India tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (PSS), Aug 8-11, 2008
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
8,9,10,11 August 2008 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 72 196 128 10 0 56.25
42.1 Mahela asks for the review for the lbw decision. It landed on the leg stump line, turned in slightly, Gambhir shaped to defend - the bat was adjacent to the pad but outside the line and he is struck in front on the middle and leg line.. That has to be out. It would have hit the middle and off stump. Decision still pending. Tony Greig, on air, reckons it should be out. Let's see. And the verdict is OUT. Another good call from Mahela to go for the review. He can release a dummy's guide to reviews. Virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off and middle stump. 155/5
View dismissal V Sehwag c †HAPW Jayawardene b Prasad 21 36 21 4 0 100.00
7.2 What a big wicket to get as your first Test match victim. Dammika takes out Sehwag. It landed on a length around the off stump and straightened. Sehwag had a tentative poke. Fatal. He walks away. A goggle eyed Dammika roars. It shaped away a fraction late. 51/1
View dismissal R Dravid lbw b Prasad 10 52 29 0 0 34.48
18.3 loud shout for lbw. Mahela has asked for the review. It landed on a length outside the off stump, came back in with the angle and was hit in front of the off stump line. Almost 40% of the ball was inside the mat around that off stump. Dravid had pressed the front foot too much across and couldn't get his bat around it in time. Decision still pending. Doctrove is the third umpire. Benson is talking with him. And the verdict is OUT. The virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off stump. In the recent times Dravid has been troubled with his trigger movement - he has been pushing that front leg too much across. 92/2
View dismissal SR Tendulkar lbw b Prasad 6 18 12 0 0 50.00
22.1 Tendulkar has asked for the review for the lbw. It was another length delivery coming in. Tendulkar took a half-step forward to defend. The bat came down adjacent to the pad, straight down the line around the middle stump but the ball came in with the angle, beat the bat and hit the inner half of the front pad before hitting the back pad. Was there a inside edge? Replays don't show deflection. Tony Greig, on air, reckons the sound was the ball hitting the back pad after the deflection from the front pad. He reckons that has to be given out on the available evidence. And the verdict is Out It would have hit the leg stump, which virtual eye confirms.

After he was given out, Tendulkar walked down the track, seemed to ask the umpire - well perhaps, the non striker according to my colleague - something before asking for the review. You can't use snickometers yet in the review system. If they show a replay with a snicko, I will tell you what it showed. 102/3
View dismissal SC Ganguly c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 35 68 57 4 1 61.40
39.5 Murali has struck. It was the quicker off break around the off stump line, Ganguly came forward and tried to get the bat behind the pad but it was popping out from behind the pad and the turning ball went off the face of it to Mahela at first slip. Mahela had earlier dropped Ganguly of Murali. Sri Lanka have done really well on a flat track. 151/4
View dismissal VVS Laxman st †HAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 25 56 44 1 0 56.81
54.3 Done in by that carrom ball! What a pocketful of talent. Laxman was sucked forward into a defensive push across the line and was left stranded by the delivery cutting away from him. He had dragged the back foot just outside the crease and Prasanna, a very fine keeper, did the final rites. Superb to watch. Mendis you beauty. 190/6
View dismissal PA Patel lbw b Mendis 13 48 42 1 0 30.95
56.1 Patel has asked for the review for the lbw decision. It was the carrom ball again. It landed on a length on the off stump line and cut in a touch. The left-handed Patel lunged forward to defend but the bat was well outside the line. Looks pretty plumb. It would have hit the middle. Verdict is OUT. The Mendis code has not been cracked by the Indians. What a season of mystery. 195/7
View dismissal A Kumble* b Mendis 1 10 6 0 0 16.66
56.3 What a treat. You are watching history in making. Years later they are going to look back at this series as the time when the middle-fingered assassin hunted down the Indians. Kumble is done in by the two-fingered googly. A unsure Kumble tried to poke it to the off side, missed and the ball threaded the bat and pad gap to disturb the furniture. Timber! Warwick Armstrong, Jack Iverson, Johnny Gleeson have found a wonderful successor. 196/8
