RESULT
3rd Test, Ahmedabad, December 18 - 22, 2005, Sri Lanka tour of India
398 & 316/9d
(T:509) 206 & 249

India won by 259 runs

Player Of The Match
7/62, 40* & 3/79
harbhajan-singh
Player Of The Series
67 runs • 20 wkts
anil-kumble
India 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Gautam Gambhir c Tharanga b Malinga1933413057.57
Virender Sehwag (c) b Malinga2035624057.14
VVS Laxman  b Maharoof10423739814043.88
Sachin Tendulkar c Mubarak b Muralidaran2366852034.84
Yuvraj Singh c Samaraweera b Muralidaran022000.00
Mohammad Kaif c Atapattu b Bandara419210021.05
MS Dhoni lbw b Muralidaran49621007079.03
Irfan Pathan lbw b Maharoof8216222112050.61
Ajit Agarkar  b Malinga26691052037.68
Anil Kumble c Jayawardene b Bandara2152652140.38
Harbhajan Singh not out 881500100.00
Extras(b 15, lb 13, nb 9, w 5)42
TOTAL122.4 Ov (RR: 3.24, 565 Mts)398
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Gautam Gambhir, 8.3 ov), 2-52 (Virender Sehwag, 12.1 ov), 3-88 (Sachin Tendulkar, 31.3 ov), 4-88 (Yuvraj Singh, 31.5 ov), 5-97 (Mohammad Kaif, 36.6 ov), 6-183 (MS Dhoni, 58.6 ov), 7-308 (VVS Laxman, 95.3 ov), 8-345 (Irfan Pathan, 107.1 ov), 9-384 (Ajit Agarkar, 119.2 ov), 10-398 (Anil Kumble, 122.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Lasith Malinga32411333.5313610019
8.3 to G Gambhir, Malinga to Gambhir, OUT (Caught) - first blood! short delivery outside the off stump, Gambhir goes for the pull and the ball balloons up off the top-edge, Tharanga moves across towards midwicket from square and takes a good catch on the run, India one down.. 31/1
12.1 to V Sehwag, Malinga to Sehwag, OUT (Bowled) - bowledm! good length delivery, this one nipped back in sharply, Sehwag pushes forward to defend and the ball goes right through, clips the pad and crahes into the woodwork, Malinag strikes early after lunch, India two down. 52/2
119.2 to AB Agarkar, Malinga to Agarkar, OUT (Bowled) - on the stumps and Agarkar plays all over it, Malinga strikes. 384/9
Farveez Maharoof27115221.921378000
95.3 to VVS Laxman, Maharoof to Laxman, OUT (Bowled) - they needed a beauty and out of the blue Maharoof produces one! good length delviery, pitched in line with the off stump and swinging back in, too good a delivery for Laxman even with a hundred behind him, ball goes right through the gap between bat and pad and crashes into the woodwork. 308/7
107.1 to IK Pathan, Maharoof to Pathan, OUT (LBW) - oh dear! so near, yet so far! good length delivery, this one pitched in line with the leg stump and straightened, Pathan plays down the wrong line and the ball hits the pad right in front of the stumps, Maharoff rewarded from some good bolwing and once again Pathan fails to make it to three figures. 345/8
Muthiah Muralidaran36412833.5515318100
31.3 to SR Tendulkar, Muralitharan to Tendulkar, OUT (Caught) - Murali strikes! well flighted delivery, turning in from outside the off stump and Tendulkar is beaten by the extra bouncer, jumble of bat, pad and body - ball pops up on the leg side and Mubarak at short leg takes a good catch diving well forward - India three down. 88/3
31.5 to Yuvraj Singh, Muralitharan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT (Caught) - and the party continues! tossed up and turning away, Yuvraj pushes forward to defend, ball turns away just enough to kisss the outside edge, Samaraweera at first slip makes no contact - Murali on a roll here, India four down and in trouble. 88/4
58.6 to MS Dhoni, Muralitharan to Dhoni, OUT (LBW) - tossed up and turning in, Dhoni goes back to defend but misses the target, ball cannons into the back pad and thats plumb, Dhoni returns just one run short of a half-century, Murali gets the much needed breakthrough. 183/6
Malinga Bandara24.436922.791108000
