-38-1
RT Ponting    10* (14b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    9-2-19-0

Here he comes. Murali is on. Seven to go. Warney must be watching. First up to Ponting. If I'm not mistaken it was back in 1996, when Ponting made his debut that his first ball in Test cricket was from Murali.

24.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, down the leg side, whipped away to short midwicket

24.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, on middle and leg again, not much spin, tucked behind square for a single

24.3

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, beautiful, flights that one, draws Jaques forward and spins it away, batsman pushes at it but misses, similar to the ball that got him at the Gabba

24.4

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, offbreak on leg and middle, Jaques on the back foot and pushing in front of square for a single

24.5

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, on middle, spins to leg, Ponting doesn't get bat to it

24.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, similar line, this time he turns it to the leg side for a single

Garry has been at work: "In answer to the question: "Does anyone know what the combined weight of each side is? I'm guessing the Aussies have a good 200kg advantage on the little Lankans." The answer is 183kg. Yes, I have no life.

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 78/1
RT Ponting    12* (18b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0
PA Jaques    45* (76b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    8-2-38-1

Maharoof loses his run-up. Stuart Capel, meanwhile, doesn't cease to amaze: "For the record, the average height of a player in the current Australian XI is 185.09cm, with Stuart Clark the tallest at 197cm and Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke the shortest at 178cm."

25.1

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

25.2

Maharoof to Ponting, (no ball) 2 runs, middle and leg line, Ponting on the back foot and whips it past short midwicket, poor fielding from Marvan Atapattu, he should have stopped that one. They get a two that shouldn't have been. And it's a no-ball too. That deserved a free-hit.

25.2

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, pushed back to the bowler

25.3

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, confident, meaty push to the covers, straight to the fielder though

25.4

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, pushed firmly to the off side

Lot of complaints about me comparing Jaques with Langer. Apologies. From now Langer is the old Jaques, not the other way around

25.5

Maharoof to Ponting, no run

25.6

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, tapped down the ground

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 81/1
RT Ponting    14* (25b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    10-2-22-0
PA Jaques    45* (76b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0

just one slip or Murali

26.1

Muralitharan to Jaques, 2 runs, slightly short and cracked away past point, slightly slow outfield and that's the reason for a number of twos and threes all morning

26.2

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, too short again, cut away to point

26.3

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, teasing one there, bit of flight and keeping straight, thick inside edge to short fine leg

26.4

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, on the pads and tucked away to the leg side, 'Wait' is the loud call

26.5

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, sweeps from outside off, manages a single to square leg

26.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, 2 runs, wonderful ball, doosra I reckon, Ponting gets a thick edge and it flies past the first slip. Again, why just one slip on the first morning of a Test? Jayawardene being a bit too defensive here?

And that's lunch. Jaques and Ponting troop off after a good session for Australia. Sri Lanka had their moments through the session but not much went their way. A dropped chance, a couple of run-out chances and one lbw shout could have made a big difference.

Jaques has grown in confidence after a shaky start and Ponting has begun in characteristic style. Maharoof and Malinga were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers though it was Fernando who produced the breakthrough. Join us in a while for the post-lunch session.

I'd mentioned in 19.5 Fernando to Ponting, FOUR, What is something you should never do in international cricket? Bowl at Ponting's pads when he enters" Lincoln responds. "The thing is, one of the ways Ponting has historically been dismissed early on in his innings is lbw by a ball cutting back into his pads because he tends to not move his feet enough early on. This has been a strategy used to remove Ponting early before he gets settled."

Chris disagrees: "Ponting used to get dismissed like that early because he would fall across the line, he has since corrected that, and now the ball at his pads is foolish."

In other cricket news, Sachin Tendulkar led India to a series victory against Pakistan in Gwalior. He fell in the 90s for the sixth time in 2007 but produced an innings of rare dazzle. Read the everything about the game here, here and here.

Missed any of the morning action in Hobart? Read Brydon Coverdale's bulletin to catch up.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 86/1
RT Ponting    16* (26b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-8-0
PA Jaques    48* (81b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    10-2-22-0

Malinga to start off proceedings after lunch. Two men back for the hook. Three slips in place. Jaques on strike

27.1

Malinga to Jaques, 1 no ball, 136.9kph, short and rising, no-ball called (for over-stepping) as Jaques evades the bouncer

27.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short and outside off, doesn't rise that much, Jaques pulls straight to mid-on and Ponting looks for the single, Murali gets the throw in quick and Ponting is caught napping, no direct hit and that could have been close. He looked in, though. Just.

