England v Sri Lanka, Twenty20, Bristol

Jayawardene crushes lacklustre England

The Report by Andrew Miller

June 25, 2011

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Sri Lanka 137 for 1 (Jayawardene 72*, Sangakkara 43*) beat England 136 for 9 (Morgan 47, Pietersen 41) by nine wickets

Mahela Jayawardene got off to a flying start as Chris Woakes struggled, England v Sri Lanka, only Twenty20, Bristol, June 25, 2011
Mahela Jayawardene put England's new attack to the sword at Bristol © Getty Images

Mahela Jayawardene put his struggles in the Test series firmly behind him with a fluent and dominant 72 from 57 balls, as Stuart Broad's maiden outing as England Twenty20 captain ended in a thumping nine-wicket defeat at Bristol. On a stodgy wicket which rewarded only the purest of strokeplayers, Jayawardene was joined in a 97-run stand for the second wicket by Kumar Sangakkara, who made 43, and together they trumped the 83 in 8.5 overs with which Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen had briefly raised English hopes of a competitive total.

In a clash between the current holders of the World Twenty20 and the hosts of the next edition in 2012, the gulf in expertise seemed as yawning as had been the case in the last limited-overs meeting between these teams, the World Cup quarter-final in Colombo back in March. With the honourable exception of England's third-wicket pair, who batted supremely but fell in quick succession, England were feckless with the bat and jittery with the ball. Sri Lanka, by contrast, simply did what they had to do, and wrapped up the contest with 16 balls to spare.

The tone of England's performance was set in the opening exchanges. Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb hadn't batted together since the final of the World Twenty20 in Barbados 13 months ago, but whereas their belligerent strokeplay had served a purpose on the flat decks of the Caribbean, here it translated as rank slogging, and never looked like paying off. Lumb top-edged a hoick to depart for 2 from six balls, Kieswetter slapped a drive to mid-off for a seven-ball 4. At 12 for 2 after 16 deliveries, the momentum had been squandered there and then.

The contrast when Sri Lanka batted could not have been starker. Admittedly Jayawardene was given a kick-start by the glut of nerves on display, as Broad stepped back from the new-ball honours to leave the stage to two players making their first home appearances, Chris Woakes and Jade Dernbach. However, Jayawardene had rushed along to 27 from 15 balls before the veteran Sanath Jayasuriya had faced his second delivery.

A contentious selection at the age of 41, Jayasuriya eventually drove loosely to cover to give Dernbach his maiden international wicket, but Woakes oozed nerves as he leaked 23 runs in two overs, and 31 in three all told. The shot of the innings, and one that summed up the match perfectly, was an effortless drive over long-on by Jayawardene off Woakes that just kept on rising all the way over the rope. Panache, not power, was the order of the day.

Who knows what Ian Bell made of it all. England's most free-flowing batsman in the Test series was surprisingly overlooked for this contest, and his non-selection looked even more of an oversight after England had racked up six single-figure scores out of nine dismissals. Pietersen and Morgan, who had produced elegant half-centuries in the third Test at the Rose Bowl, managed to translate their fluent form with the utmost ease. Given half a chance, Bell would surely have done likewise.

KP and Morgan managed seven fours and five sixes between them, but none was more impressive than Pietersen's first - a premeditated clip through midwicket off a regulation off-stump delivery. It was the stamp of class that has been missing from his game in recent months, and one over later, Morgan showed the sloggers how to hit the ball out of the ground, when he launched into a length delivery from Suranga Lakmal, and lifted it with the straightest of bats, back over the bowler's head.

Had either player built towards a century, it could have been a completely different scenario. Instead they both fell in the space of eight deliveries, whereupon the recalled Samit Patel produced probably the most crass moment of the match. All the jibes about his failed bleep tests suddenly seemed utterly justified as he dawdled out of his crease after cutting a ball straight to point, and was barely in the frame as the shy came in to whip off his bails.

Ravi Bopara chipped and chivvied for 22 deliveries without ever looking entirely at ease or in form, and when he was bowled to give Jayasuriya his second wicket, the remainder of the innings was as soggy as the English summer. Luke Wright flapped and fell for 9 from 12 balls; Woakes top-edged a Lasith Malinga slower ball to mid-on, while Broad's maiden innings as captain ended with a run-out for 0. England managed one boundary in the last eight overs, and no runs off the bat in Malinga's last six balls. They were lapses that no side can afford against a one-day outfit of Sri Lanka's quality.

