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

Welcome back, hope you had a fun half-hour and aren’t thinking of leaving, like some of the crowd at Old Trafford look like doing, says our man at the ground. You can’t blame them, in some ways: England face a mountainous, um, mountain.

0.1

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, good shape, bends past Trescothick’s bat. The batsman did leave it, though.

0.2

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, dab to third man to get off the mark

0.3

Vaas to Cook, no run

0.4

Vaas to Cook, FOUR, big flash just past a diving second slip. Finds the boundary.

0.5

Vaas to Cook, no run

0.6

Vaas to Cook, 1 run, push to cover, Jayasuriya bends down and fumbles with his right hand. They look for two, but choose not to run on a misfield, as a wise man must have once told them. But Trescothick wasn't listening when same said wise man suggested 'Always run the first one hard' - he just jogged.

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0 (313 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.38)
AN Cook    5* (4b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-6-0
ME Trescothick    1* (2b)     

1.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, good start from Malinga, pace and movement back into the left-handed Cook who bends double.

1.2

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, a hurried single, but Cook’s bat was well-grounded running to the non-striker’s end.

1.3

Malinga to Trescothick, no run

1.4

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, on the button again and Trescothick moves on to his backfoot to show a perfect defensive.

1.5

Malinga to Trescothick, no run

1.6

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, firm defensive. Good first over from Malinga, hostile and on the money.

End of over 2 (1 run) England 7/0 (312 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 6.50)
ME Trescothick    1* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-6-0

2.1

Vaas to Cook, 1 run

2.2

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, ball moves away as it rises through to Sangakkara.

2.3

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, confident punch through the covers after coming down the pitch.

2.4

Vaas to Trescothick, FOUR, down the pitch again, this time the well-timed four sails over mid-on; it wasn't a bad ball from Vaas, by any stretch.

2.5

Vaas to Trescothick, no run

2.6

Vaas to Trescothick, no run, tucked up, forced on to the backfoot; good comeback there from Vaas.

End of over 3 (9 runs) England 16/0 (303 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 6.44)
ME Trescothick    9* (11b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-15-0
AN Cook    7* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

3.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, tried to work one through the midwicket, but too straight to be attempting that shot.

3.2

Malinga to Cook, no run

3.3

Malinga to Cook, no run, defensive push, Bandara swoops in the covers.

3.4

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, lucky to get away with that. The ball was banged in, came on to the bat too quickly and Cook’s miscued hook found space at fine leg.

3.5

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 run, a convincing steer to mid-off.

3.6

Malinga to Cook, no run, hard flash, swipes air – luckily for him. Sangakkara pouches the ball.

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 18/0 (301 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.54)
AN Cook    8* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-3-0
ME Trescothick    10* (12b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-0-15-0

4.1

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run

4.2

Vaas to Cook, FOUR, sleekly clipped through mid-wicket.

4.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, big leave.

4.4

Vaas to Cook, no run, tucked up, but gets bat firmly on it.

4.5

Vaas to Cook, no run, good length ball, just outside off-stump. Cook tries to cut it, but there’s not enough width.

4.6

Vaas to Cook, no run

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 23/0 (296 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 6.57)
AN Cook    12* (17b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-20-0
ME Trescothick    11* (13b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-3-0

5.1

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, speared in at yorker length, did well to dig that out with a last-second jab of the bat.

5.2

Malinga to Trescothick, FOUR, beautiful whip over midwicket off a slightly short one.

5.3

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, smashed to cover, but well stopped.

5.4

Malinga to Trescothick, no run

5.5

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, another yorker, dug out: well watched.

5.6

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 run, a touch wide of off-stump and the ball’s helped down to wide third man.

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 28/0 (291 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 6.61)
ME Trescothick    16* (19b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-8-0
AN Cook    12* (17b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-0-20-0

6.1

Vaas to Trescothick, 1 run, a bit of movement away from the left-handed Trescothick, but he gets bat on it and steers it down to third man.

6.2

Vaas to Cook, no run, defensive prod.

6.3

Vaas to Cook, no run, and another defensive push.

6.4

Vaas to Cook, FOUR, strays down leg, slapped fine.

6.5

Vaas to Cook, no run

6.6

Vaas to Cook, FOUR, nice. Smooth. A lovely aerial four over mid-wicket. Like that.

