Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

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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   M Muralitharan 1-1-0-0

24.1

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

24.2

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, defended stretching forward

24.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, again defended watchfully, ball rolls down the track

24.4

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

24.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, doosra and Trescothick gets hit on the pad trying to defend, loud appeal for lbw turned down, umpire Koertzen had a long look but in the end adjudicated in favour of the batsman, that was mighty close!

24.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

England 79/0   M Muralitharan 2-1-1-0

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

26.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 1 run, full and on the pad, driven well wide of the fielder at mid-on

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

26.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, doosra, the one that turning back into the left-hander, Strauss goes back to defend but fails to connect, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the leg side

England 83/0   M Muralitharan 3-1-4-0

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

28.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pitched on the middle and off and spun away sharply, left alone

28.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, similar ball, left alone again

28.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Ripped across and it spins sharply away again, left alone

28.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, left alone again. Sharp spin for Murali

28.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Tossed up this time, much slower and it kept low. left alone

England 86/1   M Muralitharan 4-2-4-1

30.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

30.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 2 runs, Slightly short and spinning outside off, Cook pushes back and punches it past point

30.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Tossed up outside off, covers the stumps and lets it go

30.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, a doosra, Cook comes forward and pushes it to the off side. He is reading the wily old spinner well. So far.

30.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

30.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, outside off again. pushed out to cover

England 94/1   M Muralitharan 5-2-6-1

32.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up on the middle and turning away, Cook goes back and pushes it to point

32.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, on the middle and leg this time and much slower, turned away past square -leg

32.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

32.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, tossed on the middle and Trescothick attempts to play a sweep shot, the ball takes the inside edge and tickles down to short fine leg

32.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Ah! another attempted sweep and anothter inside edge. this time it rebounds off the pads.

32.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

England 97/1   M Muralitharan 6-2-7-1

34.1

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Just outside leg and turning in. Trescothick covers the line and dead bats it

34.2

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, outside leg again, gets rapped on the pads

34.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 2 runs, Pulls his sweep shot out this time. ball outside leg again and swept to deep midwicket

34.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Faster one and outside off stump. left alone.

34.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

34.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

England 103/1   M Muralitharan 7-2-9-1

36.1

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 1 run, tossed on the middle and leg, swept to long leg

36.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, flighted on the leg stump and turning , goes back and defends

36.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

36.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Much slower and outside leg, Cook hangs on his back foot and turns it past square leg

36.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Beaten! full and pitches just outside leg stump and turns past the attempted sweep shot.

36.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

England 111/1   M Muralitharan 8-2-11-1

38.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

38.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed on the middle and off stump line, leants forward and dead bats it

38.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, driven to cover

38.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Appeal for lbw, turned down. Pitches outside off and its a doosra and spins in and keeps low but the ball is going down leg

38.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

38.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Another appeal but inside edge saves him. Doosra which kept low again and Cook tries to play across.

England 114/1   M Muralitharan 9-3-11-1

40.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, On the middle and pushed to the on side. Bit tentative there, maybe he is not picking him

40.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

40.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed on the off, pushed out to point

40.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, On the leg stump line, turned to square leg and they jog through for a single

40.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Doosra that pitched on the leg stumpand Tresco is beaten on the forward prod, Loud appeal for a lbw but maybe it was going down the leg

40.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, SIX, Super shot for a six! Tossed on the leg and middle and slog-swept over deep midiwicket and thats fifty for Trescothick.

England 127/1   M Muralitharan 10-3-18-1

42.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, on the middle, goes back to push it out to on side

42.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

42.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off, defended with the full face of the bat

42.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up on the off, defended with the full face of the bat

42.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

42.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pushed to cover

42.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

England 136/1   M Muralitharan 11-4-18-1

49.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up on the middle and off stump line, Cook pushes forward and taps it away on the leg side, Murali moves across to his left and cuts off the single

49.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, bit too full outside the off stump, Cook drives well but fails to get it past the fielder at cover

49.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, wide outside the off stump, Cook gets a good stride forward, covers the stumps and leaves it through to the keeper

49.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, another wide delivery outside the off stump, Cook repeats the act

49.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

49.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, maiden! quicker delivery to end the over, forced away to towards cover point

England 158/1   M Muralitharan 12-5-18-1

51.1

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Wide outside off, Trescothick has nothing to with it.

