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

Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series - 2nd Test

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 217 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

50.1

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

50.2

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

50.3

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

50.4

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

50.5

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run

50.6

Franklin to Sangakkara, no run

End of over 51 (1 run) Sri Lanka 213/5
KC Sangakkara    125* (160b 16x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    11-1-46-1
HAPW Jayawardene    5* (18b 1x4)      NJ Astle    7-2-22-0

51.1

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

51.2

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

51.3

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run

51.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, Swept from outside off, down to fineleg

51.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run

51.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run

End of over 52 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 218/5
KC Sangakkara    129* (163b 17x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    8-0-38-0
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (21b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    11-1-46-1

52.1

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

52.2

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

Due to technical problems, we couldn't bring you the live commentary for couple of overs. We regret the inconvenience caused.

52.3

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, slanted across, left alone

52.4

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, angled across and left alone again. Franklin is consistently testing the batsmen in that corridor around the offstump.

52.5

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, back of length, around offstump and straightened a touch, he pushed forward and across and was rapped on the chest-guard. Beaten by the movement back in

52.6

Franklin to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, took it away again, Jayawardene shoulders arms

End of over 53 (maiden) Sri Lanka 218/5
HAPW Jayawardene    6* (27b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    12-2-46-1
KC Sangakkara    129* (163b 17x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    8-0-38-0

53.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated on the legs, tickled away to square-leg

53.2

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, teasing loopy delivery, outside off, pushed to cover

53.3

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, leant forward to a fullish delivery outside off, Vettori had held back the length a touch, reached out and pushed it towards cover

53.4

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

53.5

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, arm-ball. quick at 92kmph delivery, slid in from outside off, played away to the offside

53.6

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller and driven square to cover point and they rush across for a single

End of over 54 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 220/5
HAPW Jayawardene    7* (32b 1x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-40-0
KC Sangakkara    130* (164b 17x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    12-2-46-1

Bond is back.

54.1

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, Thwack! Oh ho! A effortless drive through the covers. He just leaned forward to the overpitched delivery and creamed it through the offside ring

54.2

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

54.3

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Bouncer! ducked under.

54.4

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, fuller, driven to mid-on

54.5

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Lemon cut almost carried to McCullum. Fullish, just outside off, Jayawardene tries to hit through the line, gets an inside edge and McCullum makes a brilliant stop diving to his left. The ball had landed a metre in front of him

54.6

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, Oohh... almost caught at first slip. Another flashy drive, another edge and it flew between McCullum and Fleming, at first slip, but neither could get an hand to it. McCullum dived to his right, Fleming stretched to his left but it bissected them neatly

End of over 55 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 226/5
HAPW Jayawardene    13* (38b 2x4)      SE Bond    11-1-56-0
KC Sangakkara    130* (164b 17x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    9-0-40-0

55.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run

55.2

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

55.3

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, flighted delivery , outside off, pushed to cover

55.4

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, SIX, Vettori floats it outside off, Jayawardene waltzes down the track, and slaps it cleanly over long-on. Super strike

55.5

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, on the legs, tucked behind squareleg

55.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run

End of over 56 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 234/5
KC Sangakkara    131* (166b 17x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    10-0-48-0
HAPW Jayawardene    20* (42b 2x4 1x6)      SE Bond    11-1-56-0

56.1

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Bond creates another outside edge but it falls short of third slip. Short in length, just outside off, the batsmen pushed hard at it

56.2

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, Flamboyant cover drive. It was a length-delivery, outside off but Jayawardene went down on a bent-knee and creamed it past cover.

56.3

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

56.4

Bond to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, drifts slightly on to the middle and leg stump line, worked past midwicket

56.5

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, back of length, lands on the middle, slanted away, Sangakkara moved behind the line, pushed it to the offside

56.6

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, Good surprise bouncer. Sangakkara quickly dropped his wrists but almost got into tangle and trouble as the delivery didn't bounce as high as he thought. The ball almost brushed past his glove, enroute to McCullum

End of over 57 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 239/5
KC Sangakkara    131* (168b 17x4 1x6)      SE Bond    12-1-61-0
HAPW Jayawardene    25* (46b 3x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    10-0-48-0

57.1

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Vettori goes up in appeal for an lbw decision. On the middle and off, Jayawardene stretches forward in defense and is rapped on the pads

57.2

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

57.3

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, leans forward, to a flighted delivery outside off, pushed to cover

57.4

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, on the stumps, out comes the dead bat and the ball rolls back down the track

