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

Hi there. Welcome to the first Test between Sri Lanka and India at SSC.

3:28 pm: Cheers from the smattering of a crowd as the Indians take the field and get into the customary huddle. Time to plug a handy tool for you - Mobicast . 'Key in http://ci.plusmo.com into your phone browser'; stay updated on the latest scores while on the go. The Sri Lankan openers walk out. Zaheer hands his hat to Billy Doctrove.

Play to start at 3:30 pm. We will take one last comment on the balls. From Venkat Krishnan: "Talking of balls ,I am not sure if many you guys know about this one. It's a normal tennis ball ,light and bouncy into which we make a small incision and stuff 20 to 25 cycle-ball bearings(based on how windy your ground is and how much you want to ball to swing etc).The incision was closed with some adhesive and we are ready. It was amazing to play with that ball."

3:04 pm: Sri Lanka have won the toss and have chosen to bat. There are a few cracks on this pitch. Waqar Younis says, "it looks pretty dry and should turn out to be a spinner's track. The edges in those cracks are already crumbling". Kumble too says he would have batted first.

The team winning the toss and batting first has won five and lost 11 Tests out of 20 at the SSC.

Sri Lanka 1 Michael Vandort, 2 Malinda Warnapura, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Nuwan Kulasekera, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

India 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 8 Anil Kumble, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Ishant and Prasad are at the bowler's mark. Ishant gently marks out his paces. Mendis and Murali bowling on one of the adjacent practice pitches

3:01 pm: Captains are coming out for the toss and looking rather dapper in their creams and navy blue blazers.

2:42 pm: Play will start at 3.30 pm, informs umpire Benson. We will have an extended session and will play 42 overs. Play will be extended by an hour. And the game will start 30 minutes early in the next few days. Meanwhile Dravid, bat in hand, inspects the pitch. Sri Lankan teams starts jogging in unison.

SI from Taiwan: "Talking of balls, I was reminded of 'tube balls' which we used to play with.It is made of used bicycle tubes (the rubber tubes inside the tyre), cut into small rubber bands and then put over a hard core of wrapped stone. The number of layers will determine the bounce, and the core will determine the hardness. Those tube ball tournaments with balls flying at the throats of batsmen!Bring on Perth!"

Srinivas: "Nasir, yes boss, we do play with cork balls in India , and I remember we used to play cricket with the ball used to play hockey.That will be of similar size and weight, but more harder.One cannot bear the pain when it hits you, I remember people used to play cricket with Rubber ball, Tennis ball, Paper ball( you read it correctly),Cork ball, and even small dry coconuts ...."

RK: "We sure do play a lot of street cricket with cork balls in India. Its cheap, doesnt get out of shape fast; and floats in water - very important if your streets are lined with open drains."

2:39 pm: "The sun is out. The ground staff are removing covers from the fieldA few players coming out - Prasad and his coffin make their way to one of the practice pitches," says Jamie. "Jayawardene and one of the coaching staff stand at midwicket. Some Sri Lankan players join them. Kumble also walks out. Word is that play may start at 3.30pm, but that's yet to be announced. That would leave about 42 overs of play, fingers crossed. Kumble delivers a few looseners to Kirsten."

2:25 pm: It's somewhat brighter now. The covers are lying around in case they need to be put back on in a hurry. And to the tune of the MIB, here come the men in white. Meanwhile, terming the new umpire referral system a 'review process' as opposed to a challenge process, Dave Richardson, the ICC's acting chief executive, was confident it would work well on a long-term basis with plenty of room for improvement.

"A lot of people will say reviews are contradictory to the spirit of the game and that players are challenging the umpires, but the way we look at it is - what is better or worse for the game? Umpires make mistakes and are accused of cheating, Steve Bucknor's effigies are being burnt, teams threaten to fly home from a country, boards criticise umpires. Should we have a system where the umpire is given an opportunity to review his own decision and make a final decision himself? That would be preferable." Read the full piece.

SLD: "Cricketers in swim suits and soap.... you guys better be talking about the women's teams here. It's way too late in the US and I don't want to have images of Harbajan in a swimsuit before sleep."

Naseer Ahmed: "Back in Pakistan as boys we used to play cricket with a ball made of cork, It had a wooden round small ball inside and around it they used to somehow wrap the cork and paint it red. (very handy during rain.) I wonder if this kind of ball is or was available in India."

1:38 pm The next inspection will be at 2.30 pm. More wait ahead of us.

Sampath from Saudi Arabia sends us this gem: "Why not play cricket when it is raining? Change few rules and you can do it. I can suggest few; 1. Players should be in swim suits 2. Ball should be 'ottapala ball' 3. Who ever gets electrocuted by lightning will be banned for two matches 4. Soap is allowed in the field 5. Hot soup will be served in drink breaks.. " Wonder what is that ottapala ball. And will there be cheerleaders swimming near the boundary?

George clears the doubt: "Buddy, that ottapala ball means, a ball made of waste rubber taken from while tapping rubber trees."

Senaka S Wijesinghe: "Ottapala isnt the correct word. It should be corrected as Ottupalu. Ottupalu is a ball made of left over rubber from rubber trees. When tappers collected liquid rubber and left last few drops dry in the tree itself , boys collect it and make a ball out of it. It is called Ottupalu ball." Superb Senaka. Thanks. Now I am really off to grab my lunch.

Disney John: "Guess what? Ottupalu is the most common form of cricket ball used in rural areas of south india...especially in Kerala where rubber tree is more common. Young children are the masters of making this ball..they make balls in such a way that the bounce of the ball is inline with the pitch. Iam sure Sreesanth can give us more details on this topic."

Subhash: "You people really put me back to my schooldays! I played a lot of cricket with "Ottupalu" ball . We used to collect that from one of our friend's rubber estate, and caught by his dad many times! Ah! Those were the best days of my life!

I will leave you with a anecdote involving Jack Crapp and Fred Trueman. By Frank Keating : "... An umpire for that Kennington Test was a friend of mine, soft and gentlemanly old Gloucester luminary Jack Crapp. Just before he died a quarter of a century ago, Jack confided: "Always too full of himself was Fred, and in our playing days I'd not overcared for his 'bullying' attitude, especially his bowling nasty bouncers at some of the young county batsmen on the circuit. Anyway, once he'd got his famous 300th that day at The Oval, the last wicket of the innings, Trueman tried to grab the ball off me, saying he wanted it engraved for posterity. He began swearing at me, but I stuck to the letter of the law and said he'd first have to ask permission during the change of innings from the Surrey secretary Arthur McIntyre.

