NatWest Series [Sri Lanka in England] - 5th ODI

England v Sri Lanka

England won by 16 runs

Hello everyone. There's a slight delay as they decide who will face the first ball. Tillakaratne Dilshan will open, and was obviously hoping to bowl at Cook, but it's going to be Kieswetter to take the first delivery - incidentally, for the first time.

10.40am I wonder if, 30 years from now, international games in England will still insist on playing Jerusalem before every game? Presumably. Bah. Anyway, while I grumble about that, here's Liam Brickhill for his first outing of the day.

10.35am Big game for Samit Patel. He sits on the sidelines all series and suddenly has to turn it on in the final. I suspect his batting will be what impresses. This is the first international game at Old Trafford since the pitch was flipped 90 degrees to stop the setting sun getting in batsmen's eyes and Gnasher, who is back in his old uni town, informs us, "TMS are commentating from the committee room today, who have been shifted out to The Point, so that they are behind the turned wicket."

10.30am "Broady misses out, it's a tactical change, we felt two spinners were the way to go. Broady is a world class bowler and he'll be back," says Cook in interview, adding "hopefully we can get our skills right." Indeed.

Dilshan has adopted the Afridi interview mode of talking extremely quickly and in a single breath. He said he too would like to have batted.

It's conditions underfoot, rather than overhead, that seem to have prodded England to make that move to drop Broad because the Manchester weather, as it is, is typically dank. Some drizzle too. So overhead conditions favour England, pitch conditions favour Sri Lanka. We should have a low-scoring classic! Possibly.

10.25am Sri Lanka make two changes, as expected, with Suranga Lakmal injured and Thilina Kandamby left out. Dimuth Karunaratne comes in for Kandamby, at the top of the order, while Dhammika Prasad replaces Lakmal. All of which means the teams look like this:

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

Sri Lanka 1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Dhammika Prasad, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga.

10.20am England win the toss and bat. Big news of the morning is that Stuart Broad has been left out, with Samit Patel coming in for his first game of the series. For so long it almost appeared Broad was untouchable but his poor form has finally told for him. The conditions have been all-important this series and Old Trafford is expected to be slow, low and turning, which makes Patel's inclusion logical. I do wonder if England put too much faith in his left-arm spin though, not all other countries play part-time spin as badly as England.

10.15am Good morning one and all, we have a final on our hands at Old Trafford. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Liam Brickhill to bring you all the action from today. Somehow, after four hideously one-sided games, we're all square.

0.1

Dilshan to Kieswetter, no run, darted in flat to start, the ball dies off the surface and is defended to leg

0.2

Dilshan to Kieswetter, FOUR, quicker and flatter still, heading towards leg stump and Kieswetter just needs to get a touch on it to open his account with four to fine leg

0.3

Dilshan to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter begins to come down the track but Dilshan draws the defensive stroke out of the batsman with another fired in delivery

0.4

Dilshan to Kieswetter, 3 runs, definite turn already! This gripped the surface and took a thick inside edge as Kieswetter thrust forward ... this time it's chased down just before the rope

A slip and a short extra cover come in for Cook.

0.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, Dilshan comes round the wicket to Cook, who presses forward in defence

0.6

Dilshan to Cook, no run, beaten on the outside edge! Cook came forward again but the ball ripped across the face of the bat. Dilshan knows how close that was, he's chewing his nails now

Well, it's already evident that spin will dictate the course of this match. It may well also do to take pace off the ball, and a bowler capable of doing just that will share the new ball: here's Nuwan Kulasekara.

End of over 1 (7 runs) England 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
AN Cook    0* (2b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-7-0
C Kieswetter    7* (4b 1x4)     

A split field suggests Kulasekara will keep it full and straight.

1.1

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, and indeed he does, right on target and Kieswetter defends off the front foot

1.2

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, beaten! This really dribbled through very low, Kieswetter was back and looking to force the ball through the off side, but the ball shot through under the bat

1.3

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 3 wides, wrong line from Kulasekara, and some inswing takes the ball further down the leg side. Sangakkara dives but can't stop it cleanly

1.3

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, a little more carry on this one as the ball straightens outside off and Kieswetter leaves alone

1.4

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, nipping in off the pitch, and Kieswetter nudges to square leg

1.5

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, FOUR, shot! This raced to the boundary despite the slowness of the pitch. Full and wide from Kulasekara and Kieswetter swings his arms through the line to send the ball through the covers

1.6

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 2 runs, some nip off the seam again, coming in to the right-hander, and Kieswetter flicks through square leg for a couple

End of over 2 (9 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 8.00)
C Kieswetter    13* (10b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-9-0
AN Cook    0* (2b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-7-0

Dilshan to continue

2.1

Dilshan to Cook, no run, Cook hops back and attempts to thrash a long-hop through cover, but he hits the fielder

2.2

Dilshan to Cook, no run, extravagant turn! Cook pushes forward with no great certainty and is beaten on the outside edge

2.3

Dilshan to Cook, no run, full and straight, tapped into the off side

2.4

Dilshan to Cook, 1 run, width offered, Cooks chops to backward point where the fielder dives but can't stop a single

2.5

Dilshan to Kieswetter, 1 wide, this is loose from Dilshan, spearing the ball down the leg side

2.5

Dilshan to Kieswetter, 2 wides, very loose indeed! Another ball is looped well down the leg side, and neither the keeper nor the leg slip can stop a bye

2.5

Dilshan to Cook, no run, cut away to point, and a good diving stop by Jeevan Mendis saves runs

2.6

Dilshan to Cook, no run, cut off the stumps to point once again

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 20/0 (RR: 6.66)
AN Cook    1* (8b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-11-0
C Kieswetter    13* (10b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-9-0

Slip has already been taken out, but there are men catching at short extra cover and midwicket

3.1

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, pitched up quite wide outside off, Kieswetter has a look and leaves alone

3.2

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, full again, but straight this time and Kieswetter defends as the ball curls in to him through the air

Fine leg comes up inside the circle now.

3.3

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, this is much better from Kulasekara, on a length and straight and Kieswetter defends

"Understood that there is a bit of turn in the track, but why would you want to hold Malinga early on and give England a quick start early on?" asks Pranav. There will be the lurking fear for the England batsmen that if they don't get runs early Malinga and the spinners are waiting

3.4

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, Kulasekara pushes one a little wider and Kieswetter flashes outside off, only to be beaten

3.5

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, SIX, Kieswetter shimmies down the track and lifts Kulasekara over long-on for the first six of the innings! Great intent from the batsman

Well, Sangakkara already had a helmet out on the field in case he wanted to come up to the stumps, and now he's going to do just that.

3.6

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter ends another good over for England with watchful defence

"Amazing that SL are not playing Ajantha Mendis today!" says Daniel Alexander and plenty others. Word is he's very low on confidence.

