England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

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

27.1

Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, defended solidly on the off stump. No great movement or, indeed, any for that matter

27.2

Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, on his legs, pulled around the corner

27.3

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, neatly defended on the back foot. Good line outside off

27.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nudged to leg

27.5

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, as ever, it's too wide of the off stump to trouble the batsman who leaves it alone

27.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pumped to mid-off. Sidebottom saves two diving to his left and there's the fifty partnership from 80 balls

Sri Lanka 94/2   RS Bopara 1-0-2-0

29.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swinging into his pads, it's turned to leg

29.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

29.3

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, touch fuller, Jayawardene comes forward to block this out firmly to cover

29.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, oh that's well bowled, angling into Jayawardene who is a little squared up and angles it out to cover

29.5

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, punched out to cover

29.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, back cut down to third man

Sri Lanka 99/2   RS Bopara 2-0-6-0

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

92.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flicked off his pads and Prior makes an excellent, diving save to his left

Sri Lanka 266/4   RS Bopara 3-0-9-0

94.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off, guided to cover

94.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, well bowled! He plays and misses at this wider delivery outside the off stump - excellent, clever bowling

94.3

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, and another, drags him forward and he plays and misses

94.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, a touch of bounce here which spits on the batsman who fends it away

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   RS Bopara 4-0-13-0

96.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a little too wide, again

96.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, left alone

96.3

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, angled down to third man

96.4

Bopara to Dilshan, 1 run, nudged into the covers

96.5

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wide, and swinging wider still

96.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, better line this time on the off stump and it's firmly blocked out

Sri Lanka 276/4   RS Bopara 5-0-17-0

99.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, push down off the back foot towards the slips and Dilshan sets off like lightning... but Jayawardene will have to wait to see if he's made his hundred as an underarm shy from Cook could have run him out. There's a long delay in fact because it's such a tight call, and different angles are being called for. And that's out! Poor Dilshan, trying to get Jayawardene to the hundred and misses out on the chance for his own. Incidentally, Rauf wasn't square on to that, he was standing just forward of square leg

TM Dilshan run out 84 (218m 137b 11x4 0x6) SR: 61.31

99.2

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, presses down a solid forward defence first up

99.3

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, driven back to the bowler this time

99.4

Bopara to HAPW Jayawardene, OUT, Bopara strikes! This is his first Test wicket, and it's a good one, Prasanna has troubled England this series

HAPW Jayawardene c †Prior b Bopara 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

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   RS Bopara 6-1-17-1

101.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a play and a miss, this one a slash outside off

101.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, inside edge this time Chinese cuts back, but safe

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

101.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cheeky curve away from the right hander, who has a game attempt at a low cut

Sri Lanka 296/6   RS Bopara 7-1-23-1

120.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, too wide, left alone

120.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, too short, pulled around the corner

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   RS Bopara 8-1-24-1

122.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, wide and Jayawardene rolls his wrists on a cut stroke, the ball f lying down to the vacant third man for four

122.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, squeezed out to cover

122.3

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

122.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short of a length - England are leaking runs now - and Jayawardene simply turns it around the corner for another four

122.5

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, nearly! Very nearly from Bopara, finding one to swing away from Jayawardene at the very last minute and, for once, he felt for it. A meek little push

122.6

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beautiful shot which deserved four, probably, but it cannoned into the non-striker's stumps

Sri Lanka 367/6   RS Bopara 9-1-34-1

124.1

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, squares him up with a tricky delivery outside off. But Jayawardene is seeing it like a SuperSize Me beachball and angles it out to the off side

124.2

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cracked to cover

124.3

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

124.4

Bopara to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, driven out to cover who makes a good stop to his right

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   RS Bopara 10-1-39-1
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Series Results
Sri Lanka v England at Galle - Dec 18-22, 2007
Match drawn
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Match drawn
Sri Lanka v England at Kandy - Dec 1-5, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 88 runs
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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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