27.2

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short and ducks under it.

27.3

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short of a length, outside off, tries to flay it past point but can't get the timing, under-edge trickles to the off side

27.4

Malinga to Jaques, FOUR, well, fullish and outside off, Jaques flays again, this time it's a thick outside edge that races past gully for four, that's his fifty. What a good time he's having in this series

27.5

Malinga to Jaques, no run, full and straight, bit of swing, tapped back down the ground. Reads the movement well

27.6

Malinga to Jaques, 1 no ball, short again, another over-step, Jaques ducks under it. He's bowling from the river end and the ball's going down hill.

27.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, outside off, full and not bouncing that much, left alone

End of over 28 (6 runs) Australia 92/1
PA Jaques    52* (89b 7x4)      SL Malinga    8-4-20-0
RT Ponting    16* (26b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-8-0

Maharoof to start proceedings at the other end. So Murali's short spell before lunch seems like a tester.

28.1

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, 127.4kph, slightly slower than normal, pushed back to the bowler

28.2

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, closing in on the 130kph mark that time, outside off and Ponting shoulders arms

28.3

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, similar full ball outside off, Ponting has nothing to do with it

28.4

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, on the backfoot and defended to the off side, Ponting in control there

28.5

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, good straight line, pushed back to the bowler, steady stuff from Maharoof

28.6

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, fuller, driven powerfully but well fielded by Maharoof, finishes a maiden (over)

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 92/1
RT Ponting    16* (32b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    11-3-22-0
PA Jaques    52* (89b 7x4)      SL Malinga    8-4-20-0

29.1

Malinga to Jaques, 1 run, 136.7kph, good length on off, pushed tentatively through cover for a couple, not exactly well timed

29.2

Malinga to Ponting, no run, slower ball this time, gets the line wrong, floats down leg side, Ponting is initially surprised but realises it's too wide. A lot of slower ball attempts by Malinga this morning.

Nuno Alexander writes in from Portugal. "i smell a wicket here,malinga is going to bowl Ponting....."

29.3

Malinga to Ponting, no run, outside off, left alone easily

29.4

Malinga to Ponting, no run, shoulders arms again, Malinga not making the batsmen play as much as Maharoof

29.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, that's close, 141.2kph, starts on middle and moves away to off, extra bounce too, raps him high on the back leg and there's a huge appeal. Umpire Koertzen isn't giving that, not with the ball clearly going over the stumps

29.6

Malinga to Ponting, no run, well bowled again, short of a length and gets Ponting to be cautious with the defence

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 93/1
RT Ponting    16* (37b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-4-21-0
PA Jaques    53* (90b 7x4)      MF Maharoof    11-3-22-0

30.1

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, angling away from the left-hander, Jaques moves across and pushes to mid-on

30.2

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, short of a length, left alone. Maharoof bowling a probing line here, he lacks the pace of Malinga and Fernando but is making up with accuracy. A lot of readers have been talking of his poor bowling average but he's rated highly in Sri Lanka.

30.3

Maharoof to Jaques, 2 runs, on the off stump, Jaques shuffles across again and flicks it past short midwicket for a couple. This is Jaques' ploy to put Maharoof off rhythm, it seems

30.4

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, slightly wider this time and Jaques lets it go .. I can see a leg slip there now. Maybe a trap?

30.5

Maharoof to Jaques, FOUR, no traps there, full and on middle, Jaques pulls out the smooth swing and punches it back down the ground for a four, minimum effort, maximum results

Darren writes in: "I am at work at the moment following the game from your commentary. Does it look like a good batting strip? what would a good first innings score be here?" My response? Belter of a strip and a 400-plus total on the cards.

30.6

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, solidly defended back to the bowler

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 99/1
PA Jaques    59* (96b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    12-3-28-0
RT Ponting    16* (37b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-4-21-0

31.1

Malinga to Ponting, no run, defended solidly to the off side

31.2

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, Tips and runs to the off side, cheeky single that brings up the hundred. There's been some risky running all morning but some good phases too

William asks: "How long do you think it will be until we see a Talking Atapattu Doll from VB? There'd be some choice phrases there."

