New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series - 2nd Test

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Sri Lanka won by 96 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Toss: Sri Lanka have chosen to bat

Pitch: Of the 33 games played on this track, 22 have had result says Ten Sports commentator. He also adds that because of the weather conditions, this track hasn't been watered much." Mike Haysman reckons it looks like a second-day track and there would be some spin early.

Sangakkara: "We are going to bat first. It's been a good wicket for us; even for the opposition it has been a sporting wicket; it doesn't crumble much. We want to put a good score, batting first. Prasad is a great exciting talent, bowls regularly at 140's. It would be interesting to see how he bowls on a flat track with probably reverse swing coming in."

Vettori: "It looks like a road. We have our work cut out. We have gone with the same team."

There have been three changes: Mendis, Matthews and Kulasekara are out and have been replaced by Dammika Prasad, Chamara Kapugedera and Rangana Herath.

9.40 Chris Martin inspects the pitch and then goes down to mark his run-up. A few Sri Lankan bowlers are going through their paces at the next practice pitch. Its overcast with rain around. The covers are off.

9.25 Rain (overnight and early morning) delays play. We are expecting a 10.30 am start. Toss at 10.00. The groundstaff have worked hard to remove the excess water.

Jamie Alter, our man at the ground, says, "players are warming up and doesnt look like Tuffey will play as he's giving throwdowns to the slips. Iain O'Brien is bowling at the adjacent pitch so he is playing, it seems. Tuffey is watching the quicks bowl, with a baseball mitt on one hand. Unlikely that we'll see his comeback to Tests just yet".

0.1

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, The Phantom, our legendary Chris Martin, bowls the first ball on a length, around the off stump and the batsman comes forward to defend it. I wonder whether Tharanga knows about the Chris Martin batting video?

Simon: "I'm just procrastinating my statistics assignment (ironic really) by having a look at the performance of one Jimmy Franklin in county cricket this year. He's been in the runs and taking wickets and playing cricket regularly. However, the NZ selectors persist with Oram who can hardly bowl and whose batting is well past it. Does anyone have any idea why Franky isn't in the test team, as he'd add: a) a left armer, b) a technically correct batsman, and c) another swing bowler!"

0.2

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, length delivery shaping away from the off stump, defended to the off side

0.3

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, lands just outside leg stump and moves in towards middle and leg, defended to the on side

0.4

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, lands well outside off and moves further away, left alone without a worry in his mind.

0.5

Martin to Paranavitana, FOUR, He switches the angle now. Already. From round the stumps now. good delivery. It holds its line around the off stump and Tharanga pushes at it rather tentatively and gets a fat outside edge and the ball rushes, along the ground, past gully.

0.6

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, in the zone outside off stump and left alone this time.

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0
NT Paranavitana    4* (6b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-4-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

And I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game. Raghav and Raju are on the scoring duties.

1.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, lands on a length outside off stump and shapes away, left alone

Ted: "Not wanting to be a non-believer- but NZ with the same team?? Vettori has just been made a selector and he comes up with this. You need to take 20 wickets to win a test and last time round we lacked penetration and accuracy. I think NZ is trying to bore batsmen out!! "

1.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, And again. Dilshan covers his off stump and shoulders arms.

1.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, hits the off and middle line with a fullish delivery and Dilshan leans forward to pat it gently back to the bowler. O'Brien threatens to throw back but doesn't. Humid day, not much of a crowd in.

1.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, full again, a touch outside off, and Dilshan eases it to cover

1.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, in the corridor that Boycott has talked about for decades and Dilshan allows it to pass him

1.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, shapes in the air a touch before landing outside off and cutting away, left alone.

End of over 2 (maiden) Sri Lanka 4/0
TM Dilshan    0* (6b)      IE O'Brien    1-1-0-0
NT Paranavitana    4* (6b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-4-0

2.1

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, from round the stumps, lands outside off and moves in but not enough to make the batsman play

2.2

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, lands on the same spot outside off but this one cuts away wider, easy decision to leave.

2.3

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, lands short of length outside off and moves away, left alone again. There is some movement with the new ball , they have to land it closer to the stumps

2.4

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, full in length, from round the stumps still, moves away from the off stump, left alone

2.5

Martin to Paranavitana, FOUR, Another edge. More agony for Martin. This one came in from outside off, Paranavitana was late in picking it, crouched a touch to push at it and it ran off the outer edge past the slip cordon

2.6

Martin to Paranavitana, 1 run, Paranavitana is not looking too comfortable with this round the stumps attack. Another one coming in from just outside off, Paranavitana is late in getting forward to drive and edges the ball to his pad

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0
NT Paranavitana    9* (12b 2x4)      CS Martin    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    0* (6b)      IE O'Brien    1-1-0-0

Collie: "I cannot beleive Dilshan did not attempt to dominate O Brien in his first over! I was fully expecting an onslaught, however rash - just to maintain the mental chokehold he has over him."

3.1

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, O'Brien also goes round the stumps at Paranavitana. This one slips down the leg and McCullum gathers

3.2

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, lands outside off stump and holds its line, Paranavitana gets forward and allows the ball to go through to the keeper

3.3

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, lands outside off stump, comes in but not enough and the ball bounces once before reaching McCullum

3.4

O'Brien to Paranavitana, 1 run, lands on a length and comes in towards middle and leg, tapped behind square leg

3.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, full in length on the middle and off stump line, leans forward to push it to the on side

3.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, 2 runs, another probing length delivery on the off stump line, pushed out to covers for a single

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0
TM Dilshan    2* (8b)      IE O'Brien    2-1-3-0
NT Paranavitana    10* (16b 2x4)      CS Martin    2-0-9-0

4.1

Martin to Paranavitana, 2 runs, from round the stumps but slipping down leg, flicked to deep backward square-leg region for couple of runs

Steve: "Sri Lanka has not lost a Test Series since 2007/08 series against Australia in Australia. And the havnt lost a series at home since 2006. Sri Lanka win 43% of there games at home, which is 2nd to Australia's record at home. But sadly they only win 19% away, and that is why they are not no.1 material YET."