51.2

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Fuller and outside off, slightly closer to off stump this time, and Trescothick is beaten on the forward drive

51.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 1 run, Outs

51.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

51.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

51.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

England 164/1   M Muralitharan 13-5-20-1

54.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Pitched on the off stump, turning away, pushed to the off side.

54.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Well tossed up, on the middle, defended carefully. Murali is trying to buy his wicket now

54.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, slightly flatter and on the off stump, pushed out to the off side

54.4

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, Flatter topspinner and bounces a bit and Cook goes for his cut shot, bit cramped and beaten by the bounce and the edge flies to the right of Mahela at the first slip

54.5

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run

54.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Oh! huge appeal for lbw. It pitched on the middle and straightened, a subtle doosra if you like and Trescothick is beaten on the forward prod. That was close. Would have crashed into the off stump but ....

England 181/1   M Muralitharan 14-5-25-1

56.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Beaten! well flighted delivery that drifted in from round the wickets, pitched on the off and turned away. Cook hung his bat out but luckily, for him, doesnt connect

56.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run

56.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, goes on the back foot and pushes it out

56.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Drags that one slightly shorts and punched through covers

56.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run

56.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Floated outside leg stump and goes for a sweep shot but doesn't connect and is rapped on the pads.

England 191/1   M Muralitharan 15-5-26-1

58.1

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, Super cut! Not all that short, just outside off stump, Cook shifts his weight to his back foot and cuts it gloriously past point

58.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Much fuller this time as Murali adjusts his length this time and Cook comes forward and dead bats it

58.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Similar delivery and again leant forward and that dead bat comes out.

58.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Murali switches to over the wicket, driven to cover and they take a quick single

58.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, Ooh! Classic Murali delivery: It pitched on the leg stump and it fizzed away past the bat.

58.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, tossed on the off, defended watchfully and that's Tea on the first day. England in complete control

England 199/1   M Muralitharan 16-5-31-1

60.1

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, defended on the front-foot

60.2

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, turning across, no shot offered

60.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Trescothick goes for the sweep but fails to make contact

60.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, FOUR, shot! tossed up outside the off stump, lands in the slot and Trescothick hammers it through extra cover, moves to 99 with that boundary!

60.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, defended down to silly mid-on

60.6

Muralitharan to Trescothick, 1 run, there it is! 14th Test hundred! flat delivery on the stumps, Trescothick quickly down on one knee and slogs it away to deep midwicket and the single takes him to the magic figure

England 206/1   M Muralitharan 17-5-36-1

62.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended outside the off stump

62.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at cover, easy single

62.3

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended watchfully

62.4

Muralitharan to Trescothick, no run, ripper, pitched on middle and off and turning across, excellent line and length - Trescothick is sucked into the prod and the ball zips past the outside edge

62.5

Muralitharan to Trescothick, OUT, gone this time! almost the same line and length but bit slower on this occasion, turning right across the left-hander, Trescothick pushes forward to defend and the edge is produced, done in by the length and the turn, Jayawardene at first slip goes low down to his left and takes it inches away from the ground

ME Trescothick c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 106 (251m 180b 17x4 1x6) SR: 58.88

62.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended back to the bowler, end of a successful over

England 213/2   M Muralitharan 18-5-37-2

64.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, starts off a new over with a quicker delivery on the middle and off stump line, Cook gets forward and defends it down on the off side

64.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended on the front-foot

64.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, driven off the back-foot to the cover region

64.4

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, short and on the pads, probably the doosra gone wrong, Cook quickly pounces on it and pulls it away to the backward square leg fence, powerful shot and that's his fifty!

64.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, excellent comeback delivery, Cook is beaten outside the off stump

64.6

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

England 218/2   M Muralitharan 19-5-41-2

66.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, width offered outside the off stump and Cook cuts it away towards point

66.2

Muralitharan to Cook, FOUR, again short and wide outside the off stump, this time Cook waits for the ball to turn and then cuts it away at the last possible moment, ball beats the fielder at gully and races away down the hill to the third man fence

66.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, this time closer to the off stump line and Cook stokes it away towards cover

66.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 3 runs, fraction short and turning in from outside the leg stump, Cook shuffles back and clips it away through midwicket, long chase from Vaas saves one run

66.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, turning in from wide outside the off stump, Pietersen gets his left-leg forward and sweeps hard but fails to connect, ball hits the pad well outside the line of the off stump and rolls away towards short cover - safe shot

66.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the track

England 229/2   M Muralitharan 20-5-48-2

68.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, fraction short and turning in from wide outside the off stump, Pietersen quickly picks up the length, rock back and thuds it through the narrow gap between the cover fielders - now that's a powerful cover drive!

