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

10.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, quickish delivery on the middle and leg, turned to short leg

10.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, review for bat pad catch. off break on the middle and leg line, Sehwag misses a wild sweep shot and the ball pops up for the 'keeper to hold it. They ask for the pad and bat catch. Rudi turns it down. Mahela is unsure to ask for the review but Dilshan, at silly point, urges him to go for it. The replays are inconclusive. Not sure whether it brushed the gloves on its way. And the verdict is NOT OUT.

10.3

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, spinning towards the pad, tucked to long leg

10.4

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

10.5

Mendis to Sehwag, 3 runs, charges down the track, is beaten in the flight, lunges out at the last minute to dig it out past point. This battle should be really interesting

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   BAW Mendis 1-0-5-0

12.1

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

12.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, quickish skidder, on the middle and leg, defended to the on side

12.3

Mendis to Sehwag, SIX, That is the first six against Ajantha Mendis in Test match cricket. You could see he was itching to jump out. He reached the pitch of the off break and swung it over the cow corner

12.4

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

12.5

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, full in length, on the off and middle line, Sehwag leans forward to drive, is early into the shot and defends down the track

12.6

Mendis to Sehwag, FOUR, Ah! the two-fingered googly on the middle stump, a touch short in length, Sehwag had picked the ball and length early, backed away a touch to cut it past point.

India 61/0   BAW Mendis 2-0-16-0

14.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, the skidder on the middle and leg line, Sehwag is hurried into the defensive prod

14.2

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to turn a off break to square leg

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   BAW Mendis 3-0-23-0

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   BAW Mendis 4-0-29-0

18.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, gets forward to push a full delivery around off to deep backward point

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   BAW Mendis 5-0-30-0

20.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 2 runs, beaten there but he gets couple of runs. He was shaping for the big across-the-line swing but it wasn't the off break. It had skidded away and it flew off the outside edge to Vaas at third man. He was late to react and Sehwag rushed back for the second run

20.2

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, beaten again. It was on the leg stump line, held its line, Sehwag wanted to work it to square leg, the bat-face shut early and he got a leading edge to third man.

20.3

Mendis to Gambhir, 1 leg bye

20.4

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg line, Sehwag is again shaping for the big drive and digs it out at the end. The ball was in the air but fell short of the bowler

20.5

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, quickish toppie, going on straight, Sehwag defends down the track

20.6

Mendis to Sehwag, FOUR, reaches for the flighted off break outside off and drives pleasingly through covers. Lovely swing of the blade.

India 115/0   BAW Mendis 6-0-37-0

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   BAW Mendis 7-0-43-0

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

31.6

Mendis to Dravid, 1 run, comes forward, waits for the ball to arrive before guiding it to short third man

India 168/1   BAW Mendis 8-0-44-1

33.1

Mendis to Dravid, OUT, Another failure for Dravid. The wall is cracking from side to side. It was the quickish off break, Dravid was on the front foot, looking to defend. The ball turned from outside off stump, collided with the inside edge and went to short leg who juggled with it before holding on. Two quick wickets. Mendis leads Sri Lankan fight back. Wonderful Test match. Hold on, some drama regarding Dravid's dismissal. The ball popped off the short-leg fielder, hit the right shoulder and then rebounded off the helmet grill before he caught it again. LAW 32 (Caught) - Section 3 e fair catch -A catch shall be considered to have been fairly made if a fielder catches the ball after it has touched an umpire, another fielder or the other batsman. However, it is not a fair catch if the ball has touched a protective helmet worn by a fielder, although the ball remains in play. anyway that's that.

R Dravid c Warnapura b Mendis 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

33.2

Mendis to Tendulkar, FOUR, flighted full outside off stump and Tendulkar reached out to drive it through extra cover.

33.3

Mendis to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans across to squeeze the delivery to cover point

33.4

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, beaten on the big drive. It was the off break that didn't turn in much. Sehwag went for the big inside-out drive - Mahela has kept the cover region un manned - and didn't connect

33.5

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, on the middle and leg line, defended to the on side

33.6

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, the carrom ball, cutting away from middle and leg, Sehwag was on the back foot, adjusted to movement and defended

India 178/2   BAW Mendis 9-0-49-2

35.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, outside the off stump, squeezed to the backward point

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

35.6

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, slips down the leg side, tries to flick, misses.

