ICC World Cup, 1999 / Commentary

ICC World Cup - 21st match, Group A

India v Sri Lanka

India won by 157 runs

the news from Somerset is that Sri Lanka have won the toss and have sent India into bat Sri Lanka are unchanged, whilst India make a couple of adjustments. Mongia is injured and it's assume Dravid will keep. Kumble, Singh and Prasad in. Chopra and the irreplacable Agarkar are out. Chaminda will be the opening bowler

0.1

Vaas to Ramesh, no run, pushed towards the covers for the first ball of the match

0.2

Vaas to Ramesh, 1 run, finding the gap in the covers this time

0.3

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, off the off stump and behind the corner

0.4

Vaas to Ramesh, FOUR, quick down the leg side, excellent flick shot, clipped in front of the forward square leg

0.5

Vaas to Ramesh, OUT, brilliant ball, pitching on the off stump and then straighening down the line, Ramesh is defending off the middle stump, but the ball misses the outside edge and clips the top off the off stump

S Ramesh b Vaas 5 (3m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

wonderful bowling an overlong break for the new batsman

0.6

Vaas to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump, the keeper raises the bat and lets it pass

End of over 1 (6 runs) India 6/1
R Dravid    0* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-6-1
SC Ganguly    1* (1b)     

1.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, just tucking it off the off stump and working it on the on side

1.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 wide, way outside the off stump, thru to the keeper

1.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, 2 runs, working it forward of the square leg, soft pull

1.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, wide of the off stump, but a little inswing, Ganguly with the joke of a shot, dabbing a drive at it wide of the body, missing

1.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 no ball, poked from wide of the off stump and to the backward point

1.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, defending down the off side, mid off gathers

1.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, playing across the line, straight to the square leg

1.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, flapping a cover drive at it and missing, the man who can't grow a moustache is off to a very scratchy start. He's been in poor form since making the 97 against South Africa

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 10/1
SC Ganguly    3* (8b)      KEA Upashantha    1-0-4-0
R Dravid    0* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-6-1

2.1

Vaas to Dravid, no run, another great ball, pitching on the leg stump and then seaming in into the pads, big appeal, but actually seaming so much it was going to miss leg stump

2.2

Vaas to Dravid, 2 runs, pushing on the on side, but everything Aravinda touches in this World Cup turns to mud, he has a needless ping at the bowler's end and concedes the overthrow

2.3

Vaas to Dravid, no run

2.4

Vaas to Dravid, no run, tapping towards the covers

2.5

Vaas to Dravid, no run, seaming in down the line of the off stump, into the thigh, big appeal for lbw, but too high

Vaas is having a riot of a time out there

2.6

Vaas to Dravid, 1 no ball, tapping on the on side

2.6

Vaas to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump and to the keeper

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 13/1
R Dravid    2* (8b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-9-1
SC Ganguly    3* (8b)      KEA Upashantha    1-0-4-0

3.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, nothing scratchy about that shot, perfectly time flick off the toes, too quick for the forward square leg fielder

3.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, pitched up, woeful attempt at an on side, tried to meet the pitch of the ball and still missed it

3.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

3.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, defending into the off side

3.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run

3.6

Upashantha to Dravid, FOUR, driving thru the off side, very good shot, straight to the boundary

End of over 4 (9 runs) India 22/1
R Dravid    6* (9b 1x4)      KEA Upashantha    2-0-13-0
SC Ganguly    8* (13b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-9-1

4.1

Vaas to Ganguly, no run

4.2

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 no ball, trying to guide it thru the point region, but easily fielded

4.2

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, outside edge, towards the second slip, but it lands just short of the man there

4.3

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, defending onto the on side

4.4

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, pushing towards the covers, only defensive

4.5

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, leaning forward, solid defence, ball trickles onto the on side

4.6

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, well driven thru the extra cover area

Wickers comes on to replace Upashantha

End of over 5 (3 runs) India 25/1
SC Ganguly    10* (20b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-12-1
R Dravid    6* (9b 1x4)      KEA Upashantha    2-0-13-0

5.1

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, FOUR, garbage outside the off stump, real loose stuff, Dravid cracks it to the boundary

thru the covers

5.2

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, FOUR, overpitching on the leg stump, and another one, driving thru the mid on, Dotvid not living up to his nickname at all

5.3

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, some defence

5.4

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, FOUR, no defence there, Wickers pushing down leg side, Dravid helps himself to another round of four, easy flick off the pads forward of the square leg

