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

50.1

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

50.2

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

Three men patrolling the boundary on the on side for Sehwag. Spread out field, trying to deny quick runs to Sehwag

50.3

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

50.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, quicker off break on the middle and off line, not much pace on this track and Laxman has all the time to go back and defend

50.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, flighted off break on the middle and leg and Laxman stretches well forward to work his wrists and send the ball to right of mid-on for a single

50.6

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

End of over 51 (2 runs) India 243/4
V Sehwag    144* (137b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    12-0-52-0
VVS Laxman    26* (52b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    16-1-68-2

51.1

Vaas to Laxman, no run, length delivery slanted across Laxman who is beaten by the extra bounce. It jumped off the length and Laxman had a poke

Ashok Mankad who passed away last night was involved in a bizzare dismissal in his time. From the Cricinfo XI: "The eldest son of the legendary Vinoo, Ashok Mankad was never quite able to emerge from his father's shadow. Arguably, he was given a raw deal by the Indian selectors, who would often pick him for one match per series, and then throw him in at anywhere from No. 1 to No. 8 in the order. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, accidents singled him out as well, never more so than at Headingley in 1974, during his solitary appearance of a disappointing tour of England. He had batted attractively for a rearguard 43, but was unluckily dismissed as he swayed out of the way of a Chris Old bouncer. His cap fell off as he ducked his head out of line, and landed on the stumps. India collapsed soon afterwards, to lose by an innings and 78 runs."

51.2

Vaas to Laxman, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump and moves away, left alone

51.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, gets forward to drive a length delivery on the up and to covers

"There is a little ridge on this end. It's not going to do a lot but will create the doubt in batsman's mind. the ball will occasionally jump from that place," says Waqar Younis

51.4

Vaas to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery around off stump

51.5

Vaas to Laxman, no run, around that off stump and pushed to the off side of the pitch and Vaas lunges to his left to pick up the ball

51.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, off cutter on the leg and middle line, worked to midwicket

End of over 52 (maiden) India 243/4
VVS Laxman    26* (58b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    17-2-68-2
V Sehwag    144* (137b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    12-0-52-0

52.1

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

52.2

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, leans forward to whip a flighted off break from middle and off to short midwicket who does well to stop it, moving quickly to his right

52.3

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, doosra turning from the leg stump line, a touch short in length and that allows Laxman to go back on this slow track to work it to square leg

52.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a doosra that landed outside leg stump

52.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, flatter, quicker, full and on the middle and leg line, wristed to deep square leg

52.6

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

Gaps on off side; the leg side boundary is packed and so, Sehwag is playing inside out. Good battle. Sri Lankans want him to do it, he is confident that he can pull it off.

End of over 53 (4 runs) India 247/4
V Sehwag    147* (139b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    13-0-56-0
VVS Laxman    27* (62b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    17-2-68-2

53.1

Vaas to Laxman, no run, off cutter from the middle and leg line, Laxman waits for it arrive on the off stump line before pushing it back down the track

53.2

Vaas to Laxman, no run, fuller, outside off stump and Laxman mistimes a straight drive back to the bowler

53.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, lands short of length, on the middle, cuts away to the off side, defended to the off side

Sehwag needs two more runs to get to 5000 Test runs

53.4

Vaas to Laxman, no run, Two slips and gully watch as Laxman sways away from a bouncer on the middle stump line.

53.5

Vaas to Laxman, 2 runs, leans forward to drive to mid-off where Murali misfields. It was going to his left and he moved in time but just let it slip through his hands

53.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, outside the off stump line, from round the stumps, Laxman shoulders arms

End of over 54 (2 runs) India 249/4
VVS Laxman    29* (68b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    18-2-70-2
V Sehwag    147* (139b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    13-0-56-0

54.1

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

54.2

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

54.3

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

54.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

54.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, short in length and Laxman laps it to midwicket region for a single

54.6

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

End of over 55 (3 runs) India 252/4
V Sehwag    149* (143b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    14-0-59-0
VVS Laxman    30* (70b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    18-2-70-2

55.1

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

55.2

Vaas to Laxman, no run, fuller, just outside off stump, driven to mid-off

55.3

Vaas to Laxman, no run, just outside the off stump, on a length, steered to backward point

55.4

Vaas to Laxman, 1 wide, well wide outside the off stump and Laxman lets it go and watches the umpire signal wide

55.4

Vaas to Laxman, 2 runs, fullish, on the middle and leg line, Laxman wrists it across the line, in the air and it rolls well to the right of mid-on

55.5

Vaas to Laxman, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery to covers

55.6

Vaas to Laxman, no run, on the off stump line, on a length and Laxman gets forward to defend

End of over 56 (4 runs) India 256/4
VVS Laxman    32* (75b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    19-2-74-2
V Sehwag    150* (144b 21x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    14-0-59-0

56.1

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

56.2

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

56.3

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

56.4

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

Murali goes over the wickets now

56.5

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

56.6

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

End of over 57 (7 runs) India 263/4
V Sehwag    156* (150b 22x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    15-0-65-0
VVS Laxman    32* (75b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    19-2-74-2

Drinks break:

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.

