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

1.1

Hoggard to Jayasuriya, no run, right up in the blockhole, not much sign of movement in the air, kept out with ease

1.2

Hoggard to Jayasuriya, FOUR, wide and a slashing drive through mid-off, Jayasuriya really lays into that and it's four all the way

1.3

Hoggard to Jayasuriya, 1 run, sweetly clipped off his toes behind square on the on side, the man at long leg trundles round to mop up

1.4

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, better from Hoggard, straight on a length, a slight hint of swing, Vandort right into line

1.5

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, right through a tentative prod from Vandort, a loud shout from bowler and close fielders but that looked like an inside edge may have made the umpire's job that much easier

1.6

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, checked drive to mid-on

Sri Lanka 11/0   MJ Hoggard 1-0-5-0

3.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, a foot or so outside the off stump, watched on its way

3.2

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, again left, this one cuts back into the left hander and that may well have caused a slight rethink on the batsman's part. He left it on length quite safely but it did come back quite a way

3.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, FOUR, turned square and the ball squirts through the slips, Pietersen chases to the boundary but is not prepared to dive on this outfield and so is caught in two minds ... to flick back or to field ... and as he picks the ball up his foot slips and touches the boundary marker and so it's four

3.4

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, pushed to mid-on

3.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, back and across, turned square again in the process, but into line and safely defended

3.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed with soft hands to the left of mid-on, a quick call allows a comfortable single

Sri Lanka 17/1   MJ Hoggard 2-0-10-0

5.1

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, defensive poke into the covers

5.2

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, muttering from Hoggard as he gets one past the outside edge

5.3

Hoggard to Vandort, 1 run, turned off his hips to backward square leg

5.4

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, firm and oh-so-correct drive hard to mid-off

5.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, better line, Sangakkara caught in two minds by some swing and the ball squirts into the on side. Never a chance but Hoggard smiles as if to say that both he and the batsman know that was his small victory

5.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, defended into the covers

Sri Lanka 22/1   MJ Hoggard 3-0-11-0

7.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, yells of frustration and Sangakkara goes back and gets a thick inside edge which squirms past his stumps and down to long leg. Hoggard stands with his hands on his head as if done a great injustice

7.2

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, shorter, Vandort slightly surprised by that but he does enough to keep it down

7.3

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, outside off, slight swing, left alone

7.4

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, another inside edge as Vandort plays a slightly lazy half drive, no histrionics from Hoggard this time, and the ball dribbles to square leg

7.5

Hoggard to Vandort, 1 run, angled into the off side

7.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, outside off, no shot

Sri Lanka 28/1   MJ Hoggard 4-0-13-0

9.1

Hoggard to Vandort, OUT, a tame dismissal ... full and straight, Vandort plays a checked drive and the ball loops gently to Michael Vaughan at mid-on ... all he has to do is stand, wait and catch it which he does

MG Vandort c Vaughan b Hoggard 8 (41m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

9.2

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good delivery, on the spot and defended

9.3

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a rather nothing defensive push into the covers, not really any conviction, but into space and he's off the mark

9.4

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed straight to mid-on but he's out of the blocks like a greyhound for a well-run single

9.5

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, clipped to square leg, Panesar onto it quickly and prevents the run after some "yes ...no" calling

9.5

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on off stump, a sniff of extra bounce causes Jayawardene to take his bottom hand off the bat as he plays it

9.6

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, firmly but defensively driven into the off side

Sri Lanka 32/2   MJ Hoggard 5-0-16-1

11.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended ... all very sedate

11.2

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, left alone although he momentarily appeared tempted

11.3

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, straighter, no swing, dead-batted to silly mid-on

11.4

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide, swinging away from the right hander

11.5

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, into the on side, nothing doing.

