Sri Lanka tour of England and Scotland, Only T20I: England v Sri Lanka at Bristol, Jun 25, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
25 June 2011 (20-over match)

Hello all, Sahil here. Sri Lanka's opening pair, Jayasuriya, in his penultimate international innings, and Jayawardene start the chase, and it's a modest one. Chris Woakes will have the new ball.


Woakes to Jayawardene, 1 wide, cripes, that's a horrid start from, Woakes floating it a long way down the leg side


Woakes to Jayawardene, no run, and much better, on a length, shaping away, Jayawardene blocks


Woakes to Jayawardene, no run, a Woakes indipper finds the pads, to much excitement, but it was heading down the leg side


Woakes to Jayawardene, no run, head-over-ball defence from Jayawardene to another good-length delivery


Woakes to Jayawardene, FOUR, ah classical batting has a place in T20 cricket. Jayawardene proves that over and again. Here he clips straight past the bowler with a flick of the wrists


Woakes to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene has struggled with the off-stump lifter all summer. Extra bounce again troubling him here


Woakes to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball is dabbed down to third man which means Jayawardene will keep the strike

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (131 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.89)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 5 (6b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 0 (0b)
    • CR Woakes 1-0-6-0

"England women has scored 136 and managed to win against Australian women. Can England men do the same?" Good point, Lasantha. It was the the spinners that did it for the women, so Swann and Patel's contributions could be vital. Here's Jade Dernbach, on his England debut.


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 wide, despite a very enthusiastic appeal from Kieswetter this is nothing more than a leg-side wide. Not the most blazing start to international cricket that


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 2 runs, still Jayawardene is denied the strike as a late cut heads to deep point


Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, the infamous Dernbach slower ball confuses Jayawardene slightly and he mistimes the cut


Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, another slower ball is respectfully prodded back to the bowler


Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene hops down the wicket and wide of leg, gets the shortish length he wants and carves over slip for four


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, Dernbach's response is another slower ball - offspinner this time - defended to cover to finally bring the Jayasuriya on strike


Dernbach to Jayasuriya, no run, careful start from the batsman, poking a rising delivery to point

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (123 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.83)

    • ST Jayasuriya 0 (1b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 12 (11b 2x4)
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-8-0
    • CR Woakes 1-0-6-0

Woakes to Jayawardene, FOUR, not sure what happened here for Woakes. Attempted slower ball floats invitingly up around waist-height well wide of off and Jayawardene had no choice but to cut for four


Woakes to Jayawardene, SIX, ah lovely timing. So easy, no vein-popping power. Just eased a half-volley straight back over the bowler's head for six


Woakes to Jayawardene, FOUR, Four more! Jayawardene is making toast of Woakes here. Leg-stump half-volley is clipped easily for four to third man


Woakes to Jayawardene, 1 run, single taken this time, some respite for Woakes as it's pushed towards cover


Woakes to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, very hittable pace and length from Woakes and Jayasuriya crashes a drive at cover who makes a half-stop


Woakes to Jayasuriya, no run, better ball here, back of a length and pushed to midwicket

End of over 3 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 31/0 (106 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.33, RRR: 6.23)

    • ST Jayasuriya 2 (3b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 27 (15b 4x4 1x6)
    • CR Woakes 2-0-23-0
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-8-0

After a poor start Broad calls for his most potent bowler, himself. Big moment for him.


Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, starts with a bouncer, the best in world cricket according to England's management, not sure Jayawardene is too bothered, swatting to deep square


Broad to Jayasuriya, FOUR, a lovely shot, Jayasuriya opens the face and guides a shortish ball wide of slip and fine of third man for his first boundary


Broad to Jayasuriya, no run, good delivery slices Jayasuriya in two. Back of a length, nipping in a touch and clipping the top of the pad through to Kieswetter


Broad to Jayasuriya, 1 run, good, tumbling fielding from Woakes on the third-man boundary saves runs as Jayasuriya slashes at a wide delivery


Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, having looked out of form during the Test series, Jayawardene looks in complete control here. Steers one off his legs into the midwicket region


Broad to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Broad's first over as captain ends with Jayasuriya chopping to third man

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 39/0 (98 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 9.75, RRR: 6.12)

    • ST Jayasuriya 8 (7b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 29 (17b 4x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-8-0
    • CR Woakes 2-0-23-0

Dernbach is back to replace the expensive Woakes.


