Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.2 slashed on the up straight to backward point. The problem was that he was leaning back rather than over the ball and that’s why it went in the air. 10/1
    9.4 Oops. Strauss tries to hit over the top but it was a tad too short and he only succeeded in skying the ball to mid off. Enter Pietersen. England expects … 48/2
    19.4 oh dear, that's the breakthrough. A muffed pull spirals into no-man's land on the leg-side, and Muralitharan runs round to complete a fine catch over his shoulder. A pity, because he was starting to warm to his task out there 116/3
    31.5 and that could be a game-breaker. Massive breakthrough for Sri Lanka, and it's not the spinner that everyone assumed would make the difference. Big rip out of the leg-side rough, Pietersen aimed a smear through midwicket, well beaten 176/4
    39.5 and that might be that, as Colly misses and loses his middle stump. Quicker and flatter from Jayasuriya, and buzzed through his aggressive stroke. Big breakthrough from an under-rated bowler, and Sri Lanka are all but 2-0 up 222/5
    43.6 got im! And there's that quicker ball again. Up near 60mph, which is brisk for a spinner, and Dalrymple is stranded a mile out of his crease. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted, and another good performance from England's new boy 253/7
    42.2 only momentarily mind. Next ball, Jones aims to sweep, the ball loops off his pad, conceivably brushes the glove, and is routinely snatched by Sangakkara behind the stumps. Jones, one senses, is not best pleased with that decision 235/6
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    44.5 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 258/8
    45.4 direct hit from Sri Lanka's best fielder, and another nail in England's coffin. 263/9
    46.4 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. 273/10
    12 (lb 5, nb 2, w 5)
    273 all out (46.4 Overs, RR: 5.85)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (ME Trescothick, 1.2 ov), 2-48 (AJ Strauss, 9.4 ov), 3-116 (IR Bell, 19.4 ov), 4-176 (KP Pietersen, 31.5 ov), 5-222 (PD Collingwood, 39.5 ov), 6-235 (GO Jones, 42.2 ov), 7-253 (JWM Dalrymple, 43.6 ov), 8-258 (SI Mahmood, 44.5 ov), 9-263 (LE Plunkett, 45.4 ov), 10-273 (SJ Harmison, 46.4 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas8.004205.25285100
    SL Malinga8.004525.62284120
    MF Maharoof7.003915.57226001
    PDRL Perera5.004008.0092111
    M Muralitharan9.405115.27272210
    ST Jayasuriya9.005135.66193010

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