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)

0.3

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

Sri Lanka 9/0   ST Jayasuriya 4* (2b 1x4)   Kabir Ali 0.3-0-5-0

1.1

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, too easy a delivery, massive chop and the ball rockets away to the cover fence

Sri Lanka 14/0   ST Jayasuriya 9* (4b 2x4)   TT Bresnan 0.1-0-4-0

1.3

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, four more! slightly short and wide outside the off stump, another bad delivery, point, mid-off, two men at covers but Jayasuriya finds the gap beautifully, he is onto to something here, that's for sure!

Sri Lanka 18/0   ST Jayasuriya 13* (6b 3x4)   TT Bresnan 0.3-0-8-0

1.4

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, under pressure Bresnan once again drags it short and wide outside the off stump, Jayasuriya waves it away as if it was a fly, didn't even bother to keep it down

Sri Lanka 22/0   ST Jayasuriya 17* (7b 4x4)   TT Bresnan 0.4-0-12-0

1.5

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, oh dear! another short and wide delivery outside the off stump, Jayasuriya stands tall on the back-foot and murders it through cover point, try stopping that

Sri Lanka 27/0   ST Jayasuriya 21* (8b 5x4)   TT Bresnan 0.5-0-17-0

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

Sri Lanka 40/0   WU Tharanga 5* (5b 1x4)   Kabir Ali 1.4-0-18-0

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

Sri Lanka 44/0   WU Tharanga 9* (6b 2x4)   Kabir Ali 1.5-0-22-0

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!

Sri Lanka 50/0   WU Tharanga 14* (11b 3x4)   LE Plunkett 0.4-0-4-0

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

Sri Lanka 54/0   WU Tharanga 18* (12b 4x4)   LE Plunkett 0.5-0-8-0

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

Sri Lanka 65/0   WU Tharanga 26* (19b 5x4)   LE Plunkett 1.3-0-15-0

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

Sri Lanka 69/0   WU Tharanga 30* (21b 6x4)   LE Plunkett 1.5-0-19-0

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

Sri Lanka 86/0   WU Tharanga 40* (26b 7x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 1.5-0-11-0

7.3

Dalrymple to Jayasuriya, FOUR, tossed up on the stumps, Jayasuriya goes for the sweep and gets it on the middle, ball races away to the backward square leg fence, Plunkett had a chance of stopping it but he failed miserably

Sri Lanka 92/0   ST Jayasuriya 38* (22b 6x4 1x6)   JWM Dalrymple 0.3-0-6-0

7.4

Dalrymple to Jayasuriya, FOUR, and the saga continues! another good looking short, this time Jayasuriya gets it going fine and Plunkett is reduced to just a spectator

Sri Lanka 96/0   ST Jayasuriya 42* (23b 7x4 1x6)   JWM Dalrymple 0.4-0-10-0

7.6

Dalrymple to Jayasuriya, FOUR, flatter trajectory but bit short, Jayasuriya quickly picks up the length, rocks back and pulls it away through midwicket for the third boundary of the over

Sri Lanka 100/0   ST Jayasuriya 46* (25b 8x4 1x6)   JWM Dalrymple 1-0-14-0

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

Sri Lanka 104/0   WU Tharanga 44* (28b 8x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 2.1-0-15-0

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

Sri Lanka 108/0   WU Tharanga 48* (32b 9x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 2.5-0-19-0

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

Sri Lanka 112/0   ST Jayasuriya 50* (26b 9x4 1x6)   Kabir Ali 2.1-0-28-0

9.2

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

Sri Lanka 116/0   ST Jayasuriya 54* (27b 10x4 1x6)   Kabir Ali 2.2-0-32-0

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

Sri Lanka 120/0   ST Jayasuriya 58* (28b 11x4 1x6)   Kabir Ali 2.3-0-36-0

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)   Kabir Ali 3-0-49-0

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

Sri Lanka 176/0   WU Tharanga 73* (56b 11x4 1x6)   LE Plunkett 3.5-0-36-0

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

Sri Lanka 183/0   ST Jayasuriya 87* (57b 12x4 2x6)   LE Plunkett 4.2-0-41-0

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)   LE Plunkett 5-0-46-0

22.2

Harmison to Jayasuriya, FOUR, fuller length ball outside off stump, Jayasuriya hits it away along the ground to long-on fence, cross-batted shot!

