Warne-Muralitharan Trophy - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v Australia

Australia won by 125 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Out come Shane Watson and Phil Hughes. I am sure Watson will love to open in the subcontinent after the hard work he has done elsewhere. He scored a brilliant century in Mohali last year. Welegedara to bowl to Watson. Two slips, a gully, a short leg in place

10.50am Clarke ought to be really pleased with himself for winning that toss. Let me tell you why. Before India beat Sri Lanka at P Sara in 2009, they last lost a Test despite winning the toss in March 2001. You just don't let Sri Lanka bat first in Sri Lanka; they grind you to dust. Time for some reactions on Mendis's non-selection. Says Katta, "I think it's a good decision to go in with Randhiv over Mendis. Apart from the fact that Aussies are starting to read Mendis a bit better Randhiv offers more bounce because of his height and also gives more in terms of batting and fielding. Of course that doesn't mean I agree with all of the selection committtees decisions on this tour. I still can't understand why they are not giving Nuwan Pradeep a chance?"

By the way, where has Thilan Thushara disappeared? As far as I know, Thushara and Kulasekara were crucial to two of Sri Lanka's only five wins without Murali, Vaas and Malinga. Neither of them is playing here. I'd really love to be able to analyse Sri Lanka's selections. They have a logic of their own, or perhaps they don't.

Fred meanwhile says, "If SL doesn't want Ajanta, we Ozzies will take him."

10.30am Time for the toss then. Tails, calls Michael Clarke. Tails it falls. "Finally we have won a toss!" says Clarke. "We are going to have a bat." Clarke says he will bowl if it is required, quickly adding that it is more likely to happen in the second innings, when the wickets break up on the fourth and fifth days. Sri Lanka have left Mendis out. Sri Lanka are no strangers to surprising selections. This is one of them. They go in with Suraj Randiv and Rangana Herath

10.25am We are expecting an 11am start. The session timings are thus: 11-12.30, 1.10-3.10, 3.30-6. Long day then, and it will be humid too. Back to which hand is whose. I can't argue with Jure's solution: "The hand that has a strange thumb is Warne's. When he wasn't playing cricket he spent a lot of time texting." Warne might have used one of the fingers too. While texting. On a serious note, though, the top hand is clearly Murali's and the bottom one Warne's. Here is the trophy

10.20am Daniel Brettig from Galle reports on the cap presentation for Australia. He says, "Doug Walters, over with a tour group, handed out Copeland's. Greg Chappell did the honours for Lyon. So NSW did NSW and SA did SA..." On that note, asks If The Cap Fits, "I wonder who gave Kevin Pieterson his cap? Maybe Tony Greig?"

Dimitri Samaratunga has a pertinent question: "Whose hand is on the top of the Warne-Murali trophy and who's it at the bottom. I've been trying to google this with no success. I suspect the pudgier hand at the bottom is Warne but I could be wrong!"

10am The sun is out, the covers are being removed, the famous crows have appeared. As about 200 men work on the ground, their leader, Warnaweera - usually an anxious man until the match gets under way - smokes away. "It's no surprise here: Test cricket comes to SL and with it comes the rains... But if any groundsman can get the most out of whatever respite the whether gives it's Warnaweera. He will do everything he can to get the game started. It shows in the fact that Galle tests have produced the most results in SL." I agree, Katta. I like the P Sara wicket too, always has good bounce

The unique thing about ground staffs in Sri Lanka is, they get inmates from nearby jails to work. Read about them here as we expect a start by around 11am, should there be no more rain

9.45am The drizzle seems to have stopped in Galle, the groundstaff walk out again to start mopping up the covers, but the weather is still around.

Meanwhile Mark writes in, "Both Herath and Mendis are superbly credentialled in First Class cricket - however, Lyon is very green. Not to mention the prowess against spin of Sri Lankan batsmen compared to Aus batsmen. I think SL's advantage on dry pitches has been underrated here in Aus." It reminds me of another statistic: Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test since Murali retired last July. Since then India have beaten them at P Sara Oval, Chris Gayle has scored a triple century against them, and they have lost once in England. To be fair to them, though, they have had only two matches since Murali's retirement where the rains hasn't had a say. Can Sri Lanka find a way to win a Test without Murali, Vaas and Malinga?

More stats from me then. Sri Lanka have won only five Tests with neither of Murali, Vaas or Malinga playing for them. Two of those five came in mid-eighties, one against Bangladesh, and two wins against Pakistan in 2009. It will be fair to say that Pakistan made an equal contribution - if not bigger - to those defeats through mindless collapses

9.30am Back to some previewy talk then. The striking feature of this series for me is the two bowling attacks. Test matches are won by bowlers. This contest, though, involves only one bowler with more than 100 Test wickets, Mitchell Johnson. Time for somebody to make a name for himself then?

Australia have two debutants, Trent Copeland and Nathan Lyon. The highest wicket-taker in the Sri Lanka line-up is Rangana Herath, with 84 scalps. And yet, he is the seventh-most-successful Sri Lankan bowler in Tests. All three who crossed 100 for them have retired: Murali, Vaas and Malinga. Malinga had to go because of those frustrating injuries.

While we wait, here is more on Lyon, one of the debutants

9.25am The sun is out, but the whole ground is covered. It will take some time, but I can tell you Jayananda Warnaweera's team will make sure not a second is wasted. Those guys are good, even though the ground is a stone's throw from the sea, which means the drainage can't be too good. Which is why they cover the whole ground, and not just the square

9.20am And immediately I have bad news for you, courtesy the honorary Sri Lankan, Tony Greig. He tweets, "Ground staff in Gall starting to remove covers it will take minimum 2 hours".

9.15am The tour finally moves to the whites. Good morning to those in Sri Lanka, good afternoon to those in Australia, and the rest can choose their greetings based on their time zone. Fifteen minutes to go to the toss at the beautiful Galle International Stadium in the beautiful seaside town, Galle

0.1

Welegedara to Watson, no run, pitched on a length, just outside off, doesn't swing back in, left alone by Watson

0.2

Welegedara to Watson, 1 run, slight shape on this one, takes a thick inside edge of Watson's bat, and goes for a single to long leg. Welegedara somehow appeals for an lbw, even though the ball hasn't hit the pad

Three slips for Hughes

0.3

Welegedara to Hughes, 1 run, Hughes is away right away, pushing a length ball wide of mid-on for one

0.4

Welegedara to Watson, no run, well bowled, just back of a length, pitches middle and off, and seams away a touch, beating Watson's edge. Bowled with a scrambled seam

0.5

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Watto says hello! Plants the big front foot down, leans into a length ball, drives through the line, between the bowler and mid-off. The outfield looks fast

0.6

Welegedara to Watson, no run, pitched right up, near yorker, kept out by Watson

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0
SR Watson    5* (5b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-0-6-0
PJ Hughes    1* (1b)     

Suranga Lakmal to share the new ball

1.1

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, Hughes gets across and into a slight tangle, but defends this short-of-a-length delivery well

1.2

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, slightly fuller, slightly shape back towards Hughes, who defends off the back foot, towards mid-off

Tony The Dimov is terribly confused: "Hughes/Watson reminds me a bit of the Slator/Taylor combination, only Watson is right handed as opposed to Taylor's left and Watson is also somewhat reminiscent of Slater, making it therefore more similar to a Slater/Slater combination."

