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India v/s Sri Lanka 3rd Test Day 4

August 11, 2008
India in Sri Lanka Test Series – 3rd Test
Sri Lanka v India
2008 season
Played at P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, on 8,9,10,11 August 2008 (5-day match)

Result Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets

India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 72 196 128 10 0 56.25
V Sehwag c wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Prasad 21 36 21 4 0 100.00
R Dravid lbw b Prasad 10 52 29 0 0 34.48
SR Tendulkar lbw b Prasad 6 18 12 0 0 50.00
SC Ganguly c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 35 68 57 4 1 61.40
VVS Laxman st wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 25 56 44 1 0 56.81
wicketkeeper PA Patel lbw b Mendis 13 48 42 1 0 30.95
captain A Kumble b Mendis 1 10 6 0 0 16.66
Harbhajan Singh c Vandort b Muralitharan 3 11 8 0 0 37.50
I Sharma not out 17 77 61 0 0 27.86
Z Khan st wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 32 68 73 3 1 43.83
Extras (b 1, lb 8, nb 5) 14
Total (all out; 80 overs; 325 mins) 249 (3.11 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-51 (Sehwag, 7.2 ov), 2-92 (Dravid, 18.3 ov), 3-102 (Tendulkar, 22.1 ov), 4-151 (Ganguly, 39.5 ov), 5-155 (Gambhir, 42.1 ov), 6-190 (Laxman, 54.3 ov), 7-195 (Patel, 56.1 ov), 8-196 (Kumble, 56.3 ov), 9-198 (Harbhajan Singh, 59.4 ov), 10-249 (Khan, 79.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 12 1 44 0 3.66
KTGD Prasad 17 0 82 3 4.82 (1nb)
BAW Mendis 28 4 56 5 2.00
M Muralitharan 23 3 58 2 2.52
Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MG Vandort lbw b Khan 14 77 50 1 0 28.00
BSM Warnapura b Sharma 8 27 22 0 0 36.36
WPUJC Vaas c Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh 47 169 111 9 0 42.34
KC Sangakkara c wicketkeeperPatel b Kumble 144 424 288 14 0 50.00
captain DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Harbhajan Singh 2 10 6 0 0 33.33
TT Samaraweera c wicketkeeperPatel b Khan 35 113 84 3 0 41.66
TM Dilshan lbw b Kumble 23 65 45 3 0 51.11
wicketkeeper HAPW Jayawardene c Harbhajan Singh b Khan 49 163 116 5 0 42.24
KTGD Prasad st wicketkeeperPatel b Harbhajan Singh 36 89 56 5 0 64.28
BAW Mendis lbw b Kumble 17 43 28 2 0 60.71
M Muralitharan not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 14, w 2, nb 1) 21
