England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

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

53.3

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 run, ooh good start from Harmison, fired into the stump and he jabs down on it

Sri Lanka 139/4   TM Dilshan 1* (1b)

54.3

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Dilshan goes inside out to drive

54.4

Panesar to Dilshan, FOUR, shot. Far too short and wide and Dilshan rocks back to cut this hard for four

54.5

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, pushed out to cover

54.6

Panesar to Dilshan, 2 runs, threaded through the covers

Sri Lanka 147/4   TM Dilshan 7* (5b 1x4)

55.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, cut in a touch again, Dilshan dealing with his first ball of the day comfortably

55.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, shoulders arms as that one whizzes through outside off

55.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, pushed off the back foot straight to the man at cover

Sri Lanka 148/4   TM Dilshan 7* (8b 1x4)

56.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, straightens to the right hander, who defends down straight

56.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, ooh, offers a tough chance to Cook at gully, but a chance nevertheless, the batsman outside-edging a drive towards cover

56.5

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, defended this time

56.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, FOUR, down leg and pulled away through fine, not quite bowling to his field, there

Sri Lanka 153/4   TM Dilshan 11* (12b 2x4)

58.1

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, defended on the front foot

58.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, FOUR, driven uppishly, backward of point, the edge not going where he intended it and was just short of giving a chance

58.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, played off the legs in front of square

Sri Lanka 158/4   TM Dilshan 16* (15b 3x4)

59.1

Harmison to Dilshan, 4 wides, bouncer, but slightly down leg, and in fact that's called a wide as it zooms back over off, Prior given no chance to hold that one, Bell sets off in pursuit

59.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, straight down off this time

59.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, right over the right hander's bat

59.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, low bounce, keeping low, wide outside off

59.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, pushed to the covers this time

Sri Lanka 163/4   TM Dilshan 16* (19b 3x4)

61.1

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, defended on the front foot this time

61.2

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, good carry through from a length delivery outside off, the batsman content to leave well alone

61.3

Harmison to Dilshan, 4 runs, shocker of a misfield from Vaughan, never the best fielder, a sloppy effort at mid-on, aiming wide of the stumps and the ball runs on for overthrows

61.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, hostile from Harmison, possibly taking out the frustration of the last ball, the ball bouncing through straight and the batsman nearly ducks into it

61.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off

61.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, driven into the covers, shouts of "No, no, no" providing a clue

Sri Lanka 167/4   TM Dilshan 20* (25b 3x4)

62.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, pushed past the right hander, the ball keeping tight and pretty high, the batsman shouldering arms

62.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, hint of swing across the right hander

62.5

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, orthodox swing down leg, Prior diving well to pick up the delivery, Sidebottom gradually getting more swing

62.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, an attacking cover drive, slightly mistimed

Sri Lanka 170/4   TM Dilshan 20* (29b 3x4)

66.1

Panesar to Dilshan, 2 runs, strays down leg first up, the ball paddled round

66.2

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, encouraging turn and bounce there, the batsmen watching it go wide

66.3

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, driven to the covers

66.4

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan rocks back to cut just in front of his off stump - the ball not that short, so he took a bit of a chance

66.5

Panesar to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller delivery, the batsman digs it out towards Sidebottom at mid-off who's not really in a position to stop the ones where he's standing

Sri Lanka 180/4   TM Dilshan 23* (34b 3x4)

67.1

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, ball of the day so far, nipping back through the gate, somehow evading both the inside edge and the off bail

67.2

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, ..and that swinging bat, Dilshan's bat beaten again, this time the outside edge as he flashes a cover drive

67.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, sturdy defence just in front of off

67.4

Hoggard to Dilshan, FOUR, just a touch short again from Hoggard, a la the last over, and that's hammered through the covers off the base of the bat. Strong shot

67.5

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off this time

67.6

Hoggard to Dilshan, FOUR, regulation half-volley driven well along the ground past mid-off

Sri Lanka 188/4   TM Dilshan 31* (40b 5x4)

68.6

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, turn away again, played down tidily

Sri Lanka 189/4   TM Dilshan 31* (41b 5x4)

69.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, curve away, firm drive into the covers again

69.4

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, cut down leg and was missing leg stump, Dilshan swishing off the legs but connecting only with air

69.5

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, curving away, already wide down off (and not ogg as I initially typed), the batsman connects cleanly, sharp chance to short extra that might have carried

69.6

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, full and wobbly, like a big, old lady, and mistimed towards mid-on

Sri Lanka 190/4   TM Dilshan 31* (45b 5x4)

70.4

Panesar to Dilshan, 1 run, outside off, cut well to the covers, forceful off the back foot

Sri Lanka 192/4   TM Dilshan 32* (46b 5x4)

71.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, 2 runs, outside off, another misfield at gully, this time off a cut and by Cook