31.3

Malinga to Jaques, 2 runs, middle and leg line, Jaques works it away easily in front of square, there's a massive gap in the region and Jaques is making an effort to find it

31.4

Malinga to Jaques, 1 run, tip and run again, much better running from Jaques, not as suicidal as a few earlier attempts, assured calling there. Jayasuriya doesn't have a chance there

31.5

Malinga to Ponting, no run, outside off and left alone.

31.6

Malinga to Ponting, no run, defended solidy back to the bowler

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 103/1
RT Ponting    17* (41b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-4-25-0
PA Jaques    62* (98b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    12-3-28-0

32.1

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, short of a length, outside off, struck straight to short extra cover

32.2

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, defended down the ground

Jayawardene has a word with Maharoof. Maybe about Jaques' shuffle across the stumps?

32.3

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, dangles the carrot there, full and wide of off, Jaques goes for the expansive drive but misses there. He's annoyed with himself

32.4

Maharoof to Jaques, no run, goes across the stumps again and pushes it back

32.5

Maharoof to Jaques, 1 run, interesting battle here, Jaques going across the stumps to unsettle Maharoof, the bowler throwing it wider and wider outside off. Straight to the cover fielder this time but a mis-field allows a single

32.6

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, defended down the ground

Those wondering about rhe forecast, it's good for the next few days. Expect some sun and good cricket

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 104/1
RT Ponting    17* (42b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    13-3-29-0
PA Jaques    63* (103b 8x4)      SL Malinga    10-4-25-0

33.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short and Jaques ducks under that one

33.2

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short of a length, he gets behind the line and blocks solidly

33.3

Malinga to Jaques, 3 runs, fine shot, has all the time on that occassion, full and on off, judders a straight drive of the highest class, past the bowler, that deserved four but the slow outfield kept them down to three

33.4

Malinga to Ponting, 2 runs, short and pulled away by Ponting, keeps his eye on the ball and gets it in the gap (it's in the air but in the gap), running away for four but a fine bit of fielding from Dilhara Fernando at fine leg, diving stop that keeps them down to two

33.5

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, another bouncer and Ponting goes after it again, not a full-blooded pull but a more tapped one towards fine leg

Michael has a thought: "Just had a look at the Warne/Murali trophy and it has to up there for ugliest trophy in world sport ?"

33.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, low full toss, drive to mid-on

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 110/1
PA Jaques    66* (107b 8x4)      SL Malinga    11-4-31-0
RT Ponting    20* (44b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    13-3-29-0

34.1

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, full and outside off, big stride forward and pushes to cover

34.2

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, slower one this time, Ponting initially surprised before tucking to the leg side. Maharoof lets out a cheeky smile

34.3

Maharoof to Ponting, no run

34.4

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, pushed to cover. Tristan from Adelaide says this looks like Brisbane all over again. It does Tristan, except that Sri Lanka lost the toss here. Sri Lanka, though, have bowled much better

34.5

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, patted back

34.6

Maharoof to Ponting, no run, fine stop, full and driven powerfully but Maharoof gets down in time and pulls off a good one, gives the batsman a stare to boot

Pops is getting cheeky: "Do you think Attapatu's song he comes out to bat to should be Metallica 'Master of Puppets'" (wasn't it muppets?)

End of over 35 (maiden) Australia 110/1
RT Ponting    20* (50b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    14-4-29-0
PA Jaques    66* (107b 8x4)      SL Malinga    11-4-31-0

Matthew Holmes refuses to relent: "Com'n everyone, someone must have an abstract stat that even Stuart Capel has no idea on!" sight-screen hassles for Jaques as Malinga decides to go round the wicket

35.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, outside off and left alone

35.2

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short of a length, inside edge pops down near his boots and Jaques loses it for a few moments, he's safe, though

35.3

Malinga to Jaques, FOUR, now then, full and wide, Jaques lets rip a gorgeous back-foot cut, one of the most eye-pleasing shots of the morning, finds the gap and rockets to the point fence,

Keith Fletcher asks if the outfield is slow. I am presuming it's not the former England captain. Anyway it has been and the number of 2s and 3s show that.

Jason writes: "Useless stat: If Jaques ends the innings on 216 he'll overtake Hussey as having the highest Australian average (82.4) - assuming Hussey doesn't increase his, of course. If Jaques feels inclined to overtake Bradman this innings he'll need 304. Even less if he finishes not out (134no and 202no, respectively)." Malinga is over the wicket now. More work for the sight-screen man.

35.4

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short and Jaques weaves out of the way, good ball and good technique there

35.5

Malinga to Jaques, no run

Paskey has other thoughts: "Hi, I was just wondering if there are any chicks watching at the ground? I just need to know if I should wear my muscle-tee or not..."