View dismissal Harbhajan Singh c Vandort b Muralitharan 3 11 8 0 0 37.50
59.4 Harbhajan falls to his favourite slog sweep. It gained more height than distance and Vandort, rushing to his right from deep midwicket, held on to a good catch. And then they were one. What a wonderful performance from the Sri Lankan bowlers. To reduce India to 9 wickets on the opening day on a flat track is a fab effort. 198/9
I Sharma not out 17 77 61 0 0 27.86
View dismissal Z Khan st †HAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 32 68 73 3 1 43.83
79.6 Mendis picks up another five-for. Wonderful work from Prasanna. It was the googly, Zaheer went for the slog sweep, misses and dragged his back foot outside the crease. Prasanna collects it and whips the bails in a unitary motion. Unlike some, Prasanna doesn't move his gloves and hands back when he gathers. He catches it with soft hands and then presses it immediately forward to break the stumps. And a very impressive last-wicket partnership has come to an end. The joint-highest partnership of the innings. Well played Ishant and Zak. 249/10
Extras (b 1, lb 8, nb 5) 14
  Total (all out; 80 overs; 325 mins) 249 (3.11 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  WPUJC Vaas 12 1 44 0 3.66 51 7 0
View wickets KTGD Prasad 17 0 82 3 4.82 65 9 0 (1nb)
7.2 to Sehwag, What a big wicket to get as your first Test match victim. Dammika takes out Sehwag. It landed on a length around the off stump and straightened. Sehwag had a tentative poke. Fatal. He walks away. A goggle eyed Dammika roars. It shaped away a fraction late. 51/1
18.3 to Dravid, loud shout for lbw. Mahela has asked for the review. It landed on a length outside the off stump, came back in with the angle and was hit in front of the off stump line. Almost 40% of the ball was inside the mat around that off stump. Dravid had pressed the front foot too much across and couldn't get his bat around it in time. Decision still pending. Doctrove is the third umpire. Benson is talking with him. And the verdict is OUT. The virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off stump. In the recent times Dravid has been troubled with his trigger movement - he has been pushing that front leg too much across. 92/2
22.1 to Tendulkar, Tendulkar has asked for the review for the lbw. It was another length delivery coming in. Tendulkar took a half-step forward to defend. The bat came down adjacent to the pad, straight down the line around the middle stump but the ball came in with the angle, beat the bat and hit the inner half of the front pad before hitting the back pad. Was there a inside edge? Replays don't show deflection. Tony Greig, on air, reckons the sound was the ball hitting the back pad after the deflection from the front pad. He reckons that has to be given out on the available evidence. And the verdict is Out It would have hit the leg stump, which virtual eye confirms.

After he was given out, Tendulkar walked down the track, seemed to ask the umpire - well perhaps, the non striker according to my colleague - something before asking for the review. You can't use snickometers yet in the review system. If they show a replay with a snicko, I will tell you what it showed. 102/3
View wickets BAW Mendis 28 4 56 5 2.00 128 3 0
42.1 to Gambhir, Mahela asks for the review for the lbw decision. It landed on the leg stump line, turned in slightly, Gambhir shaped to defend - the bat was adjacent to the pad but outside the line and he is struck in front on the middle and leg line.. That has to be out. It would have hit the middle and off stump. Decision still pending. Tony Greig, on air, reckons it should be out. Let's see. And the verdict is OUT. Another good call from Mahela to go for the review. He can release a dummy's guide to reviews. Virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off and middle stump. 155/5
54.3 to Laxman, Done in by that carrom ball! What a pocketful of talent. Laxman was sucked forward into a defensive push across the line and was left stranded by the delivery cutting away from him. He had dragged the back foot just outside the crease and Prasanna, a very fine keeper, did the final rites. Superb to watch. Mendis you beauty. 190/6
56.1 to Patel, Patel has asked for the review for the lbw decision. It was the carrom ball again. It landed on a length on the off stump line and cut in a touch. The left-handed Patel lunged forward to defend but the bat was well outside the line. Looks pretty plumb. It would have hit the middle. Verdict is OUT. The Mendis code has not been cracked by the Indians. What a season of mystery. 195/7
