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Sri Lanka v England 5th ODI
13 October 2007, Colombo
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England reduced Sri Lanka to 159-7 in the fifth and final one-dayer thanks to another impressive effort in the field.
James Anderson got Sanath Jayasuriya (26) before debutant Dilruwan Perera (30) and Mahela Jayawardene were caught off in-form paceman Ryan Sidebottom.
Owais Shah bowled Kumar Sangakkara in his first over and Tillakaratne Dilshan was run out going for a risky single.
The recalled Monty Panesar and Ravi Bopara also struck to boost England's hopes of wrapping up a 4-1 triumph.
By Mark Mitchener
e-mail email@example.com (with 'For Mark Mitchener' in the subject), text 81111 (start your message with the word "CRICKET") or use 606
Dougie Brown on TMS
42nd over - SL 180-7
After seven overs of the second "new" (used) white ball, the umpires decide to change the ball again. It's Monty's final over, and a sharp Vaas off-drive yields a single. Two more singles complete the Montster's spell - he finishes with figures of 10-0-31-1.
"Right, back from the football [see 0957 entry] with my
team winning and only suffered from some cramp and a moderately sized
blister. It appears the cricket is going OK which is to my liking...
especially good to see Bopara bowling (I'm an Essex boy by birth)"
Dan (Played averagely and is still alive) in Southampton in the TMS inbox
41st over - SL 177-7
Vaas (wearing a red bandana under his blue helmet) gets a lucky edge off Bopara and it shoots through the vacant skip cordon for four. He and Silva shuffle through for a couple of singles apiece, before Silva chops one that just evades Colly at backward point and it goes for four. An expensive over by contrast to the last one.
"Simon (18th over), if you think you've got a stamina
conundrum spare a thought for me. It's 8pm now, I've just started
drinking soju, by full-time in Paris the sun will be coming up again
and my eyes will be blue from staring at this laptop"
Richard, South Korea, in the TMS inbox
40th over - SL 166-7
Monty fizzes one in outside the left-handed Vaas's off-stump and it turns well to beat his outside edge. The veteran is finally off the mark with a single off the last ball, but that's a good over for Monty and England. It's eyes down for the last 10 overs.
"Mark, any chance of you saying something like Silva is
playing in god-like fashion and Sri Lanka should be well on for 300+ no
TV, Cambridge in the TMS inbox
[It doesn't work if you try to do it deliberately! MM]
39th over - SL 165-7
Silva slashes off the back foot, Cook misjudges a sprawling stop on the boundary and the ball trickles on to the rope. The next ball is a wide which Mustard does well to stop. But good fielding from Bell and Colly means there are no other scoring strokes from the over.
"Dear Danny from Aberystwyth, who is reading a difficult
but 'enjoying' book about International Relations Theory - it might be
better brushing up on your basic grammar before reading difficult books
- last time I checked, enjoying was a verb, not an adjective! Or maybe
I'm just nitpicking because I'm reading about EU Law and becoming
progressively more nervous about the upcoming rugby game"
Rob Miles in the TMS inbox
38th over - SL 160-7
A half-hearted LBW appeal from Monty against Silva fails to impress umpire De Silva (presumably no relation). The Northants left-armer has Silva tied down for much of the over, and only a single is possible.
"Pietersen at scrum-half? Are you mad? The man would drop his ears if they weren't attached to his head"
Daniel Saunders in the TMS inbox
37th over - SL 159-7
New batsman Chaminda Vaas sees off the final two deliveries of the over.
Silva nudges Bopara for a single where Pietersen, back on the field, does the fielding. Loku's stay at the crease is thankfully short (nothing personal, I just hate trying to spell his name without cutting'n'pasting) as he misses a straight one and Bopara traps him LBW. Bopara crouches down to appeal, with both fingers pointing towards the umpire like someone striking a disco-dancing pose, and is rewarded with the slow finger of death from Rudi Koertzen.
