RESULT
2nd ODI, The Oval, June 20, 2006, Sri Lanka tour of England
(46.4/50 ov, T:320) 273

Sri Lanka won by 46 runs

Player Of The Match
122 (136) & 3/51
sanath-jayasuriya
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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

46.4
W
Murali 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.

Steve Harmison run out (†Sangakkara/Muralidaran) 2 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
46.3
1
Murali to Bresnan, 1 run
46.2
1lb
Murali to Harmison, 1 leg bye
46.1
2
Murali to Harmison, 2 runs

but that is the two a ball needed ... not over yet ... ahem ... splutter ...

end of over 4610 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 269/9CRR: 5.84 RRR: 12.75
Tim Bresnan10 (8b 1x6)
Steve Harmison0 (0b)
Lasith Malinga 8-0-45-2
Muthiah Muralidaran 9-0-48-1
45.6
Malinga to Bresnan, no run

that six briefly took the asking-rate back below two a ball. But that dot ... you get the rest

45.5
6
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 ...

45.4
W
Malinga to Plunkett, 1 run, OUT

direct hit from Sri Lanka's best fielder, and another nail in England's coffin.

Liam Plunkett run out (Dilshan) 3 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
45.3
2
Malinga to Plunkett, 2 runs
45.2
Malinga to Plunkett, no run
45.1
1
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

end of over 456 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 259/8CRR: 5.75 RRR: 12.20
Tim Bresnan3 (5b)
Liam Plunkett0 (0b)
Muthiah Muralidaran 9-0-48-1
Sanath Jayasuriya 9-0-51-3
44.6
1
Murali to Bresnan, 1 run

ho hum, another single.

44.5
W
Murali 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

Sajid Mahmood run out (†Sangakkara/Muralidaran) 4 (3m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
44.4
Murali to Mahmood, no run

in fact, it was the loudest cheer of the day, confirms Will Luke, our man at The Oval

44.3
4
Murali to Mahmood, FOUR runs

arguably the loudest cheer of the day as this one sneaks under the fielder and away to the boundary

44.2
Murali to Mahmood, no run

they'll need to ...

44.1
1
Murali to Bresnan, 1 run

two men at the crease who enjoy a swing of the bat

end of over 4410 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 253/7CRR: 5.75 RRR: 11.16
Tim Bresnan1 (3b)
Sanath Jayasuriya 9-0-51-3
Muthiah Muralidaran 8-0-42-1

What a match for Jayasuriya though. And to think some wise fellow tried to shoo him into retirement earlier this year

43.6
W
Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, OUT

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

Jamie Dalrymple st †Sangakkara b Jayasuriya 37 (46m 34b 2x4 1x6) SR: 108.82
43.5
1
Jayasuriya to Bresnan, 1 run

and another

43.4
1
Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, 1 run

one more, just to keep things ticking over

43.3
4
Jayasuriya to Dalrymple, FOUR runs

gives himself room, and four more. England have relocated their ticker, even if this rally seems to be coming rather too late

 
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