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
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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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  • cricket_for_all on July 5, 2011, 4:29 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • cricket_for_all 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).

  • 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.

  • 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

  • WPDDESILVA 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.

  • rajithwijepura 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_Fish 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!

  • 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.

  • cricket_for_all on July 5, 2011, 4:29 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • cricket_for_all 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).

  • 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.

  • 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

  • WPDDESILVA 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.

  • rajithwijepura 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_Fish 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!

  • 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.

  • dcol on July 4, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    What is wrong with the Kid getting 100 ?

    SL was so confident wining the game and Mathews Intention was not to humiliate ENG but to give the chance to his mate. SKY Pundits must aware that Cricket is not just a game in SL..it is a major part of the island's culture.

    When ENG not winning these pundits find something to attack others...

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Angelo was confident that they can win the match. He wanted Chandimal to get his century at Lords, which is a rare opportunity. Angelo didn't care about his score or strike rate and that's the friendship and most unselfishness any cricketer can show. Most of the commentators, critics (who are acting like they know everything, they are always right and superiors) or England cricketers can not understand that because they never care about the tem mates' performance. They care about only themselves. Guys, look back, how these so called expert commentators behaved when they were playing, I don't want to name them but you all know. Sri Lankan tem knows what the true team spirit is and always help each other to achieve some milestones. Everyone can se how England cricketers behaved, no gentleman show off at all. The situation put the Sri Lankan captain, team, and officials in bit of a difficult situation. Dilshan din't have choice and had to be critical about the delay in finishing them

  • SudharsanVM on July 4, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Only david lloyd and other sky spots commentary members can win the game for ENG from the pressbox. If you really hear the commentary, there won't be any appreciation for any good shot of the opposition team. instead they will be talking great stuffs and past glories of ENG.

  • ashish514 on July 4, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    "Sri Lankan tem knows what the true team spirit is and always help each other to achieve some milestones" Good line this, just add "and deny others to do so" - remember Sehwag,Randiv???? Anyone????

  • manjithakumara on July 4, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    English players were overreacting. I think KP was angry because they were humiliated. But it wasn't SL's intention. It was only to let young man to get his century and the game was never in danger.In the last 6 overs RRR never exceeded 3 runs per over. If one of 21 year old English had done this, they would be over the moon. COMMON KP AND COOK just concentrate on your own batting !!!!!!

    Another thing, I really admire what Angelo did.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Though England had an impressive test record recently,their perfomance in the shorter version of the game was below par .. English batters had to learn a lot from Jayawardene on how to adapt to the both formats so quickly .. Kudos to Chandimal .. 2 centuries in just 7 matches .. One against the mighty Indians .. The other at the 'Mecca' of cricket .. Promising start from a youngster .. Lankan management should give him more chances so as to strengthen their batting by the retirement of Mahela & Sangakkara .. His wicket keeping skills will be a bonus ...Though England had an impressive test record recently,their perfomance in the shorter version of the game was below par .. English batters had to learn a lot from Jayawardene on how to adapt to the both formats so quickly .. Kudos to Chandimal .. 2 centuries in just 7 matches .. One against the mighty Indians .. The other at the 'Mecca' of cricket .. Promising start from a youngster .. Lankan management should give him more chances so a

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    does anyone really care whether eng players clapped or not?? they were gettin' smacked left and right..so they were all lost and confused..KP such a big crying baby..he needs to be baby sitted by eng team....any ways hats off to young star...job well done!!!

  • Black_Rider on July 4, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    @SRT_GENIUS ::Did Agarkar score a century against us???No...But this lad scored a century against you guys.Did agarkar score 2 centuries in his first 6 odis?No.....Did Agarkar batted like Chandimal for his whole carrer?No......Don't be jealous man.This guy has row talent.Players like Angelo and Chandimal are born to play cricket.....Just don't be jealous......

  • Sinhabahu on July 4, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Andrew, Jeevan Mendis is an all-rounder, not a 'part-time' leg-spinner. He has a pretty good domestic bowling record. As for Chandimal's century, I agree 100% with Ellis. If it was an English 21-year-old he probably would've been nominated for an MBE. But since he was only a Sri Lankan, bring on the tirades about 'the spirit of the game'.

