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chinaman
December 18, 2003, 07:59 AM
Muttiah Muralitharan took three wickets for 38 in 37 overs as England reached 259 for eight at the close of the first day of the deciding third and final test with Sri Lanka on Thursday.

On a day of fluctuating fortunes, England's openers had thundered along after Michael Vaughan won his first toss in six tests, putting on 78 for the first wicket.

Marcus Trescothick blazed his way to 70 but edged the last ball of the morning session to Mahela Jayawardene at slip.

The touring side lost four wickets for 31 either side of lunch but with England wobbling on 139 for five, Andrew Flintoff temporarily restored the balance.

He raced to an aggressive 77 from 109 balls, hitting 10 fours and four sixes.

But Sri Lanka reclaimed the upper hand by the close, taking the wickets of Flintoff, Gareth Batty (14) and Ashley Giles (10) in the final session.

Read more (http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=XN2WB5TPAMENICRBAEOCF EY?type=cricketNews&storyID=4014246&section=news)

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 01:30 AM
Fourth Day: Morning session continues

England: 265 & 32/2 (13 ov)

Sri Lanka: 628/8d

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 01:43 AM
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England's James Anderson lies on the ground after he is unable to stop a shot from Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene crossing the ropes during the third day's play of the third and final test match in Colombo December 20, 2003. Samaraweera and Jayawardene shared an over two hundreds partnership to move Sri Lanka to a commanding position after England scored 265 runs in their first innings. REUTERS/Arko Datta

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 01:54 AM
Interesting quote from a British fan (TMS):

"So there is hope for us yet - but not much, unless Murali manages to fall out of bed and land on his right hand."

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 04:17 AM
Fourth Day at Tea:

England: 265 & 93/7 (51 ov)

Sri Lanka: 628/8d

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 05:45 AM
Sri Lanka won the match by the huge margin of an innings and 215 runs.

England: 265 & 148 (68 ov)

Sri Lanka: 628/8d

James90
December 21, 2003, 06:49 AM
England were blaming their dropped catches on the fact that they couldn't get any sleep because there was a party across from their hotel room

Tintin
December 21, 2003, 12:02 PM
Wow ! I have seen England make many excuses, but that is a new one :lol:

[Edited on 21-12-2003 by Tintin]

BangladeshCricket
December 21, 2003, 01:07 PM
that was a test...superb batting Jayasuria, Samaraweera, Jayawardane, Dilshan and Chandana...and Murali is just amazing....
I wish we could get atleast two players like them lolz...just a wish and dream..
Salute to lanka for this great game

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 01:34 PM
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Sunday December 21, 02:20 PM
Sri Lankan cricket players pose for photographers after defeating England by an inning and 250 runs, on the forth day of the final cricket test match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003. Sri Lankan won the three-test series1-0. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 01:36 PM
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Sunday December 21, 10:39 AM
Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan dives to catch the ball as England's batsman Andrew Flintoff looks on during the fourth day of the final cricket test match between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003. (AP Photo /Gemunu Amarasinghe)

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 01:41 PM
"This new delivery that he has got has caused us a lot of problems," said Vaughan. "It's one thing seeing it and another playing it."

The England captain hailed the performance of Sri Lankan spinner Mattie Muralitharan, the man of the series, who snared 27 wickets in the three Tests.

Source (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/sri_v_eng_2003/3338221.stm)

Sami
December 21, 2003, 07:04 PM
yaaaay.... its great... SL win series... Eng smashed :)

SL shud have won all 3...
i have no idea why cudnt they get Eng out in 2nd inn 2nd test... and 1st test was just bad luck for SL... :( it wud and shud have been a whitewash...

AND BTW... I AM BACK!!! ;)

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 07:11 PM
Good to see you back, Sami. I can relux a bit. :lol:

James90
December 21, 2003, 09:40 PM
What annoys me is that Sri Lanka were obviously the better side in the first 2 tests and England were very lucky to get out of jail...but still for the 3rd test England were favourites!!! Is this just biased Wisden?

chinaman
December 21, 2003, 10:01 PM
Western media. What else do you aspect?