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Posted by SLfan on (June 27, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

@Balumekka - Exactly mate ! What's wrong with these Indians ?... If other countries did n't play Cricket, against whom Indians will play really ? Only they suppose to play good brand of Cricket ? Are the others not supposed to fight with them ??? ...On the other hand we must expect this kind of attitude from those people, because we all know that what will they do to their loving players if they had to lose a major tournament or even some important bilateral series...LOL

Posted by Balumekka on (June 27, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

This is totally crazy stuff. If there's any column on good performances of a player/team other than India, customary pack of Indian fans leap in to it and spoil all over the place. If the article praises a good innings of a batsman "A" from other country, these Indian fans soon compare that batsman "A" with Sachin or Sehwag taking stats and lot of hair splitting arguments and finally conclude that A's innings is not good compared to even a duck scored by Sachin/Sehwag. What I cannot understand is the cognitive levels of these sort of fans. All accept that Sachin is a great (perhaps the greatest batsman of all time), So I plea from Indian fans: Let the others to praise good performance of non-indian players too!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

I want to add a comment to what I have written earlier. Even though Kandamby is not deserved to be in any of the Sri Lankan teams (perhaps in the test team, but need to prove), he has showed a great potential as a captain in his 1st game. His analyzing and responding according to situations was superb. He seems to be studying the game really well. Very impressive. Well done! You can be the Sri Lankan Mike Brearley one day. Not very talented as a player, but great as a captain.

Posted by buddhikapm on (June 27, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

come onnn dont talk now on weekneses...we have won the game talk about that..Talk about india is irrelevant for SL victory against England..

Posted by kk777 on (June 27, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

I firmly believe that the Lankans are much better team than England and Australia...and believe me its not the fault of BCCI or ICC that the POMS and Kangaroos are sliding down the rankings!!!...and people does it make any sense to talk about any new regulations or technology brought by ICC if you don't even know the ABCD of that...please don't unnecessarily increase the animosity on every comments section...LONG LIVE CRICKET!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

Well done SL! It again showed us how experience is very vital in an international match and how we won the WC in 1996 and why couldn't SL repeat it in 2011. What SL lacked in the final? When KP and Morgan were going really well Sanath together with Malinga turned the match towards SL's way. 3 regular leggies to start with and a faster straighter one, which really surprised KP and bowled. Can anyone name a single player who can replace Sanath? Either with bat or ball he always proves his class. If we had Santh and Vass in the team, we could have won the WC. When India was going strongly there was no one to turn it around. At Whankade , we shouted at Sanga that the match was going India's way and do something to turn it around, but there was no one to do something special. If the senior players have voiced against taking Sanath (and Vass too) in to the teams in the WC and in the present, shame on them. That's not patriotism. Sanath, all the very best in your final match for Sri Lanka!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

Jayasuriya made just 8 runs? Pathetic...I'm glad he's only playing 1 ODI...

Posted by udith1986 on (June 27, 2011, 3:53 GMT)

@radhakris "india had 6 decisions against them" then why don't agree with UDRS. it is the belief that luck would save their games. this is about ind- eng tour. hey fellows u won't get flat wickets in Eng. get prepared for grassy wicket extra bounce. All eng fast bowlers are well above 6 ft so make sure to protect ur head like Yuvi did in the IPL against Malinga...Spinners like Bhaji won't make a considersble impact on the eng.....

Posted by crksl on (June 27, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

I like these two matches India vs Sri Lanka. 1st SL scored highest total 952 for 6 http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63762.html 2nd India All Out for 54 in an ODI against Sri Lanka http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 27, 2011, 2:16 GMT)

@mrgupta - ok if it is in tests i agree because No longer is Malinga available and mendis is now more of a line-and-length bowler rather than the potential wicket taker we saw. As a result SL's test bowling line up is weakened.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

Why is India against Technology when every other Nation is for it.

Posted by mrgupta on (June 26, 2011, 23:58 GMT)

@KavumPerethaya: My comment was in context of Test matches and in Tests atleast SL bowlers don't match Zak and Bhajji. I am not saying these two are the best in the world but my comment was in context of a remark made by someone that without Zak and Bhajji India is nothing. I just wanted to tell that according to me no team currently has more than 2 bowlers to rely on. SL is severely depleted after the departure of greats like Murli and Vaas and now they don't have any bowler to match Zak in Tests. It was pretty clear in the last test of the last series played between the 2 sides when India, without Zak, won against a full strength SL side in SL. I am not against SL as i believe they have the potential to produce some of the game's great but not currently.

Posted by SLfan on (June 26, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

@Radhakrishna Rao - I have noticed for a long time, that you are always posting comments against Sri Lankans...Is that something to do with the brand of cricket our guys playing ? Do you have any problem with the way our guys fight in the field ? The way they fight in the major tournaments, the rankings they hold etc...I don't believe that every Indian's attitude is the same as yours...Anyway it's up to you to believe what ever you believe, since it does not do any harm to our cricket or cricketers... Being a such a small country we have achieved so much in Cricket world...Needless to mention it, whole world knows it and accepts it.....