35.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, full and on leg, driven to mid-on, confidently done

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 114/1
PA Jaques    70* (113b 9x4)      SL Malinga    12-4-35-0
RT Ponting    20* (50b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    14-4-29-0

Murali is back. He had a short stint before lunch and got a bit of spin. A doosra even produced an edge from Ponting but there was only one slip in place

36.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, throws it up, on middle and leg, Ponting uses his feet and pushes to mid-on

Danny has one teaser for Stuart Capel: "Name a test allrounder with a batting average over 40 and a bowling average under 30"

36.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, 1 run, swept ti short fine, Murali has been bowling too much of a middle and leg line here.

36.3

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, full and on off, pushed to mid-off from Jaques, front foot well forward

36.4

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, good front foot defensive from Jaques

36.5

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, full and on off, Jaques shovels it to the leg side, neat pick up for a single

36.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, on middle and spinning to leg again, that's a good line for a left-hander but not for Ponting.

End of over 37 (2 runs) Australia 116/1
RT Ponting    21* (53b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-10-0
PA Jaques    71* (116b 9x4)      SL Malinga    12-4-35-0

37.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, 140.7kph from Malinga, short one, Jaques gets out of the way, looking good here, another ton there for the taking

37.2

Malinga to Jaques, 1 run, pushed to the off side

Ajax has another teaser: "Okay Stuart. Name the only test cricketer to have hit a four and thereby decreased his strike rate for the innings? Think about it."

37.3

Malinga to Ponting, 1 run, worked away to the off side

37.4

Malinga to Jaques, 1 run, full slower ball and pushes down the ground, the ball clips the stumps at the non-striker's end but they get a single off the deflection anyway

37.5

Malinga to Ponting, (no ball) 1 run, well-directed short one, no-ball called for the over-step, pulled away for a single to the leg side

37.5

Malinga to Jaques, no run, good length ball, Jaques tries to cut but can only get an under-edge that falls harmlessly on the off side

37.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short again, this is a mixture of slow, bouncer, good length .. Jaques is handling them by driving, ducking and cutting

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 121/1
PA Jaques    73* (121b 9x4)      SL Malinga    13-4-40-0
RT Ponting    23* (55b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-10-0

38.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, 2 runs, flights it up on middle and leg again, Ponting comes down the track, realises he's not to the pitch of the ball and gets a deflection off his pads to fine leg, they hurry two

38.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, good front foot defensive, confident movement there

38.3

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, paddle sweep attempted, can't get the timing

38.4

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, Ponting charges and whacks it straight to mid-on, he's on the attack here. This promises to be a fine battle

38.5

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, Murali from slightly wide of the off stump, patted back to the bowler

38.6

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, down the track again, Ponting charging regularly, driven to mid-on but well fielded

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 123/1
RT Ponting    25* (61b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-12-0
PA Jaques    73* (121b 9x4)      SL Malinga    13-4-40-0

39.1

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short of a length, cut away to the infield, not that much timing in there

Answer to Danny's teaser is Michael Clarke

39.2

Malinga to Jaques, no run, left alone that time

39.3

Malinga to Jaques, no run, slower ball from Malinga, Jaques checkes his shot that time and nearly spoons a catch back to short mid-off, the ball goes to the non-striker instead

39.4

Malinga to Jaques, FOUR, that's a super shot, short ball outside off, Jaques lifts that past point for four, almost helps it along, this is fine batting.

39.5

Malinga to Jaques, no run, left alone again, that was quick

39.6

Malinga to Jaques, no run, short and left alone, weaved out of the way

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 127/1
PA Jaques    77* (127b 10x4)      SL Malinga    14-4-44-0
RT Ponting    25* (61b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-12-0

40.1

Muralitharan to Ponting, FOUR, And Ponting is on his way against Murali, on middle and leg again, tossed up again and Ponting charges down and biffs it over midwicket for four

40.2

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, spinning from off to middle, rapped on the pads, big appeal but can't give those, going down

40.3

Muralitharan to Ponting, 2 runs, on the back foot and crashed past point for a couple, he's using his feet well here

40.4

Muralitharan to Ponting, no run, now he's down the track, defending down the ground and back to the bowler. Ponting using the crease wonderfully

40.5

Muralitharan to Ponting, OUT, It's the master who prevails! Murali strikes. Fantastic bit of bowling against a batsman using his feet so well. Sucker punch from Murali, the doosra pitched perfectly on off and spinning away, Ponting takes a stride forward and pushes, gets the edge and Mahela Jayawardene gobbles up the catch at first slip. Ponting was looking on top but it's Murali who prevails. A great batsman done in by a great bowler. Six to go for the record. This may be a special Test.

