New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Galle, Aug 18-22, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 202 runs
18,19,20,21,22 August 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

11.30 Dilshan and Paranavitana are in the middle. New Zealand have had their huddle. This is the first Test between these two teams in Sri Lanka since 2003. Now thats a long time. Cheers as the players take their places. Martin has been handed the new ball. His first Test in Sri Lanka. He's got one of those tennis headbands on. Rather tough conditions for the visitors. In steams Martin. Game on!

11.25 Conditions have improved somewhat. Not as overcast. Hats off to the Galle groundstaff again for working hard to get play underway. There's a little dampness in the track, expectedly, and New Zealand are keen to exploit that. Chris Martin and Iain O'Brien are the key. Kumar Sangakkara said he wouldn't have necessarily opted to field had he won the toss.

Not a large crowd in this morning but it may improve. They often let a huge bunch of school students in the afternoons and the noise they make adds to the scenic atmosphere in Galle. Nice little town it is, and the fort in the backdrop is really amazing. Do try and watch a Test in Galle once in life if you're a hardcore cricket fan. It won't disappoint you. I enjoyed myself last summer there.

Jason has been using Statsguru, I see. He emails: "Just to highlight how difficult it should be for New Zealand to record a successful tour - exclude Bangladesh and Zimabwe we haven't won a Test overseas since 2002!"

The two teams are lined up for a pre-series photoshoot. Smiles all around, some rather nervous.

11.15 The teams are listed just above, starting with Sri Lanka. Ajantha Mendis picked over Rangana Herath. Prasanna is back. Two spinners for New Zealand. Tillakaratne Dilshan to open.

Calum: "I'm with the second Mark - Guptill has huge ability but needs to convert into Test runs. Man for man the NZ side has no chance, but if they play as a team and work on partnerships there just may be a surprise. You need patience and faith to be a NZ cricket supporter!"

11.10 New Zealand have won the toss and opted to field. Not surprising given the damp conditions. This gives their seamers a crack at Sri Lanka. I'll have team updates as soon as I get them from the ground.

10.50 Providing there is no more rain, the toss will be at 11.00 and the match will start at 11.30. We should get 83 overs in today and play will go until 6pm.

Anton: "Thank goodness there is no Malinga that is all I say! Don't care how out of form he is, last time they were here in NZ our batsmen just couldn't play him. Got to the point where Stephen Fleming asked the umpires if they would mind removing their ties so that he could see the ball at the point of release!"

Mark Casey: "Mark is on the mark re: Ryder and Taylor. But this Mark wants to also mention Martin Guptill - mark my words, he is a player with much ability, who just needs to prove himself at test level and why not here?"

Raghav Suryadevara: "I suppose Sri Lankan spinners might have prepared on how to bowl to Taylor who has a ugly habit of swinging the bat to the leg side very often."

10.45 Its still overcast and a little humid. Here come Messrs Harper and Llong, this time suited up in their work attire. Members of the hardworking groundstaff stand near the pitch. Those men have done really well all morning. Daniel Vettori and Andy Moles have a chat with the umpires over some pieces of paper. The covers are all off now.

Another feedback email, this one from Mark: "Sri Lanka's experienced batting line up and lethal spin duo ensure that they enter this match as red hot favourites at home. Key to NZ being competitive is the ability of at least two batsmen to bat long periods of time in foreign conditions - perhaps Taylor and Ryder?"

Yes, Mark, that pair is the key for New Zealand given their talent and form this year.

10.35 The players have inspected the conditions. The umpires' inspection will be at 10.45.

10.10 The covers are slowly being removed. The strip in the middle is uncovered.

And here's our first email of they day, from Dallimore: "If NZ can bat a whole day (90 overs) I will be satisfied..."

Well yes, New Zealand's batting has been a concern. None of the main batsmen have ever played a Test in Sri Lanka, and the form shown in the two warm-ups hasn't been entirely convincing. But then practice matches haven't always been indicative of how touring teams will fare in Tests, so perhaps we shouldn't look to much into that. In fact, Galle is New Zealand's best bet a win given how conditions have favoured seam bowling. Its when they get to Colombo that matters will be much tougher on the slower and lower tracks there.

9.50 Looks pretty grim. The entire field has been covered. Its rather windy and overcast. Not good. The two umpires, Daryl Harper and Nigel Llong, are speaking to Danny Morrison. Neither is in official clothing, instead they've got on striped blue teeshirts. They say its going to be about 45 minutes until they can assess the situation better. Time will be carried over if time is lost today.

9.30 Hello everyone and a very good morning to all of you wherever you happen to be! Thanks for tuning in to Cricinfo again, your company is much valued and here's hoping for a good Test match.

Well some bad news as of now. Its very overcast in Galle and the pitch is fully covered. There was early morning rain and thats done it for now, I'm afraid. Time to play that little old tune I liked to call the waiting game. Never fun, these delays, but there's little else we can do. The delay is expected to be for about an hour. Rest assured we'll have you all the action as and when play starts.

I'm Jamie Alter, by the way, your commentator for this match. On scoring duty is Venkat Raghav.

0.1

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, good ball, hits a fuller length and a good line and the ball angles across Paranavitana and he shoulders arms with ease

Three slips in place.

0.2

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, wrong line, pitches down leg stump and McCullum takes it

Hint of movement so far. Martin needs to find the right length fast.

0.3

Martin to Paranavitana, OUT, and there it is! Much better delivery that, pitched up to lure Paranavitana forward and then just gently swings away from the left-hander who pushes at it and gets a nick to McCullum and goes for a duck

NT Paranavitana c †McCullum b Martin 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well bowled, Martin. Thats his 161th Test wicket and he goes past Danny Morrison. Sri Lanka are jolted in the first over. That was a good full ball with gently away movement. Paranavitana was forced to push at it. You have to bowl like that here. In walks Sangakkara.