56.3 to Kumble, What a treat. You are watching history in making. Years later they are going to look back at this series as the time when the middle-fingered assassin hunted down the Indians. Kumble is done in by the two-fingered googly. A unsure Kumble tried to poke it to the off side, missed and the ball threaded the bat and pad gap to disturb the furniture. Timber! Warwick Armstrong, Jack Iverson, Johnny Gleeson have found a wonderful successor. 196/8
79.6 to Khan, Mendis picks up another five-for. Wonderful work from Prasanna. It was the googly, Zaheer went for the slog sweep, misses and dragged his back foot outside the crease. Prasanna collects it and whips the bails in a unitary motion. Unlike some, Prasanna doesn't move his gloves and hands back when he gathers. He catches it with soft hands and then presses it immediately forward to break the stumps. And a very impressive last-wicket partnership has come to an end. The joint-highest partnership of the innings. Well played Ishant and Zak. 249/10
View wickets M Muralitharan 23 3 58 2 2.52 106 4 2
39.5 to Ganguly, Murali has struck. It was the quicker off break around the off stump line, Ganguly came forward and tried to get the bat behind the pad but it was popping out from behind the pad and the turning ball went off the face of it to Mahela at first slip. Mahela had earlier dropped Ganguly of Murali. Sri Lanka have done really well on a flat track. 151/4
59.4 to Harbhajan Singh, Harbhajan falls to his favourite slog sweep. It gained more height than distance and Vandort, rushing to his right from deep midwicket, held on to a good catch. And then they were one. What a wonderful performance from the Sri Lankan bowlers. To reduce India to 9 wickets on the opening day on a flat track is a fab effort. 198/9
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MG Vandort lbw b Khan 14 77 50 1 0 28.00
16.5 trapped in front by Zaheer. It landed on the off stump line, full in length, moved in to beat the defensive prod. Vandort had placed his front leg across, towards the off stump and couldn't get his bat around it in time. That would have hit the leg stump. 42/2
View dismissal SM Warnapura b Sharma 8 27 22 0 0 36.36
5.6 The leg stump has been knocked out. The 139kmph delivery landed short in length, Warnapura shuffled across, took the bottom-hand off the handle and tried to swat it away. He expected more bounce and didn't realise he had exposed the leg stump and the ball crashed into the top of the leg stump. 14/1
View dismissal WPUJC Vaas c Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh 47 169 111 9 0 42.34
47.3 Harbhajan has managed to take out Vaas, who was being troubled a lot by Kumble from the other end. He tried to break free against Harbhajan and drove a full delivery outside off straight to covers. Very good innings comes to an end. He was so solid in defense against the seamers and against Harbhajan. 137/3
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c †Patel b Kumble 144 424 288 14 0 50.00
113.5 Sangakkara walks immediately after nicking it behind. Kumble, the Indian captain, has broken through. It was the slider outside off stump, Sangakkara tried to get forward to defend and stabbed it behind and Patel almost spilled it but managed to hang on. Sangakkara tucked his bat under his armpit and strode off. Great old-fashioned knock from him. Harbhajan had kept bowling wide outside-off line to him for two sessions yesterday but he didn't fall to the temptation and didn't become frustrated. Super innings. Potentially match winning. 324/7
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* lbw b Harbhajan Singh 2 10 6 0 0 33.33
49.1 Mahela has asked for review of LBW. It landed on the off stump line, turned in to beat the sweep shot and hits the inner half of the front pad in front of middle. That looks out. Decision still pending. And the verdict is OUT. One of the rare occasions when Mahela's decision to review has gone wrong. 141/4
View dismissal TT Samaraweera c †Patel b Khan 35 113 84 3 0 41.66
73.6 swallowed by a lovely delivery that squared him up completely. It kicked up from back of length, around middle and off stump and left him late. Samaraweera was opened up there while shaping to defend and edged it straight to Patel. Harbhajan rushes to Zaheer to celebrate. Samaraweera bangs the bat on his helmet as he walks off. 201/5
View dismissal TM Dilshan lbw b Kumble 23 65 45 3 0 51.11
