India tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 31-Aug 3, 2008
India won by 170 runs
31 July, 1,2,3 August 2008 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 56 134 103 8 0 54.36
31.5 Review: Gambhir asks for the review for the lbw decision. It was the two-fingered delivery, landed on the middle stump line and straightened. Gambhir lunged forward to defend, the bat was outside the line and he was struck right in front of the middle stump. The ball had popped to silly point who held it. Gambhir went for the review and the replays showed he was hit in front. Plumb. It was the two-fingered delivery - Mendis usually bowls the googly with that grip - but it didn't break away like a googly would have. Gambhir's bat was coming down outside the line for the googly but the ball straightened. 167/1
V Sehwag not out 201 348 231 22 4 87.01
View dismissal R Dravid c Warnapura b Mendis 2 7 6 0 0 33.33
33.1 Another failure for Dravid. The wall is cracking from side to side. It was the quickish off break, Dravid was on the front foot, looking to defend. The ball turned from outside off stump, collided with the inside edge and went to short leg who juggled with it before holding on. Two quick wickets. Mendis leads Sri Lankan fight back. Wonderful Test match. Hold on, some drama regarding Dravid's dismissal. The ball popped off the short-leg fielder, hit the right shoulder and then rebounded off the helmet grill before he caught it again. LAW 32 (Caught) - Section 3 e fair catch -A catch shall be considered to have been fairly made if a fielder catches the ball after it has touched an umpire, another fielder or the other batsman. However, it is not a fair catch if the ball has touched a protective helmet worn by a fielder, although the ball remains in play. anyway that's that. 173/2
View dismissal SR Tendulkar lbw b Vaas 5 5 3 1 0 166.66
34.1 Vaasy gets into the act. Sachin Tendulkar is gone. Three quick wickets in a row. It landed on a length around leg stump - within the mat - and moved across towards the off stump. Tendulkar stretched forward to defend and was struck in front. It would have hit the off stump. Again, the bat came down outside the line. Tendulkar doesn't ask for the review and walks off. Sri Lanka are having a great session here. 178/3
View dismissal SC Ganguly c †HAPW Jayawardene b Vaas 0 4 5 0 0 0.00
34.6 What a turn around. They were hammered by Sehwag in the first session and how they have rebounded. With the shiny side outside, Vaasy served a full delivery just outside the off stump. The ball tailed away late as Ganguly came forward to defend and the ball clipped the outer edge and flew between the 'keeper and the first slip. Prasanna dived to pull off a stunning catch. 178/4
View dismissal VVS Laxman c Samaraweera b Mendis 39 108 83 4 0 46.98
59.6 Laxman falls. It was the flicker, the carrom ball but well short of length and just outside off stump and Laxman decided to go for the wristy pull. But he just managed to lap it around and a simple dolly to midwicket. Done in by the slightly extra bounce and it seemed to stop on him too. He was too early into the shot. A very soft dismissal. He couldn't believe that he had put that really short delivery straight to the hands of a fielder. He stood there and stared hard before moving away. 278/5
View dismissal KD Karthik lbw b Mendis 7 13 11 0 0 63.63
63.5 And he is gone now! done in by the carrom ball. Given out lbw. It landed on a length around the off stump, Karthik's bat came down in a line as if it would skid in but it went the other way, past the poke and hit him on the back pad which was in front of the off stump. The ball appeared to be cutting away and would have probably missed the off stump. But Karthik didn't ask for the review and that's that. And Virtual Eye suggests it would have clipped the off stump. Ah. 290/6
View dismissal A Kumble* st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 4 42 32 0 0 12.50
74.3 appeal for stumping. Referred upstairs. Not a review but the umpire seeks the help of the third umpire. It was the doosra from the middle and leg line, Kumble tried to waft it across the line, missed and dragged his back foot out and got it back on the line of the popping crease. That looks out. And it is out. The line belongs to the umpire. 317/7
View dismissal Harbhajan Singh b Mendis 1 4 7 0 0 14.28
75.4 Mendis bags his five-for. Super effort. His first five-wicket haul in Test math cricket. The carrom ball finds the off stump this time. It landed on the middle, cut past the clueless Harbhajan and knocked the top of the off stump 318/8
View dismissal Z Khan c †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 2 11 7 0 0 28.57
78.4 With Sehwag needing five runs for his double hundred, Zaheer throws his wicket away with a slog sweep. It was the doosra and the top edge took the ball straight up and the 'keeper takes the catch. 323/9
View dismissal I Sharma lbw b Mendis 0 10 4 0 0 0.00
81.6 Ishant asks for the Review. The googly landed on the off stump line and turned in to hit him on the pad in front the off middle stump. The bat was well outside the line, was held behind the front pad. Decision still pending. And the verdict is in now - OUT. Sehwag is the second Indian batsman to carry the bat after Sunil Gavaskar. 329/10
Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 7) 12
  Total (all out; 82 overs; 348 mins) 329 (4.01 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets WPUJC Vaas 19 2 74 2 3.89 82 9 1 (1w)