57.5

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

57.6

Vettori to HAPW Jayawardene, OUT, Strikes right on the tea break! An arm-ball. It landed just outside off, slid in and sneaked through the bat and pad gap and struck Jayawardene in front of offstump. That wicket would hurt Sri Lanka. Sangakkara is at the risk of running out of partners

HAPW Jayawardene lbw b Vettori 25 (47m 52b 3x4 1x6) SR: 48.07

Over to Jamie Alter who will take you through the first hour of the last session

End of over 58 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 239/6
     DL Vettori    11-1-48-1
KC Sangakkara    131* (168b 17x4 1x6)      SE Bond    12-1-61-0

Thanks, Sriram. Hi all. Three cups of coffee in the last hour seems to have done the trick for me. Caffeine. Love it. Let's move into the final session, then. Kumar Sangakkara's battling out there with a fine hundred. Smattering of a crowd at the Basin Reserve, pity.

58.1

Bond to Sangakkara, 1 run, bouncer to begin with, ill-directed and Sangakkara pulls that from outside off stump through square leg to get things rolling first ball after tea

58.2

Bond to Vaas, no run, good length ball around off stump, gets right behind the line and defends back to Bond

58.3

Bond to Vaas, no run, fullish ball moving across off stump, left alone

58.4

Bond to Vaas, no run, quicker this time on middle and leg, Vaas goes back and tries to turn it fine, doesnt time it all that well and Bond fields it

58.5

Bond to Vaas, no run, quick, real quick, beaten for pace this time, lands on a fullish length and catches Vaas on the crease, saved by the inside edge onto the pads

58.6

Bond to Vaas, OUT, this time he gets his man! Strives for more pace this time, lands it on a sweet length outside off stump and Vaas doesnt get behind the line and nibbles at it, ball takes a thin edge through to a gleeful McCullum and up goes umpire Taufel's finger, Bond strikes early

WPUJC Vaas c †McCullum b Bond 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 59 (1 run) Sri Lanka 240/7
     SE Bond    13-1-62-1
KC Sangakkara    132* (169b 17x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    11-1-48-1

Farveez Maharoof's the new batsman. Vettori to bowl.

59.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off stump, spings in and Sangakkara comes on top of it and defends

59.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tossed up, Sangakkara backs away and gives him the charge, just chips that over mid-off, ball goes up in the air for some time but lands in no-man's-land

59.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off stump, ball hangs in the air and pitches, awkwardly defended

59.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, quicker through the air this time, defended with watchful eyes

59.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, flatter outside off stump, he goes back and pushes back to Vettori

59.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, looped up outside off stump, he comes forward and tries to turn it fine but misses

End of over 60 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 242/7
KC Sangakkara    134* (175b 17x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    12-1-50-1
MF Maharoof    0* (0b)      SE Bond    13-1-62-1

60.1

Bond to Maharoof, no run, full on off stump, defended with an inside edge towards mid-on

60.2

Bond to Maharoof, 3 runs, full outside off stump, comes half-forward and drives through the line past mid-off, ball holds up and the fielder throws it back in

60.3

Bond to Sangakkara, FOUR, rank half-volley outside off stump, Sangakkara reaches for it, driving uppishly in the gap at mid-off and thats one more four to him

60.4

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, wider of off stump, he leans back and squirts that towards How at gully, who dives to his left and saves runs, fine effort that

60.5

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, moves around the wicket and serves up a low full toss well outside off stump, he tries to jab it down but misses

60.6

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball angled into middle and leg, he tries to work it through square but is too early on the shot, ends up pushing down the pitch and Bond fields in his follow-through

End of over 61 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 249/7
KC Sangakkara    138* (179b 18x4 1x6)      SE Bond    14-1-69-1
MF Maharoof    3* (2b)      DL Vettori    12-1-50-1

Good, solid breeze blowing across the ground. Three men around the bat. Short leg, slip, silly point of sorts

61.1

Vettori to Maharoof, no run, tossed up, comes forward and defends

61.2

Vettori to Maharoof, 1 run, shorter and flatter, quickly onto the backfoot and driven to point

61.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up short again, he rocks back and slaps that wide of point for one

61.4

Vettori to Maharoof, OUT, got 'em! Loops this one high and makes it hang in the air just a tad, lovely flight, takes the pace off the ball too and Maharoof comes half-forward and nibbles at it, and the result is the thinnest of edges into McCullum's gloves, umpire Jerling says yep, thats out

MF Maharoof c †McCullum b Vettori 4 (11m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Lasith Malinga comes out. Sangakkara has a word with him. He needs partners at the other end. 139 out of 251 for him.

