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50.1

Lakmal to Nash, 3 runs, A 1000 Test runs to Nash who clips a full and searching middle and leg-stump offering through midwicket and picks three. Good ball, nicely played.

50.2

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, on leg stump again as Chanders opens up his stance even more. He is almost facing straight down the ground when he works it off the pads to midwicket

50.3

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, no run, this one's too wide down the leg, but Chanders is beginning his shuffle almost from leg gully, so he gets some pad on it, through to the keeper

50.4

Lakmal to Chanderpaul, 1 run, top bowling. Sharp yorker at 138 kph on middle and off, Chanders spots it in the nick of time to stab it out to cover. And picks a single. Really good cricket on view here.

50.5

Lakmal to Nash, no run, length ball angles from leg stump away from Nash who defends with the full face.

Several people writing in, saying the aliens should be shown a bit of Sachin Tendulkar. I am sure the aliens saw him the last time they came over in 1989. If they see him playing now they'll rub their eye(s) in disbelief marvelling at his longevity.

50.6

Lakmal to Nash, no run, bouncer to end the over, easy duck for Nash under one on leg stump

End of over 51 (4 runs) West Indies 171/3
BP Nash    20* (19b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    16-5-35-1
S Chanderpaul    23* (71b)      CRD Fernando    15-2-72-1

Bowling change at long last. Angelo comes on.

51.1

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, begins with a length ball on middle and off, Chanders defends it to the off side earlier

51.2

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, fullish ball again on off stump and Chanders defends it out to the off side again

51.3

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, another feeler outside off and its an easy leave this time for Chanders

51.4

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, not such an easy leave this time. Mathews his the McGrath line and length this time and Chanders looks to play at it, and just about gets away with it as it angles acorss, missing the outside edge

51.5

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, he probes in full on the off stump again, Chanders opens the face and guides it with more assurance to the off side

51.6

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, comes forward and punches it into the covers to end the over

End of over 52 (maiden) West Indies 171/3
S Chanderpaul    23* (77b)      AD Mathews    7-3-27-0
BP Nash    20* (19b 3x4)      RAS Lakmal    16-5-35-1

Double change. Mendis comes on. Slip and short leg.

52.1

Mendis to Nash, no run, drifts down the leg side with his first ball and Nash tries to nurdle, but misses

52.2

Mendis to Nash, 1 run, on the pads this time and Nash gets it away square on the leg side for one

52.3

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, on Chanders pads this time and he eases it with the wrists to square leg. Not much turn of any kind.

52.4

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, off spinner this time, breaks away from middle and off, Chanders spots the deviation and leaves

52.5

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller on the stumps and Chanders works it out to cover

52.6

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, similar ball, similar shot from Chanders who drives it out to cover again.

End of over 53 (1 run) West Indies 172/3
S Chanderpaul    23* (81b)      BAW Mendis    12-2-32-1
BP Nash    21* (21b 3x4)      AD Mathews    7-3-27-0

Graeme: "And to show the aliens the essence of Test cricket I'd show them the Kallis forward and backward defences, with a cover drive for dessert."

And here comes the first and last Justin Green comment I am putting up for today. Raju: "If and when Aliens arrive, the first question they would ask is, "Where is Justin Green? We flew all the way to see him batting, bowling and fielding, all off the same ball"."

Don Morris: "What's wrong with Chanders? Look at him! He got four eyes aliens will love him!" He's of course refering to the sticker things Chanders has under his eyes.

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53.1

Mathews to Nash, no run, Mathews hits the perfect length again, immediately after drinks. Back of a length four inches or so outside off and nipping away with the angle. Nash feels for it and tests the limits of harmless flirtation. Gets away with it.

53.2

Mathews to Nash, 2 runs, holds it back a touch and its enough for Nash to press back and drive through the covers. A couple to the score

53.3

Mathews to Nash, no run, full ball on off stump this time and it is punched off the front foor into the covers this time

53.4

Mathews to Nash, FOUR, shot. Nash plays a crisp cover drive, gets the placement just right to beat a running and diving widish mid-on and speed away to the boundary. That wasn't over-pitched, he made it happen by driving on the up

53.5

Mathews to Nash, no run, shoulders arms this time to a wafter outside off. Not close enough for the drive this time and it is an easy leave

53.6

Mathews to Nash, no run, another leave to end the over. A foot outside off and Nash doesn't go after it

End of over 54 (6 runs) West Indies 178/3
BP Nash    27* (27b 4x4)      AD Mathews    8-3-33-0
S Chanderpaul    23* (81b)      BAW Mendis    12-2-32-1

54.1

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, off spinner breaking away from off stump and Chanders plays it into the covers

54.2

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nice shot, sharp turn away from middle and leg, Chanders stays back, opens the face and guides it through cover point

54.3

Mendis to Nash, no run, on leg stump, Nash reaches out and looks to work off the pads, and plays it onto the pad. Muted appeal.

54.4

Mendis to Nash, no run, this one's outside leg and there's no appeal as it raps Nash on the pads again

54.5

Mendis to Nash, 2 runs, perfects the shot this time. Over-pitched on leg stump and Nash gently works it between mid on and midwicket for a couple.

54.6

Mendis to Nash, 2 runs, goes back in the crease this time and works it squarer. Nash is looking good, Mendis needs to move the line to around off stump

End of over 55 (5 runs) West Indies 183/3
BP Nash    31* (31b 4x4)      BAW Mendis    13-2-37-1
S Chanderpaul    24* (83b)      AD Mathews    8-3-33-0

Geethike: "I am pretty sure aliens would have better things to do like invading earth or abducting a few of us for experiments than getting hooked on cricket. I mean who would want to waste all that fuel and travel light years just to see some one bat?"

Umm, I would. In fact, I would even travel through time if I could, to watch VVS Laxman batting in Kolkata, circa 2001.

55.1

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, beaten outside off, Mathews is getting that bit of shape away from Chanders, enough to pose problems. Close to the outside edge as he wafts at it.

55.2

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, this time he leaves. More assurance than before, wider outside off, easier decision

55.3

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, and another leave outside off.

