Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Srilankan whitewash

The football worldcup euphoria subdued a fantastic game of cricket in Headingley, Leeds.

It was the fifth and final oneday game of Srilanka's tour of England. England scored 321 - 7 in their allotted 50 overs. The Srilankan's took 37.3 overs to maul that with 8 wickets to spare.

At one point in time I thought the Srilankan's would finish the match off well within 30 overs. Both the Srilankan openers, Jayasurya & Tharanga scored 100's. Jayasurya went on to bag the man of match as well as the man of the series awards.

In the end Srilanka had completed a 5-0 whitewash of the English in the onedayers. This, after a very closely fought test series where the Srilankan's came back from a 1 - 0 deficit to level the series 1 - 1.

While Mr. Moody, the Srilankan coach will rejoice welcoming his good times. Finally fortune smiles on him after a very bad run since the day he took over.

And Mr. Fletcher, his English counterpart has lots of introspection to do. With Ashes down the corner, this drubbing would only add to England’s miseries of injury and indifferent form.

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