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

Hi there. Welcome to the second Test between Sri Lanka and India. What a start to the series we had at SSC. Murali and Mendis v India was a no contest. What lies ahead of us in this Test?

Toss India have won the toss and have decided to bat. So we don't have wait long to see how Indians fare against the double jeopardy this time.

Both teams are unchanged.

Pitch "Weird pitch," says Waqar Younis on Ten Sports channel. "One side has lots of cracks that have already opened up a touch and which should take spin from second day on wards. The other side has flat, no cracks but is damp and might aid swing because of the sea breeze." Whoa! If only the other half had grass it would have been like the Federer Nadal exhibition game on the half clay half grass court. Immense fun awaits us.

Kumble: We are still in the series. Sri Lanka played tremendously in the first Test and we have to come back hard.

Mahela:It's a good wicket to bat first but there should be something in this wicket. It has been under covers for the last couple of days. There is some moisture in this pitch. Winnning the toss is one thing but you still have to put runs on the board. We just need to keep working hard.

Jamie Alter, our man at the ground, sends us this update: "Good weather for cricket, not too warm this morning. The Galle Fort in the background makes for a pleasant environment, as do the white breakers lashing against the rocks. Plenty of life outside the stadium, traffic buzzing around in circle, but hardly anyone here to watch the match.

"Sambit Bal, Cricinfo's editor, has found his way to Galle and has stumbled into the press box. He says in all his years of covering cricket, he's never seen anything so informal. He is referring to the Galle stadium and the allround environment."

Sangakkara: It depends how well we play on the first day, first session. It's great to be part of some of the best Test players in the world. Some new special players are coming through. Good blend of youth and experience. We want to just stick to the basics, stick to our guns and fight every inch.

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All set for the start. The players are out there. Sehwag is having a chat with Rudi Koertzen. Vaas to bowl to Gautam Gambhir. Strong cross breeze blowing.

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

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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

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Three slips, a short midwicket and short extra cover in

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.

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End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0
V Sehwag    4* (3b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    1* (3b)     

Play held up as sun is reflecting off the cars, parked along the boundary lines! What a car park. Arun Lal, rightly says, in India, only the sponsored cars would be placed like that. Lovely stadium this. Sea is adjacent. The fort stands proud. Now some covers envelop the cars. Mahela is getting irritated with delay

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.

This end is the one with the cracks and very dry.

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.

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 10/0
V Sehwag    4* (5b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    6* (7b 1x4)      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.

He does it often, usually in the ODIs, but I have seen him do in the longer version of the domestic cricket - Ranji Trophy. He stands outside the crease as well.

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.

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 12/0
G Gambhir    8* (13b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-7-0
V Sehwag    4* (5b 1x4)      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.

Mohan slaps me with this: ""Invariable bounce" or "Variable bounce"? :-)" Invariably variable.

3.6

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

End of over 4 (1 run) India 13/0
G Gambhir    8* (17b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-0
V Sehwag    5* (7b 1x4)      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

if it's cutting and bouncing awkwardly and keeping low at times in the other end from which Kulasekara is operating, it's swinging this end from Vaasy

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

Prasanna Jayawardene is now standing up the stumps. Gambhir has been walking out often to counter the swing.

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.

End of over 5 (9 runs) India 22/0
G Gambhir    12* (20b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-16-0
V Sehwag    10* (10b 1x4)      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.

There are two men in the deep for the hook shot. Sehwag is on the leg stump guard and is trying to stay adjacent to the line.

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

Waqar was spot on. This end - the one which is dry and has cracks - is helping the ball to cut around. The other end, with the cross breeze blowing, is helping swing. So Vaasy is there while Kula is operating here.

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 28/0
G Gambhir    12* (22b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-11-0
V Sehwag    10* (14b 1x4)      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

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 30/0
G Gambhir    13* (24b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-18-0
V Sehwag    11* (18b 1x4)      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

Gambhir dropped in the second ball of this over.

