RESULT
1st Test, Colombo (SSC), July 23 - 26, 2008, India tour of Sri Lanka
600/6d
(f/o) 223 & 138

Sri Lanka won by an innings and 239 runs

Player Of The Match
5/84 & 6/26
muthiah-muralidaran
Sri Lanka 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Michael Vandort c †Karthik b Sharma313180023.07
Malinda Warnapura c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh11520226814056.93
Kumar Sangakkara c Dravid b Khan1221471057.14
Mahela Jayawardene (c)c †Karthik b Sharma13625937510152.50
Thilan Samaraweera c Laxman b Khan12722429218056.69
Tillakaratne Dilshan not out 12517026412173.52
Prasanna Jayawardene c Sharma b Harbhajan Singh3070951042.85
Chaminda Vaas not out 2232474068.75
Extras(b 4, lb 5, nb 18, w 3)30
TOTAL162 Ov (RR: 3.70, 705 Mts)600/6d
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Michael Vandort, 3.6 ov), 2-57 (Kumar Sangakkara, 12.6 ov), 3-212 (Malinda Warnapura, 60.5 ov), 4-360 (Mahela Jayawardene, 102.2 ov), 5-454 (Thilan Samaraweera, 129.2 ov), 6-545 (Prasanna Jayawardene, 151.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Zaheer Khan37215624.21157150212
12.6 to KC Sangakkara, Zak breaks through. Dravid takes a neat low catch at first slip. Done in by the leg cutter. It moved in, landed on a length around middle and cut away towards off. Sangakkara tried to push his bat down the line and got a thick edge and it flew low and to the front of Rahul who got his palm under the ball to take a sharp catch.. 57/2
129.2 to TT Samaraweera, caught at gully. Short of length and outside the off stump, Samaraweera tried to guide it to third man but flashed it straight to Laxman who held on. Samaraweera doesn't usually cut hard; he tries to guide it in the gaps but this time failed to beat the man. Good innings, though. He did make batting look pretty easy out there. And for Laxman it was his 99th Test catch. 454/5
Ishant Sharma33412423.7513717010
3.6 to MG Vandort, And the first wicket is down. Ishant dug it short of length and it kicked up outside off even as it moved away from Vandort who chased it, bat away from the body. Edge and gone. Kartik did well to move to his left to grab it. . Movement and bounce. Enter Sanga. 7/1
102.2 to DPMD Jayawardene, done in by a peach of a delivery that left him late. And Karthik has taken a catch! And he has a laugh about it. It came in the air, landed on a length around middle and off and shaped away late, Mahela did what he had to do; put his bat out to defend but it curved away and took a bit of outside edge. Superb innings, though. Yet another big century on his favorite piece of turf.. 360/4
Sourav Ganguly812403.00393000
Harbhajan Singh43214923.4616812100
60.5 to SM Warnapura, Gone this time! Done in by the flight, turn and the bounce. It drifted in from round the stumps, landed around off and turned away. Warnapura stabbed it to Dravid at slip. He didn't quite get his front foot well forward, just a half-step and that did him in. 212/3
151.6 to HAPW Jayawardene, The itch to sweep does him in. He tried unsuccessfully a couple of times before and this time top edges to Ishant, running in from long leg.. 545/6
Anil Kumble37412103.2716111106
Virender Sehwag401704.25162000
India 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Gautam Gambhir c Samaraweera b Muralidaran3955745070.90
Virender Sehwag c Warnapura b Kulasekara25162350156.25
Rahul Dravid  b Mendis1435552040.00
Sachin Tendulkar  b Muralidaran2746603058.69
Sourav Ganguly c Kulasekara b Muralidaran2357804040.35
VVS Laxman  b Mendis561181626047.45
Dinesh Karthik c & b Muralidaran916131056.25
Anil Kumble (c)lbw b Mendis11534006.66
Harbhajan Singh c Warnapura b Muralidaran99920100.00
Zaheer Khan lbw b Mendis516130031.25
Ishant Sharma not out 1354701024.07
Extras(lb 2)2
TOTAL72.5 Ov (RR: 3.06, 298 Mts)223
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Virender Sehwag, 5.1 ov), 2-79 (Gautam Gambhir, 17.3 ov), 3-79 (Rahul Dravid, 18.1 ov), 4-123 (Sachin Tendulkar, 31.5 ov), 5-138 (Sourav Ganguly, 37.6 ov), 6-147 (Dinesh Karthik, 41.6 ov), 7-170 (Anil Kumble, 48.5 ov), 8-181 (Harbhajan Singh, 51.2 ov), 9-188 (Zaheer Khan, 54.5 ov), 10-223 (VVS Laxman, 72.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Chaminda Vaas502304.60214000