88.3 Dilshan has asked for the Review for the lbw decision. It was the quicker front of the hand delivery and it landed just outside off and skidded towards the middle and off line. Dilshan went forward to defeng but it hit the pad first and the point of impact was inside. That looks out. Decision still pending. Verdict is OUT. Virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off and middle stump. Sri Lanka trail by 5 runs 244/6
View dismissal HAPW Jayawardene c Harbhajan Singh b Khan 49 163 116 5 0 42.24
125.5 He falls one short of fifty. But what a valuable hand this has been from Prasanna. It was full and on the legs, he played the pick-up shot, a whip of the wrist but hit it to Harbhajan who took a good catch at deep square leg. He gave such admirable support to Sanga and has put Sri Lanka in the driver's seat, 367/8
View dismissal KTGD Prasad st †Patel b Harbhajan Singh 36 89 56 5 0 64.28
133.5 Stumped by the doosra. Patel whips the bails off in a flash. Dammika Prasad was sucked by the flighted delivery, went for the big off drive but was deserted by the ball leaving him. 396/9
View dismissal BAW Mendis lbw b Kumble 17 43 28 2 0 60.71
134.2 Full and straight, lands on the off, skids on towards off and middle, Mendis misses the sweep and is struck in front. Mendis and Murali think about asking for the review, then decide against it and have a laugh about it. 396/10
M Muralitharan not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 14, w 2, nb 1) 21
  Total (all out; 134.2 overs; 585 mins) 396 (2.94 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Z Khan 32 5 105 3 3.28 137 14 0 (1nb)
16.5 to Vandort, trapped in front by Zaheer. It landed on the off stump line, full in length, moved in to beat the defensive prod. Vandort had placed his front leg across, towards the off stump and couldn't get his bat around it in time. That would have hit the leg stump. 42/2
73.6 to Samaraweera, swallowed by a lovely delivery that squared him up completely. It kicked up from back of length, around middle and off stump and left him late. Samaraweera was opened up there while shaping to defend and edged it straight to Patel. Harbhajan rushes to Zaheer to celebrate. Samaraweera bangs the bat on his helmet as he walks off. 201/5
125.5 to HAPW Jayawardene, He falls one short of fifty. But what a valuable hand this has been from Prasanna. It was full and on the legs, he played the pick-up shot, a whip of the wrist but hit it to Harbhajan who took a good catch at deep square leg. He gave such admirable support to Sanga and has put Sri Lanka in the driver's seat, 367/8
View wicket I Sharma 15.3 3 33 1 2.12 76 5 0
5.6 to Warnapura, The leg stump has been knocked out. The 139kmph delivery landed short in length, Warnapura shuffled across, took the bottom-hand off the handle and tried to swat it away. He expected more bounce and didn't realise he had exposed the leg stump and the ball crashed into the top of the leg stump. 14/1
View wickets Harbhajan Singh 40.3 8 104 3 2.56 181 10 0 (2w)
47.3 to Vaas, Harbhajan has managed to take out Vaas, who was being troubled a lot by Kumble from the other end. He tried to break free against Harbhajan and drove a full delivery outside off straight to covers. Very good innings comes to an end. He was so solid in defense against the seamers and against Harbhajan. 137/3
49.1 to DPMD Jayawardene, Mahela has asked for review of LBW. It landed on the off stump line, turned in to beat the sweep shot and hits the inner half of the front pad in front of middle. That looks out. Decision still pending. And the verdict is OUT. One of the rare occasions when Mahela's decision to review has gone wrong. 141/4
133.5 to Prasad, Stumped by the doosra. Patel whips the bails off in a flash. Dammika Prasad was sucked by the flighted delivery, went for the big off drive but was deserted by the ball leaving him. 396/9
View wickets A Kumble 41.2 4 123 3 2.97 175 11 0
88.3 to Dilshan, Dilshan has asked for the Review for the lbw decision. It was the quicker front of the hand delivery and it landed just outside off and skidded towards the middle and off line. Dilshan went forward to defeng but it hit the pad first and the point of impact was inside. That looks out. Decision still pending. Verdict is OUT. Virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off and middle stump. Sri Lanka trail by 5 runs 244/6
113.5 to Sangakkara, Sangakkara walks immediately after nicking it behind. Kumble, the Indian captain, has broken through. It was the slider outside off stump, Sangakkara tried to get forward to defend and stabbed it behind and Patel almost spilled it but managed to hang on. Sangakkara tucked his bat under his armpit and strode off. Great old-fashioned knock from him. Harbhajan had kept bowling wide outside-off line to him for two sessions yesterday but he didn't fall to the temptation and didn't become frustrated. Super innings. Potentially match winning. 324/7