Posted by thamishka on (June 26, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

@radha krishna rao when reading your cmments it is clear that you are aggrying to the fact that drs should implement. there was 6 wrong decisins and if india lost then is it fair? just stop talking like babies.DRS should implement for the development of cricket

Posted by thamishka on (June 26, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

@gupta how can u sa harbajhan is demolishing? then what about swann ?

Posted by thamishka on (June 26, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

@ mrgupta we all saw what happened zkhan in ipl . how you can he is demolishing than lasith malinga?

Posted by ubl2729 on (June 26, 2011, 18:34 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

Why is it that other countries field their strongest sides in the 20/20 games (in fact Sri Lanka stengthened their Test side!) whereas England seem to think they can they can win (which I presume is their obvjective??) with a young side of largly untested and inexperienced players with the obvious exceptions of Morgan and Petersen who played superbly, captained by again an inexperienced captain who is struggling to retain his place in the Test side such is his lack of wickets in recent matches? Sadly Patel diid not seize his opportunity and his dismissal showed his lack of fitness/awareness! As orthers have mentioned, to leave Bell sitting on the bench was an act of pure stupidity. Again no sign of Finn despite his recent success for England?I can only hope that the Selectors have learned their lersson....?..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

@Mrgupta: i fully agree wid you,good teams find a way to win..again proved in the first test india-windies, india had 6 decisions against them, yet they won the test..and did not whine for lack of UDRS as sangakarra had said during the 2009 test series,LACK OF UDRS COSTED THEM 500 runs....

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 26, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

@mrgupta-" is there any bowlers even remotely close to Zak or Bhajji" this is the funniest comment i saw in a long long time...especially the Zak part.

Posted by Nampally on (June 26, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

@area1985: You are right in the sense that it will be difficult for any visiting team to beat England on their home soils unless they have a full season tour with plenty of county matches + ODI's before playing tests. England is at a huge advantage by splitting the tour and not giving them more practice matches before tests - Divide & Conquer -Eh!. India will play just one county match before first 2 tests. BCCI's schedule agreement with ECB is just bone headed. Having said that India does have Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman, Yuvraj, Dhoni in addition to Tendulkar & Dravid. If these guys bat well India can compile a big total. Also you are forgetting leg spinner Mishra & Yuvraj in bowling.Both are capable of taking wickets in addition to Zaheer & Harbhajan?Ashwin. So India has a stronger spin attack compared to SL. Zaheer & Kumar are good with new ball. The same bowlers won the ODI World cup when every one wrote them off.Beating England without being used to their conditions is the questn.

Posted by CricSamraat on (June 26, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

The 5-day tests are becoming too much boring. ICC should discontinue the tests in the current format and replace those by 75 overs maximum per inninngs per team for two innings per team - these can be finished in 3-days maximum and with a decision. No follow-on. This format will be a hybrid between current ODI and 3-day matches, and, will result in a decision most of the times. Also, it will be much more exciting than the current dull format that encourages the teams in the deficit in the first innings to work towards a draw,and, thus killing all the excitement as far as fans go. The proposed format may even drive up revenue collection big time.

Posted by gopack24 on (June 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

@ Jack Obbard

Apparently this England team missed that...

Posted by mrgupta on (June 26, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

@yorkslanka: Which current team in the World has more than two bowlers who can demolish the opposition and others play supporting role? SA, what more after Steyn and Morkel? Aus, who's is their best bowler? Pak, again who is their best bowler after Asif and Amir? SL, is there any bowlers even remotely close to Zak or Bhajji? England clearly struggled in absence of Anderson. Please conclude. By the way the last test India won in SL we were without Zak and in SA Sree got more wickets than Zak.

Posted by Cruzan on (June 26, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

SLanka did well , seems IPL has been properly utilised. Britts need to come up with an answer. However, we must not forget the Britts smacked the Lankans out of Tests series. Good cricket.

Posted by Mitsui on (June 26, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

@faizalsehwag:"they never thought they can win abroad other than galle or colombo" Mate can't you remember India getting whipped all around the park in 2007 WC (WI), 2008 t20 WC (ENG), 2009 t20 WC (WI) while we managed to make the finals/semis. Or how about the whipping received by Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe last year? "first victor after many loss in abroad for" - our last international tour was in Australia which we won 2-1 the ODI series + the T20 match. Please do some research before slinging mud at others. Want me to give you a full account of what happened when India last toured Zimbabwe? ouch!

Posted by JChandi on (June 26, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

India and England only talks,NO SHOW!!!

Posted by Lovetesh on (June 26, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Fittingly, an unfit Samit Patel got run-out. This is international cricket dude not your backyard county cricket. England got routed for not playing their best XI. If this is their team for 2012 WC then they can forget about defending the title and start preparing for 2015.

