England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v England

Sri Lanka won by 88 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

16.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene gets his bat down on the ball but late ... it does the job, though

16.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, left on length, short and fractionally outside off

16.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, yelps as Jayawardene gets a bat on the ball just in time and it squirts into the leg side

16.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, angled into the right hander, he gets behind the ball for a solid-looking defensive block

Sri Lanka 43/5   HAPW Jayawardene 0* (4b)

17.5

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, that's the one that's caused all the problems ... the batsman has to play, the ball leaves him and beats the edge

17.6

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, driven all along the ground to mid-of ... with a yell of "catch it" from Prior

Sri Lanka 46/5   HAPW Jayawardene 0* (6b)

19.1

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Hoggard in a rhythm here ... posing problems almost every delivery and he starts by testing Jayawardene outside his off stump

19.2

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, squirmed into the off side, not convincingly

19.3

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, firm drive to mid-off, a good one-handed pick up to his left from Vaughan prevents the run

19.4

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, once more driven down the ground for no reward

19.5

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well defended, right behind the ball

19.6

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, that snorts through Jayawardene, Prior yells an appeal but Hoggard is not interested

Sri Lanka 52/5   HAPW Jayawardene 0* (12b)

20.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, better line from Anderson, forcing Jayawardene to play

20.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again blocked with confidence

20.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, a big stride forward to defensively push into the covers ... a few yelps of frustration but there was no need, it was a solid shot

20.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, played from the crease into the covers

Sri Lanka 57/5   HAPW Jayawardene 0* (16b)

21.2

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, Sidebottom drifts to leg, Jayawardene does no more than help it on its way to fine leg, he needed do no more in fairness

21.3

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, driven with firm hands to mid-off, it was in the air for a few yards but never a catch

21.4

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, steered to gully

21.5

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, patted to mid-on

21.6

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straight and blocked

Sri Lanka 62/5   HAPW Jayawardene 4* (21b 1x4)

22.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, short, pulled with confidence square on the leg side, Panesar runs round from long leg but can't cut it off

22.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, pushed with good timing between cover and extra cover

22.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, off the thigh pad, Prior scurries into the leg side to field

Sri Lanka 70/5   HAPW Jayawardene 10* (24b 2x4)

23.1

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straight and defended, Sidebottom takes almost the length of the pitch to pull up in his follow through

23.2

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again met with the face of the bat

23.3

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, a booming awayswinger which Jayawardene leaves well alone

23.4

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, lovely shot, another one swinging across him but too full and Jatawardene slams the ball to the cover boundary

23.5

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, same spot but this time Jayawardene looks like a ham as he swings and misses

23.6

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, four more but hit uppishly to the right of Pietersen at short midwicket, quite safe

Sri Lanka 78/5   HAPW Jayawardene 18* (30b 4x4)

24.2

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, he again strays to leg and once more Panesar tidies up in the deep

24.5

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Bopara finds the edge, a genuine one but at his pace that was never going to carry to second slip

24.6

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, (no ball) FOUR, straight, a thick inside edge and it's four all the way, albeit an involuntary one

24.6

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, firm flowing drive slap-bang to extra cover

Sri Lanka 86/5   HAPW Jayawardene 23* (34b 5x4)

25.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, that's a good one to the right-hander, angling into Jayawardene who is right behind it in defence

25.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 4 leg byes, another loose delivery, straying down the leg side and Jayawardene feathers it to fine leg

25.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, and he clamps down on this solidly to end an unspectacular first over

Sri Lanka 91/5   HAPW Jayawardene 23* (37b 5x4)

27.1

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, wide of the off stump and he shoulders arms

27.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, oh dear. Anderson's all over the shop like a supermarket trolley with a wobbly front wheel. This is fired down the leg side

27.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, better, angling into the off stump - nice and full, too, and it's defended

27.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, very firmly punched straight back to Anderson who gets half a hand on it in his follow through

27.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, a pleasing clunk of the bat as Jayawardene punches this to cover

27.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, a single to a deepish cover as Jayawardene nudges this, calling immediately, and there's the fifty partnership from 73 balls

Sri Lanka 92/5   HAPW Jayawardene 24* (43b 5x4)

28.1

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, on his legs, Jayawardene turns it off his hip. Elegantly played through midwicket

28.2

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, wishy, washy waft outside his off-stump - loose stroke, really. Sidebottom sent it wider and lured him in

28.3

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again wide of the off stump but Jayawardene checks himself here and ignores it, as he should

28.4

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, ever so slightly fuller, Jayawardene is a touch late on it but comes forward to punch this to point

28.5

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, oh well bowled - a thick outside edge from Jayawardene who, without moving his feet, got a thick edge to this drive. The ball, though, fell short of a diving Prior

28.6

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, and he pushes this out to cover to end the over

Sri Lanka 94/5   HAPW Jayawardene 26* (49b 5x4)

30.1

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, shapes this one across Jayawardene who refuses to play at it, wisely shouldering arms and standing tall as he does so

30.2

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, a touch too straight, and a tad short too, but Jayawardene's wristy whip can't bisect the leg-side field

30.3

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, ah, fine shot. It was pitched right up, and he just leant on it - the ball speeding across the quick outfield, past a diving Bopara at cover, for four

30.4

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straighter this time and it's defended

30.5

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straighter still, and again defended cautiously