36.6 to M Kaif, Bandara to Kaif, (OUT) long hop from Bandara, was asking to be hit, Kaif picks the length well, goes onto the backfoot and pulls it away, cant keep the ball down, ends up hitting it straight to Marvan Atapattu at mid wicket! India in deep trouble now!. 97/5
122.4 to A Kumble, Bandara to Kumble, OUT (Caught), Kumble goes for the sweep shot, top edges it is air bound for a longtime and Mahela Jayawardene has to just move a couple of paces, and ends up taking a good catch. Thats the end of the Indian innings, indeed a fantastic recovery after they were reeling at 97 for 5. 398/10
Tillakaratne Dilshan30802.66131000
Sri Lanka 1st INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Upul Tharanga c †Dhoni b Pathan214150014.28
Marvan Atapattu (c)c Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh40691066057.97
Kumar Sangakkara  b Harbhajan Singh41911314045.05
Mahela Jayawardene c Kaif b Harbhajan Singh011000.00
Thilan Samaraweera c Kaif b Harbhajan Singh11616006.25
Tillakaratne Dilshan c Kaif b Harbhajan Singh651091218059.63
Jehan Mubarak  b Kumble1322221059.09
Farveez Maharoof c & b Harbhajan Singh410170040.00
Malinga Bandara not out 2843602265.11
Muthiah Muralidaran st †Dhoni b Kumble3640050.00
Lasith Malinga c Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh0510000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 2, nb 6)9
TOTAL63.2 Ov (RR: 3.25, 263 Mts)206
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Upul Tharanga, 2.6 ov), 2-74 (Marvan Atapattu, 23.3 ov), 3-74 (Mahela Jayawardene, 23.4 ov), 4-82 (Thilan Samaraweera, 27.6 ov), 5-105 (Kumar Sangakkara, 33.3 ov), 6-144 (Jehan Mubarak, 42.6 ov), 7-155 (Farveez Maharoof, 47.6 ov), 8-198 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 59.5 ov), 9-201 (Muthiah Muralidaran, 60.5 ov), 10-206 (Lasith Malinga, 63.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Irfan Pathan1013613.60435000
2.6 to WU Tharanga, Agarkar to Tharanga, OUT (Caught) - gone! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and swinging away late and that opens up Tharanga and produces the all important edge, ball goes straight to Dhoni behind the stumps and up goes the finger - Pathan strikes early!. 14/1
Ajit Agarkar621803.00311006
Anil Kumble2538723.4810810000
42.6 to J Mubarak, Kumble to Mubarak, OUT (Bowled) - right through! tossed up and turning into the left-hander from outside the off stump, Mubarak leans forward to defend but the ball turns in a long way and goes right through the gate between bat and pad, Kumble strikes early on day three - Sri Lanka 6 down.. 144/6
60.5 to M Muralidaran, Kumble to Muralitharan, OUT (Stumped) - tossed up and turning away, Murali comes down the track and misses it completely, Dhoni whips off the bails and Murali is out by a long way, Sri Lanka nine down. 201/9
Harbhajan Singh22.236272.771003200
23.3 to MS Atapattu, Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, OUT (Caught) - tossed up outside the off stump, turning in, Atapattu sweeps and the ball balloons up of the top-edge, Sehwag moves across from leg-gully and takes it on the run, Harbhajan strikes - Sri Lanka two down. 74/2
23.4 to DPMD Jayawardene, Harbhajan Singh to Jayawardene, OUT (Caught) - Harbhajan turning it around for India here! another classic off-break, the one that turns and bounces, Jayawardene pushes forward to defend, ball turns in just enough to beat the bat and clip the glove and the ball goes straight to Kaif at short leg, Harbhajan on a hat-trick here!. 74/3
27.6 to TT Samaraweera, Harbhajan Singh to Samaraweera, OUT (Caught) - and the party continues! ripper of a delivery and another batsman walks back beaten by the extra turn and bounce, this time the inside edge clipped the thigh pad and popped up straight to Kaif at short leg - Samaraweera s uneasy stay at the crease comes to tame end. 82/4
