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

0.2

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

Sri Lanka 6/0   ST Jayasuriya 4* (2b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 0.2-0-6-0

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

Sri Lanka 21/0   ST Jayasuriya 11* (15b 2x4)   LE Plunkett 1.4-0-10-0

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

Sri Lanka 40/1   WU Tharanga 10* (18b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 4.1-0-18-1

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

Sri Lanka 46/1   WU Tharanga 15* (21b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 4.5-0-24-1

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

Sri Lanka 53/1   WU Tharanga 20* (31b 3x4)   SI Mahmood 0.3-0-5-0

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

Sri Lanka 57/1   WU Tharanga 24* (32b 4x4)   SI Mahmood 0.4-0-9-0

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

Sri Lanka 63/1   WU Tharanga 29* (35b 5x4)   TT Bresnan 1.1-1-5-0

11.6

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

Sri Lanka 69/1   WU Tharanga 34* (38b 6x4)   TT Bresnan 2-1-11-0

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

Sri Lanka 75/1   WU Tharanga 38* (39b 7x4)   SI Mahmood 1.1-0-16-0

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

Sri Lanka 79/1   WU Tharanga 42* (40b 8x4)   SI Mahmood 1.2-0-20-0

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

Sri Lanka 88/1   WU Tharanga 47* (43b 9x4)   SJ Harmison 5.1-0-29-1

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

Sri Lanka 92/1   WU Tharanga 51* (44b 10x4)   SJ Harmison 5.2-0-33-1

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

Sri Lanka 129/2   WU Tharanga 67* (77b 11x4)   TT Bresnan 3.2-1-18-0

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

Sri Lanka 136/2   KC Sangakkara 4* (3b 1x4)   SI Mahmood 2.3-0-27-0

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

Sri Lanka 149/2   KC Sangakkara 12* (14b 2x4)   TT Bresnan 5.1-1-26-0

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

Sri Lanka 179/3   WU Tharanga 87* (107b 12x4)   SI Mahmood 6.4-0-45-0

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

Sri Lanka 202/4   WU Tharanga 98* (124b 13x4)   LE Plunkett 4.4-0-23-0

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

Sri Lanka 241/8   WU Tharanga 118* (153b 14x4)   TT Bresnan 7.5-1-39-1

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

Sri Lanka 245/8   CRD Fernando 5* (3b 1x4)   SI Mahmood 8.1-0-53-0
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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