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

9.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, length ball around the off stump, batsman beaten on the front-foot

9.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, short of length ball outside off stump, batsman moves back and feels to play at it, gets beaten again

9.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, (no ball) 1 run, swinging into the pads, glanced away to fine leg

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

9.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the front-foot

9.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, FOUR, Boundary to end the over! half-volley outside off stump, batsman puts it away on the front-foot to cover fence, one more good cover-drive from the left-hander

Sri Lanka 40/1   LE Plunkett 1-0-6-0

11.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball on the off stump, swinging away, batsman tries to defend on the front-foot but gets beaten by the away movement

11.2

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, short ball on the off stump, batsman back and across, defends it away to offside

11.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, length ball on the off stump, batsman gets an inside edge onto the pads

11.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, full length ball on the off stump, swinging in, batsman tries to drive but gets an inside edge and ball rolls away to onside

11.4

Plunkett to Sangakkara, FOUR, half-volley outside off stump, Sangakkara brings up another excellent cover-drive and ball races away to the fence

11.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the back-foot back to the bowler

11.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on the off stump, batsman moves forward and tries to play for the inswinger, ball takes the outside edge but falls well short of the 3rd slip fielder

Sri Lanka 45/1   LE Plunkett 2-0-11-0

13.1

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, glanced away nicely to fine leg

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

13.3

Plunkett to Sangakkara, FOUR, one more half-folley from the English bowlers, Sangakkara moves forward and drives straight down the ground to long-off fence

13.4

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, short of length ball on the middle stump, turned away to square leg

13.5

Plunkett to Sangakkara, no run, fraction short on the off stump, Sagakkara moves across to the line of the ball and defends it away to point region

13.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 wide, way outside off stump, Hair calls it a wide-ball

13.6

Plunkett to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, turned away to mid-wicket and a single taken

Sri Lanka 57/1   LE Plunkett 3-0-18-0

38.1

Plunkett to Kapugedera, no run, defends just outside of off, rolls it to the off

38.2

Plunkett to Kapugedera, 1 run, gets one shortish, punches into the gap at cover

38.3

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

38.4

Plunkett to Kapugedera, no run, line and length, gets forward and solid defence

38.5

Plunkett to Kapugedera, FOUR, full on the legs and that is neatly clipped through the on side, just straying slightly and is punished

38.6

Plunkett to Kapugedera, no run, back to playing defensive to a ball that is moving away, but gets well forward and behind it

Sri Lanka 135/7   LE Plunkett 4-0-24-0

40.1

Plunkett to Kapugedera, no run, Angled into the right hander who gets well forward and defends to the off, Plunkett still getting slight away movement

40.2

Plunkett to Kapugedera, no run, has him on the back foot in the crease, just short of length, defends to the off

40.3

Plunkett to Kapugedera, OUT, What a catch by Strauss in the slips, a loose shot from the front foot to one just outside off and going away that finds the edge and then Strauss diving away to left to take a very good catch

CK Kapugedera c Strauss b Plunkett 14 (59m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.16

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   LE Plunkett 5-1-24-1

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

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   LE Plunkett 6-1-25-1

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

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   LE Plunkett 7-1-28-1

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   LE Plunkett 8-1-35-1

66.1

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

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   LE Plunkett 8.2-1-36-2
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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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