Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

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

100.1

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, Vaas starts off with a fuller length slower delivery on the middle and off stump line, similar to the one that got rid of Hoggard, Pietersen picks it up early and watchfully defends it down on the off side, well bowled and equally well played

100.2

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, straighter delivery, driven down to mid-off

100.3

Vaas to Pietersen, 4 byes, good length delivery, pitched wide outside the leg stump and shaping further away, Sangakkara could do nothing but watch the ball race away to the fine leg fence, 350 comes up for England

100.4

Vaas to Pietersen, 3 runs, clipped away off the pads to deep midwicket

100.5

Vaas to Collingwood, FOUR, another nothing delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Collingwood waits for the ball to swing and then flicks it away through midwicket, easy runs

100.6

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside the off stump, end of a harmless over

End of over 101 (11 runs) England 357/4
PD Collingwood    13* (17b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    31-2-103-1
KP Pietersen    71* (104b 10x4)      MF Maharoof    23-4-103-1

101.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, punched down to mid-off, no room for a single

101.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the square leg region, easy single

101.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, no real width and Collingwood defends it on the back-foot

101.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, was there to be hit and Collingwood cuts hard, ball clips the inside edge and goes past the leg stump, that was close

101.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, no shot offered outside the off stump

101.6

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, good length delivery, Collingwood quickly picks up the length, shuffles back and across and punches it away through extra cover for a single

With pace not working Jayawardene calls in the master.

End of over 102 (2 runs) England 359/4
PD Collingwood    14* (21b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    24-4-105-1
KP Pietersen    72* (106b 10x4)      WPUJC Vaas    31-2-103-1

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

End of over 103 (maiden) England 359/4
PD Collingwood    14* (27b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    28-9-69-2
KP Pietersen    72* (106b 10x4)      MF Maharoof    24-4-105-1

103.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, Short of a length, outside off and steered away to the vacant third man fence. Bit of a outside edge.

103.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, Short of length outside off and Pietersen tries to work it away to the on side, doesnt connect well. it rolls back to the bowler.

103.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, Slower ball outside off, left alone

103.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, (no ball) 1 run, Short and outside off again, Pietersen rocks back on the back foot and pulls it to deep midwicket

103.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, Pushed back to the bowler

103.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, Outside off and Collingwood covers his wicket and lets it go

103.6

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, On a length, punched back down the track and that's drinks.

End of over 104 (6 runs) England 365/4
PD Collingwood    14* (30b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    25-4-111-1
KP Pietersen    77* (110b 11x4)      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.

End of over 105 (3 runs) England 368/4
PD Collingwood    15* (34b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    29-9-72-2
KP Pietersen    79* (112b 11x4)      MF Maharoof    25-4-111-1

105.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, Huh! outside off, on a length and Pietersen walks across and whips it to the on side. No run though

105.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, Wide half volley outside off and Pietersen thrashes it to the cover fence.

105.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, On a length outside off and shaping away and out comes that bottom-handed twirl of the bat and the ball runs to the left of mid-on

105.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, Similar ball but this time pushed to sweeper cover

105.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, Short of length, outside off again, pushed to cover

105.6

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, Wide outside off and Collingwood has nothing to do with that.

End of over 106 (5 runs) England 373/4
PD Collingwood    15* (36b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    26-4-116-1
KP Pietersen    84* (116b 12x4)      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

End of over 107 (8 runs) England 381/4
KP Pietersen    92* (122b 12x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    30-9-80-2
PD Collingwood    15* (36b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    26-4-116-1

Kulasekara into the attack now.

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

End of over 108 (maiden) England 381/4
PD Collingwood    15* (42b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    19-3-63-0
KP Pietersen    92* (122b 12x4 1x6)      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

End of over 109 (7 runs) England 388/4
PD Collingwood    21* (47b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    31-9-86-2
KP Pietersen    92* (123b 12x4 1x6)      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

End of over 110 (7 runs) England 395/4
PD Collingwood    21* (48b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    20-3-68-0
KP Pietersen    97* (128b 13x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    31-9-86-2

Murali has a discussion with Mahela and goes round the wicket.

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.