55.4

Mathews to Chanderpaul, no run, on middle and off this time, Chanders decides to play and defends down the track

55.5

Mathews to Chanderpaul, 1 run, opens the face and nurdle-steers an angler outside off through point for one

55.6

Mathews to Nash, no run, the timing goes awry on this cover drive from Nash, it dribbles out to wide mid off

End of over 56 (1 run) West Indies 184/3
BP Nash    31* (32b 4x4)      AD Mathews    9-3-34-0
S Chanderpaul    25* (88b)      BAW Mendis    13-2-37-1

56.1

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Mendis explores off and middle with a loopy off break and Chanders reaches out to drive it into the covers

56.2

Mendis to Nash, no run, Nash misses an attempt to work him off the pads and is cross with himself as it bounces away off the pads

56.3

Mendis to Nash, no run, pushes forward and opens the face to defend with the spin to the covers

56.4

Mendis to Nash, no run, fuller ball on middle and off, Nash opens the face again and guides him square this time

56.5

Mendis to Nash, 3 runs, Hohoho! That was hilarious, and now I shall try to describe it without breaking into laughter again. Leg stump line from Mendis, easily clipped it through to square leg, there was an easy couple in it. Then came the mix-up. Both batsmen were close to the striker's end, Fernando's throw from the deep though, went through the middle of the pitch. Nash eventually made a run for the bowler's end, but he would have still been out if Dilshan had collected the throw at cover and sent it to the bowler. Instead, he slipped and tumbled over and missed it. And then there were overthrows. Comedy of errers as they would say. (Pun intended).

56.6

Mendis to Chanderpaul, FOUR, this one slips down the pads and Chanders easily tucks it through fine leg for four.

End of over 57 (8 runs) West Indies 192/3
S Chanderpaul    30* (90b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    14-2-45-1
BP Nash    34* (36b 4x4)      AD Mathews    9-3-34-0

57.1

Mathews to Nash, no run, comes forward and blocks a ball on off stump line.

57.2

Mathews to Nash, no run, drives it out to mid off with assurance as Mathews continues to home in outside off stump

57.3

Mathews to Nash, no run, short and wide outside off, that took off too from back of a length and Nash was thinking of the full-blooded slash. He chose to leave it though

57.4

Mathews to Nash, no run, another feeler outside off, but Nash is not sucked into an indiscretion. He leaves

57.5

Mathews to Nash, no run, bouncer on leg and middle line, Nash gets under it easily

57.6

Mathews to Nash, no run, leaves the last ball outside off to end a maiden over.

End of over 58 (maiden) West Indies 192/3
BP Nash    34* (42b 4x4)      AD Mathews    10-4-34-0
S Chanderpaul    30* (90b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    14-2-45-1

Herath comes into the attack. Here's hoping for plenty of carrom balls now from both ends. Two of the three bowlers who bowl that ball in international cricket are in operation now. Slip and short leg.

58.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, loud appeal as he gets an orthodox delivery to comes in from outside off. Chanders had pushed well across outside off, as he played a shot. So that was never going to be out.

58.2

Herath to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, nicely paddled. Herath angles this down the leg side and Chanders sends it on its way with the spin for a couple.

58.3

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, ooh, another appeal as Chanders presses across outside off. That was not going to be out, he was again outside the line of the stumps.

Leg slip moves in now. Hmm.

58.4

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, attacks the stumps this time and Chanders does well, defends it with the full face

58.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, goes for the sweep this time, can't get the placement though, hits it straight to backward square leg

58.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, worked off the pads this time, again straight to square leg. Nice probing over this.

End of over 59 (2 runs) West Indies 194/3
S Chanderpaul    32* (96b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0
BP Nash    34* (42b 4x4)      AD Mathews    10-4-34-0

Ah bowling change. Dilshan comes on.

59.1

Dilshan to Nash, no run, loopy off break on and around off stump, Nash drives with the full face straight to mid off

59.2

Dilshan to Nash, no run, opens the face and works Dilshan with the spin into the covers.

He's operating round the wicket.

59.3

Dilshan to Nash, no run, on middle and off and straightening, Nash defends down the track

Slip and silly point in place.

59.4

Dilshan to Nash, no run, another fullish ball on off stump, Nash defends calmly

59.5

Dilshan to Nash, no run, ooh, that was special from Dilshan, got one to rip right across the batsman as he pressed forward. It wasn't far from the outside edge

59.6

Dilshan to Nash, no run, chooses to leave the last ball, takes it on the pads as it turns away, clearly missing the stumps. No appeal from behind, and rightly so.

End of over 60 (maiden) West Indies 194/3
BP Nash    34* (48b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    4-1-4-0
S Chanderpaul    32* (96b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-2-0

60.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads and easily worked through midwicket for one

60.2

Herath to Nash, no run, Nash advances down the track to unsettle Herath. Gets to the pitch and defends to the off side

60.3

Herath to Nash, no run

60.4

Herath to Nash, no run, defends a fullish ball on the stumps down the track

60.5

Herath to Nash, no run, hmm, sharp turn taking it in from outside off, Nash looks to glance and nearly works it into Mahela's hands at leg slip

60.6

Herath to Nash, 1 run, clipped away deftly through midwicket, with the spin for a single

End of over 61 (2 runs) West Indies 196/3
BP Nash    35* (53b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-4-0
S Chanderpaul    33* (97b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    4-1-4-0

61.1

Dilshan to Nash, FOUR, Nash unfurls another strong cover drive to take the score past 200. Over-pitched outside off, he pressed forward and swung a clean arc through the off side. See you later cricket ball.

61.2

Dilshan to Nash, no run, leaves one close to off stump as it breaks away

61.3

Dilshan to Nash, no run, this one attacks the stumps, Nash defends resolutely from off stump

61.4

Dilshan to Nash, 2 runs, too short and wide, Nash is running almost before playing the controlled cut. Two easy runs to deep point

61.5

Dilshan to Nash, 1 run, on the pads this time and Nash chips him away through midwicket. Another single

61.6

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full toss on middle and off, Chanders drives it easily to deep cover. Loose over. The pressure is off.

End of over 62 (8 runs) West Indies 204/3
S Chanderpaul    34* (98b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-1-12-0
BP Nash    42* (58b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-4-0

62.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, turning in from off and Chanders defends to the leg side

62.2

Herath to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on off stump line this time and Chanders picks a single down the ground

62.3

Herath to Nash, no run, comes in from outside off and Nash makes a dodgy decision to pad it away. It wasn't coming in sharply enough to hit the stumps though.

62.4

Herath to Nash, 1 run, Nash turns one turning down the leg side behind square leg for a single

62.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders chips out and works Herath with the spin through midwicket

62.6

Herath to Nash, no run, eases a ball on off stump tp the off side for no run

End of over 63 (3 runs) West Indies 207/3
BP Nash    43* (61b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-7-0
S Chanderpaul    36* (101b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-1-12-0

63.1

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders sweeps, early decision to go down and play it square. Well controlled and an easy single

63.2

Dilshan to Nash, 1 run, Nash drives with the spin into the covers for a single

63.3

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, leaves one outside off to go through to the keeper

63.4

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, ooh, airy drive, but Chanders manages to keep it away from the cover fielder and picks a single

63.5

Dilshan to Nash, no run

63.6

Dilshan to Nash, no run, turns away from outside off, Nash looks at it closely but doesn't do anything else with it

End of over 64 (3 runs) West Indies 210/3
BP Nash    44* (64b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    6-1-15-0
S Chanderpaul    38* (104b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-7-0

64.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanders plays what seems like a suicidal reverse sweep, is given out lbw and immediately refers it. Here's what happened: That was a regulation left arm spinner from outside off, coming in with the spin. He went for the reverse sweep and did not make contact with bat. It hit the pads in front of middle and off. But something happened just before it hit his pads. It seemed to have hit the end of his fore-arm guard. Or was it the glove? If it was the former, that should be out. If latter, then it is a bat first, pad second situation. From the replay it clearly hit the arm guard. A closer look reveals it hit the gloves first. Can't be lbw after that. The decision is reversed.

