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

Start delayed due to heavy dew Sehwag has won the toss and elected to bat first

0.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - starts off with a wayward delivery down the leg side, Sangakkara moves across quickly and collects it cleanly

0.2

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - much better, good length delviery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Gambhir gets well forwards and prods it away to the cover region

0.3

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - lovely bouncer, fast and on target, Gambhir leans back and avoids it well

0.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - back to earth, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

0.5

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, Malinga to Gambhir - drifting down the leg side, Gambhir gets well inside the line and glances it away to the vacant fine leg fence, Gambhir off the mark in style

0.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, Malinga to Gambhir - on the pads, turned away well wide of the fielder at mid-on, easy single to end the over

Maharoof to share the new ball.

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0
G Gambhir    5* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

1.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - starts off with a decent delivery, pitched on middle and off and shaping away from the left-hander, Gambhir watchfully plays it away to covers

1.2

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, Maharoof to Gambhir - drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pad and rolls away behind the stumps on the leg side, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down, easy single brings Sehwag to the fore.

1.3

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - excellent delivery first up, probing line and lenth and moving away off the seam, Sehwag plays inside the line

1.4

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - again swinging away nicely but this one is bit too wide and Sehwag comfortably leaves it for the keeper

1.5

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - beauty, previous two deliveries left the right-hander and this one jagged back in, Sehwag plays down the wrong line and the goes to the keeper after clipping the pad, loud appeal for caught behind turned down

1.6

Maharoof to Sehwag, FOUR, Maharoof to Sehwag - fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Sehwag gets forward and drives it straight down the carpet to the long-on fence, India off to a good start here

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 10/0
V Sehwag    4* (4b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    5* (8b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

2.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - swinging away, left alone outside the off stump

2.2

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - defended outside the off stump

2.3

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - good length delivery, punched straight to the man at mid-off

2.4

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - again swinging away from the left-hander, Gambhir moves across a bit and defends it down safely

2.5

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - another nippy delivery outside the off stump, too close to play and Gambhir plays it safe, ball thuds into the keepers gloves

2.6

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, Malinga to Gambhir - short ball, pulled away square of the wicket for a single, not a well timed shot

End of over 3 (1 run) India 11/0
G Gambhir    6* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-0
V Sehwag    4* (4b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0

3.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - bit of extra bounce and Gambhir leaves it to the keeper

3.2

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - another good delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and moving away late, Gambhir gets forward and blocks it down safely, well played

3.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - bit too wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

3.4

Maharoof to Gambhir, 1 run, Maharoof to Gambhir - Maharoof drifts on to the pads and Gambhir turns it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket, easy run

3.5

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

3.6

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag, good line and length delivery, Sehwag defends, no runs

End of over 4 (1 run) India 12/0
V Sehwag    4* (6b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-5-0
G Gambhir    7* (18b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-6-0

4.1

Malinga to Gambhir, 3 runs, Malinga to Gambhir - short ball, pitched in line and angling across, Gambhir leans back and pulls it away square on the leg side

4.2

Malinga to Sehwag, 4 runs, Malinga to Sehwag - under pressure Malinga drifts down the leg side and Sehwag touches it away to the fine leg fence, top shot

4.3

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, Malinga to Sehwag - forced away well wide of the gully fielder, easy single

4.4

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, Malinga to Gambhir - pitched up outside the off stump, right in the slot and Gambhir carves it away through extra-cover, sweetly timed and placed to perfection

4.5

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - defended outside the off stump

4.6

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - way down the leg side and Gambhir leaves it for the keeper

End of over 5 (12 runs) India 24/0
G Gambhir    14* (22b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0
V Sehwag    9* (8b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-5-0

5.1

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

5.2

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - short and wide outside the off stump, Sehwag drives powerfully opening the face of the bat but the ball goes straight to the fielder at point, good shot for no runs!