End of over 8 (maiden) India 30/0
G Gambhir    13* (30b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-11-0
V Sehwag    11* (18b 1x4)      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.

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 32/0
V Sehwag    13* (24b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-20-0
G Gambhir    13* (30b 2x4)      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

End of over 10 (5 runs) India 37/0
G Gambhir    17* (36b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-16-0
V Sehwag    13* (24b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-20-0

Ajantha Mendis to bowl. He has a nice little smile as he practises bowling with the mid-off fielder.

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.

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 42/0
G Gambhir    18* (38b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-5-0
V Sehwag    17* (28b 1x4)      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

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End of over 12 (8 runs) India 50/0
V Sehwag    25* (34b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-24-0
G Gambhir    18* (38b 3x4)      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.

Drinks break and Sumedha gives me some tuition: "alluna is caught! alluwa is catch it." Thanks a ton for that. In India, Halwa is a sweet. Nice thing to catch.

Safraz Hassen: "If a review is successful (Umpire's decision is changed), does that still leave one less review for the team appealing? And, is it 3 reviews per day or per innings?" If it's successful, it's not counted. They have three unsuccessful reviews per innings. After the third unsuccesful one, they can't ask for any more reviews.

End of over 13 (11 runs) India 61/0
V Sehwag    35* (39b 4x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-16-0
G Gambhir    19* (39b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-24-0

13.1

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

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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

End of over 14 (8 runs) India 69/0
G Gambhir    22* (43b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-32-0
V Sehwag    40* (41b 5x4 1x6)      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.

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 76/0
G Gambhir    28* (47b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-23-0
V Sehwag    41* (43b 5x4 1x6)      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.

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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.

End of over 16 (8 runs) India 84/0
V Sehwag    49* (49b 7x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-40-0
G Gambhir    28* (47b 4x4)      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

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 90/0
G Gambhir    34* (53b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-29-0
V Sehwag    49* (49b 7x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-40-0

Murali is on.

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

End of over 18 (5 runs) India 95/0
G Gambhir    34* (56b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0
V Sehwag    54* (52b 8x4 1x6)      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

End of over 19 (1 run) India 96/0
G Gambhir    34* (61b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-30-0
V Sehwag    55* (53b 8x4 1x6)      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.

Murali switches to over the wickets.

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

Jagadish is a sweet man: "Sorry for being a pedant, Sriram. Halwa isn't an "Indian" term. The term is of Arabic origin. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halwa :) Halwa seems to be on par with 'Gopal pal-podi', given that it has reached India, Iran, Turkey, Somaliland, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Cyprus, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Macedonia, Albania, Northern Cyprus, Syria, Central Asia and Turkey. Gopal tooth powder! Aha! what a ad that was.

End of over 20 (11 runs) India 107/0
G Gambhir    34* (64b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-14-0
V Sehwag    64* (56b 10x4 1x6)      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.

End of over 21 (8 runs) India 115/0
V Sehwag    71* (61b 11x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    6-0-37-0
G Gambhir    34* (65b 5x4)      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.

End of over 22 (1 run) India 116/0
V Sehwag    71* (62b 11x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-15-0
G Gambhir    35* (70b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-37-0

"Much more of a crowd in now, by the way," says Jamie. "A whole segment is standing and watching, with the Indian Ocean behind them."

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

Rahul Bhatia: "Just following up on Safraz Hassen's question. We know the bowling side has three review chances per innings. Can the batsmen also use the system if they feel hard done? And other than that, if a review request by the bowling side is upheld although it is inconclusive, can the batsman ask for a re-review?" Yes, Rahul, the batsmen can use. Three unsuccessful. reviews per innings for the batting side as well. Like Dilshan did and got a out decision over turned in the first match. Kumble tried but review upheld the umpire's decision. Review of the review?! No. Same third umpire and the umpire combo. they are supposed to have arrived at the original verdict after looking at everything properly.

