Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    0.4 he has got a wicket first over. Vijay pauses before leaving. This is exactly how Rahul got out in the first Test. The ball pitches on a length, just outside off, and it seams back in. Had it swung Vijay would have covered it. This one seams, which means Vijay has to act fast. He fails to do so, and is beaten on the inside edge. The only question is, is he hit outside the line. Doesn't look like that, and Umpire Rod Tucker raises his finger 4/1
    59.2 that's a bad shot. Rahul, like Kohli, scores another baby hundred. This is a wide bouncer, there is no way Rahul can control it, but he goes for the hook and does the only thing possible: get a top edge. He had got his hundred, but the team still needed him. Hopefully he will realise and learn from this. He is filthy with himself. Punches his bat while walking back 231/4
    4.3 that's an ordinary shot at No. 3. This is a wide length ball, and Rahane has this tendency to play away from the body early in the innings, which hasn't somehow been exposed in the last year. Here he pushes tamely at a wide length ball - a typical out-of-form Kohli shot. Even if he middles this ball, he will only defend it to cover. He doesn't middle it as the ball moves further away from him to take the edge. No feet there. Playing in front of his body and so far away 12/2
    43.3 beautiful catch. Great anticipation as he sees Kohli go back. He knows he is looking to open the face, he begins to move, just a step to his right, and Kohli gets an edge. Mathews is looking to dive and go two-handed, but realises he is close enough to ball, and aborts the dive to take it one-handed 176/3
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    59.84
    87.2 at the fag end of the day Sri Lanka claw back into the match with the wicket of Rohit Sharma. This is a good ball and also like the man he is often compared with - Shane Watson - Rohit Sharma is out lbw. In the last two overs Mathews beat Rohit with the outswinger, and that has to be playing on his mind when he shuffles across to a length ball. It pitches just outside off, seams back in, beats the inside edge, hits him in front of middle. Hitting leg for mine. Fair decision from Oxenford. Similar to how Mathews got him out in the first innings of the first Test 319/6
    71.5 Binny perishes. He never looked like playing a long innings here. He is not a Test No. 6. He has been picking the ball late and premeditating all his shots against spin. Jumps out of the crease again, makes room, he has made up his mind he wants to go inside-out over cover, but the ball doesn't turn, hits the inside half of the bat, and long-off takes an easy catch. Quite a tame end to the innings from the saviour called in from India 267/5
    111.3 and Herath is in business third ball after lunch, flighted, sliding on with the angle, pad first on the forward push with bat coming down slightly behind pad, given after some consideration by umpire Oxenford, hit him in front of middle 386/9
    89.3 very loose from Ashwin, there is a man on the drive at short extra cover, and Ashwin has reached forward to scoop this length ball straight to him on the drive 321/7
    105.4 Chameera breaks through, pace and bounce, bangs it in short of a length, just enough away movement to take a thin edge to Chandimal as Mishra prods off the back foot 367/8
    113.6 Herath stops India short of 400 with another leg-before, Ishant plays back to a flighted ball that hurries on, struck plumb in front 393/10
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    Extras
    28 (b 8, lb 13, nb 3, w 4)
    TOTAL
    393 all out (114 Overs, RR: 3.44, 517 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (M Vijay, 0.4 ov), 2-12 (AM Rahane, 4.3 ov), 3-176 (V Kohli, 43.3 ov), 4-231 (KL Rahul, 59.2 ov), 5-267 (STR Binny, 71.5 ov), 6-319 (RG Sharma, 87.2 ov), 7-321 (R Ashwin, 89.3 ov), 8-367 (A Mishra, 105.4 ov), 9-386 (WP Saha, 111.3 ov), 10-393 (I Sharma, 113.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KTGD Prasad2478423.5020
    AD Mathews1572421.6000
    PVD Chameera2027223.6022
    HMRKB Herath2538143.2400
    PHT Kaushal30211103.7001
  • BATSMEN
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    1.1 Yadav strikes first ball, 137.5 kph, pitched up and swinging in to the left-hander, not sure that is hitting leg stump with all the inward shape, umpire Tucker thinks it is 1/1
    43.4 Mishra has accounted for Silva again, top edge to short fine leg! Wonder why he swept it, was it pre-meditated? Was flighted even more on middle stump to tempt the batsman, wasn't full, and Silva swept against the turn to get a leading edge. Easy-peasy catch for Ashwin 114/3
    25.5 the combination of Ashwin and Rahane takes out Sangakkara again, tossed up on off, Sanga pushes forward to defend, turn produces the edge and a flying Rahane does the rest to his left, plucking it so low from the turf, Mahela Jayawardene stands up and applauds as Sangakkara walks back, the Indians applaud as well 75/2
    84.5 and the half-volley does the trick. Thirimanne doesn't like the decision one bit. He stands leaning on the bat, and his hand on his waist. This is really full - as was suggested he should try in the first session - asking Thirimanne to drive. Thiri does so, but the ball holds its line against the angle and makes a perfect nick sound as it passes the bat. Also his bat is quite far from the body, so the umpire thinks the sound can come only off the bat. Thirimanne, though, is not happy with the decision at all. There is a clear sound, and the quality of pictures available won't resolve the issue here. Also - and we don't need high-quality replays for this - Ishant gave Thirimanne a bit of a send-off, which didn't look pretty 241/4
