Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

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Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the Sri Lankan Test series against England. Lord's stages the first Test of the series and we are just minutes away from the start. Play will start at 11am (1000 GMT), 15 minutes later than last summer and a reversion to the old timings. Lord's is bathed in lovely spring sunshine and conditions are just perfect for cricket. Now for he big news, England captain Andrew Flintoff has won the toss and elected to bat first. England eleven - Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Geraint Jones, Liam Plunkett, Sajid Mahmood, Matthew Hoggard, Monty Panesar. Sri Lanka eleven - Upul Tharanga, Jehan Mubarak, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Farvez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan.

0.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Bang on for the first ball. Bit of late outswing. Pitched on middle and leg and swings towards off stump. Pushed out to off side.

0.2

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, down the leg side and turned away past square leg for a single

0.3

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

0.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run

0.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run

0.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
AJ Strauss    0* (4b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-1-0
ME Trescothick    1* (2b)     

1.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 no ball

1.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, Left alone, gatthered by Sangakkara

1.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, Full and angling away, Trescothick drives, inside edges on to the on side

1.3

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, Defended to the off side

1.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run

1.5

Maharoof to Trescothick, 3 runs, Full on the leg and middle stump line, flicked through the midwicket.

1.6

Maharoof to Strauss, no run

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    0* (5b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0
ME Trescothick    4* (8b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-1-0

2.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, in the channel and Trescothick leaves it through to the keeper

2.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Good length delivery outside the off stump, in the channel and Trescothick leaves it through to the
keeper

2.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

2.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, another one that shapes away from the left-hander, bit too wide on this occasion and Trescothick leaves it through to the keeper

2.4

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

2.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Outside off stump, angling away, pushed hard at it and the outside edge just drops short of the second slip

2.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, this time one that darts back into the left hander, finds the outside edge of Trescothick's bat, bat thanfully for all the England fans, it falls short of the man at second slip

End of over 3 (maiden) England 5/0
ME Trescothick    4* (14b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-1-0
AJ Strauss    0* (5b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0

3.1

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

3.2

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

3.3

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

3.4

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

3.5

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

3.6

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

End of over 4 (maiden) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    0* (11b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-4-0
ME Trescothick    4* (14b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-1-0

4.1

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 leg bye, good length delivery, Trescothick tries to work it to the onside, misses the ball, ball brushes the pads and the batsmen take a legbye

4.2

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

4.3

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

4.4

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

4.5

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

4.6

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

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 10/0
AJ Strauss    4* (16b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-5-0
ME Trescothick    4* (15b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-4-0

5.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away well wide of the fielder at midwicket, easy single

5.2

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

5.3

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

5.4

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, defended to point

5.5

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

5.6

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

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 15/0
AJ Strauss    8* (21b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    3-1-9-0
ME Trescothick    5* (16b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-5-0

6.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended to covers

6.2

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, stroked away into the gap between mid-off and cover, quick single taken

6.3

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

6.4

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

6.5

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

6.6

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

End of over 7 (1 run) England 16/0
AJ Strauss    8* (25b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-6-0
ME Trescothick    6* (18b)      MF Maharoof    3-1-9-0

7.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, shot! bit too full outside the off stump, in the slot and Trescothick drills it through the gap between the cover fielders

7.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery, slanting across the left-hander, much better line and length, Trescothick defends it away towards gully

7.3

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, again in the channel outside the off stump, no shot offered

7.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away late, perfect line and length, Trescothick is sucked forward and the ball rips past the outside edge, well bowled Maharoof

7.5

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, and again! in the channel outside the off stump and shaping away, Trescothick had no option but to play at it and once again the ball zips past the outside edge

7.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, left alone outside the off stump, bit too wide on this occasion

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 20/0
ME Trescothick    10* (24b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    8* (25b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-6-0

8.1

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

8.2

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

8.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Trescothick gets forward and drives it away towards mid-off, good diving stop by the man at mid-off saves runs

8.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, forced away towards cover point, diving effort from Dilshan negates the chance of a single there

8.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, slower delivery outside the off stump, Trescothick picks it up early and leaves it through to the keeper

8.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

End of over 9 (1 run) England 21/0
ME Trescothick    10* (28b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-1-7-0
AJ Strauss    9* (27b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-13-0

9.1

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

9.2

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

9.2

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

9.3

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

9.4

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

9.5

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

9.6

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

Vaas to continue, into his 6th over now.