Dernbach to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, not a great start from the bowler, shoving it in short and very wide of off. Jayasuriya heaved and missed


Dernbach to Jayasuriya, OUT, gone! One innings left for Jayasuriya then as he clubs a full delivery low to Pietersen at mid-off. Dernbach yelps with delight after getting his first international wicket

ST Jayasuriya c Pietersen b Dernbach 8 (19m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara is the new man and is away straight away. Easing off his toes wide of mid-on for a single


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 wide, another slower ball but this is very wide. Too wide for anyone's liking


Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, good stop from Morgan at backward point as another slower ball is cut hard by Jayawardene


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, real allsorts from Dernbach, all kinds of slower balls he has. This is worked, eventually, to midwicket


Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, From 66mph to 85mph in two deliveries. Good effort from the bowler. Sangakkara seems unruffled and punches down the ground


Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, extra bounce raps Jayawardene on the gloves. His hands have taken a pounding this summer

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 44/1 (93 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.80, RRR: 6.20)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 30 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 2 (2b)
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-13-1
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-8-0

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, this is tough for Broad, trying to haul England back into the match. Shortish ball is steered to third man


Broad to Jayawardene, 2 runs, excellent fielding from Dernbach at third man saves a boundary as Jayawardene backs away to carve over slip


Broad to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length here again and rushes Jayawardene in defence


Broad to Jayawardene, FOUR, still short from Broad, with England needing wickets I'm not convinced it's the best plan. Slower ball too and Jayawardene waits on it before wheeling it around the corner, past short fine leg for four


Broad to Jayawardene, 2 runs, worked to deep square and Jayawardene rushes through for a second


Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, quick from Broad, but short too. Jayawardene looks very comfortable as he hangs leg side to guide to third man

End of over 6 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 54/1 (83 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 5.92)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 39 (25b 5x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 3 (3b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-18-0
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-13-1

End of the Powerplay hastens Samit Patel's arrival. After his batting effort he could do with a decent spell.


Patel to Jayawardene, no run, good start, round-arm dart is straight and the batsman has to defend


Patel to Jayawardene, no run, touch slower this time and blocked to cover


Patel to Jayawardene, FOUR, very neatly done from Jayawardene. Gets across his stumps to fetch a sweep from outside off around the corner for four


Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, bunted down the ground for a single this time


Patel to Sangakkara, no run, the Sangakkara cover drive is as elegant as ever but finds the fielder


Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed down the ground where long-on sweeps up

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 60/1 (77 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.57, RRR: 5.92)

    • KC Sangakkara 4 (5b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 44 (29b 6x4 1x6)
    • SR Patel 1-0-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-18-0

Ah, the world's best spin bowler. Graeme Swann, forgot he was playing. Needs to do something major to make a match of this.


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Swann's first delivery is nibbled into the leg side. Sri Lanka coasting and Broad is twitchy, arms waving


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene gets all low and cat-like to dab this to short third man


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara hops down the wicket and clips to deep midwicket. No fuss or effort, just class


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, with the required rate hovering around six an over Jayawardene is happy to dink and dab


Swann to Sangakkara, no run, beaten outside off stump as Swann gets one to grip


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, all a bit flat from England, Sangakkara works a to leg

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1 (72 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.12, RRR: 6.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 7 (9b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 46 (31b 6x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 1-0-5-0
    • SR Patel 1-0-6-0