End of over 7 (9 runs) England 37/0 (282 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 6.55)
AN Cook    20* (22b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-29-0
ME Trescothick    17* (20b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-8-0

7.1

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, lash to point, picked up well.

7.2

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 run, lucky, lucky boy. Trescothick shaped to cut a short one which flies straight to Sangkkara who points his gloves up to catch – and just parries the ball down. Let off.

7.3

Malinga to Cook, FOUR, another chance – this time Malinga stretches out his right hand but the ball just eludes him and flies away straight.

7.4

Malinga to Cook, 1 wide, a huge bouncer which is called a wide on height.

7.4

Malinga to Cook, 1 run

7.5

Malinga to Trescothick, FOUR, another four through the covers.

7.6

Malinga to Trescothick, no run

End of over 8 (11 runs) England 48/0 (271 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.45)
ME Trescothick    22* (24b 4x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-19-0
AN Cook    25* (24b 5x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-0-29-0

8.1

Fernando to Cook, no run, starts with a slower ball, defended into the covers.

8.2

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, long hop dragged down, helped round the corner. Great shot.

8.3

Fernando to Cook, 1 run

8.4

Fernando to Trescothick, FOUR, short, wide and got the treatment: crunched through the offside. The fielders had no chance.

8.5

Fernando to Trescothick, no run

8.6

Fernando to Trescothick, 1 run, drops his hands and dinks the ball down for a cheeky single. Clever cricket.

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 58/0 (261 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.44, RRR: 6.36)
ME Trescothick    27* (27b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-10-0
AN Cook    30* (27b 6x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-19-0

9.1

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, nearly gets the wicket he deserves, at last; but Trescothick, fortunately for him, just fails to get an edge on that.

9.2

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, good length ball, fired in at the legs.

9.3

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, splendid yorker, jolly well done. Trescothick gives a wry smile after digging that out - as well he might, he's being tested here.

9.4

Malinga to Trescothick, no run

9.5

Malinga to Trescothick, no run

9.6

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 run, comfortable single. Malinga's bowling really well here, creating chances and difficulties all over the shop, but without having purchased a wicket yet. There's still time...

End of over 10 (1 run) England 59/0 (260 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 6.50)
ME Trescothick    28* (33b 5x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-20-0
AN Cook    30* (27b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-10-0

10.1

Fernando to Trescothick, SIX, one of the most gorgeous shots in cricket. Trescothick steps forward and lifts a sumptuous six, high and straight, and it just plops over the rope.

10.2

Fernando to Trescothick, 1 run

10.3

Fernando to Cook, no run

10.4

Fernando to Cook, no run

10.5

Fernando to Cook, no run

10.6

Fernando to Cook, no run, paddled round fine, for nothing.

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 66/0 (253 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.48)
AN Cook    30* (31b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-17-0
ME Trescothick    35* (35b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-0-20-0

11.1

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 wide, strays down leg, just moved too much.

11.1

Malinga to Trescothick, no run, pulls out of a drive and the ball pops up, but nowhere dangerous.

11.2

Malinga to Trescothick, FOUR, well bowled, but well played, too - squeezed fine for four.

11.3

Malinga to Trescothick, FOUR, a similar story. Dug out a good-length ball and timed it superbly straight for four.

11.4

Malinga to Trescothick, 1 run

11.5

Malinga to Cook, 1 run, another decent delivery which Cook just gets bat on and they run a cheeky single.

11.6

Malinga to Trescothick, OUT, hit with power, but at waist height and to cover. An important wicket for Sri Lanka, and one which had been coming for Malinga. England can’t afford to lose any momentum here, now. Ian Bell strides to the crease.

ME Trescothick c Bandara b Malinga 44 (51m 40b 7x4 1x6) SR: 110.00

End of over 12 (11 runs) England 77/1 (242 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 6.41, RRR: 6.36)
     SL Malinga    6-0-31-1
AN Cook    31* (32b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-17-0

12.1

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, an unusual misfield for the normally safe Dilshan who grasps at air at deep gully and the ball runs for four.

12.2

Fernando to Cook, FOUR, Dilshan dives to his right this time, but there wasn’t much he could do as that ball just races away across the lightning-quick outfield.

12.3

Fernando to Cook, no run, big leave of a wideish ball.

12.4

Fernando to Cook, no run

12.5

Fernando to Cook, no run

12.6

Fernando to Cook, OUT, huge inside edge chopped on to his leg stump, and Cook departs, just 11 runs shy of what would have been his debut half-century. But more importantly there are two new men at the crease - they will need to play themselves in fast.

AN Cook b Fernando 39 (56m 38b 8x4 0x6) SR: 102.63

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 85/2 (234 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.53, RRR: 6.32)
     CRD Fernando    3-0-25-1
IR Bell    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    6-0-31-1

13.1

Vaas to Bell, no run

13.2

Vaas to Bell, no run

13.3

Vaas to Bell, 2 runs, firmly dinked cut, a nice shot.

13.4

Vaas to Bell, no run

13.5

Vaas to Bell, no run

13.6

Vaas to Bell, 2 runs, another chop wide of third man.

England are just about up with the run-rate, but they will need to keep the scoreboard ticking.

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 89/2 (230 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.35, RRR: 6.38)
IR Bell    4* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-33-0
AJ Strauss    0* (0b)      CRD Fernando    3-0-25-1

14.1

Fernando to Strauss, no run

14.2

Fernando to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, Strauss just gets bat on it.

14.3

Fernando to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide and Strauss misses out on that – he mistimes it over to third man.

14.4

Fernando to Bell, no run

14.5

Fernando to Bell, no run, good line and length.

14.6

Fernando to Bell, no run, like a magician with a saw, he cut the big man in half.

Funnily enough, although Sky are talking up England’s chances, I’m already getting that sinking feeling. So it’s probably best that at this point I hand over to the much more chirpy Martin Williamson, who will now impart some cheer to one and all.

End of over 15 (1 run) England 90/2 (229 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.54)
IR Bell    4* (9b)      CRD Fernando    4-0-26-1
AJ Strauss    1* (3b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-0-33-0

15.1

Vaas to Strauss, 2 runs, turned into the gap at midwicket and an easy two

15.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run

one fielder comes across from the off to plug the midwicket gap

15.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run

15.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, straight and cramps Strauss who has no freedom to unwind

15.5

Vaas to Strauss, 2 runs, neatly turned wide of the man at midwicket for two

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End of over 16 (4 runs) England 94/2 (225 runs required from 34.1 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 6.58)
AJ Strauss    5* (8b)      WPUJC Vaas    5.5-0-37-0
IR Bell    4* (9b)      CRD Fernando    4-0-26-1

16.1

Fernando to Bell, no run

16.2

Fernando to Bell, 1 run, driven firmly to long-on

16.3

Fernando to Strauss, FOUR, short and this time Strauss gets the width he craves and he slams the ball to the cover boundary. The music blasts out and the crowd briefly come to life

16.4

Fernando to Strauss, FOUR, carbon copy of the previous ball and the shot, and this time the crowd does show some genuine enthusiasm

16.5

Fernando to Strauss, no run, same line but pitched up and Strauss can only squeeze into the covers

16.6

Fernando to Strauss, no run, again a better ball and no runs. And it's time for the first drinks break.

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End of over 17 (9 runs) England 103/2 (216 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.05, RRR: 6.54)
AJ Strauss    13* (12b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-35-1
IR Bell    5* (11b)      WPUJC Vaas    5.5-0-37-0

17.1

Vaas to Bell, 1 run, run down to third man

17.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run, Vaas has taken the pace off the ball, Sangakkara is standing up and Strauss is being tucked up and restricted

17.3

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run

17.4

Vaas to Bell, no run, onto the back foot and played out into the covers. This is good, tight bowling

17.5

Vaas to Bell, no run

17.6

Vaas to Bell, no run, really neat over, only the two singles and this will quickly start putting pressure on England after their good start

Maharoof coming on in place of Fernando

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 105/2 (214 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 6.68)
IR Bell    6* (15b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-39-0
AJ Strauss    14* (14b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-35-1

18.1

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 no ball, driven to the man at deepish mid-off. Jayasuriya happy to give the one there, but not so amused with the no-ball

18.1

Maharoof to Strauss, no run

18.2

Maharoof to Strauss, FOUR, worked nicely behind square where Vaas, who has come up into the ring from fine leg, chases but the ball never quite slows down enough for him to catch it

18.3

Maharoof to Strauss, 1 run, single to Jayasuriya … picking on the old boy

18.4

Maharoof to Bell, no run

18.5

Maharoof to Bell, FOUR, With the off side packed, Maharoof sprays it down the leg and Bell swishes the ball over the top through wide midwicket

18.6

Maharoof to Bell, 1 run, opens the face and runs the ball to third man

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End of over 19 (11 runs) England 116/2 (203 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 6.54)
IR Bell    11* (18b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    19* (18b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-0-39-0

19.1

Vaas to Bell, 1 run, tip and run to mid-off and a wild throw well backed up

19.2

Vaas to Strauss, no run, Vaas is really doing the business in stifling Strauss, angling the ball into him

19.3

Vaas to Strauss, no run, a bit wider and Strauss aims to run the ball fine and misses it

19.4

Vaas to Strauss, no run, Strauss might start to get a bit edgy about being tied down

19.5

Vaas to Strauss, FOUR, all the hard work wasted as Vaas bowls it wide and a relieved Strauss cuts with glee to the square boundary

19.6

Vaas to Strauss, 1 run, and overpitched final ball clipped to mid-on

Bandara on for the rather profligate Maharoof

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 122/2 (197 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 6.56)
AJ Strauss    24* (23b 4x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-45-0
IR Bell    12* (19b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-11-0

20.1

Bandara to Strauss, 1 run

20.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, turned to leg

20.3

Bandara to Strauss, 1 run, England taking singles and Jayasuriya seemingly quite satisfied to allow that

20.4

Bandara to Bell, 1 run

20.5

Bandara to Strauss, 2 runs, waited for that one and cracked off the back foot to deep extra cover. However, the batsmen were ambling as they didn't think Malinga would get to it … but it he did and they missed a third

20.6

Bandara to Strauss, 2 runs, this time they scamper as if their lives depended on it and a wayward throw helps their cause

Dilshan on for Vaas. More changes than Kate Moss on the catwalk at the moment ...

End of over 21 (8 runs) England 130/2 (189 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.19, RRR: 6.51)
AJ Strauss    30* (27b 4x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-8-0
IR Bell    14* (21b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-0-45-0

21.1

Dilshan to Bell, no run

21.2

Dilshan to Bell, 2 runs, sloppy fielding. It was always two but a weak throw and poor recovery from Sangakkara added to the feeling of it being a bit shabby

21.3

Dilshan to Bell, 2 runs

21.4

Dilshan to Bell, no run

21.5

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run, waited for it and turned to leg

21.6

Dilshan to Strauss, FOUR, an oh-so-delicate four as Strauss runs it off the face of the bat down to third man

End of over 22 (9 runs) England 139/2 (180 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.31, RRR: 6.42)
AJ Strauss    34* (28b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-9-0
IR Bell    19* (26b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-8-0

22.1

Bandara to Bell, no run

22.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, driven wide a sprawling bowler to long-off

22.3

Bandara to Strauss, no run

22.4

Bandara to Strauss, no run, attempted flick to leg but got in a bit of a muddle and ball bobbed up off his feet

22.5

Bandara to Strauss, no run

22.6

Bandara to Strauss, 1 run, a single at the end of the over, worked behind square on the leg, but that’s not nearly enough and the pressure slowly mounts

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 141/2 (178 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.13, RRR: 6.59)
AJ Strauss    35* (32b 5x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-10-0
IR Bell    20* (28b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-9-0

23.1

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run

23.2

Dilshan to Bell, no run, as the dots grow in number, so does the pressure

23.3

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run

23.4

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, a backfoot drive into the off side from around middle stump

23.5

Dilshan to Bell, no run

23.6

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run

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End of over 24 (4 runs) England 145/2 (174 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.04, RRR: 6.69)
IR Bell    22* (32b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-13-0
AJ Strauss    37* (34b 5x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-10-0

24.1

Bandara to Bell, no run

24.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, angled between the fielders on the off.

24.3

Bandara to Strauss, 1 run, turned to the deep midwicket fielder but never a chance of two

24.4

Bandara to Bell, no run

24.5

Bandara to Bell, no run, England are being strangled here by some tight bowling and the rate is creeping towards seven an over

24.6

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, a single to long-off

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 148/2 (171 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.92, RRR: 6.84)
IR Bell    24* (37b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-13-0
AJ Strauss    38* (35b 5x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-13-0

25.1

Dilshan to Bell, no run

25.2

Dilshan to Bell, no run, the noose grows tighter

25.3

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run

25.4

Dilshan to Strauss, no run

25.5

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, squirreled to midwicket

25.6

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run, a run a ball with ease … but England need a few boundaries as the rate is now 7.00

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 151/2 (168 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 7.00)
IR Bell    26* (41b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-16-0
AJ Strauss    39* (37b 5x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-13-0

26.1

Bandara to Bell, no run, used his feet but only to pat the ball back

26.2

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, driven hard enough to beat extra cover but still only the one

26.3

Bandara to Strauss, 2 runs, good running to get two to the man at deep midwicket

26.4

Bandara to Strauss, 1 run, swept round the corner

26.5

Bandara to Bell, 1 run, a nothing shot that is cut into the ground and it bounces beyond Sangakkara enabling them to run one

26.6

Bandara to Strauss, 1 run

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 157/2 (162 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.81, RRR: 7.04)
AJ Strauss    43* (40b 5x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-19-0
IR Bell    28* (44b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-16-0

27.1

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, not an ideal line and clipped to leg

27.2

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run, ferreted one into the covers

27.3

Dilshan to Strauss, no run

27.4

Dilshan to Strauss, 1 run, driven straight down to long-on

27.5

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run, not quite contolled, ended up as a one-handed waft down behind square on the leg

27.6

Dilshan to Strauss, OUT, the pressure tells …Strauss tries to glance the ball down to third man and the ball runs off the face of the bat to a whooping Sangakkara. That’s a result of the previous overs as much as that delivery.

AJ Strauss c †Sangakkara b Dilshan 45 (56m 44b 5x4 0x6) SR: 102.27

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 161/3 (158 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.18)
     TM Dilshan    4-0-20-1
IR Bell    30* (46b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-19-0

28.1

Bandara to Bell, no run

28.2

Bandara to Bell, OUT, When you are down, things just always go against you … Bell hit the ball into the ground, it bounced up and struck Sangakkara on the chest, into his chin and and lobbed down onto the top of the stumps with Bell out of his ground. It’s hardly textbook wicketkeeping but it’s in the book and England are wobbling

IR Bell st †Sangakkara b Bandara 30 (66m 48b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

28.3

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

28.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

28.5

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, Dalrymple looked for a second as if he was going to reverse sweep but thought better of it

28.6

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, crucial over, a wicket maiden

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) England 161/4 (158 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 7.52)
JWM Dalrymple    0* (4b)      HMCM Bandara    5-1-19-1
VS Solanki    0* (0b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-20-1

29.1

Dilshan to Solanki, no run

29.2

Dilshan to Solanki, 1 run, played into the off side with all the pace taken off the ball

29.3

Dilshan to Dalrymple, 1 run

29.4

Dilshan to Solanki, 1 run

29.5

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run

29.6

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 164/4 (155 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.46, RRR: 7.75)
JWM Dalrymple    1* (7b)      TM Dilshan    5-0-23-1
VS Solanki    2* (3b)      HMCM Bandara    5-1-19-1

30.1

Bandara to Solanki, 1 run, squirmed down leg side and Sangakkara sprints like a man chased by demons and saves the two

30.2

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

30.3

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run

30.4

Bandara to Solanki, no run, squeeling appeal from Sangakkara as the ball seems to hit the pad before the bat

30.5

Bandara to Solanki, 1 run

30.6

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 168/4 (151 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 7.94)
JWM Dalrymple    3* (10b)      HMCM Bandara    6-1-23-1
VS Solanki    4* (6b)      TM Dilshan    5-0-23-1

31.1

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run

31.2

Dilshan to Dalrymple, 1 run

31.3

Dilshan to Solanki, no run

31.4

Dilshan to Solanki, 1 run, It’s all gone a bit sleepy … a run a ball and the crowd snoozing in the Manchester sunshine

31.5

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run, athletic stop by the bowler diving to his right

31.6

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 170/4 (149 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 8.27)
JWM Dalrymple    4* (14b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-25-1
VS Solanki    5* (8b)      HMCM Bandara    6-1-23-1

32.1

Bandara to Solanki, no run

32.2

Bandara to Solanki, no run

32.3

Bandara to Solanki, 1 run, Solanki uses his feet to drive

32.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

32.5

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run

32.6

Bandara to Solanki, 1 run, England haven’t hit a boundary for more than half an hour and the asking rate is heading towards double figures. Ones and twos are simply not enough any more

Here’s a clarification about the start time for Surrey’s match against Essex at The Oval this Saturday. The match will begin at 12.30pm and the football will not be shown because of licensing agreements, but as the cricket finishes at 3ish, that should be enough time to repair to the local pub and bag a seat.

