Sachithra Senanayake 1.0 had been shy about showing his arms, but now having been reconfigured, partly in a lab, he has embraced his inner exhibitionist. His nude elbows were on brazen display on his return to international cricket, and the crowd drank in the details of his arm's angles and flex. The elbow jiggled a bit in his run up, and though it had a slight kink during the delivery swing, did not seem to straighten. Senanayake took two wickets in his first spell, assured that the assets he was showing off need not be airbrushed.
England have been generous with the extra runs they have handed over during the series - the wides count now stands at 58 - and three times in this innings well-intentioned throws at the stumps deflected away to give up singles that would otherwise not have materialised. In the ninth over, Kumar Sangakkara pushed into the covers, headed back to his ground and then pinched a run when the direct hit ricocheted past the keeper. A few overs later, he nudged to midwicket, made sure he was in his ground and then picked up one more when another attempt to run him out failed. It happened again in the 45th over, as Jos Buttler failed to take a difficult throw which again disturbed the bails, allowing Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis to run a second.
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James Tredwell extracted turn right from the start, prompting Sangakkara to come down the pitch to negate it. Tredwell managed to beat him in the flight and the ball looped up off pad and then bat, just dropping short of Eoin Morgan's acrobatic dive running in from extra cover - although a leg bye was given. Later in the innings when Tredwell came back during the batting Powerplay, he had Lahiru Thirimanne, a left-hander in the Sanga mould, pushing uppishly forwards... but again Morgan's valiant dive forwards on to one of the practice pitches was in vain.
England applied the tourniquet during the final overs and, having removed Sangakkara for a doughty 91, they should have had a run out from the very next delivery. With Chris Woakes bowling, Thisara guided the ball down to third man, called his partner Jeevan for a second only to realise that Chris Jordan had tracked it down quickly and the throw was coming in. Thisara changed his mind but, with Jeevan stranded, the ball went into and out of Buttler's gloves before he had broken the wicket. Chance gone.
Few specialist batsmen are as animated in the field as Mahela Jayawardene, and having already chided fielders for letting balls go by or not backing up, Jeevan Mendis felt the full force of Jayawardene's intensity when he let his second over go for 10. Jayawardene strode down to Mendis from his place at slip at the end of the over, and launched a minute-long lecture, gesturing to help illustrate where he felt Mendis should be bowling. As agitated as Jayawardene seemed, he was as pleased with Mendis after his next over, which cost three.