Posted by faizalsehwag on (June 26, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

first victor after many loss in abroad for ..never mind it was 20-20... lanka ve got a super lottery ..... they never thought they can win abroad other than galle or colombo..... great achievement for lankan cricket...now for atleast coming two years lankan fans will satisfy with these.... but plz do not compare ur ordinary team with World NO 1 team..its shame for us..

Posted by stormy16 on (June 26, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Folks I am not sure if some of the conclusions being reached here relevant given its a once off T20 game. I dont beleive it tells anything about the tests, one day cricket or India or Sachin! Eng looked unsettled with a new captain and SL looked strong in a version of the game they feel comfortable with and got the better of the batting conditions and their class acts came to the party (finally).

Posted by area1985 on (June 26, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

@gupta India will be blown away in england if either dravid and tendulkar didnt bulk 90% of runs, thats also evident in carrabian,apart from zaheer khan indian bowling looks very ordinary, harbajan singh is not a threaten bowler outside india, at least sl manage to drew 2 test and make good fight with bat in difficult conditions, if india toured in may/june to england all matches will finish within 2& 1/2 days,just see what happen in carrabian when wickets are live for fast bowlers indians blown away cheaply, thank for them wi don't even have half decent side!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

England are really a lazy team. even there expectations , they dont know how to play t20/odi and there crowd doesn't know how to watch t20/odi. what a boring game yesterday. even a school match in sub continent brings lots of fun and entertaining, than this, England. LEARN HOW TO PLAY AND HOW TO WATCH THE GAME, once u do that lets talk about number 1 spot,

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

Tables have turned Its time to see England facing the battle of survivale Sri Lanka had to do that in Test but it will win coming ODI series 4-1

Posted by SriLankaCricFan on (June 26, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

Form Is Temporary Class Is Permanent :)

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 26, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

@mr gupta, you are great at describing a series win for india in england, but NEWSFLASH, you haven't played yet so its very easy to crow about victories now...lets see where your comments are after your team comes here and loses? The fact is you dont have bowlers to take 20 wickets either, the only decent bowlers you have are zaheer khan and harbhajan, who are the only ones who get wickets for you, the others are just supporting acts. You do have a quality batting line up, but that does not hide the fact that your bowling is weak too...As i said before, England will win the test series...

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

@bigdhonifan we are number one in the world... we won the T20 world cup or did you miss that?

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 26, 2011, 8:11 GMT)

From England's viewpoint, there was much to learn from this drubbing! Leaving Bell out and playing Lumb who is in no sort of form has the smell (taste?) of the poisoned chalice about it.The script is: We gave you a chance (though he may get a second and final chance at the Oval) and you blew it. You will not be seen in an England shirt again. Farewell. Did Broad look like a captain, or at least a captain in the making? Fielding at fine leg (surely he needed to be close to his rookie bowlers and in the middle of the action) and a 'I-haven't-a-clue' body language was not an auspicious start. Broad has always worn his heart on his sleeve - why did anyone think he was going to change? Commentators were indulgent, gentle and forebearing, but if this was his interview presentation then I would have seen enough. Morgan is likely to end up as T20 captain, possibly for ODIs as well. Shoddy thinking and execution all round: D grade. (Would have been lower but for Morgan and KP)

Posted by bigdhonifan on (June 26, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

I am laughing here in Hyderabad, India... not becoz SL won... Bur English lost!!! Lost!!! They want to be #1....

Posted by Sudu_putha on (June 26, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

srI lAnKa is the best east or west......

Posted by Sudu_putha on (June 26, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

@ mrgupta - Are u serious? SL made finals in last 2 Wc, and T20 WC... What else they have to prove... India just a won a WC after ages.... Don't be so up ur self....Learn the game first before make comments ...

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

srilankan player" Thisara Chirantha Perera" over is very expensive otherwise england has a poor score to get srilankan is more easy.

Posted by JohnSmith1950 on (June 26, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

Broad and Kandamby lead their teams... strange times these...

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (June 26, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

Congrats to both teams. The 3rd team in the tests (Rain) wasnt allowed in. Both rookie captains did nothing (Broad 0+3 overs 1/29) (Kandamby Didnt bat or bowl, 1 catch) Capataincy? ...nothing much to say. I think it was a players game and the SL team players were miles ahead in everything. Thank you all journalists for NOT calling Sanga + Mahela a 'class act'. We are tired of that expression.

Posted by rahulcricindia on (June 26, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

no doubt that the test cricket is the purest form of cricket and England is pretty good at that (but not best)..but to be the best side in the world one has to be competent in all forms of the game and England is surely lacking in ODI and T20 as they love the conservative form of cricket i.e. test but you need innovations in shorter form of the game......same with sri lanka in test matches.....both teams has lot to prove before trying to claim no.1 side in the world.....

