Sri Lanka tour of England and Scotland, 3rd ODI: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jul 3, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Played at Lord's, London
3 July 2011 (50-over match)

10.45am Interesting move. Angelo Mathews, from a three-step run-up, has the new ball ...

10.42am Sri Lanka are in a huddle at the pavilion gate. We saw a lot of that during the comings and goings in the rain-wrecked Test series. But it's utterly gleaming at Lord's today. Not a cumulonimbus in the sky.

10.40am For a weekend treat, here's Andrew Miller for the first 10 overs of the day. Good morning one and all. What japes.

10.35am "It looks a belting pitch," says Atherton on Sky. Just a note, team Cricinfo is on Twitter. You can get updates from Andrew Miller, Andrew McGlashan, Liam Brickhill, and I.

10.25am Some news from last night is that Stuart Broad was fined for dissent for grumbling rudely about an appeal that Billy Bowden turned down at Headingley. Seems about right too, England were curiously sour in the 2nd ODI. Cook apparently loved the 'aggression' of Jade Dernbach rather desperately trying to sledge Mahela Jayawardene, can't say I did, Dernbach is barely a toddler in the game compared to the classy giant Jayawardene. Anyway.

10.20am England win the toss and... bat. So there is a change of approach from Alastair Cook. He said at Headingley that England 'quite fancy chasing' but after they staggered to defeat apparently they don't fancy it any more. Haven't managed to see the Lord's track as yet but with skies so bright above it all feels like a day to bat. Be interesting to see how England approach it, as I write in the preview, England are better off sticking to the brazen, attacking tactics that brought them so much success last year.

10.15am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 3rd ODI. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Liam Brickhill and Andrew Miller to bring you today's action. It really is a good morning, baking sunshine in London and a capacity crowd at Lord's. We've been waiting for the summer to get like this so today's game should be a treat.

The early news from Mr (Dil)Scoop McGlashan, our man at Lord's, is that England have resisted the temptation to add an extra spinner and are unchanged. They line up like this then:

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 too are unchanged and after the Headingley win, why not.

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.


Mathews to Cook, no run, decent delivery despite the lack of intent, a touch of inswing to the left-hander. Defended on off stump

Mathews' run-up is so short, Cook has to abort his second ball as he's not ready ...


Mathews to Cook, no run, outside off, jabbed to point


Mathews to Cook, no run, clipped to midwicket, no timing as yet


Mathews to Cook, no run, a diet of junk-balls so far from Mathews - no dissimilar to the filth that won Arthur Ashe his Wimbledon crown against Jimmy Connors


Mathews to Cook, no run, decent areas, nothing doing for Cook


Mathews to Cook, FOUR, that's the shot he was looking for, just an uppish drive outside off, quick outfield, finds the gap, and races up to the rope

Talking of Wimbledon, don't forget to follow the men's final this afternoon on Meanwhile, it's Malinga

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • AN Cook 4 (6b 1x4)
    • C Kieswetter 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-4-0

Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, leg stump yorker, just that that. Kieswetter is squared up as he digs out a defensive push


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, shorter, and tight to off stump, bending after passing the bat, and carries through to the keeper


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, a fraction wider, Kieswetter shuffles his front foot into a drive, but thinks better of it


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, unexpected lift from a good length, defended high on the bat to cover


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, width, but it's a slower ball, and Kieswetter is through an ambitious pull too early. Malinga fields in his followthrough


Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, short and straight, defended with a hop to cover. Maiden

End of over 2 (maiden) England 4/0 (RR: 2.00)

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

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, another change. The Mathews experiment lasts one over


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, lovely delivery, Just nibbling off the seam, and ghosting past the edge, through to the keeper


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, measured push to mid-on


Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, a modicum of width, and Cook in his current form doesn't miss those. Smacked hard through point for a welcome boundary. His second


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, whisked to backward square


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, a touch of width, and jabbed with an open face down to third man. Kieswetter has his first run of the day

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 3.33)

    • C Kieswetter 1 (7b)
    • AN Cook 9 (11b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-6-0
    • SL Malinga 1-1-0-0

Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, a rising delivery outside off, clobbered hard off the back foot, but straight to point


Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, slower ball, arrow straight, deflected to short midwicket and Cook makes a desperate but unnecessary dive, as the fielder fumbled his run-out attempt


Malinga to Cook, FOUR, on the pads, and that's excellent from Cook. Just helped down the slope, using Malinga's pace, and no-one can stop that. He's dealing in boundaries so far


Malinga to Cook, no run, on the pads again, but can't beat the fielder


Malinga to Cook, no run, wicket-to-wicket delivery, pushed with no timing back to the bowler


Malinga to Cook, no run, clipped hard to square leg, but no way through

It's early days yet, but I reckon this is the sixth stand out of six in which Cook has outpaced his partner Kieswetter. Admittedly, strike rate only counts for so much when you fall third ball, as at The Oval. But intriguing all the same

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 15/0 (RR: 3.75)

    • AN Cook 13 (15b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 2 (9b)
    • SL Malinga 2-1-5-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-6-0

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, punched into the covers, but can't pierce the ring


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, thought about a second, but decided against it


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, cracking delivery, that one goes like an offbreak, and ghosts past the edge once again. No pace on the ball, but the length is perfect


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, another cutter, clipped to midwicket


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, flicked square again, a fumble at midwicket allows the single


Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, defended solidly, no way through there

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 17/0 (RR: 3.40)

    • C Kieswetter 3 (12b)
    • AN Cook 14 (18b 3x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-8-0
    • SL Malinga 2-1-5-0

Malinga to Cook, no run, full and straight, midwicket intercepts


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, worked off the pads to square leg


Malinga to Kieswetter, OUT, devious delivery. Slower ball on a full length, and Kieswetter is hoodwinked completely. A leading edge loops to mid-on, and that's the end of that

C Kieswetter c Lakmal b Malinga 3 (26m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

He's a cunning operator, this Malinga bloke. Now then, what will Trotty come up with today? He's welcomed with a earful from Sangakkara behind the stumps, but he won't be rushed as he takes guard


Malinga to Trott, no run, nice welcome, outswinger on a good length, Trott pushes loosely but makes no contact


Malinga to Trott, no run, no width to work with, but Trott is unhurried as ever


Malinga to Trott, no run, squeezed out to short cover from a full length. Lovely bowling

End of over 6 (1 run) England 18/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • IJL Trott 0 (3b)
    • AN Cook 15 (20b 3x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-1-6-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-8-0

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, edged and dropped by Jayawardene! That's a sitter, and unjust as well, because it was another cracking delivery. An offcutter, zipped off the edge, and should have been swallowed!


