Sri Lanka tour of England, 4th ODI: England v Sri Lanka at Manchester, Jun 28, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 33 runs
28 June 2006 (50-over match)
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   LE Plunkett 1-0-14-0
11.1

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

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

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   LE Plunkett 2-0-19-0
13.1

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

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

13.3

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

13.5

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

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   LE Plunkett 3-0-23-0
15.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run

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

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   LE Plunkett 4-0-29-0
30.1

Plunkett to Dilshan, 1 run, miscued pull, spliced into space on the on-side.

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.

30.4

Plunkett to Dilshan, FOUR, wide delivery, cut down through point and bobbles on the second bounce, past a luckless Bresnan who slips and lands on his back

30.5

Plunkett to Dilshan, 1 run

30.6

Plunkett to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 191/3   LE Plunkett 5-0-40-0
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

32.3

Plunkett to Dilshan, no run

32.4

Plunkett to Dilshan, OUT, straight, true and Plunkett gets the reward – the off-stump is pegged back. Dilshan was trying to make room for himself.

TM Dilshan b Plunkett 7 (37m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

32.5

Plunkett to Arnold, 1 run

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   LE Plunkett 6-0-43-1
41.1

Plunkett to Maharoof, 1 run, wide but not timed into the covers

41.2

Plunkett to Vaas, no run, forced onto the back foot

41.3

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 wide, just what England needed, a clear-cut wide that only swung away from the left-hander and got even wider

41.3

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, squeezed out into the covers

41.4

Plunkett to Maharoof, no run, well, it was straight at least

41.5

Plunkett to Maharoof, FOUR, genuine edge that would have been swallowed by a slip but England cannot afford such a luxury with the bowlers so wayward

41.6

Plunkett to Maharoof, 1 run

Sri Lanka 243/6   LE Plunkett 7-0-51-1
43.1

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, inside edge bounces just behind the stumps and Jones considers shying at the bowler’s end but with no one backing up, opts not to

43.2

Plunkett to Maharoof, no run, a pull which looked the business but he barely connected. One for the photographers

43.3

Plunkett to Maharoof, no run

43.4

Plunkett to Maharoof, 1 run, Sri Lanka taking singles almost at will, and they had such a good start that that will give them a formidable score

43.5

Plunkett to Vaas, OUT, shaped to run the ball towards third man, possibly bounced a bit more than he expected, and a thickish edge straight to Jones

WPUJC Vaas c †Jones b Plunkett 7 (23m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

43.6

Plunkett to Bandara, no run, a straight ball to end a much better over from Plunkett

Sri Lanka 250/7   LE Plunkett 8-0-53-2
45.1

Plunkett to Bandara, 1 run

45.2

Plunkett to Maharoof, 1 run, yorker well dug out and a scampered single as the ball bobbled to mid-on

45.3

Plunkett to Bandara, no run, bouncer which the batsman does a limbo to

45.4

Plunkett to Bandara, 1 run, short again but fenced down second bounce to third man

45.5

Plunkett to Maharoof, FOUR, pitched up and Maharoof cracks it to the extra-cover boundary with real venom

45.6

Plunkett to Maharoof, no run, tried the same again but with less power and the man brought in for that shot saves the single

Sri Lanka 268/7   LE Plunkett 9-0-60-2
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