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

40.4

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, just outside the off, going away, Malinga wafts a bat it, ball leaves him and he does not get close, Jones takes

40.5

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, leg side ball, just lost the target for a secfcond, batsman flicks, no contact, Jones goes down the leg side to take

40.6

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, full on the off, again slight away movement, gets the outside half of the bat as he shuffles forward, squeeses out to gully

Sri Lanka 139/8   SL Malinga 0* (3b)

42.1

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, left alone, far too wide to tempt even Malinga

42.2

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, outside off, keeps it out there and leaves

42.3

Plunkett to Malinga, 1 run, full, but too straight, gets half forward in the crease and works that to the on side

Sri Lanka 140/8   SL Malinga 1* (6b)

43.1

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, full, leg side, looks to work that to the on side, beaten, into the pads, an appeal, but very hopeful

43.2

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, agaled into the legs again, playing from the crease he does get bat to it, keeping it out to the on side

43.3

Hoggard to Malinga, no run

43.4

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, right on line, full, may be a slower ball, seam came out a bit scrambled, defends well to the off

43.5

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, defends to the off, gets a slight thick edge, Cook dives across but the ball does not reach him, falls just short

43.6

Hoggard to Malinga, no run, fullish angled into the pads, squared up a bit, but neatly dabs it away behind square to square leg

Sri Lanka 140/8   SL Malinga 1* (12b)

44.4

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, goes back over the wicket, full almost yorker length, dug out well to the off

44.5

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, lets one slip down the leg side again, was full, malinga has a flick, but no contact as Jones scurries across

44.6

Plunkett to Malinga, 1 no ball, oversteps on the last ball, full on the off, gebtly played into the covers from the front foot

44.6

Plunkett to Malinga, 1 run, shorter ball outside off, malinga is back and pushes into the covers, confident enough to take the run and keeps the strike

Sri Lanka 143/8   SL Malinga 2* (16b)

45.1

Lewis to Malinga, 1 run, DROPPED, full, angled into the legs, flicks to the on side, in the air, square leg, Cook, dives to his right, hand outstretched, but can not hold on

45.3

Lewis to Malinga, 1 run, angled into the legs again, this time plays straight and an easy run towards wide mid-on

Sri Lanka 146/8   SL Malinga 4* (18b)

46.1

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, just too far outside off, gets back and across and leaves

46.2

Plunkett to Malinga, FOUR, short of a length, just outside off, gets back, opens the face of the bat, in the air but through the vacant 4th slip area

46.3

Plunkett to Malinga, 1 no ball, another no ball from the England bowlers, oversteps as he pushes one to the off and is defended back towards the off

46.3

Plunkett to Malinga, 2 runs, lets one slips down the leg side, Malinga gets well inside that, flicks, in the air, races away until the fine leg slides in to deny him a boundary

46.4

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, short and wide outside off, left alone

46.5

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, follows the short ball up with a fuller one, but far too wide outside the off

46.6

Plunkett to Malinga, no run, short, outside off, no fear from that as Malinga just sways back and leaves

Sri Lanka 153/8   SL Malinga 10* (25b 1x4)

47.5

Lewis to Malinga, no run, length and line, still getting some slight movement out of the ball, but well covered as he dabs to the off

47.6

Lewis to Malinga, no run, all defensive from length and line

Sri Lanka 154/8   SL Malinga 10* (27b 1x4)

48.2

Flintoff to Malinga, no run, Outside off, still losening up, but gets Malinga playing at one fairly wide of the off, beaten

48.3

Flintoff to Malinga, no run, and again Malinga is beaten as he gets one full going away from him, some noises now coming from the full house crowd

48.4

Flintoff to Malinga, no run, all defensive as he gets one right on line and full, rolls it down the pitch

48.5

Flintoff to Malinga, 1 run, a lot more comfortable on the legs as he flicks a straighter one angled at the legs towards fine leg

Sri Lanka 156/8   SL Malinga 11* (31b 1x4)

49.1

Lewis to Malinga, 2 runs, full, on the legs, plays from the crease and chips that safely over the midwicket for a comfortable two

49.2

Lewis to Malinga, no run, angled at the legs, gets himself square but working it to the leg side from the middle of the bat

49.3

Lewis to Malinga, no run, full and straight, gets half forward, hurries the shot slightly keeps it out to the off

49.4

Lewis to Malinga, no run, outside off, too wide, left alone

49.5

Lewis to Malinga, no run, full and straight, slower ball, digs that out with a straight bat, running it back down the pitch

49.6

Lewis to Malinga, no run, all defensive from the front foot and starting to more confident with every shot

Sri Lanka 158/8   SL Malinga 13* (37b 1x4)

50.2

Flintoff to Malinga, 1 leg bye, gets the short one, was not expected, tries to get out of the way but manages to take it off the elbow dow towards fine leg

Sri Lanka 160/8   SL Malinga 13* (38b 1x4)

51.1

Lewis to Malinga, no run, short ball on the off stump, batsman covers up nicely and defends it away to offside

51.2

Lewis to Malinga, 1 no ball, fraction short on the middle stump and bit of away movement, batsman moves back and defends it away to onside

51.2

Lewis to Malinga, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, gentle loosener from Lewis offering to hit, Malinga leans back and cuts it away to point fence

51.3

Lewis to Malinga, no run, short of length delivery around the off stump and shaping away, bit quick this time from Lewis bending his back, batsman beaten on the back-foot

51.4

Lewis to Malinga, FOUR, short ball outside off stump, Malinga goes back and slashes at it, ball flies over the slip cordon and bounces into the fence

51.5

Lewis to Malinga, no run, length ball around the off stump, batsman pushes and gets the edge along the ground to gully

51.6

Lewis to Malinga, OUT, Nine down! short ball on the leg stump, Malinga moves back and tries to flick it off his legs but ends up hitting in the air, Pietersen moves forward and takes a good low catch

SL Malinga c Pietersen b Lewis 21 (48m 45b 3x4 0x6) SR: 46.66

Sri Lanka 169/9   SL Malinga 21 (45b 3x4)
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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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