NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 2nd ODI

England v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 69 runs

10.45am Well, we should be underway, but Anderson seemed to need a visit from the physio before he could start bowling. Then there was a problem with the sightscreen ... oh well, here we go

10.44am Despite their performance in the opening match, Hugh doesn't fancy their chances today: "I can feel a drubbing coming on for England here I'm afraid. Dilshan and Jaya will be determined - expect a century opening stand, and Matthews to come in late and swing a bit. I don't think Anderson can do what he did last game twice running."

Well, we'll see won't we? Anderson has the new ball once again, and we're all set to get underway.

10.42am Here come the umpires, resplendent in red shirts and black trousers. And the players are not far behind. A few light fluffy clouds over the ground, but plenty blue skies around. How marvellous.

"Two dashing openers in charge in both sides but bowlers who made the differance," reckons Rukshan. Dashing ... I'd imagine Alastair Cook will be delighted with that description.

10.40am Cheers Liam. Morning all. Great excitement in Leeds this morning. I think the North of England has forgotten what international cricket looks like.

10.38am With just minutes to go before the start, I'm going to hand over to Andrew Miller. I'll leave you with some more England news: Bopara, Finn and Patel, who were all part of England's squad, have been released to play for their counties in the Friends Life t20 today.

10.35am "We dont think the pitch is going to change too much, and we fancy chasing today," is what Cook said at the toss. "Hopefully we can put the Sri Lankan batters under pressure straight away."

Dilshan insists he wanted to bat first anyway, so there you go. "we're really enjoying having the sun out," he adds. He can also draw some inspiration from Sri Lanka's last ODI performance at Headingley, although neither of the men that smashed hundreds in that game are playing today.

10.20am I'm Liam Brickhill, and together with Sahil Dutta and Andrew Miller will be bringing you live ball-by-ball commentary from today's game. Andrew McGlashan is at the ground and has this to add: "Lovely day. Should play more cricket in the north."

The sunny day wil please outgoing Sri Lanka coach Stuart Law, who bemoaned the chilly, grey weather in the series opener at The Oval - which is obviously a world away from steamy Colombo - and backed his team to bounce back in conditions more likely to suit them. For a full preview of today's match, courtesy Andrew Miller, click here.

10.15am Morning everyone, and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second one-day international between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley - which is also our first international of the summer to be held in the north of England. The first news we can bring you is that England have won the toss and will bowl.

We've also heard some Sri Lanka news - Dinesh Chandimal has been confirmed as Sanath Jayasuriya's replacement. So, here's how the teams line up:

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

0.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, good zippy length on off stump, solidly blocked

0.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, a slight turn of the wrists, but straight enough not to be eased through the leg-side

0.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, good ball, this one nips off the seam and strikes the thigh pad. Lively start

0.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, rising outside off, jabbed out to point with a bit of a hop

0.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, a touch wider and that one really climbs through. Jayawardene lifts his gloves high above his head to avoid a touch

0.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, attacking the ribs and that's fended into the leg-side for a single. Good start from Jimmy

"Dernbach - hmm… useful for a few overs in domestic T20 but not really international class is he?" asks Will Southworth. "Surely England can find a - admittedly not quite as big as before - space for Patel."

We shall see. For now, it's the local boy, Tim Bresnan

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

1.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, good ball on a string, bending in late to strike the middle of the bat on off stump

1.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, a touch of swing but too much width, slapped heartily past point who should have done better, but Broad at third man sprints round to save the boundary with a tumble

1.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, outside off, left well alone

1.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, outside off again, but that ball crept a touch. Through to the keeper on second bounce

1.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, that's the area, climbing towards off, and defended urgently back down the pitch

1.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, smoothly driven to cover, an easy single, and a solid start from England's bowlers

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (12b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly leg-sided delivery, tucked off the hip for a single

2.2

Anderson to Dilshan, 1 run, a bit of an inside-edge as Dilshan plays a fraction down the wrong line. A squirted single to fine leg

2.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, outside off once again, and blocked with a full face of the bat to cover

2.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, pushed onto the back foot, defended into the off side

2.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, good probing work from Anderson, full and straight, threatening to nip either way. Defended cautiously

2.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, slightly shorter, zipping back into Jayawardene's defensive prod

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (17b)      JM Anderson    2-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0

3.1

Bresnan to Dilshan, FOUR, driven on the up, and that pierces the cover ring. The first boundary of the day, and very well struck

3.2

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, aggression from Dilshan, who swings through the line of a full-length delivery, doesn't quite time it

3.3

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, too much width, but he gets away with it as Dilshan slaps a short ball straight to Trott at point

3.4

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, better length, driven hard back to the bowler

3.5

Bresnan to Dilshan, FOUR, too short, and that's walloped, hard and flat through midwicket. No margin for error on this track, clearly

3.6

Bresnan to Dilshan, no run, sharp work from Trott at point once again - he's very close to the bat, and is in business

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
TM Dilshan    9* (7b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-11-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (17b)      JM Anderson    2-0-3-0

4.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, tucked around the corner to backward square

4.2

Anderson to Dilshan, no run, forced back onto the stumps by a back-of-a-length delivery. Sharp pace

4.3

Anderson to Dilshan, OUT, Tip and run from Dilshan, and that's going to be out! Crazy run, straight to Broad at mid-on, who steadies himself and under-arms a diving shy onto the non-striker's stumps

TM Dilshan run out 9 (17m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

That's the benefit of pressure. Good solid work from England's openers, and just as Dilshan looked as though he was cutting the shackles, he's gifted his wicket away.

4.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, tight line and length, defended back down the track

4.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, angling into the stumps, turned to short square

4.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed on the up to point, and another less-than-convincing run. The shy goes wide this time, but it would probably have been safe

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 16/1 (RR: 3.20)
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (21b)      JM Anderson    3-0-5-0
LD Chandimal    0* (0b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-11-0

5.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, solidly blocked, back down the wicket

5.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, dropped by Swann at first slip! It was less an edge, more a glide over the slips, and to be fair, it was a tough fingertipped chance. Kieswetter could have caught the rebound if he'd known where it was going

5.3

Bresnan to Chandimal, 1 run, off the mark with a single straightaway

5.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, flicked off the pads to square leg

5.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, edged, and just short of Swann, who is being assaulted at both extremities. That one died a foot in front of the fielder, and hopped away for four for good measure

5.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, Bresnan is seriously hacked off now. Two chances, and yet a good over goes for 12. A firm drive through the covers

End of over 6 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (26b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-23-0
LD Chandimal    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    3-0-5-0

6.1

Anderson to Chandimal, 1 run, flicked off the toes, down to fine leg

6.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, FOUR, misdirected, onto the toes again, and that's well played. Whipped square, beats the diving fine leg as he sprints round

6.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball from Anderson and that's driven in the air, just short of cover. It's all happening!

