India tour of Sri Lanka, 2008 / Commentary

India in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v India

Sri Lanka won by an innings and 239 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

5.2

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, length delivery around the off stump and Dravid gets towards the line to push to covers

5.3

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, thrusts his left leg across, covers the off stump and watches the ball sail past the off stump

5.4

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

5.5

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run

5.6

Kulasekara to Dravid, 2 runs, leans forward to drive through covers

India 38/1   R Dravid 2* (5b)

6.4

Vaas to Dravid, no run, leans forward to turn a delivery on the middle and off to short midwicket

6.5

Vaas to Dravid, no run, again leans forward, rolls his wrists and turns a length delivery to short midwicket

6.6

Vaas to Dravid, no run, shifts his line to outside off and pushed to short cover

India 39/1   R Dravid 2* (8b)

7.4

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, just outside the off stump and Dravid pushes it to covers,

7.5

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, the bouncer on the off stump line and Dravid sways and ducks. He now adjusts the helmet strap

7.6

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, gets forward to push a full delivery to covers

India 40/1   R Dravid 2* (11b)

9.1

Kulasekara to Dravid, FOUR, bangs in short and on the off stump line, Dravid pulls it through midwicket. It was the head-hight bouncer and he rolled his wrists over it

9.2

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, fuller, on the middle and off, defended on the front foot

9.3

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, on the front foot again and defends to the off side

9.4

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, full pitched and driven to the off side and the bowler and the short mid-off collide while trying to stop

9.5

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, cuts in a touch, on the middle stump, squeezed to square leg

9.6

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, moves his left leg towards the off stump and lets the ball go past the off stump

India 48/1   R Dravid 6* (17b 1x4)

11.1

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, on the middle stump line, defended down the track

11.2

Kulasekara to Dravid, 1 run, leans forward to push a full one to extra cover.

11.4

Kulasekara to Dravid, FOUR, stretches well forward to lean into a cover drive. Very good foot work.

11.5

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, on the off and middle, pushed down to mid-on

11.6

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, fullish, on the off stump line, driven to mid-on

India 60/1   R Dravid 11* (22b 2x4)

12.6

Mendis to Dravid, no run, off break outside off and defended past silly point

India 61/1   R Dravid 11* (23b 2x4)

13.2

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, short of length, outside off, punched to covers

13.3

Kulasekara to Dravid, no run, on a length, around the off stump, defended to the on side

13.4

Kulasekara to Dravid, 3 runs, leans forward to drive through covers. Again, good positive forward stride.

India 65/1   R Dravid 14* (26b 2x4)

14.4

Mendis to Dravid, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

14.5

Mendis to Dravid, no run, beaten comprehensively. The flicker, the carrom ball and it moved away after landing around off, a unsure Dravid followed it and the ball moved just past the outside edge.

14.6

Mendis to Dravid, no run, stretches forward to defend a full delivery on the stumps

India 73/1   R Dravid 14* (29b 2x4)

16.2

Mendis to Dravid, no run, turns in from outside off, dabbed to short leg. slip and silly point in too

16.3

Mendis to Dravid, no run, leans forward to defend a straight delivery outside off to silly point

16.4

Mendis to Dravid, no run, slower, the attempted leg break, turned to the on side

16.5

Mendis to Dravid, no run, beaten on the cut. It was not all that short, skidded through low outside off and Dravid went for the cut

16.6

Mendis to Dravid, no run, loopy two-fingered googly on the leg and middle, bounds of the pad to short leg. They think about asking for the review for the catch but they decide against it.

India 75/1   R Dravid 14* (34b 2x4)

18.1

Mendis to Dravid, OUT, What a beauty from Mendis! His first Test wicket. Rahul Dravid is beaten all hands up. The flicker, the carrom ball does the trick. It landed on the middle stump, a unsure Dravid was on the back foot and it cut away quickly towards the off stump, past the poke and crashed into the top of the off stump. Dravid is stunned, looks back to confirm what his ears told him. The death rattle. The middle-finger assassin is on the prowl at SSC.

R Dravid b Mendis 14 (55m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

India 79/3   R Dravid 14 (35b 2x4)
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
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Jul 26, 2008

The deadly duo: Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan shared 19 wickets between them, Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, SSC, Colombo, 4th day, July 26, 2008

The deadly duo: Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan shared 19 wickets between them

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Jul 26, 2008

The Sri Lankan players return to the pavilion after wrapping up the match, Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, SSC, Colombo, 4th day, July 26, 2008

The Sri Lankan players return to the pavilion after wrapping up the match

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