Total (all out; 134.2 overs; 585 mins) 396 (2.94 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-14 (Warnapura, 5.6 ov), 2-42 (Vandort, 16.5 ov), 3-137 (Vaas, 47.3 ov), 4-141 (DPMD Jayawardene, 49.1 ov), 5-201 (Samaraweera, 73.6 ov), 6-244 (Dilshan, 88.3 ov), 7-324 (Sangakkara, 113.5 ov), 8-367 (HAPW Jayawardene, 125.5 ov), 9-396 (Prasad, 133.5 ov), 10-396 (Mendis, 134.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Z Khan 32 5 105 3 3.28 (1nb)
I Sharma 15.3 3 33 1 2.12
Harbhajan Singh 40.3 8 104 3 2.56 (2w)
A Kumble 41.2 4 123 3 2.97
V Sehwag 2 0 2 0 1.00
SC Ganguly 3 0 11 0 3.66
India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir b Prasad 26 55 43 3 0 60.46
V Sehwag c Samaraweera b Prasad 34 48 29 7 0 117.24
R Dravid c DPMD Jayawardene b Mendis 68 226 166 6 0 40.96
SC Ganguly lbw b Muralitharan 18 64 50 1 1 36.00
wicketkeeper PA Patel lbw b Mendis 1 3 2 0 0 50.00
SR Tendulkar lbw b Mendis 14 26 22 1 0 63.63
VVS Laxman not out 61 193 157 3 0 38.85
captain A Kumble lbw b Muralitharan 9 21 15 1 0 60.00
Harbhajan Singh lbw b Vaas 26 32 32 5 0 81.25
Z Khan run out (Samaraweera) 0 8 7 0 0 0.00
I Sharma c Warnapura b Muralitharan 0 5 5 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 5, lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 11
Total (all out; 87.5 overs; 345 mins) 268 (3.05 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-62 (Sehwag, 10.4 ov), 2-65 (Gambhir, 12.2 ov), 3-108 (Ganguly, 27.4 ov), 4-109 (Patel, 28.1 ov), 5-131 (Tendulkar, 34.5 ov), 6-216 (Dravid, 70.1 ov), 7-229 (Kumble, 75.5 ov), 8-266 (Harbhajan Singh, 84.6 ov), 9-268 (Khan, 86.4 ov), 10-268 (Sharma, 87.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 5 0 20 1 4.00
KTGD Prasad 11 0 60 2 5.45 (1nb, 2w)
M Muralitharan 37.5 4 99 3 2.61
BAW Mendis 34 7 81 3 2.38
Sri Lanka 2nd innings (target: 122 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
MG Vandort b Harbhajan Singh 8 8 7 2 0 114.28
BSM Warnapura not out 54 135 99 5 0 54.54
KC Sangakkara c Gambhir b Khan 4 23 8 0 0 50.00
captain DPMD Jayawardene not out 50 103 85 3 0 58.82
Extras (b 4, lb 3) 7
Total (2 wickets; 33.1 overs; 135 mins) 123 (3.70 runs per over)
Did not bat TT Samaraweera, TM Dilshan, wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene, WPUJC Vaas, KTGD Prasad, BAW Mendis, M Muralitharan
Fall of wickets1-11 (Vandort, 1.4 ov), 2-22 (Sangakkara, 6.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Z Khan 6 1 22 1 3.66
Harbhajan Singh 14 2 44 1 3.14
A Kumble 10 2 34 0 3.40
V Sehwag 3 0 12 0 4.00
SC Ganguly 0.1 0 4 0 24.00

