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

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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

India 4/0   G Gambhir 4* (5b 1x4)   SL Malinga 0.5-0-4-0

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

India 10/0   V Sehwag 4* (4b 1x4)   MF Maharoof 1-0-4-0

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

India 24/0   G Gambhir 14* (20b 2x4)   SL Malinga 2.4-0-18-0

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

India 28/0   G Gambhir 18* (24b 3x4)   SL Malinga 3.2-0-22-0

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)   MF Maharoof 5-2-9-0

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

India 40/1   V Sehwag 14* (27b 2x4)   SL Malinga 5.4-0-30-1

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

India 46/1   V Sehwag 19* (32b 3x4)   M Muralitharan 0.2-0-4-0

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

India 51/1   VVS Laxman 8* (7b 2x4)   M Muralitharan 0.4-0-9-0

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

India 62/2   SR Tendulkar 7* (14b 1x4)   SL Malinga 8.4-0-43-2

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

India 68/2   VVS Laxman 13* (29b 3x4)   MF Maharoof 7.5-4-13-0

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

India 84/2   SR Tendulkar 20* (43b 2x4)   M Muralitharan 1.2-0-13-0

32.5

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

India 92/4   VVS Laxman 22* (67b 4x4)   HMCM Bandara 4.5-1-10-0

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

India 101/5   VVS Laxman 27* (76b 5x4)   M Muralitharan 7.2-2-21-2

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

India 108/5   VVS Laxman 31* (83b 6x4)   HMCM Bandara 7.5-2-17-1

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

India 116/5   MS Dhoni 7* (5b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 8.5-2-29-2

44.4

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

India 125/5   MS Dhoni 12* (15b 2x4)   SL Malinga 13.4-1-54-2

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

India 140/5   MS Dhoni 21* (27b 3x4)   M Muralitharan 12.4-3-39-2

51.4

Bandara to Dhoni, FOUR, Bandara to Dhoni - tossed up outside the off stump, Dhoni steps well forward and drives it straight down the ground to the long-on fence, 150 comes up for India

India 152/5   MS Dhoni 27* (36b 4x4)   HMCM Bandara 9.4-2-22-1

54.3

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

India 162/5   VVS Laxman 47* (131b 7x4)   M Muralitharan 14.3-3-47-2

55.4

Bandara to Dhoni, FOUR, Bandara to Dhoni, Bandara pitches it just short, and Dhoni picked up the length quickly and cuts it aay to deep point, the ball teases the feidler all the way to the fence, but ends up the winner, 4 runs

India 170/5   MS Dhoni 38* (52b 5x4)   HMCM Bandara 11.4-2-32-1

56.3

Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, Muralitharan to Dhoni, good line and length delivery, Dhoni comes down the track and hits it over the man at mid-off, 4 runs

India 175/5   MS Dhoni 42* (56b 6x4)   M Muralitharan 15.3-3-53-2

58.1

Muralitharan to Dhoni, FOUR, Muralitharan to Dhoni - well flighted delivery, Dhoni dances down the track and lofts it straight back over the bowlers head, powerful shot that!

India 181/5   MS Dhoni 48* (59b 7x4)   M Muralitharan 16.1-3-58-2

60.4

Muralitharan to Pathan, FOUR, Muralitharan to Pathan - bit too full outside the off stump, Pathan gets well forward and smokes it straight back past the bowler for a wonderful boundary, clean hit

India 189/6   IK Pathan 4* (4b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 17.4-3-64-3

60.5

Muralitharan to Pathan, FOUR, Muralitharan to Pathan - turning across, Pathan looking to drive it away through covers ends up with a thick edge and the ball races away to the third man boundary

India 193/6   IK Pathan 8* (5b 2x4)   M Muralitharan 17.5-3-68-3

61.4

Bandara to Pathan, FOUR, Bandara to Pathan - in the slot outside the off stump, Pathan opens up and lofts it well over the cover fielders

India 198/6   IK Pathan 12* (8b 3x4)   HMCM Bandara 14.4-2-39-1

64.2

Muralitharan to Pathan, FOUR, Muralitharan to Pathan - flighted delivery outside the off stump, smashed to the long-off fence - made it look easy

India 209/6   IK Pathan 21* (19b 4x4)   M Muralitharan 19.2-3-75-3

65.4

Bandara to Pathan, FOUR, Bandara to Pathan - flighted delivery outside the off stump, lofted away to the cover fence, long chase ends in vain

