Player of the Match
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    45.3 plumb in front. Lovely delivery from Sreesanth. It landed on a length on the middle and off line, shaped in late, Paranavitana was in a tangle with his front-foot movement, had pressed it too far across, tries to remove it from the line and get the bat around but too late. Thud. Gone. Fighting innnings comes to an end. 119/2
    8.5 Oh dear ... Harper has given it lbw. Dilshan didn't offer a shot again and took it on the pad and it did look risky but the ball was missing the stumps. It landed on a length around the off stump, hit him high and it was spinning, and as Hawk eye shows it was easily missing the leg stump. He had done it (padded-up) twice in the last over of Harbhajan but this time it has proved fatal. Two bad decisions for him in this game. But why why would such a wonderful strokeplayer keep padding up. Oh dear, he is gone now and Sri Lanka's task has become tougher. 29/1
    93.3 India close in. Sangakkara falls in the first over. It's a length delivery that cuts away late, the perfect legcutter, and Sangakkara pushes at it and gets a thin edge. Three more wickets to go. 278/7
    53.4 First Sreesanth, now Zaheer. The seamers have pushed India ahead in style. This one landed on a length around off and tailed away, Mahela, who can be a bit iffy around his off-stump when he is new to the crease, pushes out at it. Edge and gone. India on the ascent. Sangakkara stands alone. 135/3
    57.6 Done in by the lifting delivery and a very fine catch from Lax at second slip. It was banged in short from round the stumps, coming in from just outside off stump, a surprised Samaraweera stabbed it low to the left of Laxman who swoops down to take a sharp chance. The camera zooms to a grim Sangakkara who stares down the pitch. 137/4
    60.5 Ojha too joins in the fun and Sri Lanka slip further into abyss.. It was a lovely delivery spinning away with bounce, Angelo should perhaps have not chased as it was around the off stump and turning away but he lunged across to defend and got a thin edge. Neatly taken by Dhoni. 144/5
    75.3 Absolutely plumb. It landed on a length on the middle stump line, straightened, Prasanna pushed well outside the line and he was struck right in front of the middle stump. Prasanna was looking good but he is gone now, leaving Sangakkara in danger of being left stranded. 208/6
    99.5 Five-for for Zaheer khan. Very similar to the Samaraweera dismissal. It was the lifting delivery from round the stumps, Kulasekara stabs it straight to Laxman at second slip. 307/9
    97.1 dug in short, Herath went for a weak pull, it got big on him and made contact with top half of the bat and lobbed towards midwicket where Ojha dived forward to take a good catch 282/8
    100.4 There you go. India move up to No 1. It was flighted outside off stump, Murali went for a big slog and edged it to Dhoni who grabbed it neatly, threw the ball high in the air and pulled out a stump for a souvenir. 309/10
    not out
    17 (b 12, lb 1, nb 3, w 1)
    309 all out (100.4 Overs, RR: 3.06, 418 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (TM Dilshan, 8.5 ov), 2-119 (NT Paranavitana, 45.3 ov), 3-135 (DPMD Jayawardene, 53.4 ov), 4-137 (TT Samaraweera, 57.6 ov), 5-144 (AD Mathews, 60.5 ov), 6-208 (HAPW Jayawardene, 75.3 ov), 7-278 (KC Sangakkara, 93.3 ov), 8-282 (HMRKB Herath, 97.1 ov), 9-307 (KMDN Kulasekara, 99.5 ov), 10-309 (M Muralitharan, 100.4 ov)
    Harbhajan Singh34.458022.3000
    PP Ojha23.048423.6500
    Z Khan21.057253.4201
    S Sreesanth13.043612.7612
    V Sehwag9.022402.6600

Close of Play

  • Wed, 2 Dec - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 366/8 (AD Mathews 86*, M Muralitharan 0*, 89 ov)
  • Thu, 3 Dec - day 2 - India 1st innings 443/1 (V Sehwag 284*, R Dravid 62*, 79 ov)
  • Fri, 4 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 11/0 (NT Paranavitana 8*, TM Dilshan 3*, 3 ov)
  • Sat, 5 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 274/6 (KC Sangakkara 133*, KMDN Kulasekara 9*, 93 ov)
  • Sun, 6 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 309 (100.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes