Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 5th match

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)

0.1

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, starts off with a short of a good length delivery, Tharanga stays back and drives it away towards point, diving stop there saves runs, Sri Lanka are away&

0.5

Ali to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside the off stump

0.6

Ali to Tharanga, no run, on the stumps, cutting in, Tharanga defends it back to the bowler, Kabir Ali starts off with an expensive over

Sri Lanka 10/0   WU Tharanga 1* (3b)

2.3

Ali to Tharanga, no run, defended outside the off stump

2.4

Ali to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga too joins the party! good length delivery outside the off stump, not special there, stunning cover drive, a trademark Tharanga shot and the ball screams away to the cover fence

2.5

Ali to Tharanga, FOUR, four more! another good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga pushes forward, gets closer to the line and drills it through the gap between cover and mid-off, sweetly timed and the he found the gap to perfection, Sri Lankan off to a flyer here

2.6

Ali to Tharanga, (no ball) 1 run, another no-ball, punched wide of the fielder at cover

Sri Lanka 46/0   WU Tharanga 10* (7b 2x4)

3.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, on the pads, Tharanga fails to make contact and the ball hits him on the thigh pad

3.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run

3.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, defended outside the off stump

3.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga pushes forward and hits through the line, ball flies away to the cover fence and that brings up the Sri Lankan fifty, would you believe it!

3.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, Plunkett once again strays onto the pad and this time Tharanga clips it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

3.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 55/0   WU Tharanga 19* (13b 4x4)

4.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 2 runs, short and wide outside the off stump, bowled from round the stumps, Tharanga stretches out and cuts it away in the air to deep backward point for a brace

4.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, drifting onto middle and leg, turned away off the back-foot to the fine leg region

4.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside the off stump, finally we have some cricket on here

4.5

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, was the slower delivery, Tharanga picks it up early and defends it down on the off side

4.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside the off stump, Harmison starts off with a decent over

Sri Lanka 59/0   WU Tharanga 22* (18b 4x4)

5.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, this is horrible bowling from Plunkett, another massive slice and the ball rockets away to the backward point fence

5.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, forced away towards cover

5.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga comes down the track and has a swing at it, ball clips the inside edge and races away to the fine leg fence

5.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, SIX, and the carnage continues! pitched up outside the off stump, Tharanga steps forward to the pitch of the delivery and hammers it over the extra cover fence, another clean hit

Sri Lanka 75/0   WU Tharanga 36* (22b 6x4 1x6)

6.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery, hint of swing and Tharanga is beaten outside the off stump

6.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, another tight delivery from the big man, defended on the back-foot

6.5

Harmison to Tharanga, 4 leg byes, short rising delivery, pitched outside the off stump and coming in with the angle, Tharanga looking to duck under it gets hit on the helmet and the ball flies over slip cordon, nothing going England's way at the moment

6.6

Harmison to Tharanga, (no ball) FOUR, and it gets worse! slower delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Tharanga picks it up early, shuffles across nicely and whips it away to the backward square leg fence, it's raining boundaries at the moment

6.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run

Sri Lanka 86/0   WU Tharanga 40* (27b 7x4 1x6)

8.1

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, fuller length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Tharanga drives and drives well, right into the gap between mid-on and midwicket

8.2

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, goes for the cut and gets beaten outside the off stump

8.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, bouncer on the stumps, Tharanga ducks under it

8.4

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, hit on the pads, ball was drifting down the leg side, Tharanga misses out there

8.5

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, haven't they seen enough?! another perfect cut and the ball flies away to the point fence

8.6

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside the off stump

Sri Lanka 108/0   WU Tharanga 48* (33b 9x4 1x6)

9.5

Ali to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside the off stump

9.6

Ali to Tharanga, FOUR, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga goes for the cut, ball clips the outside edge and flies down to the third man fence, the ball was in the air for a long time and that kept the fielder interested but in the end it was not even a half chance

Sri Lanka 133/0   WU Tharanga 52* (35b 10x4 1x6)

10.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, wayward delivery down the leg side

10.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the midwicket region

10.6

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, again Harmison drifts onto the pads and Tharanga tucks it away behind square for an easy single

Sri Lanka 141/0   WU Tharanga 54* (37b 10x4 1x6)

11.1

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, inside edge produced and the ball rolls away behind the stumps on the leg side, Jones moves across in a flash and scores a direct hit at the striker's end but Jayasuriya was never in trouble

11.5

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away towards midwicket

11.6

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, driven down to long-off for an easy single, this is excellent cricket from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 149/0   WU Tharanga 57* (40b 10x4 1x6)

12.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 2 runs, good length delivery on the pads, Tharanga stays back and nudges it away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

12.2

Harmison to Tharanga, 2 runs, in the channel outside the off stump, Tharanga gets behind the line and strokes it away towards extra cover, quick single called for and a wild throw from Plunkett gives away an extra run

12.3

Harmison to Tharanga, no run, driven off the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards gully

12.4

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 wide, bouncer down the leg side and Tharanga ducks under it

12.4

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, nudged away towards midwicket

Sri Lanka 155/0   WU Tharanga 62* (44b 10x4 1x6)

13.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, on the stumps, swept away to fine leg for a single

13.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up outside the off stump, driven with the turn to the mid-off region

13.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, quicker delivery to end the over, worked away towards midwicket, no room for a single there, now it is starting to look more like a cricket match but one feels that the damage has been already done

Sri Lanka 159/0   WU Tharanga 64* (47b 10x4 1x6)

14.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Tharanga stays back and punches it away through point, walking single added to the total

14.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, forced away towards point

14.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards midwicket, easy single to end the over

Sri Lanka 165/0   WU Tharanga 66* (50b 10x4 1x6)

15.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

15.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller length ball outside off stump, driven away to cover

