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

54.1

Flintoff to Muralitharan, 1 run, fuller and quicker around the off stump, angling in, Muralitharan exposes the stumps and hits it wide of the point fielder

54.3

Flintoff to Muralitharan, 3 runs, short ball on the middle stump, Muralitharan tries to hit it across and ends up falling on the ground, but manages to get bat onto the ball, rolls away to deep mid-wicket and they complete 3 runs

Sri Lanka 185/9   M Muralitharan 4* (2b)

55.1

Lewis to Muralitharan, SIX, Max! good length ball on the off stump, Muralitharan exposes the stumps and smacks it across the line, right from the centre of the bat and ball goes high and over the mid-wicket fence

55.2

Lewis to Muralitharan, 1 run, fuller length ball, Muralitharan swings it across and gets the inside edge to deep square leg

Sri Lanka 196/9   M Muralitharan 11* (4b 1x6)

56.1

Flintoff to Muralitharan, 3 runs, length ball on the off stump, Muralitharan again hits it across the line, gets the top edge and ball flies over the mid-on fielder

56.5

Flintoff to Muralitharan, FOUR, Four more! fuller length ball on the off stump, Muralitharan exposes the stumps again but nicely gets low down to smash through the cover fence

56.6

Flintoff to Muralitharan, FOUR, Muralitharan adding crucial runs for the team, short ball on the stumps, pulled away to deep square leg fence

Sri Lanka 208/9   M Muralitharan 22* (7b 2x4 1x6)

58.1

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, batsman slashes and gets the outside edge to thirdman

58.5

Hoggard to Muralitharan, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, swinging away nicely, Muralitharan finally gets beaten

58.6

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, good length ball, Muralitharan charges down the track and smacks it straight, almost took off Hoggard on his follow-through, fielded at long-off

Sri Lanka 214/9   M Muralitharan 24* (10b 2x4 1x6)

59.1

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, length ball outside leg stump, turning away, batsman defends it away on the front-foot

59.2

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, defended on the front-foot to cover

59.3

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, fuller length ball outside off stump, Muralitharan just pushes it away to cover

59.4

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, left alone outside off stump

59.5

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, flat and quicker on the leg stump, turning away, batsman defends it away cautiously to offside

59.6

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, flighted ball outside leg stump, Muralitharan tries to play it away onside, sharp turn and ball takes off the gloves and loops to silly point, Jones dives in full length and takes a very good catch but only to see Hair declining the decision

Sri Lanka 214/9   M Muralitharan 24* (16b 2x4 1x6)

60.2

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run

Sri Lanka 216/9   M Muralitharan 25* (17b 2x4 1x6)

62.1

Hoggard to Muralitharan, no run, fraction short on the middle and leg stump, defended on the back-foot to onside

62.2

Hoggard to Muralitharan, FOUR, slower one on the stumps, Muralitharan hits it across the line and does well to connect it, one bounce into the deep mid-wicket fence

62.3

Hoggard to Muralitharan, no run, fuller length ball, Muralitharan keeps it away to offside

62.4

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, short of length ball on the stumps, cross-batted shot to deep mid-wicket

Sri Lanka 226/9   M Muralitharan 30* (21b 3x4 1x6)

63.1

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, defended on the front-foot, with good cover on the outfield Muralitharan doesnt take on Panesar

63.2

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

63.3

Panesar to Muralitharan, 1 run, tossed up on the leg stump, Muralitharan tries to go over the offside, gets the top edge and balloons to cover but falls safe

Sri Lanka 227/9   M Muralitharan 31* (24b 3x4 1x6)

64.1

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, short ball around the off stump, glided away to thirdman

Sri Lanka 228/9   M Muralitharan 32* (25b 3x4 1x6)

65.1

Panesar to Muralitharan, 1 run, flighted ball around the leg stump, Muralitharan tries to heave it across the line, gets the inside edge and ball rolls to vacant mid-wicket

65.5

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, defended on the front-foot

65.6

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, flat on the off stump, Muralitharan defends it away to offside

Sri Lanka 230/9   M Muralitharan 33* (28b 3x4 1x6)

66.2

Plunkett to Muralitharan, OUT, All out! Plunkett bangs a short one outside off stump, Muralitharan moves away onside and tries to reach and pull it from outside off stump, gets the top edge and ball goes high in the air to mid-wicket, Flintoff gets underneath and takes an easy catch

M Muralitharan c Flintoff b Plunkett 33 (56m 29b 3x4 1x6) SR: 113.79

Sri Lanka 231/10   M Muralitharan 33 (29b 3x4 1x6)
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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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Photos

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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