England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

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

99.5

Bopara to Vaas, no run, pushed across the left hander, left alone

99.6

Bopara to Vaas, no run, straight and ran on to him a touch faster than he was expecting, a late jab

Sri Lanka 287/6   WPUJC Vaas 0* (2b)

100.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, good defence on the back foot, defended back down

100.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, 2 runs, genuine edge past the slips cordon

100.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, nipped back in, with some testing bounce too, the batsman plays it down off the back foot

Sri Lanka 290/6   WPUJC Vaas 2* (5b)

101.3

Bopara to Vaas, 2 runs, tucked well off the legs in front of square, Vaas getting right over the ball

101.4

Bopara to Vaas, no run, on off, defended into the covers

101.5

Bopara to Vaas, 3 runs, tries to pull off the back foot, it wasn't even that short but Vaas finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket

Sri Lanka 296/6   WPUJC Vaas 7* (8b)

102.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, outside off, pushed into the covers

Sri Lanka 297/6   WPUJC Vaas 8* (9b)

103.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, pushed right up there, defended tightly forward at the last second

103.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, across the left hander, the ball keeping deceptively low, Vaas poking over it

103.3

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, curving in to the left hander, down leg, clipped away in the air, Bopara clearing up following a few bounces

Sri Lanka 306/6   WPUJC Vaas 9* (12b)

104.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, off the back foot, pushed to cover, the power right out of the shot

104.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, straight bouncer this time, the bowler warning his fellow bowler, Vaas shapes gamely to hook

104.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, left alone outside off this time as that's pushed across him

104.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, pushed through again

104.5

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, good sign of intent, Vaas lofting that up and well over extra cover, lifting the wideish one

104.6

Hoggard to Vaas, 2 runs, swivelled round to midwicket off the back foot

Sri Lanka 312/6   WPUJC Vaas 15* (18b 1x4)

105.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, sharp bouncer, but down leg

105.3

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, turned round off the hips

Sri Lanka 314/6   WPUJC Vaas 16* (20b 1x4)

106.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, pushed on to the back foot and defended back down

Sri Lanka 316/6   WPUJC Vaas 16* (21b 1x4)

107.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, worked in front of square

107.3

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, a sharp delivery rearing like a cobra but Vaas negates the venom with a fist down

Sri Lanka 318/6   WPUJC Vaas 17* (23b 1x4)

108.1

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, pitched short and wide, the ball driven out through the covers where Harmison lets the two boys on the boundary return it back in, a nice touch

108.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, better ball, just past the outside edge

108.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, padded up to that one

108.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, spat up out of the rough, Vaas getting defensive glove on it

108.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, left alone just outside off, good judgement

108.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, floated wide outside off, Sidebottom knocked over by fielding that at cover.. not really, he did make a bit of a deal out of it, though, as he tumbled backwards in a sitting position. Did the job, mind

Sri Lanka 324/6   WPUJC Vaas 21* (29b 2x4)

110.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, driven straight to the man at cover

110.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, defended on the back foot this time

110.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, on leg this time, defended on the front foot

Sri Lanka 328/6   WPUJC Vaas 21* (32b 2x4)

111.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, left alone outside off

111.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, more of the same

111.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

111.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, more defence, solid as you like

111.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, and again, Hoggard keeps probing away, but it's hard work for him

Sri Lanka 329/6   WPUJC Vaas 21* (37b 2x4)

113.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defence, which is stout, fat, solid, whatever you like to say

113.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, straight bouncer, pulled out of an attempted hook

113.3

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, hooked away through wide long leg

113.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, straight, played down off the back foot in line with off

113.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the front foot this time

Sri Lanka 331/6   WPUJC Vaas 22* (42b 2x4)

114.2

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, a blinding stroke from Chaminda. In the words of Tony Greig, he hit it hard and fast through the covers

114.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, defended

114.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, Vaas is solid in defence once more to this quicker ball

114.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, a hopeful appeal from Prior, giving it the star-jumping implore behind the stumps

114.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, padded away

Sri Lanka 336/6   WPUJC Vaas 26* (47b 3x4)

115.2

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, this bites off the pitch and he leaves it alone outside off

115.3

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, cracked out into the covers

115.4

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, short of a length and whipped to mid-on off the back foot

115.5

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, solidly forward on the front foot

115.6

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, smothered on the front foot

Sri Lanka 337/6   WPUJC Vaas 26* (52b 3x4)

117.1

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, Vaas is forward, blocking

117.2

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, Vaas is forward again, blocking again

117.3

Pietersen to Vaas, no run, Vaas is back, waiting and angling this shorter ball to slip