4.2

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, Full in length on the middle stump line, gets forward to push it back down the track.

4.3

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, around the off stump, pushed out towards point region

Michael: "NZ has two of its top four bowlers of all time playing, it's best spinner, a half-decent offie (how many have been better?)... and we still won't bowl them out. Even with a time machine: Sir Richard, Jack Alabaster, one of the Cairns, John Reid the elder we'd still be praying for rain. "

4.4

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, full and just outside off stump, shaping in, still from round the stumps, pushed out to the on side. 14 for 0. Paranavitana has hogged the strike so far

4.5

Martin to Paranavitana, 1 leg bye, switches back to over the wicket now. But lands the ball on the legs, tries to flick it but would collect a leg bye

Sriram: "Simon, Jimmy Franklin was persisted as a no.6 for the last one or two series but didnt really justify the batting allrounder slot, so was like natural for the selectors to go for the big Jake rite?"

4.6

Martin to Dilshan, no run, in the channel outside off stump, good delivery that straightened a touch, left alone

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0
TM Dilshan    2* (9b)      CS Martin    3-0-11-0
NT Paranavitana    12* (21b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    2-1-3-0

Julian: "In response to Ted - seeing as there's no Bond in the side, surely Vettori's decision comes down to who to bore the batsmen out with. Had he swapped O'Brien for Tuffey the Sri Lankan batsmen would probably have done nothing more than stifle a yawn. "

5.1

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, defended to the off sdie

5.2

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, wide outside off stump, Paranavitana doesn't have to play at it and he doesn't

5.3

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, short and a touch wide, slashed away but can't beat point

5.4

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, moving away from the off stump, left alone

5.5

O'Brien to Paranavitana, 2 runs, fullish around the off stump and Paranavitana eases it between the bowler and mid-off and will turn back for the second run

5.6

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, slants this one across the batsman from over the wicket and Paranavitana is beaten, pushing inside the line

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 17/0
NT Paranavitana    14* (27b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    3-1-5-0
TM Dilshan    2* (9b)      CS Martin    3-0-11-0

6.1

Martin to Dilshan, 2 runs, the first shot of intent from Dilshan, who has been patient so far. Not that he has got much strike today. Anyway, this ball was short and Dilshan rocked back to pull it to deep midwicket region

6.2

Martin to Dilshan, no run, cuts in from outside off stump .. well cuts perhaps presents a too strong a visual, shaped in a touch would be better and Dilshan covers his off stump before shouldering arms

6.3

Martin to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly short and outside off and Dilshan cuts well and hard but there is a deep point in place.

6.4

Martin to Paranavitana, 2 runs, lovely looking shot from Parnavitana; his best shot today. It was a full delivery outside off and he moved forward confidently to drive it through extra cover

6.5

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, And he is beaten now. Martin lands it on a length just outside off, inducing Paranavitana to go for another cover drive but got this one to cut away and the ball rushes past the outside edge

Ball has gone out of shape. This is just the seventh over. Harper checks it and asks for a fresh one. Oh well. Here we go again. We saw it repeatedly during the series against Pakistan as well.

Jane has had enough: "Well let's just hope that the New Zealand cricketers have not given up all hope already, like the people sending in their comments. Geez people it's only the sixth over, give them a chance!"

Nick : "Michael could do us all a favour and take some happy pills. This SL team at home is good, but not THAT good that it's impossible to bowl them out. Unless this pitch turns out to be a total road. And Martin being NZ's 4th highest wicket taker does not make him our 4th best bowler ever - Try looking at bowling averages Michael."

6.6

Martin to Paranavitana, no run, from round the stumps, wide delivery outside off, left alone

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 22/0
NT Paranavitana    16* (30b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-0-16-0
TM Dilshan    5* (12b)      IE O'Brien    3-1-5-0

7.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, holds its line after landing on a length around middle and off, Dilshan was looking to push it to the onside and got a leading edge towards backward point

7.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, 2 runs, Some drama. It was full and wide, Dilshan went for the almight slash/swing/carve and the ball flew off the edge to left of third man who lost it completely. He didn't see it at all initially and moved very late to cut it off

7.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, full, very full, outside off and Dilshan tries to jab it away but the bat hit the ground as the ball rushed past the edge. They ask the question but Harper was alert there

7.4

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, More good work from Harper as O'brien shouts for lbw. The ball pitched in line and shaped in to clip the inner edge before it hit the pad

7.5

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, full and outside off, mistimed to cover

7.6

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone. Good over, this.

End of over 8 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 24/0
TM Dilshan    7* (18b)      IE O'Brien    4-1-7-0
NT Paranavitana    16* (30b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-0-16-0

Simon: "Oram had a terrible IPL and hasn't played test match cricket or even first class since god knows when. Franklin got one series against the Indians and looked ok - however the entire team was dominated. Then he goes and gets bags of runs in the County Championship. And he provides a better bowling option...In the last three years Oram has scored at 26.15 and has two hundreds - one against Bangladesh and the other a horrifically scratchy performance at Lords. He also has only one 50 in this time for a total return of 497 runs in three years. Not good enough for a "batting allrounder".

8.1

Martin to Paranavitana, 1 run, full pitched around the off stump, from round the stumps, eased to extra-cover

Hamish Douch: "I hope I get to eat my words but picking Oram was mistake. At least unlike Funky Miller he can field but lately he can't bat or bowl. Surely Elliott would have been a much better choice."