0.4

Martin to Sangakkara, no run, back to full and well down the leg side and McCullum takes again

0.5

Martin to Sangakkara, no run, he hits that good length and seams it away from Sangakkara

0.6

Martin to Sangakkara, no run, pitches just outside leg stump and Sangakarra turns it to midwicket

Excellent opening over. A wicket-maiden.

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 0/1

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (3b)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • CS Martin 1-1-0-1

Martin has set the tone. Can O'Brien match him? Here's Cricinfo's own blogger.

1.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, 2 runs, starts off down the pads and Dilshan tucks it uppishly wide of midwicket and gets off the mark first ball when promoted to open the innings

1.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up to look for swing, middle and leg, Dilshan makes room and drives hard to extra cover, using his feet

1.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, good ball, pitches just back of a length and straightens off the seam to square up Dilshan, looking to play is straighter, the ball sits up and takes the edge but doesn't carry to gully

1.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, much fuller outside off stump, luring Dilshan forward and then nips past the bat, well bowled O'Brien

1.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, too full and this time Dilshan uses his feet to square-drive the ball past cover for the first four of the morning, thats a good shot, punched it from middle and leg

1.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, 2 runs, holds back the length, Dilshan miscues an aggressive shot wide of mid-on and Patel runs down the ground to chase the ball

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/1

    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (3b)
    • IE O'Brien 1-0-8-0
    • CS Martin 1-1-0-1

So there is swing if you pitch it up. Martin and O'Brien will look to bring the batsmen forward.

2.1

Martin to Sangakkara, no run, full but wrong line and Sangakkara flicks that off his pads

2.2

Martin to Sangakkara, no run, good length this time, pitching middle and leg and seaming across Sangakkara who feels for it and edges along the ground safely toward gully

2.3

Martin to Sangakkara, FOUR, too straight and full and he clips it nicely past midwicket, sweet timing and the quick outfield does the rest

2.4

Martin to Sangakkara, FOUR, a little too straight again and Sangakkara just presents a forward defensive and the ball speeds down past mid-on for four more, thats all about timing

2.5

Martin to Sangakkara, no run, yes thats the line to bowl, this time he pitches it wide of off stump and angles it across and Sangakkara comes forward and offers no shot

2.6

Martin to Sangakkara, OUT, good grief, Sangakkara's chipped a gift on the pads straight into midwicket's lap! Not a good ball at all, a half-volley on the legs but Sangakkara clips it very hard and picks out Flynn, who has little time to react and does well to gobble that up in his midriff

KC Sangakkara c Flynn b Martin 8 (12m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Martin has taken out two, one with a beauty and one with a half-volley. Here's Jayawardene.

End of over 3 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 16/2

    • TM Dilshan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • CS Martin 2-1-8-2
    • IE O'Brien 1-0-8-0
3.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, full again and he plays another aggressive shot on the rise, making a wee bit of room and then punching the ball past extra cover very hard

3.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, full on middle and leg and he drives sweetly past mid-off

3.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, this one swings down the pads, Dilshan is late on the flick and the ball goes toward midwicket, O'Brien asks the question but that can't be given out

3.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, take that! Dilshan clears the front leg a tad and clobbers the half-volley ferociously past cover

3.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, 1 run, better length and Dilshan prods that down toward gully for one

3.6

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball, pitches it up and gets it go away from Jayawardene who feels for it with soft hands and angles it down toward gully and the slips, well played there

So O'Brien taking some stick. Dilshan is flashing hard at the ball.

End of over 4 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 29/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (1b)
    • TM Dilshan 21 (11b 4x4)
    • IE O'Brien 2-0-21-0
    • CS Martin 2-1-8-2
4.1

Martin to Dilshan, 1 run, sees width again and flashes hard, slicing the ball behind square

Check out the run rate .. its over seven!

4.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slides down the pads, Jayawardene can't connect, McCullum takes

4.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full outside off stump and he eases a good-looking drive to cover

4.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, same length but a bit wider and Jayawardene shoulders arms

Pakistan's pacers did well here recently. Martin has hit the right areas like they di.

4.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off stump, bends back in a long way to hit Jayawardene, shouldering arms, on the inner thigh above the stumps and that'll leave a red mark

4.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, angles back off a full length and he clips it to midwicket

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 30/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (6b)
    • TM Dilshan 22 (12b 4x4)
    • CS Martin 3-1-9-2
    • IE O'Brien 2-0-21-0
5.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, he persists with that full line on middle and off and once more Dilshan sashays across to drive that past Vettori at mid-off for four more, excellent shot

5.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, short of a length now and Dilshan gets tall to defend

O'Brien hasn't mixed his length so far. Its largely been full.

5.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, swings down the pads, Dilshan is late on the flick shot

5.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, back of a length outside off and Dilshan is quick to get tall and punch that off the back foot straight to backward point

5.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, back of a length again, this one straightens after pitching and Dilshan gets up to shoulder arms

5.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, pitches it up and swings it way from Dilshan, who leaves it be

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 34/2

    • TM Dilshan 26 (18b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 0 (6b)
    • IE O'Brien 3-0-25-0
    • CS Martin 3-1-9-2

Martin to continue. He's looked good this morning. Just needs to make the batsmen play more.

6.1

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bouncer down the leg stump and Jayawardene flinches as it sails down, forcing McCullum to leap across and take it

6.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length brings Jayawardene two-thirds forward, defending

6.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much fuller length to bring out the cover drive, Jayawardene reaches out but gets no timing and the ball rolls back to Martin

6.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length again, the correct length to keep Jayawardene tied down, all he can do is get over the bounce and steer the ball square on the off side

6.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good change-up delivery, a fuller length on middle and leg and Jaywardene gets across to turn the ball watchfully to midwicket

6.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, now he overcompensates with a half-volley and Jayawardene opens his account with a lazy drive past the covers, thats a shot he makes a living off playing

It was a good over all throughout, even the last ball which was intended to draw Jayawardene forward. It was just a bit too wide and went for four. But smart over.

