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Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Third Test day four as it happened
Sri Lanka 231 & 322 bt England 229 & 190 by 134 runs

Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan produced a brilliant spell of bowling to lead Sri Lanka to a 134-run win over England at Trent Bridge which tied the series 1-1.

He took 8-70 from 30 overs and his victims included England skipper Andrew Flintoff for a fourth ball duck.

Andrew Strauss (55) and Marcus Trescothick (31) launched the innings with a stand of 84.

But final pair Liam Plunkett (22) and Monty Panesar (26) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.



1704: WICKET ENGLAND 190 ALL OUT Panesar 26
It had to end soon and another attempted sweep sees Jayasuriya win an lbw verdict against Monty to wrap up victory for Sri Lanka and a share of the series. It is only their second ever Test triumph in England.

1701: Muralitharan's figures have taken something of a battering in the last few overs and Panesar has moved on to 26.

1658: Even England's players on the balcony look on in disbelief as Panesar heaves Muralitharan one bounce over square-leg for four. Another swipe flies into the crowd in the same region, the crowd are on their feet and you'd think the Ashes had just been retained.

1656: The stewards are poised for the finish but Monty's confidence is soaring and he even piocks a slower ball from Malinga before flicking, through mid-wicket for three. Shades of David Gower there.

1650: Panesar is trying to hit Muralitharan out of the attack - perhaps a bit late for that. He makes contact with one swish to pick up two runs but misses with pretty much everything else.

1648: The crowd are chanting Monty's name after he takes a single off Malinga to move to 10, his highest Test score. Belatedly, they have something to crow about.

1644: Panesar receives standing ovations after sweeping and drilling Muralitharan through mid-off for fours. Those were shots of the highest class - he'll want to be moved up the order now!

1642: Plunkett hooks Malinga confidently for four but he fails to keep the strike, meaning Muralitharan will bowl to Panesar.

"It's been magical stuff from Murali but it's also been a tepid performance from England from being 84-0."
TMS analyst Vic Marks

1635: WICKET ENGLAND 153-9 Lewis 7
Lewis has no answer to a quick off-break from that man Muralitharan and is sent packing lbw. Murali now has 8-46 and will be reasonably confident of beating his best figures of 9-51 with Panesar heading to the crease.

1633: Plunkett takes a big stride down the track and launches Jayasuriya towards the long-on fence to record his highest Test score of 13 and take England past 150.

1631: Plunkett is fortunate to survive a strong shout for lbw against Muralitharan. Replays showed there was not much wrong with that but it's at the stage where it is irrelevant.

1627: Lewis thrashes Jayasuriya back over the bowler's head for another boundary. These two are providing some light entertainment for the crowd late in the piece.

1624: Plunkett drives Muralitharan straight down the ground for four. That was one of the shots of the day, particularly off England's chief tormentor.

1619: WICKET ENGLAND 136-8 Hoggard 4
A suicidal attempt at a single off Jayasuriya culminates with Kapugedera hitting direct from square-leg to run out Hoggard and spoil the scorecard as far as Murali is concerned.

1617: Hoggard is up and running straight away with a delicate leg-glance for four which earns one of the biggest roars of the day.

1614: WICKET ENGLAND 132-7 Jones 6
The Muralitharan doosra does the trick again, turning the opposite way to a traditional off-break and bowling Jones to make it seven out of seven. You have to fancy his chances of the magical 10 now with Hoggard, Lewis and Panesar to come.

"The Ashes were special but that's over. The defeat in Pakistan was supposed to be a blip and so it proved when we did very well to draw with an under-strength team in India. We were supposed to get back to winning ways at home against a Sri Lanka team with only one great bowler and two good batsmen."
Bigfella on the TMS Messageboard

1604: Muralitharan beats Plunkett with his doosra and based on that effort, the end cannot be far away.

1557: The Sri Lankans form a huddle before what should be the final rites of this game. It seems merely a question of how long it will take them to wrap up victory and a share of the series.

TEA: ENGLAND 125-6 (Jones 2, Plunkett 0)

1540: There is time for one delivery for Plunkett to face and there is more excitement when the Sri Lankans appeal for a stumping. The replays favour the batsman this time but there is likely to be no escape when play resumes after tea.