33.3 to KC Sangakkara, Harbhajan Singh to Sangakkara, OUT (Bowled) - oh dear! Harbhajan does a Warney, bowled from round the stumps, tossed up outside the leg stump and turning in, Sangakkara sweeps but fails to make contact, ball turns in just enough to clip the leg stump - a truly outstanding delivery!. 105/5
47.6 to MF Maharoof, Harbhajan Singh to Maharoof, OUT (Caught) - gone! tossed up and turning in, Maharoof steps forward and drives it straight back in the air, Harbhajan moves to his right and takes a good one-handed catch, Maharoof departs beaten by the extra bounce, Sri Lanka need another 44 runs to avoid the follow-on. 155/7
59.5 to TM Dilshan, Harbhajan Singh to Dilshan, OUT (Caught) - turn and bounce, got big on Dilshan, clips the glove and pops up straight to Kaif at short leg, wicket number six for Harbhajan and thats his 150 Test wicket at home. 198/8
63.2 to SL Malinga, Harbhajan Singh to Malinga, OUT (Caught) - another batsman departs foxed by the extra turn and bounce and Harbhajan ends up with seven wickets to his name, ball gets big on Malinga, clips the glove and goes straight to Sehwag at leg-slip, up goes the finger and thats the end of the Sri Lankan innings. 206/10
India 2nd INNINGS 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Virender Sehwag (c)c Maharoof b Malinga011000.00
Gautam Gambhir c †Sangakkara b Muralidaran30711074042.25
VVS Laxman c †Sangakkara b Maharoof513171038.46
Sachin Tendulkar lbw b Dilshan1929403065.51
Yuvraj Singh c †Sangakkara b Bandara758311913190.36
Mohammad Kaif lbw b Bandara916170156.25
MS Dhoni lbw b Muralidaran1420261070.00
Irfan Pathan  b Muralidaran2734414079.41
Ajit Agarkar c & b Bandara48436261111.62
Anil Kumble not out 29681040142.64
Harbhajan Singh not out 4051564178.43
Extras(b 7, lb 9, nb 3, w 1)20
TOTAL71 Ov (RR: 4.45, 299 Mts)316/9d
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Virender Sehwag, 0.1 ov), 2-9 (VVS Laxman, 3.4 ov), 3-34 (Sachin Tendulkar, 12.4 ov), 4-81 (Gautam Gambhir, 24.2 ov), 5-100 (Mohammad Kaif, 29.2 ov), 6-134 (MS Dhoni, 35.1 ov), 7-174 (Yuvraj Singh, 42.1 ov), 8-198 (Irfan Pathan, 45.4 ov), 9-247 (Ajit Agarkar, 55.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Lasith Malinga1226315.254711013
0.1 to V Sehwag, Malinga to Sehwag, OUT (Caught) - gone first ball! short and wide outside the off stump and Sehwag goes after it, a needless shot to say the least, ball clips the top-edge and flies straight to Maharoof at third man, Malinga strikes!. 0/1
Farveez Maharoof602514.16233000
3.4 to VVS Laxman, Maharoof to Laxman, OUT (Caught) - beauty! perfect line and length, hint of out swing and that produces a faint edge, ball goes straight to Sangakkara behind the stumps, Maharoof too joins the party, India two down and in a stop of bother here. 9/2
Tillakaratne Dilshan1223613.00514000
12.4 to SR Tendulkar, Dilshan to Tendulkar, OUT (LBW) - tossed up and turning in from outside the off stump, Tendulkar goes back to defend but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad high but the appeal is upheld by umpire Nadeem Ghauri, would have gone over the stumps by the look of things but the umpire was convinced that it would have gone on to hit the stumps. 34/3
Muthiah Muralidaran2159034.288810300
24.2 to G Gambhir, Muralitharan to Gambhir, OUT (Caught) - short and wide outside the off stump, bit of extra bounce, Gambhir cuts off the back-foot, not sure if he nicked it but the Lankans go up as one and umpire Nadeem Ghauri raises his finger - India 4 down and in trouble here. 81/4
35.1 to MS Dhoni, Muralitharan to Dhoni, OUT (LBW) - murali strikes straightaway after tea! turning in from outside the off stump, Dhoni moves back and across to defended but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad plumb in front of the stumps, as plumb as it gets - India 6 down. 134/6