1.3

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, length ball, just outside off, left alone despite a hint of shape back in

1.4

Lakmal to Hughes, 1 run, some bounce towards the waist, Hughes gets the bottom hand off, and guides this to long leg for a single

1.5

Lakmal to Watson, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, Watson picks a single wide of mid-on

1.6

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, driven on the up, crunchily done, but can't beat extra cover

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 8/0
PJ Hughes    2* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    6* (6b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    1-0-6-0

2.1

Welegedara to Watson, no run, short of a length, but Watson is on the front foot and defends to mid-off

2.2

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Watson is looking good here. Is well forward again, and drives this length ball down the ground. High elbow for the photographers as it beats the diving mid-off

2.3

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Beaut! Another lovely off-drive. Pitched up again, and Watson gets the big stride in, and drives it straight down the ground. Between bowler and mid-off again. Three pretty similar boundaries already

2.4

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, Watson is going to go hard until the spinners eventually come on. Welegedara pitches short, and Watson is quick to rock back, and pull this monstrously for a four. Deep square had no chance

A silly mid-off stands next to the non-striker

2.5

Welegedara to Watson, no run, left alone outside off as this is the in-between length which can neither be driven nor pulled

2.6

Welegedara to Watson, FOUR, make that four boundaries for the over. This one seams away a touch, but Watson has played with soft hands, and the edge goes right into the ground, and speeds away between the slips and gully

End of over 3 (16 runs) Australia 24/0
SR Watson    22* (12b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-0-22-0
PJ Hughes    2* (6b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-2-0

3.1

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, angled across Hughes, left alone

3.2

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, short of a length, just outside off, solidly defended

"Interesting both Sri Lankan opening bowlers have a higher bowling average than the Australian openers batting averages. Bet that doesn't happen often?" No it doesn't, Jeremy

3.3

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, fuller, wide of off, angling away, left alone

3.4

Lakmal to Hughes, FOUR, pitched up, well outside off, but Hughes goes for the drive this time, with an open face, beats cover. This is some start

3.5

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, much better bowling, closer to off, just short of driving length, seams away a touch, Hughes is caught on the crease, gets a thick edge that dies before gully, and Samaraweera makes a diving save there

3.6

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, shorter, wider, left alone

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 28/0
PJ Hughes    6* (12b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-6-0
SR Watson    22* (12b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    2-0-22-0

Silly mid-off in again

4.1

Welegedara to Watson, no run, angled across Watson, who shoulders arms

4.2

Welegedara to Watson, no run, pushes well forward to defend a length ball

4.3

Welegedara to Watson, no run, short of a length, angled across, defended towards point

4.4

Welegedara to Watson, no run, angled across this time, Watson gets a stride in, and leaves this alone

4.5

Welegedara to Watson, no run, again wide outside off, and Watson doesn't play at it

4.6

Welegedara to Watson, no run, driven powerfully as this is too straight, but can't beat mid-on. First maiden of the series

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 28/0
SR Watson    22* (18b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-1-22-0
PJ Hughes    6* (12b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-6-0

"I know it is early on, and be it on my head to jinx him, but i would love to see watson convert these starts into a thumping big innings. He needs more hundreds, he has the talent to get them" Chris, the subcontinent is the best place for openers to get centuries. They can do so before the ball becomes old and starts misbehaving

5.1

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, this one stays low, but is well outside off, beating the cut

5.2

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, big forward stride in to defend this to cover

5.3

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, length ball, just outside off, Hughes defends off the back foot

5.4

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, full, almost a yorker, Hughes keeps it out

"Yes, but if anyone knows how to not get a century, its Shane Watson." That too, Sam Cupitt. I wouldn't mind frequent 90s, though

5.5

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, left alone outside off

5.6

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, nearly played on! This one is closer to off than Hughes thinks, and while playing a defensive shot, gets an inside edge onto the pads

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 28/0
PJ Hughes    6* (18b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-1-6-0
SR Watson    22* (18b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    3-1-22-0

Spin already. Rangana Herath comes on

6.1

Herath to Watson, OUT, and he strikes first ball! Or does he? Yes, he does. This ball is six overs old, and turns a mile when tossed up by Herath. Watson pushes forward to defends this, the ball pitches short of a driving length, around off, and then breaks away and bounces to take the edge - a healthy one - through to P Jayawardene, who is the best wicketkeeper to spin bowling

SR Watson c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 22 (25m 19b 5x4 0x6) SR: 115.78

In comes the only member of this Australian team who has played previously in Galle. No longer the captain, Ricky Ponting

6.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, slightly flat, middle and leg, worked away for a single

6.3

Herath to Hughes, no run, flat again, Hughes defends off the back foot

6.4

Herath to Hughes, no run, Hughes pushes well forward to defend this flighted delivery

6.5

Herath to Hughes, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, doesn't turn much, gets a thick edge past slip. The game seems to have changed

6.6

Herath to Hughes, no run, flighted outside off again, defended to cover

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 31/1
PJ Hughes    8* (22b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-1
RT Ponting    1* (1b)      RAS Lakmal    3-1-6-0

Says Chris, "Watson did not listen to Ponting...out on the 19th ball...all he needed was one more!!"

7.1

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting lunges forward, places this wide of mid-on, pushes Hughes through for a single

7.2

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, length ball, outside off, punched to mid-off

"That wasn't quite the Gatting ball, but the quick spin and bounce would've made the Australians sit-up in their chairs," says Dan Brettig from Galle

7.3

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, short of a length, around middle and off, defended

"I assume we're now allowed to start blaming Chris for Watson's demise?" Do you want his IP address, Rohan J Phelps?