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
C Kieswetter    19* (16b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-15-0
AN Cook    1* (8b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-11-0

4.1

Dilshan to Cook, FOUR, swept powerfully to long leg. a shot of great authority from Cook to start the over

4.2

Dilshan to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward and punches into the covers

4.3

Dilshan to Cook, 3 runs, heaved into the deep! Cook bends into a slog sweep and the ball flies towards the midwicket boundary ... but plugs in the slow outfield, and is stopped a couple of feet from the rope

4.4

Dilshan to Kieswetter, 5 wides, filthy, filthy stuff from Dilshan. Flung well down the leg side, again the ball flies between keeper and leg slip and this time it's five wides

4.4

Dilshan to Kieswetter, no run, full and straight, tapped back to the bowler

4.5

Dilshan to Kieswetter, no run, this was heading down the leg side too, but kept a little low as Kieswetter looked to clip to leg

4.6

Dilshan to Kieswetter, no run, full outside off, Kieswetter nudges to point

England are looking to get after the bowling but Sri Lanka are also doing themselves no favours. The conditions should favour bowlers, but they've been loose to start.

End of over 5 (12 runs) England 38/0 (RR: 7.60)
C Kieswetter    19* (19b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    3-0-23-0
AN Cook    8* (11b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-15-0

Ah, and we've just heard the happy news that our UK editor Andrew Miller has a brand new baby girl, born this morning. Many congratulations to the (now slightly larger) Miller family.

5.1

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, Kulasekara keeps it full, Cook defends

5.2

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, pushed a little wider, some movement takes the ball away from Cook and he's beaten on the outside edge

5.3

Kulasekara to Cook, no run, straighter, more defence from Cook

5.4

Kulasekara to Cook, 1 leg bye, there's an optimistic shout for lbw as Cook is struck on the pad, but that's pitched outside leg and they take a leg bye

5.5

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 2 runs, deft little shot from Kieswetter, waiting on the ball and angling it very fine down to third man ... where it's fielded by Malinga

5.6

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 1 run, guided down to third man for another

Malinga fields again and he holds onto the ball. Dilshan had already given him the signal to get warmed up, and he will now replace his captain at the Pavilion End.

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 42/0 (RR: 7.00)
C Kieswetter    22* (21b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-18-0
AN Cook    8* (15b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-23-0

Malinga will have a solitary wide slip in place, and a man catching at short extra cover

6.1

Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, Malinga hits a length on off stump and Kieswetter comes half forward in defence

6.2

Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, some movement away from the bat off the pitch, Kieswetter uses it to pick up a single to third man

6.3

Malinga to Cook, FOUR, shot! Malinga offers width and a long half-volley, and Cook leans into a neat drive that sends the ball skidding to the cover boundary

6.4

Malinga to Cook, no run, low bounce again, Cook was looking to nudge off the hip but is rapped on the pad. No appeal, it had pitched well outside leg

6.5

Malinga to Cook, 3 runs, well, a great delivery but it's still cost three runs! Malinga attacks the stumps and gets the ball to jag in to Cook off the seam, taking a thick inside edge and running to fine leg

6.6

Malinga to Kieswetter, 1 run, full and quite wide, Kieswetter opens the face of the bat for yet another single to third man

"Congratulations to Mrs. Miller: easily the best delivery so far today," says Alan Harrison.

End of over 7 (9 runs) England 51/0 (RR: 7.28)
C Kieswetter    24* (24b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0
AN Cook    15* (18b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-18-0

7.1

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, Kulasekara goes very full, the ball dipping and swinging past Kieswetter's bat to spark an appeal ... but that was headed well down the leg side

7.2

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, FOUR, slipping towards leg once again, but this time it's a leg-stump half-volley and Kieswetter muscles it to the deep midwicket boundary. My, Sri Lanka have been fairly atrocious this morning.

7.3

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, dropped by Sangakkara! Kieswetter was aiming to angle the ball down to third man but it straightened on him, taking a thin edge. Sangakkara is up to the stumps, and can't hold onto the edge

7.4

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, no run, defended back down the track

Meanwhile, Stuart Broad has Tweeted: "Gutted not to be playing today but taking full advantage of being told to get my feet up!!"

7.5

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, FOUR, four more! Another hit-me ball on leg stump, and Kieswetter thrashes it to the wide long-on boundary four his fourth four

7.6

Kulasekara to Kieswetter, 2 runs, glanced to fine leg, and they're back for the second

End of over 8 (10 runs) England 61/0 (RR: 7.62)
C Kieswetter    34* (30b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-28-0
AN Cook    15* (18b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-9-0

8.1

Malinga to Cook, no run, clipped firmly into the leg side, but a diving short midwicket stops the runs

8.2

Malinga to Cook, FOUR, short outside off, Cook leans back and pounds a cut in front of point, four more. You don't bowl there to Alastair Cook ...

"I think that this will be a very exciting match and that we are in for some entertainment - Nilesh Ray, My son." Well, Oliver, let's hope he's right.

8.3

Malinga to Cook, 3 runs, punched through cover, three more! The ball is coming on nicely with Malinga's extra pace, Cook just leans half forward and pushes through the line, threading the gap between cover and mid-off

8.4

Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, bouncer! This may not be the bounciest pitch, but Malinga can still extract some life from it and Kieswetter has to sway quickly out of the way

8.5

Malinga to Kieswetter, FOUR, square-driven with style! Malinga offers width and a driveable length, and Kieswetter accepts, beating point and taking England into the 70s. Slow pitch? What slow pitch?

8.6

Malinga to Kieswetter, no run, angling down the leg side, Kieswetter can't lay bat on the glance

End of over 9 (11 runs) England 72/0 (RR: 8.00)
C Kieswetter    38* (33b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-20-0
AN Cook    22* (21b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-28-0

Where can Dilshan turn? He seems to have completely lost control here. He's going to toss the ball to Dhammika Prasad. On a slightly less sombre note, we've just seen Dickie Bird with his arm round Clive Lloyd's shoulder in the stands, both of them with big smiles on their faces. Nice to see.

9.1

Prasad to Cook, no run, decent start, on a length and straight, and it's tapped back to the bowler

9.2

Prasad to Cook, 2 runs, Prasad slips towards Cook's pads and is flicked through the leg side for a couple

9.3

Prasad to Cook, 1 run, Prasad finds the edge of Cook's bat, but the ball flies through the vacant slip area down to third man

Men catching at short extra cover and short midwicket

9.4

Prasad to Kieswetter, no run, Prasad hits a good length once again, Kieswetter nudges to that man at midwicket

9.5

Prasad to Kieswetter, no run, tight line on off stump, and more defence from Kieswetter. Prasad has been impressive so far, especially considering this is his first game of the tour

9.6

Prasad to Kieswetter, no run, slightly fuller, Kieswetter comes forward and defends to cover point

That's the end of the first powerplay, and I'm going to hand over to Sahil

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 75/0 (RR: 7.50)
C Kieswetter    38* (36b 5x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    25* (24b 3x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-20-0

What a Powerplay that was for England. Good grief. Sri Lanka have been awful this morning and Cook and Kieswetter every bit as good as they were bad. Thankfully here is Suraj Randiv to halt the torrent of runs. Sri Lanka have not taken the Bowling Powerplay as yet, but do have slip in place for him. Flying start for England, might be difficult to catch.

