England vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Old Trafford

beutifully placed by jaya!!

only 2 runs, deserved more!
 
kabir ali cud not keep it tight!

30 overs gone 180-3
 
in the air, 1 run, not time at all, dilshan shud be out soon!
 
82* for jaya, beautiful pull!

of plunket btw! and we have rain!!!!
 
rain rain rain

As usual at Old Trafford. I'm only listening on the radio, is it heavy?
 
Hope Jaya gets a big hundred, he deserves it. Who needs Atapattu - he was always overrated as a batsman (while Jaya has developed into a terrific little batsman) and Jaya has proven himself as a very very capable captain.
 
lol, sums up our day so far

1st ball after the rain break and a woeful misfield
 
15 overs left, 203-4

Conditions are good for the bowlers at the moment, but England will still be chasing a very competitive total
 
jusarrived said:
Think england will win today!

Tbh it looks a lot better now than it did 10 overs ago, but this XI has hardly any batsmen that are good at chasing, Tresco maybe, if he gets off to a good start then the chase is on, if not...

caught behind
 
Hundred up for Jayawardene off 82 balls

Been a tremendous innings.
 
And promptly, Jayawardene goes caught and bowled

220-6, and suddenly England are back in contention with 2 new players at the crease. If Kp and Collingwood were available for the run chase we could have an even bigger chance.
 
Why is Pietersen not playing? Fantastic hundred for Jaya, second on the trot.
 
Pietersen has a knee injury. It's minor, they just didn't want to risk him for what is really a meaningless game. Were the scoreline 2-1 to either side he probably would have been playing.
 
probably wont get 300 now!

too many wickets have fallen at wrong times!
 
You see, there is potential in this England ODI team. Little periods like this with the older ball show you that if they were tighter with the new ball than they could really put the shutters down on LOI innings a lot more regularly than they do.

England need to learn that batsmen should be allowed to rely on bowlers putting them in a good position, and bowlers should be allowed to rely on having something to bowl at.

England dont put the 3 disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding all together in one dayers often enough, we usually get 1 or 2 of them right which is nowhere near good enough. But its plain to see that if/when they can be bothered to build for the future and focus on this, they can be a consistently good ODI side..
 
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I cant believe this is the same innings that was going on at about lunchtime. Lankans looked set for 350!

Big edge for 4, unlucky Plunkett
 
10 overs, 2-44 for Dalrymple. Good effort in the circumstances.
 
Whippy squash said:
I cant believe this is the same innings that was going on at about lunchtime. Lankans looked set for 350!

Big edge for 4, unlucky Plunkett

275 or more would be more then enough for them, so thats why they decided to have a mercy on england oneday team :)
 
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sehsan said:
300 would be more then enough for them, so thats why they decided to have a mercy on england oneday team :)

:p

7th wicket goes down. Another good delivery.
 
SIX!

no doubt Gough will surprise everyone in his next newspaper column 'we wouldn't have conceded 300 if I'd been playing, being the highest wicket taker in ODIs this country have ever had! I'm not being big-headed here!"
 
England getting thrashed. What a pitiful team they are.
 
47.6 Ali to Bandara, no run, rising good length delivery, bit wide outside off, Bandara looks to push it to off, beaten again!

47.5 Ali to Bandara, no run, widish outside off, Bandara chases but misses

47.4 Ali to Bandara, SIX!!, slower delivery, pitched up, Bandara just stands and lofts it over long on, dispatched long long way in the stands!

47.3 Ali to Bandara, FOUR!!, another full toss, on the off, Bandara gets the thick edge racing down to third man boundary!

47.2 Ali to Maharoof, 1 run, drives it to cover, just over Strauss in the infield

47.1 Ali to Maharoof, FOUR!!, full toss, outside off, Maharoof drives it over the infield to sweeper cover, one bounce over the rope! bad delivery and punished!

The massacre is continuing....300 on the cards....can England chase 300 with Sri Lanka's bowling attack???
 
Ooh, another good shot. Nice little partnership here!
 
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