45.4 to IK Pathan, Muralitharan to Pathan, good line but full, Pathan defends on the front foot, no runs. 198/8
Malinga Bandara1928434.42738200
29.2 to M Kaif, Bandara to Kaif, OUT (LBW)- googly does the trick, Kaif is trapped plumb in front. 100/5
42.1 to Yuvraj Singh, Bandara to Yuvraj Singh, OUT (Caught) - wide outside the off stump, was there to be hit and Yuvraj goes for it and is beaten by the low bounce, edged and well taken by Sangakkara behind the stumps. 174/7
55.6 to AB Agarkar, Bandara to Agarkar, OUT (Caught) - comes down the track and drives it straight back to the bowler, sad end to a fine innings. 247/9
Jehan Mubarak10202.0050000
Sri Lanka 2nd INNINGS (Target: 509 runs)
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Upul Tharanga c Gambhir b Kumble471171398040.17
Marvan Atapattu (c)c Kaif b Harbhajan Singh1656592028.57
Kumar Sangakkara lbw b Kumble1754652031.48
Mahela Jayawardene c & b Agarkar571061387053.77
Thilan Samaraweera c Kaif b Kumble5861062.50
Tillakaratne Dilshan c †Dhoni b Pathan651231625052.84
Jehan Mubarak c Laxman b Harbhajan Singh1838732147.36
Farveez Maharoof lbw b Kumble22525008.00
Malinga Bandara c Sehwag b Kumble1121241052.38
Muthiah Muralidaran  b Harbhajan Singh31090030.00
Lasith Malinga not out 0410000.00
Extras(b 1, nb 7)8
TOTAL92.3 Ov (RR: 2.69, 360 Mts)249
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Marvan Atapattu, 16.3 ov), 2-84 (Kumar Sangakkara, 34.5 ov), 3-89 (Upul Tharanga, 38.5 ov), 4-96 (Thilan Samaraweera, 40.2 ov), 5-201 (Mahela Jayawardene, 71.3 ov), 6-229 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 80.2 ov), 7-235 (Farveez Maharoof, 86.3 ov), 8-235 (Jehan Mubarak, 87.1 ov), 9-245 (Muthiah Muralidaran, 89.6 ov), 10-249 (Malinga Bandara, 92.3 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Irfan Pathan913113.44415000
80.2 to TM Dilshan, Pathan to Dilshan(OUT) - bowled from round the stumps, excellent line and length, Dilshan drive eyeing the cover fence but ends up with a faint edge, Dhoni dives across and takes a good catch. 229/6
Harbhajan Singh3177932.541458000
16.3 to MS Atapattu, Harbhajan Singh to Atapattu, OUT (Caught) - gone! tossed up and turning in, Atapattu comes down the track looking to defend but ends up with an inside edge on to his pad and the ball pops up on the leg side, Kaif at short leg dives forward and across to his left and takes a brilliant catch. Harbhajan strikes at the stroke of Lunch, Sri Lanka one down - India need nine more!. 39/1
87.1 to J Mubarak, Harbhajan Singh to Mubarak, OUT (Caught) - turn and bounce, spinning right across the left-hander, Mubarak pushes forward to defend and tamely defends it straight to Laxman at first slip who takes it leaning well forward, Harbhajan joins the party from the other end, this is not going to last long!. 235/8
89.6 to M Muralidaran, Harbhajan Singh to Muralitharan, OUT (Bowled) - another one bites the dust! tossed up and turning in, Murali goes down on one knee and swings across but misses the target by miles, ball clips the pad and crashes into the stumps, wicket number 10 for Harbhajan singh - India need just one more to wrap this up. 245/9
Ajit Agarkar1131811.63542000
71.3 to DPMD Jayawardene, Agarkar to Jayawardene, OUT (Caught) - finally the breakthrough! overpitched delviery on the middle and off stump line and Jayawardene ends up driving it straight back to Agarkar, finger goes up but Jayawardene stands his ground and so the umpires go upstairs - RED light flashes.. 201/5
Anil Kumble34.398952.571639103
34.5 to KC Sangakkara, Kumble to Sangakkara, OUT (LBW) - and Kumble strikes! bowled from wide of the crease, balls hist the rough outside the off stump and jags back in and Sangakkara is trapped plumb in front of the stumps, Sri Lanka two down!. 84/2
