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

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the first one-day international between England and Sri Lanka being played at Lord's, London.

The recently concluded Test series was a treat to watch with all the three games producing exceptional performances in one form or the other, (1st Test) - England would have fancied their chances needing just 4 wickets on the last day but a defiant Lankan lower order kept them at bay for almost a full day, they scratched their way through 69 overs of pounding by the England bowlers and aided by mother nature, eked out a deserving draw.

(2nd Test) - Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene was spot on with the call at the toss but his decision to bat first back-fired, on a pitch that had something in it for the bowlers, the Englishmen thrived and Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 141 in the first innings and England notched up an impressive six wicket win.

(3rd Test) - Jayawardene once again chose to bat first and for the second time in a row he got it wrong as Sri Lanka were soon reduced to 169 for 9, but a fantastic 10th wicket partnership between Vaas and Muralitharan took them to a respectable first innings score. England were set a target of 325, Muralitharan(8 for 70) decimated the England line-up in the second innings and Sri Lanka went on to win by 134 runs thus leveling the series 1-1.

I am Sajan Nair and along with Gautham, will take you through the day's proceedings.

Both teams are in the process of building up a World Cup squad, the grapes have been plucked and now it's time to barrel it, England are handicapped by the injuries sustained by Vaughan and Flintoff but they are still a formidable force to reckon with, but probably the momentum is with Sri Lanka, especially after the T20 win, not to mention the England v Ireland match, which England won but not without few eye-brows being raised.

Now for some important news, England captain Andrew Strauss has won the toss and elected to bowl first.

England eleven - Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Jamie Dalrymple, Geraint Jones, Tim Bresnan (debut), Liam Plunkett, Steve Harmison, Sajid Mahmood.

Sri Lanka - Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Chamara Kapugedera, Dilhara Fernando, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan.

There is bit of grass on the track and bowlers should get some assistance early on, Tharanga on strike and it will be Harmison to start proceedings.

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

End of over 1 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
WU Tharanga    0* (2b)      SJ Harmison    1-0-8-0
ST Jayasuriya    5* (4b 1x4)     

Plunkett to share the new ball with Harmison, there is certainly something in the track here for the bowler, can Plunkett hit the spot is the big question?

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

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
ST Jayasuriya    5* (10b 1x4)      LE Plunkett    1-0-2-0
WU Tharanga    0* (2b)      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

Jayasuriya is in pain here, Lankan physiotherapist is out there in the middle - play held up.

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

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
WU Tharanga    1* (7b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-10-0
ST Jayasuriya    5* (11b 1x4)      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

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
ST Jayasuriya    11* (17b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    2-0-10-0
WU Tharanga    1* (7b)      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

The ball was there to be hit, 9/10 times Jayasuriya would have hammered it to the point fence but not today.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
     SJ Harmison    3-0-12-1
WU Tharanga    2* (8b)      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

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
WU Tharanga    3* (12b)      LE Plunkett    3-0-13-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)      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

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 31/1 (RR: 4.42)
WU Tharanga    4* (15b)      SJ Harmison    4-0-14-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (5b)      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

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 36/1 (RR: 4.50)
WU Tharanga    6* (17b)      LE Plunkett    4-0-18-0
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (9b)      SJ Harmison    4-0-14-1

Harmison to continue, bowling round the wicket to the left-hander

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

back to over the wicket for the right-hander

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

End of over 9 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 47/1 (RR: 5.22)
WU Tharanga    16* (22b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    5-0-25-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (10b)      LE Plunkett    4-0-18-0

First bowling change of the day, Tim Bresnan into the attack now.

