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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Sri Lanka against England as the World Twenty20 holders go out of the tournament
October 1, 2012
Captain of the day
Mahela Jayawardene conceded the captaincy to his team-mate and long-time buddy, Kumar Sangakkara, to general confusion. The assumption was that Jayawardene had captained Sri Lanka when they were penalised for a slow over rate and nobody wanted to risk the chance that he might err again and be suspended as a result. It was some captaincy by Sangakkara - he seemed to have Jayawardene on an invisible string as Jaywardene looked to be making all the decisions himself. Some regarded it more seriously as contrary to the Spirit of Cricket.
Comeback of the day
England's dropping of Craig Kieswetter, with Jonny Bairstow assuming keeping duties, was no surprise from the moment that Bairstow did some intensive glovework, for the first time on tour, on the practice day before the game. That it was Ravi Bopara, and not Michael Lumb, who replaced Kieswetter, though, was more surprising, as he had become the forgotten man of the England squad.
Retort of the day
Concerns have been expressed about the effectiveness of Sri Lanka's middle order once the Big Three have departed. Angelo Mathews and Jeevan Mendis answered that with a vigorous partnership of 52 from 31 balls after Graeme Swann had accounted for Mahela Jaywardene and Kumar Sangakkara in successive balls.
Over of the day
There is only one contender: Lasith Malinga's second over, the third of the innings, which left England in disarray. Luke Wright, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales all departed and, for all England's hopes that they could set up a platform for Eoin Morgan, he came in at 18 for 3. As for Malinga, he finished with 5 for 31.
Consolation of the day
Samit Patel has been burning for a batting opportunity throughout the tournament. He found himself coming in at No.4 - a promotion influenced by the desire to set things up for Morgan - and took full advantage, playing the Sri Lankan spinners with consummate ease, something that was beyond the rest of England's top order. He made 67 from before he became Malinga's fifth victim. For a team that loves to 'take the positives' this was at least something, especially with a tour of India to come.
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