England in thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka
CRICKET: England pulled off a thrilling two wicket victory
over Sri Lanka with seven balls to spare in the third day night one day
international worked off at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium yesterday.
After restricting the opposition to 164 runs England reached their
revised target on the Duckworth and Lewis scoring system while scoring
164 for 8 from 46.5 overs. Their victory was in the balance at one stage
but some intelligent batting from their late order batsmen helped them
to clinch a close win and take a 2-1 lead in the five match series.
Earlier Farveez Maharoof continued his excellent form in the series
with a three-wicket burst that brought Sri Lanka right back into the
The right arm fast bowler who was promoted to the new ball role due
to his accurate seam bowling exploited the helpful conditions as
England's batsmen struggled to combat him while chasing a slightly
revised target of 164.
The target which England had to chase was 164 from 48 overs and the
change was because the match was shortened because of the earlier rain
breaks. Sri Lanka of course needed early wickets to stay in the contest
after making a modest 164.
Chaminda Vaas made the first breakthrough when Alastair Cook prodded
forward at an outswinger and provided a thin edge to Kumar Sangakkara.
However wicket keeper batsman Phil Mustard tried to take the game
away from Sri Lanka with an aggressive approach, but after three good
boundaries he dragged Maharoof into his leg stump with the aid of the
Earlier England restricted Sri Lanka for a modest 164 runs from 41.1
overs despite a fighting half century from Tilekeratne Dilshan.
The right hand middle order batsman who was dropped from the Test
squad for the tour of Australia next month showed a lot of character in
compiling a top score of 70 from 84 deliveries.
Dilshan walked into the middle at a vital stage of the innings when
Sri Lanka were sliding towards disaster having lost four of their top
batsmen for just 42 runs by the 15th over. His task was not only to
build up a partnership but also to carry Sri Lanka towards a competitive
The 30-year-old veteran playing in his 129th one-day international
gave a fine example of building a innings while batting under tremendous
pressure. He also crossed the 2,500 run mark while completing his tenth
one-day international half century.
But this was a special occasion for Dilshan who lifted Sri Lanka into
a safe position after they had been in a real dangerous situation at one
He watched from the pavilion both openers Jayasuriya and Tharanga
both make a god start and then throw their wickets away rather
The situation became even worse for the Lankans when skipper Mahela
Jayawardena and vice captain Kumar Sangakkara both departed within the
space of twelve deliveries.
Opening bowler Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad were brilliant in
their opening spells as they swung the ball to a great extent to trouble
most of the batsmen.
In fact Broad, tasted immediate success when his opening delivery, a
weak loosener short and wide of off-stump, was flogged by Mahela
Jayawardene straight to point. The youngster then followed up by
grabbing another fortunate wicket in his next over thanks to Kumar
Sangakkara's noble gesture.
The Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman offered Phil Mustard a faint
edge, but neither England's wicket-keeper nor Broad appealed for the
However, Sangakkara was already walking back to the pavilion,
sportingly giving himself out to leave the Sri Lankan score at 42 for 4
in the 15th over.
But Dilshan began his mission to repair the early damage despite the
fall of wickets at regular intervals from the other end. It was
disappointing that neither Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak or Farveez
Maharoof failed to provide any support when Dilshan was waging a lone
battle from one end.
Dilshan eventually found a reliable partner in the form of Dilhara
Fernando and the pair added a useful 46 runs for the ninth wicket that
helped Sri Lanka at least pass the 150 run mark. Dilshan was finally
dismissed for a splendid 70 in the 41st over with the total at 164.
U. Tharanga b Sidebottom 15
S. Jayasuriya c Swann b Sidebottom 11
K. Sangakkara c Mustard b Broad 9
M. Jayawardene c Collingwood b Broad 2
C. Silva c Mustard b Swann 11
T. Dilshan c Collingwood b Swann 70
J. Mubarak c & b Swann 6
F. Maharoof c & b Swann 7
C. Vaas run out 4
D. Fernando c Collingwood b Sidebottom 11
L. Malinga not out 0
EXTRAS (b 1, lb 11, w 6) 18
TOTAL (all out; 41.1 overs) 164
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-22, 2-33, 3-37, 4-42, 5-85,
6-93, 7-106, 8-118, 9-164
BOWLING: J. Anderson 8-0-35-0, R. Sidebottom 8.1-1-19-3 (2w),
S. Broad 8-0-26-2 (1w), P. Collingwood 7-0-38-0 (3w), G. Swann
A. Cook c Sangakkara b Vaas 0
P. Mustard b Maharoof 14
I. Bell c Dilshan b Maharoof 16
K. Pietersen lbw b Maharoof 8
P. Collingwood lbw b Jayasuriya 31
O. Shah b Jayasuriya 19
R. Bopara lbw b Malinga 7
G. Swann b Fernando 25
S. Broad not out 20
R. Sidebottom not out 7
EXTRAS (b-1, lb-8, w-6, nb-2) 17
TOTAL (eight wickets, 46.5 overs) 164
Did not bat: J. Anderson
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5, 2-23, 3-44, 4-47, 5-94, 6-101, 7-107, 8-147
BOWLING: Vaas 6-1-20-1 (1w), Maharoof 10-0-34-3 (2w), Fernando 10-1-30-1 (1nb, 1w),
Malinga 7.5-1-39-1 (1nb, 1w), Dilshan 3-0-8-0, Jayasuriya 10-1-24-2 (1w)
Result: England win by 2 wickets
Man of the match: Graeme Swann (England)
* Match restricted to 48 overs after three short rain delays