Posted by CRICSL on (June 26, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

@mrgupta- You are absolutely right, You being an Indian what ells we can expect? Except an another negative comment against Sri Lanka. I have read many comments made by you but never a positive comment.

Posted by sandunsba on (June 26, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

i think angi is too young to be the captain.at least when he is 27 yrs old he will take it.and england test side has perfom than sl.their batting lineup was so strong than sl.but whole the test seris depended on only 25 overs.thats the tragedy.bt how sl perfom is good.eng isn,t the best.bt the have good side in their conditions. in odi & t20 sl are well front of eng. sl is runners up in 2007/2011 wc. runners up in 2009 t20 wc. semifinalists in 2003wc & 2010t20wc. sl shown wt they can achive. bt in tests sl have some stuggel.sl hvnt play away from subcontinet for 2-3 years.they had to play in home or idia pakistan.thts the reason y they r failr in eng. more tests in nz aus eng rsa will show how powerful test side we have.hopefully we have that chance in next 8 years.lets see what will hapen then

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

I am not that happy...Where is Chandimal ? SL should give a chance for youngsters at least in T20s..Seems like SL senior players are so greedy ..They should bat at middle & let younsters to play at top...But unfortunately they are not even in the team

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

At last the Sri Lankans have got themselves into the environment that they know best & England who is still learning. All the best to Broad. Congratulations to Kandamby who was silent leader in contrast to his predecessor.....

Posted by Mitsui on (June 26, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

@mrgupta & @ KURUWITA: I see hating SL cricket plays a focal point in your lives since all you do is insult SL cricketers in all articles. I pity you two. Ignoring you two, I'll say English fans should give Broad a break. He's like Darren Sammy - plays his heart out, the entire team fails and people only hold him culpable. Broad has despite his petulant behavior his talented enough to be in the line up. He just needs time to mature. Atleast he was man enough to give credit to the team that was victorious instead of offering lame excuses like Dhoni does when he loses

Posted by Mitsui on (June 26, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

@Ellis: KP was more destructive than Morgan and and he didn't play the IPL. Malinga was way more talented and was a better bowler and IPL just allowed him to bowl out young Indian lads which is like asking Ali to box with a high school student. Jayasuriya a regular IPL bowler? Mate Jaya didn't play the IPL and he was a handy bowler way before Modi learned cricket, watch the 1996 World Cup. As for knowing how to chase a score, unless a team comprises of school boy cricketers with no cricketing brain it doesn't take rocket science for players to determine how to play. IPL is there to support young Indian lads and also unknown international players like Marsh but not already established players like Sanga, Mahela, Malinga. But I agree with you on one this - class always tell

Posted by Has6265 on (June 26, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

@mrgupta: we hav drawn a test series agianst india in indai and we hav won a test series agaisnt SA! i dont know what country u support! but u clearly dont like the lankans....mabe ur support one of those teams we thrash anyday....

Posted by yatins11 on (June 26, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

England thrashed by Sri Lanka makes me feel so good, I hope SL thrash them in ODI as well...England think they are the best team in the world..lol....just playing some decent cricket at home in one format does not make them the best side in the world. They have to beat India in India and SL in Sl to claim that top spot which they would never achieve...

Posted by Kyle_Jones235 on (June 26, 2011, 3:08 GMT)


Well obviously the current England side is not the team that won the t20 world cup. You just have to look at their performances in the world cup and Australian ODI series to see that.

And bringing India into the arguement..? Where is the logic in that? We are talking about England v Sri lanka here, not India. Sri lanka were very good in the wc up to the final, but england were odinary throughout, and quite frankly got destoyed by sri lanka when they met.

Obviously it is quite evident each team has it's different strengths and weaknesses. Sri Lanka are clearly stronger in the shorter form, and I am sure their will not drop a game in this ODI series.

England on the other hand find their strength in white clothing and are easily above the lankans in that form.

Posted by vj3478 on (June 26, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

@MeowCat - what if Test cricket died after 1920. just want to know your view as ODI didnt exist until 1962(county) and 1971 (international). Fact is Team Eng were looking minnows on paper and its exactly the same way they played in this T20. Captain is some one whom everyone shud look up to at times and not the other way

Posted by vj3478 on (June 26, 2011, 2:12 GMT)

"We were thoroughly outplayed" - Broad. Thats the only thing he said/did correctly. Not sure what made ECB make him 20-20 captain. It shud have been a shock for them to see the fact the he isnt a captain material!! Let him mature as a player and once he stops being childish, may be then ECB can give a thought to make him captain. For now, just sack him and give Morgan the role.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 2:07 GMT)

Near perfect Victory for SL.. Although i cant see the point of Kandambi being the captain..Should have been Mathews..

