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

1.1

Lewis to Vandort, 1 no ball, defended on the back-foot to silly mid-on

1.1

Lewis to Vandort, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended nicely on the front-foot

1.2

Lewis to Vandort, no run, left alone outside off stump

1.3

Lewis to Vandort, OUT, Great start for the debutant! pitched up on the off stump and shaping into Vandort, batsman tries to defend but the ball slips through bat and pad gap and strikes the stumps

MG Vandort b Lewis 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

1.4

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, short of length ball outside off stump, batsman beaten and there is a appeal for caught-behind

1.5

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off stump

1.6

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball outside off stump, batsman lets it go

Sri Lanka 2/1   J Lewis 1-0-1-1

3.1

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off stump

3.2

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball on the off stump, defended on the front-foot

3.3

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, defended away on the back-foot to short-leg fielder

3.4

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, full length ball around the off stump, batsman goes for the drive and gets beaten

3.5

Lewis to Sangakkara, 2 runs

3.6

Lewis to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot!! that was full and outside off, enough room for Sangakkara to free his arms, leans forward and caressesses the ball through the gap between cover and mid-off, the ball teases a chasing cover fielder, but finally wins the race

Sri Lanka 9/1   J Lewis 2-0-7-1

5.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, good length ball outside off stump, Tharanga moves forward and lets it go

5.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, full length ball around the off stump, swinging away nicely, Tharanga goes for the drive and gets completely beaten by the outswinger

5.3

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, way outside off stump, Tharanga has no problem in letting it go

5.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball around the off stump, Tharanga moves back and shoulders arms, ball keeps swinging in and passes over the off stump

5.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump

5.6

Lewis to Tharanga, FOUR, half-volley outside off stump, Tharanga moves forward and drives beautifully through covers, excellent follow-through of the bat and times it superbly

Sri Lanka 19/1   J Lewis 3-0-11-1

7.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump

7.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball on the stumps, swinging in this time, defended on the back-foot to forward short-leg fielder

7.3

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball on the off stump, batsman moves back and across, defends it away to point region

7.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, good length ball outside off stump, left alone

7.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball and way outside off stump, swinging away further, difficult take for Gones and he does well to collect it

7.6

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, Beauty! length ball around the off stump, straightening this time, Tharanga plays for the inswing and gets beaten

Sri Lanka 23/1   J Lewis 4-1-11-1

10.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, good length ball outside off stump, left alone

10.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off stump

10.3

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short of length ball on the middle stump, swinging in, batsman defends it on the back-foot to short-leg fielder

10.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, defended on the back-foot to legside, looks for a single but decides against it immediately

10.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball just outside off stump, batsman shoulders arms to it

10.6

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball on the off stump, defended on the back-foot to offside

Sri Lanka 40/1   J Lewis 5-2-11-1

12.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, short ball outside off stump, left alone

12.2

Lewis to Tharanga, 3 runs, swinging into the leg stump, batsman flicks it away through mid-wicket, Panesar does the chase and they take three runs

12.3

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, way outside off stump, batsman watches it go

12.4

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball around the off stump, Sangakkara plays inside the line and lets it go

12.5

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, defended solidly on the front-foot to extra-cover

12.6

Lewis to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball on the off stump, defended on the back-foot to silly mid-off and takes a quick single

Sri Lanka 49/1   J Lewis 6-2-15-1

14.1

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, line and length on the off, gets well forward to defen

14.2

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, left alone as it angles away from the left hander

14.3

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, once again he leaves as it anglkes away outside the off

14.4

Lewis to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets forward to the fuller ball on the off, strokes the drive square on the off, Pietersen can not hold on as they scamper through for a couple

14.5

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, gets well forward, line and length and can only defend to the off

14.6

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run

Sri Lanka 59/1   J Lewis 7-2-17-1

16.1

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, left alone outside off, just to wide for him to be tempted

16.2

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, stays on the fullish line on and outside the off, batsman does get forward and pushes at it, plays well inside the line but that was a genuine shot and beaten

16.3

Lewis to Tharanga, 2 runs, gets well forward again, got the front foot more across and steers that gently into the gap on the off for a easy two runs

16.4

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, drags that down the leg side, no real effort to play at it, Jones cleans up

16.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, on the button, no real movement through the air, but left the batsman with nothing else but a forward defensivie push down the pitch

16.6

Lewis to Tharanga, 1 run, slightly leg side, got well inside the line and helps it down to fine leg to keep the strike

Sri Lanka 65/1   J Lewis 8-2-20-1

18.1

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off, keeping a good tempting line and showing a bit of patience

18.2

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, stays on the line and this time he nearly gets the edge as the bat is pulled away at the last second

18.3

Lewis to Sangakkara, no run, just a touch closer to the off, gets a defensive front foot shot to the off