36th over - SL 158-6
It's the moment I really wasn't looking forward to - the jolly-difficult-to-type-in-a-hurry Kaushal Lokuarachchi (hereafter referred to as Loku) is the new batsman. He defends his first ball.
Silva and Mubarak both sweep Monty for singles, while Simon Mann fears that England's slow over-rate will mean a shortened interval - and I can tell you that's not much fun for those of us sat here for 100 overs with only a short break in the middle! Silva turns one to leg to reach his 50 - but then Monty claims his first wicket when Mubarak fences at a wide one and Bopara sinks to his knees at point to take the catch.
Simon Mann on TMS
35th over - SL 155-5
As per the new ODI rules, with 34 overs gone, umpire Rudi hands Bopara the "new" (used) ball with which to bowl. The first delivery with the new sphere hits Silva on the pad, but the appeal is in vain as it was going down leg. Silva then hoists Bopara over the infield, Broad tries to use his "Boundary Fox" skills but his tumbling roll can't quite stop the boundary. A single takes his score to 48 but Mubarak can't get the last two balls away.
"What has happened to Maharoof? Is he the Monty Panesar of Sri Lanka?"
RH in the TMS inbox [He's injured - MM]
34th over - SL 150-5
Broad takes another rest and Monty P returns. Silva turns him to midwicket and they jog through for a single. With Sidey still off the field (and Luke Wright sub-fielding for him), Pietersen is also off the field and is replaced by his Hampshire team-mate Chris Tremlett. Silva and Mubarak don't seem to be in much trouble against Panesar, and a succession of singles bring up Sri Lanka's 150.
33rd over - SL 146-5A drinks break is taken, before Bopara resumes with his third over, and he's keeping it pretty tight with what Simon Mann on TMS describes as a "Sunday League run-up" of about 15 yards. Silva twice tries to work him away to third man, but Captain Colly makes a superb stop-and-rocket-throw-in-to-the-stumps at backward point both times. A maiden for Essex's Bopara.
"Anyone got any suggestion on how to recover quickly from a day spent in Blackpool and a hair raising ride on the Pepsi Max [I'm assuming that's a roller-coaster - MM] - does anyone in Blackpool watch cricket?"
Chrissy, north Notts, in the TMS inbox
"For Simon, London - try to stay out of the pub for as
long as possible. The last time I went on a sporting all-dayer it made
me very ill. I woke up in the night covered in an icy sweat, from the
Woodzeebeck, Switzerland, in the TMS inbox
"I don't think we can give the cockroach 'Animal of the
Series' without a picture. How big is Simon Mann? If he's quite small,
maybe the cockroach isn't as big as we thought and is actually the size
of a medium-sized bunny rabbit, the sort that wouldn't do harm to
anyone and just likes to eat carrots?"
Danny, Amersham, in the TMS inbox
32nd over - SL 146-5
Broad and Mustard appeal for a catch behind as Silva fences at one which is called a wide. The next ball is a high bouncer, leading ump De Silva to signal to Broad "that's your one for the over". Another bouncer is signalled as a no-ball, and De Silva signals to Colly his reasons for doing so. Silva responds with another high-quality cover-driven four, before they scamper a quick single. Bell's underarm throw just misses the stumps - Silva would have been out if it had hit. England bowling consultant Ottis Gibson is sitting next to non-playing squad members Mascarenhas and Tremlett - given the Durham man's role as Hampshire's nemesis on several occasions during the summer, what will they talk about?
Dougie Brown on TMS
31st over - SL 139-5
Bopara continues for his second over, while England physio Kirk Russell (not to be confused with the similarly-named star of action movies such as Escape from LA) continues to treat Sidey's cramp just outside the boundary rope. Silva and Mubarak take a couple of singles each.
30th over - SL 135-5
The Montster's off after five wicketless overs for 19 runs, and Stuart Broad returns. Silva and Mubarak take a single each, before Sidebottom tries to make a diving stop and appears to collapse to the turf with cramp. Silva calls for a second run while Sidey writhes in agony, and several England fielders converge on Silva to express the view that to take that second run was somewhat unsporting. As Sidey leaves the field for treatment, Broad fires in a bouncer at Silva by way of revenge.