"He goes off in a huff to do this, and meanwhile, still annoyed in our umps' room, I just toss the ball into a large box in which there were already a dozen or so spare balls, all worn about the same.

"Then Fred barges in rudely demanding his souvenir, saying Mr McIntyre's given permission - so I simply go back to the box, dip in, and throw him the first ball that comes to hand, don't I? So I suppose there's a one-in-12 chance that Fred engraved the right ball."

1:23 pm: The umpires Doctrove and Benson are having a walk around. The ground staff have pulled back most of the covers and back go the stump mics. Gary Kirsten also out there with the men who matter. Here comes Trevor Bayliss and Rudi Koertzen joins in as well. Jamie adds, "hardly any spectators, understandably." No idea yet about when the game will start. No official word still.

1:10 pm: The umpires are checking the state of the outfield. Jamie says they just seem to be standing there. "There are two covers on either side being pulled back a little. The outfield has improved somewhat and off come the covers on the square."

Quite a few mails have come in cribbing about why are they playing in the monsoon season. Please hold your anger and your mails [on that subject]. No point in getting worked up na?

12:55pm The covers are back on. No rain, though.

Apurv Sardeshmukh: "There was only two hours of play possible in the first test in 1993 at Colombo between the two countries. Wonder if this going to be repeated again. If it did repeat, its a good omen for the Indians. They went on to win that series in 1993."

12:20 pm: The covers come off as the sun tries hard to wiggle out of the clouds. As I wrote before, Lunch was taken at 12:15 pm. The inspection will be at 1:00 pm and the game might start at 1:40 pm.

Aussie Ahmed is not too impressed: "Have you seen the weather forecast for the five days. It does not seem promising. Wont be surprised if more than 100 overs are bowled in the 5 days. July is peak monsoon season in SL. My prediction is we wont get a full days game in any of the 5 days. In fact from Friday the rain is expected to get heavier. I am sure nobody is complaining because the monsoon has been playing hide and seek. Its an extended break for the Indians. Enjoy it."

11.55 am: Lunch will be taken at 12:15 pm. The inspection will be at 1:00 pm. And if everything is good then, the game might start at 1:40 pm.

Parameshwaran G says, "SSC is probably among the few grounds in subcontinent that has a grass bank - the likes of what we see on Australian and South African grounds! It is a lovely old ground :) and coupled with music played by the band makes it good to watch cricket on." Let's hope the game gets underway at 1:40 pm.

Lovely little story involving Bomber Wells. "Back in the '40s I played for a couple of years for the Gloucester Nondescripts. The Nondies. We only played away matches. Went out by charabanc. Had a sing-song. 'Ghost Riders In The Sky', 'She Wore Red Feathers'. All the families used to come. Anyway, we played at Witney one day, and they had this chap Len Hemming who played for Oxfordshire. Wonderful player. Well, I came off my one pace run, and I bowled him. And as he was going off, Bill Hook said to our skipper Jack Stevens, 'I don't think he was looking when Bomber bowled him. I'll get him to come back.' We played all away matches, you see, and we didn't like to offend anyone. So he came back rather sheepishly, and I bowled him next ball as well. And everyone started laughing. Well, Bill turned to Jack Stevens again. But before he could say a word, Len Hemming swung round. 'If you think I'm staying here for him to get his bloody hat-trick, you've got another think coming.' And off he went." More fab stories at this place.

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11.45 am: "All but two covers remain at midwicket and mid-on and camera stumps are being put in."

Something from the present. Deccan Chronicle has this gem: "On Monday he [Sachin Tendulkar] was at the Colombo Taj Samudra's in-house Ramani Fernando Salon, which is owned by former cricketer-turned commentator Ranjit Fernando's wife. "I felt proud and honoured to run comb and scissor on Sachin's head," saloon manager P. Sampatha Kumar said from Colombo. "Sachin is a true gentleman. He was calm and quiet during the 30-minute session. He wanted to see my cutting technique and therefore I didn't discuss cricket with him.

"We didn't want to charge him but Sachin insisted," Kumar said. "Sachin was not carrying his wallet and Harbhajan Singh paid by credit card on his behalf." By the way, the sardar was highly impressed with the saloon manager's moustache, it is learnt. "This is not the first time that Sachin has visited us. I cut his hair some 3-4 years back when he came to play in this country," Samantha added. "Anil Kumble also once came to me for his hair cut and dye. International cricketers have visited me." That reminds me ... need to get a hair cut. My barber too is very happy to have me. Yeah right!

11:35 am: "Few covers are coming off, mostly in one half of the outfield," says Jamie. "The pitch is uncovered, plenty of covers still on adjacent to it though. Now more covers are being removed and the umpires have walked onto the field and are now circling the outfield. But Jamie, the killjoy, adds, "rain is in the air."

Some more history. On cricket in the 17th century. By David Terry: "The bat itself did not have to be heavy like those 4 pound weapons of the late eighteenth century. They were light in weight and shaped somewhat like a hockey stick. An Englishman visiting Ireland in 1673 refers to the common people as playing bandy (hurling) with balls and crooked sticks much after our play at stow-ball.9 In fact we can get an idea of these bats by looking at some examples. Around 1700 they are like hockey-sticks, shaped with flat surfaces, and the batsman is usually called a striker. He stood with knees bent and used a downward sweep to hit the ball. The objective was to loft the ball over the heads of the fielders, known as catchers and seekers. Balls were hit to either side of the bowler, further emphasising that a hockey-type stick was used. This picture gives us a glimpse of the `play of the game' with strategically placed catchers and seekers who appear as long stops. The toss of a coin determined which team would choose the pitch, and or, the team to bat first.It was honorable in got-up games for the captains or best players to pick teams of equal strength from those available."

10:55 am: "The covers are still on," says Jamie Alter, our man at the ground. "The outfield is very, very slushy and dirty. Air is still and very grey, which means rain could be around again. Play unlikely before tea. There are dozens of ground staff trying their best to dry up."

