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July 11, 2011

England secure series in thriller

By James Standley
BBC Sport

Fifth one-day international, Old Trafford

England 268-9 (50 overs) beat Sri Lanka 252 all out (48.2 overs) by 16 runs

Match scorecard

Alastair Cook strokes the ball through the off-side Captain Cook’s opening partnership with Kieswetter proved crucial for England England survived a superb Sri Lanka fightback to win the fifth one-day international by 16 runs at Old Trafford and take the series 3-2.

When England posted 268-9 on what was expected to be a difficult batting track, it made them big favourites.

Sri Lanka slipped to 29-3 in reply but a brilliant partnership between Jeevan Mendis and Angelo Mathews threatened to turn the game on its head.

But Mendis fell for 48 and Mathews 62 as England edged to victory.

It was a gripping finale to a series which had seen both sides pick up a brace of easy wins apiece to leave matters tied at 2-2 going into the game at a new-look Old Trafford.

The square has been rotated by 90 degrees as part of the redevelopment of the ground and with it due to be properly relaid this winter the wicket was expected to be slow and grippy, favouring Sri Lanka’s spinners.

In the event as the game wore on it became increasingly even paced and Mendis and Mathews made batting look easy before the high run rate, resulting from the failure of the tourists’ top order, finally took its toll.

England won the toss and got off to a flyer as Craig Kieswetter and Alastair Cook rattled along at more than seven an over until the batting power play was taken in the 13th over.

Then, as happens so often with England, there was a flurry of wickets rather than a continuing flow of runs.

Cook advanced down the pitch and was comfortably stumped as Suraj Randiv, who was to end with 5-42, found substantial turn, and four balls later Kieswetter was bowled by Dhammika Prasad for a run-a-ball 43.

Continue reading the main story First ODI: England beat Sri Lanka by 110 runsSecond ODI: Sri Lanka beat England by 69 runsThird ODI: Sri Lanka beat England by 6 wicketsFourth ODI: England beat Sri Lanka by 10 wicketsFifth ODI: England beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs

When Kevin Pietersen soon followed, England’s promising start was in danger of going up in smoke, but Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan set about re-establishing control.

They put on an untroubled partnership of 118 off 124 balls until Morgan advanced down the pitch and was stumped for a 60-ball 57 to spark another clatter of wickets.

Trott’s immensely composed innings of 72 off 87 balls then came to an end as he bottom edged the ball on to his stumps via his pads.

England threatened to subside towards the end of their innings, but a late flurry from Anderson lifted them to 268-9, a total TMS analyst Michael Vaughan described as “about 30 or 40 above par”.

Sri Lanka needed a solid start but they were soon in trouble as Tim Bresnan made early inroads, removing Dimuth Karunaratne and the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan.

When Mahela Jayawardene lofted a drive off Jimmy Anderson to an exultant Cook at mid-off, the tourists were 29-3.

With well over 200 required from just over 40 overs they needed a major partnership to have any chance and Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara set about repairing the damage.

Chandimal, 21, was the aggressor, but he chanced his arm against Swann once too often and was stumped for 54, having put on 94 with Sangakkara.

When Sangakkara chopped Bresnan on to his stumps for 48 three overs later the writing was on the wall, but Mendis and Matthews kept the tourists alive with a battling partnership.

Entering the final 10 overs they needed 73 but Mendis finally holed out off Samit Patel in the 46th over.

That just left Mathews and the tail. With wickets tumbling the all-rounder decided he had to try and win it on his own.

A couple of glorious fours over extra cover had both sets of fans on the edge of their seats but with two overs remaining Jade Dernbach produced a sublime slower ball which Mathews could only spoon to third man, and with him went Sri Lanka’s hopes.

July 1, 2011

Pakistan and England fight out thrilling draw

Sohail, Shakeel score for Greenshirts in 4-Nation tournament. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


In a fast and furious last six minutes, Pakistan lost the lead, regained and settled for a 2-2 draw with England at the Rabo 4-Nation Cup.

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June 30, 2011

Pakistan and England fight out thrilling draw

Sohail Abbas was in form against England as he opened the scoring with his 328th goal for his country. PHOTO: FILE

AMSTERDAM: In a fast and furious last six minutes, Pakistan lost the lead, regained and finally settled for a 2-2 draw with England at the men’s 4-Nations tournament here Wednesday.

The day’s other match – which like the England Pakistan clash had been held over from Tuesday because of a thunderstorm – saw hosts Netherlands beat arch-rivals Germany 2-1.

Pakistani legend Sohail Abbas was in form against England as he opened the scoring with his 328th goal for his country, slotting home Pakistan’s only penalty corner.

Khawaja Junaid, Pakistan manager, believes Abbas is approaching complete fitness.

“His fitness is much better than at the World Cup last December and we are focusing on getting him into perfect condition for the London Olympics,” Junaid said.

Abbas was suspended late in the match, followed immediately by Richard Smith equalizing for England.

Shakeel Abbasi scored a short-handed goal for Pakistan, two minutes from time while Abbas was still under suspension.

Barry Middleton deflected in a pass from outside the circle for England’s equalizer, seconds later.

Jason Lee, England coach, was unhappy with the result.

“We should have won comfortably as we had chances to score more goals,” Lee said.

Netherlands beat Germany in a fast flowing game, both breaking through the middle of the pitch.

Thilo Stralkowski scored for Germany in the first half.

Taeke Taekema converted a penalty stroke and Quirijn Caspers scored for Netherlands in the second half.

Paul van As, Netherlands coach and Markus Weisse, Germany coach agreed the game was a good spectacle.

“It was a fast, interesting game with a lot of action in both attacking circles,” Weisse said.

The tournament has become a round-robin competition with no final after the cancellation of Tuesday’s matches.

On Friday, Pakistan takes on Germany and England play Netherlands.

June 30, 2011

England to play 3 Tests, 4 ODIs against Pakistan

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has agreed to contest three Tests, four One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 matches during January and February next year in UAE. PHOTO: AFP


Following an earlier announcement of Pakistan playing their ‘home’ series in the UAE, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has agreed to contest three Tests, four One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 matches during January and February next year.

England’s winter itinerary was not finalised when the announcement was made with Giles Clarke, ECB chairman, reportedly saying that UAE and Sri Lanka are being considered as possible venues for the country’s forthcoming ODI and Test series against Pakistan. However, the decision was made after agreement between both boards with the tour comprising three Twenty20s as part of preparations ahead of the World Twenty20 next year.

Sharjah remains idle

Meanwhile, it has also been learnt that Sharjah is keen to stage international matches once again between Full Member nations. The officials are eyeing Pakistan as they play six Tests, nine ODIs and five Twenty20s during their series against Sri Lanka and England.

However, The Express Tribune understands that the venue, where Pakistan have played 108 ODIs, is not fit to host an international fixture as it needs significant renovation. While the Sharjah Cricket Council is ready to renovate the venue, it is also seeking a guarantee that matches be finalised there before it undergoes changes.

The venue, once a popular place for the subcontinent teams as well, was isolated after scandals of match-fixing began to emerge and while they were never proved, countries have stayed away from Sharjah. It was, however, named as Afghanistan’s ‘home’ ground last year.