End of over 111 (5 runs) England 400/4
PD Collingwood    21* (51b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    32-9-91-2
KP Pietersen    102* (131b 14x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    20-3-68-0

Do check the left hand side panel for the wagon wheels and player v player details to get to know more details about Pietersen's emphatic century

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

End of over 112 (7 runs) England 407/4
KP Pietersen    104* (134b 14x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    21-3-75-0
PD Collingwood    26* (54b 5x4)      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

End of over 113 (5 runs) England 412/4
PD Collingwood    26* (59b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    33-9-92-2
KP Pietersen    105* (135b 14x4 1x6)      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

End of over 114 (5 runs) England 417/4
PD Collingwood    26* (60b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    22-3-80-0
KP Pietersen    110* (140b 15x4 1x6)      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.

End of over 115 (3 runs) England 420/4
PD Collingwood    27* (64b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    34-9-95-2
KP Pietersen    112* (142b 15x4 1x6)      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

End of over 116 (1 run) England 421/4
PD Collingwood    27* (66b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    23-3-81-0
KP Pietersen    113* (146b 15x4 1x6)      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

End of over 117 (5 runs) England 426/4
PD Collingwood    30* (70b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    35-9-100-2
KP Pietersen    115* (148b 15x4 1x6)      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.

Another great session for England. Pietersen got his third Test hundred and a debut hundred against Sri Lanka. England added 114 runs in this session. Play will start at 12.10 GMT, please do join us then.

End of over 118 (6 runs) England 432/4
KP Pietersen    120* (153b 16x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    24-3-87-0
PD Collingwood    31* (71b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    35-9-100-2

Welcome back, the post-lunch session is about to get under way, my name is Sajan Nair, and I will take your through the next hour of play.

118.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

Welcome back, the post-lunch session is about to get under way, my name is Sajan Nair, and I will take your through the next hour of play.

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

End of over 119 (7 runs) England 439/4
KP Pietersen    126* (157b 17x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    36-9-107-2
PD Collingwood    32* (73b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    24-3-87-0

119.1

Maharoof to Collingwood, FOUR, short delivery outside the off stump, Collingwood rocks back and pulls, eyeing the midwicket fence, ball clips the bottom edge and races away well wide of the keeper, lucky runs

119.2

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

119.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the man at mid-off

119.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, turned away towards midwicket

119.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run

119.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery, no movement whatsoever, Collingwood pushes forward and drives but fails to connect properly, ball clips the inner half of the bat and rolls back to the bowler

119.6

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, turned away towards mid-on

End of over 120 (4 runs) England 443/4
PD Collingwood    36* (79b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    27-4-120-1
KP Pietersen    126* (157b 17x4 1x6)      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

End of over 121 (9 runs) England 452/4
PD Collingwood    40* (83b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    37-9-116-2
KP Pietersen    131* (159b 18x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    27-4-120-1

121.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, Pietersen steps forward and hits across the line to the deep midwicket region

121.2

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a length delivery outside the off stumps, another harmless delivery, Collingwood stands tall on the back-foot and drives it away to sweeper cover for an easy single

121.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 no ball, called for overstepping, short and wide outside the off stump, not sure if Pietersen heard the call but he goes after it and the ball zips past the outside edge

121.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, punched wide of the fielder at mid-on

121.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away off the back-foot to the point region

121.5

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, good length delivery, much more accurate on this occasion, pitched close to the off stump line and coming in with the angle, Pietersen gets behind the line and drives it back to the bowler, well played in the end

121.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

End of over 122 (5 runs) England 457/4
KP Pietersen    133* (163b 18x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    28-4-125-1
PD Collingwood    42* (86b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    37-9-116-2

Murali to continue.

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

End of over 123 (2 runs) England 459/4
PD Collingwood    43* (91b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    38-9-118-2
KP Pietersen    134* (164b 18x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    28-4-125-1

Dilshan into the attack now, so it's going to be spin from both ends

123.1

Dilshan to Pietersen, 2 runs, starts off with a fuller delivery outside the off stump, a gentle loosener, Pietersen strides forward to the pitch of the delivery and drives it away through cover

123.2

Dilshan to Pietersen, no run, better line and length, defended towards cover

123.3

Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, Pietersen comes down the track and clips it away to deep midwicket

123.4

Dilshan to Collingwood, 1 run, driven down to long-on

123.5

Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up delivery, Pietersen once again comes down the track to the pitch of the delivery but this time fails to connect properly, ball clips the outer half of the bat and flies away through the vacant point region

123.6

Dilshan to Collingwood, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, too easy a delivery, cut away to deep point