RT Ponting c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 31 (94m 66b 2x4 0x6) SR: 46.96

Michael Hussey comes in. Those who give teasers, please give answers too. Murali teasing a lot too. Slip and a silly mid-off in place

40.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, slow, tossed up outside off, left alone

End of over 41 (6 runs) Australia 133/2
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-18-1
PA Jaques    77* (127b 10x4)      SL Malinga    14-4-44-0

Dilhara Fernando is back now. Replacing Lasith Malinga from the River end. Bowling down the hill

41.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, outside off, left alone, more like a loosener from Fernando

41.2

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, short and wide, rank ball there, free-hit for Jaques almost, slashes fiercely over third man for a four, fielder at deep point can't reach it

41.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, driven down the ground to mid-off

41.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

41.5

Fernando to Jaques, no run, 132.7kph, slightly slower that time, Jaques eases it to mid-off

41.6

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, glorious, full and too wide, meat and drink for Jaques, pushes forward and produces a super cover-drive. He's motoring towards his hundred here.

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 141/2
PA Jaques    85* (133b 12x4)      CRD Fernando    9-2-46-1
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    5-0-18-1

42.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, tossed up outside off, pushed to silly mid-off

42.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, FOUR, slightly short and Hussey cashes in, on the back foot quickly and pulling it away menacingly for a four

42.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, driven through the off side

42.4

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, tossed up on middle, defended stodgily and taken on the pad

42.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, spinning from middle to wide of off, Hussey lets it go, he has to watch out for the doosra too

42.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, on the front foot and pushed bat, that looked like the topspinner

Lots of comments on Murali's name. He is Muralitharan to us and will be known just that way on our site. No d there.

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 145/2
MEK Hussey    4* (7b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-22-1
PA Jaques    85* (133b 12x4)      CRD Fernando    9-2-46-1

43.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, outside off, good length ball but Jaques reads the length well and lets it go, anything short or full have been dispatched

43.2

Fernando to Jaques, FOUR, that's short, a really poor delivery there and Jaques splinters another one past point, this is too easy for Jaques

43.3

Fernando to Jaques, no run, driven to the covers, Jaques practises his shot again and is unhappy for not finding the gap

43.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, short of a length, defended off the back foot

43.5

Fernando to Jaques, no run, left alone

now then, Fernando has been given a warning for running on the pitch, Sri Lanka can't afford more transgressions

43.6

Fernando to Jaques, 3 runs, super drive, easy as dandy, full and straight, pushed effortlessly, slow outfield stops the ball and Atapattu pulls off a good stop. Jaques in the zone now

Andrew writes in from New Zealand" "Two players currently batting with a combined test average of over 150. I wonder if that has ever happened before?"

End of over 44 (7 runs) Australia 152/2
PA Jaques    92* (139b 13x4)      CRD Fernando    10-2-53-1
MEK Hussey    4* (7b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-22-1

44.1

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, big appeal that time, offbreak from Murali, pitching outside off and rapping him on the pads, jaques pushing forward but is beaten, umpire Koertzen says no but that was close. Replays show that it was turning enough to miss off

44.2

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, sweeps but can't make contact

44.3

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, defended, rapped on the pads, bobs up to the close-in fielder

44.4

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, swept away for a single

44.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, offbreak again, Hussey lets it go to the keeper

44.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, Fine ball to end the over, draws him forward and has him driving edgily, pushed to cover but that looked as if it was a thick edge

Stuart Capel is back: "Shahid Afridi certainly achieved what Ajax asked when playing for the World XI against Australia in the Super Series ODI's at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium. After dismissing Danile Vettori, Shane Watson's first offering was dispatched over square leg for six by Afridi, who then drove the next ball for four. Not bad for someone who came in at number 10!!