7.4

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, bouncer, doesn't bounce really high, but Hughes ducks under it

7.5

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, short of a length, slower delivery, Hughes is back and across to defend

"Can the commentators not publish any comments likely to jinx a batsman? Please? I'd just like to see Watto score one decent free-flowing grand-daddy before I die..." Of course you know we don't have such powers, Smudgeon

7.6

Lakmal to Hughes, FOUR, full, outside off, driven handsomely, between mid-off and extra cover

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 36/1
PJ Hughes    12* (27b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-1-11-0
RT Ponting    2* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-1

A slip, a gully, a short leg

8.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets a big stride in to defend, to smother the turn

8.2

Herath to Ponting, no run, Ponting is forward again, but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball. Lets the ball turn and defends

8.3

Herath to Ponting, no run, another forward-defensive to a ball pitched middle and leg

8.4

Herath to Ponting, no run, flatter, fuller, defended around middle and off

8.5

Herath to Ponting, no run, another forward-defensive from Ponting

8.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, slows the pace down here, slightly short of length, Ponting goes deep into the crease to defend

End of over 9 (maiden) Australia 36/1
RT Ponting    2* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-3-1
PJ Hughes    12* (27b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-1-11-0

9.1

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, full, angling across, left alone

9.2

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, short and wide, Hughes goes for full-blooded cut, swings under the ball. Slight extra bounce

9.3

Lakmal to Hughes, no run, slower offcutter, Hughes is caught lunging, but he keeps the defensive shot down

Chris, though, accepts blame. "Yep happy to take the fall on that one Rohan!"

9.4

Lakmal to Hughes, OUT, What a pitch! What a beauty this Test could be. Takes off, explodes, from short of a length. It's close to off, and Hughes is committed to playing at it. The extra bounce means he has to fend at it, and it takes the shoulder of the bat before lobbing to slip. He didn't even run his fingers across this one. Let me remind you this is just the 10th over. Vicious bounce there from a length

PJ Hughes c Paranavitana b Lakmal 12 (39m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.70

Captain Clarke is the new man in

9.5

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, plays a defensive shot off the back foot. Angling in towards leg

9.6

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, full, down the leg side, looks to play the glance but fails to connect

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) Australia 36/2
MJ Clarke    0* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    5-2-11-1
RT Ponting    2* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    2-1-3-1

Kel is blaming the wrong person. "OK, no more comments published from Chris, Please!" Meanwhile, Welegedara comes back to bowl

10.1

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, full and wide outside off, Ponting shoulders arms

10.2

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, exaggerated forward movement from Ponting to defend this length ball

10.3

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, the big forward lunge in from Ponting before he shoulders arms to this widish delivery

10.4

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, short of a length, around off, Ponting is deep in the crease to defend

10.5

Welegedara to Ponting, 1 run, No short leg! Ponting is caught lunging forward again, this one bounces a touch extra, takes the inside edge onto the pad and lobs safely

"Phil Hughes luck seems to point towards him being one of those guys who gets LBW at the WACA of a short of a length ball and getting getting a ripe outswinger at Chennai on the 4th day with a 200 over old ball in bright sunlight... poor kid just cant catch a break," writes in Jimmy

10.6

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, full and straight, pushed to mid-on

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 37/2
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-1-23-0
RT Ponting    3* (13b)      RAS Lakmal    5-2-11-1

11.1

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, length ball, middle and off, Ponting defends off the front foot

"I am, however, not going to take the blame for Phil's wicket. I blame the pitch, and brute of a ball." I agree, Chris

11.2

Lakmal to Ponting, FOUR, short and wide, Ponting rocks back and punches this square on the offside, beating point easily

11.3

Lakmal to Ponting, FOUR, very well played, angling into middle and leg, and Ponting closes the face late, glancing it fine of the square fine leg

11.4

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, stays low, Ponting shoulders arms, then looks at the good length area on the pitch suspiciously

"@Smudgeon; Don't you believe him!! Sid single handedly destroyed the Indian's in the recent series. Just ask the regular's on chatter box. " Sid The Destroyer" is legendary for his powers to strike swiftly & surgically!!" Well Sampat, let's say I am a bowlers' commentator

11.5

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, full, wide of off, Ponting lunges forward before shouldering arms

11.6

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, slightly fuller, closer to off, Ponting is forward again and drives down the ground. Can't beat mid-on

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 45/2
RT Ponting    11* (19b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-2-19-1
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    4-1-23-0

12.1

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, short of a length, around off, Clarke is on the back foot in defence

12.2

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, slight seam away, but starts outside off, and Clarke doesn't play at it

12.3

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, another delivery angling across, Clarke covers the line of off, and then shoulders arms

12.4

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, fuller, closer to off, Clarke gets the committed front foot out of the way to defend

12.5

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, pitches middle and off, angles away, Clarke defends with an open face

12.6

Welegedara to Clarke, no run, shorter now, and well outside off. Clarke doesn't have to play at this

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 45/2
MJ Clarke    0* (9b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-2-23-0
RT Ponting    11* (19b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-2-19-1

13.1

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, Ponting lets it be, but P Jayawardene collects this face-high with fingers pointing skywards!

13.2

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length, closer to off, placed wide of mid-on for one

13.3

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, Seam movement! back in towards Clarke, beats him. Extra bounce too, which means it hits Clarke on the back thigh. Which also means he can't be lbw to this

13.4

Lakmal to Clarke, 1 run, more seam movement from outside off, Clarke off the mark with an inside edge to long leg

13.5

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, full outside off, Ponting is lunging well forward and across to cover any misbehaviour, and then shoulders arms

13.6

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, middle and leg this time, and Ponting gets a single to wide of mid-on

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 48/2
RT Ponting    13* (23b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-2-22-1
MJ Clarke    1* (11b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    5-2-23-0

"So Sri Lanka prepares a one sided pitch and you think that's a *good* thing? What a bizarre stance for a commentator to take." Stephen, I say the same about Durban's Green Mamba or the cracked beauties at the WACA. I like to see batsmen get challenged. Runs mean much more on those wickets

14.1

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

14.2

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, a shout for lbw but Ponting is well forward and outside the line of off. This is not coming back in anyway

14.3

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, Off-driven for four. It's merely a push actually, well in front of his body, but it is timed sweetly, between the bowler and mid-off

Welegedara goes round the stumps

14.4

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, Ponting lunges forward to defend this outside off

14.5

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, well forward to push this to cover

14.6

Welegedara to Ponting, 1 run, length ball, too straight, placed wide of mid-on for one

End of over 15 (5 runs) Australia 53/2
RT Ponting    18* (29b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-2-28-0
MJ Clarke    1* (11b)      RAS Lakmal    7-2-22-1

"I don't think this pitch is one-sided at all," says Adam. "There's something in it for both spinners and quicks, based on what we've seen, and Johnson and Harris could be a real handful on it with a new, hard ball. Good cricket wicket!