8.2

Martin to Dilshan, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Dilshan remains patient and lets it go through to Baz

8.3

Martin to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan has had enough to this tuk-tuk cricket. It was full and outside off, he lashed it in the air over backward point. there was deep point in place but he couldn't cut that off

8.4

Martin to Dilshan, no run, drifts down the leg side and Dilshan lets it go

8.5

Martin to Dilshan, no run, switches back to the outside-off line, left alone. The ball died on McCullum there who swooped low to collect it on one bounce. Hmmm

8.6

Martin to Dilshan, 2 runs, Almost dragged on to the stumps. Dilshan was early into his big flashy cover drive and inside edged the ball past the stumps and down to fine-leg region

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 31/0
TM Dilshan    13* (23b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-0-23-0
NT Paranavitana    17* (31b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    4-1-7-0

9.1

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, from over the wicket, a length delivery on the off stump, punched to point

9.2

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, short in length, straightening on the middle and off line, defended to the on side

9.3

O'Brien to Paranavitana, 2 runs, Short in length again, around the off stump, Paranavitana hung on his back foot, stood tall to punch it elegantly through wide mid-off region. Probably, his best shot. There was a neat extra-cover drive earlier

9.4

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, bouncing around the off stump, holding its line and Paranavitana allows it to go through to McCullum

9.5

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, leans forward to push a back-of-length delivery to cover

9.6

O'Brien to Paranavitana, no run, a touch wide and Paranavitana slashes it away but can't beat point

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0
NT Paranavitana    19* (37b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    5-1-9-0
TM Dilshan    13* (23b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-0-23-0

10.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, starts with an arm-ball, pushed away to extra-cover region for a quick single

10.2

Vettori to Paranavitana, OUT, 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

10.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, goes right back to turn the ball to midwicket region for a single

10.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, around the off stump, steered through to deep point

10.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, 'Don't bother running Kumar', screams Morrison on air. Sangakkara went down on his knee and swept the flighted delivery hard to the square-leg boundary. FWIW, he did run across a bit before he stopped

10.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes back to defend

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1
KC Sangakkara    5* (3b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-7-1
TM Dilshan    15* (25b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    5-1-9-0

11.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone and Baz collects

11.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, full pitched on the middle stump line, driven well but straight to Vettori at mid-off

11.3

O'Brien to Dilshan, 1 run, around the off stump this time, pushed through covers for a single

11.4

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, the bouncer, the first one of the day iirc, but just down leg and Sangakkara, who was thinking about the pull, pulls out of the shot

11.5

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, angled across Sangakkara who leans forward before lifting the bat high in the air, allowing the ball to rush to the keeper

11.6

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, lands outside off stump and moves away, left alone

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 41/1
KC Sangakkara    5* (6b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    6-1-10-0
TM Dilshan    16* (28b 1x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-7-1

12.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump line, on driven for a single

12.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend a flighted delivery

12.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, The sweep is working well for Sanga so far. Again, he went down on his back knee, fetched the flighted delivery from outside off and swept it to midwicket boundary

12.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to stab this one past short-leg fielder

12.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, a touch quicker, outside off and it bounces in to Mccullum's gloves

12.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, a touch slower, luring Sangakkara forward and he is a touch early into his push-drive and the ball rolls back to the bowler

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 46/1
KC Sangakkara    9* (11b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-12-1
TM Dilshan    17* (29b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    6-1-10-0

samantha peiris: "Can any one explain what is FWIW?" i will. FWIW = For What it's Worth. IIRC = If I remember correctly.

13.1

Oram to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery to the off side

13.2

Oram to Dilshan, no run, a touch wide outside off and Dilshan goes for the big cut but the ball goes under his flashing blade and to the keeper

13.3

Oram to Dilshan, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump, left alone

13.4

Oram to Dilshan, no run, And again. Similar line, length elicits a similar reaction from the batsman.

13.5

Oram to Dilshan, no run, around the off stump, Dilshan goes back to push it to cover

13.6

Oram to Dilshan, no run, length delivery just outside the off stump, holding its line, Dilshan thinks about defending before deciding to let it go past him

End of over 14 (maiden) Sri Lanka 46/1
TM Dilshan    17* (35b 1x4)      JDP Oram    1-1-0-0
KC Sangakkara    9* (11b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-12-1

14.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes right back to punch it back to the bowler

14.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, again, goes right back, waits for the ball to turn before pushing it to the on side

14.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, decides to come forward this time to defend a flighted delivery

14.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, moves forward to push to the off side

14.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, sweeps this, again from outside off, to deep midwicket fielder

14.6

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, good delivery .. bit of turn and bounce outside off stump and Dilshan stabs it to cover point region

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 47/1
TM Dilshan    17* (36b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-13-1
KC Sangakkara    10* (16b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-1-0-0

15.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, lands on a length outside off and cuts away, left alone

15.2

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, good probing delivery just outside off and bounces as it straightens, Kumar has it covered though, lets it go to the keeper

15.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, takes a couple of steps down the track before shouldering arms. Interesting, he walked out for that delivery

15.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and outside off, left alone again

15.5

Oram to Sangakkara, FOUR, from round the stumps, back-of-length delivery just outside off, Sangakkara stayed back to flash it past gully for a boundary

15.6

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, goes right back to defend a delivery coming in from outside off

End of over 16 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1
KC Sangakkara    14* (22b 3x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-4-0
TM Dilshan    17* (36b 1x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-13-1

16.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, flighted delivery on the middle, turns a bit, defended on the front foot

16.2

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, flighted again on the middle, holds its line this time, squeezed out to the off side

Ben: "C'mon Dan... 1 more for the magic 300 wickets (to go with his 3000+ runs). It will be a great achievement for a man who has literally carried New Zealand on his own back since Stephen Flemings retirement. A truly world class cricketer, and from all accounts, a top bloke as well. Love ya work!"

