Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 2nd match

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 46 runs

1.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 2 runs

1.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run

1.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run

1.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, edged inches past a diving second slip and Harmison no chance at third man. That would have gone down a third slip’s throat

1.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, again edged but wider, and Harmison didn’t cove himself in glory as the ball evaded his dive

1.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

Sri Lanka 13/0   LE Plunkett 1-0-12-0

3.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

3.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

3.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, FOUR, too much width and cracked square past Collingwood at backward point

3.4

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

3.5

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

3.6

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

Sri Lanka 18/0   LE Plunkett 2-0-16-0

5.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

5.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

5.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 3 runs, pushed off the back foot to the deep cover boundary. Plunkett struggling to match Harmison’s accuracy

5.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, good response .... fast and with some bounce

5.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

5.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed down the ground to mid off for a comfortable single

Sri Lanka 22/0   LE Plunkett 3-0-20-0

7.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and pulled square, albeit slightly uppishly, for a third-bounce boundary

7.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run

7.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

7.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

7.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, missed an attempted pull and struck on the chest

7.6

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

Sri Lanka 34/0   LE Plunkett 4-0-26-0

27.1

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, good tumbling stop at mid off limits it to one

27.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run

27.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run, cut and good stop by Collingwood at backward point

27.4

Plunkett to Jayawardene, FOUR, steps down to meet the ball and flicks it behind square to bring up his 34th ODI fifty. Both batsmen are on the attack and England are as limp as lettuces

27.5

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

27.6

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 173/1   LE Plunkett 5-0-32-0

29.1

Plunkett to Jayawardene, FOUR, Take that. Magnificent strike, gives himself room and launches the ball through extra cover.

29.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, FOUR, Slightly shorter, cut square for four. It’s like watching Zimbabwe in blue

29.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Awful wide down the leg side. But at least it wasn’t a boundary

29.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

29.4

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven to the sweeper

29.5

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run

29.6

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 2 runs, square drive and well stopped on the cover boundary

Sri Lanka 190/1   LE Plunkett 6-0-45-0

44.1

Plunkett to Dilshan, no run, tumbling stop by Collingwood at point

44.2

Plunkett to Dilshan, 1 run, stepped across for the sweep, didn't quite nail it

44.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run

44.4

Plunkett to Dilshan, 1 run, so nearly a run-out! Dilshan chipped to mid-off and charged. Strauss had time to walk in and whip off the bails, but instead missed with his dive

44.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run

44.6

Plunkett to Dilshan, 1 run

Sri Lanka 281/3   LE Plunkett 7-0-50-0

46.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, FOUR, half-flicked, half-clobbered to backward square-leg boundary

46.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, leg-side, and misses out

46.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run, chip and charge to mid-off

46.4

Plunkett to Arnold, 2 runs, picks the gap again, as Sri Lanka start to milk the bowling

46.5

Plunkett to Arnold, no run, slower ball, off-cutter, missed cut

46.6

Plunkett to Arnold, 1 wide, down the leg side for yet another extra. That's 73 in two matches so far for England. Super stuff everyone

46.6

Plunkett to Arnold, no run, but a dot to finish

Sri Lanka 293/4   LE Plunkett 8-0-58-0
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 20, 2006

Sanath Jayasuriya led with bat and ball to take Sri Lanka to a 2-0 series lead, England v Sri Lanka, The Oval, June 20, 2006

Sanath Jayasuriya led with bat and ball to take Sri Lanka to a 2-0 series lead

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Jun 20, 2006

That's the one - Sanath Jayasuriya celebrates dismissing Kevin Pietersen for 73, England v Sri Lanka, The Oval, June 20, 2006

That's the one - Sanath Jayasuriya celebrates dismissing Kevin Pietersen for 73

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