34.1 to Tendulkar, Vaasy gets into the act. Sachin Tendulkar is gone. Three quick wickets in a row. It landed on a length around leg stump - within the mat - and moved across towards the off stump. Tendulkar stretched forward to defend and was struck in front. It would have hit the off stump. Again, the bat came down outside the line. Tendulkar doesn't ask for the review and walks off. Sri Lanka are having a great session here. 178/3
34.6 to Ganguly, What a turn around. They were hammered by Sehwag in the first session and how they have rebounded. With the shiny side outside, Vaasy served a full delivery just outside the off stump. The ball tailed away late as Ganguly came forward to defend and the ball clipped the outer edge and flew between the 'keeper and the first slip. Prasanna dived to pull off a stunning catch. 178/4
  KMDN Kulasekara 8 1 40 0 5.00 36 7 0 (2w)
View wickets BAW Mendis 28 1 117 6 4.17 110 11 3
31.5 to Gambhir, Review: Gambhir asks for the review for the lbw decision. It was the two-fingered delivery, landed on the middle stump line and straightened. Gambhir lunged forward to defend, the bat was outside the line and he was struck right in front of the middle stump. The ball had popped to silly point who held it. Gambhir went for the review and the replays showed he was hit in front. Plumb. It was the two-fingered delivery - Mendis usually bowls the googly with that grip - but it didn't break away like a googly would have. Gambhir's bat was coming down outside the line for the googly but the ball straightened. 167/1
33.1 to Dravid, Another failure for Dravid. The wall is cracking from side to side. It was the quickish off break, Dravid was on the front foot, looking to defend. The ball turned from outside off stump, collided with the inside edge and went to short leg who juggled with it before holding on. Two quick wickets. Mendis leads Sri Lankan fight back. Wonderful Test match. Hold on, some drama regarding Dravid's dismissal. The ball popped off the short-leg fielder, hit the right shoulder and then rebounded off the helmet grill before he caught it again. LAW 32 (Caught) - Section 3 e fair catch -A catch shall be considered to have been fairly made if a fielder catches the ball after it has touched an umpire, another fielder or the other batsman. However, it is not a fair catch if the ball has touched a protective helmet worn by a fielder, although the ball remains in play. anyway that's that. 173/2
59.6 to Laxman, Laxman falls. It was the flicker, the carrom ball but well short of length and just outside off stump and Laxman decided to go for the wristy pull. But he just managed to lap it around and a simple dolly to midwicket. Done in by the slightly extra bounce and it seemed to stop on him too. He was too early into the shot. A very soft dismissal. He couldn't believe that he had put that really short delivery straight to the hands of a fielder. He stood there and stared hard before moving away. 278/5
63.5 to Karthik, And he is gone now! done in by the carrom ball. Given out lbw. It landed on a length around the off stump, Karthik's bat came down in a line as if it would skid in but it went the other way, past the poke and hit him on the back pad which was in front of the off stump. The ball appeared to be cutting away and would have probably missed the off stump. But Karthik didn't ask for the review and that's that. And Virtual Eye suggests it would have clipped the off stump. Ah. 290/6
75.4 to Harbhajan Singh, Mendis bags his five-for. Super effort. His first five-wicket haul in Test math cricket. The carrom ball finds the off stump this time. It landed on the middle, cut past the clueless Harbhajan and knocked the top of the off stump 318/8
81.6 to Sharma, Ishant asks for the Review. The googly landed on the off stump line and turned in to hit him on the pad in front the off middle stump. The bat was well outside the line, was held behind the front pad. Decision still pending. And the verdict is in now - OUT. Sehwag is the second Indian batsman to carry the bat after Sunil Gavaskar. 329/10
View wickets M Muralitharan 27 1 93 2 3.44 105 8 0
74.3 to Kumble, appeal for stumping. Referred upstairs. Not a review but the umpire seeks the help of the third umpire. It was the doosra from the middle and leg line, Kumble tried to waft it across the line, missed and dragged his back foot out and got it back on the line of the popping crease. That looks out. And it is out. The line belongs to the umpire. 317/7
78.4 to Khan, With Sehwag needing five runs for his double hundred, Zaheer throws his wicket away with a slog sweep. It was the doosra and the top edge took the ball straight up and the 'keeper takes the catch. 323/9
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MG Vandort c Dravid b Khan 4 2 3 1 0 133.33
0.3 Zaheer takes out Vandort. It hit the deck around the good length on the off stump line and if anything, held its line. Vandort came forward a touch late and pushed hard at it. The ball flew low to Dravid, standing at a wide third slip, who took it inches off the turf. 4/1
View dismissal SM Warnapura c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh 66 136 97 10 1 68.04
34.5 loopy flighted delivery around the off stump line, Warnapura slices it straight to Gambhir stationed at short square point, exactly for that kind of a shot. It was traveling fast but he held on. Good innings from Warnapura though he would reckon he missed a easy hundred. 137/2