Patel to Sangakkara, FOUR, perfectly done from Sangakkara, easing down the wicket and lifting Patel wide of the long-on boundary. Not easy to do, that


Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed through quicker and punched down the ground


Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene seems to be able to take singles at will here


Patel to Sangakkara, FOUR, bosh! Sangakkara makes this into a full toss by edging down the wicket before flat-batting a swat straight of midwicket for four. Patel suffering here


Patel to Sangakkara, 1 run, after the boundary Sangakkara dips a single into space


Patel to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene could do this lying down. Finding space with a flick of the wrists

End of over 9 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 77/1 (60 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.55, RRR: 5.45)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 48 (33b 6x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 17 (13b 2x4)
    • SR Patel 2-0-18-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-5-0

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, beaten outside off, Kieswetter was convinced there was an edge but Swann and the umpire weren't interested


Swann to Jayawardene, no run, for the first time Jayawardene aims something unconventional, reverse-sweeping. He misses


Swann to Jayawardene, no run, good ball from Swann is pushed back to the bowler


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, this time space is found as it's worked to leg


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara leans this to midwicket


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 wide, quicker ball is fired down the leg side. A big no-no in limited-overs cricket


Swann to Jayawardene, no run, good delivery to finish is blocked into the leg side

And here's Liam

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/1 (57 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.70)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 49 (38b 6x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 18 (14b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-8-0
    • SR Patel 2-0-18-0

Thanks, Sahil. Sri Lanka are cruising at the moment, but the match could turn on a single over, such is the nature of Twenty20 cricket. Here's an interesting change: Ravi Bopara to bowl his medium-paced cutters


Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, he starts round the wicket to Sangakkara, who gets in line to defend


Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, nice and straight once again from Bopara, and Sangakkara taps it back


Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged into the wide open spaces on the leg side - there's a single to be had there if he just gets bat on ball


Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, quicker from Bopara, and cutting away from the right-hander off the pitch. Jayawardene stretches across but misses the cut


Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide again, Jayawardene doesn't time the cut but gets enough on it to pick up a single and reach a 40-ball fifty


Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, eased out through square leg for another single

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 83/1 (54 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.54, RRR: 6.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 20 (18b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 50 (40b 6x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-8-0

Swann continues, England really need something special now


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 wide, speared down the leg side - clearly a wide - but Sangakkara over-balances as he tries to glance and Kieswetter whips the bails off in a flash ... ah, but the back foot remained grounded and that's not out


Swann to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara simply oozes class. He's already played a shot very similar to this one in this innings - chipping out into the deep - and once again his placement is perfect


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 wide, hurled down the leg side, no potential-stumping-drama this time. Just a bad ball


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, full outside off, driven through the covers


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, looped up on off stump and Jayawardene flicks down to long-on


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, tip-and-run from Sangakkara, who just drops the ball into the off side and sets off

"Why don't England pick up real classe players for T20 ? In top-form Alastair Cook has a 33.36 average in T20, and Ian Bell has only 25.02, but he's doing great these days... Why do we need players like Michael Lumb or Luke Wright?" says Nick. And many others.


Swann to Jayawardene, 2 runs, width offered outside off and Jayawardene sends the ball down to third man with a deft late cut


Swann to Jayawardene, no run, nudged quietly back to the bowler to end the over - another good one for Sri Lanka, 11 from it

Sri Lanka are well set, but England were in a similarly good position before their late implosion. In fact, they were 97 for 3 at this very stage

End of over 12 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 94/1 (43 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 5.37)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 53 (43b 6x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 26 (21b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 3-0-19-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-0

Dernbach comes back


Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 wide, back-of-the-hand slower ball to start, but it's lobbed down the leg side


Dernbach to Sangakkara, no run, nice and straight this time, and Sangakkara defends


Dernbach to Sangakkara, 2 leg byes, short of a good length and heading down the leg side, Sangakkara helps it on its way down to fine leg