5.3

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - defended to the leg side

5.4

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

5.5

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - bit of width outside the off stump and Sehwag plays a lazy looking cut shot, ball clips the bottom edge and goes behind but luckily it falls short of Sangakkara

5.6

Maharoof to Sehwag, no run, Maharoof to Sehwag - turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

End of over 6 (maiden) India 24/0
V Sehwag    9* (14b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    3-1-5-0
G Gambhir    14* (22b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0

6.1

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - left alone otuside the off stump

6.2

Malinga to Gambhir, FOUR, Malinga to Gambhir - good length delivery outside the off stump, Gambhir drives off the back-foot, ball clips the edge and races away well wide of the gully fielder

6.3

Malinga to Gambhir, no run, Malinga to Gambhir - in the slot outside the off stump and Gambhir goes after it, excellent diving stop by Maharoof at point cuts off a certain four

6.4

Malinga to Gambhir, 1 run, Malinga to Gambhir - short delivery, pulled away behind sqaure on the leg side

6.5

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - drifting down the leg side, no shot offered

6.6

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 no ball, Malinga to Sehwag - bouncer on the stumps, Sehwag ducks under it, no-ball called for overstepping

6.6

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - short rising delivery outside the off stump, excellent line and Sehwag leaves it for the keeper

End of over 7 (6 runs) India 30/0
V Sehwag    9* (17b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-0
G Gambhir    19* (26b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    3-1-5-0

7.1

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - good length delivery, hint of in swing, Gambhir reads it well and blocks it down on the leg side

7.2

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - short rising delivery on the stump, Gambhir gets right behind the line and defends it down standing tall

7.3

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - bit wide outside the off stump, driven off the back-foot, a well balanced shot but the ball goes straight to the fielder at mid-off

7.4

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - defended to the leg side

7.5

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir, good line and length, Gambhir keeps it out, no runs

7.6

Maharoof to Gambhir, no run, Maharoof to Gambhir - good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Gambhir eases forward and plays it down on the off side

End of over 8 (maiden) India 30/0
G Gambhir    19* (32b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    4-2-5-0
V Sehwag    9* (17b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-0

8.1

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - good length delivery outside the off stump, defeded on the front-foot

8.2

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, Malinga to Sehwag - short delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Sehwag stands tall on the back-foot and tucks it away square of the wicket for an easy single

8.3

Malinga to Gambhir, OUT, Malinga to Gambhir, OUT (Caught) - first blood! short delivery outside the off stump, Gambhir goes for the pull and the ball balloons up off the top-edge, Tharanga moves across towards midwicket from square and takes a good catch on the run, India one down.

G Gambhir c Tharanga b Malinga 19 (41m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 57.57

Laxman is the next man in The pull shot was more of an after-thought rather than a full-blooded one and Tharanga got enought time as the ball went high in the air

8.4

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag, good line and length delivery, Sehwag blocks it, no runs, fielded by Sangakkara

8.5

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag, good length delivery, Sehwag leaves it alone, no runs, fielded by Sangakkara

8.6

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag, good length delivery, Sehwag leaves it alone, no runs

End of over 9 (1 run) India 31/1
V Sehwag    10* (22b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-25-1
VVS Laxman    0* (0b)      MF Maharoof    4-2-5-0

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

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 35/1
VVS Laxman    4* (6b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-2-9-0
V Sehwag    10* (22b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-25-1

10.1

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - short rising delivery, Sehwag leans back and avoids it

10.2

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - another short rising delivery, this time on the middle and leg stump line, Sehwag stands tall on the back-foot and defends it down on the leg side

Change of angle, Malinga decides to come round the wicket to Sehwag

10.3

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - angled in from outside the leg stump, pacey delviery, ball clips the thigh pad and pops up on the leg side

10.4

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 no ball, Malinga to Sehwag - short and way down the leg side, Sehwag pulls but fails to make contact

10.4

Malinga to Sehwag, FOUR, Malinga to Sehwag - short and wide outside the leg stump, another bad delivery and this time Sehwag takes full toll, the pull shot makes perfect contact and the ball races away off the meat of the bat - third man had no chance of cutting it off

10.5

Malinga to Sehwag, no run, Malinga to Sehwag - outside the off stump and Sehwag is beaten trying to cut it away

10.6

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 no ball, Malinga to Sehwag - again called for overstepping, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

10.6

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 run, Malinga to Sehwag - short and wide outside the off stump, cut away well wide of the fielder at gully

Murali into the attack now

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 42/1
V Sehwag    15* (30b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-32-1
VVS Laxman    4* (6b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-2-9-0

11.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, Muralitharan to Sehwag - tossed up and turning in, defended on the front-foot

11.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, FOUR, Muralitharan to Sehwag - too full a delivery outside the off stump and Sehwag flays it away to the cover fence

11.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, Muralitharan to Sehwag - drifting on to the pads, turned away behind sqaure

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

Players are back, Sehwag on strike and it will be Malinga to start proceedigs And thats lunch on day one.

