Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Splendid stuff from Sri Lanka, worthy victors once again with Sanath Jayasuriya cruising to the Man-of-the-Match award with a brilliant century and a vital, constricting, bowling spell. But England really are a shambles at this form of the game. Perhaps it's something to do with the looming World Cup - 1996, 1999 and 2003 were distinctly average vintages as well. Or perhaps they've all got hot seats for tonight's footie

Either way, well done Jamie Dalrymple for putting up a fight, Kevin Pietersen for having a go, and Steve Harmison for keeping it tight. As for the rest ... oh well, there's always next Saturday at Chester-le-Street.

Thanks for tuning in, hope you've enjoyed it all, and don't forget to read Andrew McGlashan's typically feisty bulletin, in which he tells it like it really is. Will Luke, our man at The Oval, will add his thoughts once he's heard what the players have to say.

This is Andrew Miller saying thanks and goodbye. You can go and watch the footie now

Muralitharan to Harmison, OUT, and that is comprehensively that. A suitably shambolic denouement, as Harmison swung, missed, started, stopped, went hell for leather anyway, keeper lobbed the ball, Murali whipped the bails, and you can guess the rest.

SJ Harmison run out (†Sangakkara/Muralitharan) 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Muralitharan to Bresnan, 1 run,
Muralitharan to Harmison, 1 leg bye,
Muralitharan to Harmison, 2 runs, but that is the two a ball needed ... not over yet ... ahem ... splutter ...

46 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 269/9 (51 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.84, RRR: 12.75)

  • TT Bresnan10 (8b)
  • SJ Harmison0 (0b)
  • SL Malinga8-0-45-2
  • M Muralitharan9-0-48-1
Malinga to Bresnan, no run, that six briefly took the asking-rate back below two a ball. But that dot ... you get the rest
Malinga to Bresnan, SIX runs, a mighty smear, straight down the ground! Lovely stuff, youngster. Well done everyone, etc

Still, Harmison has been known to swat a few in his time ...

Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run, OUT, direct hit from Sri Lanka's best fielder, and another nail in England's coffin.

LE Plunkett run out (Dilshan) 3 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Malinga to Plunkett, 2 runs,
Malinga to Plunkett, no run,
Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run,

Situations such as these are precisely why one-day cricket will never, ever, be a patch on a good Test match. When a game is dead, it is horribly dead, and I'm all set to eat my words when this pair lambast England to a famous, nay miraculous, victory. Anyway, rant over

45 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 259/8 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 12.20)

  • TT Bresnan3 (5b)
  • LE Plunkett0 (0b)
  • M Muralitharan9-0-48-1
  • ST Jayasuriya9-0-51-3
Muralitharan to Bresnan, 1 run, ho hum, another single.
Muralitharan to Mahmood, OUT, but stony silence all around the ground now, as Mahmood scampers for a make-or-break single, and is broken by Sangakkara's shy at the non-striker's end

SI Mahmood run out (†Sangakkara/Muralitharan) 4 (3m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

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