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, more width, and a slightly rattled cut finds thin air


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, a firm push to cover to escape the strike


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, forward and pushed to cover.


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, outside off, pushed to point. Solid areas, as they say


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, a fraction straighter and whipped to mid-on. But no way through

End of over 7 (1 run) England 19/1 (RR: 2.71)

    • IJL Trott 0 (6b)
    • AN Cook 16 (23b 3x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-9-0
    • SL Malinga 3-1-6-1

Here comes Suranga Lakmal. Malinga's overs have been saved for the latter stages


Lakmal to Cook, no run, short, and an attempted pull. Strikes the pad

Two men in close catching positions on the leg side


Lakmal to Cook, no run, a flick off the pads, and is Cook strangled down the leg-side for the second time in the series? Sri Lanka think so, but Billy Bowden is unmoved. Think that flicked the pad


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, nurdled into space at midwicket


Lakmal to Trott, 1 run, punched very straight, back down the ground, and a quick single as two men converge from mid-off and -on respectively


Lakmal to Cook, no run, full length again, and defended back down the wicket

A run-rate of 2.68 in the Powerplay is ... different


Lakmal to Cook, FOUR, width, and smacked. That's Cook's slot. Bread-and-butter cut shot to the boundary

Sixteen of his 21 runs in boundaries.

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 25/1 (RR: 3.12)

    • AN Cook 21 (28b 4x4)
    • IJL Trott 1 (7b)
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-6-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-9-0

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, firmly forward, and picked up at cover


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, straight and constraining. Worked up to mid-on with a full face of the bat


Kulasekara to Trott, no run, signs of aggression in Trott's footwork, but nothing more than a calm push to cover


Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, tip-and-run, and Trott would have been struggling if Dilshan's shy had hit from mid-off. That was swift work, but just wide


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, nipping from leg to off, and keeps a touch low. Flicked to midwicket


Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, bosh, that's the way to do it. Just strays onto Cook's pads too much, and another boundary whistles through midwicket with a firm clip

Cook - 25 from 30, Kieswetter/Trott - 5 from 24

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 30/1 (RR: 3.33)

    • AN Cook 25 (30b 5x4)
    • IJL Trott 2 (11b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-14-0
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-6-0

Lakmal to Trott, no run, 5 from 25


Lakmal to Trott, OUT, oh dear, that's the end of that. Driven loosely, and in the air, possibly over-anxious about getting his run-rate moving. And that's scooped easily to mid-off

IJL Trott c Dilshan b Lakmal 2 (16m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.38

An inauspicious Powerplay so far for England, but the skipper is exempt from criticism at the moment. He's picking off his runs where he sees them. What can KP come up with?


Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, outside off, curling back towards off stump. Left alone


Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, KP bides his time


Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, bat and pad tight together for a push to mid-on. The Red Bull run is still in the locker for now


Lakmal to Pietersen, 2 runs, two steps down the track and an elegant clip to square leg. He's away now

So, the end of the Powerplay, and a pretty average one for England. Here's Sahil for the second Powerplay, which has just been taken

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 32/2 (RR: 3.20)

    • KP Pietersen 2 (4b)
    • AN Cook 25 (30b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-14-0

Thanks Andrew.


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Kulasekara does nothing more or less than find a decent length and line. Cook blocks


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, prodded into the leg side. Amazing the power of nibbling medium pace on a flat track, apparently


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, good line again, hint of movement down the slope, Cook solid in defence


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Sri Lanka have been very sharp in the field today. Here Kulasekara dives to his right to field off his own bowling


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, plenty of width on offer here but held back enough to deceive Cook


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, almost! Kulasekara has bothered Cook all morning. Here an expansive drive was edged low towards slip and it landed just short of Jayawardene. Good save from him, doesn't make up for the drop though. Maiden over

End of over 11 (maiden) England 32/2 (RR: 2.90)

    • AN Cook 25 (36b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-14-0
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-1

Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is edging down the wicket and towards the off side, looking to flick boundaries into the leg side. Picks out the fielder though


Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, good work from Lakmal, following Pietersen wider of off as the batsman tries to walk across his stumps


Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR, this time Pietersen lands it! With a packed off-side field, Pietersen strolls across his stumps and whips a boundary from outside off to square leg


Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR, wonderful shot, perfectly straight bat hits this, at the top of its bounce, perfectly straight down the ground for four more


Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR, three in a row! Pietersen didn't quite time this, it was a thickish edge that squirted through point. The outfield is very swift and it ran away to the rope


Lakmal to Pietersen, 1 run, when Pietersen hit this it looked four straight away. As it was he picked out deep square but a short ball was nailed with a pull shot. Happily for the batsman, he keeps the strike

End of over 12 (13 runs) England 45/2 (RR: 3.75)

    • KP Pietersen 15 (10b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 25 (36b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-21-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-1-14-0

So, finally some impetus injected to this England innings. All the talk of fearless cricket and they came out very cagily. This is a high-scoring pitch so England need plenty more.


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, good work from Kulasekara, just holding a length and line. Blocked carefully


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, lovely bowling, very strong willed from Kulasekara. Saw Pietersen advancing menacingly but delivered a slower one that deceived the batsman


Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 wide, after a couple of good ones Kulasekara slams down a short ball a long way down the leg side

Sangakkara has had enough of Pietersen strolling down the pitch so he's come up to the stumps.


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is rooted to the crease and can't pick out a gap in the leg side. Top bowling


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, yorker this time! He's now bowled 11 deliveries in a row without conceding a run off the bat


Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, finally Pietersen does manage to nudge a single


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Cook very solid in defence but after flurry of boundaries in the last over Sri Lanka have come back well

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 47/2 (RR: 3.61)

    • AN Cook 25 (37b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 16 (15b 3x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-16-0
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-21-1

Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen's taste for pace on the ball is visible but Lakmal's line is too good for him to get away


Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR, brilliant from Pietersen. Advanced down to make an off-stump length ball into a half-volley and flicks with perfect timing, beating the diving sweeper on the leg-side boundary for four


Lakmal to Pietersen, no run, oh dear! After the peerless boundary comes an almighty swish at fresh air. Credit to the bowler, he pushed it wide of off


Lakmal to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven hard towards the cover boundary where it's fielded smartly


Lakmal to Pietersen, FOUR, Dilshan misses at mid-off, sliding past a firmly-struck drive and it rushes through to the boundary. Pietersen ticking now


Lakmal to Pietersen, 1 run, yorker saves the rot but Pietersen pinches the strike, again, with an inside edge to mid-on

"England should have a more flexible batting order," reckons Michael. "Sending in Trott at no. 3 when Cook is first out is fine, but if Kieswetter goes first why not have Pietersen come in, especially in the Power Play?"

End of over 14 (11 runs) England 58/2 (RR: 4.14)

    • KP Pietersen 27 (21b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 25 (37b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-32-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-1-16-0

Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, Kulasekara continues his calm, hit-a-good-line approach and Pietersen has no where to go


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, smart bowling, just varying the length slightly and Pietersen's leg-side nudge finds the fielder


Kulasekara to Pietersen, 1 run, touch fuller here and flicked around the corner

England have made 27 runs in this Powerplay, with Cook contributing all of zero...


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, there we go, Cook finally gets a ball to face and efficiently shovels it to the leg side to bring Pietersen back on strike


Kulasekara to Pietersen, no run, big appeal from Kulasekara as Pietersen wandered out his ground, but it was outside the line. Really good bowling though, difficult to tell why he's so hard to get away but he clearly is


Kulasekara to Pietersen, FOUR, ...unless he bowls a rank long-hop. Pietersen couldn't believe his luck and just stood tall and whacked it to to the midwicket rope

That ends the Bowling Powerplay with 32 runs made by England. Much better than their opening effort.

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 64/2 (RR: 4.26)

    • KP Pietersen 32 (26b 6x4)
    • AN Cook 26 (38b 5x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-22-0
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-32-1

Time for a change, here's spin in Jeevan Mendis.


Mendis to Cook, no run, starts well enough for Cook to block


Mendis to Cook, no run, good line, tight around middle and spinning in. Cook prods to leg


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, worked away for a single which brings Pietersen back on strike


Mendis to Pietersen, no run, good line and length from Mendis, sliding on quickly. Pietersen hurries in defence


Mendis to Pietersen, no run, this time Pietersen stretches forward to meet the delivery but can't get it away


Mendis to Pietersen, no run, excellent opening over from Mendis. He's troubled Pietersen so far this series and has clearly earned his respect as this is very carefully blocked

Drinks at Lord's. Elderflower Champagne I presume. Not for us though, just humble tea instead. Been a really good opening hour, Sri Lanka very sharp indeed, England too cautious until Pietersen arrived.

End of over 16 (1 run) England 65/2 (RR: 4.06)

    • KP Pietersen 32 (29b 6x4)
    • AN Cook 27 (41b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-1-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-1-22-0

Spin from both ends now, Suraj Randiv. It was the spin pairing that did for England at Headingley and prompted Eoin Morgan to diagnose playing spin as the key to all their ODI fortunes.


Randiv to Cook, no run, such a strange action, there is no snap at all, just walks through the whole thing. Still, the line is tight and Cook defends


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, with a flick of the wrists Cook works this down the ground


Randiv to Pietersen, no run, top, diving fielding at midwicket as Pietersen whips this from two foot outside off


Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, more delicate from the batsman this time, rolling his wrists over the ball to deflect it round the corner


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, Cook forces off the back foot through midwicket


Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, good call from Cook earns Pietersen a single with a gentle glance to short fine leg

Tidy start from both spinners then.

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 69/2 (RR: 4.05)

    • KP Pietersen 34 (32b 6x4)
    • AN Cook 29 (44b 5x4)
    • S Randiv 1-0-4-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 1-0-1-0

Mendis to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen edges down the track to meet this flighted delivery, clips to leg


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, good work from Cook, dipping this to leg to rotate the strike


Mendis to Pietersen, 1 run, good bowling here, Mendis saw Pietersen galloping down at him and threw it out wider of off


Mendis to Cook, no run, Cook tries to cut from the back foot but not enough space for him to time it


Mendis to Cook, no run, and again Cook tries to squeeze a cut, this was far too close and the bottom edge would have alarmed the batsman


Mendis to Cook, no run, Mendis completes his second good over on the bounce. Sri Lanka building good pressure here again

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 72/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • AN Cook 30 (48b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 36 (34b 6x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-4-0
    • S Randiv 1-0-4-0

Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, cry of "catch" as Pietersen slammed this in the air past the diving bowler. Would have been a blinder


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, Cook again dabs a single into the leg side


Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, very careful from Pietersen, working the ball away with his wrists but still just a single


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, prodded with soft hands to leg


Randiv to Pietersen, no run, the run of singles is ended with Pietersen unable to dink a single


Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, this time Pietersen jumps down the wicket and fiddles one to leg, keeping the strike in the process

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 77/2 (RR: 4.05)

    • KP Pietersen 39 (38b 6x4)
    • AN Cook 32 (50b 5x4)
    • S Randiv 2-0-9-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 2-0-4-0

Mendis to Pietersen, no run, excellent bowling from Mendis! So slow. Pietersen danced down before aiming a pull shot which he was almost completely through when the ball arrived


Mendis to Pietersen, no run, appeal again from the bowler as this finds the pads with Pietersen down the track


Mendis to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen jumps back and forces firmly to long-off


Mendis to Pietersen, no run, carefully prodded forward defence, excellent lengths and lines from Mendis


Mendis to Pietersen, OUT, Mendis does for Pietersen again! Great work from him this over. Googly here that Pietersen tries to sweep, the extra bounce finds a top edge that loops all the way to deep midwicket. Ends such a promising innings but the spinners have heaped pressure on England

KP Pietersen c Randiv b Mendis 41 (45m 43b 6x4 0x6) SR: 95.34


Mendis to Morgan, no run, Morgan gets a googly first ball that he cuts hard to cover

Time for a change here, Liam Brickhill for his first comms of the day.

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 79/3 (RR: 3.95)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (1b)
    • AN Cook 32 (50b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-6-1
    • S Randiv 2-0-9-0

Thanks Sahil. There's a change in the bowling attack too, as Suranga Lakmal is brought back on. Sri Lanka still have a solitary wide slip in place, and five fielders in the circle to try and keep the pressure on.


Lakmal to Cook, no run, on a length to start, Cook stands up to punch to cover


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, good length outside off once again, this time the ball takes a thick edge, flying well wide of the man at slip and down to third man


Lakmal to Morgan, no run, tapped watchfully to cover


Lakmal to Morgan, no run, a touch shorter and Morgan leaves a rising ball outside off well alone


Lakmal to Morgan, no run, Morgan is in no rush here, letting another one go outside off. This is a really good wicket for batting, he'll want to settle in for a long knock


Lakmal to Morgan, no run, or will he? Lakmal pushes another one across the left-hander, who leans back and flashes hard, but doesn't get a touch on the ball. Past the top edge

End of over 21 (1 run) England 80/3 (RR: 3.80)

    • EJG Morgan 0 (5b)
    • AN Cook 33 (52b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-33-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 3-0-6-1

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, this one goes on with the arm, but Cook picks it and steps forward to drive to long-off


Mendis to Morgan, FOUR, pulled powerfully to midwicket! This really wasn't that short, but Morgan picked up the length so quickly and whipped it into the leg side


Mendis to Morgan, OUT, gone this time! Mendis spins one back in as Morgan shuffles back onto his stumps, he's hit on the pad to spark a huge appeal and Billy raises one crooked finger to send the batsman on his way. Another very valuable wicket for Sri Lanka

EJG Morgan lbw b Mendis 4 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, Mendis tosses up a googly straight away, but it's not particularly well disguised and is easily pushed down to long-on


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, Cook stretches well forward and works the ball to midwicket


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, flighted temptingly on off stump, Bell drives to long-off

End of over 22 (8 runs) England 88/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • IR Bell 2 (2b)
    • AN Cook 35 (54b 5x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 4-0-14-2
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-33-1

Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Bell doesn't try anything extravagant just yet, just getting the ball down to third man for a single


Lakmal to Cook, no run, Cook steps forward and drives the ball to mid-off with a solid crunch

"If there were ever a time for a captain's innings, this is it," writes Mark Kidger. "England need a century from him to rescue this match."


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, fetched into the leg side with plenty of bottom hand, a good sliding stop saves a couple of runs


Lakmal to Bell, no run, Bell walks into a stroke, but the shortish length means he can only defend


Lakmal to Bell, no run, fuller this time, but a mistimed drive trickles to mid-off


Lakmal to Bell, no run, full once again, and wider still. This time Bell lets it go

Don't forget the other man at the creaase, Abhishek Agrawal reminds us: "An ideal situation for Bell to construct an innings,as he has generally looked out of his depth in coming late and hitting out straight away.."

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 90/4 (RR: 3.91)

    • IR Bell 3 (6b)
    • AN Cook 36 (56b 5x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 6-0-35-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 4-0-14-2

Mendis to Cook, no run, tapped back to the bowler


Mendis to Cook, no run, a yelp of excitement as the ball is nudged into the leg side, but that's come off the bat


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, this time Cook does find the gap for a single on the leg side


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, paddled down to fine leg for one


Mendis to Cook, no run, lobbed up terrifically slowly, Cook drives back to the bowler


Mendis to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, really gentle, and Cook slaps the ball away to the backward point boundary

Mendis is really hanging them in the breeze here, bowling very slowly indeed.

End of over 24 (6 runs) England 96/4 (RR: 4.00)

    • AN Cook 41 (61b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 4 (7b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 5-0-20-2
    • RAS Lakmal 6-0-35-1

Another quick change as Lasith Malinga comes back. No slip in place, but men close at extra cover and short midwicket


Malinga to Bell, 1 run, just short of a good length on off stump, Bell gets over the ball and angles to third man


Malinga to Cook, no run, Cook is drawn forward, and drives straight to Dilshan in the covers

A wide slip comes in for Cook.


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, Malinga aims for the yorker and gets some nice curve back in through the air towards Cook's toes, but it's a little too full and is clipped through square leg


Malinga to Bell, 4 byes, comedy of errors from Sri Lanka! It wasn't the easiest take for Sangakkara, the ball bouncing in front of him as Bell left alone, but he let it right through his legs ... and then Chandimal slid past the ball as he tried to stop it at third man, four byes!


Malinga to Bell, no run, good follow-up by Malinga, flinging down a much slower one that Bell only picks very late. Off the leading edge to cover, but all along the ground


Malinga to Bell, 1 run, short and fast this time, Bell is rushed but manages a pull out to midwicket

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 103/4 (RR: 4.12)

    • IR Bell 6 (11b)
    • AN Cook 42 (63b 6x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-1-9-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 5-0-20-2

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, eased down to long-off for one


Mendis to Cook, no run, very full outside off, squeezed out to point


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, Sri Lanka's fielding is looking a bit amateurish at the moment, as now Dilshan runs past a ball at midwicket to allow a single


Mendis to Bell, no run, a floaty legspinner is tapped back to the bowler


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, Bell sends the ball down to fine leg with a paddle sweep


Mendis to Cook, no run, worked into the leg side, but straight to the fielder

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 106/4 (RR: 4.07)

    • AN Cook 43 (66b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 8 (14b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 6-0-23-2
    • SL Malinga 4-1-9-1

Malinga to Bell, 1 run, snaking back in to Bell through the air, he nudges to midwicket and they take a single ... they think of a second but decide against it


Malinga to Cook, FOUR, clipped neatly to square leg! That was there to be hit, pitched up on thte pads, and the ball pinged right out of the middle


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, whipped off the legs again, this time he finds the man on the boundary


Malinga to Bell, no run, short on leg stump, Bell thinks about the hook but ducks out of the shot


Malinga to Bell, 1 run, full, fast and straight, Bell nudges to square leg for a single


Malinga to Cook, FOUR, more runs for Cook, and that's his fifty! Malinga tried to deceive him with the slow offcutter, but pushed the ball down the leg side and Cook glanced easily down to fine leg

End of over 27 (11 runs) England 117/4 (RR: 4.33)

    • AN Cook 52 (69b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 10 (17b)
    • SL Malinga 5-1-20-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 6-0-23-2

Mendis to Bell, no run, Bell waits deep in his crease, and cuts to point


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, a touch short, Bell isn't quite in the right position but gets it down to long-off


Mendis to Cook, no run, there's the wrong 'un, but picked and defended


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, driven to long-on


Mendis to Bell, no run, tossed up full and straight, tapped back to the bowler


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, too wide this time, and Bell finds the gap on the off side for a single

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 120/4 (RR: 4.28)

    • IR Bell 12 (21b)
    • AN Cook 53 (71b 8x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 7-0-26-2
    • SL Malinga 5-1-20-1

More spin now, in the form of Suraj Randiv


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, he doesn't quite get his length right, and Bell steps back to punch to long-on


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, the ball comes of the inner half and rolls to short fine leg, Bell is alert to the chance for a single, and calls Cook through


Randiv to Bell, no run, a touch of extra bounce for Randiv, but Bell rides it well and plays to gully


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, worked with the spin into the leg side


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, Cook keeps his weight back and cuts out to deep cover


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, and another single to end the over, this time to long-on

Randiv was much too short in that over, every ball played off the back foot

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 125/4 (RR: 4.31)

    • IR Bell 15 (25b)
    • AN Cook 55 (73b 8x4)
    • S Randiv 3-0-14-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 7-0-26-2

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, and now it's Mendis who is too short, but the punishment is not severe as he is cut away for a single


Mendis to Cook, no run, a googly is pushed back to the bowler


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, Cook shuffles right across to off to open up the leg side, nudging it away for one


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, another flighted googly is angled to short fine leg


Mendis to Cook, no run, legspinner this time, Cook stays back to work it off the back foot but hits straight to midwicket


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, driven through mid-off for a single

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 129/4 (RR: 4.30)

    • AN Cook 57 (77b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 17 (27b)
    • BMAJ Mendis 8-0-30-2
    • S Randiv 3-0-14-0

Randiv to Cook, no run, Randiv starts on a much better length than his previous over, Cook caught neither forward nor back and defending awkwardly


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, looped up very full again, from around the wicket, this time Cook finds a single through square leg


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, played with the spin, the ball rolling behind square on the leg side


Randiv to Cook, no run, a flighted offspinner is driven to extra cover


Randiv to Cook, no run, this one rushes straight on with the arm, but the bat is right behind it in defence

Brad is impressed with the England captain. "I like how Cook is playing. When Kieswetter was struggling to score quickly, he took the quick-scoring mantle. When KP was scoring over a run-a-ball, he looked to play as an anchor. With a number of wickets down, he will probably continue his anchor role."


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, flicked into the leg side for a single

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 132/4 (RR: 4.25)

    • AN Cook 59 (82b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 18 (28b)
    • S Randiv 4-0-17-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 8-0-30-2

Mendis to Cook, 1 run, a gentle wrong 'un is driven to long-off


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, flighted very full on leg stump, Bell chips off his toes into the deep


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, whipped off the pads out to deep square


Mendis to Bell, no run, that's a better line, closer to middle and off and Bell taps back to the bowler


Mendis to Bell, 2 runs, an uncharacteristically agricultural heave into the leg side from Bell, and he's lucky to get away with it! The ball sails into the leg side, but drops short of the man sprinting across from long-on


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single to end the over

End of over 32 (6 runs) England 138/4 (RR: 4.31)

    • IR Bell 22 (32b)
    • AN Cook 61 (84b 8x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 9-0-36-2
    • S Randiv 4-0-17-0

Randiv to Bell, no run, a very excited Randiv asks Nigel Llong for a decision as Bell is struck on the pad, playing back, but the umpire says no. Marginal decision, the ball may just have clipped leg


Randiv to Bell, no run, defended this time


Randiv to Bell, no run, nudged into the leg side


Randiv to Bell, 1 run, paddled to short fine leg for a single


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, full and straight, from round the wicket, and Cook sends the ball rolling out to wide long-on


Randiv to Bell, no run, nice, tight end to the over, and Bell defends

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 140/4 (RR: 4.24)

    • IR Bell 23 (37b)
    • AN Cook 62 (85b 8x4)
    • S Randiv 5-0-19-0
    • BMAJ Mendis 9-0-36-2

Mendis to Cook, no run, lobbed up on the toes, Cook nudges to midwicket


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, this time he finds the gap on the leg side for a single


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, no turn at all on this delivery, and Bell flicks into the leg side


Mendis to Cook, no run, a hint of drift through the air, Cook's clip goes to square leg


Mendis to Cook, 1 run, flighted very full outside off, squirted away through point


Mendis to Bell, 1 run, eased down to long-off, and they amble through for a single

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 144/4 (RR: 4.23)

    • IR Bell 25 (39b)
    • AN Cook 64 (89b 8x4)
    • BMAJ Mendis 10-0-40-2
    • S Randiv 5-0-19-0

Ah, this is interesting, the Batting Powerplay has been called for, along with the mandatory ball change. That immediately brings Lasith Malinga back into the attack.


Malinga to Bell, 1 run, chopped down to third man for a single

Third man and deep cover go out for Cook, there's also a man out at deep square leg. Mid-on and mid-off are up


Malinga to Cook, 1 wide, hurled very wide of off stump, wide called


Malinga to Cook, no run, Malinga re-adjusts, firing one very full at off stump. Dug out to cover


Malinga to Cook, no run, full and straight again, nice and fast too. Cook pushes it back to the the bowler, who lets it through his legs ... no single to be had though


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, Malinga keeping the ball right up to the bat here, as Cook squeezes one down to third man off the outside edge


Malinga to Bell, 1 run, slower ball, an offcutter, but Bell is equal to it and finds a single down to third man

Tom is pleased with Cook's call to take the Powerplay: "IF this batting powerplay works for England, it will have been a brilliant idea. Malinga will presumably bowl 3 of the 5, meaning he has only 2 left for the death. Using him up now with Bell and Cook unlikely to slog will definitely (maybe) help England."


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, Cook angles his bat down onto a yorker outside off to find yet another single down to third man

It's time for drinks at Lord's, and time for me to hand back to Sahil Dutta.

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 149/4 (RR: 4.25)

    • AN Cook 66 (93b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 27 (41b)
    • SL Malinga 6-1-25-1
    • BMAJ Mendis 10-0-40-2

Cheers Liam. Intriguing little period, can England generate any kind of impetus or will Cook and Bell be happy to pick off ones and twos? Maybe it was just a tactic to give themselves a breather from the spinners. Here's Kulasekara.


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, good start to the new spell from Kulasekara, landing it full and straight. Cook digs out to mid-off


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Cook attempts to force a drive but can't get much of it. Toe-ends onto the ground and loops up back to the bowler. Sri Lanka appeal suggesting it might have come off the boot and the umpires go upstairs but it confirms boot

"Tom, about the batting powerplay decision, you can't have your cake and eat it," writes Simon. "The quality of the decision must be measured before the outcome has been determined. You can't make a judgement and then CYA with the word "IF"."


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, again driven hard into the ground but this time Kulasekara can't collect cleanly


Kulasekara to Bell, no run, this Powerplay hasn't quite sparked a boundary frenzy. Instead Bell defends


Kulasekara to Bell, 1 run, better intent here from Bell, skipping down the wicket and giving himself room outside leg, can't time the drive though


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, thickish edge runs past point and the batsmen stroll a single

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 152/4 (RR: 4.22)

    • AN Cook 68 (97b 8x4)
    • IR Bell 28 (43b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-25-0
    • SL Malinga 6-1-25-1

With England looking distinctly cagey Dilshan reckons he might as well keep Malinga in the bank and calls for Lakmal.


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, good diving stop from Malinga at mid-off saves a firm push from Cook. He's just no good at hitting over the top


Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, high full toss he helped down to deep square. Bell thought it was no-ball height but it was probably around thigh high


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, Cook bunts a single to mid-on. But with a full toss offered he'll feel he's missed out


Lakmal to Bell, 1 run, touch too wide from Lakmal but again an England batsman can't take full toll. 58 balls since the last boundary as Bell guides this towards cover


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, Cook moves across to the off side to try and work to leg but he can't time his flick well enough to beat the infield


Lakmal to Bell, OUT, Bell's struggle ends and Sri Lanka are well on top now! Banged in very short, Bell leant back and upper-cut straight to a gleeful third man

IR Bell c Kulasekara b Lakmal 30 (63m 46b 0x4 0x6) SR: 65.21

Poor old England, no matter when they take the Powerplay, it goes wrong. Should have saved it for Jimmy. Anyway, in ideal batting conditions, here's Tim Bresnan.

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 157/5 (RR: 4.24)

    • AN Cook 71 (100b 8x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 7-0-40-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-1-25-0

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, driven without a world of timing to mid-off. Cook coots through for one

Punit has a theory: "You know what, why England are feeling unsecure to play shots at this stage, as they don't have a proper batsman coming in next. Ok, Bresnan, Broad and Swann can bat, but they really need a no.7 batsman. Bopara slots in nicely, he can bowl too. This lack of a no.7 batsman is affecting their run scoring."


Kulasekara to Bresnan, no run, England's No. 7, Bresnan, pushes confidently but only at fresh air


Kulasekara to Bresnan, no run, this time Bresnan finds bat on ball in sturdy defence


Kulasekara to Bresnan, 1 run, slower ball fools the batsman but a thick edge beats Sangakkara and gets Bresnan off the mark

Tom: "...and now Dilshan saves Malinga for the death anyway, quite a measure of how little England are accelerating during the powerplay. You win, Simon."


Kulasekara to Cook, 2 runs, Cook nurdles into the leg side, placing it behind square to take a couple. England's last 22 runs were all singles, so that's an improvement of sorts


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Kulasekara has bowled awfully well today and Cook can't get him away

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 161/5 (RR: 4.23)

    • AN Cook 74 (103b 8x4)
    • TT Bresnan 1 (3b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-29-0
    • RAS Lakmal 7-0-40-2

Malinga returns for the final over of Powerplay. Which is a deceptive name.


Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run, swerving, menacing yorker towards Bresnan's toes. Fiddled into the leg side


Malinga to Cook, FOUR, edge works the treat for Cook and England! First boundary since the 28th over as Cook slices a drive over point and to the rope. Precious relief for the crowd


Malinga to Cook, no run, top work from Malinga, full and swinging away again. Cook defends to cover


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, edge comes to Cook's aid again, this time it goes along the ground but past point for a single


Malinga to Bresnan, no run, lovely slower ball, impossible to read and Bresnan had no clue. Hung his bat out, waited and waited and watched the ball pass it


Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run, this time the yorker is overcooked into a full toss and Bresnan clips it to deep square

And so ends another England Batting Powerplay. 24 runs and a wicket is all it yielded.

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 168/5 (RR: 4.30)

    • TT Bresnan 3 (6b)
    • AN Cook 79 (106b 9x4)
    • SL Malinga 7-1-32-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-1-29-0

Wellity, Kandamby has something to do. Bowl legspin it seems.


Kandamby to Bresnan, 1 run, starts with a shortish ball that Bresnan works for a single to midwicket


Kandamby to Cook, 1 run, Kandamby gives this more air and Cook shovels to deep square


Kandamby to Bresnan, 1 run, plenty of air on this, really tossed up, when it eventually came down Bresnan drove nicely but only to the off-side sweeper


Kandamby to Cook, FOUR, clump! Filthy full toss that had to be smacked. Cook obligingly nailed a cross-bat thump to the fence


Kandamby to Cook, 1 run, another full toss but lower this time and Cook pushes more gently to deepish mid-on


Kandamby to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan keeps the strike with a drive to deep cover

Bar the horrible full toss that was a decent over. Might not get another though.

End of over 40 (9 runs) England 177/5 (RR: 4.42)

    • TT Bresnan 6 (9b)
    • AN Cook 85 (109b 10x4)
    • SHT Kandamby 1-0-9-0
    • SL Malinga 7-1-32-1

So, 10 overs to go. England would want 250? Suraj Randiv now.


Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, Randiv walks through another delivery which Bresnan nibbles to leg


Randiv to Cook, no run, Randiv almost gets a bonus wicket as a touch of bounce causes Cook to miscue his cut, which landed just short of point

The debate rages on: "Tom, it's still possible that a decision is a good one, even if it doesn't work," writes Simon. "It depends upon the quality of the thought-processes that go into making it. I must admit though that the way England have played through the powerplay seems to show that it was made more hopefully than calculatingly - not good at this level (or any level, come to that)."


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, this is worked more securely to the leg side


Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan pokes a full-face drive into space


Randiv to Cook, no run, quicker ball hurries Cook into defence


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, Cook keeps the strike by flicking to deep square

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 181/5 (RR: 4.41)

    • AN Cook 87 (113b 10x4)
    • TT Bresnan 8 (11b)
    • S Randiv 6-0-23-0
    • SHT Kandamby 1-0-9-0

Kandamby is indeed whipped out the attack and Lakmal returns.


Lakmal to Cook, FOUR, big cheer from the crowd as Malinga dives over a ball at fine leg, allowing Cook to advance to the 90s and pass 1000 ODI runs with a fine leg glance


Lakmal to Cook, no run, driven without much timing to cover as Lakmal finds a better line


Lakmal to Cook, no run, change of length as the bowler drags back. The line remains good and Cook can't manoeuvre the ball into space


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets an inside edge on a leg glance that thuds off his pad into the leg side


Lakmal to Bresnan, FOUR, top work from Bresnan, managed to get his feet out the way as this swung back towards his toes. Quick hands clipped the ball firmly and good placement earned him four in front of deep midwicket

Brad: "@Punit: I agree. Bresnan is a top number 8, but seven is too much for him. Patel would be my choice though- I don't fancy Bopara as a fifth bowler!"


Lakmal to Bresnan, 1 run, worked around the corner to end a better over for England

End of over 42 (10 runs) England 191/5 (RR: 4.54)

    • TT Bresnan 13 (13b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 92 (117b 11x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 8-0-50-2
    • S Randiv 6-0-23-0

Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, Randiv is a touch short but Bresnan can't generate much power on his cut and finds cover. They cross for one but it's a swift single

"I seem to agree with Simon, but rephrase it slightly differently," writes Boris. "The powerplay was taken with the best of intentions, but with neither batsman having a plan of how many they wanted. Both seemed to be playing to save their skin, Cook in particular. He needs to compensate in the last ten."


Randiv to Cook, 2 runs, Cook bottom-edges a cut shot that somehow gets through the keeper and Cook steals a couple


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, dragged down much shorter and Cook cuts to the sweeper


Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, again it's short from Randiv but Bresnan's firmly-struck cut finds deep point


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, tip and run from Cook pushing into the off side


Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, another single as Bresnan forces a drive through cover off the back foot

Decent over for England, but Sri Lanka won't mind at all.

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 198/5 (RR: 4.60)

    • TT Bresnan 16 (16b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 96 (120b 11x4)
    • S Randiv 7-0-30-0
    • RAS Lakmal 8-0-50-2

Lakmal to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan got the width he wanted to slash a cut and he nailed it, but straight to point


Lakmal to Bresnan, 1 run, short ball is pulled, but not timed so it's just a single to deep square


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, big appeal from Lakmal as Cook shuffles across his stumps to work to leg. Given runs so perhaps there was an inside edge. Doesn't look like it on HotSpot but it pitches outside anyway. Brings up England's 200 though, not a moment too soon they would think

Small delay as someone managed to run onto field, holding a flag of some sort.


Lakmal to Bresnan, 1 run, Lakmal lands a good slower ball that forces Bresnan to change his shot. Credit to the batsman he adjusted well to guide a single to third man


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, Lakmal saw Cook advancing so dug it in short and forced the batsman to push a single to mid-off


Lakmal to Bresnan, no run, good slower ball again that Bresnan can't time. He gave himself room to try and pierce the infield but can't

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 202/5 (RR: 4.59)

    • TT Bresnan 18 (20b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 98 (122b 11x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 9-0-54-2
    • S Randiv 7-0-30-0

Randiv to Cook, no run, Randiv happy to give some air and Cook can't get it away. Better hurry, Malinga is lurking


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, Cook advances looking to go over the top but can't quite get there in time so settles for a single


Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan hops deep into his crease to pull down to deep square


Randiv to Cook, no run, ooh, play and a miss outside off as Cook tries to nail his favourite cut shot

Paul writes in: "England have obviously placed greater emphasis on Test cricket over the years and have made no secret in their desire to be the number 1 Test nation. This has had some influence on the stability of the ODI and T20 teams. Tell me, would England do any worse if they went back to how it was and kept the Test and ODI teams pretty much the same and used the T20 team for its' experimentation."


Randiv to Cook, no run, ooh! Close again as a leading edge lands just short of the bowler


Randiv to Cook, 1 run, that is Cook's hundred! Gets there by pushing a single down the ground, which is fitting. It may not have been electric but it's a hugely important ton for the man and the team. No great celebration, he knows he needs to finish with a flurry

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 205/5 (RR: 4.55)

    • AN Cook 100 (127b 11x4)
    • TT Bresnan 19 (21b 1x4)
    • S Randiv 8-0-33-0
    • RAS Lakmal 9-0-54-2

Look out England... Here's Malinga! `


Malinga to Cook, 2 runs, good intent from Cook, trying to loft Malinga down the ground. Beats mid-off without timing it perfectly


Malinga to Cook, no run, full, fast and straight from Malinga and Cook picks out square leg


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, this time Cook manages to pierce the infield but England need more than singles

"At no.7 Chris Woakes or Luke Wright much be better options," reckons Aatif.


Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run, slower ball from Malinga, at a perfect yorker length, Bresnan squeezes it out onto the leg side but boundaries off Malinga don't come easy

Mark Kidger picks a side: "I go with Simon. Alistair Cook wanted to avoid taking the powerplay in over 44 with 9 wickets down and so, was thinking clearly, but the execution left a lot to be desired. England probably need Tim Bresnan to go crazy in the last 5 overs to have a real chance."


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, dropped again! Kandamby this time spills Cook. He tried to smash this to leg and it looped out to deep point where Kandamby ran in and dropped it


Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run, slower ball that Bresnan heaves hard at. No great result for the batsman though as it trickles away

End of over 46 (6 runs) England 211/5 (RR: 4.58)

    • TT Bresnan 21 (23b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 104 (131b 11x4)
    • SL Malinga 8-1-38-1
    • S Randiv 8-0-33-0

24 balls left for England, Lakmal from this end, England need boundaries off him because they'll struggle getting them off Malinga.


Lakmal to Bresnan, 1 run, good start from the bowler, full and straight. Swung off the toe-end down to long-on

"Paul, the reason we're walloping those Sri Lankans for 24 runs of our batting power plays is because this is pretty much the Test team!" writes Mike. "Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, Morgan are our top 6 in both formats, only Strauss is missing and that's not the selectors choice."


Lakmal to Cook, 1 run, Cook shapes to scoop very early, so Lakmal floats it up outside off, Cook had to adjust late and ended up guiding it to third man. Good invention from both sides there


Lakmal to Bresnan, 1 run, ah there was the half-volley that Bresnan wanted but he couldn't time his big shot down the ground. Instead he chipped one-bounce short of long-off running in


Lakmal to Cook, no run, this is tough for Cook, he knows he needs boundaries but can't seem to find a shot to bring them. Slower ball from Lakmal is well directed and Cook's almighty heave misses

Brad: "@Aatif: Wright? Noooooo!"


Lakmal to Cook, 1 wide, Cook walks across his stumps so Lakmal follows him, ends up too far outside off though. Harsh call I reckon


Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, again Cook aims big with a drive but again he can only slice it and it loops out towards deep cover. You can sense Cook's frustration


Lakmal to Cook, 2 runs, one final big heave of the over for Cook and yet again it flies off the top edge, this time down to third man. Still, a couple is better than nothing

End of over 47 (8 runs) England 219/5 (RR: 4.65)

    • AN Cook 109 (135b 11x4)
    • TT Bresnan 23 (25b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 10-0-62-2
    • SL Malinga 8-1-38-1

Malinga to Bresnan, 1 run, brilliant, diving stop at mid-off from Jayawardene denies Bresnan a boundary from a well-struck drive. Malinga missed his yorker length but got away with it


Malinga to Cook, no run, Cook is getting stuck here. Malinga's low full toss is too tough to get away it seems


Malinga to Cook, no run, brilliant slower ball has Cook through his shot far too early. Goes under the bat and dribbles through to the keeper. This innings started with a whimper and is ending with, well, a whimper


Malinga to Cook, no run, crowd getting annoyed now as Cook swings over another perfectly-delivered Malinga yorker. Such fantastic bowling


Malinga to Cook, 1 run, Cook's attempts to hit out are getting cruder and cruder but Malinga's wily slower ball is proving too hard for him. Big swing across the line finds an edge onto his body and trickles away


Malinga to Bresnan, 2 runs, fine, fine over from Malinga ends with Bresnan toe-ending a slower ball over mid-off but it's still only a couple

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 223/5 (RR: 4.64)

    • TT Bresnan 26 (27b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 110 (139b 11x4)
    • SL Malinga 9-1-42-1
    • RAS Lakmal 10-0-62-2

Kulasekara returns for the penultimate over.


Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets one away! Good short too. Down the wicket, outside off and dragging it to the midwicket rope. Top work from Cook


Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Kulasekara's follow-up is sound. He knows Cook wants to go leg side so floats it up outside off and Cook leaves alone looking for a wide that doesn't come


Kulasekara to Cook, FOUR, shot! That's nailed. Cook jumped outside off stump and Kulasekara dragged it short. On the pull Cook got all of it and beat the sweeper on the leg side


Kulasekara to Cook, 1 run, Kulasekara rightly goes well outside off in response and a drive is squirted down to third man


Kulasekara to Bresnan, OUT, Cook falls trying to steal a bye. Sangakkara hit the stumps with his under-arm flick and it ends a very important innings for Cook. He gets a standing ovation and rightly so, he may not have been swift but England's other batsmen didn't allow him to be

AN Cook run out 119 (208m 143b 13x4 0x6) SR: 83.21

Broad is the new man, he could do with some confidence-swelling runs.


Kulasekara to Broad, 1 wide, too wide from Kulasekara, going very full a long way outside off


Kulasekara to Broad, 1 wide, another wide, very generous from Kulasekara. Aiming well wide of off again


Kulasekara to Broad, no run, despite being fined for dissent last match Broad challenges the umpire again as this is not given wide

End of over 49 (11 runs) England 234/6 (RR: 4.77)

    • SCJ Broad 0 (1b)
    • TT Bresnan 26 (28b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-1-40-0
    • SL Malinga 9-1-42-1

Right then, Malinga to bowl the last over.


Malinga to Bresnan, OUT, ...and strikes with the first ball! Yorker swerves in, finds the inside-edge that cannons off the pad onto the stumps. Dot ball too. Pretty decent effort from Bresnan again, without his fifty stand with Cook England would be in even worse shape

TT Bresnan b Malinga 26 (53m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 89.65


Malinga to Swann, 1 run, Swann manages to keep out the yorker, he didn't have ambitions for much more than that but at least it earns a single


Malinga to Broad, 1 run, wonderful slower ball completely hoodwinks Broad. He ended up holding his bat in line and watching the ball loop up just over Malinga's head


Malinga to Swann, no run, another slower one and Swann can't connect. England don't risk a bye this time, when actually they might have made it


Malinga to Swann, SIX, a six! The crowd are delirious, with surprise presumably. Tough for Malinga, just got the length and line slightly wrong and allowed Swann to clip with ideal timing over the midwicket boundary


Malinga to Swann, FOUR, four this time! Finally England can smile! Swann hurtles down the wicket and top edges a swipe wide of the keeper and it runs away for four

Sri Lanka need 247 to win Well, imposing it's not but England, just about, have a total. That flurry from the last two deliveries will make their lunch taste better but Sri Lanka are favourites. They bowled superbly, fielded very well at times and on a good batting track kept England below 250. That the home side even got anywhere is down to their captain, who made his second ODI hundred. Not an eyecatching innings, and not quick enough to silence his critics, but a hugely important one for Cook and his team.

While we find some grub, check out Andrew Miller's 50-over bulletin.

"Whilst drinking tea like it is going out of fashion and eating Mums chocolate cake in scorching hot Eastbourne, I notice that yet again Trott ploughs on without a Test or ODI six to his name," writes James 'Toadie' Ferguson. "Astonishing. Combining both formats: 9 centuries, 17 half centuries. No sixes. A record, surely?" And more importantly, how'd you earn that nickname?

End of over 50 (12 runs) England 246/7

    • GP Swann 11 (4b 1x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (2b)
    • SL Malinga 10-1-54-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-1-40-0





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