End of over 12 (9 runs) India 51/1
VVS Laxman    8* (9b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-9-0
V Sehwag    20* (33b 3x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-32-1

12.1

Malinga to Sehwag, 1 no ball, Malinga to Sehwag - stats off with a big no-ball

12.1

Malinga to Sehwag, OUT, Malinga to Sehwag, OUT (Bowled) - bowledm! good length delivery, this one nipped back in sharply, Sehwag pushes forward to defend and the ball goes right through, clips the pad and crahes into the woodwork, Malinag strikes early after lunch, India two down

V Sehwag b Malinga 20 (62m 35b 4x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Tendulkar walks in

12.2

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar, good line and length delivery, Tendulkar misses the ball, no runs

12.3

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - left alone outside the off stump

12.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Malinga to Tendulkar - good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, Tendulkar gets well foward and punches it away right into the gap between the cover fielders, off the mark with a good shot

12.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - wicket to wicket delivery, Tendulkar gets right behind the line and defends it down

12.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - on the middle and leg stump line, defended on the back-foot, end of a successful over

Maharoof on from the other end.

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 54/2
SR Tendulkar    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    7-0-35-2
VVS Laxman    8* (9b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-9-0

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

End of over 14 (maiden) India 54/2
VVS Laxman    8* (15b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    6-3-9-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    7-0-35-2

14.1

Malinga to Tendulkar, 1 run, Malinga to Tendulkar - short delivery, drifting down the leg side, Tendulkar stands tall on the back-foot and turns it away well wide of the fielder at short fine leg

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

14.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar, good length delivery, Tendulkar pushes forward, no runs

14.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - defended on the back-foot

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 56/2
SR Tendulkar    3* (8b)      SL Malinga    8-0-37-2
VVS Laxman    9* (18b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    6-3-9-0

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

End of over 16 (maiden) India 56/2
VVS Laxman    9* (24b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    7-4-9-0
SR Tendulkar    3* (8b)      SL Malinga    8-0-37-2

16.1

Malinga to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, Malinga to Tendulkar - nasty bouncer, Tendulkar sways away late and avoids it neatly, excellent effort ball

16.1

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - drifting on to the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at square leg

16.2

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - fraction short and outside the off stump, Tendulkar drives but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball rolls down to mid-off

16.3

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - defended outside the off stump

16.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, Malinga to Tendulkar- pitched up outside the off stump, Tendulkar drives but once again the shot is not timed well enough and the ball rolls away off the inner half of the bat

16.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, FOUR, Malinga to Tendulkar - drifting on to the pads, Tendulkar gets well inside the line and works it away in the air but well wide of the fielder at leg-gully, Maharoof at fine slides across but the ball goes through, just a flick of the wrist and the ball raced away

16.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Malinga to Tendulkar - driven straight down the ground, misfield at mid-off gives away runs

16.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar, good line and length, Tendulkar defends it, no runs

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 64/2
SR Tendulkar    9* (16b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-45-2
VVS Laxman    9* (24b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    7-4-9-0

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

End of over 18 (4 runs) India 68/2
VVS Laxman    13* (30b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    8-4-13-0
SR Tendulkar    9* (16b 1x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-45-2

18.1

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - on the pads, was there to be hit but Tendulkar fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away on the leg side

18.2

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - short rising delivery on the middle and leg stump line, bit of extra pace and that surprised Tendulkar, who stands tall on the back-foot and fends it away awkwardly

18.3

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - defended outside the off stump

18.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - driven back to the bowler

18.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, 1 no ball, Malinga to Tendulkar - another sharp bouncer and Tendular does well to avoid it, once again no-ball called for overstepping

18.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - bit of width outside the off stump and Tendulkar goes after it, gets it on the middle of the bat but the ball goes straight to the fielder at point

18.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, 1 run, Malinga to Tendulkar - short rising delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Tendulkar stands tall on the back and plays it down on the leg side, fielders are deep and a quick single is added to the total

