India tour of Sri Lanka, 2008 / Commentary

India in Sri Lanka Test Series - 2nd Test

Sri Lanka v India

India won by 170 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

35.2

Mendis to Laxman, no run, the skidder on the middle stump, Laxman brings his bat down quickly in front of his pad to defend

35.3

Mendis to Laxman, no run, around the off stump, defended on the front foot

35.4

Mendis to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

35.5

Mendis to Laxman, 1 run, googly but too short and Laxman went back to pull past square leg

India 180/4   VVS Laxman 1* (4b)

36.1

Vaas to Laxman, no run, full in length, outside the off stump, defended to covers

36.2

Vaas to Laxman, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to mid-on and rushes across for a quick single. Murali finds the stumps at the non-striker's ends but Laxman is home

India 181/4   VVS Laxman 2* (6b)

37.1

Mendis to Laxman, no run, flighted off break on the off stump line, whipped to mid-on

37.2

Mendis to Laxman, no run, on the middle and leg lijne , fuller, defended to the on side

37.3

Mendis to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

37.4

Mendis to Laxman, no run

37.5

Mendis to Laxman, no run, outside leg stump, drifts down

37.6

Mendis to Laxman, no run

India 181/4   VVS Laxman 2* (12b)

38.4

Vaas to Laxman, no run, on a length, just outside off stump and Laxman gets his bat behind the line with the full face of the blade - bat was facing mid-on and it almost came in a straight line - and pushes it back to the bowler

38.5

Vaas to Laxman, no run, review for the lbw decision. Laxman stretches across to defend and there is a shout for lbw. Laxman jammed the bat on the ball at the same time as the ball hit the pad in front of the off stump. Anyway, I think, it would have missed the off stump. Not Out is the verdict. Two unsuccessful reviews for Sri Lanka. The virtual eye suggests it would have clipped the outer half of the off stump. The bat hit the ball at the same time as the ball hit the pad.

38.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, gets forward to edge the length delivery to the leg side

India 184/4   VVS Laxman 2* (15b)

39.5

Mendis to Laxman, no run, leans forward to whip a slider on the off and middle to the leg side

39.6

Mendis to Laxman, FOUR, The flicker from the bowler and the batsman. It landed on the middle and Lax whipped it through midwicket. Gorgeous shot.

India 197/4   VVS Laxman 6* (17b 1x4)

40.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, almost caught by the diving backward short leg fielder. It was the flighted doosra that spun in from outside leg stump. Laxman looked to defend it and it flew off the inner edge well to the right of the man.

India 200/4   VVS Laxman 8* (18b 1x4)

41.5

Mendis to Laxman, no run, skidder on the off and middle, Laxman wants to turn it to midwicket and edges it to covers

41.6

Mendis to Laxman, no run, goes back to punch a short-of-lenth delivery turning in slightly back down the track

India 205/4   VVS Laxman 8* (20b 1x4)

42.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, off break from outside off stump, still from round the stumps, Laxman goes back to defend

42.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, bit more air, on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket

42.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, quickish off break on the middle and leg line, Laxman flicks it along the ground past the backward short leg fielder

42.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, quickish off break on the middle and leg line, Laxman flicks it along the ground past the backward short leg fielder

42.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, quickish off break on the middle and leg line, Laxman flicks it along the ground past the backward short leg fielder

India 208/4   VVS Laxman 10* (23b 1x4)

43.2

Mendis to Laxman, 1 run, short and drifting down the leg side. Laxman goes on the back-foot and works it away through the gap between the fielder at short leg and the leg slip.

43.5

Mendis to Laxman, 2 runs, fuller length delivery and Laxman punches it past the fielder at mid-off. Soggy outfield and the fielder catches up

43.6

Mendis to Laxman, no run, lovely delivery to end the over. This one was pitched close to the off stump and turned away late. Laxman is sucked forward and the ball zips past the outside edge.

India 213/4   VVS Laxman 13* (26b 1x4)

44.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, pushed back to the bowler

44.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, flat and on the stumps, Laxman pushes forward and turns it away straight to the fielder at short leg

44.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, from round the stumps, flighted delivery around off stump, defended to the off side

44.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, spinning down leg side, left alone

44.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, flighted outside leg stump, no need to play a shot

India 214/4   VVS Laxman 13* (31b 1x4)

45.3

Mendis to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery on the middle stump

45.4

Mendis to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery on the middle and leg line

45.5

Mendis to Laxman, 1 run, googly on the middle and leg line, tucked to midwicket

India 218/4   VVS Laxman 14* (34b 1x4)

46.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, on the middle and off, Laxman leans forward to push it back down the track

46.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, on the middle and leg, from round the stumps, turned to short leg

46.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, quicker, off break on the middle and off line, driven to mid-on

46.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, short and turning in, Laxman rocks back to pull it away to the boundary. Jujubee ball.