End of over 45 (1 run) Australia 153/2
MEK Hussey    4* (9b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-23-1
PA Jaques    93* (143b 13x4)      CRD Fernando    10-2-53-1

45.1

Fernando to Jaques, no run, driven to mid-off, short of a length ball from Fernando

45.2

Fernando to Jaques, no run, pushed down the ground, well controlled drive

45.3

Fernando to Jaques, 2 runs, helped along to third man for a couple, efficient batting this

Mick responds to Andrew: "Sir Don and any of half a dozen others in his era had 150 combined average easily covered over the course of his career ... "

45.4

Fernando to Jaques, 1 run, defended off the back foot

Tim has an obserbation: "The current Aussie test line up doesn't have any Victorians or South Australians in it."

45.5

Fernando to Hussey, no run, short of a length, directed at the batsman's chest, Jaques on the back foot and playing it down

45.6

Fernando to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 156/2
MEK Hussey    4* (11b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    11-2-56-1
PA Jaques    96* (147b 13x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-23-1

46.1

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, offbreak this time, Jaques watches it spin past him

46.2

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, sweeps from outside off and gets a single to deep square leg

46.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, cover-drive from Hussey and a sloppy mis-field from Vandort at cover, easy single.

46.4

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, slightly short and tucked away to the leg side for a single

46.5

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run

Capel again: "You could argue two batsmen with a combined 150+ average batted together very early in Test history given Charles Bannerman retired hurt on 165 in the first Test, but we'll go as recent as 1932 at Adelaide, where Bil Woodfull and Sir Donald Bradman put on 176 for the second wicket against South Africa. Bradman, who made 299 not out, was averaging 112.29 at the time, while Woodfull's 86 saw him get to 54.06, making a combined 166.35 for the pair."

Now enough of stats for a bit please. Some humour is welcome

46.6

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, on the pads this time, worked away to the leg side

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 160/2
PA Jaques    98* (151b 13x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-27-1
MEK Hussey    6* (13b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    11-2-56-1

47.1

Fernando to Hussey, no run, over-pitched and outside off, Hussey lets that one go

For those who missed the start. Chaminda Vaas is not injured but dropped for Lasith Malinga. We've been getting a lot of mails asking why Vaas isn't there.

47.2

Fernando to Hussey, 1 run, driven to the off side

47.3

Fernando to Jaques, 2 runs, And there it is, clipped to the leg side and he brings up his second hundred in successive games, competes a couple and raises his bat, a good crowd at the Bellerive give him a standing ovation. Well played young man.

47.4

Fernando to Jaques, no run, left alone outside off, if it's short of a length he's usually let go

47.5

Fernando to Jaques, no run, shoulders arms this time

47.6

Fernando to Jaques, no run, full and on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

End of over 48 (3 runs) Australia 163/2
PA Jaques    100* (155b 13x4)      CRD Fernando    12-2-59-1
MEK Hussey    7* (15b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-27-1

48.1

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, full on off and driven to cover, can't find the gap, though

Incidentally a lot more tempered celebration from Jaques this time compared to the Gabba. Almost as if he's used to it.

48.2

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, defended back

48.3

Muralitharan to Hussey, 1 run, turned away to the leg side for a single

48.4

Muralitharan to Jaques, no run, front foot lunge and a good defense with bat and pad close together

48.5

Muralitharan to Jaques, 1 run, on the pads, turned away behind square for a single

A friend messages: "If you drop the Vaas, don't expect any flowers"

48.6

Muralitharan to Hussey, no run, solid defense, on the back foot and down the ground to mid-off

End of over 49 (2 runs) Australia 165/2
MEK Hussey    8* (19b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-29-1
PA Jaques    101* (157b 13x4)      CRD Fernando    12-2-59-1

49.1

Fernando to Jaques, 1 run, good length ball, tapped down the ground

49.2

Fernando to Hussey, no run, good straight line from Fernando, Hussey up to the task by pushing solidly

49.3

Fernando to Hussey, FOUR, cracker of a drive from Hussey, one of his favourite shots, full and outside off and he picks it up easily to dispatch it to the extra cover fence

49.4

Fernando to Hussey, no run, defended back down the ground, a big "no" from Hussey

49.5

Fernando to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

Stats + attempted humour from Steve. "If Fernando ends up taking 100 wickets, will he be the first player to do so that is named after an ABBA song?"

49.6

Fernando to Hussey, 1 run, tucked away to the leg side

End of over 50 (6 runs) Australia 171/2
MEK Hussey    13* (24b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    13-2-65-1
PA Jaques    102* (158b 13x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-29-1
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Phil Jaques congratulates Australia's substitute fieldsman Rhett Lockyear after the 96-run victory, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Hobart, 5th day, November 20, 2007

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