Well ... nothing to do but wait. So here is some Cardus for you. On bouncers. "One of the most frightening exhibitions of fast bouncing bowling I have ever seen occurred at Old Trafford in 1948 during the England v. Australia Test match. Lindwall was awesome. He almost paralysed Compton's left arm, then, with a "no-ball" so much over the crease that he let the ball go its vicious way far down the pitch, he struck Compton's forehead as in fact Compton actually tried to hook (no running away!) and the missile flew off the edge of his bat. Compton staggered and was led from the field, his forehead bleeding. Stitches were sewn into the wound. He wanted to resume his innings but was advised by a doctor to rest awhile. Edrich (Bill), held the fort bravely, even as his kinsman did at Sydney the other week.

Compton - believe it or not - went to a net to find out if he could still see a quick ball, then resumed his Test match innings, stayed until close of play, and next morning carried his score to 145 not out. As Wisden recorded, Lindwall bowled bouncers with such force and dangerous aim that during this season of 1948 he knocked-out or hurt Compton, Todd, Washbrook (a great hooker), Keeton, Robertson and Watkins."

For the Sri Lankan fans out there, have a look at this wonderful piece from Ram Guha on two Sri Lankan masters. F.C. (Derek) De Saram and Mahadevan Sathasivan.

A few years back I too had written on Satha. Fascinating character. "As fate would have it, both the great Sri Lankan masters spent some time in jail, de Saram for a political coup he was part of and Sathasivam for a murder that he didn't commit. De Saram was a rightist and was involved in a coup to unseat the democratically elected government of SWRD Bandarnaike, spending many years in jail in the 1960s till a legal technicality secured his release. Sathasivam was suspected of murdering his wife with 'ammi kal', a cylindrical grinding-stone. After a very widely followed trial where Dr Colvin R de Silva, a high-profile attorney, defended his case and proved that it was a servant in the house who was the culprit, Satha was released and carried from the court on the shoulders of his fans."

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Rain Bad news. Overnight heavy rain which carried on in the morning as well and it's still drizzling out there. It's monsoon season in Sri Lanka and the ground staff have come prepared. 90% of the ground is covered. They are regularly removing water from the middle, even with rain around, to stop the water from sweeping in through the covers like a tea bag. So at the moment it is just a drizzle and probably the ground staff will need 90 minutes to clear the covers. Having said that, chances of play starting before lunch looks bleak.

Chris from UK: "I've just found out Colombo has it's rainy season from May to August. So maybe July is not the best time to schedule test match cricket?" Try telling that to the administrators. Greed boss greed.

Meanwhile, while you wait, why don't you join the Cricinfo Fantasy Cricket . Go on, do it. It's tremendous fun.

If you have done it already, have a hit at the Slogout! game. Can you hit like Gilbert Jessop or A.W.Wellard or Afridi? Have fun. To inspire you let me throw in an extract from Gerald Broadribb's Big Hitters: "... well- remembered long hits. Here is a reminder of some of them. Best-known of all is probably that of Albert Trott, who made a drive off M.A.Noble in 1899 which enabled the ball to bounce on the roof of the pavilion at Lord's, and end up somewhere by the tennis court. It was a vast ballooner, but though it went over the pavilion, it had nothing like the potential carry of a hit of Jessop's which once landed on top of the north turret of the pavilion - or of one of F.T.Mann's which hit the back seats on the top tier and was still on the rise."

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The talk before the game revolved around the new referral system. It's going to pretty interesting isn't it?

The other point of discussion has been around the mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. Click here to read a piece by Nagraj Gollapudi, Cricinfo's assistant editor, on John Gleeson, a mystery spinner from the past.

"...Richie Benaud happened to be present. He asked Gleeson to bowl to him. The very first ball was the back-to-front orthodox offspinner. "As luck happened, it turned a little bit," Gleeson remembered. "He was actually watching my hand rather than the ball, and it knocked out his off stump." Benaud's eyes lit up, his bottom lip came out a bit, and as he picked the ball up and threw it back to Gleeson, he said: "I was still at Gunnedah." To read more click here.

0.1

Khan to Vandort, 1 run, starts off with a fierce flick which ricochets of Gambhir's knee at short leg and runs away to long leg

Three slips, gully, a deepish point, cover, forward short leg, mid-on, mid-off

0.2

Khan to Warnapura, no run, good line this time: just outside the off stump and shapes away a touch, left alone.

0.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, really full delivery outside off stump and jabbed out towards short mid-off region.

0.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, moves in from outside the off stump and he leans forward to push it to mid-on region

Big cracks on the surface btw.

0.5

Khan to Warnapura, no run, moves in again, in the air and defended to the off side. He then practices stretching out even further to defend

0.6

Khan to Warnapura, no run, on a length and holding its line outside off stump, removes the bat from the line and lets it go through to the 'keeper.

I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for the game. Joining me on the scoring duties are Binoy George and Srinivas Raju.

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0
SM Warnapura    0* (5b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0
MG Vandort    1* (1b)     

Tendulkar at first slip, Laxman at second, Dravid at third, all arms akimbo

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

End of over 2 (maiden) Sri Lanka 1/0
MG Vandort    1* (7b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
SM Warnapura    0* (5b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0

2.1

Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, Super shot. He leaned into the off drive and timed it sweetly to the left of mid-off.

2.2

Khan to Warnapura, no run, Zak keeps it full again, hoping for the loose drive, Warnapura goes for the off drive but the bottom-hand kicks in too much and he edges it to the point region

2.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, follows the two full ones with a bouncer and the batsman ducks

2.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, another bouncer, well-directed this time, coming into the body of Warnapura who fends it off in an ungainly manner but the ball goes of the edge but falls down the track and neither the short-leg or Zaheer can get to it.

2.5

Khan to Warnapura, no run, The third short-pitched delivery. This one is in the channel outside off stump and Warnapura sways away in time. Hostile.