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c & b Harbhajan Singh 68 142 120 9 0 56.66
36.6 Wicket no 2 for Harbhajan. Sangakkara, who was looking so good and serene, has fallen. It was the flighted off break on the leg and middle line, Sangakkara tried to whip it through the on side and got a leading edge back to the bowler. Puff of dust came up when the ball landed. 144/3
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* c †Karthik b Kumble 86 245 188 10 0 45.74
92.3 Mahela misses the ton. Pity. He deserved it. Kumble is the man who takes him out. He ripped a quickish leg break across, around the off stump, Mahela shaped to defend, bat away from the body, and edged it behind to Karthik who moved his hands to his right and the ball bounded of his gloves in the air and he took the rebound. Wonderful innings from the Sri Lankan captain. 291/8
View dismissal TT Samaraweera lbw b Harbhajan Singh 14 63 37 2 0 37.83
52.3 The batsman asks for the review for the lbw decision. It landed on the leg stump line and skidded towards the middle stump line. Harbhajan is bowling from round the stumps. Samaraweera went back and the bat came down in an angle, well outside the line and was struck on the back leg in front of the middle stump. Verdict is out. The batsman must have thought it pitched outside leg stump and asked for the review but it had landed on the leg stump line;inside the mat. 192/4
View dismissal TM Dilshan c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh 0 2 3 0 0 0.00
52.6 Two wickets in a over. No 4 for Harbhajan. It dipped rapidly and bounced even as it turned in towards the middle stump line. Dilshan went back, tried to jab it away but edged it on to his pad and it popped up close on the leg side and Gambhir dived forward from short-leg to take a sharp catch. 192/5
View dismissal HAPW Jayawardene c Laxman b Harbhajan Singh 24 85 67 1 0 35.82
74.2 Five-for for the ecstatic Harbhajan. He flighted the ball, from over the wickets, around the off stump, got it to turn in, collide with the inside edge, on to the pad and to backward short leg fielder. Good important partnership for Sri Lanka has ended. Mahela will now have to shoulder the burden. The pitch is aiding appreciable turn and bounce. 250/6
View dismissal WPUJC Vaas c Harbhajan Singh b Kumble 1 5 4 0 0 25.00
75.2 First wicket for Kumble in this Test series. It was floated on the off and middle line, Vaas shaped to work it to the on side, got a leading edge and Harbhajan took the dolly at short cover. Sri Lanka trail by 74 runs. 255/7
KMDN Kulasekara not out 5 83 40 0 0 12.50
View dismissal BAW Mendis lbw b Kumble 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
92.5 plumb in front. Kumble's third wicket. The quick slider around the middle stump line, Mendis' bat came outside the line to defend and the ball came in to hit him on the pad in front of the middle stump. 291/9
View dismissal M Muralitharan c Ganguly b Harbhajan Singh 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
93.3 Murali does what Murali does. Down the track and a big swing to the leg side. The ball went high in the air and gravity pulled it down to Ganguly stationed at deep midwicket. 292/10
Extras (b 10, lb 12, nb 2) 24
  Total (all out; 93.3 overs; 388 mins) 292 (3.12 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket Z Khan 9 1 51 1 5.66 35 8 0 (2nb)
0.3 to Vandort, Zaheer takes out Vandort. It hit the deck around the good length on the off stump line and if anything, held its line. Vandort came forward a touch late and pushed hard at it. The ball flew low to Dravid, standing at a wide third slip, who took it inches off the turf. 4/1
  I Sharma 8 1 36 0 4.50 33 6 0
View wickets A Kumble 36 7 81 3 2.25 169 8 1
75.2 to Vaas, First wicket for Kumble in this Test series. It was floated on the off and middle line, Vaas shaped to work it to the on side, got a leading edge and Harbhajan took the dolly at short cover. Sri Lanka trail by 74 runs. 255/7
92.3 to DPMD Jayawardene, Mahela misses the ton. Pity. He deserved it. Kumble is the man who takes him out. He ripped a quickish leg break across, around the off stump, Mahela shaped to defend, bat away from the body, and edged it behind to Karthik who moved his hands to his right and the ball bounded of his gloves in the air and he took the rebound. Wonderful innings from the Sri Lankan captain. 291/8
92.5 to Mendis, plumb in front. Kumble's third wicket. The quick slider around the middle stump line, Mendis' bat came outside the line to defend and the ball came in to hit him on the pad in front of the middle stump. 291/9
View wickets Harbhajan Singh 40.3 8 102 6 2.51 183 11 0
34.5 to Warnapura, loopy flighted delivery around the off stump line, Warnapura slices it straight to Gambhir stationed at short square point, exactly for that kind of a shot. It was traveling fast but he held on. Good innings from Warnapura though he would reckon he missed a easy hundred. 137/2
36.6 to Sangakkara, Wicket no 2 for Harbhajan. Sangakkara, who was looking so good and serene, has fallen. It was the flighted off break on the leg and middle line, Sangakkara tried to whip it through the on side and got a leading edge back to the bowler. Puff of dust came up when the ball landed. 144/3