5.5

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, leaning forward and defending on the on side, they scamper a single, great cricket

5.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 2 runs, worked thru the mid wicket, fielded just short of the fence, Dravid gets sent back from taking the 3rd

15 off the over will probably inspire another change in bowler from Ranatunga

End of over 6 (15 runs) India 40/1
SC Ganguly    12* (21b 1x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    1-0-15-0
R Dravid    19* (14b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-12-1

6.1

Vaas to Dravid, 1 wide

6.1

Vaas to Dravid, no run, defending off the off stump towards the covers

6.2

Vaas to Dravid, no run, works some defence into the covers

6.3

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, very fine glance, thru the keeper, played just short of being a caught behind

lucky shot or a good shot? you be the judge

6.4

Vaas to Dravid, no run, defending into the covers

6.5

Vaas to Dravid, 2 runs, working it thru the mid wicket, one of the infield has to chase

6.6

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, spanking shot, down the ground, even Vaas isn't immune, off drive

India getting some revenge for Kotla '96, although there's a limit to what they can do since Prabhakar isn't playing for Sri Lanka

End of over 7 (11 runs) India 51/1
R Dravid    29* (20b 6x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-23-1
SC Ganguly    12* (21b 1x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    1-0-15-0

7.1

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, dabbing the bat at it, worked down to 3rd man to give Rahul Dynamic the strike

7.2

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, bat raised, ball left to pass to the keeper

7.3

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, fending it away to the backward point Ranatunga

7.4

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, front foot forward, deflecting the ball thru the gully

7.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, driving well, to the mid off

7.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, jerky defence, mistimed enough so they can get the single to the mid wicket

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 54/1
SC Ganguly    14* (24b 1x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    2-0-18-0
R Dravid    30* (23b 6x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-23-1

8.1

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, firm defence outside the off stump and back to the bowler

8.2

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, ball keeps a little low outside the off stump, perhaps it was the leg cutter, passes harmlessly to the keeper

8.3

Vaas to Ganguly, FOUR, just a defensive tap, ball rockets off the bat down the on side

8.4

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 leg bye

8.5

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, lovely cover drive, one for the text book, the ball from Vaas however was completely different

8.6

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, on drive, Dravid is just one big bucket of shots, thru the mid wicket and over the rope, terrificly entertaining stuff

Ranatunga has left Wickramasinghe on the butcher's chopping block

End of over 9 (13 runs) India 67/1
R Dravid    38* (25b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-35-1
SC Ganguly    18* (28b 2x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    2-0-18-0

9.1

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, FOUR, delicately played forward of the point, the Britannia bat does the work

9.2

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, outside the off stump and to the keeper

9.3

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, tapping into the covers, safely covered so to speak

9.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, ball pitched up, bat raised, ball left to the keeper, I believe I heard a few people booing that shot

9.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, played direct to the cover fielder

9.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, bat/pad defence onto the off side, good over from Wickers using line and length well

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 71/1
SC Ganguly    22* (34b 3x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    3-0-22-0
R Dravid    38* (25b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-35-1

10.1

Upashantha to Dravid, no run

10.2

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, glanced away down to the fine leg

10.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, just squeezed off the leg stump, actually an attacking shot, looking for the gap but fielded by the wide mid on

10.4

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, pushing on the on side

10.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, ball is pitched up outside the off stump, bat is raised high out of the way

10.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, off drive, very nice looking shot, thru the wide mid off and to the boundary

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 78/1
SC Ganguly    27* (37b 4x4)      KEA Upashantha    3-0-20-0
R Dravid    40* (28b 8x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    3-0-22-0

11.1

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run

11.2

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run

11.3

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, first false shot of the day, trying to hit it down hard down the pitch, gets a thicked edge along the ground to the 3rd man

11.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run, tapped back to the bowler

11.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, working onto the on side, just an easy single around mid wicket

11.6

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, controlled thick edge down to the wide 3rd man

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 81/1
R Dravid    42* (32b 8x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    4-0-25-0
SC Ganguly    28* (39b 4x4)      KEA Upashantha    3-0-20-0

12.1

Upashantha to Dravid, no run

12.2

Upashantha to Dravid, FOUR, slashing cut shot, the gully dives uselessly, ball screams to the boundary

12.3

Upashantha to Dravid, no run, dabbing it into the covers

12.4

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 wide, miles outside the off stump, a Test class wide

12.4

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, worked down to Murali at mid off

12.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, chopping from outside the off stump and into the covers

12.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, awkwardly defended off the leg stump to the mid on, Ganguly often seems to fall over pitched up balls on the middle stump like that