16.3

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, goes back this time to push the arm-ball to the off side

16.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, leans forward to drive the full pitched delivery to long-off

16.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, a touch flatter and shorter , Sangakkara responds to the length by going back to defend

16.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked past square leg for a single

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 53/1
KC Sangakkara    15* (24b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-15-1
TM Dilshan    18* (40b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-1-4-0

17.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, from round the stumps, moving away from the off stump, McCullum gathers

17.2

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, goes on the back foot to defend

17.3

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, moves forward this time to tap a full-length delivery to the off side

Chris lashes out: "Please get off Jake's back. He is clearly the best all-rounder in NZ at the moment. Just need to look at the test averages. Elliot has a batting average of 6.75, and bowling test average of 64.50! Franklin batting at 21.46 and bowling at 32.65. When you compare this with Jake's stats, he's streets ahead. Moreover, he's scored more test centuries than any other batsman within this team. Wihtin this team, only Ross Taylor and Jessie Ryder have a better test batting average. Finally, Dan Vettori has often started in the past : "When Jake plays, it has an enormous phsycologal plus within the team". Just chill-out on Jake."

17.4

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, in the zone outside off, coming in but not enough, and Sanga decides to let it go through to the keeper. McCullum thinks it was closer to the off stump than what Sanga thought ..

17.5

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, lands short of length outside off, comes in, Sangakkara is caught at the crease, neither forward nor back, and stabs it to the off side

17.6

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, glides forward this time and shoulders arms

End of over 18 (maiden) Sri Lanka 53/1
KC Sangakkara    15* (30b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-4-0
TM Dilshan    18* (40b 1x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-15-1

18.1

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, a touch short, outside off stump, mistimes the cut to backward point

18.2

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, bit more air, loopy delivery outside off and it bounces and turns away, left alone

18.3

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, nice .. slower through the air and it dips on Dilshan who lunges forward to defend ...

18.4

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted delivery, on a driveable length, and Dilshan pings Patel at long-off

18.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, drifts away, full in length, defended on the front foot

18.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, quicker one, the arm-ball, but the line was well outside off to trouble Sanga

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 54/1
KC Sangakkara    15* (32b 3x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-16-1
TM Dilshan    19* (44b 1x4)      JDP Oram    3-2-4-0

19.1

Oram to Dilshan, 2 runs, on the leg side and Dilshan works it to deep midwicket region

19.2

Oram to Dilshan, no run, just outside off stump, Dilshan lets McCullum do his bit

19.3

Oram to Dilshan, 2 runs, Perhaps, the first short delivery at Dilshan today and its pulled away to deep square leg region

19.4

Oram to Dilshan, no run, full in length, on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

19.5

Oram to Dilshan, 2 runs, full pitched on the off and middle, Dilshan stays adjacent to the line to drive it crisply to sweeper cover. They have had deep cover and long-off (against the spinners) for Dilshan

19.6

Oram to Dilshan, no run, leans forward to defend to cover

End of over 20 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 60/1
TM Dilshan    25* (50b 1x4)      JDP Oram    4-2-10-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (32b 3x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-16-1

Brian: "With the ball turning and bouncing quite well for Vettori on day 1; I am interested to see it on day 4 and 5 with Murali and Herath operating."

20.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, arm-ball around the off stump, Sanga goes back to push it to cover

20.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes well back to turn the flattish delivery to short leg

20.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted delivery on the middle, clipped to backward square -leg

20.4

Vettori to Dilshan, no run, flighted around off stump, pushed to the off side

20.5

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker one, the arm-ball, but drifting to the legs, on driven for a single

20.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery that lands on a length, Sangakkara chooses to go right back to defend. And that's lunch

New Zealand have kept it pretty tight with their lines and lengths today and Sri Lanka have made steady progress to reach 62 for the loss of Paranavitana. Join us in a while for the second session.

End of over 21 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 62/1
KC Sangakkara    16* (36b 3x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-18-1
TM Dilshan    26* (52b 1x4)      JDP Oram    4-2-10-0

Anjana Dharmasiri: "I think Sri Lanka should have played Mendis. True that Herath bowled well at Galle earlier. But he's a left armer and NZ will find it easier playing him since they are used to bat against Vettori and plus there are 6 left handers in the NZ side. With the amount of bounce n pace Vettori is getting out of the pitch right now Mendis would be even more effective."

21.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, lands on a length, moves towards middle, pushed down to mid-on

21.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, 1 run, gets forward to push it wide of mid-on for a single

Moeh: "FWIW after a quick review of nz's all-time wicket takers, the only person that would upstage Martin's place as one of NZ's top 4 bowlers is Bond. Martin's average is only a shade worse than Vettori and in terms of wickets per match and strike rate he is far better... "

21.3

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, lands full in length and just outside off, moves away and Sangakkara decides to leave it alone

21.4

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, stays back to push the short-of-length delivery to the on side

21.5

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, a touch shorter, outside off, Sangakkara goes for the cut but bottom-edges it towards the keeper

21.6

O'Brien to Sangakkara, FOUR, shortish again, just outside off but Sangakkara moves quickly into position to pull it to left of the diving mid-on fielder

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 67/1
KC Sangakkara    20* (40b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    7-1-15-0
TM Dilshan    27* (54b 1x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-18-1

22.1

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, skips down the track and drives to long-off for a single. The fielder moves inside the circle now for Sanga

22.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, (no ball) FOUR, tossed up outside off and Kumar plays a gorgeous off drive well to the right of mid-on for a boundary. It was over pitched and Kumar took full toll

22.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted across again, full, on driven for a single

22.3

Vettori to Dilshan, 1 run, moves down the track, lunges out to ping long-off

22.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, lands it outside off, Sangakkara stretches across, makes sure that its not turning in too much and lets it go to Baz

22.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes back and across, gets behind the line of a delivery turning in and pushes it to the on side

22.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes right back again and nudges the turning delivery to the leg side, just to the right of short leg

End of over 23 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 75/1
KC Sangakkara    25* (45b 5x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-26-1
TM Dilshan    29* (56b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    7-1-15-0

23.1

O'Brien to Dilshan, no run, dropped by the bowler. That was hit hard. Very hard. It was a full-pitched delivery and Dilshan flayed it on the up and it went too quickly to O'Brien who couldn't hang on to it.

