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

1.4

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

Sri Lanka 9/0   WU Tharanga 8* (6b 1x4)   LE Plunkett 0.4-0-8-0

1.5

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

Sri Lanka 13/0   WU Tharanga 12* (7b 2x4)   LE Plunkett 0.5-0-12-0

3.3

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

Sri Lanka 18/0   ST Jayasuriya 6* (13b 1x4)   LE Plunkett 1.3-0-16-0

7.1

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

Sri Lanka 32/0   ST Jayasuriya 16* (22b 2x4)   LE Plunkett 3.1-0-24-0

9.3

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Jayasuriya loves being given width and Bresnan obliges, allowing the batsman to slash high over the covers for a one-bounce four

Sri Lanka 40/1   ST Jayasuriya 23* (27b 3x4)   TT Bresnan 0.3-0-6-0

12.6

Mahmood to Jayawardene, FOUR, gave himself room to slap the final ball of the over high and handsomely over the ring of cover fielders and away to the fence

Sri Lanka 60/1   DPMD Jayawardene 14* (12b 1x4 1x6)   SI Mahmood 1-0-15-0

14.2

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, slower ball, spotted early, down the pitch to meet it and smashed through the covers in typical fashion

Sri Lanka 72/1   ST Jayasuriya 30* (41b 4x4)   SI Mahmood 1.2-0-20-0

17.4

Collingwood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, this one goes all the way as Collingwood strays leg-side again

Sri Lanka 95/1   ST Jayasuriya 43* (55b 5x4 1x6)   PD Collingwood 1.4-0-14-0

21.2

Mahmood to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahmood not much better second time round. Short outside off stump and Jayawardene leans back and hammers it through the covers

Sri Lanka 118/1   DPMD Jayawardene 39* (33b 2x4 1x6)   SI Mahmood 2.2-0-32-0

22.1

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, two steps down the pitch and slammed over extra cover for a one-bounce four. England’s young bowlers are being clobbered by a veteran

Sri Lanka 127/1   ST Jayasuriya 54* (69b 6x4 1x6)   TT Bresnan 3.1-0-16-0

22.2

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, top-edged hook straight over Jones’s head for four

Sri Lanka 131/1   ST Jayasuriya 58* (70b 7x4 1x6)   TT Bresnan 3.2-0-20-0

23.2

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, this one is hit slightly straighter and races across the outfield for another boundary.

Sri Lanka 138/1   ST Jayasuriya 64* (74b 8x4 1x6)   SI Mahmood 3.2-0-41-0

25.1

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, slapped over the top to midwicket … sadly all the fielders are on the off

Sri Lanka 148/1   ST Jayasuriya 71* (79b 9x4 1x6)   SI Mahmood 4.1-0-46-0

25.2

Mahmood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, dismally bad bowling. With all the fielders on the off, Mahmood insists on peppering Jayasuriya down leg side and it’s a gift every time

Sri Lanka 152/1   ST Jayasuriya 75* (80b 10x4 1x6)   SI Mahmood 4.2-0-50-0

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

Sri Lanka 173/1   DPMD Jayawardene 51* (50b 3x4 1x6)   LE Plunkett 4.4-0-32-0

29.1

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

Sri Lanka 181/1   DPMD Jayawardene 57* (55b 4x4 1x6)   LE Plunkett 5.1-0-36-0

29.2

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

Sri Lanka 185/1   DPMD Jayawardene 61* (56b 5x4 1x6)   LE Plunkett 5.2-0-40-0

33.3

Collingwood to Jayasuriya, FOUR, little more than a dab through the off side that time, but it whistled through the gap and all the way to the boundary

Sri Lanka 203/2   ST Jayasuriya 96* (108b 11x4 2x6)   PD Collingwood 4.3-0-28-0

36.1

Dalrymple to Sangakkara, FOUR, aggressive approach from Sangakkara, down the track and lofted impeccably straight for a one-bounce four

Sri Lanka 213/2   KC Sangakkara 9* (9b 1x4)   JWM Dalrymple 8.1-0-30-0

38.6

Dalrymple to Jayasuriya, FOUR, down the pitch and smearted through the covers. The end of an expensive final over for Dalrymple, with 13 coming from it to dent his figures

Sri Lanka 232/2   ST Jayasuriya 104* (125b 12x4 2x6)   JWM Dalrymple 10-0-45-0

39.5

Pietersen to Jayasuriya, FOUR, a fine sweep. A relief for a weary-looking batsman

Sri Lanka 240/2   ST Jayasuriya 109* (127b 13x4 2x6)   KP Pietersen 2.5-0-15-0

41.4

Pietersen to Jayasuriya, FOUR, a deft flick, extremely fine. But four more welcome runs to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 253/2   ST Jayasuriya 117* (132b 14x4 2x6)   KP Pietersen 3.4-0-24-0

42.1

Harmison to Jayasuriya, FOUR, remarkable shot - a checked drive straight down the ground for four, sheer timing

Sri Lanka 259/2   ST Jayasuriya 122* (134b 15x4 2x6)   SJ Harmison 8.1-2-21-1

42.6

Harmison to Dilshan, FOUR, thick edge to third man, would have been swallowed by first slip

Sri Lanka 264/3   TM Dilshan 4* (2b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 9-2-26-2

43.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, FOUR, far too much width, carved away to vacant third man. Problems here for England

Sri Lanka 270/3   KC Sangakkara 34* (31b 2x4 1x6)   TT Bresnan 4.3-0-29-0

43.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, FOUR, made room, eased elegantly into gap through the covers. Twelve runs off the over and Sri Lanka are back on course for a massive total

Sri Lanka 276/3   KC Sangakkara 39* (33b 3x4 1x6)   TT Bresnan 5-0-34-0

46.1

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

Sri Lanka 289/4   KC Sangakkara 46* (37b 4x4 1x6)   LE Plunkett 7.1-0-54-0

47.1

Mahmood to Sangakkara, FOUR, simply pinged off a length through the gap at cow corner. And that's Sangakkara's fifty, from just 40 balls. Mahmood, on the other hand, brought up his fifty ages ago

Sri Lanka 297/4   KC Sangakkara 51* (40b 5x4 1x6)   SI Mahmood 5.1-0-63-0

47.6

Mahmood to Vaas, FOUR, and a horrible long-hop to finish. It's not been Mahmood's day today

Sri Lanka 304/6   WPUJC Vaas 5* (2b 1x4)   SI Mahmood 6-0-70-1

49.2

Mahmood to Vaas, FOUR, and the wheels have come off for poor Mahmood - this one is half sweeped, half shovelled behind square for another four

Sri Lanka 317/7   WPUJC Vaas 13* (7b 2x4)   SI Mahmood 6.2-0-78-1
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 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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