End of over 13 (6 runs) India 87/1
SC Ganguly    28* (41b 4x4)      KEA Upashantha    4-0-26-0
R Dravid    47* (36b 9x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    4-0-25-0

13.1

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, outswinger, and it just kept swinging, somehow the umpire saw fit not to call that wide

13.2

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, into the off side

13.3

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 2 runs, waving the bat at it, flicking the ball thru the backward point

el cheapo Britannia sticker on Dravid's bat needs some running repairs with sticky tape

13.4

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run

13.5

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, defending the off side of the pitch

13.6

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, just 2 off the over, Wickers bowling nice and tightly after his erratic start

Match State: Drinks

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 89/1
R Dravid    49* (42b 9x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    5-0-27-0
SC Ganguly    28* (41b 4x4)      KEA Upashantha    4-0-26-0

14.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

14.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, poking away on the off side

14.3

Upashantha to Dravid, FOUR, crashing it thru the covers to bring up a fine 50 off 43 balls, 10x4 0x6

14.4

Upashantha to Dravid, no run

14.5

Upashantha to Dravid, no run, tight defence onto the on side

14.6

Upashantha to Dravid, no run, poking it away on the on side, Upashantha did his best to limit the damage

the 15 is up, and on comes Murali

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 94/1
R Dravid    53* (46b 10x4)      KEA Upashantha    5-0-31-0
SC Ganguly    29* (43b 4x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    5-0-27-0

15.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, outside the off stump, poked away on the on side, straight of the mid on

15.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, turning it off the pads, direct to th short fine leg

15.3

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, again to the short fine leg, clipping it off the toes

15.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, jumping forward and defending on the on side

15.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, turning it around the corner, that short fine leg guy runs in to gather it

15.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

and a pretty tame over from the batsmen

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 96/1
SC Ganguly    30* (45b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-0
R Dravid    54* (50b 10x4)      KEA Upashantha    5-0-31-0

16.1

Upashantha to Dravid, 2 runs, beautiful square cut shot, Jaya Mark II zooms out of nowhere and stops it with his foot just short of the fence

16.2

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, another spanking cut shot, the backward point fields very well and deflects the ball to the cover area

16.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, just a little bit of dabbed defence outside the off stump

16.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, into the leg stump, ball dribbles away behind square on the off side

16.5

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run

16.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, just a defensive prod towards the empty cover point area

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 102/1
SC Ganguly    32* (48b 4x4)      KEA Upashantha    6-0-37-0
R Dravid    58* (53b 10x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-2-0

17.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, soft defence into the covers

17.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, Murali around the wicket, giving it lots of air, ball defended down the wicket

17.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, cutting to the point area

17.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, thrusts the pad forward at a ball heading down the leg side

17.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, pushing thru and around the extra cover area

17.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, angled bat deflects it to the backward point area

End of over 18 (1 run) India 103/1
R Dravid    58* (54b 10x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-3-0
SC Ganguly    33* (53b 4x4)      KEA Upashantha    6-0-37-0

18.1

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run, just defensive, trying to judge what Mahela's bowling is all about

18.2

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, tapping it into the covers, quick single taken

18.3

Jayawardene to Dravid, 1 run, waves the bat at it, played thru the covers into the deep, but only the single on offer

18.4

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run, driven direct to the family size captain at mid on

18.5

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run

18.6

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, clipped forwar dof the square leg to bring up the 100 partnership, clapity clap clap

End of over 19 (3 runs) India 106/1
SC Ganguly    35* (58b 4x4)      DPMD Jayawardene    1-0-3-0
R Dravid    59* (55b 10x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-3-0

19.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

19.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run

19.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, guided down to the long off, the batting has gone all tedious in the past 5 or so overs

19.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, turning it around the corner but there's a man there

19.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, dabbing it to the covers, but they don't take the run

19.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, pushed on the on side, towards the square leg, still no run

tight bowling and tight fielding will begin to frustrate these two soon

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 109/1
R Dravid    60* (59b 10x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-6-0
SC Ganguly    37* (60b 4x4)      DPMD Jayawardene    1-0-3-0

20.1

Jayawardene to Ganguly, FOUR, but not frustrated enough to play th eeasy cover drive off the poor ball outsid ethe off stump, smooth shot

20.2

Jayawardene to Ganguly, no run, dabbed on the off side

20.3

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, played down to the mid on, they grab a single

20.4

Jayawardene to Dravid, 2 runs, good drive off the pads, fielded at deep forward square leg

