Sunday, June 26, 2011

Twenty20: England vs Sri Lanka

All the build up to this match was about the "new look England". Stuart Broad's the captain, replacing Paul Collingwood. Samit Patel, having realised that the best way into Andy Flower's heart is not through the stomach, was back in the England fold. Jade Dernbach made his Twenty20 debut and returning were Lumb, Kieswetter, Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara, who, having listened to the majority of the Essex Twenty20 matches thus far, sounds so out of form that his inevitable dismissal is almost like a vet putting a beloved pet out of its misery.

Anyway, here's the Twenty20 between England and Sri Lanka in duck style. 

Stuart Broad loses his first toss as England's Twenty20 captain as Kandamby takes to the Sri Lankan helm. He chooses to field first. 
The opening partnership of England's successful Twenty20 World Cup campaign is reunited, but Lumb looks about as comfortable at the crease as Ian Bell does in the dug out. The second ball he edges...

But just wide of slip...

And it goes to third man for a single. England are off the mark, but not in the most convincing fashion.

Lumb searches for a boundary, but instead top edges one off Quackmal.

Malinga takes the catch and Lumb's stay at the crease is over. He goes for 2 and England are 3-1. 

Pietersen comes in and looks like the duck of old, but at the other end, the other recalled batsman of Kieswetter is desperate for a boundary. Unfortunately, his rush down the wicket to try and smash Kulasekera to the ropes is mistimed...

And is caught by (the shrunken version of) Kandamby.
Morgan comes down the pitch to a Quackmal delivery...

And hits it into the stands of Bristol.

Morgs rides his luck during his innings. He mistimes one off Quackmal into the deep...

Where Angelo Matthews should be taking a simple catch.

But instead spills it, leaving Morgan to carry on in a crucial partnership with Pietersen.

However, Morgan's luck comes to an end as he mistimes a shot off Malinga.

Jaywardene takes the crucial catch and England are 95-3. 

It gets worse for England as Pietersen soon follows Morgan back to the dugout. He decides to expose his stumps to the 800 year old Jayasuriya...

KP misses the delivery and is bowled. England are 101-4.

Samit Patel comes in with Ravi Bopara looking desperate to run someone out. Patel, however, decides to run himself out as he hits one straight to Jayawardene...

Goes for a single...

And gets run out by a direct hit.

England are 102-5. Cheerful scenes in the south west.

Bopara, deciding that he and Luke Wright's running between the wicket is likely to kill any elderly ducks in the crowd, decides to do the same thing as Pietersen.

He backs away, trying to make more room for himself, but ends up being bowled by the 800 year old Jayasuriya. England are in disarray at 125-6.

It gets worse as Luke Wright decides to try and hit a six...

He's caught by Perara on the boundary and England are 131-7. 

Malinga takes the final over. Woakes also searches desperately for the ropes, but can only sky it...

And is caught by a (presumably) relieved, Angelo Matthews.

It doesn't get much better with the last ball of the innings either. Broad misses, but Swann is already up at the other end. Sangakkara, having missed the stumps three times, throws down to Malinga's end and Broad is run out.

The new captain is run out for a duck on debut. England reach 136-9 off their Twenty20 overs as the other batsmen could not replicate the partnership of Eoin Mogran and Kevin Pietersen.

Things do not start well for England in the field either. Woakes' first delivery is a wide.

It doesn't get much better for the youngster from Warwickshire. The first three balls of his second over are given the treatment by Jayawardene and Sri Lanka are running away with it. 

Dernbach's first over for England also starts with a wide. Jayawardene then cracks one over Swann's head at slip and it goes to the boundary for four.

However, Dernbach's second over goes a bit better for him as he takes his first international wicket, that of Jayasuriya. 

Pietersen takes the catch and Sri Lanka are 40-1. It gives the Bristol crowd something to cheer.
Jayasuriya walks off after his (you would hope) penultimate innings in England is over.

Mahela Jayawardene suddenly finds the form that eluded him during the Test series. Here he hits a single off Bopara...

And reaches a 40 ball fifty. Sri Lanka are cruising.

Broad takes the 18th over with only 6 runs required for Sri Lanka to win. The first ball goes for two, the second, Jayawardene gets an inside edge on...

And it goes to the fine leg boundary for four. Sri Lanka win by 9 wickets. Not the best of starts to the Broad era...

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