Sri Lanka tour of England and Scotland, 1st ODI: England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 28, 2011
England won by 110 runs (D/L method)
28 June 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

1.20pm Good afternoon all, Sanath Jayasuriya has just walked out to a guard of honour. The skies have cleared, Jerusalem is ringing out, Alastair Cook is taking guard. Let's play some cricket

1.10pm Rain delayed start "Woop!" exclaims Miller as he sees the covers coming off. Play will start at 1.25pm. No overs lost, barring more rain we're almost ready to go. England's new-look opening partnership Cook and Craig Kieswetter will have a tricky task repelling the new ball in these conditions. And to celebrate the new era, Andrew Miller will take the first ten overs.

1.00pm Gnasher - who is Andrew McGlashan to the uninitiated - reminds us that we have half an hour to use up before we lose any overs.

12.55pm Here's James, who is fast-becoming the Mark Kidger of Cricinfo feedbackers: "Good to see Bresnan back, but I'm not sure it should have been for Patel. Possibly for Dernbach. I might have said Anderson, but it sounds as if the ball will swing (if we get that far)." In other news our office, which isn't all that far from the ground, was just rocked by a clap of thunder. Erm.

"Have to say that this English team seems to have balance issues," says Dan. "No real allrounders gives them a pretty long tail, Bell is not a late order hitter, Bresnan is not a number 7, no 6th bowler in case someone gets tonked...not a team to compete for a World Cup." That's the spirit Dan, write them off for the World Cup which is four years away!

12.50pm Hate to do this to you, really I do, but it's very, very dark at The Oval. Looks very ominous. Mind you this England v Sri Lanka summer has been all about rain, why stop now. Covers are on. Ah, here's Gnasher! As ever, he has good news: " There appears to be a line or rain coming up from the south coast."

12.40pm Things to pass the time before the start - Andrew Miller's preview - here's a snippet:

This time last week, Andrew Strauss was England's man at the helm. On Saturday, for a perfunctory 37.2 overs, Stuart Broad took over as national captain, and at 12.30pm tomorrow afternoon, Alastair Cook will line up at the toss as England's third skipper in eight days. The policy of separate leaders for all three formats always looked like a bit of a gamble, but right at this moment, following the most anticlimactic coronation imaginable for Broad at Bristol, there's an additional layer of scrutiny pending.

But plenty more has been happening in the cricketing world with administrators up to all sorts of tricks. Good news being that the next World Cup is open to Associates. Great news for Ireland, Netherlands, and maybe, Afghanistan too? What a treat that would be.

12.30pm Sri Lanka have won the toss and will field Dilshan's comeback from injury has started swimmingly. Very muggy, pitch tinged with green, could do a bit. With that in mind England have ditched Samit Patel's left-arm spin for Tim Bresnan, who is another back from injury.

England 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alastair Cook (capt), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Jade Dernbach.

Sri Lanka 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt) 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Thilina Kandamby, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga.

12.25pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 1st ODI between England and Sri Lanka at The Oval. We are at the beginning of the four-year cycle that leads to the next World Cup and typically that means all kinds of overhaul. Two stand-in captains - Alastair Cook and Tillakaratne Dilshan - are now fully in charge. Will they still be in four years?


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and Cook has a 100% strike rate to launch his ODI captaincy era. That's a 29% improvement on his previous mark ...


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, low full toss, poked cautiously out to point from deep in the crease


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, back of a length, but arrow straight. Defended to the leg side


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, on off stump, defended out to point once again. Good pace so far, and a defiantly straight bat from Kieswetter


Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, pushed firmly into the gap at cover, and Kieswetter scampers through


Malinga to Cook, FOUR, that's the way to do it! A leg-stump half-volley, and Cook eases it insouciently through midwicket. He's been doing that in Test cricket for 10 months solid now

So, solid stuff from England so far. Nuwan Kulasekera will share the new ball

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • AN Cook 5 (2b 1x4)
    • C Kieswetter 1 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-6-0

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, outside off stump, a hint of nibble off the juiced-up wicket. Left alone


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, big stride forward, and defended hard back down the pitch


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, outside off, no stroke offered


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, there's that issue against the moving ball that found Kieswetter out last year. Tailing in late, and a hard-handed jab takes a leading edge towards cover.


