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

0.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 2 wides, starts off with a wayward delivery outside the off stump, certainly woke up Jones, ball runs down to third man and the batsmen cross over for a single.

0.1

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, short delivery, aimed at the rib-cage, Jayasuriya is bit late and gets hit, better line and length from Harmison

0.2

Harmison to Jayasuriya, FOUR, off the mark in style! short and wide outside the off stump and that's where he likes it best, massive cut and the ball screams away to the backward point fence

0.3

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, another wide, down the leg side on this occasion, Harmison struggling a bit here

0.3

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, good length delivery, shaping in a touch and Jayasuriya works it away towards square leg

0.4

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, forced away well wide of the fielder at cover

0.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, bit of extra bounce there, Tharanga watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

0.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, another short delivery outside the off stump, Harmison getting the ball to kick-up nicely here, Tharanga leaves it through to the keeper, nice carry to the keeper

Sri Lanka 8/0   SJ Harmison 1-0-8-0

2.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, defended outside the off stump, watchfully played

2.2

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, down the leg side, Harmison under pressure here

2.2

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, slightly short and on the stump, bit of extra bounce and Jayasuriya is beaten on the forward prod, ball hits him on the box and rolls away towards short cover - that hurts

2.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length delivery, drifting onto middle and leg and Tharanga works it away straight to the fielder at square leg

2.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, once again the ball kicked-up after hitting the deck, Tharanga on the back-foot defending

2.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, another nasty delivery, this one kicked-up from a good length, Tharanga caught in two minds there, shapes up to duck and then fends it away towards gully

2.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, punched away off the back-foot to the cover region

Sri Lanka 13/0   SJ Harmison 2-0-10-0

4.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, edged away towards short third man and they scamper through for a single

4.2

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at short fine leg

4.3

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Jayasuriya stands tall on the back-foot and defends it down awkwardly

4.4

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 2 leg byes, drifting down the leg side, Jayasuriya fails to make contact but the ball clips the pad and rolls down to fine leg

4.5

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Jayasuriya hops into position and tucks it away towards square leg

4.6

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, another wide, bit of a harsh call this - width offered outside the off stump and Jayasuriya has a go at it, missed it by miles

4.6

Harmison to Jayasuriya, OUT, Harmison strikes! another short and wide delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing - once again Jayasuriya is tempted to go after it, ball kisses the outside edge and flies straight to Jones behind the stumps, big wicket that

ST Jayasuriya c †Jones b Harmison 11 (27m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Sri Lanka 25/1   SJ Harmison 3-0-12-1

6.1

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run, Harmison drifts onto the pads and Jayawardene tucks it away towards short fine leg

6.2

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run, better line and length, left alone outside the off stump

6.3

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, short of a good length delivery, nipping back in, Jayawardene goes for the flick but fails to make contact, ball hits him on the stomach and rolls away towards short cover - quick single taken

6.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short rising delivery down the leg side, Tharanga looking to work it away fine fails to connect, ball clips the thigh pad and goes straight to the keeper, loud appeal for caught behind turned down by umpire Llong and rightly so

6.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short and angling across the left-hander, no shot offered

6.6

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, wayward delivery outside the off stump, Harmison pitched it wide and the slope here at Lord's did the rest

6.6

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps and coming in with the angle, Tharanga is troubled by the extra bounce and the ball rolls away off the outside edge

Sri Lanka 31/1   SJ Harmison 4-0-14-1

8.1

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, pitched close to the off stump line and coming in with the angle, Tharanga quickly sizes up the length and hits through the line, sweetly timed drive and the ball races away to the cover fence

8.2

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short delivery, again anlged in, Tharnaga gets behind the line and defends it down watchfully

8.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, drops it on the off side and the steal a single, excellent running between the wickets

8.4

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, worked away through the vacant square leg region for an easy single

8.5

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, four more! short and wide outside the off stump, a dream-delivery if you are a batsman, Tharanga goes back and across, stands tall and chops it down to the third man fence - excellent timing and placement, fielder in the deep had no chance whatsoever

