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&

0.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, 4 leg byes, fuller length delivery, drifting down the leg side, Jayasuriya fails to make contact but the ball clips the pad and races away past the diving keeper

0.3

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, another bad delivery from Ali, fuller in length and drifting onto the pads, Jayasuriya quickly gets into a good position and flicks it away to the backward square leg fence, excellent wristy shot

0.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run, pitched up wide outside the off stump, Jayasuriya throws his bat at it, ball clips the inside edge onto the ground and lobs down to third man, Sri Lanka off to a good start here

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   Kabir Ali 1-0-6-0

2.1

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, fulltoss, bit of a surprise delivery, Jayasuriya finds the man at mid-off

2.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, (no ball) SIX, fuller in length and slightly wide outside the off stump, Jayasuriya lines it up quickly and lofts it over the cover fence for the first six of the innings, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to keep it square, it's a no-ball as well - England under pressure here

2.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run, driven down to third man for a single

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

2.6

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, beaten outside the off stump, there is a bowler at the other end

Sri Lanka 46/0   Kabir Ali 2-0-24-0

9.1

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, fifty! Ali starts off with a dreadful ball, pitched up on the pads and Jayasuriya effortlessly flicks it away to the midwicket fence, one bounce and over the rope she goes

9.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, fulltoss , yorker gone worng and Jayasuriya whips it away through square leg

9.3

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, this is turning into a day-light massacre ! short and wide outside the off stump, Ali has lost it completely, murdered to the point fence - this is attacking cricket at its supreme best

9.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, (no ball) SIX, again bit of width offered outside the off stump and Jayasuriya flays it over the cover fence, it's a no-ball as well so seven more added to the total. At this rate this won't last long

9.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 no ball, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit of sympathy creeps in and Jayasuriya strokes it away wide of the fielder at extra cover

9.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run, punched wide of the fielder at cover, easy single

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   Kabir Ali 3-0-49-0

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

11.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Jayasuriya comes down the track and chips drives it over the bowler's heard to the long-off region, bit of edge involved

11.3

Ali to Jayasuriya, no run, driven away straight to the fielder at cover

11.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run, mis-timed pull and the ball balloons up behind square on the leg side but falls safely in the deep, that's the closest England have come to picking up a wicket

11.5

Ali to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away towards midwicket

11.6

Ali to Jayasuriya, (no ball) 1 run, called for overstepping, driven wide off the cover fielder for an easy single

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   Kabir Ali 4-0-57-0

23.1

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run, length ball on the off stump, defended on the front-foot to mid-off and picks an easy single to reach his 21st century

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

23.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run, turned away through mid-wicket

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   Kabir Ali 5-0-60-0

25.1

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

25.2

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, length ball on the off stump, Jayasuriya charges down the track and swings across the line, ball takes off the outside edge and flies over the short-thirdman fielder

25.3

Ali to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Four more! this time Jayasuriya hits it right on the middle of the bat by charging down again, one bounce into the mid-wicket fence

25.4

Ali to Jayasuriya, 1 run

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   Kabir Ali 6-0-72-0
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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