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

0.1

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, Three slips and gully watch as Vaas gets the ball to swing away a touch and Gambhir leans forward to push it back down the track

0.2

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, in the channel outside off stump, swings away, left alone by Gambhir

0.3

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, on the off stump line, keeps a touch low, nothing alarming and Gambhir crouches to jab it to square leg region

India 1/0   G Gambhir 1* (3b)

1.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, lands it on a length, well outside the off stump and shoots through, second bounce ot the 'keeper. Hmmm!

1.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, almost caught in the slip cordon. It moved from the middle and leg line, across Gambhir who was shaping to play to midwicket, got a leading edge and flew between third slip and gully.

1.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, slanted across Gambhir, on that off stump line, left alone.

1.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, walks out towards the pitch of the delivery and pushes a length delivery on the up to covers for a single. Dilshan makes his presence felt with a diving stop

India 10/0   G Gambhir 6* (7b 1x4)

2.1

Vaas to Gambhir, 2 runs, full and on the middle and leg, Gambhir wristed it across past square leg. Vaas is bowling from this end to get some swing going while Kulasekara is enjoying the dry and cracked half.

2.2

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, walks out again, the bowler drags back the length and Gambhir defends.

2.3

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

2.4

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, again swinging away from Gautam who shoulders arms

2.5

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, there is that walk again and he pushes the full length delivery to mid-off.

2.6

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, ah! he was trying to withdraw the bat from the line of the outswinger, was late in doing so and the ball ran off the face of the bat to third slip.

India 12/0   G Gambhir 8* (13b 1x4)

3.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, angled across Gambhir who lets it go past him.

3.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, fuller and a tad wide outside off to interest Gambhir

3.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, beaten by another peachy delivery. In the channel, Gambhir is sucked in by the programming and has a flirt and the ball cuts away from the outside edge. Super.

3.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, walks out again and then lets the delivery slant across him

India 13/0   G Gambhir 8* (17b 1x4)

4.4

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, walks down the track, Vaas hits the length outside off and Gambhir defends to the off side.

4.5

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, lands on a length outside off stump, holds its line and Gambhir covers his off stump before shouldering arms

4.6

Vaas to Gambhir, FOUR, And Vaas bowls a short-of-length delivery outside off and Gambhir gets back and across to play a feisty cut shot past point.

India 22/0   G Gambhir 12* (20b 2x4)

5.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, fuller, around the off stump, driven to mid-off

5.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, walks three steps down the track and lets a short-of-length delivery angle past him

India 28/0   G Gambhir 12* (22b 2x4)

6.5

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, couple of steps down the track and Vaas hurls across a bouncer. Gambhir goes down under.

6.6

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller, just outside the off stump, swings away a touch, Gambhir leans across to push it with soft hands to extra cover region

India 30/0   G Gambhir 13* (24b 2x4)

7.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, another bouncer as Gambhir walks down the track. Waqar Younis, on air, wonders whether it has come from the coach Gary Kirsten who used to walk down. But I have seen Gambhir do it before Gary came into the picture.

7.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, Dropped! Oh boy. Gambhir had gone for the cut shot, the ball flew off the outside edge straight to Sanga, at first slip, but Prasanna dived across with his left glove outstretched and that distracted Sanga who dropped the catch. The 'keeper didn't reach the ball but had done enough damage by then and Sanga had taken his eyes off the ball. It was going straight to Sanga..

7.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run

7.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, angling away from Gambhir who lets it go past him

7.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, similar delivery, similar result.

7.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, cuts in towards the pad, Gambhir is cramped for room, has a waft but the ball rushes past the bat to crash into the thigh pad

India 30/0   G Gambhir 13* (30b 2x4)

9.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, angled across Gambhir who lets it go through to the 'keeper

9.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 wide, banged it short and it hit the crack, took off even as it cut away well wide of the off stump. Gambhir has a close look at the pitch. Am reminded of that Agatha Christie novel I read as a boy, 'The mirror cracks from side to side.