15.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted and full ball on the off stump, driven hard to long-off

Sri Lanka 168/0   WU Tharanga 68* (53b 10x4 1x6)

16.1

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, short ball outside leg stump, Tharanga pulls and ball clips the thigh pads on the way to keeper, appeal but Doctrove was right

16.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, driven on the front-foot to sweeper cover

16.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, fraction short and angled away outside off stump, Tharanga cuts it beautifully to backward point fence, excellent timing in that shot and ball races away to the fence

16.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 run, short on the legs, glanced away to deep square leg

Sri Lanka 177/0   WU Tharanga 74* (57b 11x4 1x6)

17.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, flighted ball on the off stump, defended on the front-foot to point region

17.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, good length ball, pushed on the front-foot to cover

17.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, nicely tossed up, driven to deep cover

Sri Lanka 178/0   WU Tharanga 75* (60b 11x4 1x6)

18.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 wide, bouncer on the stumps, Tharanga ducks underneath

18.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, a rare play and a miss! length ball around the off stump, nipping away, Tharanga looks to drive on the up and gets beaten

18.5

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, yorker length ball just outside off stump, pushed to point

18.6

Plunkett to Tharanga, FOUR, Four more to end the over! length ball outside off stump, Tharanga slashes on the front-foot over the point fielder

Sri Lanka 189/0   WU Tharanga 79* (63b 12x4 1x6)

19.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run

Sri Lanka 193/0   WU Tharanga 80* (64b 12x4 1x6)

20.3

Bell to Tharanga, 1 run, good length ball outside off stump, driven away to sweeper cover

20.6

Bell to Tharanga, 1 no ball

20.6

Bell to Tharanga, 1 run, fraction short on the off stump, pushed through cover point

Sri Lanka 199/0   WU Tharanga 82* (67b 12x4 1x6)

21.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, fuller length ball on the off stump, pushed away straight to cover&

21.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, fuller length ball on the off stump, driven to long-off

21.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot to short mid-wicket

21.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, turning away, defended to short cover

21.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, square driven to deep cover, just 3 overs off the over

Sri Lanka 202/0   WU Tharanga 84* (72b 12x4 1x6)

22.1

Harmison to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball outside off stump, glided away to thirdman

22.5

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, short ball banged in on the stumps, Tharanga picks the length quickly, rocks back and pulls handsomely behind square

22.6

Harmison to Tharanga, FOUR, Four more and moves into the 90's! good length ball outside off stump, Tharanga just stands there and slashes away over the point fielder

Sri Lanka 216/0   WU Tharanga 93* (75b 14x4 1x6)

23.2

Ali to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

23.3

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, short of length ball on the off stump, pushed to extra-cover

23.5

Ali to Tharanga, no run, slower one outside off stump, Tharanga looks to run down to thirdman and gets beaten

23.6

Ali to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the leg stump, defended on the front-foot to onside

Sri Lanka 219/0   WU Tharanga 94* (79b 14x4 1x6)

24.5

Harmison to Tharanga, 3 runs, slower one on the middle and leg stump line, Tharanga hits it away to long-on region, not a well-timed shot to take the ball to fence

Sri Lanka 227/0   WU Tharanga 97* (80b 14x4 1x6)

25.1

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed on the front-foot to mid-off and Tharanga moves onto 98

25.5

Ali to Tharanga, 2 runs, on the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket for a couple of runs

25.6

Ali to Tharanga, no run, pitched up on the off stump, pushed to mid-off

Sri Lanka 245/0   WU Tharanga 100* (83b 14x4 1x6)

27.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot to cover

27.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended back to the bowler

27.3

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, driven on the front-foot to cover fielder

27.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, fraction short on the off stump, cut away to point fielder

27.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run

27.6

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted and full ball, driven to long-on and thats a good over from Darlymple

Sri Lanka 263/0   WU Tharanga 101* (89b 14x4 1x6)

28.1

Bresnan to Tharanga, no run, pushed on the back-foot to point

28.2

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball on the leg stump, glanced away to deep mid-wickef

28.4

Bresnan to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, driven on the front-foot to sweeper cover

Sri Lanka 266/0   WU Tharanga 103* (92b 14x4 1x6)

29.1

Dalrymple to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot to cover

29.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, full length ball on the leg stump, swept away to deep square leg

29.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, flighted and full length ball on the leg stump, driven to long-on

Sri Lanka 277/0   WU Tharanga 105* (95b 14x4 1x6)

30.2

Solanki to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

30.3

Solanki to Tharanga, no run, short ball around the off stump, cut away straight to the cover fielder

30.4

Solanki to Tharanga, 1 run, flat one on the middle stump, pulled away to long-on

30.6

Solanki to Tharanga, no run, pushed on the back-foot to point fielder

Sri Lanka 281/0   WU Tharanga 106* (99b 14x4 1x6)

31.2

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball outside off stump, cut away to deep point

31.4

Dalrymple to Tharanga, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, flicked away wide of the deep mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs

31.5

Dalrymple to Tharanga, OUT, Atlast a wicket! flighted ball on the middle and leg stump line, Tharanga moves forward and tries to on-drive, ball takes off the leading edge and goes straight back to the bowler, end of an amazing record-breaking partnership!

WU Tharanga c & b Dalrymple 109 (144m 102b 14x4 1x6) SR: 106.86

Sri Lanka 286/1   WU Tharanga 109 (102b 14x4 1x6)
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Jul 1, 2006

The England team line up for a minute's silence for Fred Trueman, England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Headingley, July 1, 2006

The England team line up for a minute's silence for Fred Trueman

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Jul 1, 2006

Sanath Jayasuriya lashes out, England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Headingley, July 1, 2006

Sanath Jayasuriya lashes out

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