End of over 7 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 38/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (12b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 26 (18b 5x4)
    • CS Martin 4-1-13-2
    • IE O'Brien 3-0-25-0
7.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, SIX, he's not holding back, is Dilshan! O'Brien drops in short and looks on as Dilshan transfers the weight and hooks that over deep backward square leg for six

7.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, now he pitches it up and Dilshan drives sweetly through Vettori at extra cover, just didn't get over the ball and thats four more

7.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, 1 run, good length and Dilshan thuds forward to defend, then runs hard

7.4

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, good attempt at a short ball but Jayawardene gets tall and feels for it with soft hands, he was surprised but played it perfectly between gully and the slips

7.5

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pitches it up and swings it away, Jayawardene leaves it be

7.6

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full again with some shape and no shot offered once more

O'Brien's been tonked all over. He's not bowled all that badly but Dilshan has been severe on him, especially when using his crease to drive full balls off middle and leg past extra cover and cover.

End of over 8 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 53/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (15b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 37 (21b 6x4 1x6)
    • IE O'Brien 4-0-40-0
    • CS Martin 4-1-13-2
8.1

Martin to Dilshan, 2 runs, full on the pads and thats clipped past square leg with power

8.2

Martin to Dilshan, 1 run, back of a length just outside off and he defends to point with soft hands, getting tall, and Jayawardene is alert to urge Dilshan for the single

8.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, darts back in from middle and leg, Jayawardene rolls it to square

8.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and wide, tempting the drive but Jayawardene resists

8.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full again outside off, good idea from Martin, no shot offered

8.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tries a short-pitched delivery which Jayawardene ducks under

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 56/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (19b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 40 (23b 6x4 1x6)
    • CS Martin 5-1-16-2
    • IE O'Brien 4-0-40-0

Dilshan has batted effortlessly. Its how he's been all year. Check out his strike-rate. O'Brien's four overs cost 40. He's being replaced by Oram.

9.1

Oram to Dilshan, 1 run, starts off full and that one's squeezed out to backward point

9.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, holds back the length and lands the ball on middle and off, straightens it, and Jayawardene gets into line and plays it to the off side watchfully

9.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, much fuller and wider and it wobbles away from Jayawardene off the seam, he gets a good stride in and then decides to shoulder arms

9.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, straighter ball, still full though, and he works it to midwicket

9.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full again, asking Jayawardene to come after it, but he plans the front foot out and then leaves the ball be

9.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, again back to middle and leg and played straight to midwicket

Good start from big Oram. He's hit the right areas so far. Hardly any swing but. What a player, Dilshan. He's just been too good so far. Its rather overcast again.

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 57/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (24b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 41 (24b 6x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-1-0
    • CS Martin 5-1-16-2
10.1

Martin to Dilshan, no run, short of a length and it cramps Dilshan, who gets back and punches at the ball, steering it down the ground to backward point

10.2

Martin to Dilshan, FOUR, pounces on the length, swatting it across the line over midwicket, the ball is just a fraction short and gets dispatched with power

10.3

Martin to Dilshan, 2 runs, short outside off stump this time and he slaps it off the back foot past extra cover, not well timed but Dilshan picks the gap

He's been too good so far. Just playing his game. Rattled along.

10.4

Martin to Dilshan, no run, change of pace and length, fuller outside off stump and he leaves

10.5

Martin to Dilshan, no run, not a short ball by any means but he gets back and hits it hard into the off side, Vettori runs across to his left and fields and flings it back, McCullum stops well

10.6

Martin to Dilshan, FOUR, good ball and well played, it hits a good length to bring Dilshan forward, then starts to straighten but Dilshan uses soft hands to fend the ball down into the ground wide of the slips and gully and brings up an excellent and very rapid fifty

Sri Lanka lost two in no time but Dilshan's been awesome. Seventh-fastest fifty.

End of over 11 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2

    • TM Dilshan 51 (30b 8x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 8 (24b 2x4)
    • CS Martin 6-1-26-2
    • JDP Oram 1-0-1-0
11.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and wide, searching for swing, no shot offered

11.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length ball and Jayawardene blocks it back

11.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good stuff again, full a foot outside off and he leaves it be

11.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, well done, gets across and clips off the pads past midwicket

11.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets back and across and defends to the off side

11.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good line and length, no room to work with and he defends

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 71/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 12 (30b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 51 (30b 8x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-5-0
    • CS Martin 6-1-26-2

And into the attack comes Vettori. One slip and a short leg in place.

12.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, quick and flat on middle and off, Dilshan pushes at it and the ball kisses the inside edge and rolls just past the man under the helmet

12.2

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, slightly short and he gets back to slash to the off side

12.3

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball, well flighted down the leg stump and Dilshan sweeps it past short leg and into the gap well behind square

12.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball, slows the length and takes pace off the ball, it dips in middle and off and Jayawardene defends

12.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted up a bit wider and Jayawardene drives to cover

12.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slow and loopy delivery on middle and leg and he defends

Didn't experiment much. Just kept it slow and full. Not much turn.

End of over 13 (1 run) Sri Lanka 72/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 12 (33b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 52 (33b 8x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-0
    • JDP Oram 2-0-5-0
13.1

Oram to Dilshan, no run, full on middle and off and driven straight to extra cover

13.2

Oram to Dilshan, 2 runs, sees more room and flays this past backward point

New Zealand have to stop bowling full to Dilshan.

13.3

Oram to Dilshan, no run, overpitched again and he thumps it straight to cover

13.4

Oram to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball just back of a length, he gets back and then waits for the ball to come onto him, punching it square and out to sweeper cover

13.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, straighter ball, middle and leg, turned to midwicket

13.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, too full and straight and he glances it around the corner

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (35b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 55 (37b 8x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 3-0-9-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-1-0

"Haven't seen any Diliscoop so far..." says Chaminda. Hang on ...