10.1

Randiv to Cook, no run, good steady start from Randiv around off stump, hint of turn. Cook blocks

10.2

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, little bit of extra bounce finds the top edge as Cook sweeps. It loops one-bounce to deep square, who trips comically as he runs into field

10.3

Randiv to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter is striking the ball very sweetly this morning and cracks this to long-off

10.4

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, dabbed with soft hands to deep mid-on. England can happily milk singles after the start they've had

10.5

Randiv to Kieswetter, 1 run, shortish ball is pulled without much power around the corner. Jayawardene fields uneasily but keeps it to one

10.6

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, Cook prods a single into the leg side. Randiv, who is no great spinner of the ball admittedly, found less turn then Dilshan did in the first couple of overs

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 80/0 (RR: 7.27)
AN Cook    28* (28b 3x4)      S Randiv    1-0-5-0
C Kieswetter    40* (38b 5x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    1-0-3-0

11.1

Prasad to Cook, 1 run, little bit short from Prasad and on the hip too, Cook shovels a single to midwicket

11.2

Prasad to Kieswetter, 1 leg bye, huge appeal from bowler and wicketkeeper but umpire wasn't at all interested. It looked very close on replay and Hawk Eye has it clipping

11.3

Prasad to Cook, no run, Cook heaves a drive without much timing to mid-off

11.4

Prasad to Cook, 1 run, a little bit short and wide, feeding Cook's favourite cut shot, thankfully for the bowler there is a deep point in place

11.5

Prasad to Kieswetter, no run, full and straight, haven't seen much of that this morning. Kieswetter defends with an inside edge to midwicket

11.6

Prasad to Kieswetter, no run, dot ball to finish makes that a rare good over for Sri Lanka. Just another 10 and we might be level again

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 83/0 (RR: 6.91)
C Kieswetter    40* (41b 5x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    30* (31b 3x4)      S Randiv    1-0-5-0

Good, bold stuff from Cook. Batting Powerplay taken. That's very positive.

12.1

Randiv to Cook, no run, short ball is crashed straight to point

12.2

Randiv to Cook, no run, this is struck as hard but as a sweep shot, again straight to the fielder

12.3

Randiv to Cook, 1 run, this time Cook beats the infield with a sweep, fetching it down to deep fine leg

12.4

Randiv to Kieswetter, 1 run, Randiv is bowling quite quick and flat, preventing Kieswetter from advancing. Instead it's knocked around the corner

12.5

Randiv to Cook, OUT, all over for Cook! Very positive move to take the batting Powerplay but he's undone by Randiv here. Cook runs down the wicket, aims a big heave but some big turn leaves him stranded. Sangakkara has an age to take the bails off but it's been a positive start from Cook

AN Cook st †Sangakkara b Randiv 31 (55m 35b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.57

With Kieswetter advancing nicely Trott will presumably be the new man but in a Powerplay? Would England be tempted to throw KP up?.... no, it's Trott.

That's Sri Lanka's first wicket in a long time, it's taken 256 runs to break that partnership.

12.6

Randiv to Trott, no run, Trott carefully blocks his first ball

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 85/1 (RR: 6.53)
IJL Trott    0* (1b)      S Randiv    2-0-7-1
C Kieswetter    41* (42b 5x4 1x6)      KTGD Prasad    2-0-5-0

13.1

Prasad to Kieswetter, 2 runs, Kieswetter steers his from just outside his off stump to deep third man

Meanwhile Randiv has his jumper the wrong way round, so his name and number - 88 - is facing forward.

13.2

Prasad to Kieswetter, OUT, Kieswetter gone now! It's an England Powerplay special! This kept a touch low but it was fullish and straight and burst through Kieswetter's defences to rattle the stumps. Prasad is delirious and has every right to be!

C Kieswetter b Prasad 43 (59m 44b 5x4 1x6) SR: 97.72

Here's Pietersen and England have some rebuilding to do, both batsmen on zero. Slip in place too...

13.3

Prasad to Pietersen, no run, play and a miss outside off stump! Prasad is playing a blinder here. Loose shot from Pietersen, flashing a drive at thin air. Sri Lanka, finally, seem to be alive and eager. They've been sleeping all morning until now

13.4

Prasad to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen hurries down the wicket to aim a leg-side flick. Gets little more than an inside edge but his quick feet get him two

13.5

Prasad to Pietersen, no run, top bowling from Prasad. Pietersen was advancing and looking to play leg side so the bowler hammered in it a touch shorter and outside off. Pietersen had to adjust late to defend

13.6

Prasad to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball this time to counter Pietersen's advance. Delivered it well and the batsman ended up nudging a single to leg

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 90/2 (RR: 6.42)
KP Pietersen    3* (4b)      KTGD Prasad    3-0-10-1
IJL Trott    0* (1b)      S Randiv    2-0-7-1

They may have lost two wickets but the thinking behind the Powerplay was sound I think. Scoring against the old ball will be tougher so might as well try and thwack it now. The best laid plans...

14.1

Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, Randiv loops up a slow spinner that Pietersen casually dips down the ground

14.2

Randiv to Trott, no run, no turn outside off stump and Trott is forward in sturdy defence

14.3

Randiv to Trott, no run, this sticks in the wicket a touch and Trott almost ends up popping a return catch to the bowler

14.4

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, Trott clips a single down the ground to get himself off the mark

14.5

Randiv to Pietersen, 1 run, no messing from Pietersen, he's down the wicket straight away and exchanging a single with Trott

14.6

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, solid clump back past the bowler to steal the strike

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 94/2 (RR: 6.26)
IJL Trott    2* (5b)      S Randiv    3-0-11-1
KP Pietersen    5* (6b)      KTGD Prasad    3-0-10-1

15.1

Prasad to Trott, no run, Prasad is just a touch quicker than he looks and Trott's drive is rushed. Not timed

15.2

Prasad to Trott, no run, plenty of width on offer here but Trott's drive is mistimed and picks out cover

15.3

Prasad to Trott, no run, good line from Prasad, outside off stump, preventing Trott's nudge-to-leg release shot

15.4

Prasad to Trott, 1 run, this time Trott hurries well across his off stump to fiddle to leg. Does it well enough to bring Pietersen back on strike

15.5

Prasad to Pietersen, OUT, Pietersen falls! Sri Lanka are right back in this now! Extra bounce was the key. Outside off, Pietersen aimed a back-foot drive but could only succeed in edging behind

KP Pietersen c †Sangakkara b Prasad 5 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Well, well. It's been a long, long time since Pietersen has made significant runs in ODI cricket. He had the occasion here but still couldn't beat the slump. England in real bother and Morgan is the new man. This Powerplay has brought 12 runs and three wickets! Send for Jimmy?