1535: WICKET ENGLAND 125-6 Collingwood 9
A bizarre dismissal as Muralitharan's off-break keeps very low, Collingwood plays it off his own toe and it bounces up for short-leg to pounce again. A referral to the third umpire confirms that it's number six for Muralitharan and he must be odds-on to claim all 10 at this rate!

1530: There is relieved applause as two runs are picked up and Murali scolds the fielder for a mistake which allows the second. He doesn't want to give anything away.

1528: There is a howl from Muralitharan as his doosra almost kisses the off-stump as it beats the helpless Collingwood. No amount of practice in the nets and against Merlin can prepare you for this! Muralitharan is like an executioner poised with his finger on the button at the moment.

1525: Collingwood does well to keep out another shooter from Jayasuriya. Things have disintegrated in a sorry fashion for England after that encouraging opening stand.

1524: Jones comes within a misker of being bowled by Muralitharan. What an over that was from the master off-spinner!

1522: WICKET ENGLAND 120-5 Flintoff 0
Muralitharan strikes twice in the same over and there is almost an embarrassed silence as Flintoff departs, caught off the inside edge by Dilshan at short-leg again. There was little doubt about that and the game looks up for the home side.

1521: It will need something sensational now from skipper Flintoff to pull England out of this mire. Muralitharan, as expected, has proved the thorn in their side.

1518: WICKET ENGLAND 120-4 Pietersen 6
Pietersen steps down the track to Muralitharan and is given out caught off bat and pad at short-leg. It doesn't appear as though there was contact with the glove but Koertzen's finger goes up slowly anyway.

1516: Collingwood misses out when Jayasuriya dishes out a leg-side full-toss. Only a mis-field from Vandort at deep square-leg gives him a second run - England have to make the most of their scoring opportunities with Muralitharan giving so little away at the other end.

1513: It's testament to the mastery of Muralitharan that the atmosphere among the home fans has changed completely, from expectant to fearful.

1507: Muralitharan beats Pietersen when his doosra keeps low again. That was unplayable even for someone of Pietersen's quality.

1502: Collingwood gets off the mark with a single. These two and Flintoff are England's main hopes of avoiding defeat now.

"That's a massive wicket for Sri Lanka because Strauss was in a position to play the anchor role which is needed if England are to get near the target."
TMS analysyt Mike Selvey

1459: WICKET ENGLAND 111-3 Strauss 55
Muralitharan strikes again, finding the edge with some extra bounce and Koertzen's finger goes up quickly this time when Jayawardene takes the rebound after Sangakkara fails to hold on.

1456: Pietersen rubs the back of his left thigh and bends his leg after a very quick single off Jayasuriya. He'll know now whether the treatment he had in the morning has worked!

1453: There is no sign of discomfort as Pietersen gets off the mark by turning Muralitharan through mid-wicket for a single.

1448: Pietersen, nursing a hamstring tear, comes out without a runner. Either the injections have done an amazing job or we are about to see a boundary-or-bust innings.

1445: WICKET 104-2 Cook 5
Cook's tortuous stay at the crease is ended when Muralitharan's doosra strikes him on the pad in front of the stumps. Koertzen's slow finger of death goes up and, having looked so secure just over 30 minutes ago, England are suddenly on the rack again.

"You have to play Murali out of the game. England should not be worried about chasing 325 against the rest of this attack even on this pitch."
TMS analyst Geoff Boycott

1434: Strauss pushes the ball out on the off-side for a single to bring up his fifty off 88 balls. It's the highest score by an Englishman in this game. The next delivery shoots along the ground and goes for two byes off Sangakkara's boot to take the hosts past 100.

1433: Cook dices with disaster again when he chops at a Jayasuriya delivery and is fortunate when the ball flies off Sangakkara's thigh and runs away for three.

1427: Cook is handed a life when he feathers Jayasuriya behind but, inexplicably, Sangakkara drops a straightforward opportunity.

"I would think this will be Cook's last innings in Test cricket for a while if Vaughan is fit. Collingwood is essential as his pragmatism with the bat splits up the enigmatic Pietersen and Flintoff."
David Rafferty in the TMS inbox

1424: Cook gets his first run by turning Jayasuriya off his hip to backward square-leg.

1420: Jayasuriya returns with Jayawardene sensing an opening. The fielders have become livelier after looking anxious but Strauss crashes another four off a long-hop.

