Sri Lanka tour of England, 2nd ODI: England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 20, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 46 runs
20 June 2006 (50-over match)
0.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, Vaas opens the bowling with the breeze blowing across the ground which will help him swing the ball

0.2

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, Vaas strays down the leg side and clipped to the fine-leg boundary

0.3

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

0.4

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

0.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

0.6

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run

Jayasuriya enjoyed his lunch, especially as he gained two to his total when a couple of runs signalled as leg byes were added to his score. And Lasith Malinga will open up from the Vauxhall End

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/0 (315 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.42)

    • ME Trescothick 5 (6b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 0 (0b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 1-0-5-0
1.1

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 wide, wide and getting wider

1.1

Malinga to Trescothick, FOUR, not much more than a push off the back foot through the covers and racing across the fast outfield

1.2

Malinga to Trescothick, OUT, slashed on the up straight to backward point. The problem was that he was leaning back rather than over the ball and that’s why it went in the air.

ME Trescothick c Dilshan b Malinga 9 (8m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

1.3

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, clipped off leg stump behind square and a superb one-handed diving pick-up by Mahroof on the rope

1.4

Malinga to Bell, no run

1.5

Malinga to Bell, no run

1.6

Malinga to Bell, no run

Not wanting to sound too pessimistic as far as England are concerned, but they are already behind the asking rate.

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 12/1 (308 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.41)

    • IR Bell 2 (4b)
    • AJ Strauss 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-7-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 1-0-5-0
2.1

Vaas to Strauss, no run

2.2

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run

2.3

Vaas to Bell, no run

2.4

Vaas to Bell, no run, right on the button

2.5

Vaas to Bell, no run, and again, straight through Bell

2.6

Vaas to Bell, no run

End of over 3 (1 run) England 13/1 (307 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 6.53)

    • IR Bell 2 (8b)
    • AJ Strauss 1 (2b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 2-0-6-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-7-1
3.1

Malinga to Strauss, 1 run, well played off his legs to backward square leg

3.2

Malinga to Bell, no run

3.3

Malinga to Bell, no run

3.4

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, punched off the back foot to the cover boundary. All about timing rather than brute force

3.5

Malinga to Bell, no run

3.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 wide, Bell shaped to hook but it was too far outside the off stump and a bit high. Called a wide to a few ironic cheers from the crowd who thought that a few earlier were every bit as ripe for the call

3.6

Malinga to Bell, no run

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 19/1 (301 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 6.54)

    • IR Bell 6 (13b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 2 (3b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-13-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 2-0-6-0
4.1

Vaas to Strauss, FOUR, Fetch that! Wide from Vaas and bludgeoned behind square on the off

4.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run

4.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, Vaas right on the button after the first ball

4.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run

4.5

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, punched down to mid on for a quick single

4.6

Vaas to Bell, no run

Things must be bad. Our colleagues in the Sky Sports commentary box have started a debate about Darren Gough and should he be brought back. Give it a few minutes and other golden oldies will start being thrown into the melting pot. Dominic Cork and Ronnie Irani anyone.

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 24/1 (296 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.80, RRR: 6.57)

    • IR Bell 6 (14b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 7 (8b 1x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 3-0-11-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-13-1
5.1

Malinga to Strauss, 1 run

5.2

Malinga to Bell, no run

5.3

Malinga to Bell, no run

5.4

Malinga to Bell, no run

5.5

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, uncontrolled pull in the air but short of long leg

5.6

Malinga to Bell, no run

For anyone watching on TV as well as following on Cricinfo, the effects microphones are working, it’s just the crowd who are asleep

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 27/1 (293 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.65)

    • IR Bell 8 (19b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 8 (9b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 3-0-11-0
6.1

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run

6.2

Vaas to Bell, 1 run

6.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, that one was right through Strauss

6.4

Vaas to Strauss, FOUR, driven straight back past Vaas, good use of feet

6.5

Vaas to Strauss, no run

6.6

Vaas to Strauss, no run

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 33/1 (287 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 6.67)

    • AJ Strauss 13 (14b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 9 (20b 1x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 4-0-17-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-16-1
7.1