9.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, hint of swing and Tharanaga is hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down, excellent delivery first up

9.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, driven away towards mid-off

9.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, another line and length delivery, defended on the back-foot

9.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, cut away off the back-foot, not a well timed shot and the ball rolls away towards point

9.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside the off stump, impressive over so far from Bresnan

9.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, off the pads and the ball rolls away towards short fine leg, end of a good first over from the bebutant

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) Sri Lanka 48/1 (RR: 4.80)
WU Tharanga    16* (28b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (10b)      SJ Harmison    5-0-25-1

Strauss opts for PowerPlay two. Mahamood into the attack

10.1

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, starts off with a good length delivery on the stumps, Tharanga gets behind the line and defends it down

10.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 wide, you too Mahamood! wayward delivery down the leg side, rightly called a wide

10.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, worked away straight to the fielder at square leg

10.3

Mahmood to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga continues to impress! short of a good length delivery, angling across a bit, Tharanga gets under the bouncer and SQUARE DRIVES it over the point fielder, good clean hit

10.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, FOUR, take that! good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of swing, Tharanga pushes forward and creams it through the gap between cover and mid-off , once again the timing and placement was spot on

10.5

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, another good looking drive, but this time the ball goes straight to the fielder at point

10.6

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, round the wicket to the left-hander, good length delivery outside the off stump and the edge is produced but the slips are missing - cricket!

Had a first slip been in place Tharnaga would have been history.

End of over 11 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 5.27)
WU Tharanga    25* (34b 4x4)      SI Mahmood    1-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (10b)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0

11.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side, that's wide number 13

11.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, and he continues on his merry way! short and wide outside the off stump, in the slot and Tharanga just waves it away as if it was a fly, this is attacking batting at its best

11.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, defended down on the on side, quick single taken

11.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, close to a wide but Bresnan gets away with it

11.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned away to fine leg for a single

11.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

11.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, drifting onto the pads and Tharanga flicks it away to the fine leg fence, easy pickings

End of over 12 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 69/1 (RR: 5.75)
WU Tharanga    34* (38b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    2-1-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (12b)      SI Mahmood    1-0-10-0

12.1

Mahmood to Jayawardene, 1 run, edged away towards third man

12.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, (no ball) FOUR, extras continues to mount! good length delivery outside the off stump, bowled from round the stumps, Tharanga lofts it over the cover fielder, made it look easy

12.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, FOUR, four more! England bowlers wilting under pressure here - width offered outside the off stump and Tharanga cuts it away through point for the second boundary of the over, Sri Lanka off to a flier here

12.3

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, defended outside the off stump

12.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga goes for the drive, ball clips the outside edge and rolls away towards third man

12.5

Mahmood to Jayawardene, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

12.6

Mahmood to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven well wide of the fielder at mid-on

End of over 13 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 81/1 (RR: 6.23)
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (15b)      SI Mahmood    2-0-22-0
WU Tharanga    43* (42b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    2-1-11-0

13.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 wide, starts off a fresh over with a fresh wide, short and way outside the off stump, Jayawardene comes down the track and has a go at it but fails to make contact - umpire Hair has certainly lost couple of pounds since the match started

13.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, Jayawardene goes for the pull but the shot is not timed properly, ball clips the bottom half of the bat and goes straight into the track

13.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, edged down to third man, ball goes wide of the fielder in the deep and they scamper back for the second

13.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, driven straight to the fielder at point

13.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away towards cover point

13.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, swing and a miss outside the off stump, was there to be hit but Jayawardene miserably failed to make contact

13.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, and again, another juicy delivery outside the off stump but Jayawardene mises out

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 84/1 (RR: 6.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (21b)      TT Bresnan    3-1-14-0
WU Tharanga    43* (42b 8x4)      SI Mahmood    2-0-22-0

Harmison back on

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!

Drinks called for, It's time for me Sajan Nair to take a break, make that a much needed one - Gautham will take you through the next hour of play

End of over 15 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (RR: 6.46)
DPMD Jayawardene    12* (24b)      SJ Harmison    6-0-38-1
WU Tharanga    52* (45b 10x4)      TT Bresnan    3-1-14-0

15.1

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the square leg region

15.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, short ball and moving away outside off stump, batsman nicely over it and runs down to thirdman

15.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, swinging down the legside and one more wide to the list

15.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, short of length ball outside off stump, batsman slices it away to thirdman

15.5

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, good length ball just outside off stump, batsman moves forward and defends with an angled bat, runs down to thirdman

15.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, swinging into the legstump, turned away through mid-wicket

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (RR: 6.37)
WU Tharanga    55* (49b 10x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (26b)      SJ Harmison    6-0-38-1

Dalrymple, off-spinner, into the attack

16.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, pushed back to the bowler