15.1

Lakmal to Ponting, no run, Ponting is well forward again, making sure he covers any seam movement, and then shoulders arms

Sean writes in, "It'll be very interesting to see what the gremlins Aussie quicks can coax out of this track. Copeland could be quite a handful. And I'm sure Lyon will be keen to get amongst it after seeing Herath's opening salvo!"

15.2

Lakmal to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length, too straight, placed around the corner for one

A short leg comes in for Clarke

15.3

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Clarke drives, gets a thick edge, which doesn't carry to gully

15.4

Lakmal to Clarke, 2 runs, too straight, clipped away off the pads, Clarke comes back for a couple

15.5

Lakmal to Clarke, no run, full and wide, Clarke doesn't go for the drive

"At least this pitch isn't another bloody road! Bletch." Amen, Smudgeon

15.6

Lakmal to Clarke, 3 runs, very nicely played, just meets this length ball with an open face, places it between cover and extra cover. Gets three. This outfield is quick despite all the rain

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 59/2
MJ Clarke    6* (15b)      RAS Lakmal    8-2-28-1
RT Ponting    19* (31b 3x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    6-2-28-0

Herath comes back. Nineteen minutes to go to lunch. Two slips and a short leg in

16.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, full, on the pads, defended to midwicket

16.2

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, full, on the pads again, this time Clarke flicks it square for a couple

16.3

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke leaves his crease, and we will see this often. He is not quite close to the pitch of the ball, but makes a good connection with an open face. It's a mere push that gets him a couple square on the off side

16.4

Herath to Clarke, no run, defended off the front foot, this one pitched middle and leg, and turned away

16.5

Herath to Clarke, no run, comes forward, right down to the pitch of the ball, and smothers the turn

16.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, Interesting. Clarke jumps out of the crease again, this one drifts into the pads, he closes the face of the bat, gets a leading edge that doesn't carry back to Herath

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 63/2
MJ Clarke    10* (21b)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-7-1
RT Ponting    19* (31b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    8-2-28-1

"Batsmen should always fear the pitch and bowlers, not vice versa. Good test cricket is played on difficult pitches!" Couldn't agree more, Jonathan

More spin. Here's Suraj Randiv, with a slip, a leg gully, an FSL

17.1

Randiv to Ponting, no run, some drift here, Ponting plays away from the body, pushing to cover

17.2

Randiv to Ponting, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

17.3

Randiv to Ponting, no run, well forward to push this back to Randiv

17.4

Randiv to Ponting, no run, smothers the turn this time

17.5

Randiv to Ponting, no run, extra bounce, puff of dust, turning in from outside off. Ponting's bottom hand comes off, keeps this down

17.6

Randiv to Ponting, no run, flighted outside off, pitches close enough to him to smother the spin

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 63/2
RT Ponting    19* (37b 3x4)      S Randiv    1-1-0-0
MJ Clarke    10* (21b)      HMRKB Herath    3-1-7-1

18.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, Clarke is forward to defend this to cover

18.2

Herath to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke attacks Herath. Leaves the crease again, this time he is right to the pitch of the ball, and flicks this over mid-on. No back swing at all, all wrists

18.3

Herath to Clarke, no run, Arm ball! Review for lbw? No they don't go for the review. That was mighty close. Clarke pressed forward, played for the turn, this one went straight, hit him in front of off. That was plumb. Umpire Kettleborough says not out. Dilshan thinks about it, but doesn't challenge the call

18.4

Herath to Clarke, no run, defended into the on side

18.5

Herath to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

18.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, another lbw shout because Clarke has padded up right in front of the stumps. Of course he has also danced down the track, so he won't be given lbw

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 67/2
MJ Clarke    14* (27b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-11-1
RT Ponting    19* (37b 3x4)      S Randiv    1-1-0-0

19.1

Randiv to Ponting, no run, defended with the turn, to midwicket

19.2

Randiv to Ponting, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single. Too full

Short midwicket in too now

19.3

Randiv to Clarke, no run, Clarke charges down the track, drives, and short midwicket makes a diving save

19.4

Randiv to Clarke, no run, outside the crease again, to play the forward-defensive

19.5

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short, Clarke rocks back, and places this between forward short leg and backward short leg

19.6

Randiv to Ponting, no run, "Aluwa" shouts Prasanna. "Catch it". This is firmly played off the back foot, towards forward short leg. Ricochets off the fielder's shin. Not sure it carried

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 69/2
RT Ponting    20* (40b 3x4)      S Randiv    2-1-2-0
MJ Clarke    15* (30b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-11-1

20.1

Herath to Clarke, no run, Arm ball again. This time Clarke is alert and is on the back foot to defend

20.2

Herath to Clarke, no run, tossed up, Clarke is forward again. Defends

20.3

Herath to Clarke, no run, flatter, arm ball, stays back to defend

20.4

Herath to Clarke, no run, Leaves the crease, and is beaten in the flight again. However, this is pitched outside leg, and he can pad up

20.5

Herath to Clarke, no run, comes down the track, flicks this back to the bowler

20.6

Herath to Clarke, 1 run, shorter and flatter, punched square on the off side

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 70/2
MJ Clarke    16* (36b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-12-1
RT Ponting    20* (40b 3x4)      S Randiv    2-1-2-0

Last over before lunch

21.1

Randiv to Clarke, no run, flighted outside off, defended back

21.2

Randiv to Clarke, 1 run, Down the track again, places this wide of mid-on for a single

21.3

Randiv to Ponting, no run, overspinner, Ponting stays back to ride the extra bounce

21.4

Randiv to Ponting, 1 run, plays around the front pad to place this square on the on side for one

21.5

Randiv to Clarke, no run, Clarke is outside the crease again, is beaten in the flight, thrusts his pad forward, gets an inside edge onto the pad, but there is no silly point!