15.6

Prasad to Morgan, no run, big, broad smile from Prasad after he welcomes Morgan with a sharp bouncer! Prasad is fast-becoming my favourite of all things!

End of over 16 (1 run) England 95/3 (RR: 5.93)
EJG Morgan    0* (1b)      KTGD Prasad    4-0-11-2
IJL Trott    3* (9b)      S Randiv    3-0-11-1

Kulasekara is back.

16.1

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, Trott eases a wide delivery to cover

16.2

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, good from Trott, running this off the face to third man

16.3

Kulasekara to Morgan, no run, Kulasekara looks more comfortable now and finds a decent line outside off stump

16.4

Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, served up very full and a touch wide, Morgan laces his cover drive but there is a man out

16.5

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, yorker landed here, Trott digs it out

So, last ball of the Powerplay to come.

16.6

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, ...it's blocked to cover to make that 14 for 3 from the 5-over Powerplay. Still think it was sound thinking, not sure Pietersen played it very smartly

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 97/3 (RR: 5.70)
IJL Trott    4* (13b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-30-0
EJG Morgan    1* (3b)      KTGD Prasad    4-0-11-2

17.1

Prasad to Morgan, no run, this keeps very low and the line is on off stump. Morgan is careful in defence

17.2

Prasad to Morgan, no run, again Morgan is very cautious in defence. He's not trusting this pitch much. But low-scoring scraps are the sort of games England like and after the start Cook, Kieswetter and Sri Lanka gave them they are still in a good position

17.3

Prasad to Morgan, 1 run, for no good reason, point tumbles past a routine stop to allow Morgan a single where he shouldn't have had one

17.4

Prasad to Trott, FOUR, flourish from Trott! Real exotic, up on one-leg flip from a shortish ball finds the gap and runs away for four

17.5

Prasad to Trott, 1 wide, Prasad's response is not textbook, not a good textbook at least. Very wide outside off

17.5

Prasad to Trott, 1 run, neatly driven through cover

17.6

Prasad to Morgan, no run, good end to a mixed over from the bowler with Morgan defending

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 104/3 (RR: 5.77)
EJG Morgan    2* (7b)      KTGD Prasad    5-0-18-2
IJL Trott    9* (15b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-30-0

After the resounding success (for Sri Lanka) with the Batting Powerplay, they have decided to take the Bowling Powerplay straight away.

18.1

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, steered with an open face to third man

18.2

Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, huge appeal from Kulasekara as this finds pad and bat around off stump. Bowler thought pad first, umpire thought bat and replay shows Billy has done well

18.3

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, good stop at mid-off by Chandimal means Trott's well-timed drive gets one instead of four

18.4

Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, another spill from a diving point fielder allows Morgan a single

18.5

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, another Kulasekara slower ball. Trott is fairly unmoved and nudges away a single

18.6

Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, lovely late dab earns Morgan a single to make that six in the over

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 110/3 (RR: 5.78)
EJG Morgan    5* (10b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-36-0
IJL Trott    12* (18b 1x4)      KTGD Prasad    5-0-18-2

19.1

Prasad to Morgan, 3 runs, banged in a touch shorter, Morgan wheels away a pull shot with some timing, not a lot but it heads out to fine leg nonetheless

19.2

Prasad to Trott, no run, Trott pushes to cover but picks out a fielder

19.3

Prasad to Trott, 1 run, this time a forcing drive pierces the infield but a sweeper on the cover boundary tidies up

19.4

Prasad to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan is very careful. Another head-over-ball drive, placing it into a gap

19.5

Prasad to Trott, 3 runs, on the pads Trott will help himself every time. Clips neatly but is denied four by a slow outfield combining with a tumbling stop

19.6

Prasad to Morgan, no run, very solid from Morgan in defence

End of over 20 (8 runs) England 118/3 (RR: 5.90)
EJG Morgan    9* (13b)      KTGD Prasad    6-0-26-2
IJL Trott    16* (21b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-36-0

Here's Malinga, who dished up two overs of filth earlier today.

20.1

Malinga to Trott, no run, much better to begin. Starts on a length around off stump. Trott blocks

20.2

Malinga to Trott, no run, good lengths and lines here and quietly defended

20.3

Malinga to Trott, 2 runs, swinging down the leg side, Trott clipped to fine leg where Prasad made a brilliantly comical stop, falling on the ball. I love that guy

20.4

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, steered away for a quick single

20.5

Malinga to Morgan, 2 runs, this sticks in the wicket a touch and Morgan's flick goes in the air over midwicket

20.6

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, driven to cover to end another slightly disappointing over from Malinga

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 124/3 (RR: 5.90)
EJG Morgan    12* (15b)      SL Malinga    3-0-26-0
IJL Trott    19* (25b 1x4)      KTGD Prasad    6-0-26-2

21.1

Kulasekara to Morgan, 3 runs, excellent work from Morgan, skipping down the wicket and flicking off his toes behind square on the leg side. Sri Lanka's fielding today has been appalling and Malinga continues the trend by missing his sliding stop

21.2

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, Trott is moving along very nicely now. Jayawardene-like stealth, but without any of the elegance

21.3

Kulasekara to Morgan, 1 run, with the softest of paws Morgan fiddles to the leg side

21.4

Kulasekara to Trott, FOUR, ah brilliant work from Trott. Just a simple straight drive but the timing is so good. Beats the bowler and hurries away. Kulasekara is having a mare

21.5

Kulasekara to Trott, no run, this time it's defended quietly

21.6

Kulasekara to Trott, 1 run, Trott pushes to mid-on and uses his less-than-perfect timing to pinch a single

End of over 22 (10 runs) England 134/3 (RR: 6.09)
IJL Trott    25* (29b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-46-0
EJG Morgan    16* (17b)      SL Malinga    3-0-26-0

22.1

Malinga to Trott, no run, excellent yorker from Malinga. Slung up quick and straight. Trott digs out and looks urgently for one which isn't there. Good signs from him though

22.2

Malinga to Trott, 3 runs, Trott is playing really well here, this time driving sweetly through cover

22.3

Malinga to Morgan, no run, Morgan very watchful in defence. He seems like he's been focussing on defence but he's 16 off 18

22.4

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, driven through cover this time easily enough

22.5

Malinga to Trott, no run, bouncer shoved down short, Trott has plenty of time to crouch under it

22.6

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, slower ball this time but Trott seemed like he read it easily

So, an excellent Bowling Powerplay... for the batting side. Make sense of it if you can.

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 139/3 (RR: 6.04)
IJL Trott    29* (33b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-31-0
EJG Morgan    17* (19b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-46-0

Suraj Randiv is back, and rightly so. Sri Lanka need some overs of spin to halt this partnership.