16.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, flighted ball on the stumps, batsman charges down the track but not to the pitch of the ball, defends it away

16.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

16.4

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, fraction short on the off stump, turning away, batsman defends it away on the back-foot wide of the short thirdman fielder

16.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 4 leg byes, full length ball outside leg stump, batsman goes for the sweep but ball strikes the pads and runs away fine to the fence

16.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, driven to cover point

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 108/1 (RR: 6.35)
WU Tharanga    56* (54b 10x4)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-2-0
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (27b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-5-0

17.1

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, short of length ball outside off stump, batsman goes for the cut and gets beaten, ther was an appeal for caught-behind

17.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 run, on the pads, turned away behind square for an easy single

17.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, good length ball on the off stump, driven down the ground to long-off

17.4

Collingwood to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye

17.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball delivery just outside off stump, batsman goes for the cut and gets beaten, was too close to cut

17.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball on the off stump, batsman drives with full face of the bat down to long-on

End of over 18 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 112/1 (RR: 6.22)
WU Tharanga    58* (57b 10x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (30b)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-2-0

18.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted and full on the off stump, batsman moves forward and drives to long-off

18.2

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, batsman sweeps it away to deep square leg region

18.3

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

18.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, Stumping missed! flighted ball on the leg stump, turning away, batsman moves forward and tries to drive through offside, beaten by the flight and drags his foot outside with the shot, Jones fumbles and misses the stumping

18.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

18.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball on the off stump, driven to long-off

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 115/1 (RR: 6.05)
WU Tharanga    60* (62b 10x4)      JWM Dalrymple    2-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (31b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-8-0

19.1

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended on the front-foot to offside

19.2

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball and swinging in, batsman tries to push through offside but gets at the inside half of the bat, ball rolls back to the bowler

19.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, given width outside off stump, batsman moves forward and square drives but straight to point fielder

19.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, length ball on the stumps, batsman turns it away to mid-wicket, Tharanga failing to pick the gaps

19.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, pitched up on the off stump, again driven straight to the cover fielder

19.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, driven straight to the cover again, maiden over from Collingwood!

End of over 20 (maiden) Sri Lanka 115/1 (RR: 5.75)
WU Tharanga    60* (68b 10x4)      PD Collingwood    3-1-8-0
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (31b)      JWM Dalrymple    2-0-5-0

20.1

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted ball outside off stump, batsman sweeps it away to deep square leg

20.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, full length ball outside leg stump, batsman fails to put it away, sweeps hard but straight to short-fine leg fielder

20.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball and turning away, batsman cuts it away on the back-foot to point

20.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, down the leg stump, too full, batsman sweeps and gets the bottom edge, ball rolls down fine and they take an easy single

20.5

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, no run, turned away on the back-foot to short-fine leg

20.6

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, SIX, Max! Great shot form the captain- flighted delivery outside off stump, Jayawardene just comes down the track and swings it away high and over the mid-wicket fence

End of over 21 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 123/1 (RR: 5.85)
DPMD Jayawardene    24* (34b 1x6)      JWM Dalrymple    3-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    61* (71b 10x4)      PD Collingwood    3-1-8-0

21.1

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball outside off stump, batsman drives it away to sweeper cover

21.2

Collingwood to Jayawardene, no run, good length ball around the off stump, batsman drives it away straight to the point fielder

21.3

Collingwood to Jayawardene, OUT, Two down! slower delivcery on the middle and leg stump, Jayawardene picks it up and tries to loft over the fielder at mid-off, completely mistimes it and ends up hitting in the air, simple catch to Strauss at mid-off, excellent change of pace from Collingwood does the trick!

