29.5 Murali does him in again. Lovely flighted delivery around the off stump and Gambhir stepped down the track for the big extra-cover drive but was beaten in the flight and by the turn. Stumped. Superb delivery. He didn't charge out, just stepped out for the big drive but dragged the back foot way outside the crease. 95/4
    6.4 Mahela asks for the Review for the lbw. The ball pitched on the leg stump line - - half outside leg and half inside- and straightened and Sehwag shouldered arms. The ball clipped the inner half of the front pad - which was placed around the leg stump line - and then went on to hit the back pad in front of the stumps. It's a slightly tough one. It hit the front pad first and then deflected. After the chat with the third umpire, Benson has given it out. Joy for Sri Lanka. What a blow from Murali. Let's rewind: I will have a look at the replays - they have gone for ad breaks - to see whether it was the topspinner or doosra - in which case he would be out - or was it the off break in which case considering it hit the front pad first, you can say it would have turned to miss the leg stump. Boycott, on air, reckons it should not have been given out. Replays are in now. The ball did straighten. It was not the pure topspinner that would have gone on with the angle. It did straighten a bit. The virtual eye showed the path as if it hit the back pad first. The virtual eye showed it hitting the middle as if the deflection didn't happen. What happened was that it hit the front pad first. Having said that it was not hitting the middle, I would have to say that it might have grazed the leg stump. Any way that is that. A you tube moment. And the debate will continue. 25/1
    14.2 trapped in front. Mendis has done in Laxman. Again. Twice within a short duration of time. It landed on a length around the middle and skidded towards leg. Laxman was unsure, had a stab at it but the ball beat the blade and rushed on quickly to hit the back pad. Dead plumb! Enter SRT. 53/2
    23.4 Review. Flat doosra down the leg side, Tendulkar goes for the paddle sweep and the ball pops up on the leg side, leg slip dives across and takes it cleanly. Doctrove is not impressed and Jayawardene calls for the review. Replays confirms that the ball took the shoulder of the bat after clipping the pad. 82/3
    34.2 Another review for a bat--pad catch! The two-fingered googly is the answer. What a bundle of mystery. Indians better call Hercule Poirot to solve it. It turned in from the middle stump line, Dravid was sucked forward to defend but the ball broke back in to take the inside edge before popping up off the pad to short leg.. The umpire had turned it down and Mahela was quick to do the T symbol, the time-out signal. What a session for Sri Lanka. Magical. Indians were clueless out there. 103/6
    33.5 Murali is on the verge of his 65th five-for and the 21st ten-for. Wicket no 4 for him. The quickish off break takes care of Ganguly. It spun across from the leg stump line and Ganguly followed it and it flew of the face of the bat to left of second slip where Dilshan took a sharp diving catch. Wonderful bowling and very good bit of fielding. 103/5
    35.5 65th five-for. 21st ten-for and the fourth ten-wicket haul on this ground! What a legend. It was the doosra from round the stumps, Karthik was caught at the crease, tried to go back at the last minute and stabbed it off the outer half to Mahela at first slip. Good sharp catch to his left. And it's the 67th time Murali and Mahela combo have been involved in a dismissal! 103/7
    41.3 The end is nigh! The quickish off break lands on the off and middle line, from round the stumps, Kumble backs away to cut - not the length for it- and edges it on to the stumps. Timber! 120/8
    44.6 Marvellous stuff. It's all over! Great thumping win for Sri Lanka. The goggle-eyed master and the middle-fingered assasin have done the job for Sri Lanka. Harbhajan was cleaned up by the googly. He had gone for the big slog across the line, no wood on leather, though. Great scenes here at SSC. This is India's third-heaviest innings defeat in Tests. 138/10
    44.3 Oh boy! what a wicket orgy. Googly. Hurried nervous waft of the bat. Thin air. Timber! It broke back in from the middle stump line, Zaheer Khan tried to jab it to the off side but missed it completely and the ball hit the top of the leg stump. 133/9
    not out
    138 all out (f/o) (45 Overs, RR: 3.06, 187 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (V Sehwag, 6.4 ov), 2-53 (VVS Laxman, 14.2 ov), 3-82 (SR Tendulkar, 23.4 ov), 4-95 (G Gambhir, 29.5 ov), 5-103 (SC Ganguly, 33.5 ov), 6-103 (R Dravid, 34.2 ov), 7-103 (KD Karthik, 35.5 ov), 8-120 (A Kumble, 41.3 ov), 9-133 (Z Khan, 44.3 ov), 10-138 (Harbhajan Singh, 44.6 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas5.002705.4000
    KMDN Kulasekara9.032502.7700
    BAW Mendis18.036043.3300
    M Muralitharan13.032662.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 23 Jul - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 85/2 (SM Warnapura 50*, DPMD Jayawardene 16*, 22 ov)
  • Thu, 24 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 422/4 (TT Samaraweera 111*, TM Dilshan 20*, 120 ov)
  • Fri, 25 Jul - day 3 - India 1st innings 159/6 (VVS Laxman 19*, A Kumble 1*, 45 ov)
  • Sat, 26 Jul - day 4 - India 2nd innings 138 (45 ov) - end of match

Match Notes