9.2

Kulasekara to Gambhir, FOUR, leans forward to caress a full delivery between the bowler and the mid-off fielder. He didn't hit it hard, just timed it

9.3

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run

9.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, walks down, Kulasekara drags back the length and that's what Gambhir wants and he defends it down the track.

9.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, goes round the stumps, lands it full around the off stump, Gambhir leans forward to defend

9.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, homing in on the off stump, Gambhir, who is standing outside the crease, defends to covers

India 37/0   G Gambhir 17* (36b 3x4)

10.4

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to extra cover

10.6

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, lands outside leg, spins in past the poke and bobs away of the pad. "alluna", screams the keeper. Catch it! No bat, though.

India 42/0   G Gambhir 18* (38b 3x4)

12.1

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 run, off break on the off stump line, steered to backward point

India 51/0   G Gambhir 19* (39b 3x4)

13.1

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 1 run, on a length, on the pads, turned to square leg

13.4

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, gets forward, moves his wrists to adjust to the movement and steers the delivery leaving him to point

13.5

Kulasekara to Gambhir, no run, thrusts his front foot across, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

13.6

Kulasekara to Gambhir, 2 runs, walks down the track and across, towards off stump, gets outside the line of a length delivery on the middle and tucks it towards midwicket. No one manning there and he comes back for the second run even though the ball had just rolled to the 30-yard circle

India 69/0   G Gambhir 22* (43b 3x4)

14.3

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, slower, off break around middle and off, guided to backward point

14.4

Mendis to Gambhir, 2 runs, bit more air, on the leg and middle, wristed past square leg

14.5

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, quickish off break on the middle, pushed to the off side

14.6

Mendis to Gambhir, FOUR, waltzes down the track, reaches the pitch of the off break and lofts it over extra cover region.

India 76/0   G Gambhir 28* (47b 4x4)

16.1

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, full, on the middle and off, driven to mid-off

16.2

Mendis to Gambhir, FOUR, Superb shot this. He stretched forward, stayed adjacent to the line of the off break on the middle stump line and drove it inside-out through wide mid-off.

16.3

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, quicker, outside off stump, defended on the front foot

16.4

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, on the middle and leg line, off break, leans forward to defend

16.5

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, skidder, on the off stump line, going across Gambhir who defends on the back foot

16.6

Mendis to Gambhir, 2 runs, slower, on the leg and middle line, Gambhir wrists the off break past square leg for a single

India 90/0   G Gambhir 34* (53b 5x4)

17.4

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, turns from outside leg, Gambhir goes back to cut it to the off side

17.5

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, doosra on the middle stump line and Gambhir reads it well and leans forward to defend

17.6

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, fuller, outside off stump, mistimes a drive to covers

India 95/0   G Gambhir 34* (56b 5x4)

18.2

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, off break from outside leg stump, Gambhir wants to turn it to the leg side but squeezes it off the edge to the off side

18.3

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, shifts his line to around off , defended to the off side

18.4

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, sharp turn there! Gambhir was shaping to follow the off break, that broke away sharply from the middle stump line, and just about manages to hold his bat away from the line

18.5

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend another off break

18.6

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, the quick slider, straight on the middle and off line, Gambhir hurries back to work it to short leg

India 96/0   G Gambhir 34* (61b 5x4)

19.4

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, stays over the wicket for the left-hander, lands offbreak on the middle and off stump line, defended to the off side

19.5

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, shout for pad bat catch but no wood on leather. It was the doosra on the leg and middle line, Gambhir tried to turn it away, missed and it popped up to short leg

19.6

Muralitharan to Gambhir, 2 leg byes, similar delivery, another flick missed and the ball rolls off the pad to short fine-leg region

India 107/0   G Gambhir 34* (64b 5x4)

20.3

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 leg bye

India 111/0   G Gambhir 34* (65b 5x4)

21.1

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, spinning away from short of length, cut to backward point

21.2

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, doosra that lands outside off stump, he knew it won't turn in and lets it go

