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.
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
but that is the two a ball needed ... not over yet ... ahem ... splutter ...
that six briefly took the asking-rate back below two a ball. But that dot ... you get the rest
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 ...
direct hit from Sri Lanka's best fielder, and another nail in England's coffin.
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
ho hum, another single.
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
in fact, it was the loudest cheer of the day, confirms Will Luke, our man at The Oval
arguably the loudest cheer of the day as this one sneaks under the fielder and away to the boundary
they'll need to ...
two men at the crease who enjoy a swing of the bat
What a match for Jayasuriya though. And to think some wise fellow tried to shoo him into retirement earlier this year
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
one more, just to keep things ticking over
gives himself room, and four more. England have relocated their ticker, even if this rally seems to be coming rather too late
|Kennington Oval, London|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Sri Lanka led the 5-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 2385|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.45am start, First Session 10.45am-2.15pm Interval 2.15pm-3.00pm, Second Session 3.00pm-6.30pm|
|Match days||20 June 2006 - day (50-over match)|