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)

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   LE Plunkett 1-0-9-0

5.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, short of a good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps and drifting down the leg side, Jayasuriya leaves it through to the keeper

5.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, driven away towards cover, straight to the fielder

5.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Jayasuriya throws the kitchen sink at it and the ball flies off the outside edge, Dalrymple at gully time his jump well and gets a touch on it but fails to hold on to a fairly hard chance, that ball was travelling, would have been nothing less than a miracle, had he managed to pouch it

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   LE Plunkett 2-0-25-0

14.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, off the pads to short fine leg

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

14.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, slightly short and slanting across the left-hander, Jayasuriya waits for the ball and taps it down to third man for a brace

14.4

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run, defended with soft hands and the ball rolls down to mid-off, early call and a quick single is 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   LE Plunkett 3-0-30-0

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

16.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run

16.4

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of length ball outside off stump, Jayasuiriya mistimes the cut but anyway gets a single at thirdman

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   LE Plunkett 4-0-37-0

18.1

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended away to cover

18.2

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, FOUR, length ball but this time given width outside off stump, Jayasuriya smashes uppishly through a ring of fielders on the offside

18.3

Plunkett to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, short ball on the leg stump, off the pads to fine leg

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   LE Plunkett 5-0-46-0
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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Photos

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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