14.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and he defends off the front foot to cover

14.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a tad too short and he goes back, cutting to backward point

14.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball, tossed up and gets it to dip on Jayawardene, who blocks

14.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, well played, gets over the ball as it grips and spins away, dabbing it to backward point again who does well to field

14.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower one, tossed up and he defends off the front foot

14.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower still, landing on a teasing length, middle and off, and Jayawardene defends it just in front of forward short leg

End of over 15 (maiden) Sri Lanka 76/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (41b 3x4)
    • TM Dilshan 55 (37b 8x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 2-1-1-0
    • JDP Oram 3-0-9-0

Spin from both ends. Here's Jeetan Patel. Interesting to see what Dilshan does.

15.1

Patel to Dilshan, 2 runs, tossed up and Dilshan square-drives out to the sweeper

Same field as for Vettori, with slip and short leg catching.

15.2

Patel to Dilshan, no run, full but Dilshan can only drive it to cover

15.3

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball on middle and off, Dilshan comes forward, opens the face and drives to the off side

15.4

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tosses up the offbreak and Jayawardene defends it back

M Mausifan: "Dilshans stroke play shows a glimpse of Sehwag's stroke play and both have transformed themselves, one being a lower order batsman to an opening strokester and other from an off spinner.Is there a change in the way Test match is being played?"

15.5

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this one's fuller and driven to the off side hard

15.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, overpitched and that one is driven superbly past cover, front foot to the pitch and the bat coming down beautifully, thats one of Jayawardene's favorite shots

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 83/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (44b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 58 (40b 8x4 1x6)
    • JS Patel 1-0-7-0
    • DL Vettori 2-1-1-0
16.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, tossed up outside off and he drives it to cover

16.2

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, short and spins away, back he gets, cutting out to sweeper

16.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower one, looped up on middle and leg, defended watchfully

16.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, holds back the length, turns away, Jayawardene defends

16.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up again and he gets over it to defend

16.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, same stuff, comes forward and defends patiently

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 84/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 17 (48b 4x4)
    • TM Dilshan 59 (42b 8x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 3-1-2-0
    • JS Patel 1-0-7-0
17.1

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, a wee bit short, Dilshan gets over it and steers it past gully

17.2

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, floats it up on middle and off, he uses his feet and takes it on the full, driving wide of midwicket

17.3

Patel to Dilshan, no run, shorter, flatter and quicker, Dilshan drives to the man at cover

17.4

Patel to Dilshan, no run, tosses it up and slides back into Dilshan, who defends to short leg

17.5

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, too much room outside off and he flashes it square for one

Patel comes around the stumps ...

17.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, excellent shot from Jayawardene, gets his front foot out to the pitch and drives that superbly past cover

Amaresh Gunesingam: "In spite of the early struggle Dilshan is doing a great job at his comeback innings.If these pair can managed to stay on the crease for another 45 or 50 overs then Srilanka wouldn't worry about the target."

End of over 18 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 22 (50b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 61 (46b 8x4 1x6)
    • JS Patel 2-0-14-0
    • DL Vettori 3-1-2-0
18.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, again too short and he slaps it past cover for a single

18.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, better ball, slower and fuller and he defends it back

18.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, not too short but such is Jayawardene's class that he transfers the weight and pushes it into the off side for a single

18.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, again too short, so Dilshan punches past cover for one

18.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball, some turn there as Vettori slows the pace and tosses it up, Jayawardene defends and the ball pops up to the off side

18.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, and then he goes back to dropping it on a shorter length and so Jayawardene eases onto the back foot and cuts it away for one

End of over 19 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 24 (54b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 63 (48b 8x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 4-1-6-0
    • JS Patel 2-0-14-0
19.1

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tosses it up on middle and leg and he turns it past short leg

19.2

Patel to Dilshan, FOUR, reaches out and flashes a full ball past cover and point

19.3

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, tosses it up wide again and he opens the face to pinch one

19.4

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, gets across his stumps and on-drives the ball to midwicket

19.5

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, gets back and uses the room to cut it out to the deep

19.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, spins back into Jayawardene who defends to short leg

Five minutes till lunch.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 26 (57b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 69 (51b 9x4 1x6)
    • JS Patel 3-0-22-0
    • DL Vettori 4-1-6-0
20.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on a length, pushed off the back foot to cover

20.2

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, once again its all so easy for Dilshan, who uses the crease to dab a short ball out to the sweeper on the off side

20.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, better ball, tossed up gently but Jayawardene comes out and drives with a flourish past extra cover

20.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slows it up this time and gets it to dip on leg stump, Jayawardene gets behind the line and just dead-bats it to the fielder under the helmet

20.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, identical delivery and Jayawardene taps it back to Vettori

20.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, aha, there's some grip! That one hits a sweet length and turns away from Jayawardene who pushes at it and gets beaten by the extra jump off the deck

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 106/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 28 (61b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 70 (53b 9x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 5-1-9-0
    • JS Patel 3-0-22-0

Last over of the morning.

21.1

Patel to Dilshan, no run, tossed up and he drives with plenty of bottom hand to mid-off

21.2

Patel to Dilshan, 1 run, good ball, the offbreak, Dilshan comes forward and then adjusts by turning the bat face as he plays the ball to point

21.3

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller and flatter, middle and off, pushed down the track

21.4

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, tossed up on leg, clipped to midwicket with ease

21.5

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, gets some turn back into Jayawardene, but he shuffles and glances the ball wide of square leg

21.6

Patel to Dilshan, 3 runs, tossed up on middle and off, Dilshan leans into a drive and picks out the gap at extra cover, runs hard and gets three as Oram chases the ball in the deep

What began as New Zealand's morning ends in Sri Lanka's session. Put that down to Dilshan who has played effortlessly. He's raced away to 74 from 56 balls. Its 111 for 2. Thats a good milestone Sri Lanka crossed in a truncated session. Martin did well, O'Brien didn't. Dilshan has been the key factor.