117.4

Pietersen to Vaas, 1 run, sweetly driven to long-off

Sri Lanka 342/6   WPUJC Vaas 27* (56b 3x4)

118.1

Panesar to Vaas, 1 run, oh dear. It's just far, far too short. Monty's action looks all wrong, here...he's rushing through it. No flight at all

118.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, too short - much too short - and he's lucky to escape with a dot ball as Vaas cracks this with style straight to cover

Sri Lanka 344/6   WPUJC Vaas 28* (58b 3x4)

119.2

Pietersen to Vaas, 2 runs, again - yawn - too short and cracked off the back foot

119.3

Pietersen to Vaas, 1 run, sweetly punched out to the off side for another easy single

Sri Lanka 348/6   WPUJC Vaas 31* (60b 3x4)

120.3

Bopara to Vaas, no run, ooh that's well bowled from Bopara, a nice line angling across the left hander. In fairness Vaas probably left it alone by hiding his bat behind the pad, but nevertheless it was really rather exciting

120.4

Bopara to Vaas, no run, left alone for certain this time

120.5

Bopara to Vaas, no run, left alone once more

120.6

Bopara to Vaas, no run, Vaas is solid in defence to this straighter delivery

Sri Lanka 354/6   WPUJC Vaas 31* (64b 3x4)

121.2

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, turned down to fine leg

Sri Lanka 356/6   WPUJC Vaas 32* (65b 3x4)

122.3

Bopara to Vaas, 1 run, pushed out to the off side

Sri Lanka 363/6   WPUJC Vaas 33* (66b 3x4)

123.1

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, fuller and outside the off stump, clumped on the front foot out to cover

123.2

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, nice and straight - a very good ball which Vaas blocks out

123.3

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, short and he ducks beneath it

123.4

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, blocked off his leg stump for an easy single

123.6

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, Vaas is forced to take evasive action here, snapping his neck out of the way

Sri Lanka 369/6   WPUJC Vaas 34* (71b 3x4)

124.5

Bopara to Vaas, no run, and he plays and misses - a little too short and he tries to push this to nowhere

124.6

Bopara to Vaas, FOUR, short of a length again and a little wider, Vaas carves it without a care down to third man

Sri Lanka 374/6   WPUJC Vaas 38* (73b 4x4)

125.2

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, Collingwood tries a bouncer. Vaas ignores it

125.3

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 wide, even shorter - he almost winged that into his own feet, Collingwood, so short was is it

125.3

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, calmly punched to mid-off

125.4

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, wide of the off stump, Vaas hides his bat behind the pad

125.5

Collingwood to Vaas, 3 runs, forcefully whacked down the ground. No great timing in the stroke and Harmison, who looks absolutely knackered, gives chase

Sri Lanka 379/6   WPUJC Vaas 41* (77b 4x4)

126.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, pushed out to short cover. Short of him, in fact

126.2

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

126.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, vastly wide of the off stump. Vaas tries to reach it and almost snaps his groin in doing so

126.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, pushed to cover

126.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, sweetly driven to Pietersen at short extra

126.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, edged down to third man

Sri Lanka 380/6   WPUJC Vaas 42* (83b 4x4)

127.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, down the leg side, Harmison implores Prior to catch it, which he does, but Vaas didn't get an edge on it

127.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, dabbed out to the off side

127.3

Harmison to Vaas, FOUR, cor, that's a ripper of a stroke, pulled with immense power in front of square for four. What a stroke!

127.4

Harmison to Vaas, no run, wide of the off stump and a good ball which cuts back into Vaas. He tries to dab it down to third man and misses

127.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, firmly behind it

127.6

Harmison to Vaas, no run, "yeah!" is the cry from Prior who shuffles to his right to take this shorter delivery but Vaas was again nowhere near it

Sri Lanka 384/6   WPUJC Vaas 46* (89b 5x4)

129.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, short, a snorter which climbed and struck Vaas on the hands as he tried to get out of the way, dropping safely towards the gully

129.2

Harmison to Vaas, no run, wide outside off stump

129.3

Harmison to Vaas, FOUR, wide and spanked back past Harmison and there's no chance for Panesar who gives a half-hearted chase

129.4

Harmison to Vaas, no run, wide again and this time Vaas opts to leave it

129.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, back and pushed into the covers

129.6

Harmison to Vaas, 2 runs, pulled through midwicket

Sri Lanka 390/6   WPUJC Vaas 52* (95b 6x4)

131.1

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, dropped no more than two or three yards into the off side and quick calling allows a single, Harmison in his follow through can't prevent it

Sri Lanka 395/6   WPUJC Vaas 53* (96b 6x4)

132.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, wide outside off

132.2

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, seam movement away from Vaas who deliberately plays well inside the line