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, punched to cover


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, squared up a touch by an inswinger, and that's an excellent maiden to open his account

End of over 2 (maiden) England 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • C Kieswetter 1 (10b)
    • AN Cook 5 (2b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-6-0

Malinga to Cook, OUT, Cook's gone! An innocuous delivery, tailing down the leg-side, Cook goes for the leg glance but gets nothing more than a feather through to the keeper

AN Cook c †Sangakkara b Malinga 5 (9m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

It all started so promisingly for the new skipper. But Malinga has the breakthrough, and here comes Trott


Malinga to Trott, no run, outside off, nibbling away, defended out to cover


Malinga to Trott, no run, full and straight again, defended out to cover with a leather-sniffing forward defensive


Malinga to Trott, 1 no ball, bouncer, but it's a no-ball, and a front-foot no-ball at that. It's free hit time


Malinga to Trott, FOUR, top shot from Trott. Malinga flung the delivery out wide, but it was met with the full face of a flat bat, and steered through the covers


Malinga to Trott, no run, clipped off the hip to square leg


Malinga to Trott, FOUR, slower delivery, and flicked through midwicket. Top work

"At least Cook didn't stall the innings. That will be #trottsfault," says Gnasher, with tongue firmly in cheek. I think. Mind you, given the view in the Oval press box, he probably missed those two boundaries

End of over 3 (9 runs) England 15/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • IJL Trott 8 (6b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 1 (10b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-15-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-1-0-0

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, clunked out to cover, and a quick single ensues. Just about home safe, though a direct hit would have been tight.


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, outside off, no stroke offered


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, punched into the covers off the back foot. No real timing in the shot


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, left alone with a big raise of the bat. Two fours in quick succession is quite enough momentum-seizing for now


Kulasekara to Trott, FOUR, and off he goes again. On the pads, an easy-as-you-like flick off the hip, reminiscent of his Ashes-seizing century at the MCG. The runs keep coming


Kulasekara to Trott, 2 runs, tucked into the leg side once again

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 22/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • IJL Trott 14 (11b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 2 (11b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-7-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-15-1

Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 wide, speared down the leg side

"Looks like the world is about to end out there, but you can never quite tell from inside this press box," says Gnasher. Make of that what you will. And I don't think he's referring to Trott's strike rate


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 2 runs, flicked into the leg side, Kieswetter joins the party


Lakmal to Kieswetter, no run, forward, and blocked firmly back down the track. A loud "no!" to emphasise the point


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 wide, another loose delivery down the leg side. Not an auspicious start for Lakmal

Michael Holding informs us he went for 0 for 75 in ten overs on his last ODI appearance


Lakmal to Kieswetter, no run, fuller and straighter, a bit of a mistimed smear from Kieswetter


Lakmal to Kieswetter, no run, blocked back down the track

That was an enormous flash of lightning I just saw out of the corner of my eye (in Hammersmith). Rain will stop play sooner rather than later, I suspect


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 2 runs, flicked off the toes. A calmer approach is reaping some dividends so far


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 run, full length, swinging into the toes, a drive squirts to midwicket but they run a good single

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 29/1 (RR: 5.80)

    • C Kieswetter 7 (17b)
    • IJL Trott 14 (11b 3x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-7-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-7-0

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, full face, driven to mid-off


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, dabbed down to gully


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, FOUR, that's a better shot, his best of the day so far. A full stride, a straight bat, and punched clean through the covers


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, forward again, and defended into the gap


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, full and straight, and a fat inside-edge saves Trott from an lbw appeal


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, blocked out to point, Kieswetter continues to take the slow and steady approach

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 34/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • IJL Trott 14 (13b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 12 (21b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-12-0
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-7-0

Lakmal to Kieswetter, no run, firmly forward, and defended again


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 run, nudged down to third man for a single

Incidentally, England were 33 for 2 after six overs in the Twenty20 on Saturday; 34 for 1 after six today. What does that demonstrate? Not a lot probably


Lakmal to Trott, no run, a nudged defence once again


Lakmal to Trott, no run, on the pads, but this time Trott's timing is off. That one climbed on him a touch

"If this match is abandon due to Rain, will we see Jayasuriya again?" asks Romeo. Best ask the President I guess ...


Lakmal to Trott, no run, nudged to midwicket

I can't believe how dark it is out there. Darker than it would normally be at 9pm at this time of year.

Meanwhile, Raj is indignant. "Bell at 6! It's a crime, a crime I tell thee!" he screams. "He's one of the most technically gifted and aesthetically pleasing batsmen currently in world cricket. He should be in at 3 so he can show what he can do. He should also be captain! At least Luke Wright isn't anywhere near the team. Some consolation."


Lakmal to Trott, no run, just a single from a very tight and tidy over. A much better effort

4.40pm Play will restart at 5.00pm, 32 overs per side. Bosh! The Powerplays are seven overs, and three each of the Batting and Bowling. Seems a long ago that Craig Kieswetter and Jonathan Trott were batting. The Sri Lanka players are out there, just a note on the bowlers, two are allowed to bowl seven overs and three a maximum of six. Okay.. finally, here's Kulasekara and Sri Lanka have taken the Bowling Powerplay. Bish, bash, bosh...

