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

0.4

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, way outside off stump. More trouble with the radar

0.4

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, better, straight and into the batsman's body

0.5

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, bouncer, and close to being another wide but the umpires glance at each other and let it go

0.6

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 run, good running. Dropped into the covers, quick call and rushed through

Sri Lanka 5/0   SJ Harmison 1-0-5-0

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

2.3

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run

2.4

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya hurried by shortish ball into his body

2.5

Harmison to Jayasuriya, no run, Harmison seems a bit more settled

2.6

Harmison to Jayasuriya, 1 run, scampered single into the covers

Sri Lanka 18/0   SJ Harmison 2-0-8-0

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

4.5

Harmison to Jayasuriya, OUT, Well I never. Short and wide outside off stump, slashed hard by Jayasuriya straight to the man two yards in on the deep cover boundary who barely had to move. Inspired field placing.

ST Jayasuriya c Dalrymple b Harmison 14 (21m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

4.6

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

Sri Lanka 25/1   SJ Harmison 3-0-11-1

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

6.4

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

6.5

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

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   SJ Harmison 4-0-16-1

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.

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   SJ Harmison 5-0-21-1

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

14.3

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

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   SJ Harmison 6-0-33-1

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.

26.2

Harmison to Sangakkara, no run

26.3

Harmison to Sangakkara, no run

26.4

Harmison to Sangakkara, 1 run

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   SJ Harmison 7-0-35-1

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.

28.2

Harmison to Sangakkara, OUT, around the wicket, steep bounce and it’s too good for Sangakkara who flashes high and hard and the ball arcs through to Jones.

KC Sangakkara c †Jones b Harmison 7 (17m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

28.3

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, more steep bounce and the ball sails through to the keeper. This is good stuff, Harmison has come back well after his opening spell which included six wides.

28.4

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, same again from Harmison, Dilshan must feel very welcome here

28.5

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan finally gets bat on ball. Harmison is in menacing form.

28.6

Harmison to Dilshan, no run, a good leave. Dilshan lets the ball sail on through to the keeper

Sri Lanka 173/3   SJ Harmison 8-0-36-2

46.1

Harmison to Bandara, no run, Harmison looks better with the old ball. Right on the button first up

46.2

Harmison to Bandara, no run, and again

46.3

Harmison to Bandara, FOUR, pushed straight, Harmison tried to stop it with his boot and it then races past a diving Trescothick and mid-off. It was barely more than a defensive prod.

46.4

Harmison to Bandara, 1 wide, down the leg side again. You have to ask what the bowling coach is doing between matches ...

46.4

Harmison to Bandara, 1 run

46.5

Harmison to Maharoof, 1 run, single to Trescothick who has been pushed back at long-off

46.6

Harmison to Bandara, no run, defensive prod into the covers, seven off the over

Sri Lanka 275/7   SJ Harmison 9-0-43-2

48.1

Harmison to Maharoof, 1 run, gives himself room, Harmison follows him, and the ball is driven to deepish mid-on

48.2

Harmison to Bandara, no run, getting a bit carried away, Bandara aims a shot that would have sent the ball into Accrington and misses

48.3

Harmison to Bandara, 1 run, tip and run to get Maharoof back on strike

48.4

Harmison to Maharoof, 2 runs, chucked everything at it and the ball went high into space on the off for two

48.5

Harmison to Maharoof, no run, Harmison again followed the batsman as he made room, and went between his legs. Would have been a wide in normal circumstances

48.6

Harmison to Maharoof, FOUR, big swing and smacked past Harmison who wisely opts to remove his hand from the path of the ball. No call for heroics at this stage

Sri Lanka 298/7   SJ Harmison 10-0-51-2
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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