Sri Lanka tour of India, 2005/06 / Commentary

Sri Lanka in India Test Series - 3rd Test

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 259 runs

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

9.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delviery outside the off stump, no shot offered

9.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delviery, hint of away swing and Laxman watchfully leaves it to the keeper

9.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - even better, close to the off stump line and shaping away late, Laxman pushes forward to defend and is beaten all ends up

9.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - on the middle and off stump line, defended on the front-foot

9.5

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - defended to covers

9.6

Maharoof to Laxman, FOUR, Maharoof to Laxman - Maharoof strays on to middle and leg and Laxman flicks it away through midwicket, wristy shot - a Laxman speical

India 35/1   VVS Laxman 4* (6b 1x4)

11.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, Muralitharan to Laxman - Murali strays on to middle and leg, Laxman quickly gets into a good position and turns it away fine, lovely looking glance and the ball races away to the fine leg fence

11.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - tossed up outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

11.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - on the stumps, turned away on the leg side

India 51/1   VVS Laxman 8* (9b 2x4)

13.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Laxman gets well forward and presents the full face of the bat, ball rolls away on the leg side

13.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - beauty! Maharoff brings it in sharply and Laxman is beaten all ends up, ball clips the pad and goes straight to the keeper

13.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delviery outside the off stump, defended straight to the fielder at point

13.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Laxman watchfully leaves it to the keeper

13.5

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - another well bowled in-swinger, Laxman pushes forwad to defend and the ball rolls away off the inside edge

13.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - punched straight to the fielder at cover, another good over comes to an end

India 54/2   VVS Laxman 8* (15b 2x4)

14.2

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman keeps it out, no runs

14.3

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman, line and length, Laxman blocks it, no runs

14.4

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - drifting down the leg side, Laxman nicely flicks it away to the fine leg region, Maharoof in the deep hurtles across and saves runs, excellent piece of fielding that

India 56/2   VVS Laxman 9* (18b 2x4)

15.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

15.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - off-cutter, Laxman gets right behind the line and defends it presenting the full face of the bat

15.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - driven off the front-foot, fails to beat the fielder at covers

15.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - defended with a straight bat, ball rolls back to the bowler

15.5

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery, this one swung away from the right-hander, Laxman leaves it for the keeper

15.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - fuller length delivery, hint of in swing, Laxman gets well forward and drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

India 56/2   VVS Laxman 9* (24b 2x4)

17.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Laxman is comprehensively beaten

17.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - angled in from outside the off stump, Laxman gets behind the line and turns it away on the leg side

17.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - pitched up and angling in, Laxman flicks but the ball rolls straight back to the bowler

17.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - forced away behind point, bit of a mix-up going for the single and in the end they decide not to go it

17.5

Maharoof to Laxman, FOUR, Maharoof to Laxman - shot! good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman drives opening the face of the bat and the ball races away to the third man fence, as good as it gets

17.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - pushed back to the bowler

India 68/2   VVS Laxman 13* (30b 3x4)

19.5

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - left alone outside the off stump

19.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - defended outside the off stump

India 71/2   VVS Laxman 13* (32b 3x4)

21.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery, reversing in, Laxman gets well forward and blocks it down into the track

21.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman stays back and pushes at it presenting a straight bat, ball clips the inside edge and rolls away straight to the man at short midwicket

21.3

Maharoof to Laxman, 1 run, Maharoof to Laxman - short and wide outside the off stump, cut away well wide of the point fielder

India 72/2   VVS Laxman 14* (35b 3x4)

22.1

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - bowled from wide of the crease, Laxman stays back and turns it away off the pads to fine leg

22.3

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - angling across, driven straight to the fielder at covers

22.4

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - short ball, pitched outside the leg stump and angling across, Laxman sways back and avoids it

22.5

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman defends on the front foot, no runs

22.6

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman pushes forward, no runs

India 74/2   VVS Laxman 15* (40b 3x4)

23.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman, line and length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman leaves it for the keeper

23.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - driven on the up but not powerful enough to beat the fielder at mid-off