4.20pm Top swatting this from Gary Bettison in the Wetherby League. He hit six sixes in a row. Also, the umpires are taking a stroll on the field. Prodding the turf, pointing at the sky, that sort of thing. It has stopped raining of course so cricket in the foreseeable future is not totally out of the question. The side covers are almost fully off as well which means it might be time to start playing with this little baby soon.

4.00pm "Just as covers get near to be being removed, it starts to go gloomy again...but no rain yet." That update from Gnasher isn't overly hopeful. In Barbados, meanwhile, India are grafting at 13 for 2 in 14 overs.

3.30pm "Sun is out!" yelps Gnasher. Woot. How that translates to cricket we're not sure yet but it's a promising sign. Oh look, it's Andy Flower playing for South Australia. Good shot that, executed his skill sets well there, I'm sure he'd say.

3.20pm Cheers Andrew. My best suggestion is to hop over to the West Indies v India match where the visitors are 5 for 1. Or you could have a look at this interview with a very youthful Ricky Ponting, fast-forward to about 1.00 minute.

3.15pm "They have started mopping up...but it's drizzling again (you could have written the last bit without me saying)," says our man at The Oval. It's true. I almost did. Meanwhile, here's Sahil to talk you through the moisture...

3pm It's threatening to stop again, but no response from the groundstaff just yet.

2.55pm Funnily enough, it's raining again at The Oval, and if it's anything like the weight of raindrop in Hammersmith at the moment, it'll be another long delay.

2.35pm "Bill Gordon is driving the Super Sopper," notes Gnasher. "He was eating ice cream yesterday. That's a British summer for you." You can't say fairer than that. Right, on that note, time to locate some scoff. Talk among yourselves for a bit.

Or, alternatively, go and read about the rain following at Wimbledon instead. Drop by drop action at

2.30pm No news is no news. The rain has stopped but the covers are still firmly on. A lot of standing water to contend with before an inspection can take place.

2.20pm "The net wickets on the edge of the square have been drenched. That could be a problem," tweets Gnasher. Indeed ...

2.05pm "These storms were meant to come last night but, no, they saved themselves for the cricket," groans Gnasher, between mouthfuls of chicken curry. It's only right and proper. This is England v Sri Lanka after all

2pm Alas, that's the end of that for now. The darkness has turned to wetness, and the players are leaving the field

End of over 7 (1 run) England 35/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • IJL Trott 14 (17b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 13 (23b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-1-12-0

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, Kulasekara's first ball after a long break is bang on the mark, heading for off and Kieswetter is full of defence


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, neatly played, Kieswetter edging down the wicket and steering a rising delivery wide of point


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, Trott defends carefully his first ball, as he's entitled to


Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, smart fielding at point denies Trott runs as he edges down the crease to drive square


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, Sangakkara is up to the stumps in response to all the footwork so Kieswetter drives from the crease through cover


Kulasekara to Trott, FOUR, with a hint of inside edge Trott has managed to squeeze this off his pads very fine, past the short fine leg fielder for four

End of over 8 (7 runs) England 42/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • IJL Trott 19 (20b 4x4)
    • C Kieswetter 15 (26b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-19-0
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-0

Lakmal bowled well before the break and gets a chance to continue, finally.


Lakmal to Kieswetter, SIX, nicely done from Kieswetter here, got the length ball he wanted and swung handsomely through the line, pinging it over long-on for six


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 run, Lakmal's response is a good one - yorker - that the batsman jabs to mid-off


Lakmal to Trott, no run, Trott is squared up a fraction as he defends this


Lakmal to Trott, FOUR, Trott this time finds the boundary, in style too. Jumping outside leg stump to open up the off side and flaying it through extra cover


Lakmal to Trott, no run, some dandy footwork from Trott, faking a move to outside leg before staying where he is. The bowler is not moved and lands a good yorker

This match has been lively since the restart, maybe this 32-32 has a future.


Lakmal to Trott, OUT, gone this time! Top work from Lakmal, full, straight, and clumping Trott on the toe as he played around his pad

IJL Trott lbw b Lakmal 23 (29m 24b 5x4 0x6) SR: 95.83

End of over 9 (11 runs) England 53/2 (RR: 5.88)

    • C Kieswetter 22 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-19-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-1-19-0

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, FOUR, poor delivery and Kieswetter latches onto it. Sliding down the leg side and he helps it to the boundary with a sweetly-timed flip to deep square


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kulasekara finds a better line and length that Kieswetter can only bunt to mid-on. Brings Pietersen onto strike, which is always exciting


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, nip back from a good length, prodded to leg


Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, with fine leg up in the circle, sliding onto the pads is no place to bowl. Pietersen is away with a fine flick past the man


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, sliced drive to cover this time


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good finish to an expensive over. Kulasekara hitting a length and line, finding solid defence. Ends a good Powerplay for England

End of over 10 (9 runs) England 62/2 (RR: 6.20)

    • KP Pietersen 4 (4b 1x4)
    • C Kieswetter 27 (30b 2x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-28-0
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-19-1

England now opt for the Batting Powerplay. No thrift for them. That move has prompted Malinga's call-up into the attack.