Posted by Black_Rider on (June 26, 2011, 1:59 GMT)

Watch out for the Lankans in next T20 WC...We have a really good side guys.I'm sure there will be new champs.England never deserve to be T20 champs.....

Posted by area1985 on (June 26, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

Srilanka have the best t20 record for any team in england, won 8 out of 9. only match they lost, wast20 final in 2009 , also they white wash england 5-0 last time they were there, no other team able to achieve that so far!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 1:17 GMT)

I'm just curious... Y isn't Angelo Mathews captaining the Sri Lankan side? Y is Thilina Kandamby captaining it. He is not even a permanent member of the side?

Posted by mrgupta on (June 26, 2011, 0:33 GMT)

@Herath-UK: Good teams find ways to Win, they don't wait for the weather to get in their favour. If SL is such a good team then they will have to prove by winning tests against top teams and not just in SL but abroad. For me SL is the most overrated team as they have never Won any tests in Aus, SA and Ind, 3 of the toughest teams around. Until they win tests in these countries they haven't proven anything.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2011, 0:06 GMT)

Strange team England fielded.

Posted by Meety on (June 26, 2011, 0:05 GMT)

I can't believe SL opened the batting with Sanath! He should bat @ 7 or 8 & bowl 3 or 4 overs of spin. He is too hit & miss these days as a frontline batsmen. Good win for SL.

Posted by kothumalli11 on (June 25, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

@Herath-UK: If Lanka played in the sun and batsmen scored runs, who are the SL bowlers going to take 20 english test wickets? Even under seaming conditions SL bowlers failed to pose any threats. Your opinion doesn't make any sense and totally one sided.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 25, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

Test cricket has survived for more than 100 years and doesn't anywhere near getting kicked out..THat alone is testament to it being the superior form. ODI version has been changed so many times and might not even exist in another 10 years. Sri Lanka's form in the shorter versions is mystifying. The grounds are still the seaming ones that the Test's were played in, yet these two bastman who struggled in the Tests showed that they were indeed in form.

Posted by KingOwl on (June 25, 2011, 21:44 GMT)

In all this T20 talk, we forget that if not for a bizzare single session in a three match test series, it would have been a drawn series. Yes, England would have drawn the home series in the EARLY season. That would have been a huge moral victory for SL. It would have been as good as a thumping win in flat, late season conditions (the type Indians play!)

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 25, 2011, 21:29 GMT)

This is just the practice match for Poms before they face mighty INDIA. Poms played their 2nd eleven. ODI series will be very difficult for SL to win. POMS will take the revenge from WC quater final

Posted by WTEH on (June 25, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

It might take years, decades.. for English batsmen to learn even few of the shots that Mahela played today. Man it is a treat watch him play.

Posted by overthefence on (June 25, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

Hit and giggle cricket. When do the serious one dayers begin?

Posted by dsig3 on (June 25, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Didnt watch the match but at least Broad has the lingo down pat in the press conferences. T20 really is pot luck. England are supposed to be world champions but absolutely any team can win if they have a good 10minutes. The results are always unpredictable.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (June 25, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

Why on earth were Patel and Bopara selected? Instead of these 2 bits and pieces 'nothing' players, we could have had a proper batsmen (Bell) and a proper bowler (Finn). Also, Bopara picked for his bowling? Has anyone actually looked at his figures? With Bell and Finn playing instead of Patel and Bopara, we still would have 6 proper bowling options (Dernbach, Broad, Finn, Swann, Woakes, plus Wright if needed), all of who are better bowlers than Bopara and Patel.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

How are we picking Lumb ahead of Bell, terrible selection. Woakes and Wright are bits-and-pieces cricketers, we would be better picking actual bowlers such as Tremlett and Shazad to keep the oppositions total. IPL has proven that you need bowlers to bowl primarily, the batsmen should be able to do their job well enough that 9,10,11 arn't needed.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 25, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Commiserations to Broad! Media keep hyping the fact,Lankans are better in the one day game.Though there is some truth in that,see Prassana made a century at Cardiff under worst weather,,Dilshan was MOM at Lord's and Sanga's brilliant one in Rose Bowl.Leave the crass session in Cardiff,Lanka did brilliantly in the Tests too with a novice bowling attack vacated by such greats like Murali & Vass.If we were to come like the Indians in the sun,we would have won the Tests too! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by MeowCat on (June 25, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

meanster@ T20-T20 cricket is only alive BECAUSE of Test cricket,had test cricket die before 1920's ,One dayers wouldnt exist,and neither would T20. Test cricket aint boring,you get to see the legendary players! Or atleast could...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

Well done Lions, Expecting you from another with wash.