20.5

Jayawardene to Dravid, 1 run, pushing into the off side, another single

20.6

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, to the wide mid on, another single

woohoo, Ganguly drops his dacks to show us the latest in Victoria's Secret Jock Straps and his adds or changes the thigh guard at the same time

End of over 21 (9 runs) India 118/1
SC Ganguly    43* (64b 5x4)      DPMD Jayawardene    2-0-12-0
R Dravid    63* (61b 10x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-6-0

21.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, pushing towards the covers

21.2

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, sweeping outside the leg stump, misses and goes all bohemian by falling and laying on the ground

21.3

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

21.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, FOUR, stepping back and gliding a late cut thru the gully, very good shot

21.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, clipping to the square leg, Ganguly sends him back, he has to lunge, a direct hit may have caused a ruffle in the feathers

21.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 123/1
R Dravid    67* (66b 11x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-11-0
SC Ganguly    44* (65b 5x4)      DPMD Jayawardene    2-0-12-0

22.1

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, driving down to the wide mid off

22.2

Jayawardene to Dravid, 1 run

22.3

Jayawardene to Ganguly, FOUR

22.4

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, easy drive to the long off to bring up the 50, off 68 balls, 6x4 0x6

22.5

Jayawardene to Dravid, 1 run, tapping towards the mid wicket

22.6

Jayawardene to Ganguly, 1 run, tapping thru the cover point, runs off every ball that over, Mahela really doesn't provide a challenge

End of over 23 (9 runs) India 132/1
SC Ganguly    51* (69b 6x4)      DPMD Jayawardene    3-0-21-0
R Dravid    69* (68b 11x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-11-0

23.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, pushed into the cover

23.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, defends off the middle and off short of the covers

23.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, short steps down the pitch, only to defend, any NEgland batsman would be proud of that effort

23.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

23.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, some mroe defence outside the off stump

23.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, easily glided drive to the long off

I'm sure Ranatunga could do with a few more of these Murali chaps the original model replaces the new model, Jaya Mark I on for Jaya Mark II

End of over 24 (1 run) India 133/1
SC Ganguly    52* (75b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-12-0
R Dravid    69* (68b 11x4)      DPMD Jayawardene    3-0-21-0

24.1

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 2 runs, easily worked thru the forward square leg, good running which, despite the score, we've seen little of

24.2

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, FOUR, lofting way over the square leg, Ganguly coming down the pitch and pulling, is it heading for a 6 or 4 or a catch, somehow beats the fielder, one bounce into the fence, Shep isn't fooled by the clowns in the crowd signalling 6

24.3

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, no run

24.4

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run

24.5

Jayasuriya to Dravid, no run

24.6

Jayasuriya to Dravid, 2 runs

End of over 25 (9 runs) India 142/1
R Dravid    71* (70b 11x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-9-0
SC Ganguly    59* (79b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-12-0

25.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

25.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, dabbing it onto the on side, keeper fields

25.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

25.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, lofted in the air over the wide mid off area, one bounce to the long off

not the bets shot, mishitting after coming down the wicket long delay whilst we check if Ganguly is run out

25.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, 2 runs, onto the on side behind square, square to Murali, should've been a run out but he dropped the ball, Ganguly survives the trial by video

25.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

End of over 26 (3 runs) India 145/1
R Dravid    73* (72b 11x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-15-0
SC Ganguly    60* (83b 7x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-9-0

26.1

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run, gliding it just forward of square

26.2

Jayasuriya to Dravid, 2 runs, cut shot, just forward of the point, not timed perfectly

26.3

Jayasuriya to Dravid, 3 runs, hit harder and placed better, the deep fielder has to run to run further harder and longer, they get a triple

26.4

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run

26.5

Jayasuriya to Dravid, no run, full follow through in the cover drive, but direct to Mahanama in the covers

26.6

Jayasuriya to Dravid, 2 runs, squeezing it behind the square leg, another typical expensive Sri Lankan over

End of over 27 (9 runs) India 154/1
R Dravid    80* (76b 11x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-18-0
SC Ganguly    62* (85b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-15-0

27.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, defending on the off side

27.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, FOUR, coming down the pitch, lofting over the cover point, great fielding by the slapstick Upshantha in the deep, falling over the top of the ball and letting it pass to the boundary

27.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

27.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run

27.5

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run

27.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, squeezing it out to the point area

End of over 28 (6 runs) India 160/1
SC Ganguly    67* (89b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-21-0
R Dravid    81* (78b 11x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-18-0