2.6

Khan to Warnapura, no run, And he keeps bowling them short. This one flies towards the right shoulder, Warnapura had dropped his wrists to get his bat out of the way and the ball flies off the shoulder to Kartik. They appeal, more in hope than anything. Also to let the batsman know he is in trouble

End of over 3 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0
SM Warnapura    4* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-5-0
MG Vandort    1* (7b)      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

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 7/1
     I Sharma    2-1-2-1
SM Warnapura    4* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-5-0

4.1

Khan to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to push a full one to the off side

4.2

Khan to Warnapura, no run, full again, mistimes a drive to mid-off

4.3

Khan to Warnapura, 1 no ball, high bouncer and it's a no ball.

4.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, another short-pitched delivery moving to middle and leg line, Warnapura ducks to evade

goes round the stumps to the left-handed Warnapura

4.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, fullish, around the off stump, defended on the front foot

4.5

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, turned to midwicket region for a single. They think about the second before deciding against it.

4.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, back over the wickets and it rushes past Sanga who doesn't offer a stroke

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      Z Khan    3-0-7-0
SM Warnapura    5* (17b 1x4)      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.

Dinesh karthik's pads stand out, all dirty, off-coloured, and all. Is he trying to take them down Steve Waugh's baggy green route? Are they his lucky pads?

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

The arm-guard comes off and he walks down the track. The physio is out there with the magic spray. He keeps getting on to the front foot and so the Indians, are digging 'em short.

5.6

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

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 12/1
SM Warnapura    8* (23b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-1-5-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      Z Khan    3-0-7-0

6.1

Khan to Warnapura, 2 runs, coming in from a length and Warnapura punches it through mid-on region for couple of runs. No mid-on. Three slips, gully, short leg and leg gully in place

Zak goes round the stumps.

6.2

Khan to Warnapura, no run, short-pitched delivery rushing past the off stump and Warnapura sways away.

6.3

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, another one dug in short and Warnapura had enough leaving them and goes for his pull short and keeps it down to the ground and to long leg

6.4

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, short of length, just outside off stump and Sangakkara stays back to defend to the off side

6.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, around the off stump, driven to the off side of the pitch and Zak lunges to make the stop

6.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, cuts in from outside off stump, Sangakkara gets behind the line to defend to the on side

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 15/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (4b)      Z Khan    4-0-10-0
SM Warnapura    11* (26b 1x4)      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.

End of over 8 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1
SM Warnapura    23* (32b 4x4)      I Sharma    4-1-17-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (4b)      Z Khan    4-0-10-0

8.1

Khan to Sangakkara, (no ball) 2 runs, short in length and well outside off stump, cutting in, Sangakkara goes back and across to force it through cover point

8.1

Khan to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, big appeal for lbw as the ball cuts back in from outside off to beat the prod and hit Sanga on the pad in front of middle and leg. It cut in from outside off and hit him. The replays according to the virtual eye suggestsit would have clipped the leg stump.

8.2

Khan to Warnapura, 1 no ball, goes round the stumps for Warna and hurls a bouncer on the leg stump line, swayed away

8.2

Khan to Warnapura, 2 runs, outside off, forced through covers

8.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, rushes past the off stump channel, left alone

8.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, another bouncer - they are really giving it to Warnapura who ducks to get under it.

8.5

Khan to Warnapura, no run, goes back over the stumps and cuts it from back of length and Warnapura pushes at it - the bottom hand off the handle - and the ball drops short of Kumble at short midwicket

8.6

Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, almost done in by the slower and fuller one. Again he took the bottom hand off and lunged at it and the ball flew past the gully fielder. It bisected the gully and backward point perfectly

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 38/1
SM Warnapura    29* (38b 5x4)      Z Khan    5-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara    2* (6b)      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

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1
KC Sangakkara    4* (9b)      I Sharma    5-1-20-1
SM Warnapura    30* (41b 5x4)      Z Khan    5-0-20-0

short mid-on and short midwicket in place

10.1

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to push a length delivery to short mid-on

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10.2

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, cuts in from outside off stump, jabbed to the short mid-on fielder again.

10.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, just outside off stump, Sanga comes forward to defend to the off side

10.4

Khan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, fuller, drifting towards middle and leg and Sangakkara wrists it through square leg for couple of runs before IShant comes around from long leg

10.5

Khan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, nips back in from around the off stump, from a length, squeezed past square leg again.

10.6

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, here comes the bouncer and Sanga gets under it without any fuss.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 45/1
KC Sangakkara    8* (15b)      Z Khan    6-0-24-0
SM Warnapura    30* (41b 5x4)      I Sharma    5-1-20-1

11.1

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, on the stumps, wicket to wicket, pushed to the on side

11.2

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

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11.3

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, wicket to wicket, straight, defended to the off side

11.4

Ganguly to Warnapura, 3 runs, drifts to the leg and middle and turned neatly through front of square and they will get three runs by the time Zaheer comes across from long leg, picks the ball, turns and releases the throw

11.5

Ganguly to Sangakkara, no run, fullish, outside off, driven to Sehwag at covers

11.6

Ganguly to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery around the off stump.

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End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 48/1
KC Sangakkara    8* (17b)      SC Ganguly    1-0-3-0
SM Warnapura    33* (45b 5x4)      Z Khan    6-0-24-0

12.1

Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, nice looking straight drive to resume play post the drinks break. It was full and on the middle, he leaned forward and bottom-handed it down the track

12.2

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, drags back the ball to good length and on the middle, defended to the on side

12.3

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, beaten. It landed on a length outside off and straightened. Sangakkara was pushing down the line.

12.4

Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, fuller, on the middle, trying to trap him lbw but Sanga didn't get his front leg across and creamed it through mid-on. 50 of the partnership up.

12.5

Khan to Sangakkara, no run, drags back to back of length and keeps it outside off, left alone

12.6

Khan to Sangakkara, OUT, Zak breaks through. Dravid takes a neat low catch at first slip. Done in by the leg cutter. It moved in, landed on a length around middle and cut away towards off. Sangakkara tried to push his bat down the line and got a thick edge and it flew low and to the front of Rahul who got his palm under the ball to take a sharp catch.