DPMD Jayawardene c Strauss b Collingwood 24 (70m 36b 0x4 1x6) SR: 66.66

21.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

21.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, batsman tries to defend but is beaten by the change of pace once again

21.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball on the off stump, driven to long-off and keeps the strike

End of over 22 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (RR: 5.68)
WU Tharanga    63* (75b 10x4)      PD Collingwood    4-1-10-1
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      JWM Dalrymple    3-0-13-0

Bresnan brought back into the attack, comes round the wicket. Powerplay has been taken by Strauss

22.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, coming in with the angle, defended away to mid-wicket

22.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, full length ball outside off stump, batsman drives it away on the front-foot through cover-point, excellent placement this time from Tharanga

22.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, full length ball on the off stump, driven to long-off and keeps the strike

22.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, good length ball around the off stump, defended on the front-foot back to the bowler

22.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, on the pads, batsman tries to glance but misses and gets on the pads

22.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, swinging down the legide

22.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball around the off stump, batsman defends it away to cover

End of over 23 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 131/2 (RR: 5.69)
KC Sangakkara    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    4-1-19-0
WU Tharanga    67* (80b 11x4)      PD Collingwood    4-1-10-1

Mahmood back into the attack- sweeper cover and a thirdman are the ones outside the circle

23.1

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball outside off stump, batsman drives it away to sweeper cover

23.2

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

23.3

Mahmood to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, batsman moves back and cuts it away over the point fielder, ball races away to the fence, no chance for the wide thirdman fielder

23.4

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front-foot to cover

23.5

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball outside off stump, coming in, defended

23.6

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, defended away to cover, just 5 runs in this over

End of over 24 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 136/2 (RR: 5.66)
KC Sangakkara    4* (6b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    3-0-27-0
WU Tharanga    68* (81b 11x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-19-0

24.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, coming in with the angle, defended on the front-foot to cover

24.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball, defended on the back-foot down the wicket

24.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, good length ball just outside off stump, batsman drives it away wide of the point fielder

over the wicket

24.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, driven on the front-foot straight to cover

24.5

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, turned away wide of the mid-wicket fielder and takes an easy single

24.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball outside off stump, driven to deep cover

End of over 25 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 139/2 (RR: 5.56)
WU Tharanga    70* (85b 11x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-22-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (8b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    3-0-27-0

25.1

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot back to the bowler

25.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball on the stumps, batsman drives it back, half-stop from the bowler and they take a single at mid-on

25.3

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

25.4

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, good length ball on the off stump, Sangakkara defends on the front-foot to offside

25.4

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, fraction short on the middle and off stump, cutting away, batsman pushes it away on the back-foot to point

25.5

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 1 wide, short and high wide outside off stump and the wides tally go upto 18

25.5

Mahmood to Sangakkara, no run, turned away on the back-foot straight to mid-wicket

25.6

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 3 runs, fraction short on the middle and leg stump, batsman picks the length quickly and flicks it away to deep mid-wicket region but ball doesnt reach the fence

End of over 26 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 145/2 (RR: 5.57)
KC Sangakkara    8* (13b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    4-0-33-0
WU Tharanga    71* (87b 11x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-22-0

26.1

Bresnan to Sangakkara, FOUR, good length ball but given width outside off stump to free his arms, Sangakkara moves forward and square drives behind point, ball races away to the fence

26.2

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball just outside off stump, cutting away, batsman tries to drive on the up and gets beaten

26.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball just outside off stump, coming in with the angle, defended with an angled bat wide of the point fielder

26.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, short outside off stump, batsman tries to force it away on the back-foot but misses it by the away movement

26.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball just outside off stump, batsman nicely top of it and runs down to thirdman

Last ball of the final powerplay coming up

26.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, Just a single! good length ball outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

End of over 27 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 152/2 (RR: 5.62)
KC Sangakkara    14* (17b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-29-0
WU Tharanga    72* (89b 11x4)      SI Mahmood    4-0-33-0

27.1

Mahmood to Sangakkara, 1 run, good length ball on the middle stump, nipping away, batsman moves forward and just drops it to mid-off and takes a quick single

27.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, OUT, good length ball on the off stump, Tharanga drops it front of point, takes off for a single and changes his mind, Sangakkara is stranded half-way down the track, Collingwood fires in the throw at the bowler's end and Mahmood does the rest

KC Sangakkara run out 15 (27m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Dilshan comes in

27.3

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

27.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, bouncer on the off stump, Tharanga ducks underneath

27.5

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball on the off stump, batsman drives it away wide of the cover fielder

27.6

Mahmood to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball on the off stump, batsman moves back and forces it away wide of the point fielder

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 155/3 (RR: 5.53)
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      SI Mahmood    5-0-36-0
WU Tharanga    73* (93b 11x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-29-0