Toss India, who chose to bat first
Series Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 2-1

Test debut KTGD Prasad (Sri Lanka)
Player of the match KC Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Player of the series BAW Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

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India v/s Sri Lanka 3rd Test Scorecard Day 3

August 10, 2008
India in Sri Lanka Test Series – 3rd Test
Sri Lanka v India
2008 season
Played at P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, on 8,9,10,11,12 August 2008 (5-day match)
India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 72 196 128 10 0 56.25
V Sehwag c wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Prasad 21 36 21 4 0 100.00
R Dravid lbw b Prasad 10 52 29 0 0 34.48
SR Tendulkar lbw b Prasad 6 18 12 0 0 50.00
SC Ganguly c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 35 68 57 4 1 61.40
VVS Laxman st wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 25 56 44 1 0 56.81
wicketkeeper PA Patel lbw b Mendis 13 48 42 1 0 30.95
captain A Kumble b Mendis 1 10 6 0 0 16.66
Harbhajan Singh c Vandort b Muralitharan 3 11 8 0 0 37.50
I Sharma not out 17 77 61 0 0 27.86
Z Khan st wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 32 68 73 3 1 43.83
Extras (b 1, lb 8, nb 5) 14
Total (all out; 80 overs; 325 mins) 249 (3.11 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-51 (Sehwag, 7.2 ov), 2-92 (Dravid, 18.3 ov), 3-102 (Tendulkar, 22.1 ov), 4-151 (Ganguly, 39.5 ov), 5-155 (Gambhir, 42.1 ov), 6-190 (Laxman, 54.3 ov), 7-195 (Patel, 56.1 ov), 8-196 (Kumble, 56.3 ov), 9-198 (Harbhajan Singh, 59.4 ov), 10-249 (Khan, 79.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 12 1 44 0 3.66
KTGD Prasad 17 0 82 3 4.82 (1nb)
BAW Mendis 28 4 56 5 2.00
M Muralitharan 23 3 58 2 2.52
Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MG Vandort lbw b Khan 14 77 50 1 0 28.00
BSM Warnapura b Sharma 8 27 22 0 0 36.36
WPUJC Vaas c Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh 47 169 111 9 0 42.34
KC Sangakkara c wicketkeeperPatel b Kumble 144 424 288 14 0 50.00
captain DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Harbhajan Singh 2 10 6 0 0 33.33
TT Samaraweera c wicketkeeperPatel b Khan 35 113 84 3 0 41.66
TM Dilshan lbw b Kumble 23 65 45 3 0 51.11
wicketkeeper HAPW Jayawardene c Harbhajan Singh b Khan 49 163 116 5 0 42.24
KTGD Prasad st wicketkeeperPatel b Harbhajan Singh 36 89 56 5 0 64.28
BAW Mendis lbw b Kumble 17 43 28 2 0 60.71
M Muralitharan not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 14, w 2, nb 1) 21
Total (all out; 134.2 overs; 585 mins) 396 (2.94 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-14 (Warnapura, 5.6 ov), 2-42 (Vandort, 16.5 ov), 3-137 (Vaas, 47.3 ov), 4-141 (DPMD Jayawardene, 49.1 ov), 5-201 (Samaraweera, 73.6 ov), 6-244 (Dilshan, 88.3 ov), 7-324 (Sangakkara, 113.5 ov), 8-367 (HAPW Jayawardene, 125.5 ov), 9-396 (Prasad, 133.5 ov), 10-396 (Mendis, 134.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Z Khan 32 5 105 3 3.28 (1nb)
I Sharma 15.3 3 33 1 2.12
Harbhajan Singh 40.3 8 104 3 2.56 (2w)
A Kumble 41.2 4 123 3 2.97
V Sehwag 2 0 2 0 1.00
SC Ganguly 3 0 11 0 3.66
India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir b Prasad 26 55 43 3 0 60.46
V Sehwag c Samaraweera b Prasad 34 48 29 7 0 117.24
R Dravid not out 46 88 4 0 52.27
SC Ganguly lbw b Muralitharan 18 64 50 1 1 36.00
wicketkeeper PA Patel lbw b Mendis 1 3 2 0 0 50.00
SR Tendulkar lbw b Mendis 14 26 22 1 0 63.63
VVS Laxman not out 17 37 1 0 45.94
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 5
Total (5 wickets; 45 overs) 161 (3.57 runs per over)
To bat captainA Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, I Sharma
Fall of wickets1-62 (Sehwag, 10.4 ov), 2-65 (Gambhir, 12.2 ov), 3-108 (Ganguly, 27.4 ov), 4-109 (Patel, 28.1 ov), 5-131 (Tendulkar, 34.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 3 0 18 0 6.00
KTGD Prasad 8 0 46 2 5.75 (1nb, 2w)
M Muralitharan 16 0 56 1 3.50
BAW Mendis 18 5 39 2 2.16

Toss India, who chose to bat first

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Fight For Asian Championship

August 8, 2008

The precursor to the deciding final match of this fantastic Test series isn’t in the same league as what transpired in Kolkata in 2001, but for India it’s no less important. It has been seven years since they came back from 0-1 to win a three-match series, and that’s all too annoying.

India have been in a 1-1 position before in recent years, most famously against Australia at home in 2001, against Sri Lanka away later that year, and in South Africa in January 2007. It’s a mixed record; they followed up VVS Laxman’s Kolkata heroics by taking the series 2-1 in Chennai; they crumbled against Sri Lanka in the SSC decider and went down to South Africa in Cape Town.

Now, against a professional Sri Lankan side with a proud home record to defend, India – who haven’t won a series here since 1993 – again face a tough test. Anil Kumble has repeatedly stressed on India’s ability to bounce back from defeat and the team can look back at a host of performances for inspiration – including John Wright’s decision to show the Hollywood sport epic Remember the Titans during the series against Australia in 2001 – but now they need to break the mental lock that binds them when a series is levelled.

