England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval June 28, 2011

Goodbye, Sanath

Plays of the Day from the first one-day international between England and Sri Lanka at The Oval
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Tickle of the day
All eyes were on Alastair Cook as the match began because Sri Lanka's decision to field first meant he had an early chance to prove that his game can adapt to one-day cricket. Much of the build-up had been dominated by talk over his strike-rate, but that wasn't a problem today as he clocked in at 166.6. Sadly for Cook, however, the innings only spanned three balls. He was off the mark straight away with a nudge off his hip, then clipped a boundary through midwicket before feathering Lasith Malinga down the leg side where Kumar Sangakkara held a fine catch. It didn't prove anything.

Long hop of the day
Kevin Pietersen, who survived a mighty close run-out appeal on 5 by the width of a missing TV frame, avoided falling to 41-year-old Sanath Jayasuriya for the second time in two innings but still departed in less-than-glorious-manner to a spinner. Jeevan Mendis, a part-time legspinner, was thrown the ball for the 17th over. His first delivery, perhaps an attempted googly, came out as a long hop and Pietersen's eyes lit up. He rocked forward, then back to pull through midwicket and couldn't believe it when he picked out Tillakaratne Dilshan at midwicket. Pietersen, though, had batted with confidence and aggression which promises many more runs this summer.

Farewell of the day
So that is that. At least we presume it is. Matches 445, runs 13,430, 28 hundreds, 323 wickets. They aren't bad numbers for Sanath Jayasuriya. His final innings didn't add many runs to his tally as he cracked a signature square cut to backward point where Eoin Morgan held a stinging catch. How England's 1998 vintage must have wished he'd done the same. "There are no fairytales in sport," Steve Waugh once said and given Jayasuriya's time away from the top level a farewell innings of note was always a long shot. But the bowling has held up better and his 323rd ODI wicket came when he trapped Ian Bell lbw trying to sweep. He said this would be his final game. It will be, won't it?

Innings of the day
Eoin Morgan again added the dazzle to England's innings but it's well known what he's capable off in coloured clothes. For a longer-term significance it was Craig Kieswetter's 61 off 56 balls that was most impressive, not least because he had to stop after seven overs and wait three hours to resume needing to play a different innings than he may have initially planned. However, he never rushed or tried to be overly aggressive, instead picking his strong areas straight down the ground, and didn't actually move over a run-a-ball until reaching fifty with a towering six off Suraj Randiv. Although his downfall was ugly it was an innings that should set him up well for the series.

Fluke of the day
Some wickets come from hours of planning and perfect execution from the bowler. Some are just plain lucky. James Anderson's first-over scalping of a fit-again Tillakaratne Dilshan falls into the latter category, for all that Cook did well to have a deep square-leg and not a long leg. Anderson speared a good length delivery towards Dilshan's pads which he extravagantly flicked upwards and even on a gloomy evening Tim Bresnan had time to run in and snaffle the catch. It was such a tame way to go after missing the last two weeks of the tour that you'd have preferred him to be caught playing the Dilscoop.

Catch(es) of the day
Anderson was everywhere at the start of Sri Lanka's run chase. If he wasn't taking wickets he was plucking catches and, on one occasion, did both together. His reflex caught-and-bowled to remove Kumar Sangakkara was a wonderful effort for a fast bowler following through from his delivery and he made it look easy. A short while later Anderson then showed what an outstanding all-round fielder he is - one of the best in the world - as he flung himself horizontally to his right at midwicket to hold Angelo Mathews' pull and give Jade Dernbach his first ODI wicket.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    SRI LANKAN FANS TALK ABOUT RAIN,WEATHER ,NOTHING ABOUT CRICKET OR THEIR LACK OF TALENT AND ABILITY.A CRICKET PLAYERS TALENT AND SKILL IS MEASURED BY HIS ABILITY TO PLAY OUTSIDE HIS CONDITIONS. MAHELAS AVG AT HOME IS 64 AND AWAY IS 41 A DIFFERNECE OF ABOUT 23 .JAYASURYA BATTING AVG IS 35 AWAY FROMHOME AND COMING TO SANGA,WHO IS CALLED THE BEST LANKAN BATSMAN AFTER ARVINDA HAS A AWAY AVG OF 48,BUT FALLS SHORT OF THE GREATNESS MARK OF 50. THE RECORD OF THE BEST SRILANKAN BATSMAN ARAVINDA AWAY IS VERY POOR BY HIS HIGH STANDARDS -ONLY 36 I REST MY CLASS OF SRI LANKAN PERFORMANCES AWAY FROM HOME.SO DOES 41,35,48,36 SHOW GREATNESS OR A POOR RECORD?