End of over 10 (9 runs) England 30/0
AJ Strauss    17* (34b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-22-0
ME Trescothick    10* (28b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-1-7-0

10.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, in the channel and Trescothick leaves it through to the keeper

10.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, another channel delivery, Trescothick gets forward and defends it back down the track

10.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, Vaas once again on target and Trescothick plays it safe

10.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, defended watchfully

10.5

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, Trescothick too join the party! bit of width offered outside the off stump and the back-foot drive makes perfect contact, cover fielder ends up escorting the ball to the fence

10.6

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

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 34/0
ME Trescothick    14* (34b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-1-11-0
AJ Strauss    17* (34b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-22-0

11.1

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

11.1

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

11.2

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

11.3

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

11.4

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

11.5

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

11.6

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

first bowling change of the day - Nuwan Kulasekara into the attack now.

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 36/0
AJ Strauss    18* (41b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    6-1-24-0
ME Trescothick    14* (34b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    6-1-11-0

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

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 39/0
ME Trescothick    14* (38b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    21* (43b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    6-1-24-0

13.1

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

Thanks Saajan. Lord's is enveloped by dark clouds now. Here we go!

13.1

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

13.2

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

13.3

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

13.4

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

13.5

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

13.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, pitched up wide outside the off stump, Trescothick gets enough room to free his arms and the ball screams away to the cover fence, excellent timing and equally well placed!

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 48/0
ME Trescothick    18* (39b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    7-1-33-0
AJ Strauss    26* (48b 5x4)      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

50 partnership comes up

14.6

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

Time for drinks.

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 52/0
AJ Strauss    30* (54b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-0
ME Trescothick    18* (39b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    7-1-33-0

Maharoof to continue, bowling round the wicket to the left-hander and he will be trying to angle the ball in

15.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Trescothick leaves it through to the stumper

15.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, again on the shorter side but close to the off stump line on this occasion, Trescothick stands tall on the back-foot and glides it straight to the fielder at gully

15.3

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, bowled from round the stumps and drifting in from outside off stump, Trescothick is beaten by the extra bounce, ball clips the inside edge and hits him on the thigh pad

15.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, line and length delivery, defended towards point

15.5

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 no ball, drifting way down the leg side, diving effort from Sangakkara saves runs

15.5

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

15.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, (no ball) FOUR, touchy! short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, no real width, Trescothick stands tall on the back-foot, gets on top of the bounce and steers it past the diving fielder at gully

15.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, another wayward delivery down the leg side, Maharoof making life hard for the keeper

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 58/0
ME Trescothick    22* (47b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    8-1-39-0
AJ Strauss    30* (54b 6x4)      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

Vaas back into the attack now

End of over 17 (6 runs) England 64/0
ME Trescothick    22* (48b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-13-0
AJ Strauss    35* (59b 7x4)      MF Maharoof    8-1-39-0

17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

17.4

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

17.5

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

17.6

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

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 68/0
AJ Strauss    39* (65b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-1-15-0
ME Trescothick    22* (48b 4x4)      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

change of angle, Kulasekara to come round the wicket to the left-hander

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

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 71/0
AJ Strauss    40* (69b 8x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-16-0
ME Trescothick    23* (51b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-1-15-0

19.1

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

19.2

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

19.3

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

19.4

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

19.5

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

19.6

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

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 73/0
AJ Strauss    42* (75b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-1-17-0
ME Trescothick    23* (51b 4x4)      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

End of over 21 (1 run) England 74/0
AJ Strauss    42* (77b 8x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-17-0
ME Trescothick    24* (55b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-1-17-0

21.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, defended towards point

21.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, probing line and length, Trescothick plays inside the line

21.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Trescothick gets forward and defends it down to mid-on

21.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, driven away off the back-foot to the cover region

21.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, on the pads, driven straight to the fielder at midwicket

21.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, short of a good length delivery, Trescothick goes for the pull, ball clips the leading edge and rolls away towards extra cover, that could have gone anywhere but luckily for Trescothick and England the ball went right into the ground and then rolled away towards the fielder

Murali into the attack now.

End of over 22 (maiden) England 74/0
ME Trescothick    24* (61b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-2-17-0
AJ Strauss    42* (77b 8x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-17-0

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!

End of over 23 (maiden) England 74/0
AJ Strauss    42* (83b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    1-1-0-0
ME Trescothick    24* (61b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-2-17-0

Vaas bowling in tandem with Murali now.