See you soon for the second session.

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 111/2

    • TM Dilshan 74 (56b 9x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 29 (64b 5x4)
    • JS Patel 4-0-27-0
    • DL Vettori 5-1-9-0

Welcome back, hope you enjoyed yourselves during the intermission. Dilshan and Jayawardene to resume. New Zealand will have discussed ways to snap this partnership before Dilshan does some serious damage. By the way, here's the fastest Test fifties list. The batsmen are in the middle. Vettori to continue.

22.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up first ball and he punches the ball to extra cover

22.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slowly floated up and he eases a drive to extra cover

22.3

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, flatter ball, Dilshan goes back and forces it to point

22.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, goes onto the back foot again and drives to cover this time

22.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball, fuller too, and he drives straight to cover

22.6

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, tosses it up, drifts it into leg stump but Dilshan uses his crease and drives to mid-off to raise the century partnership

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 116/2

    • TM Dilshan 77 (60b 9x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 31 (66b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-1-14-0
    • JS Patel 4-0-27-0

Here's O'Brien .. what will happen this time?

23.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, well, well, well ... its like time has not passed, what with Dilshan clubbing a wide ball over mid-off for four, not timed well but he got the elevation

23.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, 2 runs, better ball, nips back in off a length and Dilshan drives past point

23.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives to the man at cover

23.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, beaten on the flash, just doesn't move his feet as he throws the bat at a wider and shorter ball

23.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, good ball from wider of the crease, hits a length and darts in to Dilshan who stands his ground and pushes the ball to backward point

23.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, good ball, again similar line, maybe a bit tighter and Dilshan stands back and waits for the ball to come on to him and then drives it to mid-on

End of over 24 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 122/2

    • TM Dilshan 83 (66b 10x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 31 (66b 5x4)
    • IE O'Brien 5-0-46-0
    • DL Vettori 6-1-14-0
24.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball, drifts into Jayawardene who defends it back

24.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, lovely length this time just outside off and turning in and Jayawardene defends off the front foot

24.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, spins away, he gets back and dabs it to Ryder at gully

24.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, again it spins away off a shorter length and this time Jayawardene cuts it well to Ryder's right side

24.5

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, comes forward, opens the face, and pushes a fuller ball square on the off side to pinch another single

24.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, thats too short and Jayawardene cuts out to the sweeper

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 33 (71b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 84 (67b 10x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 7-1-17-0
    • IE O'Brien 5-0-46-0
25.1

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short ball well outside off and Jayawardene pulls out

25.2

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short ball much closer to off stump and it forces Jayawardene to play and play it well he does, shuffling across and rolling the wrists to pull down past square

25.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, this one is short too and Dilshan pulls hard, much more in front of square and gets four, just not the right approach from O'Brien

25.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, fuller ball on middle and off which Dilshan pushes to mid-off

25.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, FOUR, cracked off the back foot, this too was short and even though it was angling in to cramp Dilshan he rode the bounce and cut it hard, beating a tumbling gully and he moves into the 90s

25.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, now its a full toss that should have been pumped but instead Dilshan drives straight to the man at cover

Dilshan has eased himself along after lunch, once again cashing in on O'Brien.

End of over 26 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 134/2

    • TM Dilshan 92 (71b 12x4 1x6)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 34 (73b 5x4)
    • IE O'Brien 6-0-55-0
    • DL Vettori 7-1-17-0
26.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up and he defends it back to Vettori

26.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, straighter ball drifts in but more watchful stuff from Jayawardene

26.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball! Pitches with good loop and then spits past the forward prod

26.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tidy stuff, tossed up and he defends this time

26.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, and again, doesn't offer room and Jayawardene defends

26.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, comes onto the front foot and negotiates this one too

End of over 27 (maiden) Sri Lanka 134/2

    • DPMD Jayawardene 34 (79b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 92 (71b 12x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 8-2-17-0
    • IE O'Brien 6-0-55-0

O'Brien to Dilshan, on 92.

27.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, OUT, and he's chopped it onto his stumps! Not a good ball and not a good shot, its short and a bit wide outside off stump but Dilshan flashes a leaden-footed cut and succeeds only in dragging the ball onto the base of off stump, what agony for him after a splendid innings

TM Dilshan b O'Brien 92 (108m 72b 12x4 1x6) SR: 127.77

Well it was fun while it lasted. He really pulled his team out of a hole. Well played. And there's some relief for O'Brien after taking a pasting. Expect a blog post on this.

27.2

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, good ball first up, back of a length and it kicks up but Samaraweera plays it gently and manages to keep the ball down

27.3

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, fuller one comes back in and he pushes it back to O'Brien

27.4

O'Brien to Samaraweera, 2 runs, hops across the stumps and nudges a straighter ball past midwicket to get off the mark, thats a wristy shot from Samaraweera

27.5

O'Brien to Samaraweera, FOUR, too fine even as it darts in from wide of the crease, Samaraweera nudges across again and tucks the ball very fine

27.6

O'Brien to Samaraweera, FOUR, keeps this one out to end the over

End of over 28 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 144/3

    • TT Samaraweera 10 (5b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 34 (79b 5x4)
    • IE O'Brien 7-0-65-1
    • DL Vettori 8-2-17-0
28.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tosses it up outside off and he pushes on the rise to extra cover

28.2

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, tosses it up again and he drives off the front foot

28.3

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, beaten this time with a flatter, shorter arm ball that skids past Samaraweera as he goes back and tries to get cute with dab to third man

28.4

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up and defended

28.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he bunts it back

28.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, good ball, spins away as he lunges forward and then Samaraweera has to take a hand off the bat

End of over 29 (1 run) Sri Lanka 145/3

    • TT Samaraweera 10 (10b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 35 (80b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 9-2-18-0
    • IE O'Brien 7-0-65-1

Some bite for Vettori when he lands it just outside off stump.

