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

4.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Clipped off middle and leg square on the leg side for a couple

Sri Lanka 25/1   DPMD Jayawardene 2* (1b)

6.4

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and gloved down the leg side to fine leg

6.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, little more than a prod, but wonderfully timed and Cook made to chase it all the way as the ball seemed to taunt him by not slowing down

Sri Lanka 37/1   DPMD Jayawardene 5* (3b)

8.1

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Leg side and a wide. Harmison undone by having to start bowling to a right hander after just getting used to a pair of lefties

8.1

Harmison to Jayawardene, 2 runs

8.2

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 run, Whipped from outside off stump, straight to Bell at square leg – just above head height - and the ball goers straight in straight out again. It was going quickly but at this level, it should be held. In club cricket you would duck.

Sri Lanka 45/1   DPMD Jayawardene 8* (5b)

9.1

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 wide, It’s catching. He starts with a leg-side wide.

9.1

Plunkett to Jayawardene, FOUR, Too much width and hammered off the front foot over the cover fielders for four

9.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Not one out of the coaching book but worked to leg as he gave himself room. Like Ian Dowie, ugly but effective

9.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, FOUR, Lovely wristy flick through midwicket. That was the beauty to the previous shot's beast

9.4

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

9.5

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 2 runs, chipped over mid-on for two

9.6

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, yet again , Plunkett gives Jayawardene plenty of width and he runs the ball to third man. A poor first over.

Sri Lanka 60/1   DPMD Jayawardene 21* (11b 2x4)

10.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, bad start, wide and launched over extra cover for four

10.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, proded past Dalrymple at a diving point

10.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, AGH! Uncontrolled drive which flew high to Dalrymple at point and he parried the chance and slipped as he tried to scamper for the rebound. Might be harsh, but you suspect that Collingwood, who normally fields there, would have held it

10.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 68/1   DPMD Jayawardene 28* (15b 3x4)

11.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, Driven firmly to Strauss at mid-off, clean pick up and shy at the stumps which would have left Jayawardene two yards short had he hit

Sri Lanka 70/1   DPMD Jayawardene 29* (16b 3x4)

13.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, gave himself room and slashed to third man. The last time I saw a batsman move that far to leg was in the Caribbean when my club captain was cowering after smacking a fast man over the top for four

13.5

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, again down the pitch but not fielded cleanly at short fine-leg

Sri Lanka 90/1   DPMD Jayawardene 31* (18b 3x4)

14.1

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run

14.2

Harmison to Jayawardene, 3 runs, lofted drive over mid-on, plugged on landing in a way which would have impressed Tiger Woods and stopped inches short of the rope

14.4

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 wide, another wide down the leg, Harmison's 18th of the series. The stats keep coming

14.4

Harmison to Jayawardene, 2 runs, controlled edge down to third man where Plunkett made a superb diving stop to his left

14.5

Harmison to Jayawardene, FOUR, wide ball slashed squarer and Plunkett could only watch that race away to his right

14.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 102/1   DPMD Jayawardene 40* (23b 4x4)

15.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

15.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, opened the face of the bat and driven to the cover sweeper

Sri Lanka 104/1   DPMD Jayawardene 41* (25b 4x4)

16.1

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run

16.3

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jawaydene came down the pitch and chipped from high on the bat just over a tumbling Solanki at midwicket

Sri Lanka 111/1   DPMD Jayawardene 43* (27b 4x4)

17.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run

17.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, better line and length

17.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, flicked in the air on the leg but once through the infield it was four all the way

17.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run

17.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, too much width and an easy two to bring up Jayawardene’s 50 off only 32 balls

Sri Lanka 123/1   DPMD Jayawardene 50* (32b 5x4)

18.3

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, a carbon copy of the previous shot, only in reverse

Sri Lanka 125/1   DPMD Jayawardene 51* (33b 5x4)

19.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, dainty flick to the leg side

19.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, tip-and-run to the off side

19.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, whoa … slumber disturbed by a raucous appeal for leg-before as batsman shaped to turn to leg but not close enough

Sri Lanka 133/1   DPMD Jayawardene 54* (36b 5x4)

20.4

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, no run

20.5

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven past a diving bowler to long-on

Sri Lanka 135/1   DPMD Jayawardene 55* (38b 5x4)

21.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, tucked down to third man

21.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, pulled to the square leg boundary

Sri Lanka 140/1   DPMD Jayawardene 57* (40b 5x4)

22.1

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, no run, attempted reverse sweep just hits his bat

22.2

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, FOUR, that’s better. Steps and slaps the ball with consummate control over midwicket

22.3

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, no run, the ball just comes on with the arm

22.4

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 2 runs, pulls out the sweep from his locker

22.5

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, cheeky aerial dink into space

Sri Lanka 147/1   DPMD Jayawardene 64* (45b 6x4)

23.1

Solanki to Jayawardene, 1 run, How rude of me not to say hello. Hello. Now, you’ve got to feel for Cook and I, making our debuts in this dead rubber. Still, at least the kettle’s only a short hop for me – and my colleagues. Subtlety was never my strong suit.