64.2

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, comes forward and pushes out to mid off

64.3

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, goes for the sweep this time, dangerous shot selection is the theme of this over. He misses, and it goes quite close to off stump.

64.4

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, this one stays low as it comes in from outside off, Chanders brings the bat down just in time to defend down the track

64.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, gets it off the middle of the bat to the leg side this time

64.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, covers the line as it turns in from outside off and defends down the track.

That was the kind of decision only the UDRS could have got right. MS Dhoni, are you watching?

End of over 65 (maiden) West Indies 210/3
S Chanderpaul    38* (110b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-7-0
BP Nash    44* (64b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    6-1-15-0

65.1

Dilshan to Nash, 1 run, Dilshan tosses it up on leg stump and it is quietly tucked away to the leg side for a single

65.2

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, full ball again on middle and off, Chanders shuffles across and defends with the full face

65.3

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, sharp turn away from Chanders and this time he leaves

65.4

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, straightens from the line of off and middle, Chanders defends with the full face down the track

65.5

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, more prodigious spin on offer for Dilshan and Chanders just watches it closely as it breaks away

65.6

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, not so much spin on this one, but enough to take it wide outside off for another leave

End of over 66 (1 run) West Indies 211/3
S Chanderpaul    38* (115b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    7-1-16-0
BP Nash    45* (65b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-1-7-0

Don Morris: "Who is the third bowler does the carrom balls?"

The name is Ashwin. R Ashwin. Or as they'd say in twitter, #win.

66.1

Herath to Nash, 2 runs, talking of the carrom ball, here she comes, but Herath drifts it down the leg and Nash easily sweeps it along down to fine leg for a couple

66.2

Herath to Nash, no run, this one is the conventional delivery, coming in from off stump and Nash defends

66.3

Herath to Nash, 1 run, skips out of the crease this time to reach the pitch and flick towards wide mid on for a single

66.4

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, outside Chanders' off stump and coming in, defended dourly to the off side

66.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanders pads up to one turning in from wide outside off and it took something on the way up. Not the bat or the glove, so he is safe.

66.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, attacks the stumps with a full delivery turning in, Chanders covers the line and defends

End of over 67 (3 runs) West Indies 214/3
S Chanderpaul    38* (118b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-10-0
BP Nash    48* (68b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    7-1-16-0

67.1

Dilshan to Nash, no run, defends a loopy off break curving away to the off side

67.2

Dilshan to Nash, no run, similar ball, similar shot. opens the face and defends to the covers

67.3

Dilshan to Nash, no run, and again, not much variety from Dilshan, Nash again defends

67.4

Dilshan to Nash, no run, gets that sharp spin this time and Nash lets it go outside off

67.5

Dilshan to Nash, 1 run, this one drifts onto the pads and he works it to the leg side for a single

67.6

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, full and flat on middle and off, defended easily to the off side

End of over 68 (1 run) West Indies 215/3
S Chanderpaul    38* (119b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    8-1-17-0
BP Nash    49* (73b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-1-10-0

68.1

Herath to Nash, 2 runs, fifty for Nash, well done. Opens the face and runs a delivery outside off down to third man for a couple. He's taken the attack to SL today without taking any risks. Top batting.

68.2

Herath to Nash, 1 run, drifts down the leg side this time and it is worked with the spin to square leg for one

68.3

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, fullish outside off and stabbed out towards mid off

68.4

Herath to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, Chanders of the open stance and the open face. Uses the wrists to steer this square for a couple more

68.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, defends to covers for no run this time

68.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, and again, keeps it out to the covers

End of over 69 (5 runs) West Indies 220/3
S Chanderpaul    40* (123b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-15-0
BP Nash    52* (75b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    8-1-17-0

69.1

Dilshan to Nash, no run

69.2

Dilshan to Nash, 1 run, ooh, gets the edge this time with some extra turn. That is probably Nash's first mistake today, but he still took the bottom hand off to let it go straight down. Away from slip.

69.3

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanders defends a full ball on middle and leg down the track

69.4

Dilshan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders chips him from middle and leg line towards midwicket for one more

69.5

Dilshan to Nash, no run, again on the pads, another attempted flick, but straight to midwicket this time

69.6

Dilshan to Nash, no run, shifts to middle and off, holds it back and tuns it away. Nash defends with the spin to the off side

End of over 70 (2 runs) West Indies 222/3
BP Nash    53* (79b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    9-1-19-0
S Chanderpaul    41* (125b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-15-0

70.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turns in from outside off, Chanders rocks back and steer-cuts it through point for a single

70.2

Herath to Nash, no run, huge appeal for bat-pad catch, Asad Raud is impassive. That turned in from outside off as Nash pushed at it, it rapped the pads and popped up to Dilshan at silly point. And replays say Rauf was right. No bat on the way up.

70.3

Herath to Nash, 1 run, this one comes in too much on leg stump and Nash picks him for a single towards wide mid on

70.4

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, turns in from back of a length outside off, Chanders defends down the track

70.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, FOUR, over-pitched and the full toll is exacted. Chanders leans out and creams it through the covers. Very efficient shot that, found the gap and sent it scurrying away

70.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, holds the length back this time and Chanders chooses to defend.

One more over to lunch. Dilshan to bowl.

End of over 71 (6 runs) West Indies 228/3
S Chanderpaul    46* (129b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-21-0
BP Nash    54* (81b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    9-1-19-0

71.1

Dilshan to Nash, no run, drift and turn away from off stump line, Nash leaves.

71.2

Dilshan to Nash, no run, attacks the stumps and forces him to play. Nash defends with the full face

71.3

Dilshan to Nash, no run, looks to drive as Dilshan lures him out with the full ball, played away to the off side

71.4

Dilshan to Nash, no run, another drive, better times, but straight to cover point

71.5

Dilshan to Nash, no run, gets that sharp spin again, Nash chooses to stay back and leave

71.6

Dilshan to Nash, 1 run, short ball to end the session, Nash jumps back and cuts through the covers, but there is protection in the deep. Single taken.