23.2

O'Brien to Dilshan, OUT, 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

23.3

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, back of length, in the channel outside off, holding its line, left alone

23.4

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets close to the line of a length delivery outside off and defends it towards cover

23.5

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short in length, moving in , defended by Mahela

23.6

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, fuller, teasing line and length around the off stump, left alone

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 75/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (4b)      IE O'Brien    8-2-15-1
KC Sangakkara    25* (45b 5x4)      DL Vettori    7-0-26-1

Saumil : "In response to Brian's e-mail about Murali bowling on days 4 & 5 - the weather forecast for the next 2-3 days is fer heavy rains and it would be interesting to see whether we have any play on those days."

24.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, outside off stump, turns in a bit, not much, left alone

24.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, lands outside off and holds its line, left alone again

24.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, loopy flighted delivery outside off, bit of drift away, pushed out to cover point

24.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, on the off stump line, leans forward to tap it gently back down the track

24.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter, a touch quicker as well, Sangakkara gets on the back foot to punch it to wide mid-on

24.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, stretches forward to defend the flighted delivery

End of over 25 (1 run) Sri Lanka 76/2
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      DL Vettori    8-0-27-1
KC Sangakkara    26* (50b 5x4)      IE O'Brien    8-2-15-1

25.1

O'Brien to Sangakkara, FOUR, Nice crispy off drive. Elegant. He glided forward to caress the full pitched delivery between the bowler and mid-off. High right elbow and all that jazz. Easy on the eye.

25.2

O'Brien to Sangakkara, 1 run, clips this one to square leg for a single

25.3

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, goes back and across to get closer to a short-of-length delivery bouncing into him and opens the bat-face to guide it between slip cordon and gully.

25.4

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, back and across movement before the bat comes down to push the ball to point

25.5

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, moves forward this time to play a compact defensive stroke.

25.6

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, full but down the leg side and McCullum moves across to collect

Torben: "NZ's Top Test Bowlers of all-time: 1) Sir Richard Hadlee 2) Shane Bond 3) Bruce Taylor 4) Chris Cairns 5) Daniel Vettori 7) Simon Doull 8) Jack Cowie 9) Dion Nash 10) Chris Martin Honourable mention for Iain O'Brien because he just got a wicket... "

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 82/2
KC Sangakkara    31* (55b 6x4)      IE O'Brien    9-2-21-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (6b)      DL Vettori    8-0-27-1

26.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands outside off and goes to McCullum

26.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Slip, silly point and short leg watch as Mahela leans forward to defend

26.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, clips this one wide of midwicket for a single

26.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, slow through the air and slower off the track, Sanga goes back to defend

26.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up fuller, driven to mid-off

26.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to push the ball from the off stump, with the turn, to the on side of the pitch

Graeme: "The problem for NZ relates to how the two sides are made up. Sri Lanka has a top-heavy batting line-up, but once the top order gets in they usually make you pay. NZ has no real strike option in their bowling up front and must work-horse thebatsmen out, inevitably leading to runs. Conversely NZ batting is middle/lower-order heavy, but Sri Lanka's spinners are particularly adapt at bowling to middle to lower orders over long spells. So NZ lose out on both fronts not just because they are the weaker team, but because of where in the teams their strengths and weaknesses are..."

End of over 27 (1 run) Sri Lanka 83/2
KC Sangakkara    31* (58b 6x4)      DL Vettori    9-0-28-1
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (9b)      IE O'Brien    9-2-21-1

27.1

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lovely little leg cutter that bounces past the outside edge. Mahela was pushing at it, bat away from the body, as the ball left him

27.2

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, fuller, and tilts in towards middle and off, Mahela leans forward to ease it between square-leg and midwicket

27.3

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, on the middle, moving down, and Mahela clips it through midwicket for two more runs.

27.4

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short in length, just outside off, Mahela moves forward to defend

27.5

O'Brien to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, full pitched outside off stump, trying to get the two slips and two gullies in play, but Mahela drives it through covers

27.6

O'Brien to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery

Max: "Am I the first one to point out that Torben list if NZ's top ten bowlers only contained 9 guys? He missed number 6. So that leaves room for, oh, let's say Heath Davis."

End of over 28 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 90/2
KC Sangakkara    31* (59b 6x4)      IE O'Brien    10-2-28-1
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (14b)      DL Vettori    9-0-28-1

28.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle stump, holds its line, nudged off the inner edge to short leg

Andrew Bates: "NZ Top Ten? No Danny Morrsion? No Ewen Chatfield? No No. 6?"

28.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, it lands on the leg and middle stump line and slides in to hit the pad on the leg stump line. They shout out for lbw but Harper says no.

28.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a touch quicker, fuller, just outside off and turns away, left alone

28.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle and off line, gets forward to defend

28.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, the arm-ball , picked late by Mahela but he adjusts to push it down the track

28.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a touch slower, around the off stump, played with the turn to the off side

End of over 29 (maiden) Sri Lanka 90/2
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (20b)      DL Vettori    10-1-28-1
KC Sangakkara    31* (59b 6x4)      IE O'Brien    10-2-28-1

Brendan Layton from Aus: "Simon Doull better than Jack 'The Bull' Cowie Torben? You're dreaming. Cowie was better than all of the Australian fast bowlers of the 30's! (That was when he was younger though)"

29.1

Oram to Sangakkara, no run, walks across a touch, gets outside the line of a full delivery on the middle and flicks it to midwicket

29.2

Oram to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward to nudge the length delivery to backward square leg

29.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, ooh a super legcutter that beats Mahela ... It drew him forward before leaving him late ... First O'Brien and now Oram.

29.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, moves that front foot bit more this time to get closer to the ball and defends it to the off side

29.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, wider outside off stump, left alone

29.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Another lovely leg cutter ... Mahela shapes to play at it before withdrawing his bat.. Close ...

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 91/2
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (24b)      JDP Oram    5-2-11-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (61b 6x4)      DL Vettori    10-1-28-1

John: "6 is quite obviously the devils number and reserved for Willie Watson, that little devil."