28.1

Vaas to Dravid, no run, playing and missing outside the off stump, trying to slash it thru the covers

28.2

Vaas to Dravid, no run

28.3

Vaas to Dravid, 1 run

28.4

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, dabbing onto the on side, they grab a single thru the mid wicket

28.5

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, a lovely serving of tripe from vaas, short and aimed at the waist, Dravid hammers a pull shot thru forward square leg

28.6

Vaas to Dravid, 2 runs

End of over 29 (8 runs) India 168/1
R Dravid    88* (83b 12x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-43-1
SC Ganguly    68* (90b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-21-0

29.1

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run, the man with the mouldy touch, de Silva is brought on, you could say he's been chosen as a bowling allrounder, excpet his bowling has been worse than his batting

29.2

de Silva to Dravid, no run

29.3

de Silva to Dravid, 1 run

29.4

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, defending back to the bowler again

29.5

de Silva to Ganguly, no run

29.6

de Silva to Ganguly, 2 runs, playing thru the covers

End of over 30 (4 runs) India 172/1
SC Ganguly    71* (94b 8x4)      PA de Silva    1-0-4-0
R Dravid    89* (85b 12x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-43-1

30.1

Vaas to Dravid, no run, easily played into the covers

30.2

Vaas to Dravid, no run, big runup for Vaas, winds up, delivers outside the off stump, ball is defended into the covers

30.3

Vaas to Dravid, no run, mistimed defensive chop down to the mid off

30.4

Vaas to Dravid, 1 run, controlled shot off the outside edge down to the wide 3rd man

30.5

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, jumping abck from it, driven hard to the mid off

30.6

Vaas to Ganguly, FOUR, cut shot, top edge flies away wide of the 3rd man, Ganguly showing he can play the Sri Lankan shots as well as the classy shots

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 177/1
SC Ganguly    75* (96b 9x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-48-1
R Dravid    90* (89b 12x4)      PA de Silva    1-0-4-0

31.1

de Silva to Dravid, 1 run, hit hard down to the long off, Vaas doesn't field cleanly

31.2

de Silva to Ganguly, SIX, massive shot, one step down the pitch and lofts it way over the long on fence and onto the roof of some poxy Taunton stand, I give that one 6 thumbs up

funnily enough, Dravid seemed happier with that shot than Ganguly, who couldn't even afford a smile another highlight in de Silva's 1999 World Cup

31.3

de Silva to Ganguly, no run

31.4

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, defending into the off side

31.5

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, defends on the off side

31.6

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, played off the stumps and back to the bowler

Match State: Drinks Sri Lanka blowing apart the theory that you should be careful with the wides and no balls in order to restrict the opposition to a low score

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 184/1
SC Ganguly    81* (101b 9x4 1x6)      PA de Silva    2-0-11-0
R Dravid    91* (90b 12x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-48-1

32.1

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, tapping onto the off side

32.2

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, driving down to Eric at mid on

32.3

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, clubbed down to the long off, fielded on the bounce

32.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, carved thru the cover point, fielded in the deep

32.5

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, poking straight on the on side, they grab a single whilst the mid on runs around

32.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, driving thru the mid off and down to the deep fielder, a very nondescript over

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 188/1
SC Ganguly    83* (103b 9x4 1x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    6-0-31-0
R Dravid    93* (94b 12x4)      PA de Silva    2-0-11-0

33.1

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run, poking it thru the covers, another single

33.2

de Silva to Dravid, no run, stepping back, cutting of fthe stumps to Eric in the covers

33.3

de Silva to Dravid, 1 run, into the covers again

33.4

de Silva to Ganguly, no run, worked away on the off side, covers take it

33.5

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run, easy single down to the long off

33.6

de Silva to Dravid, 1 run, same place, but it's the right hander's long on, a fascinating over from straight balls from de Silva

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 192/1
R Dravid    95* (97b 12x4)      PA de Silva    3-0-15-0
SC Ganguly    85* (106b 9x4 1x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    6-0-31-0

34.1

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, leg glance, fine leg fields, ho hum

34.2

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, FOUR, a couple of steps down the pitch and bangulied over the bowlers head and into the fence

34.3

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, no run

34.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run

34.5

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, flicked in front of the square leg

34.6

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, FOUR, glanced off the legs, India looking for yet another ODI partnership record, ball goes down to the long leg boundary

the race for the ton is on

End of over 35 (11 runs) India 203/1
SC Ganguly    94* (110b 11x4 1x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    7-0-42-0
R Dravid    97* (99b 12x4)      PA de Silva    3-0-15-0