Lunch and that is West Indies session. There was something there for all the bowlers, West Indies lost the in-form man early, still they are on top. Credit to Chanders and Nash who have blunted SL with different methods. That run-out miss might cost Sri Lanka big time.

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End of over 72 (1 run) West Indies 229/3
BP Nash    55* (87b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    10-1-20-0
S Chanderpaul    46* (129b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-21-0

Chanders and Nash walk down the steps from the dressing room, don their elbow guards and helmets and step out on to the arena. The Sri Lankan fielders are waiting in the middle.

72.1

Herath to Nash, 1 run, starts the proceedings with a single past square-leg

72.2

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, leans forward to smother any turn

72.3

Herath to Chanderpaul, FOUR, goes for the sweep to a delivery outside the off stump and bottom edges it to the fine-leg boundary. Chanders' first 50 in this series. 55th Test fifty.

72.4

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, gets forward to tap this one back down the pitch

72.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, pushes this with the turn to short midwicket

72.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, a tad quicker, not much pace on the wicket though, easily nudged away to the on side

End of over 73 (5 runs) West Indies 234/3
S Chanderpaul    50* (134b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-26-0
BP Nash    56* (88b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    10-1-20-0

73.1

Mendis to Nash, no run, leans well forward to defend this to the off side

73.2

Mendis to Nash, 1 run, the off break this time but short in length and Nash forces it down to sweeper cover

73.3

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, full in length, around off, eased to mid-off

73.4

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, just outside the off stump, full, driven to sweeper cover

73.5

Mendis to Nash, no run, flighted off break, on the middle and leg line, pushed out down the track

73.6

Mendis to Nash, no run, another good off break on the middle and leg line, Nash defends and the ball goes of the inner edge on to his boot and then rolls away to the off side

End of over 74 (2 runs) West Indies 236/3
BP Nash    57* (92b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    15-2-47-1
S Chanderpaul    51* (136b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    8-1-26-0

74.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turns into the pads, dabbed wide of midwicket for a single

74.2

Herath to Nash, no run, quicker, outside off, defended to silly point

74.3

Herath to Nash, no run, skips down the track for a defensive flick but edges it to his pad and the ball pops up on the leg side but between the rushing bowler and the short-leg

74.4

Herath to Nash, 1 run, works this past square-leg and gets off the strike

74.5

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, on the off and middle, tapped back to the bowler

74.6

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, from a slightly round-armish action, around the off stump line, defended on the front foot

End of over 75 (2 runs) West Indies 238/3
S Chanderpaul    52* (139b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-1-28-0
BP Nash    58* (95b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    15-2-47-1

75.1

Mendis to Nash, 1 run, turns this to short fine-leg region for a single

75.2

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, off break on the middle and leg line, tapped to cover point

75.3

Mendis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, quickish off break from short of length and that allows Chanders to nudge it behind square-leg

75.4

Mendis to Nash, no run, flighted googly on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

75.5

Mendis to Nash, no run, the carrom ball around the off stump line, pushed back down the pitch

75.6

Mendis to Nash, no run, nice one. That really full delivery that spinners occasionally bowl. It almost lands on the blockhole, Nash digs it out to the off

End of over 76 (2 runs) West Indies 240/3
BP Nash    59* (99b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    16-2-49-1
S Chanderpaul    53* (141b 3x4)      HMRKB Herath    9-1-28-0

76.1

Herath to Chanderpaul, no run, leans forward to defend to the leg side

76.2

Herath to Chanderpaul, 1 run, gets forward to push it towards mid-off and wants a single .. they both stutter but eventually get across

76.3

Herath to Nash, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

76.4

Herath to Nash, no run, stays back to work it to the on side

76.5

Herath to Nash, no run, leans forward to nudge it to short-leg

76.6

Herath to Nash, no run, from round-armish action , floated outside off, tapped to the off

End of over 77 (1 run) West Indies 241/3
BP Nash    59* (103b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-29-0
S Chanderpaul    54* (143b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    16-2-49-1

77.1

Mendis to Chanderpaul, no run, googly around off, pushed to short cover

77.2

Mendis to Chanderpaul, OUT, Super catch from that wonderful slip fielder Mahela Jayawardene. It was a lovely googly that turned and jumped ... Chanders was fatally attracted to it and followed the ball and ended up opening the bat-face and guiding it low but quickly to the left of Mahela who so quickly flung himself to catch the ball inches off the turf with his outstretched left hand. And he roars. He had dropped a simpler chance offered by Bravo yesterday. Redemption time.

S Chanderpaul c DPMD Jayawardene b Mendis 54 (191m 145b 3x4 0x6) SR: 37.24

77.3

Mendis to DJ Bravo, no run, stays back to turn this one to short-leg

77.4

Mendis to DJ Bravo, no run, quickish carom ball around off, jabbed out to the off

77.5

Mendis to DJ Bravo, no run, slower and Bravo leans forward to defend

77.6

Mendis to DJ Bravo, no run, turns in the the middle stump line, defended to the on side

End of over 78 (wicket maiden) West Indies 241/4
DJ Bravo    0* (4b)      BAW Mendis    17-3-49-2
BP Nash    59* (103b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    10-1-29-0

Getting Gloomy. Will the clouds open up soon?

78.1

Herath to Nash, 1 run, on the pads, flicked past square-leg

78.2

Herath to DJ Bravo, no run, nice delivery, drifted in around off and turned away, Bravo pushed inside the line and was beaten

78.3

Herath to DJ Bravo, no run, gets forward to tap this one to the leg side

78.4

Herath to DJ Bravo, OUT, Beauty! What a lovely combo from Rangana Herath and Prasanna! Awesome to watch. It was a flighted delivery that drifted in. Bravo went forward. The ball dipped sharply on him and Bravo stuttered out to push it to the on side, Against the turn. Mistake. The ball landed and turned away. Pras collected and broke the stumps quickly and gracefully. Gone! Mahela and Sanga rush to envelop Rangana with a big hug

DJ Bravo st †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 0 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

78.5

Herath to Baugh, no run, shout for lbw . but it was missing leg. It came in with the arm and went on straight

78.6

Herath to Baugh, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

End of over 79 (1 run) West Indies 242/5
CS Baugh    0* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-30-1
BP Nash    60* (104b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    17-3-49-2

79.1

Mendis to Nash, 2 runs, low full toss, whipped through midwicket for couple of runs

79.2

Mendis to Nash, no run, full and straight on the off, defended to the off

79.3

Mendis to Nash, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

79.4

Mendis to Nash, no run, slower, googly around off, tapped to the off

79.5

Mendis to Nash, no run, another googly outside off, left alone

79.6

Mendis to Nash, no run, fullish, around off, pushed out to the on side

End of over 80 (2 runs) West Indies 244/5
BP Nash    62* (110b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    18-3-51-2
CS Baugh    0* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    11-1-30-1

getting dark here. The ump takes the reading on his light meter

80.1

Herath to Baugh, no run, Almost gone! It was the quickish delivery on the off stump line, Baugh was so late on it and just about manages it to stab it away

80.2

Herath to Baugh, no run, gets forward to jab this one bat and pad

80.3

Herath to Baugh, no run, loverly delivery.. Baugh leaned forward to defend but the ball gripped and turned away past the edge

80.4

Herath to Baugh, no run, leans forward to defend

80.5

Herath to Baugh, no run, around the off stump, nudged to point

80.6

Herath to Baugh, no run, slip, gully and silly point watch Baugh defend on the front foot

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2.30pm: It's over. The school kids who turned up have had to leave without watching a ball. The rain simply did not relent. The entire ground has been covered all day and there's no point in hoping anymore. Join us tomorrow to see if the weather improves in Pallekele. Cheers.