  • Geff2k on July 4, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Angelo was confident that they can win the match. He wanted Chandimal to get his century at Lords, which is a rare opportunity. Angelo didn't care about his score or strike rate and that's the friendship and most unselfishness any cricketer can show. Most of the commentators, critics (who are acting like they know everything, they are always right and superiors) or England cricketers can not understand that because they never care about the tem mates' performance. They care about only themselves. Guys, look back, how these so called expert commentators behaved when they were playing, I don't want to name them but you all know. Sri Lankan tem knows what the true team spirit is and always help each other to achieve some milestones.

    Everyone can se how England cricketers behaved, no gentleman show off at all.

    The situation put the Sri Lankan captain, team, and officials in bit of a difficult situation. Dilshan din't have choice and had to be critical about the delay in finishing the m

  • on July 4, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Well done mathews! You are Sri Lanka's Mr. Cricket.

  • amitgarg78 on July 3, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    So England loses an ODI again. What a surprise!

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Nice job Mathews. Now Eng will understand how people r feeling when Trott and Cook r batting :P

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    I'm not sure why there's such a stink being kicked up about Chandimal's century. Does nobody remember when Dilshan himself comically and exaggeratedly blocked out deliveries to let Upul Tharanga get his century.... in a World Cup quarter-final?

  • stationmaster on July 3, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Bye Bye Ian Bell. As Nassar Hussain quite rightly pointed out in the commentary box -Bell has taken had 100 games in which he's scored one century. That's enough to get you dropped from ANY team surely someone else deserves a chance now ?

  • Saim93 on July 3, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I dont think there was anything wrong with what mathews and chandimal did, its Lords and its a dream to make your maiden century there and in any case Sri Lanka had won the match already.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 3, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    O.K., sorry for sounding like a broken record, but does anyone else feel frustrated at Broad's inclusion in the England one-day line-up? I can't remember the last time he's contributed with either bat or ball in coloured clothes. Would Patel not be a better option for now until Broad gets some form back and learns some manners? Or even Luke Wright... The whole Chandimal century thing does not matter at all, as there was no danger of England taking another wicket. Angelo just delayed the inevitable!

  • Ellis on July 3, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Whether SL decides to win with one ball to spare, or three overs to spare, is up to the players.Invoking a phony " spirit of the game" issue is nonsense. If a twenty one year old Englishman had scored a similar century to Chandimal, he would have been hailed as the second coming. England had their noses rubbed in the dirt and they do not like it. Who cares what Pietersen thinks or says? Nobody from the SL side tells him how to bat. Mahela again played a model innings. Malinga is not at his best and Lakmal is expensive. Kandamby is a major question mark, as is Broad. This series is not over and England will come back hard. A turn in the weather could help England. A far more competitive series than was predicted by the " pundits" after the Tests.

  • Roar911 on July 3, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    dont think that chandimal would'v cared about his century if the venue was r.p.s or wankhede or m.c.g! but LORDS is something else... thats where the legends are born! way to go chandimal... and gotta admire anji's tough heart, knowing the risk he sackd his personal reputation to give this youngster an opportunity to go for the glory! ...this will stay in memories fr long time!

  • Andre2 on July 3, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Chandimal : 21 years' old, 6 innings, 2 centuries : one against India, one against England. How many cricketers have done so at such young age, against such quality opposition ?

  • jackiethepen on July 3, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    I clapped. I was very moved by the drama of the young man's century. He is only 21. I thought his partner was quite right to let him have the strike. They still had overs to go. Hussain is too hard in this respect. The chance to have a century is a huge incentive and a milestone in a cricketer's life. It should be treated with respect. I remember that Thorpe gave Hussain the strike in his valedictory Test against New Zealand. There were 9 runs to get and Hussain was on 94. He blocked the first three balls and then got 3 boundaries to get his century and win the game. Everyone was delighted. What an end to a great career. It inspired me to write a poem about it. Tortured innings from Bell? He and Cook calmly took singles off the spinners in the game I saw because the game was diving at 84-4. Not swashbuckling but hardly tortured. He was out in the power plays taking a risky shot. Context is important so is vocabulary. Kies, Trott and Morgan had gone for 9 runs.

