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    19.6 Catches him plumb with the arm-ball from round the stumps. It landed outside off stump on a length, Vandort went back and was beaten by the one that hurried through towards the middle stump. 37/4
    1.3 Caught by Laxman at second slip. It landed around leg and middle line , full in length and seamed across Warnapura who again, took out the bottom-hand off the handle- stabbed at it and the thick outside edge was held comfortably at below-waist high by Laxman 4/1
    2.2 The Indian seamers are on the prowl here. Double strike. It was the seaming bouncing delivery - holding its line around the off and middle stump line, Sangakkara took a half-step forward, jabbed at it hard and the outside edge was again held by Laxman at second slip. Catch no 102 for him. 5/2
    3.3 Caught by Dravid at gully! Indians are on the hunt here. Zaheer and Ishant. This one was short of length and well outside the off stump. Mahela, perhaps looking to attack his way out, went for the cut shot, couldn't keep it down and flashed it really hard to Dravid who makes amend for the earlier drop with a safely pouched catch. 10/3
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    35.5 Ishant has struck a big blow for Sri Lanka. The dashing batsman Dilshan is gone. Huge wicket. Super delivery that. It leaped from a length and straightened outside off stump, Dilshan pressed back, both feet glued next to each other, pushed at it and it took the outside edge. Karthik takes it and Indians erupt in joy. Now they are in a huddle. Very good innings that promised much more than a cameo has ended. 113/5
    42.4 The slog sweep goes awry. The top edge took it swirling towards square leg. Ganguly ran towards it, got under the ball and took a good tumbling catch. He was shaping to take in the traditional way, but switched in the end, got his palms facing the sky and took it. India edge closer to the line. SL need 177 more. Can some one stay with Samaraweera. 130/6
    44.2 given out lbw. It was flighted full on the middle and off stump line, Vaas stretched forward and he stepped on the ball with his right foot, trying to reach the pitch of the ball. The ball dipped full on the boot. It hit him in the line and full; in those cases, you have to assume it goes straight with the angle. You take the spin out of the picture. Umpire reckoned it would have hit the off stump. The third umpire would have had a tricky time had the batsman gone for the review 131/7
    45.6 Kumble hastens the end. It was flighted on the middle and leg line, the batsman tried to turn it through the on side and got a leading edge to Ishant at mid-off. 132/8
    46.4 The end is near. Ten wicket haul for Harbhajan. Mendis swats a delivery turning in from short of length with bounce straight to mid-on. Poor Samaraweera is being deserted by his team-mates 135/9
    47.3 He has driven straight back to Kumble. The Indian players rush to their captain. Gambhir is the first before he darts quickly to grab a stump as souvenir. Indians have rebounded in style after the first-Test loss. The series is alive and kicking. The wonderful roller coaster of a Test has come to a halt. 136/10
    8 (b 4, lb 2, nb 2)
    136 all out (47.3 Overs, RR: 2.86, 238 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (SM Warnapura, 1.3 ov), 2-5 (KC Sangakkara, 2.2 ov), 3-10 (DPMD Jayawardene, 3.3 ov), 4-37 (MG Vandort, 19.6 ov), 5-113 (TM Dilshan, 35.5 ov), 6-130 (HAPW Jayawardene, 42.4 ov), 7-131 (WPUJC Vaas, 44.2 ov), 8-132 (KMDN Kulasekara, 45.6 ov), 9-135 (BAW Mendis, 46.4 ov), 10-136 (M Muralitharan, 47.3 ov)
    Z Khan8.011812.2502
    I Sharma15.082031.3300
    A Kumble10.334123.9000
    Harbhajan Singh14.015143.6400

Close of Play

  • Thu, 31 Jul - day 1 - India 1st innings 214/4 (V Sehwag 128*, VVS Laxman 13*, 44.3 ov)
  • Fri, 1 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 215/5 (DPMD Jayawardene 46*, HAPW Jayawardene 5*, 61 ov)
  • Sat, 2 Aug - day 3 - India 2nd innings 200/4 (SC Ganguly 0*, VVS Laxman 0*, 56.4 ov)
  • Sun, 3 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 136 (47.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

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