KC Sangakkara c Dravid b Khan 12 (47m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

End of over 13 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 57/2
     Z Khan    7-0-33-1
SM Warnapura    38* (47b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-3-0

13.1

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, straightens on a length, on the middle and off, pushed in the air towards the non existent short leg

13.2

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery around the off stump line

13.3

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, slants it across Warnapura who watches it settle into Karthik's gloves

13.4

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, gets forward to defend down the track. The ball moved in after pitched and hit the inside edge and on to the pad

13.5

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, cuts this one away and Warnapura defends to the off side.

13.6

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, and again. Defended towards short mid-off region.

End of over 14 (maiden) Sri Lanka 57/2
SM Warnapura    38* (53b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    2-1-3-0
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (0b)      Z Khan    7-0-33-1

14.1

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, goes round the stumps straightaway for Mahela. The ball lands on a length outside off and comes in a touch, defended to the on side

14.2

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hurls across a bouncer on the off and middle line and Mahela ducks under.

14.3

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, in the corridor outside off, Mahela shoulders arms.

14.4

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, still from round the stumps, serves a full delivery well outside the off stump, left alone

14.5

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, lovely caressed cover drive. Nice high left elbow. Full and outside off and timed sweetly through the off side. Sluggish out field killed the boundary.

A dog strolls across the out field and play is held up. From deep midwicket he jogs off to fine leg and now gets over the boundary,

14.6

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, full in length, on the off stump line, coming in, Warnapura is late in getting forward but manages to squeeze it to fine leg.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 61/2
SM Warnapura    39* (54b 6x4)      Z Khan    8-0-37-1
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (5b)      SC Ganguly    2-1-3-0

15.1

Ganguly to Warnapura, 3 runs, fullish, on the middle and leg, driven through wide midwicket region and Kumble gives the chase.

15.2

Ganguly to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands on a length outside off and cuts away a touch, Mahela is on the front foot, defending it down the track

15.3

Ganguly to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off stump, left alone

15.4

Ganguly to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, beautiful off drive. The feet glided forward, the left elbow went uphigh and he met the ball flush in the middle of the bat and the ball raced through wide mid-off region

15.5

Ganguly to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good comeback from Sourav; he drags back the length and gets it to cut away and Mahela pushes at it and the ball runs off the outer edge, along the ground, and to first slip

15.6

Ganguly to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets this to move in and Mahela stops his front foot movement and pushes the ball to the leg side

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 68/2
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (10b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    3-1-10-0
SM Warnapura    42* (55b 6x4)      Z Khan    8-0-37-1

16.1

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, on the off stump line, shaping in, punched past the diving Zaheer and past the stumps

16.2

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, from round the stumps for Mahela, full and on the off stump line, pushed to extra cover

16.3

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to drive to mid-off. He then shadow practises the shot again.

16.4

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle, turned to on side

16.5

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, digs it short, climbs chest high around the off stump and Mahela swivels of the front foot to pull it just behind the square leg

16.6

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, digs it even shorter and it sails above Mahela. Quite a long spell for Zak.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 73/2
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (15b 2x4)      Z Khan    9-0-42-1
SM Warnapura    43* (56b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    3-1-10-0

17.1

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, full in length, on the middle, straightening, pushed weakly to the leg side. The bottom hand was off the handle again. Mahela walks across to have a chat with Warnapura

17.2

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, moves it across Warnapura who lets it go past Kartik

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17.3

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, back of length, just outside off stump, punched to covers

17.4

Ganguly to Warnapura, 2 runs, leans forward to drive a full delivery through covers

17.5

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run

17.6

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to push to covers

Lahar: "why is Ganguly bowling? And how is the light? How long more is play on for?" Only two pacers and so to give break before the spinners come on. Though, it's about time to get in a spinner. The game is meandering and the two batsmen are playing themselves in against a tired Zak and gentle Ganguly. Light is okay as of now. The umpires said they wanted to get in 42 overs and were hoping to extend play till 6.15 pm. It's 5.00 pm now. And Ishant Sharma comes back for his second spell

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 75/2
SM Warnapura    45* (62b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    4-1-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (15b 2x4)      Z Khan    9-0-42-1

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

End of over 19 (maiden) Sri Lanka 75/2
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (21b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-2-20-1
SM Warnapura    45* (62b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    4-1-12-0

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19.1

Ganguly to Warnapura, 2 runs, short in length, seam-up delivery outside off and forced through cover point

19.2

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, slants it across Warnapura who lets it go past him

19.3

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, and again. Gentle seam-up stuff. Warnapura is resisting the urge from having a go.

19.4

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run

19.5

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, on the middle and leg, turned to mid-on

19.6

Ganguly to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to push to the off side

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 77/2
SM Warnapura    47* (68b 6x4)      SC Ganguly    5-1-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (21b 2x4)      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

End of over 21 (1 run) Sri Lanka 78/2
SM Warnapura    47* (71b 6x4)      I Sharma    7-2-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (24b 2x4)      SC Ganguly    5-1-14-0

Harbhajan Singh to bowl.

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, turns in from outside off, Mahela goes right back to turn to short leg

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller, bit more air but on the middle and leg line, turned past square leg. Harbhajan marks his run up again

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, 2 runs, flighted outside off, paddled to fine leg

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, outside the off stump and this time padded away

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, 1 run, reaches his fifty with another paddle to fine leg. The helmet is off, he looks up at the skies and Mahela is there to congratulate him.

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, short and outside off stump, cut through point

5:43 pm Play has been called off. Good session for India that included the wicket of Sangakkara. But Mahela is out there and he had chosen to bat on a very dry wicket with cracks that should help the spinners later on. So interesting day coming up tomorrow. Play will start 30 minutes early. So join us then. Hopefully the rains will stay away. Good bye and good luck.

Bad light stops play. The players head back to the pavilion. More wait for us.

End of over 22 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 85/2
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (27b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-7-0
SM Warnapura    50* (74b 6x4)      I Sharma    7-2-21-1

Welcome to day 2. The weather looks fine as of now. Sun is coming out. Play will start at 9:45 am. Waqar Younis reckons it still is a good batting pitch. The cracks haven't had any time to break up. Waqar says not much for the spinners today. Sanath Jayasuriya believes there might be some movement early in the day but it will turn out to be a flat track very soon.

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All set for the play. The players are out in the middle. Get your tea/beer ready and settle down please! The weather looks good. Far better than this time yesterday. Ishant Sharma to bowl.