21.3

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, goes back to keep out a quickish off break

21.4

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, slower, bit more air and Gambhir stretches forward to defend

21.5

Muralitharan to Gambhir, 1 run, flighted delivery on the middel, worked past short leg

India 116/0   G Gambhir 35* (70b 5x4)

22.1

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, drifts to the pad, tucked to fine leg for a single

22.3

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, outside the off stump, left alone

22.4

Vaas to Gambhir, no run

22.5

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to push a delivery on the off stump to off side

22.6

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery

India 118/0   G Gambhir 36* (75b 5x4)

23.2

Muralitharan to Gambhir, FOUR, came down the track to reach the pitch of a flighted slow off break and drove it elegantly between the bowler and the diving mid-off fielder

23.3

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, outside off stump, turning away, left alone

23.4

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, the doosra on the middle stump line, Gambhir stretched forward to defend, ran off the bat on to the pad but well to the right of the short leg. Alluwa but no alluna

23.5

Muralitharan to Gambhir, 2 runs, short of length, outside off stump, cut through backward point

23.6

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend a flighted delivery on the middle and leg line

India 125/0   G Gambhir 42* (80b 6x4)

25.1

Muralitharan to Gambhir, 1 run, off break from the middle and leg line, pushed to cover region for a single

25.5

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run, doosra but too full around off stump, driven hard to covers

25.6

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run

India 135/0   G Gambhir 43* (83b 6x4)

26.3

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, well outside the off stump, left alone

26.4

Vaas to Gambhir, FOUR, short of length, outside off stump, and that length allows Gambhir to run it down between gully and backward point to the third man boundary.

26.5

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump and Gambhir covers his off stump, makes sure the ball is not going to come back in before shouldering his arms

26.6

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, Loud shout for the lbw. And they don't go for the review. It cut in from outside off stump, off the good length, Gambhir was caught in the crease - neither forward nor back- crouched to keep it out but ball beat the bat and struck the pad in front of off and middle. They should have asked for the review. That looked pretty close. He was hit on the knee roll. Perhaps, they thought it would have gone over. Virtual Eye suggests it would have taken the top of the middle

India 140/0   G Gambhir 47* (87b 7x4)

27.3

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run

27.4

Muralitharan to Gambhir, 1 run, quickish off break, cut away to point.

India 144/0   G Gambhir 48* (89b 7x4)

28.1

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, takes a couple of steps, guides a short of length delivery to backward point

28.3

Vaas to Gambhir, no run, another couple of steps down the track and defends to the off side

28.4

Vaas to Gambhir, 1 run, the keeper stands up to the stumps and watches Gambhir push a length delivery to covers for a single that brings up his fifty. His fourth Test fifty. India are on 151 for no loss.

India 151/0   G Gambhir 50* (92b 7x4)

29.1

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

29.2

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, sharp turn there. The off break from the middle and leg line and Gambhir adjusted to jab it to the off side

29.3

Mendis to Gambhir, FOUR, the two-fingered googly around the off stump, a touch short in length and Gambhir cuts the ball past point

29.4

Mendis to Gambhir, 2 runs, edged but safe. the flicker from outside off stump, doesn't cut in that much but Gambhir was shaping for the cover drive and edges it past the leg stump

29.5

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery around the off stump

29.6

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, full and just outside off stump, Gambhir picks the slider and lets it go. Oohs and aahs from the close-in fielders and from the men watching along with me.

India 157/0   G Gambhir 56* (98b 8x4)

31.1

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery on the middle stump line

31.2

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, goes back to punch to covers

31.3

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, lets a off break to go through to the 'keeper

31.4

Mendis to Gambhir, no run, fuller, straighter ,on the middle and leg. Gambhir gets the bat in front of the pad to defend

31.5

Mendis to Gambhir, OUT, 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.

G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 56 (134m 103b 8x4 0x6) SR: 54.36

India 167/1   G Gambhir 56 (103b 8x4)
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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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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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