England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

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

18.1

Panesar to Sangakkara, 1 run, too straight, down the leg side

18.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended solidly

18.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up again - nice flight here from Monty - and it's firmly blocked out

18.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a little straighter this time. No great turn

18.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a little flatter this time and it spits, turning massively away from Mahela who leaves it alone

18.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, what a ball! What a cracker from Monty, turning away from Mahela who was comprehensively beaten

Sri Lanka 72/2   MS Panesar 1-0-1-0

20.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle stump. Firmly defended

20.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again on middle. Again smothered on the front foot

20.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, driven in the air but safe, threading the covers. Very nicely flighted again

20.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on middle-and-leg. Much better pace from Panesar so far

20.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, touch too short. Back-cut to third man

20.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, dropped I think! Monty kicks the turf in frustration - rare, for him - as Mahela defends this, the ball ballooning to Alastair Cook at silly point but he couldn't get a hand to it

Sri Lanka 78/2   MS Panesar 2-0-5-0

22.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, left alone

22.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, nicely flighted again from Panesar. Jayawardene waits and waits...before turning it to leg with a flick of the wrists

22.3

Panesar to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged to leg with ease

22.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on middle-and-leg, driven straight

22.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, poor ball, much too short and he's cut - albeit without power

22.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, blocked off the back foot

Sri Lanka 83/2   MS Panesar 3-0-8-0

24.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on the off stump, nice and slow - flighted - and defended

24.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, ooh this is squirted past slip for a single

24.3

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, quicker, and it hurries Sangakkara who defends

24.4

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara skips down the pitch but can't time his drive, an ugly smudge to cover

24.5

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, punched back to the bowler

24.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, well bowled - again hurrying Sangakkara but he defends it perfectly safely

Sri Lanka 89/2   MS Panesar 4-0-9-0

26.1

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, on the back foot, it's defended

26.2

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, punched back to the bowler; Monty wings in a throw

26.3

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, still too short. Kumar is quite happy to set up camp on the back foot and play him there all day

26.4

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, better length at long last, drawing him forward but it's smothered comfortably

26.5

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, skipped down the pitch, padded away

26.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, 1 run, flicked to long-on for a single

Sri Lanka 92/2   MS Panesar 5-0-10-0

28.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, smothered on middle

28.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, punched past mid-off

28.3

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, close! Very close indeed as Sangakkara flicks to leg just beyond Alastair Cook at short-leg

28.4

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, smothered

28.5

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara skips down the pitch again and nudges it back to the bowler. Keen to take the attack to Monty

28.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front foot

Sri Lanka 95/2   MS Panesar 6-0-11-0

30.1

Panesar to Sangakkara, 1 run, oh dear. Yet again it's too short; yet again Sangakkara punches it off the back foot with ease

30.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle. It's defended

30.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a full toss which is punched to short mid-off

30.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, squeezed out to the off side. Slip scrambles to field

30.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, stroked out to cover. Sidebottom misfields

30.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, too short again and it's cut

Sri Lanka 101/2   MS Panesar 7-0-13-0

32.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, guess what? Another short ball, another easy cut for a two

32.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nudged to leg

32.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, this is ridiculous. Yet again it's miles too short and he cuts it

32.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up on middle. He drags the batsman forward for once - hurrah

32.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Prior says "awwww" - not out of sympathy, like a doting girlfriend might say when you have a cold, but more that Jayawardene was actually made to defend

32.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again it's smothered by the big winner

Sri Lanka 106/2   MS Panesar 8-0-17-0

34.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short, cut out to cover

34.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much better delivery, tossed up and drawing him forward into a defensive

34.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nicely flighted on middle-and-off. Jayawardene again defends

34.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a nice string of deliveries here from Monty as Jayawardene cautiously comes forward

34.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hammered into Alastair Cook's ankle at silly point. Prior demands he catches it, but unlike him Cook's hands are on the ends of his arms, not his legs

34.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot

Sri Lanka 110/2   MS Panesar 9-1-17-0

36.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, smothered on the front foot