End of over 58 (7 runs) India 270/4
V Sehwag    163* (156b 22x4 3x6)      BAW Mendis    16-1-86-2
VVS Laxman    32* (75b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    15-0-65-0

58.1

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

58.2

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

58.3

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

58.4

Muralitharan to Laxman, no run, stretches forward to defend bat and pad close together

58.5

Muralitharan to Laxman, 1 run, quickish, flatter but Laxman still gets enough time on this slow track to go back and turn it to short third man region

58.6

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

Ashok Mankad was regarded as a very good captain the domestic circuit. He shared with The Hindu's S Dinakar this lovely anecdote: "It was a celebratory one-day tournament in Calcutta between the zonal teams. West Zone was staring down the barrel after being bowled out for just over 150 against North Zone. With Kirti Azad in ominous form, North was expected to sweep past the target. Mankad had a job on his hands. He knew he had to dismiss Kirti fast. "I realised Kirti always wanted to get off the mark quickly and usually played to the on-side. I also kept the mid-wicket short. We set a trap for him."

The plan was that Ghulam Parkar, an exceptional fielder in covers, would move to mid-on. The rest was a tale of deceit. Recalled Mankad, "Before left-arm spinner Dasrath Pardesi began his run-up, I signalled to Parkar to move deeper.

He waved back at me and just shuffled his feet while remaining at the same point."

The idea was to create an illusion in the mind of the batsman. "Kirti, believing Parkar was in a deeper position, set off for a run. Parkar swooped in on the ball and hit the stumps at the non-striker's end in a flash." In a dramatic turnaround, West clinched a humdinger."

More Mankad stories here

End of over 59 (2 runs) India 272/4
V Sehwag    164* (160b 22x4 3x6)      M Muralitharan    16-0-67-0
VVS Laxman    33* (77b 3x4)      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

End of over 60 (6 runs) India 278/5
     BAW Mendis    17-1-92-3
V Sehwag    164* (160b 22x4 3x6)      M Muralitharan    16-0-67-0

60.1

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

60.2

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend

60.3

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

60.4

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

60.5

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

60.6

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

End of over 61 (1 run) India 279/5
KD Karthik    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    17-0-68-0
V Sehwag    165* (165b 22x4 3x6)      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

I believe that Mankad link was not working. Here, try again Mankad

End of over 62 (3 runs) India 282/5
V Sehwag    167* (167b 22x4 3x6)      BAW Mendis    18-1-95-3
KD Karthik    1* (5b)      M Muralitharan    17-0-68-0

62.1

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

62.2

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

62.3

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

62.4

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

62.5

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

62.6

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

End of over 63 (6 runs) India 288/5
KD Karthik    6* (8b)      M Muralitharan    18-0-74-0
V Sehwag    168* (170b 22x4 3x6)      BAW Mendis    18-1-95-3

Dhananjoy Misra: " was at the gallery in Eden Gardens watching that West Zone vs North Zone match. After some dogged rearguard action in batting by Mankad, ultimately it was his incredibly cunning captaincy that made the difference between the two sides."

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

Karthik just walked away from the stumps even as Mendis delivered. The ball spun past the leg stump. Mendis wil have to bowl it again

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

End of over 64 (2 runs) India 290/6
A Kumble    0* (1b)      BAW Mendis    19-1-97-4
V Sehwag    169* (172b 22x4 3x6)      M Muralitharan    18-0-74-0

64.1

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

64.2

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

64.3

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

64.4

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

64.5

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run

64.6

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

End of over 65 (3 runs) India 293/6
A Kumble    0* (4b)      M Muralitharan    19-0-77-0
V Sehwag    172* (175b 22x4 3x6)      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

slip, silly point, short leg and backward short leg crowd Kumble

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

End of over 66 (1 run) India 294/6
A Kumble    0* (6b)      BAW Mendis    20-1-98-4
V Sehwag    173* (179b 22x4 3x6)      M Muralitharan    19-0-77-0

66.1

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

66.2

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

66.3

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

66.4

Muralitharan to Kumble, no run

66.5

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

66.6

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

Kumble has the habit of pressing his front leg too much across and at times, plays around the front pad. There is a chance of the lbw decision to come into play

End of over 67 (1 run) India 295/6
A Kumble    0* (10b)      M Muralitharan    20-0-78-0
V Sehwag    174* (181b 22x4 3x6)      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.

End of over 68 (7 runs) India 302/6
A Kumble    0* (11b)      BAW Mendis    21-1-105-4
V Sehwag    181* (186b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    20-0-78-0

68.1

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

68.2

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

68.3

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

68.4

Muralitharan to Sehwag, no run, stretches across to defend

68.5

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

68.6

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

End of over 69 (3 runs) India 305/6
V Sehwag    183* (191b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    21-0-81-0
A Kumble    1* (12b)      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

Drinks break. Bis: "Ashok Mankad was my favourite player when I was living in India in the early seventies. I never saw him play only read about him and listened to radio commentary but there was something elegant and unruffled and classical about his batting style plus the fact that he was always an underdog because he kept getting picked and then dropped from the team. Those selectors have got so much to answer for! He was a classical upright batsman who embodied the true spirit of Bombay batsmanship - the legacy of which reached its consummation with SRT. RIP Ashok Mankad!"