Nuwan Kulasekara1124213.81475000
5.1 to V Sehwag, And a bouncer is the answer! Viru, in his merry mood, goes to hook the head-high bouncer outside off, and fails to control it... the top-edge goes to Warnapura at deep squareleg. Sri Lanka are jubilant with the wicket, it was a good set-up. 36/1
Ajantha Mendis27.557242.581329000
18.1 to R Dravid, What a beauty from Mendis! His first Test wicket. Rahul Dravid is beaten all hands up. The flicker, the carrom ball does the trick. It landed on the middle stump, a unsure Dravid was on the back foot and it cut away quickly towards the off stump, past the poke and crashed into the top of the off stump. Dravid is stunned, looks back to confirm what his ears told him. The death rattle. The middle-finger assassin is on the prowl at SSC.. 79/3
48.5 to A Kumble, Review it landed on a length, on the middle and skidded on almost straight, slight turn away, and hit Kumble on the front foot. He had pressed the front leg too much across. The ball hit the pad and then bounded off to silly point. Was it lbw or was it for pad bat catch? I am not sure about the latter but it looked pretty straight forward for a lbw decision. But the question is if the umpire had given it out pad and bat catch, can the third umpire say forget that, that was not out but he was lbw. Any way he has been given out. Lbw or catch, we are not still sure.Hold on. Let's rewind: Kumble was given out. He didn't know for what. He went and asked the umpire and then Kumble decided to ask for the review. Replays confirmed the lbw decision, were unclear about pad and bat catch. Now what I don't know was whether the umpire had given him out caught initialy and then after review changed it to lbw. Any way, the correct decision has been made. OUT LBW. 170/7
54.5 to Z Khan, The skidder does him in. It landed on a length on the middle and leg and hurried on towards leg stump. Zaheer went right back but was beaten by the skidder and the pace off the wicket. Trapped in front. Easy decision.. 188/9
72.5 to VVS Laxman, Wah! done in by the two-fingered googly! It looped up outside off stump, Laxman stretched forward to defend, the bat came down outside the line as the ball spun in to thread the bat and pad gap to disturb the furniture. Super stuff from Mendis. And well played Laxman and Ishant. Good fighting partnership.. 223/10
Muthiah Muralidaran2948452.8913111000
17.3 to G Gambhir, lovely strike from Murali. It was slower than the previous deliveries, landed on the leg and middle, sucking Gambhir into a drive through the on side and he got a leading edge to short cover. Murali is delighted. His 150th wicket at SSC. What a bowler!. 79/2
31.5 to SR Tendulkar, Done in by the doosra from round the stumps! The relentless pressure by the two spinning men does the trick. It landed on leg and middle and turned across Tendulkar who decides late to let it go but is too late to withdraw the bat. The ball runs off the inner edge and on to the stumps. Beautiful delivery. Master at work.. 123/4
37.6 to SC Ganguly, Forget Mendis, try getting past the old Murali first! From over the stumps, he ripped a loopy topspinner around the leg stump line, Ganguly went for the sweep but got a top edge and Kulasekera came running in to take a sharp and very good catch inches off the turf at deepish square leg as the ball dipped rapidly on him.. 138/5
41.6 to KD Karthik, Murali takes out DK. The doosra on the middle and leg line, Karthik went for the slog sweep and top edged it towards wide extra cover. Murali dashed after it to take a good running catch. The shot selection will be questioned, if not by the captain walking past him and his team-mates, by the media.. 147/6
51.2 to Harbhajan Singh, Harbhajan walks and that's Murali's 64th five-for! What a champion.. It turned in from outside off stump, Harbhajan, perhaps, thought it was the doosra, was not coming forward till the ball started to turn in. He then tried to lunge out, landed his front leg on the heel, the ball had turned in by then, collided with the inside edge and popped to short-leg. Gone!. 181/8
