England tour of Sri Lanka, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI

Sri Lanka v England

Sri Lanka won by 119 runs

1.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 run, full and straight, rapped on the pads and a huge appeal from Sidebottom - so huge that he falls over in doing so. But there was a fat inside-edge on that one

1.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 wide, too much width on that one

1.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, that's better, floated into the slot and a wafty drive ensues. No contact

1.3

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, straighter and fuller, defended out to point with a loud click of the bat

1.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, lovely line and length, zippier delivery that time

1.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga shoulders arms as Sidebottom hits the seam and nips one away towards the slips

1.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, tight bowling from Sidebottom, nothing much to work with for the Sri Lankans

Sri Lanka 4/0   RJ Sidebottom 1-0-2-0

3.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, good areas, Sidey, as his team-mates are doubtless saying

3.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, a bit of lift outside off stump, left well alone

3.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, short and passes high over Jayasuriya's shoulder as he shapes to duck

3.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, wider outside off stump, and a massive yahoo from Jayasuriya. No contact, luckily for the batsman

3.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 1 run, turned calmly into the leg-side again. Runs coming at a trickle at present

3.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, ripping delivery, angling back into the left-hander and holding its line outside off. Tharanga defended and just kept his bat inside the line

3.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, yet more good areas to complete a tidy over. Slightly wider of off stump this time, but the same result

Sri Lanka 11/0   RJ Sidebottom 2-0-4-0

5.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, bending from middle-and-leg and defended in front of middle-and-off. Good bowling

5.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, defended again. None of Jayasuriya's favoured width is on offer here

5.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, on the legs and swatted up and over midwicket. Plugs ten yards inside the rope

5.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, full and angled into the pads, clipped fine and a scampered couple

5.5

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, more frustration from Jayasuriya, who hares down the track to give Sidebottom a wallop. But misses again as the ball nips off the seam

5.6

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, FOUR, he's found the rope at last, a thick outside-edge off another good delivery. Third man is too wide to cut that off

Sri Lanka 26/0   RJ Sidebottom 3-0-12-0

7.1

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, driven loosely on the up, and so nearly carries to Ian Bell at short cover. Nice bowling again, and more frustration

7.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 run, chopped down to gully, Cook tidies up

7.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, defended out to cover with bat and pad close together

7.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, FOUR, slower ball, an offcutter, but Jayasuriya picked that and slotted it through the gap in the covers. Well played

7.5

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, back to more conventional seam-up. Defended watchfully off the back foot

7.6

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, FOUR, that's more like the Jayasuriya we know. Pre-meditated gallop down the track, gave himself room to swing the arms, and rifled a ruthless cut through the covers

Sri Lanka 38/0   RJ Sidebottom 4-0-21-0

12.1

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, outside off stump, and nibbles off the seam too. Good bowling

12.2

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, dropped That was a massive steepler, hit straight up in the air as Jayasuriya went for a swipe straight down the ground. James Anderson hurtled back from mid-on, but just couldn't steady himself

12.3

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, no run, more measured response this time

12.4

Sidebottom to Jayasuriya, OUT, no mistake this time! Jayasuriya had another mow across the line, but it was a slower ball and Ravi Bopara at deep midwicket had time to compose himself under a top-edged swirler

ST Jayasuriya c Bopara b Sidebottom 41 (69m 35b 5x4 1x6) SR: 117.14

12.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, defended into the covers

12.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 2 runs, half-stop from Bell in the covers saves two runs. That was powerfully struck

Sri Lanka 73/1   RJ Sidebottom 5-0-25-1

14.1

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, defended off the back foot and played out to cover. Bell and Collingwood are being kept very busy. Not a lot is beating the bat at present

14.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 3 runs, in the slot and clobbered straight down the ground again. Anderson does fantastically to catch up with the ball and claw it back into play inches inside the rope

14.3

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, FOUR, an edge but fairly intentional. Possibly went finer than intended but races over the rope at third man

14.4

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, 1 run, better shot, more bat on it, but only gets one for it, because it's too well timed and goes straight to third man. Figure that one out

14.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, slower ball and Sangakkara is deceived as he wafts airily outside off

14.6

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 run, perfect line and length, pushed back down the ground

Sri Lanka 85/1   RJ Sidebottom 6-0-34-1

16.1

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, placed with an open face into the off - he turned the bat with his wrists very late to steer into space. Sidebottom snarls from under his mop

16.2

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 2 runs, fuller, driven high over the covers off the bottom of the bat ... with the ring in he can play that shot with safety

16.3

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, checked drive into the covers, straight to the fielder

16.4

Sidebottom to Tharanga, no run, steps back and prods with little follow through to Bell at cover who is slightly deep but still there to prevent the one

16.5

Sidebottom to Tharanga, 1 run, back once more, this time he opts to whip it into the on side and there's two as the fielder in the deep has much ground to cover

16.6

Sidebottom to Sangakkara, no run, defended to Sidebottom who is more intent on hurling the ball back at the striker and so ends up missing it altogether ... he smiles broadly as the batsmen run the one ... but would be so sanguine if it was someone else misfielding?

Sri Lanka 93/1   RJ Sidebottom 7-0-37-1

41.1

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, 1 run, on leg, pulled around behind square

41.2

Sidebottom to Silva, 1 run, on off, rising slightly and surprising Silva whose top edge off a would-be pull lands way over Mustard

41.3

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, no run, "Catch" suggests Mustard more in hope than expectation as the cover fielder jumps to his left to cut off the ball

41.4

Sidebottom to Jayawardene, 1 run, played off the back foot behind point this time

41.5

Sidebottom to Silva, no run, worked out to the covers

41.6

Sidebottom to Silva, SIX, outside off and there's a six! The second of the innings, driven over mid-on. Well connected

Sri Lanka 218/3   RJ Sidebottom 8-0-46-1

47.1

Sidebottom to Maharoof, no run, outside off, in the blockhole straight away, Maharoof giving himself room to cut

47.2

Sidebottom to Maharoof, 2 runs, rushed over straight and aerial

47.3

Sidebottom to Maharoof, 1 run, outside off, dug up and over towards cover

47.4

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, driven on the up to extra cover

47.5

Sidebottom to Maharoof, 1 run, across the right hander, driven out to the covers

47.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, no run, outside off and the batsman makes a vain stab to cut away from his body

Sri Lanka 251/6   RJ Sidebottom 9-0-51-1

49.1

Sidebottom to Maharoof, OUT, another catch in the deep for Anderson, Maharoof going for the six over long-on

MF Maharoof c Anderson b Sidebottom 22 (12m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 183.33

49.2

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 2 runs, wide and driven into the covers

49.3

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, a quick single this time

49.4

Sidebottom to Vaas, no run, good yorker, driven back to the bowler

49.5

Sidebottom to Vaas, 1 run, low full toss and driven out to the covers

49.6

Sidebottom to Dilshan, 1 run, outside off, whooshed over to third man to round off a good final over

Sri Lanka 269/7   RJ Sidebottom 10-0-56-2
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Oct 1, 2007

Delight for Lasith Malinga as he removes Owais Shah, Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Dambulla, October 1, 2007

Delight for Lasith Malinga as he removes Owais Shah

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Oct 1, 2007

Paul Collingwood falls to Dilhara Fernando as England's collapse continues, Sri Lanka v England, 1st ODI, Dambulla, October 1, 2007

Paul Collingwood falls to Dilhara Fernando as England's collapse continues

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