35.1

de Silva to Dravid, 2 runs, flicked square, to the deep fielder

35.2

de Silva to Dravid, no run, pushed into the covers

35.3

de Silva to Dravid, 1 run, an dthis is getting to he a habit, pushed to the long off to bring up a marvellous hundred, 102 balls, 12x4 0x6

35.4

de Silva to Ganguly, 1 run

35.5

de Silva to Dravid, 2 runs, late cut behind square to continues the adventure ever onwards

35.6

de Silva to Dravid, 1 wide, down the leg side, Dravid misisng the sweep

35.6

de Silva to Dravid, 1 run, pushing thru the covers, picking the gap

End of over 36 (8 runs) India 211/1
R Dravid    103* (104b 12x4)      PA de Silva    4-0-23-0
SC Ganguly    95* (111b 11x4 1x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    7-0-42-0

36.1

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump to Arjuna at cover

36.2

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run, cruddy cut shot, bottom edges into the ground

36.3

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, 1 run, flicked around behind square

36.4

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, outside the off stump, very good drive thru the covers and into the deep, but there's a fielder there

36.5

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, no run

36.6

Wickramasinghe to Dravid, FOUR, throwing the bat at it, lofted on drive, bounce well short of the rope, but bounces high off the practice pitches and over it goes

End of over 37 (6 runs) India 217/1
R Dravid    108* (109b 13x4)      GP Wickramasinghe    8-0-48-0
SC Ganguly    96* (112b 11x4 1x6)      PA de Silva    4-0-23-0

37.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, sent down the leg side, Ganguly sweeping but only jagging a bottom edge onto it to the short fien leg

37.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

37.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run, back foot drive to the backward point

37.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

37.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, leaning back and clubbed from outside the off stump, thru the cover into the deep

37.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, SIX, wonderful shot, just a flick over the covers, the ball just flew into the stands

End of over 38 (7 runs) India 224/1
R Dravid    114* (110b 13x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    8-0-28-0
SC Ganguly    97* (117b 11x4 1x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    8-0-48-0

38.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, poking it down the on side, gathered by the long on

38.2

Upashantha to Dravid, no run, squeezed to the point, they had an hour to take a single, but not taken

38.3

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, lofted over the mid off, down into the deep

38.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, 2 runs, played forward of square, they manage a double into the deep, and a ton fro Ganguly, 119 balls, 11x4 1x6

38.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

38.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 wide, and a wide, go Eric! India need all the help they can get for this pidldy target they'll be setting

38.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, sliding off the face of the bat and thru the covers

End of over 39 (6 runs) India 230/1
SC Ganguly    101* (121b 11x4 1x6)      KEA Upashantha    7-0-43-0
R Dravid    115* (112b 13x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    8-0-28-0

39.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, FOUR, jumping down the pitch, lofted over the covers, the senses get a bit dulled after watching this many boundaries

39.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side, top spinner

39.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, SIX, big big shot, he slides down the pitch and dispatches it into the river for a chilly English summer dip

39.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

39.4

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 leg bye

39.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run

39.6

Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run

End of over 40 (15 runs) India 245/1
R Dravid    116* (114b 13x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    9-0-42-0
SC Ganguly    113* (125b 12x4 2x6)      KEA Upashantha    7-0-43-0

40.1

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run

40.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run

40.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, easily played down to the long on, crowd start to whistle

40.4

Upashantha to Dravid, 2 runs, deflected behind point, 3rd man has to run around

40.5

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 leg bye, missing some sort of awkward flick, bounces off the thigh and to the keeper's right

40.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, full toss speared at the off stump, Ganguly stone walls it down to the long off

End of over 41 (6 runs) India 251/1
SC Ganguly    115* (128b 12x4 2x6)      KEA Upashantha    8-0-48-0
R Dravid    119* (117b 13x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    9-0-42-0

41.1

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

41.2

Muralitharan to Ganguly, SIX, one step down the pitch, easy as you like, pulled way over the long on, they're going to have to change the laws if this keeps going

41.3

Muralitharan to Ganguly, FOUR, sick ball misdirected down the leg side, Ganguly helps it past the short fine leg

41.4

Muralitharan to Ganguly, no run

41.5

Muralitharan to Ganguly, SIX, another simple step down the wicket, lofted over the sightscreen and into the Ian Botham Stand

41.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 wide, and down the leg side, Murali just can't cut it for a break