23.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery, excellent line and Trescothick is beaten by the late away movement

23.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, driven away towards cover

23.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, defended on the back-foot

23.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good length delivery, eased away towards cover

23.5

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, Trescothick pushes forward and drives on the up, ball hurtles away to the cover fence - was in the air for a long time but the fielder at cover hardly got any time to react

23.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, forced away towards cover

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 78/0
ME Trescothick    28* (67b 5x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-2-21-0
AJ Strauss    42* (83b 8x4)      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

End of over 25 (1 run) England 79/0
ME Trescothick    28* (72b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    2-1-1-0
AJ Strauss    43* (84b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-2-21-0

25.1

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

25.2

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

25.3

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

25.4

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

25.5

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

25.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, another decent delivery from Vaas, Trescothick watchfully strokes it away towards point

End of over 26 (1 run) England 80/0
ME Trescothick    28* (73b 5x4)      WPUJC Vaas    11-2-22-0
AJ Strauss    44* (89b 8x4)      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

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 83/0
ME Trescothick    29* (75b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    3-1-4-0
AJ Strauss    46* (93b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    11-2-22-0

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

Murali to continue, should be the last over before lunch

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 86/0
ME Trescothick    30* (78b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-20-0
AJ Strauss    48* (96b 8x4)      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

And with that it's lunch here on day one. Earlier in the day Flintoff won the toss and elected to bat first, Trescothick and Strauss started off well and together they added 86 runs for the first wicket, things were well under control till Murali got one to rip across Strauss and the edge was beautifully held by the Sri Lankan captain at first slip. The openers have done their job, they have seen off the new ball and it is now upto the middle order to consolidate the start provided by the openers 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

It will be Alastair Cook who will take strike for the first ball after lunch. He played the spinners superbly in India but Muttiah Muralitharan is a different kettle of fish. IT will be fascinating to see how the young batsman goes about his task

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

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) England 86/1
AN Cook    0* (5b)      M Muralitharan    4-2-4-1
ME Trescothick    30* (78b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-20-0

29.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Just outside the off stump, Trescothick lets it go

29.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Again on the channel outside off, lets it go

29.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, hmm... similar ball , same result.

29.4

Vaas to Trescothick, 2 runs, Adjusts his line this time, on the middle and slight swing. Flicked through the midwicket

29.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Fuller this time, played with the full face of the bat

29.6

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, Super shot that. Width and length offered outside off, the right foot comes forward and thrashed through cover

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 92/1
ME Trescothick    36* (84b 6x4)      WPUJC Vaas    12-2-28-0
AN Cook    0* (5b)      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

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 94/1
AN Cook    2* (11b)      M Muralitharan    5-2-6-1
ME Trescothick    36* (84b 6x4)      WPUJC Vaas    12-2-28-0

31.1

Vaas to Trescothick, 2 runs, SLightly short of a length, punched away

31.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

31.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, outside off stump again, left alone. Gentle speed, one has to say

31.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, on the stumps, defended with the full face of the bat

31.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, on the stumps, defended with the full face of the bat

31.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Hint of movement but starts well outside off. left alone.

31.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Adjusts his line this time. pitched on the middle and off and shapes away ever so slightly. Trescothick, as his wont, stands tall and erect, waits for the swing to play out and offers the full face of the bat in defence

31.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Similar ball, slight ly short of a length and pushed away to the off side

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 96/1
ME Trescothick    38* (90b 6x4)      WPUJC Vaas    13-2-30-0
AN Cook    2* (11b)      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

End of over 33 (1 run) England 97/1
ME Trescothick    38* (94b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    6-2-7-1
AN Cook    3* (13b)      WPUJC Vaas    13-2-30-0

33.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, outside off, left alone. This is all getting too simple.

33.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, slightly shorter this time, goes on the back foot to punch it to mid-off

33.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, on the channel, cook has all the time in the world to go back and punch it to off side

33.4

Vaas to Cook, no run

33.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, Just outside off, pushed to the off side

33.6

Vaas to Cook, FOUR, Drifting down the leg, Cook ends up playing around his front pad and turns it fine-leg fence

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 101/1
AN Cook    7* (19b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    14-2-34-0
ME Trescothick    38* (94b 6x4)      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

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 103/1
ME Trescothick    40* (100b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    7-2-9-1
AN Cook    7* (19b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    14-2-34-0

35.1

Vaas to Cook, no run, Outside off, left alone

35.2

Vaas to Cook, FOUR

35.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, Corrects his line this time, delivered from close to the stumps and on the off and middle, pushed away carefully

35.4

Vaas to Cook, no run

35.5

Vaas to Cook, 2 runs, Drifts down the leg again and flicked past square-leg for a couple

35.6

Vaas to Cook, no run, Full again but on the off and middle stump line and Cook leans forward and offers the full face of the bat

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 109/1
AN Cook    13* (25b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    15-2-40-0
ME Trescothick    40* (100b 6x4)      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

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 111/1
ME Trescothick    41* (103b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    8-2-11-1
AN Cook    14* (28b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    15-2-40-0

Nuwan Kulasekara replaces Vaas. 6 overs so far without any luck

37.1

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

Nuwan Kulasekara replaces Vaas. 6 overs so far without any luck

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

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 114/1
ME Trescothick    41* (104b 6x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-23-0
AN Cook    17* (33b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    8-2-11-1

Murali goes round the wicket. Forward short leg and a slip in place

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.