Malinga to Bell, 1 run

7.2

Malinga to Strauss, no run

7.3

Malinga to Strauss, no run

7.4

Malinga to Strauss, 2 runs, whipped off middle and leg

7.5

Malinga to Strauss, no run

7.6

Malinga to Strauss, 2 runs

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 38/1 (282 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 6.71)

    • AJ Strauss 17 (19b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 10 (21b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-21-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 4-0-17-0
8.1

Vaas to Bell, 2 runs, squeezed down to third man

8.2

Vaas to Bell, no run

8.3

Vaas to Bell, FOUR, cut just behind square and evading the despairing dive of Malinga charging round from third man

8.4

Vaas to Bell, 1 run

8.5

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, another push to mid on for a comfortable single

8.6

Vaas to Bell, 1 run

Change of bowling with Maharoof on at the Vauxhall End. He was run-out without facing a ball so things can only get better.

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 47/1 (273 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 6.65)

    • IR Bell 18 (26b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 18 (20b 2x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 5-0-26-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-21-1
9.1

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run

9.2

Maharoof to Strauss, no run

9.3

Maharoof to Strauss, no run, this is all a bit low key from England. Fireworks are needed but the fuse appears to be damp.

9.4

Maharoof to Strauss, OUT, Oops. Strauss tries to hit over the top but it was a tad too short and he only succeeded in skying the ball to mid off. Enter Pietersen. England expects

AJ Strauss c Muralitharan b Maharoof 18 (42m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.26

9.5

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run

9.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 49/2 (271 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 6.77)

    • KP Pietersen 0 (1b)
    • IR Bell 20 (28b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-2-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 5-0-26-0

"Maharoof is on fire", says Mike Atherton, in an unexpected parody of the Bloodhound Gang. "We don't need no water ... etc"

10.1

Vaas to Bell, no run

10.2

Vaas to Bell, no run

10.3

Vaas to Bell, 1 run, pushed down the ground for another single. England need a bit more than that though ...

10.4

Vaas to Pietersen, no run

10.5

Vaas to Pietersen, FOUR, now that's more like it, a blazing cover-drive from KP. Split the field like an axe. He's rather fond of this ground, after that 158 last summer .... I wonder ...

10.6

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, dabbed down to third man

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 55/2 (265 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.79)

    • KP Pietersen 5 (4b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 21 (31b 2x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 6-0-32-0
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-2-1
11.1

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, blazing stroke! That's KP at his most belligerent, short, on the back foot, driven venomously with a uniquely tangled mixture of a shot

11.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, attempted something similar, but this time under-edged into the crease

11.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

11.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, he's not on fire this over, but Maharoof is rising to KP's challenge nonetheless

11.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run

11.6

Maharoof to Bell, 1 no ball, that's unfortunate - a good over spoiled

11.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run

Highlights of KP's 158 being shown in the break between overs. How far removed is the Oval atmosphere now as opposed to then? Hint: lots

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 61/2 (259 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 6.81)

    • IR Bell 21 (33b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (9b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-8-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 6-0-32-0
12.1

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, right on the money again from The Slinger. How on earth does he get so accurate with an action like that? Essex's bowling guru, Ian Pont, would do his nut about it. And that's a fact.

12.2

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, more of the same, similar result

12.3

Malinga to Pietersen, FOUR, stands tall and delivers, a front-footed clout through point. Extraordinary shot!

12.4

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, but tighter again this time

12.5

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, a real game of cat and mouse developing between these two. For the good of the game, KP has to go big here.

12.6

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, attempted carve through point, but intercepted. Good over

Odd hold-up in play as Murali sets off to adjust the sightscreen. He really is a jack of all trades

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 65/2 (255 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.89)

    • KP Pietersen 14 (15b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 21 (33b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-25-1
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-8-1
13.1

Maharoof to Bell, FOUR, width this time, and walloped through point. Shot Belly!