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 118/0
G Gambhir    36* (75b 5x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-0-22-0
V Sehwag    72* (63b 11x4 1x6)      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

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 125/0
G Gambhir    42* (80b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-22-0
V Sehwag    73* (64b 11x4 1x6)      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

End of over 25 (8 runs) India 133/0
V Sehwag    81* (70b 13x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-30-0
G Gambhir    42* (80b 6x4)      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

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 135/0
G Gambhir    43* (83b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-24-0
V Sehwag    82* (73b 13x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-30-0

Alisalman Husain is in Galle and : "I was watching the match from my roof, i could only see the players not the scoreboard..so..Lovely setting for the match, a beautiful Indian ocean, beating the shore with its angry waves and the sun shining overhead sending its shimmering rays down to the ground..Excellent."

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

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 140/0
G Gambhir    47* (87b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-35-0
V Sehwag    83* (75b 13x4 1x6)      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

End of over 28 (8 runs) India 148/0
V Sehwag    90* (79b 14x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    6-0-32-0
G Gambhir    48* (89b 7x4)      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.

Lunch on day 1. Visitors will like their halwa on the menu. Openers were not separated. It was very interesting session. The pitch was janus faced. One half of the wicket was dry with cracks, the other flat and a touch damp. The seamers started off well. Vaas probed with swing while Kulasekara troubled the batsmen with cutters with a bit of variable bounce. The batsmen saw off the phase and exploded against the spinners. Sehwag went for his big shots and pulled them off. Gambhir was dropped on 13 but carried on serenely. Sehwag was anything but serene.

Join us in a short while for the second session

End of over 29 (3 runs) India 151/0
V Sehwag    91* (82b 14x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    9-0-38-0
G Gambhir    50* (92b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-32-0

4:28 pm All ready for the play to begin. The players are out in the middle, the sun is out of the clouds and let's see whether we can get in 28 overs today in an extended session. -- When the Don scored 334 runs in a 1930 Test at Leeds, and a London newspaper finally trumpeted just two grateful words on posters around the city: "HE'S OUT!" --

4:09 pm Sambit: "28 overs to be bowled today. Play to begin at 4.30 pm . The official close of play is now 6.15 and they can go until 6.45 to finish the overs. And from tomorrow, they will start 30 mins early. So 98 overs a day. They have lost 34 overs today, but if everything goes to plan and there are no more interruptions they will make up 32. So officially, the Test has lost only two overs. And it's absolutely bright and sunny now."

-- On Bradman's first tour of England in 1930 there was a popular rumour that the English pitches would sort him out. As an ardent subscriber to this theory, George Macauley, the feisty Yorkshire seam bowler, couldn't wait to get at Bradman.

When Yorkshire played the Australians Macauley demanded loudly of his captain: "Let me have a go at this bugger." His first over was a maiden. Bradman then hit him for five fours in the second over and took 16 from the third. A spectator yelled: "George, tha' should have kept thi' bloody trap shut." --

4:02 pm Jamie: "Play will start 4.30pm. There are a few areas that the umpires have asked the ground staff to put saw dust over. A few Sri Lankan players are out on the field taking catching practice. Most of the Sri Lankans are out now."

Michael Parkinson on Don: "There is, for instance, the tale of Bill Black, an off-spin bowler playing for Lithgow, who on a memorable day in 1931 bowled Bradman for 52. The umpire was so excited that when the ball hit Bradman's wicket he called out: "Bill, you've got him." The ball was mounted and given to Black as proof that he had dismissed the greatest batsman in the world.

Later that season Don Bradman again played against Black. As the bowler marked out his run, Don said to the wicketkeeper: "What sort of bowler is this fellow?"

The wicketkeeper, a mischief-maker like the rest of his tribe, replied: "Don't you remember this bloke? He bowled you out a few weeks ago and has been boasting about it ever since."

"Is that so?" said Bradman. Two overs later Black pleaded with his skipper to be taken off. Bradman had hit him for 62 runs in two eight-ball overs. He made 100 in three overs and finished with 256, including 14 sixes and 29 fours.

