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

17.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, FOUR, slip and short leg watch as Sehwag goes back to crash a doosra from round the stumps to deep point boundary. 50 up and he looks at the skies.

17.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, slower, off break on the middle and leg line and Sehwag stretches forward to defend

17.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, doosra turning in from the middle and leg line, sehwag waits for the turn, opens the bat face and pushes it to covers

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   M Muralitharan 1-0-5-0

19.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, FOUR, There he goes again. Sehwag is on the back foot, cutting away a doosra from round the stumps. It landed short of length and that allowed Sehwag to play that shot

19.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, FOUR, even shorter, again the doosra, Sehwag goes back to punch it through wide mid-off region.

19.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, fuller outside off, guided to cover point for a single

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   M Muralitharan 2-0-14-0

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

21.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, beaten outside off. Sehwag, increasingly getting more and more ambitious, went for the big cover drive, the bat flashed inside the line and the top spinner managed to miss the outside edge and the off stump.

India 116/0   M Muralitharan 3-0-15-0

23.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, doosra on the leg stump line, from over the wicket, swept to long leg

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   M Muralitharan 4-0-22-0

25.1

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

25.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, off break turning into Sehwag who works it to short leg

25.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, doosra on the middle stump line, Sehwag picked it and leaned forward to defend with the full face of the bat

25.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, slower in the air, bit more air, off break on the middle and leg line, turned past the short leg fielder - it was in the air - to square leg

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   M Muralitharan 5-0-24-0

27.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 2 runs, leans forward to drive through the off side

27.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, shapes to play for the doosra but it goes on straight and squeezes it through the on side field

27.3

Muralitharan to Gambhir, no run

27.4

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

27.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, FOUR, edged but it flies past the slip fielder. Flighted off break outside off stump, Sehwag goes for the big cover drive but the bat was inside the line and it flew off the outside edge and to the left of the diving Mahela. It went too quick

27.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, and almost caught and bowled. It was a lovely doosra on the middle and leg line, Sehwag was early into the drive, checked and it fell short of Murali

India 148/0   M Muralitharan 6-0-32-0

40.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, goes round the stumps, bowls the off break on the middle and leg line, Sehwag leans forward to defend

40.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, the doosra on the middle and leg line and Sehwag leans forward to defend to the off side

40.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, the top spinner on the middle and leg line, Sehwag goes back to defend

40.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, quicker, flatter, on the middle and leg line, defended on the back foot

40.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, threatens to jump out, Murali flattens the trajectory, drags back the length and Sehwag pushes to cover point. Both the batsman and the bowler have a laugh!

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   M Muralitharan 7-0-35-0

42.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, outside leg stump, padded away

42.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, doosra, turning away from Sehwag who defends to the off side

42.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, the topspinner, hurried on towards the middle stump and Sehwag was on the back foot and brought down his bat quickly to push it out to extra cover

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   M Muralitharan 8-0-38-0

44.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, full and on the pads. Sehwag waits for the ball and at the last moment works it away square on the leg side

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   M Muralitharan 9-0-39-0

46.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, off break from round the stumps, full on the middle line, Sehwag stayed adjacent to the line and pushed into the gap at covers for a single

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   M Muralitharan 10-0-44-0

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   M Muralitharan 11-0-50-0

50.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend a off break on the off stump line

50.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, doosra turns in from outside leg stump line, worked to short fine leg

50.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to ping the off side gap at covers for a single

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

50.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, on the middle and off line, turning in, pushed to point

India 243/4   M Muralitharan 12-0-52-0

52.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to steer a flighted off break outside off to deep backward point.

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

52.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 2 runs, Nice. very nice. He went down the track, got inside the line of a flighted delivery on the middle and drove inside-out through wide mid-off for runs.

