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

15.1

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

15.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, better line, but oversteps, defends well from just on the off towards the cover area

15.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, oversteps again, gets the footwork wrong but on the spot with the line and length, good leave just wide of the off stump

15.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, angled into the legs, just short of length, gets up into the pads, runs away behind the batsman on the on side

15.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, great ball, draws him forward outside the off, pushes defensively at it, ball moves away and beats the bat

15.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, slightly too far dowen the leg side, goes through to the keeper Jones

15.5

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, holds that back a bit but it is wide of the off, batsman gets well forward and plays a defensive shot well inside the line

15.6

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run

Sri Lanka 62/1   A Flintoff 1-0-3-0

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   A Flintoff 2-1-3-0

19.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off

19.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, short, but a bit wide, goes low almost onto his knee, watching the ball go harmlessly high and wide of the off

19.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, fuller and quicker, outside off, angle takes it away further and beats the edge as the batsman pushes at it from the back foot

19.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, pushes him onto the back foot, where he defends down to ground on the on side

19.5

Flintoff to Sangakkara, FOUR, full on the off, gets well forward, drives through the line and cleanly hit inside mid-off, not perfectly timed, but enough to go to the long-off rope

19.6

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, defends from length and line downm the pitch

Sri Lanka 70/1   A Flintoff 3-1-7-0

21.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off, just nagging away at the line outside off, batsmen not quite being tempted

21.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, hits the pitch hard just outside the off, 90 mph, gets across to the off well, covering anything coming back, leaves

21.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off, again into the 90 mph

21.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, oversteps as he tries to get a little more out of it, angled across a touch wide, movement after pitching, left alone

21.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, goes round the wicket, that does not help either, still oversteps but makes the batsman defend from the back foot

21.4

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, stays round, starts it outside the off, holds its line, batsman back and across but plays well inside the line as he leaves

21.5

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, a little straighter, gets the desired shot, but not the edge as he beats Sangakkara on the back foot, this time he was tempted to play at it

21.6

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, angled back at the left hander, then leaves him off the pitch, again beaten on the back foot

Sri Lanka 76/1   A Flintoff 4-1-9-0

23.1

Flintoff to Sangakkara, no run, just short, angled away to th off, gets back and high on the toes, punches to the off but can not beat point

23.2

Flintoff to Sangakkara, 2 runs, fuller ball on the off, gets well forward, plays it late and with soft hands, runs it between gully and point

23.3

Flintoff to Sangakkara, OUT, might have been a slower ball, on line, leaves Sangakkara off the pitch, was half foward, hits something, appeals as Jones takes, Darrell Hair says it is the edge and raises the finger

KC Sangakkara c †Jones b Flintoff 36 (102m 76b 5x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

23.4

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, left alone outside off

23.5

Flintoff to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, has gone back to over the wicket to the right hander, touch short, gets up on the back foot, defends to the off

23.5

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, follows the shortish ball up with a full one, on line, and defending from the crease Jayawardene defends to the off

23.6

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run

Sri Lanka 85/2   A Flintoff 5-1-12-1

25.1

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, just short of length, gets back and across, ball does a bit, and a thich edge/outside half of the bat squirts towards gully

25.1

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, angled down the leg, slightly short, gets inside it, but can not run it past the leg gully

25.2

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run, short of length on the off, gets half back and well defended to ground and the off

25.3

Flintoff to Jayawardene, 1 no ball, short, picked that up a bit late, has to duck under it quickly to avoid a few bruised ribs, Jones takes down the leg side

25.3

Flintoff to Jayawardene, no run

25.4

Flintoff to Jayawardene, OUT, full on the off, pushes forward to one going away, gets the thin edge and a bit of a collapse for Sri Lanka

DPMD Jayawardene c †Jones b Flintoff 0 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

25.4

Flintoff to Jayawardene, OUT, good length ball outside off stump, batsman lets it go

DPMD Jayawardene c †Jones b Flintoff 0 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