2.03pm: Lionel Rajapakse: "I am at a loss to understand as to why the authorities arranged this tour when this the season of heavy Monsoon rains in Sri Lanka. Surely due consideration should be given to climatic and weather patterns in the host country when the ICC prepares the Schedules!"

1.42pm: Bad news folks, the ground is still under covers. No improvement whatsoever.

12.45pm: Three hours since the scheduled start of play, and no play yet. "Still drizzling," is the update by Andrew Fernando. What a dud this game has turned out to be. Absolutely appalling. Jordan: "This has been an enthralling contest between mankind and mother nature." Are you some spiritual guru?

12.00pm It's drizzling in Pallekele, and early lunch has been taken. No promising signs of play yet.

11.45am It's two hours since the scheduled start of play and thinks still look pretty bleak. No start in sight.

11.23am No update as yet, but doubt if there has been any improvement. The signs were ominous in the morning, the drizzle was steady and had gradually begun to pick up speed.

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10.39am: You could check out our specials panel in the meantime. S Rajesh, our stats editor, gives us his weekly Numbers Game, this time about Michael Hussey's problems in Tests overseas. Another man in form is Virat Kohli, and Harsha Bhogle writes of the value he adds to this Indian team.

10.37am Chris: "The weather is a big blow to the development of West Indies cricket, they hardly play enough test cricket a year as it is..."

10.24am Andrew Fernando, who's doing the bulletin for this game, sends us an update from the ground. "The precipitation has become heavier at Pallekele. Also, it's official. I now have enough meteorological experience to apply for a position as the weather expert at a local TV station. Dream job here I come!"

10.18am Joey sends us this from Belize: "O man - another day of drizzle-dodging! It's been raining like a brute in Belize as well. I feel completely bonded with the players: damp joints, cold toes, and no chance to go outside and play. Of course, it's late at night here, so i can play indoors."

10.00am Tea and breakfast is done, but the situation more or less remains the same in Pallekele. Not the best of debuts for a venue. But it's been that kind of a series.

9.43am: The delay also gives me time to step out and munch a sandwich and have some tea, mixed with ginger and cardamom. It's four rupees, and it makes your day.

9.35am local time Hello and welcome to the third day of this third Test in Pallekele, and no surprises - it's drizzling again. Forget about the game starting on time, and stay tuned in for more updates. Plenty of rain through the night, some more in the morning and the ground is under covers. Lovely backdrop to this ground, plenty of greenery, thanks in good part also to the rain. Good for the environmentalists, bad for cricket. Anyway, we'll get you an update when we have one. In the meantime, you could check out what's happening in Adelaide in the second Ashes Test. Bangladesh are playing Zimbabwe - lots of cricket happening - and here's the latest from Dhaka.

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3.40 pm And that's the end of that. Ladies and gentlemen, play has officially been called off for the day. This is gut-wrenchingly frustrating, but such is life. Head over to our Facebook page and vent your frustrations, but no abuse please. Or check out what Lara has to say about his future plans. Brevity is the soul of wit, and of late of twit, too. Head over to our Twitter feed at @ESPNcricinfo and be enlightened. We will be back tomorrow, for a 9.45 am start. Hang on for Andrew Fernando's updated match bulletin of the day's action. On behalf of Venkat Raghav and the rest of the gang here, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers.

3.20 pm Andrew Fernando: "Rain has stopped now the skies have become less gloomy. Covers remain on though. Meanwhile in the press box, boredom has taken its toll and a rendition of "Something stupid" by Frank and Nancy Sinatra is under way. Some of us are trying to work!" If only everyone had the dedication of Cricinfo writers!

3.11 pm When it rains, sit down with a cup of tea. That seems to be the plan in Pallekele, where the players have taken an early tea break. No more updates for now.

2.06 pm No luck with the weather, folks. Andrew Fernando is in Pallekele to do bulletins yes, but unfortunately, the rains have ensured most of them are weather reports. Stay tuned, we'll let you know if the skies relent.

Gohar: "I think Srilanka should host their Matches in Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia to Avoid weather effect Matches!" Word, though given their luck, I suspect the clouds will find a way indoors too.

1.30 pm "The rain has really set in here. The entire ground is already covered," says Andrew. "Has there been any rain elsewhere in the world these past weeks? Sri Lanka seems to be hogging it all."

1.23 pm: "It's quickly begun to rain here, and more rain looks to be on its way. What we need is a giant tent," says Andrew Fernando, our man at the ground. So nothing to do but wait. We will be back with further updates.

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Bad light and drizzle stops play. The groundstaff rush on the field with the covers. The players head to the pavilion.

End of over 81 (maiden) West Indies 244/5
CS Baugh    0* (8b)      HMRKB Herath    12-2-30-1
BP Nash    62* (110b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    18-3-51-2

Right, the teeming masses and their hair-dryers have made their way out of the ground. Hours of play - 10.00 to 12.15, 12.55 to 15.15, 15.35 to 17.35. I am Nitin Sundar, taking you through the action today. Venkat Raghav is adding up the scores. Here we go, and a personal request to the clouds to hold their peace, and allow Andrew Fernando do match reports as opposed to weather reports today. Mendis to start off.

Suranga Lakmal warms up in Pallekele, nice whippy bowler who is good to hit 140 ks when he's in the groove. Just as we are when we are on twitter - hitting 140 characters ie. Add @ESPNcricinfo to your twitter feed and be enlightened.

England piles on the agony in Adelaide, despite the fact that Jonathan Trott just got out in the 70s; New Zealand's top-order finding the going hard in Baroda; Bangladesh meanwhile drew level against Zimbabwe in Mirpur. It's all happening in the cricket world - installing the ESPNCricinfo toolbar and the Chrome extension will ensure you don't miss any of it.

Still some time for the start here, time to get updated on the latest from football. Catch up on all the action from a full Saturday of Premier League action on ESPNsoccernet, and follow another two games later on Sunday.