End of over 124 (6 runs) England 465/4
PD Collingwood    45* (93b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-18-0
KP Pietersen    138* (168b 18x4 1x6)      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

End of over 125 (1 run) England 466/4
KP Pietersen    138* (173b 18x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    39-9-119-2
PD Collingwood    46* (94b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-18-0

125.1

Dilshan to Collingwood, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, a genuine off-spinner, driven to long-on for a single

125.2

Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run, again driven down to long-on

125.3

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

125.4

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run, pushed to covers

125.5

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run, flat delivery, defensively played away towards cover

125.6

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run, defended down on the leg side

End of over 126 (2 runs) England 468/4
PD Collingwood    47* (99b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-20-0
KP Pietersen    139* (174b 18x4 1x6)      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

End of over 127 (1 run) England 469/4
KP Pietersen    140* (180b 18x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    40-9-120-2
PD Collingwood    47* (99b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-20-0

127.1

Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller length, Pietersen whips it away off his leg and the ball races away through square leg

127.2

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery, driven straight back, diving stop by Dilshan cuts off the single

127.3

Dilshan to Collingwood, 1 run, comes down the track and this time gets it past the bowler for a single

127.4

Dilshan to Pietersen, SIX, another Pietersen special! flat delivery on the middle and off stump line, Pietersen puts the big-bang theory to test and the result is a towering six over midwicket! got a good stride forward to the pitch of the delivery and just murdered it

127.5

Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down to long-on, this is excellent cricket

127.6

Dilshan to Collingwood, 1 run, driven wide of the cover fielder

End of over 128 (10 runs) England 479/4
PD Collingwood    49* (102b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-30-0
KP Pietersen    148* (183b 18x4 2x6)      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

End of over 129 (3 runs) England 482/4
KP Pietersen    148* (188b 18x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    41-9-123-2
PD Collingwood    52* (103b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-30-0

129.1

Dilshan to Collingwood, 1 run, nicely driven down to long-on and they stroll across for a single

129.2

Dilshan to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen for a change picks long-off and yet another easy single is added to the total

129.3

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run, falt delivery, defended stretching well forward

129.4

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run

129.5

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

129.6

Dilshan to Collingwood, no run, comes down the track and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 130 (2 runs) England 484/4
PD Collingwood    53* (108b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-32-0
KP Pietersen    149* (189b 18x4 2x6)      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

Vaas back on now

End of over 131 (maiden) England 484/4
KP Pietersen    149* (195b 18x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    42-10-123-2
PD Collingwood    53* (108b 7x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-32-0

131.1

Vaas to Collingwood, 1 wide, starts off with a wayward delivery outside the off stump, umpire not happy with the width

131.1

Vaas to Collingwood, 1 run, good length delivery, pitched on middle and off and angling across, Collingwood stays back and drives it away through extra cover, there is protection in the deep and he gets just a single for that

131.2

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, bit too straight on this occasion and Pietersen drive it straight to the fielder at mid-on

131.3

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, 150! on the pads and Pietersen chips it away in the air to deep midwicket for a single

131.4

Vaas to Collingwood, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Collingwood shuffles across to defends and gets hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down, probably bit too high

131.5

Vaas to Collingwood, 1 run, short ball, coming in with the angle, Collingwood rocks back and pulls it away to deep midwicket, got well on top of the bounce and just rolled his wrist over to keep it down, well played

131.6

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, driven umpishly to deep extra cover, was in the air for sometime but well wide of the fielders

End of over 132 (5 runs) England 489/4
KP Pietersen    151* (198b 18x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    32-2-108-1
PD Collingwood    55* (111b 7x4)      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

End of over 133 (9 runs) England 498/4
PD Collingwood    57* (115b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    43-10-128-2
KP Pietersen    154* (200b 18x4 2x6)      WPUJC Vaas    32-2-108-1

133.1

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, pitched up and angling across, Pietersen has a go at it but misses the target by miles

133.2

Vaas to Pietersen, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Pietersen on one-foot trying to flick it away on the leg side, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the pad

133.3

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

133.4

Vaas to Pietersen, FOUR, fulltoss on the stumps and Pietersen dismisses it to the midwicket fence and this is now his highest score in Test cricket, way to go!