Silly point comes in

21.6

Randiv to Clarke, FOUR, This time Clarke gets to the pitch of the ball, goes inside out, clears the infield easily. Good way to end the session then

12.31pm Ponting and Clarke walk back for lunch. Hussey applauds from the balcony. Frantic first session of the series. Just 90 minutes long after early showers delayed the start by an hour. The pitch is dry, is offering turn and variable bounce. The one that got Hughes out kicked from a length to take the shoulder of the bat. There has been turn too. Looks like a result wicket to me. Join us in about 35 minutes or so

End of over 22 (6 runs) Australia 76/2
MJ Clarke    21* (40b 2x4)      S Randiv    3-1-8-0
RT Ponting    21* (42b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-12-1

All in readiness for resumption after lunch. Herath will bowl to Ponting

1.05pm Welcome back. Can't help but think Sri Lanka might have missed a trick or three. In not picking Mendis, in not having a silly point for Clarke or a short leg for Ponting, in not using the DRS when Herath had Clarke plumb. As a result, Australia are right in this, on a pitch that started offering turn and variable bounce in the first half hour. Sri Lanka might need to bat last on this

22.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, Ponting stretches forward to kill the turn

22.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, presses half forward, sees the trajectory is flat, rocks back, cuts in front of square

22.3

Herath to Clarke, no run, nicely tossed up, slight drift into middle and leg, defended off the front foot

22.4

Herath to Clarke, 2 runs, a touch too full, and Clarke can whip this without bothering about extravagant turn

22.5

Herath to Clarke, no run, comes down the track and pads up to this

22.6

Herath to Clarke, no run, doesn't commit forward and punches this flat delivery square. Randiv makes a diving save at point

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 79/2
MJ Clarke    23* (44b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-15-1
RT Ponting    22* (44b 3x4)      S Randiv    3-1-8-0

"With the pitch already offering heaps for the bowlers, it's encouraging to hear Clarke is keen to send a few down himself. Still remember his ridiculous 6/9 effort - now that's what I call a part-timer!" Smudgeon, that Wankhede track was a beaut! Make them batsmen work for their runs. Meanwhile Welegedara to bowl

23.1

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, angling across Ponting, who lunges forward and pushes this to extra cover

23.2

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, wide full toss, Ponting savours the post-lunch dessert as he lunges forward again, and drives this between cover and extra cover

23.3

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, Ponting is well forward again, but this time defends it to cover

23.4

Welegedara to Ponting, FOUR, Slower ball! Nearly did him in. Ran his fingers across this, Ponting lunged forward again, and was well early into the shot, hitting it in the air, but just over mid-on

23.5

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, full, wide of off, Ponting digs it out

23.6

Welegedara to Ponting, 1 run, beautiful off drive, Ponting is forward again, and meets this sweetly. The mid-off, though, is deepish, and keeps them down to one

End of over 24 (9 runs) Australia 88/2
RT Ponting    31* (50b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-37-0
MJ Clarke    23* (44b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-15-1

24.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, Ponting is well forward, stays leg side of this flighted delivery and defends to cover

24.2

Herath to Ponting, 2 runs, again opens up the stance a bit by going a bit leg side of the ball, and pushes this firmly past cover for a couple

24.3

Herath to Ponting, no run, slower through the air, and Ponting respectfully defends

24.4

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, a touch too straight, a touch too full, placed wide of mid-on for one

24.5

Herath to Clarke, OUT, Review time. Clarke is not picking the arm balls. Again pushes forward, plays for the non-existent turn, and is beaten comprehensively. Prasanna Jayawardene is so sure this is out he doesn't even look up and starts running towards the bowler. Umpire Kettleborough, though, still thinks it's not out. Sri Lanka go for the review this time, and replays show this is hitting the middle of middle stump, and Clarke hasn't even got outside the line of off. Couldn't have been plumber had he been fixing pipes. Strange he wasn't given out originally

MJ Clarke lbw b Herath 23 (60m 45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.11

Over the wicket to Hussey

24.6

Herath to Hussey, 1 bye, this is tossed up well outside off, Hussey leaves it alone, only to find to his horror that it has turned back in sharply. Misses the stumps by inches, gets him byes

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 92/3
MEK Hussey    0* (1b)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-18-2
RT Ponting    34* (54b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    7-2-37-0

25.1

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, length ball, a hint of swing back in, defended back

25.2

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, wide outside off, Hussey doesn't play at it

"Well it seems that Kettleborough can't read Herath's arm balls either." That could be the only explanation, Jure

25.3

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, wide outside off, Hussey getting a nice little sighter of an over

25.4

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, short of a length, Hussey is right back to push this towards mid-on

25.5

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, full and wide outside off again, left alone again

25.6

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, slower ball, full on middle and off, Hussey defends to midwicket

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 92/3
MEK Hussey    0* (7b)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-3-37-0
RT Ponting    34* (54b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-18-2

Two slips, a silly point, no short leg

26.1

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, and Ponting works this through the short leg area for one

26.2

Herath to Hussey, no run, tossed up nicely, pushed to midwicket with the turn

26.3

Herath to Hussey, no run, slight drift away from Hussey who defends away from the body

26.4

Herath to Hussey, no run, nice flight and drift again, Hussey is defending away from the body again, gets an inside edge onto the pad

26.5

Herath to Hussey, no run, this one doesn't turn in, Hussey opens the face late, and defends

26.6

Herath to Hussey, FOUR, the out-of-the-jail shot from Hussey, the sweep. And he plays it mighty well here. All along the ground, bisecting the fine leg and two-thirds square leg

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 97/3
MEK Hussey    4* (12b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-23-2
RT Ponting    35* (55b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    8-3-37-0

27.1

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, short of a length, angling across, defended with an open face

27.2

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, slower ball, pushed back to him

"I think that the aussies spent too much time studing mendis and forgot about herath." Ha, Matt

27.3

Welegedara to Ponting, 1 run, extra bounce from just short of a length again, Ponting got the bottom hand off, is still hit in the handle area, but gets a single into the on side

27.4

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, fuller, on the middle and off, defended back to the bowler

27.5

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, wide outside off, left alone

27.6

Welegedara to Hussey, no run, full outside off, Hussey presses forward and defends

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 98/3
MEK Hussey    4* (15b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-3-38-0
RT Ponting    36* (58b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-23-2

28.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, flat delivery, Ponting rocks back, punches this square, can't beat deepish point

28.2

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, slower through the air, Ponting is drawn forward, gets a soft inside edge for a single

28.3

Herath to Hussey, no run, gets right forward to smother the turn

28.4

Herath to Hussey, no run, looks to kick away this flighted delivery outside off, but it evades the pad, turns sharply, and misses the stumps by inches

28.5

Herath to Hussey, no run, goes for the big sweep again, this time he is beaten, but has done well to get himself outside the line of off

28.6

Herath to Hussey, no run, defended with an open face towards cover

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 99/3
MEK Hussey    4* (19b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-1-24-2
RT Ponting    37* (60b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    9-3-38-0