Posted by Exfactor44 on (June 25, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

It's amusing how all the kids in this thread are getting angry at the selectors, Broad etc. etc.

The reality, which they made very clear when they made him Captain, is that this team with Broad as Captain is an experimental outfit. The managers priorities do not lie with winning every T20.

This is nothing more than the sloppiness you would expect of an almost totally new team - the new boys making mistakes and the older guys holding it together. Look at the Windies: Just the same.

I shouldn't think anyone should be calling for any of these guys to be hanging up their international boots yet. Give them another couple of matches and I would bet we will see an exponential rise in performance. The batting was the real letdown here but Patel getting run out - now that was plain funny.

Posted by pussatina on (June 25, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

re capt meanster - some of us regard crash bang wallop as the most boring form, & by the way if Sri Lanka are so fantastic how come England are T20 world champs & India 50 over world champs.......oops forgot you must have lost.... however England were rubbish today at crash bang, slog

Posted by abhyudayj on (June 25, 2011, 19:00 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

Good show SL. Shorter version is our Game boys. Go ahead and show your class. Looking forward for the ODI's


Posted by yorkslanka on (June 25, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

@ellis: there is no such thing as a "fair weather" Sri lankan supporter my friend. We support our team win or lose BUT we expect them to try their best on behalf of our country. After the years of whuppings, we have learnt to take losing as well as winning. The thing that annoys us is if we feel the team is not playing to its potential.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

I wished for a Jayasurya blitz, but anyway... Mahela and Sanga are both very fine batsman, but nobody won our hearts like Jayasurya. Except when he hit that 340 against us, that is :p

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 25, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

@ Munkeymomo - very valid point his last over was absolutely spot on. Disappointed about the 1-dimensional way Thissara perera bowled though. Still a good win, and a clear contrast to the side that turned up for the test series. Did the white ball and malinga make the change? I don't think so guess it's a question of attitude.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

Grand Father(According to Media) Played as well as a teenager. Even better Than samit Patel. Actually we cant say it is English Cricket team because there were four South Africans, one Irishman and someone called Patel and someone called Ravi in the team! So it may have been Commenwealth team!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

Anyone remember the last ODIs in UK? 5-0!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka. However, it was a match between 2 undeserving captains I guess. What was SLC board smoking when they decided to make a guy who wasn't even in the regular squad captain ?

Posted by CricSare on (June 25, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Poor England..What will say now about this by their media?? SL will win the ODI series easily because they are stronger in the shorter version of game..really looking forward to see a blistering innings from veteran Sanath at his farewell..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 25, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

This game is a good indication to prove that England are MINNOWS in the limited overs game. They can be thrashed by Lanka in the ODI series. England can ONLY be decent in the most BORING form of cricket. That's all they can be. I want Lanka to teach them a lesson by beating them 5-0.

Posted by jackiethepen on (June 25, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

Desperately poor management from England and I assume Broad is also culpable as captain. What an insane decision to leave Bell out. He's in the form of his life and only recently demonstrated his ability to get 57* off 43 balls and that was in a Test match! Not only that but he's a stroke player. Didn't they take a look at the pitch? Flower has to take the blame as presumably he is guiding his new captain. England looked so second rate. Class does count. I agree with those who say choose your best players. They will learn to adapt. Look at Jayawardene. A master class in not overhitting the ball and playing to the conditions. But please no more Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara or Lumb. Second chance to Kieswetter, but only just.

Posted by Allen.Arendtsz on (June 25, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

It was a one sided game apart from the vital partnership between Pietersen and Morgan which helped England to a respective total and after the 83 run stand was broken it was all Sri lanka.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

Now for the 5-0 Drubbing of England as in 2006 ....

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

Thatz d Difrence btvn SL & Eng-SL wuld Nevr boast abt our talent-Work hard & develope by each match & Wuld always hav players putting their hands up @ tough Situ's. Dnt see Swann Doing wht Sana did Or Jimmy Doing wht Mali did had Eng were struck 4 95 runs in 12 ovrs

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

Well, SL were always going to outclass England in all cases whther ODI or T20

Posted by Munkeymomo on (June 25, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

Yes Sangakarra, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya and Malinga all played very well, but I was most impressed with Lakmal. Never seen him with the white ball before and I thought he was outstanding.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

Morgan batted supremely indeed - except that he was out (or should have been) 4 times - lbw, run out, caught and finally actually caught.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

That's what you get for putting an inappropriate player, namely Broad, in as skipper. What use is he captaining from 3rd man??? What experience has he ever had of fielding within the inner ring? Collingwood must be laughing. Let's face it, if Broad wasn't captain he wouldn't be picked.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:20 GMT)

England the current " WORLD " champs of 20/20 guess they got a hiding today and will have to work hard to defend their title in sub continent in 2012 .wel played srilanka good start for the ODI series . keep it up .