8.6

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the off side, once again the calling is perfect and a quick single is added to the total

Sri Lanka 47/1   SJ Harmison 5-0-25-1

14.1

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps and drifting onto middle and leg, Tharanga stays back and clips it away through square leg

14.2

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, fifty! let me make it bit more easy for you?! short and wide outside the off stump, in the slot to be murdered and Tharanga brings up his half-century by clobbering it to the point fence - what an innings

14.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, drops it down on the off side and they steal a single

14.4

Harmison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, driven away towards cover, Struass fails to stop it cleanly and an extra run is added to the total, everybody doing their bit here

14.5

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run, turned away off the back-foot to the square leg region

14.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 wide, goodness me! short of a good length delivery down the leg side, do we have spare umpires?

14.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 wide, we will be surely needing one! Harmison adds one more to the list, for a change outside the off stump on this occasion

14.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run, finally! good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing and Jayawardene leaves it through to the keeper, that's a rarity!

Sri Lanka 97/1   SJ Harmison 6-0-38-1

33.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, defended on the front-foot to cover point and once more a quick single taken

33.2

Harmison to Dilshan, 2 runs, short ball on the off stump, Dilshan pulls it away wide of the mid-on fielder

33.3

Harmison to Dilshan, OUT, Excellent catch! short ball outside off stump, nipping in a bit, Dilshan picks up the length quickly and cuts hard but fails to keep it down, Collingwood at backward point dives to his right and takes a stunner

TM Dilshan c Collingwood b Harmison 13 (25m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 86.66

33.4

Harmison to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, turned away in front of square

33.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball outside off stump, batsman stands tall and tries to drive, gets beaten by the away movement

33.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, fuller length ball on the stumps, driven to mid-off

Sri Lanka 188/4   SJ Harmison 7-0-42-2

35.1

Harmison to Arnold, 1 run, worked away off the hips to the square leg region

35.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-on

35.3

Harmison to Arnold, no run, driven straight to the fielder at point

35.4

Harmison to Arnold, 1 run, defended down into the track and they steal a single

35.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga on the back-foot defending and the ball rolls away towards point

35.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, off-cutter bowled from round the wicket, Tharanga gets forward and drives it away straight to the fielder at point

Sri Lanka 192/4   SJ Harmison 8-0-45-2

43.1

Harmison to Vaas, no run, good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps and coming in with the angle, Tharanga is cramped for room and he is made to play straight

43.2

Harmison to Vaas, 1 run, good length delivery, again close to the off stump line, Tharanga goes back and across and glides it down to third man for a single, Harmison looking much better now, finally he is hitting the right line and length.

43.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, drags it in short, an excellent effort ball, bit of a surprise delivery and Tharanga ducks under it

43.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Tharanga looking to work it away on the leg side edge up with a thick edge and the ball rolls away towards point - this is turning out to be another good over for England

43.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, driven straight to the cover fielder

43.6

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery, driven down to long-off for a single

Sri Lanka 220/6   SJ Harmison 9-0-47-2

45.1

Harmison to Vaas, 2 runs, short ball, pitched wide outside the off stump and coming in with the angle, Vaas gets right on top of the bounce and pulls it away to deep midwicket for a brace

45.2

Harmison to Vaas, OUT, Harmison once again drags it short and this time Vaas is trapped - ugly looking pull shot and the ball balloons up towards midwicket, Strauss calls for it and nicely settles under it

WPUJC Vaas c Strauss b Harmison 10 (21m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

45.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short rising delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga has a wild slash at it, missed the target by miles there

45.4

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the stumps, Plunkett probably looking for some reverse swing there, Tharanga gets behind the line and drives it wide of the fielder at mid-on

45.5

Harmison to Malinga, 1 wide, wayward delivery down the leg side and the extras tally moves up to 35! atrocious to say the least!

45.5

Harmison to Malinga, no run, swing and a miss outside the off stump

45.6

Harmison to Malinga, 1 run, driven through cover point for a single

Sri Lanka 230/7   SJ Harmison 10-0-52-3
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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