52.3 to Samaraweera, The batsman asks for the review for the lbw decision. It landed on the leg stump line and skidded towards the middle stump line. Harbhajan is bowling from round the stumps. Samaraweera went back and the bat came down in an angle, well outside the line and was struck on the back leg in front of the middle stump. Verdict is out. The batsman must have thought it pitched outside leg stump and asked for the review but it had landed on the leg stump line;inside the mat. 192/4
52.6 to Dilshan, Two wickets in a over. No 4 for Harbhajan. It dipped rapidly and bounced even as it turned in towards the middle stump line. Dilshan went back, tried to jab it away but edged it on to his pad and it popped up close on the leg side and Gambhir dived forward from short-leg to take a sharp catch. 192/5
74.2 to HAPW Jayawardene, Five-for for the ecstatic Harbhajan. He flighted the ball, from over the wickets, around the off stump, got it to turn in, collide with the inside edge, on to the pad and to backward short leg fielder. Good important partnership for Sri Lanka has ended. Mahela will now have to shoulder the burden. The pitch is aiding appreciable turn and bounce. 250/6
93.3 to Muralitharan, Murali does what Murali does. Down the track and a big swing to the leg side. The ball went high in the air and gravity pulled it down to Ganguly stationed at deep midwicket. 292/10
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal G Gambhir b Mendis 74 155 149 10 0 49.66
40.6 His first wicket of the innings. The off break does the trick. It landed on a length, outside leg stump and Gambhir took a half-step forward and decided to pad it away. But the ball turned in with bounce and threaded the bat and pad gap to hit the off bail! Gambhir, who was looking so good, is gone. It drifted away, landed well outside the leg stump and turned in big. 144/2
View dismissal V Sehwag c Dilshan b Vaas 50 85 52 6 1 96.15
19.3 Caught at covers. Fuller, outside the off stump, inviting the big drive and Sehwag obliges. It flew to Dilshan who jumped to hold the sharp catch and he seems to have twisted his ankle when he landed. Sehwag trudges back to the pavilion in disappointment. Big strike by Vaasy for SL. Their nemesis is gone. 90/1
View dismissal R Dravid lbw b Muralitharan 44 133 92 6 0 47.82
55.6 Review for the lbw. the off break around the off stump, Dravid goes for the sweep shot, misses and is struck on the pad on the off stump line. Mahela has a chat with the umpire and asks for the review. He was struck on the pad, just inside the line - more than half of the ball was inside the mat. He had taken a big positive stride down the pitch when the ball made contact on his pad but the ball was turning in to the stumps.. Decision still pending. What is going to be? Verdict is OUT. Dravid is not too happy as he storms off. He banged the bat on the ground as he walked off.

Rewind. The flighted off break landed just outside the off stump and turned in. Dravid had stretched his leg out and was hit on the off stump line. The ball was turning in and virtual eye suggests it would have hit the middle stump.

Some of you have wondered why Dravid was given out when it pitched outside off stump. You can be given out when it pitches outside off stump. Only if he was struck outside the off stump when he was playing a shot he can not be given out. Here Dravid was playing the shot but he was struck on the line of off stump - about 60% of the ball was inside the mat at the point of impact.The ball might have pitched outside off but the key is the point of impact. So he can be given out and as virtual eye showed, it was hitting the middle stump. 200/4
View dismissal SR Tendulkar c DPMD Jayawardene b Vaas 31 54 42 5 0 73.80
54.5 Vaas' patience pays. He was on and around the off stump all the while and Tendulkar kept leaving them. Until this time. He chased the off cutter, full and well outside the off stump. went for the drive and got a thick edge to Mahela standing at wide first slip. The plan has worked. Tendulkar's patience has run out. Vaas wins that battle. 200/3
View dismissal SC Ganguly st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 16 76 45 1 0 35.55
69.6 What a lovely way to take out a batsman. Spinners' delight. It was flighted around middle and off line, sucked Ganguly forward before beating him by dipping rapidly and turning past the hurried shocked prod across the line - his last line of defense - and left him stranded. Prasanna is a wonderful keeper and he whipped the bails off in a flash. Ganguly swivelled around, tried to get back but too late. 255/7
View dismissal VVS Laxman lbw b Mendis 13 29 15 1 0 86.66
62.3 trapped in front by the carrom ball. It landed on a length on the middle and off stump line and cut away. Laxman was on the back foot but he had not picked the ball, tried to adjust at the last minute by moving his wrists to the right side but the ball had gone past the waft by then to crash into the back pad. It would have hit the off stump. The fatal finger is up quickly and Laxman trudges off. 221/5
View dismissal KD Karthik c Sangakkara b Muralitharan 20 32 22 1 2 90.90
69.1 And boy! he has holed out at deep midwicket. He went down the track, was done in the flight, tried to adjust by going down on his knees and play the slog sweep but could only get it as far as deep midwicket. He was looking to attack from the moment he came in, this could be his last chance - just a speculation and he is gone now. Death by aggression, 252/6
View dismissal A Kumble* lbw b Mendis 2 9 8 0 0 25.00
