India tour of Sri Lanka, 2008 / Commentary

India in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v India

Sri Lanka won by an innings and 239 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

1.1

Sharma to Vandort, no run, starts of with a short-of-length delivery, skids from the middle towards off, dabbed to backward point.

1.2

Sharma to Vandort, no run, hits the deck short of length, on the middle and leg, the batsman is on the back foot and turns it to short leg

1.3

Sharma to Vandort, no run, slips down leg side and Kartik gathers. Remember, SL won the toss and chose to bat on a very dry track with cracks that will aid the spinners later

1.4

Sharma to Vandort, no run, shifts his line to outside off and Vandort lets it go past him

1.5

Sharma to Vandort, no run, similar line and the ball moves back in after it crosses past the stumps and Karthik shuffles to his right to gather

1.6

Sharma to Vandort, no run, cutting towards the off stump, Vandort leans forward to defend it to point

Sri Lanka 1/0   I Sharma 1-1-0-0

3.1

Sharma to Vandort, no run, full delivery outside off stump and Vandort leans forward to defend

3.2

Sharma to Vandort, no run, beaten outside off stump. Fullish and outside off stump, Vandort has a drive and a miss

3.3

Sharma to Vandort, no run, doesn't flirt this time. Karthik gathers. Three slips, gully and short-leg crowd Vandort.

3.4

Sharma to Vandort, 2 runs, Ishant goes for the short-pitched delivery, on the middle, Vandort swivels a touch late and mistimes his pull but gets it through midwicket. The captain Kumble gives the chase.

3.5

Sharma to Vandort, no run, serves a really full delivery outside off- three slips and gully there - Vandort mistimes a drive to mid-off

3.6

Sharma to Vandort, OUT, And the first wicket is down. Ishant dug it short of length and it kicked up outside off even as it moved away from Vandort who chased it, bat away from the body. Edge and gone. Kartik did well to move to his left to grab it. . Movement and bounce. Enter Sanga

MG Vandort c †Karthik b Sharma 3 (18m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

Sri Lanka 7/1   I Sharma 2-1-2-1

5.1

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, swing and a miss. It landed on a length outside off stump and moved away further. Warnapura went for the cover drive.

5.2

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to drive back to Ishant.

5.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, full pitched outside off stump, driven to right of mid-off where Ganguly makes a tumbling stop.

5.4

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, beaten. It skidded off a length, just outside off stump, Warnapura's bat came outside the line and the ball went just past the off stump.

5.5

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, hit by a bouncer. Warnapura dropped his wrists and got his bat out of the way as he tried to go down under and the ball bounded off his elbow, on the edge of the the arm guard. He is in pain

5.6

Sharma to Warnapura, 3 runs, leans forward to drive past mid-on.

Sri Lanka 12/1   I Sharma 3-1-5-1

7.1

Sharma to Warnapura, FOUR, short in length, some width outside off stump and Warnapura was on the front foot, stops his forward movement and cuts it past backward point

7.2

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, hits the deck hard short of length, on the middle, Warnapura takes out the bottom hand of the handle and fends it to short leg. He gets into problem when the ball is dug in short, gets too much on the front foot

7.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, on the off and middle, pushed down the track

7.4

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, short-of-length delivery, straightening on the off and middle line, again that bottom-hand is off the handle as he pushes the bouncing ball to short leg

7.5

Sharma to Warnapura, FOUR, fuller and slower and Warnapura gets forward to drive it past mid-off.

7.6

Sharma to Warnapura, FOUR, slips down leg and glanced away to the boundary. Third boundary of the over.

Sri Lanka 27/1   I Sharma 4-1-17-1

9.1

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run, around the off stump, cutting away, pushed to covers

9.2

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, pushed to the off side.

9.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, full in length, on the stumps, defended to the on side

9.4

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 run, short in length, on the leg and middle, lapped around the corner to long leg

9.5

Sharma to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery on the stumps

9.6

Sharma to Sangakkara, 1 run

Sri Lanka 41/1   I Sharma 5-1-20-1

18.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length delivery, moving away, left alone

18.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, 134.7 kmph length delivery in the channel outside off and Mahela shoulders arms.

18.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, on the off stump, cutting away and Mahela gets forward to defend to covers

18.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pings the outside off line again, left alone by Mahela.