68.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, swept away to long-leg

68.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, turning across, no shot offered

68.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

68.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended to point

68.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up delivery, defended to silly point

England 238/2   M Muralitharan 21-5-53-2

70.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, fraction short and Cook jabs it away towards cover

70.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, opens up Cook, ball clips the outside edge and rolls away behind point

70.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, on the middle and off stump line, forced away towards cover

70.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tight delivery, no shot offered

70.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended to point

70.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pushed back to the bowler

England 244/2   M Muralitharan 22-6-53-2

72.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended to short cover

72.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker delivery, spinning in from touch outside the off stump, Cook pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down and rightly so

72.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended on the front-foot

72.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, Cook reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper

72.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, defended towards cover

72.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, beauty! Murali hits the right line and length, ball grips the surface and rips across the left-hander, Cook is sucked forward and the ball zips past the outside edge - close call

England 244/2   M Muralitharan 23-7-53-2

74.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, well flighted delivery, turning in from outside the leg stump, Cook gets a good stride forward and turns it away towards midwicket

74.2

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, turn and bounce, Cook plays inside the line

74.3

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, quicker and flatter, Cook leans forward and forces it away towards midwicket

74.4

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, cut away straight to the fielder at point

74.5

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, again fraction short, on the middle and leg stump line, Cook skips back and works it away towards square leg

74.6

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

England 246/2   M Muralitharan 24-8-53-2

76.1

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Floated on the off and middle and turning away, defended on the front foot

76.2

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Slightly shorter and bit of width outside off, cut past point

76.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to the off side ring. Plenty of gap there, easy single

76.4

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run, Shorter and cuts past point

76.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 3 runs, Good stroke. Shorter and just outside off, waits and cuts it late

76.6

Muralitharan to Cook, no run, Tossed up on the middle and leg, out comes the front foot, head over the ball and deadbatted away

England 254/2   M Muralitharan 25-8-59-2

78.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, Easy pickings. Everything bad about the ball. Short, outside off and Pietersen went back and punched it past cover

78.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, driven back to the bowler

78.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, walks across and tries to whip it but doesn't connect, is rapped on the pads

78.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

78.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, Dances down the track, to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it to long on

78.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

England 271/2   M Muralitharan 26-8-67-2

80.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

80.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, Rips that one across, outside off and spinning furiously, Pietersen pads it away deliberately

80.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, Rips it from outside off, pads it deliberately

80.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

80.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

80.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run

80.6

Muralitharan to Cook, 1 run

England 275/2   M Muralitharan 27-8-69-2

102.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, drifting down the leg side, no shot offered

102.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, tossed up and turning in from outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

102.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery, eased away towards gully

102.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, slightly short and turning in, Collingwood goes right back and tucks it away towards short fine leg

102.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, full and on the stumps, defended stretching well forward

102.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery, drifting down the leg side, Collingwood fails to make contact and the ball rolls away off the pad

England 359/4   M Muralitharan 28-9-69-2

104.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, Swept from outside off, with the turn and they jog for a single

104.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run

104.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, Swept from outside off stump again and Maharoof fields at long leg

104.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

104.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, Doosra and a slow one at that. Enough time for Collingwood to read it of fthe pitch and push it to the of fside

104.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, Tossed on the off, defended on the front foot.

England 368/4   M Muralitharan 29-9-72-2

106.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, Dances down the track and is beaten by the dip but adjusts and whips it to short midwicket

106.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, On the off stump line and Pietersen makes room by moving back and outside leg and pushes it to the off side. Interesting battle on!

106.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 2 runs, Swept with the turn and they take a couple

106.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, pushed to off side

106.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, SIX, Audacious shot! Moves outside the line, just outside off stump and slog-sweeps it over deep midwicket!

106.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

England 381/4   M Muralitharan 30-9-80-2

108.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, And the battle continues. Outside off, a foot outside in fact and Pietersen still tries to sweep, misses and it runs off the pads to backward point and they take a single

108.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, FOUR, slightly shorter and just outside off, Collingwood makes room and cuts it behind point

108.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, Turned to forward short leg

108.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, tossed on the middle, defended off the front foot

108.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 2 runs, doosra and Collingwood picks it early and glides it to the third man area

108.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, flatter and quicker, pushed away to the off side

England 388/4   M Muralitharan 31-9-86-2

110.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, 100 up for Pietersen! outside off and Pietersen comes forward and opens the face of the bat, bit of an outside edge and the ball runs down to third man fence. Pietersen pumps his fists, raises the bat , takes out his helmet. Its his third Test hundred and this is his first match against Sri Lanka.