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 173/4 (146 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.24, RRR: 8.58)
VS Solanki    7* (12b)      HMCM Bandara    7-1-26-1
JWM Dalrymple    5* (16b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-25-1

33.1

Dilshan to Solanki, no run, Inside edge without much clue

33.2

Dilshan to Solanki, no run

33.3

Dilshan to Solanki, 2 runs, good running by Dalrymple to the danger end

33.4

Dilshan to Solanki, 1 run, swept off middle stump. Batting by numbers but it needs some risk taking

33.5

Dilshan to Dalrymple, 2 runs, good improvisation and the ball actually got within five yards of the boundary, which is an achievement in itself

33.6

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run, normal service resumed

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 178/4 (141 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 8.81)
JWM Dalrymple    7* (18b)      TM Dilshan    7-0-30-1
VS Solanki    10* (16b)      HMCM Bandara    7-1-26-1

34.1

Bandara to Solanki, no run, attempted cut but off balance and missed and ended up staggering back like a drunk at closing time

34.2

Bandara to Solanki, OUT, and that was the shot of a drunk at closing time. Came down the pitch for the big heave, missed it, and a more orthodox stumping for Sangakkara, who took the ball well low-down, with not a hint of chin. In fairness to Solanki, he was in a no-win situation

VS Solanki st †Sangakkara b Bandara 10 (21m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

34.3

Bandara to Jones, 1 run

34.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 wide

34.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

34.5

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run, missed an attempted clip to leg and an amazing appeal given that leg stump could be seen

34.6

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

We're again at that stage of an ODI when there can only be one winner as England have no big guns left.

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 180/5 (139 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 9.26)
JWM Dalrymple    7* (21b)      HMCM Bandara    8-1-28-2
GO Jones    1* (1b)      TM Dilshan    7-0-30-1

35.1

Dilshan to Jones, 2 runs, tight two made easy as the fielders got in each other’s way

35.2

Dilshan to Jones, no run

35.3

Dilshan to Jones, no run

35.4

Dilshan to Jones, 1 run

35.5

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run

35.6

Dilshan to Dalrymple, no run

People beginning to drift home as the inevitability of the outcome grows

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 183/5 (136 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 9.71)
JWM Dalrymple    7* (23b)      TM Dilshan    8-0-33-1
GO Jones    4* (5b)      HMCM Bandara    8-1-28-2

36.1

Jayasuriya to Jones, no run

36.2

Jayasuriya to Jones, 1 run, There are only so many ways of describing a one by arrangement, where the bowler and fielder are happy to allow it and the batsmen can do no more than take the meagre scraps on offer

36.3

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, no run, Staright back to bowler who collides and upends the non-striker as he scrambles for the ball. A yellow card in Germany … red with some referees

36.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run

36.5

Jayasuriya to Jones, 1 run

36.6

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 2 runs, well run couple to leg

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 188/5 (131 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 10.07)
JWM Dalrymple    10* (26b)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-5-0
GO Jones    6* (8b)      TM Dilshan    8-0-33-1

37.1

Dilshan to Jones, 2 runs

37.2

Dilshan to Jones, no run, nasty swish which he missed

37.3

Dilshan to Jones, 1 leg bye, attempted sweep which he missed but leg byes this time

37.4

Dilshan to Dalrymple, 2 runs, genuine sweep of leg stump to the backward square-leg boundary

37.5

Dilshan to Dalrymple, 1 run

37.6

Dilshan to Jones, no run

Boredom threshold such that the crowd haven’t even been bothered to raise a Mexican wave … until now

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 194/5 (125 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.10, RRR: 10.41)
GO Jones    8* (12b)      TM Dilshan    9-0-38-1
JWM Dalrymple    13* (28b)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-5-0

38.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, straight drive, half-hearted attempt to get to it by the bowler.