India 247/4   M Muralitharan 13-0-56-0

54.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, off break lands on the middle and leg, turns to strike the pad. Going down, leg though. The bat was just behind the front pad

54.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, outside off stump and Sehwag drills it to short cover

54.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, turns from outside off, slightly short, Sehwag cuts to third man

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

54.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, brings up his 5000 Test runs with a dab to cover point. It was on the middle, sehwag backed away a touch, created room and pushed it for a single

India 252/4   M Muralitharan 14-0-59-0

56.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag keeps going inside-out. He skipped couple of steps down, created room by moving to the leg side and drove the flighted delivery on the middle through extra cover

56.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend the delivery turning into him

56.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, gets forward to defend the doosra on the middle and leg

56.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 2 runs, turning in from the off and middle, driven to left of long-off - now we have one- for couple of runs.

56.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend the off break around off stump

56.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 bye, doosra outside leg stump, Sehwag goes for the paddle shot, misses

India 263/4   M Muralitharan 15-0-65-0

58.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery turning in, from over the wickets, to short leg

58.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, quickish off break and defended down the track

58.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, jumped down the track, Murali saw him and landed it on the leg stump line but still Sehwag stayed inside the line to play a nice chip stroke to left of long-off. Very well played.

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

58.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, gets forward to defend a delivery outside off stump

India 272/4   M Muralitharan 16-0-67-0

60.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, beaten outside off stump by the doosra

60.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

60.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, the quicker topspinner on the middle stump and Sehwag jabs it down the track

60.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, on the middle stump line and pushed down the track

60.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, lands on a length on the middle and Sehwag leans forward to push it to extra cover

60.6

Muralitharan to Karthik, no run, goes for the sweep first ball and edges it to his chest and it drops in front of him. Hmm...

India 279/5   M Muralitharan 17-0-68-0

62.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend to short leg

62.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, turning in from outside off stump, from over the wickets, mistimes a cut to covers

62.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, the flighted doosra on the middle stump line, Sehwag leans forward to square drive it through cover point

62.4

Muralitharan to Karthik, 2 runs, short and turning from outside off stump, Karthik went back to cut it through point. He didn't try to hit it too hard

62.5

Muralitharan to Karthik, 2 runs, doosra outside off stump and Karthik picked it, went back, opened the bat face and guided it through short third man

62.6

Muralitharan to Karthik, 1 run, stretched forward to push a flighted off break towards mid-off and they get across for a single

India 288/5   M Muralitharan 18-0-74-0

64.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, spins in with bounce, turns past the defensive poke, hit the pad and bobbed off the gloves but fell short of short-leg

64.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 2 runs, flighted off break outside off, driven to left of long-off

64.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, spinning in sharply, Sehwag goes for the risky cut shot, was cramped up, but got it through cover point

64.4

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, stretches across the front pad to jab the flighted delivery outside off to the off side

64.5

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run

64.6

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, very full delivery outside off, pushed to mid-off

India 293/6   M Muralitharan 19-0-77-0

66.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, off break turning into middle and leg, nudged to the on side

66.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, comes down the track to drive to wide long-on

66.3

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, quickish, turns in from short of length and defended down the track

66.4

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run

66.5

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, gets forward to defend to short leg

66.6

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, on the middle, trying for that lbw but nudged to the on side

India 295/6   M Muralitharan 20-0-78-0

68.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted delivery on the middle and leg line, turned to deep midwicket for a single

68.2

Muralitharan to Kumble, 1 run, turned to right of midwicket for a quick single. There was a direct hit at the non-striker's end and they refer it upstairs for the third umpire. Not a review but the umpire asked for the third umpire to get into the act. Not out is the verdict.

68.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, doosra on the middle stump line, Sehwag goes back to defend. Again slow track means the batsmen are getting time to adjust

68.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, stretches across to defend

68.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, review shout for lbw. It landed on a length on the middle and off, spun in and Sehwag was hit almost inside of the front pad, while trying to defend. The bat was behind the pad and it would have, in my opinion, hit the leg stump. Given Not Out, though. Sri Lanka have exhausted all reviews. Virtual eye also suggests it would have hit the leg stump

68.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, leans across to push a flighted delivery to cover point

India 305/6   M Muralitharan 21-0-81-0

70.1

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, leans forward to defend a off break from round the stumps.