23.4

Maharoof to Laxman, 1 run, Maharoof to Laxman - Maharoff strays on to the pads and Laxman turns it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

23.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - tight delivery to end the over, Laxman defends on the front-foot and the ball rolls away towards cover

India 77/2   VVS Laxman 16* (44b 3x4)

24.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - tossed up outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

24.3

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - driven away well wide of the fielder at point

24.5

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - defended outside the off stump

24.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - skidder and Laxman defends it on the back-foot, ball kept a bit low there

India 80/2   VVS Laxman 17* (48b 3x4)

26.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman defends, no runs

26.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman keeps it out, no runs

26.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, driven straight to the man at mid-off

26.4

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - googly and Laxman turns it away right into Mubarak at short leg, hard chance put down

26.5

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman keeps it out, no runs

26.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, line and length, Laxman defends it away, no runs

India 84/2   VVS Laxman 17* (54b 3x4)

28.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - on the pads, defended on the back-foot

28.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - tossed up outside the off stump, Laxman stretches well forward and drives it back to the bowler

28.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, turned away off the pads, straight to the fielder in front of sqaure

28.4

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman, full and outside the off stump, Laxman drives well, Dilshan at extra cover dives across and saves runs but fails to stop the single

India 85/2   VVS Laxman 18* (58b 3x4)

30.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - tossed up and turning away, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

30.4

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - short and wide outside the off stump, cut away straight to the fielder at gully, missed out there

30.5

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - another short delivery, this time on the middle and leg stump line, Laxman goes back and pulls it away on the leg side but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball goes straight to the fielder at midwicket

30.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - forced away to the point region, another harmless over comes to an end!

India 88/2   VVS Laxman 18* (62b 3x4)

32.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, length ball, Laxman pushes forward, no runs

32.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, length ball, Laxman blocks it, no runs

32.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman defends, no runs

32.4

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman blocks, no runs

32.5

Bandara to Laxman, FOUR, Bandara to Laxman - long-hop, Laxman rocks back and pulls it away to the midwicket fence

32.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman defends it, no runs

India 92/4   VVS Laxman 22* (68b 4x4)

33.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turning in, Laxman gets hit on the pad but the impact was outside the line of the off stump and the appeal is turned down

India 93/4   VVS Laxman 22* (69b 4x4)

35.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman, full delivery, Laxman drives on the front foot, 1 run

35.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Doosra outside leg, Laxma picks it, goes back and defends it

35.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, back to regulation off breaks, and Laxman defends it off the frontfoot

35.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, outside off, extra bounce for Murali, Laxman goes back and defends it

35.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, outside off turning into Laxman, goes onto the backfoot and glances it away to short fine leg

India 97/4   VVS Laxman 23* (74b 4x4)

37.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, top spinner from Murali, Laxman flicks it away to short fineleg

37.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, Muralitharan to Laxman, Laxman at his best!!! full delvery from Murali and Laxman elegantly drives it away through cover for a boundary, that shot brings up the Indian 100 too

37.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, defended off the back foot

37.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, tossed up delivery from Mural, Laxman comes forward and defends off the front foot

37.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 leg byes, Muralitharan to Laxman, good ball from Murali, Laxman doesnt pick the length and plays from the crease, gets rapped on the pads, huge appeal from the Sri Lankans, but the ball would have gone down leg, ball pops up behind the stumps, the batsmen scamper for two legbyes

37.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman drives on the front foot, no runs

India 103/5   VVS Laxman 27* (80b 5x4)

38.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, length ball, Laxman edges it, no runs

38.4

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman defends it away, no runs

38.5

Bandara to Laxman, FOUR, Bandara to Laxman,full delivery from Bandara, Laxman gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it past the bowler, and just past teh stumps, handsome shot from Laxman, 4 runs

38.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman keeps it out, no runs

India 108/5   VVS Laxman 31* (84b 6x4)

39.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - drifting on to middle and leg, Laxman quickly goes back and turns it away well wide of the fielder fielder at short leg

39.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turned away off the pads to fine leg

India 112/5   VVS Laxman 33* (86b 6x4)

