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

1.1

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Kabir Ali starts with a ball just short outside off stump and Jayasuriya punches it through the covers for four

1.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, even wider, and a controlled cut placed behind square which evades a tumbling third man

1.3

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, better … and quicker (84mph) which the batsmen felt for and missed

1.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length and pushed defensively into the off side

1.5

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, beat defensive prod and loud appeal, but going over the top

1.6

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, good recovery from Kabir Ali, straight and on a length

Sri Lanka 13/0   Kabir Ali 1-0-8-0

3.1

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, driven to short extra cover

3.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, again a fuller length and pushed to mid off

3.3

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, a yard fuller and that makes all the difference as Jayasuriya unleashes a lovely drive which flies to the boundary

3.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, again overpitched but this time the batsmen makes a mess of it

3.5

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run

3.6

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run

Sri Lanka 22/0   Kabir Ali 2-0-12-0

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   Kabir Ali 3-0-19-0

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   Kabir Ali 4-0-23-0

25.1

Ali to Sangakkara, no run

25.2

Ali to Sangakkara, no run

25.3

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, Ali tucks Sangakkara up and he pushes to short mid-wicket

25.4

Ali to Sangakkara, 2 runs, this time Sangakkara gets the ball away through mid-wicket although he didn’t quite time it

25.5

Ali to Sangakkara, 1 run, through the on-side again, as Ali’s line strays a touch down leg once more

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   Kabir Ali 5-0-27-0

27.1

Ali to Sangakkara, no run

27.2

Ali to Sangakkara, 1 run, whipped through square

27.3

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

27.4

Ali to Sangakkara, no run

27.5

Ali to Sangakkara, (no ball) 1 run, not a great ball, down leg, and a no-ball to boot.

27.5

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

27.6

Ali to Sangakkara, no run, flick of the wrist to cover.

Sri Lanka 172/2   Kabir Ali 6-0-31-0

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   Kabir Ali 7-0-38-0

31.1

Ali to Dilshan, no run

31.2

Ali to Dilshan, 1 run

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   Kabir Ali 8-0-42-0

47.1

Ali to Maharoof, FOUR, dreadful ball – a full toss – but superbly dispatched over extra cover for a two-bounce boundary

47.2

Ali to Maharoof, 1 run, aimed to leg but it looped over Strauss’s head at extra cover

47.3

Ali to Bandara, FOUR, this is pathetic from an international bowler. A second waist-high full toss edged for four to third man

47.4

Ali to Bandara, SIX, a slow ball, pitched up and lofted with ease ten rows back over long-on. Four balls, 15 runs.

47.5

Ali to Bandara, no run, a dot ball!

47.6

Ali to Bandara, no run, a good slower ball to finish an otherwise dismal over

Sri Lanka 290/7   Kabir Ali 9-0-57-0

49.1

Ali to Bandara, 1 run, another full toss, but only a single this time

49.2

Ali to Maharoof, SIX, yet another full toss and it got all it deserved, hammered for six over square leg. Maharoof brings up his fifty and his side’s 300. Ali is dreadful.

49.3

Ali to Maharoof, SIX, Ali overcompensates with a short slower ball which is thwacked into the crowd at midwicket.

49.4

Ali to Maharoof, (no ball) 1 run, guess … go on. Yes, a full toss which Maharoof skies and Jones runs round to take a catch .. but rightly called a no-ball

49.4

Ali to Bandara, FOUR, the good news is that it actually pitched. The bad news is that it was short and pulled square for another four

49.5

Ali to Bandara, 1 run, another full toss, hit square. It should have been called as it was above waist height but the umpire clearly wants to get off before sunset

49.6

Ali to Maharoof, no run, a dot ball to end an over which produced 20 runs.

Sri Lanka 318/7   Kabir Ali 10-0-77-0
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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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