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

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

Sri Lanka 5/0   ST Jayasuriya 4* (2b 1x4)   RJ Sidebottom 0.3-0-5-0

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

Sri Lanka 10/0   ST Jayasuriya 9* (6b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 0.2-0-4-0

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

Sri Lanka 16/1   KC Sangakkara 5* (4b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 1.3-0-9-0

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

Sri Lanka 21/1   KC Sangakkara 10* (12b 2x4)   RJ Sidebottom 2.5-0-11-1

6.4

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

Sri Lanka 26/1   MG Vandort 6* (12b 1x4)   RJ Sidebottom 3.4-0-15-1

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

Sri Lanka 36/2   KC Sangakkara 16* (24b 3x4)   RJ Sidebottom 5.2-0-20-1

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

Sri Lanka 40/2   KC Sangakkara 20* (26b 4x4)   RJ Sidebottom 5.4-0-24-1

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

Sri Lanka 50/5   KC Sangakkara 28* (51b 5x4)   JM Anderson 3.5-2-5-0

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

Sri Lanka 56/5   KC Sangakkara 34* (53b 6x4)   JM Anderson 4.1-2-11-0

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

Sri Lanka 62/5   HAPW Jayawardene 4* (17b 1x4)   RJ Sidebottom 6.2-0-29-1

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

Sri Lanka 67/5   HAPW Jayawardene 8* (22b 2x4)   JM Anderson 5.4-2-17-0

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

Sri Lanka 74/5   HAPW Jayawardene 14* (28b 3x4)   RJ Sidebottom 7.4-0-33-1

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)   RJ Sidebottom 8-0-37-1

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

Sri Lanka 86/5   HAPW Jayawardene 23* (33b 5x4)   RS Bopara 0.5-0-8-0

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

Sri Lanka 100/5   HAPW Jayawardene 30* (52b 6x4)   RJ Sidebottom 10.3-1-43-1

32.4

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

Sri Lanka 106/5   HAPW Jayawardene 34* (63b 7x4)   MS Panesar 0.4-0-5-0

32.5

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

Sri Lanka 110/5   HAPW Jayawardene 38* (64b 8x4)   MS Panesar 0.5-0-9-0

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

Sri Lanka 116/5   KC Sangakkara 48* (79b 7x4)   JM Anderson 10.2-2-28-0

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)   MS Panesar 4-0-17-0

44.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, FOUR, a confident and textbook sweep, on length and line, the ball races to the square-leg boundary

Sri Lanka 147/5   KC Sangakkara 66* (120b 8x4)   MS Panesar 7-1-28-0

46.4

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, a much more confident push through the off side, well timed to get off the mark

Sri Lanka 152/6   WPUJC Vaas 4* (3b 1x4)   MS Panesar 7.4-1-32-1

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

Sri Lanka 156/6   KC Sangakkara 70* (121b 9x4)   RJ Sidebottom 13.1-1-49-1

48.4

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, too full, swept through midwicket from off stump

Sri Lanka 162/6   WPUJC Vaas 8* (11b 2x4)   MS Panesar 8.4-1-37-1

49.3

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

Sri Lanka 168/6   KC Sangakkara 76* (126b 10x4)   RJ Sidebottom 14.3-1-54-1

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

Sri Lanka 172/6   KC Sangakkara 80* (127b 11x4)   RJ Sidebottom 14.4-1-58-1

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

Sri Lanka 177/6   KC Sangakkara 84* (130b 12x4)   MS Panesar 9.3-1-44-1

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

Sri Lanka 186/8   KC Sangakkara 92* (155b 13x4)   JM Anderson 14.4-3-37-0
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Sri Lanka v England at Kandy - Dec 1-5, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 88 runs
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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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