Dernbach to Sangakkara, no run, quick bouncer from Dernbach, but Sangakkara is easily underneath it


Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara walks out of his crease as Dernbach approaches, only to gently angle another slower ball down to third man


Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, the ball pitches and comes back in a touch, cramping Jayawardene's cut. Still, he gets one for his troubles as the ball rolls out to deep point


Dernbach to Sangakkara, 2 runs, another slower one, this one full and wide outside off. Sangakkara leans across to drive out into the deep, and they hurry back for the second

End of over 13 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 101/1 (36 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.76, RRR: 5.14)

    • KC Sangakkara 29 (26b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 54 (44b 6x4 1x6)
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-18-1
    • GP Swann 3-0-19-0

Stuart Broad brings himself back


Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, plenty of pace to start from England's skipper, but it's angled into the pads and whipped down to fine leg


Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time it's Sangakkara glancing off the pads, and he picks up a single through square leg

KP is in an interesting position - leg gully. Will Broad try to bounce Jayawardene out?


Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, well, it is short but it doesn't get up too sharply and the swivel pull sends the ball out to deep square


Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, short again, this one a slightly more spicy bouncer and Sangakkara doesn't get a great connection as he hooks to midwicket ... enough on it to collect two though

Aw, Malinga is sitting with his arm around Kulasekara on this chilly, grey day. Bless!


Broad to Sangakkara, no run, much fuller on off stump this time, tapped to cover


Broad to Sangakkara, no run, another bouncer to finish, Sangakkara sways out of the way and has a look at the umpire ... but it's deemed a legal delivery

End of over 14 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 106/1 (31 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.57, RRR: 5.16)

    • KC Sangakkara 32 (30b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 56 (46b 6x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-23-0
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-18-1

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, the bottom hand comes into the shot as Jayawardene chips out to midwicket

Sri Lanka are 107 for 1 and starting to pull away from England, who were 105 for 5 at the same point. There's a man in at slip now - England need a wicket


Swann to Sangakkara, no run, flicked to midwicket


Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara chips now, to long-off. No risk in the shot, it was deliberate and the placement was good


Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker one from Swann, and Jayawardene eases the ball down to long-on for another single


Swann to Sangakkara, FOUR, just slightly too short from Swann, but Sangakkara is good enough to take full toll, stepping back and pulling powerfully to the midwicket boundary


Swann to Sangakkara, no run, whipped to midwicket to end the over

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 113/1 (24 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 4.80)

    • KC Sangakkara 37 (34b 4x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 58 (48b 6x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 4-0-26-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-23-0

Chris Woakes comes back. He was poor in his first spell and will be looking to make amends. He needs to do something miraculous


Woakes to Jayawardene, 1 wide, hmm, short and misdirected down the leg side - a wide


Woakes to Jayawardene, 1 run, straighter, but angling towards leg stump and Jayawardene tucks off the hip for a single


Woakes to Sangakkara, 1 run, cut hard towards Morgan at point, who dives to cut it off but can't stop the single


Woakes to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene gives himself some room and chops a short ball on off stump down to third man


Woakes to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, full on the pads, Sangakkara misses the whip to leg but they take a run off the leg

"Ravi Bapara bowled a veyr good over leaving 3 runs from it only... The best performance of all the bowlers England have....So... why has he bowled only 1 over ?" Good question, Joe Noodle.