70.5 Kumble asks for the review for the lbw decision. It looked dead plumb. It landed on the middle and off line and skidded towards the middle stump line. Again, Kumble had pressed that front foot too far across, tried to bring his bat around the pad but by then the ball had hit its target - the front pad and would have taken out the middle stump. Looks out. Decision still pending, though and here it comes - OUT 257/8
View dismissal Harbhajan Singh c & b Mendis 11 33 12 1 0 91.66
76.2 The off break to terminate the innings. It was slower than usual and full in length around off and middle. Harbhajan was made to wait and he checked the drive and sent the ball straight back to the bowler. Wicket no 4 for Mendis. So this is his first ten-wicket haul in a Test match. What a start to the international career. 269/10
View dismissal I Sharma run out (Dilshan/†HAPW Jayawardene) 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
71.1 Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, Ishant is run out. landed outside leg stump, Harbhajan mistimes the sweep to right of backward short leg who makes a half stop and the ball rolls away to the right. Dilshan recovered quickly, swooped on the ball and fired in throw well to the right of the stumps and bouncing awkwardly in front of Prasanna who collected the ball and in a unitary motion stretched out to whip the bails off. It was referred to third umpire. Ishant had almost reached it with a dive but the bat hit the ground outside the crease and lifted in the air when the ball broke the stumps. Gone! They are falling in a heap here. What a session for Sri Lanka 257/9
Z Khan not out 1 24 20 0 0 5.00
Extras (lb 7) 7
  Total (all out; 76.2 overs; 321 mins) 269 (3.52 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets WPUJC Vaas 13 4 32 2 2.46 59 3 0
19.3 to Sehwag, Caught at covers. Fuller, outside the off stump, inviting the big drive and Sehwag obliges. It flew to Dilshan who jumped to hold the sharp catch and he seems to have twisted his ankle when he landed. Sehwag trudges back to the pavilion in disappointment. Big strike by Vaasy for SL. Their nemesis is gone. 90/1
54.5 to Tendulkar, Vaas' patience pays. He was on and around the off stump all the while and Tendulkar kept leaving them. Until this time. He chased the off cutter, full and well outside the off stump. went for the drive and got a thick edge to Mahela standing at wide first slip. The plan has worked. Tendulkar's patience has run out. Vaas wins that battle. 200/3
  KMDN Kulasekara 5 0 31 0 6.20 15 4 0
View wickets M Muralitharan 31 3 107 3 3.45 130 12 2
55.6 to Dravid, Review for the lbw. the off break around the off stump, Dravid goes for the sweep shot, misses and is struck on the pad on the off stump line. Mahela has a chat with the umpire and asks for the review. He was struck on the pad, just inside the line - more than half of the ball was inside the mat. He had taken a big positive stride down the pitch when the ball made contact on his pad but the ball was turning in to the stumps.. Decision still pending. What is going to be? Verdict is OUT. Dravid is not too happy as he storms off. He banged the bat on the ground as he walked off.

Rewind. The flighted off break landed just outside the off stump and turned in. Dravid had stretched his leg out and was hit on the off stump line. The ball was turning in and virtual eye suggests it would have hit the middle stump.

Some of you have wondered why Dravid was given out when it pitched outside off stump. You can be given out when it pitches outside off stump. Only if he was struck outside the off stump when he was playing a shot he can not be given out. Here Dravid was playing the shot but he was struck on the line of off stump - about 60% of the ball was inside the mat at the point of impact.The ball might have pitched outside off but the key is the point of impact. So he can be given out and as virtual eye showed, it was hitting the middle stump. 200/4
69.1 to Karthik, And boy! he has holed out at deep midwicket. He went down the track, was done in the flight, tried to adjust by going down on his knees and play the slog sweep but could only get it as far as deep midwicket. He was looking to attack from the moment he came in, this could be his last chance - just a speculation and he is gone now. Death by aggression, 252/6
69.6 to Ganguly, What a lovely way to take out a batsman. Spinners' delight. It was flighted around middle and off line, sucked Ganguly forward before beating him by dipping rapidly and turning past the hurried shocked prod across the line - his last line of defense - and left him stranded. Prasanna is a wonderful keeper and he whipped the bails off in a flash. Ganguly swivelled around, tried to get back but too late. 255/7
View wickets BAW Mendis 27.2 4 92 4 3.36 123 12 1
40.6 to Gambhir, His first wicket of the innings. The off break does the trick. It landed on a length, outside leg stump and Gambhir took a half-step forward and decided to pad it away. But the ball turned in with bounce and threaded the bat and pad gap to hit the off bail! Gambhir, who was looking so good, is gone. It drifted away, landed well outside the leg stump and turned in big. 144/2
62.3 to Laxman, trapped in front by the carrom ball. It landed on a length on the middle and off stump line and cut away. Laxman was on the back foot but he had not picked the ball, tried to adjust at the last minute by moving his wrists to the right side but the ball had gone past the waft by then to crash into the back pad. It would have hit the off stump. The fatal finger is up quickly and Laxman trudges off. 221/5