71.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, FOUR, pushed out wide through third man, the boundaries flowing just latterly

71.3

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, plenty of wobble for Collingwood there, curving away from off

71.4

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, a rare defensive from Dilshan, although even that shot was with some intent, a firm press into the off side

71.5

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, defended forward again into the off side

71.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, pushed into the off side

Sri Lanka 198/4   TM Dilshan 38* (52b 6x4)

72.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, 1 run, a touch of width, cut to point to bring up Sri Lanka's 200

Sri Lanka 200/4   TM Dilshan 39* (53b 6x4)

73.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, defended forward

73.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, more defence

73.3

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed into the covers this time

Sri Lanka 205/4   TM Dilshan 40* (56b 6x4)

74.1

Hoggard to Dilshan, 1 run, strides forward to drive to cover

74.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, FOUR, slower delivery, driven well on the up through extra cover and mid-off

74.4

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off this time, good ball, tempting the batsman into the drive

74.5

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, swing, and left alone on its way through

74.6

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, short delivery and Dilshan attempts a pull shot but plays right under it, smiling as he goes

Sri Lanka 211/4   TM Dilshan 45* (61b 7x4)

75.2

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, short and a little wide of the off stump

75.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, short of a length again but a tighter line, and he steps back and across to punch it out to cover

75.4

Harmison to Dilshan, 2 runs, poor delivery down the leg side, but neatly played by Dilshan who rode the bounce and clipped it smartly off his hip

75.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, defended on the back foot

75.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, he's hit him! I've got far too excited by that - Dilshan thought it was going to bounce more than it did, ducked into it and headed it into the back of the net. The net being the covers and he seems fine, too. No injury

Sri Lanka 216/4   TM Dilshan 47* (66b 7x4)

77.1

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 wide, ooh he's bent his back there, a big bouncer and it leaps off the pitch with tennis-ball-like bounce. Very short indeed, and Prior does well to take it - leaping up high

77.1

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 no ball, a no-ball which is cracked into the covers

77.1

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, fuller this time and a good line from Harmison. Dilshan aggressively smacks it back to the bowler who is desperate to throw down his stumps, but can't collect the ball and opts instead for a gnarly stare at him

77.2

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off, Dilshan just dropping his hands

77.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, too short and wide

77.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, wider of the crease this time and a much better line, spearing into Dilshan who defends

77.5

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 run, flicked to mid-on; Bopara dives to stop and throws down the stumps as the batsmen take a sharp single. Terrific energy from Bopara. He missed, but still - excellent commitment

Sri Lanka 219/4   TM Dilshan 48* (72b 7x4)

78.5

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off - the arm ball, I reckon. Prior says "aww"

78.6

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, confidently forward with a big lunge, pushing this wider ball out to cover

Sri Lanka 223/4   TM Dilshan 48* (74b 7x4)

79.2

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, loose bouncer down the leg side which is ducked beneath comfortably

79.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, pushed to the leg side

79.4

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, and he's hit him again. A rather confident stroke from Dilshan who is hit on the helmet trying to pull. Again he jogs through for a single seemingly oblivious to, well, everything

79.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, an angry Harmison fires down a quick bouncer but it's down the leg side

Sri Lanka 226/4   TM Dilshan 48* (78b 7x4)

80.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, the first sign of swing with the new cherry but, unfortunately for England, it swings down the leg side and is helped on its way by the pad of Dilshan

80.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, half a shout from Sidebottom - perhaps three-quarters of a shout, in fact - as he finds more big inswing to the right hander, but it's clearly going down the leg side

80.5

Sidebottom to Dilshan, FOUR, more swing, and very close to bowling him there. The ball bent back markedly on Dilshan who clamped down on it at the last moment, inside edging it past his leg stump and down to fine-leg

80.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, what a jaffa - so good that it deserves an exclamation mark! A cracker, swinging and seaming back into Dilshan who is beaten all ends up, the ball missing his bat by an inch and flicking the top of his pad

Sri Lanka 233/4   TM Dilshan 52* (82b 8x4)

82.1

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 2 runs, a leg-stump line, nudged to midwicket

82.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, crikey, a huge wide from Sidebottom fired wide of the off stump

82.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, dropped! england are having a mare in the field. A thick outside edge to Prior who dived to his right but only got a finger to it, palming into Bell's ankles at first slip. Oh dear

82.5

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, big indipping movement from Sidebottom - a cracking delivery which bends back on Dilshan. Prior, rather desperately you feel, roars an appeal. Sidebottom does not

82.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, nudged off the pad

Sri Lanka 237/4   TM Dilshan 55* (87b 8x4)

83.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, excellent delivery on off stump which is cautiously defended

83.4

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, another beauty, straightening on Dilshan at the last moment who plays it very well, and late, blocking it out very solidly