    98.1 what a champ Binny is. He has finally taken a wicket, caught at first slip, and looks back at the umpire asking if this too is a no-ball. Really good to see a player able to now laugh off his misfortune. A good ball too. On a length, outside off, just holds its line as Mathews pushes at it. And Binny has the Sri Lankan captain as his first Test wicket. After having one edge not attempted by his captain at Lord's, and another one yesterday off what turned out to be a no-ball. What a moment, what a reaction 284/6
    90.4 gone! A juggle from KL Rahul at second slip, but he holds on at the second attempt. Length ball on a testing fourth-stump line, maybe it holds its line a bit. Chandimal goes at it with hard hands, and Rahul, falling to his left, but manages to cling on 259/5
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    103.4 what a lovely delivery. The drift. Oh beautiful drift. Mubarak looks like he has this legbreak covered, but at the last moment it drifts away from him, lands just outside off, and turns back in to hit the off stump. And Mubarak doesn't have it covered because that late drift created the distance between the bat and the line of the ball. Quite understandably Mubarak looks stunned 300/8
    99.3 sharp legbreak, and Prasad presses forward to edge it. Prasad has himself to blame, though. He refused a single the last ball of the last over. Easy wicket for Mishra 289/7
    106.1 beaten on the sweep and given out lbw. Herath is down on his knee early, and the ball reaches him late. He is squared up and hit on the back hip and right in front of the stumps. The ball has straightened enough to be hitting the stumps. A pretty straightforward decision 306/9
    107.6 wrong'un from Mishra ends the SL innings. Kaushal loses his patience, jumps out of the crease, and is beaten so much in the flight that he would have been stumped if the ball had turned either way. This one turns in, and Saha completes a safe stumping 306/10
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    13 (b 2, lb 6, nb 5)
    TOTAL
    306 all out (108 Overs, RR: 2.83, 503 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (FDM Karunaratne, 1.1 ov), 2-75 (KC Sangakkara, 25.5 ov), 3-114 (JK Silva, 43.4 ov), 4-241 (HDRL Thirimanne, 84.5 ov), 5-259 (LD Chandimal, 90.4 ov), 6-284 (AD Mathews, 98.1 ov), 7-289 (KTGD Prasad, 99.3 ov), 8-300 (J Mubarak, 103.4 ov), 9-306 (HMRKB Herath, 106.1 ov), 10-306 (PHT Kaushal, 107.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    I Sharma2136823.2304
    UT Yadav1956713.5200
    STR Binny1844412.4401
    R Ashwin2937622.6200
    A Mishra2134342.0400
  • BATSMEN
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    44.5 that's a big shout, and a good shout too. Given eventually. Vijay goes for the big sweep, and is hit right in front with the ball not turning too much. Just straightens enough after landing middle and off. Vijay misses out on scoring a hundred, but he has been doing the right thing, looking for quick runs to facilitate a declaration 143/2
    0.5 timbahhhh. Late swing. Or is it seam? It is seam. He pitches this up, just outside off, Rahul drives in front of his body, the ball seams back in to take the inside edge onto the stumps. Excellent starts from Prasad. A wicket in the first over of both innings 3/1
    76.2 superb catch by Chandimal. Looks to drive a half-volley outside off, the ball doesn't turn as much as he expects, and he gets an edge. To catch a half-volley when the batsman edges when driving is one of the more difficult chances for a keeper, but Chandimal takes this 262/5
    52.5 big appeal, and the only question is, has this pitched outside leg? This hasn't. This is the offbreak that doesn't turn too much, and skids on to beat Kohli who has gone back to defend it. Hit plumb in front after the ball has pitched on a length, in line with the stumps, and just straightened a little against the angle from round the wicket 171/3
    74.5 and Rohit Sharma falls trying to hit a six. He goes for the slog sweep from around off, but the extra bounce takes the top edge to be caught at deep midwicket. The extra bounce is a good sign for India 256/4
    82.1 and there is a wicket first ball. Binny provides an action replay of how he took his first Test wicket. A lazy poke at a wide length ball - much like Mathews's to him - and second slip takes the catch 283/6
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    86.5 Sri Lanka clearly don't want wickets, they want to bat as late as possible. Just imagine Chandimal not appealing when Ashwin has clearly edged when attempting a ramp. Sri Lanka know they will have to bat out a longer duration if they get the remaining wickets. Ashwin, though, gives himself out and walks off. Really like Chandimal's presence of mind here 311/7
    88.5 one more wicket. will India's new-ball bowlers also bat? Short of a length, he gets inside the line, tucks it around the line, but backward short leg takes the catch 318/8
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    Extras
    8 (lb 4, nb 1, w 3)
