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

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   WU Tharanga 2* (8b)   SJ Harmison 3-0-12-1

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

Sri Lanka 124/2   WU Tharanga 62* (72b 10x4)   PD Collingwood 3.3-1-9-1

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

Sri Lanka 153/3   WU Tharanga 72* (90b 11x4)   SI Mahmood 4.2-0-34-0

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

Sri Lanka 187/4   WU Tharanga 91* (113b 12x4)   SJ Harmison 6.3-0-41-2

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

Sri Lanka 204/5   WU Tharanga 100* (128b 13x4)   PD Collingwood 7.3-1-22-2

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

Sri Lanka 207/6   WU Tharanga 102* (130b 13x4)   LE Plunkett 5.5-0-27-1

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

Sri Lanka 227/7   WU Tharanga 111* (148b 13x4)   SJ Harmison 9.2-0-49-3

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

Sri Lanka 236/8   WU Tharanga 114* (152b 13x4)   TT Bresnan 7.2-1-34-1

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

Sri Lanka 248/9   CRD Fernando 6* (4b 1x4)   SI Mahmood 8.4-0-56-1
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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