India tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 18-22, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
18,19,20,21,22 July 2010 (5-day match)
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  • Overs 101-150
70.5

Mithun to Mathews, FOUR, attempted yorker ends up as an easy fulltoss on the pads and Mathews obliges by on-driving it. Harbhajan at mid on should have cut it off, but he's not doing too well and that tired lunge and fall to his left said the story

70.6

Mithun to Mathews, no run, good bouncer, angles into Mathews and passes over his head as he attempts a pull.. and misses. There was some freak noise around the time the ball passed the bat, but there was more than daylight between the edge and the ball.

Sri Lanka 264/4   AD Mathews 4* (2b 1x4)
71.3

Sharma to Mathews, no run, hits the deck back of a length outside off, Mathews stays back and punches it confidently but straight to mid off

71.4

Sharma to Mathews, no run, whoa! Ishant pitches it well up on middle and leg, and it curves away alarmingly in the air before Mathews gets the bat down on it and plays it to the off side

71.5

Sharma to Mathews, no run, outside off, again just back of a length, Mathews is staying back to read the swing, there is some of it on offer today. He gets bat on it uncertainly, mostly the outside half of the bat

71.6

Sharma to Mathews, no run, wider outside off and Mathews lets it go safely through to Dhoni. Another good over from Ishant.

Sri Lanka 265/4   AD Mathews 4* (6b 1x4)
73.1

Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, overpitched on the pads and Mathews fails to cash in. Does not place the flick too well and it is cleaned up by deep square leg

Sri Lanka 270/4   AD Mathews 5* (7b 1x4)
74.1

Mithun to Mathews, no run, variety from Mithun, this one straightens from outside off while the others were going in. Mathews adjusts at the last minute and keeps it away

74.2

Mithun to Mathews, no run, this one is fuller and outside off, Mathews gets everything behind it and defends compactly

74.3

Mithun to Mathews, no run, airy bouncer, he's bowled some lovely ones and some average ones so he needs to work on that. That sailed safely down the leg side

74.4

Mithun to Mathews, no run, darts in from short of a length outside off, he hangs back and lets it go

74.5

Mithun to Mathews, no run, another loose bouncer, he is wasting them down the legside

74.6

Mithun to Mathews, no run, back of a length outside off once again, moving in a tad, Mathews stays back and blocks to the offside

Sri Lanka 274/4   AD Mathews 5* (13b 1x4)
75.3

Sharma to Mathews, no run, he's really bending his back here. 136 kph, kicking up from outside off, Mathews stays back but is hurried into the defensive shot

75.4

Sharma to Mathews, no run, pitched well up this time, and Mathews was adept to push forward and drive it down the line to mid off

75.5

Sharma to Mathews, FOUR, drilled. That was very short outside off, and not near fast enough to trouble Mathews. He picked the length early and pulled it authoritatively in front of square for four. Fully well controlled and all along the ground

75.6

Sharma to Mathews, no run, on a length to finish the over, on middle and off, Mathews gets well behind and defends with assurance down the pitch

Sri Lanka 283/4   AD Mathews 9* (17b 2x4)
76.2

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, no run, another similar ball, Mathews tries to sweep, but can't get much bat on it.,

76.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, no run, lovely ball, drift, turn, loop and bounce, it turned across Mahela and Dhoni took it down the leg side

76.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, 1 run, fuller outside off and Mathews sweeps again, through square leg

Sri Lanka 285/4   AD Mathews 10* (20b 2x4)
77.1

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, starts outside leg and comes in, Mathews tucks it away off the backfoot towards fine leg

Sri Lanka 286/4   AD Mathews 11* (21b 2x4)
78.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, 1 run, ooh, sharp turn and uncomfortable bounce from outside off, Mathews gets a bit of inside edge but it goes safely to the right of short leg

78.3

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Mathews gets forward and looks to work it to the leg side. It oes straight to short leg

78.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, 1 run, dangerous batting this. He is looking for a rather cheeky paddle sweep from well outside off, exposing all his stumps. He gets it away fine this time, but will be well-advised to consider safer options

Sri Lanka 293/4   AD Mathews 13* (24b 2x4)
79.1

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, speared from wide of the stumps to the leg stump line, it straightens a bit and he easily glances it

Sri Lanka 294/4   AD Mathews 14* (25b 2x4)
81.4

Ojha to Mathews, 1 run, looped on leg stump, Mathews drives to mid on for a quick single, and Harbhajan fumbles... again..

Sri Lanka 300/4   AD Mathews 15* (26b 2x4)
82.1

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, 1 run, full outside off from round the sticks, Mathews gets forward and drops it with soft hands to the off side for one.

82.4

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, no run, sharp turn down the legside, Mathews thinks of glancing, but lets it go through

82.5

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, no run, thrown up outside off and turning into the batsman, defends to the off side

82.6

Harbhajan Singh to Mathews, no run, full on middle and off, easily defended by Mathews.