Alright, the umpires have confirmed that we will begin at 10.00am local time ie in 20 minutes from now. I can't believe what I just saw, a groundsman using a hair-dryer on the pitch. Talk about innovativeness!

Ayubowan! And I have some kind of good news to start with. There's no rain in Pallekele early on Day 4, and the covers are not on. There are some 100 people on the ground, working on making it match-fit, but so far we don't know whether we'll have a timely start.

81.1

Mendis to Nash, 2 runs, on the pads immediately and Nash happily glances it almost all the way to the fine-leg boundary

Slip and leg slip in place.

81.2

Mendis to Nash, 2 runs, fuller and again on the pads, clipped away square for another single

81.3

Mendis to Nash, no run, the offspinner this time, grips and breaks away from off and middle, Nash leaves. Good bounce on that one

81.4

Mendis to Nash, no run, fuller offie this time, Nash presses forward and defends

81.5

Mendis to Nash, 1 run, too straight again, Nash turns it away off the toes to the on side

81.6

Mendis to Baugh, (no ball) 2 runs, Baugh is away, Mendis over-pitches outside off. Looked like he was trying the two-finger googly, but Baugh got to the pitch of it and drove through the covers. And he's over-stepped too.

81.6

Mendis to Baugh, no run, ooh, that breaks away viciously. We've seen all of Mendis' repertoire in the opening over. The leggie darts away and beats Baugh's forward prod

End of over 82 (8 runs) West Indies 252/5
CS Baugh    2* (10b)      BAW Mendis    19-3-59-2
BP Nash    67* (115b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    12-2-30-1

Herath comes on, so spin from both ends. Leg slip and short leg, no slip in place.

82.1

Herath to Nash, no run, tossed up on off and coming in, Nash clips it with the spin to mid on

82.2

Herath to Nash, OUT, Gone, big wicket and it comes off a rather poor bal, but an astounding catch. Herath slips down the leg and the spin takes it further down. Nash set himself up for the sweep, but the fact that he was so far inside the line meant he bottom-edged it at the tail-end of his bat swing. Prasa was moving like a cat down the leg side and pouched it cleanly. Tremendous wicketkeeping and SL have an early look-in here at West Indies lower order

BP Nash c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 67 (156m 117b 5x4 0x6) SR: 57.26

Sammy walks out. Time to stand up as a batsman. Two slips and short leg.

82.3

Herath to Sammy, no run, on off stump and breaking away, Sammy gets across and defends

Round the wicket now, by the way.

82.4

Herath to Sammy, no run, straighter this time, Sammy plays against the spin to the on side

82.5

Herath to Sammy, no run, good spin, from leg stump, across Sammy who shuffles across to cover the spin and play to the leg side

82.6

Herath to Sammy, no run, ooh, the carrom ball spits out and Sammy deals with it like someone who's never heard of the carom game. Shoulders arms and has his heart in the mouth as it whizzes past off stump

End of over 83 (wicket maiden) West Indies 252/6
DJG Sammy    0* (4b)      HMRKB Herath    13-3-30-2
CS Baugh    2* (10b)      BAW Mendis    19-3-59-2

83.1

Mendis to Baugh, no run, Baugh defends the first ball to the off side

83.2

Mendis to Baugh, no run, completely befuddled by a leg break, he wa splaying for the off spin and was squared up. That might have taken a bit of bat en route the pad. In fact, no edge on that, it was just missing the stumps due to the bounce. Just about.

83.3

Mendis to Baugh, no run, defends shakily to the off side. Not very comfortable, he's not picking them

83.4

Mendis to Baugh, no run

83.5

Mendis to Baugh, no run, googly, rapped on the pads, appeal for lbw turned down and Sri Lanka have challenged it. I reckon Baugh was hit outside the line of off, and the replays confirm it. He will survive. Looped up googly, breaking in, and Baugh did well to push outside the line as he shaped to defend. Would have crashed into middle, but it hit him a few inches outside off.

83.6

Mendis to Baugh, no run, covers the line with more assurance this time and defends with the full face towards mid on

End of over 84 (maiden) West Indies 252/6
CS Baugh    2* (16b)      BAW Mendis    20-4-59-2
DJG Sammy    0* (4b)      HMRKB Herath    13-3-30-2

84.1

Herath to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy is away, finally manages to work Herath against the spin through mid on for a single

84.2

Herath to Baugh, no run, lovely bowling. Herath does a Warne of sorts, big spin, turning right across the face from leg stump line and takes the outside edge. Just short of slip. Baugh is betting bogged down.

84.3

Herath to Baugh, no run, defends to the off side, he's feeling for these without any clue about the turn.

84.4

Herath to Baugh, no run, defends with the spin to the off side again

84.5

Herath to Baugh, OUT, huge appeal, and he's been given lbw by Rauf. Baugh refers it immediately and I think he's being optimistic. Another orthodox left-arm spinner's delivery. Lands on a length on leg stump and Baugh goes for a sweep shot more in hope than anything. He misses and is struck flush in front of middle. The ball was breaking away, but not enough to miss off stump. Baugh is gone, West Indies are out of reviews.

CS Baugh lbw b Herath 2 (23m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

Benn is the new man in. Herath continues.

84.6

Herath to Benn, no run, pokes uncertainly at a ball on leg stump, it goes up off the pad into the hands of short leg. Big appeal, but that did not take an edge

End of over 85 (1 run) West Indies 253/7
SJ Benn    0* (1b)      HMRKB Herath    14-3-31-3
DJG Sammy    1* (5b)      BAW Mendis    20-4-59-2

85.1

Mendis to Sammy, no run, Sammy comes across to off stump and stomps out a carrom ball to the on side

85.2

Mendis to Sammy, no run, leg spinner on off stump, Sammy defends cautiously off the back foot

85.3

Mendis to Sammy, no run, the googly, breaks in from outside off and Sammy thinks of the cut before spotting it and keeping it out

85.4

Mendis to Sammy, no run, again, googly, coming in from just outside the off stump, Sammy doesn't pick again. Manages to stab it out off the back foot

85.5

Mendis to Sammy, 1 run, now the legspinner, Sammy stays back and drives to the off side for a single

Benn looks like Ambrose when he's facing. Tall, crouching left-hand batsman.

85.6

Mendis to Benn, 1 run, quicker ball on middle and leg, Benn works it off the pads to square leg

End of over 86 (2 runs) West Indies 255/7
SJ Benn    1* (2b)      BAW Mendis    21-4-61-2
DJG Sammy    2* (10b)      HMRKB Herath    14-3-31-3

86.1

Herath to Benn, no run, big hoick, doesn't make contact, pops off the pad (and may be bat) to silly point. Appeal is turned down, but there are no reviews left, so Sri Lanka can't do much about it. Not clear whether he got a feather.