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 70/2
SR Tendulkar    10* (23b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-47-2
VVS Laxman    13* (30b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    8-4-13-0

19.1

Maharoof to Tendulkar, no run, Maharoof to Tendulkar - short of a good length delivery, first signs of reverse swing, Tendulkar looking to defend it on the back-foot is comprehensively beaten, excellent delivery

19.2

Maharoof to Tendulkar, no run, Maharoof to Tendulkar - good length delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

19.3

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

19.4

Maharoof to Tendulkar, 1 run, Maharoof to Tendulkar - bit of width outside the off stump and Tendulkar drives it away square on the off side, Mubarak at point dives across full length and cuts off a certain boundary

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

Malinga to continue, coming round the wicket to the right-hander

End of over 20 (1 run) India 71/2
VVS Laxman    13* (32b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    9-4-14-0
SR Tendulkar    11* (27b 1x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-47-2

20.1

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - angled in from outside the leg stump, defended watchfully

20.2

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - short ball, angled in from outside the leg stump, Malingas sling action makes it tough for the batsman but Tendulkar sways across and avoids it cleanly

20.3

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - another short delivery, no shot offered

20.4

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - short ball, pitched outside the leg stump and angling across, Tendulkar reads it well and leaves it for the keeper

20.5

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar - another short ball and Tendulkar ducks under it

20.6

Malinga to Tendulkar, no run, Malinga to Tendulkar, just short of a length, Tendulkar lets it go past, no runs, fielded by Sangakkara

End of over 21 (maiden) India 71/2
SR Tendulkar    11* (33b 1x4)      SL Malinga    11-1-47-2
VVS Laxman    13* (32b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    9-4-14-0

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

21.4

Maharoof to Tendulkar, no run, Maharoof to Tendulkar - played off the pads, fails to beat the fielder at mid-on

21.5

Maharoof to Tendulkar, no run, Maharoof to Tendulkar - pitched up outside the off stump, driven hard but straight to the fielder at mid-off

21.6

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

Time for drinks Malinga to continue.

End of over 22 (1 run) India 72/2
SR Tendulkar    11* (36b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    10-4-15-0
VVS Laxman    14* (35b 3x4)      SL Malinga    11-1-47-2

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

22.2

Malinga to Tendulkar, 1 run, Malinga to Tendulkar - short ball, again angled in from wide outside the leg stump, Tendulkar too stays back and tucks it away off his hips to fine leg for an easy single

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

Two slips and a gully in place

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 74/2
VVS Laxman    15* (40b 3x4)      SL Malinga    12-1-49-2
SR Tendulkar    12* (37b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    10-4-15-0

23.1

Maharoof to Tendulkar, 1 run, Maharoof to Tendulkar, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Tendulkar drives off the back-foot and the ball goes straight to Bandara at covers, mis-field gives away a single

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

23.5

Maharoof to Tendulkar, 1 run, Maharoof to Tendulkar - again strays on to middle and leg, turned away off the back-foot to fine leg area for an easy single

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

bowling change - Bandara into the attack for the first time today. Slip and a short fine leg catching

End of over 24 (3 runs) India 77/2
VVS Laxman    16* (44b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    11-4-18-0
SR Tendulkar    14* (39b 1x4)      SL Malinga    12-1-49-2

24.1

Bandara to Tendulkar, 1 run, Bandara to Tendulkar - tossed up and turning away, driven just wide of the fielder at cover

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

24.4

Bandara to Tendulkar, 1 run, Bandara to Tendulkar - driven away with the spin, Atapattu at point fails to pick it up cleanly and they cross over

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

Double bowling change, Murali is back, spin from both ends

End of over 25 (3 runs) India 80/2
VVS Laxman    17* (48b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-3-0
SR Tendulkar    16* (41b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    11-4-18-0

25.1

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - short outside the off stump, turning in, Tendulkar rocks back and cuts hard but fails to beat the fielder at extra cover

25.2

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, FOUR, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - tossed up and turning in, Tendulkar steps forward and lofts it away well over the fielder at mid-on, one bounce and over the rope she goes, hit it with the break and the ball just flew off the meat of the bat

25.3

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - defended on the back-foot

25.4

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

25.5

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar, good line and length, Tendulkar pushes forward, no runs

25.6

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - down the leg side, left alone