29.1

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pitches on the pads, stays low, but he clips it past midwicket

29.2

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length and Jayawardene defends off the back foot

29.3

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length ball and he defends it back

29.4

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pitches it up and gets some gentle swing, Jayawardene drives fluently but Guptill at short cover intercepts

29.5

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short of a length on the body and he hops back to play it

29.6

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pitched up wide and he drives on the rise, very hard, but short cover dives and takes pace off the shot

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 146/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 36 (86b 5x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 10 (10b 2x4)
    • IE O'Brien 8-0-66-1
    • DL Vettori 9-2-18-0
30.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up just outside off and Jayawardene dabs it fine

30.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, comes forward and plays a stoic defensive this time

30.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, dips into him and he has to defend to Ryder at short leg

30.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, too short and thats cut away past square for a single

30.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, comes forward and then waits, steering the ball to gully

30.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, flights it up to get him forward and he plays it to silly point

End of over 31 (1 run) Sri Lanka 147/3

    • TT Samaraweera 10 (12b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 37 (90b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 10-2-19-0
    • IE O'Brien 8-0-66-1
31.1

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, full on off stump, cocks the wrists and clips past midwicket

31.2

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, bouncer over the stumps, he ducks under it with ease

31.3

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, full on middle and off, flicked straight to midwicket

31.4

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, bowled from wide of the crease, pitches full and comes in with the angle but its wide enough for Samaraweera to shoulder arms

31.5

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, comes onto the front foot and drives firmly to short cover

31.6

O'Brien to Samaraweera, no run, another good short ball has Samaraweera taking his eyes off the ball and flinching, it pitches and sails over him to McCullum

There's a spring in O'Brien's step after dismissing Dilshan. Good to see.

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 148/3

    • TT Samaraweera 10 (17b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 38 (91b 5x4)
    • IE O'Brien 9-0-67-1
    • DL Vettori 10-2-19-0

Three men catching as Vettori continues

32.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slowly looped up and Jayawardene defends to silly point

32.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, similar delivery on middle and leg and he plays to midwicket

32.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, more drift into Jayawardene, who defends with an inside edge to short leg

32.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, now he goes back to short and wide and thats cut past extra cover, Vettori has been guilty of offering that one bad ball an over, the fielder who gives chase just manages to flick the ball back before he falls over the ropes

Thats the 150 up ...

32.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, slower ball on middle and leg and he defends it back

32.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, arm ball this time, Samaraweera gets right over it

End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 151/3

    • TT Samaraweera 10 (19b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 41 (95b 5x4)
    • DL Vettori 11-2-22-0
    • IE O'Brien 9-0-67-1

Oram comes on ...

33.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hits a length and thats plonked back down the pitch

33.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full outside off, no swing and Jayawardene shoulders arms

33.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, straight and full, eased just wide of midwicket for one

The swing has gone out a fair bit. Oram has struggled. Its eased out, this track.

33.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, full on middle and off and he pushes it down to mid-on

33.5

Oram to Samaraweera, 1 run, full outside off stump this time and it nearly work as Samaraweera stabs at the ball with a big stride and gets an inside edge back between the gap

33.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, good shot, just leans into the wide half-volley and drives on the rise past cover, easy as they come when Jayawardene is in the zone

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 157/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 46 (99b 6x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 11 (21b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 4-0-15-0
    • DL Vettori 11-2-22-0
34.1

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up on off stump and he defends

34.2

Vettori to Samaraweera, 1 run, comes forward and pushes it just wide of the fielder

34.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slow full delivery, Jayawardene uses his feet and defends

34.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, pitches on a length on off stump and he defends again

34.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, some drift again, Jayawardene comes onto the front foot and then defends again as the ball starts to turn

34.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, there's that run-scoring ball each over I was talking about, this one is flat and down the pads and Jayawardene tucks it past midwicket

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 160/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 48 (103b 6x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 12 (23b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 12-2-25-0
    • JDP Oram 4-0-15-0

Lalith Martin: "In the mid nineties Sri Lankans revolutionised ODI matches by sending in established pinch hitters to open the batting to get some momentum going and gain advantage in the beginning of the game..and the rest is history. I hope what we saw today with Dilshan will do the same for test cricket."

35.1

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, good length from Oram, pitching it up to bring Samaraweera forward and reaching for the ball, he gets an edge but its all along the grass to gully

35.2

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, good stop from McCullum, who dives to his left and gets a glove on a stray ball thats slides down the pads

35.3

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, full a foot or so outside off, no swing, Jayawardene leaves

35.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, full and closer to the stumps, Jayawardene drives and inside-edges toward midwicket

35.5

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, hits a good length, this time the batsman steps forward and then has to adjust the shot, steering the ball toward the slips

35.6

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, gets across and tucks a straighter, fuller ball to midwicket

End of over 36 (maiden) Sri Lanka 160/3

    • TT Samaraweera 12 (29b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 48 (103b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 5-1-15-0
    • DL Vettori 12-2-25-0

Vettori plugs away ...

36.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, and there's Jayawardene's half-century, his 34th and eighth at Galle, it comes up as he sees a wee bit of room and pushes the ball to silly point, the ball rebounds away

36.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, tossed up just outside off and he sees it off safely

36.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a bit fuller in length to get Jayawardene defending

36.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, straighter ball and thats nudged off the pads past square

36.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, quicker ball, middle and leg, Samaraweera lunges forward

36.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, uses his feet and creates some room to drive a flighted ball from middle and leg into the off side, thats an elegant shot from Samaraweera

End of over 37 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 163/3

    • TT Samaraweera 12 (31b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 51 (107b 6x4)
    • DL Vettori 13-2-28-0
    • JDP Oram 5-1-15-0

Maybe time for Patel? Or Martin? Sri Lanka have settled into the driver's seat.

