Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

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

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

12.3

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

12.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, beauty! short of a good length delivery, pitched in-line and angling across the left-hander, Trescothick tentatively pokes at it and the ball goes past the outside edge, beaten by the extra bounce there

12.5

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, same line and length, this time Trescothick play safe and the ball thuds into the keeper's gloves

12.6

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

England 39/0   KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-3-0

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   KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-7-0

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

16.6

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and moving away sharply, Trescothick reads it well and leaves it for the keeper

England 64/0   KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-13-0

18.1

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, pitched outside leg stump and drifting in with the angle, Trescothick stays back and defends it back to the bowler

18.2

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Trescothick shoulders arms, shapes away after passing the stumps

18.3

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, angling across, Trescothick gets forward and strokes it away through the gap between gully and point

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   KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-16-0

20.1

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, driven away towards cover, diving stop there by Dilshan cuts off the single

20.2

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no swing there - just went straight-on, Trescothick leaves it through to the keeper

20.3

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

20.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, forced away behind point, nicely opened the face of the bat at the last moment to get it past the fielder there

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   KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-17-0

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

27.3

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, defended back down the track

27.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, fuller length delivery, angling across, Trescothick gets forward and nudges it away behind point for a single

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&

27.6

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, pushed to covers

England 86/0   KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-20-0

37.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Gentle medium pace. pitched on the off and shapes away, pushed out to cover

37.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Gentle medium pace. pitched on the off and shapes away, pushed out to cover

37.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Slightly fuller and Cook comes on to his front foot and drives it straight. mistimes it and bowler goes across to stop it

37.3

Kulasekara to Cook, 2 runs, Full and outside off, leans forward and drives it , copy book style, to deep cover for a couple

37.4

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Again outside off but this time Cook covers his off stump and shoulders arms

37.5

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, full again, and you guessed it, yes outside off stump. pushed past the point

37.6

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, Another gentle seam-up stuff around the off stump line, driven to mid-off

England 114/1   KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-23-0

39.1

Kulasekara to Trescothick, FOUR, Overpitched delivery, driven straight down the ground. No problem there at all.

39.2

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, A silly mid-off in place. Pitches on the leg and middle line and Trescothick tries to whip it across but doesn't make contact and the ball ballons up after hitting the pad

39.3

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run

39.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, Outside off, full in length, driven to sweeper cover

39.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on the legs, pushed to the on side

39.6

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, Pushed to Murali at mid-on and they go for a quick single. Murali throws down the stumps and the decision was refered to third umpire but Cook had reached in time

England 120/1   KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-29-0

41.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run

41.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run

41.3

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run

41.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, Just outside off, pushed hard at it , the ball takes the edge but falls short of Mahela Jayawardene in the slips. Just short.

41.5

Kulasekara to Trescothick, FOUR, Short outside off, slashed at it and the edge flies past Mahela to the third man fence

41.6

Kulasekara to Trescothick, FOUR, Lovely cover drive! Overpitched delivery outside off, driven to the cover fence

England 136/1   KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-38-0

43.1

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, On the leg and coming in with the natural angle,, pushed to th e onside

43.2

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, short of length, punched back down the track

43.3

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, On the middle, defended off the back foot

43.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, Outside off, pushed out to cover

43.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run

43.6

Kulasekara to Cook, no run

England 137/1   KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-39-0

45.1

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Trescothick covers the line and strokes it away towards cover, well judged single added to the total

45.2

Kulasekara to Cook, 2 runs, more runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Cook chips back and works it away through square leg for a brace, excellent placement

45.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, too straight a delivery and Cook punches it straight to the fielder at mid-on

45.4

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

45.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, seam-up, driven down to mid-off

45.6

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

England 143/1   KMDN Kulasekara 11-0-42-0

47.1

Kulasekara to Trescothick, 1 run, inside edge and the ball rolls away towards short fine leg, easy single

47.2

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

47.3

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, wicket to wicket delivery, Trescothick presents the full face of the bat and the ball rolls down to silly mid-off

47.4

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, beaten! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away late, probably reversing, Trescothick goes fishing but luckily catches nothing

47.5

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, left alone outside the off stump, well played

47.6

Kulasekara to Trescothick, no run, tight delivery, defended towards cover

England 154/1   KMDN Kulasekara 12-0-44-0

69.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no movement whatsoever, Pietersen leaves it through to the keeper

69.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and coming in with the angle, Pietersen gets well forward and drives, presenting the full face of the bat, diving effort at mid-on ends in vain and the ball trickles down to the long-on fence

69.3

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

69.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, drifting down the leg side, Pietersen fails to make contact and the ball rolls away off the pad

69.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 2 runs, flicked away off the back-foot to the deep midwicket region, easy two

69.6

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

England 244/2   KMDN Kulasekara 13-0-50-0

71.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

71.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and bit wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

71.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, defended to cover

71.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, another probing delivery, defended watchfully

71.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, pitched up and angling in, Pietersen leans forward and drives it away straight to the fielder at midwicket

71.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run

England 244/2   KMDN Kulasekara 14-1-50-0

73.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-on, easy single

73.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, good length delivery, hint of swing? Cook gets forward and taps it away towards midwicket

73.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on the middle and off stump line, the one that goes straight on, Cook shuffles across and hits through the line, ball rolls down to mid-on, no room for a single there

73.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, driven away through cover point, runs hard looking for the second but the fielder in the deep was alert

73.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery and Pietersen drives it away towards cover, not a well timed shot

73.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

England 246/2   KMDN Kulasekara 15-1-52-0

75.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, Full just outside off stump and driven confidently to cover

75.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Driveable length again, just outside off and out comes the front foot and driven to cover

75.3

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, On a good length, on the off stump, coming in, punched to left of cover

75.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Ah! the signature Peitersen shot. Walks across down the track, the bottom hand works over time and turned against the line to midon. Pietersen is warming up!