134.2 to Mendis, Full and straight, lands on the off, skids on towards off and middle, Mendis misses the sweep and is struck in front. Mendis and Murali think about asking for the review, then decide against it and have a laugh about it. 396/10
  V Sehwag 2 0 2 0 1.00 10 0 0
  SC Ganguly 3 0 11 0 3.66 13 2 0
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal G Gambhir b Prasad 26 55 43 3 0 60.46
12.2 Dammika takes out the off stump. It landed short of length and moved outside off stump and Gambhir went for the pull and got a inside edge to his stumps. Timber! Dammika stops in his followthrough, gets his index finger near his mouth to signal 'shsssh silence!' to the crowd that has exploded. Great scenes here for the hosts. The dashing openers are back to the pavilion. . Gambhir had gone on the front foot and then tried to shift his weight back but too late. Gone! SRT has not come in, Sourav Ganguly has walked out 65/2
View dismissal V Sehwag c Samaraweera b Prasad 34 48 29 7 0 117.24
10.4 caught! Huge Huge wicket! Sehwag cuts a good length ball hard from just outside his off stump, he hits it well but the ball flies at catchable height towards Samaraweera who dives to his left at gully and pulls off a sharp catch 62/1
View dismissal R Dravid c DPMD Jayawardene b Mendis 68 226 166 6 0 40.96
70.1 flat delivery from round the wicket, pitched on and around the off stump and turning away a touch. Its the perfect length, Dravid is sucked forward into the defensive prod, edge is taken and Jayawardene at first slip takes a sharp catch. That's the end of that. Dravid waited for a few seconds to make sure whether the catch was clean before he walked off. 216/6
View dismissal SC Ganguly lbw b Muralitharan 18 64 50 1 1 36.00
27.4 Ganguly has asked for review for the lbw decision. It landed on the middle stump line and straightened to miss Ganguly's attempted sweep and struck him low in front of the middle. It looks out,even though he had stretched well forward. Decision still pending. And the verdict is OUT. Murali bowled the doosra from over the wicket and it straightened after landing. The virtual eye suggests it would have hit the top of the middle stump. 108/3
View dismissal PA Patel lbw b Mendis 1 3 2 0 0 50.00
28.1 Mendis has taken out Parthiv Patel. It landed on a length around leg stump line, skidded towards off. Patel intervened in front of middle but with his pad, bat adjacent to the pad. The umpire reckons it would have hit the off stump. Patel has a word with Dravid, they decide against going for the review and he walks off. the virtual eye shows that it would have hit the off stump. Enter Tendulkar. 109/4
View dismissal SR Tendulkar lbw b Mendis 14 26 22 1 0 63.63
34.5 Tendulkar has asked for the review for the lbw decision. What drama here! He didn't pick the googly. He leaned forward and padded it away! It landed just outside the off stump and hit him in front of off and middle and on the knee roll. That looks out. Decison pending. And the verdict is OUT. The two-fingered googly has done the trick. Mendis has the record for the bowler who has taken most number of wickets in a three-match debut series. Past Alec Bedser. And what''s more this is the first time he has picked Tendulkar's wicket. The middle-finger mystery continues to taunt and tease the Indians. Where is Hercule Poirot? 131/5
VVS Laxman not out 61 193 157 3 0 38.85
View dismissal A Kumble* lbw b Muralitharan 9 21 15 1 0 60.00
75.5 Kumble has asked for the Review for the lbw decision. It landed on the off stump, turned in to hit the inner half of the front pad before it went to the bat. He was struck in front of off and middle. Looks out, even though he had stretched well forward. Decision still pending. And the verdict is ... OUT. Both teams have exhausted their reviews now. Kumble walks off, shaking his head. Virtual eye suggests it would have taken out the middle and the leg bail. 229/7
View dismissal Harbhajan Singh lbw b Vaas 26 32 32 5 0 81.25
84.6 Swing is king. The inswing has done the job. It landed on a length on the middle stump line, curved in to beat the prod - he was on the back foot - and hit him plumb in front. Vaas who didn't have much to do with the ball so far has struck. 266/8
View dismissal Z Khan run out (Samaraweera) 0 8 7 0 0 0.00