  • Roar911 on July 3, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    dont think that chandimal would'v cared about his century if the venue was r.p.s or wankhede or m.c.g! but LORDS is something else... thats where the legends are born! way to go chandimal... and gotta admire anji's tough heart, knowing the risk he sackd his personal reputation to give this youngster an opportunity to go for the glory! ...this will stay in memories fr long time!

  • Andre2 on July 3, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    When the sun is out, Sri Lanka is all over England ! When it is overcast English bowling attack seems OK. one dressing room should pray for the sun, the other one do the rain dance !

  • xylo on July 3, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    As for the Chandimal century thing, while it is true that it is against the spirit of the game to bring things to a crawl when getting close to your century, or in this case, to get to your century, it is not everyday that someone scores a century at Lords, and certainly not when you are 21. So, while I am irritated with his crawl, I still have to appreciate him getting a century.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @writer, why should england clap when a hostile scored a hundred? I'm a sl fan but I do not see any point when you say "no one from england clapped" although english cricket meant to be gentlemen cricket. After all england are also human hence england does have pain as well and I know when you in pain you won't joy as much as we happy. "Sumith Silva"

  • layya on July 3, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Cook really needs to learn ODI batting.He is obviously responsible for ENGs low score on a good pitch.Everytime a new batsman comes he got off the strike and caused pressure on the newcomer when he should have eased things off.when usually an opener scores a century the team ends up having 280+. England really need to think about their player lineup. and for the record who cares England claps or not when Chandimal gets century.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    wow.. u r the man Chandimal... well done..

  • Sendoh on July 3, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    It was actually Mathews who opted that Chandimal get a century. This was evident when he turned Chandimal back to give him the strike in the next over. Yes, it should be "country before self", But Mathews played for Chandimal and not himself. Maybe he was confident that SL would win, or maybe it was an inane thing to do, but my hats off to Angelo Mathews, he stood his ground and gave Chandimal an opportunity to score a century at Lords - something some great cricketers and legends had never done, amid constant pressure from English players and even SL dressing room. This was a display of friendship and actually I'm quite happy to see that. Note to Nassar, KP & Cook - We win when we want, the way we want. Sit back, relax and applaud. That being said, poor captaincy from Cook. If it was Dilshan, Ponting, Smith or Dhoni, they would have used for shrewd tactics and tried to win the game. England need a better, more aggressive captain.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    "No one from England clapped" wrong :P most of the spectators did, but certainly not the BIG headed English team :p

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    We could have won good 2,3 overs spare,if Angie and Chandimal did remember that it's all TEAM EFFORT.really unpleasant.I'm a Sri lankan,but cannot stand with,what both of them done at the end.but the fact that 21 years old youngster would have really desired to get his 2nd century at Lord's,as it's a rare chance that one's get in a life.even greatest Tendulkar couldn't make it.personally I believe SRT should get a 100 at lord's as one of the tributes to his wonderful career.But at the end of the day we won easily and Chandimal got his 100.all are happy,unless that unpleasant thing happens.

  • PACERONE on July 3, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    If the batsmen have the confidence that they can do what they want so be it.They are not trying to obstruct or cheat.Matthews wanted the kid to make a century and they had time,let him make the century and still win the game.England's bowling is not good on good wickets...nothing to fear.Broad kept bowling short with no result.The English players getting upset with something that should not concern them.Sri Lanka did not get upset when Trott and Kieswetter took 26 balls to score 5 runs.It is good to see a young player who replaces a legend do well especially against England.They still have to deal with Dilshan.More worry for them.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    That farce in the end was crazy! ;) they should have finished it off much earlier. I didn't get why Chandimal got a single off the first ball of different overs if he wanted to get a few boundaries to get to his hundred.