133.5

Vaas to Pietersen, OUT, got'm! good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, this one straightened a bit after hitting the deck, Pietersen shuffles across looking to clip it away on leg side as he has done on numerous occasions, but this time he fails to connect and the ball hits the pad right in front of the stumps, loud appeal and up goes the finger

KP Pietersen lbw b Vaas 158 (301m 205b 19x4 2x6) SR: 77.07

133.6

Vaas to Flintoff, no run

End of over 134 (4 runs) England 502/5
A Flintoff    0* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    33-2-112-2
PD Collingwood    57* (115b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    43-10-128-2

Hi, this is Sriram Veera taking over from Sajan Nair. With Flintoff in now, England will look to press on.

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.

End of over 135 (1 run) England 503/6
A Flintoff    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    44-10-129-3
GO Jones    1* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    33-2-112-2

135.1

Vaas to Jones, no run, cut to point where Dilshan makes the stop

135.2

Vaas to Jones, no run, wide outside off, waste of a delivery.

It is an anomaly that can be explained partly by the fact that he has not played that much cricket in this country, partly by the absence of the Kookaburra ball, which bowlers use everywhere bar England and India, and partly because This is what Michael Atherton wrote about Vaas before this game started, Dissecting his mediocre record in england, he wrote "bowling in sub-continental conditions has made him far more expert with the old ball than the new. Interestingly, Vaas's record in India, where they use the SG ball which is the closest in design to the English Duke, is also poor.

135.3

Vaas to Jones, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven to deep cover

135.4

Vaas to Flintoff, no run

135.5

Vaas to Flintoff, 1 run, on a length, hit back on the up and it went in air, close to the outstretched left hand of Vaas.

135.6

Vaas to Jones, no run

End of over 136 (2 runs) England 505/6
GO Jones    2* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    34-2-114-2
A Flintoff    1* (4b)      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.

End of over 137 (4 runs) England 509/6
A Flintoff    5* (10b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    45-10-133-3
GO Jones    2* (5b)      WPUJC Vaas    34-2-114-2

137.1

Vaas to Jones, no run, angling in towards the pads, turned to wide mid-on

137.2

Vaas to Jones, no run, deliver ed like a off break, it pitched outside leg and broke back in to rap Jones on the pads. a stifled appeal goes up

137.3

Vaas to Jones, no run

137.4

Vaas to Jones, no run, pushed out to the off side

137.5

Vaas to Jones, 1 run, Short but rises up slowly, enough time for Jones to roll his wrists and pull it down to long leg

137.6

Vaas to Flintoff, no run, full and on the off stump line, driven to mid-off

End of over 138 (1 run) England 510/6
A Flintoff    5* (11b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    35-2-115-2
GO Jones    3* (10b)      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

End of over 139 (6 runs) England 516/6
A Flintoff    6* (12b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    46-10-139-3
GO Jones    8* (15b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    35-2-115-2

139.1

Vaas to Flintoff, FOUR, on a length, clipped crisply off the pads to the midwicket fence. hit on the up.

139.2

Vaas to Flintoff, 1 run, turned off the hips, past the squareleg and they jog for a easy single

139.3

Vaas to Jones, 1 run, driven to Kulasekara at sweeper cover

139.4

Vaas to Flintoff, 2 runs, dropped! tough chance. Flintoff drilled on the up and Vaas stuck his left hand out and it didn't stick.

139.5

Vaas to Flintoff, 1 run, on the legs, turned to fine-leg

139.6

Vaas to Jones, no run, slanted across the right hand batsman, left alone

End of over 140 (9 runs) England 525/6
GO Jones    9* (17b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    36-2-124-2
A Flintoff    14* (16b 2x4)      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!

End of over 141 (8 runs) England 533/6
A Flintoff    22* (22b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    47-10-147-3
GO Jones    9* (17b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    36-2-124-2

Kulasekhar into the attack now

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

End of over 142 (7 runs) England 540/6
GO Jones    10* (20b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    25-3-89-0
A Flintoff    23* (25b 2x4 1x6)      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!

And it's tea! The declaration has hastened the tea interval. Great day for England and now they will look to test the tired Sri Lankan batsmen. We will be back with all the live action in 20 minutes time (at 14:40 GMT), for the time being though this is Sriram Veera along with Sajan Nair signing off - do join us after the break. For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit www.cricinfo.com Do write in with any feedback at http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html

End of over 143 (11 runs) England 551/6
A Flintoff    33* (29b 3x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    48-10-158-3
GO Jones    11* (22b 1x4)      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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