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

0.4

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, shapes in to Sehwag who pushes the length delivery to short midwicket

0.5

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, drifting on to the pads and Sehwag whips it away past the short midwicket fielder and for the first boundary of the second Test.

0.6

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, this one comes back in from the middle stump line, Sehwag is cramped for room and manages to jab it to the on side. Good delivery.

India 5/0   WPUJC Vaas 1-0-5-0

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   WPUJC Vaas 2-0-7-0

4.1

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, swings in to cramp Sehwag who stabs it to the on side

4.2

Vaas to Sehwag, 2 runs, leans across to steer past Kulasekara at deepish point where he fumbles

4.3

Vaas to Sehwag, 3 runs, outside off stump, on a length and Sehwag goes for the on-the-up drive, mistimes it a touch but gets it through extra cover

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   WPUJC Vaas 3-0-16-0

6.1

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, full in length and outside off stump, Sehwag goes for the big square on-the-up drive and hits it straight and hard to the deepish point fielder

6.2

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, swings back in to Sehwag, who is on the leg stump guard and doesn't take the front leg across, defends to the off side

6.3

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, slanting away from Sehwag who hops to punch it to extra cover

6.4

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, swings in and then some extra bounce even as it moves in off the seam. Sehwag takes the bottom-hand off the handle, stabs it off the glove to the pad

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   WPUJC Vaas 4-0-18-0

8.1

Vaas to Sehwag, 2 runs, on the pad, turned to deep square leg region

8.2

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, outside the off stump, steered to backward point

8.3

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, fuller, on the middle, hint of inswing and Sehwag defends down the track

8.4

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, stands up tall to defend a length delivery to the cover region

8.5

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, swings in towards the middle, Sehwag is on the leg stump, adjacent to the line of the ball and lets the swing to play out before defending to the off side.

8.6

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, on the off and middle line, Sehwag leans back to punch it to the off side.

India 32/0   WPUJC Vaas 5-0-20-0

22.1

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

22.2

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, angling away, flashed to deep point

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   WPUJC Vaas 6-0-22-0

24.1

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, length delivery, angling across Sehwag who drives to mid-off. Bunch of tourists have landed up in the fort with a local dev anand - the guide ie - and having a close look at the cricket

24.2

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, short and outside off, angling away, Sehwag fetches it from there to pull it over wide midwicket. on 77 now.

24.3

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, bangs it even shorter and Sehwag lets the harmless bouncer sail over him

24.4

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, fuller, angling away from Sehwag who got into position for his flamboyant extra cover drive but held his bat in the air and watched the ball sail into the 'keeper's gloves

24.5

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, and again. Teasing probing delivery. Sehwag checks his urge. great fun, this.

24.6

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, Almost caught at gully by Vandort. It was the length delivery leaving him - Sehwag had left the previous two alone- and he went for the flashy square drive. It flew off the outer edge to the left of the diving Vandort

India 133/0   WPUJC Vaas 7-0-30-0

26.1

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, Beaten again. Another big off drive and the ball rushes past the outside edge.

26.2

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to cover point

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   WPUJC Vaas 8-0-35-0

28.1

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

28.2

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to punch a length delivery through cover 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.

28.5

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, short of length, on the middle and off, punched down the wicket and Vaas lunges to make the stop

28.6

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, fullish, outside off stump, steered to gully.

India 151/0   WPUJC Vaas 9-0-38-0

30.1

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, almost carried to gully. It kicked up a touch, from the good length even as it angled across Sehwag who pushed at it and got a thick outside edge. Fell short of Vandort, though.

30.2

Vaas to Sehwag, SIX, What a guy! Sehwag clears up the front leg and swings a full length delivery around the off stump over wide long-on. And he is on 97 now. Almost as if the lengthy rain break never happened!

30.3

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, around that off stump, off a length, pushed to mid-off

30.4

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, teasing delivery - full in length and just outside the off stump- Sehwag gets his bat up in the air, shaping for the drive, but holds it in the air and allows the ball to move past the off stump

30.5

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, He reaches his 15th Test ton with a big drive down the ground. The front foot was thrust out, the bat came down in a fury and the full delivery around off was dismissed between Vaas and mid-off. He holds his bat aloft and now has a chat with Gambhir. A super entertaining knock.

30.6

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, goes back and across, behind the line of a delivery leaving him and pushes it to covers. He then practices the shot again.

India 167/0   WPUJC Vaas 10-0-48-0

32.1

Vaas to Dravid, no run, leans forward to defend

32.2

Vaas to Dravid, no run, stretches forward to drive a full delivery to mid-off

32.3

Vaas to Dravid, no run, leans across to defend a length delivery

32.4

Vaas to Dravid, 1 run, on a length, on the middle and leg, moving across, Dravid planted his front foot across, got his bat around that to squeeze the ball to backward square leg

32.5

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag wants to keep attacking. He tried to square drive - a punch- a length delivery slanted across him and edged it short of gully

32.6

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, shuffles across a touch and pulls a short-of-length delivery around off and middle to deep square leg boundary. The front leg was in the air while he played that shot.

India 173/1   WPUJC Vaas 11-0-53-0

34.1

Vaas to Tendulkar, OUT, 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.

SR Tendulkar lbw b Vaas 5 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

34.2

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, around the off stump, probing delivery, Ganguly gets forward and jabs it away to the off side

34.3

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, lovely slower one, full delivery outside off stump, Ganguly was made to wait, feet glued to each other before he lunged forward to defend

34.4

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, on a length, outside the off stump, steered to point

34.5

Vaas to Ganguly, no run, leans across to defend a full delivery

34.6

Vaas to Ganguly, OUT, 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.

SC Ganguly c †HAPW Jayawardene b Vaas 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India 178/4   WPUJC Vaas 12-1-53-2

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

36.3

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, outside the off stump, short but is left alone

36.4

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, fuller, angling across Sehwag who lets it go past him

36.5

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, full pitched outside off and Sehwag blasts it in the air and just short of the mid-off fielder

36.6

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, lands outside off stump, full and moves away further, left alone

India 181/4   WPUJC Vaas 13-1-54-2

38.1

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, outside the off stump, mistimes a on-the-up drive to the off side

38.2

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, slanted across Sehwag who lets it angle past him

38.3

Vaas to Sehwag, 3 runs, width outside off stump and crashed through the off-side field

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   WPUJC Vaas 14-1-57-2

47.1

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, slashed to deep point region

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

47.3

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, it landed on a length around the off stump and Sehwag was shaping for the big drive down the ground and mistimes it to the leg side

47.4

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, off cutter moving away from the off stump, left alone

47.5

Vaas to Sehwag, no run, ooh that charge again. He took a couple of steps down the track and had a big heave at a short-of-length delivery and mistimes it to mid-on. He then turns around and smiles at Laxman!

47.6

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, edged past the slip cordon, past the the wide fourth slip. It was the length delivery angled across him and he went for the on-the-up square drive and got a thick edge

India 230/4   WPUJC Vaas 15-1-63-2

49.1

Vaas to Sehwag, FOUR, fullish, a tad wide outside off stump and Sehwag reached out to slice it through point and the fielder at deep backward point couldn't get across in time

49.2

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, a touch short in length, outside off stump, cut away to deep point

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   WPUJC Vaas 16-1-68-2

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   WPUJC Vaas 17-2-68-2

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   WPUJC Vaas 18-2-70-2

55.1

Vaas to Sehwag, 1 run, short in length, cutting away from Sehwag who cuts to deep backward point. This is the 11th consecutive hundred that he has converted into a 150.

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   WPUJC Vaas 19-2-74-2
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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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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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