India 218/6   IK Pathan 25* (24b 5x4)   HMCM Bandara 16.4-2-48-1

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

India 224/6   VVS Laxman 60* (165b 8x4)   MF Maharoof 11.5-4-23-0

71.4

Dilshan to Pathan, FOUR, Dilshan to Pathan - bowled from round the stumps, tossed up outside the off stump, Pathan comes down the track and ships it away to the long-off fence, good use of the feet

India 234/6   IK Pathan 33* (41b 6x4)   TM Dilshan 0.4-0-5-0

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

India 238/6   VVS Laxman 68* (180b 9x4)   MF Maharoof 14.1-4-29-0

72.4

Maharoof to Pathan, FOUR, Maharoof to Pathan - width offered outside the off stump and Pathan slashes hard at it, ball clips the edge and flies past the fielder at second slip, lucky runs

India 243/6   IK Pathan 37* (45b 7x4)   MF Maharoof 14.4-4-34-0

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)   SL Malinga 21-3-70-2

85.6

Muralitharan to Pathan, FOUR, Muralitharan to Pathan - tossed up outside the off stump, Pathan steps forward and lofts it straight back over the bowlers head, good clean hit

India 268/6   IK Pathan 48* (95b 8x4)   M Muralitharan 25-3-87-3

88.1

Bandara to Pathan, FOUR, Bandara to Pathan - shot! turning in from outside the off stump, Pathan quickly gets into a good position and carves it away to the cover fence, sweetly timed shot

India 277/6   IK Pathan 55* (103b 9x4)   HMCM Bandara 20.1-2-59-1

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)   M Muralitharan 27-3-95-3

90.4

Bandara to Pathan, FOUR, Bandara to Pathan - full and down the leg side, asking to be hit and Pathan paddles it away to the vacant fine leg fence

India 291/6   IK Pathan 63* (114b 10x4)   HMCM Bandara 21.4-2-67-1

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!

India 295/6   VVS Laxman 94* (223b 12x4)   M Muralitharan 27.3-3-99-3

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!

India 300/6   VVS Laxman 98* (228b 13x4)   SL Malinga 22.4-3-76-2

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

India 305/6   VVS Laxman 103* (232b 14x4)   MF Maharoof 17.3-6-38-0

98.3

Malinga to Pathan, FOUR, Malinga to Pathan - short! short delivery outside the off stump, Pathan quickly gets in to a good position and pulls it away in style, ball rockets away to the midwicket fence, good clean hit

India 325/7   IK Pathan 71* (133b 11x4)   SL Malinga 25.3-3-91-2

105.5

Maharoof to Pathan, FOUR, Maharoof to Pathan - Maharoof strays on to the pads and Pathan whips it away to the fine leg fence, fielder in the deep had no chance of cutting it off, excellent placement

India 341/7   IK Pathan 82* (160b 12x4)   MF Maharoof 23.5-9-51-1

106.3

Muralitharan to Agarkar, FOUR, Muralitharan to Agarkar - tossed up outside the off stump, Agarkar gets a good stride forward, gets to the pitch of the delivery and drives it away to the cover fence for his first boundary of the innings

India 345/7   AB Agarkar 13* (33b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 30.3-4-106-3

110.3

Muralitharan to Agarkar, FOUR, Muralitharan to Agarkar - played wide of the fielder at mid-off

India 353/8   AB Agarkar 19* (46b 2x4)   M Muralitharan 32.3-4-113-3

112.4

Muralitharan to Kumble, FOUR, Muralitharan to Kumble - turning in from outside the off stump, Kumble goes right back and cuts it away at the last possible moment, took it from right in front of the stumps, ball races away to the third man fence

India 360/8   A Kumble 6* (15b 1x4)   M Muralitharan 33.4-4-119-3

121.5

Malinga to Kumble, FOUR, Malinga to Kumble, good line and just short of a length, Kumble defends off the backfoot, bal takes the glove and runs away to the fine leg fence, 4 runs

India 397/9   A Kumble 21* (50b 2x4 1x6)   SL Malinga 31.5-5-113-3
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Series Results
India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad - Dec 18-22, 2005
India won by 259 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi - Dec 10-14, 2005
India won by 188 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Chennai - Dec 2-6, 2005
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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