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 84/2
SR Tendulkar    20* (47b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-13-0
VVS Laxman    17* (48b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-3-0

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

End of over 27 (maiden) India 84/2
VVS Laxman    17* (54b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-1-3-0
SR Tendulkar    20* (47b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-13-0

27.1

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - turning on to middle and leg, Tendulkar fials to make contact, ball clips the pad and pops up straight to the fielder at short leg, appeal turned down and rightly so

27.2

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - defended on the back-foot

27.3

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - straight delivery outside the off stump, driven off the back-foot to the point region

27.4

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar, length ball, Tendulkar blocks it, no runs

27.5

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar, line and length, Tendulkar blocks, no runs

27.6

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar, length ball, Tendulkar hits it on the leg side, no runs

End of over 28 (maiden) India 84/2
SR Tendulkar    20* (53b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-1-13-0
VVS Laxman    17* (54b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-1-3-0

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

28.5

Bandara to Tendulkar, no run, Bandara to Tendulkar - turned away on the leg side

28.6

Bandara to Tendulkar, 1 run, Bandara to Tendulkar - worked away fine, ball rolls down to fine leg and an easy single is added to the total

End of over 29 (2 runs) India 86/2
SR Tendulkar    21* (55b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-1-5-0
VVS Laxman    18* (58b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    3-1-13-0

29.1

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - tossed up and turning in, Tendulkar goes right back and works it away straight to the fielder at short fine leg

slip and short leg in place for Tendulkar

29.2

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - defended on the front-foot, ball rolls away on the leg side

29.3

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - pitched outside the off stump and turning in, Tendulkar goes back and forces it away square of the wicket

29.4

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - worked away off the pads, short fine leg moves across and cuts off the single

29.5

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - turned away nicely on the leg side but Mubarak at short leg gets in the way

29.6

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, 1 run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - turned away well wide of the fielder at short fine leg, easy single to end the over

End of over 30 (1 run) India 87/2
SR Tendulkar    22* (61b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    4-1-14-0
VVS Laxman    18* (58b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-1-5-0

30.1

Bandara to Tendulkar, no run, Bandara to Tendulkar - on the middle and leg stump line, Tendulkar stretches forward to defed and the ball rolls away of the inner half of the bat

30.2

Bandara to Tendulkar, 1 run, Bandara to Tendulkar - turned away well wide of the fielder at short leg

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!

no slip in place for Tendulakr, silly point and short leg catching Murali, Atapattu and Jayawardene having a mid-pitch conversation, play held up.

End of over 31 (1 run) India 88/2
VVS Laxman    18* (62b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-1-6-0
SR Tendulkar    23* (63b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    4-1-14-0

31.1

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - driven straight back to the bowler

31.2

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, no run, Muralitharan to Tendulkar - tossed up and turning in, defended stretching well foward

31.3

Muralitharan to Tendulkar, OUT, Muralitharan to Tendulkar, OUT (Caught) - Murali strikes! well flighted delivery, turning in from outside the off stump and Tendulkar is beaten by the extra bouncer, jumble of bat, pad and body - ball pops up on the leg side and Mubarak at short leg takes a good catch diving well forward - India three down

SR Tendulkar c Mubarak b Muralitharan 23 (85m 66b 2x4 0x6) SR: 34.84

That was a genuine off-break and Tendulkar was beaten fair and square by the extra bounce, Yuvraj Singh is the next man in

31.4

Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh - turning across and Yuvraj is beaten outside the off stump

31.5

Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT (Caught) - and the party continues! tossed up and turning away, Yuvraj pushes forward to defend, ball turns away just enough to kisss the outside edge, Samaraweera at first slip makes no contact - Murali on a roll here, India four down and in trouble

Yuvraj Singh c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kaif walks in Another genuine off-break and the left-hander was beaten by the turn

31.6

Muralitharan to Kaif, no run, Muralitharan to Kaif - defended on the front-foot, end of a fantastic over!