38.2

Jayasuriya to Jones, SIX, big swing to leg high to deep midwicket where Malinga on the rope could not cling on … even had he held it, he would have been on the line. The first boundary since the UK had a Conservative government ... so it seems

38.3

Jayasuriya to Jones, 1 run

38.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run

38.5

Jayasuriya to Jones, FOUR, the corpse twitches as Jones drives the ball hard and high over extra cover. Four or five of those an over and we have a contest

38.6

Jayasuriya to Jones, 1 run

End of over 39 (14 runs) England 208/5 (111 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 10.09)
GO Jones    20* (16b 1x4 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-19-0
JWM Dalrymple    15* (30b)      TM Dilshan    9-0-38-1

39.1

Dilshan to Jones, no run

39.2

Dilshan to Jones, 2 runs, Jones at least giving it a go

39.3

Dilshan to Jones, 1 run, creamed to deep midwicket

39.4

Dilshan to Dalrymple, 1 run, well-hit reverse sweep

39.5

Dilshan to Jones, OUT, Jones briefly sparkled but he has holed out to Maharoof at long-on and it’s all over bar the shouting

GO Jones c Maharoof b Dilshan 23 (17m 20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 115.00

39.6

Dilshan to Dalrymple, FOUR, They crossed … and Dalrymple ended the over with a smear over midwicket

End of over 40 (8 runs) England 216/6 (103 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 10.30)
JWM Dalrymple    20* (32b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    10-0-46-2
TT Bresnan    0* (0b)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-19-0

40.1

Malinga to Bresnan, no run

40.2

Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run

40.3

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 wide, Wide down the leg side to ironic cheers. At least England have beaten the Sri Lankans in the wides game

40.3

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, Speared into the batsman’s legs and he just squeezes it out to the on side

40.4

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, Full toss into the batsman

Aha. It’s one of the those lovely traditions, like Changing of the Guard and The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast … the changing of the white ball because it’s turned green.

40.5

Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run

40.6

Malinga to Dalrymple, no run

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 220/6 (99 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.36, RRR: 11.00)
JWM Dalrymple    21* (34b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-35-1
TT Bresnan    2* (4b)      TM Dilshan    10-0-46-2

41.1

Bandara to Bresnan, 2 runs

41.2

Bandara to Bresnan, FOUR, Bresnan drives confidently over extra cover

41.3

Bandara to Bresnan, 1 run, drive to longish-on for one

41.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run

41.5

Bandara to Bresnan, 2 runs

41.6

Bandara to Bresnan, no run

End of over 42 (10 runs) England 230/6 (89 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.47, RRR: 11.12)
TT Bresnan    11* (9b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-1-38-2
JWM Dalrymple    22* (35b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-35-1

42.1

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run

42.2

Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run

42.3

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 bye, through the batsman and Sangakkara makes a sprawling semi-stop

42.4

Malinga to Bresnan, FOUR, a shot which would delight a club tailender, gloriously worked over the keeper’s head for four

42.5

Malinga to Bresnan, 2 runs

42.6

Malinga to Bresnan, 2 runs, OUT, two runs, but a misfield opens the opportunity for a third. Sadly, only Bresnan sees it and by the time he realises that Dalrymple is impersonating a limpet, he’s stranded and Sangakkara gently lobs the ball into the stumps

TT Bresnan run out 20 (17m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 153.84

End of over 43 (11 runs) England 241/7 (78 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.60, RRR: 11.14)
     SL Malinga    8-0-45-1
JWM Dalrymple    23* (37b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-1-38-2

43.1

Bandara to Dalrymple, no run

43.2

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run

43.3

Bandara to Plunkett, 1 run, reverse swept with little conviction

43.4

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run

43.5

Bandara to Plunkett, 1 run

43.6

Bandara to Dalrymple, 1 run, It's all gone rather flat as the match meanders to a finish. But a really good spell from Bandara which really turned the screw at a crucial time.