132.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, 2 runs, sweetly flicked off leg stump through midwicket, Hoggard chases and overtakes the ball well inside the rope

132.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, super ball that swings away from Vaas and leaves him poking at air

132.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, 2 runs, another deft flick off his legs, Hoggard once more has to give chase

132.6

Sidebottom to Vaas, FOUR, too full and a classic drive through extra cover, everything correct as he caressed the ball past Panesar

Sri Lanka 403/6   WPUJC Vaas 61* (102b 7x4)

133.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, down the leg side, no shot

133.6

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, defensive push between cover and extra cover, Panesar scurries after it

Sri Lanka 405/6   WPUJC Vaas 62* (104b 7x4)

134.1

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, outside off, slashed but not timed to extra cover, the ball bobbles to Panesar

134.2

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, wider and a wild swish and a miss from Vaas

134.3

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, pushed to the left of gully, slight hesitation and Vaas has to dash to beat Pietersen's throw at the non-striker's end

Sri Lanka 406/6   WPUJC Vaas 63* (107b 7x4)

135.5

Harmison to Vaas, no run, short, Vaas stands tall and pushes to wide mid-off

135.6

Harmison to Vaas, (no ball) 1 run, short and Vaas pulls to Anderson on the square boundary

Sri Lanka 418/6   WPUJC Vaas 64* (109b 7x4)

137.1

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, leg-stump line, helped behind square for an ambled single

Sri Lanka 424/6   WPUJC Vaas 65* (110b 7x4)

138.1

Panesar to Vaas, no run, hammered to Anderson at extra cover

138.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, spins down the leg side

138.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, tossed up, driven back to Panesar

138.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, pushed forward, the ball spins agonisingly short of Cook at forward short leg, he flung himself but it fell just short of his lunge

138.5

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, flighted, Vaas slog-sweeps through and past midwicket, a risk but a well executed one

138.6

Panesar to Vaas, 1 run, same shot but hit in front of square and Pietersen in the right place to keep it down to one

Sri Lanka 433/6   WPUJC Vaas 70* (116b 8x4)

139.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, driven off the front foot, a slower one

139.2

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, in the slot, arrogantly thumped back over Hoggard's head, Vaas doesn't move as he knows it's four all the way

139.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, good response, neat line and length and defended

139.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short, Vaas looks to cut but it climbs too much and Prior takes as it continues rising

139.5

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, pulled uppishly over midwicket, one bounce to Anderson who races in from the boundary edge

Sri Lanka 438/6   WPUJC Vaas 75* (121b 9x4)

140.2

Panesar to Vaas, 2 runs, he steps back and cuts late through the slips, Collingwood chases it down

140.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, wide and he reaches, it spins into him and takes a thick edge

140.4

Panesar to Vaas, 3 runs, short, he stands tall, steps back and hammers it through extra cover, Sidebottom chases hard and stops it a foot inside the boundary

140.6

Panesar to Vaas, FOUR, rank long hop, no polite way of disguising that, Vaas waits and larrups that through extra cover and Sidebottom doesn't even start to chase, waiting for one of the small boys to throw the ball back

Sri Lanka 452/6   WPUJC Vaas 84* (125b 10x4)

141.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, pushed to Vaughan at midwicket

141.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short, he attempts a pull but misses and it takes his shoulder and loops short of Prior

141.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, turned off the back foot to Vaughan at midwicket

141.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, banged in and Vaas opts to duck rather than try another pull

Sri Lanka 453/6   WPUJC Vaas 84* (129b 10x4)

142.6

Collingwood to Vaas, 2 runs, stands tall and thumps the ball through the covers, Panesar hurtles to his left to cut it off out in the wilderness

Sri Lanka 464/6   WPUJC Vaas 86* (130b 10x4)

143.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended with a dead bat into the covers

143.4

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, short but he's not got the pace, Vaas hooks with a real flourish to long leg and Sidebottom makes no more than a half-hearted attempt to cut it off ... and who can blame him

143.5

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 wide, again banged in but even shorter and Vaas ducks ... he needn't have, and umpire Harper decides it's too high

143.5

Hoggard to Vaas, OUT, a third short one, Vaas tries to swing the ball over midwicket but gets a top edge ... it goes a long way up, Vaughan at midwicket moves two or three yards forward ... a moment of drama as he fumbles the catch but he snatches it with a grin at the second attempt

WPUJC Vaas c Vaughan b Hoggard 90 (197m 133b 11x4 0x6) SR: 67.66

Sri Lanka 470/7   WPUJC Vaas 90 (133b 11x4)
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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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The Sri Lankan side celebrate after their series win, Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, Galle, 5th day, December 22 2007

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