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England in Sri Lanka 2007

28 v Sri Lanka Cricket XI, Colombo (PSS)
England won by 80 runs


1 1st ODI, Dambulla
Sri Lanka won by 119 runs

4 2nd ODI, Dambulla
England won by 65 runs

7 3rd ODI, Dambulla
England won by 2 wkts (D/L method)

10 4th ODI, Colombo (RPICS)
England won by 5 wkts

13 5th ODI, Colombo (RPICS)
Sri Lanka won by 107 runs


20-22 v Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Colombo Cricket Club
Match drawn

25-27 v Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Colombo Colts Cricket Club


1-5 1st Test, Kandy
Hours of play 0500-1200 GMT
Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

9-13 2nd Test, Colombo (Sinhalese Sports Ground)
Hours of play 0500-1200 GMT
Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

18-22 3rd Test, Galle
Hours of play 0500-1200 GMT
Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

23 Test squad departs
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Tour match

September 28
England Flag of England
314/4 (50 overs)
vs Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Cricket XI
234 (45.2 overs)
Flag of England England won by 80 runs
P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Ranmor Martinesz (SRI) and Jagath Nandakumar (SRI)
Ian Bell 131* (121)
Gihan Rupasinghe 2/66 (9 overs)
(scorecard) Chamara Kapugedera 75 (87)
James Anderson 3/43 (8 overs)

Paul Collingwood, Stuart Broad, Luke Wright, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen all recovered from a stomach virus to start the match. Due to special regulations both teams consisted of 14 players with 11 of these players fielding/batting. England won the toss and chose to bat first and initially scored slowly with Mustard taking 15 balls to get off the mark. Cook and Bell established a strong partnership of 89 before Pietersen scored 50 from only 29 deliveries. Quick runs from Bopara and then Shah insured England set a good target of 314/4 with Bell scoring a unbeaten 131.

Sri Lanka suffered two early setbacks but made a minor recovery with Chamara Kapugedera and Indika de Saram putting on 65 for the third wicket. Wickets then fell at regular intervals and when Kapugedera was caught of the bowling of James Anderson the game was effectively over. Ashan Priyanjan and Malinga Bandara provided some resistance but England still managed to gain a comfortable 80 run victory.

[edit] ODI series

[edit] 1st ODI

October 1
Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka
269/7 (50 overs)
vs Flag of England England
150 (34.5 overs)
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 119 runs
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Asoka De Silva (SRI) and Rudi Koertzen (RSA)
Man of the Match: Farveez Maharoof (SRI)
Mahela Jayawardene 66 (74)
Paul Collingwood 2/44 (10 overs)
(scorecard) Alastair Cook 46 (80)
Farveez Maharoof 4/31 (10 overs)

Graeme Swann was picked ahead of Monty Panesar as England decided not to field with a second spinner. The conditions on the day were windy with little swing in the wicket. The pitch was recently re-laid resulting in little pace and variable bounce which was to trouble both teams in the match. Paul Collingwood commented that the wicket was like an English wicket.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat and started well with Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya adding 77 for the opening wicket. After 30 overs Sri Lanka were in a strong position of 150/2 and were looking to set a large total but when Swann got Kumar Sangakkara stumped the rate slowed. This was Swann's first ODI wicket and Phil Mustard's first stumping for England. Sri Lanka could not accelerate in the final overs, losing four wickets in quick succession but still managed to finish on a good total of 269/7. Numerous interruptions in the match meant that Sri Lanka's first innings went over the allocated time as there were problems with the sightscreens, bails falling off and even a dog running across the outfield.

As a result of a prolonged innings the break was reduced to 30 minutes. A dropt catch at second slip allowed Mustard to get of the mark, this would be a sign of things to come as England collapsed from 43/0 to 106/6 losing Mustard, Bell, Pietersen and Collingwood within 15 runs. A stand of 42 between Swann and Ravi Bopara delayed the end but England still lost by 119 runs their biggest defeat to Sri Lanka in terms of runs.

Farveez Maharoof was awarded man of the match with bowling figures of 4/31 and was compared to Glenn McGrath with his bowling performance on the day. The winning captain Jawardere said patience with the bat was the key to setting a good score of 270 stating that if he aimed for 300 he would have risked being bowled out on less than 250. Collingwood was disappointed with England's batting effort and admitted that Sri Lanka's bowling was at a level that his team wanted to achieve.