70.5 to Kumble, Kumble asks for the review for the lbw decision. It looked dead plumb. It landed on the middle and off line and skidded towards the middle stump line. Again, Kumble had pressed that front foot too far across, tried to bring his bat around the pad but by then the ball had hit its target - the front pad and would have taken out the middle stump. Looks out. Decision still pending, though and here it comes - OUT 257/8
76.2 to Harbhajan Singh, The off break to terminate the innings. It was slower than usual and full in length around off and middle. Harbhajan was made to wait and he checked the drive and sent the ball straight back to the bowler. Wicket no 4 for Mendis. So this is his first ten-wicket haul in a Test match. What a start to the international career. 269/10
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings (target: 307 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MG Vandort lbw b Harbhajan Singh 10 98 60 1 0 16.66
19.6 Catches him plumb with the arm-ball from round the stumps. It landed outside off stump on a length, Vandort went back and was beaten by the one that hurried through towards the middle stump. 37/4
View dismissal SM Warnapura c Laxman b Sharma 0 7 3 0 0 0.00
1.3 Caught by Laxman at second slip. It landed around leg and middle line , full in length and seamed across Warnapura who again, took out the bottom-hand off the handle- stabbed at it and the thick outside edge was held comfortably at below-waist high by Laxman 4/1
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Laxman b Khan 1 5 3 0 0 33.33
2.2 The Indian seamers are on the prowl here. Double strike. It was the seaming bouncing delivery - holding its line around the off and middle stump line, Sangakkara took a half-step forward, jabbed at it hard and the outside edge was again held by Laxman at second slip. Catch no 102 for him. 5/2
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* c Dravid b Sharma 5 6 7 1 0 71.42
3.3 Caught by Dravid at gully! Indians are on the hunt here. Zaheer and Ishant. This one was short of length and well outside the off stump. Mahela, perhaps looking to attack his way out, went for the cut shot, couldn't keep it down and flashed it really hard to Dravid who makes amend for the earlier drop with a safely pouched catch. 10/3
TT Samaraweera not out 67 217 126 8 0 53.17
View dismissal TM Dilshan c †Karthik b Sharma 38 70 47 5 0 80.85
35.5 Ishant has struck a big blow for Sri Lanka. The dashing batsman Dilshan is gone. Huge wicket. Super delivery that. It leaped from a length and straightened outside off stump, Dilshan pressed back, both feet glued next to each other, pushed at it and it took the outside edge. Karthik takes it and Indians erupt in joy. Now they are in a huddle. Very good innings that promised much more than a cameo has ended. 113/5
View dismissal HAPW Jayawardene c Ganguly b Harbhajan Singh 4 37 20 0 0 20.00
42.4 The slog sweep goes awry. The top edge took it swirling towards square leg. Ganguly ran towards it, got under the ball and took a good tumbling catch. He was shaping to take in the traditional way, but switched in the end, got his palms facing the sky and took it. India edge closer to the line. SL need 177 more. Can some one stay with Samaraweera. 130/6
View dismissal WPUJC Vaas lbw b Harbhajan Singh 0 10 7 0 0 0.00
44.2 given out lbw. It was flighted full on the middle and off stump line, Vaas stretched forward and he stepped on the ball with his right foot, trying to reach the pitch of the ball. The ball dipped full on the boot. It hit him in the line and full; in those cases, you have to assume it goes straight with the angle. You take the spin out of the picture. Umpire reckoned it would have hit the off stump. The third umpire would have had a tricky time had the batsman gone for the review 131/7
View dismissal KMDN Kulasekara c Sharma b Kumble 1 8 8 0 0 12.50
45.6 Kumble hastens the end. It was flighted on the middle and leg line, the batsman tried to turn it through the on side and got a leading edge to Ishant at mid-off. 132/8
View dismissal BAW Mendis c Kumble b Harbhajan Singh 2 4 3 0 0 66.66
46.4 The end is near. Ten wicket haul for Harbhajan. Mendis swats a delivery turning in from short of length with bounce straight to mid-on. Poor Samaraweera is being deserted by his team-mates 135/9
View dismissal M Muralitharan c & b Kumble 0 5 3 0 0 0.00
47.3 He has driven straight back to Kumble. The Indian players rush to their captain. Gambhir is the first before he darts quickly to grab a stump as souvenir. Indians have rebounded in style after the first-Test loss. The series is alive and kicking. The wonderful roller coaster of a Test has come to a halt. 136/10
Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 2) 8
  Total (all out; 47.3 overs; 238 mins) 136 (2.86 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket Z Khan 8 1 18 1 2.25 41 2 0 (2nb)
2.2 to Sangakkara, The Indian seamers are on the prowl here. Double strike. It was the seaming bouncing delivery - holding its line around the off and middle stump line, Sangakkara took a half-step forward, jabbed at it hard and the outside edge was again held by Laxman at second slip. Catch no 102 for him. 5/2
View wickets I Sharma 15 8 20 3 1.33 80 3 0