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, starts with a slower ball that Kieswetter tries, and fails, to work to leg


Malinga to Kieswetter, 2 runs, ooh, from slower ball to sharp bouncer in two deliveries. Rushed Kieswetter on the pull and it looped up over the midwicket for a couple


Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, back to the slower ball this time, the line was awry though and Kieswetter whipped a single off his pads


Malinga to Pietersen, no run, sharp yorker, really top delivery from that low angle. Pietersen managed to clamp down just in time


Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run, another yorker, perfectly landed. Pietersen jabs back down the ground and as he completes the single exchanges a laugh with Malinga


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, such good work from Malinga, so difficult to get those yorkers away

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 66/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • C Kieswetter 30 (34b 2x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (6b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-19-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-28-0

Lakmal gets a change of ends.


Lakmal to Pietersen, 1 run, Dilshan is electric at mid-off and he's nailed Pietersen here, surely? No! Pietersen drove hard to mid-off and sprinted off for a single, he's seriously quick but Dilshan's throw hit direct. It looks like as he dives in the bat is in the air but it's a split-frame job... and the umpire has ruled with the doubt. Tough call that


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter is doing his favourite trick of running miles outside leg, in the end he went so far he could only just about toe-end this full-toss and managed to jab it over point


Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, full and straight from the bowler, Pietersen very certain in defence


Lakmal to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen gallops down the crease to make this into a full-toss but can't time the drive


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 2 runs, this reaches Kieswetter on the full and he slugs to deep midwicket


Lakmal to Kieswetter, no run, stinging blow to Dilshan at mid-off as Kieswetter hammers a drive. Hit it so hard he couldn't even rush one.

Here's Liam...

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 71/2 (RR: 5.91)

    • C Kieswetter 33 (37b 2x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (9b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-24-1
    • SL Malinga 3-0-19-1

Thanks Sahil. Malinga will continue, he's been impressive again today


Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run, bursting away from Pietersen on that slingy angle, KP sets himself deep in his crease and nudges to leg but can't quite get it away, just the single


Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, slower-ball bouncer from Malinga, but it's spotted and paddled to fine leg


Malinga to Pietersen, 1 run, speared at the toes, the length is not quite right though and it's slammed down to long on


Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, another slower ball, this one a low, dipping full toss. I'm not sure Kieswetter picked that one, but he managed to get bat on ball


Malinga to Pietersen, FOUR, rare in-between length from Malinga, neither full nor short and sitting up nicely for Pietersen to heave to wide long-on


Malinga to Pietersen, no run, that's more like it. Malinga fires one at the base of off stump and Pietersen can only dig it out to mid-off

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 79/2 (RR: 6.07)

    • KP Pietersen 13 (13b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 35 (39b 2x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-27-1
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-24-1

Sanath Jayasuriya has just been thrown the ball in his final international match, to whistles of approval from the crowd


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 1 run, Sanath comes round the stumps and lobs one down on middle and leg, driven to mid-off


Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen hangs back and nudges to long on for an easy single


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter jumps out and swipes down to long-on, not timed but the intent was clear


Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked into the leg side, midwicket dives but can only parry the ball and they trot through for a single


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 2 runs, again the fielding is not quite watertight, this time it's mid-off who does enough to get to the ball but can't stop it cleanly. That was driven hard though


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, FOUR, swept to fine leg! There's a short boundary down there and he's picked it out perfectly

End of over 14 (10 runs) England 89/2 (RR: 6.35)

    • C Kieswetter 43 (43b 3x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 15 (15b 2x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-10-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-27-1

Spin from both ends, here's Randiv


Randiv to Pietersen, 2 runs, he comes round the wicket to the right-hander, as he did in the Twenty20, but there's plenty of room in the leg side and KP picks up to with a glance to midwicket


Randiv to Pietersen, FOUR, strong shot! Pietersen came confidently out of his crease and got right to the pitch, slamming the ball straight back down the ground

That is enough to convince Randiv to come over the wicket


Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, punched hard to to long-on off the front foot


Randiv to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter steps forward to drive, sending the ball rolling out to long-off


Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen attempts to repeat his stroke from earlier in the over, but doesn't quite middle it and long-on sprints round to cut it off


Randiv to Kieswetter, SIX, Kieswetter gets to fifty in style! He skipped down and swung mightily, for a moment it looked like he had more height than distance in the shot but the ball just kept on going