"Isn't Herath's only ball the arm ball?" Benny, when the first ball you bowl turns square and gets Watto's edge, these arm balls become significantly more dangerous

29.1

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, angled across Ponting, wide enough for him to shoulder arms

One slip and a short leg in

29.2

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, Gets the edge, slight seam movement away after pitching just outside off, but the edge dies well in front of slip. A mix of soft hands and low bounce

29.3

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, this starts a touch too wide, and Ponting doesn't play at it

29.4

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, full and straight now, Ponting in danger of falling over, but does well to defend this along the ground

29.5

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, slower ball on the pads, defended with soft hands, bounces in front of short leg

29.6

Welegedara to Ponting, no run, slower offcutter, this one grips and turns, beats Ponting's defensive shot. Welegedara appeals for lbw, but Umpire Dar is not interested at all. This one broke a long way, so it could have either pitched within the stumps or hit them. to get this leg-before, he needed both of them to happen

End of over 30 (maiden) Australia 99/3
RT Ponting    37* (66b 5x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-4-38-0
MEK Hussey    4* (19b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-1-24-2

30.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, Hussey presses right forward to smother the turn

30.2

Herath to Hussey, no run, forward again to defend this with an open face, towards point

30.3

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, too straight now, and clipped away towards deep square for one

30.4

Herath to Ponting, no run, Ponting pushes forward, gets right to the pitch of this flighted delivery, dead-bats it

30.5

Herath to Ponting, no run, this is pitched middle and leg, Ponting has to slightly open the stance to defend this

30.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, flatter, quicker, cut away to deepish point

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 100/3
RT Ponting    37* (69b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-25-2
MEK Hussey    5* (22b 1x4)      UWMBCA Welegedara    10-4-38-0

"Ponting is back, mark my words. We will see the return of his vicious pull-shots, classic straight drives for six and even some original hair regrowth as he turns back time and re-discovers his old self." Let's see if Tony Dimov can jinx Punter. Me, I don't believe in these powers

Here's Dilshan now!

31.1

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, full offbreak, puff of dust as he digs this out

31.2

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, this one is slightly shorter, defended off the front foot

31.3

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, full, into the pads, clipped away for a single

31.4

Dilshan to Ponting, 1 run, nicely bowled, good revs on this, the ball dips, Ponting is not to the pitch of the ball, gets the inside half of the bat towards mid-on

Round the wicket to Hussey

31.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, slight puff of dust, as this pitches on a length, middle and off, defended back

31.6

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, slightly shorter, flatter, pushed back to Dilshan

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 102/3
MEK Hussey    6* (27b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0
RT Ponting    38* (70b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-25-2

32.1

Herath to Ponting, no run, flighted around middle and off, defended to cover

32.2

Herath to Ponting, no run, sharp turn now, pitches middle and leg, breaks towards off, defended with an open face

32.3

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting leaves the crease, gets right to the pitch of the ball, drives to the left of mid-on, gets a single

No slips at all! Strange strange man Dilshan is. Just the silly point and forward short leg

32.4

Herath to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, kicked away by Hussey

32.5

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, the predictable sweep from Hussey, this time in the air, bounces short of Sangakkara at two-thirds square leg. He does well to cover the bad bounce and keep them down to one

32.6

Herath to Ponting, no run, well forward to block this one

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 104/3
RT Ponting    39* (74b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-27-2
MEK Hussey    7* (29b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0

33.1

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, flighted delivery, pitches middle and off, defended towards mid-on

33.2

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, Hussey is forward again to push this to cover

33.3

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, jumps out of the crease, never with a big shot in mind, defends this back to Dilshan

33.4

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, too full, too straight, but can't beat forward short leg

33.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, slower through the air, gets some turn too, pitches middle, gets the outside edge, but it doesn't carry to slip

33.6

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey pushes this towards mid-on with soft hands, and pushes through for a single

End of over 34 (1 run) Australia 105/3
MEK Hussey    8* (35b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-3-0
RT Ponting    39* (74b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-27-2

Now we get back a slip to go with silly point and FSL

34.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, flatter arm ball, pushed to mid-off

34.2

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, swept from outside off, along the ground, gets a single

34.3

Herath to Ponting, FOUR, Beautiful beautiful shot. Lovely batting. Comes down the track, makes room too to get a free swing of arms, and gets close to the pitch of the ball. Lofts this dead straight. Hits the rope on the half-volley

34.4

Herath to Ponting, 1 run, that dreaded arm ball again. Ponting is pushing forward again, and this one doesn't turn, getting a thick inside edge. Not close to the stumps, though

"@ Tony Dimov - I would like to see Punter in his French beared too." That's a blast from the past, Jack

34.5

Herath to Hussey, no run, full and flat, pushed to mid-on

34.6

Herath to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, Hussey is forward in defence

End of over 35 (6 runs) Australia 111/3
MEK Hussey    9* (39b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-1-33-2
RT Ponting    44* (76b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-3-0

Madhu has tuned in too. So that should mean interesting numbers. Here is one: "During his best patch (Jan 2002 to Dec 2007), Ponting averaged 70.36 with a conversion rate greater than one (24 centuries and 23 fifties). Since then, he has averaged under 42 with six centuries and 18 fifties (conversion rate of 0.33) "

35.1

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, turning into the pads, defended to midwicket

35.2

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, slightly short, turning down the leg side, Ponting looks to guide this fine, misses out. Goes off the thigh pad

35.3

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, flighted around off and middle, defended to straight midwicket

35.4

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, sharp turn this time, but well down the leg side

35.5

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, quicker, lower trajectory, Ponting goes back to defend

35.6

Dilshan to Ponting, no run, pitched middle and leg, Ponting goes for the sweep, misses out, the ball turns down the leg side

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 111/3
RT Ponting    44* (82b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    3-1-3-0
MEK Hussey    9* (39b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-1-33-2

"Is Punter batting on a different pitch to everyone else? It seems a lot easier!" James, he is indeed looking really good. Very sure with his movement forward, and then either leaving or playing. No uncertainty there

36.1

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey pushes this with an open face, wide enough of point for a single

36.2

Herath to Ponting, OUT, Gone! Yet another start by Ponting left unconverted into a big one. Just like the last over, Ponting comes down the track and wants to go straight over Herath's head, doesn't quite get close to the pitch of the ball, this one turns more too, making him go inside out The mis-hit stands up in the air, the mid-off is deep enough to take a comfortable catch

RT Ponting c Mathews b Herath 44 (114m 83b 6x4 0x6) SR: 53.01

"I remember when i was a kid & Mark Taylor, David Boon, Aravinda da Silva, Graeme Gooch all averaged in the 40s - and that was good. I was always amazed Alan Border finished above 50. Nowadays, it seems 50 is the new 40. Not to take anything away from Ponting, Dravid, Sanga, etc. but averaging 50 seems like less of an achievement these days." Agree, Smudgeon. Here is Usman Khawaja. He will take a forty today!