40.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - turning away, Laxman drives with the turn, ball goes straight to the fielder at cover

40.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - flighted delivery outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

40.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, again defended stertching well forward

40.4

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - driven straight to the man at covers

40.5

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, full toss on the stumps and Laxman misses out, hits it straight to the fielder at midwicket

40.6

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - short and wide outside the off stump, cut away off the back-foot and the ball goes wide of the fielder at cover point

India 117/5   VVS Laxman 34* (92b 6x4)

41.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and drives hard but the ball goes straight to the fielder at midwicket, good shot for no runs

41.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - played straight to the man at short fine leg

41.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - long-hop, turning in from outside the off stump, Laxman quickly goes back and pulls hard but once again fails to beat the fielder at midwicket, mis-field there gives away a run

41.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman pushes forward, no runs

41.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, length ball, Laxman blocks, no runs

India 119/5   VVS Laxman 35* (97b 6x4)

42.3

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - defended outside the off stumps

42.4

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - short delivery on the pads, turned away through square for an easy single

India 121/5   VVS Laxman 36* (99b 6x4)

43.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - fraction short, bit more air and turning in from outside the off stump, Laxman goes back and works it away just wide of the fielder at short fine leg, no room for a single there

43.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turned away on the leg side

43.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - driven straight back, Murali moves across to his right and cuts off the single

43.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - bowled from round the stumps, turned away off the pads to short fine leg

43.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - defended down safely

43.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - pitched wide outside the leg stump and turning away further, Laxman leaves it for the keeper

India 121/5   VVS Laxman 36* (105b 6x4)

45.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - drifting down the leg side, Laxman misses the traget

45.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - defended on the back-foot, ball rolls away wide of the fielder at short leg

45.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - driven off the back-foot, straight to the fielder at mid-off

45.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turned away behind sqaure, first runs after tea

45.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - doosra, Laxman reads it well and defends it down on the leg side

India 127/5   VVS Laxman 37* (110b 6x4)

47.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turned away on the leg side for an easy single

India 136/5   VVS Laxman 38* (111b 6x4)

48.1

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, punched straight to the man at point

48.2

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - excellent yorker, Laxman digs it out on the leg side

48.3

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - good length delivery, the off-cutter, Laxmna gets right behind the line and forces it away to the cover region

48.4

Malinga to Laxman, 1 bye, Malinga to Laxman - way down the leg side, Sangakkara dives across but fails to stop it cleanly, Laxman calls for the single and sprints across

India 141/5   VVS Laxman 38* (115b 6x4)

49.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - fuller outside the off stump, defended straight back to the bowler

49.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - drifting on to the pads, driven well wide of the fielder at midwicket

49.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, Muralitharan to Laxman - turning in from wide outside the off stump, Laxman goes right back and runs it away well wide of the fielder at gully, excellent touch shot

49.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - well flighted, turning in from outside the off stump, Laxman gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat, ball rolls back to Murali

49.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - way down the leg side but Laxman fails to make contact

India 145/5   VVS Laxman 41* (120b 6x4)

50.2

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - bouncer on the stumps, Laxman ducks under it comfortably

50.3

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - quicker delivery on the middle and leg stump line, ball clips the inside edge and rolls away on the leg side, bit of a mix-up and in the end they decide not to go for it

50.4

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - turned away behind sqaure for an easy single and that brings up the 50 partnership between these two

India 147/5   VVS Laxman 42* (123b 6x4)

51.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, Laxman stretches well forward to get to the pitch of the delivery and defends it down safely on the off side

51.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - again defended stretching well forward

51.3

Bandara to Laxman, 1 leg bye, Bandara to Laxman - off the pad to the square leg region

India 148/5   VVS Laxman 42* (126b 6x4)

52.6

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - straight delivery outside the off stump, Laxman beaten by the lack of bounce

India 156/5   VVS Laxman 42* (127b 6x4)

53.6

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and drives it away well wide of the fielder at cover, India on the move here

India 158/5   VVS Laxman 43* (128b 6x4)

54.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Murali to Laxman - punched down to mid-on

