England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

1.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, on the off stump, punched just wide of Hoggard but no opportunity of a run

1.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, 2 runs, ooh and this swings into the left hander who nudges it wide of Alastair Cook at short-leg - to his left in fact, but it was timed sufficiently well that Cook didn't have a hope of snaffling that

1.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, ripper! That's a rip-snorter from Hoggard cutting back markedly and bouncing horribly on Tharanga who is hit high on the handle. Played it well in the end

1.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga's well back in his crease and defending cautiously

1.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, swinging into Tharanga who, without moving his feet, pings it back to Hoggard. Not a convincing stroke at all and he was late on it

1.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, 2 runs, poor ball down the leg side which is clipped. Sidebottom has the thankless task of running round from fine-leg to save four

Sri Lanka 6/0   WU Tharanga 4* (6b)

3.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, excellent ball. Nice and straight, the batsman shuffles to the off side but misreads the swing and only just jabs down on it

Sri Lanka 12/0   WU Tharanga 4* (7b)

4.3

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, quick, bouncy ball outside the off stump which is (wisely) left alone

4.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, a waste, wide of the off stump

4.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, left alone on length as much as the wide line

4.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, yes, again wide enough to be left alone

Sri Lanka 13/0   WU Tharanga 4* (11b)

6.1

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off

6.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, punched off the back foot back to the bowler

6.3

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, that's the line from Sidebottom, just outside the off stump and it straightens on the left hander who very nearly edges this

6.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, a fast but wide offbreak

6.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, a waste down the leg side

6.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, wide of the off stump and cutting and swinging wider

Sri Lanka 13/0   WU Tharanga 4* (17b)

7.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, delicious stroke; poor delivery. Full, on his pads and he clips it with tremendous timing through midwicket

7.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, nudged to midwicket

Sri Lanka 26/0   WU Tharanga 8* (19b 1x4)

8.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, again a poor line down the leg side which is nudged to midwicket

8.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, FOUR, beautiful, classy stroke here - again to a full-pitched delivery. Punched past the sprinting Monty at mid-off who chases in vain

8.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 run, excellent cricket from Sri Lanka as Tharanga drops this out to cover and they sprint through for a single

Sri Lanka 32/0   WU Tharanga 13* (22b 2x4)

9.1

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, on middle-and-off, the batsman shuffles to leg a little nervously, angling it out to the off side

9.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 2 runs, turned off his pads, aerially, down to fine leg

9.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, a bouncer but it doesn't get up at all and Tharanga ducks beneath it, the ball almost shaving his helmet. Very close to heading that into the back of the net

9.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, dropped - oh dear. He's dropped a clanger has Collingwood at second slip. A beautiful delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga slicing it to Collingwood's right who takes his eye off the ball and somehow clangs it. Dreadful

9.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, nudged out to cover

9.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, fast, on off stump and defended

Sri Lanka 34/0   WU Tharanga 15* (28b 2x4)

10.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, a waste, wide of the off stump. He's just not making the batsmen play enough

10.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 wide, that is village from Sidebottom. Miles wide of the off stump, cutting and swinging wider still

10.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off

Sri Lanka 36/1   WU Tharanga 15* (30b 2x4)

11.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, this holds up on Tharanga who cautiously defends to leg

11.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, defended on the off stump

11.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, 1 run, punched back past the bowler. Encouraging inswing but that's neatly played

Sri Lanka 38/1   WU Tharanga 16* (33b 2x4)

12.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, short of a length, defended off his hip

12.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, very cautiously defended off the back foot

12.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, ooh, an inside edge here from Tharanga. Absolutely no feet movement

12.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, a bit too short really and Tharanga jumps back to defend

12.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, sweetly driven straight to mid-off. Very neatly timed

Sri Lanka 40/1   WU Tharanga 16* (38b 2x4)

14.1

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, nudged to leg

14.2

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off

14.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, a good length and reasonable line, just outside the off stump. Defended pretty safely out to cover

14.4

Harmison to Tharanga, OUT, he's gone! Tharanga's rapped on the pads, Rauf takes his time - and up goes the finger. That would have hit the top of the off stump, though replays show the ball pitched outside the leg stump. A dodgy decision, again, but very well bowled by Harmison

WU Tharanga lbw b Harmison 16 (72m 42b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.09

Sri Lanka 44/2   WU Tharanga 16 (42b 2x4)
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Dec 22, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene poses with the trophy after Sri Lanka's 1-0 series win over England, Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Galle, 5th day, December 22 2007

Mahela Jayawardene poses with the trophy after Sri Lanka's series win

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Dec 22, 2007

The Sri Lankan side celebrate after their series win, Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Galle, 5th day, December 22 2007

The Sri Lankan side celebrate after their series win

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