6.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, tucked off the toes again

6.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, forward, and blocked down the wicket

6.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, forward and defended to short cover. Good over

Despite four wins from four and a solid start today, James has given up on Cook already: "This England side looks wrong. Bell (as he demonstrated in the last match) is no use as an end of innings slogger. The central problem is that Cook is a fine test player, but really should not be in the one day side (captaining a one day side is not "practice" for the test captaincy). Bell should be captain and open, and Patel should play to allow England another "proper" (ie not Trott) bowling option."

End of over 7 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 4.71)
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (31b 3x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-10-0
LD Chandimal    2* (2b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-23-0

7.1

Bresnan to Chandimal, 1 run, a touch of width, and chopped down to third man

7.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, poked out to point from a good length off-stump delivery

7.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, tip-and-run again, and a bit of hesitation almost proves fatal! The shy goes wide from point as Chandimal makes his ground

7.4

Bresnan to Chandimal, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, good strike rotation

7.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, open faced drive, and well struck. Threaded through the off-side field for another boundary

7.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, defended with a hop

England will be happy enough with this start, but they'll want a bowler's wicket after choosing to bowl first

End of over 8 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1 (RR: 5.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (35b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-30-0
LD Chandimal    4* (4b)      JM Anderson    4-0-10-0

8.1

Anderson to Chandimal, no run, lively! Short and rising steeply, and that takes the splice but bobbles away safe

8.2

Anderson to Chandimal, 1 run, turned to midwicket to keep the strike rotating

8.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, tight on off stump, defended to cover

8.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, full length, blocked firmly back down the track

8.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, a shovelled drive from a full length, not quite timed and short cover tidies up

8.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, FOUR, a touch of width, and that's exquisite. Just guided wide of third man, who made a good gallop, but never got close

That's the sort of angled shot that Andy Murray will need to see of Nadal at Wimbledon today. Follow it on ESPN.co.uk

End of over 9 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 45/1 (RR: 5.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    31* (39b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-15-0
LD Chandimal    5* (6b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-30-0

Here comes Broady

9.1

Broad to Chandimal, OUT, ridiculous! That is an absolute carbon-copy of the Dilshan dismissal! Only this time, Anderson is the fielder off Broad's bowling, rather than the other way round, and Billy Bowden didn't need the benefit of a replay to give it. Tucked to mid-on, a crazy call, a good pick-up, a diving shy

LD Chandimal run out 5 (18m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Well, that's lifted England's spirits. And Broad's no doubt

9.2

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, floated onto the pads, but tucked straight to midwicket

9.3

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, short, and flicked round the corner to fine leg

9.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, edged, and inches short! A smart take at slip by Swann, but Sangakkara avoids a first-ball duck.

Three edges, no joy for Swann

9.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, full face this time, and pushed back down the track

9.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, blocked again, sturdy stuff. That's the end of the first Powerplay

That's also the end of me for now. Here's Sahil Dutta

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 46/2 (RR: 4.60)
KC Sangakkara    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0
DPMD Jayawardene    32* (41b 5x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-15-0

Thanks Andrew. Blimey, what a pair of dreadful run outs. Anyway, hold on to your hats, it's the Bowling Powerplay. Anderson to continue...

10.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, goes full, and with a hint of angle into the batsman, who nudges defence into the leg side

10.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, again Anderson finds a good line and length and cover comes buzzing in to field

10.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, the extra bounce here doesn't bother Jayawardene, who rocks back to chop down to third man

10.4

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara flicks a single off his hip down to fine leg

10.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, full length from the bowler, full face from the batsman. England's ring of cover fielders are full of life today

10.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, solid defence to end the over

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 48/2 (RR: 4.36)
DPMD Jayawardene    33* (46b 5x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    1* (4b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0

11.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, Broad has started quite full today, which is uplifting news for England fans. His reward is sturdy defence from Sangakkara

11.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, blocked solidly to point

11.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length this time but the line is impeccable

11.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, this time it's full but again Broad isn't letting his line go awry. Prodded to midwicket

11.5

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time Sangakkara manages to clip wide of midwicket, without great timing but enough to switch the strike

11.6

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene flicks his hands over the ball at the top of its bounce sending it down to fine leg. Lovely stuff

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/2 (RR: 4.16)
DPMD Jayawardene    34* (47b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-3-0
KC Sangakkara    2* (9b)      JM Anderson    6-0-17-0

12.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, rare misfield at third man leaves Anderson in full tea-pot mode. Fired Dernbach a filthy look, it only cost a run though as a late cut headed down to the fielder

12.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, straighter line from the bowler leaves Jayawardene no space to manoeuvre a single

12.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, excellent line and length from the bowler. The World Cup Anderson seems a long time ago

12.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, Anderson maintaining line and length on a dreamy pitch for batting. Absolutely not seam movement for him

12.5

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, clipped around the corner this time for a single

12.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, left-hander instead of right but the line and length remain perfect. Solidly blocked to point

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 53/2 (RR: 4.07)
KC Sangakkara    2* (10b)      JM Anderson    7-0-20-0
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (52b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-3-0

33 dot balls this innings. Which tells its own story. Here's the allsorts man, Jade Dernbach

13.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, starts straight, which befits England's progress this innings, Jayawardene blocks

13.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, slipped through quicker from the bowler but at the cost of some width. Jayawardene barley seemed to feather this cut but it shot to the point boundary

13.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, big appeal from the bowler, largely to celebrate finding the pads. It was heading down. Dernbach doesn't seem the type shy of an appeal

13.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, slower one this time and the batsman is well aware of it

13.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, probing around off stump at a decent pace. Jayawardene solid in defence

13.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, much slower from the bowler. 85mph to 68mph in two deliveries. The line remains good, as does Jayawardene's defence

End of over 14 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 58/2 (RR: 4.14)
DPMD Jayawardene    42* (58b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    2* (10b)      JM Anderson    7-0-20-0

Anderson finally gets a blow after seven overs, allowing Broad to switch ends.

14.1

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, starts his new spell full around off stump, a rare piece of poor timing from Jayawardene means Broad can field off his own bowling

14.2

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, short this time and pulled sweetly to fine leg. Good shot for one that, he'll feel he's missed out

14.3

Broad to Sangakkara, 2 runs, flicked off the toes wide of deep square for a couple

14.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length this time and worked to midwicket

14.5

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, driven hard, but straight to cover

14.6

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, misfield at midwicket allows Sangakkara to pick off a single with a leg-side flick

End of over 15 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 62/2 (RR: 4.13)
KC Sangakkara    5* (14b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-7-0
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (60b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-5-0

That's the end of the Powerplay, by the way. Wasn't an electric one, 16 runs added.