18.4

Lewis to Sangakkara, 1 run, fullish on the off, gets forward and gently pushes down the off into the gap at cover for an easy run

18.5

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, just short of length, right on line, ball tracks back off the seam and a very brave or good leave as the ball climbs over the middle stump

18.6

Lewis to Tharanga, no run, line and length again and a good solid looking forward defence

Sri Lanka 66/1   J Lewis 9-2-21-1

26.1

Lewis to Dilshan, 1 no ball, defended on the front-foot to offside, starts with a no-ball

26.1

Lewis to Dilshan, no run, length ball outside off stump and swinging away further, Dilshan lets it go

26.2

Lewis to Dilshan, FOUR, half-volley but way outside off stump, Dilshan reaches for it and smashes through cover point fence, aggressive shot from Dilshan!

26.3

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

26.3

Lewis to Dilshan, no run, line and length on the off stump, nipping in off the wicket, batsman tries to defend it but misses and ball hits the thigh

26.4

Lewis to Dilshan, no run

26.5

Lewis to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off stump

26.6

Lewis to Dilshan, 3 runs, straying onto the pads, Dilshan flicks it away in the air to deep square leg but was not timed perfectly to reach the fence, they complete three runs

Sri Lanka 95/4   J Lewis 10-2-29-1

28.1

Lewis to Dilshan, OUT, good length ball on the off stump, seaming away a bit, Dilshan moves forward and pushes at it, takes the outside edge and a goes low down to Flintoff at second slip, good smart catch taken by the skipper!

TM Dilshan c Flintoff b Lewis 8 (17m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

28.2

Lewis to Kapugedera, 1 run, good length ball on the middle and leg stump, nipping in, turned away to square leg and Kapugedera off the mark

28.3

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, length ball around the off stump, shaping in this time, Jayasuriya stretches forward to defend and gets a big inside edge to square leg

28.4

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, one more good inswinger, batsman gets an inside edge and a loud shout from the slip cordon

28.5

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run

28.6

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, defended on the back-foot to forward short-leg fielder

Sri Lanka 98/5   J Lewis 11-2-30-2

30.1

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, defended on the back-foot to onside

30.2

Lewis to Jayasuriya, FOUR, pitched up and given width outside off stump, Jayasuriya moves forward and drives beautifully through covers

30.3

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

30.4

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, swinging down the legside, Jayasuriya tries to glance but it was well down the legside

30.5

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, Beauty! good length ball around the off stump, straightening this time, Jayasuriya plays for the inswinger and gets comprehensively beaten

30.6

Lewis to Jayasuriya, no run, length ball outside off stump, Jayasuriya moves forward to defend but gets stuck on the pads, loud shout but was stuck way outside off stump

Sri Lanka 102/5   J Lewis 12-2-34-2

32.1

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, short of length ball on the middle and off stump, shaping away, defended on the back-foot to cover

32.2

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

32.3

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, batsman moves back and defends to onside, very well played from Kapugedera

32.4

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, good length ball on the off stump, Kapugedera moves on the front-foot and defends it down solidly to cover

32.5

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, fraction short and swinging away, Kapugedera caught on two minds and just hangs his bat from the crease, gets beaten

32.6

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, left alone outside off stump, Lewis bowls with a round arm action and has a beautiful outswinger

Sri Lanka 105/6   J Lewis 13-3-34-2

34.1

Lewis to Maharoof, no run, good length ball on the off stump, seaming in this time, batsman gets an inside edge and ball rolls to square leg

34.2

Lewis to Maharoof, no run, good length ball on the off stump and swinging away, batsman defends with an angled bat to gully

34.3

Lewis to Maharoof, 2 runs, full length ball and shaping away, batsman moves forward and pushes at it, ball takes off the outside half of the bat and runs to deep point for a couple of runs

34.4

Lewis to Maharoof, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

34.5

Lewis to Maharoof, 2 runs, pitched up outside off stump, driven through covers for a couple of runs

34.6

Lewis to Maharoof, no run, left alone outside off stump

Sri Lanka 115/6   J Lewis 14-3-38-2

36.1

Lewis to Kapugedera, FOUR, Lewis bowls a short one, Kapugedera rocks back and pulls it away in the air to deep square leg fence

36.2

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

36.3

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, defended solidly on the front-foot back to the bowler

36.4

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, length ball outside off stump, batsman not tempted and lets it go

36.5

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, one more outswinger from Lewis outside off stump, batsman showing no signs of frustration, shoulders arms

36.6

Lewis to Kapugedera, no run, short ball outside off stump, batsman lets it go

Sri Lanka 120/6   J Lewis 15-3-42-2

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

45.2

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

45.3

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

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   J Lewis 16-3-45-2

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

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   J Lewis 17-3-46-2

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   J Lewis 18-3-48-2

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   J Lewis 19-3-57-3

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   J Lewis 20-3-61-3

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

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   J Lewis 21-3-68-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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