Woakes to Jayawardene, FOUR, Brendan Taylor-esque from Jayawardene! The short ball rose up towards his throat but he just leaned back and ramped the ball up and over the keeper for four


Woakes to Jayawardene, no run, full and straight, cracked straight back to the bowler

End of over 16 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 122/1 (15 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.62, RRR: 3.75)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 64 (52b 7x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 38 (36b 4x4)
    • CR Woakes 3-0-31-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-26-0

Speaking of Bopara, here he is. But it's surely too late for England to salvage anything


Bopara to Sangakkara, no run, dibbly-dobbly on off stump, Sangakkara isn't quite sure what to do with it and nudges to midwicket


Bopara to Sangakkara, 1 run, a low full-toss is chipped to wide long-on


Bopara to Jayawardene, no run, cutting in to the right-hander off the pitch, Jayawardene flicks to midwicket and the fielder quickly hurls the ball back to the non-striker's end


Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene walks across to the off side, looking for the paddle, and Bopara responds with a short ball. Can't stop the single though


Bopara to Sangakkara, 2 wides, pushed down the leg side, Kieswetter gets a glove on it but that's two wides


Bopara to Jayawardene, 1 run, width offered outside off, Jayawardene cuts into the deep


Bopara to Sangakkara, FOUR, leg-stump half-volley from Bopara, and Sangakkara chips nonchalantly out to the midwicket boundary. Didn't over-hit it at all, just timing and placement. Sangakkara's got a huge smile on his face now, he knows this match is in the bag

End of over 17 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 131/1 (6 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 2.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 43 (39b 5x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 66 (55b 7x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-12-0
    • CR Woakes 3-0-31-0

Stuart Broad, with one final throw of the dice


Broad to Jayawardene, 2 runs, good yorker! Fast and straight, Jayawardene does well just to keep it out and the inside edge sends the ball to fine leg, where a sliding Luke Wright cuts it off


Broad to Jayawardene, FOUR, another inside edge to fine leg, this time Wright can't get to it and that's the game!

Well, what a reversal after the Test series. Sri Lanka win by nine wickets and looked the classier team by some distance today, Twenty20 cricket is obviously something they excel at. England looked like posting a really competitive total in the midst of Morgan and Pietersen's rapid 83-run stand, but there was precious little from the rest of the batsmen and England collapsed in a heap at the end. Sri Lanka lost Jayasuriya early but Jayawardene and Sangakkara took them home with minimum fuss. Stay with us for the presentations and post-match interviews.

"Who said you have to slog and slam in T20?" writes Daniel Alexander. "Pure classy chase by two classy batsmen!"

"Credit where credit is due," says Stuart Broad. "Both Jayawardene and Sangakkara played really well. At the end of the day we didn't get enough runs. We were going to have a bowl, but it doesn't matter about the toss, whatever you do you have to do it well. We didnt execute the plans we wanted to, and of course Malinga bowled very well at the end. We didn't hit enough boundaries in the last six or seven overs."

A somewhat chastened Broad explains Bell's absence thus: "He has been in good form, but with Ravi we get an extra bowling option, which you sometimes need in T20 cricket."

"It was our target to keep them under 150," says Sri Lankan captain Thilina Kandamby. "It was a good wicket and a good outfield, so we did well."

How did his team cope when Morgan and Pietersen were smashing it to all parts? "In twenty20 cricket it happens, there are ups and downs, and we need to be good in the field. There are a lot of things we can improve still."

He gives credit to the seniors, saying that Malinga "is amazing. In every version of the game if you have Lasith in your side you have a huge advantage. They took their responsibilites, the senior guys, and showed their class. We've done well in one-dayers in the last couple of years, and the last time we were here we beat England 5-0, so we enjoy it."

Mahela Jayawardene is the Man of the Match. "It is a simple game," he says, sagely. "A lot of people make it complicated, but it's not. I didn't spend much time in the middle in the Test series, but that happens. You feel hungry to get runs after that, and that's what I did today. We had a tough Test series, but apart from that Cardiff session it could've been great. I'm looking forward to the one-dayers."

And that's all from Bristol. Before you go, be sure to have a look at Andrew Miller's bulletin, which is always a good read, and Plays of the Day from Andrew McGlashan. We've also got a gallery for you to peruse, if you so wish. Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill have been your commentators today, goodbye from the whole team and do join us for the first ODI at The Oval in three days' time.






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