Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

0.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, On the middle stump line this time. The left foot comes forward , head over the ball and defended carefully

0.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run

0.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run

0.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run

England 1/0   AJ Strauss 0* (4b)

1.6

Maharoof to Strauss, no run

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 0* (5b)

3.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside off, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to the man at gully

3.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, good delivery from Maharoof, one that was pitched just a little fuller in length, dart back into Strauss and raps him on the pads, there's a huge appeal for LBW, but Umpire Aleem Dar is unmoved

3.3

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, good one outside off, Strauss plays and misses

3.4

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, defends it to the off-side, its the man at silly mid-off who gets to the ball

3.5

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, outside off, left alone

3.6

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, outside off again, and Strauss bothers not to play at it, lets it through to the wicketkeeper

England 5/0   AJ Strauss 0* (11b)

4.2

Vaas to Strauss, FOUR, shot!! Vass pitches full and strays on the legs, Strauss is on good position to work it away to the deep square leg fence - good way to get off the mark

4.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, defends it back to the bowler this time, played it with a straight bat on that occasion

4.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, Strauss feels for hte delivery outside off and gets beaten

4.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run, defends it to the offside

4.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run, outside off and moving away, left through to the wicketkeeper

England 10/0   AJ Strauss 4* (16b 1x4)

5.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, beauty, in the slot outside the off stump and swinging away late, Strauss is drawn forward and the ball zips past the outside edge

5.3

Maharoof to Strauss, FOUR, down the leg side, too easy a delivery, glanced away fine and the ball races away to the fine leg fence

5.4

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, defended to point

5.5

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

5.6

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, inside edge onto the pad

England 15/0   AJ Strauss 8* (21b 2x4)

6.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, defended back to the bowler

6.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away towards point

6.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, the one that goes straight on, Strauss watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

6.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, Strauss gets forward and defends it towards cover, another fine over from Vaas comes to an end

England 16/0   AJ Strauss 8* (25b 2x4)

8.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, too wide to trouble the batsman

8.2

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, Vaas drifts onto the pads and Strauss shuffles across a bit and clips it away to long-leg for an easy single

England 21/0   AJ Strauss 9* (27b 2x4)

9.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, wide outside the off stump, Strauss shoulders arms

9.2

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 no ball, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, again bit too wide and Strauss leaves it for the keeper

9.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away from the left-hander, no shot offered

9.3

Maharoof to Strauss, FOUR, slightly fuller on the occasion, pitched on middle and off stump and slanting across the left-hander, Strauss gets forward and drives it straight back down the track to the long-on fence, Murali at mid-on gives chase but the ball wins the race - presented the full face of the bat and the ball gets sped away off the middle

9.4

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, defended outside the off stump

9.5

Maharoof to Strauss, FOUR, four more, good length delivery outside the off stump, this time Strauss punches off the back-foot, another sweetly timed shot and the ball rockets away to the extra-cover fence

9.6

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, better line and length from Maharoof, Strauss gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler, end of an expensive over

England 30/0   AJ Strauss 17* (34b 4x4)

11.1

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 no ball, good length delivery outside the off stump, bowled from round the wicket, Strauss gets forward and strokes it away towards cover

11.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

11.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away on the off side

11.3

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, straight delivery, driven down to mid-on

11.4

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, drifting in with the angle and this one shaped away a touch, Strauss plays inside the line and the ball goes through to the keeper

11.5

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, another probing delivery outside the off stump, drifting in and shaping away, Maharoof hitting the right line and length from round the wicket, Strauss reads it well and shoulders arms - well played in the end

11.6

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 run, drifting onto middle and leg, wrong line and Strauss works it away behind square on the leg side, easy single to end the over

England 36/0   AJ Strauss 18* (41b 4x4)

12.1

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, starts off with a decent delivery on the stumps, driven straight to the man at mid-on

12.2

Kulasekara to Strauss, 3 runs, 3;good length delivery on the pads, easy pickings - Strauss stays back and clips it away through midwicket, Vaas gives chase and pulls is it in saving one run

England 39/0   AJ Strauss 21* (43b 4x4)

13.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, defended to mid-off

13.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, on the legs, flicked away to Monty Panesar at long leg

13.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

13.3

Maharoof to Strauss, FOUR, short of a length, pitched wide outside the off stump and coming in with the angle, at this pace - 'forget it', Strauss leans back and pulls it away through midwicket, another long chase ends in vain

13.4

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

13.5

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, Strauss gets inside the line and tucks it away towards long-leg for an easy single

England 44/0   AJ Strauss 26* (48b 5x4)

14.1

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, defended on the back-foot

14.2

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defensively played to mid-off

14.3

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, driven towards mid-off

14.4

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

14.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Strauss leans back and cuts it away through cover point, was there to be hit and he just had to pick a spot - too easy a delivery for a man of Strauss's caliber

14.6

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, defended on the back-foot

England 52/0   AJ Strauss 30* (54b 6x4)

