England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Old Trafford July 9, 2011

Cook's calculations pay off

Plays of the day from the 5th ODI between England and Sri Lanka at Old Trafford

Selection of the day

The Saturday morning newspapers reported that Stuart Broad had been left out for the deciding match and that was confirmed by Alastair Cook at the toss. It wasn't dressed up, either, as Cook said the move was a "tactical decision" as they wanted to play Samit Patel as a second spinner. Broad, who took his only wickets of the series in the previous match, has been carrying a heel niggle since the third Test at The Rose Bowl but injury doesn't appear to have been the deciding factor. Broad later tweeted: "Gutted not to be playing today but taking full advantage of being told to get my feet up!!" So two weeks after leading his country in the Twenty20, Broad was on the sidelines.

Useful comeback of the day

Dhammika Prasad wasn't in the original one-day squad but was called up to replace the injured Dilhara Fernando and has had to wait until now for his chance. His performance suggested he could have been worth a game or two earlier in the series. Having seen the England openers score freely, Prasad gave Sri Lanka some control as he removed Craig Kieswetter with a ball that kept low then found Kevin Pietersen's outside edge with one that climbed a touch. After six overs he had 2 for 26 and it was a surprise that he didn't bowl again.

Figures of the day

Suraj Randiv is part of the future of Sri Lanka's spin bowling in the post-Muralitharan era and has caused England problems during this series. He is a tall offspinner who gets quite a bit of bounce, which was evident in both the ball that spun to remove Alastair Cook and the one that took Tim Bresnan's top edge. His 5 for 42 were a new career-best, beating the 3 for 23 he took against Zimbabwe last year, and were largely responsible for England making 55 for 6 in their last 13.2 overs.

Headless rush of the day

Dinesh Chandimal is another with a huge part to play in taking this Sri Lanka team forward. His 54 off 64 balls lifted Sri Lanka from trouble at 29 for 3 and the momentum was swinging their way. When he attacked he did so with no half measures - including a thumping straight six off Tim Bresnan - but, in the end, his youthful aggression was too much. Charging down the pitch he attempted to launch Graeme Swann over the leg side, lost his shape, and was comfortably stumped.

Decisions of the day

Alastair Cook has earned his stripes over the last two weeks. He has racked up 298 runs at a strike-rate of 96.75 and then showed his skills as captain as this match came to a tight finish. Cook had to ensure he had enough overs from his death bowlers at the end, but also had to bowl Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan during the batting Powerplay. He gave Samit Patel the 47th over and he broke the vital stand between Jeevan Mendis and Angelo Mathews, then Cook had to work out the order of his quicks. First it was James Anderson and when Dernbach claimed two in two in the 49th over it had all worked out perfectly for Cook.

Ball (s) of the day

And what an effort it was by Dernbach to close out the match. To have the confidence in his skills to deliver a back-of-the-hand slower ball to the in-form Mathews with his first ball back was outstanding. He completely confounded the batsman who spooned to backward point. Then, next ball, he speared an inswinging yorker at Malinga's toes - the master of such deliveries himself - and it rebounded back to clip the stumps. Cue massive celebrations from the home side.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Martin on July 10, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    @Manesha Madiwalagamage; thanks - and dead right about Sri Lanka's future prospects. You'll enjoy the series at home against Aus because you should win that.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Young guns emerging...we dont want any more MPs

  • avindra on July 10, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    maybe captaincy is hurting Dilshan's confidence that he had in 2009/10... he can learn a thing or two from Cook about being calm even at the edge of victory/defeat. for me man of the match is Dernbach... England's only mistake is wasting Bell at no.6 (that should'v been KP's position)... i'm proud of our guys for not throwing away the game like they did at WC finale. gonna be hella tough at down-under in 2015 so we MUST get back to a winning vibe. first step i recommend is 'eradicate those white-collar creeps who ruin SLC behind the desk', getting thick n thicker with every penny our lads win!

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @ 5wombats -Now that's what you call a thrilling finish for the series and congtratz to England who deserve to win playing better Cricket on this day.I really appriciated your views throught the series and the more debets we had...but all in allit wa sall love for the Cricket we had.For Sri Lanka as a young fan I'm happy that I see some young gun'as immerging now!! and those are the prospects we have for our future..We just did not make it yesterday...and there has be a lot of thinking and changes to do so..in the team but I'm not quite confident how we will be able to see that since Sri Lanka Cricket has there own problems to sough out..any ways We better start getting ready for Aussis and hope we can give them a good run and and you have Indian's to work with ..All the best!!

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Good captaincy from Cook, good batting, good bowling, Dilshan has a lot to learn. He didn't make any significant contributions with the bat. Now time for them to take on the Australians.

  • Martin on July 9, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Well - that was brilliant! What a great game! Sri Lanka put up a hell of a fight, as expected - well played. But don't want to see any silly excuses this time; that was a totally flat dry pitch and lovely sunshine. Don't want to see anyone claiming that England's win today was anything other than a good performance. And so much for this mistaken idea that England can't bowl when conditions are not damp and the pitch is dry. However, our batting fell on its face from 213/3 and with SL 29/3 the game should not have been close - so England still have a lot of improving to do. Cook and Kieswetter again played very well and Trott eventually woke up but Bell and Patel got out to pathetic shots. Bresnan bowled well and in the end Eng managed to apply just enough pressure to cause SL to panic and implode. Really entertaining - Great game!

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