End of over 15 (15 runs) England 104/2 (RR: 6.93)

    • C Kieswetter 50 (45b 3x4 2x6)
    • KP Pietersen 23 (19b 3x4)
    • S Randiv 1-0-15-0
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-10-0

Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed out to wide long-off for a single


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter follows suit, off the front foot this time


Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run, a little too short from Jayasuriya, but the ball doesn't really get up and KP has to jab down at it. Still, gets enough of a connection to pick up a single


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 1 run, driven down to long-off


Jayasuriya to Pietersen, no run, KP drives powerfully down the ground ... or does he? Kieswetter hopped to let the ball through his legs but left his bat grounded, the ball rebounded off the bat and stopped the run


Jayasuriya to Pietersen, 1 run, driven hard down to long-off for another single

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 109/2 (RR: 6.81)

    • KP Pietersen 26 (23b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 52 (47b 3x4 2x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-15-0
    • S Randiv 1-0-15-0

Another change, but it's still spin in the form of Jeevan Mendis


Mendis to Pietersen, OUT, and he's got him with his first ball! Terrible ball, a rank long-hop, but KP leaned back and pulled straight into the hands of Dilshan at midwicket, and Sri Lanka are delighted. The batsmen had started to tick along quite nicely, and this will ease Sri Lanka's nerves ... although, now they'll have Eoin Morgan to deal with

KP Pietersen c Dilshan b Mendis 26 (30m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 108.33


Mendis to Morgan, no run, was this the wrong 'un? Definitely didn't come back in to Morgan as he lunged out in defence


Mendis to Morgan, no run, immediately the reverse sweep is in use, but he picks out short third man


Mendis to Morgan, FOUR, almost another wicket! It was another filthy long-hop, Morgan tried to smack it out of the park but looked to have picked out Mathew at deep midwicket ... the fielder couldn't quite judge the catch though, coming forward and then stopping and ultimately diving forward in vain as the ball bounced in front of him. Close!


Mendis to Morgan, no run, driven to cover


Mendis to Morgan, FOUR, slapped hard to the cover boundary! The bottom hand powers Morgan's drive, but his power and placement are perfect

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 117/3 (RR: 6.88)

    • EJG Morgan 8 (5b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 52 (47b 3x4 2x6)
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-8-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 2-0-15-0

Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, FOUR, a rare deft touch from the bat of Craig Kieswetter as he waits until the very last moment and glides a late cut down to the third man boundary


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, no run, chopped down to backward point


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 1 run, Jayasuriya targets the pads, and Kieswetter tucks him to leg for a single


Jayasuriya to Morgan, 3 runs, and now Morgan targets the third man boundary, slicing a late cut down to that region. Some tag-team fielding by the rope ensures there's no boundary


Jayasuriya to Kieswetter, 1 run, driven hard to Jayasuriya's left, he creaks across but can't get there in time


Jayasuriya to Morgan, 2 runs, a touch of width offered, Morgan stays back and bends his knees to cut to deep backward point

And Sanath is straight off the field after bowling that over, replaced by sub Thisara Perera

End of over 18 (11 runs) England 128/3 (RR: 7.11)

    • EJG Morgan 13 (7b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 58 (51b 4x4 2x6)
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-26-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-8-1

Mendis to Kieswetter, 1 run, full on off stump, driven to long-off


Mendis to Morgan, FOUR, there's a man at short third man to stop Morgan's reverse sweep, but this has sailed right over his head! Deliberately hit in the air by Morgan, great technique


Mendis to Morgan, FOUR, Mendis is all over the place here, attempting another googly but it bounces halfway down the track and is smashed to deep midwicket


Mendis to Morgan, no run, flat on off stump, Morgan gives himself room but toe-ends the cut


Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, a controlled chip is aimed towards long-off, bouncing well in front of the fielder


Mendis to Kieswetter, no run, fired full and fast at Kieswetter's toes. His bat is late in coming down but he keeps it out

End of over 19 (10 runs) England 138/3 (RR: 7.26)

    • C Kieswetter 59 (53b 4x4 2x6)
    • EJG Morgan 22 (11b 4x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-18-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 3-0-26-0

Jayasuriya is still off the field, and has been replaced by Suranga Lakmal with the ball


Lakmal to Morgan, 1 run, he starts with a slower ball - it looked like an offcutter - that Morgan taps to long-off


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 run, he was probably aiming for the yorker here, but it slips out as quite a high full toss that Kieswetter swings to midwicket


Lakmal to Morgan, 1 run, another full toss - this one low and dipping towards the toes - but Morgan just flicks his wrists at the ball to send it rocketing out to deep square, with one bounce before reaching the fielder


Lakmal to Kieswetter, 1 run, another full toss, and this one is slammed to long-off


Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Lakmal forgets about the yorker plan and instead hits a good length on off stump. Morgan defends.