Alison Mitchell on TMS
Dougie Brown on TMS
29th over - SL
Radio 4 LW listeners return, having missed that wicket during the Shipping Forecast, and new batsman Jehan Mubarak sees off the last ball. A great first over from Bopara.
Despite haviing made that vital breakthrough, Shah's off after three overs (that lousy wide in the last over may have had something to do with it), and Ravi Bopara takes up the attack. If anything, he's been under-bowled in this series, but Colly's shoulder injury means he's effectively England's fourth seamer today. Silva opens the face to guide one down to third man for a single, and then Dilshan tries to take a suicidal single to Ian Bell at cover, is rightly sent back by Silva and Dilshan is run out by yards. Dilshan is absolutely furious with Silva, but that's the end of him.
28th over - SL 130-4
Dilshan off-drives Monty again, taking two to long-off, before another attempted sweep sees him miss the ball as it spins more than he thought. Dilshan tries to use his feet but Monty keeps him tied down as Radio 4 LW listeners have the Shipping Forecast inflicted on them.
"Shame our sporting governing bodies could not get
together. An over from Rooney and one from Andrew Sheridan would rock
the Sri Lankans. That coupled with Sidebottom rising like a tin of John
West at the far post to get on the end of a Gerrard cross and KP
playing scrum-half would be a dream. Feeling patriotic again for the
first time in ages"
Bernie, in work in Liverpool, but not for long, in the TMS inbox
27th over - SL 128-4
I hate to say this to the army of Montster fans, but Shah is looking the more comfortable of England's two spinners at the moment. He's getting a lot of turn, although Dilshan and Silva are continuing to tickle the singles with some aplomb. The commentator's curse then strikes again as Shah sends down a very poor legside wide - the batsmen run three but it's so slow that the ball can't reach the fine leg boundary.
Russell Arnold on TMS
26th over - SL 120-4
Dilshan off-drives Monty for a single to long-off, while Silva works him away to fine leg again for two. Colly adjusts the field to try to nullify the threat of the sweep. Monty tosses one up which Silva sends straight to backward point.
"Not a good day for me as I didn't think when accepting
to help another store at work today how big this sporting day was. I
start working at 12 and finish at seven so miss the cricket and
football. A cricket club dinner and awards is this evening so I even
miss the rugby as well!"
Edges Wedges in the TMS inbox
25th over - SL 117-4
Shah continues, Dilshan takes a single before Silva tries to guide a wide one down to fine leg for two. Shah tosses one up which Silva carves to backward point for two.
24th over - SL 112-4
Silva takes a single, while the new batsman is Tillakaratne Dilshan, who follows Silva and Sanga's lead from the previous over by sweeping Panesar for a two and then a single. I'm still trying to recover from the sight of Rudi signalling a wide in the last over when Sanga was bowled! You might think the man has it in for England, I couldn't possibly comment.
Is this a gamble by Colly? Owais Shah's occasional off-spin is introduced into the attack - although Colly's shoulder injury could see Shah, Bopara and even conceivably Pietersen making up the fifth bowler's allocation. Silva takes a sharp single, while Sangakkara pushes one to Broad, who is at deep cover in two senses of the word, fielding underneath the shadow of the large grandstand. Silva then chops one down to third man for one. The final ball bowls Sanga around his legs as he sweeps and misses at one that turns prodigiously. But Sanga stands his ground while Rudi Koertzen astonishingly signals a wide! After TV replays are consulted, Sanga has to go. Owais, I take back what I said about it being a gamble...
22nd over - SL 103-3
Silva slog-sweeps Monty from outside off-stump for four to bring up the Sri Lanka hundred, while a more orthodox sweep yields a single. A fan on the boundary holds up a "Where's Our Dimi?" banner - a long-distance Hampshire fan, or a Mascarenhas relative? Sanga and Silva take a single each - seven off the over.