India 180/4   BAW Mendis 10-0-51-2

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   BAW Mendis 11-1-51-2

39.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, goes back to defend a delivery on the middle stump to the on side

39.2

Mendis to Sehwag, FOUR, full and just outside the off stump and Sehwag cracks it through the cover region

39.3

Mendis to Sehwag, FOUR, short delivery and Sehwag had all the time to go back and crash it through covers

39.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, slower, the off break on the middle stump line, Sehwag works it through midwicket

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   BAW Mendis 12-1-64-2

41.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, lands on a length, on the middle and moves towards middle and off, defended to the off side

41.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, quicker, on the off and middle line, leans forward to defend

41.3

Mendis to Sehwag, FOUR, superb shot. Sehwag charged down the track and creamed a googly, from round the stumps, past the umpire. That one was travelling.

41.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back to turn the off break on the middle and leg line to backward square leg

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   BAW Mendis 13-1-69-2

43.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, played away with the spin to the deep backward square leg region for an easy single

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.

43.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, forced away off the front-foot to mid-off

43.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, bit of width offered outside the off stump and Sehwag turns it away square on the off side

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   BAW Mendis 14-1-74-2

45.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 2 runs, short of length, off break on the pads, clipped to left of long leg

45.2

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, short of length again, outside the off stump and cut to deep point

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

45.6

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, full and straight, on the middle and leg, Sehwag goes back to work it past square leg

India 219/4   BAW Mendis 15-1-79-2

57.1

Mendis to Sehwag, SIX, Almost caught at the long leg boundary but the fielder tripped over the ropes. Sehwag had cleared his front leg and went for a big sweep. He top edged it and Chamara Silva backpedaled, and stepped on the ropes when he was about to catch and ended up clanging the catch

57.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

57.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, gets forward to defend a skidder

57.4

Mendis to Sehwag, no run

57.5

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, the quick slider on the middle stump line, Sehwag gets his bat down in a hurry to defend

57.6

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, full and straight, Sehwag blasted it along the ground, down the track and it ricocheted off the stumps to long-on. That would have been a boundary. Hit really hard.

India 270/4   BAW Mendis 16-1-86-2

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   BAW Mendis 17-1-92-3

61.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to squeeze through cover point

61.2

Mendis to Karthik, no run, gets forward to defend a delivery on the middle

61.3

Mendis to Karthik, no run, the quick slider, jabbed away

61.4

Mendis to Karthik, no run, the flicker on the middle, Karthik picks it off the turf to defend

61.5

Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, bottom edges saves him from the lbw decision. Huge shout from Mendis. Again, he was going for his sweep shot and edged it on to his pad

61.6

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to drive through mid-on

India 282/5   BAW Mendis 18-1-95-3

63.1

Mendis to Karthik, no run, off break on the middle stump line, nudged to short leg

63.2

Mendis to Karthik, 1 run, leans forward to turn a delivery on the middle and leg past square leg

63.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, well down the leg side and Prasanna does well to collect it

63.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, bit more air, pretty full, driven to covers

63.5

Mendis to Karthik, OUT, And he is gone now! done in by the carrom ball. Given out lbw. It landed on a length around the off stump, Karthik's bat came down in a line as if it would skid in but it went the other way, past the poke and hit him on the back pad which was in front of the off stump. The ball appeared to be cutting away and would have probably missed the off stump. But Karthik didn't ask for the review and that's that. And Virtual Eye suggests it would have clipped the off stump. Ah.

KD Karthik lbw b Mendis 7 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

63.6

Mendis to Kumble, no run, outside the off stump, jabbed away in an unconvincing manner

India 290/6   BAW Mendis 19-1-97-4

65.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, googly on the middle and off line, defended down the track

65.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, spins in from the middle and leg , gets past the defensive poke and hits the pad. Going down leg, though.

65.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, slower, another off break on the middle, Sehwag comes forward to defend

65.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, fuller, around middle and off, scooped to mid-off but the man is at long-off and the ball rolls towards him

65.5

Mendis to Kumble, no run, leans across to defend to the off side

65.6

Mendis to Kumble, no run, shout for lbw. loopy flighted googly on the middle and leg, Kumble got across to defend, missed and was hit on the pad. They decided not to ask for the review. I guess it might have missed the leg stump

India 294/6   BAW Mendis 20-1-98-4

67.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, almost a yorker on the middle, Sehwag digs it out to the on side

67.2

Mendis to Sehwag, SIX, charged down the track, moved outside leg stump and sliced a googly straight down the ground. It looked like he was hitting towards long-on but the bat came down in an angle and he sliced that.

67.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

67.4

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, on the middle and leg , skidder, defended on the front foot

67.5

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, on the leg and middle, paddled away for a single

67.6

Mendis to Kumble, no run, almost trapped in front. That front leg movement again. He managed to withdraw the leg from the line, get his bat down just in time to meet the ball.