Posted by Mitsui on (June 25, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

SL were the much better side of the day and I hope people will lay off Broad. I mean the lad gave all he had and though he wasn't successful, neither were his team mates. Samit Patel turned out to be a burden for England. Broad's decisions were generally good and the only mistake he made was give Woakes the first over. Batsmen failed England. Anyway congrats SL - proud to be a Sri Lankan :)

Posted by Lakpj on (June 25, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

A drubbing for England, and a real eye opener for them before the ODI series. It seems that they under estimated SL. And after hearing what Broad talked after the match, they still feel that way. I won't get surprised if SL pull of the ODI series quite easily. Eng should remember it is not a 5 day game where you can have fielders all round the batsman. It is a big mistake to leave Tremlett out from the series. He was the most difficult bowler for SL batsman in the test series. They'd would love to see him not in the ODI lineup.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

congrats sl...this is we r best at and odi's,,,,looking forward to it....i strongly beleive english team should have t 2o and one days playing same side,as sl does..coz dont u think anderson is better than the fast bowlers we seen today...realy dont understand what ecb thinking....and that way all the players get more experience and they know what their job is,,,this is crazy...

Posted by ChandraPrince on (June 25, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Sri Lanka strolled to an easy victory in England and even without Tilakaratna Dilshan...

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (June 25, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Sanath Jayasuriya - farewell, master. Your fans from India wish you happiest farewell in T20s.

Posted by WTEH on (June 25, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Well England fans should realize that SL lost the test series due to one unfortunate session. If not the result would have been 0-0. When it comes to shorter version, the waiting game is will not going to help them. In order to make rune need talented batsmen, bowlers with variety. Having bowlers know only to ball is a left corridor will not get you wickets in t20 or ODI. Watch out for ODI series. It will be a real surprise if England manage to win a single game in ODI.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

ohh poor england.... more to come... ha ha haaa..

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (June 25, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Come on Sri Lanka..great win..

Great performance and it was great to see how Sanath changed the game with his experience. Mixing speeds and hurrying up batsmen. May be not many people notice ,or not many talked about it.But it was turning point, KP s wicket. Great match and hope more from Sri lanka, and great innings from Santh.. Santh , you are a legend and thanks a lot for what you done, no matter how many runs you got these matches.you won so many matches for SL by your own.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:01 GMT)

This is just beginning we want repeat like last time 5-0. remember we played without dilshan go Lions go ur are the wc runners up 2007 & 2011 this is the time to show our talent in one day cricket.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 17:01 GMT)

superb performance by the lankans. but i feel sana missed out today. i was looks in good form. apart from kp and morgan ingland never look treatning.

Posted by EVH316 on (June 25, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

There is no format of Cricket yet played where it is wiser to play your inferior players. Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Chris Woakes, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb and Jade Dernbach are not the best players in their positions. Lo and behold, Jayawardene and Sangakkara won the match easily - Sri Lanka`s best players across all formats! And Pietersen and Morgan were our best players on the day - our best players across all formats (except Bell)! What revelations! It`s hard enough to play international cricket but we always seem to want to complicate selections. Bopara instead of Bell - for the bowling option! I could live with that if he batted at 11, but to stink out the place along with one-shot Wright was horrible. We could have had two real batsman at the crease. 8 bad bowling options will always be more expensive than 5/6 good ones. Did these selectors learn nothing from England`s one-day teams of the 90s?

Posted by Ellis on (June 25, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

Anybody see Mahela and Sangakkara play this game like they play in the IPL? No fuss, no muss, just get the job done through proper cricket strokes. Inventive but correct. Now can the SL fair weather supporters say whether the two of them should have played in the IPL? Contrast with England where only Morgan knew how to approach a 20/20 innings. And he plays in the IPL, Pietersen occasionally. There are benefits to playing in the IPL not least of which is how to chase a score to win. Anyone notice the way Malinga and Jayasuriya bowled? Both regular IPL bowlers. None on the England side. The IPL is not all bad. And, class always tells.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

Well Played Sri Lanka!!!! Looking forward to one day games.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (June 25, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

I told you we'll comfortably win the limited overs matches. Bring on the ODI's :)

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 25, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Well done to Sri Lanka on a great and easy win. Good to see mahela and sanga getting runs again and hopefully we can step up a gear or two in the odi's next week.come on Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Why had Srilanka made Thilina kandampi as captain!!He didnt deserve that place yet.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

living legend on his field.. sanath will have a great farewell...

Posted by dhpr111 on (June 25, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

bowling was really good...and waiting for master blaster to end this match quickly...

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Sanath Happy farewell!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

Absolutely amazed that Bell's been left out - why the decision not to play our strongest line-up? Very odd.

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