Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 4th match

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 33 runs

0.1

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, feisty start from Harmison, short and it struck a leaping Tharanga on the shoulder

0.2

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, swinging across the left-hander and safely left

0.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, here we go again. wide down the leg side

0.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, ... and again. Harmison really struggles to control the new ball

0.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, driven unconvincingly through the vacant third slip area for a single to third man

Sri Lanka 3/0   WU Tharanga 1* (3b)

2.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, this defies belief. Harmison back aiming at first slip and on target

2.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 2 leg byes, now, that’s more like it. A fast and accurate bouncer which cracks the batsman on the helmet as he took uncertain evasive action, and flew over the keeper for leg byes

2.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, slightly down the leg, clipped for a single

Sri Lanka 17/0   WU Tharanga 2* (5b)

4.1

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, wide and short and an rather undignified swish by Tharanga which he misses

4.2

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, After the third ball Harmison switched to round the wicket and seems to have sorted out his line at least

4.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, short and Tharanga left groping at air outside off stump

4.4

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 23/0   WU Tharanga 3* (9b)

5.1

Ali to Tharanga, no run, Left - but not too wide of his off stump

5.2

Ali to Tharanga, no run

5.3

Ali to Tharanga, no run, again just outside the off stump and swinging away from the left hander who leaves it

5.4

Ali to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to avoid the packed off side by working the ball straight but not timed

5.5

Ali to Tharanga, FOUR, Too wide and driven with conviction through extra cover

5.6

Ali to Tharanga, 3 runs, A gentle push which evades Solanki at backward point and races across the outfield and Harmison had to make a rather undignified sprawling stop on the boundary. He gets up with all the agility of a grounded giraffe

Sri Lanka 32/1   WU Tharanga 10* (15b 1x4)

6.1

Harmison to Tharanga, no run

6.2

Harmison to Tharanga, no run

6.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed into the off. That dive at the end of the previous over appears to have hurt Harmison a little and he looks a bit pained

6.5

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, edged through the vacant third slip area ... that's two at catching height through there to date

Sri Lanka 35/1   WU Tharanga 12* (19b 1x4)

7.1

Ali to Tharanga, no run

7.2

Ali to Tharanga, no run, Leg side, driven wide of mid-on where Plunkett dives but doesn’t stop cleanly

7.3

Ali to Tharanga, FOUR, Driven on the up over extra cover. Ali not bowling badly but his figures undone by one four ball an over

7.4

Ali to Tharanga, no run, Ali responds with a good, quick ball

7.5

Ali to Tharanga, no run, Clipped to leg but no single depsite a second of confusion between the two

7.6

Ali to Tharanga, no run

Sri Lanka 41/1   WU Tharanga 16* (25b 2x4)

8.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run

8.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run

8.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, Again, Harmison looking more at home bowling to the left hander

8.6

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, Well, until he sprays the ball down the leg side, that is

8.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to get onto the front foot but Harmison just too short to do that to

Sri Lanka 46/1   WU Tharanga 16* (29b 2x4)

10.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run

10.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 68/1   WU Tharanga 17* (31b 2x4)

11.1

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

11.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

11.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

11.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, 2 runs, Edged drive wide to the left of Solanki at backward point and Bresnan picks up on the boundary and falls over in the process

11.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, Slashed over backward point and only a couple of yards short of the inrushing Bresnan and third man

Sri Lanka 73/1   WU Tharanga 21* (36b 2x4)

12.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, 2 runs, punched into the covers

12.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run

12.3

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely drive through extra cover. He thrives on width but has looked less easy when it’s straight … but England’s bowlers have not been consistent enough to tie him down

12.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, FOUR, a bit more of a slash, made room and launched over the ring in the covers

12.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, now that was ugly, moved to leg, aimed a swish and got nothing

12.6

Bresnan to Tharanga, 3 runs, bit of a heave but it was effective, through wide midwicket where Harmison chugged after it

Sri Lanka 86/1   WU Tharanga 34* (42b 4x4)

13.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, through Solanki at backward point

13.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

13.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, walked down the track and smacked through Dalrymple in the covers. The bowler unimpressed

13.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, now Tharanga on the move as Plunkett bowls. Only four off the over which is a result of sorts

Sri Lanka 90/1   WU Tharanga 36* (46b 4x4)

14.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, Harmison responds with a wide, England's 58th of the series so far, Cricinfo's answer to Bill Frindall tells me

14.3

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, flicked to leg for a walked single

Sri Lanka 95/1   WU Tharanga 37* (47b 4x4)

15.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run

15.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

15.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, 2 runs, driven through the covers and Bell scurries round from sweeper to field

15.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 2 runs, Tharanga makes room and squeezes through the covers for another couple

Sri Lanka 108/1   WU Tharanga 42* (51b 4x4)

16.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 leg bye

16.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

16.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

16.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, FOUR, deftly run through the slips for four. The PA pumps out The Heat Is On. They’re not wrong

Sri Lanka 115/1   WU Tharanga 46* (55b 5x4)

17.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 117/1   WU Tharanga 47* (56b 5x4)

18.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

18.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, wristy flick to leg and easy single

18.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

18.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 2 runs, overpitched and a comfortable sweep to bring up Tharanga’s fifty off 60 balls. These two have now added 104 off 84 balls

18.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 128/1   WU Tharanga 51* (61b 5x4)

19.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run

19.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, we've reached that stage when it's easy singles and all a bit soporific

19.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, more of the same

Sri Lanka 133/1   WU Tharanga 53* (64b 5x4)

20.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

20.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga used his feet but Dalrymple saw him coming and floated ball into his feet

20.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run

20.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 136/1   WU Tharanga 55* (68b 5x4)

21.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run

21.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, rocketed to deep cover, but Bell slides to keep it a single

21.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run

21.5

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, edged to third man

Sri Lanka 139/1   WU Tharanga 57* (72b 5x4)

22.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

Sri Lanka 147/1   WU Tharanga 57* (73b 5x4)

23.2

Solanki to Tharanga, 5 wides, ouch.

23.2

Solanki to Tharanga, no run

23.3

Solanki to Tharanga, no run

23.4

Solanki to Tharanga, 1 run, straight through mid-off

23.6

Solanki to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 156/1   WU Tharanga 59* (77b 5x4)

24.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, beats the outside edge. A bit of turn there, leaving the left-handed Tharanga and Jones whips the bails off, just to show he can.

24.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run

24.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, OUT, Tharanga gives himself room and takes a few steps on the charge, only to find Solanki at extra-cover who takes a straightforward catch. A badly needed breakthrough for England.

WU Tharanga c Solanki b Dalrymple 60 (105m 80b 5x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Sri Lanka 160/2   WU Tharanga 60 (80b 5x4)
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 28, 2006

Ian Bell is stumped as England are lost for answers, England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Old Trafford, June 28, 2006

Ian Bell is stumped as England are lost for answers

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Jun 28, 2006

Alastair Cook made 39 on a snappy debut, but it was far from enough to help England, England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Old Trafford, June 28, 2006

Alastair Cook made 39 on a snappy debut, but it was far from enough to help England

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