83.5

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, lovely line outside off, holding its line and it's well left

83.6

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off

Sri Lanka 238/4   TM Dilshan 55* (91b 8x4)

84.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, defended on the back foot

84.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, bending back into the right hander who leaves it alone outside his off stump

84.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, swinging back into Jayawardene who blocks it out

Sri Lanka 240/4   TM Dilshan 56* (94b 8x4)

85.1

Hoggard to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, down the leg side and turned to leg

85.2

Hoggard to Dilshan, FOUR, horrid delivery, down the leg side and elegantly flicked through midwicket

85.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, great comeback from Hoggard who produces a beauty, swinging away at the last moment and beating him

85.4

Hoggard to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan's been hit on the helmet again. He loves it - it's clearly a tactic

85.5

Hoggard to Dilshan, 1 run, oh that's so annoying for England as he drops this out to cover for a single

Sri Lanka 249/4   TM Dilshan 63* (99b 9x4)

86.1

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, bounce and movement back into the right hander who tucks his bat inside the line

86.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, another cheeky single to cover

Sri Lanka 250/4   TM Dilshan 64* (101b 9x4)

87.6

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, too wide and it cuts wider still

Sri Lanka 256/4   TM Dilshan 64* (102b 9x4)

89.1

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, outside off, swinging away and left alone

89.2

Hoggard to Dilshan, no run, down the leg side and it takes a glove from Dilshan, Prior leaps to his left and pouches it one-handed and keeps hold as he tumbles to the floor...but Daryl Harper hasn't given it, and England can't quite believe it

89.3

Hoggard to Dilshan, 1 run, jabbed into the leg side

Sri Lanka 257/4   TM Dilshan 65* (105b 9x4)

90.1

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off

90.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, too wide and left alone

90.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, better delivery this time, bending back into the batsman who is forced to defend

90.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side and clipped to fine leg

Sri Lanka 258/4   TM Dilshan 65* (109b 9x4)

91.1

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 run, drifting down the leg side and clipped to deep square leg. Monty fields with typical lamb-like exuberance

Sri Lanka 259/4   TM Dilshan 66* (110b 9x4)

92.1

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, good start, swinging into the right hander who defends

92.2

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, swinging into the right hander who nudges to leg

92.3

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, swinging down the leg side and he tries to whip it to midwicket but can't time it

92.4

Bopara to Dilshan, no run, nice line and length - and quicker too. An excellent delivery from Bopara. Left alone but that's the length from Bopara

92.5

Bopara to Dilshan, 3 runs, too easy for the batsman, on a leg-stump line and easily nudged for a single

Sri Lanka 266/4   TM Dilshan 69* (115b 9x4)

93.1

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off

93.2

Harmison to Dilshan, 1 run, again, not really the right line - on leg stump and nudged off the pad

Sri Lanka 267/4   TM Dilshan 70* (117b 9x4)

94.5

Bopara to Dilshan, 2 runs, right up in the blockhole, it's crunched out to cover. Monty runs round like a ballerina on ice - looks rather slippery on the outfield, either that or he's auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing

94.6

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 run, too short, pulled to midwicket but without really timing it

Sri Lanka 272/4   TM Dilshan 73* (119b 9x4)

95.1

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, horrid, misdirected bouncer down the leg side

95.2

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, gentle pace outside off, left alone

95.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, quicker this time, and a much fuller length. Clobbered to mid-on

95.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, on his legs, again punched to mid-on, again he can't find the gap

95.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, wide, wide, wide of the off stump and left alone. Couldn't have reached it with a telescopic bat

95.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, a swing and a miss. Had he connected, that was headed for the ocean

Sri Lanka 272/4   TM Dilshan 73* (125b 9x4)

96.4

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 run, nudged into the covers

Sri Lanka 276/4   TM Dilshan 74* (126b 9x4)

97.1

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, another leg-side bouncer

97.2

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, short and much too wide

97.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, guided out to cover

97.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, down the leg side

97.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, he shapes to play at this but instead watches it sail past

97.6

Harmison to Dilshan, FOUR, that's a heck of a shot! He has absolutely cracked this, on the up, through the covers for four. Steve Waugh-esque

Sri Lanka 280/4   TM Dilshan 78* (132b 10x4)

98.2

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, oh, pushed it past the pad, Dilshan padding up but missing

98.3

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, outside off, curves wider, padded up again

98.4

Panesar to Dilshan, 2 runs, paddled round off the legs, a fine (positionally, and delicate) sweep out to Harmison

98.5

Panesar to Dilshan, FOUR, oh, another chance again, that would have been an incredible reaction catch in between first and second slip. That raced away, the fielder had little chance

98.6

Panesar to Dilshan, no run, turned round the corner

Sri Lanka 287/4   TM Dilshan 84* (137b 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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Dec 22, 2007

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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