[edit] 2nd ODI

October 4
England Flag of England
234/8 (50 overs)
vs Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
169 (44.3 overs)
Flag of England England won by 65 runs
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (RSA) and Tyron Wijewardene (SRI)
Man of the Match: Owais Shah (ENG)
Owais Shah 82 (92)
Farveez Maharoof 3/30 (9 overs)
(scorecard) Jehan Mubarak 44* (70)
Ryan Sidebottom 2/23 (10 overs)

Despite England's heavy defeat in the previous match their team remained unchanged while Sri Lanka also carried the same squad. England won the toss and elected to bat. Sri Lanka started in similar vein to the previous game and had England on 61/4. Collingwood and Owais Shah began the England recovery putting on 78 runs before Collingwood was out lbw. A stand of 70 between Swann and Shah followed allowing England to finish on 234/8.

Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad disciplined bowling yielded four early wickets putting Sri Lanka on 38/4 after 14.1 overs. Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan started a recovery but after both their wickets fell within nine deliveries of each other the game was largely in England's control. From then on wickets fell at regular intervals and although Dilhara Fernando and Farveez Maharoof added 43 runs for the final wicket it was too much to ask for the final pair to win the match.

Shah was awarded man of the match with his score of 82 and was largely responsible for England setting a decent score of 234/8. This was the first win for England in Sri Lanka since 1982 while Shah's score of 82 was the highest ever for an Englishman in Sri Lanka. Winning captain Collingwood said he was delighted with his team's performance but wanted this match to be the benchmark for the rest of the series.

[edit] 3rd ODI

October 7
Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka
164 (41.1 overs)
vs Flag of England England
164/8 (46.5 overs)
Flag of England England won by 2 wickets (D/L)
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Asoka De Silva (SRI) and Rudi Koertzen (RSA)
Man of the Match: Graeme Swann (ENG)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 70 (84)
Graeme Swann 4/34 (10 overs)
(scorecard) Paul Collingwood 32 (71)
Farveez Maharoof 3/34 (10 overs)
  • Match shortened to 48 overs a side.

[edit] 4th ODI

October 10
Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka
211/9 (50 overs)
vs Flag of England England
212/5 (46.5 overs)
Flag of England England won by 5 wickets
R. Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (RSA) & Tyron Wijewardene (SRI)
Man of the Match: Alastair Cook (ENG)
Kumar Sangakkara 69 (102)
Ryan Sidebottom 3/27 (10 overs)
(scorecard) Alastair Cook 80 (123)
Dilhara Fernando 2/38 (10 overs)

[edit] 5th ODI

October 13
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
211 (48.1 overs)
vs Flag of England England
104 (21.4 overs)
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 107 runs
R. Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Asoka De Silva (SRI) and Rudi Koertzen (RSA)
Man of the Match: Dilhara Fernando (SRI)
Chamara Silva 73 (109)
Stuart Broad 3/36 (9.1 overs)
(scorecard) Kevin Pieterson 28 (45)
Dilhara Fernando 6/27 (8 overs)

[edit] Tour matches

[edit] English v Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI

20 November - 22 November
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI
500/5 Dec (131 overs)
vs Flag of England England
315/6 (89 overs)
Match drawn
Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Grashan Liyanage & Jagath Nandakumar
Chamara Kapugedera 141 (233)
Stuart Broad 1/42 (17 overs)

Alastair Cook 63 (87)
Nuwan Kulasekara 1/28 (11 overs)

After two tame days of bowling from the England squad which saw the President's XI reach an impressive 500 for 5, England took to the wicket for one day in this warm up match. The team started off well, an opening stand of 77 before Michael Vaughan, back up the order as an opener, was trapped LBW by Malinga Bandara. As top-scorer Alastair Cook reached his fifty, with seven fours, the rest of his teammates were investigating rumoured sitings of a snake underneath the advertising board. Only Kevin Pietersen fell cheaply, for 4, while the other top-order batsmen all retired after making semi-impressive starts to ensure as many batsmen could have a knock but the match was over as any kind of contest due to the poor performance of the 9 bowlers used.