25.5

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, 1 no ball, fraction short on the middle and leg stump, swinging in, Jayasuriya defends on the back-foot to short-leg

25.5

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run, swinging down the legside

25.6

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run

Sri Lanka 87/4   A Flintoff 6-1-14-2

27.1

Flintoff to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length ball on the off stump, pushed off the back-foot through covers and they take a quick single

27.2

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run, Flintoff sends down a bouncer, Jayasuriya has no problem and easily ducks underneath

27.3

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, 1 no ball, short ball on the leg stump, turned away to legslip

27.3

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

27.4

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run, short of length ball outside off stump and angled further away, Jayasuriya lets it go

27.5

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run, short ball on the middle stump, nipping away, Jayasuriya covers the line of the ball and defends to short cover, looks for a single but Flintoff quick to the ball

27.6

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, batsman gets an inside edge onto the pads

Sri Lanka 97/4   A Flintoff 7-1-16-2

29.1

Flintoff to Kapugedera, no run, fuller length ball swinging in outside off stump, batsman drives and gets beaten

29.2

Flintoff to Kapugedera, no run, good quick bouncer on the off stump, Kapugedera ducks underneath

29.3

Flintoff to Kapugedera, no run, Flintoff bowls a good length ball following the bouncer, no footwork from the batsman and is beaten all ends up

29.4

Flintoff to Kapugedera, no run, bouncer again from Flintoff, Kapugedera too late to get down, gets hit on the helmet and ball loops to Jones

29.5

Flintoff to Kapugedera, no run, defended on the back-foot back to the bowler

29.6

Flintoff to Kapugedera, no run, fraction short on the middle stump, batsman moves back and defends it down to short-leg fielder

Sri Lanka 98/5   A Flintoff 8-2-16-2

31.1

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

31.2

Flintoff to Kapugedera, 3 runs, Flintoff goes for the yorker but ends up as a low full toss, flicked away through mid-wicket but doesnt take it to the fence, complete 3 runs

31.3

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, no run, length ball outside off stump, seaming away from round the wicket, left alone

31.4

Flintoff to Jayasuriya, OUT, Six down! good length ball on the off stump, seaming away off the wicket, Jayasuriya moves forward and pokes at it, ball takes off the top edge and goes straight to Pietersen at gully

ST Jayasuriya c Pietersen b Flintoff 4 (28m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.04

31.5

Flintoff to Maharoof, no run, swinging down the legside, not a good first ball from Flintoff to Maharoof

31.6

Flintoff to Maharoof, no run, short ball on the middle stump, batsman moves back and defends it down to silly mid-on, successful over from Flintoff

Sri Lanka 105/6   A Flintoff 9-2-19-3

33.1

Flintoff to Maharoof, no run, good quick bouncer from Flintoff, batsman slow to react and get down, gets hit on the helmet

33.2

Flintoff to Maharoof, no run, defended on the back-foot

33.3

Flintoff to Maharoof, no run, short ball on the off stump, defended nicely this time to offside

33.4

Flintoff to Maharoof, 1 no ball, fraction short on the middle stump, nipping in, batsman tries to glance but gets on the thighs

33.4

Flintoff to Maharoof, 4 byes, one more quick bouncer from Flintoff, nipping in a long way and almost hit Maharoof again, difficult take for Gones and fails to collect it, ball runs away to the fence

33.5

Flintoff to Maharoof, 1 run, short ball on the off stump, nipping into Maharoof, batsman moves back to defend and ball takes off the inside half of the bat to square leg

33.6

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

Sri Lanka 111/6   A Flintoff 10-2-21-3

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

48.2

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

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   A Flintoff 11-2-23-3

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

50.2

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

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   A Flintoff 12-2-24-3

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   A Flintoff 13-2-31-3

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

54.2

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

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

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   A Flintoff 14-2-40-3

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

56.2

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

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   A Flintoff 15-2-52-3
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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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