13.2

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, and good rotation of the strike as well. Super stuff

13.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, extra bounce, lucky not to spoon it up to cover. KP is looking to use his height at every opportunity

13.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

13.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, KP's biding his time here, and rightly so. England have a massive chase ahead of them, and this is shaping up as the pivotal partnership

13.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, single to keep the strike

And here comes Ruchira Perera. Did I ever tell you about the time I smacked him for 22 off 13 balls in Colombo? No, thought not. Apparently he's improved since then

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 71/2 (249 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 6.91)

    • KP Pietersen 15 (19b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 26 (35b 3x4)
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-14-1
    • SL Malinga 5-0-25-1
14.1

Perera to Pietersen, no run

14.2

Perera to Pietersen, 1 run, worked into the leg side

14.3

Perera to Bell, 1 run, clipped down to third man

14.4

Perera to Pietersen, SIX, bosh! Vast six over cow corner! This is more like it! Batman and Robin, in the Peter May enclosure, enjoyed that one

14.5

Perera to Pietersen, 1 wide, down the leg side

14.5

Perera to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, Somebody's strangled a cat out in the middle of the pitch. Oh no, it's actually Perera's lbw appeal. KP took three steps down the pitch and the ball was going high. But pretty close otherwise

14.6

Perera to Pietersen, 2 runs, pulled to deep square-leg, just dropped short of the fielder! Lucky escape

End of over 15 (13 runs) England 84/2 (236 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 6.74)

    • KP Pietersen 24 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • IR Bell 27 (36b 3x4)
    • PDRL Perera 1-0-11-0
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-14-1
15.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, steady stuff from Bell

15.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, more steadiness

15.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, steadily squeezed to point for no run

15.4

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, and a single to third man. Steady on!

15.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, and KP joins the steadi-fest

15.6

Maharoof to Bell, FOUR, and a spanking shot to finish. In truth he scuffed it a touch, but it cleared the man at mid-off and went all the way for four. And that much, my friends, is a fact

So, England need 230 more runs in 34 overs at the drinks interval. A tough ask, but England are hanging in there, as are we, as Gnasher McGlashan takes one for the team and goes to put the kettle on

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 90/2 (230 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 6.76)

    • IR Bell 32 (41b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 25 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-20-1
    • PDRL Perera 1-0-11-0
16.1

Vaas to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit of a fumble at long-off

16.2

Vaas to Bell, no run

16.3

Vaas to Bell, no run, nothing fancy as yet from Ian Ronald Bell. Unlike his middle name

16.4

Vaas to Bell, SIX, cor! That travelled! Right to the pitch of the ball, full swing of the bat, and maximum!

16.5

Vaas to Bell, no run

16.6

Vaas to Bell, no run, these two are doing enough at the moment for England. But Murali's lying in wait when the Powerplays are up ...

End of over 17 (7 runs) England 97/2 (223 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 6.75)

    • IR Bell 38 (46b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 26 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • WPUJC Vaas 7-0-39-0
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-20-1
17.1

Malinga to Pietersen, 2 runs, tucked off his hip for two more

17.2

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, big shout for lbw, but that's not the worry for England. That delivery cracked Pietersen an agonising blow on the side of the knee, and he went down like the proverbial, albeit with an heroic dive back into his crease. Out comes the physio. Impartiality aside, let's hope his mobility isn't impaired, cos without him this chase is more doomed than it is already

A lengthy delay here, but KP is on his feet and having a drink before resuming. As are we, cheers Gnasher!

17.3

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, no ill-effects so far

17.4

Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run, controlled edge to third man

17.5

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, tucked away for a single

17.6

Malinga to Pietersen, no run, missed out with a carve through the off side

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 101/2 (219 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 6.84)

    • KP Pietersen 29 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • IR Bell 39 (47b 4x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-29-1
    • WPUJC Vaas 7-0-39-0
18.1

Perera to Bell, 1 run, keeper now standing up, which gives the batsmen something extra to think about

18.2

Perera to Pietersen, no run, swing and a miss - KP anchored to the crease

18.3

Perera to Pietersen, no run, tight stuff so far this over

18.4

Perera to Pietersen, FOUR, ... but there's the width, and KP is onto it in a flash. Blazing four through the covers!

18.5

Perera to Pietersen, FOUR, and four more! Problems now for Perera, as KP stands and delivers with a ruthless hoick through midwicket

18.6

Perera to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped leg-side to finish. A good over from England

End of over 19 (10 runs) England 111/2 (209 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 6.74)

    • KP Pietersen 38 (36b 5x4 1x6)
    • IR Bell 40 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • PDRL Perera 2-0-21-0
    • SL Malinga 6-0-29-1
19.1

Malinga to Pietersen, FOUR, I think it's fair to say that KP has got the measure of the pitch now. He met this one at the top of its bounce and bludgeoned straight through the spot where Ian Bell had been standing at the non-striker's end.

19.2

Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run

19.3

Malinga to Bell, no run

19.4

Malinga to Bell, OUT, oh dear, that's the breakthrough. A muffed pull spirals into no-man's land on the leg-side, and Muralitharan runs round to complete a fine catch over his shoulder. A pity, because he was starting to warm to his task out there

IR Bell c Muralitharan b Malinga 40 (88m 50b 4x4 1x6) SR: 80.00

19.5

Malinga to Pietersen, no run

19.6

Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run

And that's the end of that. Here's Martin Williamson to pick up the thrill of the chase ...

Thanks ... Andrew Miller’s having a little rest while he sips his Earl Gray and nibbles on a custard cream

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 117/3 (203 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 6.76)

    • KP Pietersen 44 (40b 6x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-35-2
    • PDRL Perera 2-0-21-0
20.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, Now the fun starts as Muralitharan v Pietersen underway

20.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, FOUR, swept with real power through the man on the square-leg boundary

20.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

20.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

20.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked to the leg side for a single

20.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 123/3 (197 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 6.79)

    • PD Collingwood 1 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 49 (45b 7x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-6-0
    • SL Malinga 7-0-35-2
21.1

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, Maharoof back at the Vauxhall End. Pietersen still limping from the blow on the knee

21.2

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, easy single to third man. Meanwhile the TV commentators guffawing at slow-motion shots of Pietersen in agony ...

21.3

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

21.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run, superb punch off the back foot but sadly he missed it

21.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen brings up his fifty with a slash over point for four. The crowd springs to life

21.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 128/3 (192 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.81, RRR: 6.85)

    • KP Pietersen 53 (49b 8x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 2 (3b)
    • MF Maharoof 5-0-25-1
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-6-0
22.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, no run but some Sunday afternoon fielding

22.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

22.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run

22.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, Murali has Collingwood tied down

22.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 2 runs, a heave to leg gets runs and gives Collingwood some relief

22.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 wide

22.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, short, smacked to square leg who misfields and the batsmen engage in some stop-start calling. Good cricket all round.

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 132/3 (188 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.73, RRR: 6.96)

    • PD Collingwood 5 (9b)
    • KP Pietersen 53 (49b 8x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-10-0
    • MF Maharoof 5-0-25-1
23.1

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run

23.2

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run, the problem here for Collingwood is that he hasn’t time to play himself in and he is struggling to get the ball away.

23.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, no run

23.4

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, drop and run gives KP the strike

23.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, no run

23.6

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, flashing drive quite brilliantly stopped by the sub diving full length at short extra cover. KP gets the strike back

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 134/3 (186 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.58, RRR: 7.15)

    • KP Pietersen 54 (51b 8x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 6 (13b)
    • MF Maharoof 6-0-27-1
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-10-0
24.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

24.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, ambled single to long on. Pietersen struggling to move between the wickets at anything above a slow trot

24.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run

24.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run

24.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, turned behind square. Sri Lanka seem happy to give singles

Will Luke, our man on the spot, tells me that The Oval’s traditional pigeons have been replaced by what look like doves. Are Surrey going up market?

24.6

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 138/3 (182 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.52, RRR: 7.28)

    • KP Pietersen 56 (55b 8x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 8 (15b)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-14-0
    • MF Maharoof 6-0-27-1
25.1

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run, easy one to square leg

25.2

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run, if these two can get settled then the give-a-single approach may be a mistake … a big if though.

25.3

Maharoof to Collingwood, 1 run

25.4

Maharoof to Pietersen, FOUR, KP lofts to deep backward square where Perera is caught in no man’s land and the ball goes for four. Bowler unimpressed, fielder embarrassed but lucky not have been nutted as he completely lost it

25.5

Maharoof to Pietersen, 1 run

25.6

Maharoof to Collingwood, FOUR, containment policy goes to pot as Collingwood pulls a short one over midwicket for a one-bounce four. The asking rate goes down a tad!

End of over 26 (12 runs) England 150/3 (170 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.76, RRR: 7.08)

    • PD Collingwood 14 (18b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 62 (58b 9x4 1x6)
    • MF Maharoof 7-0-39-1
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-14-0
26.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

26.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen pushed to the vacant point position for an easy one

26.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, same again. Murali not quite as easy to smack so singles the order of the day

26.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

26.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run

26.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, back to square one after another tight one from Murali

Jayasuriya into the attack

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 153/3 (167 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 7.26)

    • PD Collingwood 15 (20b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 64 (62b 9x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-17-0
    • MF Maharoof 7-0-39-1
27.1

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 wide, he starts with a wide and then resets his field

27.1

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 2 runs, Russel Arnold bottles it and checks when running in to a lofted drive by Pietersen at long-on. Could be a key moment. Jayasuriya less than impressed to put it mildly.

27.2

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run

27.3

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, ironic cheers as the hapless Arnold fields the ball and the batsmen amble a single

27.4

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run

27.5

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run

27.6

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, no run

Jenny Thompson points out that doves are pigeons, only they are white. No-one likes a smart alec

End of over 28 (7 runs) England 160/3 (160 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 7.27)

    • KP Pietersen 68 (66b 9x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 17 (22b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-17-0
28.1

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run

28.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, smacked to the cover boundary but still just the single

28.3

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run

28.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

28.5

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, whipped to square leg, all wrists and bottom hand, for a single

28.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, a single to finish another good over for Sri Lanka.

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 165/3 (155 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.68, RRR: 7.38)

    • PD Collingwood 20 (25b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 70 (69b 9x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 5-0-22-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0
29.1

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run

29.2

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, no run

29.3

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run, poor old Russel Arnold gets more ironic cheers for stopping the ball cleanly

29.4

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, no run

29.5

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 2 runs, chipped into the vacant wide mid-on area

29.6

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 2 runs, sloppy misfield at deep square leg allows England an extra run

He’s come back from a shower and a rub down from the company's masseur, and Andrew Miller will now take you through to the end of this gripping context … while the rest of us head to the pub to watch England play football. Or try to play ...

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 171/3 (149 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 7.45)

    • PD Collingwood 25 (29b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 71 (71b 9x4 1x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-13-0
    • M Muralitharan 5-0-22-0

Why would anyone want football when there's this thrilling finish in store?

30.1

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run, this is a crucial phase of the game. They say a team should score the same in their last 20 overs as they managed in their first 30 ... which makes England victors with something to spare ...

30.2

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

30.3

Muralitharan to Pietersen, no run

30.4

Muralitharan to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped away, nothing fussy in this over so far. England have seen what this man can do to an innings already this summer

30.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, comprehensively beaten, and he acknowledges it as well

30.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, a single to finish, just two runs off a typically tight over

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 173/3 (147 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.58, RRR: 7.73)

    • PD Collingwood 26 (31b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 72 (75b 9x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 6-0-24-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-13-0
31.1

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, no run

31.2

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run

31.3

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run

31.4

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, trading singles for the moment. Biding their time

31.5

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, OUT, and that could be a game-breaker. Massive breakthrough for Sri Lanka, and it's not the spinner that everyone assumed would make the difference. Big rip out of the leg-side rough, Pietersen aimed a smear through midwicket, well beaten

KP Pietersen b Jayasuriya 73 (98m 77b 9x4 1x6) SR: 94.80

31.6

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, watchfully pushed back down the pitch, and after that last delivery, with good reason

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 176/4 (144 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.00)

    • JWM Dalrymple 0 (1b)
    • PD Collingwood 28 (34b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-16-1
    • M Muralitharan 6-0-24-0
32.1

Perera to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped into the leg-side. Collingwood needs to come to the party now

32.2

Perera to Dalrymple, 2 runs, good running between the wickets gets Dalrymple off the mark with two to third man

32.3

Perera to Dalrymple, no run, he's got form at least, with a composed 67 at Lord's on Saturday

32.4

Perera to Dalrymple, 1 run, another squirt to third man

32.5

Perera to Collingwood, no run, stood tall and pushed into covers

32.6

Perera to Collingwood, 1 run, sliced drive to backward point

Jayasuriya's back for more

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 181/4 (139 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.48, RRR: 8.17)

    • PD Collingwood 30 (37b 1x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 3 (4b)
    • PDRL Perera 3-0-26-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-16-1
33.1

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, twinkle-toed footwork. Or maybe he was just beaten in flight. Either way, one through square leg is the result

33.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, tight on leg stump again. Difficult to work away

33.3

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, excellent rhythm from the Man-of-the-Match elect

33.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, more of the same. Nothing Dalrymple can do but not give his wicket away

33.5

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, worked away this time, but only for one, as the run-rate surges again

33.6

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, and Collingwood returns the complement. Excellent over

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 184/4 (136 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 8.50)

    • PD Collingwood 32 (39b 1x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 4 (8b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-19-1
    • PDRL Perera 3-0-26-0
34.1

Perera to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood is the key now. But since KP's demise, the momentum has vanished

34.2

Perera to Collingwood, 1 run, firm push to long-off. But there's no way through the field at present

34.3

Perera to Dalrymple, 1 run, another single ...

34.4

Perera to Collingwood, no run, width this time, but a swing-and-a-miss as Colly's eyes light up

34.5

Perera to Collingwood, (no ball) 2 runs, more composed drive this time, fielded on the cover boundary

34.5

Perera to Collingwood, no run, tighter line, forced to defend

34.6

Perera to Collingwood, 1 run, might have been wide if he left it, but instead toe-ended into the covers

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 190/4 (130 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 8.66)

    • PD Collingwood 36 (45b 1x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 5 (9b)
    • PDRL Perera 4-0-32-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-19-1
35.1

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, worked away this time, but someone's going to have to play the big shots soon

35.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, one more, but impatience starting to creep in as they contemplate a suicidal second

35.3

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, no boundary for ten overs now. And Jayasuriya has been central to that

35.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run

35.5

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run

35.6

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, FOUR, that's more like it from Collingwood. Firmly driven into the gap square of the wicket. That'll help the run-rate

And now it's time for the habitual ball-change. The current one has gone a little green, much like England's middle order.

Oh good grief ... as if the situation wasn't dire enough, here come Willow and Stumpy to encourage Sky's remaining viewers to go and watch some football

End of over 36 (8 runs) England 198/4 (122 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.71)

    • PD Collingwood 42 (48b 2x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 7 (12b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 5-0-27-1
    • PDRL Perera 4-0-32-0
36.1

Perera to Dalrymple, 2 runs, oh dear, that's a horrible drop in the deep from Arnold. Dalrymple hoisted one down to long off, and it seemed to go into the hands and straight out again. Costly? Maybe ...

36.2

Perera to Dalrymple, 1 run

36.3

Perera to Collingwood, 1 run, back to trading singles. Still, less than nine an over needed, so one boundary an over will suffice. Finding that boundary, however ...

36.4

Perera to Dalrymple, 1 run

36.5

Perera to Collingwood, 2 runs, These two are forging a useful partnership. There's nothing untoward in the pitch at all

36.6

Perera to Collingwood, 1 run, one to finish, and that's a decent over for England

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 206/4 (114 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.56, RRR: 8.76)

    • PD Collingwood 46 (51b 2x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 11 (15b)
    • PDRL Perera 5-0-40-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 5-0-27-1
37.1

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, another single. At least they are still coming

37.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, Dalrymple returns the compliment

37.3

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 2 runs, nicely chipped into space on the off side. Back for the second to move to within one of his half-century

37.4

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, and there it is. Well played. Judged the pace of the pitch, and has given England a better-than-usual chance of pulling off a tough chase

37.5

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run

37.6

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, one to finish. England are keeping wickets in hand and, as we've seen from Collingwood in the past, he has another gear to move into as and when

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 212/4 (108 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 9.00)

    • JWM Dalrymple 13 (18b)
    • PD Collingwood 50 (54b 2x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 6-0-33-1
    • PDRL Perera 5-0-40-0
38.1

Muralitharan to Dalrymple, 1 run, but Murali still has four overs, and here he comes again. Dalrymple works this one nicely for a single

38.2

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 1 run, six an over from Murali's last spell would do nicely for England. Well, it would give them a chance at least

38.3

Muralitharan to Dalrymple, 1 run

38.4

Muralitharan to Collingwood, 2 runs, worked into the off side. Quick between the wickets

38.5

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, reverse-sweep, but didn't find the gap

38.6

Muralitharan to Collingwood, no run, half an appeal to finish, but Darrell Hair is unmoved. Outside the line probably

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 217/4 (103 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.56, RRR: 9.36)

    • PD Collingwood 53 (58b 2x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 15 (20b)
    • M Muralitharan 7-0-29-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 6-0-33-1
39.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, leading edge flies safe and into space on the off side

39.2

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 1 run, well bowled but badly fielded, as Jayasuriya lets a single go through his hands down to long off

39.3

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run

39.4

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, 2 runs, Dalrymple's forced to scamper as they look for two, but he's safely home as the shy comes in from square leg

39.5

Jayasuriya to Collingwood, OUT, and that might be that, as Colly misses and loses his middle stump. Quicker and flatter from Jayasuriya, and buzzed through his aggressive stroke. Big breakthrough from an under-rated bowler, and Sri Lanka are all but 2-0 up

PD Collingwood b Jayasuriya 56 (75m 61b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.80

39.6

Jayasuriya to Jones, no run, worked into leg side

Time for Jones to show his mettle. England need big shots from hereon in

End of over 40 (5 runs) England 222/5 (98 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.55, RRR: 9.80)

    • GO Jones 0 (1b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 17 (22b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 7-0-38-2
    • M Muralitharan 7-0-29-0

Vaas is back for a final burst

40.1

Vaas to Dalrymple, no run

40.2

Vaas to Dalrymple, 2 runs, driven firmly into covers.

40.3

Vaas to Dalrymple, 1 run, and that takes the run-rate up past ten an over. Time for fireworks

40.4

Vaas to Jones, no run, ... or not

40.5

Vaas to Jones, no run, ... maybe he's playing himself in

40.6

Vaas to Jones, no run, problems for England. But we knew that already

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 225/5 (95 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.48, RRR: 10.55)

    • GO Jones 0 (4b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 20 (25b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 8-0-42-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 7-0-38-2
41.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run

41.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, it's looking like a lost cause now, but this is turning into another composed performance from England's new boy

41.3

Jayasuriya to Jones, 2 runs, useful two ... actually, who am I kidding? This game is as dead as the remnants of last week's victoria sponge that I just found under my Wisden Almanack

41.4

Jayasuriya to Jones, no run

41.5

Jayasuriya to Jones, no run

41.6

Jayasuriya to Jones, 1 leg bye, four off the over. Splendid stuff from Sanath

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 229/5 (91 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 11.37)

    • GO Jones 2 (8b)
    • JWM Dalrymple 21 (27b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 8-0-41-2
    • WPUJC Vaas 8-0-42-0
42.1

Muralitharan to Jones, SIX, ooh! That was unexpected, and the crowd is rousing momentarily from its torpor

42.2

Muralitharan to Jones, OUT, only momentarily mind. Next ball, Jones aims to sweep, the ball loops off his pad, conceivably brushes the glove, and is routinely snatched by Sangakkara behind the stumps. Jones, one senses, is not best pleased with that decision

GO Jones c †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 8 (9m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 80.00

42.3

Muralitharan to Bresnan, no run, he had a tough ask in the Twenty20, now here's an even more hopeless cause for young Bresnan to rescue

42.4

Muralitharan to Bresnan, 1 leg bye

42.5

Muralitharan to Dalrymple, SIX, bosh! This boy can play! Smeared mightily over midwicket for a maximum! A bit of support and perhaps ... actually, nah ...

42.6

Muralitharan to Dalrymple, 1 run

End of over 43 (14 runs) England 243/6 (77 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 11.00)

    • JWM Dalrymple 28 (29b 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 0 (2b)
    • M Muralitharan 8-0-42-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 8-0-41-2
43.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, FOUR, Lofted over the covers, now there's a bit of a tussle brewing again

43.2

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run

43.3

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, FOUR, gives himself room, and four more. England have relocated their ticker, even if this rally seems to be coming rather too late

43.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, one more, just to keep things ticking over

43.5

Jayasuriya to Bresnan, 1 run, and another

43.6

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, OUT, got im! And there's that quicker ball again. Up near 60mph, which is brisk for a spinner, and Dalrymple is stranded a mile out of his crease. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted, and another good performance from England's new boy

JWM Dalrymple st †Sangakkara b Jayasuriya 37 (46m 34b 2x4 1x6) SR: 108.82

What a match for Jayasuriya though. And to think some wise fellow tried to shoo him into retirement earlier this year

End of over 44 (10 runs) England 253/7 (67 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 11.16)

    • TT Bresnan 1 (3b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 9-0-51-3
    • M Muralitharan 8-0-42-1
44.1

Muralitharan to Bresnan, 1 run, two men at the crease who enjoy a swing of the bat

44.2

Muralitharan to Mahmood, no run, they'll need to ...

44.3

Muralitharan to Mahmood, FOUR, arguably the loudest cheer of the day as this one sneaks under the fielder and away to the boundary

44.4

Muralitharan to Mahmood, no run, in fact, it was the loudest cheer of the day, confirms Will Luke, our man at The Oval

44.5

Muralitharan to Mahmood, OUT, but stony silence all around the ground now, as Mahmood scampers for a make-or-break single, and is broken by Sangakkara's shy at the non-striker's end

SI Mahmood run out 4 (3m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

44.6

Muralitharan to Bresnan, 1 run, ho hum, another single.

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 259/8 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 12.20)

    • TT Bresnan 3 (5b)
    • LE Plunkett 0 (0b)
    • M Muralitharan 9-0-48-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 9-0-51-3

Situations such as these are precisely why one-day cricket will never, ever, be a patch on a good Test match. When a game is dead, it is horribly dead, and I'm all set to eat my words when this pair lambast England to a famous, nay miraculous, victory. Anyway, rant over

45.1

Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run

45.2

Malinga to Plunkett, no run

45.3

Malinga to Plunkett, 2 runs

45.4

Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run, OUT, direct hit from Sri Lanka's best fielder, and another nail in England's coffin.

LE Plunkett run out 3 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Still, Harmison has been known to swat a few in his time ...

45.5

Malinga to Bresnan, SIX, a mighty smear, straight down the ground! Lovely stuff, youngster. Well done everyone, etc

45.6

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, that six briefly took the asking-rate back below two a ball. But that dot ... you get the rest

End of over 46 (10 runs) England 269/9 (51 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.84, RRR: 12.75)

    • TT Bresnan 10 (8b 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 8-0-45-2
    • M Muralitharan 9-0-48-1
46.1

Muralitharan to Harmison, 2 runs, but that is the two a ball needed ... not over yet ... ahem ... splutter ...

46.2

Muralitharan to Harmison, 1 leg bye

46.3

Muralitharan to Bresnan, 1 run

46.4

Muralitharan to Harmison, OUT, and that is comprehensively that. A suitably shambolic denouement, as Harmison swung, missed, started, stopped, went hell for leather anyway, keeper lobbed the ball, Murali whipped the bails, and you can guess the rest.

SJ Harmison run out 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Splendid stuff from Sri Lanka, worthy victors once again with Sanath Jayasuriya cruising to the Man-of-the-Match award with a brilliant century and a vital, constricting, bowling spell. But England really are a shambles at this form of the game. Perhaps it's something to do with the looming World Cup - 1996, 1999 and 2003 were distinctly average vintages as well. Or perhaps they've all got hot seats for tonight's footie

Either way, well done Jamie Dalrymple for putting up a fight, Kevin Pietersen for having a go, and Steve Harmison for keeping it tight. As for the rest ... oh well, there's always next Saturday at Chester-le-Street.

Thanks for tuning in, hope you've enjoyed it all, and don't forget to read Andrew McGlashan's typically feisty bulletin, in which he tells it like it really is. Will Luke, our man at The Oval, will add his thoughts once he's heard what the players have to say.

This is Andrew Miller saying thanks and goodbye. You can go and watch the footie now

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