110.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

110.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, 400 up for England and loud cheers go around the arena

110.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

110.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

110.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, tossed on the off stump line, dead-batted to the off side. Mubarak hops across from short leg to pick the ball.

England 400/4   M Muralitharan 32-9-91-2

112.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed on the leg and middle stump line, whipped to deep midwicket where Chamara Kapugedara fields

112.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, stifled appeal. Collingwood is hit on the pads on a forward prod but well forward and outside the line

112.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, pushed to point

112.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

112.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 4 byes, outside leg and spinning further away and Collingwood tries to play a sweep straight behind the wicketkeeper, misses but England get four byes

112.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

England 412/4   M Muralitharan 33-9-92-2

114.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, slightly short, Pietersen shapes to pull and at the last minute swats it down the long-on

114.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, back to over the wicket for Collingwood, defended off the front foot

114.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed on the middle, worked away to deep midwicket

114.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, well flighted delivery this time, and Pietersen whips it from outside off to the mid-on region.

114.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, driven to midwicket where Dilshan makes the stop

114.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, floated on the middle and off stump line, Collingwood comes forward, bat and pad together and dead bats it.

England 420/4   M Muralitharan 34-9-95-2

116.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, floated outside off and swept to long leg where Maharoof fields

116.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 3 runs, a doosra and it takes the edge of the forward prod. no slip and it runs to third man and they run hard

116.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, swept to long leg.

116.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, Much fuller this time and Collingwood presses forward and pushes it back down the track

116.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, Similar ball but this time Collingwood tries to drive it through the off side and is beaten slightly by the spin and the ball runs straight back to the bowler

116.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

England 426/4   M Muralitharan 35-9-100-2

118.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

118.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

118.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, cut away through cover point for an easy single

118.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery, turning in sharply, defended watchfully

118.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 2 runs, drifting down the leg side, Pietersen quickly picks up the length and paddles it down to fine leg for a brace

118.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, take that! half-volley outside the off stump, Pietersen pushes forward and murders it to the cover fence, that was a powerful blow

118.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, better line and length, defended to covers

England 439/4   M Muralitharan 36-9-107-2

120.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, flat delivery on the middle and off stump line, Pietersen quickly goes down on one knee and slogs it over the square leg fielder, good clean hit and the placement was spot on, Murali under pressure here

120.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it down to long-on

120.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, forced away towards point

120.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, FOUR, and the party continues! tossed up delivery, Collingwood dances down the track, nicely gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it away with the spin to the long-on fence

120.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, defended to gully

120.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

England 452/4   M Muralitharan 37-9-116-2

122.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, flat and full, Collingwood plays across the line and gets hit on the pad, impact was well outside the line of the off stump

122.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run

122.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, doosra, the one that turns away from the right hander, Pietersen quickly picks it up, rocks back and punches it away to deep cover, yet another easy single added to the total

122.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front-foot

122.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and turning in sharply, Collingwood pushes foward to defend but is beaten by the turn and the ball hits the pad in-line with the stumps, loud appeal for lbw turned down, that was close!

122.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, another tight delivery, defended watchfully

England 459/4   M Muralitharan 38-9-118-2

124.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, worked away to deep square leg

124.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery down the leg side, Pietersen fails to make contact

124.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, another wayward delivery down the leg side and this time Pietersen leaves it through to the keeper

124.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front-foot

124.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, worked away to midwicket

124.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, goes for the sweep and ends up with a top edge, ball spoons up behind the keeper, Jayawardene fails to get across in time and the ball falls safely behind the keeper, then he has a go at the stumps in an attempt to run-out Pietersen but that too ends in vain

England 466/4   M Muralitharan 39-9-119-2

126.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, turned away on the leg side

126.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended stretching forward

126.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Pietersen gets well forward and taps it away towards short midwicket

126.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, short delivery, Pietersen works it away towards midwicket, that was a surprisingly tame shot

126.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery, defended on the front-foot

126.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, doosra, Pietersen picks it up early, stays back and forces it behind point for an easy single

England 469/4   M Muralitharan 40-9-120-2

128.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 3 runs, fifty! doosra, ball kept bit low after hitting the deck, Collingwood looking to defend it on the front-foot ends up with a thick edge and the ball races away to third man - well played