70.2

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, leans forward to defend a doosra on the middle and leg line

70.3

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, turns in, flatter and quicker, on the middle and leg, dabbed to short leg

70.4

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, The wicket is getting increasingly slower. The doosra turned ever so slowly and Kumble defended it to the off side

70.5

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, on the middle and leg line, turned to the on side

70.6

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, How did that doosra miss the off stump? I can't believe it. It landed on the middle and leg, a unsure Kumble went back and had a tentative poke. Er .. I know all pokes are tentative. The ball turned past the blade and almost kissed the off stump.

India 307/6   M Muralitharan 22-1-81-0

72.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend down the track

72.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, nice teasing delivery. Slower than normal, bit more air and Sehwag was made to wait on the drive and he pushes it to long-off

72.3

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, from round the stumps for Kumble who stretches forward to defend

72.4

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run, flighted delivery, really full on the middle, eased to the on side.

72.5

Muralitharan to Kumble, 1 run, sweeps from the off and middle line to Mendis at long leg

72.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 2 runs, It was flighted on the middle and off line, Sehwag leaned forward, opened the bat-face and glided it off the face of the bat through the vacant slip region. Cheeky.

India 312/6   M Muralitharan 23-1-85-0

74.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, spinning in from outside off stump, jabbed to the off side

74.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, comes down the track, moves outside leg and wants to hit it inside-out to the off side but mistimes it to long-on

74.3

Muralitharan to Kumble, OUT, 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.

A Kumble st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 4 (42m 32b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

74.4

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run, from round the stumps, a really full delivery on the middle and leg line, jabbed down the track

74.5

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run

74.6

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, leans forward to on drive a flighted delivery on middle and leg for a single

India 318/7   M Muralitharan 24-1-87-1

76.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, from over the wickets, flighted delivery on the off stump, defended to the off side

76.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, quicker, turning in from outside off stump and Sehwag is late in getting forward ad edges it to his pad

76.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, quickish and flat, spinning to middle and leg, turned to the on side

76.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, flighed on the middle stump line, stayed beside the line to square drive through cover point

76.5

Muralitharan to Khan, no run, from round the stumps, lands the off break full on the middle, nudged off the inner edge to backward short leg

76.6

Muralitharan to Khan, no run, flatter, quicker, still slow on this track and Zaheer goes back to defend.

India 321/8   M Muralitharan 25-1-88-1

78.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, doosra outside off stump, Sehwag glides it to left of third man for a single, wanted to come back for the second but decides against it. He now has a chat with Zaheer

78.2

Muralitharan to Khan, no run, doosra from outside leg stump, padded away

78.3

Muralitharan to Khan, no run, gets forward to defend a flighted off break on the off stump line

78.4

Muralitharan to Khan, OUT, 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.

Z Khan c †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 2 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

78.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 2 runs, on the middle and leg line, driven to wide long-on for couple of runs.

78.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, slightly short in length, outside off stump, cut to backward point where it's fumbled by Kulasekara. Mahela wouldn't be happy. Sehwag back on strike.

India 326/9   M Muralitharan 26-1-92-2

80.1

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, turns in from the off stump line and hits him on the pad. Going down leg and they don't appeal

80.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend the off break down the track

80.3

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, goes back to cut a spinning off break to the off side and to cover point and he refuses the single! he doesn't want to expose Ishant . He could have taken the 200 , though. Team before self.

80.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, gets forward to drive to covers

80.5

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, Aha! The reverse sweep but straight to backward point. What a guy!

80.6

Muralitharan to Sehwag, 1 run, He gets his 200 with a dab past square leg. The team-mates in the dressing room are up on their feet. What a superb innings this has been.

India 328/9   M Muralitharan 27-1-93-2
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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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