India 2nd INNINGS (FOLLOWING ON) 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Gautam Gambhir st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralidaran43901264047.77
Virender Sehwag lbw b Muralidaran1317302076.47
VVS Laxman lbw b Mendis2126333080.76
Sachin Tendulkar c Dilshan b Muralidaran1230421040.00
Rahul Dravid c Warnapura b Mendis1030411033.33
Sourav Ganguly c Dilshan b Muralidaran412141033.33
Dinesh Karthik c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralidaran0610000.00
Anil Kumble (c) b Muralidaran1224242050.00
Harbhajan Singh  b Mendis1528341053.57
Zaheer Khan  b Mendis36110050.00
Ishant Sharma not out 51200500.00
Extras0
TOTAL45 Ov (RR: 3.06, 187 Mts)138
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Virender Sehwag, 6.4 ov), 2-53 (VVS Laxman, 14.2 ov), 3-82 (Sachin Tendulkar, 23.4 ov), 4-95 (Gautam Gambhir, 29.5 ov), 5-103 (Sourav Ganguly, 33.5 ov), 6-103 (Rahul Dravid, 34.2 ov), 7-103 (Dinesh Karthik, 35.5 ov), 8-120 (Anil Kumble, 41.3 ov), 9-133 (Zaheer Khan, 44.3 ov), 10-138 (Harbhajan Singh, 44.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Chaminda Vaas502705.40174000
Nuwan Kulasekara932502.77424000
Ajantha Mendis1836043.33744000
14.2 to VVS Laxman, trapped in front. Mendis has done in Laxman. Again. Twice within a short duration of time. It landed on a length around the middle and skidded towards leg. Laxman was unsure, had a stab at it but the ball beat the blade and rushed on quickly to hit the back pad. Dead plumb! Enter SRT.. 53/2
34.2 to R Dravid, Another review for a bat--pad catch! The two-fingered googly is the answer. What a bundle of mystery. Indians better call Hercule Poirot to solve it. It turned in from the middle stump line, Dravid was sucked forward to defend but the ball broke back in to take the inside edge before popping up off the pad to short leg.. The umpire had turned it down and Mahela was quick to do the T symbol, the time-out signal. What a session for Sri Lanka. Magical. Indians were clueless out there.. 103/6
44.3 to Z Khan, Oh boy! what a wicket orgy. Googly. Hurried nervous waft of the bat. Thin air. Timber! It broke back in from the middle stump line, Zaheer Khan tried to jab it to the off side but missed it completely and the ball hit the top of the leg stump.. 133/9
44.6 to Harbhajan Singh, Marvellous stuff. It's all over! Great thumping win for Sri Lanka. The goggle-eyed master and the middle-fingered assasin have done the job for Sri Lanka. Harbhajan was cleaned up by the googly. He had gone for the big slog across the line, no wood on leather, though. Great scenes here at SSC. This is India's third-heaviest innings defeat in Tests.. 138/10
Muthiah Muralidaran1332662.00613000
6.4 to V Sehwag, Mahela asks for the Review for the lbw. The ball pitched on the leg stump line - - half outside leg and half inside- and straightened and Sehwag shouldered arms. The ball clipped the inner half of the front pad - which was placed around the leg stump line - and then went on to hit the back pad in front of the stumps. It's a slightly tough one. It hit the front pad first and then deflected. After the chat with the third umpire, Benson has given it out. Joy for Sri Lanka. What a blow from Murali.Let's rewind: I will have a look at the replays - they have gone for ad breaks - to see whether it was the topspinner or doosra - in which case he would be out - or was it the off break in which case considering it hit the front pad first, you can say it would have turned to miss the leg stump. Boycott, on air, reckons it should not have been given out.Replays are in now. The ball did straighten. It was not the pure topspinner that would have gone on with the angle. It did straighten a bit. The virtual eye showed the path as if it hit the back pad first. The virtual eye showed it hitting the middle as if the deflection didn't happen. What happened was that it hit the front pad first. Having said that it was not hitting the middle, I would have to say that it might have grazed the leg stump. Any way that is that. A you tube moment. And the debate will continue.. 25/1