36.3

Herath to Khawaja, no run, Oh ambitious shot first up. Nerves! Drives well away from the body, against the turn, gets a thick inside edge onto the pads

36.4

Herath to Khawaja, no run, Uncertain again! Plays for the turn. This one doesn't, beats his hanging bat well outside off

36.5

Herath to Khawaja, 1 run, Finds the middle of the bat, right to the pitch of this, defends with an open face, gets a single into the point region

36.6

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, No slip! This one jumps at Hussey, gets a thick edge, which might have eluded the first slip anyway, but there is no reason for not having slips here. Beats me

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 114/4
MEK Hussey    11* (41b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    13-1-36-3
UT Khawaja    1* (3b)      TM Dilshan    3-1-3-0

Round the wicket to the lefties

37.1

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, angled into the middle and leg region, straightens a touch, defended to leg

37.2

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, full outside off, pushed to cover

37.3

Dilshan to Hussey, 2 runs, slower through the air, turns away, gets an edge from a defensive Hussey, but wide of slip for a couple

37.4

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, short, pushed nicely wide of cover for one

37.5

Dilshan to Khawaja, no run, tossed up around off, defended to cover

37.6

Dilshan to Khawaja, no run, flatter, goes on with the arm, Khawaja is in a bit of a tangle having committed forward. Goes back just in time to keep this out

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 117/4
UT Khawaja    1* (5b)      TM Dilshan    4-1-6-0
MEK Hussey    14* (45b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    13-1-36-3

38.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, sharp turn from outside off, kicked away

38.2

Herath to Hussey, no run, this time uses the bat, plays it right down into the ground, in front of silly point

38.3

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, darted into the pads, clipped away for one

38.4

Herath to Khawaja, no run, flat, shortish, Khawaja defends off the back foot

38.5

Herath to Khawaja, no run, tossed up outside off, smothers the turn

38.6

Herath to Khawaja, no run, pads up to one well wide of off, it bounces over his pad

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 118/4
UT Khawaja    1* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    14-1-37-3
MEK Hussey    15* (48b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    4-1-6-0

James - a pom if ever there was one - after having congratulated himself on jinxing Ponting, sends this in. "Have to agree with Smudgeon on batting averages. I think there are several reasons. Firstly the quality of the bowling. I grew up watching Lille, Thommo, Holding, Garner, Roberts etc, then Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh, Bishop, McGrath, Warne, Murali. Only one potentially great bowler around today: Steyn. Others are bat technology, helmets (possibly the most important), bouncer limits."

39.1

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, full and flat outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

39.2

Dilshan to Khawaja, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked away for a single

39.3

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, arm ball, Hussey is forward, playing for the turn, but he is also outside the line of off

39.4

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, right forward to smother the turn on this offbreak

39.5

Dilshan to Hussey, no run, arm ball again, a stifled appeal, but Hussey has got a faint inside edge through

39.6

Dilshan to Hussey, 1 run, full on the pads, clipped away for a single

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 121/4
MEK Hussey    17* (53b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-1-9-0
UT Khawaja    2* (9b)      HMRKB Herath    14-1-37-3

40.1

Herath to Hussey, no run, doesn't turn in as much as expected, gets a soft outside edge. No slip in place

40.2

Herath to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the track to take this on the full, gets a single wide of mid-on

40.3

Herath to Khawaja, no run, again gets to see a big gap between Khawaja's bat and pad, hits the inside half of the bat

40.4

Herath to Khawaja, no run, closer to off now, plays this one more comfortably

40.5

Herath to Khawaja, 1 run, leading edge, dies right into the ground. Closes the face to this outside off. Looking very uncertain

40.6

Herath to Hussey, no run, forward in solid defence, is Hussey

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 123/4
MEK Hussey    18* (56b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    15-1-39-3
UT Khawaja    3* (12b)      TM Dilshan    5-1-9-0

"@James - Although I agree that we don't have quite the same crop of bowlers at the moment, the pitches also play a massive part - several boards are only interested in matches hitting 5 days and so force bowlers to bowl on roads, allowing batsmen to do what they will." That is a strong point, Hugh

Finally Randiv is back on

41.1

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, and gets an edge first ball. Pitches middle and leg, turns away, Khawaja closes the face, but the edge dies in front of slip

41.2

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, defended towards midwicket

41.3

Randiv to Khawaja, 1 run, swept away along the ground, gets a single

41.4

Randiv to Hussey, no run, nicely tossed up, pitches middle and off, defended

41.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, another forward-defensive, towards cover

41.6

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, Hussey pushes forward and defends

End of over 42 (1 run) Australia 124/4
MEK Hussey    18* (59b 1x4)      S Randiv    4-1-9-0
UT Khawaja    4* (15b)      HMRKB Herath    15-1-39-3

Andrew disagrees with the general consensus here. He says, "I'm bored of hearing that there is a dearth in "quality" bowlers, especially when England have just produced four Tests worth of bowling to rival anything I've seen from any other attack in 20 years of watching cricket. You don't restrict India's batsmen to a top score of 300 over four Tests without doing something special."

42.1

Herath to Khawaja, no run, sharp turn, Khawaja stays back to defend this to midwicket

42.2

Herath to Khawaja, no run, comes forward this time to block this length ball

42.3

Herath to Khawaja, no run, this pitches just short of a length, outside off, turning in, defended with soft hands

42.4

Herath to Khawaja, 1 run, flatter, pushed with an open face, gets a single

Round the wicket to Hussey. A slip is in finally

42.5

Herath to Hussey, no run, floated across him, defended to off

42.6

Herath to Hussey, no run, another one slides across him, Hussey covers the turn with the pad, and shoulders arms

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 125/4
MEK Hussey    18* (61b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    16-1-40-3
UT Khawaja    5* (19b)      S Randiv    4-1-9-0

Jimmy: "Batsmen are more attacking though these days with scoring rates much higher than the 80s. Despite the various road like pitches around, I am sure there are more results now than the 80s."