  • AnotherCricketFan on July 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    "No one from England clapped." - that is mean spirited England. Showing their true colors and bias. SL - especially Angelo showed their dominance by blocking the balls AND STILL winning. They had the confidence even if the balcony was tense. KP has no business to say a word. Dinesh should have given him back a few after a launching that SIX and finishing off with a FOUR. SL dominated and exhibited that they can beat England (on this day) with one had tied. Cry baby England. It was fun watching the egos of guys like Kevin, Stuart being crushed to pulp! GO SL.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Very bad sportsmanship by the English players to not clap when someone has reached a century. Well done Chandimal, you have announced yourself on the international stage !!

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  • on July 3, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Very bad sportsmanship by the English players to not clap when someone has reached a century. Well done Chandimal, you have announced yourself on the international stage !!

  • AnotherCricketFan on July 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    "No one from England clapped." - that is mean spirited England. Showing their true colors and bias. SL - especially Angelo showed their dominance by blocking the balls AND STILL winning. They had the confidence even if the balcony was tense. KP has no business to say a word. Dinesh should have given him back a few after a launching that SIX and finishing off with a FOUR. SL dominated and exhibited that they can beat England (on this day) with one had tied. Cry baby England. It was fun watching the egos of guys like Kevin, Stuart being crushed to pulp! GO SL.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    That farce in the end was crazy! ;) they should have finished it off much earlier. I didn't get why Chandimal got a single off the first ball of different overs if he wanted to get a few boundaries to get to his hundred.

  • PACERONE on July 3, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    If the batsmen have the confidence that they can do what they want so be it.They are not trying to obstruct or cheat.Matthews wanted the kid to make a century and they had time,let him make the century and still win the game.England's bowling is not good on good wickets...nothing to fear.Broad kept bowling short with no result.The English players getting upset with something that should not concern them.Sri Lanka did not get upset when Trott and Kieswetter took 26 balls to score 5 runs.It is good to see a young player who replaces a legend do well especially against England.They still have to deal with Dilshan.More worry for them.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    We could have won good 2,3 overs spare,if Angie and Chandimal did remember that it's all TEAM EFFORT.really unpleasant.I'm a Sri lankan,but cannot stand with,what both of them done at the end.but the fact that 21 years old youngster would have really desired to get his 2nd century at Lord's,as it's a rare chance that one's get in a life.even greatest Tendulkar couldn't make it.personally I believe SRT should get a 100 at lord's as one of the tributes to his wonderful career.But at the end of the day we won easily and Chandimal got his 100.all are happy,unless that unpleasant thing happens.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    "No one from England clapped" wrong :P most of the spectators did, but certainly not the BIG headed English team :p

  • Sendoh on July 3, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    It was actually Mathews who opted that Chandimal get a century. This was evident when he turned Chandimal back to give him the strike in the next over. Yes, it should be "country before self", But Mathews played for Chandimal and not himself. Maybe he was confident that SL would win, or maybe it was an inane thing to do, but my hats off to Angelo Mathews, he stood his ground and gave Chandimal an opportunity to score a century at Lords - something some great cricketers and legends had never done, amid constant pressure from English players and even SL dressing room. This was a display of friendship and actually I'm quite happy to see that. Note to Nassar, KP & Cook - We win when we want, the way we want. Sit back, relax and applaud. That being said, poor captaincy from Cook. If it was Dilshan, Ponting, Smith or Dhoni, they would have used for shrewd tactics and tried to win the game. England need a better, more aggressive captain.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    wow.. u r the man Chandimal... well done..

  • layya on July 3, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Cook really needs to learn ODI batting.He is obviously responsible for ENGs low score on a good pitch.Everytime a new batsman comes he got off the strike and caused pressure on the newcomer when he should have eased things off.when usually an opener scores a century the team ends up having 280+. England really need to think about their player lineup. and for the record who cares England claps or not when Chandimal gets century.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @writer, why should england clap when a hostile scored a hundred? I'm a sl fan but I do not see any point when you say "no one from england clapped" although english cricket meant to be gentlemen cricket. After all england are also human hence england does have pain as well and I know when you in pain you won't joy as much as we happy. "Sumith Silva"