38.5 to WU Tharanga, Kumble to Tharanga, OUT (Caught) - Kumble bags another one! turning in from outside the off stump, Tharanga goes back looking to glance it down fine but the ball clips the edge and goes square, Gambhir at leg-slip dives forward and takes it cleanly, Sri Lanka 3 down and in trouble here!. 89/3
40.2 to TT Samaraweera, Kumble to Samaraweera, OUT (Caught), good length delivery from Kumble, Samaraweera comes forward and defends, ball takes the inside edge of the bat, goes onto the pads and lobs upto Kaif at forward short leg. 96/4
86.3 to MF Maharoof, Kumble to Maharoof, OUT (LBW) - flipper, the one that goes straight on and its too good a delivery for Maharoof who plays down the wrong line and the ball hits the pad right in front of the stumps, would have easily crashed into middle and leg, loud appeal and up goes the finger, India need just three more!. 235/7
92.3 to HMCM Bandara, Kumble to Bandara, OUT (Caught) - all over! done and dusted in under 30 minutes! genuine leg-break, close to the off stump line, Bandara pushes forward to defend and the ball goes off the outside edge, Sehwag at first slip dives across to his right and takes a good catch, Kumble adds another 5-for to his name!. 249/10
Virender Sehwag301806.00132004
Sachin Tendulkar401303.25161000
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MATCH DETAILS
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2005/06
Player Of The Match
India
Harbhajan Singh
Player Of The Series
India
Anil Kumble
Series resultIndia won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1778
Match daysday (5-day match)
Test debut
Upul Tharanga
Upul Tharanga
Umpires
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
Pakistan
Nadeem Ghauri
TV Umpire
India
Ivaturi Shivram
Match Referee
West Indies
Clive Lloyd
CLOSE OF PLAY
Sun, 18 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 247/6 (VVS Laxman 71*, Irfan Pathan 39*, 78 ov)
Mon, 19 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 131/5 (Tillakaratne Dilshan 27*, Jehan Mubarak 11*, 40 ov)
Tue, 20 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 287/9 (Anil Kumble 23*, Harbhajan Singh 19*, 66 ov)
Wed, 21 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 235/6 (Jehan Mubarak 18*, Farveez Maharoof 2*, 85 ov)
Thu, 22 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 249 (92.3 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
General
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • India: 300 runs in 68.4 overs (415 balls), Extras 19
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka 39/1 in 16.3 overs (WU Tharanga 22, KC Sangakkara 0)
  • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 19.4 overs (118 balls), Extras 1
  • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 43.5 overs (269 balls), Extras 7
  • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 56.2 overs (345 balls), Extras 8
  • Tea: Sri Lanka 160/4 in 58.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 29, TM Dilshan 38)
  • India: 300 runs in 68.4 overs (415 balls), Extras 19
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka 39/1 in 16.3 overs (WU Tharanga 22, KC Sangakkara 0)
  • Sri Lanka 50 runs in 19.4 overs (118 balls), Extras 1
  • Sri Lanka 100 runs in 43.5 overs (269 balls), Extras 7
  • Sri Lanka 150 runs in 56.2 overs (345 balls), Extras 8
  • Tea: Sri Lanka 160/4 in 58.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 29, TM Dilshan 38)
  • DPMD Jayawardene: 50 off 96 balls (6 x 4)
  • Sri Lanka 200 runs in 70.6 overs (433 balls), Extras 8
  • TM Dilshan: 50 off 94 balls (3 x 4)
  • New Ball Taken: Sri Lanka 234/6 after 83.5 overs (J Mubarak 0, MF Maharoof 0)
  • End Of Day: Sri Lanka 235/6 in 85.0 overs (J Mubarak 18, MF Maharoof 2)
Sri Lanka Innings
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