18.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, on the middle, driven to Zaheer at mid-on.

18.6

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bangs it short and it rushes past Mahela who sways away

Sri Lanka 75/2   I Sharma 6-2-20-1

20.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length delivery cutting back in from outside off, not enough to force Mahela into a shot

20.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run

20.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, cutting into hip, turned to long leg

20.4

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, beaten by the delivery cutting away from him. The bat was pushed inside the line.

20.5

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, straightens after landing on the middle, Warnapura edges it to his pad. Stifled appeal for lbw as they realise it had hit the bat

20.6

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, similar delivery that holds its line, pushed to mid-on

Sri Lanka 78/2   I Sharma 7-2-21-1

22.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, full, straight, wicket to wicket, on the middle, shaping a touch in and Mahela wrists it past square leg for couple of runs

22.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, shifts his line to outside off, goes on straight, left alone

22.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, fuller and Mahela gets forward to caress it through extra cover. Fab timing. He moved across well and presented the full face of the bat.

22.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Mahela covers his off stump and shoulders arms

22.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, really full, just outside off stump, Mahela is caught at the crease and just pushes it towards mid-off. He seemed surprised at the really full length

22.6

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery leaving him.

Sri Lanka 91/2   I Sharma 8-2-27-1

24.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, kicks up from a length, straightens, Mahela adjusts to the straightening and pushes it to the off side. Ishant is getting bounce from this dry track.

24.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another one holding its line outside off stump and Mahela lets it go through to Kartik

24.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, full pitched on the leg and middle and Mahela flicks it powerfully to midwicket boundary. Half volley and punished.

24.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, corrects the length; hits the good length on the middle and off and Mahela defends down the track

24.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, bit of extra bounce from the good length region and Mahela jabs it off the inside edge to backward square leg. It was on the off and middle line.

24.6

Sharma to Warnapura, 3 runs, stretches forward to cover drive a full delivery well outside off stump. Again, the bottom-hand powering the stroke.

Sri Lanka 101/2   I Sharma 9-2-35-1

26.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands on a length outside off, moves in a touch, left alone by Mahela and the ball swings back in after it crossed the stumps

26.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short in length and outside off, holding its line and Mahela was on the front foot but had enough time to cut it through backward point. slow track.

26.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short and even further outside off and it has been crashed to deep backward point. Mahela loves this ground and Ishant is erring on line and length

26.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, closer to the off stump, fuller on a good length and moving away, left alone by Mahela

26.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, gorgeous straight drive. Mere push. Caressed away. It was full pitched delivery on the middle and off and he met it flush in the middle of the bat

26.6

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 leg bye, drifts on to the pad and the ball rolls away to fine leg for a leg bye

Sri Lanka 114/2   I Sharma 10-2-46-1

47.1

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, beaten on the flirt outside off stump

47.2

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, on the middle and off, drives back to the bowler.

47.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, banged in short and it moves across Warnapura who sways away

47.4

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 run, gets off the strike with a dab behind square leg

47.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside the off stump, moving away slightly, left alone

47.6

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, turned past square leg for a single

Sri Lanka 175/2   I Sharma 11-2-48-1

49.1

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 run, short of length, lapped past square leg

49.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short in length, outside off, cut to point

49.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, short in length, defended

49.4

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, banged in short on the leg stump line, went for the pull, missed and it bobbed off the thigh pad to Karthik

49.5

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to defend to covers

49.6

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 run, on the front foot and driven to wide mid-off

Sri Lanka 180/2   I Sharma 12-2-51-1

51.1

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, jabbed off the inside edge on to the pad

51.2

Sharma to Warnapura, FOUR, That's his second Test ton.Width offered outside off and he steered it past gully. The helmet is off and the bat is held aloft and Mahela envelops him with a hug. Team-mates in the dressing room applaud. Nice little moment for Warnapura who had problems yesterday against short-pitched deliveries but has over come them to reach here

51.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

51.4

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, slower one, full, pushed to the off side

51.5

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, on a length, on the middle and off, pushed to the mid-on region

51.6

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, around the off stump, punched to covers

Sri Lanka 189/2   I Sharma 13-2-55-1

53.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bouncer and Mahela ducks

53.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pushes a length delivery to covers

53.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, goes back to tap a short-of-length delivery to short cover region for a quick single

53.4

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 run, short in length, on the pads, turned to deep square leg

53.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, from round the stumps this time and angles it across Mahela who lets it fly past him

53.6

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full pitched on the middle, worked to wide midwicket

Sri Lanka 194/2   I Sharma 14-2-58-1

55.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, from round the stumps, a length delivery on the off stump line, patted to extra cove r

55.2

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, cuts in from outside off stump, from round the stumps, beats the prod and strikes the pad. Going down leg, though.