41.6

Muralitharan to Ganguly, 1 run, pushing thru the mid wicket

End of over 42 (18 runs) India 269/1
SC Ganguly    132* (134b 13x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    10-0-60-0
R Dravid    119* (117b 13x4 1x6)      KEA Upashantha    8-0-48-0

42.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, and that breaks the world record for the 2nd wicket in ODIs, Aamer and Inzamam v NZ at Sharjah 1993/94

42.2

Upashantha to Dravid, FOUR, swiping outside the off stump, top edge off the bat and the ball runs fine of 3rd man, a divine partnership blessed by the deities surely (and I don't mean SRT)

42.3

Upashantha to Dravid, (no ball) 2 runs, thru the covers

42.3

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run

42.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, slow outside the off stump, playing and missing!

42.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, 1 run, a poor shot! what a novel concept, bottom edge bounces down to the long on

42.6

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, guided thru the covers, a mere single there

only 92 runs off the past 10 overs, time for India to pick up the pace I think Murali says Halleluah, as his quota his full

End of over 43 (11 runs) India 280/1
R Dravid    127* (121b 14x4 1x6)      KEA Upashantha    9-0-59-0
SC Ganguly    134* (137b 13x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    10-0-60-0

43.1

Vaas to Dravid, 2 runs, down to the 3rd man, where Wickers misfields and allows the second, what a team

43.2

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, smack! over the mid on and down to the fence, too straigth and too fast for the long on

43.3

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, lofted over the point, chance for a catch? dropped? thru the fielder anything for a much needed four

43.4

Vaas to Dravid, 1 run

Vaas looks to have just given up

43.5

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, around the wicket, guided to the deep mid wicket

43.6

Vaas to Dravid, FOUR, lofted on the on side, it's in the air! Mahanama is running around in the deep, could this be out? could the Lankans get a break? 4 runs!

End of over 44 (16 runs) India 296/1
R Dravid    142* (126b 17x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-64-1
SC Ganguly    135* (138b 13x4 4x6)      KEA Upashantha    9-0-59-0

44.1

Upashantha to Ganguly, no run, a dot! a magnificent dot! to the mid wicket

44.2

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, lofted in the air, Wickers is under it, looking good for the catch, should be eay, DROPPED, into the fence

44.3

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, sliced thru the point, this is simply a joke

44.4

Upashantha to Ganguly, FOUR, over the bowler's head, into the long on fence, boring

44.5

Upashantha to Ganguly, SIX, oh please, pulling way over the mid wicket to bring up his 150

44.6

Upashantha to Ganguly, (no ball) 1 run, a glorious single, stroked ever so smoothly into the covers

unbelievable, a real sadist has written this script

44.6

Upashantha to Dravid, 1 run, played straight onto the on side, who needs Prabhakar when you have Upashantha

End of over 45 (21 runs) India 317/1
R Dravid    143* (127b 17x4 1x6)      KEA Upashantha    10-0-80-0
SC Ganguly    154* (144b 16x4 5x6)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-64-1

45.1

Vaas to Dravid, (no ball) 1 run, guiding it behind the point

45.1

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, someone needs to investigate this, simple running catch for Murali running in from wide long on, DROPPED

45.2

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run

45.3

Vaas to Dravid, 1 run, down to the long off

45.4

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, OUT, swiping it thru the mid wicket, Murali fields with his knees, confusingly wearing Wickers shirt, pings it to the bowler's end, TV called, direct hit ends the madness

R Dravid run out 145 (179m 129b 17x4 1x6) SR: 112.40

what an amazing partnership SRT comes to the crease, if he has any sense of the stage and entertainment, he'll get a duck

45.5

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run

45.6

Vaas to Tendulkar, 1 run, easy shot down to the mid off, SRT already dragging the run rate down

End of over 46 (9 runs) India 326/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    9-0-73-1
SC Ganguly    159* (148b 16x4 5x6)      KEA Upashantha    10-0-80-0

46.1

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 2 wides, flung down the leg side, can someone confirm for me that the side bowling is the defending champions?

