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

Sri Lanka 9/0   ST Jayasuriya 5* (4b 1x4)   Kabir Ali 0.1-0-4-0

1.2

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

Sri Lanka 13/0   ST Jayasuriya 9* (5b 2x4)   Kabir Ali 0.2-0-8-0

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

Sri Lanka 22/0   ST Jayasuriya 14* (16b 3x4)   Kabir Ali 1.3-0-12-0

5.5

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

Sri Lanka 29/1   WU Tharanga 7* (14b 1x4)   Kabir Ali 2.5-0-16-0

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

Sri Lanka 41/1   WU Tharanga 16* (22b 2x4)   Kabir Ali 3.3-0-23-0

9.1

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

Sri Lanka 51/1   DPMD Jayawardene 12* (6b 1x4)   LE Plunkett 0.1-0-5-0

9.3

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

Sri Lanka 57/1   DPMD Jayawardene 18* (8b 2x4)   LE Plunkett 0.3-0-11-0

10.1

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

Sri Lanka 64/1   DPMD Jayawardene 25* (12b 3x4)   TT Bresnan 0.1-0-4-0

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

Sri Lanka 79/1   WU Tharanga 27* (39b 3x4)   TT Bresnan 1.3-0-14-0

12.4

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

Sri Lanka 83/1   WU Tharanga 31* (40b 4x4)   TT Bresnan 1.4-0-18-0

14.5

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

Sri Lanka 102/1   DPMD Jayawardene 40* (22b 4x4)   SJ Harmison 5.5-0-33-1

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)   JWM Dalrymple 1-0-6-0

17.4

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

Sri Lanka 121/1   DPMD Jayawardene 48* (30b 5x4)   TT Bresnan 2.4-0-27-0

22.2

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

Sri Lanka 144/1   DPMD Jayawardene 61* (42b 6x4)   JWM Dalrymple 3.2-0-18-0

30.2

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

Sri Lanka 185/3   DPMD Jayawardene 82* (63b 7x4)   LE Plunkett 4.2-0-34-0

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

Sri Lanka 190/3   TM Dilshan 5* (6b 1x4)   LE Plunkett 4.4-0-39-0

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

Sri Lanka 213/4   DPMD Jayawardene 95* (80b 8x4)   IR Bell 1.1-0-7-0

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)   IR Bell 2-0-13-1

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

Sri Lanka 242/6   MF Maharoof 17* (26b 1x4)   LE Plunkett 6.5-0-50-1

44.4

Bresnan to Maharoof, FOUR, in the air, wide a diving Solanki at backward point and Dalrymple’s lunge on the boundary cannot quite stop the four

Sri Lanka 256/7   MF Maharoof 26* (35b 2x4)   TT Bresnan 7.4-0-53-0

45.5

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

Sri Lanka 268/7   MF Maharoof 32* (38b 3x4)   LE Plunkett 8.5-0-60-2

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.

Sri Lanka 272/7   HMCM Bandara 10* (11b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 8.3-0-40-2

47.1

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

Sri Lanka 279/7   MF Maharoof 37* (41b 4x4)   Kabir Ali 8.1-0-46-0

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

Sri Lanka 284/7   HMCM Bandara 15* (14b 2x4)   Kabir Ali 8.3-0-51-0

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   MF Maharoof 45* (46b 5x4)   SJ Harmison 10-0-51-2

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

Sri Lanka 317/7   HMCM Bandara 27* (21b 3x4 1x6)   Kabir Ali 9.4-0-76-0
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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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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