[edit] English v TBC - First-class match

25 November - 27 November
vs '
Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka

[edit] Test series

[edit] 1st Test 1st December - 5th December

1 December - 5 December
vs '
Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka

[edit] 2nd Test 9th December - 13th December

9 December - 13 December
vs '
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka

[edit] 3rd Test 18th December - 22nd December

18 December - 22 December
vs '
Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka

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England in Sri Lanka, 2007-08

Tharanga named in Sri Lanka squad

Cricinfo staff

November 23, 2007

Dilhara Fernando will continue to play through the pain barrier against England AFP

Upul Tharanga has been rewarded for his 112 in the Board President's XI match against England this week with a place in Sri Lanka's 14-man squad for the first Test at Kandy starting on December 1.

Tharanga is favourite to replace Marvan Atapattu who retired from international cricket after the second Test against Australia at Hobart. Tharanga returned home early from the tour in order to gain some match practice and the decision paid off with an impressive century in England's opening warm-up match.

Malinga Bandara, the legspinner, who was also part of the tour game is named as the second spinner alongside Muttiah Muralitharan. He trapped Michael Vaughan lbw on the final day at the Colombo Cricket Club and his inclusion will allow the Sri Lankans the option of fielding two spinners. However there is no place for Tillakaratne Dilshan, who captained the President's XI but fell for a duck, while Thilan Samaraweera has been dropped.

Sujeewa de Silva, a left-arm fast bowler, takes his place along with the established pace trio of Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando and Lasith Malinga with Farveez Maharoof ruled out with a stress fracture of his ankle. Vaas is currently on 99 Test caps after being omitted for second Test against Australia, but his chances of reaching three figures have been boosted with Maharoof's injury and the patchy form of Fernando and Malinga.

Fernando has been bowling through the pain of a long-standing ankle injury, but Mahela Jayawardene has said that he will be available for the England series before having surgery next year.

"Dilhara has had that ankle problem for quite some time," said Jayawardene. "He saw a specialist in Australia who has recommended an operation for him, probably for early April when we get a decent break. He had an injection just before we left Australia, so he should be fine for this series."

Squad Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Michael Vandort, Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Malinga Bandara, Sujeewa de Silva.


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Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI v England XI, Colombo, 3rd day

Vaughan satisfied with team progress

Andrew Miller in Colombo

November 22, 2007

Michael Vaughan and Mahela Jayawardene share a joke at the launch of the Test series AFP
England's opening match of their Sri Lanka tour may have petered out to a tame and predictable draw, but within a matter of hours came a reminder that the real action is only just around the corner. The official launch of the Test series took place this evening at the team's hotel in Colombo, in scenes that bore a closer resemblance to Monsoon Wedding than any sort of cricket gathering.

Colombo's daily cloudburst may have held off long enough to allow a full day's play, but when it arrived it arrived with a vengeance. The thoughts of the captains, Michael Vaughan and Mahela Jayawardene, and the various SLC dignitaries on show, were accompanied by the din of cascading water on the thatched roof of a picturesque if somewhat impractical garden pavilion. It was not the ideal omen for such an eagerly awaited contest.

For Jayawardene it has been a trying month. He returned earlier this week from Australia, where the pleasure of a maiden Test century against Australia couldn't distract from the disappointment of a 2-0 series defeat, nor from the Muppets controversy that dogged his side's every press conference. It hardly helped that he was addressed as "Marvan" for the first question of the evening, although he rode out the faux pas with customary good grace.

Sri Lanka did have a silver lining to their Australia trip in the form of Kumar Sangakkara's heroic 192 at Hobart, an innings that brought his side improbably close to a record-breaking win. But in the four days prior to that they had managed to take just seven out of 20 Australian wickets, and only four in the previous game at Brisbane. "We're not playing to our potential as yet," said Jayawardene. "We need to work harder and make sure we are more consistent with our performances."

A significant reason for Sri Lanka's lack of penetration was the subdued performance of Muttiah Muralitharan. A reluctant tourist after his past experiences in Australia, he took 4 for 400 in the entire series, which means that he missed out on the chance to break Shane Warne's world record in his own back yard. He needs just five English scalps to set a new benchmark of 709 Test wickets, and though Vaughan claimed to have given the prospect no thought as yet, he was confident that the feat would be achieved at some stage in the coming series.