11.6

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, left alone, a maiden over but no alarms for the batsman

Sri Lanka 40/2   MJ Hoggard 6-1-16-1

13.1

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, and the drinks interval strikes ... Hoggard puts one on the spot, a sniff of away movement, Jayawardene nibbles and gets a thin but clear edge to Prior who takes a routine catch low to his right

DPMD Jayawardene c †Prior b Hoggard 1 (23m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.33

13.2

Hoggard to Silva, no run, another one on the spot, defended

13.3

Hoggard to Silva, no run, horribly loose drive, very strange in this situation, not timed and a thick inside edge as the ball bobbles back down the pitch

13.4

Hoggard to Silva, 2 runs, Hoggard strays to leg, Silva flicks through midwicket and Panesar chases it down

13.5

Hoggard to Silva, no run, on off stump, well watched

13.6

Hoggard to Silva, no run, defended again, ending a good over from the impressive Hoggard

Sri Lanka 42/3   MJ Hoggard 7-1-18-2

15.1

Hoggard to Silva, OUT, a snorter, on off stump with a hint of away movement off the seam, Silva has to play, gets a thin edge and a jubilant Prior hurls the ball to the heavens

LPC Silva c †Prior b Hoggard 2 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

15.2

Hoggard to Mubarak, no run, prodded into the off side

15.3

Hoggard to Mubarak, no run, grunts of frustration as Mubarak shoulders arms to a ball not a million miles from his off stump

15.4

Hoggard to Mubarak, no run, unconvincingly jabbed out, more yelps from the fielders

15.5

Hoggard to Mubarak, no run, short, Mubarak ducks

15.6

Hoggard to Mubarak, OUT, And another one! Again showing the virtues of line and length, the ball seams the other way, leaving the left hander, Mubarak nibbles - he had to play at it - and it's a third catch of the morning for Prior

J Mubarak c †Prior b Hoggard 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka 42/5   MJ Hoggard 8-2-18-4

17.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, down the leg side, Sangakkara shapes to play a rather loose flick but gets nowhere near it

17.2

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, outside off, left by Sangakkara

17.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 2 runs, pushed through midwicket, Sangakkara calls his partner back for the second and Jayawardene has to get his whites dirty as he dives for his ground at the bowler's end

17.4

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, tip and run to a slightly flat-footed Panesar at mid-off, Panesar dives forward and underarms into the stumps from a couple of yards away but Sangakkara home by some way

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   MJ Hoggard 9-2-21-4

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   MJ Hoggard 10-3-21-4

35.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, down the leg side but, unlike Sidebottom or Anderson, Hoggard immediately finds the swing

35.2

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, he comes forward - a little tentatively, but clamps down on this solidly enough

35.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, sweetly driven - a copybook cover drive there. High front elbow, big stride out to reach the ball and a solid check-drive for a single

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   MJ Hoggard 11-3-22-4

37.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

37.2

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, a thumping drive on the front foot from Sangakkara which deserves four (or at least more than the zero it earned him) but Pietersen pulls off an impressive save at cover

37.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, a slower ball, a little offie, which Sangakkara guides to cover

37.4

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, beaten for a lack of pace, if anything, the bat turning in his hands as he tries to drive it through the covers. Hoggard fields

37.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara leans back here, keen on going for glory with a cracking drive but he finds the fielder

37.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 2 runs, guided to deep point

Sri Lanka 126/5   MJ Hoggard 12-3-24-4

39.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, bending back into Sangakkara who compactly defends, head right over the ball

39.2

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 2 runs, neat stroke. Short, and a little wide of the off stump, Sangakkara rocks back to punch this in front of square for a couple. Calmly played

39.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

39.4

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, too wide and Sangakkara is wise to the pitch now, leaving it well alone

39.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, guided out to cover

39.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, a crab-like punch past point to end the over

Sri Lanka 133/5   MJ Hoggard 13-3-27-4

41.1

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, swinging back into the left-hander who attempts to clobber it through the covers but gets an inside edge. No feet movement

41.2

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, solidly driven to mid-on

41.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, 1 run, clumped out to extra cover. No great pace and even less movement through the air

41.4

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

41.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, too wide of his off stump, easily left alone

41.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, no run, pushed out to cover to end the over

Sri Lanka 142/5   MJ Hoggard 14-3-29-4
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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