55.3

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, fuller, around off stump, mistimes a drive to mid-off

55.4

Sharma to Warnapura, no run, banged in short, cutting in from outside off stump, climbs chest-high and defended in front of him

55.5

Sharma to Warnapura, 1 run, fullish, homing in on the off stump, drives to right of mid-on where Kumble makes a tumbling stop

55.6

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, stays round the stumps for Mahela, lands it short of length, around off stump, defended to the off side

Sri Lanka 198/2   I Sharma 15-2-60-1

69.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit of width offered but Jayawardene is not interested

69.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pitched up and angled in from wide of the crease. Jayawardene gets forward and across and drives it down to mid-on. No room for a single there

69.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, worked away off the stumps to the midwicket region

69.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended watchfully

69.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, one stays low and the ball rolls away off the edge to the gully region

69.6

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, forced away through cover point for an easy single

Sri Lanka 241/3   I Sharma 16-2-61-1

71.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of length delivery outside off, holding its line, pushed to the off side

71.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, closer to the off stump, defended to the off side

71.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, extra bounce from short of length as Ishant hits the deck hard and Thilan gets on his toes to push it away

71.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, fuller, turned to Sehwag at midwicket

71.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, FOUR, short in length, tad wide outside off and Samaraweera guides it past gully

71.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery. Drinks break.

Sri Lanka 251/3   I Sharma 17-2-66-1

73.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short in length, around the off stump, pushed to the off side

73.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to ease a full delivery to mid-on

73.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fullish, on the off and middle line, driven to mid-on again

73.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fullish, on the middle stump line, again pushed to mid-on

73.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, full pitched on middle and leg, wristed elegantly past square leg

73.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to defend a full length delivery to the off side of the pitch

Sri Lanka 255/3   I Sharma 18-2-69-1

96.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cuts in from a length, on the middle and leg, stabbed to the on side. Mahela took the bottom hand off the handle as he fended it away. Two slips in place

96.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, rushing through the channel outside off, left alone

96.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten on the drive. It shaped away in the air and Mahela's bat went down the line

96.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed close on the leg side and they set off for the run. The throw richochets of Mahela's bat as he grounded it at the other end and it went towards the boundary. Mahela doesn't take the over throws. What happens when its the World Cup final and it's the last ball and they need those runs, won't he run then?!

96.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, good delivery cutting in, defended away

96.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, outside off and holding its line, went for the cut and missed

Sri Lanka 341/3   I Sharma 19-2-70-1

98.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, gets behind the line of a full delivery to tuck it to square leg

98.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, homing in on the off stump, Samarweera leans forward to tap it back down the track

98.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, lands outside off stump and stays there, left alone

98.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, cuts in a touch from just outside the off stump, keeps a tad low, Samaraweera is caught at the crease, crouches to stab it off the inner edge to square leg

98.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short, wide, cut fiercely to Ganguly at deep backward point

98.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, appeal for lbw but turned down as it was going down leg. Full and it swung in, Samaraweera was pressing his front leg across, had to withdraw it in a hurry and tried to bring the bat down in time but was hit on the pad. Virtual eye says it would have clipped the outside of the leg stump. Don't think, even if it was refered, it would have been given out by the umpire

Sri Lanka 345/3   I Sharma 20-2-73-1

100.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, cuts in from short of length, around off stump, dabbed close on the off side and they rush across for a quick single

100.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, close to the off stump, cutting in, jabbed to the off side

100.3

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, fuller, on the middle, straightening and Samaraweera gets a leading edge through cover point.

