England v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Lord's July 3, 2011

KP's new hoodoo and England's missing tempo

Plays of the day from the 3rd ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's

Drop of the day
At Headingley Mahela Jayawardene was given a life and converted the chance into three figures so at Lord's he repaid the favour by spilling Alastair Cook at slip on 15. It was a regulation chance, especially for one of the finest slip fielders in the game, as Cook pushed at Nuwan Kulasekara, and the chance flew at waist height to Jayawardene who only succeeded in palming it away. Like any good batsman, Cook converted his chance into three figures but it wasn't enough for victory. And by the end of the match Jayawardene was almost back in credit having made an elegant 79.

Bunny of the day
It now seems that if it isn't a left-arm spinner removing Kevin Pietersen then it's Jeevan Mendis. The part-time legspinner removed Pietersen with a long hop at The Oval, had him caught at long on at Headingley two days ago and at Lord's made it three in a row when Pietersen top-edged to deep square-leg. "We know he has a problem against left-arm spin and legspin," Dilshan said after the Leeds match, but Mendis is no Shane Warne who Pietersen had a fine record against. Pietersen again looked in fine form as he moved to 41 off 43 balls and he could barely watch as the catch swirled towards Suraj Randiv in the deep. At some point soon the form needs to be translated into a big score.

Double miss of the day
Sri Lanka's fielding tends to swing from the sublime to the ridiculous and there was one moment during England's innings that could be an entry for 'What happened next?' Ian Bell was at the start of his tortured innings when he left a ball from Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara let it through his legs. But that wasn't the end. Dinesh Chandimal raced around from the fine-leg boundary and managed to reach the ball, yet proceeded to slide over the top of it to give England four byes. Chandimal almost managed a smile, but probably realised it wasn't the best thing to do.

Tempo the day
Alastair Cook backed his batsmen to continue playing their shots after the Headingley defeat, but apart from the captain there weren't many of them in the first 10 overs as England limped to 32 for 2. Cook hit all five boundaries as neither Craig Kieswetter or Jonathan Trott found the rope. Sri Lanka, though, had no such problems and despite losing Tillakaratne Dilshan in the fourth over they reached 61 for 1 after their first 10 overs and again it was Mahela Jayawardene who led the way.

Frustration of the day
It was another tough day for Stuart Broad who found out in the morning that he'd been fined 50% of his match fee for "serious dissent" towards Billy Bowden at Headingley and nothing that happened at Lord's will have improved his mood. He actually bowled with hostility on a flat pitch to give Chandimal a roughing up but each glove fell short of fielders. Broad came close to blowing a fuse when Jayawardene played gently towards backward point and Eoin Morgan fumbled, then his return was also missed to give away an overthrow. Stood mid-pitch Broad bit his lip, rubbed his eyes and put his head in his hands.

Farce of the day
As the match drew to a close we had the scene of Angelo Mathews blocking out an over from Graeme Swann and another from Jade Dernbach to give the chance for Dinesh Chandimal to score a century at Lord's. The pair also both declined runs and it became heated in the middle when the 12th man came out with instructions and was immediately ushered away by the umpire, only for Mathews to claim he then needed a new bat. At the end of it, though, Chandimal launched Tim Bresnan over long-on for six and raised his arms in celebration towards the away dressing room. No one from England clapped.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Moha on July 5, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    If ENG want to win we better prepare ice or rain cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Wonderful announcement to the world of a new master entering the game. Once Chandimal develops the maturity to leave the short ball on the ribs he will be a solid fortress feared by the competitors. Sri Laka hasno shortage of talent .

    Itwon't be longbefore we see a centuries from Matthews and Thisara Perera.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    I have been following Dr. Simon Kings invention for quite some time. But today I decided to create an account and make a comment, more like a question. I wonder why British media and most cricket personal still not recognize Sri Lankans talent, success. Because for them it is the English blowers bad length or the pitch or ...etc Comment by user WPDDESILVA sums it up."Posted by WPDDESILVA on (July 04 2011, 15:43 PM GMT)It's funny when ever SL wins it's becuase wither the pitch was bad or England bowled badly, never because Sl played well. I think they have already forgot that SL have appeared back to back World Cup finals. Hilarious you English!! ..." In the end great job Lions and great work again by Mahela. Angelo's decision had to be admired. And from a Nalandian to an Anandian proud of you Chandiaml. All the best of luck.

  • Moha on July 4, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    ENG can't stand against SL. They now take Chandimal's century as an excuse to defend their utter failure. KP was so jealous about this kid since he was hammering ENG bowlers all over the ground (Mind your own business KP- You were even left out from your own country SA). I think that India will simply thresh ENG by playing same team as in WI (WI bowling is way better than ENG).

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    I thoroughly appreciate what Angelo Matthews did, it really shows how the team has bonded together. And of all the people i think its us Indians who emphasize a lot on personal records, so who better than us to understand the situation, be it delaying a declaration for someone's century (it's happened umpteen times and even cost us a few wins :( or bowling well outside off stump fr Kumble's 10-for, Sachin's disappointment on missing out on a double even wen India had scored 675,etc) I see no reason why he cricketing gods should be angry. Well played Sri Lanka, you guys deserved the win, go ahead and win 4-1.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @ ashish514 indeed mate.. that was a very shameful thing to do......i hope it was a one-off thing from our guys

  • Deleepa on July 4, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    It's funny when ever SL wins it's becuase wither the pitch was bad or England bowled badly, never because Sl played well. I think they have already forgot that SL have appeared back to back World Cup finals. Hilarious you English!! It's quite funny listening to the media box Sky Sports - It's more like comical drama than actual commentary. Also, Shut Up KEVIN PEITERSEN - You got thrashed by a 21 year old school boy, It's not his fault that you cannot score a hundred!! Pathetic KP.

  • Rajith on July 4, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    "No one from England clapped" - Who cares. Chandimal deserved that 100 and he got it in style and most importantly he played the major role of srilanka's victory. JOB WELL DONE boy. Keep up the tempo

  • Tuna on July 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Comon! Eng was getting a hammering, so they find something to whinge about...KP was upset as SL was doing whatever they want there...Imagin Mathews talking up 21 to take 1! That's team spirit...learn it!!! Endland can only do well, when there is a cloud cover... might as well not turn up if the sun is out! Whingeland more like!

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @Ashish, Mate get yourself a life. You're still stuck wayyyy back in time. Stuff happens and I'm pretty sure players in India have also done something of the sort at some point. So move on and learn to enjoy some cricket without wasting away in bitterness just cuz you don't like the country.

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