61.5

Vettori to Malinga, no run, flatter and drifting into leg stump, Malinga backs away but defends well in the end

61.6

Vettori to Malinga, no run, tosses this one up, Malinga doesnt read it well and goes back, the ball lands on middle and off and spins away, and he manages to just dab the bat down on it, well bowled

End of over 62 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 251/8
SL Malinga    0* (2b)      DL Vettori    13-1-52-2
KC Sangakkara    139* (180b 18x4 1x6)      SE Bond    14-1-69-1

62.1

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, full and lifting outside off stump, he makes room and flays the bat at it, misses all ends up

62.2

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, short of a good length outside off stump, smacked off the backfoot but right to cover

62.3

Bond to Sangakkara, FOUR, full outside off stump, almost a half-volley, he gets down on bended knee and opens the face, square-driving with class all along the ground to the deep point ropes

62.4

Bond to Sangakkara, 2 runs, dropped! Tough, tough chance! Lands on a good length outside off stump, Sangakkara leans back and looks to run it down, ball takes the edge and screams high over Astle at second slip, who jumps up and gets a hand to it, but cant grasp it

62.5

Bond to Sangakkara, 1 run, half-volley outside off stump, runs it down to third man for one

62.6

Bond to Malinga, no run, short of a good length and pacy, but Malinga does well to get behind it and keep it down in front of square leg, Sangakkara doesnt want the run

End of over 63 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 258/8
SL Malinga    0* (3b)      SE Bond    15-1-76-1
KC Sangakkara    146* (185b 19x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    13-1-52-2

63.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up teasingly outside off stump, but all Sangakkara does is come forward and defend

63.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, shorter and spinning in, he backs away and takes that from smack in front of middle stump and cuts to point

63.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter and quicker on middle and off, he rocks back and punches to midwicket and calls for the run

three men around the bat

63.4

Vettori to Malinga, no run, ripper! Pitches outside off stump and spins past Malinga's backfoot prod

63.5

Vettori to Malinga, OUT, gone! Flat outside off stump, Malinga comes forward and pushes at it, and Sinclair at silly point holds onto it, that was just off the bat and into his hands, tame dismissal and Malinga goes

SL Malinga c Sinclair b Vettori 0 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Wonder why Sangakkara took a single off the third ball of the over...

Last man walks out

63.6

Vettori to Muralitharan, no run, good, quicker ball outside off stump, Murali gets behind and defends it

End of over 64 (1 run) Sri Lanka 259/9
M Muralitharan    0* (1b)      DL Vettori    14-1-53-3
KC Sangakkara    147* (188b 19x4 1x6)      SE Bond    15-1-76-1

64.1

Bond to Sangakkara, FOUR, pitches on a fullish length outside off stump, he frees the arms and clobbers that between the bowler and mid-off for four, powerfully struck and he goes onto 150

64.2

Bond to Sangakkara, FOUR, and he opts for the short ball this time, but Sangakkara's too good, gets on top of it and pulls that disdainfully through midwicket for four more

64.3

Bond to Sangakkara, no run, lands on a good length outside off stump, cant smash that past mid-off

64.4

Bond to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide of off stump, he leans into it and squeezes it past point, the man at deep cover moves around and fields

64.5

Bond to Muralitharan, no run, full and fast, looking for the yorker, ball isnt pitched quite right and Murali steps out to leg and the ball misses him and sails through to McCullum

64.6

Bond to Muralitharan, OUT, thats that then! Pitches full on leg stump, Murali goes back and can only tap that back to Bond, who takes a neat caught-and-bowled, didnt have to move much and thats the end of the Sri Lankan innings

M Muralitharan c & b Bond 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka lost their way after tea, but what an effort from Sangakkara. He's not out on 156, out of a total of 268. He didn't get enough support down the order, however. New Zealand would be happy with the manner in which they came back after the break. Please stay with us as New Zealand begin their innings.

End of over 65 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 268/10
     SE Bond    16-1-85-2
KC Sangakkara    156* (192b 21x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    14-1-53-3
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Dec 18, 2006

Stephen Fleming departs for 27 as the asking gets tougher, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Wellington, December 18, 2006

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Chaminda Vaas lets out a vociferous appeal, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Wellington, December 18, 2006

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