That's it! Sri Lanka have romped home to a series-levelling win. Murali spins them home with his 9th five-wicket haul of the year. He, now, has a 10-wicket match-haul against each of the Test playing nations. Flighted up and Franklin, who put up such a good defiant two-man act with Vettori, swings it straight into the lap of the deep midwicket.
Chamara Silva, who collected a pair in his debut Test, but roared back in this game with a scintillating ton, was awarded the Man-of-the-Match trophy. Stephen Fleming makes a nice speech.. "Sri Lankans played great cricket, Over the past year they have emerged as a credible and strong Test team. ... they have one of the greatest spin bowlers (Murali) and a action which is very difficult to pick (Malinga)" That about sums it up for as well. It was a wonderful comeback from a team who had lost the first Test. There was some controversy as well. A run out. Debates raged about whether it was unsporting. And here we are now.. all even stevens and wondering why is it so. Surely, these two-match series should be discontinued.
This is Sriram Veera, and along with Jamie Alter, signing off. It was good fun bringing you the live action. Till next time, good bye and good luck!
Ray H writes in, "In response to Warwick Inder I would like to add I think NZ presently has the same selection problems as the England....i.e., some of the 'best' players are sitting on the sidelines. How can Ryder with a 1st class average of nearly 50 not be selected; how can Ross Taylor with as good a technique as Crowe not be selected. Conversely, how do we select How and Cumming with their domestic averages? If we look at the bowlers also I ask myself why players such as Adams, Gillespie and Patel are not in the frame. If NZ cricket is going to progress it must leave those that are not performing behind. "
lands on a length, cuts back in and raps Martin on the pads
yorker, goes between the bat and pad, and goes away for four byes. I am sure Martin acted as he was playing a straight drive, it was cleverly done to fool Sangakkara who reacted late and couldn't quite get across in time! Just kidding. Or may be not!
Ben attacks me with, "You forgot to point out that Martin has bought up his 50 - in only 33 matches" My bad.
In the channel outside off, left alone
Derek screams out, "I don't think it is necessary to spell Fleming. Just reverse the batting order!
Martin hits the seventh four of his career. Short of length, outside off, driven on the up, through backward point. Easy.
In the zone outside off, Martin goes back and across, covers the stumps and shoulders arms. . Nicely done!
Murali makes sure Martin will face the next over. Rips across a quick offbreak that spins away sharply after landing outside the offstump. Franklin goes for a squareslash, cant' connect
goes back, punches it back down the track
refuses a single after sweeping a fullish delvery to long leg
floated up, pushed to the offside
Still on Tindill. Carey again. "Tindill is unique also in that he is the only one that played both test cricket and rugby whereas Oliver, Page, McKechnie and Wilson represented NZ at either one day internationals in cricket or tour matches only with the AB's. As a gutsy left handed batsman, I am sure he would have enjoyed Vettori's brave knock."
full, and Martin drives, gets an inside edge and the ball rolls away.
Gone! Bond's licence to survive is over. (ouch that was bad) Goes hard at a length-delivery, outside off, edges it to Sangakkara
Lovely slower delvery, dips in on the middle stump, kept out by Bond
Both me and Dave need to get a life! Dave writes in to say, "Question is how many lives does Bond have? Easy answer: 007!"
And again. This time driven to mid-off.
full again, driven to cover point. Nice-looking shot, he just couldn't find the gap
full and on the off and middle, pushed back down the track
Well outside offstump, Bond has no problem in letting that one go through.