England v Sri Lanka, Twenty20, Bristol June 25, 2011

Sleepy Samit and Mahela's style

Dud comeback of the day

There is tough competition for this award, but despite the futile swinging of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb it has to go to Samit Patel. After all the coverage of his return to England colours - and Mick Newell's pointed warning not to "cock it up" - he couldn't really have fallen in a worse manner. Patting the ball into the off side he sauntered out of his crease and didn't seem to clock that Mahela Jayawardene was swooping from point. He turned slowly then didn't really extend himself as he tried to make his crease. Jayawardene hit direct, but still Patel seemed convinced he was safe. When 'out' came up on the big screen he was in for a shock.

Wimbledon moment of the day

With due respect to England's Twenty20 cricketers this match was never going to be top billing in the sporting agenda this weekend. Wimbledon is in full swing at SW19 with Andy Murray dominating the headlines. For one moment, though, there was a cry of that familiar tennis phrase "new balls please" after Eoin Morgan cracked the second of his consecutive sixes over midwicket off Thisara Perera. The ball didn't appear to leave the ground, but perhaps was snaffled by a shrewd punter who wanted a souvenir so it meant the umpires had to find a new one. Three deliveries later the ball was in the stands again from Kevin Pietersen's bat although this time it was returned.

Age-defying performance of the day

It's widely known that Sanath Jayasuriya's short-term return to the Sri Lanka side is more than purely a cricket-based decision. There are bigger issues at stake that show how sport and politics are so often intertwined, but he didn't let his side down when handed the ball at a crucial stage. With his fifth delivery he skidded one through Pietersen's attempted cut and later fired a quicker ball past the struggling Ravi Bopara. The batting didn't go quite so well as he drove to mid-off for 8, but he more than played his part in Sri Lanka's victory.

Shuddering halt of the day

England's innings was nicely set up at 95 for 2 in the 12th over with Pietersen and Morgan regularly clearing the boundaries, but from that high-point their effort dribbled to a conclusion. They hit one more boundary and added 41 in eight-and-a-half overs after Morgan's dismissal. The final stages were summed up when Stuart Broad failed to connect with three leg-side swings at Lasith Malinga and was then comically run out off the last ball trying to steal another bye.

Innings of the day

England omitted their most elegant batsman when Ian Bell was surprisingly left in the dugout, but Sri Lanka were never doing to drop their leading stylist. Mahela Jayawardene had a tough Test series yet gave another display of how Twenty20 isn't all about brute force in an elegant innings of 72 off 57 balls. He raced out of the blocks and by the end of the third over had 27 off 15 balls. Except for a slash over the slips it was classical batting and a straight drive for six off Chris Woakes was as pleasing on the eye as anything Morgan or Pietersen managed. Before they could blink, England's chances of building any early pressure had vanished. And with it so had the match.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • stationmaster on June 26, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Bell in for Wright - PLEASE ! Wright didn't even bowl ! so he must have been there as a batsmen, which means they picked Wright over Bell ? That's crazy.......

  • Allen.Arendtsz on June 26, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    What a comprehensive win from Sri lankas point of view they bowled really well specially at the latter part of the innings after the 83 run patnership was broken also thanka to the superb bowling spells from Lasith Malinga as well as Sanath Jayasuriya who proved even at the age of 42 he can still play. It was an all-round performance by Sri lanka who trashed England by 9 wickets thanks to two brillant innings from both the senior players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who has looked to find his form back.

  • sandunsba on June 26, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    sl is alwys better than eng. sl starts criket in reason times.since1975 and 1982 ithink so.bt since that how they show their talents in world criket. 1996 wrldchamps. 2002 sharedchapms with india icc champs. 2007/2011 runeers up.so what else they have to prove.lack of test are the only case with sl.only 6 tests played in 2010.its nt enough for such a talented team.at least 80 tests in nxt 8 years.bt they were given76.not enough.and also more tours to nz aus eng Rsa will be great.

  • KingOwl on June 25, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    I knew SL would thrash England. But this was more than I expected. Definitely a better reflection of the relative talent of the two teams in neutral conditions.

  • nlambda on June 25, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Jayasuriya should not retire. He still has a good 4-5 years left in him.

  • mandi on June 25, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    good win for lanka,jayasuriya bowl well today.

  • jackiethepen on June 25, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Regarding innings of the day - Broad said that one innings doesn't make a difference to a match, so that the decision to leave out Bell wouldn't have cost the game. Hadn't Broad just watched a superb innings by Jayawardene? This is Twenty20 - of course one innings can win a game - it can in 50-over cricket and in Test cricket as well! Broad just isn't making sense. We don't know how Bell would have played, but if he played anything like his current form - and he recently got 57* off 43 balls in a Test match! - then he could have made a spectacular difference. He also played well in Australia when chosen to open in t20s. So why exactly was Lumb preferred? Or Bopara? It is tosh that Lumb is in spectacular form in Twenty20. Not the last time I saw him. He confessed as well that he had been "Malingered" in the IPL. Broad should take his poor decisions into account. Otherwise he will just keeping making them. Lumb, Kieswetter, Bopara, Wright, not good enough batsmen.

  • dummy4fb on June 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Well plaied S L s. I think in England there should be better bowlers like Finn, Tremlett becoz it help them, this Dernbach & Woakes ar seams better bowlers in Asia. If Bell was there he may guid them into better score.I think Thissara should nead a rest.

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