54.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Murali to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman defends it, no runs

54.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, Muralitharan to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman sweeps, 4 runs

54.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman, length ball, Laxman keeps it out, 1 run

India 163/5   VVS Laxman 48* (132b 7x4)

55.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman pushes forward and defends it, no runs

55.2

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman, line and length, Laxman hits it through the leg side, 1 run, fielded by Jayawardene

India 164/5   VVS Laxman 49* (134b 7x4)

56.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman, line and length, Laxman hits it through the leg side, 1 run, that single takes Laxman to a half-century

56.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman picks the top spinner and defends it, no runs

56.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, good line but too full, Laxman drives through the off side, no runs, fielded by Muralitharan on his follow through

India 176/5   VVS Laxman 50* (137b 7x4)

57.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman defends off the frontfoot, no runs

57.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, line and length, Laxman pads up, no runs

57.4

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, line and length, Laxman drives off the back foot, was ni the air for just a moment, no runs

57.5

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, outside leg, Laxman pads it away, no runs

57.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line but over-pitched, Laxman drives and thinks of a single, but decide against it, no runs

India 177/5   VVS Laxman 50* (142b 7x4)

58.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - driven off the back-foot, diving stop by Mubarak at point saves a certain boundary

58.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 bye, Muralitharan to Laxman - went for the sweep but fails to make contact

India 183/5   VVS Laxman 50* (144b 7x4)

59.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - comes down the track looking to defend, ends up with an inside edge on to the pad and the ball pops up straight to the fielder at silly point, appeal turned down!

59.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, length ball, Laxman defends, no runs

59.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman on the back foot defending, no runs

59.4

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman hits it into the leg side, 1 run

India 184/6   VVS Laxman 51* (148b 7x4)

60.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - well flighted delivery, defended on the back-foot

60.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - fraction short and turning in, Laxman gets right back and works it away to square leg

India 185/6   VVS Laxman 52* (150b 7x4)

61.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - defended stretching well forward, bat and pad held together

61.2

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - played away to deep cover

India 194/6   VVS Laxman 53* (152b 7x4)

62.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman leaves it alone, no runs

62.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman hits it through the leg side, 1 run

India 199/6   VVS Laxman 54* (154b 7x4)

63.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - tossed up otuside the leg stump, Laxman gets well inside the line and drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off

63.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - defended stretching well forward

63.3

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - comes down the track and drives it away to deep midwicket, hit against the break

India 202/6   VVS Laxman 55* (157b 7x4)

65.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - on the pads, defended leaning well forward

65.2

Bandara to Laxman, 4 byes, Bandara to Laxman - wide outside the off stump, Laxman offers no shot and the ball beats the keeper

65.3

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - fraction short, turning in from outside the leg stump, Laxman goes right back and turns it away behind square on the leg side

65.6

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman, length ball, Laxman blocks it, no runs

India 219/6   VVS Laxman 56* (161b 7x4)

66.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman, good length delivery outside the off stump, nipped back in a touch, Laxman gets well forward and defends it towards cover

66.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - forced away well in front of point

66.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery, hint of reverse swing, Laxman blocks it down on the leg side

66.5

Maharoof to Laxman, FOUR, Maharoof to Laxman - shot! good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide and Laxman flays it though covers for a fantastic boundary

66.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman blocks it, no runs

India 224/6   VVS Laxman 60* (166b 8x4)

68.1

Maharoof to Laxman, 1 run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, driven well wide of the fielder at covers

India 227/6   VVS Laxman 61* (167b 8x4)

69.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - comes down the track and drives well but fails to beat the fielder at covers

69.2

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - defended outside the off stump

69.3

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - steps forward and drives well, this time the ball goes straight to the fielder at mid-off

69.4

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - driven wide of the fielder at point

India 228/6   VVS Laxman 62* (171b 8x4)

70.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman shoulders arms

70.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

70.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery, bit too wide outside the off stump and Laxman leaves it for the keeper

70.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - off-cutter, left alone outside the off stump

70.5

Maharoof to Laxman, 1 run, Maharoof to Laxman - excellent square drive but there is protection in the deep and Laxman gets just one for that