Two slips in place.

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.

When Ishant burst on the scene, he would get the ball to jag back into the right-hand batsmen and didn't have the one that would shape away or hold its line. Now interestingly he bowls that one a lot more. Not many nip backers.

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (33b 3x4)      I Sharma    8-2-27-1
SM Warnapura    50* (74b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-7-0

Zaheer Khan to bowl at Warnapura

23.1

Khan to Warnapura, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone. Two slips and gully in

23.2

Khan to Warnapura, 2 runs, lands back of length and outside off stump, shapes in a touch, Warnapura gets forward to push it between backward point and gully

23.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, outside off stump, on a length, left alone.

23.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, and again. Another one in the zone outside off stump.

23.5

Khan to Warnapura, no run, moves in from outside off and Warnapura leans forward to punch it to covers

23.6

Khan to Warnapura, no run, lets a length delivery whizz past him outside off stump.

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End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2
SM Warnapura    52* (80b 6x4)      Z Khan    10-0-44-1
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (33b 3x4)      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.

End of over 25 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 101/2
SM Warnapura    55* (81b 6x4)      I Sharma    9-2-35-1
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (38b 4x4)      Z Khan    10-0-44-1

25.1

Khan to Warnapura, 1 no ball, cuts in from outside off stump, Warnapura is on the front foot , as is his wont, and is struck on the pad outside off.

25.1

Khan to Warnapura, no run

25.2

Khan to Warnapura, no run, outside the off stump, tad too wide to interest Warnapura

25.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, again a bit too much outside off to warrant a stroke.

25.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, driven back down the track, Zaheer makes the stop and flings it back at the stumps, misses and Kartik gathers

25.5

Khan to Warnapura, no run, full pitched delivery, mistimes the drive to covers. Again too much bottom hand and that upset the timing

25.6

Khan to Warnapura, no run, just outside the off stump, left alone

End of over 26 (1 run) Sri Lanka 102/2
SM Warnapura    55* (88b 6x4)      Z Khan    11-0-45-1
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (38b 4x4)      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

End of over 27 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 114/2
SM Warnapura    55* (89b 6x4)      I Sharma    10-2-46-1
DPMD Jayawardene    38* (43b 6x4)      Z Khan    11-0-45-1

27.1

Khan to Warnapura, 1 no ball, Caught but it's a no-ball! It was driven back to Zak who manages to hold it near his chest. Close call as far as the no ball goes. He landed his feet on the popping crease, a bit behind the line and he dragged it over.

27.1

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run

27.2

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, from round the stumps, fullish, coming in, it appeared for a moment that it would hit the pad when Mahela worked his wrists over time and managed to tickle it behind square leg

27.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, length delivery outside off, pushed to the off side

27.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, full in length, shaping in from just outside off stump, Warnapura went for the drive and edged it on to the pad. Zaheer was turning around to appeal before he realised there was an inside edge

27.5

Khan to Warnapura, 3 runs, connects with the drive this time - the fuller length helped - and it runs past mid-off

27.6

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full in length, outside off stump, left alone

End of over 28 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 120/2
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (45b 6x4)      Z Khan    12-0-51-1
SM Warnapura    59* (94b 6x4)      I Sharma    10-2-46-1

Kumble to bowl

28.1

Kumble to Warnapura, 1 run, floated on the middle, turned past square leg

28.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery that landed on a length outside off stump. Slip and short leg in

28.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flights it full outside leg, misses the flick shot and Kartik gets across in time

28.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and outside off stump, driven to Laxman at covers

28.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and just outside off stump, Mahela pushed at it, the bat was a touch outside the line and he edged it to the on side

28.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, homing in on the off stump, defended down the track

End of over 29 (1 run) Sri Lanka 121/2
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (50b 6x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0
SM Warnapura    60* (95b 6x4)      Z Khan    12-0-51-1

29.1

Khan to Warnapura, no run, hurled it across full and outside off, mistimes a drive back to the bowler. He does it often, mistiming ie as the bottom hand kicks in too much in the stroke

29.2

Khan to Warnapura, 1 no ball, slower one, Warnapura is made to wait and he lunges at the last minute to push it to the on side. Another no ball

29.2

Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, full in length and outside off stump, Warnapura pushed hard at it, bat well in front of his body and edged it past gully

29.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, from wide of the crease, hurls it well outside off stump, left alone

29.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, on a length, homing in on the off stump, turned to the on side.

29.5

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, banged in short - they had peppered Warnapura with short-pitched stuff yesterday - pulled to long leg

29.6

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, from round the stumps this time, full and on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 127/2
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (51b 6x4)      Z Khan    13-0-57-1
SM Warnapura    65* (101b 7x4)      A Kumble    1-0-1-0

30.1

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, full, on the middle, turned to short mid-on. Slip, short leg and short mid-on in.

30.2

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, floated full on middle, worked to midwicket

30.3

Kumble to Warnapura, 1 run, slower, on the off stump line, pushed to cover point

30.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

30.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bit more air, full outside off, driven back to the bowler who mis fields but no damage done as the mid-off fielder comes across

30.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, first hint of turn as Kumble delivers that with a slightly round-arm action and Mahela dabs it to backward point.

End of over 31 (1 run) Sri Lanka 128/2
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (54b 6x4)      A Kumble    2-0-2-0
SM Warnapura    66* (104b 7x4)      Z Khan    13-0-57-1

31.1

Khan to Warnapura, no run, goes for the yorker, lands short of the blockhole, jabbed to the leg side

31.2

Khan to Warnapura, no run, on a length, outside off stump, left alone

31.3

Khan to Warnapura, no run, another yorker, on the off stump line, again just short of the blockhole, dug out to the on side

31.4

Khan to Warnapura, no run, length delivery outside off stump, Warnapura gets forward, covers the off stump and lets it go past him

31.5

Khan to Warnapura, no run, from wide of the crease, tad outside off, doesn't interest Warnapura

31.6

Khan to Warnapura, no run, fullish, on the off stump line, pushed to mid-on

End of over 32 (maiden) Sri Lanka 128/2
SM Warnapura    66* (110b 7x4)      Z Khan    14-1-57-1
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (54b 6x4)      A Kumble    2-0-2-0

32.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run

32.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and around the off stump, driven to extra cover

32.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery just outside off. Not much turn again

32.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, lands it short and that's enough for Mahela to rock back to thrash it to backward point boundary.