  • chandau on June 30, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Hmm no offense peeps, but i think Sanath should have retied after the 2007 WC or at least 3 years ago. It is difficult to argue with mother nature as one approaches 40 and then passes it: the reflexes slow down, the eye sight weakens and though the body is fit the various processes on the field become labored. Had he gone 3 years ago the stats would have been better and also the feelings among people more gentle. Now that he is out who should come in ? I say bring Thirimanne in even if it is untill Tharanga is available for selection. People say Chandimal is better but how many runs has he scored in this tour??? And what kandambi is doing in the middle only those who sent him there know!! Poor guy is the copy of Broad as T20 skipper; out of depth despite the selection and then having to prove he is good to be there. They should have persisted with Samaraweera at least for one or 2 matches.

  • on June 30, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Indian bowlers now can make a huge sigh of relief because another hard hitting batsman who tormented them many times had played his last game ... Sanath had played a big role in tsansforming Srilanka from a minnow team into a champion team in the mid 90s ... How can you forget that hurricane innings in 1996 World Cup Quarterfinals against England .. India had tasted the heat of his bat several times .. 189 at Sharjah,340 at Colombo are only few of themIndian bowlers now can make a huge sigh of relief because another hard hitting batsman who tormented them many times had played his last game ... Sanath had played a big role in tsansforming Srilanka from a minnow team into a champion team in the mid 90s ... How can you forget that hurricane innings in 1996 World Cup Quarterfinals against England .. India had tasted the heat of his bat several times .. 189 at Sharjah,340 at Colombo are only few of them

  • TDIL on June 30, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Hats off Sana wish u all the best in your future

  • AjayVijayan on June 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    CricInfo Should have written some articles on Sanath Jayasurya with stats ..

    Its a pity that a true Legend is not acknowledged in the deserving manner...

    Please put up some articles on Sanath

  • anver777 on June 30, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Adios! Sanath.............u have contributed a lot for SL cricket & hope after the retirement u will be in touch with SLCB & share u'r experiences with them. Wishing u all success !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 30, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    We ill never forgot ur iningz in pakistan u r true legend good bye santh! Best of luck to sl for upcoming matchs frm pakistan

  • khiladisher on June 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    THANK GOD THE CIRCUS OR JOKE IS OVER-SANATH SHOULD NOT HAVE COME BACK AND MADE OF JOKE OF HIMSELF AND HIS COUNTRY.HAPPY RETIREMENT SANATH-WAITING FOR SANGA AND MAHELA TO RETIRE BEFORE THEY END UP LIKE SANATH.PERFORMANCES IN ENGLAND SUGGEST ITS TIME THEY PACK THE BAGS.

  • Mousum on June 29, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I'm from Bangladesh. But my fav team is Lanka as I grew fond of cricket watching Sanath in 96 w/c. For me, cricket will never be the same again.Will there ever be another lankan cricketer who will be known as the man who changed the face of the game?

  • Aussasinator on June 29, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    He redefined the ODI game. Interest in ODIs had shot up tremendously after his style exploded.

  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    SRI LANKAN FANS TALK ABOUT RAIN,WEATHER ,NOTHING ABOUT CRICKET OR THEIR LACK OF TALENT AND ABILITY.A CRICKET PLAYERS TALENT AND SKILL IS MEASURED BY HIS ABILITY TO PLAY OUTSIDE HIS CONDITIONS. MAHELAS AVG AT HOME IS 64 AND AWAY IS 41 A DIFFERNECE OF ABOUT 23 .JAYASURYA BATTING AVG IS 35 AWAY FROMHOME AND COMING TO SANGA,WHO IS CALLED THE BEST LANKAN BATSMAN AFTER ARVINDA HAS A AWAY AVG OF 48,BUT FALLS SHORT OF THE GREATNESS MARK OF 50. THE RECORD OF THE BEST SRILANKAN BATSMAN ARAVINDA AWAY IS VERY POOR BY HIS HIGH STANDARDS -ONLY 36 I REST MY CLASS OF SRI LANKAN PERFORMANCES AWAY FROM HOME.SO DOES 41,35,48,36 SHOW GREATNESS OR A POOR RECORD?