"In reply to Dave, Warrington and Al, Bristol - I am
that charming lady to accompany their day of sporting fun. But only if
I can sit on the sofa, and they fetch my beers! I am a Cardiff Uni
student - my two projects lay abandoned at feet - I'm still trying to
work whether to wear my England cricket, football or rugby shirts out
in Welsh capital's city centre... which would get me the least abuse?!"
Kathryn, pondering, (and wishing to apologise to her project co-workers), Cardiff, in the TMS inbox
[I went to Cardiff Uni from 1993-97 and would recommend you do not wear an England rugby shirt in such circumstances! - MM]
21st over - SL 96-3
As Alison Mitchell on TMS reveals that this stadium was built on swamp land which had been used by Buddhist monks on their way to a temple, Sanga takes a single off Broad which prompts Colly to shuffle his field again. Silva has to dig out a good yorker, but then pulls a looser one past mid-on for four, before guiding a single to third man. Alison notices more enormous black crows which are swooping past the window of the TMS box.
Dougie Brown on TMS
20th over - SL 90-3
It's time for the Montster, as Mr Panesar gets his first bowl of the series, looking to improve on his ODI bowling average of 41. Monty bowls over the wicket to the left-handed Sanga who takes two and then works him away for a single. Monty then goes around the wicket to the right-handed Silva, and keeps him tied down for the rest of the over. That's it for the fielding restrictions.
Dougie Brown on TMS
19th over - SL 87-3
Broad runs in for his fourth over, and Sanga nudges another single from the first ball. He and Silva work away another couple of singles, so it's just three runs from the over.
"I can honestly thank God that I'm able to follow all of
today's sport. I had been pencilled in for the 12-9 shift at work but
managed to use the old 'it's a religious holiday - honest' excuse to
get the day off"
Sarah, Bucks, in the TMS inbox
18th over - SL 84-3
Dougie and Alison on TMS explore England's wicket-keeping options, mentioning Mustard, Matt Prior, Steven Davies, Tim Ambrose, James Foster and Chris Read. Sanga takes a single but England keep it tight in the field.
"Can anyone give any hints on how to manage my boozing
throughout this sports intensive day? Initially, I thought I'd start at
10am (cricket), then thinking that wasn't wise, I though 2pm
(football), and again realising that my stamina wasn't that huge I'm
now going for 6pm (rugby). I'm a pub sleeper, so any advice would be
Simon, London, in the TMS inbox
[BBC Sport advises that such drinking should be in moderation]
Dougie Brown on TMS
17th over - SL 83-3
Silva mistimes one from Broad and fences it just short of Colly at backward point, while Sidey returns to the field in place of Wright. Another good shot from Silva is restricted to a single as Cook makes a good stop at short cover. Sanga tips and runs for another single.
Simon Mann on TMS
16th over - SL 81-3
The third powerplay is taken, and ump De Silva holds his middle finger, ring finger and little finger into the air to signify that for this five-over powerplay, England can have three fielders outside the circle. Anderson replaces Sidey, and after Sanga glances one off his legs for a single, an amusing incident ensues when the ball flies out of hAnderson's hand during his delivery stride and it trickles away behind him. De Silva calls "dead ball". Silva then gets off the mark with a glorious textbook cover-drive for four. The MCC could do worse than video that one for their famed coaching manual. A single completes the over.
"Oh how marvellous to see the commentator's curse working against Sri Lanka too - poor Mr Perera! Well done Mark, keep it up!"
Sarah, Canterbury, in the TMS inbox
15th over - SL 75-3
Sidey leaves the field to be replaced by sub fielder Luke Wright - presumably that's his spell over. Broad has Sanga playing and missing. Sidey is then spotted in the dressing-room, necking a bottle of water. Sanga square-drives to third man for a single, to finally get Sri Lanka off the score of 74 at which they lost two wickets. Silva has to go up onto his toes to fend off one from Broad, and that's it for the second powerplay.