46.1

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, SIX, lofting over the long off, another 6, Anwar's and Kirsten's records are in sight

46.2

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 1 run

46.3

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, 1 run, just a little tuck around the corner to the square leg

46.4

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, SIX, big big shot, over the long on, that ball's gone to talk in a funny accent whilst doing some shopping in downtown Taunton

46.5

Jayasuriya to Ganguly, 2 wides, and another single off a wide

46.5

Jayasuriya to Tendulkar, OUT, ever the entertainer, cleaned bowled middle stump out of the ground, Jaya puts his back into it, medium pace yorker

SR Tendulkar b Jayasuriya 2 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

46.6

Jayasuriya to Jadeja, 1 run, good on you Ajay, get a single and hog the strike

End of over 47 (19 runs) India 345/3
A Jadeja    1* (1b)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-37-1
SC Ganguly    172* (151b 16x4 7x6)      WPUJC Vaas    9-0-73-1

47.1

Wickramasinghe to Jadeja, 2 runs, pulled down to the long on, Ajay cleans up Kalu after taking the second, but they both smile

47.2

Wickramasinghe to Jadeja, 2 runs, straight drive, both deep fielders are on hold to gather it in

47.3

Wickramasinghe to Jadeja, OUT, straight drive, straight back to the bowler that is, India collapsing, they look in trouble

A Jadeja c & b Wickramasinghe 5 (15m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

we need a good stabilising 2 (10) from teh captain but no! Singh is elevated

47.4

Wickramasinghe to Singh, OUT, clap clap clap, marvellous stuff from Robin, pull shot, top edge, down the throat of the mid wicket, never mind, I'm sure he can blame the demons in the pitch

RR Singh c de Silva b Wickramasinghe 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

but they crossed in that dismissal, so it served a purpose

47.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 wide

47.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run

47.6

Wickramasinghe to Azharuddin, 1 run, flicking across the line and forward of the square leg

188 by Kirsten is the highest WC score, 194 by Saeed Anward is the highest ODI score (for the moment)

End of over 48 (7 runs) India 352/5
M Azharuddin    1* (1b)      GP Wickramasinghe    9-0-55-2
SC Ganguly    173* (152b 16x4 7x6)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-37-1

48.1

Vaas to Azharuddin, 1 run, pushing down to the long on, they thankfully with the single

48.2

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, guiding it thru the covers and into the deep, moves onto 175

48.3

Vaas to Ganguly, 2 runs, glancing behind the short fine leg, that's the highest ODI and WC score by an Indian, beating Kapil in 1983

48.4

Vaas to Ganguly, FOUR, big slashing drive, outside edge, kKalu dives to his left, thru the gloves and to the boundary

48.5

Vaas to Ganguly, 1 run, poked onto the on side off the toes, good ball from Vaas

48.6

Vaas to Azharuddin, 1 run, bugger, just a single, chopped thru extra cover, Azhar keeps the strike, yet another thing he's done wrong

and can I just take a moment to praise Ranatunga's decision to field first, he read the conditions brilliantly

End of over 49 (11 runs) India 363/5
M Azharuddin    3* (3b)      WPUJC Vaas    10-0-84-1
SC Ganguly    182* (156b 17x4 7x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    9-0-55-2

49.1

Wickramasinghe to Azharuddin, 1 run, swiped down to the long on, Gangs on strike

49.2

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, 1 run, full toss speared at the legs, only squeezed onto the on side, Kalu fields

49.3

Wickramasinghe to Azharuddin, SIX, zero footwork, just brute strength, lofting it over the long on

49.4

Wickramasinghe to Azharuddin, 1 run, poked down on the on side into the deep

49.5

Wickramasinghe to Ganguly, OUT, going for the 6, big slog down the ground, but he hasn't got onto it properly, Chandana it looks like has taken a safe catch in front of the sightscreen, what a great innings, standing ovation from the crowd

SC Ganguly c sub (UDU Chandana) b Wickramasinghe 183 (210m 158b 17x4 7x6) SR: 115.82

49.6

Wickramasinghe to Azharuddin, 1 run, slided thru the covers, the antics and mayhem is over

what a effort, Sri Lanka will be chasing a mere 374 to win (or 373 to tie) will they do it? fat chance. But the innings will start anyway at 1400 GMT and oh dear, it appears that Sri Lanka were 10-15 minutes late in bowling their overs, will the referee be the ultimate sadist and cut their overs? I'm told SL will need 173 to avoid the follow on

End of over 50 (10 runs) India 373/6
M Azharuddin    12* (7b 1x6)      GP Wickramasinghe    10-0-65-3
J Srinath    0* (0b)      WPUJC Vaas    10-0-84-1
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May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid drives on his way to 145, India v Sri Lanka, Group A, World Cup, Taunton, May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid drives on his way to 145

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May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid uses the pull shot to good effect, India vs Sri Lanka, Group A, ICC World Cup, Taunton, May 26, 1999

Rahul Dravid uses the pull shot to good effect

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