15.1

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, Jade digs this in shorter and Sangakkara seems to be wait to pull to deep midwicket

15.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, anything near Jayawardene's pads and he's happy, flicking this easily to fine leg. Somehow he's ghosted up to 44

15.3

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slipped too far down leg

15.3

Dernbach to Sangakkara, no run, driven to mid-off, and rather than run suicidally, Sangakkara waits, sees the pick up from the fielder, and calls no. Sensible

15.4

Dernbach to Sangakkara, no run, good lines from Dernbach, forcing careful defence

15.5

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, another slower ball, Sangakkara seemed very aware of it and popped it into the leg side

15.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, another real slow one but again the batsman seems to read it. Jayawardene waited in position to dab and eventually the ball arrived and glided off the face to third man

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2 (RR: 4.18)
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (62b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-10-0
KC Sangakkara    7* (18b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-7-0

16.1

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, sharp, full delivery from Broad, seems to burst through an attempted drive and Kieswetter couldn't collect it cleanly

16.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, shorter length this time and Sangakkara rocks back to clip to midwicket

16.3

Broad to Sangakkara, FOUR, collective 'aaah' from everyone that saw this. The Sanga cover drive is always a treat. Broad went and wide, offering the invitation that Sangakkara was happy to take up

16.4

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time it's guided backwards of point for a single

16.5

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, picked off the pads to midwicket by Jayawardene. He could do that blindfolded

16.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, steered again by Sangakkara but this time he picks out point

Time for drinks apparently. My tea has gone cold but it will have to do.

End of over 17 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 74/2 (RR: 4.35)
KC Sangakkara    12* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (64b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-10-0

17.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, first ball after the refreshments is nibbled off the hip for a single to square leg

17.2

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, shorter ball is steered down to third man easily. England should be a bit concerned, these two masterful batsmen are well set on a very generous batting track

17.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, very steady defence. England's ability to take middle-overs wickets on batting-friendly tracks has always been a problem

17.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, clipped to deep midwicket with a minimum of fuss

17.5

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, another single with another wristy flick

17.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, fifty for Jayawardene, classy one too. Gets there with an elegant late cut and looks set to make plenty more

End of over 18 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 79/2 (RR: 4.38)
DPMD Jayawardene    50* (68b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-15-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (24b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-14-0

This is always welcome, Graeme Swann. Has a very good record and is ranked No. 4 in the world, so there you go.

18.1

Swann to Jayawardene, 4 runs, some peculiarly sloppy fielding turns this couple into four, all-run four as nobody backs up the throw from deep midwicket

18.2

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, careful defence this time from outside off stump

18.3

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, delicate, late, late dab can't quite beat short third man

18.4

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, the batsman walks across his stumps to flick a single to leg

Interestingly the top four ODI bowlers in the world are all spinners. Without looking, guess who is second....

18.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Swann round the wicket and defended calmly

18.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly fuller length means Sangakkara can drive through cover

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 85/2 (RR: 4.47)
KC Sangakkara    15* (26b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0
DPMD Jayawardene    55* (72b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-15-0

19.1

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, touch of extra bounce finds the shoulder of the bat but it loops over where slips would have been to third man

19.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, solid, sturdy defence. He's going nowhere fast

19.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, Broad's pouncing dive at fine leg can't stop this going for four. The ball deserved it to be fair. Short and wheeled pull shot races towards the rope

19.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, beaten outside off. Jayawardene seems to misread a slower ball and drives at fresh air

19.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, another slower ball and again Jayawardene mistimes his shot, poking to point

19.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, airy drive heads out to third man on the bounce

The answer to the earlier question was none other than Ray Price. Which makes sense, he's Liam. Almost... actually while he comes to terms with that I'll do another over

End of over 20 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 91/2 (RR: 4.55)
DPMD Jayawardene    60* (77b 7x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-21-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (27b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-6-0

20.1

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, poked to third man

20.2

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, this time the gap is found wide of third man

20.3

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, this rags, really turns and jumps outside off stump. Sangakkara was rightly alarmed but played it well

20.4

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, this is a touch short and allows the batsman to rock back and drive

20.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, some spin from a shorter length has Sangakkara defending off the back foot

20.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven wide of cover to bring up the fifty stand

Right, this time, here is Liam for sure.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2 (RR: 4.52)
KC Sangakkara    18* (30b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0
DPMD Jayawardene    62* (80b 7x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-21-0

Thanks, Sahil

21.1

Dernbach to Sangakkara, FOUR, a boundary! But it's off the edge of Sangakkara's bat. He's been a bit edgy on off stump today ...

21.2

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller and straighter from Dernbach, Sangakkara tucks him neatly into the leg side to bring up Sri Lanka's hundred

21.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, Dernbach lobs down a slower ball well wide of off stump, Jayawardene crashes it square but there's a man out on the boundary

21.4

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, another slower one, this one dipped and turned like a legcutter but Sangakkara spotted it early enough to pick up a single to fine leg

21.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, Dernbach sends one down gun-barrel straight outside off and for some reason Jaywardene can't lay bat on it. Just played inside the line

21.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, this one hits the seam and jags back in towards the pads, Jayawardene shapes to glance but can't get it away

End of over 22 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 4.68)
DPMD Jayawardene    63* (83b 7x4)      JW Dernbach    5-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (33b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-0-10-0

22.1

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, looped down on middle and off, Jaywardene nudges to square leg for a single

22.2

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Swann comes round the wicket to Sangakkara, who stretches forward to defend

22.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, this one is slightly slower through the air, and nicely straight again. More defence from Sangakkara

22.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Kumar is setting himself for a long innings here, nudging quietly to leg this time

22.5

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Swann offers a hint of width and Sangakkara takes the chance for a single, placing the ball into a gap at cover

22.6

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for a single

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 106/2 (RR: 4.60)
DPMD Jayawardene    65* (85b 7x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    25* (37b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    5-0-28-0

Change in the attack, here's Broad

23.1

Broad to Jayawardene, no run, he starts with a loosener that is low on pace but is nicely accurate, and Jayawardene defends to Morgan at point

"Sir, I have a question, who invented or first used this Back of the hand slow delivery at the International level, was that Rana Naveed or someone else?" asks Amraiz. I'm not sure, but I do remember Ian Harvey and Adam Hollioake bowling them before Rana Naved was on the scene. Gary Brent used to have a great back-of-the-hand ball too

23.2

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, guided down to third man

23.3

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara nudges off the hip for a single

23.4

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, a hint of width offered once again, and Jaywardene collects a single to third man

23.5

Broad to Sangakkara, FOUR, a slower ball from Broad, but it's a fairly innocuous one and Sangakkara swivels into a paddle-pull that sends the ball racing to the fine leg boundary

23.6

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, tighter line and length this time, Sangakkara defends

"So what's a good score here?" demands Hugh. "It'll be interesting to see when they take the batting powerplay, as Cook might well have to bring back Jimmy for that, weakening the death overs." Erm, 270 I guess...