Dalrymple back into the attack

28.1

Dalrymple to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length ball and turning in, worked away behind square

28.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump, batsman cuts it away to deep cover

28.3

Dalrymple to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted and full outside off stump, batsman slams on the front-foot to deep cover

28.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 wide, down the legside, batsman sweeps and misses

28.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, driven straight to cover on the front-foot

28.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball on the legs, swept away to deep square leg

28.6

Dalrymple to Dilshan, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump, Dilshan nudges it away to short-thirdman

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 161/3 (RR: 5.55)
TM Dilshan    4* (4b)      JWM Dalrymple    4-0-19-0
WU Tharanga    75* (96b 11x4)      SI Mahmood    5-0-36-0

29.1

Mahmood to Dilshan, 1 run, good length ball on the middle and leg stump, pushed wide of the mid-on fielder

29.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, batsman drives it away wide of the mid-off fielder

29.3

Mahmood to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball banged in, batsman rocks back and pulls it away to deep square leg

29.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, on the pads, glanced away to deep square leg fielder

29.5

Mahmood to Dilshan, no run, slower ball outside off stump, Dilshan tries to cut off the back-foot but mistimes it, ball rolls to point

29.6

Mahmood to Dilshan, no run, fraction short outside off stump, nipping in, Dilshan goes for his favourite cut and misses it

End of over 30 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 165/3 (RR: 5.50)
TM Dilshan    6* (8b)      SI Mahmood    6-0-40-0
WU Tharanga    77* (98b 11x4)      JWM Dalrymple    4-0-19-0

30.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 2 runs, flighted and full ball, batsman drives it away nicely and wide of the deep cover fielder for a couple of runs

30.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 2 runs, length ball outside leg stump, batsman sweeps it away fine, Bell does the chase and keeps them within two runs

30.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on the off stump, driven on the front-foot to point and scampers through a single

30.4

Dalrymple to Dilshan, 2 runs, short of length ball and turning in, batsman moves back and turns it away to square leg, runs hard and they complete two runs

30.5

Dalrymple to Dilshan, 1 run, turned away in front of square and this time only a single

30.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball on the middle and leg stump, defended on the front-foot to onside and they take another single

Drinks called into the field

End of over 31 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 174/3 (RR: 5.61)
WU Tharanga    83* (102b 11x4)      JWM Dalrymple    5-0-28-0
TM Dilshan    9* (10b)      SI Mahmood    6-0-40-0

31.1

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, bouncer from Mahmood to start the over, batsman ducks underneath

31.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, one more bouncer, this time Tharanga caught in two minds to pull or not, he ducks initially and then goes for the pull, nowhere near it and gets beaten

31.3

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, short ball on the middle stump, coming in, defended back to the bowler

31.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, pushed on the front-foot to mid-off

31.5

Mahmood to Tharanga, (no ball) FOUR, short ball banged in again, on the leg stump, this time not much of bounce, batsman goes for the pull and gets the edge, ball flies finer and runs away to the fence

31.5

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, slower delivery outside leg stump, batsman goes for the sweep and gets on the pads

31.6

Mahmood to Tharanga, no run, driven on the front-foot to cover

End of over 32 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 179/3 (RR: 5.59)
WU Tharanga    87* (109b 12x4)      SI Mahmood    7-0-45-0
TM Dilshan    9* (10b)      JWM Dalrymple    5-0-28-0

Collingwood back into the attack

32.1

Collingwood to Dilshan, no run, good length ball and swinging away. batsman reaches for it and mistimes the drive, ball rolls away to cover

32.2

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up on the off stump, driven wide of the mid-off fielder

32.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, full length ball on the middle stump, swinging in lately, Tharanga adjusts well and pushes back to the bowler

32.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, 2 runs, short of length ball outside off stump, batsman cuts it away wide of the thirdman fielder, good running between the wickets

32.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball on the off stump, drops it on the front-foot and scampers through a single

32.6

Collingwood to Dilshan, 1 run, slower ball on the off stump, batsman sweeps and gets the top edge but falls safe at fine leg region

