England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

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7.1

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

Sri Lanka 17/0   MG Vandort 12* (26b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 3.1-2-8-0

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

Sri Lanka 21/0   MG Vandort 16* (27b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 3.2-2-12-0

7.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, delicious stroke; poor delivery. Full, on his pads and he clips it with tremendous timing through midwicket

Sri Lanka 26/0   WU Tharanga 8* (18b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 3.5-2-17-0

8.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, FOUR, beautiful, classy stroke here - again to a full-pitched delivery. Punched past the sprinting Monty at mid-off who chases in vain

Sri Lanka 31/0   WU Tharanga 12* (21b 2x4)   RJ Sidebottom 4.5-1-13-0

13.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, FOUR, flicked down the leg side for four. That's painful for Hoggard

Sri Lanka 44/1   KC Sangakkara 6* (12b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 5.5-2-23-0

14.6

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, edged past the slips for four down to third man. Guided, rather than edged - but again, a very good line

Sri Lanka 48/2   DPMD Jayawardene 4* (2b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 3-0-7-1

15.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, FOUR, very wide, Sangakkara flays it outside off. A beautiful, lazy stroke, cutting it as though scything some tall grass

Sri Lanka 52/2   KC Sangakkara 10* (18b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 6.5-2-27-0

15.6

Hoggard to Sangakkara, FOUR, rubbish ball down the leg side. Sangakkara flicks it for four to fine leg

Sri Lanka 56/2   KC Sangakkara 14* (19b 3x4)   MJ Hoggard 7-2-31-0

16.3

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, what a shot that is - the stroke of the day from Jayawardene. The most elegant of drives, on the up, through mid-off for four. Classic

Sri Lanka 60/2   DPMD Jayawardene 8* (5b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 3.3-0-11-1

16.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a poor ball I'm afraid, far too full and Jayawardene creams it through extra cover for four. Beautiful stroke No.2

Sri Lanka 64/2   DPMD Jayawardene 12* (6b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 3.4-0-15-1

17.2

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, useless delivery, whipped through midwicket with ease for four

Sri Lanka 68/2   KC Sangakkara 18* (21b 4x4)   RJ Sidebottom 6.2-1-19-1

23.3

Harmison to Sangakkara, FOUR, on his leg stump, Sangakkara clips it neatly for four to fine-leg

Sri Lanka 88/2   KC Sangakkara 30* (34b 5x4)   SJ Harmison 6.3-0-23-1

29.6

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

Sri Lanka 99/2   DPMD Jayawardene 26* (49b 4x4)   RS Bopara 2-0-6-0

33.3

Hoggard to Sangakkara, FOUR, down the leg side and flicked for four to fine leg

Sri Lanka 110/2   KC Sangakkara 38* (61b 6x4)   MJ Hoggard 8.3-2-36-0

37.4

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, cut hard and just short of Pietersen at gully. Powerfully hit though

Sri Lanka 117/2   DPMD Jayawardene 38* (82b 5x4)   MJ Hoggard 10.4-2-42-0

40.4

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, very wide of the off stump, Jayawardene flays it behind point for four. Not entirely convincing, but effective nonetheless

Sri Lanka 122/2   DPMD Jayawardene 42* (88b 6x4)   RJ Sidebottom 8.4-2-26-1

41.5

Hoggard to Sangakkara, FOUR, ooh, I thought he'd edged this...but in fact it was quite neatly controlled, cutting it short of point who really ought to have stopped it

Sri Lanka 128/2   KC Sangakkara 45* (86b 7x4)   MJ Hoggard 12.5-3-48-0

54.4

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

Sri Lanka 145/4   TM Dilshan 5* (3b 1x4)   MS Panesar 10.4-1-23-0

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)   RJ Sidebottom 16-4-38-1

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

Sri Lanka 157/4   TM Dilshan 15* (14b 3x4)   RJ Sidebottom 16.2-4-42-1

65.6

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, pulled down just a touch short, but Jayawardene does not miss out, easing the pressure that time with a forceful drive through cover to bring up the first boundary of the morning

Sri Lanka 177/4   DPMD Jayawardene 62* (172b 7x4)   MJ Hoggard 14-3-52-0

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

Sri Lanka 184/4   TM Dilshan 27* (38b 4x4)   MJ Hoggard 14.4-3-56-0

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)   MJ Hoggard 15-3-60-0

71.2

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

Sri Lanka 198/4   TM Dilshan 38* (48b 6x4)   PD Collingwood 1.2-1-6-0

72.5

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, another chance goes begging, Hoggard is furious, the batsman opening the face and offering a slide-and-dive catch to Prior's right

Sri Lanka 204/4   DPMD Jayawardene 70* (189b 8x4)   MJ Hoggard 16.5-3-67-0

74.3

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

Sri Lanka 211/4   TM Dilshan 45* (58b 7x4)   MJ Hoggard 17.3-3-73-0

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

Sri Lanka 233/4   TM Dilshan 52* (81b 8x4)   RJ Sidebottom 20.5-5-52-1

85.2

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

Sri Lanka 246/4   TM Dilshan 60* (96b 9x4)   MJ Hoggard 20.2-4-78-0

91.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, driven in the air but past gully and down to third man. Again, Jayawardene didn't really get to the pitch of the delivery but...with such a good eye, he controlled it sufficiently