43.1

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, full offbreak, middle and off, defended to leg

43.2

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, full again, defended to cover

43.3

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, pushed to cover now, slightly more forceful in this defensive shot

43.4

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, sharp offbreak, pitches middle and off, and breaks away. Defended with soft hands

43.5

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, too full, easy for Khawaja to smother the turn

43.6

Randiv to Khawaja, 1 run, slower through the air, shorter too, pushed wide of point for one

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 126/4
UT Khawaja    6* (25b)      S Randiv    5-1-10-0
MEK Hussey    18* (61b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    16-1-40-3

Lakmal comes back now

44.1

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, Big shout first up. They are going for the review for the inside edge. This is short of a length, looks like it will angle across, but holds its line slightly, and Khawaja punches away from the body. There is a sound as it passes the bat, although the replays don't conclusively prove there is an inside edge onto the pad and then through to P Jayawardene. More drama. This is a bit of a farce really. Umpire Kettleborough rules this not-out. And I am lip-reading here, Dilshan seems to ask the umpire if there was bat on the way. It seems the umpire has said yes, and Dilshan is excited again, because then this is clearly caught bat-pad. Kettleborough has another conversation upstairs, and rules not-out again. I assume that is because the technology doesn't conclusively prove an edge. We have neither Hot Spot nor Snicko here. It couldn't have been lbw anyway, because it was angling away, and wasn't going to hit the stumps, even if Hurricane Irene pushed it back in

44.2

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, full outside off, defended to cover

44.3

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, length ball, angling across, pushed to cover

44.4

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, full and straight, pushed back to the bowler

44.5

Lakmal to Khawaja, 3 runs, a touch too straight, and it's whipped away off the pads for three. Already signs that Khawaja prefers pace to spin

44.6

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, length ball on the pads, he works this wide of mid-on for one

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 130/4
MEK Hussey    19* (62b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-2-32-1
UT Khawaja    9* (30b)      S Randiv    5-1-10-0

Back to the great bowlers debate, to deflect away from the seemingly farcical handling of the appeal last over. I agree there wasn't any conclusive evidence to prove an edge, but they were actually checking for a leg-before!

Here is Hugh: "@Andrew - Take nothing away from the English bowlers - they performed brilliantly. But they are nto individually brilliant bowlers, and won't be mentioned in the same breath as Holding, Lillee, Ambrose, Walsh, McGrath, Warne and Murali."

45.1

Randiv to Hussey, 1 run, clipped off the pads for one

45.2

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover

45.3

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, this one doesn't turn in, Khawaja gets an inside edge towards square leg

45.4

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, flighted outside off, slight turn away, defended

45.5

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, more turn, but Khawaja doesn't play at this one, sees it safely through to PJ

45.6

Randiv to Khawaja, 1 run, pushed with an open face, gets a single wide of point

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 132/4
UT Khawaja    10* (35b)      S Randiv    6-1-12-0
MEK Hussey    20* (63b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    9-2-32-1

"Everyone debating quality of batsmen, bowlers and pitches," says Glenn Rogers. "No mention of the Duke, Kookaburra or SG. Didn't here of reverse swing in the 80's. No bowler could swing a ball traditionally in the 90's outside the UK. Balls changed every 80 overs..... Has the manufacture of the ball been "tampered" with?"

46.1

Lakmal to Khawaja, 1 run, Khawaja presses forward, pushes this to mid-off, runs through for one, Dilshan swoops on this, tries an underarm flick, his momentum carries him into a collision with Khawaja, who is now down on the ground

No major damage to either player. Both are back up

46.2

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, a hint of swing back in for Hussey, who gets the bat down in time

46.3

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, nice cover-drive by Hussey to this one angling across him. Finds extra cover, though

Kiwi Dave: "@Hugh: Pretty sure McGrath, Warne and Murali are modern day bowlers.. give Broad a chance and he could be uttered in the same breath as Botham.."

46.4

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, slower ball, Hussey delays the shot, pushes this towards cover

46.5

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, length ball, outside off, pushed to mid-off

"Feel too bad about Wasim/Waqar/Imran not being mentioned even once in the bowlers debate," I am sure Joji, no one forgot them on purpose. How can one?

46.6

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, bouncer, sways away from its line

End of over 47 (1 run) Australia 133/4
MEK Hussey    20* (68b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-2-33-1
UT Khawaja    11* (36b)      S Randiv    6-1-12-0

47.1

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, no turn, this one slips down the leg side

47.2

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, offbreak now, pitches outside off, left alone

47.3

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, another sharp offbreak, defended off the back foot

47.4

Randiv to Khawaja, 2 runs, full on the pads, clipped away for a single

47.5

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, quicker delivery, goes for the cut, not short enough to be cut, but he manages to keep this down

Goes over the stumps now

47.6

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, flighted around middle and off, defended off the front foot

End of over 48 (2 runs) Australia 135/4
UT Khawaja    13* (42b)      S Randiv    7-1-14-0
MEK Hussey    20* (68b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    10-2-33-1

48.1

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, length ball, on the pads, pushed to mid-on

48.2

Lakmal to Hussey, FOUR, slower offcutter, nicely played with an open face, steered away really, between slips and gully, for the first boundary in 83 balls

48.3

Lakmal to Hussey, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, worked around the corner for one

48.4

Lakmal to Khawaja, no run, full, middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

48.5

Lakmal to Khawaja, 1 run, tip and run here, this one doesn't go too far off the pitch, towards midwicket, and they charge through

48.6

Lakmal to Hussey, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 141/4
MEK Hussey    25* (72b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    11-2-39-1
UT Khawaja    14* (44b)      S Randiv    7-1-14-0

49.1

Randiv to Khawaja, no run, offbreak starts well outside off, left alone

Two slips, an FSL, no silly point

49.2

Randiv to Khawaja, 1 run, swept powerfully, along the ground, gets a single

"Boundaries are shorter as well," says PutMarshyOn. "Remember Illingworth pointing out after 1st day Edgbaston 2005 that of the umpteen 6's hit only 2 actually cleared the fence. How many 6's would Viv have hit with current boundary sizes?"

49.3

Randiv to Hussey, no run, big shout for lbw, this is the arm ball, beats the inside edge, but it has hit him outside the line of off

49.4

Randiv to Hussey, no run, flighted outside off, defended with an open face

49.5

Randiv to Hussey, no run, pushes right forward to smother the turn

49.6

Randiv to Hussey, 2 runs, flat, into the pads, Hussey transfers the weight back, guides this towards fine leg for a couple

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 144/4
MEK Hussey    27* (76b 2x4)      S Randiv    8-1-17-0
UT Khawaja    15* (46b)      RAS Lakmal    11-2-39-1
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The two captains, Michael Clarke and Tillkaratne Dilshane shake hands after Test, Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, September 3, 2011

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