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

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   KC Sangakkara 6* (9b 1x4)   J Lewis 2-0-7-1

4.1

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, Hoggard to Tharanga this time, same result - a boundary! it was pitched up but a lot straighter, Tharanga dries through the line, straight past the man at mid-off, the ball races away to the fence

Sri Lanka 13/1   WU Tharanga 4* (11b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 2.1-0-6-0

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   WU Tharanga 9* (21b 2x4)   J Lewis 3-0-11-1

8.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, swinging into the pads, flicked away fine to the fence and 2 consecutive boundaries for Tharanga

Sri Lanka 29/1   WU Tharanga 13* (28b 3x4)   MJ Hoggard 4.5-0-18-0

8.6

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR

Sri Lanka 33/1   WU Tharanga 17* (29b 4x4)   MJ Hoggard 5-0-22-0

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   KC Sangakkara 16* (26b 2x4)   LE Plunkett 1-0-6-0

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

Sri Lanka 45/1   KC Sangakkara 20* (31b 3x4)   LE Plunkett 1.4-0-11-0

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

Sri Lanka 55/1   KC Sangakkara 26* (39b 4x4)   LE Plunkett 2.3-0-16-0

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

Sri Lanka 70/1   KC Sangakkara 34* (64b 5x4)   A Flintoff 2.5-1-7-0

20.4

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, too full, too wide and a crashing drive races past the covers

Sri Lanka 74/1   WU Tharanga 28* (59b 5x4)   MJ Hoggard 5.4-0-26-0

22.5

Hoggard to Tharanga, FOUR, just a touch wide, touch full and a touchy drive past cover point

Sri Lanka 80/1   WU Tharanga 32* (66b 6x4)   MJ Hoggard 6.5-0-30-0

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!

Sri Lanka 92/4   TM Dilshan 4* (4b 1x4)   J Lewis 9.2-2-26-1

30.2

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

Sri Lanka 102/5   ST Jayasuriya 4* (15b 1x4)   J Lewis 11.2-2-34-2

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

Sri Lanka 120/6   CK Kapugedera 9* (18b 1x4)   J Lewis 14.1-3-42-2

37.1

Hoggard to Maharoof, FOUR, good length ball and given width outside off stump, Maharoof moves forward and brings off an excellent cover drive, ball races away to the cover-point fence

Sri Lanka 124/6   MF Maharoof 9* (20b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 9.1-1-37-1

37.2

Hoggard to Maharoof, FOUR, good ball on the off stump, swinging away and Hoggard finds the edge but no fielder at third slip and ball runs away to the fence

Sri Lanka 129/6   MF Maharoof 13* (22b 2x4)   MJ Hoggard 9.2-1-42-1

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

Sri Lanka 135/7   CK Kapugedera 14* (27b 2x4)   LE Plunkett 3.5-0-24-0

39.6

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, a touch too full, and Vaas plays that neatly down and through the line, ball races away to long-off

Sri Lanka 139/7   WPUJC Vaas 5* (9b 1x4)   MJ Hoggard 11-1-46-2

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

Sri Lanka 150/8   SL Malinga 8* (20b 1x4)   LE Plunkett 7.2-1-32-1

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

Sri Lanka 165/8   SL Malinga 17* (41b 2x4)   J Lewis 18.2-3-53-2

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

Sri Lanka 169/8   SL Malinga 21* (43b 3x4)   J Lewis 18.4-3-57-2

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!

Sri Lanka 173/9   WPUJC Vaas 14* (40b 2x4)   A Flintoff 12.4-2-28-3

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

Sri Lanka 180/9   WPUJC Vaas 21* (46b 3x4)   J Lewis 19.4-3-61-3

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

Sri Lanka 189/9   WPUJC Vaas 26* (51b 4x4)   A Flintoff 13.5-2-40-3

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

Sri Lanka 204/9   M Muralitharan 18* (6b 1x4 1x6)   A Flintoff 14.5-2-48-3

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   M Muralitharan 22* (7b 2x4 1x6)   A Flintoff 15-2-52-3

60.3

Hoggard to Vaas, FOUR, fuller length ball outside off stump, Vaas smashes on the front-foot through covers, good hard shot

Sri Lanka 220/9   WPUJC Vaas 35* (71b 5x4)   MJ Hoggard 14.3-3-58-2

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

Sri Lanka 225/9   M Muralitharan 29* (19b 3x4 1x6)   MJ Hoggard 15.2-3-63-2
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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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