End of over 39 (maiden) England 114/1
AN Cook    17* (39b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    9-3-11-1
ME Trescothick    41* (104b 6x4)      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

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 120/1
AN Cook    18* (41b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-29-0
ME Trescothick    46* (108b 7x4)      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.

End of over 41 (7 runs) England 127/1
ME Trescothick    52* (110b 7x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    10-3-18-1
AN Cook    19* (45b 2x4)      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

End of over 42 (9 runs) England 136/1
ME Trescothick    60* (113b 9x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-0-38-0
AN Cook    20* (48b 2x4)      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

End of over 43 (maiden) England 136/1
AN Cook    20* (54b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    11-4-18-1
ME Trescothick    60* (113b 9x4 1x6)      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

End of over 44 (1 run) England 137/1
AN Cook    20* (56b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-0-39-0
ME Trescothick    61* (117b 9x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    11-4-18-1

44.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, 2 runs, Overpitched delivery outside off and driven to the sweeper cover

44.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 run, Slightly short of length and Punched past point and they jog through for a easy single

44.3

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Outside off, fuller and driven to cover where Dilshan fields it. Doesnt stop it but no harm done the ball runs down to mid-off

44.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run

44.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Well outside off, Cook covers his off stump and shoulders arms

44.6

Maharoof to Cook, no run, Fuller and on the off stump line, Cook stretches forward and dead bats it.

That's drinks and England are comfortably placed after opting to bat first

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 140/1
AN Cook    20* (60b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    9-1-42-0
ME Trescothick    64* (119b 9x4 1x6)      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

End of a harmless over

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 143/1
AN Cook    22* (65b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    11-0-42-0
ME Trescothick    65* (120b 9x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    9-1-42-0

46.1

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Trescothick gets forward and taps it away towards short cover

46.2

Maharoof to Trescothick, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Trescothick goes for the drive, ball clips the inside edge and rolls down to mid-on

46.3

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

46.4

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, plenty of width to play with and Trescothick takes full-toll, comes down hard at it and the ball flies away to the vacant third man fence, more of a flashing kiss than a full-blooded cut

46.5

Maharoof to Trescothick, FOUR, good length delivery, pitched in line and angling acorss, Trescothick pushes forward to the line of the delivery and drives it away past the diving fielder at cover - top shot!

46.6

Maharoof to Trescothick, 1 run, again short and wide outside the off stump, cut away to deep point for a single

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 152/1
ME Trescothick    74* (126b 11x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    10-1-51-0
AN Cook    22* (65b 2x4)      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

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 154/1
ME Trescothick    75* (131b 11x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    12-0-44-0
AN Cook    23* (66b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    10-1-51-0

48.1

Maharoof to Cook, no run, wide delivery outside the off stump, Cook lets it go

48.2

Maharoof to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, again width offered and this time Cook drives it away towards cover, excellent diving stop there saves runs

48.3

Maharoof to Cook, 2 runs, driven away off the back-foot and this time the ball goes through the gap between cover and point, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to get the placement right, fielder in the deep hurtles across and keeps it down to two

48.4

Maharoof to Cook, no run, short of a good length delivery, bowled from round the wicket and drifting in with the angle, Cook is bit late and the ball rolls away after hitting the pad

48.5

Maharoof to Cook, no run, driven off the back-foot to the mid-on region

48.6

Maharoof to Cook, 1 no ball, short and wide outside the off stump, Cook offers no shot

48.6

Maharoof to Cook, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Cook leans back and cuts it away to deep point for an easy single, another harmless over comes to an end

Murali back on now

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 158/1
AN Cook    26* (73b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    11-1-55-0
ME Trescothick    75* (131b 11x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    12-0-44-0

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

End of over 50 (maiden) England 158/1
AN Cook    26* (79b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    12-5-18-1
ME Trescothick    75* (131b 11x4 1x6)      MF Maharoof    11-1-55-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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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