1415: WICKET ENGLAND 84-1 Trescothick 31
Muralitharan gets through Trescothick's defences and appeals for lbw before being told he has actually bowled the left-hander. It was a doosra pushed through quickly and strikes the first blow for Sri Lanka.

"This is too good to be true. You have to give these two credit for batting so well, but you still get the feeling one wicket will lead to another quick wicket, which will put the pressure back on."
Historian on the TMS Messageboard

1410: Strauss puts away a wide half-volley from Vaas through extra cover and then surpasses that with a back-foot drive to move to 39.

1409: Trescothick and Strauss are finding the gaps with ease, picking up singles without much fuss.

1403: A man dressed as a lobster causes some merriment in the crowd by sidling his way around the ground. The opening pair have eased some of the tension with this partnership but a wicket could change all that...

1401: Trescothick charges down the track to Muralitharan and is lucky when an inside edge off his pads misses his stumps. That was a dangerous lapse in concentration.

1355: Vaas replaces the ineffectual Jayasuriya as Jayawardene searches for that first breakthorugh. But the left-arm seamer strays well down the leg-side to give Sangakkara, standing up, no chance. Four more byes, making it nine in the innings already.

1351: Good foot movement from Trescothick allows him to come down the track and drive Jayasuriya majestically for his third boundary.

1348: A delivery from Jayasuriya keeps alarmingly low and runs away for three byes. Fortunately for the batsmen all the uneven bounce has been from balls that have beep well outside off-stump - anything straight will be virtually impossible to keep out.

1340: Trescothick drives Muralitharan powerfully past backward point to take England past 50.

1337: The players emerge for the post-lunch session. England will hope they can continue resisting Murali and co as well as they did before the interval.

LUNCH: ENGLAND 49-0 (Trescothick 21, Strauss 24)

1300: A ball from Jayasuriya scuttles along the ground after landing in the footmarks but easy runs are available here with plenty of fielders set back. The openers walk off knowing that was probably England's best session since the opening day.

1256: Muralitharan finds bounce and turn in his next over and is desperately close to bowling Trescothick with a delivery which rips across him. England cannot take anything for granted here.

1251: Trescothick tries to dab the ball down to third man and apparently gets the faintest of edges to it. Sangakkara misses it and two runs are taken. It was a dangerous shot to play, particularly so close to lunch.

1249: Strauss cracks away one that Muralitharan drops short through extra-cover for four and then picks up two cheeky runs by dabbing the ball 20 yards out on the leg-side. This pair are growing in confidence, which is reflected by the defensive fields Jayawardene has started setting.

1244: We have spin at both ends as veteran left-armer Jayasuriya comes on for Vaas. He will try to use the rough patches outside the left-handers' off-stump to cause problems.

"This is the main event now and it's what we were all anticipating. We have a genius bowling at one end and it's a question of whether Sri Lanka's other bowlers can support him. They did it in the first innings."
TMS analyst Mike Selvey

1235: A brilliant piece of fielding almost does for Trescothick, who plays a late cut and sets off for a run, only to be sent back by Strauss.

1232: The game enters a crucial little passage before lunch as Muralitharan is brought into the attack. He will get plenty of help from the pitch - can the two left-handers keep him out?

1230: Another moral victory for Vaas as Trescothick drives and misses lazily. This will not help the nerves in the dressing room or among the England supporters.

1226: All the luck is with England at the moment as Strauss turns Malinga firmly to short-leg but the ball canons back off Tharanga's helmet before he has a chance to react.

1220: Another leg-before appeal from Vaas, this time to Strauss, but even though the ball straightened it looked to be just missing leg-stump. Strauss responds by driving beautifully past mid-off for four.

1217: Trescothick benefits from a slight mis-field to pick up two more. So far so good for England, although they have had several hairy moments already.

1210: Vaas lets out a cry for lbw when the ball cuts back and raps Trescothick on the pad but there was an inside edge and Hair correctly rules in the batsman's favour.

1209: Having said that, Strauss is beaten all ends up by an absolute snorter of a delivery which swings and seams. That was just too good to get an edge and Strauss acknowledges it by smiling ruefully at Malinga.

