Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2006/07 / Commentary

Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series - 1st Test

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

New Zealand won by 5 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

0.1

Bond to Tharanga, no run, Bond starts off witha superb ball in front of his home crowd, pitches on off and shapes away from the left-hander, Tharanga gets squared up and the ball speeds past the outside edge

0.1

Bond to Tharanga, no run

0.2

Bond to Tharanga, no run, this time it's fired down leg side

0.3

Bond to Tharanga, no run, straighter ball, on a good length on middle stump, Tharanga gets behind the line and defends

0.4

Bond to Tharanga, no run, another one leaves Tharanga from outside off stump, beaten comprehensively

0.5

Bond to Tharanga, 4 leg byes, Sri Lanka are away with leg byes, fast and straight from Bond, slipping down leg side a touch, he bowled that with a scrambled seam and Tharanga moved across his stumps as the ball clipped his pads down to fine leg

0.6

Bond to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed into the covers for the first runs off the bat

Sri Lanka 5/0   WU Tharanga 1* (6b)

1.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, pitches just outside off stumpa nd cuts sharply away from the left-hander towards first slip, left alone by the batsman

1.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, fuller ball, pitches outside leg stump and cuts into Tharanga's pads, leg byes to square leg

1.5

Martin to Tharanga, no run, fuller ball on leg stump, defended by Tharanga on the back foot

1.6

Martin to Tharanga, no run, pitches out side leg stump and abgles across the left-hander, Tharanga plays back and defends

Sri Lanka 7/0   WU Tharanga 1* (10b)

3.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, full and wide outside off stump, shaping away from the batsman, left alone&

3.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, straying on to leg and moving across the left-hander, pushed between midwicket and square leg

Sri Lanka 12/1   WU Tharanga 2* (12b)

4.1

Bond to Tharanga, 1 run, full on leg stump, Tharanga moves across and flicks down to fine leg, Bond is looking to slip in the yorker

Sri Lanka 13/1   WU Tharanga 3* (13b)

5.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, bouncer, left alone by the batsman

5.2

Martin to Tharanga, no run, Martin's cranking it up at 140 kmh as well, Tharanga left that alone but it was just over the top of off stump

5.3

Martin to Tharanga, no run, shorter in length, Tharanga plays back and blocks

5.4

Martin to Tharanga, no run, a touch on the shorter side, this time the ball does not seam across the left-hander after pitching outside leg, collected by the keeper

5.5

Martin to Tharanga, no run, that was only 139 kmh but it seemed so much faster, it hurried Tharanga after pitching on a length and smacked him in the abdomen

5.6

Martin to Tharanga, FOUR, another boundary from an edge through the slip cordon, the left-handers are having problems with teh ball moving across them

Sri Lanka 21/2   WU Tharanga 7* (19b 1x4)

7.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, unplayable ball this, pitches short of a length, bounces chest high and moves across Tharanga who fends at it and gets beaten, that was at 139 kmh

7.2

Martin to Tharanga, no run, wider ball moving away from the left hander, Tharanga chases and gets beaten

7.3

Martin to Tharanga, SIX, short and wide outside off stump, Tharanga throws his bat at it and cracks it over point for six

7.4

Martin to Tharanga, no run, fuller ball on leg stump, Tharanga tries to flick but the ball thuds into his pads

7.5

Martin to Tharanga, no run, and again, straight seam, pitching on leg and middle on a good length, seaming towards the off stuump, Tharanga tries to block but gets beaten

7.6

Martin to Tharanga, no run, seaming towards first slip after pitching on off stump, left alone by the batsman

Sri Lanka 31/2   WU Tharanga 13* (25b 1x4 1x6)

9.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, gentle loosner at 125 kmh to start off with, wide outside off stump as well, left alone by the batsman

9.2

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, 129 kmh and angling into the left-hander and then seaming away off the pitch, Tharanga lets it go

9.3

Franklin to Tharanga, 2 runs, too short and Tharanga, seeing the width, tries to cut but gets a thickish bottom edge wide off Vettori at mid-off

9.4

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, played with and angled bat to gully on the back foot

9.5

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and holds its line, Tharanga thinks about playing it but pulls his bat out of the way