30.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward to defend it back to Dan

30.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, outside off, steered to point region

30.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, turns in ever so slowly, nudged to Flynn at short-leg

30.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, moves forward to dead-bat a flighted delivery

30.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off stump, on a length, defended to the off side

30.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, similar delivery, perhaps a tad fuller and Sanga goes for his drive but can't beat the fielder posted there

End of over 31 (maiden) Sri Lanka 91/2
KC Sangakkara    32* (67b 6x4)      DL Vettori    11-2-28-1
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (24b)      JDP Oram    5-2-11-0

31.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full in length and well outside off stump to interest Mahela. this is going to be interesting over. Mahela was beaten twice by the leg cutters in the previous over

31.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, hmm .. walks right across the stumps and walks right into trouble. It was another leg cutter and he ended up stabbing it to the off side.

31.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, 2 runs, goes for the variation but ends up dragging the in cutter on to the pads, glanced away for couple of runs

31.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands on a length outside off, tilts in slightly, defended on the front foot.

Gordie: "and no Dick Motz??"

31.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Ah! here comes that leg cutter, Mahela, again, shapes to play but pulls out at the last minute. Had he ended up chasing it , he would have been a goner. Nice little spell from Oram so far

31.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, in the corridor, Mahela shoulders arms. Baz collects.

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 93/2
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (30b)      JDP Oram    6-2-13-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (67b 6x4)      DL Vettori    11-2-28-1

Moeh: "Ha ha Andrew - good call on Heath Davis for No.6... although what about that enigma of the mid-90's - Richard De Groen!"

32.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, flattish, quickish, defended back to Dan

32.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, slower, slightly short of length, goes right back to defend

32.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, on a length, Sangakkara, eventually, decides to lunge out to defend

32.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, quicker, the straighter one but ends up bowling it well out side off, a tad too wide to interest Sanga

32.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes back to clip it to midwicket

32.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, bit more air, just outside off, on a length but Sanga likes hanging on the back foot and defends to the on side of the pitch

End of over 33 (maiden) Sri Lanka 93/2
KC Sangakkara    32* (73b 6x4)      DL Vettori    12-3-28-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (30b)      JDP Oram    6-2-13-0

33.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run

33.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full delivery, probing around the off stump, Mahela is a touch hesitant in getting forward but does so in the end to guide it to point region. Fine bowling..

33.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, walks across to get to the off stump line and gets behind the line of a length delivery around off and defends .. Interesting tactic. Let's see how Oram responds

33.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Again, he walks forward and across the stumps and turns the length delivery from outside off to the on side. Just mid-on in the inner circle on the leg side.

33.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, That across movement again from Mahela and Oram ends up pushing this wide outside off

33.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, walks right across, Oram lands it outside off and cuts it away, left alone. Drinks break.

End of over 34 (maiden) Sri Lanka 93/2
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (36b)      JDP Oram    7-3-13-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (73b 6x4)      DL Vettori    12-3-28-1

More chuckles. This one from Doug Mason: "The list of best NZ test bowlers would surely not be complete without Mark Richardson in the top? After all, he finished his career with (1) a better average than Sir Richard Hadlee, and (2) the best celebration of taking a wicket ever seen..."

Gordie: "or the sheer greatness of Murphy Sua."

Toby: "and no Richard Collinge?"

Vic: "Ah yes - Richard de Groen. Though a great partner of Doull at a provincial level, never quite got there internationally. I remember a comment in an Aussie paper when NZ were touring there in the 90's, Something along the lines of "Richard De Groen - can't bowl, can't bat, can't field"...."

Shafi from SL: "Greame - NZ problem is a lot simpler than what you say, they just dont have a class act in their batting line up, gone are the flemings / astles / Mc millans, you may have a few young guns in Ryder & Taylor but it's still early days for them & playing SL conditions is not easy. On another note i think SL is very lucky to be ranked no 2, except for Kumar & Mahela (maybe dishan now) our batting is thin, our bowlers are not at top form _Malinga / Mendis & Murali can all be a lot more devastating."

34.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, SLow hand clapping from the restless crowd.. sanga goes back to defend to the on side of the pitch

34.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, 1 run, And Sangakkara responds to the crowd's reaction with a sweep shot but deep midwicket cuts it off

Michael is back from the chemist : "Happy pills were sadly ineffective after a look at our top ten spinners (incl JR Reid, whose cutters would work at SSC). Would any of Braces, Howarth, Patel, Boock, Reid, Wiseman, Alabaster, Pollard and Brian Yuile (34 wickets at 35 from 17 tests in 10th place) really help?"

34.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, moves forward to defend a flighted delivery a touch wide of short-leg

34.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up on the middle, clipped to the on side

34.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, quicker, flatter, just outside off, left alone

34.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, lands outside off, a touch too wide, and Sangakkara watches Baz take it

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2
KC Sangakkara    33* (77b 6x4)      DL Vettori    13-3-30-1
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (38b)      JDP Oram    7-3-13-0

35.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, Mahela stretches forward to defend. When would that leg cutter come and how will Mahela react this time?

35.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Not quite a leg cutter but a length delivery that straightens outside off, Mahela reads it well and offers no shot

35.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Three slips watch as Oram goes wide of the crease and hurls a delivery a touch too wide outside off to force Mahela into playing a shot

35.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, a loopy slower one, floated outside off, Mahela gets into a position to drive and allows it to pass him

35.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, closer to the off stump, full delivery, pushed out to cover

35.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, walks towards the off stump and lets the ball to seam through to McCullum

End of over 36 (maiden) Sri Lanka 95/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (44b)      JDP Oram    8-4-13-0
KC Sangakkara    33* (77b 6x4)      DL Vettori    13-3-30-1

Randika Dissnayake: "In a NZ tour to SL in early nineties Murphy Sua actual bowled offspin after finishing his opening spells because there was no regular spinner to exploit the conditions!"

36.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, turn and bounce, Sangakkara tries to nudge it to on side but is thwarted by the extra bounce and the ball rolls away off his thigh pad

36.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, angled across Sangakkara and it tilts away with the arm, left alone

36.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, slightly short and Sangakkara cuts it through point for couple of runs.

