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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Chester-le-Street
May 25, 2014
Ball of the day
It could have been Lasith Malinga to Joe Root, but that was a delivery to a new batsman not yet set. Chris Jordan's delivery to remove Tillakaratne Dilshan was a beauty to a player eyeing a hundred. It nipped back off a length, scooting between Dilshan's inside edge and pad to hit middle stump. So Dilshan's wait for a one-day hundred in England continued.
Unexpected six of the day
Lahiru Thirimanne was lbw for a duck in the opening one-dayer and was again being troubled by the new ball at Chester-le-Street. But all of a sudden, having crawled to 3 off 27 balls, he picked up a length delivery from Harry Gurney and dispatched it into the spectators over deep midwicket. But it did not mark a long-term improvement for Thirimanne who soon edged to second slip.
Impetus of the day
Ashan Priyanjan, recalled for this match in place of Thisara Perera, was on 5 when Harry Gurney missed a catch at third man and he made England pay. Facing James Tredwell's last over he deposited him for two sixes - one straight and the other over midwicket - to revive a flagging innings. It was striking that Perera would have been pleased with.
Missed chance of the day
Michael Carberry was given a chance at the top of the order when Alastair Cook was forced out of the match with a groin strain but when his opportunity came with the bat he could not make it count. On 6 he pressed forward to a good-length delivery from Nuwan Kulasekara and feathered an edge to Kumar Sangakkara. If Cook is fit for Old Trafford that may be Carberry's one innings for the series.
Spell of the day
"In those conditions he's a nightmare for the batsmen, he swings the ball both ways and has done it so many times for us," said Angelo Mathews about Kulasekara. It was a pretty accurate summation. England are not the first side to be humbled by his swing and seam, and they will not be the last. But here he beat England at their own game, taking for 3 for 1 in 11 balls to knock the stuffing out of the home side.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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