3:55 pm: Doctrove just made a T sign, don't know what that means. Me thinks, he is asking for review of the rain gods' decision. "I think they have given them a time," says Sambit. "The Sri Lankan support staff have come out. Meanwhile, they are putting sawdust on the wet areas."

3:45 pm The umpires are walking around the ground now with the curator. They are inspecting one spot on the square boundary.

While you wait, have a look at the new Cricinfo blog called Inbox devoted to reader responses. Your views. Sambit Bal, the Cricinfo editor, writes, "You may write on the aspects of the game that you hold dear; about matters that rile you; about players, teams and trends; you may share your memories and views, and you may so do so in 100 words or 500." Go on ... have a look at the Inbox.

Back to the Don. 'Bradman could read a batsman and tell you how to bowl to him, but he did it obliquely, as with Bill Edrich, who tended to play across the line, at Lord's in 1948. Lindwall habitually placed a short leg behind the square leg umpire. When Edrich came in, Bradman asked Lindwall: 'Do you want that short leg behind or in front of the umpire?

'No, leave him there,' Lindwall said.

He bowled a couple to Edrich and would have had him caught by the short leg if he had taken Bradman's hint. He asked Bradman if he should move the fielder.

'It's too late now,' Bradman said; 'he won't play that shot again.' Edrich played against Australia for another five years; Lindwall says he always had him in trouble as a result of Bradman's tip.

-------- Lindwall recalls that the team attended a black tie function while a match was in progress, and that three of the bowlers on duty, himself, Colin McCool and Ern Toshach, were then invited to a party 15 miles out of London. They had to make three separate cab trips to get there; this persuaded them to stay at the party rather than attempt a complicated trip back in the early hours of the morning. When they did get back, still in dinner suits, they went up the hotel stairs in case Bradman was in the lift, but met him doing his exercises. The great man said no more than: 'Have a nice night? You had better do all right today.'

They had a shower and took the field. Bradman bowled the three of them all morning; each took three wickets. Lindwall was on the rubbing table at lunch when Bradman 'smacked me on the behind' and said: 'You were pretty lucky today.'

'Why? We got them all out.'

'If you hadn't I would have liked to see the three of you bowling all afternoon.'

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2:59 pm: Jamie Alter: "The covers are off. The umpires, match referee, curator and Kirsten convened briefly. The square is all dry but there a few damp spots near the boundaries. We have already lost two hours. Tea has been taken."

Bill O'Reilly on Don Bradman: "There's never been and never will be in my estimation a batsman so good as that fella. I don't care how many you like to pour into one - all the Chappells, the Borders and so on. Forget them, they're just child's play compared with Bradman, and I've seen them all. Bradman was a bloke whose ability with the bat was absolutely inconceivable. The Yanks talk about Babe Ruth and all that. To hell with Babe Ruth. This boy was a modern miracle.''

2:55 pm Nadir Husain, our reader at the ground, has this update: "The sponge like things that the staff brought on were useful. It is soaking up the water puddles but there are some area with puddles left alone. The staff is looking energized today running back and forth with the covers as the rain is coming and going. People say that when it rains it is said that the Gods are crying ... wonder why they are crying today and spoiling our great Mendis/Murali/Sehwag match? No play since lunch and I think we won't see any play until after tea."

2:38 pm The groundstaff are working hard. While you wait, here is an anecdote involving the famous Australian leg spinner, Bill O'Reilly.

"Tiger [O'Reilly], working on a long-range plan to remove one of England's top test batsmen, hit the pads with a magnificent topspinner and appealed in fortissimo. His glare at both the batsman and umpire suggested he was most displeased with the "not out" verdict. At the end of the over Tiger snatched his cap from the umpire's outstretched hand to convey his disapproval. "He nicked that ball, Bill," explained the umpire. "Yeah, I know," replied the unhappy bowler, "that's what's wrong with the bloody rule."

I will be back in ten minutes.