Sri Lanka 263/4   DPMD Jayawardene 93* (246b 9x4)   SJ Harmison 21.4-3-54-3

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)   SJ Harmison 25-4-60-3

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

Sri Lanka 287/4   TM Dilshan 84* (136b 11x4)   MS Panesar 16.5-2-41-0

102.3

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, the 300's hundred brought up off a wide delivery with a down-on-one-knee carve through the gully

Sri Lanka 301/6   DPMD Jayawardene 105* (272b 10x4)   RJ Sidebottom 27.3-7-70-1

102.6

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, down leg, dragged down a touch, tucked off the hips fine and it runs away

Sri Lanka 305/6   DPMD Jayawardene 109* (275b 11x4)   RJ Sidebottom 28-7-74-1

104.5

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

Sri Lanka 310/6   WPUJC Vaas 13* (17b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 23.5-4-89-0

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

Sri Lanka 324/6   WPUJC Vaas 21* (24b 2x4)   MS Panesar 18.1-2-46-0

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

Sri Lanka 336/6   WPUJC Vaas 26* (43b 3x4)   MS Panesar 21.2-3-52-0

116.3

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

Sri Lanka 341/6   DPMD Jayawardene 127* (313b 12x4)   MS Panesar 22.3-3-56-0

119.5

Pietersen to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, breaking news: a shot in anger from Jayawardene. Smart shot, too, skipping down the pitch and swinging it over midwicket for four

Sri Lanka 352/6   DPMD Jayawardene 133* (325b 13x4)   KP Pietersen 2.5-0-10-0

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

Sri Lanka 361/6   DPMD Jayawardene 141* (334b 14x4)   RS Bopara 8.1-1-28-1

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

Sri Lanka 367/6   DPMD Jayawardene 146* (336b 15x4)   RS Bopara 8.4-1-34-1

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)   RS Bopara 10-1-39-1

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!

Sri Lanka 384/6   WPUJC Vaas 46* (86b 5x4)   SJ Harmison 28.3-4-72-3

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

Sri Lanka 388/6   WPUJC Vaas 50* (92b 6x4)   SJ Harmison 29.3-4-76-3

130.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, stands on his toes and works to third man, well controlled and quite deliberate

Sri Lanka 394/6   DPMD Jayawardene 153* (356b 16x4)   RJ Sidebottom 30.5-8-79-1

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)   RJ Sidebottom 32-8-87-1

135.2

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, driven on the up, in the air but quite safe, it rasps through the covers for four

Sri Lanka 415/6   DPMD Jayawardene 163* (371b 17x4)   SJ Harmison 32.2-4-87-3

136.5

Sidebottom to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, driven through extra cover, this time he does time it, and some, crisply hit with an open face and no chance of anyone cutting it off

Sri Lanka 423/6   DPMD Jayawardene 169* (379b 18x4)   RJ Sidebottom 33.5-8-95-1

137.3

Hoggard to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene gives Hoggard the charge and thumps him over extra cover, a shot of a man seeing it like a football and who has the security of a large score behind him

Sri Lanka 428/6   DPMD Jayawardene 173* (382b 19x4)   MJ Hoggard 27.3-4-102-0

138.5

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

Sri Lanka 432/6   WPUJC Vaas 69* (115b 8x4)   MS Panesar 24.5-3-62-0

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

Sri Lanka 437/6   WPUJC Vaas 74* (118b 9x4)   MJ Hoggard 28.2-4-106-0

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)   MS Panesar 26-3-76-0

142.2

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, "take that" booms Gnasher as Jayawardene thumps the ball back over Collingwood's head for a two-bounce four. That was real class and disdain

Sri Lanka 457/6   DPMD Jayawardene 183* (392b 20x4)   PD Collingwood 6.2-1-21-0

142.4

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, paddle-sweep off a length on middle stump, a one-day shot but perfectly executed and you can't set a field for that

Sri Lanka 461/6   DPMD Jayawardene 187* (394b 21x4)   PD Collingwood 6.4-1-25-0

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

Sri Lanka 469/6   WPUJC Vaas 90* (132b 11x4)   MJ Hoggard 30.4-4-114-0

145.3

Hoggard to Malinga, FOUR, half volley, thumped over mid-on, landing a yard inside the rope

Sri Lanka 476/7   SL Malinga 5* (9b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 31.3-4-121-1

147.1

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short and a very loose loosener, Jayawardene reaches for it and smacks that over the covers

Sri Lanka 485/7   DPMD Jayawardene 199* (404b 22x4)   SJ Harmison 33.1-4-95-3

147.3

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, what a way to reach his double hundred, outside off and slammed over extra cover for four ... he takes off his helmet and raises his arms as Malinga trots down the pitch to give him a hug

Sri Lanka 489/7   DPMD Jayawardene 203* (406b 23x4)   SJ Harmison 33.3-4-99-3

147.4

Harmison to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, now he's going for it ... wide and cut savagely past point

Sri Lanka 493/7   DPMD Jayawardene 207* (407b 24x4)   SJ Harmison 33.4-4-103-3

148.2

Collingwood to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, a thick edge down to third man, Harmison bends to make a one-handed stop and he misses it completely as it kicks off the outfield

Sri Lanka 498/7   DPMD Jayawardene 212* (410b 25x4)   PD Collingwood 9.2-2-37-0
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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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