India 229/6   VVS Laxman 63* (176b 8x4)

71.1

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Dilshan to Laxman - whipped straight to the fielder at square leg

71.2

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Dilshan to Laxman, good length delivery, Laxman defends it, no runs

71.3

Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, Dilshan to Laxman - pulled away off the back-foot to the deep square leg region

India 230/6   VVS Laxman 64* (179b 8x4)

72.1

Maharoof to Laxman, FOUR, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman leans across and cuts it away late, Bandara in the deep is bit late the ball rolls over the ropes

72.2

Maharoof to Laxman, 1 run, Maharoof to Laxman - steered down to third man

India 239/6   VVS Laxman 69* (181b 9x4)

73.1

Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, Dilshan to Laxman - slightly short, Laxman goes back and nudges it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

73.3

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Dilshan to Laxman, line and length, Laxman defends it, no runs

73.4

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Dilshan to Laxman - defended straight back down the track

73.5

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Dilshan to Laxman - turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

73.6

Dilshan to Laxman, no run, Dilshan to Laxman - tossed up wide outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

India 245/6   VVS Laxman 70* (186b 9x4)

75.1

Dilshan to Laxman, 1 run, Dilshan to Laxman - tossed up and turning in, Laxman gets well forward and turns it away with the spin, gets it wide of the fielder at mid-on and sprints across for a single

India 246/6   VVS Laxman 71* (187b 9x4)

76.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman, good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman safely leaves to the keeper

76.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

76.3

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - turned away on the leg side

76.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery, reversing in and Laxman ends up with an inside edge on to his pad

76.5

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman, good line and length, Laxman plays no shot, no runs

76.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman, good line and length delivery, Laxman leaves the ball, no runs

India 246/6   VVS Laxman 71* (193b 9x4)

77.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turning in from wide outside the off stump, Laxman moves across a long way and defends it down safely

India 247/6   VVS Laxman 71* (194b 9x4)

78.2

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - Malinga bit wayward at the moment, on this occasion strays on to the pads and Laxman works it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

78.5

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Laxman moves across a bit and defends it down

78.6

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - fulltoss on the pads, was there to be hit but Laxman misses out, ball clips the thigh pad and rolls away on the leg side

India 250/6   VVS Laxman 72* (197b 9x4)

79.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - fraction short, pitched wide outside the off stump and spinning in, Laxman gets right behind the line and blocks it down

79.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - again bolwed slower through the air, tossed up and turning in, Laxman gets enough time to gets behind the line, devensive prod and the ball rolls back to the bowler

79.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - defended outside the off stump

India 251/6   VVS Laxman 72* (200b 9x4)

81.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - short ball, drifting on to the pads, Laxman had enough time but he finds the fielder at square leg

81.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - well flighted delivery, spinning in, Laxman reaches out and drives it straight to the fielder at extra cover

81.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - drifts on to middle and leg and Laxman drives it down to mid-on

81.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, Muralitharan to Laxman - doosra gone wrong, way down the leg side and Laxman paddles it down to fine leg for a brace

81.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - again drifting on to middle and leg, turned away wide of the fielder at square leg

India 254/6   VVS Laxman 75* (205b 9x4)

82.1

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - low fulltoss on the stumps, slower delivery, Laxman reads it well, gets right behind the line and blocks it down

82.2

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - straight delivery outside the off stump, pushed to point

82.3

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - another slower delivery, this one drifts on to middle and leg and Laxman turns it away through sqaure leg

82.6

Malinga to Laxman, FOUR, Malinga to Laxman - lucky! good length delivery, ball kept low and the outside edge is produced but the ball goes right into the gap between the keeper and the first slip

India 260/6   VVS Laxman 80* (209b 10x4)

84.1

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - leading edge and the ball rolls away on the off side

India 263/6   VVS Laxman 81* (210b 10x4)

85.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - short ball, turning in from outside the off stump, Laxman gets right back and pulls hard but the shot is not timed well enough

India 264/6   VVS Laxman 82* (211b 10x4)