"I'm at work so relying on this feed until 2pm when I
knock off and sprint home in time for some of the cricket and the
football - can't wait"
Nic Charlton, Bristol, in the TMS inbox
14th over - SL 74-3
With the fall of two wickets, an impromptu mid-over drinks break is taken. New batsman is Chamara Silva, and he sees off the rest of the over - it's a double-wicket maiden for Sidey. His figures are 7-2-25-2.
While a band in the stadium belts out that old Boney M classic "Rivers of Babylon", Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene walks to the wicket, while Simon Mann on TMS spots a giant crow on the sightscreen and reveals that a cockroach "the size of a cat" was spotted by producer Caroline Short in the TMS box earlier today. Simon took on the Sir Lancelot role (so he says) to get rid of it. But is it too late for the crow or the cockroach to win "animal of the series"? Back on the pich, Jayawardene spoons his third ball up in the air and Broad runs forward to take the catch at mid-on.
Another wicket for Sidey as he finds Perera's outside edge (having had a couple whistle past it in earlier overs) and the Colonel takes a regulation catch.
13th over - SL 74-1
It's the first change of bowling as Stuart Broad brushes his fair hair out of his eyes before replacing Anderson. Hampshire duo Chris Tremlett and Dimi Mascarenhas are chatting away on the boundary, neither of them having been selected for any of these five ODIs. Sanga takes a single off Broad, who then hits Perera on the pad, but again umpire Rudi Koertzen is umnoved. Will Rudi expand his white goatee to a full beard in time for the festive season? Perera then benefits from some comedy fielding from Sidey, who lets a ball he should have stopped sail straight through him for two. I think he should be made to practise the Long Barrier position if they take a drinks break. His Notts team-mate Broad then sends down a legside wide.
"Andy in Leek: all three international sides were
playing on the same day on Saturday, 8 September this year - England
beat India in the deciding one-dayer, England beat USA in the opening
World Cup game, and England beat Israel in the football... three more
wins today, fingers crossed!"
Steve in Norwich in the TMS inbox
12th over - SL 69-1
More good running between the wickets sees Perera run two to long leg off Sidey, before they trot through for a leg-bye. Perera now has 27 off 36 balls - not bad for your debut. Sanga carefully steers the last ball to third man to pinch the strike.
"On hearing the news that Andrew Flintoff is now out for
around seven months, I have one message for the selectors and coaches:
DON'T RUSH HIM BACK!! I have a feeling this is the last chance saloon
for Freddie's ankle and if it fails to recover properly this time then
we will be deprived of the best cricketer of his generation. The
emphasis must be on recovery and rehabilitation rather than on when he
will next play for England"
Steve, Rochdale, in the TMS inbox [Hear, hear - MM]
"Paul in Lancs, I'm currently pondering whether to be
immensely flattered at the bestowal of such a prestigious award, or
outraged at the suggestion I might have a drink problem...
unfortunately my brain is a little woolly this morning so I'll have to
get back to you on that one..... *hiccoughs*"
Sarah, Canterbury, in the TMS inbox
11th over - SL 65-1
Umpire Rudi Koertzen signals the second powerplay by moving his arm in a circle, then aims a two-fingered salute back down the wicket. It looks ruder than it is - he's signalling that this is the powerplay where two fielders will be allowed outside the fielding circle. Anderson continues to bowl too short, and Perera flays him for successive fours through point. He appeals for LBW when the next ball hits Perera on the pad, but Rudi is so unimpressed that he doesn't even signal a leg-bye. Sanga guides one away to square leg for a comfortable two. Another leg-glance trickles down to fine leg, and they take two more runs which brings Sanga to 6,000 ODI runs. A much better over from Sri Lanka.
10th over - SL 52-1
Perera gets the scoreboard going again with a single, while Broad is back on the field. Sanga is off the mark with a streaky waft outside off-stump which sails past second slip for four. Not the first streaky shot played today, by a long chalk. Captain Colly makes a smart stop in his familiar postition of backward point to deny Sanga a single, but yet again Colly feels his injured shoulder after making the stop. Sanga then nudges one off his his legs for two, where Monty does the fielding at long leg. That's it for the first powerplay.