30.6

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot

Sri Lanka 100/5   HAPW Jayawardene 30* (55b 6x4)

31.2

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well bowled, attacking Jayawardene's off stump who is forward and impressively solid in defence

31.3

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, cutting back into Jayawardene who shovels it to leg

31.4

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, wide enough to be left alone outside off

31.5

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, solidly defended on the front foot, punching it straight to mid-off

31.6

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, a belated shout from Anderson who at last finds the right length. Jayawardene came forward, tentatively pushing at it and the ball zipped through to Prior. Bowler and wicketkeeper appeal out of hope more than anything

Sri Lanka 101/5   HAPW Jayawardene 30* (60b 6x4)

32.2

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, well bowled, tossed up on middle stump and it bits off the pitch, Jayawardene defends

32.3

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, on middle-and-leg, a touch too flat and it's defended easily

32.4

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, drifting down the leg side, Jayawardene gets down to sweep before spooning it down to fine leg

32.5

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, ooh, wide of the off stump, Jayawardene cuts and gets a bottom edge which nutmugs Prior

32.6

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up this time on middle-and-leg, it's pushed to midwicket

Sri Lanka 111/5   HAPW Jayawardene 39* (65b 8x4)

33.1

Anderson to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, down the leg side. Anderson throws his arms up in mock-appeal, if only because it brushes the batsman's pads

Sri Lanka 112/5   HAPW Jayawardene 39* (66b 8x4)

34.1

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, defended on middle

34.2

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes forward to defend

34.3

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, ooh, dangerous from Jayawardene and he gets away with it. A top-edge to a dodgy sweep - the ball seemed to grip on him, slow on him - but it fell in no man's land

34.6

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, good one to end the over, tossed up on middle and he comes forward with a smothering defensive

Sri Lanka 120/5   HAPW Jayawardene 40* (70b 8x4)

35.4

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene is forward, defending - not entirely convincingly

35.5

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, bit of a waste this time, wide of the off stump and left alone

35.6

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, terrific yorker, bending back into Jayawardene who digs it out. Great bowling

Sri Lanka 121/5   HAPW Jayawardene 40* (73b 8x4)

36.5

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, solidly defended

36.6

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, flatter and quicker, it's defended

Sri Lanka 124/5   HAPW Jayawardene 40* (75b 8x4)

38.1

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, flighted on leg stump, Jayawardene digs it out

38.2

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, oh well bowled, there's the length from Monty - on middle-stump, and he comes forward to smother it

38.3

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again a good length, drawing the batsman forward

38.4

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, slightly fuller and neatly timed by the right hander, but not sufficiently to earn him a run

38.5

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, "catch it" is the hopeful cry of Prior, as Jayawardene defends hesitantly

38.6

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, FOUR, nothing hesitant about that stroke. A fleet-footed cover drive for four past point

Sri Lanka 130/5   HAPW Jayawardene 44* (81b 9x4)

40.2

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, 3 runs, neatly played, just guiding this past slip down to third man for three. Too full from Panesar

40.6

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, 2 runs, top shot from Jayawardene, going inside out and squeezing it out to extra cover for two

Sri Lanka 140/5   HAPW Jayawardene 49* (83b 9x4)

41.4

Hoggard to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, a bouncer, he hooks this down to fine leg to bring up an 84-ball fifty

Sri Lanka 142/5   HAPW Jayawardene 50* (84b 9x4)

42.1

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, floated up, much slower, blocked

42.2

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, swept to the man on the 45

42.3

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, waits and prods to midwicket

42.4

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, watchful defence, almost letting the ball hit bat rather than the other way round

42.5

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, off the pads to the man on the 45 on the leg side

42.6

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, again goes back and waits before patting the ball down

Sri Lanka 142/5   HAPW Jayawardene 50* (90b 9x4)

43.2

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straight as an arrow, watched and blocked

43.3

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, solid defensive shot, Sidebottom throws his hands in the air for no apparent reason

43.4

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, confident push into the off side

43.5

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, kiss of death ... outside off stump and a limp swish at one angled across him

43.6

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, firm-handed prod into the covers

Sri Lanka 143/5   HAPW Jayawardene 50* (95b 9x4)

45.1

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, angled across the right hander, no shot

45.2

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, tighter line, defended

45.3

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, angled across once more, and Jayawardene leaves

45.4

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, straighter once more, pushed to mid-on

45.5

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, banged in, Jayawardene flicks his head back and allows it to pass, Sidebottom gives a hard-man stare but it's really going through the motions

45.6

Sidebottom to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, defensive push to deep cover, an walked single

Sri Lanka 148/5   HAPW Jayawardene 51* (101b 9x4)

46.1

Panesar to HAPW Jayawardene, OUT, tossed up, Jayawardene prods the ball straight into the midriff of Cook at forward short leg ... he clings on using arms and stomach to gather the ball ... Jayawardene bangs his bat into his pads in frustration as Panesar embarks on a victory jig

HAPW Jayawardene c Cook b Panesar 51 (132m 102b 9x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Sri Lanka 148/6   HAPW Jayawardene 51 (102b 9x4)
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Dec 5, 2007

Sri Lanka celebrate as the last England wicket falls, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Kandy, December 5, 2007

Sri Lanka celebrate as the last England wicket falls

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Matt Prior walks back after being bowled for 63, Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Kandy, December 5, 2007

Matt Prior walks back after being bowled for 63

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