86.4 from Vaas, Zaheer is run out. Laxman is being stranded by his partners. He is playing a great fighting knock with a twisted ankle but some one has to stay with him. Zaheer had pushed to mid-off where Samaraweera misfielded and Zaheer didn't respect the old adage -never run on a misfield - and was surprised as Samaraweera recovered quickly to fire in a direct hit at the non-striker's end. 268/9
View dismissal I Sharma c Warnapura b Muralitharan 0 5 5 0 0 0.00
87.5 And India end up on 268. Ishant flicks the off break on the middle and leg line to leg gully stationed behind him. Laxman remains not out on 61 and Sri Lanka need 122 to win. 268/10
Extras (b 5, lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 11
  Total (all out; 87.5 overs; 345 mins) 268 (3.05 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket WPUJC Vaas 5 0 20 1 4.00 20 3 0
84.6 to Harbhajan Singh, Swing is king. The inswing has done the job. It landed on a length on the middle stump line, curved in to beat the prod - he was on the back foot - and hit him plumb in front. Vaas who didn't have much to do with the ball so far has struck. 266/8
View wickets KTGD Prasad 11 0 60 2 5.45 40 9 0 (1nb, 2w)
10.4 to Sehwag, caught! Huge Huge wicket! Sehwag cuts a good length ball hard from just outside his off stump, he hits it well but the ball flies at catchable height towards Samaraweera who dives to his left at gully and pulls off a sharp catch 62/1
12.2 to Gambhir, Dammika takes out the off stump. It landed short of length and moved outside off stump and Gambhir went for the pull and got a inside edge to his stumps. Timber! Dammika stops in his followthrough, gets his index finger near his mouth to signal 'shsssh silence!' to the crowd that has exploded. Great scenes here for the hosts. The dashing openers are back to the pavilion. . Gambhir had gone on the front foot and then tried to shift his weight back but too late. Gone! SRT has not come in, Sourav Ganguly has walked out 65/2
View wickets M Muralitharan 37.5 4 99 3 2.61 164 6 1
27.4 to Ganguly, Ganguly has asked for review for the lbw decision. It landed on the middle stump line and straightened to miss Ganguly's attempted sweep and struck him low in front of the middle. It looks out,even though he had stretched well forward. Decision still pending. And the verdict is OUT. Murali bowled the doosra from over the wicket and it straightened after landing. The virtual eye suggests it would have hit the top of the middle stump. 108/3
75.5 to Kumble, Kumble has asked for the Review for the lbw decision. It landed on the off stump, turned in to hit the inner half of the front pad before it went to the bat. He was struck in front of off and middle. Looks out, even though he had stretched well forward. Decision still pending. And the verdict is ... OUT. Both teams have exhausted their reviews now. Kumble walks off, shaking his head. Virtual eye suggests it would have taken out the middle and the leg bail. 229/7
87.5 to Sharma, And India end up on 268. Ishant flicks the off break on the middle and leg line to leg gully stationed behind him. Laxman remains not out on 61 and Sri Lanka need 122 to win. 268/10
View wickets BAW Mendis 34 7 81 3 2.38 155 9 0
28.1 to Patel, Mendis has taken out Parthiv Patel. It landed on a length around leg stump line, skidded towards off. Patel intervened in front of middle but with his pad, bat adjacent to the pad. The umpire reckons it would have hit the off stump. Patel has a word with Dravid, they decide against going for the review and he walks off. the virtual eye shows that it would have hit the off stump. Enter Tendulkar. 109/4
34.5 to Tendulkar, Tendulkar has asked for the review for the lbw decision. What drama here! He didn't pick the googly. He leaned forward and padded it away! It landed just outside the off stump and hit him in front of off and middle and on the knee roll. That looks out. Decison pending. And the verdict is OUT. The two-fingered googly has done the trick. Mendis has the record for the bowler who has taken most number of wickets in a three-match debut series. Past Alec Bedser. And what''s more this is the first time he has picked Tendulkar's wicket. The middle-finger mystery continues to taunt and tease the Indians. Where is Hercule Poirot? 131/5
70.1 to Dravid, flat delivery from round the wicket, pitched on and around the off stump and turning away a touch. Its the perfect length, Dravid is sucked forward into the defensive prod, edge is taken and Jayawardene at first slip takes a sharp catch. That's the end of that. Dravid waited for a few seconds to make sure whether the catch was clean before he walked off. 216/6