32.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller and on the middle and dug out back down the track. Kumble makes the stop and glares at Mahela

32.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower this time and defended on the front foot

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 132/2
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (60b 7x4)      A Kumble    3-0-6-0
SM Warnapura    66* (110b 7x4)      Z Khan    14-1-57-1

33.1

Khan to Warnapura, FOUR, short outside the off stump, Warnapura is onto the backfoot in a flash and pulls it behind square for a boundary

33.2

Khan to Warnapura, (no ball) 2 runs, oversteps and delivers a fuller one outside the off stump as Warnapura leans into the drive. Harbhajan, at sweeper keeps them down to a brace

33.2

Khan to Warnapura, 1 run, outside the off stump, Warnapura pushes it to mid off with soft hands for a quick single

33.3

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on a good length around the off stump, Jayawardene gets behind the ball and pushes it back onto the pitch

33.4

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside the off stump, Jayawardene comes forward and pats it to cover

33.5

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, moves it away this time with a lowly bounce as Jayawardene lets it go past

33.6

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, slants it into him, Jayawardene defends off the backfoot, this time around

33.6

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Jayawardene pushes it to mid off

Umpire allows a ball extra

33.7

Khan to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside the off stump, Jayawardene will have nothing to do with it

And it's drinks

End of over 34 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 141/2
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (66b 7x4)      Z Khan    15-1-66-1
SM Warnapura    73* (113b 8x4)      A Kumble    3-0-6-0

34.1

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, fuller on the middle stump, Warnapura looks to drive it through mid off, evoking gasps from the fielders as it goes one bounce to the mid-off fielder

34.2

Kumble to Warnapura, 1 run, on the leg stump, Warnapura turns it to fine leg for a single

34.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Jaywardene pushes it back to the bowler

34.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, captains are slugging it out as Kumble lands one on the middle stump, Jayawardene pushes it back to the bowler

34.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 no ball, oversteps and also falters in line as Jayawardene pushes it to mid wicket

34.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a re run of the last ball minus no ball

34.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short outside the off stump, cut to deep point for a single

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 144/2
DPMD Jayawardene    44* (71b 7x4)      A Kumble    4-0-9-0
SM Warnapura    74* (115b 8x4)      Z Khan    15-1-66-1

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, turns towards the hips, tucked to backward square leg

slip and short leg in and Harbhajan goes round for the left hander

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, on the middle, defended down the track

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, the arm ball and that cramps up Warnapura who shapes to cut. It hit the pad first outside the off stump and then ran of the bat to point

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, lands on the same spot and this one turns away, left alone

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, closer to the off stump and spins away, no shot offered

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, on the middle and leg stump, turns in, jabbed to short leg

End of over 36 (1 run) Sri Lanka 145/2
SM Warnapura    74* (120b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (72b 7x4)      A Kumble    4-0-9-0

36.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and on the middle, eased to Ishant at mid-on

36.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower, full and around off stump, driven to Ganguly at mid-off

36.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle and off, goes on straight, pushed to the on side.

36.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker, outside off stump and Mahela is beaten on the forward prod. He wanted to cut it but the ball hurried through

36.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower and Mahela gets forward to defend

36.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and on the middle, driven to Ishant at mid-on

End of over 37 (maiden) Sri Lanka 145/2
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (78b 7x4)      A Kumble    5-1-9-0
SM Warnapura    74* (120b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-8-0

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, lands outside off stump, on a length and turns away, left alone. Harbhajan is bowling from round the stumps to the left hander

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, lands it closer to the off stump and defended on the front foot

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, quicker one, coming on straight towards the off stump, Warnapura is on the back foot and jabs it to the on side

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, slows up, bit more air and Warnapura is struck on the pad outside off stump as he looks to defend

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, leans forward and this time defends with the full face of the bat

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, slower, bit more air, on the middle, pushed to mid-on

End of over 38 (maiden) Sri Lanka 145/2
SM Warnapura    74* (126b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-1-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (78b 7x4)      A Kumble    5-1-9-0

38.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower and on the off stump lioe, Mahela is a touch early into the drive and checks it at the last minute and pushes it to covers

38.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, dipping full toss, worked to midwicket

38.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker, on the middle and off, defended to the on side of the pitch

38.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and straight, pushed back to Kumble

38.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, loopy delivery on the legs, turned to right of midwicket for a single

38.6

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, googly on the middle stump line and Warnapura waits for it to do its bit before defending down the track

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 146/2
SM Warnapura    74* (127b 8x4)      A Kumble    6-1-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    46* (83b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-1-8-0

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, almost caught at short leg. From over the stumps, he sent a loopy flighted delivery on the off stump line, Mahela stretched forward, bat in front of his body and turned it in the air well to the left of the lunging short leg

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, leans forward to defend

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, 1 run, fuller and pushed towards backward point and they set off after a slight hesitation. sachin with the throw but Warnapura dives to make the crease and gets in between the ball and the stumps.

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker, short of length, Mahela goes back to defend

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands outside off stump, on a length, turns in, worked to short leg

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to dead bat a flighted delivery around the off stump

End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 148/2
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (87b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-1-10-0
SM Warnapura    75* (129b 8x4)      A Kumble    6-1-10-0

40.1

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, on the middle and off, defended down the track.

40.2

Kumble to Warnapura, 1 run, there is that paddle - he had played a couple of similar shots against Harbhajan yesterday - to fine leg

40.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker, flatter, pushed back to Kumble

40.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, similar pace but outside off, dabbed to backward point

40.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and on the middle, driven to Ishant at mid-on

40.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to push a full delivery to left of Kumble.

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 149/2
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (91b 7x4)      A Kumble    7-1-11-0
SM Warnapura    76* (131b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-1-10-0

41.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, goes on the back foot to cut to backward point

41.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, FOUR, breaks free with a charge down the track. He reached the pitch of the flighted delivery and drove it past mid-on

41.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, on the middle and off, squeezed past short leg

41.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, turns from the middle and off stump line, squeezed of the outer edge to backward point

41.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, goes on straight with the angle on the middle and off stump line, turned to short leg

41.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, FOUR, slip, silly point and short leg watch as Warnapura goes back to cut a short delivery. It flew of the outside edge and down to third man boundary.