1.3 to Warnapura, Caught by Laxman at second slip. It landed around leg and middle line , full in length and seamed across Warnapura who again, took out the bottom-hand off the handle- stabbed at it and the thick outside edge was held comfortably at below-waist high by Laxman 4/1
3.3 to DPMD Jayawardene, Caught by Dravid at gully! Indians are on the hunt here. Zaheer and Ishant. This one was short of length and well outside the off stump. Mahela, perhaps looking to attack his way out, went for the cut shot, couldn't keep it down and flashed it really hard to Dravid who makes amend for the earlier drop with a safely pouched catch. 10/3
35.5 to Dilshan, Ishant has struck a big blow for Sri Lanka. The dashing batsman Dilshan is gone. Huge wicket. Super delivery that. It leaped from a length and straightened outside off stump, Dilshan pressed back, both feet glued next to each other, pushed at it and it took the outside edge. Karthik takes it and Indians erupt in joy. Now they are in a huddle. Very good innings that promised much more than a cameo has ended. 113/5
View wickets A Kumble 10.3 3 41 2 3.90 42 6 0
45.6 to Kulasekara, Kumble hastens the end. It was flighted on the middle and leg line, the batsman tried to turn it through the on side and got a leading edge to Ishant at mid-off. 132/8
47.3 to Muralitharan, He has driven straight back to Kumble. The Indian players rush to their captain. Gambhir is the first before he darts quickly to grab a stump as souvenir. Indians have rebounded in style after the first-Test loss. The series is alive and kicking. The wonderful roller coaster of a Test has come to a halt. 136/10
View wickets Harbhajan Singh 14 1 51 4 3.64 55 4 0
19.6 to Vandort, Catches him plumb with the arm-ball from round the stumps. It landed outside off stump on a length, Vandort went back and was beaten by the one that hurried through towards the middle stump. 37/4
42.4 to HAPW Jayawardene, The slog sweep goes awry. The top edge took it swirling towards square leg. Ganguly ran towards it, got under the ball and took a good tumbling catch. He was shaping to take in the traditional way, but switched in the end, got his palms facing the sky and took it. India edge closer to the line. SL need 177 more. Can some one stay with Samaraweera. 130/6
44.2 to Vaas, given out lbw. It was flighted full on the middle and off stump line, Vaas stretched forward and he stepped on the ball with his right foot, trying to reach the pitch of the ball. The ball dipped full on the boot. It hit him in the line and full; in those cases, you have to assume it goes straight with the angle. You take the spin out of the picture. Umpire reckoned it would have hit the off stump. The third umpire would have had a tricky time had the batsman gone for the review 131/7
46.4 to Mendis, The end is near. Ten wicket haul for Harbhajan. Mendis swats a delivery turning in from short of length with bounce straight to mid-on. Poor Samaraweera is being deserted by his team-mates 135/9

Match details


Toss - India, who chose to bat
Series - 3-match series level 1-1
Player of the match - V Sehwag (India)
Umpires - BR Doctrove (West Indies) and RE Koertzen (South Africa)
TV umpire - MR Benson (England)
Match referee - AG Hurst (Australia)
Reserve umpire - AG Dissanayake
Close of play
  • Thu, 31 Jul - day 1 - India 1st innings 214/4 (V Sehwag 128*, VVS Laxman 13*, 44.3 ov)
  • Fri, 1 Aug - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 215/5 (DPMD Jayawardene 46*, HAPW Jayawardene 5*, 61 ov)
  • Sat, 2 Aug - day 3 - India 2nd innings 200/4 (SC Ganguly 0*, VVS Laxman 0*, 56.4 ov)
  • Sun, 3 Aug - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 136 (47.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • 11:04 local time: Over 10.2 Sri Lanka's first review - unsuccessful
    • India: 50 runs in 11.5 overs (73 balls), Extras 7
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (G Gambhir 18, V Sehwag 25, Ex 7)
    • Drinks: India - 61/0 in 13.0 overs (G Gambhir 19, V Sehwag 35)
    • V Sehwag: 50 off 50 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • India: 100 runs in 19.1 overs (117 balls), Extras 7
    • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 117 balls (G Gambhir 34, V Sehwag 59, Ex 7)
    • India: 150 runs in 28.2 overs (172 balls), Extras 10
    • 1st Wicket: 150 runs in 172 balls (G Gambhir 49, V Sehwag 91, Ex 10)
    • G Gambhir: 50 off 92 balls (7 x 4)
    • Lunch: India - 151/0 in 29.0 overs (G Gambhir 50, V Sehwag 91)
    • Rain: India - 151/0 in 29.0 overs (G Gambhir 50, V Sehwag 91)
    • Wet Ground: India - 151/0 in 29.0 overs (G Gambhir 50, V Sehwag 91)
    • Tea: India - 151/0 in 29.0 overs (G Gambhir 50, V Sehwag 91)
    • Wet Ground: India - 151/0 in 29.0 overs (G Gambhir 50, V Sehwag 91)
    • V Sehwag: 100 off 87 balls (15 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 16:42 local time: Over 31.5 India's first review - unsuccessful
    • 17:19 local time: Over 38.5 Sri Lanka's second review - unsuccessful
    • India: 200 runs in 40.6 overs (248 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: India - 205/4 in 42.0 overs (V Sehwag 124, VVS Laxman 8)
    • Bad Light: India - 214/4 in 44.3 overs (V Sehwag 128, VVS Laxman 13)
    • End Of Day: India - 214/4 in 44.3 overs (V Sehwag 128, VVS Laxman 13)
    • India 2nd innings
    • 11:00 local time: Over 71.6 Sri Lanka's third review - unsuccessful