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings (target: 122 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MG Vandort b Harbhajan Singh 8 8 7 2 0 114.28
1.4 A ripper of a arm-ball from round the stumps cleans him up. It landed on a length, the ball hastens off the track and Vandort goes back, tries to stab it but can't put bat to ball. Beaten for pace. Harbhajan pumps his fist in celebration 11/1
SM Warnapura not out 54 135 99 5 0 54.54
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Gambhir b Khan 4 23 8 0 0 50.00
6.3 Big wicket. Sanga is gone for four. It was full in length, outside off stump line and Sangakkara checked his off drive and to his horror, it went straight to mid-off. 22/2
DPMD Jayawardene* not out 50 103 85 3 0 58.82
Extras (b 4, lb 3) 7
  Total (2 wickets; 33.1 overs; 135 mins) 123 (3.70 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wicket Z Khan 6 1 22 1 3.66 27 4 0
6.3 to Sangakkara, Big wicket. Sanga is gone for four. It was full in length, outside off stump line and Sangakkara checked his off drive and to his horror, it went straight to mid-off. 22/2
View wicket Harbhajan Singh 14 2 44 1 3.14 58 3 0
1.4 to Vandort, A ripper of a arm-ball from round the stumps cleans him up. It landed on a length, the ball hastens off the track and Vandort goes back, tries to stab it but can't put bat to ball. Beaten for pace. Harbhajan pumps his fist in celebration 11/1
  A Kumble 10 2 34 0 3.40 38 2 0
  V Sehwag 3 0 12 0 4.00 10 0 0
  SC Ganguly 0.1 0 4 0 24.00 0 1 0

Match details


Toss - India, who chose to bat
Series - Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 2-1
Test debut - KTGD Prasad (Sri Lanka)
Player of the match - KC Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Player of the series - BAW Mendis (Sri Lanka)
Umpires - MR Benson (England) and RE Koertzen (South Africa)
TV umpire - BR Doctrove (West Indies)
Match referee - AG Hurst (Australia)
Reserve umpire - SSK Gallage
Close of play
  • Fri, 8 Aug - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 14/1 (MG Vandort 3*, WPUJC Vaas 0*, 8 ov)
  • Sat, 9 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 251/6 (KC Sangakkara 107*, HAPW Jayawardene 1*, 92 ov)
  • Sun, 10 Aug - day 3 - India 2nd innings 161/5 (R Dravid 46*, VVS Laxman 17*, 45 ov)
  • Mon, 11 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 123/2 (33.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • India: 50 runs in 6.5 overs (42 balls), Extras 8
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 42 balls (G Gambhir 22, V Sehwag 21, Ex 8)
    • Drinks: India - 64/1 in 12.0 overs (G Gambhir 29, R Dravid 6)
    • G Gambhir: 50 off 58 balls (9 x 4)
    • India: 100 runs in 20.2 overs (123 balls), Extras 8
    • 11:47 local time: Over 18.3 Sri Lanka's first review - successful
    • 12:07 local time: Over 22.1 India's first review - unsuccessful
    • Lunch: India - 104/3 in 24.0 overs (G Gambhir 57, SC Ganguly 2)
    • India: 150 runs in 39.3 overs (238 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: India - 151/4 in 39.5 overs (G Gambhir 71)
    • 14:10 local time: Over 42.1 Sri Lanka's second review - successful
    • Tea: India - 190/6 in 54.3 overs (PA Patel 11)
    • 15:18 local time: Over 56.1 India's second review - unsuccessful
    • India: 200 runs in 61.6 overs (373 balls), Extras 12
    • Drinks: India - 230/9 in 74.0 overs (I Sharma 10, Z Khan 20)
    • 10th Wicket: 50 runs in 120 balls (I Sharma 17, Z Khan 32, Ex 2)
    • Innings Break: India - 249/10 in 80.0 overs (I Sharma 17)
    • Sri Lanka 1st innings
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 14/1 in 8.0 overs (MG Vandort 3, WPUJC Vaas 0)
    • 13:23 local time: Over 44.4 Sri Lanka's first review - successful
    • 17:04 local time: Over 88.3 Sri Lanka 4th review - unsuccessful
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 18.1 overs (109 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 56/2 in 21.0 overs (WPUJC Vaas 19, KC Sangakkara 9)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 79 balls (WPUJC Vaas 22, KC Sangakkara 26, Ex 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 31.5 overs (191 balls), Extras 8
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 114/2 in 36.0 overs (WPUJC Vaas 39, KC Sangakkara 45)
    • KC Sangakkara: 50 off 79 balls (6 x 4)
    • 13:23 local time: Over 44.4 Sri Lanka's first review - successful
    • 13:47 local time: Over 49.1 Sri Lanka's second review - unsuccessful