75.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Outside off again but this time no adventure, left alone

75.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Deja-vu . another well left

England 248/2   KMDN Kulasekara 16-1-54-0

77.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, Pitched outside off, short of a length and coming in a bit, Pietersen thrusts forward and pushes at it, the inside edge runs past square leg.

77.2

Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, Full and well outside off, Cook glides it third man fence

77.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Bit straighter this time, outside off but this time no open face, drives it to mid-off

77.4

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, driven to cover

77.5

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, on a length, pitched outside off and goes with the angle, Cook stretches out and drives it to cover

77.6

Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, Beautiful stroke! Full and begged to be hit, and Cook obliged in style. Leant forward, and head over the ball, caressed it straight past the bowler.

England 263/2   KMDN Kulasekara 17-1-63-0

89.1

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Hint of swing there. Came in after pitching on the middle and Hoggard is rapped on the pads

89.2

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Bit of inswing again. Shapes in towards the pads, Hoggard turns it to deep midwicket but again they decide against a run. The nightwatchman is there to protect the main batsman and Hoggard is doing his job perfectly

89.3

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Pushed out to the on side

89.4

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Waste of a delivery. Well outside off and Hoggard lets it go

89.5

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run

89.6

Kulasekara to Hoggard, no run, Just the ball you want if you are facing the last ball of the day. Outside off and there was no need to flirt with that. Hoggard survives and that's stumps on the opening day

England 318/3   KMDN Kulasekara 18-2-63-0

107.1

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, Outside off and left alone by Collingwood.

107.2

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, On a length, outside off and a loose stroke from Collingwood. He tries to thrash it on the up, doesn't make contact as he is beaten by the bounce

107.3

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, No flirting this time, lets a ball outside off to go the wicketkeeper

107.4

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, Appeal for lbw as the ball nips back in off the pitch and Collingwood is beaten on the forward prod but it's going down the leg

107.5

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run

107.6

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, Wide outside off, left alone and it bounces once before it reaches Sangakkara

England 381/4   KMDN Kulasekara 19-3-63-0

109.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, Imperious hook off the front foot. Short and rising on the off stump and he thumps it to deep midwicket. Pietersen is on 96 now

109.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Driven hard to mid-off where Murali makes a tumbling stop

109.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, ooh! appeal for lbw but negated. Full and outside off and Pietersen goes on his walk again, and is rapped on the pads but he had moved outside the off stump by then

109.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good yorker, dug away to the on side

109.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, full and bit of indrift, turned past square leg

109.6

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run

England 395/4   KMDN Kulasekara 20-3-68-0

111.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, turned a full delivery to the on side

111.2

Kulasekara to Collingwood, FOUR, short and wide, Collingwood rocks back on his back foot and cuts behind point.

111.3

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, on a length, pushed back down the track

111.4

Kulasekara to Collingwood, 1 run

111.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, thumping drive but straight to mid-on

111.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run

England 407/4   KMDN Kulasekara 21-3-75-0

113.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, driven to midwicket where Dilshan makes a good stop to deny England a run

113.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, on a length, full and driven to mid-on

113.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, Extraordinary shot! he dances down the track and the bowler drags it shorter but Pietersen adjusts and thumps it straight past the bowler!

113.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run

113.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, bouncer and pulled to deepmidwicket. Just a single but it's the run that marks the 1000th Test run of Pietersen. Cheers around the arena

113.6

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run

England 417/4   KMDN Kulasekara 22-3-80-0

115.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, gentle seam-up delivery outside off, driven to mid-off.

115.2

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, fuller and just outside off stump, driven hard to mid-off

115.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, on a length, outside off stump, and Pietersen stretches across and defends it watchfully to cover

115.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, whipped to mid-on and they take a easy single

115.5

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, outside off and Collingwood shuffles across and allows it to go

115.6

Kulasekara to Collingwood, no run, on a length, on the off stump line, pushed to cover

England 421/4   KMDN Kulasekara 23-3-81-0

117.1

Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed out to the left of the cover

117.2

Kulasekara to Collingwood, 1 run, short and bit of width outside off, cut to deep cover

117.3

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, a foot outside off but Pietersen stretches across, comes inside the line and pushes it back down the track

117.4

Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, attempted yorker and Pietersen jabs it past the bowler for a boundary! That bottom-hand again!

117.5

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, outside off and an exaggerated leave by Pietersen.

117.6

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, driven striaght to Murali at mid-off and that's lunch on day 2.

England 432/4   KMDN Kulasekara 24-3-87-0

141.1

Kulasekara to Jones, 1 run, overpitched, outside off stump, driven to deep cover

141.2

Kulasekara to Flintoff, no run, oh! dances down the track and drove it hard but straight to cover. The intent is clear. Attack. Attack and more attack.

141.3

Kulasekara to Flintoff, 4 byes, wide down the leg side and Sangakkara couldn't get across in time

141.4

Kulasekara to Flintoff, 1 run, on the legs, turned behind the square-leg region

141.5

Kulasekara to Jones, no run, down the leg again but this time Sangakkara gets across to gather.

141.6

Kulasekara to Jones, 1 leg bye

England 540/6   KMDN Kulasekara 25-3-89-0
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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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A grinning Mahela Jayawardene with his Man-of-the-Match award, England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Lord's, May 15, 2006

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