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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 December, 2003, 10:10 GMT
Day four as it happened
Sri Lanka 628-8 dec beat England 265 & 148 by an innings and 215 runs

Sri Lanka completed victory by an innings and 215 runs as England were bowled out for 148 on day four.

Muttiah Muralitharan took 4-63, including three in a burst as England lost four wickets for two runs.

Dilhara Fernando bowled Ashley Giles for 13 after the tailender put on 40 - the biggest partnership of the innings - with Andrew Flintoff (30).

The tourists began their innings 363 runs in arrears after Sri Lanka declared on 628-8.


1038: Muralitharan puts an end to England's misery, beating Kirtley with a perfect off-spinner that the tail-ender has little idea about.
England 148 all out (Kirtley 12)

1034: Anderson cuts Vaas into the hands of Jayawardene at first slip, but he cannot hold on.

1028: Sri Lanka appeal unsuccessfully as Muralitharan hits Kirtley on the back leg without a shot being offered.

Kirtley responds with a swept six against the spin - England's first of the innings.

1025: Kirtley falls over another Fernando yorker, but the bowler has over-stepped for a no ball.

1020: Flintoff's defiant knock comes to an end as Fernando finds the edge and Sangakkara takes a good catch.
England 137-9 (Flintoff 30)

1015: Fernando's slower ball is spotted by Flintoff, who chips over wide mid-on for his sixth boundary.

1008: Flintoff is determined to go down with all guns blazing and lofts Muralitharan over mid-on for four.

1004: Giles has no answer as a superb inswinging yorker by Fernando hits the off stump.
England 124-8 (Giles 13)

0952: Chandana sends down a long hop and Flintoff gives it what it deserves by pulling ferociously for four.

0945: Flintoff lifts the Barmy Army's spirits with two fours over mid-wicket off Muralitharan.

0938: England's total reaches three figures as Flintoff collects four with a square drive off Muralitharan.

0930: Sri Lanka call up Fernando, their quickest bowler, to try and bring the game to a swift conclusion.

Latest action (all times GMT):

Tea: England 93-7 (51 overs)

0901: Giles strokes Muralitharan through midwicket for four but it is not enough even to raise a smile.

0857: Flintoff is caught off pad and bat but umpire Bucknor fails to see the latter.

0855: After watching wickets tumble at the other end, Flintoff gets off the mark with a single to mid-wicket.

0851: Read is beaten all ends up by Jayasuriya's quicker ball and there is no doubt about the lbw verdict.
England 84-7 (Read 0)

0846: The collapse continues as Jayasuriya produces a superb delivery which defeats Butcher's back foot defensive stroke and hits middle stump.
England 84-6 (Butcher 37)

0833: Flintoff faces the hat-trick ball from Muralitharan, but the ball only strikes pad as he pushes forward.

0826: Things go from bad to worse as Sangakkara appeals for another stumping and Batty is given out first ball by the TV umpire. England 82-5 (Batty 0)

0823: Thorpe surrenders his wicket by advancing down the wicket to Muralitharan - the ball spins back between bat and pad and Sangakkara completes an easy stumping.
England 82-4 (Thorpe 19)

0809: Butcher is concentrating well and picking the right balls to attack - he does so again with an off-drive for four off Chandana.

0757: A poor ball from Chandana gives Thorpe plenty of time to pull for four.

0752: Butcher uses his feet well to reach the pitch of the ball as he clips Chandana through mid-wicket for four.

0734: Muralitharan gives the ball plenty of air, allowing Butcher time to pick his spot as he puts it away through the cover field.

0730: England reach 50 as Thorpe pulls a short delivery from Vaas away for four.

0718: Muralitharan claims a vital scalp as his wrong 'un proves too much for Hussain and Sangakkara snaps up a thin edge. England 44-3 (Hussain 11)

0715: A glorious extra cover drive brings Hussain four runs from an angled half volley by Vaas.

0710: Butcher has to dive full length to avoid being run out as he calls for a single and is sent back by Hussain.

Lunch: 39-2 (15 overs)

0626: Butcher adds four more to the total with a well controlled stroke through mid-wicket off Muralitharan.

0619: Sri Lanka's chief weapon, Muralitharan, is given the ball for the first time but concedes four runs as Hussain drives through the covers.

0614: Fernando is too full in length, allowing Butcher to punch the ball pleasantly past mid-on for a boundary.

0610: England almost lose their third wicket as Chandana finds the inside edge of Butcher's bat and the ball just misses leg stump.

0606: Hussain suffers a painful start to his innings as a Fernando bouncer hits him on the shoulder.

0602: Fernando deceives Vaughan with a slower ball which the England captain drives straight to Jayasuriya at cover.
England 22-2 (Vaughan 14)

0559: Muralitharan is give a run down towards the long-on boundary as Butcher forces down the ground for two runs.

0556: Vaughan deals comfortably with a short ball from Vaas, pulling it away behind square for four runs.

0548: Butcher, batting despite a bruised hand, collects four with an outside edge which finds a gap in the Sri Lankan slip cordon.

0547: Vaughan is hurried into evasive action as Fernando bangs in a rapid and well-directed bouncer.

0538: Fernando's first over ends with a boundary as Vaughan strokes effortlessly through extra cover.

0531: England make a disastrous start as Trescothick spars at a ball in Vaas' opening over and is comfortably caught at gully - although TV replays suggest it was a no-ball. England 0-1 (Trescothick 0)

0517: Muralitharan aims squarer but the result is the same as he hits the second six of the over, prompting Tillkaratne to declare with a lead of 363.

0515: Giles' figures suffer a further dent as Muralitharan clears the ropes at mid-wicket to add six to the total.

0514: Muralitharan's unorthodox technique serves him well as an ungainly one-handed sweep brings him four.

0507: More success for England as Chandana slices a drive off Kirtley and Vaughan plucks out a good catch at cover.
Sri Lanka 606-8 (Chandana 76)

0503: England pick up a fortuitous wicket as Giles deflects a drive from Chandana into the stumps at the bowler's end to run out Vaas. Sri Lanka 605-7 (Vaas 9)

0500: Sri Lanka's 600 arrives in style as Vaas hammers a half volley from Kirtley for four past the mid-on fielder.

0451: Kirtley drops short and the ball is clubbed over mid-wicket for six by Chandana, who whips the following ball to square leg for a single to retain the strike.

0444: Dilshan is bowled by Giles as he charges down the wicket after being frustrated by the spinner's leg stump line.
Sri Lanka 582-6 (Dilshan 83)

0441: Kirtley sends down a couple of full tosses as he strives to find yorker length, but the widespread field saves him from conceding boundaries as his second over costs seven runs.

0434: Giles opens up from the other end for England, his 61st over of the Sri Lankan innings.

0430: Sri Lanka register a boundary from Kirtley's second ball of the day as Chandana leg glances. Flintoff (groin) and Butcher (hand) are not on the field.


Sri Lanka: S Jayasuriya, M Atapattu, K Sangakkara (wkt), M Jayawardene, T Dilshan, H Tillakaratne (capt), T Samaraweera, U Chandana, C Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, M Muralitharan.

England: M Vaughan (capt), M Trescothick, M Butcher, N Hussain, G Thorpe, A Flintoff, C Read (wkt), G Batty, A Giles, J Kirtley, J Anderson.





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