End of over 24 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 113/2 (RR: 4.70)
KC Sangakkara    30* (40b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    67* (88b 7x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0

24.1

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, eased down to long-on for a single, these two keeping the score ticking along very nicely now

24.2

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, this could've been runs, Swann comes round the wicket and spears a ball at leg stump, but Sanga's glance finds the man at short fine leg

24.3

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, we've come to expect better from you Jimmy! Sangakkara taps to Anderson in the covers, and a fumble allows a single

24.4

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, Swann twirls one down on middle and off, Jayawardene defends

24.5

Swann to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Jaywardene cuts but the cover sweeper sprints round to stop the boundary ... oh, and we almost have a collision between the batsmen as they come back for the second, but Mahela side-steps at the last moment

24.6

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, tapped back to the bowler to end the over

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 117/2 (RR: 4.68)
DPMD Jayawardene    70* (92b 7x4)      GP Swann    4-0-17-0
KC Sangakkara    31* (42b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-21-0

25.1

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, jammed down on a splice-jarring length. Sangakkara tries to nudge to leg but the ball goes nowhere

25.2

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller this time, but on the pads once again and this time it's flicked to long leg

25.3

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, very full outside off, Jayawardene responds with a flashing cover drive that had a somewhat Caribbean flavour to it, his weight remaining on the back foot

From Prashanth, tongue presumably in cheek: "India's all time greatest slow bowler 'Venkatesh Prasad' takes the credit for further slowing down the pace through back of the hand delivery."

25.4

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, chopped down to gully for a quick single

25.5

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, very nearly the yorker from Broad, but Jayawardene's eye is in and he digs it out into the leg side for a single

Broad switching to round the wicket now. Mid-on is up.

25.6

Broad to Sangakkara, FOUR, smashed wide of that mid-on fielder! Sangakkara walked down at the bowler and cracked the ball in the air down the ground. It was hit at a catchable height, but wide of any fielder

End of over 26 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (RR: 4.80)
KC Sangakkara    37* (46b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-29-0
DPMD Jayawardene    72* (94b 7x4)      GP Swann    4-0-17-0

26.1

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged down the ground for a single

26.2

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, the arm ball from Swann, holding it's line into the left-hander's pads. Sangakkara whips to midwicket

26.3

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, offspinner this time, and Sangakkara offers watchful defence

26.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, ooh, very nearly beaten in the flight! Sangakkara came down the pitch but Swann saw him coming, pulling the length back. Sanga had the ball covered with bat and pad though

26.5

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, a touch short, Sangakkara picks up the length early and pulls in the air out to deep midwicket

26.6

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned to leg with the spin

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 128/2 (RR: 4.74)
DPMD Jayawardene    74* (96b 7x4)      GP Swann    5-0-20-0
KC Sangakkara    38* (50b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-29-0

27.1

Broad to Jayawardene, 3 runs, chipped in the air, but over the infield! It was pitched up by Broad - though not nearly the half-volley - and Jayawardene gets the bottom hand into the stroke to lift the ball over the fielders

27.2

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, full and straight, from over the wicket, and Sangakkara nudges to mid-on

Marcho: "Re Amriaz question over invention of rhe slower v ball, worth noting that one of its first expert exponents was Nick Anderson in the Dean Close 1st XI in the mid 90s...any other takers?"

27.3

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, again Broad targets the pads, this time Sangakkara looks to whip the ball much squarer but can't get it away

27.4

Broad to Sangakkara, no run, frustration for the batsman. Broad served up a juicy half-volley and Sangakkara leaned into a crisp cover drive, but the shot went straight to Anderson in the ring

27.5

Broad to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara works with the angle to get a length ball down to third man

"Steve Waugh certainly used to bowl them back in the day," adds Adam

27.6

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, another yorker from Broad, Jayawardene digs it out on the off side this time

Dave Summerfield has this: "Re. Back of the hand delivery. The first one I can remember was from Merv Hughes. He bowled Chris Broad with one during the 1989 Ashes." That reminds me, Courtney Walsh also had a superb slower one, as did Chris Cairns.

End of over 28 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 133/2 (RR: 4.75)
DPMD Jayawardene    78* (98b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-34-0
KC Sangakkara    39* (54b 4x4)      GP Swann    5-0-20-0

28.1

Swann to Jayawardene, 2 runs, chipped once again by Jayawardene, Bresnan sprints round from midwicket to cut off the boundary

28.2

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged much more cautiously to leg this time

28.3

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara hops out his crease and drives down to long on

28.4

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, this was really slow through the air from Swann, flighted wonderfully, but Jayawardene got right to the pitch and helped himself to a single through square leg

28.5

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, again Sangakkara uses his feet, but Swann sees him coming. Some turn and bounce there, and Sangakkara had some work to do to keep that out

28.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gosh, these two are using the chip shot to great effect here. Sangakkara lifts the ball cleanly down the ground, no danger in the shot, he knew exactly what he was doing

Speaking of slower balls, here's a great one.

End of over 29 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 140/2 (RR: 4.82)
KC Sangakkara    42* (57b 4x4)      GP Swann    6-0-27-0
DPMD Jayawardene    82* (101b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-0-34-0

Interesting change, Cook turns to Kevin Pietersen for a few overs of part-time offspin

29.1

Pietersen to Jayawardene, no run, decent start, Jaywardene has a cautious look first up

29.2

Pietersen to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged away for a single

29.3

Pietersen to Sangakkara, 1 wide, KP comes round the wicket to Sangakkara, but sends this one well down the leg side. Kieswetter whips the bails off but the back foot was grounded the whole time

29.3

Pietersen to Sangakkara, no run, solid defence into the covers

Ah, mind games from KP! He trundled to the crease but then held onto the ball as he spotted Sanga setting himself for the charge

29.4

Pietersen to Sangakkara, 1 run, chipped yet again, this time the ball goes out to deep midwicket

"Why these three Tweet expert (Gayle, Yuvraj and Swann) always Bowl wearing Sunglasses?" Interesting observation, Amraiz. Because they know they're cool, I'd say

29.5

Pietersen to Jayawardene, 2 runs, width outside off, Jayawardene cuts and though he doesn't get the boundary he does bring up the 100 partnership

29.6

Pietersen to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short this time, and Jayawardene is completely at ease pulling out into the vacant spaces on the leg side

End of over 30 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 147/2 (RR: 4.90)
DPMD Jayawardene    87* (105b 7x4)      KP Pietersen    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    43* (59b 4x4)      GP Swann    6-0-27-0

30.1

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, tip-and-run into the off side, and they shoot through for a single

30.2

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene attempts to turn the ball into the leg side with the spin, but he clips it straight to the midwicket fielder

30.3

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, glanced down to fine leg for one

30.4

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, a little too short from Swann, Sangakkara hops back and pulls into the air out to deep midwicket, there's the 150. The second and third fifties of the innings having come from 56 deliveries each, fluent stuff

30.5

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, flicked out to wide long on, and they amble through for one

30.6

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara hangs back and punches out to long-off

And I'll hand over to Sahil Dutta

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 152/2 (RR: 4.90)
KC Sangakkara    46* (62b 4x4)      GP Swann    7-0-32-0
DPMD Jayawardene    89* (108b 7x4)      KP Pietersen    1-0-7-0

Thanks Liam. Sri Lanka look very well set for plenty. 300+? The England bowlers haven't managed a scalp between them.

31.1

Pietersen to Sangakkara, FOUR, fired down the leg side and Sangakkara helps it along its way to the fine leg boundary to bring up his half-century

"I bowl a very well diguised slower ball with a conventional seam up position," writes Smudge. "Sadly it is also my stock ball and i lack a quicker delivery."

31.2

Pietersen to Sangakkara, no run, this is slipped down the leg side again but Sangakkara can't fiddle it past a fielder

31.3

Pietersen to Sangakkara, no run, pushed firmly to midwicket

31.4

Pietersen to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time he beats the infield, clipping it fine of square leg

31.5

Pietersen to Jayawardene, 1 run, dabbed into the midwicket region

31.6

Pietersen to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sangakkara skips down the wicket, picks a gap wide of midwicket and flicks a couple into the region. Nicely done

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 160/2 (RR: 5.00)
KC Sangakkara    53* (67b 5x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    90* (109b 7x4)      GP Swann    7-0-32-0

Alan Harrison writes: "Re. invention of the slower ball: surprised no-one has mentioned Franklyn Stephenson, the Nottinghamshire and Barbados bowler of the 1980s. There is a big article about his slower balls somehere on cricinfo." I'll have a rummage and see if I can find it.

32.1

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, Swann dives nicely to field off his own bowling

Here is that fascinating article on Stephenson, and here is a great picture of him demonstrating the offbreak grip for his well-disguised slower deliveries.

32.2

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, knocked around the corner but to fine leg

32.3

Swann to Jayawardene, 3 runs, too much width from Swann allows Jayawardene to rock back and cut late down to third man

32.4

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara happy to be very careful in defence

32.5

Swann to Sangakkara, 1 run, neatly done, chipped down the ground one-bounce to long-off running in

32.6

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, Swann is lucky here, he fired down the leg side but Jayawardene's glance picked out short fine leg. Either side of the fielder and it would have been four

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 164/2 (RR: 4.96)
DPMD Jayawardene    93* (113b 7x4)      GP Swann    8-0-36-0
KC Sangakkara    54* (69b 5x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-15-0

England need a wicket and Cook has called for his trump bowler - Jimmy Anderson.

33.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, starts with a gentle leg-side delivery that Sangakkara very happily works around the corner

Here's another great slower one, this one from Curtly Ambrose.

33.2

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, play and a miss outside off stump! Jayawardene trying to fiddle to third man but was beaten

33.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, FOUR, ah so good from Jayawardene, wait late on a late dab and gliding so fine that a diving Broad running from third man had no chance

A nice little anecdote from Justin: "Re slower balls, the most spactacular must have been Franklyn Stephenson bowling an Essex opener in the 1989 B&H Final. No-one had ever seen one before, and the batsman, whose name has long since left my mind, reacted like it was a beamer and looked quite foolish when his stumps were gently demolished seemingly hours after he took his evasive actions. I can picture Big Frank's huige grin now..."

33.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, short ball is pulled, with a lot of timing, to the leg side

33.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, nibbled into space without a modicum of effort

33.6

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene takes himself to 99 with a late cut, and keeps the strike too

End of over 34 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 172/2 (RR: 5.05)
DPMD Jayawardene    99* (117b 8x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-28-0
KC Sangakkara    56* (71b 5x4)      GP Swann    8-0-36-0

"At the other extreme," writes Mark Kidger, "Mike Procter would occasionally bowl a very fast bouncer when bowling his off-spinners and the first man ever to be no-balled in England for two bouncers in an over was also an unexpected name: Phil Edmonds!" Is that a fact? Fascinating.

34.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, that is a masterful, classy hundred for Jayawardene. So coolly done. Gets there by chipping a single down the ground and earns warm applause. Pumps his fist to the dressing room and he's got plenty of time to get a lot more

34.2

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, Bresnan hurries Sangakkara a touch here with a full ball

34.3

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, these two are making life look so easy, here Sangakkara edges down the wicket and eases a couple through the off side

34.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 2 runs, really good shot that would have had four but for an equally good save by Trott at long-on. Sangakkara advanced down the track and drove perfectly straight with wonderful timing

34.5

Bresnan to Sangakkara, no run, beaten! Oddly. Outside off stump, just a touch of extra pace

34.6

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara looking to advance clips a single to pinch the strike

End of over 35 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 178/2 (RR: 5.08)
KC Sangakkara    61* (76b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-36-0
DPMD Jayawardene    100* (118b 8x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-28-0

Drinks, by the looks of things. And that tea I was drinking earlier is ice cold now. Pretty grim. "Trying to find out who invented the slower delivery would be an essentially reductive argument," writes Suhrith. "As Amol Rajan says in Twirlymen, it would not only be a futile exercise but would do injustice to many past greats. I am sure the slower ball is almost as old as the game itself."

35.1

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Anderson continues but doesn't look particularly devilish here, allowing Sangakkara to glance a full ball off his toes

35.2

Anderson to Sangakkara, 1 run, shorter length this time but the line is such that Sangakkara can tuck off his hip

35.3

Anderson to Jayawardene, no run, good ball this time, jumping from a length and Jayawardene alarmed in defence. Well, not alarmed maybe but surprised at least

35.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene waits leg side of the ball and opens the face to glide to third man

35.5

Anderson to Sangakkara, no run, broad-batted defence outside off stump. Interesting that Anderson could be bowling out his overs now, England perhaps don't fancy him in the death overs any more after the World Cup

35.6

Anderson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, excellent work from Sangakkara, hopping down the wicket and flicking powerfully to deep midwicket

End of over 36 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 184/2 (RR: 5.11)
KC Sangakkara    66* (80b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-34-0
DPMD Jayawardene    101* (120b 8x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-36-0

36.1

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Jayawardene advances so Bresnan digs it in short, in response the batsman slashes a cut to deep point

36.2

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, top work from Jayawardene. Really good stuff. With mid-off up , he clears his front leg, leans back and clumps this over the infield for four. These two motoring now and Cook under pressure

Mid-off is sent back to long-off and fine leg comes in the circle.

36.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, with the latest of dabs Jayawardene glides a single

36.4

Bresnan to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged with soft hands into the on side

36.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, poor delivery with fine leg up. Slower ball dragged short and down the leg side. Jayawardene swivels to help it over the infielder and run away to the boundary

36.6

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, better delivery to finish the over. Hitting the pitch back of a length around off stump

That was a slightly shoddy slower ball. Here is a great one, with a great reaction.

End of over 37 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 196/2 (RR: 5.29)
DPMD Jayawardene    112* (125b 10x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-48-0
KC Sangakkara    67* (81b 5x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-34-0

Talking of slower balls... here's Jade Dernbach.

37.1

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, starts with a trademark slow one, Sangakkara waits on it and prods a quick single to the leg side

37.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 wide, quicker delivery but it's wide of off. Jayawardene slashed at it, missed, but it was a wide anyway

37.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, another quicker ball but enough width for Jayawardene to chop fine, with a hint of top edge, for four

37.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, back to the slower ball which is worked to leg and for some reason it's all kicked off. Dernbach having a rant at Jayawardene, who is none too impressed and has a chat with the umpire. Cook then gets involved. All because the pair almost collided when the single was taken

37.4

Dernbach to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked away for a single

37.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run

Going back to that near collision it seems that the bowler just moved towards Jayawardene a touch as their paths crossed. Anyway.

37.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, slower ball is defended back to the bowler who then picks up and glares. Not sure Dernbach is nearly senior enough to be trying this sort of chat

End of over 38 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 204/2 (RR: 5.36)
DPMD Jayawardene    117* (129b 11x4)      JW Dernbach    6-0-36-0
KC Sangakkara    69* (83b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    6-0-48-0

38.1

Swann to Sangakkara, no run, carefully defended back to Swann

38.2

Swann to Sangakkara, OUT, gone this time! Swann strikes and it's wonderful bowling. Tossed up, bit of drift, beating Sangakkara in the flight as he advanced before spinning past the edge to allow Kieswetter to whip the bails off

KC Sangakkara st †Kieswetter b Swann 69 (119m 85b 5x4 0x6) SR: 81.17

So, Swann strikes in the middle of a period of friction and England have an end to chip away at. Angelo Mathews is a mighty good player though.

38.3

Swann to Mathews, no run, starts with a very careful defence outside off stump

38.4

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, whipped away with a flick of the wrists, through Anderson, much to the disgust of Swann

38.5

Swann to Jayawardene, no run, this time Jayawardene is careful in defence

38.6

Swann to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked leg side to end an excellent over

Adam writes: "To elaborate on what Suhrith said, my copy of the Badminton Library book on Cricket from 1888 says: "Let us now turn to another element of good bowling -- change of pace. ...the one thing that made Mr. Spofforth, the famous Australian bowler, superior at his best to all others... was his wonderful power of changing the pace of the ball without making it perceptible to the batsman"."

End of over 39 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 206/3 (RR: 5.28)
DPMD Jayawardene    118* (131b 11x4)      GP Swann    9-0-38-1
AD Mathews    1* (2b)      JW Dernbach    6-0-36-0

39.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, the battle continues but Dernbach is short and wide and Jayawardene dips it away for a single

Again Jayawardene is in conversation with the umpire. He's really unamused by this.

Vinod Gupte, who, like Prashanth, also doesn't seem to rate Prasad as a fast bowler: "let's not forget venkatesh prasad who had three deadly weapons at his disposal - slow, slower and slowest. it is rumored that a ball he had delivered in 1995 is yet to reach the batsman."

39.2

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 run, bit of a grim delivery this, dragged short and down the leg side, luckily for the bowler Mathews' pull only got a single

39.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 2 runs, dropped by Cook at cover! Dernbach almost had his man! Jayawardene drives uppishly, Cook jumps full-stretch to his right but couldn't cling on

39.4

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, more secure this time working to third man

39.5

Dernbach to Mathews, no run, left alone outside off stump

39.6

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 wide, wide shoved down the leg side

39.6

Dernbach to Mathews, no run, good ball to finish the over. Quicker, short of a length but bang on off stump. Mathews rises with it to defend

A different Adam, this one writing from Norwich: "@Justin: I remember the 1989 B&H cup final well - it was the first professional match that my dad took me too. As a 13 year old Essex fan I should point out that Stephenson actually ended up being the most expensive bowler in the match...although my abiding memory is not the slower ball, but rather Eddie Hemmings somehow hitting 4 off the very last ball of the match to give Notts the victory. Argh!"

End of over 40 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 212/3 (RR: 5.30)
AD Mathews    2* (5b)      JW Dernbach    7-0-42-0
DPMD Jayawardene    122* (134b 11x4)      GP Swann    9-0-38-1

Righty, this is all going to get even more serious. Sri Lanka have taken the Batting Powerplay. Cook calls for Stuart Broad, who is wearing his 'determined knitted-brow' expression. Always looks the business, and in ODI cricket at least, tends to deliver too.

40.1

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 wide, great take from Kieswetter down the leg side saves this from being five wides. It was speared full and at the pads down the leg side. Brushed the leg but the umpire didn't see it

40.1

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball bouncer this time and it's swung away to deep square

40.2

Broad to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews clips a full ball off his toes to midwicket

Fine leg and third man are up in the ring, which forces Broad to bowl full. Maybe they should do that in the Tests

40.3

Broad to Jayawardene, FOUR, Broad gets this wrong, high full toss. Jayawardene leans back and glides it pretty much off his chest over the short third man for four. Such good batting

40.4

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, another full toss, he's not comfortable aiming full. Jayawardene flicks to deep square

40.5

Broad to Mathews, FOUR, oh dear, despite the field set Broad hammers down a short ball. Mathews backs away and helps himself to the boundary over the short third man

40.6

Broad to Mathews, 2 wides, good grief, Broad has lost his radar here. This is shoved down the leg side again and but for Kieswetter's desperate glove, would have been four more

40.6

Broad to Jayawardene, 1 run, the yorker is overegged into a full toss, but better that than short. With a whip of his wrists Jayawardene sends this down to deep square. Good start to the Powerplay for the visitors.

Here's Liam to finish off.

End of over 41 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 227/3 (RR: 5.53)
DPMD Jayawardene    129* (138b 12x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-49-0
AD Mathews    7* (7b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    7-0-42-0

Thanks, Sahil. Sri Lanka on course for over 300 here

41.1

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, great stop by Bresnan at short third man! That was four if it passed him, Jayawardene cutting well

41.2

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 run, Dernbach aims for the yorker this time, following the batsman, who had backed to leg. He can't stop the single though

41.3

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela slaps a high full toss almost straight to Cook at cover, but they'd committed themselves to a single

41.4

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 run, another full toss, this one low and dipping, is punched down to long on

41.5

Dernbach to Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene punctures the off side field with a flamboyant drive! The weight stayed on the back foot and the hands scythed through the line, great shot

41.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, good comeback from Dernbach, who fires in a pinpoint yorker. They steal a single all the same

End of over 42 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 236/3 (RR: 5.61)
DPMD Jayawardene    136* (142b 13x4)      JW Dernbach    8-0-51-0
AD Mathews    9* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-0-49-0

Here's James Anderson

42.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 wide, not a great start from him, looping an inswinger well down the leg side

42.1

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, that's better, a yorker on leg stump is dug out to cover

"Great players stand up when they're needed. Much like Sangakkara in the 3rd Test, Jayawardene has come in after a forgettable tour so far, with his team rocking, and brings up his best ODI innings. What a player. Hope he carries the bat - he deserves it." Can't say it fairer than that, Hugh.

42.2

Anderson to Mathews, 1 wide, bah, he's lost it again! Another delivery speared down the leg side

42.2

Anderson to Mathews, no run, Mathews backs to leg and this time Anderson does the right thing by following him, the yorker pinging him on the boot ... and Jayawardene had backed up pretty far as Anderson collected the ball, but the bowler chose not to have a shy at the stumps. Not sure why, had he hit Jayawardene was well out

42.3

Anderson to Mathews, 1 leg bye, with fine leg up, again Mathews backs to leg and again Anderson follows him. This time they sneak a leg bye

42.4

Anderson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene attempts the paddle-scoop, but succeeds only in edging the ball onto his own pad

42.5

Anderson to Mathews, FOUR, great placement! Something of a heave from Mathews, but he picked the gap between midwicket and wide long-on perfectly

42.6

Anderson to Mathews, 1 wide, Anderson's radar has gone completely here, another one goes down leg

The eight-ball over has got Sir Ian and Michael Holding all nostalgic on commentary

42.6

Anderson to Mathews, 1 run, decent finish to what was, at times, a slightly shabby over, as a very full delivery is dug out for a single

End of over 43 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 247/3 (RR: 5.74)
AD Mathews    14* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-44-0
DPMD Jayawardene    138* (144b 13x4)      JW Dernbach    8-0-51-0

Dernbach continues

43.1

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews had set himself for a paddle to leg, but seeing the ball wide of off switched his stance to chop the ball down wide of gully

"@Hugh : I'd say Sanga and Jayawardena were needed in the first test, as well as the WC final," says Ben Johnson, ignoring Jayawardene's stunning century in the World Cup final.

43.2

Dernbach to Jayawardene, 1 run, now it's Jayawardene targeting the fine leg boundary, he mis-times the shot completely but the ball loops short of the man at short fine

43.3

Dernbach to Mathews, FOUR, good strike, Mathews making room and thrashing the ball through the ring of men in the covers

43.4

Dernbach to Mathews, FOUR, four more! This time Mathews goes straight down the ground, getting real power in the shot but keeping the ball on the ground. Fifty partnership up, from 32 balls

43.5

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 wide, slower one from Dernbach, but this one goes awry and is called wide as it shoots wide of off

43.5

Dernbach to Mathews, 1 run, back-of-the-hand and slow again, this one on target and pushed down the ground

43.6

Dernbach to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene backs away and slashes wildly, beaten outside off by a full-pace delivery

End of over 44 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 259/3 (RR: 5.88)
DPMD Jayawardene    139* (146b 13x4)      JW Dernbach    9-0-63-0
AD Mathews    24* (17b 4x4)      JM Anderson    10-0-44-0

Runs have been coming at close to 12 an over since the Batting Powerplay was taken in the 40th over

44.1

Bresnan to Mathews, FOUR, and there's another boundary! Bresnan is welcomed back by a meaty drive which beats cover and races away

44.2

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, Bresnan gets the yorker just about right, and Mathews digs it out to leg

44.3

Bresnan to Jayawardene, FOUR, another great yorker, but this one has cost him four runs! Jayawardene backs away to leg and Bresnan follows him, the ball kisses the toe-end of the bat and beats a diving Kieswetter

44.4

Bresnan to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene attempts to shovel the ball over short fine leg, but misses completely

44.5

Bresnan to Jayawardene, 1 run, another superb yorker, the ball shooting off the inside edge and going to short fine leg

44.6

Bresnan to Mathews, 2 runs, Mathews slaps a low full toss out to deep midwicket, and some tag-team fielding by Bell and Anderson keeps them to two

End of over 45 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 271/3 (RR: 6.02)
AD Mathews    31* (20b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-60-0
DPMD Jayawardene    144* (149b 14x4)      JW Dernbach    9-0-63-0

As the Star Trek: The Next Generation theme rings out around the ground, courtesy of a solo trumpeter, Graeme Swann comes back into the attack. Ah, that brings back some memories

45.1

Swann to Jayawardene, OUT, gone! Swann removes Jayawardene with an arm ball that rushes straight on, the batsman running past it to be easily stumped by Kieswetter. What a fantastic knock it was from him, he set a new personal best of 144 and has guided his team into a great position after they had been looking decidedly wobbly

DPMD Jayawardene st †Kieswetter b Swann 144 (196m 150b 14x4 0x6) SR: 96.00

45.2

Swann to Kulasekara, no run, offspinner, nudged back to the bowler

45.3

Swann to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, there's a big appeal as Kulasekara is struck on the pad, but it's well outside off

45.4

Swann to Mathews, 2 runs, swiped into the leg side, and they're back for the second

45.5

Swann to Mathews, 1 run, much quicker through the air, practically a medium-pace delivery, and Mathews eases it down the ground

45.6

Swann to Kulasekara, 1 run, tossed up a little slower, and driven down to long-on

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 276/4 (RR: 6.00)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (3b)      GP Swann    10-0-42-2
AD Mathews    34* (22b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-60-0

46.1

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, a bouncer from Bresnan has Kulasekara ducking and diving after he had given himself some room, backing to leg

46.2

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 2 runs, another bouncer, Kulasekara swings wildly and a top edge flies high over Kieswetter's head ... but a fantastic sliding stop by Broad saves the boundary

Simple question from Mark Kidger. "Why exactly is Kandamby in the team?" Not sure the answer is simple.

46.3

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, just short of a good length and angled at leg stump, Kulasekara swivels into a pull to get the fine leg and put Mathews back on strike

Third man and fine leg both come up for Mathews

46.4

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 run, full and straight, nudged to midwicket for a single

46.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kulasekara steps right across to off stump and attempts to mow the ball over the midwicket boundary ... but doesn't get a good connection at all, the ball dropping well short of the fielder

46.6

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, great yorker to end the over, right on target and there's not much Mathews can do with it

End of over 47 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 281/4 (RR: 5.97)
AD Mathews    35* (24b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-65-0
KMDN Kulasekara    5* (7b)      GP Swann    10-0-42-2

Stuart Broad comes back into the attack for a final spell. Fine leg goes back to the boundary, Swann it is.

47.1

Broad to Kulasekara, no run, slower bouncer to start, Kulasekara is through the shot before the ball even arrives

47.2

Broad to Kulasekara, no run, and now the quicker bouncer! Kulasekara bent his knees and flapped at it, but the ball buzzed past his grille in a flash

47.3

Broad to Kulasekara, 2 runs, swiped out to deep midwicket, some good fielding on the boundary saves a couple of runs

Fine leg comes up now

47.4

Broad to Kulasekara, FOUR, dropped by Swann, who had just been brought up to short fine leg! Kulasekara was targeting the boundary down there, and hit the ball hard just to Swann's right ... he got a hand to it, but couldn't hold on. He chases after it, but his foot is in contact with the boundary as he hauls the ball in, so that's four

Now third man comes up as well, long-off goes back

47.5

Broad to Kulasekara, 1 run, full and straight, Kulasekara slams the ball back at Broad, who gets a boot to it

47.6

Broad to Mathews, 2 runs, full again, Mathews swings across the line to send the ball out to midwicket, and they push hard for a tight second run ... well, it should have been tight, but the throw back at the stumps wasn't great. "Pretty ordinary," says Holding on commentary, and he's right

End of over 48 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 290/4 (RR: 6.04)
AD Mathews    37* (25b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    9-0-58-0
KMDN Kulasekara    12* (12b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    8-0-65-0

48.1

Bresnan to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kulasekara clears the left leg and swings hard, but can only get a single to long-on

48.2

Bresnan to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews finds the boundary! A superb little flick from him, the bottom hand comes into the shot and he twists the wrists at the last moment to place a full-toss to wide long-on

48.3

Bresnan to Mathews, 1 leg bye, fired at the toes, the ball beats the bat and they take a leg bye

48.4

Bresnan to Kulasekara, no run, bouncer from Bresnan, Kulasekara seemed to have been expecting it as he was right across on the off side, but he couldn't lay bat on it

48.5

Bresnan to Kulasekara, OUT, well, the short ball had been troubling Kulasekara and now it's dismissed him: a top-edged pull loops out to Pietersen, running in from the midwicket boundary, and Sri Lanka lose their fifth wicket

KMDN Kulasekara c Pietersen b Bresnan 13 (14m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 86.66

"I feel one of Cook or Trott must play a similar innings to that of Mahela, who showed that starting off slow and cautious is the way to play. Unlike the 1st ODI, a quickfire half century from Kieswetter/KP/Morgan isn't going to do the trick - time for the new captain to step up," says Tom.

48.6

Bresnan to Mathews, no run, Bresnan gets the yorker right on target, and Mathews can't find the single to get back on strike for the final over

End of over 49 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 296/5 (RR: 6.04)
AD Mathews    41* (28b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    9-0-70-1
BMAJ Mendis    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    9-0-58-0

49.1

Broad to Mendis, no run, Broad digs in a bouncer, which Jeevan Mendis was ready and waiting for, but he just tried to hit it a little too hard, and the bottom edge goes nowhere

49.2

Broad to Mendis, 1 run, not quite so short this time, but still short enough for Mendis to pull out to deep midwicket

Mathews is back on strike, and that's what Sri Lanka would have wanted. Four men out on the leg side boundary.

49.3

Broad to Mathews, 1 run, a high full toss is slapped out to Cook at deep cover

49.4

Broad to Mendis, SIX, slower-ball bouncer from Broad, again Mendis was waiting on the back foot and creamed it over deep square leg. There's the 300

Fine leg comes up, long-on and long-off go back

49.5

Broad to Mendis, 1 leg bye, Broad charges towards his team-mates with his finger in the air, his back turned to the umpire, as Mendis is struck on the pad, swiping across the line ... but Billy hasn't given it out, and they steal a leg bye

49.6

Broad to Mathews, FOUR, big finish from Mathews, who steps to leg and sends a drive scorching through the covers for four

Sri Lanka reach 309 for 5, which is a fantastic effort, considering the shaky start they got off to. They have the experienced pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to thank for that, as they added 159 for the third wicket to set a great platform for Angelo Mathews' late cameo. Jaywardene reached a career-best 144, and this target will take some chasing. Jayawardene's 144 is the third highest score against England in Eng...behind Viv's 189 and Jayasuriya's 152, also at Leeds, in 2006, Gnasher informs us, via Twitter. Only four times has a side chased over 300 to win in England, and never has England been that side.

"I think the performances of Chris Broad over the past few months have shown that it is harder to be dropped from the England team than it is to get into it in the first place. No room to pick a player based on 2 performances in the last 2 years." Have to say, Chris, Stuart Broad's dad, hasn't been at his best since the late 80s.

"I have no work in my office today. I hope I can at least follow this beautiful game of cricket on cricinfo." Be our guest, Manu Dhillon.

End of over 50 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 309/5
AD Mathews    46* (30b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    10-0-70-0
BMAJ Mendis    7* (4b 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-0-70-1
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Eoin Morgan made a 37-ball half-century to lift England's tempo, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Headingley, July 1 2011

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Eoin Morgan played smartly until he was out stumped , England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Headingley, July 1 2011

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