23.1

Randiv to Trott, no run, Trott defends quietly off the front foot

23.2

Randiv to Trott, no run, Trott hurries back this time to defend, but can't pick a gap

23.3

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, this time he eases it down the ground to get the single he was after

23.4

Randiv to Morgan, 1 leg bye, Randiv always finds more bounce than expected and this thuds off the thigh

23.5

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, excellent work from Randiv, top spinner here dips on Trott as he tries to run away to third man. Nips an inside edge and bobbles away for a single

23.6

Randiv to Morgan, no run, careful defence from Morgan to end a good comeback over from Randiv

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 142/3 (RR: 5.91)
EJG Morgan    17* (21b)      S Randiv    4-0-13-1
IJL Trott    31* (37b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-31-0

Double spin, as hoped for. Here's Jeevan Mendis.

24.1

Mendis to Trott, no run, starts well, tossing one up around leg stump. Trott leans forward to block

24.2

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, this time it's much too short but spins quite a long way. Trott is hanging back and waits an age to drag a pull shot down the ground

24.3

Mendis to Morgan, no run, Morgan is back to try and work this to leg, too much spin means he misses

24.4

Mendis to Morgan, FOUR, ah the reverse-thwack of Morgan's. Always so satisfying! Gets a full toss and lands the shot perfectly, beating short fine leg to take the boundary

24.5

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, this time he works with the spin into space on the leg side

24.6

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, googly to Trott, he seems to read it and waits causally on the back foot to work to leg

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 149/3 (RR: 5.96)
IJL Trott    33* (40b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-7-0
EJG Morgan    22* (24b 1x4)      S Randiv    4-0-13-1

25.1

Randiv to Trott, 1 bye, Randiv is harder to sweep because of the bounce he finds, Trott is trying to reverse sweep here and misses entirely. So does the keeper

25.2

Randiv to Morgan, no run, slow, loopy and some bounce too means Morgan doesn't get much of the attempted sweep

25.3

Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, little bit short from Randiv and Morgan hops back to cut

25.4

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, Trott is happily in his Trott bubble now, working a single to midwicket with the spin

25.5

Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan forward to clip a single off his toes

25.6

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, hesitation and misunderstanding! Yes, no, no, maybe, yes and as Trott worked to short fine leg. If the throw had been even half decent it would have been out at the bowler's end but Sri Lanka have fielded badly all day

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 154/3 (RR: 5.92)
IJL Trott    35* (43b 2x4)      S Randiv    5-0-17-1
EJG Morgan    24* (27b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-7-0

26.1

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, pushed down the ground for an easy single

26.2

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, touch short from Mendis and Morgan drags his pull shot down to long-on

26.3

Mendis to Trott, no run, blocked firmly back to the bowler

26.4

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, Trott gets deep into his crease to cut to deep cover

26.5

Mendis to Morgan, no run, Morgan misses a leg-side fiddle. Which is unusual

26.6

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, this is short enough for Morgan to get back and shovel down the ground

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 158/3 (RR: 5.85)
EJG Morgan    26* (30b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-11-0
IJL Trott    37* (46b 2x4)      S Randiv    5-0-17-1

27.1

Randiv to Morgan, 2 runs, Randiv is short and Morgan pulls spinner better than most. Malinga has fielder and bowled pretty awfully today and his effort here, slide-tackling the ball, is curious

27.2

Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, pushed into space for a single

27.3

Randiv to Trott, no run, some extra bounce and spin almost creeps through the gate here from outside off

27.4

Randiv to Trott, no run, Trott hops down the wicket to try and push a single down the ground but the bowler collects

27.5

Randiv to Trott, 2 runs, ooh, again this is through the gate! So close to off stump as Trott aimed an expansive drive

27.6

Randiv to Trott, no run, pushed to midwicket to end an interesting over. Real spin for Randiv

Righty, here's Liam....

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 163/3 (RR: 5.82)
IJL Trott    39* (50b 2x4)      S Randiv    6-0-22-1
EJG Morgan    29* (32b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-11-0

28.1

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan reverse sweeps, but the ball goes in front of square and is stopped on the deep cover boundary

28.2

Mendis to Trott, 2 runs, looped up very slowly by Mendis, Trott hangs back and punches through cover for a couple

28.3

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, pitched up very full, Trott eases the ball to long-on for a single

28.4

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, wrong 'un from Mendis, but it's picked early and cracked through extra cover

28.5

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, forced away to the cover sweeper for one more

28.6

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan waits on the back foot and sends the ball down to long-on for one, England ticking along nicely

End of over 29 (7 runs) England 170/3 (RR: 5.86)
EJG Morgan    32* (35b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-18-0
IJL Trott    43* (53b 2x4)      S Randiv    6-0-22-1

29.1

Randiv to Morgan, 2 runs, chipped out to wide long-off, no flourish from Morgan but the ball really pinged off the bat

29.2

Randiv to Morgan, no run, a little flatter, but there's still flight there and Morgan defends

29.3

Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, pitched right up on off stump, Morgan comes forward and drives hard out into the deep

29.4

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, Trott shifts his weight back to pick up yet another single

29.5

Randiv to Morgan, 2 runs, cut hard out to deep point, Mathews sprints round and slides to save runs

29.6

Randiv to Morgan, 1 run, tapped in front of midwicket

The singles are coming thick and fast for England, and after that wobble they're in a great position again. They could well reach 300

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 177/3 (RR: 5.90)
EJG Morgan    38* (40b 1x4)      S Randiv    7-0-29-1
IJL Trott    44* (54b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-18-0

30.1

Mendis to Morgan, 2 runs, not all that short but very slow indeed, and so Morgan can hop back and pull to deep midwicket

30.2

Mendis to Morgan, no run, punched firmly to the fielder inside the ring at midwicket

30.3

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan reverse-sweeps through point for a single

30.4

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, Trott drives down to long-off

30.5

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, and Morgan follows suit, pushing the ball down the ground off the front foot

30.6

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, the googly, but it slips out very wide of off and is easily dealt with by Trott

England are coasting, Sri Lanka need a change.

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 183/3 (RR: 5.90)
IJL Trott    46* (56b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-24-0
EJG Morgan    42* (44b 1x4)      S Randiv    7-0-29-1

Dilshan has brought himself on

31.1

Dilshan to Trott, no run, flighted on off stump, tapped back to the bowler

31.2

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, pushed to long off for one

31.3

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, tapped into space on the leg side, they sprint the first run very hard, but there's no chance of a second

31.4

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, eased to long on, and Trott is one run closer to his fifty

31.5

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan hops back, moving his feet very quickly, to get the ball away through cover point

31.6

Dilshan to Trott, no run, no run to be had this time, Trott stepping back and nurdling to the man at midwicket

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 187/3 (RR: 5.84)
IJL Trott    48* (60b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-27-0
EJG Morgan    44* (46b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-24-0

32.1

Mendis to Morgan, no run, the wrong 'un from Mendis, Morgan bent his knees and set himself to thrash him through the leg side, but didn't time it too well and found the man at midwicket

32.2

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, driven down the ground to long-off

A man comes in close on the drive on the off side now

32.3

Mendis to Trott, no run, tossed up nicely on off stump, Trott defends

32.4

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, a touch too straight, milked down to long-on

32.5

Mendis to Morgan, 1 run, some sharp spin for Mendis and Morgan is hit on the pad, definitely heading well down leg. He also may have got a touch on it

32.6

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, and there's the fifty, fluent stuff from Trott as he drives to wide long-off

And while Sahil goes in search of tea and, apparently, a pie, they'll take drinks at Old Trafford.