86.2

Herath to Benn, SIX, tonked away. Short and in the slot, he set himself up and set it soaring towards midwicket with a big, violent swing of the blade.

86.3

Herath to Benn, no run, carrom ball outside leg and comically played by Benn who's probably never faced a carrom ball before. Looks to sweep and gets some glove on it, but it falls safe

86.4

Herath to Benn, no run, this one is again well down the leg side and Benn has the smile of someone who's utterly confused - by the variety and by the line

86.5

Herath to Benn, no run, finally lands one on leg stump, Benn somehoe manages to get bat on it and keeps it out

86.6

Herath to Benn, no run, tossed up on middle and a stifled appeal as Benn shapes to defend off the front foot and it hits the pads

End of over 87 (6 runs) West Indies 261/7
SJ Benn    7* (8b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    15-3-37-3
DJG Sammy    2* (10b)      BAW Mendis    21-4-61-2

87.1

Mendis to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy drives into the covers for one and exposes Benn early again.

87.2

Mendis to Benn, no run, off spinner on middle and leg, Benn watches closely and defends to the on side

87.3

Mendis to Benn, no run, this one is wider down the leg side and Benn looks for a paddle sweep to the very full delivery. Can't make contact

87.4

Mendis to Benn, no run, moves over to the off stump line and Benn reaches out to defenjd to the off side with the spin

87.5

Mendis to Benn, SIX, this is a yard sale and everything must go as far as Benn's concerned. Atleast, everything in the slog-sweeping slot. Mendis lands this on off and Benn sets himself up to brutalise it as it spins away. Makes very strong connection and it soars over wide long on

87.6

Mendis to Benn, no run, pushed through fuller and Benn treats it with more respect, defended to the off side

End of over 88 (7 runs) West Indies 268/7
SJ Benn    13* (13b 2x6)      BAW Mendis    22-4-68-2
DJG Sammy    3* (11b)      HMRKB Herath    15-3-37-3

88.1

Herath to Sammy, 3 runs, nicely done by Sammy. Over-pitched on the pads and he did well to whip it against the spin through midwicket. Picks up three for his efforts.

88.2

Herath to Benn, no run, speared in on middle and Benn dead-bats is down the track

88.3

Herath to Benn, no run, tossed up outside off and straightening, Benn easily covers the line and defends to the off side

88.4

Herath to Benn, no run, hilarious. Benn gets a leading edge to a delivery that's a foot outside leg stump as he looks to glance. How does one do that?

88.5

Herath to Benn, no run, full, very full outside leg stump and Benn can't make contact with the fine glance again

88.6

Herath to Benn, no run, gives it air, but its again too much leg-stumpish to trouble Benn who defends down the track

End of over 89 (3 runs) West Indies 271/7
SJ Benn    13* (18b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    16-3-40-3
DJG Sammy    6* (12b)      BAW Mendis    22-4-68-2

89.1

Mendis to Sammy, no run, Sammy shuffles across again, but can't lose the strike early this time. Defends a back of length ball to the on side

89.2

Mendis to Sammy, no run, googly, completely off line and it slides harmlessly down the leg side

89.3

Mendis to Sammy, no run, another one comes in, and this time from outside off as Sammy looks to cut and misses

89.4

Mendis to Sammy, no run, leg spinner, Sammy presses back to spot the deviation and plays it to the off side

89.5

Mendis to Sammy, 2 runs, googly again, too short. Mendis is being befuddled by his own variations, and Sammy rocks back and has enough time to pull though he did not spot the deviation early. Couple to deep square leg

89.6

Mendis to Sammy, no run, defends with the full face as the straighter one lands on off and holds it line

End of over 90 (2 runs) West Indies 273/7
DJG Sammy    8* (18b)      BAW Mendis    23-4-70-2
SJ Benn    13* (18b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    16-3-40-3

90.1

Herath to Benn, 1 run, on the pads yet again from Herath and at long last, Benn connects with the nurdle behind square for one

90.2

Herath to Sammy, OUT, you can go far and wide, but I doubt you will ever see a plumber lbw than that. Sammy has kept playing back to the spinners without always picking the variations, so this was on the cards. This was the orthodox left-arm spinner again from Herath, landed on off and middle and zipped through straight. Once again, Sammy tries to shuffle onto middle and off and work it to the leg side against the spin. He was bound to miss one of them. This was crashing into middle. Sammy's miserable run with the bat continues.

DJG Sammy lbw b Herath 8 (26m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.10

Roach is the new man in.

90.3

Herath to Roach, no run, comes forward to the first ball and smothers the spin

90.4

Herath to Roach, no run, again, presses across and defends to the off side

90.5

Herath to Roach, 1 run, absolute grubber of a carrom ball, slowed down and stayed low as it scooted down the leg side, Roach managed to work it to the leg side for one

90.6

Herath to Benn, no run, Benn reaches forward with that giant stride of his and kills the spin on middle and leg line

End of over 91 (2 runs) West Indies 275/8
SJ Benn    14* (20b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    17-3-42-4
KAJ Roach    1* (3b)      BAW Mendis    23-4-70-2

91.1

Mendis to Roach, no run, attempted googly, Roach drives on the full wide of mid off

91.2

Mendis to Roach, no run, leg spinner, turns away and misses the outside edge by very little as Roach gropes off the front foot

91.3

Mendis to Roach, no run, and again, Roach is not picking the away spin at all, and plays a few inches inside the line, in hope mostly

91.4

Mendis to Roach, no run, googly, rips in and raps Roach on the move forward, on the pads. Appeal from Mendis, but it is turned down.

91.5

Mendis to Roach, no run, Roach shuffles across in an attempt to cover all the stumps and gets behind another legbreak, and keeps it away to the leg side

91.6

Mendis to Roach, 2 runs, ah, now he gets the outside edge with another leggie and Roach somehow manages to guide it between the slips for a couple.

Rahul: "What an interesting test match. I wonder where it's headed?!?"

End of over 92 (2 runs) West Indies 277/8
KAJ Roach    3* (9b)      BAW Mendis    24-4-72-2
SJ Benn    14* (20b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    17-3-42-4

92.1

Herath to Benn, no run, Benn presses forward to a delivery on off stump and it pops up on the off side, away from silly point.

92.2

Herath to Benn, 2 runs, and the sweep again, that's too full on leg stump - Herath definitely prefers bowling to right handers - and picks a couple

92.3

Herath to Benn, 1 run, this time, he's played the normal conventional sweep, sends it square for a single

92.4

Herath to Roach, no run, Roach covers the line and defends to the off side

92.5

Herath to Roach, no run

Short cover in place, apart from slip and silly point.

