England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Headingley July 1, 2011

Familiar partnership and all-too familiar memories

Plays of the day from the 2nd ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley

Carbon copy of the day
For one top-order batsman to be run out in a one-day international can be understandable, for two to go that way inside 10 overs is careless. Tillakaratne Dilshan had already been found short of his crease after misjudging a single to mid-on where Stuart Broad completed the dismissal, but Sri Lanka didn't learn the error of their captain's ways. Or, at least, Dinesh Chandimal didn't. He tapped the ball towards the on side and raced off for a single, but this time James Anderson swooped from mid-on and hit the stumps direct with an under-arm flick. Chandimal, who has had precious few chances on this tour, was left with plenty of time to reflect.

Drop of the day
England's opening bowlers began well, keeping a tight leash on the openers in the early overs, but things started to go wrong in Bresnan's third over. The most costly moment came off the second ball when Mahela Jayawardene top edged towards slip but Graeme Swann couldn't hold onto a high chance and neither was Craig Kieswetter able to take a rebound (unlike in the World Twenty20 final against Australia). Jayawardene had 7 at the time and then off the final two balls of the over collected his first two boundaries. The first was an edge that didn't carry to Swann, who couldn't stop it, then Jayawardene played a silky cover drive to leave Bresnan less than amused.

Milestones of the day
Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have spent many hours batting together against England - although slightly less so on this tour - so it didn't come as a huge surprise that the new third-wicket record of 159 they set surpassed their own partnership of 140 at Chester-le-Street in 2006 during the 5-0 whitewash. The statistics were remarkably similar as today as Jayawardene dominated with a hundred and Sangakkara played second fiddle with a cool half-century. Talking of Jayawardene, he also set himself a new career milestone in reaching 144. It surpassed his previous best of 128, made 11 years ago against India in Sharjah.

Unfinished business of the day
Alastair Cook still has to convince many that he is suitable to be opening the batting in one-day internationals, so it will frustrate him hugely that he couldn't build on a solid start and match Jayawardene's earlier hundred. The signs were good as he kept the scoreboard ticking and kept his strike-rate as captain over 90. He'd reached 48 off 51 balls when he came down the pitch to Suraj Randiv but only managed to loft a catch to Angelo Mathews at deep cover. England needed more.

Ball of the day
It's meant to be Lasith Malinga who sends down the toe-crushing yorkers, but on this occasion it was Suranga Lakmal as he ended Jonathan Trott's laboured innings with a superb delivery. He'd already removed Craig Kieswetter when he returned for a second spell and with his fifth ball back speared a delivery under Trott's bat. However, for a while it appeared he may have done England a favour as Eoin Morgan and Ian Bell added a brisk stand. Trott had played one of those innings that raises more questions than answers, not hitting a boundary until his 27th ball, and putting pressure on other batsmen.

Bad memory of the day
On Thursday, Tim Bresnan was asked to reflect on his tough day against Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2006. He was carted for 29 off two overs by Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga then didn't bowl again in the innings. "We got nailed in that series but everyone has moved on since then," Bresnan said, which is true on all counts, but he would be forgiven if he'd had the odd flash back. It was a frustrating day for Bresnan back on home soil as he watched Jayawardene be given an early life at slip and finished with 70 runs off his nine overs. However, unlike five years ago, at least he opened his wicket tally when Nuwan Kulasekara was caught at deep square-leg. The less said about his 2 from 12 balls the better.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lance on July 2, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @Truemans, What Australia where England were demolished in the ODI series 6-1?

  • Cric on July 2, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    I'm wondering why these people won't give England a rest. They didn't do that bad as it seemed to me. It's like Sri Lanka = Bangladesh so you got to win this series & it's a must? I thought Sri Lanka had a lot of respect than that by being runners-up in 2 consecutive WC finals. Winning isn't necessary if you play good cricket. Give England a rest, they'll do just fine. About Sri Lanka, I'm forever proud. Win or lose, I'm happy to support them.

  • Grant on July 1, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    There is some nonsense written on here. England can only win in rainy weather? Has Australia been forgotten already? Or the couple of good wins (mixed in with the horrible losses admittedly) in the world cup. And even if it were true is only being able to win in the damp any worse than only being able to win in the sun? In fact what has happened in the series so far is England have outplayed Sri Lanka once and Sri Lanka have outplayed England once. Hence it is 1-1.

  • Johnathon on July 1, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka's bowling attack looks toothless without Malinga. Today Malinga wasn't his usual brilliant self and apart from that one amazing yorker to Trott, every other wicket was when the batsman tried going for a shot. Kulasekera needs to be kicked out the team. The guy can produce inswingers, but not outswingers and is an extremely defensive bowler. He is one of the prime reasons we lost against India in the WC Final. Lakmal is showing some genuine talent, but it is rough. He reminds me of Zaheer Khan when he was young. Lakmal should continue playing matches and get help from senior bowlers (vaas and bowling coach) and develop his skills better. Randiv is a true attacking bowler but definetely needs to develop his skills. Randiv looks to be a very talented bowler and it is mystifing to see he wasn't playing in the Tests. England on the other hand looks to be an amazing ODI outfit, and were on target to chasing this down until Bell SLowed it down, putting pressure on Morgan

  • Jackie on July 1, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Very well summed up. This was the match I saw.

  • Nicholas on July 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Except for executing a run out, yet another failure for Broad! How many more games are the ECB gonna give this guy? Surely there are better all-rounders out there in the county teams! Even Swann has a better batting average than Broad now...

  • Rajith on July 1, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    So its very clear. Only rain can win matches for England. Sunshine can win matches for Srilanka. (LOL)

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Dear Andrew, pl go easy on Bresnan! End of the day, he was not the only one to be blamed. Sun will shine for England soon. Hopefully it shines faster. Definitely before the series comes to an end.

  • Randika on July 1, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Apart from teh days ruined by wretched English weather Sri Lanka have turned out soem warm and sunny performances on the tour! Coincidentally all during times of fair to good weather.

  • Chatty on July 1, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    I have said this many times during this series. The only way England can beat SL is when the weather is miserable. In good cricketing weather, there is no way that England can beat SL, in 50 over, T20 or in Test match cricket.

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