England tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v England at Kandy, Dec 1-5, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 88 runs
1,2,3,4,5 December 2007 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
0.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, 1 run, full, swinging, dug out and a quick single to mid-off

0.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller ... well, a full toss ... Jayasuriya watches and pushes gently to mid-off

0.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, FOUR, half volley this time and crisply driven to the right of mid-off, the ball races away over the dry grass

0.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, much wider, a sniff of swing, Jayasuriya has a swing and a miss which will encourage Sidebottom

0.5

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full again, clipped off his toes into Cook's boot at short leg, a shout of catch it but no way was that a chance, the ball bobbles into the leg side and that allows a single

0.6

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, fuller again, pushed back down the pitch

Sri Lanka 6/0   RJ Sidebottom 1-0-6-0
2.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, outside the off stump, Jayasuriya not tempted ... for now

2.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, pushed into the off side off the back foot

2.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, angled into Jayasuriya who is caught back in the crease and the ball smacks into his pads ... far too high but encouraging for Sidebottom

2.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, swinging away from the left hander, no shot offered

2.5

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, OUT, a loose drive to a wide ball, Jayasuriya doesn't get remotely over the shot and he is excellently caught diving to his right by Kevin Pietersen at short cover. It was at a nice height but he had to react quickly.

ST Jayasuriya c Pietersen b Sidebottom 10 (12m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

2.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller and defended

Sri Lanka 12/1   RJ Sidebottom 2-0-7-1
4.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, Sangakkara into line to defend

4.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, turned off his hips into the ground, Cook at short leg dives to his right to pick up on the half volley

4.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, on a length and defended

4.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, a rather jabbed defensive prod into the off side

4.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sidebottom strays to leg, Sangakkara on it quickly and clips that off his pads for a well-timed four

4.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, a good response from Sidebottom, turning Sangakkara square and the ball squirts to cover

Sri Lanka 21/1   RJ Sidebottom 3-0-11-1
6.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, Vandort, tall and upright, defends

6.2

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, driven to mid-off, not timed and the ball bobbles to the fielder

6.3

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, Vandort right into line, everything behind the ball

6.4

Sidebottom to Vandort, FOUR, slightly more width and Vandort quick to seize on it, an effortless drive through the covers

6.5

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, driven into the ground and fielded by Bopara at very short extra cover

6.6

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, outside off and Vandort opts to leave

Sri Lanka 26/1   RJ Sidebottom 4-0-15-1
8.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, Vandort not tempted to nibble outside his off stump

8.2

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, and again, wide and left

8.3

Sidebottom to Vandort, 1 run, shorter, punched past Cook at short leg, a single to midwicket

8.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, the widest so far, no need for the batsman to do anything

8.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, and another wide one ... lots of effort from Sidebottom, lots of running, but he's not making the batsman play this over

8.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, and five out of six left alone in the over

Sri Lanka 29/1   RJ Sidebottom 5-0-16-1
10.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, pushed back to Sidebottom who picks up well in his follow through

10.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, whipped off his pads, well timed, and there's no way the fielders can catch that as it races to the midwicket boundary

10.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, checked drive to mid-off

10.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sidebottom strays to leg, driven with little effort to the left of mid-on, he barely did more than lean into the ball

10.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, feisty response, short and wide

10.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, watchful defence ... the lull after the storm

Sri Lanka 40/2   RJ Sidebottom 6-0-24-1
21.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned late off his pads to long leg

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   RJ Sidebottom 7-0-29-1
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   RJ Sidebottom 8-0-37-1
26.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara shuffles across a little late, and squidges the ball back to Sidebottom. No great pace, and even less movement for Sidebottom

26.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, better line this time, just outside his off stump and Sangakkara rocks back before deciding to leave it well alone. Good length there

26.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, straighter - good ball, this, angling into the off-stump of the left-hander who is forward in defence

26.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara is back in his crease and guiding this out to cover

26.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, easily left alone outside off. A touch too short this time

26.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, beautifully driven back to the bowler who picks it up off his laces and, in the same movement, wings it onto Sangakkara's stumps. Great athleticism there (though he missed the stumps)

Sri Lanka 91/5   RJ Sidebottom 9-1-37-1
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   RJ Sidebottom 10-1-39-1
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   RJ Sidebottom 11-1-43-1
43.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven via a thick outside edge into the covers, into space and a single

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   RJ Sidebottom 12-1-44-1
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   RJ Sidebottom 13-1-45-1
47.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sidebottom drifts onto leg stump and Sangakkara whips it square, Hoggard round to field but lets the ball go right through his hands

47.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, rasping square drive on the off side this time, but fielded safely in the deep

47.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, defended into the covers

47.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, patted to mid-on

47.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, mistimed drive, he connects more with the ground than the ball and so gets no power into the shot

47.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, pushed into the off side

Sri Lanka 157/6   RJ Sidebottom 14-1-50-1
49.1

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to Panesar at mid-off, he fires in a return to Prior which is more popgun that exocet

49.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, poked into the off side

49.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, far too wide, a super slashing drive off the front foot, positively Caribbean in its execution

49.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, oh, and even better than the last one, again off the front foot, almost off one knee, but this time through extra cover. A delight to watch

49.5

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, straighter, Sangakkara defends, Sidebottom follows through and has a word. Given that the previous two deliveries had been smashed to the rope, he might have been better advised to avoid making eye contact

49.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, watchfully blocked

Sri Lanka 172/6   RJ Sidebottom 15-1-58-1
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