Player of the Match
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86dThe Bulletin by Siddhartha Talya

Sri Lankan batsmen grind toothless India

The SSC has been a fortress of sorts for Sri Lanka in the recent past, and they set about continuing their dominant run at the venue with another imposing performance

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
219(335) 29x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 48 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
4 16 39 27 46 33 23 31
SR Tendulkar
203(347) 23x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 48 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
7 30 34 32 68 2 23 7

Best performances - Bowlers

BAW Mendis
O63
M10
R172
W4
Eco2.73
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TM Dilshan
O27
M6
R56
W3
Eco2.07
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

26,27,28,29,30 July 2010 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

END OF OVER:
45 | 4 Runs | SL: 129/3

  • TT Samaraweera10 (46b)
  • KC Sangakkara42 (114b)
  • PP Ojha13-6-13-0
  • Harbhajan Singh13-0-35-1

15.51: Umpire Harper hands the cap back to the bowler and looks towards Sangakkara, who has thankfully decided he's had enough batting practice. He's declared and that's the end of the game, unless Dhoni decides he wants to bat, but that's not going to happen. So an utterly forgettable Test match has come to an end. There has been individual brilliance of course, such as Raina's debut hundred, but the larger picture is ugly.

I've had a few emails asking why India aren't chasing the target. Seriously? Sanga wouldn't have declared if India planned to chase. I'll have the news from the presentation shortly ...

"Hello!! Is the presentation gonna happen or is everyone fast asleep?" asks Vrij. Patience my friend, patience.

Finally the presentation begins. MS Dhoni is pleased with a first-innings lead. "There's always pressure after the opposition scored 600 plus. at the end of the day, quite happy. It was the first time we were bowling in the second innings and there was wear and tear and the bowlers looked impressive." He says there was no thought of declaring behind SL's score in the first innings.

Advice for the groundsman from Dhoni: "It could have been a sporting track. It was all about the batsmen, the bowlers were just getting smacked all around the park."

Sangakkara: "It was hard work for the bowlers but I was impressed with how our guys bowled. Unfortunately India batted well. We'll see how the third Test goes and if we are 2-0 up it'll be good." Sangakkara's also the Man of the Match for his double-century in the first innings. Tony Greig's just given the longest preamble to the Man-of-the-Match ever.

Right so the SSC Test is done with, over to the P Sara for the series finale. Here's hoping for a better pitch and lots of wickets. Thank you for all your emails, we tried to go through as many as we could. Cheers!

44.6
0
Ojha to Samaraweera, no run, played off the back foot on the off side
44.5
0
Ojha to Samaraweera, no run, defended on the front foot once again
44.4
0
Ojha to Samaraweera, no run, rubbish shout for lbw, rubbish
44.3
0
Ojha to Samaraweera, no run, driven down the ground by Samaraweera
44.2
0
Ojha to Samaraweera, no run, defended on the front foot
44.1
4b
Ojha to Samaraweera, 4 byes, Huge turn across the right hander, that ball went past slip and it didn't hit anything

If Sanga declares after this over, we'll lose ten minutes for the change of innings, and that could be that.

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st50TM DilshanNT Paranavitana
2nd23KC SangakkaraNT Paranavitana
3rd24DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th32TT SamaraweeraKC Sangakkara