Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 1st match

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

1.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, and the answer is NO, short wayward delivery down the leg side, Jayasuriya has a go at it but fails to make contact

1.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, left alone outside the off stump, better line and length

1.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away, Jayasuriya is beaten by the extra bounce and the late away movement, well bowled

1.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, again Plunkett drags it short, hint of away movement and Jayasuriya is beaten for the second time in a row

1.4

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, off the pads and the ball rolls down to fine leg, umpire Hair disallows the runs

1.5

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

1.6

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side!

1.6

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, line and length delivery, Jayasuriya on the back-foot defending, ball clips the inside edge and rolls away towards square leg

Sri Lanka 10/0   LE Plunkett 1-0-2-0

3.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line, Jayasuriya leans back, makes room and cuts it away towards backward point

3.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, defended down towards covers and they scamper through for a single, Collingwood shy at the non-strikers's end misses the target by a long way and an extra run is added to the total - England bit touchy here

3.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, short delivery down the leg side, story of the day so far

3.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, and the saga continues, Plunkett is struggling to control the ball here, probably it's time to re-think the line of attack

3.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, finally a decent delivery, worked away towards midwicket

3.4

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, in the slot and Jayasuriya drills it through extra cover for his second boundary of the day, Sri Lanka off to a good start here

3.5

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, probing delivery, hint of swing and Jayasuriya is hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down, probably missing leg

3.6

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, defended down to mid-on, finally the over comes to an end after eight balls

Sri Lanka 21/0   LE Plunkett 2-0-10-0

5.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 wide, down the leg side

5.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, driven back to the bowler, sweelty timed but ...

5.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, defended down on the leg side and they steal a single

5.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run, good length delivery, this one nipeed back in a touch, Jayawardene quickly gets into a good position and works it away towards midwicket

5.4

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, nicely looking drive and he finds the hole between the cover fielders

5.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, short rising delivery, close to the off stump line and Tharanga leaves it through to the keeper, hope Jayasuriya is watching

5.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery, again pitched close to the off stump line, Tharanga is sucked into the drive, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the pad, much better over from Plunkett

Sri Lanka 28/1   LE Plunkett 3-0-13-0

7.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for an easy single

7.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run, good length delivery, Jayawardene gets left foot across and goes for the drive but fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away on the leg side, Jayawardene calls for the single but Tharanga is not interested

7.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run, defended outside the off stump

7.4

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 2 runs, worked away towards square leg, Mahamood there fails to stop it cleanly and the batsmen scamper back for the second

7.5

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, again worked away well wide of Mahmood, this time just a single

7.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, short rising delivery, Tharanga gets right on top of the bounce and defends it down on the off side, early call and they scamper through for a single - excellent cricket this from the young man

Sri Lanka 36/1   LE Plunkett 4-0-18-0

37.1

Plunkett to Arnold, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Arnold leans back and steers it down to third man for a single, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact and got the placement right

37.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga has a half-hearted poke at it and the ball zips past the outside edge

37.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, again slightly short and close to the off stump line, Tharanga too nicely opens the face of the bat and dabs it down to third man for a single

37.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, lucky runs! short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Tharanga is cramped for room but he goes for the cut, ball clips the inside edge and races away to the vacant fine leg fence

37.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, width offered outside the off stump but Tharanga fails to capitalise

37.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, worked away through midwicket and the single taken Tharanga to 99!

Sri Lanka 203/4   LE Plunkett 5-0-24-0

39.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven well wide of the cover fielder

39.2

Plunkett to Kapugedera, no run, good length delivery, this one nipped back in a touch and Kapugedera is made to defend, well bowled Plunkett

39.3

Plunkett to Kapugedera, 1 run, another decent delivery outside the off stump, Kapugedera moves across a bit and punches it away well wide of the fielder at cover, easy single and he is off the mark

39.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads and Tharanga works it away behind square on the leg side

39.5

Plunkett to Kapugedera, OUT, another one bites the dust! short delivery on the stumps, a fairly innocuous delivery, Kapugedera needlessly goes after it, ball clips the top-edge and steeples down to backward square leg, Pietersen manning the boundary there runs across to his right, times his dive to perfection and comes up with a stunning acrobatic catch, Sri Lanka six down

CK Kapugedera c Pietersen b Plunkett 1 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

39.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, defended down on the off side

Sri Lanka 207/6   LE Plunkett 6-0-27-1

44.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away through square leg for a single

44.2

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 wide, the ghost returns! short of a good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps and angled down the leg side, Vaas has a poke at it but fails to connect

44.2

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, punched well wide of the fielder at mid-on and they scamper through for a single

44.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, slightly short and bit wide outside the off stump, Tharanga quick goes back and jabs it down to third man for a single

44.4

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-off, again just a single

44.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, bouncer and Tharanga ducks under it, well bowled Plunkett

44.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

Sri Lanka 225/6   LE Plunkett 7-0-32-1
Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Leeds - Jul 1, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Manchester - Jun 28, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 33 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street - Jun 24, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 20, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 46 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jun 17, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
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Photos

Jun 17, 2006

Upul Tharanga poses with his Man-of-the-Match award for his century, England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Lord's, June 17, 2006

Upul Tharanga poses with his Man-of-the-Match award for his century

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Jun 17, 2006

Lasith Malinga takes a souvenir after bowling the final over, England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Lord's, June 17, 2006

Lasith Malinga takes a souvenir after bowling the final over

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