End of over 70 (2 runs) India 307/6
A Kumble    2* (15b)      BAW Mendis    22-1-107-4
V Sehwag    184* (194b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    21-0-81-0

SI: "How does the third umpire arrive at the verdict on LBW decisions? Does he depend on the virtual/hawk eye?" No he doesn't get to see the predictive nature of the Virtual Eye and stuff. That is not allowed. So he gets to see where it pitched and where the ball moved and hit him.

70.1

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

70.2

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

70.3

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

70.4

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

70.5

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

70.6

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

End of over 71 (maiden) India 307/6
A Kumble    2* (21b)      M Muralitharan    22-1-81-0
V Sehwag    184* (194b 22x4 4x6)      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

End of over 72 (1 run) India 308/6
A Kumble    2* (26b)      BAW Mendis    23-1-108-4
V Sehwag    185* (195b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    22-1-81-0

72.1

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

72.2

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

72.3

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

72.4

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

72.5

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

72.6

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

End of over 73 (4 runs) India 312/6
V Sehwag    188* (198b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    23-1-85-0
A Kumble    3* (29b)      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.

End of over 74 (4 runs) India 316/6
A Kumble    4* (31b)      BAW Mendis    24-1-112-4
V Sehwag    191* (202b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    23-1-85-0

74.1

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

74.2

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

74.3

Muralitharan to Kumble, OUT, appeal for stumping. Referred upstairs. Not a review but the umpire seeks the help of the third umpire. It was the doosra from the middle and leg line, Kumble tried to waft it across the line, missed and dragged his back foot out and got it back on the line of the popping crease. That looks out. And it is out. The line belongs to the umpire.

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

74.4

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

74.5

Muralitharan to Harbhajan Singh, no run

74.6

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

End of over 75 (2 runs) India 318/7
Harbhajan Singh    1* (3b)      M Muralitharan    24-1-87-1
V Sehwag    192* (204b 22x4 4x6)      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

End of over 76 (2 runs) India 320/8
Z Khan    2* (2b)      BAW Mendis    25-1-114-5
V Sehwag    192* (204b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    24-1-87-1

76.1

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

76.2

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

76.3

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

76.4

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

76.5

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

76.6

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

End of over 77 (1 run) India 321/8
Z Khan    2* (4b)      M Muralitharan    25-1-88-1
V Sehwag    193* (208b 22x4 4x6)      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

There are three unsuccessful reviews perr innings for both batting and fielding sides. AFter the third unsuccessful review, they can't ask for any decision to be reviewed. If you keep getting them right (successful review) you can keep asking.

End of over 78 (1 run) India 322/8
V Sehwag    194* (214b 22x4 4x6)      BAW Mendis    26-1-115-5
Z Khan    2* (4b)      M Muralitharan    25-1-88-1

78.1

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

78.2

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

78.3

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

78.4

Muralitharan to Khan, OUT, With Sehwag needing five runs for his double hundred, Zaheer throws his wicket away with a slog sweep. It was the doosra and the top edge took the ball straight up and the 'keeper takes the catch.

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

78.5

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

78.6

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

End of over 79 (4 runs) India 326/9
V Sehwag    198* (217b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    26-1-92-2
I Sharma    0* (0b)      BAW Mendis    26-1-115-5

For the late comers, there are 3 unsuccessful reviews per Innings. For both batting and bowling sides.

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

End of over 80 (1 run) India 327/9
I Sharma    0* (2b)      BAW Mendis    27-1-116-5
V Sehwag    199* (221b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    26-1-92-2

80.1

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

80.2

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

80.3

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

80.4

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

80.5

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

80.6

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

End of over 81 (1 run) India 328/9
V Sehwag    200* (227b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    27-1-93-2
I Sharma    0* (2b)      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

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81.5

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

Parameshwaran: "What a player! Dont think there would be any other player who would have refused a single and tried to play reverse-sweep on 199

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

Lunch taken on day 2. Sehwag gets a good applause from the crowd and from his team-mates. No one will grudge him that. There were supporting acts from Gambhir and Laxman but it was Sehwag who starred in the lead role for India. Mendis did the job for Sri Lanka. It's a slow wicket and Mendis' pace suited the wicket better than Murali's. The ball was turning but slowly. Join us in a short while for the second session.

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End of over 82 (1 run) India 329/10
     BAW Mendis    28-1-117-6
V Sehwag    201* (231b 22x4 4x6)      M Muralitharan    27-1-93-2
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Anil Kumble applauds the team effort, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Galle, 4th day, August 3, 2008

Anil Kumble applauds the team effort

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Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan are all smiles after the win, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Galle, 4th day, August 3, 2008

Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan are all smiles

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