England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Wicket commentary

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39.2

Muralitharan to Vaughan, OUT, gone! and what a stroke of luck for Sri Lanka, and poor luck for Vaughan as he flicks this neatly off his pads put straight at short-leg, who somehow manages to hold onto it between his legs...that's a remarkable moment, and gains Sri Lanka a wicket out of nowhere

MP Vaughan c Mubarak b Muralitharan 87 (161m 139b 12x4 0x6) SR: 62.58

England 133/1   AN Cook 37* (102b 5x4)   M Muralitharan 11.2-0-33-1

59.1

Muralitharan to Bell, OUT, and Murali is the man again...round the wicket to Bell, who tries to work it to leg but edges into his thigh pad and the ball balloons up to short leg. For the second time today Mubarak shows outstanding reactions, diving away high to his right...this time there was no luck in the wicket

IR Bell c Mubarak b Muralitharan 15 (80m 62b 1x4 0x6) SR: 24.19

England 168/2   AN Cook 54* (160b 6x4)   M Muralitharan 21.1-4-43-2

60.3

Vaas to Pietersen, OUT, and the plan has worked, it's a brilliant piece of work at slip, but wait, there's controversy. Pietersen went for a drive at a wide ball, nicked to the third slip, Silva, who dived to his left and grabbed the catch low to the turf, it bobbles up and Sangakkara comes from first slip to take the rebound. Pietersen waits as the umpires consult, Harper raises his finger, but TV replays show the ball appears to have brushed the ground before the initial take by Silva. Pietersen waits inside the boundary, as he did at Lord's earlier this year against India, but there's no overturning this decision and he's off

KP Pietersen c Sangakkara b Vaas 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

England 171/3   AN Cook 56* (163b 6x4)   WPUJC Vaas 16.3-4-34-1

82.3

Malinga to Cook, OUT, a huge wicket there, Cook trudges off dejectedly and somewhat unamused as the finger is raised for one which pitched pretty much on leg, if not just outside, and would have whirred well on its way outside leg

AN Cook lbw b Malinga 81 (344m 234b 8x4 0x6) SR: 34.61

England 237/4   PD Collingwood 40* (62b 6x4)   SL Malinga 13.3-1-53-1

82.4

Malinga to Bopara, OUT, no doubts about that one - too good for Bopara who is beaten immediately with a coruscating yorker, moving away, and he's too late with a vain stab down of the bat

RS Bopara b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England 237/5   PD Collingwood 40* (62b 6x4)   SL Malinga 13.4-1-53-2

93.5

Vaas to Collingwood, OUT, Collingwood left it, Vaas foooled him with the one that came back in, it pitched well in line and would have gone on to hit middle and off

PD Collingwood lbw b Vaas 52 (144m 96b 7x4 0x6) SR: 54.16

England 269/6   MJ Prior 18* (33b 3x4)   WPUJC Vaas 26.5-7-53-2

96.2

Malinga to Broad, OUT, straight and true as you like, rapping Broad low on the pad, the batsman playing down the wrong line

SCJ Broad lbw b Malinga 2 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

England 272/7   MJ Prior 19* (40b 3x4)   SL Malinga 18.2-2-65-3

122.6

Muralitharan to Sidebottom, OUT, gone this time, finally the stand is broken, rips an off-break across Sidebottom who gets the edge which is well taken by Mahela Jayawardene, diving to his right at slip after a bobble. The ball went close to the wicketkeeper

RJ Sidebottom c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 17 (110m 81b 1x4 0x6) SR: 20.98

England 346/8   MJ Prior 74* (118b 9x4)   M Muralitharan 46-8-116-3

124.1

Muralitharan to Harmison, OUT, another for Murali, low full toss and Harmison tries to sweep but gets a top edge to short fine-leg...how Prior will be wishing he'd taken the strike

SJ Harmison c Silva b Muralitharan 0 (6m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England 350/9   MJ Prior 78* (124b 9x4)   M Muralitharan 46.1-8-116-4

126.2

Muralitharan to Prior, OUT, the end of the innings, Prior goes for the slog sweep and gets a top edge, Murali calls for it himself and catches it safely at about midwicket. Another five wicket haul for him and a fine innings from Prior

MJ Prior c & b Muralitharan 79 (189m 130b 9x4 0x6) SR: 60.76

England 351/10   MS Panesar 0* (7b)   M Muralitharan 47.2-9-116-5
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Series Results
Sri Lanka v England at Galle - Dec 18-22, 2007
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC) - Dec 9-13, 2007
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v England at Kandy - Dec 1-5, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 88 runs
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Dec 13, 2007

The clouds linger over the SSC in Colombo, before the rain fell to force a draw, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, December 13, 2007

The clouds linger over the SSC in Colombo, before the rain fell to force a draw

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Dec 13, 2007

Kevin Pietersen cracks one through the covers, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, December 13, 2007

Kevin Pietersen cracks one through the covers

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