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 191/3 (RR: 5.78)
IJL Trott    50* (63b 2x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-28-0
EJG Morgan    46* (49b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-27-0

With one over to go before the mandatory ball change, Dilshan has tossed the ball to Malinga to search for some reverse swing.

33.1

Malinga to Trott, no run, slung well wide of off stump, the ball flashes past Trott's outside edge and curves through the air on its way to Sangakkara

33.2

Malinga to Trott, no run, a touch of drift in through the air as Malinga lands one very full on middle, but nothing dramatic so far

33.3

Malinga to Trott, FOUR, timing! Trott punches down the ground, and the fielder at mid-on makes a hash of his attempt to stop the shot

33.4

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, pushed down the ground again, mid-on has been pushed back and manages to stop this one

33.5

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, definite curve through the air, leaving the left-hander, and Morgan re-adjusts his defence at the last moment ... and they sneak a single as the ball dribbles into the off side

33.6

Malinga to Trott, no run, very quick and swinging in towards the off stump, Trott digs it out to point

End of over 34 (6 runs) England 197/3 (RR: 5.79)
IJL Trott    55* (68b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-37-0
EJG Morgan    47* (50b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-28-0

We will have a changed ball now, and Dilshan will have first use of it.

34.1

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, looped up slowly from round the wicket, Morgan taps gently into the vast spaces on the leg side and they're through for an easy single as Dilshan races after the ball

34.2

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, there's a pleading, emotive appeal from Dilshan as Trott bends into a reverse sweep, but that looks to have come off the face of the bat and the glove!

34.3

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, flicked out into the leg side, and that's England's 200

34.4

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, driven to long-on for one

34.5

Dilshan to Morgan, no run, Morgan hops back and cuts, but the point fielder negates thoughts of a run

34.6

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, not this time! Morgan picks up a single in front of point to go to fifty. Trott wanders down to shake his hand

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 202/3 (RR: 5.77)
EJG Morgan    50* (54b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-32-0
IJL Trott    57* (70b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-37-0

35.1

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, slower ball from Malinga, but it's spotted by Morgan, who drives out to deep cover

Just one four in Morgan's innings, but his strike rate is still up above 90

35.2

Malinga to Trott, no run, pitched up on off stump, Trott drives but hits the field

35.3

Malinga to Trott, 1 run, another slower one, Trott props half forward and squeezes the ball through point for one

35.4

Malinga to Morgan, FOUR, hammered to midwicket! Malinga tried to test Morgan with the bouncer but he was more than equal to the task, leaning back and slapping the ball hard in front of square

35.5

Malinga to Morgan, no run, Malinga adjusts his length and Morgan digs out a full delivery towards mid-off

35.6

Malinga to Morgan, 1 run, full, swinging yorker, but it still brings a single as Morgan flicks to leg and midwicket can only parry the ball

End of over 36 (7 runs) England 209/3 (RR: 5.80)
EJG Morgan    56* (58b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-44-0
IJL Trott    58* (72b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-32-0

36.1

Dilshan to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan flicks his wrists over a full delivery on middle and leg to send the ball to deep midwicket

36.2

Dilshan to Trott, 2 runs, reverse paddle from Trott, and they ... trot back for the second

36.3

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, too straight from Dilshan, Trott keeps his weight back and works with the turn into the leg side

36.4

Dilshan to Morgan, OUT, well, where's that come from? Morgan walks down the wicket but doesn't get close to a flat offspinner from Dilshan, the ball buzzing past the outside edge and Sangakkara quickly whipping the bails off. Against the run of play, Sri Lanka have got the breakthrough. It's timely too, Morgan would surely have looked to up the tempo sooner rather than later

EJG Morgan st †Sangakkara b Dilshan 57 (84m 60b 2x4 0x6) SR: 95.00

36.5

Dilshan to Bell, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Sahil insists rather vehemently that Bell and Pietersen should be swapped in the order, to enliven England's lower middle. What do you all think?

36.6

Dilshan to Bell, no run, tapped defensively to leg to end the over

End of over 37 (4 runs) England 213/4 (RR: 5.75)
IR Bell    0* (2b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-36-1
IJL Trott    61* (74b 3x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-44-0

Mendis comes back

37.1

Mendis to Trott, no run, possibly the slowest ball of the day, really looped up and Trott defends off the front foot

37.2

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, he comes forward this time, nudging through mid-on

37.3

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, Bell could well have left this and picked up an off-side wide, but would rather get off the mark, cutting out into the deep

37.4

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, Trott stays on the back foot to punch through extra cover

37.5

Mendis to Bell, 1 run, slapped through cover point once again

37.6

Mendis to Trott, 1 run, a low full toss is whipped off the toes to midwicket

Time for a change in commentary, here's Sahil

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 218/4 (RR: 5.73)
IJL Trott    64* (78b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-33-0
IR Bell    2* (4b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-36-1

Cheers Liam.

38.1

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, Trott hangs back, as his his way, and threads through a gap at point

38.2

Dilshan to Bell, no run, ha, Bell almost launched himself off his feet with an almighty thwack. He missed though and the ball stuck in the pitch

38.3

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run, this time with much less fuss he clips down the ground

38.4

Dilshan to Trott, no run, Trott pushes a defence back to the bowler

38.5

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, if England hadn't had such a good start this would be a problem, but because they flew to begin with it's fine. Trott reverse sweeps with little distinction around the corner

38.6

Dilshan to Bell, 1 run, Bell nudges a single behind square on the leg side as Dilshan finds some decent turn

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 222/4 (RR: 5.69)
IR Bell    4* (7b)      TM Dilshan    7-0-40-1
IJL Trott    66* (81b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-33-0

I don't understand why Matthews doesn't get bowled more often?" writes Anant. "His stats suggests that he's a good allround option, and in a situation like this I'm surprised Dilshan hasn't tossed him the ball already to have a go at the batsmen." I have a feeling Mathews is still a little less than 100% fit for bowling, and they don't want to take the risk.

39.1

Randiv to Bell, OUT, Bell skips down the wicket and chips straight to long-on! Timed it better than he wanted to I guess but it makes for another failure down the order for Bell. Doesn't look a natural No. 6 at all, largely because he isn't one

IR Bell c Kulasekara b Randiv 4 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Samit Patel will be the new man and this is just the kind of position he should revel in. Runs on the board, spinners on, acceleration coming soon.