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) India 88/4
M Kaif    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    5-2-14-2
VVS Laxman    18* (62b 3x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-1-6-0

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

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 92/4
VVS Laxman    22* (68b 4x4)      HMCM Bandara    5-1-10-0
M Kaif    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    5-2-14-2

33.1

Muralitharan to Kaif, no run, Muralitharan to Kaif - turning in sharply, ball hits the pad and pops up straight to the fielder at short-leg, appeal turned down

33.2

Muralitharan to Kaif, no run, Muralitharan to Kaif - defended stretching well forward, almost carried to the fielder at silly point, close call that

33.3

Muralitharan to Kaif, no run, Muralitharan to Kaif - defended stretching well forward with a soft bottom hand, ball rolls away on the off side

33.4

Muralitharan to Kaif, no run, Muralitharan to Kaif - defended to the leg side

33.5

Muralitharan to Kaif, 1 run, Muralitharan to Kaif - bit of width outside the off stump and Kaif runs it down to third man for an easy single

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

Drinks

End of over 34 (1 run) India 93/4
VVS Laxman    22* (69b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    6-2-15-2
M Kaif    1* (6b)      HMCM Bandara    5-1-10-0

34.1

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, length ball, Kaif defends it away, no runs, fielded by Bandara

34.2

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, short of a length, Kaif goes back and defebds it

34.3

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, good length outside off, driven away to cover

34.4

Bandara to Kaif, 2 runs, Bandara to Kaif, tries to break the shackles, goes for the cross batted heave, doesnt middle it at all, two runs to Kaif

34.5

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, good line and length, Kaif defends, no runs

34.6

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, good length delivery, Kaif blocks it, no runs

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 95/4
M Kaif    3* (12b)      HMCM Bandara    6-1-12-0
VVS Laxman    22* (69b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    6-2-15-2

35.1

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

35.2

Muralitharan to Kaif, 1 run, Muralitharan to Kaif, line and length, Kaif hits it it to backard square leg, 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

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 97/4
VVS Laxman    23* (74b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    7-2-17-2
M Kaif    4* (13b)      HMCM Bandara    6-1-12-0

36.1

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, outside leg stump, Kaif comes forward and defends it

36.2

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, fuller delivery on middle, Kaif defends it off the frontfoot

36.3

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, fuler and quicker, driven back to the bowler

36.4

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, change of line, outside off thsi time, Kaif is equal to the task, comes forwad and defneds

36.5

Bandara to Kaif, no run, Bandara to Kaif, Kaif comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball, doesnt get enough room, so drives it back to the bowler

36.6

Bandara to Kaif, OUT, Bandara to Kaif, (OUT) long hop from Bandara, was asking to be hit, Kaif picks the length well, goes onto the backfoot and pulls it away, cant keep the ball down, ends up hitting it straight to Marvan Atapattu at mid wicket! India in deep trouble now!

M Kaif c Atapattu b Bandara 4 (21m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.05

End of over 37 (wicket maiden) India 97/5
     HMCM Bandara    7-2-12-1
VVS Laxman    23* (74b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    7-2-17-2

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

End of over 38 (6 runs) India 103/5
VVS Laxman    27* (80b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    8-2-21-2
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      HMCM Bandara    7-2-12-1

38.1

Bandara to Dhoni, no run, Bandara to Dhoni, length ball, Dhoni defends it, no runs

38.2

Bandara to Dhoni, 1 run, Bandara to Dhoni, good length delivery, Dhoni defends on the front foot, 1 run

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

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 108/5
VVS Laxman    31* (84b 6x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-2-17-1
MS Dhoni    1* (2b)      M Muralitharan    8-2-21-2

39.1

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, Muralitharan to Dhoni, tossed up and turning in, Dhoni is sucked into the drive, ball clips the inside edge and races away to fine leg

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

39.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, Muralitharan to Dhoni, fraction short, Dhoni pushes forward and punches it away well wide of the fielder at covers

39.4

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

39.5

Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, Muralitharan to Dhoni - tossed up outside the off stump, right in the slot and Dhoni hammers it to the extra cover fence, welcome boundary for India

39.6

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, Muralitharan to Dhoni, full delivery outside the off stump, driven striaght into the man silly point

End of over 40 (8 runs) India 116/5
MS Dhoni    7* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-2-29-2
VVS Laxman    33* (86b 6x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-2-17-1

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

End of over 41 (1 run) India 117/5
VVS Laxman    34* (92b 6x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-2-18-1
MS Dhoni    7* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-2-29-2

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

41.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, Muralitharan to Dhoni - turned away through square leg