36.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, slower, bit more air, on the off stump line, stretches forward to defend

36.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, stretches forward to push it to cover point, looks at Mahela to see whether he is interested in a single but Mahela is not in a suicidal mood

36.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara breaks free with a shimmy down the track, up to the pitch of the ball, and lifts it over wide mid-on region.

End of over 37 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 101/2
KC Sangakkara    39* (83b 7x4)      DL Vettori    14-3-36-1
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (44b)      JDP Oram    8-4-13-0

37.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slower one but too wide and it dribbles away towards McCullum

Shahid: "I hope none of them previous NZ cricketers are reading the commentaries on cricinfo right now :-)" I know! Such cruelty by our NZ readers!

37.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off stump, stil just one guy on the leg side circle, left alone

37.3

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full pitched around off stump, driven pleasingly but straight to mid-off

37.4

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Ah! the leg cutter arrives, Mahela picks it and adjusts his wrists to cover the away movement and pushes it to the off side

37.5

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, this one moves in, on the middle and off line, defended to the on side

37.6

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans across to defend to point

End of over 38 (maiden) Sri Lanka 101/2
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (50b)      JDP Oram    9-5-13-0
KC Sangakkara    39* (83b 7x4)      DL Vettori    14-3-36-1

38.1

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, goes back to defend a delivery that keeps a touch low, nothing alarming, just lower than what Sanga anticipated

38.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, again, gets on to that back foot to defend

38.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, the arm-ball, slides away to McCullum, left alone by Sanga who had picked it

38.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, the floater around the off stump, Sangakkara pushes slightly inside the line and the ball rolls away to the off side

38.5

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, switches back to over the wicket. Sanga charges out, waits a touch, picks it from the off stump line and lifts it over wide midwicket region. Nicely played.

38.6

Vettori to Sangakkara, 2 runs, tries to sweep, gets in a tangle and the ball lobs over the keeper's head for a run. The umpire doesn't signal a leg bye and by Sangas' reaction ( I am just assuming here) it didn't go off the bat or glove. And replays seem to suggest there was no bat involved. It was dangerously close to the glove but think it just bounded off the pad

End of over 39 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 107/2
KC Sangakkara    45* (89b 8x4)      DL Vettori    15-3-42-1
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (50b)      JDP Oram    9-5-13-0

39.1

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, leans forward to turn the flighted delivery to deep midwicket

39.2

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, from round the stumps, outside off and stays there, left alone

Oops did i say Deepak Patel? Oh well... time to retire!

39.3

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

39.4

Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, stretches across to drive to deep cover

39.5

Patel to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, leans forward to flick it for a single

Grizzler: "Ha! There were few from the 90's... Michael Owen, Roydon Hayes, Richard de Groen, Murphey Su'a, Robbert Keenedy, Kerry Walmsley, David Sewell, Warren Wizneski."

39.6

Patel to Sangakkara, no run, quicker, lands just outside off and bounces into McCullum's gloves

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 110/2
KC Sangakkara    46* (93b 8x4)      JS Patel    1-0-3-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (52b)      DL Vettori    15-3-42-1

Darren: "Our batting is thin besides Mahela and Sanga? Have you not seen someone call Samaraweera bat recently?"

40.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, lands on a length around off and middle and tilts in, clipped to midwicket region

40.2

Vettori to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara reaches his fifty in style. He fetched it from outside off and unfurled a feisty sweep shot to bisect deep midwicket and deep square leg

40.3

Vettori to Sangakkara, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

40.4

Vettori to Sangakkara, OUT, 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

He is the first left-arm spinner to take 300. History in Colombo.

40.5

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, lands just outside off stump on a length and turns away, left alone

40.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, drifts in with the arm, Samaraweera stabs it off the inner edge to his pad

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 115/3
TT Samaraweera    0* (2b)      DL Vettori    16-3-47-2
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (53b)      JS Patel    1-0-3-0

41.1

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full in length outside off, steered to backward point ... Oram is back ...

41.2

Oram to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, the slower one outside off, Mahela reaches out, had to wait and he did to push it past cover fielder

41.3

Oram to Samaraweera, FOUR, Full pitched on the stumps and Samaraweera punches it between the non-striker and the mid-on fielder. Lovely piece of timing as the ball kept running away

41.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

41.5

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

41.6

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, And again.

Trevor Chesterfield, the well-known cricket writer, sends in a mail and with a quiz question. "All these negative Kiwi comments makes me wonder if anyone can name the first NZ Test spinner? After Australia stole Clarrie Grimmett. He coached me at school toured UK as well. He is not in the list mentioned."

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 120/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (6b 1x4)      JDP Oram    10-5-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (55b)      DL Vettori    16-3-47-2

42.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets forward to defend

42.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on the middle stump line, pushed out to the on side

42.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, the arm ball on the middle, Mahela gets the bat in front of the pad to keep it out

42.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on the middle and off, defended on the front foot

42.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, turning away from the off stump, guided to point

42.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, FOUR, quicker one, the arm-ball, but too short and Mahela picks it well to rock back and cut it through point. Oram makes a tumbling stop near the boundary ... third umpire reckons it's a boundary

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 124/3
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (61b 1x4)      DL Vettori    17-3-51-2
TT Samaraweera    4* (6b 1x4)      JDP Oram    10-5-18-0

43.1

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, lands outside off and moves away, left alone

43.2

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward to defend the full length delivery to the off-side of the pitch.

43.3

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, Unlike Mahela, who had a few problems with Oram, Samaraweera is stretching that front foot well forward to get close to the ball as he defends

43.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, covers his off stump and lets the ball go through to the keeper

43.5

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, gets behind the line of a length delivery that comes in a touch and defends it back down the track

43.6

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

End of over 44 (maiden) Sri Lanka 124/3
TT Samaraweera    4* (12b 1x4)      JDP Oram    11-6-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (61b 1x4)      DL Vettori    17-3-51-2

Rohan sam from USA has a crack at the Chesters Q. : "The first NZ spinner is Bill Merritt.. He debuted against England in 1930 I guess."

