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

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

Rudi Koertzen has a look at the watch and decides that it is indeed tea and a happy England team leave the field. For Sri Lanka there is still a lot to do, but have started well with the Vaas Malinga partnership growing to 21. We will be back after the tea in 15 minutes.

End of over 51 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 160/8
WPUJC Vaas    10* (36b 1x4)      A Flintoff    12-2-24-3
SL Malinga    13* (38b 1x4)      J Lewis    18-3-48-2

Welcome back to the last session of Day 1. Lewis to bowl

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

End of over 52 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 169/9
     J Lewis    19-3-57-3
WPUJC Vaas    10* (36b 1x4)      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

End of over 53 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 176/9
WPUJC Vaas    17* (42b 2x4)      A Flintoff    13-2-31-3
M Muralitharan    0* (0b)      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

End of over 54 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 180/9
WPUJC Vaas    21* (48b 3x4)      J Lewis    20-3-61-3
M Muralitharan    0* (0b)      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

End of over 55 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 189/9
WPUJC Vaas    26* (52b 4x4)      A Flintoff    14-2-40-3
M Muralitharan    4* (2b)      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

End of over 56 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 196/9
WPUJC Vaas    26* (56b 4x4)      J Lewis    21-3-68-3
M Muralitharan    11* (4b 1x6)      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

round the wicket

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

End of over 57 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 208/9
M Muralitharan    22* (7b 2x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    15-2-52-3
WPUJC Vaas    27* (59b 4x4)      J Lewis    21-3-68-3

Panesar onto the attack

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

End of over 58 (maiden) Sri Lanka 208/9
WPUJC Vaas    27* (65b 4x4)      MS Panesar    1-1-0-0
M Muralitharan    22* (7b 2x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    15-2-52-3

Hoggard brought back into the attack

58.1

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, batsman slashes and gets the outside edge to thirdman

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

58.5

Hoggard to Muralitharan, no run, short of length ball on the off stump, swinging away nicely, Muralitharan finally gets beaten

58.6

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, good length ball, Muralitharan charges down the track and smacks it straight, almost took off Hoggard on his follow-through, fielded at long-off

End of over 59 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 214/9
M Muralitharan    24* (10b 2x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    14-3-52-2
WPUJC Vaas    30* (69b 4x4)      MS Panesar    1-1-0-0

59.1

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, length ball outside leg stump, turning away, batsman defends it away on the front-foot

59.2

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

59.3

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, fuller length ball outside off stump, Muralitharan just pushes it away to cover

59.4

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, left alone outside off stump

59.5

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, flat and quicker on the leg stump, turning away, batsman defends it away cautiously to offside

59.6

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, flighted ball outside leg stump, Muralitharan tries to play it away onside, sharp turn and ball takes off the gloves and loops to silly point, Jones dives in full length and takes a very good catch but only to see Hair declining the decision

End of over 60 (maiden) Sri Lanka 214/9
M Muralitharan    24* (16b 2x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    2-2-0-0
WPUJC Vaas    30* (69b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-3-52-2

60.1

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

60.2

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run

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

End of over 61 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 221/9
WPUJC Vaas    36* (74b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    15-3-59-2
M Muralitharan    25* (17b 2x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    2-2-0-0

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

End of over 62 (maiden) Sri Lanka 221/9
WPUJC Vaas    36* (80b 5x4)      MS Panesar    3-3-0-0
M Muralitharan    25* (17b 2x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    15-3-59-2

62.1

Hoggard to Muralitharan, no run, fraction short on the middle and leg stump, defended on the back-foot to onside

62.2

Hoggard to Muralitharan, FOUR, slower one on the stumps, Muralitharan hits it across the line and does well to connect it, one bounce into the deep mid-wicket fence

62.3

Hoggard to Muralitharan, no run, fuller length ball, Muralitharan keeps it away to offside

62.4

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, short of length ball on the stumps, cross-batted shot to deep mid-wicket

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

End of over 63 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 226/9
WPUJC Vaas    36* (82b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    16-3-64-2
M Muralitharan    30* (21b 3x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    3-3-0-0

63.1

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, defended on the front-foot, with good cover on the outfield Muralitharan doesnt take on Panesar

63.2

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, defended on the back-foot to offside

silly point comes in place

63.3

Panesar to Muralitharan, 1 run, tossed up on the leg stump, Muralitharan tries to go over the offside, gets the top edge and balloons to cover but falls safe

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

End of over 64 (1 run) Sri Lanka 227/9
WPUJC Vaas    36* (85b 5x4)      MS Panesar    4-3-1-0
M Muralitharan    31* (24b 3x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    16-3-64-2

64.1

Hoggard to Muralitharan, 1 run, short ball around the off stump, glided away to thirdman

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

End of over 65 (1 run) Sri Lanka 228/9
WPUJC Vaas    36* (90b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    17-3-65-2
M Muralitharan    32* (25b 3x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    4-3-1-0

65.1

Panesar to Muralitharan, 1 run, flighted ball around the leg stump, Muralitharan tries to heave it across the line, gets the inside edge and ball rolls to vacant mid-wicket

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

65.5

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

65.6

Panesar to Muralitharan, no run, flat on the off stump, Muralitharan defends it away to offside

End of over 66 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 230/9
M Muralitharan    33* (28b 3x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    5-3-3-0
WPUJC Vaas    37* (93b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    17-3-65-2

Plunkett brought back into the attack

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

England have done well to restrict Sri Lankans to 231 runs on what looks like a good batting track. Indisciplined batting from the Sri Lankan top order led to the collapse and it was left to the lower order to plunder some valuable runs with Vaas and Muralitharan adding 62 runs for the last wicket. Good bowling from the debutant Lewis and Flintoff found the top order struggling to stay on the wicket. Hoggard and Plunkett got among the wickets as well with two each to their credit

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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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