    TOTAL
    325/8d (91 Overs, RR: 3.57, 414 minutes)
    Did not bat: I Sharma
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (KL Rahul, 0.5 ov), 2-143 (M Vijay, 44.5 ov), 3-171 (V Kohli, 52.5 ov), 4-256 (RG Sharma, 74.5 ov), 5-262 (AM Rahane, 76.2 ov), 5-267 (WP Saha, 78.6 ov), 6-283 (STR Binny, 82.1 ov), 7-311 (R Ashwin, 86.5 ov), 8-318 (A Mishra, 88.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KTGD Prasad1504342.8601
    HMRKB Herath2949603.3100
    PVD Chameera1406304.5030
    AD Mathews21100.5000
    PHT Kaushal31111843.8000
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    2.4 what a soft dismissal. He has patted a low full toss to short midwicket. He will be really annoyed with this one. Just a friendly little full toss, which he doesn't hit hard. Just sends this to short midwicket ankle high. Binny takes the catch 8/1
    38.4 arm ball. Ashwin has one more. This is lovely bowling. This is bowled with the seam parallel. It lands just outside off, doesn't turn, skids on, hits the pad, and then the stumps. This match could be over before lunch 123/8
    8.5 Ashwin has got him four times out of four. Sanga walks off a Test field for one final time. Indian fielders line up to shake Sanga's hand. Quite a mark of how popular a man he was. Percy is on the field with a Sri Lanka flag. Sanga holds his arms aloft, makes no fuss, and walks off quickly. Ashwin has bowled beautifully again. On a length, outside off, dipping on him, not within the reach of Sanga's defence. Then it turns, takes the edge of the defensive bat, and settles with gully. Thank you, Kumar 33/2
    21.1 and he strikes first ball. Yadav has troubled Mathews all test long, and he finally gets the reward. What a dream start to the day. A very good first ball of the day, and a superb catch by stand-in wicketkeeper KL Rahul. On a length, just outside off, holds its line. For the first ball of the day, it is understandable that Mathews has had a poke at it. The edge is taken, and it is dying between Rahul and first slip. Rahul dives to his right, and pouches this in the webbing of his right hand. A sign he can be trusted to keep at SSC? 72/3
    27.2 old-fashioned legspinner's dismissal. To bowl a batsman around the pads solely with the drift. When was the last time we saw this? Oh pure joy to watch. Chandimal shapes up to sweep, but the ball drifts on him, falling leg-side of where he think it will, and when down on a knee there isn't much you can do about it. You can just sweep and hope for the best. Chandimal goes with the sweep, makes no connection, and the ball turns back to hit the stumps. Mishra is understandably elated 91/4
    34.6 Pujara serves a reminder of his superb close-in catching in front of the stumps. Ashwin serves a reminder of his class as an offspinner. Lovely dip on the ball as Thirimanne shimmies out of the crease. He is early into the push, he is not close to the ball, this is recipe for disaster. He is looking to work this to leg, gets a leading edge, which has gone quickly to silly point, but Pujara - the substitute fielder - has pouched this. It hits the wrists and gets stuck in the armpit 106/5
    35.4 Sanjay Manjrekar just spotted Kohli standing closer at second slip than usual, and he has immediately taken a low catch there. Perfect delivery from Ishant for a new batsman. On a length, on off, angling away, drawing a tentative push from Mubarak. Needn't have played it, but he does. The edge is dying, but Kohli is there. They check for the no-ball. It is a close call, but he has a smidgeon of the heel behind the line when he lands 111/6
    36.4 and that is a tailender's shot. Prasad has jumped out of the crease and hoicked. Not close to the turning ball, and edges a skier to Mishra at mid-on 114/7
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    41.5 wrong'un. That's why legspinners are so difficult for the tail. He has bowled him four legbreak, got him moving forward to defend them, and then slipped in the googly. Kaushal is beaten by a long distance, and is hit in front of middle. Seems like clipping leg or just going down 128/9
    43.4 and the wrong'un finishes it off. Finally a win for Kohli as captain. This is a wrong'un that Chameera has padded up to. Hit in front of off. Quite straightforward 134/10
    Extras
    7 (lb 4, nb 2, w 1)
    TOTAL
    134 all out (43.4 Overs, RR: 3.06, 199 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-8 (JK Silva, 2.4 ov), 2-33 (KC Sangakkara, 8.5 ov), 3-72 (AD Mathews, 21.1 ov), 4-91 (LD Chandimal, 27.2 ov), 5-106 (HDRL Thirimanne, 34.6 ov), 6-111 (J Mubarak, 35.4 ov), 7-114 (KTGD Prasad, 36.4 ov), 8-123 (FDM Karunaratne, 38.4 ov), 9-128 (PHT Kaushal, 41.5 ov), 10-134 (PVD Chameera, 43.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    R Ashwin1664252.6200
    UT Yadav711812.5700
    I Sharma1124113.7212
    A Mishra9.432933.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 20 Aug - day 1 - India 1st innings 319/6 (WP Saha 19*, 87.2 ov)
  • Fri, 21 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 140/3 (HDRL Thirimanne 28*, AD Mathews 19*, 53 ov)
  • Sat, 22 Aug - day 3 - India 2nd innings 70/1 (M Vijay 39*, AM Rahane 28*, 29.2 ov)
  • Sun, 23 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 72/2 (FDM Karunaratne 25*, AD Mathews 23*, 21 ov)
  • Mon, 24 Aug - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 134 (43.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