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 246/7 (73 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.59, RRR: 12.16)
JWM Dalrymple    26* (41b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    10-1-43-2
LE Plunkett    2* (2b)      SL Malinga    8-0-45-1

44.1

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 leg bye

44.2

Jayasuriya to Plunkett, 2 runs, hammered high into space around long-on where the fielders combine to fall over when they finally get there

44.3

Jayasuriya to Plunkett, 1 run

44.4

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run, swept but Dalrymple edged it and didn’t actually know where it had gone

44.5

Jayasuriya to Plunkett, 1 run

44.6

Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 2 runs, fumble allowed them to come back for a second

End of over 45 (8 runs) England 254/7 (65 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 13.00)
JWM Dalrymple    29* (44b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-26-0
LE Plunkett    6* (5b)      HMCM Bandara    10-1-43-2

45.1

Fernando to Plunkett, 2 runs

45.2

Fernando to Plunkett, FOUR, thwacked over midwicket with confidence

45.3

Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run, Acrobatic half stop by the bowler and as the batsmen scramble a single, Dalrymple accidently clips Fernando on the top of the head with his bat

45.4

Fernando to Dalrymple, 1 run, full toss swinging into the batsman

45.5

Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run

45.6

Fernando to Dalrymple, 1 run

Malinga back into the attack

End of over 46 (10 runs) England 264/7 (55 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 13.75)
JWM Dalrymple    31* (46b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-45-1
LE Plunkett    14* (9b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-26-0

46.1

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, bat into bad and out behind square

46.2

Malinga to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett moves to leg and is well beaten outside off stump

46.3

Malinga to Plunkett, no run, down the leg and a few boos as no wide signalled, but Plunkett did move to the off

46.4

Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run

46.5

Malinga to Dalrymple, 1 run, fired in at the body and worked square to leg

46.6

Malinga to Plunkett, SIX, fast full toss and returned with interest, flying into the crowd behind long-on.

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 273/7 (46 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.80, RRR: 15.33)
LE Plunkett    21* (13b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-54-1
JWM Dalrymple    33* (48b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-45-1

47.1

Fernando to Dalrymple, OUT, straight and Dalrymple aims a big hit but misses and the ball takes his middle and off stumps. Dalrymple departs, one of the few England players to have emerged from today – and this series – with any credit

JWM Dalrymple b Fernando 33 (73m 49b 1x4 0x6) SR: 67.34

47.2

Fernando to Ali, OUT, Kabir Ali pushes into the off, Fernando scurries across, picks up, turns and throws down the stumps with Ali not even in the frame Ali trudges off to contemplate a dismal day … 0 for 77 from 10 overs and a first-ball duck. He’s probably got a parking ticket as well.

Kabir Ali run out 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

47.3

Fernando to Plunkett, 1 run, up in the blockhole and bounced back over the bowler

47.4

Fernando to Harmison, 1 run, effortlessly driven over the infield for a single. If the game had been alive they might have tried for a second.

47.5

Fernando to Plunkett, 1 leg bye, full toss but missed it

47.6

Fernando to Harmison, no run

England can take some .. well, no solace actually … from the fact that although this is their sixth ODI defeat on the trot, they are some way short of their worst, 11 losses between October 2000 and August 2001

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 276/9 (43 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 21.50)
SJ Harmison    1* (2b)      CRD Fernando    7-0-47-2
LE Plunkett    22* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-54-1

48.1

Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run

48.2

Malinga to Harmison, 1 wide

48.2

Malinga to Harmison, 1 run

48.3

Malinga to Plunkett, SIX, another seemingly effortless clip over midwicket

48.4

Malinga to Plunkett, OUT, holed out to deep mid-off to end the match, although the contest was finished some time back. The delighted Sri Lankans leave the field to the whoops of their vocal supporters, but the stands are three-quarter empty as people have been drifting off for some time.

LE Plunkett c Jayawardene b Malinga 29 (25m 18b 1x4 2x6) SR: 161.11

Well, that wraps up another dire day for England and it is hard to see a way out of this rut which has now seen them lose 14 out of their last 18 ODIs. Full credit to Sri Lanka who batted extremely well and then really turned the screw in the middle overs after England had made a confident start. But they were aided by another wretched bowling display from England. They came into this game with 49 wides in three games and added another 21 today – chip in the three no-balls and that’s an extra four overs and brings the margin of victory into single figures. It’s also worth noting that in Sri Lanka’s last four overs they added 50.

Join us on Saturday for the final match in this series where England have to try hard to avoid the humiliation of a series whitewash and we have to pretend it really matters.

From me, Martin Williamson, and Jenny Thompson, it’s goodnight. Don’t forget to relive the game courtesy of Will Luke’s bulletin

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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