2:21 pm: "Two supersoppers at work now... but it might be an hour before they can start play. The square is still covered," says Sambit. That is that. Nothing to do but wait.

Nigel N : "As for the turn-out, dont worry about that! The Hikkaduwa fest is happening this weekend and you can expect plenty of people dropping into Galle to cheer on SL!"

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2:15 pm Update from Sambit: "There are quite a few wet patches on the outfield. but there is no sign of a supersopper yet. instead the ground staff have brought out large sheets of sponge, the size of a mattress. they spread these on the wet areas and hop on it, and then squeeze out the water on the plastic cover. bad news- there is large puddle where mid on would be on the pavilion end.and now the supersopper is making its way to that area"

2:13 pm Update from our reader Nadir. "The covers are off but one cover still remains on the pitch. The clouds have disappeared and the sun has shown its face..one hour of rain..i told you we won't have play till tea..and there is one reason why..The drizzling doesn't stop!"

2:00 pm "They have started removing the covers again, but it might mean nothing because the pulling the covers out and bring them back again for the last half an hour. But there is bit ,more purpose to their effort now, almost all the ground staff are back on field," says Sambit. Two patches from mid-off and midwicket have been removed.

Jamie: "There was a large section of fans making up a section of the ground .... but they are all ground staff - five groups of about 25 odd people. So around 125 staff. Rainy day and a working day. That's the reason for the poor turn out. "

To follow the rain and the eye-spy game of the ground staff on your phone, Key in http://ci.plusmo.com into your phone browser'; stay updated on the latest scores while on the go.

And it's the ideal time to play the Slogout game.

Swaroop has a PJ for us after slapping me first: "Arre, Jamie bhai, if you are not sleeping [with some one] you can't score! Eeeshhh!" That was the worst joke on the commentary I've ever seen. On the subject of jokes, here's one I heard from a friend: VVS Laxman was caught in a hit-and-run case, and he said, "If I ran after I hit, I'd be in the one day team!" Ha!

1:53 pm: "The umpires just made a trip down to the middle, and covers have come back again. Musical chairs. It's still bright, and i don;t think it is raining... but most of the ground staff, and there are hundreds of them out here, are back in the stands." That was from Sambit Bal.

Jamie Alter, meanwhile is rather fixed on the drama under the tree. "Kirsten leaves, looking rather unsatisfied. Gary is gone." A bored Jamie then has a look around him in the pressbox: "Two scorers have passed out. what is with scorers and sleep? Maybe they don't score when they sleep." Arre, Jamie bhai, if you are not sleeping [with some one] you can't score! Eeeshhh!

1:48 pm The covers are back on. Not raining, though. Jamie's binoculars are giving him hard time. "Gary kirsten and koerzten are sitting in a tree. Well ... they are standing together (under a tree) observing the proceedings." That would be neat. Sit on a tree branch. Go ahead Gary!

1:40 pm The sun is out; it has stopped drizzling. The covers are being removed. Jamie has his binoculars out. Jayananda Warnaweera, the curator who has virtually lived all his life at the stadium, is marshaling his troops frantically.

Harry: "Dear yasir, Sohan halwa is very much available in india in City of Ajmer (famous for khwaja moinuddhin chishti's dargah).

Ram Narayanan: "Sohan halwa is also famous in Hyderabad (India), but is in my view an acquired taste." I am getting diabetic, just reading the mails. Can we stop this sugary assault please?!

Anjali is back: "is not the correct one "Jackal and Crow" gets married when it rains in sunlight." Yeah yeah. And there are lots of versions from different countries. I remember we had discussed this during a game in Bangladesh. Readers had mentioned a whole lot of animals getting married. Wonder when they divorce.

1:29 pm: It has gone suddenly bright, but the drizzle is still on. Jackals itch to get married when it rains in sunlight. So they say.