  • chandau on June 30, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Hmm no offense peeps, but i think Sanath should have retied after the 2007 WC or at least 3 years ago. It is difficult to argue with mother nature as one approaches 40 and then passes it: the reflexes slow down, the eye sight weakens and though the body is fit the various processes on the field become labored. Had he gone 3 years ago the stats would have been better and also the feelings among people more gentle. Now that he is out who should come in ? I say bring Thirimanne in even if it is untill Tharanga is available for selection. People say Chandimal is better but how many runs has he scored in this tour??? And what kandambi is doing in the middle only those who sent him there know!! Poor guy is the copy of Broad as T20 skipper; out of depth despite the selection and then having to prove he is good to be there. They should have persisted with Samaraweera at least for one or 2 matches.

  • on June 30, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Indian bowlers now can make a huge sigh of relief because another hard hitting batsman who tormented them many times had played his last game ... Sanath had played a big role in tsansforming Srilanka from a minnow team into a champion team in the mid 90s ... How can you forget that hurricane innings in 1996 World Cup Quarterfinals against England .. India had tasted the heat of his bat several times .. 189 at Sharjah,340 at Colombo are only few of themIndian bowlers now can make a huge sigh of relief because another hard hitting batsman who tormented them many times had played his last game ... Sanath had played a big role in tsansforming Srilanka from a minnow team into a champion team in the mid 90s ... How can you forget that hurricane innings in 1996 World Cup Quarterfinals against England .. India had tasted the heat of his bat several times .. 189 at Sharjah,340 at Colombo are only few of them

  • TDIL on June 30, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Hats off Sana wish u all the best in your future

  • AjayVijayan on June 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    CricInfo Should have written some articles on Sanath Jayasurya with stats ..

    Its a pity that a true Legend is not acknowledged in the deserving manner...

    Please put up some articles on Sanath

  • anver777 on June 30, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Adios! Sanath.............u have contributed a lot for SL cricket & hope after the retirement u will be in touch with SLCB & share u'r experiences with them. Wishing u all success !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 30, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    We ill never forgot ur iningz in pakistan u r true legend good bye santh! Best of luck to sl for upcoming matchs frm pakistan

  • khiladisher on June 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    THANK GOD THE CIRCUS OR JOKE IS OVER-SANATH SHOULD NOT HAVE COME BACK AND MADE OF JOKE OF HIMSELF AND HIS COUNTRY.HAPPY RETIREMENT SANATH-WAITING FOR SANGA AND MAHELA TO RETIRE BEFORE THEY END UP LIKE SANATH.PERFORMANCES IN ENGLAND SUGGEST ITS TIME THEY PACK THE BAGS.

  • Mousum on June 29, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    I'm from Bangladesh. But my fav team is Lanka as I grew fond of cricket watching Sanath in 96 w/c. For me, cricket will never be the same again.Will there ever be another lankan cricketer who will be known as the man who changed the face of the game?

  • Aussasinator on June 29, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    He redefined the ODI game. Interest in ODIs had shot up tremendously after his style exploded.

  • on June 29, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    bye bye sanath i expected u to retire 3 years ago but atlast its done but still u were an awesum player.......

  • Chncricfan_2k0 on June 29, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    The world is going to miss the greatest entertainer of all time.Sanath you would be missed badly.hereafter where we can see the flick of the wrist 6s and immense power hitting.there are players would come, but for sure no one can be matched with this southpaw.No one will ever forget your performances in 1996 WC.the main asset for SL winning that WC.Ur era will be written in golden words in SL cricketing history.thanks for the entertainment U provided us for over the years and Im saluting the greatest ambassador of sport and true legend of SL cricket.Wish U good luck for your future life.

  • rsgranjan on June 29, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Thanks sanath for providing great entertainment to the world of cricket. Its been a joy to watch the brand of cricket that you created. The way you selflessly agreed to open sri lankan innings taking the word of ur legendary captain Arjuna and showed the world a new style of batting, the way you threw yourself on the cricket field even in the late thirties, the way you have been a great patriot for your country should be applauded by every cricket fan. Many people from england are making comments about your skill level now. Guess they have forgotten many of your blistering, mind blowing knocks that you played against them. They will surely remember you for the knock( 82(44 balls) you played against them in 96 world cup quarter finals. People around the world used to fear when people like you, Gilchirist entered the cricket field. Hats off to the modesty you maintain even after achieving so much. Dont remember how many eng cricketers achieved as much as you did!!!!.Good bye!!. U rock!!!