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 144/4 in 51.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 60, TT Samaraweera 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 55.5 overs (337 balls), Extras 11
    • 14:18 Local time: Over 56.6 India first review - unsuccessful
    • 14:34 local time: Over 60.2 Sri Lanka's third review - successful
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 175/4 in 66.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 72, TT Samaraweera 21)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 137 balls (KC Sangakkara 19, TT Samaraweera 29, Ex 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 73.3 overs (444 balls), Extras 12
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 206/5 in 78.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 86, TM Dilshan 2)
    • KC Sangakkara: 100 off 212 balls (11 x 4)
    • 17:04 local time: Over 886 Sri Lanka 4th review - unsuccessful
    • 17:04 local time: Over 88.3 Sri Lanka 4th review - unsuccessful
    • 17:09 local time: Over 89.1 Sri Lanka 5th review - successful
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 91.3 overs (552 balls), Extras 14
    • Bad Light: Sri Lanka - 251/6 in 92.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 107, HAPW Jayawardene 1)
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 251/6 in 92.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 107, HAPW Jayawardene 1)
    • New Ball Taken: Sri Lanka 285/6 after 104.1 overs (KC Sangakkara 129, HAPW Jayawardene 13)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 103 balls (KC Sangakkara 29, HAPW Jayawardene 22, Ex 0)
    • Sri Lanka: 300 runs in 106.1 overs (640 balls), Extras 14
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 300/6 in 107.0 overs (KC Sangakkara 131, HAPW Jayawardene 26)
    • Sri Lanka: 350 runs in 119.3 overs (720 balls), Extras 19
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 352/7 in 120.0 overs (HAPW Jayawardene 44, KTGD Prasad 16)
    • 13:27 local time: Over 127.2 India second review - unsuccessful
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 396/9 in 133.5 overs (BAW Mendis 17)
    • Innings Break: Sri Lanka - 396/10 in 134.2 overs (M Muralitharan 0)
    • India 2nd innings
    • India: 50 runs in 7.5 overs (49 balls), Extras 3
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 49 balls (G Gambhir 23, V Sehwag 24, Ex 3)
    • Tea: India - 57/0 in 9.0 overs (G Gambhir 24, V Sehwag 30)
    • India: 100 runs in 23.2 overs (143 balls), Extras 4
    • Drinks: India - 103/2 in 25.0 overs (R Dravid 22, SC Ganguly 17)
    • 16:25 local time: Over 26.6 Sri lanka's first review - unsuccessful
    • 16:32 local time: Over 27.4 India's first review - unsuccessful
    • 16:56 local time: Over 33.3 Sri Lanka's second review - unsuccessful
    • 16:59 local time: Over 33.4 Sri Lanka's third review - unsuccessful
    • 17:04 local: over 34.5 India second review - unsuccessful
    • India: 150 runs in 42.1 overs (256 balls), Extras 5
    • End Of Day: India - 161/5 in 45.0 overs (R Dravid 46, VVS Laxman 17)
    • R Dravid: 50 off 96 balls (5 x 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 130 balls (R Dravid 24, VVS Laxman 25, Ex 1)
    • India: 200 runs in 59.5 overs (362 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: India - 203/5 in 62.0 overs (R Dravid 61, VVS Laxman 40)
    • VVS Laxman: 50 off 123 balls (3 x 4)
    • 12:06 local time: Over 75.5 India's third review - unsuccessful
    • Lunch: India - 238/7 in 78.0 overs (VVS Laxman 50, Harbhajan Singh 9)
    • India: 250 runs in 80.4 overs (487 balls), Extras 9
    • New Ball Taken: India 265/7 after 84.1 overs (VVS Laxman 59, Harbhajan Singh 26)
    • Innings Break: India - 268/10 in 87.5 overs (VVS Laxman 61)
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • 14:11 local time 5.5 over India's first review - unsuccessful
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 45/2 in 17.0 overs (SM Warnapura 20, DPMD Jayawardene 10)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 19.3 overs (117 balls), Extras 3
    • 15:47 local time: Over 25.5 India's second review - unsuccessful
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 119 balls (SM Warnapura 24, DPMD Jayawardene 27, Ex 2)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 30.1 overs (181 balls), Extras 3
    • 16:08 local time: Over 30.2 India's third review - unsuccessful
    • BSM Warnapura: 50 off 92 balls (5 x 4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene: 50 off 85 balls (3 x 4)
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 160 balls (SM Warnapura 45, DPMD Jayawardene 50, Ex 6)
 
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