Of more pressing concern to England's captain was the form of his own spinners, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, who managed just two expensive wickets between them in this week's warm-up. "Yesterday I'd have said they were disappointing, but having batted on that wicket, I can understand exactly why the spinners were going at four an over," said Vaughan. "It was a really flat pitch and really difficult to keep any batsman quiet. But the longer the spells the better they got, especially Monty, who was starting to get back to what he was in the summer."

The same encouraging noises can't yet be made for Steve Harmison. He was limited to just six overs after his bowling boots went missing in Dubai Airport, and though he stated his determination to fight for his England place, Vaughan could offer no assurances that he'd be given a further chance ahead of the first Test. "There were signs of promise and his two weeks in South Africa have been very productive for him," Vaughan demurred. "He'll be hoping to play [on Sunday] and get some more overs under his belt."

For all that the opening fixture ended in stalemate, Vaughan was pleased with the performances of his batsmen, and satisfied that he had picked up some pointers about the form men in his bowling attack. "We were able to gauge quite a bit to be honest," he said. "It was a flat wicket and one which all of the batsmen enjoyed playing on, but we're a little bit closer to finalising the eleven that we feel are the best for the Test, but there's another game to go and another opportunity for people to try and impress in that three-day match."

"We're excited about this series, because Sri Lanka is always a good place to come and tour," said Vaughan. "We've learned a lot about ourselves and the conditions we're going to have to play in."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo


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Tour match, Colombo (day two, tea): Sri Lanka Board XI 298-9d v England 134

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Vaughan looks back in horror to find he has been bowled

Ravi Bopara boosted his claims for a Test debut this Saturday by top-scoring for England in their match against the Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI.

England were bowled out for just 134 at Colombo's Nondescripts Cricket Club.

Alastair Cook was fluent against the new ball before falling for 35 and Owais Shah ground out a slow 26.

But Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen lasted just 26 balls between them and wicket-keeper Matt Prior also disappointed, scoring 10.

The hero for the home side was left-arm seamer Sujeewa de Silva, who was named in the Test squad on Friday. He took 4-41 in 10 overs.

Bopara ran out of partners and had to attempt to make hay while he could.

He eventually perished going for a third boundary in one over - and moments later England lost their ninth wicket when James Anderson was bowled by Chanaka Welegedara.

With Harmison absent because of an injured back, England's innings ended there and then.

Bopara had to share the new ball with Matthew Hoggard as it was then revealed Anderson had injured his ankle during practrice between the innings.

The President's XI declared on their overnight score of 298-9 and De Silva soon beat a defensive push from Vaughan to clip the stumps.

He then ended the charmed but short innings of Bell, who was dropped at slip and then caught off a no-ball, by finding the inside edge on the way through to wicket-keeper Kaushal Silva.

When Welegedara had Pietersen caught behind in the next over, the seventh of the innings, England were 21-3.


Opener Cook had provided the bulk of that total and clipped de Silva handsomely through the on-side for two boundaries.

It took the introduction of leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi to end his 23-run stand with Owais Shah, whose contribution to the share was zero, as a missed sweep resulted in a leg-before decision.

Shah got off the mark from his 34th delivery, in fact, thanks to a misfield, having been joined at the crease by Bopara, his rival for the number six spot in the first Test.

Essex's Bopara survived a confident lbw shout second ball to prosper after lunch by working the ball into gaps.

But he was forced to change the pace of his innings after Shah was bowled, driving loosely at Ishara Amerasinghe.

Matt Prior was caught at slip off medium-pacer Chamara Kapugedera, via a nick deflected off the wicketkeeper's fingertips, and Matthew Hoggard was castled by de Silva, angling the ball in from around the wicket.

Having flashed a pull and a drive to the boundary in response to the sudden clatter of wickets, Bopara picked out extra-cover with another attacking stroke.

The innings was wrapped up when Anderson was yorked by Welegedara.

Harmison received treatment throughout the morning and went swimming after lunch in a bid to loosen his stiff lower back, after pulling up in mid-over on Sunday.

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