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

Panesar's previous over but one was a five-ball affair ... we thought we were going mad but for once we were not.

50.1

Panesar to Vaas, no run, Vaas flicks off the front foot through midwicket

50.2

Panesar to Vaas, 1 run, uber wristy flick behind square on the leg side

50.3

Panesar to Sangakkara, FOUR, two steps down the ground and lofted high over mid-off for a one-bounce four ... it came with a foot or so of carrying all the way

A great example of how to use your feet to play spinners.

50.4

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, one step this time and defended

50.5

Panesar to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven down the ground, all very sedate

50.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, Vaas completely bamboozled by one that rips off a length, through him and through Prior as well and the man saving the one behind on the leg side fields

End of over 51 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 178/6

    • WPUJC Vaas 11 (16b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 85 (132b 12x4)
    • MS Panesar 10-1-45-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-1-58-1

A change after Sidebottom's expensive over ... it's James Anderson.

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

Sangakkara is looking so at home now ... the hundred is his for the taking.

End of over 52 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 180/6

    • KC Sangakkara 86 (135b 12x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 12 (19b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 12-2-32-0
    • MS Panesar 10-1-45-1

We have confirmed with the official scorer - that was a five ball over two overs ago from Panesar.

52.1

Panesar to Vaas, no run, Vaas back, shapes to cut and misses ...lots of hands in the air

52.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, swished to midwicket

52.3

Panesar to Vaas, OUT, he again steps back to attempt a cut, the ball rips out of the rough and clips the top of his off stump. It turned appreciably but he had been given a warning two balls earlier and he ignored it

WPUJC Vaas b Panesar 12 (25m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

With Sangakkara in such form at the other end, all Vaas had to do was stay there and hold up his end, making that shot all the more lamentable.

52.4

Panesar to Fernando, no run, tossed up, well forward to block

52.5

Panesar to Fernando, no run, straighter and fuller, again defended well

52.6

Panesar to Fernando, no run, outside leg stump and padded away

Tea Kumar Sangakkara has kept the flag flying for Sri Lanka, but another two wickets, both to Monty Panesar, in the afternoon ensures that while Sri Lanka had a better session, the day is still very much England's. Join Will Luke for the final session in a few minutes.

End of over 53 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 180/7

    • CRD Fernando 0 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 86 (135b 12x4)
    • MS Panesar 11-2-45-2
    • JM Anderson 12-2-32-0

Welcome back all. Will here. Nearly ready to get underway for the final session. If you have anything interesting to say, drop us a line. Anderson to begin things after tea

53.1

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

Just the one slip in

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

He'd have been a goner had he hit

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

End of over 54 (maiden) Sri Lanka 180/7

    • KC Sangakkara 86 (141b 12x4)
    • CRD Fernando 0 (3b)
    • JM Anderson 13-3-32-0
    • MS Panesar 11-2-45-2

Over the wicket

54.1

Panesar to Fernando, no run, on his legs, defended

54.2

Panesar to Fernando, no run, again on his legs, and again easily defended

54.3

Panesar to Fernando, no run, slightly straighter this time, and fuller too. It's firmly blocked out

54.4

Panesar to Fernando, no run, squeezed out to point on the front foot

54.5

Panesar to Fernando, no run, touch shorter, smothered on the front foot

54.6

Panesar to Fernando, no run, pushed back to Panesar to complete a maiden

End of over 55 (maiden) Sri Lanka 180/7

    • CRD Fernando 0 (9b)
    • KC Sangakkara 86 (141b 12x4)
    • MS Panesar 12-3-45-2
    • 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

Rob from Finland is nice and upbeat: "England have made a massive start, but just watch how they collapse in their own innings - and throw the advantage away - as usual."

55.6

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

End of over 56 (1 run) Sri Lanka 181/7

    • CRD Fernando 0 (10b)
    • KC Sangakkara 87 (146b 12x4)
    • JM Anderson 14-3-33-0
    • MS Panesar 12-3-45-2
56.1

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, punched off the back foot

56.2

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, nudged to leg

He's over the wicket, incidentally

56.3

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, on off stump, Sangakkara comes forward to defend. And boy, does he defend that well

56.4

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up, nicely flighted

56.5

Panesar to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed to leg

56.6

Panesar to Fernando, OUT, pushed forward but he couldn't quite hide his bat behind the pad, the ball taking the edge and hands Vaughan, at gully, with a relatively easy chance - diving forward. And Sri Lanka are eight down

CRD Fernando c Vaughan b Panesar 0 (15m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 57 (1 run) Sri Lanka 182/8

    • KC Sangakkara 88 (151b 12x4)
    • MS Panesar 13-3-46-3
    • 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

End of over 58 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 186/8

    • KC Sangakkara 92 (157b 13x4)
    • SL Malinga 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 15-3-37-0
    • MS Panesar 13-3-46-3
58.1

Panesar to Malinga, no run, on off stump, firmly smothered

58.2

Panesar to Malinga, no run, a huge, raucous appeal from Panesar to one which raps him on the pads, but it's miles down the leg side

58.3

Panesar to Malinga, no run, ooh left alone outside off. Very well left! Panesar and Prior roar their surprise

58.4

Panesar to Malinga, no run, "aww" is the cry from Prior to one which Lasith smothers

58.5

Panesar to Malinga, no run, close, close - he shuffles dangerously across his stumps

58.6

Panesar to Malinga, no run, bat-padded away

End of over 59 (maiden) Sri Lanka 186/8

    • SL Malinga 0 (6b)
    • KC Sangakkara 92 (157b 13x4)
    • MS Panesar 14-4-46-3
    • 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

What a day England have had, set up of course by Matthew Hoggard's brilliant 4 for 29. Kumar Sangakkara was rarely troubled, and fully deserved yet another hundred, but was smartly taken by Collingwood in the gully, a catch that epitomises England's excellence in the field today. It's not often England have such a successful opening day of a Test tour - but it 'aint over yet. They have the small matter of combating Muttiah Muralitharan in a few moments...

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