India 302/6   BAW Mendis 21-1-105-4

69.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, gets forward to defend

69.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, on the middle and leg, straightening, nudged to the on side

69.3

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, the carrom ball on the off stump line, Sehwag squeezes it off the outer half of the bat to point region

69.4

Mendis to Kumble, no run, on the off and middle, flicking away, Kumble jabs it off the front foot

69.5

Mendis to Kumble, no run, slower, the off break around off stump, turned past silly point.

69.6

Mendis to Kumble, 1 run, googly on the middle and leg line, edges the sweep to long leg

India 307/6   BAW Mendis 22-1-107-4

71.1

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, leans across to pick up a single with a steer to cover point.

71.2

Mendis to Kumble, no run, googly on the off and middle, full and Kumble lunges out to defend

71.3

Mendis to Kumble, no run, gets really forward to defend the ball on the off and middle line

71.4

Mendis to Kumble, no run, on the middle and leg, doesn't connect well with the paddle and the ball rolls to the on side

71.5

Mendis to Kumble, no run, leans forward to defend the googly on the off and middle line

71.6

Mendis to Kumble, no run, fuller, quicker, skidder on the middle, Kumble took care not to press his front leg across and flicked it to the on side

India 308/6   BAW Mendis 23-1-108-4

73.1

Mendis to Kumble, 1 run, sliding towards middle and leg line, Kumble wanted to turn it to on side, off the edge, on to the pad and past the lunging backward short leg fielder.

73.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, loud appeal for a catch behind. It was the carrom ball. It cut away from the middle and off stump line and appeared to have got the edge as Sehwag shaped to defend. But Sri Lanka can't ask for any more reviews: they have exhausted their three unsuccessful reviews.

73.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, goes forward to defend.

73.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 2 runs, glances a delivery on the middle and leg line

73.5

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward, opens the bat face and runs it to cover point for a single

73.6

Mendis to Kumble, no run, stretches forward to defend a skidder on the middle stump. Drama in the second ball of this over when Sehwag appeared to have got the edge.

India 316/6   BAW Mendis 24-1-112-4

75.1

Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, off break, comes in towards the middle and line, stabbed just short of the diving short leg fielder

75.2

Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, goes back and across, tries to push a deliver skidding on towards the off stump to the off side and edges it to short leg

75.3

Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, no run, almost done in by the carrom ball. It landed on a length, on the middle and leg and cut away, Harbhajan wanted to turn it to the on side and got a leading edge to the off side.

75.4

Mendis to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, Mendis bags his five-for. Super effort. His first five-wicket haul in Test math cricket. The carrom ball finds the off stump this time. It landed on the middle, cut past the clueless Harbhajan and knocked the top of the off stump

Harbhajan Singh b Mendis 1 (4m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

75.5

Mendis to Khan, no run, on the middle and leg line, dabbed to short leg

75.6

Mendis to Khan, 2 runs, pretty short in length, and just outside the off stump, Zaheer goes back and across to punch it through covers. he could have taken three but Sehwag says no, he will take strike

India 320/8   BAW Mendis 25-1-114-5

77.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, down the leg side, left alone

77.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, outside off stump, steered to vacant point region, doesn't take the single

77.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

77.4

Mendis to Sehwag, no run

77.5

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, beaten outside off stump. It was flicked away, the ball cut past the off stump and Sehwag went for the big drive and misses

77.6

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, driven to Murali at mid-off and he rushes across for the single. That would have been close had Murali hit the sticks

India 322/8   BAW Mendis 26-1-115-5

79.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend.

79.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, and again, stretches out to defend

79.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, the slider on the middle stump line, gets forward to defend

79.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to drive to deep cover. on 199. Ishant has two balls to survive in this over.

79.5

Mendis to Sharma, no run, skids in from the middle and leg line, beats the forward prod, strikes the pad and pops up to backward short leg

79.6

Mendis to Sharma, no run, skids on straight on the middle, Ishant stays back to dab it to short leg. Sehwag applauds with a smile

India 327/9   BAW Mendis 27-1-116-5

81.1

Mendis to Sehwag, no run, on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

81.2

Mendis to Sehwag, no run

81.3

Mendis to Sehwag, no run

81.4

Mendis to Sehwag, 1 run, steered through point for a single

81.5

Mendis to Sharma, no run, stretches really forward to smother the turn

81.6

Mendis to Sharma, OUT, Ishant asks for the Review. The googly landed on the off stump line and turned in to hit him on the pad in front the off middle stump. The bat was well outside the line, was held behind the front pad. Decision still pending. And the verdict is in now - OUT. Sehwag is the second Indian batsman to carry the bat after Sunil Gavaskar.

I Sharma lbw b Mendis 0 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

India 329/10   BAW Mendis 28-1-117-6
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
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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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