The conditions are indeed different but, in terms of the 1-1 equation, the series could not have asked for a better venue for the decider – the pitch at Colombo’s P Saravanamuttu Stadium is reputed to be the truest in Sri Lanka.

History shows the PSS has traditionally assisted batsmen, fast bowlers and spinners alike. In 2002, when it hosted a neutral Test between Australia and Pakistan, Ricky Ponting scored a hundred, Shoaib Akhtar bowled a terrifying spell of fast bowling, taking five wickets for eight runs, including three in one over, and Shane Warne and Saqlain Mushtaq shared 19 wickets. In a 2006 thriller, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn shared nine wickets, Muttiah Muralitharan hauled Sri Lanka back with seven in the second innings, and Mahela Jayawardene’s 123 helped Sri Lanka chase 352. It was one of the most dramatic and gripping last-wicket wins.

Four spinners have taken 51 of the 66 wickets to fall in this series but the pitch at the PSS suggests there will be something in it for the fast bowlers. Yesterday evening it resembled a concrete strip with a lot of grass on it; there was less grass on it today and it remains to be seen what the pitch will look like one the first morning, but both captains felt it would offer something for the fast bowlers.

Cue India’s new-ball pairing of Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan, who were outstanding in Sri Lanka’s second innings in Galle. Zaheer found movement and a fiery Ishant got bounce. By contrast, Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Kulasekara averaged between 120 and 125kph in Colombo and bowled only 30 overs in a Test dominated by spinners. They also didn’t do enough to curb strong Indian starts in Galle.

Sri Lanka have responded by dropping Nuwan Kulasekara, whose lack of pace told in the first two Tests. They haven’t made the choice between Dammika Prasad, who took 4 for 58 in the tour game, or left-arm fast bowler Thilan Thushara, who played in West Indies in April this year.

Neither of the first two Tests went into the fifth day and a five-day finish would be a compelling finale for a series which, despite what the scoreboard from the SSC suggests, had plenty of tension. Both teams go into this match determined to win, but for India, with all the talk of becoming No. 1, this Test could prove definitive.

“This is a good Test,” said Jayawardene, not even considering the threat of losing a home series. “We’ve played some really good cricket this series and everyone’s feeling each other out now. It’s going to be an interesting one; everything to play for.”

A series with all the trappings of a real Asian Test Championship finds itself tantalisingly poised going into the decider – and that’s something both Indian and Sri Lankan cricket need.

– About Cricket –

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

India v/s Sri Lanka 3rd Test Scorecard Day 1

August 8, 2008
India in Sri Lanka Test Series – 3rd Test
Sri Lanka v India
2008 season
Played at P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, on 8,9,10,11,12 August 2008 (5-day match)
India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir lbw b Mendis 72 196 128 10 0 56.25
V Sehwag c wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Prasad 21 36 21 4 0 100.00
R Dravid lbw b Prasad 10 52 29 0 0 34.48
SR Tendulkar lbw b Prasad 6 18 12 0 0 50.00
SC Ganguly c DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan 35 68 57 4 1 61.40
VVS Laxman st wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 25 56 44 1 0 56.81
wicketkeeper PA Patel lbw b Mendis 13 48 42 1 0 30.95
captain A Kumble b Mendis 1 10 6 0 0 16.66
Harbhajan Singh c Vandort b Muralitharan 3 11 8 0 0 37.50
I Sharma not out 17 77 61 0 0 27.86
Z Khan st wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene b Mendis 32 68 73 3 1 43.83
Extras (b 1, lb 8, nb 5) 14
Total (all out; 80 overs; 325 mins) 249 (3.11 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-51 (Sehwag, 7.2 ov), 2-92 (Dravid, 18.3 ov), 3-102 (Tendulkar, 22.1 ov), 4-151 (Ganguly, 39.5 ov), 5-155 (Gambhir, 42.1 ov), 6-190 (Laxman, 54.3 ov), 7-195 (Patel, 56.1 ov), 8-196 (Kumble, 56.3 ov), 9-198 (Harbhajan Singh, 59.4 ov), 10-249 (Khan, 79.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 12 1 44 0 3.66
KTGD Prasad 17 0 82 3 4.82 (1nb)
BAW Mendis 28 4 56 5 2.00
M Muralitharan 23 3 58 2 2.52
Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MG Vandort not out 3 20 0 0 15.00
BSM Warnapura b Sharma 8 37 22 0 0 36.36
WPUJC Vaas not out 0 6 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1, lb 2) 3
Total (1 wicket; 8 overs) 14 (1.75 runs per over)
To bat KC Sangakkara, captainDPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera, TM Dilshan, wicketkeeperHAPW Jayawardene, KTGD Prasad, BAW Mendis, M Muralitharan
Fall of wickets1-14 (Warnapura, 5.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Z Khan 4 1 9 0 2.25
I Sharma 4 2 2 1 0.50