92.6

Herath to Roach, no run, Tossed up on middle and off, Roach reaches out confidently to smother the spin

End of over 93 (3 runs) West Indies 280/8
KAJ Roach    3* (12b)      HMRKB Herath    18-3-45-4
SJ Benn    17* (23b 2x6)      BAW Mendis    24-4-72-2

93.1

Mendis to Benn, no run, flighted on leg stump, Ambrose.. I mean, Benn.. reaches across and gingerly defends to the on side

93.2

Mendis to Benn, no run, leg-stump line again, Benn works it to the on side

Benn seems to be in a little bit of pain, after all that stretching.

93.3

Mendis to Benn, no run, very quick ball on middle and off, Benn is spotting them somehow and defend to the leg side

93.4

Mendis to Benn, no run, and he does it again, gets a leading edge trying ti flick a ball that is a foot down the leg side. Gotta love this guy.

93.5

Mendis to Benn, no run

93.6

Mendis to Benn, no run, very full delivery to end the over, on middle and leg and he kills the spin with the monster forward stride.

End of over 94 (maiden) West Indies 280/8
SJ Benn    17* (29b 2x6)      BAW Mendis    25-5-72-2
KAJ Roach    3* (12b)      HMRKB Herath    18-3-45-4

94.1

Herath to Roach, no run, Roach reaches out and defends to the off side

94.2

Herath to Roach, no run, sharp spin away from Roach, but he covers it well with the forward press and soft hands to defend to the off side

94.3

Herath to Roach, no run, over-pitched on off stump and Roach looks to bash it down the ground. Can't middle it and Herath fields

94.4

Herath to Roach, no run, holds the length back and tries to turn it away, Roach covers the line and defends to the off side

94.5

Herath to Roach, no run

94.6

Herath to Roach, no run, on middle and off, straightening in, and he defends to the off side

End of over 95 (0 runs) West Indies 280/8
KAJ Roach    3* (18b)      HMRKB Herath    19-3-45-4
SJ Benn    17* (29b 2x6)      BAW Mendis    25-5-72-2

95.1

Mendis to Benn, 1 leg bye, Benn goes for a blind sweep to a ball turning away from middle and off, gets something on it to short third man for one

95.2

Mendis to Roach, no run, Roach stays in the crease, spots the inward turn off the pitch and defends

95.3

Mendis to Roach, 2 runs, almighty hoick time for Roach now, looks to tonk him with the spin over the leg side. Can't make good enough connection. Takes a couple through midwicket

95.4

Mendis to Roach, no run

95.5

Mendis to Roach, no run, comes in from outside off and Roach presses across to defend to the off side

95.6

Mendis to Roach, no run, and the leggie to finish off, Roach fumbles and stumbles into an uncinvincing forward prod. Misses the outside edge by a country mile, that's how clueless he was.

End of over 96 (3 runs) West Indies 283/8
KAJ Roach    5* (23b)      BAW Mendis    26-5-74-2
SJ Benn    17* (30b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    19-3-45-4

96.1

Herath to Benn, 1 leg bye, Herath slips another one on the pads and Benn gets some pad as he looks to deflect it on its way. Leg bye taken.

Over the wicket now.

96.2

Herath to Roach, no run, angles into middle stump and breaks away, Roach reaches across and opens the face to the off side

96.3

Herath to Roach, 1 run, plays the sweep shot this time and makes decent connection to the deep square leg area for one

96.4

Herath to Benn, no run, straightens from off stump and Benn defends to the on side

96.5

Herath to Benn, no run, how did that miss? Benn reaches out to a ball that's turning in from outside off, somehow misses the inside edge, somehow finds its way through the bat-pad gap and somehow misses off stump

96.6

Herath to Benn, no run, gets bat on it this time and defends to the off side

End of over 97 (2 runs) West Indies 285/8
SJ Benn    17* (34b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    20-3-46-4
KAJ Roach    6* (25b)      BAW Mendis    26-5-74-2

97.1

Mendis to Roach, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads and Roach swipes across the line for one

Alastair Cook has brought up another century in Adelaide. Australia wilting and withering.

97.2

Mendis to Benn, no run, Benn defends a floater on off stump the off side

97.3

Mendis to Benn, no run

97.4

Mendis to Benn, 1 run, picks a single with another sweep.

Mahels is not happy with Benn, who is claims is running on the wicket.

97.5

Mendis to Roach, 1 run, googly turning down the leg side and Roach works it with the spin to square leg

97.6

Mendis to Benn, 1 run, short ball and Benn's onto the pull shot in a flash. Nice connection, but straight to the man in the deep, for one

End of over 98 (4 runs) West Indies 289/8
SJ Benn    19* (38b 2x6)      BAW Mendis    27-5-78-2
KAJ Roach    8* (27b)      HMRKB Herath    20-3-46-4

98.1

Herath to Benn, no run, this one turns the leg and he works it to the leg side

98.2

Herath to Benn, 1 run, ok, I may bust my spleen trying to control my laughter at that shot. Benn opens the face and guides a ball outside leg stump to short third man. ROFL.

98.3

Herath to Roach, 1 run, on middle and off, Herath manages to work it to the leg side for one

98.4

Herath to Benn, no run, Benn is playing one of the most hilarious innings I've seen in a while. Goes down on a knee to defend a full ball on off that's turning in. Hits him on the thigh and there's a confused appeal. "Was he playing a shot there", asks the TV commentator. I don't think even Benn knows.

98.5

Herath to Benn, 2 runs, manages to steer a ball on off stump down to third man for a couple

98.6

Herath to Benn, no run, defends to the off side in normal acceptable fashion to end the over.

End of over 99 (4 runs) West Indies 293/8
SJ Benn    22* (43b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    21-3-50-4
KAJ Roach    9* (28b)      BAW Mendis    27-5-78-2

Hurrah. New ball taken. Allows me to breathe in between deliveries. Oh no. Mendis to bowl. What's happening in this world.

99.1

Mendis to Roach, no run, skids through from middle and leg and raps him on the pads. Sliding well down the leg

99.2

Mendis to Roach, no run, comes forward and pushes to the leg side

99.3

Mendis to Roach, no run, very full on middle and off, presses forward and defends to the leg side

99.4

Mendis to Roach, no run, no turn, no nothing. Slides on from middle and off and Roach works it to the on side

99.5

Mendis to Roach, no run, strays down the leg side and he misses the glide

99.6

Mendis to Roach, no run, two-fingered googly, Roach reaches across and defends. Benn will face next over and I hope its a fast bowler. That should be fun.

End of over 100 (maiden) West Indies 293/8
KAJ Roach    9* (34b)      BAW Mendis    28-6-78-2
SJ Benn    22* (43b 2x6)      HMRKB Herath    21-3-50-4
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