46.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, flighted outside leg stump, padded away

India 224/4   VVS Laxman 18* (39b 2x4)

47.2

Vaas to Laxman, 1 run, length delivery that straightened on the middle stump line and Laxman leans forward to defend to the on side

India 226/4   VVS Laxman 19* (40b 2x4)

48.1

Muralitharan to Laxman, 2 runs, from round the stumps, lands outside off stump, turns in slightly, Laxman went right back, opened the bat face and guided it past the slip for couple of runs

48.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, leans forward to turn a flighted off break on the middle and off to short midwicket

48.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, the doosra, lands just outside leg stump, Laxman leans forward to pad it away

48.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, spins in from the middle line, quicker, worked to the on side

48.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, bit more air, fuller, off break on the middle and Laxman is quick to get forward and whips it to short midwicket who lunges to his right to make the stop

48.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, FOUR, he goes down on his knee to swing a flighted delivery on middle and leg to deep square leg boundary. Good clean swing of the bat.

India 236/4   VVS Laxman 25* (46b 3x4)

49.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, on the middle and leg, straightening and Laxman turns it to the on side. And does some gardening down the wicket.

49.4

Vaas to Laxman, no run, short of length, slanting away, guided to point

49.5

Vaas to Laxman, no run, short in length, on the middle and leg, straightening a touch and defended to the on side

49.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, the well-directed bouncer on the right shoulder and Laxman drops his wrists, gets his bat out of the line and yanks his head away from the line.

India 241/4   VVS Laxman 25* (50b 3x4)

50.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, quicker off break on the middle and off line, not much pace on this track and Laxman has all the time to go back and defend

50.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, flighted off break on the middle and leg and Laxman stretches well forward to work his wrists and send the ball to right of mid-on for a single

India 243/4   VVS Laxman 26* (52b 3x4)

51.1

Vaas to Laxman, no run, length delivery slanted across Laxman who is beaten by the extra bounce. It jumped off the length and Laxman had a poke

51.2

Vaas to Laxman, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump and moves away, left alone

51.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, gets forward to drive a length delivery on the up and to covers

51.4

Vaas to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery around off stump

51.5

Vaas to Laxman, no run, around that off stump and pushed to the off side of the pitch and Vaas lunges to his left to pick up the ball

51.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, off cutter on the leg and middle line, worked to midwicket

India 243/4   VVS Laxman 26* (58b 3x4)

52.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, leans forward to whip a flighted off break from middle and off to short midwicket who does well to stop it, moving quickly to his right

52.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, doosra turning from the leg stump line, a touch short in length and that allows Laxman to go back on this slow track to work it to square leg

52.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a doosra that landed outside leg stump

52.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, flatter, quicker, full and on the middle and leg line, wristed to deep square leg

India 245/4   VVS Laxman 27* (62b 3x4)

53.1

Vaas to Laxman, no run, off cutter from the middle and leg line, Laxman waits for it arrive on the off stump line before pushing it back down the track

53.2

Vaas to Laxman, no run, fuller, outside off stump and Laxman mistimes a straight drive back to the bowler

53.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, lands short of length, on the middle, cuts away to the off side, defended to the off side

53.4

Vaas to Laxman, no run, Two slips and gully watch as Laxman sways away from a bouncer on the middle stump line.

53.5

Vaas to Laxman, 2 runs, leans forward to drive to mid-off where Murali misfields. It was going to his left and he moved in time but just let it slip through his hands

53.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, outside the off stump line, from round the stumps, Laxman shoulders arms

India 249/4   VVS Laxman 29* (68b 3x4)

54.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

54.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, short in length and Laxman laps it to midwicket region for a single

India 251/4   VVS Laxman 30* (70b 3x4)

55.2

Vaas to Laxman, no run, fuller, just outside off stump, driven to mid-off

55.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, just outside the off stump, on a length, steered to backward point

55.4

Vaas to Laxman, 1 wide, well wide outside the off stump and Laxman lets it go and watches the umpire signal wide

55.4

Vaas to Laxman, 2 runs, fullish, on the middle and leg line, Laxman wrists it across the line, in the air and it rolls well to the right of mid-on

55.5

Vaas to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery to covers

55.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, on a length and Laxman gets forward to defend

India 256/4   VVS Laxman 32* (75b 3x4)

58.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, stretches forward to defend bat and pad close together

58.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, quickish, flatter but Laxman still gets enough time on this slow track to go back and turn it to short third man region

India 272/4   VVS Laxman 33* (77b 3x4)

59.1

Mendis to Laxman, 2 runs, slower, outside off stump, on a length, Laxman leans forward to ease it through extra cover

59.2

Mendis to Laxman, no run, goes back to whip a flicker from the off stump line to midwicket

59.3

Mendis to Laxman, no run, straighter, on the middle, sliding in, defended to the on side

59.4

Mendis to Laxman, FOUR, the googly but short in length and it sits up on this slow track and Laxman went back to pull it in front of square leg

59.5

Mendis to Laxman, no run, leans forward to whip a full delivery on the off and middle to mid-on

59.6

Mendis to Laxman, OUT, 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.

VVS Laxman c Samaraweera b Mendis 39 (108m 83b 4x4 0x6) SR: 46.98

India 278/5   VVS Laxman 39 (83b 4x4)
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Aug 3, 2008

Anil Kumble applauds the team effort, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Galle, 4th day, August 3, 2008

Anil Kumble applauds the team effort

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Aug 3, 2008

Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan are all smiles after the win, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Galle, 4th day, August 3, 2008

Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan are all smiles

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