Lakmal to Morgan, no run, full and fast on the toes, real pinpoint stuff. Morgan can't lay bat on it, and there's an appeal, but that was definitely going well down the leg side

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 142/3 (RR: 7.10)

    • EJG Morgan 24 (15b 4x4)
    • C Kieswetter 61 (55b 4x4 2x6)
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-28-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-18-1

More changes, Randiv is back and he'll start round the wicket to Kieswetter


Randiv to Kieswetter, OUT, a slog-sweep, a top-edge, and a simple catch for short third man, running in. Lakmal - who didn't have the best time in the field during the Tests - is all smiles after holding onto that. England are scoring at a decent lick, but these wickets will keep Sri Lanka in the game

C Kieswetter c Lakmal b Randiv 61 (90m 56b 4x4 2x6) SR: 108.92


Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, flat and fast, Morgan steps back and nudges to midwicket

Bell goes all twinkle-toed as Randiv sidles to the crease, stepping across to off, back across to leg, and then back again. If that sounds confusing, it certainly was for the bowler, who pulled out


Randiv to Bell, no run, this time Bell stays put, pushing to off


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, flicked into the leg side, and they take a quick single and Morgan's back on strike


Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, and Morgan returns the favour, tapping to midwicket for one


Randiv to Bell, FOUR, the shot of a man in sublime form. Bell came forward then hopped back, cracking a cut right out of the middle of the bat to send the ball rolling away behind square

End of over 21 (7 runs) England 149/4 (RR: 7.09)

    • IR Bell 5 (3b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 26 (17b 4x4)
    • S Randiv 2-0-22-1
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-28-1

I've lost track of all the bowling changes there've been so many, here's another one: Kulasekara is back


Kulasekara to Morgan, no run, he's full and straight to start, and Morgan just watchfully lays bat on ball


Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, full again, this time Morgan drives down the ground to bring up England's 150

Hesham: "It is ironic how england are going to get a better score than the acual T20 in a longer format? what does that come down to? better captaincy then broad from cook?"


Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, Kulasekara nibbles one back in to Bell, the ball coming off the inner half of the bat and going to leg


Kulasekara to Morgan, no run, this looked like a slower one, and a good one it is as Morgan can't get it away


Kulasekara to Morgan, no run, width offered outside off, but Morgan's cut goes straight to point


Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, full on off stump, Morgan opens his wrists into the drive to pick the gap in front of point and picks up a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 152/4 (RR: 6.90)

    • EJG Morgan 28 (22b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 6 (4b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-31-0
    • S Randiv 2-0-22-1

Seemingly obligatory change, and Malinga is back. Probably not a bad move


Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, he's full and fast to start, Morgan digging the ball out into the off side


Malinga to Bell, no run, Malinga finds the edge of Bell's bat! But it's with one of his canny slower balls, and so the edge drops well short of Sangakkara


Malinga to Bell, 1 run, great follow-up, a searingly quick yorker that takes the bottom edge and flies to fine leg


Malinga to Morgan, no run, again the edge! But has Morgan hit this into the ground? Has he hit it at all? There's a huge appeal from keeper and bowler, but Umpire Illingworth says no. And rightfully so, he hit that straight into the ground

Morgan has asked the umpire to take his wide-brimmed white hat off now, the ball is obviously getting lost in it due to Malinga's slingy action


Malinga to Morgan, no run, sharp yorker, and Morgan does well just to keep it out


Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, a low full toss, quite wide outside off, is cracked into the covers for a single

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 155/4 (RR: 6.73)

    • EJG Morgan 30 (26b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 7 (6b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-30-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-31-0

Here's Suraj Randiv now, Dilshan bowling his bowlers in one-over spells


Randiv to Morgan, 3 leg byes, not a great start, a long-hop fired down the leg side and the ball rebounds off Morgan's like as he tries to smash it away ... ah, and great work by Jeevan Mendis down at fine leg saves the boundary


Randiv to Bell, no run, Randiv comes round the wicket to Bell, giving him no room to work with. Tapped back to the bowler


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, Bell turns round into a reverse sweep as Randiv approaches, he receives a full toss but it's clipped to short third man/short fine leg


Randiv to Morgan, FOUR, another full toss, this time to Morgan who had jumped out of his crease and proceeded to smash it to wide long-off


Randiv to Morgan, FOUR, Morgan is using his feet so well. The ball before he danced out, this time he stays really deep and cuts behind square for yet another boundary


Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, Morgan shovels to leg for a single

End of over 24 (13 runs) England 168/4 (RR: 7.00)

    • EJG Morgan 39 (30b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 8 (8b 1x4)
    • S Randiv 3-0-32-1
    • SL Malinga 5-0-30-1

Another change, Jayasuriya is back on. The field is spread in defence


Jayasuriya to Morgan, 2 runs, long-hop to start, but the ball doesn't bounce much and Morgan has to jab down at it ... but still picks up two to midwicket


Jayasuriya to Morgan, 2 runs, fired at the pads from round the wicket, Morgan glances to the right of fine leg and sprints back for two more


Jayasuriya to Morgan, 1 run, bunted down to long-on for one


Jayasuriya to Bell, no run, this one is really flighted up by Jayasuriya, and Bell's drive is stopped by Dilshan at cover


Jayasuriya to Bell, 1 run, driven again by Bell, this time it's in the air but wide of a diving Dilshan. There's cover out in the deep


Jayasuriya to Morgan, 1 run, slapped out to deep cover off the back foot

And here's Sahil to take you to the close

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 175/4 (RR: 7.00)

    • EJG Morgan 45 (34b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 9 (10b 1x4)
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-33-0
    • S Randiv 3-0-32-1

Cheers Liam.


Lakmal to Morgan, OUT, Lakmal's slower ball does for Morgan. Picked it too late but went through with a lofted drive, only succeeded in lifting it to long-off. Ends a dazzling little innings and a crucial strike for Sri Lanka

EJG Morgan c Kandamby b Lakmal 45 (34m 35b 6x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

With Samit Patel left out Tim Bresnan is the new batsman, the tourists could really restrict England here.


Lakmal to Bell, 1 wide, fired full but down the leg side by Lakmal


Lakmal to Bell, no run, very full this time, reaching Bell about waist-high, Bell blocks and looks around to the square leg umpire looking for a no ball but it was marginal


Lakmal to Bell, no run, good, straight line from Lakmal leaving Bell nowhere to go


Lakmal to Bell, 2 runs, poor fielding turns one into a two, Kandamby running to, and straight past, the ball from long-on


Lakmal to Bell, no run, ah Bell has missed out here and he knows it. Full toss heading down the leg side but he couldn't get it away


Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, another full toss, the line though is straight, and all Bell can do is bunt a single down the ground

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 179/5 (RR: 6.88)

    • IR Bell 12 (15b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 0 (0b)
    • RAS Lakmal 6-0-32-2
    • ST Jayasuriya 4-0-33-0

Jayasuriya to Bell, OUT, Bell goes now! England stuttering. Jayasuriya celebrates and it was good bowling, took the pace off the ball and Bell shuffled around the crease before getting down to sweep. Missed it and was struck plumb in front

IR Bell lbw b Jayasuriya 12 (23m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00


Jayasuriya to Broad, no run, Broad is very careful in defence first delivery. Both batsmen on zero so there'll be no great charge in the closing overs


Jayasuriya to Broad, 1 run, Broad often chips in the air in this area - midwicket - just lifting it off his pads


Jayasuriya to Bresnan, 2 runs, Bresnan gets deep into his crease to clunk one straight down the ground where Jeevan Mendis does well to save after slipping terribly and ending up in a heap


Jayasuriya to Bresnan, 1 run, this time it's pushed into space for a sharp single


Jayasuriya to Broad, no run, Broad digs out a low-slung yorker to end a good over for Sri Lanka

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 183/6 (RR: 6.77)

    • SCJ Broad 1 (3b)
    • TT Bresnan 3 (2b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 5-0-37-1
    • RAS Lakmal 6-0-32-2

Randiv to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan hangs back and waits on this before poking to the off side


Randiv to Bresnan, no run, the demon lack of spin does for Bresnan on the outside edge


Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, flat, back of a length offspin from around the wicket it proving hard to get away. Bresnan nudges a single to leg


Randiv to Broad, no run, no leverage for Broad to work with and he can only push back to the bowler


Randiv to Broad, 1 run, unable to drive down the ground Broad instead reverts to a fine sweep shot but only earns him one


Randiv to Bresnan, no run, swing and miss outside off. These darts are just sliding off the pitch and Bresnan is unable to get hold of it

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 185/6 (RR: 6.60)

    • TT Bresnan 4 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 2 (5b)
    • S Randiv 4-0-34-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 5-0-37-1

Jayasuriya to Broad, 1 run, really short ball, wide too, but Broad's cut finds deep point. The boundaries have dried up


Jayasuriya to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan shimmies down before clumping along the ground to long-off


Jayasuriya to Broad, 1 wide, wide arrowed down the leg side


Jayasuriya to Broad, no run, Broad tries to heave a sweep from outside off but can't time it


Jayasuriya to Broad, 1 wide, another wide sliding down the leg side


Jayasuriya to Broad, 2 runs, the lack of timing on this off-side slap allows Broad to get a couple out to deep cover


Jayasuriya to Broad, 2 runs, driven hard back at the bowler, who couldn't collect cleanly, and ended up directing it wide of the fielder running in from mid-off and allowing Broad a second


Jayasuriya to Broad, 1 run, heaved into the leg side, without timing or power

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 194/6 (RR: 6.68)

    • SCJ Broad 8 (10b)
    • TT Bresnan 5 (7b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 6-0-46-1
    • S Randiv 4-0-34-1

Bit of a struggle this for England and here comes trouble, Lasith Malinga. England were hopeless against him in the Twenty20 at Bristol.


Malinga to Broad, no run, how do you play that!? Low-slung, perfectly-placed yorker. Reversing away too. Broad prodded and missed


Malinga to Broad, 1 run, again Broad has no clue, but you can't blame him really. This is a low full toss but swings away late and finds an outside edge that rushes to point


Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan's turn this time to play and miss at a Malinga yorker. Swings in late towards the toes but passes through to the keeper. England scramble a bye


Malinga to Broad, 4 leg byes, that will do nicely for England! Malinga just gets his line a fraction wrong and it flicks the pads and speeds down, past short fine leg, to the boundary


Malinga to Broad, 1 run, Malinga is back on the right line this time and Broad prods a single to Dilshan at short midwicket. Dilshan rarely misses and it's lucky for Broad he did


Malinga to Bresnan, FOUR, suddenly it's a good over for England. Malinga gets his length and line wrong and Bresnan swings a leg-side full toss to the square leg boundary

End of over 30 (11 runs) England 205/6 (RR: 6.83)

    • TT Bresnan 10 (9b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 10 (14b)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-37-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 6-0-46-1

Lakmal to Broad, 1 run, high full toss outside off stump is sliced to third man


Lakmal to Bresnan, 5 wides, oh dear, Lakmal has got this all wrong. Very full but miles down the leg side. England back in business now


Lakmal to Bresnan, FOUR, four more! Bresnan's heave to cow corner pays off. Not a great delivery, Lakmal is under pressure here


Lakmal to Bresnan, FOUR, and another! Horrid luck for the bowler this time. Another full toss, Bresnan was aiming cow corner but found an inside edge that bounced close to the stumps and down to the fine leg rope


Lakmal to Bresnan, FOUR, and another! Bresnan is having a dream return for England! Lakmal unable to hit the pitch and Bresnan just eases his arms through it, pinging it down to deep square


Lakmal to Bresnan, 1 run, finally some relief for Lakmal and Sri Lanka. Bresnan hit it hard but straight to deep cover


Lakmal to Broad, 1 run, another full toss, pressure is a horrible thing, fortunately for the bowler Broad couldn't take full toll and swung it to deep cover

End of over 31 (20 runs) England 225/6 (RR: 7.25)

    • SCJ Broad 12 (16b)
    • TT Bresnan 23 (13b 4x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 7-0-52-2
    • SL Malinga 6-0-37-1

So one over to go and England suddenly have a very good total.


Malinga to Broad, 1 bye, Malinga finds an ideal outswinging yorker past Broad's blade but the batsman hurry through for a bye


Malinga to Bresnan, OUT, gone this time! Bresnan tried to walk across his stumps and dink Malinga round the corner. He missed, it struck his back leg. It looked plumb on first viewing but replays showed it heading a long way down leg. Crucial little cameo though from Bresnan

TT Bresnan lbw b Malinga 23 (25m 14b 4x4 0x6) SR: 164.28


Malinga to Swann, 1 run, Swann prods a defence back to the bowler, Broad heads down for a single and all Malinga had to do with hit the stumps from 10 metres away, but somehow he missed and England got the run


Malinga to Broad, 1 run, very careful drive to cover and another scampered single


Malinga to Swann, 1 run, the yorker is squeezed, via an inside edge, down to fine leg


Malinga to Broad, OUT, Broad falls on the last ball, not sure he timed a single delivery that innings. Here he tries to work to leg and a leading edge finds cover

SCJ Broad c Kandamby b Malinga 13 (22m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

So England end 229 for 8, that will be worth a little more once Duckworth-Lewis get to work. Thanks to Bresnan's late flurry it's a competitive effort from England. With Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Mathews, not to mention Jayasuriya in his last innings, Sri Lanka have the ammo to overturn them, though, but it will be a tough task. Anyway, Andrew Miller will have more in his bulletin when that arrives. Just some confirmation on the D/L target, it's not changed much, Sri Lanka will need 232 to win. During the break perhaps catch up with West Indies v India where VVS is playing a blinder by the looks of things.

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 229/8

    • GP Swann 2 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-40-3
    • RAS Lakmal 7-0-52-2





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