86.1

Bandara to Laxman, no run, Bandara to Laxman - tossed up outside the off stump, defended watchfully

86.2

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - turning away, driven wide of the cover fielder

India 269/6   VVS Laxman 83* (213b 10x4)

87.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - off-break, defended back to the bowler

87.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - fraction short, turning in from outside the off stump, Laxman goes back and drives it away well wide of the cover fielder, bit of mix-up going for the single but in the end they make it across safely

87.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

India 273/6   VVS Laxman 84* (216b 10x4)

88.3

Bandara to Laxman, 1 run, Bandara to Laxman - inside edge on to the pad and the ball rolls away towards square leg, was in the air for something but there was no short leg in place to take that

India 279/6   VVS Laxman 85* (217b 10x4)

89.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - bowled from round the wicket and drifting down leg, loud appeal for lbw turned down

89.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, Muralitharan to Laxman - turned away towards square leg

89.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, Muralitharan to Laxman - bit of width outside the off stump and Laxman comfortably beats the fielder at gully, fantastic late cut to get into the 90s

India 285/6   VVS Laxman 90* (220b 11x4)

91.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - fuller length delivery, defended to the leg side

91.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - flighted delivery outside the off stump, Laxman gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it hard but fails to beat the fielder at covers, excellent use of the feet but the placement was poor

91.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, Muralitharan to Laxman - doosra and Laxman is beaten comprehensively, ball kisses the edge and races away to the third man boundary, lucky runs!

91.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - off-break, defended watchfully

91.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - forced away on the off side

91.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, Muralitharan to Laxman - pushed to covers, end of a good over

India 295/6   VVS Laxman 94* (226b 12x4)

92.3

Malinga to Laxman, no run, Malinga to Laxman - short of a good length delviery, on the middle and off stump line and rising, Laxman stands tall on the back-foot and defends it down

92.4

Malinga to Laxman, FOUR, Malinga to Laxman - on the pads, too easy a delviery for Laxman, the wristy flick makes perfect contact and the ball races away to the midwicket fence and with that Laxman moves to 98!

92.5

Malinga to Laxman, 1 run, Malinga to Laxman - again on the pads, turned away throuhg midwicket for an easy single which takes Laxman to 99!

India 301/6   VVS Laxman 99* (229b 13x4)

93.1

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - drifting down the leg side and the ball hits the pad

93.2

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - good length delivery outside the off stump, Laxman leaves it for the keeper

93.3

Maharoof to Laxman, FOUR, Maharoof to Laxman - there it is! good length delivery on the pads and Laxman touces it away to the fine leg fence, crowd erupts, fantastic knock

93.4

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - defended outside the off stump

93.5

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - another good delivery, swinging in late, Laxman leans well forward and carefully defends it

93.6

Maharoof to Laxman, no run, Maharoof to Laxman - left alone outside the off stump

India 305/6   VVS Laxman 103* (235b 14x4)

95.1

Maharoof to Laxman, 1 run, Maharoof to Laxman - drifting down the leg side, clipped away to the fine leg region

95.3

Maharoof to Laxman, OUT, Maharoof to Laxman, OUT (Bowled) - they needed a beauty and out of the blue Maharoof produces one! good length delviery, pitched in line with the off stump and swinging back in, too good a delivery for Laxman even with a hundred behind him, ball goes right through the gap between bat and pad and crashes into the woodwork

VVS Laxman b Maharoof 104 (398m 237b 14x4 0x6) SR: 43.88

India 308/7   VVS Laxman 104 (237b 14x4)
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Series Results
India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad - Dec 18-22, 2005
India won by 259 runs
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India won by 188 runs
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Dec 22, 2005

Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble are elated after India's comprehensive win at Ahmedabad, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Ahmedabad, Fifth day, December 22, 2005

Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble are elated after India's comprehensive win at Ahmedabad

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Dec 22, 2005

Harbhajan Singh celebrates after bowling out Muttiah Muralitharan, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Ahmedabad, Fifth day, December 22, 2005

Harbhajan Singh celebrates after bowling out Muttiah Muralitharan on the final day

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