Result
3rd Test, England tour of Sri Lanka at Galle, Dec 18-22 2007
499/8d
(95 ov)
81 & 251/6 (f/o)
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka499/8d(148.5 overs)
England81(30.5 overs)
England251/6(95 overs)

Close The weather gets England off the hook and allows them to escape with a draw that they really don't deserve despite Alastair Cook's plucky hundred. They have been outplayed in Galle from the off and have been second best throughout the series, so the 1-0 win to Sri Lanka is fair. That sees them rise to third in the ICC rankings while England slide from second to fifth.

That's it from Will Luke, Martin Williamson, Andrew McGlashan and Jenny Thompson, as well as our man on the spot, Andrew Miller. Thanks for being with us and for the thousands of you who have taken time to email. Have a good Christmas and all the best for 2008.

end of over 951 runs
ENG: 251/6CRR: 2.64 
Ryan Sidebottom0 (6)
Matt Prior19 (100)
Muttiah Muralitharan38-8-91-3
Chanaka Welegedara14-1-59-2

3.45pm The groundsman, Warnaweera, has just given the shake of the head to the Sky box. It's all over.

3.35pm Massive puddles on the outfield. The groundstaff are sliding around on the covers and have left a few areas exposed. If we do get any more play, it won't be for an hour or so at the earliest.

"The outfield is flooded," says Andrew Miller. "There is no way they will get back out there. The tap has now been turned off, but the pools are calf-deep."

3.30pm And it's chucking it down now, you can barely see the fort and this will be a long delay and might even be it. But the weather has a habit of changing more often than Kylie in concert. There's already water on the covers and the groundstaff are battling against the wind and rain to drag on the remaining tarpaulins ... it's an almost futile exercise and they've actually given up.

3.20pm And they're off, here come the groundsman who sprint on with the tarpaulins. Yes, it's certainly raining now and the clouds are dark and nasty. At the moment they just threaten but if they unload then we will have a lengthy stoppage.

A great spot from Jon in Switzerland. Ryan Sidebottom (253) has now faced more balls in this series than Kevin Pietersen (250). Ravi Bopara has managed only 73.

94.6
Muralitharan to Sidebottom, no run
this spins past the outside edge
94.5
Muralitharan to Sidebottom, no run
very close! He was very nearly rapped on the pad on the back foot, but jabbed down at the last moment
94.4
Muralitharan to Sidebottom, no run
well played. Off the back foot and nudged to leg

Yes, it's officially raining. That's definitely more than a mere "spit". We'll be going off shortly

94.3
1
Muralitharan to Prior, 1 run
a brute of a ball, spinning massively on Prior who plays it off the back foot
94.2
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
ooh well bowled, but firmly smothered by Prior
94.1
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
spearing down the leg side

We have spitting rain again, folks.

end of over 942 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 250/6CRR: 2.65 
Ryan Sidebottom0 (3)
Matt Prior18 (97)
Chanaka Welegedara14-1-59-2
Muttiah Muralitharan37-8-90-3
93.6
Welegedara to Sidebottom, no run
blocked out off the back foot
93.5
Welegedara to Sidebottom, no run
a rather tired-looking delivery, much too short and wide of the left-handed Sidebottom
93.4
Welegedara to Sidebottom, no run
outside edge but he played it with soft hands, the ball falling short of second slip

Never fear, Sidebottom is here

Fine innings - but is it enough? He looks dejected as he walks off, head bowed while raising his bat

93.3
w
Welegedara to Cook, OUT
he's got him! A cracking delivery which cut back into Cook, bouncing nastily on him and a thick outside edge handed Jayawardene a simple catch behind the stumps
AN Cook c †HAPW Jayawardene b Welegedara 118 (380m 285b 12x4 0x6) SR: 41.40
93.2
Welegedara to Cook, no run
left alone outside off

Phew. It's all kicking off

93.1
2
Welegedara to Cook, 2 runs
dropped! Well, it's all happening here. Cook slashes this without any feet movement and first slip dived to his right, and would've taken that were it not for the keeper's dive. The ball bisects both of them, and Cook survives
end of over 93Maiden
ENG: 248/5CRR: 2.66 
Matt Prior18 (97)
Sir Alastair Cook116 (282)
Muttiah Muralitharan37-8-90-3
Chanaka Welegedara13-1-57-1
92.6
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
Prior is back in his crease and nudging to leg

There's the dog!

92.5
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
rapped on the pads but it's sliding down the leg side (just)
92.4
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
beaten by a jaffa
92.3
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
punched back to the bowler
92.2
Muralitharan to Prior, no run
hammered on the front foot into silly point's ankles
Best performances - batsmen
DPMD Jayawardene
213 runs (411)
25 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
79 runs
12 fours
0 sixes
39142650459921
AN Cook
118 runs (285)
12 fours
0 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
33 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
19161971451028
Best performances - bowlers
WPUJC Vaas
O
9.5
M
2
R
28
W
4
Eco
2.84
M Muralitharan
O
38
M
8
R
91
W
3
Eco
2.39
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Mahela Jayawardene
Player Of The Series
Mahela Jayawardene
Series resultSri Lanka won the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1854
Season2007/08
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days18,19,20,21,22 December 2007 (5-day match)
Test debut
Chanaka Welegedara
Umpires
Asad Rauf
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
Asoka de Silva
Reserve Umpire
Gamini Dissanayake
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe