Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 3rd match

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)

12.5

Vaas to Bell, no run, good length delivery, watchfully defended by Bell to the off side

12.6

Vaas to Bell, no run, good length delivery, change in pace, Bell on the front foot defends down the track, fielded by Vaas on his follow through.

England 62/1   IR Bell 0* (2b)

13.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short of length outside the off stump, plays with an open face to Tharanga at backward-point

13.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, Bell drives down the track, fielded by Maharoof on his follow through

13.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, excellent delivery outside the off stump, seams away, Bell looking to steer it down, misses it, Sangakkara takes it behind the stumps

England 71/1   IR Bell 0* (5b)

14.2

Vaas to Bell, no run, defended to the off side

14.3

Vaas to Bell, 3 runs, fuller delivery, Bell drives well down the ground to long off, Malinga chases well and then puts in a good slide and makes a good save.

England 75/1   IR Bell 3* (7b)

15.1

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, runs it down to thirdman for a single

15.6

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, played to the on side for a single, a thick edge

England 78/2   IR Bell 5* (9b)

16.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, back of a length delivery, Bell defends to the on side

16.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, defends off the back foot to Malinga

16.3

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, tucked away nicely to deep backward sqaure leg, fielded by Fernando, waited for the delivery and worked it nicely

16.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, defends to mid on

16.5

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, pushes softly to mid on and takes off for a quick single, well run there by Bell

England 81/2   IR Bell 8* (14b)

17.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defended to cover.

17.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Bell comes forward and pushes to mid off

17.3

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, back of a length, Bell waits for the ball and turns it nicely through midwicket, well played

17.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good delivery, Bell defends well with a straight bat down the track

17.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good ball on the stumps, again Bell defends with a straight bat down the track, fielded by Maharoof

17.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defends from the crease to the off side

England 83/2   IR Bell 10* (20b)

18.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, forces to the off side

18.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 wide, down the leg side, Bell fails to get a tickle, goes through to Sangakkara, signalled wide

18.3

Malinga to Bell, no run, forces to the off side, Arnold at short extra-cover fields the ball

18.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, short and wide, Bell times the shot well, but fails to beat Dilshan at backward-point.

18.5

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, good ball there, changed the pace, Bell pushes forward, gets the edge, Fernando at short fine leg makes a mess of fielding the ball, goes to fine leg

18.6

Malinga to Bell, no run, defended to the off side

England 87/2   IR Bell 12* (25b)

20.1

Malinga to Bell, no run, short ball around the off stump, Bell across the line and defends it down to offside

20.2

Malinga to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, nipping in off the wicket, batsman defends it away to mid-on

20.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, short of length ball straying on the pads, batsman flicks it away off his legs to deep square leg

England 92/2   IR Bell 13* (28b)

21.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, full length ball on the leg stump, Bell flicks it straight to Jayawardene at mid-wicket

21.2

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, batsman tries to steer down to thirdman but straight to gully fielder

21.3

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defended down the wicket

21.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended to point

21.5

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, short of length ball on the pads, flicked away wide of the deep square leg fielder for a couple of runs

21.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short ball outside off stump, leg-cutter, batsman tries to cut and gets beaten, just 2 runs of the over

England 98/3   IR Bell 15* (34b)

22.3

Malinga to Bell, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, defended to onside

22.4

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, short ball around the off stump, batsman steers it away nicely to thirdman, 100 comes up at the 23rd over

England 100/3   IR Bell 16* (36b)

23.1

Maharoof to Bell, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

23.2

Maharoof to Bell, 2 wides

23.6

Maharoof to Bell, no run, short ball outside off stump, Bell looks to drive off the back-foot but mistimes, ball rolls down to offside, Bell not happy with the stroke

England 103/3   IR Bell 16* (38b)

24.2

Fernando to Bell, 1 no ball, short of length ball on the off stump, defended on the back-foot to point

24.2

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump, batsman glides it away to thirdman

24.4

Fernando to Bell, no run, DROPPED! fraction short just outside off stump, swinging away, Bell punches off the back-foot and gets the outside edge, goes low and a catchable height to Arnold, fails to catch it

24.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

24.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, driven on the front-foot to mid-off

England 109/3   IR Bell 17* (43b)

25.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run, good length ball on the off stump, pushed off the front-foot to point

25.5

Maharoof to Bell, no run, Brilliant fielding once more from DIlshan! good length ball outside off stump, batsman drives superbly on the front-foot but Dilshan dives across to his right at full stretch and fields it

25.6

Maharoof to Bell, 2 runs, defended on the front-foot to point, Dilshan picks and has a shy at the bowler's end, no one to back-up and they pick 2 runs

England 116/3   IR Bell 19* (46b)

26.3

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, short ball around the off stump, batsman drops it on the back-foot and scampers through a single

26.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, slower one too short, Bell doesnt pick the slower one and plays for the bouncer but adjusts well to keep it out

26.6

Fernando to Bell, 2 runs, flicked away to fine leg, Malinga misfields and batsmen quick to spot and they complete couple of runs

England 121/3   IR Bell 22* (49b)

27.4

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, full length ball on the off stump, swept away to deep square leg

27.6

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, turned away wide of the mid-wicket fielder, 4 runs taken off Bandara's 1st over

England 125/3   IR Bell 24* (51b)

28.1

Fernando to Bell, no run, short ball on the off stump, batsman defends on the back-foot

28.2

Fernando to Bell, no run, short of length ball on the stumps, defended on the back-foot, Bell failing to rotate the strike

28.3

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, this time gets it right, short one just outside off stump, steered away to thirdman

England 126/3   IR Bell 25* (54b)

29.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, full length ball drifting into the pads, batsman pushes and gets on the pads

29.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, full toss on the leg stump, driven down to long-on

29.4

Bandara to Bell, no run, low full toss on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

29.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, given width outside off stump, turning away, batsman goes for the cut but fails to connect

29.6

Bandara to Bell, 1 wide, down the legside, good work by Sangakkara

29.6

Bandara to Bell, no run, flat and full length ball on the off stump,driven back to the bowler

England 129/3   IR Bell 26* (59b)

31.5

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, full toss on the off stump, batsman goes for the reverse sweep and gets a single wide of the backward point fielder

England 139/3   IR Bell 27* (60b)

32.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, glanced away behind square

England 144/3   IR Bell 28* (61b)

33.3

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump, batsman mistimes his cut shot to cover point, takes an easy single

England 147/4   IR Bell 29* (62b)

34.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, length ball on the off stump, pushed on the front-foot to point

34.5

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, pushed back to the bowler

34.6

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, length ball on the off stump, driven back to the bowler

England 149/4   IR Bell 29* (65b)

35.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, driven on the front-foot to long-off

35.4

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, driven to long-on on the front-foot

England 153/4   IR Bell 31* (67b)

36.1

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet and drives to long on for a single

36.3

Jayasuriya to Bell, FOUR, uses his feet and takes it on the full and plays to the midwicket fence, good shot, england looking to up the tempo

36.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run

36.5

Jayasuriya to Bell, 2 runs, cut away to deep point, comes back for the second run

36.6

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, turned away to square leg for a single

England 162/4   IR Bell 39* (72b 1x4)

37.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, tossed right up on the legs, looking to play to the on side, off the pad

37.2

Bandara to Bell, FOUR, spins wide and too short, cuts well behind point, ball races to the fence, well played, a welcome boundary

37.3

Bandara to Bell, no run, pushes to mid on

37.4

Bandara to Bell, no run, tossed up, plays it back to the bowler

37.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, turned away to midwicket, Jayawardene dives and makes a good stop

37.6

Bandara to Bell, no run, tossed right up in the block-hole, digs it out back down the track

England 166/4   IR Bell 43* (78b 2x4)

38.3

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, a full toss, Bell misses it, off the boot back down the track

38.4

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, driven to long off, one hand off the handle

England 168/4   IR Bell 44* (80b 2x4)

39.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, flat delivery, pushes to backward-point

39.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet and drives well down the ground to long on

39.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, uses his feet and takes it on the full and drives it back

39.6

Bandara to Bell, no run, uses his feet once again, looking to drive over the fielder, plays it back to the bowler

England 172/4   IR Bell 45* (84b 2x4)

40.2

Jayasuriya to Bell, 2 runs, takes it on the full and drives wide of long on for a single

40.3

Jayasuriya to Bell, 3 runs, well played, reverse sweeps well past the short thirdman to the deep, brings up Bell's 50

40.5

Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, turned away to Jayawardene at midwicket

40.6

Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, tossed right up, driven down the ground to long on

England 180/4   IR Bell 51* (88b 2x4)

41.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, keeps low outside the off stump, plays and misses

41.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet and takes it on the full and drives to long on

41.6

Bandara to Bell, 2 runs, uses his feet well once again and takes it on the full and drives wide of long off, comes back for the second run, good running

England 190/4   IR Bell 54* (91b 2x4)

42.2

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full and bit wide, pushes to the cover-point and takes a quick single, Dilshan running in cannot prevent the single

42.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, banged in short, Bell gets out of the way.

42.6

Malinga to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, drives it back well down the track, hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, deflects to extra-cover

England 193/4   IR Bell 55* (94b 2x4)

43.4

Vaas to Bell, 1 run, pushes to midwicket for a quick single, Jayawarden picks up the ball and has a shy at the stumps, misses it, that was a close thing

England 203/4   IR Bell 56* (95b 2x4)

44.3

Malinga to Bell, 4 leg byes, full and on the legs, misses the tickle, brushes the pad and runs down to fine leg fence, a bad delivery from Malinga

44.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, wide outside the off stump, Bell cuts and misses, through to Sangakkara

44.5

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, full delivery, Bell looks to drive, gets a thickish inside edge, goes behind square leg, comes back for the second run, a bad throw from Bandara gets Bell the second run easily.

44.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, runs it down to thirdman for a single

England 216/5   IR Bell 59* (99b 2x4)

45.1

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, pushes to long off for a single

45.3

Fernando to Bell, no run, yorker length on the stumps, Bell makes room and looks to play through extra-cover, digs it out to the off side

45.4

Fernando to Bell, 2 runs, fuller delivery, hits it well this time, driven wide of long off for a couple of runs, Vaas runs around and does well

45.5

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, extra bounce outside the off stump, looking to play it over the fielders, gets the edge to thirdman.

England 221/5   IR Bell 63* (103b 2x4)

46.1

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, good shot, full and straight, Bell hits it well down the track to long on, comes back for the second run

46.2

Malinga to Bell, 2 runs, full and straight, Bell makes room and drives well to deep extra-cover, Maharoof fields the ball

46.3

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, makes room and this time pulls to midwicket and takes off for a quick single, Jayasuriya standing at the edge of the inner circle.

46.5

Malinga to Bell, FOUR, smashed over the extra-cover, full and straight, Bell makes room and drives well in the air over the fielder to the fence, good shot

46.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full and straight, driven to Jayawardene at extra-cover, who picks up the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end, referred to third Umpire for a run out. NOT OUT flashes on the screen, there was a doubt whether the bat was grounded or not.

England 236/5   IR Bell 73* (108b 3x4)

47.1

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, makes room and cuts to point, they take the single

47.6

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off for a single

England 245/5   IR Bell 75* (110b 3x4)

48.1

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full and straight, Bell makes room, gets the edge to short fine leg, well bowled Malinga

48.4

Malinga to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, driven hard straight back down the track, Malinga stops it well on his follow through

48.5

Malinga to Bell, no run, excellent delivery, keeping it full, misses the leg stump, goes to Sangakkara behind the stumps.

48.6

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, OUT, RUN OUT! full ball, Bell makes room and drives in the air to deep point, Maharoof quickly picks up the ball and throws it in to the striker's end, Sangakkara collects it and whips off the bails, referred to the third Umpire, OUT flashes on the screen, Bell is just short of the crease.

IR Bell run out 77 (155m 114b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.54

England 252/6   IR Bell 77 (114b 3x4)
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
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Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 46 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 20, 2006
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Jun 24, 2006

Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to a convincing win - and wrapped up the series, England v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street, June 24, 2006

Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to a convincing win - and wrapped up the series

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Jun 24, 2006

Alex Loudon in action, England v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street, June 24, 2006

Alex Loudon in action

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