9.6

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump, Fleming has Jacob Oram on the deep point fence in case Tharanga chooses the ariel route over point

Sri Lanka 37/2   WU Tharanga 15* (31b 1x4 1x6)

11.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, pitches on a good length outside off and moves away from Tharanga, left alone

11.2

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, Franklin is slowing upping the pace, that was 135 kmh and swung into Tharanga, defended on the back foot

11.3

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 no ball, Franklin over-steps and fires it down leg-side

11.3

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, full ball outside off stump, Franklin's getting it to swing in the air away from the left-hander as opposed to movement off the pitch, Tharanga tries to drive but the bat hits the ground as the ball beats the outside edge

11.4

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump, far too wide from Franklin

11.5

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, full and wide outside off, tharanga squeezes it past point but Oram is patrolling the fence in that region

Sri Lanka 47/3   WU Tharanga 16* (37b 1x4 1x6)

14.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short in length on the off and middle, stands in the crease and defends to Gully, thinking of a single, the fielder in quickly prevents the single

14.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, on the legs, tucked away to square leg

Sri Lanka 57/3   WU Tharanga 17* (39b 1x4 1x6)

15.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, excellent delivery outside the off stump, beats the outside edge

15.2

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, moves forward to a fuller delivery and pushes to cover to pick up a single

15.6

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, short in length outside the off stump, nips back in, Tharanga gets into a tangle as he was surprised by the pace, strikes the thigh pad

Sri Lanka 59/3   WU Tharanga 18* (42b 1x4 1x6)

16.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, eases past backward-point to the deep for a single

Sri Lanka 61/3   WU Tharanga 19* (43b 1x4 1x6)

17.1

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery on the off and middle, moves away slightly, almost squared him up.

Sri Lanka 62/3   WU Tharanga 20* (44b 1x4 1x6)

18.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, good ball once again angled across, once again beats the outside edge

18.2

Martin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, short in length down the leg side, off the thigh pad to fine leg

Sri Lanka 63/3   WU Tharanga 20* (46b 1x4 1x6)

19.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, fuller delivery angled in from outside the off stump, pushes at it half-forward, beats the bat, hits the back pad, a bit high.

19.2

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, defended on the track.

19.3

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, short of a length delivery angled in from outside the off stump, jumps up and defends it down on the ground

19.4

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, wonderful delivery pitches on a good length, draws the batsman forward, beats the outside edge

19.5

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length delivery angled in, plays to the off side to pick up a single

Sri Lanka 64/3   WU Tharanga 21* (51b 1x4 1x6)

20.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short of a length delivery pitches outside the leg stump, angled across, beats the outside edge, through to McCullum

20.2

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short in length this time pitches on the leg stump and comes back in, Tharanga gets beaten, goes between the bat and the body through to McCullum

20.3

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short and rising on the off and middle, up on his toes and defends it down towards gully

20.4

Martin to Tharanga, no run, another ball that beats the outside the edge, pitches and moves away

20.5

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, short in length, gets on top off the bounce and cuts to deep point to pick up a single

Sri Lanka 65/3   WU Tharanga 22* (56b 1x4 1x6)

21.1

Oram to Tharanga, no run, lovely delivery first up, beats the inside edge through to McCullum

21.2

Oram to Tharanga, no run, pitches on the leg and middle, beats the edge

21.3

Oram to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, pitches outside the leg, off the pad to the on side, quick run taken, fielder quickly in throws at the stumps, misses it at the non-striker's end

Sri Lanka 66/3   WU Tharanga 22* (59b 1x4 1x6)

22.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, pitches on the stumps and moves away to beat the outside edge

22.2

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short in length on the stumps, pitches and moves away, swing and movement, beats the edge through to McCullum

22.3

Martin to Tharanga, 1 wide, full and swinging away wide outside the off stump, it was too wide, Tharanga goes after it and gets beaten

22.3

Martin to Tharanga, no run, good ball short in length on the off and middle, fends it off to the ground behind the wicket towards gully

22.4

Martin to Tharanga, FOUR, keeps it down and plays it through the slips to thirdman fence

22.5

Martin to Tharanga, no run, cuts to backward-point, good stop there by Cumming

22.6

Martin to Tharanga, no run, plays and misses once again, through to McCullum

Sri Lanka 71/3   WU Tharanga 26* (65b 2x4 1x6)

24.1

Martin to Tharanga, no run, pitches on the leg stump and moves away, plays and misses

24.2

Martin to Tharanga, no run, looking to drive through the off side, gets the inside edge onto the pads, almost dragged it on.