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

Atapattu going for the kill, Malinga is back

End of over 42 (2 runs) India 119/5
VVS Laxman    35* (97b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    10-2-31-2
MS Dhoni    8* (7b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-2-18-1

42.1

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short delivery on the middle and off stump line, Dhoni stands tall and defends it with a straight bat

42.2

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, Malinga to Dhoni - nasty bouncer, Dhoni is bit late to react and gets hit on the helment

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

42.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short rising delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide on this occasion and Dhoni comfortably avoids it

42.6

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - on the middle and off stump line, defended on the front-foot

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 121/5
MS Dhoni    8* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    13-1-50-2
VVS Laxman    36* (99b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    10-2-31-2

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

End of over 44 (maiden) India 121/5
VVS Laxman    36* (105b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    11-3-31-2
MS Dhoni    8* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    13-1-50-2

44.1

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short delivery outside the off stump, Dhoni leaves it for the keeper - probably playing for lunch

44.2

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short of a good length delivery, this time on the middle and leg stump line, Dhoni fails to make contact and the ball rools away off the pad

44.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - slower delivery and Dhoni plays it in the air to the mid-on region

44.4

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, Malinga to Dhoni - pitched up on the pads, driven away well wide of the fielder at mid-on

44.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short rising delivery, defended standing tall on the back-foot

44.6

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - slower delivery to end the over, Dhoni waits for it and runs it away straight to the fielder at gully

Tea - Day 1

End of over 45 (4 runs) India 125/5
MS Dhoni    12* (17b 2x4)      SL Malinga    14-1-54-2
VVS Laxman    36* (105b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    11-3-31-2

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

45.5

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, Muralitharan to Dhoni - turned away well wide of the fielder at midwicket, bit of a mix-up going for the single but they make it across safely

45.6

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

End of over 46 (2 runs) India 127/5
VVS Laxman    37* (110b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    12-3-33-2
MS Dhoni    13* (18b 2x4)      SL Malinga    14-1-54-2

46.1

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short ball, defended on the back-foot

46.2

Malinga to Dhoni, 4 leg byes, Malinga to Dhoni - strays down the leg side, ball clips the pad and races away well wide of the diving keeper

46.3

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - short delivery outside the off stump, Dhoni leaves it alone to the keeper

46.4

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - good length delviery, driven straight back to the bowler

46.5

Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, Malinga to Dhoni - strays on to middle and leg, Dhoni drives it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket, nice shot

46.6

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, Malinga to Dhoni - slower delivery, Dhoni drives on the up and the ball rolls away of the inner half of the bat to the vacant square leg region

End of over 47 (7 runs) India 134/5
MS Dhoni    16* (24b 2x4)      SL Malinga    15-1-57-2
VVS Laxman    37* (110b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    12-3-33-2

47.1

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, Muralitharan to Dhoni - defended back to the bowler

47.2

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, Muralitharan to Dhoni - short ball, turning in from outside the off stump, Dhoni waits for it and at the last possible moment turns it away to deep square leg

47.3

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

47.4

Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, Muralitharan to Dhoni - flighted delivery, turning in from outside the off stump, Dhoni gets well forward, right to the pitch of the delivery and creams it away to the extra cover fence, lovely shot

47.5

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

47.6

Muralitharan to Dhoni, no run, Muralitharan to Dhoni - quicker delviery, defended on the back-foot

just the one slip in place now

End of over 48 (6 runs) India 140/5
MS Dhoni    21* (29b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    13-3-39-2
VVS Laxman    38* (111b 6x4)      SL Malinga    15-1-57-2

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

48.5

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - way outside the off stump and Dhoni goes after but fails to make contact, missed it by a country mile

48.6

Malinga to Dhoni, no run, Malinga to Dhoni - driven well but straight to the fielder at mid-off

End of over 49 (1 run, maiden) India 141/5
MS Dhoni    21* (31b 3x4)      SL Malinga    16-2-57-2
VVS Laxman    38* (115b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    13-3-39-2

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

49.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, 1 run, Muralitharan to Dhoni - bit too wide outside the off stump and Dhoni flat bats it down to long-off

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

End of over 50 (4 runs) India 145/5
VVS Laxman    41* (120b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    14-3-43-2
MS Dhoni    22* (32b 3x4)      SL Malinga    16-2-57-2
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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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Match drawn
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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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