  • Rici737 on June 29, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    To: Mr. SANATH JAYASURIYA - "NEVER FADING LIVING GOD OF CRICKET"......Thank you so much for your unforgettable service......There are heroes who walk among us never looking for glory or praise They don't seek recognition for their thoughtful, caring ways. Living lives of deep commitment providing for those they hold dear Steadfast with a quiet strength through times of laughter and tears. You are a person like that to me The most selfless man by far So Sanath Jayasuriya, I'd like to thank you For being the HERO that you are.......Wish you Good Luck for your future aspect.

  • on June 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Nice one Thomas Cherian, i've heard that one a few times be4 tho. Also would have been funny to see the look on the faces of any Ian Bell supporters who had been crying for a promotion to number 3 in the order after he fell to grampa sanath's bowling. I will miss sanath, but won't be long before a new opener comes in that makes a big impact.

  • on June 29, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    You did wonders to Sri Lankan Cricket! Good Bye Sanath!

  • Valavan on June 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @nimal183, you seem to be the ignorant guy in the total commentators here,bad weather was just at when england batted, why didnt SL pacemen exploit the juicy wicket, this shows SL have no genuine pacemen for greentops, malinga is a powerhouse in slow low wickets, but he is exposed. England is a very good side, Dont you remember you lost ODI series in 2007 in SL against England. Also to add, i saw you buy more sour grape baskets everytime when you cannot accept SL is defeated, If you eat sour grapes, you will speak so.

  • on June 29, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    to Sanat with love,

    of course, the best cricketer the country has ever produced and one of the best strikers of the ball. his service cannot be forgotten with ease for sure.

  • NALINWIJ on June 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Will this be the dawn of a new era for England now that Sanath is gone? English ODI history can be divided into eras- 1.PRE BOTHAM ERA- the dark ages of ODI when England performed OK because no one had an idea and a score of 200 was good. 2.BOTHAM era- Middle ages of ODI when England with the help of BOTHAM played OK while everyone was still learning ODI. Made 3 world cup finals and lost 2 narrowly. 3.Jayasuriya era- post Botham the english team declined whilst Jayasuriya revolutionised the game that England could not keep up with and accepted failure. The demise of Sanath and England victory in 2010 t20 WC suggested a new era for England but this stuttered like Jayasuriya retirement. Now that Sanath is gone, will POST Jayasuriya era herald success for England or a world cup for the chokers South Africa or over achievers New Zealand?

  • on June 29, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Sanath has done a great impact to this game almost a decade ago and there is nothing to worry when he didn't blister in his farewell game... He just played to say thanks to all the cricket lovers officially....His name will live in the book of Legends who carried this game all through.... Goodbye Sanath......

  • niranjanfer on June 29, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    THANK YOU SANATH FOR YOUR BRILLIANT CAREER AND CHANGING THE CRICKET WORLD! THERE WAS NO TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS WHEN YOU CAME IN TO BAT. OFFICES WERE AT STANDSTILL AND THE STAFF GLUED TO THE TV'S. CRICKET WOULD BE BORING UNTILL A NEW SJ IS BORN! WILL THERE EVER BE ANOTHER SJ? I have seen Sanath score heavily in January 2011. Watch the SLPL20/20 and you will know what I am talking about. He batted better than he has ever done. If a cricketer is fit and is still amongst the best, and there are no youngsters to match, then why shouldn't he play till he is 100, what do you say Andrew? Its not Sanath's fault if other INTERNATIONAL players look and field like grandfathers at the age of 30!? ITS TIME TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX. WE ARE IN A FAST CHANGING WORLD...

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    @ThomasCherian- No offence man... bt wat r u talking abt? this article has no mention of aravinda; and the man has retired sisnce long.. the point ur trying to make is???

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Good V Capt - Kandamby......he....lol...lol….he should be playing politics like Sanna.

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Bye Bye Butcher of Matara

  • on June 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    finally,, cricket for Sanath has come to an end,,,but you should not part with cricket.....being an Icon player..we will miss u!!!!! good bye,,,wish to see u soon in some other role

  • on June 29, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    good bye sana,it's not a end,it's the begin.most of the srilankans have to carry & continue your long career.so,don't worry sana. again, bye sana

  • on June 29, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    MY FAVORITE PLAYER ~~~SANATH~~~

  • on June 29, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka's best ODI player ever proven in all conditions and at almost at all ages. But its time Sana uncle. . its time

  • on June 29, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    well dne sana.. Bt, could have retired bit ealier..

  • on June 29, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    @KAIRAVA :Totally agree with you bro.he should deserve the same as he has done many things to our country.