39.2

Randiv to Trott, 3 runs, Trott misses a leg-side nudge but it runs off the inside edge onto the pads down to fine leg. Sprightly Samit hares back for a third!

39.3

Randiv to Patel, no run, carefully blocked first ball. Wristily though

39.4

Randiv to Patel, 1 run, oh dear, what's Samit done!? Look's like Trott is home but that's not at all in Patel's script. It was flicked to the leg side, set off for one and Trott wanted a second but Patel sent him back late. Needed a desperate dive to get home. Trott was not at all amused

39.5

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single, Trott very loud in his calling

39.6

Randiv to Patel, 1 run, Patel keeps the strike by turning his wrists over the ball to midwicket

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 228/5 (RR: 5.70)
SR Patel    2* (3b)      S Randiv    8-0-35-2
IJL Trott    70* (83b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-40-1

40.1

Dilshan to Patel, no run, careful defence from the front foot as Dilshan lands it around middle

40.2

Dilshan to Patel, no run, pushed through quicker from Dilshan and Patel can't find a gap

40.3

Dilshan to Patel, no run, Dilshan rushing through his over and joining the dots as Patel picks out midwicket

40.4

Dilshan to Patel, 1 run, finally Patel can turn it off his pads into a gap behind square

40.5

Dilshan to Trott, no run, Trott clumps straight back at the bowler who parries the take

Sunil: "Agree with Sahil... England are not utilising Bell properly, he should either open or come at number 3. Given a start like today he can bat ahead of Trott and let Trott play at 3 or 4 and KP down at 6."

40.6

Dilshan to Trott, 1 wide, arrowed down the leg side

40.6

Dilshan to Trott, 1 run, flipped around for a single but that's a good over from Dilshan

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 231/5 (RR: 5.63)
IJL Trott    71* (85b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    8-0-43-1
SR Patel    3* (7b)      S Randiv    8-0-35-2

And a contrary reply from Joe Noodle: "To answer Sahil, I think it's a good thing to have a player such as KP who has the ability to tonk away coming up just after Cook & Trott. And moreover, having a player like Ian Bell at the middle-lower order who can stay in till the end is very important for the other players around him... (having said that, Bell is out... damn my theory!)"

41.1

Randiv to Trott, 1 run, big appeal from behind the wicket as Trott misses another leg-side fiddle, runs off the pads into the leg side but it looked a good shout

41.2

Randiv to Patel, 1 run, Patel securely pushes a single to point

An excitable Vinoth Gnanasekaran adds: "Ya exactly! i agree with Sahil's comment. WE all know how calm bell is when he is at the crease, so he is perfect option to play next to trott and KP is a very good T20 player, so he can fire some quick 30-40 runs at the death. So Yeah! I think the swap will work out!"

41.3

Randiv to Trott, OUT, gone! How odd is this!? It was a touch short from Randiv, bounced more than Trott thought as he tried to pull, came off the thigh, then onto his arm and rolled down onto the stumps. Trott tried to kick it away but couldn't get there

IJL Trott b Randiv 72 (118m 87b 3x4 0x6) SR: 82.75

Well well, work for England here. Suddenly 300 isn't so inevitable, but Bresnan has been batting well.

41.4

Randiv to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan starts with a solid drive straight to cover

41.5

Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, not sure this field is right, very deep set and Bresnan helps himself to a single to get himself off the mark

41.6

Randiv to Patel, no run, blocked securely to end the over

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 234/6 (RR: 5.57)
SR Patel    4* (9b)      S Randiv    9-0-38-3
TT Bresnan    1* (2b)      TM Dilshan    8-0-43-1

42.1

Dilshan to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan tickles a single into the midwicket area. With the field as it is he gets a single

42.2

Dilshan to Patel, no run, Patel advances with quick feet but can't beat the bowler with his drive

42.3

Dilshan to Patel, 1 run, flipped away to midwicket for a single

42.4

Dilshan to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan lines this up outside off stump and opts to leave. Building an innings, clearly

42.5

Dilshan to Bresnan, no run, driven hard but straight back at the bowler

42.6

Dilshan to Bresnan, 1 run, this time Bresnan manages to clump a single down the ground but Dilshan is doing a good job now. Still doesn't atone for his nonsense at the start of the innings

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 237/6 (RR: 5.51)
TT Bresnan    3* (6b)      TM Dilshan    9-0-46-1
SR Patel    5* (11b)      S Randiv    9-0-38-3

Righty, look out Bresnan, here's Malinga!

43.1

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, ah, Lasith loves it at the death. It's almost like the whole period leading up to it is a drag. Now he's full, fast, swinging it in and at the toes

43.2

Malinga to Bresnan, 2 runs, yorker is slightly overegged into a full toss and Bresnan forces it out wide of deep midwicket

43.3

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, another inswinging yorker homing in at the toes. Bresnan clears his legs out the way to dig back to the bowler

43.4

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, a third yorker, quick too. Bresnan gets a solid bat on this but straight to short cover

43.5

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, low full toss but Bresnan can't get it away. Finds a toe-end that goes straight to short midwicket

43.6

Malinga to Bresnan, no run, great over! Just two runs from it. Ends with another low-full toss, swinging in. Bresnan toe-ends to midwicket

Top work from Malinga, if Sri Lanka can follow it up with another tight one England will suddenly feel pressure heaping on them.

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 239/6 (RR: 5.43)
TT Bresnan    5* (12b)      SL Malinga    7-0-46-0
SR Patel    5* (11b)      TM Dilshan    9-0-46-1

Randiv is the new bowler, replacing his captain. He's bowled very well today.

44.1

Randiv to Patel, 2 runs, starts with a short ball that Patel gets deep into his crease to swat down the ground

44.2

Randiv to Patel, 1 run, too wide this time, Patel hops back and cracks a cut shot out to deep point

44.3

Randiv to Bresnan, 1 run, short ball pulled to midwicket and dropped! Dilshan is the culprit. Would have been a sparkling take, diving high to his right

44.4

Randiv to Patel, OUT, Patel goes now! Randiv has another, England stumbling! The building pressure told for him. Tried to break the shackles with a big shot down the ground but only managed to slice it up to cover where Mathews juggled the take, he's really got terrible hands!

SR Patel c Mathews b Randiv 8 (20m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

"Whatever happened to that score of 300+??" asks Mark Kidger. "It looks like 280 may be difficult now."

44.5

Randiv to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan blocks solidly to point, thinks about a single before Swann sends him back

44.6

Randiv to Bresnan, OUT, five for Randiv! England in a spin again! This is really laboured from Bresnan. He tried to drag a pull but ended up with one hand off the bat and a gentle top edge that looped simply to Sangakkara

TT Bresnan c †Sangakkara b Randiv 6 (12m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

What a time for a double-wicket over. Randiv finishes an excellent spell in style and he alone has turned around a terrible start for Sri Lanka. England, thanks to their positive opening, still have a competitive score but with five overs left, here's Jimmy Anderson!

