Sri Lanka v England | 3rd Test | Galle | 19/12/07

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England won the toss and put Sri Lanka in on a bowler friendly wicket.

It's 34-1

Sangakkarra coming in to bat.
 
at lunch:

Sri Lanka 71-2

Sangakkara 21 (22)
Jayawardene 12 (11)
 
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Two average decisions by Asad Rauf. ENG have been unlucky in this series so they deserve a bit of luck.
 
Harmison gets rid of sangakarra

latest 132/3
 
good to see Harmison back amongst the wickets after his injury problems.

When these guys are unfit, they are sent to South Africa, NZ or AUS to get fit and some match practice under their belts - with our lot they bowl 4 overs in a domestic match and declare themselves super fit :(
 
Harmi seems a much better bowler when coming on first change. I think he relaxes more and is therefore able to bowl accurately.
 
Harmison was superb, everyone else was average/disappointing. We still need a few more scalps tomorrow morning to be in the box seat. It's interesting at the moment.
 
World cricket needs quality fast bowler and when bowling well Harmison is a real treat to watch.
 
This game is almost certainly heading for another draw. Almost half of the day was lost yesterday and start of play today has been delayed by an hour or so. And the forecast for the rest of the week don't look too good either.

Wed - Chance of T-storms, 50% chance of precipitation
Thurs - T-storms, 100% chance of precipitation
Fri - T-storms, 100% chance of precipitation
Sat - T-storms, 90% chance of precipitation
 
Make that 39/6

Enter Kamran Akmal. :26:

......

err, I mean, Ryan Sidebottom.
 
Are England going to capitulate to less runs than Mahela Jayawardene put on the board himself???
 
Good to see Peterson finally struggle like the rest. People have been rating him too highly lately.
 
I see this being Calcutta 01 (the Laxman test) all over again.
.....................NOT.
 
What do you think of Vaughans captaincy in this game Whippy, do you think he should of batted first? do you think he is allowing the on field morale to affect their performance?.
 
Robert said:
Still beat Pakistan 3-0 last year.

Pakistan also beat england in 1992 world cup final

But the point is that does not matter past is long gone... at this moment of time , England are faltering big time , humiliating really
 
Pathetic from England really, but maybe we're simply achieving what we are currently capable of? This is not a strong side, by any stretch of the imagination. We are a limited side, lacking a strike bowler, with a batting order that essentially revolves around the enigmatic figure of Kevin Pietersen. In this series, he has been desperately unlucky, and his failures are the exact reason behind England's collective failure to muster 400 runs in a series.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the bowling has always revolved around Flintoff. It was always likely to, for a 90mph, hit-the-deck bowler with unerring accuracy is the most likely candidate to obliterate the opposition. Flintoff was our control, our quality and our balance, and without him, the team looks a desperate shadow of the winning side of before. As someone more intelligent than I so aptly put, "Flintoff is the most aggressive defensive bowler I have ever seen."

Therein, the quality lies. You don't just get brilliance from Flintoff, you get reliability and solidity. He ties down an end but also threatens an end. If there's someone half-decent bowling opposite him, their bowling becomes more threatening as the batsman look to counter Flintoff's brilliance, so he is therefore an inspirational catalyst to. Outside of Flintoff, we had Simon Jones, another crock who bowled reverse swing at 90mph+. To lose them both damaged the team substantially.

We need to get back to basics. We have one world-class batsman. He needs to be nurtured a bit more, for he seems unable to learn from his mistakes. I'm not doubting how hard Pietersen works on his game, nor how special a talent he is, but at the same time he often gets out inexcusably in low scores. My personal grievance is his unwillingness to reach double figures before attempting to impose himself - if he followed this simple route, his average would be three or four runs higher, and he would also be more effective further along the line.

After Pietersen, we need to build an effective batting line-up around him. Simply, that would involve selecting the best five batsman. For me, they are Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, Owais Shah, Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell. Where England go from there is completely up to them. It's also time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Harmison doesn't seem to have "it" any more. Stuart Broad is the young gun who can bat, so why not give him a run of games to see what he can do.

Then there's Hoggard, Panesar, plus another. Finally, the keeper. Pick someone who can bat and catch. Jon Batty, Tim Ambrose, James Foster. They're all better than Prior.
 
Seeing ti live, I thought it was an awesome ball to get.

Now, I think maybe Pietersen made it seem slightly better than it was. No need to rise with the delivery. Still though, it was a great ball.
 
Gujar said:
The Romans also ruled Europe a couple of Millenniums ago.

M-i-l-l-e-n-n-i-a.

And England, missing Tresco, Vaughan and Fred, beat Pakistan 3-0 one year ago.
 
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For those who were watching at the end of day's play: Did Murali bowl the first over of the innings because of concern about bad light or was it a genuine strategic decision?
 
Augustus said:
a batting order that essentially revolves around the enigmatic figure of Kevin Pietersen. In this series, he has been desperately unlucky, and his failures are the exact reason behind England's collective failure to muster 400 runs in a series.

Disagree - of more importance is the weakness of the current openers. Tres and Strauss got England off to a lot of strong, fast starts. Which, of course, helped KP because he wasn't starting against the new ball.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the bowling has always revolved around Flintoff. It was always likely to, for a 90mph, hit-the-deck bowler with unerring accuracy is the most likely candidate to obliterate the opposition.

Except that he didn't. The man has two 5-fers in 67 tests. Hoggard has been the man to run through sides, taking four 7-fers.