24.3

Martin to Tharanga, no run, good ball pitches on the stumps and moving away, lets it go through

24.4

Martin to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery in the corridor outside the off stump, moves forward and lets it go through to McCullum

24.5

Martin to Tharanga, no run, short in length pitches outside the leg stump and angled across, beats the outside edge

24.6

Martin to Tharanga, 1 run, on the legs, nudges to fine leg to pick up a single&

Sri Lanka 72/3   WU Tharanga 27* (71b 2x4 1x6)

25.1

Oram to Tharanga, no run, gets behind it and defends it down towards gully

25.2

Oram to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside the off stump, it was bit wide

25.3

Oram to Tharanga, no run, gets behind the ball and defends it down

25.4

Oram to Tharanga, no run, short in length delivery angled in from outside the off stump, shoulders arms

25.5

Oram to Tharanga, no run, gets behind the delivery angled into him, defended to the on side

25.6

Oram to Tharanga, no run, bad delivery from Oram, full and down the leg side, through to McCullum

Sri Lanka 72/3   WU Tharanga 27* (77b 2x4 1x6)

26.4

Astle to Tharanga, no run, full and swinging in, pushes to mid off

26.5

Astle to Tharanga, no run, wide outside the off stump, left alone

26.6

Astle to Tharanga, no run, good delivery on the stumps, pitches and moves away slightly to beat the outside edge

Sri Lanka 73/3   WU Tharanga 27* (80b 2x4 1x6)

28.1

Bond to Tharanga, no run, Bond starts with a bouncer, Tharanga takes evasive action

28.2

Bond to Tharanga, no run, up to speed right away after lunch, 142 kmh, pitches on off and seams away from the left hander, left alone

28.3

Bond to Tharanga, no run, fuller length adn on middle and off stump at 139 kmh, defended on the back foot back to Bond

28.4

Bond to Tharanga, 1 run, full again on off stump, squeezed wide off the man at point for the first runs after lunch

Sri Lanka 78/3   WU Tharanga 28* (84b 2x4 1x6)

29.1

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 run, a touch too short and width offered as well, Tharanga waits for it and punches through covers on the back foot

Sri Lanka 79/3   WU Tharanga 29* (85b 2x4 1x6)

30.1

Bond to Tharanga, no run, full and straight on middle and leg, not much movement for Bond off the pitch after lunch, defended to midwicket

30.2

Bond to Tharanga, no run, full toss bowled from wide of the crease at 142 kmh, Tharanga defends to midwicket

30.3

Bond to Tharanga, no run, full again, on middle and off stump, Tharanga watches it on to his bat and defends

30.4

Bond to Tharanga, 1 no ball, bond oversteps as he bangs that short, Tharanga hurriedly gets out of the way

30.4

Bond to Tharanga, FOUR, 144 kmh outside the off stump, Tharanga throws his bat at it and the ball rockets in the air wide of Jamie How at gully and to the third man fence

30.5

Bond to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

30.6

Bond to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, 144 kmh again but this time the line is leg stump, Tharanga moves across and tries to glance it, the ball hits the pad and runs down to fine leg for leg byes

Sri Lanka 85/3   WU Tharanga 33* (92b 3x4 1x6)

31.1

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, fullish length and angling into the left-hander from over the wicket, defended on the front foot

31.2

Franklin to Tharanga, no run, tries to drive on the up but gets an inside edge to mid-on

31.3

Franklin to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, drifting down leg side, clips the pad and runs wide of McCullum for leg-byes

31.6

Franklin to Tharanga, OUT, sharp catch at gully! Franklin offers width outside the off stump and Tharanga cuts hard, Jamie How moves to his left. perhaps fumbles it a little but manages to hold on to a fine catch

WU Tharanga c How b Franklin 33 (138m 96b 3x4 1x6) SR: 34.37

Sri Lanka 87/4   WU Tharanga 33 (96b 3x4 1x6)
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Dec 9, 2006

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