Danny (reading a difficult but enjoying book about Inernational Relations Theory), Aberystwyth, in the TMS inbox
9th over - SL 45-1
Alison Mitchell on TMS notices that Luke Wright is on as a sub fielder for Stuart Broad. Anderson continues to new batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who's happy to defend his first six balls. That's two maidens on the trot.
8th over - SL 45-1
Perera finally cuts loose, trying to take the attack to Sidey but gets a wild top-edge. Mustard charges up from behind the stumps but can't quite get there in time. A mixture of line and length and well-disguised slower balls from Sidey keep Perera tied down - and it's the first maiden over of the day.
"Morning Mark, a great day of English sport today. Just
sat down to watch the cricket, will catch the football at 3pm, then to
top it off, we have reserved a seating area in the Engine Room Public
House for 12 of us to watch the Rugby World Cup semi-final. Cannot
remember when all three international sides were playing on the same
day. And a bonus it's a Saturday. If you want to join us tonight,
you're more than welcome, mine is a pint of Stella and the missus will
have a large white wine! Come on England!"
Andy Morgan, Leek, in the TMS inbox [Nice thought, but even if this game were to finish early, I'd need a Tardis to make it to Leek in time for kick-off - MM]
Russell Arnold on TMS nails his colours to the mast for today's Rugby World Cup semi-final
Anderson drops one in short again, and Jayasuriya clubs his second six of the innings over midwicket. He then works one off his legs, and a wild throw from Bopara as they take the second run is not backed up. They run a third off the overthrow, and think seriously about running a fourth. Monty P then makes his first significant contribution, hitting the stmps at the bowler's end but Perera is easily through for a single. A flashing drive from Jayasuriya ends his entertaining cameo (26 runs off 18 balls) as he hits it straight to KP at wide mid-off.
"In reply to Dave (Warrington), he is quite quite wrong.
A charming lady would be an ideal accompaniment to his day on the sofa.
She can wait patiently by his feet and fetch the beers when he needs
Al from Bristol in the TMS inbox
Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Russell Arnold on TMS
6th over - SL 35-0
Sidey beats Perera's outside edge again - Dougie Brown on TMS thinks it's like watching two different games at the moment, with Jayasuriya aggressive and Perera becalmed. The latter takes a single, while Sidey then yells another LBW appeal when it looks like it hits Jayasuriya a smidgen outside off-stump. A leg-bye ensues.
"Re today's sporting extravaganza, I have instructions
to meet the wife from work at 8:15 tonight, and go to a party where,
'we will only be staying an hour or so!' Am I being paranoid or is this
the eqivalent of Dave's military precision working against me? At least
I have the cricket and footie beforehand"
Tim, East London, in the TMS inbox
Dougie Brown on TMS
5th over - SL 33-0
Dougie Brown on TMS notices that Ravi Bopara is standing 10 yards inside the rope on the square leg boundary - possibly a puzzling decision considering Jayasuriya has already comfortably cleared that boundary. Jayasuriya off-drives for two before taking a single, while Captain Colly is clearly rubbing his injured shoulder following that collision with Jayasuriya in the last over. Perera then gives Anderson a sharp caught-and-bowled chance when he punches one straight back, but Jimmy can't get his left hand down quickly enough and they trot through for a single.
4th over - SL 29-0
A textbook defensive stroke from Perera - it looks like Jayasuriya's heroics may allow him to play himself in. He then nudges another one to long leg, and some frankly excellent running between the wickets stretches it to two runs. Sidey then raps Perera on the pad and raises both arms in exhortation to ump De Silva, but it clearly pitched outside leg. Perera then pushes one into the infield, they run a quick single and althought Collingwood's underarm throw misses the stumps at the striker's end, Colly collides with Jayasuriya as he runs his bat in and Jayasuriya is forced to hurdle the stumps, dislodging the bails in the manner of the Ian Botham "leg over" incident which provoked the most famous TMS radio clip of all time (featuring Aggers and the late Brian Johnston). Jayasuriya takes a single, and Sidey beats Perera's outside edge with the final delivery.