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 243/8 (RR: 5.40)
     S Randiv    10-0-42-5
GP Swann    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    7-0-46-0

45.1

Malinga to Swann, no run, Swann very careful, digging out a yorker with a low back lift

45.2

Malinga to Swann, no run, another inch-perfect inswinging yorker. Swann not trying anything more than surviving

45.3

Malinga to Swann, 2 runs, somehow Swann gets this down to fine leg, help of an inside edge. Swann gambled the throw would be poor and came back for a second

45.4

Malinga to Swann, no run, Swann will be disappointed with this, couldn't get a length ball through the covers

45.5

Malinga to Swann, 1 leg bye, big inswing again at a full length beats Swann's attempted tickle and lands on his back boot. Malinga appealed but knew it was heading well down

45.6

Malinga to Anderson, no run, Anderson does well to keep this yorker out but another brilliant over. England going nowhere!

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 246/8 (RR: 5.34)
JM Anderson    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    8-0-48-0
GP Swann    2* (5b)      S Randiv    10-0-42-5

So who can follow up Randiv from this end? It's the captain.

46.1

Dilshan to Swann, 1 run, Swann dances down and forces to long-on, only gets one which brings Anderson on strike straight away

46.2

Dilshan to Anderson, no run, Anderson attempts to reverse sweep a ball well outside off, wasn't a bad option but he missed

46.3

Dilshan to Anderson, no run, this time he drives languidly but powerlessly to point

46.4

Dilshan to Anderson, no run, swish and a miss outside off stump. Swann is stuck at the wrong end and Dilshan is delighted

46.5

Dilshan to Anderson, 2 runs, big cheer from his home crowd as Anderson connects well on the sweep, again England challenge the fielder's throw by coming back for a second

46.6

Dilshan to Anderson, no run, another play and miss outside off stump

The last 10 ODIs at this ground average score batting first is 210. That was before the pitch-flip, mind.

End of over 47 (3 runs) England 249/8 (RR: 5.29)
JM Anderson    2* (6b)      TM Dilshan    10-0-49-1
GP Swann    3* (6b)      SL Malinga    8-0-48-0

47.1

Malinga to Swann, no run, we all know what Malinga's doing but keeping it out is the tough bit. Scoring is even harder. Swann digs it out once more

47.2

Malinga to Swann, 1 run, with a careful drive Swann brings up England's 250. Thank goodness for the quick start!

47.3

Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, bonus for England as Malinga overdoes a yorker and serves up a shin-high full toss that Anderson pushes through cover

47.4

Malinga to Swann, 1 run, slower ball that Swann seems to see at the last moment. He's always happy on the drive and plays it hard to point

47.5

Malinga to Anderson, no run, cracking yorker, tailing away at the last moment. Anderson holds his bat in line to defend

47.6

Malinga to Anderson, 1 leg bye, this swings back into Anderson, past the attempted flip to leg, bounces off the pads to point and England risk a single. If the throw had hit Anderson would have gone

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 253/8 (RR: 5.27)
JM Anderson    3* (9b)      SL Malinga    9-0-51-0
GP Swann    5* (9b)      TM Dilshan    10-0-49-1

Here's a chance for England. Dilshan is bowled out so Kulasekara has to bowl it. Swann might have a dart if he gets strike.

48.1

Kulasekara to Anderson, OUT, oh dear! Anderson was so desperate to get Swann on strike that he pushed to cover and shaped to run, Swann had gone too far and when the throw came at the bowler's end Swann couldn't get back in time

GP Swann run out 5 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

48.2

Kulasekara to Anderson, 1 run, driven firmly but straight to deep cover. England should just take what they can from here, no point trying to find the boundary

48.3

Kulasekara to Dernbach, 1 run, Dernbach doesn't seem a type short on confidence. He gives himself room to clump a single down the ground

48.4

Kulasekara to Anderson, 2 runs, this is useful for Anderson! Down the wicket and hacks into the leg side. Came off the toe-end but got enough of it to collect a couple

48.5

Kulasekara to Anderson, 1 run, this is wide of off and stabbed to cover for another single

48.6

Kulasekara to Dernbach, no run, Dernbach aims an lofted extra-cover drive... but misses. He might have been better served by just getting bat on ball

End of over 49 (5 runs) England 258/9 (RR: 5.26)
JW Dernbach    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-51-0
JM Anderson    7* (13b)      SL Malinga    9-0-51-0

So, Malinga to finish up.

49.1

Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson advances and aims a drive, gets a toe-end to cover and runs swiftly enough to get home despite a direct hit. Good job all round

49.2

Malinga to Dernbach, 2 wides, that's a shocker from Malinga. Dernbach gave himself room and Malinga followed him down the leg side a long, long way. It took a magnificent dive from Sangakkara to stop four. Malinga should have backed himself to hit the stumps!

49.2

Malinga to Anderson, 3 runs, more useful runs for England, Anderson clips this off his toes with sweet timing, it's straight of deep midwicket and collects three

49.3

Malinga to Dernbach, 1 run, Dernbach clumps down the ground and runs straight down the middle of the pitch, earning him an official warning

49.4

Malinga to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson again works to leg for a single. This has been an excellent over for England

49.5

Malinga to Dernbach, 1 run, inside edge runs down to fine leg. Crucial runs, Dernbach may not know how but they are important

49.6

Malinga to Anderson, 1 leg bye, so no dot balls from the last over, England scrap up to 268, useful 10th-wicket stand at the end

Sri Lanka need 269 to win Intriguing innings that has set up what should hopefully be a very tight run chase. We've been waiting for a good contest and finally may have one.

England started brilliantly, with Cook and Kieswetter launching the innings with a flurry of boundaries. Sri Lanka were dreadful to begin with before a sudden fight back with three wickets when England opted for the Batting Powerplay. Trott and Morgan recovered beautifully but once Dilshan removed Morgan the spinners ran amok.

In the end England really had to fight to see out the overs but after all the toing and froing they have about a par score. Liam Brickhill will tell you plenty more in his end-of-innings bulletin. Check that out and we'll be back in about 40 mins for the run chase.

End of over 50 (10 runs) England 268/9
JM Anderson    12* (17b)      SL Malinga    10-0-60-0
JW Dernbach    3* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-51-0
Series Results
England v Sri Lanka at Manchester - Jul 9, 2011
England won by 16 runs
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England won by 10 wickets (with 145 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jul 3, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
England v Sri Lanka at Leeds - Jul 1, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 69 runs
England v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 28, 2011
England won by 110 runs (D/L method)
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Suraj Randiv acknowledges the applause after taking five wickets, England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Old Trafford, July 9 2011

Suraj Randiv acknowledges the applause after taking five wickets

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Alastair Cook tasted success in his first series as England's full-time ODI captain, England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Old Trafford, July 9 2011

Alastair Cook tasted success in his first series as England's full-time ODI captain

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