128.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended down on the off side and the ball rolls away towards cover

128.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery, ball hit the pad and pops up on the leg side, Sangakkar dives across and takes it cleanly but the umpire is not interested

128.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, another quicker delivery, once again Pietersen fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away on the leg side

128.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended down on the off side

128.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, drifting down the leg side, play and a miss

England 482/4   M Muralitharan 41-9-123-2

130.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, turned away towards midwicket

130.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, tossed up delivery, Pietersen goes for the reverse sweep but fails to connect, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the off side, needless shot that

130.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, not again! another reverse sweep and once again Pietersen misses the target by miles, ball clips the glove and pops up on the leg side

130.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, worked away on the leg side

130.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, on the pads, clipped away towards square leg

130.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, turned away to short leg

England 484/4   M Muralitharan 42-10-123-2

132.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, defended watchfully

132.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 3 runs, quicker delivery, Pietersen makes room and hammers it through extra cover, runs hard and comfortably makes it back for the third

132.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, defended to short midwicket

132.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, flighted delivery, driven straight to Vaas at mid-off

132.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 2 runs, nudged down to fine leg, Collingwood takes on the fielder in the deep and makes it back for the second

132.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 4 byes, what was that! flat delivery outside the off stump, the one that goes straight on, ball keeps low after hitting the deck, beats the batsman and the keeper and runs down to the third man fence, almost a rolling ball

England 498/4   M Muralitharan 43-10-128-2

134.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, pushed to short leg

134.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, goes forward and pads it away

134.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, goes back and punches it to cover

134.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, OUT, got him! full and outside off and Collingwood goes back and is beaten by the lack of bounce. It fizzed fairly quickly as well and maybe, he should have gone forward.

PD Collingwood b Muralitharan 57 (162m 119b 7x4 0x6) SR: 47.89

134.5

Muralitharan to Jones, 1 run, slow doosra, Jones hangs on his back foot and steers it to backward point

134.6

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, ripped that one across: flat and quick and Flintoff presses forward and is rapped on the pads.

England 503/6   M Muralitharan 44-10-129-3

136.1

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run

136.2

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, pushed back down the track

136.3

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, tossed on the middle and off stump line, turned to short leg

136.4

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run

136.5

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, turned to short leg again.

136.6

Muralitharan to Flintoff, FOUR, dances down the track and drives powerfully to the long-off fence. Two quick wickets might have fallen but Flintoff is intent on attack.

England 509/6   M Muralitharan 45-10-133-3

138.1

Muralitharan to Jones, no run, turns in from outside off, Jones goes back and pushes it to the off side

138.2

Muralitharan to Jones, FOUR, slightly shorter and just outside off stump, Jones makes room for himself and cut it past cover

138.3

Muralitharan to Jones, no run, fuller and is rapped on the pads

138.4

Muralitharan to Jones, no run, turned in from outside off, and Jones, on his back foot, dead bats it

138.5

Muralitharan to Jones, 1 run, waits on the back foot and turns it to deep backward square-leg

138.6

Muralitharan to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed outside off, pushed close on the off side and they amble for a single. Not enough urgency from the fielders

England 516/6   M Muralitharan 46-10-139-3

140.1

Muralitharan to Flintoff, 2 runs, short and pitched outside off, turning in and Flintoff pulls it away and Dilshan makes a half-stop at short midwicket

140.2

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run

140.3

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, attempted sweep but doesn't connect and Murali lets out a wry smile

140.4

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, doosra that pitched on the leg stump, Flintoff pushes it to on side

140.5

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run

140.6

Muralitharan to Flintoff, SIX, tossed up on the leg and middle stump line, Flintoff moves across and hoicks imperiously over long leg!

England 533/6   M Muralitharan 47-10-147-3

142.1

Muralitharan to Jones, no run, tossed up, pitched outside off and turns in and Jones tries to make room to cut but is cramped up and pushes it out to short leg. Murali has a big smile

142.2

Muralitharan to Jones, 1 run

142.3

Muralitharan to Flintoff, FOUR

142.4

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, goes for a slog-sweep, doesn't connect, it balloons up off the pads

142.5

Muralitharan to Flintoff, no run, flatter and quicker, pushed out to on side

142.6

Muralitharan to Flintoff, SIX, down the track and heaved over midwicket. Super shot for a six and Flintoff has a chat with the umpires. England have declared!

England 551/6   M Muralitharan 48-10-158-3
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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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