100.4

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swings down the leg side and Karthik makes an acrobatic stop and has a laugh. How he would wish he had taken those catches

100.5

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, swings in the air, towards the middle stump line, turned to square leg

100.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, another one curving in to the middle stump and the batsman is unsure, caught at the crease but manages to stab it to the off side

Sri Lanka 355/3   I Sharma 21-2-78-1

102.1

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, swings in toward middle and leg and runs off the pad

102.2

Sharma to DPMD Jayawardene, OUT, done in by a peach of a delivery that left him late. And Karthik has taken a catch! And he has a laugh about it. It came in the air, landed on a length around middle and off and shaped away late, Mahela did what he had to do; put his bat out to defend but it curved away and took a bit of outside edge. Superb innings, though. Yet another big century on his favorite piece of turf.

DPMD Jayawardene c †Karthik b Sharma 136 (375m 259b 10x4 1x6) SR: 52.50

102.3

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump and Dilshan lets Karthik gather

102.4

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, cuts in into Dilshan, beats the forward defensive stroke and raps him high on the thigh pad

102.5

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, ooh what was that? Dilshan chose to shoulder arms to a length delivery and it kept coming back in and went over the middle stump

102.6

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, checking whether Dilshan would have a flirt after the previous delivery but he is a good batsman and lets this one go past him.

Sri Lanka 360/4   I Sharma 22-3-78-2

104.1

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, short in length, outside off stump, cut to point where Harbhajan makes a mess of a regulation stop

104.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, full in length, outside the off stump, holding its line, left alone

104.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, beaten by a beauty. Again it drifted in and moved away late. Samaraweera does well to yank his bat away from the line, a touch late and he would have got a nick

104.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, stays back to jab a length delivery outside off stump

104.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, cuts in from a length, towards the off stump, pushed towards covers. Good testing over and Samaraweera is handling it very well.

104.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

Sri Lanka 365/4   I Sharma 23-3-79-2

106.1

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, punched off the back-foot to the cover region. Fielder moves across quickly and cuts off the single

106.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, swing and a miss outside the off stump

106.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, FOUR, short delivery on the stumps, Samaraweera rocks back and pulls it away through midwicket

106.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, punched towards cover, diving stop saves runs

106.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Sharma is all over the place here. Samaraweera stands tall and cuts it away through cover point

106.6

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, drifts on to the pads, easily worked away to fine leg for an easy single

Sri Lanka 373/4   I Sharma 24-3-85-2

108.1

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Samaraweera drives it straight back to the bowler

108.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, FOUR, shot! slightly short and close to the off stump, Samaraweera stays back and nicely runs it away through the gap between point and gully

108.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, FOUR, nothing delivery. Samaraweera is quickly on to the back-foot and he thuds the ball through covers. Stop that

108.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, FOUR, 90s! pitched up outside the off stump, Samaraweera gets right behind the line and punches it straight back down the track to the long-off fence. Presented the full face of the bat and the timing was spot on

108.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, worked away watchfully

108.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Sri Lanka 387/4   I Sharma 25-3-97-2

122.1

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, on a length, straightening outside off and Samaraweera adjusts to the movement and pushes it to the off side

122.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, outside off line again, left alone. Ishant bowled a very good spell with the second new ball last evening

122.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward, covers the off stump and lets the ball sail past the off stump

122.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, closer to the off stump, again straightening and Samaraweera gets behind the line to push it to the off side

122.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, FOUR, width offered outside off and Samaraweera got on top of the bounce and guided it past backward point. Good start by SL

122.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to drive crisply but straight to covers.

Sri Lanka 437/4   I Sharma 26-3-101-2

124.1

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish and whipped towards wide mid-on where Sehwag, the acting captain, dives full stretch to make a fine stop. And has a laugh.

124.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

124.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, overpitched outside off stump, driven to mid-off

124.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, outside the off stump and moving further away, Samaraweera chases the wide one, trying to dab it to third man and is beaten

124.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, outside the off stump, drives it off the backfoot to deep point for a single

124.6

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, outside the off stump, has a flash at it and gets a top edge to third man fence for a boundary

Sri Lanka 444/4   I Sharma 27-3-107-2

126.1

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, good length on the off stump. Dilshan moves back and defends it

126.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, on the off stump, Samaraweera dabs it to mid on

126.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Samaraweera drives it to mid off

126.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, fuller outside the off stump. Samaraweera pushes it to cover on the frontfoot