Flintoff was our control, our quality and our balance, and without him, the team looks a desperate shadow of the winning side of before. As someone more intelligent than I so aptly put, "Flintoff is the most aggressive defensive bowler I have ever seen."

However I would agree that the team looks much stronger with Fred playing. He stops runs being scored and, at his best as in India, provides reassurance at the crease.

Harmison doesn't seem to have "it" any more. Stuart Broad is the young gun who can bat, so why not give him a run of games to see what he can do.

Harmi is doing a good third seamer's job at present so I would keep him, and bring Broad on in the same team.
 
Robert said:
M-i-l-l-e-n-n-i-a.

And England, missing Tresco, Vaughan and Fred, beat Pakistan 3-0 one year ago.

It was 2-0, with one forfeit, and the Pakistan side were missing Akhtar and Asif, just a big a loss as your 3 combined.
 
Gujar said:
It was 2-0, with one forfeit,.

2 + 1 = 3

Though it would have more likely been 2-1 if Inzi hadn't had his big girly strop.
 
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I can honestly say that I have never acted as a wind up merchant on any fora that I post on.

However, I must ask am I the only one who thinks Englands pathetic capitulation is actually quite funny?
 
Robert said:
2 + 1 = 3

Though it would have more likely been 2-1 if Inzi hadn't had his big girly strop.
If you really consider the last test match a "victory" then I can't really help you.

And as for the Inzi remark, even if your intentions are anything beyond winding people up, the topic was discussed at length and there's no reason to revisit.
 
kablooee87 said:
If you really consider the last test match a "victory" then I can't really help you.

And as for the Inzi remark, even if your intentions are anything beyond winding people up, the topic was discussed at length and there's no reason to revisit.


Given what happened today I am not surprised England would take any victory however pyrrhic.
 
naddo said:
I can honestly say that I have never acted as a wind up merchant on any fora that I post on.

However, I must ask am I the only one who thinks Englands pathetic capitulation is actually quite funny?

No I did`nt find it funny, But will have the best sleep I have had since Pakistan`s tour to India finished.
 
I can't say I share the satisfaction of an England defeat. Maybe it's because i don't live in England, haven't been exposed to British media, or whatever, but I just don't have that animosity towards that team.

That being said, I really like the Sri Lankan team so I'm not gonna complain.
 
kablooee87 said:
I can't say I share the satisfaction of an England defeat. Maybe it's because i don't live in England, haven't been exposed to British media, or whatever, but I just don't have that animosity towards that team.

That being said, I really like the Sri Lankan team so I'm not gonna complain.
I am a big fan of the English team(although now they are losing some of the flair) and always try to root for them except when they play against WI or PAK.
SL on the other hand is a team that is growing on me and i would probably now start rooting for them more than ENG.
 
kablooe87,

I apologise. I don't mean to wind anyone up. England's pathetic performance has angered me more than I realised. :pissed: Not very Christmassy of me at all.
 
England playing pretty well... 99-1

for me, my rooting order is (In Decreasing order)
India > S.Africa >England > Pakistan > Srilanka >NewZealand> West Indies> Australia
 
Robert said:
kablooe87,

I apologise. I don't mean to wind anyone up. England's pathetic performance has angered me more than I realised. :pissed: Not very Christmassy of me at all.
Having seen the state of PP during some bad times for Pakistan, I understand.
 
1.10pm It appears to have stopped raining and, Andrew tells us, the groundstaff are beginning the laborious process of mopping up. No chance of play any time soon, however. So go and boil the kettle and do something useful.
 
I'm in Galle, and can reveal that the rain came down in bucketloads today. However I was here last time England played here, and the covers here are very effective and cover the entire pitch. They also employ a small army of people to clear the water, so I'm expecting an on-time start in the morning.
 
A Cook seems like a decent find. He has a few technical faults but nothing too serious.
Big Harvey said:
I'm in Galle, and can reveal that the rain came down in bucketloads today. However I was here last time England played here, and the covers here are very effective and cover the entire pitch. They also employ a small army of people to clear the water, so I'm expecting an on-time start in the morning.
Thanks for updating. Hope you are having a good time in SL
 
Eng 152-2
Jayasuriya (I think) and Bothqam commentating. boring so far. Fernando is better than Jayasuriya but his is only his second match
 
Pietersen on 23 reaches 1000 runs in the year. 3rd player to do so this year. This is his 11th test of the year.
Cook on 92

Eng 187-2
5 min to Chicken Karhai with naan
 
Pietersen out ct at short midwicket off Murali
Eng 200-3
no lunch yet. Long session
 
Collingwood out stumped off Murali
Eng 200-4
If SL wins they move to #2 in rankings according to commentator
 
Bopara run out first ball. plays to slip and the diving Jayawerdene thorows the ball back
Eng 200-5
3 wickets for 0 runs
 
umm what an over!

3 wickets in 1 over- Murali has turned this match all on his own! What a cricketer
 
lunch. Cook on 96
Eng 202-5
SL looking for a win with 2 sessions remaining
 
PlanetPakistan said:
umm what an over!

3 wickets in 1 over- Murali has turned this match all on his own! What a cricketer

He does tend to do that.

The bloke has to be regarded as the greatest bowler in history, I think.

Hussein's England beat SL 2-1 in 2000, by blocking out Murali and whacking the other bowlers, but now SL have Malinga too so there are no real weak links.
 
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