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 157/2
SM Warnapura    84* (137b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (91b 7x4)      A Kumble    7-1-11-0

It has just slowly gotten overcast.

42.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the middle and leg, squeezed past short leg for a single

42.2

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, full delivery outside off, driven to Ishant at mid-off

42.3

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, slower through the air and pushed to short mid-on

42.4

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, quicker, on the middle, turned to midwicket

42.5

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, full and straight, pushed to short mid-on

42.6

Kumble to Warnapura, no run, on the off stump line, driven back to Kumble

End of over 43 (1 run) Sri Lanka 158/2
SM Warnapura    84* (142b 10x4)      A Kumble    8-1-12-0
DPMD Jayawardene    48* (92b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-1-18-0

43.1

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, SIX, Hello?! Where did that come from. He has been defending stoutly against the spinners but here and now decides to have a bash. He picked the flighted delivery outside off stump and swung it to long-on. Fifty up for the captain; 6th Test fifty against India

43.2

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, the flight has disappeared and Jaywardene goes back to defend

43.3

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, similar trajectory and worked to the on side

43.4

Harbhajan Singh to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slower and bit more air, turned past short leg for a single

43.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, on the off stump line, Warnapura defends back to the bowler

43.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, slower in the air, on the off stump, goes on straight, defended on the front foot

End of over 44 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 165/2
SM Warnapura    84* (144b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-25-0
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (96b 7x4 1x6)      A Kumble    8-1-12-0

Dark clouds hover around

44.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slips down leg side and Karthik moves across to gather

Karthikeyan: "ist innings---SL=500,ind=500 2 nd innings--sl=300 ind=200 finally draw...for whole 5 days...i am not at all interested..i don't know about others."

Veerapandiyan: "The spinners have dried the runs up. Now, they need to capitalise on the pressure built."

44.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, quicker, on the middle and leg, turned to short leg

44.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands back of length, turns away a touch, punched to covers

44.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend with the inner half of the bat and the ball rolls towards short leg

44.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, straight on the middle, pushed back to Kumble

44.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the pads, no shot offered and it rolls to backward short leg

End of over 45 (maiden) Sri Lanka 165/2
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (102b 7x4 1x6)      A Kumble    9-2-12-0
SM Warnapura    84* (144b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-1-25-0

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, on the off stump, defended to the off side

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, 2 runs, slower, bit more air, full and around off stump, Warnapura waits for the ball to arrive before square driving past Sachin at backward point

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, bit more air, lands outside off, turns away, left alone

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, no run, Now then now then after 45 overs we got a referral upstairs for a lbw shout that was turned down. It was on the leg and middle, straightened a touch, beat the prod and hit the pad. Appeal but turned down. Kumble asks for the review It looked like it was going down leg. Benson says NOT OUT. Kumble and Ganguly have a smile. It didn't turn enough. India have only two more unsuccessful reviews to make.

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, FOUR, gets forward to cream it through wide mid-off.

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Warnapura, 2 runs, lands outside off stump, back of length, cut through point. Again Sachin gives chase

End of over 46 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 173/2
SM Warnapura    92* (150b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-33-0
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (102b 7x4 1x6)      A Kumble    9-2-12-0

46.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, turns down leg stump and padded away to backward short leg

46.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, dropped by Karthik. Kumble is angry. It turned from short of length and Mahela went for the cut and got a bottom edge and Karthik got up too early and couldn't hold on to the chance. Dravid at the slip lets out a cry of agony, Kumble turns back quickly and looks pretty disappointed. Not much deviation; he should have held it.

46.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the front foot to defend

46.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend to leg side

46.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle and defended to the leg side

46.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and straight, on the middle, pushed back down the track.

Drinks break. Remember, the third umpire cannot make the decision here. He will pass on the details to the on field main umpire; it was on the line of stumps, going this way, height and stuff. I don't know why the third umpire itself can't make the decision. They believe that would question the authority of the on field umpire but when you have gone up to technology it makes sense to might as well ask the man who has seen the pictures to decide. Why tell the details to the man who has not seen the picture and allow him to decide? Unless it hurts the ego of the man in the middle that his decision has been over turned.

End of over 47 (maiden) Sri Lanka 173/2
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (108b 7x4 1x6)      A Kumble    10-3-12-0
SM Warnapura    92* (150b 11x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-33-0

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

They have two men for the hook shot. Deepish square leg and a long leg

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

Vijay: "Test cricket is already being threatened by ODI's and 20/20. These sorts of fixtures during a monsoon season aren't helping. Officials should seriously look at their itineraries in the future."

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 175/2
DPMD Jayawardene    56* (110b 7x4 1x6)      I Sharma    11-2-48-1
SM Warnapura    93* (154b 11x4)      A Kumble    10-3-12-0

48.1

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle and leg, squeezed past short leg.

48.2

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, overpitched on the legs, flicked to deep square leg region for couple of runs

slip, backward short leg and forward short leg in

48.3

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower on the middle and leg again, turned to midwicket

48.4

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump this time, defended on the back foot

48.5

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower, on the off stump line, full, eased to covers

48.6

Kumble to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, quicker, fuller, on the middle, pushed to mid-on

End of over 49 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 177/2
DPMD Jayawardene    58* (116b 7x4 1x6)      A Kumble    11-3-14-0
SM Warnapura    93* (154b 11x4)      I Sharma    11-2-48-1

49.1

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

Sid V informs that it was karl leibenberg and not Rudi Koertzen who gave SRT run out as the third umpire

49.2

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

This was the first Test in which the third umpire was used for line decisions. Karl Liebenberg and Cyril Mitchley shared the video duties, and Liebenberg claimed a memorable first scalp: Sachin Tendulkar, run out for 11.

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

End of over 50 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 180/2
SM Warnapura    95* (159b 11x4)      I Sharma    12-2-51-1
DPMD Jayawardene    59* (117b 7x4 1x6)      A Kumble    11-3-14-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
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India won by 170 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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