23.4 to SR Tendulkar, Review. Flat doosra down the leg side, Tendulkar goes for the paddle sweep and the ball pops up on the leg side, leg slip dives across and takes it cleanly. Doctrove is not impressed and Jayawardene calls for the review. Replays confirms that the ball took the shoulder of the bat after clipping the pad.. 82/3
29.5 to G Gambhir, Murali does him in again. Lovely flighted delivery around the off stump and Gambhir stepped down the track for the big extra-cover drive but was beaten in the flight and by the turn. Stumped. Superb delivery. He didn't charge out, just stepped out for the big drive but dragged the back foot way outside the crease.. 95/4
33.5 to SC Ganguly, Murali is on the verge of his 65th five-for and the 21st ten-for. Wicket no 4 for him. The quickish off break takes care of Ganguly. It spun across from the leg stump line and Ganguly followed it and it flew of the face of the bat to left of second slip where Dilshan took a sharp diving catch. Wonderful bowling and very good bit of fielding.. 103/5
35.5 to KD Karthik, 65th five-for. 21st ten-for and the fourth ten-wicket haul on this ground! What a legend. It was the doosra from round the stumps, Karthik was caught at the crease, tried to go back at the last minute and stabbed it off the outer half to Mahela at first slip. Good sharp catch to his left. And it's the 67th time Murali and Mahela combo have been involved in a dismissal!. 103/7
41.3 to A Kumble, The end is nigh! The quickish off break lands on the off and middle line, from round the stumps, Kumble backs away to cut - not the length for it- and edges it on to the stumps. Timber!. 120/8
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MATCH DETAILS
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season2008
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Muthiah Muralidaran
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1882
Hours of play (local time)09.45am start, Lunch 12.15-12.55pm, Tea 2.55-3.15pm, Close 5.45pm
Match days23,24,25,26 July 2008 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Ajantha Mendis
Ajantha Mendis
Umpires
West Indies
Billy Doctrove
England
Mark Benson
TV Umpire
South Africa
Rudi Koertzen
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Grashan Liyanage
Match Referee
Australia
Alan Hurst
CLOSE OF PLAY
Wed, 23 Jul - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 85/2 (Malinda Warnapura 50*, Mahela Jayawardene 16*, 22 ov)
Thu, 24 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 422/4 (Thilan Samaraweera 111*, Tillakaratne Dilshan 20*, 120 ov)
Fri, 25 Jul - day 3 - India 1st innings 159/6 (VVS Laxman 19*, Anil Kumble 1*, 45 ov)
Sat, 26 Jul - day 4 - India 2nd innings 138 (45 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Drinks: India - 195/9 in 58.0 overs (VVS Laxman 41, I Sharma 0)
  • India: 200 runs in 60.2 overs (362 balls), Extras 2
  • VVS Laxman: 50 off 94 balls (6 x 4)
  • Drinks: India - 217/9 in 71.0 overs (VVS Laxman 56, I Sharma 7)
  • Innings Break: India - 223/10 in 72.5 overs (I Sharma 13)
  • India 2nd innings
  • Lunch: India - 25/1 in 6.4 overs (G Gambhir 12)
  • 12:14 local time: Over 6.4 Muralitharan asks for a lbw referral of Sehwag and it is given in favour of the bowler.
  • India: 50 runs in 11.3 overs (69 balls), Extras 0
  • Drinks: India - 74/2 in 20.0 overs (G Gambhir 31, SR Tendulkar 9)
  • 14:14 local time: Over 23.4 Jayawardene asks for the review, when Tendulkar was caught at leg slip of the bowling of Muralitharn.
  • India: 100 runs in 32.4 overs (196 balls), Extras 0
  • Tea: India - 103/6 in 34.2 overs (KD Karthik 0)
  • 14:53 local time: Over 33.6 Jayawardene asks for a review as he takes the catch of Karthik at first slip, which was turned down by the third umpire as it was off the pad.
  • 14:57 local time: Over 34.2 Jayawardene asks for a review of the bowling of Mendis for a catch at short leg.
India Innings
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