    @Thomas Cherian :Aravinda had decided before the WC 2003,the long he goes with WC,is the long he goes with his international career.that ended sadly(we only had 212 to chase) with match against Aussies,when he was ran out by young Kumar Sagakkara.DO NOT talk about the matters if you DO NOT know them CORRECTLY.

    So sad Jayasuriya's last match ended up with a loss.but Good bye LEGEND!!!Thanks for the enormous joy you bring to us for 2 decades

  • KAIRAVA on June 29, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka should get in Chaminda Vaas for the final ODI so that he too can get a proper farewell just like his fellow legend Sanath Jyasuriya.

  • nimal183 on June 29, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Another bad weather day and a good performance from England!!!!Anderson need rainy day to bowl like that.. Hope there is no rain in rest of the matches... Sanath we will miss you always!!!

  • Johnjoy on June 28, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    Sanath Jayasuriya..... the best "One day Cricketer" of all time....!!!! No more words...!!!

  • CricketChat on June 28, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Sanath bowled well both in T20 and 1st ODI. He could still play primarily as a bowler for a yr or 2 if he wanted. His batting though has come down quite a bit due to perceptible slowing of his reflexes. All cricket fans miss the excitement whenever he bats. Wish him well post playing career.

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    living legend Sanath- 445 matches, 13,430 runs, 28 hundreds & 323 wickets tell story itself....he was a great alrounder and arguably best cricketer SL ever had...no1 gonna fill his place for along time...a great entertainer, a nightmare for bowlers on his day...world cricket is going to miss him...

  • Meety on June 28, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Sanath shouldn't of opened. I think his best value is as a spinner batting @ 7 or 8.

  • on June 28, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Should the lankans get Arvinda back so that he can have a farewell in England...some guys never know when to stop and go away.....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 28, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    What, no mention of Anderson's comeback to coloured clothes at all? That was a terrific game for Jimmy, and his three-card-trick to send Kulasekara on his way was top-class stuff. Broad is still disappointing though... hope he improves next game or two, or he should be dropped!

  • on June 28, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    We miss you Sanath.. You are the one and only Sanath for SL.. None can fill your gap ever.. even " Cricketing-world" under-rated him.. He was the best ODI player in the Cricket.. Thanks for made us (SLn) proud.. No more words needed.. Indeed you r the best.. there is no comparison for the best..

  • Valavan on June 28, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Goodbye Sanath. You did a good cricketing service for the World Cricket.

  • asokk77 on June 28, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Good Bye the legend Sanath Jayasuriya

  • pussatina on June 28, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    great performance England, showed the many doubters on here, good impetus to the innings & great bowling, keep up the good work please!

  • on June 28, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    We Gonna miss u................................

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  • on June 28, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    We Gonna miss u................................

  • pussatina on June 28, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    great performance England, showed the many doubters on here, good impetus to the innings & great bowling, keep up the good work please!

  • asokk77 on June 28, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Good Bye the legend Sanath Jayasuriya

  • Valavan on June 28, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Goodbye Sanath. You did a good cricketing service for the World Cricket.

  • on June 28, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    We miss you Sanath.. You are the one and only Sanath for SL.. None can fill your gap ever.. even " Cricketing-world" under-rated him.. He was the best ODI player in the Cricket.. Thanks for made us (SLn) proud.. No more words needed.. Indeed you r the best.. there is no comparison for the best..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 28, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    What, no mention of Anderson's comeback to coloured clothes at all? That was a terrific game for Jimmy, and his three-card-trick to send Kulasekara on his way was top-class stuff. Broad is still disappointing though... hope he improves next game or two, or he should be dropped!

  • on June 28, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Should the lankans get Arvinda back so that he can have a farewell in England...some guys never know when to stop and go away.....

  • Meety on June 28, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Sanath shouldn't of opened. I think his best value is as a spinner batting @ 7 or 8.

  • on June 28, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    living legend Sanath- 445 matches, 13,430 runs, 28 hundreds & 323 wickets tell story itself....he was a great alrounder and arguably best cricketer SL ever had...no1 gonna fill his place for along time...a great entertainer, a nightmare for bowlers on his day...world cricket is going to miss him...

  • CricketChat on June 28, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Sanath bowled well both in T20 and 1st ODI. He could still play primarily as a bowler for a yr or 2 if he wanted. His batting though has come down quite a bit due to perceptible slowing of his reflexes. All cricket fans miss the excitement whenever he bats. Wish him well post playing career.