Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    82.3 a huge wicket there, Cook trudges off dejectedly and somewhat unamused as the finger is raised for one which pitched pretty much on leg, if not just outside, and would have whirred well on its way outside leg 237/4
    39.2 gone! and what a stroke of luck for Sri Lanka, and poor luck for Vaughan as he flicks this neatly off his pads put straight at short-leg, who somehow manages to hold onto it between his legs...that's a remarkable moment, and gains Sri Lanka a wicket out of nowhere 133/1
    59.1 and Murali is the man again...round the wicket to Bell, who tries to work it to leg but edges into his thigh pad and the ball balloons up to short leg. For the second time today Mubarak shows outstanding reactions, diving away high to his right...this time there was no luck in the wicket 168/2
    60.3 and the plan has worked, it's a brilliant piece of work at slip, but wait, there's controversy. Pietersen went for a drive at a wide ball, nicked to the third slip, Silva, who dived to his left and grabbed the catch low to the turf, it bobbles up and Sangakkara comes from first slip to take the rebound. Pietersen waits as the umpires consult, Harper raises his finger, but TV replays show the ball appears to have brushed the ground before the initial take by Silva. Pietersen waits inside the boundary, as he did at Lord's earlier this year against India, but there's no overturning this decision and he's off 171/3
    93.5 Collingwood left it, Vaas foooled him with the one that came back in, it pitched well in line and would have gone on to hit middle and off 269/6
    82.4 no doubts about that one - too good for Bopara who is beaten immediately with a coruscating yorker, moving away, and he's too late with a vain stab down of the bat 237/5
    126.2 the end of the innings, Prior goes for the slog sweep and gets a top edge, Murali calls for it himself and catches it safely at about midwicket. Another five wicket haul for him and a fine innings from Prior 351/10
    96.2 straight and true as you like, rapping Broad low on the pad, the batsman playing down the wrong line 272/7
    122.6 gone this time, finally the stand is broken, rips an off-break across Sidebottom who gets the edge which is well taken by Mahela Jayawardene, diving to his right at slip after a bobble. The ball went close to the wicketkeeper 346/8
    124.1 another for Murali, low full toss and Harmison tries to sweep but gets a top edge to short Prior will be wishing he'd taken the strike 350/9
    not out
    17 (b 8, lb 2, nb 7)
    351 all out (126.2 Overs, RR: 2.77, 536 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-133 (Michael Vaughan, 39.2 ov), 2-168 (Ian Bell, 59.1 ov), 3-171 (Kevin Pietersen, 60.3 ov), 4-237 (Sir Alastair Cook, 82.3 ov), 5-237 (Ravi Bopara, 82.4 ov), 6-269 (Paul Collingwood, 93.5 ov), 7-272 (Stuart Broad, 96.2 ov), 8-346 (Ryan Sidebottom, 122.6 ov), 9-350 (Steve Harmison, 124.1 ov), 10-351 (Matt Prior, 126.2 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas3286822.1202
    SL Malinga2437833.2504
    CRD Fernando2337903.4301
    M Muralitharan47.2911652.4500
    80.4 a breakthrough almost out of nowhere, Vandort plays across a delivery which is heading towards middle and leg, big shout from Sidebottom and Harper raises his finger...looks like it would have taken leg stump and it's a vital wicket, can England make it count? 249/3
    6.4 gone! first blow for England, outside off stump and Tharanga pushes away and sends a thick edge to Prior, who takes a superb one-handed catch in front of first slip. Vital early breakthrough. 20/1
    8.5 gone! what a huge wicket, and a huge moment in this Test. Outside off stump, a probing line and Sangakkara has a nibble, gets the edge, and another good catch from Prior 22/2
    143.2 he tries to repeat the slog over midwicket from the previous over but gets a big top edge and the ball goes a long way up and Collingwood at first slip just has to wait for gravity to do its job 420/6
    124.4 and that came from nowhere ... Harmison bends his back, bangs it in, it climbs, Silva can't get over it, the ball takes the shoulder and loops to Bopara who takes a gentle but low catch at point 377/4
    136.3 and the effort pays off this time, banged in, Mubarak can't get over it and the ball loops slowly off the glove to Bell at backward point 399/5
    186.5 finally the breakthrough, extra bounce does the trick as Jayawardene tries to lift it over the slips but gets a top edge through to Prior...a deserved third scalp for Harmison 548/9
    146.5 another one falls to a short delivery, banged in, Vaas tries to hook but gets his timing wrong and the ball loops off the back of the glove/wristband to slip. Vaas stands his ground but Broad is already celebrating his first Test wicket 425/7
    155.1 another wicket for Panesar, on middle and Malinga tries to turn to the leg side, misses and is hit straight in front of the stumps. Easy decision for Aleem Dar 450/8
    not out
    18 (b 7, lb 9, nb 1, w 1)
    548/9d (186.5 Overs, RR: 2.93, 800 minutes)
    Did not bat: M Muralitharan
    Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Upul Tharanga, 6.4 ov), 2-22 (Kumar Sangakkara, 8.5 ov), 3-249 (Michael Vandort, 80.4 ov), 4-377 (Chamara Silva, 124.4 ov), 5-399 (Jehan Mubarak, 136.3 ov), 6-420 (Mahela Jayawardene, 143.2 ov), 7-425 (Chaminda Vaas, 146.5 ov), 8-450 (Lasith Malinga, 155.1 ov), 9-548 (Prasanna Jayawardene, 186.5 ov)
    RJ Sidebottom36410032.7710
    SCJ Broad3659512.6300
    SJ Harmison41.5911132.6501
    MS Panesar50715123.0200
    KP Pietersen1505703.8000
    PD Collingwood11000.0000
    RS Bopara721802.5700

Match Details


England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30

Match days

9,10,11,12,13 December 2007 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Sun, 09 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 258/5 (PD Collingwood 49*, MJ Prior 10*, 87 ov)
  • Mon, 10 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 105/2 (MG Vandort 50*, DPMD Jayawardene 43*, 38 ov)
  • Tue, 11 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 379/4 (DPMD Jayawardene 167*, J Mubarak 2*, 128 ov)
  • Wed, 12 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 48/0 (AN Cook 19*, MP Vaughan 28*, 13 ov)
  • Thu, 13 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 250/3 (77 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • Jayawardene blames England for dull draw

    Mahela Jayawardene says he was surprised at England's approach towards the match, and that the tourists need to display more enterprise to win a Test in Sri Lanka

  • Let there be life after featherbed bore

    In the end, the rain was a mercy. In theory a miracle was still possible, with England's lead only slender, but no-one truly believed it was possible, not even Muttiah Muralitharan

  • Bell's bravado and Malinga the klutz

    Andrew Miller provides the final plays of the day from the Colombo Test between England and Sri Lanka

  • Rain helps England ease to safety

    England eased to safety on the fifth and final afternoon at Colombo, thanks to a trio of half-centuries from Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, a sensible fourth-wicket stand of 46 between Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, and a tea-time del

  • Harmison shows his hunger

    Steve Harmison's efforts during the Colombo Test have been one of the major positives for England as they aim to save the match

England 3rd innings Partnerships

1st107MP VaughanAN Cook
2nd45IR BellAN Cook
3rd52IR BellKP Pietersen
4th46PD CollingwoodKP Pietersen