"I feel that we have seen the last of Freddie, with the
ball anyway. I really can't see him bowling again and he must now
become a special specialist batsman!"
Gary, Liskeard in the TMS inbox
3rd over - SL 25-0
Perera gets another edge, this time an outside edge which bounces just in front of Cook at second slip. He then chops one to third man for a single. Jimmy drops one in short which Jayasuriya pulls to the square-leg boundary, and two runs are taken. The last ball of the over is also short of a length, and Jayasuriya takes a step down the wicket and pulverises the ball, sending it sailing over midwicket for six.
"Come on England, let's start the day off the way we want it to end, with a win. What a day for English sport this could be!"
Chris, bored at work in Southampton, in the TMS inbox
"I think live text email-er of the series award must go
to Sarah in Canterbury - good consistent performance under almost
constant hangover pressure, as far as I can work out"
Paul in Lancs in the TMS inbox
2nd over - SL 16-0
Ryan Sidebottom's had an impressive series, and he takes the second over. His nose and lips are covered in white sun cream - which together with his long hair, gives a vague suggestion of resemblance to Andrew Symonds. Jayasuriya, who looks like a man in a hurry today, fences at Sidey's first ball outside off-stump and it is called a wide. He dabs a single before Perera turns one off his hip for a quickly-scampered two. The debutant then gets lucky, getting an inside edge which flies away past keeper Phil Mustard for four. Another wide, and maybe I've given Sidey the commentator's curse even within the space of one over! That's 10 off the over.
"In reply to Dan, Southampton, when I used to play
five-a-side at Wiltshire Police, I was nicknamed 'blackberry' because
of the nice purple colour I used to go after five minutes. I also used
to stay this colour for about two hours after"
Martin in dull miserable and grey Doncaster
"Actually a 4-1 victory could be the only highlight! (That's not the score from England v Estonia by the way)"
Justin Talbot in the TMS inbox
1st over - SL 6-0
James Anderson takes the first over, and debutant Perera takes strike, angling the third ball of the game down to third man for his first run in international cricket. He's right-handed, meaning we have a left-hand/right-hand combo with fellow opener Jayasuriya, and he clubs his first ball over long-on for four. Monty P is at mid-on, but he'd have needed to be the Road Runner to stop that going for four. Jayasuriya then hooks his second ball where it bounces just in front of Broad at long leg. They take a single.
1000: And the news is... Andrew Flintoff is out of the Sri Lanka Test series, and is "unlikely to participate" in the New Zealand Test series in March. Bad times.
0957: About to get under way here - stand by for some big news at 1000. I can't tell you what it is for another three minutes because of a strict ECB embargo.
"I'm playing football for the first time in years at
10.30. If I manage to crawl back to my computer by then, we'd better be
in a winning position or else I'll have nothing to dull my physical
pain!! Well, apart from the football and the rugby!"
Dan (soon to be hurtung lots) in Southampton in the TMS inbox
"Wotcha Mark, just about to embark on a 12-hour
residency on my sofa. The only time I plan to get up is for pit stops
to the loo. With almost military precision, I have tactically pencilled
those in during the innings break in the cricket, and the half times in
the two rugby games and the footy. Few bets, live sport, couple of
cheeky beers - who needs women on a day like today?"
Dave, Warrington, in the TMS inbox
0953: A stat from my colleague Oliver Brett - James Anderson is two wickets away from becoming the first person in 2007 to take 40 ODI wickets this year. (However, he will have played more games than any other bowler except India's Zaheer Khan).
"A 4-1 series victory may be buried in (tomorrow's) papers, but it still matters to some of us"
Marco in the TMS inbox
Warwickshire and Scotland all-rounder Dougie Brown on TMS
0947: Right then, the series may already be decided, but I want your nominations for the entire series. Who would be your player of the series? Best batsmen/bowlers? Best catch? Champagne moment? Best comedy moment?