36.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much too short. It's cut powerfully but Bopara's lurking in the covers and does well

36.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended cautiously

36.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up, much fuller this time and Jayawardene solidly blocks it out

36.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker this time, but the line's all wrong and they steal a single to leg

36.6

Panesar to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara comes forward, pushing this out to the off side

Sri Lanka 113/2   MS Panesar 10-1-18-0

54.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed back to the bowler

54.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, too short, too wide and cut

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   MS Panesar 11-1-25-0

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

66.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good delivery to finish off, defended on the front foot

Sri Lanka 180/4   MS Panesar 12-1-28-0

68.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good line and length for Panesar there, defended forward

68.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, cut away behind backward point, where Jayawardene decides to "Wait!" as he picks out Ravi Bopara

68.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot

68.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended forward once more

68.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a touch of turn away threatens to deceive him, and he plays down off the back foot

68.6

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

Sri Lanka 189/4   MS Panesar 13-1-29-0

70.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, stabbed down on it at the last second

70.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, turned away into the leg side, a pop up off the legs

70.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, strayed down leg, and helped there was a brush

70.4

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

70.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on middle and leg, curving a touch out, the batsman playing forward

70.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, driven easily to cover

Sri Lanka 192/4   MS Panesar 14-1-31-0

76.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, smothered on the front foot

76.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flatted on middle, defended

76.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good line and length and he comes forward to block it out

76.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a little wider but Jayawardene won't be tempted into driving

76.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, excellent line but very well played by Jayawardene, playing back late and defending this back to the bowler

76.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, Jayawardene cuts rather aerially but short of backward point and perfectly safely

Sri Lanka 216/4   MS Panesar 15-2-31-0

78.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fired in flat and fast, nudged to leg

78.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, better length (and indeed pace) from Monty, tossed up outside off. An elegant, lackadaisical drive yields a couple through the covers

78.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a walking defensive, knocking it back to the bowler

78.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, another irritatingly short delivery which is cut past point for more easy runs

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   MS Panesar 16-2-34-0

98.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tucked off the legs to bring up his... 99

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   MS Panesar 17-2-41-0

106.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended this time

106.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tucked down, safely

106.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended well on the front foot

106.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cut low

106.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to the covers

106.6

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

Sri Lanka 316/6   MS Panesar 18-2-42-0

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   MS Panesar 19-2-46-0

110.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, defended forward

110.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, poked forward once more, again defensively

110.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven through the covers and returned well

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   MS Panesar 20-2-47-0

112.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on to leg, pushed into short midwicket

112.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, stout defence on the front foot

112.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cut down wide through gully

112.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tighter delivery, but still the cut is favoured, finds the fielder again

112.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside leg, turning back in to him, Jayawardene content to pad it away

112.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, up there again, but Jayawardene traps it down pretty easily

Sri Lanka 329/6   MS Panesar 21-3-47-0

114.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a little too short and straight, guided off the back foot to the off side

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   MS Panesar 22-3-52-0

116.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this turns out of the rough, but Jayawardene plays it expertly - playing it very late and it falls short of first slip

116.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushed out to cover for a quick single

116.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, reverse swept down to fine leg, aerially but it's safe enough and well played

116.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, blocked out

116.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again he adjusts late to block this out on leg stump

116.6

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, more confidently forward this time, smothering it

Sri Lanka 341/6   MS Panesar 23-3-56-0

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

118.2

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, better this time, and it harries Jayawardene but he's quick enough to defend it at the last moment off the back foot

118.3

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide of the leg stump and left alone

118.4

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene just nudges this away off his leg stump

118.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, guided out to the off side

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   MS Panesar 24-3-58-0

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   MS Panesar 25-3-63-0

140.1

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, square cuts, Harmison chases and hurls himself to save the single

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

140.5

Panesar to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, played with the spin and with an open face, an easy single into space behind square on the off

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   MS Panesar 26-3-76-0
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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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