Yasir Hasan: "Talking of Halwa, In Pakistan city of Multan (where Sehwag hit triple hundred) is famous for Sohan-Halwa ... I don't know if that variety is available in India or not." Sohan Halwa is corn halwa. Yasir, In India, I know guys who go to Gurudwara just to get the delicious aata ka halwa for prasad (loosly translated as blessings).

Shan: "Since we are discussing Halwa, let me give it a twist and mention that Halwa is the name of a very tasty fish in Maharashtra! Kind of like a dark grey, bigger version of pomfret. Absolutely delicious!" Now we are talking! Recently I was in Goa, really yummy sea food there.

Update from our reader, Nadir Hussain: "The covers went off for a short spell and the ground staff tried to drain away the water from the sides of the pitch..But as I told you, the clouds came from one side of the stadium and stopped its journey right above the stadium and started pouring down. Now, I can see the sun trying to peep in..but the clouds are just keeping it hidden."

1:16 pm It has gone dark again. Aargh.. And it has started to drizzle.

1:10 pm The covers were removed from the wicket temporarily as the ground staff removed the water beneath it. They are back on.

Nadir Hussain: "Hey Sriram! Iam up in Galle stadium right now.. In the VIP stand. After lunch, we came back and the dark clouds welcomed us..It started to rain..steadily at first..then faster..heavier..it looked like it won't end until tea but then the umpires came with no Fly Emirates hats and no shoes onto the field and the rain just slowed down and stopped..Brief spell of rain. It looks a clear sky now but the clouds are creeping in from one side.. The sun seems to have disappeared. Keep us updated." Hero! You keep us updated!

Patrick is still thinking about Halwa: "Have you guys heard about "Tirunelveli Halwa"? Check this out.Tirunelveli is the Sixth largest city in Tamil Nadu and is closer to Sri Lanka than any other Halwa places. The city is considered to be one of the oldest in the Indian subcontinent, with a history that dates back to 1000 BC. The city is located on the west bank of the perennial river, Thamirabarani." Kanna! Enuke Halwa aa?! Yeah have tasted it. Yummy.

Anjali joins in: "Recently my mum visited Tirunelveli and bought some alwa for me and sent to Hong Kong. See the importance of Alwa."

12:58 pm Rain has stopped now. Brief but fierce shower. Update from Jamie: "The rain has stopped but the damage is evident. The ground staff have covered the entire playing area and there are puddles everywhere. Unlike other grounds, the pitch in Galle is flat and not raised, so if water seeps in it will take a lot more time to drain."

12:50 pm Rain. Heavy rain. Dark clouds have hugged the arena. The ground has been covered. Entire ground in fact.

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.

End of over 30 (6 runs) India 157/0
G Gambhir    56* (98b 8x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-43-0
V Sehwag    91* (82b 14x4 1x6)      WPUJC Vaas    9-0-38-0

Vaas to bowl.

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.

End of over 31 (10 runs) India 167/0
V Sehwag    101* (88b 15x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    10-0-48-0
G Gambhir    56* (98b 8x4)      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

End of over 32 (1 run) India 168/1
R Dravid    1* (1b)      BAW Mendis    8-0-44-1
V Sehwag    101* (88b 15x4 2x6)      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.

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 173/1
V Sehwag    105* (90b 16x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    11-0-53-0
R Dravid    2* (5b)      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

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 178/2
V Sehwag    105* (93b 16x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    9-0-49-2
SR Tendulkar    5* (2b 1x4)      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

End of over 35 (wicket maiden) India 178/4
     WPUJC Vaas    12-1-53-2
V Sehwag    105* (93b 16x4 2x6)      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.

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 180/4
V Sehwag    106* (95b 16x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    10-0-51-2
VVS Laxman    1* (4b)      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

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 efair 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.

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

End of over 37 (1 run) India 181/4
V Sehwag    106* (99b 16x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    13-1-54-2
VVS Laxman    2* (6b)      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

End of over 38 (maiden) India 181/4
VVS Laxman    2* (12b)      BAW Mendis    11-1-51-2
V Sehwag    106* (99b 16x4 2x6)      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

And on that Dravid dismissal, he of course walked as soon as he saw the catch being taken. So there was no controversy of any kind.