And most importantly of all, who would be your animal of the series? Contenders could include Dog #1 and Dog #2 in Dambullah for their multiple pitch invasions (Dog #3 from the third ODI didn't make enough appearances to qualify), the frog that TMS commentator Simon Mann found in his toilet, the cobra that Paul Collingwood and some of the other players saw by the nets, and the monkeys in the England team hotel.
0940: Here are the teams:
Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya, Dilruwan Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Jehan Mubarak, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando.
England: Alastair Cook, Phil Mustard (wk), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (capt), Owais Shah, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, James Anderson.
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen and Asoka De Silva, third ump on TV replays is Gamini Silva.
TOSS NEWS: Colly calls incorrectly, so Sri Lanka win the toss and will bat first. They make one change - Dilruwan Perera, an opener who can also bowl off-spin, replaces Upul Tharanga at the top of the order. It's his international debut.
0930: Morning, everyone - how many people would have expected England to have an unassailable 3-1 lead by the time they arrived for this fifth and final ODI in Colombo?
As you may have read in the preview, England are forced into their first team change of the series - off-spinner Graeme Swann is out with a torn hamstring, giving Monty Panesar the chance for his first game of the series.The Montster is England's only change, though - so Luke Wright, Chris Tremlett and Dimitri Mascarenhas (who let's not forget, was born in London to Sri Lankan parents) are carrying the drinks for the fifth successive game. Sri Lanka team news as we get it.
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South Africa won their Test series against Pakistan 1-0 after drawing the second and final match in Lahore.
The hosts were set a world record 457 to win and that never looked likely even though Younus Khan (130) began the final morning in aggressive fashion.
Paul Harris dismissed Kamran Akmal (71) and Inzamam-ul-Haq second ball in his final international innings, while Younus edged Jacques Kallis behind.
Mohammad Yousuf, who batted cautiously, was on 63 when the players shook hands.
It was a first subcontinent Test series win for the Proteas outside Bangladesh since 2000.
And apart from early in the morning session, which was extended because of Friday prayers, that and the West Indies' world record chase of 418 against Australia in Antigua in 2003 were never seriously threatened.
Younus hit paceman Makhaya Ntini for three successive boundaries in the third over and drove Kallis for two more in the next over.
But the introduction of slow left-armer Harris in the 10th over slowed the scoring and the breakthrough came when Akmal dragged one back on to his stumps to end a stand of 161.
It could have got even better for the visitors had Hashim Amla held on to a straightforward opportunity at mid-wicket off Kallis when Younus was on 83.
He survived to reach his 14th Test century off 180 balls and had added 89 with Yousuf when he nicked a delivery Kallis angled across him to keeper Mark Boucher.
Inzamam received a rousing welcome from the home crowd as he walked to the crease for the final time as a Pakistan player and he began promisingly by driving Kallis through mid-wicket.
However, going for the boundary that would have taken him past Javed Miandad as his country's leading Test run-scorer, he gave Harris the charge and was stumped by Boucher.
His team-mates formed a guard of honour for his return to the pavilion but with his departure probably went their last chance of a famous win.
Yousuf and skipper Shoaib Malik (20no) scored 34 runs in the 12 overs after tea before a halt was called and the South Africans began their celebrations, with Inzamam and the other members of the team coming back out to congratulate them.
"It is not easy to win in the subcontinent but it's been a great team effort with a couple of good individual performances too.
"People like to think we are weak against spinners but we have played them consistently well even in our home series this year on turning wickets and on this tour.
"The style of cricket we played, the way we executed our plans has been surprising and very exciting for our future. The maturity shown by the players is very encouraging."
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik:
"We thought of going at the target, but when we lost Younus and Inzamam in quick time, we aborted our plans.
"It's a great sign for us that we lost only four wickets in four sessions and we can only improve more from here on. We made mistakes and we will learn from them.
"We were playing Tests after a seven-month lay-off so it was difficult to adjust but the South Africans were better than us in all departments."
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