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • 15:46 local time: Over 40.1 Sri Lanka's first review - successful
    • Mark Benson the TV Umpire on Day 1 took over from Rudi Koertzen as he was not feeling well, Gamini Silva took over as the TV umpire for the remainder of the match
    • India 1st innings
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 78 balls (V Sehwag 33, VVS Laxman 19, Ex 0)
    • India: 250 runs in 54.3 overs (329 balls), Extras 10
    • V Sehwag: 150 off 144 balls (21 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Drinks: India - 263/4 in 57.0 overs (V Sehwag 156, VVS Laxman 32)
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 149 balls (V Sehwag 59, VVS Laxman 39, Ex 2)
    • India: 300 runs in 67.2 overs (407 balls), Extras 12
    • Drinks: India - 307/6 in 70.0 overs (V Sehwag 184, A Kumble 2)
    • 11:23 local time: Over 68.5 Sri Lanka's third review - unsuccessful
    • V Sehwag: 200 off 227 balls (22 x 4, 4 x 6)
    • 12:15 local time: Over 81.6 India's second review - unsuccessful
    • Lunch: India - 329/10 in 82.0 overs (V Sehwag 201)
    • Sri Lanka 1st innings
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 8.2 overs (50 balls), Extras 0
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 59 balls (SM Warnapura 27, KC Sangakkara 23, Ex 0)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 64/1 in 13.0 overs (SM Warnapura 29, KC Sangakkara 31)
    • KC Sangakkara: 50 off 63 balls (7 x 4)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 19.6 overs (120 balls), Extras 1
    • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 120 balls (SM Warnapura 48, KC Sangakkara 51, Ex 1)
    • BSM Warnapura: 50 off 54 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 14:51 local time: Over 27.3 India's first review - unsuccessful
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 126/1 in 28.0 overs (SM Warnapura 60, KC Sangakkara 59)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 39.1 overs (235 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 166/3 in 46.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 19, TT Samaraweera 4)
    • 16:47 local time: Over 52.3 Sri Lanka's first review - unsuccessful
    • 17:00 local time: Over 54.1 India's second review - unsuccessful
    • Sri Lanka: 200 runs in 55.2 overs (332 balls), Extras 8
    • End Of Day: Sri Lanka - 215/5 in 61.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 46, HAPW Jayawardene 5)
    • DPMD Jayawardene: 50 off 98 balls (5 x 4)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 116 balls (DPMD Jayawardene 22, HAPW Jayawardene 22, Ex 9)
    • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 73.5 overs (443 balls), Extras 17
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 250/5 in 74.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 57, HAPW Jayawardene 24)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 268/7 in 85.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 73, KMDN Kulasekara 1)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 292/10 in 93.3 overs (KMDN Kulasekara 5)
    • India 2nd innings
    • India: 50 runs in 10.3 overs (63 balls), Extras 0
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (G Gambhir 14, V Sehwag 36, Ex 0)
    • Drinks: India - 69/0 in 14.0 overs (G Gambhir 28, V Sehwag 41)
    • V Sehwag: 50 off 49 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 14:28 local time: Over 22.3 Sri Lanka's first review - unsuccessful
    • India: 100 runs in 23.2 overs (140 balls), Extras 1
    • G Gambhir: 50 off 84 balls (6 x 4)
    • Tea: India - 121/1 in 30.0 overs (G Gambhir 56, R Dravid 14)
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 98 balls (G Gambhir 32, R Dravid 18, Ex 0)
    • India: 150 runs in 42.5 overs (257 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: India - 190/2 in 50.0 overs (R Dravid 43, SR Tendulkar 22)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 57 balls (R Dravid 24, SR Tendulkar 26, Ex 0)
    • India: 200 runs in 53.2 overs (320 balls), Extras 1
    • 16:46 local time: Over 55.6 Sri Lanka's second review - successful
    • Bad Light: India - 200/4 in 56.4 overs (SC Ganguly 0, VVS Laxman 0)
    • End Of Day: India - 200/4 in 56.4 overs (SC Ganguly 0, VVS Laxman 0)
    • 10:19 local time: Over 65.4 India first review - successful
    • India: 250 runs in 67.5 overs (407 balls), Extras 4
    • 10:33 local time: Over 68.3 Sri Lanka's second review - unsuccessful
    • Drinks: India - 252/5 in 69.0 overs (SC Ganguly 16, KD Karthik 20)
    • 10:50 local time: Over 70.5 India first review - unsuccessful
    • Innings Break: India - 269/10 in 76.2 overs (Z Khan 1)
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 24/3 in 9.0 overs (MG Vandort 4, TT Samaraweera 10)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 37/4 in 20.0 overs (TT Samaraweera 14)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 22.1 overs (135 balls), Extras 7
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 49 balls (TT Samaraweera 26, TM Dilshan 24, Ex 0)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 31.2 overs (190 balls), Extras 7
    • TT Samaraweera: 50 off 86 balls (6 x 4)
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 109/4 in 35.0 overs (TT Samaraweera 52, TM Dilshan 34)
    • 15:46 local time: Over 40.1 Sri Lanka's first review - successful
    • 14:48 local time: Over 33.3 India's first review - unsuccessful
 
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