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)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
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

1.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, beaten by a peach of a delivery It landed on a length, on the off stump line and cut away with bounce and Sehwag pushed inside the line. To his credit, he didn't chase it. Invariable bounce there. The second delivery kept low. this one kicked up.

1.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, beaten again. Sehwag goes for the big extra cover drive but the ball jags away past the edge. Very interesting over.

India 10/0   KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-5-0
3.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, slips down the leg side, Sehwag fails to contact with the glance and Prasanna Jayawardene dives to collect the ball

3.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, tails into the middle and leg line, Sehwag stops his front foot movement and whips it to long leg

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   KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-6-0
5.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, shout for lbw as the ball cuts in sharply to beat the leaden footed Sehwag and collide with the inside edge and on to the pad.

5.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to guide a full delivery on the off stump line to point.

5.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 5 wides, Hello?! A high bouncer. That leapt off the pitch and kept climbing, above Sehwag and way above the 'keeper

5.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, beaten by a super delivery. Lovely leg cutter on the off stump line and Sehwag plays down the line.

5.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, cuts back in towards the pad and rolls away to the leg side. Good idea to bowl the nip backer but he started it from the middle and middle and leg

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   KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-11-0
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   KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-11-0
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   KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-16-0
11.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, tailing towards the pads, tickled fine to the boundary.

11.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, slower, outside the off stump, Sehwag lets it go past him

11.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, fuller, around off, square driven to point

11.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, full in length, just outside the off stump, pushed to short extra cover

11.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, short and outside the off stump, it sat up and Sehwag pulled it through wide midwicket region

11.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, fuller, in the zone outside off, left alone

India 50/0   KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-24-0
13.1

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

13.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, blasted past point. Short in length and well outside off, Sehwag crashes it through the off side field.

13.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, 1 run, almost trapped him in front. It cut back in from outside off stump, Sehwag was late in getting forward, the bat came outside the line but he got a lucky inside edge on to the pad

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   KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-32-0
15.1

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, The runs keep flowing. Sehwag leans across to drive a full pitched delivery on the off stump through extra cover.

15.2

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, early into the cover drive and mistimes it to the off side.

15.3

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, short of length, holding its line on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

15.4

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, short in length again, homing in on the off stump, Sehwag goes back to punch it to covers

15.5

Kulasekara to Sehwag, no run, lovely delivery. Good cricket all round, as the cliche goes. It was a tad slower, tad wide outside off and full. Sehwag was almost sucked into the big drive but managed to resist the urge.

15.6

Kulasekara to Sehwag, FOUR, fuller, straighter on the off stump line and Sehwag creams it down the ground past the diving mid-off fielder.

India 84/0   KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-40-0
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