Vettori to Paranavitana,
Vettori, the captain cum selector, has struck with his second ball. It landed around the off stump and sort of held its line, Paranavitana stabbed it gently to first slip. It turned in a touch but not much and Paranavitana pushed inside the line. Gone! Sanga strides out.
NT Paranavitana c Taylor b Vettori 19 (53m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
O'Brien to Dilshan,
Would you believe it folks? Dilshan, dropped by the bowler, sends another one his way! It was short in length and it sat up on Dilshan who tried to turn it to the on side but the ball held up, stopped a touch, on him on this slow track and he got a leading edge back to O'Brien who ever so slowly lunged forward to take the simple catch. Got to read the blogger later tonight.
TM Dilshan c & b O'Brien 29 (101m 58b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Vettori to Sangakkara,
No 300 for Dan! Congrats. Sangakkara loses out on the patience game. He had just hit a boundary but couldn't resist another big hit. It was flighted delivery, tempting him to go for another big hit from outside off, and Sanga took up the challenge. Down he went on his knee to play the big slog sweep but hit it straight to deep midwicket. He is the first left-arm spinner to take 300.
KC Sangakkara c Oram b Vettori 50 (115m 96b 9x4 0x6) SR: 52.08
O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene,
and there is the wicket! O'Brien bowls one outside the off stump and in the corridor and gets it to move back in a touch as the ball kisses the outside edge and flies to the right of McCulum who does a very good job in taking the catch. Jayawardene ended up chasing it a bit. Jayawardene would be highly frustrated as he did not play a single false stroke through the innings. The first mistake he made leads to his downfall. That's how the game goes
DPMD Jayawardene c †McCullum b O'Brien 92 (312m 234b 8x4 0x6) SR: 39.31
Patel to Kapugedera,
Kapu crashes his bat on the ground as he storms off in disgust. He ran down the track and tried to loft it over long-on but was beaten in the flight and ended up slicing it to Dan at mid-off.
CK Kapugedera c Vettori b Patel 35 (76m 63b 3x4 1x6) SR: 55.55
Martin to HAPW Jayawardene,
The bouncer does the trick. Prasanna pulls it straight to O'Brien at long-leg. It was high bouncer and he had to fetch it from almost above head-high and couldn't control it in the end.
HAPW Jayawardene c O'Brien b Martin 17 (22m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.44
Patel to Prasad,
Samaraweera stands alone as one by one his team-mates desert him. It was a simple enough delivery that did Dammika in. He went back and stabbed a delivery that didn't turn in much and edged it straight to first slip.
KTGD Prasad c Taylor b Patel 6 (13m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Patel to Herath,
Harper has given him after a long thought. Patel got this one to hurry in with the arm from round the stumps. Herath was on the back foot and missed the ball completely with his prod. He was struck high on the pad, which was right in front of the stumps, and after a careful consideration about the height, Harper says you got to go. Two in two for Patel!
HMRKB Herath lbw b Patel 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Patel to Samaraweera,
Samaraweera has given Patel a free wicket. He went for the reverse sweep and ended up gloving a dolly to McCullum who took couple of steps to his left to take it. Fine innings from Samaraweera comes to an end.
TT Samaraweera c †McCullum b Patel 143 (377m 240b 17x4 1x6) SR: 59.58
Vettori to Thushara,
Dan picks up the last wicket. Tossed up outside off and Thushara went for a big swing but sliced it to the off side and Patel back-pedaled from mid-off to take the catch
T Thushara c Patel b Vettori 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00