1207: Trescothick forces the wayward Malinga off the back foot through extra cover for three. The way the Slinger has misfired, it cannot be long before Muralitharan is brought on.

1203: Trescothick is really in the wars. This time he is hit in the midriff by a Vaas ball which again doesn't bounce much. The Somerset man is made of stern stuff, however, and has given no indication that he is hurt.

1200: Trescothick is fortunate when he takes his eyes off a short Malinga delivery which doesn't bounce as much as he expects. The ball comes off his hip and hits the stumps but, amazingly, the bails stay on!

1157: Malinga hurls down a wild bouncer which is called a wide. Strauss is off the mark by guiding the ball through the slips for a boundary.

"It would be a brave man to completely write off England. They certainly have enough time to get these runs."
TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew

1152: Vaas produces two beautiful deliveries which nearly induce an edge from Trescothick. The left-hander is off the mark third ball by playing the ball down to third man for four.

1149: Trescothick runs down the steps looking determined. His team will need two or three players to produce something pretty special to have any chance at all on a wearing pitch against the best off-spinner in the world.


1141: WICKET SRI LANKA 322 ALL OUT Muralitharan
There are wild celebrations from the England players when Muralitharan is well caught by Strauss at long-off to hand Panesar fine figures of 5-78. The target for England is 325.

1138: The fun and games begin with Murali, who gives himself room and lofts the ball in front of point and a huge grin breaks out. England don't see the joke.

1134: Muralitharan, who will be a huge threat with the ball later, comes in with Panesar on the brink of his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

1133: WICKET SRI LANKA 320-9 Malinga 22
Malinga sweeps one that is too close to his body and the leg-stump is knocked out. It might be a futile success for England.

1132: Panesar comes on for Hoggard but starts with a poorly directed full-toss which Malinga helps to fine-leg for his fourth boundary.

"Vaas must be the best number nine in the world. Sri Lanka have a problem with the openers - maybe he should play there. He's got the perfect technique to deal with quick bowling. This is no fluke, he looks organised and has the mental strength."
TMS analyst Vic Marks

1129: Vaas, who is now averaging more than 90 for this series, top-edges a hook off Plunkett but it flies to fine-leg for another boundary. Any hopes of quickly wrapping up the Sri Lankan innings are evaporating.

1125: More frustration for the hosts as Malinga square drives uppishly to the point boundary. It was close to Collingwood but not close enough. Only a superb stop from Plunkett prevents another four at fine-leg. Malinga has raced to 18 and this game is slipping rapidly away from England.

1123: Malinga slices Hoggard high over backward point but Collingwood cannot scamper across quickly enough to snaffle the ball. England have not learnt how to bowl to these tail-enders.

1116: Malinga drives a Hoggard inswinger straight down the ground with aplomb and glances down to long-leg for successive fours to take Sri Lanka's total and their lead past 300. A psychological blow for England.

1101: WICKET SRI LANKA 286-8 Kapugedera 50
A dream start for England as Kapugedera turns Plunkett's third ball to Cook at short-leg. Cook misses it completely, it hits his knee and bounces up for him to take it at the second attempt.

"He's pretty hopeless isn't he Cook? He's making a name for himself as a juvenile fielder. He's got eyes like saucers and his hands have tensed up - he was nowhere near that and got lucky."
TMS analyst Mike Selvey

1057: The England team emerge from the pavilion with Flintoff looking relaxed. He shares a joke with umpire Koertzen and organises the field for the first over of the day, to be bowled by Plunkett.

1050: It's colder than it has been for the previous three days and there is quite a bit of cloud cover, but that is expected to disappear later in the day. The key for England, depending on how many fit bowlers they have, is to get through the Sri Lankan lower order.

1032: A blow for England with the news that skipper Flintoff's ankle knock will prevent him from bowling. He did not look 100% yesterday so it is far from a surprise. With Collingwood nursing a rib problem and Pietersen a hamstring tear, things are not looking good for the hosts!

1030: Sri Lanka skipper Jayawardene is fined 20% of his match fee after knocking over his stumps in frustration at his dismissal. With his side in a strong position, he won't be too bothered.

"Sri Lanka are in a very good position. England's big players have to come to the party today if they are going to have any chance. Muttiah Muralitharan on a wearing pitch is going to be difficult."
Ex-England skipper Graham Gooch, Five Live Sport


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