44.1

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short in length, bouncing outside off stump, left alone

Azaam: "Finally Mahela hit a boundary after 61 deliveries....."

44.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, short in length, cuts in from outside off to cramp Mahela who ends up jabbing it away

44.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run

RohanSam again: "And the first NZ spinner to take a wicket is Roger Blunt, again against England in 1930."

44.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side of the pitch and the bowler rushes on to pick up the ball

44.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, in the zone outside off, holding its line, bounces away to Baz as Jayawardene shoulders his arms

44.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, cutting in towards the off stump, gets forward to tap it back to Martin

End of over 45 (maiden) Sri Lanka 124/3
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (67b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-1-23-0
TT Samaraweera    4* (12b 1x4)      JDP Oram    11-6-18-0

Corbon also goes the same route: "Bill Merrit? Leggie. Roger Blunt? Leggie, at least at school. Curly Page? Offie if I remember my reading." 'SLow Medium says Wisden Almanack. Let's just ask Chesters. He has seen Victor Trumper bat! Out with the answer Mr Chesterfield!

All started in the 30s

45.1

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, outside off stump, straightening, left alone for the keeper

45.2

Oram to Samaraweera, 2 runs, on the stumps and Samaraweera clips it through midwicket for couple of runs

45.3

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, goes back to his outside-off line and Samarweera respects the line and offers no shot

45.4

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, lands short of length outside off stump, tails in a touch but enough and Samaraweera, after making sure there would be no damage to his off stump, lets it pass him

45.5

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, on the off stump line, slower one , Samaraweera waits on the front foot before nudging it to the on side

45.6

Oram to Samaraweera, no run, gets forward to defend the length delivery to the off side

And Chesters sends the answer: "It was indeed Bill Merritt. Pleased to know that someone knows a bit of good Kiwi cricket history. And what great left-arm spinner took more than 100 fc wickets on a UK tour? He was slower than Vettori through the air."

End of over 46 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 126/3
TT Samaraweera    6* (18b 1x4)      JDP Oram    12-6-20-0
DPMD Jayawardene    20* (67b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-1-23-0

Dayne Far: "I think you will find that Roger Blunt, Bill Merritt and Curly Page all played in NZ's first ever test match. Roger Blunt took the first and had the best record of the 3. " Yep, all the three played. England won a low-scoring Test. ( http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62572.html )

46.1

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands the first ball post the break just outside off, again on a length, left alone. Tight line and length continues from NZ. Disciplined show today.

46.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, well outside off stump, easy decision for Mahela to let it go to the keeper

46.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, gets solidly behind the line of the delivery cutting in a touch from outside off and defends it to the off side. Mahela adjusts his helmet as he gets ready for the next ball

46.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, full in length, just around the off stump, shaping in, pushed out to mid-off

46.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, just outside off stump, Mahela eases it to cover

46.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, shortish, not all that far from the off stump, Mahela stands tall to play a nice looking cut shot to right of third man

End of over 47 (1 run) Sri Lanka 127/3
DPMD Jayawardene    21* (73b 1x4)      CS Martin    7-1-24-0
TT Samaraweera    6* (18b 1x4)      JDP Oram    12-6-20-0

47.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, flighted on the off stump line, pushed out to the off side

47.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, lands closer to the off stump, Mahela comes forward, thinks about playing a shot before allowing it to turn past the off stump

47.3

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the middle, straightening , nudged past short leg

47.4

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, presses back to defend the slightly quickish delivery

47.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, slows up the pace, tosses it bit more, slightly shortish, cut down to point

47.6

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, short of length, cut to deep point

Tristan cracks that next Q as well. " Tom Burtt. Same tour that Bert Sutcliffe scored mountains of runs. I'd have loved to see him bat, my Dad saw him score 385 at Lancaster Park." Tom Burtt indeed. He picked up 128 wickets at 22.88

End of over 48 (1 run) Sri Lanka 128/3
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (79b 1x4)      DL Vettori    18-3-52-2
TT Samaraweera    6* (18b 1x4)      CS Martin    7-1-24-0

48.1

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, Nagging line and length continues. Another dot ball.

48.2

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, outside off stump, left alone. Mahela has looked pretty steady so far apart from the couple of iffy moments against Oram early on

48.3

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, leans forward to push-drive a length delivery tailing in towards the off stump to mid-off

Chesters: "Merritt is recognised as the first genuine Test spinner as the others were good but Curly Page said they were not in the same class as Bill Merritt."

48.4

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, And again. He moves forward to push-drive on the up.

48.5

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, length delivery outside off stump, defended on the front foot

48.6

Martin to DPMD Jayawardene, 3 runs, that moved in late .. it was the full delivery and it tailed in late but Mahela adjusted superbly to stop the front-foot movement and flick it from the middle and off stump through wide midwicket

End of over 49 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 131/3
DPMD Jayawardene    25* (85b 1x4)      CS Martin    8-1-27-0
TT Samaraweera    6* (18b 1x4)      DL Vettori    18-3-52-2

49.1

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the on side

49.2

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, gets on the front foot, adjusts to the shortening of the length by Dan by arching back and cutting to deep point

49.3

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, on the middle, Samaraweera clears the front foot to avoid any lbw scenario, brings the bat down in line to defend. Very well played

49.4

Vettori to Samaraweera, 3 runs, Some runs now as he leans forward to reach the pitch of a flighted delivery on the leg stump line and on drives it through midwicket

49.5

Vettori to DPMD Jayawardene, 1 run, on the middle and leg, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

49.6

Vettori to Samaraweera, no run, lands outside off, turns away, left alone

End of over 50 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 136/3
TT Samaraweera    9* (21b 1x4)      DL Vettori    19-3-57-2
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (88b 1x4)      CS Martin    8-1-27-0
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