126.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, short outside the off stump. Samaraweera mistimes the cut shot as it does not cross Dravis positioned at gully

126.6

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, fuller outside off. Ishant displays ample soccer skills in stopping the ball, as it deflects to cover for a single

Sri Lanka 446/4   I Sharma 28-3-108-2

128.1

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, kicks up from back of length and moves away, mistimes a cut to cover point

128.2

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, way outside the off stump and Samaraweera is not interested

128.3

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, closer to the off stump, some extra bounce from the tall Ishant, Samaraweera tries to run it to third man but it's fielded well by the floating third slip

128.4

Sharma to Samaraweera, no run, in the corridor outside off, left alone

128.5

Sharma to Samaraweera, 1 run, cutting in towards off stump, nothing alarming and Samaraweera gets behind the line to nudge it to covers

128.6

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

Sri Lanka 454/4   I Sharma 29-3-110-2

130.1

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, climbs from a back of length and holds its line outside off stump, Prasanna yanks his bat from the line

130.2

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, gets forward, sees the ball is straightening outside off and shoulders arms

130.3

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, sharp bouncer outside off stump, Prasanna shaped to pull from outside off and edged it down in front of him. Ishant is getting the ball to bounce on this slow wicket. Not bad at all.

130.4

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run

130.5

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length delivery outside off stump and Prasanna gets forward to defend to covers

130.6

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, pushes a short-of-length delivery outside off to covers

Sri Lanka 455/5   I Sharma 30-4-110-2

132.1

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

132.2

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, cracked past Laxman at gully. It was outside the off stump and unlike Samaraweera who had tried to guide it, Dilshan went for a fierce cut and it flashed past to the left of Laxman who couldn't reach it

132.3

Sharma to Dilshan, no run

132.4

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, reaches his 13th Test fifty with a dab to the on side. Good stuff. He started off slowly, not his usual way, and has now started going for his shots

132.5

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed through the off side field for a single

132.6

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to defend to Harbhajan at covers

Sri Lanka 471/5   I Sharma 31-4-116-2

134.1

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, again makes it straighten after landing on a length around off stump, Dilshan adjusts his wrists to cover for the movement and pushes it to the off side

134.2

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, leans forward to guide a full delivery through cover point

134.3

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, cutting a touch, turned towards short midwicket region and Ishant rushes to pick the ball

134.4

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, banged in short, too short and it sails harmlessly well outside off

134.5

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, another one banged in short and it moved away from the off stump, Prasanna was shaping to pull but realised it was going away from him and pulled out of the shot.

134.6

Sharma to HAPW Jayawardene, no run, length delivery coming in towards the off stump, solidly behind the line and defended to the off side

Sri Lanka 474/5   I Sharma 32-4-117-2

160.1

Sharma to Dilshan, 1 run, hint of away swing, full and on the off stump line, driven to sweeper cover

160.2

Sharma to Vaas, no run, goes down the leg side, went past the stumps and then some posthumous swing happens. It moves back in and to the left of the surprised Karthik who manages to get his glove behind it to deflect it to the slip cordon

160.3

Sharma to Vaas, 1 wide, wide delivery outside off stump.

160.3

Sharma to Vaas, 1 run, sharp bouncer at the rib cage and fended off through backward square leg

160.4

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, on a length around the off stump, punched to covers

160.5

Sharma to Dilshan, no run, beaten outside off stump It landed on a length outside off, sucking Dilshan into a drive before leaving him late

160.6

Sharma to Dilshan, FOUR, Blasted away. Not all that short and outside off stump but he fetched it from there and pulled it through wide midwicket.

Sri Lanka 594/6   I Sharma 33-4-124-2
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Series Results
Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 8-11, 2008
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Sri Lanka v India at Galle - Jul 31-Aug 3, 2008
India won by 170 runs
Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 23-26, 2008
Sri Lanka won by an innings and 239 runs
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Jul 26, 2008

VVS Laxman, Ishant Sharma and RP Singh during a drinks break, Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, Colombo, 4th day, July 26, 2008

VVS Laxman, Ishant Sharma and RP Singh during a drinks break

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Jul 26, 2008

The deadly duo: Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan shared 19 wickets between them, Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, SSC, Colombo, 4th day, July 26, 2008

The deadly duo: Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan shared 19 wickets between them

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