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

37.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, good length ball on the off stump, swinging in and Vaas luckily gets an inside edge, Hair declines the appeal

37.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot

Sri Lanka 129/7   WPUJC Vaas 0* (2b)

38.3

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, fullish, pushes into the covers to get off the mark

Sri Lanka 131/7   WPUJC Vaas 1* (3b)

39.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, angled across the left hander who does move the feet well to defend

39.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, well forward on the off, just on line, defends to the off

39.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, full, just outside off, angle taking it away, well left for Jones to clean up

39.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, keeping Vaas on the front foot, just on the off, played away to cover

39.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, once again all defensive, drawing him out on the front foot

39.6

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, a touch too full, and Vaas plays that neatly down and through the line, ball races away to long-off

Sri Lanka 139/7   WPUJC Vaas 5* (9b 1x4)

41.1

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, outside off, bit to wide to tempt the experienced Vaas who leaves

41.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, just on the off, angling across the left hander from over the wicket, gets a good stride in and defends to the off

41.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, well forward and all defensive, looks pretty solid on the forward defence

41.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, gets well forward on the off, ball is a bit wide and going away, plays well inside it

41.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, left alone again, plays a forward shot, but plays it well inside the line

41.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, well forward and this time gets one closer to the off stump, pushes the stroke towards covers

Sri Lanka 139/8   WPUJC Vaas 5* (15b 1x4)

42.4

Plunkett to Vaas, no run, Well forward on the off, plays late and with the open face, Collingwood does well diving to his right and saving a couple of runs

42.5

Plunkett to Vaas, no run, just outside off, touch too wide, left alone

42.6

Plunkett to Vaas, no run, outside off, drawn well out on the front foot, right hand drags that to the on side as he pushes at it, can not get across to keep the strike

Sri Lanka 140/8   WPUJC Vaas 5* (18b 1x4)

44.1

Plunkett to Vaas, no run, line and length draws Vaas out to it and defends well rolling it away to the off

44.2

Plunkett to Vaas, no run, full ball outside off, left alone

44.3

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, Round the wicket now, angled into the left hander who is forward and stroking down the ground to mid-off for an easy run

Sri Lanka 141/8   WPUJC Vaas 6* (21b 1x4)

45.2

Lewis to Vaas, 1 run, good length ball, just a touch straight, worked for the run to the on side

45.4

Lewis to Vaas, no run, all defensive on the off

45.5

Lewis to Vaas, no run, just short of a length, has to adjust as he was on his way forward, well defended

45.5

Lewis to Vaas, no run, just short of a length, has to adjust as he was on his way forward, well defended

45.6

Lewis to Vaas, no run, left alone

Sri Lanka 146/8   WPUJC Vaas 7* (25b 1x4)

47.1

Lewis to Vaas, no run, angled across the left hander, nice and full, but not tempted, gets well forward but hides the bat behind the pad

47.2

Lewis to Vaas, no run, Vaas not interested in the balls angling well across him, gets forward and tacks the bat well behind the front leg

47.3

Lewis to Vaas, no run, has to play at this one, just on the off, good length, defends to the off

47.4

Lewis to Vaas, 1 run, just about on a good length, right on target, gets well forward and nudges into the hole at cover

Sri Lanka 154/8   WPUJC Vaas 8* (29b 1x4)

48.1

Flintoff to Vaas, 1 run, Flintoff back on, starts from over the wicket, touch full just wide of the off, stroked into the cover area for the run

48.6

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, outside off, pushing it across the left hander from over the wicket, left alone

Sri Lanka 156/8   WPUJC Vaas 9* (31b 1x4)

50.1

Flintoff to Vaas, 1 run, round the wicket, full angled in to the off, gets forward and firmly pushes into the gap at cover

50.3

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, staying round the wicket, full but outside off, Vaas is not interested

50.4

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, effort ball from Flintoff, gets up from just short of a length, Vaas has to hurry out of the way falling away to the on side

50.5

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, full and straight, gets him coming well forward and defending with tea maybe a ball away

50.6

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, full and on the off, pushes forward, outside half of the bat, but well gathered on the dive at gully

Sri Lanka 160/8   WPUJC Vaas 10* (36b 1x4)

52.1

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, left alone outside off stump

52.2

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, length ball around the off stump, batsman pushes and gets beaten by the away movement

52.3

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, length ball outside off stump, left alone

52.4

Flintoff to Vaas, FOUR, short ball on the leg stump, nipping away, Vaas rocks back and pulls it away hard to mid-wicket fence, excellent shot!