A win, finally

10

Number of Tests since the last time India won a Test, which was at Lord's. They had lost six of them.

Brings out his best?

50.20

Karunaratne's ave in the 4th innings of Tests - the highest he averages in any inns. Has 3 fifties in 7 inns in the 4th inns before this.

A few better than him

57.40

Sangakkara's batting ave in Tests, only four - Bradman, Barrington, Hammond and Sobers had a better average (min 5000 runs).

Rahane after Dravid

1999

The last time an India No.3 made a ton in Tests in Sri Lanka. Rahul Dravid had made 107 in the 1st inns of the SSC Test.

Top-3 firing

2008

Last time at least 2 of India's top-3 made 80-plus in the 2nd inns, in Mohali v Aus. Gambhir and Sehwag hit 104 and 90 resp'ly.

Ordinary after the brilliance

44

Runs Rahane has made in his previous 5 inns when batting in the 3rd inns of a Test. He had made a brilliant 96 against SA in 2013.

Has happend once before

1

No. of times a team has won the Test after trailing in the 1st inns at P Sara. The hosts won against SA in 2006 after trailing by 40 runs.

High five

5

No. of Test centuries by Mathews as captain, equal the most by any captain since he started leading SL, in 2013

Wait for the maiden fifty

0

No. of fifties by Jehan Mubarak in 21 Test innings. His highest of 49 came in his previous inns.

End of a rough patch?

18.78

Thirimanne's ave in Tests before this inns since the last time he made a ton. He had made 1 fifty and got out for a duck 5 times.

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