End of over 33 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 184/3 (RR: 5.57)
TM Dilshan    11* (13b)      PD Collingwood    5-1-15-1
WU Tharanga    90* (112b 12x4)      SI Mahmood    7-0-45-0

Harmison back into the attack, comes round the wicket to Tharanga

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

Arnold walks in

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

End of over 34 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 188/4 (RR: 5.52)
WU Tharanga    91* (115b 12x4)      SJ Harmison    7-0-42-2
RP Arnold    1* (1b)      PD Collingwood    5-1-15-1

34.1

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, good length ball swinging in, batsman tries to defend on the front-foot and gets an inside edge to onside

34.2

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, good length ball on the off stump, Arnold moves forward and defends it away to cover

34.3

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, Collingwood keeping the ball on the length, Arnold tries to push it away but hits straight to the cover fielder

34.4

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, pushed to the point fielder, Arnold failing to rotate the strike

34.5

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, batsman steers it away to thirdman this time and gets off the strike

34.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, pushed on the front-foot to cover

End of over 35 (1 run) Sri Lanka 189/4 (RR: 5.40)
WU Tharanga    91* (116b 12x4)      PD Collingwood    6-1-16-1
RP Arnold    2* (6b)      SJ Harmison    7-0-42-2

Thanks Gautham, Strauss delaying the third PowerPlay was a master stoke, England only conceded 21 runs in the last PowerPlay and to an extend have redeemed themselves, Sri Lanka after a fantastic start have lost their way a bit but the scoring rate is still healthy and with 15 overs left in the innings they are on course for a big score. Tharanga is still out there on 91 and he is looking good for a big one, England desperately need a breakthrough to avoid being batted out of this game.

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

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 192/4 (RR: 5.33)
WU Tharanga    92* (119b 12x4)      SJ Harmison    8-0-45-2
RP Arnold    4* (9b)      PD Collingwood    6-1-16-1

Collingwood to continue.

36.1

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, good length delivery on the pads, worked away towards square leg

36.2

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, angling across the left-hander, punched wide of the fielder at cover

36.3

Collingwood to Arnold, no run, good length delivery, Collingwood keeping it wicket to wicket

36.4

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, steered down to third man for a single

36.5

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, eased away on the off side

36.6

Collingwood to Arnold, 1 run, short and angling across, cut away to third man for yet another easy single

End of over 37 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 197/4 (RR: 5.32)
RP Arnold    7* (13b)      PD Collingwood    7-1-21-1
WU Tharanga    94* (121b 12x4)      SJ Harmison    8-0-45-2

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!

End of over 38 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 203/4 (RR: 5.34)
WU Tharanga    99* (126b 13x4)      LE Plunkett    5-0-24-0
RP Arnold    8* (14b)      PD Collingwood    7-1-21-1

38.1

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across, Tharanga gets across and drives it away straight to the fielder at cover

38.2

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, there it is! short of a good length delivery, again pitched in-line and angling across, Tharanga leans back a bit and steers it down to third man and that's his 3rd ODI hundred, way to go

38.3

Collingwood to Arnold, OUT, and that's the end of that! short of a good length delivery, pitched touch outside the off stump and shaping in ever-so-slightly, Arnold looking to steer it down to third man ends up with a faint edge and Jones holds on well to a hard chance.

RP Arnold c †Jones b Collingwood 8 (19m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Collingwood with the crucial breakthrough, Sri Lanka in a spot of bother here

38.4

Collingwood to Kapugedera, no run, driven back to the bowler

38.5

Collingwood to Kapugedera, no run, goes for an expansive drive and gets beaten

38.6

Collingwood to Kapugedera, no run, defended towards cover

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 204/5 (RR: 5.23)
CK Kapugedera    0* (3b)      PD Collingwood    8-1-22-2
WU Tharanga    100* (128b 13x4)      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

End of over 40 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 207/6 (RR: 5.17)
WU Tharanga    102* (131b 13x4)      LE Plunkett    6-0-27-1
WPUJC Vaas    0* (0b)      PD Collingwood    8-1-22-2

40.1

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, driven wide of the cover fielder, Vaas off the mark first ball

40.2

Collingwood to Tharanga, 2 runs, turned away to deep square leg for a brace

40.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, on the stumps, Collingwood squeezing it in here, Tharanga ends up driving it back to the bowler

40.4

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, again no width offered, Tharanga waits for the ball and at the last moment nudges it down to third man for a single

40.5

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, driven away in the air to the cover region, Strauss there dives forward but the ball falls painfully short

40.6

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, fuller length delivery, defended straight to the man at point&

Sri Lanka have certainly lost their way here, they were looking at a score of 300 plus at one point of time but now ...

