Sri Lanka tour of England, 2006 / Commentary

Sri Lanka in England Test Series - 3rd Test

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 134 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

0.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, full length ball swinging into the stumps, defended nicely on the front-foot

0.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, full length ball on the off stump, batsman gets a big inside edge onto the pads

0.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, defended on the back-foot to legside

Sri Lanka 1/0   WU Tharanga 0* (3b)

2.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, full length ball on the off stump, batsman gets an inside edge onto the pads

2.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, full length ball on the off stump, batsman gets an inside edge onto the pads, loud shout but declined

2.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front-foot

2.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, 1 no ball, left alone outside off stump

2.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, short ball on the off stump, punched back to the bowler

2.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, short ball outside off stump, batsman shoulders arms

2.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run

Sri Lanka 3/1   WU Tharanga 0* (10b)

4.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, Hoggard to Tharanga this time, same result - a boundary! it was pitched up but a lot straighter, Tharanga dries through the line, straight past the man at mid-off, the ball races away to the fence

4.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, fuller length again, almost a yorker, Tharanga gets his bat down in time - offers the full face of the bat and defcends it

4.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, 1 no ball, bit of swing in the air, Hoggard tries a little harder and oversteps, called No-ball rightly so, Tharanga drives a fuller delivery on middle and leg to midon

4.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, good length delivery outside off, holds its line this time, Tharanga has a good look at it, knows where his off stump is, and lets it through

4.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, 1 run, good length delivery on the off stump, Sangakkara defends with a straight bat

Sri Lanka 15/1   WU Tharanga 5* (15b 1x4)

5.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, good length ball outside off stump, Tharanga moves forward and lets it go

5.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, full length ball around the off stump, swinging away nicely, Tharanga goes for the drive and gets completely beaten by the outswinger

5.3

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, way outside off stump, Tharanga has no problem in letting it go

5.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball around the off stump, Tharanga moves back and shoulders arms, ball keeps swinging in and passes over the off stump

5.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump

5.6

Lewis to Tharanga, FOUR, half-volley outside off stump, Tharanga moves forward and drives beautifully through covers, excellent follow-through of the bat and times it superbly

Sri Lanka 19/1   WU Tharanga 9* (21b 2x4)

7.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump

7.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball on the stumps, swinging in this time, defended on the back-foot to forward short-leg fielder

7.3

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball on the off stump, batsman moves back and across, defends it away to point region

7.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, good length ball outside off stump, left alone

7.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball and way outside off stump, swinging away further, difficult take for Gones and he does well to collect it

7.6

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, Beauty! length ball around the off stump, straightening this time, Tharanga plays for the inswing and gets beaten

Sri Lanka 23/1   WU Tharanga 9* (27b 2x4)

8.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, swinging into the pads, flicked away fine to the fence and 2 consecutive boundaries for Tharanga

8.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR

Sri Lanka 33/1   WU Tharanga 17* (29b 4x4)

9.3

Plunkett to Tharanga, no run, on the pads again, batsman tries to play but gets on the pads, ball rolls down to fine leg

9.4

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, left alone outside off stump

Sri Lanka 36/1   WU Tharanga 17* (31b 4x4)

10.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, good length ball outside off stump, left alone

10.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump

10.3

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball on the middle stump, swinging in, batsman defends it on the back-foot to short-leg fielder

10.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, defended on the back-foot to legside, looks for a single but decides against it immediately

10.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball just outside off stump, batsman shoulders arms to it

10.6

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball on the off stump, defended on the back-foot to offside

Sri Lanka 40/1   WU Tharanga 17* (37b 4x4)

12.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball outside off stump, left alone

12.2

Lewis to Tharanga, 3 runs, swinging into the leg stump, batsman flicks it away through mid-wicket, Panesar does the chase and they take three runs

Sri Lanka 48/1   WU Tharanga 20* (39b 4x4)

13.2

Plunkett to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, straying onto the pads again, batsman tries to glance but ball takes off the pads and runs to fine leg