Sri Lanka 207/0   ST Jayasuriya 98* (69b 13x4 2x6)   SJ Harmison 5.2-0-38-0

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

Sri Lanka 212/0   WU Tharanga 89* (74b 13x4 1x6)   SJ Harmison 5.5-0-43-0

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)   SJ Harmison 6-0-47-0

24.2

Harmison to Jayasuriya, FOUR, fuller length ball outside off stump, Jayasuriya smashes on the front-foot over the cover fielder

Sri Lanka 223/0   ST Jayasuriya 105* (75b 14x4 2x6)   SJ Harmison 6.2-0-51-0

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

Sri Lanka 238/0   ST Jayasuriya 116* (79b 15x4 3x6)   Kabir Ali 5.2-0-65-0

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

Sri Lanka 242/0   ST Jayasuriya 120* (80b 16x4 3x6)   Kabir Ali 5.3-0-69-0

26.1

Harmison to Jayasuriya, FOUR, short ball around the off stump, Jayasuriya pulls it away handsomely to the mid-wicket fence, this game is going straight into the history books!

Sri Lanka 249/0   ST Jayasuriya 125* (82b 17x4 3x6)   SJ Harmison 7.1-0-65-0

26.4

Harmison to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Four more! length ball outside off stump, Jayasuriya just moves forward and smashes it at one bounce into the cover fence

Sri Lanka 262/0   ST Jayasuriya 137* (85b 18x4 4x6)   SJ Harmison 7.4-0-78-0

28.5

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Smashing shot! length ball outside off stump, Jayasuriya charges down the track and smashes through a ring of fielders on the offside

Sri Lanka 270/0   ST Jayasuriya 142* (89b 19x4 4x6)   TT Bresnan 1.5-0-25-0

28.6

Bresnan to Jayasuriya, FOUR, slower one outside off stump, Jayasuriya steps out again and lofts it down to long-on, inches away from the rope

Sri Lanka 274/0   ST Jayasuriya 146* (90b 20x4 4x6)   TT Bresnan 2-0-29-0

35.3

Solanki to Sangakkara, FOUR, length ball outside off stump, Sangakkara tries to loft over cover, gets the outside edge over the slip fielder

Sri Lanka 300/2   KC Sangakkara 8* (10b 1x4)   VS Solanki 2.3-0-10-1

36.2

Harmison to Jayawardene, FOUR, good length ball outside off stump, Jayawardene pushes on the front-foot, gets the outside edge to thirdman fence

Sri Lanka 310/2   DPMD Jayawardene 10* (12b 1x4)   SJ Harmison 9.2-0-88-0

36.4

Harmison to Sangakkara, FOUR, half-volley on the off stump, Sangakkara drives beautifully through covers and ball races away to the fence

Sri Lanka 315/2   KC Sangakkara 15* (15b 2x4)   SJ Harmison 9.4-0-93-0

36.5

Harmison to Sangakkara, FOUR, pitched up on the off stump, Sangakkara drives to mid-off, Plunkett lets it go through his legs and ball reaches the fence

Sri Lanka 319/2   KC Sangakkara 19* (16b 3x4)   SJ Harmison 9.5-0-97-0

37.3

Solanki to Sangakkara, FOUR, short ball on the off stump, Sangakkara rocks back and punches to the cover fence, that brings up the victory and they have done it in style

Sri Lanka 324/2   KC Sangakkara 23* (19b 4x4)   VS Solanki 3.3-0-17-1
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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