Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    8.6 finally Harmison gets what he deserves. Tharanga had been pinned down by good bowling and tight fielding and pushed onto the back foot, and Harmison pitched one slightly fuller which he edged low to Marcus Trescothick at first slip who took a fairly comfortable two-handed catch. 34/1
    42.3 and there it is. Shorter from Harmison, a typical bellicose smear into the off side, and Tim Bresnan at deep cover takes a superb tumbling catch to end a brilliant innings 259/3
    32.1 good grief, a wicket! Jayasuriya pushed off the back foot, Jayawardene looked for a single, sent back, slipped, Dalrymple fielded and whipped off the bails 194/2
    47.2 ... but Mahmood gets it right this time. Off-stump again, another big swish but too much hang-time. Pietersen at deep long-on takes a fine tumbling catch. England's cricket has been better the further they get from the centre of the pitch 298/5
    45.4 and another breakthrough. Dilshan getting too ambitious, steps across his stumps for a tickled sweep to fine leg, but instead is bowled round his legs 283/4
    48.1 It has been Harmy's on the other hand. Full length, flicked to midwicket where the skipper leads by example 304/7
    47.3 and what'd'ya know? There goes another, as Maharoof is run out without facing. Collingwood at point had a single stump to aim at, and made no mistake 298/6
    49.4 and it just gets better and better, as Vaas heaves ambitiously, and Jones snaffles the snick. That will soothe Mahmood's pain ... but not a lot 317/8
    not out
    2
    9
    3
    0
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    66.66
    not out
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    1
    0
    0
    100.00
    Extras
    33 (b 4, lb 7, nb 1, w 21)
    TOTAL
    319/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.38)
    Did not bat: PDRL Perera
    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (WU Tharanga, 8.6 ov), 2-194 (DPMD Jayawardene, 32.1 ov), 3-259 (ST Jayasuriya, 42.3 ov), 4-283 (TM Dilshan, 45.4 ov), 5-298 (KC Sangakkara, 47.2 ov), 6-298 (MF Maharoof, 47.3 ov), 7-304 (RP Arnold, 48.1 ov), 8-317 (WPUJC Vaas, 49.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    SJ Harmison1023133.10422020
    LE Plunkett805807.25218020
    TT Bresnan603816.33195040
    SI Mahmood7080211.42149341
    PD Collingwood503006.00112010
    JWM Dalrymple1004504.50332140
    KP Pietersen402606.5092030
  • BATSMEN
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    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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    18
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    122.22
    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
    Extras
    12 (lb 5, nb 2, w 5)
    TOTAL
    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)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    WPUJC Vaas804205.25285100
    SL Malinga804525.62284120
    MF Maharoof703915.57226001
    PDRL Perera504008.0092111
    M Muralitharan9.405115.27272210
    ST Jayasuriya905135.66193010

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