Vikram Solanki is introduced here for a bit of variety and his part-time offspin

23.5

Solanki to Jayawardene, 1 run

Sri Lanka 155/1   DPMD Jayawardene 66* (47b 6x4)

24.3

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Bresnan cuts off the ball on the square-leg boundary

24.4

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run

Sri Lanka 160/1   DPMD Jayawardene 69* (49b 6x4)

25.6

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 run, bowling to the righthander this time, Ali goes down his legside and Jayawardene helps the ball into midwicket

Sri Lanka 165/2   DPMD Jayawardene 70* (50b 6x4)

26.1

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 run, tucked up, but still scrambles a single. A slip has been moved in for Harmison as the Solanki experiment ends. It’s getting very gloomy at Old Trafford, and so is the weather, boom boom.

26.5

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run

26.6

Harmison to Jayawardene, no run, stroked firmly to cover, but it’s scooped up and that’s a better over, with just two runs from it.

Sri Lanka 167/2   DPMD Jayawardene 71* (53b 6x4)

27.3

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, darted in at his legs, but digs out a leg bye

27.5

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 run, helped into the mid-wicket area.

Sri Lanka 172/2   DPMD Jayawardene 72* (55b 6x4)

28.1

Harmison to Jayawardene, 1 run, handsome late cut to deep third man. Less gorgeous is the rain that's starting to fall at Old Trafford.

Sri Lanka 173/2   DPMD Jayawardene 73* (56b 6x4)

29.1

Ali to Jayawardene, 2 runs, clipped behind square for easy runs.

29.2

Ali to Jayawardene, no run, mix-up avoided as the batsmen set off for a quick single, but decide to go back. A wise move.

29.3

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 wide, tries to go wide of the crease, and ends up just bowling wide. Rubbish

29.3

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 wide, two come along at once: another leg-side wide from Ali.

29.3

Ali to Jayawardene, 2 runs, the full face of the bat on view as Jayawardene administers a straight drive.

29.4

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 run, played off his hips through midwicket. He’s batting really nicely here, but he won’t be impressed with Dilshan running one short. Not the sort of thing you expect to see at international level.

29.5

Ali to Jayawardene, no run

29.6

Ali to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 180/3   DPMD Jayawardene 78* (62b 6x4)

30.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, FOUR, beautiful pull shot. Fully in control, helps a poor delivery just behind square. Have some of that.

30.3

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 run, lovely drive through cover. But that will be that for a while as rain plays spoilsport at Old Trafford. The covers are pulled on very quickly - the groundstaff could definitely give those well-drilled packs at Wimbledon a run for their money - but then again they will need to be fast: it's very squelchy around the wicket area.

The umpires have had a look at conditions – it’s still raining, but less heavily than before. We could be on for a restart soonish.

While we’re all waiting for play to resume why not read Tim de Lisle’s excellent piece on England’s one-day woes?

Hurrah! The covers are coming off.

30.6

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 191/3   DPMD Jayawardene 83* (65b 7x4)

31.3

Ali to Jayawardene, no run

31.4

Ali to Jayawardene, no run

31.5

Ali to Jayawardene, 2 runs

31.6

Ali to Jayawardene, 1 run, steer into the midwicket area.

A tidy over from Ali, but Sri Lanka are still very much in the ascendancy, with Jayawardene comfortable and heading towards his century.

Sri Lanka 195/3   DPMD Jayawardene 86* (69b 7x4)

32.1

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run, a wristy waft, fails to connect. Good area from Plunkett, the ball heads just over off-stump.

32.2

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye

32.6

Plunkett to Jayawardene, 2 runs, a neat flick through leg, where Cook is waiting to grab the ball and fire it in back.

Sri Lanka 199/4   DPMD Jayawardene 88* (72b 7x4)

33.2

Bell to Jayawardene, no run

33.3

Bell to Jayawardene, 1 run

33.6

Bell to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 202/4   DPMD Jayawardene 89* (75b 7x4)

34.2

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run

34.4

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Jayawardene steps forward and forces it away behind point, no room for a single there

34.5

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, no run, worked away off the pads to the square leg region

34.6

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, 1 run, better line and length, Jayawardene looking to work it way on the leg side closes the face of the bat bit too early and the leading edge goes past the bowler, close call

Sri Lanka 209/4   DPMD Jayawardene 91* (79b 7x4)

35.1

Bell to Jayawardene, FOUR, short ball, drifting onto middle and leg, Jayawardene waits for the ball and the at the last possible moment spoons it away to the fine leg fence, lovely shot

35.2

Bell to Jayawardene, 1 run, again worked away in a similar fashion to the deep square leg region

35.6

Bell to Jayawardene, FOUR, swivel pull for his hundred. Well batted that man; that’s two hundreds on the bounce. He needed just 82 deliveries to do it, in a knock that included nine fours. It’s been a joy to watch. Top timing.

Sri Lanka 219/5   DPMD Jayawardene 100* (82b 9x4)

36.4

Dalrymple to Jayawardene, OUT, simplest return catch popped up and there’s no mistake made by the bowler who snaffles the leading edge. Jayawardene’s cross with himself, but he needn’t be – that’s been a lovely innings and he’s left his team in a strong position to hit the 300-mark.

DPMD Jayawardene c & b Dalrymple 100 (155m 83b 9x4 0x6) SR: 120.48

Sri Lanka 220/6   DPMD Jayawardene 100 (83b 9x4)
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England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 20, 2006
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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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