Prabu: "Reply to lalith Martin : Sewag has did already these kind of explosive innings at test cricket. All of his innings are explosive."

37.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, drives a full ball well and just evades the man at short cover

37.2

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, dangerous shot, gets across and whips the ball from middle and off

37.3

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, there's the slow bouncer (now what would Garner and Roberts have said when told about one of those?) that has him ducking but then gently wobbles past his helmet

37.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, full down the pads and he pushes at it, the ball pops to the on side

37.5

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, good length ball on middle and off and he plays it back

37.6

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, gets in line of another good ball and defends it back

End of over 38 (1 run) Sri Lanka 164/3

    • TT Samaraweera 12 (36b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 52 (108b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 6-1-16-0
    • DL Vettori 13-2-28-0

Indeed we see a change and its Martin, the best bowler on view today.

38.1

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, bangs it in short just outside off stump and Jayawardene leaves

Two slips in place ...

38.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller in length and thats eased to extra cover for a quick single

38.3

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, comes forward and pushes the ball to the fielder this time

Anil: "Vis-a-vis Lalith's comments on pinch-hitting: I remember NZ opening the batting with Mark Greatbatch in the '92 WC as the first instance of a pinch-hitter at the top of the innings. Undoubtedly, Jayasuriya and Kalu refined the concept in the '96 WC with deadly effect."

38.4

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, short of a length, stays low, Samaraweera stays on the back foot and drives but gets a thin edge into the ground

38.5

Martin to Samaraweera, 2 runs, well played, again he gets onto the toes and this time connects well, punching the short ball between cover and point

Plenty of emails coming in citing Greatbatch in the 1992 World Cup, as well as Latham, and one fan who says it was Saeed Anwar. Another says Kris Srikkanth.

38.6

Martin to Samaraweera, 1 run, too straight and he nudges that one wide of square leg

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End of over 39 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 168/3

    • TT Samaraweera 15 (40b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 53 (110b 6x4)
    • CS Martin 7-1-30-2
    • JDP Oram 6-1-16-0
39.1

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, full outside off to get him defending back

39.2

Oram to Samaraweera, 1 run, strays onto leg stump and thats clipped out to deep square

39.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good length just around off stump and Jayawardene defends

39.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, smartly done, that was wide and Jayawardene used the pace with an excellent piece of wrist work, slicing the ball wide of gully and the slips, top shot

39.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, now its a slower cutter, not as wide but full enough to get Jayawardene pushing at it, he gets an edge but again its wide of slip and so its four more

39.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full and darting away sharply and he offers no shot this time

End of over 40 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 177/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 61 (114b 8x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 16 (42b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 7-1-25-0
    • CS Martin 7-1-30-2
40.1

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, back of a length just outside off stump and goes onto the toes to force the ball to the off side cordon

40.2

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, fuller in length and he drives, feet close to bat, to short cover

"re the pinch hitters at the top of the order, am I the only one sad to see the further encroachment of block and bash into test cricket? we are losing what was so unique to the game - time and the beauty it provided," says Thierry's right foot.

40.3

Martin to Samaraweera, 1 run, tries a bouncer down the leg side which Samaraweera goes to hook, just not able to connect too well but its safely into the gap and rolls to deep backward square

40.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets over the ball and punches to the man at mid-off

40.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten this time on a tired attempt at a cut, Jayawardene sees some room and goes for the shot but the ball stays low and dies on McCullum too

40.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, beaten this time on a tired attempt at a cut, Jayawardene sees some room and goes for the shot but the ball stays low and dies on McCullum too

40.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, good ball, back of a length with some extra zing in it, nips off the pitch to surprise Jayawardene who removes the bottom hand to play the ball down safely

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 178/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 61 (117b 8x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 17 (45b 2x4)
    • CS Martin 8-1-31-2
    • JDP Oram 7-1-25-0

Change in the attack, Patel returns

41.1

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, flat on the stumps, hint of turn, Samaraweera goes back and plays the ball to short leg

41.2

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, good turn again, drifts in and he plays to short leg again

41.3

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, flatter ball and Samaraweera thrusts forward to smother any turn

41.4

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, slows it up and tosses it on middle and leg, Samaraweera drives hard and Patel gets across to his right side to field

41.5

Patel to Samaraweera, 1 run, tossed up down the pads, he gets across and flicks past short leg

41.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle and leg and he flicks to midwicket

End of over 42 (1 run) Sri Lanka 179/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 61 (118b 8x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 18 (50b 2x4)
    • JS Patel 5-0-28-0
    • CS Martin 8-1-31-2
42.1

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, comes well forward and defends the ball back watchfully

42.2

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, back of a length outside off, stays low and beats the flirt

Usman Sayed: "We have to realize that with Twenty20 cricket, the cricketers have been in increasingly agressive mindset. Now, who wants to watch 5 days of cricket, 8 hours a day just for it to end in a draw. I think this aggressive nature will only help teams not only win but win decisively."

42.3

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, fuller in length and darting back into middle and leg, he shapes to flick but the ball sort of stops on him and he has to adjust and play it back to Martin

42.4

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, good ball, fuller and he gets right over it to defend

42.5

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, good quick bouncer angles in and Samaraweera, though taking his eyes off it, turns his head and negotiates it

42.6

Martin to Samaraweera, FOUR, there's a one-day shot, just gets tall and rides the bounce and uses the pace to intentionally steer the ball in the air over backward point

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 183/3

    • TT Samaraweera 22 (56b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 61 (118b 8x4)
    • CS Martin 9-1-35-2
    • JS Patel 5-0-28-0
43.1

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up flat and be knocks the ball down to mid-on, a single that raises the 50-run stand

43.2

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, flatter still, drifting into Samaraweera who plays to short leg

43.3

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, holds back the length just outside off, there's no spin on that one and Samaraweera steers the ball toward slip's right side

43.4

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, back to a fuller length and slower pace and he defends

43.5

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, comes a step out and drives hard, Patel dives across to field

43.6

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, slower ball, good drift into leg stump and thats defended back

Nihar: "Vis-a-vis Thierry's comment on encroachment of block and bash cricket. Pinch hitting is a wrong word associated if the hitter is a proper batsmen. Dilshan and Sehwag's madness strokeplay gives Test match a push. We get results out of the Test matches. otherwise you would get draw matches. Remember Last year, in December sehwag's knock gave India a real chance to win the Test match against England."