End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 211/6 (RR: 5.14)
WPUJC Vaas    1* (3b)      PD Collingwood    9-1-26-2
WU Tharanga    105* (134b 13x4)      LE Plunkett    6-0-27-1

41.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to Collingwood at point, suddenly the gaps are missing!

41.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery, angled across the left-hander, Tharanga gets back and across and plays it down on the off side, nicely looking touch shot and they scamper through for a single

41.3

Bresnan to Vaas, no run, beaten outside the off stump

41.4

Bresnan to Vaas, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the square leg region

41.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, again tucked away off the pads to the square leg region for an easy single

41.6

Bresnan to Vaas, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Vaas strokes it past the fielder at cover

End of over 42 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 215/6 (RR: 5.11)
WPUJC Vaas    3* (6b)      TT Bresnan    7-1-33-0
WU Tharanga    107* (137b 13x4)      PD Collingwood    9-1-26-2

42.1

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, good length delivery down the leg side and Vaas helps it down to fine leg for an easy single

42.2

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, hint of swing, not sure if its reversing, Tharanga covers the line and drives well but fails to get it past the fielder at midwicket

42.3

Collingwood to Tharanga, 1 run, wicket to wicket delivery and Tharanga drives it down to long-off for a single

42.4

Collingwood to Vaas, no run, fuller length delivery, was in the slot but Vaas ends up driving it back to the bowler

42.5

Collingwood to Vaas, 1 run, turned away through the vacant square leg region for a single

42.6

Collingwood to Tharanga, no run, driven straight to the England captain at cover

Things have gone quiet here, the last over produced just three runs and the run rate has dropped to 5.07.

End of over 43 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 218/6 (RR: 5.06)
WU Tharanga    108* (140b 13x4)      PD Collingwood    10-1-29-2
WPUJC Vaas    5* (9b)      TT Bresnan    7-1-33-0

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

End of over 44 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 220/6 (RR: 5.00)
WU Tharanga    109* (144b 13x4)      SJ Harmison    9-0-47-2
WPUJC Vaas    6* (11b)      PD Collingwood    10-1-29-2

Just the two runs taken off the previous over!

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

End of over 45 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 225/6 (RR: 5.00)
WU Tharanga    111* (148b 13x4)      LE Plunkett    7-0-32-1
WPUJC Vaas    8* (13b)      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

Vaas was beaten by the extra bounce there, he was in no position to pull but he went through with the shot.

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

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 230/7 (RR: 5.00)
SL Malinga    1* (2b)      SJ Harmison    10-0-52-3
WU Tharanga    112* (150b 13x4)      LE Plunkett    7-0-32-1

46.1

Mahmood to Malinga, 1 run, short of a good length delivery and Malinga pulls it down to fine leg for a single, the ball was in the air for a long time but fell well short of Harmison moving in from the deep

46.2

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, another short ball, pulled away to long-leg for a single

46.3

Mahmood to Malinga, no run, Mahmood for the third time in a row drags it short, Malinga swings across but fails to connect

46.4

Mahmood to Malinga, 1 run, down to earth, good length delivery outside the off stump, Malinga stays back and punches it away through cover for a single

46.5

Mahmood to Tharanga, 1 run, eased away on the off side

46.6

Mahmood to Malinga, 1 leg bye, short ball on the pads, Malinga on the back-foot pulling, misses the target by a long way and gets hit on the stomach

End of over 47 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 235/7 (RR: 5.00)
SL Malinga    3* (6b)      SI Mahmood    8-0-49-0
WU Tharanga    114* (152b 13x4)      SJ Harmison    10-0-52-3

47.1

Bresnan to Malinga, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Malinga has another wild swing at it and as unusual the ball goes through the keeper

47.2

Bresnan to Malinga, 1 wide, England continues to contribute generously! another wide, this time called for height

