England tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v England at Galle, Dec 18-22, 2007
18,19,20,21,22 December 2007 (5-day match)
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0.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, a beauty from Sidebottom first up! An absolute corker in fact, angling into Vandort before swinging away at the last minute

0.2

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, and again this swings away from Vandort who tucks his bat inside the line

0.3

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, straighter this time and it's punched back to the bowler

0.4

Sidebottom to Vandort, 2 runs, outside off stump and Vandort squirts this past gully down to third man

0.5

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, good grief! That is literally unplayable, bouncing, swinging and seaming away from Vandort. A fast off-break to the left-hander and utterly frightening

0.6

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, solidly behind it on the front foot

Sri Lanka 2/0   MG Vandort 2* (6b)
2.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, 2 runs, too straight from Sidebottom and it's clipped through midwicket

2.2

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, not far away from his leg-stump here. Sidebottom's looking for that magic ball, on leg stump and swinging away from the left hander. In fact, nowhere near his leg stump - fired past his pads and Prior dives to his right to save

2.3

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, inside edge onto his pad. Outside off this time and angling into the batsman who shuffles awkwardly to leg and edges it into his pads

2.4

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, defended with greater conviction this time

2.5

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, well wide of the off stump

2.6

Sidebottom to Vandort, 3 runs, a streaky, thick outside edge which bisects fourth slip and the first gully (somehow). Bopara chases it down well and probably loses a stone in sweat in the process

Sri Lanka 11/0   MG Vandort 7* (12b)
3.1

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, tries to nudge to leg but is beaten by the swing. Vandort's not looking too solid just yet

3.2

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, left alone outside off by a cautious Vandort who watches the ball into Prior's gloves. Just a hint of inswing

3.3

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, on off stump and swinging back into Vandort who tries to drive, but with a closed face of the bat and the ball is squeezed to short leg

3.4

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, well he left that, but in the style of Jack Russell...pulling his bat inside the line with pantomime-style effectiveness

3.5

Hoggard to Vandort, 1 leg bye, gone, surely? A huge appeal from Hoggard and the slips roar an appeal but the Harper is unmoved. Looks like it was sliding down leg

Sri Lanka 12/0   MG Vandort 7* (17b)
4.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, wide enough to be left alone

4.2

Sidebottom to Vandort, 1 run, comfortably clipped off his hip

Sri Lanka 13/0   MG Vandort 8* (19b)
5.1

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, a bouncer down the leg side

5.2

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, that's good thinking from Hoggard, a straighter bouncer which tests the batsman's evasive technique. Jolly good it was too, ducking comfortably...but that didn't bounce quite as much as the previous one

5.3

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, fuller this time, allowing the ball to swing and it bends back into his legs who clips to leg

5.4

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, tries to stroke this through the off side but gets an inside edge

5.5

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, excellent ball on off stump which is cautiously defended

5.6

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, flicked to midwicket

Sri Lanka 13/0   MG Vandort 8* (25b)
7.1

Hoggard to Vandort, FOUR, fantastic shot. Too full and driven down the ground with the straightest of bats - holding the pose, too

7.2

Hoggard to Vandort, FOUR, flicked down the leg side and Sidebottom sprints round to save it. He dives and does well...but it looks like he's in trouble, he's twisted his knee. It got stuck in the turf as he dived - horribly reminiscent of Simon Jones' injury a few years ago - and although he's up and walking, he looks in quite a bit of pain

7.3

Hoggard to Vandort, no run, swinging down the leg side, nudged

7.4

Hoggard to Vandort, 1 run, flicked down the leg side, aerially down to fine leg

Sri Lanka 22/0   MG Vandort 17* (29b 2x4)
8.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, nudged to leg

8.2

Sidebottom to Vandort, no run, better ball this time which holds its line on the left hander who is rapped high on the pad

8.3

Sidebottom to Vandort, 1 run, turned down to fine leg

Sri Lanka 27/0   MG Vandort 18* (32b 2x4)
10.1

Sidebottom to Vandort, OUT, a huge appeal from Sidebottom as Vandort is rapped on the pads. Rauf, the umpire, has a long look at it - and he's given him! Good grief he took his time, and it looked to be spearing down the leg side. And it looked to be a bit high, too.

MG Vandort lbw b Sidebottom 18 (48m 33b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Sri Lanka 34/1   MG Vandort 18 (33b 2x4)
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