Toss India, who chose to bat first

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

Sri Lanka v/s India 3rd Test Preview and Facts

August 7, 2008

Match facts

Friday August 8 – Tuesday August 12, 2008
Start time 10.15am (0445GMT)

Big Picture

Sri Lanka v India has already made a strong claim to being called the Asian Ashes, as opposed to the contests between Pakistan and India who, over their last two series, produced some of the most unappetising Test cricket on pitches that didn’t deserve any better. The matches in this series have been far more exciting than the victory margins seem to suggest. The first Test witnessed the coming together of two spinners who look set to form the most fearsome bowling duo since McGrath-Warne. Till as late as the final two sessions and a bit of a see-saw second Test, one team took a lead of some sort, only to be pulled back even before they could feel comfortable.

Not for the first time did Sri Lanka lay claims to invincibility at home, only for India to come back from the dead in the next Test. That’s raised the stakes for the third Test: India have not won a series in Sri Lanka since 1993, and Sri Lanka are looking for revenge for the 0-2 hammering they received when they last toured India. If the teams can continue from where they left off in Galle, we are in for some match.

Form guide (last 5 Tests)

Sri Lanka LWLWD (most recent first)
India WLWLD

Watch out for

Muttiah Muralitharan: Murali is not used to not contributing, and one of the key factors in India’s success in Galle was that he took only 5 for 200, three of which were tailenders’ wickets, after the damage had been done. He will look to make amends.

The Fab Four: Similarly, the famed Indian middle order is not used to failing so consistently. Between them they have managed one half-century in 16 innings. Their response will be interesting: will they master or be mastered?

Sehwag v Mendis: Two runaway stars of the series, both capable of turning a match around in a very short period. Without doubt Sehwag has been the best Indian batsman against Mendis, who has come across as a threat as big as Murali, if not bigger. Will they decide the series between them? Will Sehwag survive till Mendis comes on? If he does, will there be a repeat of Galle (76 in 83 balls) or the Asia Cup final (out second ball)?

Team news

Dinesh Karthik had done little behind the stumps in the first two Tests to inspire confidence in the bowlers and, with his captain among the bowlers to suffer, he may be axed in favour of Parthiv Patel, who last played a Test in October 2004. The rest of the line-up remains the same. India (probable) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Parthiv Patel (wk), 8 Anil Kumble (capt), 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma

Sri Lanka decided to stick on with Michael Vandort – 17 runs in three innings so far – but were not as kind to Nuwan Kulasekara, who has taken one wicket in the two Tests. They are yet to decide whether they to pick Thilan Thushara, the left-arm medium-pacer, or hand out a debut to Dammika Prasad, whose pace has been a talking point ever since he was added to the squad after the first Test.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Michael Vandort, 2 Malinda Warnapura, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8 Chaminda Vaas, 9 Muttiah Muralitharan, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Thilan Thushara/Dammika Prasad.

Umpires: Mark Benson and Rudi Koertzen. Third umpire: Billy Doctrove

Pitch & conditions

The pitch is likely to be hard and bouncy, a welcome news for all parties involved: pace bowlers, spinners, and the batsmen. But if the conditions are pacer-friendly, India stand a better chance of exploiting them. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for the five days of the Test, but that is expected in August in Sri Lanka. The thunderstorms in the first two Tests were not enough to rob us of a result, and the teams will be hoping for the same here.

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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi