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

12.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, a steady start, Sangakkara back and across to defend

12.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, same again, back, across and pushed to short mid-off

12.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, nothing if not consistent ... same line and length and Sangakkara right behind the block

12.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, slanted across the left hander, no movement and left

12.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, left alone

12.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, a mistimed attempted flick into the on side, the ball goes absolutely nowhere

Sri Lanka 40/2   JM Anderson 1-1-0-0

14.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, a few yelps of anguish but all rather theatrical as Sangakkara defends

14.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara stands very upright to push into the off side

14.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, again upright to push to short extra cover

14.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, angled across, Sangakkara shoulders arms

14.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, straighter, Sangakkara has to play this one and does so with assurance

14.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, defended to short extra cover

Sri Lanka 42/3   JM Anderson 2-2-0-0

16.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, defended to general relief in the home dressing room

16.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned behind square for a single

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   JM Anderson 3-2-1-0

18.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, safely defended

18.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara into line to block

18.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, firm defensive drive to mid-off

18.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, slanted across Sangakkara but it started to wide to tempt anyone ... other than Jayasuriya

18.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, a genuine edge but the ball flies at waist height through where third slip would have been. Anderson shakes his head as well he might ... he did all he could there and ended up with four against his name

18.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flicked to deep backward square leg

Sri Lanka 52/5   JM Anderson 4-2-7-0

20.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, firm upright drive, straight at ... and through ... Sidebottom at mid-off. A limp dive and Anderson has every right to give a series of death stares to his colleague

20.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single into the deep

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   JM Anderson 5-2-12-0

22.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, angled across Sangakkara who starts to play but pulls his bat inside the line in good time

22.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, driven off the toe-end of the bat to mid-off

22.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned square on the leg side for an easy run

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   JM Anderson 6-2-19-0

25.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, and he starts with a post-lunch loosener, well wide of Sangakkara's off stump who leaves it alone

25.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, and again, Anderson's radar has been left in the canteen I think

25.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, straighter, but too straight and he calmly turns it off his hip behind square for a single

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   JM Anderson 7-2-20-0

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   JM Anderson 8-2-21-0

29.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, neat cricket from Sri Lanka here, Sangakkara nudging this to leg and immediately calling two. They get it comfortably, too

29.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, another waste from Anderson - wide, wide, wide of the off stump and Prior shuffles across to take it, almost in front of first slip

29.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, the first real sign of an authoritative punch from Sangakkara (in the form of his life at the moment, in case you didn't know), even if it was only a defensive punch

29.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, ooh a tempter outside off stump but Sangakkara withdraws his bat and ignores it

29.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

29.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, good end to an indifferent, mixed bag of an over from Anderson. Short, rising onto the left-hander who defends off the back foot

Sri Lanka 96/5   JM Anderson 9-2-23-0

31.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, that's Sangakkara nearly at his best, driving this on the up with excellent timing - though not the best placement, finding extra cover lurking on the boundary

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   JM Anderson 10-2-24-0

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

33.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot of the morning. Nothing more than a defensive push, straight back past the bowler. Sweetly timed and he's looking in great touch

33.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, on his legs, it's nudged with neat timing to bring him two - and his 24th Test fifty, from 80 balls

33.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, quick to punish anything loose, but Sangakkara's equally solid in defence. This is nice and full, straight, and dug out solidly

33.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, again, a carbon copy of the previous ball and equally competently defended

33.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, shuffles across his stumps to make room, nudging it to leg, but he can't time it or find a single

Sri Lanka 118/5   JM Anderson 11-2-30-0

51.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, back, waits and then works it with ease to midwicket

51.2

Anderson to Vaas, no run, outside off stump, through to Prior on the half volley

51.3

Anderson to Vaas, no run, a loose drive, his bottom hand comes off the bat as he plays the shot and the ball goes to point on the bounce

51.4

Anderson to Vaas, 1 run, worked round the corner to long leg

51.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, outside the off stump, no shot played

51.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, much wider and he's not going to nibble at this stage

Sri Lanka 180/6   JM Anderson 12-2-32-0

53.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, outside off, cutting back into Sangakkara who blocks it off the back foot

53.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, bashed to mid-off with chirruping footwork

53.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, well bowled. A little offie from Anderson which beats Fernando's washy drive

53.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to Pietersen at cover who shies at the non-striker's stumps, and misses

53.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, again thumped to Pietersen who threatens to shy at the stumps

53.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, and a bouncer to end the over

Sri Lanka 180/7   JM Anderson 13-3-32-0

55.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, pushed out to cover

55.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, oh he's absolutely hammered that, lacing it to deep extra cover. Bopara fields and flings in a throw; Sangakkara's farming the strike and declines a single

55.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, again guided out to cover; again he turns down a run

55.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, elegantly punched with a high front elbow. It's looking deadly flat out there for Anderson

55.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, on his legs and this time he takes the single, exposing Fernando to the final delivery

55.6

Anderson to Fernando, no run, uppishly forced to mid-off

Sri Lanka 181/7   JM Anderson 14-3-33-0

57.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, firmly defended

57.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, very full, enticing the drive and he creams it to mid-off

57.3

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, flicked off his hip to deep square leg

57.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, FOUR, oh, what a shot that is. Guided down past the slip, threaded between the gully, and it beats a square third man. Sheer class, and reminiscent of Brian Lara in many ways. Deft, classical cricket

57.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, an attempted yorker on leg stump which is boshed to midwicket

57.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, shorter, and he rocks back and tries to uppercut it but misses. Prior finds it all very amusing

Sri Lanka 186/8   JM Anderson 15-3-37-0

59.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, pushed out to cover

59.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, OUT, got him! Down the track from Sangakkara, trying to loft Anderson but he got a thick outside edge, the ball flying just wide of gully...but it's Collingwood lurking there, and he pulls off a cracker high to his right

KC Sangakkara c Collingwood b Anderson 92 (251m 159b 13x4 0x6) SR: 57.86

59.3

Anderson to Muralitharan, 1 run, firmly thumped from Murali past mid-off

59.4

Anderson to Malinga, 1 run, OUT, pulled through midwicket - classic tailend ugliness there - and deep midwicket jogs around. But hold on, there's trouble here if the throw's on target - which it is! And that wraps up Sri Lanka's innings

M Muralitharan run out 1 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Sri Lanka 188/10   JM Anderson 15.4-3-39-1
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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Dec 5, 2007

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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