52.5

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot to point

52.6

Flintoff to Vaas, 3 runs, good length ball outside off stump, angled away and moving away further, Vaas drives off the front-foot to cover, good chase by the fielder and saves one run

Sri Lanka 176/9   WPUJC Vaas 17* (42b 2x4)

53.1

Lewis to Vaas, no run, short ball on the off stump and shaping in, defended on the back-foot down the wicket

53.2

Lewis to Vaas, no run, Lewis hits the length on the off stump, swinging in, Vaas plays on the front-foot back to the bowler, very well played by Vaas

53.3

Lewis to Vaas, no run, short ball on the off stump, Vaas covers and right across the line of the ball, defends it away to offside

53.4

Lewis to Vaas, FOUR, Lewis bowls a short one on the off stump, not much of pace as well, Vaas quick to pick the length, rocks back and pulls it away to the mid-wicket fence

53.5

Lewis to Vaas, no run, short of length delivery and given width outside off stump, Vaas smashes it off the back-foot, good diving stop by Collingwood at gully

53.6

Lewis to Vaas, no run, Lewis bowls a slower one, right on the off stump, Vaas defends but gets the outside edge, falls well short of Flintoff at 2nd slip

Sri Lanka 180/9   WPUJC Vaas 21* (48b 3x4)

54.2

Flintoff to Vaas, 1 run, short ball on the off stump, punched off the back-foot to deep point

54.4

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, left alone outside off stump

54.5

Flintoff to Vaas, FOUR, good length ball angled across on the off stump, nipping away further, batsman pushes with an angled bat and gets it right between gully and slip cordon, ball runs away to the fence

54.6

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, driven straight to the cover fielder

Sri Lanka 189/9   WPUJC Vaas 26* (52b 4x4)

55.3

Lewis to Vaas, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

55.4

Lewis to Vaas, no run, length ball on the off stump, Vaas moves forward and defends it nicely on the front-foot

55.5

Lewis to Vaas, no run, Vaas stretches and leans forward, defends it away to cover

55.6

Lewis to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot to point, Vaas seems to change his approach with Muralitharan taking on

Sri Lanka 196/9   WPUJC Vaas 26* (56b 4x4)

56.2

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

56.3

Flintoff to Vaas, no run, length ball on the off stump, defened nicely on the front-foot

56.4

Flintoff to Vaas, 1 run, on the pads, Vaas glances it away to fine leg and Sri Lanka brings up their 200 on the board

Sri Lanka 200/9   WPUJC Vaas 27* (59b 4x4)

57.1

Panesar to Vaas, no run, defended on the front-foot to offside

57.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, length ball, bit quicker on the off stump, Vaas defends it away to offside

57.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, tossed up a bit on the off stump, batsman plays on the front-foot, bat-pad onto the offside

57.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, length ball and into the rough, turning in, batsman tries to cut but ends up getting a bottom edge, luckily ball rolls away of the stumps

57.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, pushed off the front-foot to point

57.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, defended to point

Sri Lanka 208/9   WPUJC Vaas 27* (65b 4x4)

58.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short of length ball on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

58.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot to point

58.4

Hoggard to Vaas, (no ball) 2 runs, fuller length ball on the leg stump, Vaas puts it away wide of the deep square leg fielder for a couple of runs

58.4

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, given width outside off stump, batsman smashes on the front-foot but straight to deep cover fielder

Sri Lanka 213/9   WPUJC Vaas 30* (69b 4x4)

60.1

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, turned away to mid-wicket

60.3

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, fuller length ball outside off stump, Vaas smashes on the front-foot through covers, good hard shot

60.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the front-foot straight to cover

60.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short of length ball outside off stump, Vaas moves back and glides down to gully fielder

60.6

Hoggard to Vaas, 1 run, Hoggard bowls a bouncer, Vaas hooks it away to deep square leg, does well to keep it along the ground, 52 runs added for the last wicket so far

Sri Lanka 221/9   WPUJC Vaas 36* (74b 5x4)

61.1

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

61.2

Panesar to Vaas, no run, length ball around the off stump, defended away to offside

61.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run

61.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, flighted ball outside off stump, Vaas defends it away to offside

61.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run, yorker length ball on the off stump, Vaas tries to dig it and gets an inside edge to short-leg

61.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, fraction short on the leg stump, turned away to square leg

Sri Lanka 221/9   WPUJC Vaas 36* (80b 5x4)

62.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot to point

62.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, fraction short on the off stump, batsman defends it away to offside

Sri Lanka 226/9   WPUJC Vaas 36* (82b 5x4)

63.4

Panesar to Vaas, no run, turned away on the back-foot to short fine leg fielder

63.5

Panesar to Vaas, no run

63.6

Panesar to Vaas, no run, fraction short on the leg stump, turned away again to short fine leg fielder

Sri Lanka 227/9   WPUJC Vaas 36* (85b 5x4)

64.2

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, length ball on the off stump, shaping in and Vaas stuck on the pads, loud shout but it was going up

64.3

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, defended on the back-foot to point, Vaas wants a single but rightly sent back by Muralitharan, good attacking fielding by Collingwood

64.4

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, fuller length ball outside off stump, Vaas stretches forward and pushes to cover

64.5

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, length ball around the off stump, defended on the front-foot to cover

64.6

Hoggard to Vaas, no run, short of length ball on the stumps, defended on the back-foot to onside

Sri Lanka 228/9   WPUJC Vaas 36* (90b 5x4)

65.2

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

65.3

Panesar to Vaas, no run, length ball around the off stump, defends it away to offside

65.4

Panesar to Vaas, 1 run, fuller length ball on the middle and leg stump, batsman tries to loft over mid-wicket, takes the outside edge and loops to cover, falls wide of Collingwood

Sri Lanka 230/9   WPUJC Vaas 37* (93b 5x4)

66.1

Plunkett to Vaas, 1 run, swinging into the pads, Vaas glances it away to fine leg

Sri Lanka 231/9   WPUJC Vaas 38* (94b 5x4)
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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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