47.2

Bresnan to Malinga, OUT, bowled'm! a harmless good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Malinga makes room and has a go at it, not sure what he was aiming there, anyway he misses the target by a country mile and the ball crashes into the woodwork - Sri Lanka eight down

SL Malinga b Bresnan 3 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

47.3

Bresnan to Fernando, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, hint of reverse swing and Fernando is beaten outside the off stump

47.4

Bresnan to Fernando, 1 run, another fuller length delivery outside the off stump, this time Fernando gets some bat on it and the ball rolls down to third man

47.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, a four! short delivery, this one nipped back in a touch, Tharanga pulls and pulls well, ball comfortably clears Harmison at mid-on and races away to the fence

47.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, yorker length delivery outside the off stump and Tharanga is beaten all ends up

End of over 48 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 241/8 (RR: 5.02)
WU Tharanga    118* (154b 14x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-39-1
CRD Fernando    1* (2b)      SI Mahmood    8-0-49-0

48.1

Mahmood to Fernando, FOUR, short delivery, Fernando on the back-foot defending, ball clips the outside edge and runs down to the third man boundary, welcome runs for Sri Lanka

48.2

Mahmood to Fernando, 1 run, defended down to silly mid-on and they scamper through for a single, Harmison's shy at the bowler's end misses the target and Fernando makes it across safely

48.3

Mahmood to Tharanga, 2 runs, top edge and the ball balloons down to fine leg

48.4

Mahmood to Tharanga, OUT, short ball, pitched outside the off stump and cutting in, Tharanga goes for the pull and once fails to connect properly, ball clips the top-edge and lobs up towards midwicket, easy catch held and a massive innings come to an end

WU Tharanga c Dalrymple b Mahmood 120 (221m 156b 14x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

48.5

Mahmood to Fernando, no run

48.6

Mahmood to Fernando, 1 run, swung away to deep midwicket, easy single to end the over

End of over 49 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 249/9 (RR: 5.08)
CRD Fernando    7* (6b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    9-0-57-1
M Muralitharan    0* (0b)      TT Bresnan    8-1-39-1

Bresnan to bowl the last over of the innings

49.1

Bresnan to Fernando, no run, short of a good length delivery, Fernando pulls but fails to make contact

49.2

Bresnan to Fernando, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, Fernando pushes forward and lofts it over the fielder at cover, not in full control there, just managed to clear the fielder

49.3

Bresnan to Fernando, 1 run, another short delivery, pulled away to midwicket for a single, another mis-timed shot

49.4

Bresnan to Muralitharan, 1 wide, short delivery down the leg side, rightly called a wide

49.4

Bresnan to Muralitharan, no run, short ball outside the off stump, Murali does his ritual and the ball goes through to the keeper

49.5

Bresnan to Muralitharan, 2 byes, another swing and a miss, ball goes through to the keeper, Fernando is half way down the track but Murali was still swinging, Jones hits the striker's end stumps and rolls towards the bowler, that is when Murlai decided to have a go, this time Bresnan misses the stumps at the bowler's and the ball races away towards long-on and fianlly after all the drama two runs are added to the total

49.6

Bresnan to Muralitharan, 1 no ball, called for overstepping, Murali with the usual swing and a miss, Fernando once again takes off for a single but Murali stands his ground, over head throw back to the bowler and that gives Fernando enough time to make it back safely

49.6

Bresnan to Muralitharan, 1 leg bye, good length delivery outside the off stump, yep you gussed it right - another swing and a missing, this time Jones fails to collect it properly

England have done well here to restrict Sri Lanka to 257, at one stage 300 plus was in the offing but Sri Lanka lost their way in the slog overs and the England bowlers pounced on the opportunity. Tharanga provided the stability with a fantastic hundred but the rest of the batsmen failed to support him, England contributed generously in the form of 42 extras (second best score so far!) but Sri Lanka even with the added advantage fell well short of the projected score.

Be sure to join us in 20 minutes, for the run chase.

End of over 50 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 257/9
M Muralitharan    0* (4b)      TT Bresnan    9-1-44-1
CRD Fernando    10* (9b 1x4)      SI Mahmood    9-0-57-1
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
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England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 20, 2006
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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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