End of over 44 (1 run) Sri Lanka 184/3

    • TT Samaraweera 22 (61b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 62 (119b 8x4)
    • JS Patel 6-0-29-0
    • CS Martin 9-1-35-2
44.1

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full ball on middle and off, he turns it toward midwicket

44.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, deals with the half-volley properly, driving effortlessly past cover

44.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, short ball but thats well played by Jayawardene, uses those rubbery wrists to glide the ball down between slips and gully, allowed the ball come on and then played it very late, superb stuff from him

44.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another short ball, this one he cannot play so deftly and instead has to get up and defend off his chest back to Martin

44.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, comes forward and plays it technically very correct to point

44.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, Jayawardene covers off stump and defends

Eric: "The loss of enthusiasm to attend test match cricket is partly because of the slow nature of the proceedings. Therefore, innings like Dilshans' is a much needed crowd booster."

End of over 45 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 192/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 70 (125b 10x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 22 (61b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 10-1-43-2
    • JS Patel 6-0-29-0
45.1

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, pushes it though fast and he defends solidly

45.2

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, shoulders arms to one tossed up wide of off stump

45.3

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, can't time that one, looks to drive off-side but drags it back to Patel

45.4

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, tossed up wider, he gets out and drives to the off side

45.5

Patel to Samaraweera, 1 run, rolls the wrists as he walks down and clips wide of midwicket

45.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets right across the stumps and defends this to short leg

Plenty of feedback on the issue. Differing views too.

Maro: "You can tell the right foot of Thierry that he's not alone. Heaven forbid someone might have the patience to watch the nuances of the game unfold over a whole five days. Make Dilshan play with a bat which is literally half as heavy and let's see if he adapts his game accordingly."

End of over 46 (1 run) Sri Lanka 193/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 70 (126b 10x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 23 (66b 3x4)
    • JS Patel 7-0-30-0
    • CS Martin 10-1-43-2
46.1

Martin to Samaraweera, no run, digs it in short but Samaraweera defends well toward point

46.2

Martin to Samaraweera, 1 run, hops up and across his crease well to tuck a short ball off the body into the space at square leg, well played there

46.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hullo, whats this? The first yorker of the game and refreshing to see too, its a slow one and honing into leg stump and Jayawardene does well to jam it out

46.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, pulls a short ball with control out to deep square leg

46.5

Martin to Samaraweera, 1 run, back of a length and slanting into the pads, Samaraweera eases that past square leg and moves along nicely

46.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, another attempted yorker, not quite on the money and Jayawardene flicks with an inside edge in front of square

Kashif Abbas: "I disagree with Usman. Test cricket has still got its charm, even 50% of drawn Tests also got interest. People who love cricket understand the beauty of Test cricket."

End of over 47 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 196/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 71 (129b 10x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 25 (69b 3x4)
    • CS Martin 11-1-46-2
    • JS Patel 7-0-30-0
47.1

Patel to Samaraweera, 1 run, out he comes, taking on the full and flicking to midwicket

47.2

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower ball, tossed up invitingly, on-driven back to Patel's right

47.3

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, holds back the length, lands it middle and leg, Jayawardene uses his feet and goes downtown for a single

47.4

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, flatter ball forces him onto the back foot and he defends

47.5

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, again he pushes it in quick and Samaraweera defends

47.6

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, stays low, Samaraweera makes room to cut and just manages to bring the bat down on ball, steering it to the man at point

Oliver: "What exactly is wrong with a draw? This isn't American sport where you must have a winner. There is plenty to be appreciated in some drawn games - witness the first Ashes test as an example."

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 198/3

    • TT Samaraweera 26 (73b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 72 (131b 10x4)
    • JS Patel 8-0-32-0
    • CS Martin 11-1-46-2

Here's Vettori, left arm around the stumps. Two men catching.

48.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flights it on middle and leg and thats pushed back

48.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slows the pace and loops it up and he defends to midwicket

48.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slow ball, Jayawardene pushes and inside-edges to leg

48.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, similar ball, good length from Vettori and thats defended

48.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, rolls his fingers across that one, giving it some more air, and Jayawardene comes out to drive to the man at cover

48.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flatter ball on the stumps, defended to the leg side

End of over 49 (maiden) Sri Lanka 198/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 72 (137b 10x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 26 (73b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 14-3-28-0
    • JS Patel 8-0-32-0
49.1

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, short ball and Samaraweera punches it back to Patel

49.2

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, slower one, tossed up invitingly, Samaraweera uses his feet and flicks but cannot beat midwicket

49.3

Patel to Samaraweera, no run, good ball, thats about the right length to land it on and Samaraweera has to reach for it and defend to the off side

49.4

Patel to Samaraweera, FOUR, bit of turn back in but the length is wrong and Samaraweera transfers the weight onto the back foot, plays it very late, and bisects point and gully to raise the 200

49.5

Patel to Samaraweera, 1 run, flat ball outside leg stump and he pinches an easy single

49.6

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full on middle and leg and he clips to midwicket

Ramesh: "Beauty of Test cricket doesn't lie on the final result " Win, lose or draw" but on the turbulence created by losing side in sessions to get back to their negotiating zone and duly on the fight itself to secure a final result, what ever it may be."

End of over 50 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 203/3

    • DPMD Jayawardene 72 (138b 10x4)
    • TT Samaraweera 31 (78b 4x4)
    • JS Patel 9-0-37-0
    • DL Vettori 14-3-28-0
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