Prasad to Sehwag,
What a big wicket to get as your first Test match victim. Dammika takes out Sehwag. It landed on a length around the off stump and straightened. Sehwag had a tentative poke. Fatal. He walks away. A goggle eyed Dammika roars. It shaped away a fraction late.
V Sehwag c †HAPW Jayawardene b Prasad 21 (36m 21b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Prasad to Dravid,
loud shout for lbw. Mahela has asked for the review. It landed on a length outside the off stump, came back in with the angle and was hit in front of the off stump line. Almost 40% of the ball was inside the mat around that off stump. Dravid had pressed the front foot too much across and couldn't get his bat around it in time. Decision still pending. Doctrove is the third umpire. Benson is talking with him. And the verdict is OUT. The virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off stump. In the recent times Dravid has been troubled with his trigger movement - he has been pushing that front leg too much across.
R Dravid lbw b Prasad 10 (52m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 34.48
Prasad to Tendulkar,
Tendulkar has asked for the review for the lbw. It was another length delivery coming in. Tendulkar took a half-step forward to defend. The bat came down adjacent to the pad, straight down the line around the middle stump but the ball came in with the angle, beat the bat and hit the inner half of the front pad before hitting the back pad. Was there a inside edge? Replays don't show deflection. Tony Greig, on air, reckons the sound was the ball hitting the back pad after the deflection from the front pad. He reckons that has to be given out on the available evidence. And the verdict is Out It would have hit the leg stump, which virtual eye confirms.
After he was given out, Tendulkar walked down the track, seemed to ask the umpire - well perhaps, the non striker according to my colleague - something before asking for the review. You can't use snickometers yet in the review system. If they show a replay with a snicko, I will tell you what it showed.
SR Tendulkar lbw b Prasad 6 (18m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Muralitharan to Ganguly,
Murali has struck. It was the quicker off break around the off stump line, Ganguly came forward and tried to get the bat behind the pad but it was popping out from behind the pad and the turning ball went off the face of it to Mahela at first slip. Mahela had earlier dropped Ganguly of Murali. Sri Lanka have done really well on a flat track.
SC Ganguly c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 35 (68m 57b 4x4 1x6) SR: 61.40
Mendis to Gambhir,
Mahela asks for the review for the lbw decision. It landed on the leg stump line, turned in slightly, Gambhir shaped to defend - the bat was adjacent to the pad but outside the line and he is struck in front on the middle and leg line.. That has to be out. It would have hit the middle and off stump. Decision still pending. Tony Greig, on air, reckons it should be out. Let's see. And the verdict is OUT. Another good call from Mahela to go for the review. He can release a dummy's guide to reviews. Virtual eye suggests it would have hit the off and middle stump.
G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 72 (196m 128b 10x4 0x6) SR: 56.25
Mendis to Laxman,
Done in by that carrom ball! What a pocketful of talent. Laxman was sucked forward into a defensive push across the line and was left stranded by the delivery cutting away from him. He had dragged the back foot just outside the crease and Prasanna, a very fine keeper, did the final rites. Superb to watch. Mendis you beauty.
VVS Laxman st †HAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 25 (56m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.81
Mendis to Patel,
Patel has asked for the review for the lbw decision. It was the carrom ball again. It landed on a length on the off stump line and cut in a touch. The left-handed Patel lunged forward to defend but the bat was well outside the line. Looks pretty plumb. It would have hit the middle. Verdict is OUT. The Mendis code has not been cracked by the Indians. What a season of mystery.
PA Patel lbw b Mendis 13 (48m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.95
Mendis to Kumble,
What a treat. You are watching history in making. Years later they are going to look back at this series as the time when the middle-fingered assassin hunted down the Indians. Kumble is done in by the two-fingered googly. A unsure Kumble tried to poke it to the off side, missed and the ball threaded the bat and pad gap to disturb the furniture. Timber! Warwick Armstrong, Jack Iverson, Johnny Gleeson have found a wonderful successor.
A Kumble b Mendis 1 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66
Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh,
Harbhajan falls to his favourite slog sweep. It gained more height than distance and Vandort, rushing to his right from deep midwicket, held on to a good catch. And then they were one. What a wonderful performance from the Sri Lankan bowlers. To reduce India to 9 wickets on the opening day on a flat track is a fab effort.
Harbhajan Singh c Vandort b Muralitharan 3 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50
Mendis to Khan,
Mendis picks up another five-for. Wonderful work from Prasanna. It was the googly, Zaheer went for the slog sweep, misses and dragged his back foot outside the crease. Prasanna collects it and whips the bails in a unitary motion. Unlike some, Prasanna doesn't move his gloves and hands back when he gathers. He catches it with soft hands and then presses it immediately forward to break the stumps. And a very impressive last-wicket partnership has come to an end. The joint-highest partnership of the innings. Well played Ishant and Zak.
Z Khan st †HAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 32 (68m 73b 3x4 1x6) SR: 43.83