16.1

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, harmlessly angling across the left-hander, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

16.2

Kulasekara to Strauss, FOUR, take that! good length delivery, pitched on middle and off and slanting across, nothing wrong with the delivery, Strauss quickly goes back and across and carves it away through the gap between cover and point, fielder at point quickly gives up the chase

16.3

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, better line and length, defended straight back along the carpet and Kulasekara on his follow-through pick it up

16.4

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

16.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, 1 wide, wayward delivery outside the off stump, out of reach and it's rightly called a wide

16.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, 1 run, under pressure Kulasekara drifts onto the pads and Strauss clips it away to long-leg for an easy single

England 64/0   AJ Strauss 35* (59b 7x4)

17.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

17.2

Vaas to Strauss, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, Strauss pushes forward and comes down hard it, flashing kiss and the ball races away well wide of the fielder at backward point

17.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, line and length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, Strauss shoulders arms

17.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, another one that swings away from the left-hander, Strauss stays back and watches it all the way into the keeper's gloves

17.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run, closer to the off stump line on this occasion, Strauss gets forward and defensively plays it away towards cover

17.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

England 68/0   AJ Strauss 39* (65b 8x4)

18.4

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, left alone

18.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, 1 no ball, again called for overstepping, decent delivery outside the off stump and Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

18.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, bit wide on this occasion but Strauss plays safe

18.6

Kulasekara to Strauss, 1 run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Strauss goes back and across and drives it away through point, there is protection in the deep and he gets just a single for that

England 71/0   AJ Strauss 40* (69b 8x4)

19.1

Vaas to Strauss, 2 runs, pitched up outside the off stump, Strauss quickly picks up the length, gets forward to the pitch of the delivery and drives it away well wide of the fielder at cover

19.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

19.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, pitched close to the off stump, this one bites the surface and shapes away late, Strauss plays inside the line

19.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

19.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run, defended on the back-foot, ball rolls away square on the off side

19.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run, line and length delivery to end the over, Strauss gets forward and strokes it away towards point

England 73/0   AJ Strauss 42* (75b 8x4)

20.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, on the middle and off stump line, this one straightened a bit after hitting the deck, Strauss had to hurry, ball clips the inner half of the bat and rolls away towards midwicket

20.6

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

England 74/0   AJ Strauss 42* (77b 8x4)

22.1

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, pitched on middle and leg and turning right across, Strauss shuffles across to defend and is beaten by the turn and the lack of bounce, Murali right on the money from the word go!

22.2

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, well flighted delivery, driven straight to the fielder at extra cover

22.3

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, inside edge onto the pad

22.4

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

22.5

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, tossed up and turning across, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

22.6

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, bit fuller, Strauss drives and ends up with an inside edge onto his pad, Murali starts off with a maiden!

England 74/0   AJ Strauss 42* (83b 8x4)

24.1

Muralitharan to Strauss, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, turned away towards square leg

England 79/0   AJ Strauss 43* (84b 8x4)

25.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run, drifting down the leg side, Strauss fails to make contact

25.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

25.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, another tight delivery, Strauss shoulders arms

25.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

25.5

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Strauss had to play at it, ball clips the inner half of the bat and rolls away to long-leg

England 80/0   AJ Strauss 44* (89b 8x4)

26.1

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, starts off with a doosra, drifting down the leg side, Strauss has a go at it but fails to make contact

26.2

Muralitharan to Strauss, no run, on the stumps, defended down on the leg side, short leg moves across and fields

26.3

Muralitharan to Strauss, 1 run, turned away well wide of the fielder at short leg, quick single taken

26.5

Muralitharan to Strauss, 1 run, quicker delivery, again down the wrong line and Strauss taps it away towards short midwicket, early call and Trescothick responds well

England 83/0   AJ Strauss 46* (93b 8x4)

27.1

Kulasekara to Strauss, no run, on the stumps, bit too straight, Strauss stays back and drives it down to mid-on

27.2

Kulasekara to Strauss, 1 run, quicker delivery but again on the middle and leg stump line, this time Strauss manages to get it away well wide of the fielder at mid-on

27.5

Kulasekara to Strauss, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, Strauss stands tall on the back-foot and drives it away well wide of the fielder at mid-off&

England 86/0   AJ Strauss 48* (96b 8x4)

28.1

Muralitharan to Strauss, OUT, got'm! tossed up delivery, pitched on middle and off and turning across the left-hander, Strauss pushes forward to defend, ball turns away just enough to kiss the outside edge, Jayawardene at first slip dives across to his left and takes a good low catch, Murali strikes on the stroke of lunch!

AJ Strauss c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 48 (119m 97b 8x4 0x6) SR: 49.48

England 86/1   AJ Strauss 48 (97b 8x4)
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Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Nottingham - Jun 2-5, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 134 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Birmingham - May 25-28, 2006
England won by 6 wickets
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - May 11-15, 2006
Match drawn
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