Sri Lanka 51/1   WU Tharanga 20* (40b 4x4)

15.1

Flintoff to Tharanga, 1 run, starts slightly on the leg stump line and well worked off the legs down towards fine leg

Sri Lanka 60/1   WU Tharanga 21* (41b 4x4)

16.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off, just to wide for him to be tempted

16.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, stays on the fullish line on and outside the off, batsman does get forward and pushes at it, plays well inside the line but that was a genuine shot and beaten

16.3

Lewis to Tharanga, 2 runs, gets well forward again, got the front foot more across and steers that gently into the gap on the off for a easy two runs

16.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, drags that down the leg side, no real effort to play at it, Jones cleans up

16.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, on the button, no real movement through the air, but left the batsman with nothing else but a forward defensivie push down the pitch

16.6

Lewis to Tharanga, 1 run, slightly leg side, got well inside the line and helps it down to fine leg to keep the strike

Sri Lanka 65/1   WU Tharanga 24* (47b 4x4)

17.1

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, short outside the off as he comes over the wicket to the left hander who gets down low and lets it pass high and wide of the off

17.2

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, Another short ball, outside off, and easily avoided as he gets down low

17.3

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run

17.4

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, agangled across the left hander who once again will have nothing to do with it, leaves

17.5

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, line and length from Flintoff gets all the respect as it is defended back down the off side of the pitch

17.6

Flintoff to Tharanga, no run, slightly short of length, gets him on the back foot as he pushes towards cover point

Sri Lanka 65/1   WU Tharanga 24* (53b 4x4)

18.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, just short of length, right on line, ball tracks back off the seam and a very brave or good leave as the ball climbs over the middle stump

18.6

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, line and length again and a good solid looking forward defence

Sri Lanka 66/1   WU Tharanga 24* (55b 4x4)

20.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run

20.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off, just about carries to Jones

20.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, left alone just outside off, slight movement back at the left hander

20.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, left alone again, good judgement as that comes back at him, just going through wide of the off

20.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, too full, too wide and a crashing drive races past the covers

20.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, back onto that line just wide of the off, batsman not tempted as he again judges well and leaves

20.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, can not leave this time, line and length, on the off, draws him forward defending

Sri Lanka 74/1   WU Tharanga 28* (61b 5x4)

22.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, drawn well forward on the off and defends down the pitch

22.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, just a touch too wide as he tries to get him driving, but good judgement as he leaves

22.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, a touch short of length, just outside off, but gets nicely back and behind it, defending

22.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off

22.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, just a touch wide, touch full and a touchy drive past cover point

22.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, 2 runs, on line, no real swing or movement now, fullish ball gets a timed forward stroke inside mid-off who chases and hauls it in

Sri Lanka 82/1   WU Tharanga 34* (67b 6x4)

24.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, full, on line, stroked firmly down the ground, the bowlers off stump does not field too well, defelects the ball to mid-on

24.2

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, Just outside the off, angling away, shows good judgement again as he leaves well

24.3

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, shorter ball, just on the off, quicker as well, huries the defensive push from the backfoot to the covers

24.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, no run, just short of length, comes back off the pitch, but well back and in line, covers it well as he defends to the on side

24.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, OUT, after having left so well all morning, Tharanga chases one that is full just outside the off, slight movement gets a solid edge and a waist high catch to Jones

WU Tharanga c †Jones b Hoggard 34 (116m 72b 6x4 0x6) SR: 47.22

Sri Lanka 85/3   WU Tharanga 34 (72b 6x4)
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Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Nottingham - Jun 2-5, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 134 runs
England v Sri Lanka at Birmingham - May 25-28, 2006
England won by 6 wickets
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - May 11-15, 2006
Match drawn
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Jun 6, 2006

The <I>Mail</I> leads with praise for Muttiah Muralitharan, June 6, 2006

The Mail leads with praise for Muttiah Muralitharan

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Jun 5, 2006

Muttiah Muralitharan leaves the field after taking eight wickets, England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, June 5, 2006

Muttiah Muralitharan leaves the field after taking eight wickets

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