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

End of over 39 (3 runs) India 184/4
VVS Laxman    2* (15b)      WPUJC Vaas    14-1-57-2
V Sehwag    109* (102b 16x4 2x6)      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

Mahela has continued to leave the cover open. No fielder there, inviting Sehwag to go through it.

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.

End of over 40 (13 runs) India 197/4
VVS Laxman    6* (17b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    12-1-64-2
V Sehwag    118* (106b 18x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    14-1-57-2

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.

End of over 41 (3 runs) India 200/4
VVS Laxman    8* (18b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-35-0
V Sehwag    119* (111b 18x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    12-1-64-2

from round the stumps now.

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

Drinks break.

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 205/4
VVS Laxman    8* (20b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    13-1-69-2
V Sehwag    124* (115b 19x4 2x6)      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

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 208/4
VVS Laxman    10* (23b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-38-0
V Sehwag    125* (118b 19x4 2x6)      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

Slip, leg slip and a short leg in place

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.

End of over 44 (5 runs) India 213/4
VVS Laxman    13* (26b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    14-1-74-2
V Sehwag    127* (121b 19x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    8-0-38-0

Murali to continue, bowling round the stumps to the right-hander

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

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5.50 pm: End of day 1. The umpires have called it off. Join us tomorrow 30 minutes early. 9.45 am local time. Good bye and good luck.

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Umpires having a chat now.

There you go, light has been offered to the batsmen, no points for guessing the outcome. Sehwag gets quite a few handshakes from the fielders. Looks like they are calling it a day but technically play can go on till 18:45 local time. Having said that, I don't see any chance of them coming back to the field as it looks pretty dark out there.

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Welcome to day 2. Play to start early. 9.45 am start.

Pitch Waqar Younis, on Ten Sports, reckons this would be the best day to bat on. "The cracks on one half are opening up but there should be runs today. But it's still slightly overcast and so that may help the bowlers. If the sun comes out, then this should be the best day to bat on."

Mahela: I thought our bowlers bowled well even in the first session but full credit to Virender. He took chances and it came off. We struck to our basics in the second session and it worked. This morning session is very important for us. Just stay calm and let's see we can pick couple of wickets and restrict India. When we get to bat, put our head down and take the advantage."

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All set for the play. Here we go. Murali to complete the over.

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

And Mark Benson is on the field as Rudi is not well.

44.6

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, flighted outside leg stump, no need to play a shot

End of over 45 (1 run) India 214/4
VVS Laxman    13* (31b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-39-0
V Sehwag    128* (122b 19x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    14-1-74-2

M & M attack on.

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

Gamini silva is the third umpire now. Rudi un well and Benson is on the field.

45.4

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

Ashok 'Kaka' Mankad passed away in sleep last night. The Indians are wearing black arm bands. I think it's due to that.

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

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 219/4
V Sehwag    132* (125b 19x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    15-1-79-2
VVS Laxman    14* (34b 1x4)      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

The sun is out

46.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, on the middle and off, Laxman leans forward to push it back down the track

slip, short leg and backward short leg in

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

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 224/4
VVS Laxman    18* (39b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    10-0-44-0
V Sehwag    133* (126b 19x4 2x6)      BAW Mendis    15-1-79-2

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

End of over 48 (6 runs) India 230/4
V Sehwag    138* (131b 20x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    15-1-63-2
VVS Laxman    19* (40b 2x4)      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.

End of over 49 (6 runs) India 236/4
VVS Laxman    25* (46b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    11-0-50-0
V Sehwag    138* (131b 20x4 2x6)      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

The 'keeper is standing up to the stumps this over

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.

End of over 50 (5 runs) India 241/4
VVS Laxman    25* (50b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    16-1-68-2
V Sehwag    143* (133b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    11-0-50-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
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India won by 170 runs
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