Sri Lanka 306/4   AD Mathews 16* (30b 2x4)
84.1

Mithun to Mathews, no run, Mithun bangs it short and angles in from outside and it goes down the legside

84.2

Mithun to Mathews, 1 leg bye, whoa! Sharp and exaggerated movement from well outside off, that homed in on Mathews' pads like a guided missile, but it would have middes leg easily

84.4

Mithun to Mathews, no run, well outside off and he lets it go this time

84.5

Mithun to Mathews, 1 run, this time he gets it away to the leg side for a single

Sri Lanka 309/4   AD Mathews 17* (34b 2x4)
85.1

Sharma to Mathews, no run, another in-ducker, Mathews is hanging back and gets into knots trying to keep it away

85.2

Sharma to Mathews, no run, and he takes it away this time, from fuller outside off. Mathews is aware of what Ishant is trying to do and covers the movement effectively and plays it to the offside. This is fascinating to watch!

85.3

Sharma to Mathews, no run, on the corridor of off stump again, great length from Ishant he's not giving them anything to hit. Mathews stays on the crease, waits to see what the ball is doing and turns it to the leg side

85.4

Sharma to Mathews, FOUR, another jaffa! Superb leg cutter, and Mathews is beaten all ends up, opened up by the movement as he offers a straight bat in hope rather than with conviction. It takes the outside edge and runs through the slips and gully.

85.5

Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, another in-ducker, Mathews was beaten by the movement and got a thick inside edge onto the pads

Sri Lanka 314/4   AD Mathews 22* (39b 3x4)
86.1

Mithun to Mathews, no run, whoa! Angled in from wide of the stumps and it straightens from outside off and back of a length, anc carries through at an uncomfortable height.

86.2

Mithun to Mathews, 1 run, this time it is his main weapon, the big inswinger, and it ends up on Mathews' pads, he works it away to the leg side

Sri Lanka 319/4   AD Mathews 23* (41b 3x4)
87.1

Sharma to Mathews, no run, attempts another leg cutter, this one does not kick up like some of the previous ones, it is negotiated easily by Mathews off the back foot

87.2

Sharma to Mathews, no run, effort ball, jagging in from middle towards leg. That clocked 137 kph and hurried onto Mathews and thudded into his pads. But it was going over the stumps

87.3

Sharma to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews takes a step or two down the pitch to negate the movement, rides the bounce outside off and defends to the off side for a quick single

Sri Lanka 322/4   AD Mathews 24* (44b 3x4)
88.1

Mithun to Mathews, FOUR, short, but not enough venom in that ouncer. Mathews is starting a foot outside the crease, and was around 3-4 feet down when he pulled that without any problem over midwicket. Good shot.

88.2

Mithun to Mathews, 1 leg bye, hits the deck on middle and off, it finishes on leg, so Mathews is able to work it away for one to turn the strike

Sri Lanka 327/5   AD Mathews 28* (46b 4x4)
89.1

Sharma to Mathews, (no ball) FOUR, did we speak too early. That was in the driving length, Mathews got forward and creamed it on the up through the covers. Worse, it was a no-ball, but Mathews would have hit it anyways

89.1

Sharma to Mathews, no run, good return to good habits. Reverts to the neither-here-nor-there length outside off. Played away off the back foot

89.2

Sharma to Mathews, no run, pushes him back once again, Mathews check-drives it into the covers

89.3

Sharma to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews is counter-attacking well here! Pitched up marginally again, and Mathews pounces on it and shows the full face of his blade as he lofts the off drive high over the infield. Authority all over that.

89.4

Sharma to Mathews, 3 runs, shorter outside off, Mathews was expecting the length and ready for it. He slaps it through the vacant cover area and they pick three before Harbhajan runs across

Sri Lanka 341/5   AD Mathews 39* (51b 6x4)
90.1

Mithun to Mathews, no run, full outside off, Mathews comes forward and looks to off drive, but not much punch in that shot

90.2

Mithun to Mathews, no run, shorter and wider outside off, Mathews lets it go. Is he shutting shop ahead of lunch?

90.3

Mithun to Mathews, 2 runs, sharp movement inwards, but Mathews is up to the task. He hangs back and glances it down to fine leg

90.4

Mithun to Mathews, no run, shortish ball outside off, Prasanna rides the bounce this time and defends off the back foot

90.5

Mithun to Mathews, no run, another bouncer, Mithun is letting him have it, but the line was awry this time, again ending well down the leg side

90.6

Mithun to Mathews, no run, wide outside off and Prasanna shoulders arms

Sri Lanka 343/5   AD Mathews 41* (57b 6x4)
91.6

Sharma to Mathews, OUT, Ishant nips out one more! Mathews is gone, after exhibiting great restraint in the last couple of overs, this time he hangs his bat at one outside off. It flies off the outside edge to the right of VVS Laxman at second slip, who tumbled to his right and takes a smart catch. Ishant! What a spell! Respect!

AD Mathews c Laxman b Sharma 41 (101m 58b 6x4 0x6) SR: 70.68

Sri Lanka 344/6   AD Mathews 41 (58b 6x4)
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